Rencontre prévue pour obtenir les commentaires du public en français

first_imgLe gouvernement souhaite connaître les points des Néo-Écossais sur la façon dont les gens peuvent rester en bonne santé et actifs tout en contribuant à leur communauté à mesure qu’ils vieillissent. Les gens qui préfèrent soumettre leurs commentaires en français pourront le faire grâce à l’ajout d’une rencontre en français le 6 juillet à 18 h. Les gens peuvent participer à la rencontre en se rendant à l’un des cinq campus de l’Université Sainte-Anne, soit à Pointe-de-l’Église, à Halifax, à Tusket, à Petit-de-Grat ou à Saint-Joseph-du-Moine. Le système de vidéoconférence de l’université permettra aux gens de participer à partir de tous les sites. La rencontre est organisée par le Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, avec l’aide d’un animateur francophone qui demandera aux participants de soumettre leurs idées. Le gouvernement tiendra compte des commentaires du public, des résultats de la recherche et de la contribution d’un comité consultatif afin d’élaborer un plan d’action pour une population vieillissante, dont la publication est prévue plus tard cette année. Des rencontres ont lieu avec le grand public, ainsi qu’avec certains groupes ciblés afin de mieux refléter la diversité de notre province. Les commentaires de tous les Néo-Écossais, y compris les membres de la famille, les entreprises, le secteur à but non lucratif et les groupes communautaires, en plus de ceux des aînés, sont les bienvenus. Les sujets de discussion seront le travail rémunéré, le bénévolat, le vieillissement chez soi et la vie saine. Les gens peuvent s’inscrire à une rencontre publique ou répondre au questionnaire en ligne au http://novascotia.ca/seniorstalk/fr. Le questionnaire est également disponible sur papier auprès du service 211. La date limite pour la soumission des commentaires est le 22 juillet.last_img read more

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WilsonRaybould Philpott to run as independents in federal election

first_imgREAD MORE: Trudeau broke law by kicking Liberal MPs out of caucus: PhilpottIt led to a political controversy that caused the Liberals to drop significantly in the polls ahead of the federal election in October.More to come. OTTAWA (1310 NEWS) – Former Liberal cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott will run for re-election as independent candidates.WIlson-Raybould made the announcement in her home riding of Vancouver-Granville, while Philpott followed suit in Markham, Ontario.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked Wilson-Raybould and Philpott out of caucus in April after both had publicly said they had lost confidence in the Trudeau government’s handling of the issue and both resigned from the federal cabinet.last_img read more

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Advocacy group Equal Voice faces fallout after firing three racialized staffers

first_imgOTTAWA — An organization aimed at getting more women into politics is facing fallout after firing three employees who have racialized backgrounds.The move by Equal Voice, which works with women from all political parties, has sparked a social media campaign calling its commitment to equality into question.Four members of the board of directors have also stepped down over the controversy.Executive director Eleanor Fast says she can’t comment on internal human resources matters, but denied the firings had anything to do with ethnicity, race or religion.The online conversation, taking place under a hashtag called “not-so-equal voice,” has included stories shared by young women who were delegates at the Daughters of the Vote conference, which brought 338 young women to Parliament Hill this spring.That event saw dozens of delegates turn their backs on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons, with others walking out as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer began to speak.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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WFP chief arrives in Afghanistan to review food agencys aid operations

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) arrived in Kabul today for a three-day visit to Afghanistan to review the agency’s relief operations in a country devastated by years of war and drought. Executive Director Catherine Bertini was scheduled get a first-hand look at an orphanage and a popular project involving bakeries run by Afghan women. During her stay, Ms. Bertini is also expected to visit Herat and Jalalabad.Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that thousands of Afghans have crossed into Pakistan in recent days. The new Afghan refugees, most of whom are ethnic Pashtuns, began filtering across the border late last week from cities in northern Afghanistan, including Kunduz, Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat. While some blamed their flight on the lack of food aid, the majority of the new refugees cited security concerns as the main reason for leaving Afghanistan, the agency said. read more

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New UN website to track pledges for tsunami relief

Speaking to journalists, Jan Egeland said the new web page, accessible through www.reliefweb.int, would contain updated information on all tsunami-related pledges received and dispersed. He said he hoped that similar Internet-based real-time reporting would also be used to account for the large sums expected to be received for recovery and development efforts.”I said very early on,” recalling the generous response to the tsunami appeal, “that this unprecedented generosity should be met by unprecedented transparency in how the money is spent, when it is spent, where it is spent, so that those who contributed know where we spend our money.”The bad news, he continued, was that donations for some other crises had slowed. He pointed in particular to low responses to appeals for the Central African Republic, Djibouti and Somalia, which were suffering some of the highest child mortality rates in the world.Mr. Egeland also drew attention to the food security crisis in Niger, where a locust invasion had been followed by severe drought. Of the country’s 12 million inhabitants, 3.6 million were endangered. Calling Niger perhaps “the number one forgotten and neglected emergency,” he said that an appeal for $16.2 million last week drew absolutely no commitments.Concerned that 90 per cent of the world’s attention was focused on 10 per cent of the world’s disasters and wars, he noted that five times more money than had been requested for all the forgotten emergencies combined was spent annually in Europe on ice cream, and that an amount equal to the UN’s combined humanitarian appeals was spent each year in North America on chewing gum. read more

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UN urges collective action ahead of forum to fasttrack AIDS response over

“Ending the AIDS epidemic is a crucial part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ahead of the 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, which will take place from 8 to 10 June in the UN General Assembly. “The 2016 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS can help close the gap between needs and services and advance our efforts to leave no one behind,” he added. Participants at the forum will include Governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and communities of people living with and affected by HIV. In 2015, the global community delivered on the AIDS targets of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 – which included halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic – marking the first time a global health target has been met and exceeded. Indeed, data show that the number of people accessing antiretroviral therapy more than doubled to an estimated 17 million from 2010 to 2015, according to the Global AIDS Update 2016 recently released by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The lessons learned in responding to HIV will be crucial to achieving many of the SDGs – a universal set of targets adopted in 2015 that build on the MDGs and which are being used as a framework for the agendas of UN Member States over the next 15 years – and particularly SDG 3, which focuses on good health and well-being and calls for, in particular, ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. An integral part of achieving that target will require countries to take a fast-track approach during the next five years in order to ensure that global efforts are accelerated during that time, as highlighted in the Secretary-General’s report, On the fast track to ending the AIDs epidemic. “We are at a unique moment in history,” stressed UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “Over the next five years we have a window of opportunity to shift gear and put the global HIV response firmly on the fast-track to end the AIDS epidemic. This meeting will be critical to harnessing the momentum we have built since 2011 and securing global commitment to break the epidemic for good,” he added. At the High-Level Meeting, UN Member States are expected to draft a new political declaration on Ending AIDS that will include a set of time-bound targets to scale up the pace of progress. They will use the zero draft of the political declaration as a basis of negotiations. Peer educator discusses HIV/AIDS prevention and other STDs in Barangay Don Carlos, a poor neighbourhood in Pasay City, Philippines. Photo: UNICEF The meeting will feature a series of four panels as well as a number of side events and round tables covering diverse topics. Participants will take into account analysis of global data showing that the world has a window of opportunity in which to deliver focused and effective action by fully funding and front-loading HIV investment. Countries and the private sector must come together to increase overall investment in HIV prevention and treatment from the $19 billion available in 2014 to $26 billion annually by 2020. At the same time, investment in outreach services that ensure that key populations have access to HIV prevention, care and treatment in low- and middle-income countries must increase to about seven per cent of total HIV investment in 2020. The UNAIDS Fast-Track approach to the AIDS response during the next five years will aim for achieving such targets as fewer than 500,000 people newly infected with HIV; fewer than 500,000 people dying from AIDS-related illnesses; and eliminating HIV-related discrimination. “I call on all United Nations Member States to unite at the high-level meeting on ending AIDS. Together we can fast-track the end of the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” said Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly, which is hosting the meeting. The meeting will be co-facilitated by Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, and Patricia Mwaba Kasese-Bota, Permanent Representative of Zambia to the UN. Ahead of the high-level meeting, a global meeting of mayors on ending AIDS in cities by 2030 is being held at the New York Public Library today. The event, featuring Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, and about 30 other mayors from major cities, was convened in collaboration with UNAIDS and the Fast-Track cities partners, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. Tomorrow, 7 June, an event on HIV and Security: Past, Present and Future, will be held at UN Headquarters in New York, will focus on achieving the Fast-Track targets as well as gender-based violence prevention in humanitarian emergencies and conflict situations. On Wednesday, 8 June, an event on Delivering an AIDS-free generation, also to be held in New York, will highlight the achievements of the Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive and priority actions to fast-track that response and the goal of ending paediatric AIDS by 2020. Also on Wednesday, another event to be held in New York, on Breaking the silos: integrated services for adolescent girls and young women, will showcase examples of adolescent-centred policies and programmes and establish commitment to mobilize stakeholders and resources for responses, particularly towards adolescent girls. read more

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Top readers comments of the week

first_imgThe 5 most popular comments this week What an absolutely fantastic family. He cared enough to carry a donor card and here we have his mother in her darkest hour speaking out and trying to create massive positives from a horrible tragedy. These are people that make me proud to be Irish and have restored my faith in mankind.Get your donors card folks. I am making sure mine is always in my purse from today and just do rake care on the roads over the bank holiday and in fact every day. (Brian Lawless/PA Wire) 1. The most popular comment this week was one of the minor but universal things that drive EVERYONE crazy. Linda Nolan got 2,402 thumbs up for this anger-inducing suggestion: Packets of ham that have “peel here” you CANNOT peel here! Or resealable! No its NOT resealable2. Shane Hickey got 1,885 green thumbs for this comment as the story broke about the 7-year-old girl taken from a Roma family home in Tallaght over concerns about her identity: This is getting a bit worrying3. On the same article, Lesley Hennessy got 1,723 thumbs up for this comment: Why is it always madeleine? There are so many other missing children. That campaign has major publicity driving it but others don’t and are struggling to be heard.4. Lloyd Christmas got 1,475 thumbs up for this comment arguing in support of the 79-year-old Kilkenny man who had a birthday cake with a picture of Adolf Hitler on it and who made controversial comments about the Holocaust on local radioHe’s allowed have whatever cake he wants, why is it that I can’t find a hitler costume anywhere but there are loads for bin Laden5. Finally, Run amuck was unimpressed with the story about how an email with sensitive and confidential information about a teenage girl found in a distressed state outside the GPO in Dublin was accidentally sent to a member of the public. He got 1,315 thumbs up for this comment: Just delete the email you clown and don’t be running off to the press !!! FFS The cut in dole for people under 25 was still getting people exercised this week. Brian Ó Dálaigh was strongly critical of the cut:100 Euro per week is only enough for rent and food. Nothing else. The average electricity bill per person is roughly 15 per week. Telephone expenses (to keep in contact for emergency and job prospecting purposes) is roughly 5-10 per week. Internet access to allow for job hunting is another 5-10 per week. Clothing, replacing things such as kettles, dishes, etc. I know a few people on 100 per week. They spend a lot of the week in soup kitchens and eating at friends’ houses. If they didn’t have support networks I can imagine they’d turn to theft. Stealing is better than dying any day.Five hundred clowns at the Intenational Clown Convention have denied any involvement in the killing of a drug cartel leader in Mexico. No, seriously. From Eoghan Kelly:Did all 500 clowns show up to the convention in the same volkswagen beetle?A lot of commenters were criticial of the 3,800 people who became Irish citizens at a mass citizenship ceremony in Dublin’s Convention Centre this week. Celina Vieites got a lot of  thumbs up for this view from the other side:Some of the comments here make me really sad. I’m an immigrant, I’m married to an Irishman and have two wonderful children. I’m a teacher, I do not take advantage of the system, I’ve no medical card and pay all my taxes. My oldest speaks Irish and plays in the local GAA club. I love Ireland and naturalisation to me is a way of putting on paper the feeling of belonging that I have for this country, that is my home. Don’t put all immigrants in the same bag.It’s a tough time of year for Irish Rail: the train company apologised to passengers this week for leaves on the line, saying it’s their ‘least favourite season’. Jason Downes works on trains and he explains how difficult it can be: I worked for irish rail for years and its just a part of the gig. Its not the companies fault and there may indeed be things to fault them on but this isn’t one. I work for Amtrak now and its the same thing here. And they even cut away the trees near the tracks, the thing is the wind blows and the leaves ride on it and their going to end up there one way or another. Short of cutting down every tree there is in the vicinity it’s always going to be there every year. Even with the rail adhesion trains it is what it is.The mother of The Calvanists bassist Taidhg Burke who died after a car crash last weekend wrote a heartbreaking message to his friends and fans, describing how his “glorious heart was flown to Dublin” to be donated to someone who needed it. Catherine Sims was impressed by her bravery: EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about Roma families and State authorities, pensioner protests, public transport fares, nuclear power, cannabis legalisation and citizenship in Ireland.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. DNA test proves girl taken from house in Tallaght is related to Roma family (429 comments)2. 6 things we learned from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s Cannabis Regulation Bill (263 comments)3= 22 things Irish people hate (256 comments)3= Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand? (256 comments)5. Poll: Should cannabis be legalised in Ireland? (252 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this week(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland) In the middle of what was a particularly dark week for news, this exchange between Gordy Wilson and Michelle McLoughney was some light relief:A man in my area has got black hair, and his wife is blonde, but they’ve got a red headed child. Should I phone the guards or The daily star?center_img Random fact of the week comes from Hammy Ballinclea, who is presumably in Australia, on an article about a venemous spider found at a school in England, and concerns – shudder – wasps: Phone the postman. Houses in Perth are well populated with redbacks, white tails and other venomous spiders and no one really bats an eyelid. But if you find a European wasp in your garden you have to ring the council so they can destroy the nest and warn the neighbourhood.That’s right, folks, what really scares an Australian is an Irish wasp.last_img read more

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Kinect used to automate control of a cockroachs movement

first_imgRemote-controlled cockroaches have been a goal of North Carolina State University since last year, when a project was kicked off to mount a chip on a roach that allowed it to be steered. Since then we’ve also seen a Kickstarter launched that aims to give you everything you need to turn any cockroach into your iPhone-controlled slave.While the RoboRoach Kickstarter seems a little cruel, the students at NC State are moving along quickly with their research. They aren’t satisfied with just having control over a cockroach, they want to automate the process, too.The research team at the university has added a Microsoft Kinect motion controller into the mix to achieve such automation. It is pointed down on to the area where the cockroach will move and a path laid out. The cockroach is then made to walk along the path by the Kinect sending left and right instructions to it wirelessly. As you can see in the video above, the system works well and keeps the cockroach moving in the right direction with only small deviations.The ultimate goal of this project is to perfect the movement steering and make it as efficient and fast as possible. At that point these modified cockroaches could be used at disaster sites, mapping out areas that are inaccessible to humans either due to collapse or hazardous conditions.If we get to that point the cockroaches will be carrying much more than just a wireless steering device on their backs. The research team envisions a microphone and speakers also being included so as they can communicate with survivors. Talking to a cockroach is surely going to feel a little strange, but the relief of actually being found will soon replace that.last_img read more

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BAHAMAS PM unveils focus of Administrations new investment strategy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 12, 2018 – Nassau – A major theme of the Minnis Administration’s newly-designed investment promotion strategy for the country is that The Bahamas is ‘an Archipelago of Possibilities,’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told scores of the country’s key business leaders Thursday.Addressing the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s Power Breakfast Thursday at Baha Mar, Prime Minister Minis said the new theme is designed to promote the diversification of investment possibilities in The Bahamas – ranging from tourism, to financial services, to technology, aquaculture, to renewable energy, nanotechnology and other emerging industries.“Our aim is to promote a new Bahamas, open to investment, with joint partnerships with Bahamians and streamlined processes for investors, including potential investors from the Diaspora,” Prime Minister Minnis said.  “I am optimistic and confident that greater prosperity is on the way for our Bahamas.  Let us work together to make this a dynamic year of growth, investment and opportunity.”Prime Minister Minnis said there is growing confidence in The Bahamas despite the long road and challenges ahead.“There are positive prospects on the horizon. Recovery has begun.”Prime Minister Minnis told the business leaders that his Administration’s emphasis is on a dynamic blend of domestic and foreign investment.“We are determined in our vision to enhance economic opportunities for Bahamian businesses and entrepreneurs, including Bahamians in the Diaspora.  We intend to diversify with tourism and across various sectors as suggested in the Commercial Enterprise Act.”Prime Minister Minnis said it is his intention to undertake several investment promotion trips abroad to include Canada, the United States of America, Europe, East Asia and South America in order to boost investment opportunities in The Bahamas and growth in the Bahamian economy.“These travels are designed to attract high-quality investments to our country.  We look forward to the participation of the private sector in this initiative,” the Prime Minister added.Prime Minister Minnis said recognizing that economic growth requires improving the ease of doing business, the Administration appointed a committee to make recommendations to improve the ease of doing business in The Bahamas, soon after coming to office on May 10, 2017.  The Committee has since completed its assigned task and has made a number of recommendations to the Government, using ten categories established by the World Bank.“These categories and the rankings for The Bahamas can be reviewed at the World Bank’s website,” the Prime Minister added.  (The website address is www.worldbank.org)The Prime Minister said there are a number of issues involved in enhancing the ease of doing business in The Bahamas and to move the economy to a more productive and dynamic one.  These include streamlining the Business License process and improving the application process for various licenses and permits, including at the paper confirmation and certification levels, which Dr. Minnis says “consumes a significant amount of time and are often an inefficient burden for applicants as well as the government agencies that must sort through the volumes of documents created.”“This process is antiquated,” Prime Minister Minnis said.Prime Minister Minnis said the calculation of Business License Fees and the process of preparing Value Added Tax (VAT) Returns, also need to be addressed.“To streamline the business license process, the Department of Inland Revenue is launching an initiative to make the business license approval process faster and easier by creating a single point for submission of all applications related to the opening of a business,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“This will eliminate the need for visits to multiple agencies and will provide a source of information where all the requirements for opening a business are clearly outlined,” he added.The Department of Inland Revenue is currently conducting a Pilot Programme.  The new process is expected to be “rolled out” in the coming weeks.By: Matt Maura (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Hanley Wood Vice Chairman Frank Anton Named to Lead Folio CEO Summit

first_img Anton, who was CEO of Hanley Wood from 2005 to 2012, is universally recognized as one of the most accomplished and creative b2b media executives of the last 20 years. As CEO, he led a dynamic and strategic shift in how the construction-media company went to market with a network of magazines, websites, e-newsletters, trade shows and conferences, marketing solutions, and data services. He served as president for a decade before that, driving the strategies that produced unprecedented growth. Anton began his career at Hanley Wood as editor and publisher of BUILDER magazine, one of the company’s flagship titles.  “I couldn’t be happier to have Frank as part of this event,” said Folio: Vice President Tony Silber. “He’s a brilliant media strategist, a demanding day-to-day leader, and a charismatic leader. He’ll drive extraordinary value for our participants on October 19th.” “While chaos seems to reign in what used to be called publishing, the role of media really hasn’t changed,” says Anton. “Engage an audience, then connect it in a meaningful way to what used to be called advertisers. What has changed—and continues to change—is how to engage an audience, how to connect it, and how to make money doing so.” Folio: has named one of the most influential and respected thought leaders of the last two decades, Frank Anton, to serve as facilitator of its innovative CEO Summit, to be held in New York on October 19th. center_img The Summit is an extraordinary educational and networking event designed to bring together a select group of the top strategic leadership teams in magazine media to discuss how to innovate today, and how to plan for tomorrow.  The Summit will in effect be a think tank for the C-Suite about how to address opportunities and challenges around competition, growth and change in the fast-moving media universe. Anton’s role will be to direct the day’s activities, leading speakers and alike to dig deeper and find more sophisticated and realistic solutions, to serve as equal parts MC, provocateur, and idea provider. last_img read more

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Emperor goose harvest More than a memory for Kodiak subsistence hunter

first_imgDeines, F – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Accessed via Wikimedia Commons.Subsistence hunters want to eat the foods traditional to Kodiak Island, and that includes one bird that’s been off-limits since 1987 due to low numbers: the emperor goose. The Kodiak region of the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council has put in a request to the statewide council for hunting access to the white-headed, gray-bodied bird.Download AudioAccording the subsistence proposal, the Sun’aq Tribe and the Kodiak-Aleutians Regional Advisory Council are among two of the groups asking to harvest emperor geese for subsistence.One lifelong Kodiak resident, John Reft, has been both a commercial fisherman and a subsistence hunter, and remembers when he stopped seeing large flocks of geese.“Earlier there was emporer geese flying around and we’d be able to shoot ‘em, but then all of a sudden, the emperor geese kind of disappeared, and there was a flock of 13. And I’d see ‘em out there, on the outside of the Ardinger’s Island there on the rocks, just sitting up there and never bothered ‘em because there wasn’t any of ‘em.”Reft says later, the government enacted laws against hunting the emperor goose, but he says he’s seen more of them in the last five or so years around Womens Bay.Emporer geese at the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters/Flickr“You’d be waiting for ducks to come by and there would be no ducks and then all of a sudden here comes flocks and flocks of these emperor geese. I mean, they’d fly so low and so many – 75 and a 100 and a bunch – then you just wonder if you had a dipnet, you’d feel like you could just put it up there and grab a couple.”In fact, Reft says there’s been an influx of emperor geese and they’re chasing away the ducks.“We start talking and saying man ‘we’re getting overrun by these guys and they’re pushing the ducks out where we have to go get the skiffs to go find the ducks now because they’re feeding farther away from all these big emperor geese.’ So, I don’t know if they’re just eating up the food there or birds are afraid of them or what, but it’s hard to get ducks out there where you saw hundreds.”Reft says he hopes to gain subsistence access to the geese this year. That’s something that will come before the statewide AMBCC at its fall meeting at the end of this month in Fairbanks.last_img read more

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Florida executes serial killer who preyed on gay men

first_imgMIAMI: A serial killer who preyed on gay men along the US east coast has been executed in Florida, the media reported on Friday. Gary Ray Bowles was executed by lethal injection on Thursday after the US Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal, the BBC reported. Bowles admitted to killing six men in 1994 from Florida to Maryland but was only convicted of three deaths. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Sometimes dubbed the “I-95 Killer”, most of his victims were found near the interstate corridor that spans the entire eastern seaboard of the US. Investigators have said that the 57-year-old West Virginia native left an abusive household as a child and worked as a prostitute to gay men for a number of years before beginning his killing spree. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us After two jail sentences for grand theft, robbery, assault and rape, he moved to Daytona Beach in 1993. During this time he continued to work as a prostitute and was living with a girlfriend who left him after discovering his sex work. He later told authorities that he blamed gay men for their break-up, and was angered to learn that his girlfriend had had an abortion, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Advertise With Us Bowles became the 99th inmate to be put to death in Florida since 1976 when the death penalty was restored by the Supreme Court, the BBC quoted the Daytona Beach News-Journal as saying. He is the 13th person to be executed in the US so far this year. His execution came a day after Texas executed a man convicted of the murder of a 19-year-old student, which he maintained he did not commit.last_img read more

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EidulFitr Wednesday if moon sighted Tuesday

first_imgMoonHoly Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on Wednesday if the Shawwal moon is sighted in Bangladesh sky on Tuesday, reports UNB.However, the Eid will be celebrated on Thursday after a month-long fasting if the new crescent moon is not sighted on Tuesday.The decision will be taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee on Tuesday evening after reviewing the information of the Shawwal moon sighting.Meanwhile, thousands of people have already left the capital to celebrate the very auspicious occasion with their near and dear ones at their respective village homes. Many more are expected to set out for home on Tuesday.Besides, all the preparations have been completed across the country, including the capital, for the smooth holding of Eid congregations.In the capital, the main Eid congregation will be held at the National Eidgah on the High Court premises at 8:30am. President Abdul Hamid is expected to join the Eid jamaat.Arrangements will be there at the National Eidgah and the National Mosque for women to take part in the Eid prayers alongside their male counterparts.Eid congregations will also be held in eidgahs, mosques and open spaces across the country.The national flag will be hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings on the day. The main city streets and road islands will be decorated with the national flag and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in both Bangla and Arabic.Television channels and radio stations will telecast special programmes.Special diet will be served in hospitals, jails, government children’s homes — Chotomoni Nibash — centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes, orphanages, Vagrant Welfare and Destitute Welfare centres.Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police has taken stringent security measures to ensure smooth holding of Eid congregation at the Jatiya Eidgah.last_img read more

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Boxing Kangaroo Removed From Western Tekken 7 Because of Animal Rights A

first_imgStay on target PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive PETA is an organization that likes to complain whenever they see something they perceived as cruelty toward animals. Usually, their grievances don’t amount to much. But now, the organization seems to have struck a victory. Because of them, Roger Jr., aka the boxing kangaroo, has been removed from the Western version of Tekken 7.During an interview with VG24/7, executive producer Katsuhiro Harada explained why Roger Jr. has been removed from Tekken 7.“There was a video of a man’s dog in a headlock by a kangaroo, and he punched it in the face. It turned into a big problem. People were complaining about him punching a kangaroo. It seems that in the last few years there’s a lot more animal activists—even though they probably wouldn’t play our game, they would still hear about that, about a kangaroo in our game being punched, and would complain about it.”AdChoices广告Though Tekken 7 is due to release in the West in June; it has been out in Japan for nearly two years. None of these animal rights activists complained about it then. But now that it’s on their radar because it is coming to the West, they find it objectionable. As Harada (rightly) points out, the folks lobbying these complaints would likely never even play a Tekken game yet they still want the game altered to suit their specific agenda.For those who may be wondering, Kuma the Bear will still be in the game. Harada says the reason for this is that a bear is “obviously stronger than a human being.” One can’t really argue with that point. But kangaroos can land some pretty nasty kicks that could kill a person too. But I suppose that is irrelevant to PETA.Expect Tekken 7 to be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on June 2.last_img read more

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Direct measurement of the cosmicray proton spectrum with the CALET on the

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Recent advances in the observation of high-energy radiations, including X-rays and gamma-rays, have unveiled many high-energy aspects of the universe. To achieve a complete understanding of these radiations, however, researchers need to find out more about the high-energy particles (i.e. cosmic rays) that produce them. In fact, non-thermal radiations characterized by the power-law spectrum are all backed by the acceleration and propagation of these rays. A direct observation of these cosmic rays can only be achieved by placing measuring instruments above all, or most, of the Earth’s atmosphere. In addition, as these highest-energy particles are quite rare, studying them requires significantly long observation times. The International Space Station (ISS) is thus an ideal location to collect these observations. The CALET collaboration, a large team of researchers from several renowned universities worldwide, has developed an instrument that can identify high-energy particles (e.g. electrons, protons and other atomic nuclei) and accurately measure their energy. They then placed this instrument on the ISS and used it to collect a direct measurement of the cosmic-ray proton spectrum. In a recent paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers presented the analysis and results of their measurements. “In order to observe cosmic rays, especially galactic cosmic rays, it is necessary to detect them at high altitude where the remaining atmosphere is sufficiently thin,” the CALET collaboration told Phys.org, via email. “For this purpose, many instruments are designed and flown to carry out direct observations for years. As a result, we now have a standard picture of galactic cosmic rays and know that cosmic rays are accelerated by the shock waves in supernova remnants, propagate diffusively through the irregularity of galactic magnetic field, and finally escape from our Galaxy.”Since the beginning of the 21st century, researchers have made significant progress in the observation of cosmic rays using particle-detection techniques developed in collider experiments. Over the past decades, space experiments that leverage Earth’s lack of atmosphere have also suggested the occurrence of an unexpected spectral hardening in cosmic rays such as protons, contradicting previous single power-law spectrum predictions. Researchers have proposed several theoretical models to explain this observed spectral hardening, which are still actively debated upon. Exposed Facility of Japanese Experiment Module on the International Space Station. CALET is installed on the port #9. Credit: Adriani et al. Citation: Direct measurement of the cosmic-ray proton spectrum with the CALET on the ISS (2019, May 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-cosmic-ray-proton-spectrum-calet-iss.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters “CALET was optimized for measurement of cosmic-ray electrons, but is also beautifully capable of identifying other charged particles: protons (which are hydrogen nuclei), helium nuclei, and nuclei of heavier elements,” the CALET collaboration explained.CALET is made up of three detector systems, each composed of various types of scintillators that emit a pulse of light when penetrated by a charged particle. The charge detector (CHD) at its top can identify the charge of the incident particle (i.e. 1 for electrons and protons, 2 for helium nuclei, etc.), while an imaging calorimeter (IMC) supplements the charge measurement of the CHD, identifies the trajectory of the particle and starts measuring its energy. The final component of CALET is a total absorption scintillating calorimeter (TASC); a very thick [26.4cm] stack of high-density scintillators (lead tungstate) that is thick enough to contain the entire shower of particles initiated by interaction of the particle with thin layers of tungsten interspersed between scintillators in the IMC. The TASC component is thicker than any previously developed space-based calorimeter, which gives CALET an unprecedented precision and range of energy measurement.CALET was officially launched back in August 19, 2015 and installed on the Japanese Experiment Module-Exposed Facility on the ISS, with an expected mission duration of five or more years. The researchers’ scientific observations began a few months later, on October 13, and continuous operations have been carried out since. “Our data analysis consists of detector calibration, event reconstruction, proton-candidate selection based on the charge and other quantities, estimation of remaining contamination and its subtraction, energy unfolding considering the detector response and the detection- efficiency correction,” the CALET collaboration explained. “Detailed assessment of systematic uncertainties including the tune up and the validation of the Monte Carlo simulation using the beam test results at CERN-SPS is another key point in this analysis.”The recent results published by the researchers are based on flight data up to August 31, 2018. The fully calibrated and reconstructed dataset they collected, dubbed ‘level 2,” amounted to more than 30 TB, yet the resultant proton spectrum was merely a few kB of it. The CALET space instrument enabled the measurement of the cosmic-ray proton spectrum from 50 GeV to 10 TeV covering, for the very first time, the whole energy interval that was previously investigated in separate sub-ranges using different magnetic spectrometers (e.g. BESS-TeV, PAMELA, and AMS-02) and calorimetric instruments (e.g. ATIC, CREAM, and NUCLEON), with a single instrument. Cosmic-ray proton spectrum measured by CALET (red points) from 50~GeV to 10~TeV, together with recent direct measurements. Credit: Adriani et al. Schematic view of CALET calorimeter, consisting of Charge Detector (CHD), Imaging Calorimeter (IMC), and Total Absorption Calorimeter (TASC). Credit: Adriani et al. Explore further More information: O. Adriani et al. Direct Measurement of the Cosmic-Ray Proton Spectrum from 50 GeV to 10 TeV with the Calorimetric Electron Telescope on the International Space Station, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.181102 “CALET has provided a precise measurement of the cosmic-ray proton energy spectrum over a wider range of energies than from any previously published results from other instruments,” the researchers said. “CALET’s results agree with prior measurements at lower energies, and extend those measurements to higher energies.” Using CALET, the researchers were able to finally establish that the intensity of protons at higher energies is significantly greater than would be expected from a simple extrapolation of the intensity spectrum from lower energies, which had already been suggested by earlier measurements. This ‘hardening’ of the high-energy proton spectrum demands an alteration of earlier methods of cosmic-ray production and propagation through our galaxy. “CALET provides an accurate direct measurement of the cosmic-ray proton spectrum in a wide energy range from 50 GeV to 10 TeV showing progressive hardening in the TeV region, thereby severely constraining current models of acceleration and propagation of galactic cosmic rays discussing the generally observed hardening of nuclei spectra,” the researchers explained. “The CALET measurement helps to draw a coherent experimental picture, overcoming the long standing issue of connecting the precise measurements performed by magnetic spectrometers below about 1 TeV, with calorimetric measurements performed by balloon experiments at supra-TeV energies. We think this could be considered as one of the highlights in the history of proton-spectrum measurements.”In addition to confirming the existence of spectral hardening, the measurements collected by the CALET collaboration could inform calculations used in indirect searches for dark matter, atmospheric and cosmogenic neutrinos, as well as gamma-ray physics. The researchers are now planning to test a further hypothesis related to a possible charge-dependent cutoff in the nuclei spectra, which would explain the “knee” observed in the all-particle spectrum. This hypothesis can only be tested directly with measurements collected in space experiments of a significant duration, with significant exposure and with the ability to identify individual elements based on charge measurements. “The acceleration limit of supernova remnants calculated with standard parameters is typically found to be far smaller than the energy of the ‘knee,’ as observed indirectly by ground detectors,” the researchers explained. “Therefore, precise direct observation of the proton and helium spectra at high energy is highly important. Improved statistics and better understanding of the instrument based on the analysis of additional flight data during the ongoing five years (or more) of observations might reveal a charge dependent energy cutoff possibly due to the acceleration limit in supernova remnants in proton and helium spectra, or set important constraints on the acceleration models.” The calorimetric electron telescope (CALET) created by the CALET collaboration is a space-based instrument optimized to measure the all-electron spectrum and equipped with a fully active calorimeter. Their instrument can measure the main components of cosmic rays, including protons, light and heavy nuclei in the energy range up to 1 PeV. CALET succeeds in direct measurements of cosmic ray electron spectrum up to 4.8 TeV 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. 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7 Deadly Web Design Sins You Might Be Making

first_imgDecember 1, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Web design is a tricky subject.People have different opinions about what constitutes good web design and what doesn’t.Some people think your site needs to be super sleek with an up-to-date, modern design in order to get attention. Others believe that web design doesn’t really matter all that much and you just need a site that works and lets people do what they want, like Craigslist.Both answers are right depending on which industry or business you’re talking about. But, how do you figure out what’s right for you? And, how can you make sure you’re web designer knows what they’re talking about and won’t make mistakes?This post presents seven deadly web design sins you don’t want to make on your site. The good news is that they’re all simple principles every website should follow. So, whether you get a slick design or not, you still need to know about these design principles and how they apply to your site.Also, you can use these principles to make sure your web designer knows what they’re doing. Just because someone is a good designer doesn’t mean they know how to design for the web. And, just because someone designs websites doesn’t mean they know how to design a site that will convert. Pay close attention to the principles presented in this post, and use them if necessary to make sure your designer designs a site that’s optimized to get the results you need.Mistake #1: Fonts That Are Too SmallThe first mistake people make is creating a site with fonts that are too small.The reason for this is that, back in the day, most websites had small fonts. The standard was somewhere around 12 px, and nearly everyone followed that standard.But, over time, people started to realize that 12 px fonts are hard to read online. When a screen is 24 inches from someone’s face, small fonts make it difficult to read.People also started to realize that you have only a limited amount of time to get visitors’ attention and let them know they’re in the right place. One study even states that the average attention span in 2013 was 8 seconds, one second less than the average attention span of a goldfish. The same study also states that people read only 28% of the words on an average web page.A 2013 study found the average attention span of people is 8 seconds, one second less than that of a goldfish. Is that even possible? Flickr: photographer23, Creative Commons licenseIn order to get people’s attention right away, you need to do the following:Compose great headlines that grab readers’ attention.Write interesting content that will get them to read more than 28% of what you’ve writtenUse headline fonts that are big enough to demand attentionMake sure body fonts are large enough to read so readers don’t give up because they’re tired of squinting.For all the reasons mentioned above, font sizes have increased over the last few years to the point that many view 14 px as the very minimum font size, and many sites go even bigger with 18 px as a minimum, especially when a lot of reading is involved.Here are some examples of exceptional web design with great font sizes:KISSmetricsHeadline: 35 pxFooter: 15 pxVeroHeadline: 41 pxBody: 18 pxHelp Scout BlogIntro text: 26 pxBody: 19 pxThe point to keep in mind is that the purpose of writing copy is to get it read. When you pay a writer good money or painstakingly write website copy yourself, you want to make sure it gets read and doesn’t get hidden by a small font that makes the copy difficult to read.You also need to remember that not all fonts are the same size. A 16 px Arial font can be smaller than a 16 px version of another font. This is something you need to be aware of when choosing a font size, so you don’t arbitrarily pick 19 px because another site did, only to find out your 19 px version isn’t as big.Keep in mind that footer fonts can be on the smaller side and so can subtext, but if you’ve written something you want people to read, consider using a 16 px font at a minimum. And, in case you don’t want to take my word for it, Smashing Magazine preaches the same thing in this article: 16 Pixels for Body Copy. Anything Less Is a Costly Mistake.Pro Tip: In order to get a feel for the size font you’d like to use, based on websites you like, download the WhatFont extension for Google Chrome. It’s a Chrome plugin that makes it really easy to click on fonts in order to find out what font type and size a website is using.Mistake #2: Moving SlidersI still don’t understand why so many websites use moving sliders.Are they effective? Do they convert? Are they the best way to present your information to customers?In most cases, they are not.Peep Laja wrote an article for ConversionXL titled Don’t Use Automatic Image Carousels or Sliders, Ignore the Fad. In the article he quotes Chris Goward of WiderFunnel and Tim Ash of SiteTuners as saying the following:We have tested rotating offers many times and have found it to be a poor way of presenting home page content.-Chris GowardAnd…Rotating banners are absolutely evil and should be removed immediately.-Tim AshLaja also mentions two studies where rotating sliders were proven to be ineffective:The first was by usability guru Jakob Nielsen. He asked a visitor if Siemens had any special offers for washing machines on their site. In fact, they did have an offer in 98-point font that said customers could get cash back on a new appliance. Unfortunately, the user didn’t see the offer because it was cloaked in a moving slider and ended up being completely missed.This points to a theory among conversion experts that sliders cause banner blindness similar to ads in a sidebar. People are used to lame ads in a sidebar, so they have a tendency to ignore them. This principle seems to apply to rotating sliders as well.The second study was from the University of Notre Dame. They found that only around 1% of visitors clicked on the slider, with 84% of the clicks on the item in the first position.What’s the point of having a website slider if only 1% of people click on the item that is taking up your most valuable homepage real estate, especially when 84% of those clicks are on the first item anyway? Why annoy people with something moving that’s difficult to keep track of? Why not give them a single option to choose from since the majority click the first item anyway?So, why do so many people use sliders since they appear to be so ineffective?The best theory I can come up with is that it seems like a cool and high-tech feature, and it’s easy for web developers to implement. Based on those two factors, business owners say, “Hey, I want one of those fancy moving slider things,” and web designers comply because they look “cool” and aren’t that hard to do.But website owners need to consider whether they’ll be effective and whether they’re the best way to convey information on their site, something Peep Laja, Chris Goward, Tim Ash, and many other smart internet marketing folks no longer believe is the case.To solve this problem, start by asking yourself what is the best way to present your information instead of picking a site you like and copying their design, including the cool-looking slider they use on the homepage.I used this approach with a friend of mine a few years ago for a website he was building for his tutoring company – Genesis Tutoring.He and his business partner approached me and said, “Hey we want to build a website…and we want to have a slider on the homepage that has this information,” and then he showed me a flyer they hand out at schools to advertise their service. The flyer was beautiful, presented the information incredibly well, and, surprise, surprise, didn’t include a slider (those pesky sliders just don’t seem to translate well into the world of printed flyers).So, I suggested, “Why don’t you just duplicate your brochure that’s already working on your homepage and then put a contact button along with your phone number and email underneath.” We tried that, and here’s how it turned out…The site ended up looking great, avoided the dreaded default slider, and converts well. What’s not to like?When it comes to building your own site, follow these instructions to get the same results:Remember not to blindly add a slider just because everyone else is doing it (even if your designer recommends one).Consider what is the best way to present your information on your homepage instead of just blindly copying what your competitors are doing.Choose a single important offer to list in the A-Space on your homepage and go with that. There will always be other things you want to promote, but you can do that farther down on the page or with a button at the top of the page. Pick one offer, make it prominent, and then get out of the way and let your website go to work.And to really hammer down the last point: think about the #1 goal you want your website to do. Focus on that and can all the other calls-to-actions.Again, in case you don’t want to take my word on this, here are some articles you can read that support this point:Rotating Banners? Just Say No!Rotating Offers – The Scourge of Homepage DesignMistake #3: Low Contrast FontsAnother huge mistake people make is using low contrast fonts.Low contrast means a lighter font on a light background or a darker font on a dark background. I’m not sure if this is something that looks ok in print design, but it’s never a good idea on the web.You always want to make sure your website content is as easy to read as possible. The Smashing Magazine article referenced above told us that the amount of light that gets through our eyes at age 40 is only half the amount of light that gets through our eyes at age 20. This drops to 20% by age 60. On top of that, nearly 9% of Americans are visually impaired.With these stats in mind, do you really want to make it harder for visitors to read your content, especially after you’ve paid so much and worked so hard to get them to your site in the first place?Low contrast for fonts is always a bad idea.You can solve this by always using high contrast fonts. If the background is dark, the font should be light, and if the background is light, the font should be dark.Actually, I’ll take this even one step further. Rarely are there times when you need to use any font colors besides black or white. Sometimes designers choose a lighter gray font on a white background or a light blue font on a dark blue background.Why? Is that really easier to read, or are you just trying to add “visual appeal”? Books use black fonts on a white background for a reason – it’s easy to read. Websites would do well to follow this example.Here are some samples of great font contrast:Help Scout BlogEvernoteThis is an example of good contrast on an image, which is not easy to do.Harry’sThe lesson to remember is that fonts should always have a high contrast with the background behind them. If you find the text difficult to read and feel like there should be more contrast, don’t hesitate to call your designer and let them know. Your website isn’t a design showcase. It’s a place to make sales and increase conversions.Bonus Tip: Not only is high contrast important, but you also want to use reverse type sparingly. (Reverse type is white text on a black (or color) background instead of black text on a white background.)In fact, David Ogilvy, one of the greatest ad men of all time, said ads should never be set in reverse type. Colin Wheildon, editor of the largest Australian motoring publication, set out to test this theory. His findings were astounding.According to the study, below is a list of the comprehension level for different colors and backgrounds:Black text on white: 70% good, 19% fair, 11% poorWhite text on black: 0% good, 12% fair, 88% poorWhite text on purple: 2% good, 16% fair, 82% poorWhite text on royal blue: 0% good, 4% fair, 96% poorIsn’t that incredible? The results from black text on a white background compared with white text on a color background are nearly the exact opposite!The takeaways are:Always remember to use high contrast fonts, but also…Use reverse type sparingly.Sometimes reverse type looks good, but it can have a drastic impact on readability and retention. As such, you should use it only for parts of your site that don’t require as much reading and aren’t as important. Overall, you’d be smart to think twice before using reverse type.This reverse type looks “cool” on HubSpot’s homepage, but it may not be the best for readability and comprehension, especially in the most important space on the entire site.Mistake #4: Poor Line Height for TextLine height for text is something that often gets overlooked. A lot of web designers and developers choose a font, pick a size, arbitrarily select a line height, and then call it a day.But line height has a surprisingly significant impact on a site’s overall design and appeal. Choosing the wrong line height can leave fonts looking crowded. It can ruin your entire design.The good news is that talented web designers have a good eye for this and will automatically select a good height for you. The bad news is that the average web developer doesn’t have an eye for this design and will often pick the wrong line height.Chris Pearson of DIYThemes felt so strongly about this that he built a line height calculator configured to something known as the golden ratio. Here’s Google’s definition of the golden ratio:A more simple definition is that the golden ratio is a proportion that’s believed to be aesthetically pleasing. Without boring you with more detail, Chris Pearson used this ratio to build a calculator that combines font size and content width to come up with the ideal line height. The good news is that the calculator makes this super easy to do. You simply plug in your font size and content width, and the calculator will tell you what your line height should be.You may not have realized it, but there’s a reason some designs and font combinations are more pleasing than others. Great designers know how to achieve the golden ratio on their own, but Chris Pearson’s calculator makes it easy for everyone else to do the same.Mistake #5: Line Length That’s Too LongAnother mistake you can make is creating lines of text that are too long.So, what’s the optimum line length?The Baymard Institute published an article that says 50 to 60 characters per line is best, with up to 75 characters being acceptable.The reason line length is so important is because long lines of text are intimidating to read online. If the line length is too long, some people will not begin reading because it doesn’t look like a very good reading experience.On the other hand, if line length is too short, readers have to start and stop lines frequently, which becomes annoying.This problem is compounded by the popularity of responsive design. If you don’t set a maximum width for content section, you have no way of knowing how long the line length will be for your blog or any other piece of text since screen sizes vary so much.At the time the referenced article was written, The Baymard Institute dealt with this problem by setting a maximum width for their text of 516 pixels which leaves an average of 65 characters per line at a font size of 18 px. This creates a great reading experience, as you can see in the image below.Once again, this is a design detail that not all designers are going to pay attention to, but now that you know long lines of text are intimidating to read, you can direct your designer and developer to make sure you deliver an optimal experience for readers.Mistake #6: No Accent Color for Calls to ActionThe next web design sin is not using an accent color. Here’s what I mean:Smart internet marketers know that you need a good accent color to draw attention to key calls to action. If you’re asking someone to “Buy Now” or “Start a Free Trial,” you want to make sure you use a button color that will draw people’s attention so they’ll click and take the action you want them to take.This seems simple enough, but I’ve seen multiple occasions where designers didn’t reserve an accent color for the most important calls to action. Instead, they chose a color that’s already used on the site for something else. That’s not a good idea.Here are some rules of thumb to follow for accent colors:It needs to be bright enough to draw attention to whatever you’re attempting to draw attention to.It needs to be complementary with the other colors on your website so that it doesn’t clash.It needs to stand out from whatever background it’s on. This means that a blue button on a blue background probably isn’t a good idea.It needs to be reserved for key calls to action so it doesn’t blend in by getting overused on the site.In the example below, you’ll notice that the CTA button is bright orange. This helps it stand out from the white background. Also, orange is not used anywhere else in the design (except for a splash in the logo which is small enough that it doesn’t compete for attention). You can check out the full page here if you’d like.Mistake #7: Common Design Principle ViolationsThe final deadly mistake is not following common design principles, which is something that Steve Krug talks about in his book Don’t Make Me Think.The point he makes is that website visitors are used to being able to find certain features in certain places. For example, they’re used to finding logos and taglines in the top left of a page, and menus in the top right. They’re also used to being able to find an About page and a Contact page if they want to learn more about the organization or get in touch.This means it’s a good idea to include those features on your site and that you should think twice before breaking common design principles. This may be something you think is obvious, but it’s not always.Some website owners, for example, decide to be super creative and come up with a different way to display the menu. Instead of being at the top where it’s normally found, it’s included in the branches of a tree that’s built into the background design (or some other creative way to include a menu other than the standard way).Sometimes these crazy new approaches work, but often they don’t. In most cases, it is much better to follow common design principles (so you don’t confuse visitors) than it is to come up with a crazy new layout that may be creative but not intuitive.ConclusionHopefully, you’ve learned a lot by reading about these seven deadly web design sins. Most of them seem to be common sense, but they all get broken more frequently than you would think.Remember, if you’re going to do any design changes at all, make sure you test your changes to see how they affect your bottom line! (hint: use KISSmetrics for this.)Now that you’re aware of these principles, pay attention to the websites you come across and see how many follow these rules. I’m confident you’ll start to realize how important these rules are, which will reinforce why they are important to follow.Over to you: Did I miss any deadly web design sins you frequently see committed online? Leave a comment to add to this list.About the Author: Joe Putnam (@josephputnam) is a Growth Manager for iSpionage, a PPC competitive intelligence tool that makes it easier for smart advertisers (and agencies) to set up profitable campaigns faster. Sign up today for a free iSpy competitor alert to get automatic updates about new PPC keywords, ad copy, and SEO terms for the website of your choice. Register Now » This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics 15+ min readlast_img read more

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Fourth trans woman murdered in the US this year was misgendered by

first_imgCeline Walker is the 4th trans woman murdered in the United States in 2018Transgender woman brutally shot dead in the US is third to be killed this yearLaverne Cox opens up about considering suicide, slams misgendering of murder victimsPINK NEWS- The fourth trans woman murdered in the US this year was misgendered by authorities, meaning that her death has only just come to the attention of media outlets.Celine Walker, 36, was found shot to death in a motel room in Jacksonville, Florida.  Last week, 35-year-old Tonya Harvey was shot to death on Shepard Street in Buffalo, New York.Viccky Gutierrez, the second trans woman murdered in 2018 (Photo from GoFundMe)Harvey was killed at around 5:30pm on Tuesday 6 February.The victim, known as Kita to her friends, died at the scene, on a dead-end street just a few miles from the Canadian border.Local trans rights activist Ari Moore told Buffalo News: “The hatred, the bigotry and the aggressive attacks on trans people is almost an everyday occurrence in our lives.”She emphasised that justice needed to be done, saying: “The murderer is still out there somewhere.”Harvey’s murder follows the killings of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, who founded the Miss Trans America pageant, and Viccky Gutierrez, who was burned to death in Los Angeles.Tonya Harvey was the third trans woman to be killed in the US (Facebook/tonya harvey)Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien’s husband, Mark Steele-Knudslien has been officially charged with her murder after he walked into a police station and confessed to murdering her. Christa Leigh was found wrapped in bedding, plastic sheeting and tar pooling in the basement of their home.She had been stabbed a number of times, with the blood loss leading to her death.She also had blunt force trauma to the head.Steele-Knudslien entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment.Viccky Gutierrez was brutally murdered on Wednesday (January 10) in the morning. Bamby Salcedo, a friend of Gutierrez and founder of the [email protected] Coalition said that she was “such a sweet girl”.“She was our sister,” she added.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) (Photo by Naomi Michaels/Facebook)She was pronounced dead on February 4, meaning that she was the second trans woman to be killed within a week.However, police reports misgendered Walker and used her dead name meaning initial reports did not recognise her trans identity and caused the announcement of her death to be delayed by over a week.Florida authorities have been slammed for misgendering Walker.Naomi Michaels, a close friend of Walker, wrote that there were “several parts” of her story “that disturb me very much”.She wrote: “Jacksonville is home to some of the most amazingly talented Transwomen I know.Miss Trans America was the first trans woman killed in the US this year (Photo by Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien/Facebook)“That being said you’d think that this city could have some type of policy for dealing with the death and murder of transpeople. They don’t.”Michaels went on to explain that as a trans woman, Walker led a careful life to protect herself.“Celine was not a pageant girl. She didn’t even enjoy going to gay clubs or events.“She lived a low key life where she did whatever needed to be done in order for her to survive,” she added.Michaels finished by calling on her friends to contact the local media as well as Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office to correctly report on Walker’s death.Christa Leigh with her husband, Mark, who has been charged with her murder (Photo by Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien/Facebook)Friends of Walker and Michaels wrote that they were sickened by her death.“This is disturbing,” one person wrote.Another said: “This is so sad.”“She was beautiful,” a third added.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to Stoke-on-Trent Live’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, August 24. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 22:59End of live reporting22:34Man, 22, in ‘life-threatening condition’ after stabbing (Image: PA)A 22-year-old man has been left fighting for his life after he was stabbed earlier this evening. The man was taken to County Hospital, in Stafford, before being rushed to Royal Stoke University Hospital with life threatening injures.It is believed he was stabbed in the Pennycroft Court flats area in Corporation Street, Stafford, at approximately 5.30pm today (August 24).Read more. 21:08Fire updateThe city’s major fire stations have reported no significant incidents since their shift change at 7pm.19:31A34 Newcastle Road clear between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).19:31Traffic returned to normal on A34 Lower Heath in both directions around Lower Heath Avenue. Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 18:38 Two lanes closed and heavy traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Lanes one and two (of four) are closed. Awaiting further details as to the type of vehicle that has broken down.18:03 Traffic easing, earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Lane one (of three) was blocked until around 17:20.17:50Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 17:26Slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 in both directions between J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford) and J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). Extra congestion due to the bank holiday weekend. 17:16 One lane blocked and very slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Lane one (of three) is blocked within the smart motorway scheme. 16:52Slow traffic on A50 Ashbourne Road at A518 / B5030 (Little Chef Roundabout). In the roadworks area.16:25Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall.16:16Slow traffic on A54 Kinderton Street in both directions from M6 J18 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel, Sproston Green) to A533 Leadsmithy Street (Middlewich). 16:15Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15.16:15Police trying to trace two men after woman found with head injury (Image: Tom Burnett/StokeonTrentaLive)Police officers want to speak to two men after a 51-year-old woman was found with a ‘serious head injury’ on a pathway off a busy road. In June StokeonTrentLive reported emergency services cordoned off part of the Etruria Loopline between Waterloo Road and Chelwood Street, Hanley. Staffordshire Police officers have revealed they now want to speak to two men after the woman had to receive hospital treatment for her wounds.Read more.15:05Heavy traffic on A34 Lower Heath in both directions at Lower Heath Avenue. In the roadworks area. Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 11:59Two lanes of the motorway blocked Two lanes of the M6 are closed and therer is queueing traffic due to an accident between two cars and a motorbike Northbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J14 A5013 (Stafford North). Travel time is 20 minutes.Lanes two and three (of three) are closed. 11:03M6 partially blockedM6 Southbound exit slip road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).This is as you go up towards the roundabout.10:41Appeal after Roaches fire (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)An appeal has been made to help volunteers at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust following a fire which devastated parts of the Roaches.The blaze, which Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said was caused by a campfire, destroyed large parts of the Moorlands and its wildlife.Read how you can help here.09:16Accident on the A34 There are reports of an accident on the A34 Lower Street near A52 Ryecroft in Newcastle. Traffic is coping well. 08:15Traffic buildingThere is heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.08:09Drugs gang jailedFour men have been jailed for more than 25 years after they plotted together to sell two class A drugs in Stoke-on-Trent.Ahassin Javaid, aged 31, Haroon Ahmed, aged 21, Anees Farooq, aged 27, and Joe Baggeley, aged 20, denied the allegations against them but were convicted after a three-week trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court last monthRead the full story here.06:56Today’s weatherGet your wellies on – there’s going to be quite a few rain showers today. After a chilly, mostly dry and bright start, it will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers will be heavy at times with a risk of hail and thunder. It’s going to feel cool too with some strong gusts likely. The maximum temperature is set to be 18 °C 06:18Good morning everyone!Good morning! 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first_imgNews | January 16, 2009 GE Healthcare Relocates Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical Systems Operations to Milwaukee January 16, 2009 – GE Healthcare Ltd. is merging its two major divisions in metro Milwaukee – the diagnostic-imaging business and the clinical systems unit – under a broad reorganization of the $17 billion-a-year medical systems and biosciences company.Although the “organizational redesign” coincides with job reductions across GE Healthcare’s global operations, which the company announced one month ago, the latest changes by themselves will not affect employment levels, the company said.”The redesign is about growth,” Hooman Hakami, the global integration leader for GE Healthcare. The latest organizational changes reflect early efforts by John Dineen, who took over as GE Healthcare chief executive in July, to manage an organization that had grown unwieldy through a decade of rapid growth and nearly 50 acquisitions.Its $9.5?billion acquisition of British biosciences group Amersham PLC in 2004 expanded the group beyond high-end scanners and ultrasounds and into what the company calls “personalized” and predictive medicine as well as protein research and gene sequencing. The expansion resulted in myriad new technologies and services in 100 countries.Dineen’s reorganization, which becomes effective February 2, 2009, is meant to make the company more responsive to local markets. The units within GE Healthcare that will operate independently around the world are the life sciences business; the surgical equipment business; the information technology business, which designs software to control medical costs; and the diagnostics business from Amersham. Under the second leg of the reorganization, Dineen will carve the world into five regional markets, allowing the many operating divisions to focus jointly on geographic regions and give GE Healthcare a more cohesive identity. The regions are the Americas; China and India; Asia-Pacific, which includes Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand; and Europe and the Middle East.Omar Ishrak, president and CEO of clinical systems, will run the combined hardware division, to be called the Healthcare Systems business.Ishrak is a GE veteran who spearheaded early efforts to globalize operations, starting with a push into Bangalore, India, a decade ago.That move made GE Healthcare one of the first GE divisions to globalize research and manufacturing. He will remain in Wauwatosa.GE is treating the reorganization as if it had just acquired a major outside company, said Hakami, who presides over multiple integration teams.”It’s about putting all our products and regions on equal footing within the organization,” he said.Source: the Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/business/37638594.html)For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Moodys sustained demand for building permits will help banks

first_imgA sustained increase in demand in building permits will help Cypriot banks improve their asset quality in the real estate sector, rating agency Moody’s said, as building permits in Cyprus reached a new high since the 2013 banking crisis.The island’s statistical service said the number of building permits issued in the country during the first four months of 2017 reached their highest level since the crisis.According to Moody’s, during the first four months of 2017, 1,861 building permits were issued, up 8 per cent year-on-year. The rise is the result of a 38 per cent increase in building permits for the construction of new homes, while the total value of permits issued in the first four months of 2017 was 36 per cent higher than in 2016.“Although Cypriot banks continue to face significant asset quality challenges, a sustained increase in demand for building permits would be a credit-positive indication of an improving operating environment for the construction and real estate industries,” the agency said in its bi-weekly credit outlook.Moody’s said it expects that “recovering demand for new real estate and overall improvement in the sector will increase construction companies’ cash flows, with positive implications on banks’ asset quality in the construction and real estate sectors, which constituted approximately 18 per cent of gross loans as of March 2017.”The agency pointed out that non-performing exposures (NPEs) in these sectors, based on the Central Bank of Cyprus’ assessment of troubled loans using the European Banking Authority’s broad definition, declined to 56.4 per cent in March 2017, from 73 per cent in November 2014, with the recovering construction and real estate sectors accelerating asset quality improvements.Moody’s believes that of the large domestic banks, Bank of Cyprus, the island’s largest lender, is likely to benefit most from an improvement in these sectors, which accounted for 31 per cent of gross loans in March 2017.Through debt to asset swaps, the bank’s Real Estate Management Unit (REMU), has acquired €1.4bn worth of property, an amount that constitutes 6 per cent of total assets, and the largest share of any Cypriot bank, Moody’s added.“A gradually recovering property market would facilitate REMU’s sale of these assets and reduce the likelihood of the bank recording losses,” the agency said.However, the agency noted that “notwithstanding the improving operating environment, it will take time for Cypriot banks to rehabilitate their balance sheets because of the long cure periods for restructured loans before they are reclassified as performing, and the substantial volumes of distressed debt, with system-wide NPEs at 45 per cent of gross loans as of March 2017.”You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoHearClearRowland Heights Seniors With Hearing Loss Are In For a Big SurpriseHearClearUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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