France 2 to Explore the Life of Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail

Rabat – Acclaimed French TV program Secrets of History [Secrets d’Histoire] is putting the spotlight on the founder of modern Morocco in an episode entitled ‘Moulay Ismail: Sun King of a Thousand and One Nights’ to be broadcasted July 20 on France 2.The show’s presenter Stéphane Bern promises to take his audience in an “enchanting journey” to discover Morocco in the 18th century, “returning to the footsteps of the famous Sultan, Moulay Ismail,” announced France 2 in a communiqué.For the first time, Secrets of History will examine the “Sun King of Morocco,” recounting “the story of a sultan, whose brilliant reign is often compared to that of Louis XIV.” “Journeying through the imperial cities and the emblematic cities of Morocco, including Fes, Meknes, Marrakesh, and Rabat, Secrets of History opens the doors of the palaces where the sultan lived and where his might flourished,” added the same source.Known for his political decisiveness on the international political stage, “this sovereign stood up to the greatest European monarchies while preserving the interests of his country.”The episode is also set to shed light on how the story of Moulay Ismail has inspired literature and cinema, giving birth to the famous story of “Angelica and the Sultan.”However, the channel noted that the sultan was also known for his brutal rule. “Cruel and greedy, Sultan Ismail is said to have executed over 20,000 people with his own hands during his 55-year reign,” says the statement, adding that he had an army of 14,000 black slaves. He also enslaved Christians and forced them to serve his Kingdom. read more

Moroccos DGSN Establishes Support Units for Women Victims of Violence

Rabat – Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) has introduced support units for women and girls who are victims of gender-based violence.The units, which will be within DGSN administrations, seek to provide psychological support and guidance for the victims of violence.DGSN announced the measure on Thursday, September 26, at the Royal Police Institute in Kenitra, a city north of Rabat. The Moroccan security body emphasized that the measure is part of the implementation of Law 103-13 against gender discrimination.The initiative, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), seeks to “leverage the success of the reception units created in 2007 at the level of judicial police services to receive women victims of violence.”DGSN introduced its new support units during a Canadian-sponsored “study day” on the intersectoral coordination of care for women and victims of violence.“The study was marked by the presentation on the new provisions of law 103-13 as well as on the setting up of cells for the support of women and girls victims of violence,” MAP reported.Morocco enacted Law 103-13 in September 2018 to criminalize sexual harassment, assault in public spaces, and cybercrime.Feminists and activists have long argued that the law contains loopholes.Read Also: After 10 Years of Fighting, Morocco’s Soulalyat Women Find JusticeThe US State Department’s annual report on Morocco’s Human Rights Practices for 2018, published in March, said that the law does not “specifically define domestic violence against women and minors, but the general prohibitions of the criminal code address such violence.”With increasing reports of rape and violent incidents against women, the Moroccan government has urged women to come forward and report such crimes.In July, the Moroccan minister for family, solidarity, equality, and social development, Bassima Hakkawi, unveiled a government-sponsored study that found 93.4% of sexual violence victims have not reported their plight to authorities.The data for the study came from January to March of 2019.As many as 54.4% of women had experienced gendered violence at the time of the survey.The survey stipulated that women aged 25-29 are more often the subjects of violence.The same survey showed that 12.4% of Moroccan women faced sexual assaults in public spaces in the past twelve months. read more

High level of crime threatens Caribbean economic growth UN report

3 May 2007The highest murder and assault rates in the world are undermining economic growth in the Caribbean region, according to a report published today by the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which blames the illicit drug trade and calls for international measures to address the problem. The highest murder and assault rates in the world are undermining economic growth in the Caribbean region, according to a report published today by the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which blames the illicit drug trade and calls for international measures to address the problem.According to the report “Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean,” increased crime severely hinders financing, causes a decline in worker productivity and makes governments, business and individuals spend precious resources on security measures. “The report clearly shows that crime and violence are development issues,” according to Caroline Anstey, World Bank Director for the Caribbean, who called for assistance from the Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD), which promotes democratic governance and the market economy.“Donors and OECD countries need to work together with Caribbean countries to reduce the current levels in the region,” she said.The primary cause of skyrocketing crime in the region is illicit drug traffic, particularly in cocaine, and the proliferation of guns that accompanies that trade. Since Caribbean countries are transit points and not producers of cocaine, the report states, interdiction needs to be complemented by other strategies outside the region. Policies should also focus on limiting the availability of firearms and on providing meaningful work alternatives to youth, according to the report.“Although there is no one ideal approach for crime and violence prevention, interventions such as slum-upgrading projects, youth development initiatives and criminal justice system reform can contribute to reducing crime and violence,” Francis Maertens, Director of UNODC’s Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs said. read more

Newfoundland and Labradors dam experience a warning for BCs Site C expert

VANCOUVER — A hydroelectric venture in central Labrador should serve as a cautionary tale for British Columbia and its own ambitions to build a multibillion-dollar dam in the province’s northeast, the former head of Newfoundland and Labrador’s public utilities regulator says.David Vardy, a former economics professor and retired civil servant in that province, published a letter Tuesday addressed to the B.C. Utilities Commission containing more than a dozen recommendations based on lessons learned from Muskrat Falls.The utilities regulator was tasked earlier this month by B.C.’s new NDP government to review the economic viability of Site C, an $8.8-billion energy project under construction on the Peace River.“B.C. has the luxury of being able to stop this now without going any further,” Vardy said in an interview. “In terms of the take-away from Muskrat Falls: It’s not too late to stop it.”Vardy’s letter outlined the similarities between the two provinces’ megaprojects: Both are backed by powerful Crown corporations, both were exempt from the usual regulatory oversight process, at least initially, and both have experienced ballooning costs over time.The price tag for Muskrat Falls has more than doubled from original estimates, swelling to $12.7 billion in the province of only about 525,000 people. Vardy said the project’s cost of about $24,000 per person would double the province’s per capita net debt and pose a major threat to its solvency.Vardy encouraged British Columbia’s Utilities Commission to ensure Site C is built according to current energy needs and is made as adaptable as possible, warning that the rapid pace of technological advances could make the project obsolete before long.He also emphasized the importance of independent public oversight and a rigorous public review process, lauding the analysis being conducted by the utilities commission.The review began Aug. 9, with interim findings due six weeks later and a final report expected by Nov. 1.The commission’s review process in B.C. was once standard before the previous Liberal government’s clean-energy laws permitted some projects, including Site C, to circumvent the regulatory process.An email from B.C.’s Energy Ministry said the government would consider the results of the report, as well as environmental and First Nations considerations, before making a timely decision on the future of Site C.Energy Minister Michelle Mungall declined further comment “out of respect for the independence of the review process.”BC Hydro could not immediately be reached for comment.The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association told the utilities commission in a statement released Tuesday that BC Hydro must complete Site C.“The Site C dam has been the subject of a robust, nearly three year, independent review and its business case is solid,” president Chris Gardner said. “We cannot produce this kind of high quality, reasonably priced, clean energy anywhere.”There are about 2,400 people working on Site C.Gardner described Site C as an “all-important backbone” that would allow B.C. to transition to other renewable energy sources, adding that ratepayers cannot be expected to spend billions of dollars and get nothing in return.But Vardy dismissed the logic of chasing money already spent, which he called sunk costs.“The key consideration must be future costs,” he said.“We may find it very difficult to walk away from an investment … but what really counts is how much money you’re going to have to spend before you get something that’s worth anything.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitter read more

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday as investors welcomed China’s move to exempt some U.S. products from a recent round of tariffs.Technology, health care and communication services stocks powered much of the gains for the S&P 500, which has been essentially flat for much of the week. Investors also continued to favour smaller-company stocks.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 rose 21.54 points, or 0.7%, to 3,000.93.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 227.61 points, or 0.8%, to 27,137.04.The Nasdaq picked up 85.52 points, or 1.1%, to 8,169.68.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks climbed 32.72 points, or 2.1%, to 1,575.71.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 22.22 points, or 0.7%.The Dow is up 339.58 points, or 1.3%.The Nasdaq is up 66.60 points, or 0.8%.The Russell 2000 is up 70.54 points, or 4.7%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 494.08 points, or 19.7%.The Dow is up 3,809.58 points, or 16.3%.The Nasdaq is up 1,534.40 points, or 23.1%.The Russell 2000 is up 227.15 points, or 16.8%.The Associated Press read more

Governments endorse UNbacked plan to tackle cancer diabetes and other deadly diseases

Governments on Wednesday endorsed the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs as a Sustainable Development Priority at the opening of the three-day global conference in the Uruguayan capital after which the strategy is named, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the country’s Presidency. “It is shocking to see the growing toll diseases like cancer and diabetes are taking on the people who can least afford healthcare,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The pledge follows world leaders’ agreement to reduce by one-third “premature” NCDs deaths by 2030, as part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Today, these diseases kill 40 million annually, more than any other cause of death, of which 15 million occur prematurely among people aged 30-70 years, and seven million in low- and low-middle income countries. “Governments must act on pledges to prevent these diseases in the first place, and to ensure that people can obtain services to treat them,” he added. “Failure do to this imposes massive costs on individuals and communities. It totally contradicts global commitments to sustainable development.” The Montevideo Roadmap highlights the need for coordinated and coherent action from all sectors and the whole of society, as many of the main drivers of ill health lie beyond the control of health ministries, systems and professionals. Non-State actors, including civil society and industry, have important roles to play. In addition to improved disease detection and treatment, the Roadmap also points out that the bulk of NCD deaths could have been prevented by action, such as against tobacco, unhealthy diets and harmful use of alcohol. Among challenges identified in the Roadmap are uneven and insufficient progress to reduce premature deaths from NCDs; influence of the private sector on governments to prioritize trade over public health goals; and lack of high-level political leadership to ensure that health promotion and NCD prevention and control are part of all areas of government policy. Mr. Tedros Adhanom, who last week announced the launch of a new WHO high-level commission on NCDs, added: “This conference is a critical opportunity to accelerate efforts to get ahead of noncommunicable diseases. We must be prepared to have some tough conversations, and to take brave action.” “One vital step is for all countries to follow trailblazers, like Uruguay, that have ratified the protocol to eliminate the illicit trade in tobacco products,” he added. “Ensuring that this protocol can come into force next year is key to advancing the impact of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.” The Montevideo Roadmap will guide global preparations for the UN General Assembly’s third High-level Meeting on NCDs next year to assess progress in meeting the target of reducing premature NCD deaths by 25 per cent by 2025 and then by one-third by 2030. read more

Mens volleyball notches 4th straight NCAA Championship semifinals berth

Five years ago, five Ohio State men’s volleyball players strolled through campus for the first time as students. Now, five years later, four of those players are starters on the team and have greatly affected program. For the fourth straight season, the team has advanced to the NCAA Championship semifinals. The Buckeyes (24-6, 11-1) defeated Loyola-Chicago, 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17), Saturday to win the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament. OSU has won the tournament two consecutive years, each time with a win against the Ramblers in the finals. Redshirt senior John Klanac and junior Shawn Sangrey led OSU offensively with 18 and 17.5 points, respectively. Both had 16 kills, and redshirt senior Steven Kehoe added a match-high 47 assists. Coach Pete Hanson said the difference in the match was when Sangrey and Klanac stepped up after trailing, 1-0, in the match. OSU’s four fifth-year starters are the key to its success, and they remain confident as they approach their fourth-straight appearance as NCAA semifinalists. “Our experience is huge,” redshirt senior Kevin Heine said. “There’s no team out there with as much experience playing.” “We’re a more cohesive unit than we’ve ever been,” Klanac said. Sangrey, Klanac, Kehoe and redshirt senior Jason Tobkin were named to the All-Tournament team for OSU, along with Mike Bunting and Joseph Smalzer of Loyola-Chicago. Kehoe was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. “We knew this would be the best team we’ve had, at least in my career,” Heine said Tuesday. “We just feel so comfortable together on the court.” Klanac was part of two pivotal plays in Saturday’s final set, and the crowd erupted on both plays. He made the score 5-4 with a kill that was only possible because Kehoe ran out of bounds on the Loyola side of the court to keep the rally going. Klanac also had the kill on a long-fought point to make the score 22-16. “We’re in a pretty good mental state of mind,” Hanson said. “We can deal with some adversity, and we can just keep playing.” With the win, the Buckeyes are set to face Penn State at 9 p.m. Thursday. The winner will play Saturday for the NCAA Championship against the winner of the matchup featuring Southern California and California-Santa Barbara. All the games will be played at Recreation Hall at Penn State. The Buckeyes are NCAA semifinalists once again, and this time they look to come back to Columbus with a national title. read more

Babyboomers face £10k burden to care for elderly parents

Around 1.3 million people applied for help funding care in 2015/16 – the latest year figures have been published for – but fewer than half of these were awarded it.The “tipping point” refers to the point at which the proportion of over-65s in the British population will overtake the proportion of those aged under-15 for the first time.It is expected to take place in 2020, putting significant pressure on those caught in the middle.The change has been triggered by an ageing population, caused by improvements to healthcare and lifestyles which have led to longer life expectancies. But despite living longer lives, the number of people with multiple chronic health problems has soared by 1 million in a decade to 2.9 million, partly due to soaring obesity rates, as well as people living for longer.Between 2009/10 and 2016/17, spending by local authorities on adult social services fell by 13.5 per cent per adult in real terms, putting pressure on families to provide care for loved-ones instead.The report found two thirds of carers spend between 10 and 20 hours a week looking after elderly relatives – but this is not enough to enable them to qualify for Carers’ Allowance, which is only available to people caring for someone for at least 35 hours a week. Baby boomers are having to fund the cost of care for their parents Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Baby boomers are having to fund the cost of care for their parentsCredit:Rafael Ben-Ari Caring demands have led to 16 per cent of carers having to reduce their hours at work, 14 per cent saying they can no longer work as often as they like and 10 per cent frequently having to leave work unexpectedly.Looking after others also takes an emotional toll, with two in five carers saying they no longer have any time for themselves and a quarter worried they do not have sufficient time for other family members or friends.Commenting on the report, Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK, said: “We are so lucky that millions of people in this country are prepared to care for someone they love, but we also need to be realistic about the impact this can have on them – physically, emotionally and financially. “Caring is hard work and over time it can wear the most resilient person down. It’s also important to remember that many carers are themselves in their eighties or beyond and have their own health needs to contend with, which they may well be neglecting in favour of those of the person they are supporting.”She called on the Government to improve social care provision, including allowing carers flexible hours at work and more financial support.  Across all carers surveyed, one in six said the cost burden of care had left them struggling for money and a third said they expected to have to raid their savings within the next five years. Babyboomers are having to pay up to £10,000 a year out of their own pockets to fund the care of their elderly relatives.The “squeezed middle” in their 50s, 60s and 70s – who are often helping out children and grandchildren as well as elderly parents – are having to dip into their pensions and savings to fund care and essentials. More than four in ten people caring for an elderly family member spend up to £1,000 of their own money on them each year, while three in ten pay between £1,000 and £10,000, a report found.The money goes on essential items like food and toiletries which disabled or elderly people are unable to fetch themselves, as well as on care support which has not been paid for by social services or from the assets of the person needing care.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A quarter of 1,000 British carers surveyed for the Tipping Point report, commissioned by health insurer Benenden, said their caring responsibilities meant they had been forced to dip into their savings or pension, while one in 16 said the costs meant they will have to retire later than planned.The burden of caring is not just affecting low income families: 60 per cent of carers surveyed for the report were in the top three socioeconomic groups in the UK, while three in ten earned at least £40,000 a year. read more

Column The countdown to Scotlands referendum is on – but many questions

first_imgIN JUST UNDER a year, Scots will answer the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” in a landmark referendum to be held on September 18th 2014. With the date looming, many questions remain after much debate and discussion; can Scotland really be a successful independent state? What would Scottish independence mean for Northern Ireland? What will be the outcome of the referendum?Us vs ThemThe existence of a referendum means that the ‘Us and Them’ mentality is more than well-established, with the build-up of referendum coverage in the UK continuously highlighting the distinct differences between Scotland and England.Hypothetically, even if Scots vote overwhelming to remain in the UK it still brings attention to the so-called ‘gap’ that exists in Scottish and English culture. This gap is also felt among those south of the Scottish border and extends to just shy of the midlands – as Liverpudlians, Mancunians and those on the Tyne feel a sense of disconnect from their apparently ‘well-to-do’ counterparts in the south of England. This difference can be traced back to Thatcher’s days of privatisation and the miners’ strike.It could be argued that Northerners have more in common with their Scottish counterparts than their neighbours down below. This is worrying for Cameron and his Tory counterparts.Yes to independence: Scottish Nationalist PartyOne of the biggest challenges for the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) is not just to have Alex Salmond as the primary face of the ‘yes’ campaign and ensure that the SNP aren’t the complete driving force behind Yes Scotland. They have tried to dilute the Yes to independence campaign so that non-SNP voters aren’t put off by a heavily-backed SNP campaign.In fact, the chief executive of Yes Scotland is a former journalist, Blair Jenkins and is joined by Celia Fitzgerald from Labour for Independence, Brian Nugent of Free Scotland and Scotland’s SNP minister for education, Mike Russell.Despite this widespread united opinion, difficulty has been caused because of the significant policy differences of the large umbrella groups. Labour for Independence wants Labour to revert to pre-Blair days meanwhile, the Greens and the Scottish Socialist Party object to the SNP’s preference for lower corporation tax.Dilution of nationalismIn order to attract a wider vote, the SNP has stated that sterling would continue to be used after independence. Royalist fears would also be unfounded as Queen Elizabeth would remain head of state. This is a clearly-adopted strategy to appeal to potential voters that enjoy their traditional ties with England.Further to this, Scotland would remain in the EU and Nato – although, interestingly, the UK’s fleet of submarine-carried nuclear weapons, held at Faslane naval base on the Clyde, would have to go.Opposition to independenceThe Yes campaign faces its most stringent opposition from Better Together, an anti-independence group whose leading figure is the former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling. Darling was involved in the campaign’s launch in June 2012 and has subsequently delivered an impactful speech on the subject in the annual John P Mackintosh lecture in November 2012.Darling has been criticised by some Scottish Labour MPs and supporters who believe that working with Conservatives on the Better Together campaign may damage Labour’s prospects in Scotland.Devolution Plus?As reported in the Irish Times recently, Sir Ken Bloomfield*, speaking at the Merriman Summer School this year, said he expected the push for Scottish independence to fail. However, he interestingly added that such a poll result could lead to a so-called ‘devolution-plus’ arrangement with the rest of the UK (also termed as ‘Calman plus’ and advocated by senior Scottish Liberal Democrats and supported by The Scotsman).This means that if the Scottish people reject independence, it doesn’t mean they will suddenly lose their identity.Whatever the outcome on 18th September 2014, Northern Ireland will be looking closely at the result with republicans ready for the question to be raised on Irish independence and unionists conscious of deepening already loosening ties with the British mainland. *Sir Kenneth Bloomfield served as a member of the Northern Ireland Civil Service from 1952 to 1991 in a range of posts, ending as Head of the Service from 1984 to 1991. Since retirement he has published four books, two of which include ‘Stormont in Crisis’ and ‘A Tragedy of Errors analyse the course of events in Northern Ireland since partition’.Natalie Tennyson is a Senior Account Executive at Pembroke Communications. She is from Armagh and studied politics at the University of Manchester having specialised in British politics. Natalie works with clients from the education, health, legal, agri and financial sectors in the Corporate team at Pembroke. She tweets at @n_tenn.Read: Independent Scotland would ‘cut corporation tax, keep sterling, stay in EU and scrap the BBC’Read: Scottish Government to reveal ‘landmark’ independence planlast_img read more

Orb BR turns any networked BluRay player into a streaming settop box

first_imgOrb has been making some waves lately trying to undercut rivals like Sonos in the competitive streaming media market, mostly with affordable yet impressively featured gadgets like the Orb TV and Orb MP-1.We loved those two gadgets, but strangely, we’re even more excited about Orb’s latest product, even though it’s not really a gadget at all. Instead, it’s a $19.99 disc that you pop in to your Blu-Ray player which will turn any network-connected player into an Orb station which can be controlled with the company’s free apps or the Orb Caster software for the PC or Mac.AdChoices广告Once you’ve popped in the disc, you can access streaming content from the likes of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Comedy Central, Amazon Video On Demand and more… at either 720p or 1080p resolution, which officially makes this $20 disc better than the $99 Orb TV, which can’t do 1080p.The Orb BR should be on sale by the end of February.last_img read more

Pollution marine un capitaine condamné à verser 1 million deuros

first_imgPollution marine : un capitaine condamné à verser 1 million d’eurosFrance – Le capitaine russe du Matterhorn a été condamné mardi par le tribunal correctionnel de Brest à verser une amende d’1 million d’euros, pour pollution par rejet volontaire d’hydrocarbures. Toutefois, le capitaine ne devra régler que 10% de l’amende : c’est l’armateur grec Eastwind Transport qui payer les 90% restants. Le site précise toutefois qu’il serait étonnant que cette amende soit un jour réglée. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueLe procès a eu lieu le 6 janvier 2010, en l’absence du capitaine. Celui-ci était accusé d’avoir délibérément pollué les eaux d’Ouessant (Bretagne), à cause d’un rejet d’hydrocarbures survenu en mai 2009. Un avion des douanes avait repéré une nappe de 22 km de long derrière le cargo réfrigéré.L’amende peut paraître élevée : elle est toutefois conforme aux codes de l’environnement qui exposent les contrevenants à des amendes pouvant atteindre 15 millions d’euros pour ce genre de délit. De plus, le capitaine et l’armateur doivent payer 28.600 euros aux différentes associations qui se sont portées parties civiles.Le 3 mars 2010 à 10:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La plus vieille chaussure du monde a 5500 ans découvrezla en images

first_imgLa plus vieille chaussure du monde a 5.500 ans, découvrez-la en imagesArménie – Elle passionne les archéologues mais décevra certainement les férus de mode. La plus vieille chaussure du monde, du haut de ses 5.500 ans, est un mocassin en cuir remarquablement conservé. Découverte dans une grotte d’Arménie, l’ancêtre de toutes les chaussures a été taillée dans une pièce de cuir unique, et modelée pour ne pas meurtrir le pied de son porteur. Première interrogation soulevée par cette trouvaille : faisait-elle partie de la garde-robe d’un homme ou d’une femme ? Les chercheurs ne le savent pas encore, comme l’avouait à l’AFP Ron Pinhasi, archéologue au College Cork (Irlande) et principal auteur de ces recherches : “On ne sait pas (…) si ce mocassin appartenait à un homme ou à une femme. Bien que cette chaussure soit de taille 37, selon le système de mesure européen (…), elle aurait pu aussi être portée par un des hommes de cette époque, qui étaient plus petits qu’aujourd’hui”.À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croit Deuxième zone d’ombre : la paille qui garnit l’intérieur de ce soulier ancestral était-elle destinée à tenir chaud aux pieds de son propriétaire, ou a-t-elle été placée là pour conserver à la chaussure sa forme originale ? Là-encore, mystère. C’est dans une grotte de la province arménienne de Vayotz Dzor, près de l’Iran et de la Turquie, que la chaussure a été retrouvée. Les scientifiques pensent que les températures fraîches constantes et la sécheresse de l’air à l’intérieur de cette caverne ont permis de préserver l’intégrité du mocassin. Autre atout des lieux : une couche de fumier conséquente, répartie sur le sol, a préservé la chaussure et les autres objets découverts sur place “sous vide” en séchant. Des conditions tellement idéales qu’elles ont initialement induit les archéologues en erreur : “Nous pensions tout d’abord que le mocassin et les autres objets contenus dans la caverne dataient seulement de 600 à 700 ans car ils étaient en très bon bon état”, ajoute Ron Pinhasi, et il aura fallu une datation au carbone 14 pour réaliser le grand âge de cet antique soulier. Découvrez-la en images : 10 juin 2010 à 12:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Microsoft veut simmiscer sur le marché des tablettes avec Windows 7

first_imgMicrosoft veut s’immiscer sur le marché des tablettes avec Windows 7États-Unis – Discret pour le moment sur le marché des tablettes internet, Microsoft a affirmé préparer son arrivée avec son OS Windows 7. Plusieurs constructeurs de prestige devraient s’associer au géant américain.L’échec de la tablette Courier ne freine pas les ambitions de Microsoft. Au lieu de lancer son propre outil internet tactile, la firme de Steve Ballmer prépare une arrivée en fanfare avec plusieurs tablettes animées par Windows 7. La concurrence avec l’iPad d’Apple s’annonce rude : “C’est un domaine extrêmement important pour nous, explique le PDG de Microsoft. Ces tablettes seront l’une des priorités de cette année.” Ainsi, des marques comme Acer, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Samsung, Dell ou Sony devraient s’associer à l’éditeur de logiciels pour sortir à leur tour une tablette internet. Le lancement de l’iPad et l’apparition d’Android sur le marché ont semble-t-il convaincu Microsoft de ne pas prendre plus de retard.Le 13 juillet 2010 à 12:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

CES 2011 Google simpose sur les tablettes

first_imgCES 2011 : Google s’impose sur les tablettesLe système Android créé par Google a été choisi par plus d’une dizaines de tablettes. Le moteur de recherche pourrait bien concurrencer Apple et son iPad.Honeycomb est partout au Consumer Electronic Show de Las Vegas. Ce système, également appelé Android 3.0, doit en effet équiper les tablettes les plus attendues cette année, comme la Xoom de Motorola par exemple. De plus, Samsung, LG, Lenovo ou encore Dell, ont également fait appel à Android pour leurs terminaux. “Sur les 24,1 millions de tablettes que nous pensons que les consommateurs américains achèteront en 2011, la majorité restera des iPad, mais les consommateurs à la recherche d’une alternative meilleur marché et riche en fonctionnalités se tourneront vers Google”, estime Sarah Rotman Epps, du cabinet Forrester, citée par l’AFP. Un succès qui confirme la crédibilité du géant américain. Celui-ci ravit la vedette à Microsoft, qui peine à convaincre sur le marché des tablettes.Google était déjà parvenu à s’imposer sur les smartphones. Android vient d’ailleurs de se hisser au deuxième rang des systèmes d’exploitation les plus utilisés sur ces terminaux aux Etats-Unis, d’après le cabinet ComsCore. Selon l’AFP, sa part de marché est de 26% (+6,4 points en trois mois). Il arrive après les systèmes BlackBerry (33%) et avant l’iPhone (25%).Une victoire pour Google, critiqué par beaucoup de personnes qui considéraient que le groupe américain n’avait qu’une seule corde à son arc : son moteur de recherche.Le 7 janvier 2011 à 14:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Adapter les techniques de pêche à la personnalité des poissons

first_imgAdapter les techniques de pêche à la ‘personnalité’ des poissonsPubliant récemment leurs travaux dans le Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, des chercheurs canadiens ont montré que les poissons ‘timides’ avaient plus de chances d’être pêchés à la ligne, dans des eaux rocheuses, tandis que leurs congénères ‘audacieux’ avaient plus de chances d’être pris au filet, en pleine eau.C’est une découverte qui va intéresser bon nombre d’amateurs de pêche. D’après les scientifiques, les pêcheurs à la ligne opérant près d’affleurements rocheux ou dans des zones aquatiques riches en végétation sont susceptibles d’attraper des poissons timides qui aiment s’y réfugier. A l’inverse, les pêcheurs au filet opérant en eau libre auraient plus de chances d’attraper des poissons audacieux. À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureCe sont les conclusions d’une étude dirigée par Alexander Wilson, de l’Université Carleton, travaillant à la station biologique de la Queen’s University (Canada). Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, lui et ses collègues ont pêché le crapet arlequin (Lepomis macrochirus) en essayant les deux méthodes, et testé en bassin le comportement des poissons capturés pour évaluer leur ’personnalité’. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont découvert que les animaux étaient loin d’être tous égaux face aux techniques de pêche.  “L’audace – la tendance d’un individu à prendre des risques – est un trait de personnalité d’un intérêt considérable pour les biologistes du comportement. Notre étude est la première à avoir caractérisé la relation entre technique de capture et audace individuelle dans une population sauvage de poissons”, conclut Alexander Wilson.Le 9 octobre 2011 à 15:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Leith McIndewar Joins WISSH as Program Assistant Africa

first_imgLeith McIndewar, program assistant for Africa for WISHH, joined the American Soybean Association in November 2013.  He came to WISHH having previously spent two years working on environmental projects as a natural resource management volunteer with the Peace Corps in Malawi.Leith received his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Florida in May 2010.  Under the supervision of WISHH Africa Program Manager Erica Morrow, Leith is responsible for assisting with WISHH projects in Africa, with most of his work being on the current project in Liberia.last_img read more

KPBSD Passes Preliminary Budget Now Asks Borough To Fund To The Max

first_imgResidents of the Kenai Peninsula testified during the Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday, April 3, advocating for full funding for the district. KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “The Board of Education was able approve our recommended budget to move forward to the borough. That budget includes maximum funding request from the borough so we can maintain our existing people/teacher ratio in the classroom, and not experience use of fund balance.”  The budget still needs to be finalized by the borough assembly which has 30 days to respond to the district’s budget request. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District passed their preliminary budget  of roughly $143 million on Monday, April 2, and are now asking the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to fund education at the maximum level. Leslie: “We need well funded schools so we can keep an adequate number of teachers in the building, and to provide them with a quality curriculum at which to teach. Cutting corners with education may not be worth the cost to our future.” Dusek: “Now it’s a lot of work with the assembly and also our public, but I’m confident that everyone will believe that our school district does great things and is a good investment for our kids.” KPBSD is asking for $52 million from the borough in order to fund the school district to the maximum level. The budget is primarily made up of funding from the borough and the state. It would also draw $1.3 million from the district’s fund balance to cover the FY19 expenditures of $143.5 million At the assembly meeting, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce spoke in favor of funding to the max, with use of the fund balance and the land trust. John: “I want you to take a moment and think about what does this look like next year, what does it look like in 5 years, 15 years, and 25 years. Where do we want the Kenai Peninsula School District to be? We are currently a really great school district, but we can’t hold onto that without funding education to the cap.”last_img read more

No one to face the fate of Nusrat

first_imgLeaders of different organisations formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club on Saturday demanding death sentence of those involved in Nusrat murder. Photo: Mosabber HossainLeaders of different organisations on Saturday demanded death sentence of those involved in the murder of Feni’s madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi.They demanded a special tribunal for the Nusrat murder. Nusrat was brutally killed and no one should face such a fate in the future, the leaders added.The leaders said the police officer who tried to divert the case also has to be brought to book.The leaders made their demands from a human chain in front of the National Press Club as part of their human chain programmes from Ganabhaban to Bangabhaban.The demonstrating organisations included Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosti, Bangladesh Trade Union Kendra, Samajtantrik Mohila Samity, Feni Samity, Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra and Bangladesh Online Activism Forum.They held human chain programmes from Asad Gate to Gulistan in the capital demanding justice for Nusrat Jahan of Sonagazi, Feni. The human chain programmes were held between 11am and 12pm on Saturday.CPB general secretary Shah Alam joined the human chain at Asad Gate. He said the harassment of women and rape have become so frequent that people were no longer becoming shocked.After murder of Tonu, there was a huge outcry across the country, but the justice was not done.Where is the source of power of these offenders, he asked.Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) formed a human chain at Bangabhaban area in the capital on Saturday as part of its human chain programmes from Ganabhaban to Bangabhaban protesting murder of Nusrat. Photo: Dipu MalakarCitizen platform Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) central coordinator Dilip Sarker said none was safe from being raped, not even a mother of six.He alleged the incidents were overlooked, the action restricted to merely forming probe bodies.Dilip called for social resistance to thwart violence against women.Nari Progati Sanga executive director Rokeya Kabir said the spirit of the Liberation War would not be implemented until equal status of men and women is established.CPB Dhaka unit general secretary Sajedul Haque announced the observation of violence against women week between 20 April and 27 April.On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an Alim examination centre allegedly by students loyal to principal Siraj Ud Doula of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended. Nusrat had accused him of sexually harassing her.Critically injured, Nusrat was immediately taken to the DMCH for better treatment where she underwent a surgery under life support on 9 April.The operation conducted after discussion with physicians from Singapore General Hospital who said she was not fit to be flown to Singapore.Nusrat finally succumbed to her injuries around 9:30pm on 10 April. In a declaration on 8 April, Nusrat told her doctors that four students wearing burqas set her on fire. She identified one of them as Shampa.last_img read more

Can the Annual Review Be Replaced By an App

first_img This story appears in the May 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now » There are few workplace institutions so widely reviled as the annual performance review. Managers dread them because they’re time-­consuming to prepare and nerve-racking to deliver. Employees see the review process as upsetting and outdated. In a recent study conducted by the software company Adobe, 59 percent of office workers said reviews had no impact on the way they approached their work, and 37 percent said they had reacted to a review by looking for a new job. Related: The 10 Golden Rules of Effective ManagementWhen it comes to providing companies with solid appraisals of their people, performance reviews disappoint there, too. The management research firm CEB Global reports that nearly nine in 10 human resources leaders don’t think annual performance reviews yield accurate information. It’s no wonder that leading companies like GE, Accenture, IBM, Adobe and Gap have all made headlines in recent years for abandoning the annual appraisal process altogether.  And yet, many experts believe that the key to productive, happy employees is giving more feedback, not less — especially to younger workers, who are thirstier than previous generations for coaching and opportunities for professional growth. Eager to find a better way, companies from Warby Parker to Comcast to Birchbox have begun to enlist apps, like Impraise, 15Five, Reflektive, Zugata and Lattice, which are built to provide employees with continuous 360-degree performance feedback and goal management: like a fitness tracker, but for your job. The promise is to make employees more engaged and productive, while liberating managers from tedious paperwork and everyone from the dreaded annual assessment.Reflektive, which recently raised $60 million in Series C funding, provides companies with a platform for employees to send encouraging, real-time feedback on things that a peer or subordinate is doing well (“You nailed that meeting, Jane!”) or jot down notes on a performance issue that should be discussed later in person (“Encourage Jane to speak up more in meetings”). It also offers “shout outs” — public expressions of praise for a job well done — which appear on a social media-style newsfeed, and tools to record employee goals and track their progress. So if Jane is working on increasing widget sales by 10 percent, a bar chart will quantify her progress toward that goal.Related: 7 Ways to Manage Your Most Motivated and Talented EmployeesSuch relentless assessment may sound crazy-making, but Rajeev Behera, the CEO of Reflektive, argues that millennials, who now make up the largest demographic segment of the workforce, are simply hardwired for receiving digital feedback in their personal lives and expect the same in their professional ones. “If you grew up with Instagram and Facebook and you don’t get feedback — a ‘like’ — you get worried,” Behera says. “Millennials actually view a shortage of feedback as a negative signal.”The catering to hyperconnected millennials doesn’t end there. Many of these apps are designed with principles from gaming and social media in mind. Before he founded Reflektive, Behera worked in mobile game development at Disney, and he brought some of those mechanics into his design for the app. For instance, when Reflektive launches with a new company, it often lets employees use the tool at first solely for getting and giving “shout outs,” in order to build positive sentiment about the product. “The first user experience of any product has to be really positive,” he says. “It has to leave you emotionally satisfied.”15Five, a Reflektive competitor, also takes a page from social media. Its “high five” function — akin to the “shout out” — includes circular photos similar to Instagram profiles, as well as tagging and @mention functionality. And the app includes the ability to “like,” “heart” and leave comments on posts, à la Facebook. But for all the social media tricks in evidence, 15Five’s CEO, David Hassell, insists that the main driver for employees to use the app remains the potential for professional advancement. “We have historically low unemployment levels, and if a company isn’t offering you growth, you’re looking for something new,” Hassell says. Performance management apps have been around only a few years, and how they stand to help or hurt corporate culture remains to be seen. Amy Wrzesniewski, a professor of organizational behavior at Yale’s School of Management, told me that the apps have one thing going for them: Real-time, specific feedback has been shown to be highly useful in helping people correct problematic behaviors, or reinforce positive ones.However, Wrzesniewski cautions that there’s simply no substitute for giving feedback face-to-face, and it could be destructive, in the long run, to have a software platform take the place of verbal coaching. “I worry a bit about people leaving a meeting and typing into the app while they’re walking down the hall with a colleague that they’re typing into the app about,” she says. “In the long term, I think that’s likely to be detrimental to the ability to build a team, to build trust.”David Mallon, vice president and analyst at large for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting, also notes that while frequent feedback is held up as a principle of good management, it’s possible to go overboard with a system that allows everyone — peers, managers, subordinates — to comment on one another’s behavior 24-7. “You raise the question of who has the valid perspective on the performance of an individual, and you have to be careful that feedback doesn’t lose its effectiveness because you’re creating a lot of noise,” Mallon says.There is the question, too, of whether these apps introduce some of the same inefficiencies they pride themselves on removing. Having an entire staff continually entering feedback on one another can become a time-suck and a distraction. And in more strained, toxic or politicized workplaces, the potential for abuse is real. At companies like Netflix and Facebook, for instance, employees are expected to deliver open, candid verbal feedback to one another — no app required.Related: 3 Effective Ways to Manage Employee BurnoutIronically, some companies are now using these apps not to generate helpful feedback in real time but to help them generate more data for…performance reviews. Reflektive, for one, provides a data entry backbone to structure more formal, in-person conversations, which means no more “winging it” in feedback chats or filling out performance review questionnaires in Google Docs.Instacart, the grocery delivery startup, started using Reflektive in 2017 to share recognition in real time and to gather feedback. But it limits formal performance reviews based on that feedback to quarterly reports. “We care about having a sense of urgency. There’s a lot happening [here], and we don’t want to create these systems just to have systems,” says Michelle Suwannukul, Instacart’s director of culture and engagement. Subscription box service Birchbox, which uses Lattice for performance feedback, has limited itself to using the software for biannual performance reviews for much the same reason. When I asked Melissa Enbar, VP of people and culture, how Birchbox manages to deliver public recognition to employees without “shout outs,” “high fives” or “praises,” she told me they do it the old-­fashioned way: a round of applause in weekly meetings. It is, in a sense, a kind of in-­person performance review. 7 min read May 2, 2018 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more