“The communities should look toward the future,” Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations and the President of the Council for the month of June, told a press conference in Pristina at the end of a two-day visit. “They should not be pulled back by their past, but to organize their lives for peaceful coexistence.” Ambassador Chowdhury, who led the Council delegation, noted that the Serb community was particularly concerned about security, saying that displaced Kosovo Serbs would not be able to return home unless their security was insured. The issue of missing and detained persons came up during discussions as a priority concern of the Council, he said, adding that the delegation would take up the matter with Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica on Monday, when it travels to Belgrade. Another strong message the Council repeated throughout its visit was the importance of the participation of the Kosovo Serbs in the 17 November elections and in the interim institutions to be created. Shortly before the Sunday press conference, the delegation met with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, who had made a surprise visit to Kosovo from Belgrade to review the 3,000-strong Russian contingent at Pristina airport. According to the UN Interim Administration Mission in the province (UNMIK), the Council members and the head of UNMIK, Hans Haekkerup, had “full and frank discussions” with President Putin on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1244, which established the UN presence in Kosovo. They also discussed the upcoming elections and security concerns. The Council delegation also held meetings with representatives of all Kosovo communities, met with members of the Interim Administrative Council and the Kosovo Transitional Council, visited the divided city of Mitrovica and met with human rights activists.
In his latest report on achieving the goals set by the United Nations Millennium Summit of 2000, Secretary-General Kofi Annan calls on the nations of the world to re-forge their unity after the divisions over the Iraq war and agree among themselves on what are the main threats facing humanity, his spokesman said today.Mr. Annan also says the international community must not flinch from radical reform of the UN itself, as well as other international bodies, if this is necessary to make them more effective, the spokesman added.The Secretary-General will release the report – titled “Report on the Implementation of the Millennium Declaration 2003” – on Monday when he will hold a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York.The 2000 summit set a series of Millennium Development Goals, aimed at a series of ambitious targets ranging from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS to providing universal primary education, all by 2015.
Dear Editor,I have been following closely the developments regarding the RUSAL workers who, I believe, are rightly standing up for what they deserve. The actions by the foreign company have no place in contemporary Guyana and I have recognized that several voices of condemnation have been raised.I noticed too what can be seen as a very proactive approach by the Government which has publicly stated that it stands with the workers on the matter. This is a most welcome position by the Administration which has committed to going at great lengths to ensure that the workers are protected.While I am happy about those developments, at the same time, I cannot help but recognise the differing approach to workers’ matters by the Government. I cannot recollect the Administration taking such a strong position regarding the teachers who eventually took strike action to get what they correctly deserved.Similarly, the Administration’s silence regarding the troubles that beset thousands of sugar workers and their families is dishearteningly deafening. On that score, I saw the Government providing hampers to the affected RUSAL workers but have not seen similar wisdom to assist our sugar workers who, according to the Guyana Times, are now forced in one area to pick wild vegetables and catching fish in order to have a meal.I hope that the Government will remain resolute in defence of the RUSAL workers but in the same vein it needs to demonstrate an even handed approach to workers who are all Guyanese and who justifiably deserve the assistance of the State.Yours faithfully,Patricia Persaud Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: Govt’s approach to matters of national importance is incoherentMarch 20, 2018In “latest news”Letter: Jordan’s propaganda cannot fool sugar workersOctober 18, 2018In “Letters”Letters: Government sugar policy not clear at allSeptember 3, 2018In “Letters”
Mieux guérir : le stress montré du doigtRoyaume-Uni – Une équipe scientifique du King’s College de Londres met en évidence les effets néfastes du stress sur le processus de guérison.Le vieil adage qui affirme que “le moral, c’est 50% de la guérison” aurait donc des raisons scientifiques d’exister. En effet, des chercheurs en psychiatrie ont mené une étude sur les effets du stress chez des patients souffrant de blessures diverses. Résultat : les plus stressés récupèreraient deux fois moins vite que les patients plus détendus. À lire aussiCrise d’angoisse : symptômes, que faire et comment calmer une crise d’angoisse ?L’expérience est très sérieuse : on a mesuré les quantités de cortisol, connu comme l’hormone du stress, chez chacun des cobayes. Ces derniers ont ensuite subi un interrogatoire sur leur état psychologique. Enfin, un prélèvement de peau a été effectué pour évaluer le temps de cicatrisation.Une étude donnant les mêmes résultats a été menée en parallèle. Certains patients ont tenu un journal où ils exposaient leurs inquiétudes alors que d’autres tentaient de trouver une façon efficace de gérer leur temps. C’est chez le premier groupe qu’on a constaté un processus de guérison le plus satisfaisant. Le 12 juin 2010 à 12:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
“Siri, ai-je la maladie de Parkinson ?”Un scientifique a réussi à mettre au point un logiciel utilisant l’outil de reconnaissance vocale de l’iPhone 4S pour détecter la maladie de Parkinson chez les utilisateurs.Siri, le fameux outil de reconnaissance vocale d’Apple pour l’iPhone 4S pourrait également servir dans le secteur médical. Et notamment dans la détection de la maladie neurologique dite “de Parkinson”. Tant est si bien qu’il pourrait devenir possible de formuler la question “Siri, ai-je la maladie de Parkinson ?” à son smartphone et de l’entendre répondre. C’est Max Little, un chercheur du réputé MIT (l’Institut technologique du Massachusetts) et de l’université d’Oxford, qui est à l’origine du projet, relate Metro. Il travaille ainsi sur un logiciel détectant les modifications dans la voix, révélatrices de l’apparition des premiers symptômes de la maladie de Parkinson.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour réussir cela, le scientifique a suivi 50 personnes atteintes de ce syndrome en enregistrant leur voix une fois par semaine pendant 6 mois. Il a ensuite mis au point un algorithme permettant de déceler dans la voix les changements purement associés à la maladie. Les premiers résultats des tests effectués sur une population aléatoire sont assez encourageants puisque la précision de l’outil s’est élevée à 86%.Le but de Max Little est désormais de collecter 10.000 voix à travers le monde grâce à un site pour l’instant ouvert à sept pays. Mais il ne souhaite pas non plus que cet outil devienne un substitut à la médecine, préférant insister sur le côté préventif de son action. “Il ne s’agit pas de remplacer les spécialistes, mais d’aider à identifier de manière peu coûteuse les patients présentant un risque. Le système peut aussi permettre le suivi des symptômes entre deux rendez-vous chez le spécialiste”, explique-t-il ainsi. Il est néanmoins encourageant de constater que la technologie est capable d’aider la médecine humaine, comme pour l’exemple de ces deux scientifiques qui mettent également au point un logiciel capable de dépister les risques de dépression ou des chirurgiens opérant à distance grâce au Kinect de la Xbox 360. Le 28 juin 2012 à 20:10 • Maxime Lambert
Antoine Griezmann is the most deserving of all three French nominees for the 2018 Ballon d’Or, says Luka ModricThe Atletico Madrid striker is in the 30-man shortlist for this year’s prize along with French World Cup-winning teammates Raphael Varane and Kylian Mbappe.Modric, who is widely regarded as the strong favourite to claim the Ballon d’Or, believes that Griezmann should be considered above even Mbappe for the award given all his achievements this year.The 27-year-old not only helped France win a second World Cup in the summer with four goals scored in the process, but he also had a key role in Atletico’s Europa League triumph.“I would put Antoine Griezmann in pole position in terms of the 3 Frenchmen, for all he has achieved this year,” Modric told France Football.Although Modric expects 19-year-old Mbappe to reach even greater heights in the future as a footballer.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He’s an extraordinary talent, a wonderful promise for the future but who has already displayed a great level. He’s really special,” Modric said.Despite his favourite tag for the Ballon d’Or, Modric refused to discuss his credentials for the award.“I do not like to talk that way and say, ‘Yes, I deserve the Golden Ball’,” he added.“The important thing for me is to be in the field as I have been for months. This year 2018 has been without a doubt the best of my career. (…) You are not going to make me say: ‘It is I who must win it’.Modric won the UEFA and FIFA Player of the Year awards after a stellar campaign that saw him play a key role in Real Madrid’s Champions League title and Croatia’s run to their first ever World Cup final.
Partick Thistle stopper Conor Hazard says he hopes to bring the calmness and composure he learnt at Celtic to his new team while admitting that he has a little bit of a ‘mental’ sideHazard made his Thistle debut in the draw with Dundee United at Tannadice last weekend and he hopes that the winning mentality he brought with him from Celtic will rub off on his teammates.“Everyone has that wee mental side to them, and if you’re a goalie you’re going to have that, aren’t you?” Hazard told National Scot.“It’s just when to use it and when not to use it.“I think, though, you have to be very calm and collected. At Celtic, you’re trained to be calm and collected in every situation.“It will be the same for me here and I’ll try to have an influence on the back four. Hopefully, everyone’s calm and collected on the ball, can take it in any scenario. I’ll certainly be available every time.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“No matter what situation you’re in you have to be very composed. Obviously at a big club like Celtic you have to be composed on the ball at all costs.“The club competes in the Champions League, Europa League and has won a Double Treble.“The atmosphere I can take off everybody is that everyone can take the ball in any situation and they never get fazed. Hopefully, here we can do the same.“My job’s just to keep the ball out of the back of the net. For as long as I’m here I’ll look to get as many clean sheets as possible.“I’ll also look to bring some of the Celtic atmospheres to the club — be a good, nice lad.”
Soybean growers from Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota visit a Cambodian fish farm where the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council is supporting WISHH’s collaboration with WorldFish on aquaculture feeding demonstrations using soy-based feeds.ASA/WISHH’s delegation of U.S. soybean growers recently headed to Cambodia and Myanmar, where they saw first-hand WISHH’s initiatives to build demand for U.S. soy through aquaculture feed, as well as human food.The group participated in the launch of WISHH’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (CAST) – Cambodia project. In addition, they toured Cambodia’s Center of Excellence on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Nutrition (CE SAIN) at the Royal University of Agriculture, a fish hatchery, animal feed store and more.Cambodia’s GDP has increased by more than 7 percent per year since 2011, growing the demand for animal and aquaculture-sourced protein. CAST’s anticipated local economic impact exceeds $300 million over the life of the project, and Cambodia’s aquaculture industry demand for soybean protein is projected to reach 100,000 metric tons per year by 2030.While in Southeast Asia, the soybean growers also visited enterprises in Myanmar where WISHH is leading USDA-funded activities to grow the soy food market, and where USSEC is active in the animal feed and aquaculture sectors.WISHH Program Committee Members traveling to Southeast Asia include: Chairman Daryl Cates (Ill), Craig Converse (SD), Scott Gaffner (Ill.), and Dawn Scheier (SD). Also joining were North Dakota Soybean Council Director Daniel Mock, and Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Board Members Kyle Durham, Tim Gottman, Bob Littleton, and Director of Business Development Tony Stafford. WISHH Executive Director Liz Hare, Asia Division Director Alan Poock, and CAST Chief of Party Jim Hershey staffed the trip.
A semi-trailer truck that crashed into a pole on state Highway 14 east of Washougal has disrupted westbound traffic on the highway. The crash, which was reported at 8:39 a.m., occurred at milepost 21 near the Skamania County line and caused downed power lines that were reportedly sparking on the road and started to burn nearby trees, according to emergency dispatchers. East County Fire & Rescue was dispatched to extinguish the flames. No injuries were reported. Clark Public Utilities crews responded to cut the power and plan to work until 5 p.m. to replace the power pole. Washington State Department of Transportation flaggers will be on scene. Motorists can expect delays. Eighteen customers in Camas and Washougal experienced outages due to the crash, but their power was restored by 1:35 p.m.The truck left the roadway and crashed into a ditch.Crews are on scene now working to unload the trailer and tow the truck.
Property organisation TMgroup has introduced financial wellbeing workshops for its 142 UK-based employees.The workshops, which are delivered by The Tonic as part of a wider employee wellbeing programme, cover topics such as how to take control of daily finances, how to cope with financial shock, emergency funds, and how to achieve financial objectives.The sessions will be run twice a year in the organisation’s Swindon and Glasgow offices, with workshops repeated at different times throughout the day to ensure as many staff as possible can attend. Home-based sales employees are encouraged to attend the office-based sessions or to take part via a conference call.The first workshops were held this month in Swindon, with the Glasgow-based sessions scheduled for February 2017. The workshops will run again for both sites in October 2017.The financial wellbeing workshops were introduced as part of the organisation’s wider employee wellbeing programme, which was launched in 2016 and then further expanded for 2017. The employee wellbeing programme covers areas such as physical fitness, work-life balance, healthy behaviours, mental wellbeing, healthy finances and healthy community.The wellbeing programme builds on the existing benefits offered to employees, including discounted gym membership, two weeks’ paid paternity leave, two paid days off a year for volunteering, private medical insurance, childcare vouchers, free fruit and cereal, and free eye tests.Paul Albone, managing director at TMgroup, said: “Financial wellbeing has a knock-on effect to other areas of everyday life. As a business, we wanted to provide our employees with guidance and support on how best to plan financially to allow them to be happy and healthy.”
St. Vincent To Reinvent “The Picture Of Dorian Gray” St. Vincent To Direct New Lionsgate Film st-vincent-reinvent-picture-dorian-gray Twitter Lionsgate reveals plans to adapt the Oscar Wilde classic with a female title role and St. Vincent in the director’s chairNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 16, 2017 – 12:38 pm GRAMMY.comOscar Wilde’s 1890 novel, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, is the ultimate story of life imitating art. Now, Lionsgate has announced a film adaptation of the classic directed by none other than GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm St. Vincent: Michael Jackson Memories And Her Singular Sound News Email Facebook This is not Clark’s first go at directing — she premiered a short film called Birthday Party as part of a horror anthology at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, a piece she co-wrote, scored and directed.It’s also not the first film adaptation of the only novel Wilde ever published. MGM produced the best-know incarnation in 1945. But according to Variety, Lionsgate has added a twist to Wilde’s tale for this version: the title character will be a woman.Film writer David Birke has also been brought on to handle script duties.In the meantime, St. Vincent heads out on a European and American tour starting in October.Read More: Josh Groban To Appear On “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
The Anchorage flag flying at the Loussac Library in Anchorage. (Photo by Victoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)It’s bright yellow and only flown in only a couple spots around the city. Few people have probably seen Anchorage’s municipal flag, but it plays an important role in the city’s symbolism.Listen nowAbigail Ash says she goes to the Anchorage public library at least two to three times a week.“I noticed the flag, but I didn’t know what it stood for,” Abigail Ash said. “My daughter’s even come here and they’re like ‘what’s that?’ It’s like ‘I have no clue’,”Ash is referring to the municipal flag, which flies next to the U.S. flag and the state flag at the library.Most people don’t notice it, or know what it stands for. Don Burgman also frequents the library about twice a week.“I look at the flags, all three of them, and occasionally I notice they’re at half mast and I’m curious about why,” Burgman said. “But I never noticed it was the city flag. Now that I know that I’ll appreciate it,”The library and museum are among the few places in Anchorage where you can see the flag flying in the wind. Both Burgman and Ash agree that Anchorage needs a city flag, and that they’d like to see it around more.The flag features the municipal seal, designed with Captain Cook’s ship the Resolution, a nod to the explorer’s history with Anchorage. It has a large anchor and a small airplane to symbolize Anchorage as a port and as the air crossroads of the world. The seal sits on a field of bright yellow, and the words “Anchorage, Alaska” adorn the top and the bottom of the seal.Juneau’s flag, recognized by some vexillologists as one of the worst city flags (Courtesy of the city of Juneau)Ted Kaye is a vexillologist, which means he studies the design of flags. Kaye lives in Portland and is the secretary for the North American Vexillological Association. He says poorly designed city flags are flown less. Which may explain why few Anchorage residents recognize their flag.“I like to say that in every bad flag design, there’s a good flag design trying to get out. Anchorage’s flag is no exception,” Kaye said. “It has great imagery, an anchor for Anchorage is just super. But writing the words Anchorage, Alaska on the flag, in a sense, shows that Anchorage is insecure about its symbolism.”Kaye has written numerous books about flag design, including one about the history and design of 150 different city flags across the nation. He says his researchers found nearly nothing gathering information about Anchorage’s flag page.“We know what the design represents, but we didn’t know who had designed it or exactly when. That was just not available to our researchers when we contacted Anchorage,” Kaye said.After reaching out to the museum, the Mayor’s office and the library, it was discovered that Anchorage artist Joan Kimura was the original designer. A longtime artist in Anchorage, Kimura taught art at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and formerly the Anchorage Community College from 1973 to 1994. The UAA Kimura Art Gallery is named in her family’s honor.Kimura submitted an acrylic painting of her flag design for a contest the city was having in 1973. It’s almost exactly the same as the flag flying at the museum and the library today.In 1975, in a Anchorage Assembly resolution, the seal design from the flag was adopted as the official seal for the city of Anchorage, the same seal the municipality uses today.The North American Vexillological Association ranked Anchorage’s city flag 29th out of 150 in a survey on city flags across the nation in 2004. The flag received a score of 5.3 out of 10. Juneau’s city flag is rated one of the worst city flags in the survey at 134th, with a score of 2.7.North Pole’s flag, which has a design of Santa Claus on it. (Courtesy of the city of North Pole)Thorne Bay, Wrangell, Wasilla, Homer, Houston and Ketchikan are a handful of other cities in Alaska that have official flags. North Pole features Santa Claus on their flag. Seward’s flag was chosen in 2016 from a contest that featured art from over 350 schoolchildren.Some might ask why a city flag is important. Kaye says flags can be used for people to identify with and to rally around.“City flags look both inward and outward,” Kaye said. “Inward they create a sense of identity to tie the residents together and help define who they are. Outward a flag creates a brand to represent the city to the outside world.Residents see the municipal seal everywhere, from liquor licenses, to ballots, to the sides of municipal vehicles. However, spotting it flying is far rarer.
Krishnaswamy Natarajan joined the Coast Guard on January 18, 1984.Krishnaswamy Natarajan took over as the new director general of Indian Coast Guard and replaced incumbent Rajendra Singh on Sunday, June 30. Singh is retiring after three and a half years of illustrious command.Natarajan holds a Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University. He joined the Coast Guard on January 18, 1984.Natarajan has held various important Command and Staff appointments, both afloat and ashore. The Flag Officer has commanded all classes of Indian Coast Guard ships viz Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) Sangram, Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Veera, Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) Kanaklata Barua and Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) Chandbibi, according to reports.An alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, K Natarajan has specialised in Search and Rescue as well as Maritime Safety and Port Operations, at the US Coast Guard Reserve Training Centre, Yorktown, Virginia. He is also a recipient of President Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service) in 2011 and Tatrakshak Medal (Meritorious) in 1996.
Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis August 25, 2018, file photo shows a voting sign in Harris County regarding the election on the county’s bond for flood prevention and mitigation projects.Some Harris County voters may find local ballot items missing if they try to vote at a county-wide polling place on Saturday.In March, Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman announced the county would join Texas’ Countywide Polling Place program, allowing voters to cast their ballots at any polling place in Harris County on Election Day, May 4. In reality, though, it’s not that simple.Many government entities, including school districts, city governments or special-purpose districts, are holding independent elections, some of which require residents to vote at specific locations.News 88.7 found five school districts holding independent elections: Clear Creek ISD, Deer Park ISD, Galena Park ISD, Katy ISD and Spring Branch ISD. To vote in these elections, voters must go to the polling place assigned by their school district.Only about 40 percent of election-holding entities within the county are holding Saturday’s elections through Harris County, Harris County Clerk’s Office spokesperson Teneshia Hudspeth told News 88.7. Elections run independently of the county requiring residents to vote at their assigned polling location.Whether your election is administered by Harris County or an independent entity, Hudspeth said every voter can find their polling place or places at HarrisVotes.com. Share
PewDiePie vs. T-Series: YouTube Channels Keep Battling for No. 1 Spot ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Why YouTube Is Changing the Way It Reports Subscriber Counts What is Lino’s ultimate the business model? Wei declined to comment on how the company expects to earn money. “We are growing fast — monetizing is not in our short-term plans,” he said. “Our sole focus is on growth.”As far as DLive’s streaming infrastructure, Wei said it uses industry-standard components and employs content delivery services including Amazon’s AWS. Related “I’m excited to start live-streaming again regularly,” Kjellberg said in a statement. “DLive is great for me because I’m treated like a real partner just like all of the other streamers on their unique platform.”In his first DLive live-stream, PewDiePie says he will donate between $10,000 and $50,000 (in Lino Points, the platform’s currency) to other creators who are live-streaming on the platform as a way to encourage more uptake, Kjellberg said in a video Tuesday.“DLive is a place where instead of competing against each other, it benefits creators to support one another,” said Wilson Wei, co-founder of Lino Network. “PewDiePie has always been a fierce advocate for the value that creators bring with their hard work, time and effort, and he believes in DLive’s vision.”Financial terms of PewDiePie’s deal with DLive and Lino are not being disclosed.PewDiePie has more than 93 million subscribers on YouTube — making him far and away the biggest individual creator on the video site. For the past few weeks, Kjellberg has been engaged in a back-and-forth battle with India’s T-Series for the No. 1 YouTube most-subscribed position.Lino Network, based in Cupertino, Calif., was founded in July 2017. The startup last year raised $20 million in funded led by ZhenFund, a Beijing-based venture-capital firm, with participation from FBG Capital, DFund, and INBlockchain. According to Wei, Lino Network (whose name is a contraction of “livestream now”) has about 30 employees.DLive is the first service built on top of Lino. It launched in September 2018 and claims to have over 3 million monthly active users and 35,000 active streamers; some of the most popular creators are NoahFromDlive, Ltzonda, and DabPlays. The service is available the web at dlive.tv and via Android and iOS apps. According to Wei, DLive and Lino Network are independent companies that have collaborated closely with each other.PewDiePie is supporting DLive because “this particular platform was able to support a lot of what he’s going after in terms of innovation and support for other creators,” said Kat Peterson, co-founder of influencer-media company re6I (ReelSix) and a member of Kjelllberg’s management team. PewDiePie, YouTube’s most popular individual creator, is throwing his weight behind DLive — a live-streaming video service that promises far better economic terms for creators than other major platforms.The vlogger-gamer-comedian, whose name is Felix Kjellberg, says he will use DLive exclusively (for the next several months, anyway) to present weekly live-streams. PewDiePie is slated to kick off his first official DLive stream on Sunday, April 14, at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, at dlive.tv/pewdiepie and the DLive app.DLive is built on top of the Lino Network blockchain-based currency system. The DLive service doesn’t take a cut of the revenue generated by live-streaming creators through subscriptions or digital “gifts” and it pledges that it never will. That’s compared with other providers, including Amazon’s Twitch, which keeps 50% of channel subscription revenue. In addition, DLive generates credits to reward other participating live-streamers based on consumption of their content. “This was a really good fit for him,” Peterson said. “This platform is able to support creators, in terms of the revenue share, in a way that is hugely favorable to the creator.” He’s donating Lino Points to other creators “to get everybody on the platform excited that he’s there,” she added.And, of course, Kjellberg sees a business opportunity to generate a new revenue stream from fans, either through live-stream subscriptions or gifting on the DLive platform.PewDiePie remains a controversial figure: He’s been the target of criticism for making anti-Semitic jokes and using racist language in the past, and lost business deals with Maker Studios and YouTube as a result of his over-the-line stunts. Meanwhile, the attacker in last month’s New Zealand mass shootings reportedly urged people to “subscribe to PewDiePie”; since then, more than 79,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to have PewDiePie banned from YouTube for “normalizing white supremacy.”In a video posted Sunday, Kjellberg apologized again for his past offensive comments (including when he uttered the N-word in a livestream) but disputed many of the petition’s claims as false: “As laughable as some of these points are, a lot of people are obviously taking it seriously,” he says. “If you don’t know anything about me… then obviously it paints a really bad picture that just isn’t true.”DLive says it gives 90.1% of all subscription and gift revenue directly to creators (in the form of Lino Points). To reward the most popular live-streamers, the other 9.9% goes into a pool that rewards people based on their contributions to the network on a daily basis.While DLive doesn’t take a cut of creators’ revenue, there are processing fees from third-party providers associated with converting Lino Points into actual cash and vice versa. (The exchange rate is currently fixed at 1.2 cents per Lino Point.) For example, PayPal charges 40 cents per transaction plus a 4.4% of the total transaction value to purchase Lino Points.
Citation: Early stress in starlings found to lead to faster aging (2014, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-early-stress-starlings-faster-aging.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A starling (Sturnus vulgaris) Photo by Theo Webb Explore further Girls under stress age more rapidly, new study reveals © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from Newcastle University and the University of Glasgow, both in the U.K. has found that stress in young starlings can lead to shortened telomeres—which prior research has suggested leads to faster aging and development and behavioral problems later on in life. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes how they stressed young starlings and then tested them to see what it might have done to them. More information: Developmental telomere attrition predicts impulsive decision making in adult starlings, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rspb.2014.2140Press release Prior research has found that telomeres—the caps on the ends of chromosomes—become shorter each time cells divide. Scientists have also found that it’s this shortening that causes aging in humans and other animals—and aging related illnesses such as diabetes, artery disease, some cancers and premature death. Other research has shown that shortening of telomeres doesn’t happen at the same pace in every species or even in the same species, which explains why some animals seem to age faster or slower than others of their kind. In this new effort, the researchers found that the process can be speeded up by stress—at least in young starlings.The researchers removed starling chicks from their nests and placed them in other nests, some with more hatchlings, others with less. Living with more hatchlings has been found to be more stressful for chicks as they have to compete more hardily for scarce resources from the mother. In testing the chicks 14 months later, the researchers found that those that had been placed in the more stressful nests had shorter telomeres. They also tested them for impulsiveness using delayed feeding techniques. Those raised in the more stressful nest, turned out to be more impulsive—they tended to go for immediate small meal rewards rather than wait a little longer for a much bigger reward.The team suggests their findings may be transferable to humans, as telomere length in people has been linked to both aging and impulsiveness as well. They believe that it’s likely that stress while young (due to a harsh or unpredictable home environment) can lead to premature aging and impulsiveness as a young adult, and likely age related illnesses later on in life. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Kenya’s national airline Kenya Airways has expanded its cooperation with Jet Airways, an international airline from India, to the next level and has announced that the two airlines would codeshare on domestic flights in India between Mumbai (BOM) and New Delhi (DEL), Ahmedabad (AMD) and Hyderabad (HYD). This would enhance connectivity choices for guests travelling from Kenya into India with Kenya Airways.Kenya Airways, through this agreement, would have its flight code (KQ) on Jet Airways’ seven daily flights between Mumbai and New Delhi, five daily flights from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and five daily flights between Mumbai and Hyderabad for travel effective today, November 15.This, along with KQ’s twice-daily flights on the Nairobi – Mumbai route would provide passengers of Kenya Airways with greater access to these key Indian cities and onwards to other destinations in India.The arrangement would also enables Jet Airways passengers to book codeshare tickets to Nairobi, and access the rest of Kenya Airways network across Africa.Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said the partnership would enable customers of both carriers to get maximum benefit of this cooperation. “This partnership will enable us to offer our customers seamless connections to the three cities. We see a lot of demand into domestic India from Kenya and East Africa, with passengers travelling mostly for business, leisure or health tourism,” Mbuvi said.Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways said, “With a domestic network of 46 destinations, Jet Airways connects the world into India seamlessly. Expansion of our codeshare relationship with Kenya Airways will allow us to offer the India diaspora in Kenya convenient access to more destinations in India. At the same time, Indian travellers can continue enjoying the opportunity to explore more of Kenya and East Africa via our international codeshares, strengthening the relationship between the people of the two nations.”
©IOC/Greg Martin, Ubald RutarIn a monumental development for Chinese tourism over the next decade, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) named Beijing, People’s Republic of China, as the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2022 on 31st July 2015.The Chinese capital was chosen over Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur. Beijing received 44 votes to Almaty’s 40.As a result, Beijing will become the first city to host both a summer and winter edition of the Olympic Games, following the city’s successful staging of the Summer Games in 2008.Beijing aims to use the Games to accelerate the development of a new sport, culture and tourism area, and to encourage interest in winter sports in a region that is home to more than 300 million people in northern China.Although the bid process for 2022 began before the approval of Olympic Agenda 2020, the reforms have already had a significant impact on Beijing’s Olympic plans. Olympic Agenda 2020 calls for a stronger focus on sustainability, legacy, and transparency, while making it easier for host cities to tailor Games that meet their needs rather than trying to fit a template.Beijing took advantage of the flexibility provided by Olympic Agenda 2020 to improve its plans for the Games and reduce costs. The city will rely heavily on existing venues, including those built for the Games in 2008, such as the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium.Beijing’s proposed budget for investment in Olympic villages, sports venues and other infrastructure totals US$1.5 billion – significantly less than for Olympic Games in the past.The proposed operational budget should be fully offset by revenue from ticket sales, marketing sponsorships and other income. Thanks to an additional contribution from the IOC of approximately US$880 million dollars to support the staging of the Olympic Winter Games in 2022, Beijing is confident that it will either break even or make a profit.In addition, post-Games legacy uses for all permanent venues have already been identified to ensure that Games-related investments deliver benefits for years to come.
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