Spend a Night Out with Cyndi Lauper and Rosie ODonnell

first_imgRosie O’Donnell and Cyndi Lauper are offering fans the chance to have dinner with them at New York’s 44&X before heading over to catch Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots on Broadway together.The charitybuzz auction is set to raise funds for Rosie’s Theater Kids, an arts education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children.Also up for grabs are the chance to meet Selena Gomez, with 10 corporate suite tickets to her October 16th concert at the Barclays Center, two tickets to see The Glass Menagerie on Broadway and meet Zachary Quinto, the chance to meet Kathy Najimy and Kristin Chenoweth over lattes in New York, and more!To see the entire list of items and get your bids in, visit charitybuzz.com.To learn more about Rosie’s Theater Kids, visit RosiesTheaterKids.org.last_img read more

Sudan faces major recovery challenges despite recent strides – UN official

11 February 2009Sudan has made tremendous strides towards peace and recovery in the past few years, but major challenges such as lack of clean water, high maternal mortality and low school enrolment require the sustained support of the country’s partners, the top United Nations relief official there said today. The UN and its partners still need $1.5 billion of the $2.2 billion sought for the 2009 Sudan Work Plan, which was launched last November and covers humanitarian and early recovery needs throughout the vast African nation.Almost half of the funds sought in what is the world’s largest humanitarian appeal are earmarked for the war-torn region of Darfur, where an estimated 4.7 million people continue to be in need of assistance after six years of conflict. “Sudan has taken tremendous strides towards peace and recovery in the past few years,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ameerah Haq told a news conference in Khartoum, noting that the UN and partners have been successful in delivering basic services such as food, water and shelter in many parts of the country over the past four years. Among the other achievements, she cited the building of the first all weather roads in Southern Sudan around Yambio; over 8,000 teachers trained for enhanced education across Sudan; 6.5 million children receiving vitamin supplements; and over 686,000 households receiving food assistance.“But there are still enormous challenges. Humanitarian and social indicators in many parts of the country are alarming,” added Ms. Haq, who is also the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Sudan. “In the south, more than half the population does not have access to clean water, and the number of mothers dying in childbirth is one of the highest in the world, and the number of people immunised one of the lowest. “In some eastern states malnutrition rates are above the emergency threshold, and in several regions school enrolment rates are among the worst worldwide,” she reported.In addition to addressing those challenges, Ms. Haq also stressed the UN’s commitment to tackle important environmental issues. “Sudan’s natural resource base has been damaged by decades of conflict. It is critical to reverse this damage,” she stated.The 2009 Work Plan is the result of collaboration by government, donors, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and covers a total of 910 projects across 10 sectors. read more

No Jitter Roll Five for Friday

Log in or register to post comments The wireless earbuds include all the features of Jabra’s Evolve line, such as professional quality audio, compatibility with UC solutions, and dual connectivity for a laptop and smartphone. Plus, the earbuds are Skype for Business certified.The Evolve 65t, shown to the right, features four-microphone technology for sound, 15 hours of battery life, multiple fitting options for getting the right seal, adjustable passive noise cancellation, and, for voice commands, one-touch access to a digital assistant of the user’s choosing.The Jabra Evolve 65t will be available in mid-December for $329.Videxio Offers ‘Scan to Join’ FeatureCloud video conferencing service provider Videxio this week announced MeetingConnect, a feature that lets users join a meeting by scanning a QR code when entering a meeting room.With MeetingConnect, Videxio said it wants to eliminate the hassle users face in searching for meeting dial-in details and having to manually type in characters to a video room device. For IT, Videxio said it sees MeetingConnect providing a way to get more use out of their existing video conferencing investments, since it works with legacy room systems from companies like Polycom and Cisco. All employees need are their smartphones – and the QR code, of course.“Our customers have a job to do, and that doesn’t involve fiddling with meeting room technology,” said Tom Erik Lia, CEO and cofounder of Videxio, in a prepared statement. “They just need an easy way to get into their meetings. It’s as simple as that.”MeetingConnect supports most video meeting apps, including its own plus apps from Pexip, Microsoft Skype for Business, Cisco Webex Meetings and Webex Teams, BlueJeans, and Zoom meetings. Videxio is also working on support for Google Hangouts, the company said. To get started with MeetingConnect, admins just need to log in to the Videxio admin portal and print QR codes with instructions to post in meeting rooms. You can see a short demo video here.AvePoint Intros AVAMicrosoft partner AvePoint, an enterprise software and services provider, this week announced the general availability of AvePoint Virtual Assistant (AVA), a bot designed to locate and restore Microsoft Office 365 content for end users.Users who accidentally delete or can’t find files, documents, or emails in Office 365 are able to forego calling up IT and instead chat with AVA in Microsoft Teams. AVA can automatically perform searches based on the individual user’s permissions in Exchange, Outlook, and OneDrive’s recycle bin to restore the sought-after item. Further, when integrated with AvePoint’s Cloud Backup for Office 365 solution, the bot can find content that isn’t retained by Office 365’s native backup capabilities, AvePoint said.AVA is available as a freemium application in the Microsoft Teams Store. Among future developments, AvePoint said it intends to support all major languages with full natural language processing capabilities and to integrate the bot across the full Office 365 portfolio.Versa Networks Teams with AWS Partners on SD-WANSoftware-defined network (SD-WAN) vendor Versa Networks recently revealed that it’s teamed up with Amazon Web Services Partner Network (APN) partners to provide SD-WAN solutions tailored for AWS. The resulting solution will secure and optimize the migration of enterprise on-premises workloads and applications to AWS, Versa said.When selecting partners to work with, Versa said, it looked for service provider and system integration partners that have achieved the AWS Networking Competency status and are an APN partners supporting AWS Direct Connect. Initial APN networking partners include Verizon, Comcast, CenturyLink, and Zayo, the company said. The first package offered in the AWS Solution Space comes from Zayo.The Versa architecture for AWS involves application-aware routing, application traffic optimization, and a diversity of transport options including MPLS, Internet, LTE, and DCA. It includes the capability to use cloud-interconnect and gateway solutions for private, direct access to AWS.Tango Networks Acquires Simetric TelecomTango Networks, a provider of communication solutions for mobile-first enterprises, this week announced the acquisition of Simetric Telecom, a U.K.-based provider known for its ability to blend fixed communications and mobile services to deliver unified telecommunications. Simetric’s Mobile-X service, in particular, provides converged mobile communications that encompass a full enterprise telephony feature set. Tango recently launched its own cloud-powered enterprise mobile communications service, called Kinetic Cloud, that offers mobile UC, mobile communications recording compliance, automated enterprise application mobile integration, and enterprise text messaging.Together as one, Tango is aiming to create an enterprise mobility powerhouse capable of revolutionizing mobile communications services, the company said. The combined offerings will integrate mobile native voice, text, and data communications with enterprise telephony and applications, giving enterprise customers a “ubiquitous, global communications fabric covering all employees in any location,” Tango said.Simetric is now operating as a subsidiary of Tango Networks; it didn’t disclose the price or terms of the deal.Tags:News & ViewsJabraVidexioAvePointVersa NetworksTango NetworksIndustry NewsAI & AutomationAI & Speech TechnologiesEndpointsEnterprise NetworkingMeetingsSD-WANVideo Collaboration & A/V Articles You Might Like Dish Networks Gets a Bone in Sprint, T-Mobile Merger OK Michael Finneran July 30, 2019 A fantasy solution for a fanciful concern clears the way for Sprint, T-Mobile combo — please let it go through, for safety’s sake! One Way or Another, Sprint Needs Out of Purgatory Michael Finneran June 19, 2019 For enterprise customers, the benefits of a T-Mobile/Sprint combination are clear, but the politics remain incomprehensible. In this week’s news roundup, we look at announcements around professional headsets, video conferencing, virtual assistants, as well as a network partnership and an acquisition in the mobile space.Jabra Launches Wireless Earbuds for BusinessUC headset provider Jabra this week launched the latest addition to its Evolve headset line, the Evolve 65t — wireless earbuds aimed at mobile professionals. Avaya & RingCentral: Does This Alliance Make Sense? Zeus Kerravala October 04, 2019 While the benefits for RingCentral are clear, that’s not so easily said about Avaya. No Jitter Roll: Five for Friday Beth Schultz June 14, 2019 A look at news from Slack, Symphony, Intel, Nureva, and PGi Jabra_Evolve65t_300.png See All in Industry News » News_774.png Avaya Taps RingCentral in UCaaS Partnership Beth Schultz October 03, 2019 Deal includes RingCentral’s $500 million investment in Avaya. read more

Jury awards 8 millionplus in hip implant suit against Johnson Johnsons DePuy

Jury awards $8 million-plus in hip implant suit against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy subsidiary by Greg Risling, The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2013 3:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A jury Friday awarded $8.3 million to a former prison guard who accused Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled.Jurors found that the ASR XL implant was defectively designed and caused metal poisoning and other health problems suffered by Loren Kransky after he underwent surgery in 2007.However, the panel rejected the 65-year-old’s claim that DePuy failed to adequately warn of the risks associated with the implant, and it didn’t find the company acted with malice, prohibiting Kransky from collecting any punitive damages.The fraud and negligence suit is the first of nearly 11,000 similar cases involving an all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint that was pulled from the market two years ago to reach trial in the United States. Others like Kransky claim the implants have left them with crippling injuries or in need of other replacement surgeries.Johnson & Johnson has set aside about $1 billion to cover costs of the recall and lawsuits.Plaintiff’s attorney Doug Saeltzer said the verdict bodes well for the other cases.“The message is that these cases are valid, that the injuries are real and severe, and Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have to pay significant money for their mistakes,” Saeltzer said.Loire Gawreluk, a DePuy spokeswoman, said the Warsaw, Ind., company plans to appeal the verdict.“We believe ASR XL was properly designed, and that DePuy’s actions concerning the product were appropriate and responsible,” she said.During the trial, Kransky’s lawyers told jurors that black pieces of metal flaked off the implant and caused a type of poisoning that could have killed him if the material had not been removed.Brian Panish, one of Kransky’s attorneys, said during closing arguments that the company “knew this hip was defective long before Mr. Kransky got it,” the Los Angeles Times reported.“They wanted to play Russian roulette with patients. This defendant didn’t care about patient safety,” Panish said.Defence attorneys denied Kransky’s claims and argued he had a host of pre-existing health ailments and the hip implant didn’t make him worse.The hip joint was sold for eight years to more than 90,000 people worldwide. New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson stopped making the product in 2009 and recalled it the next year.The artificial part is meant to replace deteriorated joints causing severe pain and limiting mobility, and is generally expected to last 10 to 20 years. With the DePuy hip implant, one in eight patients needed theirs replaced within five years.Attorneys representing the patients claim J&J knew about the problems in 2008. The company has denied those allegations.Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest provider of health care products, has issued more than 30 product recalls since 2009. Most have involved nonprescription medicines such as adult and children’s Tylenol and Motrin, but other recalls were for prescription drugs for conditions such as epilepsy or for contact lenses.Johnson & Johnson shares rose 44 cents to $78.19 Friday. read more

Somalias destiny lies in the hands of the people highlights outgoing UN

Briefing the Security Council for the last time in his capacity as UN Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating called on all Somalis to draw strength from the positive transformations going on inside the country and work collectively for the common good.“The future of Somalia is in the hands of the Somalis,” he declared.In particular, Mr. Keating – who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) – urged unity among political leaders.“The more [they] show unity, the greater the opportunity, and the responsibility, of international partners to invest in all parts of the country and its leadership,” he said.In his remarks, Mr. Keating highlighted four key concerns the country’s leaders need to address, and issues that the international community should keep focusing on.These include the threat posed by the Al Shabaab and other extremist groups; the risk of political differences overshadowing progress in legislative, reform and security areas; fragmentation within the international community; and the danger of a humanitarian “catastrophe”, especially with most of the population already living in precarious circumstances due to climate change and other vulnerabilities.“Future crises will result from the combination of climate related shocks; armed conflict provoked by Al Shabaab and unresolved grievances; competition over natural resources; and systemic marginalization of certain groups,” warned Mr. Keating. He underscored the need to reduce the vulnerability faced by ordinary Somalis, through job creation and smart investments that safeguard natural resources and help unlock the enormous economic potential of the country.Besides political will, Mr. Keating underscored, success will depend on leaders from the political, business and traditional spheres “working together for the common good, leveraging the country’s potential wealth to transform prospects for people – especially the young.”On 1 October, Nicholas Haysom will replace Mr. Keating as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and the head of UNSOM. Mr. Keating was appointed the top UN official in the Horn of Africa nation in November 2015.Women have brought ‘important voices’ to Somali politicsAlongside Mr. Keating, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the UN gender equality and empowerment agency for women and girls (UN Women) highlighted the “once-in-a-generation opportunity” that Somalia currently has to establish lasting peace, and gender equality.She commended the nation for improving representation of women in public office, illustrated by the “jump” in women’s representation in parliamentary elections from 14 to nearly 25 per cent of seats in the most recent elections.This progress, she underscored, has brought many “important voices” to Somali politics.She said it had brought to the centre “the fight to end child marriage, end female genital mutilation (FGM), and change laws that discriminate against women,” noting that the participation of women will be further boosted if more leaders, especially clan leaders, embrace gender equality and support women.She also called on the international community and the Security Council to support Somalia’s federal and provincial authorities, advance gender equality, act strongly against sexual and gender-based violence, advocate for meaningful participation and recognition of women in all sectors, and support women’s groups in the country.“Women’s organizations in Somalia are organized. They are dedicated to their country: they are activists, advocates, entrepreneurs, professionals, and patriots,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, noting that as the country prepares to confront the challenges in the days ahead, “women will make the difference.” read more

Maintain calm and exercise patience UN envoy urges as Nigeria heads to

In a statement on Friday, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, encouraged all Nigerians to “continue to maintain calm and to exercise patience and restraint throughout the voting process and the announcement of the final results”.As President Muhammadu Buhari aims to extend his time in office, after victory four years ago – when, for the first-time ever, an opposition candidate defeated a sitting president – former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has emerged as his main challenger, according to news reports.Adhere to the tenets of free, fair, transparent, inclusive and credible elections – UN envoyMr. Chambas welcomed the candidates’ signing on Wednesday of the second National Peace Accord, which aims to keep the vote peaceful and ensure a non-violent transfer of power, and urged them to “seek redress of any grievances they may have through legal and constitutional means”.He pressed the candidates to “mobilize” their supporters to “adhere to the tenets of free, fair, transparent, inclusive and credible elections, devoid of hate and denigration of each other”.“Firmly reject all undemocratic and negative voices that may seek to disrupt the elections and promote conflict between Nigerians”, he said, while encouraging voters in Africa’s most-populous democracy to exercise their civic responsibility and come out “in numbers” to peacefully cast their votes.The Special Representative said that success at the polls was “the responsibility of all Nigerians and relevant Nigerian institutions, particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, political parties, candidates, religious leaders, civil society”.  While calling on all participants to “prioritize the interest of the country”, the UNOWAS head expressed his hopes that the continent’s largest economy will successfully conduct free, fair and transparent elections that will “set an example for the elections coming up in West Africa and Africa, and underscore Nigeria’s leadership in the region”. read more

Speech by Under Secretary of State for Transport Robert Goodwill at CV

Thank you for inviting me here today, I’m very pleased to have this early opportunity of meeting you.Freight transport is essential to the effective functioning of the country. It ensures that supermarket shelves remain stocked, medical supplies and post get to where they are needed when they are needed; factory floors are supplied with equipment, and UK businesses have access to overseas suppliers and can sell UK goods abroad.The UK freight and logistics sector is therefore vital to economic growth and prosperity. It is worth around £75billion to the economy and employs over 2m people across 190,000 companies. It delivers the country’s core needs (food, oil, coal, hospital supplies); facilitates industrial and manufacturing sector (imports and exports) and ensures the service sector can thrive through supply of consumer goods. Efficient freight transport is vital for efficient business.Of course, you all know this, and the Government does too.The Logistics Growth Review, back in November 2011, set out our position on the importance of the freight sector. This made clear that facilitating conditions for growth in the logistics sector is critical to the Government’s growth agenda. It included a wide package of measures to target real barriers to growth identified by businesses across the sector which we have been taking forward.We have made significant investment in increasing rail freight capacity: over £400m between 2009-2014 and over £200m agreed for 2014-2019.To give just one example: the Felixstowe to Nuneaton (West Coast Main Line) capacity scheme (£52.8m) for Control Period 4 (to April 2014) is designed to deliver 16 additional freight paths per day in each direction, enabling rail to accommodate part of the growth arising from the expansion of the Port of Felixstowe.The road network is vital to our economy. Since the late-1980s, more than 60 per cent of goods moved have been transported by road.In the June Spending Round we announced transformational investment in our road network and reform to the status of the Highways Agency.We have committed investment of over £24bn in this and the next Parliament. This should deliver 52 new national road projects and will triple annual investment on road enhancements from today’s levels to over £3bn by 2021.Over 400 extra lane miles of Improved Motorways’ will be added, linking existing stretches to create a new ‘Smart Motorway’ corridor between the North West, Birmingham and London.And we will invest more than £9bn in maintaining our national road networkThe M62 J25-30 scheme near Leeds in South Yorkshire is now fully operational. A number of other schemes are already under construction, including the widening of the A23 between Handcross and Warninglid in West Sussex, and dualling the A11 Fiveways to Thetford in East Anglia, with completion expected in 2014/15;The plans for the Highways Agency will see it turned into a publicly owned company with long term funding certainty, ending decades of underinvestment and uncertainty in our road network, making sure money goes where it is most needed and schemes are backed from design to completion.Commercial vehicles are the basis of the sector. A trial of longer semi trailers is now well under way. Longer trailers enable freight companies to transport more goods, more efficiently, and should give significant economic and environmental benefits. We want to maximise their use during the trial to ensure we properly assess the benefits therefore we have recently changed the allocation procedure to better match supply and demand, so that the trailers can be used by the operators who are ready to use them.Since we made the change, we have had requests for over 500 semi-trailers, from operators who are ready to place their orders with manufacturers within the next six months, in addition to the 550 that had already been authorised since the trial started last year.Heavy goods vehicles are responsible for around 20% of green house gas emissions from domestic transport.We have set up a joint Government and Industry Low Carbon HGV Technology Task Force with the aim of promoting the use of fuel efficient, low emission road freight technologies.We have also launched a low carbon truck trial, which will support over 300 low carbon HGVs, (with around 130 already on the road and the remainder coming soon) and a number of gas refuelling stations that will be open to other operators. The trial aims to demonstrate the wider benefits of low carbon trucks, such as the potential for reduced running costs through fuel savings for operators, and will provide crucial evidence that will link with the government’s Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) strategy which was been broadened to include heavier vehicles.We are working on our new guidance on quiet out of hours deliveries, which will improve flexibility for freight operators and their customers and relieve peak hour congestion on busy high streets. We will be issuing this soon and disseminating it to all the sectors involved, including freight operators, retailers, local authorities and community groups.We will continue to work with the freight industry to identify priorities where we can do more to help the sector develop and support the wider economy.The HGV road user levy Act has now become law, and we are working to introduce the levy from April 2014.The levy is being introduced to ensure a fairer arrangement for UK hauliers.At the moment there are charges for lorries in almost every European country, yet foreign HGV drivers pay nothing to use UK roads. The HGV road user levy will correct that imbalance and ensure that foreign hauliers pay a contribution whenever they use UK roads and we will introduce other measures to be introduced at the same time to ensure that more than nine out of ten will pay no more than now.We know that the freight sector is very competitive with many small firms and narrow profit margins.In recognition of the impact that persistently high prices have on business costs the 1.89 pence per litre fuel duty increase planned for 1 September was cancelled.Fuel duty has now been frozen for nearly three and a half years, the longest fuel duty freeze for over 20 years. As a result of government actions, average pump prices are 13ppl lower than if we had stuck to the previous government’s plans.Cancelling the September increase will save a typical haulier £750 per year.Budget 2013 announced that vehicle excise duty would be frozen for HGVs meaning that hauliers have been benefiting from frozen VED rates since 2001.In 2013-14 the HGV rates would be around 45% higher if they had increased with RPI since 2001 and around 12% higher if they had increased with RPI since 2010.In 2012, there were almost 300,000 people employed as large goods vehicle drivers in the UK. Driving is a skilled and safety-critical activity and we welcome the work being done by the industry to increase the recognition of it as a worthwhile job. We are committed to doing our part, for example working with industry to enable people with skills acquired in the military to make the most of their potential in civilian driving.We continue to press for the right European-wide rules, the right level of discretion for the United Kingdom and the right interpretation of the European rules. So for example we have just laid a regulation to amend who is in-scope of driver CPC. This means that some drivers who drive infrequently as part of their job will not need to hold a CPC. This change represents a saving to the industry of nearly £24m per year.We continue to negotiate to avoid excessive European requirements for roadworthiness testing. There are still some risks of disproportionate costs including related to caravans, but I am pleased that some of the potential impositions have been stopped.I know that there are a number of issues that concern you.Our proposed option for a new commercial model for the VCA is to create a new company in a joint venture with a private sector partner. The Secretary of State will be a minority shareholder in the new company and will retain the position of UK Type Approval Authority. All of the services currently offered by VCA, including those considered by industry to be a “one stop shop”, will continue to be delivered by the new company. A prime objective for this project is to ensure VCA’s well-deserved international reputation for integrity and the delivery of high-quality services is maintained.The new company will be established so that there will be a seamless transfer of responsibilities from VCA and although customers will obviously see some differences, the VCA’s capacity and quality of service on offer will not be impaired in any wayI understand the concerns of the industry regarding problems when booking an appointment for an individual approval inspection.The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) who are responsible for the inspections are working closely with the trade bodies, especially the SMMT, to identify and address concerns.VOSA has implemented a number of measures including additional administrative and technical staff to boost capacity.At the moment VOSA staff operate from seventeen privately owned inspection facilities and plans to open three more VOSA sites are well advanced.Despite introduction of the requirements in 2009, many manufacturers & builders have only recently had their first encounter with the type approval requirements and VOSA staff spend a lot of their time providing expertise and support. We recognise this is a difficult and demanding area.Individual approval inspection remains very cost-effective route to registration for use on UK roads and VOSA staff will continue to provide assistance to help customers through the process.We know that the freight and logistics industry is vital to the UK’s economy and I look forward to hearing more about the issues that matter to you.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Terrell Owens Cut By Arena League Team

Might not see Terrell Owens in a football uniform again.If Terrell Owens‘ career had not hit rock bottom by playing in the Indoor  Football League, it did Tuesday when he was cut from the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.Worse, the team was chasing a playoff spot and still got rid of the one-time Pro Bowl receiver.But why?Apparently, Owens refused to play in upcoming road games against the Nebraska Danger and Everett (Washington) Raptors. According to a statement from the Wranglers, T.O. got the boot because of typical Terrell Owens nonsense.“The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for Mr. Owens was his no-show to a scheduled appearance at a local children’s hospital with other Wrangler players and coaches,” the statement read.  It is not the desire of the Allen Wranglers’ organization to disappoint fans by having our most notable player miss a scheduled appearance.”Reportedly, as part of being cut, Owens loses his ownership stake in the team — and almost assuredly any chance of a return to the NFL. read more

Harmful plastic pellets found on three quarters of British beaches

first_imgWe are asking the UK Government to ensure best practice is in place along the full plastic supply chain, and any further nurdle pollution is stoppedMadeleine Berg, Fidra Plastic bottles The largest number recorded in the Great Winter Nurdle Hunt weekend in early February were found at Widemouth Bay, Cornwall, where 33 volunteers from the Widemouth Task Force collected around 127,500 pellets on a 100-metre stretch of beach.Hundreds or even thousands of the tiny pellets were also spotted by volunteers over a short period of time in locations from Porth Neigwl, Wales, to the shoreline in front of the dunes at Seaton, Hartlepool, and after stormy conditions on the Isle of Wight.They are one of the main sources of “primary microplastics” – small pieces of plastic which have not come from larger items broken down into little bits – in European seas and can cause damage to wildlife, such as birds and fish which eat them.Experts warn they can also soak up chemical pollutants from their surroundings and then release the toxins into the creatures that eat them.Overall, more than 600 volunteers took part in the Great Winter Nurdle Hunt organised by Scottish environmental charity Fidra and other organisations.Results from the hunt will be fed into the Government’s consultation on microplastics, looking at ways of tackling the problem. Small plastic pellets that can kill wildlife are being found on nearly three quarters of Britain’s beaches, a new survey has found.Searches of 270 shorelines from Shetland to the Scilly Isles revealed most are being blighted by lentil-sized “nurdles”, which are used as a raw material for building plastic products.Billions of the lightweight objects escape into the environment each year, either spilt into rivers and oceans or getting into drains during their manufacture or transport. 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. Hundreds of nurdles are used to make a plastic bottleCredit:Telegraph Madeleine Berg, projects officer at Fidra, said: “The information we’ve gathered will be vital to show the UK Government that pellets are found on beaches all around the UK and, importantly, that so many people care about the issue.”Simple precautionary measures can help spillages and ensure nurdles don’t end up in our environment.”We are asking the UK Government to ensure best practice is in place along the full plastic supply chain, and any further nurdle pollution is stopped.”UK factories use 7.3 million tons of plastic each year, most of it made up of tiny pellets between 3mm and 5mm wide and weighing about 20mg each.About 600 nurdles are used to make a small plastic water bottle.Although only a tiny fraction – less than 0.01 per cent – are thought to escape, so many nurdles pass through the UK’s factories that as many as 53 billion are spilled into the wider environment each year, according to the report by the research group Eunomia.That is the equivalent of 35 tanker-loads of pellets weighing more than 1,000 tons.In 2015 study found that nurdles posed a risk to a key puffin colony on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth.It found the tiny pellets in the stomachs of many of the birds, adding to the array of plastic fragments that have become so prevalent in the oceans that nine out of ten sea birds already have some lodged in their stomachs.Campaigners arguing for tougher action on irresponsible manufacturers have pointed to the dramatic reduction of plastic bags on British beaches in the wake of the introduction of the 5p charge.Reports last year suggested the number of bags being washed up onto the shoreline had halved in the 12 months since the minimum charge was brought in.last_img read more

15 million of iPad Minis stolen from JFK building featured in Goodfellas

first_imgBuilding 261 in JFK airport, where the 1978 Lufthansa heist took place and was also featured in Goodfellas, got robbed again earlier this week. Two burglars managed to loot $1.5 million worth of iPad Minis. According to law enforcement involved in the case, the duo used one of the airport’s forklifts to load two pallets of the Minis onto a truck. Three more pallets of Apple’s new tablet sat vulnerable at the site, but the thieves were interrupted by an employee of the airport returning from dinner, and fled before they could attempt to pilfer the rest of the hardware.The thieves, in a white tractor trailer with the acronym “CEVA” reportedly on the side, rolled up to a side of the building that faces the street and has less security. A quick Google search shows that there is a CEVA located in New York, CEVA Logistics, which happens to be a freight management company. Investigators suspect the heist was either an inside job, or at least had inside help, as someone needed to let them into the area before the crime, and let them out with the goods afterwards.The crew hauled in around 3,600 iPad Minis, which were destined for stores throughout the United States. So far, the thieves are still at large.Though this iPad Mini heist totaled a $1.5 million haul, it doesn’t quite compare to the infamous Lufthansa heist, which if adjusted for inflation, brought in a haul of a little over $21 million in cash and jewels.via New York Post. Image credit: bump.last_img read more

MiamiDade passes ordinance requiring scan for microchip in lost dogs

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade commissioners passed an ordinance Tuesday affecting stray dogs in the county.The ordinance requires individuals and rescue organizations who take in lost or stray dogs to notify the county’s animal services department and have the dog scanned for a microchip within 72 hours.If the dog has a registered owner, the finder must contact the county within 24 hours, or face a possible fine.The legislation’s sponsor, Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, credited a story by former 7News investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero.“What happens is, sometimes, other people just take the dog, and they don’t let it go through the shelter, and deal with it, so this is why this is so important,” Diaz said, “and I want to thank Carmel Cafiero for doing that report to give us the insight.”Carmel’s report highlighted a family who did not know their lost dog Pepper had been found until it was given away to another family.The law also calls for the county to create an online lost dog registry. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

New Yorks Spitzer Wins Three ASME Awards

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO—New York magazine’s stunning visual takedown of disgraced governor Eliot Spitzer won three awards given by American Society of Magazine Editors and announced here Monday at the American Magazine Conference.The March 24 cover won cover of the year, best news cover and best coverline for its minimal, arrow-aided “Brain.” The regional also won an award for best leisure interest cover for its photo illustration of Barack Obama and John McCain sharing in a beach-side “fist-bump.”Texas Monthly also won two awards, capturing best celebrity cover and personal service cover for its June issue, “Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas.” New York’s fashion spin-off, Look, and Vanity Fair shared the award for best fashion cover.The New Yorker won the ASME award for best concept cover for its “Eustace Tillarobama” illustration.Click here to view ASME’s cover image gallery.last_img read more

Abilene Seeks Consultant for JLUS Study for Dyess AFB

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Abilene, Texas, seeks a consultant to perform a joint land use study (JLUS) for Dyess Air Force Base.A pre-proposal conference will be held Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. in the lower level conference room of the airport terminal. The city will receive sealed, written proposals in the office of the Purchasing Administrator, City Hall, 555 Walnut St., Room 201-A, Abilene, TX 79601 until 2 p.m. on Nov. 3.Proposal forms and specifications for RFP #CB-1608 may be obtained electronically. All proposals must substantially comply with specifications. To obtain a copy of the proposal, call (325) 676-6225. The city reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to award the proposal considered most advantageous to the city.———–Image Sourcelast_img read more

Gov Dunleavy vetoes funding for Alaskas local emergency planners

first_img“So this is not going to go away,” Mattice said. “We have to do the work. It is a statutory obligation and now unfortunately — it’s simply unfunded.” The legislature has until Friday to override the governor’s vetoes. A spokesman for the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management didn’t respond to requests for comment on Monday or Tuesday. A line item veto deleted $225,000 to be distributed among 21 Local Emergency Planning Committees: local officials and volunteers who plan for disasters and train others in an emergency. Without the $15,500 in state funding, Juneau’s biannual safety and preparedness expo will be canceled this fall. A young crowd gathers around the earthquake simulator in August 2016 during an emergency preparedness event organized by Juneau’s Local Emergency Planning Committee. Gov. Dunleavy’s veto canceled funding for LEPC causing this year’s expo to be canceled. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO) In rural areas, LEPC members say the lost funding is an even bigger deal. But in filings with the legislature, the governor’s budget office wrote that the state’s fiscal reality demands cuts across agencies.center_img “Communities can apply for grants through other sources including Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development and the Federal government,” it said. “It’s not a tremendous amount of money,” said Juneau’s emergency programs manager Tom Mattice. “But it is the seed money that brings us together to coordinate and organize in a multi-agency fashion to ensure that we’re all on the same page on the day of a big event.” “For a lot of the rural communities, the LEPC money is the only emergency management or emergency planning money that the community or the region receives,” said Templin, who also works as Craig’s city planner. “So it definitely will have an impact around the state.” In the city of Craig, Southern Southeast LEPC Chairman Brian Templin says the funding was used to train volunteers across Prince of Wales Island. The veto doesn’t erase individual LEPC’s state and federal mandates. That includes logging the location and quantity of hazardous materials in a community in case of a spill or other calamity. Gov. Mike Dunleavy has eliminated funding for local emergency planners around Alaska.last_img read more

SpiceJet to Receive funds from Promoter Says Airline to DGCA

first_imgFinancially strapped SpiceJet assured the government that its  promoter, Sun Group, will infuse funds into the airline.However, the sum has not been revealed by the airline. ReutersThe management team of the beleaguered airline promised to submit a detailed plan on the airline’s revival on Monday, in line with the deadline set by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA.)SpiceJet COO Sanjiv Kapoor met the civil aviation secretary V Somasundaran on Friday, and reiterated that the promoters remained committed to the airline’s future.He contended the figures quoted by media houses, adding that lessors are owed around  Rs. 200 crore, against the 700 crore making the rounds. Government sources put the figure at Rs.1,630 crore, according to the filing with DGCA.Shilpa Bhatia, SpiceJet’s senior vice-president and head for sales, held a conference call with travel agents, assuring that all dues remained safe and a plan will be shared with them on Monday.The airline’s advance booking facility is limited to a 30-day window, as per DGCA order; with the regulator also withdrawing 186 flight slots held by SpiceJet.SpiceJet delayed salaries of its staff for the first time this month.last_img read more

Tata Group Launches ECommerce Portal Exclusively for its Employees

first_imgIndia’s largest business house Tata Group aims to take advantage of its huge employee base to drive revenues by launching an e-commerce portal exclusively for its employees to sell a range of goods. The $103-billion conglomerate is testing the online retailing initiative – mytatastore.com  – on a pilot basis that will cover its five lakh employees. “It’s an internal merchandise store for Tata employees across geographies. The thought behind launching it on “tataworld”, the group intranet, was to make Tata branded merchandise easily available to our internal stakeholders across Tata companies,” a Tata Sons spokesperson told The Economic Times.Besides, one of its group companies Tata Steel is rolling out ‘Tata Steel eshoppe’ for its stakeholders. “There was a huge demand from vendors and distributors who wanted to be associated with the Tata Steel brand,” said Viresh Oberoi, managing director and chief executive of mjunction services, a joint venture between steel giants Tata Steel and SAIL.Initially, the online store will offer Tata Steel branded merchandise such as mugs, backpacks, handicrafts, shirts, organisers, T-shirts and books. “We would like the initiative to stabilise in India. The first 10 days of operations have been very encouraging and has attracted close to 2,000 registrations,” Tata Steel MD (India & South East Asia), TV Narendran said.”The practice of involving employees for understanding the market will set the trend for many such corporates in future,” Manisha Rao, Delhi-based retail consultant, said. India is expected to become the second-largest digital market globally by 2030, with China being at first place, according to a report by Goldman Sachs.The banker estimates the country’s e-commerce market to grow 15 times to $300 billion by then, accounting for about 2.5% of the gross domestic product (GDP).last_img read more

How Air Arabia turned secondary airports into its primary success factor VIDEO

first_img Biz Talk – This low-cost airline is changing the way the gulf flies! Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/20:07Loaded: 0%00:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-20:06?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Air Arabia, with its low-cost model, managed to disrupt the aviation industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An idea which was initially seen as ‘non-viable’ by many, managed to catapult itself from a $13 million to a $5 billion company. This Low-cost carrier has now expanded its wings globally.But why would someone start a low-cost carrier model in the oil-rich gulf? International Business Times India’s Executive Editor, Danish Manzoor, sat down with the Group CEO of Air Arabia, Adel Abdullah Ali, to explore this. “Everybody’s wish was to travel in the region as UAE has a lot of expat population,” said Adel.When asked about the idea and how his peers reacted to it, Adel said, “Affordability stopped people from traveling home. People were taking holidays after 4-years sometimes. Nobody believed that a low-cost airline will work in the gulf. Many felt we would be bankrupt within 3 to 6 months. But soon we were running at 60% seat occupancy.” “Our model works so well that even the Bus company ferrying people from UAE to the Levant even threatened to sue Air Arabia,” Adel quipped.In 2004, the company broke even and then there was no looking back for Air Arabia. The company currently operates in several countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, and Russia. These are also the most profitable routes for the airline. Air Arabia’s business model of affordable flying helped the airlines gain early success as continues to expand beyond the Gulf countries as well.In the video interview, Abdullah Ali spoke about the challenges his company faced and his plans to expand and grow operations in Egypt, Morocco as well as in India. Abdullah Ali also busted the long-circling rumor about Air Arabia and Air India merger. “Two business models don’t match. It makes no sense and it will confuse our people and Air India flyers,” Abdullah Ali told Danish on BizTalk.last_img read more

Ramaphosa elected South Africa president

first_imgActing president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at the parliament, in Cape Town, South Africa, 15 February, 2018. Photo: ReutersSouth African lawmakers on Thursday selected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party.Ramaphosa was chosen without a vote after being the only candidate nominated, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled lawmakers at a special sitting of the parliament in Cape Town.The announcement brought loud cheers from ANC lawmakers, with Ramaphosa due to address the parliament later during proceedings.Zuma resigned on Wednesday as the ANC finally turned against him after a nine-year reign dominated by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and plummeting electoral popularity.Zuma railed against the ANC for “recalling” him from office and — when he at first refused to resign — then threatening to oust him via a parliament no-confidence vote.In an earlier TV interview on Wednesday, Zuma said he had received “very unfair” treatment from the party that he joined in 1959 and in which he had fought for decades against apartheid white-minority rule.Zuma had been in a power struggle with Ramaphosa, his deputy president.Zuma’s hold over the ANC was broken in December when his chosen successor — his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma — narrowly lost to Ramaphosa in a vote to become the new party leader.last_img read more

A NonProfit Is Ensuring Children Dont Go Hungry During The Summer

first_imgListen X 00:00 /01:09 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Teen volunteers standing in line to receive lunch.As soon as I walked into the food bank I saw lines of children spiraled around the lobby.They were getting ready to eat lunch.That’s where I met Yeyri Espinosa.“They gave us watermelon, broccoli and chicken nuggets,” Espinosa says.Children like Espinosa need help getting meals when they aren’t in school.In fact, 60 percent of kids in public school qualify for food assistance programs, but only 12 percent participate.Nicole Lander works with the Houston Food Bank to solve that problem.She says they go into the community to feed children that can’t come to them.“So the Houston Food Bank works with apartment complexes, summer day camps, libraries, to provide meals at those sites, so that where those children are we are meeting them where they are at and providing the necessary nourishment that they need,” Lander says.I walked outside to meet Shonice Reed.She is the head of a summer program in Aldine.She says if it wasn’t for the food bank she couldn’t adequately feed 60 plus kids daily.“It would be very, very difficult,” Reed says. “And even if we did or were able to it would probably not be…it would be minimal.”The Houston Food Bank is serving meals at 150 sites in nine counties.last_img read more

Angry Birds now available for netbooks

first_imgTo say that Angry Birds has been a smashing success, pun fully intended, on the small screen would be an understatement. The success of the Angry Birds game led to its availability on both the iPhone and Android platforms, and even a holiday-themed edition called Angry Birds Seasons.Building upon that success, Rovio’s CEO, Peter Vesterbacka, has already discussed the company’s intention to move the game to consoles including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. One thing he apparently forgot to mention at the time was that the game was also coming to a netbook near you.AdChoices广告A PC version of the Angry Birds game, compatible with both Windows 7 and Windows XP, is now available for download from the Intel AppUp marketplace. The game will set you back $4.99, but for those already addicted to the game on their mobile device it will be a small price to pay to play the game on a bigger screen. Though you don’t need to have a netbook to download the game, it’s important to note the game has been designed for the specs of a netbook in mind which includes an Intel Atom processor and 10-inch screen with a resolution of 1024×768.To play the game, you will need to install the free Intel AppUp client software. Once purchased, you will be allowed to download and install the game on up to four additional computers. That’s not a bad deal considering it means you can play the game on most of the computers within an average household.Read more at Intel AppUp and the Rovio Bloglast_img read more