Until recently, rumours were that Xiaomi will will launch the successor to last year’s Mi 6 at MWC 2018 in February. However, newer reports have suggested that the Mi 7 will be unveiled at a later date. But before that happens, the Chinese manufacturer is planning to launch another smartphone ahead of MWC. As per latest reports, this will be the Mi Mix 2S which is essentially set to be an upgraded version of last year’s Mi Mix 2.Over the weekend, some reports emerged that said Xiaomi is looking to unveil the Mi Mix 2S before MWC kicks off on February 26. This is perhaps Xiaomi’s way to upstage Samsung which is all set to unveil the Galaxy S9 series a day ahead of MWC on February 25. What would be further interesting is if Xiaomi manages to launch the Mi Mix 2S with the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset ahead of the Galaxy S9. Based on all the reports we’ve heard so far, here’s everything you need to know.– Since the Mi Mix 2S will be launched within six months of the Mi Mix 2, we’re not likely to see a significant change in design or hardware. This will be more akin to what OnePlus does with the T version such as the OnePlus 5T.– The Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2 have come with edge-to-edge displays and the same can be expected from the Mi Mix 2S. The upcoming phone will likely slim down the bottom bezel even further for a larger screen-to-body ratio.advertisement– A render posted by Slashleaks (seen above) shows a display with almost no bezels around. The front camera is seen on top right corner rather than the bottom as previously was the case with the Mi Mix 2.ALSO READ: Xiaomi may not launch Mi 7 at MWC 2018: Report– The fingerprint sensor will likely be placed on the rear of the handset. However, with in-display fingerprint sensors now a real thing thanks to the Vivo X20 Plus UD, Xiaomi could surprise everyone with an under display fingerprint sensor for the Mi Mix 2S as well.– As per the render, the Mi Mix 2S will continue to sport a single rear camera on the back above the fingerprint sensor. The phone is expected to come with a ceramic back in Black and/or White.– While neither the phone nor its design and hardware have been confirmed as yet, rumours suggest the Mi Mix 2S could be the first smartphone to sport a Snapdragon 845 chipset, edging out the Galaxy S9.– The Mi Mix 2S is expected top cost around CNY 4000 (approx Rs 40,000). You can expect the handset to cost around the same when it comes to India. To recall, the Mi Mix 2 was launched in the country at Rs 35,999.<br />
Brandon Weeden was concussed on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, according to Jerry Jones. Weeden got walloped by Quinton Dial and Eli Harold on this play.He seemed to be fine in talking to him afterwards,” head coach Jason Garrett said, “but we’ll see what the (team’s) medical people have to say.”It didn’t look awful, but Weeden isn’t expected to return to practice before Dallas breaks camp on Friday. He didn’t play very much this preseason to begin with. He’s only thrown 10 passes total as the 3rd and 4th string QBs have gotten the lion’s share of the work.This is (at least) Weeden’s third concussion as a pro (No. 1 and No. 2). While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Community Business Development Corporations help small and medium-size businesses in rural Nova Scotia cultivate big successes. The province’s 13 Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs) support rural business growth with loans of up to $150,000, as well as programming and counselling. The result is increased opportunity to combine business innovation with Nova Scotia’s enviable lifestyle. Nova Scotia’s CBDCs are independent, non-profit organizations that cover the province from Yarmouth to Sydney Mines. On the mainland, CBDCs receive operating support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; on Cape Breton it comes from the Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation. Nova Scotia CBDCs are part of a cross-Canada network of community development corporations. “CBDCs were set up over 30 years ago and, at that time, the federal government recognized that local people should make the decisions that impact their community,” says Brennan Gillis, executive director of the Nova Scotia Association of Community Business Development Corporations. “Local volunteers were entrusted with investment capital, and tasked with making investment decisions.” Since the CBDCs’ inception, the federal government has provided $32.2 million in funds, which CBDCs have used to invest more than $188 million in rural businesses. CBDCs now are solely responsible for the investment fund, which has increased under their stewardship to $56 million. The board of each CBDC — local volunteers, the majority of which are businesspeople — makes loan decisions. The president of the Nova Scotia Association of CBDCs, David Harris, is one such dependable grassroots volunteer. “Community is everything,” says Harris, who lives and works in Yarmouth. Following that philosophy, Harris has volunteered hundreds of hours with the association and the Yarmouth CBDC, while serving as president or vice-president of five businesses, including R&D Harris Excavating Limited. Harris knows the difference CBDCs have made. “I think they’re the leaders in the rural communities for small to medium businesses,” he says. “Many of the businesses in Yarmouth started because of CBDC, and the majority of them are successful, well-run businesses today.” The importance of small and medium-sized businesses is underlined in a March 2006 research document from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, stating that small businesses make up 97 per cent of the province’s enterprises. One such small business is the innovative MorSwift Machines Inc. in Digby. President and CEO Roland Swift describes the MorSwift Pneumatic Rubber Banding Machine as “an alternative to tape and vinyl strap bundling” — an alternative that is also efficient and environmentally friendly. Initially, the focus for the product was the lobster industry. It was Swift’s cousin, a lobster fisherman, who three years ago jokingly asked him if he could invent a lobster-banding machine. Now, with innovation, the emphasis is on the produce and printing and publishing markets. And the company has attracted international interest. One of its machines is being demonstrated in Japan, where Swift says it’s being used to band bok choy and sushi containers. MorSwift Machines Inc. has received support and guidance from a number of agencies and organizations, including the Digby-Clare CBDC. “Our relationship with the CBDC has been awesome right from the start,” says Swift. “We had tried other lending institutions, but the CBDC just made it so easy for us to obtain a loan and vice-versa — we showed them that we were very trustworthy and that we’re a very capable company.” Gillis says last year CBDCs invested more than $17.2 million in 384 businesses — an investment that helped the companies leverage an additional $9.7 million. “It’s important that businesses have access to capital. Whether it’s for start-ups, expansions or adapting new technology for greater innovation and productivity, businesses need access to capital,” says Gillis. “When the banks are unable to help, that’s where we come in.” With Nova Scotia CBDC’s support, 324 new jobs were created in 2006-07 and 770 jobs maintained in the province. In addition to providing loans and ongoing counsel, CBDCs administer a number of government programs in support of small business, including the Seed Capital Program, which provides loans of up to $20,000 and training funds; the Self-Employment Benefit Program, where eligible participants access training to start business while receiving Employment Insurance; and the Students In Business Program. The Students in Business Program began three years ago as a collaborative effort among CBDCs and government partners that resourcefully met a need that wasn’t being addressed — helping students become businesspeople. The program provides interest-free loans of up to $5,000. “It’s important that students see an opportunity in their community, that they say ‘Hey, maybe there’s an option here to be my own boss and if I want to stay and live in one part of the province, I could do that,'” says Gillis. “It’s not easy, it’s not a cakewalk, but this program helps give them the tools and resources to experience entrepreneurship.” Young people also figure in the Nova Scotia association of CBDCs’ work on the issue of succession planning. CBDCs are talking with provincial and federal governments about the possibility of a program to match business owners who want to sell businesses with young people or immigrants interested in taking them over. From a business perspective, Gillis appreciates the advantages Nova Scotia has to offer, such as a highly educated workforce, the presence of a 13-campus community college and 11 universities, and the impressive performance of Truro, Pictou, Sydney and Halifax in the 2006 KPMG study entitled, Competitive Alternatives: KPMG’s Guide to International Business Costs. Gillis, who grew up in Mabou, Inverness Co. and now lives in Truro, also appreciates the quality of life that Nova Scotia affords. “We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. I get to live and work in a place that I feel connected to, that is supportive.” Nova Scotia CBDCs also offer clients connection and support by working with community partners. Together they’re doing big things with small and medium-size rural businesses. -30-
The minimum wage in Nova Scotia increases to $9.20 today, April 1. The minimum wage for inexperienced workers, with less than three months’ experience in the work for which they were hired, rose to $8.70. According to the schedule approved in 2008, the next increase will occur on Oct. 1., resulting in a 4.8 per cent increase to $9.65 per hour.
OAK HARBOR, Wash. — The U.S. Coast Guard says dozens of passengers have been rescued from a British Columbia whale-watching boat off the coast of Washington state.The coast guard says the vessel operators reported on Thursday that they had purposely grounded the boat on Smith Island after taking on water for an unknown reason.Spokeswoman Amanda Norcross says the coast guard, several other agencies and Good Samaritans responded to help the boat with 45 people on board.She says initially 30 passengers were placed on a Coast Guard vessel, 11 others were transferred to a Canadian tour company vessel, and other boats were sent to help the remaining passengers.Norcross says passengers are being taken back to Victoria and four crew members stayed behind on the Eagle Wing Tours vessel to help with the salvage operation.The tour operator did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Canadian Press
DoSomething.org, one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change, is partnering up with Takis for “Treat Yo Friends,” an anti-bullying campaign that addresses the issues young people face with Isolationism.Video: Treat Yo Friends PSA – Skai JacksonMembers will have the power to flip the narrative on bullying and isolation by reclaiming and celebrating the things that make their friends unique.Almost 1 in 4 students reports being bullied in school – often because of the things that make them unique. Bullying can cause lower self-esteem, anxiety and depression. “Treat Yo Friends” looks to take down bullying and create a world where young people are accepted and appreciated for the things that make them bold and different!DoSomething.org and Takis’ national campaign looks to activate young people around combatting social isolation by facilitating pathways to confidence building and higher self-esteem for their friends. Members will make and gift IOU activity booklets with fun and creative activities to do with friends as an easy way to facilitate positive social interactions and confidence building.“Celebrating diversity and uniqueness leads to stronger communities,” said Michele Fino, Chief Marketing Officer, DoSomething.org. “Through DoSomething campaigns many young people feel like a part of the greater community, but we realize that’s not the case for most. Through this IOU booklet, we look to encourage young people to celebrate the uniqueness of their friends.”Star of Disney Channel’s hit show “Bunk’d,” Skai Jackson has joined the campaign by recording a PSA encouraging other young people to participate in the campaign and highlighting ways that she will treat her friends.“Takis is proud to partner with DoSomething,” said Angela Manor, Marketing Manager at Barcel USA. “This program gets young people working together to spread positivity while having some fun along the way. Takis and DoSomething both believe in celebrating our differences, so that’s why this partnership was a natural fit for us.”Now through August 31, young people can participate in the national campaign by signing up at DoSomething.org/friends or by texting FRIENDS to 38383. Those who send us a picture of themselves and their friends completing IOU actions will be entered for a chance to win one of FIVE $5,000 scholarships.
Rabat – Borussia Dortmund may enroll another Moroccan football player very soon. After signing Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi on loan from Real Madrid, the German club is seriously considering recruiting Galatasaray’s midfielder Younès Belhanda, according to Yahoo journalist Manu Lonjon.Lucien Favre ( Dortmund ) penserait à Younes Belhanda ( Galatasaray). Les 2 hommes se sont croisés et appréciés à Nice. Contacts non rompus depuis. pic.twitter.com/xfHWmMd7Wr— ???? Manu ?? (@ManuLonjon) July 23, 2018The journalist explained that it was Dortmund coach Lucian Favre’s idea to sign Younes Belhanda before the end of the summer transfer window, as the duo had already worked together at the OGC Nice. “Lucien Favre (Dortmund) would think of Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray). The two men met and appreciated each other in Nice, and have remained in contact since,” wrote Lonjon on Twitter.If the transfer happens, Belhanda will play alongside his national team compatriot Hakimi, who signed a two-season loan on July 11.Throughout his career, the 27-year old footballer has played for Schalke 04, OGC Nice, Dynamo Kyiv, and Montpellier’s football team. He also played for France’s national under-20 football team in 2010. The Moroccan-French football player joined the Moroccan team in 2011. He has since proven to be one of the greatest elements of the team and became a regular after coach Hervé Renard’s arrival in 2016. Belhanda, who played in the Russian 2018 World Cup, was one of the Atlas Lions to strongly criticize the video assistant referee (VAR) that led to Morocco’s loss in a game against Portugal and a draw with Spain, claiming that it is only used for the big nations.“Everybody knows it, everybody saw it. When it was about making a decision for Portugal or Spain to reject a goal, we did go back to the video. While when we [Moroccan team] asked to watch the action, the referee told us that he was in communication. But actually, he wasn’t communicating with anyone. Nobody told him [the referee] to check,” stated Belhanda.Belhanda disapproved of using VAR at all: “I am against the video since the beginning, because it takes out football charm. It only serves the big teams.”
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Alison Redford says the United States and Canada share political and environmental values and must work together to become energy independent of those who do not.Redford, speaking to the Foreign Policy Association on Wednesday in New York, said until recently North American energy independence was wishful thinking.“We looked out at a world in which a significant proportion of energy production occurred in countries run by governments that don’t live up to our values. And we regretted that so much of our money was going to enrich them,” said Redford according to a prepared text of her speech.Not anymore, she said, as increased production and technology on both sides of the 49th parallel are closing the gap.“Canada is the single largest source for U.S. oil imports, so as overall imports diminish, you’ll be able to buy a larger portion of them from us,” she said.“Your money will go to a country with the same democratic values, and a lot of it will return here, since the U.S. receives 89 cents back for every dollar spent on Canadian goods and services.”Speaking later to reporters, Redford stressed she wasn’t referring to broad-based value systems.“I’m not linking cultural values. I’m linking environmental values,” said Redford.She said Alberta is competing on an uneven playing field by being held to account for the environmental impact of its oil production while other jurisdictions are not.“It’s not really comparing apples to apples, and what we think is important is for Americans to know that we share the same goals with respect to environmental objectives.”As for democratic values, she said: “I think it’s important that whenever we talk about pipeline regulation or environmental regulation that ultimately, at the end of the day, the people that are accountable for putting in place decisions that will impact (those regulations) are people that are accountable to the citizens.”Redford did not single out any particular nation. The United States imports oil mainly from Canada, Mexico and Russia, but also from OPEC countries like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.It was Redford’s third trip to New York in the last year and half. She has also made multiple trips to Washington D.C. to promote Alberta’s oil production and environmental record.Her government is lobbying U.S. President Barack Obama to green light the transborder Keystone XL pipeline.The line would take bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands diagonally across the U.S. Midwest to refineries and ports on the Gulf Coast in Texas.Keystone has been the focus of heated debate in the United States. Critics say Keystone XL reinforces dependence on carbon-intensive operations like Alberta’s oilsands that lead to greenhouse gas emissions and associated weather-related catastrophes.Redford’s government has stressed the pipeline is one of the keys to alleviating a bottleneck that is driving prices down and hurting the provincial budget and, by extension, the Canadian economy.“Forty per cent of the world’s total refining capacity for heavy oil is located on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and we’re determined to reach it through the Keystone XL pipeline,” Redford said in her speech.Redford said oil production and environmental sustainability don’t have to be mutually exclusive concepts, and that both countries need to face up to the challenge of aging populations who need care.“Governments have promises to keep. The only way to pay for them is by encouraging growth and investment,” she told her audience.The province donated $50,000 to sponsor the conference.Redford told reporters it was money well spent and that she wasn’t merely buying a soapbox.“I highly doubt they (the Foreign Policy Association) are going to decide to create platforms for me to speak if they’re not prepared to engage in real public policy,” said Redford, noting her government was one of many sponsors.
President Maithripala Sirisena today told the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to prepare at ground level to contest the next Parliament elections and look to form an SLFP Government.The President said this while taking part in an SLFP Youth event held at the SLFP Headquarters in Colombo. The President said that all SLFP members must adhere to the policies of the party and only then will the future of the party look bright. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga was also present at the event. (Colombo Gazette) Sirisena, who won the last Presidential election with the support of the United National Party (UNP), said that the SLFP must accommodate change when going forward.
The head of the UN delegation to Phnom Penh, Legal Counsel Hans Corell, told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York that he hoped the General Assembly and Cambodian authorities would act quickly to approve the draft framework. He said that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had sent a letter to the General Assembly President to report on progress thus far.”The trials will focus on senior leaders and they are pretty aged, and as you know the person responsible for the government in those days is already dead,” Mr. Corell said. “That’s why its important that the trials can be held before those who will be the focus of the trial are too old to stand.”When asked if the Cambodian Government was likely to follow through with the trials, Mr Corell said there was a new flexibility on the Cambodian side, considering that there were provisions that are much stronger to protect the integrity of the process than in any previous texts. “Cambodia realizes that this is the last chance, they can no longer go on discussing this,” he said. “If we had not succeeded this time, the matter would have been closed.”Mr. Corell also noted that UN Member States helped the process by getting involved and holding discussions with Cambodian authorities. “There is a distinct difference because it is the General Assembly that has taken charge of the process,” he said.
VANCOUVER – Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TSX:TRQ) has reported a bigger second-quarter loss than analysts were expecting.The Vancouver-based mining company, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto (NYSE:PLC) that’s developing a major copper mine in Mongolia, had a US$105.3-million net loss, or 10 cents per share, in the second quarter.That was an improvement from a year earlier when Turquoise Hill posted a loss of US$285.9 million, or 35 cents per share, but analysts had been looking for a loss of five cents per share in the second quarter, according to Thomson Reuters data.The company has been ramping up production at its Oyu Tolgoi complex, which will include both open pit and underground mining as well as ore processing.However, Turquoise Hill says funding and development of the underground mine will be delayed until it reaches an agreement with the Mongolian government.Turquoise Hill said late Monday the Oyu Tolgoi mine will have its official “commencement of production” on Sept. 1 and produce between 75,000 and 85,000 tonnes of copper concentrates this year. Turquoise Hill posts bigger Q2 loss than expected but down from year earlier by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 13, 2013 7:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A United Nations independent expert today stressed accountability must be a key element of the post-2015 development agenda, making governments responsible for their commitments and obligations under human rights law.“The lack of emphasis on mechanisms to hold governments accountable to their commitments is regrettable,” said the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, referring to the report compiled by the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which was presented to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month.The report, entitled A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development, sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. It also emphasizes that the new development agenda must be universal – applying to countries in the global North and South alike – and be infused with a spirit of partnership.“The report does not fully recognize a human-rights based approach,” said Mr. Singh. “Rights without remedies are not rights at all. The post-2015 development agenda must move beyond political commitments, and more closely reflect the obligations undertaken by States under international human rights law.” Courts, national human rights institutions and administrative mechanisms are vital for citizens to engage governments and ensure their rights are respected, Mr. Singh said. “I trust governments will work towards making their commitments, which are all founded in international law, justiciable in their national legal systems.”Mr. Singh commended the agenda for its recognition of the importance of the right to primary and secondary education and for its focus on skilled development.“The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda presents many important ideas, and recognizes that the right to education should include secondary education, and a focus on skill development,” noted the Special Rapporteur. “In this regard, the use of indicators is essential; it will enable legal mechanisms to better identify and assess whether government policies, programmes and their implementation are leading to improved education outcomes, and that vulnerable groups are not being left behind,” he said. “As we embark on more complex challenges, we must ensure that the right-holders themselves, the students and their parents, have the ability to challenge governments to meet their international obligations. I urge Member States to ensure that a firm framework of accountability with appropriate indicators is made an integral part of the post-2015 development goals.”
These three priorities were outlined in a press briefing in New York by Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and John Ging, Director of Operations at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “My first impression was that there was progress made…but tremendous challenges remain,” Mr. Ging told journalists following a two-day visit to Myanmar that began on 8 September. Mr. Xu highlighted the need to scale up poverty eradication across Rakhine, with a particular focus on development solutions which promote peaceful co-existence.“Stability and peace can be achieved only when the needs of all communities are met,” he said. The officials’ visit focused on the implementation of the UN’s development and humanitarian assistance programmes in Rakhine state, which has witnessed a surge of violence between Buddhists and Muslims that first spiked in June 2012. An estimated 140,000 people live in 68 internally displaced persons camps in the state.The majority of those displaced are minority Rohingya Muslims. The Government, this summer, launched the Rakhine State Action Plan, which purports to grant citizenship to some of these families if they register as “Bengalis.” Many strongly object to this nomenclature since it implies they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh despite having lived in Myanmar for generations. “The issue of citizenship needs to be looked at in the context of history,” Mr. Xu said, briefing on his first visit to the country since taking the UNDP post. Also addressing the citizenship issue, Mr. Ging said that a peaceful resolution could be an “international success story” and called on the international community to ensure that “this crucial opportunity is not missed.”In addition to the humanitarian needs, more than 1 million community members face discrimination and severe restrictions on their freedom of movement, seriously compromising their basic rights to food, health, education and livelihoods, while reinforcing their reliance on international humanitarian assistance.During their visit, Mr. Xu and Mr. Ging commended the Government and the support of the UN and international partners for the work they are doing. While in the region, they two officials saw the “positive and practical results of intercommunal dialogue, in the construction of new roads and bridges to improve economic activity between communities,” according to a statement from UNDP last month.Following the visit, Mr. Ging continued to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) where, between 12 and 15 September, he saw the “underreported” challenges faced by the people.Mr. Ging called for the “wider international community to reach beyond politics to the people” and fund a $116 million humanitarian appeal which is supported by “high quality, high level of accountability” from UN agencies. Some 2.4 million people in the country are relying on regular food assistance, he said, with chronic malnutrition “a way of life.”
In his briefing, Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), told the 15-nation Council that he is “deeply worried” that the steps implemented by the international community are “not nearly enough” to halt the advance of the fatal disease. “Ebola got a head start on us,” he said. “It is far ahead of us, it is running faster than us, and it is winning the race. If Ebola wins, we the peoples of the United Nations lose so very much…,” he said.“We either stop Ebola now or we face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we do not have a plan,” Mr. Banbury told the Council via video link from the operation’s headquarters in Ghana. In its most recent situation report on the disease, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which is leading the wider UN response, reported 8,376 cases and 4,024 deaths from Ebola based on information provided by the Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, whose UN delegations were represented at today’s Security Council briefing. The agency notes that the upward epidemic trend continues in Sierra Leone and most probably also in Liberia. By contrast, the situation in Guinea appears to be more stable, though, in the context of an Ebola outbreak, a stable pattern of transmission is still of a very grave concern, and could change quickly. “With every day that passes, the number of sick people increases,” continued Mr. Banbury. “Time is our biggest enemy. We must use every minute of every day to our advantage and that is what UNMEER is doing.” Mr. Banbury recalled WHO’s recommendation that, within 60 days of 1 October, 70 per cent of all those infected must be in the hospital and 70 per cent of the victims safely buried, if the outbreak were to be successfully arrested. Otherwise, he warned, the Ebola numbers risked rising “dramatically” and overwhelming the overall response. “This is what we are fighting for now: we are fighting to prevent unavoidable deaths. We are fighting for people who are alive and healthy today, but will become infected…and die if we do not put in place the necessary emergency response,” he declared. In particular, he called for an increase in the number of diagnostic laboratories, transport support, and funding to help with operation logistics which, he said, would help aid the UN response to a crisis so vast in scope and magnitude. Moreover, with the number of infected growing exponentially each day, Mr. Banbury cautioned that UNMEER could expect new caseloads of approximately 10,000 people per week by 1 December, meaning that 7,000 beds for treatment were needed. He noted that his Mission expected to have 4,300 beds in treatment centres by that date but lamented that there was no staff to operate many of them under current plans. “UNMEER is playing the critical role of crisis manager,” he added, “but responding to a complex crisis, especially one that cuts across multiple national boundaries, requires an overall perspective and a comprehensive plan.” The UNMEER head pointed out that his mission plan would ultimately ensure that no gaps were left unfilled and that resources were allocated appropriately, all the while permitting Governments to own the Ebola responses in their respective countries. “There’s much bad news about Ebola but the good news is we know how to stop it,” said Mr. Banbury, while emphasizing that failure was “inconceivable” and “unacceptable.”“We must defeat Ebola and we must do it fast,” he concluded. Meanwhile, earlier in the day, a UN children’s rights official briefed reporters on the broader UN response to the Ebola outbreak. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) spokesperson, Christophe Boulierac, reported that an upcoming conference to be held on 16 and 17 October in Kenema, Sierra Leone, would confront the issues facing Ebola survivors as well as the caring of children infected or affected by the disease. Alongside the devastating physiological effects of the virus, the outbreak has ignited panic and fear across affected areas with some survivors, victims, and their children, being spurned by their local communities. Mr. Boulierac noted that one “creative” method to help treat and care for children in a more compassionate manner involved the use of Ebola survivors who could provide those children with the attention they need at no risk to themselves or others. Ebola survivors, as medical professionals have frequently reiterated, are no longer capable of contracting the virus. In addition, he pointed out that the conference would address the stigma and discrimination facing Ebola survivors as such challenges undermined their recovery. In other news, Karin Landgren, head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), announced the death today of the United Nations Volunteer who worked in the Mission’s medical team and was evacuated to Germany last week to receive treatment for Ebola. This is the second death at UNMIL due to Ebola, after an earlier probable case that resulted in the death of a national staff member on 25 September. “UNMIL colleagues are saddened by the tragic news as they continue to serve at this very difficult time. Our thoughts now are with the family and friends of the departed,” a UN spokesperson said today in New York.As for international support against Ebola, the spokesperson noted that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that it will provide specialized diagnostic equipment to help Sierra Leone in its efforts to combat the outbreak. That support will later be extended to Liberia and Guinea.It will consist of supplementing the country’s ability to diagnose Ebola quickly, using a technology known as Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). Early diagnosis, if combined with appropriate medical care, increases the victims’ chance of survival and helps curtail the spread of the disease by making it possible to isolate and treat the patients earlier, the spokesperson explained.
Brock chemist Tomas Hudlicky will head a research team to develop anticancer drugs for Lorus Therapeutics.The fight against cancer has been bumped up a notch following Brock University’s agreement with Lorus Therapeutics Inc. to develop novel anticancer drugs.Chemist Tomas Hudlicky heads a research team at Brock that has synthesized chemical derivatives of the natural compound pancratistatin.Under the agreement, Lorus will test the anticancer activity and drug-like properties of derivatives produced by Hudlicky’s group. The natural compound pancratistatin has been shown to have strong anti-tumor activity against a number of cancers with minimal toxic effects on normal cells.Brock University will share jointly with Lorus in new intellectual property created from this partnership.The Brock University-Lorus Therapeutics Inc. partnership has been made possible through funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) Initiative.“This is an exciting new opportunity,” says John Wilson, Brock’s director of Innovation and Commercialization.“Professor Hudlicky has an impressive track record commercializing his scientific discoveries, and we are very happy that this new partnership is with Lorus, an innovative company also located in Ontario.”Lorus President and CEO Aiping Young said the company looks forward to working with Hudlicky, who is also a Canada Research Chair in Biocatalysis.“Tomas and his group have done some ground-breaking work,” said Young, “and we are very pleased to join this effort in developing novel derivatives of pancratistatin, which we believe is a new and exciting approach to cancer treatment.”
Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Stay on target Drinking plenty of water has always kept you hydrated, but it’s never gotten you drunk. That’s finally changing.This is Pura Still, a new adult beverage that calls itself “spiked still water.” At 4.5 percent alcohol by volume, it packs roughly the same kind of punch as an average beer or cooler.Pura Still looks a lot like Zima for today’s trendy drinker. They’re both clear malt beverages, and both come in a citrus flavor (in addition to mandarin, Pura Still is also available in blackberry and mango).They differ in a few keys ways. Zima, of course, is carbonated. Pura Still isn’t, because “bubbles weigh you down.” Zima is also loaded with calories (185) and carbs (21.4 grams).Based on those numbers, Pura Still actually lines up more more closely with a “superior light beer” like Michelob Ultra. Comparing a whole six-pack of the two, Pura Still will get you almost a whole bottle drunker while saving you 30 calories and about 4 grams of carbs.But hang on just a second… Spiked water? Isn’t that pretty much what vodka is? Absolut-ly. It’s basically water and ethanol. Vodka is also carb-free and a 1.5-ounce shot of even a modest 70-proof vodka only has around 85 calories.As long as you aren’t that concerned about taste, you could reduce your calorie and carb intake even more by just dumping a shot of vodka into a glass of water.There’s always a case to be made for convenience and drinkability, though. If either factor into the equation when you’re pondering your beverage selection, then Pura Still may indeed offer something that’s a bit more enjoyable.One thing’s for sure: you won’t have any trouble finding it. Pura Still is already in stores all over the U.S. You can hit up their handy locator and punch in your ZIP code to find the nearest purveyor.More on Geek.com:Dr Pepper Launches Petition to Become Official Soft Drink of TexasCoca-Cola Uses Captured Carbon Dioxide to Make Bottled Water SparkleBud Light to Feature Nutritional Label on Packaging
Facebook Most Extreme Moments in Backlash HistoryWWE has posted new top 10 extreme moments from previous Backlash PPV events.Highlights include Bray Wyatt vs. Kane, Rhyno vs. Raven, DX vs. The Spirit Squad, Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy, Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal, Triple H vs. The Rock, Batista vs. The Undertaker, John Cena vs. Edge and Shane McMahon vs. Big Show featuring another crazy Shane jump from the top of a structure.You can check out the highlights above courtesy of WWE.Details on names backstage at BacklashKane, Edge and Christian are all backstage at tonight’s Backlash PPV in New Jersey according to a new report by PWInsider.com on Sunday.No word on if any of the three will be appearing on tonight’s PPV. Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Pinterest
The next time you pick up a bunch of carrots or a bag of apples at the store, think about how it got there. There are many unseen individuals working transactions behind the scenes to link up farmers and vendors with trucking services and shippers who then bring the products to the retailer. Steve Hull of transportation brokerage Allen Lund Co. is one of those making such arrangements, saving time and money for all involved.“Most people don’t know my part of the trucking industry even exists!” Hull said. “Almost every item for sale in a grocery store or department store spent some time on a commercial truck. This creates a demand in the marketplace for companies like Allen Lund Co. to play a part in connecting all the various parties together.”Name: Steve Hull.Residence: Hockinson.Employer: Allen Lund Co.Business address: 7720 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 250, Vancouver.Age: 41.Educational/professional background: I grew up in the Los Angeles area and graduated with a double major in political science and U.S. history from the University of Southern California. While in college, I worked a few summer jobs, such as at an outdoor garden venue where I was the assistant to the wedding coordinator. I also worked at a fried chicken/deli restaurant and at a shipping warehouse running a pallet jack. I was also the student equipment manager for the baseball team all my four years at USC.How — and when — you got started in your business: After college, I was looking for a job, and my barber pointed me in the direction of Allen Lund Co. The owner, Allen, also went to the same barber and mentioned they were looking to hire. So I applied, and was hired in 1996 as a transportation broker. I learned this business there from the ground up before being promoted to management and relocating to Vancouver in 1998. It’s a very interesting business, and it’s fun to watch basic supply-and-demand market forces play out right at my desk every day.Personal/business philosophy: Be good. That’s it, everything stems from that idea. Do the right thing, whether you are under the spotlight, or all alone. Be good to your employees, your co-workers, and your customers, and everything will work out all right. Also, being good means being an active participant in your community, so I’ve coached youth sports teams for many years and my family donates time and resources to various charities.
Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez, wanted to confirm that the penalty he missed on Sunday against Liverpool won’t affect his career at all.Looking at Riyad Mahrez missing the possible winning penalty was hard to endure for any Manchester City fan, the Citizens had played a great match at Anfield Road and that was the moment in which they could’ve made history.When Virgil Van Dijk committed the foul on Leroy Sane and Guardiola gave Mahrez the responsibility to take the penalty, the player didn’t hesitate and took the shot that he eventually missed.One might think that moments like this can scar any player, but Mahrezis not worried about it and he thinks another chance will come to him and this time, he won’t miss.“We were very strong and we showed that we can do both – we can have the ball but be strong as well. It was a good draw and I think we deserved to win,” said Mahrez to The Mirror.“It’s very important for us. We have to take this with us in the future because it’s a strong performance.”“We showed that we are not just a team that likes to play and leaves big spaces – we are also a team that wants to be strong defensively, and that’s what we showed at Anfield.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It won’t affect me at all. Everyone misses penalties, even big, big players. Of course I wanted to score to help the team to win.”“I have to look forward. It’s part of football – sometimes you score, sometimes you miss.”“But the most important part was that our performance was very good. We deserved to win, but sometimes it’s important not to lose, as well.”Riyad Mahrez penalty miss is even better with titanic music! pic.twitter.com/25gw1IJi8Y— Victor Bergman (@VictorB47240147) October 8, 2018
Five years after the first financial catastrophe of the 21st century, Clark County is finally flexing some real muscle, dropping its role as an economic laggard, exceeding the growth rate of the nation and pulling closer to that of the state, the most recent labor market data show.Could this be the county’s economy?In the 12 months through February, Clark County added a net 2,500 jobs, an increase of 2 percent over the year. By contrast, the nation and Washington posted annualized growth rates of 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.Whether the bounce will prove fleeting remains to be seen. To be sure, in better times, the county’s annual growth rate typically clocks in at 2.5 percent to 3 percent. Nevertheless, as Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department, put it: “We’ve been catching up overall.”That’s not to say we’re all caught up.For perspective: Since February 2010, when employment losses stopped in the aftermath of the crash, Clark County has recovered 4,600 jobs, or 46 percent of the 9,900 jobs vaporized by the recession.Manufacturing, nondurable goods and corporate office employment have experienced gains. PeaceHealth’s establishment of headquarters in Vancouver, for example, pumped office jobs into the community. The housing market is forging a comeback, too. But the recession casts a long shadow: Residential building permits hover well below their average during the 1997-to-2006 decade. February employment in Western Washington. Click to enlarge.