Ford is cutting 7000 whitecollar jobs

DETROIT — Ford is cutting about 7,000 white-collar jobs, which would make up 10% of its global workforce.The company has said it was undertaking a major restructuring, and on Monday said that it will have trimmed thousands of jobs by August.The company said that the plan will save about $600 million per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager.In the U.S. about 2,300 jobs will be cut through buyouts and layoffs. About 1,500 already have happened. About 500 workers will be let go this week.In a memo to employees, Monday, CEO Jim Hackett said the fourth wave of the restructuring will start on Tuesday, with the majority of cuts being finished by May 24.“To succeed in our competitive industry, and position Ford to win in a fast-charging future, we must reduce bureaucracy, empower managers, speed decision making and focus on the most valuable work, and cost cuts,” Hackett’s wrote.In the U.S. about 1,500 white-collar employees left the company voluntarily since the restructuring began last year, some taking buyouts. About 300 have been laid off already, with another 500 layoffs starting this week.Most of Ford’s white-collar workers are in and around the company’s Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters.Hackett said in the memo that the company is departing from past practices and letting laid-off employees stay a few days to wrap up their jobs and say good-bye to colleagues. In the past, laid-off workers would have had to pack up and leave immediately.“Ford is a family company and saying goodbye to colleagues is difficult and emotional,” Hackett wrote.The Associated Press read more

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Smallscale farmers in Malawi latest beneficiaries under UN local purchase scheme

2 July 2010Malawi has become the latest country to join an innovative scheme by which the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) buys surplus from local farmers’ organizations for its aid operations, thereby helping to boost agricultural production and incomes in developing nations. Malawi has become the latest country to join an innovative scheme by which the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) buys surplus from local farmers’ organizations for its aid operations, thereby helping to boost agricultural production and incomes in developing nations.This week WFP bought 50 tons of maize from the Grain and Legumes Association, a farmers’ organization made up of over 95,000 smallholder farmers, as part of the agency’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative.Now launched in 21 countries, the initiative uses WFP’s purchasing power to connect smallholder farmers to agricultural markets, helping them to successfully compete for bids and improve the lives of their families and communities.The first-ever purchase in Malawi was made through the Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa (ACE), an emerging commodity exchange located in the capital, Lilongwe.“WFP is working with the ACE to help them to sell their surplus by attracting more traders, leading to a more competitive and transparent market,” the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, said in a statement, adding that WFP has already bought over 3,100 tons of food commodities through the exchange. In addition to supporting the commodity exchange, the initiative is also buying directly from farmers’ organizations and helping them meet market standards. Farmers’ organizations have used their profits to boost production and increase food security, including through investing some of their earnings in seeds and fertilizers for the next harvest. It is estimated that by 2013, at least half a million smallholder farmers – mostly women – will have increased and improved their agricultural production and earnings thanks to the P4P programme, which was launched in 2008. P4P is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Howard G. Buffett Foundation, European Commission, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, United States and Saudi Arabia. read more

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Congolese cholera outbreak continues to spread UN health agency says

At least 3,896 cases have been reported in the DRC since the outbreak began there in March, and in the Republic of Congo, where the outbreak was first noted last month, some 181 cases are suspected.As of 20 July, 265 people in the DRC have died while six people have lost their lives in the Republic of Congo, according to an update issued by WHO on Friday.“There is a high risk of the epidemic further spreading along the Congo River,” a key transport link in the region, WHO stated.“The outbreak has been reported to have spread to new locations, particularly in Kinshasa [the DRC capital], where there are large population groups with inadequate safe water.”WHO is currently conducting a rapid risk assessment to identify urgent needs, while the agency has also deployed two epidemiologists, a health promotion officer and a logistician to support local health officials.Authorities in the DRC and the Republic of Congo have been working with UN agencies, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to set up cholera treatment centres in affected areas and boost surveillance and case management measures.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the bacterium known as vibrio cholerae. The disease has a short incubation period and produces a toxin that causes continuous watery diarrhoea, a condition that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not administered promptly. Vomiting also occurs in most patients. The disease remains a global threat and is one of the key indicators of social development, according to WHO. While cholera no longer poses a threat to countries with high standards of hygiene, it remains a challenge in countries with limited access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. 25 July 2011The cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to intensify and has spread to the neighbouring Republic of Congo as well, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported, as international efforts step up to combat the disease. read more

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UN health agency unanimously adopts treaty to curb tobacco use

The 192-member United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today unanimously adopted a global treaty aimed at curbing tobacco-related deaths and disease, which now claim 5 million lives every year, a number that if left unchecked could double by 2020.The first international treaty negotiated under WHO auspices, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) requires countries to restrict tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, set new labelling and clean indoor air controls and strengthen legislation to clamp down on tobacco smuggling.“Today, we are acting to save billions of lives and protect people’s health for generations to come. This is a historic moment in global public health, demonstrating the international will to tackle a threat to health head on,” WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland, told the fifty-sixth World Health Assembly in Geneva.“Now we must see this Convention come into force as soon as possible, and countries must use it as the basis of their national tobacco-control legislation,” she said.Four years in the making, the Convention has been a priority in WHO’s global work to stem the tobacco epidemic. The present annual death toll from tobacco, 5 million people each year, could double to 10 million by 2020 if countries do not implement the measures of the FCTC, the agency said. While smoking rates are declining in some industrialized countries, they are increasing, especially among the young, in many developing countries. These will account for over 70 per cent of that projected death toll.“We must do our utmost to ensure that young people everywhere have the best opportunities for a healthy life. By signing, ratifying and acting on this Tobacco Convention, we can live up to this responsibility,” Dr. Brundtland said.To bring the FCTC into force, 40 countries are needed to ratify or otherwise accept it. The FCTC will be open for signature at WHO headquarters from 16 to 22 June and thereafter at UN Headquarters in New York from 30 June 2003 to 29 June 2004.“Every country present in this room will testify to the challenges we faced as we worked on this final document. We now have to ensure the agreement we have reached will do what is intended to do – save lives and prevent disease,” said Ambassador Luis Felipe Seixas de Corrêa, the Brazilian diplomat who chaired the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body of the FCTC. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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New Executive Director appointed to head UN World Food Programme

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the head of the organization’s largest agricultural agency jointly appointed a new chief for the World Food Programme, officials announced at WFP’s headquarters in Rome today.The WFP’s Executive Board welcomed the appointment of Josette Sheeran, currently the United States Under Secretary of State, Economic, Business and Economic Affairs, said Mirza Qamar Beg, Board President and Ambassador of Pakistan. “Ms. Sheeran has outstanding credentials,” Mr. Beg said. “WFP’s Member States look forward to working with her to bring assistance to the millions of people who struggle with hunger daily.”When Mr. Annan and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) head Jacques Diouf appointed Ms. Sheeran, with the concurrence of WFP’s Board, the food agency’s current Executive Director, James Morris heartily welcomed the decision.“Ms. Sheeran has outstanding credentials,” said Mr. Morris, who remains in office until the end of the year. “I have great confidence in Ms. Sheeran – her dedication and humanitarian commitment will help WFP mobilize widespread support and concern for the millions of people worldwide who suffer from hunger each day.”Ms. Sheeran will take office at the beginning of 2007 as WFP’s new chief, the food agency said. Prior to her current job as under secretary of state, Ms. Sheeran was Deputy US Trade Representative, the managing director of a Wall Street-listed technology company, the president of a Washington DC think tank, and managing editor of The Washington Times newspaper. Ambassador George McGovern, who helped found WFP in 1963, lauded her dedication, adding that “Josette Sheeran has expressed great personal concern about the global poor and finding innovative programmes and policies to empower them so they can lift themselves out of poverty.”The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency. Last year, it assisted 97 million people, with a total expenditure of $3.1 billion, offering food aid in emergencies and protecting the health and nutrition of at-risk women and children. read more

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In Turkey UN deputy chief says response to migration refugee movement being

“We are all familiar with the scale of our challenge—around 240 million international migrants and more than 60 million refugees and forcibly displaced persons,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told representatives of governments, academia, civil society and other groups attending the three-day Forum.“This challenge is not only a crisis of numbers. It is a crisis of solidarity. It is a crisis that requires mobilization of political will but also viable and forward-looking solutions,” he continued.Mr. Eliasson said it is fitting that the annual event be organized in Istanbul this year as Turkey has been at the heart of the refugee crisis in the region, as have Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, “paying a high price for the horrific war in Syria which must come to an end.”“Tackling the root causes of forced or involuntary migration is a key element of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – goal number 10,” the UN deputy chief noted, referring to the new agreement that was adopted in September by all UN Member States to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.“By improving conditions for a life of dignity, by reducing inequalities, and by promoting peaceful societies, we can make crossing international borders a matter of informed choice, not desperate necessity,” he added.Mr. Eliasson also recalled that on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s annual debate in New York two weeks ago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a high-level meeting on migration and refugee movements.“Saving lives must be our first priority,” he insisted. “Despite additional search and rescue efforts, we continue to witness people in great numbers dying while seeking to cross borders.”Seven other key principles he listed included creating a stronger focus on refugee protection, ensuring non-discrimination, increasing preparedness, and sharing responsibilities among nations. “The Global Forum has successfully built networks and cooperation among the key actors,” he stated. “The Forum and its Member States can now take action to facilitate mobility, reduce migration costs and ensure fair access to benefits.”He added that the Forum should work closely with the UN System, in particular the Global Migration Group (GMG), which he said can help integrate migration into national development plans and provide technical assistance to develop migration-related indicators.In closing, the Deputy Secretary-General said that for many years, governments have worked to establish clear rules for cross-border trade, finance and services – yet the cross-border movement of human beings remains insufficiently regulated and managed.“By working together in a cooperative, innovative and constructive way, we can leave behind us the many tragedies we see unfold around the world,” Mr. Eliasson concluded. “By this we can help build a life of opportunity and dignity for all.” read more

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Ohio States newlook offensive line preparing for talented Virginia Tech

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) waits for the snap during a game against the Midshipmen Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorGrowing pains often can be expected when a team loses four players at one position group to the NFL, but the Ohio State offensive line might need to grow up fast with Virginia Tech set to visit Ohio Stadium this weekend.OSU coach Urban Meyer was tasked with rebuilding a line that saw Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall all depart for professional football. With just one returning starter — junior Taylor Decker — Meyer said his offensive line is “concern No. 1” heading into Saturday’s clash with the Hokies.“This will be one of the top two — one or two — defensive lines we’ll face every year,” Meyer said Monday. “Our offensive line did not play like an Ohio State offensive line (against Navy on Saturday).”Preparing for that top defensive line could come down to simple preparation, Decker said.“You can always prepare better,” Decker said Monday. “You can always do more, always watch more film, so I just think taking the preparation more seriously and just focusing on that for guys who maybe have never done that before.”While he was not named a captain this season like Mewhort and Linsley were in 2013, Decker has still become the leader on the new-look Buckeye offensive line. He’s not the oldest starter along the line — that title goes to redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin — but he by far has the most playing experience as a Buckeye.Decker said the new season is nothing like the last, but he has slid into the new leadership role without hesitation.“I definitely was the little brother last year. There definitely was no chance that I was calling the shots,” he said. “The first game (this season, against Navy), it was a little bit different for me. It was a new experience for me.”Going forward, Decker will be leading an OSU offensive line that has already seen multiple linemen rotated just one game into the season.OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said after the Buckeyes’ 34-17 win against the Midshipmen that the line rotated for certain portions of the game amidst early struggles.“We were kind of struggling a little bit in the first half so making a lot of changes wasn’t prudent at the time,” he said. “(Senior offensive lineman Joel Hale) came in, though, and played the second quarter, did a nice job and then (we) went back to the starting lineup in the second half and I thought they did a great job.”While Hale spent portions of the game alongside the left tackle Decker on the line, the starting lineup featured redshirt-freshman Billy Price at right guard while redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein slid over to left guard. Junior Jacoby Boren got the nod at center with Baldwin at right tackle.OSU released its newest depth chart on Tuesday with Price and Boren listed as the lone starters at their respective positions.Meyer said the first half against Navy — rotation and all — was a red flag for the offensive line, and the second half only did a small part in quelling those concerns.“The second half we played pretty good,” Meyer said. “But pretty good is not what we expect.”Playing below expectations might not be opportune, especially when a team like Virginia Tech is next on the schedule.“First and foremost, they (Virginia Tech’s defensive line) are really talented. They’ve got some good players,” Decker said. “And when they go, they’re really good, so you’ve got to be on your game and you’ve got to be prepared for that.”Decker said he is one of many who believe the OSU defensive line is one of the best — if not the best — in the nation. He also compared the Virginia Tech defensive line to the Buckeyes in favorable fashion.He said the Hokies’ line features players similar to the Buckeyes’ — junior players Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington and senior Michael Bennett especially — which could give the OSU offensive line an edge after practicing against such players throughout the offseason, but that won’t guarantee success on the field this weekend.“Going against that in a game situation is going to be different, and playing against those guys for a whole game is going to be different,” Decker said. “So you’re going to have to be prepared, and if you make a mistake I’m sure they can expose you.”OSU’s game against Virginia Tech is scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m. read more

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Woman whose acid attack on exlover left him in such pain he

“He died in dignity and will live on in the hearts of his family and friends. The court process was a difficult and emotional experience.  Berlinah Wallace  After leaving hospital Mr van Dongen was was transferred to a care home in Gloucestershire but when that proved unsuitable he called his father, who arranged for him to be transferred to Maria Hospital in Overpelt, Belgium on November 23 2016. His father said his son had wanted to return to a “normal life” but was told by doctors there that his paralysis could not be cured.”The fact that he couldn’t move his arms was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he said. “He completed his application for euthanasia. “He said that ‘my life has come to nothing and there is nothing left’. He said, ‘All I have is a different ceiling to look at’.” He died at the Belgian hospital nearly six weeks later.  Cornelius Van Dongen (right) with his son Mark Van Dongen Credit:PA Cornelius Van Dongen (right) with his son Mark Van Dongen Berlinah Wallace was acquitted of murder but found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent at Bristol Crown CourtCredit:PA A jealous woman whose ex-boyfriend ended his life after she threw acid over him has been cleared of murder as photographs emerged of the scorched bed where he was attacked.Mark van Dongen, 29, was left paralysed apart from his tongue after the attack by Berlinah Wallace. Sixteen months on and still in  “unbearable constant physical and psychological pain”  he asked doctors in a euthanasia clinic to end his life.In a legal first Wallace was charged with murder for the attack, but was cleared by a jury at Bristol Crown Court. She was found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent.  At the end of the trial photographs were released showing the blackened bed where Mr van Dongen, an engineer, was laying at around 3am when he woke to hear Wallace laugh and say “If I can’t have you, no one else will”, before throwing sulphuric acid over him.His injuries were so bad that the officer leading the inquiry, Det Insp Paul Catton, did not show the members of his investigation team the pictures. Speaking outside the court, Mr van Dongen’s father Cornelius van Dongen paid tribute to his son and “best friend”.”Mark was so brave when confronted with the hellish pain and disabilities inflicted upon him, but eventually it became too much for him to bear,” he said. “I was running in the street in my boxer shorts. They fell apart because the acid had eaten them away,” he said. When asked how he knew the liquid was acid, he told police: “Because it was burning like fire.” Mr van Dongen said he knew Wallace attacked him: “Because she was jealous. Because I left her.”After the attack he was taken to Southmead hospital where Dr Rachel Oaten said he let out a “blood-curdling scream” and said: “Kill me now. If my face is going to be left looking like this I don’t want to live.” “I am very disappointed in the outcome of this trial. There are only losers in this case. I hope that Mark can now rest in peace.”Dutch-born Mr van Dongen had left Wallace, a fashion student, after suffering domestic abuse at her hands and started a new relationship with Violet Farquharson, who then started to receive silent phone calls in the middle of the night. Weeks before the attack he had called the police to complain that she was harassing him and just days after she was contacted by officers she ordered the sulphuric acid used in the attack on Amazon.Because of the extent of his injuries Mr van Dongen was initially only able to communicate by sticking out his tongue when his father pointed at a letter on an alphabet and therefore it took him nearly 10 months to be able to tell police what happened. A video of him speaking from his hospital bed was played to the jury in which he told officers that he had gone to Wallace’s flat on the night of the attack on September 23 2015 because he “felt sorry for her”.  Mr van Dongen Snr said: “Without euthanasia (he) would only have lived another two to three days but in an inhumane way.”Wallace will be sentenced next week.  A body map showing the injuries suffered by Mark van DongenCredit:Nicholas Razzell 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. A body map showing the injuries suffered by Mark van Dongen “She woke me up and she said that ‘if I can’t have you, no-one can’,” Mr van Dongen told officers. “She laughed and just threw the acid. It was a square box of acid with about an inch of acid in it.  read more

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Clash for survival as Warriors take on Tallawahs on Wednesday

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHERO CPL 2018 VENUES AND TIMES CONFIRMEDJuly 27, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Tallawahs arriving ahead of Warriors clash on SaturdaySeptember 4, 2018In “latest news”Fixtures for CPL 2018 announced as Russell, Holder ‘can’t wait to be back’June 5, 2018In “Sports” in Hero CPL eliminatorDespite a disappointed start to their 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League Guyana Amazon Warriors have managed to regroup to reach their fifth successive playoffs.After winning just one of their first five matches, Warriors found form in the latter stages of the preliminaries and were able to secure the final playoff spot complements of four resounding victories in their next five matches, including a thumping nine wicket win over Jamaica Tallawahs in their most recent outing.Apart from their home loss to Trinbago Knight Riders, the Warriors have not been dominated but were clinched on occasions by St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Jamaica Tallawahs, and even Trinbago Knight Riders.However, they rebounded well from a horrific start and their batting continues to progress after functioning poorly in their first five encounters.Chadwick Walton, who helped to demolish Tallawahs with a scintillating unbeaten knock of 84 from 40 deliveries and is the tournament’s leading run scorer this season, is expected to continue on similar path as Warriors aim to reach their fourth final.While strong support in the batting department is predicted from the Warriors’ latest addition Luke Ronchi, Jason Mohammed and Gajanand Singh.They must provide the foundation for the other batsmen to build on whether it is batting first or chasing.The Warriors’ bowling has been up there with the most consistent of the season as Steven Jacobs and Rashid Khan produced economical spells while Sohai Tanvir, the tournament’s leading wicket taker and Rayad Emrit were able to create constant breakthroughs.However, the Tallawahs cannot be written off and their mixture of talented youth and establish experience could upstage any unit in the shortest format of the game.Skipper Kumar Sangakkara is known for his exploits in matches that matters most and the Warriors are very much aware of the dangers should he spends some time at the crease. So it is with former Warrior Lendl Simmon as well as Rovman Powell, Jonathan Foo or the emerging Andre McCarthy, who has played a major role in getting the Tallawahs to this stage.Like the Warriors, Tallawahs have two bowlers in the top five, Kesrick Williams and Krishmar Santokie. They also have Mohammad Sami and a couple express quickies, Oshane Thomas and Odean Smith who they could turn too.Nevertheless it is expected to be a keen contest for survival for both sides, but the team that executes better with the bat is projected to win at the Brian Lara Stadium tonight in Trinidad and Tobago.Guyana Amazon Warriors: Rayad Emrit (captain) , Luke Ronchi, Sohail Tanveer , Chadwick Walton, Assad Fudadin, Steven Jacobs, Jason Mohammed, Veerasammy Permaul, Babar Azam, Steven Katwaroo, Steven Taylor, Keon Joseph, , Rashid Khan, Keemo Paul, Ali Khan, Roshon Primus, Gajanand SinghJamaica Tallawahs: Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk), Mohammad Sami, Lendl Simmons, Glen Phillips, Jonathan Foo, Krishmar Santokie, Garey Mathurin, Kennar Lewis, Imad Wasim, Glenn Phillips, Odean Smith, Trevon Griffith , Andre McCarthy, Kesrick Williams, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Rovman Powell.The match is scheduled to get underway at 20:00h on Wednesday. read more

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Mining law Indonesias changing tide creating industry waves

first_imgThe Indonesian Government’s new Bill for Mineral and Coal Mining (Mining Law) was developed with the intention of extracting the most value from Indonesia’s natural resources for the nation, according to Wood Mackenzie. Its introduction into Indonesia’s legal system provides a framework for the future of the nation’s mining industry. The new Mining Law opens the doors for foreign ownership through the introduction of a new permit-styled system although grey areas within the law in regards to divestment, production control and fiscal terms are creating a wave of uncertainty for current and prospective industry players.The Mining Law itself is not sufficient enough to commit change within the Indonesian mining industry. It is a precursor to an impending Government Regulation to be created which will outline the necessary metrics to make the new law functional.Wood Mackenzie believes that Indonesia’s short-term production outlook will not be affected by the inception of the new Mining Law, “as the majority will be sourced from existing operations and any greenfields projects in our pipeline have concession agreements already in place.”In the long term, Wood Mackenzie expects the new Mining Law will present a potential upside to Indonesian production. Once the Government Regulation is introduced, previously unsecured tenures will then be open to both domestic and foreign investors looking to set up small to medium sized coal operations.Will the new Mining Law still attract interest from domestic and foreign investors? Although the new Mining Law may seem to be a considerable shift from the original contract-based schemes, Wood Mackenzie believes the framework that is set for the mining industry will attract both domestic and foreign investors.In a recent Insight produced from its Coal Supply Service: Indonesia, Wood Mackenzie has examined the mining permits, existing contracts, mine ownership, production and sales control, mining contractors, state reserve areas, and taxes and imposts in the Indonesian coal industry.last_img read more

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Women in the UK told to wear revealing clothes and more makeup

first_img 30 Comments Women in the UK told to wear revealing clothes and more make-up to work A recent study also shows that girls as young as six can be led to believe men are smarter and more talented than women. Short URL Jan 27th 2017, 6:25 AM By Associated Press https://jrnl.ie/3207532 There isn’t anything about the game itself that becomes less interesting for girls, but rather it’s the description of it as being for kids that are really, really smart.Different career choicesAs a result, believing that they are not as gifted as boys, girls tend to shy away from demanding majors and fields, leading to big differences in aspirations and career choices between men and women.“These stereotypes discourage women’s pursuit of many prestigious careers; that is, women are underrepresented in fields whose members cherish brilliance,” the authors wrote.It is still unclear where the stereotypes come from. Parents, teachers and peers and the media are the usual suspects, Cimpian said. But it is evident that action must be taken so that these biases don’t curtail girls’ professional aspirations.“Instill the idea that success in any line of work is not an innate ability, whatever it is, but rather putting your head down, being passionate about what you are doing,” Cimpian said, adding that exposure to successful women who can serve as role models also helps. Source: Mark Lennihan/AP ImagesToy companies like Mattel, maker of the Barbie doll, have taken steps to try to reduce gender stereotypes. Mattel’s “You can be anything” Barbie campaign tells girls that they can be paleontologists, veterinarians or professors, among other careers. The campaign also holds out the possibility that a girl can imagine herself to be a fairy princess.Rebecca S. Bigler, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, described Cimpian’s study “as exceptionally nice work.”She suggested that the stereotypes develop in early elementary school when students are exposed to famous scientists, composers and writers, the “geniuses” of history, who are overwhelmingly men. Bigler said it is important to combine that knowledge with information on gender discrimination.“We need to explain to children that laws were created specifically to prevent women from becoming great scientists, artists, composers, writers, explorers, and leaders,” Bigler added. ”Children will then be… more likely to believe in their own intellectual potential and contribute to social justice and equally by pursuing these careers themselves.”With reporting from Gráinne Ní AodhaRead: The Irish Girl Guides is to start allowing transgender children into their rankscenter_img DRESS CODES WHICH discriminate against women are still widespread in UK workplaces.This was after a parliamentary committee’s report found female employees had been told to dye their hair blonde, wear revealing clothes, and use more make-up.It follows a UK petition calling for “outdated and sexist” dress codes to be changed so women have the option to wear flat formal shoes at work.More than 152,000 people supported the campaign after Nicola Thorp lost her job as a receptionist because she refused to wear high heels.According to Sky News, Thorp said: “This may have started over a pair of high heels but what it has revealed about discrimination in the UK workplace is vital, as demonstrated by the hundreds of women who came forward.”This not only has an impact on working women today, but the ideas young girls have about who they see as smart and successful. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesWho is really, really smart?A study published in the journal Science suggests that girls as young as six can be led to believe men are inherently smarter and more talented than women, making girls less motivated to pursue novel activities or ambitious careers.That such stereotypes exist is hardly a surprise, but the findings show these biases can affect children at a very young age.“As a society, we associate a high level of intellectual ability with males more than females, and our research suggests that this association is picked up by children as young six and seven,” said Andrei Cimpian, associate professor in the psychology department at New York University. Cimpian coauthored the study, which looked at 400 children ages five to seven.In the first part of the study, girls and boys were told a story about a person who is “really, really smart,” a child’s idea of brilliance, and then asked to identify that person among the photos of two men and two men.The people in the photos were dressed professionally, looked the same age and appeared equally happy. At five, both boys and girls tended to associate brilliance with their own gender, meaning that most girls chose women and most boys chose men. Source: Shutterstock/mavoBut as they became older and began attending school, children apparently began endorsing gender stereotypes. At six and seven, girls were “significantly less likely” to pick women. The results were similar when the kids were shown photos of children.Not so simpleInterestingly, when asked to select children who look like they do well in school, as opposed to being smart, girls tended to pick girls, which means that their perceptions of brilliance are not based on academic performance.“These stereotypes float free of any objective markers of achievement and intelligence,” Cimpian said.In the second part of the study, children were introduced to two new board games, one described as an activity “for children who are really, really smart” and the other one “for children who try really, really hard.”Five-year-old girls and boys were equally likely to want to play the game for smart kids, but at age six and seven, boys still wanted to play that game, while girls opted for the other activity. 19,667 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 Friday 27 Jan 2017, 6:25 AMlast_img read more

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Government delays money purchase annual allowance and pensions advice legislation

first_imgJane Ellison, financial secretary to the Treasury, who spoke at yesterday’s House of Commons debate, said: “The Bill is progressing on the basis of consensus and therefore, at the request of the opposition, we are not proceeding with a number of clauses. However, there has been no policy change. These provisions will make a significant contribution to the public finances, and the government will legislate for the remaining provisions at the earliest opportunity, at the start of the new Parliament.”Peter Dowd, Labour MP, added: “The prime minister’s announcement outside No. 10 and the subsequent vote mean we do not have sufficient time in this Parliament to give the full Bill the proper parliamentary oversight it requires and deserves, as I am sure members will understand.“It is clear that the Treasury was unaware of the prime minister’s plans for a snap election, but the opposition recognise the unique scenario we are in and the government’s responsibility to levy taxes, and I am sure the minister recognises our responsibility to scrutinise the Bill in as open and transparent a manner as we possibly can. That is why we have acted in good faith to ensure that a version of the Bill can pass before Parliament is dissolved.”Tom McPhail, head of policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The government is rushing through the legislation wash-up, prioritising key policy measures and jettisoning anything which could slow-up the process. The good news is the suspension of the cuts to the money purchase annual allowance and the dividend allowance, however investors would be wise not to assume this is a permanent reprieve.”Steven Cameron, pension director at Aegon, said: “The reduction in the pensions annual allowance from £10,000 to £4,000 for those who had exercised pension freedoms was very contentious and at odds with the government’s intention to support longer working lives. Ideally, we would like to see the proposed reduction dropped entirely. We’re also looking for urgent clarification on whether individuals will be allowed to pay in £10,000 in the current tax year without suffering a tax penalty.“Another casualty of the race to hold a general election is employers funding up to £500 of advice for employees. Some employers will already have included this into employee benefit packages and we again need urgent confirmation that anyone who has already received this will not be taxed on this as a benefit in kind.” The government is to delay legislating for the reduction to the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA), and the introduction of the £500 tax-exempt employer-arranged pensions advice allowance.The clauses that would legislate for these provisions have been removed from the Finance Bill 2017, which was debated in the House of Commons yesterday (Tuesday 25 April 2017).During the debate, the government confirmed that the omitted clauses would still go ahead, however these will now be included in a Finance Bill in the next Parliament.The MPAA will reduce from £10,000 to £4,000, as announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond at the Autumn Statement in November 2016 and confirmed in the Spring Budget 2017. This was due to come into effect from April 2017.The pensions advice allowance limit is to be increased from £150 to £500, enabling employees to access up to £500 of tax-free advice in a tax year. The employer-arranged advice can be put towards general financial and tax issues relating to pensions. This measure was announced in the March 2016 Budget, and was also due to come into effect from April 2017. The Finance Bill 2017 is currently being passed before Parliament.last_img read more

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Hearst Mags Reveals Major Editorial and BusinessSide Changes People on the Move

first_imgJessica PelsHearst Magazines announced several changes to its editorial and leadership staff this week, including appointing Jessica Pels, most recently the digital director of Cosmopolitan.com,  as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, replacing Michele Promaulayko who took over the role from Joanna Coles, following Coles’ appointment to chief creative officer in September 2016. This leadership change comes two months after Coles announced her departure from the company and Kate Lewis was tapped as her replacement.Joanna Saltz was named editorial director of House Beautiful from her role as editorial director at Delish. Saltz had added the editorial direction of HouseBeautiful.com to her responsibilities in June of this year, and she will continue to oversee both brands. Saltz is replacing Sophie Donelson, who announced that she is leaving the company.Joanna SaltzSeventeen.com has a new executive director. Kristin Koch was tasked with overseeing all content for the brand and will work to further evolve the brand’s digital-first strategy. She was most recently the magazine’s digital director and will succeed Joey Bartolomeo, who is also leaving the company. Style director of Country Living Steele Marcoux was appointed as the new editor-in-chief of Veranda. Based in Hearst’s Birmingham, Alabama offices, the magazine’s editorial operations will also move to those offices. Editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics Ryan D’Agostino will take on the additional responsibilities of overseeing the brand’s digital operations. Women’s Health editor-in-chief Liz Plosser will also oversee both print and digital content for her brand. Plosser joined Women’s Health in January from Well+Good, where she served as the VP of content. And Richard Dorment, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health is also taking on digital oversight of the brand.Kristin KochThe company also made changes to its business leadership roles, who report to president, marketing and publishing director Michael Clinton. SVP, group publishing director of the Women’s Lifestyle Group, Pat Haegele, is adding a publishing strategy function to her role, with a focus on maximizing efforts in the marketplace and generating new revenue opportunities. And Jack Essig, SVP, publishing director of Esquire and Popular Mechanics, expands his role to include Men’s Health, Runner’s World, and Bicycling. “Our teams are embracing cross-platform brand alignment, which will foster even greater idea sharing, more ambitious content creation and the development of strategic business initiatives, all of which benefit our audience, both consumer and commercial,” said new Hearst Magazines president Troy Young. “As we continue to evolve, we will combine editorial intuition with audience insights and data to create unique and purposeful experiences for our readers.”The company also announced that Redbook will move to digital-only following the January 2019 issue.Lindsay Peoples WagnerHere are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Teen Vogue tapped Lindsay Peoples Wagner as its new editor-in-chief. In her new role, Peoples Wagner will be responsible for the oversight of content for the brand’s digital, social and video platforms, and managing experiential platforms, including the brand’s tentpole Teen Vogue Summit series. She returns to Condé Nast after serving as the fashion editor of New York magazine and The Cut, and begins her new position on October 18.“Lindsay is a gifted talent who can equally inspire and challenge her audiences,” said Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor-in-chief of Vogue, in a statement. “She brings a sophistication and fresh perspective to the cultural moments and social themes that activate our Teen Vogue readers and we are very excited to have her back at Condé Nast.” Fred SantarpiaCondé Nast’s chief digital officer, Fred Santarpia, announced that he is stepping down from his role after six-and-a-half years. During his time in the C-suite, Santarpia was responsible for helping to launch CNE’s digital video business and leading the acquisitions of Pitchfork and Citizen Net.“What a worthy mission it has been to finally solidify Condé Nast’s place in a digital world,” said Santarpia in his Instagram post. “Unfortunately, there’s never a good time to say goodbye, but with the company’s digital foundation set, this is the right time for me to say farewell.” Nathan Lump announced that he is stepping down from his role as editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure, editorial director of Departures, Food & Wine and Cooking Light. After four years leading the brand, following the closing of the December issue of Travel + Leisure, Lump will leave the company stating that, “now feels like the right time for me to stretch myself professionally in new ways.” Vanessa Childers was named as Conscious Company Media’s new editorial director. She will be tasked with strengthening the voice of the brand and developing a content strategy that unifies Conscious Company Magazine, events, educational materials, and digital storytelling. Childers bring over eight years of editorial experience to the company, most recently serving as the digital editor of Wiesner Media’s Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and Mountain Living magazines. Jason SheelerJason Sheeler was tapped as Modern Luxury’s San Francisco magazine’s new editor-in-chief this week. Most recently, Sheeler was the style director of Departures magazine and he will be succeeding Jon Steinberg, starting later this month. Nikki Wood also joined San Francisco magazine as publisher and VP of revenue strategy. She has over 25 years of publishing experience at a range of b2b and b2c titles, most recently serving as group publisher at Where Magazine since 2013. Farm Journal added new divisions and made several hires and promotions this week: The new Data and Research Division will be led by Grey Montgomery who is taking on the role of division president, Data and Research. Mitch Rouda, former CRO for the company, was tapped as the division president for the new division, Trust In Food.EVP and CCO Charlene Finck was promoted to division president of the new Producer Media Division. Matt Morgan was promoted to EVP of the Produce Division from his previous role as SVP, digital and data.Brian Conrady was promoted to EVP, crop digital and broadcast from his role as SVP of Farm Journal’s Broadcast Division.Former VP of Content Services, Stephanie Gable, was promoted to VP, DDMS operations.Dennis Hecht is the new VP, business intelligence. Jeff Pence is moving from division president to COO. Riley Higby joins Farm Journal from Informa PLC, as the new VP of doane and data sales. And finally, division president Ron Wall announced that he will retire as soon as a new DDMS division president is hired in the first quarter of 2019.The Atlantic added another staff writer this week. Amanda Mull will cover health across several topics including beauty and nutrition. She starts later this month and joins the company from PurseBlog where she served as managing editor since 2008. Former senior writer at Wired, Jessi Hempel, is joining LinkedIn as its senior editor-at-large based in New York City. MIT Technology Review’s Rachel Metz is leaving her role as senior editor to join CNN Business as a senior writer covering tech. The Washington Examiner hired Tiana Lowe as its new commentary writer. Most recently, she served as the founding editor of USC Economic Review. The Sacramento Bee’s assistant managing editor, Kevin Yamamura, is joining Politico as editor of the California Pro team.last_img read more

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US blacklists five Chinese supercomputing firms

first_imgWashington: The United States is blacklisting five Chinese organisations involved in supercomputing with military-related applications, citing national security as justification for denying its Asian geopolitical rival access to critical US technology. The move on Friday by the US Commerce Department could complicate talks next week between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, aimed at de-escalating a trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us The five blacklisted organisations placed on the so-called Entity List includes supercomputer maker Sugon, which is heavily dependent on US suppliers including chipmakers Intel, Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices. The other four are the Wuxi Jiangnan Institute of Computing Technology and three Sugon affiliates. The Commerce Department called their activities “contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.” Sugon and the Wuxi Jiangnan Institute, which the US said is owned by a Chinese army research institute, are involved in China’s push to develop next generation “Exascale” high performance computing to assist with military modernisation. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The technology involved supports such military-related tasks as running nuclear simulations, calculating missile trajectories and hypersonic algorithms, said Paul Triolo, technology analyst with the global risk-assessing Eurasia Group. “This is all about the race to Exascale computing, which China has designated as a major priority,” he said, adding that companies such as Sugon have received major government backing. Advertise With Us Of particular concern to China hawks in the Trump administration, Triolo added, is Sugon’s move to develop a next-generation processor of its own. It licensed one generation of AMD technology as part of a 2016 joint venture in which a Sugon subsidiary has an ownership stake. An AMD spokesperson said the company was reviewing the order “to determine next steps related to our joint ventures.” In recent years, US and Chinese companies have been alternating as leading producers of the world’s fastest supercomputers. Sugon had 63 of the top 500 in the most recent rankings. The blacklist effectively bars US firms from selling technology to the Chinese organisations without government approval. Last month, Commerce last month added telecommunications giant Huawei to it, heightening tensions with Beijing. This is not the first time the US has placed on the Entity List a Chinese organisation involved in supercomputer development with military uses. In 2015 it added China’s National University of Defense Technology to the Entity List. “The US is gradually squeezing off access to US technology for major elements of China’s next generation supercomputing,” said Triolo. But Trump and Xi are scheduled to meet next week at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, to get the negotiations back on track. “Adding more Chinese companies to the US bad guys list may be seen as a way to ramp up the pressure on China,” said Amanda DeBusk, a partner at Dechert LLP and the former Commerce Department assistant secretary for export enforcement. “However, the Chinese may see this as ill-timed bullying. They cannot be seen as making concessions to the United States, so this may have the effect of hurting any chances for trade agreement.”last_img read more

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Then and Now Rekha to Dimple Kapadia top 70s actresses and their

first_imgShabana AzmiShabana Azmi has always been an actress who was known for her out-of-the-box and reformist roles. Zeenat AmanZeenat Aman was among the first ones who dared to push the boundaries of oomph and sensuousness that Bollywood had always seen. Reena RoyAnother face of the 70s which we all loved immensely was Reena Roy. Dimple KapadiaDimple Kapadia was an instant sensation right with her first film – Bobby. Dimple’s magnetic personality till date ensures high footfall in theatres. The 1970s was the decade where parallel cinema had just started opening its wings. While on one hand, we had smashing blockbusters like Deewar, on the other, path-breaking films like Hare Rama and Hare Krishna were breathing new life into those who loved celluloid. The 70s also saw the decade of emerging new talents, ready to break open the stereotypical shackles of a ‘Hindi film heroine’ and willing to make a mark through challenging, progressive roles.center_img Neetu SinghOne of the most loved and popular actresses of the 70s was Neetu Singh and still remains so. RekhaKnown for her flawless acting and ravishing beauty, Rekha, still makes people go weak-in-the-knees. Jaya BachchanPowerhouse-of-talent, Jaya Bachchan, made waves with her impeccable acting skills and solid hold over the craft.last_img read more

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Katrina Kaif to Malaika Arora 10 Bollywood actresses and their oldage look

first_imgInstagramThe old-age face app filter has gripped Bollywood and how! From Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor; the old age photos of all these celebs using the filter has made its way to the social media. While few celebs decided to use the filter themselves, several shared their pictures from their fan-page handles. And we have to say, all our leading ladies, looked as ravishing in their old-age photos as they do now. Take a look:Katrina Kaif: It was almost impossible for us to visualise the Zero star, Katrina Kaif, in her old-age. However, we were sure that the actress would look like a million bucks even with those grey hair and fine lines.Malaika Arora: The lady who has redefined glamour and oomph in the industry, would look as ravishing in her old age as she looks now.Alia Bhatt: The bubbly and chirpy Alia Bhatt looks pretty even in this old age photo with those wrinkles and greys.Kareena Kapoor Khan: Not just now, she would dominate Bollywood even in her old age. Don’t you think? InstagramAishwarya Rai Bachchan: If looks could kill, Aishwarya would be behind bars even in her old age.Anushka Sharma: Phillauri actress, Anushka Sharma, would remain a vision even in her old age.Disha Patani: Disha would look striking even at the age of 80. What do you think? InstagramPriyanka Chopra: Bollywood or Hollywood, Priyanka Chopra would dominate the entertainment business even in her old age.Sonam Kapoor: Sonam Kapoor recently shared a picture of her in an old-age look. The picture was originally shared by a fan page of the Neerja actress and Sonam re-shared it on Instagram. However, we have to mention, the fashionista would look nothing less than spectacular even in her old age. Take a look at the photo below.Deepika Padukone: Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s fan club, Deepveer, weren’t lagging behind. One of their fan pages shared a picture of the power couple in their old age. And we have to say, the charming face of Deepika Padukone and the dapper looks of Ranveer Singh wouldn’t fade away even when they grow old.last_img read more

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Indian child dies from mothers snake bite breast milk

first_imgAn Indian woman who was bitten by a snake in her sleep and unknowingly breastfed poisoned milk to her daughter has died along with the child, police said Friday.The 35-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh state did not realise she had been bitten when she woke and breastfed her daughter.The three-year-old girl and the mother fell ill on Thursday and both died before they could reach hospital, police inspector Vijay Singh told AFP.The family spotted the snake in another room but the creature escaped.A post-mortem is to be carried out but police have registered a case of accidental death, the officer added.India is home to some 300 snake species and 60 are highly venomous, including the Indian cobra, krait, Russell’s viper and saw-scaled viper.India accounts for 46,000 of the 100,000 snakebite deaths around the world each year, according to a 2011 study by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.last_img read more

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Symptoms Diagnosis and Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure

first_imgSymptoms Each individual may experience symptoms differently for Congestive Heart Failure; however, the most common symptoms include: Shortness of breath during rest, exercise, or while lying flat; Weight gain; Visible swelling of the legs and ankles (due to a buildup of fluid), and, occasionally, swelling of the abdomen; Fatigue and weakness; Loss of appetite, nausea, and abdominal pain; Persistent cough that can cause blood-tinged sputum. Diagnosis Congestive Heart Failure diagnosis made should be made through a medical examination in which a complete medical history, physical exam, and diagnostic procedures for heart failure are performed.  Some tests include: Chest X-ray. A diagnostic test that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film. Echocardiogram (also called echo). A noninvasive test that uses sound waves to evaluate the motion of the heart’s chambers and valves. The echo sound waves create an image on the monitor as an ultrasound transducer is passed over the heart. Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). A test that records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias or dysrhythmias), and can sometimes detect heart muscle damage. BNP testing.Treatment The cause of the heart failure will dictate the treatment protocol. If the heart failure is caused by a valve disorder, then surgery may be performed. If the heart failure is caused by a disease, such as anemia, then the underlying disease will be treated. Although there is no cure for heart failure due to damaged heart muscle – usually heart disease from poor diet and lack of exercise – many forms of treatment have been used to treat symptoms very effectively.Treatment of heart failure may include controlling risk factors.  Patients may be asked to: Quitting smoking, Lose weight (if overweight) and increasing moderate exercise; Restrict salt and fat from the diet; Avoiding alcohol; Get proper rest; Control blood sugar if diabetic; Control blood pressure; Limit fluid intake; and drug therapy.For more information, contact the American Heart Association at www.heart.orglast_img read more

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What Your Keyboard Says About You

first_imgFor those who really want to dazzle when on the go, there’s the Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard. Slightly larger than a matchbox and with a red laser display that projects onto a table, this space-age-looking gadget will wow, but it may not be for everyone. Priced at $180, it’ll make a decent dent in your wallet, and though it makes a clicking sound when your fingers hit its virtual keys, it may be tough to get used to not having real buttons to press. The gadget also has a pretty short battery life, at only 120 minutes of continuous use, and it can only be used on a flat surface with enough space to project the display. If we could integrate this functionality into our phone, though, the company may be on to something.Roll It Out Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Another unconventional option, roll-up keyboards, get a lot of flak for having hard-to-push keys. But if you have steady fingers and would like a typing pad that won’t break or get ruined by spills or crumbs, it’s an option to check out. Roll-ups are inexpensive–usually in the $20 to $30 range–they’re great for travel since they pack up easily, and they’re also good for use in kitchens or other places they’re likely to come in contact with food. These require a flat typing surface and come in a range of different sizes, so you’ll want to find one that fits your fingers.Can QwertyIf you want something seriously unconventional, check out the FrogPad. This one-handed keyboard is thin, small and light, and throws qwerty out the window. For many people, the device has a steep learning curve, but if you’re willing to put in the hours to get your fingers to flawlessly master the FrogPad’s 20 buttons, you’ll be able to type on the go or while holding items in your opposite hand. The mini $150 keyboard connects with Bluetooth, and it comes in left- and right-handed models. It may prove a challenge, but if you’re still hunting and pecking, you could give this gadget a try so you can at least save face for your slow word-per-minute count.Paint Your KeysFor the really big spenders out there, there is the new Optimus Maximus keyboard from Art Lebedev Studio with a list price of $1,565. This desktop keyboard won’t be traveling anywhere with you, but it’s sure to impress in the office with its 113 OLED keys, which you can map and paint with any functions and images you like. This massive keyboard is being billed as the way of the future, since it’s a real universal keyboard, but it lacks ergonomic comforts–the keys are reputedly hard to depress, and its flat design won’t put your hands in any ideal long-term typing position.When investing in a new keyboard, you want to find one that fits your work needs and your fingers. And though function should be your No. 1 consideration, it doesn’t hurt to buy a gadget that’ll add to your tech cred. Though if all else fails and you’re still feeling like a Luddite, opt for a wooden desktop model for a retro feel. Hacoa even has a keyboard you can assemble yourself.center_img Sitting at a corner table in a pub crowded with social media fiends who come together for a weekly networking event, Justin Peer pulled out his Nokia N95 phone and his iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard. He opened up the sleek metal-and-plastic contraption, which was only slightly larger than an index card when folded up, leaned his phone against its small stand and started typing away.He didn’t get far on his blog post, though, before a crowd had formed, curious about his little gadget, wanting to try it out and asking where they could get one, too.Handing out business cards for his mobile massage therapy practice, Peer says, “I won’t thumb type more than a text message, but with this keyboard and this phone, I can do 90 percent of what I do on my laptop.”Often an afterthought, only replaced when carpal tunnel or BlackBerry thumb sets in, today’s keyboards are more than just conversation starters; they can be stylish and functional additions to your gadget collection, whether you’re looking for a light-and-lean on-the-go option or a desktop workhorse. And today’s options go well beyond split-key, sloped ergonomic clunkers.Fold It UpWhen buying folding keyboards, like the iGo, expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $150. If they connect via Bluetooth, make sure they’ll work with your specific smartphone or PDA. Other features to look for are battery life–many take two AAA batteries, so they are at least easy to keep charged up–and a locking mechanism so you aren’t committed to using your keyboard on a flat surface. You’ll also want to look for keys that are as close to standard laptop size as possible for maximum typing comfort. And if you like to use a lot of shortcuts when you’re computing, look for a nice array of function keys.Project It Forward Register Now » May 15, 2008last_img read more

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Turrialba Volcano spews ash vapor

first_imgFollowing an increase in seismic activity, Turrialba Volcano began spewing ash, vapor and gases at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, experts from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and the National University (UNA) confirmed.Activity at Turrialba, located in Cartago province 60 kilometers northeast of the capital San José, resumed Monday night with an increase in volcanic tremors, according to a report from UNA’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI).The report adds that the ash plume from the explosion reached approximately 300 meters (985 feet) above the volcano’s crater. Mauricio Mora, a volcanologist with UCR’s National Seismological Network (RSN), said windy conditions in the morning dispersed the ash plume towards the west and northwestern areas of the Central Valley. Ashes mainly reached sectors in northeastern San José, and certain areas in Alajuela and Heredia provinces.People posting on both OVSICORI’s and UNA’s Facebook pages reported smelling sulfur and seeing ash on the ground in communities north and east of the capital including Coronado, Moravia, Guadalupe, Tibás and Montes de Oca.Tuesday morning’s activity, however, was not as strong as that recorded earlier this year, when ash plumes exceeded 3,000 meters (9,800 ft.) above the volcano.The new explosion followed 43 days of low activity, after the last important explosion recorded on August 1.Turrialba is one of Costa Rica’s five active volcanoes along with Arenal, Poás, Irazú, and Rincón de la Vieja.Aid for farmersPresident Luis Guillermo Solís toured communities north and east of Cartago on Monday and announced the allocation of ₡2,4 billion ($4.3 million) for the province, including aid for farmers and ranchers whose production has been negatively affected by volcanic activity and drought in recent years.According to the Agriculture Ministry, Cartago farmers are the country’s top potato producers, supplying 80 percent of all potatoes consumed in Costa Rica. They are also the largest producers of onions and large suppliers of carrots, yucca, cabbages, beets, flowers and other crops. Facebook Comments Related posts:Ash from Turrialba Volcano keeps falling on the Central Valley Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor Turrialba Volcano spews ash 1 km high Turrialba Volcano registers increase in activitylast_img read more

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