Time to taima TB in Iqaluit

first_imgAPTN National NewsTaima is the Inuktitut word for stop.The federal government announced a new pilot project called Taima TB for Iqaluit.Nunavut has some of the highest Tuberculosis rates in the developed world and Nunavummiut want to see that taima.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has more from Iqaluit.last_img

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Group of 49 ethical funds call for greener oilsands

An international group of ethical funds with investments in Alberta’s oilsands is concerned the industry’s environmental performance could be creating financial risk.“We recognize the economic significance of the resource,” the group says in a statement to be released Monday.“But (we) are concerned that the current approach to development, particularly the management of the environmental and social impacts, threatens the long-term viability of the oilsands as an investment.”The statement is signed by 49 funds.Some are controlled by labour and church groups, such as the United Church of Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress. There are also public-sector pension funds from both sides of the border and private funds from Canada, the U.S. and Europe.Together, they control about $2 trillion, some of which is invested in companies active in the oilsands. Their statement was co-ordinated and released by the Boston-based group Ceres, which works to advance environmental causes through the financial sector.The funds say the oilsands industry is not reducing its greenhouse gas emissions or its water use fast enough. They’re concerned about the lack of information on land reclamation liabilities and worry about lawsuits from aboriginal groups.“We’re certainly not claiming that the industry is ignoring these issues,” said Andrew Logan of Ceres. “What we’re saying is that we need to dramatically speed up the pace of innovation.”Ceres considers greenhouse gas emissions a risk because the industry’s rosy forecasts of U.S. export growth don’t account for the potential impact of low-carbon fuel standards, now under consideration or implemented in 14 U.S. states.Ceres estimated in 2010 that if such regulations eventually cover half of the U.S. market, the export potential for oilsands crude would be reduced by 25 per cent. If such regulations were implemented federally, markets for the oilsands fuel could shrink by a third.“Most companies don’t really have targets around reducing their greenhouse gas emissions or their water use,” Logan said. “What we’re looking for is specifics.”Dan Wicklum of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance said his recently formed group of 12 major oilsands producers is starting to do just that.“Companies certainly want to push themselves,” he said. “We’re just developing the process that we would use to engage and set our goals … The companies have committed to set a goal.”The funds also say industry hasn’t released enough information about how much it will cost to clean up after itself.“Disclosure by oilsands companies of reclamation costs has been poor,” says the statement.Alberta’s auditor general has pointed out the amount of money salted away for reclamation is inadequate and the statement says unaccounted reclamation liabilities could reach $33 billion by 2025 — liabilities that could fall to investors.Janet Annesley of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers denied investors are at risk.“Reclamation plans are in place before any project operations may commence and liabilities are fully funded by oil sands mine operators at all times through cash, assets or a combination of both,” she wrote in an email.The statement adds legal threats from aboriginal groups, such as the constitutional challenge recently filed against Shell’s proposed Jackpine mine expansion, have been growing.“The risk of a court ruling in their favour is increasing and could lead to the suspension of an oilsands project,” it says.Annesley also downplayed that risk.“Oil sands development does not go ahead without direct and meaningful Aboriginal consultation,” she wrote.“Oil sands operators will continue to work with governments and Aboriginal groups to clarify the consultation and accommodation process for the benefit of all parties over the longer term.”Wicklum said his group has already been in contact with Ceres about its concerns.“When I take a look at what they’re asking for, it’s really exactly what the industry wants —meaningful engagement with stakeholders,” he said. “We’ve committed to set regional environmental performance goals, to listen and to respond and accelerate the pace of environmental performance improvement.”The fact that Wicklum’s group exists at all is a step forward, said Logan.“The problems in the oilsands are really beyond the ability of any one company to solve,” he said. “The formation of COSIA does suggest to me there’s a real appetite to put real resources into these problems in a way that wasn’t the case a couple of years ago. read more

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UN refugee emergency teams arrive in South Sudan to bolster repatriation efforts

The 18 team members, who arrived this week, are expected to open offices in Bor, Kapoeta and possibly Nasir, if that area proves safe enough for refugees to return to, following January’s peace agreement ending the fighting between the Government and rebels. Some 4.5 million Sudanese are estimated to have been displaced by the war, 550,000 of them refugees who fled across the borders, mainly to Ethiopia and Kenya. Despite the importance of the operation, which, if successful, would bring an end to one of the world’s most deadly and enduring crises, in which 2 million people are estimated to have been killed, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) South Sudan operation remains seriously under-funded, with only $39 million so far received out of the $76.3 million budgeted for 2005.One of the UNHCR teams – a programme officer, a protection officer and an administration staffer – plans to fly to Bor tomorrow to prepare for the first new office.“There is absolutely nothing there,” Bernard Kerblat, leader of the three teams and overall Deputy Operations Manager said. That means UNHCR staffers will have to take with them everything they need – mats, camping beds, stoves, tables, benches, first aid kits, water purifiers – to tide them over the first few days.A top priority is organizing ‘go and see’ visits to Bor for Sudanese refugees currently living in Kakuma camp in north-western Kenya. The decision to repatriate is a major one, and this type of visit is often used as a way to let refugees themselves assess conditions back home before making an informed decision on whether to leave their camps once and for all in order to rebuild their lives in their own countries.UNHCR sends emergency teams for two months, after which they are replaced by longer-term staff. “In two months, the team will be able to lay the foundation for a decent UNHCR presence in the eastern corridor,” said Mr. Kerblat, a veteran of 24 years of refugee operations, including emergencies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Timor, Angola, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Albania.Prior to the new deployment, UNHCR had already opened offices in the southern Sudan towns of Rumbek, Juba, Yei, Kajo Keiji, Yambio, Tambura, Malakal, and Damazine. read more

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Molson Coors shares hit 52week high on US jobs recovery analyst upgrade

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 5:17 pm MDT Molson Coors shares hit 52-week high on U.S. jobs recovery, analyst upgrade MONTREAL – Molson Coors shares hit a 52-week high for a second consecutive day on Tuesday on the prospects of a U.S. employment recovery, new products and an analyst’s upgrade.The Montreal and Denver-based brewer’s shares (NYSE:TAP) set a new threshold of $52.93 in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange before closing at US$52.28, up 38 cents in heavy Tuesday trading. While shares in Molson Coors (TSX:TPX.B) also set a record on the Toronto Stock Exchange, hitting $53.55 per share before closing up 73 cents at C$52.88 by day’s end.Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong upgraded the company’s stock to buy and raised her 12-month target price 34 per cent to US$63.“We believe Molson Coors is a compelling risk/reward proposition as the U.S. employment recovery and a new product cycle drive upward earnings revisions and multiple re-rating for this deep value asset,” she wrote in a report.Hong concedes that her outlook differs from most analysts for one of the “most under-loved” of consumer staples stocks. Her forecasts are above consensus in each of the next three years.Molson Coors shares are well below its 10-year average and its brewery peers.The key catalyst for Hong’s outlook is an expectation that North American beer volumes will rise with an improving job environment.The beer industry has been hit in recent years as jobless consumers have had cut back on purchases or switched to alternatives.Consumption is about eight per cent below normalized levels after falling 0.6 per cent annually between 2008 and 2012. But acceleration in the mainstream beer market could lift industry volumes by 2.3 per cent a year through 2015, Hong said.A demographic shift whereby baby boomers turned to wine and spirits is largely over and should allow beer’s loss of market share to turn moderate or disappear altogether.Hong also said a pipeline of promising new highest priced products including Third Shift and Redd Al could also add about four per cent to MillerCoors volumes. The second-largest beer company in the U.S. with nearly 30 per cent of beer sales is a joint venture of SABMiller and Molson Coors.Profits are also expected to accelerate on a new cost savings program that will likely be announced in June, and savings from European consolidations following the Starbev acquisition that Molson Coors has already said should yield $50 million.Molson Coors reported in a regulatory filing Tuesday afternoon that CEO Peter Swinburn’s total compensation decreased to about US$7 million in 2012, from US$7.59 million a year earlier. His base salary increased to US$1.07 million last year and he received $3.2 million in stocks, $800,000 in stock options and $709,500 in non-equity incentives.Vice-chairman Peter Coors’ compensation increased to US$2.66 million from US$2 million in 2011, largely as a result of higher pension value. His base salary was unchanged at US$850,000. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Comcast is buying a majority stake in Universal Studios Japan for 15

FILE – This June 11, 2013, file photo, shows the Comcast Corp. logo during The Cable Show 2013 convention in Washington. Comcast is buying a majority stake in theme park operator Universal Studios’ Japanese arm for $1.5 billion, the company announced Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, will have 51 percent ownership of the business. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Comcast is buying a majority stake in Universal Studios Japan for $1.5 billion NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast is buying a majority stake in theme park operator Universal Studios’ Japanese arm for $1.5 billion.Cable operator Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, will have 51 per cent ownership of the business.Universal Studios Japan, which opened in Osaka in 2001, has many of the company’s well-known attractions, as well as rides and shows geared specifically toward the Japanese market.NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said in a written statement on Monday that the acquisition will help to expand the company’s theme park business around the world.Comcast is based in Philadelphia. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2015 4:49 am MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Foxconn steers clear of Trumps 30 billion investment claim

by Scott Bauer, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2017 3:30 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MADISON, Wis. – Foxconn Technology Group is not saying whether it plans to invest $30 billion in the United States, as President Donald Trump claimed the company’s leader told him “off the record.”Trump announced to a group of small-business leaders at the White House on Tuesday that Foxconn CEO Terry Gou told him privately that the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer could invest as much as $30 billion in the U.S. The company signed a deal with Wisconsin last week to build a $10 billion display panel manufacturing plant and Trump did not specify where the additional spending would be.Foxconn reiterated in a statement Wednesday that the Wisconsin plant “will be the first of a series of facilities we will be building in several states.” It did not address Trump’s statement about the total investment amount or Trump’s claims that Gou told it to him in confidence.“We have not yet announced our investment plans for other sites,” Foxconn said in the statement. “We will provide an update as soon as we have finalized those plans.”The company may be looking at a separate Wisconsin site in Dane County, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday , citing multiple sources it did not identify. The paper said no offers have been exchanged and there were no guarantees any would be, but there could be developments in the next two months.It wasn’t clear what kind of facility the second site would be.House Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview with WITI-TV that the company would expand in Wisconsin, to “tap into our intellectual talent in Madison and Milwaukee.”“What we are getting from Foxconn is that they are committing to Wisconsin,” Ryan said. “We do anticipate that there’s going to be more than just this one location in the Racine-Kenosha area.”Gou previously said that Foxconn was considering locating in seven states before Trump announced last week that a massive liquid crystal display monitors plant would be going to Wisconsin. Other states that Foxconn said it was looking at were Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.Foxconn is the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, with factories across mainland China. It’s best known for making iPhones and other Apple devices but its long list of customers includes Sony Corp., Dell Inc. and BlackBerry Ltd.The new plant in Wisconsin, which is scheduled to open in 2020 with 3,000 employees, will construct liquid crystal display monitors used in televisions and computers. It would bring Foxconn closer to its biggest market and be the first LCD monitor factory located outside of Asia.The Wisconsin Legislature is considering a $3 billion incentive package that must be passed by the end of September as part of the deal with Foxconn. A public hearing on the proposal was scheduled for Thursday, just six days after a draft of the plan was released and eight days after news of the state’s deal with Foxconn broke.Republicans who control the Legislature are split on how quickly to pass the bill, with state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald saying there are too many unanswered questions about the tax breaks that must be addressed before a vote. Some Democrats and others have questioned whether the incentives are too much, while also raising concerns about the proposed waiving of state environmental permit requirements and other regulations to speed up construction.U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democratic congressman who represents a swath of south-central Wisconsin that includes Madison, questioned during a news conference Wednesday how many jobs will actually materialize and how much those workers will really be paid. He added that he’s worried Foxconn might abandon its plans if Trump fails to follow through on his proposal to raise import tariffs.“We’ve got to be very real about what this actually means for Wisconsin taxpayers,” Pocan said.Ryan, speaking at an employee town hall in his southeastern Wisconsin congressional district, called the deal a “game-changer” that “is a generation’s worth of economic development.” Ryan said he pitched federal job training benefits and tax credits that make the U.S. competitive to Foxconn officials who were deciding whether to locate here.Ryan said he believed Wisconsin’s central location, and an abundance of colleges, universities and technical colleges where future workers could receive the necessary training helped the state win the project. Foxconn is eyeing property in Ryan’s district.“It’s a really good deal for Wisconsin,” he said.___Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sbauerAP Foxconn steers clear of Trump’s $30 billion investment claim read more

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This Irish directors video will make you fall in love with NYCs

first_imgRules state that performers are free to use the subway stations as a stage, but not the carriages themselves. Since January this year, 46 subway dancers have been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and a further 50 with less risky tricks were charged with the lesser crime of disorderly conduct.In the video one of the dancers talks about doing it so they can “connect with the people, make the people feel good”.It’s impossible to watch them without being charmed, as they show off their moves and tell the people of New York that “Obama wants change, we want twenties”.The Irish director has said he is concerned for the potential extinction of this meaningful and historic subculture.Carthy is now hoping to show more of the subway dancers’ talents to the world and has launched a Kickstarter project to help fund is return trip to New York. All donations will go towards costs associated with equipment rental, video production and screenings.- With additional reporting by Melia Robinson/Business Insider.VIDEO: Turning stories of addiction and trauma into a powerful dance show>Read: Supermum performs the most epic of wedding dances with her son> Source: Scott Carthy/VimeoPOLICE IN NEW York are cracking down on subway performers and Irish director, 22-year-old Scott Carthy, is on a mission to give them a voice, before what he describes as an “immensely rich subculture” is totally abolished.He spent two days with a group of these performers to get a sense of their passion for dance and came away with this beautiful video.These dancers dash through the carriages, whip their bodies around metal poles, hang upsidedown from the railings and perform backflaps in between the rows of commuters.It can be an unforgiving environment for the subway dancers, who seem to elicit equal amounts of dread and admiration from their fellow passengers. Whether you see them as a nuisance or as performers earning a decent living, the New York City Police Department is taking a renewed stance against this subway subculture.last_img read more

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Marée noire un nouvel entonnoir posé sur le puits à lorigine de

first_imgMarée noire : un nouvel entonnoir posé sur le puits à l’origine de la fuite de pétroleGolfe du Mexique – Nouvelle tentative et nouveaux espoirs. Le groupe BP a réussi hier à mettre en place un nouvel entonnoir sur la tête du puits à l’origine de la marée noire. Un dispositif qui, s’il tient ses promesses, pourrait permettre de contrôler la majeure partie du flot de pétrole se déversant dans le golfe du Mexique. Doug Suttles, le directeur d’exploitation de BP, s’est montré optimiste mais réservé quant à l’efficacité de ce nouveau dispositif. Tony Hayward, le patron de BP, a quant à lui précisé que “12 à 24 heures” seraient encore nécessaires pour affirmer que l’opération est un succès. Ces nouvelles redonnent aux habitants et aux écologistes un soupçon d’espoir, après les nombreux échecs essuyés par BP pour mettre un terme à la plus grande catastrophe pétrolière de l’Histoire des États-Unis.Le 4 juin 2010 à 16:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Radioéléments des isotopes plus efficaces à lessai pour traiter le cancer

first_imgRadioéléments : des isotopes plus efficaces à l’essai pour traiter le cancerDes chercheurs de l’Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) à Grenoble ont réussi à produire des isotopes radioactifs capables de s’attaquer uniquement aux cellules cancéreuses. C’est grâce à un petit réacteur nucléaire que cette piste très prometteuse dans la lutte contre le cancer a été conçue.”Avec cet échantillon d’un quart de gramme, on peut produire assez d’isotopes radioactifs pour traiter cent patients atteints de cancer”, explique le physicien Ulli Köster de l’Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) de Grenoble en désignant un tout petit sachet en plastique transparent contenant une fine poudre blanche. En effet, ce chercheur tient dans sa main, une piste très sérieuse dans la lutte contre le cancer : des isotopes capables d’utiliser leur radioactivité pour détruire de manière ciblée les cellules cancéreuses.C’est au sein du réacteur de l’Institut, normalement dédié à la production de neutrons pour l’étude de la matière, qu’est produite cette poudre depuis deux ans. Un usage bien différent de celui prévu lors de la construction de l’engin à la fin des années 1960 et qui consiste à produire des atomes radioactifs exotiques utilisés pour de nouveaux traitements ciblés contre des cancers. La petite poudre blanche en question est composée d’un produit très rare : de l’ytterbium. Ce dernier, soumis à un flux de neutrons intense du réacteur peut se transmuter en un autre élément, cette fois radioactif, le lutétium 177. Celui-ci est alors utilisé dans des traitements plus efficaces que les chimiothérapies contre des formes de cancers présentant des petites métastases dispersées. Ainsi, contrairement à la radiothérapie habituelle, ces radioéléments ne vont pas irradier toute une région du corps mais seulement celle de la tumeur à éliminer. Une nouvelle méthode donc bien plus ciblée.Des anticorps qui fixent les radioéléments aux cellules tumoralesC’est donc pour éviter au maximum d’irradier les autres organes internes et pour ne s’attaquer qu’aux cellules cancéreuses qu’un procédé a été mis au point grâce à la biotechnologie. Celui-ci fonctionne par l’intermédiaire d’anticorps spécifiquement développés pour ne se fixer qu’aux antigènes des cellules tumorales. “On sait maintenant accrocher un unique élément radioactif au bout d’un anticorps. Ce dernier sert en fait de vecteur, et va apporter l’isotope au plus près de la tumeur, là où la radioactivité sera la plus efficace pour tuer les cellules cancéreuses.” précise Ulli Köster, cité par LeFigaro.fr.Les premiers traitements de ce type utilisaient un élément radioactif assez courant en médecine, de l’iode 131 et ont montré leur efficacité contre les lymphomes, en particulier aux États-Unis. Mais “ce type d’isotope présente le grand inconvénient d’émettre des rayons gamma, qui sont très pénétrants et obligent à mettre les patients en isolation dans des chambres blindées”, explique Jean-François Chatal, professeur émérite de médecine nucléaire, pionnier de la radioimmunothérapie en France qui travaille désormais à temps complet au nouveau cyclotron médical Arronax à Nantes. À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?C’est justement pour éviter ce genre d’inconvénient que des sites de recherche comme l’ILL de Grenoble et le cyclotron de Nantes produisent aujourd’hui des nouveaux isotopes possédant des caractéristiques plus ciblées. Des radioéléments aux rayons d’actions très précisLe lutétium 177 qui est généré dans le cœur du réacteur grenoblois, est utilisé dans le cadre de traitements expérimentaux contre le cancer de la prostate. Ce radio-isotope présente l’avantage de n’émettre que des rayonnements bêta. Ceux-ci sont des électrons dont le rayon d’action ne dépasse pas 2 à 3 millimètres, soit à peu près l’équivalent de la taille des petites métastases contre lesquelles ces traitements sont les plus efficaces. D’ailleurs, des essais cliniques très prometteurs sont actuellement conduits avec cet élément contre des cancers de la prostate dans des phases avancées pour lesquels tous les autres traitements s’avèrent inopérants. Outre la production du lutétium 177, le réacteur grenoblois produit également du terbium 161, aux propriétés similaires mais qui émet en plus des électrons dits d’Auger qui sont encore moins énergétiques, et capable de cibler avec une précision encore plus importante les cellules malades. Une installation dédiée à ces radioéléments est à l’étude, car pour le moment, leur production est plus manuelle qu’automatisée : “L’investissement serait de l’ordre de quelques millions d’euros, mais pourrait produire assez d’isotopes pour tous les patients concernés en Europe par ce type de traitement”, assure Ulli Köster.Le 26 septembre 2011 à 15:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Canon PowerShot S100 un compact rapide et puissant

first_imgCanon PowerShot S100, un compact rapide et puissantCanon a dévoilé les spécifications techniques de l’appareil photo numérique PowerShot S100, héritier du PowerShot S95Le nouvel appareil photo numérique Canon PowerShot S100 se présente en digne successeur du S95, un modèle très prisé. Il s’appuie sur la qualité des capteurs Canon EOS et du  processeur Digic 5 (six fois plus puissant que le Digic 4) pour proposer un rendu de qualité, en basse lumière. Ce nouveau processeur permet de prendre des photos en haute résolution à 9,6 images/s en mode rafale.Cet appareil possède un objectif ultra grand-angle f/2. Il possède un capteur CMOS à haute sensibilité de type 1/1,7 selon Les Numériques. Le Canon PowerShot S100 est muni d’un zoom ultra grand-angle (24 mm) et d’un zoom 5x flexible. Grâce à une bague de contrôle, les principales fonctions telles que le zoom, l’ouverture, la vitesse d’obturation, la mise au point et la sensibilité ISO sont accessibles de manière intuitive. L’appareil photo permet aussi d’enregistrer de la vidéo en Full HD 1080p à 24 images/s en stéréo. Le 29 octobre 2011 à 16:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Sennheiser lance plusieurs casques de voyages Bluetooth

first_imgSennheiser lance plusieurs casques de voyages BluetoothSennheiser a lancé plusieurs casques de voyages Bluetooth à des tarifs variables selon les besoins des usagers. Sennheiser a mis à jour sa gamme de casques audio avec plusieurs modèles à venir, compatibles avec les nouveaux formats en vigueur. Plusieurs modèles, dédiés principalement aux déplacements sont compatibles Bluetooth, et peuvent décoder le format apt-X, utilisé dans le cadre d’écoutes en streaming audio. Parmi ces nouveaux modèles, apparaissent les MM 400-X, MM 450-X, MM 500-X et MM 550-X. Les MM 450-X et 550-X sont équipés de réducteurs de bruit Sennheiser NoiseGard 2.0 . Ils disposent également de la technologie TalkThrough, qui offre la possibilité de discuter avec des proches sans enlever son casque. Ensuite, les MM 400-X et MM 500-X offriront jusqu’à 20 heures d’autonomie en conversation. Le premier sera vendu environ 210 euros et le second 255 euros. En montant en gamme, les utilisateurs pourront choisir le MM 450-X au tarif de 348 euros ou bien le MM 550-X (notre photo) à 386 euros. Le 10 mai 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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La capsule Dragon se désamarrera de lISS aujourdhui

first_imgLa capsule Dragon se désamarrera de l’ISS aujourd’huiJeudi, la capsule Dragon de SpaceX doit achever son grand voyage spatial en se désamarrant de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) et en ramenant sur Terre le matériel dont elle a été remplie par les spationautes.C’est un autre grand jour pour la capsule Dragon. Une autre étape importante dans son périple spatial historique. En effet, c’est aujourd’hui, jeudi, que l’engin de la société américaine SpaceX doit se désamarrer de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) à laquelle elle est attachée depuis vendredi soir. Ouverte par les spationautes samedi matin, la capsule en forme de cloche a été vidée de tout le fret qu’elle transportait au cours des derniers jours et à nouveau remplie de quelque 660 kg de matériel, provenant notamment d’expériences scientifiques réalisées sur l’ISS.Désormais son sas a été refermé, il est donc l’heure pour elle de faire son grand retour sur Terre. Une opération qui se déroulera en plusieurs étapes. “La capsule sera d’abord désamarrée de l’ISS à 08H05 GMT à l’aide du bras robotisé de la station spatiale, avant d’être larguée à 09H35 GMT”, a indiqué mercredi Holly Ridings, directrice de vol de l’ISS, lors d’une conférence de presse depuis le Centre Spatial Johnson de la NASA à Houston. Une fois larguée, Dragon allumera ses moteurs orbitaux pour s’éloigner de l’ISS et entamer son retour. Elle se décrochera alors de l’orbite et entamera son plongeon vers la Terre.Selon le calendrier horaire dévoilé, la capsule devrait effectuer un amerrissage parachuté à 14H44 GMT dans le Pacifique, à 907 kilomètres au large des côtes californiennes. Néanmoins, ce retour s’annonce délicat. “Nous avons déjà effectué une fois un retour de Dragon dans l’atmosphère mais cela reste une phase très difficile du vol”, a précisé John Couluris, directeur de la mission pour SpaceX, depuis le siège de la firme à Hawthorne en Californie. Trois bateaux seront en position pour récupérer Dragon après son amerrissage, qui se fera donc en plein jour facilitant un peu la tâche. Puis le vaisseau spatial sera transporté jusqu’au port de Los Angeles, ce qui prendra de deux à trois jours, a précisé M. Couluris. Du fret déchargé et livré dans les prochains jours À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Une fois le grand périple bouclé, Dragon sera ensuite acheminée sur le site de développement de lanceurs de SpaceX. Toutefois, elle ne sera pas réutilisée, elle sera exposée pour l’histoire, comme le premier vaisseau spatial commercial à s’être amarré à l’ISS, a souligné John Couluris cité par l’AFP. Celui-ci a également indiqué que les expériences scientifiques chargées à l’intérieur de Dragon et jugées de grande valeur par la NASA seront livrées dans les 48 heures et le reste du fret dans les 14 jours comme le requiert l’agence spatiale américaine.Si le retour de Dragon s’effectue sans problème, la mission de SpaceX sera un succès complet qui ouvrira la voie dès septembre au premier des douze vols de livraison de fret à l’ISS, en quatre ans, prévus dans le contrat de 1,6 milliard de dollars conclu avec la NASA. Autant dire donc que le suspense et la concentration seront une nouvelle fois aujourd’hui à leur maximum chez les équipes de SpaceX et de la NASA.Le 31 mai 2012 à 10:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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President Barrow Inspired By Qatars 2022 World Cup Plans

first_imgState House, Banjul, 11th September 2019 – Following a conducted tour of facilities being built ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow expressed his admiration for Qatar’s state of preparedness for the forthcoming global sporting event. President Barrow, who was impressed with the tour, said his experience was inspiring and shall be a learning curve for him and the government in the effort to successfully organize the Organization of Islamic Conference Summit in The Gambia the same year. “It is a coincidence that Qatar and The Gambia are both small countries yet would be hosting two global events in 2022’’, President Barrow said at the end of the tour that took place on the sidelines of the State visit. ‘’Key in the hosting of such events is the development of the road infrastructure to ease travel as well as the venues with modern facilities to host world-class events”. Earlier, President Barrow visited a new ultra-modern underground train station and an exhibition centre, all of which have been built in preparation of the World Cup. His Excellency, Mr. Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment, who is in charge of these infrastructural developments, accompanied President Barrow on this tour of the facilities. The Minister also led the president on a ride onboard one of the new trains at the Al Qassar Rail Station that are designed to ease travel around the city and make the different stadiums accessible. President Barrow also stopped at the complex of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the body responsible for organizing the hosting of the World Cup. Nasser Al Khater, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar FIFA 2022 was at hand to brief the President about the history of football in Qatar, the country’s bidding experience for the World Cup, and the designs of the different stadiums being built in preparation for the 2022 games in Qatar.last_img read more

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FHP Nortons improper lane change caused crash leading to his arm amputation

first_img“This one just happens to be an individual who worked all his life to make it to the pros, and one minute to the other, his goals are shattered,” said Sanchez. “It’s a tragedy for him, his family and both the Dolphins and UM administration.”The report comes days after the NFL reached out to Norton to tell him all of his medical expenses will be covered.On Monday, Norton gave a thumbs up in an update for his fans and family on Instagram.His agent has set up a GoFundMe support fund for Norton and his family.Norton posted on Instagram Thursday afternoon to thank God for being alive and the off-duty officers for coming to his rescue.He also emphasized the importance of donating blood, as he believes he wouldn’t have made it through without blood donations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The other car ended up in a nearly horizontal position on the southbound lanes.Norton and Williams were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, while the driver and two other passengers in the Maserati did not suffer any serious injuries.The occupants of the Maserati were wearing seat belts, per the report.Officials also noted Norton and Williams were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.FHP said drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor in the crash.“If you’re traveling through the highway, which constantly there are different patterns because of the construction, just pay attention,” said Sanchez.Following the crash, Norton’s agent said his arm had to be amputated, possibly ending his football career. WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Highway Patrol troopers have released the traffic crash report of the rollover crash involving Miami Dolphins tackle Kendrick Norton that led to the amputation of his arm.The report was released Thursday morning and provides further details surrounding the two-vehicle crash that happened in West Miami-Dade on the westbound lanes of the Dolphin Expressway, near State Road 826, just after 1:15 a.m, on July 4.Norton and a female passenger, identified later as Shakir Williams, were in a black 2017 Ford F-250, heading towards the northbound lanes of State Road 826 when Norton made an improper lane change to the southbound lanes.A graphic provided by FHP indicated that Norton was attempting to make a last minute lane change.When he switched lanes, he side swiped a gray 2015 Maserati Quattroporte that was in the lane, according to the crash report.“He basically was going to head north, but then he decided to go south, and he collided with the vehicle,” said FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez.Norton lost control of his truck and hit a concrete barrier wall before it overturned. last_img read more

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Bandarban landslide kills 4

first_imgFour people were killed and another was injured in a landslide in Bandarban’s Naikhongchhari upazila on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Shona Meher, Mohammad Abu, Jashim Uddin and Nurul Hakim while the injured was identified as Nurul Alam.Jahangir Aziz Chowdhury, chairman of Ghumdum union parishad, said a chunk of mud collapsed on them around 11:00am when they were cutting a portion of a hill at Boroitoli Manjurpara in the upazila, leaving the four dead on the spot and one injured.The injured was taken to Naikhongchhari upazila health complex.Three firefighting units were working to recover the bodies.last_img

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Strong Job Creation Period after Harvey Doesnt Tell Whole Story for Houston

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: According to the Texas Workforce Commission, Greater Houston created 128,700 jobs from September 2017 to last month.That would mean the third most jobs in a 12-month period on record.If that sounds too good to be true, that’s because it probably is.Patrick Jankowski, regional economist with the Greater Houston Partnership, said the numbers are misleading because of the aftermath of Harvey a year ago.“There was hiring which should have taken place in September of last year,” he said. “That hiring didn’t take place because of the hurricane; that hiring was pulled into October and November. And so part of what we’re seeing is what should have taken place last year having been pulled forward and that’s what’s kind of inflating these numbers.”Jankowski said we’ll get a better idea about the current job market when the November numbers come out.Meanwhile, the unemployment rate keeps falling in both Houston and Texas.Houston’s rate went down by 0.2 point from the previous month to 4.1 percent.For Texas, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.8 percent is the lowest in four decades.The state has now had 27 consecutive months of job growth. 00:00 /00:47 Xcenter_img Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston skyline from south Listen Sharelast_img read more

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What to Do If Your Business Gets Hacked

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 5, 2011 Register Now » Your business has been hacked. It’s bad news, but it doesn’t have to cripple your operation.Cyber-crooks increasingly are targeting small businesses to steal information such as passwords that lead to bank account balances and credit lines, customer data and sensitive product details. Hackers also may try to virtually hijack company computers or websites and use them to attack others online. They know most small businesses lack the security expertise, data protections and response tools that large companies have at their disposal.Falling victim to a hack can be costly. Malicious or criminal data breaches on average cost victim companies $318 per compromised record in 2010, according to Traverse City, Mich.- based research firm Ponemon Institute.But having a security recovery plan can make the process smoother and less expensive. Here are six critical steps to take if your business has been hacked:1. Find out what happened. To respond effectively, get a full picture of what happened, including how the hackers got in, which computers and accounts were compromised, which data was accessed or stolen and whether any other parties — such as customers or business partners — were affected.This can be a difficult process involving costly security consultants, but you may be able to get less expensive help from companies you do business with, including your Internet service provider, security software company or website hosting firm. But the best route may be to contact your local, county or state police computer crimes unit and the FBI, which can do forensic analyses and provide valuable guidance.Related: How to Protect Your Business’s Mobile Devices2. Seek legal advice. If you don’t have a special cyber-insurance policy that will provide an experienced attorney, you may need to hire one to navigate the legal issues. For instance, when hackers gain access to the personal information of customers or employees, you likely have a legal obligation to notify them, says Todd B. Ruback, a Warren, N.J.-based privacy attorney who specializes in data breach response.You may also be required to alert state authorities. Because there isn’t a federal data-breach notification rule, companies that do business nationally may have to comply with as many as 46 different state laws. You also could face liability lawsuits from affected parties.3. Communicate early and often. Quick and honest communication with affected employees, customers and partners — about what happened, what you’re doing about the problem and what they need to do — is often more than just a legal requirement. It may be necessary to salvage your business.”A data breach can be fatal for a small business” if monetary losses, the cost of rebuilding or reputation damage is high, says Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, a public-private partnership based in Washington, D.C. “Maintaining trust in a crisis is the best way to hold onto your customers.”Related: Free Web Security Tools to Guard Your Business Browser4. Eliminate the problem. To limit the damage, you may need to take disruptive and costly steps, such as removing infected computers and shutting down your website while you clean up. Consider reformatting hacked computers and restoring data with clean backups, or simply buy new computers.If hackers exploited a software flaw, apply a “patch” from the software maker that fixes the problem or implement a recommended workaround. If they stole passwords, secure your accounts and set new, complex passwords that will be hard to crack.5. Rebuild. Put in place the technology and policies to help fend off future attacks. Make sure your computer operating system and other software are current and, if possible, receiving automatic updates to fix bugs. Consider designating one computer for online banking only, meaning no Web surfing and no email that might expose you to malware designed for financial fraud.Related: How to Protect Your Business from Malware in Custom Apps6. Revisit your security plan. Make sure your security defenses are running properly and that data is being backed up securely. Your IT manager should consider setting up activity “logging,” or tracking, on all devices on your network so any future problems can be investigated more easily, says Brian Honan, principal consultant at Dublin, Ireland-based security firm BH Consulting.Check with customers, partners and vendors to see what they’re doing to protect your data. Consider buying a cyber-insurance policy if you don’t already have one. Also, create a disaster recovery plan and train employees so everyone can respond quickly and calmly if faced with a hack or other crisis again. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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Chinese company ZTE Corp to assist the Venezuelan government to monitor citizen

first_imgZTE Corporation, a Chinese multinational telecommunications company, is assisting Venezuela to create a system that can monitor citizen behavior through a new identification card named ‘Fatherland Card’. A few years ago, in 2008, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez sent some officials to China, to learn the workings of China’s national identity card program. According to Reuters, “Chávez, wanted help to provide ID credentials to the millions of Venezuelans who still lacked basic documentation needed for tasks like voting or opening a bank account.” 10 years after the trip to China, Venezuela has rolled out a brand new smart-card ID known as the ‘carnet de la patria’ or ‘fatherland card’. This smart ID transmits data about cardholders to computer servers. The card is linked by the government to subsidize food, health and other social programs for the daily needs of the Venezuelans. According to Reuters, “Venezuela last year hired ZTE to build a fatherland database and create a mobile payment system for use with the card, according to contracts reviewed by Reuters. A team of ZTE employees is now embedded in a special unit within Cantv, the Venezuelan state telecommunications company that manages the database.” Problems with the Fatherland card Some Venezuelan citizens and human-rights groups believe that Fatherland card is a tool for Chávez’s successor, President Nicolás Maduro for monitoring the population and allocate scarce resources to his loyalists. Héctor Navarro, one of the founders of the ruling Socialist Party and a former minister under Chávez said, “Venezuelans with the cards now have more rights than those without.” Per Reuters, “In a phone interview, Su Qingfeng, the head of ZTE’s Venezuela unit, confirmed ZTE sold Caracas servers for the database and is developing the mobile payment application. The company, he said, violated no Chinese or local laws and has no role in how Venezuela collects or uses cardholder data. We don’t support the government. We are just developing our market.” To encourage the adoption of the Fatherland card, the government has granted cash prizes to cardholders for performing civic duties, like rallying voters. It has also given one-time payouts, such as awarding moms enrolled in the card a Mother’s Day bonus of about $2. Fatherland card’s hack and the handover to Cantv Maduro introduced the cards in December 2016. In May 2017, hackers broke into the fatherland database. The hack was carried out by anonymous anti-Maduro activists known as TeamHDP. The group’s leader with the Twitter handle @YoSoyJustincito, said, “the hack was extremely simple and motivated by TeamHDP’s mission to expose Maduro secrets.” During the hack, TeamHDP took screenshots of user data and deleted the accounts of government officials, including Maduro. The president later appeared on television scanning his card and receiving an error message: “This person doesn’t exist.” According to Reuters, “Screenshots of the information embedded in various card accounts, shared by TeamHDP, included phone numbers, emails, home addresses, participation at Socialist Party events and even whether a person owns a pet. People familiar with the database said the screenshots appear authentic.” “Soon after the hack, Maduro signed a $70 million contract with Cantv and a state bank for ‘national security’ projects. These included the development of a “centralized fatherland database” and a mobile app to process payments, such as the discounted cost of a subsidized food box, associated with the card”, according to Reuters. Héctor Navarro, a Socialist Party founder, and former government minister said, “It’s blackmail. Venezuelans with the cards now have more rights than those without. In July 2017, the ownership of the Fatherland card was transferred to Cantv from Soltein, the project documents show. A team of a dozen ZTE developers began bolstering the database’s capacity and security, current and former Cantv employees said. Among other measures, ZTE installed data storage units built by U.S.-based Dell Technologies Inc. Dell spokeswoman Lauren Lee said, “ ZTE is a client in China but that Dell doesn’t sell equipment to ZTE in Venezuela. Dell reviewed its transactions in Venezuela and wasn’t aware of any sale to Cantv, either.” “Dell is committed to compliance with all applicable laws where we do business,” Lee said in an email. “We expect our customers, partners, and suppliers to follow these same laws.” “In May, Venezuela held elections that were widely discredited by foreign governments after Maduro banned several opposition parties. Ahead of the vote, ruling party officials urged voters to be grateful for government largesse dispensed via the fatherland cards. They set up ‘red point’ kiosks near voting booths, where voters could scan their cards and register, Maduro himself promised, for a ‘fatherland prize’, said the Reuters report. An internal Cantv presentation from last year said the system can feed information from the database to ministries to help generate statistics and take decisions. After the vote, government offices including Banco Bicentenario del Pueblo, a state bank, sent Cantv lists with employees’ names to determine whether they had voted, according to the manager who helped set up the servers. Mariela Magallanes, an opposition lawmaker who headed a commission that last year investigated how the fatherland card was being linked to the subsidized food program, said, “With personal data now so available, some citizens fear they can lose more than just their jobs. The government, the commission said in a report, is depriving some citizens of the food boxes because they don’t possess the card. The government knows exactly who is most vulnerable to pressure.” To know more about this news in detail, head over to the complete coverage on Reuters. Read Next Security Vulnerabilities identified in Washington, Georgia, and North Carolina’s voting systems A Twitter video shows how voting machines used in 18 states can be hacked in 2 mins “Instead of data scientists working on their models and advancing AI, they are spending their time doing DeepOps work”, MissingLink CEO, Yosi Taguri [Interview]last_img read more

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Airport security must focus on bad people not things IA

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged the United States government last week to co-operate with the aviation industry to better passenger safety following a foiled attack on a Northwest jet on Christmas Day.IATA called for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to address security in an “extra-ordinary” way.In a letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano, IATA Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani said airports needed short-term temporary measures, improved technology and intelligence.“The air transport system cannot support 100% pat-down searches over the long term” he said, recommending that security decrease the percentage of intensive pat downs and use proportionate screening procedures to achieve security requirements and reduce delays.He said the failed Detroit terror plot emphasized the “global nature of the threat and the need for effective cooperation and information sharing among and within intelligence organizations.”“Effective security needs a system that is built on global harmonization, effective information exchange, industry/government cooperation, risk assessment and efficient technology”“This is how we made flying the safest way to travel. We must take the same approach with security“Instead of looking for bad things—nail clippers and rogue bottles of shampoo—security systems need to focus on finding bad people“Adding new hardware to an old system will not deliver the results we need. “It is time for governments to invest in a process built around a check point of the future that combines the best of screening technology with the best of intelligence gathering” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/234b8/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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