Ousted Italian Space Agency Head in Race for E.U. Parliament

first_imgItalian space scientist Giovanni Bignami, who in 2008 was forced out as head of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), is running as a Democratic candidate in the European Union parliamentary elections to be held 6-7 June. Contesting from the country’s northwest constituency, the largest of Italy’s five electoral districts, Bignami hopes to win one of 72 seats available to Italian representatives. The body will comprise a total of 736  parliamentarians for the coming 5-year term.Bignami’s manifesto promises an improved status of research in Italy and greater leverage of the country’s membership in the E.U. He wants to give young people better access to careers in research and raise spending on science, which currently stands at 0.9% of the country’s GDP, one of Europe’s lowest.Bignami’s party faces a tough fight against the right-wing establishment, led by Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, which dominates the current flock of 78 Italian Euro-MPs. Bignami certainly has a bone to pick with Berlusconi’s government, which removed him from the presidency of ASI last summer in a broader move to overhaul Italian research institutes. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Bignami is demanding clear objectives and assessment and transparency in the use of public funds. An endorsement on his campaign Web site from fellow Italian and physics Nobelist Carlo Rubbia says Bignami is “the right person to defend science, research, innovation, and the universities in Europe.”last_img read more

Modi govt made concocted statement in Parliament: Mamata

first_imgKolkata, Dec 2 (PTI) Accusing the Narendra Modi government of making a “wrong and concocted” statement in Parliament regarding deployment of Army at toll plazas in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her voice could not be stifled by “hatching conspiracy and showing force”.”They told Parliament that the state governments permission was taken. It is absolutely wrong and concocted,” she told reporters before leaving the state secretariat after an overnight stay protesting against the presence of army personnel.Earlier in the day, the army strongly rebutted the chief ministers allegation that its personnel were deployed at the toll plazas without informing the state government and were collecting money, saying the exercise was being carried out in coordination with Kolkata Police.”This is being done in coordination with local police authorities. The exercise was earlier planned for November 27 and 28. The dates were changed to November 30 to December 2 on a specific request by Kolkata Police due to Bharat Bandh called on November 28,” said GOC Bengal area (officiating) Maj Gen Sunil Yadav.Reacting to the chief ministers allegations, he said, “We deny all charges with all contempt.”Banerjee said only Bengal was targetted and such exercise was not done in any other state.”I was MP for a long period. I was railway minister and held other portfolios like sports and coal. I have never seen such arrogance which is directionless”, Banerjee said in a scathing attack on the Modi government.”They are doing whatever they like by force. The people are suffering. They cannot even withdraw their salary. The peoples fight will continue. It cannot be stopped by hatching conspiracy and showing force”, she said.advertisement”Two more persons died today facing hardship to withdraw money”, she said.The chief minister said that the opposition parties raised this issue and thanked them for it.Banerjee said that Modi government has failed to bring Rs 50 lakh crore black money stashed abroad. PTI SCH SUN MD ZMNlast_img read more

Virat Kohli says Anushka Sharma is the captain off field. Watch video

first_imgAnushka Sharma has been enthusiastically cheering for hubby Virat Kohli during all his cricket matches, even when she is not in the country. Unfortunately, his team Royal Challengers Bangalore could not make it to the playoff of the Indian Premier League this year.In a video shared by one of the actress’s fan clubs, Virat gushed about Anushka’s enthusiasm for the sport. “She is very passionate about the game. She understands the game and she can understand the sentiments of all the players, what they go through and stuff, which I think is the most beautiful thing,” he said.Virat then went on to call her the “captain, off the field”. “She takes all the right decisions in life. She’s totally my strength and she keeps me positive all the time, and that’s what you want in a life partner so I’m very grateful,” he said…. She (@AnushkaSharma) is ofcourse (the captain off field), she takes all the right decisions in life… She is totally my strength and she keeps me positive all the time and that’s what you want with your life partner so I’m very grateful – @imVkohli #Virushka pic.twitter.com/ZtqIjiAwoB Anushka Sharma News (@AnushkaNews) May 19, 2018The couple have been sending fans into a tizzy with their awww-dorable displays of affection on social media. Earlier this month, Virat’s “one and only” Anushka turned 30, and she rang in her big day with him in Bengaluru. Virat did not leave any stone unturned to make Anushka’s birthday special, and showered her with several cakes and bouquets.advertisementAnushka took to Instagram to thank him for making her birthday so special and shared a picture from the celebrations, along with the caption, “Best birthday with the bestest, kindest, bravest man in the world. Love you for making it so special my love.”Virat and Anushka got hitched in December 2017, after being in a relationship for over four years. The two fell in love while shooting for a shampoo commercial together in 2013, and last year, they had an intimate wedding in Italy, which was followed by grand receptions in Delhi and Mumbai.ALSO READ: Virat Kohli opens up on his marriage with Anushka Sharma and the media frenzy around itALSO SEE: Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are too much in love, and this photo is proofALSO SEE: The view from inside Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s house will leave you stunnedALSO WATCH: Engagement, haldi and garland-exchange visuals from Virat-Anushka weddinglast_img read more

Simeone’s Barca league hoodoo continues

first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone’s Barca league hoodoo continues with draw Goal Last updated 2 years ago 06:26 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Simeone Leganes Atletico Madrid LaLiga 3092017 Getty Images Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Barcelona Barcelona Primera División The Atletico Madrid manager nearly got his first league win against the Blaugrana on Saturday, but ultimately came up short again Atletico Madrid’s 1-1 draw against Barcelona on Saturday meant Diego Simeone has still yet to win a league match against the Catalan club.Saul Niguez’s first-half strike looked to have secured the points for Atleti at the Wanda Metropolitano, but Luis Suarez headed home an equaliser in the 82nd minute. Atletico 20/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The draw stretched Simeone’s winless streak to 12 matches against Barcelona in La Liga, as the Argentine manager has lost eight and drawn four times against the Blaugrana.0 – Diego Simeone has not won any of his 12 games as manager against Barcelona in La Liga (D4 L8). Frustration. pic.twitter.com/enxKxfOii5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 14, 2017Overall, Atleti have now gone 15 league matches without a win versus Barca — a run that stretches back to February 2010, almost two years prior to Simeone’s appointment.Simeone has managed two wins against Barcelona in the Champions League however, winning 1-0 and 2-0 in the quarter-final second leg in 2013-14 and 2015-16, respectively.last_img read more

NCDA Backs Smoking Ban

first_imgThe National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) has put its full support behind the Government’s ban on smoking in public places, which will take effect on Monday, July 15. Executive Director of the NCDA, Michael Tucker, said that the organisation “commends the Minister of Health for his decision and leadership in safeguarding the public’s health.” He said that the ban is necessary and should be embraced by all Jamaicans, as cigarette smoking is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and also leads to several health complications. In support of the ban, the NCDA is partnering with the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC), and the Jamaica Cancer Society, to organise three road marches on Monday in Morant Bay, St. Thomas; Half-Way-Tree, St. Andrew; and Montego Bay, St. James. The marches, which will be held concurrently, will get underway at 7:00 am, and will include marching bands, entertainment as well as brief presentations. Director of Client Services at the NCDA, Sisilyn Malcolm, informed that the marches will be used to further sensitise the public about the ban, and highlight the various services offered by the agencies to assist persons to quit smoking. Dr. Ferguson announced the ban in his Sectoral presentation on June 25. The NCDA has been in operation since 1983, and has been charged with the mandate to implement programmes that would lead to a drug-free Jamaica. CONTACT: TONI-ANN RANKINE, JIS PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICERlast_img read more

New Chair Appointed to Workers Compensation Board

first_imgThe province has appointed Rodney Burgar as the new chair of the Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation Board. Mr. Burgar will take over from Chris Power who has been acting in the position since the departure of Elaine Sibson. Mr. Power will remain on the board as deputy chair. “Mr. Burgar is an experienced leader, and I know he will make a tremendous contribution to the Workers’ Compensation Board and everyone it serves,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “I want to congratulate Mr. Burgar on his appointment, and thank past chair Elaine Sibson and acting chair Chris Power for their hard work.” Mr. Burgar is an experienced CEO and director with over 30 years in the business and legal sectors. He has served as a director for a number of Crown corporations, including Innovacorp and Waterfront Development, as well as the Nova Scotia Public Service Superannuation Pension Plan. He is certified as an independent director by the Institute of Corporate Directors. The appointment is for a five-year term with the possibility of reappointment.last_img read more

WHATS NEW ON NETFLIX CANADA CRAVE AMAZON PRIME VIDEO AND HAYU IN

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Elsewhere, the ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary will say goodbye when the seventh and final season of Orange Is the New Black debuts July 26.And if you’re a fan of Kiefer Sutherland’s Designated Survivor, you’ll want to check out Designated Survivor: 60 Days — a Korean revamp of the popular American series.But if strange things in a Midwest town, prison life and political thrillers aren’t your thing, there’s plenty more to keep your butt firmly planted on the couch.Jerry Seinfeld will unveil new episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The upcoming season will feature Jerry sipping a cuppa Joe with Seth Rogen, Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Ricky Gervais and Matthew Broderick. If you’ve got kids, or like me, nieces and nephews you’ve got to keep happy, a new season of Captain Underpants and Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns hits the streamer.On the film front, Netflix will release two titles that spark our curiosity: The Red Sea Diving Resort and Point Blank. In the former, Chris Evans leads a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who in the early 80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel. The latter finds Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo as an ER nurse and a career criminal who join forces to take down a ring of corrupt cops.Meanwhile, Crave will exclusively air Hulu’s reboot of Veronica Mars. Kristen Bell returns as the wily private detective who is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery when spring breakers start getting murdered in her seaside town of Neptune.Crave will also welcome back Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church for a third season of Divorce. Spoiler alert: they’re still divorced.Doc fans will want to tune into Carmine Street Guitars, which captures five days in the life of a guitar shop in New York’s Greenwich Village that has remained resilient to the encroaching gentrification. Crave will also be the first place you can catch Bohemian Rhapsody (in case you missed it in the theatre).And Amazon Prime Video is where you’ll find the highly-anticipated adaptation of Garth Ennis’ comic book series The Boys. “It’s a dark twist on tights and capes and things of that sort and it’s something I’ve never seen on television before,” star Jessie T. Usher tells the Sun. The made-in-Toronto series also features Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Chace Crawford and Elisabeth Shue.Reality-TV addicts can get their fix with hayu adding Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian and Injustice with Nancy Grace to its July programming slate.Here’s a selected list of shows and movies expected this month on Netflix, Crave, Amazon Prime Video and hayu.NETFLIXJuly 1Designated Survivor: 60 days — NETFLIX ORIGINALKatherine Ryan: Glitter Room — NETFLIX ORIGINALFrom Dusk Till DawnGhostbustersJackie BrownJumanjiKill Bill: Vol. 2Life as We Know ItMidnight ExpressMike Tyson Mysteries: Season 4Spider-Man: HomecomingThe Fate of the FuriousThe World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: S2War for the Planet of the ApesJuly 3The Blues BrothersDazed and ConfusedThe Last Czars – NETFLIX ORIGINALThe MummyThe Mummy ReturnsThe Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon EmperorThe Scorpion KingSea of LoveVox LuxYummy Mummies: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINALJuly 4Stranger Things 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINALJuly 9Disney’s Mary Poppins ReturnsJuly 10Captain Underpants: The First Epic MovieJuly 11Cities of Last Things – NETFLIX FILMJuly 12Extreme Engagement — NETFLIX ORIGINALKidnapping Stella — NETFLIX FILMPoint Blank — NETFLIX FILMJuly 15RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 1July 16Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein — NETFLIX ORIGINALJuly 17Pinky Malinky: Part 3 — NETFLIX FAMILYJuly 18Secret Obsession — NETFLIX FILMJuly 19Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2019: Freshly Brewed — NETFLIX ORIGINALThe Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 3 — NETFLIX FAMILYQueer Eye: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINALTypewriter — NETFLIX ORIGINALJuly 25Another Life — NETFLIX ORIGINALJuly 26Boi — NETFLIX FILMGirls With Balls — NETFLIX FILMMy First First Love: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINALOrange Is the New Black: Season 7 — NETFLIX ORIGINALJuly 30Hot Summer NightsWhitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? — NETFLIX ORIGINALJuly 31The Red Sea Diving Resort — NETFLIX FILMLAST CALLJuly 2Bring It OnDisney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesThe Bourne IdentityThe Bourne LegacyThe Bourne SupremacyThe Bourne UltimatumJuly 14The HolidayJuly 15Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Seasons 1-8July 24Guardians of the GalaxyCRAVEJuly 1Divorce: Season 3July 5Bohemian RhapsodyCarmine Street GuitarsJuly 8Homeland: Season 7July 9I Love You, Now Die: Part 1July 10I Love You, Now Die: Part 2July 12Shangri-LaJuly 13Love IslandFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldJuly 14SweetbitterJuly 19The Hilarious House of FrightensteinFirst ManJuly 21Big Little Lies: Season 2 finaleJuly 23Who Killed Garrett Phillips?: Part 1July 24Who Killed Garrett Phillips?: Part 2July 26Veronica Mars: Series revivalHolmes & WatsonWidowsAMAZON PRIME VIDEOJuly 1Robin HoodElton John: Becoming RocketmanThe PatriotJuly 12Comicstaan: Season 2July 19All or Nothing: Season 4July 20Apollo 11July 24SerenityJuly 26The Boys: Season 1July 31Assassination NationArcticHAYUJuly 8Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian: Season 3July 14Injustice with Nancy GraceBy Mark Daniell ~ Post MediaTwitter: @markhdaniell Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook It’s (finally) getting hot outside. But Netflix, Crave and Amazon Prime Video are going to do their darnedest to keep you indoors.Just because the weather is warming up doesn’t mean there will be less shows for you to binge-watch.Nearly two years after its second season aired, Netflix is readying Stranger Things 3 on July 4. The third instalment of the spooky series takes place during the summer of 1985 with star Millie Bobby Brown promising us, “It’s bigger, better and stranger.” Twitterlast_img read more

ISESCO to Create Virtual Museum of Moroccos Ksour Kasbahs

Rabat – The Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) plans to create a virtual museum of the ksour and kasbahs in Morocco, as part of celebrating the Year of Heritage in the Islamic World in 2019, a statement by ISESCO says.A ksar (plural ksour) is a fortified village that may include a kasbah, which is a fortified center or citadel. Such villages are found in Arabia, North Africa, and Iberia. The Moroccan city of Ksar El Kebir and the Kasbah of the Oudayas neighborhood in Rabat were named after historical villages.ISESCO is also planning 37 activities to promote, protect, and digitize Islamic heritage and monuments, as well as restore manuscripts. These activities will take place throughout 2019 at ISESCO’s headquarters and in Palestine, Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, Qatar, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Brunei Darussalam, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, and Uzbekistan.ISESCO will organize activities to support cultural institutions in Jerusalem, as part of celebrating the Holy City as the 2019 Capital of Islamic Culture. ISESCO will produce a documentary film on Palestinian crafts, a guide to Palestinian proverbs and folk tales, a documentary study on the Jerusalem libraries looted in 1948, and a workshop on protecting Palestinian national heritage.In 1979, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation founded ISESCO, one of the largest international Islamic organizations specializing in education, science, and culture. read more

New accords in eastern DR Congo must aid displaced persons – UN

25 February 2008Recent accords aimed at ending fighting in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are an opportunity to finally stop the horrific abuse of people displaced by that violence, an independent United Nations human rights official said following a 10-day visit to the troubled region. “The recourse to peaceful solutions to the present conflicts, the renunciation of violence, the scrupulous respect by all actors of human and humanitarian rights and an unfailing fight against impunity are indispensable to put an end to the serious violations of human rights whose victims are the displaced people in the east of the DRC,” Walter Kälin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Representative for the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), said in a preliminary statement on his trip.During his visit, from 12 to 22 February, Mr. Kälin went to Kinshasa and the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu and Ituri to meet with national ministers, local authorities, representatives of the UN system and civil society, as well as IDPs and their host communities.He affirmed that the IDPs still find themselves in a precarious position, with the threat of hunger, attack and child conscription continuously looming, and often lacking housing, clean water, health care and education for their children. Acknowledging that it was the obligation of national authorities to protect and assist their IDPs, Mr. Kälin deplored the lack of a Governmental strategy on that front and the absence of a legal sector to address abuses.He appealed to the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), humanitarian organizations, and donors to employ the necessary resources to help the authorities to fulfil their obligations. read more

Mobile Operators Building a New Channel for IoT

city-3317493__340.jpg I’ve written about IoT network services in two previous No Jitter posts, “Twilio Wants to Open the Door to IoT” and “IoT Starts with ‘Network.’” While connectivity is the obvious contribution from the MOPs, each also commands a massive salesforce with contacts among the key wireless buyers in virtually every company in the U.S. The MOPs all offer design and consulting services that can help customers develop those wide-reaching solutions that integrate with existing applications and offer transformative impact, but all of that raises the degree of difficulty substantially. And it greatly limits the potential buyer pool. See All in Internet of Things » From long experience I know how difficult it is to strike a deal with a mobile operator, so for a small IoT supplier, hooking a distribution deal with a Tier 1 MOP should be like hitting the Powerball. App sales are a different animal entirely. When you sell a smartphone and a data plan, you pretty much don’t care what the buyer uses it for. You cash the check and move on to the next prospect. With app sales, you’re providing a solution and that solution has to fit in with the customer’s needs, business processes, and overall operations. Is Your Network Ready for IoT? Gary Audin September 13, 2019 IoT devices come in all shapes and sizes, with varied network requirements. Most of that expertise today exists within the MOPs’ partners, which developed those solutions based on needs they recognized in particular industries (e.g., fleet management) or use case (e.g., mobile workforce management). Some of those partners have signed distribution deals with multiple MOPs. Aruba Simplifies IoT Adoption with ML Infusion Zeus Kerravala April 03, 2019 New Wi-Fi 6 access points and machine learning-powered device management capabilities to create more manageable and secure deployments. Two overriding wireless technologies will likely power the Internet of Things (IoT), and one of those is entirely under the control of the mobile operators (MOPs). Do Your IoT Efforts Match Up to Successful Initiatives? Gary Audin July 26, 2019 A focus on corporate buy-in and enterprise vision, rather than technology only, is a key success factor. The MOPs have done a good job setting themselves up to be a key distribution channel and a launching pad for IoT. To capitalize on that opportunity, they’ll have to identify the most-promising markets, pick the right partners, and confirm the integrity of the solution. More than that however, they’ll have to develop a sales strategy that incentivizes the salesforce and gets the right people with the right knowledge in front of the right buyers and make sure they understand the needs of the market their solutions support. Buyers get the added benefit of a “carrier endorsement,” as the MOPs are in the mobile business and will ultimately be responsible for the overall customer satisfaction. We reviewed the vetting processes, and the buyer can safely assume the MOPs have done some serious assessments of any third-party providers before adding them to their product lineups. At the very least, customers can assume the MOP conducted a more thorough assessment than they would likely have the time to do on their own. A Matter of ExecutionThe MOPs have extensive sales resources, but those salespeople need an incentive to pursue this opportunity over others they have in their bags. Salespeople instinctively stick to what they have been successful with, and they have all cut their teeth on “devices and plans.” IoT for the MassesI recently completed an extensive comparison, was absolutely floored by the sheer number of IoT apps offered by the four Tier 1 MOPs; by a rough count, I found more than 70 product offerings. The offerings fell into a number of task-specific categories, including fleet management, mobile dispatch, mobile forms/mobile data collection, mobile workforce management, mobile device management (yeah, that’s an “IoT app”), and the list goes on. In some cases, the offerings address a single application, while others may combine related functions like fleet management and mobile dispatch. Nyansa Delivers IoT Operational Assurance Zeus Kerravala April 15, 2019 The IoT era is here and it’s going to take cybersecurity complexity to an entirely new level. While the MOPs may have the network and the contacts to sell IoT, they don’t have the apps — with the exception of Verizon, which bought Hughes Telematics back in 2012. However, hundreds of smaller companies have recognized the value of coupling cellular network services and either smartphones or specialized IoT endpoints (e.g., IoT devices that connect to vehicle onboard diagnostics ports to create high-value IoT services). What those app suppliers lack is a big-time distribution channel. These packaged apps are geared for the masses. The MOPs are offering targeted solutions for addressing particular problems with measurable impact. In doing so, they can bring this revolutionary idea of IoT within reach of even small and mid-sized enterprises. What’s shaping up here is a match made in heaven. Recognizing the slowing growth in smartphone sales, the MOPs are looking to recharge the wireless industry with IoT lines. These lines might not generate the monthly revenue of smartphone lines, but the numbers could be massive, and the revenue stream far more stable than consumer lines that can easily flip with the next carrier promotion. To help get the wheels rolling to IoT, the MOPs have been adding any number of third-party IoT apps to their product lines. Talking IoT Standards With the Open Connectivity Foundation Gary Audin September 06, 2019 Without standards, interoperability among vendor products and services can limit IoT’s growth. WiFi has become the preferred wireless technology for in-home IoT applications, but for wide-area IoT device access, cellular service is really the only game in town. Satellite might be a wide-area option for some classes of applications, but it falls short in terms of low power draw and low device cost. While the MOPs have been ramping up availability of IoT-focused network services like LTE Cat M1 and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), their bigger role in IoT might be in providing a sales channel for what I call “packaged IoT solutions.” From a network standpoint, the irony is that the vast majority of these apps utilize the traditional smartphone data services (i.e., LTE Cat 0) the mobile operators have been selling for years rather than new wave IoT services like Cat M1 or NB-IoT. Hopefully as time goes on, we’ll see the MOPs get their network plans in sync with their app aspirations, and we’ll see more real-world examples of IoT paying off for business.Tags:News & Viewsmobile operatorssmartphonesInternet of ThingsEndpointsMobilityNews & ViewsPartner Ecosystem Articles You Might Like The types of applications the MOPs are offering aren’t the be-all-and-end-all in IoT, but they are an important stepping stone. These aren’t the earth-shattering, paradigm-shifting kinds of things the futurists project, but focused, limited-function solutions that businesses can implement quickly with minimal disruption and clear measurable results. From a customer standpoint, these offerings hold significant appeal. First off, the services constitute a packaged deal, where the monthly per-device price includes the IoT application (typically a cloud-based solution), endpoints (or compatible smartphone apps), and network services. Log in or register to post comments read more

Panel set up to resolve media disputes during East Timor election campaign

The independent three-person Media Mediation Panel, established by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with UNTAET, was set up to evaluate any complaints about campaign coverage by the UN mission’s radio, television and print media.Over the past two weeks UNTAET’s radio and television units have been broadcasting campaign messages recorded by political parties and independent candidates. A special half-hour daily programme, entitled “Meet the Press,” has also aired, giving each political party and all independent national candidates the opportunity to discuss their policies and visions for East Timor.In a related development, UNTAET today also received 4,000 wind-up radios from the Australian Government, which are to be used to spread messages about voter education in the run-up to the elections. read more

Kosovo Annan recommends starting future status talks now

In the letter accompanying a report of his Special Envoy for the Comprehensive Review of Kosovo, Ambassador Kai Eide of Norway, Mr. Annan writes that he accepts the study’s finding, and intends to prepare for the possible appointment of another special envoy to lead the process on future status. In his report, Mr. Eide writes: “There will not be any good moment for addressing Kosovo’s future status,” and calls the situation “grim” for founding a multi-ethnic society in the Serbian province where ethnic Albanians outnumber other communities, mainly Serbs, by about nine to one. “It will continue to be a highly sensitive political issue.”Nevertheless, an overall assessment leads to the conclusion that the time has come to commence this process. The political process, which is now under way, must continue,” he adds stressing the urgent need for further progress in implementation of the so-called standards. These cover eight targets in such areas as building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and establishing an impartial legal system.”Kosovo will not in the foreseeable future become a place where Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs are integrated,” Mr. Eide writes. “They probably never were. Nevertheless, the reconciliation process should start. It must come from inside Kosovo and be embraced by all communities,” he adds.”The main burden will fall on the shoulders of the leaders of the majority population,” he says, but adds that the international community must encourage reconciliation and provide active support.Detailing the standards, Mr. Eide notes that the rule of law is hampered by a lack of ability and readiness to enforce legislation at all levels, and organized crime and corruption have been characterized as the biggest threats to stability Kosovo.The overall security situation is stable, but fragile, he says. While the level of reported crime, including inter-ethnic crime, is low, there are frequently unreported cases of low-level, inter-ethnic violence and incidents, hampering freedom of movement.”The overall return process has virtually come to a halt,” he writes of the Serbs who fled when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999.”The general atmosphere in many places is not conducive to return. Multi-ethnicity is often not seen as a goal,” he adds, noting that as many or more Kosovo Serbs are leaving than are returning. “A viable return process will require support and attention over a longer period of time, in particular to facilitate access to services and repossession of land.”To achieve sustainable return and viable minority communities, a wider decentralization process will be required, he says.”Determining the future status of Kosovo will in itself be a demanding challenge,” the report concludes. “The international community must do the utmost to ensure that, whatever the eventual status, it does not become a ‘failed’ status.”Kosovo cannot remain indefinitely under international administration. However, it will continue to depend on a significant international presence on the ground, the report adds. “Entering the future status process does not mean entering the last stage, but the next stage of the international presence.” read more

Loonie closes higher after string of losses amid Italian political uncertainty

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2013 8:43 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed slightly higher Tuesday amid a jump in gold prices as traders flocked to safe havens following the inconclusive result of the Italian elections Sunday and Monday.The loonie snapped a six-session losing run and moved up 0.12 of a cent at 97.43 cents US.Traders avoided risk after Italy’s national elections showed no clear winner and raised the possibility of a hung parliament. The worry is that the country will lack the political will to pass the tough reforms it needs to snuff out its economic crisis and prevent a new round of global financial turmoil.The centre-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani appears to have won a narrow victory in the lower house of parliament while the Senate looks split with no party in control.“With a worst case scenario having been delivered from the Italian election results… the outlook for Italy has weakened,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.“In Italy, legislation is not passable without support from both the upper and lower houses, accordingly, uncertainty from Italian political developments are spurring fears of renewed uncertainty.”Heightened political uncertainty drove Italian 10-year bond yields to a three-month high of 4.76 per cent.Commodities were mixed with the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 48 cents to US$92.63 a barrel, its lowest close this year.March copper gained two cents to US$3.57 a pound and traders looking for safety pushed the April gold bullion contract $28.90 higher to US$1,615.50 an ounce.The loonie has fallen by about 2.5 US cents in February amid worries about the strength of the housing sector and the price differential between benchmark Brent crude and Western Canadian Select from the oilsands.Traders are also concerned about U.S. economic strength, particularly as a March 1 deadline looms when more than US$85 billion in across the board spending cuts will be triggered.Also, the U.S. dollar gained strength last week amid concerns the U.S. Federal Reserve may abandon its easy monetary policy sooner than many analysts have been predicting.But Fed chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Tuesday that the central bank’s low interest rate policies are giving key support to an economy still burdened by high unemployment. He signalled that the Fed’s efforts to keep borrowing costs low will continue.Finally, the loonie was hit at the end of last week as lower than expected retail sales for December pointed to a weakening economy while tame inflation figures indicated the Bank of Canada won’t be raising rates any time soon.Traders looked ahead to Friday when Statistics Canada is expected to report that Canadian gross domestic product grew by 0.7 per cent in the fourth quarter. But it looks like growth started to flatten at the end of the year as the economy likely contracted by 0.1 per cent in December after rising 0.3 per cent in November. Loonie closes higher after string of losses amid Italian political uncertainty AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Goodman associate dean handpicked to edit finance journals special issue

Ernest Biktimirov, professor of finance and associate dean of research and graduate programs at Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, had a unique opportunity to serve as guest editor for a recently published special issue of the Managerial Finance journal.The issue consists of five carefully selected papers, each with a different focus but united under the theme of equity indexing.Published earlier this month, the issue coincides neatly with the 120th anniversary of the launch of the first stock market index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average.The journal publishes several special issues each year and chooses academics with substantial expertise in the chosen topic to serve as guest editors.“It was a great honour and rewarding experience for me to edit this special issue on equity indexing,” says Biktimirov.Biktimirov holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has taught finance at the Goodman School of Business for 17 years. read more

Hong Kong tycoon hires Queens grandaughter Zara and Duchess of York for

Before taking up her directorship in April 2017, the Duchess was paid £200,000 from an offshore bank for “marketing and promotion”.Three months later, she was granted a £90,000 “loan” from Gate Ventures. There is no suggestion any of the payments were illegal.A spokesman for the Duchess said both payments were loans from Gate Ventures solely related to her fledgling company Ginger and Moss, which makes tea. He added that the £90,000 had been repaid.A spokesman for Dr Hon said: “The building of relationships (charitable/business/otherwise) is a mutual beneficial matter – it is never intended to benefit one party alone.” Mr Phillips and Mrs Tindall refused to comment last night. The Duchess of York and the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall have reportedly been paid tens of thousands of pounds to advise to a Hong Kong tycoon.Mrs Tindall was paid £100,000 a year for a non-executive directorship at the Global Group of companies owned by tycoon Dr Johnny Hon, it was reported on Saturday.She was reportedly appointed to advise on horse racing for a sports investment arm in return for attending just two board meetings by telephone a year and four company functions.The Duchess of York was paid almost £300,000 from a firm chaired by Dr Hon, as well as a £72,000-a-year retainer for her non-executive directorship of his film investment company in Hong Kong, according to an investigation by The Daily Mail. Lawyers for Mrs Tindall, 38, daughter of the Princess Royal and already an ambassador for Rolex and Land Rover, initially said it was “wholly untrue” she was a non-executive director of Dr Hon’s Global Group. But they later accepted she had held that role when the newspaper provided documentary evidence of the £100,000-a-year contract between her and Dr Hon’s firm.Mrs Tindall’s brother, Peter Phillips, 41, is understood to have launched a horse racing members’ club with Dr Hon two weeks ago and will receive a salary for what is regarded as a “figurehead” role. Dr Hon has launched companies in Britain and Hong Kong and is behind a holding company – The Hon Organisation – based in the tax haven of Vanuatu.He has reportedly turned to members of the Royal family in recent years in the hope they can help raise his profile to potential investors in the Far East. Dr Hon, 47, said on Friday evening her main role in the directorship was “to introduce a few people to me in Hong Kong”.The tycoon, who was educated at Uppingham School and Cambridge University, told The Daily Mail that members of the Royal Family were brought on board “because of what they can do for individual projects”.The revelations have raised questions about the way Royals who do not take the taxpayer funded Sovereign Grant manage to pay for themselves. The Duchess of York, 59, was a non-executive director of Dr Hon’s Global Group Entertainment Limited until October last year, on a salary of £72,000 a year.She was said to have “introduced various strategic relationships” with Dr Hon. She is also a director of British media investment firm Gate Ventures, formerly chaired by Dr Hon, which was removed from the London junior stock exchange in 2015 after a number of Chinese investors came on board and caused the share price to rise 1,500 per cent. 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. read more

Music label Numero Group opts out of Apples iTunes Match

first_imgAll seemed good and well at Apple after the company finally signed the four major labels just in time for its iCloud and iTunes Match announcement at WWDC. However, one indie label is stirring things up by being the first to publically denounce the iTunes Match service.The Chicago-based label Numero Group specializes in creating compilations of rare soul music that most obsessive record collectors would spend years digging around for at garage sales, old record stores, and dusty basements. Founded in 2003, Numero Group hunts for obscure and unheard-of music all over the world, and then tracks down the artist for permission to rerelease the music in the label’s compilations. Though we’re sure Numero wouldn’t mind having record sales in line with those of Lady Gaga, for example, the label creates records with the intention that it might not necessarily appeal to a mass group. However, it aims to sell its records to a smaller group of people who will really enjoy an album, like its Soul Messages from Dimona, a record compiling rare funk and soul tracks from Dimona, Israel.AdChoices广告Rob Sevier, one of the three owners of the Numero Group, wrote a blog post entitled “Opting Out” expressing Numero’s views on the whole iCloud thing. He said in the post that Numero feels a “great risk is being taken by Apple and the major labels that have accepted the terms of the new product” The post said that the laws that protect songs and copyrights for songs are “more or less being trampled.”Therefore, Numero will not be making its music accessible via iTunes Match, a service that allows iCloud users to pay a $25 annual fee to match any of the songs in the user’s iTunes library with Apple’s iTunes library and access that music from any Apple device. Sevier told Ars Technica that iTunes Match basically legitimizes piracy. The label finds people sharing its albums on file-sharing sites all the time. In some cases, he has even found people sharing an album over 80,000 times, even though they usually only sell 10,000 legitimate copies. Sevier has seen on average 10 to 20 times more downloads than sales. For a small label, that’s not a good thing.So, when Numero sells 10,000 copies of a record, but 80,000 illegally download the same record and then match it on iTunes Match, they basically have a legal copy of the album. iTunes Match doesn’t care about where you got the file, all it cares about is matching a track and adding it to your cloud library. Also, even if you download files that are of terrible quality, iTunes Match will match it and give you a shiny new high-quality file to access from your Apple device. That means that pirates can simply replace their low-quality files with high-quality tracks from iTunes. And, the sugar on top is that the new files will also come with album artwork and metadata.One argument for iTunes Match is that this is finally a way for labels to make money off of pirated music. However, Sevier said that the percentage of revenue Numero would get is so tiny that it wouldn’t be worth the time and money to deal with the accounting. Sevier estimated that each iTunes Match user would be giving fractions of a penny per matched song and none of it would filter down to the artists.Though Sevier is against Numero giving the okay to iTunes Match, he’s still a fan of iTunes and of the free iTunes Match service. The extras, album art, and good compression are all reasons why Sevier likes iTunes as a service. He said from the consumer level, iTunes Match is “brilliant,” and that he plans to use the free service to make the content he bought off of iTunes available via iCloud.Read more at the Numero Blog, Ars Technicalast_img read more

Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africas president after ANC party threatened his

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 23 Comments Jacob Zuma resigns as South Africa’s president after ANC party threatened his removal “I don’t fear exiting political office.” 16,297 Views Short URL By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3850956 Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 10:00 PM Jacob Zuma, pictured at the ANC national conference last December in Johannesburg Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesUpdated at 10pmSOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma announced his immediate resignation this evening after the ruling ANC party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence.Scandal-tainted Zuma said in a 30-minute national television address that he had “come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect”.“I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability. I am forever grateful that they trusted me with the highest office in the land,” he said.Zuma, whose reputation has been stained by years-long allegations of graft, had been instructed to step down by the African National Congress (ANC) party.He complained about the process, saying: “I don’t fear exiting political office, however, I have only asked my party to articulate my transgressions and the reason for its instructions that I vacate office.”Zuma has been at loggerheads with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor as president and the new head of the ANC.Parliament could elect Ramaphosa as president as early as tomorrow or Friday.© – AFP, 2018Read: ‘Victory for the victims’ – French court rules man who had sex with 11-year-old girl must face rape chargeRead: United Airlines plane forced to make emergency landing after engine cover rips apart mid-flight Feb 14th 2018, 8:33 AM Share24 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Shell va reprendre ses forages en Guyane

first_imgShell va reprendre ses forages en GuyaneDes parlementaires guyanais ont indiqué, après leur rencontre d’hier soir avec le ministre des Outre-mer, Victorin Lurel, que le groupe Shell pourrait reprendre ses forages exploratoires en Guyane.Le sénateur Georges Patient (PS) et la députée Chantal Berthelot (PRG) ont indiqué à l’AFP, après avoir rencontré le ministre des Outre-mer, Victorin Lurel que le préfet de Guyane avait eu “l’autorisation de signer les arrêtés préfectoraux”. Ceux-ci autorisent la relance de la nouvelle campagne d’exploration du groupe Shell dans les eaux guyanaises. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, mercredi dernier, la ministre de l’Ecologie Nicolas Bricq avait parlé d’une suspension du permis de Shell avant de parler d’une “remise à plat”. Cela avait d’ailleurs suscité de nombreuses réactions chez les élus guyanais qui comptaient sur cette perspective de développement et chez l’opérateur qui n’avait pas été prévenu. Mais les forages devraient “reprendre lundi”, a finalement déclaré Mme Berthelot. Par ailleurs le bateau de forage ultra moderne affrété par Shell était “arrivé mardi” dans les eaux guyanaises comme prévu initialement par le groupe, a-t-elle indiqué. Une porte-parole de la compagnie a préféré ne faire “aucun commentaire dans l’attente d’une notification officielle”.”Des avancées ont pu être obtenues tant en terme de garanties environnementales qu’en terme de garanties économiques. Et très probablement les retombées financières pour les collectivités et pour l’Etat seront revues à la hausse, par rapport à ce qui était avancé jusque là par Shell”, a ajouté M. Patient “très satisfait” de l’entretien avec le ministre. En parallèle, des discussions vont avoir lieu pour définir “les besoins en formation et en définition des métiers” que pourraient générer la plate-forme s’il y a exploitation.Toutefois, cette décision a été vivement critiquée par Guyane Nature Environnement (GNE) qui s’est déclarée prête à attaquer au contentieux les arrêtés préfectoraux s’ils contreviennent au code de l’Environnement. L’ONG rappelle que les études sismiques que Shell s’apprête à mener recourent à des émissions sonores extrêmement puissantes, nuisibles pour la faune marine à plus de 100 kilomètres du navire émetteur. Or, la biodiversité au large des côtes guyanaises est particulièrement riche.Le 21 juin 2012 à 16:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Maladie de Parkinson quels symptômes et quel traitement contre la maladie

first_imgMaladie de Parkinson : quels symptômes et quel traitement contre la maladie ?Aujourd’hui, 11 avril, se tient la Journée mondiale de la maladie de Parkinson. Cette dernière qui affecte le système nerveux central représente la deuxième plus fréquente maladie neurodégénérative derrière la maladie d’Alzheimer.Nommée en référence au médecin anglais qui l’a décrite pour la première fois en 1817, la maladie de Parkinson est une pathologie neurologique chronique et dégénérative. S’attaquant au système nerveux central, elle se manifeste par une perte progressive de certaines neurones qui entraine l’apparition de plusieurs troubles. Aujourd’hui, on estime qu’entre 100.000 et 150.000 Français seraient touchés par cette pathologie qui représente, la deuxième maladie neurodégénérative la plus fréquente derrière la maladie d’Alzheimer.Habituellement, elle débute entre 45 et 70 ans mais sa prévalence augmente avec l’âge. Pour l’heure, les causes de la maladie reste assez floues. Selon les spécialistes, il pourrait s’agir d’une interaction entre des facteurs génétiques et des facteurs environnementaux tels que les métaux lourds ou les pesticides qui sont depuis longtemps suspectés de favoriser l’apparition de la maladie. D’autres facteurs tels qu’un traumatisme crânien pourrait également y contribuer selon les études. Néanmoins, si son origine reste peu précise, la maladie de Parkinson et ses mécanismes sont désormais bien mieux connus.Les symptômes de la maladie de ParkinsonDans la majorité des cas (70%), le premier symptôme est l’apparition de tremblements rythmiques non contrôlables au niveau de la main (notamment du pouce). Ceux-ci se manifestent au repos, lorsque le membre ne bouge pas, et disparaissent lors des mouvements volontaires ou du sommeil. En revanche, ils sont accentués en période de concentration ou de stress et peuvent s’étendre à la tête et aux jambes. Outre ces tremblements, le malade souffre d’une raideur des membres appelée hypertonie musculaire et montre des mouvements lents et saccadés. S’ajoute à cela une marche caractéristique : les pas sont petits, lents, le malade est penché en avant et il n’y a aucun balancement de bras. D’autres signes moins spécifiques peuvent aussi apparaitre comme une perte de l’olfaction, du sommeil, de la constipation et plus tardivement de la dépression, des difficultés à avaler, une salivation excessive, de la confusion et des pertes de mémoire.Au fur et à mesure que la maladie et donc la destruction des neurones progresse, les signes s’intensifient jusqu’à devenir particulièrement handicapant pour le malade qui peut avoir du mal à réaliser des tâches quotidiennes comme s’habiller. Le risque de chûtes est également important. Toutefois, il existe aujourd’hui des traitements qui peuvent permettre d’atténuer les symptômes et de freiner la progression de la maladie, sans pour autant la guérir. Stimuler l’activité du cerveau pour réduire les symptômes Ces traitements consistent à augmenter la présence dans le cerveau d’un neurotransmetteur appelé dopamine. En effet, la destruction des neurones de la région appelée “substance noire” entraine une production insuffisante de cette molécule impliquée dans le contrôle du mouvement et dans les sensations de plaisir et de désir. C’est ainsi de ce manque que découlent les symptômes de la maladie. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour augmenter les doses de dopamine, les traitements peuvent donc soit fournir un précurseur à cette molécule (lévodopamine), soit diminuer la dégradation de cette dernière (inhibiteur de la monoamine oxydase B). Des anti-cholinergiques peuvent aussi être prescrits contre les tremblements. Lorsque les patients ne répondent plus aux traitements, une chirurgie du cerveau peut également être mise en place. Celle-ci peut par exemple consister à implanter des électrodes pour stimuler certaines zones cérébrales (stimulation cérébrale profonde). Ceci permet de réduire la destruction des neurones et ainsi d’atténuer les symptômes au quotidien. La maladie étant particulièrement handicapante, de nombreuses recherches visent néanmoins à développer d’autres traitements. Des approches utilisant la thérapie génique ou des cellules souches ont ainsi été envisagées et sont actuellement à l’étude.Le 11 avril 2013 à 18:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver council mayor will get no raises

first_imgIn 2014, Vancouver city councilors will make the same salaries they did in 2008, as a citizens group voted to not raise the seven elected officials’ salaries for the next two years.Just as it did in 2010, the Vancouver Salary Commission voted to keep the part-time elected officials’ pay right where it is.The commission’s five citizen members meet every two years to evaluate the mayor and council’s pay, based on population, comparable salaries, testimony and other factors.Mayor Tim Leavitt will continue to earn $2,200 a month; Mayor Pro Tempore Larry Smith gets $2,000; and the rest of the council is paid $1,781 for their public service positions.City council members also have the option to draw city health insurance, and they must pay 15 percent of the cost of their dependents’ premiums.Five of Vancouver’s seven city council members provided oral or written testimony. Three, councilors Jeanne Stewart, Bart Hansen and Bill Turlay, asked for no salary increase.last_img read more