Related Posts Tags:#Google#web The introduction of contact avatars is something that the Gmail mobile Web client began several months ago but will be much more meaningful in a full size Web app. Avatars are an important visual signal that help our brains process large quantities of information by understanding at a glance the source of a particular message. It’s huge for context and quick thinking, and it lightens the cognitive load of scanning over a conversation.The new interface for replying to emails looks much more lightweight as well. As Web designer Jack Gutteridge points out in comments below – it looks downright like Facebook conversation commenting! That’s awesome for quickly continuing conversations without opening a whole new compose window.The advanced search interface is very nice as well. There’s no need to require Gmail users to know that they can limit their search by searching “in subject:” or “has:attachment.” Making it easy to sort through email like this is another way the new interface combats information overload: it helps make searches much more granular and less unwieldy to sort through.Contacts and tasks links are no longer displayed on the very top of the interface. As some features are moved toward the background, I can’t help but wonder if some Google Plus related features will be moved into the front of Gmail.There’s no indication of when this next iteration of the service will roll out, but given that it’s much like other Google service interface changes of late, I’d guess it will be soon. I hope it plays nice with my precious Rapportive – I’m a little concerned about how well Rapportive will work with that new quick Reply All interface, for example. As long as that can get figured out, I think I’ll like it a lot. marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google’s excellent webmail app Gmail appears set to relaunch with a new interface, according to a video caught on the company’s YouTube channel by long-time watchdog Alex Chitu this morning. The new version of Gmail looks a lot like the recent refresh of Google Docs, but adds big avatar photos of your contacts to your inbox display and surfaces advanced search functionality through a simple interface, among other changes. The new email reply interface looks like comment posting on Facebook.The YouTube video has now been closed to the public, but Chitu grabbed screenshots that we’ve reposted below. It’s a fairly substantial change to an app that millions of people live in all day long. Google’s Andrea Freund said in response to our inquiry, “Oops, you weren’t supposed to see that. Stay tuned, we’ll be sharing more info on Gmail’s new look soon.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
CCH Tax Day ReportThe Colorado Department of Revenue has issued a general information letter in response to a franchisor corporation’s (taxpayer’s) request for guidance regarding whether it has substantial nexus with Colorado for corporate income on the basis of its sales. The taxpayer is an out-of-state corporation which sells franchises that sell cooking oil cleaning products for use in commercial facilities. Generally, a company is presumed to have nexus for Colorado for corporate income tax purposes if it exceeds the minimum standards of P.L. 86-272 and either its sales, property, or payroll in Colorado rises above a threshold during a given tax year. Under the facts presented, the taxpayer did not appear to have payroll or property in Colorado.The taxpayer’s sales of certain tangible personal property delivered to out-of-state franchisees were not counted toward the sales threshold because they were not received in Colorado. However, its sales to Colorado business locations constituted relevant sales. The franchisees owned the rights and licenses to use the taxpayer’s intangibles such as trademark and trade name following a contractual agreement. Therefore, payments such as royalties and territory fee received from the franchisees were likely to be considered as relevant sales because the trademark and trade name were primarily used in Colorado. The advertising fees received from the franchisees were likely to be treated as a sale of a service, and would be apportioned if the service was performed in several states. However, the income from training services could be allocated entirely to another state because it was represented as being performed outside of Colorado.GIL-16-004, Colorado Department of Revenue, May 3, 2016, released September 13, 2016, ¶201-339
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The ocean’s twilight zone is a spooky place, where creatures like krill and “werewolf” plankton hunt—and hide—using only the light they themselves emit. In most seas, the zone is deep, stretching from 200 to 1000 meters beneath the surface. But new research has found that in the winter waters near Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, the zone shifts upward during the long polar night, bringing some of these creatures close to the surface. What’s more, the denizens of the zone live in distinct layers, with some dominating the upper levels and others ruling below. The findings could lead to a new understanding of polar marine ecosystems, even as they are endlessly transformed by melting sea ice.“This is a new look at the structure of the water column in the polar night,” says Edith Widder, an oceanographer and biologist who studies bioluminescence at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association in Fort Pierce, Florida. “[This] looks at the impact of one of the most important organizational principles in the open ocean, light, including the light animals make themselves.”The polar night was long considered a time of hibernation. For nearly 4 months, the sun disappears entirely; tiny animals at the base of the food chain were thought to die off or go dormant. But that thinking changed in 2007, when sonar equipment used by marine ecologist Jørgen Berge picked up on a strange signal: an echo that descended predictably during the day and rose at night. In warmer waters, a similar pattern marks the daily movement of millions of marine creatures up and down the water column. The sonar echo meant this mass migration was also happening near the poles, triggering a complete re-evaluation of Arctic ecosystems. Since 2012, Berge, at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, has led annual expeditions examining everything from “werewolf” plankton to clams with internal clocks timed to an absent sun.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(*)In their dark journeys, Berge and his team discovered an unexpected abundance of bioluminescence. They began wondering where the creatures’ own light took over from the virtually nonexistent daylight and how that glow affected predator-prey relationships. But to do so, the team had to first quantify how much light was being produced—and by what.The scientists started by netting a variety of organisms, from krill to comb jellies to copepods, small crustaceans that form the base of the Arctic food chain. Then, they used a special device to measure the emitted light: an Underwater Bioluminescence Assessment Tool (UBAT), designed in part by team member Mark Moline, a marine ecologist at the University of Delaware (UD) in Newark. Like a mini vacuum cleaner, the breadbox-sized black box sucks water into a chamber and whips it, prompting the creatures inside to light up. “It measures every 1/60 of a second, so you get to see the kinetics of the actual flash,” Moline says. “Each organism emits a different signal in terms of intensity and duration. It almost looks like a Morse code or a heartbeat.”In the lab, the scientists examined 17 species and came up with distinct signals for seven of them. Then, over the course of two 3-week cruises in 2014 and 2015, they used their key to map the entire column in 20-meter increments down to 120 meters. Finally, they calculated the total bioluminescence of each level and compared it with the light that should have reached that depth from the atmosphere. The brightness from bioluminescence surpasses starlight, moonlight, and even the nearly imperceptible noontime daylight about 20 to 40 meters below the surface, they report this week in Scientific Reports. Further, dinoflagellates, microscopic creatures that can selectively photosynthesize, dominate the upper ranges, whereas copepods rule the deeper realms.“We tried to … break out who’s there and where they are and how much light are they producing,” says paper author and visual ecologist Jonathan Cohen of UD. “We put that together with where atmospheric light and bioluminescence actually flip roles.” Jonathan Cohen, visual ecologist at the University of Delaware, adjusts the reflectance plate on his light meter before setting off to take measurements of atmospheric light. The team’s next step is to explore the role bioluminescence plays in predator-prey dynamics. Cohen, who specializes in krill bioptics, has already mathematically modeled how far away and at what depth a keen-eyed krill can detect a predatory bird diving into the twilight zone, especially if that bird happens to be trailing a line of brightly lit dinoflagellates. The findings suggest that extra light from other creatures may save the krill from becoming an untimely snack. But the research has other ramifications.“One of the major implications of climate change in the Arctic is thinning ice and a changing light climate,” Cohen says. Sea ice blocks daylight, so less frozen ocean makes seas a brighter place, possibly posing problems for animals adapted to darkness in the polar night. “Changing the atmospheric light portion even in times of twilight will influence the role bioluminescence can play.” Randall Hyman
Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara made 18 in his final Test innings as India dominated fourth day’s play in the second Test on Sunday to stand eight wickets away from a series-levelling victory.For the fourth successive innings in the series, offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the 37-year-old left-hander to send groans across the P Sara Oval. Sangakkara walked out to a guard-of-honour by the Indians and the umpires and nearly ran himself out soon after a mix-up with opener Dimuth Karunaratne.Scorecard | As it happened | Day in Pics The southpaw unleashed the trademark flick and straight drive but could not convert the start, edging Ashwin to gully. India rode Ajinkya Rahane’s 126 to reach 325 for 8 before declaring to set Sri Lanka, who lead the three-test series 1-0, a difficult 413-run victory target.Ashwin dismissed Kaushal Silva and Sangakkara to peg back Sri Lanka who were 72 for 2 at close, still 341 runs behind the target. Skipper Angelo Mathews (23) and Karunaratne (25) will return to continue Sri Lanka’s resistance on the final day of the Test on Monday.Earlier, having taken an 87-run first innings lead, India resumed on 70 for 1 and scored freely. Rahane was characteristically composed while Murali Vijay (82) displayed aggression by hitting both paceman Dushmantha Chameera and offspinner Tharindu Kaushal (4 for 118) for six.Kaushal had the last laugh as he ended the 140-run stand trapping Vijay leg before after the batsman went for a sweep shot and missed the line.The 22-year-old offspinner dealt another blow when he accounted for rival captain Virat Kohli who also fell leg before. Rahane showed the temperament that prompted his promotion to number three in the batting order but was not afraid to attempt an occasional cheeky shot, like the reverse-sweep for four off Kaushal that brought up his 50.advertisementHe added 85 runs with Rohit Sharma (34) to consolidate India’s position and took 212 balls to complete his century before Kaushal dismissed both.India scored at a healthy four-an-over run rate in the second session and their only worry appeared to be the fitness of wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who retired hurt with a strain but returned to bat again.
Five English Premier League and three Championship (second tier) soccer clubs are being investigated in relation to allegations of widespread historical child sex abuse in the sport dating back to the 1970s, British police said on Monday.The Metropolitan Police Service, who confirmed last month that it had launched an investigation into allegations at soccer clubs in London, said on Monday it had received 255 separate allegations of sexual abuse at 77 named clubs or teams.”As of Monday, 30 January, the investigative team, with officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, have received 255 separate allegations,” the Met Police said in a statement.It added the allegations were connected with individuals at 77 named clubs or teams including five in the Premier League; three in the Championship; three in Leagues One and Two (third and fourth tier), and 66 other named clubs, which include non-league or non-professional or amateur teams.Earlier this month, British police said they had identified 184 potential suspects and 526 victims, adding that other sports had also been implicated in the child sex-abuse scandal.Police forces across the country launched inquiries after former player Andy Woodward revealed in November he had been abused as a boy by a youth team coach, prompting other ex-professionals to come forward with allegations.The soccer abuse revelations are the latest in a series of paedophile scandals to have hit Britain in recent years.British police said 1,016 referrals of sports abuse had been passed to specialist detectives from a child protection charity and police.The number of possible victims (526) was up from about 350 in December, with 126 suspects.advertisementThe National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said 248 soccer clubs had been impacted although not all were under investigation.Police said 22 of the referrals related to other sports including rugby, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, wrestling, golf, sailing, athletics, cricket, and swimming.
Best player: Daytawion Lowe isn’t getting any credit and he was awesome (4 tackles | 1 TFL | 1 sack) but I gotta go Walsh — he was everything you want a back QB with a chip on his shoulder to be, and for a running QB he had quite a game in the air[1. Zac Robinson only had five career 300+ yard passing games. Walsh already has one in two appearances (zero starts).]. Also, Kye Staley played really well.Worst player: I didn’t feel like Jeremy Smith played his best game. Only averaged 5 yards per carry with no touchdowns and never really made you feel like he was going to bust one.“God, why?!” moment: Well…this.Uniform Heisman: Shaun Lewis — I liked the white cleats and the neck/head pad thingy. He always looks sharp. The black-orange-orange grew on me as the game went on too. Our old orange-orange combo was just horrendous but this one wasn’t too bad because of the white/black accent and the sick black helmet. B- overall.Quote: “I got no idea. I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, I don’t know.” – Monken on Lunt’s injury (via @benallenkosu)Other quote: “Walsh was ready and even though he is a freshman, he ran the offense like a pro. He had a great game.” – Mark Hudspeth (Louisiana coach)Photo of the game: Joe Randle’s Simba impression.Other photo of the game: Why was Walter White coaching for Louisiana?U mad bro?! photo of the game: Here.Twitter account: Yes, we have a @WesLuntsKnee. Oh my, and this one too.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: US PresswireWinners: Stillwater Medical accounts receivable (x-rays are expensive), JW Walsh, the potential of #Walsh2Stewart, hype for OSU-Texas, Fox Sports Southwest viewers (unintentional comedy was high), redheads (the sun never shone), nearly deaf people (speakers on GIA at 100,000 decibals), and Todd Monken (you could put a neanderthal behind center and he’d hang fiddy on anybody in the country (except Arizona)).Losers: Wes Lunt fans (OSU folks have only seen him take 26 snaps at home…), tailgaters, Gundy’s haircut, Shaun Lewis (0 tackles?), Robert Allen (he cried on the sidelines when Hedgepeth got injured?), and Louisiana’s Sun Belt title chances (they’ve got multiple squads that are rolling through the SEC, I saw none of that from them yesterday).Best play: The first Walsh to Stewart TD was pretty special. Video below…Worst play: Yeah…duh.
Manchester City Gundogan goes off injured in Manchester City’s Carabao Cup match Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 04:24 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Manchester City İ. Gündoğan West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City West Bromwich Albion League Cup The midfielder recently returned from injury but may now face another spell on the sidelines after going down following a tackle Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan appears to have suffered another injury after being substituted in the Citizens’ Carabao Cup match against West Bromwich Albion.Gundogan went down after a challenge from Claudio Yacob, who picked up a yellow card. He immediately signaled to the bench and was replaced by Kyle Walker in the 59th minute.City 9/2 for EFL Cup title Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 The 26-year-old Gundogan has suffered through multiple injuries in recent years. After a patella dislocation in his right knee forced the delay of his City debut following a €27 million move from Borussia Dortmund last season, Gundogan would have his season end in December after suffering a rupture of his ACL in the same knee. 54. Lengthy stoppage while @IlkayGuendogan receives treatment following a heavy challenge by Yacob.0-1 #wbavcity #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 20, 2017Recovery from that ACL tear delayed Gundogan’s start to this current season, with him making his debut in the campaign this past weekend in Manchester City’s 6-0 win over Watford. Gundogan came on as a substitute for a 24-minute spell in the victory. The Cup match against West Brom was Gundogan’s first start of the 2017-18 campaign.
London: Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Wednesday faced yet another legal battle to prevent a consortium of Indian banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) getting access to nearly 260,000 pounds in a UK bank account.The 62-year-old is contesting an interim debt order obtained by the Indian banks in January this year, which relates to funds in the former Kingfisher Airlines boss’ current account with ICICI Bank in London. At a hearing before Master David Cook at the Queen’s Bench Division of the court, Mallya’s legal team sought a dismissal of the interim order. A judgment in the case is expected at a later date. “The hearing concerns an interim third-party debt order obtained by the banks in January and relates to funds worth just short of 260,000 pounds in Dr Mallya’s current account with ICICI Bank in London,” said a spokesperson for TLT LLP, the law firm representing the Indian banks. “This is part of the banks’ ongoing efforts to enforce the [Indian] Debt Recovery Tribunal judgment against Dr Mallya in the UK. Dr Mallya is opposing the application and asking that the court discharges the interim order. If it is made final, the funds will be released to the banks,” the spokesperson explained. The case is part of wider efforts by SBI and 12 other Indian banks Bank of Baroda, Corporation bank, Federal Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Mysore, UCO Bank, United Bank of India and JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Co Pvt Ltd to recover some of the funds owed to them as a result of unpaid loans by Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. In a ruling in May last year, a UK High Court judge had refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya’s assets and upheld an Indian court’s ruling that the consortium of 13 Indian banks were entitled to recover funds amounting to nearly 1.145 billion pounds. TLT LLP has been representing the banks in their efforts to recover their dues as part of the worldwide freezing order, including a bankruptcy petition aimed at seizing his assets to recover dues filed at the end of last year. Mallya had been granted 20,000 pounds in weekly allowance as a result of the worldwide freeze order after his legal team made representations to the court to hike the initial 5,000 pounds weekly allowance. Mallya, meanwhile, remains on bail after his extradition was ordered by Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London in December last year and signed off by UK home secretary Sajid Javid in February. He has since filed an application in the UK High Court seeking leave to appeal against that order, with the papers now awaiting a judge’s ruling on whether it should be rejected or can move to a hearing stage. PTI
The success of Gennady Tarasov in carrying out his mandate requires “the earnest cooperation and practical involvement of all concerned,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report to the Security Council.Mr. Tarasov was appointed the High-level Coordinator for the repatriation or return of all Kuwaiti and third-country nationals or their remains and the return of all Kuwaiti property, including archives, seized by Iraq, in April, following the death of former envoy Yuli Vorontsov last December.In the past few months, Mr. Tarasov has held meetings in New York, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on the issues that have been pending since the Gulf war. Iraq’s representative to the UN told Mr. Tarasov, in a meeting last month, that his Government fully understood how important it was for the families of the missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals to receive clarification as to the fate of their loved ones and see their remains properly buried.The number of Kuwaiti and third-country nationals whose remains have been identified has reached 235 – two more since Mr. Ban’s previous report of December 2007. “The contribution of Iraq is essential to putting an end to this long-standing human tragedy concerning the fate of the missing persons as well as finding the archives,” Mr. Ban stresses in the report. “I am pleased that Iraq has shown sensitivity and understanding as well as a sincere intention to assist in resolving the outstanding cases.”The Iraqi representative added that his country had no interest in or intention of keeping the Kuwaiti archives, which he said had apparently been destroyed by fire during the last days of the previous regime. But if documents and other property belonging to Kuwait are found, they would be returned immediately, he noted.The Secretary-General calls again on governments and individuals who may know what happened to these documents or who possess information on their whereabouts to clarify their fate. 24 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for renewed efforts by all parties towards recovering the remains of Kuwaiti and other nationals missing since the 1990 Gulf war, in a report detailing the activities of his new envoy on the issue.
OTTAWA — The federal government has officially listed microbeads as a toxic substance, giving it the ability to ban the plastic beads used in cleansers.An online notice published Wednesday says the tiny plastic beads commonly found in facial and body scrubs is now listed as a toxic substance under the Environmental Protection Act, which gives the government the option to control their use or institute an outright ban.But microbeads are already on the way out.The online notice says of the 14 companies that make up the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association — the heaviest users of microbeads in Canada — five have already stopped using microbeads in their products and nine more will follow suit by 2018 or 2019.Loblaw Co. Ltd vows to banish microbeads from products — but it’s going to take three-and-a-half years to do itLoblaw Companies Ltd removing microbeads, Triclosan, phthalates from beauty products by 2018Parliamentarians voted unanimously last year to remove microbeads from the market amid concern and evidence of the plastic accumulating in lakes and rivers, harming the environment and aquatic life.The move followed similar efforts to ban the substance in the United States and Europe.The former Conservative government announced the move to ban the tiny plastic particles last August, the day before the federal election was called.The government proposed forbidding the manufacture and import of personal care products containing microbeads by the end of 2017 and ban the sale of such products by the end of 2018.The online notice says the government is targeting plastic beads that are smaller than five millimetres in size found specifically in personal care products like exfoliants and cleansers.Federal officials write that they rejected more restrictive wording pushed by industry stakeholders who felt the proposed ban captured too many products and would lead to “unintended stigmatization” of products with some plastic in them, and “over-regulation” of the plastic supply chain in Canada.During consultations, one industry association accused the government of playing politics rather than relying on science, a charge the government refuted in the online posting, pointing to United Nations research.In 2014, about 100,000 kilograms of plastic microbeads in exfoliants and cleansers were imported into Canada, with up to 10,000 more kilograms used domestically in the manufacturing of personal care products.
All international staff working at the UN’s Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) offices in Kandahar have been told to stay indoors, and all local staff have been sent home, pending further instructions.The blast occurred less than three months after an explosion in Baghdad tore through the UN’s Iraq headquarters. The blast there on 19 August killed 22 people, including the UN’s senior envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.In today’s attack in Kandahar, a local UNAMA security guard was hurt, while a nearby Afghan civilian also suffered minor burns.A spokesman for the Secretary-General said the blast, which occurred about 3.50pm local time, came from a vehicle packed with explosives parked just outside the compound.The UN’s Mine Action Centre, local police and Coalition troops have begun an investigation into the explosion, which smashed the windows and doors of the main UN building and caused damage to a building occupied by the UN Office for Project Services.UNAMA has condemned the attack, saying that by restricting the movement of UN staff in Kandahar, it hurts the Afghan people.
Briefing reporters today in Khartoum, a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said internally displaced persons (IDPs) have arrived in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur State, in large numbers last night and this morning. Jennifer Abrahamson said UN officials are examining why the displaced did not travel to the established camps for IDPs at nearby Zam Zam and Abu Shouk instead. The security situation in the area is “relatively quiet” today, she added, although there has been violent clashes and general insecurity in recent weeks. In South Darfur, about 5,000 people have arrived in Gereida in the past week, part of a wave of an estimated 40,000 people who have fled to the town in recent weeks because of violent clashes in their home villages. The newly displaced join an already swelling population of at least 1.2 million IDPs in Darfur, a region the size of France that has been beset by armed conflict, violent attacks by militias and widespread humanitarian suffering since early last year. Another 200,000 people have fled across the border into neighbouring Chad. In Abuja, Nigeria, where African Union (AU) mediators have brought two Darfur rebel groups and the Sudanese Government together for peace talks, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo – he is also current chair of the AU – urged the parties to honour their ceasefire and negotiate a peaceful solution. Mr. Obasanjo said Khartoum and the rebels should at least sign the humanitarian protocol which they agreed to earlier this month. Meanwhile, Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, will visit the capitals of neighbouring Eritrea and Ethiopia next week to discuss the Darfur crisis with senior officials of both countries, said Radhia Achouri, spokesperson for the UN Advance Mission in the Sudan (UNAMIS).
by News Staff Posted Jul 14, 2014 6:55 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business Report: Quarterly earnings season begins, Ontario budget released 680News senior business editor Mike Eppel with the day’s top business headlines, including the beginning of a busy week for quarterly earnings reports and Ontario budget day.
The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with Rainforest Tours and Safari Club with support from members of the private sector, earlier today, launched the 15th Annual Pakaraima Mountain Safari at the Tocuma Indigenous Restaurant at Waterloo Street, Georgetown.Director of the GTA, Indranauth Haralsingh said that this Safari expedition is the largest to date, with close to 200 persons occupying thirty vehicles and forty motor cycles that will hit the trail from April 8th to 16th.Dubbing the activity ‘an adventure of a lifetime’, Haralsingh noted that the 1,000-mile journey will take participants through 14 Amerindian villages.Participants will assemble at the event’s main sponsor; GuyOil on Regent Street at 4.00pm on April 8th where they will be outfitted with Safari and other stickers to be placed on their vehicles. They will depart Georgetown around 7:00 pm. (Carl Croker) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPakaraima Mountain Safari 2014 is on; begins April 12March 21, 2014In “Local News”Fourth South Rupununi Safari launchedNovember 22, 2016In “Environment”North Pakaraima Mountain Safari takes off this weekendApril 10, 2019In “Entertainment”
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The Washington state Attorney General’s Office has filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit, saying that if the lawsuit was successful, it would strip protections for students who borrowed money to pay for degrees at for-profit schools.The lawsuit, filed by a group of private California postsecondary schools, challenges a 2016 Obama administration rule that is to go into effect July 1 and aims to protect student borrowers.State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the motion Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, joining nine other state attorneys general who are arguing that the Obama-era rules will deter predatory for-profit colleges from violating consumer-protection laws.Under the rules, a state attorney general who successfully sues a school can make its students eligible for student-loan forgiveness.Although the lawsuit, California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools vs. DeVos, was filed against the federal Department of Education, the state attorneys general are arguing that the federal government cannot adequately defend the states’ interests in the lawsuit because Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made it clear she will not defend the Obama-era rules, Ferguson said in a statement.Earlier this month, DeVos said the Department of Education would delay implementation of the rules. They are known as the borrower-defense rules and were scheduled to begin July 1.
Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Alexis Sanchez has found a new lease of life and will soon prove himself when the time comes.Sanchez hasn’t been impressive since joining United last January scoring a paltry three goals last season. He has only appeared 14 times in all competitions this term due to a hamstring injury.“He’s got high standards himself that you demand from yourself,” Solskjaer told reporters as obtained by Goal. Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“When it doesn’t work for you, as it clearly hasn’t and he’s had some injuries, then it’s difficult to suddenly click and put that confidence on.“So [we’ve had] individual chats but, of course, it’s a fresh start for him with me and Mike [Phelan] coming in – it’s a new lease of life for him maybe. Hopefully we can see the best of him because he’s a top, top player.”Manchester United face Tottenham today in a Premier League encounter.
Previously: Clark County Public Health and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center advised 936 former hospital patients to be tested for hepatitis C. An investigation revealed they may have been exposed to the disease through the actions of a former hospital employee.What’s new: Hospital and public health officials said the joint investigation produced no evidence patients were exposed to the hepatitis C virus at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.What’s next: Public health and hospital officials will continue to monitor hepatitis C cases reported in the county and among hospital patients to determine whether any links exist.A joint investigation by Clark County Public Health and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center concluded no patients were exposed to hepatitis C at the hospital. The news, announced Wednesday, came after officials from the two organizations wrapped up an investigation that spanned six months and encompassed more than 900 patients who visited the hospital over a two-year period ending in February.“We have no evidence that would link any exposure to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center,” said Sy Johnson, the hospital’s chief executive officer.The investigation was launched when a couple of hospital employees alerted officials in February to strange behavior from a co-worker whom they said was exhibiting signs of substance abuse. Hospital officials suspected the employee was diverting drugs at the hospital for personal use and immediately removed the employee from patient care. The employee, whose name, job title and gender was not released, left the organization in March.Hospital and public health officials reviewed patient files created during the course of the employee’s tenure and found that a person with no known risk factors for hepatitis C was diagnosed with the virus in December 2012, a few months after receiving care at the hospital.That discovery prompted officials to send certified letters urging hundreds of former hospital patients to undergo hepatitis C testing as a precaution.“We did what we did in the interest of patient safety and an abundance of caution,” Johnson said.The hospital would not say if the former employee was infected with hepatitis C, citing privacy rules, and said it did not have any evidence the former employee infected any patients with the virus. Officials said they had only “reasonable suspicion” of drug diversion. The subsequent investigation did not reveal any additional facts to support or discredit that suspicion, Johnson said.