A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting PayPal is making some of the advances it’s pushed in mobile-app payments available on the Web, the company announced Tuesday. Its in-app checkout experience, which it calls One Touch, is now rolling out to websites which already use PayPal’s payment technology.Consumers will notice a new option to stay logged into PayPal, which will remember their payment options. In a marked change, PayPal will no longer force shoppers to change their payment method from a default bank-account withdrawal; instead, the service will remember the credit or debit card or bank account they prefer, and use that each time. It’s how PayPal works in mobile apps already.Bank-account withdrawals are more profitable for PayPal, as I noted when I interviewed David Marcus, then PayPal’s president, in January 2014. “That’s over,” Marcus told me, vowing to change the checkout experience to be more straightforward. Now that day has come: PayPal is no longer tricking its customers into using a payment method they may not prefer.PayPal checkout now remembers your payment preferences and shipping address, saving you clicks and typing.Mobile First—And Then The Web Must FollowThere’s a deeper significance to PayPal’s move, one the whole industry should pay attention to. It’s an example of a technology first designed for mobile devices that is migrating into the broader Web. Consider how Flipboard, a company which became famous as an app developer, is now shifting its news-reading experience back to the Web.For years, the innovation in e-commerce has been focused on mobile apps. That’s where PayPal’s Braintree subsidiary made its name, powering frictionless mobile transactions in apps like Uber, Airbnb, and HotelTonight.That click-and-you’ve-paid convenience has been missing from the Web, which still uses a confusing array of popups and redirects to process even simple e-commerce transactions. When you squeeze that Web shopping experience into a mobile browser, the result is disaster—or, to use the technical term, abandoned shopping carts.Bill Ready, the former CEO of Braintree who was recently promoted to be PayPal’s global head of merchant and next-generation commerce, says that his customers were seeing a 50% rise in completed purchases by adopting the simpler One Touch checkout process within apps.See also: PayPal’s Startup Guys Have Seized The Company’s Reins“We saw such huge results that we’re taking the native buying experience and rolling it out across the Web,” says Ready.Most sites using PayPal won’t have to do anything to get the upgrade—it will happen automatically through the code their sites call up from PayPal’s servers.Ready notes that this upgrade will be easier on merchants than on mobile, where PayPal required developers to adopt a new software-development kit, the V.zero SDK.He admits that PayPal hasn’t done extensive testing that lets it predict the kind of uplift that websites will see from a simplified checkout experience, but he predicts that particularly on mobile versions of e-commerce sites, online retailers will see more completed purchases.Some Things Still Don’t Check OutReady’s team hasn’t quite finished the job, though. Even before PayPal bought Braintree, Ready was touting a vision of e-commerce where his company’s servers would safely store credit and debit cards and let consumers use them from site to site and app to app.This latest upgrade to PayPal’s checkout doesn’t integrate with Braintree’s so-called “vault” technology. If a customer has stored a credit card with Uber, a Braintree merchant, in an app on her phone, she won’t automatically have that card available when she shops on her laptop for dresses at Jane.com and checks out with PayPal. (Nothing’s stopping her from storing the same card in both places, but eliminating that busywork of entering a card over and over again is what Ready’s vision is all about.)PayPal president Dan Schulman, who’s slated to become the company’s CEO when the payments company spins off from eBay Inc. later this year, hinted that more change might be coming in a recent eBay earnings call—specifically touting Ready’s role in combining PayPal’s disparate systems, which include Venmo, a person-to-person payment system which serves as another kind of digital wallet for debit- and credit-card accounts:Bill as you know was the CEO of Braintree, and what we really did by putting that together is … combine the Braintree platform and the PayPal platforms much more closely together so that we are able to being able things like One Touch not just on full-stack integrations and on mobile, but into the PayPal base … And so we are taking the things that we’ve learned through both Venmo and Braintree, putting them together with some of our other acquisitions to provide to our PayPal embedded base, not only the services that you see now, but services that we will introduce even as of this quarter that will take us to a whole different level as a result of that integration together.There are a couple of months left in this quarter. Plenty of time for Ready’s team to lash together more of the company’s systems—all in the name of faster shopping. Tags:#Bill Ready#Braintree#Braintree Payments#Dan Schulman#e-commerce#Mobile Payments#mobile Web#One Touch Payments#PayPal owen thomas Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
HR and security? Don’t be surprised. Although a latecomer to the security party, HR organizations can play an important role in protecting assets and influencing good security behaviors. They are an influential force when managing risks of internal threats and excel at the human aspects which are generally snubbed in the technology heavy world of cybersecurity. At a recent presentation given to the CHO community, I discussed several overlapping areas of responsibilities which highlight the growing importance HR can influence to improve the security posture of an organization.The audience was lively and passionate in their desire to become more involved and apply their unique expertise to the common goal. The biggest questions revolved around how best they could contribute to security. Six areas were discussed. HR leadership can strengthen hiring practices, tighten responses for disgruntled employees, spearhead effective employee security education, advocate regulatory compliance and exemplify good privacy practices, be a good custodian of HR data, and rise to the challenges of hiring good cybersecurity professionals. Wake up security folks, the HR team might just be your next best partner and a welcomed advocate in the evolving world of cybersecurity. Twitter: @Matt_RosenquistOpens in a new windowIT Peer Network: My Previous PostsLinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/matthewrosenquistOpens in a new windowMy Blog: Information Security StrategyOpens in a new window Pivotal Role of HR in CybersecurityOpens in a new window from Matthew RosenquistOpens in a new window
Should scientists remove seismic databases from public view to prevent panic among civilians living in hazardous areas? Last week, the head of the Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), which monitors quakes through 400 stations spread all over Italy, said he is considering the possibility of refraining from publishing seismic data it collects. When questioned about the idea, the institute backtracked. The goal of INGV head Enzo Boschi’s idea, apparently, is to reduce the chance of the public and media overreacting to possible quakes. The proposal comes 3 months after an indictment was issued against seven members of the Italian committee for the evaluation of major risks—among them Boschi—for failing to predict last year’s quake in L’Aquila, central Italy. Last week, Boschi told the press agency ANSA that he is evaluating the possibility of shutting down the online national seismic database. 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Head of the Italian Agency for Civil Protection Guido Bertolaso told the National Geological Society last week in Pisa, Italy: “I see as a negative sign the affirmation of the prophets of doom, instead of those who chose earth science as a reason for living.” Boschi and Bertolaso also highlight that Italian officials need a better way of evaluating seismic hazards, better building regulations, and improved construction practice as an essential part of making earthquakes less dangerous in the future. Brian Baptie, head of seismology at the British Geological Survey, agrees. But he says that withdrawing data would not be the best move for scientific institutions that monitor quakes. “Our data are widely available to the public and the media following any significant seismic event. I believe that prompt and objective information about earthquakes is essential to allay concern, to coordinate an appropriate emergency response, and to plan for future events,” he told ScienceInsider. While Boschi declined to talk to ScienceInsider, INGV’s spokesperson answered that he was essentially joking and that halting the publication of data was not a serious proposal.
Britain’s rise from embarrassing Davis Cup lightweights to title contenders has been nothing short of spectacular and they will begin slight favourites to reach a first final in 37 years against Australia on Friday.A glance at the respective depth of the two sides contesting the semi-final would appear to question that wisdom, but with talisman Andy Murray in their ranks and an expected vociferous crowd in Glasgow, the momentum is with the hosts.While Britain claimed the last of their nine titles in 1936, Belgium have never won the team competition and will also approach their home semi-final against Argentina in Brussels with opportunity knocking loudly on the door.Also read: Yuki Bhambri to start India’s Davis Cup campaign against Czech Australia’s cause has not been helped by volatile talent Nick Kyrgios being left out after a spate of disciplinary problems, yet they still boast a line-up consisting of world number 23 Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis, big-serving Sam Groth and former world number one Lleyton Hewitt who is bidding for a golden finale to a career that will end in January.Britain, though, have Murray — two of them in fact with Andy’s less-celebrated brother Jamie fresh from reaching the U.S. Open doubles final with Australian John Peers.”If we’re being honest, if we’ve got Andy in our team then we’ve got a great chance to beat anyone,” Jamie told the ITF’s website in the build-up to the tie.His younger brother’s contribution to Britain’s cause has been immense, building a 23-2 record in singles rubbers to steer his country out of the Davis Cup wilderness they inhabited in 2010 when they nearly dropped into the bottom division.advertisementIn July he dredged every last drop of energy to win three matches against France in the World Group quarter-finals, clinching the decisive point despite being almost on his knees against Gilles Simon at Queen’s Club.He also won both his singles against the U.S. in round one.But he will need help, from brother Jamie, and either Kyle Edmund or James Ward who are vying for the second singles spot.The 20-year-old Edmund, ranked 100 in the world, suffered an injury scare this week, but is relishing a red-hot debut.”It’ll be a great experience if I get chosen to play, but whoever plays is going to do the best for the team, for the crowd, for the country, it’s the team that matters,” he said.Hewitt, 34, will be a formidable foe, whichever role he plays and his desire will no doubt rub off on his team mates.”We won’t be leaving anything in the locker room, that’s for certain,” he said as 28-times champions Australia seek a first final since 2003.Belgium will rely heavily on mercurial world number 15 David Goffin against an Argentina side featuring Leonardo Mayer as their top singles player in the continued absence of former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.Argentina are trying to shake-off the “nearly man” tag having lost four finals.
By Aditi KhannaLondon, Sep 25 (PTI) A Singaporean member of the dreaded ISIS group has challenged Britains Prince Harry to fight the jihadists and threatened to send him to “hellfire”.The man identifying himself as Abu Uqayl, appeared in a three-and-a-half minute video in which he encourages would-be terrorists to fight for ISIS in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.”To Harry, you come to Singapore and tell such stories to gain sympathy for the London terror attacks. Why dont you come here and fight us if youre man enough, so that we can send you and your Apaches (helicopters) to hellfire,” says Uqayl in the video.The reference is to the fact that the 33-year-old prince flew Apache attack helicopters in Afghanistan when he served as a soldier in the British Army in the past.The fifth in line to the British throne had visited Singapore soon after an ISIS-claimed terror attack in London in June during which three knifemen had used a van to ram pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in restaurants and pubs around Borough Market area of London.In his speech, Harry had made a reference to the attack, which had claimed eight lives and injured 48 others.Singaporean authorities have identified the man in the video as 39-year-old Megat Shahdan bin Abdul Samad, who left the city-state to work in the Middle East in 2014.”Our security agencies have been aware for some time now of the presence in Syria of a Singaporean, Megat Shahdan bin Abdul Samad, 39, and have been monitoring his activities,” the countrys Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement.advertisement”It is believed that the person in the video calling himself Abu Uqayl is Shahdan.”Prince Harry is currently in Toronto, Canada, at the Invictus Games ? a sporting event he founded for injured war veterans. PTI AK AMS AKJ AMS
Ignored for India’s Twenty20 series against Australia, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was on Tuesday named in the 15-member Tamil Nadu Ranji squad along with Test opener Murali Vijay for the season-opener against Andhra Pradesh, starting Friday.The team, to be led by Abhinav Mukund, would miss the services of the experienced batsman-wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik and all-rounder Vijay Shankar.Karthik has been picked for the T20 series against Australia while Shankar features in the Board President’s XI to face New Zealand.The team includes exciting all-rounder Washington Sundar, who has impressed with his recent performances including in the Duleep Trophy final.Baba Indrajith, who scored a double ton on his Duleep Trophy debut, would be Mukund’s deputy.The team also features aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman N Jagadeesan and another gloveman in R Rohith, who shone in the recent Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).In the absence of T Natarajan and Aswin Crist due to fitness issues, the pace attack would be led by K Vignesh, who did well in his debut season with 30-plus wickets as Tamil Nadu made the semifinals.L Vignesh and V Lakshman are the other pacemen named in the squad.With the wicket at the M A Chidambaram Stadium likely to assist the spinners, the selectors have picked three specialists apart from Ashwin and Washington Sundar.”It is a good team. We have a mix of experience and youth. The availability of Ashwin and Vijay is certain to bolster the squad,” Chairman of selectors Sridharan Sharath told PTI.Left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore and Lakshman, who had done well in the local league, have also been picked.advertisement”Not having Vijay Shankar (limited overs captain) is a big miss. But we have Ashwin, Washington Sundar and other all-rounders in the squad,” Sharath said.Squad: Abhinav Mukund (C), Baba Indrajith (VC), M Vijay, M Kaushik Gandhi, N Jagadeesan (WK), Baba Aparajith, MS Washington Sundar, Rahil S Shah, K Vignesh, R Ashwin, L Vignesh, R Sai Kishore, V Lakshman, R Rohith (WK) and Malolan Rangarajan.
“We’ve created a bike that combines the appropriate power with reliable sports touring properties and above all lots of riding fun, so it’s an attractive overall package. It brings together the best of the sports, adventure and touring segments to produce an exciting concept – in a class which has not seen this kind of model from BMW before. The BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento is our interpretation of a modern all-rounder for the new mid-range segment,” says the Head of Design BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich.BMW has introduced a new motorcycle concept, called the 9cento which promises to change the way Sport Adventure motorcycles are designed. The design is somewhat similar to the R 1200 RS, albeit a stripped-down rear frame, and some very sticky tires. Powering the 9cento (pronounced nove-cento) will be an 853cc parallel-twin which can be found in the current day models of the F750 GS and F850 GS. However, the engine will have a different state of tune to produce higher performance numbers.Also read: BMW Motorrad 9cento concept unveiledHere are some images of the nove-cento to feast your eyes on. Bigger pillion seat after attaching panniers with the help of electromagnets.
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Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, at the centre of a controversy for stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be praised for doing the “right things”, on Thursday said he was “relieved” the party accepted his explanation. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Mullapally Ramachandran is also learnt to have instructed party leaders to avoid airing their views in public over the controversy. “Yes, that controversy is over. There is no need for any more discussion (on this),” said Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Tharoor said he was “grateful” for those who supported him and he will not comment further on this episode. “I am relieved that KPCC have accepted my reply & this unfortunate & unnecessary episode is over. I am grateful to all those who have stood by me but will be making no further comment on this matter,” he tweeted. Tharoor had remarked on the performance of the Modi government after his party colleagues Jairam Ramesh and Abhishek Singhvi had expressed similar sentiments. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The three-time MP from Thiruvananthapuram thanked IUML leader and former minister M K Muneer and Muslim Youth League president Sayyid Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal for their support. Muneer said Tharoor was not a Modi loyalist and cannot be pushed towards the “fascist” camp. In a tweet, Munavvar said Tharoor had always taken a strong stand inside and outside Parliament against Modi and his stand had always been “loud and clear. No conspiracies can down him.” The former Union minister had earned the wrath of some of his party colleagues for his alleged “Modi praise” following which KPCC had had sought an explanation from him. KPCC chief Ramachandran had said the Modi government was a failure in all fields. While the country has been going through a crisis, justifying the prime minister was unfortunate, Ramachandran had said, citing the NSSO data on highest unemployment in 45 years. On Wednesday, Tharoor in his explanation emailed to the party said he had never justified Modi but in fact been a “strong critic” of the BJP government. He said he wanted the KPCC leadership to examine his recent parliamentary debates and point out one other leader from the state who had made at least 10 per cent of his efforts to study, research and oppose the Modi government on every bill introduced. The Congress leader said he had intervened more than 50 times in Parliament and had spoken against 17 bills with “courage and conviction”. “Can any of my critics from Kerala say they have done so? Who on earth can credibly accuse me of a ‘volte-face’ from the stand I took when I sat alongside you in the last Lok Sabha?” Chennithala and three MPs – K Muraleedharan, Benny Behannan and T N Pratapan – were among those who had criticised Tharoor.
REGINA – A Paralympian says doing simple things like recovering from a scratch and making a bed have become immensely more difficult since an accident left her a quadriplegic.Miranda Biletski is suing the University of Regina for negligence.Biletski dove into a pool from competition starting blocks at the university during a swim club practice in June 2005. The then-16-year-old hit the bottom and fractured her cervical vertebrae, leaving her a quadriplegic.The Paralympic wheelchair rugby player testified before a jury Tuesday that she got a scratch on her tail bone while transferring out of her wheelchair in July 2015.A couple of days later, the scratch was a festering wound with black skin. The wound grew to “probably about the size of a hockey puck” and the tip of her tail bone could be seen, she said. It’s still healing, she said.Biletski teared up on the stand as she talked about taking classes at Camosun College in Victoria. The college is in the same building as the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, where she trained. Biletski said she thought it would be a good combination of training and attending class.But she ended up having to leave the school on compassionate medical grounds.“The straw that really broke the camel’s back with that one was one of my professor’s made me provide a note saying I missed class to have a bowel movement,” she tearfully testified.Court has heard that Biletski has to put in her own catheter to go to the bathroom several times a day and that a bowel movement now takes her a couple of hours.Biletski — the first woman on Canada’s wheelchair rugby team — can move her arms and shoulders, but has limited use of her hands.She played with the largely male Team Canada rugby squad at world championships in 2010 and 2014, and at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the team placed fourth.“I’m never going to sit here and say I can’t do something. It’s not in my personality,” she said Tuesday. “But at the same time, sure I can say I can make my bed, but it also takes me 45 minutes to put a fitted sheet on.”The university is denying negligence and blames the accident on Biletski and the swim club.In court documents, it says that third parties were responsible for ensuring the contracted pool facilities were safe for club members and for determining whether the water was deep enough for safe entry from the diving blocks.Under cross examination Tuesday, court heard that Biletski started going to swim competitions when she was 10. She was identified early on by coaches as being a strong swimmer.Biletski was asked about her swim training first in the community of Assiniboa, Sask., where her family lived, and in Regina starting in May 2005.“From the outset, you would be instructed and taught how to make your entries from the starting blocks as shallow as you could,” asked the university’s lawyer, Erin Kleisinger.“Yes,” said Biletski.Kleisinger asked if Biletski ever came close to the bottom of a pool when she was learning to dive from starting blocks.“There’s no specific incident I can think of off the top of my head,” she said.Kleisinger also showed court a photo of the University of Regina pool where water depths of four feet and 1.22 metres was laid out in the tiles. Biletski acknowledged that she could see the water depth marked beside the starting blocks.The case is expected to last three weeks.
APTN National NewsIt’s election season for Canada’s First Nations.The race is on for the position of Assembly of First Nations National chief.Current National Chief Shawn Atleo kicked off his campaign in Vancouver flanked by supporters in a show of force.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.
Rabat – A suspect with heavy criminal record for violent crimes and drug trafficking was arrested, Sunday, for assault and battery leading to the death of a police officer, according to Marrakech police prefecture.A statement by the National Police (DGSN) said, on Monday, that the preliminary investigation showed that a police patrol intervened to apprehend the drunk suspect (aged 33) after they were tipped off that a girl was mugged in Jamaa El Fna square by the offender who also assaulted a police officer.The police officer died upon his arrival at the emergency ward and the suspect was remanded in custody to complete the investigation led by the judiciary police, under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office. With MAP
TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday as investors watched for developments in the trade conflict between the U.S. and China, with talks set to continue this week.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 edged 0.4% lower to 21,568.48, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.5% to 6,828.10. South Korea’s Kospi lost 1.6% to 2,032.36, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slipped 1.5% to 27,982.44, and the Shanghai Composite dipped nearly 0.3% to 2,937.20.Hong Kong’s benchmark sagged after another weekend of protests in Hong Kong, where police repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets to drive back demonstrators.The demonstrations began early last month in opposition to an extradition bill that has since been suspended, but the movement has become a broader push for full democracy.Weighing on regional investor sentiments is the dispute between the U.S and China, locked in a trade war over American allegations that Beijing is using predatory practices, including outright cybertheft, to challenge U.S. technological dominance.Negotiators are due to meet in Shanghai beginning Tuesday, resuming talks for the first time since they collapsed in May, but U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other officials have remained low key about prospects for a breakthrough.“The US has kept the expectations muted and the best case scenario is a reset to where talks left off in May,” Alfonso Esparza of Oanda said in a commentary.U.S. stocks were pushed to record highs last week as expectations for an interest rate cut gain ground. A government report on Friday also showed U.S. economic growth slowed in the spring, but was still better than economists expected.The S&P 500 index rose 0.7% to 3,025.86, surpassing the record set on Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial average gained 0.2% to 27,192.45 and the Nasdaq composite also set a record after jumping 1.1%, to 8,330.21.The European Central Bank earlier this week held its key interest rate steady, but made it clear that more stimulus is on the way. The Bank of Japan began a two-day policy board meeting Monday but is expected to keep rates unchanged.In the United States, investors are all but certain the Fed will cut its benchmark short-term rate on Wednesday, likely by a quarter of a percentage point from its current range of 2.25% to 2.50%.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. oil fell 14 cents to $56.06 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 18 cents to $56.20 a barrel on Friday. Brent crude, the international standard, dipped 24 cents to $63.13 a barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 108.59 Japanese yen from 108.68 yen on Friday. The euro slipped to $1.1126 from $1.1129.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has decided to launch a competitive tender to sell a 23 percent stake in the country’s second-largest water utility EYATH, the finance ministry announced last week.The government owns 74 percent of EYATH, the water supply company in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.Greece has said it is looking for a strategic investor in EYATH as part of plans to raise 1 billion euros from state asset sales this year to reduce public debt. The ministry said it will not reduce its holding in the company below 51 percent. EYATH is also 5 percent-owned by France’s Suez Environnement. Greece will continue to control the price at which EYATH sells water and will also retain control over the company’s water and sewerage grid, the statement said.The sale will not affect workers, the statement added.
Obésité : moins d’ados en surpoids en FranceFrance – Le nombre d’ados obèses ou en surpoids en France aurait baissé de 2% depuis 2000, passant de 18 à 16% selon les déclarations qu’a émises hier la ministre de la Santé et des Sports, Roselyne Bachelot. C’est lors de la séance de questions orales à l’Assemblée nationale que Roselyne Bachelot a provoqué la surprise : le nombre d’adolescents obèses ou en surpoids serait en déclin depuis 2000. Selon elle, “la France est le seul pays développé où la courbe s’est inversée”.Les Français semblent prendre conscience des bienfaits de la pratique d’une activité physique quotidienne : actuellement, les deux-tiers d’entre eux pratiquent la marche rapide ou la montée d’escaliers au moins trente minutes par jour. Ils ont également augmenté leur consommation de fruits et légumes. En 2005, 10% d’entre eux consommaient au moins cinq fruits et légumes par jour, contre 12% en 2008. En 2006, plus de 40% de la population française mangeait 400 grammes de fruits et légumes (cinq portions de 80 grammes) quotidiennement. Aujourd’hui doit être publié le bilan du deuxième Programme national nutrition santé (PNNS), qui couvre la période 2006-2010. Le 6 mai 2010 à 10:31 • Emmanuel Perrin
Mediator : les autorités sanitaires attaquées pour défaut de vigilancePour la première fois dans l’affaire du Mediator, la faute n’est pas imputée seulement aux laboratoires Servier, mais également aux autorités sanitaires françaises qui pourraient être jugées pour “défaut majeur de vigilance”.Charles Joseph-Oudin est l’avocat des victimes du Mediator. Pour le professionnel, le laboratoire Servier est le principal responsable dans cette affaire, alors qu’il a continué à commercialiser le produit malgré sa nocivité. Mais dans une stratégie nouvelle, l’avocat implique également les autorités sanitaires après qu’un “défaut majeur de vigilance” de ces autorités a été mis en avant, explique Le Figaro. Ainsi, l’avocat et ses victimes dénoncent les “carences conjointes de l’Afssaps (Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de santé), de la Haute Autorité de santé et du ministre de la Santé qui n’ont pas retiré, dès les premières alertes, un produit dangereux”. Une accusation qui serait caractéristique d'”un dysfonctionnement manifeste dans l’exercice du pouvoir sanitaire relevant du directeur de l’Afssaps” expliquent les victimes du Mediator.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Cette procédure a été lancée à l’origine par la famille de Pascale Saroléa, décédée en mars 2004 à l’âge de 51 ans d’un œdème aigu au poumon. Elle avait également développé une double valvulopathie qui pourrait avoir été provoquée par la prise de Mediator. La famille de la victime a fait savoir qu’elle avait formulé une demande “d’indemnisation préalable” directement auprès de Xavier Bertrand, le ministre de la Santé actuel. Si ce dernier ne répond pas à cette demande, la famille se réserve alors le droit d’intenter en justice une action qui déterminera la responsabilité des autorités publiques dans cette affaire. A noter que si un médicament ne peut entrer sur le marché sans l’accord préalable des autorités sanitaires qui doivent alors évaluer le produit régulièrement, le Mediator n’a pas été retiré du marché malgré les alertes données dès 1990. Il aurait causé en France entre 500 et 2.000 décès, selon les estimations.Le 28 mars 2011 à 14:47 • Emmanuel Perrin
NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 7, 2017 – 3:58 pm Grace VanderWaal On Singing With Her Hero Twitter News In just the last 12 months, VanderWaal has won awards, she’s been featured in ranked lists of the hottest rising talent in music, she’s performed at the Special Olympics, she was called one of the “biggest breakout acts” at Austin City Limits 2017, she sold out her debut headlining tour, and she released her debut studio LP Just The Beginning. In short, it’s been a pretty busy year for the 14 year-old singer/songwriter.Amid such a torrent of activity, Ii’s all the more impressive that VanderWaal has also made a commitment to leverage her platform as a rising star to take action to give back to the community through working to help promote music education and music programs in schools.Utilizing a portion of her winnings from the “AGT” competition, VanderWaal was able to partner with school officials and politicians to bring funding for arts programs back to a public school in her district where those programs had been cut. Along with donations of instruments and microphones from companies like Fender and Shure, VanderWaal put together a show choir at the school called “the Little Miracles” and performed with them in the school’s auditorium. The initiative was documented by Uproxx and Honda as part of Honda’s “Backstage” documentary series on rising stars.VanderWaal’s upcoming tour appearances with Imagine Dragons will kick off on April 21 at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.N, and run through Aug. 10, wrapping up at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa, Fla. Presale tickets for most dates went on sale on March 2. Tickets and full show date listings can be found on VanderWaal’s official website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook Email Grace VanderWaal To Open For Imagine Dragons On New Arena Tour The rising star and “America’s Got Talent” winner will join the GRAMMY-winning rock band on 40 dates of their upcoming arena tourBrian HaackGRAMMYs Mar 5, 2018 – 5:16 pm In the 18 months since winning the 11th season of “America’s Got Talent,” Grace VanderWaal has indisputably proven that singing and playing her way into the hearts of millions of viewers en route to taking home the grand prize on NBC’s flagship talent competition truly was just the beginning. Grace VanderWaal Set For Tour With Imagine Dragons grace-vanderwaal-open-imagine-dragons-new-arena-tour https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfd5t4YA8L6/?hl=en&taken-by=gracevanderwaal And the hits just keep coming. To wit, VanderWaal has some exciting news to share with her growing community of fans. A community which now counts some 2.5 million Instagram followers amongst its ranks, by the way. Starting this April, the young phenom will be joining GRAMMY-winning rock band Imagine Dragons as their opening act on 40 (!) show dates on the North American leg of their upcoming Evolve World Tour.
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This woman has a genius way of staying cool on London Tube Share Tags: London Tube Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, July 11, 2019 LONDON — What do you do when you can’t beat the heat? Bring the cool air with you, wherever you go.This is exactly what one London commuter did to stay cool while on the Tube. Caught on video by a fellow commuter, the unidentified woman was spotted on the Central Line carting around a fan.No, not one of those handheld miniature fans. A full-sized, plug-into-the-socket, standing fan.The eyewitness who shot the video told Metro.co.uk that despite having no electrical socket to plug the fan in, the woman made it work by strategically placing it next to an open window.“I was like, ‘how’s the fan going to work inside the train?’ But the window was open and the wind was making the fan work,” he said.This woman is clearly living in 2039 while the rest of us are sweating our butts off!The Central Line, one of London’s oldest lines that dates back to the year 1900, runs at least 20 metres underground. With no air conditioning and lack of ventilation, this deep-level train often makes for a stifling commute, especially when temps in London often peak at 40C.More news: Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyLondoners will have to wait until 2030 for air conditioned trains on the Central Line, says Transport for London. In the meantime, they can find temporary relief from the heat on 192 other air-conditioned tube trains as well as industrial-sized fans and chiller units on older parts of the Tube network. Or, they can just follow one’s lead and bring their own fan along for the ride.
Related posts:Costa Rican police detain undocumented Eritrean, Somali migrants Syrian woman detained with false passport seeks refugee status in Costa Rica Central American child migrant crisis ‘one of the greatest tragedies,’ says Costa Rica’s Solís Migration is one of the most challenging issues of the 21st century, says UN official Roughly a month after Immigration Police broke up a human smuggling network ferrying Cubans to the United States, Costa Rica authorities have taken down another operation, this time one that smuggled people to Europe.On Tuesday Immigration Police, with assistance from San José Municipal Police, arrested a 44-year-old Dominican man who is allegedly the ringleader of an organization that smuggled Dominicans migrants into Spain and France through Costa Rica with false Panamanian passports, according to a statement from the Immigration Administration. Authorities had been looking for Tejada since 2012 on human smuggling charges.Tejada — who used an alias with the last names “Gómez Gómez” on a Costa Rican ID card that said he was 45 years old — allegedly arranged for Dominican migrants to legally travel to Panama. From there, the migrants illegally crossed into Costa Rica and traveled to San José. Once in San José, Tejada allegedly supplied the Dominican migrants with fake Panamanian passports and ID cards that they used to fly to Colombia en route to France or Spain.Tejada was ordered to four months of preventive detention at the San Sebastián jail in San José.Immigration Administration spokeswoman Seidy Muñoz clarified that at this point in the investigation, the migrants who used Tejada’s alleged network appeared to participate voluntarily and were not being trafficked for sex or other illicit activities.So far in 2015, the Immigration Administration’s investigative unit has dismantled 20 human smuggling networks, including one on Nov. 10 that was responsible for smuggling thousands of Cuban migrants into Costa Rica on their way to the U.S. Facebook Comments