Report Shows Education Investment Above Canadian Average

first_imgNova Scotia invests more of its resources in education than most other provinces, says a national report released today, Sept. 11. “We are using our resources wisely in ways that help our students succeed, such as investing in daily help for students who are having difficulty learning to read,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “More importantly, it is not how much we spend but how we are spending it. Our Kids and Learning First plan outlines ways we are doing things differently to help our students achieve better results.” The national report compares provinces in several areas, including how much of their total resources are invested in education. It shows Nova Scotian students between 7 and 14 have fewer mandatory hours in the classroom than students in most other provinces. Under the Kids and Learning First plan, parents, school boards and others will be consulted on whether students have the time they need to improve achievement. The report also shows the number of Nova Scotia students who graduate high school is above the national average. An objective of the Kids and Learning First plan is to keep students interested and motivated to stay in school, graduate, get good jobs and become good citizens. Programs such as the Discovering Opportunities program, co-operative education and personal development credit are designed to do that. “This report reminds us that there are some things we are doing well, and some things we must do differently to help our students do better,” said Ms. Jennex. “I look forward to working with families, students, teachers and school boards as we make improvements to help every student succeed.” Nova Scotia spends more than $1 billion a year on public education. There are about 123,485 students in the province’s school system. The national report, produced by Statistics Canada and the Council for Ministers in Education, Canada, was released with an annual international report that confirms Canada remains a world leader in education. Both reports can be found at . More information on Kids and Learning First can be found at .last_img read more

Ontario college strike cancels classes for about half a million students

first_imgTORONTO – Classes were cancelled for about half a million students in Ontario on Monday as faculty at the province’s colleges went on strike.The labour dispute involving more than 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians began late Sunday, after the two sides couldn’t resolve their differences by a deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday. Both sides say there are no talks scheduled to end the dispute that involves Ontario’s 24 colleges. Daytime classes at all colleges across the province were cancelled but many night classes continued.The Ontario Public Services Employees Union says it is up to the College Employer Council, which bargains for the colleges, to restart talks. The union presented a proposal Saturday night that called for the number of full-time faculty to match the number of faculty members on contract but the colleges say it would add more than $250 million in costs each year. OPSEU bargaining team chair JP Hornick says the union remains ready to get back to negotiations.“If the colleges approach the mediator, or us, and say they’re finally willing to start talking then we would be at that table in a heartbeat,” she said.Hornick said the academic freedom and fairness for contract faculty remain the two biggest issues at the bargaining table. The union wants an even split between full time and contract faculty positions, adding that with a $1.2 billion funding surplus over the past decade it’s not unaffordable for the province’s colleges.“The colleges are framing this as too costly,” she said. “The proposals that we have put on are actually reasonable and in keeping with what’s happening in post-secondary.”Don Sinclair, CEO of the College Employer Council, said the colleges have put a four-year-agreement that offers a 7.75 per cent pay increase on the table which it would like faculty to vote on.“We have an offer that has no take aways and does ensure a reasonable increase to the faculty and partial load,” he said. “So, I’m a little bit miffed, for lack of a better word.”Sinclair said he understands students will be frustrated by the strike, but urged them to be patient when crossing the picket lines.“We will get through this,” he said. “It could be a bit protracted, but I understand their concerns.”Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews said she hopes the dispute is settled soon.“I think we have to let the collective bargaining process work and give it the space to do that,” she said. “But it’s very important for students that they do get back to the table and find a resolution and get students back in the classroom.”More than 45,000 people have signed a petition calling for a tuition reimbursement for each day lost to a strike. Matthews would not comment on that idea or the possibility of eventual back-to-work legislation, saying she wouldn’t discuss hypotheticals.George Brown College student Hadi Syed said the picket lines took him by surprise when he arrived at the school on Monday morning. He was aware of the ongoing talks between the colleges and union but didn’t realize they had soured.“I’m really surprised it’s come to this,” he said.Syed, who has come to Ontario from Dubai to take a one-year sports and event management program, said he’s concerned that any change to his schedule could put a co-op placement set for next semester in jeopardy.“It’s going to be very challenging,” he said. “It has to be squeezed into this semester. It can’t carry forward to the next semester as maybe some other, longer programs would have. It is quite concerning.”Laura Hagarty, a third year landscape design student at Fanshawe College in London, Ont., said a two-month trip to Italy and Spain she and 18 fellow students were scheduled to take starting next week has been cancelled because of the strike. Beyond that disappointment, the labour action throws the whole semester into question, she said.“With this strike it is almost certain we could lose out on our semester, which in turn results in a loss of graduating in April 2018,” she said. “The (potential) loss of this semester means our graduation is pushed back, our careers are pushed back, and our lives are put on hold.”last_img read more

Much still to do to protect children from armed conflict warns UNICEF

5 February 2007More must be done to protect the 250,000 or so children caught up in conflict worldwide, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today at the start of a conference in France aimed at stamping out the practice of child recruitment and other violations of children’s rights in times of fighting. More must be done to protect the 250,000 or so children caught up in conflict worldwide, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today at the start of a conference in France aimed at stamping out the practice of child recruitment and other violations of children’s rights in times of fighting.Participants at the Paris conference, which is being hosted by UNICEF and France, are from countries directly affected by children in armed conflict as well as from donor States, the agency said in a press release. They will discuss a new set of commitments and principles to end recruitment of children and to demobilize and reintegrate those who have been involved with armed groups and forces.“An estimated 250,000 children are involved in conflicts around the world. They are used as combatants, messengers, spies, porters, cooks, and girls in particular are forced to perform sexual services, depriving them of their rights and their childhood,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman.“We have a shared commitment to help children caught in the wars of adults and to protect, release and reintegrate child soldiers. We have made strides in bringing children from battlefields back to their communities and classrooms, but much remains to be done.”Several UN resolutions and international legal standards have been agreed to over the last decade to address this issue, but many gaps remain. The Free Children from War conference will help identify opportunities to better support children affected by armed conflict. Last week, after completing a week-long visit to Sudan, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah urged all parties in the Sudanese conflict to commit to ending child recruitment and immediately release any children associated with their forces. read more

Georgia Security Council extends mandate of UN force urges sides to talk

That decision came through the unanimous adoption of a resolution which termed the document, titled “Basic Principles for the Distribution of Competences between Tbilisi and Sukhumi,” along with its letter of transmittal, “positive elements for launching the peace process between the sides.” The parties, particularly the Abkhaz side, were strongly urged to give “full and open consideration” to the document and letter, and to engage in constructive negotiations on their substance without delay. Those texts aim to facilitate UN-led negotiations between the parties on the status of Abkhazia within the State of Georgia, and not “to impose or dictate any specific solution to the parties.” Recalling that the process of negotiation leading to a lasting political settlement would require concessions from both sides, the Council called on the parties to “spare no efforts to overcome their ongoing mutual mistrust.” The Council also called for the “full and expeditious” implementation of a protocol signed by the two sides on 17 January regarding the situation in the Kodori Valley. This call was directed in particular at the Georgian side, while the Council also specifically urged the Abkhaz side to honour its undertaking not to take advantage of the withdrawal of Georgian troops. Recognizing the legitimate security concerns of the civilian population, the Council called on the political leaders in Tbilisi and Sukhumi to observe security agreements, and to dissociate themselves from militant rhetoric and demonstrations of support for military options or illegal armed groups.In addition, the Council called on the parties to bring to justice those responsible for the shooting down of a UNOMIG helicopter last year. It also expressed concern at the “disturbing tendency” by the parties to restrict the freedom of movement of UNOMIG. The Georgian side in particular was reminded to uphold its commitment to put an end to the activities of illegal armed groups crossing into Abkhazia, Georgia, from the Georgian-controlled side of the ceasefire line. Describing the continuing existence of refugees and internally displaced persons as a source of “deep dismay,” the Council reaffirmed the unacceptability of the demographic changes resulting from the conflict, and reconfirmed the inalienable right of all to return to their homes in secure and dignified conditions. read more

US home prices rise 12 4 per cent in August from year

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2013 8:02 am MDT US home prices rise 12. 4 per cent in August from year earlier, but monthly gain slows AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices climbed 12.4 per cent in August from a year ago, fueled by more buyers bidding on a limited supply of houses.Real estate provider CoreLogic says prices also increased 0.9 per cent in August from July. But the gain was half the 1.8 per cent increase in July from June. The group said higher mortgage rates and the end of the summer buying season likely slowed the gains.Prices rose in every state compared with the previous year, and in 99 of the 100 largest cities. Akron, Ohio was the only area to report a decline.Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since May. Some analysts worry that higher rates could slow home sales. read more

May UK automotive production

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Internet disruptions happening Saturday March 12

A planned Internet outage will happen at Brock University on Saturday, March 12 when Information Technology Services perform system maintenance.The work will happen from 7 a.m. to noon with two five-minute disruptions anticipated to the following services:The Brock University WebsiteBrock Card payment systemHuman Resources systems including the timeclocks systemModem PoolLifesize video conferencingFacilities Management Facility Focus systemPrinting from the Scheduling or Finance system (LION)A temporary maintenance website will be put in place for anyone trying to reach the main website. read more

Lover forced to flee naked across garden after army veteran returns home

first_imgDanielle Woods is now back together with her husband, the court heardCredit:Manchester Evening News A jealous husband beat up a love rival who he found naked in bed with his wife.Army veteran Daniel Woods, 30, saw red when he spotted Innes McDonald’s car parked on the driveway of his estranged wife’s home in Stretford, Greater Manchester.He had returned early from a trip with the couple’s young children and immediately sent a Facebook post to his wife Danielle’s new partner which said “dead man” and knocked on the front door.Mrs Woods, who recognised the message was from her husband, went downstairs to answer the door and ask why he had brought their children home early. Danielle Woods is now back together with her husband, the court heard 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. The whole incident has left me shocked to the point I jump if a door suddenly bangs. I feel nervous about returning to Danni’s house. This has had an affect on our relationship. It was humiliatingInnes McDonald Her husband demanded to know why the car was on the driveway but Mrs Woods replied: “It doesn’t matter. Why are you here?”Woods then ran down the side of the house and into the property through a back door, ran upstairs and threw open the bedroom door to find Mr McDonald naked in bed, prosecutor Tess Kenyon told Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court.He jumped onto the bed while Mr McInnes curled up in a ball to protect himself.Woods pinned the his victim down using his knees and launched into a savage beating.”I was terrified. I didn’t know what to do,” Mr McDonald later told police. Shouting furiously, Woods repeatedly rained punches down onto Mr McDonald, who says he begged him to get off.”I was unable to defend myself,” he added.Woods took his victim’s mobile phone and smashed him over the head with it, sending blood trickling onto his face.Then Woods told Mr McDonald to get out and f–k off. As Mr McDonald walked to the top of the stairs, he said he felt a hand on his back and he slipped and fell to the bottom of the stairs, the court heard.His attacker refused to allow him to dress and threw him out of the house naked.Still naked, he walked through the garden and up the drive. He was turned away from one nearby house, before managing to take refuge in another neighbour’s house where he said he felt emotionally drained.Later he was hoisted into an ambulance on a spinal board and taken to hospital for treatment to cuts, grazes and a deep cut to the left side of his head.”The whole incident has left me shocked to the point I jump if a door suddenly bangs. I feel nervous about returning to Danni’s house. This has had an affect on our relationship. It was humiliating,” said Mr McDonald.He said he had only been to the house a few times before the attack and had visited Mrs Woods the night before as they knew the children were with their father.Jon Mail, defending, said his client accepted the prosecution’s case.”Woods, although separated from his wife, had still maintained contact with her,” he said.”He found the complainant naked in bed with his wife and he acted in this manner. It was totally unacceptable but he responded unfortunately with anger in the manner you have heard. He saw red, said Mr Mail.”In a surprising twist, Mr Mail said his client had reconciled with his wife – who was watching from the public gallery.”He is back in the matrimonial home and they are working on their relationship,” he said.He said his client had served in Afghanistan in the army.Woods, of Stretford, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.District Judge Khalid Qureshi handed Woods a 20-week suspended prison sentence.Woods was also handed 200 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay £300 compensation to his victim as well as prosecution costs of £85 and a £115 victim surcharge.last_img read more

Mens Youth WCh Argentina 2011 12 finals Scandinavians against Mediterraneans

The semi-final fixtures of the IV Handball Men’s Youth WCh are determined. Sweden, Denmark, France and Spain had already been the semi-finalists of the Men’s World Championship.France – DenmarkWhile the French were long down against title holder Croatia and succeeded only in the extra time period, the Danes had an easy job against Switzerland in the quarter-final. The Scandinavian 37:20 victory over the Swiss was the clearest quarter-final result of all. The way on how to succeed against Denmark was demonstrated by Korea, who achieved a draw, and Germany, who clearly defeated the team of coach Claus Hansen. Nevertheless, the French are beatable, too. In their first match of the tournament against Brazil, the young talents from France (World and European Champion) had to fight very long; in their last preliminary round match, Egypt put up strong resistance until the final whistle, and also the victory over Croatia, in consideration of the course of the game, may be indeed referred to as “lucky”. In short: The Men’s Youth World Champion of 2007 (Denmark) will meet the bronze medallist of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.Sweden – SpainIf the probability applies that a recurring event occurs again, the Spaniards will be a length ahead, as Sweden finished third at the world title contests in 2007 as well as in 2009, and thus failed in the semi-final twice. However, the Scandinavians will certainly do everything to finally reach a WCh final on the third attempt. In the previous matches of this WCh, the North Europeans haven’t showed consistent performances. A weak start into the tournament – a poor draw against Bahrain – was followed by a convincing victory over Croatia. In the last preliminary round match against Slovenia, they had already fallen behind, but thanks to their fighting power they finally still achieved a draw. Against Egypt the Swedes mainly convinced the spectators by a concentrated performance in defence, a good goalkeeper and powerful and dynamic attacks.Spain however confidently defeated Germany in the quarter-final, who had been regarded as favourite for the WCh title by many experts. In the round of the best eight, the Iberians showed their so far best performance of the tournament. Their recipe for success against the Germans included flexibility in attack and concentration in defence. If the Spaniards succeed in repeating this performance against Sweden, they are likely to reach the final. IHF handballY read more

Nearly 100 people missing eight dead after latest migrant boat tragedy off

first_img Migrants being rescued from a rubber boat off the Libyan coast on Friday, 13 January Source: Sima DiabNEARLY 100 PEOPLE are missing after their boat capsized and sank off the Libyan coast in the latest tragedy relating to Europe’s migrant crisis.Eight people have been confirmed to have died in the incident yesterday.“The bodies of eight people have been recovered. Four people have been saved, and they say 107 migrants were onboard the boat in all,” the Italian coast guard said.Search operations were continuing after nightfall in poor weather and sea conditions, a spokesperson added.A French warship, patrolling under the EU’s Frontex border operation, picked up the survivors and two merchant ships were heading for the area, located about 50 kilometres north of the Libyan coast.A Frontex plane and an Italian naval helicopter also joined the operation.On Friday, around 550 migrants were picked up from four inflatable dinghies by Italian coastguard vessels, an an Italian naval ship, an NGO boat and a merchant vessel.In recent years Italy has been on the front line of migrants arriving across the Mediterranean and has been pushing for agreements with governments in North Africa to facilitate returns.People-smugglers have exploited the chaos in Libya since the 2011 uprising that overthrew dictator Moamer Kadhafi to traffic migrants in boats to Italy 300 km away.According to the Italian interior ministry, over 180,000 migrants landed in Italy last year, an annual record.The UN has said more than 5,000 people died in 2016 trying to cross the Mediterranean, most of them on the Libya-Italy route.In another incident, the bodies of six migrants were found washed up on beaches near Algeciras, the port on the southern tip of Spain near Gibraltar, the Spanish sea rescue service said on Saturday.The six were all men, apparently from sub-Saharan Africa.© – AFP, 2017Read: After months of non-answers, it’s looking like we really are heading for a ‘hard’ BrexitRead: ‘Listening to Trump voters, I am surprised, disappointed, bewildered, fascinated and enlightened’ Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 9:27 AM Jan 15th 2017, 9:27 AM 10,770 Views By AFP Share Tweet Email Short URL Nearly 100 people missing, eight dead, after latest migrant boat tragedy off Libyan coast More than 5,000 people died in the Mediterranean last year, the majority of them on the Libya-Italy migrant route. 97 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Council orders removal of second Subset mural in Dublin

first_img Image: Subset/Twitter via Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 85 Comments Share136 Tweet Email3 Sep 2nd 2019, 10:44 PM DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has ordered that a mural of David Attenborough on the side of a property in south Dublin should be removed.The mural, based on Longwood Avenue in Portobello, was painted by the artist collective SUBSET earlier this year and unveiled on the BBC documentary maker and climate activist’s 93rd birthday.In a letter issued by Dublin City Council’s planning enforcement office in May and seen by, the mural is described as an “unauthorised development”.The letter states that the mural was, at the time, under investigation by the council, who alleged that it was painted without planning permission and may be subject to an enforcement order under the Planning and Development Acts.It is understood that the owner of the property where the mural is located has no objection to it being there.A spokesperson for Dublin City Council confirmed that an enforcement notice has since been issued by the local authority seeking the removal of the mural.In a statement, a spokeswoman said the council was seeking “the permanent removal of the unauthorised painted mural” where the piece is based, and that no further murals or art should be painted on the wall.Green Party councillor Claire Byrne, who represents the area where the mural is located and sits on the council’s Arts, Culture and Recreation committee, described the local authority’s decision as “a shame”.“There’s been some mixed reaction to the mural locally, but it’s not advertising anything,” she said.“We have a real graffiti problem in the area, and I think the mural has actually helped with that, particularly on the wall of the house where it’s based.” Although the council did not provide a reason for seeking the removal of the mural when asked, the property it is painted on has an address on the South Circular Road and is a protected structure.The mural is the second piece by SUBSET to have fallen foul of the council’s planning department in recent weeks.Last month, a case involving the group’s ‘Horseboy’ mural in Smithfield was referred to An Bord Pleanála after the council ruled that it needed planning permission to remain on a property on Church Street.More than 5,000 people have since signed a petition calling for that mural to be saved.Other artworks by SUBSET have previously been the subject of enforcement orders by Dublin City Council, notably the Stormzy mural in late 2017.On that occasion, the group launched a visual protest and criticised the council for their decision at the time.They claimed that the move contradicted the local authority’s cultural strategy, in particular its aim to support opportunities for citizens to engage in inclusive and diverse cultural experiences. By Stephen McDermott Image: Subset/Twitter via Twitter Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 6:15 AM Short URL Council orders removal of second Subset mural in Dublin A mural of David Attenborough is the second mural by the artist collective to have fallen foul of the council in recent weeks. 48,084 Views last_img read more

Food expo promotes Greek and Cypriot products

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thirty-five companies from Greece and Cyprus will visit Melbourne next month to take part in Fine Food Australia, Australia’s largest international food and hospitality event. The trade-only expo runs from 10-13 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and will feature over 1000 businesses, all vying for the attention of more than 24,000 buyers from restaurants, catering companies and every kind of business involved in food service and retail. Greek companies taking part include global dairy exporter FAGE who will be promoting its Total brand yoghurt products in Australia for the first time. Also represented will be Jivaeri ouzo produced at the oldest ouzo distillery in the world operated by Katsaros Nikolaos & Co. Other manufacturers inviting Australia to go Greek include Cretan dairy manufacturer Kalogerakis, organic olive and pickled products producer Banis Tradition, and Halkidiki-based DEAS olives and peppers. With 21 producers taking part, Cyprus will be well-represented and be offering a wide range of products – from specialised vinegars (Artemis), premium wines from Paphos and Limassol (Loel Manufacturers) to traditional grape and dairy products from Paphos-based Katsoura. Meanwhile, companies offering the staple Hellenic products to a saturated market face tougher competition than ever, according to industry analysts. Peter Oikonomou, manager at Delta Sales, one of Australia’s leading importers, told Neos Kosmos: “We’re always on the look-out for new exporters, but often they’re offering the same things – cheese, olives, oil, or baked items like rusks. Everyone says they have the best feta but it’s very difficult to break into the market with these kind of products. “With the huge international economic turmoil, customers are more conscious of price than ever. “What many companies don’t understand is that they have to offer extremely cheap prices, and they must invest in promoting and advertising their products here. If not, it can be a waste of time.” Delta Sales’ manager says that innovation, as always, is key to success. “Producers need to bring something new and exciting to attract the market.” Meanwhile Black Swan, the leading Greek Australian-owned business best known for its dips, will be using the expo to launch new lines and showcase seven new products. Mia Saris, PR manager for Black Swan, told Neos Kosmos that the expo presented a vital platform for producers wanting to expand into the Australian retail market, but also companies pushing into the tight-knit food service market. “Fine Foods Australia is the ball game: that’s why we have an $18,000 stand. It’s important that we’re there with presence.” “We’re big in retail with national distribution into stores like Coles, Woolworths and IGA, but we’re still looking to expand in the food service market, the catering industry – where product is bought in bulk.” One of the new products to be showcased by Black Swan at the expo is a hybrid of its leading brand hommus. “We’re always looking at what’s trending at restaurants and on TV shows like MasterChef,” says Saris. “The Chermoula middle eastern spice blend is something that’s come from that research. It’s very on-trend at the moment.” Developed over 12 months, Black Swan’s Chermoula Hommus, along with new lines of caramelised onion rings, baked cannellini beans and its own brand mayonnaise, will all get their premier at the expo. If picked up by the buyers, the products will be available in October. The following companies from Cyprus and Greece will be attending Fine Food Australia: From Cyprus – Amalia Coffee Grinding, Artemis Vinegar, Avgoustinos Food Industry, E.Neophytou Trading, K.Mavroudes and Sons, Kean Soft Drinks, KEO, Loel Manufacturers, M. Patis Bakeries, M.Loizou Dairies, Niki Agathokleous Ltd, Olympus Wineries, Papouis Dairies, Pavlos Cakes Industry Ltd, Petrou Bros Dairy Products, Pittas Dairies, SA Bioplants, Stavros Parpis Foodstuffs, The Three Bakers, Katsouras Traditional Products, Vivartia. From Greece – Aegean Valleys, Crystal Coolers and Freezers, DEAS, Delcof, Hellenic Canned Fruit, Dem. Th. Bertzeletos and Bros, Dionyssos SA, Domaine Costa Lazaridi, FAGE, HEPO, I.M. Strofilia, Intercomm Foods, Kalogeraki Bros, Katsaros Nikolaos and Co, PAMI, Papayannis Bros, Siouras, Stavros Karoussos.last_img read more

Panagias celebrated

first_imgIn celebration of Panagia’s, Philhellene restaurant is putting on an event to pay homage to the Greek Orthodox community’s biggest religious dates. Not only will they be having lamb on the spit, served in a traditional fashion, but they will also have live folk musicians entertaining the crowd on the night. Performers on the night will include Paddy Montgomery, Dee Hannan (from Xylouris Ensemble) and Antonis Xylouris (George’s son). When: Thursday 15 August, 7:00 pm onwards Where: Philhellene Provincial Greek Cuisine, 551-553 Mt Alexander Rd Moonee Ponds VIC 3039 Contact: Bookings essential (03) 9370 3303 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Etude WWF lHomme consomme 15 planète

first_imgEtude WWF : l’Homme consomme 1,5 planèteMonde – Le WWF édite un rapport selon lequel l’humanité utilise désormais une planète et demie pour subvenir à ses besoins. Autrement dit, l’Homme utilise une fois et demie plus de ressources que ce que la planète Terre est en mesure de lui fournir.Le rapport Planète Vivante 2010 de l’organisme WWF indique que “l’homme a utilisé l’équivalent d’une planète et demie en 2007 pour répondre aux besoins de ses activités”. Le texte précise en outre que l’empreinte écologique de l’humanité, c’est-à-dire la surface de terre et le volume d’eau requis pour produire les ressources renouvelables utilisées par la population sur une année, a doublé depuis 1966. Au train où vont les choses, l’organisation informe que l’humanité aura besoin de deux planètes en 2030 si rien ne change. Car il ressort également de ce rapport que la Terre met un an et demi pour produire les ressources que l’humanité utilise en un an.L’ONG précise le rôle fondamental des pays riches dans cette empreinte écologique : 37% de celle-ci émanent des 31 pays membres de l’OCDE. Les Émirats arabes unis, le Qatar, le Danemark, la Belgique, les États-Unis, l’Estonie, le Canada, l’Australie, le Koweït et l’Irlande sont les pays à la plus forte empreinte écologique, ajoute WWF.”Si chaque habitant de la planète vivait comme un habitant moyen des Etats-Unis ou des Emirats arabes unis, il faudrait une biocapacité équivalente à plus de 4,5 planètes pour répondre à la consommation de l’humanité et absorber les émissions de CO2″, souligne le texte. La Belgique a même une empreinte de 4,4 planètes et la Suisse de 2,8. La tête de ce classement peu glorieux est occupée par les Emirats Arabes Unis, avec une empreinte de 5,9 planètes. L’Afghanistan et Haïti n’ont qu’une empreinte de 0,4. “Si tout le monde vivait comme le citoyen indien moyen, l’humanité n’utiliserait même pas la moitié de la biocapacité de la planète”.À lire aussiPourquoi les hommes ont-ils une érection le matin ?De plus, le rapport du WWF indique que les ressources en eau de 71 pays sont “en situation de stress” avec un degré allant de “modéré à sévère” dans deux-tiers de ces pays. “Les implications sont claires. Les pays riches doivent trouver des manières de vivre sur Terre beaucoup plus légères, c’est-à-dire réduire fortement leur empreinte écologique”, commente James P. Leape, directeur général de WWF International.Côté biodiversité, le constat n’est pas moins dramatique. Depuis 1970, les populations animales étudiées ont diminué de 30%. Le rapport de l’année 2010, publié mercredi, montre que dans les tropiques, ce recul atteint 60%.Le 14 octobre 2010 à 12:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Intel assure certains processeurs contre loverclocking

first_imgIntel assure certains processeurs contre l’overclockingLes processeurs Intel peuvent désormais être garantis malgré un overclocking. Les utilisateurs devront cependant payer un montant forfaitaire.Les acheteurs de processeurs Intel peuvent désormais souscrire à une assurance sur l’overclocking. Cette initiative se nomme “Plan de protection Performance / Tuning”. Cette possibilité s’offre aux utilisateurs de microprocesseurs appartenant aux gammes K et X, ainsi que ceux qui sont compatibles avec le socket LGA2011. Ils pourront recevoir un nouveau processeur à la suite de pannes liées à un survoltage ou à un overclocking, après s’être acquittés d’un tarif forfaitaire.Intel a expliqué : “la communauté des passionnés est un segment de marché essentiel pour Intel et nous cherchons toujours plus d’opportunités pour la servir.” Les clients n’auront droit qu’à un seul remplacement de processeur et les tarifs varient entre 20 et 35 dollars. Ce plan ne remplace cependant pas la garantie de base de 3 ans. Il s’agit d’une expérience pilote de 6 mois comme l’explique le fabricant de microprocesseurs qui “va évaluer le Plan tout au long des six mois et décidera ou non de poursuivre l’expérience, passé la phase pilote”. Le 20 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Découverte dobjets illustrant le siège de Jérusalem par les Romains au Ier

first_imgDécouverte d’objets illustrant le siège de Jérusalem par les Romains au Ier siècle Selon un communiqué des autorités israéliennes chargées du patrimoine antique, des objets datant de la “Grande Révolte”, un épisode de la guerre judéo-romaine des années 60 à 70 après JC, ont été découverts à Jérusalem par des chercheurs israéliens.Trois marmites bien conservées et une petite lampe à huile en céramique. Ce sont les précieuses reliques que des archéologues de l’Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) ont découvertes à l’intérieur d’une petite citerne de la ville de Jérusalem. Or, selon eux, ces éléments pourraient remonter à plus de 70 après JC, lorsque cette même ville a été assiégé par les Romains.”Les marmites, complètes, et la lampe (…) indiquent que des gens sont descendus dans la citerne où ils ont secrètement mangé la nourriture qui était contenue dans les récipients, sans que personne ne les voie, et cela est cohérent avec le compte rendu fourni par Josèphe”, explique le Dr Eli Shukron, de l’IAA. Flavius Josèphe était officier de Judée durant la Première Guerre judéo-romaine, parfois appelée “la Grande Révolte” (66 à 73 après JC), qui opposa les Juifs de la province de Judée à l’Empire romain.Il a ainsi raconté le siège dans son livre La Guerre des Juifs. “Ceux-là cachaient la nourriture qu’ils possédaient, de crainte qu’elle ne soit volée par les rebelles, et ils la mangeaient dans des endroits cachés dans leurs maisons. Beaucoup ont secrètement échangé leurs possessions contre une mesure de blé s’ils étaient riches, d’orge s’ils étaient pauvres”, écrit-il.Des preuves inédites À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Ils s’enfermaient dans les coins les plus sombres de leurs maisons, où certains, [poussés] par la faim extrême, mangeaient leur grain tel qu’il était, d’autres faisant du pain, la nécessité et la peur étant leurs seuls guides. Nulle part, une table n’était dressée…”, précise Josèphe.D’où l’importance des éléments qu’ont dénichés les archéologues.”C’est la première fois que nous sommes en mesure de connecter les découvertes archéologiques à la famine qui a eu lieu pendant le siège de Jérusalem à l’époque de la Grande Révolte”, conclut ainsi le Dr Shukron. (crédits photo : Vladimir Naykhin)  Le 6 juillet 2013 à 12:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

UPDATE USChina Trade Relations

first_imgThe Trump Administration announced on Sunday that it would hold off on imposing the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports amid ongoing negotiations. The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes this announcement, and supports the meaningful progress the Administration has made to find a negotiated solution to the Section 301 concerns.President Trump also announced that China had agreed to purchase “massive amounts of additional farm/ ag products.”ASA welcomes the opportunity for U.S. agriculture and soybean growers to be part of a solution to increase exports to China.last_img read more

Small dog keeps mail carrier away in Spokane

first_imgSPOKANE — A Spokane woman can’t believe her small dog is so dangerous it’s preventing Postal Service carriers from delivering her mail.The 5-year-old Shih Tzu named Lucky is a little larger than a football. Owner Sun Moon tells KREM, “He’s not a monster” and never bit anybody.Moon received a notification letter earlier this month that said her dog was a danger. It said she won’t get home deliveries unless she moved her mail box to the front of her fence.Robbin Darst with the Postal Service in Spokane says the problem with the dog is not viciousness but being loose. Darst says all dogs have to be restrained from reaching the mail box.Moon doesn’t want to move her mailboxlast_img read more

44 of staff looking for a new job are unhappy with their

first_imgAlmost half (44%) of respondents who are looking to move jobs in the new year are unhappy with their current benefits package, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,002 full and part-time employees also found that 74% of respondents who are unhappy with their current benefits provision agree that this plays a role in their decision to look for a new job, and 29% feel it plays a significant role.The research also found:Half (50%) of all respondents plan to look for a new job in 2017, compared to 67% of respondents aged 25-34 years old.24% of respondents who are looking for a new position receive no employee benefits.27% of respondents looking for a new role report that their current benefits have never been communicated to them.54% of respondents who plan to look for a new job in 2017 hope to receive more money.46% of respondents who are looking to move jobs admit they could be incentivised to stay in their current role.More than half (57%) of respondents could be incentivised to stay in their current job if their pay was improved.Excluding better pay, 60% of respondents who are searching for a new job would be tempted to stay in their current role if they were offered flexible working.22% of respondents looking for a new position feel that being offered group income protection would entice them to move jobs, and 24% of respondents cite group critical illness as a benefit that could encourage them to look to work elsewhere.Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director at Canada Life Group, said: “The start of the new year acts as a natural prompt for many employees to consider their futures. Employers must be aware that members of their workforce could be tempted to head for the door, although offering the right benefits package can help prevent organisations from losing valuable staff.“It’s time for employers to recognise that employee benefits, and crucially, effectively communicating their availability, are effective retention tools in the war for talent. Products like group income protection and group critical illness demonstrate to staff that their employer values their wellbeing and cares about their financial security, making them more inclined to stay.”last_img read more