This button-size device could tell you whether you’re getting too much sun

first_img When it comes to catching some rays, it can be tough to strike the right balance. Too little sun can lead to a deficiency of vitamin D and disrupted sleep, whereas too much can leave you with a nasty sunburn and a higher risk of developing skin cancer.Anyone wishing to measure their ultraviolet exposure must currently rely on devices known as dosimeters, which are the size of a name tag or a wristwatch and use a light-sensitive material to calculate exposure to different types of radiation, including sunlight. But these are often expensive, rely on battery packs sensitive to water damage, and must be fastened to clothing with straps or clips, making them cumbersome for a day at the beach.Enter the minidosimeter. The device—which looks like a button—sticks directly to skin or clothes, even when they’re wet. It uses a photodiode, a kind of semiconductor that converts light into electricity, to not only measure the sunlight to which it’s been exposed, but for power, eliminating the need for batteries. A tiny antenna sends measurements wirelessly to the user’s smartphone.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(*)To test the technology, researchers had volunteers wear multiple chips on different parts of their bodies while participating in a variety of outdoor activities, like hiking and swimming, over 4 days. They also wore a larger, traditional dosimeter for comparison.The minidosimeter performed just as well as the bigger models, the team reports today in Science Translational Medicine. And because the volunteers could wear multiple minidosimeters at once, they could simultaneously track how much sunlight different parts of the body receive. The device could even have applications beyond the beach, says the researchers, for example monitoring the therapeutic light treatment given to preterm infants with jaundice. This button-size device could tell you whether you’re getting too much sun By Frankie SchembriDec. 5, 2018 , 2:00 PMlast_img read more

Pirlo: ‘Almost joined before Juve…’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Andrea Pirlo has revealed that he almost joined Roma before Juventus in the summer of 2011. Pirlo made the revelation during an appearance on Radio Radio earlier. “Before going to Juventus, I was close to Roma,” said the 40-year-old. “There had been contacts, but in the end nothing came of them.” Roma were about to enter a new era under their American owners with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique at the time. The former Italy midfielder became a free agent in 2011 after 10 years at Milan. He ultimately signed for Juve and won four successive Scudetti, playing a key role in the club’s current domination of Italian football. Pirlo left the Bianconeri four years later to play in MLS with New York City FC, before retiring in 2017.last_img read more

Fun with furniture

first_imgAn acrylic coffee table and chair that make you smile each time you glance at them; an artistic dining combination which sports a robust pattern; a pop art-inspired bookshelf that gives an impression of plastic cubes sitting on top of each other. Examples of futuristic furniture compositions, they throw light,An acrylic coffee table and chair that make you smile each time you glance at them; an artistic dining combination which sports a robust pattern; a pop art-inspired bookshelf that gives an impression of plastic cubes sitting on top of each other. Examples of futuristic furniture compositions, they throw light on a fast emerging trend in international design circles. It is about bringing home stylish, imaginative and lightweight pieces that are custom-made. It is in fact about giving a new spin to the traditional methods of making wares. So, instead of a metal table, a ceramic version comes in handy. Playful and fun, these offer a different perspective in an era of mass-produced home accessories and furniture.Shelf lifeCreativity knows no bounds for New York-based product designer Karim Rashid. A prolific designer, his out-of-the-box furniture concepts fit well in modern interiors and lend them a sheen of glamour. Pop art-inspired bookshelves Kubo are a case in point.Made for Italian company Meritalia, the offbeat modular units are proof that all bookcases need not be flat, drab and straight. Made of laminated plastic cubes stacked on each other, the shelves sport interesting patterns and symbols and bright colour splashes, transforming their appeal.Inspirational and thoughtprovoking, the units are definitely for those who love to experiment with their interiors. One useful tip: put these sleek and smart units in your child’s room or in an urban-toned living room to add an element of boldness. These bookshelves defy stereotypes and allow you to experiment with shape, form and colour. Perfect for a contemporary home that’s looking to up its coolness quotient.Stars and stripesItaly-based OMC2 Design Studios creates products that work. Contemplative and holistic, the Beijing Opera dining set and Caroline Uno armchair  by the label show how new-age materials and designs can add charm to the space they are used in. The workmanship of furniture specialist Onur Mustak Cobanli, the ceramic dining set consists of five stools and a table. Its form is almost identical to that of traditional Chinese furniture. The armchair, on the other hand, with its metal base and textile top is a spacious recliner conceptualised with organic touches and attractive patterns.Stick with itSeating arrangements for grown-ups need not necessarily follow a set size and shape. A look at Finnish designer Laura Vainola’s pattern changing seats is enough to drive home the point that adults too have their light moments. Fully customisable, the colourful Pally stool is made of pegs and a holder and is available in two sizes. One can make a number of patterns by moving the sticks that are made of birch wood and covered in a soft superlon material. All the sharp edges and big surfaces are sanded and painted white so that the colours stand out.Positive vibesLet your house bask in the glory of these happy and cheerful pieces. Titled Smiley, the sunshine-hued tables and chairs are from French furniture manufacturer Acrila, known for its dramatic acrylic objects. The collection consists of a few chairs, coffee table and a gueridon, and every item features images of the famous emoticon, the smiley. A fresh take on traditional wooden furniture where brown is the staple colour, these yellow and black lightweight pieces are what you need to brighten your interiors and give them a funky look.advertisementlast_img read more

Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Fantasy Predictions and Tips

first_imgAdvertisementKings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore:A winless Royal Challengers Bangalore is all set to take on the Kings XI Punjab in hopes of turning things around for them in their campaign. There performance has been dismal to the say the least, and a win would do wonders for their team’s confidence at least. Talking about Punjab, they are placed at the middle of the table presently, they surely have managed to win a few matches to stay relevant in the tournament and Ashwin’s dynamic captaincy surely has helped them as a unit. They have been very positive in terms of their approach and lost a last ball thriller against Mumbai despite Rahul’s magnificent ton.Head to Head:Total: 22KXIP: 12RCB: 10Probable Playing XI:Team News: Chris Gayle has reportedly injured his back in their encounter against the Mumbai Indians, and as a result Henriques is likely to come in to replace the Universe Boss.Kings XI Punjab:KL Rahul (WK), Sam Curran, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Ravi Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur RahmanRoyal Challengers Bangalore:Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra ChahalOur Picks for a Fantasy Team:Wicket Keeper: KL RahulBatsmen: Virat Kohli, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, AB de VilliersAll-Rounders: Sam Curran, R AshwinBowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Mujeeb Ur RahmanCaptain: KL RahulVice Captain: Virat KohliAdvertisementlast_img read more

SA vs IND, 1st ODI: Virat Kohli says Ajinkya Rahane strong candidate for No. 4

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli has hinted at playing Ajinkya Rahane at No.4 in the one day international series opener against South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban on Thursday.India have been struggling to get a permanent No.4 batsman with the likes of Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav being tried at this position for some time now.”I had said earlier that Ajinkya will be looked at as a third opener, but that situation can change because he has batted at No. 4 in a World Cup before,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference.”These conditions are such that you get to play fast bowling throughout the innings so he becomes a strong candidate for No. 4. Other than that we have Shreyas, Manish, Kedar can play No. 5 and 6, Hardik is there, and MS is obviously there. We have kept all these options open, we don’t want to be one-dimensional. It depends whose technique is more suited to what spot. Especially in that particular country. All options are open,” he added.While India have a settled top three with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, the 5, 6 and 7 are also more or less sorted with Jadhav, Dhoni and Pandya. India have tested a few players at No.4 but the team management is yet to take a call on who fits the position well.With only 14 months to go for the 2019 ODI World Cup, India will also look to kick off their preparations in earnest during the series.advertisement”The lower middle order is more or less sorted. The combination is working well for us with Hardik and Kedar and MS rotating and batting together. No. 4 is something we have experimented with in the last couple of series. That is the only spot I can see that needs to be solidified otherwise the team looks pretty balanced,” Kohli said.Kohli further spoke on the importance of having two wrist-spinners in the team.”We are one of the few teams, or probably the only team in world cricket, to be blessed with two wristspinners. And Kedar Jadhav doing the conventional job pretty well for the team. That’s why I said the balance of the team is pretty good at the moment. Wristspinners help you in any conditions in the world. Wristspinners can go for six an over but they will pick you three wickets as well, which is eventually the difference in the game. We are happy to have two who are very different to each other. We don’t have two leggies or two chinaman bowlers. Both are very different and versatile in their own way. I think that is going to be a major strength for this team going forward,” he said.India will also be keen to better their past record and focus on winning their first-ever bilateral ODI series on South African soil.India have previously lost 2-5 in 1992-93, 0-4 in 2006-07, 2-3 in 2010-11 and 0-2 in 2013-14. They were also part of two triangular series in 1996-97 and 2001-02, featuring Zimbabwe and Kenya respectively, but the Proteas emerged victors on both occasions.After engaging in six ODIs and three T20Is against South Africa, India will head to Sri Lanka for a T20I tri-series before playing three ODIs and as many T20Is in England and Ireland, with the 2018 IPL season in between.last_img read more

Siegfried Roy Introduce New Tiger Cubs As Ambassadors Of Conservation

first_imgSiegfried & Roy introduced the world to the newest additions to their animal family when four six-week-old tiger cubs made their first appearance at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on September 12.Siegfried & Roy’s SARMOTI cubs with their mother, IndiraBorn on August 5 at the Secret Garden to mother Indira and father Svengali, these are the first tiger cubs to be introduced at The Mirage in five years. Animal lovers from around the world will be able to watch and follow the cubs’ journey using the Twitter and Instagram handle @SARMOTIcubs and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SARMOTIcubs.“Our newest ‘Ambassadors of Conservation’ play an important role in our never-ending quest to protect these animals,” said Roy. “It is imperative to continue our conservation efforts to save these magnificent tigers for future generations to enjoy and cherish.”“It is always exciting to welcome new members to our family at The Mirage,” said Siegfried. “We are pleased to introduce these magical creatures to the world to relish in their beauty and are thrilled that people across the world can watch the cubs grow and learn on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.”Starting September 12, the siblings will be available for guests to see and range in color, Liberty, a pure white female; Maharani, a striped-white female; Hirah, a striped-golden female and Justice, a light golden boy. The new clan has been dubbed the #SARMOTIcubs after the world-renowned magicians’ SARMOTI Foundation, which is dedicated to protect, conserve and preserve endangered and threatened animals globally, with particular focus on the big cats: tigers, lions, cheetahs, panthers and leopards.The cubs will be available to view in a specially designed nursery starting at noon daily.“Without Siegfried & Roy’s conservation efforts, we would not be able to offer guests of The Mirage this unique and informative experience,” said Franz Kallao, vice president of hotel operations for The Mirage. “We are excited to welcome these four lovable tiger cubs to their new home at the Secret Garden.”For additional information and the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat’s regular hours of operation, visit mirage.com.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Appoints New Ambassadors in Moroccos Diplomatic Missions

Casablanca – King Mohammed VI received, on Thursday at the Royal Palace in Casablanca, several new ambassadors in Morocco’s diplomatic missions for whom the sovereign handed dahirs of appointment, as well as ambassadors of His Majesty the King in the central administration of the ministry of foreign affairs.They are:Lalla Joumala Alaoui, Ambassador to the United States of America Ahmed Reda Chami, Ambassador to the EU Council and the European CommissionMohamed Ameur, Ambassador to the Kingdom of BelgiumLatifa Akharbach, Ambassador to the Republic of TunisiaMohamed Rachad Bouhlal, Ambassador to JapanLemnouar Alem, Ambassador to the Republic of TurkeyLahcen Azoulay, Ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality of LiechtensteinJaafar Hakim Alj, Ambassador to KuwaitMoha Ouali Tagma, Ambassador to the Federal Republic of NigeriaAbdeljalil Saubry, Ambassador to the Republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and KyrgyzstanMohamed Réda El Fassi, Ambassador to the Republic of Philippines and the Federated States of MicronesiaLahcen Abdelkhalek, Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of AlgeriaOumama Aouad, Ambassador to the Republic of PanamaSamir Eddahr, Ambassador to the Republics of Greece and CyprusMustafa Bouh, Ambassador to the Republic of CameroonHassan Hami, Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of IranAbdelilah Benryane, Ambassador to the Republics of Tanzania and UgandaMohamed Lotfi Aouad, Ambassador to CanadaMajid Halim, Ambassador to the People’s Republic of BangladeshSaadia Alaoui, Ambassador to the Republic of AngolaNezha Alaoui Mhamedi, Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and to DjiboutiHamid Chabar, Ambassador to the Republic of GhanaRachid Erreguibi, Ambassador to the Republic of BeninAbdesslam Aboudrar, Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and North IrelandNabil Adghoghi, Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Brazil, the Suriname Republic and the Co-operative Republic of GuyanaZakia El Midaoui, Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria and in MacedoniaAhmed Tazi, Ambassador to the Arab Republic of EgyptMohamed Amine Belhaj, Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia and MontenegroKarim Medrek, Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia, the Republic of Vanuatu, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and TuvaluNour El houda Marrakchi, Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia and Bosnia-HerzegovinaAzeddine Farhane, Ambassador to the Republic of VietnamMohamed Malki, Ambassador to the Republic of India, the Republic of Maldives, the Republic of Sri Lanka, the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Republic of NepalFarida Louadaya, Ambassador to Colombia and the Republic of EcuadorKarima Kabbaj, Ambassador to the Republic of HungaryLamiae Erradi, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of IslandAbdellatif Errouja, Ambassador to the Republic of ChadAbderrahim Kadmiri, Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Republic of Commonwealth of Dominica, Antigua-Barbuda, Grenada, Jamaica, Barbados, and the Republic of Trinidad and TobagoYoussef Imani, Ambassador to the Republic of RwandaLotfy Bouchaara, Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia, and Slovakia.Mohamed Setri, Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.Mohamed Chafiki, Ambassador to the United States of Mexico.Tarik Loujri, Ambassador to the Republics of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and Salvador.Youssef Bella, Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia.Mohamed Kermoun, Ambassador to the Islamic Republics of Pakistan and Afghanistan.Ghoulam Maychane, Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.Rachid Agassim, Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo.Driss Asbayine, Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea.Chafiq Rachadi, Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.Ouadia Benabdellah, Ambassador to the Republics of Indonesia and Singapore.Mohamed Rida Benkhaldoun, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.Khadija Rouissi, Ambassador to Denmark and the Republic of Lithuania.Kenza El Ghali, Ambassador to the Republic of Chile.Mokhtare Ghambou, Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya.Mohamed Adil Ambarch, Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan.Abdelali Zaoui Rahhali, Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique.Badreddine Abdelmoumni, Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay.Allal Achab, Ambassador to the Republic of Niger.Mustafa Errifi, Ambassador to Vatican.Amina Bouayach, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden and the Republic of Latvia.Abdellah Sbihi, Ambassador to Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tomé and Principe.Mhamed Grine, Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon.Lahcen Mehraoui, Ambassador to Ireland.Abdelmalek Kettani, Ambassador to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.Nabil Zniber, Ambassador to Qatar.Zakaria El Goumri, Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.Afterwards, the new ambassadors in Morocco’s diplomatic missions were sworn in before king Mohammed VI.The sovereign greeted afterwards the new ambassadors in the central administration of the foreign affairs ministry:They are:Ahmed Herzni, Roving Ambassador of king Mohammed VIMohamed Ali Lezrak, ambassador, secretary general Mohamed Basri, ambassador, director of consular and social affairs Mohamed Methqal, ambassador, director general of the Moroccan agency for international cooperationThis audience was attended by foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar, and King Mohammed VI’s Chamberlain Sidi Mohamed El Alaoui. read more

Jean Coutu Group Inc profit falls 65 as tax hit from court

LONGUEUIL, Que. — The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. had a $50.6-million net profit in the quarter ended May 30, a 6.5 per cent decline from the same time last year due to a tax provision resulting from a recent judgment by Quebec’s highest court.The pharmacy company’s profit for the 13 weeks ended May 30 amounted to 27 cents per share and compared with $54.1 million or 29 cents per share in last year’s fiscal first quarter.The Quebec Court of Appeal reversed a lower court judgment in favour of the corporation related to a suit for rectification of books and records. Jean Coutu said it’s seeking permission to appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada.Jean Coutu says its first-quarter revenue was up 3.5 per cent from a year earlier, rising to $712.4 million from $668.6 million. Same-store sales growth was 4.4 per centThe Canadian PressJean Coutu Group Inc downgraded to underweight read more

UN food aid distributed to exfighters and their families in Afghanistan

The nearly 1,000 families benefiting from the distribution will receive wheat, oil, salt, beans and other foodstuffs. The assistance, which was provided by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), is surplus food left over from last year’s distribution to demilitarized and demobilized Afghan Military Forces when they underwent the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) process. The deliveries, which began last Wednesday, will run until mid-January.

DR Congo Annan calls on presidential candidates to avoid violence as votes

“The Secretary-General is pleased that voters were able to cast their ballots in a generally free and calm environment, although he is concerned at the violent incidents that took place in Equateur province and near Bunia in Ituri district,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman, as UN peacekeepers and European Union (EU) forces reinforced security in various regions of the vast strife-torn country.Mr. Annan called yesterday’s signing by representatives of the two candidates, President Joseph Kabila and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, of a declaration of intent regarding their conduct after the elections “an important step in ensuring that the electoral process is successfully concluded in calm and secure conditions.” “The Secretary-General calls on the presidential candidates and their supporters to exercise patience and restraint, and to take all possible steps to prevent any acts of violence while waiting for the results to be announced by the Independent Electoral Commission,” the statement concluded.UN peacekeepers and EU forces continued to patrol Kinshasa, the capital and security is being strengthened in other parts of the country, including in the region of Western Kasai where two EU observers were allegedly stoned by President Kabila’s supporters, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported.It deplored the shooting deaths by Congolese soldiers of two electoral workers in the town of Fataki, an incident which prompted an angry mob to ransack 37 polling stations. The Mission said voting in that region will resume tomorrow. Yesterday’s run-off poll was needed because no candidate secured an overall majority in the first round in July.Underscoring the logistical complexity of the three-month-long electoral process, the first democratic poll in 45, years, Mr. Annan’s Deputy Special Representative Ross Mountain noted that the UN was now assisting the collection of the results from 50,000 polling stations in the vast, with some stations a 10-day walk away from tabulation centres.“If you look in the perspective of a country that is larger than Western Europe… [that] just over three years ago had six foreign armies fighting on it and it was partitioned, and that we had 50,000 places where people were voting yesterday… while regrettable such incidents certainly don’t harm the overall conduct of the operation,” he told UN Radio, referring to the violence.Provincial assemblies were also elected yesterday, the closing chapter of an operation aimed at cementing the DRC’s transition from a six-year civil war, widely considered the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II, costing 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease. Factional fighting has continued since then, particularly in the east.Throughout the long process, in which a 500-seat National Assembly was also elected, UN agencies helped to deliver tens of millions of ballots and other supplies to the 50,000 polling stations, train 12,000 polling supervisors and plan for the safety of the 25.7 million Congolese registered to vote. read more

Safety conditions at South African mines have room for improvement says UN

On 16 August, miners striking at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa’s North West province were fired upon by police during a protest for higher wages and better working conditions. According to media reports, 44 people were killed during the strike, including 34 miners who died when police opened fire on them. Ten others, including two policemen, were also reportedly killed in earlier strike-related violence. “More efforts could be made to better implement existing mining regulations, especially when it comes to the health and safety of miners,” said Martin Hahn, a mining specialist for the International Labour Organization (ILO). Mr. Hahn noted that South African miners were frequently exposed to numerous safety hazards ranging from falling rocks and exposure to fine dust particles to intensive noise, fumes and high temperatures. Many miners also suffer from various diseases contracted while on the job, including tuberculosis and silicosis, a potentially fatal respiratory ailment. Compounding the health and safety hazards, miners’ wages tend to be very low with higher salaries usually reserved for engineers, managers and other high-skilled workers. “A lot remains to be done in order to create a much-needed preventive safety and health culture in every single mine and for South Africa to attain the goal of zero fatality,” Mr. Hahn stated, adding that working conditions can vary greatly depending on whether the mine in question was new or old, opencast or underground, and on what variety of mineral was being mined. He noted, however, that the drop in fatality rates showed that significant efforts had been made to improve the safety of South African mines. Following South Africa’s ratification of the ILO’s Safety and Health in Mines Convention, fatalities in the country’s mines dropped from a reported 774 in 1984 to 128 in 2010. The South African mining industry has boomed over the past few years as demand for commodities has surged around the world, with an estimated 2.7 per cent of the economically active population employed by the mining sector. read more

Insurance industry Too early to estimate cost of damage caused by storms

first_imgINSURANCE IRELAND, THE representative body for the country’s insurance industry, says it is too early to estimate the overall cost of repairing the damage caused by storms and flooding in recent days.Homes and businesses particularly in the west of the country have been badly hit by the stormy weather in recent days which has caused flooding in parts of Galway, Clare and other areas along the Atlantic coast.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Insurance Ireland spokesperson Michael Horan said that it is too early to estimate the cost of the damage, predicting a figure would be available in about three weeks as the claims start to come in.“There’s usually a time-lag between an event happening and people filing their claims,” he said, adding that people affected should contact their insurance company or broker as quickly as possible.He said insurance companies have experience of this from damage caused by others storms in recent years, saying “they’ll take you through, they’ll hold your hand”.He could not say if an increase in claims in the coming weeks will result in a rise in premiums as there is not yet an overall estimate of the cost.Government called on to do moreMeanwhile, the government has been urged to seek funding from the European Union’s Solidarity Fund to assist with storm damage caused by the extreme weather.Fianna Fáil MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher pointed out that the Irish government secured €13 million from the fund following flooding in November 2009.“I believe that this is an avenue worth pursuing due to the financial constraints facing many local authorities at the present time and in light of the successful application submitted in 2009,” he said.The government has also come under pressure from its own benches with Fianna Fáil senator Martin Conway, who is based in storm-affected Clare, saying that ministers need an action plan to deal with the aftermath.“The incredible work of our emergency services has also been obvious since the beginning of this crisis and I know that the people who have been affected are extremely grateful for what they are doing to help them,” Conway said.“I am now calling on the Government to show the same level of urgency and solidarity in helping our coastal communities get back on their feet.”The government is expected to examine the possibility of releasing emergency capital funding for repairs, but this would only be available for public facilities and not individual homeowners.Read: US prepares for ‘polar vortex’ which could plunge temperatures to -51 degrees CelsiusRead: Met Éireann warns of possible spot flooding as weather warning remains in placelast_img read more

OConnell set to start for Munster despite concerns

first_imgPAUL O’CONNELL IS set to start for Munster against Clermont in this evening’s Heineken Cup semi-final, despite concerns that he would not be fit to play, owing to a reported hip injury.The worries started when Irish Independent Sports Reporter Ruaidhri O’Connor tweeted: “BREAKING: Serious news coming from Montpellier, Paul O’Connell is a major doubt for Munster, he’s struggling with a hip injury.”His colleague, David Kelly, subsequently tweeted: “That rumour regarding O’Connell gaining serious currency inn Montpellier, just as the rain clouds begin to part.”However, subsequent reports on the site quashed fears that the Munster forward would not be fit enough to start, with Des Cahill tweeting: “Paul O Connneill [sic] WILL play for #Munster in  Montpellier according to Michael Corcoran.”In addition, David Cogan of the Irish Rugby Supporters Club tweeted: “Irish Rugby Supporter’s Club has been onto the Munster press office inquiring about the injury. We have been told that he will start.”The game in Montpellier kicks off at 5pm.‘Munster players are brought up on cup rugby, it’s what we relish’>LIVE: Leinster v Biarritz, Amlin Challenge Cup Semi Final>last_img read more

Wanted Public relations expert for Vancouver

first_imgThe end of 2010 brought the departure of dozens of familiar faces from Vancouver City Hall, and 2011 will bring one very new, very public face.The city is currently recruiting for a communications manager/public information officer to provide a “consistent message” for the city and help get information to — and also from — the public, City Manager Eric Holmes said this week.“If there were ever a time when we need to focus on connecting with the citizens we serve, it’s now,” Holmes said. “So we cannot only help share information … but also get direct feedback from citizens about what is important to them and how we might better be able to serve them.”Clark County actually has a fully-staffed Public Information and Outreach office, headed by Director Mary Keltz, along with public information officers with the Greater Clark Parks District, public works, community services and health departments. However, the Public Information and Outreach office will be closed on Fridays this year and next due to budget cuts.Vancouver’s new hire will bring the number of city employees assigned to public information to four, joining Kim Kapp with Vancouver Police, Chris Moen with Vancouver Fire and Loretta Callahan in Public Works.last_img read more

Poll A quarter of organisations use EAPs to manage workplace stress

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: A quarter (24%) of organisations help their workers manage workplace stress through the use of employee assistance programmes (EAPs).A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 110 responses, found that education on stress (19%) and yoga, meditation and massages (16%) were popular measures employed by organisations to help employees manage stress at work.Encouraging breaks was the method favoured by 14% of respondents. The same percentage opted for wellness days/weeks, while quiet working areas were the choice of 10%.According to research by project management software organisation Wrike, almost half (46%) of UK workers say they have searched for a new job because of work stress.The Wrike report, The stress epidemic: employees are looking for a way out, polled 1,600 employees and found that more than two-fifths (42%) of UK workers regularly lose sleep as a result of workplace stress.Just under a third (32%) of respondents to the Wrike survey admitted to losing their temper in the workplace through stress, while 31% said they had been prompted to stop caring about their work, and 29% admitted issues out on their friends or family.What is the main gift employees at your organisation will receive this Christmas? Have your say in our latest poll…last_img read more

Car slides off Pelican Harbor ramp no injuries

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami driver ended up in Biscayne Bay after his car slipped off a boat ramp at the Pelican Harbor Marina.A 7News viewer sent in video of the driver on top of the vehicle in the water, Thursday.The driver and other good Samaritans jumped in to try and push the car back to the ramp. The group was finally able to hook it up to a truck and pull it out of the water.No one was hurt.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: senditto7@wsvn.com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wolf of Wall Street producer Riza Aziz charged in 1MDB scandal

first_imgRiza AzizReutersHollywood producer Riza Aziz, who is also the stepson of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, was charged on Friday, July 5, for embezzling millions of dollars from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.  Popularly known for co-producing ‘Wolf of Wall Street,’ he was charged with five counts of money laundering by a Kuala Lumpur court. He was accused of receiving $248.2 million into personal Swiss bank accounts from the contentious state fund. Each count carries a five-year jail sentence respectively.The charge sheet revealed that during 2011-2012, amount varying between $1.2 million to $133 million were channelled through Switzerland to his companies – Red Granite Productions Inc in Los Angeles and Red Granite Ltd in Singapore.Riza was arrested on Thursday and pleaded not guilty for the charges. He was granted bail with a fine of $240,000 and was told to surrender his passports.The corruption unit of the US Justice Department began a probe in 2015 and found Azis’ company, Red Granite Pictures, to have transferred millions of dollars involving 1MDB funds. The investigation revealed that $155 million from the state fund was misappropriated to finance the 2013 Oscar-nominated film Wolf of Wall Street.Red Granite Pictures agreed to pay $60 million in a settlement in 2018. However, the company said the settlement did not indicate “an admission of wrongdoings or liability on the part of Red Granite.”1MDB Scandal1MDB is a state-run strategic development company that was earlier controlled by ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak. In 2015, it was revealed that Najib misappropriated nearly $700 million from the 1MDB funds.After he was ousted by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (present) in 2018, he was charged with 42 counts including abuse of power, money laundering and criminal breach of trust.last_img read more

5 Best Horror Story Podcasts to Freak You Out

first_imgStay on target Spotify Lands Deal With Obamas to Produce Exclusive PodcastsGeek Pick: Blue Snowball Ice Microphone Sometimes it feels like we’re back in the early 20th century, especially thanks to this most recent trend of serialized radio stories. The only difference is that we can download them from iTunes, instead of waiting to turn the dial. Welcome to Night Vale wasn’t the beginning of this revolution in serialized podcasts, but it was one of the first hits, combining Lovecraftian horror, deadpan humor, and in-depth, emotional character stories. Since then, countless horror podcasts have hit the internet, basically kickstarting an old medium for scary stories once again.Most of us turn to movies and video games to get our scares this Halloween season, but with a new batch of stories to experience and with an old medium to re-experience, how about trying something different? Here are five podcasts that are sure to give you a fright. If there’s any, you think we missed, leave recommendations in the comments below.Courtesy Night Vale PresentsAlice Isn’t DeadThe second effort by the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn’t Dead takes a darker turn, which is saying a lot. Night Vale always relied on its humor to help the audience carry all the gloom, while Alice Isn’t Dead doesn’t hold back. Both podcasts seem to take place in a similar universe, or at least on the same coast, pulling from the myths that define a distinctly West Coast, small town Americana filled with isolation and long stretches of road. Alice Isn’t Dead, however, while also humorous in many ways, is more grotesque, including long descriptions of gory scenes and body horror in the narrator’s half-whisper that make it tough to listen to in the dark. It’s beautifully written, but also creepy, mysterious, and addicting, just like its more joyful predecessor.Courtesy Archive 81 FacebookArchive 81The Blair Witch Project kickstarted the found footage, horror genre, even if it doesn’t necessarily hold up. The genius of that kind of storytelling isn’t in the harried camerawork or the typically shoddy filmmaking (done usually to give it a sense of amateur realism), but in the missing pieces. The audience knows that it’s not going to end well. The only question is what put the people in the story there. Archive 81 is a found-tape podcast, posted by a friend of a missing man. Many of the podcasts on this list claim to be real, taking themselves seriously and not breaking character, but none of them hold a candle to Archive 81. It’s psychological, supernatural, and mysterious, playing on a number of paranormal entities and horrors to get the job done. And when you’re done, be sure to check out other Dead Signal podcasts, including The Deep Vault.`Courtesy The Black TapesThe Black Tapes PodcastIt’s one part ghost story anthology, another part supernatural conspiracy, and another part a tale of some of the worst journalists in existence. Pacific Northwest Stories entered the game with The Black Tapes Podcast, which is about a radio producer named Alex Regan who gets on the trail of a dangerous cult after investigating a paranormal skeptic with access to a number of unexplained video footage. You don’t get to see any of the footage (it is a podcast after all), but expert sound editing ensures you don’t miss a thing. There’s a lot of exposition to get through, so some of the episodes become bogged down with explanatory dialogue, but the world created runs just parallel to our own, blurring the line between the clear fiction of the podcast and the reality that it’s trying to serialize.Courtesy LimetownLimetownLimetown is a compact story told in seven parts. A decade ago, 300 citizens of an experimental settlement called Limetown disappeared. Our narrator, a radio journalist of course, sets out originally to investigate the incident and hopefully find some answers as to what happened with her uncle, who was in the town. Limetown goes deep into science fiction, telling a familiar story about bureaucratic secrecy but still managing to create an air of mystery. You never know where the story is going, but you know it’s not going anywhere good, especially for those involved. Without spoiling anything, Limetown manages to tell a complete story in these short parts, while also leaving listeners on a particularly agonizing cliffhanger.Courtesy The NoSleep PodcastThe NoSleep PodcastThis isn’t a serialized, long-running story like the rest of the entries on this list. Each episode consists of around four horror tales written by independent creators (and yes, it’s obviously inspired by the subreddit r/nosleep, which is full of creepypasta). Each one is narrated and acting out. The stories themselves are hit or miss, with some still managing to stick with me months later, but one of the main draws of The NoSleep Podcast is its Tales from the Crypt influences. David Cummings, the host, revels in the camp of his position, enunciating each word with the candor of a 1980s host sitting in front of a campfire holding a flashlight under his face. It’s atmospheric, and sometimes silly, but being able to catch an original horror story, acted out by professionals, with the ability to keep you awake at night is worth the mood whiplash.last_img

EarsOn HyperX Cloud Mix is More Than a Simple Gaming Headset

first_img The HyperX Cloud II is my go-to headset for live streaming. The device is comfortable to wear, provides crystal clear audio, and has a decent boom mic. The only downside is that it’s a wired peripheral. Thankfully, the new HyperX Cloud Mix delivers everything that makes the Cloud II great with the added bonus of being a wireless headset. At $199.99, it’s a pricey piece of technology, but certainly worth it for those in the market for a quality, jack-of-all-trades headset.The all-black headset comes with an attachable (and adjustable) boom mic, a detachable headset cable, a USB charging cable, a PC extension cable, and a cloth bag to store it all in. The headset has two ear cups which fit nicely over one’s ears. Each of these has a silver HyperX logo emblazoned on its side. The headband has thick padding, as do the ear cups. This makes the headset comfortable to wear for many hours. Overall, the device looks slick and stylish.Bluetooth connectivity is the headset’s main selling point and it certainly doesn’t disappoint in this department. I had no issue connecting wirelessly to my phone, tablet, and PC. Pairing is as straightforward as possible. Unfortunately, you cannot use the Bluetooth functionality with Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. That’s where the headset cable comes in. It’s disappointing that you can’t use Bluetooth on the gaming devices most people would buy the headset for. But if you game on PC or mobile, you’re solid when it comes to wireless play.As expected from a HyperX headset, sounds come through nice and clearly. Bass is appropriately booming without being overbearing and it’s easy to hear even the subtlest of noises. I used the headset while playing Red Dead Redemption 2 and loved how the device amplified the sounds of nature as I rode across the vast world. When the action picked up, the headset made gunshots, explosions, and terrified horses sound extremely real. Though a stereo headset, it certainly gives devices with 7.1 surround sound a run for their money.See it HereMore on Geek.com:Ears-On: Microsoft Surface Headphones Control The NoiseHow to Connect Xbox One Controller to PCGeek Pick: Anker Soundcore Flare Geek Pick: Bose Headphones 700 Cancel All the NoiseGeek Pick: Galaxy Buds Are Samsung’s Best Earphones Stay on targetlast_img read more

Channeling Batman Versailles Macaus new wave of resorts

first_imgA man walks through the new expansion of the Galaxy Macau casino resort in Macau, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Macau, the world’s casino capital, is launching a new wave of resort expansion this week with the first of more than $20 billion in projects to open on the up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula over the next two years. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home ___SANDSSands’ Chinese arm adds to its portfolio of faux-European resorts in the former Portuguese colony with a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. The $2.7 billion, 3,000-room Parisian sits next to Sands’ flagship property in the Chinese enclave, the giant Venetian Macao, which itself is a replica of Venice. The Paris theme is a canny marketing move for Sands, given the popularity of France as a travel destination among mainland China’s growing ranks of newly affluent. A shopping mall replicates the feel of the City of Light’s boulevards, with sidewalk cafes, bistros and 130 boutiques divided up into areas named after the Avenue des Champs Elysees and other districts.___MGM COTAIOne of Macau’s smaller players, MGM Resorts International makes its Cotai debut next year with a $3 billion casino resort. Little has been revealed about the project, which will have 1,500 hotel rooms and looks like a collection of multi-hued building blocks stacked on top of each other with squarish patterns overlaid on the facade. MGM’s Macau business operates one other casino in Macau’s older, crowded peninsula.___LOUIS XIIIMacau’s most exclusive resort is being developed by one of its most flamboyant tycoons. The Louis XIII is billed as an “ultra-luxury destination” aimed at the richest of the rich. Elevators will open directly onto each of its 200 suites, including a 20,000 square foot (1,860 square meter) villa with a reported cost of $130,000 a night. The hotel will be wrapped in a crimson facade with a 20-meter imitation diamond perched at the top. To ferry guests around, the hotel bought a fleet of 30 Rolls Royce Phantom limos for $20 million, making it the British carmaker’s biggest ever single order. Former investment banker Stephen Hung, the ostentatious tycoon behind the $1.5 billion project, named it after the French king who began the Palace of Versailles site as a hunting lodge. Hung hired a Bourbon princess descended from Louis XIII to be an adviser. Macau’s casino operators are undaunted. None have backed off their expansion plans which will unfold over the next two years, sticking to a belief that the downturn is temporary and the decline in VIPs will bottom out soon.They’re also optimistic Beijing’s support for Macau’s long term development from a seedy, vice-ridden backwater into a glitzy Asian destination will draw a growing numbers of middle class families from across the region looking for more than just gambling.“Our strategy remains unchanged,” Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson told analysts last month.Macau’s upcoming casino resorts:___GALAXYHong Kong real estate tycoon Lui Che-woo’s Galaxy Entertainment Group is set to cut the ribbon on its $2.8 billion expansion. The company’s massive gold-tinted Southeast Asian-inspired complex adds a third hotel tower and new aquatic attractions including a 575-meter adventure river ride, which joins an existing wave pool. Across the street, via an air-conditioned footbridge, is its revamped Broadway Macau hotel and entertainment center. It includes a replica of a traditional street market stocked with hawker food stalls, street performers and a 3,000-seat theatre for live shows. ___STUDIO CITYMelco Crown Entertainment embraces Hollywood and Batman with its $3.2 billion Art Deco-style resort. CEO Lawrence Ho, son of longtime Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho, enlisted A-listers Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio for a promo film directed by Martin Scorsese. The Golden Eye ferris wheel straddles the hotel’s two wings 130 feet (40 meters) up, making it the highest in Asia. The design was inspired by two asteroids shooting through a Gotham City building, according to a press statement. There’s also a Batman virtual reality ride and a nightclub modeled on those in the Mediterranean club capital of Ibiza.___WYNN PALACEU.S. casino mogul Steve Wynn boasts that his $4.1 billion Wynn Palace will be the place for pictures and selfies when it opens next year. Guests will ride air-conditioned gondolas 30 feet (nine meters) over an artificial lake to the front door. “In a few months when we fill the lake and turn on the fountains, and the gondolas start to flow, it will be the photo-op in China, just as the Bellagio was” in Las Vegas, Wynn told analysts in an earnings call last month. “It will be the photo-op in China. There’s never been a hotel at this scale in Macau.” VIP gambling rooms will have terraces looking out onto the lake, allowing gamblers to easily step outside for cigarette breaks, the billionaire said. That could give the company an edge over rivals for mainland Chinese gamblers, known for their penchant for puffing, as the government restricts smoking on casino floors, Wynn said. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   center_img ___LISBOA PALACEA four-decade monopoly allowed Stanley Ho’s SJM to dominate Macau’s casino industry until the market was opened to other players in 2002. The company was slow in expanding into Cotai, Asia’s version of the Las Vegas Strip, and is now racing to catch up with its first project there, the $3.9 billion Lisboa Palace, set for a 2017 opening. The project is clearly aiming at wealthy mainland Chinese and their preference for upscale European luxury brands with designer hotels by Versace and Karl Lagerfeld, each with 270 rooms. The resort’s architectural style will combine influences from Parisian landmarks such as the Louvre with Chinese elements such as dragons, phoenixes and peach blossoms.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MACAU (AP) — Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world’s casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula.It’s a $20 billion bet by casino operators amid an extended losing streak in the tiny Chinese enclave. Gambling revenue growth has been falling for nearly a year as wealthy mainland Chinese high-rollers stay home as a result of President Xi Jinping’s corruption crackdown. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. 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