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Nigerian virologist delivers scathing analysis of Africa’s response to Ebola

first_imgVIENNA—After Oyewale Tomori finished his talk on Ebola here at the International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, there was stunned silence. Tomori, the president of the Nigerian Academy of Science, used his plenary to deliver a scathing critique of how African countries have handled the threat of Ebola and how corruption is hampering efforts to improve health. Aid money often simply disappears, Tomori charged, “and we are left underdeveloped, totally and completely unprepared to tackle emerging pathogens.”Trained as a veterinarian, Tomori was the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) regional virologist for the African region in 1995 during the Ebola outbreak in Kikwit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). ScienceInsider sat down with him at the meeting in Vienna; questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.Q: You said in your talk that Ebola was “swimming in an ocean of national apathy, denial, and unpreparedness.” What did you mean?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(*)A: We were totally unprepared. After the first cases occurred in West Africa, it took almost 3 months for WHO to know. When the first patient came to Sierra Leone and died, his son brought him back to Guinea and as far as Sierra Leone was concerned, it was Guinea’s problem. People abandoned their duty, they denied the problem, and when it became a big problem they became incapable of handling it.This is not the first time Ebola has appeared in Africa. There have been more than 20 outbreaks since 1976. Not one of them has been declared a global problem. Of course, circumstances are different this time. But if we had been prepared, if we had learned from the past, we wouldn’t be where we are today.Q: You seem angry.A: Yes, I am, because I know Africa has the capacity and the capability to solve most of her problems, but Africa will not enable her human resources to perform effectively and efficiently. African leaders have little or no respect for their experts and would rather act on advice from external sources. In the end, they become the experts on Africa’s problems, not the Africans. This is why I am angry with Africa.We have seen so many Ebola cases before, in the DRC, in Sudan, in Gabon. … Ebola is Africa’s problem. We should have put something in place. I remember in 1995, when we had the Kikwit epidemic, at the end we sat down at a table and discussed what we should do. There was a laboratory in Kinshasa built by the French; it was almost completed, but then abandoned. We had raised almost $2 million at the time. And we said: “Why not take a bit of that money and complete this lab and maintain it? Then at least when we have issues like this we can do quick testing.” But nothing happened. The carcass is still there. Each time I pass the place, I think: “What a waste.”Q: But your own country seems to have been prepared. Nigeria managed to contain the virus after it was carried to Lagos by a traveler in July. There were only 19 infections, and WHO called the containment of the virus “a spectacular success story.”A: We were not prepared, we were lucky. Patrick Sawyer was already sick when he arrived, so he went straight to the hospital. And because our doctors were on strike, the public hospitals were not open, so he went to a private hospital. If Sawyer had gone into a public hospital, we would have had a bigger problem.But within 2 to 3 days of Sawyer coming in, we knew it was Ebola from laboratory tests done in two of our university laboratories, and then action was taken. I praise Nigeria for that. We had this emergency center from the polio network and we brought people in and traced almost 1000 contacts. This was not passive tracing; people went to contacts’ homes on a daily basis.Q: So why are African countries so badly prepared? Is it a question of money?A: People say African countries are poor. But it’s not poverty. It’s misuse of what we have. As we are talking, with all the crises that are going on, the presidents of our countries are still traveling in the best of conditions. Some will come to New York in their private jets, although their national airlines collapsed years ago; in addition, they will bring along a long retinue of private, personal, and public assistants, all lodged in the best hotels. I am not saying the president should not be treated well, but these are issues we need to look at.Take my country: We do not have a national airline, but the number of private jets we have is more than all the airlines in Africa have together.It’s a matter of priorities. I do not believe there is an African country that cannot buy gloves for its staff. Personal protective equipment may be very costly, they may need assistance on that. But let us participate. As long as we are wringing hands waiting for the next glove to come, we will never be ready. There are certain things we can do now, with the resources we have.Q: So African leaders should be held more accountable for what they spend money on?A: GAVI [a public-private partnership that funds vaccines for low-income countries] just sanctioned Nigeria after a critical audit report. GAVI gave us money to do certain things, and we could not account for $2 million or $3 million of it. GAVI insisted that Nigeria must pay back that money, and the government agreed. But our government should not just agree to pay back the money, the government should find out who misused the money, get the money back from those persons and not from public coffers. And those people should be brought before the courts to answer for the deaths of the children who did not receive the vaccines that the GAVI money would have provided.Q: So how should African countries contribute to fighting the Ebola outbreak?A: To give you one example, there are 600 Nigerian health care workers who want to go to Liberia. But the process of getting them there has been going on for months. If the African team, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, and the West African Health Organisation all get their acts together, there are more than enough people in Africa—health care workers from Gabon, DRC, Uganda, Sudan—who have experience with this.But we must find the funds to provide insurance for all national and international health workers who are currently working or have volunteered to work in the Ebola-affected areas of Africa. Bear in mind, in Africa we do not have a welfare system. I am the welfare system for my family, my brothers, my uncle. So when I go to an Ebola region, I am thinking of the 23 other people that depend on me. If there is no insurance, I will stay home.Q: There has been a lot of criticism of the WHO regional office in Africa.A: I am angry at them, too. They should take the lead of Ebola control efforts—not Geneva, not Washington, not New York. The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] can help, [Doctors Without Borders] can assist, but it is WHO’s African region that should coordinate and take the lead. It’s all meetings and reports. Nothing on the ground.Q: As it happens, they are meeting in Benin this week; on the agenda is the election of a new regional director.A: These elections are just horse-trading. If the person who wants to get elected requires the vote from Nigeria for example, because it is the ministers of health who do the voting, I might say: “OK, I will vote for you, but I need one directorship from my country.” If he accepts that, he has to accept whoever I bring, regardless of how competent the person is. That is what has messed up Africa. WHO’s regional office has never been able to solve Africa’s problems because of this system of electing its leaders.You want to find the most competent person. Vote on that basis. Not because I visited you and I promised you this or that.Q: Do you think this unprecedented outbreak will change things?A: I wish I could say with confidence that in 10 years’ time we will not be where we are now with Ebola. But the countries have totally lost control of what is going on. If you go to Sierra Leone or Liberia today, there must be at least 10 international groups there. At the end of this epidemic, everybody will pack their bags and leave. The African countries will be left not really knowing what has happened to them. Like someone hit them smack in the face, totally disoriented. There will be millions of scandals about how money was misspent and so on. We will focus on those and move on. Ten years from now, people will have forgotten that there was Ebola and we will be back to where we started.*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.last_img read more

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Metropolitan Stock Exchange appoints Udai Kumar as MD, CEO

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India has appointed Udai Kumar as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer after receiving necessary approval from the markets regulator Sebi.He will focus on repositioning of the exchange and differentiated products, a company statement said today.The Sebis approval comes after a stringent shortlisting process and interviews by the selection committee to select a suitable candidate for the role.In October, the exchange, formerly known as MCX Stock Exchange (MCX-SX), had appointed Kumar as interim CEO and MD following resignation by Saurabh Sarkar.Prior to this, Kumar was the MD of Metropolitan Clearing Corporation of India Limited.Kumar has over two decades of experience in stock exchange administration, capital markets, fund raising, restructuring and mergers and acquisition functions. H has worked with JM Financial, JM Morgan Stanley, Centrum Capital and Fortune Financial.”With his vast experience and leadership skills, I am sure he will be able to consolidate the exchanges business, put in place the necessary business restructuring and chalk out a new growth phase in various market segments,” MSEI Chairman Thomas Mathew T said in a statement.MSEI is the third national stock exchange of the country with licenses to operate in equity, equity derivatives, debt, currency derivatives and interest rates derivatives.”I am looking forward to contributing to the growth of the exchange by focusing on repositioning of the exchange and differentiated products in our existing and new segments, implementing revamped business plan and addressing members? needs. Technology, investor-centricity and knowledge base shall continue to be business mantras,” Kumar said. PTI SP AP NRB ABKadvertisementlast_img read more

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PSG hat-trick hero Kurzawa makes CL history

first_imgPSG Hat-trick sends PSG’s Kurzawa into Champions League history books Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:58 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Layvin Kurzawa PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images PSG PSG v Anderlecht Anderlecht UEFA Champions League Stats The France international became the first defender in the modern competition to score three goals in a game in the club’s victory over Anderlecht Layvin Kurzawa had himself quite the night against Anderlecht in the Champions League and made a bit of history in the process.The defender scored three goals in the second half as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a dominant 5-0 win over the Belgian champions, locking down a spot in the knockout stage.Le Parisiens 14/1 to beat Angers 5-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The efforts were Kurzawa’s first for PSG in European competition as well as his first treble for the club.The hat-trick is nice enough, but Kurzawa also became the first defender in modern Champions League history to achieve the feat in the competition.3 – @layvinkurzawa is the first defender to score a hat-trick in the history of the Champions League. Shh. pic.twitter.com/F7YwfI3uR3— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 31, 2017He is the second PSG player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic first managing it in October 2013.The victims that evening were also Anderlecht, who likely want no part of PSG in any European competition in the near future.Then again, they may not be alone these days as PSG have now scored 17 goals without conceding in the group stage of this year’s competition.last_img read more

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Billionaire David Koch has died at age 79

WASHINGTON — Billionaire David Koch (kohk) has died at age 79. Koch was a major donor to conservative causes and educational groups.His older brother, Charles, said on Friday, “It is with a heavy heart that I now must inform you of David’s death.”The Kochs were best known for a vast political network they built that became popularly known as the “Kochtopus” for its far-reaching tentacles in support of conservative causes.The brothers founded the anti-tax, small government group Americans for Prosperity.David Koch was an engineer trained at MIT. He joined Koch Industries in 1970 and serves on its board. He was chief executive officer of Koch Chemical Technology Group, a Koch subsidiary.Charles and David Koch, each with an estimated net worth of $31 billion, tied in fourth place in 2012 on Forbes 500 list of the nation’s richest men.The Associated Press read more

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Business Report TSX soars to 6year high

by News Staff Posted Apr 21, 2014 5:17 am MDT Business Report: TSX soars to 6-year high AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email business report|tsx The TSX is starting the trading week at a six-year high, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains.

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Shared responsibility to stop 420000 needless deaths from tainted food each year

“Ensuring people have access to safe food takes sustained investment in stronger regulations, laboratories, surveillance and monitoring”, he continued, adding: “In our globalized world, food safety is everyone’s issue.”For his part, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo flagged food safety as “a central element of public health” which will be “crucial in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals”.“Trade is an important force to lift people out of poverty… when we reconvene in Geneva in April we will consider these issues in more depth,” he added, referring to a follow-up event billed as the International Forum on Food Safety and Trade, due to take place in Geneva.The current and forthcoming meetings are expected to galvanize support and lead to actions in key areas that are strategic for the future of food safety.Meanwhile, Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission, underscored that the UN-AU partnership has been “longstanding and strategic,” calling the food safety conference “a demonstration of this partnership”.The conference aims to identify key actions to ensure safe food and a strengthened commitment to scale up food safety in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Some 130 countries are participating in the two-day conference, including ministers of agriculture, health, and trade; scientific experts; partner agencies; civil society organizations; and the private sector.Food systems are becoming ever more complex and interlinked, blurring regulatory responsibility lines and requiring concerted international action.While technological advances, digitalization and processing methods provide opportunities to enhance food safety while improving nutrition, livelihoods and trade, climate change, globalized food production and a growing global population pose new challenges to food safety. Food safety systems must also keep pace with food production and consumption. This requires coordinated approaches for regulatory legislation and disease surveillance and food monitoring programmes that are supported by information technologies, shared information and training. On Tuesday, the First International Food Safety Conference, in Addis Ababa – organized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) World Trade Organization (WTO) and the African Union (AU) – shone a light on the need to root out dangerous food, which is also hampering progress towards sustainable development everywhere.Food should be a source of nourishment and enjoyment, not a cause of disease or death – WHO chief“Safeguarding our food is a shared responsibility. We must all play our part”, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the Conference. “We must work together to scale up food safety in national and international political agendas.”Unsafe food-related illness overloads healthcare systems and damages economies, trade and tourism. Moreover, the impact of unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies around $95 billion in lost productivity each year.“There is no food security without food safety,” underlined the FAO chief, calling the conference “a great opportunity for the international community to strengthen political commitments and engage in key actions”.Food safety must be a paramount goal at every stage of the food chain, from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, preparation and consumption, conference participants stressed.“Food should be a source of nourishment and enjoyment, not a cause of disease or death”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, who pointed out that although unsafe food is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths annually, it has “not received the political attention it deserves”. read more

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Boat made of recycled plastic and flipflops inspires fight for cleaner seas

UN EnvironmentA close up view of the FlipFlopi dhow, a 9-metre traditional sailing boat made from 10 tonnes of discarded plastic.Historic pollution commitments along Flipflopi routeFlipflopi made several stops during the journey, letting local people know what they can do to halt the spread of toxic plastic waste, including the Kenyan coastal towns of Kipini, Malindi and Mombasa.Workshops were conducted to give community members a better understanding of the consequences of dumping plastic waste into the ocean and show children how they can create useful new objects out of dumped plastic bottles.During the Flipflopi voyage, every port of call announced historic commitments to fight pollution. One of the most significant was the pledge to close the Kibarani landfill site in Mombasa, which allows toxic water to drain directly into the ocean. Kibarani is now being restored and planted with trees, while waste will reportedly be disposed of at a new site in a more environmentally responsible manner.Another positive outcome of the campaign has been the decision of 29 businesses, including 22 hotels, to minimize their plastic waste through measures such as banning the use of plastic bottles and straws.UN Environment’s Clean Seas – Flipflopi expedition, is the latest chapter in Kenya’s push to become a global pioneer in tackling plastic pollution. In August 2017, the country introduced the world’s toughest ban on plastic bags with anyone producing, selling or using a plastic bag, risking imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000.The next step for Flipflopi will be a journey to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, where Heads of State, environment ministers, environmental activists, innovators, NGOs, and CEOs of multinational companies will gather for the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly – the world’s highest-level environmental forum – from 11-15 March 2019. The Flipflopi Project was co-founded by Kenyan tour operator Ben Morison in 2016, and the ground-breaking dhow was built by master craftsmen Ali Skanda, and a team of volunteers using 10 tonnes of recycled plastic.The boat gets its name from the 30,000 recycled flip-flops used to decorate its multi-coloured hull.Plastics make up 80 per cent of all ocean litterThe UN Environment agency’s (UNEP) Clean Seas Campaign joined forces with Flipflopi for the journey down the East African coast, which began on 23 January, ending on 7 February, with the aim of inspiring citizens from Africa and around the world to become more aware of the dangers of plastic pollution.The Clean Seas campaign was launched in 2017 to urge governments, businesses and citizens to eliminate major sources of marine litter – microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic – by the year 2022. Each year, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife, fisheries and tourism, and costing at least $8 billion in damage to marine ecosystems. Up to 80 per cent of all litter in the oceans is made of plastic. read more

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This POW escaped a Nazi death camp twice and lived to tell

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. Veteran seeks fellow soldiers captured as prisoners of war A prisoner of war locked up for five years during the Second World War despite two daring escape bids is now searching for any other surviving soldiers from Nazi camps.James Johnstone, known as Jimmy, was captured by German troops in northern France after the battle for Saint-Valery-en-Caux.Now 98, the former soldier recalled how he was wounded in the battle and then shepherded to slave labour camps in Poland and Germany alongside thousands of fellow British troops on a “death march”.Mr Johnstone, who lives alone in Aberdeen, is appealing for any of his fellow prisoners – or their families – to get in touch with him through the Scottish War Blinded charity to reminisce about their experiences.The veteran enlisted with the Royal Engineers in 1937 when he was just 16 and two years later he was called up with the 51st Highland Division and travelled to fight in France. In June 1943, he managed to go on the run for a fortnight with his friend who was also a prisoner of war, Jackie Lockwood, by disguising themselves as Polish civilians with the letter “P” on their clothing.Two years later, the prisoners of war were being marched to another camp in Germany when he attempted a second bid for freedom with three other Britons – Gerald Fury, Bert Petrie and Jim Watt.After the war, Mr Johnstone served in the Royal Engineers Territorial Army, finishing up as a sergeant.He later enjoyed careers with the postal service and as a civil servant.Mr Johnstone, who has limited vision due to macular degeneration in his eyes, said he would like to hear from any other survivors, especially Private ‘Kleats’ McKenzie of the Seaforth Highlanders, Jackie Lockwood, Gerald Fury, Bert Petrie and Jim Watt.He said: “A lot of people say ‘Jimmy, you’ve got sheer bloody determination’.”A lot of people say I have led a very unusual, interesting life. I have lived.”My home help, Scottish War Blinded and all people who pay a visit – that’s the reason I maintain I’m still here.”Any survivors of the events Mr Johnstone experienced, or a relative willing to speak to him, are asked to contact the charity on 0800 035 6409. Veteran seeks fellow soldiers captured as prisoners of warCredit:PA/Scottish War Blinded After the battle at St Valery in June 1940, the surrendered troops were captured by Nazi forces and forced to walk hundreds of miles to the Stalag camps in Germany, via Belgium and the Netherlands.Working 12 hours a day in the labour camps, Mr Johnstone was forced to load coal on to German trucks with “just watery soup and a German loaf between five men” for food. read more

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Two viable pipe bombs discovered in Belfast

first_imgTWO VIABLE PIPE bomb type devices were discovered by a police patrol in a lay by in the area on the Belfast Road, Nutts Corner.The discovery was made at approximately 6pm yesterday evening. The two devices were later made safe by Army technical officers.ForensicsBoth devices have been taken away for further forensic examination and all roads have been re-opened.Police in Northern Ireland are asking anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact them on 0845 600 8000.Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Explosive device found under former NI police officer’s car>Read: PSNI officer fires shot during loyalist paramilitary arrest>last_img read more

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SFR un premier trimestre au bilan mitigé

first_imgSFR : un premier trimestre au bilan mitigéSFR a fait les frais de la hausse de la TVA. A l’heure du bilan du premier trimestre 2010, l’opérateur affiche une baisse de son chiffre d’affaires en grande partie due à son segment mobile. Côté Internet, SFR sauve les meubles avec 65.000 nouveaux abonnés.Un à un les opérateurs Internet et mobile dévoilent leur bilan pour le premier trimestre 2011. SFR fait alors état d’un chiffre d’affaires de 3,056 milliards d’euros, soit une baisse de 0,9% par rapport au premier trimestre 2010. Cette chute, l’opérateur l’explique par l’augmentation de la TVA entrée en vigueur au 1er janvier. “Dans un contexte concurrentiel très dynamique, le début de l’année 2011 est marqué par la mise en application au 1er janvier de la hausse de la TVA, que SFR a choisi de ne pas répercuter sur ses clients mobiles”, souligne le groupe dans un communiqué publié par le Figaro.La hausse de la TVA s’est principalement répercutée sur la partie mobile de SFR. Une baisse du chiffre d’affaires de 3,6% a été enregistrée pour ce segment. La Neufbox quant à elle parvient à afficher un chiffre d’affaires en hausse de 0,7%, avec le recrutement de 65.000 nouveaux abonnés pour atteindre un total de 4,952 millions de clients haut débit. A elle seule, l’offre Neufbox Evolution a attiré 50.000 abonnés supplémentaires pour en compter aujourd’hui 250.000. Ces chiffres sont toutefois moins bons que ceux publiés par Orange et Free. Alors que le premier a recruté sur la même période 89.000 clients, le second peut se targuer d’avoir attiré 154.000 nouveaux abonnés.Le 13 mai 2011 à 18:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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The Daily Is A Top News App But Download Complaints Soar

first_imgIn announcing the launch of the Daily last week, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch said that the $30 million development costs of The Daily were written off and that the digital publication costs less than $500,000 per week to produce. “We’ll be happy when we’re selling millions,” said Murdoch. “Our ambitions are high but the costs are low.” Apple is troubleshooting the crashing and slow loading times with an upgrade today, according to the blog gadgetell.com. While it’s probably not surprising given the buzz around the launch of News Corp.’s tablet-only publication, The Daily is currently #1 in “Top Apps” and #1 in “News Apps,” according to topappcharts.com. However, the app is met with mixed reviews in the App store, gaining an average two-star rating. The trouble seems to lie in the image uploading – one customer says, “Upgraded to newer version and now thumbnails show up,” giving the app two stars. Another user claims, “The update does not show the cover content. The ads seem to load faster now.” One user gave the app one star, but remains optimistic about the possibility of the product. “It crashed before, now it doesn’t load. Great app when it works.” The quote was followed with a smiling emoticon. Download times are a major issue for publishers launching iPad editions and a big reason why downloads falter for many publications after the initial launch. Virgin Media’s iPad magazine launched in November with frustratingly long download times and the second issue was delayed for six weeks as the team worked out the bugs. last_img read more

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Mikky Ekko On New Music Touring Austin Versus Nashville

first_img Mikky Ekko On ‘Fame,’ Touring & Austin mikky-ekko-new-music-touring-austin-versus-nashville Since then he released his debut LP, Time, in 2015, and is set to release his sophomore album, Fame, in November. The passionate lead single, “Cherish You,” from the upcoming album gives us a taste of the heart and soul he’s put into his new music.We sat down with Ekko backstage at Austin City Limits Festival this weekend to learn more about his new music, the challenges of touring and what he likes about Austin. He shares what he loves most about the music-filled city, but coyly notes that it’s “not Nashville,” the city he relocated to in pursuit of his music career.”[Austin and Nashville] both feel really familial and it’s really easy to get to know people, and people genuinely care about each other and I think that that’s really important especially in a musical community,” Ekko shares.Inside Austin City Limits Festival 2018 With The Recording AcademyRead more Mikky Ekko On New Music, Touring & Austin Versus Nashville The singer/songwriter talks about his upcoming sophomore album, maintaining a relationship while on the road and feeling the family vibes in AustinAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 8, 2018 – 3:01 pm The GRAMMY-nominated Mikky Ekko found his big break when the one and only GRAMMY-winning pop powerhouse Rihanna asked him if she could record one of his songs for her GRAMMY-winning 2012 album, Unapologetic. The song, “Stay” ended up being a duet and was released as the second single–and one of the most popular–from the album. At the 55th GRAMMY Awards the two performed the heartfelt ballad, which was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance the following year, on stage. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 8, 2018 – 2:59 pm Mikky Ekko Talks ‘Fame,’ Touring & Austin Facebook Twitter News Email last_img read more

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Champion wrestler Babita Phogat and her father Mahavir Phogat join BJP

first_imgTwitter/BJPBabita Phogat, two-time Commonwealth Games gold-medalist and one of the two famous Phogat sisters (Geeta being the other) has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Her father and original coach Mahavir Singh Phogat also joined the ranks of the ruling saffron party on Monday. Hailing from Indian sports’ hotbed Haryana, the story of the two sisters got mythologized by the Amir Khan movie Dangal in 2016.Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju was present on the occasion as well as BJP national general secretary Dr Anil Jain and BJP Haryana state party chief Subhash Barala. The minister formally welcomed Mahavir Phogat into the Party and described him as a great inspiration for the entire nation and thanked him for producing champions for the country.Mahavir Phogat thanked PM Modi for taking revenge for the terrorist attack in Pulwama and for removing Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. He also said that no other party or person would have been able to achieve these things and he felt inspired by them to join the party.Babita Phogat described herself as ‘a big fan of Narendra Modi sir’ and said she has been so for a long time. She also mentioned the removal of Article 370 as a great achievement and thanked the BJP for it.last_img read more

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Space Center Houston Hosts More Than 500 Teachers At Conference

first_img Share Photo courtesy of Space Center HoustonRetired American astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger addresses a group of attendees as part of the 24th edition of the Space Exploration Educators Conference at Space Center Houston.Space Center Houston is hosting more than 500 teachers from all over the world this week at the 24th edition of its Space Exploration Educators Conference, which started on Wednesday and will conclude on Saturday, February 3rd.A mission to Mars, as well as plans to return to the Moon and the work performed at the International Space Station are some of the topics that are being studied by the conference’s attendees.A news release from NASA detailed the number of attendees, who teach for grades kindergarten to 12th, is approximately 580.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/01173210/Space-Center-Houston-SEEC-VNR.mp400:0000:0006:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.On Thursday, several of them participated in a video conference with American astronaut Joseph Acaba, who is currently in the International Space Station.Acaba, who is a former math and science teacher himself, talked about how life in space impacts the human body and praised the teaching profession as one that involves “hard work” and has a real “impact” on society.Space Center Houston is the official visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center.last_img read more

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NAACP Unanimously Calls for the House of Representatives to Begin Impeachment Proceedings

first_imgBy Lauren Poteat, NNPA NewswireDuring its 110th National Convention at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, the NAACP — the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization — hosted delegates from all over the country. In keeping with the convention’s theme, “When We Fight, We Win,” the NAACP national delegation voted unanimously for the U.S. House of Representatives to initiate Articles of Impeachment for President Donald J. Trump.NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who has remained unwavering in his opposition to the president and his administration’s policies, gave the following remarks to the delegates shortly after the vote was cast.NAACP President Derrick Johnson. (Photo/NNPA)“The pattern of Trump’s misconduct is unmistakable and has proven time and time again that he is unfit to serve as the president of this country,” said Johnson.“From his attempts to curtail the scope of Robert Mueller’s investigation, to calling out minority congresswomen and telling them to go back to their countries, to caging immigrant children without food or water, to his numerous attempts to avert the Supreme Court’s decision to not add in the citizenship question to the 2020 Census, this president has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era.”“Trump needs to know that he is not above the law and the crimes that he has committed, and he must be prosecuted. We will make sure that the NAACP is at the forefront of pushing Congress to proceed with the impeachment process,” Johnson continued.Tonight’s vote was the organization’s latest effort to encourage members of Congress to pursue impeachment against the president. Rep. Al Green (D-TX) energized the delegates, delivering remarks similar to those that launched his efforts on the floor of the House of Representatives, where he has put forth several impeachment measures.Carmel Henry, a millennial voting delegate from the District of Columbia, believes that even if the vote won’t have any legislative ramifications, the resolution represents a step in the right direction.“I support the resolution passed by the organization during its 110th convention because it represents a closer step in addressing the injustices in America, particularly as it pertains to minorities and persons of color,” Henry said.The NAACP’s vote comes one day before former special counsel Robert Mueller is set to testify before Congress, which many Democrats hope will help strengthen the argument for impeachment among the legislators whose views differ from the 87 House members currently on record as expressing support for an impeachment inquiry.While addressing attendees during Monday’s events, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), one of the four freshman congresswomen who President Trump offensively told to “go home,” a statement many believe to based solely on her ethnic background — Tlaib was born in Detroit — repeated her call for his impeachment, saying “I’m not going nowhere. Not until I impeach this president.”Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who also spoke at the convention Monday, did not mention Trump during her speech.last_img read more

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Cengage UNCF Provide Students Free Textbooks

first_imgBy Briana Thomas, Special to the AFROEarlier this month, digital learning company Cengage and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced a free online textbook program to help Black students shoulder the financial strain of purchasing college materials. This upcoming school year, Cengage Unlimited will offer 1,000 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) free, semester-long subscriptions to their all-access digital college textbook and course material platform. According to a press release, UNCF will administer the program and select the recipients on behalf of Cengage. The United Negro College Fund partnered with Cengage Unlimited to offer 1,000 students from HBCUs free, semester-long subscriptions to digital textbooks. (Courtesy Photo)Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage, said in a press release that his company is proud to partner with UNCF to assist minority students in paying for educational resources. “Every student should have an equal opportunity to succeed, and having the right learning materials can have a critical impact on performance,” Hansen said. “The high [costs] of textbooks have prohibited this for many students…”The free subscription to Cengage Unlimited grants Black students access to more than 22,000 Cengage eBooks, online homework access codes and study guides. The subscription price usually costs $119.99 a semester. According to a 2018 study by Morning Consult, 60 percent of African American students chose not to buy required textbooks and course materials, and 52 percent expressed that buying course materials has a big impact on their finances while in school. The same study listed the cost of textbooks as the highest financial stressor for students after paying for tuition. This was in comparison to the responsibilities of student housing, healthcare and food. Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF, said in the press release that it is important to support the education of the next generation of leaders. “For 75 years, our motto ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in,’ has remained at the forefront of everything we do,” Lomax said. “We must continue to invest our time and money in better futures for young people around the country.”In recent years, student enrollment across the nation’s 102 HBCUs has decreased. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of HBCU students increased 47 percent between 1976 and 2010. That number decreased between 2010 and 2017 to a HBCU student population of 298,000 students.UNCF is the largest minority education organization in the country. The company uses scholarships and programs, like the Cengage subscriptions, to strengthen its member colleges and advocate for minority learning and college readiness, according to the UNCF website. The recipients will be awarded based on financial need, a minimum GPA of 2.5, a one-page essay and letter of recommendation.Five hundred subscriptions will be granted for the Fall 2019 semester and another five hundred for Spring 2020 semester. Applicants have until Aug. 29 to apply for the Fall semester. You can visit the UNCF website for more information.last_img read more

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Yoga improves lung function in patients with COPD

first_imgYoga exercises provide improvements that are just as effective as traditional pulmonary rehabilitation methods in improving lung function of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here have found.COPD is a progressive lung disorder that makes it hard to breathe. The researchers found that yoga can improve pulmonary function, exercise capacity, and indices of systemic inflammation in patients with COPD. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Yoga is a cost-effective form of rehabilitation and is as effective as a standard PMR (pulmonary rehabilitation),” said the study by Randeep Guleria and colleagues from AIIMS. For the study, 60 patients with COPD were randomly divided into two groups.One group was taught yoga exercises including asanas, pranayam, meditation and relaxation techniques. The other underwent a structured pulmonary rehabilitation programme.Results showed that yoga and pulmonary rehabilitation exercises resulted in similar improvements in pulmonary function and quality of life after 12 weeks of training. The findings appeared in the journal Chest.last_img read more

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Bearings Market Rising Demand Future Prospect and Forecast Till 2022

first_imgBearings Market by Bearing Type and Bearing Outer Diameter: Global Opportunity and Forecast, 2014-2022, the global market was valued at $84,915 million in 2015 and is projected to reach $140,792 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2016 to 2022.Bearings are antifriction devices used in rotating equipment to minimize resistance and reduce wear and tear. They are used in various industries including automotive, electrical, mining & construction, and railway and aerospace.Request for Sample Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-free-sample/2139Rapid industrialization in potential regions, such as Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Russia drive the industrial bearings industry. The implementation of bearings across various applications is expected to reinforce the need for replacements and renovations, thereby accelerating market demand. Furthermore, upsurge in the production of motor vehicles in Asian economies, such as China, India, and South Korea are expected to provide opportunities to key vendors in this market. This trend is projected to continue in the future and drive the bearings market growth.By bearings type, the ball bearings segment dominated the market in 2014 with around 51% market revenue share. Furthermore, the segment is projected to continue its dominance throughout the forecast period, owing to the increase in application of ball bearings in technologically advanced applications, such as telescope, weather satellites, exercise equipment, and turbines.Based on the geography, the bearings market is segmented into four major regions, namely North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Asia-Pacific was the highest revenue contributor in 2014, accounting for around 37% share of the overall bearings market. The Asia-Pacific market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 8.6% during the forecast period due to advancements in manufacturing sector, along with strong retrieval of motor vehicle industry in economies, such as India, China, and Japan.Enquiry before buying report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/2139The report features a competitive scenario of the bearings market and provides comprehensive analysis of key growth strategies adopted by major players in the bearings industry. Some of the key players operating in the bearings market include C&U Group, Federal Moghul Holding Corporation, JTEKT Corporation, NKE Austria GmbH, NSK Limited, NTN Corporation, Schaeffler Group, SKF AB, THK Company, and Timken Company.Key Findings of the Study:The ball bearings segment dominated the bearing type market in 2014, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period.Among outer diameter, the 23mm-32mm outer diameter is projected to create significant growth opportunities for prominent players operating in the global bearings market.Asia-Pacific dominated the global bearings market size in 2014. Moreover, the segment is projected to continue its dominance throughout the forecast period.The U.S. was leading in terms of spending on bearings in 2014. In addition, India, China, and other emerging markets are projected to provide significant opportunities for major players operating in the market. About US:Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Start the day with a howler

first_imgBreezy, sunny summer days are upon us in Costa Rica: time to relax and simply enjoy the view, just like this howler monkey.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Comments Related posts:To the streets we go, bearing lanterns Just another manic Monday… Waiting for the weekend Waiting for the perfect wavelast_img read more

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by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13 2019 309

first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2019 3:09 pm PDT Canadian author David Chariandy has won US$165,000 as one of eight recipients of Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize.Billed as one of the world’s richest literature prizes, the unrestricted grant is awarded to poets and writers of fiction, non-fiction and drama to support their literary pursuits.Chariandy won the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2017 for his second novel, “Brother,” about two sons of Trinidadian immigrants who confront violence and prejudice in a Toronto housing complex.Windham-Campbell judges praised the Vancouver-based author’s eye for details that lay bare “the revelations of grief as well as the intimacies found within fraught and fraying social spaces.”The other fiction winner this year was Irish short story writer Danielle McLaughlin.In drama, the recipients were Australian Patricia Cornelius and Korean-American Young Jean Lee.Ishion Hutchinson of Jamaica and Ghana-born Kwame Dawes won for poetry, while Indian author Raghu Karnad and American essayist Rebecca Solnit were honoured for non-fiction.The prize was established in 2013 and named for the late novelist Donald Windham and his longtime partner Sandy M. Campbell.The Canadian Press Canadian author David Chariandy wins US$165K Windham-Campbell Prizecenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more