first_imgBy Alex Lennane 28/05/2015 A new freighter service between Canada and Europe hopes to capitalise on the lobster, fish and pharma trades when it makes its first flight on Saturday.Operated by KF Aerospace, previously a supplier to Canada Post and parcels company Purolator, the airline is to launch its new services with two DC-10-30Fs and two 727Fs. Initially, the airline will offer the former aircraft on a four-times a week service between Toronto Pearson and Brussels, with a stop in Greater Moncton, and a daily service between Toronto and Greater Moncton with a B727-200.The airline is planning to expand its network within two months, to include Western Canada via Vancouver and Calgary, and all of Asia via interline agreements through Anchorage, Alaska. It is also considering connecting through Amsterdam for shipments to go on to Asia.“One of the key markets in Canada is the lobster and seafood industry, with 500 tonnes of lobster a month going into the EU,” said Stuart Holland, managing director of Kales, the GSSA providing the commercial expertise. “There is absolutely demand for this type of operation for some key industries. The current transit times for lobsters, which are often delivered by truck to Boston or Toronto, or sometimes on Cargojet to Hamilton, can be very long. This is a six-hour flight, a priority service, which gives the product extra life. This is going to be something of value to the market. “Belgium and Canada are also good for pharmaceuticals and some automotive business,” he added.Mr Holland admitted that the age of the aircraft – of which one of each type will be used as a spare – did not make them “the most economical. But they are wholly owned. Once we have started we will see what the demand is like, and then scale up to the right aircraft for the right route,” he added. “There will be some assessment of aircraft type.”The aircraft holds have been fitted with temperature-controlled areas, added Brian Potvin, head of business development for KF Aerospace.The airline, formerly known as Kelowna Flightcraft, last year lost its contract to wet lease aircraft for Canada Post and Purolator after 27 years. “We have done leasing and operations, but have never done commercial sales before, so we have had to reinvent ourselves,” Mr Potvin told The Coolstar. The airline teamed up with Kales for its sales, Midland Transport for trucking and GTA Aviation for handling in Canada – and the three are understood to be in a ‘risk-sharing’ relationship. KF also has partnerships with all three airports.The airline will be able to offer specialist products, including for pharma and perishables, through its partnership with GTA, which has a modern facility at Toronto-Pearson.The service has been in the planning for eight to 10 months. “We have got customers lined up, and we’ve been spending some time in Halifax,” said Mr Holland. “Once final schedules are confirmed we are pretty sure more customers will come onboard.“Toronto-Vancouver is the largest single market in Canada, both in terms of yield and tonnage,” he added. He noted that London Stansted, which is handy for the automotive and pharma industries, could also be in the carrier’s sights.last_img read more

first_img Related: Vendors’ “research,” however, has made so many elementary mistakes as to inspire voluminous criticism. For instance, one vendor reported weight changes only for those participating in the wellness program, not for non-participants. Without a comparison group, before-and-after measures for participants can’t show that any changes were the result of the program rather than of random variation or something outside work. Another common ploy is to exclude from analyses employees who regained weight they lost, instead counting only participants who succeeded, said Al Lewis, a wellness program watchdog and president of Disease Management Purchasing Consortium International, a consulting company that advises employers on benefits programs.Another vendor reported that “the average employee who lost weight” lost 12 pounds, without disclosing what percentage of employees lost weight. That’s like saying the average employee who got a raise got 5 percent but omitting the inconvenient fact that 99 percent got no raise at all. Analyses also routinely omit employees who drop out of a weight-loss or smoking-cessation program. It isn’t unusual for analyses to claim that if 100 workers began a program and 80 dropped out, the 10 who quit smoking mean the program had a success rate of 50 percent (10/20) rather than 10 percent (10/100). The wellness industry’s “modus operandi is to report only successes and not failures,” Lewis and colleagues wrote last year in the American Journal of Managed Care. At Walgreens and CVS, a push to collect customer health data by dangling discounts Sharon Begley Related: [email protected] Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. @sxbegle Tags preventionwellness By Sharon Begley Feb. 19, 2016 Reprints Comparing employees who choose to participate in wellness programs to those who don’t, as both vendors and many outside researchers do, can also be misleading. Such studies cannot show whether any health improvements in the first group are due to the programs or to the fact that participants are likely more motivated. Motivation is a crucial factor in whether someone loses weight or quits smoking.Despite vendors’ and wellness supporters’ habit of stacking the deck methodologically, a 2010 review of scores of published studies found tiny if any benefits on many measures (an increase of fruit and vegetable consumption of 0.14 serving per day, for instance, or about one bite of banana) and little consistency on other measures. It concluded that any reported benefits “were small or modest in size and came from simple before-and-after studies that were susceptible to several potential sources of bias.”These flaws in wellness studies have come under the microscope because the rosy claims are at odds with more objective research. A 2013 study by RAND is considered “the most comprehensive and authoritative,” said Kaiser’s Pollitz. “They didn’t have an axe to grind.” It found that program participants lost about 1 pound over the first three years, on average, compared to non-participants; by the fourth year, that edge had shrunk to about one-quarter pound. The programs seemed to help smokers quit, though the 73 percent of would-be quitters who were still smoking in the year after their wellness program had risen to 83 percent two years later. RAND found no effect on cholesterol reduction.Second Take: The wellness debate has become bitterly polarized, so STAT sought common ground between one of the programs’ staunchest defenders, Ron Goetzel of Truven Health Analytics, and their harshest critic, Lewis.There is some agreement, including on the industry’s shaky research methodology. In a 2014 paper, Goetzel and his colleagues wrote that it’s hard to get an accurate view of the programs’ effects because “many unsuccessful programs are not reported.”It’s nevertheless clear that programs’ quality and effectiveness varies wildly: “There is a group of about 100 employers whose programs have really smart ingredients” and follow best practices, Goetzel said. “But thousands of other [employers] still don’t do wellness right” and “are not getting good health outcomes.”center_img Gut CheckDo workplace wellness programs improve employees’ health? Related: He recommends employers create a “culture of health” — provide bike racks, cyclist showers, and standing desks; form lunchtime walking clubs; stock vending machines and the cafeteria with healthy (maybe free) choices; make tobacco-cessation courses and medications free. Be wary of programs based on “pry, poke, and punish” — questionnaires, mandatory screenings, higher insurance costs for not participating. And while employees often welcome financial incentives to participate, such bribery doesn’t work in the long run, according to a study this week.Offering his own olive branch, Lewis holds out Florida-based wellness vendor US Preventive Medicine as an exception to his criticism. Based on an analysis of insurance claims, he said, USPM reduced the incidence of asthma, cardiac events, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and diabetes among its customers. “The numbers add up and [disease] events definitely declined,” said Lewis. USPM put together “all of the items” that go into best practices, he said, including individualized health coaching and high employee participation.Asserting that workplace wellness programs cannot improve employees’ health is a step too far. And just because the programs overall have not lived up to their hype doesn’t mean they all fall short. “Workplace wellness programs are like snowflakes,” Kaiser’s Pollitz said. “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen one.”The Takeaway: Workplace wellness programs have the potential to improve health but vanishingly few have done so. “For a lot of things companies do, it’s all about being evidence-based,” said Karen Pollitz, a health care analyst at Kaiser. “But with workplace wellness programs, it’s faith-based: A telling finding from our survey is that most employers who offer wellness programs don’t collect data on whether they work.”First Take: That data vacuum has been filled largely by wellness vendors themselves, whose $8 billion in annual revenue depends on customers (employers) believing their claims.advertisement Gut Check is a periodic look at health claims made by studies, newsmakers, or conventional wisdom. We ask: Should you believe this?The Claim: Workplace wellness programs improve employees’ health and reduce the incidence of preventable disease.The Backstory: These employer-based programs typically combine health questionnaires; biometric screenings for disease risk factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure; incentives such as gym memberships; smoking cessation help; and sometimes a “healthy workplace culture” (no junk food in vending machines or the cafeteria). The programs have become hugely popular in corporate America. According to a 2015 survey of 1,997 firms by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 49 percent of companies with fewer than 200 employees offer wellness programs; 81 percent of larger ones do.The programs’ chief goal is to improve employees’ health. (Another is to control employers’ medical spending, but whether the programs do that is so controversial that STAT will leave that to another day.) The programs encourage and, often, incentivize healthy behaviors (follow dietary guidelines, be physically active, don’t smoke) and identify risk factors for serious disease. But while workplace wellness programs have been around for more than 20 years, there is a startling lack of rigorous evidence that they achieve their stated goals.advertisement Hate to lose money? Channel that emotion to help you be healthier About the Author Reprints Employees at a Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., participate in a daily, on-the-clock workout. Bill Poovey/AP Should companies publicly report employees’ weight and stress levels? last_img read more

first_imgHealthLast Cuban doctor defectors arrive in US after policy change Leave this field empty if you’re human: Yet its critics are fierce.Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said the Cuban doctors worked under “modern-day indentured servitude” and that the defector program was “undermining the Castro regime by providing an outlet for Cuban doctors to seek freedom from forced labor.”Some critics also say the Cuban government exploits medical professionals abroad by taking away most of the wages paid by foreign governments and using the funds as a source of hard currency for the island.Alfonso said hundreds of doctors are currently stranded in Colombia, after deserting their missions in Venezuela, and many didn’t manage to apply in time.“It’s really sad that Obama left that legacy with the Cuban community, favoring the Havana regime and crushing the hopes of a group of professionals who want to be free,” he said.Yerenia Cedeno, a 28-year-old general practitioner, said she deserted her mission in Venezuela because of violence and meager pay that sometimes wasn’t enough to buy food.Although she had applied for a visa before Jan. 12, she thought her chances of reaching the US were slim once the program was canceled.“I am immensely relieved because when we saw the program ended, we lost hope. Then we got the visa, and I was so happy,” Cedeno said after arriving at the Miami airport. “We can say that we were saved.”— Adriana Gomez Licon Cuban doctors Yerenia Cedeño, left, and Carlos Amigo gather their belongings after arriving at Miami International Airport. Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP Tags physicians By Associated Press Feb. 9, 2017 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. About the Author Reprints The waning administration of President Barack Obama canceled the doctors’ policy Jan. 12. It also eliminated the better-known “wet foot, dry foot” policy that gave any Cuban who makes it to US soil a path to become a legal resident. The moves lined up with Obama’s push for a more normalized relationship with communist Cuba.advertisement The program — begun in 2006 by then President George W. Bush — allowed Cuban doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to defect to the US while on their government’s mandatory assignments abroad. Pavot said he had applied after the Cuban government dispatched him to a crime-ridden area of Venezuela, where many co-workers were attacked.center_img Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Related: But doctors who already applied for visas before Jan. 12 are being allowed in, and the final wave of those accepted are arriving on flights to Miami this week, said Julio Cesar Alfonso, director of a nonprofit that helps Cuban doctors resettle in the USOn Monday, a few walked through glass doors past Customs to loud cheers and hugs from close and distant relatives carrying flowers and balloons. They cried and took photos.Alfonso said 20 professionals arrived Monday and more are expected on flights this week.Some critics of the doctors’ policy have said it amounted to a more than decade-long brain drain for Cuba. But proponents said the doctors were forced by the Cuban government to toil overseas under often-grueling conditions and deserved to be liberated.The repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy was welcomed by many in the Cuban exile community who accused certain recent arrivals of abusing privileges by claiming federal benefits and then traveling back to Cuba. But many of the same criticized the cancellation of the medical defectors program; they’re urging the Trump administration to restore it.Under the policy, qualifying medical professions could immediately apply for work permission and apply for residency after one year.President Trump has not established what, if anything, will change regarding Cuba policy. Press secretary Sean Spicer said last week the administration is reviewing its position with Havana.Cuba’s doctors abroad program has earned praise from the World Health Organization for responding to the Ebola outbreak in Africa and to natural disasters such as Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. MIAMI — Yoandri Pavot applied just in time for a visa under a recently scrapped US policy that had long welcomed doctors from Cuba who defected while on assignment in third countries.Pavot and other Cuban doctors arriving this week in Miami under the now canceled policy, called the Cuban Medical Professionals Parole, said they’re relieved to be arriving despite uncertain times for immigrants under the Trump administration. But they’re anxious about colleagues left behind.“I still can’t believe it. Pinch me. Pinch me. I can’t believe I am here,” Pavot, 35, said after arriving Monday at Miami International Airport holding a small American flag. “I wish they would give the ones left behind a chance because they are also fighting for freedom.”advertisement Privacy Policy Associated Press The Cuban hustle: Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for meager pay last_img read more

first_img2 dead, 10 missing after boat from Cuba capsizes near Key West May 29, 2021 Advertisement Coast Guard crew rescues stranded sailboat near Naples March 23, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementTags: Coast GuardScheme AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementThe intermediaries that Smith worked with would allegedly funnel the money and the mariners’ requests to Smith, who would then inauccurately report the scores in the computer system.Smith and the intermediaries’ work allowed different applicants to get licenses to work on ships, including for positions like chief engineer, reported NBC.Six people, including two former Coast Guard employees, are accused of acting as intermediaries. Four of those intermediaries had their own exams fixed by Smith, too, said authorities. All, including Smith, were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, reported NBC.Twenty-four current and former merchant mariners were charged with unlawfully receiving officer-level licenses, prosecutors said. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Man rescued after catamaran capsizes in Florida April 12, 2021 More than 30 people were charged for their roles in a test score-fixing scheme that happened over the course of seven years at a United States Coast Guard exam center in Louisiana.According to federal prosecutors, the indictment centered around Dorothy Smith, a former employee at an exam center in Mandeville. Smith was required to enter scores for exams merchant mariners had to pass in order to receive licenses for positions on ships, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana said on Monday.Smith allegedly took bribes from mariners to fix exam scores and used intermediaries to connect her to maritime workers who were willing to pay, reported NBC News. Coast Guard rescues 3 people after high winds push pink flamingo raft away from shore June 10, 2021last_img read more

first_img Published: Nov. 5, 2006 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Hazy skies on early Earth could have provided a substantial source of organic material useful for emerging life on the planet, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder. In a study published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences the week of Nov. 6, the research team measured organic particles produced from the kind of atmospheric gases thought to be present on early Earth. The laboratory experiment modeled conditions measured by the Huygens probe on Saturn’s moon, Titan, last year during the NASA-European Space Agency’s Cassini mission, according to Margaret Tolbert of CU-Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, one of the study’s authors. The researchers mimicked Titan’s hazy skies by exposing methane gas to an ultraviolet lamp, then added carbon dioxide gas to the mix to see if conditions that were probably present on early Earth would produce a similar organic haze. “It turns out that organic haze can form over a wide range of methane and carbon dioxide concentrations,” said Tolbert. “This means that hazy conditions could have been present for many millions or even a billion years on Earth while life was evolving.” According to co-author Melissa Trainer of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, the study was the first to measure the chemical properties of aerosols by irradiating methane and carbon dioxide with ultraviolet light. “We found that you can make a lot of organic material virtually out of thin air,” said Trainer, who completed her doctoral degree in CU-Boulder’s chemistry and biochemistry department at CU in May 2006 under Tolbert. Scientists believe the atmospheric chemistry of Titan might hold valuable clues to understanding the climate on Earth when life was just forming, said Trainer. Titan is an unusual solar system moon in that it has an atmosphere — in this case one thick with organic aerosol particles that form through photochemical processes when sunlight reacts with methane gas, she said. According to the study, a similar haze hanging over Earth early in its history could have supplied more than 100 million tons of organic material to the planet’s surface each year. “As these particles settled out of the skies, they would have provided a global source of food for living organisms,” said Trainer. Previous efforts to understand early life on Earth have focused on extreme environments like hydrothermal vents, where energy and nutrients are plentiful, said Tolbert. The new study shows that such a high-energy food source could have been produced globally early in Earth’s history, possibly expanding the habitable domain for early life, she said. In addition to serving as a source of organic material, a haze layer over Earth could have shielded living organisms from harmful UV rays and helped to regulate Earth’s early climate, according to the study. The haze may have contributed to the geologic record on Earth by depositing organic carbon into some of the planet’s most ancient rocks, said Alexander Pavlov, a study co-author and former LASP researcher now at the University of Arizona. Organic carbon is believed by scientists to be of biological origin. Other authors on the study included LASP’s Owen Toon, H. Langley Dewitt and Jose Jimenez of CIRES, and Christopher McKay of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. “It’s exciting to see that the early Earth experiments produced so much organic matter,” said Carl Pilcher, director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, headquartered at NASA Ames. “An organic haze produced this way on early Earth could have contributed to the formation and sustenance of life.” The study was funded by the NASA Solar System Exploration Division’s Exobiology program and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. CIRES is a joint research endeavor of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.last_img read more

first_imgTechnology and Education Ministries to Sign MOU to Boost Animation Industry EducationJune 7, 2013 RelatedCorporate Jamaica Urged to Help Schools Establish Music Programmes RelatedEducation Ministry to Implement Policy for School-Aged Mothers Advertisementscenter_img RelatedVeteran Educator to Receive PM’s Medal of Appreciation FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministries of Education and Science, Technology, Energy and Mining are to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to facilitate the identification of talent within local high schools that will support the development of the local Animation industry.The announcement was made by Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, held on June 6.[RELATED: Submit Entries by June 16 for Animation Competition]He said both Ministries are collaborating to further develop the business of animation among high school graduates, and enhance their skill level in the industry. “We are going to be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) soon, because the business process outsources have informed us that persons coming out of the high school system are not at the required level, so more needs to be done to boost their creativeness,” Mr. Robinson said.He pointed out that the Ministry will be providing the appropriate training and expertise, so that such persons can tap into the animation industry, effectively. The Minister said that Jamaica is poised to develop a lucrative animation industry, which will present significant opportunities for job creation and foreign exchange earnings, but there are some hurdles or gaps in the development process, which require support from the Ministry to resolve.“We have an abundance of talent here, but there are gaps preventing us from converting them into businesses that can generate income. That we are seeking to change,” he said.One of the biggest challenges facing the industry, the State Minister said, is that persons have brilliant ideas, but cannot afford to leave their day jobs to invest the time and effort to translate their ideas into realities.“In essence, we have to provide the money, the business support and mentorship for such persons, so that their ideas can come to fruition,” he stressed.The State Minister said that the development of the animation industry is a general thrust by the Government to drive entrepreneurship in Jamaica, and expose talents, so that Jamaicans can be more marketable worldwide. He added that Jamaicans are talented in all respects, including animation, application, and software development, which can move the country in a positive direction.“We are going to build on the creativity that exists here in Jamaica, because our primary responsibility as an administration is to find ways to stimulate economic growth,” Mr. Robinson said.He noted that the industry is labour intensive, and requires a lot of work, but is confident that Jamaicans will capitalise on it if the right structures are put in place.The Kingston Animation Festival will be held from June 20 to 21 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, Mona campus.The festival, which is an initiative of the Technology Ministry, is being staged in partnership with the World Bank and the Government of Canada.Contact: Jeneva Gordonlast_img read more

first_imgRegion Urged to Unite to Address Debt Problem Finance & Public ServiceJune 20, 2013Written by: Bryan Miller RelatedUDC Moves to Restore Financial Viability RelatedMovement of Dollar within Expectations RelatedNew Measures for TRN Application Advertisementscenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, addresses the closing reception for the third annual forum of the Caribbean Debt Managers Association, held on Tuesday, June 18, at the Iberostar Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay. Region Urged to Unite to Address Debt ProblemJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says Caribbean countries need to come together and exploit the synergies that exist in order to facilitate growth and reduce the debt stock.He pointed to the areas of tourism, entertainment, and commodity-focused sectors as areas in which countries could collaborate and share experiences “for the benefit of all”.“What we need to do is to develop the patterns of collaboration between the investor community, the banking community, the public sector, to ensure two things, one, that we never permit the debt to build up again to this scale that it now currently is…and two, we need to create the business environment that facilitates investment activity at all levels of the investor community, small, medium and large,” he stated.Dr. Phillips was addressing Tuesday’s (June 18) closing ceremony of the Caribbean Association of Debt Managers two-day forum held at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel in Montego Bay.According to the Finance Minister, the build-up of debt is “presenting itself as a major impediment to the capacity of our countries to grow” and the most important challenge “is how to transition from the debt management agenda to a growth agenda”.He noted that in many respects, fiscal consolidation represents “the most important initial building block for any growth agenda”.He said, however, that this will require difficult social adjustments, and it is therefore important for governments to share perspectives with the general population as to the measures that will have to be implemented.Senior Director, Debt Management Branch, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Pamela McLaren, informed that the two-day meeting, held under the theme: ‘Managing debt under financial distress’ included exchanges among the Caribbean debt managers, and participation from international partners such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank and commercial and investment bankers.She mentioned that there were representatives from about 10 Commonwealth countries across the region.Mrs. McLean stated that all the issues in relation to debt management were examined, including an institutional and legal framework, along with solutions to get the debt of respective nations on a downward trajectory.Contact: Bryan Millerlast_img read more

first_img Kavit Majithia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 AUG 2018 Vodafone UK is taking steps to protect customers from an international calling scam it said is affecting worldwide phone users and the wider telecoms industry.Dubbed Wangiri, Vodafone said the scam is a “worldwide problem” which involves fraudsters ringing a large range of numbers and then hanging up after a single ring. The missed calls are an attempt to get victims to call back an international number, which result in high charges and allows the fraudsters to profit.Vodafone said it is already blocking customers from “unwittingly” calling back Wangiri numbers where possible, and reimburses any victim who has incurred charges.In addition, the operator has deployed new technology to prevent all identified Wangiri numbers “from reaching our customers in the first place”.Vodafone UK’s chief executive Nick Jeffery said the company was sending a message to criminal gangs behind the scam: “We are determined to do what we can to stamp out fraudulent practices, whether it is false PPI calls or bogus accident claim calls coming from the UK, or international phone rackets.”Jeffery added the company would share its intelligence with other operators “so we can act as one”.Vodafone said it was the first mobile operator to automatically block nuisance, scam and fraudulent calls generated by UK-based dialers in 2016, and now prevents up to 2 million automated calls from reaching customers a day. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Home Vodafone UK deploys new tech against call scam Vodafone UK ramps competition with BT Tags Vodafone UK plots open RAN research lab Authorcenter_img Previous ArticleChina Unicom maintains momentum in H1Next ArticleSouth Korea bullish on mobile payment growth Español Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Related Vodafone UK Firmas rivales cuestionan la fusión de Virgin Media y O2 UKlast_img read more

first_img21:20 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Related Stories The novel’s main characters are a pair of officers partnered together, war vet and Morehouse graduate Lucius Boggs, and the street-smart Tommy Smith. Both men are faced with bringing law enforcement to a deeply mistrustful community.Asked whether he intended to explore the parallels between the racial strife in the novel and police brutality in contemporary America, Mullen responds “yes and no.”Mullen began writing the book in 2012, finishing the first draft in summer of 2014.“So this book was not a deliberate response to the recent spate of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement,” he says, though he acknowledges that race is an issue that is always present in our lives.“In 2012, we still had Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, we still had a lot of racially coded criticism of President Obama,” he says. “And I think one of the fun things about historical fiction is that it puts a mirror on our own times. It allows us to find some of the historical roots in issues that are still playing out today.”Thomas Mullen launches “Darktown” Tuesday September 13 at the Margaret Mitchell House at 7 p.m.Like us on Facebook For Whom The Bell Rings Atlanta-based author Thomas Mullen in the WABE studios. Mullen launches his new novel ”Darktown” at the Margaret Mitchell House Tuesday night.Credit Myke Johns / WABEEdit | Remove Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Thomas Mullen’s biography opens with the confession that while his neighbors near downtown Atlanta “suspect not a thing, he commits murders, spins wildly convoluted conspiracy theories, travels through time, [and] reinvents the past.”The part of the past he has most recently reinvented is not far from his front door. His new novel “Darktown” centers on the story of the Atlanta Police Department’s first black police officers, hired on in April of 1948. But Mullen is quick to point out that his story is not about the integration of the APD because in fact, rather than real integration there was – as one character puts it – “a better kind of segregation.”“This isn’t like a police version of Jackie Robinson integrating the Dodgers,” Mullen told “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes.In the Jim Crow era, black Atlanta Police officers were only allowed to patrol black neighborhoods and they were not permitted squad cars. Their beats had to be walked on foot.“They couldn’t even set foot in the headquarters,” Mullen says, “because according to a Newsweek article that came out a year before, as many as one quarter of Atlanta cops were members of the Ku Klux Klan.”The APD’s African-American officers had their own precinct set up in the basement of the Butler Street YMCA in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood.last_img read more

first_img ← Orange Magazine of the European Youth Press is looking for Young Journalists Reddit September 7, 2018 Published by Bojana Similar Stories Pocket Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Fellowship → LinkedIn 0 Deadline: 10 October 2018 (Round 1); 5 December 2018 or 3 January 2019 (Round 2)Open to: citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom applying for one of the full-time residential courses – PhD;  MSc or MLitt; MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.Benefits:  full cost of studying + one economy single airfare + inbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health SurchargeDescriptionThe Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge; this is the largest ever single donation to a UK university.They offer 90 full-cost scholarships each year to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The selection criteria are:outstanding intellectual abilityleadership potentiala commitment to improving the lives of othersa good fit between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applyingThere are about 225 Scholars from c. 50 countries studying in Cambridge at any one time who pursue the full range of subjects available at the University and are spread across its departments and Colleges.The aim of the Gates Cambridge programme is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.EligibilityYou can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:a citizen of any country outside the United Kingdomapplying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:PhD (three year research-only degree)MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.) Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2019 Share 0 +1 Tweet If you are currently studying at Cambridge and wish to apply for a new postgraduate course you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. For example, if you are currently studying for an MPhil you can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD. Current Gates Cambridge Scholars may also apply for a second scholarship if they are applying for a new degree. All current Cambridge students will be considered in round two. However, if you have already started a course you cannot apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to fund the remainder of it.Courses which are NOT eligible for Gates Cambridge Scholarships:BA (undergraduate)BA affiliated (a second BA)MBBChir Clinical StudiesMD Doctor of Medicine degree (6 years, part-time)Part-time degreesNon-degree coursesBenefitsA Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.Core components:the University Composition Fee at the appropriate rate*a maintenance allowance for a single student (round EUR 19.400 [£17,500] for 12 months at the 2018-19 rate; pro rata for courses shorter than 12 months)one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the courseinbound visa costs & the cost of the Immigration Health SurchargeHow to apply?Before applying read the section which application materials are needed and how to apply section.For more information please visit the official website.last_img read more