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New York corruption case puts spotlight on cancer researcherNew York corruption case puts spotlight on cancer researcher

first_imgA prominent cancer researcher has become entangled in a high-profile corruption case in New York state. Media outlets are reporting that Robert Taub of Columbia University is the “Doctor-1” described in a criminal complaint that accuses Democratic state Representative Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, of arranging bribes and kickbacks that netted Silver millions of dollars.Doctor-1 is cooperating with federal investigators, according to the complaint. In exchange for his cooperation, he will not be charged with any crime.The complaint, some of which is based on information supplied by Doctor-1, alleges that Silver steered to Taub some $500,000 from a state health care research fund that Silver controlled. In exchange, Taub referred patients suffering from asbestos-related disease to Silver’s law firm, investigators allege. Some of the funds were used to establish a university research center on mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, the complaint states; Taub helped found Columbia University’s Mesothelioma Center, according to several online biographies. Taub is the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family professor of clinical medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.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(*)Silver also helped arrange for a job for a relative of Taub’s, the complaint alleges.Taub’s biography notes he has authored more than 130 research papers; a Google Scholar search using his name and “mesothelioma” returns 172 papers. He has served as a scientific adviser to a number of nonprofit organizations, according to online sources, and on the editorial boards of several journals.As ScienceInsider went to press, Taub’s office and Columbia University had not responded to inquiries about the matter.last_img read more

India vs England: Stuart Broad suffers foot injury, to undergo scanIndia vs England: Stuart Broad suffers foot injury, to undergo scan

first_imgEngland seamer Stuart Broad has suffered a right foot injury which requires a scan. Broad complained of discomfort in his foot on the first day of the ongoing Vizag Test against India.”Stuart has got a bit of a foot problem. He’s been a bit in the wars – he’s got a graze on his arm as well, so he’s nursing those,” James Anderson told Sky Sports. (Also Read: Ashwin slams media, says stop throwing pitch jibes)Broad removed opener Lokesh Rahul with his fifth ball on Day 1 but was seen limping later in the day. He did return to bowl on Day 2, sending down four overs with the second new ball.India, who opted to bat first, were bowled out for 455 in the first innings, with Broad finishing with figures of 1/49 from his 16 overs.last_img

Carlos Ramos responds to Serena Williams controversy: A la carte refereeing doesn’t existCarlos Ramos responds to Serena Williams controversy: A la carte refereeing doesn’t exist

first_imgCarlos Ramos has finally broken his silence since the much discussed final of the women’s singles final at he US Open involving Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.His first public statement since the US Open was that he was “good” despite the firestorm of controversy.The 47-year-old Portuguese handed out three code violations to runner-up Williams on Saturday, prompting a heated on-court argument with the 23-times Grand Slam champion and sparking a debate about sexism in tennis.READ – WTA comes out in support of Serena after chair umpire row”I am good, under the circumstances,” Ramos was quoted as saying in Portugal’s Tribuna Expresso.”It’s an unhappy situation but a la carte refereeing doesn’t exist.”Don’t you worry about me!” Ramos, who told the newspaper that he had avoided walking the streets of New York on Sunday to avoid any “complicated situations”, confirmed he would be back in the chair on Friday in Zadar, Croatia.READ – Billie Jean King softens stance on Serena Williams controversyThe International Tennis Federation (ITF), which on Monday issued a statement describing Ramos as one of the most respected umpires in tennis, has appointed him to officiate the semi-final of the Davis Cup, the international men’s team event, between Croatia and the United States.The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) both publicly backed the allegations of sexism levelled at Ramos after Saturday’s match.READ – Serena Williams calls chair umpire a thief, accuses him of sexismWilliams was fined $17,000 and docked a point and a game for three code violations during the match, including breaking a racket and verbally abusing the umpire.advertisementBillie Jean King, the former world number one who founded the WTA in the 1970s, said on Tuesday all sides shared blame for the incident, saying Williams was “out of line” but that Ramos could have prevented the controversy with more leniency and clearer communication.Ramos was unable to defend himself in public in New York as the row escalated over the weekend as ITF rules prevent umpires from commenting on their matches.READ – ITF defends chair umpire Carlos Ramos after US Open rowThe incident sparked another social media storm on Monday when a cartoon was published in an Australian newspaper depicting Williams with exaggerated features, which civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson among others described as “racist”.The Herald Sun, owned by News Corp, defied allegations of racism on Wednesday when it reprinted the cartoon on its front page, attempting to portray the controversy as a matter of freedom of speech.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

UK-Born Jamaicans Who Take Up Citizenship to be RecognisedUK-Born Jamaicans Who Take Up Citizenship to be Recognised

first_imgSpecial ceremonies are being planned by the Jamaican High Commission in London, United Kingdom (UK), to recognise UK-born persons of Jamaican heritage, who take up Jamaican citizenship. High Commissioner to the UK, Her Excellency Aloun N’dombet Assamba, said the Mission has been encouraging the second, third and fourth generation UK-born Jamaicans to recognise their “Jamaicaness”. The ceremonies, she said, would also strengthen the bonds with the next generation of UK-born Jamaicans. Mrs. N’dombet Assamba was speaking on Saturday, February 2, at a meeting of UK-based Jamaican community members and business leaders, at the High Commission, where activities for 2013 were outlined. “We have also been encouraging UK-Jamaicans to apply, once they are able to prove that their parents are Jamaicans,” the High Commissioner said. The High Commission receives up to 15 citizenship applications each week, and Mrs. N’dombet Assamba told the meeting that the proposed ceremonies will be a special recognition for those who go through the process. “We have the certificates and I feel that although we don’t have it (the ceremony) formally as part of the process, the recognition is important. We have decided that at least twice a year, we are going to have a recognition ceremony at which those people who become citizens will be acknowledged,” she added. Mrs. N’dombet Assamba told the meeting that other planned events include a Bob Marley Tribute in February; a series of meetings by the National Land Agency in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham in May; an Independence Church Service on August 3 at Southwark Cathedral; and a Cultural Evening in October, showcasing literary arts.The High Commissioner also encouraged community members to nominate persons in the UK for Jamaican National Honours.last_img read more

Antlerless Deer Stamps Still AvailableAntlerless Deer Stamps Still Available

first_imgThe Department of Natural Resources announced today, Sept. 15, that more than 1,100 antlerless deer stamps are still available for Deer Management Zone 103. Four thousand stamps were made available for Zone 103 during the 2011 Antlerless Deer Draw held on Sept. 3. The zone mostly includes Halifax and Lunenburg counties along with parts of Hants and Queens counties. The remaining stamps will be available on a first-come, first- served basis starting at 7 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16. To apply, applicants must: be a Nova Scotia resident be eligible to hold a 2011 deer hunting licence be 16 years of age or older hold a Nova Scotia Wildlife Resources Card at the time of application not already hold a 2011 Antlerless Deer Stamp in any deer management zone not have suspended hunting privileges. Applications will be accepted by phone at 1-900-565-3337 or the internet at http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/draws/deerdraw/ for $7.40 plus HST. Calls cannot be made from a cellphone. Applicants are reminded that antlerless deer stamps are not transferrable or refundable and you can only apply once.last_img read more

England took trophy but India owned World Cup 2019 on TwitterEngland took trophy but India owned World Cup 2019 on Twitter

first_imgNew Delhi: After six weeks of action-packed cricket, England emerged as the world champions after beating New Zealand in a close game ending with a Super Over. Sundays final was one of the most nail-biting games this Cricket World Cup has seen, with everything coming down to the last ball. This World Cup season, cricket fans from all over the world came to Twitter to talk about winning moments, shocking upsets, classic catches, and let’s not forget all the memes about the rain. The #CWC19 conversation generated 31 million tweets from May 20 to July 15. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherComparing the hashtag #CWC19 to the last Cricket World Cup hashtag #CWC15, there was more than a 100 per cent growth in Tweet volume containing the official hashtag. In this edition, fans across the world were able to catch the video highlight clips from each game on Twitter through official handles @ICC and @cricketworldcup. These handles also tweeted unique videos, behind the scenes content and interviews with captains, which enabled fans to connect with players and experts. These two handles clocked a collective of more than 60 million video views, reaffirming the power of video on Twitter. Also, the tweet by Indian captain Virat Kohli thanking the fans and his heart-warming gesture towards 87-year-old die-hard India fan Charulata Patel took all users on an endearing trip, making it the most retweeted tweet of #CWC19. With 2.9 million tweets, the most-tweeted about match was the one between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, making it the biggest One Day International (ODI) match ever on Twitter.last_img read more

Anita Mondal takes oath as BMC chairpersonAnita Mondal takes oath as BMC chairperson

first_imgKolkata: Following Krishna Chakraborty, who became the new Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC), newly elected chairperson Anita Mondal sworn in on Friday. Mondal took the oath in presence of BMC Commissioner Pritha Sarkar. Tapas Chatterjee has been elected as the Deputy Mayor again. Also on Friday, seven Member, Mayor-in-Councils (MMiC) took oath. Sources informed that apart from Debraj Chakraborty all the MMiCs along with their departments will remain unchanged. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaEarlier, Prasenjit Sardar, who was MMiC of Youth Development and Sports, resigned from his post after Sabyasachi Dutta’s resignation from the post of BMC Mayor. Debraj will given Sardar’s department. On Friday Krishna said: “We are like a family. We will work hand-in-hand to serve the people in BMC area.” She also informed that as per Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s instruction to use drones in order to check on the rooftops of the buildings whether any water is stored or garbage is present, a drone will be flown on Monday as experiment. Also she will attend the programme’Apnar Ward E Apnar Mayor’ (your Mayor in your ward) on Sunday at Keshtopur.last_img read more

Province to invest in literacy programs for adult learners Northeast BC toProvince to invest in literacy programs for adult learners Northeast BC to

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has announced that it will be making investments in creating more access to literacy programs for adult learners.According to the Government, $2.4 million will be shared among 94 community adult literacy programs that are run by 69 different service providers.Societies and Organizations within Northeast B.C. to receive funding, through Northern Lights College, include the Fort St. John Literacy Society, Dawson Creek Literacy Society, Chetwynd Public Library, and Tumbler Ridge Public Library. Funding will go towards supporting both adult and family literacy programs.The Government says more than 700,000 British Columbians are estimated to have significant literacy challenges, with 45 percent of adults in B.C. having some difficulty with daily living tasks due to limited literacy skills.last_img read more

New biosafety protocol to UN treaty on biological diversity opens for signatureNew biosafety protocol to UN treaty on biological diversity opens for signature

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress was adopted by the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on 15 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan, after several years of negotiations. It is a supplementary protocol to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). “We are hoping that the protocol will be ratified and go into force as soon as practicable,” Charles Gbedemah, Senior Programme Officer at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity, told a news conference soon after the protocol opened for signature.The Supplementary Protocol takes its name from the city of Nagoya, and from the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in recognition of their roles as hosts of several significant meetings pertaining to the negotiations on liability and redress.It will enter into force 90 days after the deposit of the 40th instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession.“The Supplementary Protocol has been the missing link for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety,” said Hidenori Murakami, advisor to Japan’s Minister for Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries.“I think we now have this system which works as the safety net for the possible damage [of biodiversity] through trans-boundary movement of LMOs [living modified organisms],” said Mr. Murakami, speaking on behalf of the presidency of the Cartagena Protocol.The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology.The Protocol was adopted on 29 January 2000 in Montreal, Canada, and entered into force on 11 September 2003. To date, 159 countries and the European Community are party to the Protocol. 7 March 2011Colombia, Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden became the first countries to sign a new treaty that opened for signature at United Nations Headquarters in New York today that provides international rules and procedures for liability and redress in the event of damage to biodiversity caused by living modified organisms. read more

Sri Lanka to work closely with new Indian PresidentSri Lanka to work closely with new Indian President

President Maithripala Sirisena, congratulating the newly elected Indian President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his willingness to work closely with the new Indian President to further develop and strengthen excellent bilateral relations and cooperation which exists between the two countries. Sending a congratulatory message to President Kovind, the President stated that the vision and maturity of the new President will enormously be beneficial in achieving harmony and unity that will encompass all communities in India. “Your knowledge and the proven skills in governance will contribute to the nation and its people in achieving prosperity and development. Your position in this august position, undoubtedly will continue to be a source of inspiration in your country’s efforts to realize its goals and objectives,” the President stated. (Colombo Gazette) read more

South Korean leader says Japan dishonest over wartime pastSouth Korean leader says Japan dishonest over wartime past

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has berated Japan for carrying out its plan to downgrade South Korea’s trade status and reiterated Seoul’s stance that Tokyo was weaponizing trade to retaliate over political rows stemming from the countries’ wartime history.Moon said in a Cabinet meeting that Japan is being dishonest by insisting that its trade curbs weren’t retaliation over historical issues. He says Japan should look “squarely at the past” and that its current actions were aggravating the pain and anger of South Koreans who suffered under Japan’s brutal colonial rule of Korea before the end of World War II.Later Thursday, the countries’ diplomats are expected to hold working-level meetings in Seoul to discuss the trade row and security issues related to North Korea.The Associated Press read more

First East Timor defence force battalion inaugurated as UN welcomes the moveFirst East Timor defence force battalion inaugurated as UN welcomes the move

“The raising of the first East Timorese Infantry Battalion and the opening of the Metinaro training facility are truly significant milestones in the history of this country,” Dennis McNamara, deputy chief of UNTAET, said at the ceremony marking the events. “Following independence next year, this battalion, trained at this centre, will be charged with protecting and upholding the sovereignty of Timor Lorosa’e.”Acting Chief Minister José Ramos-Horta, the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Admiral Barry, ETDF Commander Brigadier General Taur Matan Ruak, and UN Peacekeeping Force Commander Winai Phattiyakul were among the other dignitaries attending the ceremony. Mr. Ramos-Horta thanked the international community for its support in helping create the ETDF, and expressed hope that donor countries would remain involved in the reconstruction and development of East Timor.The recruitment and selection process for the first 600-member battalion was completed in January 2001, and 250 of these recruits completed their basic training at their former base in Aileu in June. Their 12-week basic training was conducted by Portugal, with specialist training conducted by Australia.The remaining 350 battalion recruits are currently undergoing basic training at Metinaro. Thirty-two members of the first class of graduates are serving as instructors for the second basic training course, alongside 10 Portuguese specialists.The process of recruiting men and women to join a second ETDF battalion is also now under way. In the first phase, the Office for Defence Force Development is recruiting some 260 new soldiers above the age of 18, who are expected to begin basic training in January. read more

Bernanke goes before congressional panels as US economy slumps could signal FedsBernanke goes before congressional panels as US economy slumps could signal Feds

by News Staff Posted Jul 17, 2012 3:30 am MDT WASHINGTON – Chairman Ben Bernanke could offer some clues about whether the Federal Reserve is poised to take another step to jolt the sluggish U.S. economy when he appears before Congress this week.Bernanke will give his semiannual report to the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday and to the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday. His testimony comes as job growth has slumped, manufacturing has weakened and consumers have grown more cautious about spending.Investors are hoping Bernanke will signal another round of bond purchases is in the offing. The purchases seek to push down long-term interest rates and encourage more borrowing and spending. The first two rounds triggered powerful rallies in the U.S. stock market.The economy was already sputtering when the Fed’s policymaking committee last met June 19-20. At that meeting, the Fed decided to extend a program that shifts its bond portfolio to try to lower long-term interest rates.Minutes of the June meeting show that Fed officials were open to taking further action — but were divided over whether the economy needs help now.Since then, the government has reported that job growth slowed sharply in the April-June quarter — to 75,000 a month from 226,000 a month from January through March. The unemployment rate stayed at 8.2 per cent in last month.More dismal news arrived Monday. Retail sales fell in June for the third straight month, the government reported. The International Monetary Fund shaved its estimate for global and U.S. growth for this year and next. And the IMF warned that Europe’s financial crisis and a potential budget crisis in the United States could slow world growth even further next year.Former Fed official Roberto Perli, managing director at the research firm International Strategy & Investment, doubts the Fed will take action at its next meeting July 31-Aug. 1, preferring to wait for more evidence of where the economy is headed.But if growth and job creation continue to weaken, he says, Fed policymakers might unveil another round of bond purchases at its Sept. 12-13 meeting.Perli says they might consider new ways to stimulate economic growth, including a version of a new Bank of England program that provides cheap money to banks that increase loans to businesses and consumers.Chris Jones, economist at TD Economics, says the case for more aggressive action by the Fed is getting stronger as the economy weakens and the threat of inflation recedes.The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland reported last month that the public expects inflation to stay below the Fed’s target of 2 per cent for the next decade. Inflation expectations are important because they can become self-fulfilling: Workers may demand higher pay raises or consumers may spend more now if they expect prices to rise sharply in the future. Low expectations ease inflationary pressure.Some analysts have suggested that the Fed may be reluctant to be aggressive in an election year out of concern it could be seen as affecting the vote in November. But Jones notes that the Fed slashed interest rates and took other bold steps to help the economy on the eve of the 2008 election.“The Fed is going to do what it needs to do, when it needs to do it,” Jones says. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bernanke goes before congressional panels as US economy slumps, could signal Fed’s next move read more

Yoga wear company Lululemon says difficult year ahead as quarterly profits dropYoga wear company Lululemon says difficult year ahead as quarterly profits drop

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2014 5:34 am MDT Yoga wear company Lululemon says difficult year ahead as quarterly profits drop Lululemon Athletica Inc. expects a tough year ahead as the yoga-wear retailer tries to recover from various fumbles that have hurt its reputation with once loyal customers.The company reined in expectations Thursday for its 2014 financial year and launched a share buyback program after a significant drop in the value of its stock over the past year.Shares dropped nearly 15 per cent in morning trading after Lululemon (Nasdaq:LULU) posted a lower first-quarter profit compared with a year ago and cut its guidance for the year.Chief executive Laurent Potdevin told investors on a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results that while much of the decline was expected, there have been some surprises.“We knew heading into 2014 that driving sales in the first half of the year would be impacted by a sub-optimal product assortment combined with soft traffic trends,” he said.“Second quarter sales have started off behind plans and (comparable figures from last year) are more impacted than we originally anticipated.”Lululemon reported Thursday a first-quarter profit of $18.98 million, or 13 cents per share, less than half of the $47.28-million profit, or 32 cents, reported a year earlier.Excluding a one-time cost, diluted earnings per share were 34 cents in the first quarter, beating analysts’ expectations of 32 cents.Revenue increased 11 per cent to $384.6 million from $345.8 million.Potdevin was hired late last year in the aftermath of problems related to a style of yoga pants that had fabric which was criticized as being too sheer.That was followed by a public relations gaffe, when company founder Chip Wilson said in a TV interview in early November that, “some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” for Lululemon’s tight-fitting pants. He issued a video apology later on Lululemon’s YouTube video channel.In response to the company’s woes, Lululemon has reduced its financial outlook for the rest of 2014.For the full 2014 financial year, the company expects diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $1.50 to $1.55, or $1.71 to $1.76 adjusted for a one-time tax adjustment related to the share buyback. That’s a decrease from the previous expectations of $1.80 to $1.90 earnings per share. Net revenue to be in the range of $1.77 billion to $1.80 billion.For the second quarter, Lululemon expects net revenue to be in the range of $375 million to $380 million and diluted earnings per share of 28 cents to 30 cents.Potdevin described 2014 as “very much a transitional year” for Lululemon, as it works to shift the attention back to its products and the deeply ingrained yoga culture that has defined the company.He told analysts that executives have a plan that will launch new products in stores, establish a better communication strategy that will “create long-term guest loyalty, bring guests back and attract new ones,” and open more international stores.Lululemon aims to open stores in eight countries by the end of this year in an effort to build its presence in Europe and Asia. A second location will open in London by the end of its financial year, while its first store in Hong Kong is targeted for the first quarter of 2015.The company also announced that its board of directors approved a stock buyback program of up to US$450 million of its common shares.The shares have been steadily sinking over the past year and are down more than 40 per cent from their 52-week high of US$77.75 on the Nasdaq in early October. The stock was down $6.63 to $37.90 on the Nasdaq near midday.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Derrick Rose Out for Remainder of Season with NewDerrick Rose Out for Remainder of Season with New

The Chicago Bulls have announced that point guard Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery to repair his MCL Monday.Dr. Brian Cole operated on Rose’s medial meniscus in his right knee at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Cole is the same doctor who performed the ACL surgery on Rose’s left knee in May 2012.Rose’s team has expressed disappointment from within the Bulls’ locker room since his new injury Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and the rest of the team are trying the be positive.“I texted him,” Thibodeau said of his communication with Rose. “The surgery was a success. So he obviously has to focus in on the rehab. And our team, we have to lock into our improvement and getting wins. The big thing for him is he just has to focus in on his rehab. The fact that he’s already done it once, he has great mental toughness, he’ll be fine. This will be another bump in the road, he’ll get past it. We expect him to make a full recovery.”Thibodeau is confident that his squad will be fine without Rose since they did good without him last season when he suffered from his ACL injury.“It’s the nature of the NBA,” Thibodeau said. “It’s constant change, there’s always things being thrown at you and it’s how quickly you can adapt to those changes. So that’s the challenge that we’re faced with right now. The games are coming, we have to be ready, we have to come out with the right mindset and we have to go after people.” read more

VELUX EHF CL TOP 8 DRAW Possible Spanish or German derbyVELUX EHF CL TOP 8 DRAW Possible Spanish or German derby

← Previous Story EHF CL: Vive Kielce, Barca, Atletico Madrid and THW Kiel make it to the quarter-finals! Next Story → Siraba Dembele joins ZRK Vardar Skopje VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 Draw will be held on Tuesday in Vienna at 11:oo hrs local time. The winners of the last 16 matches between 3rd placed and 2nd placed teams of the group phase (SG Flensburg Handewitt, THW Kiel, HC Metalurg and Atlético Madrid) will play the first match at home against a winner of the Last 16 matches between 4th placed and 1st placed teams of the group phase (HSV Hamburg, MKB Veszprém KC, Vive Targi Kielce and FC Barcelona Intersport).There will be no protection from the teams from the same country or from the teams from the same group of the group phase what means that Hamburg can meet Flensburg or Kiel and Barcelona can face Atlético.The matches of the first leg are scheduled for 17-21 April, the second leg duels will follow 24-28 April.The winning teams of the quarter-finals qualify for the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne (1 and 2 June 2013).Seeding for the VELUX EHF Champions League Quarter-finalsPot 1 (4th ranked teams / 1st ranked teams)HSV Hamburg (GER)MKB Veszprém KC (HUN)Vive Targi Kielce (POL)FC Barcelona Intersport (ESP)Pot 2 (3rd ranked teams / 2nd ranked teams)SG Flensburg Handewitt (GER)THW Kiel (GER)HC Metalurg (MKD)BM Atlético Madrid (ESP)source: ehfcl.com EHF CL TOP 8Velux EHF Champions League read more

Greek graphic designer targeted by ErdoganGreek graphic designer targeted by Erdogan

first_imgA Greek graphic designer and activist has been targeted by the Erdogan regime, for creating an image criticising the Turkish President. The designer, operating under the moniker @JoDiGraphics, has been creating satirical graphs for the past years, mostly focusing on the Greek crisis. On October 2015, he made an illustration of a blood-soaked Recep Tayyip Erdogan, bearing the phrase “Stop Killer Erdogan,” a reference to the slogan that Turkish protesters were shouteting on the aftermath of the attack in Ankara. Three years later, he was notified by the legal department of Twitter that a Turkish Court ruled against a series of accounts that post anti-Erdogan material, demanding that the posts be taken down. The decision of the Turkish court refers to 80 posts related to Erdogan on social media (Twitter, Facebook) but also the names and the URLs of several blogs. the court demands the removal of pictures and caricatures criticising Erdogan’s policies and actions. @JoDiGraphics is mentiones ten times in the court’s ruling, that also demands the deletion of the image’s re-posts of the graph by other accounts and blogs. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sony entre sur le marché des tablettes tactilesSony entre sur le marché des tablettes tactiles

first_imgSony entre sur le marché des tablettes tactilesLe constructeur japonais a lancé ses deux premières tablettes tactiles, la S1 et la S2.C’est au tour de Sony de se lancer dans la guerre des tablettes tactiles. Mardi, le géant japonais a ainsi présenté ses deux premiers modèles, la S1 et la S2, avec l’ambition de devenir le principal concurrent d’Apple et de son iPad. Elles fonctionneront toutes les deux sous le système d’exploitation Android 3, a déclaré mardi Kunimasa Suzuki, président-adjoint de la division produit grand public et services du groupe japonais, lors de la conférence de presse de présentation, relaye Le Nouvel Obs.Compatibles avec le WiFi, la 3G et la 4G, elles permettront de jouer aux jeux video disponibles sur les consoles de jeu PlayStation du géant de l’électronique grand public. Au niveau du design, la S2 se distingue puisqu’elle est pliable et surtout équipée de deux écrans. Est-ce que ce sera suffisant pour devenir le numéro 2 d’un marché extrêmement concurrentiel ? La réponse d’ici quelques mois… Le 26 avril 2011 à 12:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New legislation could make hiring vets less cumbersomeNew legislation could make hiring vets less cumbersome

first_imgRep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, in April. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)When business owners seek to advertise that they want to hire military veterans, they face an obstacle. People who aren’t veterans can sue them for discrimination.Listen nowState Representative Chris Tuck wants to change that. Tuck has introduced House Bill 2, which would allow private employers to openly use a veteran hire preference if they choose to.“Employers know that when military people are discharged, they come with some great skills and abilities through their training,” Tuck said.The federal Civil Rights Act provides that states can allow public and private employers to legally prefer to hire veterans. While all 50 states allow the veterans’ preference for public employers, Alaska is one of 13 states that hasn’t allowed it for private employers.Tuck said business owners’ concerns are valid.“Employers have been brought to trial because they had a hiring preference for a veteran, other than another civilian,” Tuck said.Russ Ball owns ACB solutions, an Anchorage small business that provides computer repair and other computer services statewide. He says he’s worried about a discrimination suit from an unsuccessful applicant.Ball supports Tuck’s bill.“We find the military, or the veterans, to be good workers, to be skilled workers,” Ball said. “But we also see it as a way of saying thank you for their service.”The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee discussed the bill Tuesday. Tuck said he would bring the legislation up again in a future meeting.Officials with the U.S. Defense Department and the state Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs support the bill. One in every ten Alaskans is a veteran, the highest per capita share of any state’s population.last_img read more

WCA gets 600000 to upgrade native homes in WrangellWCA gets 600000 to upgrade native homes in Wrangell

first_imgA Wrangell tribe has received federal money to upgrade things like heating, plumbing and roofing for houses and trailers in Wrangell. It’s accepting applications from Native homeowners through the end of next month.Listen nowDonna Kuntz had lived in her house for more than 30 years when it was inspected.“The assessor said my electrical the box outside box was not up to code and was dangerous the way it is,” Kuntz said.That was eight years ago.“If I qualify this time I’d really like to have my electrical checked and my fuse box outside updated and wiring updated,” Kuntz said.The local tribe, Wrangell Cooperative Association, might be able to help her. It’s received a $600,000 grant to upgrade homes owned by Alaska and other Natives. Kuntz’s situation isn’t uncommon. Tom Rooney lives in a two-bedroom house with his mom and step-dad.“I’m disabled, you know,” Rooney said.He’s in a wheelchair.“I guess if I wanted to, I’d get a ramp to put in and a bigger bathroom, a handicap bathroom, just so it’s a lot safer in the house,” Rooney said.The money comes from a federal Indian Community Development Block Grant. It’s called the “Healthy Homes Program” and is administered by the The Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority.Melanie Rodriguez helps run the program, which hopes to upgrade 20 houses in the community.“We prioritize by elders over the age of 62, if you have children in the home under the age of six,” Rodriguez said. “And then it also goes down to income and any kind of health issues your household might be facing in regards to the condition of the home.”Rodriguez says no problem is too big to tackle. The goal is to address hazardous living conditions. And prevent small problems from turning into big ones.A 2016 survey by the Wrangell Cooperative Association found that a third of households had someone over 60 living there. That would automatically give them priority.Aaron Angerman used to work for the tribe as the administrator.“We want to keep our elders here and healthy,” Angerman said. “We don’t want them to move away because of conditions in the home or anything else like that.Once an applicant is approved, the regional authority and tribe discuss with the homeowner which upgrades are practical and necessary. The work is supposed to take a month or two.The Wrangell Cooperative Association has applications at it’s office, and there’s a deadline: Feb. 28.Angerman says he hopes it’ll keep the community intact. Every Native homeowner in Wrangell is eligible for the assistance.“Wrangell’s a pretty special place and it’s important for us to take care of those who are our future and those who got us here,” Angerman said.last_img read more