Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government’s work to upgrade several major thoroughfares in the Corporate Area will contribute to a more productive labour force, by significantly reducing travel time.“If 12,000 to 15,000 Jamaicans…sit in traffic for 30 minutes to get from home to their destination, you can calculate the loss of time, productivity and built into that, the cost of energy that we waste. This investment will make our labour force far more productive,” he said.The Prime Minister was addressing journalists on Friday (June 1), following a tour of several legacy road projects in Kingston and St. Andrew, under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).He got a first-hand look at the completed Barbican Road upgrading, and work in progress on Constant Spring Road, Mandela Highway, and Hagley Park Road.The legacy projects are aimed at significantly improving the targeted roadways to facilitate seamless travel by the commuting public.In the meantime, Mr. Holness said all the projects, with a combined cost of US$170 million, are significant in scope.“They are increasing the number of lanes, they are putting in modern road furniture, putting in modern technology for traffic (law) enforcement, having better surfaces; they are also built, taking into consideration the disabled community,” he said.For his part, Chief Executive Officer of the National Works Agency (NWA), E.G. Hunter, informed that the works on the remaining projects are expected to be completed in the next six to eight months.Mr. Hunter also appealed for the continued support and understanding of citizens “as we try to build the infrastructure that’s going to serve this country for the next 30 to 40 years.”The projects were spearheaded by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, through the NWA, and were executed by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). The legacy projects are aimed at significantly improving the targeted roadways to facilitate seamless travel by the commuting public. For his part, Chief Executive Officer of the National Works Agency (NWA), E.G. Hunter, informed that the works on the remaining projects are expected to be completed in the next six to eight months. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government’s work to upgrade several major thoroughfares in the Corporate Area will contribute to a more productive labour force, by significantly reducing travel time.
New Delhi: The number of telephone subscribers in rural areas fell 0.86 per cent while those in the urban areas rose 0.57 per cent in May 2019, according to official data. The overall teledensity in the country slipped to 89.92 per cent at the end of May 2019 from 90.05 per cent at the end of April, as the total number of telephone subscribers in the country declined marginally to 1,183.15 million as on May 2019 from 1,183.7 million in the previous month. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”The rural subscription declined from 512.91 million at the end of April 19 to 508.49 million at the end of May 2019. However, the urban subscription increased from 670.86 million to 674.66 million during the same period,” as per the subscription data for May 2019 released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). The rural subscriber base fell 0.86 per cent, while the urban subscriber numbers rose 0.57 per cent during May. “The share of rural and urban subscribers in total number of telephone subscribers at the end of May 2019 was 42.98 per cent and 57.02 per cent respectively,” Trai said. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-SepIn the broadband segment, defined as more than or equal to 512 kbps download speed, the number of overall subscribers increased 1.67 per cent to 581.51 million at the end of May 2019 (571.95 million in April 2019), with Jio accounting for the largest chunk (322.9 million subscribers). The broadband subscriber base of Bharti Airtel stood at 118.34 million, and Vodafone Idea at 109 million during the period in reference. Top-five service providers constituted 98.69 per cent market share of the total broadband subscribers at the end of May 2019. Large operators Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel whose financials have been battered by intense price competition posed by Reliance Jio have, over the last few months, resorted to minimum recharge plans, consciously weeding off plain vanilla low-value subscribers.
GoMacro, makers of organic, vegan, nutrition bars, teamed up with international pop sensation, Ellie Goulding, to unveil the all-new, all-Ellie MacroBar.The family owned company with roots in organic farming, is excited to add an “Ellie-inspired” twelfth flavor — Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips — to the company’s award-winning line of USDA Certified Organic MacroBars.Ellie Goulding, the 2016 Grammy-Nominated international pop star and fitness icon, approached GoMacro in early 2015 about the possibility of working together. A long-time MacroBar fan, Ellie was interested in becoming more personally involved with the company that was playing a daily role in fuelling her life. After shaking hands and months of development, GoMacro and Ellie Goulding are proud to introduce the co-created Ellie Goulding-inspired MacroBar: Everlasting Joy.Ellie’s new nutrition bar combines coconut, almond butter, and chocolate chips to deliver a nutritious and satisfying balance of carbs, healthy fats, and plant-based protein. Sharing a desire to give back to the community, GoMacro will donate a portion of proceeds to benefit feeding the homeless, a program that will support both Ms. Goulding’s UK-based charity Streets Of London and the USA-based charity Stand Up For Kids.“MacroBars have been my go-to snack after a workout and when I’m on tour. For the new bar, I wanted something that was sweet and a good-source of plant-based protein,” commented Goulding. “I am honored to help create a new product with a company that shares my values of healthy living and giving back.”The co-created MacroBar is part of a larger partnership between Ms. Goulding and the Wisconsin-based organic food company, including a sweepstakes for a chance to win VIP tickets to Ellie’s performance at Madison Square Garden in June and a private workout with Ellie in September. Ellie’s new MacroBar, also available in MacroBar Mini, is USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO Project Verified, 100% plant-based, kosher certified, gluten-free certified, vegan certified and soy-free. The Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips MacroBar (MSRP $2.89) will be available to purchase online at GoMacro.com on March 14th and on shelves at retailers in Summer 2016.
A police officer and three firefighters were among seven people indicted this week in an alleged $50 million prescription drug scheme involving public employees, the latest charges in an investigation that has already produced nearly two dozen guilty pleas.A 50-count indictment unsealed Friday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Camden, New Jersey, charged the seven with health care fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. Twenty-three people already have pleaded guilty in connection with the investigation, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.Named in the indictment were William Hickman, a pharmaceutical sales representative; his wife, Sara Hickman, the founder of a medical supply company; Ventnor police officer Thomas Schallus; brothers John Sher and Thomas Sher, both Margate firefighters; Camden firefighter Christopher Broccoli; and business owner Brian Pugh.In addition to the conspiracy and fraud charges, which carry maximum penalties of between 10 and 20 years per count, the Hickmans and Pugh were charged with money laundering and money laundering conspiracy.Michael Sher, brother of John and Thomas Sher and a former firefighter in Margate, was listed in the indictment as a co-conspirator. He pleaded guilty last year.Court filings didn’t list attorneys who could speak for the defendants. They were scheduled to appear in court in Camden on Friday.According to the indictment, the defendants exploited the fact that some state and local government employees had insurance that covered expensive compound medications such as pain, scar, antifungal and libido creams. Reimbursements ran as high as thousands of dollars for a one-month supply.Sara Hickman’s company, Boardwalk Medical, of Northfield, allegedly was paid a percentage of the amount a Louisiana-based compounding pharmacy, not identified in court papers, received from a state benefits administrator for prescriptions received.Sara Hickman and William Hickman allegedly paid others, including Pugh, to recruit public-sector employees who would obtain the expensive prescriptions they didn’t need, and without seeing a doctor.John Gaffney, a doctor based in Margate, pleaded guilty in 2017 to health care fraud for signing bogus prescriptions for patients he never saw. He faces up to 10 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced in July.David Porter, The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Several members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet are singing the praises of conflict-of-interest screens they have been using to avoid controversy — and that members of the previous Conservative government used as well.The screens, along with the use of numbered holding companies to separate ministers from their assets, have been pulled into an intense public debate in recent weeks amid allegations of conflict of interest that have stalked Finance Minister Bill Morneau.Morneau set up one of the screens after entering office in 2015 on a recommendation from the federal ethics commissioner, who told him a blind trust wouldn’t be necessary since his shares in his family’s firm were indirectly held through private companies, and therefore not subject to the Conflict of Interest Act.And he’s not the only one: Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould had a similar arrangement with assets until they were divested in April 2016.Political opponents have been attacking Morneau for choosing a screen rather than a blind trust. For his part, Morneau has maintained that has not been in a conflict of interest. And Morneau’s parliamentary secretary, Joel Lightbound, went on the offensive on his behalf Monday during question period.“What the finance minister has always done and will continue to do, so that he can deliver for Canadians, is to work with the ethics commissioner to make sure that all rules are followed, to follow recommendations,” Lightbound said in response to a question from Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre.Former Tory finance minister Joe Oliver was the sole owner of a corporation that held publicly traded securities, Lightbound noted. And former Conservative cabinet ministers Lisa Raitt and Denis Lebel both made use of conflict-of-interest screens, he added.“What I see is a bit of hypocrisy and a lot of amnesia,” Lightbound said.“At the same time, I can understand why those members are trying to forget their decade in power. Millions of Canadians are trying to forget.”Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson’s office said Monday that fewer than five cabinet ministers currently hold controlled assets indirectly. But it would not share the names nor provide a more-precise number.A government source said later Monday that only two current ministers had a history of controlled assets in a private corporation without setting up a blind trust: Morneau and Wilson-Raybould.Morneau is in the process of divesting and Wilson-Raybould has already divested.Dawson’s office also said some cabinet ministers in the previous Conservative administration — but fewer than five — held controlled assets indirectly.In a series of tweets Monday, Oliver said after his appointment to cabinet he disclosed all his assets, sold all his publicly traded shares and had all decisions on his fund portfolios made by third-party managers.A few of Morneau’s cabinet colleagues also have screens, but for different reasons.Wilson-Raybould and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi are using conflict-of-interest screens to prevent them from participating in matters or decisions related to company holdings involving their spouses.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc also has a screen to ensure he abstains from participating in decisions related to J.D. Irving Ltd. because of his close friendship with the Irving family.LeBlanc said Monday that Dawson recommended he set up an ethics screen for any cabinet or privy council documents that have anything to do with J.D. Irving Ltd., or its affiliates and subsidiaries.“Under the rules, you shouldn’t be using … your public office to benefit a friend,” LeBlanc said. “From my perspective it’s working very well.”LeBlanc’s screen, in place since early 2016, means he wouldn’t have been privy to cabinet information about shipbuilding contracts or even the Energy East pipeline, both of which have connections to Irving.Sohi said Monday that he has a screen in place to prevent him from participating in decisions that could benefit his wife’s holdings in a company that’s also a partial owner of farmland in Alberta.He argues the screen, which is overseen by his chief of staff, has already proven to be an effective tool.Sohi said because of the screen he’s been him removed from the approval process for an infrastructure project that was proposed by the province. It would be in close proximity to the farmland.“My chief of staff has made sure that I do not participate in any shape or form in the approval of that particular project,” Sohi said.“It will be done by a different minister and it would have to go the Treasury Board to make sure there’s no conflict whatsoever.”Wilson-Raybould’s profile on the ethics commissioner’s website states that she must abstain from decisions or matters related to self-government talks with First Nations and Indigenous communities with the consulting company, KaLoNa Group, in which she holds a significant interest. Her spouse is also the president and controlling interest holder of the firm.The added public scrutiny on the conflict-of-interest issue has been driven by allegations related to pension legislation Morneau introduced in the House of Commons.Opponents allege the pension reform could benefit Morneau Shepell, a human resources and pension management firm he helped build with his father before entering office. Morneau maintains he was never in a conflict of interest.In response to accusations that he’s personally profited from decisions he’s taken as finance minister, Morneau has promised to sell off $21 million worth of shares in his family’s company and place the rest his substantial assets in a blind trust.Morneau has also promised to donate to charity any gains in the value of his Morneau Shepell shares since he was elected two years ago. The gains are estimated to be worth more than $5 million.Dawson recommended the screen for Morneau to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interest and maintain the public’s confidence.The issue of indirect holdings in a company have been at the centre of the debate around Morneau.Dawson urged the previous Conservative government in 2013 to amend the law to require blind trusts for personal assets owned by ministers, regardless of whether they were directly or indirectly owned — a change that was never made.
They are being investigated over an alleged plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and other VVIPs. (Colombo Gazette) The Government analyst’s report on the voice samples of Police DIG Nalaka de Silva and the Anti-Corruption Force Operations Director Namal Kumara, was handed over to the Fort Magistrate today.DIG Nalaka de Silva and Namal Kumara have been banned from travelling overseas by the Fort Magistrate’s Court.
FRANKFURT — Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, says it lost 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in the second quarter as the company saw 4.2 billion euros in one-time charges for troubles with diesel cars and air bag recalls.The quarterly loss reported Wednesday was the company’s first since 2009 and a bumpy start for new CEO Ola Kallenius, who took over from Dieter Zetsche on May 22 and since then has had to issue two profit warnings.The company is under investigation in Germany and the U.S. and faces U.S. civil lawsuits in connection with its cars’ diesel emissions. It also is facing expenses for recalling cars with faulty air bags from supplier Takata, losses suffered by other automakers, too.The company said it expected “significant improvement” in the second half.The Associated Press
Under the auspices of the joint UN/South Africa mediation team, two technical committees met for the first time in Pretoria yesterday as part of the follow-up to the 17 December signing of a comprehensive power-sharing agreement. The UN side is headed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, Moustapha Niasse.All the parties to the Inter-Congolese Dialogue are represented, and the committees are working to address key outstanding issues – including finalization of a draft transitional constitution – which form an integral part of the All-Inclusive Agreement. One committee will also examine military and security issues. All the parties seem determined to quickly move forward the outstanding issues and expedite the conclusion of the Dialogue and the establishment of the transitional government.Meanwhile, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported late yesterday that a UN helicopter carrying the its Force Commander, Gen. Mountago Diallo, was shot at 15 minutes after taking off from Bunia. No one was hurt, though a bullet pierced the cockpit window. The helicopter continued its flight unhindered. While the source of the gunfire has not yet been established, the Mission strongly condemned the attack, reminding all the parties of their responsibility for the safety of UN personnel in the DRC.
“I am concerned about the death of Guillermo Quiroz Delgado and call for an investigation into the incident,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in a news release.“It is important that journalists be allowed to exercise their basic human right to freedom of expression if they are to fulfil their professional mission and nurture informed public debate,” she added. “This means that acts of violence against them must be investigated and brought to justice.”The 31-year-old Mr. Quiroz Delgado was a part-time news reporter for the cable TV news programme Notisabanas and a contributor to the El Meridiano newspaper. According to UNESCO, he was arrested while covering a demonstration in the town of San Pedro, and was later transferred to an intensive care unit where he was pronounced dead on 27 November.Mr. Quiroz Delgado is the second Colombian to be included this year on UNESCO’s dedicated webpage for journalists killed in the line of duty.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed concern about the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem, which has been the scene of escalating violence in recent days.In a statement, his spokesperson said that the Secretary-General “deeply deplores the death of three Palestinians in clashes today with the Israeli security forces and calls for these incidents to be fully investigated.” He urged the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to refrain from actions that could further escalate the situation.In today’s statement, Mr. Guterres also called all political, religious and community leaders to help reduce tension.“The Secretary-General reiterates that the sanctity of religious sites should be respected as places for reflection, not violence,” the spokesperson said. The Old City is a walled area within the city of Jerusalem.
Karen Leonard, GMB national officer, said: “These stories from the frontline by GMB’s school staff members are truly disturbing” 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. Just over half said they had experienced violence at work, with more than 770 saying they were attacked every week.Other examples include staff having faeces thrown at them, being strangled by an eight year old, while several who have been punched, scratched, bitten or spat at. School crossing patrols reported motorists throwing eggs at them and even driving cars at them.One teaching assistant told how a pupil left the school premises and they “had to use positive handling to ensure their safety”.“This resulted in the parents reporting me to the police, even though I was trying to stop the child from running into a busy car park,” they said. “The child was 7 years old.”Karen Leonard, GMB national officer, said: “These stories from the frontline by GMB’s school staff members are truly disturbing.”They can face a litany of violence that would constitute criminal offences in other jobs. No-one should be physically threatened at work. Violence from parents in particular is completely inexcusable.”School support staff love their jobs, love the kids and want to carry on doing their best for the children.”All they ask is their school backs them up when it does happen – and takes the common-sense steps needed to protect them.” A teaching assistant lost her unborn baby after being kicked in the stomach by an unruly pupil, a survey by the GMB union has found.More than half of school support staff have suffered violence at work, with some threatened by parents, according to the poll of almost 4,800 school staff members.Other incidents include staff being stabbed, spat at, punched, bitten or having their hair cut off, said the union. The union’s survey revealed a catalogue of violent incidents involving children as young as eight. One teaching assistant said: “I was pregnant and a child kicked me really hard I nearly fell down. After that incident I started bleeding and lost my baby.”She said she then “fell into deep depression” adding that: “The school did nothing to support me. I went back to work after work once I recovered from miscarriage.”Another respondent told how: “I have had a child try to stab me in the neck with a pair of scissors”. One said they were “given concussion by a large 19 year old boy” who “punched [me] in the centre of the head”.
The sites typically then said the process had failed and the person had to ‘verify’ their Fortnite account was real by handing over various personal information.They often also promised children the chance to win a new smartphone or games console if they entered theirs or their parents’ details.Ch Insp Carroll added: “We say you have to listen to your instincts and if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. So if you are being offered these V-Bucks for a discounted rate it is potentially someone looking to defraud you.”Since its release, Fortnite has become a huge hit with its free Battle Royale game, in which up to 100 people compete online in a last-man-standing shootout, especially popular.The game’s maker, Epic Games, recently revealed Fortnite now has more than 200 million players worldwide. The studio has previously warned players that online offers of free V-Bucks are not legitimate and not to participate in them.Facebook and YouTube have since removed all the scam pages and videos found by the Sunday Telegraph. Chief Inspector Paul Carroll, of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, said: “Clearly you expect there to be more purchases of Fortnite over the Christmas period, it’s the in thing for gamers. So it is certainly a time for parents to be vigilant and get their knowledge up to speed of what it entails.“You have always got to question requests for personal financial information.”Figures seen by the Sunday Telegraph showed that between May and November this year there had been 50 reports of fraud to the hotline involving Fortnite.This was a rise on previous figures released by the centre that showed there were 35 crimes reported between September last year, when the game was released, and April.The centre warned that many of the frauds came from children being tricked by scams on social media promisings free ways to get Fortnite’s in-game currency, called V-Bucks.V-Bucks can be bought with real money or earned playing the game and allow players to buy new items for their online Fortnite characters such as costumes, weapons or dance moves. A spokesman for YouTube said: “We use teams of highly trained content reviewers to determine whether videos violate our Community Guidelines and are committed to removing this offending content quickly.”Facebook declined to comment. The Sunday Telegraph found a number of Fortnite scam sites on Facebook and YouTube, which typically took people to a third-party website where they were told they could get free V-Bucks by simply entering their Fortnite account username. Children playing the world’s most popular computer game are being preyed on by criminals trying to extort money out of them, the police’s fraud arm has warned. Action Fraud has warned that scammers are using Fortnite, an online multiplayer “shoot em up” game with 125 million players worldwide, to trick young players into handing over their parents’ bank details.The fraud reporting centre, which is run by the City of London Police, said it had seen a more than 40 percent rise in crimes involving the hit video game, with victims losing on average £110 each time.Fortnite, which is certified as being suitable for children aged 12 and over, is set in a dystopian world where most of the Earth’s population has suddenly disappeared, living tough conditions and zombie-like creatures to roam the Earth. Players are among the remaining 2 per cent whose job it is to survive and return the earth to normal. The scam works by convincing players to leave the game and enter a third party website, where they can buy “free” online currency which they can use in the game to buy items like weapons and clothes. To “verify their account is real” players are asked to hand over bank details. Parents are now being urged to be vigilant in the run-up to Christmas and keep an eye on what their children are doing online. Fortnite has amassed more than 200 million players since it launched last yearCredit:Fortnite 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.
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While I doubt many people will ever reach 10,000 contacts it is something to keep in mind. It also makes very little sense as to why 10,000 is the limit. Any ideas?Read more at FeldThoughts There are many limits I can see a user reaching on their PCs and in the online services they use. Storage is the main concern with your Gmail account having a storage limit, your Dropbox account having a ceiling depending on your account tier, and ISPs increasingly limiting our bandwidth quotas. One limit I never thought I’d see someone quote is a contacts limit, but that’s exactly what one Google Apps user is currently facing – he can’t add any more people to his list.Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group has recently hit such a limit on his Google Apps account. He thought it strange, so got his IT guy Ross to contact Google about increasing the limit. His mail simply said:AdChoices广告One of our users has hit some sort of limit of 10,000 contacts – we need this increased as this user needs more than 10,000. Can you let me know how to increase this limit? Google’s usual response to such a question is to increase the limit, or at least offer to for a price. Both would have been acceptable responses for Feld. But in this case it is a hard limit and Google responded as such:Hello Ross,Thank you for your message. I understand that you are inquiring about the Contact limit per user for a Google Apps for Business account.This is expected functionality at the moment and we suggest that you remove some of the contacts that you don’t use to free up some space on your account. You are not able to increase this amount, however if you would like you can submit a feature request for increasing the amount of Contacts each user has. To do this please follow these instructions1. Login to your Google Apps account.2. In your dashboard, scroll down to the very bottom on the screen and you will see a link called ‘Suggest a Feature.’3. Click on this link and you will be able to fill out a feature request.I hope you found this information useful, Ross and thank you for your understanding.
Read more at This is my next 2011 has always been viewed as the year Apple‘s competitors would start to offer some serious alternatives to the iPad. Well, it’s 4 months into the year, and Lenovo has just had a pretty serious contender of its own called the ThinkPad Tablet leaked via a set of PowerPoint slides.ThinkPad has always been a name associated with high-quality laptops running a Windows operating system. The ThinkPad Tablet is different though, as it will run Android 3.0. As for the rest of the specs, it looks to be an impressive 10.1-inch tablet:AdChoices广告10.1-inch IPS capacitive display @1280 x 800Display is pen compatible for sketching and writingNvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor16, 32 and 64GB storage optionsWiFi, 3G and 4G optionsUSB 2.0, Micro USB, 3-in-1 SD Card, and mini-HDMIFront and rear camerasWeight: 1.6 poundsDimensions: 258.4 x 177.3 x 14mmWhile the underlying hardware looks solid, Lenovo has also spent time creating its own interface solution to sit on top of Android 3.0 rather than relying on the default experience. It is being referred to as the Lenovo Family UI.Lenovo is also clearly aiming this at the business user with supporting slides proclaiming “For on-the-go business professionals”. This is further backed up by the existence of a keyboard case which effectively turns the tablet into a ThinkPad laptop.As for the all-important price, Lenovo is starting from a very acceptable $499 which will likely get you a WiFi-only tablet. We can also expect to see this launch at some point in August, although July has been mentioned.The slides that were leaked are a few months old, so we expect Lenovo has further refined the Family UI. There’s also support for a bunch of popular apps and service which is sure to have grown by the time we reach July. Here’s the two slides showing what is expected to be supported and offered on the tablet:
Prestigious British organisation The Royal Society has welcomed Greek scientist Dr Vassilis Pachnis on board as a Fellow.Born and raised in Greece, the scientist was selected for his pioneering work on the nervous systems of mammals. Dr Pachnis’ research has assisted in identifying two molecular components of a signalling pathway that play a key role in the development of the enteric nervous system and the excretory system of mouse embryos.Dr Pachnis started out at the University of Athens, where he studied medicine. After graduating in 1980 he went on to complete his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania and did a stint in New York at Columbia University where he pursued postdoctoral work, before relocating to the UK.Residing in London, he is now a Senior Group Leader at the Development and Homeostasis of the Nervous System Laboratory at The Francis Crick Institute.Selected for The Royal Society through a peer-review process, Dr Pachnis is one of 50 eminent scientists elected as Fellows and 10 new Foreign Members for their exceptional contributions to science.He joins some 1,600 of Britain and the Commonwealth’s most prominent scientists.The Royal Society’s origins date back to 1660, and through various initiatives supports excellence in science to ensure the future of the discipline in the UK. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The Hellenic Air Force announced in a statement that a two-seater T-2 Buckeye plane crashed was seven nautical miles north of Sparta at 8.50 a.m yesterday during a free-fall exercise.Declaring three days of national mourning the Air Force also confirmed the tragic death of Squadron Leader Nikolaos Vasileiou, father of two.Following a parachute sighting on a wooded hillside near the location the aircraft last transmitted, a rescue crew found the body of the 39-year-old captain.Vassiliou’s copilot was unharmed after parachuting to safety, is reported in good health but in shock and is currently being treated in a hospital in Kalamata.Both men had 2,500 hours of flight experience and an investigation has been launched to discover the cause of the crash.Photo: EurokinisiMeanwhile, and while Greece is in mourning over Vasileiou’s death, six Turkish fighter jets violated Greek national air space a total of 47 times over the northeast, central and southeast parts of the Aegean Sea.According to the Hellenic National Defense General Staff that identified and intercepted the Turkish aircraft in line with international rules of engagement, 32 of the violations were conducted by two CN-235 planes, with the remaining 15 carried out by two formations of Turkish F-16 jets.In four of the cases, the Turkish jets also infringed upon the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR), in violation of aviation rules, Kathimerini reports while two of the aircraft were reportedly armed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
UFC-Que Choisir attaque OrangeL’association de consommateur reproche certaines conditions imposées par l’opérateur. Notamment pour son offre quadrupleplay Open.UFC-Que Choisir ne compte pas laisser Orange imposer des conditions qui lui donnerait l’impression de poser un éventuel piège pour les consommateur. L’association a décidé d’assigner l’opérateur devant l’Autorité de la Concurrence à propos de son forfait quadrupleplay Open. Elle lui reproche en effet trois choses. Tout d’abord le fait d’imposer la reconduction de l’engagement sur la partie fixe, lorsque le consommateur fait évoluer son contrat mobile. Ensuite, Orange empêcherait les consommateurs de découpler les offres Tripleplay et mobile au moment de la résiliation d’une d’entre-elles. Enfin, l’opérateur refuse la portabilité du numéro fixe et mobile lors de la résiliation totale de l’offre Open, détaille les Échos du Net.Appelé à réagir, Orange assure de son côté “qu’il n’y a aucun engagement sur la partie fixe, et on peut résilier son offre triple-play sans que soit résiliée la partie mobile”. Le problème réside en réalité dans le fait que les forfaits Open sont gérés par la société Orange France (Orange Mobile) alors que les forfaits Livebox est géré par la société France Telecom sous marque Orange. Le 5 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambert
Three women with Clark County ties competed Saturday in the Miss Washington 2011 pageant in Renton, but none of them came home with the crown.Katie Parsons of La Center was taking part in the competition as Miss Clark County. She did not advance to the top eight.“We’re all so very proud of Katie and how she’s gown over the past year,” said Neal Donowitz, president of the Miss Clark County Scholarship Organization.Genay Tucker, who was competing as Miss Spokane, advanced to the top five and was named third runner-up. She was previously Miss Washington Outstanding Teen in 2007 after winning the Miss Greater Vancouver Outstanding Teen the same year.McKinley Smith, a former Miss Greater Vancouver and Miss Seattle, competed Saturday as Miss Liberty. She did not advance to the top eight.The Miss Washington 2011 title went to Miss East Side Brittney Henry.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials in Miami Beach have issued a no swim advisory for two areas in Miami Beach, days after a contractor hit the city’s sewer main.Wednesday evening’s rupture in the area of on Fifth Street and Jefferson Avenue caused wastewater to seep into Biscayne Bay, forcing officials to post the advisory on Saturday.The first area affected extends from First Street through Fifth Street. The second area covers from South Pointe Drive to 14th Street.City officials said water tests came back with high levels of bacteria. They said they will collect samples daily until the water is clean.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.