Gecko-inspired adhesives allow people to climb walls

first_imgIn the 2011 movie Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise climbs the exterior of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, using nothing more than a pair of gloves. Now, scientists have invented the real deal: hand-sized, gecko-inspired adhesives that can lift a human up glass walls—and that one day may even catch space junk.“This is one of the most exciting things I’ve seen in years,” says biomechanist Kellar Autumn of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, who was not involved with the study. “This has been a real dream of mine.”Geckos run up walls and scurry across ceilings with the help of tiny rows of hairs on their feet. The hairs, known as setae, generate a multitude of weak attractions between molecules on the two surfaces that add up to a secure foothold. Moreover, making and breaking the bonds that hold individual setae to a surface is easy. 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Even the gecko hasn’t solved this problem, Autumn says. In theory, each gecko hair is so sticky that the animal, which has about 6.5 million setae, should be able to hold up a 130-kilogram linebacker. In reality, a gecko can lift only 2 kilograms with its front feet.The scaling problem stems in part from the fact that loads don’t distribute uniformly across large areas of adhesives, report researchers from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, in a study published online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. In gecko toes, for example, only a fraction of the setae are in close contact with the surface, and those that are don’t share the load equally among themselves. This could be because the gecko skin, like a rubber band, becomes stiffer to stretch as more force is applied to it, the team suggests. When a gecko runs up a wall, the setae are stretched unevenly such that some have more force applied to them than others. So some hairs max out their stickiness, whereas others are underutilized or not attached to the surface at all. So a gecko patch’s stickiness should increase if researchers can find a way to distribute forces more evenly.To create their artificial gecko adhesive, the Stanford team started by making silicone microwedges, which imitated gecko hair. They assembled these into 24 stamp-sized tiles, each of which contained hundreds of thousands of microwedges. The team then connected the tiles to springs with tendonlike strings and attached them on an octagonal-shaped plate. Unlike gecko skin, the springs apply the same force to the tiles after they are stretched beyond a certain threshold, thus distributing loads evenly among the tiles. This allowed the assembled patch to offer similar adhesive strength for sizes from a square millimeter to a human hand. Even if an individual tile peels off, the weight it carries is transferred to tiles with the lightest loads, where the springs haven’t stretched past the threshold, so that the overall system remains sticky.Mechanical engineer Elliot Hawkes of Stanford tested the new adhesive by strapping his feet to footholds connected to the patches through a rod. He found that he could easily peel off the patches one at a time and stick them to a wall with his hands—which was how the 70-kilogram Ph.D. student ascended a glass wall behind his lab on a crisp December afternoon (see video). At the end of the climb, he even let go of both his hands in a thumbs-up while the patches stuck securely onto the wall, providing him with two secure footholds.Though he climbed only 3.6 meters, Hawke says the patches could work just fine carrying him up to the top of the Burj Khalifa—if he’s not too tired of walking up 830 meters, that is.The Dubai sandstorm that nearly foiled Cruise in the movie would pose a problem, though, as the device works only on clean, smooth surfaces, Autumn says. But therein lies the beauty of the system: It could easily adapt to different situations, just by replacing the adhesive tiles with other types of geckolike adhesives—for example, adhesives that self-clean like real gecko hairs.The team is now working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to create adhesive-equipped robots that can catch space junk such as defunct satellites, Hawkes says. In a recent experiment in a zero-g environment, a bot equipped with a small adhesive patch gripped the solar panel of another 400-kilogram robot, slowed it down, and gently pulled it in another direction.“This is the future of bio-inspired design,” Autumn says. “It’s not just about copying nature, but understanding it deeply enough to go beyond it.”last_img read more

Mercury Rising

first_imgM J AkbarWhen you buy tickets to a circus you expect to see a few clowns. A clown is not a fool. It is far more difficult to make people laugh than to annoy them. A good clown must silence his ego, for he has to reduce himself to the lowest common denominator to maximise the laughs. He is a professional. But he is also, inherently, a character, or he would be just another diligent accountant, trapped within the limitations of safety-first. It is this characteristic that impels him to leap into the unexpected.Sports, it was drilled into me at boarding school, builds character. Judging by the opening bouts of the cricket World Cup, sports builds characters. Perhaps it is the panorama, the scale on which a game that began on a village green, with the pub as the sole source of entertainment, is being played. A cricket star now lives in a universe second only to the football idol, with money to match. Money has this curious propensity to travel in two directions simultaneously: it goes to your head at a much faster pace than it travels to your bank. This heady feeling is even more seductive when you are young. Talent is best nurtured in incremental steps; the happiest god is one who has reached divinity through stages. The sudden transition from obscurity to hero-worship can easily breed illusions when you are in your early twenties. You lose the difference between a tantrum and an honest expression of emotion within the hothouse of intense competition. Stardom can be contagious. Even a starlet like Billy Bowden, the pesky umpire from New Zealand, gets affected, searching for the bizarre within the fine print of cricket legislation.advertisementI was quite determined to be sceptical about the 2011 World Cup. The geopolitics of the tournament, spread across the realm of the British Raj, seemed more interesting than the game itself. You could see, for instance, how far the two wings of the Pakistan of 1947 had flown apart. Bangladesh has the worse team and the better environment. The playing fields of Pakistan are lost to those for whom war is sport, rather than the other way around; Pakistan has become, by common consent, too dangerous for recreation. The ruling planet of Pakistan is now obviously Mercury; mercury has entered the bloodstream of its players. Shoaib Akhtar might have been Shoaib Akhtar irrespective of which country he played for, but a Kamran Akmal is either above or beyond the law. I never fully understood the meaning of the phrase ‘on a wing and a prayer’ until I saw Shahid Afridi praying with soundless lips at a crucial moment during the match with Sri Lanka. Divine intervention worked that day, but the Lord surely cannot be biased, no matter how fervent the appeals to Him.The playing fields of Pakistan are lost to those for whom war is sport, rather than the other way around; Pakistan has become too dangerous for recreation.It is predictable to report that the hook returned to my cricket-hungry soul during the brilliant tie between India and England. But that was a game that exposed the weakness of two self-appointed triumphalists: neither have bowlers who can survive much daylight, and there is a lot of sunshine coming. Tidbits during commentary were amusing, but not entrancing. I was pleased to learn that Imran Khan banned hamburgers and never forgave anyone who got out to Kapil Dev. But that was not worth a wait.Epiphany came during a match whose tickets were safe even from the gluttony of the BCCI and its multiple parasites. Ireland is not going to win this World Cup, but Kevin O’Brien’s innings against England had the majesty of a rebellion against centuries of colonisation. It was the Easter Uprising all over again as Ireland resurrected from 111 for 5 to 293 for 6 by the 45th over. Ireland believed in themselves, which is always the true starting point of a sporting miracle. When they touched 300 for 6, the World Cup became a holy grail. If W.B. Yeats were alive he would have written an ode to O’Brien. When the unknown John Mooney backed away and smashed a four through cover, English captain Andrew Strauss’s stiff upper lip crumbled. Story over, although we still had to wait for Mooney to hit the winning four in the last over and raise a triumphant yell. The magic of sport lies in the triumph of the unexpected.Stiff upper lips are not quite the fashion in cricket anymore, although the game remains a preserve of the Commonwealth. There is more than cricketing skill on display, of national purpose. A post-war bounce is on parade in Sri Lanka, as it places its newest city on the world stage. Bangladesh is determined to prove that 40 years after independence, it is one of the big boys. Multi-ethnic Canada is visibly as colourful as the Commonwealth. The clowns are pickle at the feast; the main meal is wonderful cuisine. Time to share the joy.advertisementM J Akbarlast_img read more

Racist chants aimed at Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira

first_imgSampdoria’s Ronaldo Vieira, left, and Roma’s Jordan Veretout vie for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Roma at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)ROME — Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was subjected to racist chants by Roma fans during a Serie A soccer match on Sunday — the latest incident involving offensive behavior inside Italian stadiums this season.Referee Fabio Maresca heard the chants near the end of the first half of the game at Sampdoria’s Luigi Ferraris stadium and let Vieira know about it.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “AS Roma would like to apologise to Ronaldo Vieira for the racist boos he was subjected to,” Roma tweeted. “Roma does not tolerate racism of any kind and the club will support the authorities in identifying and subsequently banning any individuals found guilty of racially abusing the midfielder.”The match ended 0-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect China in line to host 2021 Club World Cup The referee and Vieira walked off the field together at the interval but no announcement was made inside the stadium.“Football has a responsibility to punish and educate the idiots in the stadium today,” Vieira said on Instagram.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceOffensive chants have also been aimed at Romelu Lukaku, Franck Kessie, Dalbert Henrique and Miralem Pjanic in Serie A this season.Vieira, who was born in Guinea Bissau and is black, plays for England’s Under-21 squad. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:47Senate panel recommends filing of drug charges vs Albayalde02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img read more

Three of our players vomited in change room: SL coach Pothas

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) Seeking to validate their demand regarding suspension of play due to air pollution, Sri Lankas interim coach Nic Pothas said their bowlers badly struggled to cope with the conditions and even threw up in the change room. In a first of its kind incident, international cricketers wore anti-pollution masks while fielding due to poor air quality in the national capital. With players complaining of uneasiness, there were multiple interruptions resulting in loss of 26 minutes of play, forcing India to declare their innings at 536 for seven. Sri Lanka did come out to bat and scored 131 for three. “Obviously, it is well-documented that Delhi has high level of pollution. They had got extremely high at one point, we had players coming in at one point and vomiting,? Pothas said at the end of day?s play. Breathlessness and irritation in the lungs are common phenomenon in the pollution-hit cities but vomiting is something rare associated with smog. “The pace bowlers obviously were struggling, Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage in particular. The match referee (David Boon) was in our change room when Suranga was vomiting. Doctors were there as well. “Dhananjaya de Silva was also vomiting. It was tough. You rely on doctors to give you medical advice because you are not medical person,? Pothas said. The coach said that it was a unique situation where players suffered in an abnormal manner. “There were oxygen cylinders in the dressing room (common practice during every international sport). It is not normal for players to suffer in that way while playing the game. From our point of view, it had to be stated that it is a very, very unique case,” Pothas said “I thought all the officials, the Match Referee and umpires handled the situation very well. When it is a new situation for everybody, it is not easy to make decisions. I feel for the umpires and I feel for the Match Referee. But the job of me and the manager was to make sure that the players are safe. That?s all what we do,? he added. Pothas and Asanka Gurusinha (team manager) were seen taking turns to talk to on-field umpires. Asked as to what transpired, he said, “We had only 10 people (on the field) at one stage as there were not enough people to get on the field. The umpires were very clear where they were coming from. I don?t envy them. Their position was tough as well. There aren?t too many rules written on pollution.” But he did agree that when Angelo Mathews batted, the situation was easier. “I haven?t spoken to him (Angelo) still whether it was hard or easy to bat. When our guys were struggling, the numbers were at 400 out of 500 on the pollution scale. At the end of the day, now they are around 300. I presume it was easier.” Pothas however gave an open-ended answer when asked whether there will be play tomorrow if the situation remains same. “That?s in the hands of Match Referee and Umpires. I am sure they will put in place some sort of precedence if that happens tomorrow again.? PTI KHS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

IIT Gandhinagar students run Nyasa School to educate construction workers’ children

first_imgConstruction workers in India traditionally toil under some of the most miserable housing conditions. Many build ramshackle housing on the roadside and their children squander their days loitering at the construction site. The Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT GN) community resolved to take up the challenge to improve the working and living conditions of construction workers and their families. One such initiative is ‘Nyasa’- an informal school for kids of construction workers at IITGN.Meaning of the word ‘Nyasa’ The word Nyasa means trust’ in Sanskrit.The word Nyasa means ‘trust’ in Sanskrit. At the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, the word means stretching out the ‘trustworthy’ hands to help some little eyes that dream of a better life under their temporary thatched huts.As per Saksham Singhal, a student at IIT GN and volunteer in the Nyasa initiative, “The word Nyasa means ‘trust’. We all wanted these kids to trust us that we will help them in learning something new for a better future. So, we named this initiative as Nyasa.”The beginning of the Nyasa School:Nyasa is a student-run social initiative and community outreach programme, supported by the IIT-GN community.Nyasa was started in 2011 by a student of IIT GN with community lunch.The number of students taught in Nyasa School, IIT GN:As per interaction with Ms Eila, there are a total of hundred to two hundred students in the school. The students are taught various subjects like Mathematics, English, Drawing, Hindi, Sanskrit etc.Aim of the Nyasa initiative: advertisement Every year, IITGN students also celebrate the birthday of Nyasa kids.Nyasa primarily aims to support and educate the children of the migrant construction workers in and around campus.Prof Sriram Kanvah, Associate Professor in Chemistry at IITGN and Faculty Coordinator for Nyasa, had provided initial impetus to the Nyasa activity at the Institute.Speaking on the importance of community outreach efforts he said, “Neil Armstrong had said “One small step for a man and one giant leap for the mankind”. Likewise, if all the institutes and individuals take small steps we can make giant strides in societal development.Apart from providing good quality education to the children of construction workers, the Nyasa School also provides various things like clothes, uniforms, books, stationery, bags, footwear, etc to the students from time to time. A student volunteer teaching students at Nyasa School, IIT GN.The school lays stress on the overall development of children and hence many activities like an introduction to the world of computer, origami session, regular sports session, cultural activities, regular medical camp etc are organised on regular basis.Nyasa volunteers teach these children basic alphabets, script, rhymes, songs and arithmetic. They also engage them with music, fun events, periodic health camps, etc.As construction workers’ children are also aided in enrolling in regular government schools, so, the IITGN community offers financial help to students interested in pursuing formal education.Nyasa volunteers routinely celebrate various festivals, such as Uttarayan, Diwali, and Holi with the children.”Our collective strength ‘education’ is used as a platform to bring the children from dusty environs to an open-air school, provide them Mid-Day meal, fruits for good health within our campus,” said Manikanta Mandlem, a student volunteer in Nyasa initiative at IIT GN. Some of the IIT Gandhinagar students with Nyasa kids.The Right to Education is one of the most important rights and everyone should have access to it. Our very small effort can do wonders if it is done in the right direction. The students at IIT GN have come up with courage and zeal to provide the right of education to the children of construction workers who are mostly deprived of the same.Read: This spoon designed by IIT Gandhinagar students can help Parkinson’s patients by reducing food spillagelast_img read more

Liverpool make advanced move for Keita

first_imgTransfers Liverpool agree club-record deal with RB Leipzig to sign Naby Keita next summer Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 21:31 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Naby Keita RB Leipzig Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Naby Keïta RB Leipzig Premier League Bundesliga The 22-year-old is set to officially join the Anfield outfit ahead of next season, in a conclusion that pleases all parties involved Naby Keita has passed a medical with Liverpool and signed a five-year contract effective from July 1, 2018 with the permission of RB Leipzig.The Guinea international finalised the formalties of a transfer for next summer on Monday after the Reds agreed to pay a premium over his release clause to tie up a deal in advance.As revealed by Goal in March, he was identified as Jurgen Klopp’s priority target to dynamise the midfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina HD Naby KeitaThe Bundesliga outfit refused to sanction a sale in this window, however, rejecting two bids – the second of which equalled the record for a transfer in Germany’s top flight – as they were intent on fielding the 22-year-old during their debut season in the Champions League.Reds 4/6 to win CL Group EThe clubs have reached a conclusion that suits all parties though, with the Merseysiders activating the £48 million escape stipulation in Keita’s contract that comes into effect at the end of this season as well as offering an extra sum to wrap up matters now.The player, capable of operating as an offensive and defensive weapon with equal adeptness, will be Liverpool’s record signing, eclipsing the initial £36.9m spent on Mohamed Salah.However, if the Reds succeed in prising Thomas Lemar from Monaco ahead of Thursday’s deadline, that business will shatter both figures with the current proposal worth over £70m inclusive of add-ons.The Ligue 1 champions have resisted approaches for the 21-year-old all summer following an already extensive talent drain, but the multi-faceted playmaker is keen on a switch to Anfield. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

MS Dhoni’s stature is huge, unfair to compare Rishabh Pant with him: Bharat Arun

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 12, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 15:04 IST Rishabh Pant was booed by the Mohali crowd during the fourth ODI between India and Australia on Sunday (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was booed by the Mohali crowd over missed stumping chance on SundayIndia felt MS Dhoni’s absence as Australia gunned down a 359-run targetMS Dhoni has been rested for the last two ODIs of the ongoing series vs AustraliaWith Rishabh Pant missing a few chances behind the wicket in the Mohali ODI and the spectators demanding MS Dhoni’s return, India bowling coach Bharat Arun on Tuesday said “it is unfair to compare the newcomer to a legend”.Speaking to the media on the eve of the fifth one-dayer here in Feroz Shah Kotla, Arun said the team is focussed on trying out combinations ahead of the England-Wales World Cup.”Unfair to compare Dhoni and Pant. Dhoni’s stature is huge. He is a legend. His work behind the stumps is exemplary.”MSD is a huge influence on the team. We will be trying out different combinations. Not necessarily these combinations will be in the World Cup. Any mistakes, hiccups have to be now. We are extremely cautious,” he said.India skip training to be “mentally fit”Keeping in mind the workload of the players, the Indian team on Tuesday did not train ahead of the final game against Australia at the Kotla.However, the bowling coach said the team at this point is really happy with the combinations they were trying out going into the mega event starting May 30.India willl comeback stronger: Arun”Considering the workload and the back-to-back matches, we wanted to be mentally fit for the big one,” he said.Commenting on the last game, Arun said that Aussie batman Ashton Turner (84 off 43 balls) must be given credit for his job and he is happy with the way the Indian bowlers have bowled.”If you see, the success of our bowlers, it has been more than 75 per cent. These things do happen (last game) and I am happy that it happened now and it shows us areas where we can improve before the World Cup.advertisement”You should give credit to the knock Ashton played. Dew played a crucial role — but I am not trying to give excuses. Didn’t bowl as well we had planned for him, but we will comeback stronger,” he said.”More or less, the team is sure of the combinations. Want to try out all combinations so that there is no room for any further improvement going into the tournament,” he explained.’Great learning experience before the World Cup’Commenting on Virat Kohli’s batting down the order in the Mohali ODI, Arun said: “This is the only time we can try combinations. Kohli has been absolutely successful at No.3 and we are trying options before the World Cup.”Definitely there are certain areas we need to address both in batting and bowling. We have been thrown in areas we need to work on and that is a great learning experience before the World Cup.”Arun was full of praises for both Kedar Jadhav and all-rounder Vijay Shankar.”Vijay has gained in confidence, batted brilliantly, be it No.4, 6 or 7. The confidence from batting rubbed onto his bowling. He is touching 130 (kmph) and is looking a lot more confident.”Kedar has also done the job on many occasions. But I have told my bowlers that as long as you don’t let him bowl, you have done a good job,” he smiled.Commenting on the camouflage caps controversy created by the Pakistan Cricket Board, Arun said: “I think we did what we felt we needed to do for the country. We wanted to show we appreciate the cause. It is beyond us to think or control what PCB thinks.”Also Read | Bishan Bedi’s message for Virat Kohli: Calm mind ultimate weapon against any challengeAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s India face risk of unwanted record in ODI series vs AustraliaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Bharat ArunFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Delhi ODIFollow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow Rishabh Pant MS Dhoni’s stature is huge, unfair to compare Rishabh Pant with him: Bharat ArunOn the eve of the fifth ODI between India and Australia, the hosts skipped training in order to be “mentally fit”, bowling coach Bharat Arun saidadvertisementlast_img read more

Bloomberg Philanthropies To Invest 30 Million In Arts And Cultural Organizations

first_imgBloomberg Philanthropies this week announced the nationwide expansion of the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, formerly known as the Arts Advancement Initiative.The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen nearly 300 small- and mid-sized organizations within six cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Through the two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will offer $30 million of unrestricted general operating support. It will also include arts management training in fundraising, audience development and board member engagement.“Nonprofit arts groups do so much to help cities thrive, but they often face major funding challenges. Effective management and fundraising practices are absolutely critical for arts organizations, especially those with small budgets,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “These grants will help arts groups make the most of their resources, reach more people, and have an even bigger impact on their communities.”Piloted in New York City, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported 245 grantees through AIM from 2011-2013. Participating organizations reported improvements in audience development, board engagement and fundraising over the two-year program: Audience development: 79% reached new audiences through targeted marketing campaigns and social media. Fundraising: 88% leveraged the grant to secure new contributions from donors.All organizations invited to participate are locally or internationally recognized nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. Grantees will be required to secure matching funds; reach 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in the Cultural Data Project, an online financial management tool that assists arts organizations across the country to collect, learn from, and use data effectively. The grants will be unrestricted so that recipients can use them to address their greatest needs. Invitation letters are being distributed to organizations beginning today.Bloomberg Philanthropies will partner with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct trainings for the AIM program in each city. The comprehensive workshops will engage organizations around activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals and will include consultations and implementation support for arts managers and their boards. Board engagement: 95% improved board member engagement by adding new members and/or increasing board giving.last_img read more

Annan joins with Islamic Arab and other leaders to urge restraint over

Mr. Annan, along with the leaders of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the League of Arab States as well as the foreign ministers of Qatar, Spain and Turkey, warned that the present climate “threatens to sow deep discord between communities, societies and countries.” They voiced deep regret at the offence given by the caricatures, as well as the loss of life and damage to property in several countries. While reaffirming the universal right to freedom of expression, they appealed to all to exercise that right responsibly, and not to use it as a pretext for inciting hatred or insulting the deeply held belief of any community. The statement also reaffirmed the right to peaceful protest, “especially where deep hurt has been caused, and we acknowledge that Muslims do indeed feel deep hurt over the caricatures.” The leaders hailed the fact that the vast majority of the protesters and demonstrators throughout the world expressed their indignation in an orderly and peaceful manner. “We urge everyone to resist provocation, overreaction and violence, and turn to dialogue,” the statement said. “Without dialogue we cannot hope to appeal to reason, to heal resentment or overcome mistrust.” The statement emphasized that all rights should be exercised responsibly. “Neither media, publications, nor places of worship should be used for incitement, or to spread hatred.” Calling for a tolerant international society which recognizes both rights and responsibilities, the leaders emphasized that this will require “respect for the right of all people to freedom of worship, and of opinion and expression, and appreciation of diversity as an asset, not a threat.”The statement was issued on the eve of a meeting in Doha of the High Level Group of the Alliance of Civilizations, a UN initiative set up to bridge the gap between Islam and other cultures. It looked forward to the Alliance’s proposals for encouraging broader and deeper mutual respect and understanding. “We intend, as a group, to follow up this joint statement, and commit ourselves to formulate a joint strategy and agreed measures that will contribute to overcome the current crisis and to prevent its recurrence, and promote tolerance and mutual respect between all religions and communities, in Europe and elsewhere,” the statement said, adding that the Secretary-General would bring the text to the attention of the General Assembly, Security Council and EU. After reading the communiqué to reporters, Mr. Annan said the initiative and the meeting of the Alliance “should be seen as part of a wider effort to try to create dialogue, improve respect among different cultures, beliefs and civilizations.” He anticipated that the Alliance would be putting forward “concrete suggestions as to how we can educate, as to how we can bring people together and as to how groups develop mutual respect and avoid any attempts to humiliate each other.”The Secretary-General also noted that all people have the power to effect change. “Obviously, we need to hear the other voices. We need to hear the other voice and the mainstream voice of Islam and the Christians will have to speak out. We all need to speak up and reach out to each other.”Today’s statement in Doha follows one issued earlier this month by the UN, the EU and the OIC urging restraint in response to the cartoon controversy. read more

Expand The College Football Playoff

Ohio State’s national college football championship might seem to vindicate the playoff selection committee, which chose the No. 4 Buckeyes over two teams with similar resumes, No. 5 Baylor and No. 6 TCU. But there probably weren’t a lot of people in Waco or Fort Worth, Texas, celebrating the Buckeyes’ Monday night win. Instead, Baylor and TCU fans have every right to think their teams deserved the same opportunity.1The argument is particularly strong for TCU, which, after being leapfrogged in an unprecedented way in the committee’s final standings, went on to crush Mississippi 42-3 in the Peach Bowl. In fact, the Horned Frogs entered Monday with nearly the same Football Power Index rating (23.6) that Ohio State had (23.8).It has sometimes been stated — I’ve said it myself — that a four-team playoff is inherently flawed when there are five major conferences. The truth is a little more complicated than that. Sometimes a “Power 5” conference champion won’t have much of a beef with having been excluded from the playoff. In 2012, for instance, Wisconsin was the BCS representative as the Big Ten champion despite just a 4-4 conference record (and an 8-5 record overall). It was a wacky case — Ohio State and Penn State finished ahead of the Badgers but were ineligible for postseason play — but it’s not so uncommon to have an “ugly duckling” major conference champion.But pretty much every other contingency complicates the committee’s job and adds to the list of teams it might consider:Sometimes there will be an undefeated team from a “minor” conference, like Boise State.Sometimes independent Notre Dame or BYU will be undefeated or will have one loss against a strong schedule.Sometimes a second team from a power conference will have a powerful argument for being among the top four nationally. In 2011, for example, Alabama ranked No. 2 and was chosen for the BCS title game; its only loss had come against No. 1 LSU.In other words, this year wasn’t an outlier: A four-team playoff is liable to produce similar controversies more often than not. It may not be the particular controversy we had this year. But there’s liable to be some type of controversy.This is usually the point at which someone asserts the problem is infinitely regressive. With four teams in the playoff, there will always be an argument over Nos. 4 and 5. With six teams, there might be the a debate over Nos. 6 and 7. Or with 68 teams, you’ll have a fight over Nos. 68 and 69.I don’t find this case entirely convincing; you’re going to hit the point of diminishing returns eventually. In 2012, I participated in a mock NCAA basketball selection committee for media members. When filling out the last few slots in the 68-team bracket, we were presented with some incredibly unappealing options: For example, a team that went 1-6 against top 50 opponents against another that had a losing record in conference play. Neither team had a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming national champion.What you don’t want to do is exclude teams that can make a credible case for being the best team in the country. It’s hard to put this philosophy into practice, of course. In a perfect world, you could permit a flexible number of teams into the playoff. One year, a team might be so far ahead of the pack that you’d be tempted to crown it national champion and cancel the playoff. The next year, the top group might run a dozen teams deep. Unfortunately, the NCAA and our corporate overlords ESPN aren’t likely to tolerate that sort of uncertainty when they need to set schedules months or years in advance.So, we need to settle on a particular number of teams. The most important objective is to avoid “false negatives” — that is, to keep from omitting teams like Baylor and TCU, whose resumes are hard to distinguish from the teams ranked first or second in the country. The next priority is to avoid “false positives,” like a three-loss team getting into the playoff when it doesn’t belong there. It might help to break the teams into tiers:The first tier consists of undefeated teams from major (“Power 5”) conferences.2In the chart after this first bullet point, we’ve treated Notre Dame as a major conference team.The second tier includes one-loss teams from major conferences, along with undefeated teams from minor conferences.The third tier consists of two-loss teams from “Power 5” conferences and one-loss teams from other conferences.The fourth tier includes everyone else.The former BCS system, with its national championship game, seemed to be based on the hope that there would be exactly two top-tier teams. Unfortunately that almost never worked out. Only four times in the 16 years of the BCS were there exactly two major-conference undefeateds. The years in which there were three such teams, like 2004, were especially controversial. The more common problem, however, is that there was often just one of these teams or none at all.So reaching into the second tier is a necessary evil if you’re going to have any type of playoff. That being the case, I’d argue that you’d rather not have to make extremely fine distinctions within the second tier. Perhaps you’re OK omitting some one-loss teams with gross deficiencies on their resumes (like those that both played poor schedules and failed to win their conference titles). But you’d rather not have to distinguish the Baylors of the world from the Ohio States.The problem with a four-team playoff is that it will often require the committee to make exactly those distinctions, splitting the second tier right down the middle. Let’s look at some historical data. In the chart below, I’ve listed the teams since 1998 as they were ranked in the final AP poll before bowl participants were chosen. (This serves as a good proxy for how the playoff selection committee might have ranked the teams.)3You could use the BCS standings or the Coaches Poll as the reference point instead; they would lead you to pretty much the same conclusions. The teams are color-coded based on which tier they belonged to.As you can see, these tiers do a reasonable job of reflecting how poll voters think about the teams. Sometimes the tiers get mixed up around the margins, but these are usually relatively obvious cases involving teams with especially strong or weak schedules.But you can also see the problem. In an average year, there are one or two first-tier teams and four or five second-tier teams. A four-team playoff will wind up splitting the second-tier teams right down the middle.What if you’re willing to omit one-loss teams that didn’t win their conference championships? In the chart, I’ve also indicated whether a team won its conference title. (I’ve listed just one champion per major conference — the team deemed as the conference champion by the BCS in the event of ties.4In 2014, the BCS was no longer active. I consider Baylor to have been the Big 12 champion over TCU by virtue of its head-to-head victory against them. There’s special handling for teams from the former Big East conference, which no longer exists for football.5Big East teams are classified based on the conference they belong to currently. If a former Big East team ranked higher than the top team from the conference it now belongs to, it is considered the champion of its current conference. For instance, Miami is classified as the 2002 ACC champion, because it ranked ahead of the actual ACC champion that year, Florida State.) This gets you closer, but you’ll still run out of space fairly often unless you’re also willing to kick out undefeated teams from minor conferences.Besides, it’s not clear that a conference championship ought to trump everything else. It’s great when, for example, the No. 3 and No. 5 teams in the country square off in their conference championship, making it serve as a de facto play-in game. But this rarely happens. Often, the two best teams in the conference are in the same division and won’t play for the conference title. Or there are cases like 2003, when Kansas State, which had two conference losses, beat undefeated Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. Would Kansas State really deserve to make the playoff ahead of Oklahoma? AP voters didn’t think so. (They ranked Oklahoma No. 3 and Kansas State No. 8 the next week.)What if we expand the playoff to six teams instead?Now we’re able to accommodate the clear majority of the second tier. One-loss major conference champions will just about always make it. One-loss non-champions from major conferences will make it about 80 percent of the time. Undefeated teams from minor conferences still struggle a bit, but overall this seems to strike a good balance. As a major conference team with just one loss, you’ll make the playoff unless there’s a lot working against you. With two losses, you’ll won’t make it unless you have a lot working for you. There are still some tough decisions to be made, but the committee won’t have to cleave the second tier in half, as it often will under a four-team playoff.If you expand the playoff to eight teams, you’re able to accommodate almost all of the second tier. However, about 75 percent of the additional teams you’d add with the seventh and eighth slots are from the third tier instead. This may be too tolerant, placing too little pressure on teams to perform and schedule well in the regular season.An alternative would be to include eight teams, but with automatic bids for major conference champions. (Technically you could do this under a six-team playoff, too, but it might not be advisable.6It provides for too little flexibility. What happens when in addition to the five major conference champions, there’s an excellent Notre Dame team and an undefeated Boise State? And by placing so much emphasis on the conference championship game, this system would serve to make the rest of a team’s schedule all but irrelevant.) Presumably, teams from outside of the power conferences would object to this, but you could accommodate them by guaranteeing a sixth slot to the best independent or minor conference team. That would leave two at-large positions.I’ve run the numbers on how this would work out — and it seems like another good option. By definition, we’re now including every major conference champion. While you’d have the occasional fluke conference champ like the 2012 Wisconsin team, that might be an acceptable price for reducing the subjectivity in the process. Non-champion teams from major conferences would sometimes make the playoff but would have a lot of pressure to schedule well and perform well. The majority of one-loss teams from major conferences would make it, but they’d be at risk if they fail to win their conferences. And taking a second loss would knock a team out the vast majority of the time.No system is going to end the debates; people still argue about which teams ought to be No. 12 seeds in the NCAA hoops tourney so they can lose to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. But expanding the football playoff to six teams — or to eight teams with some automatic bids — would do a better job of rewarding the most deserving teams while preserving the importance of the regular season. It would help to ensure the most important decisions of the college football season happen on the field and not in a conference room. read more

LOESCHE grinding plant for phosrock enters operation in Kazakhstan

first_imgEuroChem, one of the world’s top 10 producers of mineral fertilisers, has started operation of its crushing and processing plant in Zhanatas, in the South Kazakh region of Zhambyl. LOESCHE technology is at the heart of the plant, helping to develop the large-scale phosphate rock deposit – the most important raw material for the production of phosphate-containing fertilisers. EuroChem selected a LOESCHE mill type LM 24.2, with the proven vertical roller mill technology, for the production of ground phosphate.“As the pioneer in vertical roller mills technology LOESCHE has been successfully constructing and supplying phosphate mills worldwide since the 1960s. For this project, LOESCHE’s contract includes the delivery, planning and installation of the grinding plant, which has a capacity of 600,000 t/y. The plant was realised and put into operation on site by LOESCHE GUS in close cooperation with the LOESCHE headquarters as well as LOESCHE Automation GmbH.”The plant has been successfully operating since the first quarter of 2016. During a performance test of 72 h, “the new grinding plant proved to operate to the client’s utmost satisfaction. During this operation, the plant not only reached all contractual guaranteed values, but even significantly exceeded the guaranteed production capacity. Furthermore, a further 15% specific energy consumption was saved compared to the original guaranteed values.”Thanks to the successful start and the good cooperation, EuroChem has invited LOESCHE GUS to submit their quotation for two additional mills for a chemical processing plant that is currently being planned. A spare parts and service package is also being offered for the existing plant.Construction of the complete fertiliser plant is still underway, with an investment of approximately $150 million. When construction is concluded in 2018, the plant will boast an annual production of some 300,000 t NPK fertiliser (NPK fertilisers are three-component fertilizers providing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium), 600,000 t potassium sulphate, 660,000 t dicalcium phosphate (DCP), 1.2 Mt gypsum, 390,000 t calcium chloride, as well as 120 000 t magnesium sulphate.The phosphate products produced supply both the local and international markets, thus securing the supply of any EuroChem finishing plants and contributing to a further increase in the development of the region.last_img read more

50 days to the Velux EHF CL F4 in Koln

EHF F4 ← Previous Story Balkan Regional League plans “collapse” Next Story → Richard Mezei new Director of Pick Szeged Handball fans have voted with their feet – with just 50 days to go before the start of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 and before the first matches of the Quarterfinals have been played – 17,500 tickets have already been sold for Europe’s premier club handball event.The LANXESS arena in Cologne will play host to the two-day event on 28 and 29 May 2011. With a maximum capacity of 19,500 spectators, just 2000 tickets remain as yet unsold – tickets which will be available to buy direct from the four participating teams in the week following the VELUX EHF FINAL4 Draw, taking place in Cologne on Monday 2 May 2011.Interest in the VELUX EHF FINAL4 extends around the world, with fans from more than 25 nations from across Europe and as far afield as Canada having bought tickets for the event. 30 television companies will show the event live and delayed, and it looks set to be watched by many more than the 30 million TV viewers who followed the action from Cologne last year.Fans still have a few weeks until they will know who will make it all the way the second edition of VELUX EHF FINAL4, with the last matches of the Quarterfinals second leg to be played on Sunday 1 May 2011. The eight teams and fixtures of the VELUX EHF Champions League Quarterfinals are: SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER) versus Renovalia Ciudad Real (ESP), HSV Hamburg (GER) versus Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS), Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER) versus Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA) and F.C. Barcelona Borges (ESP) versus THW Kiel (GER).Commenting on the huge spectator interest in the event, Peter Vargo, Managing Director of EHF Marketing GmbH, said: “The VELUX EHF FINAL4 has established itself, following the success of the first event in 2010, as the event all handball fans must be at. The mix of top-class handball, entertainment and the incredible atmosphere in the LANXESS arena is too good to miss.”Such is the interest in the VELUX EHF FINAL4 from sponsors, partners, business and the general public that all 1500 VIP tickets for the LANXESS arena’s Backstage Restaurant, VIP and Business Boxes and additional VIP Lounges have already been already been taken up.Ticket buyers still have a chance of being in the LANXESS arena live and in person as the best four teams in Europe compete for the VELUX EHF Champions League title. Travel partner, Vietenours, still has 50 “Ticket plus Hotel Packages” available for sale.  Further information and contact details at the unlikely event that the four participating clubs do not take up their complete allocation, any remaining tickets will be released for sale ahead of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 via the official ticket shop at Further information on where fans of the four participating clubs can purchase tickets will be released during the first week of May 2011.Text: read more

VIDEO Look on EHF CL Final4 BEST 7

← Previous Story SAGOSEN QUALITY: Aalborg are new Danish champions! Next Story → Rhein Neckar Lowen smash THW Kiel for second DKB Bundesliga title EHF TV promotes VELUX EHF Champions League Final 4 2016/2017 by announcing the BEST 7 of the final event since 2010.Goalkeeper: Thierry OmeyerLeft wing: Juanin GarciaLeft back: Filip JichaPlaymaker: Aron PalmarssonRight back: Kiril LazarovRight wing: Victor TomasLine player: Julen Aguinagalde

No survivors from Air Algerie crash over Mali French President

first_imgFRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS Hollande has said there were no survivors among the 116 people on board the Air Algerie flight that crashed over Mali.Bad weather is the likely cause of the disaster.“Sadly, there are no survivors,” Hollande said on television, a day after flight AH017, carrying 51 French nationals, went down shortly after take-off from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.The wreckage of the McDonnell Douglas 83 plane, operated by Spanish charter firm Swiftair on behalf of Air Algerie, was located 50km north of the Burkina Faso border in Mali’s Gossi region.In addition to the French victims, passengers and crew hailed from Burkina Faso, Lebanon, Algeria, Spain, Canada, Germany and Luxembourg.It was unclear exactly how many people were on board, as Swiftair put the number at 116 while the French presidency said 118 passengers and crew were on the jet.It was on its way to Algiers when it crashed amid reports of heavy storms in the area, shortly after the pilots radioed in that they were diverting course due to difficult weather conditions.A witness reported seeing the plane “falling” in the difficult-to-access Gossi region.ConditionsFrench Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said meteorological conditions appeared to be the most likely cause of the accident — the worst air tragedy for French nationals since the crash of the Air France A330 linking Rio de Janeiro to Paris in June 2009.Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier added that the possibility of a strike from the ground had been ruled out “from the start”, quashing speculation that rebels in Mali’s restive north could have shot the plane down.But Hollande insisted that no potential cause for the accident was being left out.Swiftair has a good safety record and the head of France’s DGAC civil aviation authority said Thursday that the MD-83 had passed through France this week and been given the all-clear.The plane disaster is the third in the space of just eight days, capping a disastrous week for the aviation industry.On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.And a Taiwanese aircraft crashed in torrential rain in Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 48.Mali, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso and France were all coordinating their search efforts, and the plane wreckage was located by a French drone thanks to information provided by Burkinabe authorities.France has a strong military presence in the area after it launched an offensive in Mali last year to stop Islamist extremists and Tuareg rebels who had seized the north of the country from marching onto Bamako.As such, around 100 French soldiers stationed in the northern city of Gao were able to travel overnight to the site of the crash on board some 30 vehicles.In the meantime, French drones, fighter jets and helicopters had taken part in the rush-against-time to locate the plane.The black box flight recorder of the plane had been recovered by French military forces on site and was being taken to Gao, Hollande said.Entire families in plane Whatever the cause of the crash, the human face of the tragedy was becoming ever-more poignant as the hours went by.In France, two crisis units were set up at the DGAC and at the foreign ministry, in addition to other emergency centres in airports around the country as many of the French passengers were transiting through Algiers on their way to France.One French family had seven people on the plane, a brother of one passenger told AFP.“There was my brother, his wife and their four children, plus my nephew,” Amadou Ouedraogo said via telephone.The small town of Menet in central France, meanwhile, was left devastated when residents found out an entire family that lived there was on board flight AH5017.Bruno Cailleret and Caroline Boisnard “were coming back from a trip to Burkina Faso with their two children, Elno, 14 and Chloe, 10,” said Denise Labbe of the local town hall, adding Boisnard’s mother was also on the plane.“Everyone is devastated in the town. We all know the family, who live in front of the town hall. No one can quite believe it, it’s like having a bad dream,” she said.© – AFP 2014Read Sinn Féin wants to call TDs back from their holidays to talk about GazaRead “We didn’t think it was appropriate.”- Charlie Flanagan defends Ireland’s abstention on Gaza votelast_img read more

ATT Slashes Smartphone Prices

first_imgAT&T is stepping up its game by slashing prices on on smartphones. The Samsung Captivate( $99.99), Blackberry Tourch, Samsung Focus, LG Quantum ($49.99), and Blackberry Curve 3G ($29.99) all have had price drops. However, it comes with the standard catch–you have to sign a two-year contract. Tthe good news is that if you sign the contract you get the discounted price right away. No dealing with refunds.This may well be a result of the T-Mobile merger or Verizon stepping up its game in the smartphone market. Via Hot Hardwarelast_img

Herrera Beutler asked to represent Norpac

first_imgLONGVIEW — Eight Southwest Washington lawmakers are urging U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, to represent Norpac at a trade hearing next month on controversial tariffs levied against Canadian papermakers.The hearing is related to a trade petition filed by Norpac with the U.S. Department of Commerce last August, which has roiled the market for uncoated groundwood paper — the same product used to produce newspapers, books and printed mailers.A sudden spike in the cost of newsprint has thrust the Longview paper mill into the national spotlight and into a conflict with the newspaper industry, which consumes millions of tons of newsprint, its second-biggest cost after payroll.Local state lawmakers sent a letter to Herrera Beutler on Monday asking her to advocate for Norpac in a July 17 trade hearing, noting that Norpac has hired 50 new employees and restarted a paper machine that was idled last fall. The company said preliminary tariffs made the hires possible. And Norpac spokesman David Richey said Wednesday that the company is currently looking to fill an additional 40 positions.“We believe that it is critical that you, as our representative, are present to participate in the hearing on the uncoated groundwood paper from Canada trade case to help protect local jobs, families and communities,” the lawmakers wrote.last_img read more

Leavitt touches on CRC future in State of City speech

first_imgVancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt delivered a wide-ranging State of the City address Wednesday, calling for support for the Columbia River Crossing, hinting at upcoming measures to pay for police, fire and transportation and outlining more business development across the city.Before about 325 people in the Evergreen High School Auditorium, Leavitt’s second State of the City was more relaxed than his speech a year ago, as the mayor touched on the difficulties of 2010 and named specific plans for his next three years in office.While his 2010 speech previewed a year in which nearly 20 percent of the city’s employees were cut and $16 million was slashed from the general fund, Leavitt, 40, called his 2011 speech “Foundations for the Future.”“We soon will be asked to invest in the core of our community,” Leavitt said. “And when that time comes, when you are presented with the question, when you are asked to sacrifice a bit more, I ask that each and every one of you step forward and join me in committing to the dynamic future of our city.”Leavitt said he will ask the city council to consider instituting a “small increase” in the vehicle license fee (it may add up to $20 to a tab without a vote by citizens), a move that he said will provide a “shot in the arm” to the city’s empty coffers for new road construction. Leavitt — a senior civil engineer at PBS Engineering + Environmental –reiterated a need for infrastructure investment later and quipped, “You’re seeing a common theme here.”last_img read more

BG photographer captures precious time for grieving families

first_imgFor nine months, Chris and Linda LaMunyon prepared for the arrival of their first child, a son they named Joshua Caden.They painted the walls of the nursery. They bought a brown wooden crib and matching changing table.They read books for expectant parents. They went to classes to prepare for birth and parenthood.Joshua was born at 1:19 a.m. May 9. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21½ inches long.He died 37 minutes later.Linda and Chris wouldn’t have years or months or even days with their son. Instead, they had minutes. But those minutes, and several more after his death, were forever captured by a photographer’s camera.A photo of baby Joshua getting his first bath. A snapshot of Linda and Chris cradling their son. The image of Joshua’s little hand placed on top of his parents’.“That’s all you have. You only have those moments. We had 37 minutes. That’s it. The pictures are so much of his life,” Chris said.The pictures came courtesy of Battle Ground photographer Amy Buma and a national program called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Time, talent donatedThe program was founded in 2005 by a woman who had to remove her 6-day-old son from life support and the professional photographer who captured images of her child. The program now administers a network of more than 7,000 photographers across the country, including 21 in the Portland/Vancouver area.Buma is one of those photographers who donates her talent and time free of charge to families who have lost a child. She’s the area coordinator for Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, where Joshua was born, and is on call 24/7.last_img read more

Employee Benefits professional of the year 2019 shortlist announced

first_imgThe shortlist has been unveiled for the coveted Employee benefits professional of the year category at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2019.This award recognises in-house HR and benefits professionals who have made a significant contribution to their organisation and to the industry as a whole.The full category shortlist is:Adam Brooke, Bank of America Merrill LynchIan Hodson, University of LincolnTom Hiles, BNP ParibasLast year’s award was received by Tom Hiles, group benefits manager at BNP Paribas, while in 2017, the accolade went to Gary Brewer, HR director, branded business unit and global reward at William Grant and Sons. Joanna Bean, former head of total rewards, UK and Ireland at Samsung won the Employee benefits professional of the year title in 2016.The winning individual will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2019 this Friday (7 June 2019), now just five days away. Held at The Pavilion at The Tower of London, this year’s event will be hosted by actor and comedian Kerry Godliman.At the event, HR, benefits and reward professionals can look forward to a welcome drinks reception, three-course lunch, including dessert buffet, and an early evening party, ideal for relaxed and informal networking with peers, colleagues and industry experts.The awards will also present an opportunity for guests to share and listen to best practice innovations in benefits and reward, across varied categories such as Best use of benefits technology, Best pensions communications and Best mental health strategy.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

Missing Miami man with autism found safe at hospital

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man with autism who was reported missing in Miami has been located at a local hospital, police said.Forty-year-old Shaun Dozier went missing in the area of Northwest Ninth Avenue and 58th Street, around 7 a.m., Friday. Shaun Dozier has been located at a local hospital and is being reunited with family.— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) August 3, 2019 Dozier had been last seen wearing a red, white and black striped shirt with blue jeans.Saturday afternoon, police confirmed Dozier was found safe and has reunited with his family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img