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  • Will Android 2.0 revolutionize the healthcare wearable industry?

    first_imgWhen we talk about the wearables and healthcare industry together, a round of feelings begins to move like any picture frame. While on one side the benefits they offer, on another the level of dependency which can be seen these days.If you are the one planning to/have come with a healthcare wearable, you might be having the fear of it being rejected by FDA, or whether if the people will accept it. This is something general, especially after finding FDA rejecting Jawbone’s and Apple’s wearables. However, you might find it making space in the hearts of the general public, assisting them in general awareness (also shared by FDA).See also: Four big trends pointing towards a boom in healthcare IoTSomewhere in 2014 wearable devices had just 2,500 applications including health & fitness apps. But it is expected that by 2019 this will touch the mark of 349,000 third-party applications. The figure clearly narrates the future of health & fitness apps. If we talk about healthcare apps in particular, according to a survey report issued in 2016 FitBit rules the segment by covering 57% of the entire healthcare wearable mobility solutions.But despite all these statistics and people’s mass acceptance globally, getting approval by FDA is still a difficult task for many.Will Android Wear 2.0 be a game changer?Jawbone isn’t the only one facing the tough time with FDA’s tough guidelines. The strictness recently shoved Apple as well. With such big names facing a tough time in having the FDA’s approval, how can we expect others to get things done?Maybe to bridge the gap, Google decided to release Android Wear 2.0. The software is currently available in developer preview and is scheduled to be released on Feb 9, 2017, as shared by Evan Blass.Expectations now flowingWith the very first knock of the news, people globally began expecting new innovations in the world of healthcare wearables. Well, to explore the exact scenario, we decided to have a look at the feature that the google will be unwrapping with this release.As per the words shared, Google takes a massive step by including ‘Health’ feature. This new inclusion will make the Android wearables stand proudly and compete with rival devices like Withings Activite. The feature will activate as soon as the user begins to walk, run, or cycle. With the very news, mobile app developers have started to making plans to develop an application for same.However, there are speculations that Android wear will be coming with a relevant tracking app. Apart from the above-mentioned special integration, here are few more features for Android 2.0:Complications: Another major integration in this new version. Though for the Apple Watch 2 users it was already available but the Android lovers will be getting this new treat soon. Shahid Mansuri Co-founded Peerbits & Yelowsoft, one of the leading mobile app development company USA, in 2011. His visionary leadership and flamboyant management style have yield fruitful results for the company. He believes in sharing his strong knowledge base with leaned concentration on entrepreneurship and business. Being an avid nature lover, he likes to flaunt his pajamas on beach during the vacations. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Tags:#Android 2.0#FDA#Google#Healthcare#Internet of Things#IoT#jawbone#wearables Material Design: With this feature comes two interactive drawers; Navigation and Action. While the former will allow the user to navigate between the app views, the later will serve an easy access to some common actions that you perform within an application. Standalone apps: Google is finally coming with this feature, which will allow the wearable apps to work independently of phone apps. So now, there won’t be any need of keeping your Android smartphone close always. Notifications: Till date the notifications used to cover the entire screen. Though this might have been delivering ease to many users, but for this new version, Google will be introducing notifications in form of small screens. Upon tapping these notifications can be enlarged, allowing the user to go through them easily. Related Posts Shahid Mansuri Input: The new feature brings three changes with it. The list of changes includes a swiping enabled small keyboard. This is like Android Proper, which will provide you better typing experience. The second in the list is Smart replies, that will assist you by suggesting three probable replies to a message.The last one here is for the developers solely. This change will allow them to create their own third-party keyboards for use.The bottom lineWearables no doubt are the future of technology. Their bond with the healthcare industry and the efforts made till date are unmatched. But if in particular, we talk about the changes or rather use the term ‘revolution’ for the changes to come with Android 2.0, we might be over expecting.There are indeed some great features, but still, the scope is wide. Apart from this, the limited compatibility of this new version (includes few devices from Asus, Casio, Fossil, LG, Motorola, Nixon, Sony, Polar, Michael Kors, and Huawei) points at little more patience for the brightest dawn of the healthcare wearable industry. As the famous quote says, ‘Miles to go before I sleep….’. FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje…last_img read more

  • ‘No helmets for Sikh women in Chandigarh’

    first_imgUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that he had advised the Chandigarh administration to exempt Sikh women from wearing helmets while driving two-wheelers.According to a Ministry official, Mr. Singh had received representations from various Sikh bodies that wearing helmets hurt their religious sentiments.According to the representations, wearing any kind of cap or hat goes against the tenets of Sikhism. Chandigarh, a Union Territory, is under the administrative control of the Union Home Ministry. The Chandigarh administration had penalised Sikh women without helmets after scores of women on two-wheelers were killed in road accidents.last_img read more

  • Apple Continues to Clash With Indian Government Over ‘Do Not Disturb’ Anti-Spam App

    first_imgAccording to a new report from Reuters, India’s telecoms regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is reportedly exploring the idea of taking legal action against the Cupertino company for its refusal to allow the government’s “Do Not Disturb” app access to user call and text logs.Back in October, Apple came to an agreement with the telecoms regulator to provide it some help with using iOS features to build the app. The two parties apparently haven’t met since November of last year, and in January the Indian government told the tech giant that it was waiting on “basic clarifications” of what an iPhone port of the “No Not Disturb” app could offer.Read it at IC Related Itemslast_img read more

  • 50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th round

    first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Before a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC star landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade. He did it in what he said would be his final fight, against a fighter who had never been in a professional boxing match.McGregor boxed surprisingly well early. But after landing some shots in the first three rounds, his punches seemed to lose their steam, and Mayweather went on the pursuit. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight.”McGregor had vowed to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and he won the early rounds with movement and punches to the head. But the tide of the fight turned in the fourth round as Mayweather seemed to figure out what he had to do and began aggressively stalking McGregor. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games “I turned him into a Mexican tonight,” McGregor said. “He fought like a Mexican.”In a fight so intriguing that it cost $10,000 for ringside seats, McGregor turned in a respectable performance for someone in his first fight. But Mayweather’s experience and his ring savvy paid off as he executed his game plan to perfection.“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him and take him out in the end,” Mayweather said. “I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn’t go the distance.”Mayweather was widely criticized for not going after Pacquiao in their megafight, and he didn’t make the same mistake this time. In a fight that could make him $200 million he seemed to stagger McGregor with a series of punches in the ninth round, then came back in the 10th eager to finish it off.McGregor went over and hugged Mayweather. He seemed almost happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next “I was a little fatigued,” he said. “He was composed in there, that’s what 50 pro fights can give you.”Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and giving himself a great parting gift. He repeated afterward that he was not going to fight again.“This is my last fight for sure. 50-0 sounds good, I’m looking forward to going into the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather said. “I picked the best dance partner to do it with.”Irish fans arrived by the thousands in the days before the fight, filling the arena for the weigh-in and boisterously cheering for their man. They even went off in the middle of the night and spray painted an Irish flag and “49-1” on a billboard on Interstate 15 promoting Mayweather’s businesses.The capacity crowd at the arena cheered McGregor on, but they quieted as the fight progressed and Mayweather showed his dominance. LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. figured out a 50th opponent, letting Conor McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes.Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th round Saturday night with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Philippines falls to Vietnam in bronze medal match LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

  • Jaja Santiago back for Foton

    first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago is returning—and she couldn’t have picked a better time for her comeback.The towering Santiago, who is coming off an impressive stint with Ageo Medics in the Japanese V-League Division 1, will reinforce Foton on Saturday when it takes on F2 Logistics in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments UP takes on soaring Ateneo The 6-foot-6 Santiago averaged 11.7 points and scored 23 points in Ageo’s match against Denso Airybees in their last game of the Final 8.Petron, meanwhile, guns for win No. 14 when it faces going up against United VC at 6 p.m., right after the 4 p.m. duel between Foton and F2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSantiago’s sister Diane, who manages Foton, confirmed that the former National U star will beef up the Tornadoes, who are on a 10-game losing run.Another Santiago sister, Dindin Manabat, and new import Milagros Collar have already checked in with the Tornadoes in a bid to reverse Foton’s alarming slide. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

  • Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan quits IPL 2017 to prepare for Champions Trophy

    first_imgHot on the heels of their second defeat in a row, this time at the hands of Rising Pune Supergiant, the Kolkata Knight Riders are set to be without the services of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for the remainder of Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10.The Bangladesh senior pro has so far played just one match for the men in purple and will now leave for Ireland on Thursday night for a tri-series in the build-up to next month’s Champions Trophy.Shakib played a big role when the Kolkata Knight Riders won the title in 2014 but has played against only Gujarat Lions at home this time.He scored 1 not out and returned with bowling figures of 0/31 in that match.Kolkata Knight Riders are second in the points table with 14 points from 11 games. The Gautam Gambhir-led side next take on struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday in Bengaluru.last_img read more

  • 16 days agoLiverpool fullback Alexander-Arnold: Klopp always paid attention to academy

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Alexander-Arnold: Klopp always paid attention to academyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold says manager Jurgen Klopp has always paid attention to the club’s academy talent.Klopp has now spent four years at Anfield and Alexander-Arnold admits his interest in promoting young players was immediately obvious. “Within his first few weeks he was down at the academy watching the young lads, and that almost gave us a bit more faith and gave a statement to the club that he is going to use young players and give us those chances,” he said.”He’s shown over the four-year period that he has given those young players their chances and given them opportunities and obviously I’m one of the youngsters that have been given them.”A massive thanks to him, and hopefully there will be four more years of success.” last_img read more

  • Höegh Bolsters Service to New Zealand

    first_imgzoom Oslo-based shipping company Höegh Autoliners will increase the number of sailings to Auckland, New Zealand on the company’s Europe to Africa and Oceania service starting from February.Höegh is introducing two vessel calls per month to Auckland on the trade as a response to increasing market demand, the company said.“Over the next years, imports to Oceania of new light vehicles is expected to grow steadily and in 2015 the market saw almost 4% growth. “This positive development is, in part, supported by the solid performance of New Zealand,” Höegh added.Apart from two direct calls per month to Auckland, Höegh Autoliners said it offers services to Lyttleton and Wellington in New Zealand through transhipment.last_img read more

  • Convention Centre Submission Deadline Extended

    first_imgThe tender submission deadline for the proposed new convention centre in Halifax has been extended to July 19. The deadline was extended in response to a request by the developer. The submission is in response to a request for proposals issued in October 2009. The original February 2010 deadline had previously been extended to April 19. Changes in submission deadlines are not unusual for large infrastructure projects and can be initiated by either the proponent or the province. The submission will outline a design and facility management plan, financing plan and price, information that will be used to determine whether or not the project will go forward. -30-last_img read more

  • Govt may remove landing charges at 15 defence airports for aircraft with

    first_imgNew Delhi: In order to boost regional connectivity, the Centre may remove the ‘landing charges’ for aircraft having less than 80 seats at 15 defence airports in the country, government officials said Friday. ‘Landing charges’ are paid by an airline to the airport as per the weight of the aircraft during each landing. Defence airports come under the control of Indian Air Force. “An airline has requested the Civil Aviation Ministry to waive the landing charges on 15 defence airports for aircraft that have less than 80 seats. It has been decided that the Civil Aviation Secretary would formally take up this matter with the Ministry of Defence soon,” a senior government official told PTI. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Another senior government official told PTI, “The aircraft, which have less than 80 seats, are helping in ensuring regional connectivity from the cities where these 15 defence airports are located. Therefore, the (civil aviation) ministry thinks that landing charges should be waived by the Defence Ministry.” The Ministry of Defence has informally stated that this proposal of waiving landing charges is feasible. However, no formal communication has taken place between the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Civil Aviation as yet, the official added. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Currently, in India, the older Q400 aircraft used by SpiceJet and the ATR aircraft used by IndiGo have less than 80 seats. As number of air passengers are low in small cities, such aircraft are used there. Defence airports across the country are controlled by the Indian Air Force as it uses them as an air base. When a part of such defence airports are classified as “civil enclave” and handed over to the Airports Authority of India (AAI), it is used to start commercial flight operations. The aforementioned 15 airports conduct their commercial flight operations from such civil enclaves only. The AAI comes under the Ministry of Civil Aviation and manages around 100 airports across the country.last_img read more

  • Bell Media to Acquire Four Ontario Radio Stations from Larche Communications Inc

    first_img“We look forward to welcoming these award-winning stations and their teams to Bell Media, and to building on the strong legacies they’ve created,” said Nikki Moffat, President, Local Radio and TV and Senior Vice-President, Finance, Bell Media. “Each station has loyal listeners and is a strong performer in its market, and this acquisition will further strengthen iHeartRadio Canada’s cross-country radio network. We are proud to continue to make significant investments in local radio and deliver the highest-quality experience for our listeners on multiple platforms.”“I believe Bell Media is uniquely positioned to build on our strong brands and reputation,” said Paul Larche, President & CEO, LCI. “They are committed to maintaining the strong relationship our team has cultivated with our community, listeners, and advertisers. This can only be enhanced by their television stations in two of our markets.”SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSTwitter:@1041TheDock@923TheDock@KICX917@KICX106Facebook:Facebook.com/BellMediaIncAbout Larche Communications Inc.Larche Communications Inc. (LCI) is a Canadian media company which currently operates four radio stations and a digital agency in the province of Ontario. Based in Simcoe County, the company began in 1996. LCI’s stations include 104.1 The Dock (Simcoe County), KICX 106 (Simcoe County), 92.3 The Dock (Owen Sound) and KICX 91.7 (Sudbury). Larche also owns Larche Digital Agency, based in Barrie. LCI stations have won over 25 industry awards, including being named the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Station of the year eight times. LCI has also been recognized with community awards in Midland, Orillia, Barrie, Owen Sound, and Sudbury. In the past nine years, LCI stations have raised over $2.5 million in their “radio for…” campaigns for advanced local health care.About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: TORONTO – Bell Media announced today it has signed an agreement to acquire four FM radio stations in Ontario from Larche Communications Inc. (LCI) The addition of The Dock and KICX Country-branded stations to Bell Media’s existing 105 iHeartRadio Canada stations helps broaden the network’s industry-leading reach across the country, allowing further connection with listeners in Sudbury, Midland, Orillia, and Owen Sound.Subject to CRTC approval, Bell Media will acquire the following four stations from LCI:104.1 The Dock (CICZ-FM) – Classic hits format in Midland92.3 The Dock (CJOS-FM) – Classic hits format in Owen SoundKICX Country 91.7 (CICS-FM) – Country format in SudburyKICX Country 106 (CICX-FM) – Country format in Orillia Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

  • Unnerved by personal attacks, Tiwari firm on putting up tough fight against opponents

    first_imgNew Delhi: Even after AAP’s North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey sought votes for himself and asked people not to vote for a “singer-dancer” like Manoj Tiwari, the Delhi BJP chief seems unnerved by such personal attacks on his art and hard work. With just two days to go for the polls in Delhi, the saffron party has concluded that it remains unbothered by the alliance storm that both the Congress and AAP had kicked up. Irrespective of who was responsible for the alliance’s fall, the BJP has resolved to put up a tough fight against both its major opposition parties. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesResponding to allegations from the AAP camp, Tiwari had said that while Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his entourage had intended the “singer-dancer” remark as an insult, the sizeable Poorvanchali population in North East Delhi has not responded accordingly. With a large part of the voting population in Tiwari’s constituency being Poorvanchali, they seem to have taken it as a challenge to elect him and prove AAP wrong. It seems that Tiwari is proving too tough for his opponents in the Poorvanchali-heavy constituency. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccording to age-old poet Tulsidas, people of a group tend to be charged-up when their own are insulted, and this will come true in all likelihood when the Capital goes to polls on May 12. The fact that former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit contesting against Tiwari will also not be able to sway voters in the area. This is purely because Tiwari has connected with Poorvanchali people on an emotional level that no other candidate could possibly achieve. Moreover, popular Haryanvi singer-dancer Sapna Chaudhary campaigning for Tiwari in NE Delhi has lent her support for the saffron party in large numbers. And the combined campaign efforts from both Tiwari and Chaudhary have turned AAP’s belittling attack into something Poorvanchalis can be proud of. Taking inspiration from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tiwari has made sure AAP’s insults reach all of the Poorvanchali population in Delhi, which has resulted in massive support from the community for the Delhi BJP chief. And this is exemplified by Tiwari’s comment, saying that people of Delhi will teach Congress and AAP a lesson when the results come out on May 23. Further, it seems very clear that while both Congress and AAP are busy blaming each other, the electorate in Delhi will focus on voting for a party that can get work done, especially ones relating to outstanding development.last_img read more

  • The Latest: Mexico calls new US tariffs a serious matter

    WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s announcement on a new tariff for Mexican imports in response to heavy flow of migrants (all times local):9:20 p.m.The Mexican undersecretary for North America is calling new tariffs on Mexican goods announced by U.S. President Donald Trump a matter that is “most serious.”Jesus Seade (say-AH’-day), the trade negotiator for Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrader, said Thursday in a news conference that if the tariffs come to pass, “we should respond in a forceful way.” But he said right now that it is important to find out whether these tariffs are “really on the table.”He says if Trump is serious, the move is bad for “two countries that are trying to arrive at a marvelous free trade treaty, the best in history, according to President Trump.”Seade lobbied for first finding find out “what is being talked about here.”___7:45 p.m.President Donald Trump says he is slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border.The tariff is effective June 10. The president says the percentage will gradually increase “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.”Trump made the announcement by tweet after telling reporters earlier Thursday that he was planning “a major statement” that would be his “biggest” so far on the border.Trump has accused the Mexican government of failing to do enough to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants who have been flowing to the U.S in search of asylum from countries including El Salvador, Honduras and Gautama.It’s unclear how this will impact the new United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal.The Associated Press read more

  • Rise in mobility across SouthEast Asia puts millions more at risk for

    The growing number of people crossing boundaries in South-East Asia searching for economic opportunity puts millions at risk to HIV infection with little or no protection or access to services, according to a United Nations report launched today.A country-by-country assessment of HIV and mobility in the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries revealed that, despite their contributions to national economies, migrants lack legal and social rights and generally have no access to HIV/AIDS medical and information services.“Migrant workers are a vital force to national economies in South-East Asia, yet when it comes to protecting their rights and ensuring HIV prevention and treatment, they are often among the forgotten,” said UN Development Programme (UNDP) Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ajay Chhibber.High-risk behaviour and HIV infection rates are significantly higher among migrants than in the general population, the joint UN-ASEAN report noted.The report also indicated that HIV infection rates for migrant fishermen in Thailand were as high as 9 per cent, and at least 30 per cent of people living with HIV in the Philippines and Laos were returning migrants.Most migrants are not covered by national AIDS programmes and their services, according to the report. It said that in Thailand, for example, registered migrants have access to health services with subsidized medical costs, but anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment is not included. If migrants are found to be HIV-positive through routine testing in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, they are repatriated.Although Indonesia has shown a commitment to addressing HIV vulnerability among mobile populations with their inclusion in national HIV prevention, care and treatment strategies and with policies prohibiting mandatory HIV testing during recruitment processes, limited HIV infection rate data exists for these populations. Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines and Viet Nam have also made attempts to tackle the risk faced by migrants by developing “pre-departure training” on HIV prevention for outbound migrant workers, but the report concludes that this has been largely ineffective as the courses are offered too late in the moving process and are too short in duration.The report makes a number of recommendations to policymakers as they respond to the challenge of the growing numbers of migrant populations who are at greater risk to HIV than people who stay in their home countries.The report’s recommendations include developing gender-sensitive epidemiological data, strengthening cooperation to ensure a continuation of services for migrants, coordinating cross-border HIV efforts, allocating adequate financial and human resources to address migrant needs, and reinforcing policies and commitments on HIV/AIDS. 13 November 2008The growing number of people crossing boundaries in South-East Asia searching for economic opportunity puts millions at risk to HIV infection with little or no protection or access to services, according to a United Nations report launched today. read more

  • Lebanon Ban calls on new government to cooperate with Hariri murder court

    28 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the newly designated Lebanese Government should continue to cooperate with the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. “I have been repeatedly stating the position of the Untied Nations: this is an independent international justice system, justice process,” he told a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum, adding that “nobody, no country, should interfere or obstruct the smooth proceedings of this justice process.”Lebanon’s previous government, led by Mr. Hariri’s son, Saad, collapsed two weeks ago after 11 Hizbollah and allied ministers resigned, reportedly over the Government’s refusal to cease cooperation with the tribunal, which the media says was about to indict Hizbollah members for the murders. Earlier this week, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman asked Najib Mikati, who has Hizbollah support according to media reports, to form the new Government.“I have been very much concerned about this politicizing of this Special Tribunal,” Mr. Ban said. “I hope that the Lebanese people and government will be able to restore the political stability and engage in their social, economic, political development while the accountability process should also progress.”After meeting with Mr. Mikati in Beirut today, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said he is “sure that the new government, when it is formed, will maintain good relations with the United Nations and will fully abide by its international obligations.”The tribunal was set up following a probe by the International Independent Investigation Commission after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the massive car bombing that killed Mr. Hariri and the others was seriously flawed, and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack. Last week the court received its first indictment, but the contents remain confidential at this stage.Mr. Williams said Mr. Mikati underlined his strong support for Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended a month-long war between Israel and the Hizbollah militia in 2006. It also calls for respect for the Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon, the disarming of all militias in Lebanon, and an end to arms smuggling in the area. read more

  • Simcoe man wins gold at 2019 Special Olympics

    Jason Gordy is bringing gold to Simcoe.Gordy won gold in the men’s singles competition with a final score of 502 in 10-pin bowling at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi on the weekend. He also placed 5th in the team event, and will be competing in doubles on Tuesday with a partner.“We were so excited he got gold,” said Shirley Shaw, the Simcoe community coordinator of Special Olympics Ontario. “We’re more than ecstatic that all of the extra training he put in has really paid off. Jason is a lovely young man that is very involved in the Special Olympics.”The 46-year-old Special Olympics athlete has been representing Team Canada for 25 years.The gold medal winner left Simcoe and headed to Toronto on March 6 to catch his flight for his three-week stay in the United Arab Emirates.“It’s all Jason, it’s not me,” said Gordy’s bowling coach Cliff Butler. “He did all the work, I just kept talking to him and explaining to him and he did it.”Along with 5 and 10-pin bowling, Gordy also golfs, plays basketball, and is a junior coach with the swim team. read more

  • Annan condemns assassination of Israeli cabinet minister

    Mr. Annan “utterly condemns this terrorist act and conveys his heartfelt condolences to [Rehavam] Zeevi’s family and to the Government of Israel,” said spokesman Fred Eckhard, adding that the Secretary-General has consistently condemned all acts of terrorism from whatever quarter.”He welcomes President Yasser Arafat’s condemnation of this despicable act and his promise to bring to justice those responsible,” Mr. Eckhard said. “The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to exercise maximum restraint and urges them to resume a sustained dialogue. He continues to believe that peace and security can only be achieved through political negotiations, and that the parties should not be deflected from this path by terrorist acts.”Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process also condemned today’s assassination, describing the killing as “utterly unacceptable” and a threat to Palestinian Authority President’s efforts to control violence and ease the closures of Palestinian areas. Echoing Mr. Annan’s words, Terje Roed-Larsen said that the UN had repeatedly condemned targeted assassinations by any party, adding that the attack by the Palestinian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine “threatened President Arafat’s recent, serious efforts to uphold a ceasefire and control violence and jeopardized the recent progress made towards an end of the closures.”After meeting on Wednesday morning in Gaza with Mr. Arafat, Mr. Roed-Larsen said the Palestinian Authority President had condemned in the strongest possible terms the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi. The UN envoy said Mr. Arafat told him that he had ordered the immediate search for, and arrest of, those responsible for the killing and instructed all security chiefs to take all necessary measures to prevent acts of violence and terrorism.Mr. Roed-Larsen said it was his impression that Mr. Arafat regarded the assassination as extremely damaging to the Palestinian cause and national interest, and that those responsible “have brought condemnation on the Palestinians at a time when their critical national interest is to make their cause and their struggle understood within the new forces that are shaping international politics. President Arafat said he believed the Palestinian cause was best served by restraint and negotiations; by politics, not force.” read more

  • UNsponsored conference seeks ways to ensure safe water in subSaharan Africa

    With over 300 million people lacking access to safe water in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 500 million without adequate sanitation, a United Nations-sponsored workshop of water utility managers across the continent has called for increased financing and oversight, including innovative ways to raise funds. “By the time we conclude our discussions today, some 1,800 children will probably lose their lives because their water supplies are contaminated, inadequate or non-existent, and they do not have access to basic sanitation facilities,” UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka told the three-day workshop that wound up on Friday. UN-HABITAT, the UN agency that seeks to achieve sustainable development of human settlements, organized the conference at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, together with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Over 40 senior managers and other delegates from the water sector, including regional and international organizations, acknowledged that the challenge facing Africa was an acute one that needed to be addressed urgently. According to UN-HABITAT Africa is the world’s most rapidly urbanizing continent, with an annual average urban growth rate of 4 per cent. In the water and sanitation sectors, about 72 per cent of urban inhabitants who live in slums and informal settlements, particularly children and women, are the most affected. In a nine-point declaration adopted at the workshop’s conclusion, participants called for increased financing to improve and extend safe and adequate access to water and sanitation to all. For this purpose, all potential sources should be explored and tapped, the declaration said. “The need to look beyond traditional revenue generation mechanisms (such as tariffs and subsidies) was emphasized, and utilities were encouraged to explore innovative solutions to mobilize local resources. The government at both the local and national level should take a greater effort in financing water and sanitation,” it added. It noted that many countries have utilities that carry out the dual functions of regulatory and operational activities. “This could lead to a conflict of interest, and may give rise to lack of transparency, accountability and poor delivery of services,” it warned. “Therefore, separation of these functions was recommended to be a pre-requisite to improve the performance of public utilities in delivering water and sanitation services.” It called on UN-HABITAT to take further necessary steps in collaboration with its partners to help in promoting the exchange of experiences and facilitating contact among utilities at a global level. read more

  • Unplanned power interruption Friday April 18

    On the morning of Friday April 18, an unexpected power interruption, originating from Horizon Utilities power line M52 occurred on the University’s main campus and at the Brock Research & Innovation Centre.Power has been restored to the main campus via the M71 power line. Facilities Management staff are in the process of verifying all building systems affected by the power interruption.The Brock Research & Innovation Centre will continue to be without power until the M52 power line has been restored by the utility.If your area is experiencing any problems that may have been caused by this interruption please contact Campus Security at x3200 for immediate assistance.Or for all other non-urgent inquiries contact Facilities Management Customer Service at x3717; facilitiesmanagement@brocku.ca or Dave Corbett, manager of electrical services at dcorbett@brocku.ca read more

  • Columbus Crew acquired by Precourt Sports Ventures

    Courtesy of MCTNew England Revolution midfielder Chris Tierney takes a corner kick against the Columbus Crew in unfriendly territory in Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, July 20, 2013. The Revolution scored two goals in stoppage time to win the match, 2-0.Effectively immediately, new ownership will lead the Columbus Crew, the city’s MajorLeague Soccer franchise, as announced during a press conference at Crew StadiumJuly 30.Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC, has acquired the team from the Hunt Sports Groupfor an undisclosed purchase price and is now a 100 percent stakeholder. AnthonyPrecourt is the managing partner of PSV and attended the press conference as thefirm’s representative.Columbus mayor Michael Coleman and Clark Hunt, chairman of HSG and CEO of theKansas City Chiefs of the NFL, joined Precourt on stage.In the context of that watershed event, Hunt spoke of his family’s role in the galvanizingof Major League Soccer as an American mainstay.“There was one thing that propelled the League on to success, to where it is today.Against the odds, and against the momentum of the League, my family made thedecision to build Crew Stadium. And as a result, today there are 14 soccer-specificstadiums in Major League Soccer,” said Hunt.Hunt said his company had only been looking for minority investors in the team whenPrecourt made the offer to buy the entire franchise earlier this summer.“We were initially very taken aback by his interest, but after we got to know Anthony,we concluded that he was the right guy to lead the Columbus Crew, that he would be agreat fit for the city of Columbus, that he would be somebody that would push the teamto be successful on the field,” said Hunt.Precourt said his company “will respectfully and diligently try to uphold Lamar’s (ClarkHunt’s father) vision for Major League Soccer and the Crew. And further, we will honorhis fan-first mentality.”Precourt used the platform to formally greet the Greater Columbus community and toexpress his anticipation of working toward success in “a dynamic, growing city withincredible soccer heritage and a passionate soccer supporters’ fan base.”Mayor Coleman agreed by saying “the Columbus Crew is a vital part of the fabric andthe future of the city.”He laid out specifics of the role the Crew has played in financially bolstering the city’sbottom line: “$400 million in direct spending, the hundreds of area jobs, the 3.5 millionpeople who have attended soccer matches and other events here, the millions of taxrevenue.”The mayor said Precourt assured him during talks in the days preceding the pressconference that the team would remain in Columbus.When the panel concluded their remarks and opened the floor for questions, onereporter asked if Precourt had any plans of relocation.Precourt surprised the reporters by saying, “I do live in Northern California now, and Iintend to be here on a regular basis. I’m not sure we’ll be moving here full time, but I’llbe here very, very regularly and have a second home here.”Continuing to speak on his vision for the team to succeed athletically, Precourt said,“We have a competitive fire, and our intent is to run this club with a single mission: tocreate the resources to win over the short run and the long run…We want to be a playoffteam every year.”Precourt fielded questions about his ownership style, given that it will be his family’sfirst journey into sports management after extensive operational experience in finance,natural gas pipelines and facilities.“First and foremost, I want a great culture…I want more horizontal structure wherepeople are empowered. I guess you’d say I’ll be hands-on and attentive and involved,and over time, I will empower our employees to do their jobs well,” said Precourt.Beyond the scope of the business aspects of the acquisition, Precourt was careful toemphasize his goals for fostering a winning franchise that draws fans and gets themexcited about soccer in Columbus.“A full stadium is a lot more exciting than a two-thirds-full stadium. There are 17 homegames, and we should fill the stadium for all 17 games,” said Precourt.As a father, Precourt has coached youth soccer in U6 and U8 competition, but he saidhe said he will stay out of the day-to-day soccer operations of the Columbus Crew.Hunt said his company will “continue to be the investor-operator of [MLS franchise] FCDallas and plan on doing so for many years to come. Like Anthony, we’re a big believerin where Major League Soccer is headed and excited to still be part of the League andto now be a partner of Anthony’s through the League.” read more