first_imgWARSAW, Poland — Poland’s anti-corruption officers have detained the former head of a financial regulatory body who resigned recently after a media report he sought a bribe.The Central Anti-Corruption Office said Tuesday that Marek Chrzanowski is being taken to Katowice, in the south, where he will be questioned by prosecutors over suspected corruption.Chrzanowski was appointed in 2016 by the current ruling party to be the director of the Financial Supervision Authority that ensures proper banking practices.He resigned this month after the Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported that he had sought a multimillion-dollar bribe from a troubled bank’s owner in exchange for favours. The banker recorded the meeting.Chrzanowski insists he is innocent.The anti-corruption office was started by the ruling Law and Justice party in 2006 when it was previously in power.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Enbridge Inc. has signed a deal to sell its natural gas distribution business in New Brunswick to Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. for $331 million in cash.Enbridge Gas New Brunswick operates and maintains more than 1,200 km of natural gas distribution pipeline in 12 communities in New Brunswick with 12,000 customers.The company says employees, customers, partners and suppliers can expect no change to the day-to-day operations as it works to complete the deal. Algonquin says it plans to maintain local employment and the existing operating and management structure.The sale is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.It is expected to close in 2019.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

first_imgGhaziabad: In a tragic incident, two youths were killed when a speeding Mahindra pickup truck rammed into their car from behind at elevated road in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad on early Thursday morning. Cops said that the truck driver was arrested later in the evening as he fled the spot, leaving the truck behind, fromthe spot. According to police, the incident occurred around 5 am at Hindon elevated road when the duo of victims were travelling from Raj Nagar extension to Delhi. The deceased were identified as Akshay (24), a resident of Shalimar garden in Sahibabad area of Ghaziabad and Karan (22), resident of Laxmi Nagar in delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The information was conveyed around 5:15 am by a passerby who reported the incident to police. A police team immediately rushed to the spot and took the victims to max hospital in Indirapuram where both the victims succumbed to injuries while getting treatment. Both the victims received severe head injuries in the incident” said Sandeep Kumar Singh, Station House officer of Indirapuram police station. The officer further said that the truck driver was later arrested from Indirapuram area in the evening while a case under relevant sections Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsof IPC has been registered against him. “Following the incident, police registered a case under sections 279 (punishment for Rash driving), 304A (causing death by negligence) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of Indian Penal Code. Police have seized the truck while the accused driver will be produced before the court and will be sent to the jail” added Singh. Police said that the accused driver has been identified as Pramod kumar (28), a native of Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh. Kumar was moving towards Ghazipur area in delhi when the incident took place. Meanwhile, deceased Akshay’s uncle Pradeep Maheshwari told Millennium Post that Akshay had went to a his friend’s place in Raj Nagar area to attend a party. “Akshay’s father had also expired in a road accident around three years ago while his mother was looking after the family and was working at a private company in Noida. In February he had undergone a tuberculosis surgery and got discharged from the hospital after getting treatment. We are saddened with his demise and want strict actions to be initiated against the accused” said Maheshwari.last_img read more

The number of people without adequate access to food in Iraq has been slashed by three-quarters between 2005 and 2007, according to a new assessment conducted jointly by the war-torn nation’s Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).The Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Assessment (CFSVA) found that the 930,000 people were hungry in 2007, down from some 4 million in 2005.But Edward Kallon, WFP Country Director for Iraq, said that he could only give a “cautious welcome” to the figures “because 930,000 is still far too many for a relatively wealthy country.”He added that there are an additional 6.4 million people who would go hungry were it not for safety nets such as the Government-run Public Distribution System (PDS).Under that mechanism, all Iraqis are entitled to a monthly food basket, but frequent shortfalls and distribution delays have hurt vulnerable families.Mr. Kallon credited increased economic activity in Iraq, triggered by improved security conditions and the humanitarian efforts of the international community, to the reversal of food insecurity.“But the situation remains volatile and any deterioration could undermine the whole process,” he noted.The Assessment surveyed the food security situation of 26,000 people across the country. It also looked closely at the nutritional status of children under the age of five, and found an improvement in national acute malnutrition rates, little change in chronic malnutrition rates and alarming stunting rates in five districts.The new study – carried out last year with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – called for continued food aid to those most in need and ongoing collaboration with the Government to reform the PDS.It also urged bolstered nutrition and caring practices for mothers and children, as well as scaling up micronutrient programmes and providing food education in the poorest areas, focusing on girls’ school enrollment and attendance. 12 November 2008The number of people without adequate access to food in Iraq has been slashed by three-quarters between 2005 and 2007, according to a new assessment conducted jointly by the war-torn nation’s Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). read more

Five years after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) found that Israel’s building of a barrier in the occupied Palestinian territory was illegal, the situation has not improved, the United Nations human rights arm said today, calling for the dismantlement of the barrier.Tomorrow marks the five-year anniversary of the Court’s Advisory Opinion, in which it called on Israel to halt construction and bring an end to its system of curbing the freedom of movement of Palestinians in the West Bank.By a majority of 14 to 1, the judges found that the barrier’s construction breaches international law, saying it violated principles outlined in the UN Charter and long-standing global conventions that prohibit the threat or use of force and the acquisition of territory that way, as well as principles upholding the right of peoples to self-determination.Although Israel claims the barrier is only a temporary security measure, the ICJ said that the specific route chosen is unnecessary to achieve its security objectives, with most of the barrier running inside the West Bank, instead of the so-called Green Line, or 1949 Armistice Line.But in the five years since the Advisory Opinion was issued, “Israel continues to disregard the views of the ICJ, and the Wall remains under construction,” being 60 per cent completed, the West Bank branch of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today.“The Wall is but one element of the wider system of severe restrictions on the freedom of movement imposed by the Israeli authorities on Palestinian residents of the West Bank,” according to a press release issued by OHCHR.At present, more than 600 closures block Palestinians’ movement in the West Bank, while an increasingly segregated road system restrict travel for them while Israelis can move freely.Such constraints not only curtail Palestinians’ freedom of movement, but also impede a host of other human rights, including the right to work, health, education and an adequate standard of living.“And Palestinian residents currently lack meaningful access to an effective remedy – judicial or otherwise – for their plight,” OHCHR said, calling on Israel to comply with the ICJ’s Advisory Opinion and make reparations for any damage caused.For his part, Maxwell Gaylard, the top UN humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territory, said today in Jerusalem that “there is still time to change the situation.” UN humanitarian agencies, he added, are calling for a freeze in the construction of the barrier in the West Bank and its re-routing to the Green Line, in light of both the Advisory Opinion and the humanitarian impact.In Gaza, Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), welcomed a group of Gazan youth who recently returned from a three-week recreational tour to Poland to her office today.Organized by the Polish Government with the aim of helping children affected by the recent hostilities in Gaza, more than 70 youngsters spent one week in the capital, Warsaw, undergoing psychological and medical treatment, and then the next two weeks touring the Eastern European nation.They visited castles, a water park, a zoo and a cinema, with one child telling Ms. AbuZayd that the day he boarded the plane to Warsaw was “the best day of his life.”One of the children on the tour, 12-year-old Mahmoud Samouni, lost 48 members of his extended family during the three-week clashes which killed at least 1,300 Palestinians and wounded some 5,300. The heavy bombardment and fighting also reduced buildings and other infrastructure to rubble. 8 July 2009Five years after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) found that Israel’s building of a barrier in the occupied Palestinian territory was illegal, the situation has not improved, the United Nations human rights arm said today, calling for the dismantlement of the barrier. read more

19 February 2010Developing countries with energy intensive industries will benefit from a United Nations-backed project launched today to draw up a technological blueprint for capturing and storing global warming gas emissions, a crucial step in averting dangerous climate change. “There still remain significant knowledge gaps in moving towards commercial implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS), especially in industry,” UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella said in Vienna in announcing the global technology road map for CCS for industrial processes.“This project will help address these obstacles by developing a technology roadmap for CCS across different industry sectors, and assist developing countries in their transition to a low-carbon economy.” UNIDO, which is entrusted with accelerating environmentally sustainable industrial development in poorer countries, has teamed up with the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute, an independent legal entity launched by the Australian Government in 2009, in the €500,000 project, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.Recent studies suggest that CCS could contribute about 20 per cent of the global mitigation needed for halving global greenhouse gases by 2050, a reduction that scientists believe is necessary to prevent dangerous climate change. While there has been significant effort in assessing such technology in the context of power generation, considerably less attention has been paid to industrial applications despite the significant potential for emission reductions. The project will provide a vision of industrial CCS storage up to 2050, to be implemented in close cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA), an intergovernmental organization that acts as energy policy adviser to 28 mainly industrialized countries. The road map will inform policymakers and investors about the potential of CCS and the practical milestones that need to be achieved to realize that potential.“Industrial activity accounts for a large part of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the world, and is increasing in developing countries,” Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Riis-Johansen said. “CO2 management is important to reduce emissions from these sources. Our support to this project will help facilitate increased use of CO2-management within the industry in developing countries.”Global CCS Institute chief Nick Otter noted that many people think of CCS as a greenhouse mitigation option for coal-fired power stations only. “They don’t realize that CCS is a greenhouse mitigation option for any large industrial source of CO2. There is therefore a need for industrial sector-specific analysis,” he said. “Developing countries need to be part of the solution, so it is essential they are involved.” read more

In a report to the UN Security Council, the five-member Panel of Experts on Liberia says instead of spending its funds on health care, education, water and roads, the National Transitional Government (NTGL) appropriated 52 per cent of the annual budget for personnel and 15 per cent for security, although the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) currently bears the major responsibility for security.The panel was appointed to monitor Security Council sanctions against Liberia, imposed in 2001 and re-imposed last year. They include diamond exports, an arms embargo, restrictions on the export of round logs and timber products and travel bans on individuals posing a threat to Liberia’s stability and security.In the 23-page report, the panel says the Government is willing to satisfy the requirements of the Kimberley Process certification that would authenticate local rough diamonds and allow them to be sold internationally, but lacks the finances and trained personnel to stop illegal mining.As a consequence, “violations of the Security Council embargo on the export of Liberian diamonds are set to increase in the short to medium term,” it predicts.In response to an offer of funding from the United States, the NTGL has drawn up lists of equipment and other necessities to ensure Kimberley compliance, but “it appears to be experiencing difficulty in achieving an actual, accurate financial costing.”Reliable sources told panellists that “up to five small, ad-hoc diamond-buying offices have opened in (the capital) Monrovia that are purchasing production from both Nimba County and the Lofa River basin.”The Forestry Development Authority (FDA), meanwhile, has enforced widespread compliance with sanctions against timber exports, despite security concerns in the field, the panel says.Few of the needed reforms have been implemented, however, and “a growing domestic market is being supplied by ex-generals who are hiring ex-combatant labourers,” it says, calling for a professional management team to run FDA.The Government has not accounted for the money allocated in the previous two budgets, but has overspent, “most of the revenue-generating parastatals or units have not been audited” and many teachers have not been paid for up to 24 months.”In addition to unapproved excess spending, it appears that the National Transitional Government is tolerating substantial leakage of revenue. The Panel documented three major sources: loss of customs duties, loss of taxation on petroleum imports and loss of revenue from the sale of iron ore,” the panel says.The NTGL sold 700,000 tons of iron ore in January for $10 per ton, instead of the going rate of $40 a ton, and then failed to deposit the proceeds in the Central Bank of Liberia, as required. Sued by civil society organizations, the Justice Ministry pledged to the Supreme Court of Liberia in September that all future proceeds would be properly handled, the panel reports.On the question of the action the Security Council requested against certain associates of ousted President Charles Taylor, the report says the Ministry of Justice gave two of the 26 people designated to have their assets frozen, Benoni Urey and Emmanuel Shaw, enough time to dispose of their holdings.No action was taken against the others and when the panel asked the Ministry for an explanation, “no reply was furnished.”The panel has also learned that Mr. Taylor, who is in exile in Nigeria, is still receiving money from Liberia, but it has been unable to collect direct evidence since “the general lack of any type of financial control and rampant corruption” facilitate the diversion of funds.The five experts are: Chairman Atabou Bodian of Senegal, Arthur Blundell of Canada, Damien Callamand of France, Caspar Fithen of the United Kingdom and Tommy Garnett of Sierra Leone. read more

Nice try, Tiger.That “press release” apology was less than amusing and far from convincing.Sure, you admit that you are a disappointment, but you are more than a disappointment; you are a disgrace.You apologized to your fans, co-workers and the millions of children who look up to you, but they do not accept.Your foundation provided hope and education to millions of children, children who no longer look to you as a role model, but as a failure. They will no longer cheer for you or support you.We no longer have to question who you are. The media has exposed the true you.You have the audacity to blame the media for the explosive controversy concerning your affairs. The media is not at fault, though. You are.I’m sorry the media is following your children to school and stalking your wife. You should have considered how the ramifications of your actions would affect your family. You exposed your family to the public eye and it is your job to protect them, not the media’s.      You claim that your wife does not deserve blame, but deserves praise. I agree. By no means are your extramarital affairs her fault, and on the same note she deserves more than praise. She deserves respect. Who deemed you worthy of playing by these “different rules”?You claim that you deserve to enjoy temptations because of money and fame. What you deserve is a one-bedroom apartment just big enough for you to write child support checks from. Your repeated irresponsibility has proven that you have blatant disregard for your wife, children, mother and friends, not to mention your sponsors and loyal fans.   Instead of convincing yourself that the rules do not apply to you, try convincing yourself that one day your children will be old enough to understand this, with the hope that they forgive you. You put your needs above the needs of your family, and for that they may never forgive you.The shame you have brought to your family will fade but will never disappear. Take another good long look at yourself. I hope you see that your lying and cheating has earned you nothing but disgust. Making amends? We just hope you don’t repeat those mistakes.You say it is not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. You have achieved a lot, but you sure as hell have a lot to overcome.You are correct. When setting an example, character and decency are what really count. Your character will forever be tarnished and you have shown you have no decency.Go back to your Buddhist ways. Stop following every impulse and restrain instead. An indefinite leave of absence from golf is the understatement of the year. You can’t possibly be considering playing in the Masters in April, let alone at all this year. It doesn’t matter how great of a player you are; you have single-handedly destroyed your character and furthermore your career. Do us all a favor and retire from golf all together. You have wasted more skill than any other one person. You bring nothing to the game but shame.If you want your family, fans and the media to make room in our hearts to believe you, make your apology concrete.As hard as it may be to express sincere regret in a press conference apology, the true testament to your apology with be followed by your actions. That is why I’d like to see you remove yourself from the golf course long enough to prove to your wife that you love her and are committed to fixing your family. Endless therapy is a good start, but spend every waking moment with your family. Show your wife that she is more important than therapy, golf and other women.  The public may one day believe that you are truly sorry, but by no means will we cheer for you again. read more

first_imgRTÉ HAS INSISTED it will retain its 50-50 balance for the Yes and No sides in formal debates on the forthcoming Children’s Rights referendum – but says it cannot prejudge the content of its broader news ocverage.In a statement this lunchtime the broadcaster said it remained the position that RTÉ would “balance the yes and no sides 50-50″ when participating in formal debates on programmes like Prime Time or The Frontline.It added, however, that RTÉ’s broader news coverage would be “driven by the news agenda on a day to day basis”.“Coverage will be impartial and objective,” it said. “While news coverage cannot be prejudged, as always RTÉ will monitor and review its coverage throughout the campaign.”The statement follows a report in today’s Sunday Business Post suggesting that the national broadcaster would revise the ‘stopwatch’ system used in its other news broadcasts, under which campaigners for the Yes and No sides are given precisely equal amounts of airtime.The revisions have come about because of the unusually one-sized nature of the current campaign, with all the major political parties seeking a Yes vote and only a handful of smaller groups advocating a No vote.RTÉ’s current stance on 50-50 coverage stems from the Supreme Court ruling in the McKenna case in 1995, when it was found that state funds could not be spent on a campaign favouring one side of a referendum over another.That complaint dealt with actions of the government of the day, however, and not RTÉ itself – which was not ordered by the court to impose the strict 50-50 model it has used ever since.Other than its obligation to offer time to the Referendum Commission for the broadcast of informational videos, RTÉ has no formal obligations with respect to referendum coverage beyond its usual obligation to offer balanced and impartial coverage in all current affairs broadcasting.Read: Noonan asks RTÉ to reconsider 50-50 rule for children’s rights referendumlast_img read more

first_imgOnLive, the instant-play gaming service, has done a deal with electronics vendor Vizio to integrate its service on to a number of devices including TVs, tablets, Blu-ray players, and phones.All the devices are part of Vivio’s VIA Plus ecosystem and use Vizio Internet Apps. In reality it means anyone picking up one of these Vizio products gets access to OnLive gaming as standard out the box. Own more than one and you can switch between devices to continue playing the same game where you left off.AdChoices广告Steve Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive, commented:Today’s OnLive/VIZIO announcement marks a major milestone: for the first time in the history of video games, consumers will be able to enjoy premium video games directly on a TV, no console or computer needed. OnLive has already proved it works on mobile devices when Borderlands was seen running on an iPad the middle of last year. The service also plans to expand beyond games and offer premium streaming video just like Netflix does, making these Vizion devices all the more desirable.Even though OnLive will be bundled with Vizio hardware a payment is required to take advantage of the service. This varies depending on what access you want, but does include a $9.99/per month all-you-can-play option.Read more at the OnLive press release, via Joystiqlast_img read more

first_imgIf you purchase a hybrid, convertible, or touchscreen laptop running Windows 8, know this: there were some people who worked very, very hard perfecting a single component that you may never even think about while using your shiny new computer. This isn’t some fancy internal bit like the processor, GPU, RAM, or even the zippy SSD that lets these new PCs boot up in seconds. No, it’s the humble hinge that connects the display to the chassis and make that whole clamshell design possible.Poor hinges have hampered plenty of Windows laptops in the past, and that’s especially true of touchscreen laptops. Acer even went so far as to provide a sort of “back brace” for its Windows 7 laptops with touch displays to prevent them from scooting across a surface when poked by a user. With touch playing such an important role in the Windows 8 experience, researchers, engineers, and designers at companies like Dell, HP, Acer, and Toshiba devoted countless hours to making sure that new machines like the XPS 10 and Envy X2 would fold, twist, and flip perfectly. And not just initially, obviously. The hinges in these devices needed to deliver the same performance day in and day out for as long as they remained in working condition.HP design VP Stacy Wolff echoed something Microsoft’s Panos Panay said about the Surface at the company’s recent launch event in New York City: the hinge needed to feel like that of a luxury car door when a user opened or closed the device. Acer ultimately turned the entire skeleton that holds the touchscreen panel on its convertible into an extension of the hinge — rather than simply screwing the hinge to the base of the display.The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Worthen has written a fascinating article about how much the success of these new computers rests on their hinges. It’s well worth a read if you’ve got a few minutes to spare.More at Wall Street Journallast_img read more

first_imgSince 2008, the increasingly close ties between Greece and China have caught the attention of the world media and there has been plenty of speculation about where this ‘romance’ is heading. At the same time, there has been no comprehensive study of the way Greeks themselves perceive China and this evolving relationship. Last October, the Athens-based Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER) released a detailed report aiming to provide insight into China’s image in Greece and the role of the Greek media.The report, titled ‘China’s image in Greece 2008-2018’, is structured on three distinct levels of analysis: What do Greeks think of China? What do they learn about China from the media? and, The true story behind China’s image in Greece. The research required the review of 43 surveys carried out by both foreign and Greek polling agencies, as well as of 1,386 articles published on the web by ten Greek newspapers and news portals. The period of time covered by the report spans from 2008 to 2018, the rationale behind this being that China’s presence in Greece became very visible with the concession agreement for the port of Piraeus signed by the Greek government and the Chinese shipping giant COSCO in 2008.Overall, the Greeks have a positive view of China and view it as a global superpower although do not think highly of China’s political system. The general public assesses the relations between the two countries in a very positive light, qualifying them as ‘friendly’ and ‘relatively friendly’. Greeks have high expectations of Sino-Greek relations and view the Asian giant as an important economic and political partner, and believe that Chinese enterprises in Greece could create new jobs.A very interesting – and less visible – facet of Sino-Greek relations is a sense of cultural rapport: Greeks have a fuzzy image of the Chinese civilisation being glorious as the Greek one and presumably a cultural ‘relative’, even if the average Greek knows virtually nothing about Chinese history. There is a risk that pompous and persistently optimistic statements may have in the future an unintended negative effect, thus leading to a ‘China fatigue’ in Greece, if they are not followed by meaningful and visible investment in the Greek economy and, above all, large-scale job creation. Thus, the report concludes, tt is incumbent upon Greek and Chinese authorities to feel the pulse of Greek society, if Sino-Greek relations are to take root and stand the test of time.What do Greeks think of ChinaA consistent pattern recorded by most of the surveys reviewed is that, in general, Greeks have a positive view of China, and it is more favourable than perceptions of China in other European and western countries. In July 2016, 71 per cent of  Greek citizens, polled by Greek agency Public Issue, expressed a positive attitude towards the Chinese people. This is roughly confirmed by another Greek pollster, Kapa Research, which finds that between 2005 and 2016 China’s popularity peaked at 60 per cent in 2013. Compared to other EU member states and the US, Greece steadily demonstrates a positive, albeit fluctuating, attitude towards China.Greek citizens are well aware of China’s growing weight on the international scene and view it as a global superpower. There is a general impression that, while the US remains the most influential power on a global scale, China is as an heir-in-waiting in the mid-to long run.Thus, in 2013 more than half the Greeks polled (57%) believed that China was bound to replace – or had already replaced – the US as the leading world power. Unlike most westerners, Greeks lean positively in their understanding of China’s influence, though they do consider it to be a threat to Europe.At the same time, Greeks do not think highly of China’s political system, which does not qualify as a democracy in their eyes. In  2014, as many  as  69 per cent  of  Greek respondents  stated  they  did  not  believe  that  Chinese  authorities  respected the personal freedoms of their citizens. In early 2017, to  the  question posed  by  GPO whether Greeks  found China  a  democratic  country, 60.7% replied ‘no’ and ‘not really’, while 62.4% expressed the view that human rights were not respected in China. Nor do they envy life and work in China, and find Chinese commodities of inferior quality to that of western goods.The general public assesses the relations between the two countries in a very positive light: in December 2016, a vast majority of the respondents (81.9 per cent) qualified them as ‘friendly’ and ‘relatively friendly’. In addition, Greek citizens  appear  to  support  closer relations  with  China,  though  to  varying  degrees with  a  view  to cooperation in  three  major areas , e.g. economy, politics and culture. Many Greeks  consider  China  to  be  a  factor  that  could  help  Greece  get  through  the ongoing crisis. In  July  2014,  49 per cent  of  Greek  respondents  viewed  China  positively  and  52 per cent  believed that China’s growing economy was good for their country. A  few  months  later,  64.1 per cent of  Greeks stated that  the  presence  of  Chinese  enterprises  could  prove  beneficial  to  the  Greek economy, and nearly four out of five (77.9 per cent) were of the view that Chinese enterprises could create new jobs. In the  same  survey,64.1% expressed  a  positive view of China,  by replying ‘yes’ (17.7 per cent) or ‘probably yes’(46.4 per cent) to the question ‘Would you say that China is an ally of Greece on the international scene?’There are three distinct contradictions transpiring through opinion polls on China in Greece:(i) While China’s image in Greece is not exactly flattering with regard to living standards, social cohesion, form of government, human rights, work safety, environmental challenges, etc., Greeks have high expectations and view the Asian giant as an important economic and political partner.(ii) While China’s growing prowess is seen by Greeks as bad news for Europe, it is perceived as good news for Greece, as if Greece were not in Europe;(iii) While the vast majority of Greeks are adamantly opposed to globalization, many Greeks expect China, the par excellence beneficiary of globalization, to help the Greek economy stand on its feet again.The contradictions identified so far demonstrate that there is more than meets the eye. There may be various possible explanations, which are not mutually exclusive, but a common theme running through all of them appears to be a mix of two significant factors: (i) the severe socio-economic and political crisis that Greece has been going through, and (ii) the way Greeks view themselves in the 21st century. Attitudes in Greek society have been heavily affected by the fiscal and economic crunch and the ensuing social and political turmoil in the country. The period between 2008 and 2018, which is examined here, largely coincides with the near decade of abrupt economic contraction in the wake of the 2009 debt crisis. What has been happening in the Greek psyche since 2010 is nothing short of a collective trauma: a chorus of anxiety and frustration, coupled with a profound sense of insecurity in a rapidly changing world. Perceptions of Greece’s friends and foes have changed dramatically over the last years.What do Greeks learn about China from the media?China is not in the spotlight of the public discourse in Greece, yet, it does have its fair share of media coverage. If interested, Greek readers are given the chance to learn a lot about the emerging superpower. Sino-Greek economic relations account for a large share of China-related media coverage. Relevant news items focus primarily on Chinese investment in Greece, and the ambitious Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) is repeatedly referred to. Greece is often presented as a gateway to the EU and a launch pad for a major transport corridor from the Mediterranean to Central Europe. Cultural cooperation between the two countries is not covered to the same extent, but it is marked by very positive connotations.Both the content and tone of coverage of China-related news are slightly more negative than positive, but by and large objective and balanced. As a rule, the media tend to modify their stance, depending on which side of the aisle they are closer to. When the political parties that they support are in power, the media tend to become more China-friendly (at a rate between 16 per cent and 20 per cent) and to prioritize Sino-Greek relations (at a rate close to 70 per cent), but this does not alter the broader picture. With regard to the impact of the media on China’s image in Greece, two IIER findings clearly stand out:(i) the Greek media definitely help the general public improve its knowledge of life in China, though solid understanding of the ‘Chinese mystery’ requires a considerably bigger volume of information and a wider range of sources;(ii) media coverage of China does seem to have some impact at the societal level, but certainly not in terms of decision-making and foreign policy choices. For instance, while a large majority of Greek citizens have a negative view on the protection of human rights in China, the Greek government blocked the relevant statement of the EU in 2017. At the same time, there are no indications that Beijing is trying to wield influence by controlling Greek media, unlike what is often discussed in other parts of the world, including Europe.The story behind China’s image in Greece: A ‘fuzzy’ sense of cultural kinshipThe factors shaping China’s image in Greece are not as straightforward as they may seem. The purely economic, and even geopolitical aspects of the Sino-Greek ‘romance’ have been discussed at length and a number of rational arguments have been put forward. Yet, a very interesting – and less visible – facet of Sino-Greek relations is a sense of cultural rapport which has played a part in the rapprochement between the two countries. Given that both nations rightfully take pride in their rich history and culture, related initiatives easily make headlines and go down well with the general public in Greece as well as in China. A big part of the official Sino-Greek relations is the cultural diplomacy campaign launched mostly by the Chinese side.Thus, the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008 were held in Athens and Beijing, respectively, which provided many opportunities for the exchange of visits and related expertise. The period from September 2007 to September 2008 was declared the ‘Cultural Year of Greece in China’. Greece-China 2017 was the Year of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Creative Industries. In April 2017, Athens hosted the first ‘Ancient Civilizations Forum.’No matter how solid this historical and cultural kinship between Greece and China may be, it can actually serve to help explain the third contradiction identified by the IIER team in the attitude of Greeks towards China: because of this perceived kinship, Greeks may subconsciously view China as a more acceptable expression of much-feared globalization. At the same time, it is difficult to assess to what extent the effect of high-profile initiatives and public diplomacy at the government level trickles down to the general Greek public. Tellingly, in September 2018 there was only one Confucius Institute in Greece, at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Therefore, this sense of kinship between Greece and China may well be fictitious, after all.According to a survey released by the University of Piraeus in January 201476, 60.9% of Greeks polled stated that the Greek and Chinese cultures had things in common, and out of them 38.2% were convinced the two cultures had ‘a lot in common’. However, the same survey then reveals that China is considered to be a remote and culturally different nation, without any particular bond to Greece. It has been pointed out that, while Greeks state their respect for China, in reality they also tend to keep a respectful distance from it.The perception of China as a long-lost first cousin is redolent of a fuzzy collective fiction, but then fiction is not expected to be accurate in the first place. Ultimately, views of China in Greece are conditioned by acocktail of four different, and to a certain extent conflicting, narratives:(i) the conviction that China is very much a developing country that still faces considerable socio-economic challenges, despite its spectacular achievements over the last decades;(ii) the perception of an authoritarian regime, which does not fully respect the rights of its citizens;(iii) a somewhat ‘transactional’ attitude in the hope that China can be a financial backer and a potential ally against the western/European creditors in the midst of the protracted crisis in Greece;(iv) the fuzzy image of a civilization as glorious as the Greek one and presumably a cultural ‘relative’, even if the average Greek knows virtually nothing about Chinese history.The first two narratives feed negative perceptions of China, the third and fourth bolster its positive image. The key reason behind a favorable view of China relates to the fall-out between Greece and the EU; as aforementioned, Greeks’ perceptions of friends and foes have changed dramatically over the last decade or so and the country has instinctively been looking for alternative allies. It is this void that China has stepped into, stating repeatedly its commitment to Greece as a ‘strategic partner’.China’s image in Greece could best be understood if gauged in juxtaposition to the perceptions of other big powers, such as the EU, Germany, the US, Russia, etc. What certainly is a very interesting case in such a comparative approach is Greece’s psychological bond to Russia, which is much more deep-rooted and lasting than the ‘cultural kinship’ with China. The historical depth of Greece’s traditionally strong ties to Russia does not compare to that of the recent Sino-Greek romance. The November 2016 survey by Kapa Research shows that, compared to China (39.5%), Russia scored higher (47.5%) on Greeks’ preferences as to which countries Greece should develop closer relations with – the US came third (36.5%) and Germany was a distant fourth (20%). It should be taken into account that Russia is closely linked to the emergence of the modern Greek state in the early 19th century and has been part of Greece’s history since, which by no means applies to China.The need for tangible gains from Sino-Greek cooperationGiven that the generally friendly views of China in Greece are not predicated on genuine historical ties and this attitude is largely based on the fiction of a ‘cultural kinship’, it can prove shallow and could, in theory at least, easily fizzle out. For instance, the mixed feelings transpiring through a number of media reports can be attributed to the fact that talk of Chinese investment in Greece has been disproportionately more intensive than investment projects themselves. In other words, expectations may be on the verge of exceeding real developments.The slump in EU popularity in the country since 2010 suggests that this could happen to any other partner of Greece, including China. However, there is a risk that high-sounding and over-optimistic statements may have unintended negative effects, thus leading to a ‘China fatigue’ in Greece.Meaningful and visible investment in the Greek economy and, above all, large-scale job creation will contribute to China’s image infinitely more than investing too much in the ‘cultural kinship’ between thetwo nations. Leaders on both sides may have to be a bit more cautious: unless Sino-Greek cooperation delivers comprehensible gains soon, generic pronouncements about the ‘strategic partnership’ between the two countries may ring hollow to Greek society and backfire in the future. It is incumbent upon Greek and Chinese authorities to feel the pulse of Greek society, if Sino-Greek relations are to take root and stand the test of time.Read the report here: China’s image in Greece 2008-2018 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgArsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat holds Ousmane Dembele in a high regard, amid the uncertainty surrounding his Barcelona futureThe 21-year-old forward has struggled to make an impact at Camp Nou following his €105m transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.And now Dembele’s troubles at Barcelona have been brought into the spotlight amid reports of an uneasy relationship with manager Ernesto Valverde.Due to this, Dembele has been linked with a January move to Arsenal with Barcelona legend Rivaldo suggesting that the Frenchman is trying to force an exit.Now Mislintat, who helped recruit Dembele to Dortmund while he worked at the German club, has done little to deny these reports.“I saw him, he had not even played for Stade Rennes in the first team,” Mislintat told Zeit.“I bet he did not know which foot he used in certain situations because he just did not think about it.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I felt this is a really special player.”Mislintat, who joined Arsenal last year and helped wager a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, holds no hard feelings towards Dembele for his behaviour in the summer of 2017.Upon learning of Barcelona’s interest in him, Dembele refused to attend training sessions at Dortmund in an attempt to force a move to Catalonia.“Ousmane did not come to training – right,” added Mislintat.“But this ability to develop strategies to exploit every gap was worth gold on the field.“Ousmane decided to play games for us and was significantly responsible for the 2017 cup victory.“Many of these top players who make the difference come from different environments, where they became hungry for promotion and success. They have a special intrinsic motivation.”last_img read more

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Related: A SOPA About-Face for Members of CongressACTA, TPP and other SOPA-style legislation: Both the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) also have the potential to impact intellectual property law and, consequently, the way in which disputes over the usage of copyrighted content might be handled.ACTA is a multi-nation agreement that could, among many things, force internet service providers worldwide to act as internet police. Negotiations on ACTA started in 2007. While it has not yet been ratified, countries including the U.S., Australia, Japan and more than 20 European Union member states have signed the agreement.TPP is another multi-nation trade agreement that aims to extend restrictive IP laws worldwide.Related: NY Tech Entrepreneurs: Stop the SOPA and PIPA Anti-Piracy BillsInternet surveillance: Both the U.S. Patriot Act and its 2008 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act amendment give the U.S. Government surprisingly widespread powers when it comes to internet surveillance. Not only do these measures allow the FBI to gather telecommunication, financial and credit records without a court order, they also enable the government to “wiretap” internet communications without providing a written record of this activity.For small-business owners who conduct financial transactions and exchange confidential information online, the threat of this increased surveillance isn’t just whether sensitive information is being unknowingly rifled through by third parties. It’s also how securely this data is being stored by end users, who can be threatened by hackers.Related: For Net Neutrality Advocates, the Fight Continues Net Neutrality: The concept of “net neutrality” stems from the concern that internet service providers could enforce restrictions on consumer web access based on the type of content being retrieved or the activities being conducted online.Proponents of net neutrality worry that if web access is controlled by private interests, these corporations could either censor the types of information shared online or force users into an environment of tiered data packages that are priced according to usage.On top of all that, industry experts consider it likely that revised SOPA- and PIPA-style bills will reemerge at the behest of media titans once the current interest has died down. Given the potential impact of these concerns on online and offline business owners, it can be more important than ever to stay informed on these issues.What do you think are the most important issues affecting piracy and the free flow of information online? Let us know in the comments section below.center_img Enroll Now for Free February 8, 2012 Even though a pair of controversial anti-piracy bills were recently sidelined in Congress, online businesses’ battle against restrictive legislation is far from over. Current incarnations of other proposed bills still exist and pose equal threats to the free flow of information online.Effectively tabled late last month, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) both aimed to punish “rogue” websites that publish or sell pirated content. But internet companies and some members of Congress argued that the bills could negatively affect the flow of information online.That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The following are a few issues entrepreneurs should be aware of that could influence the way online business is conducted in the future:last_img read more

first_img Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Need For SecurityBYOD and interoperability couldn’t pick a scarier time than now to take off. Last year cybercriminals stole data from 13 million patient records, according to Symantec Corp. Banner Health alone reported a data breach affecting 3.7 million patients and staff.BYOD and increased interoperability threaten to put healthcare at greater risk. The more nodes in a network, the more opportunities for hackers to break in. The use of mobile BYODs increases the risk further by reducing institutional control over devices.Why? Because users own the device, they may add whatever software they (or their families) like, just as they may access entertainment sites harboring malware or viruses. But the biggest challenges come from BYO devices that transmit or store patient data in ways that are not HIPAA-compliant.These problems can be solved, experts agree, but only through a disciplined approach. The institution must enforce a strict BYOD policy that restricts apps and Internet browsing, while mandating precautionary steps that boost security. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more BYOD ExpansionApple iPads have been change agents going back to their release seven years ago. Their potential to evaluate emergency computed tomography (CT) brain scans was detailed already in the April 2012 issue of Emergency Radiology in which authors concluded the iPad “allowed satisfactory identification of acute CT brain findings.”More recently, the British Journal of Radiology explored the future role of mobile devices in emergency radiology, concluding in a February online article that bringing the radiologist to the clinician and patient will help “us to better understand the patient’s presentation, educate both the physician and patient, and increase the visibility and value of the radiologist as a member of the clinical care team.” Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | Enterprise Imaging| May 05, 2017 Radiology’s Agents of Change From iPads To AI The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Editor’s note: This column is the culmination of a series of four blogs by industry consultant Greg Freiherr on Agents of Change. The blogs — “iPads On Track To Be Radiologists’ BYOD of Choice,” “Interoperability Standards Offer Carrot Over Stick,” “Cybersecurity In A World Of Old And New” and “AI Will Solve Information Overload … But At What Price?”—can be found at News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Machine Intelligence Driverless cars are already transporting freight and people; smart algorithms are picking apart and acting upon international currency and stock trade patterns. The question in medicine — and specifically in radiology — is whether artificial intelligence can similarly make providers more efficient; more effective; and, overall, better caregivers. The answer looks like “yes.”In the April Journal of the American College of Radiology are results that indicate a software engine can help physicians take better care of patients. The engine tracks whether patients with indeterminate or suspicious lesions in the abdomen are properly followed.It was created — and validated — by radiologists at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia who concluded that definitive diagnosis often is delayed due to incomplete imaging follow-up. “During the first year after implementation, the engine revealed that no imaging follow-up had been performed in our health system on nearly half of patients for whom follow-up recommendations had been issued,” the authors report.On a grander scale, artificial intelligence (AI) promises to help practitioners deal with information overload. In the January 2016 issue of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, a Stanford radiologist working with a biomedical data scientist at Dartmouth described an AI approach that can provide “an effective automatic method to annotate and extract clinically significant information from a large collection of free-text radiology reports.”Such smart algorithms could help clinicians better understand the reports and prioritize their review process, as well as link radiology reports to information from other data sources such as electronic health records and the patient’s genome, the researchers wrote. “Extracted information also can facilitate disease surveillance, real-time clinical decision support for the radiologist, and content-based image retrieval,” they stated.On the heels of these agents of change, radiology is heading toward a time unlike any in its past. As the Gutenberg printing press gave way to radio and TV, and electronic media to the Internet, distant technologies are unimaginable.Agents of near-term change are taking recognizable forms. But their effects on medicine are hard to imagine. Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Ready, Aim … FHIRThe still evolving FHIR standard promises unprecedented efficiency by laying the foundation for the selective identification and transfer of such specific data as vital signs, test results and patient demographics. Currently these facts can be retrieved only as parts of whole reports.With software based on FHIR, a physician might request and receive individual granules of clinical information about a patient with substantial gains in efficiency and savings in time.The standard at present is not “mature,” but it is getting close. The March 21, 2017, release of a standard for trial use (STU) 3 version was described by Health Level Seven International as a major leap forward in functionality, maturity and stability. The last step, which could happen before the year is out, will be to freeze FHIR into a stable, “normative” version that could be widely adopted.  A trend that has already taken shape in other industries now may be on the cusp of radiology. Tuned to exactly fit their users’ desires, mobile devices — purchased by their users — promise to display medical images anywhere at any time and at a moment’s notice. They are part of a broad-based bring your own device (BYOD) trend. And the BYOD most likely to have an impact is the iPad. Fueled by falling prices, increasing resolution and users getting comfortable with the touch screens, iPads appear ready to usher radiologists to new places in the practice of medicine. They are one of several agents of change that could reshape radiology in the coming few years.A tsunami of increased interoperability — and the quick exchange of medical data it will enable — is headed for medicine. On the crest is HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), a fledgling standard that promises to allow the exchange of patient facts.As interchanges become more extensive, cybersecurity will play an enhanced role, influencing how myriad information products are used. With increasing interoperability and the inevitable networking of more devices, information volumes will rise, necessitating the use of artificial intelligence to make sense of the data. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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first_img The vital role family plays in society Check your body, save your life Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Mahlangu was found guilty for beating Terreblanche, 69, to death with an iron in April 2010. Mahlangu said he feels he did no wrong by ridding the world of a man some called a monster.The judge had rejected a defense argument that Mahlangu had been sodomized by Terreblanche and acted in self-defense. Mahlangu also claimed that Terreblanche infected him with HIV.Zola Majavu, Mahlangu’s lawyer, said on Wednesday that they are planning to appeal both the court’s findings and the sentence.On Wednesday, Mahlangu said he has converted to Islam while in prison.A second man, Patrick Ndlovu, who was a teenager at the time of the killing two years ago, was sentenced to a two-year prison sentence which means he goes free. Ndlovu was acquitted of murder but found guilty of breaking and entering with intent to steal. Initially, he was not named because of his age. He turned 18 during the trial.After the sentencing, the Young Communist League of South Africa released a statement calling the judgment racially biased.“Eugene Terreblanche was a white supremacist who made no qualms about his lack of love and respect for the black Africans and still believed in white supremacy and black oppression. How is it that the issue of self-defense is not taken serious?” said the statement. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – A black farmworker was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the brutal murder of South African white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche in a case that has been a source of racial tension in the city of Ventersdorp.About 100 protesters sang anti-white songs outside the courtroom in the city just west of Johannesburg to support 30-year-old Chris Mahlangu, who had pleaded guilty but argued that he acted in self-defense in what the judge found was a violent dispute over wages. They were opposed by 20 white protesters who carried the dummy of a black man with a rope around his neck and a sign that said: “Hang Mahlangu.” As Mahlangu was leaving the court, the protesters tied the effigy to a pick-up truck and drove around the black crowd. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Terreblanche co-founded the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, known by its Afrikaans initials as the AWB, to seek an all-white republic within South Africa.In 1997, Terreblanche was sentenced to six years in prison for the attempted murder of a black security guard and assaulting a black gas station worker. Terreblache’s influence in the white supremacist movement had waned by the time he died.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories last_img read more

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