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Economic experts say broadbased strength explains 40yearlow jobless rate

first_imgCALGARY – Economists used words like “unbelievable,” “astonishing” and “impressive” to describe 13 straight months of job creation in Canada that culminated in a more-than-40-year-low unemployment rate of 5.7 per cent in December.But they also warned Friday the economic swell will likely result in the Bank of Canada raising its key overnight interest rate by 25 basis points later this month to 1.25 per cent.Statistics Canada reported the largest employment gains in December were observed in Quebec and Alberta, with the former adding 27,000 jobs for a 4.9 per cent unemployment rate and the latter generating 26,000 jobs for a rate of 6.9 per cent.Stefan Marion, chief economist at National Bank in Montreal, said the month carried forward a trend that has seen Quebec generate 87,000 jobs in 2017, with 81,000 of them considered full-time.“It’s as good as it was last year and it’s again driven by Montreal, so 60,000 of that 87,000 jobs is Montreal,” he said.Job creation has been so successful that there are reports of regional labour shortages, he said, adding that Quebec’s unemployment rate now beats the national mark by a record amount.Employment rates have risen across a wide assortment of industries, with big gains seen in jobs for immigrants and women, he said.“We’re probably going to see another year in 2018 of above-potential growth for the Canadian economy and for Quebec and, again, for Quebec, it will be still driven by Montreal,” said Marion.Meanwhile, Alberta added 55,000 workers in 2017, the best performance since 2014, Statistics Canada said.The province’s economic output per capita has been stronger than anywhere else in Canada even at the depths of the recent recession and it is recovering more quickly that most expected, said University of Calgary professor Trevor Tombe.“If any economy was able to absorb a shock of magnitude that we did from low oil prices, it’s Alberta,” he said, adding the recovery is reflected in statistics for manufacturing, trade, exports, earnings and oil production, as well as job creation.He said the new jobs in Alberta in 2017 were created mainly in manufacturing, wholesale trade and resources, with most of those jobs likely related directly or indirectly to more oilfield activity as oil prices strengthened.“All indications are the recovery is going to continue through 2018, (but) unlikely at the rapid rate we saw in 2017,” said Tombe.Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci agreed Friday the numbers show the provincial economy is recovering but said the recovery would be even more impressive if export pipeline capacity was expanded.“There’s no secret, we need to see pipelines to tidewater,” he told reporters. “We need to see that happen so that we can get world oil prices and not get a discount for every barrel that goes to the States.”Higher oil prices and the stronger but still low level of the loonie in relation to the U.S. greenback are helping with exports and manufacturing job creation centred in Ontario, observers agreed.“Full-time employment accounts for nearly all of the 423,000 increase in jobs through the course of 2017,” said CIBC senior economist Nick Exarhos.“In sectors where we’d like to see more hiring, we got it, most notably in manufacturing, up a bit over 85,000 in 2017, and resources, a sector creating a massive drag on employment over the past two years.”He said the economic strength prompted CIBC to move up its forecast for an interest rate hike from April to January but inflation remains under control, removing any immediate risk of an overheated economy.Job creation numbers follow Canadian economic signals that have been positive for some time, said TD Economics senior economist Brian DePratto.“If you go back and look at the economic growth figures Canada was putting out late last year, early this year, we saw very, very robust growth across effectively all sectors of the economy,” he said.“I think to some extent we’re seeing catch-up activity from the output of the economy on the employment side.”Matthew Stewart, director of national forecast for the Conference Board of Canada, said he is concerned about a tight labour market going forward but added business should be pleased with wage increases shown by the statistics.“Slower more sustainable job growth is in store for the year ahead,” he said in a statement.“Arguably the best news was the continued pick up in wages which should help sustain consumer spending in the year ahead.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Terrorism: two people brought before public prosecutor at Rabat appeal court

first_imgRabat – The national judiciary police brought, on Thursday, before the public prosecutor at the Rabat appeal court two people sued in two terrorism-related cases.The first is sued for membership in a banned religious group and holding unauthorized public meetings with recidivism, a legal source said.The second is sued for forming a criminal gang to prepare and commit terrorist attacks and membership in a banned religious group. The two accused will be questioned by the examining magistrate in charge of terrorism affairs.last_img read more

UN envoy to Liberia opens workshop series for immigration officers

3 May 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Liberia today opened the first of a series of six workshops aimed at strengthening the skills of immigration officers posted throughout the country, as part of efforts to improve controls in a region renowned for having porous borders. Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia, called on the 50 participants at the first workshop to carefully control the borders of the country while avoiding corrupt practices and keeping strictly within both domestic laws and the international agreements and commitments made by the Government.“You are the face of Liberia for most foreign investors and you have to give them a good impression,” he said.The training workshops, which have been organized in part by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), are expected to attract about 700 immigration officers, from regional commanders to more junior staff members. Participants will discuss such topics as migration law, interview techniques, the powers and ethical conduct of immigration officers, and their relationship with the court system. read more

PetroCanada stations running dry as repairs underway at Edmonton refinery

CALGARY — Some Petro-Canada stations are running out of gasoline because of repairs taking place at a refinery in Edmonton.In a post on its Pump Talk blog, Petro-Canada says supplies are being squeezed in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Gasoline-producing units at the Edmonton refinery were supposed to keep running during a period of planned maintenance work.But during routine inspections, Petro-Canada discovered that repairs needed to be done and the gasoline units were taken out of service temporarily.Petro-Canada says it’s bringing in additional gasoline from elsewhere and working to make sure customers have alternative places to gas up.Petro-Canada gas stations and refineries are owned by energy giant Suncor Energy Inc. read more

Open warrant issued for the arrest of Udayanga Weeratunga

He was intercepted in the UAE on Sunday 4th of February 2018 when he attempted to leave to the United States. This arrest was made on the basis of a ‘Blue Notice’ issued by the Interpol. On the basis of a Blue Notice obtained by Interpol Sri Lanka on Weeratunga, Sri Lanka authorities had been working through mutual legal assistance with a number of countries to trace his whereabouts. The Colombo Fort Magistrate today issued an open warrant to arrest the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga through Interpol.Weeratunga has been evading a warrant of arrest issued on 20 October 2016 by a Colombo Magistrate, in relation to investigations pertaining to alleged embezzlement of public funds to the tune of 7.833 million US dollars with regard to procurement of MiG aircraft and money laundering. However he was later released. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN cites alarming reports of refugees fleeing camp in central Iraq

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) does not have any international staff in Iraq and is unable to monitor the situation in the camp, which until recently hosted some 4,200 Iranian Kurd refugees. But spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva that UNHCR had learned from partners on the ground that 30 per cent to 35 per cent of the refugees had left Al Tash in the past few days and there were sketchy reports that armed fighters attacked the police station inside the camp late last week. The agency had also been informed that some local services, such as water and electricity, had been suspended and local police had stopped visiting the camp, most likely for security reasons. “All these elements could have contributed to a feeling of insecurity that may have led some of the refugees to flee,” Mr. Redmond said, adding that it was not clear yet where they had gone but were most likely trying to reach northern Iraq or were on their way to the Jordanian border. Ramadi in is mainly Sunni Muslim central Iraq, not far from the town of Fallujah which fell last week to a United States-led assault. Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today again voiced deep concern over the impact the hostilities is having on the overall well-being of Iraq’s children. The agency said that in addition to the ongoing difficulties of living amidst daily violence and widespread insecurity, children were also suffering from the inadequacy of basic services such as water and sanitation.Latest reports are showing that acute malnutrition among young children has nearly doubled since March 2003, the agency added. read more

US consumer confidence dropped to lowest level in more than a year

US consumer confidence dropped to lowest level in more than a year, hurt by higher taxes by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2013 10:27 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence plunged in January to its lowest level in more than a year, reflecting higher Social Security taxes that left Americans with less take-home pay.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index dropped to 58.6 in January. That’s down from a reading of 66.7 in December and the lowest since November 2011.Conference Board economist Lynn Franco said the tax increase was a key reason confidence tumbled and made Americans less optimistic about the next six months.Congress and the White House reached a deal on Jan. 1 to prevent income taxes from rising on most Americans. But they allowed a temporary cut in Social Security taxes to expire. For a worker earning $50,000 a year, take-home pay will shrink this year by about $1,000.The survey was conducted through Jan. 17, at which point most people began to realize their paychecks were lighter.Taxes are rising at a time when wages and salaries are barely growing. The combination is expected to hurt consumer spending and slow economic growth.Many economists predict economic growth slowed in the October-December quarter to an annual rate of around 1 per cent. That would be much weaker that the 3.1 per cent rate in the July-September quarter. Most economists don’t expect growth to pick up much in the first quarter of 2013.The decline in confidence comes as the economy is signalling improvement elsewhere.A recovery in housing market is looking more sustainable and is expected to strength this year.Auto sales reached a five-year high of 14.5 million in 2012. Analysts expect sales will climb even higher this year, to 15.5 million.Stocks are also near their all-time highs. The Standard and Poor’s 500 has more than doubled from its low in 2009 and is just 4 per cent shy of its record high set in 2007.Still, the job market remains sluggish. Employers have added an average of about 150,000 jobs a month for the past two years. That’s enough for a gradual decline in the unemployment rate, which remains high at 7.8 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Walk the talk Notley says Fildebrandt should apologize for Airbnb controversy

“Walk the talk”- Notley says Fildebrandt should apologize for Airbnb controversy by Lucas Meyer with files from the Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 4:53 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Derek Fildebrandt’s biggest target over the last two years says he should apologize for renting out his subsidized Edmonton apartment on Airbnb and take responsibility.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley made the comments Thursday at the construction site for the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project in Hardisty.“Mr. Fildebrandt needs to think about the consistency between the positions he’s taken in the past and his own behaviours,” she said. “You can talk the talk, but you need to walk the talk and I don’t think that he had been.”Fildebrandt has come under fire since Postmedia reported he had been renting out his taxpayer-subsidized Edmonton apartment on Airbnb, while also claiming $7,720 in accommodation expenses during the three months he was renting.MLAs are allowed a maximum allowance of $23,160 in a fiscal year and while the money can go towards rent, utilities and parking, they’re only entitled to actual costs incurred.He later released a statement saying it was within the rules, that he hoped it had nothing to do with criticism of UCP candidate and former Wildrose Leader Brian Jean a day before and that he wasn’t going to let politics of smear distract from real issues.But Notley said isn’t buying the dodge.“Rather than focusing on complaining about people trying to smear him, he should acknowledge that it was a mistake and he should apologize,” she said.Along with his statement, Fildebrandt tweeted: “$2,555 over 8 months letting out my Edmonton home while unused. I won’t let smear distract from real issues & donate to the AB debt.”When asked if Fildebrandt should face some sort of penalty and continue as finance critic, Notley said that would be up to the United Conservative Party and its leadership candidates.The UCP party says it is reviewing what Fildebrandt is doing and a party spokesman says the UCP takes fiscal responsibility seriously.Fildebrandt has built his reputation as a major fiscal hawk not only as finance critic but also during his time as the Alberta Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.That’s linked to one of his major criticisms in the controversy, with many observers and critics claiming this is the exact kind of behaviour he would’ve completely denounced in the past.Interim Alberta Director for the CTF Director, Colin Craig, said it’s wrong for MLAs to privately profit with funds intended to cover their accommodation expenses.“No one wants to do these stories again in a year or two or three and examine how some other MLA has misused funds in another matter,” Craig said, adding his organization called for a review of MLA expenses back in 2012.Notley noted there is a multi-party committee at the legislature that works on MLA expenses.“There’s no reason not to make sure that it’s being done right because obviously, I don’t think that what happened here aligns with what anyone ever thought made sense,” she said. Lucas Meyer read more

UN independent experts call for EU banking sector reform in line with

Responding to the ‘Liikanen report,’ which recommends a set of regulatory measures to shield taxpayers from future bailouts and avoid shocks to the financial system, the human rights experts urged EU authorities to ensure that vital public funds are not used on collapsing financial firms in the future. “States have obligations to take steps to the maximum of their available resources to ensure the respect, protection and fulfillment of rights,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda. “This includes making certain that adequate resources are raised and used for the realization of the human rights of persons living in poverty.” “Therefore,” she said, “States must protect budgetary resources from being compromised by future bailouts and commit to creating a regulatory framework that ensures such resources are not directed to failing financial firms.” The ‘Liikanen report’ – also known as the ‘Report of the European Commission’s High-level Expert Group on Bank Structural Reform’ – is a set of recommendations published earlier this month by a group of experts led by the Governor of the Bank of Finland and council member of the European Central Bank, Erkki Liikanen. According to media reports, the group had been asked to report on whether Europe ought to split up its banks to reduce the risks to taxpayers of having to bail them out. From 2008 to 2011, according to a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), European countries committed 4.5 trillion euros – equivalent to 37 per cent of EU economic output – in rescuing their financial institutions. “Such levels of extra and unforeseen spending have pushed governments into debt sustainability crises and, in many cases, created unbearable hardship for citizens, especially people living in poverty, through austerity plans which have often contradicted States’ legal obligations to realize economic, social and cultural rights,” Ms. Sepúlveda said. “’States’ duty to promote human rights requires that they establish the conditions within which these rights can be fully realized by all without distinction of any kind,” said the UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Cephas Lumina. “Addressing the excesses of the financial sector – which have contributed to the current crisis – through effective regulatory measures would assist States in discharging this duty.” Mr. Lumina noted that “while it is widely accepted that the current Eurozone sovereign debt crisis is largely a consequence of huge banking system bailouts, other financial sector actors, such as credit rating agencies, financial speculators and hedge funds, have played a central role in fuelling the crisis.” In his view, “it is important that proposed regulatory reforms are not exclusively focused on the banking system but extend to other financial sector actors.” The Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, expressed concern at “the tendency in EU countries to fail to address the root causes of the problem and merely resort to so-called austerity measures that compromise not only the welfare of the population today, but also that of future generations.” “There are perfectly viable alternative solutions to the financial crisis, such as reducing the so-called ‘defence’ budget and significantly reducing all military expenditures. We should not look for a quick-fix or a short-term scheme that will only aggravate matters in the long run. It is imperative to avoid future undemocratic bailouts and set up a regulatory framework for the banking system – one that actually works,” Mr. de Zayas emphasized. “All persons in the EU and worldwide have the right to a social international order in which their rights and freedoms can be fully exercised,” he added. Without mechanisms to avoid disruption to vital banking activities while restructuring or dissolving collapsing financial firms, some bailouts could again be necessary in the future, creating further negative impacts on human rights, the independent experts warned. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Keith Lewis appointed as SMMT Head of Communications

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT is pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Lewis as Head of Communications from 24 September 2012.Keith has spent the last six years at Zurich Insurance, most recently as Senior Media Relations Manager. He has been leading communications activity on a range of major issues facing the company and the wider insurance industry. Prior to 2006, he held a number of positions within SMMT’s Policy and Communications teams.Commenting on the new appointment, Chief Executive Paul Everitt said, “It’s great to welcome Keith back to SMMT. His experience in the UK business of a global company will add important experience and knowledge to the capability of our media and broader communications operation. Keith will continue our work to raise awareness of the importance of the UK automotive sector in rebalancing the economy and securing business opportunities. This is an exciting time for the sector and SMMT is looking to play an important role in attracting new investment and driving forward the ultra low carbon vehicle agenda.“Keith will be an important part of the SMMT’s senior management team and will contribute to the further development of the organisation as it strives to represent and support the development of the UK motor industry’.From 24 September, the Communications team line-up will be:Keith Lewis, Head of Communications, klewis@smmt.co.uk, 020 7344 9226Jonathan Visscher, Media Manager, jvisscher@smmt.co.uk, 020 7344 9263Janet Wilkinson, Communications Manager, jwilkinson@smmt.co.uk, 020 7344 9266Kayleigh Lawrence, Press Officer, klawrence@smmt.co.uk, 020 7344 9222Ed Callow, Digital Media Officer, ecallow@smmt.co.uk, 020 7970 4577Claire Balch, SMMT Events Co-ordinator, cbalch@smmt.co.uk, 020 7344 1636David Rogers continues in his role as Media Manager, Motor Codes (drogers@motorcodes.co.uk, 020 7344 1607).SMMT is currently recruiting for the Media Co-ordinator role. read more

VIDEO Dainis Kristopans is best goalscorer in SEHA history

← Previous Story Besiktas Mogaz set price of Karim Hendawy to high for RK Vardar Next Story → BUDGET OF DKB BUNDESLIGA TEAMS: THW Kiel still No.1 Here is the list of TOP 10 SEHA Gazprom league scorers since 2011.1) Dainis Kristopans 5822) Radoslav Antl 5793) Zlatko Horvat 5654) Timur Dibirov 4095) Jakub Hrstka 3856) Dobrivoje Markovic 3477) Rastko Stojkovic 3398) Ljubo Vukic 3259) Tomas Cip 32310) Srdjan Trivundza 283 Dainis KristopanshandballRK Vardarseha gazprom league Dainis Kristopans became the TOP scorer in the SEHA Gazprom League history. The Latvian giant was a part of RK Vardar winning squad at the start of the season against local rival RK Metalurg 33:26.Kristopans, who played also at HC Tatran Presov and HC Meshkov Brest, netted 582 goals and past ex-Tatran’s left wing Radoslav Antl. read more

Column In a post troika world we must move our economy away

first_imgDURING THE LAST General Election, I will never forget calling to a door, where a woman twice my age broke down, not just in tears but in sheer despair. Her entire retirement savings in bank shares were wiped out and she knew she wasn’t far from leaving the workforce.There are countless more examples, of those who built lives around careers in the construction sector and watched them fall apart. Those who broke their backs to buy modest homes whose values collapsed.Economic directionThe departure of the troika from the Irish political landscape on the 15 December signals the beginning of the end of Ireland’s greatest economic crisis. ‘Getting rid of the troika’ has been a national priority ever since they arrived. Their exit creates a space to focus on the economic direction we now take.The imperative of our time isn’t just balancing the books. It’s making sure that the economic model we now construct is different from that which failed us so terribly. I call it a people focused economy. Essentially it is one which places real work at the centre of our economic thinking, and proposes a meaningful relationship between State and citizen. One which measures and plans our progress as a people – not just in narrow economic terms – but also in terms of societal development.New understandingTo do this, we need to agree a new economic understanding, encompassing politics, civil society, business and most crucially, the citizen.A people focused economy encompasses five main points. The first places workers at the heart of our decisions. This is the person who gets up every morning, goes to work, earns a living and pays their tax. For it is these people, the generators of economic activity that create the wealth, that enables us to pursue nobler societal goals. Workers must be well remunerated for their work. Income must be taxed and taxed progressively, but never in a manner that disrespects the effort that went in to earning it.The second point involves Ireland getting to grips with the social contract. I believe in the role of the State as the provider of public services, ensuring a floor of decency in society and empowering citizens to participate fully in society. The State must therefore promote the concept of the social wage – the idea that expenditure on services and benefits forms part of income rather than dead money wasted in the tax system. And the citizen must have confidence in this notion, that paying their taxes is, in turn, providing them with a secure, dependable and efficient public service.Economic collapse Third is the belief that moral values must trump market values. The housing bubble is the significant factor in the economic collapse that devastated our country. Economists talk of low interest rates, poor lending practices, portfolio expansion and an asset bubble. This was the factual cause of our woes.But something political also happened. It was deemed acceptable that those purchasing a home should have to pay up to 10 times their annual income for the privilege. Prices skyrocketed and this pushed up wage demands by workers which lead to wage inflation.Deciding what market results we accept, tolerate and refute is a matter for politics. It should never be unquestionable. That discussion must begin with those aspects of the economy which are central to people’s lives and well-being – housing, education, and health.A renewed call to internationalism is the fourth point. The fact of a globalised world is now accepted. It is true to say that job displacement to low cost economies, increased demands to competitive markets and the ability of global capital – and jobs –  to move with a whim have tipped the balance of power in favour of big business.Building alliesIreland alone will always be subject to rather than masters of the international economic order. It is only through working within the European Union that we can flex economic muscle on a world stage, and ensure that a strong, social democratic voice fights for the social economy on a global stage. We must build alliances with like-minded allies to hold transnational business to decent standards.Finally, we must redefine our national priorities. The boom saw improvements in Irish income levels. GDP and GNP soared while the wealthiest in society became wealthier. Stresses on families increased. Work-life balance deteriorated as commutes increased and child care costs soared.In a post troika world, as we re-orientate our economy away from the failed model of the past, it will be necessary to move away from singularly focusing on GDP, GNP and debt ratios to a much broader level of economic growth and social progress.Similar to the recommendations of the Stiglitz Report, we should switch the emphasis from measuring economic production to measuring people’s wellbeing. Altering the remit of the Fiscal Advisory Council to include broader measurements in its deliberations, would change the impetus of economic strategy and challenge decision makers in their choices.Ireland is on the verge of waving good-bye the troika, and in doing so achieving a historic national objective. Now it’s time to set a new objective. The objective of building a new economy, one which is people focussed.Derek Nolan is a Labour Party TD for Galway West.Read: So, what did we spend the bailout money on anyway?Read: The quarterly reviews may be over, but the Troika aren’t leaving just yetlast_img read more

Global Greek politicians support Modern Greek

first_imgThe World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association has added its voice to the many being raised in support of the inclusion of Modern Greek in the national curriculum.The Association has sent a letter signed by association president, Victorian Labour MP John Pandazopoulos and WHIA regional representative, NSW National Party MP George Souris, to the Federal Education Minister, Julia Gillard.The letter reads:“We write to you in regards to the ACARA review of National language education and the importance of Greek language education as part of this review. The WHIA represents MP’s and retired Members of Hellenic heritage and has members in 27 countries and 72 legislatures including Australia. Our members come from a diverse range of political perspectives and one thing that unites us all is the importance of the Greek language as both an academic as well as a community language. We recognise that Greek is the 5th most spoken language in Australia and the 7th most taught language in Australian schools. It is the most taught language in Australian after hours ethnic schools.Of most importance to us is its importance as an academic language. So much global thought and western civilisation has been influenced not only by Hellenic culture but also the language.As you are aware many thousands of words that we use in the English language as well as other languages originate from the original Greek. Many important texts that influence us originally appeared in Greek and are now in daily use around the world. We strongly believe that the learning of Greek strengthens learning in so many other fields of education. These include maths, science, engineering, history, philosophy, law, drama, art and the English language as well to list a few. This is why we strongly believe that Greek should be included as one of the 8 national languages as part of this curriculum review. We recognise that Greek has been listed as one of the priority languages in past reviews.We strongly commend this co-ordinated effort for stronger language education in Australia that truly highlights us as a multicultural nation. The speaking of Languages other than English should not just be left to immigrant families and their children but should be a part of mainstream education. We ask you to actively support the inclusion of Greek as part of this national review and thank you for the work that you already do in your support of our Greek-Australian community”.The World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association represents hundreds of current and retired politicians of Greek descent. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greeks in 2018 suspicious insecure and resistant to change

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This year marks the first time that Greece participated in the World Values Survey (WVS), an international survey into human beliefs, values and motivations of people.Since 1981, the WVS is conducted in almost 100 countries which contain almost 90 percent of the world’s population using the most rigorous, high-quality research designs in each country, using a common questionnaire. The committee consists of a global network of social scientists studying changing values and their impact on social and political life, led by an international team of scholars, with the WVS Association and WVSA Secretariat based in Vienna, Austria.The survey is currently the largest non-commercial, cross-national, time series investigation of human beliefs and values ever executed, currently including interviews with almost 400,000 respondents and the only academic study covering the full range of global variations, from very poor to very rich countries, in all of the world’s major cultural zones. Data collected and analysed by the WVS are a point of reference for government officials, journalists and students, and groups at the World Bank examining the linkages between cultural factors and economic development.In Greece’s case, the survey was organised by Dianeosis, a not-for-profit think-tank, in cooperation with the National Center for Social Research (EKKE) and the poll was conducted by Metron Analysis on a sample of 1,200 people.The sample was interviewed between September and October 2017 – before Greece exited the memorandum – in an attempt to access data that can help scientists and policy makers understand changes in the beliefs, values and motivations of the people.The answers have been processed and assessed by a team of political scientists, sociologists, social psychologists, anthropologists and economists providing valuable insight into Greece’s economic development, democratisation, views on religion, gender equality, social capital, and subjective well-being.Photo: AAP via EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDISTHE RESULTSAccording to the survey, which has gone viral on social media, Greeks are extremely suspicious and resistant to diversity, while they also feel very insecure about the future.Not surprisingly, the level of social trust in institutions such as the Parliament, political parties and news media outlets in general is extremely low; no more than 15 per cent of Greeks say that they have trust in them.The polled sample revealed that over 50 per cent of Greeks value five institutions: universities, the armed forces, the police, the church and the judicial system.Greece’s trust towards institutions is not as low as the population’s trust in other people though, with more than nine out of 10 respondents saying that they disagree with the statement “most people can be trusted”, and only a tiny 8.4 per cent believes that “every human being is trustworthy”.Even though 61 per cent of the participants said they trust their neighbours, one in three respondents declared they would not want a homosexual as a neighbour; one in four doesn’t want migrants as neighbours; and one in five doesn’t want a neighbour who follows another religion.These findings of the survey reveal the low levels of tolerance in Greek society towards diversity. Some more ‘not preferred’ neighbour types for the majority of the Greeks include people addicted to substances, people who drink alcohol, HIV patients as well as unmarried couples living together.The vast majority -a total of 99.5 percent- said that they trust a member of their family to the point their ultimate goal in life is to make their parents proud; 81.4 of those said they were quite religious with a hard core 21 per cent agreeing with the statement “when science and religion clash, the latter is always right”.On that respect, the survey concluded that more than half of Greeks believe that immigration – especially from third world or war torn countries – threatens Greece’s security and has a negative impact on growth.With mistrust towards other cultures and religions gripping Greeks, the society in its whole has become more introverted and citizens of the same country, even the same neighbourhood are becoming alienated.About 64 per cent of the participants in Greece believe that immigration increases the risk of terrorism, and 63.5 per cent consider that immigration increases unemployment.Meanwhile, 29 per cent of Greek citizens are concerned over whether they will be able to provide their children with a good education; with one in six respondents between the ages of 30 and 49 being worried that they will either lose their job, or that they will not be able to find work.Greek people’s concerns do not end with employment worries, as one in five respondents said they worry over the possibility of a civil war and one in three of the prospect of a military conflict with a neighbouring country.More people, however, worry about a terrorist attack, something four out of ten find extremely possible.On a more personal note, one in 10 respondents claim to have fallen victim to a crime over the past year and one in three said their neighbourhood has witnessed many thefts.On the positive side, almost seven out of 10 respondents claimed they are very or sufficiently happy while a whopping 83 per cent for young adults said they enjoy good or very good health.Sixty-three percent of respondents consider that society must improve gradually with reforms, while the remaining one-third consider that voters are essentially “bribed”.When asked what their prevalent emotions are regarding Greece’s predicament and what the country had to go through during the financial crisis a 18.8 per cent responded it is anger; 12.1 feels sorrow; 1.9 per cent is hopeful; 10.7 lives in agony, 8.1 feels fear and 6.4 per cent is ashamed.To find out more about WVS, visit worldvaluessurvey.org/wvs.jspFor more information and to download the results of the Greek survey go to dianeosis.org/2018/09/oi-aksies-twn-ellinwnlast_img read more

Les baleines boréales des deux océans se rencontrent grâce à la fonte

first_imgLes baleines boréales des deux océans se rencontrent ‘grâce’ à la fonte des glacesPubliée dans la revue Biology Letters, une étude menée par des chercheurs groenlandais montre, preuves satellites à l’appui, que les baleines boréales du Pacifique nord et celles de l’Atlantique nord, utilisent les passages libérés par la fonte accrue de la banquise pour se côtoyer au nord du Canada. Par le passé, la présence de pointes de harpons utilisés par des chasseurs de l’Atlantique nord, dans le corps de baleines boréales (Balaena mysticetus) observées dans le Pacifique, au large de l’Alaska, avait déjà montré que ces cétacés utilisent parfois des couloirs libres de glace pour fréquenter le fameux Passage du Nord-Ouest. Celui-ci relie les deux parties de l’océan Arctique, situées l’une à l’est, l’autre à l’ouest du continent américain.Aujourd’hui, une équipe dirigée par Peter Heide-Jorgensen, du Greenland Institute of Natural Resources a pu prouver un contact entre les deux populations, celle de l’Atlantique Nord et celle du Pacifique Nord. Pour cela, les chercheurs ont équipé plus de 100 de ces mammifères d’émetteurs satellites au cours de la dernière décennie. Une étude essentiellement financée par les compagnies pétrolières et gazières intéressées par la prospection dans l’Arctique.En août dernier, alors que la couverture de glace approchait de son minimum annuel, les données satellite ont ainsi indiqué qu’une baleine venue des eaux groenlandaises et une autre, venue de l’Alaska, s’étaient côtoyées durant une dizaine de jours dans une zone intermédiaire, au nord du Canada, avant de regagner leurs domaines respectifs.Des fissures dans la glace À lire aussiMigaloo la baleine blanche extrêmement rare a de nouveau été filmée”Je suis presque sûr que le faible niveau de banquise en été a déclenché cette migration vers cette région. Durant toute les périodes climatiques, il pourrait y avoir eu des années avec moins de glace dans le Passage du Nord-Ouest, et je suis sûr que les baleines boréales peuvent trouver des fissures [dans la glace], qui sont trop petites pour apparaître sur les images satellite”, a déclaré le Dr Heide-Jorgensen. Autrement dit, la fonte des glaces ferait reculer les terres gelées et libèrerait ainsi des passages que les baleines emprunteraient ensuite se retrouvant nez à nez avec de proches voisines desquelles elles étaient séparées. auparavant. Le 25 septembre 2011 à 09:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La Nintendo Wii U pour le 14 novembre prochain

first_imgLa Nintendo Wii U pour le 14 novembre prochain ?Rien d’officiel chez la firme du plombier, mais l’un de ses distributeurs aurait lâché le morceau…La Nintendo Wii U pourrait arriver en magasin dès le 14 novembre prochain.L’information provient du détaillant américain Gamestop. Selon lui, la prochaine console de Nintendo, la Wii U, pourrait arriver à la mi-novembre, 6 ans après l’avènement de la Wii, première du nom.La console débarquerait avec 14 titres dont l’essentiel a été présenté le mois dernier à la presse parmis lesquels on trouve Just Dance 4, Wii Fit U, New Super Mario Bros. U, Ninja Gaiden 3 : Razor’s Edge, Ben 10 : Omniverse, Assassin’s Creed III, Pikmin 3, The Lapins Crétins Land, Sports Connection, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013, Batman Arkham City : Armored Edition ou encore Lego City Undercover.Pour rappel, la Nintendo Wii U dispose de Gamepad prenant la forme de mini-tablettes mono touch, et permettant, entre autre chose, de pouvoir commencer et continuer un jeu indépendamment vis à vis de l’écran de télévision principal.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Fait amusant vis à vis de cette information : en avril dernier un autre revendeur, japonais cette fois, avait déjà prédit la sortie de la console pour le mois de novembre prochain.Alors, info ou intox ?Le 23 juillet 2012 à 17:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kendall Jenner reveals her shocking feelings about the Kardashian family

first_imgKendall JennerReutersKendall Jenner has made a surprising confession about her place in the Kardashian family. Speaking to the Telegraph in her new interview, she said that at one point, she felt like she “didn’t fit in” with the Kardashian-Jenner girls because her body was different from her sisters’ bodies.”My sisters are a lot curvier than me,” Kendall started. “They have boobs and I don’t have boobs. Growing up being this little twiggy girl, I saw my sisters and always thought ‘oh no am I supposed to be more sexy like them?’ I almost felt like I didn’t fit in for a part of my life.”It is shocking to hear the supermodel confess to such insecurities. Kendall Jenner is one of the most successful and highly paid models in the world. The reality star revealed that though the moment passed, she still doesn’t feel like she fits in with her family. Describing herself as a nerd, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star said that she’s more private.  Kendall JennerGetty ImagesKendall Jenner indeed is private, the model has been dating basketball player Ben Simmons since the fall and has managed to keep their relationship low-profile. Kendall has also previously admitted that she loses interest in people quite easily. Does that bode well for her current relationship? From the looks of it, Kendall and Ben are going strong.Kendall Jenner has moved on from doubting whether she belongs in the Kardashian family to embracing it. The model and her sisters have built a business empire. Surprisingly, the most successful of the sisters seems to be Kylie Jenner who has amassed more wealth than any of her sisters, thanks in part to her lip-kit business as well as other cosmetic ventures. But there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood between the siblings.last_img read more

Clashes over Indian gurus rape conviction kill 14

first_imgIndian security personnel (L) stand near burning vehicles set alight by rioting followers of a religious leader convicted of rape in Panchkula on 25 August, 2017. Photo: AFPAt least 14 people were killed and dozens more wounded Friday when violent protests erupted over a court’s decision to convict a controversial Indian guru for raping two devotees, a local hospital official said.“Fourteen people have died and 80 were injured,” a medical officer at the government hospital in the northern city of Panchkula told AFP without giving his name.last_img read more

Researchers remove oil from water using copper cones inspired by cactus spines

first_imgArray of rough polydimethylsiloxane needles Credit: Lei Jiang et al More information: Structured cone arrays for continuous and effective collection of micron-sized oil droplets from water, Nature Communications 4, Article number: 2276 doi:10.1038/ncomms3276AbstractEnvironmental protection agencies and the petroleum industry require effective methods to separate micron-sized oil droplets from water. However, for most existing separation methods, phase separation occurs in the oil–water mixture. The remaining micron-scale oil droplets, which are not affected by phase separation, are difficult to handle with conventional methods on a large scale because of either a lack of separation ability or drawbacks in throughput capacity. Here we develop an oleophilic array of conical needle structures for the collection of micron-sized oil droplets, inspired by the collection of similar sized water droplets on conical cactus spines. Underwater, these structures mimic cacti and can capture micron-sized oil droplets and continuously transport them towards the base of the conical needles. Materials with this structure show obvious advantages in micron-sized oil collection with high continuity and high throughput. Citation: Researchers remove oil from water using copper cones inspired by cactus spines (w/ Video) (2013, August 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-oil-copper-cones-cactus-spines.html Journal information: Nature Communications PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, has developed a new way to remove oil from water—using a design inspired by nature. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes how an array of their cones could be used to help clean up oil spills. Cactus plants have evolved a unique way to pull water out of the air—they have conic spines that jut out allowing water condensation to build up on them. But, because of the unique shape of the spines, the water surface tension causes the water droplets to be pulled towards the base of the spine where they are absorbed by pores in the plant. This process allows cactus plants to survive in extremely arid places. In this new effort, the researchers in China have created artificial spines out of copper and other synthetic materials that perform essentially the same function, only they pull oil along their conic form, while immersed in water.The idea is based on prior research that has shown that when oil is spilled into the ocean, some of it floats on the surface, while some of it does not. Instead, it reacts with seawater and forms microscopic droplets of water that are too heavy to float. They wind up either suspended in the water, or falling to the ocean floor. To capture these tiny droplets, the team in China affixed multiple copper spines to a central structure—each (0.5 millimeter length) spine pulls oil out of the water whic travels along its length at a rate of 2 millimeters per second—creating a device that is capable of cleaning up the oil from spills that is typically missed during cleanup operations. Image of Cu-based needle Credit: Leica DM4000M microscopy Play This movie shows the in situ observation of the oil collection on rough single conical needle. The micro-sized oil droplets in the oil/water mixture can be collected and driven towards the base direction of the needle continuously. (a) Efficiencies of needle arrays with different needle separations. The three inset SEM images are the arrays with needle separations of 0.50, 0.35, and 0.25 mm. A larger needle density provided a higher efficiency. (b) Efficiencies of needle arrays with different heights. The three inset SEM images are the arrays with heights of 0.0, 0.3, and 0.5 mm. Higher needles provided a larger efficiency. Each point represents the average efficiency of seven samples; the error bars indicate the standard deviation. Credit: Lei Jiang et al. Explore further The researchers call their device a “cactus skin”—a flexible base with an array of spines protruding from its surface. To create oil-spill like conditions, they added oil to water than caused the formation of microscopic droplets by blasting it with ultrasonic sound waves. Tests run thus far have found the device capable of extracting up to 99 percent of the oil mixed into water and that the device works with virtually any type of oil. © 2013 Phys.org Discovery could lead to new way of cleaning up oil spills This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Colin explains why Jed Yorks leaks could sink John Lynch in San

first_img Colin knows that Lynch told Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer the news of his hiring first, because of their relationship working at Fox. Almost immediately after ESPN’s Adam Schefter had the story. He’s almost certain Schefter’s source was York.To succeed in San Francisco, John Lynch better have a good eye for talent, and eyes in the back of his head.“It worries me with the 49’ers that people show you who they are, and whenever I see 49’ers stories, some were leaked to my former employer, some were leaked to us. I just feel that I can’t trust the guy running that football team.He keeps showing me time and time again.” San Francisco’s hiring of John Lynch as their GM shocked just about everyone, including Colin. He knows Lynch from his time at Fox Sports, and personally likes him, but he thought hiring a GM with zero GM experience to a 6-year deal was a bizarre move by a losing organization.Colin had a chance to sit down with Lynch last night in Houston for a couple of cervezas and came away impressed with Lynch’s self-awareness about his inexperience, and thinks his move to hire Adam Peters, who has extensive scouting and talent evaluating experience from 8 years in Denver, is an extremely positive sign.Today in The Herd, Colin says that his biggest concern for Lynch in San Francisco has nothing to do with his lack of experience or ability to do the job, it’s owner Jed York, and his recent history of sabotaging his coaches and GM’s by leaking information to media.“One of the things that worries me about the 49’ers is people constantly show you who they are, so believe them.”He continued, “Jed York has shown you, time and time again that he will leak stuff, so believe him.When Harbaugh was about to get fired, there were all sorts of stories leaked in the press. Where did they come from? Jed York. When  Chip Kelly got canned, where did they come from? Where were the leaks? Jed York.How do I know that? Because the one guy he hand picked, Jim Tomsula, when he got canned, there were no leaks.” Advertisementlast_img read more