first_img17 November 2008South African Olympian and Paralympian Natalie du Toit joined a select group of international leaders honoured for their contribution to ethics and human values at the European Parliament in Brussels on Friday.Du Toit received the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) Youth Leadership Award 2008, a prestigious award that recognizes young leaders with an astonishing track record of performance and/or social responsibility.According to Christoph Glaser, a member of the IAHV board in Europe, Du Toit was selected because of her raw defiance in not giving up on her goals. “We admire her indomitable will and strong determination, and the fact that she has become a source of inspiration to the youth of her country,” Glaser said in a statement.Other IAHV 2008 award recipients were Ibrahim Abouleish, founder of Egyptian organisation SEKEM (Outstanding Individual Award); Hans-Peter Durr, founder of German organisation Global Challenges Network (Outstanding Scientist/Academic Award); and GM Rao, group chairman of India’s GMR Group (Outstanding Corporation Award).“It is a real honor to be representing South Africa and to receive this award,” Du Toit said. “I would like to give a message to everyone: it is possible for everybody to achieve something. You don’t have to be the best singer, but you can still write your song.“I would also like to thank everyone for their support: the public in South Africa, the people close to me, everyone. Without teamwork these types of awards would not be possible.”Founded by HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Geneva in 1997, the International Association for Human Values is a volunteer-based, charitable non-governmental organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of human values in society.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgRecords Management systems are becoming ever more important in their role of protecting against risks that might result from litigation or disaster.  RM systems are often a key component of a Compliance strategy, such as those mandated by regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, FDA-CRP 21, and others.  In the United States and increasingly in other countries, public and private organizations are using Records Management systems that are based on the 5015.2 standard.At the heart of 5015.2 is the File Plan concept.  This is a taxonomy or a method for classifying documents.  File Plans are pre-defined classification schemes that are adopted by an entire organization.  Normal users of the RM system are not able to change the structure of the File Plan.  This kind of rigid classification is similar to the classification hierarchies for content used by Web Search Engines like Yahoo! or Google.Within RM, when a document is classified as a record, document classification and retention periods for the record are assigned based on the File Plan.  File plans are also often sometimes referred to as Business Classification Schemes (BCS).The main purpose for having a file plan is to ensure that document/records are filed in a consistent manner.  As a corollary to this, consistent filing should  improve the success of being able to retrieve documents managed this way.  As part of the File Plan, documents are also assigned document life-cycle retention information.Typically File Plan information within the electronic RM system is maintained as additional metadata associated with the document.  Conceptually the File Plan is laid out hierarchical folders, similar to the directory structure for files stored on a PC.  An example File Plan can be seen here as used by the EPA.Folders within a File Plan represent more than just organizational structure.  Documents when declared as records and stored in folders of the RM File Plan will inherit properties of the folder that include user access permissions, business metadata and retention policies.Declaring records then is the process of classifying the document within the File Plan.  Once classified, documents could then be located by navigating the File Plan directory-like structure or by a full text index search that can be made across all documents in the File Plan.last_img read more

first_imgAltaMed – Southern California’s leading nonprofit health care system – is hosting the Power Up, We Are The Future gala on May 12, 2016 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in support of Empowerment Programs for Girls and Youth, creating equality for all girls in California.This unforgettable evening will include a cocktail reception and dinner, live auctions with exclusive experiences and one of-a-kind items, along with special guest honorees and a live musical performance.Among those expected to attend are Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games), Mayte Garcia, Minka Kelly (The Path), Charisma Carpenter (Angel), Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids), Edy Ganem (Devious Maids), Leonor Varela (Blade II), Ashlee Simpson-Ross (Singer), Evan Ross (Hunger Games), Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Kathy Hilton, Rick Hilton, Keesha Sharp (American Crime Story), Jamie-Lynn Sigler(Dads), AJ Cook (Criminal Minds), Angela Lindvall (Supermodel), Cornelius Smith Jr. (Scandal), Danielle Nicolet (The Game), Esai Morales (Mozart in the Jungle), Kyle Richards (RHOBH), Mauricio Umansky (RHOBH), Tia Mowrey (Rosewood), Tamara Taylor (Bones), Cynthia Bailey (RHOA), Leonor Varela (Dallas), Faye Resnick (RHOBH), Tamar Braxton, and more are confirmed to lend their support to this year’s event.Honorees:Michelle ObamaJanelle MonaeEve Branson with presentation by Sir Richard BransonSpecial Performance By: Janelle MonaeWHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2016 WHERE: Beverly Wilshire Hotel 9500 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90210AltaMed would like to kindly thank their sponsors, Mattie and Michael McFadden-Lawson, Anthem BlueCross, The California Endowment, The Latino Coalition, Bank of America and Dr. Vicki Mann Simms for their support.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company’s history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning Tuesday from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the U.S. election.During some five hours of Senate questioning, Zuckerberg apologized several times for Facebook failures, disclosed that his company was “working with” special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian election interference and said it was working hard to change its own operations after the harvesting of users’ private data by a data-mining company affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign.Seemingly unimpressed, Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said Zuckerberg’s company had a 14-year history of apologizing for “ill-advised decisions” related to user privacy. “How is today’s apology different?” Thune asked.“We have made a lot of mistakes in running the company,” Zuckerberg conceded, and Facebook must work harder at ensuring the tools it creates are used in “good and healthy” ways.The controversy has brought a flood of bad publicity and sent the company’s stock value plunging, but Zuckerberg seemed to achieve a measure of success in countering that: Facebook shares surged 4.5 per cent for the day, the biggest gain in two years.In all, he skated largely unharmed through his first day of congressional testimony. He’ll face House questioners Wednesday.The 33-year-old founder of the world’s best-known social media giant appeared in a suit and tie, a departure from the T-shirt he’s famous for wearing in public as well as in private. Even so, his youth cast a sharp contrast with his often-elderly, grey-haired Senate inquisitors. And the enormous complexity of the social network he created at times defeated the attempts of legislators to hammer him on Facebook’s specific failures and how to fix them.The stakes are high for both Zuckerberg and his company. Facebook has been reeling from its worst-ever privacy failure following revelations last month that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which was affiliated with Trump’s 2016 campaign, improperly scooped up data on some 87 million users. Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour for most of the past two weeks, culminating in his congressional appearance Tuesday.Although shaky at times, Zuckerberg seemed to gain confidence as the day progressed. An iconic figure as a billionaire entrepreneur who changed the way people around the world relate to each other, he made a point of repeatedly referring back to the Harvard dorm room where he said Facebook was brought to life.At times, he showed plenty of steel. After a round of aggressive questioning about Facebook’s alleged political bias from Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance, Zuckerberg grinned and almost chuckled. “That was pretty good,” he said of the exchange with Cruz.For the most part, his careful but generally straightforward answers, steeped in the sometimes arcane details of Facebook’s underlying functions, often deflected aggressive questioning. When the going got tough, Zuckerberg was able to fall back on: “Our team should follow up with you on that, Senator.”As a result, he found it relatively easy to return to familiar talking points: Facebook made mistakes, he and his executives are very sorry, and they’re working very hard to correct the problems and safeguard the users’ data.As for the federal Russia probe that has occupied much of Washington’s attention for months, he said he had not been interviewed by special counsel Mueller’s team, but “I know we’re working with them.” He offered no details, citing a concern about confidentiality rules of the investigation.Earlier this year Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using U.S. aliases and politicking on U.S. soil. A number of the Russian ads were on Facebook.Much of the effort was aimed at denigrating Democrat Hillary Clinton and thereby helping Republican Trump, or simply encouraging divisiveness and undercutting faith in the U.S. system.Zuckerberg said Facebook had been led to believe Cambridge Analytica had deleted the user data it had harvested and that had been “clearly a mistake.” He said Facebook had considered the data collection “a closed case” and had not alerted the Federal Trade Commission. He assured senators the company would handle the situation differently today.Separately, the company began alerting some of its users that their data was gathered by Cambridge Analytica. A notification that appeared on Facebook for some users Tuesday told them that “one of your friends” used Facebook to log into a now-banned personality quiz app called “This Is Your Digital Life.” The notice says the app misused the information, including public profiles, page likes, birthdays and current cities, by sharing it with Cambridge Analytica.In the hearings, Zuckerberg is trying to both restore public trust in his company and stave off federal regulations that some lawmakers have floated.Democrat Bill Nelson of Florida said he believes Zuckerberg was taking the congressional hearings seriously “because he knows there is going to be a hard look at regulation.”Republicans have yet to get behind any legislation, but that could change.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Zuckerberg if he would be willing to work with lawmakers to examine what “regulations you think are necessary in your industry.”Absolutely, Zuckerberg responded, saying later in an exchange with Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, that “I’m not the type of person who thinks that all regulation is bad.”Ahead of the hearing, John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said, “This is a serious matter, and I think people expect us to take action.”At the hearing, Zuckerberg said: “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”He outlined steps the company has taken to restrict outsiders’ access to people’s personal information. He also said the company is investigating every app that had access to a large amount of information before the company moved to prevent such access in 2014 — actions that came too late in the Cambridge Analytica case.___Associated Press writers Richard Lardner and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report. Ortutay reported from New York. Hamilton reported from San Francisco.___For complete coverage of the Facebook privacy scandal, visit read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has unveiled new measures on intellectual property as it seeks to improve Canada’s performance in a critical area of the increasingly important ideas-based economy.Intellectual property, or IP, is about owning, protecting and making money from an idea in any sector through intangible assets like patents, trademarks and copyrights.In launching the government’s long-awaited strategy Thursday, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains called IP the most valuable business asset in the knowledge economy.In its recent budget, the Liberal government committed about $85 million over five years towards a strategy.Thursday’s release follows warnings that Canada has been a laggard on the international stage when it comes to IP development. Some industry and academic leaders say the country’s entrepreneurs, companies and the wider economy have been at a disadvantage, particularly when compared to big IP players like the United States and China.Only 10 per cent of small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada have IP and only nine per cent of them have IP strategies, Bains noted.Ottawa is also hoping to address what it calls “bad behaviour” in the country’s existing IP regime with help from legislative amendments to curb intimidation and inappropriate “trolling” of some businesses by patent holders.Here are several ways the federal government says it will improve the IP in Canada:— Stamping out misuse and eliminating barriers surrounding IP. The government is pledging to eliminate obstacles for innovative companies by amending key laws for patents, copyrights and trademarks. Proposed changes to the Patent Act would discourage IP owners from sending deceptive or vague notices to businesses alleging patent infringement. In the past, such notices have been used to unfairly intimidate firms and sometimes demand they pay settlements for alleged IP infringement. Under the changes, the government says settlement demands will be removed from the so-called notice-and-notice regime.“This was designed, really, as an educational measure — the idea that people would become more aware of the limits of copyright,” University of Ottawa law professor and IP expert Michael Geist said of the original purpose of the system. “It was never intended to be used to include settlement demands.”The proposed changes will also look to address the practice of “trademark squatting,” where people misuse the system by hanging onto a trademark they have no intention of using themselves, such as an internet domain name, to sell it at a later date for profit.— Better tools to expand the use of IP. Ottawa aims to give businesses the tools they need to pursue their own IP strategies. For example, it will provide $18.7 million over five years to help make the processes for dispute resolution and copyright tariffs cheaper and more efficient for IP owners and users. The government will also provide funds to help innovative Canadian firms leverage their IP — and increase revenues — by making sure their patented technologies comply with international standards. The plan has also provided more details about the creation of a new, $30-million patent collective, which was announced in the budget and will enable companies to pool and share their IP as well as their IP strategies.— Increasing awareness, literacy and sophistication surrounding IP. The plan also includes several ways to help Canadians better understand IP. Examples include $1 million over five years to support clinics that help law students lean more about IP, access to advisers and online tools to help demystify the IP process via the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. and $2 million over three years for surveys to gauge how well Canadians understand and use IP, with a focus on those less likely to use it such as female and Indigenous entrepreneurs.“They may seem small but their potential impact is huge,” said University of Windsor law professor Myra Tawfik, an expert on the subject who has been advocating for the IP law clinics for a long time.“We’re encouraging — especially on university campuses — students to come up with the next best idea that they’ll be able to commercialize and, of course, will then lead to Canada’s growth and prosperity. And yet we’re not providing them with the entire menu of resources and tools that they need — most especially, intellectual-property legal advice.”She said there are really only two law clinics in Canada that provide IP searches and advice, while in the U.S. there are hundreds.Overall, Tawfik said, the various measures in the IP strategy are “quite significant” and could help Canada catch up with other jurisdictions around the world.“You’ve got to recognize that none of these things have really been in place before (in Canada),” she said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version omitted Myra Tawfik’s first name and title.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Friday launched mobile methadone vans to provide treatment to opioid addicts in inner city neighbourhoods.As a pilot project, the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of AIIMS has initiated the new service of delivering methadone through a mobile van in East Delhi. Opioid addiction is a significant problem in India, professor at NDDTC Dr Atul Ambekar said, adding these people require medicines such as methadone or buprenorphine for getting rid of the addiction. Methadone is a prescription drug given in a syrup form to patients as it helps in controlling the craving and withdrawals due to opioid addiction. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe drug usually comes in liquid form but is also available in powder and tablet variants. It is usually taken under the supervision of a doctor because of its potential for abuse, Ambekar said. There are very few treatment centres providing these medicines while the need is very high. It is estimated that less than 2 per cent of the population addicted to opioids in India is receiving this treatment, which is recommended by various UN bodies and the World Health Organization (WHO),” Ambekar said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA recently released government survey report “Prevalence and Extent of Substance Use in India”, estimated that India has about 28 lakh people affected by addiction to opioids such as heroin, opium and various pharmaceutical products. Since methadone is a highly regulated medicine, it is only provided as daily observed treatment. It is available in just about a dozen cities in India, in-charge of the methadone clinic at NDDTC Dr Ravindra Rao said. “Patients often find it difficult to come to the clinic daily to receive methadone, which leads to them dropping-out of treatment midway,” Rao informed. The mobile methadone dispensing unit plans to bridge this gap and improve retention of patients into treatment enabling them to work and lead a healthier life, Dr Rao said. Currently, such dispensing vans or buses are available in few select developed countries in the world, such as USA, Portugal, Spain, Canada and Netherlands. With the launch of mobile delivery of methadone, India joins this elite club, he said. In fact, India is the first country in the South Asian region to initiate these services, Rao claimed. The van will be parked at strategic places in East Delhi and adjoining areas for fixed time period in the day where the patients can come and receive their medicine without having to travel to the main clinic. “In the trial run for the last two weeks, we already have more than two dozen patients enrolled in the facility and the response is very encouraging,” he said.last_img read more

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:15 X Listencenter_img Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaRobert Evans, manager of the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso. Robert Evans is the manager of the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso. He was on duty on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 3, when he saw a man raise a weapon and shoot dozens of people, ultimately killing 22. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider spoke with Evans on the sidelines of an El Paso Chihuahuas baseball game. It was the Minor League team’s first home game since the tragedy.Warning: This conversation contains graphic descriptions of violence.Schneider: What can you tell us about what you remember of the day of the attack?Evans: It was a pretty tragic thing. You don’t expect that to happen on a typical Saturday in El Paso at 10:30 in the morning. I was out in front of the building, and the shooter came up from the parking lot and fired some rounds off. I saw a customer drop out in the parking lot, and then he continued to proceed toward the front of the building.He fired continuous rounds off toward the center of the building, striking … a little girls’ soccer fundraiser. The parties that were all in that area, he struck a couple of people there. Children were running. The girls were running, and I made my way back into the store to get customers and associates out of the building to the back, paging code browns and ‘active shooter, shooter, everybody run to the back. Get as far back as you can. Hit the fire exits … keep on going to the movie theater, to the mall, and just continue running. Don’t worry about anything in here.’About halfway through getting inside the store, you could hear the shots. Several rounds of fire were going off inside the store. Kind of really didn’t stop. We got a lot of people out of the building. ‘Which way do we go?’ Kind of assist people climbing up landscaping and rocks. They were in wheelchairs or had oxygen tanks or things of that nature. It was just really emotional trying to get people out of the building as fast as you could.Schneider: What’s it been like for you in the days since?Evans: The past four days have been a little strenuous. I met with a lot of my associates … my Wal-Mart team that were there. The ones that weren’t came by, and we’ve had time to meet and regroup and sit down and support them and kind of get them to back to a kind of normal routine and get them to start the process of healing. We’ve been doing that for the past four days. It’s been nonstop. As soon as I got off the scene, which was about 9:30 that night, I was right back at it on Sunday, talking with associates and giving them comfort.Schneider: How important do you think it is for the community to have something like this game so soon after the attack?Evans: I feel it’s good. It brings us together. And not to forget, but it gives us a sense of relief. It brings a sense of confidence, being able to participate in public events, things of that nature. Sit down and watch a baseball game, relax with your family, friends. I think it really kind of nurtures your mind and helps in the healing process as well. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgGilmore Elementary School in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of west Baltimore was the recipient of more than 2,600 books as the first school in Mayor Catherine Pugh’s inaugural Children’s Book Drive.The book drive took place between April 10 and April 17 to collect new and gently used books for grades K-5.The mayor said she was asked to help after the school built a new library, and hoped the book drive would give people an opportunity to “make an investment in our children’s minds.”Yellow collection bins were set up at City Hall, city office buildings and several Enoch Pratt Free Library branches.“I set up these little yellow bins in front of City Hall and I could not believe that so many people walked by every day dropping books,” she said during an April 26 event to deliver the books to the school.A truck delivering the books arrived at 9 a.m. sharp, and several volunteers were ready to assist bringing the books inside.  Among those carrying boxes were Councilman Leon F. Pinkett III (D-7th) and members of The Baltimore Renaissance, which bills itself as a community impact organization.  Kahan Dhillon, president of The Baltimore Renaissance, said the book drive was the organization’s first project. He said they had help from other organizations such as the St. Francis Neighborhood Center, which served as their main drop-off site.“We contacted a lot of resources, public and private,” Dhillon said. “We got everybody together and we worked, effectively, 24-7 in five days to put this together.”He added that the mayor wanted to make sure that every student at the school was able to receive three books that they could take home.last_img read more

first_imgLalit Kala Akademi is presenting  Inner Voices, a solo show of artist Vijendra Sharma from December 13 which will go on till December 19, in its gallery number three and four. The exhibition is to curated by Uma Nair.  Vijender the artist is quiet for contemporary taste. The paintings look at his Desire series that deal with the pressures and struggles of life as well as images that speak of ambition, of self realization, of the new woman and a few other large canvasses.”The New Woman” is a surreal work of a young girl sitting on a chair completely covered with a newspaper wrapping from head to toe. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Influenced as a young artist by realism ,he made one of the most astonishing leaps in Indian contemporary art – transforming himself into a painter of hyper realist abstractions and studies of human portraits and choreographed compositions. He was particularly attracted to subjects and thinkers who looked beneath the surface of the modern world — to create corollaries where even a stone wall seems to have a secret life“Vijender Sharma  has always painted dream worlds, a world that is only half articulate and leaves the rest to a strange eloquent silence. Using images from his childhood, religious iconography and the stories of the mythic and religious Indian epics, he has created an oeuvre that is deeply private, resonant with modern myth and full of complexity”, says curator Uma Nair. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe wants to convey a profound view of existence, one suggesting that, to borrow Thoreau’s words, “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” This show, includes many of his archetypal figures from reality myth and his own idea of fantasy: a young girl wrapped up in newspaper, a hairy man breaking out of a sheath that looks tight ,a wrinkled pair of hands held in clenched closeness while the flowers around speak of the power of the human spirit. “My subjects are born out of everyday realities. Not only do they offer me a rich visual source, the human experience also reveals the ritualistic, experiential and decorative nature of contemporary art trends – a point which sets the modern millennium story apart from the traditional legends. During and after my travels all over the world and in India ,images of human habit provide the inspiration and visual sources enabled the me to crystalise my exploration of an aesthetic style in terms of the hyper realist idioms,” says Vijender Sharma.last_img read more

first_imgUse of foundation in make-up can either make or break the perfect look. Use a primer before applying foundation and set the foundation with translucent loose powder, says an expert.Make-up expert Kanikka Gauraav Tandon suggests how:* Before applying foundation on your face, gently clean your hands and face with the facewash suitable for your skin. For oily skin, use that facewash which contains tea tree oil, neem leaf extract and salicylic acid, so that it thoroughly cleanses skin without making the skin overtly dry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Apply foundation but not with your fingers. Always use foundation brushes as it helps you to clean your skin of germs and also if you use fingers for applying foundation, it will stick to your fingers and not on your face.* Use a primer before applying foundation on your face so that it lasts for a long time. The primer makes your skin safe from the direct touch of any chemical and your skin looks healthy.* Leave the moisturiser, sunscreen or primer for two minutes to set in, before applying foundation and if you feel your skin looks oily after this process, wipe your face with a soft wet tissue. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix* Apply dots of foundation on the cheeks, forehead, chin and tip of your nose. Don’t apply foundation all over your face. The objective is to even out the skin tones and not apply an opaque mass. If it’s too much, you will look like a jester and if too less, you will look unpolished.* Mix the dots together. Make sure that there are no noticeable lines near your hairline or jawline.* Set the foundation with translucent loose powder. This will provide you the natural look. No need to apply loose powder on your face.last_img read more