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2013 年 5 月 30 日  星期四   晴天


Miss universe Canada 分類: 未分類

 

Red-faced organisers admitted on Wednesday that a typo led to a counting error that resulted in Denise Garrido, 26, nuskin being wrongly named the victor at Saturday's event. She was stripped of her sash and crown the next day.
 
"I was shocked. I'd achieved my dream and suddenly after a day of it sinking in, it was suddenly taken away from me," a heartbroken Garrido told AFP, after losing her chance to represent Canada at the Miss Universe final in December.
 
In a statement, pageant director Denis Davila blamed an inexperienced employee for the typo when transferring the judges' handwritten scores into a computer program that determines the winner.
 
An independent audit later spotted the error.
 
It turned out that Garrido had actually finished third runner-up to Riza Santos, also 26, of Calgary, who will now collect her crown in that city on Saturday, nu skin hk according to a pageant spokesman.
 
This is the second consecutive year in which controversy has enveloped the pageant. In 2012, transgender model Jenna Talackova waged a battle to enter the competition. She went on to win a prize for congeniality.
 
Looking for a "silver lining" nuskin group in the debacle, Garrido said she will always relish having been crowned "even if it lasted for only 24 hours".


2013 年 5 月 10 日  星期五   晴天


More than pay 200K NAMA Exemption / NTMA personnel 分類: 未分類

THERE WILL BE no further negotiations between the Department of Finance and three staff at NAMA and the NTMA who have refused to waive 15 per cent of their salaries.

 
It was revealed last week that three employees who earn more than €200,000 annually decided against taking the pay cut for 2013.www.fundsupermart.com.hk/hk/main/research/viewHTML.tpl?articleNo=5172&lang=en
 
Ten senior officials – including CEO of the NTMA, John Corrigan and NAMA’s CEO Brendan McDonagh – have agreed to the waiver again this year. For 2012, 13 of the 14 high earners agreed to the drop in salary.
 
Responding to a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty this week, Minister Michael Noonan said he does not plan to hold any further consultations on the matter, confirming that the three staff members would continue to be paid at the higher rate investment service.
 
The identities of the three staff are unknown but Noonan said that the chief executives of the NTMA, NAMA, the National Development Finance Agency and six other members of the NTMA senior management team – are continuing to observe the voluntary pay cuts.
 
The NTMA is responsible for managing the country’s assets and liabilities and is currently overseeing Ireland’s return to normal lending markets financial advisor.
 
NAMA has been overseeing the acquisition and eventual disposal of property development loans from Irish banks that are worth a total of €70 billion.


2013 年 4 月 5 日  星期五   晴天


Climate change is the big winner 分類: 未分類

 

A study has found a group of Adelie penguins on Beaufort Island in the Ross Sea, 3500km south of New Zealand, has significantly boosted its numbers as nearby glaciers have receded.
 
A team of New Zealand and US-based scientists has used aerial photographs from as far back as 1958 and modern satellite imagery to measure nesting areas and population cheap furniture stores.
 
"Population size varied with available habitat, and both increased rapidly since the mid-1980s," the team found.
 
Numbers in the colony increased by 84 per cent as habitat grew by 71 per cent.
 
Between 1983-2010, habitat grew by 20 per cent as a snow-ice field near the colony retreated more than 500 metres.
 
The researchers say their findings are markedly different to what could be expected in other Adelie penguin habitats, where warm temperatures are causing population decline International Relocation.
 
The team found average temperatures at the US's nearby McMurdo Station had increased by one degree Celsius between 1958 and 2010, most of it from 1980-2000.
 
They said temperatures in the October-December snow melt period had increased 3.2 degrees Claire Hsu.
 
"Our results are in line with predictions that major ice shelves and glaciers will retreat rapidly elsewhere in the Antarctic," the researchers said in an article published in the journal PLOS ONE.
 
An increased prevalence of silverfish, which are eaten by the penguins, could also have contributed to the thriving population.
 
Fishing for Antarctic toothfish in the Ross Sea has reduced the competition for silverfish, meaning more food for the penguin colony.


2013 年 3 月 11 日  星期一   晴天


Ceann comhairle and Minister of health 分類: 未分類

TDS HAVE TODAY paid tribute to former ceann comhairle and health minister Dr John O’Connell, who died this morning at the age of 83.

 
O’Connell was first elected to the Dáil in 1965 as a Labour TD in Dublin South West but following disagreements with the party he returned to elections as a Fianna Fáil TD and later independent in the Dublin South-Central constituency.
 
He became ceann comhairle in 1981 and in 1992 was appointed minister for health by Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.
 
Today Minister for Health, James Reilly, described O’Connell as a “major figure in the world of medicine and in the world of politics”.
 
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that he was “saddened” to hear of the former Labour party TD’s death. Gilmore said that although O’Connell “parted company” with Labour in 1981, “he always endeavoured to remain on good terms with his former colleagues and retained a sense shared values with, particularly when it came to social issues”.
 
Eric Byrne, who succeeded O’Connell in Dublin South Central following his retirement, said he was a “tireless advocate” for the people of his consituency.
 
“I know that he was deeply honoured to have been elected as minister for health and brought his grit and steely determination to this role, and will be remembered for the part he played in ensuring that the law regarding contraception was liberalised in Ireland,” he said.


2013 年 3 月 9 日  星期六   晴天


More power for women will benefit everyone 分類: 未分類

 

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JUDGING BY THE lines outside this week’s Working Abroad Expo, the lean years since 2008 have hurt the young hardest.
 
But in the years that followed independence, it was women that hurt most; between 1926 and 1936, 1,298 women emigrated for every 1,000 men, Claire Hsu fleeing a society that granted them more rights in the Bronze Age.
 
A woman was allowed to vote. But she had to be a property owner and over the age of 30.
 
She also had an equal right to work. But that was just a right to ‘appropriate work’, a ‘privilege’ cemented in the 1937 constitution, a document contrived and drafted by men.
 
Exclusion of women from the democratic process
The conservative shadow that fell over Ireland for the next half century can probably be linked to the exclusion of women from the democratic process so early in the beginnings of the state.
 
And it is a shadow that still falls over women, worldwide.
 
Women earn only 10 per cent of the world’s income, yet work two-thirds of the world’s working hours. They are less likely to finish school and to read and write then men – with two-thirds of all children denied schooling, being girls. Women hold just 14 per cent of the world’s governmental seats and own one per cent of the property.
 
These glaring inequalities don’t just hold women back. Entire societies and economies fail to mature and develop simply because of disparities in how men and women are treated, Crash proof phone protector with some societies treating women in a way more reminiscent of the dark ages.
 
And it is why it is critical that in the fight against poverty, we focus more attention on women around the world.
 
Gender equality is key to battling social problems
This may sound like an absurd idea, cooked up by out-of-touch academics in a leafy university town somewhere on the US east coast. But evidence shows that we could make significant advances in the fight against poverty simply by giving more power to women.
 
If women farmers had the same access to land, tools, seeds and credit as men, they could grow enough extra food to feed more than 100 million of the world’s people.
 
If girls were allowed to finish secondary school alongside boys, we could drastically reduce hunger. According to a report this week from the UN, a 43 per cent reduction in hunger in developing countries can be attributed to progress in educating women.
 
Violence against women – the disturbing truth
And if women did not have to face violent partners, they would not have to spend as much time in hospital or nursing bruises and fractured bones at home. A women is still more likely to be disabled or die from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria combined.
 
Many organisations working in development  have begun focusing their resources on women because of these facts. It is time for governments to do the same.
 
Some have already recognised this. For example, mobile phone protector the Rwandan government’s 30 per cent quota has led to a surge in the number of female MPs. They now represent over 50 per cent of lawmakers in a country that saw its economy grow by over seven per cent last year.
 
In Ireland, just 14 per cent of our elected representatives in Dáil Éireann are women.
 
Even doubling that figure could have a significant impact not just on the culture of decision making, but on our economy too.