Howard Lake | 5 April 2004 | News 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Research / statistics Nearly 60% of leading disability Web sites fail basic accessibility standards, according to research by Ethical Media.Communications agency Ethical Media looked at 50 of the top Web sites published by disability charities and organisations in the UK. The results showed that Web accessibility is still not yet embedded within the sector, with only a handlful of Web sites leading the way with fully accessible features.Ethical Media’s ‘Disability 50 Accessibility Report’ found that the majority of disability organisations do not address accessibility needs sufficiently in their Web and digital communications. Advertisement The agency benchmarked the selected Web sites against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) developed by global and industry-led standards body W3C. Significantly, 58% failed to achieve a compliance level, which the WCAG state as ‘compulsory. Head of Digital Communications at Ethical Media, Keith Patton said: “This shows what many people have suspected for some time: that organisations in or supporting the disability sector do not yet adequately consider Web accessibility and usability as a priority in their communications strategies. As a result, significant proportions of users are likely to find it difficult, even impossible, to access information, restricting the flow of communication between any given organisation and its customer base.” The report was able to point to a few organisations that have addressed these issues in an exemplary manner. These include AbilityNet, Action for Blind People, British Council for Disabled People and the Disability Rights Commission. The research was carried out between February and March 2004. Even disability organisations fail basic Web site accessibility AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
The cast of HBO’s Game of Thrones has joined the International Refugee Committee in a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees.Using the hashtag #RealmToTheRescue, the campaign asks people to donate to help save lives. Lena Heady (Cersei Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maise Williams (Arya Stark), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) are among cast members asking for donations in the campaign video.The campaign is also encouraging donations by offering people a chance to win a trip to the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere party in LA if they give money. Those who donate unlock a number of additional ‘campaign perks’, including extra entries to the competition, signed merchandise and other campaign exclusive content. Melanie May | 18 March 2016 | News 266 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: appeals TV A base level donation of $10 gives 100 chances to win the trip, $15 gives 150 chances and a digital pin, while $100 gives 1000 chances of winning and a limited edition t-shirt, up to a donation of $7,500 which gives 75,000 chances of winning plus an authentic replica of unsullied helm and armour set. 265 total views, 1 views today Game of Thrones cast in International Refugee Committee appeal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1
A fluke or a war crime?U.S. warplanes bombed and destroyed a hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3. For 65 minutes, an AC-130U gunship circled the hospital, aiming cannon fire and incendiary munitions at its main building, housing the intensive care unit and operating and emergency rooms.Doctors Without Borders staff members at the hospital in Kunduz destroyed by a U.S. military bombardment.Photo: Doctors Without BordersSome 180 patients and staff were inside. At least 12 MSF personnel and 10 patients, all Afghans, were killed; some burned to death. Another 37 were wounded; 33 are still missing as of Oct. 12.To prevent such an attack, hospital staff had repeatedly reported their GPS coordinates to U.S., NATO and Afghan forces. During the bombing, MSF officials called U.S. officials in Kabul and Washington, including the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, pleading for them to stop the airstrikes. But the strikes continued for another 30 minutes.Consequently, MSF left Kunduz. Northern Afghanistan is now without a trauma center to treat war injuries. The aid organization charges the U.S. with committing a war crime in violation of basic human rights, and humanitarian and international law. MSF asserts the bombing was an attack on the Geneva Conventions, which protect civilians, including medical workers, and prohibit bombings of hospitals in war zones. The U.S. ratified these principles in 1955.Hearing a global outcry, the Pentagon changed its story four times. It kept insisting the airstrikes were “accidental.” Now Gen. John Campbell, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, admits the lethal assault was the result of a “U.S. decision made within the U.S. chain of command.” So far the military refuses to provide details.In a rare wartime act, President Barack Obama apologized to MFS. The Pentagon has even offered compensation to victims’ families. This falls far short of earning a pardon for such a heinous crime.MSF strongly repudiates the investigations set up by the U.S., NATO and Afghanistan, and is demanding an independent fact-finding probe of the bombing, under a body set up under Geneva Convention protocols.After 14 years of occupying Afghanistan, the imperialists are still losing. In their desperation, the U.S. ruling class and its NATO allies are ready to commit any crime, violate any international treaty, flout human rights and disregard human life. It’s their standard behavior in the quest for super-profits.Bombing hospitals – nothing new for U.S.U.S. imperialism is a repeat war crime offender, with a long, sordid history of bombing hospitals and killing injured civilians and medical personnel. These were no accidents. They were acts aimed at terrorizing populations and forcing governments to submit. The record speaks for itself.During the 1950s’ U.S. war on north Korea, U.S. warplanes bombed hundreds of hospitals. Pentagon B-52 bombers obliterated Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, the largest medical facility in North Vietnam, during the “Christmas bombings” in December 1972.In Mogadishu, Somalia, a U.N. “peacekeeping force” from Turkey and the U.S. bombed a Digfer hospital in 1993.When the U.S. and NATO waged war to dismantle Yugoslavia, NATO launched cruise missiles against a Belgrade hospital and dropped cluster bombs on a Nis hospital in May 1999 — and bombed four other hospitals.The U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, ostensibly to pursue Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. U.S. warplanes then bombed at least six hospitals and clinics in Kabul, Kandahar and elsewhere. In a stunning blow, U.S. planes even dropped a 1,000-pound cluster bomb on a hospital in Herat.In the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing campaign against Iraq, Pentagon aircraft bombed a Red Crescent maternity hospital in Baghdad, killing and wounding medics and patients. A year later in Fallujah, U.S. rockets razed the newly built Hai Nazal hospital. U.S. bombs killed 63 staff and patients at the Fallujah Central Health Clinic.With much international support, Doctors Without Borders continues to demand truth and accountability from the Pentagon and Obama administration.More must be done. The filthy-rich U.S. ruling class must pay reparations for its war crimes!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Top StoriesCourts This Week- A Weekly Round Of Important Legal Developments In The Country [Episode-32] Sanya Talwar20 Sep 2020 8:35 PMShare This – x…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Top Stories”TV Anchors Like Peddling Hate To Further Ruling Government’s Narrative”: Dr. Kota Neelima & Sangeeta Tyagi Seeks To Intervene In Sudarshan TV Case Sanya Talwar24 Sep 2020 3:23 AMShare This – xDr. Kota Neelima, a renowned author and researcher and Sangeeta Tyagi, wife of Late Shri Rajiv Tyagi (National Spokesperson on Congress) have intervened in the Supreme Court, in the ongoing case against Sudarshan TV for the telecast of its show, with the tagline UPSC Jihad, based on the alleged infiltration of muslims in the Civil Services.The application filed by Advocate Sunil…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDr. Kota Neelima, a renowned author and researcher and Sangeeta Tyagi, wife of Late Shri Rajiv Tyagi (National Spokesperson on Congress) have intervened in the Supreme Court, in the ongoing case against Sudarshan TV for the telecast of its show, with the tagline UPSC Jihad, based on the alleged infiltration of muslims in the Civil Services.The application filed by Advocate Sunil Fernandes states that the show by Sudarshan TV, hosted by its Editor in Chief Suresh Chavhanke is “emblematic of a larger, insidious malady” which has infected the electronic media of TV anchors in the country, i.e. to shamelessly indulge in hate speeches on “prime time” news.Elaborating on the above, the plea opens its averments on the following note,”The situation of the Electronic Media in our Country, in the most respectful submission of the Applicants, bears unhappy and undesirable parallels with Nazi Germany, at least with regards to “Hate Speeches” in the Electronic Media, and therefore, the Applicants verily believe that they shall fail in their constitutional duty if they do not approach this Hon’ble Court with the instant Application”The applicants state that Late Shri Rajiv Tyagi was an unfortunate victim of a ‘Hate Speech’ during a TV Debate on Aaj Tak New Channel on 12.08.2020 at 5 p.m. when during a discussion of violence in Bengaluru, he was repeatedly vilified as “Jaichand” (a pejorative metaphor used these days to demonize somebody from the Hindu faith who does not subscribe to the right wing fundamentalist ideology). Consequently, the Late Shri Rajiv Tyagi suffered a fatal heart attack on the same day immediately after the debate from which he could not recover and passed away soon thereafter. Thus, the Applicant No. 2 has witnessed and suffered the irredeemable consequences of “Hate Speech” , the plea states.Next, the intervenors state that none of the existing laws in India define the term “Hate Speech”, even though the United Nations in its “Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech”, has defined the term “Hate Speech” as “any kind of communication in speech, writing or behaviour, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, colour, descent, gender or other identity factor.” The plea states that there is a steady and almost irreversible trend clearly visible these days, whereby the TV Anchors and TV Debates have debased and degenerated themselves into blatant purveyors of “Hate Speech”. The reasons for this are manifold, the plea reads, adding that the “remote control” of these TV debates is in the hands of the political class in power so as to effectuate a narrative that would suit their “electoral and ideological objectives” and “discredit, demonize and vilify their political and ideological opponents”.Plea reads that Dr. Kota Neelima has endeavoured to research and study this “malady”& has developed an independent, factual and an objective research-based study of the Television News Debates known as Rate The Debate (“RTD”), aim of the study being, to highlight “the colonization of democratic deliberative space on media by vested interests”. “It is a platform which analyses debates conducted on leading mainstream Television News Channels, by examining quantitative and qualitative metrics, and evaluating the content of the debate, and conduct of the anchor and panelists….” – Excerpt of pleaIn this backdrop, the applicant states that it found that Topic of discussion, the opening remarks and the ‘flow’ of the “News Debates” conducted by TV Anchors like Amish Devgan, Arnab Goswami, Anjana Om Kashyap and Ananad Narsimhan is to support the Government’s narrative and discredit, demonize and vilify the voices of the opposition or dissenters.”The obliteration of the basic concepts i.e. distinction between the Nation and the Government of the day is complete. These TV Anchors make a priori assumption that everything done by the Central Government is in the best interest of the nation and anyone who speaks a contrarian voice, is a fortiori, an “anti-national”.”Apropos these trends, the applicants have prayed the top court to take judicial notice of those TV Debates/ TV Anchors peddling “Hate Speeches” under the garb of Article 19 of the Constitution of India and pass appropriate directions under Articles 32, 141, 142, 144 of the Constitution of India to combat this over-arching menace till such time that a suitable law is enacted by the Legislature. “A committee can be constituted for the time being which will be aimed to develop norms for mandatory discussions on chosen topics that reflect the concerns in the Constitution of India in order to establish a healthy atmosphere in the Country. It shall strive to develop a mechanism which will have a rating system for the TV Anchors and News Debates, so as to ensure that News Debates are democratic and fair, and do not pander to divisive agenda” – Excerpt of plea Next Story
Background: Microscopic monogonont rotifers, including the euryhaline species Brachionus plicatilis, are typically found in water bodies where environmental factors restrict population growth to short periods lasting days or months. The survival of the population is ensured via the production of resting eggs that show a remarkable tolerance to unfavorable conditions and remain viable for decades. The aim of this study was to generate Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) for molecular characterisation of processes associated with the formation of resting eggs, their survival during dormancy and hatching. Results: Four normalized and four subtractive libraries were constructed to provide a resource for rotifer transcriptomics associated with resting-egg formation, storage and hatching. A total of 47,926 sequences were assembled into 18,000 putative transcripts and analyzed using both Blast and GO annotation. About 28-55% (depending on the library) of the clones produced significant matches against the Swissprot and Trembl databases. Genes known to be associated with desiccation tolerance during dormancy in other organisms were identified in the EST libraries. These included genes associated with antioxidant activity, low molecular weight heat shock proteins and Late Embryonic Abundant (LEA) proteins. Real-time PCR confirmed that LEA transcripts, small heat-shock proteins and some antioxidant genes were upregulated in resting eggs, therefore suggesting that desiccation tolerance is a characteristic feature of resting eggs even though they do not necessarily fully desiccate during dormancy. The role of trehalose in resting-egg formation and survival remains unclear since there was no significant difference between resting-egg producing females and amictic females in the expression of the tps-1 gene. In view of the absence of vitellogenin transcripts, matches to lipoprotein lipase proteins suggest that, similar to the situation in dipterans, these proteins may serve as the yolk proteins in rotifers. Conclusion: The 47,926 ESTs expand significantly the current sequence resource of B. plicatilis. It describes, for the first time, genes putatively associated with resting eggs and will serve as a database for future global expression experiments, particularly for the further identification of dormancy related genes.
The Ronne Polynya is a coastal polynya, aregion of thin ice or open water in sea ice,caused by the offshore transport of the iceby strong winds from the land (Figure 1). Assoon as the ice is transported offshore, newice forms on the exposed ocean surface andis also advected offshore in a continual process,earning this type of polynya the nickname‘ice factory’. These polynyas have animportant impact on the regional meteorologyand oceanography of the high latitudesas well as on the global ocean circulation.The exposed ocean surface is relativelywarm compared to the cold polar atmosphere,and the large temperature andhumidity differences result in large sensibleand latent heat fluxes from the ocean to theatmosphere. This leads to a warming andmoistening of the atmospheric boundarylayer above and downwind of the polynyaand, through vigorous convective mixing,the formation of a CIBL (convective internalboundary layer) (Figure 1). A decrease in theocean-atmosphere temperature and humiditygradients is caused by this warming andmoistening, which results in a decrease inthe surface heat fluxes with fetch from theshore, or ice shelf front (Renfrew and King,2000). The depth of the CIBL increases withfetch due to the warming and also theentrainment of warm air from above theCIBL (Garratt, 1992).As well as this turbulent heat transfer,polynyas can also influence the balance ofradiative heat transfer through the generationof ice fog (Smith et al., 1990) andconvective clouds or plumes (Pinto andCurry, 1995). Polynyas, therefore, have thepotential to modify and induce mesoscaleatmospheric motion, impacting on regionalclimate (Pinto et al., 1995).High rates of ice production due to thelarge ocean-atmosphere heat fluxes andthe continual removal of the newly formedice by the wind result in extensive brinerejection, whereby sea water rejects salton freezing, leaving the sea ice relativelyfresh and the modified water column relativelysalty and therefore dense. This densewater sinks, as shown in Figure 1, accumulatingon the continental shelf and forminga water mass, which eventually contributesto the temperature- and salinity-driven globalocean circulation, known as the thermohalinecirculation (THC). Therefore theice-formation mechanism within polynyasis important for the ventilation of deepand bottom water in both the Southernand Arctic Oceans (Morales Maqueda et al.,2004). It follows that, in order to accuratelymodel the response of both the high latitudesand global THC to a changing climate,processes occurring within polynyas mustbe investigated.I was lucky enough to be given the opportunityto participate in a British AntarcticSurvey (BAS) fieldwork campaign at theend of the Antarctic summer field seasonin February 2007. Using an instrumentedTwin Otter aircraft belonging to the BAS,three flights were conducted over theRonne Polynya between 25 and 28 February2007 to investigate ocean-atmosphere heatfluxes. Quantification of these heat fluxes isa step towards quantifying the surface heatbudget, which, together with the surfacesalinity budget, will aid understanding ofthe key processes governing deep-waterformation within polynyas.Aircraft observations of the
__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook Ocean City devotees took a fall this morning in the resort’s annual tribute to the coming fall: The King and Queen of Plop Contest.The contest invites “celebrity” ploppers and “amateur” contestants to welcome the fall season by performing artistic, slow-motion falls on the beach. The contestants compete for trophies and the esteemed honor of carrying the King or Queen of Plop title throughout the year.The light-hearted event is a staple of the last weekend of the traditional summer season in Ocean City and falls on the Friday before Labor Day Weekend.After much drama, flying sand and falling bodies, the new Kings and Queens of Plop are:Kings of Plop: Marco DeCrescenzo, 7, who teamed up with family members Gia DeCrescenzo, 9, and Luca DeCrescenzo, of Cedar Knolls, N.J., and Hannah Mullin, 11, in a collective boogie board wipeout.Queens of Plop: Sophia Whelan, 8, and Olivia Cook, 10, of Ocean City, repeated as Queens of Plop with a gymnastic, back-bending routine that came to a crashing end.Video of the event is above and a gallery of images is below.
Cooks The Bakery is set to disappear from the high street, after seven stores were sold out of administration.The West Midlands-based firm, a successor to the Three Cooks brand, which at one point ran 120 stores, collapsed last November and six loss-making sites were shut immediately.Out of the remaining nine, seven have now been sold to individual operators, via administrator ReSolve Partners, saving 37 jobs. The administrator has managed to sell stores in Alvechurch, Stourport, Nuneaton, Westbury, Canterbury, Horley, and Tilgate.The two remaining trading Cooks The Bakery sites are also under offer and are due to be acquired shortly.The firm ran into trouble after being hit by increased commodity costs, including flour, and a fall in consumer spending.Latest accounts filed at Companies House show the company made a loss of nearly £594,000 in the year to 27 March 2010, slipping into the red after making a small profit in 2009.Revenue, including sales from outlets in Northfield, West Heath, Bromsgrove, Dudley, Halesowen, Kidderminster and Redditch, fell from £13.7m to £10.7m across the period.
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