Abcam buys US firm Firefly in £18.5m deal

first_img Share BRITISH biotech firm Abcam yesterday announced that it will buy Firefly BioWorks for £18.5m in cash, adding it expected to meet its full-year revenue target after a 7.7 per cent increase in the first half of its financial year at actual exchange rates.The firm said that after an “initial period of modest investment”, Firefly was expected to generate “attractive returns in the longer term”. The acquisition of Massachusetts-based Firefly will be funded from Abcam’s existing resources, and is expected to close by the end of the month.Cambridge-based Abcam said its revenue growth in the half-year to 31 December had been capped by bad exchange rates, and on a constant currency basis it was 13.8 per cent. Gross margins for the first half were likely to be slightly less than those in the previous year, Abcam said, as it sold a greater proportion of less profitable products.The company reported revenue growth of 67.2 per cent in China, boosted by the opening of its new office in Shanghai last February. It expects this to moderate as its business there establishes itself.Abcam shares closed down 4.8 per cent at 456.50p. Express KCS Tags: NULL Abcam buys US firm Firefly in £18.5m deal whatsapp Wednesday 21 January 2015 8:18 pm Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Porsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks whatsapplast_img read more

News / ANA wins antitrust immunity for air cargo JV with United and eyes more tie-ups

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 10/04/2015 Air cargo alliances are picking up pace – as predicted in a market where mergers are now rare and partnerships relatively unexploited.Following its joint venture between Japan and Europe with Lufthansa Cargo, ANA has won antitrust immunity for a proposed transpacific freight venture with United Airlines.The pair are now able to work jointly on network planning, pricing, sales and handling in a deal likely to mirror that with Lufthansa, in which “metal neutrality” is the key to the partnership, according to the carriers.ANA, which filed its application with Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in November, said in a statement: “The transpacific cargo joint venture – the first of its kind between the US and Asia – would generate substantial service benefits for freight consumers. It would also enable United and ANA to compete more effectively with other airlines that maintain a significant presence in both markets.” United Cargo said they would be able to “offer customers a greater selection of routings and cargo space along with a wider range of service options”.Last week ANA appointed a new head of the Americas, who will also be responsible for cargo services. Hideki Kunugi, previously vice-president of purchasing, was part of the team which first started a dialogue with United and Lufthansa.Lufthansa Cargo has repeatedly said it pursue other joint ventures, and revealed earlier this year it had an eye on the North American market. According to the US Department of Transport, cargo is already included in Lufthansa’s antitrust immunity with United, but the German carrier told The Loadstar that the only active joint cargo venture was with ANA at present. It is to announce another JV later this year and there would be few surprises if United was one of its chosen partners.ANA, meanwhile, told local press it was looking for a new cargo hub in south-east Asia for international cargo. Growing demand for Japanese products in the region has seen volumes rise.In February – admittedly a great month for air freight and Japan’s exports in particular – the carrier enjoyed a 16.3% rise in international cargo volumes, although domestic volumes fell 5.3%. In 2014 its international cargo volumes grew 119% to 601,297 tons, while mail increased by 106% to 27,312 tons.ANA Cargo already has three hubs in Japan, Narita, Haneda and Okinawa, its main logistics hub, where it is trying to encourage customers to open distribution centres. It has a rare business model for the air cargo industry.While its cargo is carried in bellies on continental routes, it operates 10 767Fs on its intra-Asian network, and is expecting two more aircraft, in June and January. Its aim is to gain from the rising e-commerce market in the region, and in 2009 acquired OCS, an express and courier company.ANA Cargo itself is also a handler and freight forwarder, offering Customs brokerage and other logistics services. The carrier aims to be among the top 10 cargo airlines, in terms of volumes carried, by March 2017.“We are focusing on being an express service provider and integrator,” said Toshiaki Toyama, executive vice-president, global marketing. “Express and e-commerce is the focus.”ANA is also looking for partnerships with Asian carriers, it said this week, but did not specify whether that would include cargo.last_img read more

Smartphones a likely culprit in the recent decline in teen mental health

first_imgFirst OpinionSmartphones a likely culprit in the recent decline in teen mental health This study could unlock the mysteries of teen brain development Related: Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless — classic symptoms of depression — surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent.In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background — more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country. All told, our analysis found that the generation of teens I call “iGen” — those born after 1995 — is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.advertisement @jean_twenge Please enter a valid email address. However, according to the Pew Research Center, smartphone ownership crossed the 50 percent threshold in late 2012 — right when teen depression and suicide began to increase. By 2015, 73 percent of teens had access to a smartphone.Not only did smartphone use and depression increase in tandem, but time spent online was linked to mental health issues across two different data sets. We found that teens who spent five or more hours a day online were 71 percent more likely than those who spent only one hour a day to have at least one suicide risk factor (depression, thinking about suicide, making a suicide plan or attempting suicide). Overall, suicide risk factors rose significantly after two or more hours a day of time online.Of course, it’s possible that instead of time online causing depression, depression causes more time online. But three other studies show that is unlikely (at least, when viewed through social media use). Jean M. Twenge — The Conversation Two followed people over time, with both studies finding that spending more time on social media led to unhappiness, while unhappiness did not lead to more social media use. A third randomly assigned participants to give up Facebook for a week versus continuing their usual use. Those who avoided Facebook reported feeling less depressed at the end of the week.The argument that depression might cause people to spend more time online doesn’t also explain why depression increased so suddenly after 2012. Under that scenario, more teens became depressed for an unknown reason and then started buying smartphones, which doesn’t seem too logical.What’s lost when we’re plugged inEven if online time doesn’t directly harm mental health, it could still adversely affect it in indirect ways, especially if time online crowds out time for other activities.For example, while conducting research for my book on iGen, I found that teens now spend much less time interacting with their friends in person. Interacting with people face to face is one of the deepest wellsprings of human happiness; without it, our moods start to suffer and depression often follows. Feeling socially isolated is also one of the major risk factors for suicide. We found that teens who spent more time than average online and less time than average with friends in person were the most likely to be depressed. Since 2012, that’s what has occurred en masse: Teens have spent less time on activities known to benefit mental health (in-person social interaction) and more time on activities that may harm it (time online).Teens are also sleeping less, and teens who spend more time on their phones are more likely to not be getting enough sleep. Not sleeping enough is a major risk factor for depression, so if smartphones are causing less sleep, that alone could explain why depression and suicide increased so suddenly. All signs point to the screenBecause the years between 2010 to 2015 were a period of steady economic growth and falling unemployment, it’s unlikely that economic malaise was a factor. Income inequality was (and still is) an issue, but it didn’t suddenly appear in the early 2010s: This gap between the rich and poor had been widening for decades. We found that the time teens spent on homework barely budged between 2010 and 2015, effectively ruling out academic pressure as a cause.advertisement Tags mental healthpediatrics Using social media to prevent adolescent suicide Privacy Policy By Jean M. Twenge — The Conversation Nov. 14, 2017 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: Depression and suicide have many causes: Genetic predisposition, family environments, bullying and trauma can all play a role. Some teens would experience mental health problems no matter what era they lived in.But some vulnerable teens who would otherwise not have had mental health issues may have slipped into depression due to too much screen time, not enough face-to-face social interaction, inadequate sleep or a combination of all three.It might be argued that it’s too soon to recommend less screen time, given that the research isn’t completely definitive. However, the downside to limiting screen time — say, to two hours a day or less — is minimal. In contrast, the downside to doing nothing — given the possible consequences of depression and suicide — seems, to me, quite high.It’s not too early to think about limiting screen time; let’s hope it’s not too late.Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at San Diego State University.This article was originally published on The Conversation. [email protected] About the Author Reprints Related: Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. The rise in smartphone use by teens parallels increases in depression, suicide attempts, and suicides in this age group. AP What happened so that so many more teens, in such a short period of time, would feel depressed, attempt suicide and commit suicide? After scouring several large surveys of teens for clues, I found that all of the possibilities traced back to a major change in teens’ lives: the sudden ascendance of the smartphone.last_img read more

BSJ Food Chemistry Lab Receives JANAAC Certification

first_imgAdvertisements BSJ Food Chemistry Lab Receives JANAAC Certification CommerceMay 1, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedSport Conference Opens with Collegiate Forum RelatedJBDC Stages Small Business Conference May 22 Story HighlightsSome 70 markets across the globe have full confidence in Jamaica’s testing systems.The goods certified by a JANAAC accredited laboratory, such as the BSJ Chemistry Lab, will not be held up at the ports in these countries and re-checked. Minister Ffolkes-Abrahams explained that exporters have had their goods re-checked at major ports in other countries where they have to pay for lab analysis and storage.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedInnovators Receive Financial Assistance The country’s testing facilities have gained further international recognition with the recent certification of the food testing chemistry laboratory, at the Bureau of Standards (BSJ), by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC).State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, notes that some 70 markets across the globe have full confidence in Jamaica’s testing systems.“It means that clients who use these facilities can be confident that the results generated by this lab are accurate,” Minister Ffolkes-Abrahams said while addressing a ceremony where the certification document was presented to the BSJ by JANAAC, on Wednesday, April 30, at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in St. Andrew.“This is a significant move forward for the Bureau, and for the country. The goods certified by a JANAAC accredited laboratory, such as the BSJ Chemistry Lab, will not be held up at the ports in these countries and re-checked. This is a green light for our exporters,” the State Minister added.She explained that exporters have had their goods re-checked at major ports in other countries where they have to pay for lab analysis and storage, and also face risk of loosing shelf space in the market of the importing territories.She declared that “by using a laboratory accredited by JANAAC, exporters not only save time, they also save valuable foreign exchange.”The accrediting agency is among 70 countries that are signatories to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC MRA).It has met the requirements to be registered with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and will be carrying out that process shortly.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said JANAAC is enabling Jamaican exporters to overcome potential barriers to international trade, and the need to do testing in other markets.last_img read more

Highlights: Final round of Six Nations

first_imgHighlights: Final round of Six Nations Video published on November 1, 2020 ‘ ‘ Post by Craig Lewis Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. Especially No. 6 Is A Complete Surprise.MoneyMorningPaper|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo ‘ ‘ SumabisThis Is What Happens To Your Body If You Sleep With Socks OnSumabis|SponsoredSponsoredUndo 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Posted in Six Nations, Top headlines, Tournaments, Videos Check out all the highlights from a dramatic final round of Six Nations action that ultimately saw England crowned champions on points difference. BabbelLearning a new language this year? – This app gets you speaking in just 3 weeksBabbel|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Postal Worker Charged After Undelivered Mail Found In Woods

first_img Share Authorities say a former U.S. postal worker is charged with delaying and destroying mail after investigators found about 4,500 pieces of mail in the woods outside Atlanta.Prosecutors say 25-year-old Thomas O. Beaurem of McDonough was indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge. He has pleaded not guilty.Investigators say they found the mail in a wooded area in Decatur, and some pieces of the mail that was dumped had cancellation dates as early as Oct. 5. The Postal Service was first informed of the undelivered mail Oct. 18.Authorities said that some of the correspondence was too badly damaged to deliver, but other mail from the woods has since been delivered.Federal court records do not list any attorney for Beaurem who could be reached for comment on his behalf. For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Add to My List In My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

Guinea: Conducive regulation could unlock green mini-grid market

first_imgSpeaking during the online discussion, Yattara underlined the importance of “rural electrification, as being at the heart of socio-economic development well beyond the energy sector alone.” He notably declared that “capitalising on synergies with other technical and financial partners is essential”. Read more about:Mini-gridsRegulationGuinea The webinar focused on presenting the findings and recommendations of the assessment of the green solar mini-grids market in Guinea. Discussions also focused on the opportunities and challenges for the development of green mini-grids in the country. Emmanuel Boujieka, on behalf of SEFA, recalled that SEFA’s technical assistance to the government of Guinea was developed around five components, one of which relates to improving the country’s regulatory framework in line with all the recommendations of the report of Carbon Trust, in particular questions relating to the mechanism for determining and validating the tariff, and the directives relating to the arrival of the Electricité de Guinée (EDG) network to the green mini-grid concessions.  RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The representative of the African Development Bank in Guinea, Léandre Bassolé, praised the efforts of SEFA in the continuous search for synergies and strategic partnerships with other stakeholders, in particular the World Bank, the European Union, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Green Climate Fund, the African Development Fund and the French Development Agency (AFD), for the mobilisation of the necessary resources for the development of green mini-grids in Guinea. Development of green mini-grids in Guinea The PDM MRV aims to stimulate partnerships and actions by capitalising on opportunities and overcoming the obstacles identified in the rural electrification sector while mobilising expertise and resources from public, private, and civil society.  BRICS The report shows that a regulatory framework conducive to green mini-grids could facilitate access to electricity for around six million people in Guinea, currently without power who would be better served by mini-grids. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA It is important to mobilise the attention of the teams of AGER, EDG and the Regulatory Authority of the Water and Electricity Sector (ARSEE) on these issues like many others, said Boujieka.  AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Read the full report. Finance and Policy The webinar, produced by the Carbon Trust firm as part of the implementation of the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program (PDM MRV), was moderated by the African Development Bank, the Government of the Republic of Guinea through Minister of Energy Bountouraby Yattara and the Guinean Agency for Rural Electrification (AGER) supported by technical assistance from the World Bank. Yattara indicated that the government will ensure that the new framework regulation on electricity in preparation lays the foundations for a coherent and attractive regulatory framework for the development of green mini-grids in Guinea. The African Development Bank, through the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), recently organised a webinar on the assessment report of the green mini-grid market in Guinea. Generation Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter TAGSAFDBGuineamini-gridsregulation Previous articleEskom and SIU sue former executives for funds lost to corruptionNext articleReport: World Bank’s perspective on the African Continental Free Trade Area Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Winter storm cancels hundreds of flights before temperatures plunge

first_imgThis is the snowiest start to winter in Milwaukee and Madison by “virtue of number of days with measurable snowfall,” according to the National Weather Service.As this arctic cold takes aim, 20 states from Colorado to Maine are under winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories.The heaviest snow will be in the Northeast and near the Great Lakes, from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to western Pennsylvania and into northern New England. Some areas could see up to 1 foot of snow. ABC News(NEW YORK) — An early season arctic cold front is barreling through the Midwest Monday morning and is expected to reach the Gulf Coast and the East Coast on Tuesday.Ahead of that cold front was a quick-moving storm which brought accumulating snow to the Midwest and the Rockies, transforming highways into sheets of ice and sending cars veering off roads.In Chicago, the snow has canceled over 600 flights.One plane even slid off the runway due to icy conditions while landing at O’Hare International Airport Monday morning, American Airlines said. No one was hurt, according to the airline. BREAKING: @AmericanAir Flight AA4125 from @flyfrompti to @fly2ohare slides off runway in Chicago this morning. Passengers tell me everyone is OK, deplaned and on buses to terminal. Video: Joseph Lian from Greensboro. @ABC11_WTVD @ABC #ABC11— Andrea Blanford (@AndreaABC11) November 11, 2019 Winter weather advisories & warnings from New Mexico & Colorado into New England. This means snow! Some spots 2-6”, others (in pink) will get lake enhanced 6-12”!!!Raise your hand if you are excited for this hit of snow— Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) November 11, 2019 The coldest morning in the Heartland will be Tuesday morning. Wind chills are forecast to plunge to -4 degrees in Des Moines, -3 degrees in Chicago, 2 degrees in Kansas City and 7 degrees in Memphis.Even Dallas is forecast to reach a wind chill of 15 degrees.The coldest morning for the Southeast and the Northeast will be Wednesday.Wind chills are forecast to fall to -3 degrees in Syracuse, 3 degrees in Boston, 10 degrees in New York City, 24 degrees in New Orleans and 21 degrees in Atlanta.Click here for tips on how to stay safe in the cold. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Senior Manager of Alumni and Corporate Engagement

first_imgSenior Manager of Alumni and Corporate EngagementJob no: 527308Work type: Officer of AdministrationLocation: Eugene, ORCategories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing,Research/Scientific/GrantsDepartment: Knight CampusAppointment Type and Duration: Regular,OngoingSalary: $55,000 – $70,000 per yearCompensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year2020-2021FTE: 1.0Application Review BeginsApril 23, 2021; position open until filledSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsComplete applications will include a cover letter and resume.Department SummaryThe Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact (KnightCampus) is a $1 billion initiative designed to fast-trackscientific discoveries into innovations that improve the quality oflife for people in Oregon, the nation, and beyond. The KnightCampus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon bytraining the next generation of scientists, forging tighter tieswith industry and entrepreneurs, and creating new educationalopportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.The Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program (KCGIP) trainsstudents in the real-world knowledge and skills necessary to besuccessful in the industrial research laboratory – and at theinterview table. The KCGIP provides high-quality, experientialinstruction in market-engaged, applied-science programs andfacilitates student placement in 9-month paid internships inindustrial, national lab and academic settings. The programcurrently has tracks focused in materials science and quantitativelife science.Position SummaryThe Senior Manager of Alumni and Corporate Engagement plays acritical role in the overall success of the KCGIP. With the 1st-and 5th- largest master’s programs in physics and chemistry in thenation, the Senior Manager oversees the cultivation of a largealumni (700+ individuals) and corporate base (800+ individuals) formaterials science-focused tracks. These relationships bring bothshort- and long-term benefits to the KCGIP, Knight Campus, and theUO. The Senior Manager will leverage the multiple facets of thisrole to implement a systems-based approach (which considers howrelationships are connected and influenced by one another) and willsimultaneously grow corporate and alumni relationships whilecontributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiativesand adding value to the broader Knight Campus and UOecosystem.The primary and interconnected areas of this role will be alumniengagement, corporate engagement, and DEI strategic planning.Throughout this work, the Senior Manager will engage with campusstakeholders to identify opportunities for collaboration in each ofthese areas.Responsibilities will include:Corporate Partner Engagement. Develop and execute strategieswhich allow the program to grow and strengthen the number ofengaged corporate partners who host interns or support the programthrough other initiatives. Many corporate partners may also beprogram alumni.Alumni Engagement. Develop and execute strategies that allowthe program to build deep alumni relationships which may beleveraged for multiple facets that benefit the program (e.g.,student recruitment from undergrad institutions, ambassadors withintheir workplace for hiring alumni and interns, identification ofDEI guest speakers).DEI Planning. Ensuring key milestones are met for DEI efforts(e.g., student representation, professional training). Leveragerelationships with corporate partners, alumni, and campusstakeholders to achieve shared goals.Minimum RequirementsBachelor’s degree in communications, public relations,journalism, or physical sciences; OR an equivalent combination ofskills and experience.Five years of experience in relationship management,recruitment, sales, or customer service.Three years of experience in DEI training or outreachinitiatives.Professional CompetenciesDemonstrated knowledge of strategic planning in the area ofrelationship development/growth.Knowledge of best practices in relationshipmanagement.Excellent written and verbal communication skills in bothformal and informal channels; interpersonal and public relationsskills.Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner,recruit and work within a diverse community, and follow alluniversity policies and procedures.Demonstrated organizational, time management, multi-tasking,and planning capabilities.Computer skills including proficiency with Adobe CreativeSuite, Canvas, Microsoft Office Suite, and the ability to learn newsystems quickly.Preferred QualificationsExperience with the design or identification of marketingmaterials targeted at scientific audiences.Three years of experience cultivating industrial relationshipswithin the fields of materials science.FLSA Exempt: YesAll offers of employment are contingent upon successfulcompletion of a background inquiry.The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefitspackage to eligible employees, including health insurance,retirement plans and paid time off. For more information aboutbenefits, visit The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmativeaction institution committed to cultural diversity and compliancewith the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individualsto apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protectedstatus, including veteran and disability status. The University iscommitted to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants andemployees with disabilities. To request an accommodation inconnection with the application process, please contact us [email protected] or 541-346-5112.UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex,national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status,disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity,and gender expression in all programs, activities and employmentpractices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, andpolicies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may bereferred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil RightsCompliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information,related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on thestatement ofnon-discrimination.In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon preparesan annual report on campus security and fire safety programs andservices. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report isavailable online at jeid-fa17b178210f144888e84854a5f7641dcenter_img To apply, visit read more

Air traffic ground to a halt as Kallas announces single sky crackdown

first_imgAround 40% of flights at France’s main airports have been cancelled today (11 June) as air traffic controllers walk off the job in protest of measures announced this afternoon by Siim Kallas, European transport commissioner, to force European Union countries to combine their national airspaces.Under legislation passed in 2004, member states were supposed to complete the combination of Europe’s 27 national airspaces into nine functional blocs by December 2012, however resistance from national air traffic authorities and unions have meant that not a single bloc has yet been created.The Commission believes the original legislation was too weak and has today proposed to revise it to give it more teeth. The revised legislation would confer more powers on Eurocontrol, the international organisation that monitors European air-traffic control. It would also set stricter targets, and give the Commission the mandate to pursue infringement action against member states that do not co-operate. The strike is expected to cause the cancellation of up to 50% of flights to and from French airports between today and Thursday. The unions say the plan would eliminate jobs and the crack-down would divert financial resources at a time when France needs to upgrade its national system.Air traffic controllers in six other EU countries will join the strike action tomorrow (12 June) in a more limited fashion. These include controllers in Hungary, Portugal and Slovakia. But these actions are unlikely to cause a large number of cancellations or delays.The Commission says the combination is needed because the current EU system means planes waste time and money taking illogical routes around countries to avoid incurring many national fees. The United States’ system has to deal with double the number of flights in the same airspace size as the European Union, but does so at half the cost. The US has only one air-traffic control authority, and just a third of the EU’s number of control centres.The Commission estimates that if the situation in Europe persists, congestion costs will increase by around 50% by 2050.last_img read more