“We believe that this kind of partnership can bolster the education sector for businesses and widen the spectrum of professional development by giving corporates access to cutting-edge content,” declared Mihai Popoaca, President of WorldatWork. “It is a pleasure for us to partner with Informa Connect Middle East. This initiative comes within our commitment to serving the MENA region's HR community and providing them with the most sought-after training solutions. We believe that this partnership will further push regional talent ahead of their game.”
Shabnam Rawal, Managing Director of Informa Connect Middle East, reiterated the importance of learning solutions in the business world, noting that “Our partnership with WorldatWork amplifies our commitment to delivering the best executive education for professionals in the Middle East and North Africa. Providing WorldatWork training in Dubai will facilitate access to a comprehensive portfolio of rewards programs allowing HR professionals to master competencies and knowledge that will benefit the companies they work for.”
Highlighting the rewards focused training and development needs in the region, Dipti Rane, co-CEO of Talent at Work, mentioned, “Since the launch of WorldatWork MENA, we have seen tremendous demand from organizations and individuals seeking professional development in this very critical field. This next step of making global certifications of GRP and CCP accessible to the region through Informa propels our mission of expanding, evolving, and fast-tracking the learning needs of professionals.”
WorldatWork and Informa Connect Middle East will soon announce the new in-person schedule of training courses for the recognized certifications.
The International Nuclear Information System (INIS) hosts one of the world's largest collections of published information on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. INIS is a unique and valuable information resource, offering global coverage of nuclear literature.
The INIS Repository contains bibliographic references and full-text documents of conventional and non-conventional literature, including scientific and technical reports, conference proceedings, patents and theses.
It covers all areas of IAEA’s activities, including nuclear engineering and technology, nuclear safety and radiation protection, safeguards and non-proliferation, applications of nuclear and isotope techniques, nuclear and high energy physics, nuclear and radiation chemistry, nuclear applications in life sciences, legal aspects, and environmental and economic aspects of nuclear and non-nuclear energy sources.
INIS maintains a multilingual thesaurus in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, providing translations of thousands of technical terms that help with navigating and searching the collection.
INIS was established in 1970 in line with the IAEA's mandate "to foster the exchange of scientific and technical information on peaceful uses of atomic energy". It is operated by the IAEA in collaboration with over 130 countries.
INIS assists its Member States in building their nuclear information capacities through its eLearning courses and training events. INIS training seminars are generally held every other year in Vienna, covering all aspects of INIS operations, including selection criteria, abstracting, descriptive cataloguing, indexing, retrieval, marketing and promotion. The courses provide comprehensive instructions about input preparation and use of the INIS repository.
Through the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Programme, INIS helps countries build and expand their nuclear information capacities, such as providing technical assistance in organizing their institutional digital repositories.
Although sources of vitamin D might be scarce, it’s vital we get enough of this nutrient. Often known as the sunshine vitamin, the primary source of vitamin D is actually the sun itself. But why do we need vitamin D?
Dietitian Helen Bond explains that vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which is stored in the body. “It is well known for its role in building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth,” she says. “That’s because vitamin D helps the body to absorb and use the minerals calcium and phosphorus. This essential nutrient also promotes healthy muscle function and helps support the immune system.”
There’s also research to suggest that adequate levels of vitamin D can support our mood and help avoid or overcome depression. Because of the sun being a key source of vitamin D, it does mean that in many countries it can be hard to obtain enough vitamin D to hit adequate intakes. Darker months, where the sun rises later and sets earlier, can prevent much of the population from getting enough sunlight on their skin. Or, perhaps the sun isn’t strong enough.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (opens in new tab) (RDA) for adults is 15 micrograms (µg) daily for men and women, and for adults over 70 it rises to 20 µg daily.
“National dietary surveys reveal that adults only get around 2.9 µg a day, on average from food, while children and teenagers get around 2.3 µg a day,” says Bond.
There are studies (opens in new tab) that link vitamin D deficiency with cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, to name a few. So it’s important we get enough of this vitamin. Bond says that there are only a few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, so make sure to add these to your diet to reap the benefits of this vitamin.
Bond explains that vitamin D is dubbed the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because most of the vitamin D we get is made when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from sunlight, during the months of April to September.
“Outside these months, sunshine does not provide enough UVB rays needed to make significant amounts of vitamin D in the skin – even if it is a sunny day. Therefore, it’s recommended that during the autumn and winter months, adults should eat foods rich in vitamin D and take a daily supplement containing at least 10 μg of vitamin D,” says Bond.
Helen Bond is a registered dietitian. She has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, having incorporated six months studying dietetics and applied biology at the Universite des Science et Technologies in Lille, France. In 2000, she started her own business and took on the position of consultant dietitian.
The humble mushroom, when exposed to UV light – either by sunlight or a UV lamp – can produce a healthy amount of vitamin D, according to research published in Nutrients (opens in new tab) journal. In fact, 100g of mushrooms, if eaten before the best before date, can provide 10 μg of vitamin D. This is two thirds of the RDA for adults, making it a useful dietary addition for ensuring adequate vitamin D.
Mushrooms also contain other goodness including various B vitamins, which can support the health of our hearts, as well as supporting our nervous system. Some B vitamins also help the body break down and use energy from food.
Bond says that oily fish like salmon, fresh tuna, trout, mackerel and sardines are useful sources of vitamin D. A 100g portion of sardines in sunflower oil contains around 3.6 µg; just under a quarter of the RDA of vitamin D for adults.
Meanwhile, a medium portion of kippers (130g) packs in an impressive 13.1 µg of vitamin D, while one portion of grilled mackerel (160g) contains a similar amount at 13.6 µg. Both of these are close to the RDA for adults. Added to this, just two teaspoons of cod liver oil contains 5 µg; one third of the RDA for adults.
These oily fish also contain healthy levels of omega-3, a nutrient that’s been shown to reduce inflammation.
Bond says that one medium egg, weighing around 58g, contains about 1.9 µg of vitamin D. This is just under 20% of an adult’s RDA of vitamin D.
There’s been debate over eggs and their potential to raise cholesterol levels as they do contain cholesterol. However, there’s research (opens in new tab) to suggest that eggs can in fact help lower the risk of heart disease. The golden center of the egg also contains other nutrients. Protein, needed for the body to grow and repair, can be found in egg yolks, as well as biotin. Biotin is also known as vitamin B7 and is needed in small amounts to help the body make fatty acids.
Offal includes kidney and liver; foods which many of us may neglect. In fact, 100g of fried lamb’s liver contains 0.9 µg of vitamin D. This is less than 10% of an adult’s RDA of vitamin D, so it’s important to also ensure you’re getting vitamin D from other sources, too.
Bond says that offal-based foods also contain vitamin A. Vitamin A is needed to help the immune system work properly, plus it helps vision in dim light and keeps skin healthy.
Many foods now are fortified with vitamin D. This isn’t just useful for the general population, but also vegetarians and vegans who may not eat animal-based foods.
“Vitamin D is added to some breakfast cereals, fresh fruit juices, milk alternatives [check labels] and margarines,” says Bond.
These foods also contain other nutrients. Fruit juice, for example, contains vitamin C, which is good for immune health, although it’s best to opt for no-added sugar varieties as fruit juice already contains sugar from the fruits.
Cereals will often contain fiber too, which is vital for a healthy digestion. Cow’s milk is also often fortified with vitamin D, but do check labels to be sure.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to offer medical advice.
Google Cloud has ambitions to build what it says will be the most open, extensible and powerful data cloud of all, as part of its mission to ensure customers can make use of all of their data, from any source, no matter where it is or what format it’s in.
Google announced this “data cloud” vision today at Google Cloud Next 2022, where it introduced an avalanche of updates to its existing data services, as well as some new ones. The new updates are all designed to make this vision of an open and extensible data cloud a reality.
“Every company is a big-data company now,” Gerrit Kazmaier, vice president and general manager of Data Analytics at Google Cloud, told SiliconANGLE in an interview. “This is a call for a data ecosystem. It will be a key underpinning of the modern enterprise.”
One of the first steps in fulfilling that vision is to ensure that customers can indeed make use of all of their data. To that end, Google’s data warehouse service BigQuery has gained the ability to analyze unstructured streaming data for the first time.
BigQuery can now ingest every kind of data, regardless of its storage format or environment. Google said that’s vital because most teams today can only work with structured data from operational databases and applications such as ServiceNow, Salesforce, Workday and so on.
But unstructured data, such as video from television archives, audio from call centers and radio, paper documents and so on account for more than 90% of all information available to organizations today. This data, which was previously left gathering dust, can now be analyzed in BigQuery and used to power services such as machine learning, speech recognition, translation, text processing and data analytics via a familiar Structured Query Language interface.
It’s a big step but by far not the only one. To further its aims, Google says, it’s adding support for major data formats such as Apache Iceberg, Delta Lake and Apache Hudi in its BigLake storage engine. “By supporting these widely adopted data formats, we can help eliminate barriers that prevent organizations from getting the full value from their data,” said Kazmaier. “With BigLake, you get the ability to manage data across multiple clouds. We’ll meet you where you are.”
Meanwhile, BigQuery gets a new integration with Apache Spark that will enable data scientists to Strengthen data processing times significantly. Datastream is being integrated with BigQuery too, in a move that will enable customers to more effectively replicate data from sources such as AlloyDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL and other third-party databases such as Oracle.
To ensure users have greater confidence in their data, Google said, it’s expanding the capabilities of its Dataplex service, giving it the ability to automate processes associated with improving data quality and lineage. “For instance, users will now be able to more easily understand data lineage — where data originates and how it has transformed and moved over time — reducing the need for manual, time-consuming processes,” Kazmaier said.
Making data more accessible is one thing, but customers also need to be able to work with that data. To that end, Google said it will unify its portfolio of business intelligence tools under the Looker umbrella. Looker will be integrated with Data Studio and other core BI tools to simplify how people can get insights from their data.
As part of the integration, Data Studio is being rebranded as Looker Studio, helping customers to go beyond looking at dashboards by infusing their workflows and applications with ready-made intelligence to aid in data-driven decision-making, Google said. Looker will, for example, be integrated with Google Workspace, providing easier access to insights from within productivity tools such as Sheets.
In addition, Google said, it will make it simpler for customers to work with the BI tools of their choice. Looker already integrates with Tableau Software for example, and soon it will do the same with Microsoft Power BI.
One of the most common use cases for data today is powering AI services — one area where Google is a clear leader. It’s not planning on letting go of that lead anytime soon, either. In an effort to make AI-based computer vision and image recognition more accessible, Google is launching a new service called Vertex AI Vision.
The service extends the capabilities of Vertex AI, providing an end-to-end application development environment for ingesting, analyzing and storing visual data. So users will be able to stream video from manufacturing plants to create AI models that can Strengthen safety, or else take video footage from store shelves to better manage product inventory, Google said.
“Vertex AI Vision can reduce the time to create computer vision applications from weeks to hours at one-tenth the cost of current offerings,” Kazmaier explained. “To achieve these efficiencies, Vertex AI Vision provides an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface and a library of pre-trained ML models for common tasks such as occupancy counting, product recognition and object detection.”
For less technical users, Google is introducing more “AI agents,” which are tools that make it easy for anyone to apply AI models to common business tasks, making the technology accessible to almost anyone.
The new AI Agents include Translation Hub, which enables self-service document translation with support for an impressive 135 languages at launch. Translation Hub incorporates technologies such as Google’s Neural Machine Translation and AutoML and works by ingesting and translating content from multiple document types, including Google Docs, Word documents, Slides and PDF. Not only does it preserve the exact layout and formatting, but it also comes with granular management controls including support for post-editing human-in-the-loop feedback and document review.
Using Translation Hub, researchers would be able to share important documents with their colleagues across the world, while goods and services providers will be able to reach underserved markets. Moreover, Google said, public sector administrators can reach more community members in their native language.
A second new AI agent is Document AI Workbench, which makes it easier to build custom document parsers that can be trained to extract and summarize key information from large documents. “Document AI Workbench can remove the barriers around building custom document parsers, helping organizations extract fields of interest that are specific to their business needs,” said June Yang, vice president of cloud AI and industry solutions.
Google also introduced Document AI Warehouse, which is designed to eliminate the challenge of tagging and extracting data from documents.
Finally, Google said it’s expanding its integrations with some of the most popular enterprise data platforms to make sure information stored within them is also accessible to its customers.
Kazmaier explained that providing customers with the flexibility to work across any data platform is critical to ensure choice and prevent data lock-in. With that in mind, he said, Google is committed to working with all major enterprise data platform providers, including the likes of Collibra NV, Databricks Inc., Elastic NV, FiveTran Inc., MongoDB Inc., Reltio Inc. and Strimm Ltd., to ensure its tools work with their products.
David Meyer, senior vice president of product management at Databricks, told SiliconANGLE in an interview that the company has been working with Google for about two years on BigQuery supporting Databricks’ Delta Lake, following similar work with Amazon Web Services Inc. and Microsoft Corp.’s Azure.
“Making it so you don’t have to move the data out of your data lake reduces the cost and complexity,” Meyer said. “We see this as an inflection point.” Even so, he added, this is just the start of work with Google Cloud, and the two companies will be working on solving other challenges, such as joint governance efforts.
Kazmaier said the company is also working with the 17 members of the Data Cloud Alliance to promote open standards and interoperability in the data industry. It’s also continuing support for open-source database engines such as MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL and Redis, as well as Google Cloud databases such as AlloyDB for PostgreSQL, Cloud Bigtable, Firestore and Cloud Spanner.
With reporting from Robert Hof
Ushering into a sustainable future, CSMIA witnessed a rise in natural energy procurement with 57 per cent green consumption in April 2022 to a whopping 98 per cent between May to July. And, finally attained the 100 per cent utilisation of renewable sources of energy in August 2022, said a CSMIA spokesperson.
The spokesperson said that the airport is committed to continuous reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint through various initiatives. Moreover, CSMIA initially undertook the measure of installing a 1.06MW rooftop solar power plant, which the airport eventually strengthened to 4.66 MW.
CSMIA was the first in India to launch hybrid technology which solely runs on green energy since April 2022, thus enabling a highly efficient and low carbon future for aviation. This sustainable initiative undertaken by CSMIA is part of the airport's efforts that reduce its carbon footprint which propels its journey towards 'Net Zero' emissions, the spokesperson added.CSMIA implemented a Carbon Accounting and Management System (CAMS) based on ISO 14064-1:2018 to identify, measure & manage GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions. CSMIA is the first Indian airport to have participated in Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program of Airports Council International (ACI) in 2012.
Speaking on the occasion, CSMIA's spokesperson said, "We are extremely delighted to achieve this key milestone in our journey towards attaining a sustainable future for CSMIA. The diligent efforts of the airport in undertaking several thoughtful initiatives have paved the way to achieve this feat. As CSMIA aspires to become net-zero by 2029, this landmark event further encourages us to stay committed to our efforts in enhancing the operational efficiency of the airport while operating on fully renewable energy".
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Before COVID-19 crippled global aviation, the Asia-Pacific region dominated the list of the busiest international flight routes.
Eight of the top 10 busiest routes by scheduled seats flew into the region, according to travel data firm OAG. The route between Taiwan and the financial hub of Hong Kong was the busiest, with nearly 8 million seats a year.
However, as global aviation continues to bounce back, the makeup of the world's busiest routes looks very different.
Asia-Pacific carriers have had their ability to bounce back hampered by the generally slower pace at which the governments in the region have loosened strict pandemic travel restrictions.
At the same time, ambitious plans by governments like those in Saudi Arabia, whose Vision 2030 wants to increase the flow of passengers into the country over the next decade, have seen routes in the Middle East gain ground.
According to OAG's latest Busiest Routes report, here are the 10 busiest airline routes over the past 12 months, based on the number of seats scheduled, as of September 2022. It features two US routes.
OAG also keeps a record of the world's 10 longest flights by miles. At 9,527 miles, New York to Singapore is currently the longest route in the world, as of September 2022.
SINGAPORE/HANOI, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Vietnam is preparing new rules to limit which social media accounts can post news-related content, three people familiar with the matter said, as authorities tighten their control over news and information sources in the country.
The rules, expected to be announced by the year-end and with details yet to be hammered out, would establish a legal basis for controlling news dissemination on platforms like Facebook and YouTube while placing a significant moderation burden on platform providers, two of the sources added.
The sources asked not to be identified, as discussions about the new rules remain confidential.
Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications and Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
"The government wants to fix what it sees as the 'news-lisation' of social media," said one source familiar with the talks. "News-lisation", or báo hoá, is a term used by the authorities to describe the misleading of users into thinking that social media accounts are authorised news outlets.
Government officials have been holding confidential meetings with popular social media and internet firms to brief them on which types of accounts will be allowed to post news content under the new rules, according to the sources.
Authorities would be able to order social media companies to ban accounts that break those rules, they said.
Vietnam's ruling Communist Party already maintains tight media censorship and tolerates little dissent, with one of the world's most stringent internet regimes and national guidelines on social media behaviour.
Two sources with direct knowledge told Reuters that more rules on internet and social media platforms would be introduced around the fourth quarter of 2022 to early 2023.
As tech-savvy young Vietnamese increasingly turn to social media for information, those platforms have become a target for government efforts to restrict the flow of news from unauthorised sources.
Vietnam is a top-10 market globally for Facebook with 60 million to 70 million users, according to 2021 data, and sources familiar with the matter said it generates around $1 billion in annual revenue for the company – surpassing France.
YouTube has 60 million users in Vietnam and TikTok has 20 million, according to 2021 government estimates, although Twitter remains a relatively small player.
Meta Platforms Inc (META.O), owner of Facebook, and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) declined to comment. Alphabet Inc's Google and YouTube did not respond to requests for comment. TikTok said in a statement that it addresses content violations based on applicable laws and with adherence to its guidelines, but did not comment on pending Vietnam regulations.
The Vietnamese government had adopted in July a set of non-binding guidelines on what qualifies as news outlets, including criteria to distinguish "real" and "fake" news outlets, warning that some social networking sites include accounts that mislead users into thinking they are newspapers.
Those guidelines are expected to be incorporated into the new rules, which will be binding.
The authorities are also expected to implement new rules that would require social media platforms to immediately take down content deemed to harm national security, and to remove illegal content within 24 hours, sources familiar with the matter said.
Sources told Reuters in April that the new rules, which were originally planned for July, reflected the government's dissatisfaction with social media platforms' take-down rates. read more
This will be done through amendments to the country's main internet law.
Vietnam in August also issued a new regulation, due to come into effect from October, that will require technology firms to store users' data locally and to set up local offices.
Reporting by Fanny Potkin in Singapore and Phuong Nguyen in Hanoi; Editing by Edmund Klamann
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As the NFL hopefully goes back to square one and reviews its concussion policies and protocols from top to bottom and back again, there’s one very important reality that always needs to be remembered. The player is not a reliable source of information as to the true state of the condition of his brain.
Virtually every NFL player wants to keep playing. Virtually every player will accept the risk of a second concussion after suffering (or potentially suffering) a first concussion. Only a small handful of players have the luxury of voluntarily sitting down and letting their backups play.
Tua Tagovailoa is not a player who can comfortably step aside for his own good and watch his understudy take the field. He knows that it’s a critical season for him. He must answer questions both about ability and availability. So if, for example, he has gross motor instability against the Bills on Sunday, of course he’s going to say it was his back, or anything other than his head.
He’ll say what he has to say to get back on the field. He wants to get back on the field, like most players do.
That’s why nothing from the player ever should be taken with anything more than the smallest grain of salt. That’s why everything from the player needs to be viewed skeptically.
And that means everything. In 2011, Peyton Manning said that he deliberately tanked the baseline cognitive test so that it would be easier to pass it if a head injury left him cognitively impaired.
“They have these new [brain] tests we have to take,” Peyton said at the time. “Before the season, you have to look at 20 pictures and turn the paper over and then try to draw those 20 pictures. And they do it with words, too. Twenty words, you flip it over, and try to write those 20 words. Then, after a concussion, you take the same test and if you do worse than you did on the first test, you can’t play. So I just try to do badly on the first test.”
Manning, after the shit hit the fan, claimed he was joking.
“Not true; I wouldn’t do that,” Manning said. “I understand the seriousness of concussions. Our job was to be entertaining to the crowd. Got some laughs out of it, but it was really unfortunate.”
But was it really a joke? And wouldn’t it make sense for football players who are wired to play football to try to rig the system so that they can keep playing?
While it’s unclear what the NFL can do to account for the clear temptation to blow the baseline testing, it’s another factor that perhaps shouldn’t be given significant weight in the overall concussion protocol. There ultimately needs to be a more reliable and objective way to clear players to play, one that does not rely on any information that comes from the player — either after he suffers a potential head injury or weeks if not months earlier.
The solution may not be simple. But it’s impossible to ignore that the natural inclination to play will affect any and all information that comes from the player, since the player simply wants to play.
Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Informa Connect Middle East and WorldatWork on March 29, in Dubai, the two organisations have now entered a first-of-its-kind partnership in the region to provide in-class learning solutions to individuals and organisations in the MENA region – a partnership supported and orchestrated by talent at Work.
This partnership positions Informa Connect Middle East as the first global education partner in the MENA region; and as part of this, Informa Connect Middle East will be providing WorldatWork certifications through in-person classes in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, allowing professionals in the compensations and benefits to grow their career and position themselves as leaders in the rewards field. Delegates have the opportunity to earn two highly sought-after certifications through Informa Connect Middle East, WorldatWork’s Global Remuneration Professional (GRPâ) and Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), through in-person classes that are available in both English and Arabic.
“We believe that this kind of partnership can bolster the education sector for businesses and widen the spectrum of professional development by giving corporates access to cutting-edge content,” said Mihai Popoaca, president of WorldatWork. “It is a pleasure for us to partner with Informa Connect Middle East. This initiative comes within our commitment to serving the MENA region's HR community and providing them with the most sought-after training solutions. We believe that this partnership will further push regional talent ahead of their game.”
Shabnam Rawal, managing director of Informa Connect Middle East, reiterated the importance of learning solutions in the business world, noting that: “Our partnership with WorldatWork amplifies our commitment to delivering the best executive education for professionals in the Middle East and North Africa. Providing WorldatWork training in Dubai will facilitate access to a comprehensive portfolio of rewards programs allowing HR professionals to master competencies and knowledge that will benefit the companies they work for.”
Highlighting the Rewards focused training and development needs in the region, Dipti Rane, co-CEO of Talent at Work, mentioned: “Since the launch of WorldatWork MENA, we have seen tremendous demand from organisations and individuals seeking professional development in this very critical field. This next step of making global certifications of GRP and CCP accessible to the region through Informa propels our mission of expanding, evolving, and fast-tracking the learning needs of professionals.”
WorldatWork and Informa Connect Middle East will soon announce the new in-person schedule of training courses for the recognised certifications.