UN oversight unit recommends measures to modernize UN Headquarters

In a report to the General Assembly released today, the JIU recommends that the Secretary-General study the feasibility of establishing a building/real estate fund to cover the costs of major repairs, renovation, upgrading and replacement of equipment. The fund could be financed through a mixture of sources, including annual contributions, budgetary surpluses and rental income. According to the report, the inspectors “believe that this is a viable long-term option which ensures the financial basis for preventive building management.”The inspectors also recommend that the UN “take measures aimed at full compliances of its buildings with the local building codes, with a view to ensuring safety, security and a sound working environment in the United Nations Headquarters.” read more

Week In Tech Verizon lures millennials with mobile video LA Philharmonic launches

This undated image provided by Verizon shows a screen shot of a content section of the Go90 app. Verizon is starting a new mobile video service that’s aimed at young people who are increasingly choosing to watch TV on their phones and tablets. Go90, is free and will have ads. It will show live events like NFL football games and concerts and TV shows, including “The Daily Show,” a day after they air on TV. (Verizon via AP) Week In Tech: Verizon lures millennials with mobile video; LA Philharmonic launches VR venture by The Associated Press Posted Sep 8, 2015 1:44 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – VERIZON LURES MILLENNIALSVerizon is starting a new mobile video service that’s aimed at young people who are increasingly choosing to watch TV on their phones and tablets.The service, called Go90, is free and will have ads. It will show live events like NFL football games and concerts and TV shows, including “The Daily Show,” a day after they air on TV. There will also be Web series available.You don’t have to be a Verizon Wireless customer to use Go90, but some content will only be available for Verizon customers. That includes NFL games and shows from media conglomerates Discovery, Scripps and Viacom, including “The Daily Show.”The service is being rolled out this month and is expected to be widely available by the end of the month.Verizon is the country’s largest wireless carrier. The No. 2 carrier, AT&T, is also trying to marry TV and mobile. It bought DirecTV in July for $48.5 billion and has begun offering a package of satellite TV and wireless service that saves customers $10 a month.— Tali Arbel, AP Technology Writer___L.A. PHILHARMONIC GOES VIRTUALThe Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is trying to get more people to experience classical music concerts, almost as if they were there, by putting on a virtual reality headset.As part of “Van Beethoven,” the orchestra is sending a decked-out truck around the L.A. area starting Friday to give locals a bite-sized taste of classical music — Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony — as if they were in the concert hall.Wearing either the Oculus or the Samsung Gear virtual reality headset, listeners can see a 360 degree video of the orchestra as it plays inside L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Besides seeing the audience’s perspective, though, you are taken down to the orchestra floor, so close to conductor Gustavo Dudamel that you can almost reach out and touch him.Virtual reality is a “great opportunity to help people see things they wouldn’t see,” said Amy Seidenwurm, director of digital initiatives at the Philharmonic. For people who have been to the concerts, she added, VR can show new perspectives.The Philharmonic is also launching free virtual reality apps for the headsets.— Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer read more

Harquail family invests to advance mineral exploration research at Laurentian University

first_imgDavid Harquail announced this week that his family foundation is making a C$10 million investment to support Laurentian University’s Department of Earth Sciences and its Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC). The University’s Board of Governors has unanimously decided to honour the Harquail family by renaming the Department of Earth Sciences as the Harquail School of Earth Sciences and associate ongoing MERC efforts with the Harquail name. A celebration of the Harquail family’s generosity will be held in the coming weeks.“Laurentian University is already a global leader in mineral exploration research,” explained David Harquail. “This is a step towards making Laurentian the leading center for mineral exploration research in the world. Laurentian has mining in its DNA with its location next to mines and a cluster of mining related government departments and research agencies on campus. Success will come from the development of new concepts and tools to find the next generation of ore deposits.”An C$8.4 million endowment will be created to support new research chairs, lab equipment and supplies, technical support and scholarships for international PhD students. The balance of C$1.6 million will allow for the immediate recruitment of a Research Chair in Exploration Targeting and other support. “We are immensely grateful to the Harquail family for this transformative gift,” said Dr Douglas Tinkham, Director of the Harquail School of Earth Sciences. “The mining industry’s exploration efforts are at a low ebb and are focused on the near term. The university is committed to the longer term science that could lead to new discoveries. This investment helps us to build the capacity to do that science.”“This research is fundamental because the discovery of ore bodies creates value for all of society,” said Harquail. “Mining companies deliver that value by building and operating the mines. And that value is shared with all levels of government, the First Nations and the overall economy through the multiplier effect. None of this can happen without that initial discovery.”“Canada disproportionately benefits from its entrepreneurial strength in global mineral exploration. Even discoveries outside of Canada contribute to the well-being of Canadians. Canada’s resource entrepreneurs have been among the most generous philanthropists in this country benefiting many universities, hospitals and other institutions,” added Harquail.The Harquail School of Earth Sciences is the fourth school in less than five years renamed in recognition of eight-figure private gifts at Laurentian University from Canadian resource entrepreneurs, following the Bharti School of Engineering, the Goodman School of Mines and the McEwen School of Architecture. “This investment from the Harquail family is an exceptional gesture of support for our faculty, staff and students in Earth Sciences, and we believe it is also a testament to the momentum and growing national recognition of our university,” said Laurentian President and Vice-Chancellor Dominic Giroux.last_img read more