Winnipeg mural festival teams up Indigenous artists with local youth

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsPublic art has the ability to inspire, educate and bring together communities.One Indigenous artist is hoping a new mural in Winnipeg will do just this.Annie Beach, who is Cree and Saulteaux, is designing a large-scale mural with the help of community members in the city.Over the next week she’s leading workshops where participants are required to do some self-reflection.“I wanted to base this mural and this workshop on this idea of how place can effect those around you and your individual place when you’re thinking about…the grand scheme of things,” said Beach.“This idea of people, land, animals, plants and how all those things are interconnected.”During the workshops participants create collages, which Beach will then use as references to design the final piece.The project is part of this year’s Wall to Wall Mural and Culture Festival taking place in September and is a mentorship between Beach and local youth.The festival is responsible for more than 50 murals located in the city’s core areas.Many of the murals, like the Star Blanket Project, represent Indigenous cultures.“For both Native and non-Native people it’s important to think about the history of this place and what it means to an individual,” said Beach. “Especially if you’re a settler or newcomer thinking about this history that maybe isn’t as apparent to you as an individual.”Synonym Art Consultation puts on the festival in partnership with other local organizations.The group has teamed up with Studio 393, a youth-led arts studio, to facilitate the workshops with the end goal of engaging local youth.Osani Balkaran, an instructor with Studio 393, said the space allows youth to find a passion.Balkaran himself started attending programming at the studio when he was 12 before eventually working there.“You can see that progression over time when people start coming around often enough,” said Balkaran. “They sort of zone in on one thing…and then you get to see them do really well and take that skill and apply it to different things.”This year’s festival will produce another 15 murals including another mentorship project with First Nations artist Peatr Thomas and youth from Studio 393.Beach’s mural will be placed in the city’s North End.The festival runs from Sept. 1-30.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to arrive in Sri Lanka

It is estimated that the carrier strike group will add approximately 1.54 billion rupees ($10 million USD) to the Sri Lankan economy as the ships purchase supplies and thousands of U.S. sailors come ashore and support local businesses.During the visit, sailors will have opportunities to explore the local community and meet with their counterparts in the Sri Lankan Navy.  While in port, sailors will also work with local non-profit organizations to support community service events at a local hospital, an orphanage, and other sites. “Building our maritime partnership in step with Sri Lanka’s own progress on reconciliation and human rights advances our shared national goals of fostering security and stability,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap.  “I’m delighted that U.S. sailors will have the chance to visit Sri Lanka, meet with its wonderful people, and take part in public service activities at schools, hospitals, and rest homes that will improve the lives of Sri Lankans of all ages,” he added. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka for a planned port visit on October 28.The Carrier Strike Group includes the USS Nimitz, the cruiser USS Princeton, and destroyers USS Howard, USS Shoup, USS Pinckney, and USS Kidd.  The ships are scheduled to depart Colombo on October 31, 2017. Reflecting the growing relationship between the U.S. and Sri Lankan navies, this is the first time an aircraft carrier has visited Sri Lanka since 1985, and follows the recent completion of the inaugural bilateral Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) naval exercise. “There is an excitement among the crew to experience everything Colombo has to offer,” said Rear Admiral Gregory Harris, commander, Carrier Strike Group 11. “There is a sense of adventure and anticipation for this visit since few in the crew have previously been to Sri Lanka.  Our visit will be a great opportunity to enhance our relationship with Sri Lanka through cultural exchanges and other exchanges, relationships that I suspect will last long after we depart.”The USS Nimitz is more than 23 stories high from the keel to the top of the mast and is approximately 333 meters long.  It can accommodate more than 5,000 personnel, with its kitchens providing more than 18,000 meals each day.  It produces 1.5 million liters of fresh water daily and its two barber shops give 1,500 haircuts each week.  The USS Nimitz’s home port is in the state of Washington. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNs Bosnia mission ready to handoff to European Union Security Council told

In an opening briefing this morning on the largest police reform and restructuring operation in UN history, Jacques Paul Klein told the Council that the draw down of the UN International Police Task Force (IPTF) and the gradual build-up of the EU Police Mission (EUPM) had been carefully coordinated, with the first Mission deployment scheduled for 4 November. Mr. Klein welcomed the fact that the EUPM had agreed to give priority to the State Border Service, the State Information and Protection Agency, and the maintenance of effective counter-trafficking measures, and that it intended to take a robust approach to organized crime. As for the recent elections, in which nationalist parties fared well, Mr. Klein stressed, “this is not a time for either pessimism or complacency.” The parties’ strong showing does not mean the peace process will stop, but it does present a more challenging political environment that will require strong intervention and continued commitment by the international community. Nevertheless, for UNMIBH, the elections had been an unqualified success, taking place in conditions of full security, Mr. Klein reported. That achievement built on the impressive record of local police in implementing security plans for minority returns and sensitive public activities such as religious gatherings and sports events. The country also had now a lower general crime rate than many countries in Western Europe, underpinning the largest number of returns of refugees and displaced persons since the war. And it was no longer the principal entry point into Europe for illegal migrants. UNMIBH had been a success and many lessons had been learned, Mr. Klein said. The experience reaffirmed three fundamental points: the introduction of the rule of law in a post-conflict situation was the foundation for democracy, economic progress, and an exit strategy for peacekeepers; reconciliation and healing were impossible if notorious war criminals were not brought to justice; and unstable, dysfunctional societies and the detritus of war could not be allowed to fester unattended, or to be abandoned in midstream. In addition to Mr. Klein, High Representative Paddy Ashdown, the top civilian official responsible for implementing the Dayton peace accords, spoke at today’s open meeting, which also saw the participation of all 15 Council members as well as other interested countries. Video – Security Council meeting read more

Pressurecooker emergency crises get hightech solution from Vancouver startup

Pressure-cooker emergency crises get high-tech solution from Vancouver startup VANCOUVER – When Stanley Cup rioters rained chaos onto Vancouver’s downtown core in June 2011, holes were exposed in the capabilities of police trying to stop looting and arsons.Communication between police was so bad that teams deploying tear gas accidentally dispersed crowds into streets being cleared by other squads. Radios were so faint in the din that many officers relayed messages on foot.It took police over four hours to curb the destruction, which spurred more than three years of investigations and prompted about 1,260 criminal charges. Detectives collected 5,000 hours of digital video that was examined by 50 forensic analysts over two weeks at an Indianapolis laboratory.But the effort, cost and injuries suffered that night could have been minimized had a high-tech solution been available.A technology startup based in Vancouver gathered the findings from police as it pioneered cutting-edge software to address crises.The CommandWear Systems’ platform has been piloted and used by several police and paramedics agencies across Canada since the company was launched in June 2013.“These organizations spend thousands of person-hours and millions of dollars investigating and trying to stitch together what happened. We record everything,” said CEO Mike Morrow, who has worked with emergency responders for 26 years.“What the situation looked like at any time, it’s all there. They can play it back like a movie.”Instant replay is just one feature of the system that pairs a mobile app with a smartphone or smartwatch to receive vibrating text messages and keep track of each emergency responder.Back at the command centre, the officer in charge can watch team members moving as colour-coded dots over a map on a tablet or laptop.The system also records pictures and videos that can be posted to a timeline in real time.“In the past we’ve been doing this with Velcro on a board — you lose a piece of Velcro and you’ve lost some personnel,” said Rene Bernklau, president of the Canadian Association of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Technicians.But that’s not an issue anymore with a system that captures everything digitally, added Bernklau, who teaches international medical teams how to respond to terrorism.“You never lose anybody and you have full recall of the event,” he said. “It’s as simple as wearing a watch and having a cellphone. I think it will become the new norm.”In British Columbia, the RCMP has acquired CommandWear for their emergency response teams.Morrow said the RCMP connected with his company because of two critical incidents: the shooting rampage through Moncton, N.B., in June 2014 that killed three police constables, and the fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa in October 2014.“Now they’re able to know where their team members are to communicate with them to keep them safe,” Morrow said.The system has been used by Vancouver police during summertime fireworks competitions, a tradition that draws 400,000 people to the city’s beaches.Ontario Provincial Police and the Toronto Police Service used it to co-ordinate and track their teams during the 2015 Pan Am Games.The Ottawa Paramedic Service launched the system to comply with new worker-safety legislation, deploying the technology during July’s Canada Day celebrations and the Ottawa marathon.The B.C. Ambulance Service and B.C. Pavilion Corporation used it together during the Grey Cup. The ambulance service also harnessed its power to locate a lost child during the 2014 Santa Claus parade in Vancouver. Photos of the child were circulated immediately to staff throughout the enormous crowds.An event medical services firm called Rockdoc Consulting co-ordinated about 100 staff members mingling with 100,000 concertgoers at the Pemberton Music Festival in July.“Our dispatcher could see, ‘Oh oh, I’ve got team Alpha and Bravo both at the medical tent. Well, I’d better bring Delta over from the far side to the middle so they can respond if there’s another call,’” said RocDoc president and chief medical officer Samuel Gutman.Privacy issues have been raised by watchdogs over police departments’ growing use of body-mounted cameras for officers. Morrow acknowledged CommandWear takes tracking to the next level.But he said the public should consider that they’re already being tracked by Apple and Google through their smartphones.“People need to realize there’s a lot of surveillance around us, and at the end of the day that should make you feel safer. That should not scare you.”Bernklau said that as the technology improves further, it could be used in facilities from daycares centres to old-folks’ homes.“I think this type of technology is going to expand very rapidly,” he said. “Everybody should be paying attention.”— Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 24, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 24, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Its Just No Place for That Raptors Guard Speaks

Speaking on the Game 3 incident Thursday, Lowry said the investor had cursed at him “multiple times” as he shoved the guard. They added that Stevens would not attend any more finals games. A Golden State Warriors investor has been banned immediately after shoving and cursing at Toronto Raptors player Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night. Later, Lowry added of his feelings during the incident, “I was furious, I’m not going to lie.” During the fourth quarter of the game, Lowry dove into the courtside seats as he tried to save a ball as it bounced out of bounds. Stevens shoved the star and was removed from the game thereafter. While he thanked the Warriors and the league for their statements, Lowry believes more should be done. “A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard, and the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league,” the league said in a statement. “As the review of this matter continues, Mr. Stevens will not be permitted to attend NBA games.” The Warriors issued a statement that night. It said in part that the team is “extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct.” He also confirmed Stevens told him to “go f— yourself” The NBA announced the news Thursday, June 6 that GSW executive Mark Stevens is barred for one season and has been fined $500,000 for the caught-on-camera incident. After his banning, Stevens issued a statement apologizing for his actions, noting he takes “full responsibility.” “There’s no room in our game for that,” Lowry told reporters. “I don’t think I could have handled it any better. … Things could have been a lot different if I reacted a different way … or put my hands on him … but the support I’ve gotten from fellow players, the league, is unbelievable.” Stevens’ ban carries through the 2019-2020 NBA season, including the postseason. “This is what happens when you’re sitting courtside,” he explained. “It’s a possibility a guy is trying to make a hustle play.” “He’s not a good look for the ownership group that they have,” he said. “A guy like that showing his true class … he shouldn’t be a part of our league. It’s just no place for that.” “[I] am embarrassed by what transpired,” he said. “What I did was wrong and there is no excuse for it. Mr. Lowry deserves better, and I have reached out today in an attempt to directly apologize to him and other members of the Raptors and Warriors organizations. I’m grateful to those who accepted my calls. “I hope that Mr. Lowry and others impacted by this lapse in judgement understand that the behavior I demonstrated last night does not reflect the person I am or have been throughout my life. I made a mistake and I’m truly sorry,” he added. read more

Trio of Buckeyes earn weekly Big Ten honors

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) breaks a tackle during a game against Northwestern Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThree members of the Ohio State football team claimed individual Big Ten player of the week honors for their performances in the Buckeyes’ 40-30 victory over then-No. 16 Northwestern.The three players who earned honors after the Saturday game were redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby, senior running back Carlos Hyde and freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa.Hyde was named co-offensive player of the week after he sliced through the Northwestern defense on his way to a career-high 168 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. He also caught four passes for 38 yards. Hyde further collected 15 first downs — 12 on the ground and three through the air — and scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Buckeyes with just more than five minutes left.“We didn’t run anything crazy, we stuck to our basic runs and our O-line was having success in our blocks and I was having success in the reads. They were just making it easy for me,” Hyde said after the game.Roby earned special teams player of the week after recording seven tackles on the night, two of which came on special teams. He also blocked the second punt of his Buckeye career, recovering it in the Wildcat end zone for what was OSU’s only touchdown in the first half.“They didn’t block me,” Roby said about the punt block. “I thought they were going to try to block me, but they didn’t, so I just went to go get it.”Bosa had five tackles in the game and sacked Northwestern quarterbacks two times on his way to being named freshman of the week in the conference. He also scored his first career touchdown by recovering a fumble in the end zone on the game’s final play.“They couldn’t really block us throughout that game, so we wanted to bring some heat,” Bosa said.The conference honors mark the fourth week in a row that at least one Buckeye has made the list. Junior quarterback Braxton Miller and freshman punter Cameron Johnston were selected after the team’s win over Wisconsin Sept. 28, redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton received the nod after throwing for six touchdowns against Florida A&M Sept. 21 and also won it the week before along with junior linebacker Ryan Shazier after OSU beat California Sept. 14.The Buckeyes are off this week but are scheduled to return home to take on Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Five children left orphaned after both parents die of bowel cancer

first_imgOmena Ubiaro Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Before his death, Mr Ubiaro recorded a message from his hospice bed thanking everyone for their kindness.“Thank you so much to everyone that’s been supporting myself and my family,” he wrote.“Myself and my five boys, we’ve just lost my wife, they’ve lost a mother, and they’ve also lost their best friend as well.” Kind-hearted strangers have donated almost £40,000 via GoFundMe to help support their children and the funeral arrangements. “It breaks my heart to report that sadly our dear brother Omena has lost his fight to cancer at the early hours of Monday September 4,” wrote family friend Charles Busari.“I would like to offer a heartfelt ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who has contributed so far financially, with prayers and with words of encouragement.“Unfortunately our worst fears have been confirmed and we need your donations now more than ever to support the children. No amount is too small as a little streams make mighty oceans. Thank You.” He added: “I cannot lie. It has been the most toughest thing that a husband and a father has ever had to face.” A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for the family Credit:Family handout  Omena and Makeda Credit:Family handout  center_img Omena Ubiaro and Makeda Ubiar Omena Ubiaro died after a battle with cancer Credit:Family Handout gofundme  Tributes have been paid to the couple, who met at a college in south London, with one posting: “This is heartbreaking. Rest in Peace Omena.”Another wrote: “So sad to receive the call and hear that you have also passed dear Omena. May you Omena and Makeda rest in perfect peace. You showed the world what love was until the very end.”Heartbroken son captures couple’s final goodbye after double tragedy  Donations have poured in for five children who lost both their parents to bowel cancer just weeks apart.Omena Ubiaro, 38, died at a hospice in Wolverhampton on September 4 following a three-year battle with the disease.The grieving father lost his 38-year-old wife Makeda to the same disease on July 29, with the couple leaving behind five sons, aged seven to 19.last_img read more

Successful expansion at Tanami gold mine Australia

first_imgNewmont Mining Corp has reached commercial production at the Tanami Expansion Project, which will increase profitable gold production and support ongoing exploration and development of Tanami’s prospective underground resource. The expansion included building a second decline in the underground mine and incremental capacity in the processing plant. It adds profitable production and extends mine lifeThe project achieved commercial production safely and on schedule for the approved $120 million development capital investment. The expansion is expected to increase Tanami’s annual gold production by 80,000 oz/y to between 425,000 and 475,000 oz/y of gold, lower all-in sustaining costs to between $700 and $750/oz, and extend mine life by three years. This expansion also creates a platform for further growth and studies to develop a second expansion are underway. “Tanami’s team has more than doubled gold production while cutting costs by about two-thirds and significantly improving resource confidence since 2012. The expansion project continues this trajectory, offering robust returns of 35 percent at a $1,200 gold price,” said Gary Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The team also delivered this project safely and on schedule despite a one-month delay caused by record rainfall in the first quarter.” The second decline was completed in mid-2016, enabling a step change in mining rates – which ramp up to 2.6 Mt/y – and opening new avenues for exploration drilling. Since that time, Tanami’s team has improved mine ventilation to support further growth, and increased mine development rates through drilling efficiency gains. The processing plant expansion included adding a ball mill, thickener and gravity circuit to improve recoveries and expanding mill capacity from 2.3 to 2.6 Mt/y. The mill reached commercial production by achieving sustained throughput, mill availability and grind size results in late August. Newmont has a strong track record for profitable project development. Over the past three years, it has built new mines at Merian and Long Canyon and delivered profitable expansions at Tanami and Cripple Creek & Victor. The company will complete an expansion at Northwest Exodus next year, and in 2017, announced three more expansion projects to improve profitability and extend mine life at Ahafo and Twin Creeks.last_img read more

SEHA BEST 7 FOR OCTOBER DECIDED Dvorsek best coach

← Previous Story Golden League Day 2: Denmark beat Croatia – France win against Norway Next Story → Czech Republic draw and win against Serbia! Second month of playing SEHA GSS league is behind us. Things that have marked it are surely Tatran Prešov’s wins against Vardar and Metalurg in Skopje which have helped Zagreb to return back on league’s top after winning two great matches against Tatran and Vardar and losing one to Meshkov. On the other side, NEXE has by winning a point in Skopje against Metalurg, probably made the biggest surprise in this year’s SEHA league. SEHA’s PRESS team has picked ‘Best 7’ and interesting is the fact that it has 2 players who were also in in the September’s choosing. Those are Tatran’s right winger Urban and Vardar’s left winger Dibirov.GoalkeeperJakub Krupa (Tatran)Made the best he could out of time on Tatran’s goal he got after Verkić’s injury.Left wingTimur Dibirov (Vardar)Easiness of playing and scoring is, again, meking him the biggest star of the league.Right wingTomas Urban (Tatran)Great comeback for him this season. Tatran is surely more dangerous with him on court.PivotMarin Sakić (Nexe)NEXE is playing well and Mrđenović has in former Zamet’s player got great and efficient associate on the 6-meter line.Left backStipe Mandalinić (CO Zagreb)Great Zagreb’s shooter was almost perfect against Tatran, Vojvodina and Vardar which maybe even makes him the best player of the month.Middle backŽarko Pejović (Tatran)Last year defensive player, this year dangerous attacker. Great discovery and refreshment from coach Hatalcik.Right backŠime Ivić (Nexe)Croatian junior national team player is playing better each game and has continuity of good games which, as we can see, is making NEXE more better too.CoachBoris Dvoršek (CO Zagreb)Zagreb is the leading team of the SEHA league and has, by all injuries, made a great job which means Dvoršek made a really good team. gazprom handballhandballhandball leagueseha gazprom handball leagueSEHA handball read more

Beautifully minimalist ceramic stereo finds a use for NFC

first_imgThe venerable stereo has been supplanted by an assortment of smartphones, media players, and wireless speakers. There is no denying that the convenience of having nearly unlimited media at your fingertips is a big win, but don’t you wish the audio experience was a little more sophisticated sometimes? Enter the ceramic stereo.The ceramic stereo is an art project by design student and Londoner Victor Johansson. So to get this out of the way — no, you can’t buy it. That’s a bummer, because plenty of folks are going to see the appeal. The ceramic speaker takes its inspiration from a key bowl where one might toss keys when returning home. The speaker is the same thing, but for a phone. The obvious difference is that the speaker will play music when the phone is placed in certain spots.The entire device is handmade, with a glazed ceramic surround that encases the white oak central platform. Beneath the lovely exterior is a mass of cables and wires that control the functionality. Johansson spent quite a while designing the interior to hold all the necessary sensors and electronics, while still making room for the speaker to do its thing.The phone’s position is detected with NFC pads under the surface. By sliding the phone to one of the three active positions, you trigger an action. You can play, pause, and turn on the radio. A text indicator pops up in the fabric ring around the perimeter when each action is detected.This project isn’t just about making a pretty speaker, but about showing how the media on a device can be accessed in a more graspable way. Most Bluetooth speakers have complicated pairing routines, as well as a doubling of volume and playback controls. The ceramic speaker makes everything simple — limited, but simple.An ideal consumer version of this product might add wireless charging to the mix, but for now this is just a proof-of-concept. You can check out the full build process on Johansson’s site.last_img read more

Final Fantasy Composer Discusses Series Iconic Theme Song

first_img New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Remake Trailer Puts Us on Cloud Nine‘Final Fantasy XIV’ and ‘Masters of Doom’ Are Yo… The Final Fantasy theme has become one of the most recognizable pieces of video game music ever heard. Even gamers who have never played Final Fantasy will know it. It is because of this theme (and many others) that series composer Nobou Uematsu has become a legend among fans. How did this song come to be, and what inspired it? A newly released video answers some of these burning questions.The Final Fantasy theme traces its origins to the very first game in the series. Back then, it wasn’t meant to be the main theme. It was simply the intro music which played during the title screen. Uematsu explains that to him, it was merely just intro music he came up with. However, the rest of the Final Fantasy staff loved it so much, they asked it be brought back in Final Fantasy III. After that, it became a series staple and eventually the main theme.Make sure to enable closed captioning before watching the video below.Despite being so iconic, Uematsu explains that he didn’t have any problems creating the theme. He feels the track flows nicely and that it reflects a certain part of his character. He believes the song sums up the universe of Final Fantasy in its entirety. The main theme underwent several iterations as technology progressed. With each version, Uematsu added more to it to take advantage of what each platform was capable of at the time. After the version heard in Final Fantasy VIII, he feels the song is complete.Beyond explaining how the Final Fantasy theme came into existence, the video has another purpose. Fans of the series are encouraged to create their own interpretation of the legendary theme. These remixes will be used for an upcoming Final Fantasy 30th anniversary fan video. Those who are interested can follow this link. Nobuo Uematsu will be listening to entries, so if you’re going to try your hand at this, make the man proud by creating a truly memorable rendition of the theme.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Iraqi parliament legalizes will regulate militias

first_imgBAGHDAD — Rekindling sectarian rivalries at a sensitive time, Iraq’s parliament voted Saturday to fully legalize state-sanctioned militias — the most powerful of which are Shiite and long accused of abuses against minority Sunnis — adopting legislation that promoted them to a government force empowered to “deter” security and terror threats facing the country, like the Islamic State group.The legislation, supported by 208 of the chamber’s 327 members, was quickly rejected by Sunni Arab politicians and lawmakers as proof of the “dictatorship” of the country’s Shiite majority and evidence of its failure to honor promises of inclusion.“The majority does not have the right to determine the fate of everyone else,” Osama al-Nujaifi, one of Iraq’s three vice presidents and a senior Sunni politician, told reporters after the vote, which was boycotted by many Sunni lawmakers.“There should be genuine political inclusion. This law must be revised.”Another Sunni politician, legislator Ahmed al-Masary, said the law cast doubt on the participation in the political process by all of Iraq’s religious and ethnic factions.“The legislation aborts nation-building,” he said, adding that it would pave the way for a dangerous parallel to the military and police.A spokesman for one of the larger Shiite militias welcomed the legislation as a well-deserved victory. “Those who reject it are engaging in political bargaining,” said Jaafar al-Husseini of the Hezbollah Brigades.last_img read more

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis Sings praises at Nottage Funeral

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 14th 2017: Prime Minister Dr.Hubert Minnis says he owes his survival in the arena of politics to the late Former Minister, Dr.Bernard Nottage. In delivering remarks at the Funeral Service for Dr. Nottage at the St.Agnes Church, Dr.Minnis, also a trained Gynaecologist like Dr.Nottage, recalled his mentorship words of advice during his entry into politics in the 1980s, to treat with every situation as a ‘medical complication’. The Prime Minister in his remarks fondly called him ‘BJ’ described Dr.Nottage as a man passionate about his portfolios and always burnt the midnight oil at his ministries. Prime Minister Minnis added that ‘BJ’ “counted both parties PLP and the FNM as close friends, and though they sparred in the arena, they were colleagues and friends who respected each other, who agreed to disagree on policy matters”. He says Dr.Nottage’s contributions span more than politics, as a sportsman, he ensured bringing the first CARIFTA games to The Bahamas.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister thanked Dr.Nottage’s wife, Portia for her support she lent Dr.Nottage over the years, describing her as the wind beneath his wings.Dr.Nottage held the portfolio as Minister of National Security during the PLP’s tenure in office from 2012-2017. He was 71 years of age upon his passing.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Washington higher ed panel Budget a disaster

first_imgSALMON CREEK — Forget, for a moment, competition with China or India.In the critical battle to raise a well-educated work force and create jobs, Washington state is losing ground to the likes of Massachusetts and Mississippi.And nothing in the state university and college budget request to the 2011 Washington Legislature, endorsed Tuesday by members of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board, is going to reverse the trend.o In 2007, Washington imported* 76 bachelor’s degrees to meet work force demands, for every 100 bachelor’s degrees awarded by a Washington public or private university, and 125 graduate or professional degrees for every 100 graduate or profession degrees awarded here.o from out-of-state, or overseas.Source: Higher Education Coordinating Board analysisHence, the grim faces of HEC Board members and an air of desperation in a Washington State University Vancouver meeting room, as they adopted a proposed two-year, $3.34 billion budget plan.“We are painfully aware this budget is a disaster: It does not meet the human and economic needs of this state, by far,” said Charley Bingham, head of the 10-member board’s fiscal committee.last_img read more

Documents South Korea ferry was routinely overloaded

first_imgINCHEON, South Korea — The doomed ferry Sewol exceeded its cargo limit on 246 trips — nearly every voyage it made in which it reported cargo — in the 13 months before it sank, according to documents that reveal the regulatory failures that allowed passengers by the hundreds to set off on an unsafe vessel. And it may have been more overloaded than ever on its final journey.One private, industry-connected entity recorded the weights. Another set the weight limit. Neither appears to have had any idea what the other was doing. And they are but two parts of a maritime system that failed passengers April 16 when the ferry sank, leaving more than 300 people missing or dead.The disaster has exposed enormous safety gaps in South Korea’s monitoring of domestic passenger ships, which is in some ways less rigorous than its rules for ships that handle only cargo. Collectively, the country’s regulators held more than enough information to conclude that the Sewol was routinely overloaded, but because they did not share that data and were not required to do so, it was practically useless.The Korean Register of Shipping examined the Sewol early last year as it was being redesigned to handle more passengers. The register slashed the ship’s cargo capacity by more than half, to 987 tons, and said the vessel needed to carry more than 2,000 tons of water to stay balanced.But the register gave its report only to the ship owner, Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd. Neither the coast guard nor the Korean Shipping Association, which regulates and oversees departures and arrivals of domestic passenger ships, appear to have had any knowledge of the new limit before the disaster.last_img read more

John Legend Launches Cant Just Preach MiniDocumentary Series

first_imgHis song “Preach” and its pro-activism message is brought to life through five #CantJustPreach documentaries, raising awareness and funds for community leaders who are making a differencePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 28, 2019 – 11:35 am On Feb. 27, John Legend took the activism embodied in his latest song “Preach” a step further by releasing the first of his five planned “Can’t Just Preach” mini-documentaries on YouTube, highlighting the work of community leaders in conjunction with Columbia Records and WeTransfer.Legend debuted his song “Preach” at New York’s Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 29, 2018. The video was released online on Feb. 15, 2019 with a powerful message that faith can create an appetite to change the world for the better. The video has already been viewed by more than 10 million and raised funds for Legend’s Free America organization, which fights mass incarceration. The first episode of “Can’t Just Preach” builds on the song’s message by focusing on the work of Sybrina Fulton and her Trayvon Martin Foundation. “I speak for all the Trayvon Martins, I speak for my son, I speak for your son, I speak for America,” said Fulton. “I have to fight, I have to fight for the people that cannot fight themselves.”Subsequent episodes focus on—and raise money for—Jaclyn Corin from March For Our Lives, Desmond Meade from Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Isa Noyola of Mijente, and Efrén C. Olivares of the Texas Civil Rights Project.”John has proven himself to be such a powerful storyteller in so many different mediums and we feel a shared passion at WeTransfer to help craft and elevate these kinds of narratives,” said WeTransfer Global Head of Music Jamal Dauda. “This project felt like a golden opportunity to bring forward diverse and necessary stories of social change, and we couldn’t imagine better partners than John and his team to do so.”Legend has pledged a $100,000 donation to the #CantJustPreach campaign with $10,000 each going to the subjects of his five “call to action” YouTube mini-documentaries. “Your voice is loud enough and you’re strong enough to make a change,” said Legend. “It’s up to us to get up and take action.”Remembering The Best New Artist: John Legend’s Road To An EGOTRead more Twitter Email Facebook https://twitter.com/johnlegend/status/1100828502343921665 John Legend Launches “Can’t Just Preach” Mini-Documentary Series News John Legend’s “Can’t Just Preach” Docu-Series john-legend-launches-cant-just-preach-mini-documentary-serieslast_img read more

5 professors of Rabindra Bharati University resign over caste slurs on woman

first_imgTwitterAfter the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata failed to take action against students who harassed an assistant professor over her caste and skin colour, five professors of the university submitted their resignations as a sign of protest.The university’s vice-chancellor, Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, is yet to accept the resignations and has called for a meeting with the professors on Wednesday, June 19.On May 20, a group of students had cornered the professor in a room for almost four hours and kept taunting her, making fun of her and spewing verbal abuses regarding her caste and skin colour.However, Trinamool Congress’s student wing president, Chattra Parishad, denied that the students had verbally abused the teacher but said that the teacher was harsh and had allegedly threatened and harassed the students.”A probe has been ordered, and we want it to be completed at the earliest. Anyone found guilty will be severely punished. What happened is a matter of serious concern and Chief Minister Mam ata Banerjee is herself looking into the matter. We could not make contact with the victim professor. I will try and contact her and make her speak with the Chief Minister,” State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee was quoted as saying by Indian Express.Chatterjee had met the professors and the V-C on Tuesday to try and come to a consensus. “I have told the students that if their behaviour made professors feel insulted, they should immediately apologise,” Chatterjee had added.One of the accused students said that did not harass her but asked her why they got so low marks in their test. The teacher in question joined the university as an assistant professor of Geography in September. She hails from Jalpaiguri in north Bengal and studied in Benaras Hindu University and Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.The incident took place on May 20 and she filed a complaint to the university authorities on May 23 after which a committee was formed to investigate the incident.Many professors had stepped up to talk about the incident condemn the way the teacher was treated, first as a woman and as a teacher. However, TMCP maintained that the teacher was harassing the students.TMCP’s Biswajit Dey said, “We trust the probe committee. Let the truth come out. The lady professor used to harass students and threatened to destroy their careers. She was ill-mannered. There were several complaints against her by students. On that particular day, students approached her because she gave abnormally low marks in the examination. No one harassed her.”He added, “The students were agitating and protesting for a long time against private tuition offered by professors, and against the hiring of guest lecturers by HoDs. We also demanded biometric attendance for professors, who are irregular.”last_img read more

Former Bank Executive Gutierrez Says He Knows How to Fix Citys Woes

first_imgPatrick Gutierrez is one of the 13 announced candidates for Mayor of Baltimore City. (Courtesy photo)In November, when former bank executive and sports writer Patrick Gutierrez filed the paperwork necessary to enter the Baltimore City mayor’s race, he became the 13th candidate to do so.He’s still a relative unknown, especially compared to more established names like former Mayor Sheila Dixon, State Senator Catherine E. Pugh and City Councilmen Nick Mosby and Carl Stokes, but the former Bank of America operations manager said he has what it takes to get the city on the right track.“I’d been thinking about it for a long time,” he said about his run. “Seeing the dysfunction in city government and knowing my background as an operations manager was specifically to go in and address the same problems that city government has. You know, there’s no accountability anywhere, there’s no transparency, the communication is poor and when you have those things you get the results that we’re getting.”“In my career, my job was to go in and fix those things. I went all around the country and everywhere I went it was the same situations: poor leadership at the top and that just kind of filters down into every area. When I saw that I had these tools that could help address many of these problems, I really started considering actually running and doing something about it.”Gutierrez is from southern California. He said that his position with Bank of America took him all over the country, fixing problems and helping business run more smoothly. But when the company sent him to Baltimore, he decided to stay.“I fell in love with the city. I mean, people here just welcomed me,” he said. “And being a big sports fan, I felt right at home here.”When the company wanted him to leave the city to work for them elsewhere, he opted instead to leave the company. He enrolled at the University of Maryland to study journalism and later worked as a sportswriter for “The Baltimore Sun.”His most recent position was with local nonprofit group The Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance. The group works to keep families in the city, instead of making a retreat for the neighboring suburbs“A lot of times families, especially around here, as soon as they have kids they feel like they have to move away from the city for safer neighborhoods and better schools and that’s a problem because we lose a lot of good families that can really help the city grow,” Gutierrez said.On his website, Gutierrez outlines some of his ideas for what he’d accomplish once in office. One of those is his E3 formula – to educate, employ and engage all city residents. He also outlines his five steps to a better Baltimore police department –  which includes what he calls a more streamlined way for citizens to lodge complaints and track their progress and an improved civilian review board.He said he’d also like to start educating children in the city from birth – well before they step foot in a kindergarten classroom.“Why wait until they’re five years old when 75 percent of their brain has already been formed before you start trying to tackle these issues?”“It’s not like I have a patent on this kind of leadership. It goes on all over the place successfully. It just doesn’t go on in Baltimore City government,” he said.In addition to running his campaign, Gutierrez is primary caretaker for his daughters Alivia and Estelle. He and his wife live in Taylor Heights.He said he’s undaunted by the large field of potential mayoral candidates.“I don’t worry about any other candidates or any other platforms, I just put my best foot forward in the best way I know how.”last_img read more

Four Tools for Scouting Social Media Leaders in Your Network

first_img Congratulations. You finally have a handle on the social media thing. Now the real work begins: pinpointing the most powerful people in your online networks and cultivating those relationships into more business wins.Big brands like beauty retailer Sephora and giffgaff, the U.K.’s fastest-growing mobile network, have called on enterprise social media suite provider Lithium Technologies to help launch and sustain their strong online communities. According to Lithium’s principal scientist Michael Wu, a key part of that process is identifying top influencers and turning them into company advocates.For small businesses with smaller budgets, there happen to be a number of low-cost (or free) social analytics companies–several with targeted business offerings–that provide scores and reports to help you find and engage your network superstars.Many of them are still works in progress, Wu cautions, with an overemphasis on “bandwidth,” or activity and quantity of followers, friends and fans. “Even if you make a lot of noise, you’re not guaranteed to be influential,” he explains. “But of course the algorithms will get better.”Below, we take a quick look at a few of the most influential influence rankers.1. KloutTagline: The standard for influenceScore: Based on more than 35 variables on Facebook and Twitter to measure “true reach,” “amplification probability” and “network influence”Features: In-depth score analysis; list of most influential followers and their topics of expertise; list of influences; achievements for tweet and retweet benchmarks @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 88 to 93Advantage: Free and arguably the most high profile, Klout has partnerships with foursquare, Google Chrome, The Huffington Post, LinkedIn, Spotify and about.me2. TwitalyzerTagline: Serious analytics for social businessScore: Measured by 10 criteria: influence, impact, engagement, velocity, generosity, signal, clout, followers, followees and listsFeatures: User-type classification (thought leader, social butterflies, trendsetters, etc.); Twitter integration with view of followers, commonly used hashtags and recent topics; map of location @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 73.9 to 74.3Advantage: Comprehensive data reports (subscriptions start at $4.99 per month) that facilitate geographically targeted outreach efforts and offer a slew of add-on features like weekly e-mail reports and API access3. PeerIndexTagline: Understand your social capitalScore: Measures a combination of “audience,” “authority” and “activity” in eight distinct subject categories (business, politics, sports, news, etc.) across various social media accountsFeatures: Breakdown of areas of expertise; list of popular topics, top sources, friends and groups @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 86 to 82Advantage: The general scores are free to all, but the “bespoke” paid service can find influencers specific to an industry or community4. TraackrTagline: Relevance drives influenceScore: Evaluates eight types of media (blogs, reviews, social networks, photos, etc.) to discover users’ “reach,” “resonance” and “relevance”Features: Constantly updated report of top 25 influencers; web presence information, including recent posts; user contact info, location and stats; filter capabilities to track certain mentions and conversations; ability to add tags, tasks and notes @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: N/A–no universal score since it’s dependent on market or industry contextAdvantage: The most established of the bunch, the subscription service (plans are $499 a month and up) helps clients like Honda identify and then engage top influencers relevant to a specific brand, product and campaign This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 14, 2011 Enroll Now for Free This story appears in the September 2011 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Niagara Falls man convicted of acting as an agent without registration

first_imgNiagara Falls man convicted of acting as an agent without registration TORONTO — A Niagara Falls resident has pled guilty and was convicted of acting as a travel agent without registration.According to TICO, Pawel Jedruch has been convicted of one count of acting or holding himself out as being available to act as a travel agent, without first being registered as a travel agent by the Registrar, contrary to the Travel Industry Act, 2002, specifically advertising travel services to consumers via the Internet and/or in a community newspaper.He was sentenced to a fine in the amount of $5,000, plus Victim Surcharge Fee, for a total of $6,250, payable over a period of 24 months.Jedruch operated in Niagara Falls and elsewhere in Ontario. The offence occurred between March 2015 and October 2015. In compliance with section 4(1)(a) of the Act, since October 2015 Jedruch has been employed by and selling travel services on behalf of an Ontario registered travel agent. Share Posted by Friday, May 5, 2017 center_img Tags: TICO Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more