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October
2019

Wing Com Abhinandan likely to get Vir Chakra

first_imgNew Delhi: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who had shot down a Pakistani F-16 near the Line of Control (LoC) in February resulting in his capture and subsequent release by Islamabad, is likely to be decorated with the Vir Chakra, India’s top military honour, defence sources said on Thursday. Along with Abhinandan, pilots of the five Mirage-2000 fighter jets, who had dropped bombs on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror launch-pad in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunhkwa province, are also likely to be decorated with Vayu Sena medals. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The final list of gallantry awardees will get the nod from President Ram Nath Kovind on August 14. Only after the list has been formally approved by the President can we disclose the names of awardees to the general public,” a senior Indian Air Force official told IANS. Abhinandan had strayed into Pakistan territory after shooting down the F-16 during a dogfight that had taken place on February 27. His own aircraft, a MiG-21 Bison, had been hit by a missile forcing him to eject from the fighter jet before it crashlanded in Pakistan. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Pakistani security forces had captured Abhinandan, but released him to India around 60 hours later at the Wagah border. The bombing of the JeM terror facility in Balakot was carried out by India in retaliation of a terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14 in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed. The Vir Chakra is the third highest wartime military award in India.last_img read more

16
October
2019

Alfre Woodard To Be Honored At Women Of Power Summit

first_imgBlack Enterprise will present its highest honor in recognition of the achievements of black women when it presents the Women of Power Legacy Awards at the 2016 Women of Power Summit on March 10, 2016, in Hollywood, Florida.The Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women of color, annually attracting more than 1,000 corporate executives, professionals, and businesswomen from across the country. The Women of Power Summit, hosted by ADP, will take place March 9-12, 2016, at the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood.The Women of Power Legacy Awards recognize outstanding impact, achievement, and leadership by women in business, the arts, education, government, and other influential areas. Past Legacy Award recipients include luminaries such as the late National Council of Negro Women Chair and civil rights icon Dorothy Height; the late award-winning film and stage actress Ruby Dee; and former FedEx Express Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Cathy Ross.Honorees to be recognized at the 2016 Women of Power Summit Legacy Awards Dinner, hosted by PepsiCo, include the following outstanding achievers:Alfre Woodard, with an extensive acting career spanning more than 39 years, Woodard stands as a versatile and accomplished actor with multiple memorable roles. Many may recall Woodard for her work on Hill Street Blues for which she earned her Primetime Emmy Award; L.A. Law; Cross Creek; The Piano Lesson; Down in the Delta; Star Trek: First Contact; State of Affairs; Love & Basketball; 12 Years a Slave; Desperate Housewives, American Violet; True Blood; Crooklyn; and countless other film and television appearances. She is currently working on film drama, So B. It, based on the 2004 novel by Sarah Weeks and upcoming Web television series Luke Cage, developed for Netflix. Woodard’s career accolades are bountiful and include an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Cross Creek, three Golden Globe nominations with one win for Best Actress in a Miniseries of Television Film for her work in Miss Evers’ Boys, 18 Primetime Emmy nominations with four wins, seven SAG Award nominations with three wins, 21 NAACP Image Award nominations with four wins, and many other honors. She received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Boston University.Vanessa Williams, is one of the most respected and multifaceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold more than 7 million records worldwide, Williams is one of just a few artists to score No. 1 and Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Album and Singles charts in the combined areas of Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz—the latter is where her release, The Real Thing, debuted at No. 1 in June of 2009. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliation including four Emmy nominations, 17 Grammy nominations (of which 11 were for her individually), a Tony nomination, three SAG award nominations, seven NAACP Image Awards, three Satellite Awards and ultimately a Golden Globe, Grammy, and an Oscar for Best Original Song for her platinum single Colors of the Wind, from the Disney film Pocahontas. A strong advocate for equal rights, especially concerning the gay community and minorities, William’s was honored with the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions. She also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.Renee Powell, LPGA/PGA, professional golfer and educator Renee Powell is one of only six African American women to ever play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. She is the first woman of color to be elected to membership in the PGA of America. She is the daughter of the late William Powell, the only African American to design, build, own, and operate a golf course in the United States.N. Joyce Payne, Ph.D. (Barbara Graves honoree), founded the nationally recognized Thurgood Marshall College Fund in 1987. The TMCF is designed exclusively for exceptional students at the nation’s 47 publicly-supported historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Before joining Advancement of Public Black Colleges (OAPBC), Payne was the president of Global Systems Inc. and was a senior staff member under the Carter administration with the President’s Advisory Committee for Women; President’s National Advisory Council on Women’s Education Programs, and the White House Conference on Families. An authority on women’s issues in relation to higher education and labor force participation, Payne has published and presented a number of papers on the pursuit of equality for women and African Americans in higher education.“We are thrilled that we will have this opportunity to pay well-deserved honor to women who are gifts to the world,” says Women of Power television show host Caroline Clarke, who also serves as editorial director of the Women of Power Summit. “Their examples are proper tribute to the Legacy Award honorees before them, and powerful motivation for those to come.”The Women of Power Summit will host more than 1,000 women attendees who will engage in three immersive days of executive development sessions and activities designed to train, equip, and encourage industry leadership, career strategies and effective peak-performance and work-life balance techniques. Topics will include mastering corporate politics, building a loyal team, strategies for the C-suite, and classes such as executive coaching. Confirmed speakers include Carnival Corp. President and CEO Arnold Donald; BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee; Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, NBA Pam El; media executive and author Amy DuBois Barnett, Founder/Executive Director, The Mask Project Atira Charles, Ph.D.; Rep. Joyce Beatty D-OH); President, Professional Diversity Network and National Association of Professional Women Star Jones; and CEO and Founder, Malecon Productions, Carmen Rita Wong. Attendees can also expect to be entertained by special musical guest Johnny Gill.The host sponsor of the 2016 Women of Power Summit is ADP. Presenting sponsors include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Buick, EMC, Macy’s, PepsiCo, State Farm, and Walmart. Platinum Sponsors are Intel, and Southwest Airlines; and Corporate Sponsors are AARP, Abbott, Cigna, Carnival Corp., FedEx Express, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, and Hilton Worldwide.For more information on the speakers and agenda of the 2016 Women of Power Summit, go to www.blackenterprise.com/wps.last_img read more

08
October
2019

US punishing small nations says MR

Asked if the U.S. Embassy in Colombo had written to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka warning the Bank not to make dollar payments to Iran, the Central Bank Governor, Ajith Nivard Cabraal said that the general sanctions have been notified. “There has been no real interaction so far,” he said. As the combined United States and European Union sanctions against Iran take effect, small nations like Sri Lanka are extremely worried. Sri Lanka depends almost entirely on Iran for its crude oil supplies and the only refinery in the country, Sapugaskanda, can only process Iranian crude.“We are discussing on what we should do,” Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, when asked what the options before the country were. The Iranians provide a seven-month credit facility, and 93 per cent of the crude comes from Iran. A major part of the crude is converted to fuel oil at Sapugaskanda, a facility put up in the sixties and which is in dire need of renovation. Fuel oil powers the turbines to produce electricity. The President was answering questions from foreign correspondents based in Colombo, at a breakfast interaction at his official residence, Temple Trees. Mr.Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka was also considering approaching China and India for help. Asked if Sri Lanka will follow the example set by India – India has said will not be guided by US sanctions, only UN sanctions – he said that this has to first be studied.On the question of modernising the refinery, Mr.Rajapaksa said that discussions were on with a few countries, including Canada and the Czech Republic. In fact, the Czech Export Bank had, last year, written to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, detailing its interest in participating in modernisation of the plant. Meanwhile, the US Assistant Secretary of State and former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Robert O’ Blake is expected to visit Colombo and hold discussions with leaders here. Also expected is the much-delayed visit of an Indian Petroleum Ministry delegation in the first week of February. (The Hindu) “We need an alternative. Finally they [the US and the West] are not punishing Iran. They are punishing us, small countries,” Mr.Rajapaksa said. Asked if Sri Lanka is considering approaching the U.S. for a waiver of the sanctions, he said: “We might. Otherwise how do we survive?” read more

06
October
2019

UNESCO head appeals for tolerance in Iraq after deadly mosque attack

Voicing “grave concern” over escalating violence in Iraq, especially the mounting loss of innocent lives and attacks on places of worship, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called on community leaders to promote tolerance and pursue dialogue.“These attacks are particularly heinous,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement citing the recent attack on the Shia Mosque of Buratha in Baghdad in which nearly 100 people were killed and some 160 others injured in a suicide bombing last Friday.“These acts of violence levy a heavy human toll and are designed to leave durable scars in relations between communities on whose cooperation the future of Iraq largely depends,” he added. Just one week ago Mr. Matsuura called for international solidarity and mobilization in favour of education and educators in the violence-torn country, where between 170 and 180 academics have been killed since the United States-led invasion of 2003 and thousands more driven into exile. read more

03
October
2019

Canadas topearning families claimed majority of education tax credits PBO

OTTAWA – A new report by the federal budget watchdog says Canada’s highest-earning families benefited disproportionately from non-refundable tax credits for post-secondary education.The parliamentary budget officer says in 2015, families that were among the top 20 per cent of earners received 37.7 per cent of the total credits for education, textbook and tuition expenses.The report says over the last decade, those top-earning households have received a larger chunk of the credits.The analysis says while the highest-earning families claimed the majority of the tax relief, the per-family benefits were more evenly distributed regardless of income.The report says even though education is generally a provincial responsibility, the federal government contributed $12.3 billion to post-secondary education in 2013-14.It also says in 2011 Canada spent 2.8 per cent of its gross domestic product on post-secondary education — more than any other OECD country. by The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2016 8:33 am MDT Canada’s top-earning families claimed majority of education tax credits: PBO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

02
October
2019

With its mandate completed OPCWUN mission draws down in Syria

The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the UN (OPCW-UN) drew to a close yesterday.“The work of the Joint Mission has been vital to the success of international efforts to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons programme,” said OPCW Director-General, Ahmet Üzümcü.He called the Joint Mission “an excellent example of how practical cooperation between international organizations can achieve tangible results in disarmament.”In a statement from his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag, as well as all the staff members from both the UN and the OPCW “who have worked under difficult and often dangerous conditions” to eliminate the declared chemical weapons in Syria. Mr. Ban also expressed his appreciation to the Member States and organizations that had mobilized and contributed financial and in-kind contributions to support the work of the Joint Mission. He also reiterated the need to free the world from chemical weapons and called again on States that have not yet done so to accede to the 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons.The UN Security Council formally approved the mission in October 2013. The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States, by which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined the 1992 Convention.The removal of the chemical agents out of the country involved transporting them to the port of Latakia, where they were shipped on commercial vessels provided by some Member States. They were then loaded onto a United States ship and destroyed at sea using hydrolysis.The OPCW mission in the country will continue to deal with the destruction of chemical weapon production facilities and clarification of certain aspects of the Syrian initial declaration.The provision of safety, security and logistical support for the OPCW has transitioned to the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), which has signed an agreement with the organization. read more

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September
2019

Urban Meyer Im very disappointed in Evan Spencers comments about top teams

OSU coach Urban Meyer watches the Buckeyes during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State junior wide receiver Evan Spencer made national headlines Monday when he told the media he thought OSU’s football team could “wipe the field” with the top ranked teams in college football.Although Spencer acknowledged he was “a little bit biased” before making that comment, and chuckled as he said it, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday he was displeased with what Spencer said.“I’m very disappointed. I can’t stand that,” Meyer said during Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference. “What he believes and what goes on inside the locker room certainly doesn’t need to be in the papers and all that. I just don’t, I don’t like disrespecting other teams.”Meyer said the media should not expect Spencer to be available for a comment for a “long, long time” as a result of what the wide receiver said Monday.“You don’t do that, that’s not good sportsmanship and that’s not just what we expect,” Meyer said. “I understand he’s a young man that made a minor mistake but we just don’t do that. You talk about your teammates, you talk about the team and move on.”Spencer, who has caught 21 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns for the Buckeyes this season, apologized for his comments Monday via Twitter.“I did not mean to disrespect any FB team today. I am confident in my team, and as is evident in the video (of the interview), I was having fun…” Spencer’s first tweet read. “… With the media answering their questions. I should have chosen my words more wisely. There was no intent to disrespect any other team,” he finished.The No. 3-ranked Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0) are looking to remain undefeated and tie the school record for most consecutive wins at 22 with a victory against Illinois (3-6, 0-5) Saturday.“We’ve not spent much time talking about (tying the record) … we’ll address that probably if that does occur,” Meyer said. “That’s certainly not something we’re using as motivation right now but I think any time a player plays at a place like Ohio State and you can make a name or a dent in this great tradition that it’s certainly worth being recognized for it.” read more

28
September
2019

The red flags surrounding Zach Smith

Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith talks to junior wide receiver Eric Glover-Williams prior to fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Former Sports Editor.Former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith might have been fired on July 23, but exactly a month since he lost his job due to allegations of domestic abuse, his time at Ohio State remains on the forefront of the minds of many.Smith’s tenure and history only grew in importance after Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.After nearly a 12-hour meeting that left the public without any insight until an 8:50 p.m. press conference, questions still remain on how Smith kept his job, or even started, at Ohio State for so long.“This particular case did not give me the red flags to cause me to [include others in the investigation], and I failed in that regard,” Athletic Director Gene Smith said.At the end of the night, Gene Smith had been suspended until Sept. 16 for his failing “to take sufficient management action relating to Zach Smith’s misconduct and retained an Assistant Coach who was not performing as an appropriate role model for OSU student-athletes,” according to the statement.Head coach Urban Meyer also received a suspension for the first three games of the season, but can return to the team for practices on Sept. 2.“Permitting such misconduct to continue is not consistent with the values of the University and reflects poorly on Coach Meyer, Athletic Director Smith, and the University,” the statement said.With a two-week investigation, followed by a 12-hour meeting and suspensions given to two of the biggest names at Ohio State, the Meyer investigation ended, seemingly, as dramatically as it started. But can a mistake like Zach Smith’s six-year tenure be avoided in the future?For Meyer, the problem came from his strong relationship with former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce.Meyer said his relationship with Bruce “likely impacted” his treatment of Zach Smith over the years.“I followed my heart, not my head and fell short in pursuing all information because, at each juncture, I gave Zach Smith the benefit of the doubt,” Meyer said. “I should have demanded more from him and recognized red flags. I needed to show more care and concern for the entirety of the situation.”Zach Smith’s “red flags” include a 2009 incident when he allegedly picked up his now-ex-wife, Courtney Smith, and threw her against the wall. Other “red flags” include a handful of police reports from 2015 to 2018 made by Courtney Smith that range from him refusing to give their children back to her to Smith “relentlessly stalking” and “harassing” her.When asked about what Meyer would say to Courtney Smith, he only had this to say “for everyone involved.”“I’m sorry that we’re in this situation.”Gene Smith said he was unaware of the Zach Smith incident in 2009, and University President Michael Drake said it has to do with the system in place at the time.“The policies that were in place then were the policies that were in place then, and as Gene said, background checks were done as they are with all employees,” Drake said. “I know he spoke with HR today about things we can do to have more information when hiring and that would be something that would be an improvement for the future.”Gene Smith might not have known about Zach Smith’s history when he was hired in 2012. Meyer might have given Zach Smith the benefit of the doubt back in 2009.But, Smith stayed on the Ohio State staff for six years, and the “red flags” came for years before his eventual dismissal a month ago.“As the head coach, you’re ultimately responsible for everybody’s behavior, and that’s a very difficult thing to do we all know that,” Meyer said. “However, there were red flags and I had wished I had known, I wish I had did a better job at finding things out, I wish I was told more things.”Text messages between Courtney Smith and Meyer’s wife, Shelley, in 2015 showing images of alleged abuse are just more “red flags,” though Urban Meyer said at the press conference that he did not know about these texts back in 2015.Gene Smith and Meyer serve their time over the next few weeks, but not without plenty of questions about what could have been done earlier, and how many “red flags” were missed for years until Zach Smith was fired. read more

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September
2019

Blasphemy offence should be replaced in the Constitution says Convention

first_imgTHE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION has voted for the replacement of the offence of blasphemy in Bunreacht na hÉireann with a general provision to include incitement to religious hatred.Following meetings over the past two days, the Convention’s 100 members voted by 61 to 38 against keeping the offence of blasphemy in the Constitution as it is currently worded, with 1 per cent undecided.Rather than removing the offence altogether, the members voted by a margin of 53 to 38 to replace it with a general provision to include incitement to religious hatred which would protect religious minorities.Asked if there should be a legislative – as opposed to a constitutional – provision for the offence of blasphemy, members voted by 50 to 49 against this with one person undecided.Members were also asked that if the Convention favoured legislative provision should it be the existing provision – controversially put into law four years ago – or a new set of provisions to include incitement to religious hated. They voted 82 to 11 in favour of the latter.Members heard from academics and legal experts over the weekend with roundtable discussions and feedback sessions.Interest groups such as Atheist Ireland, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties were also heard from.A report will be now compiled and presented to government which will then be required to make a decision on what action to take and whether to hold a referendum within four months.The Convention also considered what issues it should next examine on foot of public submissions and the outcome of a series of public meetings currently taking place.The issues arising from the submissions and meetings include the environment; economic, social and cultural right; Church and State; political and institutional reform; the family, and issues of morality; and a Bill of Rights.Read: The Irish Council of Churches says blasphemy reference in Constitution is ‘largely obsolete’Poll: Has the Constitutional Convention been a success?last_img read more

22
September
2019

Clinical Director quits at Beaumont Hospital over safety concerns

first_imgUpdated 7.55pmA CLINICAL DIRECTOR has quit his role at Beaumont Hospital over concerns about patient safety.Professor Shane O’Neill sent an email to hospital management about his concerns on Friday evening, the Sunday Business Post reports today.The paper reports that O’Neill’s email said that he could not stand over “significant clinical risks” at the hospital.He raised concerns about the assessment of psychiatric patients in the emergency room, saying it was unsafe.He is to continue on in his role as a consultant at Beaumont.What the hospital saidIn a statement, the hospital confirmed that in an email sent Friday 16 May 2014, Prof Shane O’Neill “indicated his intention to step down from his post as Clinical Director for Medicine at the hospital”.It said that the Ashlin Centre, a new purpose-built adult HSE psychiatric facility, located on the Beaumont Hospital Campus, will open to patients next week.The unit will provide 38 general adult beds and six Psychiatry of Old Age acute admission beds. “On the opening of the Ashlin Centre, existing interim psychiatric assessment and treatment services at Fairview will close,” said the hospital.Proposals have been made to have out of hours and weekend assessments for the Ashlin Centre carried out at the Beaumont Emergency Department, with the assistance of additional resources.It said the finalisation of these proposals “is under active discussion between the HSE and Beaumont with a view to finding a solution which is in the best interests of patients”.Wake-up call for Health Minister?Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD said Prof O’Neill’s resignation “must be a wake-up call for the Minister for Health James Reilly”.The fact that he feels he had no option but to quit is evidence alone of gravity of the situation and the fact that these concerns have been ignored for far too long.He noted that a group of psychiatrists wrote to Minister Reilly and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch months ago “to warn about the escalating crisis in psychiatric services in Dublin”.- First published 14.59Read: Contract cleaners at Beaumont Hospital plan industrial action in January>last_img read more

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September
2019

IMF chief says Greece should keep credit line

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The second phase of talks between Greece and the troika is likely to be tougher than expected after the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, indicated that Greece should maintain a lifeline with the Fund even as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras claimed the country can cover its financing needs alone.Speaking at an annual Fund event in Washington, Lagarde acknowledged the desire of Greek officials for an early exit from its loan program with the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF, but said the country would still need help. “In order to deliver a continuous satisfactory outcome, the country would be, in our view, in a better position if it had precautionary support,” she said. “So we are talking about evolution in the relationship. But we believe that the relationship can still be extremely helpful for the country to move on.”Her comments came a week after ECB President Mario Draghi said Greece must stay in some form of program if its banks’ asset-backed securities are to be eligible for the ECB’s ABS program.Lagarde’s comments also came as Samaras claimed, in an interview with Bloomberg, that Greece can cover its funding needs by tapping bond markets. “We feel fully comfortable,” Samaras said when asked if the country could cope alone, adding that halting payouts would not be “a divorce” with creditors. “We want to do it properly,” he said, noting that Athens is willing to discuss some form of monitoring.The European arm of Greece’s loan program ends in December but the IMF’s part is set to continue until the spring of 2016, with some 15 billion euros still to be disbursed. Samaras has proposed however that the IMF program end early with Greece forgoing the pending funding and seeking it instead from bond markets.A Greek delegation, comprising Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis, Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras and Samaras’s adviser Stavros Papastavrou, is due to hold talks with Lagarde on Sunday in Washington, where the government’s plan for exiting the bailout early is expected to be presented.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

17
September
2019

Eye on the Tropics two systems not expected to grow

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jul 2015 – As the Emancipation Day holiday weekend approaches, two systems with low chance for development in the Atlantic Basin are being monitored. Tropical disturbance one is a couple of hundred miles, south southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. It is a large area of showers and thunderstorms but there is a low probability the system will gain strength; it is with 10% chance to develop. Tropical disturbance two is a couple of hundred miles, east of northern Florida. It will continue to move north and the National Hurricane center does not anticipate further development and has this categorized as low in chance for strengthening. Tropical Storm Don headed for the Caribbean Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:emancipation day, National Hurricane Center, two systems Recommended for you Two systems under watch in Tropics System becomes Tropical Storm Dannylast_img read more

12
September
2019

Andre Williams RB SingerSongwriter Trailblazer Dies At 82

first_img https://twitter.com/pravdarecords/status/1107505343934935040 Andre Williams, R&B Singer/Songwriter & Trailblazer, Dies At 82 R&B Trailblazer Andre Williams Dies At 82 andre-williams-rb-singersongwriter-trailblazer-dies-82 Facebook Twitter In 2008, producer/director Tricia Todd released her documentary portrait Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year With Andre Williams. In the film, Williams recounts his rich history included early success at Detroit’s Fortune Records, struggles with substance-abuse and homelessness in Chicago in the ’80s and rededicating himself to his music career in the mid-’90s.His manager Kenn Goodman told Billboard that despite more recent battles with illness, Williams, “Was committed to trying to sing and record again.” His YouTube Vevo account features the single track “Blame It On Obama” from 2012, featuring his humorous talking-blues style, perhaps the best-known of his varied musical styles and considered by some music historians to be a precursor to rap. “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” Performers & Presenters AnnouncedRead more An experimental multi-talent, Williams made his mark on the world of R&B as a performer, songwriter and recording executivePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 18, 2019 – 2:59 pm Born in Alabama in 1936, Andre Williams made his mark on Detroit’s R&B music scene starting in the 1950s, co-writing classics such as “Shake Your Tail Feather” and recording R&B hits such as “Bacon Fat.” Williams died on Sunday, March 17, of cancer at the age of 82, his family by his bedside while in hospice care in Chicago.In the late ’60s, Williams had two tracks chart on the Billboard Hot 100, “Pearl Time” and “Rib Tip’s,” followed shortly by “Cadillac Jack” on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. A man of multiple musical talents, Williams worked with many of Detroit R&B’s innovators, including as an executive for Berry Gordy at Motown, where he worked creatively with Stevie Wonder and the Temptations.Michigan Rock and Roll Legends’ biography on Williams goes in depth on his interesting and experimental changes through the years, which also found him writing for Parliament and producing for Ike Turner. Williams even worked as roadie/manager for Edwin Starr in the 1960s.  Email News last_img read more

03
September
2019

Poland Orthodox leader fears chaos from new Ukrainian church

first_imgChildren wearing Ukrainian traditional clothes greet Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko (2ndR) and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Churchoutside Saint-Sophia cathedral on 7 January 2019 in Kiev, after the Orthodox Christmas service. Photo: AFPUkraine’s newly-created independent Orthodox Church, which has broken with Moscow, could sow “chaos” in neighbouring Poland, the head of the Orthodox Church in Warsaw warned Monday.Poland hosts about a million Ukrainian workers, and the leader of the Ukrainian Church, Metropolitan Yepifaniy, “could organise his own parishes in Poland for groups of faithful” among them, said Poland’s Metropolitan Sawa.The Orthodox Church of Poland has some 600,000 followers, and like the new Ukrainian church, is independent of the Russian Orthodox Church.Orthodox believers are a tiny minority in Poland, a predominantly Catholic EU country of 38 million people. In Ukraine, orthodoxy is the predominant religion.”I recently heard that Pravyi Sektor (a Ukrainian paramilitary nationalist group) is already preparing the ground for Yepifaniy to visit Poland, chaos lies ahead,” Sawa told Poland’s Polityka weekly.The nationalist organisation had backed the creation of an independent Ukrainian Church.”Ukrainian authorities should first unify the country, put an end to the war and only then deal with issues like the Church,” Sawa added, referring to the armed conflict with Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.The Istanbul-based Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, the highest Orthodox authority, on Sunday presented a formal decree confirming the creation of an independent Ukrainian church to its leader, Yepifaniy, finalising a historic break with the Russian Orthodox Church.Moscow, in response, cut ties with the patriarchate in Istanbul.The decree opened the way for Ukraine’s Orthodox Church to be recognised by other branches of orthodoxy and other churches.Sawa on Monday also questioned Yepifaniy’s legitimacy, calling the 39-year-old a “layman” who was elected “illegally”.Yepifaniy was ordained by the Kiev Patriarch Filaret, excommunicated by Moscow for creating a dissident church in Ukraine in 1992 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.Filaret was later recognised by the Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch.Ukraine’s newly created independent Orthodox Church held its first Christmas service in Kiev Monday. Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas according to the Julian Calendar.For more than 300 years, the Ukrainian Church was split into three, with one branch overseen by the Patriarch of Moscow.The Kiev government considered this unacceptable given Ukraine’s ongoing war with Moscow-backed rebels in the country’s east, which has already killed more than 10,000 people.last_img read more

01
September
2019

Nintendo patent suggests standalone Pokémon handheld with NFC figurines

first_imgAs we all know, Pokémon is Nintendo’s handheld system seller. Even though the gameplay has largely remained unchanged since the franchise’s inception, people can’t get enough of enslaving adorable critters, stuffing them into cramped quarters, and making them fight each other until they lose consciousness.If not for Pokémon, it’d be tough to gauge how popular some of Nintendo’s portable systems, like the 3DS, truly would’ve been. Pocket monsters and Nintendo handhelds share the same destiny, but now Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Ambrella have filed a joint patent for what appears to be some sort of standalone Pokémon handheld.The patent was filed back in March, but it was published today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. From the images and language used to describe the patent, it looks like a handheld device will read NFC and RFID figures — along with smart cards — to utilize in games. Basically, it appears that the patent describes a Pokémon version of Skylanders or Disney Infinity.Nintendo’s Amiibo initiative.As we saw back at E3, Nintendo already announced its version of Skylanders, called Amiibo, which is known to work with the upcoming Wii U and 3DS Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8, and Mario Party 10. Aside from a select few, individual Pokémon likely wouldn’t sell more than, for example, a Mario figure, but the catalog of pocket monsters that can be turned into sellable figurines is staggering. Obviously, the main Pokémon series is meant to be portable and players are meant to catch ’em all, so the patent likely doesn’t describe requiring players to purchase one figurine per in-game caught critter.Fans of the series are speculating that the patent could describe a sequel to the Pokémon Mini — a tiny cartridge-based handheld console that Nintendo released back in 2001 — but it’s only speculation. What’s most telling is Ambrella’s involvement, as it’s a game developer that’s best known for making Pokémon spinoff titles, such as Hey You, Pikachu! and the Pokémon Rumble series.It remains to be seen if the patent describes an entirely new handheld, but the 3DS X and Y buttons are missing in the diagram, and the A and B buttons have exchanged spots. For now, all we can do is wait to see where Nintendo goes with this patent.last_img read more

01
September
2019

First 3DPrinted Rib Implant a Success

first_img Geek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen SetWatch: Rocker Tries to Break World’s First 3D-Printed, Smash-Proof Guitar Stay on target A Bulgarian man became the first patient to receive a 3D-printed rib implant.Thirty-five-year-old Ivaylo Josifov went to the doctor for tonsillitis, and came home with an artificial rib.When a chest X-ray revealed a growth on Josifov’s fifth rib—caused by a congenital defect that could worsen and cause pulmonary problems—doctors decided surgery was the best option.In a first for Bulgaria (and the world), experts at Tokuda Hospital removed the tumorous bone and replaced it with a 3D-printed rib from local manufacturers 3DGence and 3dBGprint—the latter which actually produced the stand-in.3D-printed rib with support structures (via 3DGence)Headquartered in capital city Sofia, they were able to replicate the skeletal piece’s shape, curvature, width, and thickness to create an identical substitute.“Our 3D printers ensure high 3D dimensional accuracy which was crucial in this particular medical procedure,” Filip Tuzyński, quality development manager at 3DGence, said in a statement. “[The] individually designed rib model allowed for a very accurate implementation of the new element in place of the removed bone.”The implant was made using flexible and durable polyamide, certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The patient, Ivaylo Josifov (right), with his cardiac surgeon (left) (via 3DGence)“When we had the first model ready, we started working on its sturdiness,” according to 3dBGprint sales rep Georgi Tolev. “Each consecutive model was analyzed and improved until we attained the perfect 3D print of the rib.”Before implantation, 3mm holes were drilled in the printout, which was also sterilized in ethylene oxide, as well as with gamma radiation and autoclaved at 140 ℃ (284 ℉).Recovering from the operation, Josifov is “in perfect health,” 3DGence reported.3D-printed rib with support structures (via 3DGence)Doctors are already planning new projects using 3D-printed implants. Up next: a model of three ribs with a sternum.“This is a new era in thoracic wall reconstruction for patients with tumors that require bone-cartilage structures to be removed,” Tzvetan Minchev, head of the cardiothoracic surgery department at Tokuda Hospital, said. “The material used has proven tissue compatibility and the accuracy of reproduction allows for large chest wall resections and their single substitution with individually designed implants.”More on Geek.com:3D-Printed Titanium ‘Skull’ Saves Dog’s LifeResearchers 3D-Print Bionic Eye PrototypeModule 3D Printer Builds Sustainable HousesThe Coolest Things to Ever Be 3D Printedlast_img read more

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August
2019

Dispelling the Menstruation myths

first_imgMost of us dread ‘those days’ of the month. Some have it easy but for many, menstruation causes havoc in their life – having cramps all day long, feeling uneasy, dizzy and nauseous is just a quarter of its perils. You can hate it as much as you want but it is an essential process for every woman and that’s why menstrual hygiene and management is necessary to ensure that your everyday life is not interrupted by it. It ensures that you can continue with your daily routine such as going to school, going to work or doing household chores. It can also prevent potential situations of embarrassment and in turn, make you feel confident about yourself and your body. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf To raise awareness and break taboos about menstruation, May 28 is looked upon as World Menstrual Hygiene day. Inadequate information and silence over menstruation, especially in developing countries, limits women’s and girls’ access to important information regarding their bodily process which adversely affects their health, education, rights and dignity.The day raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges. It brings together non-profits, government agencies, private sector, the media and individuals to promote Menstrual Hygiene Management. World Menstrual Hygiene Day is a big event on the annual calendar. This year, in collaboration with Aakar Social Ventures and Sachhi Saheli, The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi are celebrating the day by organising an event on May 22 as a build up to MH Day 2017. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe event is in the form of a series of panel discussions with a range of stakeholders at The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi between 2-5 pm. A plenary discussion followed by deliberation with stakeholder groups on Menstrual Health Management. This is intended to open a dialogue on menstruation, bringing together a common multi-stakeholder voice for change and finalise key commitments to take forward, on the run up to World Menstrual Hygiene Day.This engagement aims to highlight MHM barriers and actionable programming or strategic shifts in education, media and at the institutional level, looking at WASH policies including indicators to capture measurable change. The aim of this platform is to bring together key stakeholders from the state and national government, academia, representatives from underserved communities as well as partners from the development sector to engage in constructive and long-lasting policy engagement- bringing people out of their work silos, look at aspects that restrict access to safe health and sanitation practices. The deliberations will explore how civil society, target groups, state governments and passionate individuals can be mobilized to engage in dialogues to ensure access and sustainable solutions for hygiene management and sanitation for all. Poor menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is connected with several problems that females face and reproductive tract infection (RTI) is one of them. In India, a majority of girls are at risk for RTI which can lead to various disabilities if not treated early on. With topics such as education – the key to breaking barriers around menstrual health and the role of Media in educating masses around menstrual hygiene, this social dialogue will have participation from over 100 people with an experienced panel of experts. The audience will consist of young women, aganwadi workers, NGOs, academia, MHM practitioners, medical fraternity etc. The opening plenary will have eminent people like Manish Sisodia, Dy. CM Delhi and Anshu Gupta, Goonj, President IMA, UNICEF express their views and set the tone. The stakeholder panels will have representation from media, corporates, academia, government and medical fraternity among others. The panel discussion will touch upon some sensitive issues as to how effectively ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ is in addressing menstrual hygiene, how the media can responsibly report on the shame/ taboos/ stigma/ insults used around menstruation, what are the key challenges faced when implementing a menstrual health program, the basic rights for women, how can public luminaries make a difference, what are the key challenges faced when implementing a menstrual health program, why is there no systematic review of poor MHM and its impact on women’s health and most of all, how can we create a paradigm shift in MHM conversations by focusing not just on the provisioning of MH products but on the larger MHM structure-awareness, disposal, etc.last_img read more

31
August
2019

Transgender Development Board offices in dists soon

first_imgKolkata: State government will open Transgender Development Board offices in the districts soon.Sashi Panja, Minister of State for Woman Development and Social Welfare department, said on Wednesday. The new office of Transgender Board along with offices of State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities and State Nutrition Mission Authority were opened at Suvanna in Salt Lake on Wednesday. After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed the issues of transgender and set up a board for their development. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApart from the shifting of departments, the forth ‘Muktir Alo’ cafeteria run by women in distress was inaugurated on Wednesday at Bikash Bhavan in Salt Lake. The women who will run the cafeteria are either sex workers who wish to come back to main stream or women who are the victims of human trafficking in Bengal. “We realised that several transgender persons have to travel all the way to Kolkata in order to get in touch with the board to raise their problems. We are starting transgender board offices in the districts soon so that they do not have to travel all the way to Kolkata.” Said Panja. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAbout the Muktir Alo scheme she said: “Our aim is to rehabilitate the women in distress. This effort will help them to be self dependent and establish their identity as a successful individual. Earlier we had opened three more such cafeterias in Munshigunj, Alipore Courtpremises and Alipore Zoo which are very successful.” The Muktir Alo scheme was started in September, 2015 by Banerjee to provide opportunities to the women who are from backward and marginal areas of the society along with those who are forced to work as sex workers or situation made her to do so. In this scheme such women are given training in various fields such as cafeteria management, block printing, spice grinding and many more. In phases 75 such women were given training and 13 of them were rehabilitated who were trained in cafeteria management. Three such women will be running the cafeteria of Bikash Bhavan.last_img read more

29
August
2019

The Rebirth of Radio Astronomy

first_imgBuilding massive radio telescopes—which today cost anywhere from around $100 million to more than $1 billion—actually began as a cost-sharing measure. In the 1950s, the nascent radio astronomy community realized universities couldn’t afford to build their own scopes—at least not ones of high enough quality to drive the field forward. So in 1956, the United States formed the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, building a succession of telescopes in Green Bank that it could loan out to scientists from around the country. In Puerto Rico, construction on the 300-meter Arecibo observatory began in the 1960s, and it became the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center. In the 1970s, the NRAO started building the Very Large Array in New Mexico.Most recently, NRAO helped create the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array, or ALMA, in Chile. It cost more than a billion dollars to build, with the NSF contributing around $500 million, and another approximately $40 million per year to operate it. But it’s worth it: In US astronomy, interferometers, or telescopes like ALMA made of many smaller antennas, are currently more popular with scientists than big single-dish scopes, says NSF astronomy division director Richard Green. “We really try to be responsive to community interest,” he says. Interferometers provide higher resolution—crisper pictures of smaller areas—and can investigate many of the same celestial phenomena.Giant single dishes do still hold astronomers’ interest—especially those that want to map large gassy portions of the sky, find and monitor pulsars, and catch the faint emissions that interferometers, which are less sensitive, can miss. Still, when push came to budget cut, the big single dishes, Arecibo and Green Bank, were the ones to go.Now, as the NSF gradually decreases funding to Green Bank and Arecibo, the observatories have had to solicit support elsewhere—primarily through pay-to-play private partnerships. A SETI project and a collaboration of pulsar astronomers searching for gravitational waves are helping to keep Green Bank afloat. The Russians are ponying up to communicate with their science spacecraft. And the VLBA has netted Navy money, partly to keep track of Earth’s tilt.This, a different kind of cost sharing, is a business model the agency can turn to to keep older telescopes online. The NSF still, for the moment, funds part of their time—“open skies” hours available to anyone’s good ideas; the rest of the time, the scopes are subject to their customers’ whims. That’s the trade-off right now, says Joseph Pesce, NSF’s program director for NRAO (NSF split Green Bank and the VLBA off from the observatory in 2016). “We are able to keep the facilities running,” he says. “That’s a good solution to this problem.”And it could leave room—ideally—for building up other resources astronomers are interested in, like array-based scopes. In a hypothetical future in which the US has a 50-year-old VLA—and a partially or fully privatized Green Bank, VLBA, and Arecibo—American radio astronomers will have less they can do from their own backyard. “There is only one Green Bank; there is only one Arecibo; there is only one VLA,” says Kent. “Without those facilities working together in concert, we don’t have the kinds of tools scientists, engineers, and educators need.”But radio astronomers—always kind of a scrappy, rogue element within the cosmic establishment—will likely continue to find ways to keep their telescopes open, operating, and updated. It’s part of their scientific heritage.See, after Karl Jansky did his phone project, Bell didn’t care so much about this astronomy stuff. The lab moved Jansky on to other projects. But in Wheaton, Illinois, a guy named Grote Reber became obsessed.In his backyard, Reber began to build his own radio telescope. Its dish, completed in 1937, was 31 feet across—a length dictated by the boards available at the local hardware store. He published the first map of the galaxy’s radio emissions, a contour plot that looks like a sky cephalopod. For around a decade, Reber was the world’s only active radio astronomer.When the National Radio Astronomy Observatory started up, in the 1950s, it bought Reber’s telescope and relocated it to Green Bank, right across the street from Jansky’s duplicate—a reminder to support each other’s science in the face of establishment adversity or ambivalence. There is a new facility potentially on the horizon: The Next-Generation VLA (the VLA itself, while upgraded, is 40 years old). As currently envisioned, the ngVLA’s many antennas will together have 10 times the sensitivity and resolution as the VLA, at a wider range of frequencies. The primary array will have 214 18-meter antennas, spiraled across New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and Mexico. Nineteen smaller ones will sit close to the center, and 30 18-meterers will constellate the continent.With the ngVLA, the hypothetical instrument’s project scientist Eric Murphy says astronomers could make high-def movies of solar systems as they come together—something previously out of reach because the dust surrounding the baby planets obscured their birth, and because radio images weren’t sharp enough. They could capture the collisions that cause gravitational-wave events, up to 650,000,000 light-years away. They could find more molecules that precurse biology in still-forming star systems.The conditional tense, though, is key. Before it can be realized, a committee has to deem it important in the 2020 Decadal Survey, a priority plan that astronomers make every decade. If it gets a high ranking—and then funding—construction would start around 2025.But it’s expensive: $1.5 billion just for construction, of which the US would pay half, and $75 million a year to operate. For comparison, Green Bank cost about $135 million in today’s dollars to build and costs around $10 million to operate. “It might all get shot down tomorrow, but for now, it’s fun,” says Murphy.If it does get shot down, he says, the team could scale the plans back or just keep running the VLA. At the other sites, members of the radio astronomy community are helping make older telescopes new again: They are developing a new Arecibo receiver that would game-change its view, and a Green Bank collaboration is working on a receiver called Argus+ to make, among other things, fast, detailed maps of molecules in galaxies and places where new stars are forming. In 2011, the VLA got a $94 million electronics upgrade and a new name that no one uses: the Expanded Very Large Array. “But 40-year-old dishes become 50 years old,” says Murphy, “and things become more difficult.” More Great WIRED StoriesCan this all-Asian competition disrupt beauty pageants?How to track your heart rate with wearablesMagic Leap’s rebirth as a company with real productsPHOTO ESSAY: The ghost towns of Spain’s financial crisisWhy Saudi Arabia would want to invest in TeslaHungry for even more deep dives on your next favorite topic? Sign up for the Backchannel newsletter In the early 1930s, Bell Labs was experimenting with making wireless transatlantic calls. The communications goliath wanted to understand the static that might crackle across the ocean, so it asked an engineer named Karl Jansky to investigate its sources. He found three: nearby thunderstorms, distant thunderstorms, and a steady hiss, coming from … somewhere.Jansky studied the hiss for a year, using a rudimentary antenna that looked like toppled scaffolding, before announcing its origin: The static was coming from the the galaxy itself. “Radio waves heard from remote space,” announced The New York Times in May 1933. “Sound like steam from a radiator after traveling 30,000 light-years.” Janksy had unwittingly spawned the field of radio astronomy.Today, a replica of Jansky’s scope sits on the lawn in front of Green Bank Observatory, one of the four world-class public radio telescopes in the US. Along with the Very Large Array, Arecibo Observatory, and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), it is the legacy of a boom time in federal investment in the field that began in earnest after World War II.In the past several years, though, the National Science Foundation has backed away from three of those instruments. In 2012 the NSF published a review recommending that the foundation ramp down funding to Green Bank—just 11 years after it was finished—as well as the VLBA, which can resolve a penny from about 960 miles away. Three years later, the foundation asked Arecibo for management proposals that “involve a substantially reduced funding commitment from NSF.”Now, the future of those scopes—instruments that map the gaseous threads that connect cosmic neighborhoods, penetrate the dust shrouds surrounding not-yet stars, and probe way-warped spacetime—is in question. “Radio astronomy is really, really unique in the kinds of astrophysics that we can study,” says Brian Kent, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.That work is far from stopping. But support for pure science in the US is always complicated, since it relies on the good graces of federal agencies and annual budgets. As funders balance building and operating new scopes with the old, while giving grants to the astronomers who actually use those instruments, something’s gotta give. And no matter what it is, the science will not be the same.last_img read more

16
August
2019

BeMyGuest launches B2B platform online

first_imgA new B2B platform for travel agents has been launched by BeMyGuest, its latest among a series of initiatives taken to expand its distribution reach.The Asian online travel company’s new Agents Marketplace features a booking engine through which agents can access industry rates for BeMyGuest’s global inventory of more than 10,000 tours and activities.“We have created Agents Marketplace as a result of numerous requests from our current tours and activities providers who want to sell to other providers already working with us,” said Clement Wong, CEO of BeMyGuest.The accessibility to net rates at Agents Marketplace will be one of the key benefits, enabling agents to collect gross payments from clients, allowing for immediate commissions. Once a booking is made, the system sends e-vouchers to the agent.The platform is currently available in English and Mandarin, with more Asian languages expected to be rolled out in 2016.last_img read more