UN forum wraps up with call for collaboration to achieve Internet for

Drawing attendees from more than 100 governments, as well as the private sector, civil society and others, the third meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) centered on the theme, “Internet for All.” Five topics were the main points of discussion at the four-day gathering: reaching the next billion with Internet access promoting cyber-security and trust managing critical Internet resources taking stock and the way forward and emerging issues, including the Internet of tomorrow. The next IGF meeting will take place in Egypt in 2009. 6 December 2008A United Nations-sponsored gathering on Internet governance issues wrapped up in Hyderabad, India, today, with the more than 1,200 participants recognizing the need for greater cooperation to allow access to the greatest number of people worldwide to a safe, secure and diverse Internet. read more

Keerthi Tennakoon resigns as CaFFE head

Keerthi Tennakoon, who was yesterday appointed as the Governor of the Uva Province, has resigned as Executive Director of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE).He informed the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections that he had decided to accept the invitation extended by the President to be appointed as a Governor. Tennakoon took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday. (Colombo Gazette)

Toronto stock market adds to losses over fiscal cliff worries commodities rise

Toronto stock market adds to losses over fiscal cliff worries, commodities rise by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 8, 2012 4:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Thursday, adding to the losses of the previous session as traders weighed the odds of the United States steering clear of a so-called fiscal cliff by the end of the year.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 39.54 points at 12,191.05 following a 131-point drop Wednesday, with losses held in check for a second session by gains in the gold sector. The TSX Venture Exchange was 7.97 points higher at 1,298.68.If a deal between the Republicans and Democrats isn’t reached, tax increases and government spending cuts to the tune of US$600 billion automatically take effect. The worry is that such a drastic measure would result in the United States sliding back into recession, dragging down other economies, including Canada’s.One reason for the lack of confidence in American lawmakers is that traders recall the fierce infighting that went on during the debate on raising the U.S. debt limit during the summer of 2011. The raucous debate pressured financial markets around the world.“We often quote (that) past performance is no guarantee of future results,” said Norman Raschkowan, North American strategist at Mackenzie Financial Corp.“But clearly, everyone still looks at past performance and when you think back to the summer of 2011 that’s where people look at the fact that the composition (of Congress) hasn’t changed so people expect it increases the odds we do go over the cliff.”The Canadian dollar was down 0.43 of a cent to 99.96 cents US as nervousness about the consequences of a looming budget crisis in Washington sent traders to the perceived safe haven of U.S. Treasuries for a second day.U.S. indexes lost early momentum and turned lower after New York markets registered their steepest losses of 2012 on Wednesday.Losses were bigger in the U.S. as investors worry that taxes on capital gains and dividends could rise substantially after the first of the year.The Dow Jones industrials racked up a triple-digit loss for a second day, giving back 121.41 points to 12,811.32. The Nasdaq was down 41.7 points to 2,895.58 while the S&P 500 index slipped 17.02 points to 1,377.51.The threat of a U.S. downgrade by ratings agency Fitch had added to the negative sentiment.Hours after Barack Obama defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a cliff-hanger election, Fitch said that the U.S. government’s top AAA rating would be at risk if Congress and the president did not immediately forge an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff.Commodity prices were higher following steep losses on Wednesday.But TSX weakness was led by a 1.22 per cent decline in the base metals sector as December copper added three cents to US$3.47 a pound after falling seven cents Wednesday. Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) gave back 13 cents to C$2.98 and First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) shed 77 cents to $22.14.The energy sector lost 1.15 per cent, while December crude gained 65 cents to US$85.09 a barrel after demand concerns, higher inventories and the rising American dollar combined to send prices skidding more than $4 Wednesday. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) lost 60 cents to $33.14.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) weighed on the sector as its shares fell 93 cents to $28.02. CNQ had $360 million of net income in the third quarter or 33 cents per share, down from $753 million or 68 cents per share a year earlier. Adjusted net earnings fell to $353 million or 32 cents per share from $606 million or 55 cents per share a year earlier as results were affected by lower prices for crude oil, synthetic crude oil and natural gas liquids.The industrials sector fell 1.1 per cent as Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) fell eight cents to $3.37 while Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) shed $1.36 to $90.55.The financials sector was also a weight, down 0.57 per cent as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) gave back 61 cents to $55.72.Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) said it earned $383 million, or 64 cents per share, for the latest quarter, compared with a loss of $621 million, or $1.07 per share, a year ago. Operating net income, which excludes items that the company believes are not ongoing, was $401 million, or 68 cents per share, beating expectations of 63 cents and its shares ran ahead 94 cents to $25.31.The gold sector gained about 1.3 per cent while December bullion gained $12 to US$1,726 following a $1 dip. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) improved by 40 cents to C$44.91. Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) ran up 82 cents or 8.78 per cent to $10.16 after it posted a quarterly earnings profit Wednesday that beat expectations. It also said it expects to meet the higher end of its production targets for the year.Elsewhere on the earnings front, Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX:THI) shares fell $2.48 or 5.01 per cent to $47.03 after the coffee, doughnut and fast food chain saw a 10.3 per cent increase in total revenue. Net income attributable to shareholders was $105.7 million or 68 cents per share, up from $103.6 million or 65 cents per share a year ago. But the company also faced a decline in the number of customers at its restaurants.And Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. (TSX:CTC.A) stepped back $2.32 to $68.84 even as the retailer said it is boosting its dividend almost 17 per cent. The retailer also said quarterly net earnings fell to $131.4 million or $1.61 per diluted share, compared with $136.5 million or $1.67 per diluted share a year ago.The eurozone debt crisis also weighed on markets after Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the monetary union is not yet in a position to make a decision on releasing the next batch of bailout funds to Greece. As anticipated, the cash-strapped country still has to pass its budget for 2013 while lawmakers in some countries, including Germany, have to authorize the release of funds. The budget vote is to be held Sunday. read more

Reports Michael Vick Maintains His Starting Job

Reports Michael Vick Maintains His Starting Job

Michael Vick will not be supplanted from his starting job as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, although it was a serious consideration, according to multiple reports.Coach Andy Reid makes the decision on that position, and he likely will stay with the four-time Pro Bowler over rookie Nick Foles, who is unproven.The Eagles are 3-4, and Vick has been part of the Philly problems, which are not limited to Vick.Reid didn’t endorse Vick after Sunday’s 30-17 loss to Atlanta, saying he’s going to evaluate all his starters. Vick then said he would support whatever decision Reid makes, which was different from saying he deserves to be replaced.The Eagles’ headquarters was closed Monday because of  superstorm Sandy, and there was no media availability.Reid has changed his mind on his starting quarterbacks in a 24-hour period before, reversing his call on Kevin Kolb  and replacing him with Vick in 2010. It’s unlikely he would do it again and give Foles his first NFL snap on the road in a Monday night game against New Orleans (2-5) next week.Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, had an outstanding preseason. However, he did so playing against backups, third-stringers and guys who didn’t make a roster. Foles impressed coaches and teammates, and fans have been calling for him to start since Week 1.Simply, Vick wasn’t the problem against the Falcons. He did not turn the ball over and he does not play defense. Under new coordinator Todd Bowles, the Eagles allowed scores on Atlanta’s first six possessions, including touchdowns on the first three.As for the offense, injuries to All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters and center Jason Kelcehave crippled the unit. Vick hasn’t had much time to throw and gets hit often. Playcalling isn’t helping, either. Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg have underused All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy in the past three losses.Vick led Philadelphia to comeback wins with go-ahead touchdowns on its final drive the first two games of the season. But he’s been inconsistent and turnover-prone overall. Vick has just a 78.6 passer rating, his lowest since joining the Eagles. He’s coming off a rare turnover-free performance after throwing eight interceptions and losing five fumbles in the first six games.Benching Vick and turning the offense over to Foles could be a way to shake things up. It also could be interpreted as giving up on the season. read more

EHF CL RK Vardar close to win the Group

8.Kristianstad11227278:3336 4.Rhein-Neckar11443322:30512 The Hungarian PICK Szeged proved great form and that win in Germany over Rhein Neckar Lowen last week wasn’t such a big surprise, but that wasn’t enough to celebrate also in Skopje! RK Vardar came close to win the Group and direct place at quarter-finals by beating PICK Szeged 34:30. It was a hard win, but well deserved after home team didn’t receive goal between 54th (30:29) and 59th minute, when they netted twice on “empty net”.The Russian wing of home team, Timur Dibirov had a perfect afternoon at “Jane Sandanski” with 11 goals. On the other side, Croatian right back Ivan Srsen netted six goals for his team.STANDINGS: 6.Wisla Plock12228322:3456 ← Previous Story Star studded CSM bring on three new stars Next Story → THW Kiel and Rhein Neckar Lowen still in the race for No.2 in Groups 5.Szeged12516364:35511 1.Vardar12921333:28320 7.PPD Zagreb12228297:3396 PHOTO: SEHA GAZPROM Liga 3.Barcelona12723354:32916 2.Nantes12813345:32617 read more

DeepMind AI Can Predict Kidney Failure 48 Hours Early

DeepMind AI Can Predict Kidney Failure 48 Hours Early

first_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Artificial intelligence can predict a leading cause of preventable patient harm up to two days before it occurs.Google’s DeepMind, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, developed technology that could give doctors a 48-hour head start in treating acute kidney injury (AKI).The condition (previously known as acute renal failure) causes build-up of waste in the blood, making it hard for the kidneys to balance fluid; the result is often a sudden failure or damage that occurs over a few hours or a few days.Affecting up to one in five hospitalized patients in the US and UK, AKI is notoriously difficult to spot, and deterioration can happen quickly.Machine learning to the rescue!Using anonymized health records from the VA network, DeepMind’s AI correctly predicted nine out of 10 patients whose condition deteriorated so severely they required dialysis.“This could provide a window in the future for earlier preventative treatment and avoid the need for more invasive procedures like kidney dialysis,” study co-authors Dominic King and Mustafa Suleyman wrote in a blog post.The team hopes the model will one day be used to identify other major causes of disease and deterioration, including life-threatening infection sepsis.Their research was published this week in the journal Nature.DeepMind wants to use AI to give doctors a 48-hour head start on life-threatening illness (via DeepMind)“This is our team’s biggest healthcare research breakthrough to date, demonstrating the ability to not only spot deterioration more effectively, but actually predict it before it happens,” Suleyman and King said.The technology, however, won’t help anyone without the right tools to alert specialists.“Better technology is desperately needed so that critical information can be delivered to the right specialist at the right time,” DeepMind said.Enter Streams, a mobile medical assistant for clinicians, which has been in use at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since early 2017.The app allows specialists to review urgent cases in 15 minutes or less—a process that might otherwise take several hours—and helps reduce the number of AKI cases missed at the hospital.“Getting the right information about the right patient at the right time is a huge problem for healthcare systems across the globe,” according to King and Suleyman.“These results comprise the building blocks for our long-term vision of preventative healthcare, helping doctors to intervene in a proactive, rather than reactive, manner,” they added.Research, led by David Feinberg, will continue as part of Google Health.More on Geek.com:New AI Tool Can Help Doctors Detect Brain AneurysmsGoogle Algorithm Detects Lung Cancer Better Than Human DoctorsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too Stay on targetlast_img read more

Acid victim admits injuring herself

first_imgAmid growing speculation, a Vancouver woman who made international headlines for reporting that a black woman threw acid in her face confessed to police today that the attack was self-inflicted.At a press conference this afternoon, Vancouver Police Department officials said they served a search warrant this morning at a residence where Bethany Storro was staying and took several items. Upon questioning Storro about what they found, police said she confessed the attack was a hoax.Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook said investigators had growing speculation about Storro’s story, prompting them to serve the search warrant. Officials declined to say what they found in the residence.“She is extremely upset and very remorseful,” said police Cmdr. Marla Schuman. “In many ways, this just got bigger than she expected.”“It seems clear to everyone that we have a person here who is in a fragile mental state,” she added.Schuman said detectives turned their investigation toward Storro after continually coming across aspects of the case that just didn’t add up. For instance, investigators looked at the splash pattern of the acid, she said, and the fact that it didn’t run down Storro’s neck.Schuman also said the time of day when Storro said the attack happened, 7:40 p.m., raised the question of why she would be wearing sunglasses.last_img read more

36 say workplace pensions are the most valuable employee benefit

36 say workplace pensions are the most valuable employee benefit

first_imgJust over a third (36%) of employer respondents say that workplace pensions are the most valued employee benefit, according to research by Hargreaves Lansdown.Its Workplace benefits: the employer view report, which surveyed 349 UK employers, also found that 15% who rank private medical insurance as the most valuable, while 12% cite additional holiday entitlement as the most valuable employee benefit.The research also found:More than two-fifths (44%) of employer respondents believe that season ticket loans are the most valuable financial employee benefit, while 43% of respondents rank payroll giving as the most valuable financial employee benefit, compared to a share option scheme (17%), and a sharesave scheme (9%).70% of respondents believe an employee assistance programme (EAP) is the most valuable health and wellbeing benefit, 52% cite employee health screening as the most valuable health benefit for staff, 44% rank a health cash plan as the most valuable health-related benefit, and 42% state dental insurance is the most valuable health and wellbeing benefit. Less than a quarter (13%) view cancer screening as the most valuable health and wellbeing benefit.91% of respondents believe that life insurance is the most valuable protection benefit.54% of respondents define group income protection as the most valuable protection benefit.36% of respondents view critical illness insurance as the most valuable protection benefit, compared to personal travel insurance (24%), personal accident insurance (17%), and critical illness insurance for a spouse (13%).62% of respondents offer above statutory holiday entitlement, 34% allow staff to buy additional holiday, and 22% enable holiday selling.90% of respondents offer childcare vouchers as an employee benefit, 69% provide a bikes-for-work scheme, 62% offer additional holiday entitlement, 37% provide access to a company car, and 35% offer an off-site gym membership.48% of respondents will not be introducing any new financial benefits in the next 12 months, while 50% will not be providing any new health and wellbeing benefits next year, 58% will not be adding to their protection benefits in 2018, and 42% will not be increasing their leisure and lifestyle benefits offering in the next 12 months.6% of respondents feel that total reward statements are a very valuable employee retention tool.36% of respondents have not reviewed their core benefits offering in more than two years.61% of respondents introduce new benefits once the popularity of these has been proven at other organisations.Nathan Long, head of workplace research at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “For employers, a tailored benefits package means employers are better equipped to recruit, reward and retain the very best staff.“Everyone is different. So when creating or reviewing a benefits package, employers must consider the different needs of their workforce.”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 22 Group Of Kids Out At 3AM Loud

POLICE LOG for August 22 Group Of Kids Out At 3AM Loud

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, August 22, 2018:An employee at Cumberland Farms stated there is a pick-up truck parked sideways by the air pumps for the past two hours with its engine running. Police responded. Party was sleeping in the vehicle after work and is heading home. (2:22am)A group of juveniles ran when approached by a cruiser on Kenwood Avenue. One juvenile stayed behind and relayed that they were staying a nearby home. Police went to home to speak to an adult to alert them to the fact that the kids were out at 3am. (3:17am)A Harold Avenue caller reported that every morning at 5:30am for the past couple of weeks, a motorcycle with a loud exhaust races into Wilmington on Route 129 from Billerica, waking her 1 year-old child. She is requesting traffic enforcement during that time. (5:41am)Animal Control Officer advised 2 dog owners of bylaw and removed them from grassy area of Town Beach. (1:14pm)A caller reported a tree fell across the roadway on Nottingham Drive. Police notified Tree Department. (5:31pm)A caller reported a large fallen tree was blocking the road on Federal Street. Police notified Tree Department. (11:26pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 24: Motorcycle Crash; Package Stolen; Speeding on Shawsheen Ave.In “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Wilmington High School Boosters Association Announces Wildcat Superfan Raffle

Wilmington High School Boosters Association Announces Wildcat Superfan Raffle

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Boosters Association is excited to present its 1st Annual Wildcat Superfan Raffle. Two lucky winners will receive a season ticket to ALL regular season Wilmington High School athletic events and a Wildcat Swag bag.Tickets cost $5 each or 3 for $10. Email wilmingtonboosters@gmail.com to purchase tickets.Ticket sales will end on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents Raffling Off A Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four GameIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Port Officials Call For Tweaks to Shell Moorage Plan

first_imgAs Shell tries to chart a course back to the Arctic this summer, the company is looking for new space to store its drill rigs in Unalaska.Download AudioShell has asked the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to sign off onthree moorage sites for the Noble Discoverer and the Polar Pioneer — all on on state-owned tidelands. If they’re approved, the rigs could cycle through Wide Bay, Nateekin Bay, and the edge of Summer Bay until 2019.Shell declined to comment through a spokesperson. But port personnel in Unalaska say some of those spots are less than ideal.Shell wants to use its Noble Discoverer drill rig to explore the Chukchi Sea this summer. (KUCB)Summer Bay sees heavy traffic from cargo ships. And marine pilot Rick Entenmann says the 500-meter safety zone that Shell is requesting around its rigs may not leave much space for tugboats and barges to get past the entrance to Nateekin Bay.“So we’d like to maybe move that position — maybe tweak that a little bit more towards the Broad Bay area and Wide Bay,” Entenmann says. “Get him out of the way. Because it’s going to be a visual [thing] too. You know? ‘What the heck is that. How long is that going to be there?’”It’s not clear how long the vessels would stay in Unalaska. Shell didn’t intend to keep either of its Arctic rigs in port back in 2012. But heavy sea ice and permitting delays kept the fleet tied up in Unalaska for more than a month.During that time, the Noble Discoverer broke free from its moorage in Unalaska Bay, grabbing national headlines in the process.Shell isn’t looking to use that spot again. But after the issues the company faced on its last Arctic expedition, Shell sent several employees to Unalaska to hammer out new anchorages.Ports director Peggy McLaughlin says that meeting took place just over a year ago.“You know, I think that Shell made the effort to come out and communicate and to work with local government and work with local industry to come up with the best possible solutions,” McLaughlin says. “Somehow — in the mix-up and the time lapse between then and now — some of those priorities have been lost in translation.”There’s also been turnover in Shell’s ranks. McLaughlin says she’s asked for another meeting with the oil company later in the week to discuss their moorage proposal.Alaska’s DNR will be taking public comments on the plan through February 24. They can be submitted in writing to the Division of Mining, Land and Water at 550 West 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501. Questions should be directed to natural resource specialist Candice Snow at candice.snow@alaska.gov or (907) 269-5032.last_img read more

Will Smiths Aladdin gets remade as an adult parody Watch

first_imgAladdin movie trailerDisney’s Aladdin (@disneyaladdin/Instagram)Right on the date of the release of Will Smith’s Aladdin movie, an Aladdin porn parody movie has been released and its trailer is making several rounds over the Internet. The porn parody movie is being called as Allad**k.The entire world is eagerly waiting to see Will Smith playing the role of Genie in the upcoming Disney’s Aladdin movie. The movie faced a lot of criticism at the beginning over its casting but now it looks like it has some other, bigger problems.Even before fans of Smith will get to see the live-action remake of Aladdin on screen, their social media accounts have flooded with the trailer of an adult porn parody featuring the same characters, only not in the classic graceful manner.The trailer feature a man who is all colored up in blue paint and who introduces himself as an f***n genie. The two-minute-long preview features the crew singing along to some extremely graphic tunes, the genie went on to say that how he is embarrassed to be even cast in a film like this.The Aladdin porn parody movie is called Allad**k and it features all the major characters from the original classics. You can see the trailer here:As per reports, the standard version of the Aladdin porn will release for free today only, while an extended edition will be released only for Pornhub Premium subscribers. Aladdin Movie First LookEntertainmentWeekly/InstagramThe movie’s synopsis is also eye-opening as it states that the upcoming porn parody is a live-action, song-singing, blue gene-filled parody of Aladdin and is created by WoodRocket and Pornhub, the same team who previously brought Game of Bones 2 — a possible Game of Thrones porn parody.Meanwhile, the Will Smith Aladdin movie is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 animated film of the same name. The movie features Mean Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Marwan Kenzari in the lead roles.As of now, the movie holds an approval rating of 61 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Aladdin retells its classic source material’s story with sufficient spectacle and skill, even if it never approaches the dazzling splendor of the animated original.”last_img read more

Justice disappeared from the country Fakhrul

Justice disappeared from the country Fakhrul

first_imgmirza fakhrul islam alamgir.File PhotoBNP on Wednesday alleged that the government is pushing its chairperson Khaleda Zia towards death in a planned way as justice has disappeared from the country, reports UNB.”I went to meet Khaleda Zia in court yesterday (Tuesday). I can’t express words to make you understand her condition. I didn’t see her in such a state anytime in the past… she has been pushed towards death in a planned way,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a token-hunger-strike programme, he further said, “You (govt) have created such a condition in the country where there’s no justice and fairness. Justice has disappeared from the country. This is unfortunate that from the highest court to the lower one is now functioning at the behest of the government.”South Keraniganj unit of BNP arranged the programme at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, demanding party chief Khaleda Zia’s immediate release from jail. The programme that began around 11am continued until 4pm.Fakhrul said their chairperson is so sick that she cannot hold her head straight while she is enduring serious pain in her whole body. “She neither can eat anything nor can keep any food in her stomach.”He alleged that the court is not giving Khaleda Zia bail in many cases though other accused in those cases are out on bail.Under the circumstances, the BNP leader said their party leaders and activists have no option to sit idle. “We must move forward with action programmes.”He called upon the leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies in every upazila and district to organise programme like token-hunger strike to mount pressure on the government to free Khaleda from jail.Fakhrul alleged that the government is unwilling to release Khaleda from jail to prevent her from leading the nation in the movement for ‘restoration’ of democracy in the country.”He said the government has been staying in power by using state power, guns, intimidating people, filing ‘false and fictitious’ cases against thousands of opposition leaders and activists and sending them to jail.The BNP leader warned the government that it will not be able to hang onto power for a long time by suppressing people. “You won’t be able to keep people suppressed for a long time as they’ll surely wake up to ensure your fall.”He urged the government to free Khaleda for the sake of democracy. “She’ll be able to protect you (govt) and democracy if you free her.”Fakhrul also called upon the people of all walks of life to get united to build a democratic society by removing the current ‘fascist and autocratic’ regime.BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said Khaleda is so sick that her life is now at stake. “She has to appear before the court with her falling health. But the court is not ensuring justice to her.”He alleged that the prime minister has kept Khaleda in jail as she fears her for her immense popularity. “The prime minister will get relief the day she will hear the news of Khaleda Zia’s death sitting in Ganabhaban.”Gayeshwar urged the BNP leaders and activists to get ready for making the highest sacrifice in the movement for freeing Khaleda Zia and restoring democracy.last_img read more

Durr Named Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year

first_imgMinimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team. The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July. No. 3 Louisville (27-2, 14-2), the defending ACC Tournament Champion, will be the 2-seed in the 2019 ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC. The Cardinals open play on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. against 7-seed Clemson. Print Friendly Version ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters. The award is based 60 percent on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishment. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After being named ACC Player of the Week for the second consecutive season earlier this week, University of Louisville senior guard Asia Durr has been named the 11th annual Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year.The ACC women’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is named in memory of the legendary Yow, who won 737 games as a head coach while directing NC State to four ACC Tournament championships and the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team to a gold medal. Yow, who passed away in January of 2009, is also remembered for her leadership and courage in her fight against breast cancer.”I am thrilled that Asia Durr has been named the Kay Yow Scholar Athlete of the Year,” said head coach Jeff Walz. “There is no question that Asia is a talented basketball player and a great teammate, but I am so proud of the work that she has done in the classroom. She puts as much work into academics as she does basketball and it’s been a privilege to coach her.”Durr is the first Louisville player to win the Kay Yow award and headlines of group of four Cardinals who were named to the All-ACC academic team, as she is joined by Arica Carter, Dana Evans and Sam Fuehring.Durr is averaging 21.4 points per game this season, which ranks first in the ACC and 13th in the country, while connecting on 2.9 3-point field goals per game, which ranks second in the league. Story Links In the 92-62 win over No. 10 NC State on senior night, she tied her own program-record with 47 points, while breaking the ACC record with 11 made 3-pointers.She ranks second in program history with 2,343 points and 360 made 3-pointers.Durr will graduate in the spring with a degree in communications. She has a 3.065 career grade point average, along with a 3.437 GPA in the spring 2018 and a 3.500 GPA in the fall 2018. She is a five-time member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and two times has been named to the Dean’s List.Carter graduated last fall with a degree in exercise science and is now pursuing a psychology degree. She had a 3.494 grade point average last semester and a career 3.39 GPA. She was also named All-ACC Academic team last season. Three times she has been named to the Dean’s List, along with three times being named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.She ranks fourth on the team with 8.6 points per game and is shooting 54-137 (.394) from distance, which ranks eighth in the ACC. In ACC play, she is averaging 8.8 points, while shooting 32-83 (.386) from downtown.Fuehring will graduate with a degree in sport administration and a minor in communications. She had a 3.925 GPA last semester and a 3.47 GPA for her career. This marks the second consecutive season she has been named to the All-ACC Academic Team. She has been named to the Dean’s List five times and was named to the Chi Alpha Sigma Student-Athlete Honor Society.She is averaging 10.4 points, which ranks third on the team, while shooting 111-205 (.541) from the floor, which ranks 10th in the ACC. Her 7.0 rebounds also lead the team. She recorded her fifth double-double of the season and ninth of her career with 12 points and 12 rebounds vs. NC State.Evans is pursuing a degree in sport administration with a minor in communications. She had a 3.80 GPA last semester and a 3.478 GPA for her career. Two times she has been named to the Dean’s List and she has been named ACC Honor Roll, Red & Black Scholar Athlete, and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.Earlier this week, Evans was named ACC Sixth Player of the Year. After starting the first two games, she has come off the bench in 25 of last 27. She is second on the team with 10.5 points and is averaging a team-high 4.1 assists, which ranks seventh in the ACC. She is 42-101 (.416) from deep, which ranks fourth in the league. She has 119 assists and 54 turnovers and ranks third in the ACC with a 2.2 assist-to-TO ratio.last_img read more

Nancy Grace Partners With iHeartMedia to Launch Daily Feature EXCLUSIVE

Nancy Grace Partners With iHeartMedia to Launch Daily Feature EXCLUSIVE

first_imgFormer HLN legal commentator Nancy Grace is partnering with iHeartMedia to launch a new audio crime feature.The 60-second spot, titled “Crime Alert with Nancy Grace,” will air daily, with Grace commenting on the day’s most recent crime news and headlines. It will air its first episode July 23.“I’m thrilled to join iHeartMedia and Premiere Networks, where I will continue my lifelong mission to fight crime and speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves,” Grace said in a press release. “This new platform expands my ability to shine a light on heinous crimes, help find missing people — particularly children — arm listeners with need-to-know information, and CATCH the bad guys.”The feature will be distributed to radio stations nationwide via Premiere Networks, and will also be available on iHeartMedia’s own radio-streaming service iHeartRadio. The show is an extension of Grace’s Crime Online website, which reports on breaking crime news, cold cases and missing persons. Popular on Variety “Crime fans are some of the most passionate audio consumers, and we couldn’t be more excited to give them access to Nancy’s legal expertise and intelligent point of view in this powerful feature,” said Darren Davis, president of iHeartMedia Networks Group. “Nancy has a reputation for finding the truth and fighting for victims, and we look forward to sharing her unique brand of compelling content with broadcast listeners nationwide and on iHeartRadio.”Grace rose to prominence with her investigative series “Nancy Grace” on CNN Headline News, which ran from 2005 to 2016. In addition to operating her site, Grace also hosts the podcast “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace” and the A+E show “Grace vs. Abrams,” in which she debates infamous murder cases with co-host Dan Abrams.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Immersive Angular 2 Bundle Get Access to 44 Intensive Hours on the

Immersive Angular 2 Bundle Get Access to 44 Intensive Hours on the

first_img Share Tweet Submit Angular 2 is the new version of the JavaScript framework created by Google that enables developers to architect larger scale and more maintainable software. Emerging as a hot topic for developers to learn, the platform has been praised for speed, cross-platform compatibility, and flexibility. Now is the time to future-proof your skills by separating yourself from the developer pack. Get access to over 44 intensive hours on the web’s most exciting new framework.Special discount: Don’t miss our big sale, offering 50% off on a huge collection of online courses. Enter code LEARN50 at checkout and start getting all the highly sought-after tutorials, ebooks, and courses at additional discounts.Head over to Wccftech Deals and get an 88% discount on the Immersive Angular 2 Bundle.88% discount on the Immersive Angular 2 Bundle1- Angular 2 From The Ground UpThis Angular 2 Course is 9 Hours & Still Growing, So Get On Board Now!Learning Angular 2, the new version of the JavaScript framework created by Google, is easy with this immersive 9-hour course. You’ll cover all of the fundamentals of Angular 2 and gain the skills to separate yourself from other web developers. The best part? This course is still adding content that you’ll have access to down the line.2- Learn Angular 2 Development By Building 10 AppsBuild 10 Useful Apps & Discover the New Abilities of This Powerful, Scalable JavaScript LibraryAngular 2 is the latest version of the powerful JavaScript library, AngularJS, and has been praised for the speed, cross-platform capability, flexibility, and expressiveness it has augmented from the original framework. The new features of Angular 2 put a greater emphasis on mobile development, browser compatibility, and dynamic loading. Throughout this course, you’ll use Angular 2 to build 10 apps, gaining a better grasp of this new technology as you go.3- Angular 2 Crash CourseThe Newest Version of the Popular AngularJS Framework Will Give Your Resume a Major BoostIf you want to gain a competitive edge in UI/UX design, web development, or mobile apps, then it’s important to know Angular 2, the newest version of the popular AngularJS framework. Regardless of experience, this course will get you up to date with all the basic AngularJS features, and all the new ones contained in Angular 2. You’ll start with an introduction to TypeScript, the Cloud 9 IDE, and using Angular 2 modules, before progressing to building your own Angular 2 projects.4- Angular 2 with TypeScript for Beginners: The Pragmatic GuideThis Comprehensive Course Will Have You Building Angular 2 Applications in MinutesStart building Angular 2 apps within minutes of this comprehensive, 7-hour course. You’ll learn this exciting new framework with hands-on lessons, and by building actual, real-world applications. Approved by Google Developer Expert, Todd Motto, this is the one-stop shop to master Angular 2.5- Angular 2 Fundamentals for Web DevelopersBuild More Dynamic Websites with The Newest Version of This Google FrameworkAngularJS is a structural framework that extends HTML to create more complex, dynamic web apps. The new version, Angular 2, offers the same benefits of the original, but is better aligned with Google’s focus on mobile development, and uses an easier dialect of JavaScript, Typescript. This Angular 2 course has been created by industry specialists to equip you with the skills to work with both Angular and Angular 2 fundamentals and learn the best tricks to build better websites.6- Angular 2 DemystifiedBuild Scalable, Maintainable Mobile & Web Apps with Angular 2This course will take you through the basics of Angular 2 to get you up to speed with this powerful new framework so you’ll be ahead of the curve as it continues to develop.Original value: $349 | Wccftech Deals: $41 at 88% discountlast_img read more

Park of Life honors 190 Holocaust survivors who made a home in

Park of Life honors 190 Holocaust survivors who made a home in

first_imgOne of the Holocaust survivors honored at the ceremony was Magda de Davidovich, who lives in Montes de Oca, on the east side of San José. This native of Hungary is approaching her 95th birthday.“It’s so sad we didn’t have a crystal ball during the darkest moments, so we could see that despite what those damn Nazis were doing to us, there would so many survivors and we were going to reunite in the synagogue all together in a celebration, because we didn’t just survive. We multiplied,” she told The Tico Times. (See our full interview with de Davidovich here.)Recommended: Out of view memorial to Lithuanian Jews must not be forgotten Facebook Comments See also: ‘I’m so in love with Costa Rica – a Holocaust survivor’s extraordinary story’To celebrate a decade of operations in Pavas, in western San José, the Museum of History of the Jewish Community in Costa Rica joined forces the Israeli Zionist Center of Costa Rica to inaugurate a powerful new monument to hope and survival: the “Parque de la Vida” (“Park of Life”), which honors Holocaust survivors who traveled to Costa Rica after World War II, laying the groundwork for today’s Costa Rican-Jewish community.The park, inaugurated on September 1, lists the names the 190 survivors of the Holocaust, or Shoah, who reached Costa Rican shores.“We want to transmit respect and tolerance from one ethnical or religious group to another,” Museum Director Vilma Faingezicht, herself the daughter of Holocaust survivors, told The Tico Times at the ceremony, during which survivors and their families were called one by one to receive a special gift. The event also drew many Costa Rican politicians, the rabbi from the synagogue housed within the Zionist center, and  approximately 200 guests.The monument, created by Costa Rican architect Alberto Reifer, is composed of bars of different sizes, pointed in different directions but all seeking the sky together in the same community, as the Jewish people has always done, Faingezicht explained.The museum seeks to be both a door and a bridge, not just for Jewish people but for all those who seek to learn about Jewish history and culture, as well as the Holocaust. The building is filled with symbolism of Jewish faith and culture. Passports from Jew migrants in Costa Rica are part of the Jewish Community Museum collection. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe Jewish community in Costa Rica is estimated to total 2,500 to 5,000 members, and dates back to 1507. When Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas, he was joined by many Sephardi Jews who had converted to Catholicism. They came to the Americas to escape the Inquisition and expulsion policies in Spain.The 20th century saw two waves of Ashkenazi Jewish immigration from Western Europe: the first from 1929 to 1930, and the second if in 1945-1948, in the aftermath of World War II, with some additional immigration from South America in the 1970s. Most families separated during immigration, with the father going ahead to find a safe place and his family following behind. Pictures from the holocaust are part of the Jewish Community Museum collection. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesImmigrants went through a difficult adaptation process in a strange country with different weather conditions and eating habits, not to mention a new language, a particular challenge given that many immigrants had limited education. Some made a living through door-to-door sales, giving rise to the terms “Klapper Phenomenon” (klapper means knock) and the Costa Rican habit of referring to such salesmen as “polacos” (“polish”) because many of them were from Poland. The term is used to this day to describe those who sell goods door-to-door.Faingezicht, who in addition to serving as the museum’s director is also one its founders, described the experience of her Polish parents during the war.“They didn’t have to go to a concentration camp; they managed to hide,” she said. “My mom said that sometimes she didn’t know why they wanted to stay alive, if they were alive just to hide and run. They passed through 15 hideouts where peasants agreed to hide them in return for something. Those peasants were certainly risking their lives, because if someone found them helping Jews, they would have been killed.“They usually hid in basements, barns or hidden rooms. Once a man dug a hole for them, just big enough for them to fit sitting down, and covered it with straw. They had to stay in that hole for approximately 10 days, some days with nothing to eat, and when they came out my mom couldn’t walk because of all that time sitting inside. The only [other family members] who managed to survive were two of my dad’s brothers, one who had come to Costa Rica before the war and the other one who was in Israel. So my parents came to Costa Rica with my older sister.” A plaque with the names of the holocaust survivors is inaugurated at the Parque de la Vida at the Jewish Community Museum, Tuesday, September 01. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:‘I’m so in love with Costa Rica’ – a Holocaust survivor’s extraordinary story White House seeks emergency funds to handle rush of young immigrants Costa Rican police detain undocumented Eritrean, Somali migrants Singer-songwriter Kevin Johansen makes everyone feel good in Costa Rica debutlast_img read more

Israel plan to move settler homes raises eyebrows

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Most settlers do not make that distinction, opposing demolition of any Israeli structure in the West Bank.The unusual Ulpana arrangement is an attempt by the pro-settler Netanyahu to avert the prospect of destroying a settlement and battling its residents, who started packing their belongings and moving out of the buildings on Tuesday.Transplanting the buildings would solve that problem, but at a staggering cost, experts say.Specialists familiar with this type of operation say it would require slicing the buildings with huge circular blades, chopping them into smaller pieces, transferring them by crane to massive flatbed trucks and hauling them to their new location, where they would be reassembled like a puzzle. The sawing alone would take a week for each building and cost $125,000 for apiece for the five structures, said one of the specialists, speaking on condition of anonymity because final plans for the project have not yet been set.That expense would just be the starter.“Sawing is not the problem. The problem is how to put them together again,” because the slicing would cut through electrical wires, plumbing, structural rods and other parts of the apartment, forcing a large-scale reconstruction, said Israel David, vice chairman of the Israeli Association of Construction and Infrastructure Engineers. Construction specialists say transplanting the buildings _ three-story concrete structures faced with stone and topped with red tile roofs _ would squander huge sums of money and be infinitely more complicated than destroying and rebuilding them.Netanyahu came up with the plan after the government was ordered to dismantle the outpost. People close to the prime minister say he believes that preserving the homes will ease the pain for the families.The Israeli Supreme Court ordered the government earlier this year to destroy Ulpana after determining it was built on privately owned Palestinian land.“By the first of July, the plan is to have the buildings vacated and sealed,” a government official said this week, speaking on condition of anonymity about a project whose details have not been finalized. “The prime minister said he wanted these buildings relocated, not destroyed.”The Palestinians claim all of the West Bank, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war, as part of a future state. The Palestinians, along with virtually all of the international community, consider all Israeli settlements to be illegal or illegitimate.In Israel, any talk of uprooting settlements, now home to more than 500,000 Israelis, is contentious. The government divides the settlements into two categories _ those it authorized and those it did not. There are more than 100 authorized settlements and another 100 or so unauthorized outposts, some little more than a few trailers on a hilltop and others, like Ulpana, made up of concrete apartment houses. Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – The thought of having Jewish settler homes demolished on his watch has propelled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to promise a radical _ some say ludicrous _ way to sidestep a Supreme Court order to raze 30 apartments built illegally in the West Bank.After it evacuates settlers from five apartment buildings in the Ulpana outpost this week, the government has promised to slice the structures from their foundations and move them to a West Bank site nearby, where they will be reassembled. Top Stories The vital role family plays in society 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishescenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist “It’s absurd,” he said, estimating that total costs could go as high as $25 million to relocate 30 apartments that could be rebuilt for $150,000 apiece.The technique has been used in Israel before. In 2005, Israel moved five historic homes in the center of Tel Aviv to widen a road.Shay Tzadik, a 20-year veteran of the sawing business, said he appreciates the sentiment behind what Netanyahu is trying to do, but thinks it’s beside the point.“If it was an archaeological site, it would be worth the investment,” Tzadik said. “But why do it?”___Blake Sobczak contributed reporting from Ulpana.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

New general manager of Australia for Scoot

New general manager of Australia for Scoot

first_imgScoot has announced the appointment of Dennis Basham to the role of general manager for Australia, effective immediately.The appointment was made following Darren Wright’s move back to Flight Centre, and Mr Basham brings with him a wealth of airline industry talent, skills and contactsHis primary focus at Scoot will be to continue to bolster support and new initiatives in trade and distribution, and to build on the brand recognition that the airline has built in two short years.The new general manager, Dennis Basham said that he is excited to be back working in an aviation specialist environment.“It is great to be back in a group of aviation specialists that has worked together previously, and to be amongst a successful, friendly and innovative young team, and I look forward to ensuring the colour yellow is instantly recognizable and associated with our young and fresh brand, Scoot,” Mr Basham said.Mr Basham has spent the past fourteen and a half years building the Virgin Australia group’s products, starting in 2000,  and has filled numerous jobs at Virgin.In recognizing Mr Wright’s contribution, Scoot head of commercial Steve Greenway, said that Mr Wright has been with Scoot from the beginning and his contributions were recognised.“Darren has been part of the Scoot start-up team, during the most vital phases of its growth and he and his teams have created a very strong brand awareness and presence in the Australian aviation market.”Source = ETB News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more