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Colorado bus union authorizes strike

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The union for workers at a Colorado public transportation agency unanimously voted to authorize the union’s executive board to call a strike if future negotiations are unproductive.The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1776, which consists of 32 Grand Valley Transit bus drivers, dispatchers and utility workers, says its union leaders could set a strike date after the latest contract offer from Grand Valley Transit’s operating contractor, Transdev Services, was deemed unsatisfactory.Union workers with Grand Valley Transit, which serves the Grand Junction area, are seeking higher pay.No strike date was set and negotiations should continue, although Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1776 President Judi DeRusha says there are no future bargaining sessions currently scheduled.A strike would be the first in Grand Valley Transit’s 23-year history.___Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.comThe Associated Press read more

Trading while still caring for people and planet

Rabat – Ratifications are moving ahead, if slowly, on the newly signed African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)—the world’s largest free trade agreement (with the most member countries) since the founding of the World Trade Organization.The African Union and its member countries hope that, among other benefits, a free trade area will improve Africa’s economy.For the 49 African leaders who have signed AfCFTA’s framework agreement (by end of July), a free trade area offers hope for improving socioeconomic conditions on the continent. Africa’s current economic indicators are not exactly stellar—low economic productivity, estimated to be 2000% lower than that of developed regions, is compounded by a lack of value addition to commodities in which the region holds a comparative advantage. For example, because of low value addition, Africa earns a mere 10% of the total value of its agro-value chains. In the cocoa value chain (Africa produces 70% of the world’s cocoa), only a dismal $2 billion out of the more than $100 billion in chocolate revenues annually returns to the continent. Similarly, up to 90% of income from coffee goes to rich consuming countries, according to the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). And the domino effect of job loss worsens the situation. Low productivity exacerbates unemployment. About 12 million African youths join the labour market every year to compete for just three million new jobs. A huge population of jobless youth is a ticking time bomb, warns Alexander Chikwanda, Zambia’s former finance minister, alluding to its potential to fuel unrest and political violence.With few prospects for economic security, many young Africans have been risking their lives crossing a dangerous Mediterranean Sea in search of better opportunities overseas. Many have died on the way, some are detained, and recent reports claim others are sold in modern-day slave markets. Still, the huge and obvious problem is climate change, which is projected to shrink average income in the poorest 40% of countries (most of them in Africa)by a whopping 75% by 2030, according to a 2015 study by the University of California, Beckley, USA.The study focused on the relationship between temperature and economic activities in countries, and found that climate change will exacerbate global inequality, which will be harmful to particularly poor countries. Africa’s “Machete”“The path does not close for a man with a machete,” says an African proverb, suggesting the AfCFTA could be the machete that catalyzes Africa’s economy. If all 55 countries join, the free trade area will consolidate a market of 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion, according to ECA. The US business publication Bloomberg estimates the combined GDP at over $3 trillion. A free trade area could boost intra-Africa trade to 52%. That percentage could rise to 70% by 2022, a figure higher than trade within the European Union, currently at 65%. The AfCFTA also includes a protocol for the free movement of people that will consolidate labour opportunities across the continent and put a brake on brain drain. Currently about 33% of Africa’s skilled workforce is seeking greener pastures overseas.At a glance, AfCFTA looks likely to create unprecedented demand that will drive local manufacturing and industrialization, particularly in the agricultural sector. An industrialized agricultural sector could become Africa’s strategic growth engine and a tool to rapidly expand its middle class, currently estimated at 300 million. Africa could rake in $150 billion annually of value-added agro-produce, expand its economy, create thousands of jobs for the youth, mitigate carbon emissions and enhance its ecosystems’ resilience to climate change, states the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, the implementing arm of the African Union.Overall consumer spending amounted to $1.4 trillion in 2015, according to McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, and business-to-business spending, including in agriculture and its ancillary sectors, would be $3.5 trillion by 2025. In a 2013 World Bank report titled Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness, the bank projects Africa’s agribusiness could be worth $1 trillion by 2030 if it expands Africans’ access to capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods.  But how do CFTA and its market opportunities ensure food-secure homes and increase economic productivity, wealth and the income of the ordinary citizen? How does it address climate vulnerabilities?Compliance Standards To achieve AfCFTA’s goal of opening market opportunities, Africa needs to adopt compliance standards, experts say. Africa’s disproportionate vulnerability to climate change underscores the need to ensure that the process of producing, marketing and supplying products meets certain standards and that it does not damage the ecosystems. A compliance standard could ensure, for example, that attiéké, processed cassava from Côte d’Ivoire, is marketed to Kenyan shoppers as pure, natural and grown without GMOs, chemicals or pesticides. A compliance standard could also ensure that ecosystems are not damaged during production and that processing and marketing create no harmful emissions. At the 16th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Libreville, Gabon, in June 2017, African ministers and policy makers called for increased investment in innovative environmental solutions and urged countries to adopt compliance standards on economic activities in environmental, energy and health sectors.In response, the UN Environment, through its Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA) policy implementation framework, established and adopted by AMCEN, is providing technical assistance to countries adopting its compliance standards. The EBAFOSA compliance standards are adapted from the International Organization for Standardization, a body that promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards to ensure that certified products are exported to other countries.Evaluation criteriaUnder EBFOSA’s compliance standards, experts evaluate agro-products along the entire supply chain—from on-farm production, processing and distribution to marketing—based on three criteria. The first is “climate and environment compliance,” a measure of the extent to which production relies on nature-based approaches that enhance ecosystems. The goal is to protect and enhance ecosystems.“Climate and environment compliance” also involves powering processing with clean energy and using ICT-enabled marketing and supply chain activities to reduce high carbon emissions. The second criterion is “health compliance,” meaning nature-based approaches are used in production. The third criterion is “quality and safety compliance” along the production process and value chain. Several African countries, including Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Gambia, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia, are at various stages of adopting the EBAFOSA compliance standards, which will be a step toward creating an open market for healthy, high-quality and environmentally friendly agro-produce across the continent. As Africa moves toward full ratification of AfCFTA, the EBAFOSA-promoted compliance standards represent a key item in the agreement’s implementation toolbox. Socioeconomic transformation need not come at the expense of people or planet.  Dr. Richard Munang is UN Environment’s Africa regional climate change programme coordinator and Mr. Robert Mgendi is UN Environment’s adaptation policy expert. These are the authors’ views, not those of their institution. read more

Vaiko Ramadoss opposes India gifting ship to Lanka

Opposing the gifting of ship which he termed “unacceptable,” PMK chief Ramadoss said “the ship is going to be used against Tamil Nadu fishermen.”Toeing Vaiko’s line in his accusation, he said “Sri Lanka used this ship to kill Eelam Tamils (during the 2009 war).”“Sri Lanka is never going to be of help in India’s defence,” he said here in a press release and wanted the Centre to take back all three ships gifted so far to Sri Lanka including ‘Varaha. It was formally handed over at a ceremonial function in the presence of Indian and Sri Lankan top officials, according to the island nation’s official website. Referring to the hand over, Vaiko said “this is an unforgivable betrayal of Eelam Tamils and Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Indian government.” Opposing the gifting away of a Indian Coast Guard ship to Sri Lanka, MDMK chief Vaikotoday said it was a “betrayal” of Eelam Tamils and Tamil Nadu fishermen, the Press Trust of India reported.Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Varaha’ was gited to Sri Lanka on August 27 in Colombo. The ship was in the service of the island nation since 2006 and it was rechristened ‘Sagara’ by Sri Lanka. Alleging that the ship was “used for killing Tamils in Sri Lanka”, he claimed “the vessel is an evidence of the use of Indian Navy to finish off the Sea Tigers by Sri Lankan Naval forces.”Accusing the UPA-I and its constituent parties from Tamil Nadu the DMK and PMK of being responsible for the large scale killings of Tamils during the 2009 war, he accused the Indian goverment of continuing to work against the interests of Tamils. read more

UN General Assembly updates decadeold youth action plan to meet new challenges

“Many young people today continue to suffer poverty, discrimination and inequality, and far too great a number still lack access to proper education and health services,” General Assembly President Jan Eliasson told Thursday’s review on the Global Action Plan for Youth. “Most of those who have become infected with HIV/AIDS are in their teens or early twenties,” he added. Few could have predicted the sometimes negative impact of globalization and information technologies that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are experiencing today, he said, addressing the mixed audience of youth delegates representing some two dozen countries, and General Assembly Members.The five new areas of focus in general reflect the emerging issues outlined in the Secretary-General’s 2005 World Youth report, and add to a 10-point World Programme on Youth initially adopted in 1995, which includes education, employment, hunger and poverty, health, environment, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, leisure time activities, girls and young women, and full and effective participation in society and in decision making. By adopting the new resolution, the General Assembly is calling on Governments and civic actors to base their programmes on an agreed-upon international strategy. The adoption of the resolution capped a day of debate in which young people stepped up to the podium and communicated their countries’ positions on a host of issues. That included Itzel Barrera de Diego, Youth Delegate from Mexico, who said that young people were being continuously marginalized due to lack of education, poor access to new communication technologies, and a gap between urban and rural development.With the effects of globalization, Jiang Guangping, Youth Delegate from China said his country had changed radically over the past 10 years, but some of those changes would require new government programmes for young people, including some that would focus on intergenerational problems and the negative effects of globalization.Increasing employment opportunities in her country had positive and negative consequences Mai Taha Mohamed Khalil, Delegate from Egypt said. The negative result was an increase in illegal activities, including terrorism. Globalization did not always result in evenly distributed resources either, she said, because many had still not realized their ambition for better jobs. A young woman who is herself a refugee from northern Uganda, Victoria Uwonkunda, the representative from Norway, called on the world body to recognize the important need to integrate displaced children in new host countries, where without government integration, they are in danger of creating a new lower class. Unemployment and HIV/AIDS were some of the many challenges affecting youth in Nicaragua, Delegate Tremino Rivera said. Sex education seminars would help reduce the birth rate and reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The funding for these programmes should be found by reducing external debt in cooperation with development partners, he added. read more

Picture exclusive Prince Philip very shocked and shaken after car crash near

The Duke of Edinburgh had to climb from the wreckage of his car following a crash in which his Land Rover overturned on its side.The 97-year-old was on Thursday afternoon said to look 
distraught and “quite shaken” after the accident, which left two other people in hospital with minor injuries.He was recovering at Sandringham with the Queen by his side, after being checked by a doctor as a precaution and found to have no injuries.Police confirmed that both the Duke and a female driver had been breathalysed at the scene and had not been drinking. A witness said the Queen’s husband appeared “shocked and shaken” after the crash, describing the fact he was uninjured as a “miracle”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The witness told The Telegraph the Duke had seemed “quite distraught” in the aftermath of the incident, as police arrived at the scene. He is understood to have been helped out of his vehicle, which had flipped over, trapping the driver’s door shut.Photographs of the wreckage appeared to show that the car had been hit on its passenger side, with heavy scrapes and dents in what will have been a “reinforced” vehicle made for the Royal family. A second car, a Kia, was left on a verge after the crash on the A149 near the Sandringham estate shortly before 3pm on Thursday. Berneen Caney, a 25-year-old support worker from King’s Lynn who was nearby, said: “It appeared to be quite serious, there was a lot of glass over the road as well as debris. I saw one of the cars was quite badly damaged… its windows were smashed. By the time I passed by, [it] had been tipped back up on its wheels.” Almighty God, the Fountain of all Goodness,We humbly beseech thee to bless Philip Duke of Edinburgh:Endue him with thy Holy Spirit; enrich him with thy Heavenly Grace; prosper him with all happiness; and bring him to thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.— John Sentamu (@JohnSentamu) January 17, 2019God of Love and Compassion reach out with your Peace to the people who were in the car involved in the traffic accident with Prince Philip’s vehicle.Amen.— John Sentamu (@JohnSentamu) January 17, 2019 “The fact anybody walked away from that is incredible. If a 30-year-old had walked away from that unhurt it would be a miracle. For a 97-year-old man, that is something else.” He added that the Duke looked to have been turning right on to the main road when the collision happened.Norfolk Police added last night: “The male driver of the Land Rrover was uninjured. The female driver of the Kia suffered cuts while the female passenger sustained an arm injury, both requiring hospital treatment. We can confirm both casualties were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and have since been discharged.“The road remained open and both vehicles were recovered”.In a statement three hours after the incident, Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon. The Duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate. Local police attended the scene.” A Palace aide added: “He saw a doctor as a precaution and the doctor confirmed he was not injured.”The spokesman would not comment on whether the Duke had passengers, but it is likely that he was travelling with a protection officer. The steward at Babingley Social Club, around 200 yards from the crash scene, described the A149 as “one of the busiest roads in Norfolk.” The Duke of Edinburgh’s car after it was involved in a collision at Babingley, Norfolk Credit:Chris Bishop /Archant  There were conflicting reports about precisely how the crash unfolded, but locals believed the Duke was leaving a small private side road, intending to cross the A149 as he headed back to Sandringham when he collided with a car travelling south.The Duke, who was wearing casual country attire, was seen speaking to uniformed police as a group of about five people comforted one another near to the second car. Ambulance crews were called to the scene, where the B1439 joins the A road in a stretch known as Queen Elizabeth Way. The royal car and one other vehicle were taken from the scene by recovery lorry. A Buckingham Palace source confirmed that the Duke holds a current driving licence; the law requires those over 70 to reapply every three years.A spokesman for Norfolk Police said on Thursday night: “It is force policy to breath test drivers involved in collisions. We can confirm both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings.” The Duke of Edinburgh's car after it was involved in a collision at Babingley, Norfolk  Prince Philip driving near Balmoral Castle in September last year Credit:Peter Jolly/Northpix An eyewitness who took a photograph of the scene moments after the crash and asked not to be named said: “The Duke looked distraught. He looked quite shocked and shaken. It was extraordinary to see the Duke of Edinburgh. He looked at me as I approached the junction. Police were already on the scene, helping him. There’s a police station not far away. Edmund King, the AA president, said: “We wish the Duke well. Many commentators use high profile car crashes involving elderly drivers as a reason to call for bans or restrictions on older drivers. [But] if driving restrictions based on age and safety were introduced we would be more likely to restrict young drivers rather than older drivers. “The decision to hang up your keys is a tough one but should be based on personal advice from your GP and family rather than being based on some arbitrary age. We all age differently and the car is an essential lifeline for many elderly people.” Local driver Natalie Courtney Ely, wrote on a Facebook page: “I drove past about 10 minutes after it happened, if that. I’m surprised he wasn’t hurt. On that stretch of road the sunlight was causing major visibility issues for me so I’m sure it was for other drivers too – maybe they should consider that due to this the poor visibility was more of a cause for the collision rather than speed.”Both the Duke and the Queen have been staying at Sandringham since before Christmas, and traditionally remain there until Feb 6.The Prince of Wales was yesterday at his Scottish residence at Birkhall, and had been made aware of the accident. The Duke, who retired from official royal engagements in August 2017 and had a hip replacement in April, is regularly seen driving his car and a carriage. He drove Barack Obama, the former US President, and his wife Michelle with the Queen to Windsor Castle after the presidential helicopter landed nearby for a visit to the UK in April 2016.The Archbishop of York shared a message of support for the Duke. Prince Philip driving near Balmoral Castle in September last year  read more

Microsoft develops smart elevator that predicts whos getting on

first_imgIMAGINE AN ELEVATOR that can both tell you’re going to use it or even predict the floor you want to travel to.It mightn’t be happening any time soon but it’s one of the projects Microsoft’s research department is currently working on.Using a Microsoft Kinect camera positioned in the ceiling, the elevator tracked the behaviour of people who got on the elevator and those who bypassed it on their way to a nearby cafeteria.By doing this, it taught itself to identify the behaviours of those who wanted to board an elevator and those who didn’t.Once its training period was completed, the learning portion was turned off and the system was used to control the elevator and act on the user’s behalf. It would regularly predict the people who want to take the elevator and act on their behalf.In an interview with Bloomberg, the Head of Microsoft Research Peter Lee offered an example of how the technology could be used. If your environment knows, for example, that it’s lunch time, that you had spoken yesterday about having lunch with a colleague on the second floor, and that it notices that you seem to be now leaving your office to go to the elevator, the elevator can be smart enough to take you, without your need to operate anything, to your colleague.The team behind the project have begun a second phase of the project, this time experimenting with human-like interactions between elevators and the people riding them.Microsoft Research have worked on a number of similar projects in recent times such as a speech translator that repeats what you said in a different language, and its own smart contact lens back in 2011, similar to what Google is currently working on. (Video: MicrosoftResearch/YouTube)Read: Microsoft looking to hire 95 people in Ireland >Read: Microsoft sells more than 2 million Xbox One consoles in 18 days >last_img read more

Educators support mandatory genocide education

first_imgThe mandatory study of the Holocaust for year 10 students in 2014 may open the door for Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian Genocide to be studied in Australian schools, according to the Australian Hellenic Educators Association. History teacher and AHEA President Dr Panayiotis Diamadis said: “this decision provides scope for Australian students to learn about the Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian Genocide as a precursor to the Jewish Genocide two decades later”. The Hellenic and Jewish Genocides are a part of Australian history and deserve a place in the Australian History Curriculum. ANZACs witnessed the Hellenic, Armenian and Assyrian Genocides during World War One. ANZACs rescued survivors across the Middle East in 1917 and 1918. When they returned home, a number of ANZACs assisted in the humanitarian relief effort. Leading members of the Australian Jewish community such as Sir Samuel Sidney Cohen were involved in the Armenian, Assyrian and Hellenic relief effort in the 1920s. When the Nazis seized power in Germany, these same people set about getting German and Austrian Jews to safety. Between the 1910s and the 1960s, tens of thousands of genocide survivors found safe haven in Australia: Hellenes, Armenians, Assyrians, and Jews. The Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association NSW-ACT-QLD will be working with the Federation of Pontian Associations of Australia, the Armenian National Committee, the Assyrian Universal Alliance as well as the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Sydney Jewish Museum on this exciting initiative. The effort will be to produce appropriate classroom resources and activities highlighting the role genocide has played in the Australian story in the last century. This effort will not be restricted to the history classroom – it will be extended across the curriculum to languages, visual arts and English. Education is the best way to prevent future genocides. This is why the recent NSW Board of Studies announcement is of such importance: by studying genocide and its impacts, we learn about the forces that shaped Australia and the world. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nintendo fête ses 10 millions de Wii vendues au Japon

first_imgNintendo fête ses 10 millions de Wii vendues au JaponJapon – La console phare de Nintendo vient de passer la barre symbolique des 10 millions d’exemplaires vendus au Japon. C’est en seulement trois ans que cette étape a été franchie sur le territoire nippon.Lancées en décembre 2006, 10 millions de Wii ont aujourd’hui envahi le Japon : 1 million d’exemplaires ont été vendus entre le mois de décembre 2009 et le mois de février 2010.Nintendo peut se féliciter d’avoir battu sur ses terres ses concurrents Sony et Microsoft, puisque la PS3 n’a séduit que 5 millions de Japonais tandis que la Xbox 360 ne s’est écoulée qu’à 1,2 million d’exemplaires sur l’archipel.Mais le record le plus impressionnant est toujours détenu par la PS2 car, si la Wii a été la console la plus rapide à franchir la barre des 5 millions d’unités vendues au pays du soleil levant, il n’a fallu que 2 ans et 7 mois à la grande sœur de la PS3 pour atteindre les 10 millions d’exemplaires vendus. Le 2 mars 2010 à 16:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

TMZ asked Ronda Rousey about having kids Someday soon but I dont

first_img Google+ Ronda Rousey, Sonya Deville join Total Divas Season 9 cast, will premiere on October 2 WWE 24 – Revolutionary: The Year of Ronda Rousey to premiere this Monday after RAW Pinterest Facebook TMZ caught up with Ronda Rousey and asked her about if she’s having “baby fever” yet and Ronda replied:“Soon, someday. Someday soon, but I don’t know yet.” This is not the first time Ronda talked about having kids. Back in 2016, she was on the “Ellen” show when she first brought up the subject. Except this time around, she’s married to Travis Browne and having kids seems to be in the near future. In 2016, here is what Ronda had to say on how she pulled herself out of the dark place she was in after her loss to Holly Holm:“To be honest I looked up and I saw my man [UFC fighter Travis Browne] was standing up there and I looked up at him and I was like, I need to have his babies I need to stay alive. Really that was it.”The only obstacle in the way is her WWE career is currently taking off and she’s already in a championship match against Nia Jax at the Money in the Bank PPV on June 17, 2018 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.center_img Ronda Rousey sustains a gruesome finger injury on the set of “9-1-1”, underwent surgery Twitter Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApplast_img read more

Justin Edinburgh rules himself out of Wimbledon job

first_imgLeyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh has taken himself out of the race for the new manager job at AFC Wimbledon.Edinburgh was quick to downplay reports linking him with the job saying it’s simply because his current Leyton Orient team is doing well as they sit top of the National League after their 3-1 win on Saturday.The 48-year-old manager believes there is “no reason” for him to leave his current job to replace Neal Ardley who parted company with AFC Wimbledon in a mutual agreement last week with the club wallowing in 23rd position in the Sky Bet League One table.Edinburgh’s son knows the perfect way to pay tribute to his father Manuel R. Medina – July 16, 2019 The former Leyton Orient manager died last month after suffering a cardiac arrest, just some weeks after guiding his team back to the Football League.“That (the reportage) only comes from your team, the players and the football club doing well,” Edinburgh told Sky Sports.“I think it showed today that it hasn’t affected me. I’m more than happy with what I’m doing here at Leyton Orient. For me, there’s no reason to leave this football club.”last_img read more

BSO Man used debit card stolen from car at Pompano Beach Walmart

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are searching for a man who broke into a car in North Lauderdale and used the victim’s debit card at a nearby Walmart shortly after.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the subject broke into a vehicle in a residential neighborhood in North Lauderdale and stole the victim’s Wells Fargo debit card, March 22.Investigators believe the thief wasn’t sure the card would work, so just over an hour after the burglary, he decided to test it at the Walmart Supercenter at 2300 W. Atlantic Blvd.Officials said the thief bought a candy bar, but when he tried to purchase a $205 gift card, the debit card was declined.Detectives said he left the Walmart in a white four-door Dodge Charger.Authorities said the subject has a slim build and short hair. He was last seen wearing a white -shirt, dark colored pants and sandals.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. last_img read more

OEA Grant Funds Implementation Phase of Southern New Mexico El Paso JLUS

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment is providing funding for Doña Ana County, N.M., to implement key recommendations from the Southern New Mexico/El Paso Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), which looked at ways to reduce incompatible development outside White Sands Missile Range, Fort Bliss and Holloman Air Force Base.The $588,590 grant to Doña Ana County, which is acting as the project’s fiscal agent, will pay for environmental studies, plan and policy development, and new and amended zoning initiatives needed to help the three installations and surrounding communities limit encroachment and strengthen existing partnerships.Participants in the initiative include Doña Ana, Sierra, Lincoln and Socorro counties in New Mexico; El Paso County in Texas; the cities of Las Cruces and Alamogordo in New Mexico; and the city of El Paso.The Doña Ana County Community Development Department recently hired a regional compatibility planner to coordinate the effort to implement the study’s recommendations. To learn more about the study and the proposed implementation strategies, visit the Doña Ana County website.last_img read more

Kerala madrasa teacher abused kids for years arrested

first_img(Representational Image)Creative CommonsA Madrasa teacher from Kerala’s Kottayam was arrested on Saturday, June 2, after he was charged for sexually abusing several children for many years.The 63-year-old madrasa teacher, identified as Yusuf, was employed in a mosque in Thalayolaparambu where he was working for the past two years.The incident came to light two weeks ago when a young boy was sexually abused by Yusuf in his private room in the Madrasa. A disturbed boy went home and after coercion from his parents, narrated the incident. He had taken the little boy to his room in the pretext of teaching him the Holy Quran.Soofi TM, the Sub Inspector of Thalayolaparambu station, an investigating officer told The News Minute that Yusuf would prey on children on the days when the chief imam of the madrasa would not come, which would be two to three days a week. On those days, Yusuf would take children to a private room where he would sexually assault them.”Since children that young are naive and are unlikely to understand what sexual abuse is, he relied on this,” Soofi said while mentioning that Yusuf’s victims were always 10 years or younger since in most cases, the crimes would not be reported.Soofi added, “He would lure children, especially girls, by promising them sweets and nicknacks and taking them to the room. Here he would abuse them.”When the news broke of his exploits, Yusuf escaped and was missing till his he was found in Kodungallur on May 27.Yusuf first gained a good reputation by holding long prayer meetings and speeches. He then got a private room after a lot of coercion from his part. He then began taking children, especially girls, to his room and assaulted them.After his arrest and during questioning, Yusuf revealed that he was sexually abused in his childhood and his first victim was the daughter of his abuser.”He told us that he continued to abuse young children after this and did not stop as he was never caught. We believe he may have abused at least 19 children and we are yet to probe the case deeper,” a policeman was quoted as saying.last_img read more

StarStudded DC Emancipation Day Celebration Set

first_imgBy Akil Wilson, Special to the AFROThis weekend Washington D.C. is preparing to celebrate the 156th anniversary of Emancipation Day, a day that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia on April 16, 1862.“Its important to tell the story of the 3,100 enslaved African-Americans freed in the District before the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation,” said Angie Gates, Director of the Office of Cable Television Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME), which organized an entire day filled of emancipation celebration for April 14.The OCTFME is a relatively new government agency established in 2015 that merged the District’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and the Office of Cable Television with the addition of music and entertainment to form the agency charged with promoting all things creative in D.C.“Mayor Bowser thought it was very important to broaden the scope of entertainment with a focus on the creative economy,” said Gates.The OCTFME has partnered with several organizations and government agencies to produce “the biggest Emancipation Day concert yet” according to Gates. This year’s celebration, which is free to the public, will feature a parade beginning at 2:00 p.m. and concert at Freedom Plaza from 3:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The event will feature food, live music and fireworks.Although Emancipation Day celebrations have been taking place on some level in D.C. since 1866 it wasn’t until long time D.C. resident Loretta Carter Hanes began a campaign in the late 1980’s that Emancipation Day become an official holiday. In 1998 the first wreath laying ceremony was held at the Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park. Since then the holiday has grown into a signature event for the District of Columbia.Under the leadership of Gates the OCTFME has put together a program featuring well-known local and national acts, from R&B superstars Brandy and Angie Stone to go-go legends Rare Essence and up and coming local rap star Lightshow.In addition to organizing large-scale events such as Emancipation Day the OCTFME, established in 2015, oversees many of the creative endeavors being promoted throughout the city. The OCTFME is currently introducing several initiatives to the city such as DCRadio 96.3 HD4, the District’s first official government radio station, and #202Creates, which engages residents through creative events and activities.The Emancipation Day celebration will also be broadcast on the city’s government access channels; the District Council Channel (DCC), the District Knowledge Network (DKN) and the District of Columbia Network (DCN). For further information on the history of Emancipation Day visit emancipation.dc.gov.last_img read more

Accuray CE Marks New Radixact Radiotherapy System

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 10, 2016 Accuray CE Marks New Radixact Radiotherapy System Next-generation image-guided radiation therapy platform and integrated software now available for use by clinicians in the European Union News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD August 10, 2016 — Accuray Inc. announced that it has CE marked its Radixact Treatment Delivery System, Accuray Precision Treatment Planning System and iDMS Data Management System. The next-generation hardware and software solutions, together, make up the new Radixact radiation therapy platform, which represents a major step forward in the evolution of Accuray’s existing TomoTherapy System in treatment speed and ease of use.The platform will now be available in certain markets in the European Union (EU), in addition to the U.S. market where it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance in June 2016.The Radixact System is a “smart” system that will enable faster, more efficient delivery of extremely precise treatment to a wider range of cancer patients across the European market. It features a more powerful linear accelerator, megavoltage computed tomography (MVCT) imaging and helical treatment delivery, so clinicians can apply highly conformal and homogeneous dose distributions to any target volume, while precisely sparing normal healthy tissue during each treatment fraction.  The Radixact platform is comprised of three entirely new technologies:Radixact Treatment Delivery System: Taking the capabilities of the TomoTherapy Systems to a new level;Accuray Precision Treatment Planning System: Smart, automated workflows and mid-course decision-making tools that enable clinicians to adapt delivery according to changes in tumor size, shape and location; andiDMS Data Management System: Seamless management of patient data across multiple Radixact Systems and clinics, from a single point of control.For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more last_img read more

Tico designer founds furniture company to aid Filipino typhoon victims

first_imgOne family’s debris from a massive tropical storm can become another family’s luxury furniture.It all began with a natural disaster: Bernardo Urbina was standing in a Philippine airport when the earthquake hit. At first he thought the vibration was a plane taking off, but then the walls swooned, and the ceiling began to fall apart. Travelers screamed and scrambled for the exits. When the earthquake quieted, chaos ensued: Passengers had to pass through security checkpoints a second time, and flights were delayed interminably.“It was a tiny airport,” Urbina recalls. “Maybe the size of [Daniel Odubar Airport in] Liberia.”Urbina is an industrial designer who grew up in Costa Rica, and after long stints in the United States and Italy, he has spent about a year in the Philippines. Since arriving there, Urbina has weathered both a severe earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan, the most catastrophic storm in the nation’s history. He spent the night with six friends in an apartment, listening to torrents of rain batter the roof. “There was a lot of wind and rain, but I didn’t experience the hardest part of the storm,” he says. “I compare it to one of the big rains in Costa Rica. But when I went up north, I saw that everything was destroyed.”The problem with hurricane damage is twofold: First, the storm razes buildings, and residents lose their shelter, belongings and capital. Second, mountains of debris have to be cleared in order to rebuild. Haiyan was particularly extreme: The storm killed more than 6,000 people, entire cities were leveled, and the BBC declared certain regions a “war zone.”But the devastation also reminded Urbain of an idea he once had. For years, when Urbina would briefly return to Costa Rica, he would see rubbish in the streets, much of it raw material that could be reused. “I always wanted to make furniture out of the scrap wood that’s just lying there,” he says. After Haiyan, Urbina visited Tacloban, a Philippine city that had been largely leveled in the storm. He saw an opportunity – not only to recycle the rubble, but to help earn money for the typhoon’s victims.“I saw this debris again, just lying there, near all these families that were trying to rebuild their shops,” Urbina says. “I put one and one together. But I don’t want to buy wood that they would use, just wood that they would consider trash.”The result is Tacloban Prevails, Urbina’s new furniture company. Instead of mass-producing tables and chairs, Tacloban Prevails manufactures one-of-a-kind pieces out of debris, and a percentage of the profits go back to the family that supplied the scrap.Urbina studied industrial design in the United States and then worked for several years in Milan, Italy. His aesthetic sensibility is clearly modernist: Urbina prefers the square angles and streamlined design that have made iMacs and Ikea furniture so popular around the world.Yet Urbina’s life still seems informed by Tico values. When Filipino friends living in Italy said they had to return to their home country, they invited Urbina to join them, and he decided to make the move. He wanted to escape the manic pace of enormous “design cities” Milan and New York City. Although it was never Urbina’s plan to get stuck in a hurricane or typhoon, Tacloban Prevails has given him the chance to help a desperate community, open his own business and experiment with new designs. Each piece combines natural-looking woods with glass or metal, an interaction between organic and industrial materials that has become popular among high-end furniture collectors.Originally Urbina hoped to build the actual furniture close to the hurricane damage, thereby employing storm victims, but logistics made that plan too difficult. “[The area] is still really affected by the typhoon,” he says. “There’s no electricity, and the machines aren’t there yet.” Instead, he must outsource labor to a company globally recognized for building furniture. Through the company’s website, the furniture will soon be available for purchase almost anywhere in the world.For now, the Philippines have given Urbina a strong sense of belonging and purpose.“It’s a little bit like Costa Rica, in the sense that there is Spanish cultural influence,” he says. “The layout of the cities, the cars and everything, are really similar. People are really foreigner-friendly here. Life is really simple. I like it. For me right now, it’s better.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Canadian entrepreneur gives water bottles new life as roof tiles In Bolivia, silver mountain at risk of collapse Save the beer: Climate change adds urgency to clean-water advocate’s rallying cry Scandal-hit VW to cut investments by €1 billion, says CEOlast_img read more

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first_imgAs the economy subdues, Australian domestic airlines are poised to discount flights given “a fare war is inevitable”, according to Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation founder Peter Harbison.Fares are already near all-time lows and are expected to decrease further, according to the West Australian.“It’s just a matter of how long and how deep and how many,” Mr Harbison said.The Department of Infrastructure and Transport recorded a 40 percent drop in the domestic business class fare index over the past 12 months.Virgin Australia’s business class fares are the cheapest they have ever been on the Perth to Melbourne route.Yields are predicted to continue to fall, given the market’s domestic overcapacity.“Virgin has to add capacity but Qantas maintains its 65 per cent market share goal,” Mr Harbison said.“Domestic overcapacity shows no sign of relenting as Qantas plans to increase mainline capacity by 9-11 percent to ensure it maintains its market share against an expanding Virgin Australia,” the Centre for Aviation revealed in a recent report.Qantas will take delivery of 35 aircraft over the course of this financial year, while Virgin Australia plans to introduce another four wide-body Airbus A330s in the next year.Tiger Airways made a successful return from its grounding last year, increasing domestic services in Australia. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterHeckfield Place, 50 kilometres west of London’s Heathrow airport, should be in the diary now for everyone who loves nature, history, authenticity, a sense of fun and great food. And yes, it does feel a little Australian, in a way.First, the setting: an 18th-century country palace set in 162 hectares of exquisite landscape complete with forests, lakes and a working farm. Entrepreneur Gerald Chan fell in love with the place, bought it in 2002 and ran it as a conference centre for some years before deciding a hotel would be more suitable. With Chan care, what was originally intended to open in 2012 in fact accepted its first guests 1 September 2018.I had to go to experience this 47-room hotel, independent but for a partnership with Virtuoso. After a long private driveway, you arrive Downton Abbey-style at the statuesque front door of the original two-floor mansion. A couple of bellmen have been alerted by security back at the outer gate. These two, like all of the 170-strong team who are customer-facing, are clad in absolutely adorable, vaguely 1910s-style uniform; all the fashion is by Maureen Doherty, whose clients range from Mrs May to actors Maggie Smith and Tilda Swinton.Entering through the front door, you gasp at high ceilings with chandeliers, polished oak floors and furniture chosen with discreet style by designer Ben Thompson (a name to watch). Immediately, you have a view straight through the house and across sculpted gardens to a massive lake with a jet d’eau as high as Geneva’s.Surrounding you are displays of fresh flowers, proper home arrangements, rather than hotel ‘show-off displays’. A half-finished jigsaw will, eventually, show Heckfield Place in the snow; in summer, another jigsaw shows the same picture in the sun. Public rooms, like bedrooms, are hung with over 350 pieces from Gerald Chan’s art collection, which he seems to change daily when he is in residence.And he is very much hands-on. Fortunately, he has an extremely good rapport with the two most important women of Heckfield Place. GM is Olivia Richli, whom so many know for her years at Aman properties (Adrian Zecha remains her mentor). She arrived 15 months before the opening, in time to instil her special flair. The Chan-Richli team hosted an afternoon tea party with champagne and jazz for locals on opening day. To spread the word about the bedrooms, they invited five influencers from different target markets to each host one-night house parties for 12 guests, all of whom later posted and chattered. Not surprisingly, the hotel immediately got off to a much-acclaimed start.Olivia Richli says one of the success secrets here is that accommodations vary from 330 to 1,900 square metres. The biggest suites, in the main house, are ideal for those who want to feel they really do own a manor house, waking in the morning to look at those fountains through big windows. But quite apart from the fact that my own house is early 19th-century, with stunning rural views, I was really pleased that I was overnighting in #30, a 55-square-metre space in the old stable block.It features soft avocado walls, some hung with rush hats and baskets which match a cashmere throw on the bed with rush headboard. The bathroom features a heated towel rail and Victorian roll-top tub, with cuddly Ploh robes. Add to that half a dozen living green plants and dozens of fascinating reads, including Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, chosen by Daunt Books. The refreshment centre is unique: complimentary soft drinks include hotel-bottled still and sparkling waters and lemonade. Instead of the now-ubiquitous espresso machine, there is an exquisite black cast-iron tea kettle.The second woman of note here is Sydney-born Skye Gyngell (daughter of Bruce), trained in the kitchen by such masters as Anton Mosimann and Anne Willan. She made the world food map at Petersham Nurseries in England, but when it gained a Michelin star – which she described as a curse – she moved on to Spring restaurant in London’s Somerset House and then here, to Heckfield Place.As those who have already tried it know, her food is addictive. At dinner, I loved her burrata with crispy artichoke and confit lemon, followed by local River Test trout with samphire and cauliflower purée, which is served with a side of greens with Capezzana (Moraiolo) olive oil. I finished with a single scoop of home-made cardamom ice-cream. I also liked the house red, Gayda En Passant 2016 (I had earlier toured the 360-bin wine cellar, chosen and managed by chief sommelier Louise Gordon, formerly at Limewood). The restaurant, which flows out to a garden-view terrace when the weather allows, is open to the public and is full most nights. Hotel guests can also eat, at any time, in more exclusivity in a brick-lined bistro.There is so much to do at Heckfield Place that it is easy to understand why one party has already stayed four times in the six months since opening. I could have walked for hours and hours in the grounds, visiting the hotel’s own working farm, which is already home to sheep and chicken, with Guernsey cows arriving shortly. A thoughtful map helps with tree identification as you walk or run. There is already a bijou gym with latest Technogym bits, but a full fitness centre (with indoor lap pool) is yet to open alongside the Bothy Spa, scheduled for the end of 2019.And do take note of Heckfield Place’s unique Assembly program, overseen by exhibition specialist Lucy Hyslop. This offers guests – and anyone else who wants to come – at least one event a day, including talks on memories and scent and, using the 67-seat cinema (which has holders for your wine glass), showings of new-release films, which have included The Front Runner and Mary Queen of Scots. Separately, the educational company Hole & Corner runs day-long courses at least twice a month; coming up in April are rush weaving and bench woodwork. The instructors, not surprisingly, are the very artisans who have crafted pieces throughout Heckfield Place.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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