Login/Register With: The award is presented each year to an artist and an activist who have stood up to injustice, inspired others and furthered the cause of human rights. “There’s a veil that’s lifted so we’re not able to say anymore, ‘I didn’t know that,’” she said Saturday in Montreal, where she was honoured for her activism. “I do feel thoroughly confident that it’s rising such a powerful energy among the people — us the people. We are really feeling how important it is to be vocal and to take our beliefs and what we see around us and not accept it as it is.” Facebook She also co-founded a group that encourages young people to mobilize for change and speak out on issues such as gun violence and criminal justice reform. Advertisement Alongside Keys, members of Canada’s indigenous rights movement were also recognized for their fight to end discrimination and improve living conditions in indigenous communities. “If an indigenous person is killed there’s no coverage on the news,” she said. “It’s similar in America, where if a brown or a black person is killed there’s much less coverage.” Advertisement At a news conference ahead of the award ceremony, Keys said she was inspired by socially aware artists such as Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, all of whom were able to use their art “as this beautiful vehicle to remind us of our own personal power.” She said she believes people are increasingly aware of social inequality and are ready to do something to fight it. The 15-time Grammy winner received Amnesty International’s “Ambassador of Conscience” award which she shared with members of Canada’s indigenous rights movement. MONTREAL — American recording artist and humanitarian Alicia Keys believes a change is coming, as people in both Canada and the United States wake up to the fight against inequality and injustice. “There are far more good things than negative things overall, and the health care in Canada, I have to say, is quite impressive,” she said. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Alicia Keys said she sees similarities between the struggle of indigenous communities in Canada and that of communities fighting for equal treatment in the United States. Twitter On hand to accept the award were Quebec Idle No More founders Melissa Dupuis and Widia Lariviere, Inuk writer Delilah Saunders and activist Melanie Morrison. “You start to see how our struggles and the issues we all care about are similar no matter where we live and I think that’s bringing us together so much more, as humanity, as people,” she continued. “It’s amazing that the fight we’re having across Canada on so many different issues is finally being taken notice of,” she said. Morrison said she hoped the award would pressure the Canadian government to “follow through on their promises to indigenous people” and act on issues such as problematic policing, the need for clean water on reserves and the lack of progress on the national inquiry. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Despite the problems in the US and Canada, Keys stressed there’s a lot to be praised about both countries. Cindy Blackstock and Senator Murray Sinclair were also named as award recipients but did not attend the ceremony. Keys, who shot to fame as a songwriter and R&B artist, is known for her philanthropic work, including as co-founder of “Keep a Child Alive,” a non-profit providing treatment and care to families affected by HIV in Africa and India. Advertisement Morrison, who has been a leader in the push for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, said she was deeply touched to receive the award.
The assault, she said, took place in a Toronto hotel room during the Toronto International Film Festival, years after they first met.“He grabs me by — he holds me by the back of the neck and faces me to the mirror and very quietly tells me that he just wants to look at me and he starts to masturbate standing behind me,” she said in the CBC interview.READ MORE Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Canadian actor Erika Rosenbaum is joining those accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and sexual assault. (FACEBOOK) Canadian women are joining those who have accused disgraced Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein, of sexual harassment after a New York Times investigation revealed he’d received dozens such accusations — ostensibly avoiding consequences — over the course of decades.A spokesperson for Weinstein has denied that any of the allegations constitute sexual harassment, saying that all of his contact with his named accusers was consensual.Montreal actor Erika Rosenbaum told CBC’s The Current Friday that she experienced both “inappropriate” meetings with Weinstein and a sexual assault since she first met the producer as a young actress in L.A. Facebook Advertisement
Rabat – Despite severe government repression in the past few days, thousands of teacher trainees marched in a massive rally in Rabat on Sunday in opposition to the decrees of the Ministry of National Education.Several segments of society took to the streets to support the waves of trainees that swept Rabat, accompanied by their families, teachers, and assistants from all social, legal and political slides.41 centers, representing all education and training centers in Morocco, took part in the march starting from the square of Babb El Had. Participants in the march shouted slogans demanding the departure of Rachid Belmokhtar and Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, denouncing their support of separating training from employment as well as their plan to privatize the education sector.In separate statements to various media outlets, a number of teacher trainees emphasized their determination to continue the struggle until they achieve their demands. They have refused Belmokhtar’s decrees categorically, namely the decrees to separate training from employment and to reduce trainees’ scholarships.A number of teachers contacted by Morocco World News condemned the “fierce campaign of violence” they have faced, citing the impact of their increased marginalization and the Ministerial decrees on the future of public schools and teachers.They also pointed out that the Interior Ministry ordered buses not to carry teacher trainees from other cities to Rabat.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has suspended its operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and will withdraw all but two of its international staff by the end of this week over the failure to implement conditions set up following reports that UN funds improperly went to the Government. “It became clear in our exchanges with the Korean Government that there was a desire to re-open issues that we considered non-negotiable and in that circumstance we had no choice,” UNDP spokesman David Morrison told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York today of the conditions which included ending all hard currency payments and discontinuing sub-contracting of national staff via government recruitment as of 1 March. The conditions, adopted by UNDP’s Executive Board in January, also included adjusting the content of current programmes to support sustainable human development goals.“There was a meeting with the DPRK authorities on 1 March and it became clear to us that we could not be in compliance with the conditions set out by our own Executive Board,” Mr. Morrison said. The DPRK has been subject to UN Security Council sanctions since October following its proclaimed nuclear test.“The two conditions with dates had to do with the use of internationally convertible currency in some of our payments and the practice employing as national staff Korean Government employees on secondment from national ministries,” he added. UNDP’s programmes in the country are now undergoing external audit after press reports suggested its own audits raised concerns about payments being channelled to the Government. Mr. Morrison said agency spending on the DPRK over that past 10 years totalled $47.5 million, of which about 40 to 60 per cent was spent in the country. Out of the current nine international staff in Pyongyang, the DPRK capital – eight UNDP and one-UNDP administered staff – seven, including the Resident Representative, will leave the country by 17 March.The agency will leave two international staff, the Deputy Resident Representative and the Operations Manager, to complete the suspension and support the independent external audit. UNDP is also putting in place measures in Pyongyang for safekeeping of records to ensure that they can be made available to the auditors.Most of the 22 national staff, comprised of 16 office staff and six project staff, will cease to work for UNDP by 15 March. UNDP has requested that four national staff remain for the period that the Deputy Resident Representative and the Operations Manager are in Pyongyang. These staff will provide basic support services. UNDP will continue to lease the office premises for the duration of the suspension.After the issue came to light in January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon promised an external, system-wide probe of UN activities in the field, targeting as his first priority countries where hard currency transactions, independence of staff hiring and access to review local projects were an issue and beginning with the DPRK. 13 March 2007The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has suspended its operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and will withdraw all but two of its international staff by the end of this week over the failure to implement conditions set up following reports that UN funds improperly went to the Government.
Among Kawhi Leonard’s many, varied talents is something relatively new this season: Without much warning, and in addition to his stellar defense and rebounding, the Spurs forward has become one of the most devastating 3-point shooters in the league.Leonard currently ranks second among qualified players in 3-point accuracy, having knocked down a ridiculous 48.4 percent of his threes. Before this season, his career high had been 37.9 percent (on 2.8 threes per game) and his high for attempts per game was 3.0; this year, he’s taking 3.8 per game and shattering his career numbers. Merely putting a shooting threat of that magnitude on the floor can dramatically grease the wheels of offensive efficiency: Since 1997-98,1The year the league moved the 3-point line back to its current distance of 23 feet, 9 inches. teams whose regular lineups featured a guy hitting at least 45 percent of his threes scored 2.7 more points per 100 possessions than their peers. But Leonard is more than just a long-distance sniper.On top of his range, he also rates among the league’s best defenders (his +3.4 defensive Box Plus/Minus is in the 97th percentile of NBA players) and scorers (95th percentile in points per 36 minutes), with above-average rebounding (69th percentile in rebound rate) and passing (57th percentile in assist rate) thrown in for good measure. Leonard’s all-around excellence this season has placed him squarely in the mix with Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James for the mantle of NBA’s Best Player™.As my colleague Ben Morris wrote last month, Curry has emerged as the face of the 3-point revolution sweeping across the league in recent seasons. Along those lines, you might also expect that Leonard is ushering in a new era of great shooters who also excel in other facets of the game — a sort of apex predator among the 3-and-D genus. But Leonard doesn’t symbolize some broader trend threatening to transform basketball, primarily because he’s far too unusual for anyone in today’s NBA to measure up.The typical sharpshooter at the level of Leonard this season is, and always has been, limited in other areas. Going back to ’97-98 again, the average top-five-ranked shooter by 3-point percentage profiles as follows: a highly efficient scorer2Practically by definition, given the shooting percentage required. and solid passer who’s also in the bottom half of NBA players in usage rate, the bottom third in defensive BPM and close to the bottom quarter in rebound rate. So, by and large, these are not all-around dynamos — they’re in the game to shoot the lights out, and maybe do a little ball handling. Anything else is gravy, but outside the job description. We should note that this profile isn’t really trending in a different direction over time. Leonard’s compatriots atop the 3-point percentage leaderboard this season are J.J. Redick, Omri Casspi and Jared Dudley — a trio not exactly known for superb all-around skills. Even Curry, who ranks fifth (absurdly, on more than twice as many 3-point attempts as anyone else in the same neighborhood accuracy-wise) is merely an OK rebounder and defender relative to the league. That Leonard rates so well in non-shooting categories is basically unheard of for a marksman of his caliber.Well, unless you consider Larry Bird. In 1984-85, Bird hit 42.7 percent of his treys (good for second in basketball — and remember, the league shot 28.2 percent back then) while ranking in the 87th percentile in scoring efficiency, the 96th percentile in usage, the 87th percentile in assist rate, the 83rd percentile in rebound rate and the 94th percentile in defensive BPM. Maybe that defensive number is a bit of a stretch, the residue of estimated statistics in a pre-SportVU era, but Bird was also better defensively than he sometimes gets credit for. In any case, among top-five-ranked 3-point shooters in a season, Bird’s 1979-80, ’84-85 and ’85-86 seasons are the only ones remotely comparable to Leonard’s 2015-16 in terms of all-around versatility. Nobody else comes close.That doesn’t mean Leonard is a perfect analogue for Bird, but it does underscore the rarity of his talent and the infrequency with which a world-class shooting stroke is packaged alongside other elite basketball skills. Perhaps most tantalizing of all, Leonard is only 24; he still has time to get even better.Read more: The Spurs’ Bench Could Probably Make The Playoffs On Its Own
Five mosques in Birmingham have been targeted in a string of violent attacks after having their windows were smashed with sledgehammers, prompting a counter-terror investigation.West Midlands Police said it was yet to establish a motive for the attacks, which are believed to be linked, as it confirmed that officers from its Counter Terrorism Unit had opened an investigation.The attacks come just days after Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, announced that mosques are set to share in a multimillion pound government cash injection to boost security after the New Zealand terror attack in which 50 people died.He pledged cash to provide protective security at places of worship, including mosques, and said the money would double to £1.6million in the next year.He also pledged a new £5million fund for security training after calls by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) for increased funding amid a rise in far-Right attacks in England, some of which are alleged to have been inspired by the killings of worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand last week. Officers were then alerted to a similar attack in Erdington about 45 minutes later, with more in Aston and Perry Barr reported. Another on Albert Road was struck at 10:00am. One of the attacks is understood to have taken place at a Muslim girls’ school.Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: “Since the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand, officers and staff from West Midlands Police have been working closely with our faith partners across the region to offer reassurance and support at mosques, churches and places of prayer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “At the moment we don’t know the motive for last night’s attacks.”What I can say is that the force and the Counter Terrorism Unit are working side-by-side to find whoever is responsible.”Mr Thompson added: “At difficult times like this, it is incredibly important that everyone unites against those who seek to create discord, uncertainty and fear in our communities.”Deputy chief constable, Louisa Rolfe, said that “incidents of vandalism in a concentrated area” and police were alerted by worshippers at the first mosque when it was attacked.The other attacks were discovered by officers who were already on increase patrols around the are after last week’s terror attack in New Zealand. A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said that officers were called to reports of a man smashing windows with a sledgehammer on Birchfield Road at 02:30 on Thursday. Ms Rolfe said that that officers would be continuing to follow “dedicated patrol plans to cover mosques particularly increased numbers at times of prayer. We are now looking at putting some additional officers in, paying overtime and putting additional budget behind it”,She said she did not know whether it was lone attacker behind the vandalism but said “that was a possibility” and added that while officers did not have a motive, police were treating that attacks as a “hate crime”, adding: “People will draw their own conclusions. These are five places very visibly associated with the Muslim faith. They are places of prayer and worship and therefore our assumption is that the motive has been to create fear in those communities.”The force have asked anyone with information to come forward.An MCB spokesman said: “It is shocking to see how someone has chosen to use a sledgehammer to attack mosques and even a Muslim girls’ school. This comes after many Muslim institutions feel vulnerable following the horrific massacre in New Zealand.“We will be reiterating our messages of vigilance and resilience to mosques up and down the country, and hope police forces and the government not only recognise the level of threat across the country, but work with Muslim groups to help tackle Islamophobia wherever it takes place.”
DAVID CAMERON HAS reiterated his belief that providing a legislative solution on press regulation would be a “mistake” for the UK.At a hastily-called press conference this morning, the Prime Minister outlined why his party want to see a Royal Charter implemented in response to the damning Leveson report.He said he wants to establish a system of strong self-regulation, including one million pound fines and a proper complaints procedure, while still keeping a free press. Details of the charter to provide for a tougher press regulator will be published on Monday.Quoting Winston Churchill’s statement that the media is a “sleeping guardian…the greatest foe of tyranny”, Cameron said he believes there are real dangers to having detailed statutory press regulation.The briefing on the Royal Charter came as talks between parties broke down this morning. Both Labour and the Lib Dems believe the plans give the press too much discretion over their own regulation.Hacked Off, the campaign group for those affected by recent hacking scandals, also said the PM’s statement “shows that he’s still protecting his friends in the press and betraying press abuse victims”.Judge Leveson had recommended a new independent watchdog, adding that the office should be strengthened by legislation.The Conservative leader said he has decided to bring his solution to parliament on Monday for a vote. It is unclear if the proposal will pass but Cameron said he was choosing action and leadership by ending talks.“There remains a big handful of issues, fundamental differences between parties. If we go on and on, we might not close the gap…I chose action over inaction, a workable solution over. I’ve made a choice.”He defended his position in the face of questions that victims of phone hacking would not be satisfied with a self-regulated press. Cameron said his was the “fastest possible way to deliver the strong self-regulation body that Leveson proposed that can put in place million-pound fines, prominent apologies and get justice for victims”.Earlier today, Scotland Yard said it was questioning four journalists or former journalists in relation to a suspected hacking conspiracy at the Sunday Mirror newspaper during 2003 and 2004.Sunday Mirror journalists arrested on suspicion of hacking
Source: FlightRadar24Now, given those facts, let’s look at how many crashes there are per year. Given the fact that there is 32 million flights a year, the expectation would be that there might be thousands of crashes every single the year.The reality?That’s right. In 2013, you had a 0.0004% chance of being in a plane crash.These crash statistics, it should be noted, include non-commercial and some military flights. So, if you’re a bad flier chances are you aren’t in the Air Corps or flying a cargo plane, which cuts your chances significantly.The percentage chance works out as likely as being hit by lightning. Seven times.The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) says that crashes per million departures have dropped year-on-year.However, this year’s fatality statistics have already surpassed every year since 2010.Other factors matter, such as location and airline.US statistics professor Arnold Barnett found that rich countries tend to have better records, with about a one in 14 million chance of death. In newly industrialised countries, that falls to one in two million and in the developing world, and one in 800,000 in developing nations.In African airspace, the ICAO says that there is 12.9 accidents per million. Conversely, the Middle East has 1.8, Asia and the Pacific 2.2, Europe 2.7 and the US 2.8.The RatingSo, while a cluster of incidents is bound to make some people nervous, there is no evidence that 2014 is any more dangerous in terms of crashes. It is, however, more fatal for air travel.Have an idea for something we should be checking? Email paulhosford@TheJournal.ie or tips@TheJournal.ie.Read: What ever happened to Fine Gael’s Five Point Plan?> In this series we aim to test the veracity of statements made by politicians and those in the public eye. The goal is purely unbiased, testing only the statements that become accepted as fact, not those that espouse them.FactCheck is used whenever a statement is made that needs to be tested so as to better the national conversation. If, for example, a political leader said the world was flat, it wouldn’t do the country any good to blithely accept it as true.Nor does it better our understanding to accept statements designed to obfuscate, to mislead or designed purely to gain political advantage. That is not to say we will only seek to disprove statements. Every column is be looked at purely on fact. The statements are awarded a score from 1-10 based on their merit, with 1 being outright false and 10 being 100 per cent verifiable fact.Of course, some statements go beyond the first line and, where this is the case, we will endeavour to bring you the context of statements.The StatementIn light of recent air accidents, some people think that flying has somehow become more dangerous.The FactsThe disappearance of MH370, the shooting down of MH17 and the crashing of Air Algerie flight 5017 claimed the lives of 643 people and all received considerable media attention both here and abroad, which has naturally led to some nervous fliers taking this as evidence that they are right.But do the stats back that up? Are planes falling from the sky? Should we panic? Source: AP/Press Association ImagesFirstly, it’s important to note that between the two Malaysia Airlines incidents, there were 45 aeroplane crashes, which between them accounted for 158 casualties.That is according to the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, a Swiss body which tracks air accidents. So, despite some getting more attention than others, there are accidents roughly every 2.5 days, based on averages for the last few years.Roughly one third of those have no fatalities and your personal chances of surviving a crash are 95.7% according to the US National Transportation Safety Board.It is also important to note that at any one time there is between 8,000 and 13,000 flights in the air and around 90,000 daily flights.That looks something like this.
Biodiversité : l’extinction des espèces est responsable certaines maladies humainesSelon une étude publiée dans la revue Nature, l’augmentation des maladies infectieuses serait due en partie à la perte de la biodiversité.L’étude a été menée par un groupe de scientifiques, dirigé par Felicia Keesing, du Bard College de New York. Et leurs résultats sont alarmants : ils ont démontré que les espèces sauvages menacées de disparition sont aussi celles qui jouent le rôle de “tampons” et évitent à l’homme la transmission de maladies infectieuses. Les espèces résistantes, qui vivent aux côtés des hommes, sont elles responsables de l’augmentation des virus.Pour mieux comprendre le phénomène, l’étude détaille un exemple, celui de la tique. Elle se nourrit du sang des opossums, sains, et de celui des souris à pattes blanches, souvent porteuses de la maladie de Lyme. La disparition des opossums augmente donc cette infection chez les tiques, qui en remplacement se nourrissent du sang des souris. Les tiques transmettent ainsi cette maladie grave à l’homme de plus en plus souvent. Le même mécanisme entre en jeu dans la transmission de la grippe avec les oiseaux, mais aussi du virus du Nil et d’autres pathogènes.Les chercheurs appellent à une nouvelle politique immédiate de protection de la biodiversité, sans laquelle l’espèce humaine ne pourra pas survivre. En effet, les espèces résilientes –celles qui survivront à l’extinction de la biodiversité– sont aussi celles qui amplifient les pathogènes.Le 12 décembre 2010 à 13:58 • Emmanuel Perrin
Colombia defender Davinson Sanchez has denied that they will be solely focusing on marking Sadio Mane in today’s final Group H game against SenegalJosé Néstor Pékerman’s side needs the win at the Samara Arena in order to progress to the next round of the World Cup with Colombia currently in third place in Group H and a point behind Senegal and leaders Japan.But Sanchez, who knows just how good Mane is after playing against the Liverpool forward for Tottenham last season, insists that himself and his fellow defenders will be concentrating on all the Senegal players – not just their star man.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“We know he’s an extraordinary player with a great season behind him, but we are going to focus on all Senegal’s qualities and we have to realise that we can hurt them,” said Sanchez, according to BT Sport.“I’ll repeat, he’s had a great season in the Premier League, but we need to look at ourselves in terms of our morale and the style of play that has allowed us to be here today.”The two nations will face each other at 16:00 (GMT +2).
The captain of the defending champions knows that this Premier League season will be very different for the CitizensVincent Kompany, Manchester City captain, knows that getting three titles in six years is not easy, but he feels his team can break more records now.“I’ve got to be honest. There was a feeling that whenever we won the league you came back into the first training sessions, everybody was a little bit lax, a little bit more smiles and happiness, but a little bit less committed,” he told Sky Sports, live on air.“I came in this time and it’s completely different.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The amount of seasons that I’ve started at City where I wasn’t tipped to be one of the two main centre-halves, people forget about that. It’s probably eight out of 10”, he said.“The big difference with me and perhaps other players that have come to my age, because I’ve had a past of injuries, I’ve had to step into that role a long time ago – of wanting to help my team-mates,” he told Gary Neville on TV.“Ultimately, if they do well, I get a chance to play on the biggest stage as well. I give them everything I have.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 11, 2018 – Providenciales – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police has appointed Takara Bain as new Communications Officer, taking over from Sergeant Kevin Clarke, who has been serving in that capacity, for the last three years.Bain, who is a Grand Turk native, boasts extensive public relations and communications skills, starting her career as a radio personality and news anchor for Radio Turks and Caicos. She has since held the position of Journalist and Anchor Woman for WIV Channel 4 News, Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the TCI Hospital and most recently, Head of Marketing for Digicel TCI.Acting Commissioner, Trevor Botting said, “Ms. Bain brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked in public relations, journalism and marketing for more than ten years. Her addition to the RT&CIPF team is just one of the ways we plan to strengthen our community engagement and overall communications internally and externally.”Botting added, “The strategic priorities for the RT&CIPF include enhancing our engagement with our communities and building public confidence in the Police Force and Ms. Bain will take the lead on the communications element of this work.”Speaking on the new appointment, Bain said, “It will be a challenging role and I am very much looking forward to that challenge. There is a great deal of good work being done by the police and it’s important that it is communicated to the public”.Bain added, “This is a positive and progressive step and I look forward to a long and successful association with the Police Force”.Bain has a Baccalaureate Degree in Radio, Television and Internet Media from Lynn University in Boca Raton, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing.Regards,Sergeant #166Gracebay Police PostRoyal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Nampally: The District Road Safety Committee meeting was convened with all stakeholder departments at Traffic Complex, Nampaly, on Thursday. Anil Kumar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), presided over the meeting which was convened in compliance to the guidelines of Supreme Court of India to discuss and take up remedial measures for the reduction of road accidents in Hyderabad. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us He along with other heads of stakeholder departments elaborately discussed about the improvement of junctions, construction of footover bridges and skyways, identification of black spots for accidents, breakdown of RTC buses on the roads causing traffic congestion during peak hours, identification of water logging places, requirements of rumble strips, erecting of signages, construction of bus bays and bus shelters etc., with a view to improve safety of commuters and reduction of road accidents. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us While addressing the meeting he emphasised that the District Road Safety Committee meeting will be held regularly for every three months and the issues identified shall be rectified by the departments concerned to avoid road accidents. He further reiterated the importance of providing infrastructure by stake holder departments and requested them to redress each issue brought to their knowledge for making Hyderabad city safe and to save precious lives. J Pandu Ranga Naik, Joint Commissioner, RTA, Md Ziauddin, Chief Engineer, GHMC, C Vinod Kumar, Executive Director, RTC, A Bala Krishna, DCP, HMRL, K Sai Baba, CGM, TS Transco along with other officials were present.
Yadadri-Bhongir: NITI Aayog senior advisor and Central government’s Jal Abhiyan district nodal officer Avinash Mishra and deputy secretary Manish Kumar Jhu on Wednesday visited Narasimha Reserve Forest besides plant nurseries established by district forest department at Rayagiri and Vadaigudem villages in Bhongir mandal of the district. District Forest Officer Venkateshwar Reddy explained about the maintenance of reserve forest and nurseries to the visiting officials. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us He informed that as many as 30,000 saplings were grown in the nurseries for carrying out plantation in the reserve forest and check dams, farm ponds and recharging pits were constructed in 50 hectares of reserve forest to harvest the rainwater. Officials of Central team expressed their pleasure over the measures being taken at reserve forest and planted saplings in the forest land as a mark of their tour. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Later, they visited Yadadri and had the darshan of Lord Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy at Balalayam and took the blessings of temple priests. Meanwhile, the central team also examined drip irrigation cultivation at Narsapuram village of Rajapet mandal in the district. District Horticulture Officer Suresh, in-charge Panchayat Officer Venkat Reddy, Assistant Project Director Shyamala, Forest Range Officer Y Srinivas and officials of other departments were present during the Central team’s visit.
When US President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week restricting entry into the country for immigrants and refugees from certain countries, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was one of the first Wall Street leaders to criticise him. Facebook to pay $500 million penalty over Oculus VR copyright infringementZuckerberg said: “Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump. We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat … We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are.” While Zuckerberg could be ethically right while condemning Trump’s move, going by Facebook’s quarterly earnings reported on February 1, one should not be surprised why the Facebook CEO was so prompt in his remarks. Consider this: For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, Facebook’s total revenue jumped 51 per cent to $8.8 billion from $5.8 billion in the quarter that ended December 31, 2015. Of this, advertising revenue contributed to $8.6 billion from $5.6 billion. The rise in topline includes $1.35 billion revenue from the Asian region. The social media giant’s net income more than doubled (+128%) to $3.6 billion from $1.6 billion in the year-ago quarter. Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Wehner, while speaking at the company’s earnings call, said the growth in Asia was boosted by the free data offering in India.”In the fourth quarter, wanted to call out that we have seen an increase in third-party promotional free data plans in places like India,” Wehner said. Wehner was referring to the free data offer rolled out by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm, which started it operations in September last year.Jio’s free data offer contributed significantly to Facebook’s strong fourth quarter numbers, making India the social media giant’s “strongest” growth market by the user base.Facebook said it has nearly 1.23 billion daily active users on average for December 2016, an increase of 18 per cent year-over-year (yoy), while mobile daily active users were 1.15 billion for the month, up 23 per cent yoy. Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 84 per cent of advertising revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016. After the US, India is the second-biggest market for Facebook with over 160 million users.Facebook shares last traded at $130.72 on NASDAQ, up around 13 per cent this year.
Fusion, a private school boasting a one-to-one (teacher to student) classroom ratio, will open in D.C. on June 15. The first of its kind in the area, Fusion is set to offer a holistic and customized approach to learning for each student. The school’s intake would include students in grades 6th to 12th.“In D.C.’s highly competitive educational system, Fusion Academy will be a much-needed breath of fresh air, offering flexible, customized learning for students whose needs aren’t met by traditional K-12 schools,” said Laura DeLima, head of school at Fusion Academy D.C. “We’re delighted to bring this proven one-to-one approach to the area, helping every kind of learner become college-ready in a safe, enjoyable, low-stress environment.”Fusion Academy D.C., located at 3007 Tilden St. NW, Suite N100, will be the first of what Fusion expects to be several schools in the area, with campuses anticipated in Tyson’s Corner and Alexandria, Virginia in the coming year. The school’s footprint currently includes 37 locations in seven states across the U.S., including California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia.For one local organization, the introduction of Fusion and its customized approach to learning will complement local programs supporting children so that they do not fall through the cracks. “In working with families at Vive, we often come across young people who are struggling with school issues – behavioral, academic, truancy, etc. The best outcomes tend to come from a combination of support at home and a good match between the young person’s needs and their educational program,” said Christopher Lee, clinical team lead at Vive Family Support Program in D.C. The program provides therapeutic mentorship, parent coaching and counseling. “Fusion’s emphasis on providing one-on-one instruction well mirrors our values at Vive of showing up for our families and providing the individualized support required at that moment.”According to the school’s website, Fusion was founded in San Diego, California out of frustration with the status quo in traditional K-12 schools. The one-to-one approach to teaching proved to unlock academic potential, while opening opportunities for emotional and social growth. The decision to open in D.C. was based on research that indicated there was a strong need in the area for a one-on-one educational option.Joy Freeman, a retired D.C. educator said the idea of moving young people into an one-on-one learning environment can definitely be rewarding and would return many District students to a community-model of learning where their teachers know them and their families, live in the same neighborhoods, and offer one-on-one tutoring and mentoring within the larger community. “I think my only reservation, which will be answered more fully when I attend a few open houses with Fusion, is who provides the instruction,” she said. “With a majority of students being of color, there needs to be faces among the administrators and teachers that resemble the children.”
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Goosebumps, goose pimples, gooseflesh: Whatever you call them, the lumps that involuntarily appear on the skin can signal a person’s emotions—fear, euphoria, arousal.They can also have the same effect on robots.A team of scientists at Cornell University developed a soft robotic skin that changes texture to express an internal state.If the cyborg is happy and it knows it, instead of clapping non-existent hands, round masses pulsate on its fleshy exterior. Those so-called “goosebumps” also rise and fall slowly to signify a sleepy bot. Likewise, make it angry or sad, and you’ll feel the wrath of soft spikes.“The prototype skin can animate a combination of goosebumps and spikes,” lead researcher Guy Hoffman wrote on his website. “This is in contrast to most socially expressive robots, which use either gestures or facial expressions to communicate.”Considered a vestigial reflex, goosebumps occur in mammals besides humans—porcupines raise their quills when threatened, and sea otters react similarly upon encountering predators.“In contrast, most social robots only use gestures or facial expressions to do the same,” Hoffman said.Texture-changing robotic skin, meanwhile, makes for a more effectively connected companion: The fluctuations are perceived visually and haptically (assuming someone is touching the device).“This can give social robots a new channel for communicating with humans,” according to the researchers.Wearing one texture module on each side of its “face” (a small digital touchscreen), the table-top bot can express itself using pneumatically powered elastomer skin.Each grid of elastomer units can be filled with pressurized air, inflating (or deflating) the shapes to either poke out or suck in, creating a tactile sensation for the user.“We are less likely to get close to a spiky blowfish and may read distress in a ruffled bird,” Hoffman and co-author Yuhan Hu told IEEE Spectrum. “Thinking about robots as more than just human-replacement, we could use this new communication channel to give humans a signal whether the robot is in a positive state or not.”I think it’ll be quite clear once they revolt.
Aiming to pick up traffic from regional areas, Qantas has added up to 180,000 additional seats on its services flying intra-Western Australia.Commencing yesterday the carrier increased capacity between Perth and Karratha, Newman, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Broome through new services and aircraft upgrade.In a statement Qantas Group executive commercial Rob Gurney explained the increase was a response to growing demand within the state.“Western Australia is a very important market for Qantas and we will continue to monitor demand to support regional communities, tourism operators and the resources sector,” Mr Gurney said.Extra capacity includes three new return services between Perth and Karratha as well as an upgrade of four return services from a B717 to a B737 each week, four additional flights between Perth and Newman weekly as well as three new Perth to Paraburdoo services per week.Portland is also expected to see the upgrade of three of its return services to Perth from the B717 to the B737 weekly, while Perth and Broome will see the same upgrade on one of its return services per week.“The changes will see around nine additional return services per week and 3466 seats per week added to the market and include the upgrade of several services from B717 to B737 aircraft,” Mr Gurney added.“On an annualised basis, this equates to more than 180,000 additional seats.”Earlier this month the carrier launched new services between Perth and Geraldton and confirmed that it would increase frequency on the route in January next year from two to 11 return services per week. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2018 file photo, Dan Reynolds, of Imagine Dragons, winner of the award for Hollywood documentary for “Believer,” poses in the press room at the Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Reynolds posted a lengthy note on Instagram two weeks ago, calling out bands like Slipknot, the 1975 and Foster the People for taking shots at Imagine Dragons. Reynolds says, “It’s just, to me, counterproductive to all of us as artists to engage in menial, self-indulgent conversation.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2019 8:27 am PDT Imagine Dragons’ leader on Oprah and brushing off the haters AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds is brushing the haters off his shoulders.The Grammy-winning rock singer posted a lengthy note on Instagram two weeks ago, calling out bands like Slipknot, the 1975 and Foster the People for taking shots at Imagine Dragons, a band that has dominated the rock and pop charts since they emerged on the mainstream music scene in 2012.“I just feel like as artists we have so much. We’re incredibly lucky to be doing what we’re doing. We have a finite amount of time while we’re here to create change and to do great things, to do big things. It’s just, to me, counterproductive to all of us as artists to engage in menial, self-indulgent conversation, even for myself, even responding to it, which is not something I’ve ever done before,” Reynolds said in an interview with The Associated Press.“I said my piece — that’s what I had to say about it. I really don’t have anything else to say on it because I feel like it’s a disservice to myself and a disservice to my time here on earth.”In his post Reynolds wrote, “How could it possibly make a kid feel ‘not cool’ listening to Imagine Dragons. I hate that thought. Wondering if my kids will be made fun of as they grow older because someone thinks my band isn’t cool.” He also wrote the negative vibes his band has been hit with has “added to the depression I’ve dealt with since youth.”What’s provided solace for Reynolds? In a way, Oprah Winfrey.“I just sat at this seminar here in Utah listening to Oprah speak about how she got where she is, and it’s all about intention. Her main point was intention about how (and) where do you spend your time and how do you spend your words? And here’s our finite amount of time on earth and what are you doing with it?” he explained. “So, it’s just so menial even posting that. I’m bummed that I even had to post something like that, but I said my peace and that’s it. So, I’m on to things that are important.”He said one of those important things he’s focusing on his LOVELOUD festival, the LGBTQ-supported event he launched in 2017. The third annual festival — to take place June 29 at the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah — will include performances by Reynolds, Kesha, Martin Garrix, Tegan & Sara and more.As for music, Reynolds said Imagine Dragons, whose hits include “Thunder” and “Radioactive,” are taking time to recharge. Their most recent album, “Origins,” was released last November.“We’re all looking now to wrap up the cycle and take some serious time off. I don’t know how long that will be, but probably the longest amount of time that we’ve (taken off),” he said with a laugh. “Everybody’s ready for a break.”_____Online:https://www.imaginedragonsmusic.com/https://loveloudfest.comMesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press