Code.org, a non-profit focused on computer programming education, launched this week with a short film starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey , Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, and others.Video: Every One Should Code by Code.orgThe film is featured at www.Code.org, which also offers educational resources and a petition to promote programming in schools.Code.org also published statements from 60 supporters, including business leaders like Richard Branson and Sheryl Sandberg; politicians such as Vice President Al Gore, Senator Marco Rubio , and Mayor Bloomberg; educators such as the presidents or deans of Stanford, Harvard, University of Washington, and the Superintendent of LA Unified Schools; and leading scientists, doctors, and astronauts. All of these leaders reinforced the message that more students should be learning to code — regardless of the career they wish to pursue.“Basic computer programming is so easy that fifth-graders can learn it,” said Code.org founder Hadi Partovi, “yet only 10% of schools teach it, and only nine states recognize it for graduation credit. Learning to code unlocks creative thinking and opens unparalleled career options. Coding is the new American Dream and should be available to everybody, not just the lucky few.”Directed by Lesley Chilcott, (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman), the Code.org short film is meant to motivate students to learn computer programming. Via educational organizations, the film will be distributed to over 500,000 teachers, to be played in classrooms to over 10 million students.Code.org also announced its advisory board: Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, tech investor Ron Conway, Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, former ACM president Stuart Feldman, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Harvey Mudd president Maria Klawe, University of Washington Chair of Computer Science Ed Lazowska, Paypal founder Max Levchin, M.I.T. Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, and Amazon SVP Jeff Wilke.
Message Email Share your thoughts here Name Jorge Barrera and Mark Blackburn APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Canada discriminates against First Nation children by underfunding the on-reserve agencies charged with ensuring their safety, according to a long-awaited ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.According to the ruling, which will be released Tuesday, the Human Rights Tribunal demands the federal government make sweeping changes to the way it manages and funds on-reserve First Nation child welfare services.The human rights tribunal said current funding formulas create an incentive to remove children from their families.“The Panel finds the complainants have presented sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case of discrimination under section 5 of the CHRA. Specifically … that First Nations children and families living on reserve and in the Yukon are denied equal child and family services, and/or differentiated adversely in the provision of child and family services,” according to the ruling.Tribunal Chair Sophie Marchildon during the discrimination complaint hearings against Canada. Photo: APTNAPTN obtained an advanced copy under an agreement it would not report the contents until Tuesday morning.The tribunal’s ruling said the very foundation of Ottawa’s on-reserve child welfare program needed an overhaul because the whole structure was about to collapse.“(Indigenous Affairs) is ordered to cease its discriminatory practices and reform the (child welfare program)…to reflect the findings of this decision,” said the ruling. “At some point the foundation needs to be fixed or, ultimately, the house will fall down,” said the ruling.The ruling said the federal Indigenous Affairs department causes First Nation children and families to suffer through the way it designs, funds and manages on-reserve child welfare services.Indigenous Affairs’ current funding formula for child welfare “perpetuates the incentives to remove children from their homes,” the ruling said.The tribunal also ordered the department to “immediately implement the full meaning and scope of Jordan’s Principle” which was established to ensure First Nation children get the care they need before Ottawa and the provinces settle jurisdictional battles over who should pay.The tribunal found that Indigenous Affairs officials applied the principle too narrowly at the expense of children in need.The ruling is a resounding victory for the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society and its president Cindy Blackstock who first launched the complaint, with the Assembly of First Nations, back in 2007.Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society making opening remarks at the hearings in 2013. Photo: APTNAfter 72 days of hearings which ran from February 2013 to October 2014, a related tribunal victory on a retaliation complaint against Ottawa, skirmishes before the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal and the delayed disclosure of over 100,000 internal department documents, the tribunal sided with Blackstock’s core complaint.Now the main parties to the case—Ottawa, Blackstock’s organization and the AFN—have three weeks to figure out a process with the tribunal on implementing the ordered changes.The tribunal is also giving the parties three weeks to determine the process for settling the issue of compensation.The Child and Family Caring Society requested compensation of $20,000 for each First Nation child taken into care since February 2006 and the money be put into a trust fund to support healing programs tailored to children.The AFN requested an expert panel be created to determine compensation.The previous federal government of Stephen Harper fought the human rights complaint every step of the way, challenging and losing before the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal.Justice Canada lawyers argued in futility that the tribunal had no jurisdiction to make any determinations on the issue and that Indigenous Affairs only cut cheques which did not qualify as a delivery of a service. The Tribunal dismissed the government’s non-service assertion.“Even as AANDC’s role in the child and family welfare of First Nations is limited to funding, there is nothing in the Canadian Human Rights Act that excludes funding from the purview of section 5. This is, funding can constitute a service if the facts and evidence of the case indicate that the funding is a benefit or assistance offered to the public …” said the ruling.Last June, the tribunal also ruled in favour of Blackstock in a related complaint. The tribunal found that a senior official in then-Aboriginal affairs minister Chuck Strahl’s office “retaliated” against Blackstock over her human rights complaint by blocking her from attending a December 2009 meeting between the department and chiefs.The federal Privacy Commissioner also determined in May 2013 that Justice Canada and Indigenous Affairs officials spied on Blackstock because of her child welfare complaint.See related stories: Aboriginal Affairs “retaliated” against First Nation child advoctate over human rights complaint: TribunalFederal Aboriginal Affairs department spying on advocate for First Nations children According to the human rights tribunal ruling, Indigenous Affairs made little effort to improve its child welfare program despite ample evidence it was not working. The tribunal said internal reports and provided the department with ways to “address the adverse impacts” of its child welfare program, but were mostly ignored.“Despite being aware of the adverse impacts resulting from the (First Nation Child and Family Services) program for many years (Indigenous Affairs) has not significantly modified the program,” said the ruling. “While efforts have been made to improve the (child welfare) program…those improvements fall short of addressing the service gaps, denials and adverse impacts…and, ultimately, fail to meet the goal of providing culturally appropriate child and family services to First Nations children and families living on-reserve.”Department of Justice lawyer Jonathan Tarlton. Canada fought the discrimination case at every turn. Photo: APTNThe ruling does not cover child welfare services in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.Generally speaking, Indigenous Affairs funds and provides on-reserve child welfare services through First Nation child welfare agencies or through provincial agencies. The department also has a handful of one-off trilateral provincial and territorial child welfare agreements.Indigenous Affairs has a unique 1965 cost-sharing agreement with Ontario that governs on-reserve child welfare services in that province.While Indigenous Affairs claims to provide child welfare services that are “reasonably comparable to those provided off-reserve,” the tribunal found that the department has “difficulty defining what it means” and knows it doesn’t provide enough money to meet provincial-territorial legislation and standards.Yet “(Indigenous Affairs) insists that (First Nation child welfare agencies) somehow abide by those standards and provide reasonably comparable child and family services,” said the ruling. “Instead of assessing the needs of Frist Nations children and families and using provincial legislation and standards as a reference to design an adequate program to address those needs, (Indigenous Affairs) adopts an ad hoc approach to addressing needed changes to its programs.”The tribunal found that Indigenous Affairs has not executed any significant changes to its child welfare programs since 1990 and hasn’t updated its 1965 agreement with Ontario since 1998.“(Indigenous Affairs’) design, management and control of the (on-reserve child welfare) program, along with its corresponding funding formulas and other related provincial-territorial agreements have resulted in denials of services and created various adverse impacts for many First Nations children and families living on reserves,” said the ruling. “The (tribunal) finds (Indigenous Affairs’) position unreasonable, unconvincing and not supported by the preponderance of evidence in this case.”email@example.com@aptn.ca@APTNNews Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this field
LEAMINGTON, Ont. — Marijuana producer Aphria Inc. has signed a letter of intent to supply a company in Paraguay with medical cannabis.Under the agreement, Aphria will supply Insumos Medicos S.A., a pharmaceutical manufacturing, import and distribution company.Aphria says Insumos will undertake the registration of the Canadian company’s products in Paraguay and the appropriate licensing for the import of medical cannabis.Paraguay will become the Ontario company’s third market in Latin America, following Argentina and Colombia.Aphria has been under pressure in recent days after short-sellers alleged the company bought assets in Colombia, Argentina and Jamaica at “vastly inflated prices.”The company has denied the allegations, but it has appointed a special committee to review the acquisitions. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:APHA)
The Australian High Commissioner, Bryce Hutchesson, launched the Skills for Inclusive Growth Program with Minister for Skills Development and Vocational Training, Mahinda Samarasinghe. Australia will provide around 1.6 billion rupees in aid and technical assistance, over four years, to strengthen Sri Lanka’s tourism sector – through training and mentoring for employees and small businesses. The Program will benefit local communities and businesses – with an initial focus in Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa districts.It will prioritise the underemployed, particularly local women, youth and people with a disability.It will supportthe full value chain of the tourism sector –for example, food suppliers, hospitality trainers, artisans, surf instructors, spa owners, accommodation providers, taxi drivers – as well as district planners, park rangers, industry regulators and business chambers.“This is a time of hope and opportunity for Sri Lanka.Australia, as a long-standing partner, is glad to be playing a part in supporting Sri Lanka to build a bright future,” Hutchesson said. (Colombo Gazette) “Australia understands tourism. It is one of our most important exports. We also understand skills development. We have a world-class education system and one of the world’s best vocational training systems,” remarked Hutchesson.Speaking at the event, Minister Samarasignhe stated “I express my sincere gratitude to Australian High Commissioner His Excellency Bryce Hutchesson and the Australian Government for committing such a large sum of money for the future development of Sri Lanka not as a loan but as a 100% grant, which is very rare to see in this day and age. This underscores the very special historic bilateral relationship that exists between the people of Australia and the people of Sri Lanka.” This program will help Sri Lanka develop a highly-skilled labour force to take its rightful place as a premier tourist destination.
The Gazette notification is to be issued next week to hold the Local Government (LG) elections in January, Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faiszer Musthapha said.The Minister said that some issues related to the Local Government Bill had been resolved and as a result the elections can be held in January. Meanwhile, Minister Mano Ganeshan said that political party leaders decided at a meeting today to facilitate mechanisms to hold the elections by January 27. (Colombo Gazette)
The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show had some pretty cool stuff this year, from playing mobile games on a touchscreen made of mist, to a nearly finished VR helmet. Though not a purchasable product, perhaps one of the most impressive things found at CES 2013 was Intel’s enormous, interactive tree made of ultrabooks.The tree is 18 feet high, and composed of 176 ultrabooks. The base of the tree housed five ultrabook convertibles with which show attendees could interact. Attendees would create their own customized bloom on one of the ultrabooks then, using a drag-and-release gesture, toss it up the tree, where it would travel the length of the trunk and “ripple” across the entire ultrabook canopy.Towering over Intel’s space at CES, the tree is supposed to symbolize the “transformative, personal and inspiring nature of technology in our lives,” but if you don’t go for that kind of art-speak, it’s an interactive 18-foot tall tree made of 176 ultrabooks, and that’s pretty cool.The convertible ultrabook is Intel’s laptop-tablet hybrid, vaguely reminiscent of the Windows Surface RT’s thin form factor with attachable keyboard. Intel boasts that the device can start as a standard laptop, but with a flip, slide, or swivel, can transform into a tablet on the fly. Basically, it’s your standard thin hybrid.[Image credit: Intel Inside Scoop]
Les parcs d’attractions seraient bénéfiques pour les asthmatiquesÉtats-Unis – Lors de la cérémonie des IgNobel qui s’est tenue le 30 septembre dernier, une étude proposant de soigner l’asthme en fréquentant les montagnes russes des parcs d’attractions a été récompensée.C’est un duo de scientifiques néerlandais qui s’est vu attribuer l’IgNobel de médecine, pour être parvenu à prouver que les montagnes russes pourraient soigner l’asthme. Un prix parmi tant d’autres, puisque chaque année depuis bientôt dix ans, les IgNobel récompensent les études et travaux les plus farfelus.À lire aussiLe salmétérol utilisé contre l’asthme ne serait pas toujours efficaceAinsi, dans la catégorie biologie, le prix a été remis à une équipe de chercheurs sino-britannique qui a prouvé que la chauve-souris pratique la fellation. Côté économie, il a été remis avec humeur à la direction de plusieurs institutions bancaires comme Lehman Brothers pour leurs méthodes financières. L’AFP ajoute que le prix de la paix a été décerné a trois Britanniques qui ont prouvé que jurer permettait de soulager une douleur. Un prix de physique a également été décerné : il est revenu à des chercheurs d’une université néo-zélandaise qui ont conclu, après étude, que le fait de marcher avec des chaussettes au-dessus de chaussures limite les chutes sur les surfaces glacées.Le 4 octobre 2010 à 11:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
Now Playing Up Next WWE Smackdown Results – 7/30/19 (Trish Stratus appears, Finn Balor vs. Dolph Ziggler) Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Jerry Lawler Videos Articles Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Twitter Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Aaron David Harwood Facebook Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Comments are closed. January 26, 2018 at 5:14 pm On the latest episode of his “Dinner with The King” podcast, Jerry Lawler talked in detail about his experience at RAW 25 this past Monday night when he reunited with Jim Ross on commentary at the Manhattan Center in New York City.Lawler spoke in detail about the planning for the show, working with Jim Ross again on commentary and a photo of them allegedly sleeping at the broadcast table.On the two reportedly falling asleep during the show:“Our monitors were small and they were down at the lower part of the desk. This picture was taken during a commercial break. The headsets were a little different. I don’t know what the deal was with the chairs, but they were not comfortable, they were not the chairs that were ordinarily used. So during the show, while we were doing the commentary, in order to see the monitor right, I would have to sit up straight and almost lean forward to be able to watch the monitor. So then, when a commercial break came, I would take that opportunity to kind of sit back and really, just sort of stretch my back. But anyway, somebody catches that one particular shot and then they put it out on the internet and man, it was all over the place… I know JR was really sensitive to it. It upset JR because that just wasn’t the case. I mean, good gosh, nobody went to sleep during the broadcast of the 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw.”On working with JR again as part of the broadcast:“There was actually a lot of pressure. I know JR and I could just feel it. It didn’t feel comfortable because there was just so much going on that you didn’t have a lot of preparation time. We didn’t get to spend a lot of time with our crew that was going to be working with just JR and I. It was tough getting everything done in a short time to try and make that show what everyone expected it to be. I thought, all in all, I was certainly pleased with our part. I just wish we’d been able to do a bit more, but other than that, I thought it went off well. A lot had changed in that chemistry between JR and I and all of the sudden you’re under the gun to make it just seem like it did 25 years ago in an instant and that’s hard to do. I certainly don’t think it was bad, but I think if JR and I continued to work together and do shows a little more often, it would be right back to where we were from the get-go.”On Triple H calling an audible with the upset Manhattan Center crowd:“I think at first, some fans realized ‘we’re not going to get to see in person a lot of these people that had been advertised,’ when someone is at the Barclays Center and they started showing all these different guys. They started to complain and feel uncomfortable and everything. I’m not sure, but I think Triple H is the guy who made a call over there and said ‘hey, we’ve got to give these people more over here.’ So what they started doing, they started sending some of the superstars that were primarily, originally just booked to be at the Barclays Center, they started sending them, putting them in a car service or limos and sending them over to the Manhattan Center. So by the end of the night, the people at the Manhattan Center got to see a ton of the superstars.”Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 3.24%0:01Remaining Time -0:47 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 7/30 Smackdown Preview: “The King’s Court” returns with special guest Trish Stratus Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next title of article is misleading, sounds like they did fall asleep when they didn’t 1 COMMENT Updated RAW Preview: Sasha Banks on The King’s Court, Elias to give a farewell performance Google+
Pinterest Google+ Facebook Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Twitter The angle on RAW this past Monday night in Chicago involving Bobby Lashley attacking Kevin Owens appears to have been done for a very good reason.John Pollock of POST Wrestling is reporting that Owens is scheduled to under surgery on his knee and will be requiring time off from WWE’s schedule as a result.While the initial report described the injury as minor, details on an evaluation of the knee still were not fully known and how much time Owens will be out of action for.Owens simply tweeted out the following on Tuesday. — . (@FightOwensFight) October 9, 2018 WhatsApp WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live
It just seems hard to get away from fire when you’re doing fireworks.Thursday night’s inaugural Clark County Fourth at the Fairgrounds event was a big success, drawing an estimated 6,500 people, according to Mickey Webb, CEO of the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.But the event, intended to tamp down fireworks mayhem in Clark County neighborhoods — especially accidental fires — by providing a centralized, professional pyrotechnic display, still managed to generate a little accidental conflagration of its own.“It was great till the fire started!” was a typical post on Facebook afterward.“I remember the fort field catching on fire many times when we watched there,” posted another.“All in all, we were pretty happy with it,” Webb said. “We were just disappointed that the fireworks display had to end early. We did have a pretty decent-sized grass fire.”That fire was confined to the fireworks fallout zone just south of where the fireworks were being launched along Delfel Road, pretty far to the southeast of where people were gathered in the grandstands, Webb said. It was caused by sparks from a low-flying mortar, not by any fireworks malfunction, he added — but it did result in a substantial enough fire to prompt the fire marshal to stop the show early.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Fast food giant Taco Bell is now offering one of the strangest edible creations ever created.The restaurant chain’s new quesadilla does not come stuffed with cheese, chicken or beef. It’s new concotion comes stuffed with Kit Kats.A company rep told Business Insider that Chocoladillas are being sold only in Wisconsin at this time. They go for $1.Chocoladillas have been sold in several countries abroad in the past, including the United Kingdom.It’s not clear if Taco Bell plans to expand the offer to other states. Went back for proof. Taco Bell Kit Kat Quesadilla. So now there’s something online about it. pic.twitter.com/MZNDwS0ESF— Paul Kratt (@Sappharad) October 10, 2017
News Email Jermaine Dupri On The Most Game-Changing Song He’s Worked On & More Facebook Twitter We chatted with the legendary So So Def founder and asked him some bonus round questions during the special event at the GRAMMY Museum celebrating 25 years of his labelAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 24, 2018 – 5:35 pm Jermaine Dupri stopped by the GRAMMY Museum on Sept. 20 to kick off of its newest exhibit, Jermaine Dupri & So So Def: 25 Years of Elevating Culture. The evening included a chance to view the exhibit, a conversation with Dupri and several So So Def artists, and a lively after-party on the roof. We caught up with Dupri during the event to for a bonus round of questions to get to know a little more about the man behind so many hits. Jermaine Dupri On His Game-Changing Song & More jermaine-dupri-most-game-changing-song-hes-worked-more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 24, 2018 – 5:32 pm Jermaine Dupri On His Game-Changing Song & More Dupri, who wore a three piece plaid suit and tinted aviator shades to the event, has major swag, or as he put it, is pretty “fresh.” We chatted with him to learn more about the first album he ever bought (it was a 12-inch, not a CD), his favorite part of the new exhibit, the most game-changing song he’s worked on, and more.Atlanta’s Finest: How Jermaine Dupri And So So Def Amplified The ATL Sound
A U.S. Senator from Missouri is continuing her crackdown on the advantages Alaska Native Corporations enjoy in government contracting.Download AudioSen. Claire McCaskill this week pressed the Small Business Administration to show that rules in place since 2011 are tightening requirements on ANCs and producing better oversight.Since the 1980s, ANCs have won government contracts worth billions of dollars, through a program designed to allow small, minority-owned companies to contract for government work without competition. Other businesses in the program are limited to contracts of up to $4 million. Alaska Native corporations, though, can get sole-source contracts of any size, and they can work in joint venture with non-Native companies as long as the ANC owns 51%.McCaskill has previously sponsored bills to remove those special advantages. She’s asking the SBA for a list of all such joint ventures since 2011, and for reports showing how Native communities benefitted from these contracts.Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, in a press release, says he’s tried to reason with McCaskill, a fellow Democrat. But he says she doesn’t understand Alaska history. He says ANCs shouldn’t be punished for their success.
The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a total budget of $960 million for next year, which includes a $350 million request from the state.Download AudioThat’s a 7.6 percent increase over this year’s budget, and does not take into account a $15.8 million cut recommended by the state Office of Management and Budget.UA President Jim Johnsen says he and other university leaders will work to produce a “contingency budget” in the coming months as the full fiscal picture becomes clearer during the upcoming Legislative session.Johnsen says the contingency budget’s goal will be to make more targeted cuts on a case-by-case basis, rather than across the board.After public testimony and discussion, the Regents also settled on a 5 percent tuition increase, which will kick in starting in the Fall 2016 semester – down from the original 9 percent increase proposed at the beginning of the meeting.
Faridabad: A senior police officer in Faridabad allegedly committed suicide early this morning. Faridabad Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Vikram Kapoor shot himself with his service revolver at his home in the city. He was the commissioner for New Industrial Town. Faridabad Police Public Relation Officer Sube Singh stated, “With great sadness, it is to inform you that DCP of NIT Faridabad Vikram Kapoor has shot himself dead with his service revolver at his residence in Police Lines, Sector 30, Faridabad at 6:00 am. The cause of the suicide is being investigated.”
Serilingampalli: Vidya High School (VHS) Correspondent Dr Ponnada Trimurthulu has bagged Vidya Ratna Award. He received the award from Telangana Government Special Representative in New Delhi Samudrala Venu Gopala Chary, Justice PS Narayana and Justice Madhusudhana Rao at Telangana Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday.Trimurthulu thanked North Delhi Cultural Academy for recognising his services in education sector. He dedicated the award to former Union Minister and veteran BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
DNCC logoLeaders of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) are considering the by-polls to the mayor post at Dhaka North City Corporation although the party officially has not started yet talking about it.Following the death of DNCC mayor Annisul Huq on 30 November, the government has declared vacant the mayoral post from 1 December as per Article 15(E) of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009.According to the electoral law, the election commission will now have to hold a by-poll to elect people’s representative for the vacant post in 90 days for the rest of the DNCC tenure.Election commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Sunday told a group of newsmen that the commission is ready to hold the by-polls in 90 days to the mayoral post.Several senior leaders of the party said it’s been difficult for the ruling party to choose a candidate for a mayoral post. They said the party will face a tough challenge if it cannot find anyone like Annisul.At the same time, the by-polls will be a challenge for the ruling party as the election atmosphere – be it good or bad – will put an impact on national politics with its outcome being scrutinised at home and abroad just one year ahead of the next general elections, they observed.Against this backdrop, they said, the by-election to a city corporation of the capital city which has appeared like “something from out of the blue” has put the ruling party in a difficult position.AL leaders said the party will make a decision in this regard after the return of prime minister Sheikh Hasina from Cambodia and once the qul khawani of Annisul Huq is held.AL’s arch-rival the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) insiders said the party is likely to join the by-polls although they too yet to start talking about selecting the candidate within the party.Several names of the possible candidates, apart from Tabith Awal who was BNP’s candidate against Annisul Huq, are, however, being discussed in the party.BNP thinks its candidates will sweep to victory if fairness and neutrality are ensured in the by-poll, because Tabith Awal bagged as high as 300,000 votes even after he boycotted the polls halfway.The party also thinks that if the by-poll is marred by rigging and manipulation, it would embolden its demand for holding the next general elections under a party-neutral government.AL policymakers meanwhile said many aspirants have already expressed their interest to contest the by-polls, but party president Sheikh Hasina’s say is the final which will be clear in next one or two weeks.Talking to newsmen AL presidium member Faruq Khan, who was in charge of coordination in the last DNCC polls, said the party has yet started discussion on the by-poll. He said the ministry has declared the post vacant and the election commission will now announce the election schedule. “And Awami League too will start sorting out its possible candidates.”He said given the way the north city corporation of the capital was developed, city dwellers will vote for AL candidate.A presidium member of the party said the DNCC area is comprised of eight parliamentary constituencies, so the DNCC by-polls will have huge impact on the next general elections to be held in one year time.Talking to newsmen on Tuesday, AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said the party will pick a candidate who will be able to win the by-polls.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Abu Taib Ahmed
Share Photo by NTSB via ReutersU.S. NTSB investigators are on scene examining damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane in this image released from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 17, 2018. NTSB/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RC13FF7E9ED0U.S. airline regulators have ordered inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off a Southwest Airlines plane, leading to the death of a woman who was partially blown out a window.The Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine’s manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.Pressure for the FAA to act grew after an engine on a Southwest plane blew apart on Tuesday, showering the aircraft with debris and shattering a window. A woman sitting next to the window was partially blown out and died of her injuries. The plane, which was headed from New York to Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.The victim of Southwest Airlines flight 1380, Jennifer Riordan, poses in this undated photo obtained from social media. Facebook/Jennifer Riordan/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. NO NEW USES AFTER MAY 17, 2018, 1430GMT – RC1B043879B0Investigators said a blade that broke off mid-flight and triggered the fatal accident was showing signs of metal fatigue — microscopic cracks that can splinter open under the kind of stress placed on jetliners and their engines.The National Transportation Safety Board also blamed metal fatigue for an engine failure on a Southwest plane in Florida in 2016.That led manufacturer CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co. and France’s Safran SA, to recommend last June that airlines conduct the inspections of fan blades on many Boeing 737s.The FAA proposed making the recommendation mandatory in August but never issued a final decision.On Wednesday, the FAA said it would issue a directive in the next two weeks to require ultrasonic inspections of fan blades on some CFM56-7B engines after they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings. Blades that fail inspection would need to be replaced.It was not immediately clear how many planes would be affected. Last year, the FAA estimated that an order would cover 220 engines on U.S. airlines. That number could be higher now because more engines have hit the number of flights triggering an inspection.Southwest announced its own program for similar inspections of its 700-plane fleet over the next month. United Airlines executives said Wednesday that they had begun inspecting some of their planes.American Airlines has about 300 planes with that type of engine, and Delta Air Lines has about 185. It will not be clear until the FAA issues its rule how many will need inspections.Tuesday’s emergency broke a string of eight straight years without a fatal accident involving a U.S. airliner.“Engine failures like this should not occur,” Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the NTSB, said Wednesday.Photo by NTSB U.S. NTSB photo shows a part of the engine cowling from the Southwest Airlines plane which blew its engine in mid air yesterday over the skies of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., in this image released on April 18, 2018. NTSB/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. – RC161BD13460Sumwalt expressed concern about such a destructive engine failure but said he would not yet draw broad conclusions about the safety of CFM56 engines or the entire fleet of Boeing 737s, the most popular airliner ever built.Federal investigators were still trying to determine how a window came out of the plane. The woman sitting next to it, identified by family members as 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan, was wearing a seat belt. Philadelphia’s medical examiner said the banking executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, died from blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso.It is unknown whether the FAA’s original directive would have forced Southwest to quickly inspect the engine that blew up. CEO Gary Kelly said it had logged only 10,000 cycles since being overhauled.Before Wednesday’s announcement, critics accused the FAA of inaction in the face of a threat to safety.Robert Clifford, a lawyer who is suing American Airlines over another engine explosion that caused a fire that destroyed the plane, said the FAA should have required the inspections — even if it meant grounding Boeing 737s.“There is something going on with these engines,” he said, “and the statistical likelihood of additional failures exists.”William Waldock, a safety expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, predicted the FAA’s decision. He said the scope of FAA action will depend on whether investigators find fatigue in other fan blades on the broken engine.“The first thing they probably are going to do is pull every single one of those other blades off and X-ray them to see if they’ve got a similar type of failure waiting to happen,” he said.The Southwest CEO protested that it is too soon to say whether Tuesday’s accident is related to any other engine failures.Kelly said the plane was inspected on Sunday and nothing appeared out of order. A spokeswoman said it was a visual inspection and oil service of the engines. The NTSB’s Sumwalt said, however, that the kind of wear seen where the missing fan blade broke off would not have been visible just by looking at the engine.
(Phys.org)—Two teams of researchers both working in the U.S. have announced new breakthroughs in better understanding how immunological memory works. Both teams have published their findings in the journal Nature. The first team, made up of members from several academic institutions across the country, describe their study of part of the process by which bacteria fend off secondary viral attacks. The second team, with Rockefeller University, describes a system they devised for in vitro study of immunological memory at the bacterial level. Ido Yosef and Udi Qimron with Tel Aviv University offer a News and Views piece on the work done by the two teams in the same journal issue. Escherichia coli. Credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH More information: Paper 1: Integrase-mediated spacer acquisition during CRISPR–Cas adaptive immunity, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14237Paper 2: Cas9 specifies functional viral targets during CRISPR–Cas adaptation, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14245News and Views: Microbiology: How bacteria get spacers from invaders, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14204 Bacterial immune system has a better memory than expected Explore further Citation: Research efforts yielding major advances in understanding immunological memory (2015, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-efforts-yielding-major-advances-immunological.html In humans and many other animals, part of the work of immunity involves storing information about previous viral or bacterial attacks so those of the same type can be more easily thwarted in the future. Until very recently, scientists believed this “memory” type of immunity was unique to vertebrates. Over the past few years, researchers have found this assumption to be false—they have found, as one example, that bacteria too have immunological memory that helps them fight off viral infections.To remember viral infections, bacteria grab short snippets of its DNA during an attack—the snippets are called protospacers and make their way into bacterium DNA. Once entrenched they are called clustered regularly interspaced short pallindronic repeats (CRISPRs)—as a group they are referred to as spacers. The researchers with the first effort sought to uncover how it is that spacers are “chosen” by an individual bacterium in such a way as to prevent damage to its own sequences as pieces are cleaved to allow for retention. They found that a protein called Cas9 drives the selection process.To learn more about how the immune system works, in all species, studies are done both in vitro and in vivo. Most work done to date at the bacterial level has been conducted in vivo. The team at RU has developed a system whereby future research using an in vitro approach can be used—it is based on E. coli memorizing proteins.Learning more about how the immune system works in simple organisms allows researchers to uncover some of the basic properties involved, which hopefully can be applicable to those in larger organisms, such as human beings. Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 Phys.org
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