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Farooq terms NDA govts attack on Pak and Ram Mandir issue as

first_imgKadapa (Andhra Pradesh): Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and NC leader Farooq Abdullah said the country should maintain good relations with its neighbouring country (Pakistan). With this approach both the countries will prosper.The National Conference leader said it was not fair on the central government to attack on neighbouring country and assuring construction of Ram Mandir keeping in view the coming elections. Addressing an election campaign here on Tuesday along with Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, the J&K MP said India is a place of ‘unity in diversity’, and added that the present India was not the India, which he witnessed during Gandhi regime. People were living with fear complex. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Referring to YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Farooq Abdullah said Jagan met him in the past and ready to offer Rs 1500 crore to Congress high command if he was made Chief Minister of combined Andhra Pradesh. He said he wondered from where he got so much amount of money. The money belonged to people. He said if people elected such a person the state would witness drastic conditions. Addressing a road show Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said there was no protection for Muslims during Modi regime. He said voting for Jaganmohan Reddy meant voting for Narendra Modi. He expressed surprise how Jagan was supporting KCR, who was opposing Polavaram project and releasing water to Rayalaseema region. He said he would make efforts to supply water to Rayalaseema region. The TDP supremo assured to implement minority sub plan for the benefit of Muslims. He said all the national parties excluding BJP supporting Telugu Desam party. He said that Sonia Gandhi also assured to accord special category status to AP.last_img read more

Iraqs violence takes heavy toll on its children reports UNICEF

21 December 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today painted a bleak picture of the situation of children in Iraq, where an estimated 2 million boys and girls continue suffer from poor nutrition, disease and interrupted education. Thousands of families have been obliged to leave their homes because of violence or threats, and hundreds of children have lost their lives in the violence, UNICEF said in a news release. Conditions continue to deteriorate, with many mothers preventing their children from attending school for fear they would be attacked. “Iraqi children are paying far too high a price,” said Roger Wright, UNICEF’s Special Representative for Iraq. “While we have been providing as much assistance as possible, a new window of opportunity is opening, which should enable us to reach the most vulnerable with expanded, consistent support.” In 2007 UNICEF invested over $40 million dollars to deliver critical health care, safe water and sanitation, education and other essential services to millions of children and their families. Thanks to the funds, over 4 million children were immunized against polio and more than three million against measles, mumps and rubella. As a result, Iraq remains polio-free and measles cases have decreased from 9,181 in 2004 to just 156 as of November. In addition, some 4.7 million Iraqi primary school children benefited from UNICEF support, including the distribution of school materials, rebuilding and restoring schools, adding extra classrooms for displaced children and providing accelerated learning opportunities. UNICEF noted that children’s needs inside Iraq will become clearer as security improves. To help meet the needs of returning families, the agency and its partners a new initiative known as IMPACT: Iraq, which involves a national network of UN teams and non-governmental partners able to quickly assess and respond to needs as they arise. Mr. Wright stressed that sufficient funding will be crucial to meeting the needs of Iraq’s children in 2008, adding that children should be the priority for international investment in Iraq. “Iraqi children are the foundation for their country’s recovery,” he stated. “Where children’s lives are protected and revived, community recovery will swiftly follow. We continue to owe them our very best in 2008 and beyond.” read more

Can blockchain give us back our privacy

Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.The outcry over Cambridge Analytica’s access to Facebook user data last year, followed by the U.S. Senate’s questions to Mark Zuckerberg on Capitol Hill, revealed a general lack of understanding of how the Internet works and how enterprise makes money on it. It boils down to this: If you’re not paying for a product on the Internet, you’re the product.That’s a truism many critics of Quayside, a real estate project developed by Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, have taken to heart. The project plan calls for a digital platform designed “into the physical environment from the start” in order to collect urban data “in a single place.” The end goal is to “enable a seamless interface between residents and service delivery.” In other words, a physical manifestation of what Alphabet’s Google does in cyberspace — which is extracting value from huge sets of user data.Done right, this “smart city” could provide valuable insight into our public services, energy grids and municipal infrastructure and improve quality of life for citizens. It could also put yet another aspect of our privacy at risk. Privacy advocates have argued for government regulation of the use of our data. But regulation has yet to prevent hackers from cracking the central databases of Equifax Canada or Nissan Canada Finance, to name just two examples. Let’s face it: any centralized system is vulnerable to attack. There is no reason for corporations or governments to store, let alone own or control, our personal information. Read the full Innovation Nation series here Innovation Nation: How smart cities may be too smart for their own good IP and the Blockchain revolution Fortunately, there is a third option, enabled by blockchain, the innovation underlying bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The same code that identifies each bitcoin as unique and secures the vast Bitcoin network (worth more than $85 billion) against hacking, could do the same for every person. It starts with a digital ID unique to each person, secured cryptographically with a private key pair, and comprised of multiple factors or data points. The more factors, the harder the identity is to fake or hack. Such an ID enables individuals to create and manage their own “digital black box” of private data.A distributed ledger, accessible through a virtual black box, brings transformative self-sovereignty. Realizing this “Virtual You” through blockchain technologies could not only preserve our right to privacy and personal security but also restore our control over the data we create. In the case of Sidewalk Labs, for example, it would give Torontonians the power to decide who can use their data and how: They could volunteer or license its usage, or refuse to share it altogether.As the Toronto-born co-founder of Ethereum and CEO of Consensus Systems Joseph Lubin has put it, “we should be establishing our own identities and bootstrapping ourselves into economic enfranchisement!”How would such a system work? A number of startups already offer digital IDs through blockchain apps. uPort, for example, assigns each user a 20-byte hexadecimal string to serve as the address of a proxy contract, a piece of special purpose code that executes a complex set of instructions involving identity on the blockchain. The proxy contract is the ultimate mechanism through which a user can digitally sign and verify a transaction, an action, or a claim; manage cryptocurrencies or other digitized assets; link to a user’s off-chain data; and grant others temporary permission to read or write specific data files in exchange for value.Such a system must be distributed among and maintained by the same people whose identities it protects — an identity commons not owned or controlled by any one company but accessible to anyone — so that users’ incentives align, and there are clear rights for them to steward their own identities, access (and allow others to access) and monetize their data, and participate in rule-making around the preservation and usage of the commons.An identity commons would naturally need to exist independently from corporate, government or other institutions. It would need to outlive individual users so that it could enforce their right to be forgotten, to delete data. And it would need to employ distributed file storage systems that are censorship-resistant.“Decentralization is important,” says Joseph Weinberg, a Toronto-based entrepreneur and chair of the Shyft Network, which is building a data transport protocol to give citizens more control over personal information. “If you get hacked, there’s a lot less to steal.”The transition to secure digital IDs will take time. But if we reclaim the most fundamental human asset — our identities — we can begin monetizing our private data anywhere in the world. Though we can’t close the Pandora’s box of personal data that we’ve shared so far, we can build a future where individuals have greater control and economy agency over their data.This new framework should complement innovation, along with progressive policies that allow for companies big and small, foreign and domestic, to push boundaries. Sidewalk Labs should be a welcome addition to Toronto — but let’s be smart about how we innovate. If private companies are going to have a say in public life and public infrastructure, they should abide by a new social contract for the digital age: one that affirms that the best guardians of privacy are not government or businesses but citizens themselves.Alex Tapscott is co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute and co-author of Blockchain Revolution, now translated into 15 languages. He is also an active investor in blockchain companies and projects. read more

Canned food companies to hike prices to combat aluminum tariffs

TORONTO — Canned food companies say they are eyeing price increases to combat the effects of aluminum tariffs.They say the 10 per cent fees that were slapped on the metal by U.S. President Donald Trump in early July are making cans more expensive and forcing them to find ways to offset the costs.The Campbell Company of Canada says it will jack up prices by an unspecified amount in late August on a “broad” range of products.Molson Coors Brewing Company also admitted on its most recent earnings call that it might be pushed to make a similar move because the tariffs are having a negative affect on prices.Water and coffee services company Cott Corp. said it applied for tariff exemptions for some products. It’s also looking at alternative suppliers and is working towards “relatively modest” rent increases for the coolers it uses for product distribution. read more

New violence on ChadianSudanese border threatens humanitarian crisis – UN

A violent cocktail of regular and rebel forces on both sides of the Chadian-Sudanese frontier combined with an increasing number of incursions by armed groups has forced thousands of people from their homes and could seriously impede humanitarian aid, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. “We are at an extremely delicate stage in Chad – right on the edge,” WFP Chad Country Director Stefano Porretti said of the area, where the agency is already feeding more than 207,400 Sudanese refugees who have fled three years of vicious fighting between government, pro-government militias and rebel forces in the Darfur region. “Guarantees of both financial commitment to our operations and security in the region are essential to help stave off an even more serious humanitarian crisis, which we could have on our hands within weeks,” he added in an appeal to international donors.Most refugees have been in Chad since 2004, but a fresh influx from Sudan has arrived over the past few months. An initial WFP assessment of the most affected areas in the eastern Chad border zone indicated that most people still had substantial food stocks that they can access, largely because the last harvest was one of the best in recent years.But with the annual ‘hunger season’ approaching, WFP said there were very real fears that people would soon require essential humanitarian assistance. The most immediate need reported was for the safety of civilians in the prevailing insecurity. “It is clear that the security situation along the border has deteriorated in recent weeks,” Mr. Porretti said. “WFP is coordinating with partners, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, to ensure the situation is closely monitored. But the longer the insecurity in the area persists, the more serious the situation will become.” While it is difficult to assess the magnitude of needs because of current insecurity, WFP estimates that several thousand people will require assistance. “Financially, our operation in eastern Chad is already clinging on by its fingertips – significant new requirements will require significant new resources from our donors,” Mr. Porretti said. The annual mid-year ‘hunger season’ will overlap closely with the annual rains, rendering most of the roads in eastern Chad completely impassable. WFP is making major efforts to pre-position as much food as possible ahead of the rains, an effort that depends heavily on speedy confirmation of donor contributions to ensure that food arrives early enough to be transported onwards to the camps. WFP also warned today that its food stocks in Chad were being further stretched by a new wave of refugees fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) – some 46,000 already and still growing. A serious break in supplies is expected by June. The agency’s humanitarian air service, which provides a critical lifeline for UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff and supplies to arrive in eastern Chad, only reachable by air during the rainy season, is also facing suspension very shortly if further funds are not forthcoming. read more

General Motors recalls 14M older cars to fix oil leaks that can

General Motors recalls 1.4M older cars to fix oil leaks that can cause engine fires FILE – This Jan. 25, 2010, file photo, shows a General Motors Co. logo during a news conference in Detroit. General Motors Co. For the third time in eight years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, sometimes damaging garages and houses. The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles dating to the 1997 model year, is needed because repairs from the first two didn’t work. More than 1,300 cars caught fire after they were fixed by dealers, the company said. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Oct 27, 2015 5:02 am MDT Last Updated Oct 27, 2015 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – For the third time in seven years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, in some instances damaging garages and homes.The recall, which covers 1.4 million vehicles, including 125,783 in Canada, dating to the 1997 model year.It is needed because repairs from the first two recalls didn’t work. More than 1,300 cars caught fire after they were fixed by dealers, the company said.In the previous recalls, in 2008 and 2009, GM told owners to park the cars outside until repairs can be made since most of the fires happened shortly after drivers turned off the engines. A spokesman was checking to see if the same recommendation applies this time.In addition, GM will notify owners of 500,000 more cars that were not repaired in the previous recalls, spokesman Alan Adler said.The latest recall, mainly in North America, includes: the 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Regal; the 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala; the 1998 and 1999 Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue; and the 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. All have 3.8-litre V6 engines.Over time, a valve cover gasket can degrade, allowing oil to seep out. Under hard braking, oil drops can fall onto the exhaust manifold and catch fire. Flames can spread to a plastic spark plug wire channel and the rest of the engine.GM says it has reports of 19 minor injuries in fires caused by the cars. In 2008, a GM spokeswoman said the cars were responsible for 267 fires, including at least 17 that burned structures.The problem first surfaced in 2007, when 21 consumer complaints about engine fires in some of the cars prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate. That probe found three injuries. Most of the blazes happened five to 15 minutes after the engines were turned off, according to agency documents.The investigation led to the recall in March 2008 of more than 200,000 U.S. cars with supercharged engines. A year later GM recalled almost 1.5 million more cars that weren’t supercharged. Dealers replaced the spark plug wire channels but documents filed with the government don’t mention any repair of the oil leaks.GM is finalizing a fix in the most recent recall. The company will use state registration databases in an effort to track down the owners and notify them by mail, he said.The 1,300 fires were discovered when GM began investigating whether to recall some 2004 models that weren’t part of the earlier recalls, Adler said. He said he didn’t know why the recall wasn’t done sooner given the large number of fires.Company investigators ultimately found 1,345 fires in previously recalled cars and decided “that the recall would be to come up with a better fix for the vehicles that were out there,” Adler said.The recall is so large that it could have an impact on GM’s fourth-quarter earnings, although Adler said that hasn’t been determined.“Since we have not decided on the remedy, we do not know whether the cost will result in a material charge to earnings,” he said. read more

FEATURE Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of students

“In the town of Shwe Kyin, in Myanmar, households have no electricity,” said 25-year-old Pang Yunian, from China, who was among the contest winners. “Yet, the villagers decided to prioritize education and used limited resources to build a primary school a few years ago.”Photo/Karin Imai, 20, Japan (Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan) “My photo is simply a snapshot of a normal landscape in Japan,” said 20-year-old Karin Imai, Japan, whose entry also won a prize. “Yet for some reason, this tiny plant growing in the midst of tall trees caught my eye.”She said its relative size seemed to emphasize, rather than diminish, its strength and willpower to grow.“I also wanted to convey the importance of small discoveries as the same philosophy applies to the furthering of the SDGs… The accumulation of these small discoveries and actions will carry us towards a brighter and more sustainable future.”The exhibition is on view through 10 August at UN Headquarters. Ms. Nemoto said that the exhibition coincides with the convening of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development – a mechanism UN Member States have mandated to carry out regular voluntary reviews of implementation of the 2030 Agenda.“These prize-winning photos have been brought to UN Headquarters with an aim to encourage viewers to take ownership of SDGs as change makers,” she said.UNIC Tokyo and Sophia University are co-sponsoring a second SDGs Student Photo Contest and are calling for entries by the 31 August deadline. Prize-winning photographs taken by students from around the world – currently exhibited at United Nations Headquarters in New York – encapsulate their own ideas and feelings about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“Photos have the power to go beyond borders, which makes it an ideal medium to connect young people from all over the world,” said Kaoru Nemoto, Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Tokyo, which organized the exhibition “Spotlight on SDGs.”With 17 goals and 169 targets, communicating the SDGs to the public has proven to be a challenge in many countries. But engaging youth is vital to successful implementation of those objectives by 2030, a target year for the international community to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all.In fact, young people played a key part in shaping the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and they, as agents of change, are expected to lead efforts to translate this vision into reality.With this in mind, UNIC Tokyo and Sophia University put their heads together and came up with a student photo contest with special cooperation from Getty Images Japan.“This partnership-driven photo contest encouraged young students to think hard about SDGs at their doorstep, visualize their perspective through their creativity, and have fun,” Ms. Nemoto told UN News.Titled “My View on SDGs,” the contest encouraged students to reflect on the Goals, communicate their feelings in a photograph and share it with other people. Over 600 submissions were received from students from 47 countries on five continents.First prize went to a photo portraying a volunteer removing a tire from a beach in Lima, Peru, taken by a local university student, Nicolas Monteverde Bustamante.“I was shocked and saddened by the number of tires strewn across the beach in a conservation area in Callao, near Lima,” said the 23 year old.“The pollution of the ocean is one of the worst problems humanity faces at this time. Our culture of consuming and throwing away indiscriminately is poisoning our cities, our lands, our ocean, and finally, ourselves. It is in our hands to make our ocean a better place for all, without tires and trash.”Photo/Pang Yunian, 25, China (Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan) read more

Motor Industry says Realise the challenges and act Mr Brown

SMMT today urged the Chancellor, Rt. Honourable Gordon Brown MP, to face up to the issues dogging the UK automotive sector and act accordingly in the forthcoming budget. No increase in motoring taxesCurrent exchange rate causes UK businesses to suffer against weak Euro competitionResearch and Development tax breaks do not go far enough As the global market becomes more competitive, currency fluctuations are impacting on British industry more than ever. Sterling has appreciated by more than 35 per cent since 1996, and despite manufacturers’ improved productivity in the UK, the weak Euro is still hitting businesses hard.While Sterling remains strong, component manufacturers in particular will continue to struggle. Eighty per cent of vehicles are exported from the UK to the Euro zone, and fewer components are being sourced from British suppliers, threatening jobs and investment at home.Commenting on the submission, SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The UK automotive sector saw positive results in 2001, and we now need a stable economic platform to move forward as an industry. The commitment to Britain from manufacturers and component makers is clear – what we need to see is a series of measures from the Chancellor that recognises and rewards that commitment.’What else is affecting the motor industry? TaxationVED has undergone radical reform over the last few years and the changes have been broadly welcomed by the industry. Stability is now required and SMMT would like to see no further changes and the current rates maintained.Research and Development The motor industry has recognised that R&D is critical to enhancing a viable vehicle and components base in the UK and, in part, this has been recognised by the Chancellor too. However, the Chancellor must go further with the removal of fuel duty on automotive fuel used solely for research and development as well as testing if the UK’s position as a centre of R&D is to be maintained.End of Life Vehicles Directive The implementation of the End of Life Vehicles Directive continues to cause major concerns for manufacturers. Despite responding to a DTI consultation document and proposing a ‘win win’ solution, which made maximum use of the current infrastructure, SMMT is still yet to have any formal response from Government on its submission. Any implementation must respect the dates established in the Directive for the introduction of the free take back obligation – 2002 for new vehicles and 2007 for the existing vehicle parc.It should also avoid imposing a retrospective obligation for the entire vehicle parc, which would impact heavily on the motor industry.Motor industry needs dedicated skills councils SMMT would like to see adequate representation in the network of Sector Skills Councils that are currently being set up. The motor industry has very specific needs in terms of manufacturing and retail operations. The strength of the UK automotive skills base is crucial to future competitive advantage. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio States DAngelo Russell declares for 2015 NBA Draft

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is heading to the NBA according to ESPN. Russell led the Buckeyes in scoring in 2014-15.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerOhio State’s D’Angelo Russell is off to the NBA after being named a first team All-American in his only collegiate season, according to a report by ESPN.com.Russell declared for the 2015 NBA Draft on Wednesday after he led the Buckeyes with 19.3 points per game as a freshman last season, helping the team to a 24-11 record and an appearance in the round-of-32 in the NCAA Tournament.During an interview with ESPN.com, Russell said declaring for the NBA Draft was a “hard decision,” and added that he would have loved to play for OSU coach Thad Matta for one more year.“But at the same time I wanted to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA,” Russell said during the interview Wednesday. “I know what I am capable of and the sky’s the limit with effort. I know I have a lot to work on.”Russell is projected to be a top-five pick in the draft after becoming the second-highest scoring freshman in program history. On top of leading the team in scoring, Russell also led the Buckeyes with 5.7 rebounds per game and finished second on the team with 175 assists and 55 steals.The Louisville, Ky., native is OSU’s first “one-and-done” player since B.J. Mullens, who declared for the 2009 NBA Draft after just one season in Columbus.Coming out of Montverde Academy, Russell was ESPN’s 13th overall prospect, but the 6-foot, 5-inch guard decided to make the leap to the NBA after starting every OSU game he played.“You never know when this opportunity comes,” Russell told ESPN.com. “I believe I am ready because my approach was to unpack my bags, get committed to winning and listening to the coaches — as opposed to coming in and saying I am a pro and trying to leave. I wasn’t trying to get in and out at Ohio State.”After Russell’s announcement, the Buckeyes are set to lose six players from the 2014-15 roster. In addition to Russell, Matta’s squad will be without senior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, senior guard Shannon Scott, senior forward Sam Thompson and redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee.OSU is also set to bring in five new recruits in guards JaQuan Lyle, Austin Grandstaff and A.J. Harris, forward Mickey Mitchell and center Daniel Giddens. All five players are rated as four-star recruits by ESPN.While the Buckeyes readjust to life without their leading scorer, Russell will have to wait until the draft on June 25 in New York to find out his professional fate. read more

Weather Eye Wondering how the blank canvas will be filled in this

first_img Imagine an artist setting up a blank canvas ready to begin creating a masterpiece. Then, not knowing what exactly to paint, they take a broad paintbrush and begin to place nondefinitive brush marks in all directions. Modern art? Maybe flashes of memories with no real outcome?Saturday afternoon as I write my column, I kind of feel like that artist. I have no idea how to present a for-certain weather picture looking through the weather eye. We have two areas of low pressure, one to our south and another series of weak systems to our north. Kind of like a sandwich, and we are the middle. What do we place on it?How about clouds, for sure. Then maybe how about some showers to soften the picture. Cooler temperatures to keep things from melting. And we keep that on the menu for the next week or so. Sounds like a stale sandwich to me.So that’s the weather outlook through the upcoming week — some clouds but more dry than wet. Showers any given day are a possibility. And no more 80-degree high temperatures. Temperatures should be rather seasonal in the 65- to 70-degree range. Nice but perhaps some inconvenience with a few daunting showers or sprinkles. Still, forecast models keep the chance of measurable rainfall at 30 percent or less at this point.Don’t believe for a second that I am a painter. Writing is my forte, and weather runs deep in my veins. So as diehard Washingtonians go about their business this week and when it begins to sprinkle, we turn our faces toward the sky and smile. Make it a good week, folks. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

Shaqiri We have to look at ourselves

first_imgThe form of other top six teams in the Premier League table should not be of any concern to Liverpool according to Xherdan Shaqiri.The Reds are on a good spell heading into the 12th round of fixtures boasting a record of eight wins and three draws so far this season.However, Klopp’s men are still third on the log despite their excellent start to the campaign behind Chelsea and Manchester City. And Shaqiri believes it would be ideal to focus on their own games.“I think we have to ignore that [other teams’ results]. We have to look at ourselves and make performances week to week, try to stay on our highest level and to try to win games so at the end of the season we can say we are proud of the season we played because we gave everything,” the Switzerland international told Liverpoolfc.com.“We will see what happens, but the process the club had for a few years is going very well I think and that’s also the most important thing.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Everybody sees that and of course in the near future for everybody it’s important to try to challenge for titles, that’s clear, but at the moment we just have to look to ourselves and to try to stay on the highest level.“We will see what happens, but if we keep going like this it’s going to be an interesting year for everybody I think.“For us, it’s amazing how we are doing in the league at the moment. We are in very good shape and everybody is positive in this club so we are looking forward to the next games, too many games to come.“We just have to keep going like this on the highest level and to work every day hard to compete against the good teams.”last_img read more

Mission Valley Stadium Site Special Measure G E

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018, SDSU West, SoccerCity, Stadium Site FacebookTwitter Mission Valley Stadium Site Special: Measure G & E Posted: October 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, center_img October 19, 2018 The San Diego County Taxpayers Association cross-comparison of options for the Mission Valley stadium site can be read here. Updated: 5:22 PMlast_img

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at recent Wilmington School Committee Meetings:#1) WILMINGTON HIGH HANDBOOK CHANGES: WHS Principal Linda Peters presented several changes to the high school handbook. “There’s not a lot of changes, but some major ones.” Peters changed the deadlines to complete community service hours — seniors must submit their paperwork by the first Friday in April; underclassmen have until the last Friday in April. … Peters clarified that students afforded due process for all investigations, not just suspensions. … Peters updated the school’s bullying policies to match the district’s new bullying prevention and intervention plan … Peters revised the school’s appeals process for academic eligibility. The school will have a mid-quarter notification to students and parents if they’re in danger of possibly not being eligible for athletics or after-school activities at the end of the quarter. A team will be formed to come up with a success plan. A student can now appeal an eligibility ruling if they meet all the provisions set forth in the success plan. MIAA eligibility requirements, however, cannot be appealed. The School Committee held off on formally accepting the new handbook until language involving a new vaping policy is finalized.#2) SCHOOL COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: The School Committee set its subcommittees until the next Town Election. Steve Bjork, David Ragsdale, and Jen Bryson, with MJ Byrnes as an alternate, will serve on the Policy Subcommittee. Steve Bjork and Jo Newhouse will serve on the Sick Bank Committee. Jen Bryson, Jo Newhouse, and Jay Samaha will serve on the Superintendent Evaluation Committee. Jesse Fennelly will serve as the representative to the Wilmington Educational Foundation. MJ Byrnes will serve as the representative to the district’s Wellness Committee. David Ragsalde, with Jen Bryson as an alternate, will serve as the representative to the Wilmington SEPAC. Jen Bryson will serve as the Executive Session Minutes Committee. MJ Byrnes and Jesse Fennelly will serve as the Committee’s Legislative Representatives. Jen Bryson, MJ Byrnes, and David Ragsdale will serve on the School Committee Handbook Protocol Committee. Jen Bryson, Jay Samaha, and Jo Newhouse, with MJ Byrnes as an alternate, will serve on the School Committee-Family Relations Committee.#3) MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand proposed expanding the school committee’s student representative program with theaddition of a Middle School student representative. The School Committee expressed support for the idea. “The more we can get students involved, the better,” said School Committee Vice Chair Steve Bjork. #4) COSTA RICA FIELD TRIP APPROVED: The Wilmington School Committee approved a WHS World Languages Field Trip to Costa Rica, during April vacation 2020. A maximum of 20 students will be attending. Students will be fully immersed in the Spanish language and culture of Costa Rica; receive first hand experience conducting biological and ecological research and experiments; and participate in environmental service learning projects.#5) SEEM COLLABORATIVE BUDGET: School Committee members receive a copy of the SEEM Collaborative’s FY20 budget. The SEEM Collaborative is an organization formed in 1986 to provide quality education to 11 school districts, including Wilmington, and strengthen existing school programs and services that would otherwise not be accessible or affordable to local districts on their own. The collaborative’s FY20 budget represents a 2.36% increase in expenses and an increase of 2.42% in revenue compared with the FY19 budget. Wilmington currently sends 10 students with an anticipated tuition cost of $410,966 in FY20.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”Wilmington Middle School Students Welcomed Back To School With Homeroom Changes, New ‘Launch Pad’In “Education”last_img read more

Hundreds Attend Funeral For 7YearOld Killed In Houston Area DriveBy Shooting

first_img 00:00 /00:54 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Several hundred people gathered at The Community of Faith Church in North Houston for Jazmine Barnes’ funeral on Tuesday.Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, expressed appreciation for the turnout.“I didn’t think it was going to be this big,” she said under tears. “But it is big and it is a celebration and I just want to thank everybody.”Also in attendance were several elected officials. Among them Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, who were all invited to speak.Turner took the opportunity to proclaim Jazmine Barnes Day in Houston.“Because of her life, I just want to believe that all of us will be better,” he said, “that all of us will work harder, all of us will strive to make this world a safer place for our children.”After the two-and-a-half hour service, which included music from a gospel choir, attendants released purple balloons into the sky. Purple was Jazmine’s favorite color.As the funeral was happening, a second suspect, Larry Woodruffe, 24, was charged in the Dec. 30 drive-by shooting.Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr., 20, are in the Harris County jail charged with capital murder. center_img – / 10 X Sharelast_img read more

Homeless Persons Cannot Be Punished for Sleeping in Absence of Alternatives 9th

first_imgBy The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, NNPA Newswire ContributorPeople experiencing unsheltered homelessness in the west coast states of the Ninth Circuit can sleep more safely, without facing criminal punishment for simply trying to survive on the streets. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an en banc petition by the city of Boise in Martin v. Boise (formerly Bell v. Boise), leaving in place its September 2018 ruling that homeless persons cannot be punished for sleeping outside on public property in the absence of adequate alternatives. In so holding, the court of appeals permitted the homeless individuals who have received criminal citations under Boise’s policy to proceed with their constitutional claims against the City. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, which filed the case in 2009 with co-counsel Idaho Legal Aid Services and Latham & Watkins LLP, hails this decision as being essential to encouraging cities to propose constructive alternatives to homelessness.This case is part of a nationwide movement against the criminalization of homelessness, spearheaded by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and more than 850 groups and individuals who have endorsed the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)“Criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping on the street when they have nowhere else to go is inhumane, and we applaud the Court for ruling that it is also unconstitutional,” said Maria Foscarinis, executive director at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. “It’s time for Boise to stop trying to hide its homelessness problem with unconstitutional ordinances, and start proposing real solutions.”The case challenges Boise’s enforcement of its Camping and Disorderly Conduct Ordinances against persons experiencing homelessness who need to sleep in public in the absence of adequate housing or shelter.  Last September, a panel of the Ninth Circuit agreed with the central premise in the suit, holding that “as long as there is no option of sleeping indoors, the government cannot criminalize indigent, homeless people for sleeping outdoors, on public property, on the false premise they had a choice in the matter.” Following that ruling, the city of Boise petitioned the Ninth Circuit to rehear the case en banc. Today, the court rejected that request, thereby affirming that within the western states that make up the Ninth Circuit, “the Eighth Amendment preclude[s] the enforcement of a statute prohibiting sleeping outside against homeless individuals with no access to alternative shelter.”“Today, the court says that people experiencing homelessness cannot be punished for sleeping or sheltering on the streets in the absence of alternatives,” said Eric Tars, Legal Director at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. “But our hope is that tomorrow, cities will begin to create those alternatives—getting homeless people into housing is a win-win approach, benefitting both the individuals helped and the communities that no longer have to deal with the negative impacts of people living in public spaces, at lower cost than cycling people through the criminal justice system.”The case gained national attention in 2015 when the United States Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest brief in the case, arguing that making it a crime for people who are homeless to sleep in public places unconstitutionally punishes them for being homeless.“The outcome of Court’s decision will support cities who are addressing real solutions to the complex issues faced by homeless individuals and families rather than just create more barriers and fill more jails with persons who only needed a place to sleep for the night,” said Howard Belodoff, of Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. “Boise can be one of those cities—it has the resources, it just needs to apply them correctly.”Judge Berzon, in her opinion, notes that the decision, while important, is unlikely to impose dire consequences on cities. “The distressing homelessness problem…has grown into a crisis for many reasons, among them the cost of housing, the drying up of affordable care for people with mental illness, and the failure to provide adequate treatment for drug addiction. The crisis continued to burgeon while ordinances forbidding sleeping in public were on the books and sometimes enforced.”“We are pleased that the Ninth Circuit held that the Constitution ‘prohibits the imposition of criminal penalties for sitting, sleeping, or lying outside on public property for homeless individuals who cannot obtain shelter,’” said Michael Bern, lead pro bono counsel from Latham & Watkins, who argued the case before the Ninth Circuit.  “As the Department of Justice recognized earlier in this case, ‘[c]riminalizing public sleeping in cities with insufficient housing and support for homeless individuals does not improve public safety outcomes or reduce the factors that contribute to homelessness.’ With today’s decision, we hope that cities can redirect their efforts to identifying meaningful and constitutional solutions to the problem of homelessness.”This case is part of a nationwide movement against the criminalization of homelessness, spearheaded by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and more than 850 groups and individuals who have endorsed the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign.The court’s decision can be read here.The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty is the only national organization dedicated solely to using the power of the law to prevent and end homelessness. With the support of a large network of pro bono lawyers, we address the immediate and long-term needs of people who are homeless or at risk through outreach and training, advocacy, impact litigation, and public education. The Housing Not Handcuffs campaign is a project supported by the AmeriCorps VISTA program.last_img read more

10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week Oct 4

first_imgOctober 4, 2013 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Here is Entrepreneur’s roundup of this week’s top 10 entrepreneurship-focused news stories from around the web:1. Big companies pitching startups? In a rare change in roles, big media companies gathered to pitch startups at an event called SwitchPitch. Corporations hoped to find unique solutions to specific strategic needs through partnerships with entrepreneurs. Applications are still being taken, but close on Oct. 31. (Daily News)2. Open-source goes galactic: 13-year-old self-proclaimed “maker” uses open-source technology to create science experiments for the International Space Station, subsequently one upping his 17-year-old brother. (Wired)3. The Shark Tank hall of fame: Check out the ten best Shark Tank pitches, and — thanks to a little capital and professional guidance — get the follow up story of the resulting success. (Business Insider)4. Health-care reform lifts startups: Just like the HITECH Act of 2009, the Affordable Care Act is creating new business opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs who have been following the bills maturation. Here are just a few of the burgeoning industries growing in the wake of Obamacare. (VentureBeat)5. The “stealth” trends that rule the world: Stay a step ahead of the competition by taking a look at these ten under-the-radar economic trends that aren’t making headlines yet. They’re still quietly reshaping the global financial order. (The Atlantic)6. Small businesses shoot down the shutdown: Small business owners who rely on tourist traffic are being hit hard by end-of-season lulls caused by the National Parks closures during the government shutdown. Putting a face to the crisis is Jeff Smith, owner of an inn just outside the Great Smokey Mountains. (CNNmoney)7. Loans flow, despite shutdown: When the government shuttered its doors on Monday small-business financing took a hit, but there’s still money to be had. Here is a breakdown of the SBA loans you can and can’t get while the government is shutdown. (Businessweek)8. 500 Startups closes its second fund: Since 2010, 500 Startups has invested in close to 600 startups, and says there’s no plan to slow down. The accelerator closed on its second fund in July, and is on track to invest in 200 startups in 2013. (TechCrunch)9. Maker revolutionizes longboarding: Two young inventors turned entrepreneurs, tell the startup story of their product called Kickr, a compact, detachable electric motor for longboard skateboards. In an impressive entry to the market, the two met their first month sales goal in one week. (NWI.com)10. Sizing up the competition: Take a look at these three steps to assessing the market opportunity of your startup. Also, learn to identify your consumer base and size up the competition. (Forbes)  This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img Technology | January 06, 2015 IDS Debuts Advanced Integration With Cloud Speech Engine for its Speech Recognition, Reporting Platform IDS debuted at RSNA 2014 Voice2Dox speech recognition and reporting platform with cloud-based clinical speech… read more News | February 24, 2015 Dolbey Speech Recognition Awarded Best in KLAS Third Consecutive Year For the third consecutive year, a Dolbey speech recognition solution was named Best in KLAS. Dolbey earned this year’s… read more Technology | June 03, 2015 Nuance Launches First Evidence-Based Computer-Assisted Reporting Solution for Radiologists Nuance Communications Inc. announced the general availability of PowerScribe 360 Reporting version 3.0, delivering the… read more News | Information Technology | February 26, 2016 Nuance Unveils Dragon Medical One Platform Nuance Communications Inc. announced Dragon Medical One, a universal and secure cloud-based platform that provides… read more Technology | November 23, 2008 Real-Time Speech Understanding Application Now Available on iPhone Technology | April 16, 2015 Nuance Showcases New Clinical Documentation Tools for Mobile Devices and Wearables Nuance Communications showcased its newest innovations for bringing clinical documentation to smart devices, smart… read more Technology | Dictation Systems | November 25, 2015 M*Modal Expands its Imaging Reporting Suite to Improve Documentation Quality November 25, 2015 — M*Modal will showcase improvements to its Fluency for Imaging reporting suite at RSNA 2015. read more News | Clinical Decision Support | April 28, 2016 G2 Speech, LogicNets Announce Strategic Partnership for Clinical Structured Reporting April 28, 2016 — G2 Speech, European provider of… read more News | Information Technology | July 28, 2017 Nuance Restores Service to Majority of eScription Clients Following Malware Incident Nuance Communications Inc. provided an update on its restoration process following the previously reported June 27,… read more News | Dictation Systems | March 07, 2016 M*Modal Highlights Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation at HIMSS 2016 M*Modal announced that its clinical intelligence platform has been broadly embraced by physicians in over 150 sites… read more November 24, 2008 — M*Modal recently announced the launch of AnyModal CDS Mobile on the Apple iPhone with real-time Speech Understanding services.The solution is designed to allow physicians to improve patient care from anywhere at anytime.While clinical dictation was possible before via telephone or PDA devices, the resulting report was not available for hours. AnyModal CDS Mobile delivers documents in real time to the physician’s iPhone, reportedly making it the first device to capture, understand and transcribe dictation in real time, allowing physicians to immediately review and sign off on a clinical document.AnyModal CDS (Conversational Documentation Services) is based on a unique combination of proprietary speech recognition and natural language understanding technologies, and turns clinical dictation directly into structured and encoded clinical documents.The highly configurable, service-oriented architecture (SOA), paired with the platform independent set of thin-client user interface components, enables M*Modal partners to incorporate AnyModal CDS into their workflow solutions. M*Modal uses the software as a service (SaaS) application delivery model, independently hosting, operating and maintaining its software application in an off-site data center for customer use over the Internet. This structure, says the company, allows for the pervasive use of the highly accurate Speech Understanding service, whether physicians are relying on medical transcriptionists or editing documents themselves. Access is available from any PC connected to the Internet via a secure connection. There is no need for on-site hardware and IT maintenance and support or timely upgrades. For more information: www.mmodal.com. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | February 19, 2015 Calgary Scientific Launches ResolutionMD 5.0 Calgary Scientific Inc. announced the release of ResolutionMD 5.0, which offers better access to health information,… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

Tens of thousands celebrate Pride 2019 in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Photos: Pride 2019 in San José, Costa Rica Government signs decrees improving LGBTQ rights in Costa Rica ‘Clerical error’ allows for same-sex couple to be wed in Costa Rica Gay rights across the globe: from marriage to the death penalty San José — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets Sunday afternoon to celebrate Costa Rica’s 10th annual Pride Parade.Among the participants was Costa Rica’s President, Carlos Alvarado, who marched holding a sign that read, “Never again will you walk alone.” President Alvarado marches at Pride 2019. Via Twitter.Costa Rica’s Supreme Court in August 2018 ruled that a ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional and gave parliament 18 months to amend the laws The Municipal Band of San José plays Lady Gaga at Pride 2019. Alejandro Zúñiga/ The Tico TimesPresident Alvarado announced last December new legislation to improve LGBTQ rights in Costa Rica.The decrees include recognition of trans gender identities on residency (DIMEX) cards and declare hormone treatment “in the public interest,” which allows patients to receive the appropriate comprehensive care via the country’s health services. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico TimesWe’ll have plenty more photos throughout the day, so stay tuned! Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Water restrictions start today

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Water-intensive businesses will be exempt for the time being. A decision to lift the restrictions will be made when the river reaches a satisfactory level that allows pumping. Rain in Ladysmith will not necessarily mean that restrictions will be lifted. Only rain in the catchment area will affect the restrictions.uThukela Deputy Water Operations Manager Mr Glen Singh would like to thank the community in advance for heeding the water restrictions and regarding the issue in a serious light. If the situation does not get better, more stringent restrictions will be put in place.Mr Singh also appeals to business houses to practise water conservation and water demand management as much as possible. Owing to the prolonged dry spell Ladysmith has been facing, the Klip River has dried up considerably. uThukela District Municipality has officially announced that water restrictions will start today (Friday).Every household will be limited to  600 litres of water a day. Anyone caught washing cars, watering gardens and lawns, or filling swimming pools will face a minimum fine of R2000. These restrictions will only apply to households at this time, and not businesses.last_img read more

NZs Deputy PM says Air NZ should reassess Vanuatu flights