Rains likely in Delhi heatwave to end

first_imgNew Delhi: Heatwave conditions in the national capital are set to end on Tuesday following rains in the evening, bringing much needed respite from the scorching heat. According to the India Meteorological Department, light rains are expected in the evening owing to a cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan and moisture-laden winds from the Arabian sea. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 44 degrees Celsius, a substantial dip from 48 degree Celsius on Monday when Delhi broke the previous record of the hottest day in the month of June. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar “The sky will remain partly cloudy throughout the day. There is a possibility of dust storms and thunderstorm towards the night,” said an IMD official. According to private forecaster Skymet, rains are expected to continue on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the mercury below 40-43 degree Celsius. Later, there will be no chances of heatwave conditions due to the arrival of monsoon as westerly dry winds will stop and easterly winds filled with moisture will come to the northern region. Western, central, and northern parts of the country have been witnessing a surge in temperature for the past few days, making the heatwave conditions severe.last_img read more

South Africa T20s Dhoni unlikely as selectors ready to persist with Pant

first_imgNew Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have put his international retirement on hold but he is unlikely to be selected for India’s three-match T20 home series against South Africa starting September 15 in Dharamsala. The team for the series is expected to be picked on September 4. The remaining two games will be played at Mohali (September 18) and Bengaluru (September 22). In all likelihood, the squad that blanked West Indies 3-0 is likely to be retained (subject to fitness) and the selection committee wants to continue building towards World T20 in Australia in October 2020. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”There are only 22 T20 Internationals before India play their first World T20 game and selectors are clear in their vision that it’s time to move forward,” a senior BCCI official privy to developments in selection committee said on Wednesday. “They are planning on getting a pool of three keepers ready for limited overs, especially T20s,” he added. It is still not clear whether the BCCI brass or the selection committee will speak to Dhoni to enquire about his plans like they did before the West Indies tour when the former captain informed that he would be taking a break to serve his regiment in Territorial Army. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Retirement is an individual decision and selectors or for that matter, no one has any right to decide on that front. But they have every right to decide the roadmap for the 2020 World T20 and that’s to give Rishabh Pant maximum chances,” the official explained. It is learnt that the second and third option for the selection committee is Sanju Samson, whose batting is considered to be on par with Pant and India A regular Ishan Kishan. While Pant remains the first choice across formats, the selectors are also factoring in the fitness and workload management. A few members of the selection committee will be in Thiruvananthapuram for the A series and Samson’s performance will be keenly watched as he has made the squad for the last two List A games. As far as batting is concerned, the selection committee believes that Samson is ready for top level cricket but his wicket-keeping is still work in progress. “Pant scored a fifty in the last T20 that he played. Ishan Kishan is in the A set-up. Do we even have an option of looking back when we need consistent big hitters on big Australian grounds?” the official questioned.last_img read more

Winnipeg man credited with inventing the Pizza Pop dies at 89

first_imgWINNIPEG – The man credited with inventing the Pizza Pop has died.The family of Paul Faraci says he died Feb. 6 in Vernon, B.C., at the age of 89.In the 1960s, Faraci owned a Winnipeg restaurant and came up with a twist on the traditional calzone — making it smaller and easier to handle.His nephew, Phil Faraci, says his uncle started selling the treat wholesale and then sold his interest in the business to two partners, who in turn sold it to Pillsbury.Pizza Pops are still made in Winnipeg by General Mills and are among many varieties of the calzone, such as Pizza Pockets and Hot Pockets.Phil Faraci says his uncle was a true entrepreneur who was proud of his legacy.He says the original recipe may soon be revived by a food truck a family member owns.CORRECTION: This is a corrected story. Earlier versions had the wrong first name for Faraci’s nephew.last_img read more

Crown seeks 18 years for former Calgary teacher pleaded guilty to sex

first_imgCALGARY — The Crown is seeking an 18-year sentence for a former Calgary teacher who pleaded guilty to 17 sex-related charges involving girls.Christian Allen Sarile was arrested in December 2017 on 49 charges including sexual assault, sexual interference, accessing child pornography, distributing child pornography, luring and extortion.All of the victims were between the ages of 12 and 17 and are from the Calgary area.Sarile’s lawyers are seeking a jail term of 12 to 14 years.The judge in the case is to hand down the sentence on May 31.Police say Sarile, who is 29, used social media sites to pose as a teenager asking to meet girls.Investigators say he would ask the girls to chat through various social media platforms and then offer them cash or items in exchange for sex or compromising photos.Police were first notified when the family of a 14-year-old girl came forward in December 2016 concerned about their daughter meeting a man in his 20s.Further investigation discovered a total of 26 victims who all claimed to have had contact with Sarile.During his sentencing hearing some of his victims said the abuse gave them panic attacks, forced them to miss school and made them turn to drugs.Two of the victims spoke of their inability to be happy about anything.“The offender only stopped his activity when he was caught,” Crown prosecutor Martha O’Connor said Thursday. “He targeted and sexually exploited children for his own sexual satisfaction.”Yoav Niv, Sarile’s lawyer, asked the court to consider his client’s guilty plea that spared his victims the need to testify.Sarile also wrote a letter of apology, saying he was sorry about the pain and loss of trust he caused.“I accept responsibility and am deeply ashamed of my actions,” he wrote in the letter that was read aloud during the hearing.“I have a problem. I need treatment. I deserve to go to jail.”Sarile has been in custody since his arrest. (CTV Calgary)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Myanmar progress on aid but access for internationals still a challenge

4 June 2008Aid deliveries to the victims of Cyclone Nargis have stepped up in recent days but access for international workers to the worst affected areas in Myanmar remains a challenge, according to United Nations aid agencies. More than 1.3 million people, or about 50 per cent of the population, in the badly hit Ayeyarwady Delta area have received some kind of humanitarian assistance, but the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the relief operation still needs to be scaled up.“We want better access for international aid workers, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the International Red Cross Movement, both in terms of visas to get into the country, but also in terms of more consistent access to the delta areas,” OCHA spokesperson Amanda Pitt told reporters today in Bangkok.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says it had been able to increase supplies into the delta area recently now that it has three operating hubs in Labutta, Bogale and Pyapon. With its partners dispatching greater numbers of small boats to deliver directly to villages, WFP has supplied 8,500 tons of food (mainly rice), enough to feed about 750,000 people.WFP has also started operating one helicopter out of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, while it hopes to have nine additional helicopters ready in Bangkok by the end of the week. Despite the progress, WFP spokesperson Paul Risley said that access for international staff in the Delta area “remains a challenge.”Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that Monday was the first day back at school for children in the cyclone-affected area, though eight townships had not reopened schools as yet.Spokesperson Michael Bociurkiw said that about 1,200 schools were completely destroyed, 800 were severely damaged and almost 2,000 had lost their roofs. “The best way we can put it is that this was really a children’s catastrophe in terms of the damage to infrastructure that kids access – we are talking about schools, health clinics and play areas,” he said, adding that UNICEF has been moving quickly to rehabilitate school buildings.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced a six-month early recovery package aimed at supporting about 100,000 survivors of the cyclone, through cash grants and cash-for-work projects. The scheme aims to assist landless, poor people who depend on seasonal jobs. The cash-for-work initiatives will be used to clear and renovate villages as well as to help farmers plant crops or set-up small businesses.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says there is an urgent need to help farmers sow rice seedlings by the end of July at the latest to avoid further serious economic impact on rural areas and the country as a whole. FAO has carried out an assessment of agriculture in the affected areas over the past month. Preliminary results indicate that about 60 per cent of the paddy fields in the delta have been affected by the cyclone and that 16 per cent of the area has been seriously damaged because of high salinity or flooding with dirty water. FAO spokesperson Hiroyuki Konuma said that most of the area can be cultivated for rice, but he cautioned that there are still many obstacles before rice cultivation can begin.“In some areas farmers have returned and have started some cultivation, but many areas are still empty and farmers have not yet come back because of a lack of shelter or lack of food,” he said. He added that seeds would need to be provided by external sources, since the majority were washed away, lost or damaged. In addition about 20 per cent of draft animals, particularly oxen and water buffaloes, had died. Mr. Konuma said that FAO had already started buying seeds, fertilizer and agricultural tools. read more

Global effort leads to increase in female UN police worldwide

In August 2009 the UN launched the “Global Effort” with the aim of more than doubling the proportion of women comprising UN Police (UNPOL) to 20 per cent by 2014. The Organization believes that female police greatly increase the effectiveness of UN police components and help build trust with populations and inspire more women to become police officers in the countries where they serve. “Since launching the effort, we have not only increased the overall number of police deployed by more than 3,000 officers but we have also increased the percentage of female officers from less than 7 per cent to just over 10 per cent,” UN Police Adviser Ann-Marie Orler told a news conference at UN Headquarters. “More and more countries around the world are getting behind this effort,” she added. Currently, the top five contributing countries of female police officers are Nigeria, Bangladesh, Rwanda, India and Ghana. Over the past six months, Ms. Orler has visited some of the most important partners for UN policing, namely Bangladesh, India, Jordan and Pakistan, which together contribute almost 40 per cent of the world body’s force. “I paid a visit to these countries to thank them for their ongoing support and to explain in person the increasingly specialized skills that we seek in police officers and to continue to highlight our need to recruit more female officers,” said Ms. Orler.UN Police are deployed in 11 peacekeeping operations (led by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations) and five special political missions (led by the Department of Political Affairs), including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Somalia and Sudan. They are involved in a range of activities such as training local law enforcement personnel, conducting joint patrols with national police and helping to provide security for local elections. In the special political missions, UN Police are working with national police services to build capacity in law enforcement and to assist with police reform, Ms. Orler noted. “Our aim is to strengthen and make accountable the security sector so that guardians of public order do not exacerbate political tensions.” 16 June 2011More and more countries are getting behind a United Nations initiative designed to boost the number of female police serving in peace operations, with women now accounting for just over 10 per cent of the more than 14,000 officers deployed worldwide, a senior official said today. read more

Privileges committee to act on threat to bomb Parliament

Joint opposition Parliamentarians Wimal Weerawansa and Keheliya Rambukwella had recently said that Parliament must be bombed. (Colombo Gazette) Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera asked the Speaker in Parliament today as to why action had not been taken against the MPs who threatened to bomb Parliament.The Speaker said that the Parliament privileges committee will look into it. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today told Parliament that the Parliament privileges committee will take action on a threat to bomb Parliament.The threat had been made by some opposition members of Parliament recently. read more

Juniper Gets Misty Over WiFi

To highlight how big a problem this is, last year ZK Research ran a Wi-Fi troubleshooting survey and found that a whopping 60% of network engineers spent at least one day a week doing nothing but Wi-Fi troubleshooting. Even more alarming is that the primary troubleshooting tool is packet capture, which any network engineer will tell you is the tool of last resort. But there’s a lack of good Wi-Fi troubleshooting tools, so here we are with packet capture. 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Extreme Networks Zeus Kerravala May 17, 2019 The company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes. With Arista having bought Mojo Networks, and Extreme Networks having rolled up Avaya’s networking business, Brocade data center products, and Zebra Technologies’ Wi-Fi business, the network edge is significantly more competitive than it was just a few years ago. For those not familiar with Mist, the company was the first Wi-Fi vendor to use artificial intelligence (AI) as a way of automating the management of the network. The deal is highly complementary, as Juniper has a broad wired networking portfolio, but its Wi-Fi strategy had been a hodgepodge of partners including Aerohive, HPE (Aruba), Samsung, and Mist. Also, about a year ago, Mist debuted its Marvis virtual network assistant (VNA) for operations and integrated helpdesk, which is powered by its AI capabilities that include natural language processing (NLP). Marvis is a play on words where “Mist” is combined with “Jarvis” of Iron Man fame. Using Marvis, network managers can be like Tony Stark and ask Marvis things like, “Why can’t Beth Schultz’s iPhone connect to the network?” or “Tell me the five locations with the poorest Wi-Fi performance,” or “How many clients are connected to the guest network?” Marvis is like having a virtual Wi-Fi expert always at the beck and call of network operations, able to quickly connect the dots between mobile devices, wireless networks, the wired network, and IoT domains. This Mist solution is delivered from its modernized, micro services-based cloud, so it’s well set up for the future. I expect the Mist cloud will eventually be the primary management platform for all of Juniper’s enterprise products. Within the next five years, I fully expect AI-based solutions to supplant humans when it comes to troubleshooting, tweaking, and tuning of the network at every point. See All in Enterprise Networking » Tackling Wi-Fi ProblemsUnified wired and wireless is table stakes now, and Mist brings many advanced capabilities to Juniper. I think most people would agree that the Wi-Fi network has grown in value. What was once a network of convenience that offered best-effort services, is now the primary network for mobile devices and Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints that are often wireless only. Enter MistThis is where Mist excels. Instead of building a tool to problem solve Wi-Fi, Mist uses AI to create a network that can run itself and make Wi-Fi more predictable and reliable. For example, if there’s a channel conflict, the Mist system will see that and fix itself. More and more customers want an access edge where the wired and wireless network are managed as one. This has many operational benefits, as it allows network managers to do things like create a single set of access policies that can be enforced across the wired or wireless network. For example, it’s common for a guest to be blocked from the internal network via Wi-Fi but have full access when connected on a wired connection. With Mist, Juniper has the ability to create best-in-class experiences on wired and wireless, and across the WAN with its SD-WAN product. The problem is that Wi-Fi is notoriously flaky and unreliable. I’m sure everyone reading this has experienced a situation like being in an Enterprise Connect keynote and they’re able to Tweet, email, Facebook, and iMessage to their heart’s content. Then the first speaker comes out and everyone jumps on the Wi-Fi, starts uploading pictures of a nattily dressed Eric Krapf and everything stops working. I actually carry a 4G mobile hotpsot just for those occasions. Think about that — I actually plan for the Wi-Fi to be problematic by carrying an alternate connectivity method. In 2019, that should not be the case, but it’s commonplace in hotels, schools, and other venues more often than not. Log in or register to post comments The purchase of Mist was something Juniper needed to compete effectively at the access edge. Juniper’s Wi-Fi partnership strategy might have enabled Juniper to check a box on an RFP that asked for wired and wireless solutions from the same vendor, but it would never have enabled it to provide a truly unified access edge. ‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. The $405 million purchase price seemed low to me. No revenue number was provided for Mist in Juniper’s press release, but my Valley sources tell me it’s in the $30 million range, with Mist expecting to double that this year. At $60 million, the $405 million represents a multiple of 6.75x revenue, which seems modest. Also, Mist has some outstanding lighthouse customers such as Amazon, The Gap, Disney, and Verizon Enterprise, which are often just as important as revenue. WiFi_774.png 8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. Juniper Networks made a splash this week when it announced its intent to acquire Wi-Fi vendor Mist Systems for $405 million, subject to adjustment and payable in a combination of cash and outstanding equity awards. The deal is expected to close in Juniper’s fiscal second quarter, ending June 30. The network edge is where the action is, as it’s the place where people work, shop, and learn, and it’s where IoT devices connect. Juniper had tried to go to market via partnership but that has many challenges. The acquisition of Mist gives Juniper a best-in-class, AI-driven, cloud-based Wi-Fi solution that should become the cornerstone of its overall enterprise network strategy.Tags:News & ViewsJuniper NetworksMistWi-FitroubleshootingMarvis virtual network assistantEnterprise NetworkingAI & AutomationSD-WANVendor News Articles You Might Like The challenge for network managers is that Wi-Fi problems are very difficult to troubleshoot. The example above is fairly simple to understand, as there are too many people connected; but with the right data, there are ways to fix that. It’s worse, though, when there’s only a couple of people on the network and things still aren’t working. Is it an issue with the client? DHCP problem? The application? RF problem? Some sort of configuration issue? The problem could be almost anything. The Changing Face of Network Strategy Scott Murphy June 19, 2019 Applications are changing the face of the network. Is your infrastructure ready? Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus. read more

Kosovo UN rights chief strongly condemns recent attacks as heinous acts

The acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, today strongly condemned the recent series of attacks in Kosovo, calling them an assault on the crucial process of democratic reforms and appealing for an immediate end to the violence.“These heinous acts underline the urgency of ridding Kosovo of criminal and destructive influences and of establishing a democratic society fully based on rule of law and respect for human rights,” Mr. Ramcharan said in a statement. “The perpetrators of these crimes must not be allowed to undermine the peace process and the efforts to build a multi-ethnic society in Kosovo.”An attack on Sunday evening left one Serb dead and four others injured, and two Serbian teenagers were shot dead and four others injured while swimming in a river earlier in August.“The acting High Commissioner encourages the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government to continue their efforts to improve the security situation in Kosovo, in particular through strengthening local police and measures to fight organized crime,” the statement added. read more

UNICEF concerned over reports of bombing of health facility in Nepal

UNICEF said it was distressing that the bombing of the health post in Udayapur destroyed medical supplies, including vaccines meant for the measles immunization campaign that started last Tuesday.”The measles campaign had been going on smoothly thus far, even under such difficult circumstances, thanks to the support of the conflicting parties,” said UNICEF’s Representative, Dr Suomi Sakai. “We would like to believe that this remains an isolated incident and does not herald a setback in the campaign in any way.”Every year, 5,000 of the 150,000 children affected with measles in Nepal succumb to complications from the disease, and disruption of immunization services could mean an increase in the number of these fatalities, UNICEF warned.Arrangements are already being made to replenish the measles vaccines destroyed in the blast. read more

UN appeal to fight hunger in African Sahel region faces huge shortfall

Over all, 5 million people will need food aid to various degrees this year in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, yet only 15 per cent of the $92 million sought on 28 March has so far been committed, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest update. “The humanitarian community is deeply concerned at the situation as the Sahel (sub-Saharan region) approaches what is going to be a difficult juncture despite a good harvest,” it added. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are increasing their food distributions in nutritional centres in the most vulnerable regions of Niger, where drought and locust infestations caused a food emergency last year. In Mauritania, more than 11,000 tonnes of food will be need in the coming months to feed over 400,000 people and the WFP risks running out of cereal stocks by June. The $92-million appeal covers programmes to be implemented by seven UN agencies: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), OCHA, UNICEF, UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), WFP and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Afrique verte. read more

UN mourns passing of veteran Reuters reporter

Anthony Goodman, 74, “was a journalist’s journalist and a Spokesman’s journalist, as he always protected his sources,” Stephane Dujarric told the daily briefing at UN Headquarters.Mr. Goodman “was quiet, self-effacing, gentlemanly and considerate to the nth degree. During his time at the UN, he was considered by journalists and diplomats alike an expert on Cyprus – rarely missing a twist of that never-ending saga,” the spokesman said.Before his retirement in 2000, Mr. Goodman had also covered Watergate in the early 1970s and in 1980 he went to cover the siege of the United States Embassy in Tehran, Iran, a crisis that had started in late 1979.Mr. Goodman, an Oxford University graduate, is survived by his widow, Zmira Goodman. read more

Sadly Tragedy Intrudes On Pro Athletes Lives Too As

Wayne Ellington, a reserve guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, lost his father to street violence in Philadelphia, a reminder that the glitz and wealth of professional sports life can be intruded upon with tragedy, too.You see them on television. You read about their hefty contracts. They are living their dreams. But for all they seem to have, they are not invincible. And they hurt just as any of us hurt.Just ask Ellington, whose father of the same name was shot in his car by unknown assailants at an intersection in Philadelphia Sunday night. Senseless violence. Again.“My family and I are devastated by the news of my father’s murder on Sunday night in Philadelphia,” Ellington said in a statement released by the Lakers. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”Michael Jordan’s father was killed in similar fashion in North Carolina. Brian Shaw, coach of the Denver Nuggets, lost his parents and a sister in a horrific car accident. Mike Tyson had a daughter die in a freak accident. And on and on.“This is our livelihood, but it’s still just a game,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “This thing that’s happening with Wayne is real life. It kind of puts everything in perspective, too.”Ellington is in his sixth season after a stellar career at North Carolina. Police say there was no motive for the murder and there are no suspects. There’s only a family left behind to grieve. Ellington is on an indefinite leave of absence from the Lakers.“As a team, we’ll obviously keep going on and trying to win games, but I think all of us, every now and then— during the game, after the game, before the game—will have Wayne on our mind,” Scott said.No one is insulated from the horrors of the world. Money and fame can provide most everything except that. We get reminders every so often. . . sadly. read more

Raped women are forced to marry their rapists to maintain their familys

first_img Artist living in Dublin By Jenifer Williams ‘Raped women are forced to marry their rapists to maintain their family’s name’ Jenifer Williams lives in Dublin but grew up in the Congo, she described it as “a ground of no mercy”. Jenifer Williams Short URL 82 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3816152 Feb 11th 2018, 7:31 PM Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 7:30 PM Jenifer Williams grew up in the Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also lived in Zambia for a time, before moving to Ireland in 2014.THEY SAY THE Democratic Republic of the Congo is the Heart of Africa, but this heart is a dark one.I was born in 1995 to an Irish dad and a Congolese mom.It’s known as the worst place to be a woman in the world. I had no understanding of it, I began to question the culture and traditions as I became a teenager.I dreaded the alarm ringtone waking me up every morning to go to school as I would be openly harassed by men and sometimes both men and women encouraging their kids to do so as you passed by.I had a nickname women encouraged their kids to call me along with other adults – “muzungu mbuji – white goat”. That’s what they usually yelled at the mixed race person.Men harassed women and got away with it; as though women were responsible for being raped because they were born female. Families were slaughtered, murdered, homes looted and children were abducted and forced to become child soldiers by the rebels.The most heartbreaking are the rape survivors from the areas that were attacked and the children born from rape who are rejected by their families. They go off to do domestic jobs or work in mines but they still get sexually abused and assaulted. With no voice, women make no further attempt to report it, as they know they won’t be heard and even if they were lucky and the abuser is reported, they go unpunished.With rape destroying the woman’s family and social bonds, the young child grows up to be a victim of child labour as the culture of shame makes their families reject them to protect their family honour.‘My voice was valueless’The misogynistic culture invites further attacks and abuses. Women are raped, mutilated with sticks and knives, others burnt with petrol, children kidnapped and forced into becoming child soldiers. Raped women are forced to marry their rapists to maintain their family’s name in the community or are kicked out of homes.Many children are accused of witchcraft and are thrown out of their homes by their families and they end up as homeless vagabonds, vulnerable to all sorts of abuses in the streets.It’s a ground of no mercy. In open rural areas women wear a black plastic bag on their heads like a hair cap as they proceed to work. Cracking stones into gravel with a hammer which will then be purchase for construction. Gardening to make crops to sell and feed their children and send them to school while the men go out drinking and sleeping with prostitutes and then infecting their wives with STDs and also taking away their voices.As soon as you hit puberty you hear the word marriage more than any other word from neighbours from friends of the family. Greedy parents using their children as a business opportunity when it comes to marriage. When my puberty clock hit and my breasts formed I started to scar emotionally. I realised how valueless my voice was.You’d see hashtags on social media #blackisbeautiful #unfairandlovely #melaninonfleek; but in Africa itself? It is safe to say that women always want to change something about themselves – in the DRC women take whitening themselves to the extreme as it is promoted as attractive and beautiful.The TV is filled with disturbing skin-lightening lotion products on sale on the beauty market. These bleaching lotions only bleach their skin for a short while as the merciless sun burns down. Some women end up with green or blue-like patches on their faces and body where the sun burns the already damaged skin. I also grew up knowing that my curls were a mess and not presentable.I’d say the Congo broke my heart, it wiped away my value and stumped my voice down. It’s shocking that a man would be delivered by a female only to grow up and bury her voice.Jenifer Williams is a  22-year-old artist currently living in Dublin. Share215 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,268 Views last_img read more

Show of support for AGWS

first_imgDelphi Bank, recognising the work of the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS), presented the organisation with a donation of $18,000. Delphi Bank Chief Executive Officer, George Tacticos, stated that “we aim to give back to the community that supports us and we constantly think about what we can do beyond banking to help our customers and strengthen the communities they live in. We are extremely pleased that our continued fundraising efforts have translated into such a substantial amount for a truly admirable organisation.”George Spiliotis, President of AGWS, responding on behalf of his organisation said that AGWS truly values its relationship with Delphi Bank, mentioning that the Bank has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to engage and support the work of the Brunswick-based welfare organisation.The funds come at a time where the Hellenic-Australian community is ageing rapidly and the need for services is at a critical level. AGWS has addressed the existing and emerging needs of the community for over four decades, and their services and programs continue to be recognised for their progressive impact across all areas of the community.In 2010, the Delphi Bank Foundation selected AGWS to be the benefactor of their fundraising efforts and donated a substantial amount to the organisation, totalling AUD$103,000. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Democrats Step up Pressure to Negotiate Higher Spending Caps

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Obama on Tuesday reiterated his call for Republicans to negotiate higher spending levels for domestic agencies as well as the Pentagon if he is to sign any fiscal 2016 appropriations bills.“I’m calling on Republican leaders in Congress to come to the table with Democrats, sit down, negotiate a budget that protects our national security and our economic security,” Obama said at a VFW convention in Pittsburgh.“I’ve said I will veto any budget that locks in the sequester. It is not good for our country,” he said.The defense spending and authorization bills advanced so far this year in Congress allow DOD to sidestep the budget caps by stashing $38 billion in the department’s overseas contingency operations account. Non-defense agencies, though, still would be forced to adhere to the Budget Control Act limits under the FY 2016 spending bills crafted by the GOP.The president’s remarks come with only 16 legislative days left before the end of the fiscal year. Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday also attempted to increase the pressure on the GOP to begin budget talks, reported CQ Roll Call.“As of right now, it’s as if the Republican leadership is paddling calmly down the river with a huge waterfall ahead,” Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, said during a press conference. “The fact that they’re not scrambling to come to the table to work this out suggests that they’re perfectly happy with a government shutdown.”At this point, most lawmakers believe at least one continuing resolution will be necessary to avoid a shutdown.“Unless there’s some great negotiating done over August, I can’t imagine we don’t have some kind of short-term extension at the end of September,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a senior appropriator.So far it’s not clear when — or if — Republicans plan to meet with their Democratic colleagues or the White House to negotiate increases in the defense and non-defense spending caps.At the press conference with Van Hollen, Nita Lowey (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said she doesn’t believe serious discussions will begin before August, according to the story.last_img read more

Why general aviation isnt cheering Trumps air traffic control plan

first_imgPresident Trump at the White House Monday. (Image from Whitehouse.gov video)President Trump announced this week he wants to privatize the FAA’s air traffic control operations, in part to speed up modernization.“After billions and billions of tax dollars spent and the many years of delays,” he said, “we are still stuck with an ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible system that doesn’t work.”Listen nowTrump is endorsing a decades-old idea, spearheaded these days by House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster. The idea is to shift air traffic control away from the FAA into a non-profit corporation, supported by fees. Advocates say a corporation is more agile and better suited to complete the switch to modern technology. Most major airlines are on board.But among small airplane owners and the general aviation industry, skepticism abounds.“We need to do things different. There’s no argument there,” Adam White, government liaison for the Alaska Airmen Association, said in an interview. “I’m just a little concerned that general aviation is going to be boxed out of the decision-making process.”White, who lives in Nenana and is a flying pastor, says the U.S. has a good air traffic system that is modernizing, but slowly. White says some of the delay may be good.“It’s not something that you can implement and if it doesn’t work we can come back six months later and look at it,” he said. “It’s got to work, or people are going to die.”Many non-airline aviators worry about the user fees the self-financed corporation is expected to impose. White wonders if fees might extend to pre-flight weather briefings and other services that enhance safety.“Our concern is if folks have to pay to be able to do that, they’re not going to avail themselves of those services as freely as they do today,” he said.General aviation now pays at the pump, through a tax of 19.4 cents per gallon on aviation gas.Under several Republican plans, the board controlling air-traffic operations would have seats for various stakeholders, like the airlines, the pilots’ union and recreational pilots. Still, people in general aviation say their voices could be drowned out.Mark Baker is the president of the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association, which has 300,000 members, 3,000 in Alaska.“We don’t register any complaints about the current system,” he said.Baker says the reports he sees show most airline delays are due to weather and problems other than traffic control.Among the satisfied general aviators is Joe Brown, who runs an Ohio-based propeller company.“When I fly, I find a modern system, a high-functioning system,” he said last month, testifying against privatization at a House hearing. He paints a far different picture from the antiquated control technology the president spoke of.“I can file a flight plan from my smart phone and get my proposed route back before I get to the airport in a text. When I take off I have GPS navigation systems on board that allow me to fly point-to-point, all over this country.”Brown says he’s happy that enhanced technology guides him on precision approaches at hundreds of airports. About 40 of them are in Alaska.Alaska Congressman Don Young said at last month’s hearing the privatization initiative seems to be trying to reform the best part of the FAA, though he’s not necessarily opposed.“As long as Alaska is taken care of, and the need for general aviation, and not being run by the larger airlines, I’ll be somewhat interested in what we’re doing.”One of the arguments for privatization is it would allow a steady funding source, removed from the budget uncertainties of Congress.President Trump signed a memo and letter outlining his privatization plans Monday, at a White House ceremony. It looked like a bill signing, but the documents have no legal impact. The plan still has substantial opposition in Congress.last_img read more

Webel to set up 3D printing institute on behalf of ITE dept

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) department is working on to set up an institution on 3D printing and Webel has been given the responsibility to set up this institute on behalf ofthe department. “We have already come up with a state-of-the-art animation academy and there is a 90 percent chance of employability after completing the course from this academy. We are hopeful of coming up with an institution on 3D printing. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWe will not only train people but also provide assistance in taking up business ventures on this,” a senior official of the state IT&E department said on the sidelines of Edtech 2018 organised by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). “The state government is leaving no stone unturned to position Bengal as the centre of animation, 3D printing and emerging technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Embedded Technology, Cyber Security etc,” said Debashis Sen, state Additional Chief Secretary of IT&E department at the inaugural session of the event. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state IT&E department will soon hold a meeting with the state School Education department and place a proposal to encourage students to learn programming from school level. “We have roped in PWC for doing a detailed research in Bengal and India in the area of emerging technologies. We have found that the way in which AI is opening up job opportunities we have to make our students learn one or two programming like C+, Python or Java right from school level. This will also help them develop logical thinking right from an early age,” Sen added. It may be mentioned that China is imparting programming lessons right from Class III for a long time and is a global leader in emerging technologies for quite some time. In order to create a buzz, the state government has been organising knowledge workshops every month. “Blockchain Congress scheduled for December 18 and 19 at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town as Kolkata is a part of this endeavour,” Sen maintained.last_img read more

Amadeus advances its work ecosystem during the GST compliance

first_imgFollowing the recent implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) across India, Amadeus worked around the clock to ensure its Global Distribution System (GDS) was ready to comply with the country’s new taxation system that has been effective from July 1, 2017.Amadeus ensured compliance to GST for its 45,000 Indian travel agency point-of-sale terminals in record time.Rakesh Bansal, CEO, Amadeus India, commented, “The introduction of the GST is among the most significant tax reforms in India’s economic history. Despite the limited time to apply the change, we are proud that Amadeus became compliant with the new GST structure so quickly. We had teams working 24/7 to make sure we could deliver what our customers needed on time. It is indeed a milestone moment for us as we demonstrate our commitment to offer best-in-class technology and services to our business partners across the Indian subcontinent.”last_img read more

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first_img – / 22 0 Comments   Share   “This to me is a guy who could really transcend into one of the top, all-around tight ends at some point in his career.”Niklas is the second Notre Dame player ever to be taken by the Cardinals since they moved to the Valley, joining wide receiver Michael Floyd (2012).Nephew of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, Niklas is the first tight end taken by Arizona since Rob Housler was picked by the organization in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.The Los Angeles Times lineman of the year in 2010, the former Servite High School product transitioned to tight end before his sophomore season in South Bend.“I think it’ll help to let Coach [Arians] mold me in to the type he wants, instead of having to change me from something that I’ve already become,” Niklas said.Since the NFL merger, Niklas is the 10th Irish tight end to be taken in the first or second round of the draft. In attempt to give quarterback Carson Palmer yet another offensive weapon this offseason, the Arizona Cardinals used the No. 52 pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas.The 6-foot-7 Niklas played two years with the Irish and caught 37 balls for 573 yards and six touchdowns.“It’s been extremely hard to fight the tight end that’s a duel threat, can do both things and do them well,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “That’s what this guy is. There’s a few of those players left in the NFL, guys like Heath Miller and those sort of players. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more