First Africa Womens Forum kicks off in Dakhla

Dakhla – The first Africa Women’s Forum kicked off Friday in Dakhla with the participation of high-level women leaders from 35 African countries.The meeting, organized at the initiative of the Council of the Moroccan Expatriate Community (CCME) and the International Institute for Security and Development, in partnership with the Wilaya of the region of Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira, brings together women ministers, MPs, and councilors from, among others, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Kenya, Mauritania, Libya, Mali, Madagascar, Senegal, Tanzania and Sierra Leone.The event provides an opportunity to discuss leadership issues of women and their contribution to the development of the African continent. In a statement to MAP, president of the International Institute for Security and Development, also president of the Foundation of Africa Women’s Forum, Naima Korchi, said the Forum will help discuss the experiences of participating countries in terms of women’s leadership and their role in the development of the continent, adding that the first edition seeks to look for ways to promote female African leadership in the economic, political and legal fields. read more

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UN Peacebuilding Fund to spend 15 million on Liberian projects

17 December 2007The United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, set up to help countries emerging from conflict avoid slipping back into war or chaos, has agreed to provide Liberia with $15 million over the next two years to fund projects in the West African nation. Reducing poverty, promoting national reconciliation and providing employment and other opportunities for ex-combatants and young people are expected to be the focus of many of the approved projects.Senior UN peacebuilding officials have provisionally approved Liberia’s initial submission on priority issues for funding, according to a joint announcement today by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. This follows Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s decision two months ago to declare Liberia eligible for financing from the Fund.A steering committee, to be co-chaired by Jordan Ryan, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in Liberia for Recovery and Governance, will be established, bringing together representatives of the UN, the national Government, the World Bank, donors and civil society.The committee will be tasked with overseeing the selection of projects and the allocation of funding, and next month the first meetings will be held with prospective partners – including Government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups – to share application criteria and guidelines.Carolyn McAskie, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, said the Liberian Government intends to focus on three areas outlined in its poverty reduction strategy: “promoting national reconciliation and managing conflict; addressing the needs of affected youth and former combatants; and bolstering the State’s capacity for peace consolidation.”Set up last year by the UN Secretary-General, the Peacebuilding Fund is designed to serve as a bridge between the phases of conflict and recovery, a period when other forms of financing are often not available to struggling nations. So far more than $222 million has been committed. read more

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President insists he will not reverse revolution

President Maithripala Sirisena today insisted that he will not reverse the silent revolution which took place on January 8 during the Presidential elections.Speaking at the launch of the construction work on the Southern expressway linking Matara and Hambantota today, Sirisena said that he takes decisions in a manner to ensure the January 8 revolution is protected. Sirisena noted that he has years of experience as a politician and when he takes decisions he uses that experience. The President also noted that there needs to be a clear policy on development in the country. Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/HHHHH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. He said that in most countries, even if there is a change of Government, the policies on development do not change.“Following the January 8 election it is clear our country is looked at in a different manner when compared to pre-January 8. All the countries who gave us assistance are continuing to assist us without suspicion,” he said. The President noted that China is a very close friend of Sri Lanka and both countries enjoy historic ties.He said that Sri Lanka has a lot of respect for China since that country has been assisting Sri Lanka’s development work.The President said that the new Government will continue to work with China and look to further strengthen ties between both countries. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UN chief voices grave concern at deepening crisis in Iraq

Mr. Ban “is deeply troubled by persistent reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law taking place in Iraq,” a United Nations spokesperson said in a statement.These include summary execution of captured soldiers and detainees, indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, and the abduction and murder of members of ethnic and religious communities.In a recently released report, the UN Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMI) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) cited alleged abuses by both the Iraqi Security Forces and the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS). The militants have purportedly posted more than a dozen videos showing beheadings and shootings of hors combat soldiers and police officers, as well as apparent targeting of people based on their religion or ethnicity, including Shia and minority groups such as Turcomans, Shabak, Christians, and Yezidis.In today’s statement, Mr. Ban also urged authorities to hold accountable any members of the Iraqi Security Forces or local militias who may have committed violations of international humanitarian or human rights law.“The Secretary-General calls on all parties to the conflict ensure that persecution of civilians based on their religion or ethnic background cease immediately,” his spokesperson said. Mr. Ban added that all parties to the conflict – whether armed groups, ISIL, local militias or Iraqi Security Forces – have the legal obligation and moral responsibility to avoid and prevent violence against civilians and ensure that their humanitarian needs are addressed.Overall, at least 1,300 people were killed in Iraq, and another 1,250 injured since 5 June in fighting in Nineveh, Salah al-Din and Diyala alone, according to UNAMI and OHCHR. At least 900 of the people killed were civilians.In addition, an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been displaced by fighting, including from Anbar and Ninewa governorates, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).The Secretary-General commended UNAMI’s continued efforts to assist in the settlement of the current conflict in Iraq, to monitor and report on human rights violations, and to support national and international humanitarian partners in providing assistance to those in need.In Baghdad, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, today urged the new Parliament to immediately engage in addressing the political, security, social and humanitarian concerns of all communities in Iraq.“Faced with a national crisis, the political leaders of Iraq should put the interests of the country and its people before everything else,” Mr. Mladenov said ahead of Tuesday, when the newly elected Council of Representatives is expected to convene its first meeting. “The first and most important step is the election of a Speaker,” Mr. Mladenov said in a statement.He added that once this is done, the Parliament should promptly elect a President and approve a new Government, as stipulated in the Constitution. “Any delay in the process, caused by a lack of quorum or unwillingness to show compromise will be detrimental to the country’s future,” Mr. Mladenov cautioned. read more

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New 65plate takes UK new car registrations to September record

462,517 new cars registered last month – a rise of 8.6% and the highest September on record.Increased demand seen across all fuel types, and from private, fleet and business buyers.New number plate means September is traditionally one of the biggest months of the year.Year-to-date total registrations pass two million in September for the first time since 2004.Tuesday 6 October 2015 New car registrations in the UK reached their highest-ever September total last month, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 462,517 cars were registered in September as buyers took advantage of a range of competitive deals on the latest 65-plate, making it the 43rd consecutive month of growth in the market.The total number of cars registered in 2015 so far is 2,096,886 – 7.1% higher than at the same point last year. It is the first time that the two million mark has been passed in September since 2004.Gains were made across all market sectors – private, fleet and business – while petrol, diesel and alternatively-fuelled vehicles all saw increased demand. In line with typical performance so far this year, registrations of diesel and petrol cars in September grew 4.1% and 12.3% respectively, and alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) recorded another strong month with volumes up 21.7%. This puts total year-to-date growth at 3.1% for diesel, 9.5% for petrol and 48.7% for AFVs.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “September is traditionally one of the year’s biggest months for new car registrations, and last month set an autumn record. With plenty of attractive, affordable deals available on the new 65-plate, Britain’s car buyers – whether private, fleet or business consumers – were busier than ever. The market reached pre-recession levels some time ago, and we anticipate some levelling off in the coming months. It is too early to draw conclusions, but customer demand for diesel remained strong, accounting for one in two cars registered.” Download the September 2015 new car registrations news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Mens basketball Chris Holtmanns greatest challenge in his first year at Ohio

Head coach Chris Holtmann watches from the sideline in the second half of the Ohio State-Robert Morris game on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 95-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann didn’t have any control over his schedule for his first season coaching Ohio State. He was going to be coaching in the Phil Knight Invitational whether he was in Columbus or still coaching Butler. But unlike at Butler, he has to endure the possibility of six straight games against high-major opponents.In 12 days.Now that it’s here, Holtmann is staring down the greatest test he will have not just in his first year with the Buckeyes, but also in his entire coaching career to this point.“It’s completely unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” he said. “It’s something we’re going to have to be mindful about with rest and sleep, and it will be interesting to see, too, the teams that come out of Portland and how they respond to this stretch once they come back.” The Buckeyes (4-0) have played well to this point and have played with more energy and consistency than they showed at any point last season. But that road ahead gets much tougher.On the schedule, Ohio State has No. 17 Gonzaga, Stanford or No. 7 Florida, Clemson, Wisconsin and Michigan. Holtmann’s squad also has a third game in Portland, Oregon, at the PK80 — the tournament celebrating Nike founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday — against either Duke, Portland State, Texas or Butler.Holtmann has made it clear he isn’t putting any goals or expectations on this season. He said it again Tuesday before his team departs for the West Coast.“For us the end game right now for us is get better today,” Holtmann said. “That’s really the end game. We don’t have another end game other than get better today.”That might be coach-speak, but let’s consider the obvious.He arrived in June after an out-of-the-blue firing of former coach Thad Matta. He arrived with no recruits remaining in the 2018 recruiting class, so he immediately had to hit the trail. He didn’t have time to really get to know his players until official practice began in September.So given the circumstances, all Holtmann has been able to do is focus one day at a time.That being said, he’s still a coach, and a coach demands a certain level of play from his players. That bar can be set and raised with a strong showing in these next six days.“It’s a good opportunity,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “To compete against multiple teams in a span of 48 hours, it’s great, it’s exciting. We’re looking forward to it.”Just four games into the season, it might be a bit rash to call this stretch the greatest challenge he’ll face this year. But consider this: Ohio State will have played nearly a third of its schedule after this stretch, including two conference games with a multitude of opportunities for signature wins on its resume when it comes time to evaluate the Buckeyes in March.Yes, Holtmann needs to figure out his team’s 3-point shooting woes (28.4 percent), whether any issues that come with the dearth of depth at guard and address any potential injuries that might occur in the future. But in the present, there’s no greater opportunity for an early statement than the next two weeks.“I think, in a lot of ways, it was a no-brainer decision to be a part of an event like [the PK80]  because of what it can reveal about your team in these moments,” Holtmann said.While most Ohio State fans will tune into coverage of the football game against Michigan this week, there’s no denying that fans badly want their basketball team to be competitive again.The Buckeyes don’t have to win all six of these upcoming games, but going .500 would turn some heads toward the program Holtmann is trying to resurrect in Columbus. read more

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Denver Broncos select former OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman in NFL draft

Then-junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is brought down during the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State Dec. 7, 2013 at Lucas Oil Stadium. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Lantern file photoJeff Heuerman became the second former OSU player drafted when the Denver Broncos selected him with the 92nd pick in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft.The tight end enjoyed a breakout 2013 campaign that included a team-best 17.9 yards per reception and four touchdowns. He finished his junior year with 26 receptions for 466 yards.The Naples, Fla., native was unable to replicate that success in his senior year, as he was hampered by foot injuries throughout the season. He finished the year with 17 receptions for 207 yards and two scores but did not record a reception in any of OSU’s three postseason games.Heuerman was named to the second-team All-Big Ten for his senior campaign. The tight end commenced his OSU career with 52 catches for 792 yards and seven scores.Denver lost tight end Julius Thomas in free agency during the offseason. Heuerman will join Owen Daniels and Virgil Green as tight ends for the Broncos.Denver is scheduled to open the 2015-16 season against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13 at 4:25 p.m. read more

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Thirteenyearold died just seconds after being offered ride in £1m Ferrari

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Damaged fence posts and flowers at the scene of the incident The 37-year-old man and teenage boy were travelling in the rare red Ferrari F50 – which is capable of reaching 201mphCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency The 13-year-old boy who was killed when the Ferrari F50 he was travelling in crashed had been offered the ride just seconds before, it has been revealed. Alexander Worth, of Kings Worthy, Hampshire, is believed to have asked for a picture of the supercar but business car owner Matt Cobden offered to take him for a ride instead. Less than a minute later, the vehicle had crashed on an access road on Hook Road, North Warnborough.The Ferrari, in which the teenager was a passenger, collided with wooden fence posts on the road that leads to Newlyns and Lodge Farms.Matt Cobden, 37, from Surrey, who was driving, was taken to North Hampshire Hospital with serious injuries, Hampshire Constabulary said. “The kid saw the F50 there there and asked the garage owner to sit in it.”He replied that he could do one better and take him for a drive.”They got less than a minute away before the mother, still waiting at the garage, heard a crash.”She was the first on the scene and tried to resuscitate her son to no avail.”The teenager’s family chose not to comment on the death of their 13-year-old son.A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary added: “Alexander Worth, 13, of Kings Worthy, was in a Ferrari F50 when it was involved in a single vehicle collision on the access road on Hook Road, at 8.45pm.”Sadly, Alexander suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.”Investigations into the collision are continuing and any witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team based in Eastleigh.”center_img Damaged fence posts and flowers at the scene of the incidentCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Alexander’s mother is reported to have tried to resuscitate her son after pulling him from the wrecked vehicle, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene as soon as they arrived on Tuesday night.Mr Hobden, who owns Toy Stor-age, a luxury car storage firm in Hook, Hants., was rushed to hospital after he sustained serious wounds in the fatal crash.Writing on a specialist car forum the following day, one web user said: “It was my friend’s son.”As far as I know at the moment, the mother and child were waiting at a car dealership where their friend was delivering some batteries. The 37-year-old man and teenage boy were travelling in the rare red Ferrari F50 - which is capable of reaching 201mphlast_img read more

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Ban on knives being delivered to shoppers doors proposed by Government

first_imgOnline shoppers will have to collect knives in person rather than having them delivered to their homes under Government proposals to clamp down on sales to children and teenagers.It is already an offence to sell knives to under-18s but the planned measures would mean they cannot be delivered to private property, such as the buyer’s home.Ministers say this would make it harder for under-age purchases to go undetected following warnings online age verification checks can be sidestepped.Under the plans anyone who bought a knife on the internet would be required to collect it at a store or another physical premises. Announcing her intention to tighten the law, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “We are announcing new measures to combat knife crime and the devastating impact it has on families, individuals and communities.”We are going to be consulting on new legislation so that people can’t buy knives online without having their identity checked.”At the moment you have to do it by the click of a button. What we are proposing is that if you want to buy a knife online it has to be collected from a place where you have to show your ID.”We have evidence that young people have been able to buy knives without verifying their ID and I want to stop that.”She said it was a “perfectly reasonable” step to take, pointing to figures indicating that almost three-quarters of online retailers which should carry out age verification checks are not doing so.”The online retailers may say ‘well, we ask people whether they are over or under 18’, and that’s just not good enough because we have the evidence that people have been able to get them delivered to their home,” Ms Rudd said. Retailers would be responsible for checking the age of all buyers by asking for them to show ID such as a passport or driving licence.Arrangements for how online sellers without physical stores can comply will be considered as part of a consultation to be launched later this year.It is illegal to sell a blade of more than three inches (7.62cm) to anyone under 18 – but reports have suggested safety checks can be circumvented.Calls for action on internet sales intensified last year after a court heard a knife used in the fatal stabbing of Bailey Gwynne, an Aberdeen schoolboy, was purchased online. Officers say youths are keeping blades on them for reasons including “status” and self-protection, as well as crime. Bailey Gwynne Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Bailey’s killer, a 16-year-old youth who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied murder and was convicted of the lesser charge of culpable homicide. Bailey Gwynne was stabbed to deathCredit:PA  In one case an under-18 was able to get a knife by having it delivered to their mother’s shed, the Home Secretary added.The new drive will also aim to close off a loophole that means police can be powerless to act if they discover knives in someone’s home.A ban on the possession of outlawed weapons such as zombie knives and knuckledusters on private property would mean officers can seize them and make arrests.Any restrictions will be drawn up so that those who keep weapons for a legitimate purpose, such as cultural items or antiques, are not penalised.The consultation will also seek views on whether the offence of possessing a knife in a public place and school premises should be extended to also include the grounds of other educational establishments, such as higher education institutions.A slew of official data has underlined mounting concerns over rising levels of knife crime.The most recent national crime figures showed the majority of police forces – 33 out of 44 – registered a rise in offences involving knives and sharp instruments last year.Police have warned of a shift which has seen the proportion of youngsters carrying knives who are linked to gangs fall. Amber Rudd  The Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who is consulting on a change in the law, was shown a collection of knives recovered by the police in London Credit:Stefan Rousseau /PAlast_img read more

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Freebox 20 chaînes de télévision disponibles sur iPhone et iPad

first_imgFreebox : 20 chaînes de télévision disponibles sur iPhone et iPadFrance – Free a annoncé l’ouverture de ses services de télévision au monde mobile et ce sont l’iPhone et l’iPad qui en bénéficieront les premiers. Vingt chaînes sont en effet désormais accessibles sur le smartphone d’Apple, et le seront également sur l’iPad dès la sortie de la tablette Internet de la firme à la pomme, prévue à la fin du mois de mai. Comme l’ont déjà fait certains opérateurs mobiles, et notamment Orange, Free propose désormais un service TV mobile à ses abonnés. Pour pouvoir regarder ces 20 chaînes depuis leur iPhone ou leur iPad, les freenautes auront seulement besoin d’une connexion Wi-Fi depuis une Freebox ou d’un hotspot FreeWifi. Ils devront ensuite se rendre à l’adresse tv.freebox.fr depuis leur navigateur mobile, où ils accèderont directement au bouquet.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Free a par ailleurs annoncé l’ouverture de ses API (interfaces de programmation) pour les différents OS mobiles, afin de permettre aux utilisateurs de transformer leur smartphone en télécommande et ainsi contrôler la Freebox HD. Les freenautes pourront notamment naviguer dans le bouquet Free, gérer les fonctions de contrôle du direct et accéder au magnétoscope numérique. Les premières applications iPhone intégrant ces fonctionnalités devraient être disponibles sur l’App Store dans les jours à venir.Le 29 avril 2010 à 16:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Doctor is accused of sexual abuse

first_imgOregon police officers arrested a doctor Thursday who works at a cosmetic surgery clinic with a branch in Vancouver.Beaverton police detectives arrested George Allen, 49, on suspicion of sex abuse after two victims reported he touched them in an unwanted, sexual nature during cosmetic procedures, according to the Beaverton Police Department.Allen works at Nu U Laser Centers, which has locations in Beaverton, Ore., and in Vancouver.Officers brought Allen to the Washington County Jail, and recommended charges of two counts of third-degree sexual abuse.The police department said additional charges will likely be added in the next few days.The department said investigators think there may be additional victims, and it encouraged them to call one of its detectives at 503-526-2281.last_img

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Christmas decorations brighten Sitka after rough year

first_imgMike Romine in front of his display. (Brielle Schaeffer/KCAW photo)Mike Romine is a Sitka man with a love of Christmas lights. His home has become an attraction every December with its huge displays, coordinated to musical hits such as “Uptown Funk” and “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen. But this season, as Sitkans work to recover from a deadly natural disaster, the lights hold a special meaning.Download AudioIn the daytime, Mike Romine’s house on Wachusetts Street looks like a Christmas wonderland. Big inflatable snowman and  penguins repurposed from bowling pins adorn his yard.But that isn’t even the real show. At around 4’o clock every day, the magic happens. Romine, with four separate controllers, hits the buttons to make all of his seasonal tableaus glow.“That’s it that’s everything,” he said, as he hit the buttons.The crowning glory of his display are strings of LED lights in the shape of a Christmas tree that flash pictures set to music he plays from a speaker outside his house. He also transmits it on an FM frequency so people can hear it in their cars.The Romine’s house. (Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW photo)“This is a really dark time of year in Sitka and you know when you’re out running around and you see a big house light up it brings a smile to your face every time,” he said.A commercial and charter fisherman, Romine says his display gives him something to do in his offseason. And he says he’s always enjoyed the seasonal decorations.“When I bought this house I had a big yard and I remembered when I was a kid all of us piling into the car and riding around looking at Christmas lights,” he said.And Romine’s display this year is especially poignant. As you watch the lights climb up the tallest part of the display, they form words. The date: August 18, when seven landslides struck in the Sitka area, and then the names: Elmer and Ulises Diaz and William Stortz, the three individuals who lost their lives that day.“I just knew that there was a lot of people that that affected,” he said. “Sitka really came together. It was a pretty big deal. I thought just showing that I was thinking of them probably means that most of Sitka probably is too. I think the families have appreciated it.”Although it might best be described as public art now, Romine’s display started modestly eight years ago and over time, grew to take over his whole yard. Perhaps, the most popular addition is a new song for his light tree and an illuminated Santa design grooving to the beat.Snowmen warming up by the fire in the Romine’s yard. (Brielle Schaeffer/KCAW photo)“I get a real kick out of every time I look out my window there’s people out here dancing,” Romine said. “It’s a lot of fun.”The lights are quite the town attraction. While traffic can get backed up into the roundabout right outside Romine’s house, his neighbors are OK with it, at least for the month. Here’s Noah Shepherd:“It’s holiday season you got to kind of roll with it.”On a recent evening, several people cruised by in cars to watch the lights. Jada Smith was with her family, including her granddaughter, 2-year-old Jaycee. They stopped by after a concert at Blatchley Middle School.“It’s fantastic. The baby loves it,” she said. “We all do. A nice Christmas evening.”All in all, Romine estimates the spectacle has 7,000 lights. During the month of December, he says he doesn’t even look at his electricity bill.“We have it on prepay with the city on a credit card,” he said. “It’s only for a month and it’s not that big of deal so I don’t even really worry  about it.”But, he says the cost is well worth it to see and hear from people like Smith, and baby Jaycee, who are delighted with the show.last_img read more

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For storied civil rights center Highlander Center fire is an echo of

first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Catholicism Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron In Catholic-owned rooming house in Boston, older tenants face displacement As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Future of decades-old CBS religion documentary program in doubt By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The call came in at 6 a.m. last Friday. The main office of the renowned Highlander Research and Education Center was engulfed in flames.Highlander’s co-executive director, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, sped over to the site, a 106-acre farm, 25 miles east of Knoxville, Tenn., at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.By the time she arrived, the building had collapsed, but firefighters were still putting out the flames.In the days following the blaze, the local sheriff said the fire may have been intentionally set, after a “symbol connected to the white power movement” was found spray-painted in the parking lot. In a sign of growing concerns about such acts, on Thursday (April 4), FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress that white supremacy is a “persistent, pervasive threat” to U.S. security.Henderson took the news in stride.Though she received no warnings that white supremacists might be targeting the center — known for training many of the leaders of the civil rights movement — she knew full well the center’s history.“We’re an 87-year-old organization,” she said. “This isn’t the first storm we’ve weathered.”Rosa Parks, right, attends a desegregation workshop at Highlander. Photo courtesy of Highlander CenterHenderson, the center’s first black female co-director, was back at work this week — in one of the center’s other buildings.Investigators have yet to allow her to sift through the remains to assess what was lost, though most of the center’s archives are safe at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Other historical documents are at the Southern Historical Collection and Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.But the center’s commitment to a range of issues — immigration, prison reform, the environment, worker rights, racial, gender and sex discrimination — have made it a target for hate groups before.“This isn’t disconnected from a long legacy of the targeting of Southern movement infrastructure,” Henderson said.Indeed, the Highlander Center is inextricable from the history of the South.“All the progressive issues of the nation that often bypass the South were held up like a beacon of light by the Highlander Center,” said William Ferris, professor of history emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Highlander Center co-founder Myles Horton. Photo courtesy of Highlander CenterThe Highlander Center was opened in 1932 during the height of the Great Depression by co-founder Myles Horton, a Tennessee native strongly influenced by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, with whom he studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Niebuhr wrote the initial fundraising letter to establish the school.Horton also may have been influenced by the Social Gospel, the early 20th-century movement that suggested the Christian message could best be realized by living the ethics of Jesus.First called the Highlander Folk School, the center trained union leaders living in Appalachia and the Deep South.Horton believed the answers to society’s problems lay with the experiences of ordinary people, or “folk,” and that they could come together to solve them.“The idea was you could develop grassroots movements from the bottom up by creating central leadership from the bottom,” said Chris Baker, a sociologist who teaches at Walters State Community College in nearby Morristown, Tenn., and has written about Highlander.Later, the center began citizenship schools, training volunteers to teach illiterate farmers and sharecroppers to read so they could vote. (In those days Southern states required voters to prove they could read before they were granted the right to vote.)In the 1950s, the center’s emphasis shifted to civil rights. Luminaries such as Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis, Rosa Parks, Stokley Carmichael and Marion Barry came to Highlander to strategize.The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously attended Highlander’s 25th anniversary in 1957. During his stay, a billboard nearby posted his photo and said he was attending a “Communist training school.”The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., left, and others at Highlander’s 25th anniversary celebrations in 1957. Photo courtesy of Highlander CenterIn 1961 the state of Tennessee revoked the center’s charter and confiscated its land and buildings for holding interracial meetings. It moved from Monteagle in Grundy County to Knoxville.In 1966, the Ku Klux Klan firebombed it.But the center’s commitment to helping develop democratic strategies for social change continued.Highlander worked with coal miners to develop various legislative measures to provide benefits for those with black lung disease, Baker said. It documented absentee ownership in Appalachia. Most recently it has worked with undocumented Hispanics living in Tennessee.“Highlander is a mosaic; it connects to the next thing,” he said.Henderson said the center, which engages with some 6,000 people annually, will continue to do so.Since the fire, she said the center has received “overwhelming messages of love, support, encouragement,” from all over the world.“When you’re in right relationship with people over 87 years, it’s not shocking that people who have felt their lives transformed by being in connection with this sacred space are flanking and supporting and showing up to share their Highlander stories,” she said. “We couldn’t be more grateful and extend that love to them.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email center_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News Share This! Share This! 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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday August 27

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll discuss Wednesday’s tragic double murder and suicide in Southern Virginia, which took the lives of journalists Alison Parker, Adam Ward and Vester Flanagan, with veteran newsman Charles Robinson of Maryland Public Television’s State Circle. Plus, we’ll unpack yesterday’s interview with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh in reference to racial profiling, with a round table of prominent attorneys, including former Prince George’s County Delegate Aisha Braveboy and A. Dwight Petit.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

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Higher salt intake leads to bloating

first_imgPeople report more gastrointestinal bloating when they eat a diet high in salt, a study has found. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US re-analysed data from a large clinical trial conducted two decades ago, and found that high sodium intake increased bloating among trial participants. “Bloating is one of the leading gastrointestinal complaints in the US and can be exacerbated in some people by a high-fiber diet. Our results suggest that they might be able to reduce that bloating, without compromising on healthy fiber, by lowering their sodium intake,” said Noel Mueller, senior author of the study. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBloating is estimated to affect up to a third of US adults overall, and more than 90 per cent of those with irritable bowel syndrome, according to the study. Bloating features a buildup of excess gas in the gut. The production of gas can be attributed to gas-producing gut bacteria breaking down fiber. There is also some evidence that sodium can stimulate bloating. The study analysed data from the DASH-Sodium trial, conducted at four clinical centres during 1998-99. It tested the DASH diet, a high-fiber diet which is relatively low in fat and high in fruits, nuts, and vegetables, against a low-fiber control diet. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEach of the two diets was tested at three levels of sodium, and the 412 participants all had high blood pressure at the trial start. The trial was set up chiefly to determine the effect of dietary sodium and other factors on blood pressure, but included data on participants’ reports of bloating — data that Mueller and his colleagues analysed for the new study. The team found that prior to the trial, 36.7 per cent of the participants reported bloating, which is more or less in line with national surveys of bloating prevalence. They found too that the high-fiber DASH diet increased the risk of bloating by about 41 percent, compared to the low-fiber control diet – and men were more susceptible to this effect, compared to women. But the scientists also determined that sodium was a factor in bloating. When they combined data from the DASH and control diets, and compared the highest level of sodium intake to the lowest, they found that the high-sodium versions of those diets collectively increased the risk of bloating by about 27 per cent compared to the low-sodium versions.last_img read more

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Boxing Analyst Makes it Rain 100 Bills During Floyd Mayweather Rant

first_img Advertisement During last night’s Top Rank Boxing broadcasting broadcast on ESPN, the forecast called for large amounts of rain, courtesy of former lightweight champ-turned-announcer Timothy Bradley.Bradley decided to dispense his analytical wisdom about Floyd Mayweather while firing off real $100 bills around the set like he was trying to win customer of the night at the Spearmint Rhino. Joe Tessitore wasn’t sure what to make of it, but did authenticate the bills were the real deal.Some traditional broadcasters may think this is a cheap stunt, but who doesn’t want to hang around a guy that literally spews cash like an ATM when you work together? Seems like a choice assignment.Joe Tessitore can’t believe Tim Bradley is throwing around a stack of hundreds on TV pic.twitter.com/xAlF8dPOwI— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) March 24, 2019last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | April 03, 2012 Lower Dosage CT-Guided Lung Biopsy Minimizes Exposure New Imaging Parameters Found to Reduce Radiation Exposure for Patients News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more April 3, 2012 — New guidelines for CT-guided biopsies of lung nodules significantly reduce radiation exposure, allowing individuals the benefit of the procedure, which may cut down on overall lung cancer deaths. This research was presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s (SIR) 37th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco.”The published early results of a trial using computed tomography (CT) to detect lung nodules demonstrated that screening with low-dose CT reduced mortality from lung cancer by 20 percent compared to screening with chest X-rays alone,” said Jeremy Collins, M.D., assistant professor of radiology at Northwestern University in Chicago. “Statistically, many people who undergo screening will have nodules detected with CT and a biopsy may be recommended. We want to minimize the side effects of the biopsy procedure.”While there is debate about the actual risk of cumulative exposure from the types of medical imaging that emit radiation, interventional radiologists are trying to curb patient dose, and CT has been gaining recognition as the most effective imaging technique for lung nodules since it is more sensitive than chest X-rays and other imaging tests.”Lung nodules are clearly imaged using CT because of the high contrast between normal air-containing lung tissue and higher-density lung nodules. CT technologies have come a long way in offering new tools that reduce the per-procedure radiation dose,” said Collins.The research focuses on a new set of CT imaging parameters to further reduce radiation exposure while maintaining image quality. The new protocol downshifts the amount of energy the CT scanner uses to produce images and moderates the current of the X-ray tube to put out a smaller dose during examination.”All image studies using X-ray technology are going to be associated with a small amount of finite radiation exposure,” said Collins. “Although the jury is still out to some degree, there is general consensus in the community that the radiation dose risk is both linear and additive. Any place where we can reduce the incremental dose for each imaging study is very important because the overall exposure over time can be substantial.”For this study, researchers implemented the new CT imaging protocol for lung-nodule biopsy and then reviewed data from 100 people, half of whom underwent CT-guided biopsies prior to the new protocol and half after the protocol went into effect. The low dose protocol led to a dramatic 66 percent drop in radiation dose, and image quality was maintained for all of the CT-guided biopsies.”We found that simple modifications to the CT technique used for guidance to perform lung biopsies resulted in a significant dose reduction to individuals treated,” said Collins. “This was possible while maintaining appropriate image quality for interventional radiologists performing biopsy, and fortunately the modification to the scanner technique is simple and can be applied to any existing CT scanner system.””The new protocol can be adopted immediately to reduce exposure, but interventional radiologists will still need to evaluate each person on a case-by-case basis, especially smaller people or those who have anatomy that is more difficult to image. The dose can be reduced even further for children, but more studies need to be done to tailor the protocol,” he added.For more information: www.SIRweb.org. 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The Tico Times to display photo exhibit at Cultural Center

first_imgRelated posts:Flamenco superstars, Soda Stereo tribute, and other happenings around Costa Rica Art fair, Renaissance artist, and other happenings around Costa Rica Bullfights, punk bands, and other happenings around Costa Rica Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”– Robert CapaOf all the visual arts, photojournalism is by far the most thrilling to create. You don’t see sculptors darting through crowds. It’s rare that a painter charges a celebrity with an easel. There’s a lot to be said for patiently drawing with pencil and pastel, but photojournalists are outdoor people, treating the entire world as their canvas. Their job is intensely physical: They climb streetlamps, lean out of moving cars, dangle over balustrades, and crawl across gravel – anything to “get the shot.”We should know: The Tico Times has been photographing daily life in Costa Rica since 1956.Two weeks ago, we turned our office in Barrio Amón into a makeshift gallery for the Art City Tour. Droves of people showed up and perused our archives. We chatted with visitors, played some music, and shared some sangria. It was a really fun night.But that was just a warm-up. This month, we are overjoyed to present our new exhibit, “58 Years of Costa Rica, Through Our Eyes and Yours.” We are happier still to collaborate with the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center in Los Yoses, one of the most distinguished educational institutions in the country. The exhibition opens to the public Thursday, Dec. 4, and continues through the end of January.This is a brand-new endeavor for The Tico Times, and we hope you’ll stop by. While the display in our offices incorporated decades of photos and covers, the Cultural Center will also showcase the finest work of our current staff photographers. You’ll see street scenes in San José, small-town life in the countryside, celebrations, protests, portraits, landscapes, action shots, and homages to the 2014 World Cup.The Tico Times staff has long believed that photography is more than a storytelling device. A great photograph often outlives the article it illustrates; the best photographs require no captions at all. Capturing a moment through the crosshairs of a telephoto lens is an audacious craft, and if one of our photographers has bumped your shoulder or stomped your foot in a crowd, we hope this exhibit will partly explain why. We love snapping those images, and we love to bring them to you every day. To celebrate the end of an extraordinary year, we look forward to sharing some our favorite photographs at the Cultural Center.So take some time off this December and see our work – and as ever, thanks for reading!“58 Years of Costa Rica, Through Our Eyes and Yours” will be displayed Dec. 4 through Jan. 30 at the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano, San Pedro. Free. Info: Cultural Center website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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AFTA vice chairman appointed

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Image Source: Glenn Hunt Rob Gurney has been elected to the position of vice chairman of Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).The decision was made at the AFTA Board Meeting last week, following the resignation of Peter Lacaze.The former AFTA vice chairman also retired from his role as chief executive of the Jetset Travelworld Group.“Rob is known to many within the industry and it is an excellent endorsement of the work AFTA is doing that he has joined the Board and has accepted the position of vice chairman of AFTA,” AFTA Jayson Westbury chief executive said.“As you would know, Rob now holds the position of Chief Executive of Jetset Travelworld Ltd.”last_img

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Tribute Portfolio has announced its debut in Bali

first_imgTribute Portfolio has announced its debut in Bali with the opening of Sthala, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Ubud Bali.Owned by PT. Anugrah Anadya Nirmana, Sthala marks the brand’s first new build property to open, only one and a half years following launch. Situated in the heart of Bali’s Ubud district, with service and design that nod to traditional Balinese touches, Sthala is a direct answer to loyalty guest members’ desires for more access to hotel choices in Indonesia’s most popular island destination.Tribute Portfolio arrives in BaliPerched on a hilltop among the tropical landscape in Lodtunduh, Ubud, Sthala offers stunning ridge views of the Wos River valley. Featuring 143 rooms and suites, the hotel encompasses a design narrative that focuses on traditional Balinese elements, while blending seamlessly with the natural surroundings.Sthala provides a range of distinctive dining venues for guests to explore and enjoy. The Naga Rooftop Bar & Lounge features an airy atmosphere with ample natural light, as well as valley and river views. Sungai Restaurant is an all-day dining experience that offers Asian cuisine with Balinese touches, as well as a range of Western dishes. Alternatively, guests can enjoy the Panorama Pool and Sundeck Lounge, which serves cool cocktails and light bites set against the unforgettable backdrop of the Wos River and forest.Guests can enjoy a myriad of facilities ranging from a fitness centre and spa, to a wide selection of guest activities, such as yoga on the dedicated yoga deck. Additionally, Ubud offers a truly diverse experience, from wellness and nature to art and culture, all within easy access of the hotel. Sthala, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Ubud Bali also features nearly 400 square metres of function space, ideal for intimate weddings and professional meetings.Independent by natureAs with all Tribute Portfolio properties, Sthala, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Ubud Bali features a selection of #independentmoments: distinct design touches and experiences found at each Tribute Portfolio hotel and resort that illustrate what guests love about “staying independent.” The #independentmoments for Sthala Ubud Bali include:Bebek Semudera – A twist on one of the Ubud region’s signature dishes, Bebek Semudera is more than just a meal, it’s an experience. Prepared by Chef Wayan Semudera, this tender, juicy duck is cooked ever-so slowly and is best enjoyed at the Sungai Restaurant while taking in the stunning scenery.Dragon Wood Carving – A traditional Indonesian symbol of power, strength and good fortune, the dragon wood carvings at the hotel were created by local Balinese craftsmen.Signature Wos Breeze Cocktail – Beat the Bali heat with the Woss Breeze, which blends local ingredients including rum, lime, red chilli, lemongrass, ginger, and fresh mint into a refreshing libation.Wos River – Embrace the true essence of the jungle with the perfect view of the Wos River from the Panorama Pool and Sundeck Lounge.Stone Carvings – Situated at the epicentre of culture in Ubud, the hotel features three stone carvings of Trimurti – the trinity of supreme divinity in Hinduism which represents the three manifestations of God (Brahma, Wisnu, and Siwa).Tegel Tiles – With diverse colours and patterns, the classic vintage and retro tiles in the Naga Rooftop Bar & Lounge are the perfect design surprise when looking down.Bamboo Woven Chair – Take a moment to sit back and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings; located in the Naga Rooftop Bar & Lounge, the bamboo woven chair is a wonderful location to unwind.last_img read more

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