Im running for the leadership Patrick Brown on fighting to reclaim his

first_imgTORONTO – The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, who resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations last month, is running to reclaim the party’s top job. Here is what Patrick Brown had to say Friday after entering the leadership contest triggered by his own departure.___“I’ve been touched by the amount of support around the province — candidates, caucus members, party volunteers saying ‘what happened to you wasn’t right, if it happened to you it can happen to anyone.’ We can’t loose the project we’ve been working on. It’s far too important. The People’s Guarantee (party platform) was that important, about getting Ontario back on track.This isn’t about me. This isn’t about the PC party. This is about making sure that on June 7 the Progressive Conservative party is successful. We’re not going to settle for an Ontario that’s a have-not province. We’re not going to settle for an Ontario that’s not doing everything it can.And let me say, what I’ve gone through in the last three weeks I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It has been absolutely horrific. It was like getting hit by a truck and getting hit by a truck all over again. But what I can tell you is in that period I found strength. I found strength by the support of my family and friends, from the party faithful around the province that reached out to me, saying ‘we know what you’re about,’ and I talked about that story in National Post.When this all happened, I didn’t know who was behind it, I just knew the stories were fictitious. Then I went to my local hospital for a pre-planned surgery and everyone in the waiting room shook my hand and said ‘we believe in you.’ I realized that people back home wanted me to fight for myself and fight for what I’ve been working on my entire life, which was public service to make our province and our community and our country stronger.Back home they gave me the strength to carry on in this project and that’s what I started today. I filed my papers to be a candidate in our leadership. I’m going to make sure that with the support of our party faithful we’re going to get back on track to this important project of defeating Kathleen Wynne on June 7.The support we’ve been getting across the province has just been so encouraging. The amount of candidates, the amount of party volunteers, riding presidents who have reached out — frankly it changed my opinion. This is not what I was thinking about. The support of the party membership has really inspired me.I think my name has been cleared and now it’s about getting Ontario back on track.I think every other leadership candidate I know, certainly the main ones, have been calling every day trying to reach out for my support. I think the reason they have is they know that frankly there is a groundswell of support in the membership for the project I have been working on to get this province back on track.I’m running for the leadership.”last_img read more

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High Indigenous prison rate unacceptable Supreme Court chief justice

first_imgOTTAWA – The over-representation of Indigenous people in prison is “unacceptable” and reveals a serious problem, says Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner.“That’s a terrible situation, I must say,” Wagner told a rare news conference Friday. “I mean, the rate is too high.”In 2015-16, Indigenous people represented almost one-quarter of the total federal offender population.In addition, a lower percentage of Indigenous offenders have benefited from gradual release from custody than non-Indigenous ones.The Liberal government has singled out the difficult relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the justice system as a priority for ministers, and various parliamentary committees have been busy studying the challenges and potential solutions.Wagner said that while he’ll leave the politics to others, the high court is making its voice heard on issues of Indigenous justice.He pointed to a decision this month in which the court said the federal prison service had failed to ensure its psychological assessment tools were fair to Indigenous inmates.The Supreme Court has a role to play in the national reconciliation with First Nations, Wagner added.“It’s going to be a long process. It has to be done. It has to be done the right way. And it involves many stakeholders,” he said.“And we are committed to do it, within our own jurisdiction.”The chief justice spoke to the media after being recently reminded that his predecessor, Beverley McLachlin, gave news conferences at the beginning and end of her tenure as top judge.Wagner said he is trying to make the Supreme Court more open and accessible to Canadians. In recent years the court has embraced social media and it has begun issuing plain-language summaries of its decisions.The Supreme Court’s nine justices plan to visit Winnipeg next year for meetings and community events, and Wagner mused that he would love to see the court hold hearings outside of Ottawa “from time to time.”“I think it would be a wonderful thing for the court and the public. How we bring the court closer to Canadians is something I think about a lot,” he said.“Canadians should know that the courts are there for them when they need them. The public also has a right to know how our courts work.”Ignorance breeds many biases, he said, and the more people who know about the judicial system “the more they will keep faith in the system, and that’s very important.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Disturbing school bullying videos are a teachable moment advocates say

first_imgAdvocates say shocking new videos showing extreme bullying offer parents and educators an opportunity to teach young witnesses the importance of bystander intervention.“Targeting behavioural change from the bully is not as effective as targeting the bystander to make a culture shift,” said Gordana Skrba of the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy.A video posted Nov. 8 shows a 14-year-old Nova Scotia boy with cerebral palsy lying down in a stream as a girl steps on his back. About 20 students watch, some filming on their phones.This week, news emerged about two videotaped incidents at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto. Police sources say members of the basketball team bullied one student and soaked him with water, while a group of boys held down another student and allegedly sexually assaulted him with a broom handle.As these incidents are investigated, students, parents and teachers are grappling with difficult questions of how they could happen — and what young witnesses should do.Debra Pepler, a York University psychology professor and bullying expert, said bullies often thrive off the power imbalance of an audience — but bystanders can also be instrumental in stopping the incidents.Pepler co-authored a 2001 study on peer intervention that found more than half of bullying incidents stop within 10 seconds after a bystander steps in.There are bystanders to about 85 per cent of bullying incidents, Pepler said, but three-quarters of the time they are “paying positive attention” to the bully — and victims can sense the power imbalance.Children who are noticeably different are targeted more frequently — whether for a disability, sexual or gender identity, race, nationality or socioeconomic status, she said.“Where you find power differentials, that’s where you find people who are more at risk of being bullied,” Pepler said.“It’s really up to the adults to create a safe school context where everyone feels included as if they belong and are valued.”Talking about intervention is a challenging task, especially because there is no clear research on what methods are most effective. Pepler’s work has shown “pro-social” intervention is about as effective as “aggressive” intervention towards the bully.Many children and youth don’t know how to intervene, even if they sense that what’s happening is wrong, she said.Having discussions around the dinner table, watching films that address the issues, or talking about possible scenarios can help young people think about what to do about bullying, she said.It’s also important to make sure kids understand they have safe options other than getting directly involved, like talking to a friend or adult, she said.Pepler said if a young person speaks up alone, it’s usually someone with a higher social status, as a common fear is that whoever challenges the bully could become the next victim.“We as adults play a very significant role in helping children understand not only how to avoid using their power negatively, but how it feels like to use it positively,” Pepler said.When a school implements a bullying prevention plan, Pepler said, the intervention rate goes up for both teachers and peers.Advocacy group People First Nova Scotia visits junior high school classes to talk about the importance of respecting people with disabilities and how to speak up when witnessing abuse and discrimination.  Cindy Carruthers of People First said students and teachers often thank the group for giving them the words to stand up to a bully, either in the school yard or at home.“We often say to the kids, if you hear older brothers and sisters or your parents using language they shouldn’t use, educate them,” Carruthers said.She said parents should also be educated about these issues, and she often senses her group’s anti-bullying themes haven’t been discussed with kids at home before.“Kids don’t just make this stuff up. You have to learn to be a bully,” said Carruthers.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Globe Theatre unveils diverse lineup for 201718 season

first_imgHere’s a list of the 2017-18 productions with comments from Smillie:Bittergirl — The MusicalBy Annebel Fitzsimmons, Alison Lawrence and Mary Francis MooreDirected by Greg OchitwaSept. 27-Oct. 15“A year ago I was on a jury . . . and I read 48 scripts in a period of a couple of months and Bittergirl was one of them. It’s by three amazing actors and it premiered as a straight comedy and it had tremendous success. Then they went back to the drawing board and recreated it as a musical so now it’s set to 1960s doo-wop hits, which is the music of my youth. It’s about getting dumped. There’s one man and he plays as the partners of all the women in the cast. There’s three women in the cast and it follows their journeys of getting dumped and getting over it. It’s a lot of fun.”A Christmas CarolAdapted by Michael ShamataDirected by Kelli FoxNov. 18-Dec. 24“It’s a beautiful adaptation. It really takes the story from the point of view of Jacob Marley and following the journey of Scrooge and his transformation.”Around The World In 80 DaysBy Toby Hulse, based upon the book by Jules VerneDirected by Ruth SmillieJan. 17-Feb. 4, 2018“This is in a similar style of The Hounds of the Baskervilles, where there’s three actors that play multiple characters. It’s an hilarious send-up of the Jules Verne classic. The three actors play dozens of roles and the play takes us around the world in boat, train, elephant, everything. It’s really fun.”UsBy Kelley Jo Burke and Jeffery StrakerDirected by Valerie Ann PearsonFeb. 28-March 18, 2018“Us is a new play by Kelley Jo Burke and Jeffery Straker. It’s a brand new musical. It’s a play that’s set in a camp for queer youth about a community of young people coming together with their peers. It’s an uplifting play about coming in.”I And YouBy Lauren GundersonDirected by Kelli FoxApril 11-29, 2018“This is one of most amazing plays I have ever read in my life. I can’t tell you too much about it because the ending is unbelievable. What I can tell you is that it’s about a young woman who has had a serious chronic illness. She hasn’t been to school for months and one of her classmates arrives at her home to work on a homework assignment on Walt Whitman’s poem Leaves Of Grass. And what happens as the play unfolds is one of the most powerful and moving experiences in our capacity as a human.”Shrek The MusicalBased on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William SteigDirected and choreographed by Stephanie GrahamMay 23-June 17, 2018“I saw the movie with my kids and I like the play better than the movie. It’s hilarious, it’s got all the elements of the movie but it goes deeper. It’s more a celebration of different and accepting people or ogres for being different. It’s a really fun piece.”jdedekker@postmedia.comtwitter.com/ThePloughboyBY Jeff DeDekker, Regina Leader-Post Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Globe Theatre is still busy with its 2016-17 main stage season but Ruth Smillie is already looking ahead with the unveiling the 2017-18 season.Globe Theatre is currently presenting The Last Wife, which runs through March 19, with Key Change (April 12-30) and The Little Mermaid (May 24-June 18) to follow.For Smillie, the artistic director and CEO of Globe Theatre, juggling the responsibilities of current and upcoming seasons is just part of the job. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Casablanca A Budget of MAD 282 Billion for 2014

first_imgCasablanca- A budget of 2.82 billion dirhams will be spent on the upgrading of the Grand Casablanca and improving the living environment of its inhabitants in 2014 according to MAP. Following the speech of King Mohammed VI at the opening of the fall session of Parliament, a reflection device was set up with three major steps. According to the governor of the prefecture of Casablanca, Khalid Safir, this includes a comprehensive assessment of the city’s problems, the establishment of a priority actions plan and, and the launching of this plan for the city in long-term (until 2030).Some actions are aimed at getting rid of Casablanca’s slums, finalize financing plans, and launch developmental projects such as the Metro, tram, Bus-Tram integration, the installation of household waste plants, and the upgrade of roads and highways. These projects will be carried out in order to encourage investment, which will support the financial sector, allow for the renovation of the Mohammed V airport, and implement advanced regionalization. “In the short term, feasible projects are being developed quickly in order to give credibility to the approach, obtain the citizens’ support, and to win businesses’ and investor’s trust to simplify procedures and to establish a framework for consultation,’’ added Mr. Safir according to MAP.“This program is ambitious and will be completely realized in 2014, with projects in the entire region and in all sectors. The public transport project will be given 200 million dirhams and will be provided with 200 additional buses,” the president of the city council, Mohamed Sajid, was quoted by MAP as saying.The Ministry of the Interior supports this program as a priority. They have released a special contribution of 1.16 billion dirhams, including 240 million dirhams for the prefectural and provincial councils of Grand Casablanca. About one half of this is to be used for urban upgrading and enhancing security while improving traffic.40 million dirhams will be used to provide the city with surveillance cameras, 20 million for the installation and the implementation of a central traffic control, and 50 million for transport equipment. This equipment will improve police intervention capacity and enhance the security of all Casablanca inhabitants, stated the mayor.A budget of 365 million dirhams will be allocated to the modernization of road maintenance for both main and auxiliary roads. 245 million dirhams will be allocated to reorganize the Arab League park and city center (35 MDH), to develop green spaces of the city (115 MDH), rehabilitate the Ain Sebaa zoo (65 MDH), and to modernize of the Mohammed V sports complex (30 MDH).620 million dirhams will be used to improve the living condition of the suburbs of Casablanca. Priority implementation will be given to the Douars Mkanssa, Sidi Belahcen, and Lahraouine districts. This will be carried out thanks to the contribution from the general state budget, the city council, the National Human Development Initiative (NHRI), and local communities.The city council and Lydec (delegated manager of water and electricity distribution) agreed on a specific priority action program with a budget of 560 MDH. This includes  138 MDH to improve public street lighting and  19 MDH  to improve drinking water access and electricity for 1,000 homes, stated the mayor.250 MDH will be allocated to improve the sanitation system, including subdivisions not yet connected to the main system. 119 MDH will be used for new operations to connect water, electricity, and sanitation services for the douars (neighborhoods) of the suburbs of Casablanca, which include Mediouna, Mohammedia and Nouaceur.Additionally, 480 MDH will be paid to new contractors for the improvement and strengthening of waste management and cleanliness. The aim is for the eradication of slums and relocation of their occupants. 9,250 households are identified as priorities and will be immediately evacuated.last_img read more

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INTERVIEW Cling to every little sign of hope – outgoing head of

With inflation at over 700%, South Sudanese are grappling with harsh challenges of urban poverty and food insecurity, according to Ellen Margrethe Løj, the outgoing UN envoy to the country. Ms. Løj, who has also been serving as head of the UN Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) called for the guns to be silenced in the country in order to alleviate the suffering of its people. During her visit the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for South Sudan and head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, visited Pibor Town in April 2016 and met with senior local officials, including David Yau Yau, who was the chief administrator of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area and former commander of the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army-Cobra Faction. Ms. Loej welcomed the release earlier this year of nearly 1,500 child soldiers who once fought with Mr. Yau Yau’s militia and urged him to continue supporting efforts to secure the release of an estimated 500 child soldiers who are still associated with his Cobra Faction.Pictured here, Ellen Margrethe Løj, visiting Malakal on March 8, 2016 to assess the situation and to meet with stakeholders on the ground, including community leaders within the protection site and Malakal town. During her visit, the SRSG reiterated the UN’s commitment to the UNMISS mandate to protect civilians. She stated: ‘I am here to see the situation on the ground and understand how best to move forward on all fronts (security, humanitarian assistance and inter-communal dialogue). UN Photo/ Isaac BillyThe Special Representative visited Bor alongside UNMISS Police Commissioner Fredrick Yiga, Deputy Principal Security Adviser (Operations) and colleagues from Corrections and the Division of Mission Support. The SRSG had a Special Senior Management meeting with civilian components of UNMISS’ substantive and mission support department, where she was briefed on the political, security and operational situation in the area of operations, Greater Jonglei. As head of UNMISS, Ms. Løj has been serving in one of the most challenging UN peacekeeping missions. About eight months before her appointment, a bloody conflict had broken out in South Sudan – in mid-December 2013 – casting a gloomy cloud on the prospects of the world’s youngest nation, which gained its independence in July 2011. The conflict has been raging for almost three years, with thousands of people dead, while more than two million have fled their homes. Having served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from 2008 to 2012, Ms. Løj was regarded as bringing to the position “a wealth of experience in peacekeeping and international affairs.”  As she comes to the end of her tenure, Ms. Løj stressed, in an interview with UN News Service, the importance of clinging “to every little sign of hope” in South Sudan as the country continues to suffer civil unrest and insecurity.UN News Service: The reports we have coming out of South Sudan portray it as a country in chaos, where the rule of law has broken down. What’s your impression?… guns must be silent, and we must think of the future of the boys and girls of South Sudan.Ellen Margrethe Løj: Well, in December 2013, a conflict broke out between the President and the then Vice President, and that led to armed struggle between the two, and now today, we also see insecurity increasing, and sporadic fighting in several other places in the country. On top of that, the economy is in very bad shape; we all know that the price of oil – which is the main source of income in South Sudan – has fallen drastically on the world market, and therefore the income to the government from the oil production is heavily reduced. Inflation in South Sudan now stands at over 700%, and when all many of the goods are imported from neighbouring countries, you can imagine what that means for the ordinary people and their ability to purchase food and other stuff. UN News Service: One senior UN official has been talking about the conditions existing for genocide; it sounds like South Sudan is in a dark place right now.Ellen Margrethe Løj: Well, I’ll leave him to use that word. What I would say is, South Sudan has 64 ethnic groups, and it is right that recently, the talk and appeals for hatred among ethnic groups has increased. But I think it’s crucial that both the South Sudanese leaders, but also with the support of the international community, try to quell that before it gets out of control. That is why I am a very strong supporter of increased nation-building activities, at the community level. As I say to South Sudanese whenever there has been a rift between ethnic groups, I tell them, I don’t understand it; they fought and fought, and suffered to get independence. I thought it was for once independent South Sudan, where all ethnic groups would live in peace. UN News Service: What are the people you meet in South Sudan telling you about how they are coping?Ellen Margrethe Løj: That it’s very difficult; the humanitarian needs are increasing, as we speak, and we now have urban poor. We have food insecurity in some parts of the country where there has been no fighting. So, I feel, from ordinary South Sudanese, a very strong desire for the guns to be silent. That is why I’m repeating, over and over again – including to the South Sudanese leaders and politicians – that guns must be silent, and we must think of the future of the boys and girls of South Sudan.UN News Service: It sounds like an extremely challenging environment in which to work, is it not?Ellen Margrethe Løj: Yes, it’s very challenging environment, also because the UN is not 100% trusted by the South Sudanese – be it the leaders or the people – because of this conflict that broke out in December 2013. Both sides actually believe that we are taking sides with the opposition or the government, and we are just trying to be impartial, as our mandate from the Security Council says. We are trying to think of creating a better future for the people of South Sudan. UN News Service: What progress has been made with the deployment of the Regional Protection Force, which was of course mandated by the Security Council? Ellen Margrethe Løj: Well, the government has accepted the deployment of the Regional Protection Force, including with infantry battalions from neighbouring countries. With the first, we are hesitant about – Ethiopia, Rwanda and Kenya. We will now see what happens with Kenya. We have been in discussion with them about getting land, because we don’t have enough space, and those discussions are continuing. And we have also been discussing with the government regarding how to read the mandate and interpret the mandate; what is the Regional Protection Force going to do? We are not there yet, but we have those discussions. < Previous Next > UN News Service: Are there any reasons for optimism right now, in South Sudan?Ellen Margrethe Løj: Well, you cannot be head of the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, and not cling to every little sign of hope. It looks very difficult, and it’s very difficult, but we cannot give up, because if we give up, it’s the people of South Sudan that suffer. So, it’s a bumpy road ahead; it’s difficult; we have had many setbacks, but we have to try and try and try because, as I said, we have to think of the future of the boys and girls of South Sudan. UN News Service: There are still many restrictions on the movement of the UN in the country. The government is telling you they’re prepared to lift these restrictions, but the reality on the ground is different, isn’t it?Ellen Margrethe Løj: Yes, we have had quite a number of meetings and discussions with the government, and I think we have reached an understanding that we inform them where we are moving, but we don’t seek permission. But then the question of course arises: does that understanding reach the commanders on the ground? Secondly, as I said, the economic situation is very dire; that means that criminality is also increasing. There are criminal elements that, for instance, are stopping World Food Programme (WFP) trucks with food and saying, “we need some of that food, too” and so on. read more

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Czech ambassador issues statement to avoid confusion with Chechnya

first_imgTHE CZECH AMBASSADOR to the US has issued a statement in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings to prevent people confusing his country with Chechnya.Petr Gandalovič issued the statement last night in which he said that he was “deeply shocked by the tragedy that occurred in Boston earlier this month.”He went on to say that he was “concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding” on the origins of the suspected bombers, who were both from Chechnya. As the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman noted in his message to President Obama, the Czech Republic is an active and reliable partner of the United States in the fight against terrorism. The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities – the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.center_img We are determined to stand side by side with our allies in this respect, there is no doubt about that.Read: Boston police: ‘We’re exhausted, but we have a victory here tonight’ >last_img read more

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Charles Bradley Cancels Tour Due To Liver Cancer

first_img Facebook The electrifying soul singer announced that he will forego upcoming tour dates to treat and recover from liver cancer Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2017 – 11:23 am Sad news arrived today via a statement from soul singer Charles Bradley. The 68-year-old Daptone Records artist announced doctors have found cancer in his liver, forcing him to cancel his upcoming tour dates in order to undergo treatment. This heartbreaking news comes after Bradley revealed he’d been diagnosed with a stomach tumor last fall. News Charles Bradley Cancels Tour Due To Liver Cancer NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Charles Bradley Interview Charles Bradley Cancels Tour Due To Illness charles-bradley-cancels-tour-due-liver-cancer Twitter Email “I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true,” Bradley said in the statement. “When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon.”In all, 37 shows throughout North and South American and Europe have been canceled, according to Rolling Stone. While Bradley has been a musician since the 1960s, his breakthrough came in 2011 with his Daptone debut album, No Time For Dreaming. More recently, Bradley released his third album in 2016, Changes, which featured a moving rendition of a Black Sabbath classic as the title track.We join fans everywhere in wishing Bradley, a true artist and musical journeyman, a speedy and full recovery.Read More: Common Delivers Message Of Hope In Performance At Folsom PrisonRead morelast_img read more

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One Take Amber Rubarth On MXPX Stevie Wonder Vinyl Ice Cream

first_img One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff The worldly singer/songwriter reveals her first show, last book she read, favorite flavor of ice cream, and moreNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 30, 2018 – 1:29 pm Folk songstress Amber Rubarth has traveled the world on the backs of her songs. On her most recent album, 2017’s Wildflowers In The Graveyard, the singer/songwriter explores themes of life, death, and rebirth. Recently, she sat down to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com’s rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in just 60 seconds. Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Le Butcherettes One Take One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch: One Take With Khalid Twitter Watch One Take With Nick Cannon One Take With Demo Taped Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With Amber Rubarth one-take-amber-rubarth-mxpx-stevie-wonder-vinyl-ice-cream One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch: One Take With Lights Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Producer Greg Wells In this episode, Rubarth tells us which coast she prefers, her favorite place to listen to music, and the first concert she ever attended. She also reveals her animal preference, the last book she read, her favorite social media platform, and more.Rubarth is scheduled to appear at this year’s Americana Fest in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 14. For a full list of tour dates and other news, visit her website. One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Email One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take: Amber Rubarth On MXPX, Stevie Wonder, Vinyl & Ice Cream One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Prev Next Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With MØ One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch: One Take With Khalid One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch: One Take With MØ Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With The Mrs Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Le Butcherettes News Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With The Mrs Watch: One Take With Lights Watch One Take With Logic One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch One Take With Halestorm One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With The Mrs Watch One Take With Logic Watch One Take With Marian Hill NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 30, 2018 – 1:24 pm One Take With Amber Rubarth Facebook Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Read morelast_img read more

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AiDa the robot artists first exhibition has us asking What even is

first_img4:52 Ai-Da, the AI artist 4 What do the artists Andy Warhol, Tracy Emin, John Constable and J. M. W. Turner have in common aside from world renown and enviable success?It’s a question that bothered Aidan Meller as he decided to turn his own hand to the process of creating art. Meller is director of his own gallery in Oxford, England, and the man behind a new robot-centered exhibition scheduled to open next week in the university city. “Without exception … every single one of them was hitting the zeitgeist of their time,” he said. Meller could see that in 2019, heading into the next decade, the one thing that would underpin almost every innovation and exciting development in the world was AI. With this in mind he decided to create a robot that could bring art forth into the world while facilitating a conversation about the potential of AI.And so Ai-Da the art-producing robot was born (named after Victorian computing visionary Ada Lovelace). Ai-Da has a humanoid head and neck, including a full head of long hair. The mechanics of her torso and limbs, meanwhile, are openly exposed (if sometimes partially clothed) — all the way down to her fingers, which are capable of grasping a drawing implement. Using cameras in her eyes, she can identify what’s in front of her and commit it to paper by hand, in her own unique staccato, impressionistic style.Next week, for the first time, Ai-Da will open her own exhibition at the Barn Gallery, attached to Oxford University’s St John’s College. The exhibition will feature framed pictures of Ai-Da’s own pencil drawings alongside paintings generated from her perception of objects and scenes she’s observed in the world. Next to Ai-Da herself, there will also be small statues of her rendered in bronze based on scans she’s taken of her own figure.Everything about Ai-Da, from her mechanics to her AI brain, voice and appearance, is the result of a collaborative process. Researchers and experts from Oxford and Leeds Universities and British robotics company Engineered Arts all contributed to building her. Her voice and her face aren’t based on any one human being. Instead they offer up a blend of features from a variety of contributors. But it was vital that she take a humanoid form, explained Meller.Ai-Da with her artwork on display at Oxford University. Katie Collins “When you look at art, it is through the lens of an artist,” he said. “If we didn’t have a humanoid one, it would be far more difficult to relate to the artist.”Similarly, she needed to have her own unique style of drawing that would produce something original and unpredictable.”We didn’t want to go down the simplistic route,” said Meller. “We realized that if we did that, people just say it’s an expensive printer. No, this is an AI algorithm, it is entirely creative — we do not know what the outcome will be.”As well as producing art, Ai-Da also is the art. She’s been created in part as a performance artist. At the moment, this means performing preset routines in which she talks and moves, or being remotely controlled by a human who can dictate her words and movements. Meller has ambitions for her to become at least semi-autonomous in her interactions with people.Similarly, although Ai-Da’s drawing is controlled by AI, the paintings on display at the gallery are collaborations with humans who guide Ai-Da’s perceptions of the world through algorithms that generate a visually appealing piece of art. Meller sees it as purposeful experimentation into the ways humans and technology can work together to create art in the future, and whether art can truly be called art without some level of human intervention.”There’s lots of discussion about this whole area,” he said. “Should it be autonomous? Should it be in collaboration? Actually, why not do all of those things? Let’s explore this whole area of AI technology. It’s incredibly exciting, so let’s explore — and let’s not put too much pressure on it — just to find out what we can do with it.”Ai-Da and her artwork will be on display at the Unsecured Futures exhibition at The Barn Gallery, St John’s College, Oxford University from June 12 to July 6. Now playing: Watch this: Artificial intelligence (AI) Robotscenter_img Share your voice Comments Culture Sci-Tech Tagslast_img read more

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Can Article 35A inserted by Presidential Order be struck down

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:58Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close what is article 370?center_img The provision was incorporated into the Constitution in 1954 by an order of the then President Rajendra Prasad on the advice of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet.IANSEven as the new BJP government explores all options to bring an end to the brutal cage match taking place in Kashmir, with the setting up of a Delimitation Commission as one of the prongs available on the table to correct the regional disparity, it is actively taking a view on the contentious Article 35A which prevents mobility and greater integration with the Union of India.In its election manifesto for the hustings that concluded recently, the BJP laid bare its thought process on the sensitive issue. The manifesto said: “In the last few years, we have made all necessary efforts to ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir through decisive actions and firm policy. We are committed to overcoming all obstacles that come in the way of development and provide adequate financial resources to all the regions of the state.”We reiterate our position since the time of the Jan Sangh to the abrogation of Article 370. We are committed to annulling Article 35A of the Constitution of India as the provision is discriminatory against non-permanent residents and women of Jammu and Kashmir. We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state. We will take all steps to ensure a safe and peaceful environment for all residents of the state. We will make all efforts to ensure the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits and we will provide financial assistance for the resettlement of refugees from West Pakistan, Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb.”It is believed that several Kashmir experts familiar with the ongoing drift in the Valley have been used as a sounding board on this issue on Wednesday. While the Narendra Modi government failed to submit an affidavit stating its position on Article 35A in the Supreme Court, where a bunch of PILs have been pending since August 2014, two successive Attorneys General — Mukul Rohatgi and K.K. Venugopal — had sought successive extensions until Governor’s rule was imposed in J&K in June 2018.What then is this Article 35A which has everyone in a state of frenzy. Does it impact Kashmir Nationalism in any way? It is a provision incorporated in the Constitution, giving the J&K Legislature the right to decide who all are “permanent residents” of the state and confer on them special rights and privileges in public sector jobs, acquisition of property in the State, scholarships and other public aid and welfare.The provision mandates that no act of the legislature coming under it can be challenged for violating the Constitution or any other law of the land.It was incorporated into the Constitution in 1954 by an order of the then President Rajendra Prasad on the advice of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet. The controversial Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order of 1954 followed the 1952 Delhi Agreement entered into between Nehru and the then Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sheikh Abdullah, which extended Indian citizenship to the “state subjects” of Jammu and Kashmir.The Presidential Order was issued under Article 370 (1) (d) of the Constitution. This provision allows the President to make certain “exceptions and modifications” to the Constitution for the benefit of “state subjects” of Jammu and Kashmir. Ergo, Article 35A was added to the Constitution as a testimony of the special consideration the Indian government accorded to the “permanent residents” of Jammu and Kashmir.Significantly, the legislative or parliamentary route was bypassed with the Presidential Order which incorporated Article 35A into the Constitution. Article 368 (i) of the Constitution empowers only Parliament to amend the Constitution. Which begs the question whether this Presidential Order overwrote the Constitution?Since Article 35A was never debated and passed into law by Parliament, is it infructuous or null and void? A five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court in its March 1961 judgment in Puranlal Lakhanpal vs The President of India discusses the President’s powers under Article 370 to “modify” the Constitution. Though the court observes that the President may modify an existing provision in the Constitution under Article 370, the judgment is silent as to whether the President can, without the Parliament’s knowledge, introduce a new Article. This question thus remains open.A writ petition filed by NGO We the Citizens challenges the validity of both Article 35A and Article 370. It argues that four representatives from Kashmir were part of the Constituent Assembly involved in the drafting of the Constitution and the State of Jammu and Kashmir was never accorded any special status in the Constitution. Article 370 was only a “temporary provision” to help bring normality in Jammu and Kashmir and strengthen democracy in that state, it contends.The Constitution-makers did not intend Article 370 to be a tool to bring permanent amendments, like Article 35A, in the Constitution. The petition said Article 35A is against the “very spirit of oneness of India” as it creates a “class within a class of Indian citizens”. Restricting citizens from other states from getting employment or buying property within Jammu and Kashmir is a violation of fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution.In the long-running history over this disputed Article 35A, there have been many twists and turns. Moreover, it is well-known that Rohingya illegals secured PRCs in Mehbooba Mufti’s regime. In late November last year, the State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik repealed the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, popularly known as the Roshni Act, because it had “failed to realise the desired objectives and there were also reports of misuse of some its provisions”.The Roshni Act envisaged the transfer of ownership rights of state land to its occupants, subject to the payment of a cost, as determined by the government. It was enacted by Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah’s government, and it set 1990 as the cutoff for encroachment on state land. The government’s target was to earn Rs 25,000 crore by transferring 20 lakh kanals of state land to existing occupants against payment at market rates.The government said the revenue generated would be spent on commissioning hydroelectric power projects, hence the name “Roshni”. The SAC has ordered the cancellation of all pending applications seeking vesting of ownership rights of state lands to their occupants. However, cases, where such rights have already been transferred, will hold.In 2005, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s PDP-Congress government relaxed the cutoff year to 2004. During the tenure of Ghulam Nabi Azad, who replaced Sayeed as Chief Minister under a three-year rotation agreement, the cutoff was relaxed further to 2007. The government also gave ownership rights of agricultural land to farmers occupying it for free, charging them only Rs 100 per kanal as a documentation fee.Powerful vested interest hijacked the scheme. In 2014, a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) estimated that against the targeted Rs 25,000 crore, only Rs 76 crore had been realised from the transfer of encroached land between 2007 and 2013, thus defeating the purpose of the legislation. The report blamed irregularities, including an arbitrary reduction in prices fixed by a standing committee, and said this was done to benefit politicians and affluent people.In February 2018, the PDP tried to unilaterally allow Gujjar-Bakarwal squatters on forest land to become de facto owners and ignored opposition from the BJP. In November 2018, the High Court restrained all beneficiaries of the Roshni scheme from selling or carrying out any other transaction in respect of the land transferred to them.A second petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir native Charu Wali Khanna has challenged Article 35A for protecting certain provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, which restrict the basic right to property if a native woman marries a man not holding a permanent resident certificate. “Her children are denied a permanent resident certificate, thereby considering them illegitimate,” the petition said.last_img read more

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Scientists measure methyl alcohol emission from comet C2012 K1 PanSTARRS

first_img More information: Measuring the Distribution and Excitation of Cometary CH3OH Using ALMA, arXiv:1602.03488 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1602.03488AbstractThe Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) was used to obtain measurements of spatially and spectrally resolved CH3OH emission from comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) on 28-29 June 2014. Detection of 12-14 emission lines of CH3OH on each day permitted the derivation of spatially-resolved rotational temperature profiles (averaged along the line of sight), for the innermost 5000 km of the coma. On each day, the CH3OH distribution was centrally peaked and approximately consistent with spherically symmetric, uniform outflow. The azimuthally-averaged CH3OH rotational temperature (Trot) as a function of sky-projected nucleocentric distance (ρ), fell by about 40 K between ρ=0 and 2500 km on 28 June, whereas on 29 June, Trot fell by about 50 K between ρ=0 km and 1500 km. A remarkable (∼50 K) rise in Trot at ρ=1500-2500 km on 29 June was not present on 28 June. The observed variations in CH3OH rotational temperature are interpreted primarily as a result of variations in the coma kinetic temperature due to adiabatic cooling, and heating through Solar irradiation, but collisional and radiative non-LTE excitation processes also play a role. © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Scientists measure methyl alcohol emission from comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) (2016, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-scientists-methyl-alcohol-emission-comet.html ALMA confirms comets forge organic molecules in their dusty atmospheres Explore further For their measurements, the researchers employed the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), located in the Atacama desert, Chile. ALMA, thanks to its unprecedented resolution and sensitivity, was previously used to study the distributions of HCN (hydrogen cyanide), HNC (hydrogen isocyanide) and H2CO (formaldehyde) in the inner comae of comets C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) and C/2012 S1 (ISON). Now, the facility obtained new information on the distribution and temperature of methanol in the inner coma of comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS). The observations were conducted on June 28-29, 2014, when the comet was very bright (magnitude 8.5), visible through a small telescope and even binoculars, and relatively near Earth at a distance of nearly two astronomical units (AU).”ALMA was used to obtain measurements of spatially and spectrally resolved CH3OH emission from comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS). (…) Detection of 12-14 emission lines of CH3OH on each day permitted the derivation of spatially-resolved rotational temperature profiles (averaged along the line of sight), for the innermost 5,000 km of the coma,” the scientists wrote in a research paper.C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) is an Oort cloud comet that was discovered on May 17, 2012 using the Pan-STARRS telescope located on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The comet came to perihelion on Aug. 27, 2014 at a distance of 1.05 AU from the sun. Thus, the summer of 2014 offered astronomers a great chance to observe this icy planetesimal in detail.Comets are believed to be frozen leftovers from the formation of the solar system around 4.5 billion years ago. They are relatively pristine and therefore may hold clues to how the solar system was made. Finding an organic compound like methanol on a comet hints that these icy bodies could have been a source of the complex organic molecules necessary for life.Methanol, thanks to its abundance in comets and its complex energy level structure is an easily detectable molecule for probing the cometary coma temperature at radio and submillimeter wavelengths. ALMA observations of methanol emission at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths have permitted Cordiner’s team to conduct the first instantaneous, spatially resolved 2-D measurements of the coma’s rotational temperatures. They detected large variations in the methanol rotational temperature in C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) over distances of about 1,000 kilometers (sky-projected distance), likely caused by changes in the coma kinetic temperature, mainly due to adiabatic cooling, and heating through solar irradiation.”This study demonstrates that spatial temperature variations may need to be considered when deriving coma molecular abundances from spectral line data,” the researchers concluded.The scientists called for further high resolution observations and modelling that could yield better information about the coma thermal physics and molecular excitation, and assist in more accurate determination of cometary compositions. They also also emphasized that there is still a lack of understanding concerning the physical and chemical structure of the near-nucleus cometary coma at distances less than a few thousand kilometers from the nucleus. (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers led by Martin Cordiner of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has conducted measurements of CH3OH (methanol) emission from comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) that could yield invaluable information about cometary compositions and provide insights on the formation of our solar system. The results were published online on Feb. 16 in the arXiv journal. NEOWISE series of infrared images of comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) on May 20, 2014. Credit: NASA/JPLlast_img read more

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How an Entrepreneur With an Idea Can Develop Technical Expertise

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now The world is full of infinite choices and numerous opportunities, but it is you who gets to decide what you do in your finite life and career. If you find something you’d really like to do — just do it! That’s the mantra most real, successful entrepreneurs live by. So, what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?Having strong technical skills and expertise in the area of your choosing definitely helps. But most of the time, it so happens that you have an idea for a startup and you know how it will work or how you want it to work, but you don’t have the technical means (read skills) to realize it.In that case, how do you actually develop your idea? Do you drop the hat and pack up already? No! Take the example of Airbnb’s founders. These guys were designers, not programmers or real-estate agents or hoteliers, and yet today they own a billion-dollar tech company that caters to the hospitality segment.Related: How to Recruit a Great Programmer as a PartnerSo, do not let anything stop you from working towards developing your idea into a successful venture. And as far as technical expertise is concerned — it can be acquired. Here’s a step-by-step plan that can help you build the technical knack required to take your startup places.1. Learn from the experts.Success in any field involves constant learning, changing and evolving. You must have up-to-date knowledge about what you’re working on. And when keeping pace with any development seems a distant dream, you need to go to school yet again.Or, you could simply opt for an online course. If you have an idea that you want to develop into a working business, the instructor-led training website ZeoLearn is the place to get started and hone your skills. Instead of just loading you with information you probably don’t need, they offer courses based on your precise expectations, and also offer an audit class for you to explore and decide whether or not you need to learn a certain skill. Industry experts teach you interactive, tell-all courses in Android development, Hadoop, big data analytics, etc. Talk about learning from the bosses!2. Build a modern, engaging website.The next logical step would be to present your idea to your target audience. If you’re wondering how, having a credible website is the least you can do. And no, you don’t need to be a geek to setup your own site, be it one of those “single-page” sites or one with a “mobile-friendly” or “responsive” layout.If you honestly have no idea where to start, the website personalization tool Duda offers hundreds of free templates that make it easier to build smart websites quickly. You do not need to code. You don’t even have to know how to code. Without having to invest a lot of time or money and with minimal efforts, you can create fully responsive, personalized and mobile-friendly websites.Personalization adds that human element that many websites lack, and the ones that use it (like Amazon) see amazing results. With personalization, online businesses give users a tailor-made experience, leading to a direct increase in engagement rates.Related: Wix Introduces New AI That Aims to Instantly Set Up Unique WebsitesNow is the time to get your website in shape and to personalize the experience for your visitors, so that you can keep them coming back in 2016 and beyond!But before you jump in, remember two things: Be specific about what you’re offering, and make sure your website reflects your product’s or service’s credibility.2. Make certain your content gets noticed.Search engine optimization makes your website user-friendly and helps you understand the abilities as well as limitations that search engines can impose on your business in a digital world. It’s very necessary to build your site and format your content in a way that it becomes easy for search engines to crawl and index your pages.Without SEO, your website would probably be invisible or get lost in the crowd of thousands of similar web avenues. However, sophisticated and up to date Google and Bing may be, a bot’s understanding of a website is different from how you and I would understand it. Thus, it is important to understand the technicalities of web development that is also search-engine friendly.Gerrid Smith, Founder and CEO of Black Fin, a digital marketing company that helps niche clients such as attorneys, has this to say:“I have now been working with lawyers for over six years. As time went on, I discovered that many of my clients needed services beyond SEO. As I watched them take their web design, copy and marketing needs to one-stop shops — inevitably ending up with mediocre results — I realized that I could give them what they needed, but with a much higher level of quality. I have since transitioned my business from simply an SEO firm to what is now a full-service internet marketing company.”3. Be social — but always be measuring.While building a social-media presence is inevitable for any startup, each social network has its own nuances and intricacies — social media is “technical” too! Advertising and targeting customer segments, creating contests and polls, and measuring campaign engagement — all need you to dig into metrics.Emulate the top brands on social media when you’re going after engagement. With customized apps, featured promotions and frequent status updates, brands like Old Spice, Burberry’s and Zappos keep the conversation going, and everything they do garners thousands of “likes” on an average.Related: Is Your Social Media Policy Clear?Let me tell you this, now. Being an entrepreneur is no cakewalk. You get to do what you want and get to do it your way, but it takes real commitment to succeed. There are no magical shortcuts to success. The top entrepreneurs of today toiled continuously for years before they found success. Keep working hard! Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read June 23, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Navy performs medical evacuation for American woman on cruise ship off Isla

first_imgIala Mujeres, Q.R. — An American woman was removed from a cruise ship heading to Honduras after the ship’s captain requested emergency medical assistance. The medical emergency was made 3.5 nautical miles off Isla Mujeres when the captain of Norwegian Breakaway asked for the medical transfer. Members of the Navy of Mexico headed out to sea in response. Photos: La Secretaría de Marina de México Once there, both ship and navy crew helped transfer a 92-year-old American woman to hospital suffering from arterial hypertension on the brain. The woman, along with members of her family, were rushed to a waiting ambulance at the Naval Station of Puerto Juárez where she was transferred to a Cancun hospital in stable condition. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GitHub has blocked an Iranian software developers account

first_imgGitHub’s importance to software developers can’t be overstated. In the space of a decade it has become central to millions of people’s professional lives. For it to be taken away, then, must be incredibly hard to take. Not only does it cut you off from your work, it also cuts your identity as a developer. But that’s what appears to have happened today to Hamed Saeedi, an Iranian software developer. Writing on Medium, Saeedi revealed that he today received an email from GitHub explaining that his account has been restricted “due to U.S. trade controls law restrictions.” As Saeedi notes, he is not a paying GitHub customer, only using their free services, which makes the fact he has been clocked by the platform surprising. Does GitHub really think a developer is developing dangerous software in a public repo? Digging down into the terms and conditions around U.S. trade laws, Saeedi found a paragraph that states the platform cannot: “…be used for services prohibited under applicable export control laws, including purposes related to the development, production, or use of nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons or long range missiles or unmanned aerial vehicles.” The implication – in Saeedi’s reading at least – is that he is using GitHub for precisely that. But the impact of this move is massive for Saeedi. The incident has echoes of when Slack terminated Iranian users’ accounts at the end of 2018, but, as one Twitter user noted, this is even more critical because “GitHub is hosting all the efforts of a programmer/engineer.” How has GitHub and the developer community responded? GitHub hasn’t, as of writing, responded publicly to the incident. However, it would be reasonable to assume that the organization would lean heavily on existing trades sanctions against Iran as an explanation for the actions. The ethical and moral implications of that notwithstanding, it’s a move that would ensure that would protect the company. Given increased scrutiny on the geopolitical impact of technology, and current Iran/U.S. tensions, perhaps it isn’t that surprising. But it has received condemnation from a number of developers on Twitter. One commented on the need to break up GitHub’s monopoly, while another suggested that the incident emphasised the importance of #deletegithub – a small movement that sees GitHub (and other ostensibly ‘free’ software) as compromised and failing to live up to the ideals of free and open source software. Mikhail Novikov, a developer part of the GatsbyJS team, had words of solidariy for Saeedi, reading the situation in the context of the U.S. President’s rhetoric towards Iran: It appears that other Iranian users have been affected in the same way – however, it remains unclear to what extent GitHub has been restricting Iranian accounts.last_img read more

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Update Bakkie rolls on Colenso road

first_imgTwo people were injured after a bakkie crashed on the Colenso road, heading towards Colenso.It is alleged that the bakkie had a blowout, causing the driver to lose control, and the vehicle rolled.Two occupants sustained slight injuries and were treated at the scene.Police, Sharaj Ambulance Services, EMRS and RTI responded. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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Plantation Island Resort Kidss Pool Closure

first_imgThe Staff and Management of Plantation Island Resort would like to advise that the Kid’s Pool will be closed for renovation from the 10th January 2019 to 28th February 2019. The pool will be completely retiled, handle rails applied to the stairs and anti-slip applied to the outside areas of the pool. The slides will be refurbished and the pool area fenced. During this time guests can use the Resort’s Ocean Pool and Oasis Pool, as well as Plantation Island Resort’s extensive beach areas.Maintenance of the property is an important part of keeping the resort safe and enjoyable for all our guests. We regret any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.Visit www.plantationisland.comFor more information and/or images, please contact:Lisa CostelloGroup Sales ManagerRaffe Hotels & ResortsP: +61 416 764 649E: gsm@raffehotels.com[Resource:  Plantation Island Resort media release, 04th October 2018]The post Plantation Island Resort Kids’s Pool Closure appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Of course, those three are not the only players to be talked up during the offseason, and some of the others who were did not exactly live up to the talk.However, another young Cardinal seems to be heading on the same path, as fifth-round pick Marqui Christian almost has not been able to keep his name out of the headlines over his first week or so as a Cardinal.Last week, unsolicited, Cardinals VP of Player Personnel Terry McDonough told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Christian’s name was one to remember.“Everybody here was on board; Adrian Wilson went to the NFLPA game and really liked him,” he said. “You guys are going to love watching him play. He’s a lot like (Antoine) Bethea when he came out of Howard…same size, same speed, can really get off the spot from a standing position. He loves to hit.”Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowler who is a member of the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor, was asked to provide his insight into why he was a fan of the defensive back.“I was just able to kind of see him at the All-Star game, go back and watch some of his tape from last year and this year, and I met the kid, had dinner with the kid,” Wilson explained to Bickley and Marotta. “It’s just one of those things where it felt right; the tape added up to who the person actually is, and I just brought the information back to Steve (Keim).” TEMPE, Ariz. — Every NFL team’s draft class has at least one guy who, though not picked early in the process, generates the kind of praise befitting a top talent.Often times, the players end up performing at a level more commensurate to their draft status than the lofty expectations, but every now and then the preseason hype train ends up staying on track.Last season, fourth-round pick Rodney Gunter earned the role, and one year earlier it was third-round choice John Brown who was getting some extra looks. And in 2013 sixth-round pick Andre Ellington showed flashes of star potential before ever playing a regular season game. Safety Marqui Christian goes through a play during rookie mini-camp. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) The key for him going forward through OTAs, mini-camp and then training camp is to prove he can play like that at the sport’s highest level.That process began last week.“I just want to show them that I can do everything in the back end: play in the box, play deep, be rangy, be a quarterback in the backfield — get everybody lined up,” he said. “Communicate in the backfield and be a leader.”Nerves were not an issue for the 21-year-old, who said once he got on the field it was all about playing the game he has been playing since he was four years old.“I step out here on the field I’m just in my zone,” he said. “It’s just calming nerves.”Cardinals coach Bruce Arians often talks about how he waits to see how players perform under the lights, because what they do in practice does not tell the entire story of what they are capable of. Christian, no doubt, will have his chance to prove what he can do, and if the early chatter is any indication, the belief is he will be pretty special.In an AZCardinals.com video showing Christian signing his rookie contract Friday, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill tells the player about all the success the organization has had with players coming from small schools, citing Justin Bethel (Presbyterian) and Aeneas Williams (Southern University). “So the idea is to sign this (contract) today and in a few year we’ll sign another one because you’ve had so much success, and a third one after that,” Bidwill says. “We’ll put some rings on our fingers while we’re winning Super Bowls and having a lot of fun winning games.”If Christian follows in the footsteps of some other Cardinals who attended smaller schools and were chosen in the later rounds, all that may be a possibility.That’s the plan, anyway. – / 28 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Shortly after selecting Christian Saturday afternoon, Keim explained to the media how Wilson came back to him “with his jaw dropping” after seeing the prospect at the NFLPA Game.Christian is aware of what people are saying.“It’s always great, but you know you’ve always got to follow it up,” Christian said after his first rookie mini-camp practice last Friday. “So it’s good hearing and everything; I just put it on the back burner.“I just focus on everything in front of me: stay in the playbook, stay hydrated and just try to learn as much as I can every day.”It’s the proper perspective for a rookie who, at the time, had all of one NFL practice under his belt. Hype or not, there is still plenty to learn for a player who did not exactly come from a program that is used to developing top NFL talent.But while a lot of the conversation about him might seem like hyperbole given that Christian played collegiately at Midwestern State, his 4.46-second 40-yard dash time and other Pro Day numbers did raise some eyebrows in the NFL community prior to the draft, and his production — Christian won the Cliff Harris Award as the nation’s top small-college defensive player in 2015 after recording 95 tackles, three passes densed, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two tackles for loss — are nothing to sneeze at. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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On whether he was surprised by some of the dropped

first_imgOn whether he was surprised by some of the dropped passes:“Yeah, I was really shocked J.J. (Nelson) dropped that one because he’s been playing really, really well.” 9 Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires On how significant of a blow it is to lose Johnson:“It’s always a huge blow to lose a top player, you know? But, it’s not the end of the world. We’ve got quality guys on our team and it’s an opportunity for somebody to step up. David Johnson became David Johnson because of somebody’s injury.”On how he would explain Carson Palmer’s performance yesterday:“Yeah, super pressure on himself to be perfect instead of just play. I can’t explain that first interception. I don’t think he can either. The second one, he’s shuffling up and it’s a high, hot ball, and the third one was just batted up in the air. But, he didn’t play very well. He knows he didn’t play very well and I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”On whether certain players didn’t play very well because it was the first game of the season:“No, because we practiced so hard. We had the lead in the fourth quarter and didn’t play the fourth quarter very well on either side of the ball. The kicking game was fine. The six-point swing at the half was huge, but to have the lead going into the fourth quarter, we should win the game. Offensively, we had a chance to get down and get going and take the lead back and didn’t get it done.” “I don’t think until we lost the lead, and he had a big part in losing the lead, but I don’t think that had anything to do with it. Certain guys just put a certain amount of pressure on themselves and I think he felt like he had to go win this thing for everybody and that’s not the case. You’ve got teammates to do that for you.”On the play of LB Haason Reddick:“He was outstanding. He’s one of those young guys that played extremely well. He got the one penalty with hands to the face, but he was going full speed. He’s fast and he’s going to be a heck of a player.”On whether the team played any zone defense as opposed to man-to-man:“We played a ton. Yeah. It was a good mix-up.”On whether the team will consider moving T Jared Veldheer back to left tackle as Humphries recovers from his injury:“If it were long-term, possibly, but Wetzel plays left better than right. So, we’ll probably stick to where we are right now. It does not look to be any kind of long-term injury.”On whether Humphries will miss a couple weeks:“Maximum probably.”On how confident he is that Palmer will bounce back from Sunday’s performance:“I’m very confident. Just talking to him today, you know? Formulating game plans already for Indy (Indianapolis) and bouncing ideas off of him. He’s embarrassed like all of us because it’s coaching as well as playing.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Obviously, after grading the film, I felt the same way as watching it yesterday. For me, it was that our best players didn’t play well enough to beat them, in all phases, kicking game, offense, and defense. We gave up too many scramble opportunities that should have been sacks. Hats off to (Lions QB) Matt Stafford. He did a hell of a job getting out of there the few times we had great pressure and those scramble plays led to big plays. Offensively, we did not handle the edge or the interior very well in the running game. Obviously, once D.J. (Humphries) got hurt, we had to throw it a bunch and John Wetzel didn’t do his job as well as he normally does. I’ve got faith in him and I’m sure he’ll bounce back. The way I told our players, our five-star players didn’t play well enough to beat a team on the road. Our young players, on the positive side, played very, very well. I’m very pleased with all the young guys that got in and had a role. They’ll get their role expanded now because they were positive. And I really expect our five-star players to bounce back pretty quick.” (AP Photo) LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach On whether the long offensive drive toward the end of the game was how he expected the offense to look:“In the two-minute drive? Yeah.”On whether Johnson injured his wrist when he was tackled:“No. On the catch. Then, he said he could play and couldn’t play.”On whether it was the catch near the goal-line:“On the goal-line.”On whether the team would consider resigning RB Chris Johnson:“It’d be an option.”On whether Johnson’s wrist injury figured into his fumble:“Yes.”On whether Johnson is looking at going on IR with a return designation:“With a possible return, yeah. You couldn’t put a timeline on it, but T.J.’s was eight to 12 weeks.”On the red zone offense and not being able to score points:“Yeah, that was very critical because we could have put a knockout punch early, you know? We take the field goal off the board because we feel very good down there. We don’t run the ball worth a crap and had a chance for a pass and don’t make it. Just don’t make it. Don’t execute the pass very well.”On what happened on the missed field goal:“You’d have to ask Phil (Dawson).”On how the struggles on the offensive line impacted Palmer: On RB David Johnson’s injury status:“David is seeking a second opinion. The prognosis is the same as T.J. (Logan), a dislocated wrist that would probably require surgery.”On the timeline before the second opinion reveals a result:“It should be 24 hours before we know whether the second opinion is right or not.”On whether the team will follow the same course of action as it did with Logan or whether the injury is season-ending:“We’ll do the same thing because you don’t have to designate anybody anymore. Everybody goes on IR and whoever comes off, comes off.”On how long Humphries will be out with an injury:“Humphries is probably looking at one to two weeks:On where exactly is Humphries’ injury:“His is an MCL.”On whether it’s a strain:“Yeah.”On TE Jermaine Gresham’s injury:“He’s just got ribs. I’m sure he’ll play.”On what happens at the running back position now:“We’ll see. Once I know for sure, I’ve got all the confidence. Andre (Ellington) looked very good. Kerwynn (Williams) was good. Our young guys, we’ll see what we got, and what’s available.”On what the team will do at left tackle:“We’ll stay the same. We’ll stay the same. And in his (Wetzel) defense, he played left guard, right guard, right tackle, left tackle, in practice, so he didn’t really get a full week’s work at left tackle. When he has in the past, he’s played pretty solid.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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New York New York – Reported by Erin Riley for El

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Erin Riley for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIt’s that time of year again, when avid tennis fans the world over come together to experience the world’s most iconic and well-dressed names in sports battle it out for the title of Grand Slam Tennis Champion. While most fans will be happy with a mere glimpse of the live action, those looking for a more substantial experience just might be in luck.How about exclusive loge-level tickets to the Men’s Semi-Final, Men’s Final and Women’s Final matches, an exclusive meet-and-greet with World Tennis Champion and legend, Mats Wilander and a behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary Arthur Ashe Stadium? Throw in a three-night stay at one of the fanciest digs in town and you’ve got yourself a deal. An elite few, five to be exact, will have the opportunity to partake in an all-exclusive VIP access package to this year’s US Open, courtesy of New York’s iconic Plaza hotel.Leave the grueling logistics to the luxury hotel’s world-renowned concierge, who will be on-hand to accommodate all that’s necessary to make the occasion the once-in-a-lifetime experience it’s bound to be.The Ultimate US Open Experience package includes a stay in a deluxe room, roundtrip transportation to and from Arthur Ashe Stadium, as well as breakfast each morning at The Palm Court or in the comfort of your luxury abode. Not to mention, each VIP guest will receive two $100 Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza gift cards and two $100 Saks Fifth Avenue gift cards.The extremely limited offer is available September 7 to 10, 2012, and based on availability. Rates start at $5,500 per person based on double occupancy in a deluxe room, and total package rate per room is $11,000.www.theplaza.comlast_img read more

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