The children of the Central African Republic are witnessing terrible violence in what has become a forgotten crisis, a senior United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official today said, urging the international community to ‘stand up’ and stop and help end the crisis as soon as possible.“You look into their eyes and they are just lost. But it is not just the violence, it is the sheer brutality. Chopping. Maiming,” Souleymane Diabaté, UNICEF’s representative in Central African Republic (CAR), told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York. Since December 2013, 194 children have been maimed and killed, according to UNICEF figures, including through gruesome beheadings. “The situation of children in the CAR is very fragile and unpredictable,” said Mr. Diabaté, adding that half a million people are displaced in the country. Fighting in CAR has taken on an increasingly sectarian nature following a 2012 rebel-led coup and has since become more brutal with reports of ongoing human rights violations and clashes that have left 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid.“The entire population of CAR is directly or indirectly affected by the crisis, including the children,” the UNICEF representative said. “It is a nightmare but unfortunately it is all too real.”“CAR is a forgotten crisis,” he added. “We hear more about Syria, Mali, and now Ukraine.”Even before the fighting, both the child and maternal death rates in the country where higher than in Somalia during its crisis, Mr. Diabaté said. The number of children being treated for severe acute malnutrition in the war-torn capital, Bangui, tripled since the beginning of 2014. Almost 680 children during the first quarter of this year were treated at the Bangui Paediatric Hospital, the city’s largest in-patient centre, compared with 214 children last year, UNICEF announced last month warning that more children were likely to suffer in the coming months.Mr. Diabaté reiterated this concern today, noting also that CAR is surrounded by fragile countries, such as Chad and Cameroon where several children have been paralyzed by polio since October. In addition, children are particularly at risk for cholera amidst the onset of the rainy season.“We have already petitioned the necessary medicine and human resources to address any cholera outbreak,” the UN representative said. The UN agency has requested $62 million for this year to fund its programmes, with $20 million raised so far. read more
Jake Brobst (14) greets the Martinez family on May 3, ALS Awareness night at Bill Davis Stadium. Courtesy: OSU Athletics“I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.” That was former New York Yankees great, Lou Gehrig, on July 4, 1939, announcing his retirement from baseball in front of a capacity crowd at Yankee Stadium. No one knew the severity of Gehrig’s disease at the time, not even the Hall of Famer.The game of baseball has adopted ALS awareness because of the impact it had on one of the game’s patriarchs. Baseball’s connection with ALS even has roots within Ohio State. Steve Brobst, father of OSU baseball senior outfielder Jake Brobst, has helped to lead the charge against ALS locally.Nearly 80 years since Gehrig’s speech brought the condition to the national stage, ALS is commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease” and is considered to be one of the most debilitating diseases in the world. ALS is a terminal disease which has a prognosis of two to five years.The disease is characterized as a motor-neuron disease based on the degeneration and death of motor neurons in people with ALS, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes. It causes voluntary muscles to stop working, which impedes motor function and, eventually, one’s ability to walk, eat, talk and read. The month of May is designated as ALS awareness month, which is when the campaign to find a cure for the disease jumps into full swing. Marlin Seymour is the executive director of the Central and Southern Ohio ALS chapter, which oversees 55 counties, including the Columbus area. Her chapter provides services free of charge, such as nurses and social workers on staff, running local support groups for families of patients of the disease and loaning out medical equipment to families in need of aid. “We like to have the opportunity to go out on the field and have a public service announcement and really kind of get the word out to a group of people who typically wouldn’t hear about ALS,” Seymour said.Almost seven years ago, Seymour met Steve Brobst at an OhioHealth clinic when he stopped by to pick up a “Strike Out ALS” bracelet. From that point on, he has been instrumental in developing a partnership between Seymour’s ALS chapter and OhioHealth, which he was affiliated with at the time. Brobst, now, is an athletic trainer at Mt. Carmel hospital.ALS hits home for both Seymour and Brobst. The former’s mother passed away nearly 20 years ago from ALS, and the latter had a family friend from Alabama who also lost the fight to the deadly disease.A multidisciplinary clinic at the OhioHealth Westerville, Ohio, location was one of the first constructs established in the relationship between Seymour and Brobst. Seymour said the clinic started with five to 10 patients and has evolved into 50-plus regular clients. Doctors of all fashions rotate around to them, eliminating the hassle of scheduling appointments and the stress for the families dealing with ALS.Seymour bragged that Brobst was of chief importance in getting members of Congress to sign advocacy letters for ALS research.“I just did what Marlin told me to do,” he said modestly. “It obviously makes you feel good to do something for someone else less fortunate. To me, obviously it’s always about the patient, but it’s also about the family because it puts so much less stress on the family and their caregivers to be able to pull up and stop and have everything being taken care of.”With his career as an athletic trainer, Brobst knows the effect illness and injury can have on patients and families. However, he recalled one ALS patient whose story particularly touched him.The two and another contingent from the ALS chapter went to the Henry Ford Clinic outside of Detroit where Brobst encountered a gentleman who was three or four years younger than he was and had three young kids. The man had been diagnosed with ALS less than two month before then.“It just sort of hit you like, ‘Oh my gosh,’” Brobst said softly with tears in his eyes. “Here I am stressed out about making it to my son’s baseball game on time or stressed over our kids getting their homework done, and here’s a gentleman who was probably 40 or 41 at the time, and he had just been diagnosed with it with three young kids.”Brobst said that is one incident he will not soon forget.Jake Brobst, too, has an emotional pull to ALS. One of his good friends from nearby Bishop Watterson High School, Camey Rabold, senior swimmer at OSU, lost her father to ALS. The senior outfielder said that when he decided to come to OSU and play for coach Greg Beals, he knew that he wanted to bring ALS awareness onto the baseball scene. His dad was a large aspect of his decision.With the help from Steve and Jake Brobst, Seymour was able to bring the fight against ALS to the OSU community for the third straight year. On May 3, Seymour’s ALS chapter was at OSU’s Bill Davis Stadium for the annual ALS awareness night game against the University of Alabama-Birmingham.“He’s a servant. He is really willing to go out of his way to help people,” Jake Brobst said regarding his father’s work with the ALS Association. “Being able to serve that group of people is really just a huge testament to his character, his heart for people.”“It’s just one of those things that you find a cause and that you believe in, and this is something I felt compelled to and want to help with,” Steve Brobst said.The family of Thelma Martinez, an ALS patient of two-and-a-half years in Seymour’s chapter, was given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Martinez watched her grandson, Mario, bounce the pitch into the mitt of Jake Brobst. Martinez, sitting in her handicap chair, was accompanied by her husband Henry and their daughter, Melissa Bondy, and granddaughter.“It was cool to catch the first pitch,” said Jake Brobst, the Buckeye outfielder. “It seems like something small but it was a big deal to Mario and to his family.”Martinez is among the 25 percent of ALS patients who have bulbar onset, which impacts the voice of the patient first. Communication with his wife, Thelma, proves to be difficult at times for Henry Martinez.“What was the first one?” Henry Martinez said trying to understand Thelma’s sign language. “N, O, S, R… sorry. S, U…”“Survivors. There aren’t a lot of survivors,” interjected Bondy. It took all of 30 seconds to realize the perplexing situation ALS has donned on the Martinez family.“I wasn’t prepared to lose the ability to have a conversation, and that was surprising to me,” Bondy said about her mother’s condition. “Watching her lose her independence … it’s tough on her, it’s tough on us. It’s all consuming. It’s our lives now.”Henry Martinez echoed Bondy, saying that their lives are changed forever because of this disease.But on that night, the Martinez family enjoyed a ball game at Bill Davis Stadium knowing that for the moment, things were peaceful.Jake Brobst is in the midst of playing his final games as a Buckeye at the Big Ten tournament in Omaha, Nebraska. The Buckeyes are 13-2 in their last 15 games, including Wednesday night’s victory over Michigan when the outfielder was heroically clutching the team’s iconic scarlet- and gray-painted battle axe, which has been in the clubhouse over the 15-game stretch. Sitting with his family, Steve Brobst is savoring the final chapter of the game he and his son have shared for over 15 years. Some things are larger than sports. ALS and the connection between father and son are two of those.As much as Jake Brobst has enjoyed the recent success of his team, his father has enjoyed the prosperous string of games equally. When he’s not volunteering with Seymour and other ALS associates, Steve Brobst seems at home, at peace in the seats of a ballpark volunteering his time for perhaps the most significant chunk of his life: baseball and his son. read more
Caterpillar and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have signed a letter of intent through which Caterpillar and NDRC will promote the development of China’s remanufacturing industry. Caterpillar Group President Stu Levenick and NDRC Resources Conservation & Environmental Protection Department Director General Madame Zhao Jia Rong signed the letter of intent. “Remanufacturing is a highly sophisticated form of recycling that takes end-of-life components and turns them into like-new products for a fraction of the cost,” said Levenick. “Our remanufacturing business is one of the fastest growing parts of our company because this technology helps our customers remain competitive and promotes a sustainable environment by reducing waste and the need for raw materials to make new parts.” Zhao Jia Rong said, “The letter of intent signing lays a solid foundation to promote co-operation in the area of remanufacturing. It is beneficial for China to learn the expertise of foreign countries and to promote the development of the recycling economy.” As part of the letter of intent, Caterpillar will provide expertise to assist NDRC and Chinese research institutions in supporting the development of the remanufacturing industry in China. Caterpillar and NDRC have also agreed to form a Joint Working Group on Remanufacturing Programmes to discuss matters related to the remanufacturing cooperation program in detail and to coordinate and promote further cooperation by both parties in sustainable manufacturing and other areas. Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services is the first wholly owned foreign entity to receive a remanufacturing license in China. To support its Chinese customers, dealers and other customers in the Asia Pacific region, Caterpillar recently opened a regional remanufacturing center in the Lingang Industrial Area in Shanghai. “We are proud to be a pioneer in this industry and look forward to supporting China’s 4R initiative: reduce, reuse, recycle and remanufacture,” said Steve Fisher, Caterpillar Vice President for Remanufacturing. “Through our business model and with this letter of intent, Caterpillar will support the Chinese government’s goal of achieving a sustainable economy based through recycling.” With more than 30 years of experience, Caterpillar is a global leader in remanufacturing technology. In 2005, customers from around the world returned 61.2 Mkg of components to Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services. Close to 70% of those 2.2 million end-of-life units were remanufactured to produce Cat Reman products, with the remaining percentage recycled. For the sixth consecutive year, Caterpillar has been selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). DJSI uses a best-in-class approach designed to identify best practices across the economic, social and environmental dimensions of corporate sustainability. “This is truly an honor. Not only are we excited to be recognized for our strong focus on sustainability, but this year Caterpillar also proudly leads our sector with the best overall score among industrial engineering companies,” said Ali M. Bahaj, Caterpillar Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer with responsibility for the company’s sustainable development initiatives and environmental, health and safety performance. For each industry, the DJSI creates specific questions to reflect unique sustainability challenges. Each of the Dow’s 2,500 companies was invited to take part in the comprehensive assessment, and only 318 companies met the standards for listing on the DJSI World. Launched in 1999, the DJSI World is the first global index to track with an external auditor the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Research for the DJSI World is conducted by the SAM Group, an independent asset management company specializing in sustainability investments. “Caterpillar continues to be a leader in the social dimension with strong, consistent scores related to hiring, retaining, and developing its employees. Other areas of strength include strong risk management and superior product stewardship,” said Carl-Johan Francke, equity analyst with the SAM Group. read more
This 183-page book is a concise summary of the considerable body of mine pit lake knowledge and experience and provides mining engineers and those responsible for mine closure and management a one‐stop reference. It is applicable to underground and surface mining operations. Edited by Dr Clint D. McCullough, Edith Cowan University, Australia, it is an attractive full colour, hard bound, easy to follow publication that contains detailed photographs and schematics and contributions from personnel working in this field. Published by the Australian Centre for Geomechanics it has been reviewed by Robert L. Kleinmann, Editor-in-Chief, Mine Water and the Environment, Pittsburgh, USA. He says it “provides an excellent overview of an important topic. The book is written with the practitioner in mind and the authors of the various chapters have done a fantastic job of summarising how to plan, develop, and manage pit lakes. It is quite readable, without a lot of jargon, and will be useful to engineers and managers at mine sites who are involved in designing pit lakes and developing or implementing mine closure plans, as well as regulators who oversee pit lake development and stakeholders who wish to be well informed. It incorporates case studies from around the world and uses them to illustrate many key aspects of pit lake planning and management.“Planning for mine closure is a central theme and is illustrated not only by technical considerations, such as planning lake design features (e.g. slope aspects, bathymetry, and water balance), littoral zone development, and biology, but also aspects that are not normally addressed in more technical books, such as various ways to incorporate stakeholder involvement, and the hows and whys of water quality monitoring. Another nice aspect is that, in addition to pit lakes at coal and hard rock mines, pit lakes that will be formed as a result of oil sands development, which is beginning to be a hot issue in North America, have been incorporated.“It is worth noting that another book on pit lakes is scheduled to be published by Springer in 2012. Since I have had the opportunity to read (and edit) the draft version of that yet-to-be-published book, I can report that there is surprisingly little overlap, since that one is much broader in scope, is focused more on the science than on the planning and management (engineering) aspects, and has a more academic orientation. Anyone who wishes to be completely up to date should, of course, read both.“Mine Pit Lakes: Closure and Management is broken down into three sections, design, development, and closure (6, 4, and 3 chapters, respectively), but, since planning for mine closure is a central theme, pit lakes as a closure technique is addressed, to some extent, throughout the book. Each of the three sections is a compilation of fairly short chapters that can be read without reference to the chapters that precede it.“The design section represents nearly half of the book. The first chapter is a summary of things to consider before deciding whether and how best to backfill mine waste and tailings into a mine pit that will subsequently be filled with water, including material consolidation and using liners to protect groundwater. The second chapter in the design section summarises virtually all of the other aspects of planning a pit lake into 14 pages, using a “lessons learned” approach.“The next two chapters both address aspects of stakeholder involvement, which may be a little too much of a good thing; the second of these two chapters, which reports on the regional aspects of stakeholder involvement, is an overly detailed accounting of a specific case study that had barely begun.“An excellent introduction to designing pit lakes based on engineering considerations follows; it successfully makes the point that pit lakes must be designed for long-term success, and illustrates how key aspects of natural lakes can, and should, be considered when designing a mine pit lake.“This is followed by a chapter on how water quality models are used to design and assess pit lakes. It is a well-written overview, and includes an interesting case study based on a model developed for oil sands pit lakes that incorporates, by necessity, chemical reactions not normally considered in such models. Given the importance of water quality modelling to pit lake planning and design, I personally would have liked to have seen modelling covered to an even greater degree, but I suppose that given how fast models are evolving, a more detailed approach would become dated fairly quickly.“The development section consists of four chapters, three that address biological aspects and one that addresses ways to fill the pit lakes. The first of these chapters focuses on developing a sustainable ecosystem in pit lakes based on lessons learned by studying natural lakes, despite the significant inherent differences between the two. This is followed by a very nice discussion on the importance of pit lake margins to sustainable pit lakes and how important riparian vegetation is to bank stability, biodiversity, lake aesthetics, wave action, and other important aspects.“The next chapter discusses how to fill mine pits with water and is based on the well-established premise that it is almost always better to fill a mine pit rapidly, when that is an option, and uses examples, mostly from German lignite mines, on how that can be accomplished.“The development section concludes with a chapter on developing a bacteria-based sulfate-reducing ecosystem within a pit lake and how doing so can improve water quality in pit lakes that are acidic and metal laden. It is interesting to see how this topic, which was quite controversial a decade ago, is now accepted as a valid approach to water quality remediation.“The book concludes with three chapters on how pit lakes can be rationally incorporated into mine closure as long as they are planned for. The closure section starts appropriately with a chapter on the way regulations and policy guidelines affect pit lake development around the world. This chapter concludes by making the point that regulatory compliance, though necessary, is not the sole goal. Instead, pit lakes should play a key role in a mining company’s overall sustainability strategy.“The next chapter addresses the important topic of monitoring water quality. This chapter could have been placed just as easily in the other two sections since baseline monitoring has to start before mining even begins and continues throughout the mining and closure process, but the authors of this chapter have focused on how monitoring is necessary to manage pit lake water quality, and address practical aspects, such as where and how to sample, and what to measure. Their case study is the infamous Berkeley Pit, which has been filling with very acidic water since mining ceased in 1982; monitoring there will determine when chemical treatment of the lake system will begin, but is also being used to optimize an ongoing copper extraction process.“Finally, the section’s last chapter deals with risk management as it relates to health and safety issues, such as avoiding deaths by drowning and illnesses caused by chronic exposure to water contaminants.“Overall, this book is an excellent investment for anyone interested in pit lake design and development. It is a concise, well-conceived, and generally well-written volume. Anyone who deals with pit lakes will find much to learn from it and will want to have it on their bookshelf, as they will find many opportunities to consult it again and again.”Australian Centre for Geomechanics, The University of Western Australia, email@example.com read more
← Previous Story Kim Sonne to GWD Minden! Next Story → EURO 2016: France and Poland in Krakow – Group C is the strongest! The Austrian NT right back Janko Bozovic and Croatian left back Marko Matic are the first newcomers presented by the Macedonian RK Metalurg Skopje. The team of Lino Červar, two times quarterfinalist of the VELUX EHF Champions League in a row (2013 and 2o14) looking for a EHF CL wild-card and trying to build competitive squad for the European challenge.Bozovic came from Belarussian Meshkov Brest, while Matic, Ex-player of PPD Zagreb spent last season in Schwerin. read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police negotiators were on Thursday night trying to talk round a sacked factory worker who shot and wounded three people and was holding two others hostage at a plastics plant near the northern city of Komotini.The gunman, a 52-year-old divorced father of two who was sacked from the Helesi plastic bin manufacturing plant last August, is said to have opened fire on his manager and other employees with a hunting rifle after an attempt to be reinstated in his job failed. Police were called to the plant shortly after 1 p.m., about 10 minutes after the 52-year-old is said to have started shooting.Former employees said he had come to the factory in a bid to speak to his ex-boss and seek re-employment as well as the payment of wages he claimed to be owed. When his employer refused, the man drew a gun and shot several times, injuring his 51-year-old employer in the arm and ribs and a 30-year-old Bulgarian worker in the leg. During the panic that ensued, the gunman took hostage two company drivers, who has still not been released late last night. When the police arrived on the scene, the gunman refused to hand himself over and fired his gun again, injuring one officer slightly in the hand. In the commotion, the injured manager and worker managed to get away and were transferred to a local hospital where they both underwent surgery. Doctors said later that they were both stable and that their injuries were not life-threatening. Meanwhile the standoff between the police and the 52-year-old was continuing late last night. Officers were hoping that the man, who claimed not to have eaten for four days, would eventually surrender due to fatigue. Dozens of officers had taken up position around the plastics plant earlier in the day and there were reports that they might attempt to storm the premises and disarm the gunman, but no such initiative had been carried out by late last night.Source: Kathimerini read more
KUSI Newsroom, 19-year-old arrested on suspicion of stealing car at gunpoint in Pacific Beach Posted: October 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom October 15, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 19-year-old man was behind bars Monday on suspicion of stealing a car at gunpoint and briefly kidnapping the car’s driver after asking a man for a ride in Pacific Beach, police said.The series of events began shortly after 9:05 p.m. Sunday on Grand Avenue near Haines Street, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.A 21-year-old man was sitting in his 2007 Hyundai sedan when the 19- year-old man walked up to the victim, asked him for a ride and got into the car, Buttle said.The victim started to drive away when the suspect pulled out a handgun and told him to keep driving, Buttle said.The victim pulled over in the 1400 block of Grand Avenue and yelled for help before the suspect pistol-whipped him, knocking out some of the victim’s teeth, Buttle said.The victim got out of the car and the suspect drove away before crashing into a parked car in the 4600 block of Gresham Street, Buttle said.An officer in the area witnessed the crash and saw the suspect flee the car on foot and jump over a fence into the backyard of a nearby residence, Buttle said.After a perimeter was set up, officers located the suspect hiding in the backyard and arrested him without incident, Buttle said.The suspect, 19-year-old Skyler Battreall, was arrested and booked into San Diego Central Jail around 3 a.m. on suspicion of carjacking and kidnapping, Officer Robert Heims said. read more
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a teen with a juvenile felony past who, they said, went missing on Friday.According to Miami-Dade Police, 15-year-old George Pedersen left from a court-ordered facility on the 25300 block of Southwest 197th Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade. Investigators said the teen, who has faced aggravated assault charges in the past, threatened to harm himself.Detectives said George stands 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.If you have any ainformation on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Police at 305-715-3300 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more
In 2007, ALM was acquired by U.K.-based financial publisher Incisive Media for $630 million. In 2009, ALM was spun off as an independent company after Incisive went through a re-organization and refinancing. Legal publisher ALM has reorganized its editorial structure, placing the national news staff—which formerly operated under a brand structure—into cross-platform content teams focused on seven topics: large law firms; in-house counsel; national legal news; litigation; intellectual property; international legal news; and legal technology. As part of the restructuring, editorial director and American Lawyer editor-in-chief Aric Press has been promoted to the new position of vice president and editor-in-chief, overseeing the new group while continuing to write commentary for The American Lawyer and leading the national news staff. Robin Sparkman has been promoted to editor-in-chief of American Lawyer. “Our new organization has been created for a single purpose: to deliver more essential business information and data to our legal clients, faster, via whatever platform or media they choose,” says Press in a statement. read more
This fall, the MPA, the trade organization that once was the Magazine Publishers of America, took an early jumpstart on the surefire newsstand trope by changing its focus and logo, dropping “magazine” from its name, pushing it to its tagline, and essentially stating that the M, the P and the A no longer mean anything.Short of using a symbol akin to that of The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, I don’t think the MPA could have devised a better update. The insiders-only acronym, followed by the vaguely inclusive tagline, perfectly reflects the state of the industry the association represents.Yes, it has gotten that head-spinning out there. While most magazine marketers are (hopefully) clear on what they are trying to do, an industry observer would have a tough time finding a common theme.After a couple of lean years, business model variations are exploding. Some are aggregating well-targeted audiences for advertisers to reach, while others are chasing the highest possible volume of eyeballs. Some are focused on selling content, while others devise advertising “solutions.” Some use their publications as lead generation for a pyramid of goods and services, while others create communities. And some still simply sell magazines.Without joining the tortured—and mostly pointless—musings of what a magazine is and is not, audience developers and consumer marketers really ought to stop and take stock of what it is that they are selling—and against what competition.To be sure, we’ve always known that we’re competing against television, newspapers, Web sites and other mainstream content providers. But when the offerings and platforms start to multiply, the competitive set expands too. Increasingly, our newsstand copies find themselves competing with gum packs and water bottles—for share of wallet and share of retail space. And the oft-reviled verified copies no longer only compete with each other; they are getting crushed by smart phones and text messaging.Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, famously wrote: “Because the purpose of any business is to create a customer, the business has two—and only two—basic functions: innovation and marketing. Marketing and Innovation produce results, all the rest are costs.”This provocative viewpoint ought to make marketers feel good about themselves, especially as direct-to-consumer marketing slowly continues to acquire luster. But it’s not the entire story. As the industry continues to fragment through various reinvention attempts, there’s a risk that customers too will be a touch disoriented about what to expect from magazine media.Until recently, the transactions, and resulting relationships, were as clear as those of ordering a Happy Meal. A customer places an order, receives a magazine within a few weeks, and then decides about renewal a year later.That straightforward relationship is no longer a given and customers can’t be quite sure of what it is that’s being offered to them. X issues of a pub? The joining of a community? Cash for convenience on something I could get for free? Absent a uniform, predictable relationship, deciding to enter a “commercial relationship” with media providers takes a little more deliberation—and that definitely hurts demand. read more
Gov. Bill Walker holds up the signed Administrative Order 300 surrounded by Alaska Native language advocates. (Photo Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)Gov. Bill Walker signed an administrative order Sunday in Juneau officially declaring a linguistic emergency for Alaska Native languages.Listen nowThe order recognizes the threat faced by Indigenous languages and takes steps to revitalize them by directing state agencies to work more closely with tribal partners and use traditional place names on state signs.Language advocates from across Alaska gathered Sunday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center to celebrate a milestone in Indigenous language revitalization.The signing ceremony for Administrative Order 300 took place at a welcome reception for the First Alaskans Institute’s Social Justice Summit.Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Richard Peterson was one of several Southeast Alaska Native representatives who welcomed attendees.“If you live in Juneau, you hear a lot of what Dr. Soboleff had said and you hear this a lot and it’s true: when we know who we are, we don’t hurt ourselves,” Peterson said. “When we know our language and our cultures, we don’t hurt ourselves.”Peterson described his own experience struggling with addiction growing up in Kasaan, experiencing some of the issues young people deal with in Native communities around the state.“You carry shame,” Peterson said. “But it was always my culture where I was able to let go of shame and know who I am.”Leaders like Peterson hope that Administrative Order 300 will help communities across the state reconnect with their culture in a meaningful way.In a report last year, the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council warned that all 20 officially recognized Alaska Native languages are at risk of extinction by the end of this century.The order requires state commissioners to designate a tribal liaison responsible for producing a plan to better collaborate with Alaska Native partners.It specifically directs the commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development to work with partners to promote Indigenous languages in public education.The administrative order also directs the state to use traditional Alaska Native place names on public signage going forward.The order came about following April’s passage of House Concurrent Resolution 19, sponsored by Ketchikan Rep. Dan Ortiz.That resolution urged Gov. Bill Walker to declare a language emergency for Alaska Native languages.“You know there’s not a lot of times I stand up in front of a microphone and thank the Legislature and I certainly do on this,” Walker said Sunday.Walker applauded the work of groups like the First Alaskans Institute and the many individuals who testified and worked on behalf of language revitalization.“You can talk all you want, but somebody has to be the doer. And that’s really what today is about, is we celebrate the many doers that made this happen,” Walker said.Walker also acknowledged the role the state of Alaska played in undermining and discouraging the use of Indigenous languages in previous generations.“I know we need to celebrate where we are, but boy, if you don’t reflect on where you’ve been, it really is only part of the discussion, part of the celebration,” Walker said.Of the Alaska Native languages addressed by the order, one has already lost its last native speaker.The last fluent speaker of Eyak died 10 years ago, according to the Native language preservation council. read more
Hyderabad: Chivalry is dead. Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) demarcates the ladies section with a pink ribbon both inside the train and at the Metro station platforms. Prominent floor stickers reading ‘Ladies Only’ have been placed and ‘Reserved for Ladies’ too is clearly mentioned but men do not care.There is a board inside the ladies coach “Men in the Ladies section! Please WhatsApp TRAIN 35 to 7032224242, if you find any men sitting in ladies seats.’ Despite this, men occupy spaces meant for women on all the routes including Miyapur-LB Nagar, Hitec City-Ameerpet as well as on Ameerpet-Nagole route. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India here on Friday, Rama Devi B, who travels from LB Nagar to KPHB Colony every day, said, “We feel shy to ask men to get up from the reserved seat. Recently, one man came and sat in a ladies seat and nobody asked him to get up.” There is no staff on the platform to stop male passengers from boarding women’s coaches. Another lady, who regularly commutes from Ameerpet to Nagole, said, “I am seeing so many men in ladies coach and it’s embarrassing to ask men to get up from the seats, and they should understand.” There is an audio announcement that a penalty of Rs 500 would be imposed on men who occupy ladies seat. There is no metro staff inside the train to restrict the male passengers from entering women’s coach and occupy their seats. Attempts to reach out to L&T Metro Rail officials proved futile. read more
A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo on his phone in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, August 14, 2013.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoIndia’s information technology minister has warned against any social media abuse in a bid to thwart any attempt to influence next year’s general election.”Abuse of social media including Facebook cannot be allowed to impact the fairness of elections,” Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters on Wednesday.His comments come after news emerged over the weekend that U.S. President Donald Trump-affiliated data firm, Cambridge Analytica, had harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles.The data was reportedly used for political purposes during the 2016 U.S. presidential election season, which culminated in Trump’s arrival in the White House.Cambridge Analytica has denied media accusations that it had influenced U.S. elections but its website was suddenly shut on Wednesday evening. “In the wake of recent data theft from Facebook, let my stern warning be heard across the Atlantic, far away in California. Any covert or overt attempt to misuse social media including Facebook to influence India’s electoral process through undesirable means will neither be tolerated, nor be permitted,” said Prasad.Facebook appreciated concerns raised by Prasad and said it would do everything possible to prevent any recurrence. “We will continue to engage with the government on this matter. We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect peoples’ information and will take whatever steps are required that this happens,” Facebook said in a statement as cited by Reuters.The California-based company has already started to investigate all the apps that had access to a large amount of information before the company made changes in their platform to reduce user data access in 2014.Besides initiating an internal investigation, co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has also stepped up security measures to avoid Cambridge Analytica-like scandal again on Facebook. read more
The government has nationalised 271 colleges across the country.The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on Sunday issued an order in this regard, an official press release said.The number of government colleges stands at 598, the release said.As per Government Certified College Teacher and Employee Empowerment Rules-2018, a total of 271 colleges under districts and upazilas have been brought under government facility from 8 August.
The iPad Pro gets completely destroyed. Because the aluminum is so thin and there’s no structural reinforcement whatsoever, the tablet falls apart.Now, watch the same YouTuber’s with the Surface Pro 6:Advertisement by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement The Surface Pro 6 barely bends compared to the iPad Pro. It survives the test, remaining fully operational.The Surface weighs 40 percent more than the iPad, at 775 grams vs 468 grams. But would you rather have a tablet that survives a baby’s butt sitting on it, or one that bends and snaps like a bundle of breadsticks?The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 with just 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, running iOS 12, is $999. The list price for a Surface Pro 6 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is $899, but you can grab one now with a Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover and Fingerprint ID for $769. The Surface Pro runs full desktop programs like Photoshop; the iPad Pro doesn’t.Your tablet choice is a matter of preference. I’m writing this on an iPad Pro 12.9 with an Apple Magic Keyboard 2, although I have to confess that my next tablet will be a Surface. What is surprising is that Microsoft’s hardware seems to be of better quality and have a lower price tag than Apple’s overpriced gear. That should be a concern for Cupertino.Keep all this in mind while shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While Apple fanboys claimed that the 2018 iPad Pro bending and snapping like it was made of gingerbread was unsurprising and normal, the same bend test with the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 demonstrated that this was definitely not the case.First, watch the new iPad Pro easily bend and break under thumb and hand pressure in this test by YouTuber JerryRigEverything: read more
A look at Win-X Menu 3.0 for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on June 11, 2019 in Software – 5 commentsWin+X Menu Editor is a free software program by Happy Bulldozer to change the Windows-X power menu of the Windows 10 operating system. Version 3.0 of the program was released recently; reason enough to take another look at it.Tip: Check out our extensive customize Windows-X Menu guide for additional information.Windows 10 users who invoke the Windows-X menu get options to launch a selection of advanced tools and common tasks when it opens. They may open Computer Management, PowerShell, or the Event Viewer from the menu directly, run searches, programs, or shut down the system.Some of the tools of the menu may never be used, however, and options to customize the Windows-X menu is a common request. That’s what Win+X Menu Editor offers.Note: The menu helped me several times when Microsoft broke the Start Menu functionality in Insider Builds. Start would not open anymore but Windows-X did. I used it to open tools, run commands, and shut down the system.Win-X Menu Editor for WindowsWin-X Menu Editor can be run right after you have extracted the archive it is distributed as on the system. The program is compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 10 systems only, as those are the only two systems that support the Windows-X Menu.The application separates the tools and links of the menu just like Microsoft does. To remove an item, you’d simply select it using the mouse or keyboard, and activate the remove button afterward. Note that there is no confirmation prompt but an option to restore the defaults in case you want to start with a default menu.Apart from removing, it is possible to add programs and groups to the menu. Activate “add a program” to add a new item to the selected group. Win-X Menu Editor lets you pick any executable program on the system and a selection of presets including Services, Control Panel items, and Administrative Tools.Another feature of the application is the option to change the sort order of items. Just select an item and use the up and down arrow icons to move it up or down in the menu.A click on “Restart Explorer” in the program interface applies the change to Explorer. You may then test the new menu functionality and go back to the drawing board to make further changes. A restart of the PC is not required to apply the changes, but you can restart without restarting Explorer as it will have the same effect.Closing WordsWin+X Menu Editor is a useful program for Microsoft’s Windows operating system to edit the Windows-X Menu of the Windows operating system. You may use it to customize the menu, e.g. to remove items that you never use or replace them with programs and tools that you use regularly.Now You: Do you use the Windows-X Menu?Summary12345 Author Rating2 based on 10 votes Software Name Win+X Menu EditorOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://winaero.com/download.php?view.21 Advertisement read more
Air France KLM has reaffirmed its commitment to the Asia Pacific region this week after opening a new office in Sydney, launching services to Denpasar and announcing a possible codeshare agreement with Jetstar. Announcing the new route and codesharing plans at the opening ceremony for the office, Air France KLM Country Manager, Australia, Jean-Luc Mevellec, said the airline group had a lot to celebrate despite a difficult year, and with recent investments it has proved its commitment to this market.“We are confident we will grow our position here,” he said.“Air France KLM has a strong and enhanced presence in Australia. The opening of a new office is an acknowledgement of the ever growing importance of Australia and demonstrates our commitment and dedication to forge even closer relationships with our trade and business associates.”Referring to the new Bali flights, Air France KLM Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Marnix Fruitema said it was “symbolically our commitment to this part of the world”.Mr Fruitema said the airline group was poised to sign a codeshare agreement with Jetstar, with the combination set to boost its existing network. The codeshare is also expected to cover Jetstar Asia services into Singapore, which ties up with Air France KLM’s daily departures to Amsterdam and Paris respectively. Air France KLM already has codeshare agreements with Qantas Airways and Malaysia Airlines for flights between Australia and Europe with the most direct route.The airline group has also invested heavily into its products in the air and on the ground in a bid to win more market share and keep existing customers. Photo: (left to right) Jean-Luc Mévellec, Country Manager Australia AIR FRANCE KLM Mr Jaap Frederiks, Consul General of the Netherlands Mr. Lionel Majesté-Larrouy, Consul General of France Mr. Marnix Fruitema, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific AIR FRANCE KLM Mr. Paul Rombeek, General Manager Singapore Indonesia Australia New Zealand AIR FRANCE KLM Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M read more
The ceremonial presentation of the awards given by the American magazine Global Traveler took place last night in New York City. LOT Polish Airlines received the award in the category “Best Airline in Eastern Europe” for another successive year.Awards for 62 categories connected with travel were presented at the gala event at the Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel in New York City. For the third year in a row, LOT Polish Airlines received the award for “Best Airline in Eastern Europe”. The award was received by Dorota Haller, LOT Polish Airlines Marketing and Product Director.“We are proud and honoured. We are the most pleased by awards that are given by satisfied customers, because it is a recognition of our efforts. We thank our passengers for appreciating what we do, as well as the marvellous team of LOT Polish Airlines’ employees for their excellent work,” – said Leszek Narowski, Member of the Managing Board of LOT Polish Airlines for Commercial Affairs. “I promise that in 2011, we will continue to work toward perfection, implementing plans to continually improve our services.” Global Traveler is an American magazine printed in editions of over 100,000 copies, targeted at upper levels of American managers who travel often within the U.S. and around the world. The best candidates in 62 categories connected with the travel industry were selected through an open survey carried out of the magazine’s readers between January 1 and August 31, 2010. Source = LOT Polish Airlines read more
FILE – In this April 24, 2013 file photo, Peruvian writer and Nobel Prize winner in literature Mario Vargas Llosa smiles during a press conference at the presentation of a new theater play in Madrid, Spain. Vargas Llosa is under observation, Thursday, June 21, 2018, at a Madrid hospital after sustaining light injuries in a fall at home. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2018 9:15 am PDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2018 at 10:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nobel laureate Vargas Llosa hospitalized after fall at home MADRID – Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa is under observation at a Madrid hospital after sustaining light injuries in a fall at home.The Spanish capital’s Hospital Ruber Juan Bravo says it admitted the 82-year-old Peruvian writer early Thursday with a bruised left buttock and a slight head injury.The hospital says in a statement that Vargas Llosa was in severe pain from his bruised buttock, and doctors recommended that he remain in hospital for the time being.It says the novelist underwent a series of tests. The statement provides no further details about his health.The hospital says Vargas Llosa had recently returned from a trip to La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands off northwest Africa. read more
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