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October 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Portland, Maine has long struggled with living in the shadow of Oregon’s city of the same name. But, over the past decade, the small New England city of just 66,000 has been quietly bolstering its tourism resume. It’s now home to some of the country’s best gourmet dining, the most well-known craft breweries in New England, and, for outdoor enthusiasts, is the ideal hub for all manner of adventure activities, including kayaking, fishing, biking, and hiking. Here, we present some of our favorite spots to play, eat, and drink in Maine’s most prominent urban center.PlayLike many New England cities, the best way to explore Portland is from the water. A walk down Commercial Street reveals dozens of charter and cruise opportunities to explore Casco Bay. For something truly unique, check out Go Sailing. The Falmouth-based company is headed by Capt. Lyman Stuart who offers traditional charters or no-frills, hands-on classes designed to jumpstart your sailing career even if you have little to no experience on the water.Back on land, Summer Feet Cycling offers bike tours throughout Maine, including in and around Portland. Their lighthouse tour is a five-hour cycling excursion that explores the state’s coastline in general and five of its most beautiful lighthouses in particular. Eat & DrinkIn an age of obsessive, health-conscious eating, Duckfat proudly stands alone. The aptly named eatery is known locally and beyond for its out-of-this-world Belgian fries, cooked in (wait for it …) duck fat. The menu reads like a cardiologist’s dream (assuming yours is looking to you to help put his kids through college), including poutine topped with local cheese curds, duck gravy, and chives, gelato milkshakes, and doughnut holes sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with duck fat caramel dipping sauce. Even breakfast is a gourmet affair with artsy, no-frills diners like Hot Suppa serving some of the best Southern-inspired comfort food outside of The Deep South. If you only order one thing on their menu, make it the homemade hash.Portland is also widely known throughout the country as a craft beer haven. While there are many great beer bars throughout the city (the divey Great Lost Bear and pint-sized Little Tap House are both noteworthy), Novare Res Bier Café stands above them all. The difficult-to-find beer bar offers “only” 30 rotating draft lines, but the list is so varied and finely cultivated that even hardcore beer snobs will discover a handful of varieties they’ve never heard of.StayThe city’s relatively pint-sized downtown core is home to some of Maine’s quaintest, most historic inns. For the quintessential New England bed & breakfast experience, check out The Chadwick Portland. The tiny, four-bedroom property offers all the modern amenities of a traditional hotel (flat-screen TVs, smartphone charging pads, and 24-hour snack stations) and a charm that even non-B&B travelers can appreciate.For a swankier option, check out The Danforth Inn. The near-two-hundred-year-old mansion is a pitch-perfect example of regal, 19th-century New England architecture with distressed, ivy-covered brick walls, marble columns, and a restored cupola. The modern interior is tastefully adorned in a calming palette with tasteful pops of color and contemporary artwork and accents. Each of the nine rooms features upscale touches like plush Turkish bath towels, handmade Belgian chocolates at turndown, working fireplaces, and even a baby grand piano in the West End Suite.Fortunately, the city is so walkable that almost any accommodations in downtown Portland will be well located. Almost all of its hotels are equidistant from Commercial Street — the city’s bustling tourist strip, home to its most well-known bars, restaurants, and waterfront attractions — and Congress Street — the strip best known among locals as its “real” downtown core. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer last_img read more

October 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Jamaica, Robert Fuderich, has charged researchers to spend more time analysing data on child-related issues in an effort to solve the many problems that continue to affect Caribbean children. The UNICEF Representative, who was addressing the opening ceremony of the 7th annual Caribbean Child Research Conference on Tuesday, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, said that there is no shortage of data on child-related matters, pointing to the numerous research, policy and legal documents that have been presented over the years. He argued, however, that what is lacking is the necessary analysis of such data to find out the root causes behind many of the issues that continue to impact children. “The point is that we are aware of the ‘what’ and we do a good job communicating that ‘what’. What I would like to suggest today, is that in the years moving forward, we need to spend far more time exploring, dissecting and sharing the ‘why’,” he stated. Citing the example of teenage pregnancy, he argued that it is not only necessary to collect and communicate data on the issue, but that “we also have a duty to explain why so many of our children are getting pregnant so young”. He cited a recent workshop with teen mothers, where it was revealed that a cohort of girls from one parish had no other aspiration than to become a mother at a young age. “Because of social norms in their communities, these girls felt that they only had value and worth being a mother and a homemaker and the younger they started, the better,” he said. Mr. Fuderich stated that careful analysis of current data is necessary for the unveiling and understanding of such complex and deeply embedded norms and practices in society. These practices, he said, must be “slowly tackled over time if they are ever to be overturned”. In the meantime, Executive Director, Mona School of Business and Management, Paul Simmons, noted that through the conference, young people are being empowered through research and participation. He said this represented a new paradigm “where not only do we wish to hear from children, but we wish to empower them by facilitating their participation in arriving at solutions to issues that affect them”. The two-day conference, which is being held from November 6 to 7, is organised by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) in collaboration with several entities including UNICEF, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR). The main objectives are: to promote a culture of research among students in high schools in the Caribbean; recognise the work of child researchers in child-related research; and disseminate findings from such research. Other speakers at the event will include: Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; Professor of Child Health, Child Development and Behaviour, University of the West Indies, Maureen Samms-Vaughan; and Professor Emeritus, SALISES, UWI, Neville Duncan.last_img read more

October 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: World Archery, the global governing body of the Olympic sport, on Thursday suspended the Archery Association of India (AAI) for breaching its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies, but allowed Indian archers to compete in the 2019 World Archery Youth Championships, slated to be held in Madrid from August 19. The suspension has come into effect from August 5. On behalf of its executive board, World Archery Secretary General Tom Dielen said in its official website: “World Archery is implementing the decision taken in June by suspending the Archery Association of India. The last event in which Indian athletes can participate is the youth championships in Madrid. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “We will now work with the Indian Olympic Association and the Indian government to try and establish a transitory committee with representatives from all sides to handle urgent matters. “If no long-term solution is found by the end of August, the executive board will decide what can be done to preserve the chances of Indian athletes participating in the Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships. At the same time, World Archery will also decide whether individual athletes can participate in the Indoor Archery World Series.” India have three men’s places secured for the Tokyo Olympics but are yet to win a women’s spot and the 2019 Asian Archery Championships and Asian Para Championships are critical as they will award quota places for 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgU.S. border officials say they’ve seized nearly 750 kilograms of marijuana at the Canadian border over the past several weeks.U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the pot was found in mail shipments entering the U.S. from Canada, but did not provide further details.They say they found the first shipment of drugs in a mail truck at the Bluewater Bridge in Port Huron, Mich. on Aug. 28.A search of the truck turned up 14 packages weighing more than 136 kilograms.U.S. officials say 63 more packages surfaced over the next 10 days, bringing the total amount of drugs seized to about 748 kilograms.The Canadian Border Services Agency did not immediately respond to request for commentlast_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOn October 1, the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) will host its annual gala, themed “Working for Wellness: Invest in America’s Veterans,” at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.The benefit will recognize companies committed to supporting of hundreds of thousands of America’s Armed Forces service members who have returned to civilian life with significant reintegration challenges, specifically those related to mental health and unemployment in hopes that other companies will follow their leadership example.Gregory J. Fleming, President of Morgan Stanley Wealth and Investment Management, will be honored for his longtime advocacy for veterans and their families, and for the company’s leadership and commitment to employing veterans.The event will also pay tribute to Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta, Medal of Honor Recipient, and the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the honor.Award winning ABC news correspondent, Bob Woodruff and his wife, Lee Woodruff, will serve as Masters of Ceremony of the gala. The Woodruffs are also founders of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which works to ensure injured veterans thrive long after they return home.“MHA-NYC’s annual benefit shines the spotlight on pressing mental health issues while raising funds that allow us to continue to provide essential services,” said Giselle Stolper, President and CEO of MHA-NYC. “We know how important meaningful work is to the emotional wellbeing of veterans, their families, and their communities. Yet, getting a job is one of the greatest challenges facing men and women today as they leave active duty. This is why we are dedicating our gala to this urgent issue,” she said.MHA-NYC has long worked in partnership with veteran service organizations and other key stakeholders, including the Veterans Administration, to address the myriad of emotional and social challenges veterans face after leaving the battlefield. MHA-NYC operates the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), which has answered more than 1 million calls since 2007, and established the Veterans Mental Health Coalition of New York City, and the National TBI and Emotional Wellness Alliance. The VCL provides access to life saving resources for veterans and the coalitions promote policy and practice changes to improve access to quality mental health care and supportive services for veterans and their families.While a majority of veterans make the transition smoothly, a large number need help and support. “Employment is one of the key areas of need for veterans upon their return, but they need more than just a job,” said Kimberly Williams, Vice President of MHA-NYC’s Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education. “They need broad support to achieve total wellness for self and family,” she said. Never before has such a comprehensive vision for our nation’s veterans captured the interest of so many CEOs and Fortune 500 companies.MHA-NYC intends to harness the good will of both the private and public sectors and commit its expertise and resources to working with other organizations to launch a groundbreaking initiative to create a hyper-local coordinated network of services, supports, and resources for veterans and their families. “By using advanced technology, our vision is to build supportive communities for men and women as they transition to their new home base and seek on-the-ground services in key areas of need: education, employment, health and emotional wellness, and family support,” said Gala Dinner Chair Duncan Niederauer.More than 400 business leaders, government officials, veterans, service members, and their families are expected to attend the event. Dinner Chairs include Frank J. Branchini, Chairman and CEO of EmblemHealth; Ric Clark, Chairman and CEO of Brookfield Property Group; Kevin Dunleavy, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley; Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock; and Duncan Niederauer, Former CEO of the NYSE.Learn more about the event and ticket purchases at Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) is a not-for-profit organization that addresses mental health needs in New York City and across the nation. Through their three-part mission of service, advocacy and education, they identify unmet needs and develop culturally sensitive programs to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by mental illness while promoting the importance of mental health.last_img read more

October 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN National NewsThe Chiefs of Ontario have added their voices to the Iroquois caucus in opposition to the transport of nuclear waste.Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in Chalk River, Ont. wants to ship liquid radioactive waste to the United States.It also wants to bury low and medium level waste in a site near the Ottawa River.The chiefs say now is the time to take a united stand.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMumbai: Aditya Roy Kapur is remarkably self aware. In a family of artistes, he says he was the least artistically inclined; but for someone who was averse to acting in Hindi cinema, he has gradually fallen in love with the profession. “As I look back, I think I am an accidental actor. Just because it has been ten years I can’t say I’ve been sure about wanting to be in this profession, even though I’ve started to love it now,” Aditya says. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe started out as a VJ for Channel V and eventually made his debut as actor in 2009 with London Dreams. Over the years, he featured in films like Aashiqui 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ok Jaanu. “It all happened by chance,” Aditya says. A casting call in 2008 for the Vipual Shah film gave him an opportunity to enter Bollywood, even though he never “harboured any desire to be an actor.” “I never grew up on a staple diet of hindi cinema. In fact when I was a VJ, I was averse to it. Purely because I could never imagine myself being an actor.” The 33-year-old actor has of course seen the highs and lows, hits and misses and received both appreciation and brickbats for his performances. “Over the years I’ve grown to love the industry, my job, and the profession itself. It’s been a journey full of ups and downs.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Casablanca – The manufacturing company Simoldes, known as Europe’s largest mould maker, is set to invest more than 600 million dirhams in building its first factory in Morocco.In an article posted by Moroccan news site Le360, the factory set to be built by Simoldes will take up 10 acres of land and is set to create approximately 300 jobs. Simoldes’ plan to specifically build a factory in Morocco isn’t surprising as there are many advantages in doing so. For one, a few desired clients like Peugeot-PSA and Renault are also planning to set foot in Morocco.  According to Le360, Simoldes will also benefit from five years of tax exoneration, from getting indirect exporter status and from the implementation of a free trade zone, which should facilitate access to industrial land. Simoldes is not the only industrial company expected to set foot in Morocco. Delphi Automotive, a global supplier of vehicle technology, is also planning on building 7 industrial units by 2021, creating 13,000 jobs. And Canadian companies are also ready to invest. Linamar, a manufacturer of auto components from Canada, is set to invest 2.6 billion DH in a factory in Morocco. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

OTTAWA — Canada’s housing agency is looking to an unlikely ally in a bid to boost the stock of affordable rental housing: Airbnb.The head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., says he believes short-term rental companies like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) could help increase the rental supply in the country and, in turn, possibly reduce rents.The government’s upcoming national housing strategy will have a heavy focus on increasing the supply of affordable housing options, including rental units and Airbnb alone offers the potential for tens of thousands of units.CMHC chief executive Evan Siddall said his agency recently approached Airbnb, the largest such service in Canada, to see if there are ways to turn those short-term rentals into apartments available to locals to rent for longer terms. He cautioned that it was still early days with a lot of details yet to work out.“I think VRBO and Airbnb should get ahead of this, because they could be giving us some social utility by helping us spawn supply,” Siddall said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.Lindsey Scully, a spokeswoman for Airbnb, said the company is speaking with potential partners about ways to “create economic opportunity for everyday people.”“We take the issue of affordable housing seriously and that is why we are collaborating with communities and organizations across Canada, sharing comprehensive data and detailed information about our community,” she said.The supply of purpose-built rental units in the country has been on a decades-long decline as developers build more condominiums than apartments.As a result, the rental vacancy rate in 2016 was 3.7 per cent nationwide, CMHC research shows, a number that glosses over acute shortages in some cities. Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna, for instance, all had vacancy rates under one per cent in 2016, meaning there were limited options for renters and the conditions in place to push rents higher as demand outstripped supply.The shortage is equally acute in the secondary rental market that has sprung up over the last eight years as condominium owners rent out their units to make a profit. A CMHC survey of 22 cities showed vacancy rates in these condominiums ranged from a low of 0.3 per cent in Vancouver to a high of 6.8 per cent in Edmonton.Into this mix enter home-sharing services and concerns that they have further eroded the supply of rental units.Airbnb says its hosts typically share their homes on average up to 60 nights per year, earning themselves about $4,000 — figures that the company suggests aren’t high enough to support the idea that it is squeezing units out of the long-term rental market.In a study published this summer, a McGill University research team estimated that Airbnb hosts have removed about 13,700 units from rental markets in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, or about two per cent of the total housing stock.The authors argued that services like Airbnb would pull more long-term rentals off the market as home and condo owners see more money to be made through short-term rentals.“We’re not even close to the situation where there’s enough supply of rental housing to meet demand and when you’re in those very, very constrained situations, then even just a couple thousand units getting pulled off the market by Airbnb can have a really major impact on prices,” said lead researcher David Wachsmuth.To keep those units in the rental market, governments have to create incentives where few currently exist, said said Wachsmuth, an assistant professor of urban planning. read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgGood news. On the chauffeur’s day off, all you need do to charge your electric Rolls-Royce 102EX is drive into the carriage house more or less straight, and a wireless induction charger takes over. It’s one of three ways to charge the 1,400-pound battery under the bonnet of this experimental car that debuted at this week’s Geneva Auto Show. Three Ways to Charge the Royce Inductive charging is the neatest way to return the 102EX battery to its fullest state, but not the only one. The typical way, but this does mean extra work for Jeeves, is to connect a charging plug to the five-pin socket on the right C-pillar just above the rear tire. With typical single-phase household wiring, the charge takes 20 hours, Rolls-Royce says. If that seems longish, read on to see the size of the battery. With three-phase wiring, which may not be available everywhere, the charge time falls to eight hours. Still not quick enough charging turnaround for your next trip? Take the Bentley. The inductive charger is the most intriguing and fulfills the Rolls-Royce pre-launch promise that this wouldn’t be just another electric car. The Induction system comprises a wall-mount power unit that connects to a power transfer (transmitter) pad on the garage floor and an induction pad (receiver) at the bottom of the engine compartment. Rolls-Royce said the system is 90% efficient and “is tolerant to parking misalignment.” If you’ve seen a PowerMat or Duracell MyGrid charging pad for your cellphone and iPod, this is the same thing, only bigger. Under the Hood: More than 1,000 Laptop Batteries The battery system is under the hood (bonnet) and replaces the gasoline-powered Phantom’s V12 engine and transmission. The batteries use Lithium-Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese-Oxide (NCM) chemistry. By our calculations the battery system is equivalent to 1,000 to 1,500 laptop batteries. There are 98 cells split into five modules: 38 cells, 36 cells, 10, 8, and 4. They are shaped more or less like the gasoline engine and gearbox. The 96 cells as a group have a capacity of 71KWh (71,000 watt-hours). A typical laptop battery pack delivers about 50 watt-hours of power. The EX102 has 1,420 times that power rating. With that much power, you could run a laptop flat out for half a year, or run an iPod from now until Justin Bieber joins AARP. How many miles will it take the 6,000-pound car? That’s one Rolls-Roycle hasn’t discussed. Based on other electric cars, such as the Mini E prototype vehicles, or the Nissan Leaf, their batteries seem sized to provide 70-100 miles of driving. A series of thick cables carries power from the battery pack to two electric motors at the rear providing a combined 290KW of power, Rolls-Royce says the car accelerates to 60 mph in under 8 seconds. For now, the Rolls-Royce 102EX is a concept/prototype car that will be shown throughout the world, and made available for test drives by the Rolls-Royce constituencies: current and prospective owners, influencers (meaning it would spend time in Hollywood), journalists, and world capitals. There are no production plans imminent, although there’s no reason it couldn’t be built. Whether it costs a million dollars or a million pounds, there’s enough environmentally aware buyers, as well as those who believe in the power of one-upsmanship, to keep the Rolls-Royce factory humming.last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe best e-readers on the market today still sport a non-color display, but in return you get very long battery life and crisp text almost as if you are reading off a piece of paper.However, color is always going to be an option users want to have, especially if e-readers are to support colorful children’s books, magazines, or become devices more suited to surfing the web. Fujitsu is one company pushing ahead with color e-paper and it has had a color e-reader on sale in Japan since 2009.AdChoices广告The FLEPia, as it is called, offers an 8-inch display capable of 1024 x 768 XGA and 260K colors. The problem with that first attempt color e-paper device was a lack of brightness, washed out colors, and a very slow refresh. So Fujitsu has gone back to the lab and created a second generation of that same display.The latest version is a big step forward. The display is thinner and considerably brighter while retaining the 4,096 color capabilities of the previous generation. Fujitsu also switched from Windows CE to Linux for the underlying OS and increased the processing speed of the device which can now achieve a 0.7 second refresh rate. The 40-hour battery life is also expected to be retained.Here’s an example of the new display next to the pervious generation. It’s clear how much the screen has improved both in terms of brightness and contrast:While the FLEPis e-reader is still not ready for the mass market, it does show that the future is bright for color e-readers that retain the long battery life and thin, light designs, but add that all important color display.via CrunchGearlast_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img 1 hour ago Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 8:00 PM Event highlights:  By Aoife Barry ‘The arts are really good for bringing people together to have difficult conversations’ A unique human rights arts festival run by Smashing Times takes place in Dublin this month. Escape routes and freedom trails: European Solidarity between nations. Performance, film, panel discussion and music. Thursday 19 September, 7.30 – 10pm at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.Culture Night pop-up exhibition and talk: Women’s stories 1916 – 1923 and Women’s Stories of WWII. Friday 20 September 2 – 7pm at Samuel Beckett Theatre.Silent by Pat Kinevane. Friday 20 September, 7.30 – 10pm at Samuel Beckett Theatre.Special literary cabaret of new writing, drama, music and comedy. Sunday 22 September at Buswells Hotel, Molesworth St, 7.30pm – 10pm.The Trial – visual art installation exploring healthcare and human rights in the Irish criminal justice system. 26 September – 3 November at Dublin Castle.Righteous Verse – evening of spoken word and music. Saturday 28 September, 6.30 – 9pm, Kennedy’s Bar, 30 – 32 Westland Row.The festival takes place from 19-29 September 2019. Share3 Tweet Email THERE IS A major conversation ongoing at the moment about how Ireland treats its cultural spaces – particularly in the wake of the Bernard Shaw closure announcement.With it being festival season, we’re seeing at the same time a range of festivals – like Dublin Fringe and the upcoming Dublin Theatre Festival – bringing art makers to the capital, and showing how the arts can be used to explore a range of topics. Also this month we’ll see a festival celebrating the work of human rights defenders, with an aim of bringing the arts and equality together across a series of events.The festival is curated by Smashing Times, which has done a lot of work in Northern Ireland on peace and reconciliation through the arts. Working with Smashing Times on the festival are Front Line Defenders, Trinity College Dublin, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Trócaire and Fighting Words. Mary Moynihan, Curator of the Festival and a writer, theatre-maker, film-maker and artistic director of Smashing Times told that the idea of the festival “is to raise awareness of and celebrate human rights through the arts and explore stories that are happening in Ireland and around the world both in the past and today”.The team want to make the event “a celebration”, showing “dignity and respect for people”. “You’re shining a light on the difficult areas or difficult things happening,” explained Moynihan. center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article There are a lot of very technical definitions of human rights – for me it is about promoting dignity, fairness and respect for people. It’s about celebrating our humanity.To Moynihan, the connection between arts and human rights is obvious. Both are about “exploring the world we live in and the human relationships and human connections”.As an artist, she wants to tell stories that have a human impact. “The arts can be a way to bring people into the story on a more personal level,” she explains. “It’s an entry point for human rights in a way that is accessible. A way to embed human rights in society and to shine a light on what’s happening in a way that is accessible and reaches people.”PeacebuildingSmashing Times has long lived this truth – in 1991 they went to Northern Ireland to work on peacebuilding and reconciliation through the arts. They went on from there to work across Europe on a range of different projects, bringing the arts to people affected by the refugee crisis and conflict. “The arts are really good for bringing people together to have difficult conversations,” explained Moynihan. “If you go to the theatre you choose to go to listen to someone else’s story. Stepping into someone else’s shoes is very important part in theatre.” Their work in Northern Ireland was before the ceasefires, and focused on using drama to bring people together across the different religious and social divides.“Storytelling became an important part of that,” explains Moynihan. “We went to hard to reach communities, using theatre to enable people to tell their stories and express what happened with them. But also to meet other groups and build a form of connection.”The conversations started in the North in 1991 need to continue day, says Moynihan. “It’s absolutely essential we continue this dialogue,” she said. “What we’re hearing is there are still needs that have to be met on the ground for people who lived through the Troubles. It can’t be buried, it has to be explored.”The conversation also goes beyond the Troubles, with Moynihan pointing out that the phrase ‘human rights’ doesn’t just refer to conflicts. “Human rights are so important to Ireland – if you can’t get proper hospital care or get on a waiting list that is about human rights. If you can’t get a house to live in or your kids can’t afford to move out of home, that is human rights. There is obviously a scale of human rights, from having freedom denied and life taken away – it’s all part of the continuum.”“I hope that we’re building connections between artists, audiences and people who are affected by working in the area of human rights,” says Moynihan of the festival. “And raising awareness of stories that aren’t being told.”I hope that people will come together and help us celebrate that we need to speak out and stand up for the rights of people, particularly people who are different to us. 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September 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTuesday — 2,136 adult spring chinook salmon, 322 jack chinook, 117 steelhead, 84,472 shad, 76 sockeye. Water temperature was 58.9 degrees. Streamflow was 338,000 cubic feet per second.last_img

September 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img2014 Gubernatorial candidates answer questions formulated by Anchorage middle schoolers on April 30, 2014. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Middle schoolers from across Anchorage had a chance to hear from Gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday about a variety of issues the state is facing.Download AudioOver 100 students representing all of the Anchorage School District’s middle schools gathered in the lobby of the Loussac Library’s Wilda Marston Theatre.While they were waiting for the forum to begin, students and teachers munched on Moose’s Tooth Pizza while mingling with Gubernatorial candidates Byron Mallott, Bill Walker, and current Governor Sean Parnell.Once the pizza was finished, everyone filed into the auditorium to hear the candidates respond to a number of questions generated by students and teachers, who worked together to research topics they thought Alaska’s next governor needs to address.Governor Sean Parnell, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, speaks with students prior to the AARP-sponsored candidate forum on April 30, 2014. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)“Our question is, do you think Alaskans should be required to show a photo ID to vote? Why or why not?” Robert King, an 8th grader at Clark Middle School, said.When the candidates addressed the question during the forum, they answered with a unanimous “no” – primarily because it would limit Alaskan’s ability to vote…especially in rural communities.Corin Kotzke is an 8th grader at Romig Middle School. He was particularly interested in the candidates’ responses to education-related questions.“I would like to see another increase in the base student allocation and more stability for the jobs of teacher so teachers don’t have to be worrying about retirement and class sizes will be reduced so there can be more 1-on-1 working with teachers and students,” Kotzke said.All of the candidates said they are in favor of improving Alaska’s education system.Republican candidate Governor Sean Parnell says education funding has increased substantially since he has been in office.Independent candidate Bill Walker says the best way to increase education funding is for the state to generate more revenue with more resource development.And Democratic candidate Byron Mallott says education must be funded fully… and create certainty for students, teachers and administrators.But Romig 8th grader Aaron Jenkins wasn’t satisfied with those answers. He wanted more specifics from the candidates“I was hoping to hear some of the 7th period that they are proposing for high schools next year,” Jenkins said. “Yeah, they did talk about their plans to increase the budget for schools, but not their plans for the schools themselves – which I would have liked to hear.”Other topics ranged from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid in Alaska, to the growth of Alaska’s economy, and how to strike a balance between new construction and maintaining existing infrastructure.Byron Mallott – the Democratic candidate – was happy with the forum’s turnout. And he says it’s important that adults work to get young people interested and involved in the political process.“In many ways, Alaska is a vast land, but it’s a small community,” Mallott said. “And children influence every aspect of our lives; they should be our highest priority.”The forum was organized by AARP Alaska and moderated by Andrew Halcro, of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and Jeannine English, the incoming AARP National President.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR) says the government fails to ease suffering for home-bound people. Homebound people at Gabtali Bus Stand. Photo: Zahidul KarimThe National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR) said that government initiatives for home bound people’s safe and risk-free journey during Eid holidays were not sufficient, reports UNB.The organisation on Wednesday made the allegation in a pre-Eid observation report, said a press release.But overall security in all bus terminals in the capital, including Sadarghat launch terminal and Kamlapur rail station, are satisfactory, the civil rights body admitted.The observation said that holidaymakers were suffering on roads from Dhaka to different parts of the country, including 21 districts of south-western region, due to intolerable gridlock on Dhaka-Chittagong highway and lack of proper management on Shimulia (Munshiganj) and Paturia (Manikganj) ferry ghat.According to observation, the authorities concerned have failed to protect timetable disaster of launches and trains. They also failed to stop collection of extra bus and launch fare from holiday makers.The NCPSRR said that about 1.29 crore people would leave Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj for different districts during the Eid. Of them, about 55 percent would use roads, 25 percent waterways and 20 percent railways, which would put huge extra pressure on bus, railway and launch terminals, the press release said.According to the observation, among 87 launches, plying the Padma’s Shimulia-Kathalbari river route regularly, almost 90 percent are structurally and technically faulty and have gone past their economic lifetime years before.The report said a huge portion of roads are dilapidated, and the number of risky turning points on several highways is abnormally high. different parts of the country, including Dhaka to Chittagong, Aricha, Tangail, Mymensingh and Sylhet highway, which would be threat to smooth and safe journey.last_img read more

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first_imgTear gas is seen while police take their position in the street of Dhaka on 8 February 2018. Photo: Reuters Dhaka fails to respond to UN`s rights concerns: HRWThe Bangladesh delegation to the United Nation’s ‘Universal Periodic Review (UPR)’ in Geneva on 14 May, failed to respond to pressing human rights concerns in the country, according to Human Rights Watch.The New York-based rights group insisted that the Bangladesh government should use the UPR at the UN Human Rights Council as a “time for reflection, not self-congratulation”.Instead, HRW said, the law minister, Anisul Huq, speaking for the government, highlighted only what their administration considered to be positive steps.The minister had just glossed over concerns about critical issues such as enforced disappearances, secret and arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, and a crackdown on freedom of speech and association, HRW said in report ” Bangladesh: Skirting the Issues at the UN” issued on Wednesday.It recommended that Bangladesh should show its commitment to human rights by giving full consideration to recommendations from other countries and accepting those that would significantly improve its compliance with international human rights standards.Read more: UN calls for criminalising enforced disappearance in Bangladesh“Bangladesh needs to stop ignoring and start addressing serious human rights violations, such as when its security forces engage in enforced disappearances, killings, torture, and arbitrary arrests, many of them politically motivated,” said HRW Asia director Brad Adams.The report, however, mentioned that a number of member countries rightly praised the government’s willingness to open the Bangladesh border and provide aid to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fleeing atrocities by the Myanmar military.The Bangladesh delegation spoke at length about the progress on handling the influx of the Rohingya refugees but responded with silence and denial to questions and recommendations by several countries, including concerns about extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and attacks on human rights defenders, the report pointed out.“Bangladesh says it remains committed to doing right by the Rohingya refugees, but it should embrace that same principle towards its own citizens,” Adams said.“With national elections next [this] year, it is essential for the government to expand democratic space and provide room for debate and dissent.”Human Rights Watch and other groups have reported for many years about human rights concerns in Bangladesh, and many of these concerns were simply not addressed adequately by Bangladesh in the hearing., the report said.It recalled that the government pledged during the previous periodic review in 2013 to thoroughly and impartially investigate and prosecute all allegations of human rights violations, in particular by the security forces.”But it has ignored and denied reports of violations since then, including about violence by the security forces during the 2014 elections and against people who protested the conduct of the elections. The government delegation claimed that it is taking action against those responsible for abuse, but there is little evidence or transparency on this,” the HRW report observed.It said Human Rights Watch has also documented several cases in which members of the political opposition have been forcibly disappeared or secretly detained without charge. “Scores of Bangladesh National Party (BNP) supporters were unlawfully detained and several remains disappeared.”Another key concern to which the government delegation responded inadequately is attacks against critical media and nongovernmental organisations, HRW pointed out.Many people have been and continue to be jailed or charged under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act, which includes “vague and overbroad provisions to target free speech”. Section 57 has also been used to target key civil society leaders and institutions, the report added.”The government has also been using sedition and other criminal laws to target free speech.”last_img
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first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo people including a policeman were killed after a truck ran over them in Shikarikanada bypass area on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway of Mymensingh district on Wednesday morning.Deceased Saiful Islam, 30, a constable at Gazipur detective branch of police, was from Sreebardi upazila of Sherpur district, said Mymensingh Kotwali police station officer-in-charge Mahmudul Islam.Another deceased Abul Hossain, 28, was from Fulbaria upazila in Mymensingh, he added.The two were waiting by the road to catch a home-bound bus before the Eid-ul-Fitr, OC Mahmudul Islam said.A speedy truck ran over them in the area around 6:30am, leaving them dead on the spot.Police could not seize the truck or the driver, the OC said.We have kept the bodies at the police station, he added.last_img read more

September 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBrendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump waits to sign an executive action directing the Treasury secretary to review the Dodd-Frank financial oversight law in the Oval Office on Friday. The limitation of banks’ ability to take risks, in part through a provision known as the Volcker Rule (named after Obama administration economic adviser Paul Volcker), which prohibits banks from making certain types of speculative investments with their own money. President Trump signed two directives on Friday, ordering a review of financial industry regulations known as Dodd-Frank and halting implementation of a rule that requires financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.Trump himself made his intentions clear in a meeting with small business owners Monday. “Dodd-Frank is a disaster,” Trump said. “We’re going to be doing a big number on Dodd-Frank.”These executive actions are the start of a Trump administration effort to reverse or revise financial regulations put in place by the Obama administration and seen by Trump and his advisers as onerous and ineffective.Based on the description given by the administration official who briefed reporters, the directives the president is expected to sign Friday won’t immediately do a big number on the law. The directive will instruct the Treasury secretary to meet with the agencies that oversee the law to identify possible changes.“Americans are going to have better choices and Americans are going to have better products because we’re not going to burden the banks with literally hundreds of billions of dollars of regulatory costs every year,” said National Economic Council director Gary Cohn in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Cohn, who was president and COO at the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs before joining the administration, added, “The banks are going to be able to price product more efficiently and more effectively to consumers.”The president of the nonprofit Wall Street watchdog Better Markets issued a statement blasting Friday’s actions.“The American people trusted candidate Trump when he said he was going to protect them from Wall Street’s recklessness, but President Trump has betrayed that trust,” Dennis Kelleher’s statement says. “He is unleashing Wall Street on Main Street, which is exactly what the financial protections of Dodd Frank were put in place to prevent.”Hinting at where the administration might expect the review to lead, the official said that under the Obama administration, “some of the rules may have even been unconstitutional, creating new agencies that don’t actually protect consumers.”That is an allusion to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the consumer watchdog bureau which Republicans in Congress opposed from its very creation and was the subject of a years-long fight over its leadership and structure.“This is not an attempt to undo Dodd-Frank,” the administration official insisted before going on to explain that some of the work of changing regulations, including the so-called Volcker Rule to mitigate risks, could be done through personnel, putting Trump-allied people in charge at agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission.It isn’t clear yet how long the review would take, but the official says every aspect of the law will be considered.A second directive would call on the Department of Labor to defer implementation of an Obama-era rule, known as the Fiduciary Rule, requiring financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients in retirement planning.The deadline for implementation was supposed to be April. Echoing arguments of the financial services industry, the Trump administration official said the rule would have unintended consequences if allowed to go forward. The industry says the rule will make it harder for advisers to serve lower-income clients. Backers of the rule say it will prevent advisers from gouging customers by selling them inappropriate, high-fee products. Once the review is complete, the official said, it’s possible the Labor Department could determine the rule is completely unnecessary.This rule has been heavily lobbied and some financial industry organizations had been pushing for the Trump administration to delay it.Key provisions of Dodd-FrankDodd-Frank, passed in 2010, is made up of many provisions across many different regulatory agencies, some of which — like the Labor Department’s Fiduciary Rule — have yet to be implemented.The intent of the law was to implement comprehensive safeguards to monitor and regulate financial institutions so their potential failures would not pose a risk to the entire economy.Dodd-Frank established some key new institutions and rules:The creation of new agencies, including the Financial Stability Oversight Council, made up of 10 regulators representing the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission, among others. It also created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has broad authority to monitor and investigate financial institutions and enforce consumer rights. The creation of new standards for mortgages, including provisions requiring loan underwriters to better vet their borrowers’ ability to repay, and increasing consumer disclosure requirements to lenders.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit The creation of a mechanism to unwind large financial institutions if they run into trouble. The law required all financial institutions designated as “systemically important financial institutions” to prepare so-called “living wills.” These wills would give regulators more transparency into the bank or insurance firm’s activities, in order to better mitigate risk. The establishment of a structure for regulating a relatively new derivative market known as credit default swaps, which prior to the Dodd-Frank Act were largely unregulated. Major financial institutions traded these swaps, which functioned like insurance on mortgage securities, and as the underlying mortgages started to fail, it created enormous liabilities for firms like AIG. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Share Photo via Twitter @TexasSouthern Texas Southern University will be closed Monday, Dec. 18, due to a power outage. TSU announced the power outage Monday morning. At 9:15 a.m., the university said via Twitter it would close for the rest of the day except for essential personnel. TSU said to stay tuned to their website, social media and campus email for further updates. We currently have a power outage on campus. Backup generators in use. Stay tuned for updates.— Texas Southern (@TexasSouthern) December 18, 2017 9:15 a.m. UPDATE: Texas Southern University will be closed for the rest of the day, with the exception of essential personnel. We are addressing our ongoing power outage. Please stay tuned to our website, social media and campus e-mail for further updates.— Texas Southern (@TexasSouthern) December 18, 2017last_img read more

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first_img NIST System Sets Speed Record For Generation of Quantum Keys for ‘Unbreakable’ Encryption (—A team of German physicists has successfully demonstrated an ability to perform quantum key distribution (QKD) exchange between an airplane in flight and a ground station, paving the way perhaps to the same kinds of communications between satellites and ground stations which could lead to a global quantum based secure communications network. The team presented their results at the QCrypt convention this past week. Explore further Optical ground station. a Telescope of the optical ground station located on the roof of the DLR institute building next to the airport Oberpfa enhofen. b Closeup of the optical breadboard attached to the back of the main telescope mirror indicating the signal path for the qubits (green) and the beacon light (red). Credit: Sebastian Nauerth et al. Two make such a system work, the photons must be sent from one station and received by another. In this case, they were sent from a moving airplane using a laser and mirrors to a ground station that also used mirrors, no easy feat due to the sensitivity of attempting to read individual photons. Still the researchers managed to make it happen and perhaps even more remarkably, were able to hold on to the connection for ten minutes; long enough to transmit 10 kilobytes of data (at 145 qubits per second) with an error rate of just 4.8%. That’s enough to send a key, and that’s all that’s really needed to build quantum based network.Based on these results alone, it’s clear that a truly secure network could be put in place, in a battle zone for instance, with keys being transmitted from drones hovering overhead. But of course, that won’t be enough, the real goal will be to see if the same feat can be achieved between satellites and ground stations giving us a world where all communications can be made almost perfectly secure. Scientists have over the years developed some very powerful encryption schemes that are almost impossible to crack, yet virtually all of them rely on one weak point, the key that is used to unlock them. For this reason, cryptologists have been pinning their hopes on QKD. This is because of the nature of quantum bits; looking at or measuring them causes them to be changed, which would alert the true owners of the key that a breach has occurred.QKD is where encryption keys are generated based on the polarization of photons to represent 1s and 0s. The photons in such a system are converted to qubits on the receiving end where they can be read and interpreted. While the idea has been around for quite some time, it’s only recently that workable devices have actually been built. Prior to this new development, another team had achieved a QKD exchange between two stationary buildings. © 2012 More information: Paper PDF: … 12_submission_12.pdf The Do228 aircraft equipped with the ight terminal. One can see the optical dome underneath the fuselage (marker). a shows a closeup of this dome housing the coarse pointing assembly. b shows a schematic section view of the ight terminal. Credit: Sebastian Nauerth et al. Citation: Engineers achieve first airplane to ground quantum key distribution exchange (2012, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more