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June 15, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSince the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., opened in 2004, detainees and their families, civil rights activists and the community have protested the inhuman conditions from the use of solitary confinement to tainted meals. The monthly demonstration and vigil will be held there at 1623 E. J St., Sunday, June 13, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.NWDC Resistance is a grassroots organization that works to end the detention of immigrants and stop all deportations.The Department of Homeland Security manages the largest immigration detention system in the world with 200 immigration detention centers in the U.S. And the privately run NWDC Northwest Detention Center is one the third largest detention center in the U.S. of 200 in the U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees there have been unnecessarily exposed to COVID-19. GEO Group operates the detention center, which is slated to be shut down by 2025 under recently passed state legislation banning for-profit prisons.Demands include: End the transfer of ICE prisoners released from Washington and Oregon state prisons to the Northwest Detention Center. Stop sending prisoners to the Center from the border and throughout the country! Shut down the NWDC before its contract expires in 2025! No to a failed immigration policy that follows the policies of Trump’s regime! Open up visitation rights to prisoners’ families and supporters!For more information, contact Seattle International Action Center at (206) 218-4417.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

August 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPolice and security officials in Grenada, on Friday cast ballots ahead of the March 13 poll with electoral officials indicating there could be a high turnout.By midday Friday –  Supervisor of Election, Alex Phillip, said at least 50 to 75 per cent of the police officers had already cast their votes, much higher than the 30 per cent the office had recorded when Grenadians voted in a referendum in 2016.The referendum had a low turnout but there is a clear indication that there is a higher turnout for the general elections,” Phillip said.Ballots sealed until TuesdayAt the end of the voting on Friday, the ballots were sealed and will not be opened until Tuesday when the general population will cast votes for candidates representing the parties seeking control of the 15-member Parliament.Electoral officials say just over 78,000 people are registered to cast ballots in the general election, which is being contested by 45 candidates representing seven political parties as well as two independent candidates.The election is seen as a straight battle between the ruling New National Party (NNP) headed by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by former finance minister Nazim Burke.In the 2013 general election, the NNP won all 15 seats.last_img read more

December 24, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgA Donegal sports club is doing its bit to ensure special needs pre-schools are not left behind.Following the Let Me, Be Me! Campaign to preserve specialist pre-schools in Donegal, it is important to highlight the importance of these schools in this county. One of the two schools which is under threat of closure, following a decision to cut resource teaching hours to school children with special needs, is Ballaghderg Special Needs Pre-School in Letterkenny.Three Rivers Badminton which is based in the Oak Tree Business Park, Killygordon has been very active over the last few years in not only trying to highlight and develop the sport of badminton in this county but also to use the growth of the club to highlight and raise funds for local groups.Through one of the clubs’ families, Three Rivers got involved with Ballaghderg Pre-School with the intentions of raising enough money for an iPad for the school.Through various events ran during the season by the club and assistance from the clubs sponsor, Kelly’s of Mountain Top Letterkenny, €300 was raised for Ballaghderg Pre-School. Following the emphasis on the work being carried out to reverse the decision made to cut back on resources for the schools, Three Rivers Badminton along with Kelly’s Mountain Top would like to highlight the importance of schools like Ballaghderg not only to the children who attend it but also to the families of the children.Three Rivers will be kicking off their new season with the senior club kicking off this month and the juniors kicking off in September. For more information on the club, you can not only find information on facebook but you can also e-mail [email protected] for their welcome pack which includes all the information required if you are interested in joining.Three Rivers would not only like to thank Kellys for their support to the club but also to all the volunteer coaches and helpers who make the club the success that it is. BADMINTON CLUB DOES ITS BIT FOR NEEDY SPECIAL PRE-SCHOOL was last modified: August 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IpadThree Rivers Badminton Clublast_img read more

December 19, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgJustice MalalaWriting in the New York Times in late July this year, Howard W French told a truth often ignored.“As a matter of convention,” he wrote, “we constantly say and write things about Africa that would be unimaginable with any other continent.“An often thoughtless broad-brush treatment belies the fact of diversity on a continent of 53 countries (even this is not a settled number) and close to a billion inhabitants, a place of light and dark, rich and poor, increasingly well-governed and still appallingly ill­governed people.”These words came back to me a few days after they were published while I listened to the speeches at the Sunday Times Book Awards on 1 August. As the finalists and winners were announced to a room packed with government ministers, academics, authors, publishers, intellectuals and journalists, it occurred to me that perhaps here, in South Africa, we are beginning to show that indeed we are like the rest of the world.We are, in French’s words, “light and dark, rich and poor”. In so many of the works that nearly made it, and the two fiction and non-fiction titles that finally won, this world of light and dark is explored and expanded upon. It is more than light and dark: it is a multicoloured thing, complex and worthy of investigation.In politics, Africa conjures up certain images. People speak of the “dark continent” and easily draw the line towards the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin or the former Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko.And yet I know I have lived for five years under the most benign, democratic presidential term many anywhere in the world can ever have known. I lived from 1994 to 1999 under President Nelson Mandela. That image, that five years, and the 10 after it under Thabo Mbeki, is not the “dark continent”. It is another country. It is the shining light to the dark.I write two weekly columns for two different publications. Never once have I felt that I cannot write what I like; criticise as I like, offend as I feel. I live in a free country.As I write this the new president of our republic, Jacob Zuma, has just visited a township where over the past few weeks there have been service delivery riots. The people of Balfour complained about poor provision of water, electricity and corruption.Zuma arrived unannounced, walked and talked with the people of the township and then went to the mayor’s office. A worker tucking into her lunch was so shocked to see him there her plate fell out of her hands and smashed to the floor.The mayor was not around. Zuma told his officials he would sit in the mayor’s office until the man came to the office. Many have asked why the mayor was not at his desk. He could have been out seeing residents – like Zuma. In the dark light, in the broad brush, many rushed to say he was lazy and was caught out by the president.The man had been booked off sick. He roused himself out of bed and came to see Zuma. Sometimes, you see, things are grey. Not dark, not light. This is what Africa needs: the chance to be all shades, not just the “dark continent”.Over the past few years the eyes of the international community have increasingly been turning towards South Africa. With the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup in June, the Lions Tour and the Indian Premier League, billions of people across the world were glued to their television screens watching the various sports events unfold.At the end of each of these sports fests, not many would say that South Africa had not pulled off the organisation spectacularly well. I remember speaking to Hans Klaus, head of communications for Fifa, who told me that if anyone ever thought the 2010 World Cup could not be staged in South Africa then they had their answer: the Confederations Cup was an outstanding success.On the economic front, many across the world expected the Zuma administration to follow a leftist economic slant due to the ruling African National Congress’s closeness to its trade union allies. Talk of nationalization of mines was rife. Yet Zuma has dismissed this talk.The respected ratings agency Moody in July showed its faith in the new government’s economic policy probity by upgrading its foreign currency rating. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan welcomed the move, saying: “We welcome their understanding that President Zuma’s government … is committed to maintaining a very sound approach to fiscal policy, but at the same time ensuring that we remain agile and responsive to the many challenges that countries like South Africa face.”Dark continent? Hardly.So what favours can we be done as we hurtle inexorably to the 2010 World Cup? How can the world help us? No favours, really, except for the world’s eyes to be opened, for our “light and dark” to be seen in full splendour and not rolled into one “dark continent”. The world merely needs to start seeing Africa, and South Africa, as a place of many shades, of many contradictions, of many triumphs and many failures. Like Europe, like any other place on earth.It is the least the world can do for us. It is all we ask for. The rest, the proof (if any is needed) that we are special, is up to us.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgA key analysis of wreckage from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has confirmed a flap from the aircraft’s right wing was stowed, effectively killing off a theory that the plane was in a controlled dive.The finding is one of several supporting the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s initial analysis of the crash and indicates the plane is still somewhere close to the seventh arc generated by the final signal between the plane, a geostationary satellite and a ground station in Perth.A report released today by the ATSB said a further analysis of the signals was consistent  with aircraft being in a “a high and increasing rate of descent’’ as it plunged towards the ocean.Preliminary results of a drift analysis by Australia’s top scientific organisation, the CSIRO, also indicated it was unlikely that debris originated from the south of the current search area.“The northern most simulated regions were also found to be less likely,’’ it said. “Drift analysis work is ongoing and is expected to refine these results.’’The analysis of the right, outboard flap section was considered a key piece of evidence and the ATSB sent its findings to manufacturer Boeing to have them verified. It is one of more than 20 items of debris that have been brought to the attention of the investigator and are of interest.They include a panel section from the right horizontal stabiliser, a piece of engine cowling, a piece of panelling from a closet adjacent to a door and a trailing edge section of the left outboard flap.Both flap sections had unique identifying numbers linking them, though manufacturing records, to the missing plane and to Malaysia Airlines and were deemed to be “almost certainly’’ from the aircraft.The flap was examined for any interaction with mechanisms, supports and surrounding components that could indicate its state at the time it was broken off.Investigators found that damage to components at the inboard end of the outboard was consistent with the flap being retracted and an adjacent flaperon being in the neutral position.The flap would have been extended had a pilot been preparing the plane for a controlled ditching and the flaperon would been in a down position.“The possibility of the damage originating from a more complex failure sequence, commencing with the flaps extended, was considered much less likely,’’ the report said.“With the flap in the retracted position, alignment of the flap and flaperon rear spar lines, along with the close proximity of the two parts, indicated a probable relationship between two areas of damage around the rear spars of the parts.“This was consistent with contact between the two parts during the aircraft breakup sequence, indicating that the flaperon was probably aligned with the flap, at or close to the neutral (faired) position.’’The ATSB earlier this year had Boeing run a series of additional scenarios using a sophisticated engineering simulator  to determine end-of-flight scenarios.Simulations that experienced a descent rate consistent with the ranges and timing from the burst frequency offset analysis general hit the water within 15 nautical miles of the seventh arc.But it also found the aircraft was capable of traveling rearwards from the direction of travel about 21 nautical miles and in some instances it remained airborne for approximately 20 minutes after the second engine flameout.The report has been released ahead of a three-day First Principles Review Summit which brings together experts and officials from the countries involved in the search for MH370. Australian Transport Minister  Darren Chester said the  “First Principles Review Summit” brought together an “extraordinary team of Australian and international experts”’ who had been involved in the search for MH370, to review all the available data and analysis associated with the search.“The experts will also inform the remainder of the search effort, and develop guidance for any future search operations,’’ he said.“A report detailing the findings of the review will be released after the meeting.“Australia, Malaysia, and China continue to work together to find MH370. My thoughts, and the thoughts of all those involved in the summit, remain with the families and friends of the 239 passengers and crew.”Mr Chester stopped short of ruling out a new search if new  information emerged but said an agreement struck in July  to end the search once the current 120,000 sq. km area of high probability was swept remained in force unless this happened.He said it was not his role to second-guess the experts and the Australian government worked in partnership with its Malaysian and Chinese counterparts on these issues. “Quite rightly, we will continue to explore every bit of information that’s available, and allow the experts from the ATSB in Australia, also the international experience, to inform our efforts,’’ he saidMr Chester rejected suggestions the search, which he described as an “historic and heroic effort’’, had been pointless.“We are doing the best we possibly can, and we assembled experts from around the world to reassess the data that’s available to us and then make our decisions,’’ he said.The search is continuing with two ships now back in the field with remote vehicles capable of re-checking anomalies already mapped and investigating the canyons and ravines in water up to 6kms deep .The experts reviewing the search include four B777 captains as well as representatives from accident investigators in the US, the UK and Malaysia as well as scientists,  manufacturer Boeing and technology companies such as Inmarsat and Thales.The head of the ATSB search, Peter Foley, said his team had devoted an extraordinary amount of time to solving the MH370 puzzle and was motivated by the desire to find the aircraft for the families and for aviation safety more broadly.He said the the  conference would look again at the evidence gathered so far and any new analysis that was emerging in areas such as drift analysis.“I think also it’s a chance to look back and see if there’s anything else that we can possibly do to better our understanding, any additional work that can be done to better our understanding about what happened to that aircraft,’’ he said.Asked if this was a last shot for the searchers, Mr Foley said: “I don’t think there’s a last shot, I think we’re doing what’s a sensible approach at this point and that’s to review all the evidence we have and look at the analysis and see if there’s anything extra that can be done.”last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img2 May 2012 President Jacob Zuma, in talks with visiting Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday, extended an invitation to the Asian nation to invest in South Africa’s massive, state-led infrastructure drive. “We have once again extended an invitation to Indian business to invest in our infrastructure development programme, in which we are to invest more than R800-billion until 2014,” Zuma said following his meeting in Pretoria with Patil, who began his state visit to the country on Wednesday. Zuma noted the fact that relations between the two countries dated back many years, that South Africa and India also shared a history of struggle against colonial oppression and racism, as well as “deep social, economic and cultural ties”.R111-billion trade target for 2014 While trade was increasing steadily, “we should all work to reach even higher figures”, Zuma told journalists. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, trade between the two countries stood at R48.2-billion as of November 2011, with South African exports at R21.9-billion and imports from India at R26.3-billion. The two countries have set a bilateral trade target of R111-billion to be reached by 2014. Patil said relations between South African and India had taken on a robust and dynamic character, adding that strong institutional frameworks for co-operation in the economic, political and technological fields were in place. “Our bilateral relations today are wide-ranging, multi-dimensional and mutually beneficial,” Patil told journalists. “Our shared and abiding commitment to the ideals of democracy has only reinforced our close and friendly ties.”‘Opportunities need to be explored’ Since the establishment of full diplomatic relations between South Africa and India in 1993, numerous high-level visits have taken place between the two countries, with cooperation agreements signed in trade, investment, education, defence, and information and communication technology (ICT). “We have agreed to monitor the implementation of various agreements that exist,” Patil said, adding that they were looking into expanding these into areas including health, science and technology and infrastructure. “We felt that considerable opportunities need to be explored,” said Patil, adding that India was also interested in working with South Africa to develop a Ghandi heritage site in the country. Zuma said the two presidents had looked at ways in which “we can further translate our historical ties into meaningful socio-economic development cooperation.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

December 16, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThat photo above is from my basement. In case you missed my last article, I just bought a 1961 ranch-style house in Atlanta and am embarking on the wonderful building science adventure of turning it into a high-performance home. Ultimately, I’d like to take it all the way to net-zero energy. My father-in-law, who sold us the house (Thanks, Stewart!), had some work done to improve it several years ago, so that water spot you see above is dry now. It just looks really nasty.Until this week, though, I didn’t know what source of moisture created the spot. Was it rainwater from outdoors leaking in through a penetration in the band joist? Was it a plumbing leak from the nearby kitchen? Was it groundwater climbing up the foundation wall by capillary action and finding an opening at this location?Actually, it was none of those. Let’s peel back the layers and see what we can find. Here’s another photo, this time with the ceiling tile pulled away.Water damage on the original ceiling in our basement.Here you can see that the current dropped ceiling isn’t the original one. At some earlier time, there was wood paneling in that corner where the moisture damage is. Above the paneling, you can see spray foam. But what else is going on up there? Let’s take a look.A supply duct is in the space right above the water damage.Well, there’s more foam, but if you look closely on the left side, you can see a bit of grey metal. That’s part of the duct that goes into the wall and delivers conditioned air to the den above.Ah, now we’re getting somewhere! In summer, that duct gets very cold when the air conditioner runs. And cold surfaces can condense water vapor out of the air if the dew point is high enough.Now, when you run an air conditioner and are able to achieve the ACCA recommended indoor design conditions of 75° F and 50% relative humidity, the dew point is 55° F. (That’s a handy fact for building science types to know, so you might want to remember it.) Also, the temperature of the air coming out of an air conditioner is usually between 55° F and 58° F.So, cold air in the duct at close to or slightly above the design dew point should not present a huge condensation problem. That is, this duct shouldn’t have gotten enough condensation to cause the damage you see in the above photos unless either the duct was much colder than 55° F or the dew point in the room was significantly higher than 55° F.I can guarantee you that duct, a good 20 ft. from the air conditioner, wasn’t much colder than 55° F. So that leaves the humidity much higher than it should have been. But where was the water vapor coming from? Here’s another look above the dropped ceiling.What is the source of the excess humidity that caused the water damage?The moisture-damaged area is in the left center part of the photo above. Those two copper water pipes go to the kitchen. (That 3/4-in. pipe on the left is the culprit responsible for the slow hot water delivery I mentioned in my last article.) Notice that the two pipes go through a gap that’s 1-1/2 in. high. Here’s another view of the gap.The source of the excess humidity was the crawlspaceThrough that gap and on the other side of that wall is a crawlspace. The outside of that part of the house has foundation vents, indicating that the house was built with a vented crawlspace. And anyone who knows a little building science can tell you that vented crawlspaces and the psychrometric chart are not friends. Translation: The vents in crawlspaces don’t solve moisture problems; they create them.That was the source of the moisture. I say “was” because about four years ago, PV Heating & Air (the same company that put the new HVAC system in our office) encapsulated the crawlspace. I don’t know the whole history of the work done on the house, but there’s also a small dehumidifier in the basement so the humidity down there is much better. The dew point in that part of the basement now is running at about 50° F, well below the design dew point.In short, the problem in this basement was that someone back in the history of the house did not understand the first rule for preventing humidity damage:Keep humid air away from cool surfaces.Had they followed that rule, the ceiling tile would still be fine. The wood paneling above it wouldn’t be falling apart. And the duct above wouldn’t have become an accidental dehumidifier.Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. All photos courtesy of Energy Vanguard.last_img read more

December 15, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Perks: More Storage And Better Security For users, the Mega message is less clear. Whether they were using Megaupload for piracy or legitimate file sharing, the site’s users have had to move on to other means of transferring bits across the Internet. For some, that means services like Dropbox while others moved to Megaupload-esque solutions like Rapidshare and Mediafire, both of which have made changes to their functionality and public posture since the Megaupload raid. Where ever they went, Dotcom is hoping to lure those users back with tightened security and ample storage space. On the surface, Mega’s offering is pretty tempting. While Dropbox and Box.net limit free users to 2GB to 5GB of storage, Mega lets you pile up 50GB worth of data before asking you to pay. The premium subscriptions start at 500GB for $10 per month and go up to 4TB for $30 a month. Given History, Is It Worth It?Sure, Mega is also much more secure than its predecessor, using super-tight asymmetric encryption to keep data secure and out of view from curious governments and other third parties. But no matter how good it is, do you really want to store your valuable data on a service tied to Kim Dotcom? When you sign up for Mega, it’s hard not to think about what happened to the founder’s last filesharing product. You can’t help but picture the armed raid and simultaneous seizure of Megaupload’s servers.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… john paul titlow Tags:#filesharing#Kim Dotcom#megaupload#piracy#security A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img In an over-the-top press event at his New Zealand mansion last weekend, the notorious Kim Dotcom unveiled a new cloud storage service called Mega. From the ashes of his now-defunct Megaupload, which was shut down by U.S authorities exactly one year ago, rises a service that promises to be incredibly secure and better at handling copyright complaints.But will users flock to it? More to the point, should you use it?On a personal level, Mega is a big win for Kim Dotcom. With it, he shows the world that the military-style raid on his mansion one year ago (which was theatrically mimicked during the Mega launch event) did not succeed in bringing him down, even as he faces criminal charges over Megaupload’s alleged involvement in copyright infringement.  It’s also hard not to think about Kyle Goodwin. He’s the Ohio-based high school sports broadcaster who was using Megaupload to transfer video files between himself and the video editors he had hired to help produce his broadcasts. After one of his external hard drives was damaged, Goodwin tried logging into his Megaupload account to retrieve his old files. By then, the FBI had already seized the servers, locking Goodwin and plenty of other users out of their data. He has since been involved in a class action lawsuit demanding that authorities give non-infringing users access to their Megaupload data.  How likely is a shutdown of Mega? Thanks to the way the service was built and the lessons learned from the demise of Megaupload, probably pretty remote. But for some users, it’s going to be tough to swallow the idea of trusting a service that is so intrinsically linked with the subject of a major, ongoing criminal prosecution. Other than the color scheme, the Mega interface isn’t all that different from that of Megaupload. Even the logo’s typography is the same: It looks like they just lobbed off the “upload” and changed the color. It just feels a lot like a site with which many people are familiar, but which has been replaced with an FBI anti-piracy warning message. Potential Security HolesPlus, as big of an improvement as Mega may be when it comes to privacy and security, it’s not perfect. In a detailed analysis of Mega’s security, Ars Technica pointed out that the JavaScript-based method of randomly generating numbers for the encryption keys isn’t the most rock-solid option available. “The end result of this is that it is easier (not easy, but easier) to reverse-engineer a Mega user’s private RSA key than it should be,” writes Lee Hutchinson. “That means it’s easier to spoof the identity of a Mega user when sending messages or files.”The site has other limitations as well. For one, it’s very insistent that people use Chrome to access Mega, due to its advanced implementation of HTML5 features. Not even the latest versions of Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer or Safari will suffice. Despite this strict adherence to the latest in Web standards, Mega still relies on Flash for some tasks, like downloading files. That means it won’t work on iOS devices until Mega submits official apps, which Apple may or may not approve. What does that all add up to? For users like Kyle Goodwin, who have a day-to-day need to rely heavily on cloud-based file storage for critical data, Mega remains a bit of a gamble. But for sharing miscellaneous, backed-up files here and there, there’s little reason to not give it a try. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

December 12, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDr. Victor Harris of the University of Florida will present the Personal Finance web conference on Tuesday, June 26 at 2 p.m. ET. “9 Important $kills for Talking About Money” will use research from Dr. John Gottman’s studies of couple communication.Talking about finances can be difficult, so many couples avoid the topic altogether, which leads to conflicts and disagreements. This web conference will provide strategies for successfully discussing finances and will give participants skills they can practice during the conference and at home.Our team and Dr. Harris have identified a number of online resources that support the topics to be discussed in this web conference. To review this list, click here. AFC-credentialed participants can earn 1.5 CEUs from AFCPE for participating in this 90-minute web conference.This web presentation will be the first the Military Families Learning Network has hosted on the Department of Defense’s Adobe Connect webinar hosting platform. To join the web conference, log in as a “guest” a few minutes before 2 p.m. ET on June 26.Do you have questions you’d like to share with our presenter? Leave them here in the comments and we’ll share them during the web conference.last_img read more