Kamala Harris raises USD23 million this year

first_imgWashington: California’s powerful Indian-origin Democratic Senator Kamala Harris has raised more than USD 23 million since she announced her presidential bid in January. Among over 20 Democratic presidential aspirants, Harris, 54, whose mother had migrated to the US from Chennai, is running neck and neck with former US vice president Joe Biden, particularly after her impressive show at the first Democratic debate held recently. Harris’s presidential campaign raised nearly USD 12 million from more than 279,000 people in the second quarter of 2019. Almost 150,000 new donors contributed to her campaign during the second quarter. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping In total, she has raised more than USD 23 million since she announced her presidential bid in January. According to a campaign statement, Harris brought in more than USD 7 million through her digital programme alone. The campaign’s average contribution was USD 39, and the average online contribution was just USD 24. Harris launched her campaign on January 21 with a promise to reject money from corporate political action committees and federal lobbyists. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang So far, Harris’ campaign has brought in nearly half a million dollars this quarter from its online store, which has already sold 1,400 ‘That Little Girl Was Me’ t-shirts that feature a now-viral photo of Harris as a young girl. This was the single best-selling item in the month of June, despite not being available until June 28. “The momentum Kamala Harris is seeing right now is buoyed by hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters who believe in her 3 am Agenda to address the issues keeping people up at night,” said Harris campaign manager Juan Rodriguez. “As it has been from the beginning, this campaign is powered by the people. These resources will help expand Kamala’s growing strength in this primary and put her position to win the Democratic nomination, Rodriguez said. Following her commanding performance in the first debate, Harris will return to campaign in New Hampshire Sunday, July 14. At a house party in Gilford and a town hall in Somersworth, Harris will discuss her plans to deliver tangible solutions to the real challenges facing American families. A day earlier, she announced her USD 100 billion plan to invest in minority home ownership to address the racial wealth gap. The plan would affect four million home buyers who either live on rent or in historically redlined communities’ area, amend the credit reporting process and hold lenders accountable for discriminatory practices. “I will remove unfair barriers Black Americans face when they go to qualify for a home loan. I will strengthen anti-discrimination lending laws and implement stricter enforcement. And I’ll invest I’ll invest through the federal government USD 100 billion to put home ownership within the reach for those who live in redlined communities and it would help up to four million families with down payments and closing costs,” Harris said.last_img read more

Rockin n rollin on Mars Rolling Stones have space rock named after

first_imgThe Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career. But now their influence has gone into space after NASA’s Mars InSight Mission named a rock on the planet after the band. Slightly larger than a golf ball, the “Rolling Stones Rock” is said to have rolled some 3 feet (1 meter), spurred by the InSight spacecraft’s thrusters during touchdown on Mars in November, NASA said. “In images taken by InSight the next day, several divots in the orange-red soil can be seen trailing Rolling Stones Rock,” it said. “It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. announced the name as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were about to perform on Thursday night at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium, close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Rolling Stones, known for hits such as “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Brown Sugar”, called the honour “a milestone in our long and eventful history”. While the “Rolling Stones Rock” name is informal, it will feature on working maps of Mars, NASA said, but only the International Astronomical Union can give official scientific names for locations, asteroids and other objects in the solar system. NASA is using its robotic mission to Mars to help set the stage for manned missions to the Red Planet. As a gateway to that lofty goal, the space agency’s Artemis programme will send humans to the moon, to prepare them for further space exploration. A giant leap for mankind — and the Rolling Stones, already immortalized in popular culture, are now also a part of space exploration history.last_img read more

North American stock markets recovered some of Wednesdays deep losses

first_imgTORONTO – North American markets recovered some of the prior day’s deep losses, continuing the volatility of recent weeks.There was a pretty solid rebound Thursday overall, said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist for SIA Wealth Management.“Not only did we see stocks come back but we saw oil come back, which I thought also was encouraging since both of them had been hammered pretty badly in the last week,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was up 51 cents at US$67.33 per barrel. That’s still the third-lowest level in two months.“I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet and I still think there’s going to be bumpy and choppy 13 more weeks but it’s definitely really encouraging to see investors step up and for markets to hang onto their gains.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 14.95 points at 14,924.08 after losing 376.04 points on Wednesday. It hit an intraday high of 15,009.91 on 296.8 million shares traded.The cannabis-heavy health care sector led, gaining 2.8 per cent, followed by the technology and energy sectors.“It was a good day for technology on this side of the border too, it’s just that it’s not as big in the Canadian market, but we’re definitely benefiting from the same forces that drove up tech stocks in the States,” said Cieszynski.Gold was one of four sectors that lost ground, along with materials, utilities and telecom.Financials and real estate were in the middle, gaining less than half a per cent on the day.Cieszynski said he expected financials could struggle with interest rates on the rise.“That impacts all the interest-sensitive sectors — financials, real estate, utilities — as all kind of stuck in the same boat at this point.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 401.12 points to 24,984.55 after Wednesday’s selloff pushed the market to a loss for the year. The S&P 500 index was up 49.47 points to 2,705.57, while the Nasdaq composite was up 209.93 points or almost three per cent to 7,318.34.Although markets are going through a period of high volatility, they will likely recover later in the year, added Cieszynski.He noted that corporate results have generally been positive even though some haven’t met expectations.“It’s not like the wheels are falling off, it’s just that markets got way too far ahead of themselves and needed to come back to earth and that’s what we’ve been seeing, but I do think that the underlying North American economy remains positive.”The upcoming U.S. midterm elections could cause further uncertainty and contribute to volatility dragging well into November, he added.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.48 cents US compared with an average of 76.75 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was up 2.9 of a cent at US$3.26 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$1.30 at US$1,232.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.3 of a cent at US$2.75 a pound.last_img read more

India eyeing bridge or undersea tunnel to link Sri Lanka

“When I met ADB officials (in June), they told me to look at a connectivity project between the Indian mainland and Sri Lanka as well. They said that they would finance it. They proposed a bridge between Rameswaram and Sri Lanka,” Gadkari said. The BBIN pact seeks to open up vehicular traffic in order to give impetus to trade and sub-regional cooperation, a key element of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s neighbourhood policy.According to Sri Lankan diplomats, the idea of connecting India and Sri Lanka by a bridge or undersea tunnel has not been broached by the New Delhi government in recent times.But news reports say the idea of a land bridge or a causeway between India and Sri Lanka was mooted back in 2002 by current Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his earlier stint. The idea behind it was to enable trucks from southern India to ferry goods to the Colombo port, one of the largest in the region. However, there were strong objections from some sections in Sri Lanka, who said the plan would mean Sri Lanka will be seen as an “extension of India”, according to media reports. India, after signing a road transport agreement with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, is said to be considering an ambitious bridge or undersea tunnel linking the Indian mainland with Sri Lanka, Livemint reported.India was mulling the project after the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) suggested that India look at a project linking Sri Lanka, India’s roads minister Nitin Gadkari said at a Mint Conversation, a platform where special invitees interact with Mint staff. Connectivity as been a key theme in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) for many years now and a beginning was made when India signed the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) transport pact in June in the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu.The pact was proposed after Saarc, which also includes Afghanistan, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, failed to conclude a motor vehicles pact, along with an agreement on regional railways when the leaders of the eight nations met in Kathmandu in November 2014. This was because Pakistan was unable to secure internal clearances. India-Pakistan squabbles have been blamed for Saarc failing to realize its potential for economic integration. “It (the idea of a corridor) is a good idea. But I think it will take time to fructify,” said a person familiar with the developments who did not want to be named. “If it works out, it will definitely give a boost to sub regional cooperation within Saarc.” Currently, India is connected to Sri Lanka by at least 100 flights a week. A ferry link between Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu and Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka was snapped in 1983, when the Tamil-Sinhala ethnic conflict erupted in Sri Lanka.Another ferry service that was started in 2011 between Tuticorin (in Tamil Nadu) and Colombo after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009, was discontinued as the operator deemed it uneconomical. (Colombo Gazette) “When I recently visited Rotterdam (Netherlands), I visited an immersed tunnel connecting Rotterdam and Belgium. So, it could be an immersed tunnel or a bridge. We are looking at it,” the minister said. read more

Top UN forum on food security focuses on eradicating hunger by 2030

Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told the assembled delegates that last month’s approval of the 2030 Agenda “brings new momentum to our efforts.” “Now the world has a set date to end hunger, to achieve food security and to end malnutrition in all its forms,” said Mr. da Silva. “I do not doubt that we can become the Zero Hunger generation.” The CFS is an intergovernmental body that serves as a forum for the review and follow up of food security and nutrition policies. It also gives the opportunity for participants from civil society and the private sector to have a voice in policy decisions. “CFS is different. So let’s go out there and make this difference,” said Chairperson for the CFS Gerda Verburg. “We are running one single race, all together, to goal Zero Hunger.” The four-day meeting will include remarks by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Kanayo F. Nwanze and World Food Programe (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, as well as discussions on nutrition policies and initiatives that focus on youth engagement in the global pledge to eradicate hunger. Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson will give the keynote speech during a session on strengthening global linkages and dialogue between the CFS and other food security and nutrition organizations. CFS will also discuss water and food security and nutrition based on the report on the subject by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. Discussions are also expected to approve the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises, a voluntary agreement which seeks to ensure that humanitarian and development efforts are integrated in the increasing number of areas undergoing protracted crises, with a special focus on the nutritional needs of infants and the most vulnerable people. Mr. da Silva congratulated CFS delegates for what he called a “major achievement in policy convergence” on a complex subject, noting that FAO is already putting the Framework’s principles into practice. read more

Prediction This NCAA Tournament Will Keep Being Bonkers

We’re a week into this year’s NCAA Tournament, and we’ve already seen crazy comebacks and upsets, games that hinged on the outcome of a single shot (make and miss), and wins from teams seeded Nos. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. A case has been made that it was the greatest start to an NCAA tourney ever, which isn’t ridiculous.But that’s just the run to the Sweet 16. As for championship odds, has anything really changed since Selection Sunday?We knew going in that this was a notably wide-open college basketball season with no clear favorite. And despite the tournament’s wild start, the odds have barely moved in any team’s favor. Kansas began as the favorite according to our prediction model, with a 19 percent probability of winning it all; it remains the favorite, at 21 percent. No team has seen its title chances boosted by more than a handful of percentage points; North Carolina has enjoyed the biggest bump, from 15 percent to 19 percent.In other words, we haven’t learned much about how this whole thing is going to shake out — and that’s probably for the best if exciting basketball is what we want.According to our Elo ratings, Kansas is the strongest team remaining in this year’s tournament. (Elo ratings, which we’re fond of using across many sports, help estimate a team’s strength at any given moment.) But among Sweet 16 field leaders since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, its rating is seventh-weakest. Meanwhile, Notre Dame, the worst of the teams still in the tournament by Elo, is the sixth-strongest team to hold that distinction since ’85. The result is a balanced crop of Sweet 16 entrants, with the fourth-smallest spread between best and worst out of the past 32 tournaments. 19991Duke229910Purdue1834464 20071North Carolina21065Butler1828279 19941Purdue204712Tulsa1822225 Listen to the latest episode of our sports podcast Hot Takedown. 19881Temple207913Richmond1743336 20081North Carolina215212Western Kentucky1810342 20061Connecticut211411George Mason1844270 20101Duke207512Cornell1878197 19981Arizona217013Valparaiso1700470 20051Illinois21376Texas Tech1873265 YEARSEEDTEAMELOSEEDTEAMELODIFF. 20011Duke215310Georgetown1830323 By Neil Paine 20141Florida210011Dayton1820280 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 20043Pittsburgh21239UAB1847276 20021Duke219811Southern Illinois1783415 20151Kentucky216511UCLA1852312 20121Kentucky211810Xavier1783334 A balanced Sweet 16 19851Georgetown214311Boston College1789354 20091North Carolina211312Arizona1870242 19901Michigan State205612Ball State1825232 19921Duke221312New Mexico State1790423 19951Kentucky21246Memphis1849275 20001Duke216410Seton Hall1805359 19911UNLV219210Temple1822370 20131Louisville213515Florida Gulf Coast1754381 19861Duke212712DePaul1745382 Source: Sports Reference 19961Connecticut214412Arkansas1878266 19871North Carolina214512Wyoming1797348 BEST REMAINING TEAMWORST REMAINING TEAM 19971Kansas220114Chattanooga1709492 Embed Code 19931North Carolina215612George Washington1848308 Much ink has been spilled lamenting the lack of Cinderellas in this Sweet 16, and that’s a fair assessment. Gonzaga, No. 11 in the Midwest, is the lowest-seeded team left, and it’s far better than the typical 11-seed. (We thought they played more like a No. 6 seed during the season.) If Syracuse and Notre Dame — two of the nine winningest schools in Division I history — are your best Cinderella candidates, it’s probably a down year for heartwarming underdogs.Even so, we should appreciate the evenness of this Sweet 16 field. Almost all the remaining teams were among the best in the country during the regular season: 12 of them ranked in the top 20 nationally according to our pre-tournament mix of computer ratings, with Gonzaga checking in at No. 21. (Wisconsin ranked 29th, Notre Dame 33rd and Syracuse 35th.)That’s a competitive group, and it should make for riveting basketball. My research indicates that the single best predictor of our excitement index stat — an attempt to quantify a game’s thrills by tracking its average change in win probability per basket — is how closely matched the two opponents are in a power rating like Ken Pomeroy’s or Elo.Given the composition of this Sweet 16 field, we’re going to get a lot of those close matchups over the rest of the tournament. And if all goes according to the numbers, that should mean the excitement of March Madness is just getting started.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. 20031Kentucky215510Auburn1811344 19891Arizona212711Minnesota1838289 20111Ohio State21305Arizona1876255 20161Kansas21086Notre Dame1867241 read more

Prince William shows his bedside manner as he helps take girls blood

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge is shown the workings of an MR Linac machine by Professor Uwe Oelfke Ms Bragg said: “We just introduced him as William, he was really relaxed and friendly and spent a lot of time talking to the patients, not many people spotted him – one lady said he was a lookalike.”In the Oak Centre for Children and Young People the Duke sat beside Daisy, with parents Katie and Alistair Wood from Kingston upon Thames nearby, who moments before was watching a DVD about a princess.Her father later joked: “She did say William was a little old for her to marry.” Prince William meets patient Daisy Wood, six, and her mother KatieCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “And being a dad with two young children you can see how he relates very well to the children.”William was also shown a £10 million MR Linac scanner, the first of its kind in the country, that combines radiotherapy treatment with traditional imaging and has the potential to allow tumours to be targeted precisely in real time. The Duke of Cambridge is shown the workings of an MR Linac machine by Professor Uwe OelfkeCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA rince William, Duke of Cambridge, right, meets patient Daisy Wood, 6, and her mother Katie He was reunited with radiotherapy aid Fiona Bragg, 55, who took William under her wing when he spent a day shadowing staff at the south London hospital in 2005, two years before he became president of the Royal Marsden.She recalled how she spent more than an hour showing the Duke how to check patients in once they had arrived at reception. The equipment will be trialled at the end of the year but only the MR (magnetic resonance) imaging facility will be used, with the radiotherapy to follow.After peering into the small slot that a patient lies in as their body is scanned, the Duke joked: “I wouldn’t like to lie in there for too much, I’m not sure it’s as roomy as they say.” The six-year-old was left a little tongue tied after her meeting with the Duke but Mr Wood, 45, added: “It’s particularly nice he’s come around, it shows he’s interested in the Royal Marsden and the patients – it gives a boost to everyone. The Duke of Cambridge attaches a name tag to patient Daisy Wood, six, during a visit to the Royal Marsden hospitalCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA The Duke of Cambridge showed his caring bedside manner when he helped take the blood pressure of a little girl with leukaemia during a tour of one of the country’s leading cancer hospitals.Daisy Wood, six, was happy to let the future king strap a cuff to her arm in preparation for the reading, when he visited the children’s cancer unit at the Royal Marsden’s Sutton hospital. Prince William chats to Daisy WoodCredit:KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/PA Duke of Cambridge, right, attaches a name tag to patient Daisy Wood, 6, during a visit to the Royal Marsden hospital  Prince William chats to Daisy Woodlast_img read more

GPs earning more than £150000 will be named in new transparency drive

Doctors who are paid more than £150,000 per year by the NHS will be publicly named from 2020, under a new GP contract.The average GP partner earns £105,000, but the highest paid earners – usually those working in several surgeries – have been found to be earning as much as £700,000.The transparency drive is part of a new five-year GP contract drawn up by the NHS and the British Medical Association (BMA).It comes alongside plans to employ 20,000 pharmacists, physiotherapists and paramedics to take over many routine GP appointments.NHS doctors already have to publish their average earnings on the practices’ own websites so patients can see them, following legislation in 2016.But those earning more than the Prime Minister – whose salary is around £150,000 – will now be listed on a national database.Richard Vautrey, the BMA’s GP committee chair, said: “We have recognised that there is increasingly a call for transparency to be put in place”.“We accept GPs who earn more than £150,000 from NHS earnings, for their pay to be published from 2020,” he told magazine Pulse.“Linked to this, NHS England and the Government are going to be exploring similar arrangements for other NHS contractors.”Pharmacists and physiotherapists will take over routine appointments from family doctors in a bid to cut waiting times at GP surgeries.A new GP contract will see an army of 20,000 practice staff recruited in the hope it will improve access to services.  The new deal also promises to speed up access to video and web consultations – with patients given the right to Skype their GP within two years.As part of the £4.5 million deal, GP practices will receive extra money, if their efforts are shown to have cut needless hospital visits, by keeping patients healthier for longer.Health officials claim the recruitment of thousands more support staff would free up GPs – meaning they could give longer appointments to the sickest patients.Paramedics, medical assistants and support workers will be among the expanded workforce, employed to deal with routine cases.Officials said pharmacists could carry out detailed medicines reviews, while community paramedics would be employed to carry out home visits, sparing the frail elderly from trips to surgeries. The expansion of physiotherapy would mean more patients were offered musculo-skeletal checks, reducing their risk of falls, in a bid to keep pensioners independent for longer, while reducing pressures on hospitals, officials said.The plans aim to ensure closer working between community and hospital services, with more care closer to home.Simon Stevens, head of the NHS, said the five year deal was “the biggest boost to primary care in more than 15 years” promising it would make services more convenient for patients. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

The fans were pelting us with jellybeans Heres what happened when The

first_imgTHE FIRST TIME the British invaded Washington, in the War of 1812, they torched the White House. When they returned, on February 11, 1964, they stormed the Coliseum.Two days after their historic US television debut, the Liverpudlian rockers took a train through a snowstorm from New York to Washington for their first concert in North America.For the 8,000 fans who were there, on a frigid Tuesday night, in an unheated ice and boxing arena with little resemblance to its Roman namesake, it was the event of a lifetime.“It was phenomenal,” said Patricia Mink, then a 20-year-old native of small-town Pennsylvania working at a Washington life insurance company, who attended the show with three friends.“I remember sitting there, thinking, ‘I don’t believe I’m doing this’,” Mink told AFP. “I hardly remember hearing the music… It was absolute chaos.”This February 11, also a Tuesday, some 3,000 people will return to the Coliseum for a 50th anniversary tribute concert before the venue, most recently a parking garage, is converted into shops and offices.BeatleMania Now, which bills itself as “the world’s best Beatles tribute band,” will go through the original 12-song set list, from “Roll Over Beethoven” to “Long Tall Sally” via “I Saw Her Standing There” and “She Loves You,” with some later Beatles material tacked on for good measure.John, Paul, George and Ringo take the stage in Washington [AP/Press Association Images]“We expect a pretty packed house,” said Rebecca Miller, executive director of the DC Preservation League, which campaigned successfully to get the Coliseum listed as a historical site.Sixties rock ‘n’ roll veteran Tommy Roe, who knew the Beatles when they toured Britain together in 1963, will open the show — just as he did a half-century earlier.“I did two songs, ‘Sheila’ and ‘Everybody,’ my two hits,” recalled Roe in a telephone interview.“Then the Beatles hit the stage and all heck broke lose. The fans were pelting us with jellybeans. It was quite exciting.”Seventy-three million Americans — a record at the time — tuned into “The Ed Sullivan Show” on February 9, 1964 for the Beatles’ first live US television appearance, when they played five songs to a studio audience in New York full of screaming youths.Given that Sullivan paid the Beatles a paltry $10,000 for three appearances, it’s widely assumed their manager Brian Epstein booked the Washington gig to help recoup some of his losses.But the late New York impresario Sid Bernstein has revealed Epstein had asked him to book a “break-in date” to enable the group to polish its acts for two concerts they’d go on to play at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall on February 12, 1964.[AP Photo]In any event, Washington — still traumatized, like the rest of the nation, by the assassination of president John F. Kennedy in November 1963 — had already done its bit to whip up Beatlemania on America’s shores.Intrigued by a CBS News report that dissed the Beatles’ “non-music” and “non-haircuts,” a high school student from the Maryland suburbs named Marsha Albert wrote into Washington radio station WWDC in December, asking it to spin some of their records.But although the Beatles had racked up five hits in Britain by then — Capitol Records, the US arm of their British label EMI, was highly reluctant to release any singles, as it doubted the Fab Four would suit American tastes.So WWDC disc jockey Carroll James got a flight attendant to hand-carry a Beatles single from London, then invited Albert into his studio to introduce it on-air: “Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in America, here are the Beatles singing ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.”It instantly went what would now be known as “viral.”DJs in other cities quickly picked up on it. Caught off guard, Capitol scrambled to put out the record earlier than planned. By February 1 “I Want to Hold Your Hand” was number one on the Billboard chart.The Beatles perform on the “Ed Sullivan Show” [AP/Press Association Images]Up until that point, “American popular music, rock ‘n’ roll, had become pretty conservative,” said John Covach, who teaches rock music history at the University of Rochester in New York.“So when the Beatles came along, in many ways, they were reintroducing American rock ‘n’ roll to American kids, most of whom were probably too young to have really been involved in popular music back in 1956 or 1957″when Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley ruled the airwaves and the juke box.“They didn’t recognize it as something familiar from American soil,” Covach told AFP. “They thought it was British.”With a couple of Nikons and some Kodak film, Mike Mitchell, then 18, captured some of the most poignant images of that night at the Coliseum, including a backlit silhouette of the Fab Four that sold for $68,500 at a Christie’s auction in 2011, helping fund his retirement.“The stage was right out here in the middle,” Mitchell told AFP, walking among the parked cars in the center of the venue.“It was the size of a boxing ring — because it was a boxing ring, covered over with plywood.”Beatles fans in San Francisco in August, 1964 [AP/Press Association Images]The best tickets cost $4, or about $30 in today’s money, but Naomi Banks got in for free, thanks to the owner of the Coliseum, Harry Lynn, who like her lived by the arena.Looking back, she reckons she was possibly the only black girl in the joint.“Oh, my god! Pandemonium! I mean, it was kids everywhere,” she recalled, flipping through a scrapbook that includes a copy of the concert’s set list, apparently in Lennon’s handwriting.“The acoustics weren’t great,” Banks told AFP, “but the fact that they were singing and it was the Beatles and these kids were screaming and hollering … they really put on a good show.”Unlike the Carnegie Hall shows, in Washington the Beatles were recorded in black and white, for a film that appeared the next month in US cinemas and, eventually, on DVD.Snippets endure on YouTube…(Youtube: vitor gomes silva)“Fifty years later, I feel so honored to think that I was there in the Coliseum, seeing them,” said Trish Banker, one of Mink’s friends at the show. “It’s just amazing.”- © AFP, 2014Get Back: 10 ways to live The Beatles Dublin experience this weekendRead: Riots and mop-tops: The Beatles played Ireland 50 years ago todayRelated: Look! It’s George Harrison as a child on O’Connell Street…last_img read more

Bientôt des smartphones étanches chez Apple et Samsung

first_imgBientôt des smartphones étanches chez Apple et Samsung ?Lors du CES de Las Vegas, la société Zagg n’est pas passée inaperçue avec sa technologie offrant l’étanchéité aux composants électroniques des smartphones. Une innovation qui intéresserait particulièrement Apple et Samsung, dont les prochains téléphones pourraient bien être résistants à l’eau.Plonger son smartphone dans l’eau, et le récupérer intacte : c’est ce que propose la firme Zagg, avec sa technologie HzO waterblock avec une technologie présentée la semaine dernière au CES de Las Vegas. Cette innovation rend les composants des téléphones étanches grâce à un film de protection mis en place lors de l’assemblage du terminal.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Sur son stand, Zagg a testé plusieurs mobiles pour prouver l’efficacité de cette protection, plongeant dans l’eau un iPhone et plusieurs smartphones de Samsung et Motorola. Convaincus par ces tests, les constructeurs semblent séduits par cette innovation. Interrogés par le site Pocket-Lint, des représentants de Zagg affirment que le président de Samsung, Lee Kun-Hee, s’est montré très enthousiaste. Apple se serait également intéressé au procédé de la firme, qui s’imagine déjà rendre “l’iPhone 5 étanche”.Des discussions seraient en cours avec les deux géants, ainsi qu’avec un fabricant de casques audio. Des partenariats pourraient ainsi être rapidement annoncés. Mais Apple et Samsung ne seraient pas les premiers à miser sur l’étanchéité pour séduire les consommateurs. Le constructeur japonais Fujitsu a en effet dévoilé à Las Vegas un smartphone Android étanche, le Arrows ES IS12F, capable de résister aux éclaboussures comme aux immersions.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Roode vs McIntyre headlines NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III tonight

first_img Twitter Videos Articles Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next August 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Facebook Nick Noel Now Playing Up Next August 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm Totally agree. I had said that Roode should have been there before Nakamura months ago. Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey WWE RAW Results – 8/26/19 (Sasha Banks in action, King of the Ring continues) Nikki Bella Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions August 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm Roman Reigns is in Remission Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Its total Bull that Roode and Galloway two of the best wrestlers in the world are NXT when they should be getting ready to steal the at summer slam WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 3 COMMENTS WhatsApp WWE RAW Preview: Sasha Banks’ first match since WrestleMania, King of the Ring continues Drew Mcintyre WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Al79 WWE presents NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III tonight at the Barclays Center.Scheduled to headline the show tonight live on the WWE Network is Bobby Roode defending the NXT Championship against Drew McIntyre.Two other championship matches are set for the show including Asuka defending the NXT Women’s Championsihp against Ember Moon and The Authors of Pain defending the NXT Tag Team Championships against Sanity.Here is the full card for tonight in Brooklyn.NXT ChampionshipBobby Roode (c) vs. Drew McIntyreNXT Women’s ChampionshipAsuka (c) vs. Ember MoonNXT Tag Team ChampionshipsThe Authors of Pain (c’s) vs. SanityJohnny Gargano vs. Andrade “Cien” AlmasAleister Black vs. Hideo ItamiWrestleview.com will have live coverage of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT) along with live thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Al79 Now Playing Up Next Also, this is one time where I could see all three titles changing hands, and it would make sense! Comments are closed.last_img read more

Audit Washington paid too much for child care

first_imgA new state audit finds that the state of Washington made more than $2.6 million in overpayments to child care providers employed by the Working Connections Child Care Program between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010.In addition, the state Auditor’s Office questioned the legitimacy of more than $241,000 in other payments and concluded that the agencies that administer Working Connections have inadequate controls to detect fraud and report errors. Working Connections is administered by the Department of Early Learning and the Department of Social and Health Services. It helps low-income families pay for child care while they work, look for work or attend job training as required by WorkFirst, a state public assistance program.In 2010, approximately 60,000 children were enrolled in the program for either full-day or half-day care. That year, the program paid more than $300 million to nearly 19,000 providers, including 7,400 who were licensed or certified by the Department of Early Learning.Auditors compared daily child care attendance records with paid invoices for 146 providers, including one provider in Clark County who received a $95 overpayment. Overpayments resulted from a variety of mistakes, including providers’ failure to keep records, theft of records, and too many days claimed by providers. Some records were missing a parent signature or contained invalid signatures.last_img read more

Crook caught on camera stealing power tools in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A crook has been caught on surveillance cameras busting into a shipping container in Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Police, the break-in took place at a company near Southwest 216th Street and Krome Avenue, Jan. 27.Investigators said the subject took off with power tools.Police said he stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs around 180 pounds and was wearing a baseball cap and a two-tone jacket at the time of the burglary.If you have any information on the subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

TheStreet Buys Relationship Capital Management Service for 21 Million

first_imgBut for TheStreet, it means a robust audience for its subscription products. BoardEx will be integrated into The Deal, TheStreet’s M&A information unit under the strategy that The Deal’s news and transaction data subscribers will have access to the BoardEx database of executives. “The move bolsters the fastest growing part of our subscription operation and creates an indispensable business development tool for users,” says TheStreet president, chairman and CEO Elisabeth DeMarse. “The acquisition of BoardEx advances the strategic objectives of TheStreet by increasing both institutional content and subscribers.” Financial media company TheStreet Inc. is paying $21 million in cash for Management Diagnostics Limited, a London-based company that produces a relationship capital management service called BoardEx. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter and may include an earn-out payable in 2018 based on 2017 revenue performance.BoardEx connects executives at investment banks, law firms and other organizations with a stable of analysts and a database of directors and corporate executives to measure their “relationship capital”—essentially quantifying the worth of a company’s relationships with customers, suppliers and other business leaders.last_img read more

5 details about AdBlock Plus every browser user should know

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: Microsoft Edge Advertising Brave browser Chrome Firefox Privacy Facebook Google Microsoft Safari Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Ad blocking is becoming a built-in option in some browsers like Opera and UC Browser. Brave enables it automatically.  Stephen Shankland/CNET You might be perturbed if somebody calls your business an “extortion racket” or your sales pitch a “ransom note.” But Eyeo Chief Executive Till Faida, leader of the widely used Adblock Plus browser extension, is unruffled. The way he sees it, he’s just trying to rescue online advertising and the websites that rely on it.The criticism stems from the company’s business: Offer a browser extension that blocks ads, then carve off 30% of ad revenue from large publishers that agree to participate in an Eyeo program that unblocks ads. Faida doesn’t say who’s paying, but looking through Eyeo’s “whitelist” that governs which websites get to show ads, you’ll see big names like Google and Amazon.”There needs to be a sustainable way to fund content on the web, but it should be done in a user-controlled way,” Faida told me while visiting CNET during one of his periodic US excursions from Eyeo headquarters in Cologne, Germany.Back in the good old days of online advertising, people blocked ads because they didn’t like in-your-face clutter. Now people often block them because they can invade your privacy, slow down websites, flatten your phone’s battery, eat through your data plan and deliver malware.No wonder, then, that Eyeo’s ad-blocking software is on 100 million PCs and smartphones and that AdBlock Plus is the top Firefox extension by far. But it’s hard to block ads everywhere without driving websites to paywalls, and Eyeo’s situation is complicated. Even as it blocks some ads, it also offers an ad exchange of its own to help supply publishers with ads. Here’s a closer look at the Adblock Plus landscape.Eyeo CEO Till Faida leads the Adblock Plus software project.Eyeo CEO Till Faida leads the Adblock Plus software project. Eyeo 1. How does Eyeo’s Acceptable Ads program work?Eyeo launched the Acceptable Ads program in 2011 to codify its standards for ad usage that Adblock Plus wouldn’t block on websites that agree to cooperate and get on Eyeo’s whitelist. To meet the requirements, ads can’t be too large, flashy or intrusive. It’s a matter of striking the right balance between what users like and what websites need, Faida said.By default, Adblock Plus blocks ads for all sites that aren’t on Eyeo’s whitelist, though some of Eyeo’s nearly 170 employees are hired to keep publishers from sneaking past the system. You can set Adblock Plus to block all ads.More than 90 percent of companies on Eyeo’s whitelist don’t have to pay to participate, Faida said. Only larger publishers showing more than 10 million Acceptable Ads per month have to pay Eyeo the 30% of resulting revenue.Ad blocking may drive publishers toward paywalls, but Faida believes ad blocking is here to stay. “What’s really putting the free and open web at risk is not ad blockers,” he said. Instead, it’s that there are too many spots available for online ads. “There’s a vicious cycle where ads are more and more aggressive at same time they’re less and less valuable.”2. Who sets the Acceptable Ads rules?In 2017, Eyeo set up the work as a nonprofit with participation from other companies involved in online advertising. Its 50 members include ad technology companies, ad agencies, publishers and others in the industry.Another outfit, the Coalition for Better Ads, serves a similar role. That’s the one Google chose when looking for standards for Chrome’s ad blocking policy, which began in 2018 for websites that overused ads. That was a notable move given that Google, in addition to making the dominant web browser, is one of the biggest online ad players and operates some of the internet’s biggest online services.3. Why doesn’t Adblock Plus block ad trackers by default?Tracker blocking is catching on, with notable moves in Apple’s Safari, Mozilla’s Firefox and Brave Software’s Brave today. Some tracking protections are coming to Microsoft Edge and even Chrome, too. That’s on top of tracker blocking from extensions like uBlock Origin, DuckDuckGo, Privacy Badger and Ghostery.But Adblock Plus doesn’t block tracking by default through the Acceptable Ads program. It’s up to users to decide, Faida said. If you don’t like Facebook and Twitter tracking you, there’s also an option to disable those social sharing and like buttons.”Some consumers don’t mind tracking and want to support the websites they use,” Faida said. “Other users are more concerned about privacy.” But when users engage the stiffer privacy controls, that shuts off the revenue for Eyeo, not just publishers.4. Will Chrome cripple Adblock Plus?Through a policy called Manifest v3, Google’s Chrome team is adding new limits to extensions, including ad blockers, in an effort to improve security, privacy and performance. Unfortunately for ad blockers, that puts limits on rules they use to probe website elements — for example, finding if an ad comes from a whitelisted internet domain.Google lifted an earlier proposed rules limit from 30,000 to 150,000, but some content blocking extensions say that’s not enough. And that’s after months of discussion and user threats to quit Chrome if it hurts ad blockers. Google has said it wants to allow content-blocking extensions, though, and Faida doesn’t expect Adblock Plus will be crippled.”I’m optimistic they will listen to our feedback,” he said. Google has legitimate security concerns, but he believes engineers can find a solution that doesn’t hobble blockers. And if Chrome goes ahead anyway, other browsers will swoop in to claim disaffected users, Faida said.5. What about building ad blocking into the browser?Ad blocking is becoming a built-in option in some browsers like Opera and UC Browser. Brave enables it automatically. Adblock itself is joining the trend, too.Microsoft’s mobile version of Edge is integrating Adblock Plus directly, and it can be enabled with Firefox and Samsung Internet on Android. Adblock Plus also offers its own ad-blocking browser for iPhones.But Faida disagrees with Brave’s ad-blocking approach. Specifically, he doesn’t like that Brave’s ad system shows Brave-supplied ads after stripping out publishers’ ads. “Blocking ads and injecting your own is a very different approach than helping publishers to show their own ads,” Faida said. “We want to create an open ecosystem.”But Brave’s ad system, which is optional, pays users a portion of the revenue generated and has a mechanism to share that revenue back with publishers. Brave is also working on a system to show ads directly on websites in cooperation with publishers that will receive the lion’s share of that revenue.”Unlike Eyeo, we block trackers and refuse to whitelist them, because privacy-by-default is the only way to rebalance the system and to justly reward users and publishers instead of intermediaries that perpetuate a toxic ecosystem,” Brave CEO Brendan Eich said in a statement.Brave’s technology offers both user privacy and publisher revenue — something Eyeo can’t manage if you enable its tracker blocking, Faida acknowledges. “There are very few ads available that don’t require any tracking at all,” Faida said.So, as even ad-supported companies like Google and Facebook join Apple’s call for online privacy, it’s clear more change is coming to today’s online ad industry.First published July 22.Update July 29: Adds further comment from Eyeo and Brave. Apple • Computers 1:38 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier See All reading • 5 details about AdBlock Plus every browser user should know 18 Share your voice Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Check out Firefox’s new content-blocking toolslast_img read more

Nun in South Sudan honored for protecting education for girls

first_img March 13, 2019 at 10:55 am Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — There is a mission school in the heart of South Sudan where girls’ voices and giggles are replacing the frequent cracking of Kalashnikov rifles.Amid the long-running conflict in Africa’s newest nation, the Loreto Secondary School is thriving in Rumbek, the capital of Western Lake, a state in the center of the country, under the tutelage of four Loreto sisters from Kenya, India and Ireland. Sister Orla Treacy, a 46-year-old Irish nun, is the school’s principal.Maintaining the school in the shadow of a seemingly unending civil conflict is an act of courage and sacrifice for Sister Treacy, who received a Women of Courage Award for her efforts in Washington, D.C, yesterday (Mar. 7) as part of the State Department’s International Women’s Day celebration.Sister Orla Treacy of Ireland stands with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and First Lady Melania Trump as she is awarded the 2019 International Women of Courage at the Department of State in Washington, Thurs., Mar. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Since 2013, South Sudan has experienced a deadly conflict among different factions, drawing in other African nations to try to broker peace. The conflict has killed nearly half a million people and displaced millions of others. It has frustrated development while conspiring with other challenges such as poverty and culture to lock women and girls out of school.But Sister Treacy’s school enrolls more than 300 girls from across the country and has become the country’s premier boarding school.Besides the high school for girls, there is a coeducational primary school and a health care unit that focuses on providing services for vulnerable women and children. Without the Loreto schools, many of the students would have already been married off.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and first lady Melania Trump pose with the 2019 International Women of Courage Awardees at the Department of State in Washington, Thursday, March 7, 2019. From left, Sister Orla Treacy of Ireland, Razia Sultana of Bangladesh, Naw K’nyaw Paw of Burma, Khalida Khalaf Hanna al-Twal of Jordan, Olivera Lakic of Montenegro, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, First Lady Melania Trump, Flor de Maria Vega Zapata of Peru, Magda Gobran Gorgy of Egypt, Moumina Houssein Darar of Djibouti, Marine de Livera of Sri Lanka, and Anna Helga of Tanzania. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)The Women of Courage award recognizes ten women annually from around the globe who have shown leadership, courage, resourcefulness, and willingness to sacrifice for others, especially in promoting women’s rights. Sister Treacy has dedicated her award to the young women of South Sudan.“Our students embody all that is courageous — they are young women of vision, strength and hope. Young women who dream of a better country for themselves and their families, who are prepared to challenge old structures and work towards making South Sudan great,” Sister Treacy said in a statement ahead of the award.Born in 1973 in the town of Bray in Wicklow County, Ireland, she joined the Institute of Blessed Virgin Mary, popularly known as Loreto Sisters, at the age of 23.In 2006, she arrived in South Sudan with four other nuns on an assignment to set up a mission in the town of Rumbek. Two years later, the Loreto school opened to serve Rumbek’s expansive Catholic diocese, which had only two other secondary schools.“We are excited. She is a symbol of exceptional courage for many of us,” said Martha Pour, one of the former students who now works as an administrative office assistant at Loreto.Rev. Augostine Edan Ekeno, the priest in charge of St. Teresa Parish in Rumbek, said the award affirmed the church’s role not only in providing education to empower women, but in promoting sustainable development in the fledgling country, which split from Sudan after a prolonged war.The award “cements the church and its … partners’ resolve to lift up women affected by oppressive cultures and social structures,” said Ekeno. “Through the great work done by Sister Orla Treacy, many girls continue to be formed and educated to become (the) agents of change this young nation needs.”According to the priest, girls in South Sudan are viewed as property and are valued in large part for the bride price they will bring families, paid in cows, sheep, goats and camels.Sister Treacy “has deconstructed that notion, helping the entire community to start perceiving the girl child as human and with the same dignity as the boy child,” said Ekeno.Rev. Don Bosco Ochieng Onyalla, a Catholic priest and coordinator for Catholic News Agency for Africa, said Treacy has fought to keep girls in school. “She has on several occasions confronted family members, guardians and those who have attempted to withdraw girls from school with courage and wisdom,” he said.In one such recent incident, the nun threatened to stop enrolling any girls if the parents of one of the girls withdrew their daughter from the school. The family soon found itself caught in a conflict with authorities who support the school’s work.One of the major challenges Sister Treacy grapples with is finding qualified teachers in a region where U.N. agencies and non-government organizations offer better salaries. Parents, too, struggle to pay the school’s tuition.“It is my hope through this award and recognition the school will pull more supporters and donors interested in promoting the rights of the girl child in South Sudan. More resources are needed to expand the school to accommodate more girls,” said Ekeno. March 11, 2019 at 8:29 am Those committed to their service to the Lord Jesus Christ use faith-based tactics to achieve their ultimate strategy: to protect others immature in their faith while they grow “line upon line, line upon line, precept upon precept, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little,” (Isaiah), “[growing] in grace and truth until coming to a knowledge of Jesus Christ.” (somwhere in the New Testament).We had a lady from South Sudan and her children in our congregation in suburban Sydney, Australia, for about a year. The government-backed rebels raped her while making her husband watch, then they killed her husband.On another website, it tells the stories of “100 million missing girl babies in India and China.” They were missing because they were killed when born (rural China, where the Chinese name for baby girls translates into English as “maggopts in rice.”). There were girl babies in India aborted because they were girls, even though the practice of using ultrasound imaging/sonargraphs to identify the sex of a child for abortion purposes has been illegal in India since 1994.The 126 million missing women | Observerhttps://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/why-millions-of…are-missing…/3572101/Nov 10, 2018 – There are about 117 to 126 million women believed to be ‘missing’ in Asia … It’s become so skewed that it’s now about 118 boys per 100 girls As a religious tactic by the Catholic Church, it is far more reasonable when compared to the Spanish Inquisition and Portuguese Inquistion against backsliding Jewish conversos and the Rome Inquistion, which would have killed Galileo if he had not have had a friendship with the Pope. Also, Venice was the first city to have a ghetto for its Jewish residents.Furthermore, let’s not forget Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl, who contrary to the wishes of the Taliban, wanted to continue her formal education. The Taliban refused girls over 8 y.o. the right/opportunity to continue formal education. The Taliban attacked her school bus and tried to kill her. On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in the Swat District, after taking an exam, Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism; the gunman fled the scene. Yousafzai was hit in the head with a bullet and remained unconscious and in critical condition at the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, but her condition later improved enough for her to be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK. The attempt on her life sparked an international outpouring of support for Yousafzai. Deutsche Welle reported in January 2013 that Yousafzai may have become “the most famous teenager in the world”. Weeks after the attempted murder, a group of fifty leading Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her. The Taliban was internationally denounced by governments, human rights organizations and feminist groups. Taliban officials responded to condemnation by further denouncing Yousafzai, indicating plans for a possible second assassination attempt which was justified as a religious obligation. Their statements resulted in further international condemnation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_YousafzaiI think that these Nun’s are doing God’s work, even if the courage of their convictions may seem a little “strong-arming” at times.On 10 October 2014, Yousafzai was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Having received the prize at the age of 17, Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel laureate.,Houses of worship are not just for worship anymore Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email On-line work opportunities increasingly becoming a trend all over the over world now. A newly released survey demonstrates above 76% of the people are working in internet based job opportunities at their house without having complications. Everybody really wants to spend some time daily with his/her relatives by going any specific wonderful place in the country or any other country. So online income enables you to complete the work at any time you want and enjoy your life. Though selecting the proper path and also building a proper objective is our goal towards success. Already most people are getting such a good income of $24000 every week by making use of suggested as well as outstanding strategies of making money on the internet. You can start to get paid from the 1st day as soon as you browse through our site. >>>>> ogo.gl/AhPKDd TagsAfrica girls’ education homepage featured International Women of Courage award International Women’s Day Ireland Loreto Sisters Orla Treacy Republic of South Sudan Roman Catholic Church Rumbek U.S. State Department women’s rights,You may also like This is an interesting article. I approve strongly of girls getting an education. This type of mission apparently involves some tactics which some commenters on RNS may disapprove of:“In one such recent incident, the nun threatened to stop enrolling any girls if the parents of one of the girls withdrew their daughter from the school. The family soon found itself caught in a conflict with authorities who support the school’s work.”I have recently argued with one who claims the Church’s missions in America used such tactics. Anyone care to respond on this? Share This! By: Fredrick Nzwili Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Ted Mccartin says: By: Fredrick Nzwili March 12, 2019 at 10:14 am As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. center_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Catholicism March 8, 2019 at 7:22 pm Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 TiredCatholic says: Nola says: News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Empowerment through education is the way. “Our students embody all that is courageous — they are young women of vision, strength and hope. Young women who dream of a better country for themselves and their families, who are prepared to challenge old structures and work towards making South Sudan great” – Sister Orla Treacy Fredrick Nzwili Fredrick Nzwili is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For more than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace and conflict, development, security, environment and wildlife. His articles have appeared in international media organizations among others; The Tablet, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Geographic and Kenyan local newspapers; The Standard and the People Daily.,4 Comments Click here to post a comment By: Fredrick Nzwili Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Dr.Cajetan Coelho says: Fredrick Nzwili Ikea faces class-action lawsuit in Israel for male-only catalog News • Photos of the Weeklast_img read more

Keep Your Hustle But Change Your Product

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comAuthor Lamont Carey’s latest book, The Transition: From One Hellhole to Another, continues his searing narrative about the perils of mass incarceration, which impacts millions of Americans on both sides of the wall.Although Carey, a native of Washington, D.C. crafts fictionalized stories about life in prison, they are born of his very real experience as a young Black man who was once caught up in perhaps the most vicious system of incarceration on the planet.Lamont Carey, an author, motivational speaker and filmmaker has published his seventh book, The Transition. (Courtesy Photo)“I was in prison, to keep…from being bored, I use to jump in rap battles and one of the guys challenged me to write a book, because he said I couldn’t battle,” said Carey during a phone interview. “And I wrote the book and I started being the institution favorite, everybody wanted to read the book. So, I kept writing books.”All of Carey’s books (The Transition is his seventh), give readers an intimate and ultimately authentic immersion into life in prison. “So, the books that I released are a guy’s journey through one of the worst prisons in the world. So, you get to see how prison works, how relationships work, how individuals chose to navigate based off of their experiences,” Carey said. But, the author, motivational speaker and filmmaker revealed what he experienced inside the system when he first entered it was nothing like he expected.“Prison was nothing like I thought it would be. I thought prison would be this constant battle of having to prove myself to protect me from being raped and all of that,” he said.“But, what prison actually was, well, you had two roads you could take; you could take that road where you live a life of violence and aggression, or you could take the road of programming. And initially, I took the road of violence, but then it was working against me,” Carey added. “I was losing good days and going to the hole. And so, I chose the other path so I could get home. So, people go to prison and sometimes lose sight of freedom and when you lose sight of freedom that’s when you become institutionalized.”Carey first hit the national stage as a spoken word artist in 2005 on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.” But, he said he had no expectation of where poetry would take him. “I wasn’t focused on being a change agent, I just was trying to infuse truth into the art, because a lot of people hadn’t come from that background and they were doing poems in the third person, so it wasn’t truth,” he said. “So, I just added, hard…straight from the streets kind of material and that material ended up having an impact because it gave other people, it made them see that their voice was being heard, and that somebody else shared their ideas,” Carey added.“And so from there I started getting invited to speak in jails and prisons and their communities and so I just latched onto that. Because it gave me the opportunity, all those bad experiences I had this was an opportunity to use them for good. So, I turned my mistakes and roadblocks to success.”Carey’s journey has taken him from seemingly divergent locations like Ames, Iowa to Africa. But, ultimately his message is universal, especially for people of color.“There is poverty everywhere, there are Black people everywhere trying to figure out how to come up,” he said.“There are Black people everywhere that succumb to the barriers. And then when I enter the room and talk about my challenges and how I overcame them, it gives hope.”last_img read more

Microsoft pays woman 10000 over forced Windows 10 upgrade

first_imgMicrosoft’s pushy Windows 10 upgrade tactics have finally come back to haunt them. Well, a little, anyway. They’ve just paid a woman $10,000 over an unwanted upgrade.Travel agency owner Teri Goldstein swears up and down that she didn’t want the upgrade and never asked for it, either. “I had never heard of Windows 10,” she told the Seattle Times — not until she found it installed on her system and it started crashing on a regular basis. That’s not the sort of thing you need happening to a computer that you use to run your small business.Goldstein says that her computer was unusable “for days at a time,” and she says that she reached out to Microsoft Support for help. That didn’t solve her problem, so she decided it was time for Plan B. She filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, seeking damages to cover lost wages and the cost of a new computer — presumably a nice, stable system that’s running good ol’ Windows 7.Her $10,000 win, Microsoft is quick to point out, is not actually an admission of guilt. They’re saying that they decided to settle to avoid a lengthy legal process and note that they’re continuing to investigate the particulars of Goldstein’s unwanted upgrade.That said, there’s blood in the water now and it’s tough to imagine that other sharks don’t smell it. Goldstein certainly isn’t the only Windows user that’s convinced the upgrade just showed up like an unwelcome party guest drunk on tequila.It’ll be interesting to see if they have any Tesla-style data that backs up their claims that the Windows 10 upgrade is only delivered if requested… you know, even if that request involves some really, really bad (as in malware-like) UX decisions.last_img read more

Quantitative study of aldehyde content in electronic cigarettes

first_imgE-Liquids are usually comprised of glycerin and propylene glycol along with a flavor additive. Glycerin, when heated, predominantly forms acrolein and formaldehyde, while propylene glycol predominantly forms acetone and acetaldehyde. Certain flavor additives have shown enhanced aldehyde formation, as well. Citation: Quantitative study of aldehyde content in electronic cigarettes (2017, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-quantitative-aldehyde-content-electronic-cigarettes.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ogunwale et al. used a microreactor-capture approach that they had previously developed to obtain an accurate look at aldehyde levels in e-cigarette vapor. This method employs a 4-(2-aminooxyethyl)-morpholin-4-ium chloride (AMAH) coating on a silicon base. Aldehydes selectively react with AMAH to form an oxime, which is more stable and easier to study than an aldehyde.Aerosols were generated using a cigarette-smoking robot and were collected in Tedlar bags. The robot allowed for control over puff duration, puff volume, and puff frequency. The aerosols flowed through the microreactors from the bags using an evacuation process and then reacted with AMAH. The AMAH oxime compound was neutralized to form an AMA adduct that was then studied using gas chromatography.Both the first generation and next generation e-cigarettes produced some amount of acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde, but acealdehyde and formaldehyde were in higher concentrations than acrolein. All of the aldehydes were present in lower concentrations than what is found in cigarette smoke using Health Canada Intense Puffing Regime. Notably, the next-generation e-cigarettes, which have a tank-type atomizer, produced higher levels of aldehydes and acetone. The authors attribute this to the higher battery output.To understand the puffing topology, Ogunwale et al., used 60-mL syringes to manually vary puff duration and volume to more accurately replicate real-life usage. Puffing duration and the particular flavor contributed to the formation of reactive aldehydes, although these factors played a smaller role than battery output in the amount of aldehydes present. If puffing duration was around 4.0 seconds/puff, more aldehydes were present compared to shorter or longer puffing. The average user puffs for 3.5 to 4.3 seconds.Finally, Ogunwale et al. used 1H NMR to detect and quantify the presence of hemiacetals formed from aldehydes. They found that hemiacetals did not form in any of the first-generation e-cigarettes flavors, and they did not form in three of the next-generation flavors tested. Only one flavor that was tested formed hemiacetals within a battery output that was within the range of normal use. This study provides valuable information on the safety of e-cigarettes. In general, the higher the battery output, the higher the aldehyde levels in the vapor. Certain aldehydes, such as acrolein, acetaldehyde, and formaldehyde, have been shown to contribute to CVD even in low levels. All of the e-cigarettes tested in this study had some amount of these aldehydes present. Hazardous chemicals discovered in flavored e-cigarette vapor More information: Mumiye A. Ogunwale et al. Aldehyde Detection in Electronic Cigarette Aerosols, ACS Omega (2017). DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.6b00489AbstractAcetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde are the principal toxic aldehydes present in cigarette smoke and contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease and noncancerous pulmonary disease. The rapid growth of the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has raised concerns over emissions of these harmful aldehydes. This work determines emissions of these aldehydes in both free and bound (aldehyde–hemiacetal) forms and other carbonyls from the use of e-cigarettes. A novel silicon microreactor with a coating phase of 4-(2-aminooxyethyl)-morpholin-4-ium chloride (AMAH) was used to trap carbonyl compounds in the aerosols of e-cigarettes via oximation reactions. AMAH–aldehyde adducts were measured using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy was used to analyze hemiacetals in the aerosols. These aldehydes were detected in the aerosols of all e-cigarettes. Newer-generation e-cigarette devices generated more aldehydes than the first-generation e-cigarettes because of higher battery power output. Formaldehyde–hemiacetal was detected in the aerosols generated from some e-liquids using the newer e-cigarette devices at a battery power output of 11.7 W and above. The emission of these aldehydes from all e-cigarettes, especially higher levels of aldehydes from the newer-generation e-cigarette devices, indicates the risk of using e-cigarettes. 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.center_img Credit: ACS (Phys.org)—Electronic cigarettes have had their share of both detractors and advocates since they hit the market in 2004. Many people believe that they are healthier than cigarettes, but others say that the effects of e-cigarette vapors are largely unknown. Medical organizations have generally taken a cautious approach and do not specifically recommend e-cigarettes for stopping smoking or as a healthier alternative to smoking. © 2017 Phys.org One area of concern is the amount of aldehydes present in e-cigarette smoke. These aldehydes are present in tobacco cigarettes in larger quantities than in e-cigarettes, but the levels in e-cigarettes are still not known. Additionally, the amount that is considered dangerous for cardio vascular disease (CVD) is a topic of debate. Some studies have shown that even small amounts of certain aldehydes can lead to progression of CVD.Researchers from the University of Louisville’s Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center conducted quantitative analyses of both older (first generation) and newer-model e-cigarette cartridges using a variety of flavors. They used a new method for trapping reactive carbonyls that are then subsequently stabilized using an oximation reaction. They found that newer devices produced more harmful aldehydes than first generation e-cigarettes. Their work appears in ACS Omega.E-cigarettes cartridges contain battery-powered coils that serve to heat and vaporize e-Liquid. Based on this study, the amount of reactive aldehydes in e-cigarette vapor are largely due to the cartridge’s battery power. The higher the battery power, the higher the aldehyde levels. While e-cigarette aerosols contain aldehydes that are known to contribute to CVD, the exact levels have not been definitively determined largely because of the difficulties associated with trapping and studying reactive aldehydes. New models, or “next-generation,” e-cigarettes have a higher battery power than older ones. Furthermore, older models have a fixed battery output (4.6 W) while the next-generation ones have variable output (9.1 W, 11.7 W, 14.7 W, 16.6 W). The authors wanted to look at this next-generation of e-cigarettes to quantitatively determine aldehyde levels as well as determine if e-Liquid flavor makes a difference in aldehyde formation. In order to do this, they took into account the formation of hemiacetals from aldehydes, something that prior studies did not address.The aldehydes that are of greatest concern are acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde. Acrolein, in particular, has been shown to advance CVD, even when a person is exposed to low levels. Formaldehyde has also been associated with CVD in low concentrations. Explore furtherlast_img read more

US Airways will launch new flights to Rome from it

first_imgUS Airways will launch new flights to Rome from its North Carolina hub in time for next summer’s holiday season.The carrier will begin servicing the Italian capital from Charlotte on May 13th, which will complement its existing route to Rome from Philadelphia.Flights to Rome will operate on a daily, year-round basis using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with departure times scheduled for 18:15 (local time) before arrival in Italy at 09:30 (local time) the following morning.Suzanne Boda, US Airways’ senior vice president of airport customer service, said that Rome is one of the carrier’s “most popular European destinations”.”Our new service from Charlotte will offer our customers throughout the south-eastern United States another convenient option for travelling to the eternal city,” she commented.US Airways currently offers flights to London Gatwick, Frankfurt and Paris Charles de Gaulle from Charlotte, while later this month it was launch flights to Rio de Janeiro, its first South American destination from North Carolina.The carrier is due to enter a code-share agreement with TACA Airlines in the new year, which will benefit passengers on flights to Rio, Mexico, Costa Rica and Belize.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlights to Oahu launched by US AirwaysUS Airways has launched new daily flights to Honolulu from Charlotte in North Carolina.Non-stop flights to Honolulu from Charlotte planned by US AirwaysUS Airways has announced plans to launch new non-stop flights to Honolulu, Hawaii from Charlotte, North Carolina.New flights to Rio will be introduced by US Airways this winterUS Airways will launch new daily flights to Rio de Janeiro from its hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.last_img read more