first_imgDear Senator Obama,This letter represents a first for me–a public endorsement of a Presidential candidate. I feel driven to let you know why I am writing it. One reason is it may help gather other supporters; another is that this is one of those singular moments that nations ignore at their peril. I will not rehearse the multiple crises facing us, but of one thing I am certain: this opportunity for a national evolution (even revolution) will not come again soon, and I am convinced you are the person to capture it.May I describe to you my thoughts? I have admired Senator Clinton for years.  Her knowledge always seemed to me exhaustive; her negotiation of politics expert. However I am more compelled by the quality of mind (as far as I can measure it) of a candidate.  I cared little for her gender as a source of my admiration, and the little I did care was based on the fact that no liberal woman has ever ruled in America.  Only conservative or “new-centrist” ones are allowed into that realm. Nor do I care very much for your race[s]. I would not support you if that was all you had to offer or because it might make me “proud.”In thinking carefully about the strengths of the candidates, I stunned myself when I came to the following conclusion: that in addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don’t see in other candidates.  That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we call searing vision naivete. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it. Wisdom is a gift; you can’t train for it, inherit it, learn it in a class, or earn it in the workplace–that access can foster the acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom.When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such a leader?  Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed?  Someone with courage instead of mere ambition?  Someone who truly thinks of his country’s citizens as “we,” not “they”?  Someone who understands what it will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself, what it desperately needs to become in the world?Our future is ripe, outrageously rich in its possibilities. Yet unleashing the glory of that future will require a difficult labor, and some may be so frightened of its birth they will refuse to abandon their nostalgia for the womb.There have been a few prescient leaders in our past, but you are the man for this time.Good luck to you and to us.Toni Morrison  Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken In this photo taken Saturday, June 24, 2017, Decathlete Trey Hardee poses with the Sheppard sisters, Tai, 12, left, Brooke, 9, center and Rainn, 11, right, at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, in Sacramento, Calif. The once-homeless sisters were guests at the nationals over the weekend, meeting their idols and given the gold medal Justin Gatlin earned in the 100 meters. The Sheppard siblings rose to prominence in track and field, with their exploits bringing them medals, TV appearances and even a magazine cover. (AP Photo/Pat Graham)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The three once-homeless sisters recited all the athletes they met at nationals and the souvenirs they received as they slurped shaved ice.Nine-year-old Brooke Sheppard got pointers from high jumper Vashti Cunningham . Rainn, 11, showed off the shirt she picked out at the merchandise tent. And 12-year-old Tai, well, her family’s story moved Justin Gatlin so much that he gave her the first-place medal he won in the 100 meters at the U.S. track and field championships.ADVERTISEMENT “She’s really tall and kind and talented,” Brooke said. “She jumped 6 feet, 6 inches.“One day, I’ll jump 6-6, too.”Many athletes stopped to pose for pictures with the sisters, including Olympic shot put gold medalist Michelle Carter and decathlete Trey Hardee, who showed them a picture of his new baby wearing the first-place medal he captured at nationals.“It’s been so fun,” Rainn said. “I learned new tips on how to think in my mind when I run.”They got into track around January 2015 when their baby sitter signed them up for a track meet that did not require any entry fees. Bell happened to be there looking for new talent. She had given her business cards to each of the girls separately with the instructions to have their mother call her or just show up to practice.“They came to practice together and I’m like, ’You three are sisters?’” Bell recounted. “That was a bonus, because I had three good athletes, from one family. That’s easy to hold on to. They just took off from there.”According to Bell, the Sheppard family had been homeless for around two years. They made an appearance on ABC’s “The View” in November, when co-host Whoopi Goldberg presented the family with $10,000, along with $40,000 to their track club.Handy took a job working in the financial department of a hospital in February, with the goal of going back to school in September.They moved into their new place on April 1. At first, the family had no furniture, so they slept on air mattresses.Entertainer Tyler Perry saw their story and pledged to help out. Bell said Perry had the family’s apartment redecorated, with the family surprised by the remodel on a recent episode of “The View.” Antetokounmpo reveals ambitious dream with Greece LATEST STORIES Being invited to nationals meant quite a bit to them. The sisters hope to come back again — as participants.“They’re there (in a few years) and they’re on the podium,” Bell said. “They have the talent. They have everything it takes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire The siblings from New York City were guests of USA track and field after their rise to prominence in the sport, with their exploits bringing them medals, TV appearances and a magazine cover. It also helped get them something more — a home. They and their mom moved out of a homeless shelter and into a two-bedroom apartment in April.“A whole different world,” Brooke said, referring to all the paths that have opened up through track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor a few days at nationals, they were treated like royalty. The sisters were accompanied by their coach Jean Bell, their “track mom,” since their actual mother, Tonia Handy, couldn’t make the trip because of work.“Their lives have changed so much,” said Bell, who helped develop the talent of the sisters through the Jeuness Track Club in Brooklyn. “Track keeps them focused and positive. They’re good at it. They’re really good at it.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The trio earned medals at the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston last summer, with Rainn winning the 3,000 meters, Tai finishing runner-up in the 80-meter hurdles and Brooke taking second in the high jump. In December, the sisters appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Kids .Gatlin was touched by all they’ve gone through.“I wanted them to take the medal as a symbol of believing in yourself,” Gatlin said. “People are going to say that you can’t or you’re too young or you don’t have the will to do so, but I wanted them to know they can do it. If they believe in themselves, they can do it. That’s what that medal meant to me.”With wide eyes, they went behind-the-scenes at nationals. They even presented medals — Brooke to the women’s high jumpers, Rainn to the women’s 1,500 winners and Tai to the 100-meter hurdlers.They socialized with 800-meter runner Ajee Wilson, along with sprinters Tori Bowie and Allyson Felix. They talked to Hall of Famer John Carlos and received gift bags containing Team USA running apparel and Nike shoes. Brooke also came away with a new appreciation for the high jump after chatting with Cunningham.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “It takes a lot of work. It doesn’t happen overnight. We’ve been through a lot of downs and we’ve been through a lot of ups; it’s been a journey,” Ross said.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/“All the guys that wore that jersey tonight are all fighters. We all came through even though we had a terrible first half. We didn’t lose hope, we didn’t lose faith; we just kept battling. We made enough plays in the end to pull this one through.”San Miguel Beer had to go through Magnolia to keep the Philippine Cup championship for the second straight year and it’s not going to be the last.READ: Magnolia defense holds San Miguel to lowest scoring quarter in PBA finals history“They’re scrappy, man. I kept telling my team that all five guys on the court have to play hard. You can’t take any plays off against this team because all five of their guys on the court, they’re gonna go all-out. They go all-out every possession. It’s a testament to the coaching and to their leaders, how they play the game,” Ross commended. “They’re a tough bunch.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READcenter_img “They pushed us to the limit. They’re definitely a team we have to look out for going forward because they’re tough. I tip my hat to those guys.”Real recognizes real.Ross had a lot of high praise for the Hotshots and he made sure to let them know about it.“After our celebration, I went to their locker room and shook everyone’s hands, and told them that they played a great series because it was one we definitely had to work for. And it wasn’t a pushover. I’m sure they’re looking forward to playing us next conference, and we’ll be ready for whatever they throw at us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer had been through countless battles on its way to building a dynasty.The “Beeracle” will always be up there, but winning a fifth consecutive Philippine Cup crown in a gut-wrenching Game 7 comes close as far as the Beermen’s accomplishments go.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle blanks FEU for UAAP women’s football 3-peat “It was one of the toughest. I have a bad memory so it’s hard for me to remember, but this was the first one that I actually cried after winning the game. I hugged coach Leo and tears fell through my eyes, and it was definitely one of the feel-good championships that we have,” Ross told reporters Wednesday night after surviving Magnolia, 72-71, in Game 7 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals at Araneta Coliseum.READ: San Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts MagnoliaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s always hard to win a championship, but this one is one of the hardest,” said San Miguel Beer superstar June Mar Fajardo, who bagged his third Finals MVP plum.The Beermen became the first team in PBA history to claim five All-Filipino titles in a row but there is no victory without struggle and they dealt with a lot of it along the way.last_img read more

first_imgMack Horton received a round of applause from fellow swimmers at the world championships after refusing to share the podium with China’s Sun Yang, American breaststroker Lily King said on Monday.Sun, who previously served a doping sanction in 2014 and was labelled a “drug cheat” by Horton before the Rio Olympics final, was given the green light to compete in Gwangju after being cleared by a FINA panel of breaching the governing body’s rules earlier this year.However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is seeking to overturn the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, leaving Sun’s career hanging in the balance a year out from the Tokyo Olympics.After finishing runner-up to Sun in the 400 freestyle on Sunday, Olympic champion Horton took his silver medal and then stood behind the podium while his Chinese rival and bronze medallist Gabriele Detti shared the spotlight.While the move drew criticism from some quarters of the media, and outrage from Chinese swimming fans, King said the Australian had full support from his peers.”We were waiting around for the awards ceremony just to see what was going to happen,” said King.”It was awesome. When we walked into the dining hall he walked in after us and the whole dining hall erupted into applause.”It was pretty good to see the athletes united on his stance and supporting him as well.”King said swimmers were annoyed that doping continues to cast a shadow over their sport, and that if they were not going to receive the proper protection from the governing body they would have to look out for each other.advertisement”I don’t think anyone at FINA is going to stand up for the athletes so the athletes have to stand up for themselves,” she said. “I think it is definitely a start.”Australia’s Mitch Larkin was “super proud” of his team mate and said the whole squad backed him.”I think 99% of (other) athletes around the pool deck back him, so he’s not really standing alone,” he added.”What he did was certainly brave and gutsy and I have a lot of respect for him for doing that.”Larkin said it was difficult to be entirely confident that swimming was clean.”You’ve got to trust the authorities but with what’s going on in sport these days it’s hard to be 100% sure,” he said.American Matt Grevers said that while Horton could be punished by FINA the Australian was well aware of the potential consequences. He also said the protest was aimed more at sending a message to Sun than to damage him.”In this instance I don’t feel like it really hurt Sun Yang. It just let him know that it was a weird incident and until it gets uncovered we don’t really trust you,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgClemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates winning the national titleTAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) CFB PlayoffTwitter/PlayoffThis Monday, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers will meet in the College Football Playoff title game – capping off what’s been an incredible 2015 season. But we’re already looking ahead to 2016. We have a feeling that fans of every other team in the nation are too.Last year, we put together a list of the 13 teams that could eventually prevail and win the national championship. Three of those teams – Clemson, Alabama and Michigan State – reached the College Football Playoff. Of course, two of them are in the title game.This year, we’ve gone ahead and done the same. Unfortunately, given the tier-system in college football regarding talent, the field is never wide open. Year over year, the same programs, more or less, are capable of putting together title contenders. In some sense, college football is more predictable than many of the other popular sports in our country.Which 13 teams actually have a chance to play for it all next year? Let’s find out:The Only 13 Teams That Can Win >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14last_img read more

first_imgAnother music legend has joined the line-up for November’s historic Pathway to Paris Concert for Climate Action in New York.Singer, songwriter and activist Joan Baez will perform along with Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Flea, Talib Kweli, Cat Power and more.The news was confirmed at the United Nations today, during a press conference to preview the concert.“I’m incredibly honored and excited to be part of this event,” said Joan Baez. “Climate change is the issue of our time and it will take all of us – musicians, activists, policymakers and business leaders – to truly make a difference.”The concert, set to take place at New York’s Carnegie Hall, will also feature speeches and musical performances from Bill McKibben, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Tanya Tagaq, Tenzin Choegyal, and Pathway to Paris founders Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith.The role of cities in reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change will be also be front and center at the concert, where Pathway to Paris will unveil further details on the 1000 Cities initiative.“Pathway to Paris is more than a name – it’s an ideal,” said Rebecca Foon. “Cities have a remarkable and necessary part to play in moving us towards achieving, and possibly even surpassing, the goals of the Paris Agreement.”Jesse Paris Smith added: “1000 Cities is built on the premise that if 1000 cities come together and commit to becoming 100 percent renewable and transition off fossil fuels by 2040, we can turn the Paris Agreement into action. Pathway to Paris is committed to supporting cities to get there.”The concert will be the third – and largest – collaboration between Pathway to Paris, 350 org and UNDP on climate action – the first coinciding with the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Since then, the partners have committed to maintaining momentum and encouraging action.“The ultimate goal of the Paris Agreement is to keep global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius and, ideally, to keep it below 1.5 degrees,” noted Achim Steiner, Administrator of UNDP. “We need all hands on deck to succeed, which is why I warmly welcome the support of Patti Smith and other music legends. By emphasizing cities and the critical role they can play, our hope is to accelerate action where it is needed and to increase ambition to get to the point where each one of us has made a difference.”The Pathway to Paris Concert for Climate Action will be held on November 5, 2017, at New York’s Carnegie Hall – the day before the global COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany.Tickets for the concert, can be purchased here.last_img read more

The votes are still being counted from the 20 August polls, which were organized by the Independent Election Commission (IEC). Once the tallying is completed, the process will move on to the adjudication of complaints by the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).“All of us are keen to see the processes move forward without delay so that a final and just outcome is arrived at,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan said in a statement issued in Kabul.“I am calling today on the IEC and the ECC to redouble their efforts to ensure full rigour in their work at every stage. This includes excluding from the preliminary count results from ballot boxes where there is evidence of irregularities,” he added.Mr. Eide, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), stressed that the integrity of the elections is of the “utmost importance” to Afghanistan and to its international partners. “I look to both the IEC and ECC to carry out their mandated work to high standards and to ensure that the final outcome faithfully reflects the will of Afghanistan’s voters,” he stated.Forty-one presidential candidates, including two women, as well as over 3,000 candidates competing for provincial council seats, took part in the elections. The largely peaceful polls were hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, both of whom congratulated the Afghan people for exercising their right to vote. 8 September 2009The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today called on national election authorities to ensure the integrity of last month’s presidential and provincial council elections, in light of concerns that have arisen over irregularities in voting. read more

The head of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today wrapped up a five-day visit to India, during which a major focus of discussions was protecting traditional knowledge, genetic resources and folklore. Director General Francis Gurry lauded India as a “pioneer” in dealing with questions related to these three issues, according to a news release issued by the Geneva-based agency.In particular, he highlighted the publicly available Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, which contains a vast database of thousands of formulations in patent search compatible formats in various languages. The importance of advancing international discussions on the protection of traditional knowledge, genetic resources, traditional cultural expressions and folklore was also the focus of a one-day international conference held today in the Indian capital, New Delhi. In his opening remarks to the meeting, Mr. Gurry applauded India’s achievements in establishing frameworks to protect its ancient traditional knowledge systems, such as the “Indian Systems of Medicine” initiative which covers traditional healthcare systems and medicine. He also noted the enactment of legislation to protect traditional knowledge and genetic resources. WIPO has been addressing these issues through its Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, set up in late 2000. Intellectual property rights allow the creators – or owners of patents, trademarks or copyrighted works – to benefit from their own work or investment in a creation. These rights are outlined in Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provides for the right to benefit from the protection of moral and material interests resulting from authorship of any scientific, literary or artistic work. 13 November 2009The head of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today wrapped up a five-day visit to India, during which a major focus of discussions was protecting traditional knowledge, genetic resources and folklore. read more

MONTREAL — Bombardier says it will set up its rail division as a separate publicly traded company while retaining majority ownership.Bombardier Transportation is one of the world’s largest suppliers of subway, streetcar and other rail equipment for mass transit systems and accounts for about half the parent company’s overall business.There has been public speculation for months that Bombardier Transportation could be sold as part of a strategic review announced after its Montreal-based parent installed a new leadership team.Bombardier Inc nears deal to build US$1.5 billion monorail near Cairo, EgyptChinese acquisition of Bombardier Inc Transportation would face significant oppositionTwo Chinese rail giants said to be mulling a controlling stake in Bombardier’s train businessBut the company’s new CEO said Thursday that the rail unit will continue to be controlled by Bombardier Inc.“Let me be very clear: Bombardier Transportation is not for sale,” Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare said in a statement.“We like this business and it will remain part of Bombardier Inc.”Details of the proposed initial public offering for Bombardier Transportation weren’t disclosed in Thursday’s financial report but the company said it expects the IPO to take place in the fourth quarter of this year.In the first quarter of 2015, Bombardier Transportation produced US$2.04 billion of revenue — reported in U.S. currency — down 10 per cent from $2.27 billion a year earlier, according to results issued Thursday.Overall revenue for Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) was $4.4 billion, essentially unchanged from the first quarter of last year, as the different segments of its aerospace business showed revenue growth that offset the decline in its rail division.Bombardier Aerospace has been struggling to launch the CSeries, a new generation of passenger jet for commercial airlines that’s undergoing test flights prior to going into commercial service. First deliveries of the CS100 are slated to begin in the first half of 2016 to a subsidiary of Lufthansa.Meanwhile, Bombardier said more layoffs are likely in its business aircraft division as it plans to reduce production due to dropping demand, especially from Latin America, China and Russia. In January, the company cut 1,000 jobs in Mexico and Wichita, Kan., after pausing development of its Learjet 85.Net income for Bombardier as a whole was $100 million or five cents per share, down from $115 million or six cents per share a year earlier. Adjusted earnings rose to $170 million (nine cents per share), up from $151 million (eight cents per share) a year earlier and four cents higher than an estimate from Thomson Reuters.Bombardier shares were up in early trading Thursday, rising about 2.5 per cent from the previous close. Bombardier is the only global company to operate in both the aerospace and rail industries. read more

TORONTO — When Shopify Inc. opens its first brick-and-mortar space for the public Thursday, it won’t be crammed with aisles of products that the Ottawa-based company helps its 600,000 merchants sell.The small selection of merchandise the location will showcase from primarily U.S.-based merchants — a term Shopify uses to describe the companies using its offerings — will only be available for purchase online.Instead, Satish Kanwar, Shopify’s vice-president of product, said the brand’s first physical experience in a bustling Los Angeles spot will be focused on building a community and helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.Shopify announces $500 million presence in Toronto real estate developmentShopify CEO calls for special government treatment for hyper-scale tech companiesWhy Shopify thinks augmented reality is the future of online retailHe said Shopify intends to host workshops, talks and other events aimed at solving the biggest challenges Shopify merchants face. Merchants will be able to book in-person appointments with Shopify staff and pick up some of the hardware Shopify offers. Visiting merchants will also get access to retail consultants for product demos and hardware and software set up.On top of nurturing budding entrepreneurs at every level, Kanwar said the space at Row DTLA — a historic district filled with shops, restaurant and offices — will help Shopify to attract new merchants.The exterior of Shopify’s new store in Los Angeles. “Our focus is on building a global company and we have always had an amazing and large presence of merchants in the U.S., but there is absolutely room for us to grow and create more entrepreneurs,” he said.Already, Shopify said it has 10,000 merchants in Los Angeles alone and 80,000 in California.Shopify’s focus on physical support for retailers comes amid slowing growth. Year-over-year revenue grew by 62 per cent in the company’s second quarter, down from 68 per cent the quarter before and 75 per cent in the first quarter of 2017.Harley Finkelstein, Shopify’s chief operating officer, previously told The Canadian Press at the company’s annual Unite conference that the brick-and-mortar space wasn’t targeted at addressing slowed growth, but at aiding partners and merchants.At the time, he didn’t say whether Shopify will explore additional bricks-and-mortar spaces if the L.A. space is a success.Kanwar didn’t offer more details about whether bricks-and-mortar will figure into Shopify’s playbook in more markets moving forward, but said the company was seeing a flurry of bookings for events and workshops.“There are no confirmed plans for opening other locations right now, but we are really excited about the kind of response we have seen.” Handout/Shopify/The Canadian Press read more

Afghanistan is one of just four countries in the world still affected by the virus. Two months ago, Egypt was declared polio-free after successful immunization efforts.“Polio immunization is an essential way of safeguarding children’s health, and preventing this crippling disease from affecting their lives,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) country representative Bernt Aasen said, urging families in 11 targeted provinces to look out for vaccination teams and make their children available.More than 15,000 health workers are due to travel house to house in the provinces in southern, south-eastern and eastern Afghanistan in the campaign, led by the Afghan Health Ministry and supported by UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO).This mobile approach is essential in ensuring that every child in the target group is reached, with many families unable to access fixed health centres in rural parts of Afghanistan. Some 2.8 million doses of the oral polio vaccine are required for the campaign, which is being funded by donors including the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Rotary International.“Unless we eradicate polio in Afghanistan, the virus will continue to threaten development, disabling children, placing greater strains upon families, and adding to the pressure on national health resources. Polio is not just a health issue – it has implications for economic and social development as well,” Mr. Aasen said.“All over the world we are winning the battle against polio, as the success of Egypt has demonstrated. If families play their part in presenting children under five for vaccination, and support their local health teams in identifying eligible children, and if community leaders help to spread the word that immunization is in everyone’s interests, then Afghanistan too can also soon become polio-free.”With more than 600 Afghan children under the age of five estimated to die each day from mostly preventable diseases, UNICEF is also calling on donors to help the Government to improve routine immunization coverage, which is estimated to be less than 60 per cent.The systematic immunization of children against a range of potential diseases, not just polio but including measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and tuberculosis, is essential to long term improvements in child health, and the reduction in child mortality.In another development, a just completed joint assessment by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on economic and social rights has found that half of those interviewed did not have access to safe drinking water, 40.6 percent had problems with the habitability of their homes, and in one-in-five families all the children worked. read more

Participants light candles during the annual commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda (7 April). Frida Umuhoza, survivor and author of “Frida: Chosen to Die, Destined to Live,” is at left. UN Photo/Loey Felipe UN News Centre: People often talk about the genocide as being something that happened very quickly, and it did. But the roots of it went back much further. When was the point when your family knew something bad was going to happen?Frida Umuhoza: Genocide is not something that happens in a set way. It’s not something that if it’s thought about yesterday, it happens tomorrow. It’s something that is about propaganda and brainwashing and hatred being planted in people’s heads. I can remember when I was six-years-old, going to school, and discovering for the first time that there was actually a wrong tribe, a Tutsi tribe. I heard this not from my parents or my grandparents but the school. The Principal of the school would come in and ask how many Tutsis there were in the class. Even as a child you were taught that you are a “snake,” that you’re the wrong tribe. That’s how the children felt. Even the radio stations taught people that the Tutsi was the only enemy that they had, encouraging them and telling them about “the lists.” In school we heard of children telling us “Oh, you are in the list. We’ll kill you one day.” So we already knew things were not good in the country. But no one thought, not even my parents, that a genocide could occur that would take one million people in three months. UN News Centre: Do you know what happened to your attackers?Frida Umuhoza: Yes. I know that most of the attackers have been tried and are out now. I’ve been able to actually speak to the ones that came out of the jail, including the man who killed my father. I knew how everyone else had died but my father’s case was distant because I wasn’t with him. So I had to go and meet this man and to ask him all the details. Rwanda is a country where you actually meet those people that killed your family. You go to school with them. You go to market with them. You go to church with them. What was it like to speak with the man that killed your father? Frida Umuhoza: The very first time I met this man it was very emotional: anger, bitterness, fear. I couldn’t even shake hands with him for the first time. It took me years and years to be able to go back again after he was out of jail and ask him for those details. And, even then, you have a man who’s telling you “Yeah I killed him but I don’t know where he is.” They can’t give you exact details so that you can give them a decent burial. So it was very challenging. It was very hard. And I’m pretty sure all other survivors have similar issues because living with the same person that killed your family is not an easy thing to do. UN News Centre: When you think about yourself as a young girl now, the 14-year-old that endured so much, what do you wish for her? Frida Umuhoza: I wish that things had been different for me and my generation and for my family. What happened in Rwanda didn’t only take my family away from me, but it took all the important points of life as a teenager away. Growing up, no one wants to be called a “snake” or a “cockroach.” The genocide didn’t only take people. It took our dignity. It took away our rights to have parents and have guidance and have the happiness that a child deserves. I wish that the world that watched could have done something earlier, when killing was planted in the minds of the Hutus that carried the genocide out. Genocide is something that takes a long time. I wish the world had stopped it at the beginning. UN News Centre: Around the world, in conflicts like Syria and Central African Republic, many children are still forced to live in terror and lose their families, just like you experienced. What’s your message to those children? Frida Umuhoza: In times like that it’s not easy to find words to tell someone who is going through the same things that you have been through. But all I can say is that whatever happens, if you get a chance to get out, it’s like you’ve been given another chance or a second life. They will have to face a lot of traumas and issues. But my prayers go up to them and my heart goes out to them and I will say that once a survivor, always a survivor. Me and my fellow survivors in Rwanda have a lot of psychological issues- things like anxiety and depression, that we still have to face every day. But you have to wake up in the morning for yourself. You want to be a better person instead of a bitter person. I wish strength to other survivors of genocide. Stand firm and walk with your heads up- not knowing what tomorrow may bring, but knowing that having hope is a solution to everything. UN News Centre: After the trauma you have been through, what is it that makes you able to cope and forgive? Frida Umuhoza: The one particular thing that has helped me cope is prayer. I pray about everything. And I cry. But then I get up, wipe off my tears and tell myself I have to be better. Keep going. Feel hope for a future. Feel faith. I pick up my discouragement and turn it into strength. Being a hero is being able to give a smile to the person who has sold you death. And knowing that no matter what has happened to you and no matter what you’ve been through, your future isn’t going to be the same as your past. I don’t want my kids to live through discrimination. I don’t want my children to be called “snakes.” I don’t want my children to be called anything else but valuable children, and valuable human beings. So that keeps me going and gives me strength, knowing that we are raising another generation and that there’s another generation coming after them that will survive. UN News Centre: Have you travelled back to the house you were in that day? Frida Umuhoza: The first time I travelled there, in 1995, it was very disturbing. My house was still demolished at that time. It broke my heart, looking at my room and my brother’s rooms and this happy childhood home that I had. But in the end I was able to rebuild it. That was one of the signs that I wanted my children to see. That no matter how much one wants to break you can build yourself again. So I rebuilt my home. Exactly the way it was. I help a family who lives there now. I made sure that I put every animal we had as a child and put a family there. As I was building the house I was thinking about my brothers, my happy childhood, running around outside playing with them and thinking about how my father worked so hard to build that house. Thinking about my mom, how she had all kinds of people in that home. And knowing that we had parties in that house-parties that we will never have again, but still I wanted to feel the dignity and value that my father always gave our home. That’s what I wanted. UN News Centre: What do you think is the one thing the world can learn from your story? Frida Umuhoza: Every time genocide happens in the world we say “never again.” But it’s not a matter of just saying it; it’s a matter of doing it. And I believe that the international community has the power, has what it takes to stop genocide when it starts to boil up. When the world is watching, that’s the time to take action. Instead of waiting until a million people are gone, and saying “never again.” Her relatives are among the estimated 800,000 people who were systematically murdered throughout the country. The vast majority were Tutsi, but moderate Hutu, Twa and others were also targeted. Starting on 7 April, the genocide lasted 100 days, ending on 4 July – which is considered Rwanda’s “Liberation Day.” Ahead of that Day, Ms. Umuhoza, now 36-years-old and living with her three young children in the United States, shared her remarkable story with the UN News Centre.UN News Centre: Tell me about what happened to your family.Frida Umuhoza: It was the 7th of May, 1994, in my village of Nyanza, about two hours from the capital, Kigali, and my family already knew that we were in trouble. We’d been running around already for the whole month. So, very early on that morning, when we heard our neighbour’s children crying, we knew. We were about 18 people in total, hiding in my grandfather’s house: my mom, my brothers, my aunties and some of their extended families and my grandparents. We were just praying in that room. When we heard the screaming of the neighbours, heard them saying “Oh please forgive me. I will never be a Tutsi again” we knew what was coming, but we couldn’t run away. My father was hiding on the roof. He’d been there for days. And then we saw this young man coming in the room. He came in, and he had blood on his clothes and a machete in his hands. When we saw him we were all scared and we covered our faces. I think he must have had a little bit of compassion left in him, because he went out and told the group that we were not there. But the guy that was leading the group did not believe him. So he came in the room. And when he saw us he just mocked “Oh, you mean you wanted to save these cockroaches and snakes. There are so many of them!” Then he told us to come outside. We were hiding behind my grandfather, who had nothing to help us but a Bible in his hands. My father, who was hiding on the roof, could hear everything that was going on but could not come down. We were then led to a ditch right behind the house where my father was hiding. That was where we were given a chance to choose what was going to kill us. You had a choice between a spear, a club, a machete or a knife. But there were no bullets, because in my village, to be shot, you had to pay. They said we were too cheap for a bullet. My grandfather tried to beg them again for the last time, but before he had finished what he was saying, one of the guys jumped in the ditch and hit him with a club on his shoulder. He fell forward, and that’s when everyone suddenly jumped into the ditch and started hitting us, clubbing us, killing us. The image that really traumatized me for many years was seeing my mom’s head being chopped off. I was hit in the back of a head with a club. And I was unconscious. I don’t know how long for, but when I woke up, everybody had died. I realised when I woke up that that they were burying us, bringing the soil down. And I thought, if I show them that I am alive they will see me and kill me so badly. So I waited, staying in that shallow grave for hours and hours, before screaming and praying and screaming and praying and not knowing if anyone was going to hear my voice. Amazingly there was a lady who heard me, and she ran and got the guy that came and dug me out. As I came out I found out that my father also had just been killed because I heard the singing and the celebrating of the people that had just killed him. I guess he came down and offered himself to die because he had seen what had been done to his entire family. And so that’s how I survived and left my whole family in that ditch. I had just turned 14. UN News Centre: Did you know the people that attacked you and your family?Frida Umuhoza: We knew our attackers. Neighbours were killing neighbours. In fact most of the attackers that came that day to kill my family were on my dad’s soccer team in the area. My dad loved soccer and had started that group. So we knew the people that came to kill us very well. They were people we had been to school with and had over for parties. read more

first_imgThe heroic police officer seriously ill in the nerve agent attack on a Russian spy is “anxious and concerned” as his chief constable admitted: “He’s not the Nick I know”. Wiltshire Police’s acting chief constable Kier Pritchard said after visiting the detective at his hospital bedside that he was “well and sat up”, but added: “He is not the Nick that I know. He’s very anxious, he’s very concerned.” Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey was named as the officer being treated in intensive care after being contaminated when he raced to save the lives of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.center_img A close colleague also spoke of fears for his recovery, saying: “Don’t forget this is a nerve agent attack. He’s…last_img read more

first_imgA new section has been added to IMPN with this edition – NEW PLAYERS – looking at mergers and acquisitions – in this case Goldcorp acquiring Andean Resources, Anatolia Minerals Development and Avoca Resources merging to form Alacer Gold and the Kinross takeover of Red Back. This issue also looks at many iron ore projects, base metals in Botswana, Oyu Tolgoi progress, the fantastic Reko Diq copper project in Pakistan and much more.Weld Range Metals has announced scoping study results for the first stage of the Weld Range Metals project. Minemakers expects a scoping study, on its marine phosphate mining operation offshore from Namibia, to be completed by the end of the month. AMEC Americas (AMEC) has completed an independent update of the mineral resource estimates for Magma Metals’ Thunder Bay North Pt-Pd-Cu-Ni project in Ontario. Results from Kria Resources’ recently completed Preliminary Economic Assessment for the combined Halfmile Lake and Stratmat deposits, have improved the project’s economics. La Mancha Resources has received a positive PEA for each of the two phases of its VMS project at its 40%-owned Hassai mine in northeast Sudan.Hana Mining is making great progress with its Ghanzi project in the centre of the Kalahari copper belt in northwest Botswana. Discovery Metals’ bankable feasibility study results for its Boseto copper project in Botswana demonstrate a robust project. Tethyan Copper Co Pakistan has submitted its feasibility study for the $3.3 billion Reko Diq copper-gold mine project to the Ministry of Minerals & Mine Development for the Government of Balochistan. Sandfire Resources has reported a further increase in the JORC compliant mineral resource inventory for its 100%-owned DeGrussa copper-gold project in Western Australia.Orosur Mining has announced the results of the Arenal Deeps feasibility study Orosur Mining has announced the results of the Arenal Deeps feasibility study. Lithium Americas has provided a timeline and key milestones leading to the completion of the feasibility study for its Cauchari lithium/potassium resource in Argentina. High grade uranium assays have been returned from newly discovered Zone 5 at Extract Resources’ Rössing South located approximately 3 km to the south of Zone 2 along regional strike.African Minerals and Vale have announced that the Government of Sierra Leone has approved and the Parliament of Sierra Leone has unanimously ratified the mining lease for the Tonkolili iron ore and related infrastructure projects. Rio Tinto has announced an investment of $1.6 billion to develop the Hope Downs 4 iron ore project in Western Australia. Azumah Resources has reported that fresh drilling results have highlighted the excellent potential of its 1.1 Moz Wa gold project in Ghana. Sundance Resources has set an end of year target to complete offtake contracts and secure project financing terms for its $3.3 billion Mbalam iron ore project on the border of the Central African countries of Cameroon and Republic of Congo.Ivanhoe Mines’ Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold complex is proceeding on schedule and the first ore now is expected to be processed during the fourth quarter of 2012. Trevali Resources Corp has signed the definitive legal agreement with Glencore’s Peruvian subsidiary, Empresa Minera Los Quenuales, for the development, construction and operation of Trevali’s wholly owned Santander zinc-lead-silver mine project in Peru.Atlas Iron has announced a 50% increase in reserves for its northern Pilbara projects in a move which paves the way for the  company to increase production from the current planned rate of 6 Mt/y towards its next target production rate of 12 Mt/y by the end of 2012. Signature Metals has announced preliminary results from an internal scoping study into the expansion of production at the Konongo gold project.All this and much, much more in International Mining’s Project News….To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact for a free trial copy.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the problems with playing games on a touchscreen is the fact that in order to interact with the game you need to cover part of the screen. That’s why when the iCade became a real product it turned out to be a very popular peripheral. The only problem is it is quite expensive.Paul Rickards, a self-professed tinkerer, has discovered you don’t actually need to purchase an iCade in order to use a separate controller for iPad games. You can in fact use your own game pads connected through an Arduino to the iPad via USB.Rickards discovered he could use his own controllers by accident while getting a homebrew C64 keyboard to work with iMAME on the iPad over USB. When he pressed keys on the keyboard, iMAME said it was enabling iCade mode. That’s strange as iCade interfaces with the iPad via Bluetooth, but it looks as though the type of connection doesn’t actually matter.With that discovery, Rickards set about making another Arduino board talk to the iPad via USB using the V-USB library–something he had done previously for the keyboard project. Only this time he set it up for a NES controller. The Arduino is housed in a case made of Lego, which the NES pad and the USB connector plug into. Both are powered over the USB port on the iPad. The end result is iCade-compatible games controlled via the NES pad for significantly less investment than buying an iCade. There’s also nothing to stop you using other controllers as long as you can get them to interface with the Arduino.Rickards has said he will post the code enabling others to create a similar setup, he just needs to clean it up a bit first.Read more at biosrhythm, via toucharcadelast_img read more

Invest Turks and Caicos to get new home says new CEO

first_img Related Items:invest turks and caicos, john rutherford Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2016 – There will be a new home for the new Invest Turks and Caicos Agency according to its Chief Executive, John Rutherford. On the launch at the Provo Golf Club on Monday night, Rutherford told media that there is a diverse mandate handed to the organization to create a more diverse economy.“We will attract more foreign investment to the islands, not just in tourism and hospitality but we know the importance of diversifying the economy so we want to look at what other sectors we can attract to the islands. But we want to also help domestic investors as well, help them grow their business, expand their business. And then finally we have been given responsibility for the micro, small and medium enterprise program and that kicks off on the first of April.” The goal is to be more assertive said Rutherford, agreeing that indeed the launch was a big night for Invest Turks and Caicos which is also tasked with bigger branding of the TCI. The CE made it clear that while TC Invest did a lot of good things, Invest Turks and Caicos Agency will not be a bank and their goal is to raise economic activity. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img TC Invest concept revived somewhat, Minister never agreed with closure Invest Turks and Caicos launches tonightlast_img read more

Second day of ComicCon brings Game of Thrones The Walking Dead Big

first_img Posted: July 21, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 FacebookTwitter Second day of Comic-Con brings ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ to fans July 21, 2017center_img , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Fresh off setting record ratings for HBO in its seventh season premiere last weekend, “Game of Thrones” cast members will appear Friday at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center.Sunday’s episode drew 16.1 million total viewers, a 50 percent increase over the season-opening show last year and the most-watched season premiere on HBO ever. According to news reports, the airing also generated 2.4 million tweets.Among the cast members scheduled for the  “Game of Thrones” panel are Alfie Allen, Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Conleth Hill, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead Wright.HBO has set up a Westeros experience for fans that depicts the fictional land where the series is set. The Westeros attraction is next to the Omni Hotel in the Gaslamp District.”Game of Thrones” won’t be the only session packing Hall H, which actually had some empty seats Thursday as Comic-Con opened for its annual four-day run. Other scheduled sessions are a 10th anniversary panel on “The Big Bang Theory,” along with panels on “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Twin Peaks,” “Preacher” and Marvel’s “The Defenders.”Panels run from 10 a.m. to midnight at the convention center, Central Library, Hilton Bayfront Hotel, the Horton Grand Theatre and the Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina.Organizers strongly suggest using public transportation.A free shuttle bus service is operating 24 hours a day, stopping at 63 locations in downtown, Mission Valley, Harbor Island and Shelter Island through Sunday evening.The Metropolitan Transit System announced that Green Line trolleys will run every 7 and 1/2 minutes between Qualcomm Stadium and the 12th and Imperial Transit Center through Sunday. Blue and Orange line trains will increase in frequency during peak travel times, according to the MTS.The transit agency said passengers can use its new Compass Cloud mobile app to purchase ride tickets in advance. The MTS also has 22 bus routes with downtown stops.last_img read more

Gopalganj road crash death toll rises to 8

first_imgAnother person, who suffered injuries in a road accident as a bus rammed a truck at Betgram area in Sadar upazila of Gopalganj on Dhaka-Khulna Highway on Friday night, died on Saturday morning, raising the death toll from the incident to eight, reports UNB.The deceased is Khan Nur Islam, son of Khan Abdul Hakim, a resident of Dashani area in the district town of Bagerhat, said Pankaj Chandra Roy, Bagerhat police super.Khan was also joint general secretary of Bagerhat municipality unit of Awami League.Seven people were killed and 20 others, including Nur, injured in the road crash took place around 8:00 pm when a Pirojpur-bound Dola Paribahan bus hit a truck, fully loaded with trunks, from the backside.Nur was undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

In Memoriam Ocie M Jackson

first_imgBy The AFRO StaffOcie M. Jackson a high level Department of Defense worker, died at the age of 94 on August 26 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Maryland.Ocie M. Jackson (Courtesy Photo)She was a native of Oxford, North Carolina born on January 12, 1924 as one of twelve children of the late Pearl Beasley and Arthur Latta. She married James Copening Sr., who preceded her in death.  That union produced a son, James Ronald Copening Jr., in May 1947.Jackson later married Irving McKinley Moore and from that union gave birth to her second son Robert McKinley Moore in September 1957.  In 1967 she married, Robert I. Jackson who preceded her in death in 2005.Jackson worked in upper management for the Department of Defense for nearly four decades until her retirement in 1980.  The highly sensitive nature of the work she did required that she not reveal most of her professional accomplishments.Ocie is survived by her son Robert Moore; grandchildren; Robin, Ronald, Brian, Tony, Allison and Bobby; great-grandchildren, other nieces, nephews and cousins.last_img read more

Researchers demonstrate a single laser source scheme for studying topological matter in

first_img 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. Studies on exotic superfluids in spin-orbit coupled Fermi gases reviewed Research regarding topological matter in cold-atom systems has contributed insights into such systems due to the degree of controllability it offers in simulating condensed matter models—interesting topological phenomena have been observed recently in condensed-matter systems. But at the same time, many have found it rough going due to the tricky nature of dealing with the spin-orbit coupling that is involved. In this new effort, the researchers have come up with an approach that is easier to carry out, and as a bonus, it can be tuned between dimensions of the spin orbit.Conventional methods have relied on having the role of spin carried out by certain states of an atom, while the coupling has been caused to come about using the light from a laser—most have resorted to actually using two laser beams to achieve hyperfine levels through a Raman transition. To make the process easier, the researchers used a single laser beam, which they split into two parts, allowing for the creation of an optical lattice that was spin-independent, and a Raman beam that was frequency shifted—allowing for a double Raman transition in two dimensions to cause spinflips. This setup makes the work less difficult and offers another advantage—the dimensionality is tunable between one and two dimensions. Experimental realization of 2D SO interaction and 1D-2D crossover. Credit: Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6689 The researchers note that while they used bosonic atoms, they believe the scheme would work equally well with fermions, and suggest that because their two-dimensional spin-orbit coupling system is more topological stable, it could offer new research opportunities for those studying unusual quantum phases such as topological superfluids. (—A team of researchers with members from several institutions in China has developed a new means for studying topological matter in cold-atom systems that involves using a single laser source. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how the scheme works and outlines possible uses for it. Monika Aidelsburger with UPMC Sorbonne University offers an overview of the work done by the team in a Perspective piece in the same journal issue and offers some insight into some of the possible directions such research is going. © 2016 More information: Z. Wu et al. Realization of two-dimensional spin-orbit coupling for Bose-Einstein condensates, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6689AbstractCold atoms with laser-induced spin-orbit (SO) interactions provide a platform to explore quantum physics beyond natural conditions of solids. Here we propose and experimentally realize two-dimensional (2D) SO coupling and topological bands for a rubidium-87 degenerate gas through an optical Raman lattice, without phase-locking or fine-tuning of optical potentials. A controllable crossover between 2D and 1D SO couplings is studied, and the SO effects and nontrivial band topology are observed by measuring the atomic cloud distribution and spin texture in momentum space. Our realization of 2D SO coupling with advantages of small heating and topological stability opens a broad avenue in cold atoms to study exotic quantum phases, including topological superfluids. Explore further Journal information: Science The spin-orbit-coupling-induced distribution of atomic group with different spin state. Credit: PAN’s team A diagram of a 2-D spin-orbit coupling and topological band. Atoms perform the spin flip quantum tunneling in the optical lattice under the laser field. Credit: PAN’s team Citation: Researchers demonstrate a single laser source scheme for studying topological matter in cold-atom systems (2016, October 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more