Australian Women’s team on display on NRL Grand Final day

first_imgThere was plenty of Touch Football action to be seen on NRL Grand Final day at ANZ Stadium on Sunday. The Australian Women’s Open team commenced Grand Final day proceedings when they took to the field to showcase the sport against a team comprised of media identities, including Brett Finch and Matt Shirvington. The girls impressed the building crowd with their skills and ran out easy winners in their match. The focus then shifted to a special announcement, with Touch Football Australia and the National Rugby League announcing Harvey Norman as the new major sponsor for the NRL Touch Football product. To read more about this please click on the ‘related news’ section below. A key feature outside of the stadium saw a large Touch Football presence, with two live sites running all day for arriving crowds. Hundreds of children, and even adults, had their go at playing games of Touch Football or trying their luck at the passing targets throughout the day. Sydney Roosters mascot, Rocky and the Penrith Panthers’ Paws also had a run, proving that our great sport caters for everyone! To view some photos from the day, please visit the Touch Football Australia social media pages:Facebook – – Instagram –  Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for highlights from the day – Related LinksNRL Grand Finallast_img read more

Win a Ticket Aboard the World’s First Zero-Gravity Party

first_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness We live in strange and wondrous times. Twenty years ago, the internet as we know it was hardly a blip on the mainstream radar. Just 10 years ago, Facebook and the iPhone were “newborns” in the public eye. Now, it’s 2017, and we’re throwing a zero-gravity party on the edge of space.On February 7, 2018, a highly customized A310 craft will take off from Germany’s Frankfurt Airport. For a full 90 minutes, the flight will do what it was designed to do: trace parabolic arcs in the sky to simulate the effects of zero gravity. This time, however, the astronauts-in-training who are usually aboard will be notably absent. Instead, the passengers will be unlike any the plane has flown before. World-renowned DJs Armin van Buuren, Steve Aoki, and W&W will show off their legendary turntable skills in the weightless environment. Also aboard: An exclusive selection of the world’s most hardcore EDM and space fans as part of World Club Domes’s first-ever zero-gravity party.Even amid Europe’s insane, world-famous club parties, World Club Dome has come to define what a proper mega-party can be. The original WCD concept debuted in Germany in 2012 as “the biggest club in the world.” Indeed, the massive, one-of-a-kind event spread across 20 stages with 200 headliners and Europe’s largest laser show. The concept quickly evolved into the 2,000-passenger World Club Cruise around Europe. In 2015 we saw the launch of the Ice Club-Train. This so-called “fastest club in the world” was packed with world-class DJs and partiers, all traveling at nearly 200 miles per hour.  The same year, WCD launched “the highest club in the world” with Club-Jet: a Boeing 747 party flight with (you guessed it) some of the world’s best DJs. In 2017 alone, WCD events racked up more than 330,000 attendees. Now, they’re going even bolder.WCD has dubbed the Zero Gravity party flight “the world’s smallest nightclub,” and the bar to get in is higher than any club in the world as space is extremely limited. To apply, potential space party-goers must create and share a 20-second video on social media using the hashtag #wcdZeroGravity. From the pool of applicants, only two — one male, one female — will be selected from each continent. If you’re considering applying, be sure to don your best “astronaut wanna-be” club clothes and prove to the world why your zero-G EDM game is truly out of this world.Featured image courtesy of World Club Dome/Facebook. Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight?last_img read more

Lackluster Freight Rates Push China COSCO Further into Loss

first_imgzoom Dragged by lackluster freight rates in the container shipping market during the first half of 2016, the shipping and logistics company China COSCO Holdings Company Limited recorded a net loss of CNY 4.8 billion (USD 720 million) for the period.Despite the slower growth of shipping capacity when compared with last year, no significant improvement was made in the imbalance between supply and demand of the shipping sector, China COSCO said, adding that “the freight rates stayed weak and repeatedly fell to record lows.”The freight rates of main routes between Europe and America dropped by some 40% year-on-year, and those for the routes between Asia and Europe plunged to USD 50/TEU.In the face of challenging market conditions, China COSCO implemented business reform and restructuring in the first half of the year. The company said that it achieved progress in the consolidation of container shipping business, which was launched on March 1, 2016.As of the end of June this year, COSCO’s fleet had 304 vessels with total capacity of 1.61 million TEUs, representing an increase of 83.3% year-on-year, while it handled 7.4 billion TEUs during the period, an increase of 39.2% year-on-year.As at the end of the first half the company’s terminal segment operated 171 berths across the coastal regions in China and several major ports in the world. Of which, 149 berths were for container shipping, 20 berths for dry-bulk cargoes and two berths for automobiles.“Looking ahead into the second half of 2016, the growth rate of global container fleet capacity is expected to slow down, while the market demand is expected to pick up in the third quarter, the traditional peak shipping season. However, the container shipping industry will continue to be plagued by over-capacity problem and the market condition will remain challenging,” China COSCO said.last_img read more

Rejection rates for Canada Summer Jobs funding up 12fold from last year

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal officials have rejected requests from more than 1,500 organizations for funding through the government’s premier summer jobs program, a 12-fold increase since the Liberals added new funding criteria that have drawn the ire of faith-based groups.The government says rejections are up year-over-year to 1,561 this year compared with 126 in 2017.The rejections could be for multiple reasons, such as not meeting funding requirements, missing details on forms or objecting to the wording of a new declaration that the jobs to be funded, as well as the main activities of groups themselves, respect reproductive rights.Overall, figures provided by the government show officials are combing through 41,031 eligible applications, a small decline from the 41,716 last year that funded about 69,000 jobs — which the government used during debate Monday as a sign that all was fine with the program, despite concerns from the Opposition Conservatives.The additional wording on this year’s application was in response to concerns Labour Minister Patty Hajdu heard last year that funding through the popular jobs program had gone towards paying for students to protest outside abortion clinics or create and distribute graphic anti-abortion pamphlets, or to groups that refused to hire LGBTQ staff.Hajdu has said the declaration was the result of a review of how money was handed out in previous year and documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law shed some light on the process.The briefing note to Hajdu, which was focused on revised timelines for the summer jobs program, noted that the stipulation was to ensure money went to “projects and organizations with mandates that are consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and court decisions.” She had to approve the final wording before MPs received annual packages to help promote the politically popular jobs program in which local MPs decide who gets funding.The wording of the declaration, officials wrote, “is intended to assist employers in deciding whether to apply for funding.” The department planned to “rely on applicants to validate their eligibility” for funding under the new criteria by checking off a box on the application form.Officials, however, have had to look closer at thousands of groups to ensure that they have been honest on their forms.Hajdu’s department also found 10 pages of documents related to a legal review of the addition to the declaration, but officials said none of it can be made public because it is subject to solicitor-client privilege.Many faith-based groups have crossed out the wording on the form they found problematic, didn’t check the box confirming their agreement to the stipulations, or have attached a letter objecting to the requirements and asking for a change in language.Program officials have deemed these applications as incomplete, because they do not agree to the eligibility requirements.The Tories pressed the Liberals to back down on the declaration. Conservative critic Karen Vecchio said about 15 groups in her riding didn’t apply for funding because the wording conflicted with their personal beliefs. She said the Liberals were helping for-profit businesses at the expense of faith-based groups that “provide housing and child care.”Hajdu tried to paint the Tories as being anti-abortion, arguing the previous Conservative government funded anti-abortion groups and groups that discriminate against the LGBTQ community.“Young people are counting on us to stand up for their rights to deliver this program in a way that is fair and equitable and respects all Canadians and that’s exactly what we’ll do,” Hajdu said.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

Russian Embassy says Trudeau criticism of Putin unproductive confrontational

first_imgOTTAWA – The Russian Embassy is firing back at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for criticizing President Vladimir Putin at a news conference this week.But a leading expert on Russia and the Arctic is dismissing the dust-up as the result of a mistaken prime minister, and a junior Russian diplomat with an itchy Twitter finger.Trudeau said on Wednesday during a Toronto press conference that Putin needs to start playing a more positive role in the world on a variety of fronts, from Ukraine, to Syria, to the Arctic, as well as answering for Russia’s role in the nerve gas attack in Britain two weeks ago.The embassy tweeted its response on Thursday, accusing Trudeau of using confrontational and unproductive rhetoric.Trudeau also said on Wednesday that Canada needs to be vigilant about protecting the integrity of its electoral systems from foreign interference. However, the Russian Embassy tweet did not mention election meddling.Trudeau’s remarks came after several recent warnings about possible Russian interference in the 2019 federal election, including from eastern European diplomats in Ottawa, as well as top NATO researcher.Trudeau listed some positive behaviour he said he’d like to see from Putin.“Whether it’s pulling back of his engagement in the Donbass or leaving Crimea,” the prime minister said, “whether it’s taking responsibility for . . . the important questions that the U.K. has asked after the terrible poisoning incident a few weeks ago in Salisbury, whether it’s questions around NATO, questions around Syria, questions around the Arctic.”The House of Commons unanimously adopted a motion this week that blames Russia for what it calls a despicable nerve gas attack in Britain against former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the city of Salisbury. The British government says they were poisoned with a Russian nerve agent.Trudeau’s final example of the Arctic drew the ire of the Russian Embassy in its tweet. The Arctic is one area where the two countries have tried to co-operate through the Arctic Council and bilaterally.“We regret PM Trudeau’s confrontational rhetoric at yesterday’s Toronto press-conference prompted by UK slanderous Russophobic hysteria,” said Thursday’s tweet.“This language of ultimatums is totally unacceptable & counterproductive, especially for bilateral dialogue on important issues, like the Arctic.”Trudeau’s office did not reply to a request for comment on why he included a reference to the Arctic in his remarks, or whether Canada’s Arctic policy had taken a negative turn with Russia.But his office reiterated his criticism of Putin, including his call for Russia to co-operate with the never gas attack investigation.“As our government said in the past, Russia must respect the rules-based international order,” said spokeswoman Chantal Gagnon.“We will continue to maintain pressure, including through economic sanctions, until Russia meets its obligations under international law.”Michael Byers, an expert on the Arctic, dismissed the affair as an inconsequential chain of events.“The prime minister made a tiny mistake and a junior diplomat picked up on it. End of story,” said Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.Byers said he has travelled to Moscow and met with Russian foreign ministry officials as part of his work on Arctic foreign policy.“The Arctic is one of just a couple of places where Russian-Western co-operation remains good.”Byers also said no weight should be given to the fact the statement was made on a Twitter account linked to the Russian Embassy.He said the account is run by a press secretary “who is a very active tweeter — you might even call him a troll.”Byers said he has blocked the account on Twitter.“Yes, he is an employee of the Russian foreign ministry, but he is a long way from the centre.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said that former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter died in the poison attack.last_img read more

RR look to keep playoffs hopes alive against RCB

first_imgBengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to give their forgettable campaign a semblance of respectability and dash Rajasthan Royals’ faint playoffs hopes in the IPL here on Tuesday. Rajasthan, with 10 points from 12 games, still have a theoretical chance to make it to the playoffs, provided they do not lose any of their remaining two matches. Also, they would require table-toppers Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals to defeat their respective opponents. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuUnder the circumstances, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes’ absence will add to Rajasthan’s pressure, more so when Archer’s 12-ball 27 for a winning cause against Kolkata Knight Riders is taken into account. Jos Buttler, who had 311 runs and three fifties in eight innings, had also returned to England for World Cup preparations. The change in captaincy — replacing Ajnkya Rahane with Steve Smith — helped RR to an extent as this helped Rahane roar back Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Mastersto form with an elegant century, albeit in a losing cause, against Delhi Capitals. It also saw Rajasthan bring their campaign back on track by beating Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. RR’s last win at Eden Gardens could galvanise their players to believe in themselves, after Ryan Parag led a dramatic late comeback. They, however, still need to iron out a few flaws which have plagued them of late. The failure to grab moments, which cost them the games against Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings, is one of them. The biggest positive for Rajasthan has been Sherays Gopal, who, with his googlies, deceived the likes of Virat Kohli, A B de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer in the previous match. Sanju Samson, who had hit the first ton of this IPL, has been good. Hosts RCB will be playing for pride after their slender hopes of entering the playoffs went up in smoke with their defeat to Delhi Capitals on Sunday.last_img read more

Asian shares mixed as markets await news on China-US trade

BANGKOK — Shares were mixed early Monday in Asia in the absence of fresh news on the tariffs standoff between the U.S. and China.U.S. markets will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index advanced 0.3% to 21,173.27 after visiting President Donald Trump said he expects a deal with Tokyo on trade after a Japanese election in July.Trump has been seeking a bilateral trade deal with Japan after withdrawing from the Pacific Rim trading block, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The two sides are working to close gaps over trade in farm products and autos and auto parts.“We are working on the imbalance on the trade as there has been a tremendous imbalance so that we are working on that. And I am sure that will work out over a period of the time,” Trump said. He said via Twitter that he expected an agreement in August.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 0.7% to 27,175.35 and the Kospi in South Korea fell 0.2% to 2,041.67 and the S&P ASX 200 edged 2.3 points lower to 6,453.70.The Shanghai Composite index rose 0.3% to 2,860.50 and shares in Taiwan also were higher. Shares climbed in Jakarta and Thailand but fell in Singapore.Without big data releases to drive sentiment, Trump’s 4-day visit to Japan could enliven trading, said Jeffrey Halley of Oanda.“We will almost certainly see some interesting ‘comments’ to drive volatility in Asia this week,” he said in a commentary.Stocks notched modest gains Friday on Wall Street, erasing some of the market’s steep losses from a day earlier, but not enough for the market to avoid a third straight weekly loss.Share benchmarks have swung between gains and losses as investors weigh the prospect of a prolonged trade war between the U.S. and China. Trading has been volatile since the dispute escalated earlier this month, with both sides raising tariffs on each other’s goods.Financial companies led Friday’s buying as the yield on the 10-year Treasury note reversed part of a steep slide a day earlier. It was at 2.32% as of late Friday. Rising yields boost interest rates on loans, which makes lending more profitable.The S&P 500 rose 0.1% to 2,826.06, ending the week with a 2.3% loss. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.4%, to 25,585.69. The Nasdaq composite added 0.1% to 7,637.01. Small company stocks fared better, and the Russell 2000 index climbed 0.9% to 1,514.11.Investors will likely be stuck dealing with a volatile market until the outcome in the trade dispute becomes clear.The 11th round of U.S.-China trade talks ended with no agreement. Instead, the U.S. moved to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, prompting China to reciprocate. The trade dispute escalated further after the U.S. proposed restrictions on technology sales to China.President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a summit next month in Japan. Both sides have expressed a willingness to resume negotiations, while at the same time ratcheting up antagonistic rhetoric, leaving investors confused about what happens next.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 21 cents to $58.42 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It climbed 1.7% to settle at $58.63 a barrel on Friday. Brent crude, the international standard, lost 1 cent to $67.46 per barrel. It gave up 3 cents to $67.47 per barrel on Friday.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 109.46 Japanese yen from 109.31 yen on Friday. The euro strengthened to $1.1215 from $1.1190.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more

Two UN Special Rapporteurs to visit Sri Lanka in April

The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers acts on information submitted to her attention concerning alleged violations relating to the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and the independence of the legal profession by sending allegation letters and urgent appeals to concerned Governments to clarify and/or bring these cases to their attention. Two UN Special Rapporteurs are to visit Sri Lanka in April after the new Government agreed on the proposed dates.The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Mónica Pinto and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan Méndez will visit Sri Lanka from 29 April 2016 to 7 May 2016. The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment covers all countries, irrespective of whether a State has ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. (Colombo Gazette) read more

WatchNEBs latest Trans Mountain pipeline review just as flawed as the first

The National Energy Board is repeating its mistakes with a new review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, laying the groundwork for another court challenge, say First Nations, environmental advocates and politicians in British Columbia.The new review of the project’s impacts on the marine environment is too rushed and limited and the federal government must urgently step in to expand the scope, said Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.“I find it absolutely amazing that the prime minister is without conscience, without any sense of responsibility to the citizens of this country and future generations,” he said at a news conference Tuesday.No ‘stop clock’ on Trans Mountain consultations as oilpatch suffers US$40 discountOttawa won’t appeal Trans Mountain court decision; renews Indigenous talksTrans Mountain’s 2020 timeline is ‘slipping’ amid delays: CEOThe Federal Court of Appeal quashed the government’s approval of the project in August, citing the energy board’s failure to examine impacts on the ocean ecosystem, including B.C.’s endangered southern resident killer whales. It also found Canada failed to meaningfully consult with First Nations during the final phase of discussions.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, which purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion, ordered the energy board to review the project’s marine shipping effects within 155 days and issue a report no later than Feb. 22.The board limited the review’s geographic scope to 12 nautical miles off the B.C. coast. But whales inhabit waters well beyond that area, so the scope should be 200 nautical miles, said Eugene Kung, a lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law.“They’re continuing to ignore key issues like climate, like project economics and instead importing wholesale the stale evidence from the last time around,” he said.The court ruling in August followed a lengthy legal battle waged by First Nations, environmental groups and Metro Vancouver cities. On Tuesday, several of the same parties said the new process appeared headed toward another court challenge.Kung said any challenges would likely be filed after the energy board publishes its report in February, as any legal cases filed now could be tossed out for being filed too soon.Phillip said he’s firmly opposed to the project and there is no review process that could satisfy him.“This project has always been a real stinker from the very beginning,” he said, adding that climate change has contributed to worse wildfires and flooding that disproportionately affect First Nations.Vancouver’s new mayor, Kennedy Stewart, was scheduled to appear at the news conference but organizers said his busy schedule prevented him from showing up. Stewart, a former New Democrat MP, was arrested protesting the project earlier this year.“I just want to remind the prime minister that people who opposed this pipeline are being elected,” said Jean Swanson, a newly elected Vancouver councillor.Green Leader Elizabeth May, who was arrested alongside Stewart, noted a recent United Nations report found a temperature increase of only 1.5 C will have catastrophic impacts.“We have a very troublesome (energy board) process with the same flawed mindset, but in a new context, a context in which we can no longer pretend that you can … dig a hole and get out of it at the same time,” she said.She described the energy board as “manifestly incompetent” to do environmental assessments.Energy board spokesman James Stevenson said the board has been conducting such assessments since the mid-1990s and has experienced, expert technical staff.The board sought comments on whether the review should extend to Canada’s territorial sea limit of 12 nautical miles or to Canada’s exclusive economic zone of 200 nautical miles, and it decided in favour of the former “on a principled basis,” he said.The focus of the review is to apply the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Species at Risk Act to project-related marine shipping, he said, adding the board is confident it can complete a thorough review within 155 days.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has met and spoken with First Nations and Metis leaders and will continue to engage with Indigenous communities, said press secretary Vanessa Adams.“The Federal Court of Appeal was clear that our government needed to do a better job consulting Indigenous peoples and to take into account the impact of marine shipping, and that is exactly what we are doing,” she said. read more

Midwives told to say partner during antenatal classes after samesex couple complained

first_imgHospital documents revealed the midwife had kept referring to the "fella's role" during the antenatal classes (file picture) The Trust said they didn’t have a written policy on how staff should speak to patients and their families.Last month, the British Medical Association came under fire after publishing guidance over the use of a raft of words that were considered to be potentially “discriminatory”. “You can also mix up the word order in common expressions, eg instead of saying, ‘men and women’, use ‘women and men’.”The BMA guidance added that words and phrases that reinforce stereotypes, cause discomfort or offence, or exclude certain groups of people through assumptions, could be considered discriminatory.Tony Williams, opposition leader on Blackpool Council said: “It would have been an innocent comment and there would have been no intention to offend.”I can understand if people feel offended or left out but I feel in this instance it would have been without malice. Both sides should draw a line under this and carry on.” The patient is in a same-sex relationship and felt this terminology was inappropriateHospital documents Midwives have been told to use the word “partner” during antenatal classes after a lesbian couple complained about a nurse using the term “fella”.The duo told hospital bosses they are too uncomfortable to return to the sessions and were given one-to-one sessions following the incident.Hospital documents revealed the midwife had kept referring to the “fella’s role” during the antenatal classes. Hospital documents revealed the midwife had kept referring to the “fella’s role” during the antenatal classes (file picture)Credit:Paula Smith / Alamy Stock Photo It said: “You should avoid references to a person’s gender except where it is relevant in a discussion.”The guidance suggested using “neutral” language when speaking about family unless there is certainty over which gender to use.It added: “For example, use the word ‘partner’ instead of ‘wife’ or ‘husband’, ‘parent’ instead of ‘mum’ or ‘dad’, and ‘child’ instead of ‘son’ or ‘daughter’. The document said: “The midwife hosting the class kept referring to the ‘fella’s role’ during the labour process.”The patient is in a same-sex relationship and felt this terminology was inappropriate, and that same-sex couples or single mothers could be made to feel uncomfortable.”The community midwives have been reminded not to use this terminology and to only use the word ‘partner’ in future classes.”One-to-one parentcraft sessions have also been arranged for the couple as they felt uncomfortable returning to the class.”A spokesman for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said there was no additional cost for the one-to-one session. She added: “All our midwifery care is individualised to the family.” 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.last_img read more

Sittlingtons contract in Guyana terminated with immediate effectBritish High Commissioner

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSOCU more reactive than proactive, says AdvisorJanuary 12, 2018In “Crime”UK advisor’s role in SOCU ‘not operational’- British High CommissionerMarch 10, 2017In “latest news”Ongoing cases at SOCU might be affected, says HeadFebruary 2, 2019In “Crime” British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn“In light of information about Dr Sam Sittlington’s private business interests his contract in Guyana has been terminated with immediate effect”.Those were the words of British High Commissioner to Guyana Greg Quinn who released a statement moments ago distancing himself and by extension his country from the move by Sittlington to establish his own local investigate firm in Guyana named “The Fraud Company (Guyana) Inc”.Conflict of interest concerns were cited as Sittlington, a United Kingdom white collar crime expert, was working under the auspices of the British High Commission in Guyana as an advisor to the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU), a investigate arm of the Guyana Police Force.Advisor to Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Dr. Sam Sittlington.According to documents seen by this publication, Sittlington who outlined his occupation as a consultant will be the Director of the above mentioned company.The company was incorporated under the Companies Act of Guyana in September of 2018.Experts, had outlined, among other concerns that “It is highly unethical for a consultant who is being paid by a foreign government to advise and train a sensitive department such as the SOCU to establish a company which will undertake similar work.”Moreover, in reinforcing the point, the observers posited that the said consultant has access to highly confidential information on numerous persons at SOCU and has embarked on fishing expeditions on most of the cases under investigation.As such, a major concern was that information gleamed from SOCU could be used inappropriately.The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) which had accused the incumbent Administration of using SOCU to target former Government Ministers had raised concerns over Sittlington’s role with SOCU and his presence in Guyana. read more

Lectures by Professor Michaelidis

first_imgProfessor Iakovos Michaelidis, an expert in Balkan history from the University of Thessaloniki, will be presenting public lectures in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. An expert in Albanian, Bulgarian, Serbian and the Macedoslav languages, Professor Michaelidis is familiar with the cultural and political environments of the aforementioned countries. He has been published extensively on the history of the Balkans peoples and is an Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Greek History. He is coming as a visiting Professor of the AIMS and the Greek Studies program of the University of Notre Dame Australia. The lectures that are still available are: Melbourne Pan-Macedonian House. Current trends in Balkan Politics: The case of FYROM and Greece. Saturday 19 Nov, 9.00 am. Sydney AHEPA House, 394 Princes Hwy, Rockdale. Greece and the Balkans: Divergence v Convergence. Sunday 20 Nov, 6.00 pm. Canberra Hellenic Club, Matilda Street, Woden. The Restricting tendencies in the Balkans: The case of Greece. Wednesday 23 Nov, 6.00 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Charles de Foucauld biographie ce quil faut savoir sur lexplorateur

first_imgCharles de Foucauld : biographie, ce qu’il faut savoir sur l’explorateurCharles Eugène de Foucauld de Pontbriand, vicomte de Foucauld, est né à Strasbourg d’une famille aristocratique. Officier de l’armée française, il devient explorateur et géographe, puis religieux catholique, ermite et linguiste.BiographieNaissance : 15 Septembre 1858 à StrasbourgMort : 1er Décembre 1916 à Tamanrasset (Algérie) (58 ans) Sa jeunesse Charles de Foucauld, orphelin à l’âge de 6 ans et est élevé par son grand-père maternel, le colonel de Morlet. Il entre à l’école de Sainte-Géneviève afin de préparer son concours d’entrée à Saint-Cyr, école spéciale militaire connue pour sa formation intensive et sévère.En 1876, Charles de Foucauld  a 18 ans et peut donc jouir de sa fortune. En octobre de la même année, il entre à Saint-Cyr. Son grand-père, le colonel de Morlet décède un an et demi plus tard, le 3 février 1878.Le 31 octobre 1878, il entre à l’École de Cavalerie de Saumur, d’où il sortira au bout d’une année à peine. En effet, Charles de Foucauld montre peu de sérieux et profite de l’héritage perçue à la mort de son grand-père. Il se voit alors affecté au 4e régiment de Hussard et envoyé en Algérie, mais son indiscipline lui vaut une mise en non-activité, on lui donne l’ordre de retourner en France, il n’a alors que 23 ans.Le 5 mai 1881, il s’installe à Evian, et l’ennui se faisant vite sentir, il demande sa réintégration lorsqu’il a vent d’une mission dangereuse en Algérie dans laquelle son régiment est engagé. Le 22 Juin, il rejoint alors le 4e Chasseurs d’Afrique, basé à Masacara où il se montrera exemplaire. Mais rapidement, Charles se désintéresse de la garnison et présente sa démission, puis part s’installer à Alger. Charles de Foucauld:  pacificateurPendant une année, il prépare son exploration au Maroc qu’il organisera et financera seul, il parcourt le pays près d’un an, en se faisant passer pour juif. Son objectif étant de préparer la pacification du pays, ce dernier présentant une menace pour la paix que la France tente d’établir dans le Sahara. Il ne peut, en effet, voyager au sein du pays sous sa véritable identité sous peine de risquer la mort. Il est accompagné du rabbin Mardochée Abi Serour, également explorateur et commerçant.En 1885, l’ampleur et la rigueur de son exploration sont récompensées, il obtient la médaille d’or de la Société Française de géographie, mais il connaît par le même temps un intérêt en éveil sur la question de la spiritualité. Charles de Foucauld étant l’héritier d’une famille imprégnée par la religion catholique, il prend conscience de son manque de foi devant celle des habitants du pays, qui la pratiquent avec ferveur.Engagement spirituelEn 1886, alors qu’il est de retour en France, il reprend contact avec sa famille et se confie à sa cousine Marie de Bondy sur son questionnement spirituel. Cette dernière lui conseille d’aller à la rencontre de l’abbé Huvelin à l’église Saint-Augustin à Paris, une rencontre qui marque un tournant dans la vie du jeune explorateur. En octobre 1886, il décide de dédier sa vie à Dieu. Jusqu’en 1890, l’abbé Huvelin envoie Charles de Foucauld vivre plusieurs quêtes spirituelles dont un pèlerinage en Terre Sainte. Le 16 janvier 1890 il entre au monastère de Notre-Dame des neiges chez les Trappistes en Ardèche après quelques tâtonnements chez les jésuites et les bénédictins, et prend le nom de frère Marie-Albéric. Mais la quête spirituelle de Charles de Foucauld ne s’arrête pas ici, en effet, le 6 mars 1897, Charles de Foucauld quitte les trappistes. Il considère son mode de vie trop aisé, trop éloigné de son idéal, d’autre part le supérieur général de la Trappe don Sébastien Viar, après avoir étudié son cas, décide de lui rendre sa liberté. Il est relevé de ses premiers vœux en 1897 à Rome.Le 24 février de la même année, il part incognito en Terre Sainte pour trouver un emploi de domestique dans un couvent et se fait accepter sous un faux nom, chez les Clarisses de Nazareth. En 1900 il rentre en France et poursuit ses études théologiques en vue du sacerdoce, il est ordonné prêtre le 9 Juin 1901 à Viviers en Ardèche, comme diocésain, Charles de Foucauld est alors âgé de 43 ans.Au service des pauvres L’explorateur souhaite évangéliser le Maroc où il a constaté plus jeune, lors de ses pérégrinations, que très peu étaient ceux qui avaient rencontré ou ne serait-ce aperçu un corps de l’église. Le pays est néanmoins tiraillé entre plusieurs puissances européennes qui se disputent l’influence sur le marché du territoire. C’est avec la permission de l’administration militaire que le moine s’installe à proximité du pays et se met au service des pauvres.Le 28 octobre 1901, le père Charles de Foucauld s’installe à Beni-Abbès, et fonde son premier ermitage, où aura lieu la première messe un mois plus tard. « Je veux habituer tous les habitants, chrétiens, musulmans, juifs et idolâtres, à me regarder comme leur frère (…) ».Contre l’esclavagisme Charles de Foucauld s’engage contre l’esclavagisme. Il s’indigne et tente de s’y opposer, mais en vain. Il rachète quelques personnes dont Paul Embarek, qui devient son serviteur. Rapidement, la solitude devient écrasante, mais l’ermite rencontre alors le colonel François-Henry Laperrine, qu’il estime profondément et qu’il considère comme un « ami incomparable ».Ce dernier, soldat exemplaire, aimé de ses troupes et respectés de ses ennemis, fait part à Charles de Foucauld, son projet de relier In-Salah à Tombouctou en passant par le Hoggar. Le moine obtient la permission de l’abbé Huvelin et de Monseigneur Guérin (préfet apostolique du Sahara) d’accompagner le colonel et ses troupes. Le 13 Janvier 1904, selon la volonté du colonel d’en faire le premier curé du Hoggar, il débute son expédition vers le Sud Algérien. Le Père de Foucauld apprend la langue Touareg afin de pouvoir traduire les évangiles aux habitants.Le 8 juin, toujours accompagné de Paul Embarek, Charles de Foucauld part s’installer au Sahara à Tamanrasset, où l’armée lui prêtera main forte dans la construction d’un nouvel ermitage, « La Frégate », nommé par Laperrine. Charles de Foucauld ne croise que peu d’Européens, et son serviteur, dont la présence est obligatoire pour la célébration de la messe, a fui l’ermitage pendant plusieurs mois. Ces quelques mois de totale solitude lui a valu l’accord d’un privilège unique par Monseigneur Guérin : la possibilité de célébrer la messe seul.Le dictionnaire touareg-françaisSur la durée, Charles de Foucauld tissent des liens forts avec les Touareg. Aussi, il écrit le premier dictionnaire touareg-français, un ouvrage de 2028 pages, une référence toujours d’actualité. Mais à partir de 1908, Charles reste néanmoins seul: ses tentatives de conversions sont vaines, personne ne désire s’installer en ermitage.Les sols arides ne lui permettent aucunement de pouvoir se nourrir, et il doit finalement sa survie à quelques femmes qui lui donnent du lait de chèvre de temps à autre. Une rude période dont il sortira spirituellement grandi. Mais l’épreuve n’est pas terminée, deux années plus tard, son ami Laperrine est muté en France, et ses deux influences spirituelles majeures que sont l’abbé Huvelin et Monseigneur Guérin décèdent successivement. Charles de Foucauld retourne en France le 2 Janvier 1911 et en revient le 3 Mai. A son retour, il aide à la construction de maisons en dur pour le village, et à développer les notions d’hygiène des habitants.Une mort tragiqueEn août 1914, la guerre éclate en Europe et le Hoggar est menacé. Si le chef local Moussa Ag Amastan s’emploi à préserver la paix tant bien que mal, les postes français sont de plus en plus attaqués. L’autorité militaire décide au début de 1916 de construire un bordj dans lequel le Père de Foucauld s’installe, accompagné de son serviteur, le 23 Juin.Le 1er Décembre, à 19h, le missionnaire est piégé par une ruse des touaregs appartenant à un « rezzou senoussiste » (une bande de pilleurs armés faisant partie d’un mouvement politico-religieux, la confrérie sénoussiste, en opposition à la pénétration européenne sur le territoire). Ces derniers pillent le fortin et font prisonnier le missionnaire. La mort de Charles de Foucauld conserve son lot de mystères, l’on suppose que l’arrivée de deux tirailleurs algériens aurait surpris l’adolescent en charge de surveiller le moine et son serviteur, et que sous la panique, il l’abat d’une balle dans la tête. Le soir même, les Touaregs l’enterrent, avec les musulmans. Son corps est déplacé une première fois par Laperrine le 15 Décembre, puis une nouvelle fois, dans un tombeau à El Goléa, le 26 Avril 1929.À lire aussiAlbert Einstein : QI, citations, biographie, tout savoir sur le plus célèbre des scientifiquesLe 6 Avril 2001, la Congrégation Romaine a autorisé la béatification du Père Charles de Foucauld, le 24 Avril, Jean-Paul II approuve le décret de son « héroïcité des vertus », il devient ainsi « vénérable »À lire aussi :La biographie de Christophe ColombLa biographie de Vasco de GamaLa biographie de Mike Horn Le 21 mars 2018 à 12:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Create Your ASA Member Web Account Ensure Convenient Access

first_imgRecent technology updates by ASA offer members new options and valuable time savers through the web. ASA members just need to do a one-time setup of their ASA web account.Implementation of a new ASA member web portal allows members to have more control over their membership account so they can pay their dues online whenever it’s convenient for them, as well as update their contact information and member profile.If you haven’t already set up your ASA web account, take a few minutes to do so now. With soon-to-come changes to the ASA website, an online ASA account will be needed to access member services and benefits from the web.Click here to set up your ASA member web account today!last_img read more

Standardizing Viewable Ad Measurement in Mobile

first_img Mobile is another story, though. And that’s where the MRC’s latest guidance report on mobile viewable impressions comes in. And so far there’s no way to officially, from MRC’s perspective, count viewable served ads in an app context. A crucial hangup is Flash, which iOS doesn’t support. Flash is used to help detect whether an ad is viewable. Another process, called geometric triangulation, can be used as a substitute, but that doesn’t work for cross-domain iframes for ads served by a third party. The served ad impression standards released last June apply to a desktop environment. Mobile complicates things because users can browse and see ads in the mobile web or view ads in an app environment. The full guidelines are available here. Until the MRC and other organizations such as the IAB, 4As and the ANA devise a standard measurement for a viewable ad on mobile, the MRC’s interim guidance report was released as a half-step measure. Unlike TV and radio—when you see or hear an ad, you know it’s been served—digital ads have been counted even when they’re not visible on the page. Over the last few years, the MRC developed minimum standards that needed to be met before a digital ad, on a page or in in a video, could be officially counted. Those standards were released last June.center_img A new metric, called the Loaded Ad, can be counted in an app, but does not qualify as a viewable impression, according to the MRC. “We’re allowing that to be used while we develop the technology to measure ads,” says Ivie. “The loaded ad is a temporary term, just applicable to apps.” So far a little more than a dozen measurement vendors have been audited and accredited by the MRC to count those impressions. The Media Rating Council, an association that vets and accredits third-party measurement services across television, radio, print and digital platforms in order to ensure standard practices, has been working on an ambitious project. The group wants to develop a standard system of audience metrics across all of the media it represents. But there’s been a significant hurdle to that end goal: the served ad impression. For digital display ads, 50 percent of the pixels needed to be in the viewable portion of the browser window for at least one second. In video, it’s a least two seconds. “The way you measure viewability in those two environments is different,” says George Ivie, CEO and executive director of the MRC.last_img read more

New Director Looking to Take Air Forces Partnership Program to the Next

first_imgAfter reaching a major achievement last month, the Air Force Community Partnership (AFCP) program is expected to continue growing with a new focus on initiatives with higher returns on investment, says the program’s new director.While the partnership program is “doing phenomenally well,” the service has started to concentrate on initiatives that can be implemented across a variety of installations and that can generate a higher payoff for the Air Force as well as the community, Teran Judd, director of community partnership and encroachment, told On Base.Since the program started three years ago, most of the community-military partnership initiatives have been smaller projects, explained Judd, who assumed his post in June, replacing Steve Zander. The partnership program’s first foray into projects with greater returns has focused on small arms ranges, partially because most bases have them, Judd said.The Air Force is conducting test projects with small arms ranges at several bases to see if establishing a joint use facility for the military and local law enforcement is the kind of partnership that can be expanded across the service.Along with placing a priority on initiatives with a higher return, the service is striving to identify partnerships that would work across the Air Force, or at least across a segment of the service’s installations.By taking initiatives that are successful in one community and applying them to others, the service’s goal is “to see if we can grow the program … bring it to a new level,” Judd said.The AFCP program reached one new level last month when the savings generated by the initiatives it helped create since fiscal 2013 surpassed direct spending on the program for the first time. The program so far has produced a total of $32.5 million in savings, $2.1 million more than the Air Force has spent on it.“It’s a huge milestone. … To be in the black after three years is fantastic,” Judd said. Partnership agreements in the pipeline are estimated to generate an additional $15 million in net savings, he added.To date, the 53 installations participating in the AFCP program have reached agreements on more than 200 partnership initiatives with their host communities. Two more bases have committed to joining the program, and another two are discussing the prospect, said Judd, who previously was a branch chief in the service’s strategic basing office.One of Judd’s chief aims is reenergizing the AFCP program. About 70 percent of the service’s installations are participating in the program, but enthusiasm at a number of locations has died down over the past three years, he said.“A lot of my job is reaching out to mission support commanders,” he said.Going forward, Judd wants more partnership initiatives to take advantage of the statute authorizing installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs). Most initiatives that have been developed so far have not used that authority, he explained.“I think you’ll see that in the future, a lot more IGSA initiatives [will be] coming out of the program,” Judd said.Partnerships using intergovernmental support agreements typically would cover public works and related functions, but they can involve other activities as well. “It can be [any] agreement with a municipality to develop what is best. It just makes so much sense to use this authority,” Judd said.One of the primary benefits of the authority is the ability to work directly with a municipality rather than going through a procurement process, allowing agreements to be reached much more quickly, he said.Just four months into the job, Judd said he has many reasons to be excited. “I feel extremely positive about the program. There are so many things we’re looking to try to roll out over the next year or two — a lot of different initiatives,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

7th day of AP Assembly session started

first_imgAmaravati: The seventh day of AP Assembly sessions have started on Friday in Amaravati. The question hour is leading to the uproar in both the Houses. In today’s session, the TDP members will be raising the questions on hand over the Polavaram project to the center. Collecting 10 percent amount from the Adarana scheme beneficiaries, and the weight reduction of the school books. On the other side, the YSRCP members will also be questions over the attacks on women, mining in tribal areas, and illegal sand transportation.last_img read more

A way to use a twonickel catalyst to synthesize cyclopentenes

first_imgA pair of researchers at Purdue University has found a way to use a diatomic Ni-Ni catalyst to synthesize cyclopentenes. In their paper published in the journal Science, You-Yun Zhou and Christopher Uyeda describe their method and outline why they believe cyclopentene products would be useful. Keywan Johnson and Daniel Weix with the University of Wisconsin have published a Perspective piece in the same journal issue describing the work done by the team in Indiana. Citation: A way to use a two-nickel catalyst to synthesize cyclopentenes (2019, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Reaction development. (A) Complementary cycloaddition routes to five- and six-membered rings from 1,3-dienes. (B) Pericyclic [4 + 1]-cycloadditions suffer from large electronic barriers due to repulsion between the carbene lone pair and the Ψ1 orbital of the 1,3-diene. (C) Dinickel-catalyzed reductive [4 + 1]-cycloaddition of 1,1-dichloroalkenes and 1,3-dienes. NMP, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone; rt, room temperature; c-Pent, cyclopentyl. Credit: (c) Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau0364 Johnson and Weix note that the discovery of new molecules lies behind many of the new materials that scientists have created over the years. One of the ways that new molecules are discovered is by observing them in nature and then synthesizing them in a lab. They note also that transition metal catalysis has been widely used to synthesize many new molecules that are currently used in a wide variety of products. They further note that the majority of transition metal catalysis involves the use of just one metal atom, but there have been exceptions in which catalysts have a two-metal atom core. In this new effort, the researchers used a diatomic Ni-Ni catalyst to carry out stereo-controlled synthesis of cyclopentenes (rings made of five carbon atoms).The researchers note that in typical Diels–Alder reactions, a diene and an alkene are allowed to react, resulting in a cyclohexene (a ring made of six carbon atoms). They also note that five-member rings are made in nature in a variety of ways, which suggests they might prove useful if they could be easily synthesized. Prior efforts to do so, however, have not panned out. The problem has been dealing with [4 + 1] reactions—there are difficulties involved with generating them using stable molecules. Also, reactivity with them has proven to be a challenge.Zhou and Uyeda took a different approach, using a two-metal catalyst instead. They found that in their approach, the two metal cores shared the task of controlling how the reaction occurred and in forming the carbene. This made possible the use of dichloroalkenes, which were more stable than diazo compounds. Additionally, just one of the rhodium centers was responsible for the bond formation with the catalyst—the second modulated the reactivity of the first through the bond. The result was a five-sided cyclopentene. Journal information: Science More information: You-Yun Zhou et al. Catalytic reductive [4 + 1]-cycloadditions of vinylidenes and dienes, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau0364center_img Explore further © 2019 Science X Network Researchers create stable gold(III) catalysts via oxidative addition of a carbon–carbon bond This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Journalist fights off thugs after they try to rob her and threaten

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Woman survives vicious attackAn appeal is now made to the community to be aware of their surroundings so that nobody else finds themselves in a potentially life-threatening situation like this.The journalist, who has been in the media for close to 10 years, says this is the first time she has had an experience like this in which her life was put in danger. She thanks God for keeping her safe, adding that she was lucky not to be harmed in the incident.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! On Friday (March 23), a Ladysmith Gazette journalist had a harrowing experience after going out to take pictures of the high water volume in the Klip River.She parked her car at the Soofie bridge and walked towards the centre of the bridge to take her photos.When she had finished taking photos of the river, she turned around to walk back to her car and was confronted by two men.She says that the men were well dressed and well spoken in English. They demanded that she give them her camera and cell-phone.At first she thought the men were just “messing around” and only realised they were serious when they told her they would throw her off the bridge if she did not hand over the items.INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Not even death could them part – couple married for 63 years die minutes apartFrightened for her life, she instinctively stepped back from the men. The quick-thinking journalist then reacted by grabbing the pepper spray she had with her.The thugs were caught off-guard as she sprayed them in their faces.Recounting the moment, the journalist remembers how the would-be attackers screamed and covered their eyes.While they were screaming in pain, the brave journalist took the opportunity to run back to her car. She sped away from the area.last_img read more

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first_imgMachine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed by harvesting data and using algorithms to determine outputs. You see this science in action all the time in spam filtering, search engines, and online ad space, and its uses are only expanding into more powerful applications like self-driving cars and speech recognition. Artificial intelligence systems are used today in medicine, robotics, remote sensors, and even in ATMs. AI is the simulation of human intelligence through machines using computer systems.Today’s bundle helps you learn about Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Business, at a massive 96% discount. This booming field of technology is one of the most exciting frontiers in science right now and with the right skills, you too can be at the front. Head over to Wccftech Deals for more information.Machine Learning & AI for Business Bundle1- Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning TrainingExplore One of the Most Exciting New Frontiers In TechnologyAccess 91 lectures & 17 hours of content 24/7Identify potential areas of applications of AILearn basic ideas & techniques in the design of intelligent computer systemsDiscover statistical & decision-theoretic modeling paradigmsUnderstand how to build agents that exhibit reasoning & learningApply regression, classification, clustering, retrieval, recommender systems, & deep learning2- Introduction to Machine LearningDive Into the Science Behind Self-Driving Cars, Search Engines & MoreAccess 10 lectures & 2 hours of content 24/7Learn machine learning concepts like K-nearest neighbor learning, non-symbolic machine learning, & moreExplore the science behind neural networksDiscover data mining & statistical pattern recognitionGain practice implementing the most effective machine learning techniques3- Data Science and Machine Learning with R (Part #1): Understanding RIntroduce Yourself to the Top Data Analytics Programming Language In Use TodayAccess 33 lectures & 6 hours of content 24/7Install R studio & learn the basics of R functionsUnderstand data types in R, the recycling rule, special numerical values, & moreExplore parallel summary functions, logical conjunctions, & pasting strings togetherDiscover the evolution of business analytics4- Data Science and Machine Learning with R (Part #2): Statistics with RBecome a Master of the R Programming Language & Score Lucrative Analytics JobsAccess 30 lectures & 6 hours of content 24/7Understand variables, quantiles, data creation, & moreCalculate variance, covariance, & build scatter plotsExplore probability & distributionUse practice problems to reinforce your learningOriginal value: $1,195 | Wccftech Deals: $39 at 96% discount Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more