Grammy award-winning R&B star and Toronto native Abel Tesfaye — alias The Weeknd — has donated $50,000 to the University of Toronto in support of establishing an Ethiopic Studies program.The Scarborough native, whose parents emigrated from Ethiopia, “immediately” answered the call from the Bikila Awards organization who said they weren’t even sure he’d respond to their request, but was surprised by his immediate generosity. (The Star could not reach Tesfaye for comment on Saturday.)“It’s unbelievable,” Tam Gebeyehu, board member of the Bikila Award told the Star. “He grew up in Toronto as an Ethiopian-Canadian, and now he’s giving back to the community.” Login/Register With: The Bikila Award, named after Ethiopian Olympic hero Abebe Bikila who won gold twice running barefoot in the marathon in the 1960s, is an organization created to foster academic, professional and business excellence and promote volunteerism among Ethiopian-Canadians. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
(Blues guitarist Gary Sappier says he’ll try to keep art NB independent from government)Trina Roache APTN National NewsTOBIQUE FIRST NATION – A blues guitarist from the Tobique First Nation says the New Brunswick government’s decision to end the work of a program that funds artists “heartbreaking.”Gary Sappier said he worked with Arts NB to help up and coming artists find money and opportunities vital to an arts career.The Liberal Government in New Brunswick will take over the work of the board, cutting $400,000 in administration costs by laying off staff.Arts NB found out about the move Feb. 3.The board came into existence in 1989 so the province would have an arms length, non-political entity to hand out taxpayer dollars to artists in the province.“I’m more concerned about the governance side,” said Sappier. “What we were advocating for 25 years, and it was a national model, was to work at arm’s length from government, from bureaucrats who can give whoever they want the money. We’re judged by our own peers. We’re not bound by bureaucrats who nothing about the arts.”Sappier said aboriginal artists have been served well by Arts NB.“They hired an aboriginal outreach worker, an artist herself, doing outreach work to artists in Mi’kmaq and Maliseet communities,” said Sappier. She engaged the communities. Helped with everything, from forms to what programs artists are eligible for. It will be sad to see it all go.”Sappier has worn many hats in the music industry, from music producer to performing in his own Gary Sappier Blues Band.He said establishing a career in the arts is a hard road. His main focus with Arts NB is to help artists find cash, navigate complicated grant forms, and career development.Sappier points to successful New Brunswick bands like the award-winning City Natives as an example of how far aboriginal artists have come.“In 2014, we had four ECMA artists right here from Tobique. Four groups from New Brunswick. City Natives, won big at the East Coast Music Awards,” said Sappier. “The headlines read; Tobique First Nation shines at ECMA’s. These guys are working very, very hard at their craft. They’ve stepped up to the challenge.”But Aboriginal artists need support and Sappier said he is worried that will disappear if government takes over the arts board.“It’s pretty hard, it’s an endless self-promotion. And you’re always doing it every day,” said Sappier. “Networking is one of the most important things you can do outside the province. The Arts board? We were doing that. That’s one of the things we’re going to miss.”It’s not over yet.New Brunswick Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister, along with the Premier Brian Gallant, are expected to meet with the arts board next week.Sappier plans to plead his case of why having a board at arm’s length from government is so important.Phone calls to the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage were not returned.A press release issued earlier this month said the decision wouldn’t mean less money for artists.Minister Bill Fraser said, “This will result in a more focused, streamlined approach to ensure that the maximum amount of funding reaches the artists in a cost-effective way while ensuring that the arm’s-length, peer assessment model remains intact.”But in a post to the Arts NB site, the board chair wrote that he disagrees with the decision.“The actions Minister Fraser is taking right now will wreck something that has been working for over 25 years through successive Liberal and Conservative governments,” said Pierre McGraw. “Does this government really want to be the regime that re-politicizes arts funding?”email@example.com
By Amine MechaalRabat – The National Foundation of Museums (FNM) in Morocco hosted a visit by the Director of the British Museum in London, Neil MacGregor, on Monday, April 13th in Rabat.During this unprecedented visit to Morocco, Mr. MacGregor visited the Mohammed VI Museum (MMVI) of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rabat, accompanied by Mehdi Qotbi, the president of FNM, and Abdelaziz El Idrissi, the director of MMVI. On this occasion, Mr. MacGregor had the chance to discover the modern, contemporary, and the temporary exhibition: “The Medieval Morocco: An Empire from Africa to Spain,” that was organized by FNM in partnership with the Louvre Museum in Paris.“It is a pleasure to visit lthe Mohammed VI museum of modern and contemporary art and discuss the possibilities of collaboration between our institutions,” Mr. MacGregor said. By sharing collections and creating opportunities for staff to learn from one another in the future we can better understand and display our world histories.”The visit was followed by a meeting, during which several avenues for collaboration were discussed; one of them was the possibility of co-organizing cultural events in both countries.“We believe it is necessary in these turbulent times to promote better understanding between peoples and cultures. For this it is necessary to introduce our respective cultures by establishing mutual loans of works in temporary exhibitions,” explained Mr. Qotbi.Great emphasis was also placed on the possibility of exchanging expertise between the two institutions, and establishing training programs in the field of museology in both countries.
The police said that the suspects had obtained the money from the devotees by claiming it was for the Temple. The police have arrested 12 suspects including three children for deceiving devotees and obtaining money during a Buddhist Temple pageant in Yatiyanthota, the police media unit said today.According to the police, the suspects had gone ahead of the Temple pageant (Perahera) and obtained money from devotees who had lined up the streets to witness the event last night. On information provided to the police the suspects were arrested and produced in court today. Among those arrested were three 12 year old children. Following the arrest the police recovered just over Rs. 11, 000 in cash as well as five statues stolen from the Temple.After being produced in court the three children were released on bail while the rest were remanded.
“Kama Colombo maintains the highest standards and is dedicated to customer satisfaction and safety. Any employee found guilty of wrong doing will be dealt with accordingly and we would like to wish both parties involved in the incident a speedy recovery. We remain open and fully cooperative with the ongoing investigations,” the Kama Management said in a short statement. The case into the incident is to be taken up again for hearing on Thursday. (Colombo Gazette) Kama Colombo has assured it will take action against any of its staff found guilty over their involvement in a brawl which took place at the club in Colombo last weekend.Three employees including a businessman attached to the night club were arrested and remanded yesterday for allegedly assaulting a youth at the club.
In this Sept. 10, 2015 photo, contestants in the Miss America pageant compete in Atlantic City, N.J. On Monday Nov. 23, 2015, the Miss America Organization and Dick Clark Productions signed a new deal to keep the pageant nationally televised on ABC through 2018. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 23, 2015 9:06 am MDT Last Updated Nov 23, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Miss America organization has agreed to a new three-year broadcast deal with ABC.The deal announced Monday between the organization and Dick Clark Productions will keep the pageant on ABC through 2018.The pageant is televised from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall each September.The Miss America pageant began in Atlantic City in 1921 as a way to extend the summer tourist season for a week after Labor Day. It moved to Las Vegas for six years before returning to Atlantic City in 2013. Miss America organization agrees to new 3-year broadcast deal with ABC
Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 4:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,796.06, up 21.02 points):Jaguar Mining Inc. (TSX:JAG). Miner. Down one cent, or 1.23 per cent, to 80 cents on 12.9 million shares.Emera Inc. (TSX:EMA). Utilities. Up 11 cents, or 0.22 per cent, to $49.05 on 7.4 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 12 cents, or 2.59 per cent, to $4.52 on 6.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 28 cents, or 4.47 per cent, to $6.54 on 6.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 63 cents, or 5.60 per cent, to $11.88 on 5.1 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 10 cents, or 1.34 per cent, to $7.37 on 4.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Pharmaceutical. Down $3.99, or 11.16 per cent, to $31.76 on 1.9 million shares. Valeant says it is co-operating with authorities after a media report said it is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office trying to determine whether its activities with a mail-order pharmacy were fraudulent. Word of the investigation is the latest setback for the Quebec-based drug giant.
As the jury had been warned, some passages were harrowing.The phrases “Let me go” and “Please” were audible, and also “Don’t undress me, will you?” and “I want to see mummy”.At one point there was a blowing sound into the microphone and a child screaming: “Don’t” and “Mum, ah”. The tape ran on: Woman (Hindley): “Shut up” Child: “Please God help me, ah, please, oh.” Woman: “Come on.” Child: “Please, please – Oh (then faintly),”Help, oh, I cannot while you have got hold of my neck. Oh (followed by scream) – Help (followed by gurgling noise).” There were “screams and gurgles”. Woman: “Sit down and be quiet” Man (Brady): “Go on.” In 1966, a tape recording of Lesley Ann Downey’s terrified last moments was played to the all-male jury at Chester Assizes years after her callous murder.The Telegraph reported at the time: “For its 16 minutes, the people in the courtroom sat still and silent.”Sir Elwyn Jones QC, the Attorney General, who led the prosecution, said the voices of the man and woman were those of Brady and Hindley. The victims of moors murderer Ian Brady, who has died in hospital. (From left) John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey Edward Evans, 17, Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett, whose body was never found Credit:PA Ian Brady in police custody prior to a court appearance, when he was charged with the murder of 10 year-old Lesley Ann Downey on October 22 1965Credit:Popperfoto 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. Setting the scene, Sir Elwyn said there were “various noises, sounds of a door banging, crackling noises, heavy steps across the room, recording noise, followed by a blowing sound into the microphone, then footsteps.”Then…”there were the voices of a child and a woman, a child’s screams and cries and man’s voice. At one stage the girl said she was called Lesley Ann. The man said he wanted to take some photographs.”The Telegraph reported that the tape was played “at full volume, a loud scream echoing through the court after several minutes during which only the footsteps and soft voices in the background could be heard”. In her evidence, Hindley denied involvement in the murders of Lesley Ann, John Kilbride and Edward Evans, claiming that she left Lesley Ann alive after naked photographs were taken of her by Brady and another man.She told Sir Elwyn in cross-examination that she had put her hands over her ears to cover the noise of Edward’s death from Brady’s hatchet blows.Sir Elwyn: “This court has heard of another scream, more than one, in a room where you were?”Hindley: “Yes.” “The screams of a little girl of 10, of your sex, madam?””Yes.””Did you put your hands over your ears when you heard the screams of Lesley Ann Downey?””No.””Why not?””I wanted her to be quiet.””Or get the child out?””I should have done. I didn’t. I have no defence for that. No defence. It was indefensible.”It was cruel.” At another point, the woman said: “Hush, Hush, shut up or I will forget myself and hit you one. I will hit you one.”In another passage, Lesley Ann pleaded: “Can I tell you summat. I must tell you summat. Take your hands off me for a minute, please… Please, mum, please – I cannot tell you. I cannot breathe…Please God …Why? What are you going to do with me?” Man: “I want to take some photographs, that is all.” Child: “I want to see my mummy…Honest to God. I will swear on the Bible… I have got to go because I am going out with my Mama. Please, please help me, will you.” Man: “The longer it takes you to do this, the longer it takes you to get home.”At another point Brady said: “If you don’t keep that hand down, I will slit your neck.”As The Telegraph noted: “The court was still and quiet. Suddenly a child’s scream and a cry filled the room.”
She wrote a message of her own to Mr Sullivan, urging him to abandon his plan to cast hundreds more bottles adrift elsewhere around Britain, telling him: “Those bottles could be smashed before they land on our precious beach or stepped on.“I would ask you to think of another more environmentally friendly way of carrying on with your campaign. When visiting our beaches you should leave only footprints.” Helen Gill, who was strolling on the beach with her boyfriend last Saturday, was among those who feared that the bottles would be damaging to wildlife and add to the mountains of waste already polluting our oceans.Ms Gill told The Telegraph: “I went for a beach walk and we came across about 30 glass bottles with lids. They had lots of messages inside about finding love. It’s may be romantic, but what is it doing to the environment?” Helen Gill: “It’s may be romantic, but what is it doing to the environment?”Credit:Facebook On the surface it seemed like a touching idea from a widower looking for love after the death of his beloved wife from cancer; cast hundreds of bottles out to sea, each containing a plea for a soul mate to come forward.But Craig Sullivan’s attempt to find romance led to an unexpected backlash over the prospect of dozens of the bottles washing up on Britain’s beaches.The 49-year-old a consumer technology designer had been inspired by the Police’s hit song Message in a Bottle, which pictured a lonely castaway’s search for company answered in similar fashion.His romantic gesture, which involved casting 2,000 bottles into the sea from various points around the British coastline, soon ran into trouble however, when walkers stumbled on dozens of them littering Rhossili Bay, near Swansea. Not that the messages he sent out to sea have been completely in vain. 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. Craig Sullivan, who was planning to cast 2,000 bottles out to sea around BritainCredit:Wales News Service Fears were also expressed after Mr Sullivan left a similar number of bottles, each containing his plea for love, near salmon breeding grounds in the River Cree in Scotland. Dozens of people used social media to urge Mr Sullivan to scrap his romantic project.“He might have thought it was a good idea but I don’t think he’s really thought it through,” said Ms Gill, 36, from Dunvant, Swansea.“There’s already so much rubbish in our seas and rivers and the last thing we need is more bottles dumped into them,”Mr Sullivan, who had planned on casting the bottles at sea while travelling round the country with his teenage daughter, has now abandoned the project in the face of objections from Ms Gill and others.”There has been a rather unpleasant backlash to my intentions, which were always not to achieve this sort of reaction,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “It’s been quite saddening but it won’t affect my optimism or plans – to find someone new.” One of the lonely heart bottles washed up on Rhossili BayCredit:Wales News Service Mr Sullivan has already been contacted by several women interested in striking up a friendship.”As it happens I’ve been contacted by a lady in Ireland and one from the west coast of Scotland and I’ve got a couple of dates arranged,” he said on Wednesday. “So some good has come out of it.”
Stellar Diamonds has signed a legally binding conditional Tribute Mining Agreement and Revenue Share Agreement with Octea Mining Ltd in respect of the Tongo-Tonguma kimberlite diamond project in eastern Sierra Leone. Background and highlights of the agreements and the project:Deal creates the potential for substantial near and long term cash flows for StellarProject hosts one of the highest value kimberlite ore bodies in Africa on a dollar/t basis and would create the second largest kimberlite diamond mine in West AfricaAgreements allow for mining the combined and contiguous Tongo and Tonguma concessionsRobust attributable potential post-tax project NPV(8) and IRR of $104 million and 31% respectivelyModest mine development CAPEX in first two years estimated at $32 million (including 15% contingency)Estimated 21 year mine life, producing over 4.5 Mct with estimated revenues over $1.5 billionProject at full production estimated to generate $45 million gross revenue per annum(2.2 Mct/y at a weighted average value of $229/ctResource statements, mine plan, financial model, CPR, all completed by independent consultants10% share of gross revenues (after deduction of Government royalty) payable to Octea on diamond and other minerals recovered and sold, once Stellar has recouped an amount equal to its CAPEX investment and Octea has received an initial revenue share payment of $5 millionStellar to make a one-off payment of $5.5 million to Octea five years after project mine development commencesOn completion, Stellar will acquire a 50 t/h kimberlite processing plant from Octea for a nominal amount in order to fast track productionStellar’s has invested $7.2 million to date on establishing resources at Tongo, equivalent to some £0.14 per Stellar share.Chief Executive Karl Smithson commented: “We are delighted to have signed these agreements with Octea which, subject to completion, will allow Stellar to build a single mine for the simultaneous commercial production from the contiguous Tongo (Stellar) and Tonguma (Octea) kimberlite deposits. The combined project has an initial 4.5 Mct resource which, due to the high grade (100 to 260 ct/100 t at +1.18 mm) and high quality diamonds ($209/ct to $310/ct), is considered to be one of the highest value kimberlite orebodies in Africa on a dollar per tonne basis. The 21 year mine plan with a consistent output of over 200,000 ct/y at full production would quantify this development as the second largest kimberlite diamond mine in West Africa. The project also has a very modest two year capital requirement of just under $32 million to get into full scale commercial production. Stellar has the strong support of all main stakeholder groups in Sierra Leone for this mine development, which would have a very positive impact in terms of employment, local infrastructure development and future taxation revenue for the country.”
As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Share42 Tweet Email3 “This is a wonderful place, filled overwhelmingly by people who are motivated by their notion of the national interest, by their perception of the public good and by their duty not as delegates but as representatives to do what they believe is right for our country,” he said.We degrade this parliament at our peril. In an emotional address to parliament this afternoon, Bercow said serving as speaker for the last ten years had been “the greatest privilege and honour of my professional life”. “I wish my successor in the chair the very best fortune in standing up for the rights of honourable and right honorable members individually, and for parliament institutionally as the Speaker of the House of Commons.” By Michelle Hennessy Short URL Monday 9 Sep 2019, 3:50 PM https://jrnl.ie/4801880 John Bercow to step down as House of Commons Speaker Bercow said his job as speaker had been the greatest honour of his professional life. 42,334 Views John Bercow gets a round of applause as he tells the House of Commons that he is stepping down as Speaker: pic.twitter.com/ssU31lErQI— TheJournal.ie (@thejournal_ie) September 9, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 46 Comments Source: TheJournal.ie/Twitter Sep 9th 2019, 3:50 PM SPEAKER OF THE UK House of Commons John Bercow has announced he will step down either ahead of an early general election or on 31 October.“At the 2017 election I promised my wife and children that it would be my last. This is a pledge that I intend to keep. If the house votes tonight for an early general election my tenure as speaker and MP will end when this parliament ends,” Bercow told MPs today.He said if parliament does not vote for an early election, he believes the “least disruptive and most democratic course of action” is for him to step down at close of business on 31 October, Britain’s Brexit deadline.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#WorldTravelAwards Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa prepares to welcome World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppChina, June 5, 2017 – Shanghai – Hong Kong has been recognised as Asia’s Leading City Break Destination at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017 in China. Hosted by the luxury Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, the prestigious event was attended by 250 hospitality leaders from across the regions.Also celebrating was Deer Jet, which took the title of Asia’s Leading Private Jet Charter and China’s Leading Private Jet Charter, and Gaia Retreat & Spa. Co-owned by Gregg Cave and Australian actress Olivia Newton-John, the wellness resort was recognised as Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel.World Travel Awards Vice President, Chris Frost, said: “What a fantastic evening it’s been here at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai.“It has been an honour to recognise some of the leading hospitality providers from Asia and Australasia tonight and I offer my heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of them.“It is your hard work, dedication, initiative and investment that makes the tourism sector the success it is today.” Frost continued: “I look forward to seeing many of tonight’s winners later this year at the Grand Final in Vietnam, where they will compete for the global titles.”In a special award decided by the World Travel Awards Academy, Michael Henssler – Kempinski chief operating officer, Asia – took home the trophy for Asia’s Leading Travel Personality 2017.Also among the winners was The Ascott Limited which walked away with the title of Asia’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand (The Ascott Limited) and Asia’s Leading Serviced Apartments (Ascott Raffles City Chengdu). Staying in Asia, Vinpearl Da Nang Resort & Villas was named Vietnam’s Leading Beach Resort while the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai scooped two trophies: Asia’s Leading Conference Hotel and China’s Leading Business Hotel.In Australasia, Air New Zealand was hailed Australasia’s Leading Airline and Australasia’s Leading Airline Brand.Partners for the Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017 included TV5 Monde, Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, SriLankan Airlines, Bookingee.com and Vietravel.World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.Press Release: World Travel Awards#worldtravelawards Recommended for you Turks and Caicos named Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination at World Travel Awards
JOHANNESBURG — Even the word was chilling: Ebola. The virus stole into the girl’s house in her small eastern Guinea town, invisible as death, and swiftly killed her grandmother and great-aunt. There were dark rumors everywhere that Ebola was witchcraft.Soon her mother and aunt fell sick, too. Health workers with Doctors Without Borders came and talked to the family for a long time. Then they donned yellow heavy plastic suits, white plastic aprons, masks and bibs, and took 12-year-old Rose and her mother and aunt away in an ambulance.And everybody knew that when they took you away, you never came back.This is a time of terror in many West African communities as they face the world’s worst outbreak of one of the deadliest known diseases, easily spread through bodily fluids and difficult and dangerous to treat. Rose’s story, recounted by her nurse, exemplifies the fear — and sometimes bravery — that comes with the epidemic.In the Doctors Without Borders isolation ward, things got worse for Rose’s family. Her mother, feeling depressed and hopeless, gave up, waiting for death. Her aunt was also sure she was going to die.“No, you’re not,” Rose insisted.Since the outbreak began in Guinea in February, nearly 730 people have died there and in Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The risks for health workers are high, and several senior doctors have died, including Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor, Sheik Umar Khan.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, on 19 January 2018. ReutersThe US government officially shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.In a dramatic late-night session, senators blocked a bill to extend government funding through 16 February. The bill needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate but fell short with only 50 supporting it.Most Democrats opposed the bill because their efforts to include protections for hundreds of thousands for the young immigrants known as Dreamers failed.Huddled negotiations by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in the last minutes before midnight were unsuccessful, and the US government technically ran out of money at midnight.The shutdown formally began on Saturday, the first anniversary of president Donald Trump’s inauguration.Trump’s administration immediately sought to blame Democrats.“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans,” the White House said in a statement.The Trump administration said it would not discuss immigration until the government is up and running again. “When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders, we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform,” the statement said.Until a funding deal is worked out, scores of federal agencies across the country will be unable to operate, and hundreds of thousands of “non-essential” federal workers will be put on temporary unpaid leave.The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a stopgap funding measure on Thursday. But Republicans then needed the support of at least 10 Democrats to pass the bill in the Senate. While five Democrats ended up voting for the measure, five Republicans voted against it.Democratic leaders demanded that the measure include protections from deportation for about 700,000 undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers who arrived in the United States as children.Republicans refused to include those protections, and neither side was willing to back down. McConnell and Schumer insisted they were still committed to finding an agreement that restores government funding as soon as possible.Trump, who had made strict measures on immigration a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, last week rejected a bipartisan proposal, saying he wanted to include any deal for Dreamers in a bigger legislative package that also boosts funding for a border wall and tighter security at the US border with Mexico.In a shutdown, “essential” employees who deal with public safety and national security would keep working. That includes more than 1.3 million people on active duty in the military who would be required to work but would not be paid until funding is renewed.Although past government shutdowns have done little lasting damage to the US economy, they can rattle financial markets.The new shutdown could trigger a political battle between Democrats and Republicans over who is to blame.It follows a months-long struggle in Congress to agree on government funding levels and the immigration issue.
Beawiharta by NPR News Ashley Westerman 8.28.19 1:01pm Pro-independence protests in Indonesia’s restive Papua and West Papua provinces have resulted in violence for a second week, according to activists and reports from the area, where most Internet access has been shut down since Aug. 21.Conflicting reports of deaths, injuries and arrests have emerged from the region. On Wednesday, police said two protesters and one police officer had been killed after shooting broke out during a demonstration in the easternmost province of Papua. A pro-independence spokesperson in the province, Victor Yeimo, told NPR that six protesters were shot dead by police during Wednesday’s demonstration. Speaking by phone from Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, Yeimo said the number of injured was unconfirmed.A police spokesman in Jakarta told the Associated Press that one soldier and five police officers were injured in Wednesday’s protest.Wednesday’s violence follows days of similar turmoil that saw one demonstrator killed last Friday and others injured and detained over the weekend. Police confirmed the protester’s death but denied that any others were injured that day.”It’s not going to stop”The current tensions erupted after the government on Aug. 17 detained dozens of Papuan university students in East Java for allegedly holding a pro-independence rally.Two days later, in response to the students’ arrests and reports that nationalist groups had verbally abused them — allegedly calling them “pigs” and “monkeys” — protesters took the streets across the country. In West Papua, some torched a parliament building, prompting the Indonesian government to send over 1,000 troops and hundreds of police to an already heavily militarized area.Last Wednesday, Indonesia’s government shut down cellular and cable-based Internet in Papua and West Papua, two of Indonesia’s most resource-rich but least-developed provinces. They share an island with the country of Papua New Guinea and have a combined population of some 3.5 million.Rights activists say the Internet shutdown is a new tactic to quell pro-independence unrest, which has roiled the region for decades.Indonesian President Joko Widodo called the shutdown “a matter of national security,” but human rights groups both in and outside Indonesia have criticized the move, accusing authorities of trying to cover up abuses against protesters.Journalists and activists tell NPR that a few private WiFi networks and the landline Internet in some government buildings and hotels remain functional. Information that has come out in recent days shows that the protests have grown in size and scope.Indonesian freelance journalist Febriana Firdaus, based in Jakarta, says the demonstrations have swept from the Papua region’s coastal areas into the highlands.”It’s not going to stop,” she says. “I think it’s getting bigger and bigger and bigger.””West Papuan people think there is no hope”Yeimo, the international spokesperson for the West Papua National Committee, an arm of the region’s pro-independence campaign, tells NPR that the mood of demonstrators is “anger.” Separatists want a referendum on Papuan independence from what they call Indonesian “occupation,” a goal they’ve supported since the Netherlands relinquished the region to Indonesia in 1962.Indigenous Papuans are ethnically distinct from many other Indonesians and often experience discrimination, Yeimo says. In “every sector of life in West Papua, there is racism,” he says. Since the region became part of Indonesia, people from other parts of the country have migrated in and have come to dominate the provincial economy, Yeimo says.Starting 50 years ago with the Act of Free Choice, which made the Papua region a territory of Indonesia, rights activists say decades of on-and-off violence between government forces and supporters of the umbrella independence campaign known as the Free Papua Movement, which includes Yeimo’s group, has killed and displaced thousands of Papuans.Earlier this month, the Pacific Islands Forum, an intergovernmental organization of Pacific nations, noted “the reported escalation in violence and continued allegations of human rights abuses” in the Papua region and urged peaceful resolution of the conflict, an issue that has been on the forum agenda since 2000.”I think that West Papuan people think there is no hope in Indonesia because many West Papuan[s] have been killed, arrested and have no freedom of expression,” says journalist Victor Mambor, who grew up in West Papua and is the senior editor the province’s Jubi Daily. Human rights groups over the years have documented multiple incidents of suppression of freedom of speech, unlawful killings, rape and torture by government security forces — leading some observers and experts to accuse the Indonesian government of running a police state in the region.A new solution to an old problem?While Indonesia has previously limited access to certain social media and messaging apps, the government’s Internet shutdown in the Papua region is unprecedented, activists say. “The government says they are doing it to prevent hoaxes,” says Damar Juniarto, executive director of SAFENET Voice, an Indonesian nonprofit that focuses on digital rights in Southeast Asia. But ordinary Papuans are the ones getting hurt, he says.”It is impacting not only freedom of expression. It’s also affecting the economy … access to public services, and aspects of education where students cannot use the Internet,” he says.”Given the track record of the Indonesian state security forces against the West Papuan people, this is a very emergency situation,” says Veronica Koman, a Jakarta-based human rights lawyer who works on West Papua issues. “However, it has a different tone of sense of urgency because West Papua has no press freedom and heavy presence of security forces.”The 2019 World Press Freedom Index notes Indonesia’s “serious media freedom violations, including drastic restrictions on media access in West Papua” and growing violence towards local journalists.Koman has co-written an urgent appeal to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, claiming that the Internet shutdown in Papua and West Papua is illegal.”It definitely has breached international law,” Koman says. “It also violates Indonesian constitution because under our constitution, we citizens have the right to access information and also freedom of expression and it has violated not just West Papuans’ rights but even Indonesian people outside West Papua.”Indonesia follows in the footsteps of other Asian countries, India and Myanmar, in blockading the Internet in restive areas under their control. India-controlled Kashmir has not had Internet for over three weeks, since India revoked the contested region’s special status on Aug. 5. In Myanmar, Internet service has been shut down in that country’s restive Rakhine State for over two months, amid tensions between the military and a Buddhist insurgency.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Violence Follows Pro-Independence Protests In Indonesia…
Mahum Siddiqi, a 17-year-old Indian-American teenager recently competed in the ‘Digital Transformation Hackathon! Changing Business, Changing Education, Changing Lives’ competition at the prestigious Ivy League, Cornell University and won the first prize.She was the only non-undergraduate/graduate student competing with her team of MBA students. They together formulated progress towards her grand prize winning idea. Mahum’s aim was to cure the problem of the “pain diagnosis process’ subjectivity”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfElaborating more on her idea, Mahum said, “It’s incredibly upsetting and problematic how hypothetical the concept of pain diagnostics is. Doctors have no way of knowing how little or how much pain someone is truly experiencing when they go in to be diagnosed”. Together with her team, Mahum designed a pain detecting device that will use the neurological activity occurring in one’s brain to help doctors more efficiently determine someone pain levels. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMahum and her team are now working with representatives from companies such as Microsoft to produce prototypes of their pain detecting device. “We need to design a system where patients are looked at as a whole, and doctors are able to know for sure, using our device/pure science, how much pain a patient is experiencing instead of just their personal description/perception of their own pain”. Mahum’ s plan for the coming next few years is to attend university to study the incredibly important organ – brain, and on the side continue to further progress her innovation with her team to change the lives of millions of people that all experience the same thing, pain.
GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘We will initially be opening at weekends and then move into bringing back midweek parties that have been sorely missed. Too often there has been the headline that “Soho and Central London is finished” which is something we plan to change!‘International tourists are often asking for a midweek night that provides for an LGBTQ+ environment and are disappointed that our world leading city no longer seems to have as much to offer. Circa The Club is looking forward to uniting promoters – old, new, legendary and fledgling!’London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé welcomed the news of a new queer space.‘The Mayor and I are clear that LGBT+ venues are a fundamental part of London’s vibrant nightlife and culture. Over the past decade the capital has lost more than half of its LGBT+ venues, which is why I’ve been tasked with stemming the flow of closures across the city.‘I’m delighted that Hungerford House will soon be throwing open its doors as London’s newest LGBT+ venue. I can’t wait to visit!’Asked what he put Circa’s continuing success down to, Winter told GSN: ‘Home grown DJ talent, Friendly staff and a drunk owner!’Details of Hungerford House’s opening date are to be announced.See alsoHow do you run a successful gay venue in this day and age? Another beloved LGBTI venue abruptly closes in LondonCanada gay club announces closure after 30 yearsRuPaul’s Drag Race themed bar opens in LiverpoolRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/london-new-gay-club-circa/ The forthcoming opening bucks the recent trend in the UK capital, which has seen dozens of LGBTI venues close. Approximately 50% of its venues have disappeared over the last decade. This reflects a wider trend in other major metropolitan hotspots with established club and bar scenes.Hungerford House taken over by CircaCirca will be opening the doors to Hungerford House, next door to Embankment tube station. The 750-capacity venue has previously operated as Opal Bar. It will revert to the name Hungerford House. The building dates back to 1900. It was initially a power station serving the local area with electricity.Owner and founder of Circa Alan Winter said in a statement, ‘After working on the London gay scene for over a decade and witnessing its slow decline I am very proud and excited that Circa is here to say that the London LGBTQ+ scene is far from over!‘We look forward to giving our community a sparkling new space that’s safe, stylish and most importantly fun!’Night Czar: ‘I can’t wait to visit’Speaking to Gay Star News, Winter said that the new club would initially be open on Friday and Saturday nights, but midweek promotions were likely to follow and may involve independent promoters. The owner of popular gay bar Circa in London, UK, has announced the brand’s expansion. In addition to Circa Soho on Frith Street, a new late-night club will throw open its doors later this spring. The original Circa opened in May 2011. Hungerford House is set to become a gay club (Photo: Circa Soho) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more April 7, 2016 — In late March, White Memorial Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles celebrated the installation of a new Fujifilm Aspire Cristalle mammography system. The system was donated to the 353-bed hospital, a member of the Adventist Health System, by Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.According to the National Cancer Institute, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Early detection and treatment are among the most effective ways to overcome cancer. 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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But Sando’s point on special teams figures to be true. Arizona missed out on several opportunities for wins last season — notably against New England, Buffalo and Seattle — due to special teams miscues. But the question remains: are the Cardinals closer to the 2015 team that won 13 games and played for a trip to the Super Bowl or the 2016 version that stumbled out of the gates and won only seven times?That question, of course, won’t be answered until September, but that hasn’t stopped ESPN’s NFL insiders from speculating.In an Insider piece, writers were asked to name which team they believe got measurably worse this offseason. Four of the six panelists chose the Washington Redskins, but one — Mike Sando — named the Cardinals, but added an interesting caveat.The Arizona Cardinals seemed to get measurably worse on defense. Losing Calais Campbell is especially going to hurt. Despite the talent exodus, Arizona could actually improve in the standings. The 2016 team lost so many games through special-teams miscues that are unlikely to recur.In addition to Campbell, Arizona also lost safety Tony Jefferson to Baltimore, cornerback Marcus Cooper to Chicago, linebacker Kevin Minter to Cincinnati, safety D.J. Swearinger to Washington and linebacker Alex Okafor to New Orleans. All but Okafor played at least 76 percent of the Cardinals’ defensive snaps last season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fans of the Arizona Cardinals are still reeling from a 2016 season that started with Super Bowl dreams and ended with a losing record.That was followed by an offseason that saw the Cardinals lose five key players from their defense, including veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell, who cashed in on a massive free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.General manager Steve Keim pulled off his normal wheeling and dealing during last month’s draft, netting two players who should make an immediate defensive impact in Temple linebacker Haason Reddick and Washington safety Budda Baker with the team’s first two picks. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians speaks during a press conference at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
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