Vivian Krause to speak at FSJ for LNG rally in April

first_imgIn addition to Krause, Yu said that Peace River North MLA Dan Davies has confirmed his participation in this year’s rally, while other MLA’s both from the BC Liberal Party and the NDP have also been invited, though no other names have yet confirmed. Yu explained that his organization’s official stance is that it will work with the governing New Democrats to get an LNG export industry developed in the province. He added that that he hopes Premier John Horgan will accept an invitation to the rally after his predecessor spoke in Centennial Park two years ago.According to Yu, the venue for next month’s LNG rally is not yet known, but that he hopes to find a suitable venue and sponsors over the next few days. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After a pair of rallies in Fort St. John in the Spring of 2016, including one attended by then-Premier Christy Clark, local non-profit organization FSJ for LNG will once again be holding a rally in Fort St. John this Spring.FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu said that after members of his organization were among several hundred supporters of Canada’s petroleum industry to rally in downtown Vancouver last weekend, he decided that his organization should once again hold a rally in support of B.C. developing a liquified natural gas industry. Yu said that though 2017 featured some disheartening news for LNG, including Petronas cancelling its proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project, 2018 is shaping up to be much more optimistic as a global supply glut of LNG is forecast to turn into a shortage in just a few years.Yu said that this year, FSJ for LNG has confirmed that Vivian Krause is set to deliver a keynote address at this year’s rally, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st. Krause is a controversial Vancouver-based blogger and researcher who has received both praise and condemnation for her research into environmental charities in Canada, particularly their source of funding. In addition to hosting her Fair Questions blog, Krause also writes for The Financial Post.last_img read more

UN agency marks 35 years since key accord on wildlife trade regulation

1 July 2010Proper regulation of wildlife trade is needed to ensure the continued survival of animals and plants in the wild, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) urged today as it marked the 35th anniversary of a key international agreement. Proper regulation of wildlife trade is needed to ensure the continued survival of animals and plants in the wild, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) urged today as it marked the 35th anniversary of a key international agreement.The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) aims to ensure that the international trade in products made from wild animals and plants – in fields such as medicine and fashion – does not threaten their survival.“While not a single one of some 34,000 CITES-listed species has become extinct as a result of international trade until now, growing pressures on biological resources make regulating global wildlife trade even more relevant today,” said CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon.The CITES-list includes diverse species ranging from orchids, to the great white shark and mahogany timber.On the occasion of today’s anniversary, the CITES Secretariat launched web-based Trade Data Dashboards, to make available trade data from annual reports of the countries that are party to the agreement.Users can search for the trade of a certain species group or general trade per country, as well as special categories, such as “top 10 trading partners” and “trade volume over time.”The CITES Secretariat is administered by UNEP, which is also marking this year as the International Year of Biodiversity.The UN agency released a report last month showing that the preservation of biodiversity through the restoration of ecosystems can generate wealth, create jobs and become a vital means of alleviating poverty. Calling CITES part of a “transition to a resource efficient 21st century green economy,” UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, described the treaty as visionary.“It was able to put practical trade rules in place for the use of terrestrial and marine species, before the global boom created by the liberalization of trade and the acceleration of transactions via [the] Internet,” he said. read more

Wigneswaran seeks role in reconciliation process

“Reconciliation demands the participation of those affected freely and dignifiedly. Our participation does not mean our officials. They are beholder to the Centre. The political representatives of our people should be made to participate right from the beginning. Merely to look into the physical needs of our people is inadequate. Their feelings need to be assuaged,” he said. Wigneswaran said the people in the North are critical about the preparation of the Peace Building Priority Plan Framework in that many matters that need to have been given adequate attention and importance have not been included therein. Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran today called for his inclusion or that of a member of the Northern Provincial Council in the reconciliation process.Speaking at an event attended by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Tellipalai, Wigneswaran said that the Tamils in the North have been agitating for their participation in the processes adopted for reconciliation. “Our requests to bring us into the process fell on deaf ears. Even now it is not too late to include us. How would you implement the framework when the key stakeholder is not a part to it?                The framework has no reference to War Crimes’ accountability; there has been no reference to the inclusion of War Crimes jurisdiction into our Law, demilitarisation, high security zones, security sector reforms should have been included into the framework, the need to withdraw Prevention of Terrorism Act should have been reiterated and helped to be withdrawn,” he said.Wigneswaran says the hardship of the Tamil people and their aspirations have not been adequately understood and there is a feeling of “serves them right” pervading the psyche of the powers that be. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN Child Rights Committee to review Sri Lanka on sale of children

The above are among the States parties to the Child Rights Convention and its Optional Protocols, and so are required to undergo regular reviews on how they are implementing the Committee’s previous recommendations and the Convention or its Optional Protocols. The public sessions will take place in the ground floor conference room of Palais Wilson in Geneva. The UN Child Rights Committee will meet in Geneva from 13 to 31 May to review Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, and Tonga.The Committee will also review Sri Lanka under the Optional Protocol on sale of children. The Committee is scheduled to publish its findings on the respective States on 6 June 2019, and to hold a press conference on the same day. read more

Middle East UN envoy holds talks in Cairo as part of regional

Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, met today with senior Egyptian officials, including Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher and Presidential Advisor Osama el-Baz.The envoy then headed to Damascus, Syria, where he will continue to review the current situation in the Middle East before proceeding to Lebanon for more talks on the matter.

Ending marginalization of persons with disabilities a matter of justice UNbacked summit

Ahead of the Summit, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed cited the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a universally-adopted UN Convention as well-established commitments for advancing the rights of persons with disabilities.“But too often,” she said, “this political commitment has not translated into significant improvements in the lives of the 1.5 billion persons with disabilities across the world.”Moreover, women and girls with disabilities suffer the “double discrimination” of sex and disability, she noted.Ms. Mohammed noted that later this year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres would issue a first-ever report on Disability and Development, to serve as a baseline for information about persons with disabilities in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“While Governments must lead, transformation requires the efforts of all of society,” she said, adding that young people, persons with disabilities, civil society and the private sector were among others working towards change.“This Global Disability Summit is a timely opportunity to identify exactly how to change this situation as we implement the 2030 Agenda and to create value through inclusion and diversity as a human capital and cultural resource,” emphasized the deputy UN chief, as she urged “meaningful participation and results-based collaboration” and on “stepping up disability inclusion in SDG implementation.” UNICEF/Rebecca VassieMembers of the disabled community play a game of football in Kayunga District, Uganda. Acknowledging that there is more to do to make the world “a more equal and just place,” Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), told the participants at the Summit how the UN is looking to better address disabilities in all settings, “to ensure that persons with disabilities are given equal access and voice in society, so that they can realize their fullest possible potential.”He linked the path to realizing the SDGs to a world free from marginalizing persons with disabilities.“To realize the promise of the 2030 Agenda – and its core pledge to leave no one behind – it is essential that all peoples, particularly those facing discrimination and exclusion, have access and voice and can participate equally in every aspect of life,” Mr. Steiner stressed.  “This is a matter of justice, and equal opportunity, as well as economic growth. The costs of exclusion are simply too high.”“‘Nothing about us without us’ is the mantra of the disability movement,” he stated, adding: “The UN system – stand behind this, and with all of you, as we move this important agenda forward together.” UNICEF/Khudr Al-IssaAn eight-year-old girl, who was paralysed by an exploding bomb and lost the use of her legs, sits in a wheelchair next to her 5 year old sister, near their home in east Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic. 11 December 2017.Children in the forePainting a grim picture of the challenging situation for children with disabilities, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said prejudice, stigma, or inaccessible learning preventing half of all those children from attending school, while the half that do, lack a quality education.This, she said, is “a tragic waste of potential – for these children and for their societies and economies.”“As a global community, we will not achieve SDG 4 – education for all – if we continue failing these children. Not just getting them into school, but improving the quality of their education,” Ms. Fore stated.  To help offset some of these challenges, the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology provides life-changing support – including wheelchairs, prosthetics and hearing aids – to 500 million people globally by 2030, she explained. “For children with disabilities, these technologies help them see themselves, from an early age, as able – able to do the things they want to do. Move. Play. See. Hear. Interact. Learn. Communicate,” she elaborated.Children with disabilities living through conflict or disaster face a double disadvantage. Sharing the same dangers of violence, hunger and safety threats, they also face unique challenges, including “lack of mobility because of shattered infrastructure, difficulty fleeing harm and the prejudices that keep them from accessing the urgent assistance they need,” flagged Ms. Fore.      “This Summit is an opportunity to translate our commitment to children with disabilities into a reality around the world, no matter where they live,” concluded the UNICEF chief.For his part, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the gathering that worldwide, at least 15 per cent of the more than 130 million people who need humanitarian aid have disabilities.“There is no silver bullet,” he said, “but the central, fundamental requirement is to include disabled people and their organizations in planning for and implementing responses to humanitarian crises,” which will “make for a better, more effective and humane response.”The Summit is co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and the United Kingdom, and the International Disability Alliance. read more

Colston Hall row Campaigners want Bristols famous concert venue named after slave

first_imgThin Lizzy Bob Dylan and Ron Wood Filming 'Hearts of Fire' at Colston Hall, Bristol, Britain - Sep 1986 Campaigners have been further angered by the fact that Colston Hall had indicated as long ago as September 2014 that it might change its name, but had done nothing about the issue.The hall said in a statement at the time: “We can confirm that we are looking at naming rights. We do need to make the point that Colston Hall was not built by Edward Colston or with his money. We have listened to local peoples’ concerns surrounding the negative associations of Edward Colston’s name and his role as a slave trader.”Bristol Music Trust, which runs the Colston Hall, said: “We are developing plans that will transform the Colston Hall into a venue fit for the 21st century and to serve Bristol for the next 150 years. Discussions over a new name will be part of that process.”“We want the hall to be a place open to all, that’s why we’re working so hard to champion accessibility for performers, audiences and for music education.”We are inviting the people of Bristol to be part of our plans and shape the way the venue will be redeveloped, so we would urge people to have their say on the redevelopment before the public consultation closes on February 24th.” Bob Dylan and Ron Wood Filming ‘Hearts of Fire’ at Colston Hall in 1986Credit:REX/Shutterstock An image of Edward Colston in 1722 The Rolling Stones playing at Bristol’s Colston HallCredit:David Redfern/Redferns 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. The Rolling Stones playing at Bristol's Colston Hall Art Deco interior of the Colston Hall Bristol UK from the performers’ stage viewCredit:Steve Taylor/Alamy Art Deco interior of the Colston Hall Bristol UK from the performers' stage view Colston Hallcenter_img An image of Edward Colston in 1722 Colston Hall, which has hosted The Beatles, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Bob Dylan, among others, is currently consulting the public over £45m plans to remodel part of the hall and restore original features as part of its anniversary celebrations, but the consultation documents make no mention of the venue’s name, or Edward Colston’s history.Katie Finnegan-Clarke, of Countering Colston, which is campaigning for a new name, said: “Edward Colston’s crimes are well known, and many people believe that it is wrong that he should be honoured by having a prestigious cultural venue named after him.”The campaign, which is also calling for the city’s Colston’s Girls’ School to change its name, has accused the trust which runs the venue of ignoring the views of many in the city’s longstanding black community. There is also a statue of Colston in the city, whose plaque fails to mention his prominent part in the slave trade. First they targeted the statue of a 19th century colonialist, now anti-racism campaigners have their eyes set on the name of one of Britain’s oldest performance venues.Campaigners in Bristol are demanding that the city’s Colston concert hall be renamed to remove its association with one of Britain’s most notorious slave traders.The campaign has led to a bitter row which is threatening to split musicians and audiences alike.Colston Hall is named after Edward Colston, deputy governor of the Royal African Company which between 1672 and 1698 transported around 100,000 enslaved Africans to plantations in the West Indies and America. However the campaign is bitterly opposed by others in Bristol and the surrounding area.Samuel Waite, a Conservative councillor on Keynsham Town Council, in Somerset, said: “Let’s hope the powers that be don’t bow to political correctness and the Colston Hall retains its current name.”Marcus Keppel-Palmer, a law lecturer at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, wrote on Twitter: “Not disputing his [Colston’s] qualities. But keep Colston Hall as Colston Hall.” Ms Finnegan-Clarke, who describes herself as a trainer and campaign mentor, added: “We are proud of our city – Bristol is a modern, inclusive, multicultural place. We want to be proud of our main music venue.”Protests have been held outside the hall to highlight Colston’s part in the slave trade and petitions calling for a change in the name have been organised. Banners held by activists outside the venue read: “All he gave to Bristol he took from slaves” and “Colston was a murderer, enslaver, kidnapper; change the name”.Ivan Jackson, a presenter on Bristol’s Bristol Community FM, said: “We need to ask ourselves why do we name venues after people in the first place? Surely it’s about honouring the person concerned and memorialising them in a good way? Do we really want to honour Edward Colston now in 2017?“By changing a building’s name, we are not changing history. The history will still be there; it’s well documented. Colston will never be forgotten. There’s too much of him ingrained throughout Bristol.” The row has echoes of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, in which students in Oxford demanded the removal of a statue to the British colonialist Cecil Rhodes erected at Oriel College.Following angry protests students at the Oxford Union voted 245 to 212 in favour of taking down the statue, but it was announced in January last year that the statue would remain, after donors threatened to withdraw gifts and bequests worth more than £100 million if it was removed.Campaigners in Bristol have seized on the 150th anniversary of Colston Hall to renew their demands for a change to the venue’s name, with some calling for it to be renamed Freedom Hall.They point out that Colston’s cargo included women and children as young as six – with each one branded with the company’s initials on their chest- and that more than 20,000 slaves died during the crossings. Colston Hall Thin Lizzy One of Bristol’s most famous pop acts, the trip-hop band Massive Attack, are boycotting the venue in support of the campaign and it is feared more musicians will follow suit.In an apparent concession to campaigners the hall’s management trust last night said “discussions over a new name” will form part of its plans to celebrate the 2,071-seater venue’s 150th anniversary this year.But opponents of any name change say it would deny the Bristol’s history and ignore the wealth brought by Colston to the city.Part of Colston’s huge fortune was used for a number of philanthropic projects, including the building of schools, almshouses and churches.last_img read more

29yearold Jamaican pastor killed in church

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaretaker in custody over brutal murder of Jamaican pastor inside churchOctober 8, 2018In “latest news”Jamaican pastor arrested on sex charges involving minorAugust 16, 2017In “Crime”Jamaican pastor pleads guilty to sex crimesNovember 30, 2017In “latest news” James JohnsonPolice investigators in Jamaica are seeking to establish the motive behind the killing of a 29-year-old pastor, James Johnson, the Jamaica Gleaner has reported.According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Johnson was killed around 5 o’clock at the Church of God of Prophecy on Old Harbour Road in the St Catherine North police division where a state of emergency is in force.The police say he arrived at the church, parked his car and entered the building and shortly after a gunman entered and opened fire hitting Johnson multiple times.It is reported that all the shots were to his back.The gunman later escaped.Johnson was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town hospital.Police investigators reportedly recovered seven spent shells from the scene.A past student of the Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon, Johnson was born in the community of Red Hills in the parish.He was the public relations officer of the Church of God of Prophecy, and a political enthusiast and also did stints in media at Nationwide News Network, the Jamaica Gleaner reported. read more

Young Serbian handball player in Libya If you lose we are going

Nikola Mitrović (21), handball player from Leskovac (Serbia), after playing in Al Naser from Bengazy for seven months has barely escaped and save his life, writes Serbian media.Right after he got to Libya his passport was taken from him, and the coach explained that defeat means death. He also didn’t get paid for all those months he player there.„Right after I got there I was told by my American coach that we cannot afford to lose, because they are capable of killing for defeat. Then I saw so called supporters armed with AK-47s.“The coach has managed to escape along with one more player, one month earlier before Mitrović did. During that time one American player got killed for team losing a game. Mitrović got his passport back from the coach, and that enabled him to go back to Serbia.Mitrović continues his confession, „I most certainly would have died if there wasn’t for my Syrian’s neighbours. They own a grocery store in the neighbourhood, and were giving me food. They have eventually helped me escape“MAID BEGIĆ handballlibya ← Previous Story DANISH FEMALE BEST 7: Mette Gravholt the No.1 Next Story → Golden League in April: Denmark VS France two months later… read more

The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours dElegance

first_imgThe 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance KUSI Newsroom, April 9, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 9, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A very prestigious automotive event in San Diego is taking place in La Jolla.The 15th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is happening from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 with four events.Ticket Prices: Get your tickets before prices increase THURSDAY, April 11 at Midnight!• Concours Social Club – $110 through April 11 ($125 day of)• La Jolla Tour d’Elegance – $275• A Night of Steampunk – $225 through April 11 ($250 through event)• La Jolla Concours d’Elegance GA – $65 through April 11 ($75 through event)• La Jolla Concours d’Elegance VIP – $185 through April 11 ($200 through event)• Ultimate VIP Package – $450For more information visit KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons OSRAM Boston Childrens Hospital Shine A Light For Bostons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Osram, a global high-tech lighting company, and Boston Children’s Hospital, a worldwide leader in pediatric care, held their Shine Your Light for Boston Children’s Hospital event yesterday evening, when more than 50 buildings around the City of Boston shined Boston Children’s blue to show their support for Boston Children’s patients and their families. Osram is the corporate sponsor of the Shine Your Light campaign.The Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at Custom House, which hosted an event for Boston Children’s, Osram and other sponsor families, was illuminated for the event with a temporary installation of Osram’s Traxon fixtures, Quattro Washer and Quattro Liner, in the famous clock tower observatory.“Two years ago, Boston Children’s Hospital came to us with an idea,” said Michael Flieger, Chief Financial Officer for Osram’s Americas Region. “They hoped to expand their new employee giving campaign and wanted a corporate partner to help them. What really caught our attention was that they wanted to use light as the catalyst, light to help brighten an otherwise dark time – both a dark time of year, and metaphorically, a dark time for many patients and families. As a global lighting technology leader that uses light to improve quality of life, including health and wellbeing, we knew it was a great opportunity to help one of our neighbors, which is also the number one children’s hospital in the country.”Osram provided a $250,000 gift and support for the Shine Your Light for Boston Children’s Hospital, ignited by Osram event on Feb. 25. For the second year, the event included a patient story, featuring a family member of an Osram employee who had been successfully treated at Boston Children’s Hospital.In addition, Osram employees coordinated donation drives to support the hospital’s patients and families, organized volunteer teams for the annual Mix 104.1 Cares for Kids Radiothon, and participated in other volunteer activities at the hospital. The funds provided by Osram support the Every Child Fund, which provides financial assistance to families for expenses not covered by insurance; supportive services; research; and opportunities for patients to have a little fun while in the hospital – allowing kids to be kids.“Boston Children’s Hospital is grateful for the ongoing support of Osram,” said Michael Bornhorst, Associate Vice President of Boston Children’s Hospital Trust. “Their partnership provides vital funding that fuels our life-changing mission to help kids in Boston and kids across the world.”This year, Boston Children’s Hospital also secured support from additional sponsors, including Speedway, which sold Shine Your Light keychain flashlights at its stores throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the hospital.About Boston Children’s HospitalBoston Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center. Its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. Today, more than 3,000 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine and 11 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s is now a 415-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on social media @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.About OSRAMOSRAM, based in Munich, is a leading global high-tech company with a history dating back more than 110 years. Primarily focused on semiconductor-based technologies, our products are used in highly diverse applications ranging from virtual reality to autonomous driving and from smartphones to networked, intelligent lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM utilizes the infinite possibilities of light to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. OSRAM’s innovations will enable people all over the world not only to see better, but also to communicate, travel, work, and live better. As of the end of fiscal year 2018 (September 30), OSRAM had approximately 26,200 employees worldwide. It generated revenue of more than €3.8 billion from continued operations in fiscal year 2018. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED400; trading symbol: OSR). Additional information can be found at OSRAM SYLVANIAOSRAM SYLVANIA is part of OSRAM Americas, a group of OSRAM companies located in North and South America. As a leader in lighting solutions and services specializing in innovative design and energy-saving technology, the company sells products under the brand names OSRAM, Traxon, ENCELIUM and SYLVANIA. The portfolio ranges from high-tech applications based on semiconductor technology, such as infrared or laser lighting, to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. The OSRAM SYLVANIA and OSRAM Americas regional headquarters is located in Wilmington, Massachusetts. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.(NOTE: The above press release is from OSRAM via BusinessWire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Lighting Company & Boston Children’s Hospital To ‘Light Up’ The City In Support Of Patient FamiliesIn “Business”CEILI STRONG: Music Bingo Fundraiser In Memory Of Ceili Kinneen Set For Tremezzo On October 24In “Community”Wilmington’s Cumberland Farms Launches 8th Annual Cups For Kids FundraiserIn “Business”last_img read more

Air Asia under fire after trying to separate kids from parents at

first_img(Representational image)MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe sheer inconsideration of Air Asia flight ground staff appalled many after a few employees forcibly separated two minor children from their parents in the Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport saying that the parents were delaying the flight and that they had to take off immediately.The incident took place on the morning of Saturday, April 13. The staff had ushered in the two children, aged seven and twelve but they had to stand at the entrance of the flight since they did not have their boarding passes which were with their parents. The parents were at the gate pleading with the ground staff to either let them in or let the children go.Shockingly, the ground staff, in a fit of rage, tore up the boarding passes of the parents Ravi and Beena Mallik, gave them their luggage and the flight took off without them, reports India Today.The family of four were supposed to go to Bagdogra in West Bengal via the Air Asia flight i5 2392.Speaking about the events leading to the traumatic experience, Ravi told India Today that the gates were changed and there was no way of them knowing since the Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport is a silent one.”We did not know when the gates were changed and neither did we get any message from the airline. At 9:51, just 10 minutes before scheduled departure, we got a call from Air Asia. The woman on the other side in a matter of fact tone warned us that we will be left behind if we do not show up immediately,” Ravi said.They were at gate number 1 and had to gate number 14. They rushed but Beena had to use the restroom and the group stopped for a few minutes.At first, the ground staff told Ravi and he and the children will be taken in the first flight and Beena would be flown separately. When he refused, the staff became hostile and sent the children through the aerobridge while Ravi and Beena were made to stand at the gate.”I have never felt so humiliated and embarrassed in my life. My wife and I had to beg Air Asia staff to let us meet our little kids. My wife begged and cried but they didn’t listen to us,” said Ravi recounted his experience.He added, “My seven-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were made to stand near the door of the aircraft. They did not get on the plane as their boarding passes were with us. Finally, they were brought back to us from some other gate.”Ravi said that his children were crying and they too were traumatized by the entire unpleasant experience. He was also upset with the attitude of the onlookers who only stared at them but did not offer to help.When asked by India Today about the events, an Air Asia spokesperson denied everything and said that only protocol was followed. They also refused to give a statement.last_img read more

Watch Robot Camgirl CardiBot Twerk

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly, cause Cardi-Bot is too bootylicious for ya, babe.CamSoda’s new stripper bot will perform weekly webcam shows, twerking, dancing, shimmying, and shaking live for your, er… enjoyment.Citing the success of Westworld and continued advancements in artificial intelligence, “robots over the past year have become all the rage, CamSoda vice president Daryn Parker said in a statement.“Being in the adult entertainment industry and at the forefront of sex-tech innovation, we wanted to put our XXX spin on robotics,” he continued. “Which is why Cardi-Bot can not only mimic human-like behavior, but also get down and dirty, all with the quick click of a button.”Cardi-Bot (which I can only assume is named after Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, a.k.a. Cardi B) uses natural language processing technology and machine learning to cut a rug. She can even engage in dirty talk.Once a week, users can enter a free public chat room, where they are prompted to request conversation or specific movements. Or, you can pay to take Cardi-Bot into a private cam session, where you can interact more intimately.It’s not a stretch to imagine being turned on by a silicon-covered mannequin that at least bears resemblance to a human. But Cardi-Bot’s metallic bosom (with light-up nipples) and security-cam head don’t seem that excitable. Maybe it’s the way those feathers shake when she squats and thrusts…“We’re very excited to make Cardi-Bot”—the first sex robot people can interact with over the Internet—”available to the world and let people live out their wildest fantasies,” Parker said.A work in progress, the exotic dancer will soon be able to react to more detailed instructions and converse “more intelligently,” according to CamSoda. She is also expected to get teledildonics compatibility, allowing users to get even more cozy with Cardi.Adult entertainment site CamSoda previously introduced a vibrator that orders pizza after you … finish. And Pornhub developed TwerkingButt, a high-tech sexual peripheral designed to integrate with the firm’s Cyberskin+ VR headset. Read more about sex robots here.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Fishermen forum to protest against Centres policies

first_imgKolkata: The National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) along with other fish workers’ organisations will organise a movement in the coastal areas of the state on November 21 on the occasion of World Fisheries Day to protest against various policies of the Centre.Debasis Shyamal, general secretary of National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) said Center’s various policies favour large-scale investors at the cost of traditional fishing community and mechanised fishing boats have been affecting small scale fishermen. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe also voiced his protest by saying that the Sagarmala Project is going to evict the traditional small scale fishing communities from the coastal areas. The proposed Coastal Regulation Zone Notification 2018 has been published by the Government of India with a view to further open up the coast to massive investment. The Centre has also announced about the West Coast Shipping Corridor that will prohibit fishing along the 85,000 square kilometre of sea waters in the West Coast, Shyamal maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedApart from Bengal, the NFF will also organise protest movement in 10 other coastal states across the country, besides celebrating the World Fisheries Day. November 21 is celebrated all over the world as World Fisheries Day to commemorate the establishment of World Forum for Fisher People (WFFP) in 1997. This year as well fishermen from various organisations will celebrate the day to commemorate glorious movements of the community and take a vow to build up invincible collective resistance against the implementation of various policies by the Centre. The theme of this year’s celebration is “save water, save fish, save fishing people”.last_img read more

One in three kids finds schools unsafe Survey

first_imgA survey in which at least 6,000 children across the globe participated has revealed that nearly one in every three children in India has concerns about their safety at school.The “Small Voices, Big Dreams” survey, conducted by ChildFund International, captures the views of children, aged between 10 to 12 years, on education and safety at school in various countries.The participating countries include India, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Zambia amongst others. The findings highlight striking similarities and differences between children in different parts of the world. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”While children almost universally agree that education is important, a third of respondents in India (28 per cent) expressed their school is safe only sometimes, citing deficient infrastructure and lack of toilets as their concerns,” the survey said.Besides boundary walls, first aid facilities and toilets, children also spoke of corporal punishment and bullying, among their main concerns.In developing countries, 21 per cent of children said that being safe at school meant clean school buildings and facilities. This response has been highest amongst children surveyed in India (58 per cent), Ethiopia (55 per cent) and Bangladesh (54 per cent). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn India, children defined safety at school as having a clean and safe building (58 per cent), having proper preventive security measures in place (46 per cent) ranging from “out of bound” areas, to protection from strangers and supervision by teachers.About 23 per cent of children described feeling safe as not being the target of physical, emotional abuse or violence, including, as many children said, corporal punishment and “no bullying”.Almost two-thirds of children in developed countries (64 per cent) said education is important compared to 40 per cent in developing countries and 45 per cent of respondents in India. “This survey tells us that children in India are passionate about bringing in a more interactive approach to learning and subjects that would prepare them for real life, like technology. But it is alarming to know that safety in their institutions is a grey area,” National Director of ChildFund India Neelam Makhijani said in a statement released on Wednesday.”We can’t lose sight of the fact that every child has the right to learn in a safe environment and a collective intervention is our moral responsibility,” she said.According to the survey, children also have many ideas about how they would improve the education system in their country if they were in charge. Children in India are interested in creating high quality learning environment, modernising class curriculums to widen the range of subjects available, and make learning more interactive and fun by including sports and creative arts, and greater student participation.last_img read more

5 Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read I’ve been writing a tech predictions column for over 30 years now. I study research from my firm, Creative Strategies, and look for data that provides hints of what might be the hot topics, trends or issues in the coming year. Here’s what I see on the horizon for tech in 2018.Cyber-security threats worsenThis is not a new prediction, but “state” actors have now entered the scene, reportedly with backing from countries like North Korea, Russia and China. They fund armies of hackers, who try to steal everything from nuclear secrets to bank codes, hacking into power grids and private accounts.So it is not a stretch to predict that this will get even worse in 2018 now these hacking armies have learned how to game U.S. systems, especially as we head into midterm elections next fall.What makes this worse for us in America specifically is that we just don’t have enough security experts to counter many of these major threats. Without the talent to develop more powerful cyber-security tools (and hold on to the ones we do have), our networks are highly vulnerable. I fear this will lead to new hacking disasters in 2018 that we are ill-prepared to fend off.More folding smartphones, tabletsI saw some very interesting folding and dual-screen phone prototypes in late 2017, and I expect to see market-ready products next year.ZTE released the dual-screen Axon M last month, but it’s exclusive to AT&T, limiting its reach, and PCMag found it to be a bit buggy in testing. With a few tweaks, though, we could see at least one foldable smartphone and one foldable tablet late in 2018 from major players, setting in motion a new trend in mobile design going into 2019.You can’t escape augmented realityIn 2017, Apple finally embraced augmented reality with ARKit, while Google revealed ARCore, leading many to believe we’d see the first killer AR apps by the holidays. But as of now, I have not seen an AR app I can’t live without.I do think the smartphone is a great place to start in terms of getting people interested in the technology; we’re already staring at the devices all day anyway. But I am becoming more and more convinced that for AR to really impact our lives, it will have to be delivered through some type of smart glasses, which I don’t see happening before 2020.AR, meanwhile, is often mentioned in the same breath as virtual reality. But I see VR taking off largely in vertical markets, where all types of industries are experimenting with it to see how it affects their workflow and potential profitability. For more on that, check out PCMag’s October feature, How Augmented Reality Is Transforming Work.All-day laptop battery lifePCMag’s Sascha Sagan and I were in Hawaii recently for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit, where it talked up its always-connected PC initiative. The premise is that these Snapdragon 835-based devices, like the HP Envy x2 and Asus NovaGo, have built-in LTE radios that provide constant internet connections and 20 hours of battery life.I’m not quite sure the always-on aspect will be these machines’ biggest selling point, though. In our iPad research, we found that 50 percent of iPads sold include the LTE radio chip, but that only 25 percent of those machines ever have their LTE activated. I think the bigger story from Qualcomm’s event is that incredible battery life. Imagine heading off for the day and not having to think about carrying a power cord for your laptop since you know you will get at least 20 hours of real use.Social media regulationI know this might be considered a bold prediction, but my contacts in Washington say legislators from both sides of the aisle are increasingly concerned about the negative impact social media has had on the election process and the political climate in general.Although Washington had hoped Facebook, Twitter and Google would police themselves, insiders I speak with are growing skeptical that these companies can handle it alone. Full regulation is probably not likely, but I would not be surprised if we do see some legislation. After all, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai already went after Twitter during the net neutrality debate. This story originally appeared on PCMag December 27, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

Japan will help trans people pay for gender affirming surgery

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The 2017 Seijin no Hi ceremony held on March 12 in the Tottori prefecture in Japan. | Photo: Facebook via ReBit Trans and gender diverse people in Japan are slowly getting more support from the government through social security. GAYSTARNEWS- For the first time trans students in Japan shoot school photos in their true genderDrag Race’s Gia Gunn wants help to fund her gender affirming surgeryCould Cuba ‘open doors’ to make same-sex marriage legal?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘The mandatory psychiatric evaluation and the law’s requirement that applicants be unmarried, sterile and lacking any children under 20 are inherently discriminatory.’A Tokyo trans man, Takamasa Nakayama, told Japan Today before he update his health insurance card, medical staff had always treated him with suspicion. That was because his insurance card still identified Nakayama as female.‘There are cases where health conditions worsen because people want to avoid the hassle of going to a hospital. This will be helpful for such people,’ he said about the new social security support.Trans in old ageBut advocates are also thinking about the long term consequences of transitioning in Japan.Men are paid their employee pensions later than women. So people assigned female at birth are disadvantaged if they have gender affirming surgery before retirement age.‘If you turn 60 and it is after your pension payouts have been decided, there wouldn’t be any influence from a sex change but people have to be mindful of changes in the conditions even though they might have paid the same insurance premiums all this time,’ said licensed insurance consultant, Koji Nakajima.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Trans people are now able to update their names on health insurance cards. But for some people they are even eligible to get financial support for gender affirming surgery.For the past two months trans people are able to get funding for surgery, but only on the condition they are not on hormone therapy and don’t have other preexisting conditions, according to a report in Japan Today.But despite these advancements, it is still very hard to be recognized as trans. In order to be recognized in their true gender trans people must be sterilized in order to get surgery.‘The legal requirements for transgender people in Japan to obtain a GID (gender identity disorder) diagnosis, involve unnecessary, arbitrary, and burdensome tests,’ said advocacy group, Human Rights Watch.last_img read more

Group Hamas tortured killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.Amnesty International detailed the abuses in a report entitled “Strangling Necks’: Abduction, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Hamas used the war to “ruthlessly settle scores, carrying out a series of unlawful killings and other grave abuses,” Amnesty’s Philip Luther said. “These spine-chilling actions, some of which amount to war crimes, were designed to exact revenge and spread fear across the Gaza Strip.”The report said 16 of the people killed by Hamas were already being held by the militant group when the conflict erupted and many of them were waiting to hear the verdict of their Hamas-organized trials. “Many had been sentenced after trials before courts whose proceedings are grossly unfair. A number had said they had been tortured in order to extract ‘confessions,’” the report said.Amnesty’s report also said that Hamas abducted and tortured people in an outpatient clinic that was no longer in use, within the grounds of Gaza City’s main hospital, Shifa.“Hamas forces have displayed a disregard for the most fundamental rules of international humanitarian law,” Luther said. “Torture and cruel treatment of detainees in an armed conflict is a war crime. Extrajudicial executions are also war crimes.”This was not Amnesty’s first report on the 2014 Gaza war. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology According to the London-based human rights group, some 23 Palestinians were shot and killed and dozens more were arrested and tortured by Hamas, which rules Gaza. The Palestinians targeted were either political rivals of Hamas, including members of the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, or people the militant group had accused of cooperating with Israel, Amnesty said.Wednesday’s report highlighted a particularly brutal incident, which it said took place in Gaza on Aug. 22.“In one of the most shocking incidents, six men were publicly executed by Hamas forces outside al-Omari mosque … in front of hundreds of spectators, including children,” Amnesty said. Hamas had announced the men were suspected “collaborators” who had been sentenced death in “revolutionary courts,” the rights group added.“The hooded men were dragged along the floor to kneel by a wall facing the crowd, then each man was shot in the head individually before being sprayed with bullets fired from an AK-47,” the report said of the August incident.Hamas violently seized Gaza from forces loyal to Abbas in 2007, leaving Palestinians bitterly divided — Hamas ruling Gaza and Abbas governing parts of the West Bank. Since then, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets at Israel and fought three wars with the Jewish state. Over 2,200 Palestinians were killed during the 50-day war last summer. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers and six civilians were killed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   In March, the group accused Hamas of war crimes for launching unguided rockets and mortars from civilian areas in Gaza toward civilian areas in Israel, saying that was a breach of international law. And in December, Amnesty condemned Israel for flattening four landmark buildings in the final days of the war. Israel dismissed that report, saying Hamas was using the buildings as command centers.Salah Bardawil, a Hamas official in Gaza, said the incidents mentioned in the report took place ‘outside the framework of the law’ and Hamas was investigating them.___Associated Press writer Fares Akram in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

A timeline of comet probes 11year journey

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency said Sunday that its comet lander Philae has woken up from hibernation and managed to send data back to Earth for the first time in seven months. The probe went quiet on Nov. 15, three days after it was separated from its mother ship Rosetta and touched down on the city surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.Here’s a look at key moments during the mission:___March 2, 2004: Europe’s unmanned probe Rosetta takes off from Kourou, French Guiana, after a series of delays, including an abandoned January 2003 launch window because of a rocket problem. Comments   Share   Feb. 25, 2007: Rosetta carries out a close flyby of Mars. European Space Agency’s mission control breaks out in applause after the end of 15 tense minutes of radio silence as the craft passes behind the Red Planet.Sept. 5, 2008: Probe successfully passes close to an asteroid 250 million miles from Earth. The spacecraft loses its radio signal for 90 minutes as planned during the flyby of the Steins asteroid, also known as Asteroid 2867.July 10, 2010: Between Mars and Jupiter, Rosetta transmits its first pictures from the largest asteroid ever visited by a satellite after it flies by Lutetia as close as 1,900 miles (3,200 kilometers). It is the closest look to date at the Lutetia asteroid.Jan. 20, 2014: Waking after almost three years of hibernation, Rosetta sends its first signal back to Earth. Systems had been powered down in 2011 to conserve energy, leaving scientists in the dark for 31 months.Aug. 6, 2014: Rosetta swings alongside comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.Nov. 12, 2014: The probe releases the Philae lander and it drops to the comet’s surface. Seven hours later, Philae touches down on the comet.Nov. 15, 2014: Philae goes into hibernation after performing experiments and sending data back to Earth for 60 hours. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Feb. 14, 2015: Rosetta swoops to a distance of just 6 kilometers (less than 4 miles) above the surface of the comet to take close-up pictures of the surface.June 11, 2015: Scientists say they may have caught a glimpse of Philae, whose exact location remains unknown. After analyzing images and other data collected over the past months they identified several possible sites including one bright spot described as “a good candidate for the lander.”June 13, 2015: Philae communicates with Earth for the first time in seven months in a sign that it has come out of hibernation.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 12 Comments   Share   On the rise, Rice left the desert to sign with Tampa Bay, joining what some consider to be one of the best defenses of the 2000s consisting of Hall of Famers Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp as well as All-Pro defensive backs Ronde Barber and John Lynch.With the Buccaneers, Rice won a Super Bowl and recorded double-digit sacks in five consecutive seasons.He has not played since the 2007 season but expressed serious interest about making a comeback in 2017.Quarterback Jake Plummer (1997-2002)Signed with Denver in 2003Plummer’s 30-52 record was not what the Cardinals anticipated after spending a second-round pick on him in 1997. However, he was the only Cardinals quarterback to make the playoffs between 1983 and 2007.Arizona’s 1998 NFC Wild Card win was the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 1982 and the first playoff win since 1947.The Broncos signed Plummer to a seven-year deal during the 2003 offseason and his record improved drastically in four seasons with Denver. He went 39-15, reaching the playoffs in each of the first three seasons before being benched 11 games into the 2006 season.Safety Antrel Rolle (2005-09)Signed with New York Giants in 2010 A former first-round pick, Rolle was one of top players at his position in the NFC during his time in Arizona. He recorded 12 interceptions but what stands out is that he returned four of those for touchdowns.A starter on the Cardinals 2008 Super Bowl team, Rolle made the Pro Bowl in the final year of his contract and was primed for a large payday.In the words of The Godfather and Don Vito Corleone, the New York Giants “made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.” New York signed Rolle to a five-year, $37 million contract that made him the highest paid safety in the NFL at the time.Rolle recorded 14 interceptions and five forced fumbles in five seasons with the Giants and was part of the team that won the Super Bowl in 2011.Defensive end Calais Campbell (2008-16)(AP Photo/John Froschauer)Signed with Jacksonville in 2017The longest-tenured Cardinal on this list, Campbell spent nine years in Arizona. Selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Campbell recorded at least five sacks in each of his nine seasons with the Cardinals, missing six games in that span.He became both a seasoned veteran and fan favorite with the Cardinals. In the offseason of 2017, Arizona briefly exercised its franchise tag on pass rusher Chandler Jones before signing him to a five-year, $83 million extension. Following Jones’ extension, Campbell hit the free agent market. Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates a defensive stop against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) As free agency winds down and the 2018 NFL Draft approaches, the Arizona Cardinals have undergone changes to their roster.This year, like any other, saw the Cardinals welcome in new faces while saying goodbye to others that are more familiar.Here are some of the franchise’s biggest names to leave Arizona in free agency.Defensive end Simeon Rice (1996-2000)Signed with Tampa in 2001Having recorded 122 sacks over 12 seasons, Rice was one of the most-feared defensive ends in the NFL. Selected No. 3 overall by Arizona in the 1996 NFL Draft, Rice spent five years of his career with the Cardinals. While he was named Rookie of the Year, his best season in Arizona came in 1999 when he forced five fumbles and posted a career-high 16.5 sacks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Jacksonville signed Campbell to a four-year deal worth $60 million. In his first year with the Jaguars, he made that contract look wise. Campbell reached a career high in sacks (14.5) and became the backbone of one of the top defenses in the NFL.Safety Tyrann Mathieu (2013-17)(AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Signed with Houston in 2018Arizona’s most recent impact free-agent departure was Mathieu. Drafted by the Cardinals in 2013, Mathieu spent five seasons in Arizona.A talented defensive back, Mathieu had 11 interceptions and four forced fumbles in five seasons with the Cardinals. He was an All-Pro in 2015 but knee injuries limited his time on the field and eventually impacted his style of play.Mathieu signed with Houston this offseason after turning down a pay cut from the Cardinals.Honorable MentionsWide receiver David Boston (1999-2002) – Signed with San DiegoLinebacker Karlos Dansby (2004-09) – Signed with Miami Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more