UN agency appoints Tunisian film star Ambassador against Hunger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appointed Tunisian film star Hend Sabry as an “Ambassador against Hunger” to help the agency fight hunger in developing countries around the world, especially in the Middle East region. “I am delighted to be part of WFP’s efforts to help the hungriest people in the world and I will use my profile among film fans to show how even small contributions from individual people can help to ease hunger by feeding hungry children,” said Ms. Sabry. Since February 2009, Ms. Sabry has travelled to Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, and visited people receiving food assistance from WFP to see the impact of the agency’s work on the lives of vulnerable people.The actress’s initial plan includes visiting WFP’s operations in Yemen, where the programme is helping more than 175,000 people affected by the ongoing conflict in the northern part of the country. She is also planning to visit school meal programmes in Egypt and the occupied Palestinian territory, as well as other projects worldwide where WFP is providing meals to some 22 million children – about half of them girls.“Providing proper nutrition to young children is a simple and effective way of saving the next generation, and building a better future for millions,” Ms. Sabry said. Over the past year, the compounding effects of the economic crisis – which followed the 2008 high food price crisis – has pushed the number of hungry people past one billion for the first time in history.“We have realized the power of celebrities in winning the hearts and minds of people and we are confident that Hend will bring the Arab world’s attention to how much hunger and suffering there is in the world,” said Daly Belgasmi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.Among Ms. Sabry’s first roles will be to film a number of public service announcements next week with fellow Ambassador against Hunger and Egyptian film veteran Mahmoud Yassin. 12 January 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appointed Tunisian film star Hend Sabry as an “Ambassador against Hunger” to help the agency fight hunger in developing countries around the world, especially in the Middle East region. read more

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TSX down as traders look to Fed meeting

The Toronto stock market was lower Friday as traders looked ahead to next week’s U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and hope that the central bank will provide clues as to whether it plans to ease off on some of its economic stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 34.11 points to 12,243.02.The Canadian dollar was up 0.03 of a cent to 98.4 cents US amid a disappointing update on Canadian manufacturing.Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 2.4 per cent in April to $48.2 billion. It’s the fourth decline in five months and the largest monthly percentage drop since August 2009.The agency says lower sales in the petroleum and coal product and primary metal industries were largely responsible for the decline.U.S. indexes were little changed amid signs of a weakening American manufacturing sector and consumer sentiment.The Dow Jones industrials rose 10.56 points to 15,186.64 as May industrial production was flat. Economists had expected a 0.3 per cent increase after production fell by 0.5 per cent in April.The University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index came in at 82.7, well below expectations that it would remain at a five year high of 84.5.The Nasdaq was down 1.95 points to 3,443.41 and the S&P 500 index edged up 1.37 points to 1,637.73. Concerns about Fed intentions have weighed on markets since late last month. That’s when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said that the Fed might pull back on its US$85 billion-a-month bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing, if economic data improves, especially hiring.The QE program has underpinned a strong rally on U.S. markets.The Fed holds its next regularly scheduled meeting on interest rates next Tuesday and Wednesday and wraps up with a news conference by Bernanke.Hopes for more details were fuelled Thursday by a Wall Street Journal story that suggested Bernanke will likely use next week’s meeting to try to calm market worries that the central bank is in a hurry to moderate its bond purchases.Consumer staples were the biggest gainer as shares in Empire Co. (TSX:EMP.A) continued to charge ahead after the majority owner of grocer Sobey’s announced plans Wednesday to take over rival Canada Safeway for $5.8 billion in cash. Its shares were up $1.98 to $76.75 after jumping 10.59 per cent on Thursday.Utilities were ahead 0.46 per cent following a string of losses. Speculation about cutting back on the QE program has had the effect of pushing U.S. Treasury yields sharply higher, which in turn has had a negative effect on TSX defensive/interest-rate sensitive sectors such as REITS, utilities, telecom and pipeline stocks.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS) gained 47 cents to $32.77. On Thursday, New York regulators cleared the way for Fortis Inc. to buy CH Energy Group, the parent of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. in a deal valued at US$1.5 billion.Techs were also supportive with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ahead 44 cents to $15.14, adding to a gain of about six per cent Thursday after Societe Generale raised its rating on the stock to “buy” from “sell,” saying channel checks show the Canadian smartphone maker’s new devices are selling well.Telecoms fell 0.5 per cent and BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) gave back 29 cents to $44.34.Financials shed 0.33 per cent with Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) down 38 cents to $56.85.Commodity prices were higher with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $1.20 to US$97.89 a barrel. The energy sector was off 0.2 per centThe base metals sector was off 0.16 per cent as July copper was up two cents to US$3.20 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gave back 10 cents to C$17.37.The gold sector was off about 0.7 per cent as August bullion rose $10.20 to US$1,388 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 32 cents to $28.60.Markets have also been weighed down by concerns that the Bank of Japan has done all it is prepared to do to stimulate the Japanese economy.In April, the Bank of Japan announced a massive stimulus in an attempt to get inflation up to two per cent. The euphoria that drove the Nikkei up to five-year highs has been followed by wild fluctuations. The index is now around 20 per cent down from its May 23 peak, leaving the market in bear market territory.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225, the regional heavyweight, gained 1.9 per cent in Friday trading, recovering some of its losses after Thursday’s 6.4 per cent plunge .China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6 per cent, coming off its lowest close in six months following Thursday’s 2.8 per cent slide. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.4 per cent and Seoul added 0.4 per cent.European bourses were positive with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 0.02 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.98 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was up 0.6 per cent. read more

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American Express 2Q profits rise 9 beating expectations

NEW YORK — American Express posted a 9% gain in second-quarter profits on Friday, helped by more of its cardmembers carrying a credit card balance and increased spending on its namesake cards.The New York company said it earned a profit of $1.76 billion, or $2.07 a share. That’s up from earnings of $1.62 billion, or $1.84 a share, in the same period a year earlier. Analysts were looking for AmEx to earn $2.03 a share, according to FactSet.The improving economy has convinced more U.S. consumers to spend, and take on increasing amounts of credit card debt, which benefits AmEx’s bottom line. Its cardmembers spent $311.7 billion on its cards worldwide in the quarter, up from $296.5 billion a year earlier.Meanwhile individual U.S. cardmember spending rose to $5,445 in the quarter, up from $5,275 in 2018.American Express makes most of its money off of fees it charges merchants to accept their cards. The more money spent by consumers at these merchants, the more AmEx earns in processing fees.AmEx has also been encouraging its customers to carry a balance, even on its traditional cards that typically had to be paid off at the end of each month. The company had $72.6 billion in loans to customers at the end of the second quarter, up from $66.3 billion a year earlier.Other financial companies have been reporting similar gains in their consumer banking businesses. JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, two of American Express’ biggest competitors, both reported higher credit card revenue and interest revenue.Total revenue for the company, net of interest expense, was $10.84 billion, up from $10.00 billion a year earlier.Ken Sweet, The Associated Press read more

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Transfer station to close for repairs

The waste transfer station in Simcoe will be unavailable to haulers and local residents for about a week this fall.The scale at the front entrance is worn out and needs to be replaced.“The weigh scale is an important piece of the operation at the Simcoe Transfer Station, which provides residents a place to dispose of additional waste that cannot be placed at the curb,” Merissa Bokla, Norfolk’s supervisor of waste management, said in a report to Norfolk council Tuesday.“The weigh scale is necessary to ensure Norfolk County recoups costs for the disposal of materials brought to the transfer station through the collection of tipping fees.”Norfolk County planned to spend $50,000 on the project but has since learned that the scale’s in-ground housing also needs to be replaced. At Tuesday’s meeting, Norfolk council increased the budget for the project to $109,000.Jason Godby, Norfolk’s interim general manager of public works, said the housing is deteriorating and will need to be replaced in a few years. Installing a new scale and then re-installing it after the housing project is finished is a needless expense that can be avoided by doing everything at once, he said.Charlotteville Coun. Chris VanPaassen said that is a good idea.“Instead of doing half a job three times, we’ll do it right the first time,” Van Paassen said. “That would be cheaper.”The current equipment is more than 25 years old. The county hopes to get 25 to 30 years out of its replacement.Plans are to switch to a hydraulic weighing mechanism from an electronic one. In her report, Bokla explained that hydraulic equipment doesn’t seize up in cold weather. As well, hydraulic scales are less vulnerable to lightning strikes.“The weigh scale has been hit by lightning, causing extensive damage to equipment and down time which result in lost revenue to the county,” her report says.Bokla added that – during cold spells – the county has had to call in a contractor to de-ice the unit with a hot power wash.The county will serve notice when the project is about to begin. Haulers and residents can hang onto their waste or they can drop it off at the county’s other transfer station at 1180 South Walsingham Road 3, near Port Rowan.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Funding shortfall forces UN to scale back food aid to Syrian refugees

WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva today that in January, her agency had been able to assist 220,000 refugees in 20 camps throughout Turkey, but that last month, it had been forced to reduce that number to 154,000, after having to withdraw from 9 camps. Ms. Byrs said predicting donation amounts is a “real challenge” as it is necessary to know those amounts before informing refugees outside of camps that WFP would launch assistance, but knowing that WFP would require $9 million each month for its assistance to Syrian refugees, a funding shortfall of $71 million in donations is being projected for all of 2015. Since 2011, WFP has been providing food assistance to the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Turkey through an innovative electronic voucher (e-food card) system, Ms. Byrs said, adding that the system has made it possible for refugees to buy their food in shops like anybody else.“Unfortunately,” she explained, “due to a critical shortage of funding, WFP is unable to provide assistance at the same levels as before.”Ms. Byrs emphasized how important that system is for refugees, saying that Turkey has welcomed the highest number of Syrian refugees, estimated at 1.7 million in 20 camps across the country.Turkey had already spent $4.5 billion to protect and assist the refugees since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, and that since 2011, she said, WFP had injected almost $700 million into the Turkish economy through its e-food card program and large-scale food purchases.WFP’s Syria Crisis emergency response, which provides life-saving food assistance to more than four million Syrians who have been displaced across all 14 governorates of Syria in addition to at least two million Syrian refugees in the Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt, in addition to Turkey. Inside Syria, WFP provides food rations, while refugees in the neighbouring countries primarily receive assistance through WFP’s electronic food vouchers programme that allows them to buy the food they need from local shops. read more

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Invention uses sea water as radio antenna

first_imgWater is a very useful compound. Not only is it required to keep us living organisms alive, it has many practical applications. It can be used for mundane purposes like cooling us off during those hot summer months, or industrial applications, where at high speed water can cut through steel. Now someone has found a new way to make water, specifically sea water, act like a radio antenna.Invented by SPAWAR System Center Pacific, this sea water antenna system uses the power of magnetic induction to let ordinary sea water receive and transmit radio signals. The process works by pumping a stream of sea water through a current probe and depending on the height of the stream; it can be used for UHF, VHF or HF radio frequencies.One application for the sea water antenna could be for military water craft where limited space makes current antenna real estate on a ship very limited Or, the water antenna system could be used commercially for other waterborne craft for normal communications or in emergency situations as a backup antenna, for example. Check the video for more details and practical use examples.More research is being conducted on the sea water antenna as we speak, but something tells us we could be seeing these sea water antenna devices used increasingly fairly soon.Read more at YouTube, via Makelast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_img#DESTRUCTIVE GUSTS: A ‘monster’ cyclone is battering Australia with 270km/h gusts.#ON TOPIC: The UK Daily Mail has come under fire this morning for running a ‘moronic’ front page focusing on the legs of Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May.#USA USA USA: Oklahoma residents armed with machine guns are going to be allowed hunt pigs from helicopters.PARTING SHOT Relax and watch the heartwarming moment a Wexford family was reunited with their stolen dog after six months. [DailyEdge] Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Fine Gael confirm confidence in Nóirín O’Sullivan, Minister Fitzgerald said she wasn’t aware of scale of garda scandal and two Mountjoy prisoners attacked – it’s the Evening Fix. Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 9:09 PM Source: Jeremy Corbyn MP/Twitter Share7 Tweet Email Short URL By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 28th 2017, 9:09 PM Get our daily news round up: http://jrnl.ie/3311932 5 Comments NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Source: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ieFine Gael have confirmed they’ve confidence in Nóirín O’Sullivan, while Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have taken the opposite stance.Frances Fitzgerald claims she only found out about scale of the garda traffic scandal after senior officers held a press conference last week.The Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS) has said his organisation alerted gardaí on two separate occasions to discrepancies in breath test numbers before action was taken.Two inmates in Mountjoy Prison have been injured in an attack this morning.Those who “willfully” waste water will face prosecution under proposed new plans.London will “consider all options” after Easter if talks to reestablish power-sharing fail.34 infrastructure projects across 15 local authorities have been given the green light by the government.Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Jasmine Scally who is missing from Kildare.Michael Healy-Rae was left in a state of shock after a choking fit turned his hands and lips purple and left him requiring emergency treatment.Dublin could get new eight-storey hotel as vacant “scourge” set to be demolished.Irish adults will be able to renew their passports online from Thursday.An investigation is underway after ‘human waste’ was found in cans at a Coca-Cola plant in AntrimINTERNATIONAL  It’s 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail. pic.twitter.com/V3RpFSgfnO— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 27, 2017 13,344 Views last_img read more

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Google Launches Scrollable Magazine Newspaper Aggregator

first_imgFast Flip also has a recommendation engine behind it that tracks reading behavior, suggesting similar content from other sources. “In short, you get fast browsing, natural magazine-style navigation, recommendations from friends and other members of the community and a selection of content that is serendipitous and personalized,” said the announcement.Interestingly, partners heavily favor magazine publishers at this point, including Fast Company, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Elle, Esquire, SPIN, and others. There are a few large newspapers—The New York Times, Washington Post—and online-only content sites—Salon, The Daily Beast, Slate—as well.Colin Doody, business development and marketing manager for Fast Company, said he’s pleased with the service so far. Referral traffic has been “significant” though he expects it to calm down after a preliminary review phase.Money isn’t the motivator, he said. Google will get the lion’s share of revenues. “The revenue share is nothing different. It’s based on a 50/50 split and only defined on pages that Fast Company pages get popped up on. Google still captures the majority of the units.”Nevertheless, Doody said his team likes Fast Flip better than Google News, especially for the branding. “We’re big fans of it. I like the fact that there’s branding on it and I know right away what the source is.”Google is essentially testing Fast Flip as an online equivalent of the vented wide-mouth beer can, allowing more readers to consume more content more quickly. “[Fast Flip] also tests our theory that being able to read articles faster means people will read more of them, driving more ad revenue to publishers,” said Google.Publishers were given the choice of submitting a custom RSS feed forspecific content to be picked up by Fast Flip, or having Google crawlcontent as it normally does. Publishers also have a get-out clause,said Doody, and Google can’t make changes to content without priorapproval. Publishers control what content is made available through theservice.Doody is less than enthused about the lack of hyperlinks in the Webpage image, and says there’s about a six or seven hour delay in contentpickup. “But that could be because it’s just day one,” he said.   The product emphasizes interface over search and it’s not hard to imagine scrolling through these pages on a mobile device. Indeed, Google has a version of Fast Flip for Android devices and the iPhone.Fast Flip is another step for Google in capturing content in at-a-glance formats. In late 2008, Google added digitized magazine archives to its books.google.com site. The digital copies are exact replicas—scans—of the original print issues, including ads. Google has launched a news product called Fast Flip—a scrollable collection of thumbnail images of article pages from a current stable of about 40 content partners. Participating publishers will share in contextual ad revenue.Google designed Fast Flip to mimic a “seamless” print reading experience with a faster load time. Image files of Web pages are presented in a scrolling slide-show format, allowing readers to browse article pages without the wait. “What we need instead is a way to flip through articles really fast without unnatural delays, just as we can in print,” said Google in its blog announcement. “The flow should feel seamless and let you rapidly flip forward to the content you like, without the constant wait for things to load.”Clicking on an image takes the reader to that story on the publisher’s Web site. There are no individual links within the page image. Images are too small to read individually in the Fast Flip interface, so readers are encouraged to click through to the site itself.Readers can browse by brand, topic, section, popular, recent and other formats.last_img read more

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Cottages Gardens Launches New Print Publication in San Francisco

first_imgCottages & Gardens Publications, publisher of high-end regional shelter titles, is launching a new magazine for the San Francisco market. The first issue of SFC&G will hit newsstands in the Bay Area in April 2014. The launch marks a 3,000-mile leap for the previously East Coast-focused publisher.Circulation for the new regional magazine will start at 40,000. While frequency is 6 issues per year for the time being, Cottages & Gardens’ CEO & Publication Director Marianne Howatson expresses hope for future growth of their first West Coast edition.”Our magazines always try to reflect the ‘sense of place’ within a region” Howatson says, “and San Francisco is an area which currently has a very vibrant design market.” The new edition for the San Francisco market will soon occupy a section of the Cottages & Gardens website, and although Howatson says that the large glossy magazines simply hold too much content to be compressed onto mobile and tablet platforms as of yet, she revealed that C&G is currently exploring options for a mobile app. In turn, Cottages & Gardens Publications considers event integration to be a strong element of their culture. Howatson says, “We believe in an intimacy with our community and the charities within it-so we will definitely be making an effort towards that [in the new location].”Cottages & Gardens Publications, which currently distributes thick regional magazines to affluent households in Connecticut (CTC&G), New York (NYC&G), and The Hamptons (HC&G), places a focus on luxury interior design. The existing regional editions have delivered content aimed at interior design enthusiasts with an average household income of $880,000. The most recent addition to the upscale publishing group was that of NYC&G, which launched in March 2012.last_img read more

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PM Modi launches BJPs membership drive from Varanasi

first_imgVARANASI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the membership drive of the ruling BJP from his Lok Sabha constituency on Saturday, noting that it will further connect people from all walks of life with the saffron party. Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the prime minister also talked about the Union budget 2019-20 and his thoughts on India’s growth trajectory in the coming years. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “From the soil of Kashi, I greet each dedicated worker of the party. Today, I got an opportunity to launch the BJP’s membership campaign from Kashi,” he said, pointing out that it will strengthen the saffron party. The launch of the membership drive coincided with the 118th birth anniversary of Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. Referring to the provisions in the Union budget, Modi said a “new India” was on the threshold of racing ahead. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “It is important to know about the USD 5 trillion economy because some people were casting doubts over the competency of Indians, saying that achieving the target is very difficult,” he added. The prime minister slammed the critics, saying, “These people are professional pessimists.” Earlier, soon after his arrival here on a day-long visit, Modi unveiled a statue of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at the airport. Advertise With Us The prime minister was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president JP Nadda and the state unit chief of the saffron party, Mahendra Nath Pandey. Anil Shastri and Sunil Shastri, sons of late Lal Bahadur Shastri, were present at the venue as also Uttar Pradesh minister Siddharth Nath Singh, a kin of the former prime minister. This is Modi’s second visit to his constituency after winning the parliamentary polls held in April-May. He had visited Varanasi on May 27 to thank the voters after winning the Lok Sabha seat for the second consecutive time by a huge margin of 4.79 lakh votes. Modi not only retained his seat, but also saw his victory margin rise by nearly one lakh votes, compared to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when he had defeated Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by over three lakh votes. After unveiling the statue of Shastri, the prime minister proceeded to launch a tree-plantation campaign — “Anand Kanan” — in the temple city. He paid tributes to Mookerjee, the Jana Sangh founder, on his 118th birth anniversary, saying his contribution to national integration will always be remembered. In a tweet, Modi described Mookerjee as a great educationist and a bright nationalist thinker.last_img read more

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McDuffie Authors Bill to Honor DC Natives

first_imgD.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) wants to remember the outstanding work and lives of native Washingtonians of color by erecting statutes of them in each ward in the city.D.C. Council memeber Kenyan McDuffie. (Courtesy Photo)On Sept. 15, McDuffie introduced the “Charles Hamilton Houston and Other Diverse Washingtonians Commemorative Works Amendment Act of 2017” and announced that a hearing on the legislation is scheduled for Oct. 5. The bill will be considered by the Committee of the Whole chaired by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D).“There are so many statutes on the National Mall and in D.C. that don’t reflect the diversity of the city and the U.S.,” McDuffie told the AFRO. He said that the time to author and push this bill is now “given how divisive our politics are right now with the president using inflammatory language” in the country’s discourse and the ongoing debate over Confederate statutes.The proposed bill would instruct the Commemorative Works Committee to supervise the statute set-up and it would allow the council to sponsor a commemorative work on public space in the city. The bill would have the committee name eight honorees with each ward having one.The honorees would be recommended by residents, industry professionals, academic professionals, and cultural organizations in each ward, according to the bill. The legislation requires a written plan to be submitted to the D.C. Council for review and approval within 60 days after the bill becomes a law.The bill would require a statute in each ward by 2021. In addition, the legislation would make the inaugural statute sponsored by the council as a memorial to Charles Hamilton Houston.Houston was born in the District in 1895 to a prominent Black middle-class family and graduated from Dunbar High School. He graduated as the valedictorian at Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1915, served in World War 1, and came back to the District to teach English at Howard University.Houston went on to law school at Harvard University where he became the first Black to be on the editorial board of its law review and graduated with honors in 1923. He eventually became the vice dean and then dean of the Howard University School of Law where he taught and mentored future U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.Houston left the law school to become a litigator for the NAACP and is credited for laying the legal ground work in dismantling legal segregation in the U.S. He died of a heart attack in 1950.Houston was a co-founder of the predominantly Black National Bar Association. McDuffie said it is only right that the District give Houston his due.“He doesn’t get the recognition that he deserves,” the council member said. “Houston laid the legal framework for Thurgood Marshall to end segregation.”In the District, there is a Charles H. Houston Elementary School in Northeast and there is a space at the Howard University School of Law named in his honor.McDuffie’s bill could, as an example, honor native Washingtonians who have achieved tremendous success such as physician Charles Drew, actress Helen Hayes, poet-scholar Sterling Brown, and former senator Edward Brooke. Sandra Seegars, a Ward 8 resident and political activist, likes the spirit of McDuffie’s legislation but has a problem with it. “The bill only pays for statutes for people born in D.C. but what about people who have lived here a long time, like 20 or 30 years,” Seegars told the AFRO. “An excellent example of that is Marion Barry. He wasn’t born here but made great contributions to the city.“His legislation shouldn’t be specific to native Washingtonians only.”McDuffie said he fully supports the work of the Barry Commission that has proposed ways to honor the late four-term District mayor and D.C. council member, which includes a statute of his likeness in the John A. Wilson Building. In response to Seegars, McDuffie said his bill deals only with those outstanding native Washingtonians and noted there are other processes for non-natives to be remembered. “There is nothing in existing law for people like Dr. Dorothy Height and Frederick Douglass to be recognized in statute,” he said.McDuffie said the Commemorative Works Committee will manage the program and be responsible for the cost.D.C. Council member Robert White (D-At Large), a native Washingtonian, is the co-sponsor of the bill and 10 other council members have indicated their support including Trayon White (D-Ward 8), Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7), Anita Bonds (D-At Large), David Grosso (I-At Large), and Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4).McDuffie said it is important for District youth to see noted late residents memorialized. “Young people should be able to see themselves in any of the heroes we honor,” he said.last_img read more

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Huge spider crawling around on Ladysmith womans bed

first_imgIf you’re seeing high numbers of these spiders, it’s probably due to nearby water and heavy breeding.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite This spider looks scary, right? And also dangerous? But guess what, it’s not.This eight-legged creature, which is called a nursery web spider, was found by local resident Bianca Joubert in her bed recently. Strange bedfellows, indeed!Bianca says they have a lot of these spiders in their garden. When she spotted this one on her king-size mattress, she actually thought it was quite beautiful and not scary at all. She took a photo and then released it in a field.Nursery web spiders can usually be seen carrying large egg sacs. They are hunting spiders and prominent around large bodies of water, creeks and streams.Nursery web spiders bear a striking resemblance to the wolf spider, but there are minor differences.They pose no significant threat to humans, but may be seen in the home from time to time.last_img read more

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ExPresident Figueres to cochair new panel for ocean governance

first_imgLONDON – Former Costa Rican President José María Figueres joined other senior politicians on Monday to launch an independent panel that will work towards better management of the world’s oceans, which are facing unprecedented overfishing, pollution and habitat loss.The Global Ocean Commission is spearheaded by Figueres along with former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and South African Cabinet Minister Trevor Manuel.The initiative is a collaboration between the U.S.-based Pew Environment Group, Oxford University’s Somerville College, the Dutch environmental awareness group Adessium Foundation, and Oceans 5, a collaboration of philanthropists concerned about the health of the seas.The goal is to place the spotlight on threats to oceans and seas that are outside national jurisdictions. These are regulated by the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), a loosely woven treaty that is now 30 years old. Critics say the treaty has become ineffective due to globalized economies and technological advances.The commission will publish recommendations for overhauling ocean governance early next year, when the U.N. General Assembly launches talks on protecting marine biodiversity.“The world urgently needs to find better ways of managing the oceans, to stop abuse of its precious resources and ensure its protection for present and future generations,” Figueres said.“The global ocean is essential to the health and well being of each and every one of us. It provides about half of the oxygen we breathe and absorbs about a quarter of our carbon dioxide emissions. But we are failing to manage it in ways that reflect its true value,” he added. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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NZ company recalls meats after listeria kills 2

first_imgFour patients at Hawke’s Bay Hospital in the central North Island town of Hastings have been diagnosed with the bacterial disease since May 9, spokeswoman Anna Kirk said.She said listeria likely caused the death of one woman and was a contributing factor in the death of a second. One woman who died was in her 80s, the other in her 60s, and both had weakened immune systems, Kirk said. The other two people diagnosed have since recovered, she added.Kirk said the hospital at first wasn’t able to identify the source of the listeria but then found that some supplied meats tested positive.Simon Wills, Bay Cuisine’s joint managing director, said that the source of contamination at the hospital has yet to be determined.In a statement Thursday, he that the hospital outbreak is of “significant concern” and the company has employed an independent food safety expert to review its practices and procedures. He said the recalled products represent only a small fraction of what is produced at the company, which prides itself on its quality and safety.Listeria is a foodborne illness that is especially dangerous to pregnant women, newborn babies and those with compromised immune systems. It rarely causes serious illness in healthy people and can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A New Zealand meat company has recalled several of its products after tests showed a possible link to a listeria outbreak that left two patients dead at a hospital in the island nation.Bay Cuisine, which supplies the hospital, voluntarily recalled certain salami, pepperoni and ham products on Wednesday. New Zealand supermarkets that sell the Napier-based company’s products have pulled them from the shelves. The company does not sell its products abroad. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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AP PHOTOS Macedonia faces migrant pressure from two sides

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches In this photo taken on Thursday, July 23, 2015 migrants wave from a window of a train departing to Serbia at the railway station in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija. Macedonia is facing an increasing pressure of migrants flow on its southern and northern borders with Greece and Serbia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski) SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — They huddle on the Greek border, awaiting a chance to sneak into Macedonia. Other migrants who make it across this landlocked country into Serbia are being deported back.It means that Macedonia is being sandwiched by migrant pressure from Greece to the south and Serbia to the north — as these desperate people seek to reach Western Europe.Police say about 18,000 migrants have been registered passing through Macedonia in a last month. Syrians account for nearly 13,000, and most of the migrants are male. Among them were about 2,000 children. Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Macedonia has become a major transit route for Middle Eastern and African refugees. At least 25 have been killed by trains since January walking on railway tracks. Many are robbed by criminal gangs.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgHe added that they have received a lot of interest from investors and entrepreneurs who are exploring the subject and who would like to participate.”We are not only going to export the products, but we are also going to export the technology,” he said.This video was originally published by CNN. U.S. to hit Mexico with tariffs on all imports … You might also be interested in U.S. judge denies Chiquita’s request to be let out … U.S: Solid export campaign for Northwest cherries … center_img U.S.: Michigan expects higher blueberry volumes, ” … In November the construction of the world’s largest vertical farm will begin in Dubai, which is seeing rapidly growing interest in the production system.The farm, which will be built by Emirates Airline and Crop One Holdings, will produce 2700kg of pesticide-free leafy greens daily.In June, Crop One, the company behind U.S. container farming group Freshbox Farms, announced it had signed a US$40 million joint venture with the catering arm of the global airline.”The beauty of the airline’s announcement is that it opened the eyes of investors to the issue,” UAE Climate Change and Environment Minister, Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi told CNN. August 15 , 2018 last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSet along the spectacular Bodrum coast with views overlooking the Aegean Sea, Jumeirah Bodrum Palace has announced the reopening of its Lebanese restaurant Al Nafoorah.Diners can soak up the relaxed ambience and enjoy a mouthwatering menu of traditional dishes with a modern twist such as mezze, shawarmas, fresh seafood, grilled meats and delicious oriental desserts.The stylish restaurant offers traditional décor, mosaic tiles and decorative features which complement Al Nafoorah’s striking natural beauty. After dinner, the shisha lounge is the perfect place for guests to relax and take in views of the Aegean sunset.Just 20 minutes from Bodrum International Airport, the hotel comprises stylish accommodation ideal for families. From Premium Suites to Maldivian-inspired villas, each provides a balance between luxury, comfort and seclusion. The Premium Suites are set over 90 square metres and can accommodate up to three guests. Added extras include a walk-in closet and a lavish private balcony. Stay in the Grand Suites and enjoy a private terrace with direct access to the pool area. The slightly larger 120-square-metre one-bedroom Noble Suites even offer a private pool and Jacuzzi on the terrace.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Cyprus is well equipped to deal with cyberattacks

first_imgCyprus is adequately prepared to handle a major cyber-attack, the head of electronic crime prevention, Andreas Anastasiades, has said.In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency on Thursday Anastasiades said that in cooperation with Europol and the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (Enisa), Cyprus could cope with such an attack.He said that the recently established Digital Security Authority is tasked with quickly detecting any cyber-attacks and coordinatiing the response.His office has participated in several cyber-attack preparedness exercises organised by Enisa.There are reaction protocols that define the role of each organisation during a cyber-attack, Anastasiades said.He added that his office is equipped with cutting edge technology and employs well-trained staff – some of whom are also certified as trainers in other EU member states, while others have been seconded to Europol.The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (Cepol) Anastasiades said, has asked members of his office to prepare a training programme and to provide courses in third countries on the effective investigation of cybercrime.“This recognition is not accidental but is due to the constant upgrading of the office in all areas and the results of its actions as well as its constant and ongoing cooperation with Europol.”For more effective cyber protection, the police’s Electronic Crime Prevention Office has signed cooperation agreements with the private sector.“We work closely with the employers and industrialists’ federation (OEB), the banking association, internet providers and many other companies and organisations. Our cooperation with the private sector is of the highest importance and we are at the disposal of members of the public and the private sector for further cooperation,” Anastasiades said.He said that the Cyprus police are constantly monitoring technological advancement and are taking part in the drafting of the European Union’s operation plans for cyber-attacks and online child sexual abuse.The main cyber threats, he said, are Ddos (distributed denial of service) attacks, malware distribution, ransomware, child sexual abusive material distribution, and End to end encryption.Anastasiades urged the public to be alert when using the internet as there are many online threats.“They must be aware that each of their online actions are being registered,” he said.He also said that scammers utilise the anonymity provided online and adjust their scam methods in such a way so as to achieve their goals without having to reveal their identity.“Unfortunately, despite prevention measures and public information, there are constantly new reports of fraud, exploitation of minors, money extortion under false pretences, and various other offenses,” he said.“We have to realise that there are many opportunities on the internet but each user has to evaluate before giving their money or data to other people,” he said.He said his office investigates and prevents cybercrime which mainly involves criminal offences against Information Technology systems. The three main categories are content offences which includes online child sexual abuse, attacks against information systems and online frauds.Members of the public may report such offences through www.cybercrime.police.gov.cyYou May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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