Cristiano Ronaldo Shows Support For Syrian Refugee Children

first_imgAs the five-year mark for the Syrian war approaches, Cristiano Ronaldo – a Save the Children global artist ambassador since 2012 – is aiming to bring focus back to the children of the ravaged country, where life has continued to deteriorate for the most vulnerable.Cristiano Ronaldo posts selfie with son and football-loving Syrian refugee boyCredit/Copyright: FacebookTo show his support, the internationally renowned soccer player for Real Madrid posted to his social media channels a selfie with his 5-year-old son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., holding a photo of very special soccer-loving Syrian refugee boy, named Ayman, who is also five years old.Born when the Syrian war began, life in a war zone took a devastating toll on Ayman, so much so, he did not speak – ever. He saw and heard things that no child should see, from armed men breaking down doors, to dead bodies lying in the street to sirens going off at all hours.His family fled to the border of Jordan where they joined tens of thousands of Syrian families in the Za’atari refugee camp. Help finally came when Ayman’s parents enrolled him in a Save the Children-supported kindergarten, called Little Hands, at the camp. There, he began to speak – through the help of a caring teacher, his supportive parents and a love of soccer that blossomed.Play, such as soccer, is important for a child’s development. It teaches children essential skills like how to count, how to solve problems and how to get along with others.Ronaldo, who often posts photos with his son, wanted to use his social media megaphone to ensure that the world does not lose focus on the littlest victims of this war – the children. The mega-star recently reached 200 million social media followers, making him the most-followed athlete on a global scale.“With a young son of his own, Cristiano Ronaldo understands how vulnerable children are at that age,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “With Ronaldo’s help, we can keep the focus on the children of the Syrian war, many of whom have known nothing but war their entire life. After five years of this conflict, we don’t want the world to forget the children – they shouldn’t have to pay the price for the world’s inaction.”Ronaldo’s selfie comes on the heels of Save the Children’s new report “Childhood Under Siege,” which was recently released ahead of the five-year mark of the war in Syria on Tues., March 15.The report estimates that more than 250,000 children have been in constant fear for their lives for many months in Syria’s besieged areas. Parents testify to not only dealing with the psychological impact on children terrified of explosions, but the dire consequences of being deprived of food, basic medicine and clean water.last_img read more

Former US President George Bush Senior Dies at 94

Rabat – George H. W. Bush died on Friday, November 30, at the age of 94, announced his son George W. Bush in a statement published on Twitter by a family spokesman.“George HW Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for,” a statement from his sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, reads.Bush had been hospitalized in the spring for treatment of a blood-borne infection. Read Also: Will America be great again?The death of the former US president came just a few months after the death of his wife Barbara, with whom he was married for 73 years. The couple had five children and 17 grandchildren.After eight years as Ronald Reagan’s vice president 1981-1989, George Bush entered the White House as the 41st president of the United States in 1989. Running for a second term, he was clearly defeated in 1992 by Democratic candidate Bill Clinton.Details of the funeral will be released in due course, the Bush family spokesman said.US President Donald Trump praised his predecessor’s “unflappable leadership,” which will also be remembered in history for involving the US in the first Gulf War after Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait. read more

Oils at US60 TSX is at an alltime high and Big Tech

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index rose above its record closing high in late morning trading, boosted by gains in the energy sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 41.09 points at 15,932.72, topping its record close set on Feb. 21, but still short of its intra-day record set that same day.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.57 cents US, down from an average price of 77.94 cents US on Thursday.Gains in technology stocks powered by strong earnings from Microsoft, Amazon and Alphabet lifted the Nasdaq and the S&P on Friday, but losses in Chevron and Merck kept the Dow in the red.Microsoft advanced 6.20 per cent after the world’s largest software company reported further gains from its cloud computing services. Amazon jumped 8.26 per cent and Google-parent Alphabet gained 4.26 per cent after results.End-of-year portfolio playbook: Five tricks you can learn from professional fund managersWhy you’re happy if you own and Alphabet todayThe gains drove the S&P technology index up about 2 per cent. The sector has gained about 30 per cent this year, double the gains in the broader S&P index.“Earnings is driving the positive sentiment at the open,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Florida. “Certainly a lot of enthusiasm for tech stocks that have reported.”As the third-quarter earnings season nears the halfway mark, 74 per cent of the S&P companies topped expectations as of Thursday, above the 72 per cent beat rate for the past four quarters.Adding to the positive sentiment was a data showed the U.S. economy unexpectedly maintained a brisk pace of growth in the third-quarter, despite a hurricane-led drop in consumer spending and construction activities.The Commerce Department said GDP increased at a 3.0 per cent annual rate in the July-September period. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a 2.5 per cent growth.Energy stocks weighed on the S&P and the Dow. Chevron dipped 3.8 per cent and Exxon fell 1.6 per cent after reporting results. Merck slipped 3.5 per cent after the company reported a fall in revenue due to a cyber attack and loss of market share for many of its older drugs.Mattel plunged about 17 per cent after the toymaker said it would miss its full-year revenue forecast and stop dividend from the fourth quarter.Expedia was slumped 20 per cent after the online travel services company’s profit missed Wall Street’s consensus forecast. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,217 to 1,180. On the Nasdaq, 1,247 issues rose and 952 fell.Oil prices rose more 1 per cent on Friday on support among the world’s top producers for extending a deal to cut output and as the dollar retreated from three-month peaks.Brent rose 59 cents to US$58.89 a barrel by 10:51 a.m. ET (1451 GMT), after rising to a session high of US$60.08, the highest since July 2015 and more than 35 per cent above its 2017 lows touched in June.U.S. light crude oil was up 78 cents, or 1.48 per cent at US$53.42 after rising to a session high of US$53.52 a barrel. U.S. crude prices have been capped by rising U.S. production.The December gold contract was up $1.30 to US$1,270.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was down one cent to US$3.17 a pound.The Canadian Press with files from Thomson Reuters 2017 read more

Elderly man killed in singlevehicle crash in Niagara Falls

Niagara Regional Police are investigating a fatal crash in Niagara Falls.A pickup truck was being driven westbound on Cherrygrove Rd., near Dorchester Rd., around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.According to police, the 75-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.He was taken to local hospital, but died of his injuries.Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call investigators at (905) 688-4111 ext. 5500.

Class action lawsuit launched in Vancouver over Capital One data breach

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver law firm says a class action lawsuit has been launched on behalf of six million Canadians whose personal information was compromised by a data breach at Capital One Financial Corp.Ted Charney, lead counsel of Charney Lawyers, says the breach may turn out to be “extremely serious.”In addition to credit card application data such as phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income, the hacker was also able to access credit scores, credit limits and balances, as well as fragments of transaction information from a total of 23 days in 2016, 2017 and 2018.Charney says the account information is highly sensitive and in the wrong hands could be used to commit identity fraud or to cause damage to credit reputations.The hacker is alleged to have been in possession of the data since March, but it remains unclear to what extent the hacker sold or distributed the data online.The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada says it is investigating the hack, which included one million social insurance numbers that had been accessed without authorization.The Canadian Press read more

Judge denies release of 38 Studios grand jury records

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island judge has denied a request to release secret grand jury records from the criminal investigation into the state’s $75 million deal with the video game company started by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice Gibney on Thursday denied Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s petition for the 38 Studios records.Gibney says the governor hasn’t shown that the “public clamour” for disclosure outweighs the need for secrecy.The judge sided with arguments made by Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, who has said releasing the records would undermine the grand jury process.The grand jury concluded its work in 2015 with no criminal charges.38 Studios moved to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 2010 for a $75 million loan guarantee, but later went bankrupt. Judge denies release of 38 Studios grand jury records by Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2017 3:09 pm MDT Last Updated May 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Commentary Its only human nature to love March Madness

It’s that time of year again. The time when brackets and buzzer-beaters grasp the nation’s attention. The time when things besides basketball get pushed aside for a few weeks. The time called March Madness. A wonder of a sporting event, 68 teams travel to different locales all across the country with the goal of bringing home college basketball’s top prize – the national championship. There is no holiday I enjoy more than those first two days of games (not the new first four play-in games, but the real stuff), the wall-to-wall basketball games from noon till midnight that always manage to amaze me. With the first weekend of games over with and the Sweet 16 fast-approaching, there have been some incredible moments so far in the tournament that remind us of why we tune in. And yet this year, as happens every year, we suffer through the pain that comes with the triumph. Whether it comes in the form of a busted bracket or watching your team fall in the quest for the championship, we subject ourselves to the pain every year without fail. Why? What is it about March Madness that makes us repeat these mistakes year after year? The answer lies not in the tournament itself but the idea that it represents, a notion that even the biggest of underdogs can become great. Each and every year, people cheer for a No. 16 seed to upset the No. 1 seed that it will inevitably lose to, as the No. 16 seeds have a 0-113 record against No. 1 seeds since the field expanded to 64 in 1985. We always get behind the Florida Gulf Coasts and George Masons of the world as they attempt their runs to the Final Four. While these ideals can be seen as foolish by some, it isn’t ignorance that pulls us toward these stories. It’s human nature. As humans, it is hard for us to accept that despite all of our good qualities, we have shortcomings that can hinder our climb to the top. We all want to believe that no matter what the circumstances, we can achieve anything if we put our minds to it. In a nutshell, this is the magic of the NCAA Tournament. It gives us a real-life example of what motivates us to get out of bed and go to work or school in the morning, the payoff that can come from hard work and dedication. If a No. 11 seed can make a run to the Final Four, how could that promotion at work be unobtainable? We get so into picking brackets and watching each and every game because it reminds us of our childhood mentality that we can be whatever we put our minds to. It gives us an escape, a respite, from the realities that adulthood has forced upon us. So next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by life, turn on some college basketball and remind yourself that there is still a little magic in the world. read more

Mens hockey Ohio State opens NCAA tournament with No 2 overall seed

Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey takes a shot on net against Wisconsin in a Big Ten tournament semifinal in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on March 17. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiAfter locking up its first NCAA tournament appearance in eight years, the Ohio State men’s hockey team — the No. 4 seed in the West region — travels to Fargo, North Dakota, to take on the No. 2 overall seed Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in the first round.For a third time this season, the Buckeyes will be without senior defenseman Josh Healey, who was suspended for two games by the Big Ten conference Monday as a result of a game misconduct penalty that occurred against Wisconsin on March 17 in the Big Ten tournament.Although Healey is a key piece to his defense, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the Scarlet and Gray continue to hold a “next man up” mentality in these types of situations. Despite their lack of experience, Rohlik said that younger defensemen, such as freshmen Gordi Meyer and Matt Miller, will be vital in the absence of his skillful senior on the backline.“These guys have played all year with us. They know what we want to do and how we want to play,” Rohlik said. “At the end of the day, these two guys have played a lot of minutes for us this year, and I have all the confidence in the world that they’re going to go up there and do their job.”With a poised Healey out of the lineup, senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey emphasized that the Buckeye forwards will have to occasionally backtrack to help out the OSU backline — and echoed his coach’s belief in the younger members of the Scarlet and Gray to step up when needed on defense against the Bulldogs’ impressive offense.“I think the biggest thing is making sure that us as forwards, we focus on getting back and helping (the defense) out,” Schilkey said. “It’s a good opportunity for some other (defensemen) to step up, too, and I think some guys are going to relish in that opportunity.”Minnesota-Duluth enters this matchup behind a strong core that has made the NCAA tournament for a third-straight year, and ranks as the No. 8 scoring offense in the nation at more than 3.42 goals per game. Senior winger Alex Iafallo and sophomore forward Adam Johnson have each registered 45 and 36 points this season, respectively.Additionally, the Bulldogs’ defense also ranks among the best in the nation at No. 11 in the statistics, mainly behind the play of freshman goaltender Hunter Miska and sophomore defenseman Neal Pionk — who Rohlik calls a “difference maker” on the ice.Despite Minnesota-Duluth’s overall depth and abilities in all facets of the game, Rohlik said his team isn’t looking to make any changes to its game plan, and is trying to stick to what propelled the Buckeyes to their first 20-win season since 2009.“You wouldn’t say they’ve got a lot of weaknesses looking at them, but they’re as beatable as anybody else,” Rohlik said. “They’ve got to go out and play the game, and we’ve got to go out and play the game for 60 minutes — and we’re going to go empty the tanks and go in there with confidence.”With this being the first NCAA tournament appearance for the players on his roster, and possibly the final game in an OSU jersey for his seven seniors, Rohlik said his biggest message to his team this week has been to appreciate what they have accomplished this season and what they have done for the program during their time in Columbus. Ultimately, however, the collective goal of the Buckeyes is to survive and advance.“We’re not satisfied with just going up there and being a part of it, but it’s also a big reason why you work this hard to have this experience and enjoy it,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to enjoy it, but to enjoy it, you’ve got to go up there and try to win hockey games.”Puck drop  for the first round Friday night is set for 6:30 p.m at Scheels Arena. read more

Rio Tinto launches key operations centre as Mine of the Future comes

first_imgRio Tinto has announced the opening of its new operations centre, a key part of the Mine of the Future , in Perth, Western Australia today. The high-technology, purpose-built operations centre, located alongside Perth’s domestic airport, was opened by the Western Australian Premier, the Hon. Colin Barnett MLA. After six months ramping up to full capacity, the operations centre is now the primary control centre for Rio Tinto s vast network of mines, rail systems, infrastructure facilities and port operations in the Pilbara.The centre features 200 controllers and schedulers and more than 230 technical planning and support staff, using cutting-edge networks that ensure all Pilbara operations up to 1,500 km away are not only controlled from Perth, but can be performed with the maximum efficiency.“Two and a half years ago Rio Tinto announced that it would press ahead with plans to create the Mine of the Future to build on the technology advantage we had established over our peers,” said Sam Walsh, Rio Tinto chief executive Iron Ore and Australia. “Since then we have faced an astonishing array of challenges, including the global financial crisis, but we did not waver in our commitment. This operations centre is fundamental to our vision of the Pilbara as a single, integrated one mine logistics system.”“We can now operate our Pilbara iron ore operations above nameplate capacity, redefining the limits of what was considered possible. And these benefits flow directly to our bottom line. There is no other mining operation anywhere in the world attempting this on this scale. Our driverless trucks, remotely operated drill and blasting, automated train systems and remote train loading functions are just the start of a revolution that is transforming the way we extract value from our resources, and will result in a far better, safer industry than could have been imagined even a decade ago.”Rio Tinto claim that the centre will enable workers to do far more complex and valuable work than traditional mining practices would allow – if the mining company’s claims hold true then there will be undoubted benefits, not only to Rio Tinto and its people, but the wider West Australian community. The revolution underway at the operations centre could have ramifications far beyond the resources sector, with the technology and innovation being developed and applied able to support and improve service delivery across the community.last_img read more

Indian police attempting to identify young girl found living with monkeys

first_img 24 Comments 73,508 Views Short URL By Cianan Brennan Share239 Tweet Email11 Apr 7th 2017, 12:59 PM Indian police attempting to identify young girl found living with monkeys The girl was discovered living with a pack of monkeys and walking on all fours in January. The young girl sitting on a bed in the hospital in northern India Source: APINDIAN POLICE ARE attempting to identify a young girl who was discovered living in the wild with monkeys.The girl, who is unable to speak, is believed to be aged between 10 and 12. She was discovered in January and taken to a hospital in the town of Bahraich.Doctors who have examined her have said she displays “monkey-like” traits.The BBC’s Hindi section reports that the girl was discovered playing with a pack of monkeys and imitating their behaviour in the Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary on the India/Nepal border.The monkeys reportedly attacked police when they arrived to take the young girl, who was said to be very comfortable in their company, away. At the time she was naked and emaciated, with long hair and wounds on her body.When first picked up by police she was walking on all fours and ate food from the floor with her mouth, but she has now reverted to walking upright and eating with her hands.“She is still not able to speak, but understands whatever you tell her and even smiles,” DK Singh, superintendents of the hospital, told AP.Her condition having significantly improved, the girl is now expected to be handed over to child welfare services in order to gradually re-introduce her to the world.Meanwhile, police are combing through lists of missing children in an attempt to identify the girl, who has been christened ‘Forest Durga’ by a local magistrate, a reference to a Hindu goddess.With APRead: Syria airstrike: Donald Trump’s 180 degree shift on attacking the Assad regimeRead: Comedian and voice of Mr Potato Head Don Rickles dies at 90 Friday 7 Apr 2017, 12:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Halvagis feels lack of justice

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The father of murder victim Mersina Halvagis was devastated and irreconcilable last Thursday after hearing the decision of the Court of Appeal that the alleged killer of his daughter will be retried for the case. Mersina Halvagis was stabbed to death in 1998 while visiting her grandmother’s grave at Fawkner Cemetery. Peter Dupas, 56, had been convicted of the murder in 2007. His lawyers, however, filed an appeal on the grounds that certain identification evidence should never have been presented to the jury and additionally the judge should have instructed the jury differently on other issues. The Court of Appeal with two votes to one decided Thursday to grant the motion for a new trial. “At this moment I can not express how I feel, the only thing I can say is that the system is putting us on trial and nobody else. The criminal has a lot of rights to be going back and forth in the courts wasting taxpayers money,” Mersinas’ father George Halvagis said speaking exclusively in a phone interview to Neos Kosmos English Edition. Mr Halvagis expressed his frustration with the “lack of justice” which he noted characteristically will subject his family to the agonizing procedure of a new trial. The murder of the Halvagis’ beloved daughter by Peter Dupas has left an eternal scar. A date for the new trial has not been set yet and when asked about his feelings on the new trial, the father of Mersina Halvagis said: “I don’t know what to say it could take 6 months it could take 3 years. The only thing I know is that for the last 12 years we’ve been in a morass and who knows what’s going to happen now.”last_img read more

KCR justifies merger of CLP with TRSLP Congress stages walkout

first_imgHyderabad: Congress party members staged walk-out from the Assembly while Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao justified the merger of CLP with TRSLP stating that it was as per 10th Schedule of the Constitution of India. The issue came in the Assembly when the Congress leader Bhatti Vikramarka raised issue of the merger of CLP with TRSLP. The Chief Minister said he can’t do anything when the Congress party MLAs were leaving their party. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The Congress members came to the house wearing black jackets and black stole and placards which read ‘Save Democracy’. CLP leader M Bhatti Vikramarka raised the issue of merger of CLP criticising the TRS party. Reacting on the issue KCR said that there were some rules in the Constitution and as per the 10th Schedule of the Constitution the MLAs joined TRS. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us “After elections few MLAs wanted to join TRS but we did not take anybody because we had won with two thirds majority and two Independent MLAs had also joined the party. When it comes to a split in the party what can I do? Four Rajya Sabha members of a party merged their party with the BJP and also met Prime Minister. Similarly in Goa, the Congress MLAs left the party. The attraction of your leaders is waning in the country and you are talking as if it is a crime,” said Rao. Advertise With Us He said that though the matter was sub judice and added that he had to talk on the subject because leaders have been raising the issue regularly. Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao also mocked the Congress members asking them to take care of their members as some of them were not along with them. Earlier, Bhatti Vikramarka alleged that the TRS was taking away MLAs of other parties. He said that Telangana is a new State and it should be a role model for the other States. The Congress member raised the defection issue whenever he got mike from the Speaker. However, Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said that since the matter was sub judice he would not allow the member to talk on this. He asked the member to talk on the Municipal Act Amendment Bill and advised him not to deviate from the subject. To this, the Congress leader said that even though the matter was sub judice, the speaker took a decision to merge the CLP and also released a bulletin. After several bills were passed, the Congress party members staged walkout from the House. However, Congress member Komatireddy Rajgopal Reddy stayed in the House when the Congress members staged walk out.last_img read more

Rishabh Pants Hum saath saath hain and Game of Thrones memes trending

first_imgPant in action during the first T20 in GabbaAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesIndian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant who is speculated to join the Indian team in the UK to cover for injured Shikhar Dhawan is the topic of discussion on social media. His memes have gone viral on social media platforms referring to how much he has waited for the call of the Indian team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The 21-year-old batsman, who plays for Delhi Capitals, was not included in the 15-member squad for the World Cup. Experienced campaigner Dinesh Kartik was selected instead of him which triggered mixed reactions from experts and fans. He had scored 488 runs in 16 matches of the IPL including three half-centuries. But the team management felt he is not ready for the World Cup. His performance for India is not that good though, he has played five ODIs scoring 93 runs at an average of 23.25.Moments after Pant’s name surfaced as a probable replacement of Shikhar Dhawan, social media website Twitter flooded with memes of him.#RishabhPant right now.. #ShikharDhawan #ICCCricketWorldCup2019#CWC19 #AUSvPAK #ICCCricketWorldCup2019— Bhanu Maingi ⚙️ (@Borntoshine09) June 12, 2019Memes like, “Why do you think I came all this way?” which is a famous dialogue from popular HBO TV series, referring to Pant went viral on Twitter. Another meme featuring an image of Akshay Kumar read, ” Pant waiting for BCCI call”. While another meme had Pant’s face put on a picture of the movie ‘Hum Sath Sath Hain’ saying the dialogues  “ye sach hai ki bhagwan hai (it’s true that God exists)”, which is from the same movie.Rishabh pant waiting for BCCI call #rishabhpant#Pant — Yash Tiwari (@YashTiw49897767) June 11, 2019 Rishabh Pant memesTwitterFormer Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly mentioned that Rishabh Pant should be sent as a replacement of Shikhar Dhawan. Pant is yet to be named as a replacement for Dhawan as the BCCI is still hopeful that the Indian opener will recover from his injury and has given him 48 hours for improvement.India will be facing New Zealand on June 13 and Pakistan on June 16.last_img read more

Congressman Brown Leads Charge For Transgender Military Service

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comMaryland Congressman Anthony Brown has joined a group of bi-partisan representatives who are vigorously challenging President Donald J. Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers serving in the military.  Sources close to the Congressman, who served in the U.S. Army, said he has never been more “worked up” about an issue as he is about this.The former lieutenant governor of Maryland joined New York Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier, chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, in co-sponsoring a bill that would protect transgender troops and prevent the Defense Department from essentially terminating their opportunities for performing service to the nation due to their gender identity.Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) is rallying in support of transgender military service. (Courtesy Photo)“The president’s bigoted decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military carries with it echoes of some of the most ignorant, intolerant moments in our history that saw women, Black Americans, gays and lesbians barred from fully participating in our Armed Forces,” said Rep. Brown.During a contentious hearing with the House Armed Services Committee’s personnel panel, Brown railed heavily against James Stewart, the Pentagon’s top personnel official.  Stewart told the House Armed Services Committee’s personnel panel that the military should keep President Trump’s proposed ban on recruits who have gender dysphoria — the psychological distress caused when a person’s physical or assigned gender conflicts with how they identify — due to the “the accommodations required for gender transition treatments.”Stewart, however, was careful to explain that transgender soldiers who have had the surgery can still enlist but should not be denied the right to serve altogether.  He did appear to express underlying reservations though while using the model that U.S. Armed Services does not allow service by those with preexisting medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer, to enlist or serve.“We are not talking about heart surgery and diabetes,” Brown shot back to Stewart. “We are talking about a group of Americans who identify as transgender. I have never seen a group of Americans who are prone to heart attacks who come lobbying to Congress and saying, ‘Give us the right to serve even though the risk of heart attack is very great because I have already had three or four.’ That is mixing apples and oranges.”Brown equates the discrimination against transgender soldiers to the struggles of minorities who previously tried to integrate the military.  The Maryland Congressman fiercely chiseled away at the arguments by Stewart and Navy Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency.“I hear about special accommodations,” said Brown in a terse but resigned tone. “The same thing was said about African Americans when they wanted to enter an integrated Army in 1948. Same thing was said about gay, lesbian and bisexual members who wanted to serve.”According to, the issues regarding active duty service for transgender soldiers are not any greater than for other personnel.  Military instructors have begun to debunk the assertion that transgender military personnel need more time off than their fellow troops, which has been reportedly corroborated by the Pentagon’s own data.“The Pentagon’s own data show that 393 service members with gender dysphoria have deployed to the Middle East, and of those, only one was unable to complete the deployment for mental health reasons,” according to a statement on Congressman Brown’s website.While the Trump administration continues to battle for the enacting of its policy, it remains delayed by a series of court battles over its constitutionality.  Until it can be resolved, the Obama-era policy still remains in effect.last_img read more

Research group finds creating boundaries key to reducing ethnic violence

first_img Explore further Maps of Switzerland showing the 2000 census proportion of (A) linguistic groups, (B) Catholic and Protestant (Mercator projection). Image: arXiv:1110.1409v1 More information: Good Fences: The Importance of Setting Boundaries for Peaceful Coexistence, arXiv:1110.1409v1 [physics.soc-ph] arXiv:1110.1409v1 [physics.soc-ph]AbstractWe consider the conditions of peace and violence among ethnic groups, testing a theory designed to predict the locations of violence and interventions that can promote peace. Characterizing the model’s success in predicting peace requires examples where peace prevails despite diversity. Switzerland is recognized as a country of peace, stability and prosperity. This is surprising because of its linguistic and religious diversity that in other parts of the world lead to conflict and violence. Here we analyze how peaceful stability is maintained. Our analysis shows that peace does not depend on integrated coexistence, but rather on well defined topographical and political boundaries separating groups. Mountains and lakes are an important part of the boundaries between sharply defined linguistic areas. Political canton and circle (sub-canton) boundaries often separate religious groups. Where such boundaries do not appear to be sufficient, we find that specific aspects of the population distribution either guarantee sufficient separation or sufficient mixing to inhibit intergroup violence according to the quantitative theory of conflict. In exactly one region, a porous mountain range does not adequately separate linguistic groups and violent conflict has led to the recent creation of the canton of Jura. Our analysis supports the hypothesis that violence between groups can be inhibited by physical and political boundaries. A similar analysis of the area of the former Yugoslavia shows that during widespread ethnic violence existing political boundaries did not coincide with the boundaries of distinct groups, but peace prevailed in specific areas where they did coincide. The success of peace in Switzerland may serve as a model to resolve conflict in other ethnically diverse countries and regions of the world. Citation: Research group finds creating boundaries key to reducing ethnic violence (2011, October 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2011 Switzerland, the very modern symbol of a peaceful country, might have gone another direction the team finds, were it not for the way the differing groups (French, German and Italian) and religions (Catholic and Protestant) have been physical grouped within the borders of the small country.Those of German descent make up the largest group, taking up most of the north, central and eastern parts of the country while those with Italian backgrounds live predominately in the south; those of French descent have settled mainly in the west. Not surprisingly, those of the Catholic faith live predominately in the southern and middle parts of the country, due to the influx of those of Italian descent, while those of the Protestant faith live mainly in the rest of the country.To find out how all these differing groups found a way to get along, the team looked at the geography of the country (mainly mountains and lakes) and how its regions are subdivided. In Switzerland, areas of the country are partitioned into what are known as cantons, which are similar to states in other countries except that each has much more autonomy than is usual. After careful study, the team found that the main reason the groups all manage to get along, is because they are separated from one another. Each canton is comprised of almost all the same types of people, essentially ruling themselves, thus, there is very little overlap. Other areas are separated by lakes or mountains. The end result is that people of differing cultures very seldom run into one another (except in the larger cites of course) and thus friction is averted. The one exception appears to be a little area north of Bern, where violence did erupt in the 1970’s. That problem was apparently fixed by simply redistricting the cantons in that area.One problem with the study of course is that it doesn’t take into account the history of the land itself. The problems with India and Pakistan, for example, or with Israel and the rest of the Middle East aren’t likely to be solved by building better borders. But, nonetheless, the study does shed a rather bright light on the idea that simple separation can sometimes lead to peace. Not unlike how a schoolteacher might solve a problem between two quarreling youngsters. ( — History is filled with examples of ethnic violence, the type that erupts when people with differing cultures attempt to live side by side. The Middle East comes to mind, as does Northern Ireland or Yugoslavia. What’s not so common are studies done that show what sorts of things actually work to prevent problems when people of dissimilar backgrounds live next door to one another. Thus, a new study done by Yaneer Bar-Yam and his team at the New England Complex Systems Institute, appears to be particularly relevant. He and his colleagues, describe in their paper on the preprint server arXiv, how a study they’ve done of the ethnically diverse country of Switzerland, shows that political and geographical boundaries have served to keep the peace between the different groups. Earth from space: Central Europe This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Reshape your body attitudes to have happier New Year

first_imgIf you are overweight and planning to lose a few kilos in the New Year, first shed harmful attitudes about your body as feeling bad about yourself does not actually motivate a person to pursue healthy behaviour, suggests new research. The researchers pointed out that over the years, the ideal body type, particularly depicted in media images, has become virtually unattainable for most people, leading to development of critical thoughts about their body. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There’s a big gap between what we’re shown as being ideal and what to aspire to and where we actually are as a population,” said Pamela Keel, Professor at Florida State University in the US. “That leaves people feeling bad about themselves, and, unfortunately, feeling bad about your body does not actually motivate a person to pursue healthy behaviour,” she added in a statement released by the university. The research team tested a new programme encouraging body acceptance and seen dramatic results. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe programme was designed to reduce the risk of eating disorders and poor body image. One exercise called mirror-exposure may initially feel uncomfortable, but it directs a person to stand in front of a full-length mirror in little or no clothing and identify specific body traits that are good. The praise might focus on the body’s function.”You would say, ‘I really appreciate the way my legs take me wherever I need to go,'” Keel said. “‘Every day without fail, they get me out of bed, to the car, up the stairs and into the office. I don’t have to worry about walking.’ It can be that kind of functional appreciation of what your body does for you,” Keel added. Or a person might appreciate the appearance of a body feature like the skin, or the shape of the shoulders or neck.Another exercise encourages people struggling with body acceptance to think about specific activities they avoid, such as not going swimming in the summer or not wearing shorts when it’s hot, and then choosing to go out and do them.The researchers found that the strategies work, and the benefits often go beyond improved body image.”It turns out that discarding those unattainable body ideals also improves your mood, self-esteem, reduces disordered eating behaviours and may reduce the risk of self-injurious behaviour,” Keel said.last_img read more

NKDA chalks out elaborate plans to battle vectorborne diseases

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority has chalked out elaborate measures to control the spread of vector-borne diseases.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked all the municipalities, civic bodies and autonomous bodies to seriously take up anti-larvae drives. State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim has also asked civic bodies to take up anti-larvae drives and maintained that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation( KMC) has served as a model. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata BTI (Bacillus Thuringiensis Serotype Israelensis, a biological larvicide) and Temefos (an organophosphate larvicide) are sprayed alternatively in water in drain, stagnant water in open areas, water storage in under construction buildings, water in canals, water in abandoned machines and cars by two agencies as a part of the vector control measures. Thirty-five spray man works everyday. They are divided into five or six groups and each group is under one supervisor of NKDA. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateNKDA has divided total New Town into 42 blocks for the purpose of spraying mosquito repellant and seven fogging machines are deployed every day. As besides regular residents in New Town, thousands of people come to the area for work everyday and so NKDA has given maximum stress on the measures to control vector borne diseases. One particular day of the week is fixed for spray in a particular block. One particular supervisor is also fixed for a particular block. Representatives of that block is informed in writing about that particular day and the telephone numbers of the five supervisors are also communicated to the representatives of the block. NKDA app is provided to supervisors and the representatives of the block with the direction that the supervisors will post snap shot in the Whatsapp. Regular inspections are being carried out by a NKDA team comprising senior officials and then independent checking is done by a team of research fellows headed by an entomologist of Bardhaman University. NKDA officials maintained that the measures have helped to bring down the number of vector borne diseases considerably.last_img read more

Google Docs displays unsupported browser for Chromium Edge

first_imgGoogle Docs displays “unsupported browser” for Chromium Edge by Martin Brinkmann on April 30, 2019 in Internet Explorer – 11 commentsUsers of the Chromium-based Edge browser that access Google Docs in the browser receive an “unsupported browser” notification when they open any document using the service.Microsoft is working on a new browser that is based on Chromium; the same core that Google Chrome uses. The browser is available as a development preview at the time but it supports more or less the same feature set as Google Chrome.Google Docs displays a “The version of the browser you are using is no longer supported. Please upgrade to a supported browser” notification when the service is accessed using Microsoft Edge.The “supported browser” links opens a help page on the Google website that lists Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge as supported.Why then the message? It appears that Google implemented user-agent sniffing on Google Docs and that the new Chromium-based Edge browser is not found on that list. If you change the user-agent, the error goes away automatically.Microsoft implemented automatic user-agent switching in the Edge browser, but it does not help in this case because there is no exception for Google Docs implemented currently.The same mistake happened a couple of days ago with Google Meet, another Google service that suddenly stopped working for Microsoft Edge users.Google released a statement after the incident became known that the issue was caused by Edge using a new user-agent string, and that the new string was not on the whitelist that the service uses. Google would add Edge’s user-agent to the whitelist to make sure that Edge users could use the service properly.Could it be that the Google Docs incident is just another missing user-agent error?Even if it is, the number of incidents like this is striking. Microsoft is not the only company that is on the receiving end; Mozilla had to battle with Google time and time again to make sure that Google services would support Firefox properly.Google displayed notifications to Firefox users regularly asking them to switch to a supported browser. Former Mozilla executive Johnathan Nightingale accused Google of outfoxing Mozilla by torpedoing Firefox again and again.Mistakes happen, but when you see a sustained pattern of “oops” & delay from this organization – you’re being outfoxed.It looks as if history could repeat itself, this time with the new Microsoft Edge on the receiving end. Microsoft Edge does some things better than Chrome already, and it could become a force to reckon with once it leaves beta.Is it possible that a company like Google is making these kinds of mistakes over and over again?One could argue that support for other browsers is not very high on the company’s agenda, especially since Google Chrome is reigning supreme on the desktop and on mobile (except on iOS and Macs).Now You: What is your take on this? Deliberate intervention, indifference, or just a series of honest mistakes?SummaryArticle NameGoogle Docs displays “unsupported browser” for Chromium EdgeDescriptionUsers of the Chromium-based Edge browser that access Google Docs in the browser receive an “unsupported browser” notification when they open any document using the service.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

News podcast Slovak ambassador looks back at her time in Cyprus

first_imgThe Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in international and local news – in audio form.Presented by Rosie Charalambous, this week:The Slovak Ambassador looks back on her time in Cyprus and her role in the meetings of political party leaders from both sides of the divide;the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) receives Europe’s Grand Prix for cultural heritageFor more, visit: May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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