Delhi Speaker disqualifies rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday disqualified rebel Aam Aadmi Party MLA Kapil Mishra on the grounds of defection for his association with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The decision was taken on a petition received from Aam Aadmi Party MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj “seeking disqualification of Mishra on grounds of defection,” a Delhi Assembly order said.”Goel has, on Friday, decided…Mishra, an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi, elected from Karawal Nagar, has become subject to disqualification under Paragraph 2 (1) (a) — a member of a House belonging to any political party shall be disqualified for being a member of the House, if he has voluntarily given up his membership of such political party — of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution (Disqualification on ground of defection),” the order reads. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt says the disqualification of Mishra takes effect from January 27. “Consequently, the Karawal Nagar Assembly Constituency seat has fallen vacant,” it said. During the Lok Sabha election, Mishra had campaigned for the BJP and sought votes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while the BJP and AAP both were contesting for the seven parliamentary seats in Delhi. The BJP bagged all the seven seats in the national capital, while the AAP came third. On July 1, Bhardwaj moved the petition seeking the disqualification Mishra for his association with the BJP.last_img read more

25 places earmarked to set up fire stations in NB

first_imgDarjeeling: Twenty-five places in North Bengal have been earmarked where new fire stations will come up.This was stated by the Director General of Fire and Emergency Services who was on a tour of North Bengal. On Tuesday, Jag Mohan, the DG, reviewed the fire-fighting infrastructure and met fire officials in Siliguri. “The biggest problem on the fire fighting front are the high rises. Four regions have been earmarked where this problem is grave. These areas are Durgapur, Asansol, Haldia and Siliguri. New hydraulic ladders will be provided in these places and will be able to reach up to 20 stories,” said the DG. Fifteen new fire stations will be coming up within this financial year in West Bengal. Along with this 25 places have been identified in North Bengal where new fire stations will come up in the near future.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 243 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $24.3 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Jan. 30 will be approximately $30 million.last_img

Hyundai Aurora to release autonomous cars by 2021

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday it will begin selling its first self-driving vehicles by 2021 in partnership with U.S. based self-driving technology startup Aurora Innovation Inc.Within in three years, Hyundai and Aurora will bring autonomous vehicles to markets that can operate without human input in most conditions, the company said in a statement.The auto industry designates that as “level 4 autonomous driving,” just one stage short of fully autonomous driving.The partnership has yet to say how its first batch of self-driving vehicles will be used, but analysts expect they likely be for commercial use, such as self-driving taxis or ride-hailing services, rather than for sales to individual consumers. General Motors said in November that its self-driving vehicles will carry passengers and deliver goods in big cities by 2019.Aurora was founded by a former chief technology officer at Google’s self-driving car unit, a former Tesla Autopilot director and a former self-driving engineer at Uber.Hyundai has been pursuing partnerships to keep pace with changes in an industry that is being transformed by artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and other cutting edge-technologies.It earlier joined with Cisco Systems Inc. and Baidu Inc. to collaborate on internet-connected cars. It has also set up a $45 million fund with South Korea’s SK Telecom and Hanwha Asset Management to invest in artificial intelligence startups worldwide.The South Korean automaker plans to share more details of its project with Aurora during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, where it will also unveil the brand name of a new fuel-cell SUV that will be tested for self-driving technology.The company plans to show off some of its autonomous driving cars during the Winter Olympics Game next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.last_img read more

Lay your money down Court says states can OK sports betting

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks.Despite opposition from the major sports leagues and the Trump administration, the high court struck down a federal law that had barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. States that want to take advantage of the ruling now will generally have to pass legislation to allow sports books to open. Some, including New Jersey, which brought the case to the Supreme Court, have a head start.Sports leagues had expressed concerns about any expansion of sports gambling. Their huge businesses could be badly harmed if people thought the outcome of games could be altered by someone who had wagered money on a certain result.However, the ruling also could be seen as merely bringing an activity out of the shadows that many people already see as a mainstream hobby. Americans wager about $150 billion on sports each year illegally, according to the American Gaming Association. The law the justices struck down forbade state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions and made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.Stock prices for casino operators and equipment makers surged after the ruling was announced.Gambling on sports could quickly become widely available, with one research firm estimating that 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years.The ruling “opens up the floodgates” for sports gambling in any state that wants to have it, said Daniel Wallach, a sports law expert in Florida.The decision had been eagerly anticipated by gamblers and also states that hope their cut of legalized sports betting can help solve budget problems. States that have already laid the legal groundwork include New Jersey, where one racetrack said it would begin taking bets within two weeks. Mississippi and West Virginia have also been preparing for sports betting, and gamblers there could be placing bets as early as this summer and certainly before the NFL season starts in September.Delaware, too, could quickly expand beyond certain bets currently offered at its casinos. Pennsylvania and New York have also made moves to begin sports gambling. However, other states that want to allow sports betting could still see several Super Bowls come and go before people there can place a legal bet close to home.The Trump administration had urged the high court to uphold the law, surprising perhaps because the president is the former owner of a New Jersey casino, the Trump Taj Mahal, now being remade into a Hard Rock casino resort. All four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA also had urged the court to uphold the federal law, saying a gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games. They also said that with legal sports betting in the United States, they’d have to spend a lot more money monitoring betting patterns and investigating suspicious activity.Sports gambling proponents argued that the leagues already do that work and that legal sports betting will make enforcement easier than it is now, when most bets in the U.S. are made illegally. They say state regulators are capable of monitoring suspicious bets, as is done in Nevada.On Monday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Major League Baseball issued statements saying the “integrity” of their games would remain a priority. Representatives of the National Hockey League, National Football League and NCAA said they were reviewing the court’s decision.Some saw other concerns, including for some gamblers. The ruling “will likely increase gambling participation and gambling problems unless steps are taken to minimize harm,” said Marlene Warner, the president of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s board of directors. The council said any government body or sports league that receives a direct percentage or portion of sports betting revenue should dedicate some of it to treat gambling problems.The law the justices struck down was passed by Congress in 1992 and called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court, “The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make.” The court’s “job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution,” he wrote. “PASPA is not.”Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. Ginsburg wrote for the three that when a portion of a law violates the Constitution, the court “ordinarily engages in a salvage rather than a demolition operation,” preserving what it can. She said that instead of using a “scalpel to trim the statute” her colleagues used “an axe.” Breyer agreed with the majority that part of the law must be struck down but said that should not have doomed the rest of the law.Congress could try to step in again. Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would soon introduce legislation to set national standards for sports betting, but It is unclear whether the rest of Congress will want to join him.The ruling was a particular victory for New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks. Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie tweeted that it was a “great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions.” The state’s current governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, said he was “thrilled” to see the high court strike down the “arbitrary ban.” Several hours after the Supreme Court ruled, New Jersey lawmakers introduced new legislation that would regulate and tax sports gambling in the state.Casinos and racetracks in the state are also moving quickly. Monmouth Park, a racetrack at the Jersey Shore, has already set up a sports book operation and said Monday it plans to start taking bets within two weeks “unless someone stops us.” And Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, said his Atlantic City casino will offer sports betting once it can get it up and running.“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.___Parry reported from Atlantic City, New Jersey. Associated Press reporters Michael Catalini in Oceanport, New Jersey; Ben Nuckols in Washington and Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, contributed reporting.___Follow Jessica Gresko on Twitter at read more

Video Escalator Speeds out of Control Injures Russian Football Fans

Rabat- A Rome metro station escalator went haywire on Tuesday, injuring 20—mostly CSKA Moscow football fans. The football fans were chanting and cheering before the escalator suddenly was out of control, sending people into shock.A video of the accident shows the escalator, crammed with dozens of people, crumpling and crushing 20 people at the bottom. The incident took place at Repubblica metro station near Rome’s central train station in Italy on the same day that CSKA Moscow was to play AS Roma in the Champions League.One of the wounded people underwent surgery for a serious injury.Rescuers told the Telegraph that “only the last two meters of the escalator were damaged, but the rest of it looked fine. The escalator likely blocked after people started crushing at the bottom of it.” read more

Spain Fears Migration of Moroccos Pardoned ExTerrorists Extremists

Rabat – Spanish authorities are allegedly worried that pardoned individuals previously convicted of terrorism and extremism in Morocco will migrate to Spain.On the eve of the anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, celebrated in Morocco on August 20, the Ministry of Justice announced that King Mohammed VI offered a royal pardon to 22 individuals convicted of extremism and terrorism.The ministry added that the pardon included the individuals who participated in the“moussalaha” (reconciliation) program, which aims to reintegrate prisoners into society. The royal decision, however, seems to have worried Spanish authorities.Spanish news outlet Okdiario reported that the lack of civil guards in the Morocco-Spanish borders led to the massive entries of undocumented migrants on July 26 and August 22.Quoting security officials, the news outlet added that Morocco’s release of individuals convicted of terrorism-related crimes poses a “threat,” as it is impossible for civil guards to review the backgrounds of migrants who forcibly cross the borders.Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, according to Okdiario, underscored on Wednesday,  “Humanity is not equal to permissiveness.” He warned that the new cabinet will not “allow violent immigration” to threaten his country and the civil guards.He also recalled that both Morocco and Spain reactivated the 1992 agreement on the deportation of migrants.Okdiario criticized the agreement, saying it would not be able to prevent the “continued entry of immigrants” and the “lack of personnel that causes the lack of control of immigration.”Morocco’s reconciliation program not enough?Morocco appears to trust its reconciliation program since the royal pardon includes defendants convicted of terrorism-related crimes and extremism.Moroccan authorities in charge of terrorism-related crimes have dismantled several terror cells across the country, while other suspects affiliated to terrorism were also arrested throughout 2018.Morocco also deals with returning Moroccan ISIS fighters and has introduced a criminal code to address the challenges relating to foreign fighters.The program involves human rights experts and radicalism experts who provide psychological support and rehabilitation to convicts with links to extremism or terrorist organizations. The program, which was launched in 2016, aims to help them reintegrate into society.The initiative depends on three fundamental points: reconciliation with the self, with religious principal texts, and with society.Morocco’s General Commission for the Management of Prisons and Reintegration (DGAPR), which developed and implements the program, reassured citizens that moussalaha intends to offer the best conditions for participatory reintegration of persons serving sentences for extremism and terrorism.Morocco, however, is still concerned about the threat posed by people who were involved in terror-related crimes in Middle Eastern countries affected by civil wars.In June, the head of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), Abdelhak Khiame, expressed concerns about rehabilitating ISIS returnees and managing Moroccan combatants stranded in combat zones who plan to return to Morocco as soon as circumstances allow them.Khiame, however, is eminently confident in his staff and Morocco’s security system that has been “essentially effective,” especially in its ability to identify security threats.Khiame also estimated the number of Moroccan fighters affiliated with terror organizations at “only 1,660 fighters.” The country has also launched several programs in mosques to fight extremist ideology, which might result in breeding terrorists. read more

UN chief frustrated by Israels planned settlement expansion

11 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his alarm at Israeli plans to expand its settlements in East Jerusalem, stressing that he shares the deep frustrations of Palestinian leaders and of the members of the Arab League. Earlier this week, Israel’s Interior Ministry announced that it has approved plans to build 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem, a move condemned by the international community, including the United States.“Settlements are illegal, and their expansion violates the Roadmap,” Mr. Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.That plan, endorsed by the diplomatic Quartet comprising the United Nations, the European Union, the US and Russia, calls for two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security.The UN, Mr. Nesirky said today, has registered its protest with the Israeli Government and is also advising the Palestinian leadership to forge ahead with indirect negotiations.In a statement yesterday, the Secretary-General said the Israeli announcement “undermines any movement towards a viable peace process.”Next week, he will attend a Quartet meeting in Moscow, followed by a visit to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.The decision to expand the settlements “are not helpful… to build a climate of trust,” Filippo Grandi, the new Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), told reporters in New York yesterday.For his part, the UN’s top humanitarian official, who recently wrapped up a visit to the Middle East, said today that he saw first hand how settlement expansion and property redevelopment is placing “pressure on the Palestinian community” in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.“We regard East Jerusalem as occupied territory,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said, echoing Mr. Ban’s point that settlement expansion is against the law.On Gaza, he said that he is “frustrated” that more than a year after the end of conflict there, reconstruction has “hardly begun” due to the Israeli blockade, which has been in place since June 2007.Mr. Holmes repeated the call made by the Secretary-General and other UN officials for a relaxation of the blockade to “allow Gazans to live something more like a normal life, rather than the existence which they have at the moment.” read more

Hamilton Traffic Cameras

There are more eyes on the streets of Hamilton then most of us realize. 68 cameras are now watching the traffic, mainly between McMaster University and the Pan Am Stadium.As Cindy Csordas reports, the city hopes to make it a smooth ride for drivers when the games attract thousands of visitors next week.Eventually there will be a camera at more than five hundred and sixty intersections in the city of Hamilton. The system is designed to ease traffic headaches.Martin White is the Traffic Operations Manager. “If it’s a stalled car we might call a tow truck or send field staff for assistance. If it’s a motor vehicle collision, we can call police. If it’s just more vehicles than anticipated, we have the ability to adjust the signal timing on the games route network using the software for ATMS.”None of the images are recorded or available to the public. “At the moment, the answer to that question is no. Lower down on the priority list is to determine access to the camera information, but until we have council approval, we don’t have permission to provide the images to people at this point in time.”He says the project wasn’t initiated by the fact the Pan Am Games are coming to town. Actually it was envisioned 10 years ago. So far the cameras have cost the city of hamilton 2.8 million dollars. Nelson Melendez, a traffic signals technologist, says the cameras are worth every penny when compared to ground sensors. “In terms of the ability the cameras have, now we can watch video, now we can control the intersection. We can collect data that we couldn’t do with the old sensors and we’re paying the same and they’re expected to last longer because they’re not in the ground.”If there’s a traffic problem in Hamilton, Pan Am visitors can expect to see messages about it along GTA highways. And long after the games are over, the cameras will help the city monitor and manage traffic flow. read more

On New Years Day UNICEF challenges nations to join fight to help

“This New Year, UNICEF’s resolution is to help give every child more than an hour, more than a day, more than a month – more than survival,” Stefan Peterson, UNICEF’s Chief of Health, said Monday.The agency reported that Kiribati’s Christmas Island in the Pacific would most likely welcome 2018’s first baby; the United States, its last. Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in nine countries: India – 69,070China – 44,760Nigeria – 20,210Pakistan – 14,910Indonesia – 13,370United States – 11,280Democratic Republic of Congo – 9,400Ethiopia – 9,020Bangladesh – 8,370While many babies will survive, some will not make it past their first day. In 2016, an estimated 2,600 children died within the first 24 hours every day of the year. UNICEF said that for almost two million newborns, their first week was also their last. In all, 2.6 million children died before the end of their first month. Among those children, more than 80 per cent died from preventable and treatable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis and pneumonia. “We call on governments and partners to join the fight to save millions of children’s lives by providing proven, low-cost solutions,” said Mr. Peterson.UNICEF-supported non-rounded estimates on births and life expectancy by countries: hereOver the past two decades, the world has seen unprecedented progress in child survival, halving the number of children worldwide who die before their fifth birthday to 5.6 million in 2016. But despite these advances, there has been slower progress for newborns. Babies dying in the first month account for 46 per cent of all deaths among children under five.Next month, UNICEF will launch ‘Every Child Alive,’ a global campaign to demand and deliver affordable, quality health care solutions for every mother and newborn. These include a steady supply of clean water and electricity at health facilities, the presence of a skilled health attendant during birth, disinfecting the umbilical cord, breastfeeding within the first hour after birth, and skin-to-skin contact between the mother and child.“We are now entering the era when all the world’s newborns should have the opportunity to see the 22nd century,” added Mr. Peterson, but unfortunately, nearly half of the children born this year likely will not. “A child born in Sweden in January 2018 is most likely to live to 2100, while a child from Somalia would be unlikely to live beyond 2075,” he lamented. read more

Third earthquake rattles Cbean islands in a day

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Friday said an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 rattled three Caribbean islands, as the region recorded three earth tremors within a 24-hour period.It said that latest quake, which occurred at 6:52 pm (local time) was felt in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and the French island of Guadeloupe.According to the SRC the quake was located Latitude: 16.88N, Longitude: 61.15W and at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but it was felt 81 km east-south-east of St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, 82 km north east of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe and 177 km north of the Dominican capital, Roseau.Earlier on Friday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 rattled Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, after one with a magnitude of 3.9 shook St Lucia, Martinique and St Vincent and the Grenadines just after midnight. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEarthquake rattles several C’bean islandsNovember 10, 2018In “Regional”Caribbean islands rattled by two earthquakesJanuary 4, 2019In “latest news”Trinidad rattled by two earthquakes, hours apartFebruary 12, 2018In “hours apart” read more

Man 50s dies in workplace accident in west Cork

first_imgMan (50s) dies in workplace accident in west Cork His body currently remains at the scene and the Health and Safety Authority have been notified. A MAN HAS died in a workplace accident in west Cork. Gardaí confirmed that emergency services were at the scene of the accident in Enniskeane, Co Cork that occurred this morning at about 8.30am. A man in his 50s was fatally injured in the incident.His body currently remains at the scene and the Health and Safety Authority have been notified. A spokesperson for the HSA confirmed that a man had died and they had launched an investigation into the incident. The spokesperson said they had no more details to give.  Image: Niall Carson/PA Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 11:22 AM 31,961 Views Image: Niall Carson/PA Share103 Tweet Email Feb 26th 2019, 11:22 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald 4 Comments last_img read more

The holistic approach to ending family and domestic violence in ethnic communities

first_imgThere’s no way to overstate the importance of tackling family and domestic violence, a worldwide social epidemic which has been on the top of the federal and state governments’ list of urgent issues for quite some time now. In fact, one of the major policies about the issue is well under way: the Council of Australian Governments’ National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010–2022 has seen a series of initiatives and programs taking place throughout Australia designed to assist, inform, educate and empower women who suffer or are under threat – or simply those who want to never be in a position to experience domestic or family violence.Despite good intentions and detailed execution, not all programs succeed. For one, tackling the issue is more of a marathon than a speed race; but what’s more important is that Australia’s diverse communities don’t seem to respond to the same programs in a universal manner. Hence the need for programs specifically designed for Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. “We need to make clear that family and domestic violence isn’t more prevalent in ethnic communities,” says Georgia Prattis, diversity specialist and senior partner at MyriaD Consultants. “The data tells us it’s the same,” she explains. Domestic and family violence “affects all women, all walks of life, all socio-economic backgrounds; it’s everywhere.”So what makes the needs of CALD communities different? “Women from mainstream communities are more likely to seek help early, while when it comes to women from ethnic communities and particularly new arrivals in Australia – we see them when things are really bad.”This is due to a number of factors, notably language barriers and lack of familiarity with services available, but also cultural particularities and sensitivities that prevent women from seeking help. “The whole concept of speaking to people you don’t know about private matters is difficult to overcome,” she says, explaining how often women from CALD backgrounds end up keeping quiet and unaware of their legal rights. “That’s what we are trying to change; to help them build their independence and resilience.” Georgia PrattisMs Prattis had the opportunity to do just that. For the past three years she has been involved in a program developed by MyriaD International for the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) in South Australia. There are quite a significant number of humanitarian-background communities settling in SA, and AMRC have been doing a lot of settlement work, through which they started to recognise that family violence was an issue within some of the communities. “AMRC is run by an amazing woman, Eugenia Tsoulis, who was really interested in developing their organisational capacity to be able to respond effectively and also to work with building their resilience as a community and address this issue. We trained all of their staff and built their capability to respond appropriately and properly. Because what they realised as an organisation is that it was not about giving women information and telling them that domestic violence is wrong and against the law. If you want to to create change and build resilience you need to work across all paths of the community. We worked with men, women and young people separately but also with the community as a whole,” she explains.Their work is outlined in a document called Working with New and Emerging Communities to Prevent Family and Domestic Violence Good Practice, an invaluable resource paper for any community organisation aiming to go into this issue and understand the holistic approach applied.“We are hoping to get as many organisations as possible to adopt this model and this is why it is important to stress the AMRC’s generosity to share the model,” she says. “The more people doing work in this area, the more we do in eliminating gender violence.”Looking back over three years of relentless planning, organising, and pursuit of a goal, Ms Prattis emphasises the importance of the first step. “The first thing we did was bring community leaders together and discuss the issues they think affect their community, and what sort of activities they wanted to see. Without bringing them aboard we wouldn’t be able to work with the community. “The community had ownership of this program, they led the sorts of activities they knew people would come to, and this is why we had good attendance rates and participation; because it was not something that was done ‘at them’ or ‘for them’ but they were involved right from the beginning. The main challenge was, of course, to get these women to become involved. “We knew they were not going to show up at an event talking about family violence,” she says. “So we run leadership-building activities for women, we set up groups in different areas, we trained women to run community groups, we did all sorts of activities, to create settings in different areas in South Australia where women could help other women. This was a really important part of the program to make sure that they would have access to information and available services, to learn what entitlements they have in Australia that help effective settlement. We ended up with a program called Women Circles of Strength where we had speakers from the justice system speak about the court systems in Australia and the representatives from the police explaining what child-safe environments look like and what family violence looks like in this country. In other cases we ran workshops explaining what a healthy family looks like. In other circumstances we explained all the available services. These were language-specific groups, designed for different cultural and linguistic background groups, that are now taking place regularly. Through this program, the women became leaders in the community.” Importantly, men were also made an integral part of the program. “When it comes to family and domestic violence, it’s mostly men that are doing it and it is important to work with men. Again, through our expertise working across cultural diversity, we couldn’t take the mainstream approach and say that this behaviour is wrong and not acceptable; we had to work within their culture and explain certain concepts, such as the concept of ‘rape in marriage’. In some cultures they don’t understand it, they think that once a man is married, he has ‘access to his wife’ whenever he wants.”In order to tackle this and other misconceptions often based on prejudice and ignorance, the project targeted the men’s soft spot: their children. “In all migrant communities, one of the things that reflects your success is how well your children do. It’s the same if you look at the Greek migrants, our parents. The success of their settlement relies on their children being able to get an education. This is the indicator of successful settlement. So what we did is, we brought in White Ribbon Australia (an organisation which brings together men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls); they have a program that prepares men to become ambassadors which we adapted to create a program more responsive to men from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, which reflected basic family values that we all have. “We started talking about strong families. When we addressed the impact of an unhealthy, unsafe environment on children and their education, that was a big turning point for men; they began to realise that if the children don’t feel safe and secure in their home this will affect their education and future. Through this, they got to understand the importance of gender equality and respectful relationships and started asking what to do to make things better. Over 100 men participated and now they are doing a lot of work within the communities – a lot of them have become or are in the process of becoming White Ribbon ambassadors. This is an incredible outcome,” she says proudly. “Young men are the future”. As satisfied as she may sound, and while statistics may come and go, there’s one thing she knows. “It is impossible to measure the impact of this program. Because how do you measure that you’ve changed the attitude of young people for the rest of their lives?” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Voitures électriques dangereuses car trop silencieuses

first_imgVoitures électriques : dangereuses car trop silencieusesDepuis quelques mois, Kenneth Feith, membre d’un groupe de l’ONU ayant travaillé pendant des années pour diminuer les nuisances sonores des voitures, s’est vu confier une mission très étonnante : rendre les véhicules électriques plus bruyants. Le silence de ces voitures écologiques représente en effet un important danger pour certaines catégories de personnes.Les mal-voyants, les personnes âgées ou encore les cyclistes sont menacés par l’absence de bruit des véhicules “verts”. Ces personnes peuvent de pas entendre les voitures hybrides et électriques qui s’approchent d’eux, tant elles sont silencieuses. Si après avoir travaillé pendant trente ans à rendre les voitures moins sonores, Kenneth Feith a d’abord répondu “vous êtes fous” lorsqu’on lui a confié la mission inverse, il reconnaît aujourd’hui que le silence des véhicules hybrides et électriques pose clairement un problème.À lire aussiLe syndrome de la tête qui explose, un étrange trouble du sommeil inexpliquéUne récente étude du département américain des Transports révèle que les voitures hybrides provoquent deux fois plus d’accidents que des voitures normales. “Les voitures sont devenues dangereusement silencieuses. (…) C’est une grande préoccupation pour tous les piétons à travers le monde et en particulier pour les aveugles” déplore un haut responsable de la Fédération américaine des aveugles, John Pare Junior. C’est pourquoi depuis le printemps 2009, l’expert de l’ONU et son équipe travaillent à la création de nouvelles normes de bruit pour ces voitures écologiques. Kenneth Feith souligne qu’il n’est pas question de revenir en arrière pour faire à nouveau plus de bruit, mais seulement de trouver les moyens de signaler distinctement la présence ou l’approche d’un véhicule. “Nous pensons pouvoir y parvenir sans augmenter l’impact du bruit en général”, assure-t-il.Les experts envisageant par exemple de doter les voitures hybrides et électriques d’un bruit comparable au tic-tac des montres quand elles accélèrent, de créer un autre son particulier si elles reculent.Le problème a déjà été étudié par certains constructeurs japonais tels que Toyota, Mitsubishi ou Nissan. Ils commencent en effet à mettre au point des systèmes permettant de rendre leurs modèles un peu plus sonores. Mais comme le souligne Kenneth Feith, il est primordial de développer des normes pour éviter que les constructeurs utilisent chacun des sons différents et créent la confusion chez ceux qui ont besoin d’identifier les bruits. Ces normes, l’expert onusien et son équipe devraient les proposer d’ici un an.Le 12 septembre 2010 à 15:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

QRpedia un accès à Wikipedia simplifié

first_imgQRpedia, un accès à Wikipedia simplifiéDisponible dès aujourd’hui sur Google Code, QRpedia permettra un accès mobile plus aisé à Wikipedia, l’encyclopédie la plus visitée de la planète.La fondation Wikimedia veut améliorer l’accès à Wikipedia depuis les terminaux mobiles. Pour cela, elle va développer un service de codes QR , QRpedia. Le but ? Afficher directement les pages de l’encyclopédie dans la langue utilisée par l’utilisateur du mobile.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Pour arriver à ce résultat, le programme récupère les paramètres linguistiques du smartphone et prend en compte de façon optimisé le format utilisé par le terminal. Le retour s’effectuera alors de façon plus intelligente, dans la langue souhaitée. “S’il n’y a pas d’articles dans votre langue préférée, (le code QR) vous retournera le plus pertinent”, détaille ainsi un communiqué de Wikimedia relayé par le site Clubic.Ce projet QRpedia est né d’un partenariat entre le musée de la ville britannique de Derby, le président de la fondation Wikimedia et un spécialiste de la mobilité. Il consistait à tester la capacité du musée à retourner des informations dans plusieurs langues auprès des visiteurs tout en tirant parti de la base multilingue de l’encyclopédie. En outre, Wikimedia propose aux internautes de ces codes QR à partir d’une URL de Wikipedia en se rendant sur le site 30 septembre 2011 à 13:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dalot and his connection to Portugal is still alive

first_imgThe 19-year-old has donated a minibus to his former Escola de Futebol O Fintas in Braga, where he was developed as a footballer.Full-back Diogo Dalot moved from Porto in the Portuguese First Division to Manchester United in the English Premier League in the summer of 2018.He had barely spent one season as a professional with his club, debuting in 2017.But the 19-year-old doesn’t forget where he comes from, and he just donated a minibus to his Escola de Futebol O Fintas in Braga.“I wanted to give them something because they didn’t get anything for my transfer to here and I’m aware of their difficulties,” Dalot told the Manchester United official website.“I needed to help – it’s my job. I didn’t do it for the press. I did it because I wanted to and they’ve helped me get here.”“I think we [as footballers] can all help in some way. I don’t think it’s just all about the money, but I tried to help in this way and I think it was good for them,” he added.“I remember the days when my dad had to drive my friends and I [to matches] because they didn’t have a van for the players.””I will try and help more if I can. I gave them a shirt too and they thought it was just the shirt, so they were very surprised [about the minibus],” he continued.“I Facetimed them when I was traveling to a United game, so it was a good moment to see.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Red Devils will pay Crystal Palace a visit tonight, as part of the Premier League Matchday 28.“I think when we play them at [their] home it’s always a tough game,” he said.“Of course we have a few injuries so we need to stick together as always, but this time more than ever. I think we’re going to be ready for it.”“In the last game, Crystal Palace did well, but we just need to keep focusing on ourselves first and, of course, be ready for the dangers,” Dalot recalled.“I think we’ve had some very good games. The away games have been incredible. I think we are keeping the team solid and playing good football and the away games, for me, have been a good experience to be a part of.”Next up for #MUFC:🆚 Crystal Palace📆 Wednesday 27 February⏰ 20:00 GMT🏟 Selhurst Park🏆 #PL— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2019last_img read more

Concerned parents speaking out against sex education curriculum at SDUSD

first_imgConcerned parents speaking out against sex education curriculum at SDUSD Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Unified School District FacebookTwitter Posted: March 1, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsConcerned parents gathered Tuesday at San Diego Unified School District to send a message to the board and Superintendent Cindy Marten.They say the sex education curriculum is lewd and inappropriate. It’s their most recent effort after a year of petitioning.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez was LIVE with the details. Updated: 1:23 PMcenter_img Ashlie Rodriguez March 1, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez, last_img read more

Kitten rescued from drain in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A kitten is safe after being rescued from a drain in Southwest Miami-Dade Saturday.The kitten was found in a drain near Quail Roost Drive and 127th Avenue.Crews flushed the drain out until the kitten was able to be saved.A firefighter later took the kitten home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Final Days To Enroll In Health Insurance

first_imgEnroll Alaska Chief Operating Officer Tyann Boling says her staff have been working 12 hour days to accommodate people trying to enroll. They will be working through the weekend to help people get signed up. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)The deadline to enroll for health insurance is March 31. If you’re still uninsured after that, you’ll likely not be able to enroll until November. And you’ll also have to pay a tax penalty.Download AudioWith only four days left, nationwide enrollments have increased. More than 6 million Americans have gotten health insurance under the Affordable Care Act as of Thursday. To maintain the momentum, the Obama administration is reaching out to as many people as possible.Valerie Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to President Obama. Besides traveling to cities like Los Angeles and Phoenix to talk about the Affordable Care Act, she’s also been given a list of 10 states to call. She says others in the administration have been given similar lists.“We don’t want to wake up on April 1 and say, ‘Somebody didn’t sign up because they hadn’t heard about this opportunity,’” Jarrett says.The Obama administration wants to make sure that if you try to enroll for health care by March 31, you will get it, even if you haven’t quite finished the application process.“This is going to be on the honor system. People who just verify that they began the process, but they haven’t had a chance to finish it yet, will be given a reasonable period of time to complete it. We don’t want to cut people off who are starting the process, particularly because we’ve seen a great increase in the traffic on our website just in the last couple of days,” Jarrett says.According to Jarrett, 1.5 million people were on the website on Wednesday. Even with the high traffic, Jarrett says the website is holding up really well, “but as more and more people are on the website, it’s possible that you could have to wait for a bit.”Within Alaska, enrollment activity has also increased.With the March 31 deadline just days away, Juneau’s United Way Navigator Crystal Bourland is the busiest she’s been since enrollment started in October.“I think I’ve enrolled over 20 people at this point just in the last week,” she says.United Way navigators in Alaska have assisted with more than 500 enrollments. Bourland says the people she’s been helping recently aren’t all procrastinators.“Some people have just gotten lost in the website and some of the features of the website, or they’re trying to send in supporting documents or people that forgot their passwords two months ago and now are trying to get back in. That’s a big one,” Bourland says.At Enroll Alaska, chief operating officer Tyann Boling says staff and agents have been working 12-13 hour days and they’ll be working through the weekend.“But the appointments are filling up very quickly so people need to call us,” she says.As of Monday, the health care broker enrolled over 1,900 people. Boling thinks another 200 or more have been enrolled just this week.The deadline to enroll for health insurance is 8 p.m. Monday. Boling says Enroll Alaska agents will still be available after that for people who may experience a life-changing event.“Say if they lost a job or they lose coverage or they have a child or they get married – any of these life changing events creates a special enrollment people where they can enroll,” Boling says.And Enroll Alaska plans to work hard this summer thinking of new ways to reach out to the uninsured for the next open enrollment period in November.last_img read more

New study outlines Polaris building contamination in every floor every room

first_imgThe new EPA report outlines the extent of contamination in the old, decrepit Polaris Building. (Dan Bross/KUAC)A federal study details contamination inside a deteriorating downtown Fairbanks landmark.Fairbanks City Councilmember David Pruhs says the more-than-732-page Environmental Protection Agency analysis catalogs a range of contaminants inside the long vacant Polaris Hotel.“We have black mold, green mold, asbestos, the things that are in light bulbs that (have) exploded,” Pruhs said. “We have all sorts of those things in every floor, every room of the building.”Pruhs says the so-called Brownfields study is needed to move ahead with a plan to demolish the 11-story Polaris. Built in 1952, Fairbanks tallest building has suffered from vacancy and neglect, and was condemned in 2012.  Mold and asbestos have long been known to be issues, and Pruhs says the EPA report is missing some specific information.“The report showed the locations and types of every (contaminated site) there,” he said. “But what they didn’t do was give the amounts of each one that was there, and the estimated cost to remediate. And that’s what we really need.”Pruhs said the city has asked for the additional information. He chairs a group that’s working toward demolition of the structure, which is owned by Anchorage businessman Mark Marlow. Marlow has failed to secure financing to realize a plan to redevelop the property into apartments.The city has envisioned building a performing arts center at the downtown Polaris site, but estimates put the cost of demolition alone at around $6 million. Pruhs says there’s potential for federal funding, as Senator Lisa Murkowski is requesting a $70 million appropriation for a comprehensive solution.“Everything that would be ever involved with the city, in knocking down the building, acquiring an entire block and acquiring the block across the street, and doing studies of what should be there,” Pruhs said.Pruhs emphasizes there’s no guarantee the money will come through, and that the city continues to work with Marlow to address the Polaris.last_img read more