Hollywood backs UN campaign in push for world leaders to sign climate

Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, co-writer of the apocalyptic science-fiction blockbuster film – “The Day After Tomorrow” – which depicts catastrophic effects of global warming, the series of videos urge viewers to sign the online Climate Petition . The announcements were shot in six locations across four continents and feature Don Cheadle, the star of Hotel Rwanda, a film based on the true story of a man who saved hundreds of lives during the 1994 genocide in the African country.“The series is aimed at promoting public awareness and catalyzing action at the highest and humblest level to boost the prospects for a wide-ranging and transformative agreement at a crucial UN climate convention meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in less than 80 days,” said UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner. The conference in December brings together world leaders in a bid to agree an ambitious and far-reaching successor pact to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty setting greenhouse gas emission limits. Also included in the announcements is world class violinist and UN Messenger of Peace Midori Goto, who said she was happy to lend her voice to those concerned about climate change. Ms. Goto spotlighted the newly-appointed Prime Minister of Japan’ commitment to make substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. “We can act together to bring meaningful changes to our lives and to our environment,” she said. “Let’s sign the climate petition and let our voices be heard.”Other videos in the series – released at the start of Global Climate Week, 21 to 25 September – are presented by President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives; Nobel Laureate for Peace Wangari Maathai; Animal Planet presenter and environmentalist Phillipe Cousteau; and wildlife film maker Saba Douglas-Hamilton. 18 September 2009A major Hollywood actor and director take starring roles in a United Nations public service announcement campaign launched today, aimed at compelling world leaders to “seal the deal” on a greenhouse gas emissions treaty at a climate change conference later this year. read more

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Economic woes making Calgary housing starts sluggish

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kaitlin Lee Posted Aug 11, 2015 11:10 am MDT Economic woes making Calgary housing starts sluggish The number of housing starts is cooling in Calgary.New homes being constructed last month dropped 40 per cent from the year before.Richard Cho, from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, says there are a number of reasons why.“We are seeing slower employment growth. Migration has also come down as well. These are primary factors that help drive housing activity,” he said.Cho says there’s also more supply in the re-sale market and homes are taking longer to sell.He says given the state of the economy and the price of oil, it’s not unexpected to see a slower pace of new home construction, but it is important to keep in mind that 2014 was a record year.The CMHC is forecasting another smaller decline in 2016 of around 13 per cent. Gloved hand hammering a nail Thinkstock read more

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Tinder and Grindr linked to more than 500 crimes figures show

first_img Show more PA/Metropolitan Police Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is concerning to see this rise in the number of crimes involving dating apps, and particularly worrying to hear of the number of young people falling victim to sexual offencesTony Neate, Get Safe Online Among the highest incidences of crime linked to them, 98 were recorded in London, 58 in Greater Manchester and 49 in Merseyside, the Daily Mirror reported using information from Freedom of Information requests.Across the country, officers reported at least 162 sex offences connected to the two apps, including 63 rapes. In 2016, Greater Manchester Police recorded 12 rapes. Only two were logged a year earlier. Forces reported several sex attacks on children plus cases of grooming, child prostitution and child abuse images. Thefts, assaults, harassment and malicious messages were commonplace. Drug trafficking, blackmail and criminal damage were also reported.Tony Neate, chief executive of the organisation Get Safe Online, said: “Dating, and the way we meet potential partners, has seen a huge change as a result of the internet, social media and mobile phone apps.”While online platforms such as Tinder and Grinder are making it easier for busy people to meet others, the risk of meeting someone who is abusive or physically violent also increases.”It is concerning to see this rise in the number of crimes involving dating apps, and particularly worrying to hear of the number of young people falling victim to sexual offences.”center_img Dating apps have been linked to more than 500 crimes in England and Wales – and almost a third are sex offences, figures show.More than 500 people have been the alleged victims of crimes ranging from murder and rape to child abuse as a result of using popular dating apps, data reveals.The figure comes after serial killer Stephen Port was last month convicted of murdering four men he met on gay dating websites and apps, such as Grindr.Data compiled by almost three-quarters of police forces across England and Wales listed 523 crimes from the past five years where official logs included the words Tinder or Grindr.  Stephen Port killed four young men he met online and lured to his flat in Barking, east London He added: “There are, however, a number of ways to vet a potential date before you decide to meet them face to face, which could protect you from a risky situation. Firstly, pick a username that doesn’t reveal who you are. Also take things slowly when it comes to sharing personal information or content with someone new online, remember that they are still a stranger who you know little about.”Similarly, it doesn’t hurt to do some investigation of your own before you decide to meet up – see if the person you’re interested in is on sites like Facebook or Twitter.”If you do organise to meet someone face-to-face for the first time, make sure you arrange your date for a public place and ensure a friend or family member knows where you are and is at the end of the phone if things go badly.”Finally, trust your instincts – if it doesn’t feel quite right don’t be afraid to block or report the person, or leave the date before the end.”Grindr and Tinder did not reply to requests for comment.last_img read more

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Exclusive Mother blames YouTube poison for transforming son from altar boy to

first_img“How to make a bomb – that shouldn’t be on YouTube because people copy, especially vulnerable people,” she said.”Whatever people put on YouTube, broadcast on YouTube – how to make a bomb, how to blow up a car, hacking etc – it’s illegal really. They talk about terrorism, beheadings. That shouldn’t be on YouTube so young kids could see it. It’s wrong.”The government should ban it so it might save another child from what my son has gone through.”Smith admitted being interested in Islam but denied being an extremist even though he posed next to an image of the Brussels-born Islamic terrorist alleged to have masterminded the attacks in Paris in November 2015.He was not charged with terror offences because there was no evidence that his actions were for the purpose of a political, religious or ideological cause, according to prosecutors. Damon Smith smiled throughout his trial at the Old BaileyCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA At least 10 passengers were in the carriage at the time and some of them spotted the abandoned rucksack and alerted the staff.The driver initially thought it was lost property and took it into his cab before eventually realising the danger and raising the alarm.The Old Bailey heard that had Smith’s bomb worked, it would have exploded just as commuters were being ordered off the platform.Smith went on to college and, on returning home in the evening, checked the internet for news of what he had done.Upon his arrest by counter-terrorism officers, he admitted making the bomb, but insisted it was only meant to spew out smoke as a Halloween joke.Smith, who grew up living with his mother in Newton Abbot, Devon, said he had thought about putting a bomb in a park but decided it would be “more funny” to delay train passengers.His lawyer, Richard Carey-Hughes QC, told jurors that Smith was no “hate-filled jihadi”, but a “white boy from Devon” who was “tied to his mother’s apron strings”.Judge Richard Marks QC adjourned sentencing until May 26 to allow time for a probation report on Smith’s risk to the public and further psychiatric reports. North Greenwich tube station was at the centre of the security alert North Greenwich tube station was at the centre of the security alertCredit:Philip Toscano/PA Wire The jury had heard how on the morning of October 20 last year, Smith, then aged 19, packed a rucksack with explosives and deadly ball-bearing shrapnel as he headed off to college in Holloway, north London.He was caught on CCTV as he travelled on the Jubilee Line, casually flicking through a text book before getting off and leaving the bomb on the floor, timed to go off within minutes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Passengers were ordered off a train at North Greenwich Station Credit:AFP/Getty Images Damon Smith smiled throughout his trial at the Old Bailey Police seized a blank-firing self-loading pistol and a BB gun from his home, both bought legally, as well as a knuckle duster and a knife, which he showed off in an online video.A jury at the Old Bailey took two hours to find Smith, 20, guilty of possession of an explosive substance with intent.He had already admitted the lesser offence of making a bomb hoax.Smith, who smiled throughout his trial, made no reaction in the dock as the verdict was given.Ms Smith said she was not in court for the verdict, as she found it “too difficult”, but was “shocked” when she heard and maintains her son is “not an extremist”.Since his arrest he has been held in maximum security HMP Belmarsh, where, according to his lawyers, he has been the target of attacks by other inmates because of his high-pitched voice. “We do not allow bomb-making videos on YouTube and if there’s content giving instruction on how to carry out harmful activities on the platform, we quickly remove it when it’s flagged,” a spokesperson said. He told police he had been inspired after watching someone on a YouTube channel called Trollstation doing a bomb prank and had only intended to release smoke from the device.Asked what sparked his interest in bomb making and extremism, his mother said: “It all started off, he got interested in the Quran when he was taking his GCSEs. So my mum bought a Quran for Christmas for him and he got interested in all the predictions. That was what he was interested in mostly. The mother of a weapons-obsessed student says “YouTube is poison”, blaming it for transforming her altar boy son from a “Devon white boy” to a Tube bomb plotter.Damon Smith, is facing years in prison after being found guilty of planting a homemade bomb on a Jubilee Line train, and then calmly heading off to college for a lecture.The Old Bailey heard how Smith, 20, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, built the device at home after googling an al Qaeda article entitled Make A Bomb In The Kitchen of Your Mom.On Wednesday his mother Antonitza Smith, 47, told the Telegraph she blamed YouTube for influencing her son and called for it to be banned. Passengers were ordered off a train at North Greenwich Station  “I don’t know why he was interested in bombs. I suppose it was being a boy and his Asperger’s as well.”Maybe a couple of years ago I noticed. He was showing me how to make bombs but I knew he was safe at home.”A search of the home in Rotherhithe, south London, that he shared with his mother, later revealed his fixation with guns, explosives and other weapons.His mother said her son was bullied and turned to his computer.”As Damon has got Aspergers, he has got access to weird sorts of topics on the Internet,” she added.”Because people with learning disabilities, if they get these funny ideas, they start copying. It can be dangerous especially if you have got autism.”He is like a little baby. He can’t talk properly.”I think YouTube is poison. They talk about terrorism, beheadings. That shouldn’t be on YouTube so young kids should see it. It’s wrong.”YouTube says it removes such footage as soon as they are alerted to it.last_img read more

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Pensioners now spend whole retirement battling toxic cocktail of illhealth

first_imgMost pensioners now spend their entire retirement in ill health, battling a “toxic cocktail” of ailments such as dementia and joint pain, according to a new Government report. Overall life expectancy for both men and women has continued to increase – now standing at 79.5 and 83.1 respectively – however medical advances to reduce non-lethal and chronic illnesses have not improved at the same pace. Analysis by Public Health England found that, for many, the average healthy life expectancy – the number of years a person can expect to live largely free of illness – is less than age at which they qualify for a state pension.center_img While men can expect to drift into general ill health at 63, they have to…last_img

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Medics to assess 999 patients over live video footage from smartphones

Under the initiative, people calling 999 are being asked to direct their phone cameras to their injuries so paramedics can decide if help is needed and with what urgency. The schemes come amid unprecedented pressure on ambulance services and hospitals, which are failing to meet targets to respond to 999 calls or to ensure… The measures, being trialled in several parts of the country, come amid attempts to ease pressure on emergency services. Officials said the policy would expedite help for those most in need, ensuring minor complaints were given lower priority. Medics will ask 999 callers to show them live video footage of patients before deciding whether to send ambulances, under new schemes. 

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Dr Malcolm Scoble nominated to IM Technology Hall of Fame

first_imgDr. Malcolm Scoble is a Professor at the University of British Columbia specialising in surface and underground mine design and planning: mine-mill integration: occupational health and safety: sustainable mining and mining with communities. He is nominated as much for all the mining engineers he has inspired over the decades as for his own many achievements.Malcolm Scoble holds a B.Sc. in Mining from the Camborne School of Mines, UK, an M.Sc. in Mining Geology and Exploration from Leicester University, UK, and a Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics from Nottingham University, UK, where he was also a lecturer and was tutor to John Chadwick, International Mining’s Founder.While working for the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co (HBM+S) in Canada Malcolm was involved in the formation of the company’s first computer group. He was trained by IBM as a systems analyst, and started to apply himself to developing mainframe computer applications for the mines.He was Director of the Mining Engineering Program at McGill University in Montreal for nine years, and holder of the endowed Webster Chair in Mining Engineering from 1990 through 1997. He was associated with the establishment of the Cooperative Program in Mining Engineering (the first Co-op degree at McGill). Over the years at McGill, much of his mining automation research efforts were in collaboration with Inco Ltd and Laurentian University in Sudbury. In 1996, he was appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering at Laurentian University in Sudbury. He also acted as Director and Secretary-Treasurer of McGill’s Small Mining International (SMI), a non-profit organization serving artisanal mining in developing countries.He has held terms as the Head of the Mining Departments at both McGill and UBC. His teaching and research evolved over his career from surface and underground mining technology to mining automation. In the last decade, however, he has been devoted to promoting Sustainable Mining with its communities.Malcolm’s teaching has focused mainly on aspects of mine planning and design, automation, IT and geomechanics. His research evolved from surface and underground rock mechanics, to mine automation, and more recently to sustainable development and mining communities. To date he has supervised 32 PhD and 29 Master’s research students to completion.last_img read more

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Facebook murderer shoots and kills himself during police chase

first_img‘Facebook murderer’ shoots and kills himself during police chase Police said that Steve Stephens shot himself after a brief pursuit this morning. 33 Comments Apr 18th 2017, 5:16 PM Image: AP via Cleveland police 18,982 Views Read: ‘I just snapped’: Alleged Facebook killer who killed pensioner was ‘annoyed with his girlfriend’ https://jrnl.ie/3345634 Share Tweet Email Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself.— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017center_img By Associated Press Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 5:16 PM THE MAN WHO randomly killed a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook shot himself to death today in Pennsylvania, police said.Pennsylvania State Police said Steve Stephens was spotted this morning in Erie County, in the state’s northwest corner. Authorities say officers tried to pull Stephens over and, after a brief pursuit, he shot and killed himself.He was wanted on an aggravated murder charge in the shooting death of a 74-year-old man who was picking up aluminium cans on Sunday after spending Easter with his family.Stephens posted a video of himself killing Robert Godwin Senior, a former foundry worker who had 10 children, police said. In it, he said, “I snapped, I just snapped.”Stephens, 37, shared a recording on Sunday of himself announcing his plan to kill someone, then two minutes later posted another video of himself shooting and killing Godwin, Facebook said.A few minutes after that, he went live and confessed, the company said.The company said it disabled Stephen’s account within 23 minutes of receiving the first report about the video of the fatal shooting and two hours after receiving any report.Facebook has since announced it was launching a review for reporting harmful content.Investigators said that Godwin was the only victim so far linked to Stephens, despite his claim on Facebook that he killed over a dozen people.Officers searched dozens of places around Cleveland without finding Stephens or any other victims before expanding the manhunt. Detectives spoke with the suspect on Sunday by cellphone and tried to persuade him to surrender, police said.Within a day, authorities expanded the search nationwide and offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture and prosecution.Law enforcement officials said yesterday that his cellphone was last tracked Sunday afternoon in Erie, Pennsylvania, about 160 kilometers east of Cleveland. Source: PA State Police/Twitter Short URL Image: AP via Cleveland police Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Three Golden Dawn MPs to testify next week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Three magistrates who are handling a criminal investigation into the neofascist Golden Dawn are expected to call three of the party’s lawmakers for testimony next week, Kathimerini understands.Giorgos Germenis, Panayiotis Iliopoulos and Stathis Boukouras, who had their parliamentary immunity lifted last month, are to defend themselves on charges of belonging to a criminal organization, the same charges that have been brought against party leader Nikos Michaloliakos and another five deputies.The judges are also planning to bring charges against three party members in connection with a violent assault on members of the Communist Party in Perama, southwest of Athens, in September, Kathimerini has learned. Charges are also to be leveled against another GD deputy based in a major provincial city who has been implicated in an extortion racket, sources said.Judicial officials are awaiting a police report on weapons that were found in the homes of members and officials of Golden Dawn before issuing another round of charges.In a related development, the party threatened legal action against the Public Order Ministry unless it restores police protection which was revoked from the party’s MPs in September following the killing of an antifascist rapper by a Golden Dawn supporter. Ministry sources responded that officers have been taken away from VIP duty to guard GD deputies.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Teen pulled from water at Klineline Pond on Saturday dies

first_imgA Portland teen pulled from Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park on Saturday afternoon has died, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office has reported.Dimaggio M. Lee, 13, was pronounced dead at 11:11 p.m. Saturday at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland.Emergency crews responded to the accident at 4:17 p.m. They found that bystanders had found the teen underwater and brought him to the shore.The teen was given CPR and transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. He was later transferred to the hospital in Portland.last_img

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Queensland tourism official to fly to Macau Las Vegas for operator talks

first_img RelatedPosts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Queensland Tourism officials will fly to Macau and Las Vegas from next week to meet with operators regarding potential integrated resort developments in the northern Australian state.According to a report by Australian television network Channel 9, a team led by Tourism Minister Kate Jones will sit down with some of the world’s largest IR operators, including MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment  as the state explores ways to boost tourism. Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Queensland is currently considering issuing two new casino licenses in Cairns and on the Gold Coast. Star Entertainment Group currently holds a monopoly on the traditional Gold Coast holiday region where it is in the process of an AU$850 million redevelopment of The Star Gold Coast.“Our strategy is all based around attracting more visitors who stay longer and spend more in Queensland to create jobs for locals,” Jones told Channel 9.“I have been approached by some of the world’s most successful entertainment companies keen to invest in Queensland but we’re working to make sure we get the balance right for Queenslanders.” Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors Load Morelast_img read more

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Soldotna Declares July 27 as Marge Mullen Appreciation Day

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna has declared July 27, 2018, as Marge Mullen Appreciation day. She was the first woman to live in Soldotna under the Homestead Act. Marge walked 65 miles through the wilderness, with her husband Frank, to stake a homestead on Soldotna Creek near the Kenai River, in 1947. She just celebrated her 98th birthday, and still resides in Soldotna. The proclamation states: “Marge is known as the unofficial historian for the city, she has voluntarily archived over 1,000 photos for the Kenai Peninsula College, as well as earning an Anthropology degree in 2004 from Kenai Peninsula College.”  Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson will be presenting the proclamation at the Soldotna City Council meeting on Wednesday, July 25.center_img The meeting will take place this Wednesday, at 6 p.m., at Soldotna City Hall and is open to the public. She was inducted in the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010 for her “outstanding achievements in community activism and contributions that have influenced the direction of Soldotna.”  last_img read more

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Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Ben Maynard

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This is the tenth in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Ben MaynardEvery team needs their own Greg Maddox type player. Ben Maynard is that kind of player.  A cerebral player, who is a student of the game. A player who sees and understands both the big and small picture. Intense and focused, he was on the small side but made up for it with his baseball intellect and the ability to always be in the right place at the right time.Ben began his WLL career in Rookie ball playing for the Tornados, coached by Greg Frasier.  His first year on the small diamond everyone know he had a future as a ball player. Not one to be playing with earthworms or dirt bombs, when he was on the diamond he was focused on baseball.  He remembers pulling off an unassisted triple play while playing for the Yellow Jackets in Rookie ball. One other memory that sticks out the best offensive day of his life with two home runs, a triple and a double.Drafted into the Majors by the Twins as a 10 year old, Ben spent three years playing for coach Tom Sheehan.  During those three years he was selected twice to the All Star team. In his first year, Ben had fun playing with  the 12 year old’s on the team.  Being able to pitch effectively against older and bigger competition is one of his fondest memories of playing in the WLL Majors.  He learned the strike zone and kept his pitch counts low. By incorporating all that and using a variety of pitches, one hour complete games, throwing six innings in under 85 pitches, were regular occurrences for Ben. Not the hardest thrower in the Majors, Ben learned how to consistently throw strikes with all his pitches and rarely walked anyone.For Ben’s parents one memory sticks out. In Ben’s first year in the Majors Coach Sheehan called on Ben to make his first pitching appearance in the Majors. With the team already down 2-0, with a couple base runners inherited, Ben got out of the inning with no additional runs and proceeded to go the distance in a 2-1 loss.  That game was against the A’s went on to win the regular season championship,. He capped his WLL career as a valuable member of the 2016 Northeast team which was the first Wilmington team to win a  Northeast League Division championship.This will be Ben’s second year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats.  He was a member of the 2017 Middlesex Freedom division championship team last year as well. He played his first two high school years on the Freshman and JV teams. Ben also played WHS Varsity Golf as a Junior & Senior, and spent three years playing WHS Basketball on the Freshman & JV teams.One accomplishment that Ben is most proud of is his participation in the Pan Mass Challenge, to raise money for the Jimmy Fund.  He began riding in the Kids Pan Mass Challenge in 1st grade and continued to ride in that event with his sister until 6th grade, He moved up to the adult ride which he did with his Mom and Grandfather and over the years has helped raise more the $50,00 for cancer research.Ben is grateful for his parents Maria and Greg Maynard and his sister Sophia, who are always attending games and cheering on Ben and his teammates. If you around a game Ben is playing in, you will almost always see his Dad, Greg keeping score. Ben is planning on attending Boston College in the fall and will study Applied Mathematics. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Chris GreccoIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Dylan BresnahanIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Tommy WorobIn “Sports”last_img read more

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UAF joins in Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations

first_imgThe University of Alaska Fairbanks is also holding events to honor Indigenous Peoples Day, today — from 4 to 9 p.m. — highlighting Alaska Native cultures. UAF vice chancellor of rural, community and Native education Evon Peter said it arose out of support from across the university community.Listen now”We had a ground swell of student government organizations, formal resolutions from UAS and UAF student bodies and then later the staff alliance and the faculty alliance submitting letters to President Johnsen encouraging a recognition within the UA system,” Peter said. “President Johnsen did sign a memo saying we’re going to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day in alignment with what came out of the state government.”Peter said the evening program features Native dancing and singing, comments from community leaders, and UAF professors speaking in three Alaska Native languages: “Gwich’in, Yupik and Inupiaq.”Peter said the university is a natural venue for the Indigenous People’s Day celebration because it brings together peoples from across the state.”We serve a really broad swath of the state, and we have something like 13 indigenous languages that are a part of that geographic spread,” Peter said. “And so not only is UAF an institution here in Fairbanks — or “Tanan” as we call it it Gwich’in — but we also have these different campuses spread throughout the state.”Peter said UAF has been investing in Alaska Native arts and education over the last several decades, and today offers everything from a certificate in tribal management to a Ph.D in Indigenous Studies.last_img read more

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Bring back caretaker govt system B Chy

first_imgAQM Badruddoza ChowdhuryBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has urged the government to bring back the non-party caretaker government system.”Please do not go against the national unity. Dissolve the government and let the caretaker government hold the election. And do accept the result,” he said while speaking at a blood donation campaign at Banani Chairmanbari Playground.Projonmo Bangladesh organised the event, which started around 6:30pm, almost three hours after the scheduled time.”The government says they would contain the National Unity. Is this a democratic state? Can a government in a democratice country speak in this tone? Do note that we have not leased the country to you,” said the former president.He hoped government officials and policemen will play an impartial role during the election.Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh secretary general MA Mannan, former MP Shahidul Huq Jamal and Projonmo Bangladesh chairman Mahi B Chowdhury were also present on the occasion.last_img read more

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Area Researchers Want To Implement A New Flood Warning System For Greater

first_img Justin Sullivan/Getty Images X Share Houston researchers want to create a more technologically advanced, real-time flood alert system for Greater Houston.They want to use the system for 22 different watersheds in Harris County so that emergency services and personnel could quickly be deployed to prevent flood damages.The project is being championed by a consortium of area researchers. We learn more about how the system would work and what it would take to implement from two of them: Christof Spieler of the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium and Antonia Sebastian, a postdoctoral researcher at Rice University’s SSPEED Center.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /11:26last_img

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No domicile B henceforth to medical aspirants from other states CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted on Thursday that her government would henceforth not issue domicile B certificates to students from other states, thereby not allowing them to study undergraduate medical studies in the government-run medical colleges in the state.It may be mentioned here that Bengal is such a state where medical aspirants from other states secure admission on the basis of domicile B issued by the state government. The candidates who are entitled to get domicile B are the residents of other states whose parents live in Bengal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt has often been found that candidates seek domicile B from the state government after they fail to secure medical admission in their respective states. Many of these candidates find place in Bengal’s medical colleges, thereby depriving the state’s own candidates. Candidates enjoy domicile A of a particular state if they have stayed there for ten years. “We would now try to admit more students from the state in MBBS course. We used to allow outside candidates to study medical studies in our state. We spend Rs 25 lakh for each medical student. When they become doctors they move out of the state in most of the cases, while in some cases they join private establishments. We would impose restrictions on domicile B so that Bengal candidates get more opportunities. Earlier, the medical entrance used to be conducted by the state government,” Banerjee said, while addressing a gathering at SSKM Hospital on Thursday. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAll the medical aspirants across the country have to appear and clear the nationwide National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), before they secure an admission. Many including a city-based doctor had earlier raised questions on the procedure of issuing domicile B certificate. The Supreme Court in its ruling said that a candidate cannot enjoy more than one domicile when the NEET is a single medical entrance examination. Dr A K Maity, a city-based doctor, had written to the Chief Minister, urging her not to issue domicile B to outside candidates as it deprives the students from Bengal. Dr Maity had also called the process ‘unconstitutional’. “Bengal allows filling up of domicile B form and admits outside candidates in various medical colleges. The other states do not issue domicile B to Bengal candidates and do not allow them to study medical studies. Many candidates from other states secure admission in Bengal only because their parents stay here. A candidate cannot seek admission to medical colleges in two states simultaneously. I hope our Chief Minister will now take some steps in this regard,” Dr Maity had said in his letter.last_img read more

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Vintage Photos of Colorful and Stoic Bridesmaids

first_imgAlways the bridesmaid, never the bride? Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up for the occasion. Just make sure not to outshine the bride, for that constitutes a number one faux pas when it comes to bridesmaid duty. Apart from being present as the bride’s entourage during the wedding, the bridesmaid’s obligations include helping with all the pre-marital ceremonies such as the bridal shower or bachelorette party.The history and the origin of the bridesmaid is usually related to socio-economic conditions, family size, and the social standards preserved by tradition.Bride Prieva Rickles Smith with wedding party, Seattle, 1919. Photo Courtesy University of Washington Libraries Digital CollectionKnox family bridesmaids, Sydney, March 1882 / photographer Freeman and Co., Sydney, Australia. Photo Courtesy State Library of New South Wales collectionWedding party of Charles Rose and Rosa Simmonds, 1919.Pat Mullins and Jean A. Gregory, married April 5, 1918 at West End Church, Ingham Road, Townsville.Bride and bridesmaids 19101966. Photo by Phillip Pessar CC BY 2.01966. Photo by Phillip Pessar CC BY 2.0 1Bridesmaids, 1938.c. 1936Bride, Julia Drynan, and her attendant, Eva Drynan, c. 1930.A garden wedding, 1907The Bible offers an explanation of its own regarding this particular role in the wedding ceremony, in the in the Book of Genesis, where it is mentioned in the story of Jacob that his two wives ― Leah and Rachel ― first introduced the institution of bridesmaids during their wedding to Jacob.The women were referred to as “handmaidens”, most likely being servants or even slaves.Earlier in history, the bride would partially cover the expenses of the bridesmaid, by purchasing her the dress she would wear during the wedding or covering travel expenses.Wedding group outside a church, 1951.Williams-Mills wedding party, Mackay, 1908Wedding tableau c. 1039Wedding party of Ernest and Marie Muller, 1912.Wedding party during wartime, 1930 – 1940Over time this custom has died out, however, after taking a look at this selection of photos, one might conclude that these particular brides had their fingers in choosing the dress.Read another story from us: A Century of Beauty Legends that Have Captured a GenerationOn the other hand, it just might be the short-lived trends that ended up tucked away in the not-so-glorious moment in fashion history.last_img read more

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Dawn of the Artificially Intelligent Consiglieri Mankinds New Best Friend

first_img “Are you prepared for the digital earthquake, tornado, hurricane and tsunami (all wrapped into one) preparing to engulf our world?” writes entrepreneur and futurist Stephen Ibaraki. It’s part of the foreword to the book I recently co-wrote with Neil Sahota: Own the A.I. Revolution: Unlock Your Artificial Intelligence Strategy to Disrupt Your Competition.There has been a deluge of fearmongering surrounding the topic of artificial intelligence, including from individuals such as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who reportedly said: “With A.I., we are conjuring the demon.” But my co-author and I take a different approach to this technology. We view it as an opportunity for positive growth in the commercial and humanitarian sectors. To this end, Sahota, who is a subject matter expert on artificial intelligence for the United Nations, recently gave a keynote on how to reshape our world through the application of AI at the United Nations ITU’s AI for Good Global Summit.   His remarks pointed to a positive long-term outlook: In spite of so many doom and gloom prognostications, AI stands to positively revolutionize life — while providing greater material abundance during what’s being termed the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To help illustrate this, we paint a picture in our book of life in the year 2030 for “Sue,” a hardworking executive who relies on a Financial Intelligent Agent (FIA) like most other successful entrepreneurs.First, it’s important to understand that what we calll “FIA” goes beyond the limitations of Siri or any of today’s other virtual assistants. Instead, imagine FIA as something more akin to the role The Godfather’s Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) inhabits as consiglieri for the Corleone family. FIA is not only your confidante and advisor; it’s also your fixer. A loyal, outsourced artificial mind, it would happily place a dead horse in your opponent’s bed to close a deal — if that weren’t illegal.To better understand FIA’s future potential, let’s review three ways it could assist you in your personal and business life.1. Respond to the market (even while you sleep)The moment Sue awakes, FIA is waiting with a cappuccino from her smart kitchen. FIA began brewing her favorite drink moments before as it gradually brightened Sue’s room to rouse her naturally, with no shrill phone alarm. As Sue begins dressing, FIA runs down its most recent activities.“I have been making continual micro-adjustments to your investment portfolio based on dynamic trends being monitored on a continuous 24/7 basis,” FIA explains. “Per your preferences, I redistributed your savings through micro-auctioning to the top 10-ranked services for best spot interest rates.”2. Manage your travel plans better than any analog travel agentSue suddenly realizes she forgot to schedule a flight to her nephew’s birthday party next month and reaches for her phone.“Also, no need to fret over missing little Tommy’s get-together,” says FIA. “I examined your calendar. Using UIA (United Intelligent Agent), I booked your flights for August 20th at the lowest rates.”“Whew. Thank you, FIA!” “Also, I am sensing a 90 percent probability high flu outbreak in Amsterdam when you arrive. Using IIA (Insurance Intelligent Agent), I was able to negotiate health insurance for the 23.3 hours of risk.”“That’s smart. No use in paying for the whole weekend if I don’t need it.”“Next, I booked you an autonomous rental car with the best safety record, thus the lowest insurance. You can call him SAM. Your hotel is handled the same way through its intelligent agents (IAs).”“Perfect.”“And just so you know,” FIA adds. “I will handle via IAs all of the fund transfers and payments with the best-negotiated lowest fees. From my analysis of your sentiment thought patterns, I know you worry about this. We can get all this information in one place, updating continuously, with the best deals and rates, lowest fees, no minimums and no overhead infrastructure since it is all virtual.”3. Continuously monitor and respond to your health needs (at all times)“By the way, your health index is down to 94.2,” FIA tells Sue, who has by now finished her berry turmeric shake and poached eggs.FIA senses Sue’s biometrics go on high alert.“But no need to worry,” it says. “I will ensure the necessary supplements are added to your meal plans today when ordering via RIA (Restaurant Intelligent Agent). Your life index is also down, so I will make a gene adjustment via the nanobots. Concurrently, I will ensure micro-adjustments to your retirement savings plan and life insurance via IAs.”“Sounds good,” says Sue, grabbing her things to head out the door.“And just so you know, your work schedule today entails devising multiple project bids on creative design with robot guides.”Sue thanks FIA at the same time daily updates are implanted in her memory via direct neural communication. She is now ready to face her day.     So how likely is it that artificially intelligent assistants will become reality?Is the above scenario madness, or is it the future? Though this scenario appears to be far-fetched, AI could theoretically make it possible. “It may seem like science fiction, but already brain signatures exist for predicting emotions, thoughts and images, as well as new theories for explaining consciousness,” said Ibaraki. “Likewise, labs are experimenting with direct brain interfaces, implantable neuro devices, injectable nanochips, brain modulation and recordings and advanced computer chips modeled on human brains.”Likewise, smart sensors, along with big data analytics, are already being used to predict and respond to variations across the full spectrum of existence, including finance and health — even geopolitical events. It may not be long before AI advances to a new level of prognostication, offering unprecedented insight and support into our day-to-day activities and business needs.Scott Stewart, CEO of the Innovative Lending Platform Association (ILPA), thinks machine learning will transform finance in the AI age. A former executive at the Financial Services Roundtable, he also predicts the rise of hands-on personal assistants. “In the future, your personal algorithm will understand your creditworthiness moment to moment,” said Stewart. “It will offer you products and services to manage any issue in realtime.”Here’s what this might look like: Imagine you own a florist shop. In the fall, your AI consiglieri might begin anticipating the capital needed to prepare for Valentine’s Day. “You could simply authorize your algorithm to fill the cash gap automatically within certain parameters,” said Stewart. “The personal algorithm would then shop for the lowest-cost product that fits your needs and may even contract for those dollars on your behalf.”Ultimately, the potential for greater human and machine symbiosis portends a remarkable alliance. Science fiction movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Ex Machina often depict AIs conspiring to engineer humanity’s doom, but I believe it’s far more likely we will experience a mutually beneficial relationship with our computer compatriots. Here’s to our shared future — one in which people and machines collaborate for positive change.  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » June 7, 2019 7 min readlast_img read more

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