Mayim Bialik Wants Animal Cosmetic Testing Banned In US

first_imgCalifornia’s Senate this week approved a measure by State Senator Marty Block (SD-39) that urges the U.S to join California, the European Union (EU), and the countries of Norway, India, and Israel in banning animal testing of cosmetic products.Mayim Bialik endorses SJR 22Credit/Copyright: Cruelty Free InternationalBlock’s joint resolution, SJR 22, approved on a bipartisan vote of 31-0, urges the federal government to mandate alternative methods to animal testing when other testing methods are available. It is sponsored by Cruelty Free International and also supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the State Humane Association and others.“Unnecessary cruelty is unforgiveable,” Block said. “Animal testing by the cosmetics industry is usually unnecessary and often unreliable. Where other means of ensuring product safety are available, they should be used.”“Cruel” tests on rabbits, guinea pigs and mice include force-feeding of animals with testing substances or repeated application of substances to an animal’s skin. After the experiments, the animals are then killed. Block and Cruelty Free International argue that more reliable, quicker, and less expensive alternatives are available and should be used. Alternatives include computer modeling and tests on human skin donated from cosmetic surgery or examination of proteins in-vitro (in a test tube).Actress Mayim Bialik – who portrays Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit show “The Big Bang Theory” – is a Cruelty Free International supporter. “I am thrilled to join Senator Marty Block in asking the California Legislature to support SJR 22, the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution.”She added, “For over a decade California has been a leader in supporting the use of modern non-animal tests to ensure cosmetics safety. It’s time that the rest of the nation catches up with California as well as other counties on this issue. I am proud to stand with Senator Block in calling for cruelty free testing.”North America Campaign Manager for Cruelty Free International Monica Engebretson also emphasized that product safety is possible without the use of the older, more inhumane testing. “Our success in ending cosmetics testing on animals in the European Union has proven that it is possible and safe to create cosmetics without animal testing,” Engebretson said.California became the first state to restrict animal testing in 2000. Some countries such as those in the EU have completely banned the importation and sale of animal-tested products. EU sales account for nearly half of the global cosmetics market.SJR 22 also calls on the U.S. Congress to enact legislation that would establish reasonable deadlines for the prohibition on the testing and marketing of products which have been tested on animals.last_img read more

39B buyout of Tribune by Sinclair ends in acrimony

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that it is suing Sinclair for breach of contract and at least $1 billion in damages, according to its complaint .Sinclair used “unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations” with the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission over regulatory requirements, the Chicago company said, and it refused to sell the stations it needed to in order to gain regulatory approval.Sinclair Broadcast Group wanted the Chicago company’s 42 TV stations and had initially agreed to dump almost two dozen of its own to score approval by the FCC.The media company, which has enjoyed the support of President Donald Trump, appeared to be cruising toward approval by U.S. regulators.Last month, however, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he had “serious concerns” about the deal, saying that Sinclair might still be able to operate the stations “in practice, even if not in name.”That drew a rebuke from Trump.“So sad and unfair that the FCC wouldn’t approve the Sinclair Broadcast merger with Tribune,” Trump tweeted. He said that allowing Sinclair to expand its reach would have led to a “much needed conservative voice by and for the people.”Sinclair operates 192 stations, runs 611 channels and operates in 89 U.S. markets. It would have been able to expand rapidly into numerous new markets with the Tribune acquisition.Sinclair has become a significant outlet for conservative views.It was admonished by media watchdogs in April after Deadspin, a sports news site, pieced together clips of dozens of TV anchors for Sinclair reading from the same script, which warned viewers about “biased and false news” from other media outlets.Sinclair has defended the decision to have its anchors read from the same script across the country as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.The Maryland company said Thursday in a prepared statement that the Tribune lawsuit is “entirely without merit.”“We unequivocally stand by our position that we did not mislead the FCC with respect to the transaction or act in any way other than with complete candour and transparency,” said CEO Chris Ripley.Free media advocacy groups cheered the demise of the deal.Public Knowledge, an advocacy group that has been critical of the FCC under Pai, has been against a tie up between Sinclair and Tribune from the start.“While what has apparently killed this deal was Sinclair’s pattern of deception at the FCC — a fact that should affect its future dealings at the Commission — the deal was bad on its own merits, and this latest development is good for consumers,” said Phillip Berenbroick, senior policy counsel at the organization. “Broadcasters are supposed to serve their local communities. This deal would have contributed to the trend where ‘local’ news and ‘local’ programming is created or scripted out of town.”last_img read more

Fort Nelson Fox and Lynx Video is a sight to see

first_imgFORT NELSON B.C. – A recent video of a rare encounter between a fox and lynx, has captured the attention of viewers.Allyson Rozak-Burgess was driving in Fort Nelson, B.C., along a resource road on Nov. 1, when she came around a corner and saw two shapes ahead.Once they separated, she could see a fox and a lynx, squaring off. “I parked, I grabbed my phone,” Rozak-Burgess said. She had never seen anything like it. Thinking that the Lynx was after the fox, Rozak-Burgess was concerned for the fox, as the standoff continued she sees the fox is actually after the Lynx.“I think the fox was guarding a den,” she said. That’s when Rozak-Burgess started hearing the fox “bark.”“I’ve seen a fox and a lynx before,” she said, having lived in northern B.C. all her life, “but I’ve never seen behaviour like that.”From what she could tell, the lynx did take off into the trees and left the fox alone.last_img read more

First progress report on Sustainable Development Agenda aims to leave no one

Officially launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the ministerial meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on Wednesday, the report was detailed today to highlight its most important asset – the global data it contains. “We have the chance to truly set the world on a different sustainable path leaving no one behind,” Assistant-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Thomas Gass, today told the press in New York. The annual Sustainable Development Goals Report is an opportunity “to review where the world stands at the start of this collective journey,” Mr. Gass added. He then listed a number of figures – about 800 million people around the world live in extreme poverty and hunger, 5.9 million children die before they reach the age of five, 59 million of primary school age are out of school, 2.4 billion people still lack improved sanitation facilities, one in two children under the age of five lack birth certificates. These statistics are at the core of the progress report which is the baseline for evaluation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 SDGs. “It is crucial to build a global data ecosystem replete with quality reliable and timely data,” said Mr. Gass, speaking alongside Francesca Perucci, Chief of the Statistical Services Branch. The global data is part of the 169 targets which will guide the plan of action for people, planet and prosperity from this year through 2030. The Indicators were developed by experts representing 28 national statistical systems through an “open, inclusive and transparent process,” Mr. Gass said. While the 17 Goals were universally accepted and approved by all 193 Member States last year, the indicators still have to be adopted by the UN’s Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. “The idea is that every country would provide the data – all the goals and all the targets are valid for all the countries,” Mr. Gass underscored in today’s press conference. This week’s report is the first progress report since the launch of the SDGs. Progress reports are expected every year for the next 14 years and will be presented to the High-level Political Forum, which is the UN’s central platform for the follow-up and review of the SDGs. During his speech yesterday, Mr. Ban said he would convene an event on 21 September for countries to deposit their instruments of ratification on the Paris Agreement on climate change, an accord that was adopted in December last year and will enter into force when 55 countries ratify, and 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions are accounted for.In April, 178 countries signed the Paris Agreement at the UN Headquarters, and 19 countries have so far ratified. But these 19 countries accounted for less than 1 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.Mr. Ban encouraged at least 40 countries who committed that they will ratify this Paris Agreement before the end of this year, including the United States, China, Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, and Argentina. He noted that a key feature of this year’s Forum is the voluntary national reviews, a mechanism that allows Governments to voluntarily present what they and their societies are doing to implement the 2030 Agenda. This year, 22 countries will share their experiences. “Ensuring progress in achieving the SDGs will be greatly enhanced by making sure that lessons are shared and best practices are replicated,” he explained, calling on Member States to intensify efforts at follow-up and review through a participatory process, with the full engagement of the business sector and civil society. @media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -568px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 5.2em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 100px; margin-left:0em; text-shadow: 10px 10px 10px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:52%;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.8em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}li { font-size: 15px; xline-height: 1.7em;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;} read more

Bills DT Phillips will bring hard feelings back to Miami

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips is not waiting to tee off on his former team, the Miami Dolphins.Phillips was released by Miami during Week 5. He said Wednesday he’s glad to be gone, and fired up about his return when the AFC East rivals meet Sunday.“Most people that leave Miami, that’s really when their career gets started,” Phillips told the media in Buffalo after practice.Phillips didn’t identify specific targets of his hard feelings toward the Dolphins, but didn’t try to hide his lingering bitterness. He said whoever has something coming to them is going to get it Sunday.He had a zinger for the Dolphins’ market, too, predicting there will be more Bills fans than Dolphins fans at the game.___AP Sports Writer John Wawrow in Buffalo, New York, contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine.Steven Wine, The Associated Press read more

Lawyer Jonathan Martins Texts To Richie Incognito Were Vile

The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin drama just won’t go away. And it picked up momentum Thursday when Incognito’s attorney, Mark Schamel, said Martin was equally vulgar in text messages to Incognito.“The coarse and unacceptable comments and text messages that were sent to Jonathan Martin were of the same poor taste as those sent by him,” Schamel said. “All of these communications were provided to Ted Wells and the NFL investigation. What they show is banter between friends, not bullying.”Incognito was suspended by the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 3 and remained on the NFL’s suspended list with pay for the rest of the season for “bullying” fellow offensive lineman Martin, who left the team. Incognito missed out on two game checks ($470,588) after agreeing to a compromise with the Dolphins in November when his suspension was extended with pay. He agreed to another extension in December.Schamel alleges that Martin sent text messages to Incognito which “included threats to send someone over to Richie Incognito’s home with a ‘tranquilizer gun and sandpaper condoms’ to homosexually rape him” and “another that said he would ‘kill [Richie’s] whole family.’”“Richie Incognito has owned his inappropriate comments, despite the fact that they were made in jest, and it is time for Jonathan Martin to do the same,” Schamel said.The attorney claims that Martin didn’t raise accusations of bullying until his performance on the field had suffered to a point where his spot on the roster might be in jeopardy and he had already left the team in October.According to Schamel, Martin had confided to Incognito his own concerns “that he was not playing well, about how upset he was at being ranked by Pro Football Focus as among the worst linemen in the NFL, about his poor performance on the field, his demotion to right tackle and how he was concerned about what the outcome might be for his missing team meetings and, about how he felt his job was at risk.”“Rather than deal with his poor on-field performance and myriad other issues, Martin is now hiding behind false allegations. The result undermines the real problems of bullying and demeans what is a very real problem for many young people,” Schamel said.Martin said earlier this week in an interview with NBC’s Tony Dungy that he felt “trapped” after alleged repeated bullying by Incognito. Dungy was part of a task force established by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to improve the culture of the franchise.Schamel, however, said that Martin’s claims ring hollow.“Jonathan Martin was a full participant, who at times led some of the exact same pranks and gags and text and email exchanges he now claims, ‘crossed the line,’” he said. read more

Colin Kaepernicks Parents Truly Shocked by the Racist Hatred

Colin Kaepernick (Facebook)After Colin Kaepernick’s birth mother condemned him for protesting the national anthem in August, the San Fransisco 49ers quarterback’s adoptive parents revealed they fully support their son. Atlanta Black Star reported Heidi Russo, the athlete’s biological mother, declared Kaepernick could “make change without disrespecting and bringing shame” to the nation. But unlike Russo, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick are ending their months-long silence to back the star.According to a statement the couple issued to The Undefeated, the Kaepernicks felt compelled to publicly back the NFLer after continuing to read that they don’t support their son. The move was capped by U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris’ statements dissing Kaepernick indirectly during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor’s attack.“You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” Harris said.Regardless, the Kaepernicks stand behind their famous son.“We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others,” the statement read in part after acknowledging Kaepernick is risking his life and career in the process.“Colin has chosen to kneel for the national anthem as a protest to the continuing racial inequality in this country,” the statement continued. “He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point. For whatever reason, there are some who want to view this as an anti-military protest or an un-American stance. These views could not be further from the truth, but we know that people will believe what they wish to believe.”Such detractors include sports commentators like Fox’s Jason Whitlock and athletes like Shaquille O’Neal. Although Kaepernick’s parents didn’t understand his protest at first and felt “overwhelmed with the public reaction and hate,” they learned a major lesson about racism in America.“We were truly shocked at the amount of racist hatred out there!” the statement said. “Until this had occurred, we had naively believed that the racial atmosphere in this country was far better than it actually is. Prayer and talks with our son gave us a much better understanding of the reason for his protest and how we should view it.” read more

Chef accused of killing gay men he met online tried to frame one

first_img 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. Court artist sketch of Stephen Port appearing in the dock of the Old Bailey flanked by a security guard Stephen Port Slovakian Gabriel Kovari, 22, who had been living with Port, was found dead from a drugs overdose on August 28 2014.Then on September 20 2014, the body of Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend, was uncovered near the same spot clutching an apparent suicide note.Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told jurors Port had made a “wicked attempt” to frame Mr Whitworth for the death of Mr Kovari. Mr Rees said the note turned out to be “a sham” as handwriting experts found it had been written by Port and not Mr Whitworth.Port denies 29 offences against a total of 12 men, including four murders, seven rapes, four sex assaults and administering a substance with intent. The trial continues. Anthony Walgate, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor Port was jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice by lying to police about the circumstances of the death of his first alleged victim, 23-year-old fashion student Anthony Walgate.He had initially claimed not to know Mr Walgate after reporting a man collapsed outside his flat in June 2014, but later confessed to police that he had “panicked”, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.Mr Walgate, an occasional escort, had told a friend details of a planned sleepover with the man he had met through the Sleepyboys website, jokingly saying it was “in case I get killed”, the court heard.In an “extraordinary” twist of fate, Port’s second and third alleged victims were found by the same dog walker in a churchyard 400 metres from where he lived, the court heard. An alleged serial killer planted a suicide note on one victim in a “wicked attempt” to frame him for the death of another, a court has heard.Over a period of 15 months, Stephen Port surreptitiously plied four young gay men he had met online with fatal doses of date rape drug GHB so he could have sex with them while they were unconscious, jurors heard.The 41-year-old chef and former male escort allegedly dragged their bodies out of his flat in Barking, east London, and dumped them in or near a graveyard as he tried to cover up what he had done.center_img Court artist sketch of Stephen Port appearing in the dock of the Old Bailey flanked by a security guardCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA The fake suicide note read: “I am sorry to everyone, mainly my family, but I can’t go on any more, I took the life of my friend Gabriel Kline (Kovari), we was just having some fun at a mate’s place and I got carried away and gave him another shot of G.”I didn’t notice while we was having sex that he had stopped breathing. I tried everything to get him to breathe again but it was too late, it was an accident, but I blame myself for what happened and I didn’t tell my family I went out.”I know I would go to prison if I go to the police and I can’t do that to my family and at least this way I can at least be with Gabriel again, I hope he will forgive me.”BTW Please do not blame the guy I was with last night, we only had sex then I left, he knows nothing of what I have done.”I have taken what g I have left with sleeping pills so if it does kill me it’s what I deserve. Feeling dizey now as took 10 min ago so hoping you understand my writing.”I dropped my phone on way here so it should be in the grass somewhere. Sorry to everyone. Love always. Daniel P W.” Mr Rees told jurors the note was written to give the impression Mr Whitworth had taken an overdose because he blamed himself for Mr Kovari’s death.At the time, police accepted the apparent suicide note on face value and did not investigate further, he said.Mr Whitworth’s movements before his death were not checked and no attempt was made to find “the guy I was with last night”, he said. Anthony Walgate, Daniel Whitworth and Jack TaylorCredit:Facebook I am sorry to everyone, mainly my family, but I can’t go on any more, I took the life of my friendfake suicide note Four of Stephen Port’s alleged victims suffered overdoses and were dumped in or near a churchyard in east LondonCredit:Facebooklast_img read more

EHF CL Kielce strike unbeatable Lions 1830 hrs

← Previous Story SEHA: Vardar easily beat Tatran Next Story → RK METALURG PRICE LIST: Ten tickets for only a beer in Norway? Rhein Neckar LowenSlawomir SzmalVelux EHF Champions LeagueVive Tauron Kielce The opening match of the VELUX EHF Champions League Round 3 will be played in Mannheim, where the German vice-champions Rhein Neckar Lowen will meet Polish VIVE Tauron Kielce. Polish team coming to Germany to play against undefeated in current season with two start wins in Europe and 7 of 7 in DKB Bundesliga, but the former “Lions” Slawomir Szmal thinks that his team has chances to stop Gensheimer and Co:– I remember Gensheimer, Groetzki and Schmid from my period in the club. They working with the new coach from the last season, he made some changes, they play more aggressively in defense, which is different in each match. Often they try to defend in system 3: 3 or offensive 6: 0. This is a very danger opponent.  We have to play even better than against Montpellier.  – said Szmal.Match will start on 18.30 hrs. read more

Fibre optique Orange et SFR se plaignent de Free

first_imgFibre optique : Orange et SFR se plaignent de FreeLes groupes Orange et SFR ont déposé une plainte contre Free, accusé de ne pas respecter les règles de la mutualisation dans les immeubles concernant la fibre optique. L’Arcep a mis en place un règlement qui oblige les opérateurs et les fournisseurs d’accès à internet (FAI) à collaborer dans le cadre du développement de la fibre optique dans les réseaux de communication. Selon ce règlement, lorsqu’un opérateur fibre un immeuble, il est tenu d’ouvrir son réseau à ses concurrents afin que de nouveaux travaux n’aient pas besoin d’être effectués. Ce sont ensuite les propriétaires qui choisiront l’opérateur par lequel ils souhaitent passer, celui-ci devenant alors le FAI de l’immeuble entier.À lire aussiLa dernière mise à jour de la Freebox Revolution bloque les publicités sur InternetJusqu’à présent, les choses semblaient plutôt bien se passer et toutes les sociétés travaillaient ensemble pour favoriser le développement de la fibre optique dans les zones urbaines. Pourtant, il semblerait, selon Orange et SFR, que Free ne respecte pas les règles du jeu. Les Echos rapportent que les deux groupes de téléphonie accusent le FAI d’empêcher techniquement ses concurrents de se brancher aux réseaux qu’il met en place dans les immeubles. Résultat : les propriétaires sont obligés de prendre Free pour fournisseur d’accès.Comme l’explique un responsable, “nous considérons que les infrastructures de Free dans ces immeubles ont été mal construites. Nous avons les pires difficultés à accéder à la fibre optique posée par Free, ce qui nous empêche de vendre nos offres dans ces immeubles”. Orange et SFR ont donc porté plainte devant le régulateur, 85.000 logements et 7.000 immeubles étant semble-t-il concernés par ce problème. De son côté, Free a répliqué en attaquant Orange sur le même point. Pourtant, SFR confirme les dires d’Orange qui indique ne pas avoir ce type de problème avec les autres opérateurs.Mais ce n’est pas tout. Free est également accusé de préempter les immeubles, indique ZDnet. C’est-à-dire que Free se réserverait des immeubles en signant une convention avec un syndic d’immeuble. Cela est légal mais le FAI dispose alors de six mois pour mettre en place le réseau de fibre optique. Or ce délai est rarement tenu et de nombreux forums font part de leur mécontentement concernant l’inertie de Free.Le 2 juin 2011 à 13:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Stakeholders Hold Validation on Crab Island Initiative

first_imgIsatou Ceesay Bah Following the official launch, on 14 June 2017, of the process towards the establishment and operation of the Banjul North Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Centre at the former Crab Island, a series of consultation between and among stakeholders and other related activities have taken place culminating in the development of working documents for the implementation of the project.Ousman Sillah, NAM Banjul North and Promoter of Crab Island InitiativeThe latest of these consultations was the forum held yesterday, Thursday, 16 August, 2018 at the Kanifing Regional Education Directorate of Region 1 to update stakeholders on the developments and to validate the documents developed by a consultant which include a Business Plan, Financial Projections and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan.The initiative is being promoted by Ousman Sillah, the National Assembly Member for Banjul North, in partnership with the ministry of basic and secondary school, International Trade Center (ITC) under the European Union (EU) supported by Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) and other stakeholders.Speaking at the forum, the Banjul North lawmaker and initiator of project, said that the purpose of inviting the stakeholders is to provide them with an update on the developments from the inception of the process to date and share and validate the outcome of the consultancy on the establishment and operations of the Banjul North (TVET) Centre.Dilating on the genesis of the initiative, Mr. Sillah said “it all started during my campaign in the run-up to the National Assembly election in March/April 2017 when I expressed my desire to do something about the former Crab Island School when elected since the place appeared abandoned as teaching and learning were no longer taking place there.”He said Crab Island is in the constituency under which he was contesting, adding that the physical state of the school, with its crumbling walls and vandalised windows and doorframes, was not only an eyesore to many passersby but has generated genuine concern and interest among those who had an academic stint there. “In fact, it creates a sense of nostalgia in those who had seen the facility before in its glory days as one of the first purpose built ultra-modern educational institution in the country which was churning out very good students. I am also part of the history as alumni of Crab Island who did one academic year there before proceeding to high school in the 70s,” said the Banjul North NAM.Mr. Sillah said his first official engagement after being elected into office as the National Assembly Member for Banjul North was to meet with the education officials to enquire about the fate of Crab Island. He said his meeting with the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), Mr. Muhammed B.S. Jallow, revealed that the school was not abandoned but that the ministry as part of a broader policy of making technical education an option for higher education has plans to transform the school into a technical high school and that a project has already been signed with BADEA to fund the rebuilding of the abandoned buildings at the Crab Island Junior Secondary School.“However, my initiative for Crab Island was applauded and MoBSE allocated part of the facility, which is under its custody, to be refurbished and transformed into the proposed Banjul North Technical and Vocational Education and Training Centre,” said the Banjul North NAM.The proposed Banjul North (TVET) Centre, according to the initiator, aims to provide vocational, entrepreneurship, organizational and leadership skills for the unemployed, unskilled, potential and returning migrants, school dropouts and vulnerable groups within the Banjul and Greater Banjul metropolis.Mr. Sillah said the partners have made their buy-ins and that the next phase is the commencement of improving the infrastructure which involves the renovation works on existing buildings and the building of some structures.“The plan is to start rolling out courses in the first quarter of  2018 (between January and March) following the completion of the buildings.In declaring the forum officially opened, Mr. Adama Jimba Jobe, the Deputy Permanent Secretary, deputizing the permanent secretary, said the conception of the initiative by the Banjul North NAM came at the right time when people are talking about the challenges confronting the youths all of this country who constitute 60 percent of the population and most of whom are unemployed and without the appropriate skills to be productive.Mr. Jobe also noted the important role that the former Crab Island School had played in producing many students who are serving the country very well.The MoBSE DPS acknowledged the importance of skills to the development of the nation and saluted the NAM for Banjul North for coming up with such a project at such a critical time.He pledged his ministry’s unflinching and maximum support to the initiative towards its establishment and operation.Mr. Jobe concluded by thanking Mr. Sillah for coming up with this laudable initiative.The forum which included the opening and a working session, were moderated by Mrs. Oumis Sissoho Batchilly, Member of the Steering Committee of the Banjul North TVET initiative.Presentations were made by Mr. Sillah, NAM Banjul North and Co-Chair of Steering Committee, Mr. Matarr John and Mr. Alpha Bah, Planner at MoBSE, who are both members the Steering Committee.Mr. Sulayman Bun Njie, a community elder in Banjul North, gave remarks and the vote of thanks.The event was graced by members of the Steering Committee, a cross section of residents and elders from Banjul, partner institutions, media fraternity and other guests.last_img read more

USDAs Largest Annual Meeting Features ASAWISHHs Results in Emerging Markets

first_imgASA/WISHH Regional Director-Africa Josh Neiderman presents at USDA’s annual Ag Outlook Forum.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) selected the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) to speak about emerging markets for U.S. feed and meat at its annual Ag Outlook Forum that focused on the “Roots of Prosperity” theme.The 94th annual Ag Outlook organizers requested ASA/WISHH Regional Director-Africa Josh Neiderman present on a panel alongside Pioneer’s Chief Economist Steve Elmore and Michigan State Agricultural Economist Tom Reardon.Neiderman’ s presentation in Crystal City, Va. featured how visionary U.S. soybean growers created WISHH to serve as their trailblazer for trade as developing country populations and incomes create more demand. He explained how sales of U.S. soy have risen in Africa and how WISHH supply chain partners in developing countries are finding new business opportunities as they offer more high-quality feeds and foods made with U.S. soy. Neiderman also described how the USDA-funded, ASA/WISHH-implemented AMPLIFIES Ghana project is improving Ghana’s poultry feed production capacity and increasing efficiency in poultry value chains.last_img read more

Publishers Respond as Online Consumer Data Privacy Concerns Arise

first_imgMany of the tech-savvy subscribers to Technology Review online know all about behavioral tracking cookies and either delete them manually or hit TR’s privacy page and opt out. There are also those that ignore them. None of these actions surprise TR, which designed its privacy policy to give readers better control over who sees their surfing habits and why. “We are very clear in our privacy policy. We will cookie; we track behavior; we allow them to do one-click opt-outs,” says Heather Perry Holmes, senior vice president of audience development at TR. “A lot of what drives us is that we put ourselves in the customer’s shoes.”That philosophy is in line with the Federal Trade Commission’s recent proposal to improve consumer online data protection with a universal do-not-track mechanism for data collection and tracking by third parties. FTC states that some Internet users are against the collection and sharing of their information, while some have no idea that it is taking place and others, who are aware, see it as a trade-off for desirable products or services.The agency says it has provided a framework for policymakers, including Congress, which has been grappling with the issue. This month [February] alone at least three bills have been introduced in the House involving increased consumer data privacy protection including opt-in or opt-out provisions. The increased attention is spurring the business community at large to step up self-regulation efforts, analysts say. Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have each recently announced tracking protection for their respective Web browsers. But critics argue that the new browser options are only as good as the Web sites that choose to honor them. They say the number of bad actors on the Web has not diminished, which makes even the good actors look bad.Dennis Dayman, chief privacy officer at Eloqua, which focuses on collecting and analyzing data for businesses, embraces what he calls “hypertransparency” for anyone conducting business on the Web. He says it is in every business’s best interest to provide end users with notice, consent and choice.End users should be “told in plain English and in non-legal terms what’s going to happen to their data and how you are going to use it,” Dayman says. They should know that by filling out a form, for example, they will receive an e-mail.Sal Tripi, senior director of operations and compliance at Publishers Clearing House, says consumer data privacy protection should be a concern for anyone that does business online. However, “the bigger issue is that the government feels the need to add regulation because consumers have concerns,” he says.Given the enormous amount of content on the Web that is funded by advertisers, “the absence of effective advertising will, no doubt, limit what’s available on the Internet,” he says. “But I don’t think it’s an all-or-nothing scenario,” providing that the business community comes together to raise data protection “to a level that consumers feel comfortable with,” he says.PCH teamed up with online privacy services firm TRUSTe last year to launch a behavioral advertising notice-and-choice pilot program on the PCHlotto.com site. Ads on the site included an “interest-based ads” icon that, when clicked, engaged a widget providing information about ads and ad networks. It also allowed users to control preferences or opt-out of online behavioral advertising (OBA).The program, which is now being rolled out to all PCH sites, was “a smash hit” and showed that consumers have a high comfort level for OBA when they are well-informed about how it works, Tripi says. “Not many” end users opted out of the ads, he says, “and a fair amount engaged with the widget.”Parade magazine chose a different route, partnering with video advertising network AdGenesis to launch the Parade Video Rewards program in January. The program asks users to provide detailed information about interests and purchase intentions. In turn, they receive personalized and targeted branded video content and commercials.Meanwhile, TR reviews and tweaks its privacy policy annually to make sure it is on target with business and consumer concerns, Holmes says. “We believe that our users flush the cookies frequently,” she says. “But that’s just the product of having a tech audience,” which has not stopped returning to the site.last_img read more

Superintendent Brand Receives Positive Evaluation From School Committee

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee recently conducted its annual evaluation of Superintendent Glenn Brand, who is about to complete his first year at the helm of the school district. Each school committee member filled out a separate evaluation form, then a subcommittee compiled all seven documents and created an evaluation representative of the entire committee.At the School Committee’s most recent meeting, Chair Julie Broussard read the committee’s evaluation into the record, which be found HERE.Brand received the second highest rating (PROFICIENT) in all four evaluation standards — Instructional Leadership, Management & Operations, Family & Community Engagement, and Professional Culture. His overall summative performance was also rated as PROFICIENT.“Superintendent Brand has quickly become a respected leader and has brought much needed stability to the district,” said Broussard. “While only in his tenth month as the Superintendent, Dr. Brand has prepared and presented a thorough entry plan, has supervised the Coordinated Review Corrective Action Plan, and spearheaded the districtwide Strategic Planning Committee. The entry plan demonstrated Dr. Brand’s high level of understanding of the community in such a short time.”“Since beginning his role as superintendent in July, Dr. Brand has worked tirelessly to build strong relationships with all faculty, students, families, school committee and community members,” continued Broussard. “His attention to detail is impressive and his ability to manage many short and long-term projects simultaneously should be commended. Dr. Brand’s judgement and experience have enabled him to make good decisions about where to prioritize his time and attention. He has acted swiftly and deliberately in areas where he perceived a need to start work immediately, such as reviewing the middle school program of studies and addressing the structure of the Office of Student Support Services. It is clear that Dr. Brand has made a positive impact on our district and we are enthusiastic about the continued development of the strategic plan. We are confident that this plan will guide our continued success and progress under Dr. Brand’s leadership.”The School Committee found that Brand MET two of his three performance goals, and MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS on a third. Brand (1) completed his Superintendent’s Evaluation Plan and (2) addressed the issues surrounding the district’s Coordinated Program Review Coordinated Action Plan. Brand (3) has made significant process with the district’s new Strategic Plan, with a draft plan expected to be presented to the School Committee for approval by the end of the school year.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… RelatedSuperintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Will UK PM Boris Johnson bring first girlfriend into No 10 Downing

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COPY LINKAD Loading … Boris Johnson Elected Next UK Prime Minister “I think personal lives are personal lives and we live in the modern age,” party member Angus West, 53, said at a hustings. “Boris has what I call a colourful private life. But there have been plenty of other prime ministers who have had colourful private lives.”His relationship with Symonds did make headlines during the campaign when police were called to the south London home they shared during the night after reports of a huge row.Neighbours told the Guardian newspaper that they had heard Symonds telling Johnson to “Get off me!” and “Get out of my flat!”. A few days later, a picture of the couple with a happy-looking Symonds appeared in the media, although it appeared staged and Johnson refused to say when it had been taken.The incident was seized on by the popular tabloid newspapers that have often carried lurid stories about his alleged extramarital affairs – but proved as short-lived as their stories about the television dating shows whose participants are generally expected to sleep with each other.”RECKLESSNESS” With his carefully ruffled blond hair and often dishevelled appearance, Johnson’s disarming wit and charm have proved popular with the public and helped him to shrug off crises that might have ended others’ political careers.In 2004, he was sacked as the Conservatives’ arts spokesman for lying about an affair with a colleague from the Spectator magazine, of which he was the editor. Her mother told a newspaper her daughter had had an abortion.In 2013, the Court of Appeal dismissed an attempt by a former mistress to stop publication of information about her child with Johnson, ruling that his “recklessness” was “a public interest matter which the electorate was entitled to know when considering his fitness for high public office”.For her part, Symonds, who achieved a first-class degree in theatre studies and history of art and began working for the Conservative Party in 2010, appears to be a political partner as well as a personal one.She was a member of Johnson’s successful campaign to be re-elected mayor of London in 2012 and her roles included special adviser to two ministers before she became the party’s head of communications.Newspapers now credit her for Johnson’s slimmer and smarter appearance during his campaign to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader and prime minister.Politics lecturer Allen said a committed partner could be very important to a prime minister for much more than just a photocall.”Wives and husbands are among the few people completely on side,” he said. “They provide a lot of emotional support. It is a lonely job, it is a tough job, and you do need that.”Johnson was asked during his campaign if Symonds would be joining him in Downing Street.”On my own life and my family and my loved ones, I took a decision ages ago, long before I even became mayor of London, that I just don’t talk about people I love,” he said.”They can’t speak for themselves and you drag them into subjects and areas of controversy and discussion that they don’t, in my view, deserve or want.” Boris Johnson’s girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain July 24, 2019.ReutersWhen Boris Johnson entered the famous black door of No. 10 Downing Street as Britain’s new prime minister, he was the first for nearly half a century to do so unaccompanied by a spouse.Instead of walking through the door with him, his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, former head of communications for his Conservative Party, stood nearby with his staff – a sign of a colourful private life that arguably represents modern Britain better than the traditional picture.For decades, the new prime minister has been expected to take part in the somewhat contrived set-piece of giving a cheery wave to the massed ranks of the media on crossing the threshold of No.10 for the first time – with a spouse, and perhaps their children.But Johnson, 55, and his wife Marina Wheeler, who have four children together, announced in September that they had separated and would divorce after 25 years.This was twice the length of the average marriage in England and Wales, where there are 64 divorces each year for every 100 marriages.The highly visible role of Britain’s national leaders has generally meant they are held, however anachronistically, to a somewhat different standard.”It is difficult for him to walk into Downing Street with another woman when you are still technically married to someone else. That would be considered indiscreet,” said Nicholas Allen, lecturer in politics at London’s Royal Holloway University.”Boris’s colourful personal life makes the traditional photo call problematic.”But Symonds’ presence before the cameras, on the sidelines if not by his side, suggests things may slowly be changing.If Symonds joins Johnson in his official residence, at 31 she will be the youngest partner of a prime minister in 173 years.”PERSONAL LIVES ARE PERSONAL” By moving in together unmarried, they would be doing something that the vast majority of committed couples do in Britain these days – even if they would be the first to do so openly at No.10.Only two of Britain’s 54 prime ministers since 1721 have been divorced, and only Augustus Henry FitzRoy, premier from 1768 to 1770, has remarried in office.Since the end of World War Two, the only single prime minister has been Edward Heath, who served from 1970 to 1974 and never married.Yet Johnson’s marital status was not, in fact, an issue in the leadership contest. The fact that he was elected by members of a party who generally hold traditional views on family matters was a testament to that.last_img read more

Holy Ashura being observed

first_imgShia community members bring out Tazia processions in the city marking the day. Photo: Hasan RajaHoly Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), is being observed in the country on Sunday with due religious fervour and solemnity.On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Hazrat Imam, the grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), along with his family members and 72 followers embraced the martyrdom in the hands of Yazid’s soldiers at the desert of Karbala to uphold the teachings of the Prophet (SM).The day is a public holiday.President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday issued separate messages on the eve of the holy Ashura, paying deep respects to Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala, reports BSS.In his message, the president said the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and his companions in Karbala for upholding the ideals of Islam, the religion of peace and tranquility, is remaining as a glorious event in history.He said the eternal message of Ashura inspires us to be vocal against any injustice and repression and walk on the path of truth and justice.The president called upon the Muslim Ummah to build an equitable and just society imbued with the message of the holy Ashura.He wished unity, solidarity and continued progress of the Muslim Ummah.Shia community members bring out Tazia processions in the city marking the day. Photo: Hasan RajaIn her message, the prime minister urged all to be imbued with the teachings of holy Ashura to establish truth and justice in all spheres to combat all sorts of injustice in the national life.She said the sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and his companions to establish peace and justice in society is a glaring and emulating example for the Muslim Ummah across the world.The day of Ashura is significant in human history, she said adding that this day is very sacred to the Muslims across the world.Different political, socio-cultural and religious organisations have chalked out various programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.The programmes include procession, Quran-Khwani, Milad Mahfil, fasting, special prayer and feeding of the destituteShia community members will bring out Tazia processions in the city marking the day.The Tajia procession will start from Imambara Husaini Dalan in Old Dhaka and the procession will be surrounded by law enforcers.Adequate security measures have already been taken around Imambara Husaini Dalan to ensure smooth observance of Holy Ashura.Apart from Husaini Dalan, police will be deployed on the rooftops on some buildings at some major points of Imambara for security reasons.Security will be provided in some major places in Imambara where the Shia community will gather to celebrate the day.Meanwhile, police have banned carrying of lethal weapons like metal weapons, knife, sword and other sharp weapons during Tajia procession.Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.last_img read more

EC orders appointment of executive magistrates

first_imgElection CommissionThe election commission (EC) has directed the public administration ministry to appoint an adequate number of executive magistrates at the field level to check the violation of the election code of conduct in the 11th parliamentary polls to be held on 30 December next, reports UNB.The EC on Monday sent a letter signed by EC’s joint secretary Farhad Ahammad Khan to the ministry in this regard.The EC asked the ministry to appoint one executive magistrate for every upazila, one for three-four wards of city corporations, one-two magistrates for each district sadar municipality and one magistrate for three-four upazilas of the Chattogram Hill Tracts.The commission asked the ministry to keep the magistrates engaged in the election duty till the next day of election (31 December).The EC also called for engaging assistant commissioners (Land) in the election duty as executive magistrates alongside assistant returning officials (Upazila Nirbahi Officers).In the absence of assistant commissioner (Land) in any upazila, the commission asked to appoint admin cadre officials from district and divisional or other offices as executive magistrates in the areas.Magistrates can take action against any candidates or supporters in the case of violating the election code of conduct.last_img read more

Nigerian Minister claims Boko Haram largely defeated

first_imgNigeria’s information minister on Tuesday insisted that Boko Haram was “largely defeated” despite two days of bombings blamed on the jihadist group that left dozens dead in the volatile northeast.Lai Mohammed maintained the Nigerian government had greatly reduced the group’s capacity to attack and was on its last week.“Boko Haram has been largely defeated. They (Boko Haram) know they are on their way out,” Mohammed said in Lagos.“They lack the capacity to launch horrendous attacks they used to do in the past. We have succeeded in dislodging them,” he said. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resort“Our problem now is how to resettle the internally displaced people.” In the final days before his self-imposed deadline to stamp out the group on December 31 expires, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said that Boko Haram was “technically” defeated.In an expected show of defiance, Boko Haram attacked a series of towns in the north of Africa’s most populous nation and biggest oil producer, calling into question Buhari’s claim that the militants weren’t capable of “conventional” attacks. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanOn Sunday evening, there was a spate of suicide bombings in the key city of Maiduguri, killing 21 people and injuring scores of others.In the neighbouring state of Adamawa, 30 people were killed on Monday morning after two young women detonated explosives in a crowded market.Over 17,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s six- year quest to create an independent Islamic state in Nigeria.Boko Haram “has become the most deadly terrorist group in the world”.While Nigeria’s military has won back swathes of territory from the jihadists in recent months, Boko Haram has expanded its network in neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger. The group has increasingly relied on children as weapons, often deploying young girls strapped with explosives into crowded marketplaces and mosques.last_img read more

Li Cunxin to head lineup at MTA 2016 Conference

first_img MTA – Mobile Travel Agentslearn more here Join MTAbecome a Mobile Travel Agent here Source = Mike Parker-Brown, MTA PR Consultant Li Cunxin to head line-up at MTA 2016 ConferenceMTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ has announced Queensland Ballet artistic director, Li Cunxin known worldwide as ‘Mao’s last dancer’ will head a stellar line-up of presenters taking part in the company’s 2016 ‘The Power of Community’ National Conference from 04-06 March.Mr Li joins an impressive line-up of keynote speakers and presenters including master of ceremonies ABC TV ‘The Gruen Transfer’ regular, Dan Gregory, stepping in to handle the role for the second time.Leading Australian business and life coach Shannah Kennedy, award-winning small business expert Sophie Andrews, principal of The Accounts Studio, and high profile behavioural researcher, strategist, author, educator and corporate coach Kieran Flanagan, of The Impossible Institute™ will also be presenting at the conference.Announcing the 2016 National Conference and its return to the company’s spiritual home on Queensland’s Gold Coast, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents’ co-managing directors, Roy and Karen Merricks have drawn strong reference to the role all MTA Members play as ‘in community travel advisors’ and their status as part of an ever evolving MTA community comprised of like-minded people.In a message to the close on 350 advisors, suppliers and leading industry luminaries attending the event at the Sheraton Mirage, the Merricks said the word ‘Community’ represented “the very ethos” on which the company was founded more than 16 years ago.“For us ‘Community’ is all about the active involvement of a group of like-minded people growing and changing according to their own needs and priorities – and all at their own pace,” the Merricks said.“From that very first day when we decided to realise our dream and form the company, we like to think our very own MTA ‘Community’ has continued to reflect those values and grow accordingly.“And that is exactly why we have chosen ‘The Power of Community’ as the underlying theme for the National Conference this year, a year when we return to gather at the company’s ‘spiritual home’ on the Gold Coast.”A busy schedule of business, peer to peer and networking sessions aside, conference high spots include an official opening ceremony at the Sheraton Mirage’s Grand Ballroom, a BBQ Garden Party and a ‘Power of Community’ celebration dinner hosted by MTA, Virgin Australia and Etihad Airlines.“The 2016 National Conference is perhaps the most important event in our company’s history, coming as it does at the culmination of a 12-month period where we have implemented the systems which will position an enhanced business model we see as being relevant to both the MTA members and their clients for the next twenty years,” the Merricks said.“It is an extremely exciting time for everyone involved.”last_img read more

New chairman at Paphos landfill site supports green approach

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneTHE newly elected chairman of the operator of a landfill in Paphos is suggesting that biogas produced at the site could be used to produce electricity.Municipal councillor Andreas Chrysanthou was unanimously voted last week, and said that he supports a green approach.“I have written to the ministry of interior to ask for a provision to see whether it’s possible to exploit the idea of biogas, which is being produced by organic matter at the site, to be used to produce energy.”He has also asked the ministry for advice on new documents in order to proceed with the tender process to manage the site as the current operator’s contract runs out on July 15.Chrysanthou replaces disgraced former mayor, Savvas Vergas, who is currently serving a six year prison term on corruption charges.The installation is close to Marathounda village and the governing board is made up of nine members, including the mayors of the four districts and four councillors.Chrysanthou noted that Paphos is the biggest financial contributor to the facility, which serves the entire district, bearing around 45 per cent of the cost. The site covers the four municipalities and 103 villages in Paphos district, including far reaching areas such as Kato Pyrgos and Achelia.“It costs €1.9 million a year to operate and is used to dispose of municipal solid waste (MSW). This is charged at around 26 to 28 euros per tonne.”Garbage trucks arriving at the site are weighed on entry and again on exit after dumping the rubbish. They are then issued with a receipt, he said.He added that he also supports the EU’s target for zero landfill, but noted that in Europe, only Germany has so far managed to achieve this.“I visited Germany a few years ago and found out more about how they do things there. Only a small per cent per cent of MSW ends up in their landfills, much is used for energy. This is something which I fully support and would like to see implemented in Cyprus.”The Paphos refuse disposal site, as it is formally known, in Marathounda is used for dumping MSW, which is made up of mostly organic matter from households and hotels.In addition, four new green points and one mobile will be opened this week, accompanied by an extensive bilingual media campaign to inform the public of the rules.“We are expecting the final paperwork to be completed next week and the green points will be open. These are strictly for household items and there is a list of 24 items which can be deposited here.”The four new green points are at Koloni, Ayia Varvara, Peyia and Polis.Chrysanthou said only garden waste, furniture and electronics are allowed, and added that the operator must ensure that the rules are adhered to.“These are not for use by hotels and others to take rubbish to and are only for use by Paphos and the surrounding villages.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more