10 June 2008The battle against HIV/AIDS is not just a public health question, but also critical to making progress on such issues as improving access to education, achieving gender equality and eradicating poverty and hunger, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today, calling for greater leadership at all levels to combat the epidemic. Speaking at the opening of the Assembly’s two-day high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Kerim said Government leaders, United Nations officials and civil society members all need to take steps to make universal access to prevention, care, treatment and support a reality.He said strong leadership was particularly necessary to ensuring better national health-care systems and more streamlined action plans to fight the disease.“Experience has demonstrated that courageous leadership at the forefront of prevention efforts contributes to a reduction in the rates of infection,” he said.“Leadership can ensure that adequate resources are allocated to HIV prevention, treatment and care and that those resources are spent prudently. Leadership also ensures that those made vulnerable by the disease are also protected.”World leaders have previously agreed to try to obtain universal access to prevention, care, treatment and support by 2010 and the latest report on the issue from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says important progress has been made, although too many people are still dying from the disease, becoming newly infected or not receiving anti-retroviral treatment.Mr. Kerim said the progress so far, while welcome, “is not nearly fast enough. [And] the failure to make sufficient progress? profoundly impacts all aspects of human development.“The HIV/AIDS pandemic is not only a major public heath issue. It is also a major cause of what we now refer to as a development emergency.”The Assembly President noted that, for example, the world cannot make progress on its stated goal to achieve universal primary education when in some countries in sub-Saharan Africa more teachers are dying of AIDS than are being trained to teach.The fight against AIDS is also linked to climate change, sustainable development, the empowerment of women and efforts to curtail extreme poverty and hunger, he said.In a separate press conference today, Mr. Kerim told journalists that the significance of this week’s high-level meeting – being held at UN Headquarters in New York – was illustrated by the fact that more than 150 Member States had requested to participate.He also said it was important to remember that the discussion is more than academic for the estimated 33.2 million people worldwide living with HIV. Last year alone, some 2.5 million people became newly infected with HIV and 2.1 million AIDS-related deaths occurred. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The show will go on: Maine drive-in wins national contest for digital projection technology by The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2013 10:12 am MDT SACO, Maine – A drive-in movie theatre in Maine that was in danger of closing because it could not afford to convert to digital technology has been saved by its loyal customers.The 74-year-old Saco (SOCK’-oh) Drive-In was named a winner Wednesday of a national online contest launched by the Honda Motor Co. that will enable it to buy the expensive digital projection system meant to replace reels of film.The contest required people to vote for their favourite drive-in.Saco Drive-In manager Ry Russell said earlier this year that he might have to close if he couldn’t come up with the roughly $80,000 needed to buy the new equipment.He says he “cried like a little girl” when he found out the theatre had won the Honda contest. read more

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Larry Austin Jr. scored 23 points, distributed seven assists and collected six rebounds and Central Michigan turned it on in the second half to beat Sam Houston State 81-65 on Wednesday.Austin filled the state line shooting 8 of 12 from the floor and 7 of 8 from the foul line despite seven turnovers.Sam Houston State outscored the Chippewas 19-9 in a little more than the last eight minutes of the first half for a 39-30 lead. After halftime, Central Michigan (6-1) put together a 15-5 run and took a 45-44 lead on Kevin McKay’s layup with 12:16 remaining. Josh Delaney tied it with a 3 for the Bearkats to make it 50-all, but Shawn Roundtree made back-to-back 3-pointers and David DiLeo added a 3 and the Chippewas led 59-50. Cameron Delaney made a 3-pointer to narrow the deficit to six but Sam Houston State (3-5) never got closer.McKay scored 18 points, Roundtree, 14 and DiLeo 10.Chad Bowie led the Bearkats with 21 points and seven rebounds and Cameron Delaney scored 13.The Associated Press read more

OSU field hockey players gather in a huddle during a game against Iowa on Oct. 19 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 4-2.Credit: Ban Jackson / For The LanternThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to play its final road game of the season against a top-10 opponent.OSU (6-9, 1-5) is scheduled to travel to Evanston, Ill., on Saturday to take on No. 9 Northwestern at 1 p.m. The Wildcats are coming off a 5-2 victory against Michigan State on Sunday, which helped them regain a share of first place in the conference.Northwestern (11-5, 5-1) used its speed and set plays to take down the Spartans, connecting on two penalty corners to help put Michigan State away.The Wildcats could pose some problems for OSU in the midfield as they boast two of the top scorers in the Big Ten at that position.Sophomore midfielder Dominique Masters scored twice against the Spartans, bringing her season total to 10 goals. That mark is good enough for ninth in the conference to go along with her 26 total points.The Canterbury, U.K., native is joined in the midfield by fellow sophomore Isabel Flens.Flens is tied for second on the team in assists with eight, and is tied for seventh in the Big Ten with 28 points on the season. She hails from Hattem, Netherlands, and is one of six players from outside the United States playing for Northwestern.Regardless of international players or high-scoring attackers, both teams have their sights set on postseason play.The Buckeyes and the Wildcats are gearing up for a run in the Big Ten Tournament where the winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.But before OSU can turn its attention fully to the tournaments, it’ll have one more game remaining on the regular season slate.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field. The game is set to begin at noon before the Big Ten Tournament kicks off on Nov. 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

first_imgPrimary Metals has engaged Enernova – Novas Energias, a subsidiary of Electricidad de Portugal (EDP), the sole transmitter and largest producer and distributor of electricity in Portugal, to commence construction of eolic wind energy generators on Primary Metal’s Panasqueira tungsten mine in central Portugal. Construction is planned to start in the first quarter of 2008 and will include six or seven 2 MW generators, which will be located on hilltop land to the north of the property. The electrical power generated will be directed to the national grid.Under the terms of the agreement, originally signed in July 2001, Enernova will pay the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Beralt Tin and Wolfram, €65,000 (C$100,000) upon the start of construction. A further €500,000 (C$750,000) will be payable upon start-up of the generators, scheduled for the first quarter of 2009.Beralt has been receiving €4,000/y (C$6,000) to reserve the area for Enernova’s use since 2001. After start-up and during the 25-year term of the contract, Beralt will be paid €27,500 (C$41,000) annually plus a further €2,000 (C$3,000) per MW of installed capacity.Primary Metals, through Beralt, owns a 100% interest in the Panasqueira tungsten mine in Portugal and is currently producing some 100,000 MTU/y of tungsten trioxide in concentrates. Tungsten is currently trading at around $260/MTU. The Panasqueira mine has a long history of production of high-quality wolframite concentrates and is the dominant producer of high-grade tungsten concentrates outside China.last_img read more

first_imgIn order to help ensure that sufficient qualified miners are always available locally, Aurcana through its wholly owned subsidiary Rio Grande Mining Co, operator of the Shafter mine, has partnered with the local school board in Presidio, Texas and have jointly set up a mining school. This has been greeted with significant interest and support from the local community. The first group of locally trained miners is expected to begin working at Shafter in August and will work alongside the existing experienced miners. See http://vimeo.com/70990706Workers are in high demand at the old Shafter Silver Mine, so they’re working with Presidio ISD to train recent graduates. The Shafter mine has called Presidio home since the 1860s, now it is pushing to recruit new local workers, but it’s still a dangerous business.“Safety is always first. You go back to step one, I’m going to come out alive, watch out for number one which is you.” said Shafter Mine Supervisor and Training Instructor Manny Alvarado. More than 230 m below the surface in 3 km of tunnels at Shafter mine, miners take risks to earn an honest living.“We’re talking about rocks coming down, tripping hazards, improper lifting, staying out of the way of heavy equipment,” Alvarado said.“When you’re drilling, rocks can come down,” said Presidio Graduate and Shafter Mine Trainee Victor Hernandez. “Any size of rocks, big size, small rocks, you have no idea what can come down. I’ve seen rocks as big as that table.”He’s one of the first in a four-week training program taught at Presidio ISD and inside the mine.Now one of the biggest fears about working in a mine is getting trapped down here, but this is not your grandfather’s mine, new technology has opened the door for safety measures like a refuge chamber which can keep 20 men safe and fed in the event of a collapse for up to two weeks.“I thought it was smaller, dusty, muddy a really tiny space to work in,” Hernandez said. “But actually my first day here was amazing because I saw that it was nothing like what I had in mind.”“We train and teach some of the students and offer them something different for those who don’t want to go to the college level,” said Supervisor of Human Resources for Shafter Mine Phillip Aguilar. “We talked about developing a program that will help high school students find a career.”last_img read more

first_img(Click here for larger version)Rents in the major cities are now as follows:Dublin: €1,152, up 7.6 per centCork: €831, up 3.1 per centGalway: €816, up 3.6 per centLimerick: €662, up 1.8 per centWaterford: €601, down 1.6 per centOutside the cities, rents rose by 2.7 per cent in Leinster and 0.9 per cent in Connacht-Ulster but were static in Munster.Commenting on the report today, author of the report Ronan Lyons said that there is an acute shortage of rental accommodation in Dublin.“Clearly, any NAMA supply in the capital would be a welcome addition in easing tenant concerns,” he added. “Elsewhere, markets look relatively balanced with oversupply from 2009 having corrected itself in many counties.”(Note: Daft.ie is part of the Distilled Media Group. Journal Media Ltd has shareholders – Brian and Eamonn Fallon – in common with Distilled Media Group.)First published 07:00Read: Landlord locks staff out of Dublin café>Read: New limits for rent supplement to kick in later this month> Updated 21:43RENTAL RATES WERE on the rise again in the third quarter of this year with the increase spreading outside of Dublin.The year-on-year increase in the average national rent accelerated to 4.8 per cent in the third quarter, up from 4.2 per cent in the previous quarter.This is according to a report from Daft that found this rise is due mainly to trends outside Dublin with rental inflation outside the capital increasing from 0.9 per cent to 1.8 per cent in recent months. The average rent nationwide is now €824.In Dublin, rents are 7.6 per cent higher than last year because of the tight supply with fewer than 1,500 properties available to rent on 1 November, compared to over 6,700 on the same date four years ago.last_img read more

first_imgRossiter does have some advantages over his opponents, however. In Petr Jakl, he has a seasoned European coach of the highest calibre, while his work as a respiratory therapist provides him with some invaluable information that’s highly relevant to his sport. In addition, it also helped him to accrue some much-needed funds for this arduous trip.“Logistically, having the job has enabled me to finance this whole endeavour. I stopped working in September and I’ve been able to train full time since then. In terms of having the anatomy and physiology knowledge, I find it makes the training more enjoyable and understandable.” “I skied a little bit every year between the ages of three and 18, quite recreationally,” he explains. “When I went off to university in Montreal, I joined the team there and we raced maybe five weekends a year and trained throughout the winter. It’s really just the last three winters that we’ve been competing at a higher level, as well as the last season, when there’s been a huge jump in the amount of training being done.“It certainly wasn’t a long-term dream [to compete at the Winter Olympics]. So it sort of evolved in the last three or four years as I saw my skiing coming along. But it’s really been the last 18 months that I’ve fully committed to it.” “The equipment is much lighter than for a downhill ski. About a third of the race course is on flat ground, a third is uphill and a third is downhill, roughly speaking. The athletes have to be incredibly fit to climb the hill and also have some downhill skiing abilities to stay in control on the downhill as well.”Ireland have never won a medal at the Winter Olympics, though came close in 2002, when Clifton Wrottesley finished fourth in the Men’s Skeleton (an event in which another Irish representative, Sean Greenwood, will compete this year).Nevertheless, Rossiter admits he won’t be the man to make history by becoming the first Irish athlete to secure silverware at the event.“The spreads in time between the winner and the last-placed skier are quite large,” he explains. “So my goal would be to be as close as possible to the winner compared with some of my other races this year.” IT ALL HAPPENED so fast — one minute, Jan Rossiter considered cross-country skiing to be little more than a hobby, the next he was representing Ireland at the Winter Olympics.The impromptu nature of this recent development (“a lot of people are quite surprised,” he admits) is emphasised by the fact that Rossiter only got in touch with the Snowsports Association of Ireland in December to express a desire to represent the country of his birth in Sochi.“I’m not the first Irish cross country skier,” he tells TheScore.ie. “And I knew if I were to compete internationally, it certainly would be for Ireland.“The process was quite straightforward. I contacted the Snowsports Association of Ireland and then they registered me with the FIS — the International Skiing Federation. And I then had an international license to accumulate points for Ireland.”(Rossiter pictured with his coach Petr Jakl)Although the 26-year-old is one of five people representing Ireland at the Winter Olympics (at the time of the interview, he had yet to even meet his teammates), he bears the distinction of being the only athlete in the squad to have been born there.“It was just after my second birthday that we moved from Cork to Kingston, Ontario in Canada,” says Rossiter, who was born to an Irish father and a Czech mother. “My grandparents are still living in Clonmel, so we try to visit as often as we can. We’d visit every other year on average.”And while Rossiter has been competing for eight years in “local and university races,” it only recently dawned on him that the prospect of competing at the Winter Olympics might be a viable one. And of course, this relentless training is undoubtedly necessary for such a grueling sport.center_img “There’s a lot more hours of training now. Since I have fewer races, I’m able to train a little more often. It’s an altitude similar to Sochi — we’re around 1,540 metres, which is higher than we would normally experience, so it’s good to be here.“Luckily, travel went quite smoothly. We were able to get our kits here and get some good rest along the way. We started last Saturday — and we’ve been putting in about four hours a day. It’s been going well.” And it is a dream that he could easily have missed out on, as his qualification for the event was certainly less than straightforward.“Overall, it went according to plan. The second qualification race did not go well, so things were a little stressful at that point. Then with the third, fourth and fifth qualification races, each one kept getting better and better, so that was incredibly exciting and encouraging.”And how did he manage to overcome the initial setback?“I try to relax and not worry about the implications of the race too much. I ski more efficiently if I’m relaxed. I skied the course a few days ahead of time and then just tried to ski as if I were training, except a little faster.”(Rossiter pictured training ahead of the Games)Rossiter is speaking to TheScore.ie from his training base in Austria, yet far from taking an opportunity to rest and recuperate following confirmation of his qualification, if anything, the last few days have felt more intense than ever.“As soon as you miss more than one day on the snow, you really notice it,” he explains. And so, with that topic in mind, will he continue to pursue his sporting dreams once the 2014 Winter Olympics are over, or is he finally going to devote himself entirely to the day job?“I haven’t put much thought into it. I think you’ll have to ask me after the Games. But from a practical point of view, I’m going to have to focus on work, at least in the coming year, just to make ends meet again. And then we’ll decide from there.”You can read more about Jan Rossiter at www.janrossiter.com‘I felt he was being unreasonable’ — Paul Kimmage reveals the reason he quit Brian O’Driscoll book>Ireland’s Jan Rossiter: ‘We certainly can’t ignore Russia’s stance on homosexuality’>last_img read more

first_img Share20 Tweet Email As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4509258 8,281 Views 15 Comments IT’S BEING DESCRIBED as an omnibus bill, a mega bill and a landmark bill.Yesterday I published the legislation the government will bring through the Oireachtas over the next three-weeks to prepare us for a hard Brexit.In simple language, it’s the Irish Brexit law.It contains the things we will need to do in legislation to protect our citizens, businesses and country if a no deal Brexit comes to pass at the end of March.Brexit is bad news, a hard Brexit is really bad news.We have things we can do without new laws like get our ports, airports and supply chains ready with the hundreds of millions of euro in supports the government has already made available to agribusiness and small business.We have things the EU is doing like making sure the planes keep flying, the trucks keep driving across the UK and security and police cooperation remains really strong. Ireland will be an EU member after Brexit and that brings important stability and support too.However we also have laws we need to change and that’s what this work in the Oireachtas will be all about.The Brexit bill is the result of a lot of really hard work from our teams across government. They have toiled away in nine government departments to identify what will need a legal fix in a disorderly Brexit. The Taoiseach’s Department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Attorney General’s Office have overseen the preparations.The bill is designed to keep things the same, because Brexit threatens many things that have worked for decades on the island of Ireland.Let me give you five examples of what this bill does and why we need such a big piece of work to safeguard Irish citizens.1) Healthcare: The bill gives a legal basis for us to fly transplant patients to the UK for surgery, and for cataract operations for people living in the South to be done in Belfast.2) VAT: In law the U.K. will become a 3rd country overnight and for Irish businesses they would need to pay their VAT on the spot for every deal done in the U.K. This would add to their upfront costs and bury them in admin and paperwork so we’re changing the law to allow them do what they do today – Add it all up and pay their VAT once every two months.3) Welfare: This is a big one. It affects over a hundred thousand people in Ireland.  The Irish and the British have been living together and working together for years. This bit of the bill ensures pensions and welfare payments continue uninterrupted on March 30th no matter what.4) Students: They need their grants to keep going. This law ensures Irish students in the U.K. and British students here will keep their payments.5) Business: This bill gives more power to Enterprise Ireland so they can help Irish companies to export to more countries around the world.  This works. Ten years ago our exports to China was €100 million, now it’s close to €1 billion. There’s loads more in the bill and it will be debated heavily in the Oireachtas over the next couple of weeks.As I said yesterday I hope this work is made redundant and the Irish Brexit bill, and all the hard work that went into it, sits on the shelf in my office.The EU and the UK are working to give reassurances to Westminster that the backstop would be temporary if it was used. No one wants to trap the UK in the EU, but Brexit is their policy and they have responsibilities to Northern Ireland and Ireland. Westminster is the only place that can take no deal off the table.If they don’t, we’ll be as ready as we can be for the damage a disorderly Brexit will cause. Simon Coveney center_img Tánaiste Feb 23rd 2019, 6:16 AM Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 6:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Coveney: ‘What’s the new mega Bill? In simple language, it’s Irish Brexit law’ The Tánaiste says Ireland will be as ready as we can be for the damage a disorderly Brexit will cause. By Simon Coveney last_img read more

first_imgLes secrets d’une tombe maya dévoilés grâce à une mini caméraUne tombe datant de 1.500 ans qui se trouve sur le site archéologique de Palenque, au Mexique, dans une pyramide maya, a été dévoilée en images pour la première fois grâce à une minuscule caméra.Un tombeau maya très ancien du site archéologique de Palenque, découvert en 1999, suscite la curiosité des archéologues depuis tout ce temps. En effet, en raison de l’état précaire de la structure de la pyramide dans lequel il se trouve, aucun chercheur n’a encore pu y pénétrer. Il aurait en outre été dommage d’abîmer l’intérieur.Alors pour pouvoir explorer ce lieu énigmatique, une équipe affiliée à l’Institut national mexicain d’anthropologie et d’histoire a pensé à se doter d’une petite caméra, de 4 par 6 centimètres. Celle-ci a été descendue dans la tombe grâce à un trou de 15 centimètres de large réalisé à l’étage supérieur de la pyramide. Une rare fenêtre sur le passé.Les premières images dévoilent une chambre intacte comprenant des offrandes et des fresques murales peintes en rouge. Le plancher du tombeau occupe environ cinq mètres carrés, avec une arche maya en pierres qui se chevauchent. Les experts disent qu’il date probablement entre 431 et 550 après J-C. L’archéologue Martha Cuevas a affirmé que des fragments de jade et de coquillage ont été aperçus sur la vidéo. Ceux-ci faisaient partie d’un costume funéraire, selon elle.Les restes du chef maya K’uk’ Ba’lam I?Les archéologues pensent que les restes d’un chef maya, probablement K’uk’ Ba’lam I, ont été enfouis à cet endroit, mais ils n’ont pas encore observé d’ossements pour le moment. Toutefois, la pyramide serait similaire à une autre se trouvant à proximité, également dans cette région appelée “Acropole sud”, et dans laquelle des restes d’un autre chef maya avaient été mis au jour en 1959. Il s’agit d’une zone de Palenque recouverte de jungle, non loin du Temple des Inscriptions. “Tout cela nous incite à croire que cette région servait d’acropole royale à l’époque”, a déclaré à la presse espagnole Marta Cuevas.Susan Gillespie, professeur associé en anthropologie à l’Université de Floride, a déclaré au Telegraph : “C’est une découverte importante pour Palenque et pour comprendre l’histoire maya préclassique et sa politique”.À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitSi Palenque ne faisait pas partie des plus grandes cités mayas, les chercheurs et voyageurs aiment s’y rendre pour ses inscriptions riches, ses sculptures et son architecture. Découvrez les images du tombeau prises par la caméra des archéologues :https://www.maxisciences.com/tombe/un-tombeau-maya-de-1-500-ans-filme-pour-la-premiere-fois_art15464.htmlLe 30 juin 2011 à 12:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Image Comics is resurrecting its first book. That’s right, Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood is being relaunched once again this May. Readers can expect to see many of the series’ old characters modernized for today’s world.This new book will be helmed by writer Chad Bowers and artist Jim Towe. Story details are sparse, but the comic will center around an app that lets people decide which hero saves them. This is a similar plot to that of the recent Astonishing Ant-Man, only in that book, the app was used to call in super villains. Either way, it sounds like a nice modern take on this classic book.“In this Youngblood #1, an uber popular self-protection app called HELP! is changing how we stay safe,” according to the press release. “HELP! lets you decide who saves you. But when a high-rated young hero on the app goes missing, his best friend’s search for answers gains the attention of some unexpected allies, and together, they’ll do whatever it takes to find him… even if it means resurrecting the world’s most hated super-team, Youngblood.”“Youngblood has had outstanding talent contribute to its amazing history,” says series creator, Rob Liefeld. “Alan Moore, Robert Kirkman, Keith Giffen and Mark Millar are a few who have left their mark. Chad Bowers and Jim Towe are four issues into their run and are producing stories that will be held as some of, if not the best Youngblood tales ever told. It honors the best of the past and forges exciting new paths for these characters!”Along with DC’s The Wild Storm book, it seems Image Comics’ original teams are making a small comeback. Most of Image’s classic books contained interesting characters. However, the books themselves were very much of their time. Giving these old characters a modern spit and polish will hopefully introduce them to a whole new audience — not to mention give them better stories to star in.Youngblood #1 will hit comic book stores (and ComiXology) on May 3. Expect covers by Towe, David Finch, Chris Daughtry, and of course, Rob Liefeld. Polaroid Lab Turns Smartphone Snaps Into Instant PhotosAdobe’s New AI Tool Can Identify Photoshopped Faces Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Matt Fowler of IGN.com is featuring an interview with WWE star Neville where he talks about his recent ankle injury keeping him off the card for WrestleMania 32 tonight in Dallas and how his current recovery is going.“So, I’ve broken my ankle in two spots. Fortunately, it was a relatively clean break so it’s remained in position. The bone has remained in position. I don’t require surgery. I will have to rest it though. It’s a broken ankle. I can’t put any weight on it. That’s gonna be the case still for a few weeks to come. I’ve started trying out a little bit of rehab. I have a light bit of mobility, but it’s very difficult. My ankle is damaged and it’s just a game of patience. It’s not something I’m used to. I’m generally a very active person and this is the first injury that’s had me out for a long extended period. So, you know, I’m just not used to sitting around.”You can check out the full interview at the link below.IGN: WWE’S NEVILLE GIVES UPDATE ON INJURY Google+ Pinterest Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottecenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgNonperishable itemsCanned foodGatoradeJuiceEssentialsFeminine towelsDiapers for kids and adultsToothbrushToothpastePowder soapBelow is a list of the donation sites:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida leaders have established donation sites for those affected by the eruption of the Guatemala volcano.Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz helped set up eight donation locations across South Florida, which are aiming to help provide relief for families ravaged by the Guatemala volcano.“We are coordinating with the municipalities and local agencies to provide life-saving and necessity items as soon as possible,” said Diaz.Related: ‘Nobody is left’: Guatemala volcano ravaged entire familiesThe requested items for those looking to donate include canned food, antibiotics, diapers, toothpaste and first-aid kits.Below is the full list of items the donation sites are collecting:MedicinesMedication for respiratory infectionsAntibioticsAlcoholPeroxideFirst aid kitFood last_img read more

first_imgEmami Paper Mills, which recently diversified into high-end packaging paper, will invest Rs.1,000 crore in three years to double its production capacity of 1.32 lakh tonnes per annum in the segment.The company earlier this year set up a new state-of-the-art paper packaging plant at its existing facility here with an investment of Rs.1,000 crore.”The demand for high-end coated multi-layered paperboard in the country is seven lakh tonnes currently and growing annually by over 15 percent. At present, our capacity for high-end packaging paper is 1,32,000 tonnes per annum. In the next three years, we will double the capacity with an investment of Rs.1,000 crore,” Emami Paper executive director P.S. Patwari said here.The Balasore’s board unit, commissioned in April 2015, will begin commercial production from December.Competing with ITC, JK Paper and Century in the segment, the company asserted its fortunes will not be affected when Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Paper Limited’s (TNPL) 2-lakh tonne capacity multi-layer double coated board plant in Tamil Nadu becomes operational by year-end.”TNPL’s commercial production is still several months away. And the market is growing by over 15 percent. People are now going for better packaging – be it fast-moving consumer goods, white goods or others products. So new players’ entry will not affect us,” Emami Group director Aditya Agarwal said.Agarwal said from 2016-17 onwards, at least 60 percent of the company’s revenue will come from high-end packaging paper segment.Despite being the country’s largest newsprint manufacturer, Emami Paper said it will not invest in the segment and continue to focus on packaging paper.”The country’s total consumption of newsprint is 27 lakh tonnes per annum, of which only 10 lakh tonnes is produced domestically and the rest imported.”Local tax is levied on domestic newsprint but there is no such levy on imported newsprint. Thus, Indian newsprint industry is facing a crisis,” said Patwari.Patwari said the government’s “unfavourable” outlook is pushing the Indian newsprint makers to the brink.”Nearly one third of the newsprint mills have closed and companies are diversifying. We have tried to raise the issue with the government but to no avail,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgOil prices slipped in Asian trade on Monday, hit by a strong dollar and signs that global crude supply is holding up even as unplanned outages rise to at least a five-year high.In a further sign of abundant supply the number of rigs operated by U.S. drillers was steady last week for the first time this year.Brent futures LCOc1 were down 14 cents at $48.58 a barrel as of 0154 GMT, after ending the previous session 9 cents down.U.S. crude futures CLc1 fell 25 cents to $48.16 a barrel, after settling down 41 cents in the previous session.The dollar index was marginally lower in early trade on Monday after gaining for a third straight week last week.That came as U.S. crude rose 3.3 percent last week, while Brent was up 1.7 percent, as unplanned supply outages rose to the highest since at least 2011 due to wildfires in Canada and losses in Nigeria, Libya and Venezuela.But global oil supply still outstripped demand by around 1.5 million barrels per day, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.”It’s hard to trade with the current volatility in oil prices,” said Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at Sydney’s Ayers Alliance.”We’ve run up from $44 a barrel on economic growth and outages. Are we now at the top end? Does that mean at $49-$50 a barrel we’ll get U.S. oil shale production starting up?”The number of U.S. rigs last week drilling for oil was unchanged for the first time this year as crude futures trade near a seven-month high.”With the U.S. rig count steady, people are waiting to see whether producers will start turning some production back on,” Barratt added.That came as the chance appeared to increase of an interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee at its June meeting.”Market odds of a June rate hike ended the week at around 30 percent, up from 4 percent a week ago. That is a significant repricing,” analysts at banking group ANZ said in a market report on Monday. “We continue to see June as very much a ‘live’ meeting.”Iran plans to increase oil export capacity to 2.2 million barrels by the summer and has no plans to freeze its level of oil production and exports, Deputy Oil Minister Rokneddin Javadi was quoted on Sunday as saying.Tehran is trying to raise its crude exports to pre-sanctions levels.A meeting of the OPEC exporters’ group, including Iran, is scheduled for June 2.last_img read more

first_imgFrances Cress Welsing’s The Isis Papers: Keys to the Colors opened the dialogue on racism and White Supremacy at the National Black United Front’s Black Women’s Conference.It has been nearly a quarter of a century since Frances Cress Welsing’s The Isis Papers: Keys to the Colors opened the dialogue on racism-White supremacy as a biological imperative to White genetic survival. The collection of essays deconstructing racialized codes in behavior took on an almost prophetic tone during the inaugural Black Power Women’s Conference hosted by the National Black United Front (NBUF).The conference, held March 27-29 at Howard University’s Blackburn Student Center, provided a welcoming platform for Welsing, an internationally-known psychiatrist, whose work spawned a new discourse on race – including the rap group Public Enemy’s 1990 Fear of a Black Planet.As the nation grapples with the state-sanctioned murders of several young Black males at the hands of White law enforcement, Welsing’s challenge to the standing-room only crowd, was to ask and examine, why.“The struggle for White genetic survival means that there must be a killing of Black men. We have to really understand at a scientific level that if the [Black] men are destroyed then there is no fear of genetic annihilation because women cannot impose sexual intercourse,” Welsing said.Welsing writes in The Isis Papers that a system is practiced by the global White minority, on both conscious and unconscious levels, to ensure their genetic survival by any means necessary. “I don’t make such a great distinction between Black men and Black women because it is more about what we need to understand as Black people,” Welsing told the AFRO. “At one time you could focus on the women and at another, on the men, but we have to be careful that we make no division between the two of us. We must understand that we both are struggling against racism-White supremacy to the extent that as it destroys the men or the women, it destroys the people.”The system of racism-White supremacy attacks non-Whites, especially those of African descent, in the nine major areas: economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war. And according to Welsing, no one is exempt. “We are in a critical time period and I hope people are aware that even if you become the first Black president it does not excuse you from attacks from a vicious system of racism-White supremacy,” said Welsing, who began writing about racism while training in psychiatry at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from 1963 to 1966.In taking down the medical histories of patients, Welsing said she found that among Black patients at St. Elizabeth’s racism always played a pivotal role in their malaise. “Racism wasn’t talked about then or now. Just look at what happened when Starbucks tried to talk about racism. A great big corporation where the customers are White and the servers, different minorities, and the Whites said they are not going to talk about race and if forced, they may throw their coffee. Eric Holder, our attorney general, asked if we were a nation of cowards, unable to talk about racism. The response to Starbucks says ‘yes,’” Welsing said.Welsing said social scientist Neely Fuller’s list of basic counter-racism behaviors remain key in Black people disrupting their own oppression. Among them: stop name calling one another, gossiping about one another, squabbling with one another, snitching on each other for personal gain, being discourteous and disrespectful to one another, and stop stealing, robbing, fighting, and killing each other.“We have to determine that something negatively impacting our lives is going to be brought to an end, but you cannot bring it to an end if you do not understand it. You can complain from now to forever, but you have to treat it scientifically and investigate it. Racism as a total system – it covers all areas of people activities.The Black United Front is an organization comprised of concerned and committed individuals and organizations who have united to assume responsibility for working and leading the struggle for a better life for themselves and their children.last_img read more

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFrom 5-7 P.MThe death of yet another unarmed Black man, this time in San Diego County, brings up the issue of law enforcement training when encountering mentally ill individuals. We’ll discuss the challenges with our mental health experts. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on politics and law enforcement, including a New York Times feature story on Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
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first_img(Credit: Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics)What happens when you’re hit by something going 15,000 miles per hour? Total obliteration, more or less.That’s a very real scenario that spacecraft engineers must keep in mind every time they put something in space. Collisions with objects in orbit are rare, but they do happen. In the past, paint chips have left craters in the space shuttle and a French satellite was disabled in 1996 after its gravity-gradient boom was severed by a chunk from an exploded rocket.Shields Up!To protect expensive spacecraft, shields are in order. And not just any hunk of metal will do. Objects in space are moving fast — craft in low-Earth orbit whizz by at around 17,000 miles per hour — and we can’t make a single shield thick enough to protect against that kind of speed. So, engineers have turned to something called a Whipple shield, named for its creator, Fred Whipple. Instead of a single layer of material, a Whipple shield relies on several, each separated by empty space.The outermost layer is designed to break apart when hit, shattering the projectile at the same time. The resulting cloud spreads out the force of the impact across a greater surface area, decreasing the force at any one point and increasing the chances that the inner layer will hold. Many spacecraft today, the International Space Station included, utilize Whipple shields.You can see a Whipple shield in action in the video from the European Space Agency. It shows a 2.8 millimeter aluminum bullet shot from a gas gun impacting the shield. The bullet is traveling around 15,000 miles per hour, but it doesn’t manage to penetrate the thin secondary shield. The reason is clear — upon impact with the first layer the bullet gets totally vaporized, robbing most of its destructive power. The shield is a fiber metal laminate, or thin layers of metal held together by a composite.Updated versions of Whipple shields use fillings of Kevlar or Nextel ceramic fibers between layers to add even more protective power. And as an added benefit, the shields are far lighter than conventional armor would be, though they do make the spacecraft a bit bigger.The one downside, of course, is that Whipple shields are pretty much a single-use product. Once the first layer has been breached, the shield won’t work anymore. But, because impacts in orbit are still so rare, the chances of being hit twice in the same place are exceedingly low. And, for now, that’s enough.last_img read more

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- A dispute over a parking lot has led a Texas art gallery owner to put up satirical gay conversion therapy signs targeting a local church. The sign in question | Photo: Video/ABC13 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘I’m as gay as a goose,’ Butler further explain for anyone who’s unclear on where he stands. ‘It is not anti-gay. I have been a gay activist my entire adult life on the national life. It is satire.’The church respondsSenior Pastor at River Pointe, Patrick Kelley, released a statement regarding the matter.‘We are sorry to have inconvenienced Mr. Butler because we want to be the best neighbors possible,’ he said. ‘We host a Bible study across the street from Mr. Butler’s property, in our private residence, and will continue to be diligent to prevent our guests from using Mr. Butler’s four parking spaces.’H/t: ABC13More from Gay Star NewsChristians fight anti-LGBTI preacher Franklin Graham despite vile backlashThis church unfurled a new inclusive Pride flag to kick off Calgary Pride weekRead Pope Francis’ letter on sexual abuse: ‘We abandoned the little onesGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img The stand-off between art gallery owner and pastor led the former, Hiram Butler to put up a sign outside his gallery reading: ‘Parking Only For Gay Conversion Therapy.’It all began with Bible study.Local Houston church River Pointe owns a house across the street from Butler’s gallery. They host Bible study there a few times a week. This leads to crowded street parking and people leaving their cars on Butler’s property.‘We would not care if they park in our parking spaces one night a week. three to five nights a week where you can’t park? It’s not acceptable,’ Butler said.‘We tried reason. We tried anger. Neither of those things worked, so we’re trying humor and see if that will reach them.’According to him, this dispute has been going on for years.There are also bumper stickers reading: ‘Follow me to the Blossom Gay Conversation Therapy Center where we pray the straight away.’Artist Robert Rosenberg said he suggested the sign as an ‘alternative solution’ to ’embarrass people and force them into behaving better’.‘It’s meant to be satire. It’s meant to ironic. Sometimes the only way to deal with those people is hitting them over the heads as hard as you can with a joke,’ he added.The sign first went up on 20 August and Butler plans to keep it there for a while. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… LGBTI-inclusive church gets political – and compassionate – after sign is vandalizedAustralia’s senate passes motion to tackle conversion therapyMichigan church slammed for ‘counselling’ sessions for LGBTQ teenage girlsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/parking-lot-dispute-church-texas-gay-conversion-signs/last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. A court in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday sentenced former sports magnate and Costa Rican businessman Minor Vargas, 61, to 60 years in prison for the crimes of fraud and money laundering.Vargas was convicted in April of defrauding customers through the sale of life insurance bonds with Provident Capital Indemnity.According to prosecutors, Vargas and business partner Jorge Castillo defrauded some $670 million from clients seeking investments in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany and Canada.He is presumed to have transferred at least $50 million in investments to Costa Rica and other countries.Vargas was president and owner of Brujas Football Club and Club Deportivo Barrio Mexico, both in Costa Rica. He also was president of powerhouse soccer club Saprissa, and the owner of publishing company Icon Group and a synthetic turf business.He was arrested in early 2011 while on a trip to New York. Facebook Commentslast_img read more