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first_img Shark Tank Style: The Winning Clothes You’ll Actually Want to Wear World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 19 Books By Female Authors Every Man Should Read (or Re-Read) in 2019 She couldn’t know it at the time, but Kareemah Batts’ cancer diagnosis was going to change lives. It would inspire her to create the Adaptive Climbing Group, providing people with disabilities the support and training to climb, boulder, and compete at the highest levels.In 2009, Batts was diagnosed with an extremely rare but aggressive form of soft tissue cancer called Synovial Sarcoma, which has a mortality rate of 70%. Batts was one of the lucky 30% who go into remission, but it came at a great cost: decreased lung function and half of her left leg was amputated. She had always been active and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and camping in her youth. About a year after the amputation, Batts applied for, and received, a scholarship to the Colorado Mountain School where she was challenged more than she anticipated. But it was also that much more rewarding because of the difficulty.Renewed, she realized there were others who faced physical or developmental challenges that may seem like obstacles to the sport of climbing, but in fact, weren’t. So, in March of 2012 at Brooklyn Boulders gym, Batts held the first “NYC Adaptive Climbing Clinic,” where over two days, 38 adults with disabilities realized climbing was absolutely within reach. The clinic turned into a meet-up, and that meet-up quickly grew. More clinics were organized around the east coast transforming lives. The group’s name also transformed from NYC Adaptive Climbing, to simply Adaptive Climbing Group.The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) recognizes adaptive climbers and offer four categories of eligibility: Amputation/Limb Difference, Neurological (examples include Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or traumatic brain injury), Spinal cord injury, and/or visual impairment that cannot be rectified by glasses. Batts and Adaptive Climbing Group are on the frontlines, helping people within all of these categories achieve their full climbing potential.And many times that includes competing at a championship level. In July, Adaptive Climbing Group took home seven medals at the US Climbing Adaptive National Championships. Seven Adaptive Climbing Group athletes have qualified for the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championship which will take place in France from September 14th through the 16th of this year.If you’re in the New York area and want to support the Adaptive Climbing athletes in the World Championships, you can do so by partying on a boat! That’s right, September 10th you can party on the Hornblower Yacht. Leaving out of pier 40, the yacht will be filled with music, dancing, raffles, and both cash and open bars. All of the money raised goes directly to the athlete’s housing, food, and transportation.Kareemah Batts and Adaptive Climbers are incredible role models for us all, reminding everyone to keep climbing. Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube Editors’ Recommendations An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The AAP on Monday said that Monitoring Committee made by the Supreme Court cannot do the sealing of Amar Colony or Lajpat Nagar area because these areas are under Special Provision Act of Delhi. Delhi’s Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain said, “To do the sealing of these places the Monitoring Committee should take permission from the Supreme Court.””Some newspapers are reporting that sealing is being done in Amar Colony on the direction of the Monitoring Committee. This cannot be done as the Special Provisions Act is applicable in Delhi. As per the Act, any building built before 2009 cannot be acted against until 2020. If the Monitoring Committee wants to undertake any demolition or take any action, it must take permission from the Supreme Court before doing so. Sealing cannot be carried out in Amar Colony because all buildings in Amar Colony are pre-2009 and have protection under the law,” he said. The minister added that not just in Amar Colony, but all parts of Delhi are covered under this. If sealing is carried on despite this, it will be in gross violation of the Special Provisions Act and an Act of Parliament will have no meaning left. “The sealing must be stopped immediately,” said Jain.last_img read more

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A judge has ordered an online obituary site to pay $20 million in damages for the unauthorized use of notices and photographs taken from websites of Canadian funeral homes and newspapers.Federal Court Judge Catherine Kane wrote in the class action lawsuit ruling issued Tuesday that the actions of Afterlife Network Inc. amounted to “obituary piracy.”Kane found that by using photographs and details of the deceased and then inviting people to purchase flowers and other gifts, the company had repeatedly violated copyright.Erin Best, a lawyer based in St. John’s, N.L., says the members of the class action are the authors of the obituaries and the people who took the photos.She says it’s not clear how many class members there are. There were over one million obituaries on the Afterlife website.The action said the website generated revenues by displaying advertising of third-party businesses and by permitting users to light virtual candles and send flowers.The judge also says in the ruling that she agrees with the applicant that Afterlife’s conduct was “high-handed, reprehensible and represents a marked departure from standards of decency.”A spokesperson for Afterlife was not immediately available for comment, but the company has previously told CBC that it will edit or delete information from the site on request.The ruling says that the firm didn’t contest the allegations brought forward in proceedings filed in Ottawa.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsOntario’s provincial election is three weeks away.Oct. 6 is the day voters decide if Dalton McGuinty will serve another term as premier.So, what do party leaders have planned for Aboriginal people in the province?APTN National News reporter Donna Smith speaks with the NDP’s leader Andrea Horwath in Toronto.last_img

“Inclusion is about empowering the marginalized, inclusion is looking at the disadvantaged groups, normally women, the youth,” said Anna Tibaijuka, the Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in an interview with the UN News Centre.“In many of the developing countries 60 per cent of the people are below 30 years old. If you do not really have clear socio-economic policies to include them, to provide them with livelihoods, to provide them with education and vocational training, how will they improve their lot?” Ms. Tibaijuka asked.She spoke of the need to “bridge the urban divide,” deploring the fact that 1 billion people across the world still lived in slums and squatter settlements without access to basic services such as safe drinking water and sanitation facilities and durable housing.Slum dwellers lacked security of tenure for the land where they had settled and often had no means of legal redress when their dwellings were razed by municipal authorities.Urban planning must also take into account environmental factors, especially challenges posed by the effects of climate change, Ms. Tibaijuka said, stressing the need to have in place measures to mitigate the consequences of natural disasters.“There is a lot of vulnerability… in many cities. Coastal cities are under tremendous stress should there be sea level rise, so the whole question of urban planning, the whole question of reducing vulnerability, disaster mitigation becomes central,” she said.She identified other major pillars of sustainable human settlement as job creation and international and regional trade. “Urban economies have to be lively,” she added.Ms. Tibaijuka welcomed the fact that UN-HABITAT had since 2000 helped make it possible for an estimated 100 million slum dwellers to improve their living conditions and have better shelter as required under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target on shelter.But she lamented that 60 million more people had moved into slums during the same period.“The target should be to halve the proportion of people living in slums and squatter settlements, which is really more in line with the ideal of cities without slums that was endorsed in the Millennium Declaration,” said Ms. Tibaijuka. 18 June 2010Providing city dwellers with equal opportunities for social services, including livelihoods and shelter is key to ensuring sustainable development in urban areas, the head of the United Nations settlements programme says, adding that exclusion could be a recipe for upheaval in cities. read more

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Liberia, Jacques Klein, met today in Freetown, Sierra Leone, with President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah and Vice President Solomon Berewah to discuss the re-opening of the road between Liberia and Sierra Leone to enable trucks to be driven into the war-torn country.The meeting was the first in a planned series of visits to discuss the situation in Liberia with West African leaders. Upon his arrival in Sierra Leone yesterday, Mr. Klein told reporters that it was the responsibility of the international community to “make Liberia work.” A failed Liberia, he added, “will spell disaster for Sierra Leone and the sub-region.”Mr. Klein added that he was “working well” with Liberian President Moses Blah and that he hoped that the in-coming administration would live up to his expectations. Mr. Blah is expected to hand power over to Gyudeh Bryant, the 54-year-old businessman who was picked last week by warring factions and civil society to head an interim administration.At the same time, Mr. Klein decried the fighting that has erupted in some parts of Liberia, saying, “this will go on until sufficient UN troops are on the ground. When they know we have more guns than they do, they will stop.” Some of the fighters are giving peace a chance while others are elusive, he noted, but stressed, “I am sure we will be able to do a good job in Liberia.” The envoy said he would return to New York within the next two weeks to present his assessment report to the Security Council on the requirements for a UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia.Also today, Mr. Klein met with David Crane, Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which has indicted exiled Liberian President Charles Taylor for war crimes committed during Sierra Leone’s bloody 10-year civil war. Tomorrow, Mr. Klein expects to travel to Conakry, Guinea, to meet with senior officials there.Meanwhile in Liberia itself, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) continued food distribution over the weekend and said that an estimated 122,000 people have now been reached throughout the capital, Monrovia. The agency also succeeded in providing food to sites for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sinkor, Newport St. and Capital Bypass.The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) distributed non-food items in Monrovia, including 1,000 plastic sheets. It also said that 154 Sierra Leonean refugees left Liberia over the weekend to return home.Yesterday, an initial assessment of camps for IDPs took place in Montserrado, 15 kilometres outside of Monrovia. Conditions are reportedly poor in terms of food and other supplies. Another assessment mission is scheduled for today. A separate survey team travelled to Bong County to examine the camps for internally displaced persons there. read more

first_imgAdChoices广告 You know that upcoming 20th Century Fox-branded version of Angry Birds we told you about? Yeah, well, if you’re one of the countless folks tuned into the Super Bowl this weekend, you’ll get a little extra. Twentieth Century Fox and Angry Birds maker Rovio will be offering up a bonus code during a spot for Fox’s Rio (a tie-in that’s also the subject of the new Angry Birds title).Download the code and beat the level, and you’ll be entered to win a trip to Rio de Janeiro for the March 22nd of the upcoming movie–just be care not to leave your luggage unattended when there are shifty looking pigs on the premises. Those not so into the whole pigskin tossing will be able to check the ad out on YouTube, post-sporting event. last_img read more

first_imgThe Byzantine Empire existed for 1,100 years and it was the longest political institution and empire in the middle ages. Yet many people have limited knowledge of it, other than with the word ‘Byzantine’ being synonymous for highly intricate, complex, and devious dealings. But how did this era really influence the rest of the world? We sat down with Toula Kritas, who is currently studying her Masters in Ancient History and specialising in Byzantine History, who was cordially invited to speak about that period.The Byzantine Empire influenced, significantly, not just the West, but all of Eastern Europe as well as the Arabic countries, through the seventh, eighth, ninth centuries, culturally, spiritually and politically. Unfortunately, this period is somewhat lost. “Byzantine chronologically ‘sat’ between the brilliant ideal of the Classical World; Classical Greece, Rome and the Renaissance period, when all aspects of civilisation flourished. The adjoining periods were the dark ages. What’s even more fascinating is that the Byzantine Period had no dark ages within it. It actually continued on and grew further, unlike its unfair negative portrayal in the most recent couple of decades. It is starting to get some more appreciation without the prejudices that it had in the past”, says Ms Kritas. According to history, the Byzantine era has influenced the modern world in many different ways. “From a religious perspective, most of the world doesn’t realise the religious significance of the East. Many of the decisions and debates that established the belief system of the Christian faith occurred here. In respect to tradition, the Byzantines were the continuers of the ancient world and the Roman Empire. Many of the Byzantine scholars who moved to the West, prior and after the Fall of Constantinople, were the catalysts of the Renaissance,” says Ms Kritas. On the other hand, the Byzantine Empire today is still perceived by most as a patriarchal society. However, women actively participated in many aspects and spheres of Byzantine society although to an extent, these were limited to the upper classes. It’s also this role of strong and dynamic women during these times that haven’t been exposed. It is obvious that women had a very active role in Byzantine society and the ‘Byzantine Women’ presentation, which took place at the Greeks of Egypt & Middle East Society Hall on Wednesday 29 April, explored exactly that: the lives of empresses, saints, nuns, and as well, the ‘ordinary’ everyday Byzantine woman. Subjects included extraordinary women such as Empress Theodora and her life prior and after marrying Emperor Justinian. Through professional journals we can conclude that Theodora was a strong woman with a social conscience that strengthened the rights of women. “Theodora was crowned an empress. She was a co-ruler and played an integral part in the decision making process by assisting Justinian I in reforming the laws of the Byzantine Empire, known as ‘The Justinian Code’, says Ms Kritas. It is commonly known that, under Justinian and Theodora’s rule, the Byzantine Empire flourished and prospered in many ways. Other women included Empress Irene, who reigned as a sole ruler for a number of years, female saints and their healing shrines, the first female historian Anna Komnena, hymnographer Kassiani and others. Their focus on spirituality was very strong. They focused on learning and highlighting the positive aspects of tradition and the honouring of heritage. They felt connected and respected their heritage. “One of the things we can learn from that era, in addition to history, is how similar the issues we face today are with those back then. We can use this knowledge and apply it to our own methods of handling multi-ethnic and multicultural societies. Thus, not repeating the same mistakes and learning from the past,” concludes Ms Kritas. Whether you have an interest in the Byzantine Empire or simply a genuine interest in history and culture, it was a great opportunity to meet some of these fascinating and often un-celebrated citizens. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgPolice increasing enforcement of homeless camps along San Diego River November 7, 2017 , Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Police Department is stepping up enforcement on the homeless. But the crackdown may be behind the growing number of people living alongside the San Diego River.According to the San Diego River Park Foundation, there are 101 encampments alongside the river, or about 250 people. That is nearly double the number from last year. Homeless and river resident Louie Riccardi told KUSI that’s because of the city’s crackdown, on homelessness in Downtown San Diego, directed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Council, in part due to the spread of Hepatitis A. The homeless can be penalized for staying in tents and blocking sidewalks. But police have to give them 72-hours notice.Many times the transients will just move their tents and belongings to different areas and police play a game of whack-a-mole. If they do kick someone out of a dwelling, the officers must first have a bed to offer them. Even so, police arrested 270 people in September, compared to just 84 people last September. That’s an 83 percent spike in prosecutions. A ticket hovers around $900, and not paying will land a person in jail for three days, their belongings usually tossed. So now the crackdown has created a new task for the city, cleaning up the river. Council members are aware of growing issue, but Father Joe’s Villages CEO Jim Vargas said citing and arresting the people who call the San Diego River home is not a long-term solution.With or without penalty, these people have no home. Vargas recommends creating affordable housing and job placement. If you’d like to help Louie Riccardi from a job, visit his GoFundMe page.  Posted: November 7, 2017last_img read more

first_imgConstruction work on state Highway 14 will reconfigure an access point at Sixth Street in Washougal starting Monday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.From both directions, drivers will no longer be able to cross the highway or make left turns onto Highway 14 at Sixth Street. Left turns off the highway to Sixth Street also won’t be allowed. Right turns will still be allowed at the intersection.Motorists will, however, be allowed to cross and make left turns on and off the highway at Second Street to the west, according to WSDOT. Crews are building a frontage road and roundabouts on the south side of the highway as part of a widening and interchange project in the area. That will divert traffic onto a temporary gravel road to reach Second Street until paving work resumes in the spring, according to WSDOT.The $50 million widening project will expand Highway 14 to four lanes between the West Camas Slough Bridge and Washougal. The work is expected to be completed in early 2013.last_img read more

first_img “Nick is an admired executive, who has built Jumpstart into one of Hearst Magazines’ top-performing digital assets,” said Carey. “The ultimate ‘car guy,’ Nick was at the forefront of digital automotive marketing and understands the power of technology and data to deliver a frictionless experience that connects car-buying consumers to auto manufacturers and dealers.” Consumer brands Car and Driver, Road & Track, business-to-business media solutions company Jumpstart Automotive Group, and Veretech Holdings, Inc., are joining together as Hearst Autos. Forbes Media has seen three executives leave the company: Fred Poust, who ran the conference business, Bruce Upbin, vice president and managing editor of technology, and Wendy Furrer Egan, senior director of edit publicity. All three have chosen to leave the company of their own accord. Jason Abbruzzese has been promoted to business editor at Mashable. Previously, he served as a business reporter, covering media and telecom. Previously, Matarazzo served as CEO of Jumpstart Automotive Group, refining the company’s mission and strategy. He also drove five straight years of record-breaking revenue growth. Clare Gorman, Simon Reed, and Danny Doyle have all joined Hearst Magazines International, as director of sales operations, international trading director, and head of digital advertising operations, UK and EMEA, respectively. Previously, Gorman served as senior director of international business operations at AOL. Reed also previously worked for AOL, as director of trading, EMEA. Doyle joins HMI from The Guardian, where he was deputy ad operations manager of commercial and development. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Paul Zwillenberg has been named Daily Mail & General Trust’s new CEO, effective June 1. Zwillenberg currently serves as head of BCG’s media unit. NowThis Media has named Tina Exarhos its first chief marketing officer. She will also join Lerer Hippeau Ventures, which seeded NowThis, as marketing advisor. Most recently, Exarhos served as MTV’s CMO and executive VP. Jason Wagenheim and Megan Gilbert have joined Fusion’s revenue team, as senior VP of brand partnerships and head of revenue, and director of branded content for Lightworks, respectively. Previously, Wagenheim worked at Vanity Fair, Teen Vogue, and Entertainment Weekly. Gilbert comes to Fusion from Gawker Media, where she was Studio@Gawker’s content director. Prior to joining Hearst Magazines, Matarazzo rose through the sales and marketing organization of Hachette Filipacchi U.S. Most recently, he served as executive vice president, group publishing director of the Men’s Enthusiast Network, responsible for sales, marketing, and content strategies for eight brands, which he transformed into multi-media platforms.center_img The New York Times has named Elizabeth Spayd its new public editor, succeeding Margaret Sullivan, who is joining WaPo as a media columnist. Spayd joins the company from The Columbia Journalism Review, where she served as editor and publisher. Previously, she was the managing editor for The Washington Post. Southern Living announced Diane DePaul will assume the role of Associate Publisher, starting this month, where she will work closely with publisher Ron King on all sales efforts for the brand. Most recently, DePaul served as associate publisher of Marie Claire at Hearst. She has also worked at Condé Nast as associate publisher of Gourmet from 2008-2009 and associate publisher of Allure from 2004-2008. Vox Media has temporarily suspended Nick Solares, restaurant editor for, after he apologized for participating in New York City’s skinhead punk rock scene in the 1980s. “Our mission is to help consumers make informed buying decisions. We will continue to refine our industry-leading tools and products, leverage our proprietary data, and integrate credible editorial and consumer insights to serve our vast, exclusive audience,” Matarazzo said. Business Insider has named Oliver Darcy as its politics editor, effective June 6. Darcy joins the company from The Blaze, where he served as deputy managing editor. Ed Romano has announced he will retire as vice chairman of Warner Bros. at the end of June. He will take on a consulting role for the company. Active Interest Media has named Collin Stewart director of consumer marketing for AIM’s Healthy Living Group, where he will drive the strategic direction of and marketing for AIM Healthy University, and support marketing for all consumer offerings. Previously, Stewart was director of growth marketing at Craftsy. Hearst Magazines has announced the formation of Hearst Autos and named Nick Matarazzo president of the newly formed company. Matarazzo will continue to report to Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines president David Carey.  Additionally, Allan Beaufour will join The New York Times as vice president, engineering. Most recently, Beaufour served as head of engineering at the healthcare startup Sum.last_img read more

first_img Tags 1:34 Computers HP HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is more interesting than its… null The best new gaming laptops, rankedcenter_img 0 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 41 Photos Omen’s Outpost mousepad with Qi can fully charge the Photon gaming mouse in 2.5 hours. HP With such a wide variety of great gaming mice already on the market, it would be easy to overlook options from the likes of HP’s Omen brand. Its upcoming wireless Photon mouse and Outpost mousepad is worth your attention, however. The $130 Photon ambidextrous wireless gaming mouse (approximately AU$190 and £100 converted) uses optical-mechanical switches that allow for a click response time of 0.2 ms or three times faster than a regular mechanical mouse switch, HP claims.Pivot hinges were used for the mouse buttons so you get the same click performance regardless of your grip type — palm, fingertip or claw. To tailor the fit, though, there are removable magnetic finger rests and covers for the side buttons. The mouse has 11 programmable buttons overall, as well as the capability to switch DPI on the fly with a range from 100 to 16,000. omen-photon-wireless-mouse-7The Photon has removable finger rests and covers for the side buttons.  HP HP said the Photon’s 2.4GHz Proactive Wireless Technology is as good as a wired mouse, and with a 50-hour battery life you’ve got a while before you need to recharge. Speaking of, the mouse can be charged wirelessly using a Qi pad like those used for phones. Don’t have a Qi charger? For $100 (roughly AU$140 or £80 converted) the Omen Outpost Mousepad not only gives you a flippable soft/hard mousepad, but a Qi pad charge the Photon in 2.5 hours or your phone while you’re gaming. A USB-A passthrough port gives you somewhere to plug the mouse’s wireless adapter, too. Both the pad and mouse have customizable RGB LED lighting as well that you set up with the company’s Omen Command Center software.The pair arrive in July, but at the moment there are no plans to bundle them. Nonetheless, I could definitely see them paired up at a big-box retailer come holiday shopping season. Also read: HP Omen X 2S laptop sports two screenslast_img read more

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has not been granted permission to hold a public rally it had planned to hold at the Suhrawardy Udyan on 12 March.The opposition party had planned to organise the programme to press home the demand for the release of its chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury said this to the media at a youths’ conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday.Swadhinata Forum, a platform of youths, organised the conference demanding former prime minister Khaleda and his son and acting BNP chairperson Tarique Rahman be freed.”It has been a week, but we could not get permission. BNP is being deprived of its political rights,” lamented Khosru.The party had sought permission earlier on a number of occasions, but the authorities denied it the permission all along.last_img read more

first_imgAfghan security forces stand guard near the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan 30 April, 2018. Photo: ReutersThe number of Afghan security forces decreased by nearly 11 per cent in the past year, the US government’s top watchdog on Afghanistan said on Tuesday, an indication of the difficulty Kabul will have in dealing with its precarious security situation.Twin blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 26 people on Monday, including nine journalists who had arrived to report on the first explosion and were apparently targeted by a suicide bomber.The attacks, a week after 60 people were killed as they waited at a voter registration centre in the city, underlined mounting insecurity despite repeated government pledges to tighten defenses.The attacks in rapid succession were a grim reminder of the strength of both the Taliban and Islamic State’s emerging Afghanistan branch to wreak violence despite stepped up air attacks under US president Donald Trump’s new policy for the 16-year-old war.In a report released on Tuesday, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, said the number of forces in the Afghan National Defense and Security forces (ANDSF), which includes the army, air force and police, totalled an estimated 296,400 personnel as of January. That was a drop of 10.6 per cent compared to the same month in 2017.The authorized strength of the ANDSF is 334,000 personnel.The United States has for nearly two decades been seeking to build Afghan security forces capable of defending and holding territory.”Building up the Afghan forces is a top priority for the US and our international allies, so it is worrisome to see Afghan force strength decreasing,” John Sopko, the head of SIGAR, told Reuters.Thousands more US troops have been sent to Afghanistan to help train the army, and commanders have been given greater authority to carry out air strikes against the militants in a major reversal of the previous policy of phased withdrawal of American forces.Publicly, US officials have presented an optimistic view of the situation in Afghanistan. The top US general in Afghanistan said late last year that the country had “turned the corner.”Asked what his goal in Afghanistan was in the next year, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told a Congressional hearing he wanted “a more capable Afghan force, between their military and their police (and) the violence levels going down.”On Monday, Mattis said the spate of recent attacks had been expected and the militants were “on their backfoot.””This is the normal stuff by people who cannot win at the ballot box, so they turn to bombs,” Mattis said.Privately, however, US officials have been more circumspect.U.S. intelligence officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that despite extensive US training and support, the vast majority of Afghan forces are incapable of preventing the Taliban from retaking much of the territory the militant group lost after the United States invaded the country in 2001.”While Afghan forces are stronger now than they were a decade ago, they continue to struggle in a big way. Ultimately, that’s a failure of U.S. policy,” said Michael Kugelman, with the Wilson Centre think tank in Washington.SIGAR added in the report that the percentage of population controlled or influenced by the Afghan government increased to 65 percent as of January 2018, up 1 per cent compared to October.last_img read more

first_imgA view inside the male ward in Jessore 250-bed General Hospital. Dengue patients are kept in mosquito nets alongside general patients. Photo: Ehsan-Ud-DoulaThe number of dengue patients in the country is on a steady rise. According to official records till Monday, there were dengue patients admitted to hospitals in 50 districts. Further investigations show that dengue patients were being treated in hospitals of another 9 districts.The health emergency operations centre and control room has said that till Monday, outside of Dhaka, 531 dengue patients had been admitted to various hospitals around the country. However, Prothom Alo correspondents have said that other than this, there are dengue patients in hospitals of Faridpur, Barguna, Magura, Mymensingh, Habiganj and Sunamganj districts.There are no dengue patients in Bandarban, Meherpur, Narail, Joypurhat and Netrakona, according to official records and Prothom Alo reports.Assistant director of the health emergency operations centre and control room, Ayesha Akhter, told Prothom Alo that most of the dengue patients in the districts had been affected by dengue in Dhaka. However, there was no account of how many contacted dengue in Dhaka and how many in the districts.The health directorate stated that till Monday, 3547 dengue patients were admitted to hospital. Of this, 1096 were admitted in a matter of 24 hours. The health directorate gathered information of only 35 private hospitals in Dhaka in addition to the government ones. There are 350 private hospitals in the capital city. That means the number of dengue patients is much higher than official records.The health directorate’s records till Monday listed 13,639 dengue patients in the country. According to these records, so far 8 patients have died of dengue. However, Prothom Alo’s investigations reveal that so far 47 persons have died of dengue in various hospitals. On Monday night a woman died of dengue at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, confirmed the hospital’s assistant director (admin) Md Nasir Uddin.Health directorate issued advance warningThe Aedes survey conducted by the health directorate in March this year, indicated that there were a large number of Aedes mosquitoes in the dry season too. The directorate issued letters to physicians in February, cautioning them in this regard.The number of dengue patients has increased significantly this year due to inadequate measures by the two Dhaka city corporations and the health education bureau, said director (disease control) of the health directorate, Sania Tahmina, at a press briefing on Monday.Dengue detection kitsThe health directorate has said that dengue detection kits are being sent to districts outside of Dhaka. Directives have been issued to use thermal scanners to check anyone with fever at all entrance points to Dhaka, including Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Mongla, Benapole and Chattogram airport.Leaflets and posters are also to be distributed to create public awareness about dengue. A public awareness campaign will be conducted from Thursday with assistance from the health directorate in the schools and colleges of Dhaka city.The health directorate has formed 10 teams to visit all hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres in the capital city to check whether the dengue tests were being carried out at the prescribed rate of Tk 500. If there are any discrepancies in the charges, patients have been asked to call the hotline Shasthya Batayan 16263.last_img read more

first_imgPresident Donald Trump declared a new national security strategy on Monday, stressing the “America first” message of his 2016 campaign and faulting previous U.S. leaders for failing to measure up to it and look out for the nation’s citizens.“Our leaders engaged in nation building abroad while they failed to build up and replenish our nation at home,” he said, pointing to the economy’s strong performance and predicting even better under his policies.His security strategy envisions nations in constant competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change and affirms that the United States will unilaterally defend its sovereignty, even if that means risking existing the agreements with other countries that have dominated the United States’ foreign policy since the Cold War.The strategy from the Republican president could sharply alter U.S. international relationships if fully implemented. It focuses on four main themes: protecting the homeland, promoting American prosperity, demonstrating peace through strength and advancing American influence in an ever-competitive world.Photo via Twitter @Dax_x98 File photo of President Trump. Trump outlines his blueprint for military and foreign policy.Trump’s doctrine holds that nation-states are in perpetual competition and that the U.S. must fight on all fronts to protect and defend its sovereignty from friend and foe alike. While the administration often says that “America First” does not mean “America Alone,” the national security strategy makes clear that the United States will stand up for itself even if that means acting unilaterally or alienating others on issues such as trade, climate change and immigration.The last such strategy document, prepared by President Barack Obama in 2015, declared climate change an “urgent and growing threat to our national security.” The Trump plan removes that determination — following the administration’s threat to pull out of the Paris climate accord. The strategy sets a goal of being an “energy-dominant nation” and says that the United States “recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship.”Despite the risk of potential isolation presented by Trump’s strategy, its fundamentals are not a surprise. The strategy emphasizes that U.S. economic security is national security. And it stresses that the U.S. is interested only in relationships with other countries, including in alliances such as NATO, that are fair and reciprocal.The strategy also details the threats of “rogue regimes,” like North Korea. It says that China and Russia “challenge American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.”Despite international challenges, the document cites emerging opportunities to advance American interests in the Middle East. “Some of our partners are working together to reject radical ideologies and key leaders are calling for a rejection of Islamist extremism and violence,” it says. “Encouraging political stability and sustainable prosperity would contribute to dampening the conditions that fuel sectarian grievances.”The strategy document asserts that “for generations the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has been understood as the prime irritant preventing peace and prosperity in the region. Today, the threats from radical jihadist terrorist organizations and the threat from Iran are creating the realization that Israel is not the cause of the region’s problems. States have increasingly found common interests with Israel in confronting common threats.”The criticism of Russia will come as a break from recent warm words between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The leaders have spoken twice in four days, with Trump calling Putin to thank him for kind words about the U.S. stock market and Putin reaching out to Trump to thank the CIA for help in stopping a terror plot in St. Petersburg.The strategy document also notes that “actors such as Russia are using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies.”Trump’s National Security Strategy (Dec 2017) Sharelast_img read more

first_img Listen The think-tank New American Economy found immigrants in Houston produced 26% of the local GDP — more than their share of the population. Houston’s 1.6 million immigrants make up less than a quarter of the people who live in the metro area. Researcher Andrew Lim said they also represent nearly a third of the local workforce. “Immigrants in Houston make up an even larger share of the workforce and that has a lot to do with their demographic profile. They’re more likely to be of working age so they’re not too old, they’re not too young, they’re kind of just right in terms of their ability to contribute to the economy,” said Lim. The report also found immigrants are more likely to work hard-to-fill jobs in fields like construction and STEM.At Rice’s @BakerInstitute @SylvesterTurner says it’s OK to look at cost of immigrants to the city, as long as you also look at benefits too, points out all Houstonians have a cost, “you have to add it all up,” he says, “the benefits exceed the cost”— Elizabeth Trovall (@elizTrovall) March 7, 2019Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaMayor Sylvester Turner speaks in favor of protecting immigrants at a Rice University event on the future of immigration in Houston.The new research was introduced at an immigration summit at Rice University’s Baker Institute.At the summit, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner reiterated his desire to encourage immigration to the city and said immigrants are important drivers of the local economy.He said people looking at the cost of immigrants should also note what the city gains, like workers in hard-to-fill fields including construction. “You can have money to build a home but if you don’t have the workforce, the labor force, you’re gonna wait. It slows everything down,” said Turner. He said Houston cannot be a city of opportunity without its immigrant workforce. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:45 Center for Houston’s Future CEO Brett Perlman said for the city to continue to grow economically, immigration is increasingly important. “By 2036 immigrants are going to hold 43% of the region’s jobs and 57% of the new jobs created will be filled by immigrants,” he said. The Center’s research also shows if local immigration trends continue, fields like agriculture, transportation and public administration will employ a majority of foreign-born workers in 20 years. Research released in conjunction with the Center for Houston’s Future report also shows that immigrants in Houston proportionately contribute more to the metro area’s GDP than native-born citizens. Xcenter_img 00:00 /01:02 Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaSkyline of Houston, Texas.A report by the Center for Houston’s Future explores what the city’s economy would look like in 2036 depending on whether immigration is limited or encouraged. Cutting immigration by 30% could lose the city $51 billion in GDP, the research shows. But if immigration to the region increases by 30%, GDP could grow by $67 billion in 2036, Houston’s 200th anniversary. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBy AFRO StaffWASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today she has introduced the District of Columbia Courts Home Rule Act, which would give the Council of the District of Columbia authority over the jurisdiction and organization of the local D.C. courts.  The 1973 Home Rule Act expressly prohibits D.C. from enacting any law with respect to any provision of the D.C. Code that relates to the local jurisdiction and organization of the D.C. courts. Congress can correct this provision by amending the Home Rule Act, even before the District becomes the 51st state.  This is the third bill Norton has introduced this Congress to improve the local D.C. courts, including a bill to expedite appointments for local D.C. judges and a bill to ban discrimination against LGBTQ jurors in the local D.C. courts.Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced the District of Columbia Courts Home Rule Act Bill. (Eric Kayne/AP Images for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)“Forty-six years after passage of the Home Rule Act, matters involving the D.C. courts almost never come to Congress, and Congress knows virtually nothing about the District’s courts – and could not care less,” Norton said.  “The District has never had authority over its local courts, even when it was responsible for paying for their operations. As the duly-elected and accountable government of the District, the D.C. Council is irresponsibly left on the sidelines while Congress remains the entity charged with correcting flaws in the local D.C. courts.  My bill would correct this wrong and increase democratic self-government for the District.”Under the Home Rule Act, the D.C. Council has no authority to “enact any act, resolution, or rule with respect to any provision of title 11 of the District of Columbia Code (relating to organization and jurisdiction of the District of Columbia courts).” In 1997, under the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act, the federal government assumed the costs for several state-level functions (including the courts, over which it has always had sole jurisdiction).  This bill would not affect the authority of the President to nominate, or the Senate to confirm, local D.C. judges, which has been within their purview since the creation of the District’s modern local court system in 1970.last_img read more

first_imgIn less than a month, Sony will hold their (now) annual PlayStation Experience event. From December 5 and 6 in the West Hall of the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the public will be able to play a wide variety of currently released and upcoming games for the PlayStation 4. Today, Sony has revealed an extensive list of the titles that will be on the show floor.Some of the big upcoming titles that people can go hands-on with include Dark Souls 3, Street Fighter V, Gravity Rush: Remastered, Bloodborne: The Old Hunters, Drawn to Death, Far Cry: Primal, and The King of Fighters XIV. The most notable playable title is Uncharted 4’s multiplayer mode. Considering that this is arguably Sony’s biggest franchise these days, you can expect the lines for this game to be extra long.The PlayStation Experience had its inaugural show in December of 2014 in Las Vegas. The event was created as a way to allow the public hands-on time with games for Sony’s systems which had either just been released or would soon be. Some of the titles revealed at last year’s event include the PS4 port of Final Fantasy VII, Street Fighter V, and Persona 5.Here is a list of the games announced to be at PlayStation Experience. Sony says that this is not a full list and that some surprises will be shown as well.AbzuAlekhine’s GunAlienationAmplitudeAssassin’s Creed SyndicateAssault Android CactusBattlebornBeyond: Two SoulsBigFestBloodborne: The Old HuntersBroforceCall of Duty: Black Ops IIIChasmCosmic Star HeroineCrypt of the NecroDancerDark Souls 3Darkest DungeonDay of the Tentacle RemasteredDead StarDeath TalesDeath’s GambitDestiny: The Taken KingDisney Infinity 3.0 EditionDistanceDivinity Original Sin: Enhanced EditionDrawn To DeathDrifterDrive!Drive!Drive!Driveclub: Bikes & DLCDungeon Defenders IIEarthNightWhat Remains of Edith FinchEITREnter the GungeonFar Cry PrimalFat Princess AdventuresFirewatchFor HonorFutureGrindGang BeastsGNOGGravity GhostGravity Rush RemasteredGuitar Hero LiveGuns Up!GunsportHatoful Boyfriend: Holiday StarHeavy RainHelldivers Democracy Strikes Back EditionInvisible, Inc.Just Cause 3Kerbal Space ProgramKill StrainKilling Floor 2KlausLEGO DimensionsLEGO Marvel’s AvengersLichdom: BattlemageLife Goes On: Done to DeathLife is StrangeLost SeaManifold GardenMega Man Legacy CollectionMegadimension NeptuniaMetrico+MLB The Show 15Moon HuntersNaruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4NBA 2K16New Hot Shots Golf (working title)Night in the WoodsNot a HeroNuclear ThronePavilionPhineas & Ferb: Day of DoofenshmirtzRandallRatchet & ClankRay’s the DeadResident Evil 0Revolver360 RE:ActorROCKETSROCKETSROCKETSSalt and SanctuaryScreencheatSentrisSeveredShadow of the BeastSkytornSmuggleCraftSoft BodySpace DaveStar Wars BattlefrontStories: The Path of DestiniesStreet Fighter VStrike VectorSuper Impossible RoadSuperbeat: XonicTearaway UnfoldedThe King of Fighters XIVThe Tomorrow ChildrenThere Came an EchoThumperTo LeaveTricky TowersTumblestoneUmbrella CorpsUncharted 4: A Thief’s End (multiplayer)Uncharted: The Nathan Drake CollectionVideoballViking SquadWattamWWE 2K16last_img read more

first_imgThere’s been some ambiguity as to whether or not the upcoming Hitman game would be an episodic game since it was first announced. Today, Io Interactive and Square Enix cleared things up by announcing that Hitman will be a fully episode game.Hitman’s episodes will be spread out throughout the year, with monthly updates in-between releases. The prologue and first episode will be released on March 11 with subsequent episodes coming out in April and May. The monthly updates will include new locations such as Japan, Thailand, and the United States. There will also be weekly live events and other content released between episodes. The first episode and prologue will cost $15, with each following episode coming in at $10.“We decided to take the full leap and publish Hitman as a truly episodic game experience,” said Io Interactive head, Hannes Seifert, on Hitman’s website. “Part of that decision is for that little bit of extra time to ensure every location we release is at the quality level fitting for a Hitman game. But the main driving reason is that this will allow us to create a living game that will expand and evolve over time and establish a foundation for the future — this is the first game in a storyline which will continue and expand with future Hitman games.”There will also be PlayStation 4 exclusive content for the game. “Sarajevo Six” will have six additional missions that each take place in one of the game’s main locations. This content will be self-contained and have Agent 47 traveling the world in pursuit of a paramilitary group called CICADA. The first of these contracts will be available when the game launches.For those who may not want to buy each episode individually, there will be a $60 disk version released during the fall that will contain all of the previously released content. Those who want to keep it digital can purchase the first part for $15 and then pay another $50 and have access to each piece of content as it is released. In addition, a $140 collector’s edition will also be available which features a digital copy of the full game, a 10-inch Agent 47 figure, an artbook, and a tie and clip set.last_img read more