first_imgCentre Court groaned when sentimental favourite Federer Centre Court groaned when sentimental favourite Federer netted another routine backhand volley in the ninth game before two further uncharacteristic errors off the same wing in the 10th helped Cilic to a two sets lead. With his coach and 2001 champion Goran Ivanisevic looking on, Cilic looked to have Federer on the ropes, forcing the 17-time major champion into saving three break points in the seventh game of the third set. But Federer grabbed the lifeline when a fifth double fault by Cilic gave him a first break of the contest before the Swiss star unleashed a text-book backhand drive to secure the set in the next game. The fourth set, lasting just under an hour, veered from one drama to another. Cilic sent down his 19th and 20th aces of the afternoon to save break points in the fifth game. Federer then saved match point in the 10th game thanks to Cilic meekly going long on a return and another with his 18th ace in the 12th. The Swiss squandered two set points in the tiebreaker, the first with a ballooned forehand with the court at his mercy before he saved a third match point when Cilic netted a forehand of his own. Then it was Federers turn to feel the pressure as two more set points came and went before Cilic played one loose forehand too many into the net and the semi-final was level. Federer had the momentum and broke for a 5-3 lead in the decider, racing to a famous victory with back-to-back aces. AFP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

11 Steps to Social Networking Success (Hampton Roads)

first_imgOn February 6, 2009, I had the honor to present at the 8th Annual Hampton Roads Institute for Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. At the bottom of this article is a PDF copy of the slides for this presentation.last_img

Mapping Momentum for Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on May 9, 2011June 20, 2017By: Joanna Hoffman, Women DeliverClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)From Dar es Salaam to Detroit and everywhere in between, grassroots organizations are working tirelessly to promote maternal health in their countries and communities. The past year has been an inspiring and invigorating one for the global maternal health community. The UN Secretary General launched the Global Strategy for Girls and Women, providing this issue with a pivotal platform to bring about sustainable progress. The leaders of G8 countries pledged $5 billion to maternal, newborn and child health, and the African Union renewed the Maputo Plan of Action. Yet much of the action to save lives takes place on a smaller, and virtually unnoticed, scale. For this reason, Women Deliver and the Maternal Health Task Force have worked to map maternal health NGOs around the world in order to promote visibility, partnerships and networking.We just wrapped up our recent round of mapping, and as of now we have mapped a total of 1,490 organizations from the following countries:AsiaCambodiaChinaIndiaIndonesiaThe PhilippinesLatin America and the CaribbeanArgentinaBoliviaBrazilMexicoPeruMiddle East and North AfricaAfghanistanEgyptPakistanSub-Saharan AfricaBurkina Fasothe Democratic Republic of CongoEthiopiaGhanaNigeriaUgandaEurope/North America/OceaniaUnited StatesUnited KingdomAustraliaThanks to all the NGOs who have participated. If you work in one of the countries listed above and don’t see your NGO listed, please register on the MHTF website and enter your information. If you don’t see your country listed, we hope to be mapping it soon! We have a lot of work to do to reach MDG 5 by 2015. By working together to share our stories, our successes and our failures, we can make girls and women’s survival not just a dream, but a reality.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Why Millennials Are Going to Keep You on Your Toes

first_imgUnJourUneBlaque, FlickrRemember how younger folks used to trust no one over thirty? And they rebelled? And they rolled their eyes at authority?Well, I picked the right time to be a parent, because apparently my near-millennials are going to be different.I was recently on a panel with the director of research at MTV, Nick Shore, who pointed out that today’s millennials aka Gen Y aka Echo Boomers are NOT rebels and NOT without a cause. Teens today are different. While the prevailing characteristics of teens years ago were prevailingly rebellious, irreverent and focused on friends and fun, today’s teens show more conformity, respect for family and responsibility. And while the number that describe themselves as religious has dropped precipitously, far more say they want to make the world a better place.They are also optimistic to an incredible degree: One in five believes they will be famous. And 80 percent believe they’ll reach their life goals by age 30. Then today on NPR, I hear that millennials trust their parents – and their government:“The millennials are quite positive toward other big institutions — like corporations and the military and faith — so it does give you the feeling that it’s a different generation,” says Tufts University researcher Peter Levine. Levine says young people today are not angry or alienated like previous generations were. “They don’t define in terms of opposition or trying to smash everything. They don’t have a generation gap, really. They really cite parents as role models or political guides. The current thing is you call your mom on your cell phone to ask what she thinks, which I really don’t think was a ’60s attitude,” Levine says. Put this picture together with a study from Achieve that shows this is translating into higher expectations from nonprofits:“Millennial donors want more than a transactional relationship. They want to be engaged,” said Derrick Feldmann, CEO of Achieve. “They need to feel a connection with an organization, and they want opportunities for deeper involvement, such as opportunities to work with leadership and to help craft direction for the organization. Plus, they want to know specifically how their gifts will benefit the organization’s constituents.” I’ve said it before, but it bears saying again: The biggest thing that needs to change this year is how we think about our donors. We are in the midst of an enormous generational shift that has major implications for our work. Younger donors expect engagement and involvement. They are anything but passive. Think of it this way. Just as in marketing we have left the broadcast era where consumers passively take in promotional messages, we have left the low-expectation donor era. This generation is going to keep us on our toes.Let’s not disappoint this bright-eyed, eager group of budding activists. And let’s be glad they aren’t rolling their eyes at us either.last_img read more

Dwayne Haskins Reveals Text Messages He Sends Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgDwayne Haskins plays against TCU.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for an open receiver against the TCU Horned Frogs in the third quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Two of the best quarterbacks in the country share an uncommon bond off the field. Ohio State Dwayne Haskins and Heisman Trophy-frontrunner Tua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide are vying for college football’s most-prestigious award – yet they still talk before games.Eleven Warriors reported the two send each other text messages before games. Their relationship stems back to quarterback camps in high school including the Elite 11 camp.That friendship has continued well into their college careers. Haskins revealed what he and Tua send each other before games.Per Eleven Warriors.“We sent each other scriptures before the game on Saturday, just send out blessings to each other,” Haskins said on Tuesday.Haskins marveled at Tagovailoa’s most-recent game against Arkansas. “I go, ‘How did you go 10-for-13 for 300 yards?’ He was like, ‘I don’t know,’” Haskins said. “That’s pretty cool. I wish I could do that in one of these games this year.”The two are competing for the Heisman this season, with Tagovailoa sitting comfortably in first among ESPN’s voting. However, Haskins continues to perform at the highest level and sits at No. 2.[Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

Challenges and Solutions in 2017 Cruise Market

first_imgImage Courtesy: GE’s Marine SolutionsChina’s rapid economic evolution has attracted more people to leisure travel opportunities and the number of Chinese passengers is expected to reach 4.5 million by 2020, representing more than 20 percent of today’s global cruise passengers, according to GE’s Marine Solutions.Some 130 million Chinese citizens travel internationally, making China the world’s largest outbound travel market in the world. In addition to relaxed visa rules, China is set to accommodate more foreign visitors from cruise vessels.Cruise shipbuilding is developing in parallel, signalled by the move made by cruise giant Carnival Corporation, which recently signed a joint venture agreement to design and build two cruise ships with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Fincantieri. These will be the first ships ever to be built in China for the Chinese market and will be tailored to meet the needs of Chinese travelers.In 2017, as the cruise market evolves, a number of industry changes and considerations are coming to bear.Advanced technology leading the wayThe attraction of going off the beaten track has given rise to the expeditionary travel market. Many of these adventure holidays involve a cruise element, and this growing sector, with demand for smaller vessels, is impacting the industry. At the other end of the market, there is growth in very high-capacity, high-specification vessels for the luxury experience.Whatever end of the cruise sector, space on board ships is always at a premium; more cabin and facilities space means higher revenue potential. Therefore, power-dense engines, propulsion motors and power electronics with a reduced footprint are the preferred choice for ship owners and operators. GE’s compact, COmbined Gas turbine Electric and Steam (COGES) propulsion system can help save valuable space on board.Enhanced manoeuvrability is also particularly important for cruise ships.Clean sailing through strict regulationFollowing the COP21 Paris Agreement, emissions reduction has been high on the agenda for every industry. In fact, the marine industry as a whole is responsible for about 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.In an effort to curb emissions, various governmental organizations around the world are introducing strict regulations, which are set to impact maritime operations. In the European Union (EU), for example, new regulations come into force in 2017 requiring any large vessel docking at an EU port to monitor and report its CO2 emissions. In China, the government is creating emission control areas at major shipping ports, introducing a sulphur cap at 0.5 percent, ahead of the global IMO 2020 regulations.To adhere to these regulations, marine operators need to rethink the most fundamental aspects of their operating models—how they consider everything from vessel design to vessel management to fuel choice and maintenance—to be compliant with the environmental regulations. New technologies can incur costs from development and upgrades, but also can bring efficiencies that lead to a fast return on investment and strengthen a market position for operators.Along the green wave, alternative clean fuel, such as LNG, will become a more predominant marine fuel. The move is typified by Carnival Corporation, which has three LNG-powered cruise ships on order.Riding the crest of the digital waveBooming demand is also incentivizing the cruise industry to dip into digital waters to further raise efficiency and ensure a smooth journey for passengers.Unplanned downtime for any cruise line can cause interruptions to passengers’ journeys, loss of revenues and potential brand damage. However, analytic tools can predict an equipment’s potential failure before it becomes an operational disruption, reducing downtime and more crucially, avoiding disruptions during the voyage. This predictivity can also enable a shift from calendar- to condition-based maintenance, further reducing maintenance cost.Digital technology can also help improve fuel efficiency by analyzing weather conditions and current to optimize propulsion rate and speed. Furthermore, it can help operators make smart decisions to change to use cleaner fuels on the course of the route, depending on the speed needed, further curbing emissions and cost of fuel.“As the demand for cruise holidays soars, fleets continue to grow. While stringent regulations and new destinations may provide new challenges, they bring with them a host of opportunities. New regulations will push operators towards more efficient operations with reduced carbon footprint, while new destinations open up new revenue streams. By using the right technology—green and digital—operators are sailing in the right direction to capitalize on the opportunities in 2017 as well as those further on the horizon,” GE’s Marine Solutions said.last_img read more

Dawoods nephew arrested at Mumbai airport while trying to flee India Cops

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai Police has arrested terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s nephew Rizwan Kaskar in connection with an extortion case, an official said Thursday. Rizwan Kaskar, the son of Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, was arrested on Wednesday night from the international airport here when he was trying to flee the country, the official said. Iqbal Kaskar was also earlier arrested in an extortion case and is currently lodged at a jail in neighbouring Thane. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Two days ago, Mumbai Police’s anti-extortion cell arrested Ahmed Raza Wadharia, a close aide of Ibrahim’s gang member Fahim Machmach, in an extortion case, a senior official of the Crime Branch said. “During his interrogation, Rizwan Kaskar’s name cropped up. Based on the information, a trap was laid and he was detained at the Mumbai international airport on Wednesday night when he was trying to escape from the country,” he said. He was placed under arrest after detailed interrogation, the official said. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat Wadharia, a native of Surat in Gujarat, allegedly worked as a ‘hawala’ operator in Dubai. Based on a tip-off, he was arrested from the Mumbai airport a couple of days back when he was going to Surat after being deported from Dubai, another official said, adding that he was part an extortion racket here and in Surat. In June 2017, a Mumbai-based businessman allegedly received an extortion call and was threatened with dire consequences by Machmach, the official said. During the investigation, it came to light that Wadharia played a key role in that extortion bid, he said. After Wadharia’s arrest from the airport, the Mumbai Police questioned him and at that time Rizwan Kaskar’s name cropped up along with other suspects, who live in Mumbai and Dubai, he said. “When Rizwan got the information about Wadharia’s arrest, he tried to escape from the country, but was apprehended by the anti-extortion cell team,” he said. Wadharia earlier also tried to extort money from some other businessmen in Mumbai and Gujarat and threatened them, the official said, adding that a probe was underway.last_img read more

Royal Canadian Navy to begin training at sea on leased supply vessel

first_imgHALIFAX – The Royal Canadian Navy’s new supply vessel is preparing to train its combined civilian and military crew at sea — in what the ship’s owners argue will be a less costly way to operate auxiliary vessels.The MV Asterix steamed from the Davie shipyards near Quebec City and berthed at a Halifax pier this week, in the latest step forward for a federal procurement contract that has been touted for its rare combination of being both on time and on budget.The converted civilian container vessel — officially referred to as an Interim Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Vessel — went through a refurbishment that has made it capable of replenishing food, fuel and ammunition of navy ships.The navy is leasing the vessel from private-sector builder Federal Fleet Services Inc. for five years, with a five-year option afterwards.The company has also said it would be willing to sell the vessel to Canada, and is pushing for a contract for a second supply vessel, the MV Obelix, which would also be built at the Davie shipyards.John Schmidt, senior vice president of Federal Fleet Services, said in an interview Thursday that the training of the combined crews, with about 36 civilians and 114 military personnel, started in virtual reality last year.He said the training at sea will begin in mid-January and it’s anticipated it will last two to three months at least, with the navy making the final call on when the crew is prepared for its first mission.All of the ship operations, watchkeeping and ship maintenance will be carried out by the private operator, with the navy personnel focused on specialized operations such as the transferring of fuel, operating helicopters and handling the military cargo, said the executive.Schmidt said the goal in the months to come will be to ensure the two groups operate smoothly together.“There are the what-if scenarios: What if there is a huge wave? What if there is a break in the line? Who will be the person who gives the commands?” said Schmidt.“All of these scenarios have been role-played. … There’s a protocol that’s been developed.”The executive said there are examples of other militaries that use merchant mariners that augment their regular fleet, such as the Royal Australian Navy and the American auxiliary fleet.However, the mix of private and military employees is a shift for the Canadian supply ships.Schmidt says the combined civilian-military staff will save money because fewer civilian employees are needed for specific tasks such as watchkeeping than the Royal Canadian Navy would usually require.“It keeps people focused on what their specialty is,” he said from Ottawa. “We focus on the commercial side which is our normal bread and butter and … it provides the navy a more cost effective approach.”Overall, with the cost of personnel included, Schmidt’s latest estimate of the cost to taxpayers for the vessel is $659 million.Ottawa has said it plans on acquiring its second supply ship in 2021 from Vancouver, which has a $4.1-billion contract for two vessels.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in early December he recognized the expertise of Davie workers but the federal government simply didn’t need another supply ship from the Quebec shipyard.“We cannot artificially create a need for something that doesn’t exist,” he told reporters in Montreal.He said the federal government was analyzing the future shipbuilding needs of the navy, coast guard and ferry services, which may provide opportunities for Davie in the future.last_img read more

Fubar series based on film headed to Viceland later this year

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The head-bangers of “Fubar” are headed to the small screen.Vice Studio Canada and Rogers Media say they’re making an eight-hour series based on the 2002 Canadian mocumentary cult hit about two metal heads.Filming is underway in Montreal and reunites director Michael Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence in their original roles as Terry and Dean. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the new series, the two friends find themselves fleeing the wildfires of Fort McMurray, Alta., to Calgary with only emergency government debit cards to their name.Terry discovers high-speed Internet for the first time and tries to make a profit online.Meanwhile, Dean tries to record a triple-concept album.“Fubar” is slated to premiere later this year on Viceland. Facebook Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadas entertainment industry pushes for concrete change AfterMeToo

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement What’s galvanized Polley, industry leaders and activists in this climate — where sexual misconduct is being called out and dozens of power players are tumbling — is the opportunity for a significant cultural shift towards safer, gender-balanced and more diversified workplaces.READ MORE Login/Register With: Sarah Polley reflects on the landslide of revelations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment business.“We’ve all been complicit in this culture: we’ve all seen things, we’ve let them slide. We would have never gone to a producer to report it, because no one would have cared. Right? That was the culture — we were all used to it,” the Canadian actress and activist said last week at a Toronto panel discussing sexual harassment in the film industry.But “that complicity is changing,” she says. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Nike’s plan for better-fitting kicks: Show us your feet

NEW YORK — Nike wants to meet your feet.The sneaker seller will launch a foot-scanning tool on its app this summer that will measure and remember the length, width and other dimensions of customers’ feet after they point a smartphone camera to their toes. The app will then tell shoppers what size to buy each of its shoes in, which Nike hopes will cut down on costly online returns as it seeks to sell more of its goods through its websites and apps.But Nike will also get something it has never had before: a flood of data on the feet of regular people, a potential goldmine for the shoe maker, which says it will use the information to improve the design of its shoes. Nike mainly relies on the feet of star athletes to build its kicks.“Nikes will become better and better fitting shoes for you and everyone else,” says Michael Martin, who oversees Nike’s websites and apps.Nike won’t sell or share the data to other companies, Martin says. And he says shoppers don’t have to save the foot scans to their Nike accounts. But if they do, they’ll only have to scan their feet once and Nike’s apps, websites and stores will know their dimensions every time they need to buy sneakers. Workers at Nike stores will also be equipped with iPods to do the scanning, replacing those metal sizing contraptions.The challenging part for Nike is convincing people they need to measure their feet in the first place. Most think they already know what their shoe size is, says Brad Eckhart, who was an executive at shoe store chain Finish Line and is now a principal at retail consultancy Columbus Consulting,But Nike says it gets half a million complaints a year from customers related to fit and sizing. And it admits what many shoppers have already suspected: Each of its shoe styles fit differently, even if they are in the same size. A leather sneaker may be tighter and require a bigger size. Knit ones may be more forgiving. And shoelaces can throw everything off.Shoe size is “effectively a lie,” says Martin. “And it’s a lie that we’ve perpetuated.”Matt Powell, a sports industry analyst at NPD Group Inc., says the tool might be most valuable for people want to run or play basketball in their sneakers, since the wrong fit can cause injury. But Powell says most people buy sneakers just to walk around in.Still, finding the right size is a problem for shoppers: “There really is no industry standard for what is a size 10,” Powell says.____Contact Joseph Pisani at Pisani, The Associated Press read more

UN Member States debate ways to fight piracy off Somalia

“The international community must step forward to help Somalia,” he said, stressing the need for “a truly holistic approach” covering political, security, governance and humanitarian needs in the Horn of Africa country, which has had no functioning central government and has been torn apart by factional fighting for nearly two decades.Last month the Security Council put forward the possibility of establishing international tribunals to try pirates, with members calling for tougher legislation to prosecute and jail suspects caught off Somalia. But today Dr. Treki called for greater heft from the 15-member body, whose decisions are legally binding while those of the 192-member Assembly are not.“I call on the Security Council, in particular, to shoulder its responsibility with regard to Somalia by undertaking strong and resolute measures in support of a wider political, peacekeeping and peace-building strategy in Somalia, to bring peace to the country and to ensure its sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” he said. With dozens of ships, from massive oil tankers to chartered supply ships carrying UN food aid for Somalia’s hungry masses, being hijacked and tens of millions of dollars paid in ransom each year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the magnitude of the problem.Despite international naval patrols, “the attacks continue, indeed, they are increasing,” he told the Assembly, citing UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) global figures of 406 in 2009, an increase of 100 over 2008, with by far the largest concentration off the coast of East Africa, where reported incidents increased seven-fold over the four-year period to 2009.He stressed that piracy cannot be solved at sea alone but requires action on land to re-establish security and stability. “There is simply too much water to patrol, and an almost endless supply of pirates,” he said.“There is no doubt that a change in strategy is needed,” he added, noting that a major international conference on Somalia in Istanbul next week aims to launch a new push for solutions to the security and stability crisis there. “Stability on land would, undoubtedly, improve the situation at sea.”International cooperation is essential, a legal system should be established to bring piracy suspects to justice, not to simply let them go, and piracy must be considered in the wider context of security at sea, he said. “There are many issues involved, including container security, human trafficking, smuggling, organized crime, and money laundering. Piracy can not be addressed without taking on these other crimes,” he declared. East African officials attending the debate included Somali Deputy Prime Minister Abdurahman A. Ibrahim, and Kenyan Trade Minister Amos Kimunya. 14 May 2010The United Nations General Assembly today held a day-long informal meeting on piracy, with Assembly President Ali Treki calling for broader international efforts and resources to combat the ever-expanding scourge, particularly off the coast of war-torn Somalia. read more

Hefty fine for Calgary energy company charged in workplace accident

LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. — Calgary-based Husky Oil Operations Ltd., (TSX:HSE) has been fined $100,000 for an accident that injured a worker at its complex in Lloydminster, Sask.The Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety says the company pleaded guilty Sept. 18 in Lloydminster provincial court to contravening a subsection of occupational health and safety regulations.That subsection deals with the failure to implement a safety plan to protect workers from traffic hazards.A charge was laid after the worker was hit by a truck at Husky’s sand disposal facility in August 2015.The penalty includes a fine of $71,429 and a surcharge of $28,571.One additional charge against the energy company was withdrawn in court. read more

Hungarian Hall celebrates milestone

DELHI The Hungarian Hall here is celebrating its 70th anniversary this month.“We are proud of our Hungarian heritage,” said Andy Putoczki, hall president since 2008.“And we encourage our Hungarian friends and community friends to help preserve our heritage, culture, and Hungarian foods.”The hall was completed on May 15, 1949, after a group of Hungarian immigrants created an association to preserve their heritage, culture and language. The group was incorporated on June 7, 1947.The hall is used for all kinds of events from weddings to funeral luncheons. Regular meals are served on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.Before being president, Putoczki, whose father was vice-president at one time, served on the executive for a number of years. But he stepped away for a few years because of the workload of being a school principal.“I came back on, they elected me as president, and that’s been about 10 years now and I’m still here,” he said.As president, Putoczki organizes the events calendar for the year and oversees the financial books, among other duties.Mary Jane Kekes, president from 2002 to 2006, is the only woman to serve in that role.“I grew up in the hall; this was like a second home to me,” she said.“It means a lot.”Kekes was joined by three other women on the board during her tenure as president.“We shook the walls, but they’re still standing,” she said.Over past 70 years, the hall has gone through many renovations. The basement, which used to be a bowling alley, is now home to the Danube Bar and the Delhi Belgian Archery Club.The hall has been an integral part of the Multicultural Heritage Association of Norfolk since it was created 41 years ago, participating in and hosting many read more

As civilians flee fighting in Somalia UN refugee agency warns their numbers

Some 100 Somali refugees are arriving every day at Dadaab in north-east Kenya “but UNHCR is concerned that the figure could rise much higher if hostilities in neighbouring Somalia escalate,” Jennifer Pagonis, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Geneva. “Many of those who have arrived in the past week said they had fled Mogadishu to escape fighting between the Union of Islamic Courts and a loose alliance of warlords, who controlled the Somali capital for years.” The Union took over the capital in June. Since the beginning of the year, some 18,000 Somali refugees have arrived in Dadaab, where three refugee camps already hosted some 134,000 mainly Somali refugees. “If the current rate of arrival continues, we can expect another 12,000 refugees by the end of the year,” Ms. Pagonis said. The refugees who arrive in the semi-arid region of Dadaab are generally in good health, but many are visibly exhausted from the long trek, according to UNHCR. One man, who fled Mogadishu after his two brothers were killed in a gun battle in the capital, said he had been on the road for more than three weeks, travelling mainly on foot. Upon arrival in Dadaab, the refugees are received at a registration centre where UNHCR staff carry out a rapid screening exercise. They then receive basic household items such as blankets, jerry cans, mats and kitchen utensils, but Ms. Pagonis said the agency’s current stocks “are very limited.” There are 227,400 refugees in Kenya, mainly from Somalia and Sudan. read more

Garda College says locals can no longer use its swimming pool

first_img Monday 1 May 2017, 9:45 PM By Christina Finn 51 Comments Garda College says locals can no longer use its swimming pool Locals can no longer use the swimming pool or playing fields. May 1st 2017, 9:45 PM Templemore Garda Training College THERE’S HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT among the local community in Templemore as they are no longer permitted to use the swimming pool and playing pitches at the Garda Training College.Both schools and local community groups have used the facilities at the college for many years.Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill said it helped foster good relations between the community and the gardaí training in the town.Local schools use the facilities for swimming lessons and meets, as well as the playing pitches for football games.“All that has stopped with no consultation with locals,” Cahill told“A lot of money was spent upgrading those facilities and the change hasn’t gone down well with locals,” he added.Rural town “It is a rural town and there are not a lot of these things in the town. We have been allowed to use the college for generations. Schools have now been left in limbo and have been forced to look further afield in other towns. It’s not ideal as it means greater travelling distance.”While he said An Garda Síochana are entitled to run their facilities as they see fit, he said the lack of discussion and consultation is what is most disappointing.“A guillotine just came down and it stopped,” said Cahill.He said no reason for the cessation has been given, which is why he wrote to the chief superintendent about the matter.“I received a letter back and it says the facilities will not be available to the public in the immediate future,” said Cahill. Source: Eamonn FarrellSwimming pool and pitchesThe Tipperary TD said the increase in numbers at the college cannot be used as an excuse as there were far greater numbers training in Templemore during the Celtic Tiger and locals were able to use the pool and pitches during those years.When asked about the issue, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the “effective and efficient” use of the resources available to the gardaí, including the college and its facilities.“I, as Minister, have no role in the matter,” she added“I am advised by the Commissioner that the policy and protocols surrounding the use of the sporting facilities at the college by members of the public are currently the subject of an ongoing review,” said Fitzgerald.She said the college management will consider applications from members of the local community to use the sporting facilities in the context of any new policies and procedures that may emerge following the review.“There’s huge disappointment in the town. Locals feel there was no need for this to be done,” concluded Cahill.Read: Health Minister slams ‘false’ and ‘unfounded’ claims from anti-vaccine campaigners>Read: At just 128 miles from Dublin, Ireland needs assurances about Sellafield – TD>center_img Templemore Garda Training College Image: RollingNews Share Tweet Email3 Image: RollingNews Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 46,382 Views last_img read more

Disappointing results for Greek in VCE

first_imgNo Victorian student studying Greek received a 50 or 49 as part of their VCE results this year, which is a significant drop from previous years. Demi Tsironis, of Protypo Greek Bilingual Education, was the highest scorer receiving a 48 for her high school studies in Greek. Maria Foscolos, Greek teacher and coordinator of distance education for Victorian School of Languages (VSL) told Neos Kosmos most years Greek has had a student scoring a 50 or 49.“We have to compare it to the other 46 languages that are taught as well as the past results, this year we didn’t have a student who received 50 or a 49. 48 was the highest.”Foscolos said the results for other community languages, such as Arabic, Croatian and Serbian, also received less than 50 saying they are “in a worse scenario than Greek”.“That’s due to a formula that the education department put together whereby if a lot of students do very well there is a bell curve and they have to be standardised so all the results drop.”St John’s Greek Orthodox College, Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College and Alphington Grammar all had very few top scorers, between 40 and 50, which is worth noting as unlike other schools, that offer Greek after hours or on Saturdays, they cover the language program in five periods a week.Four students from VSL got top scorers including Maria Leonardos, who studied Greek – using the distance education program – from Zambia, Africa, a program Foscolas says we need to protect. “The future of Greek says we have to try and have more enrolments as generally there are about 270 enrolments in total across Victoria,” says Foscolos.The two top scoring students of Classic Greek were Adrian Chueng, Balwyn High School , who recieved a 43, and Xavier College student Simon Farley who received a 41. All top scoring students were presented with awards by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria on Wednesday night. However, Greek Orthodox Colleges in Victoria celebrated another successful year with the high scoring VCE results of their year 12 students. 86 per cent of Alphington Grammar students were in the top half of the state with their VCE results. 53 per cent of the students received tertiary entrance scores above 70 which placed them in the top 30 per cent of the state.Modern Greek and International Studies were among the best performing subjects with Ioanna Yiannourakou Lianidou receiving the top score in the school of 44 out of 50, and securing her place in the top five per cent of Victoria. Meanwhile, St John’s Greek Orthodox Grammar saw 85 per cent of their students securing a place in their first choice degree for tertiary education. 16 per cent of the students receives a tertiary entrance score above 80; 46 per cent of the students received a tertiary entry score of over 70; and eight per cent of the students were ranked in the top ten Victorian university entrants. Greek was ranked as one of the highest scoring subjects at the school. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Google conserve la gratuité dAndroid

first_imgGoogle conserve la gratuité d’AndroidLe membre du conseil d’administration de Google, Eric Schmidt, a encore souligné le fait que le système d’exploitation Android restera bel et bien gratuit.Selon The Wall Street Journal, l’ex PDG de Google, et désormais membre du conseil d’administration,  Eric Schmidt serait en Corée du Sud. Non pas pour ses vacances, mais plutôt pour rencontrer les partenaires de Google (Samsung, LG, SK Telecom, KT Corp) et quelques hommes politiques, notamment le président sud-coréen Lee Myung-bak. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?À cette occasion, Mr Schmidt s’est voulu rassurant quant à la gratuité du système d’exploitation de Google, notamment pour ses constructeurs partenaires. Il a également précisé le fait qu’il n’y aurait aucun impact sur eux lié au rachat de Motorola par Google, en août dernier (pour plus de 12 milliards de dollars). De quoi renforcer les relations avec ce « dragon asiatique » qu’est la Corée du Sud et ses entreprises puissantes comme Samsung.Le 8 novembre 2011 à 20:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bad News Barrett tweets he has received a green card

first_img Weather forecast for September 12 Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Videos Articles Pinterest Facebook Impact Wrestling announces TV tapings for Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino in November Tom Cruises ankle gave Rebecca Ferguson baby-making time Trapped in China? ‘Exit Bans’ Preventing Americans from Coming Home Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next John Cenacenter_img Erick Rowan Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Court says Trump cannot dodge emoluments suit Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next WWE star Bad News Barrett posted the following on Twitter, announcing that he recently received a green card to become a permanent lawful resident of the United States:“Hey @BarackObama, thanks for the Green Card. You’re the man!”Barrett, as well as Sheamus and former WWE star Drew McIntyre, had visa issues back in 2010 that caused them to miss some shows for WWE, then Barrett had another issue in 2013 that caused him to miss a couple months worth of shows for WWE, so this removes any further problems for Barrett going forward. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:53 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter WhatsApp Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WrestleCade to be carried live on FITE TV in November featuring Panels and Supershowlast_img read more