Jamaica continues to forge bi-lateral and mutually beneficial cooperation agreements that will allow the country to export technical sport expertise around the world, to assist in the development of sport and physical education.“These kinds of partnerships have the potential for significant foreign exchange earnings, a significant part of which could be repatriated to Jamaica,” stated Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley.She was making her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate on Wednesday, June 5, in the House of Representatives.She noted the work of the Sport Tourism Committee, chaired by Chris Dehring, which was established by the Office of the Prime Minister in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.The committee seeks to ensure full marketing and exposure of the sport component of Brand Jamaica.Mrs. Neita Headley said Jamaica continues to benefit from strong partnerships with sporting goods manufacturers, who see the value of attaching their name to Brand Jamaica.Mrs. Neita Headley said Jamaica continues to benefit from strong partnerships with sporting goods manufacturers, who see the value of attaching their name to Brand Jamaica.“We have the coaches and technical experts; now we need to develop the facilities. We must make note of the fact that, for most non-winter sports, athletes from temperate climates require tropical locations for training, and we must take advantage of that fact,” she stated.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Print Close zoom The world’s first LNG driven tugboat, the M/T Borgoy arrived in the port of Zeebrugge for a bunkering operation. The ‘truck to ship’ bunkering operation was the first to be performed in the Flemish coastal port.The tug M/T Borgoy is the first tugboat in the world driven by liquid natural gas, LNG. The maritime sector is confronted with strict emission regulations, which results in an interest for LNG as a maritime fuel. This tug boat emits nearly 30 percent less CO2 and up to 90 percent less NOx and fine dust than conventionally-powered tugs.M/T Borgoy is the first of two identical tug boats ordered by the Norwegian BUBE (Buksér og Berging AS). The tug has left the Sanmar shipyard in Turkey and has set sail for Karsto in Norway to begin her long term operational contract for Statoil. To fuel up on LNG for her maiden trip, the ship makes halt in the port of Zeebrugge.The LNG fuelling operation was executed ‘Truck to Ship’. An LNG-filled trailer is then positioned alongside the quay and is connected with the ships fuel tank. For the port of Zeebrugge, this is an absolute premier.This first TTS bunkering operation in Zeebrugge is a joint effort. It was carefully planned and prepared with Fluxys Belgium, who have 27 years of LNG-experience, -expertise and –knowhow to offer. The bunkering of the tug was assigned to LNGEurope. Hoppe Maritime Group acts as BUBE’s agent.Joachim Coens, CEO Port of Zeebrugge: “This bunkering operation is of the greatest importance to the port of Zeebrugge. Firstly, we can be proud that BUBE has chosen Zeebrugge to perform this operation. Secondly, it is a confirmation of the time and effort we’ve invested in becoming a first mover in LNG bunkering. We’ve started up several projects with different parties which are all in very different stages of development. To see this project performed successfully is very gratifying.”Koos Blaazer , LNGEurope b.v.: “This successful bunkering operation confirms the belief of LNGEurope that in the future, these safe bunkering operations will become routine for a steadily growing fleet of LNG fuelled ships, not only in Zeebrugge.”Stefaan Hoppe, Hoppe Maritime Group: “We are proud to be appointed by BUBE and to be part of the first LNG truck-to-ship bunkering in the port of Zeebrugge. In the future, we hope to assist in new developments in LNG such as small scale LNG and LNG bunkering.” Port of Zeebrugge, February 18, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 My location
zoom Irish tanker owner Ardmore Shipping Corporation reported a net profit of USD 117,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2014 as compared to a net loss of USD 920,000, for the same period in 2013.According to Ardmore, the quarter results reflect strong relative chartering performance combined with efficient operations in an otherwise challenging market environment.Average daily time charter rates for the third quarter were USD 15,237 for Eco-design MR product tankers and USD 13,919 day for Eco-mod MR product tankers.“The charter market has improved significantly going into the fourth quarter, with daily MR spot rates for the TC2-14 Atlantic triangulation estimated to be USD 20,504 and for the TC4-11 Pacific triangulation estimated to be USD 17,889 as of November 3, 2014. Reflecting this improvement, Ardmore’s three spot-trading vessels are earning average daily rates of approximately USD 18,500 for voyages in progress, ” the company said.The company said that it has completed bank financing for the entire fleet, including loan agreements in place for vessels under construction.Ardmore’s fleet has been expanded with the delivery of two vessels (Ardmore Sealeader and Ardmore Sealifter) in the third quarter, and the company said it would continue to seek compelling single-ship, block or fleet acquisition opportunities.The ship-owner also announced a USD 20 million share repurchase plan, which will remain effective for up to three years, in order to repurchase shares opportunistically in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions.Anthony Gurnee, the company’s Chief Executive Officer said that a profitable third quarter builds on the net profit reported in the second quarter of 2014.“As we move into the fourth quarter and towards a winter market, we are encouraged by signs of significant charter market strengthening, with daily spot rates above USD 19,000 on average for key Atlantic and Pacific MR triangulations. We believe that Ardmore is well positioned to benefit from a strengthening market, through vessels engaged in the spot market, anticipated time charter renewals, and ten ships delivering throughout 2015 which are presently open or committed to a spot trading commercial arrangement with a major oil trader.”Press Release
OTTAWA – It’s the news workers at the Rio Tinto aluminum smelter in Kitimat have been hoping for.The federal government may be considering financial support for steel and aluminum workers who are impacted by the controversial new US tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.As he walked into his weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t rule out financial aid. “We will work with industry and with partners in making sure that everyone’s OK.”He sat down with the Canadian Steel Producers Association amid the ongoing dispute, who asked that he and the federal government take quicker action to place duties on American steel and aluminum products to level the playing field.“We’re going to have a conversation going forward about how quickly this can be accomplished,” Association President Joseph Galimberti says, adding Trudeau was understanding. “We want the list to be right, but we want it to be in place quickly.”Galimberti says he did not ask for any bailout for companies or financial aid for workers, saying ‘we are not at that point yet.’“I don’t think we’re there in terms of specifics yet, I’m sure the government would be willing to have that discussion if we get there.”Earlier in the day and without getting into any specifics, Employment Minister Patty Hajdu had said many options are being considered.“You know, we’re always going to stand up for Canadian workers and we’ll be looking at a full range of supports for people that are affected.”Meantime, the NDP’s Tracey Ramsey was critical of the lack of details, suggesting the government is dragging its feet when it should be taking immediate action.“It’s about coming out and saying that they have a plan for working people, and that’s what’s lacking right now,” she says.In American media over the weekend, Trudeau called the tariffs “insulting”. Meantime, the six other nations at the G7 finance ministers meeting denounced the decision and called on the US to back down.The Trudeau government has already unveiled retaliatory tariffs and filed complaints through NAFTA and the World Trade Organization.President Donald Trump is set to make his first official visit to Canada on Friday for the G7 summit in Quebec. His tariff decision is expected to overshadow other policy discussions, and raise tensions at the table when the world leaders begin their meeting.
The Tamil Nadu legislative assembly today (Friday) unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Centre to retrieve Kachchativu island ceded to Sri Lanka under a 1974 agreement signed between India and Sri Lanka, the Times of India reported.Tamil Nadu fishermen say they cross the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) to fish in the waters of the Kachchativu island as part of a traditional norm and hence get attacked by the Sri Lankan navy. The Lankan navy personnel, however, accuse the fishermen of going beyond the island and closer to the country’s borders to fish. The resolution, moved by the chief minister J Jayalalithaa, drew the attention of the House to a Supreme Court order in 1960 in the Berubari case, wherein it was stated that any agreement on cession of Indian territory to another nation need to be ratified by both Houses of Parliament through an amendment of the Constitution. “Going by the SC verdict, ceding of Kachchativu is not valid,” the resolution said, while pointing out the fishing rights and livelihood concerns of Indian fishermen. Immediately after assuming charge in 2011, the AIADMK government adopted an unanimous resolution in the assembly, allowing the state revenue department to implead itself in a case filed by Jayalalithaa in the Supreme Court, in her capacity as AIADMK general secretary in 2008. The petition sought to get the 1974 and 1976 agreements between both the countries on ceding Kachchativu to Sri Lanka as unconstitutional. Winding up the debate, Jayalalithaa slammed the former chief minister and DMK chief M Karunanidhi for not taking any concrete steps to retrieve the island, despite enjoying the support of the various governments at the Centre for more than 16 years (with BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and subsequently with Congress-led United Progressive Alliance). “After I assumed charge for the second time, I urged the Prime Minister in person and through letters to restore the traditional fishing rights of Tamil fishermen in Kachchativu, through lease in perpetuity. But the Centre did not take any steps, probably because it was surviving on DMK’s support,” Jayalalithaa said.
Whether it’s on the patio or at the bar, Albertans are enjoying their food and drink more than ever.According to Stats Canada, they spent just shy of $680 million this May on food and drink, a record-high and seven per cent hike from last year.ATB Financial Senior Economist Todd Hirsch said he sees the increase as a sign Albertans want to indulge after a hard day’s work.“They work longer hours than any other province in the country, so that might just put some time constraints on them and they may feel that just grabbing something on the go to eat is more time efficient,” he said.He added even though many businesses were shut down during the flood, we may even see a spike in June numbers.“People will still have to eat and if your house is under water, you’re going to have to eat somewhere and it might be a matter of a neighbour is picking up pizzas for other neighbours,” he said. Albertans spend record-high on food and in drink in May by News Staff Posted Jul 31, 2013 1:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
According to a statement issued late yesterday by his Spokesperson’s Office, the Secretary-General welcomed the signing of an agreement between EU and the African Union Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, on 1 August, on the EU’s contribution to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).“The Secretary-General wishes to take this opportunity to commend the Lake Chad Basin countries and Benin for the significant progress achieved in combating the terrorist threat posed by Boko Haram,” the statement said, adding that Mr. Ban particularly welcomes the enhanced cooperation and coordination by countries of the region, their individual contributions to the Force and the sacrifices made in the fight against Boko Haram.In the statement, the UN chief reiterated his call on MNJTF countries to ensure that counter-terrorism measures are in full compliance with their obligations under international human rights, humanitarian and refugee laws.“This is crucial, as Boko Haram is most unlikely to be defeated if the affected communities do not have confidence in the armed forces that are supposed to protect them,” the statement said.Further in the statement, the Secretary-General encouraged Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria to consolidate MNJTF operations by re-establishing state authority and resuming social services in Boko Haram-affected areas, as well as creating an environment conducive for the safe and voluntary return, resettlement or local integration of the internally displaced and refugee populations.The Secretary-General also urged the international community to continue to enhance its support to regional efforts to combat the Boko Haram threat and in mitigating the impact of its activities through the provision of requisite humanitarian, political, financial and logistical support.
Awful queue at Clapham Junction – then they announce they want to evacuate the station due to overcrowding!❕ pic.twitter.com/qFa4LJpmrU— MtoTheDtoTheA (@MtoTheDtoTheA) January 9, 2017 7:43AMWhat trains are running? 7:50AMHow the strike is affecting commuters 8:43AMCommuters’ experiences of the strike Business chiefs have warned of costly disruption of Southern Railway strikes. Chambers of Commerce groups from the South East of England met with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Rail Minister Paul Maynard.The representatives from Hampshire, London, Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley Chambers, said: “Business communities and commuters across the South East of England are impatient for action after nearly a year of unpredictable and costly disruption.”While firms have taken every step possible to support staff affected by strike action, businesses and local economies are hurting. It is incumbent upon all parties in the dispute to come to the table and reach a durable solution.”Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, added: “London businesses and commuters are facing a double-whammy this week as they face disruption from both train and Tube strikes. Journey in pretty dreadful, but journey home a dream #tubestrikes pic.twitter.com/ZCm7rXY22P— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) January 9, 2017 10:00AMTube strike social media jokes 8:23PMNot all routes are beset with misery Closed gates at London’s Liverpool Street Underground Station as a 24-hour strike continuedCredit:John Stillwell/PA Wire We’re providing a presence & assisting the public #TubeStrikePlease have patience & respect fellow passengers & staff #WereAllInTheSameBoat pic.twitter.com/JEey56v6pT— BTP DLR (@BTPDLR) January 9, 2017 Local government worker Michael Gunning, 27, from Romford, said: “It is very annoying, it makes life hard.”Normally I would be on a train and half way there by now and be in work at 8am – now I’m probably not going to in until at least 8.30 or 9, I don’t know.”He said he “kind of understands” why staff are striking, adding that it “doesn’t make sense to people”. 9:17PMAnd some positive thinking about all those Uber pool journeys Commuters are saying the national rail station Clapham Junction, one of Britain’s busiest, has just been cleared due to overcrowding.No trains were stopping at the station, which is normally served by trains to and from London Victoria and London Waterloo. 6:31PMFurther chaos – commuters have been chucked off trains 9:02AM’Bonkers’ Clapham Junction evacuated At London’s Liverpool Street Station, in the City of London commuters could be seen dashing towards the bus stops – already swollen by the amount of people trying to complete their rush-hour journeys.The area outside the transport hub became a sea of people amongst lines of the cities red buses as the morning ticked over into its busiest period.TfL workers and station staff in front of the shuttered main Tube entrance were also handing out central London bus and walking maps as they advised those in need on how to reach their destinations. Transport for London said it was running a limited services on eight out of 11 Tube lines and expects 60% of stations to open across the network despite the “unnecessary strike”.Passengers were advised that although the strike ends at 6pm services are expected to be disrupted throughout the day and evening and journeys should be completed by 6pm.For customers travelling to Canary Wharf from central London, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services are running, however they will be busier than usual.Enhanced river services are linking central London and Canary Wharf. Buses, roads and rail services are also expected to be much busier than usual, particularly those bus routes serving major interchange stations.TfL deployed “travel ambassadors” to help people get around the city and around 150 extra buses are deployed to enhance existing routes.Although National Rail services are not affected by the strike there are no Underground services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge.There are no services at all on the Victoria or Waterloo & City lines. TfL said the situation may change throughout the day and buses and the transport network will be very busy. Amid the chaos, people have been having a bit of fun on social media – as well as venting their frustration – under the hashtag #TubeStrike.Here is Helena Horton’s round-up of the best posts. Transport for London said it was running limited services on nine out of 11 Tube lines and expects 69 per cent of stations to open across the network despite the “unnecessary strike”.For customers travelling to Canary Wharf from central London, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services are running but will be busier than usual.Enhanced river services are linking central London and Canary Wharf.Buses, roads and rail services are also expected to be much busier than usual, particularly those bus routes serving major interchange stations.TfL deployed “travel ambassadors” to help people get around the city and around 150 extra buses are deployed to enhance existing routes.Although National Rail services are not affected by the strike there are no Underground services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge.There are no services at all on the Victoria or Waterloo & City lines. Millions of commuters cycled, trudged and waited in snaking bus queues on Monday as a strike by London Underground station staff shut down much of the city’s subway network through to Tuesday morning.There was a 149 per cent increase in Santander cycle hires while commuters opting for buses have complained of overcrowding.”It is really scary out there, cyclists are taking huge chances,” doctor Simon Quantrill said. “The traffic is mad.” 6:49PMBlackfriars station closed for trains as well as Tube services Journeys were bumpier than usual, with one passenger directing a bus driver who took a wrong turn.The vintage Routemaster was on its way from Brixton to Stockwell when the driver went the wrong way.The number two bus had been added as an extra service to cope with increased demand.The conductor apologised: “First mistake of the morning, many more to come.”We don’t do this often.”One passenger then went to the assistance of the driver, giving him directions as he u-turned.Commuters boarded the bus ready with Oyster cards only to be told the journey was free as payment pads do not exist on the old models. Tweets from TfL’s official account said it did not know how the wider network would be affected.In a series of replies to queries from passengers, it said it would not know which stations would be closed “until staff do or don’t turn up for work” on Monday. Strike ends at 6pm, but disruption continued into the eveningAnalysis on how much the strike will cost the economyHow Londoners got to work – social media round-upHow long will strike last and which lines are affected? A South West Trains spokesman said: “This is the worst crowding I’ve seen at Clapham Junction for many years – no amount of planning can mitigate for this.”More than 30 million passengers changed trains at the station in 2015/16, according to Office of Rail and Road figures, making it Britain’s busiest interchange station. Blackfriars station, not only is there a tube strike, they’ve also gone and cancelled most of the trains. Good work. #TubeStrike #thameslink pic.twitter.com/dDvnY0k4Im— Celia Rice (@celiafriedrice) January 9, 2017 ✅ #ClaphamJunction station has reopened https://t.co/OU4IwGJPvt— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) January 9, 2017 anticipating that my journey home is gonna be reminiscent of frodos journey to destroy the ring #TubeStrike #SOS— michelle marriott (@michelleivyxx) January 9, 2017 Although National Rail services were not affected by the strike there were no Underground services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge.Southern Railway passengers will suffer a fresh bout of chaos on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday when Aslef drivers go on strike in a bitter dispute over driver-only trains.Southern told passengers to travel only if it was essential, as no trains will run on strike days, while services on other days will be affected by a continuing ban on overtime.With only limited bus links from a small number of stations, the train company advised people to make alternative arrangements wherever possible.British Airways cabin crew will strike on Tuesday and Wednesday in a row over pay, although the airline said its customers will be able to fly to their destinations. A small number of Heathrow flights will be “merged”, but BA said all flights to and from Gatwick and London City airports will operate as normal.Unite said over 800 cabin crew from British Airways’ so-called “mixed fleet” had joined the union since the start of the dispute, taking its membership to over 2,900. 7:33AMFull scale of disruption not clear #TubeStrike = more #traffic = driver #stress = worse #driving = more near-misses on the #bike than I’ve had in the last 6mths #LondonCycling— Marilyn Croser (@marilyncroser) January 9, 2017 Yes the Tube Strike is a awful bummer but at least the #HackneyCarriage lads will be able to smash some cash. I am not a huge Uber Fan!— Vas Blackwood (@VasBlackwood) January 9, 2017 5:18PMThe Tube strike may almost be over, but… When 1,000 people are chucked off a train because the @TLRailUK drivers taking over aren’t qualified to drive the train! @acinderellaline pic.twitter.com/Zp7wgloyO2— Dan Scorer (@dan_scorer) January 9, 2017 Having supposed to have started work at 8.30am, she estimated she would be more than an hour late, adding that she could walk to Farringdon, but has a bad knee.One man, who wished only to be named as Steve, was still waiting for a taxi at Liverpool Street at 8.45am, 15 minutes before he was due to be on the 9am train from King’s Cross to York.He revealed he was starting a new job today.He said of the Tube strike: “I did not know anything about it until yesterday afternoon.” @divat05 or don’t turn up for work. It’s pretty much going to be real time information. 2/2— Transport for London (@TfL) January 9, 2017 Sadiq Khan is on BBC Radio 4 right now, and he has just condemned today’s tube strike.He said: “I, the Mayor of London, condemn these strikes, they are completely unnecessary.”He added: “Why strike, why not resolve these disputes amicably?”Mr Khan is appearing late on the Today programme – because of the strike. He got on to say a few words just before the show finished. Commuters queue for trains at Clapham JunctionCredit: STEFAN WERMUTH A pedestrian passes closed gates at at Elephant and Castle Underground Station in LondonCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Long queues at taxi ranks could also be seen, with little sign of any available cabs.Tracey Cooke, from Hertfordshire, who was waiting in line at Liverpool Street station, said there were no cars available through Uber or Addison Lee either.”It is not good,” the 55-year-old said.”When I got on the Stansted Express there were only four carriages – now I’ve been waiting for 45 minutes for a cab.” 4:54PMTfL running limited services on nine out of 11 Tube lines 8:28AMLondon’s buses take the strain In the office again at stupid o’clock,well technical 5 to stupid o’clock either way I must need my head examined #thankstfl #TfL #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/9syBKNNpl7— Chris_hla™ (@Chris_hla) January 9, 2017 8:59AMMayor condemns strikes All going well at Clapham Junction #tubestrike pic.twitter.com/2aDmueiT6j— Tom Bateman (@tomb8man) January 9, 2017 TfL deployed “travel ambassadors” to help people get around the city and around 150 extra buses were deployed to enhance existing routes.Long queues at taxi ranks could also be seen, with little sign of any available cabs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. 8:44AMTfL update: 60% of stations open Clapham Junction is absolutely ludicrous. At a standstill since 8am. Gates locked. Hope you’re happy @TfL @RMTunion #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/CBNrQIobSt— Padraig Prendergast (@prendergast) January 9, 2017 Yes, the London tube strikes SUCK but think all of the potential friendships & romances being formed in Uber pools today…🚖❤️— Louisa C-Burnham (@louisacburnham) January 9, 2017 “It makes people less sympathetic to them and it’s worse for their reputation.”Margaret King, from Chelmsford, Essex, said: “I think it is atrocious, I do not agree. I do not like people striking at all.”I just do not see the point in it, it’s not helping anyone who has to travel to get to work.”Doctor Simon Quantrill lives in Clapham and usually cycles part of his journey, but owing to the strike, he said this has taken him “much longer than it normally would”.”It is really scary out there, cyclists are taking huge chances. The traffic is mad, the whole way up – especially around London Bridge and onwards.”The 50-year-old said he supports the strike, adding: “I do not agree with cutting working staff at the stations… people do not want to go on strike. They don’t get paid.” 7:37AMRMT defends strike @clippz Hi, no station will open until there’s a service and it look like that will be around 07:00 we 1/2— Transport for London (@TfL) January 9, 2017 5:36PMLondoners prepare for the journey home from work Not all stations are closed, and there are some services running.Here’s the latest:The Northern Line is operating between Edgware to Golders Green and High Barnet to Finchley Central onlyThe Piccadilly Line has trains running from Cockfosters to Arnos Grove onlyThe Jubilee Line is operating between Stanmore and Baker Street. No service on the rest of the lineThe Bakerloo Line is operating between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone only, approximately every 10 mins. No service on the rest of the lineThe Central Line has a service operating from West Ruislip to North Acton only. Shocking scenes this Monday morning at #ClaphamJunction 😩 pic.twitter.com/CunidwZm14— Becky 🌺 (@1BeckyDavidson) January 9, 2017 @sonjawithaj1 @BBCLondonNews Morning young lady,that’s not a long queue.That’s a very long queue.— ⚽️ATHOL A WITTER⚽️ (@AW0079) January 9, 2017 Here’s what’s going on around London this morning: 6:29PMMost central London stations remain closed despite strike ending We’re striking to demand increase in the staffing level to ensure safely & effectively staffed stations. https://t.co/TPuGXoPNvs #TubeStrike https://t.co/460X8V7q8a— Daniel Randall (@therubykid) January 9, 2017 People queue for buses at Bishopsgate in the City of LondonCredit:John Stillwell/PA Wire 9:22AMRush for taxis 7:38AMMore misery for commuters Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, RMT boss John Leach has defended the union’s action.He said: “You can’t run the underground with 834 fewer staff and carry one million more people a day.” The strike also closed underground rail from Terminals 4 and 5 at London Heathrow airport and connections at London’s major train stations.The 24-hour strike began on Sunday evening, and service was not expected to get back to normal until Tuesday morning. Tomorrow, there is more misery on the cards for London’s commuters as Southern Rail drivers go on strike.Southern Rail will run no services on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday because of walkouts in a long-running dispute over driver-only trains.Train services will also be disrupted for the rest of the week because of a ban on overtime.With only limited bus links from a small number of stations, the train company is advising people to make alternative arrangements wherever possible.For those who have no option, Southern is providing limited bus and coach services each day to provide road links for essential travel from nine of its stations into nearby neighbouring train networks where they can connect into other train operators’ services.Space on the buses will be limited. Anyone who does travel should expect to queue, plan for longer journeys and realise the service they join will be exceptionally busy, said Southern. Most stations in Zone 1 are still closed despite the Tube strike officially ending. 9:38AMClapham Junction reopened Clapham junction station is BONKERS pic.twitter.com/sr4m2a6JG4— Mr Blake aka 21 (@V3SCOE) January 9, 2017 Can’t get on a bus. Been up since 0545. There’s a very late doctor now walking to work #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/d4ThQHGjOm— Janis Burns (@burnikov) January 9, 2017
By Michelle Hennessy Jun 28th 2018, 6:00 AM https://jrnl.ie/4095071 Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 6:00 AM Short URL 23,226 Views Residents of Block 8, including their newest week-old resident, outside the building, with councillor Edel Moran (far right) yesterday. Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieWhile TheJournal.ie was at the flat complex today interviewing residents, council staff arrived to drop leaflets about the issue in their doors. However, they declined to speak with concerned residents, telling them their orders were simply to put the document in the letter boxes.‘A serious shock’Local Sinn Féin councillor Edel Moran and Fianna Fáil’s Sean Paul Mahon had contacted the council about the installation of the scaffolding on behalf of the residents.“This is a serious shock and the people should be put first, their safety should be put first,” Moran said.Mahon said the eight blocks of flats have been there for 47 years and pointed out that the Ballymun flats, which were built later than that, have been knocked down and replaced.Ten years ago Dublin City Council were de-tenanting these apartments, you would have seen 15 to 20 of these apartments blocked up because they were going to knock them. Economic circumstances changed and it took a fight to get the apartments back open, to say ‘listen we have a housing crisis, these apartments are lying there’. But the [refurbishment] job they did is just a bit of a plaster on it. Share67 Tweet Email Residents ‘terrified’ after staircase in council flat block ‘moved’ and cracked Dublin City Council has has put in place an expert group to complete repairs and carry out an inspection of all of the blocks. 12 Comments That [scaffolding] screams ‘this is not safe’ and we have small children, we didn’t want to walk into it, nobody could tell us what was going on, if it was going to be fixed, or if it’s fixable. There’s also 24 hour security guards. It’s just very unsettling. There were three security guards stationed outside Block 8 when TheJournal.ie visited residents yesterday. Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieThey said they do not feel safe now in their home.“The workers who the council sent out yesterday all had personal protection clothing on, all had hardhats on, yet I’m walking up and down with nothing and our children too.”Another concern now for the residents is that they may be housed in emergency accommodation like B&Bs while repair work is carried out.“The council has a track record of leaving people there,” she said.“They could turn around in three months’ time and say actually this building is condemned,” Higgins added. “And we’re in hotel rooms and forgotten about.” Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeRESIDENTS AT A council flat complex in Dublin have said they do not feel safe in their homes as large cracks have appeared in the stairwell of their block and the concrete floor has started to sag in some places.Dublin City Council put up supports at the bottom of the stairwell in Block 8 of the Cromcastle Court flats in Coolock on Friday after receiving a photograph of cracks in the ceiling from a resident.On Tuesday, extensive scaffolding was then installed on all three floors and security guards were stationed at the block to ensure no one interfered with the structural supports. A large crack in the ceiling at the entrance to the block. Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieThe 16 families living in the block, however, say they were not given any information when they called to ask what was happening.Amy Lindon, a mother-of-two, was the resident who alerted the council to the issue on Friday. Staff from the council arrived 20 minutes after she sent the photograph.“Normally when you ring them about a leaky tap they’d be out next Friday, you know. They were worried about it obviously.“We heard that it had moved [since Friday] and that’s why they put more scaffolding up. We don’t know, no one has come to us about anything yet.” A part of the concrete floor in the stairwell has dropped. Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieShe said she has been repeatedly calling the council to find out what the plan is.“We were terrified when we saw it because it goes to show you that they’re worried. There’s security standing out there for a reason, we’re all worried for our kids and for the safety of all of us. They’ll wait for something to happen to do something about it.”‘This is not safe’Sarah Oates and her partner Mario Higgins who also live in the block said this problem has previously been reported to the council but it is only now that action has been taken to secure the building.“We were out on Friday and when we came back we found this going on with absolutely no information at all as to what had happened, what is going to happen and we still have no information,” Oates said. Signs placed on the outside of the building by residents yesterday afternoon.The two local representatives are also concerned that residents could end up in homeless accommodation for an extended period of time while the council attempts to fix the issue. Some residents in these blocks have experience of homelessness in the past.Today they received a response from the council. This response contained the same information as the leaflet posted in the letterboxes of residents at Block 8 and taped to the main door. Council staff posted this notice around the complex today, telling residents the local authority was working as quickly as possible to fix the structural issue. Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieIt states that the council is carrying out works to “find out why the staircase moved” and how best to repair it.“The council will provide regular updates to residents on progress of the repairs and will call to each of your homes to answer any concerns that you may have in the next few days.”The notice explains that the security staff were provided to “ensure the safety of tenants at all times and provide assistance where required”.A report from a structural engineer is expected to be completed this Friday and the council has put in place an expert group to complete repairs and carry out an inspection of all of the blocks in Cromcastle Court.TheJournal.ie visited a neighbouring block and noted the floor in the stairwell was even, unlike in Block 8 where it has sagged in places, but there were signs of similar structural issues in the ceiling. Cracks in the ceiling of a stairwell in a neighbouring block in the same complex. Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie‘It’s a shame to see the state of them’Council caretaker Pat Kane, known by locals in the area as ‘Chop Chop’, has been working around these blocks for six years.He said he has reported several issues to the council over the years and is frustrated at the lack of action. Council caretaker Paul Kane said he has been frustrated over the last six years as he worked to maintain the flat blocks. Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie“Lights being out, bits of wood sticking out, holes in the ground, handles on doors, it’s dangerous. I know it’s nit-picky but the grounds are in a bad state, I wouldn’t let my kids play around here.“They’re lovely people in here, trying to make a living. Six years in here and I know them all. We try to do our job and I know I get paid for it, but it’s a shame to see the state of them.”Responding to a query from TheJournal.ie, Dublin City Council said at this stage it is not necessary for the residents to be moved out of their homes.“The safety of our tenants and the buildings is of the upmost importance to Dublin City Council and we have taken all necessary steps to ensure the safety of the staircase at Block 8.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Quand une bourde humaine pousse les ours à se nourrir de wapitis à YellowstoneDes biologistes américains ont découvert qu’en introduisant illégalement la truite grise dans le lac de Yellowstone, l’homme a complètement bouleversé la chaîne alimentaire animale dans la région. En effet, cette truite mange la truite fardée dont se nourrissent les ours qui sont alors obligés de se rabattre sur les wapitis.C’est en s’intéressant au déclin de la population de cervidés sauvages évoluant dans la région de Yellowstone que les biologistes ont fait une terrible constatation. Habituellement, les quelques dizaines d’ours du parc de Yellowstone, aux États-Unis, se nourrissent de truites fardées (Oncorhynchus clarkii) au printemps. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Parfois, ils attrapaient néanmoins “quelques jeunes wapitis âgés d’une à deux semaines”, pour compléter leur alimentation, explique à l’AFP Arthur Middleton, zoologue. Mais, il y a quelques dizaines d’années, l’homme a eu une terrible idée : il a introduit illégalement des truites grises, ou ombles du Canada (Salvelinus namaycush), dans le lac. Or, ces dernières mangent les truites fardées, ce qui a eu pour effet d’affamer peu à peu les ours, incapables d’attraper les ombles qui vivent en eaux profondes. Pour subsister, les grizzlis ont donc dû s’adapter et ils se sont rabattus sur les wapitis, ont découvert les chercheurs, qui publient aujourd’hui leur étude dans la revue britannique Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Selon leurs observations alors qu’environ 12% des jeunes wapitis étaient dévorés par des grizzlis ou des ours noirs à la fin des années 1980, ce taux a grimpé à plus de 40% au milieu des années 2000. Un profond bouleversement Selon les scientifiques, c’est une nouvelle démonstration des conséquences que peut avoir l’introduction d’espèces dans des milieux où elles n’existent normalement pas. “Même dans un milieu aussi sauvage que le Yellowstone, une bourde humaine commise dans le milieu aquatique voici des années a des répercussions très profondes, forçant un prédateur omnivore à chercher de nouvelles sources de nourriture dans le milieu terrestre”, insiste ainsi Arthur Middleton. Le 19 mai 2013 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambert
A Portland man was hospitalized after his motorcycle crashed Monday morning on state Highway 503 about 24 miles east of Woodland. Darcy Harding, 51, was driving a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic south on the highway in rural Cowlitz County and slowed for a yield sign. The motorcycle fell to the left and struck the pavement, according to the Washington State Patrol. The crash was reported at 11:22 a.m. near the Yale Bridge. Harding was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. Troopers are investigating the cause of the crash.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsUsed Puzzle PaloozaSaturday, March 30, 10 am – 12 pmNeed a new puzzle? Join us for our first-ever Used Puzzle Palooza and pick up some new-to-you puzzles. Great for experienced puzzlers or just thinking of giving puzzling a try. Limit of five puzzles, however number may change day of event based on donations. Puzzles are free although donations to the Friends of Wilmington Memorial Library will be happily accepted.Networkers—Headshots *RRMonday, March 25, 10 amIt’s time to get a professional headshot! Your online image is the first impression you will make and it speaks volumes about your brand. Photographer Lennie Malvone will take your photo and email you the results. Look online for tips as to what to wear. (limit 20)Creative Writing Skill Group *RRTuesday, March 26, 7 pmLearn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. Led by local writing enthusiast Barbara Alevras.Well Read Wednesday Book Group *RRWednesday, March 27, 10 amFeatured Book: Breathing Lessonsby Anne TylerThis book group will discuss contemporary books, both fiction and non-fiction, led by Library Director Tina Stewart. Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book.Unplug!—Paint + Sip *RRThursday, March 28, 7 pm (16+, limit 20, $15)Join us for a fun, engaging, and interactive Paint Night! Artist Raquel Palermo Kaplan will guide you through the steps of creating a floral-themed work of art. All materials will be provided and all skill levels are welcome. Sip a mocktail and chat with friends while you paint!Kids & Teen EventsDrop-In Baby TimesSaturday, March 23, 9:30 amBabies and their caregivers will enjoy this fun storytime that includes rhymes, songs, books, scarves, shakers, bubbles and more. Infants through 24 monthsStories and Sweets Drop InSaturday, March 23, 10:30 amStart your Saturday morning with great stories (and songs and rhymes) and a few sweet treats at this special family storytime. Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.Kids Kraft: Skittles Rainbow Pot of Gold *RRSaturday, March 23, 2 pmFind the edge of the rainbow as you make your own pot of gold! This craft is led by 3 Wilmington High School students. Grades 1-5PJ StorytimeMonday,March 25,6:30 pmWear your snuggly pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear or blanket and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more! Ages 2-5 and one or more adultsCrafternoons: Unplug! DIY Sock Pugsheens *RRWednesday, March 27, 3:45pmUsing socks and felt sew yourself the cutest, quietest, and squishiest plush pet ever! Grades 4-8Read to PrinceWednesday, March 27, 5-6:30 pmCome meet and read to Prince, a beautiful Golden Retriever who loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader.Music and More with Bernadette Baird *RRWednesday, March 27, 6:30 pmBernadette Baird presents music and movement for toddlers and young children through age three. Sing, play musical instruments and dance. Ages 1-3Kindergarten Book Club *RRThursday, March 28, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity. KindergartenDrop-In Storytime Friday, March 29, 10 amDrop in for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft! Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis. Ages 2-5 and one or more adultsBook Buddies *RRSession 2: Fridays, March 29, April 5 &12, 3:45This fun literacy program pairs kids with teen volunteers for one-on-one reading fun. In this three-week program, kids can practice reading or be read to, receive one-on-one attention from a trained teen, share a snack, and do a fun activity. Teens in grades 9-12 can register at the library or online for one or both sessions to earn up to 10 community service hours. Ages 4+(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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The Food Bank of Alaska serves as a hub for community organizations across the state. A new farm bill program could help their partner organizations purchase refrigeration to store excess food. (Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media)Around one in eight Alaskans have wondered at some point in the last year where their next meal will come from, according to the USDA. In some parts of rural Alaska, rates of food insecurity are as high as 27 percent. Senator Lisa Murkowski added a grant program to the Senate farm bill that aims, in its own small way, to help.Listen nowThe Micro-grants for Food Security program would give individuals up to 5,000 dollars and organizations up to 10,000 dollars to address food insecurity in their communities. Organizations like the Food Bank of Alaska could benefit from the program. CEO Jim Baldwin said the money could be used to fund training and education, invest in new technologies or build a community garden or smokehouse.“And if there’s an entrepreneur out there that has an idea on how to grow produce or do hydroponics or start some kind of a canning operation, this could really be a seed money to get something up and going that’s sustainable,” Baldwin said.Baldwin said the program could also help the Food Bank of Alaska start a canning program of its own to preserve excess food and help partner organizations purchase refrigeration equipment. The Food Bank serves as a hub for food distribution to community organizations across the state.Jim Baldwin serves as the CEO of the Food Bank of Alaska and said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that the Micro-Grants for Food Security program will make its way into the final farm bill. (Photo by Erin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)“Often times some of the agencies that we contribute food to don’t have adequate refrigeration to take as much as we can provide for them,” Baldwin said.Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and several islands in the Pacific would be eligible. Alaska is slated to receive a total of $4 million in grants a year. Baldwin said Alaska’s rural nature and geographic isolation make community efforts to produce and process food locally that much more important for food security.Cara Durr is the director of public engagement for the Food Bank of Alaska and a board member for the Alaska Food Policy Council. The House version of the farm bill cuts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as food stamps. But Durr said she’s hopeful this program will make it into the final version.“We want to make sure that a final farm bill is strong for Alaska, it’s strong and supports the nutrition titles, including SNAP, so no additional cuts to that program, or onerous requirements that make people fall off the program, um supports local ag,” Durr said. “And I see this provision as being a really nice complement.” The House and the Senate have passed different versions of the farm bill and will try to hash out a compromise in the coming months. The law covers everything from food assistance to rural development to crop insurance.
Nobody was injured in the incident as the flight landed safely at the Chennai airport.REUTERSA Singapore-bound aircraft carrying 170 people made an emergency landing at the Chennai airport on Monday, May 20, after experiencing a ‘spark’ in the engine. Coming from Tiruchirapalli, the flight made a hard landing, according to airport officials.Nobody was injured in the incident as the flight landed safely, reports news agency PTI.The ‘spark’ was detected by the pilots while the plane was still in the Indian airspace. Immediately, the pilots contacted the Chennai airport for an emergency landing. Permission was granted and firefighters were put on standby, officials said.”Singapore-bound Scoot Airways flight TR 567 flying from Trichy (Tamil Nadu) made an emergency landing at Chennai airport after the pilot detected smoke in the aircraft cargo around 3.40 am today [Monday],” an unidentified airport official told PTI. “The pilot had requested an emergency landing, which was granted by the ATC [air traffic control].”The passengers were later provided accommodation in city hotels. Technicians are attending to the snag, the officials said. The flight will fly back to Singapore today evening.OTHER INCIDENTSEarlier, a Singapore Airlines aircraft carrying 228 people made an emergency landing in Delhi after experiencing a glitch in the nose wheel.In another similar incident, a Myanmar National Airlines plane landed without the use of its front wheel. Despite the landing gear problems, the plane landed safely. Close Watch | Myanmar plane fails to deploy landing gear, pilot lands without front wheels
Pope Francis leaves the airport after arriving in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on 30 November 2017. Photo: AFPPope Francis on Thursday arrived in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees have sought sanctuary after fleeing a crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar, in the second stage of a tour dominated by the plight of the persecuted minority.The pope will spend three days in mainly-Muslim Bangladesh, which is also grappling with a rise in Islamist extremism that has seen Catholics attacked for their faith.In Myanmar he walked a diplomatic tightrope, staying away from allegations that the army is waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims, despite pressure to confront the incendiary issue publically.He also refrained from mentioning the minority by name during his four-day trip in which he held two masses and private meetings with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing.In Dhaka he will meet some of the refugees from the Rohingya community, whom he has described as his “brothers and sisters”, and led a mass for Bangladesh’s tiny Catholic minority.Nearly a million refugees from the Muslim minority now languish in camps on the border and the Daily Star, a Bangladeshi newspaper, said in an editorial Thursday it hoped he could change their fate.“Thanks to the large body of evidence documenting severe rights abuses of the Rohingya minority of Myanmar, the extent of the atrocities carried out by Myanmar’s security forces is known to all,” it said.“We remain hopeful that given Pope Francis’ legacy of standing up for the oppressed, he will speak out against the ongoing persecution of the Rohingya during this very important visit.”‘Moral authority’Myanmar’s government denies the Rohingya are an ethnic group, insisting they are “Bengali” immigrants who are not entitled to full citizenship.But the Vatican has rejected suggestions that the pope’s reticence to tackle the Rohingya crisis head-on represented a failure of moral leadership.A spokesman late Wednesday said the pope’s presence alone drew attention to Myanmar’s myriad troubles and his “moral authority” remained undimmed.“He’s not afraid of minefields,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told a press conference, hinting the pope’s discussions in private may have been more strident.Francis had been urged not to utter the Rohingyas’ name in Myanmar to avoid provoking hardline Buddhists and making the country’s Catholic community a target.“He seemed to comprehend the dilemma he faced,” David Mathieson, a Yangon-based analyst, told AFP, applauding his diplomatic dexterity in a country where the army still holds great power.“He is the Pope, not a pugilist… he was here to help the country work through this horrific humanitarian crisis and listen to both the civilian and military leadership.”The pontiff was warmly embraced by Myanmar’s Catholics, who make up just over one percent of the population.On Friday he will lead a mass in central Dhaka that is expected to be attended by around 100,000 Bangladeshi Catholics.The country’s Catholic community accounts for less than 0.5 percent of the population of 160 million and have for centuries lived in relative harmony with their Muslim neighbours.But the country has seen a rise in Islamist attacks in recent years targeting religious minorities, foreigners and secular figures.Pope Francis’s visit coincides with the disappearance of a Catholic priest on Monday in the same village where suspected Islamist extremists hacked a Catholic grocer to death last year.Walter William Rosario, 40, had been making arrangements for some 300 Catholics to travel to Dhaka for the pope’s mass.Since 2015 at least three Christians, including two converts from Islam, have been hacked to death in attacks blamed on the militant Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
World BankThe World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$700 million to improve primary education in Bangladesh, reports UNB.The project titled ‘Quality Learning for All Programme (QLEAP)’ will help improve the education quality and ensure equitable access to primary education and benefit over 18 million children studying in pre-primary level to grade 5, the World Bank said in a statement on Thursday.The bank said it will finance for implementing the government’s Fourth Primary Education Development Program (PEDP4).The project will focus on improving learning outcomes for Bangla and Mathematics of Grade III students, it said.This will be achieved through an evaluation of the current curricula, textbooks and supplementary learning materials based on new curriculum, recruitment and training of about 100,000 teachers, providing digital materials for teachers and students, exams system reforms, and the expansion of one-year quality pre-primary education in all government schools.
Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village. Picture taken 1 September 2017. Photo: ReutersLawmakers from South East Asia on Thursday urged the UN to act on a devastating report on atrocities against Rohingya in Myanmar and do everything it can to pave the way for justice for victims, reports UNB.The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva is expected to vote on a resolution in next week establishing an independent mechanism to document these crimes for future prosecutions, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).The UN-mandated Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Myanmar released its full report on 19 September, calling for the Myanmar military top brass to be investigated and prosecuted for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.“The report by the Fact-Finding Mission is as heart wrenching as it is necessary. It adds to the mounting body of evidence that the Myanmar security forces had committed the gravest of crimes – including possible genocide – against Rohingya people,” APHR chair Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian Parliament.“The world must now take concrete action to ensure these atrocities are never repeated. The UN Human Rights Council can do just that by establishing an international accountability mechanism. We urge all countries – including Southeast Asian states – to lend support to a resolution to this effect.”The FFM’s report documents in detail a catalogue of rights violations by the Myanmar security forces during its “clearance operation” in Rakhine State from 25 August 2017, including killings, burnings of villages and sexual violence on a “shocking scale”.It also concludes that the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar military, should be investigated and prosecuted for war crimes in Shan and Kachin States.The FFM recommended that either the HRC or the UN General Assembly should create an international, independent, impartial mechanism, tasked with gathering evidence with a view to support future criminal prosecutions.ASEAN parliamentarians have already urged members of the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court – the only way to guarantee a comprehensive investigation by the court covering all crimes by the Tatmadaw across the whole of the country.“With atrocity crimes unfolding in their backyard, ASEAN states simply no longer have the option to remain silent. Countries in the region must condemn Myanmar’s atrocities in a united voice, and push Members of the Security Council to refer the situation there to the ICC,” said Charles Santiago.
By Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROA mandate spawned by the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent uprising in April 2015, is at the threshold of being delivered this month.Reviewers have just completed sifting through 427 applications, representing more than $75 million in funding requests from the City of Baltimore’s recently created Baltimore Children and Youth Fund. The fund has $10 million available for its first round of winners, which are set to be announced after a final review this month.(Courtesy Image and Logo/@BYCFUND on Facebook)“We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to move this process forward holding true to the values that came from the legislation and the Children and Youth Task Force,” said Dianne Bell McCoy, CEO of Associated Black Charities (ABC), the organization tasked with developing a community involved process for the funding request and review of proposals for the Youth Fund.The overwhelming response of applicants for this year’s initial funding cycle of children and youth funding, revealed the breadth of individuals, groups and organizations invested in Baltimore’s young people, according to Danielle Torain, Project Director, Frontline Solutions, one of the organizations supporting ABC in coordinating the review process.“The applicants are really diverse in every aspect you can think of,” Torain said.“There are a diverse range of neighborhoods and geographic areas of the city involved; the applicants are diverse in the age range, types of populations of children and young people that will be served, and there is great diversity in the methods that will be used to serve youth,” she added.Torain and Dayvon Love, director of public policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots Black think tank, were both active in advising how participants in the community driven process the Fund has embraced and emphasized the transformative potential for bringing the funding process closer to the community.“This is an applicant pool that has involved a lot of what the fund intended. A lot of grassroots groups and ‘Mom-and-Pops’. We welcomed different types of practitioners,” Love said.“We imagine there will be a lot of organizations that get funded from the Youth Fund that have never gotten funded before; that’s really the goal, is for organizations that traditionally aren’t able to get resources but do great work, the community knows and respects,” he added.The fund, conceptualized by Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” C. Young, was created through an amendment to the city’s charter approved by voters in 2016. Young said one of the first concerns expressed by Baltimoreans in the aftermath of Gray’s death was the need for more support for Baltimore’s youth.In 2017, Young established A Children and Youth Task Force, co-chaired by Adam Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and Dr. John Brothers, President of the Program for Charitable Giving at the T. Rowe Price Foundation, to make recommendations on how the Fund would operate. The task force recommended six guiding principles including transparency, community-driven and youth led processes and accountability to local communities.“The Task Force wanted to make sure opportunities were provided and there was community voice. I think this has been a great process thus far,” Bell McCoy said.The complete applicant list and names of the review panel for the Children and Youth Fund will be available in August in tandem with the names of the first recipients of the Children and Youth Fund.
Stay on target Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter It’s impossible to know what Leonardo da Vinci—the man who invented what many consider the first robot—would make of modern computer science.Would he embrace the impending android revolution, or back calls to ban killer bots “before it’s too late”?One thing is for sure: The Italian polymath’s massive impact on the world can still be seen today, not least of all in a new Kickstarter campaign aimed at resurrecting one of his most famous contraptions.AdChoices广告Leonardo’s mechanical knight—a humanoid automaton designed and possibly constructed by the Renaissance Man around 1495—could stand, sit, raise its visor, and independently maneuver its arms.Clad in medieval armor, the entire system was operated by a series of pulleys and cables.All three draw single-line pictures (via Kickstarter)More than 500 years later, children’s pop-up book artist Robert Sabuda and the Leonardo da Vinci Robot Society partnered to bring the impressive creation back to life.“Through careful research of da Vinci’s original drawings and plans in the Codex Atlanticus … Sabuda and his team have finally unraveled the mechanics and brought the machine into the 21st century,” the Kickstarter project page said.Enter da Vinci’s Drawmaton, a working model of the early read-only computer.The DIY programmable drawing machine comes in three designs, each with a set of laser-cut wood and metal components for you to assemble and activate.Operated entirely by hand (just as in da Vinci’s day), a small gear knob activates a larger gear, which rotates the read-only assembly, sending information through the mechanical arm.The Drawmaton gets its programming from interchangeable wood discs, which da Vinci called “petalos” (via Kickstarter)All three models—the Robot, the Gambler, and the Slayer—can draw an endless number of single-line pictures, including your own digital creations.Launched on Nov. 9, the Drawmaton has already collected nearly $11,000 from 61 backers; the Leonardo da Vinci Robot Society has 35 days left to reach its $15,000 goal.Rewards start at $99 for the Robot to draw pictures, and reach upwards of $550 for all three fully assembled machines, each with eight sets of programming petalos.“Our biggest challenge has been understanding how Leonardo’s machine was constructed and how to program information into it,” according to Kickstarter. “Thankfully those two hurdles are behind us and we continue to refine and improve all aspects of the machine.”More coverage on Geek.com:Robots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactoryThis Terrifying Robot Snake Could Save Your LifeJellyfish Robot to Monitor Delicate Ocean Creatures7 Super Advanced Robots That May Take Over the World
To celebrate the International Mother’s Day, Cordlife in collaboration with Delhi Gynecologists Forum (DGF), organized a unique fashion show tilted ‘Saheli-DGF Gorgeous Moms 2018’. The event was held at Mavalankar hall, Constitutional Club of India, New Delhi.In the first round of the show, about 150 pregnant ladies walked on the ramp, led by their 60 odd gynecologists, in the presence of a select gathering of 500 audiences.This was followed by the selection of the finalists by the jury members. Gynecologists Pooja Jian, Nimmi Rastogi, Ila Gupta and their pregnant patients Nidhika Khatri, Daisy, Mehzabeen Hussain, Jasmeet Kaur, Khushbu Sethi and Bhawna Dua were selected as the finalist, and they came on the ramp towards the end of the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA musical evening, held after the healthy competition, saw singer Shibani Kashyap enthralling the audience by her sweet voice. Speaking of the event, Barun Das, CEO, Mydia100, said, “Delhi Gynaecologist Forum and Saheli have come together to celebrate International Mother’s day in a most unique way. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience for all mothers, and this event is an effort from our side to help this moms-to-be to make this time even more delightful and memorable.”