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.”
Jim Harbaugh is insane. And it’s hilarious. Today, he attended the Orange bowl media day, as his sixth ranked Wolverines prepare to take on the tenth ranked Seminoles.During the Q&A, Harbaugh was asked about his feelings on the honorary fruit of the host bowl, oranges, and more specifically whether he likes mandarin oranges on his salad.As Harbaugh has been known to do, he didn’t just give a simple yes or no answer, he went to his special Hunter S. Thompson place and laid down some off beat prose about his love of the fruit, and implied that you can’t trust people who don’t like Mandarin oranges on their salads.“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on [orange juice] and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas.” Advertisement That quote is from Hunter S. Thompson – other than the OJ part – but it could easily be from Jim Harbaugh. He’s that good.
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Homebuyer Demand Housing Market 2016-12-01 Seth Welborn Recent Changes May Lessen Homebuyer Demand Share The year 2016 was the best for home sales in a decade by many counts, including the NAR’s latest existing-home sales report. But 2017 may turn out somewhat differently due to some recent changes in the market, according to Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) for September 2016.Nationally, the MiMi value was at 86 in September, still well below the historic benchmark normalized to a value of 100, even with a 5.6 percent increase over-the-year. The all-time high for the MiMi is 121.7, set in the bubble year of 2006. The MiMi measures the health of housing activity at the national, state, and metro levels using four indicators: purchase applications, payment-to-income, current on mortgage, and employment.According to Freddie Mac, the purchase applications indicator was at 80.4 in September, a 19 percent over-the-year increase which pushed it to the outer edge of its historic benchmark range. The current on mortgage indicator, which measures on-time mortgage payments, was at 89.9. The employment indicator was highest of the four indicators with a value of 106.6.“The purchase applications indicator is up nearly 19 percent from last year, indicating strong housing demand and a market that’s poised to close out the best year in home sales in a decade,” Kiefer said. “However, the recent jump in mortgage rates will drive down homebuyer affordability and likely dampen demand for home sales next year. Though we’ve come far, as indicated in the national statistics, housing still has significant room for improvement in many markets across the country as indicated by the fact that 24 out of the top 100 metros are still more than 20 percent below their historic benchmark as measured by MiMi.”A recent report from Redfin found that demand may already be slowing. Redfin reported that its Housing Demand Index declined by 3.5 percent from September to October to a historical benchmark level of 100. The shortage of available homes for sale is likely to blame for the reduction in demand, according to Redfin.Freddie Mac’s sentiment on home prices was similar to that of the most recent S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which reported that prices were still 20 percent below their peak when inflation is factored in even though on the surface they have passed their peak from a decade ago. The payment-t0-income indicator of the MiMi, a measure of affordability based on home prices, mortgage rates, and household income, still lagged far behind its historical benchmark in September with a value of 67 (considered to be a “weak” level by Freddie Mac), down by nearly 4 percent from a year ago.“National home prices have surpassed their pre-recession nominal peak with about half of states still below their pre-recession peak,” Freddie Mac Deputy Chief Economist Len Kiefer said. “Factoring in low mortgage rates and modest income gains, house prices still have some room to run, as indicated by the MiMi payment-to-income indicator which is nearly 33 percent below its historic benchmark.”The top-ranked metros in September, according to the MiMi, were Honolulu, Nashville, Ogden (Utah), Dallas, and Provo (Utah). The most improved metros were Las Vegas, Charleston (South Carolina), Seattle, Worcester (Massachusetts), and Springfield (Massachusetts).Click here to view the complete MiMi for September 2016. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News December 1, 2016 558 Views
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