Helping State Competition

first_imgRepresentatives from five States and Territory’s came to TFA to discuss State competitions. Wednesday saw Peggy Sanders from the Northern Territory, Phoebe Burgoyne-Scutts from the ACT, Lewis Tuck from Victoria, Mitch Collins from WA and Renee Bryant from SA come to TFA in Canberra to discuss competition development.The aim of the meeting was to create best practice guidelines for State Competitions. It was of benefit to streamline competitions, for other development opportunities.There was also a visit from BMTA’s Matt Hall. BMTA is Australia’s best-run affiliate, and Matt was there for competition analysis. This meeting will help all State-based competitions, and ultimately affiliates.last_img read more

11 dead dozens missing in DR Congo boat accident

first_imgKananga (DR Congo): Eleven people have drowned and dozens are missing after a barge sank on a river in central Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said Tuesday. Sixteen people survived the accident on the overcrowded vessel by swimming to safety on the Lukenye river, a journalist working for a local community radio told AFP. The disaster — the latest in a string of deadly accidents in Congolese waters — occurred a week ago in a remote and densely forested region of Kasai province where rivers are the main means of transport due to a lack of driveable roads. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We have recovered 11 bodies and about 50 people are missing,” Kasai governor Dieudonne Pieme told AFP. The local journalist said most of those on board were travelling to the DR Congo capital of Kinshasa. Boat accidents are common in the vast country, typically caused by overloading of passengers and cargo. Tolls are often high because there are no life jackets and many Congolese do not know how to swim. In May, 32 people died in a boat accident on Lake Mai-Ndombe in the west of the country. In April, at least 167 people died in two accidents, prompting President Felix Tshisekedi to make it mandatory for boat passengers to have lifebuoys.last_img read more

CNN’s Jim Clancy Resigns For ‘Anti-Israeli’ Tweets

Rabat – CNN journalist Jim Clancy, was reportedly “forced to resign” after a 34-year career in the channel for remarks “against Israel” made on his Twitter account.Jim Clancy, one of CNN’s most familiar faces, announced Friday his resignation just days after criticizing Israel in exchanges on Twitter related to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.Last week, Jim Clancy defended the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, claiming that the weekly had never criticized the Prophet Muhammad, but “They mocked how the COWARDS tried to distort his word. Pay attention,” he wrote on his twitter account, which has been deleted. Many twitter users engaged with Clancy’s tweet.Oren Kessler, a deputy director of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, challenged Clancy to explain the statement.Clancy responded by one word followed by a question mark “Hasbara?” meaning “explanation” in Hebrew.However, “the term is used by the Israeli government and its supporters to describe efforts to explain government policies and promote Israel in the face of negative press, and to counter what they see as legitimization of Israel around the world,” according to Wikipedia.Clancy then posted a series of tweets including one that said, “These accounts are part of a campaign to do PR for #Israel @JewsMakingNews @elderofziyon Nothing illegal – but PR not HR: Human Rights.” In a statement issued by CNN, a spokesperson said, “Jim Clancy is no longer with CNN. We thank him for more than three decades of distinguished service, and wish him nothing but the best.” read more

UN Report Addresses Malnutrition in Algeria’s Tindouf Camps

Rabat – The UN secretary-general’s report on Western Sahara has addressed challenges the Sahrawi population faces in the Tindouf camps.The UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, submitted his report concerning the situation on Western Sahara to the Security Council on October 3.The report offers the Security Council a summary of the activities of both Morocco and Polisario in Western Sahara, as well as an overview of the MINURSO mission in the region. Read Also: Number of Refuges in Tindouf Camps Doesn’t Exceed 90,000: UNHCRIn his report, which comes weeks before the end of the mandate of the UN mission in Western Sahara, also known as MINURSO, Guterres pinpointed human rights concerns in the Tindouf camps.Funding concerns for Sahrawis in TindoufFirst, the UN chief recalled the frustration and anger among the Sahrawi population in the Tindouf camps “at the lack of progress in the political process,” as well as “persistent difficulties, such as malnutrition, brought about by the steady reductions in humanitarian aid.”.Throughout the years of the conflict, the Sahrawi population of the Tindouf camps in western Algeria have denounced the embezzlement of humanitarian aid directed to the refugees.Pro-Polisario news outlets, including Futuro Sahara, reported that Sahrawis were surprised to find popular aid products on display in Algerian grocery shops.Read Also: UN: El Othmani Addresses Algeria, ‘Tragic’ Sahrawi Situation in TindoufIn the sixth section of the report, the UN chief spoke further about malnutrition. “Malnutrition and anaemia prevalence remained public health concerns,” he wrote.According to the UN chief, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), are collaborating to provide humanitarian assistance to the population.“The main challenge for humanitarian actors remained the funding shortfall. In May 2018, the three agencies along with 11 international NGOs launched an appeal,” said the report.The report also recalled that the United Nations Human Rights Committee along with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) have “raised concern about the ‘de facto devolution of authority to the Frente Polisario in Tindouf camps, especially jurisdictional authority.’”The report noted that victims of violations in the Tindouf camps “do not have access to an effective remedy in the State Party’s courts.”Read Also: Polisario Smugglers Again Deprive Tindouf Sahrawis of Humanitarian AidThe report comes just before the Security Council will decide on the mandate of MINURSO in Western Sahara.The Security Council will convene at the end of this month to consider a possible extension of the UN mission in the region.Guterres is in favor of a one-year extension for the mission in Western Sahara.Roundtable talks in GenevaThe UN chief also recalled that his personal envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler, invited the parties for a roundtable talk in Geneva. The talks will take place in December.Morocco was the first to respond favorably to the invitation. The report also mentioned that the separatist group responded positively to Kohler’s invitation.Kohler also invited Mauritania and Algeria. The two countries have not responded to the UN’s invitation yet.Guterres said in the report that Kohler met Algeria’s foreign affairs minister Abdelkader Messahel, who announced that Algeria “was prepared to step up its role in the political process, as a neighbor, as required by Resolution 2414 (2019).”Morocco has been calling on Algeria to shoulder its responsibility in the conflict. Morocco also urged Algeria to engage in the UN-led political process to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the conflict. However, the solution should not undermine Morocco’s firm precondition of any deal respecting its sovereignty over Western Sahara and its  territorial integrity.The UN secretary-general is confident that both Algeria and Mauritania will accept Kohler’s invitations for the Geneva round-table.“I am confident that Algeria and Mauritania will respond favourably,” he wrote. read more

Court of Auditors: Gross Mismanagement in Morocco’s Education Emergency Plan

Rabat – In a recent report, Morocco’s Court of Auditors has identified major deficiencies in the implementation of the 2009-2012 emergency program to reform education.The program intended to make up for the recorded delays in the educational sector since 2000. However, the report uncovered mismanagement and a lack of proper financial controls.“The Court of Auditors considered that the Ministry of National Education’s emergency plan did not achieve all its objectives, nor did it have the expected positive impact on the education system,” the report concludes. The court made the report public on December 12.The report comes three months after the president of the Court of Auditors, Driss Jettou, gave the 2016-2017 annual report, which identified serious deficiencies in public and private schools regarding infrastructure, reception capacity, and the number of teachers.Read also: Court of Auditors: Morocco’s Schools Not Achieving Basic StandardsAllocated resources exceeding the planned budgetThe state allocated a total budget of approximately MAD 45.27 billion for the three-year program, with MAD 27.5 billion going to regional academies and 17.7 to the education ministry. However, the total resources allocated to the education sector exceeded, according to the report, the planned budget for the emergency program by MAD 3.85 billion.“Taking into account the payment appropriations for the years 2009-2012 and the commitment appropriations for the 2012 budget year, the resources allocated to the education sector, excluding payroll, amounted to MAD 49.12 billion.” The ministry, however, “did not have a document approved by the Ministry of Finance, identifying the sources of funding and justifying the increase in the appropriations allocated to the education sector during the period 2009-2012.”The court calculated the amount based on the administrative accounts of the education ministry and the accounts of regional academies.The Court of Auditors attributed the weak performance to the lack of “sufficient management capacity” in the project implementation, planning, and financial management.Read also: Court of Auditors: Serious Irregularities in Morocco’s Hospital CentersThe report noted some progress in the education system in terms of “quantity.” The number of enrolled students increased from 5.6 million students in 2009 to 6 million in 2017 (up by 373,212 students in eight years), while the number of schools increased from 9,397 to 10,756.Nevertheless, the court identified serious deficiencies in capacity, infrastructure, and pre-primary education.The emergency program could only build 286 new schools out of the 1,164 schools planned in the program, at an implementation rate of 24 percent.When it came to expanding existing schools, the program planned to build 7,052 new classrooms. Yet, the number did not exceed 4,062 classrooms (57 percent).Schools with poor basic facilities Despite the resources allocated for renovating schools, the Court of Auditors found some schools lacked basic facilities in the  2016-2017 school year.The report identified 6,437 schools without connection to sewage, 3,192 schools not connected to drinking water, 681 schools not connected to the electricity network, in addition to 9,365 dilapidated classrooms.In 2012, the emergency program had an object to generalize pre-primary education to 80 percent of primary schools by 2015. However, the program did not meet its goal as only 24 percent out of 7,767 primary schools had pre-primary education in the 2016-2017 school year, according to the report.Read also: 2016 Election: Court of Auditors Asks 18 Parties to Return MAD 6 MillionThe report also noted the problem of school overcrowding, which increased between 2008-2009 and 2016-2017, from 7 percent to 21 percent in primary schools and from 16 percent to 42 percent in secondary schools.In order to overcome the acute and accumulated shortage in teachers, the education ministry resorted to recruiting 54,927 “contractually” between 2016 and 2017. The hired teachers did not have the required training which may, according to the report, negatively affect  education quality.The Court of Auditors recommended the education ministry conduct a thorough examination of the current education situation.It also called on the ministry to take necessary measures and to implement risk assessment and alternative solutions before embarking on any program, particularly regarding the management capacities that various partners use in the program implementation. read more

Labour market sees ninthstraight monthly gain as jobless rate dips to 62

OTTAWA — Canada’s labour market posted its ninth-straight month of job gains in August to give the economy its longest monthly growth streak since before the financial crisis nine years ago.Statistics Canada says last month’s increase of 22,200 jobs also helped nudge the unemployment rate down from 6.3 per cent in July to a nine-year low of 6.2.But Friday’s data showed the August growth was fuelled by less-desirable work, as the economy gained 110,400 part-time jobs and shed 88,100 full-time positions.The agency said most of the decline in full-time work was concentrated among young Canadians aged 15 to 24 years old. The youth category also showed a notable decrease last month in participation as fewer young people looked for work.The August numbers also showed a decline of 10,400 paid employee positions, while the number of people who described themselves as self-employed, including unpaid workers in family businesses, increased by 32,700.Looking at the bigger picture, however, the latest numbers said the labour market expanded 2.1 per cent compared to a year earlier with the addition of 374,300 net new jobs. Of those new jobs, 213,400 were full time.The data provided yet another sign the economy continued to have momentum after a stronger-than-expected start to 2017 that has also prompted two interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada.The latest rate increase came earlier this week after a report showed Canadian economic growth expanded at an annual pace of 4.5 per cent from April to June.Last month’s labour data showed that the services sector gained 35,900 jobs while the number of factory positions fell by 13,700. The goods-sector slide was led by a loss of 11,100 manufacturing positions.By region, the agency reported that Ontario posted the only notable gain among provinces, while employment declined in Nova Scotia. The headline job numbers were little changed in the other provinces.The agency also said wages grew 1.8 per cent last month compared to a year earlier for the biggest increase since last October.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

Increasing cases of enforced disappearances just the tip of the iceberg UN

In its latest report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances expressed deep concern and frustration at the rising number of cases, and underlined the need to prevent such acts and hold the perpetrators to account. “We are seriously concerned that the number of enforced disappearances is increasingly rising with the false and pernicious belief that they are a useful tool to preserve national security and combat terrorism,” the human rights experts told the UN Human Rights Council yesterday, according to a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “Last year alone, we dealt with 483 urgent actions out of 766 newly reported cases of disappearance in 37 States; more than three times higher than those reflected in our previous year’s annual report,” they added, highlighting that this number – more than one disappearance per day – is “just the tip of the iceberg.” According to the news release, the Working Group expressed particular concern about a steep increase in the number of so-called ‘short-term disappearances.’ “The fact that the victim reappears in many of these cases, does not render less worrisome this form of enforced disappearance, which is equally serious and must be eradicated,” the experts noted and strongly reiterated that: “There is no time limit, no matter how short, for an enforced disappearance to occur.” In their presentation, the experts also drew attention of the Council members to a pattern of threats, intimidation and reprisals against victims of enforced disappearance, including family members, witnesses and human rights defenders working on such cases. In its report, the Working Group also made preliminary observations on the problem of enforced disappearances in the context of migration. Over the next year, the experts will assess the issues of migration caused by enforced disappearances, enforced disappearances of migrants, factors contributing to the enforced disappearance of migrants; and State obligations in the context of the enforced disappearance of migrants, noted the news release. Yesterday, the Working Group also presented its reports on Peru, Sri Lanka and Turkey, the follow-up report to the recommendations made upon past visits to Congo and Pakistan.Since its creation in 1980, the expert group has transmitted a total of 55,273 cases to 107 States. The number of cases under active consideration stands at 44,159 in a total of 91 States. During the last year, 161 cases were clarified. The Working Group is part of what is known as the Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system. Special Procedures mandate-holders are independent human rights experts appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. They are not UN staff and are independent from any government or organization. They serve in their individual capacity and do not receive a salary for their work. read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC Leadership has sold out its ordinary members – Opposition LeaderMarch 16, 2018In “Local News”Chase-Greene re-elected Mayor as protestors call for her, King’s removalMarch 15, 2018In “latest news”Chase-Green new Mayor of GeorgetownApril 1, 2016In “latest news” The city of Georgetown has new leadership in the form of People National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) Councillor, Pandit Ubraj Narine.Narine was elected as councillor for Constituency One following the November 12 Local Government Elections.The motion for Narine to occupy the Mayoral seat was tabled by fellow APNU Councillor Ivelaw Henry and seconded by outgoing Mayor Patricia Chase-Green this morning.He received 21 votes from his fellow APNU Councillor while PPP’s Bishram Kuppen, who was also nominated for Mayor, received 6 votes.The AFC abstained from the vote since there was no seconder of their motion to have Michael Leonard elected to the chair.Additionally, APNU Councillor Alfred Mentore was elected to the post of Deputy Mayor. He defeated PPP’s Deon Younge. (More details to be provided later) read more

Coroners report on Zak Kostopoulos death changes Police probe

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following the coroner’s report proving that LGBTQI activist Zacharias (Zak) Kostopoulos’ cause of death was an ischemic attack due to the injuries he sustained rather than the influence of legal or illegal substances of which he was found clear (a minimal amount of alcohol was found in his system at the time of death), Police are starting a new investigation into his death.Greek Police (ELAS) launched a sworn administrative inquiry (EDE) on Wednesday into the role of its motorcycle-riding unit DIAS over their actions during the incident as Kostopoulos died from injuries caused by broken glass and kicks to his head and neck.In fact a second coroner also called in to investigate the controversial circumstances that led to Kostopoulos’ passing in September ruled that he had a fatal heart attack as a result of the brutal beating he received and the stress that caused ischemic changes and and ultimately, a myocardial infarction.Kostopoulos, 33, was also HIV positive and advocated for the community’s rights, he was also a blogger and a performer.All this time his family, friends, colleagues and fellow activists have been insisting the allegations that he was a petty thief and a junkie were untrue and fabricated and that the only reason why he would enter the jewellery shop he was accused of breaking into would have been to protect himself.Police will be investigating further into video footage showing the deceased breaking out of a locked-down jewelry shop’s glass-front and then receiving repeated kicks by the owner and another man. An inquiry will also look into CCTV footage of men seen bullying Kostopoulos at a nearby cafe where he was when the altercations begun.Meanwhile, nine DIAS officers who arrived at the scene to arrest him have been temporarily transferred until the investigation is concluded and they are facing charges for rough handling.Tuesday’s 10-page report also confirmed that the two men (the jewellery shop and another shop owner seen hitting the deceased) are currently being charged with inflicting lethal harm resulting in death and with the misdemeanour of causing grievous bodily harm.The coroners’ report on the tragic death of Zak Kostopoulos “sheds light on the case, and is a powerful rebuttal over all suspicions of a cover-up, over bigotry and over efforts to defame a man who is no longer alive. Justice will prevail,” Citizen Protection Minister Olga Gerovassili told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency in a brief statement.last_img read more

Felida artist shares her Fantasmagorical Journey

first_imgYou can help rename Rainbow Giraffe. Drop your idea in the suggestion box during the May run of “The Fantasmagorical Journey of Rainbow Giraffe,” an autobiographical epic in cartoon colors and arresting images by a Felida painter who likes to go by that name — but might want to take a new one, she said.Renaming herself has been a lifelong pleasure for Cynthia Heise, who never liked her birth name. It started during her childhood on a Minnesota farm, where she disliked sharing the nickname “Cindy Lou” with chickens that wound up on dinner plates. That was weird and confusing to the young Heise, and she’s since favored many alter-ego names, from the miniature “Zot” to the grandiose “Waltrout Von Helsing.”It makes sense if the latter rings German in your ears. Heise’s artistic style is a bit German expressionist, she’s been told: wild and absurd, festive at first glance but then darkly disturbing when you linger.“I wanted to be all rainbows and long legs and long eyelashes,” Heise said Monday morning, while working to install “The Fantasmagorical Journey of Rainbow Giraffe,” which will be on display all month at downtown Vancouver gallery Art at the Cave. “But I was intimidated. I was always intimidated by everything.”You can feel Heise’s terror and wonder in works like the childhood nightmare “The Past and the Present,” a pair of canvases crowded with faces in varying states of meditation and torment; “Hand Cross,” a visit from Minnesota modesty to her mother’s native New Orleans and a boisterous Southern Baptist worship service full of “crazy people yelling”; and even a collection of the scary faces of Heise’s art-school teachers. Heise was always afraid of them, she said, and their judgments of her talent. For obvious reasons, this one is called “The Finger.”last_img read more

Klopp has full faith in Daniel Sturridge

Klopp has full faith in Daniel Sturridge

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that he has full confidence in Daniel Sturridge for the upcoming campaignThe English striker had looked like a near-certain exit from Anfield at the beginning of the summer following a disappointing loan spell with the relegated West Brom last season after failing to find the back of the net in his six games.But, contrary to expectations, Sturridge has had a strong pre-season and appears to have forced his way into Klopp’s plans for the new campaign.Now the German is hoping that his faith in the 28-year-old will be rewarded by an injury-free season.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I can’t remember a bad game from him in the pre-season, to be honest. That’s absolutely good,” Klopp said on the club website.“I said it probably 500 times already: if Daniel is fit, nobody doubts Daniel. So, I do not. He is here in a good shape and hopefully he can bring that into the season as well.”Sturridge is expected to feature in Liverpool’s first game of the new league season at home to West Ham United on Sunday.last_img read more

Being Creative With Curated Content

first_img“We’re not databasing all of their content,” he says. “We monitor their website for changes, and what we database is the delta. Anyone can go to a law firm’s website and see how many partners are there. The value is in knowing how that’s different from last week. It’s not relevant unless there’s analysis behind it.”ALM’s analysis is in the aggregate. A customizable dashboard sits behind the news feed that allows users to quantify industry trends with sortable lists. The company added a data visualization component in January with charts and graphs.The Human ElementWhile RivalEdge can be fully automated, there’s value in maintaining a human layer. Categorizing a large portion of any industry en masse would be a challenge for a software program, Iredell says, especially in a segment like legal services that has its own non-standardized jargon.“You have one law firm that’s ‘copyright and patent,’ and another whose practice area is ‘intellectual property,’” he says. “They’re really the same thing, but you’re not going to get a hit when you try to do an apples-to-apples comparison or a Google search on those particular keywords.”ALM editorial staff sifted through about 1,000 practice areas, paring them down to 27 before automating the search process from there. That formula is present throughout RivalEdge. There isn’t an editorial slant to ALM’s curation, but the human element is an integral piece. Editors ultimately determine what gets distributed and databased.ALM also provides a crowdsourcing admin tool for subscribers to request coverage of a specific firm or area of practice. Staff will review and add the request within 24 hours. Close to 20 percent of the 750 firms the platform monitors came this way, Iredell says. SIDEBARCuration: Identifying the right usesZiff Davis uses curation in the more traditional editorial sense, finding and linking to stories across the web from its own homepages, but its managed to improve traffic back to its own sites by leading with original, high-value content.Used primarily by the publisher’s tech-focused b-to-b brands, Ziff Davis has used the PublishThis platform to boost return visits to its sites by 105x.Steve Horowitz, COO of Ziff Davis, attributes that growth directly to the increased volume of content his team is able to put up now.The key to quality growth has been in recognizing how to leverage the platform appropriately. News is usually curated at the bottom of the page on a rapid daily cycle, while enterprise articles sit above, refreshed on more of a weekly basis. In-depth whitepapers are above that, with community posts, “popular” items and promotions alongside.While the numbers are up as a whole, that specificity can make comparisons between the sections difficult. There are a variety of expectations associated with each of those types of stories.“The content is a little too different to say we’re seeing interaction with one more than another,” he says. “We’d expect engagement with [news, articles and whitepapers] to be different.” The argument for content curation has always been one of efficiency. It allows you to cover more ground, in less time.Companies are finding opportunities to get creative with the process though as more media bring some form of curation into their mix and it officially becomes part of a new content troika, along with original and user-generated streams. ALM has had success bringing curation to its legal intelligence database. The company acquired the “listening” platform RivalEdge for an undisclosed amount in September as its first purchase under new CEO Bill Carter.Like a traditional curation service, RivalEdge draws information from the open web and distributes it to a base of readers—a subscriber base of law firms who pay about $20,000 per year, in ALM’s case. Unlike most curation services, ALM records and catalogs that information. They aren’t logging everything though, says Kevin Iredell, vice president of research and continuing education products for ALM, just the changes.last_img read more

Quinhagak Residents Hopeful Hair Samples Will Unlock More Mysteries About Ancestors

first_imgKYUK reporters visited the Nunalleq archeological site in August. KYUK’s Shane Iverson and Charles Enoch contributed to this report. The Nunalleq archeological dig near Quinhagak in August, 2014. (Photo by Charles Enoch, KYUK – Bethel)An archaeological dig near Quinhagak, in Southwest Alaska, contributed the largest set of genetic samples for a groundbreaking DNA study of Arctic indigenous people released this summer.Download AudioThe study answers longstanding questions about migrations of the ancient Alaska Native people, on the state’s west coast and the local people hope to learn even more about their own ancestors.The project, called Nunalleq, meaning ‘old village’, is located five miles outside Quinhagak. Dr. Rick Knecht is an ararchaeologist with the University of Aberdeen in Scotland who manages the dig. He says permafrost at the ancient Yup’ik village of Araliq, preserved artifacts up to 700-years-old made of wood and leather that normally would have disintegrated.Knecht says that most sites in the Lower 48 provide just ‘stones and bones’, but at the Araliq site they get, “Things like utensils that people used in their daily lives. We get bentwood bowls and scoops. We get ul’us with the handles still on them. We get grass baskets for example, complete grass baskets and woven mats. We’re getting things like weapons and kayak parts, masks and artwork, things that you normally just see in museums. And these all date from between about 1400 and 1600 AD.”And hundreds of hair samples Knecht says, likely clippings from haircuts were also preserved at the site. Some of those clippings contributed to the study of indigenous Alaskans that was featured in the journal, Science, this summer.“We contributed about 33 hair samples to the study and I think that’s more than any of the sites were able to produce. Just because of the extraordinary preservation here,” Knecht said. Dr. Rick Knecht at the Nunalleq dig site. (Photo courtesy of the University of Aberdeen)There were 169 samples analyzed in the study. The study, led by a group of Danish researchers revealed that the modern Inuit people, including those in Alaska are descended from the Thule, who developed around 700-hundred years ago, replacing an earlier population, the Paleo-Eskimos. The genetic evidence shows there was very little interbreeding, and that the Thule are the ancestors of the Yup’ik and Inupiat people living on Alaska’s west coast today.“We don’t know the origins of that, of what we call the Thule population or the Neo-Eskimos. But we do know that both in the archaeological evidence, both the artifacts and the genetics look very much alike, surprisingly so, on the two ends of the Arctic, which is the largest indigenous territory of any group in the world,” Knecht said.Knecht says the donation of the hair clippings from the Araliq site was the sole contribution for the study from Alaska.Warren Jones is the President of the village corporation in Quinhagak, Qanirtuuq Inc. He says they agreed to work with the archaeologists because they want to learn more about the people who they believe may be their ancestors.“The archaeologists know what they’re doing. And everything they dig out is going to be brought back to us. So it will be back here for our future, children, generations. Now our future kids, grandkids they’ll be able to see what our ancestors lived, how they lived, what they used, the tools they made. All the little stories are coming alive,” said Jones. Warren Jones talking to Quinhagak elder Paul Beebe. (Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Cleveland)Jones says the corporation is interested in comparing the DNA of the ancient people of Araliq with the modern residents of Quinhagak.“We might get to see who was related to the people of Araliq, that’s pretty cool,” said Jones.Jones says the corporation in Quinhagak eventually wants to develop ecotourism around the archaeological site, but rapid erosion at the site has made getting artifacts out a priority.Knecht says it requires a certain level of trust for Native people to allow genetic material to be released for studies, and the over the past five years of the project researchers from the University of Aberdeen and Native people in Quinhagak have built that trust.The project is funded by Qanirtuuq Inc. and through a $1.8 million grant from the UK-based Arts and Humanities Research Council.last_img read more

Congress party meeting held at Devarakonda will bounce back to

Congress party meeting held at Devarakonda will bounce back to

first_imgDevarakonda ( Nalgonda ): TPCC President and Nalgonda MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy stated that BJP-led Central government did nothing to Telangana in the past five years. On Wednesday , he participated as chief guest at Congress party meeting held at Devarakonda. Addressing the gathering, Uttam Kumar Reddy fired salvos against the NDA government for making wrong propaganda on first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru and over deviating the facts of freedom struggle and sacrifices of real leaders . Describing BJP as communal party, he said that by adopting divide and rule policy saffron party wants to derive political mileage. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us He predicted that Congress by will dethrone TRS and will bounce back to power in 2023 elections. He challenged BJP-led government to conduct probe with CBI over scams of TRS government. He demanded State government to implement Rs 1 lakh crop loan waiver promise to farmers on war-footing. He also demanded Central government to fulfil all the promises made in AP Reorganisation Bill. Party senior leader K Jana Reddy , former ZP Chairman Balu Naik and large number of party leaders and workers participated in the meeting.last_img read more

Baltimore 15 Minimum Wage on HoldFor Now

Baltimore 15 Minimum Wage on HoldFor Now

first_imgBaltimore City Council has finally decided – not to decide yet on the $15 an hour minimum wage. The Council voted 8(yes) 6(no) to 1(abstain) to send the bill back to committee this week. Council chair Bernard C. ”Jack” Young had just started a roll call vote on the bill when the bill’s sponsor, Mary Pat Clarke (District 14), stood to request that the legislation be sent back to committee.After the council meeting ended, Clarke explained to reporters that she had recently been contacted by the National League of the Blind and Disabled with concerns about the bill. She wanted to ensure the group had sufficient time to work through their issues with city council.But Clarke was also under no illusions about the uncertainty surrounding the bill’s chances for passage given the current city council. “The City Council is still divided,” said Young who unsuccessfully sought a compromise of $11.50 an hour.Clarke and City Council Labor Committee Chair, Robert Curran did not rule out waiting until the new Council session starts in December to re-introduce the legislation.last_img read more

LeBron Headed for a Ty Lue Reunion

LeBron Headed for a Ty Lue Reunion

first_imgLeBron headed for a Ty Lue reunionThe Lakers are all but eliminated from the playoffs after another disappointing home loss to the Clippers. Colin can confirm through his sources that Luke Walton will be fired when the season ends, and he’s also hearing that Ty Lue will likely be his replacement. It’s clear that Walton never had LeBron’s respect. Lue has. The Lakers need an overhaul, but it’s clear that they need a coach like Lue who knows how to handle James. Also:– Colin’s Lakers ‘Blame Pie’ and Top 10 Current NBA Players– Antonio Brown is acting like an NBA player Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst; Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins Tight End; Stephen Jackson – NBA Analyst and NBA Champion; DeAngelo Hall – FS1 NFL Analyst and former Pro Bowl cornerbacklast_img read more

How the UAEs New Minister of AI Views the Future Of Tech

first_imgFebruary 20, 2018 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Can you actually have a state “minister of artificial intelligence”? Yes: The United Arab Emirates has actually appointed one.Related: 5 Ways to Make AI Work for Your OrganizationHe is State Minister of AI Omar bin Sultan Al Olama. And, during an interview, he told me he is confident about the future of artificial intelligence in his desert nation and the civic benefits that will emerge from these advancements.Certainly, it’s common knowledge that the UAE is leading developments in artificial intelligence; and other governments are taking notice. Dubai is not only the home of the upcoming World Government Summit but also the nucleus of innovative projects, like the hyperloop located in a “Mars Science City,” and projects involving flying cars, jetpacks and renewable energy.In our interview, Olama spoke about the cutting-edge technologies he believes will launch the country, and possibly the world, into a golden age of technology.Where to beginWhere does a 27-year-old begin, in his effort to pioneer a new government system dedicated entirely to AI? Olama said he’s positive that artificial intelligence will prove an opportunity for the UAE rather than a challenge.”The second mandate,” Olama continued, “is to create the right ecosystem, to ensure that we can create homegrown talent that leads the discussion and development in the field of A.I. while also attracting the best of talent to the UAE from around the world.”Furthermore, my responsibilities include the advancement of adoption of AI technologies and systems in the government in ways that improve the lives of citizens, increase the efficiency of government, create a better and safer environment and give the UAE a competitive edge.”Olama also emphaized global communication about AI: He’s expected to stimulate the global discussion rregarding this technology, while also specifying the indicators governments need to look at so that future potentially catastrophic outcomes are averted.A voice for youth in the U.A.E.’s governmentIn this context, Olama’s ministry has been planning revolutionary projects to create a better life for its citizens — projects that support the development of locally born and bred AI systems. The ministry is working with local government to provide training data for these systems and to encourage other governments to follow in the technological advances the U.A.E. is creating.Related: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Are Arguing About AI — But They’re Both Missing the PointThe minister further commented on the actual launch of the AI Ministry, noting its focus on “sectors that . . .in the past might not have been obvious sectors for us regionally or globally. From airlines and airports to shipping ports to aluminum production, the UAE has always been at the forefront of making the most out of advantages,” the minister said.”Another fact is the agility of our government,” he added. “Our leadership has seen an importance in giving youth a voice of their own.Creating the ministry has strengthened this goal, whereby youth can see their own age group reprsented in the UAE cabinet. This “was a pioneering step that many countries and international organizations applaud,” Olama said. “Establishing a position for minister of state for AI came as a direct decision based on the opportunities and challenges that A.I. was forecasted to have on governments around the world.”Olama said he’s excited about the monumental opportunities for other governments and AI. There’s potential for growth, he said, in improved education, preventive health care and safer roads and cities, along with great economic advantages. The U.A.E.’s ministry has a broad opportunity to create groundbreaking opportunities to change the world, and capitalize on global advancement, he said.”The growth and rise of nations in the past was seen through two variables: talent and resources,” Olama said. “The more talent that a country has, the more that it can create; and the more that it can develop, and the more resources that the country has, the more it can deploy and the faster it can develop.”Now, imagine: If the number of talent is bigger in a country compared to another, the advantage of that country over the other is much wider. It is much more probable that Country X can create a talent pool of 30 million people out of its 1.4 billion population, compared to Country Y for example, which has a population of around 40 million.”Now, what if the number of a country’s population did not matter as much because it can leverage digital and artificial talent through AI? What if we had one system that can outsmart a thousand Nobel laureates and can help invent and create? We would no longer need to focus on quantity; we would look to focus on the development of this system. Similar systems can be deployed to continuously improve education and the methods of delivering knowledge to students; it can help develop cures for incurable diseases while also supporting in preventing illness.”The upcoming SummitSo, what can be expected from this year’s Summit in regards to future AI projects? Olama was confident about the summit’s aim to bring together a group of the best thinkers and pioneers, even as actions are already being successfully implemented in the AI field. Collaborating with foreign governments to increase awareness and understanding is another goal, he said.Related: Five Issues UAE Businesses Need To Be Prepared For In 2017″There will also be unique and inspiring showcases of AI and its impact on the lives of citizens and governments through the Museum of the Future Showcase at this year’s World Government Summit,” Olama said.Global personalities expeted to attend, the minister said, include Sebastian Thrun, Mark Ribert, Jaan Tallinn and Nick Bostrom.last_img read more

Air Filtration Media Market Business Opportunities Emerging Trends Growth by

first_imgAir Filtration Media Market Air Filtration Media Market by End User (Industrial, Commercial, and Residential), Application (HVAC, Air purifier, Face mask, Air Pollution Control, Industrial manufacturing, Transportation, and Others), Media (Spunbond, Needlefelt, Wet laid, Meltblown, and Others), Usage (Disposable, and Washable), Ratings (MERV, HEPA, ULPA, and Others), and Business (OEM, and Aftermarket): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026″. According to the report, the global air filtration media market accounted for $3.57 billion in 2018 and projected to reach $5.34 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period.Rise in demand for air filters in the healthcare industry, increase in awareness and sensitivity toward air pollution, and degradation of air quality to increase focus on curbing air pollution are the major drivers of the global air filtration media market. However, high capital and operating cost and decline in number of new coal power plants hamper the market growth. On the contrary, high focus on nanotechnology for air filtration is expected to create lucrative opportunities in the near future.Download Sample Report: segment to manifest fastest CAGR through 2026Based on end user, the residential segment is estimated to manifest the fastest CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period, owing to alarming increase in air contamination in urban areas. However, the commercial segment held the largest share in 2018, accounting for around two-thirds of the market, owing to increase in investments by corporate offices to deploy air filters and purifiers to enhance significantly for employee safety and hygiene.Face mask segment to portray fastest CAGR by 2026The face mask segment to register the fastest CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period, owing to increased demand for air filter media for manufacturing reusable and disposable anti-pollution face masks due to the rise in pollution level in many areas of the globe. However, the transportation segment dominated the market in 2018, contributing around one-third of the market, owing to adoption of synthetic fibers such as polyurethane-based adhesive filter, and gasoline particulate filter and expansion of automotive sector globally.Spunbond segment dominated marketThe Spunbond segment held the largest share in 2018, contributing more than one-fourth of the market, owing to its versatile nature, random fibrous structure, and high tear strength. However, the meltdown segment is projected to register the fastest CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period, owing to its features like anti-microbial, pore size distribution, thermal insulation, high strength, and absorbance.Asia-Pacific region held lion’s shareThe Asia-Pacific region held the largest share in 2018, contributing more than one-third of the market, owing to rapid industrialization in the countries such as China, India, and Vietnam. However, the market across LAMEA region is projected to register the fastest CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast period, owing to increase in installation of HVAC systems in commercial sectors of countries such as Brazil, Argentina, and others.Enquire For Discount: market playersThe global air filtration media market report includes an in-depth analysis of the major market players such as 3M, AIM Nonwovens and Interiors Private Limited, Ahlstrom-Munksjo, Air filters, Inc., Calgon Carbon Corporation, Berry, Cabot Corporation, Donaldson Company, Inc, Clean & Science, Innovatec, Irema, Elta Group, H&V, HVDS, Lydall, Johns Manville, Permatron Corporation, Sandler, Porvair Filtration Group, Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc, Superior Felt And Filtration, LLC, and Toray.About us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small- & medium-scale enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one-stop solution right from data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company applies client’s insight on the factors such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligence support to help clients transform into a prominent business firm.Contact us:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1-855-550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Residents injured in house robbery

Residents injured in house robbery

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A home in the Hospital Park area was robbed this morning (Thursday).The robbers were armed, and the residents of the home were attacked and injured. The latter were treated at the scene by Sharaj Ambulance Services and ER24 paramedics before being taken to hospital.Police and Public Safety responded, but the suspects had already fled the scene.It is unknown at this stage what was taken during the robbery.We will update this story as soon as we have more information. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

Intrepid now accepting applications for mystery trip into the unknown

Intrepid now accepting applications for mystery trip into the unknown

first_img Share NEW YORK – Do you have what it takes to travel ‘blind’ on a mystery trip? Ten intrepid travellers will soon find out.Intrepid Travel is calling for applications for a one-off ‘Uncharted Expedition’ that will see 10 travellers take a 2,200-mile trip into the unknown. Featuring towns and villages that can’t be found on Google Maps, the 22-day expedition traverses a route that Intrepid has never travelled before.The only known variables about the trip are the start and end points: Astana, Kazakhstan and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, respectively. Other than that, participants will be going in blind with only small hints of what’s to come.Intrepid Travel co-founder Darrell Wade says this ‘mystery’ trip is unlikely to appeal to anyone but the most courageous travellers.“You won’t know where you’re going, what you’ll see, where you’ll stay or what you’ll be eating. There’ll be long travel days, intermittent electricity and Wi-Fi, a few cold showers and a few treats along the way though, including fermented mare milk,” he said. “But it’s going to be a real adventure. One day you could be hiking through the world’s most remote and breathtaking landscapes, the next soothing your aching muscles in a sauna in the middle of nowhere.”More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThe expedition, which will depart on June 30, 2019, will coincide with the company’s 30th anniversary.“When we first started out and we wanted to go somewhere new, we’d place a classified ad in the newspaper calling for intrepid people to join us on research trips,” added Wade. “Thirty years later, we go to more than 120 countries and we still get a thrill out of discovering new places with our most curious travellers.”The Uncharted Expedition is part of Intrepid Travel’s Expeditions range, a style of tours that the company still uses to discover new destinations and test new trip ideas. Participants will be asked to provide feedback, which will determine if the tour is added to Intrepid’s 2020 Expeditions offering.The Uncharted Expedition is available from today, at US$5,650 per person, excluding flights. Space is strictly limited to one departure only. For more details or to apply go to Tags: Intrepid Travel, Kazakhstan, Mongolia Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Intrepid now accepting applications for ‘mystery’ trip into the unknown Tuesday, June 19, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more