Amid leadership crisis Scindia Deora quit

first_imgNEW DELHI: A section in the Congress wants a young leader to take over from Rahul Gandhi. However, on Sunday, two of the grand old party’s brightest leaders put in their papers.Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned from his post over party’s crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. His resignation came barely hours after party’s Mumbai unit chief Milind Deora stepped down after meeting Rahul Gandhi, who has also quit as the Congress chief. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu”Accepting the people’s verdict and taking accountability, I had submitted my resignation as General Secretary of AICC to Shri Rahul Gandhi,” Scindia tweeted. “I thank him for entrusting me with this responsibility and for giving me the opportunity to serve our party,” he added. Before the national elections, Gandhi had appointed Scindia and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as in-charges for Uttar Pradesh to resurrect the party in the state that sends the most number of MPs to parliament. The Congress, however, could win only one seat, with BJP winning 62 out of 80 seats in the state. In a huge setback to the Congress, Gandhi was humbled in his family bastion Amethi. Overall, the Congress won only 52 of 543 Lok Sabha seats. Taking responsibility for the loss, Rahul Gandhi had quit as party president on May 25. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCEarlier this week, he shared an open letter on Twitter, listing reasons to quit from the top post. “Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019,” he wrote, adding that it would be “unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as president of the party.” Gandhi had also made it clear that he would take no part in the selection of his successor. P5last_img read more

2019 SnoRiders – SledTown Champion is Tumbler Ridge

first_imgSledTown ShowDown is designed to create awareness of great snowmobiling destinations across Western Canada. Congratulations also goes out to Flin Flon for all of the support they rallied for their snowmobile destination.In February ‘Invest Tumbler Ridge’ shared on their FB Page they intend on placing the below Billboard designed by Jessie Olsen, as a District of Tumbler Ridge project and the image is by C Ball Exposed outside of Edmonton as they to promote their community. For winning the SledTown Showdown 2019 Championship Trophy Tumbler Ridge has won front-page coverage with a cover story on all 30,000 copies of SnoRiders Magazine. They will also receive multiple articles online and in the SnoRiders e-newsletters highlighting the destination. “We are certainly delighted about this win!” said John Powell – Director of Economic Development & Tourism of Invest Tumbler Ridge. Powell goes on to say “The win and the billboard are unrelated. We were going to promote TR and its winter sports in this location before the competition kicked off. We were just very lucky that the stars aligned and the deadline for the billboard artwork coincided.” Billboard design by C Ball Exposedcenter_img TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – With numbers going head to head, Tumbler Ridge emerged as the winner of the coveted 2019 Sledtown Championship.Keith Powell, Publisher of SnoRiders said: “This is a record-breaking number of votes received, over 102,000 and the closest competition we have ever seen in SledTown.”Although the final numbers won’t be confirmed until later today, shared Powell he goes on to say, “At the deadline last night the votes sat at, Tumbler Ridge  51,553 and Flin Flon 51,296. www.snoriderswest.comlast_img read more

Nearly two million pilgrims perform hajj

first_imgSaudi Arabia said Tuesday that around 1.98 million pilgrims are performing this year’s annual Muslim pilgrimage, the hajj, sharply fewer than last year due to reduced quotas.The Public Statistics Department said in a statement cited by the official SPA agency that 1.38 million pilgrims came from overseas, down 21 percent on last year’s 1.75 million.Another 600,700 pilgrims came from within the kingdom, a drop of 57 percent from 1.4 million in 2012. Most of them are expatriates living in the kingdom. The department said the total number of pilgrims is down 37.3 percent from 3.16 million last year.The kingdom cut quotas for pilgrims from abroad by 20 percent and vowed to slash domestics by half due to construction work in the Grand Mosque in Makkah and because of fears from MERS coronavirus.last_img read more

New UN report calls for green revolution by Africas small farmers

19 May 2010A “green revolution” led by Africa’s small farmers, and harnessing the latest technologies and innovations, is vital if the continent is to reduce extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, just two of the eight globally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a new United Nations report. The 2010 Technology and Innovation Report, issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), warns that “ineffective farming techniques and wasteful post-harvest practices” have left sub-Saharan Africa as the region most likely to miss the MDGs on poverty and hunger.Agriculture forms the basis of many African economies and provides the largest source of employment and livelihood for Africans. However, per capita food production in the least developed countries (LDCs) has declined continuously over the past 40 years – dropping by one-fifth between the early 1970s and the mid-2000s.The report argues that innovations and major improvements in the technologies employed by African smallholder farmers are needed to restore food security.It urges a “green revolution” for Africa built on technology and innovation aimed at the needs and capabilities of millions of smallholder farmers and at coping with the continent’s varying climate conditions.The report notes that Africa’s smallholder farmers can benefit from new technologies such as low-cost drip irrigation and plastic water tanks to store runoff, as opposed to modern irrigation systems which can increase crop yields but are designed more for larger farms. Innovative policies are also covered, including a successful policy of “smart subsidies” to ease access to fertilizers which has led to “staggering” increases in maize production in Malawi, as well as alternative technologies in the areas of pesticides, tilling and post-harvest technologies.The core challenge, according to the report, is to support the smallholders who make up the bulk of Africa’s farmers, many of whom live at or below the poverty line. While acknowledging that there are no quick fixes, the report identifies several steps that could help improve agricultural productivity and food security. These include strengthening human and institutional capacities, empowering farmers by including them in the design of policies and programmes, and improving farmer support systems and markets.With the appropriate international support and the necessary political will, African agriculture can be transformed through science, technology, and innovation and contribute to broader economic growth and development on the continent, the report stresses. read more

Responding to Baghdad charges head of UN Iraq Programme defends its work

“I feel obliged to make this statement because I do not wish our silence to be misinterpreted as a reflection of our agreement with what was stated recently,” Benon Sevan said on Thursday in an address to the Security Council committee which monitors the sanctions against Iraq. His comments came in response to a speech by Riyadh Al-Qaysi, the Under-Secretary-General of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, during a Security Council meeting on 28 June.”I owe it to all my colleagues, both at Headquarters and in particular to those in the field, who have been carrying out the tasks entrusted to them in implementing the mandates set forth by the Security Council, under very difficult conditions and often with personal sacrifice,” he said. “Some of my colleagues have made the ultimate sacrifice in losing their lives while working with the humanitarian programme, the objective of which is to serve the Iraqi people.”Mr. Sevan detailed the Programme’s accomplishments as well as the obstacles it has faced in such areas as banking arrangements, the processing of applications for humanitarian contracts, payment to contractors, and programme implementation. “My colleagues and I, as international civil servants, have been carrying out all the tasks entrusted to us in full compliance with the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU),” he said, referring to the legal agreement between the UN and Iraq on the humanitarian “oil-for-food” programme. The MOU, he stressed, “should be fully complied with by both parties.” Recounting some of the difficulties caused by Iraqi actions, Mr. Sevan said, “on the one hand we are denied the essential means and the tools to implement the programme effectively and on the other, we are accused of failure to implement the programme effectively.”In carrying out its work, the Iraq Programme is “inevitably caught between various parties,” he said, adding that no effort has been spared “in ensuring that those of us involved in the implementation of the programme observe fully the parameters governing the humanitarian programme, in full compliance with the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the Memorandum of Understanding.” read more

UN expert committee against torture to open first 2004 session

The Committee against Torture opened the first of its two regular annual sessions today at the Palais Wilson in Geneva, and, through 21 May, is expected to review measures adopted by the Czech Republic, Monaco, Croatia, Germany, Chile, New Zealand and Bulgaria to prevent and punish acts of torture.Representatives of the seven countries are scheduled to come before the Committee to defend their records in implementing the rights enshrined in the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.The Committee was expected to begin its work by swearing in newly elected member, Julio Prado Vallejo of Ecuador, and by electing a Chairperson, three Vice-Chairpersons and a Rapporteur for a two-year term.The Convention was adopted unanimously by the UN General Assembly in 1984, entered into force on 26 June 1987 and has since been ratified by 135 States. Those parties are required to outlaw torture and are explicitly prohibited from using “higher orders” or “exceptional circumstances” as excuses for acts of torture. The 10-person Committee was established in 1987 to monitor compliance with the Convention and assist States parties in implementing its provisions. read more

For Traves the road got unexpectedly longer — and better

On a sticky July afternoon, with the clock ticking toward his second retirement, Tom Traves was tying up loose ends in the Brock University President’s office. His 10-month stint as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor will soon end, and with it a brief but memorable chapter of Brock’s history.The first time Traves retired was in 2013, after 18 years as President of Dalhousie University in Halifax. He’d also spent four years as a university vice-president, eight years as a dean and two as a department chair. That adds up to a lot of leadership experience, which is what Brock’s Board of Trustees wanted in place while they searched for a new president.Addressing the crowd at an event held in his honour July 11 in Pond Inlet.When Traves arrived on campus last October, he found a university community dealing with the aftermath of a sudden change in plans for Brock’s incoming president, originally scheduled to start that September. Shortly following the decision not to proceed with the original plans, the Board’s leadership connected with a veteran university leader — by then living in Toronto — who was possibly available for a short-term engagement. Talks ensued, an offer was made and suddenly Tom Traves was un-retired.“When I came here, my agenda was threefold,” he said. “Calm the place down, introduce changes where they seemed appropriate and set the table for the next president.“Brock was and is a successful university, and they were basically looking to bring in someone with a lot of experience so that everyone here could get back to the things they do so well.”As the University looks forward to the Aug. 1 arrival of its next full-time President in Gervan Fearon, there’s a palpable sense that Traves’ time here did indeed dial down anxiety levels at Brock, and help people again be excited about the future. At a reception for Traves this week in Pond Inlet, this sentiment was heard from multiple directions — the Senate, the Board and the student union.“It’s amazing what a calming influence such a steady hand can bring to a place,” Scott Henderson, recently stepped down as Chair of Senate, told the gathering. “Sometimes an outsider’s eye is invaluable. He’s shown himself to be an astute listener, and this has been crucial in bringing everyone together.”John Suk, the immediate past chair of the Board who was responsible for bringing Traves to Brock, alluded to “our early meeting in Toronto at the Marriott Hotel on a rainy day.”“He has had the effect of calming the place down from a holistic perspective,” said Suk, “but also in making important contributions as we move forward. Under Tom we restarted strategic planning and had a balanced budget. Brock is poised now for great things.”Traves simply replied that the University was already “blessed with very strong leadership. Not only vice-presidents but very capable deans, associate vice-presidents and department chairs. And we have a clear sense of our responsibility to the people who support this university.”Up on the 13th floor of the Schmon Tower, preparing to vacate the corner office for its next inhabitant, Traves reflected on “an absolutely enjoyable year. It was nice to get know a new university, new colleagues. The challenges and issues here are not that different from what I’ve experienced elsewhere.”He regretted not having time to meet more people, but got satisfaction in soliciting campus-wide input for a strategic plan draft that could chart the University’s course for the next generation. Its recommendations are now left to be considered by his successor.“I guess I saw my role almost as a consultant, I know I’m not here for the long term. I have insights into things and I’m prepared to share those insights. Now it’s up to other people to move on them or not, as they see fit.”One of his best Brock memories comes from the day before he even started the job.“On the Sunday before the Monday, my wife and I drove to Niagara to drive around the campus. When we pulled up, I said ‘Wow, this is a big place.’ It looked new, fresh, well designed, it was very impressive.“When we drove home that afternoon, I felt really pumped and ready to go.“They say that the best way to recruit students to your university is to get them to visit and fall in love with the campus. Well, it works for a president, too.”Below is a gallery of photos from the appreciation night held in Traves’ honour on July 11 in Pond Inlet. read more

Silencing of Sir Philip Greens British accusers is making a mockery of

Ms Phillips, the Labour MP for Yardley, added: “It seems to be that in America – whilst not perfect –  in civil society as well as in the law they are progressing in a way that the UK law should be. It does feel slightly more democratic and as if their legal system is for the people.”I would like to see Britain look at what others are doing, but also I think that there needs to be a serious review of when our laws are not used within the spirit they were intended. Nobody intended for privacy laws to do this.”She added: “I think that the injunction staying place is ridiculous and it is more of a power play by him so he can still hold all the cards. I am sure that the judges and lawyers are as annoyed by this abuse of the system as the rest of us. It is making a mockery of our legal system.”Critics say that the situation shows that the law is “not fit for purpose” and should be looked at again by Parliament.Peter Kyle MP said: “My first thought is that these women who are coming forward are extraordinarily brave in doing so and we as a society owe them a huge apology, because we now know that there are extraordinarily wealthy men who are allegedly acting criminally but avoiding the law simply because of their wealth, because they have access to courts and lawyers in a way the no one else does. Auna Irvine was hired to open the Las Vegas store  Auna Irvine was hired to open the Las Vegas store Credit:Rupert Thorpe Actress Kristen Bell, Sir Philip Green and model Lydia Hearst attend the grand opening of TopShop TopMan store in Las VegasCredit:FilmMagic Actress Kristen Bell, Sir Philip Green and model Lydia Hearst attend the grand opening of TopShop TopMan store in Las Vegas “That is why this is a Parliamentary issue, and an issue that Parliament needs to resolve.“I went into politics to stand up to bullies not to roll over to them and if Parliament isn’t on the side of these alleged victims of people like Philip Green then what is the point?”“There is a black hole in our legal system. The judges are doing their job but it is clear that the law is not fit for purpose and it is making some people, mostly women, particularly vulnerable to certain types of predator.”Mr Kyle, the Labour MP for Hove, said that he would like see to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, on which he sits, hold a joint inquiry with the Women and Equalities Committee and the Justice Committee.The committees should look at the “wider use of NDAs” and whether the current laws need reforming, Mr Kyle said. The MP has raised the prospect of a joint inquiry and it is being “actively considered”.  “If Parliament doesn’t act against this type of abuse of power then we have to wonder whether Parliament is fit for purpose for anything,” Mr Kyle added. Sir Philip Green has said he “categorically and wholly denies” allegations of “unlawful sexual or racist behaviour”. As three other American employees came forward to make allegations of sexual harassment against Sir Philip, experts said that the injunction would never have been granted in the US, where greater importance is placed on freedom of speech.Geoffrey Robertson QC, a leading human rights lawyer, said: “This shows how America and American law places a much higher value on freedom of speech than British law as declared by the Court of Appeal in the Telegraph case, which upheld the gag on employees speaking out about alleged misconduct.“Freedom of speech in England can be very expensive and it can be overridden by contracts that are not in the public interest because they prevent the exposure of wrong-doing. The protection for employers who are wrongly accused is defamation which gives them the right to sue their accuser who then has to prove the truth of the accusations.”Concerns were also raised that Britain is lagging behind the US in cracking down on the abuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). Miss Irvine did not sign an NDA and experts say that lawyers in the US are much more hesitant in using them as a tool to silence alleged victims. Some areas, including California and parts of New York, are abolishing NDAs for use in sexual harassment cases. Silencing Sir Philip Green’s alleged British victims while his former employees in America speak out on is “making a mockery” of the UK’s legal system, experts and MPs have said.The Topshop billionaire was yesterday accused of waging an almost year-long campaign of sexual harassment and bullying against a manager in his Las Vegas store.But whilst Auna Irvine, 33, was able to detail how he would regularly smack her bottom, grab her by the waist, make comments about her weight and breasts and tell her she was “naughty”, gagging orders remain in place to prevent British members of staff speaking out.Sir Philip also has an injunction against the Daily Telegraph preventing this newspaper printing allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination that happened in the UK. The businessman has spoken publicly about the claims, dismissing them as “banter”. Jess Phillips MP, who sits on the Women and Equalities Committee, said: “It makes a massive mockery of our legal system that women in the UK are being silenced with collusion from the British legal system, because in this instance it appears as collusion and it appears as if our laws are for one group of people and not the other.” 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. read more

BAI upholds part of complaint about Newstalk attack on Taoiseach

first_imgTHE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY of Ireland has upheld, in part, a complaint made against Newstalk’s Breakfast show.The complaint claimed the presenters of the show “attacked” the Taoiseach in a discussion about his decision not to take part in a public debate on the Seanad referendum. It was argued that this segment of the show was not adequately fair, objective and impartial in current affairs.At one part in the show, Enda Kenny was compared to the Chairman of the Communist Party, Mao Zedong.The complainant argued that no Taoiseach ever takes part in such debates outside of general election time, but in its response, Newstalk pointed out that former Taoiseach John Bruton debated in the 1996 divorce referendum.The broadcaster also stated that the Taoiseach had refused opportunities from other broadcast media, including Newstalk, to be interviewed one-on-one in relation to the referendum. Newstalk 106-108fm does not believe their commentary on the Taoiseach were “attacks” as suggested by the complainant. The presenters were making clear points of information on a matter of public importance. These points were also put to Fine Gael TDs, Charlie Flanagan and Simon Harris, over the course of many programmes.In its decision, the compliance committee noted that the segment in the breakfast show and the discussion between presenters on news stories is a regular feature. It also accepted that Kenny’s deicision not to take part in a debate was a “legitimate focus of discussion and debate” at the time.However it found that the failure to include other perspectives on this topic meant the programme discussion failed to meet BAI requirements for fairness, objectivity and impartiality in news and current affairs.Further elements of the complaint relating to accuracy, tone and an infringement of guidelines on election and referenda coverage were rejected.The full BAI decision can be read hereRead: BAI upholds complaint about abortion coverage on RTÉ’s Morning Edition>Read: BAI reject complaint by Direct Democracy Ireland alleging unfair treatment >last_img read more

West MiamiDade brush fire 100 percent contained officials say

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A brush fire that broke out in West Miami-Dade, Friday, has been fully contained, officials said.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the fire started as a construction fire in the area of 177th Avenue and Eighth Street and spread after nearby grass caught fire, Friday.The fire burned about 208 acres, approximately seven miles west of Krome Avenue and Tamiami Trail.Nearby businesses were not affected.East and westbound lanes on Eighth Street were shut down for hours. They were later reopened.Florida Forest Service that responded to the fire left at around 7:30 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Job Loss at Texas Depot Follows Militarys Overseas Drawdown

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A planned reduction of 600 personnel at Red River Army Depot (RRAD), Texas, announced last month is a result of a declining workload that follows a drop in the tempo of the military’s overseas operations over the past 10 years. “Peak operational tempo for the present campaigns was achieved around 2008,” said Dennis Lewis of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission. “Since then, we’ve been in a gradual state of reduction of operations. Equipment has been repaired, refitted and returned to their respective units, which is what RRAD does,” Lewis said. Unless Congress allocates funds to increase readiness, Red River’s workload soon will reach pre-9/11 levels, he added.Additional staff cuts may be necessary if the depot’s decline in work tempo persists, reports the Texarkana Gazette.Photo by Jennifer Bacchuslast_img read more

Former refugees mark 75th anniversary of the only US safe haven during

first_img By: Renee K. Gadoua Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Chaldean Christian deported by Trump administration dies in Iraq Tagsanti-Semitism asylum Fort Ontario Franklin D. Roosevelt Holocaust homepage featured Jews Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum,You may also like News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,OSWEGO, N.Y. (RNS) — Suzanne Krauthamer Gurwitz remembers little about the 18 months she spent at the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Center in Oswego. She was 5 when she, her parents and two older brothers arrived at the former military post near Lake Ontario.“Like other children, I played,” said Gurwitz, 80, of Plainview, N.Y. “I don’t remember being unhappy.”Gurwitz was among 982 refugees at Fort Ontario, the only U.S. shelter for Europeans fleeing World War II. Of the 30 surviving refugees, 19 attended a 75th anniversary reunion on Monday (Aug, 5). The event commemorated the 1944 arrival of refugees in the small upstate New York city.Survivors and their families crowded Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum, once the shelter’s administration building, and wandered the Fort Ontario State Historic Site. More than 200 people attended a memorial under heightened security. Some guests expressed concern for their safety, an official said, citing the weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.Several former refugees and Oswego residents didn’t want to talk about those worries or about the  Trump administration’s policies barring asylum-seekers. Instead, the former refugees, surrounded by descendants and greeting old friends, were eager to talk about how they came to live at the shelter.Gurwitz, born in Paris to Polish Jews, remembers crossing the Alps and hiding in the woods before her family ended up living with nuns and priests in Rome in 1943. In June 1944, her father learned a ship would soon leave Naples, Italy, for a shelter in the United States.Deena Albert photographs her grandparents, Suzanne Krauthamer Gurwitz and Marvin Gurwitz, on Aug. 5, 2019, at the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum. The couple stands around a cutout of a photo of Suzanne’s brother, Simon, then 12, as a resident of the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Center in Oswego, N.Y. Suzanne, her parents and two brothers lived at the shelter for 18 months. Simon died in 2000. RNS photo by Renée K. GadouaBy then, the Nazis had killed about 5 million European Jews.After June 6, 1944, when Allied forces attacked German forces on France’s Normandy coast, at least 200,000 Jews remained in concentration camps or in hiding. Three days later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced a refugee camp would open in six weeks at Fort Ontario.The refugees came to the U.S. as Roosevelt’s “guests” and agreed to return to Europe after the war. President Harry S. Truman in December 1945 signed an executive order that allowed the refugees to enter the U.S. and the shelter closed in February 1946.The refugees from 18 countries shared “loss, trauma and a path that somehow got them to southern Italy,” said Rebecca Erbelding, curator and historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and author of “Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe.”U.S. immigration policies kept most Jewish refugees out of America, she said.“Isolationism, economic concerns, racism, and anti-Semitism all led most Americans to focus on domestic problems rather than international ones,” she wrote for the Holocaust museum.  “Reflecting the mood and situation of the country, State Department officers interpreted America’s restrictive immigration laws even more stringently, leaving the quotas far from filled.”Harry Frajerman, of Philadelphia, points to a picture of his parents, Icek and Helen Frajerman, while attending a reunion at Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum in Oswego, N.Y., on Aug. 5, 2019. Harry was born at Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Center on Dec. 9, 1945. After World War II, the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia sponsored his family. Harry attended the reunion with his wife, Myrna Frajerman. RNS photo by Renée K. GadouaThe refugees boarded the USS Henry Gibbins in Naples on July 21, 1944. About two weeks later, they arrived in New York Harbor, then traveled by train to Oswego.They were greeted on arrival by military police and a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, conditions many refugees found troubling. Despite restrictions — a 30-day quarantine, curfews, passes and less than luxurious conditions in the former army barracks — the former refugees described positive experiences and friendly interactions with city residents.“It was an adventure for us,” said Simon Kalderon, a native of Bosnia-Herzegovina who was 9 when he arrived. “I never felt that I was different.”Linda Cohen’s parents, Leon and Seri Kabiljo of Yugoslavia, dreamed of living in the United States. “This camp saved their life,” she said.Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., called the refugee shelter “a beacon of sanity in a world of insanity” and pledged to push for its recognition as a national park. In October 2018, President Trump signed the Fort Ontario Study Act, a step toward that designation.Before Roosevelt created the shelter, refugees fleeing the Holocaust were sent back, said Katko.“The State Department would send these ships back over to Europe and (refugees) would go back and meet their fate,” Katko told the crowd gathered for the anniversary. “They kept sending them back. Can you imagine that happening today?”“Yeah,” and “Yes, we can,” many in the crowd of more than 200 yelled.Suzanne Gurwitz’s grandson said that the anti-Semitism and nationalism that fueled the Holocaust parallels hatred for asylum-seekers at the U.S. southern border.“This is what happened to our ancestors,” said Daniel Albert, a rabbinical student at Yeshiva University. “They closed the borders and didn’t let us in.”Dani Dayan, consul general of Israel in New York and a supporter of designating Fort Ontario a national park, said anti-Semitism is “raising its ugly head again in Europe and Latin America and, unfortunately, in this country.”“We know where this scourge of anti-Semitism can bring the human race,” Dayan said.The memorial took place near the shelter’s former barracks and dining hall. A granite monument, dedicated in 1981, marks the site. Vandals have chipped the monument’s corners and marred the word “Jewish.”Safe Haven officials have not repaired it, choosing to let the vandalism speak for itself.center_img Share This! By: Renee K. Gadoua Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Renee K. Gadoua,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Renee K. Gadoua Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Curfew eased partially in Kashmir for Friday prayers Share This! By: Renee K. Gadoua Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Ship ballast dumps around Australia climbing increasing risk of invasive species getting

first_img © 2015 Phys.org When big ships unload their cargo, they are left mostly empty, which creates a weight distribution problem—to fix that problem, giant pumps are used to fill ballast tanks with water from the sea in which they reside. Unfortunately, those pumps also suck up local organisms, which then live in the ballast tanks for some period of time as the ship travels to a place to pick up cargo. Upon arrival, the water in the ballast tanks is pumped back into the sea in anticipation of new added cargo. But, as scientists, environmentalists, sports enthusiasts and others have found, that ballast water may contain an organism that is able to take up residence (dubbed an invasive species) in its new part of the world, and sometimes is able to dominate those already there, putting the legacy residents at risk. In this new effort, the researchers sought to put some metrics on the ballast tank dumping problem around the shores of their native Australia in an attempt to better understand the invasive species risk for the country. They gathered historical shipping data for the period 1999 to 2012, which included ballast filling and dumping information and data regarding organisms that are known to be able to survive living in ballast tanks.In analyzing their data using a computer model, they found that ballast dumping in Australian seaports more than doubled during the study period and that the majority of the increase was related to mining and forestry operations, which meant that the dumping increase was more often located in remote ports near mines, rather than in more established areas. They also found that a large percentage of ballast water was coming from the waters around Southeast Asia and China, which they suggest offers an opportunity for more research regarding which species from those areas might be in the ballast water being dumped in Australian ports and other places around the world. Explore further (Phys.org)—A small team of math and biological researchers with the University of Adelaide, has found that the amount of ballast water being dumped into the waters around Australia more than doubled over a thirteen year study period increasing the possibly of invasive species introduction. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, the team describes how they studied historic ballast data to create a model of ballast dumping, and discovered that most of the increase can be attributed to mining operations. More information: Temporal modelling of ballast water discharge and ship-mediated invasion risk to Australia, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150039 AbstractBiological invasions have the potential to cause extensive ecological and economic damage. Maritime trade facilitates biological invasions by transferring species in ballast water, and on ships’ hulls. With volumes of maritime trade increasing globally, efforts to prevent these biological invasions are of significant importance. Both the International Maritime Organization and the Australian government have developed policy seeking to reduce the risk of these invasions. In this study, we constructed models for the transfer of ballast water into Australian waters, based on historic ballast survey data. We used these models to hindcast ballast water discharge over all vessels that arrived in Australian waters between 1999 and 2012. We used models for propagule survival to compare the risk of ballast-mediated propagule transport between ecoregions. We found that total annual ballast discharge volume into Australia more than doubled over the study period, with the vast majority of ballast water discharge and propagule pressure associated with bulk carrier traffic. As such, the ecoregions suffering the greatest risk are those associated with the export of mining commodities. As global marine trade continues to increase, effective monitoring and biosecurity policy will remain necessary to combat the risk of future marine invasion events. New requirements for ballast water dumped by ships This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Ship ballast dumps around Australia climbing increasing risk of invasive species getting foothold (2015, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-ship-ballast-dumps-australia-climbing.html Journal information: Royal Society Open Sciencelast_img read more

16yearold to perform Kuchipudi

first_imgTalented 16-year-old Sanjana Jain, disciple of Dr Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy’s will perform at her Rangpravesam at Kamani auditorium in the national Capital on Monday. Initiated into classical dance at a tender age of nine, Sanjana Jain has now blossomed into a full-fledged artist, ready to perform the Kuchipudi Rangapravesam. Rangapravesam is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘debut’. Ranga means ‘stage’ and Pravesam means entry. 16-year-old Sanjana is the disciple of Dr Raja Radha and Kaushalya Reddy and has done over 40 performances in India and overseas. She will begin her performance with Saraswati Vandana written by great and eminent Hindi Poet Suryakanth Tripathi Nirala for worldwide peace, prosperity, progress and fraternity.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This will be followed by Mandari Jatiswaram, Krishna Shabdam and Payo Ji Maine Ram Ratandhan Payo. She will also perform on Dev Stuti, a musical composition as an ode in praise of Goddess Parvathi, which will be followed by Tarangam based on Raag Mohan and Taal Adi. The Tarangam marks the climax of a traditional Kuchipudi recital. It depicts famous stories of Krishna’s childhood. This item ends with a display of exquisite virtuosity as the dancers execute intricate footwork patterns by dancing on the rim of a brass plate and coordinate them with complicated rhythmic patterns.Sanjana strives to continue this endeavour and achieve greater levels of merit in this field with the same drive and devotion. Speaking about her Rangapravesam, Sanjana says, “To do justice to the art, lucid imagination and long hours of practice is required to alter between different spaces to bring forth messages through abhinaya, facial expressions, and nritya, pure dance movement.last_img read more

Google intensifies tracking check your private settings

first_imgGoogle intensifies tracking: check your private settings by Martin Brinkmann on October 23, 2016 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 49 commentsGoogle made a significant change to the company’s privacy policy recently which changes in a significant way how the company is tracking users on the Internet.Previously, the company kept its DoubleClick advertising engine apart from its core user services such as Gmail, Search or YouTube. While users could give Google consent to use the information for advertising, it required users to become active and opt-in for that.Those who did give Google consent, did not have their “personal” information and activity used for advertising purposes and tracking.The change that is reflected in the company’s privacy policy changes that in a significant way, especially for new users.Google intensifies trackingThe following sentence was removed from the privacy policy:We will not combine DoubleClick cookie information with personally identifiable information unless we have your opt-in consent.It was replaced with the following sentence:Depending on your account settings, your activity on other sites and apps may be associated with your personal information in order to improve Google’s services and the ads delivered by Google.If you hover over the part of the sentence with a dotted line underneath it, you get an example that explains this in detail:This activity might come from your use of Google products like Chrome Sync or from your visits to sites and apps that partner with Google. Many websites and apps partner with Google to improve their content and services. For example, a website might use our advertising services (like AdSense) or analytics tools (like Google Analytics).These products share information about your activity with Google and, depending on your account settings and the products in use (for instance, when a partner uses Google Analytics in conjunction with our advertising services), this data may be associated with your personal information.Advertisement that you see on the web powered by DoubleClick, think Adsense for instance, may use personal information such as your name or your web activity to deliver personalized ads to you. While Google does not use all information yet for that, the content of Gmail emails for instance is not used to power DoubleClick advertisement on the Web, other activity is.The change is enabled by default for new Google users. Thimarts means that any new Google account is opted-in automatically so that personal information will be used for tracking and advertising purposes.Existing users on the other hand were prompted to opt-in to the change this Summer according to the Pro Republica article that broke the news.If you don’t want that, you may want to check your Google Account Activity to make sure you are not opted-in. We talked about the My Activity dashboard that Google provides you with to manage and control activities before.You need to open the Activity Controls on the page to manage those. There you find listed at the top the Web & App Activity service. I recommend that you disable that, but you may find it useful. If that is the case, make sure you uncheck the “Include Chrome browsing history and activity from websites that use Google services”.Now You: Was the setting enabled or disabled for your Google account?SummaryArticle NameGoogle intensifies tracking: check your private settingsDescriptionGoogle made a significant change to the company’s privacy policy recently which changes in a significant way how the company is tracking users on the Internet.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Googles Chief Diversity Officer Danielle Brown resigns to join HR tech firm

first_imgIt was just a little over a week ago when Google released its diversity annual report for the year 2019. And last thursday, its chief diversity officer, Danielle Brown, who co-wrote the report with Melonie Parker, announced that she is leaving Google to join Gusto, a leading Denver and San Francisco based HR-tech firm. “I’m joining the team at Gusto…that’s on a mission to create a world where work empowers a better life. I’ll be leading the People team at a company that is all about people”, writes Brown in a LinkedIn post. Brown is being replaced by Melonie Parker, who earlier served as the Global director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Google. Brown had joined Google as the Chief Diversity Officer back in June 2017 and earlier worked at a similar profile at Intel. “Danielle has dedicated her career to helping foster humanity at work. Most recently, she served as vice president, employee engagement and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Google, where she focused on ensuring their workplace and culture were respectful, safe, and inclusive — values we hold paramount at Gusto. Danielle will be an incredible addition to the Gusto team”, said Josh Reeves, co-founder, and CEO, Gusto. Gusto serves 6 million small businesses all over the U.S. and provides small businesses with a full-service people platform. The platform provides business owners with all the features they need to build their team. Eileen Naughton, Google VP of People Operations, confirmed Brown’s departure and told TechCrunch that she’s “grateful to Danielle for her excellent work over the past two years to improve representation in Google’s workforce and ensure an inclusive culture for everyone. We wish her all the best in her new role at Gusto”. Liz Fong Jones, a former Google Engineer, who left Google earlier this year in February, tweeted in response to the news of Brown’s departure, saying that it’s not a good sign for Google. She mentioned that Brown wasn’t “always popular with execs and employees” but was a  “straight shooter”. Jones at her departure cited Google’s lack of leadership in response to the demands made by employees during the Google walkout in November 2018. She had also published a post on Medium, stating, ‘grave concerns’ related to strategic decisions made at Google and the way it ‘misused its power’. Brown hasn’t specified a reason for her departure from Google but wrote on her Linkedin post that “What if, in addition to trying to solve for employee engagement and inclusion within the biggest tech companies in the world, we tried to solve those critical needs for every local storefront, every new startup just getting off the ground, or every doctor’s office across our communities?” Google is facing a lot of controversies over its employee treatment and work culture. Just last week, over 900 Google workers signed a letter urging Google for fair rights for its contract workers, who make up nearly 54% of the workforce. Google in response rolled out mandatory benefits for its TVCs including health care, paid sick leaves, tuition reimbursement, and minimum wage among others. Brown hasn’t spoken out yet anything regarding her experience within Google and writes that she’s “thrilled to join Gusto and advance its mission. I look forward to a future where work empowers a better life for all small businesses and their teams” Audience reaction to the news is largely positive with people congratulating Brown on her new role at Gusto. Read Next Ian Goodfellow quits Google and joins Apple as a director of machine learning Google employees filed petition to remove anti-trans, anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant Kay Coles James from the AI Council Is Google trying to ethics-wash its decisions with its new Advanced Tech External Advisory Council?last_img read more

April savings on summer Europe trips to mark Insights milestone year

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Posted by April savings on summer Europe trips to mark Insight’s milestone yearcenter_img TORONTO — Insight Vacations is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month with savings on Europe itineraries departing May through July 2018.Clients can save 10% on more than 40 Premium Journeys to Europe and North America. All are Definite Departures. The offer applies to new bookings made April 1 – 30, 2018.Portugal | photo provided by Insight Vacations“This significant milestone is the time to look back on all that we have accomplished, we’re so proud to have brought transformative travel to clients and truly appreciative of the long-lasting support from our loyal travel agent community,” says Insight Vacations Canada President Brad Ford.“With our Anniversary Sale, it is our biggest not-so-secret sale of the year and space is extremely limited on this superb collection of 40+ Premium Journeys and the availability of these Definite Departures won’t last so we encourage clients to book their summer dream vacation with us now.”Spain | photo provided by Insight VacationsClients can choose from a selection of guided vacations including Britain & Ireland, the Western Mediterranean, Central & Eastern Europe, Northern Europe & Russia, European Discoveries, and USA & Canada.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoSee insightvacations.com/ca/special-offers/40yearscan. Prices are per person, twin share, land only. Single supplements apply. Full payment is required at the time of booking.Fjords | photo provided by Insight Vacations Tags: Insight Vacations Monday, April 2, 2018 last_img read more

Canberra ready to ACT this spring

first_imgCanberra: ‘Australia’s best kept secret’ Louise, Kathy, Jonathan, Donna, Ian – Australian Capital Tourism Canberra has promised visitors to the nation’s capital a ‘feast for the senses’ this spring with the ACT offering an array of new adventures, as well as classic cultural experiences. From new exhibitions at the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery of Australia to new shopping experiences and fine dining at some of the territory’s best award-winning restaurants, visitors to Canberra this spring have been told to expect a lot more from the capital than just a famous flower show, which itself is promising even more. “The Floriade is not only a flower festival, but a springtime festival,” Australian Capital Tourism director of marketing Ian Hill said.With its ‘feast for the senses’ theme, Floriade 2011 will feature a Latino banquet of sounds, colours and flavours at ‘Carnival in the Park’, engaging activities at the ‘From the Pantry’ marquee, the ‘Lindeman’s Open Garden’, and the Floriade NightFest, which guarantees to ‘heat up those crisp Canberra evenings’. Speaking to guests at a lunch honouring ACT’s forthcoming springtime attractions, Mr Hill highlighted an Australian-first exhibition at the National Library featuring 1,000 years of handwritten manuscripts by historical luminaries such as Dante, Mozart, Napoleon and Albert Einstein and the opportunity for visitors to “run off some of that winter girth” with an Australian Institute of Sport Olympic athlete.Calling Canberra “Australia’s best kept secret”, Mr Hill said the expanded Canberra Airport would be “hopefully operating by early 2013” – in time for the capital’s centenary.Guests of the event, held at Sydney’s Signorelli Gastronomia, had a chance to sample some of the ACT region’s premium cool-climate wines as well as participate in a ‘name the ingredients’ culinary challenge. center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

EMDG Supported in Government Review

first_imgEMDG Supported in Government ReviewATEC has today welcomed recommendations outlined in the review of Australia’s Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program which calls for funding to the successful program to be lifted to $175 million over the next three years.“The Review rightly identifies the EMDG as a highly successful and enabling program that has supported thousands of Australian businesses to move into new international export markets over the past 40 years,” ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said today.“There are very few programs which have shown such a long record of success and, as the tourism industry moves into a stronger export position, these grants are vital to the future of Australian export tourism.“Tourism is already recognised as being our bright export star with the ability to grow at record levels. Programs which support businesses to invest in the development of new export markets are, ultimately, highly valuable Australia’s economic future.”Mr Shelley said ATEC had made a submission to the review, outlining the value of the program to export tourism businesses across Australia and calling for even greater investment, restoring previous levels of funding equivalent to $228 million in current terms.“While we recognise the Abbott Government has taken steps towards restoring the levels of EMDG funding, the report shows we are now seeing a growing number of applicants – a number which will only increase as demand for Australian goods from overseas markets increases.“There is much at stake, with international spending on Australian export tourism products growing at 10% a year, so we must have significant Government focus on providing our industry with the tools it needs to capitalise further on this success.”The Review reveals each dollar of an EMDG scheme grant generated an economic benefit of $7.03 when industry spillovers and productivity gains were taken into account.“The positive signs for Australia’s export tourism industry are evident, so ATEC is wholly supportive of further expanding and enhancing a program with such a proven track record of success.“Australia’s export tourism industry welcomes this report and strongly urges the Government to implement its recommendations.”Source = ATEClast_img read more

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories In an informal poll of seven general managers and personnel executives, four said Kolb was not worthy of a first-round pick, two said only if the team had no other options, and another said a late first-round pick could be justified.“He is a good quarterback with promise, but we all need to be realistic about it,” the latter GM said.The perspective on Kolb is one of the few we’ve gotten from actual football executives during this lockout. While it likely won’t change the Arizona Cardinals plans to pursue the Eagles’ backup quarterback or the price they’re willing to pay, it shows how differing the opinions on him are around the league.The problem is, the Cards have very few other options outside of Kolb. They could attempt to trade for Denver Broncos backup Kyle Orton, but all reports suggest his price tag will be steep as well. Carson Palmer might be nice but the Cincinnati Bengals have said they’re unwilling to deal the disgruntled signal caller. They could also stay in house and start John Skelton, not exactly what fans had in mind. Otherwise the options are slim.Desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes those desperate measures are overpaying for something you really need. Like a food when you’re hungry or a quarterback when you won only five games. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Kevin Kolb is about as popular with QB starved teams around the NFL as Lady Gaga in a steak dress would be to a group of rabid dogs. Is he worth all that attention, excitement and the lofty price tag that comes along with him though?That was the question the Boston Globe posed to seven general managers and player personnel executives from around the NFL. Their answers might surprise you (unless you already hate the idea of Kolb).last_img read more