Outgoing UN envoy encourages Somali leadership to build on recent gains

28 June 2010The outgoing United Nations envoy for Somalia has called on the country’s leaders to remain focused on the priorities ahead for the Horn of Africa nation as it seeks to overcome years of conflict and build peace. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, in a farewell letter to the Somali diaspora, thanked the leadership of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) with whom he has worked since taking up his post as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia and encouraged them to build on the progress already made. “I invite the current leadership to remain focused on essential priority tasks and to have a larger picture of the present and future of the country and their own regime rather than daily and short term priorities,” he wrote. He noted that peace will take time due to “important vested interests, local and also international,” including illegal trade, fishing, dumping of waste and piracy. “But a determined Government, accepted or tolerated by Somalis and supported by the international community, can make irreversible progress towards stability,” stated Mr. Ould-Abdallah, a national of Mauritania who helped facilitate the Djibouti Peace Agreement, on which current peace and reconciliation efforts in Somalia are based. He added that many countries genuinely want to help Somalia. “However, to be honest, Somalia’s public image in Africa and the Middle East has been badly damaged over the years by the overall behaviour of the leaderships (government and opposition) in Mogadishu. “A long, sustained effort is needed to reverse that negative perception,” he stressed.The Special Representative highlighted some of the progress made in recent years, including the one-and-a-half-year-old Government currently in place in a country that has been without a functioning central government for two decades.Progress has also been made with respect to the Constitution, of which a first draft will be presented by 1 July, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence, he added.Mr. Ould-Abdallah, who has served as the UN’s envoy for Somalia since September 2007, will be succeeded by Augustine Mahiga, who currently serves as Tanzania’s Ambassador to the UN in New York. read more

Live Events ordered to disclose all assets and earnings

Though the Directors of the Company had represented to the ticket holders by making a public statement admitting the companies serious breaches including serious lapses of security and agreed to compensate the ticket holders, none of the same has been effected yet according to Premathiratne. The District Court of Colombo in the case filed by Attorney at Law Nishan Premthiratne for damages for serious breaches at the recently concluded Enrique Concert, ordered Live Events Pvt Ltd to disclose all assets held by the Company and the total earnings made from the ticket sales from the ” Enrique Iglasius – Sex and Love” concert held in December 2015.Premathiratne and his wife have filed two separate cases seeking for damages on the serious failures which had been caused to them owing to the substandard concert organized by the Company. The managing Director or chairman or directors are required to provide answers within 10 days. The Directors of Live Events include include Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena. (Colombo Gazette) Premathiratne was represented by Presidents Counsel Kuvera de Zoysa, Attorneys at Law Amrit Rajapakse, Kushan Illangathilake , Niranjan de Silva, Nadun Wijesiriwardena, Yasith Hirimburegama and Janith Fernando instructed by Sanjay Fonseka. read more

Careless smoking deemed cause of deadly Oakville fire

Fire officials say careless smoking sparked a deadly fire in Oakville earlier this month. Emergency crews were called to an assisted-living facility at 259 Robinson St. around 6 p.m. on April 2.Gertrude Brown, 71, died in hospital after a fire broke out in her apartment.Oakville fire officials say the woman had been smoking while sitting in her wheelchair. It’s not clear if she fell asleep when the fire started. They say the sprinkler system in her apartment helped stop the fire from spreading to neighbouring units.

Child recruitment by armed groups in Central African Republic must end –

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called on the Central African Republic (CAR) to immediately stop child recruitment by rebel groups and pro-government militias amidst reports of increasing use of this practice. “A number of rebel groups and various pro-government militias have become more active in recent weeks in the capital city of Bangui and across the country,” said the UNICEF Representative for CAR, Souleymane Diabate. “Reliable sources have informed us that children are newly being recruited among their ranks. These reports are of serious concern.” “Our team on the ground is working with partners to monitor, verify, and respond to grave violations of child rights, including recruitment into armed groups – those at greater risk are children who have lost their homes, are separated from their families or were formerly associated with armed groups,” Mr. Diabate added. According to UNICEF, even before the latest round of violence in CAR erupted in December last year, about 2,500 children – both girls and boys – were associated with multiple armed groups, including self-defence groups, in CAR. The UN agency estimates that this number will rise because of the recent conflict. Over the past weeks, widespread looting and violence occurred in the country as an alliance of rebel groups known as ‘Séléka’ attacked several towns in the northeast and threatened to march on Bangui. This week, the group reportedly halted their advance on the capital and agreed to start peace talks in Gabon. CAR has a history of political instability and recurring armed conflict. State authority is weak in many parts of the country, which are largely controlled by rebel groups and criminal armed groups, according to the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA). Coupled with ethnic tensions in the north, frequent armed incursions by rebel elements from neighbouring countries and the presence of members of the armed Ugandan group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), have added to insecurity and instability in CAR, which also has 170,000 people displaced internally. UNICEF said more than 300,000 children have already been affected by the violence in CAR and its consequences, including through recruitment, family separation, sexual violence, forced displacement and having limited access to education and health facilities. In particular, the agency is highly concerned about the involvement of youth under 18 years of age who may be forced to fight, carry supplies, perform other support roles and be abused as sex slaves by armed groups. “Recent commitments under international law by the Government and some rebel groups to keep children out of the fighting must be respected,” said Mr. Diabate. “All violations must stop. It is critical that everything is done to protect these children and keep their families safe.” UNICEF has worked in CAR since 2007 with both the Government and rebel factions to secure the release of more than 1,000 girls and boys from armed groups and self-defence groups and support their reintegration into families and communities. However, the volatile security situation has hampered the delivery of humanitarian assistance to affected communities and has led UNICEF to relocate 14 international staff and consultants last week. The agency has established an operational crisis centre for CAR in the city of Yaounde, Cameroon, where it said it will continue to work with partners to conduct emergency activities. In relation to the latest violence, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have condemned the attacks involving ‘Seleka’ and called for a halt hostilities. They have also called on both the Government and the rebels to resolve the current crisis through dialogue, and to abide by the 2008 Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which was signed by the Government and the three main rebel groups and which helped bring an end to conflicts inside CAR. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA), Margaret Vogt, has remained in close dialogue with the key parties and has offered support to political negotiations. read more

India UN experts urge release of prominent human rights defender after monthlong

“[Khurram Parvez’s] continued detention following his arrest just a few days before his participation in the UN Human Rights Council, suggests a deliberate attempt to obstruct his legitimate human rights activism,” the experts said in a news release issued today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).According to the news release, On 14 September, while on his way to Geneva to attend the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council, Mr. Parvez was prevented from traveling out of India by airport authorities in the national capital, Delhi.He was then detained on 16 September under sections 107 and 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code, released on 20 September, and detained again the same day.The human rights defender remains in preventive detention, under the “highly controversial” Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, the release noted.According to the UN rights experts, Mr. Parvez, who is the coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCSS) as well as the chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), is a well-known and outspoken human rights defender with a longstanding and positive engagement with the UN human rights mechanisms.The news release further noted that the rights experts conveyed their concerns to the Government of India, but the official information received so far did not provide clear details on the exact nature of the charges against Mr. Parvez, which, the release said “seem to rely mainly on vague accusations of alleged ‘anti-India’ activities, aimed at disrupting the public order.”“We are concerned at the use of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act against Mr. Parvez, which permits administrative detention without judicial intervention for up to two years,” highlighted the experts, adding that they had “received allegations of this law often being arbitrarily applied to target human rights defenders.”They also noted alarm at the lack of clarity as to why Indian authorities deemed it necessary to address this case outside the country’s ordinary laws.The release added that on 13 October, a petition challenging Mr. Parvez’s detention under the Public Safety Act was listed before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, yet the case has only been listed for hearing until 25 October.“In a democratic society, the open criticism of Government is a legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression of every person,” the experts stressed.“We are seriously concerned that the arrest of Mr. Parvez may represent a direct retaliation for his legitimate activities as a human rights defender and the exercise of his fundamental freedoms, including freedoms of expression and association”, they concluded.The UN human rights expressing concern in the statement included: UN Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances;Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders;Sètondji Adjovi, Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention;Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association;David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; read more

Column We need to help lone parents into work and away from

first_imgPAID WORK IS the best way out of poverty. As a result, while I have always championed the social welfare system as a safety net for those who need it, I equally believe it must be a spring board to work for those able to do so.That is why my Department will spend over €1 billion this year on work, training and educational schemes to help 85,000 people on the pathway back to work.The notion that the welfare system must be a springboard is especially true when it comes to lone parents.We will spend about €935 million this year on the One-Parent Family Payment (OFP). But research has demonstrated that, despite significant spending on OFP over the years, the results have been poor in terms of tackling poverty and social exclusion.Put simply, we have to help more lone parents into work and financial independence.One of the single biggest myths about welfare is that lone parents do not work. About 36 per cent of OFP recipients, for example, are in paid work of some sort. But the goal must be to increase that percentage and – over time – ensure lone parents can progress to full-time work.That is why I have announced details of a new scheme this week to help on this front.Jobseeker’s Transition is designed to allow former recipients of OFP, whose youngest child is under 14, to receive the full support of the Department’s activation services to help them return to work, training or education, while recognising the particular difficulties they may face, such as childcare and limited qualifications.The scheme needs to be seen in context with changes I previously announced.Under those changes, the age threshold of the youngest child for a parent to qualify for OFP is being reduced on a phased basis to 7 years of age between July 2013 and July 2015. It means that, after July 2015, OFP will no longer be paid to any recipient once their youngest child has reached 7.These changes are aimed at supporting lone parents into work and preventing long-term dependency on welfare.“We don’t yet have the type of childcare system we need in this country”But of course, it would be foolish to suggest that the parents in question could overnight return to full-time work.Seeking full-time work is not a reality for some lone parents, who, until their child is older, will only be able to work part-time. Although the Government is working on it, we don’t yet have the type of childcare system we need in this country.It is also the case that some lone parents may not have been in a position to complete their education or accumulate significant work experience, posing additional obstacles.This is where Jobseeker’s Transition comes in. Jobseeker’s Transition will be a targeted version of the Jobseeker’s Allowance scheme, which provides means-tested financial assistance and activation supports.Recipients of Jobseeker’s Transition will be required to engage fully with the Department’s activation process. For example, they will develop a personal development plan in conjunction with their case officer that will identify suitable education, training and employment programmes to enhance their skill sets and make them more job-ready.Crucially, however, those in receipt of Jobseeker’s Transition will be exempted for a transitional period from the full conditionality of the Jobseeker’s Allowance scheme, specifically the criteria that jobseekers must be available for and genuinely seeking full-time work.This will allow the lone parents in question to seek part-time work rather than full-time work if this better suits their family circumstances. They will also be able to access existing childcare supports to enable them to engage in education and training programmes. The transitional period will run until their youngest child reaches 14 years of age.Jobseeker’s Transition will be introduced as part of a Social Welfare Bill which will go before the Oireachtas next month.It will, I believe, be a compassionate, supportive and effective approach to helping lone parents transition to work and provide for their families’ long-term best interests.Joan Burton is the Minister for Social Protection and a Labour TD for Dublin Westlast_img read more

Vodafone adds signal booster and phone charging to an umbrella

first_imgVodafone UK has developed a new accessory for anyone who lives where it rains a lot, has a hard time getting a decent network signal, and would benefit from charging their phone on the go. It’s called the Vodafone Booster Brolly, and it promises to keep your phone connected and charged, and you dry even in the worst downpours.We are coming up to the festival season in the UK where thousands of people hope for lots of sunshine, but ultimately end up getting drenched in a field watching their favorite bands play. This same group of people, typically the teenage to late 20s crowd, is an important customer base for the likes of Vodafone and other network providers, so they want to keep them using their smartphones whenever possible.The Booster Brolly aims to do just that. It has been fitted with a high gain antenna that is hooked up to a low power signal repeater. What that does is make it easier to get a good signal while providing better coverage for anyone standing underneath or near to the umbrella.For charging, the umbrella carries a dock which you can place your phone in. This is connected via USB to an on-baord battery that gets its charge from 12 solar panels sewn into the umbrella’s canopy. In order to charge that battery you need a decent amount of sunlight, but then an umbrella also acts as a great sun shield so that shouldn’t be a problem. And if you phone is fully charged you can save the battery for when it gets dark and activate the integrated torch instead.The umbrella only weighs 800 grams with all this additional kit fitted, so it won’t be a major burden to anyone carrying it around. Now we just need to know if and when Vodafone is going to make the Booster Brolly available to purchase, and how much they expect us to pay for it.Read more at the Vodafone UK bloglast_img read more

Archdiocese seeks community help to expand cemetery

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia is urging Greek Australians to take action for the preservation and expansion of burial space at Botany Cemetery in the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park at Matraville. It is estimated that the cemetery will be filled to capacity within eight years, as spaces in Australian cemeteries are quickly diminishing. To combat this, the Trust at Botany Cemetery developed a proposal so that 60 per cent of suitable vacant land adjacent to the existing Botany Cemetery at Matraville, known as the ‘Market Garden site’, can be used for burial purposes. But earlier this year, the Randwick City Council released the Draft Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012 (DLEP) which, if approved, will limit the amount of burial space in this part of Sydney and prohibit the ‘Market Garden Site’ from being used as a cemetery. His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos has written to the NSW State Government supporting the view that the ‘Market Garden Site’ be used for burial purposes, and stated his views were also supported by clergy of the Roman Catholic church and the Jewish faith. The Archdiocese fears that the approval of the Draft will inevitably lead to future burials taking place in cemeteries located west of Penrith or Katoomba due to lack of space. Due to this, the Archdiocese has launched a campaign – sending letters to Randwick Council in an effort of maintain the Botany Cemetery as close to Matraville as possible and ensure it has adequate burial space in the future. Members of the Greek community are being urged to express their opinion on the preservation and expansion of the cemetery by sending a letter to the Randwick Council. All action must be taken before Monday 2 April.last_img read more

Priests photo stirs debate

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A photograph that was uploaded to the Neos Kosmos Facebook page on Wednesday 6 January has caused a stir among readers both Down Under and abroad. The image, taken earlier this week during the Greek Orthodox Epiphany Day celebrations in Rye, features Father Eleftherios Tatsis, from the Monastery of Panagia Kamariani in Red Hill, with four young women by his side. The priest, who has been conducting the blessing of the waters ceremony in the area for some 30 years, is dressed in his robes and accessorised with tinted sunglasses. What appears to have sparked part of the controversy, however, is that two of the young women are pictured baring their midriffs, perceived by some to be inappropriate and provocative. Anna Nouli appeared to be taken aback by the photo, commenting “selfies with the priest! Look at this disgrace!”.Terry Mplios from Melbourne also made his disapproval clear, proclaiming “look at the pagan in all his glory…I can’t see his other hand…”While Melburnian, Helen Pentaris labelled Father Eleftherios a “raunchy priest”, Petros Kalomoiris from Greece directed his comments at the priest himself with words of advice: “Father Eleftherios, a bit of dignity next year wouldn’t hurt.”But the real question that seems to arise at the centre of the debate, is not whether the image is appropriate, but rather how religious figures can remain relevant to the younger generation, particularly if they distance themselves from the realities of mainstream society.Sylvia Sirigos believes it is priests like Father Eleftherios that will keep the Greek Orthodox faith alive amongst younger churchgoers. “For those who find it offensive to see our priest just hanging with today’s generation, seriously there’s something wrong with you!” wrote Ms Sirigos.“Then we wonder why so many young people don’t go to church anymore! We want to encourage our youth to participate in our traditions, not shy them away with the minority … who have some nasty ideas.”A sentiment that emerges from many of the comments, is that what churchgoers seek from their religious leaders appears to have changed. A priest placed on a pedestal results in a figure who is felt to be unrelatable and hence unpopular, which is not the case with priests like Father Eleftherios. For Sydneysider, Sandra Zozokos the photo was refreshing, saying “it’s about time the priests start acting like normal people.”While John Ioannou PI from Balwyn North said “how wonderful it is to see our local priest with the youth of today. Thank God for a visionary priest.”last_img read more

Facebook veut vérifier lidentité de ses célébrités

first_imgFacebook veut vérifier l’identité de ses célébritésLes utilisateurs du réseau social qui utilisent un patronyme célèbre vont désormais devoir fournir des preuves de leur identité.Facebook ne veut plus voir son service pollué par des utilisateurs qui prennent le nom de célébrités et qui disposent souvent d’une longue liste d’amis. Selon Techcrunch, le réseau social a ainsi décidé de lancer une grande opération d’authentification des comptes qui ont le plus d’amis. Pour cela, il va contacter ces personnes afin de vérifier leur identité via la fourniture de documents officiels. Il leur proposera alors éventuellement de choisir d’un surnom à ajouter à leur profil.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ces comptes “authentifiés” seront ensuite mis en avant dans le moteur de recherche et dans la fonctionnalité “suggestion d’amis” que Facebook a lancé il y a quelques mois. Jusqu’à présent, les règles de Facebook faisait que même la chanteuse pop Lady Gaga par exemple était enregistrée comme Stefani Germanotta, son nom de naissance. De même, l’écrivain britannique Salman Rushdie s’était opposé au réseau social en novembre dernier car ce dernier voulait qu’il soit connu sur le site sous son premier prénom, Ahmed, plutôt que le deuxième, Salman.Pour autant, les comptes non vérifiés affichant des patronymes célèbres ne seront pas supprimés. Qu’ils soient vrais ou faux, ils seront juste moins exposés au plus grand nombre. Le tout pour inciter les célébrités à répondre aux demandes de Facebook… Le 17 février 2012 à 15:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ATT buying Time Warner for 854 billion

first_imgNEW YORK  — Grab some popcorn — AT&T wants to take you to the movies.AT&T is buying Time Warner, the owner of the Warner Bros. movie studio as well as HBO and CNN, for $85.4 billion in a deal that could shake up the media landscape. The acquisition would combine a telecom giant that owns a leading cellphone business, DirecTV and internet service with the company behind some of the world’s most popular entertainment, including “Game of Thrones,” ‘’The Big Bang Theory” and professional basketball. It would be the latest in a scramble of tie-ups between the owners of digital distribution networks — think cable and phone companies — and entertainment and news providers, all aimed at shoring up businesses upended by the internet.The deal would make Time Warner the target of the two largest media-company acquisitions on record, according to Dealogic. The highest was AOL’s disastrous $94 billion acquisition of Time Warner at the end of the dot-com boom.Regulators would have to sign off on the deal, no certain thing. The prospect of another media giant on the horizon has already drawn fire on the campaign trail. Speaking in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump vowed to kill it if elected because it concentrates too much “power in the hands of too few.”last_img read more

Gracia believes Watford deserved to win

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia says they deserved more than a point in their 2-2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday.Watford were heading to their first win in six matches, but a late Lucas Digne free-kick denied them all three points and left Gracia gutted after the game.“I prefer to speak about the performance of our team. We had a very good performance, we scored two goals and we played much better in the second half,” Gracia told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think today we deserved a better result. As everyone can see, the team is full of confidence and I am proud of all of them.“We can always take positives. For me, it’s most important I can see in training and all our performances that the players have a strong mentality.“I don’t know when it will be but I hope that soon we will be able to get better results.”last_img read more

Two PAGCOR employees charged with falsifying slot machine jackpot

first_img Self-contained POGO hubs aimed at separating Chinese workers from locals: PAGCOR RelatedPosts PAGCOR puts freeze on approval of new POGO applications Two employees of Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR have been charged with falsifying a slot machine receipt in order to steal a Php36,200 (US$675) jackpot prize.The incident, which took place at PAGCOR’s Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino on 20 September 2017, allegedly saw the regulator’s slot machine head Lope Cristobal and slot data control employee Mark Paul Fransisco falsify the slot machine receipt system to make it appear that a customer had won a jackpot. Later checks revealed that no such jackpot had been won. Load More The casino subsequently filed a complaint with Prosecutor Simaco Labata.According to Labata’s resolution, issued this week, “The act of respondents in preparing a fictitious receipt with an amount of Php36,200, making it appear there was a customer who won a winning jackpot from the slot machine, constitutes a crime of falsification of public document.” PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020last_img read more

Frank Sinatra To Billie Holiday New Yorks Cabaret Law Is Out

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Frank Sinatra gets ‘best welcome he’s ever had’ Email News New York Cabaret Law On The Chopping Block frank-sinatra-billie-holiday-new-yorks-cabaret-law-out Frank Sinatra To Billie Holiday: New York’s Cabaret Law Is Out Facebook Twitter Since 1926, New York City’s bars and clubs have been subject to the Cabaret Law, which made it illegal to host “musical entertainment, singing, dancing, or other form of amusement” without a proper license. New York Times reports the law actually required performers and employees of the cabaret to register and carry “cabaret cards” in order to perform in clubs, which also had to have a cabaret license.A host of legendary musicians were denied “cabaret cards” due to their legal records, including Holiday, Charles, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker. Sinatra refused to perform in New York for years rather than allow himself to be fingerprinted.More recently, the law has caused business owners to live in fear of the antiquated law, and justifiably so. In the 1990s, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani revived the law, using it to shut down dance clubs. Opponents of the law have pointed out that this trend led to more dance parties in unsafe, unregulated environments such as abandoned warehouses.Now, Rafael Espinal, a councilman from Brooklyn, says he has the votes necessary to pass a repeal of the law, a motion supported by current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to spokesman Ben Sarle. The mayor instead plans to emphasize retaining and improving security measures so New Yorkers can safely get back to the music.Neil Portnow Talks 60th GRAMMY Awards Return To New York The law that barred the likes of Ray Charles and Charlie Parker from performing in New York is on the way outNate HertweckGRAMMYs Nov 1, 2017 – 5:20 pm After nearly a century, a law restricting performances in New York is finally going away. Enacted during Prohibition, The Cabaret Law prevented Billie Holiday and Ray Charles from taking the stage, and even drew protest from Frank Sinatra.last_img read more

Recording Academy Moves To A CommunityDriven Membership Model

first_img Email News Recording Academy Moves To A Community-Driven Membership Model Facebook Two key elements have been added to the new member submission model in an ongoing effort to build a more representative and relevant membership bodyJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 19, 2018 – 1:41 pm In order to continue building a diverse and more representative membership group, the Recording Academy has announced it will implement a new community-driven and peer-reviewed membership model that will shift it into an annual cycle and add two new elements.center_img Twitter Recording Academy’s New Community-Driven Model recording-academy-moves-community-driven-membership-model The membership’s key elements will now include industry recommendations and peer review. Beyond the Recording Academy’s basic requirements, new membership submissions must include two professional recommendations to be considered. In addition, a Peer Review Panel of music creators will gather every spring to assess new member submissions with diversity in mind, craft and genre in mind.”The GRAMMY Awards are already renowned for being a peer-awarded honor, and our new membership model further reinforces that peer-driven commitment to excellence,” said Laura Segura Mueller, Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations in a statement.”Membership is the lifeblood of the Recording Academy and a privilege we strive to uphold. Our new membership model puts the power in the hands of the music community and is designed to build an active, representative membership base that reflects our broader culture. By changing the process to Recording Academy membership, we remain committed to setting a positive example for the music industry as a whole.”These changes are a part of a continuing effort from the Recording Academy to make its membership more inclusive. The shift to an annual membership review cycle is in hopes of looking at both existing members and prospective submissions and, “Be thoughtful about how each individual new member decision stands to shape the collective body.”In October, the Recording Academy announced that it would be inviting 900 music creators to join it as voting members.The official statement from the Recording Academy can be found here.Recording Academy Announces 61st GRAMMY Awards Update Read morelast_img read more

NZ PM vows never to say gunmans name

first_imgNew Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during the Parliament session in Wellington on March 19, 2019. Ardern vowed never to utter the name of the twin-mosque gunman as she opened a sombre session of parliament with an evocative `as salaam alaikum` message of peace to Muslims. AFPThe white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views.”I agree that it is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge, and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks,” prime minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters. “He obviously had a range of reasons for committing this atrocious terrorist attack. Lifting his profile was one of them. And that’s something that we can absolutely deny him.”Asked if she would like the trial to occur behind closed doors, Ardern demurred, saying that was not her decision to make.”One thing I can assure you – you won’t hear me speak his name,” she said.The gunman’s desire for infamy was made clear by the fact that he left behind a convoluted 74-page manifesto before Friday’s massacre and livestreamed footage of his attack on the Al Noor mosque.The video prompted widespread revulsion and condemnation. Facebook said it removed 1.5 million versions of the video during the first 24 hours after the massacre. But on Tuesday, Ardern expressed frustration that the video remained available online, four days after the attack.”We have been in contact with Facebook; they have given us updates on their efforts to have it removed, but as I say, it’s our view that it cannot – should not – be distributed, available, able to be viewed,” she said. “It is horrendous and while they’ve given us those assurances, ultimately the responsibility does sit with them.”Arden said she had received “some communication” from Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on the issue. The prime minister has also spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May about the importance of a global effort to clamp down on the distribution of such material.Lawyer Richard Peters, who was assigned to represent Brenton Harrison Tarrant at his initial court appearance on Saturday, told the New Zealand Herald that Tarrant dismissed him that day.A judge ordered Tarrant to return to New Zealand’s High Court on April 5 for his next hearing on one count of murder, though he is expected to face additional charges. The 28-year-old Australian is being held in isolation in a Christchurch jail.”He seemed quite clear and lucid, whereas this may seem like very irrational behavior,” Peters told the newspaper. “He didn’t appear to me to be facing any challenges or mental impairment, other than holding fairly extreme views.”Peters did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Tuesday.He said a judge could order a lawyer to assist Tarrant at a trial, but that Tarrant would likely be unsuccessful in trying to use it as a platform to put forward any extremist views.Under New Zealand law, a trial is “to determine innocence or guilt,” Peters said. “The court is not going to be very sympathetic to him if he wants to use the trial to express his own views.”Peters said Tarrant didn’t tell him why he wanted to represent himself.Ardern previously has said her Cabinet had agreed in principle on tightening gun restrictions in New Zealand and those reforms would be announced next week. She also had announced an inquiry into the intelligence and security services’ failures to detect the risk from the attacker or his plans. There have been concerns intelligence agencies were overly focused on the Muslim community in detecting and preventing security risks.New Zealand’s international spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of the shootings.Meanwhile, Christchurch was beginning to return to a semblance of normalcy Tuesday. Streets near the hospital that had been closed for four days reopened to traffic as relatives and friends of the victims continued to stream in from around the world.Thirty people were still being treated at the Christchurch hospital, nine of them in critical condition, said David Meates, CEO of the Canterbury District Health Board. A 4-year-old girl was transferred to a hospital in Auckland and is in critical condition. Her father is at the same hospital in stable condition.Relatives of the dead are still anxiously awaiting word on when they can bury their loved ones. Islamic tradition calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible. Ardern has said authorities hope to release all the bodies by Wednesday and police said authorities are working with pathologists and coroners to complete the task as soon as they can.The close-knit community has been deeply wounded by the attacks. On Monday evening, more than 1,000 students from rival Christchurch schools and different religions gathered in a park across from the Al Noor mosque, joining voices in a passionate display of unity.The students sat on the grass in the fading daylight, lifting flickering candles to the sky as they sang a traditional Maori song. Hundreds then stood to perform an emotional, defiant haka, the famed ceremonial dance of the indigenous Maori people.For many, joining the vigil for the victims of the mass shooting was a much-needed opportunity to soothe their minds after a wrenching few days.Most of the students spent hours locked down in their schools on Friday as police tried to determine if any other shooters were involved in the attacks.Those at the vigil told harrowing tales of being forced to hide under classroom tables or on a school stage behind a curtain, of being instructed not to speak, and to urinate in a bucket rather than risk leaving the classroom for a bathroom.Sarah Liddell, 17, said many of her peers felt intense anxiety since the attack. There was a sense of safety in coming together on Monday, she said.”I feel like it’s just really important to show everyone that one act of violence doesn’t define a whole city,” she said. “This is one of the best ways to show everyone coming together. Some schools have little funny rivalries, but in times like this we all just come together and that’s all forgotten.”END/AP/UNB/AAlast_img

Archeologists unearth eight Bronze Age boats at British Quarry

first_img © 2013 Phys.org More information: Cambridge Archaeological Unit: www-cau.arch.cam.ac.uk/index.htmvia Independent, Telegraph, Guardian. Explore further (Phys.org) —Archeologists from Cambridge Archaeological Unit have unearthed 8 Bronze Age wood boats from a quarry in Britain. The boats are believed to have been carved by people living in the area approximately three thousand years ago and were for unknown reasons buried intentionally. Citation: Archeologists unearth eight Bronze Age boats at British Quarry (2013, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-archeologists-unearth-bronze-age-boats.htmlcenter_img The quarry is approximately 150 miles north of London in an area near Peterborough called Cambridgeshire—its owned and operated by Hanson UK (who is also funding the excavation) and is part of Must Farm, a brick making company. The boats were first found in 2011—since that time, excavators have dug them out of the dry (River Nene) bed and transported them to another archeology site—Flag Fen—for preservation processing. The boats are currently being housed in a cold storage facility to prevent the wood from rotting. Visitors that wish to view the work can peer through windows.The boats were all carved from single tree trunks (six oak, one alder and one lime) and range in size from small single person watercraft to large vessels capable of carrying up to 20 people or a tonne of cargo. Researchers working on the project suspect the boats were all sunk intentionally because the transoms had been removed and were not found at the site. Transoms are flat thin boards that fit into slots at the rear of boats. When in the slots they prevent water from entering the boats—when removed, they allow the boat to fill and sink. To sink the Bronze Age boats would have required extra effort however, as they were made of nothing but wood. The research team doesn’t know why the boats were sunk or why they were never recovered.The area near where the boats were found came to be naturally flooded approximately 4000 years ago, necessitating adaption by the people who lived there. Archeological evidence suggests they learned to carve boats out of tree trunks and used them to move around, to transport goods and animals and of course to catch food.All of the boats have been well preserved and represent the largest number of Bronze Age boats ever found at one location. The archeologists studying them report that all of the boats were heavily used and most show signs of having been repaired. One also sported etched criss-cross patterns inside and out. Swimming-pool ships make waves in modular robotics (w/ Video) 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.last_img read more

Govt introduces Bangla Krishi Sech Yojana to help small marginal farmers

first_imgKolkata: The state government has introduced the Bangla Krishi Sech Yojana to extend support to farmers in setting up micro irrigation facilities that will ensure cultivation using less amount of water.The project will be immensely helpful to small and marginal farmers, mainly in the Jangalmahal area. The state cabinet has given approval to the project on Wednesday.It may be mentioned that there are some places in districts including Purulia and Bankura, which receive scanty rainfall and the technology that will ensure cultivation of crops, mainly fruits and vegetables, using less water, will be of great help to the farmers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state Agriculture department had taken an initiative and identified that two artificial processes – drip irrigation and sprinkle irrigation – will help in cultivation on more acres of land by using less quantity of water.Necessary trials and tests proved both the processes to be useful in ensuring cultivation with less water. Subsequently, a proposal was given to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this connection and the cabinet has given its nod for the same on Wednesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHowever, it was found that it would not be possible for the small and marginal farmers to bear the cost of the drip irrigation and sprinkle irrigation mechanisms, which cost around Rs 70,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively, per acre of land.So, the state government has allotted around Rs 35 crore for the project, thanks to which farmers are going to get the facilities completely free of cost.Since it is a continuous process, the amount would go up later with the success of the project.It has been learnt that experts will be engaged to support the farmers to carry out the project. The experts will develop the mechanisms for individual farmers and at the same time, they will also provide necessary support to farmers to become familiarised with the same.The state government will make the payment to the experts only after receiving a feedback from the farmers and proper scrutiny of the same.last_img read more

Brimble calls for cruise law overhaul

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2aa9e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> The former husband of Dianne Brimble has called on Australia to follow the US and overhaul its cruise ship laws.Mark Brimble, whose former wife died onboard a P&O cruise ship in 2002, made the call following the introduction of new US laws that move to increase security, law enforcement, and accountability on cruise ships in international waters.The new laws will require each ship to report deaths, disappearances and allegations of crime, reports ABC News.The legislation was passed unanimously by the US Senate and follows the unreported 2004 disappearance of a woman on an Alaskan cruise.The disappearance of Kendall Carver’s daughter was not reported by the cruise company until it was contacted by the FBI five weeks later.Mr Carver founded the International Cruise Victims Association following his daughter’s disappearance and has since campaigned against what he sees as the refusal of cruise liners to investigate onboard crimes, and is hopeful the new laws will find their way to Australia too.But for now the laws will only apply to US citizens on cruises that leave from or arrive in the US, he said.For Mr Brimble, it’s clear that the Federal Government needs to follow the US and ensure the protection of cruise ship passengers.”As soon as an Australian boards a cruise ship here in Australia the laws become very murky and the legislation that is enforced is completely different,” he said during an interview with the ABC.”So safety and security starts to become questionable.”Carnival Australia, which runs P&O cruises, introduced new protocols for the reporting of onboard crimes following MS Brimble’s death, calling it a wake-up call for the industry, but Mr Brimble wants more to be done.”I have taken a proposal to the cruise companies here in Australia that said that a measure could be implemented to put an independent body on board a ship that could report back to a federal authority,” he said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Flast_img read more

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