Gift of the Givers en route to Gaza

first_img27 August 2014South African humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers is en route to Gaza with 16 tons of emergency medical supplies valued at R15-million.The organisation was last week granted entry into Gaza with medical teams, equipment and ambulances.According to Gift of the Givers founder and director Imtiaz Sooliman, the medical teams departed Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday night to Egypt, where they will connect to Gaza.“Items donated by American NGOs to Gift of the Givers will also be released from Cairo customs into our possession [on Wednesday]. The team will enter Rafah in the afternoon and the supplies will follow a day later,” Sooliman said.Sooliman thanked the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for securing permission from the Egyptian government for Gift of the Givers teams and supplies to cross the Rafah border into Gaza.Gift of the Givers has delivered R4-million worth of supplies inside Gaza since 8 July.The United Nation estimates that the latest wave of violence, which began eight weeks ago, has killed 2 101 Palestinians and 67 Israelis, in addition to forcing 475 000 Palestinians to seek refuge at UN facilities inside Gaza.Ceasefire for GazaOn Tuesday, an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices, came into effect. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement, which he hopes will lead to a political process aimed at achieving a durable peace.“A brighter future for Gaza and for Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire. It is up to the parties to live up to this responsibility,” a UN statement read. “After 50 days of profound human suffering and devastating physical destruction, any violations of the ceasefire would be utterly irresponsible.”Ban noted that any peace effort that did not tackle the root causes of the crisis would do little more than set the stage for the next cycle of violence. He called for, among others, an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the addressing of Israel’s legitimate security concerns.The secretary-general said the two-State solution was the only viable option. Ban urged both parties to return to meaningful negotiations towards a final status agreement that addressed all core issues and ended the 47-year occupation.Source: read more

Ohio FFA Alumni Association and Miami County Farm Bureau hosting agriculture-leadership event Feb. 10

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio FFA Alumni Association, along with the Miami County Farm Bureau, will host a community, agriculture-leadership event Feb. 10 at Hobart Arena in Troy.Along with FFA members, alumni and advisers, Farm Bureau members, 4-H, young farmers and Grange members are all invited to attend.Featured speakers will include: Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Farm Brothers; Sydney Snider, past Ohio and National FFA officer; Hannah (Crossen) Everetts, past Ohio and National FFA officer and current agriculture educator, and several other past Ohio FFA officers.On the day of the event, a light breakfast will be offered during registration from 8-9 a.m. At 9 a.m., the Ohio FFA Alumni will conduct a business and awards meeting. Lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m.Peterson Farm Brothers will perform at 6 p.m. These three Kansas farm brothers, along with their family, have been telling the story of American agriculture through various workshops and parody music videos.All-day tickets include: breakfast refreshment, meeting, workshops, lunch, and evening concert. Children 6 years of age and younger are free). Hobarts will offer concessions during concert only, not included in all-day price.All-day adults, 22 and up, are $35. Concert-only tickets for adults are $15.All-day youth, 21 and younger, as well as advisers and key leaders are $15. Youth, adviser and key leader tickets for the concert only are $10.Tickets are on sale through the Hobart Arena box office and are available by visiting, click “NEWS” to find the link.last_img read more

La Salle outlasts FEU in five; surprising Adamson downs UP

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle’s championship poise again came in full show. —AUGUST DELA CRUZLa Salle coach Ramil De Jesus didn’t like how his Lady Spikers let the game almost slip.But then again, De Jesus thought it might be the kind of match the defending champions needed.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Lady Falcons soared to their second straight win for a 2-1 card, already eclipsing their one-win total from Season 79, while the Lady Maroons slipped to their second straight loss and a 1-2 record.“It feels good, because last year was really tough for us and only winning one game it was hard so getting our second win, we’ve already our record and it feels good,” said Adamson coach Air Padda. “It shows that there’s been growth in the program and our team is not a pushover from last year.”With the Lady Falcons up two sets to none and holding a 23-18 lead in the third, Diana Carlos managed to score two straight points to cut the margin to three, 23-20, and give UP a semblance of fight.Carlos’ back-to-back hits prompted Padda to call time, and Jema Galanza calmed her mentor down with a pinpoint kill that went through UP’s defense and put the Lady Falcons at the 24-20 match point.UP’s Marian Buitre then gave Adamson the win when she failed to get the ball over from her side of the floor.Adamson had eight service aces in the first set alone. After trading blows with FEU for a 5-5 tie in the fifth set, the Lady Spikers turned up the heat and went on a 10-2 run to end the match with Michelle Cobb connecting with Desiree Cheng for the sharp kill.La Salle’s first semblance of disparity in the fifth set was its 12-6 lead when Aduke Ogunsanya brushed off Jeanette Villareal’s attempt.La Salle already had a 24-22 advantage in the third set and needed just one point to finish off FEU. But Kianna Dy’s first attempt to end the match went out of bounds.Dy’s second attempt got blocked and Villareal denied Ogunsanya that gave FEU the 25-24 lead before Bernadeth Pons calmly scored the Lady Tamaraws’ 26th point of the third set.Adamson, though, wasted no time and stunned University of the Philippines, 25-9, 27-25, 25-20, in the other game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Awaiting Pacquiao’s ring return La Salle survived Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7, to streak to its third straight win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“I always tell the team that even though they got the first two sets, we will lag behind in the third set,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “It’s fairly easy to score the first 24 points, but it’s very difficult to get that last one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“These five-set matches are good because we can already see what needs to be fixed and it’s really a test for the team’s character.”The Lady Spikers, who tied National University on top at 3-0, sent the Lady Tamaraws skidding to their second straight loss after an opening-day win. View commentslast_img read more

NADA to ask London dope control team to test Indian athletes

first_imgIn order to avoid a repeat of Monika Devi doping scandal-like incident before the Olympics, the National Anti-Doping Agency has tested the urine samples of all the athletes except for a few who have been based abroad for training, its Director General said on Wednesday.NADA Director General Mukul Chatterjee said on Wednesday that all the Indian athletes, except for a few who have been based in foreign countries for training, have undergone mandatory dope testing.He said those athletes who have been based in foreign countries for training for some time would be tested by the Olympic Doping Control Team when they checked in at the Games Village in London.”It’s mandatory that all the athletes will have to be tested three months prior to any mega event. That we have done for all the athletes except for a few who have been based in foreign countries for training like Vikas Gowda and Om Prakash Karhana,” Chatterjee, who took charge recently, said.”The Doping Control Team under the London Games Organising Committee has the authority to do the dope testing.So we have requested the LOGOC to ask the doping control team to test the Indian athletes, who have not been tested by the NADA, when they checked in at the Games Village,” he said.”These are out-of-competition tests. They will also undergo the in-competition tests to be done by the doping control team during the Games,” he added.Gowda is based in the United States while Om Prakash has been training in Hungary for the last two years.advertisementWeightlifter Monika Devi was caught for doping just hours before she was to board the flight for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.Her ‘B’ sample, which was tested in a Tokyo laboratory on the recommendations of T.S. Krishnamurthy Commission which probed into the doping scandal, had also returned positive for banned drugs.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Hard to say Etienne Sabinos not my favorite player

As a product of Miami, Fla., linebacker Etienne Sabino said he was not familiar with Ohio State. Now in his redshirt senior season, Sabino is starting for the Buckeyes. He’s one of first-year coach Urban Meyer’s favorite players. In OSU’s 17-16 victory against Michigan State on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., Meyer said Sabino had “a hell of a game.” Sabino, who recorded eight total tackles, one pass breakup, two quarterback hurries, one tackle for loss, and one sack against the Spartans, was named defensive player of the game by Meyer during the coach’s weekly Monday press conference. Meyer wasn’t the only one who took note of the captain’s play. “(Sabino) played exceptionally well to me. He made a lot of good plays,” said redshirt junior defensive back Corey Brown. Notably, the linebacker’s sack came at the end of the third quarter and during a crucial time in the game. After the Buckeyes’ offense scored a touchdown to take a 17-13 lead against MSU, it seemed that OSU had not only seized the game’s lead, but also its momentum. Looking to respond, the Spartans returned the ensuing kickoff to their 31-yard line and drove the ball to the 50-yard line. The Spartans offense stalled, though after an incomplete pass from redshirt junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell and short run by junior running back Le`Veon Bell. Facing a 3rd-and-7, Maxwell dropped back to pass before Sabino burst into the backfield and brought down the Spartan quarterback for a 7-yard loss. The play forced MSU to punt and kept the momentum on the side of the Buckeyes. “I just want to give all the credit to the people around me,” Sabino said. “I think our defensive line did a great job making my job easy and the back end did a great job covering allowing us to get pressure. I think it was a good defensive effort.” Meyer said he’s not only impressed with Sabino’s play, but also said he has a different relationship with him compared to other players. “It’s hard for me to say he’s not my favorite player on this team,” Meyer said. “I have conversations with him like I would a coach. I listen to him. I usually don’t listen a lot, and then I listen to him.” Sabino said his relationship with and respect for Meyer helps him be honest with the former Florida Gators coach. “The thing with coach Meyer is honesty … I keep it real with him, he keeps it real with me,” Sabino said. “So I think he respects that and we have that respect for each other.” The Florida native, however, has experienced ups and downs during his career since coming to Columbus in 2008. Sabino arrived with high expectations as the No. 1-overall high school inside linebacker in the country, according to’s recruiting rankings. But during his freshman and sophomore years, he never started a game and only made six tackles and one sack. In 2010, he sat out for the season and redshirted after losing a position battle to former OSU linebacker Andrew Sweat. Last season, though, Sabino saw time in all 13 of the Buckeyes’ games, collecting 62 total tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for loss. Sabino only started five times for the Buckeyes last year. But this year might be a different story as Sabino has started in all five of OSU’s games under Meyer. “He hasn’t played a lot. I didn’t realize that until I went back and did a study on it,” Meyer said. “He’s been a classic underachiever. Now he’s a leader. He’s a grown man,” As of the Buckeyes’ game against the Spartans, Sabino is second on the team in tackles with 36 total stops and has amassed two sacks, two tackles for loss, one interception and one forced fumble. “Sometimes things don’t pan out as fast as you want them to happen, but it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. So that’s my motto,” Sabino said.


first_imgSeptember 21, 2009 SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING Five students and two professors from Drexel University visited Arcosanti to prepare research materials for a class to be taught at Drexel this fall, entitled “Sustainable Water Resource Engineering”. The class, comprised of over 20 graduate and undergraduate students, will use Arcosanti as a case study and prepare design alternatives for “Critical Mass Arcosanti’, a population of approximately 500 people. Drexel University, located in Philadelphia, formed a new interdepartmental program, Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative (DECI) (, with a focus on “the engineering of cities, policy development, and the creation of environmentally sustainable urban habitats that function for people and society.” [Photo from left clockwise] Dr. Franco Montalto, Nicholas Kuzmyak, Chad Carreras, Dr. Eugenia Ellis, Kimberly DiGiovanni, Mengling Shen, and Alisha Goldstein. [photo: Anna Tran & text: Scott Riley] The students studied many aspects of our water system, and attended presentations from Foundation staff. Cliff Hersted presented materials on water rights and the Agua Fria Watershed, Tomiaki Tamura discussed the Lean Alternative, Kim Young Soo presented the 3D site plan and renderings, and Scott Riley provided information on wells, the water distribution system, and Arcosanti water use. Several Arcosanti residents and workshoppers attended three evenings of activities: two lectures provided by Drexel professors Franco Montalto and Eugenia Ellis, and a Town Hall on Water Use. The Cosanti Foundation and Arcosanti residents will continue to work with Drexel staff and students throughout the 11-week class. Anyone interested in further information is welcome to contact Scott Riley at Dr. Franco Montalto: Five students enrolled in this term’s Sustainable Water Resource Engineering class travelled this September for a one week field visit to Arcosanti, an experimental city located in the desert, one hour north of Phoenix, Arizona. The city, with population of just under 100, was designed by Architect Paolo Soleri in the 1970’s to test out his theory of Arcology – an integration of ecology into architecture. Soleri’s goal was that the city expand to house 5000 people, yet achieving that goal has proven to be a challenge. One of the major constraints has been water availability which, in the US Southwest, is constrained by precipitation variability, climate change, population growth, and a legacy of water rights regulations, not all of which have been fully adjudicated. Students in this fall’s Sustainable Water Resource Engineering class will explore these issues and propose design strategies for Arcosanti at population 500 (known by Paolo Soleri as Critical Mass). The course, co-taught by Dr. Franco Montalto and Dr. Eugenia Ellis, will feature readings and discussions addressing various components of the contemporary global water crisis (water wars, water privatization, climate adaptation, urban water challenges, etc.) The design project will become the forum for students to articulate a practical response to the question: “How can engineers integrate lessons from around the world into their everyday work, and to the technical solutions they propose?” [photo: Anna Tran & text: Scott Riley, Dr. Franco Montalto]last_img read more

Iden colleagues reveal Action Plan with focus on Michigans economy job growth

first_img Categories: Iden News 05Feb Iden, colleagues reveal ‘Action Plan’ with focus on Michigan’s economy, job growth State Rep. Brandt Iden joined his colleagues today in announcing key initiatives for the upcoming legislative session.House Republican lawmakers outlined their top priorities as the new legislative session gets under way. Iden said a continued focus on fostering job growth and creating a good environment for entrepreneurs will create a stronger economy for Michigan.“Michigan’s economy has vastly improved over the last four years under Republican leadership.  I look forward to working with my colleagues as we keep our collective foot on the gas to keep Michigan moving forward,” said Iden, R-Oshtemo. “Creating an environment which allows for greater innovation as well as providing more access to the necessary training to fill positions in the skilled trades will put more people back to work and offer greater opportunities for future generations.”The GOP’s Action Plan for the new legislative session can be viewed at read more

Netflixs international subscriber base is expecte

first_imgNetflix’s international subscriber base is expected to grow by almost 10 million in 2015 to reach 26.36 million by the end of the year, according to Digital TV Research.According to Digital TV Research’s Global OTT TV & Video Forecasts, Netflix will have 69.9 million subscribers globally by December 31, up 28% year-on-year. International subscribers are expected to account for 9.58 million of these, up 57% year-on-year. Digital TV Research expects the UK to be the biggest international territory, with 4.942 million subscribers, followed by Canada with 3.95 million and Brazil with 3.338 million.Other European territories are experiencing mixed rates of growth. After the UK, the Netherlands will remain the SVoD provider’s leading European market, with 1.6 million subscribers, followed by Sweden with 1.463 million customers.Germany and France will trail behind the leaders somewhat, with 1.208 million and 1.15 million subscribers respectively, according to Digital TV Research. Recent European launch market Spain is expected to contribute 150,000 customers to the total.last_img read more

Bitstamp Expected to Resume Trading Within Hours

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Bitstamp Expected to Resume Trading Within Hours Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Reuters Bitstamp, one of the largest exchanges for the digital bitcoin currency, said on Wednesday it expected to resume trading within 24 hours after suspending operations because of a security breach on Sunday.Customers would not lose money because of the breach and security would be increased, said Damijan Merlak, one of Bitstamp’s two Slovenian founders.Bitstamp had suspended its service after the breach resulted in the loss of around 19,000 bitcoins with a value of some $5 million.”Trading will resume as soon as the new infrastructure will be in place and tested. We expect that is likely to happen within the next 24 hours,” Merlak told Reuters in an emailed message on Wednesday.”In the future we will strengthen security measures while the most important thing for clients is that they will suffer no financial damage as that will be covered by our company,” Merlak added.He gave no further details of the problem.Last February, Bitstamp claimed that developers had come up with a solution to thwart cyber attacks against its platform after Mt. Gox, once the world’s biggest bitcoin exchanges, lost an estimated $650 million worth of the virtual currency when its computer system was hacked.The Bitstamp breach represented a small fraction of its total bitcoin reserve and the majority was held in secure offline systems, the Slovenia-based firm posted on its website on Tuesday.Bitstamp had said it believed one of its wallets, which store the digital credentials for a customer’s bitcoin holdings, had been compromised.It had notified all customers after learning of the breach, requesting them not to make any deposits to previously issued bitcoin deposit addresses.Bitcoin, the best-known virtual currency, started circulating in 2009. Unlike conventional money, bitcoin is generated by computers and is independent of control or backing by any government.A bitcoin is currently worth $276.80 BTC=BTSP.Merlak is one of two Slovenians who founded Bitstamp in 2011. The company has made its two founders millionaires, according to the Slovenian media.(Reporting By Marja Novak; editing by Keith Weir) Next Article Bitstamp Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » 2 min read January 7, 2015 –shareslast_img read more

RIP to the VCR

first_img Editorial Director Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Dan Bova Image credit: Ian Waldie | Getty Images July 21, 2016 R.I.P. to the VCR Entrepreneur Staff Innovation –shares 4 min read Nietzsche wrote, “God is dead.” Whether or not you agree with the cheerful German, there is another powerful three-letter entity that no one can deny has met its maker: the VCR.Japanese consumer electronics company Funai Electric, the last remaining manufacturer of VCRs, announced that by August they will permanently shut down their production lines. Never again will a blinking—12:00! 12:00! 12:00!—clock need to be set. Never again will a tracking wheel be fiddled with to stop static from messing up an already pretty terrible picture. Never again will we blow into a machine with the hope that it might make the aforementioned terrible picture .00002% less terrible.Does it make anyone else feel really old that an innovation that was developed during our lifetime has unequivocally been declared obsolete?Related: 6 Pieces of Old Tech that Sold for Big Bucks at AuctionNow I know that VCRs are hardly the only innovation that has come and gone (New Coke, we hardly knew ye), but this one hit me particularly hard because of just how big a deal VCRs were when they first came out. I wanted a VCR so badly and had to wait forever to get one. This is mostly because my parents are mean and horrible people. (Okay, fine, I guess it’s because they were selfishly spending their money on things like food and shelter for me and my brother, but still, we were the last ones on our block guys!)VCR technology existed since the 1950s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that the machines became affordable to regular folk. When I first learned of their power, my little legs buckled contemplating the new world that was about to open up for me: So even though we are stuck in traffic coming home from grandma’s house, this thing will allow me to watch the new episode of Family Ties and not wait 8 months for the re-run? And hold on, I can watch movies in my house? Over and over again? And I can watch R-rated ones without having to sneak past an usher? And even though my parents won’t let me stay up late enough to watch the mini-series V, I can “tape it” and watch the baby get born with a lizard tongue tomorrow morning during breakfast?All the answers were yes. What a time to be alive.Related: I Call B.S. on this Motivational PosterIt’s amazing, in retrospect, how convenient it seemed to be able to get movies from Blockbuster Video. Today I get annoyed scrolling through Netflix and Hulu searching for “something good,” and I don’t even have to be wearing pants while I do it. In the VCR times, you had to drive to a store (wearing pants) with the full knowledge that there was a 99% chance that the movie you wanted to rent wouldn’t be there. And you were fine with that! Conan the Barbarian is out? Fine, I’ll try whatever the hell Time Bandits is. Who cares? It’s a movie in my house!Related: 5 Old Technologies that are Still ThrivingI know that Blockbuster has been gone for some time, but it does seem sad that the phrase “Be kind and rewind” will officially go the way of the Mayan calendar. I asked my 9-year-son Gus if he even knew what the phrase meant.“Um, if you’re already being mean, start being nice?”No Gus, that isn’t the answer, but given our current domestic and global politic climate, not the worst advice.So here’s to you, VCR. You gave me so much and asked for so little. All you needed was someone to set your clock and to blow on your heads every once in a while to clear away the dust. Enjoy your cloud in innovation heaven. Tell Discman we say hello.  Add to Queue Next Article Register Now »last_img read more