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Stars To Attend The Coach Woodson Invitational Gala

first_imgThe 3rd annual Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational, the ultimate luxury weekend and kick off to NBA Summer League, hosted by Assistant Clippers Coach Michael Woodson, will take place July 8-11, 2016 in Las Vegas.On Sunday, July 10, The Woodson Gala & Red Carpet will be hosted at 1 OAK, an exclusive Las Vegas hotspot located in The Mirage Hotel and Casino, with a special performance by Grammy-winning recording artist Mya Harrison.ESPN SportsCenter Anchor, Jay Harris and Professional Golfer and Fashion Designer, Seema Sadekar, will co-host the star-studded evening that will feature celebrity announcements, signature cocktails, and surprise guests along with a performance by Mya, in support of Coach Woodson and Nations of Coaches, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing coaches together through guidance and knowledge.“1 OAK Las Vegas is excited to host the The Woodson Gala Red Carpet & Celebrity Pairings Party. 1 OAK is a proud supporter of Coach Woodson and his charity, Nations of Coaches, we are thrilled to be a part of this special weekend,” said Matt Salazar, Marketing Director for 1 OAK.The event will welcome Actor, Anthony Anderson, 2016 NBA Championship Team Head Coach Tyronn Lue, R&B Recording Legend, Jeffrey Osbourne, father and son NBA stars former and current NBA players Gerald Henderson Sr. and Gerald Henderson Jr., Actor and Comedian, Chris Tucker, NBA Star, JR Smith, NBA Legends, Larry Johnson, John Starks, Baron Davis, Eddie Johnson, Clippers Assistant Coaches Armond Hill and Sam Cassell, MLB Star and Legend, David Justice, Former Lakers Head Coach, Byron Scott, Boxing Champion, Winky Wright, Sportscaster Mike Hill, Political Personality, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth and music icons Tony Cornelius, Eddie Levert, Jeffrey Osborne and actors: Cedric the Entertainer, Boris Kodjoe, Alan Thicke and many more.“A well worth journey from Australia to attend Coach Woodson’s event, I’m able to showcase the Steigen brand and make new friendships. It is so great to be back and share this experience with my clients, we are a part of something very interactive for an international sports brand,” said Louis Rowan, President & CEO of Steigen Brand, The Official Sock and Hat Partner of 2016 The Woodson Invitational.Sponsors of the Woodson Gala include The Mirage, Cox Communications,, MGM Resorts, Zacapa Rum, Steigen, The LA Clippers, Corona, Monster Cables, Perrier, Avion Tequila, Luc Belaire, Reflection Bay, 1 OAK, Active Dreamers and IMPACT Basketball.“The Coach Woodson Invitational is redefining how golf tournaments are played by merging golf, music, celebration, entertainment, fashion and lifestyle,” said Nisha Sadekar, Event Producer at PGD Global. “We are always trying to find creative ways to introduce people to the game of golf and all that it has to offer; and this event does that in a really fabulous way.”The four-day event will include an educational basketball youth clinic at Impact Basketball on Friday, July 8, that will host junior participants for a hands-on coaching experience from the accomplished Woodson. On Saturday, July 9, Woodson will welcome coaches from all over the nation to the Woodson Coaches Forum providing professional development and training discussions around coaching, strategy and mentorship. Sunday, July 10 will include a Gifting Suite, Practice Rounds, FENDI Fashion Experience featuring Kiwi Plum swimwear and Caviar Blu jewelry. The evening sets up for the highly anticipated and star-studded Woodson Gala, Red Carpet & Celebrity Pairings Party. On Monday, July 11 Reflection Bay Golf Club hosts The Woodson Invitational Golf Tournament, it will feature a Day Lounge presented by Corona in the Clubhouse and will host a special Women’s Experience at Lake Las Vegas, hosted by Terri Woodson, wife of Mike Woodson.Select VIP Packages are still available and can be tailored to include golf, hospitality, and invitations to the private parties and the gala at 1 OAK. For information on VIP experiences call Play Golf Designs Inc.: 310.926.4075. For more information, click here.last_img read more

Barry Avrich donates his film collection to Ryerson

first_imgAdvertisement “My hope is that this collection will be used by students and researchers across campus for many years to come.”The collection will be managed, studied and used for research purposes by faculty and students across the university, a Ryerson news release said.“This is a priceless collection for us, consisting of contemporary Canadian films and materials that can be used in all aspects of student work and research,” said Charles Falzon, dean of Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication and Design.BY PETER HOWELL – TORONTO STAR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Toronto filmmaker Barry Avrich is giving his moguls and Shakespeares to Ryerson University.Avrich, an award-winning documentarian who produced Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards broadcast, has donated the original masters of his films, plus thousands of hours of interview footage and related archival materials, to Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design.The Barry Avrich Collection includes his Moguls Series: films on such powerful and influential showbiz players as Lew Wasserman (The Last Mogul), Harvey Weinstein (Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project) and Bob Guccione (Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story) that have been a cornerstone of Avrich’s 21-year moviemaking career.center_img Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Avrich has also directed many film productions of Stratford Festival stage performances of Shakespeare classics, among them The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night and Love’s Labour’s Lost.“I came to Ryerson as a student from Montreal and it was here that I picked up my first film camera. Today, Ryerson is home to some of Canada’s leading programs in film and photography preservation, documentary media and media production, “ said Avrich, who holds the title of distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson.last_img read more

Manufacturers relieved dairy farmers angry in wake of NAFTA replacement deal

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s automakers appear to be the big winners from a renegotiated trade pact between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, while steel and aluminum makers and dairy producers have less to celebrate.The breakthrough deal reached Sunday night, that U.S. President Donald Trump said he plans to call the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, exempts a percentage of eligible auto exports from tariffs, one of the biggest wins in the new deal, said David Adams, president of Global Automakers of Canada.“One of the largest things is just having certainty now in terms of what the trading relationship is, and what the business environment is going to be going forward. Because business desperately needs certainty and uncertainty is anathema to getting things done.”The new deal makes enough Canadian auto exports tariff-free to be a de facto exemption, and gives hopes that metal tariffs could be reversed, said Frederic Bastien, an analyst at Raymond James in a note.“This a victory for Canada because that amount is actually well above what we currently send south of the border. That gives us confidence a side deal on Canadian steel and aluminum can also be reached before the new NAFTA is ratified.”The terms reached between the U.S. and Mexico on higher wage thresholds will also be positive for Canadian producers, said Unifor president Jerry Dias, who welcomed the deal.“The threat of capricious auto tariffs has been lifted, stabilizing future investment” said Dias in a statement.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a press conference that the auto sector was a key priority in negotiations.“Protecting our auto industry was one of the core concerns that Canadians had about getting to a deal, and we’re glad to say that we have significant protections.”Steel and aluminum producers, however, came away disappointed with no deal in place to lift the tariffs the U.S. imposed on their products at the end of May.“Certainly disappointed because they didn’t agree on a solution on the 232 sanctions regarding aluminum and steel,” said Jean Simard, CEO of the Aluminium Association of Canada.United Steelworkers Canadian director Ken Neumann was more direct, saying Canada “sold out” steel and aluminum workers by not getting the 25 per cent steel tariffs and 10 per cent aluminum tariffs removed.“It appears Canadian steel and aluminum workers are among those being sacrificed in the concessions made by the Liberal government in this deal,” he said in a statement.Most critical of the deal was the dairy industry, which railed against expanded U.S. access to the domestic dairy market and the elimination of competitive dairy classes.Bruno Letendre, head of the association that represents Quebec’s milk producers, said the concessions are the equivalent of 13 days fewer production for his members.“We’ve been sacrificed,” he said in an interview. “There’s no doubt about that. Supply management has been sacrificed.”The measures will have a “dramatic impact” on dairy farmers and cause the industry to shrink, said Pierre Lampron, president of Dairy Farmers Canada, in a statement.Ontario and Quebec premiers criticized the dairy concessions as a bad deal for farmers, though Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said at a press conference Monday that they would be made whole.“Our supply managed producers will be fully compensated, because that is the fair thing to do,” she said without providing details on planned compensation.For the general manufacturing sector, the sentiment is one of relief, said Dennis Darby, president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.“It removes that uncertainty that was hanging over the sector, in terms of our access to this North American market, in terms of the rules related to our integrated North American supply chain.”He said he hopes the aluminum and steel tariffs can be resolved shortly, but that the manufacturing industry didn’t lose anything in the new deal.“At a minimum we haven’t lost any ground. Versus a very unpredictable and protectionist U.S. administration, I think Canada did as well as it could.”Markets took the news of the deal in stride, with the S&P/TSX composite index closing 0.2 per cent higher while the loonie posted an average gain of 0.86 of a US cent than Friday.“The markets are reacting positively and with relief but they’re certainly not euphoric by any means. They’re happy but not delighted,” said Doug Porter, chief economist at the Bank of Montreal.The new trade pact is significantly better than an all-out trade war, but won’t be a game changer for Canadian growth, said CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld.“For the most part, this was a defensive deal for Canada,” he said in an interview.“We had a NAFTA deal that was working reasonably well so we will call it a win because we were able to retain the key parts of the existing NAFTA deal in terms of our access to the U.S. market.”The lifted uncertainty could be enough to prompt more business investment, said RBC senior economist Nathan Janzen in a note.“While it’s possible to conclude that the deal consists largely of tweaks to the old agreement, we believe reduced uncertainty about the U.S.-Canada trade relationship could prompt businesses to put more investment dollars to work and will support exports.”— With files from Linda Nguyenlast_img read more

Inauguration of New MoroccanBrazilian Center for Bilateral Ties

Sao Paulo – The Moroccan-Brazilian Center (CMB) for trade, tourist, cultural and sports services, set up in 2014 in Sao Paulo by an elite of Moroccans living in Brazil, is a body meant to promote bilateral relations in different areas.The CMB seeks to establish partnerships between trade, tourist, cultural and sports bodies to reinforce inter-cultural and inter-civilizational coexistence through the organization of Moroccan cultural events in Brazil and similar Brazilian events in Morocco, in addition to tourist trips in the two countries.Relations between Morocco and Brazil have witnessed in recent years a great impetus and momentum, especially after the visit of King Mohammed VI to this country in 2004, as part of a royal tour in Latin America, CMB president Ahmed Safiani told MAP. The Royal visit, which helped further strengthen cooperation between the two countries in all fields, encouraged a group of Moroccans living in Brazil, including businessmen, teachers and engineers, to think about the creation of a multi-purpose center and give concrete substance to the idea, he said. read more

Trump says he plans to keep criticizing Fed over rates

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he has no intention of ending his public attacks on the Federal Reserve’s interest rate policies even though he knows he has made Chairman Jerome Powell’s job more difficult.Trump tells ABC News that he thinks economic growth and stock market indexes would be substantially higher if the chairman “wouldn’t have raised interest rates so much.” The Fed raised rates four times last year. But Powell has signalled that the Fed is prepared to cut rates should it decide that Trump’s trade war with China threatened the economic expansion.The Fed has long sought to operate free of political influence to maintain credibility as the world’s leading central bank. Powell, whom Trump elevated to chairman, has said before that he wouldn’t resign despite pressure from Trump.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

Despite rumours UN agency sees no big rise in crossings from Chechnya

Speaking to reporters today in Geneva, UNHCR spokesman Rupert Coleville said only around 170 people had arrived from 7 to 9 July. “On Thursday last week, some 750 people – most of them men – crossed into Ingushetia,” the spokesman said. “Since then, however, movements into Ingushetia have not been out of the ordinary, with smaller numbers of people crossing each day.” According to UNHCR, rumours of upwards of 20,000 people potentially headed to Ingushetia were cited following reported “mop up” operations by Russian federal forces in the area, and the subsequent resignation of local administration heads of Sernovodsk and Assinovskaya.The UN agency has contingency provisions in place, should there be a larger influx, with tents and other supplies in stock in Ingushetia. There are currently over 150,000 displaced persons from Chechnya in Ingushetia, of which some 70 per cent are staying with host families, and the rest in tent camps or other settlements. read more

Central African Republic ICC Prosecutor warns against electionrelated violence atrocity crimes

The polls are set to open on 27 December for the people of CAR to elect a President and representatives of the National Assembly. This follows the Constitutional referendum held earlier this month and is part of the ongoing process to complete the transition in the country after more than two years of fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups.In a statement issued today, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda noted that the Constitutional referendum had benefited from strong participation despite a volatile security situation.At the same time, she “observed with concern reported incidents of violence and threats in an effort to intimidate and obstruct people from voting,” adding that such violence may lead to crimes falling under the jurisdiction of the ICC, and must stop.“I want to be clear: my Office will continue to closely follow developments in CAR in the coming period and record any instance of violence or incitement to violence. Those who incite or commit atrocity crimes will be held accountable either by the relevant national authorities in CAR or at the ICC,” she stated.In September 2014, following a referral by the CAR authorities, Ms. Bensouda announced her Office’s second investigation into crimes committed in the country. “This investigation is ongoing; my Office continues to collect evidence, with a view to requesting warrants of arrest as soon as possible against those responsible for grave crimes committed since 1 August 2012, with no end date,” she said. “The process of gathering evidence against any person who incites or engages in acts of mass violence before, during and after the elections is continuing. Such acts are serious crimes, which the ICC has jurisdiction to deal with.”In addition to the two investigations related to the situation in CAR, the Court, which is based in The Hague, is also looking into the situations in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Darfur region of Sudan, Kenya, Libya, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. read more

Bucs QB Winston reaches settlement in 2016 accusation

PHOENIX — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is in the process of settling a lawsuit filed by a female Uber driver in Arizona who accused him of sexual assault.Documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix state that a settlement agreement should be finalized in 10 days. Details weren’t disclosed.The woman sued Winston in September and had been seeking $75,000 in damages.She alleged Winston grabbed her crotch while they were waiting in the drive-thru of a Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale in March 2016.Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner while at Florida State, was in Arizona for a charity event at the time.After an eight-month investigation into the incident, the NFL in June suspended Winston for three games for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press read more

Crunch Time Of The NFL Season Is Right Now

In the NFL, every single game is important. Each one represents more than 6 percent of a team’s season, and one win is often the difference between making the playoffs and not, between getting a bye and playing on wild-card weekend, or between playing at home and playing on the road. But even within the every-game-matters paradigm, the first weeks of the NFL season are special.For us fans, early-season games set the agenda. They reveal surprises, like the 1999 Rams, who — starting an Arena league quarterback and coming off a four-win season — won their first three games with a combined score of 100-27 (including a 35-7 romp over the Atlanta Falcons). It would be weeks before people really started taking the team seriously, but if the Rams had started 0-3, they could have been safely written off. Early-season games also reveal busts, like the 1999 Atlanta Falcons, who — coming off a 14-2 season — lost their first three games by a combined score of 76-28.In other words, these games are doubly important because they reveal both who won and who is likely to win going forward. This new information can supplement — and often supercede — a whole offseason of analysis. Yes, we have considered opinions about who’s strong and who isn’t, who did well in free agency or poorly in the draft, but outside of a small number of sure things, predicting which teams will rise or fall from year to year can be nigh impossible. Of course, we do our best.But for the moment, let’s simplify and pretend we don’t know anything except the results right in front of us. How much is a win worth?Late in the season, a win is worth close to face value. Each win is worth 0.5 wins above random expectation. For example, if your team is 7-7 going into the last two weeks, you’re expected to win 8 games. If you win in Week 15, you’ll be expected win 8.5, and if you lose, you’ll be expected to win 7.5.But in the beginning of the season, wins give you one mark in the win column, while also indicating that you’re more likely than average to win going forward. To see this, let’s start with the expected fortune of any generic team with any given record. In the chart below, match up wins and losses along the axes to find the average number of wins that teams with that record have finished with since 1995: Now, one win being the equivalent of two wins may not sound like much, but again, one win in the NFL can make a huge difference. Thus, unsurprisingly, early-season results have serious playoff implications: The first two weeks of the season alone mark the difference between having a 61 percent chance of making the playoffs (for a 2-0 squad) and a 10 percent chance (for 0-2).Indeed, early-season wins are so important that these games are nearly comparable in leverage to late-season games by playoff contenders: Since 1995, teams who win their opening game have averaged around 9.1 wins, while teams losing their opener average 6.9. So the information a win conveys makes it worth more than double its face value.If you combine how much wins and losses tell us about every team, Week 1 is the most informative of the season, followed closely by Week 2, then big dropoffs in Weeks 3 and 4. While only 16 games are played in Week 1, we get nearly 70 wins and losses worth of information out of them: (Incidentally, I keep a copy of this chart on my desk for quick reference, so every time a commentator says something like a 6-2 team is “on pace” to win 12 games, I can say, “Nuh-uh, they’re on pace to win 10.8.”)Using the above chart, we can easily compare wins and losses for a given record and see which games convey the most about a team’s eventual win tally. You’ll never guess: And when you consider that every team in the league starts and 0-0 before Week 1 and enters Week 2 at 1-0 or 0-1, but only a few teams will be sitting at 9-6 in Week 17, the changes to teams’ playoff fates that take place in these first few weeks really start adding up.For example, teams that win their opening game have made the playoffs 51 percent of the time, while teams who lose their first game have made it only 25 percent of the time. That 26 percent difference isn’t quite as high as the difference for a team that’s 7-6 (for whom each game carries a 29 percent difference), but on the other hand, every single team goes through that 25 percent difference-maker in Week 1, while relatively few will see that 29 percent game in Week 16.If you combine how much we learn about playoff chances from week to week (as we did above for wins), you find that the first two weeks are by far the most significant of the regular season: Each of the first two weeks tells us roughly as much about who will or won’t make the playoffs as four win-or-go-home games, which would decide eight teams’ fates. So it’s almost as if the season starts off with two rounds of playoffs — except that all the excitement is spread thin across the entire league.Now, I know you’re a smart readership, so you’re probably thinking this is all just a bit too clever, because we have reams of knowledge about these teams already, so to some extent this “information” value is going to reflect stuff that we already know.So give yourself a pat on the back, you’re right. But you’re also pretty much wrong. Much of what you think you know, you don’t know. And much of what you know is just a different baseline. Even for very strong and very weak teams (such as those with 12+ wins or losses the year before), the outsized leverage of first weeks of the season has been borne out.When it comes to the NFL, there isn’t much signal and there’s a ton of noise (hi, boss!). But while individual wins and losses in September may not seem like the clearest signals you’ll ever hear, they’re deceptively strong, and they’re coming at you from 32 directions. So listen carefully. read more

AntiMuslim Irish voice page to be reported to Gardaí Facebook

first_imgTHE IMMIGRANT COUNCIL of Ireland has said it will be reporting a Facebook page containing anti-Muslim messages to both the social media company and gardaí.The ‘Irish voice’ (sic) page has been in existence since November last year, amassing 991 ‘likes’ in the last two months.Several anti-Muslim messages have been posted in just the last 24 hours, including an image of women wearing burqas with the heading “CHECK OUT THE FUTURE IRISH SCHOOL UNIFORM”.In a long post placed earlier today, an administrator of the page took issue with “stupid people” who had complained that only comments in English or Irish were being allowed.The rambling message ended with this sentence:The future of this country is in your hands and unless you act then your children may as well start speaking Indian or Chinese basically anything but English and Irish.A spokesperson for the Immigrant Council told that the underlying tone of the page was “deeply worrying” and said the group would be pursuing the matter with authorites.“This comes on the back of figures for 2013 which show an 85 per cent increase in reported racist incidents over the year.“Of that number, 12 per cent of all incidents were internet-related.”The spokesperson said the Immigrant Council had been successful in the past in having offending social media accounts closed down.Read: Paris Mayor calls for ban on controversial comedian accused of anti-SemitismRead: Children are both the perpetrators and victims of racismlast_img read more

Sony Reader PRST1 hacked to run Android apps

first_imgSony’s updated eReader line-up saw some significant improvements. Like Barnes and Noble’s new Nook Touch, the Sony Reader PRS-T1 debuted with an infrared touchscreen to make user interactions a bit more natural. Also like the Nook Touch, the PRS-T1 runs a heavily modified version of Android — and where there’s Android, you’re bound to find modders, rooters, and hackers.It doesn’t come as a complete surprise then that an enterprising chap has successfully hacked the Sony PRS-T1 to allow additional Android apps to be run. Apart from installing AWD.Launcher, he’s also gotten several other eReading apps loaded and working, like CoolReader and FBReader. Sorry, no Kindle app yet as on the rooted Nook Touch — but he does admit that the hack is still very much a work in progress at this point. No, Angry Birds won’t run properly yet either, but you can at least see what happens when you try in the video below.Why would you bother hacking the PRS-T1 to run Android apps? It’s got an E Ink display, after all, and its low resolution, slow refresh rate, and semi-sluggish response to touch interactions aren’t exactly what one looks for in a more full-featured Android slate.The PRS-T1 does have a few things going for it, though, which make hacking sound like a worthwhile endeavor. For one, Sony has included a stylus with the Reader, something you won’t find on most other tablets or eReaders, and it makes the $170-ish PRS-T1 a very interesting digital notebook — provided an app like Evernote wants to play nicely with it. It’s also got insanely good battery life (thanks to that E Ink screen). At an estimated 30 days, that’s a massive improvement over standard color Android tablets of any size.If a note-taking app and Kindle can be made to cooperate with the PRS-T1, it could just become the perfect little classroom companion.More at The Digital Readerlast_img read more

UN accuses Buddhist Myanmar of ethnically cleansing its Muslim Rohingya minority

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP 12,159 Views Share93 Tweet Email Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi photograhed earlier this month. She said her Government will not blame anyone for recent violence in the Rakhine state the authorities have all the evidence. Friday 25 Nov 2016, 8:44 AMcenter_img MYANMAR IS CARRYING out “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims, a UN official has reportedly said, as horrifying stories of gang rape, torture and murder emerge from among the thousands who have fled to Bangladesh.Up to 30,000 of the impoverished ethnic group have recently abandoned their homes in Myanmar (Burma) to escape the unfolding violence, the UN says – after troops poured into the narrow strip where they live earlier this month.John McKissick, head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in the Bangladeshi border town of Cox’s Bazar, told the BBC that Burmese troops were “killing men, shooting them, slaughtering children, raping women, burning and looting houses, forcing these people to cross the river” into Bangladesh.Dhaka has resisted urgent international appeals to open its border to avert a humanitarian crisis, instead telling Myanmar it must do more to prevent the Rohingya minority – which Mynmar stripped of citizenship in 1982 – from entering.McKissick said:It’s very difficult for the Bangladeshi government to say the border is open because this would further encourage the government of Myanmar to continue the atrocities and push them out until they have achieved their ultimate goal of ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority in Myanmar.A spokesman for Myanmar President Htin Kyaw slammed the comments.Zaw Htay told AFP:‘I would like to question the professionalism and ethics which should be followed and respected by UN staff.“He should speak based on concrete and true facts, he shouldn’t make accusations.”It’s not the first time such claims have been made against Myanmar, which is an overwhelmingly Buddhist state, but has been criticised by Buddhist other communities.The Triratna Buddhist Order, which has branches in Ireland, has said:Thousands of people in Burma have been killed or harmed in many other ways, in the name of Buddhism. We cannot let this go by, unchallenged.“To engage in or incite violence motivated by hatred and prejudice goes against the teachings of the Buddha and is a fundamental breach of Buddhist ethical principles,including Buddhist monastic vows.”In 2009, 64 Rohingyans were resettled in Carlow town from Bangladesh under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN refugee agency, after they claimed they were forced to leave Myanmar.In April 2013 Human Rights Watch said it was conducting a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya – an accusation rejected by then president Thein Sein as a “smear campaign”. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan with Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw in September. Annan is a member of an independent commission set up Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to help find solutions to the communal conflict in Rakhine. Source: Aung Shine OoKilled pregnant wifeBut the scale of human suffering was becoming clear on yesterday, as desperate people like Mohammad Ayaz told how troops attacked his village and killed his pregnant wife.Cradling his two-year-old son, he said troops killed at least 300 men in the village market and gang-raped dozens of women before setting fire to around 300 houses, Muslim-owned shops and the mosque where he served as imam.“They shot dead my wife, Jannatun Naim. She was 25 and seven months pregnant. I took refuge at a canal with my two-year-old son, who was hit by a rifle butt,” Ayaz told AFP.Ayaz sold his watch and shoes to pay for the journey and has taken shelter at a camp for unregistered Rohingya refugees.Many of those seeking shelter say they walked for days and used rickety boats to cross into Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of registered Rohingya refugees have been living for decades.The Rohingya are loathed by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar who see them as illegal immigrants and call them “Bengali”, even though many have lived in there for generations.Most live in impoverished western Rakhine state, but are denied citizenship and smothered by restrictions on movement and work.As the crisis deepened, Bangladesh said Wednesday it had summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to express “deep concern”. It said:Despite our border guards’ sincere effort to prevent the influx, thousands of distressed Myanmar citizens including women, children and elderly people continue to cross (the) border into Bangladesh.“Thousands more have been reported to be gathering at the border crossing.”Torture and rapeSince the latest violence flared up, Bangladesh border guards have intensified patrols and coast guards have deployed extra ships. Officials say they have stopped around a thousand Rohingya at the border since Monday.Farmer Deen Mohammad was among the thousands who evaded the patrols, sneaking into the Bangladeshi border town of Teknaf four days ago with his wife, two of their children and three other families.“They (Myanmar’s military) took my two boys, aged nine and 12 when they entered my village. I don’t know what happened to them,” Mohammad, 50, told AFP.They took women in rooms and then locked them from inside. Up to 50 women and girls of our village were tortured and raped.Mohammad said houses in his village were burned, echoing similar testimony from other recent arrivals.Human Rights Watch said this week it had identified more than 1,000 houses in Rohingya villages that had been razed in northwestern Myanmar using satellite images.BlamedMyanmar’s military has denied burning villages and even blamed the Rohingya themselves.Rohingya community leaders said hundreds of families had taken shelter in camps in the border towns of Teknaf and Ukhia, many hiding for fear they would be sent back to Myanmar.Police on Wednesday detained 70 Rohingya, including women and children, who they say will be sent back across the border.“They handcuffed even young girls and children and then took them away with a view to pushing them back to Myanmar,” said one community leader who asked not to be named, adding they faced “certain death” if made to return.With reporting from Darragh Peter Murphy.- © AFP, 2016Read: “The Rohingya people are seen as a group to be eliminated”Read: ‘Between 100 and 200′ killed in carnage aboard abandoned migrant boat 14 Comments Image: Koji Sasahara/PA Nov 25th 2016, 8:44 AM UN accuses Buddhist Myanmar of ‘ethnically cleansing’ its Muslim Rohingya minority The head of the UNHCR says Burmese troops are slaughtering children, raping women and burning houses. Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi photograhed earlier this month. She said her Government will not blame anyone for recent violence in the Rakhine state the authorities have all the evidence. Image: Koji Sasahara/PAlast_img read more

Diversity wanted in People of Australia nominees

first_imgPeople from the Greek community are being urged to nominate for the 2013 People of Australia Ambassadors program by Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy. Nominations will be open to outstanding individuals to be recognised for their work in diverse and ethnic communities. Ambassadors will be in direct dialogue with the Government and the Australian Multicultural Council (AMC). They will play an important role in providing advice to the Government on initiatives that promote diversity and community strength. “The program honours people who have a strong commitment to inclusion, social cohesion and worked tirelessly at a grass roots level to build stronger communities,” Senator Lundy said. “The Ambassadors will operate as a link between their community and the Government. They play an important role promoting inclusion and participation in our community. “I encourage Australians to nominate people from their community who are passionate about diversity.” Senator Lundy said.Nominations close on 3 February 2013. All nominations will be considered by the Australian Multicultural Council. For more information visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Southbound I5 reopens in North Portland

first_imgSouthbound Interstate 5 in North Portland has reopened after closing earlier this morning due to a crash.The Oregon Department of Transportation reported that the interstate was closed for several hours this morning near Interstate 405. The crash, which involved a commercial truck, was announced by the agency just after 5 a.m. Despite the closure, traffic on southbound I-5 in Vancouver moved steadily throughout the morning. Traffic on Interstate 205, however, was fairly heavy approaching Oregon. “I think people got the message pretty early … Which is great, traffic on I-5 is flowing like it should be,” said Magan Reed, spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Reed said that an offramp of I-205 closed in Gladstone, Ore. but that was likely not having much impact on Clark County motorists. “It certainly isn’t helping the commute,” Reed said. ODOT reports that there is no estimate for reopening I-5 and advised motorists to expect the interstate to remain closed through the morning commute.Arterial roadways such as state Highway 14, state Highway 500 and Mill Plain in Vancouver are clogging near I-205, Reed said. “It’s a traffic nightmare this morning,” she said. “It’s such an interconnected system, it just creates a domino effect.”last_img read more

30 of digital marketers feel underpaid

first_imgAlmost two-thirds (30%) of digital marketer respondents believe they are underpaid, according to research by digital agency Greenlight Digital.Its The 41 hour report, which surveyed 218 full and part-time digital marketing professionals, also found that the average salary for male respondents is £48,025 a year, 9.5% higher than the average salary for female respondents (£43,864).The research also found:The average salary for all respondents is £46,573.47% of respondents received a bonus in the last 12 months.54% of male respondents were given a bonus in the last year, compared to 35% of female respondents.Almost half (46%) of respondents feel overworked.Andreas Pouros (pictured), chief operating officer and co-founder at Greenlight, said: “From tackling the latest technologies and platforms, to learning new skills and terminology, digital marketers face fresh challenges every day. While many thrive off this rapidly changing and innovative environment, our research suggests that digital marketers would like more recognition for the contribution they make.”last_img read more

Voluntary recall for blood pressure medication due to cancer causing ingredient

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – If you use medicine to control your blood pressure, you may want to be on the lookout.Sandoz Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of the medicine losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide due to the potential that it contains N-Nitrosodiethylamine or NDEA, a compound believed to cause cancer.The recall only affects 100 mg/25 mg tablets in 1000-count plastic bottles, with the lot number JB8912.The medicine was distributed nationwide. However, medicines distributed before Oct. 8 are not affected.Patients with the affected medicine should speak to their doctor about alternative treatments before they return the medicine.This comes after another recall was issued for several blood pressure medications that contained valsartan.For more information on the losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide recall, click here. last_img read more

Cuts at Edgell

first_imgFrom: Dylan StablefordSent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 4:50 PMTo: Gerry RyersonSubject: folio: inquiryHi Gerry:Just left you a message. We received a tip that there were some layoffsat Edgell last week. Is this true? Can you confirm? If so, how many,who were they and why were they let go?Thanks,Dylan:::dylan stablefordsenior editor, digitalfolio: | red7mediao 203.899.8481 [direct line]c 203.727.1367::: From: Gerry RyersonSent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 5:11 PMTo: Dylan StablefordCc: Tony Silber; Dan Ligorner; Gabriele EdgellSubject: RE: folio: inquiryDylan,We don’t have any information we’d like to share about our company right now. If we had a comment Gabriele, Dan or I would have returned your calls. I’d also appreciate you not continuing to contact everyone on our mastheads as its just a distraction to our business. Gerry Gerald C. RyersonPresidentEdgell Communications4 Middlebury Blvd.Randolph, NJ 07869P REDACTEDF REDACTEDC REDACTED I won’t. However, if anyone has additional information, feel free to contactme directly [dstableford AT red7media DOT com or 203.899.8481] or leave a comment inthe comments section below. According to an anonymouscomment to a post on Paul Conley’s blog, Edgell Communications—theRandolph, New Jersey-based b-to-b publisher (HospitalityTechnology, Consumer Goods Technology, etc.)—laid off six staffers last week. (Afollow-up comment said that all six were women.)Conley wrotethat he’d “be looking for coverage in FOLIO:.”I left messages for Edgell’s chairman and CEO GabrieleEdgell, COO Dan Ligorner and president Gerry Ryerson late last week seeking comment, as well assent e-mails to a bunch of staffers listed on their contact page.Here’s one of my follow-up e-mails, followed by Ryerson’sresponse:last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday August 4 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, August 4, 2019:#1) Wilmington Farmers MarketThe Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, August 4, 2019, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.August 4 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmGaouette FarmHawaiian Jim’s Shaved IceKC Styles Ma & Pa PicklesPurple Carrot BreadSeafood ExpressTewksbury HoneyAdditional Attractions:Storytime from Wilmington Memorial LibraryBook Store Next Door and Global Child at Community TablesMake A Car at the Kids Table#2) Wilmington Library’s Storytime At The Farmers MarketJoin staff of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Children’s Room for a fun outdoor storytime at the Wilmington Farmers Market on the Swain Green at 10am.#3) Wilmington Town Museum Open HouseThe Wilmington Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is holding its monthly Open House from 2pm to 4pm. The Museum at the Col. Joshua Harnden Tavern is owned by the town and is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the town of Wilmington. The Museum is housed in an historic 18th century tavern which is an excellent example of quality construction practices of the late 18th century. Exhibits are also on display in the adjacent late 19th century carriage house.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

NASA confirms Curiosity rovers surprising Mars methane discovery

first_img 17 Photos Share your voice A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy Curiosity rover’s discovery is still exciting — it just doesn’t help us confirm life on Mars. Seán Doran/Laura Martínez/CNET Curiosity, NASA’s Mars rover, has had a busy weekend. After detecting the highest levels of methane yet seen on Mars last weekend, NASA put a pause on the rover’s other science activities to follow up on the discovery. On Monday, data from Curiosity’s subsequent experiment filtered back to NASA and the spike in methane levels had disappeared, dropping to background levels.”A plume came and a plume went,” said Paul Mahaffy, principal investigator overseeing Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, during a NASA town hall event at the Astrobiology Science Conference on Monday. “We’re very confident of the measurement.”As the news of Curiosity’s startling finding broke over the weekend, many suggested the high methane could hint at the possibility of life on Mars. Methane is an important molecule on Earth and many living organisms excrete it, including microbes.Mahaffy explained that Curiosity had detected an unusually high level of methane last Wednesday during a routine experiment which tests the concentration of molecules in the atmosphere. The data came back on Thursday and showed a methane level of 21 parts per billion — around three times higher than had ever been seen before. Thus, Curiosity’s weekend plans were scrapped to run the experiment again.”The methane plume went away … it’s back down now to below 1 part per billion,” Mahaffy said, noting the measurement is consistent with what has previously been seen on Mars. NASA cautioned as the news broke over the weekend that the methane detection appears to be from a “transient plume” and Curiosity is not outfitted with the appropriate instruments to tell us whether the plume is biological or geological in origin.What does that mean for life on Mars? Well, not a lot. Although the original finding was confirmed, we’re no closer to discovering its source right now — that will be up to some of the spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet and future Mars missions. Moreover, the methane spike is certainly an unusual phenomenon but it has been seen by scientists before.”The methane mystery continues,” said Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity’s project scientist at NASA, in a statement. “We’re more motivated than ever to keep measuring and put our brains together to figure out how methane behaves in the Martian atmosphere.”   Comment 1 Sci-Tech Tags NASAlast_img read more

Son kills mother grandmother

first_imgA woman and her mother were allegedly stabbed to death by his ‘mentally retarded’ son in Nauda village of Maheshpur municipality area in Jhenaidah early Friday, reports UNB.The deceased are Marjina Khatun, 55 and her mother Shamsunnahar, 70 of the village.Imran Hossain, 22, a mentally retarded son of Marjina used to hit Marjina and Shamsunnahar over giving him medicine, said Maheshpur police station officer-in-charge Rashedul Alam.Imran had an altercation with his mother and grandmother as they tried to give him medicine around 3:00am, he added.At one stage, Imran stabbed Marjina and Shamsunnahar indiscriminately, leaving them critically injured.Later, they were taken to Jashore Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared them dead.Marjina used to live at her parent’s house as she got divorced with her husband.last_img read more