Burton Cummings recovering from several injuries suffered in LA car crash

first_imgAdvertisement Canadian music icon Burton Cummings says he is recovering from several injuries he suffered in a car crash last Sunday in Los Angeles.In a lengthy Facebook post, the Winnipeg rocker and former frontman for the Guess Who writes that he was struck by a driver who ran a red light and that there were five people in the other car, including a baby.Cummings said he suffered a concussion due to his head cracking the windshield in addition to cuts and “serious bruising on both arms,” a very painful left leg and intense back pain. Facebook He wrote that he’s in a “lot of physical pain” and needs some “serious healing time,” adding he’s “trying to focus on just how lucky” he is not to have been killed or crippled.Cummings said the worst thing is that his mind has been “reliving the crash … that sound and fear and unexpected horror.”“I know I’m going to have to get some help getting over the shock. That’s the worst part right now … trying to keep telling myself that I’m okay.”Cummings, 70, spent 10 years with the Guess Who until 1975. He wrote or co-wrote many of the band’s hits, including American Woman, No Time, Laughing and These Eyes.The Winnipeg native’s solo career included such hits as Stand Tall and My Own Way to Rock.Cummings wrote that the accident happened after he was summoned to Los Angeles for jury duty but was dismissed due to the Winnipeg Jets’ playoff status and was hoping to make it to Winnipeg to sing the anthems at a later game.Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Guess Who in 1987, Cummings won four Juno Awards as a solo artist and two with his former band. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Burton Cummings, the former frontman of iconic Winnipeg rock band the Guess Who, says he was injured in a car crash in L.A. over the weekend. (Matthew Sherwood/Canadian Press) Twitter . Login/Register With:last_img read more

Spain to Strengthen Its Moroccan Consular Services to Overcome Visa Delays

Rabat –  The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said in a press conference in Rabat yesterday that Spain is committed to strengthening its consular services in Morocco to face the growing demand for Schengen visas at Spanish consulates throughout the country.Borrell met with Moroccan Minister for Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita in Rabat yesterday, as part of an international forum on strengthening Morocco’s ties with the European Union.Borrell recognized that the Spanish consular services were under pressure from the number of visa applications it received per year. “We are overwhelmed […]. This year we will receive 250,000 visa applications, which is an annual increase of 10% in recent years,” Borell said in a press release following the meeting.“We apologize to the Moroccan citizens for the delays,” he added, reported Moroccan newspaper Maghreb Associated Press.Read also: Schengen Visa: Spain Asks Moroccans for Appointment Fee in AdvanceHe assured that the Spanish consular services would do their best to overcome the delays in processing visa applications, adding that a new appointment request system would be set up to shorten delays.In mid-May of this year, Moroccans applying for a Schengen visa were facing up to six months of wait times for their visa appointments at Spanish consular services.At the meeting with the Moroccan Foreign Minister today, Borrell also emphasized the importance of Spain’s broader commercial relationship with Morocco.“For Spain, the relationship with Morocco is a State policy and is based on the commitment to build a global strategic partnership,” he said. read more

Government asserts Zeid visit not linked to resolution

This week’s visit by top United Nations official for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to Sri Lanka has nothing to do with the review of the implementation of the Geneva resolution, according to the Sri Lankan government, The Hindu newspaper reports.Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be here in the country during February 6 – 9. It was he who told the media in September that “our investigation has laid bare the horrific level of violations and abuses that occurred [during the final stages of the civil war] in Sri Lanka.” On the agenda of the U.N. official, the spokesperson, however, maintained that he had “no agenda.” She recalled that at the time of the presidential election in January 2015, there was a commitment given (by Maithripala Sirisena) to people of Sri Lanka on good governance and the protection of human rights. “As part of the government’s willingness to work together with international community, the invitation was extended to him,” she explained.Al Hussein’s visit will take place at a time when the public discourse in Sri Lanka has again turned to the Geneva resolution. An official at his office in Geneva said a release, providing more details, would be issued shortly.Responding to queries by The Hindu, Mahishini Colonne, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the visit was in response to an invitation extended by the government in February 2015, many months before the adoption of the resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in October. This was on the lines of the previous Rajapaksa regime’s action of inviting Mr. Al Hussein’s predecessor, Navaneetham Pillay, who came to Sri Lanka in August 2013. On Monday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a seminar, organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), that the government was not deviating from the Geneva resolution in any way and the government had been “implementing” it. He added that the country “is now in the process of ensuring that human rights will never become an issue again and democracy is further strengthened.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Citing lack of evidence Annan closes harassment case against top refugee official

The Secretary-General made his determination after thoroughly reviewing the report of the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) regarding the investigation into the complaint against Mr. Lubbers and also carefully considering Mr. Lubbers’ response to that report, Stephane Dujarric said in New York.The spokesman said the Secretary-General has written to Mr. Lubbers conveying his concerns and has sent UN Under-Secretary-General for Management Catherine Bertini to Geneva to consult with the High Commissioner, his senior managers and the staff “to help them rebuild trust and confidence.”Asked if Mr. Lubbers had made an offer to resign or was asked to leave his post, Mr. Dujarric said he was “not aware of any.” He added, “It’s important that we all now pull together and move forward to get the agency to focus on its central mission.””The Secretary-General now considers this matter closed,” he said.Mr. Lubbers had issued a statement denying the allegations when they were made public in May. In a statement issued by his spokesman, he said the complaint referred to a formal meeting in the High Commissioner’s office late last year where five other staffers were present. “In that meeting of last December 18, there was no improper behaviour on my part,” he asserted. read more

Annan calls for prompt return to democratic rule following the coup in

“The Secretary-General is following with concern developments in Thailand after the overthrow of the elected Government there,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released by his spokesman in New York.“The Secretary-General pays tribute to the progress the people of Thailand have made in recent years, under the leadership of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in establishing and strengthening democratic institutions. He expresses his profound hope that those efforts will resume very soon.”Prime Minister Thaksin had been scheduled to address the annual debate of the General Assembly in New York yesterday but his appearance was cancelled following the coup. read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.1. #PUBLIC SECTOR: A union representing university staff is seeking legal advice over the Haddington Road Agreement, which it says is a ‘rushed job’ and may not be constitutional. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said the proposed public sector pay deal, which replaces the Croke Park 2 agreement after its rejection by the majority of unions, excludes non-union staff.2. #DEAN FITZPATRICK: A man aged in his 40s who was arrested in connection with the killing of Dean Fitzpatrick in Dublin on Saturday night has been released without charge. Dean Fitzpatrick, 23, was found with stab wounds at Northern Cross, Malahide Road in Dublin at around 11.20pm on Saturday night. The victim was the brother of 15-year-old Amy Fitzpatrick who went missing in Spain five years ago.3. #SWEDISH RIOTS: The recent riots in Sweden, mirroring those in France in 2005 and Britain in 2011, should serve as a warning to Ireland of the importance of integration policy and practice, the Integration Centre has said. Killian Forde, CEO of the organisation said that in order the integration to be successful, “it has to be a two way process of learning from and about the host and immigrant culture”.4. #AUSTRALIA: The leading figure in Australia’s Catholic Church has admitted that a fear of scandal and a greater concern for reputation led to a systemic and massive cover-up of abuse within the organisation. Facing a formal inquiry by Victoria’s parliament, Cardinal George Pell said he was “fully apologetic and absolutely sorry” for how the Church dealt with abusers and victims – and that there had been awareness of the abuse as early as 1988.5. #JFK: The National Library of Ireland is trying to identify a little boy photographed smiling at John F Kennedy during his visit to Ireland in June 1963. The library plans to use the photo in the upcoming JFK Homecoming exhibition, and want to name everyone in the photo. Do you know who the little boy is?last_img read more

Alexander in legend and folk tradition

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Join the Alexander in legend and folk tradition, talk by professor Vrassidas Karalis (University of Sydney), presented by the 31st Greek Festival of Sydney in conjunction with the Australian Museum. Not long after the death of Alexander the Great, his life and his personality were transformed into events of legend and myth. Discover the famous book of “alternative history” about Alexander which, since its first form in 3rd-4th century AD, has entertained and instructed Greek people until today.The event will be held in Greek. Cost: $12 – general museum admission; $24 – Alexander the Great Exhibition admission. No bookings required.When: Sunday 21 April, at 3:00 pm Where: Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney For more information, contact Greek Festival of Sydney, on 02 9750 0440 or email read more

PUBG Devs Hope RegionLocked Servers Will Make Game More Stable

first_imgStay on target Though millions of folks around the world enjoy PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, few will say the game is flawless. Despite finally seeing an official release late last year, PUBG continues to have problems. The game is plagued by bugs, glitches, server issues, and more. The PUBG team is fully aware of this and is constantly doing its best to provide a smoother gameplay experience to its users. To further this, the developers are considering adding region-locked servers. This (they hope) will iron out some of the kinks present in the hit title.“We are always working towards improving the gameplay environment,” said The PUBG Development & Community Team in a Steam Community post. “This includes providing stable network experience for our players. You all know that we have implemented ping based matchmaking system that has shown great results, but we didn’t want to stop there.“One of the solutions we are considering is operating servers so that only those players who reside in that region can connect and play. These servers will be made invisible to players residing in other regions. But, at the same time, if a player in an exclusive server region forms a team with a player from another region, they can connect to and play on any of the servers available to either of them.”This part of today’s post ended with the team saying: “Through this new approach we are aiming to provide a better gameplay experience as it will improve network issues and help with linguistic barriers. We are going to run a limited test of this approach as more detailed research, and analysis should come before global application. After the updates made to this test build are proven to be stable, they will be applied to the live servers. We will announce the timeline for the live server update soon.”Today’s post also details the new weapon skins system. These skins can be obtained through the paid-for Triumph crate, which is unlocked with a Weapon Cosmetic Key. Alternatively, players can get the new skins via the free-of-charge Raider crate. The weapon skins menu itself has been upgraded with a new UI. You can check out all of the details about weapons skins and the updated crate drop rates at the aforementioned Steam Community post.Having global servers is certainly appealing in PUBG or in any game. However, if they are indeed a reason for some of the game’s problems, then perhaps creating region-locked servers is the best course of action. Over 30 million people own the battle royale multiplayer game, so it’s unlikely having locked servers will make it harder to find matches. PUBG is still insanely popular, but titles like Fortnite are giving it a run for its money. Hopefully, creating a more stable playing environment will give PUBG the competitive edge needed to stay ahead of its rivals. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img ‘PUBG’ Story Trailer Teases the Unknown PlayerJordan Bans ‘Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ last_img read more

Tak Chun unlikely to pursue Macau gaming license David Group undecided

first_img Hoiana golf course to welcome first players from 23 September Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Load More “Tak Chun at this stage does not intend to apply for a casino licence in Macau,” he said. The CEO of leading Macau junket operator Tak Chun Group, Levo Chan, says the company has no intention of pursuing a Macau casino license once the SAR’s re-tendering process gets underway. But fellow junket operator David Group is playing it by ear.Responding directly to a question about the possibility of pursuing a casino license once the opportunity is put out for tender in the coming years, David Group Vice-Chairman and Executive Director Weena Sae-Kee said, “Our company is still observing as we haven’t received any notice from the government.”Director of Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), Paulo Martins Chan, had earlier in the day offered no insight into when the gaming regulator would provide details on the re-tendering process, despite expiry of the concessions held by SJM and MGM looming in March 2020.It has been rumoured that Macau’s number one junket operator, Suncity Group, is planning to bid for a license, however Tak Chun CEO Levo Chan ruled out any chance of his company doing the same. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokeragelast_img read more

Park Group appoints Jones

first_imgPre-paid gift card, multi-retailer gift voucher and digital reward organisation Park Group has appointed Claire Jones as its new group HR director.In her new role, Jones will lead on key areas of the organisation’s new strategic growth plan, announced at the end of 2018. This includes helping the business relocate core divisions to Liverpool, as well as enterprise resource planning, skills and talent management, recruitment and retention.Jones has expertise in HR consulting, executive search, HR policies and organisational design and management.Previously, Jones worked as head of HR business partnering at credit card organisation MBNA and head of staffing at Bank of America.last_img read more

Army Embraces Credentialing to Provide Soldiers a Boost during Transition

first_imgParticipation in the Army credentialing program has continued to grow over the past several years, helping soldiers leverage their training and experience for licenses and certifications that will ease their transition into civilian careers.In an effort to boost the employment options for separating personnel, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) has begun linking credentialing opportunities to every military occupational specialty in the service, reported Army Times. In 2014, about 20,000 soldiers earned credentials in 65 specialties.The Army credentialing program allows personnel to earn government licenses, such as a commercial driver’s license issued by a state government or an FAA license; or a certification from a professional or trade association, such as the American Culinary Federation. The TRADOC initiative provides soldiers a large selection of credentials covering many professional occupations.Under a Department of Transportation initiative already under way, more than 10,000 soldiers and veterans have earned commercial driver’s licenses since it was launched in 2011, the Army announced in November.Soldiers competing for promotion to sergeant or staff sergeant also can earn points for gaining technical certifications, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

VIDEO Selectwoman Candidate Suzanne Sullivan Discusses Her Campaign With WCTV

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Town Moderator Rob Peterson recently interviewed Wilmington Selectwoman candidate Suzanne Sullivan as part of WCTV’s 2019 Candidate Conversations series.Learn about Sullivan’s background in town, her qualifications, why she’s running, what she would bring to the board, and what she feels are the most important issues currently confronting Wilmington.Sullivan is vying for one of the two 3-year seats on the Board of Selectmen at the April 27 Town Election. Sullivan, Rob Fasulo, Mark Maselli, and Daniel Murphy are challenging incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira.Watch the 9-minute interview, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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… RelatedVIDEO: Selectman Greg Bendel Discusses His Re-Election Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”VIDEO: Selectman Candidate Rob Fasulo Discusses His Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”VIDEO: Selectman Kevin Caira Discusses His Re-Election Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”last_img read more

Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on 370 lets Yechury visit

first_imgNew Delhi:The Supreme Court on Wednesday referred multiple petitions related to the abrogation of Article 370 to a Constitution bench while issuing a notice to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration on these petitions. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S.A. Bobde and S.A. Nazeer also allowed Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to go to the state and meet his party colleague Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The court notice came despite the Centre requesting it not to issue it, saying Article 370 of the Constitution — which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir — had international and cross-border implications. “We know what to do. We have passed the order, we are not going to change,” the bench said. Representing the Centre, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal said it was a very sensitive matter and whatever happens in the country over it was raked up at the United Nations. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The court asked the Attorney General if that meant the Supreme Court should not do its duty. The bench said it was aware of its duties and agreed to hear multiple petitions — those challenging the Centre’s decision to revoke Article 370 as well as those connected to the government-imposed clampdown and its consequences in the region. The bench headed by Chief Justice Gogoi said the petitions will be heard by a Constitution bench of five judges from the first week of October. Advertise With Us The court was hearing petitions filed by National Conference leader Mohammad Akbar Lone, independent politician and former bureaucrat Shah Faesal, Kashmiri artist Inder Salim alias Inderji Tickoo and six retired military officers and bureaucrats who had challenged the decision to revoke Article 370. The Supreme Court also allowed Yechury to go to Jammu and Kashmir and meet his party colleague Tarigami but restrained him from getting involved in any other activity. The order came on Yachury’s habeas corpus petition challenging the detention of Tarigami ahead of the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5. The plea also stated that Tarigami was not in good health and Yechury wanted to meet him. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta opposed Yechuri’s plea saying his visit to the state could be used for political purposes. However, Yechury’s counsel and senior advocate Raju Ramachandran said the CPI-M leader was ready to give an undertaking that he would only meet his colleague. “We make it clear that if the petitioner is found to be indulging in any other act, omission or commission save and except what has been indicated above i.e. to meet his friend and colleague party member and to enquire about his welfare and health condition, it will be construed to be a violation of this Court’s order,” the bench said. The bench directed a Senior Superintendent of Police to facilitate the travel and help the petitioner in locating the whereabouts of Tarigami. The court asked Yechury to file a report when he returns to Delhi. The court told Yechury not to use his visit for any other purpose and told Mehta that the government was free to stop the CPI-M leader and send him back if he did anything in violation of the court order. “If a citizen wants to go any part of the country, he must be given access,” said the bench headed by Chief Justice Gogoi. The court rejected Mehta’s offer of giving Yechury an escort during his visit. “There is no need to provide security,” it said. Yechury had earlier tried to visit Kashmir with CPI General Secretary D. Raja on August 9. But the two leaders were detained at the Srinagar airport and sent back home. On August 24 again, he accompanied an opposition delegation to Srinagar. But the group was detained and prevented from getting outside the airport. In another habeas corpus plea filed by law graduate Mohammad Aleem Syed seeking information on the whereabouts of his family in Kashmir, the top court allowed Syed to travel to Anantnag and meet his parents. The court also ordered the Jammu and Kashmir administration to facilitate Syed’s travel and provide him police protection. It directed him to file a report after meeting his parents. The top court also issued notice to the Centre on Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin’s plea seeking relaxation on media movement in the valley and asked the government to file a response in a week. The Court issued notice on a plea filed by activist Tehseen Poonawalla, who has raised the issue of lockdown in the region as amounting to suspension of Article 19 (freedom of speech) and 21 (personal liberty) of the Constitution.last_img read more

Is Ram Charan selling Chiranjeevis Sye Raa theatrical rights for this huge

first_imgChiranjeevi in Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterProducer Ram Charan is said to be quoting Rs 120 crore as the price for the global theatrical rights of Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and it is 25 per cent more than that of Khaidi No 150.Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is a historical war drama film, based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from Rayalaseema. The movie is directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan under his banner Konidela Production Company. It is 151st film of Chiranjeevi, who is playing the titular role in it.Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy features an ensemble cast of stars like Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Jagapathi Babu, Nayanthara, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty. Amitabh Bachchan will make a guest appearance. The film unit is in the last leg of its production and the maker is yet to announce its release date.The subject, ensemble cast and its amazing promos have generated a lot of buzz for Sye Raa. There is a huge demand for it’s theatrical, satellite, music and digital rights and the producer is said to be yet to start its pre-release business, which is expected to begin as early as possible.The buzz in the media is that Ram Charan has plans to quote Rs 90 crore for its theatrical rights for the Telugu states and another Rs 30 crore for the rights for rest of India and overseas. He is expecting a total of Rs 120 crore as the price for the global distribution rights of Sye Raa. If he is able to get these prices, the movie will set a big record for megastar Chiranjeevi.Chiranjeevi’s landmark 150th movie Khaidi No 150 has fetched Rs 89 crore from the sale of its global theatrical rights (Rs 66.50 crore from Telugu states and Rs 22.50 crore from other areas). Sye Raa is expected to earn Rs 30 crore more than that of the megastar’s previous out.But is that a huge amount for Sye Raa? Absolutely not! Ram Charan is shelling of nearly Rs 150 crore on its ensemble cast, extravagant sets and other stuff related to its production. The movie needs to get more money from its theatrical rights. But Ram Charan is not intended to earn profits from this project.Ram Charan has recently made it at the teaser launch of the Sye Raa. He had said, “Sye Raa is dad’s dream project. Hence we aren’t compromising in terms of the budget. We are making the film in a grand manner. If we get profits, we consider it as a Bonus but even if we don’t get, it will still be happy for us.”All Ram Charan wants is to fulfil the wish of his father Chiranjeevi, who dreamt of appearing in a costume drama. The producer had added, “When dad watched Magadheera, he said that he was jealous of me as I got to do a costume drama for my second film. My dad did not do any of such film in his career and this is his first film. So, we are not compromising in terms of budget.”last_img read more

Opportunity hub sends out positive vibes to the young

first_imgDhaka University students who have won Peer to Peer – Facebook Digital Challenge recently. Photo: CollectedA group of students from Dhaka University took part in the Peer to Peer – Facebook Digital Challenge, an international contest that took place in Brussels and won first prize. A member of the group, Sausan Suha, writes about their experience:The name ‘Positive Bangladesh’ reflects our work. I’ll go back a few months to explain how our efforts against extremism led us to Brussels and how we won the Peer to Peer – Facebook Digital Challenge.The four of us – Tausif Tanzim Ahmed, Samin Yasar and myself from Dhaka University’s department of international relations and Zulqarnain Tasin of the robotics and mechatronics department – got to know each other from the very beginning of our university lives. We would hang out together though we were quite different from each other.Tasin is still undecided in life, Samin is all about music, Tausif keeps the campus alive with his activities and I am a jack of all trades, master of none!Once we were having a heavy discussion and debate about the behaviour of the people on social media. There were people who used the social media to spread all sort of negativities, vent their anger and frustration and divisive thoughts. But why? Was it because of the country’s socio-economic condition, lack of education or simply very personal frustrations?We read up on the issue and talked to all sorts of people. Samin’s house became our base. Then we were joined by Saif Mostafiz of Dhaka University’s biochemistry and molecular biology department and younger brother Adib Reza.We primarily observed that there was one group of people who regularly sent out negativities. The question arose, would it be possible for such negativities to impact the girl who was studying hard to go abroad for higher studies, the boy who was devoted to inventing something new, the one who was determined to become a fashion designer, or the boy who spend all his time on the field, dreaming of playing in the World Cup one day?We started a survey. We came to the conclusion that it was much easier to influence a purposeless and unfocussed person towards extremism than those who were involved in any activity, honing their talents, busy with creative work.We set up a simple goal. We would work against negativity, work to build up a positive environment. Many youth were failing to create an identity of their own simply due to the lack of opportunity and information. They were leaning towards depression. We began working towards informing them about all sorts of opportunities and possibilities. We organised all sorts of events, conferences and workshops, thus beginning our Positive Bangladesh initiative.We have a website . Its objective is to send out positive vibes and we like to call it am ‘opportunity hub’.  We have our own Instagram and Facebook profile too, as well as a blog to spread out positivity. We even have comic strips and stop-motion videos to tell various interesting stories.Then offline we have our Ways to Engage campaign which we take to various schools, encouraging students to take part in various activities. The next step is Inspire to Engage. Members of the new generation share their inspirational stories from this platform.So far our most popular ‘invention’ is Hundred Days of Positivity which is a 100-day story series of inspiring news from all over the country. We have more initiatives in the pipeline.We had been spending from our own pockets to run all these initiatives and just when all our resources were more or less exhausted, we took part in the UNDP and ICT Division Bangladesh Digital Khichuri Challenge and became the runners up. That was a great source of encouragement for us and revived our spirit.Hoping for further funds, we took part on the Peer to Peer Facebook Global Digital Challenge Spring 2019. This contest was organised to spread the message against the propensity towards extremism and was financed every semester by Facebook and organised by Adventures Partners.  How exciting it was to learn that we were among the top three groups, along with one from Spain and one from Nigeria!Then there was the hassle of getting visas and preparing to go – let’s leave that story for another day! We defeated around 500 universities from around the world to win the first prize – 5000 US dollars! We are happily going around Europe in an effort to expand our network further.We are joined by two more students of Dhaka University now – Mahdi Hasan of the economics department and Mohammad Sifat of the international relations department. Their inspiration has taken us further ahead. We are grateful to so many, many more people, but the list is too long to fit in here.We are receiving such encouraging response from young ones that our commitment to this work is simply increasing. There is still a long way to go, to show thousands of young people that they can make their dreams come true. We have worked hard on this project but all those sleepless nights will be well worth it if we can spread the light of hope all around.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

Whos doing Christianity right At Taylor University Pence invitation highlig …

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Load Comments,Facebook bans ‘dangerous individuals’ cited for hate speech Trump, rabbi of attacked synagogue observe National Day of Prayer at White House By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Tagscommencement evangelicalism homepage featured Mike Pence Taylor University,You may also like Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,UPLAND, Ind. (RNS) — Like most Americans, students at Taylor University have strong feelings about President Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, as well as the relationship between religion and politics.So when news broke last month that Pence would speak at Taylor’s upcoming commencement, reactions were mixed.Some students love the decision. Some hate it.Others see the whole thing as divisive, according to students discussing the announcement in Professor Alan Blanchard’s Advanced Media Writing class April 16 at Taylor.“I think that for years we have been in a school that’s very open to conversation, and I think the last couple of months — last year — has just kind of been a battle for who’s right,” said Lexie Lake, a senior in the class.RELATED: Pence controversy at Taylor University a sign of changes coming to Christian colleges (COMMENTARY)The controversy over Pence’s visit is not the only recent disagreement at Taylor.Earlier this year, a Taylor professor started a petition against a planned Starbucks on campus because of its “stands on the sanctity of life and human sexuality.” And last year, an anonymous conservative publication popped up on campus with complaints the school had become too liberal.Like so much of evangelicalism in the United States, the Christian liberal arts school — which always has prided itself on welcoming diverse Christian perspectives — has in recent years found itself engaged in a battle for the soul of the movement.Taylor University junior Tiffany Rogers. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller“It’s now pitting Christian against Christian: Who’s more Christian? Who loves God more? Who’s doing it right?” junior Tiffany Rogers said.“Who’s doing Christianity right?”Taylor University describes itself on its website as a nondenominational Christian school that “encourages students to ask hard questions” on its picturesque campus surrounded by Indiana cornfields.Its 2,000 students are required to sign a “Life Together Covenant” largely upholding a conservative evangelical view of Christianity. Among other things, the school prohibits alcohol and tobacco use, “homosexual behavior,” premarital sex and social dancing outside of school-sanctioned dances.Taylor’s approach seems popular among evangelicals. The school recently tied with Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the No. 1 regional college in the Midwest in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 rankings.John Fea — a professor of American history at Messiah College and author of the book “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump” who spoke at Taylor in October — described the school as “warmly evangelical.”Fea said Taylor never has been known as a political place in the same way as much larger evangelical school Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where President Jerry Falwell Jr. is a vocal supporter of Trump. Even Wheaton College, the flagship evangelical school in Wheaton, Ill., is more political than Taylor.But schools like Taylor, which might have taken a live and let live approach to politics in the past, now may feel like they have to take sides, according to the historian.“People have always debated the meaning of what an evangelical is or what an evangelical college might look like,” he said. “But I think the election of Donald Trump certainly kind of exacerbated or enhanced these issues and put them now much more on the front of the identity agenda that Christian colleges are having to deal with.”Taylor University campus on April 16, 2019, in Upland, Ind. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerA number of Christian colleges have made headlines since the 2016 election campaign for controversies stemming from conservative and progressive divides in both theology and politics. Oftentimes, their students hold more progressive views than their parents or donors.That was the case at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif., which announced in 2018 it would remove a clause from its student code of conduct that prohibited same-sex romantic relationships. Students applauded the decision, while some of the school’s board members and supporters objected. The school first reinstated its ban on same-sex relationships, then lifted that ban this spring, according to published reports.RELATED: Most evangelical college students appreciate LGBT people even if trustees don’tA week after the April 11 announcement that Pence will speak at commencement, it still dominated news on Taylor’s campus, about an hour and a half northeast of Indianapolis.Newspaper racks in campus buildings carried headlines about the controversy on the front page of The Echo, the student newspaper. And a lighthearted publication called Click Bait, published by a student group known as the Integration of Faith & Culture Cabinet, landed on tables in the student center with the satirical headline “Pence Security Team to Build Wall Around Commencement Stage.”Journalism students in an Advanced Media Writing class interact at Taylor University on April 16, 2019, in Upland, Ind. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerFaculty approved a motion 61-49 dissenting to Pence’s invitation after Taylor President P. Lowell Haines announced the commencement speaker at a faculty meeting, according to an account in The Echo.Not long after an email went out from the school announcing Pence’s visit, another email landed in students’ inboxes, inviting them to three listening sessions hosted by the school where they could make their feelings heard about the choice.Lowell Haines. Photo courtesy of Taylor UniversityIn an email last week to the campus community that was provided to Religion News Service, Haines said that when he was presented with the opportunity to have Pence speak at the school’s commencement, he pursued it with “the best of intentions.”He acknowledged some have been offended by the selection and said the school is working with faculty, staff and student leaders to make sure the May 18 commencement ceremony honors everyone in attendance — including the vice president.“I pray that over time, we will be able to overcome this current, deeply emotional challenge in a manner that reflects God’s desire that we show love and grace when confronted with conflict in life,” he wrote in his message addressed to the “Taylor Family.”“We have always been a community that, while deeply and firmly grounded in our Christian faith, celebrates what is unique about each individual and encourages diversity of thought and personhood,” Haines said.Haines did not respond to requests for an interview by RNS.The school has heard feedback from people both supportive of and opposed to its decision to invite Pence, according to James R. Garringer, Taylor’s director of media relations.“Taylor University is an intentional Christian community that strives to encourage positive, respectful and meaningful dialogue. We look forward to hosting the Vice President next month,” Garringer said in a written statement to RNS.Professor Jim Spiegel, who teaches philosophy and religion at Taylor, authored the petition against Starbucks’ coming to Taylor and said he was one of the authors of the anonymous conservative newsletter.He said the headlines recent controversies have drawn are “certainly new and somewhat surprising for Taylor.”“We don’t have a significant history of being politically vocal and active,” he said.Taylor University sophomore Sam Jones. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerSam Jones — a sophomore at Taylor who grew up in a conservative, nondenominational Christian family in Wheaton, Ill., and now attends a charismatic church near the school — is looking forward to Pence’s visit.Jones said he and his roommate started a petition supporting Pence as commencement speaker.As of Thursday (May 2), more than 5,900 people had signed onto their petition, which argued that people in positions of power should be respected and welcomed on campus and that the university wasn’t aligning itself with Pence by inviting him, but rather “simply giving a voice to all opinions and planes of thought.”A petition protesting Pence’s appearance, also hosted on, has gathered more than 7,200 signatures.“Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration’s policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear,” reads the petition, which was started by a 2007 Taylor graduate.If Democrat Joe Biden were invited to speak at commencement when he was vice president, Jones told RNS, he’d be just as excited.“For Taylor to have that opportunity — a school of 2,000 kids in the middle of a cornfield — is incredible,” he said.In the two years Jones has been at Taylor, he said, political conversations have often become tense and divisive.“I think, as a university, this is the place where you need to have all sorts of different opinions because people are here to learn,” he said. “We’re not here because we have everything figured out. We’re here to learn new things from new people.”Rogers, the junior, also agrees that it is important to listen to all the voices on campus. And she wishes she could be excited about the sitting vice president visiting her school, too, she said.But Rogers — who is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and attends an Episcopal church near the school — said she has a hard time squaring Pence’s stances toward LGBTQ rights with Christianity’s call to love. She worries about the message his appearance sends to students and their families coming to commencement from outside the U.S., given the Trump administration’s stances on immigration and refugee admissions.She pointed to a statement by Haines in the school’s announcement that suggests to her Taylor’s invitation indicates support for Pence and his policies: “Mr. Pence has been a good friend to the University over many years, and is a Christian brother whose life and values have exemplified what we strive to instill in our graduates.”Inviting Pence seems out of character for the university she’s grown to love, said Rogers.“Taylor has never really taken a stance on politics, and we’re a nondenominational school so we don’t even take a stance on a denomination,” she said.“So this is just them very clearly stating what they believe and what they’re for, which has never really been said before. I think a lot of people are taken aback by that.”Professor Alan Blanchard teaches a journalism class at Taylor University on April 16, 2019, in Upland, Ind. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerBlanchard, who teaches journalism at Taylor, said the controversy on campus is a “teachable moment.”At the faculty meeting discussing Pence’s invitation, Blanchard said he argued that administrators, faculty and students should allow people to speak at the school with whom they disagree a little — or a lot. They should be able to talk about those things on which they disagree and still, at the end of the day, “honor God’s two greatest commandments: Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.”He’s discussed the upcoming commencement speech with all his journalism classes — even asking them to write letters to the editor about their feelings about the vice president’s visit.“I think — not just for journalism students or professional journalists — I think we all benefit when we listen to people with different viewpoints and different ideas,” he said. News • Photos of the Week Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Chris Kraft One Of The Architects Of The US Space Program Dies

first_img Share David J. Phillip/APNASA Mission Control founder Chris Kraft in the old mission control at Johnson Space Center in Houston. This original mission control of the Apollo era is a national historic landmark.One of NASA’s first employees, key to creating the U.S. space program, has died at 95. Chris Kraft was the agency’s first flight director and managed all of the Mercury missions, as well some of the Gemini flights. He was a senior planner during the Apollo lunar program. Later he led the Johnson Space Center in Houston and oversaw development of the space shuttle.Anyone who has ever watched a rocket launch, marveled at the moon landings or seen the space station streak across the night sky can thank Kraft. “Chris Kraft really was the architect of mission control,” said Andrew Chaikin, who has written extensively about the space program. He says Kraft is synonymous with NASA, having directed some of the most important missions in the agency’s history including NASA’s first manned launch in 1961.It was a short, 15-minute suborbital flight piloted by Alan Shepard. A recording of the controllers during the mission captures Kraft coolly talking to his colleagues. In a 2015 NPR interview, Kraft said he might have sounded cool, “but I was shaking like a leaf. I wasn’t too bad after the first one. But that first one was something else.”During the 1960s, NASA was full of ideas and energy as the agency rushed to meet the end-of-decade challenge to land humans on the moon. The organization took risks and succeeded, in large part because of Kraft.He was a quick study (he finished his aeronautical engineering degree at Virginia Tech in two years). He joined NASA not long after it was created in 1958 and helped design a space program from scratch. It was a mighty undertaking. There were so many things he had to think through — like developing a communications system that would allow him to speak to the crew every 15 minutes. “What do I have to do to do that?” he asked, “Well, I had to build a whole damn worldwide network which had never been before. That, in itself, was quite a job.”In addition to the technical, he had to put together his team: dozens of controllers who monitored the astronauts and their spacecraft — anything to do with the mission. Chaikin said, “He was the general in battle with his troops and, you know, he had to coordinate all of them. He had to digest all these bits of data that were coming at him from all these different systems, all these different flight controllers.”“When I gave them the job,” Kraft recalled, “I said it’s your job to now take this on and get it done. I’m not going to stand behind you and push you. You come up with your ideas on how to do it.”His leadership was tested after the Apollo 1 launchpad fire in 1967. Three astronauts died during a countdown rehearsal. Kraft said he wrestled with whether the rush to the moon ultimately killed the crew. “We allowed the poor workmanship to happen,” he said. “That was unforgivable, frankly. That we knew it was happening. We weren’t willing to stop the wheels to fix it.” He said he never got over the disaster.After he retired in 1982, Kraft complained about the high cost of developing the next generation of rockets and NASA’s plans to land humans on asteroids, and he lamented the loss of shuttles Challenger and Columbia.Recalling the 1986 Challenger explosion, he seemed to still think of himself as part of the team, saying, “We weren’t willing on the shuttle to fix the O-rings in the boosters. We weren’t willing to take the damn system by the hand and fix it before we said we were going to fly. … We had a creed in Mercury that we came up with and that said we will never fly with a known problem that will kill us. Never. … We did on the shuttle. … That was unforgivable.”Still, he was proud of what he was able to accomplish, and pushed for more. He said, “We need to have that curiosity. We need to have that innate feeling of be ready. Be prepared. It pays off in success.” Kraft thought NASA had stopped being bold after the moon missions. He said, “We didn’t do the follow-on and we could have and we should have.”Many of his original ideas remain in use today. In fact, Mission Control Center in Houston is named after him. And he told NPR he had flown in space himself, sort of.“I flew on every flight — vicariously. I didn’t have to go. I mean that. I used to tell people back then when we’re flying, I have this feeling that’s what we’re doing all the time. And then when we stop flying, I don’t believe we did it. That was a strange feeling. … I was in my revelry when we were flying. My people were the same way. It was such a tremendous pleasure out of making things happen well and safely and knowing that they were contributing to that part of the program. I think it was extremely important to all of us and that was our payoff. We didn’t make any money working for the government. But we sure got a hell of a lot of enjoyment out of it.”Kraft never saw a launch with his own eyes. He was either working the mission or, later in life, watching from home on television.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Hand Dancing is Baltimores Official Dance

first_imgOn hand for the presentation are Council person Mary Pat Clarke, Marsha Turner, Brenda Maple, Frank Ross, Frances Thomas, Anthony Jones, Leslie Mallory, Lewis Neal, Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, Linda Allen, and Al Johnson.Baltimore City Council presented a resolution to Lewis Neal and a few other representatives of the Hand Dance community, Dec. 4, declaring Hand Dancing and the Fred Astaire as the Official Dances of Baltimore City.Frank Ross, a noted dance historian, was also present for the proclamation and that wasn’t all. The celebration continued well into the evening at the Forest Park Senior Center on Liberty Heights Avenue.last_img read more

Internal Docs Show Police Still Focused On Stats to Evaluate Officers

first_imgThe internal email obtained by the AFRO is crisp and to the point. A Baltimore police lieutenant orders subordinates to submit statistics every two hours recounting the number of car stops, warrants and citizen contacts for each officer under their supervision.  It is a demand for an immediate statistical tally of what an officer does, or does not do while on the job.“Starting today, every 2 hours you are to collect stats from each officer” the lieutenant writes.  “If you have an officer that gives you nothing,” the email continues, “then give that officer specific direction of what you need from them.”The email then lists a variety of activities that supervisors should measure and submit for evaluation including checking in on residents on the city’s gun offender registry and initiating field interviews.It’s a document that suggests the Baltimore Police Department has not completely forsaken statistics as a metric for measuring officers.  It’s a controversial strategy tied to past policies like Zero Tolerance that makes some law enforcement experts leery and has been at the heart of the criticism of contemporary policing as far too dependent on numbers.Baltimore police spokesman T.J Smith confirmed the authenticity of the email, but says it is well within the purview of a commanding officer to manage his staff as he or she sees fit.“This was sent by a commander of a shift who has the ability to command his officers in the manner in which he sees appropriate,” Smith told the AFRO in an email.“Officers should be constantly focused, and he is holding them accountable to that. The commander is following up on his direction by asking for information to confirm that his direction is being met.”But other law enforcement experts say the policy hearkens back to statistics driven policing that departs from recent efforts by the department to reconnect with residents, especially in the aftermath of a damning report by the Department of Justice that found the Baltimore police had engaged in discriminatory and unconstitutional tactics.“When your strategy is stat driven, it can separate the officer from the community because policing becomes all about numbers,” said Sgt. Louis Hopson, the lead plaintiff in a landmark civil rights lawsuit against the BPD.“I think it shows that they don’t have a comprehensive city-wide plan to address crime, this is just going back to old dynamics,” Hopson added.Indeed, the memo seems at odds with recent remarks by Police Commissioner Kevin Davis about the department’s long-term strategy. Particularly when he announced the formation of a team focused on targeting repeat offenders. Davis justified the move, in part, by citing an overworked patrol division constantly answering calls for service, a division he characterized as hardly in need of statistical monitoring.But Smith defended the email arguing it does in fact jibe with the direction of the agency, especially the email’s focus on taking guns off the streets.“This commander reiterated the focus- gun offenders (and) wanted persons and activity,” Smith said. “I think this is certainly one of the areas of direction the Commissioner has been focused on.”Some say an emphasis on producing statistics could have unintended consequences. Doug Colbert, law professor at the University of Maryland’s Francis Carey School of Law, said the memo’s ambiguous wording could leave officers confused and prone to generate numbers that don’t always produce the best results.“It’s a poorly worded memo that could be interpreted that command is not pleased with what officers are doing and expect them to do more,” Colbert explained, after reviewing the email.“But they’re not saying we want you to have more conversation with the community, this is more punitive type of law enforcement.”last_img read more

CLIP170 microtuble found to bind tightly to formins to accelerate actin filament

first_img(—A team of researchers at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, has found that the CLIP-170 microtuble found in cells, which had been known to be important in cytoskeleton development, binds tightly to formins to accelerate actin filament elongation. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their experiments with adding a fluorescent protein to the microtubule to better understand the roll CLIP-170 plays in actin flament assembly. In a Perspective piece on the work done by the team, Klemens Rottner with Universität Braunschweig in Germany also explains the role played by microtubules and actin filaments in the development of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton (the material that holds the shape of cells.) Explore further More information: J. L. Henty-Ridilla et al. Accelerated actin filament polymerization from microtubule plus ends, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf1709AbstractMicrotubules (MTs) govern actin network remodeling in a wide range of biological processes, yet the mechanisms underlying this cytoskeletal cross-talk have remained obscure. We used single-molecule fluorescence microscopy to show that the MT plus-end–associated protein CLIP-170 binds tightly to formins to accelerate actin filament elongation. Furthermore, we observed mDia1 dimers and CLIP-170 dimers cotracking growing filament ends for several minutes. CLIP-170–mDia1 complexes promoted actin polymerization ~18 times faster than free–barbed-end growth while simultaneously enhancing protection from capping proteins. We used a MT-actin dynamics co-reconstitution system to observe CLIP-170–mDia1 complexes being recruited to growing MT ends by EB1. The complexes triggered rapid growth of actin filaments that remained attached to the MT surface. These activities of CLIP-170 were required in primary neurons for normal dendritic morphology. Thus, our results reveal a cellular mechanism whereby growing MT plus ends direct rapid actin assembly. 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. Scientists reveal mechanism for cellular remodeling Citation: CLIP-170 microtuble found to bind tightly to formins to accelerate actin filament elongation (2016, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Science © 2016 Components of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton. Actin filaments are shown in red, microtubules are in green, and the nuclei are in blue. Credit: NIH/Public Domain In order for a cell to hold its shape, filaments must grow to the size needed to provide support, similar in some respects to the cartilage found in the nose and other parts of the body. But, in order for the cell to grow to the proper size and shape it needs to be to hold all its components, some type of mechanism must be in place to regulate the growth. Prior research has shown that microtubules serve that purpose, but how the process works, has remained somewhat murky. In this new effort, the researchers found that the CLIP-170 microtuble actually binds very tightly to a protein known as formin, and in so doing is able to play a role in determining how long an actin filment will grow—or more specifically, to actually accelerate elongation.To learn more about the role that CLIP-170 plays in cytoskeleton development, the researchers applied a fluorescent protein to some of them in their lab, and then watched what happened using single cell microscopy during cell maturation. In addition to accelerating actin filament elongation, the team observed it along with mDia1 dimers, tracking filament ends and promoting polymerization (causing it to grow approximately 18 times faster than growth without it), which provided a protective cap. They also found that using another technique allowed them to watch as the mDia1/CLIP-10 complexes were coaxed into action by microtubule ends, which resulted in rapid filament growth. They note that such filament growth is most particularly necessary for dendrite growth in neurons.last_img read more