UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Everton post Europa League brawl

first_imgEuropean soccer’s governing body (UEFA) has opened disciplinary proceedings against Everton after one of the club’s fans tried to punch an Olympique Lyon player in a melee that broke out during Thursday’s Europa League game at Goodison Park.Merseyside Police are also investigating the brawl on the pitch between players from both teams, while Everton have banned one individual.”Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Everton FC and Olympique Lyonnais (1-2), played on 19 October in England,” UEFA said in a statement on Friday.The governing body added that the English club had been charged with “Aggressions by supporters against players” under Article 16 (2) (H) of its disciplinary regulations.Everton captain Ashley Williams sparked off the trouble in the 64th minute when he shoved Anthony Lopes into the advertising hoardings after the Lyon goalkeeper had collected the ball from a corner.An all-out melee ensued with players from both sides getting involved, while at least one fan behind the goal was caught on video throwing punches at a Lyon player before stewards intervened.Everton issued a statement saying they had banned an individual from future matches after reviewing footage of the incident and would be making a formal complaint to Merseyside Police.The force said its detectives would review footage and speak to witnesses to establish what, if any, offences had been committed.Everton manager Ronald Koeman blamed poor refereeing for the scuffle near the Gwladys Street End stand in comments made after the match.advertisement”I think the irritation grows in the game for our players and in my opinion that was the problem by the referee,” said Koeman, whose team lost 2-1.”The referee was Dutch but he didn’t do anything against the theatre of some of the Lyon players. (Lyon captain Nabil) Fekir in the first half dived 10 times.”I understand with my players, that comes out of frustration. I don’t know what happened but I can understand it.”Defender Williams, who scored an equaliser for Everton minutes after the incident, and Lyon striker Bertrand Traore, who scored the winner for his side, received yellow cards.The loss increases scrutiny of Koeman, whose team sit bottom of their group with no wins in three Europa League games and on a two-game winless streak in the Premier League, where they are 16th in the standings.Everton host top four contenders Arsenal in the league on Sunday.last_img read more

Hyperstone to showcase flash controllers and more

first_img Continue Reading Previous PragmaDev: Studio V5.3 offers cyber physical system modeling capabilities with FMI supportNext apraNET: 19“- plastic shelf, a lighter alternative for low weight system components Hyperstone will be exhibiting again at the Embedded World; the company’s focus in 2018 is enabling secure storage solutions with their Application Programming Interface. This leading edge software enables developers to add their own customer firmware extensions to Hyperstone´s controllers, allowing them to address unique applications with innovative features. API development boards for S8 SD card controller and U9 USB Flash drive controller will be featured at the show alongside several successful customer applications to demonstrate the ways in which Hyperstone controllers can be embedded across a range of designs.At the show, Hyperstone will also be showcasing a range of industrial standard Flash Memory Controllers together with their hyMap firmware which is best in class for random R/W-performance and extended lifetime. Designed for robust Flash Memory drives, Hyperstone’s U9 family of controllers are compatible with host systems that have USB 3.1 SuperSpeed 5Gbps interfaces. Hyperstone also supports legacy host interfaces and strives to support customers with longer-term storage requirements and interfaces that have been in the market for decades. Those interested in state of the art Flash support for legacy host interfaces are encouraged to meet with Hyperstone to discuss the companies’ new F9 CompactFlash controller, which enables 3D NAND Flash.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Australian Open: Andy Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Amelie Mauresmo

first_imgAndy Murray will leave the sport as more than just a sporting figure, the Briton’s former coach Amelie Mauresmo said on Sunday.Murray, 31, said on Friday that this year’s Australian Open could be his last professional tournament, although the former world number one hopes he can bow out at his beloved Wimbledon.The three-time Grand Slam champion has emerged as a feminist figure in tennis, notably hiring Frenchwoman Mauresmo as his coach from 2014-16.”He is a champion reaching beyond his sport, especially by taking steps forward on the gender equality topic,” former world number one Mauresmo told French sports daily L’Equipe.”(Taking me as a coach) was not a PR thing. It was a profound conviction he had from his education, his open-mindedness.”He is not afraid of his own sensitiveness, on the contrary. To me, he has been undervalued as a man, not as a tennis player.”Overcome with emotion, the three-time Grand Slam champion wept at a media conference as he revealed that he had initially planned to quit after playing this year’s Wimbledon tournament but now felt Melbourne Park might end up his swansong.”There’s a chance of that, for sure, because I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months,” the 31-year-old Briton, now ranked 230th in the world, said.”The pain is too much, really, and I don’t want to continue playing that way.”The pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training or any of the stuff I love about tennis.”advertisementFive-time a runner up at Melbourne Park, Murray had surgery on the joint a year ago, having played with pain for a number of years.He came back last June but was forced to cut his 2018 season short.While still struggling during a pre-season camp in December, Murray said he had told his team that he felt he could not go on for much longer.Twice Wimbledon winner Murray, Britain’s first men’s champion since Fred Perry in 1936, left the door to an eventual comeback slightly ajar, saying he was mulling another round of major hip surgery.last_img read more

RR vs KKR, IPL 2019 broadcast: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Streaming

first_img India Today Web Desk JaipurApril 7, 2019UPDATED: April 7, 2019 16:16 IST RR vs KKK, IPL 2019 live stream: All eyes will be on in-form Andre Russell as KKR eye another win on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)High on confidence after their magnificent victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will eye another dominant show when they take on Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday.On Friday, it was Andre Russell’s rampage, which powered Kolkata to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore while chasing a massive 206-run target. The purple brigade are currently placed second in the league points table with three wins in four matches and the Dinesh Karthik-led side will aim to keep the momentum going against an average looking Rajasthan.On the other hand, Rajasthan lie seventh in the points table after managing just a win from four games.Kolkata batsmen Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill are in fine touch. After the win against bottom-placed RCB, Kolkata will carry the belief to win games from any situation, thanks to Russell, who has single-handedly won matches for them.Where will the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.advertisementWhat are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between RR vs KKR?Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livinstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag.Kolkata Knight Riders: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Himmat Singh.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow RR vs KKRFollow IPL 2019Follow IPL 2019 live stream RR vs KKR, IPL 2019 broadcast: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live StreamingRR vs KKR Match: Rajasthan Royals (RR) will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Match 20 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019).advertisementlast_img read more

SPG 3000 plus force provides proximate security to 4 VVIPs

first_imgNew Delhi: Special Protection Group (SPG), an about 3000-strong “zero error” security force for the prime minister, former prime ministers and their immediate family members, guards just four people now, officials said on Monday.Personnel for the SPG are drawn from various Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on deputation and it is a highly trained unit equipped with some of the most modern weapons, gadgets and vehicles. “The SPG with its 3,000 strong commandos now provides close proximate security to just four persons– Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her two children — Rahul and Priyanka,” a security official said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The government on Monday confirmed that the SPG protection given to former prime minister Manmohan Singh has been withdrawn but he will continue to enjoy ‘Z-Plus’ security cover by one of the CAPFs. SPG officers are ingrained in high leadership qualities, professionalism, knowledge of proximate security and inculcate the culture of leading from the front, according to the SPG’s website. “The SPG has strived to achieve this by adopting innovative methods not only in its own working, but also in the overall security arrangements in collaboration with the Intelligence Bureau and state/UT police forces. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”It is because of the high leadership qualities, professionalism and knowledge of its officers that the SPG ensures fail proof and zero-error security for its protectees,” it said. The elite force has a very unique set of security protocols and every time its protectees are expected to travel, multiple small teams are formed to ensure that a VVIP is safe against all kinds of security threats. The agency has an advance security liaison protocol in which officials visit a venue in advance and sanitise the place about 24 hours before the arrival of the VVIP. “The SPG has the first right amongst all security agencies when it comes to ensuring protection to the VVIP. It is their common protocol to take over a venue about 24 hours in advance and they are empowered to direct any changes or modifications at the venue be it a political rally or a ceremonial event,” a former SPG officer said. Apart from other essential teams, including snipers, spotters and bomb disposal experts, the SPG is known to provide proximate security to VVIPs and move with them like their shadow. The agency, another official said, follows a special ‘blue book’ to undertake its special drills which are clandestine till they are executed. The training of SPG personnel is a continuous process and it includes training in physical efficiency, marksmanship, anti-sabotage checks, communication and other operative aspects, connected with close protection drills, the official said. As per the SPG Act, state governments and UT administrations are bound to provide all kinds of cooperation the force whenever there is a need. Commandos carry ultra-modern assault rifles, dark-visor goggles, communication earpieces, bulletproof vests, gloves and elbow and knee pads, the official said. The SPG has a fleet of modern vehicles, most of them are armoured or bullet-proof. These include armoured BMW 7 series sedans, armoured Range Rovers, SUVs of BMW, Toyota and Tata make. It also uses Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft, including helicopters, for transporting its personnel, equipment and vehicles for service of the dignitary whenever he or she travels within the country as well as abroad, the official said.last_img read more

Household cleaners may alter kids gut flora contribute to being overweight study

first_imgTORONTO – Commonly used household disinfectants could increase the risk of young children becoming overweight by altering the makeup of their gut bacteria during the first few months of life, a study suggests.The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, analyzed the gut flora of 757 infants at age three to four months and their body mass index, or BMI, at one and three years old, looking at exposure to disinfectants, detergents and eco-friendly products used in the home.“We found that infants living in households with disinfectants being used at least weekly were twice as likely to have higher levels of the gut microbes Lachnospiraceae at age three to four months,” said principal investigator Anita Kozyrskyj, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta.Lachnospiraceae is one of many non-pathogenic bacteria that naturally inhabit the human gut.“When they were three years old, their body mass index was higher than children not exposed to heavy home use of disinfectants as an infant,” she added.Researchers from across Canada looked at data on microbes in infant fecal matter among children enrolled in the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) birth cohort. They used World Health Organization growth charts for BMI scores.Associations with altered gut flora in babies three to four months old were strongest for frequent use of household disinfectants such as multi-surface cleaners, which showed higher levels of Lachnospiraceae.Kozyrskyj said researchers also found there was a greater increase in levels of those bacteria in children whose parents reported more frequent cleaning with disinfectants.“As the microbiome develops over the first year of life, these microbes increase in their abundance. So it was a matter of dose,” she said in an interview, noting that studies of piglets have found similar changes in the animals’ gut microbiome when they were exposed to aerosol disinfectants in their enclosures.However, the same association was not found with detergents or eco-friendly cleaners, the CHILD study found. Babies living in households that used eco-friendly cleaners had different microbiota and were less likely to be overweight as toddlers.“Those infants growing up in households with heavy use of eco cleaners had much lower levels of the gut microbes Enterobacteriaceae (a family of bacteria that includes E. coli). However, we found no evidence that these gut microbiome changes caused the reduced obesity risk,” Kozyrskyj said.One reason could be that the use of eco-friendly products may be linked to healthier overall maternal lifestyles and eating habits, contributing in turn to the healthier gut microbiomes and weight of infants.“Antibacterial cleaning products have the capacity to change the environmental microbiome and alter risk for child overweight,” write the authors. “Our study provides novel information regarding the impact of these products on infant gut microbial composition and outcomes of overweight in the same population.”There are many findings that point to a possible causative role for disinfectants in altering gut flora and subsequently leading to a higher childhood BMI, said Kozyrskyj, noting that in studies of mice, Lachnospiraceae has been shown to cause insulin resistance and increased fat storage.“I would be comfortable in saying the high use of disinfectants had a contributory role … My advice would be to not overuse them,” she said.“Some people might say maybe go for an alternative, go for the eco product instead of the disinfectants as a cleaning agent.”In a related CMAJ commentary, epidemiologists Dr. Noel Mueller and Moira Differding of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health write: “There is biologic plausibility to the finding that early-life exposure to disinfectants may increase risk of childhood obesity through the alterations in bacteria within the Lachnospiraceae family.”They call for further studies “to explore the intriguing possibility that use of household disinfectants might contribute to the complex causes of obesity through microbially mediated mechanisms.”Kozyrskyj agreed, saying there is a need for further research that classifies cleaning products by their ingredients, with an analysis of their potential individual effects.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

US says Chinas death sentence against Canadian politically motivated

first_imgTORONTO — The U.S. State Department says China’s death sentence against a Canadian man is “politically motivated.”Wednesday’s statement from U.S. deputy spokesman Robert Palladino says that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke Tuesday and “expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals.”A Chinese court resentenced Robert Schellenberg to death in a sudden retrial of a drug-smuggling case on Monday.Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been talking to world leaders about Schellenberg’s case and the cases of two Canadians arrested in China in apparent retaliation for the arrest of Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.Canada arrested the daughter of Huawei’s founder at the request of the U.S., which wants her extradited to face fraud charges.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Preparations for food security summit focus of FAO regional conference in Iran

The 26th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East will open on 9 March in Tehran with a three-day meeting of high-ranking officials and experts from Member States, followed by a ministerial meeting on 12 and 13 March. FAO Director-General Dr. Jacques Diouf is slated to deliver a statement at the ministerial session.The agenda includes preparation for the “World Food Summit: five years later,” which will be held in Rome from 10 to 13 June. The Summit will track progress achieved since the 1996 World Food Summit and consider ways to accelerate the process of eradicating hunger around the world.According to FAO, current data indicates that the number of undernourished is falling at an average rate of only 6 million each year, far below the rate of 22 million per year needed to reach the World Food Summit goal of reducing the number of hungry people by half by 2015.Other topics on the regional conference’s slate include long-term plans for drought mitigation and management in the Near East, where water scarcity is the most serious challenge to agriculture throughout the region; trade liberalization policies; intra-regional trade and sustainable agricultural development.Participants are also expected to examine the problem of low forest cover, activities related to the observance of the International Year of Mountains, and other issues such as biodiversity for agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the Near East region. read more

UN agency boosts return of Angolan refugees from Republic of Congo

The flight follows a visit by representatives from the ROC, Angola and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to Angolans in the Congolese departments of Kouilou and Pointe Noire, accompanied by former refugees who gave glowing accounts of their own return and reintegration. At the end of the tripartite mission, UNHCR said that in the next few weeks it would interview refugees at different sites in ROC to determine whether or not they wanted to return home as part of its repatriation programme. Leaders of the three delegations agreed to accelerate the process so that more returns could be organized before the programme closes at the end of the year. They also pledged to ensure that the necessary logistical and security conditions were in place to ensure the smooth repatriation and reintegration of returnees.Some refugees told the visitors they were worried about the security situation in Angola, which only emerged in 2002 from 27 years of civil war, during which 500,000 people fled to neighbouring countries, and millions more were internally displaced. Following the 2002 peace agreement, over 370,000 refugees returned home, including 123,000 brought back by UNHCR. Many of the rest received UNHCR assistance on arrival. Another tripartite mission is expected to meet Angolans in other parts of the country later this month. read more

Let the holiday shopping begin Black Friday is on its way to

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 18, 2012 2:00 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian holiday shopping season is looking decidedly more American this year as retailers schedule a rush of Black Friday events in hopes that consumers will shop at home, rather than head south of the border.Whether its extended hours at some of the country’s busiest malls or door crasher events and heavy markdowns, most big name retailers have hopped on the Black Friday bandwagon with the fanfare once reserved for the Boxing Day holiday.Black Friday is timed to the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, and has become a tradition for many families who gather for dinner, then wake up early the next morning to take advantage of deep discounts.The day serves to kick off the holiday shopping season — the time when retailers turn a profit, or go “into the black” — and is widely considered the busiest shopping day of the year.It may just be a random November day for Canadians, but shoppers north of the border are increasingly buying into Black Friday, and the Monday after, which has come to be known as Cyber Monday because it’s when online retailers tend to hold their sales.A CIBC (TSX:CM) poll conducted by Harris/Decima being released Monday suggests nearly one-in- ten of the 1,000 Canadian survey respondents plans on making a purchase during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales period — suggesting that millions of Canadians will be shopping for holiday deals this weekend.Many Canadian retailers have jumped on the trend as a new way to angle a promotion, says Mark Satov, founder of management consulting firm Satov Consultants Inc.“Some retailers are feeling there’s a lot of dead time between Halloween and Christmas,” he said.“If you’re advertising a general event, you’re creating the impression that everything is on sale, and when consumers get there, everything doesn’t have to be on sale, but they’re there anyway, so they’re going to buy.”Promotional campaigns will be splashed across store windows and in flyers across the country this week, with retailers from Gap Inc. to PetSmart hopping aboard the trend to offer extended hours and sales.Other retailers appear to share that enthusiasm, including The Bay, which angled a mid-November sale as “Black Friday arrives early” — even though it was nearly a week and a half before U.S. Thanksgiving. Some retailers will stretch out Black Friday nearly as long, such as The Body Shop which is promoting sales that last for a week.But Canada’s version of Black Friday won’t be everything it’s hyped to be, some suggest.“It’s a myth,” says retail consultant Jim Danahy of CustomerLAB, which works with companies in all categories including drug, department, food and specialty retailers.“Stores are not bringing merchandise in any sooner than they were before. They are not changing their promotional calendars. It is simply the super-imposition of a term that exists in the United States here.”In some ways, drumming up enthusiasm for Black Friday is a move of desperation for Canadian retailers who are dealing with consumers who expect a lot more from their local stores than they did five years ago.The high value of the loonie and the availability of many U.S. deals online have encouraged Canadians to spend their money at American retailers.A survey released last week by Visa Canada found that about 44 per cent of respondents to a poll said they were planning to take advantage of discounts offered online by American retailers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The response marked a 10 per cent increase over a year ago, according to the survey conducted by Ipsos Reid.At one time, the event was on the radar of only the most avid Canadian shoppers, who would head stateside to capture the best deals, sometimes carpooling with friends or taking one of the many charter buses that head south for day trips. But when the loonie soared above parity in 2007, a growing number of Canadians began to take advantage of the cheaper price tags offered by American stores.Since then, Black Friday has grown to be a part of Canadian shopping culture, and cross-border shopping could prove particularly competitive this year after the federal government relaxed the rules in June.Cross-border shoppers who stay overnight in the United States are now allowed to bring back up to $200 worth of merchandise duty-free, rather than just $50 before the new rules were put in place.For people who travel between two and seven days, the limit has doubled to $800 from $400 while the limit for visits of more than a week increases to $800 from $750.Whether the rule changes will encourage more Canadians to shop stateside remains to be seen, but retailers aren’t taking any chances. This year, both Best Buy Canada and Future Shop join the list of companies that will champion their own Black Friday sales.“A lot of Canadians who might’ve planned to go to the States to shop, maybe they’ll come here instead,” said spokeswoman Danielle Jang.“We want to give Canadians a reason to shop with us.” Let the holiday shopping begin! Black Friday is on its way to Canadian stores AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Displaced by DR Congo violence survivors testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia

Briefing journalists in Geneva, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Spokesperson Babar Baloch, said that staff had heard numerous testimonies from people whose family members had been killed in Ituri province. Severe underfunding for aid work and insecurity involving the Hema and Lendu groups have meant that increasing numbers are vulnerable and unable even to go home to pick up essentials, he added. “These people are not even able to return,” Mr. Baloch said. “Many of them have reported people who have tried – or relatives who have tried – to return to their villages and to their homes have been reportedly attacked and killed.” Ebola efforts hindered by mass displacement of people ‘on the run’  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the mass displacement of people “on the run” has also hindered efforts to tackle the year-old Ebola virus outbreak. Latest data from the UN health agency published on Thursday indicated a total of 2,842 Ebola infections and 1,905 deaths in DRC’s Ituri and Nord Kivu provinces, with an overall fatality rate of 67 per cent. “The (Ebola) treatment centres are operational and the scenario of people – a highly mobile population on the run – is something that has been underlying in this response since the beginning, which is why it is so difficult to end it,” said WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier. Evidence of beheadings, several massacres The Hema and Lendu communities have a history of extreme violence in Ituri.  In late June, the UN Human Rights office, OHCHR, reported attacks on “multiple villages” in Djugu and Mahagi territories, where investigators found evidence of several massacres where some victims had been beheaded. Information gathered by the UN “seems to indicate that despite the attackers reportedly belong to one community, and the victims to others, there appear to be additional political and economic motives underlying the assaults”, OHCHR said in a statement at the time. In the latest violence, attacks and counter-attacks forced people to flee Djugu territory, UNHCR said, adding that both communities had reportedly formed self-defence groups and carried out revenge killings. “In the last three weeks of June alone, more than 145,000 newly displaced people sought safety and assistance in the displacement sites across Ituri, while 215,000 were estimated to have fled to the neighbouring areas,” Mr. Baloch said, in line with UNHCR’s earlier statements highlighting widespread displacement in late 2017 and early 2018 in three of Ituri’s five administrative territories: Djugu, Mahagi and Irumu.  “Difficulties with access in some places and the large area from which people have fled means the real figure is difficult to verify,” the UNHCR official warned. “Thousands have continued to flee since, although at lower rates.”  While most of the displaced have found shelter with host communities, tens of thousands have been forced to find shelter where they can.  Squalid camps, where fear rules“Fear and squalor” prevail in displacement camps, Mr. Baloch insisted, adding that many “are forced to sleep in the open”. In Drodro, a relatively small town that has seen its population triple in just a few weeks, “local schools and churches have transformed into large, squalid dormitories,” he said, noting that UNHCR has built emergency hangars for those sleeping in the open, and individual shelters for the most vulnerable. Funding for this humanitarian crisis remains critically low, however, and UNHCR is appealing to the international community to come forward with further funding and allow humanitarian organizations to provide basic, life-saving assistance.  So far this year, UNHCR has received only 32 per cent of the $150 million needed for its operations. read more

Pala man saves dog from burning house

first_imgPala man saves dog from burning house March 12, 2019 Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPALA (KUSI) – The fire that tore through Jose Guzman’s home in Pala destroyed almost everything his family owned, except for one thing, their dog.In cell phone video that’s gone viral, Guzman is seen rushing past firefighters and into his burning home in a frantic search for his dog. Fighting heavy smoke, Guzman ran to the back and found Gabbana still on her leash, but crouched inside the bathroom, the only room that had not burned.As the video shows, only a few moments later, both of them emerge, running out of the property to safety.With his adrenaline pumping, Guzman said he did not realize that he had been burned on his face and arms, until the rescue was over. His two and a half year old dog was singed on her nose and paws.In the blaze, Jose, his wife and three daughters lost almost all their possessions, including the tools that Jose uses for work.Guzman works two jobs, in construction, and as a landscaper. However, amid the rubble and ruin, Guzman said he sees the blessings. He has his family and their love, including the love of one family member who can’t put her appreciation into words.When asked what does the dog mean to him, he told us with his voice choking up with emotion, “She’s been with us forever. She’s part of the family. We love her.”You can help the Guzman family recover from the fire by donating to their GoFundMe page ( https://bit.ly/2VRoMne ). Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 4:33 PM Posted: March 12, 2019 Sasha Foo last_img read more

Emergency dispatch protocols cross river

first_imgImagine this: You’re on the bank of the Columbia River in Vancouver’s Wintler Park when you see a swimmer in distress. You call 911, only to get connected with dispatchers in Multnomah County. What gives?The routing of 911 calls from cellphones is based off the location of the tower that cellphone is using, explains Katy Myers, operations manager for Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency. Nearby towers in Clark County might be busy or the cellphone may get better reception with a tower across the river — resulting in the mix-up.Clark County’s local 911 center gets calls from Washington, Multnomah and Columbia counties in Oregon and they get calls from local residents. As more and more people rely primarily on cellphones, the 911 switcheroo happens more often.After a caller explains where he or she is, it takes seconds to get transferred to the correct 911 center, along with all the notes associated with the emergency call. The real danger is when people don’t know their location, Myers said.“Lots of people seem to think we know where they are because of the GPS on their phone,” she said. “We don’t have pinpointed addresses for people who call from a cellphone.”last_img read more

Nuns in Africa create social enterprise startups to help communities

first_imgHeather Adams By: Heather Adams Share This! Back in California, John Ottoboni, chief operating officer and senior legal counsel at Santa Clara University, had been waiting for the right way to honor his wife, Nancy, who had recently died from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.As a young woman, she had stopped short of making her final vows as a Sister of the Holy Cross but continued to stay close to the order, and the friendship has continued through Ottoboni.He saw Miller Center’s workshops as a meaningful way to keep alive the memory of a woman he describes as “the soul of kindness.”“To continue to honor her memory is a joy, one that tempers the profound sense of loss that surfaces from time to time,” he said. “In a small way I felt like we were walking with (the sisters) on what may prove to be an expanded journey for them.”Thane Kreiner, left, and Siser Eneless Chimbali, right, met in July 2018 at the Vatican Impact Investing Conference. Together they helped initiate the Sisters Blended Value Project. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara UniversityThe project, now known as the Sisters Blended Value Project, has generated ideas for social enterprise startups ranging from Imbali’s local poultry farming to health care programs. Miller Center hopes to replicate the March workshop at other ACWECA congregations. There are more than 400 member congregations, comprising some 30,000 sisters.Kreiner expects that if he can reach 10 percent of the congregations over the next three years, the movement will spread through the sisters’ network to grow the number of social enterprises.“Our idea at the end of this project is for you to transform your social ministries into social enterprises,” said Sister Cecilia Njeri, ACWECA’s president, in her opening remarks at the March workshop.At the workshop, the sisters began by discussing the problems in their communities, then moved to how they could fix them. By the end of the workshop, the sisters each had a 90-second elevator pitch.Some of the sisters had previous experience in business. Sister Juunza Mwangani of the Religious Sisters of the Holy Spirit in Zambia has a business degree, but prior to the workshop she had never blended her charity work with her business experience.“I think in a lot of people’s minds there’s been this artificial distinction between doing good and using business strategies,” Kreiner said.At the hospital where she works, Mwangani hopes to create a system where those who want private rooms, fast-tracked service and other accommodations can get them by paying more. The extra money will then pay for those who can’t afford to visit the hospital at all.Another program will establish a school for middle-class girls, whose tuition will subsidize the fees of children from low-income families.Sister Juunza Mwangani, center, participates in a Sisters Blended Value Project workshop with fellow nuns in early March 2019 in Kenya. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara UniversityMwangani also hopes to teach the rest of her community the things she learned at the workshop.“I was tasked with coming back to teach everyone else in my community,” Mwangani said. “And I’m ready to do that.”For many Africans, the most difficult adaptation will be to the idea of the church asking them to make their own way. In some communities, Mwangani pointed out, it has become expected that whatever the church offers is given out for free. With the social enterprise model, mindsets will have to change.“The approach we have taken will meet a bit of resistance in some communities,” she said. “But we are not going to leave them behind. We are going to get them on board.”Another hurdle is the slim success rate of startups, 60 percent to 90 percent of which fail.But for these sisters, failure isn’t new. If a sister’s original idea fails, Chimbali said, the sisters will “be quick to start another direction.”And together, they will learn from each other’s failures and successes — hoping to start a movement that could change their communities for generations to come.“It’s my prayer that it does not end with this generation,” Imbali said. “But a foundation laid down to change the face of the community.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsAfrica homepage featured Roman Catholic sisters Santa Clara University Silicon Valley social enterprise social entrepeneurship Top Story,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Nuns in Uganda learn about social enterprise opportunities as part of the Sisters Blended Value Project. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara University Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Catholicism Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Heather Adams News News • Photos of the Week By: Heather Adams Heather Adams,Load Comments,Gospel choirs try to build racial harmony through song Sisters Blended Value Project participants learn about social enterprise opportunities in Kenya. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara University Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Nuns with the Sisters Blended Value Project visit an agricultural social enterprise in Uganda. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara University Egyptian seminary renews its claim as arbiter of Islam’s true meaning Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Sisters in Kenya handle chickens while learning about social enterprise opportunities at a poultry farm. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara University(RNS) — Sister Christine Imbali of the Assumption Sisters of Eldoret, in western Kenya, has been working to help low-income women and families end their reliance on her small community of Catholic religious women and other charitable groups. Instead of a charity, she wants to give families in the country’s fifth-largest city the option to be self-sustaining and to contribute an important aspect of a healthy city — nutrition.Her idea: chickens.“You cannot evangelize to people who are hungry, who are dying, who are not getting an education,” Imbali said. In April, she hopes to introduce poultry farming to her families in hopes that social enterprise, as these kinds of helping businesses are known, will take off in Kenya.The notion of do-gooding chickens originated in July of last year at the third Vatican Conference on Impact Investing in Rome. The conference was part of a series intended to “serve as a vital, long-term, global platform around Pope Francis’ vision of ‘placing the economy at the service of peoples,’” according to the conference’s report.It was there that Sister Eneless Chimbali, secretary-general of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa, met Thane Kreiner, executive director of the 22-year-old Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, an “accelerator” of social enterprise startups at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit school in Northern California. The center focuses on poverty, climate change and social inequality and works with a diverse range of industries.Thane Kreiner, left, addresses a Sisters Blended Value Project workshop in early March 2019. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara UniversityBut just eight months later, in early March 2019, Kreiner found himself more than 9,500 miles from Silicon Valley addressing 35 Catholic sisters from Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe at a social enterprise workshop in Kenya.The meeting was exactly the kind of unexpected partnership the planners of the Vatican conference had envisioned, said Beth Collins, Catholic Relief Services’ managing director of impact investing.For Miller Center and the sisters, it meant the start of a whole new movement.Chimbali said she had long been asking herself how the sisters would remain relevant in their home communities as resources dwindled. For Kreiner, who knew that social enterprise worked best when it came from those deeply invested in their communities, the lightbulb went off when he heard Chimbali tell the Rome conference: “Sisters are always there. Others come and go, but the sisters will always remain.”The only remaining problem was funding. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Bowser Administration Urges Solar Energy in DC

first_imgMayor Muriel BowserD.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) wants the District to use more green energy. On Aug. 12 she convened a press conference on the roof of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center in Northwest with officials of her administration. She, along with Tommy Wells, director of the District Department of Energy and Environment (DDOEE), were there to announce her clean energy initiatives which include solarizing residences and businesses. Bowser is following President Obama’s urge to Americans to use green energy sources, such as solar, when possible.“Washington, D.C. is answering the president’s call by making the District a greener and healthier city,” the mayor said. “And we’re doing it in a way that puts residents first and saves their hard earned tax dollars. We want to show the rest of the country what’s possible through commitment, collaboration and creativity.”Bowser has charged Wells with promoting solar energy to District residents. “Over the coming weeks, the Department of Energy and Environment will announce several initiatives utilizing solar power to help District residents reduce their power bills to lowering financial barriers and expanding renewable energy access to District-based small businesses through innovative policy-driven public-private investment,” he said.He said a program to solarize the homes of 130 low income residents is already in place. “Those residents will be in Wards 5, 7, and 8,” Wells said. “The process is simple: fill out an application, [and] the DDOEE will verify income, look at the house, and make plans to install the solar energy system.” Wells said that small businesses can go through a similar process.Robert Robinson, vice president for outreach for DC SUN, a pro-solar power organization, told the AFRO that many residents in eastern Washington are using the Low Income Energy Assistance Program because they need assistance in paying their electric bills and that solar homes are more energy efficient.Darlene Williams, a Deanwood resident, likes the solar panels on her roof. “Solar helps me save money with my energy bills,” she said. Williams said in the winter, her bills range from $15-$75 a month, and during the summer months, because her cooling system is on automatic, her bills are about $195. “If I didn’t have solar, in the winter my bills would be about $100 and in the summer $400,” she said.last_img read more

HDMIboy will upgrade your Game Boy with crisp HD visuals

first_imgIf you’ve ever tried plugging an older console from the days before HD into a modern TV the problem is immediately obvious. The visuals can look pretty terrible, and it’s for that reason devices such as the XRGB-mini Framemeister upscaler are becoming increasingly popular. Now a team in the Netherlands is creating a big-screen HD solution just for the Game Boy.The project is still in the very early stages, but promises a lot. The HDMIboy is aiming to upgrade your classic Game Boy to output HD visuals on a big screen TV. The tech is not quite ready yet, but this sneak-peak video of the intro to The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening shows a lot of promise.It’s unclear exactly what the finished product will be, but I’d guess it’s going to be some kind of hardware device that sits between the Game Boy hardware and a HDMI connection to a display. The prototype images appearing on HDMIboy’s Facebook page also show the use of a NES gamepad acting as a controller for the setup.The ultimate aim of the HDMIboy team is to get a Kickstarter campaign going before the end of 2014 to fund development of the final product.If you’ve still got a Game Boy and games lying around then this is certainly a project worth keeping an eye on. You can sign up at the HDMIboy website to be emailed when new details are released and the Kickstarter begins. If they can produce a solution that’s no more expensive than a new Game Boy game used to cost, they could be on to a winner.last_img read more

Governor to meet SEC chief today take stock of poll prep

first_imgKolkata: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi will hold a meeting with state Election Commissioner A K Singh on Wednesday, to take stock of the preparations for the ensuing Panchayat elections, the dates for which was announced by the state Election Commission (SEC) on Saturday.Sources in the Raj Bhavan said that Singh had sought the time from the Governor, to discuss certain aspects of security and other things related to poll-preparedness. “The stand of the state government in various matters related to the polls and the allegations made by the Opposition will also come up for discussion in the meeting,” a top official of SEC said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMeanwhile, the state government once again engaged in a shadow duel with the Governor, over BJP state President Dilip Ghosh’s comment that the Governor was reportedly “worried about violence in Bengal and wanted Central forces in the state during the Panchayat polls.” State Education minister and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee told mediapersons: “People of Bengal have stopped considering the Governor as a neutral person. We have never heard from the Governor that he wants Central Forces. But Dilip babu (Dilip Ghosh) has said so. Why should things said to a delegation come out in public? Why are the Opposition scared of the rule of law?” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedGhosh, along with BJP leader Mukul Roy, led a delegation and met Tripathi on Tuesday afternoon. It may be mentioned that one person has died in alleged clashes over submission of nomination forms ahead of the Panchayat polls. The filing of nominations had started on Monday, soon after the SEC put forth the notification, declaring the election dates. Clashes were reported from Bankura’s Onda, Lalbagh in Murshidabad, Arambagh in Hooghly district, Suri and Labhpur in Birbhum.”The Opposition has started visiting the Governor with an attempt to disturb the smooth poll process and the development taken up by the government under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee,” Chatterjee said.last_img read more

Canadians love Newfoundland says Globus even more with 5 discount

first_imgCanadians love Newfoundland, says Globus, even more with 5% discount Share Friday, January 26, 2018 TORONTO — Globus is heading back to Newfoundland and Labrador this year, and as in years past, the destination is proving to be a hit among Canadians.“We do get clients from Australia, Europe and around the world. But the vast majority of the passengers for these tours are actually domestic – mainly from Ontario,” said Stéphanie Bishop of the Globus family of brands’ Canadian office.Tour director James Saunders agrees, saying that he notices a definite pattern forming. “Our passengers know that Newfoundland is a vast province and they love leaving the driving to someone else so everyone can take in the amazing scenery,” he said.The tours have been so popular that Globus has added a second itinerary to the province this year. A seven-day ‘Colorful Newfoundland’ tour with nine departures has been added to the 12-day ‘Newfoundland & Labrador’ itinerary, which now includes 20 departures. Both tours are offered between June and September.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongOn why the province resonates so much with travellers, Saunders cites its people as being a huge contributing factor. “Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans, I’ve found, can see the humour in everything. The humour is constant, and that’s before they start being funny!” he said, adding that the local music, history, wildlife and food are also big draws.To entice travellers to book, Globus is offering 5% off on all product when booked by April 24.For more go to agentlingo.ca. Travelweek Group center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Globus, Newfoundland and Labradorlast_img read more

Southwest Airlines confirms nonstop flight from Baltimore to Costa Rica in 2015

first_imgSouthwest Airlines announced Friday that it plans to add a route from Baltimore to San José. The carrier, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to add its first destination in Central America. The airline would offer daily roundtrip service between Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Juan Santamaria International Airport.The route would  begin operations on March 7, 2015, pending the Department of Transportation’s approval.“We’re ready to add the adventure and beauty of Costa Rica to a growing horizon of international possibility available,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines president, in a press release.Tourism Minister Wilhelm von Breymann welcomed the announcement and said “Ticos share an essence of friendliness and hospitality for which Southwest Airlines is also known. We look forward to offering the nature, culture, history, cuisine, adventure, peace and prosperity of Costa Rica to even more visitors from the United States.”The U.S. is Costa Rica’s main source of tourists and more than 90 percent of them entered the country by air. Last year alone some 870,000 U.S. citizens arrived in the country with a tourist visa according to the Immigration Administration.The airline currently flies internationally to Dominican Republic, Mexico, Aruba, Bahamas and Jamaica. Facebook Comments Related posts:United Airlines announces more nonstop flights to Houston and New York during Christmas season More flights coming: Delta adds Minneapolis and LA routes to Costa Rica JetBlue announces new flight to Costa Rica from Boston starting in November Travelers in Costa Rica can pay departure tax at airports for 3 more monthslast_img read more