His character on the upcoming season of American Horror Story may relish violence, but in real life, James Cromwell is committed to ending it.Video: Oscar Nominee James Cromwell Warns Against ViolenceThat’s why the Oscar nominee has teamed up with PETA UK for a new video public service announcement that warns everyone to look out for people who hurt animals – before they move on to hurting other humans.“People who commit violent acts often start out by hurting animals”, explains Cromwell in the video. “If you know of someone who’s abusing or neglecting an animal, don’t ignore it or just assume that someone else will do something. Call the police. And if you have kids or grandkids, please talk to them about the importance of being kind to animals. That conversation might save a life. Let’s stop the cycle of violence before it begins.”Studies have shown that violent and aggressive criminals are more likely to have abused animals as children than criminals who are considered non-aggressive. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals. Because abusers target the powerless, crimes against animals, spouses, children and the elderly often go hand in hand. An abuser may even harm or threaten to harm an animal as a way of emotionally terrorizing a family member.Known for his acclaimed roles in Babe, The Green Mile, The Artist and Six Feet Under, among many others, Cromwell will soon be seen on FXUK playing Dr Arden on American Horror Story: Asylum.Cromwell is part of a long list of celebrities – including Pamela Anderson, Justin Bieber, Lea Michele, Tamara Ecclestone, Ricky Gervais and Joaquin Phoenix – who have teamed up with PETA UK to promote kindness to animals.For more information on preventing abuse towards animals, visit PETA.org.uk.
Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook There is nothing quite like a good story teller. And when said story is about Alberta’s rich cultural history- told through the lens of music, unique and interesting are the result.Trust the innovative folks at the National Music Centre (NMC) and ATB Financial to understand the cache of this unique pairing. It’s inaugural installment- ATB Storytellers Series, premiered to rave reviews Oct 6 in the fabulous Studio Bell performance hall and featured an interview and performance with Calgary-born synth-pop act Tegan and Sara. Award-winning Calgary-based singer-songwriter Jann Arden did a superb job as host and interviewer.“We are proud of our Alberta roots and look forward to visiting Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, for the first time,” said Tegan and Sara.The ATB Storytellers Exhibition, sponsored by ATB Financial, is a new temporary exhibition that showcases Alberta’s rich music story. The exhibition is free and accessible to the public through January 8, 2017.The exhibit features a collection of artifacts and recorded oral histories with iconic Albertans, including Jann Arden, noted journalist Holger Petersen, jazz pianist Tommy Banks, Royalty Records Founder R. Harlan Smith, blues artist Amos Garrett, and France Levasseur-Ouimet, Franco-Albertan historian and professor emeritus, among others.Centering on four themes—Music Through the Times, Music in Alberta’s Communities, Cultural Influences on Music, and Prairie Scramble—the exhibition also features digital stories made in collaboration with several elementary schools, highlighting the next generation of Albertans. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “In a lot of ways the history of music in Alberta is the history of Alberta, with its diverse voices and huge impact on our day-to-day lives,” said Dave Mowat, president and CEO, ATB Financial. “We’re thrilled that the ATB Storytellers Exhibition at Studio Bell will retell some of the made-in-Alberta stories that many may have never heard.” Advertisement
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Newlywed Ziad Dallal and his wife arrived home in New York, with wedding keepsakes in their bags, to find John F. Kennedy International Airport paralyzed by winter weather woes that cancelled flights, froze equipment and separated thousands of passengers from their luggage.Eleven days later, the couple on Thursday was still waiting for one of their bags, or even a clear answer on where it was. Last they heard, a local luggage delivery company had it. Or it might be in a Delta Air Lines warehouse in Atlanta.“Yes, there was a very bad weather situation, but that does not excuse anyone,” said Dallal, a comparative literature doctoral student at New York University. “This is totally unacceptable to me and to my wife and to every passenger, I believe.”The Brooklyn couple, who flew back from London after marrying in Lebanon, was awakened at 1 a.m. Friday when a deliveryman suddenly showed up with one of their bags, Dallal said. The two cancelled dinner plans Saturday after being told the second bag was coming, but it didn’t.It’s among a hundred or more bags still missing after a long weekend of dysfunction at JFK, where a Jan. 4 snowstorm and subsequent cold snap spiraled into frozen equipment, planes waiting hours for backed-up arrival gates, a burst water pipe that flooded one terminal and days of delays.The luggage in limbo is a fraction of the thousands of unclaimed bags that accumulated during the chaos. But it illuminates the magnitude of the breakdown and airlines’ limitations in handling baggage backups.The industry generally has a good record on luggage: Thanks to improvements in bag-tracking technology and processes, the rate of mishandled baggage has fallen 70 per cent since 2007, hitting a record low in 2016, according to airline technology firm SITA. But airlines aren’t prepared for an unexpected backlog that happens fast, said Robert Mann, an industry consultant and former airline executive.“When an event like this happens, there’s suddenly no physical manpower to address it,” Mann said. “They are forced back into manual procedures and not equipped to handle it.”No kidding, says Inderjit Singh Kaul. He still was waiting Thursday in Mumbai, India, for word of the bag he last saw at JFK after a Jan. 6 flight from London.He said the suitcase cleared customs at JFK, and then was re-checked when he went on to Las Vegas for a digital marketing conference.The bag didn’t get to Vegas — where Kaul missed part of the conference buying new clothes — until after he left for Mumbai Jan. 10, he said. The suitcase was apparently loaded the next day on a Paris-bound plane, supposedly to continue to Mumbai, but that’s where the trail goes cold, he said.“They should have tracked it. I don’t know what’s happening,” said Kaul, who went the Mumbai airport Thursday to inquire again about what became of his bag. “Nobody has any idea.”Atlanta-based Delta said its JFK baggage operation had cleared the backlog and sent bags out to be delivered by Jan. 10, adding that it needs accurate contact and delivery information to return luggage.It’s unclear how many bags remain unaccounted-for.An airport official said Wednesday the backlog had dwindled to about 100 bags from Air China flights; the official wasn’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. A message left with the Beijing-based airline’s JFK office was not immediately returned.But the official’s tally apparently doesn’t include bags that may have been given to delivery agencies or flown elsewhere.The airport agency, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a statement Wednesday that it’s “unacceptable that international airlines lack adequate on-the-ground resources” at JFK to return bags to passengers.Under U.S. regulations and international agreements, an international passenger whose luggage was lost may be able to recoup up to $1,536. A domestic passenger might claim up to $3,500. For baggage delays, airlines may have to pay “reasonable” expenses.U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, spotlighted the JFK luggage lag Monday while pressing federal transportation officials to urge foreign airlines to work better with the airport’s government and private operators.The Port Authority has tapped former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to investigate all the problems that followed the snowstorm, while the Federal Aviation Administration probes whether the Port Authority fell down on clearing snow.David Elizandro, meanwhile, is finally unpacked after getting back from London early on Jan. 8.After days of calling, waiting and wondering, the banking executive said he got the first of his bags Friday. The second arrived Tuesday at his Manhattan apartment, and Delta offered him a three-figure gift card, said Elizandro, who’s logged many miles with the airline.“It wasn’t that the bag was on the other side of the world and had to be sent back,” he marveled Wednesday. “It literally took, in one case, eight days to get from JFK to the Upper West Side.”
New Delhi: Micromax Informatics on Friday launched its budget #iOne smartphone with notch display in India for Rs 4,999. Targeted towards new-age consumers, the device comes with 19:9 screen, a 2200mAh battery and a 5MP+5MP dual rear camera with over nine shooting modes. “Our newest #iOne Notch Display hosts a 19:9 screen that ensures more content is displayed without the edges being cut,” Sunil Joon, Head Strategy, Micromax Informatics Ltd, said in a statement. The Micromax #iOne is the first UNISOC SC9863 octacore chipset-powered smartphone in India. The device sports 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, with support for 128GB memory card. The smartphone runs Android Pie operating system (OS).
Rabat – The party that leads the Moroccan coalition government opposes proposals calling for reforming inheritance law.The Party of Justice and Development (PJD) has issued a communique on Thursday in which it states its unequivocal rejection of any debate regarding equality of men and women in inheritance.The communique comes following a proposal made by the Moroccan Council of Human Rights (CNDH), in which it called on the government to establish equality between men and women in inheritance. In a report released on Tuesday, the CNDH emphasized that Moroccan women should receive the same inheritance as men, in accordance with the 2011 constitution.Reacting to the proposal, the leader of the coalition government said in a communique that the proposal is an ““an irresponsible decision” and a “flagrant violation” of the Moroccan constitution.“The proposal made by the Moroccan Council of Human Rights isa flagrant violation of the constitution, particularly Article 19, which regulates equality between men and women in accordance with Morocco’s religious and national idiosyncrasy,” the PJD said in a communique.The PJD went to add the proposal encroaches on the prerogatives of King Mohammed VI in his capacity as Commander of the Faithful.“The proposal encroaches on the prerogatives of the King in his capacity as Commander of the Faithful and contradicts what he said he his speech at the inauguration of the legislative year of 2003 when he said that in, such capacity, he can neither permit what God has forbidden, nor forbid what the Almighty has allowed,” the PJD added.
OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday following two straight hikes but suggested future increases are still likely, albeit at a more gradual pace.In its scheduled announcement, the central bank said it held off this time in part because it expects the recent strength of the Canadian dollar to slow the rise in the pace of inflation.To make its case, the bank also pointed to the substantial, persistent unknowns around geopolitical developments as well as U.S.-related fiscal and trade policies, such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Governor Stephen Poloz has introduced two rate hikes since July — at consecutive policy meetings — in response to the economy’s impressive run over the last four quarters. The increases removed the two rate cuts introduced in 2015 as insurance following the collapse in oil prices.The bank suggested Wednesday that it will stick to its rate-hiking trajectory, although at perhaps a more-tentative pace.“While less monetary policy stimulus will likely be required over time, governing council will be cautious in making future adjustments to the policy rate,” the bank said in a statement.The bank stressed it will pay particular attention to incoming data to assess four areas: the unfolding impact of higher interest rates on indebted households, the evolution of the economy’s capacity, wage growth and inflation. Its next rate announcement is set for Dec. 6.Later Wednesday, Poloz told reporters that almost any departure from the bank’s projections on these four issues would be fodder for deeper discussion about the trend-setting rate.“We must be open. We can be surprised in either direction relative to our forecast,” Poloz said. “But we need to be extremely interpretive of those movements.”Poloz reiterated his recent comments that each policy meeting is “live.”The central bank also released updated projections Wednesday that forecast economic growth to moderate after Canada’s powerful performance, particularly since the start of the year.It now expects real gross domestic product to slow from its robust annual pace of 3.1 per cent this year to 2.1 per cent in 2018 and 1.5 per cent in 2019.The economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 per cent in the first three months of 2017 and 4.5 per cent in the second quarter. The bank’s latest outlook now predicts real GDP to grow at an annual rate of 1.8 per cent in the third quarter and 2.5 per cent in the final three months of 2017.“Real GDP growth is expected to moderate to a still-solid pace close to two per cent … over the second half of the year,” the bank said.The bank forecasts declining contributions from residential investment and consumption, which largely fuelled Canada’s recent growth spurt. These changes will largely be consequences of higher borrowing rates, higher household indebtedness and policy measures aimed at cooling hot real estate markets, the report said.The bank provided an estimate for the economic impact of incoming guidelines to reinforce mortgage underwriting practices, which were announced recently by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. The changes, which will take effect next year, are expected to trim 0.2 per cent from GDP by the end of 2019, the bank said.Moving forward, the bank said economic activity will advance on a “more-sustainable” trajectory led by rising foreign demand, recent increases in commodity prices, still-low borrowing rates and government infrastructure spending. It also projects steady growth in business investment, which rebounded in early 2017.The weaker-than-expected rollout of federal infrastructure spending will provide a smaller boost for the economy in 2017 than the bank had anticipated. The commitments, however, are expected to lift growth over the coming quarters, the report said.Poloz was asked Wednesday about the potential economic impacts of the Trudeau government’s announcement this week that it would enhance its child-benefit program so payments to families with kids start rising with the cost of living next July, two years earlier than Ottawa had initially promised.The change will lower government revenues by $5.6 billion over five years, the government estimates.Poloz declined to comment on the specifics of the government’s announcement, but he did credit the introduction of the original program last year as a “significant contributor” to the economy. He said the child benefit lifted GDP growth for a year by 0.5 per cent.“As for the change, at the moment, it doesn’t sound anywhere near as large as what was done last year,” said Poloz, who added the bump in growth from the child benefit was likely only felt in the program’s first year.“In real terms, it’s maintaining it.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter.
According to the Police, the elevator had stalled owing to an overload when it was on its way from the ground floor to the ninth floor where the club is located. The elevator had than crashed to the ground. The Police said that 24 year old Kokila Sammandaperuma, a resident of Battaramulla, was killed in the accident while two others sustained injuries and were admitted to hospital.Sammandaperuma was reportedly crushed between the lift and the side wall when he attempted to jump out of the lift. One person was killed and two others sustained injuries following an accident at a night club in Nawam Mawatha today.The Police said that a malfunction of an elevator at Green Lanka Towers where the night club is located, resulted in the accident. Several people who were attending the ‘Amuseum’ night club were in the elevator at the time of the accident. The Papare website reported that Kokila Sammandaperuma was a CR & FC prop forward.He has represented CR & FC from the start of his professional career and is a household name at the Longdon Place club.The Slave Island Police are conducting further investigations. (Colombo Gazette)
VoIP SLAs: Can You Measure How Your Carrier Is Doing? Gary Audin June 14, 2019 Startup PhoneSentry tackles complex voice monitoring and alerting puzzle-1713170__340.jpg Zoom troubleshooting dashboard in PowerSuite 6 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery December 06, 2018 This post, the second in a two-part series, delves into possible causes for poor application performance — and how to check them. Over the years, Unify Square has built a business out of providing management tools and services for Microsoft-based communications and collaboration environments — first for Lync, then Skype for Business, and as of last summer, Teams. Now, the company has determined, it’s time to expand its management capabilities to other collaboration platforms that are gaining prominence within the enterprise, whether or not they’re running alongside a Microsoft suite, Case said. Toward that end, Unify Square earlier this week announced it will be adding Zoom, Slack, and Workplace by Facebook to its PowerSuite roster, working with those respective vendors on how to consume the data required to manage their wares. As it brings these non-Microsoft products under management, PowerSuite morphs into a cross-platform management and security tool for voice, meetings, and workstream collaboration. This should be a boon for enterprise IT managers, enabling them to strengthen governance, compliance, and usage policies across the disparate vendors’ solutions. First out of the bag will be Zoom support in PowerSuite, which Case said is nearly ready for internal testing and trials with key customers. The Slack and Workplace by Facebook offerings will follow almost immediately thereafter; “these are all things we’ve been working on in parallel,” he said, noting that the company designated much of the $10 million in Series C funding it received last summer to these development efforts. In other words, he added, Unify Square hasn’t taken development dollars from its Microsoft program to build out these new offerings. 10 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery November 21, 2018 This post, the first in a series, explores possible causes in client-side processing and network transport. Among its customer base of primarily Fortune 100 companies, Unify Square has seen this time and again, said John Case, CEO of the UC management provider. “We’re looking at these growth trends in the market — we see what’s happening with messaging, what’s happening with collaboration, what’s happening with video.” Even as enterprise IT decision makers carefully vet products for factors such as security, manageability, and support, end users willfully grab freemium versions of tools they think will help them get their jobs done. Such is the way of the world today — a reality that’s left many IT leaders struggling to identify exactly what’s in use in their organizations and to then figure out how to make the best of what’s out there. And should you be wondering why Unify Square didn’t opt to add management support for Cisco collaboration tools, given their widespread use, Case had this to say: “Cisco is a well-established play … and there are some big vendors that do that management very well. We felt we weren’t going to bring enough additional advantage to that short term.”Tags:News & ViewsVideoUC ManagementUnify SquarePowerSuiteZoomWorkplace by FacebookSlackgovernancecomplianceMonitoring & ManagementCloud CommunicationsManaged ServicesMeetingsMessagingProduct News Articles You Might Like “We’re very enthusiastic about Teams long term. Teams is becoming a very well-used platform. … This is not about us stepping away from Microsoft, but just the opposite,” Case said. “A lot of our customers are using Office 365 plus something — and that’s what this strategy is about.” This isn’t to say that platforms like Microsoft’s are getting weaker, he added, but that enterprises are adding others into the mix. “A lot of companies — our customers — are thinking everyday about how they can layer on solutions to make their employees more successful.” Zoom_Troubleshooting.png Reaping the Value of Cloud Service Management Data Gary Audin April 05, 2019 In this Q&A with a Virsae executive, learn how access to big data can be a boon for UC and contact center improvements. See All in Monitoring & Management » While Unify Square will initially provide dedicated offerings for each of the products, those IT organizations managing multiple collaboration platforms — Teams and Zoom, Slack and Skype for Business, or Zoom and Workplace by Facebook, for example — will be able to get actionable guidance across them, Case said. On a platform-by-platform level, for example, they’ll be able to see usage data — who, where, how often, he added. In addition, Unify Square will add Zoom, Slack, and Workplace by Facebook as options in its consulting and managed services portfolio, Case said. Are Open Source Active Path Testing Tools Viable for You? Terry Slattery July 08, 2019 An open source path testing tool could be an alternative to a commercial product, but you must understand the tradeoffs. Log in or register to post comments
Almost half (47%) of those surveyed have had a “verbal disagreement” with their device, while 31% admit to shouting at it “as if it was a real person”.The majority (52%) of respondents admit they “switch off” and pay little attention to road signs and landmarks once a sat nav is leading the way.Mytaxi general manager Andy Jones said: “Sat nav technology is undoubtedly a huge help to many people, but it is certainly not flawless. “The results can be both frustrating and comical, as evidenced by the huge number of misadventures we have recorded.”Councils claim lorry drivers should be banned from using sat navs designed for cars after a spate of heavy goods vehicles causing chaos on routes where they exceeded the weight or height limit. A historic bridge in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, was closed for months after it was driven over by a lorry more than 10 times heavier than the structure’s weight limit in September last year.Residents in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, reported chaotic scenes in October last year when a lorry got stuck after being driven through the town’s main shopping street. From December 4, learner drivers will have to safely use sat navs to pass their driving test as part of a major overhaul of the assessment.Transport minister Andrew Jones claimed the measure will help save lives and ensure the test is “relevant in the 21st century”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Local Government Association, representing councils in England and Wales, wants legislation brought in to make it compulsory for lorry drivers who use sat navs to use commercial devices which include information on bridge heights and narrow roads. Motorists waste the equivalent of 29 hours every year using sat navs, according to a new study.The time is lost when the devices send drivers either the long way or wrong way to their destinations, the report commissioned by black cab app mytaxi found.The figure is based on analysis of the proportion of journeys delayed by sat nav misdirection and the average length of the hold-ups.A poll of 2,000 drivers revealed that 27% cite confusing directions as the most annoying aspect of sat navs.
They also said taking a baby from her would cause greater psychiatric harm than terminating the pregnancy.But both the woman’s mother and her social worker were against a termination.Lawyers representing the woman, who has a “moderately severe” learning disability and mood disorder, also said she should be allowed to give birth.Justice Nathalie Lieven, sitting in the Court of Protection, said on Friday: “I am acutely conscious of the fact that for the state to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn’t want it is an immense intrusion.”But she added that she had to act in the woman’s “best interests, not on society’s views of termination”.Bishop Sherrington said: “Forcing a woman to have an abortion against her will, and that of her close family, infringes her human rights, not to mention the right of her unborn child to life in a family that has committed to caring for this child. In a free society like ours there is a delicate balance between the rights of the individual and the powers of the state.”He added: “This case, for which all the information is not available, raises serious questions about the meaning of ‘best interests’ when a patient lacks mental capacity and is subject to the court’s decision against her will.” The Court of Appeal heard that Mrs Justice Lieven’s analysis of what was in the woman’s best interests was flawed.John McKendrick QC, representing the woman’s mother, said the judge had speculated about what would happen if the pregnancy continued.”There is a clear overall view of a young woman who wishes to have a baby,” he said.Katie Gollop QC, representing the woman, who is from the London area but cannot be identified, said the evidence showed that she was “highly adaptable” and “flexible”.The court heard that the “circumstances of the conception” were “unclear” and that a police investigation was ongoing. The Court of Appeal has blocked a mentally ill woman’s abortion after the Catholic church warned it would infringe her human rights.Three senior judges overturned a ruling made on Friday that the woman, who is in her 20s and 22 weeks pregnant, should have a termination against her wishes because it was in her best interests.The woman’s mother, who is Catholic and a midwife, brought the challenge after arguing that she would look after the baby.John Sherrington, a bishop in the Catholic diocese of Westminster, had branded the original ruling, made by the Court of Protection, “sad and distressing”. Following the decision, doctors told the woman she would go to sleep and when she woke up the “baby would no longer be in her tummy but she would get a new doll.”But the woman, who has a mental age of between six and nine, will now be allowed to continue with the pregnancy.The appeal judges said they would provide their reasons for overturning the ruling at a later date.The NHS Trust responsible for the woman’s care had asked for the court’s permission to terminate the pregnancy.Three specialists, an obstetrician and two psychiatrists argued there was a risk to the woman’s psychiatric health if the pregnancy continued and said her behaviour could pose a risk to a baby. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan last March saw thousands die, homes destroyed, a nuclear reactor meltdown, and power issues for many months afterwards. But Japan is recovering slowly, and using the disaster as an excuse to try something new in areas of the country affected by those events.One of the most interesting new ideas is called the “Dream Project.” It’s a new farm being planned for a 600 acre site in Miyagi Prefecture that was flooded with sea water during the tsunami. This farm isn’t very typical though, as it will be run entirely by robots. The farm will grow fruit, vegetables, rice, soybeans, and wheat. They will be planted and harvested by robotic tractors, and then boxed up by other robots before being shipped for us humans to enjoy.As well as being unmanned, the farm also aims to minimize the use of chemicals and pollution. With that in mind, the carbon dioxide produced from the robotic tractor engines will be stored and fed back into the crops. Pesticides are out, in their place will be special LED lighting.The company’s involved in the farm project include Ajinomoto, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Ito-Yokado Co., NEC, Panasonic, Sharp, and Yammer. Meaning we’re sure to see some advanced robotic designs and behavior.Considering the size of the site and technology involved, there is significant investment required to set the farm up. $52 million will be invested over the next 6 years by the Japanese ministry of agriculture, with a further $78 million of investment coming from private companies.If successful, the robotics and techniques used will certainly filter down into machinery for all farms. We may even one day get the chance to turn our home gardens into mini-farms run by robots and producing fresh food for us to eat everyday. Read more at AFP
21 Comments A man waves the former national flags during a protest in Skopje, Macedonia. Image: AP/PA Images Jun 17th 2018, 10:17 AM A man waves the former national flags during a protest in Skopje, Macedonia. THE SMALL FISHING village of Psarades is about to make history today when the leaders of Greece and Macedonia meet to bury a 27-year-old name row, but many locals are seething.“I would not call it a pleasant day,” says Achileas Papadopoulos, a 60-year-old fisherman on the banks of Lake Prespa, a natural boundary between the two countries.“We are giving away the name ‘Macedonia’, and we’re supposed to be happy?” he says.Greece and Macedonia later today will sign a preliminary accord to rename the small Balkan state the Republic of North Macedonia, ending a dispute dating to 1991.The agreement has been welcomed by the United Nations, the European Union and NATO.Athens had long objected to it being called Macedonia because it has its own northern province of the same name, which in ancient times was the cradle of Alexander the Great’s empire — a source of intense pride to modern-day Greeks.Security is intense, with police cordons in place kilometres from the village. Anybody seeking to approach has to pass through successive identity checks.Protests against the agreement are expected in the area.Yesterday, as the government defeated a censure motion against the accord in Athens, clashes broke out between protesters and police outside parliament.Officials later blamed the incident on far-right supporters of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, some of whom attacked the cars of lawmakers after the vote.Bloody historyOpposition is even stronger in Greece’s north, where Greek and Bulgarian guerrillas fought a bitter four-year war in the early 20th century for predominance among Orthodox Christians in then Ottoman-held Macedonia.Two short wars were then fought in 1912 and 1913 between the Balkan states and the Ottoman Empire to end six centuries of rule from Istanbul, with atrocities committed by both sides.“This land has been watered with blood,” says a 22-year-old Psarades local, who declined to give her name.“Our grandfathers talk about the past and cry,” says this Greek woman. Opponents to the deal at the village of Pisoderi near the border with Macedonia. Source: AP/PA ImagesThe deal, brokered after months of intensive talks, is touted as a vital step for stability and economic development in the Balkans.“Signing the deal will mean opening the border soon I guess. It means a lot, for us it is a huge thing,” says Bosko Dimovski, a 60-year-old from Dolno Dupeni, the first village on the Macedonian side of the border.“This used to be one of the richest regions in the Balkans, and after the border was closed it became one of the poorest. Imagine what (the deal) will mean, just for the flow of people… local business, revival of tourism,” says Dimovski, who runs a beach bar just 50 metres from the border.Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov of Macedonia will sign the historic accord, with Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev in attendance, joined by officials from the United Nations and the European Union, who have welcomed the move.Once ratified by the countries’ respective parliaments and confirmed by a referendum in Macedonia by the end of the year, the agreement will also enable the landlocked state to eventually join the European Union and NATO.© – AFP 2018 https://jrnl.ie/4075340 Share12 Tweet Email Image: AP/PA Images By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25,261 Views Macedonia will today agree to change its name but tensions are high on the Greek border Greece also has a northern province called Macedonia. Short URL Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 10:18 AM
The Hellenic Club will be hosting a fundraising New Year’s Eve event to help fight the financial stress of cancer. The Glitz and Glamour New Year’s Party for The Cancer Support Group will include live entertainment provided by Night Train, a three course meal and champagne on arrival.When: Wednesday 31 December 2014, 7.00 pm Where: Hellenic Club Woden, Matilda Street, Woden ACT Tickets are $95 and can be bought online via www.hellenicclub.com.au/booknow/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
MIAMI (WSVN) – Officials are warning South Floridians about a troubling trend targeting senior citizens.Authorities said con artists posing as attorneys are calling grandparents and telling them their grandchildren are in trouble, all in an attempt to solicit money.A telltale sign of these phone calls, officials said, is that the caller will often say the grandchild is in a far away location, in need of medical help or in legal trouble. They will then ask for a wire transfer or bank information.Officials have urged residents to contact police if they receive one of these calls.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
To receive the grant the director completes an application each year in order to receive these funds to continue the programs offered by the library. The Kenai City Council will be accepting the funds on behalf of the library at their council meeting on Wednesday, August 15. According to Joiner, certain minimum standards must be met in order to receive this grant. These include reporting requirements on expenditures and collection statistics, number of hours that the library is open to the public, minimum educational requirements for the Library Director and continuing education requirements. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai received a grant from the State of Alaska, Department of Education and Early Development for the purchase of new library books. According to a letter to the Kenai City Council from Librarian Mary Jo Joiner, the Kenai Library was awarded a public library assistance grant by the Alaska State Library in the amount of $7,000.
Mozilla’s Nightly version of Firefox began a two-week experiment Monday that blocks all notification requests unless the browser user has clicked or typed something into the site. Stephen Shankland/CNET Chances are that when a website pop-up asks your permission to send you notifications, you don’t want to grant it. That’s a problem Firefox and Chrome engineers have begun trying to fix.Website notifications can be useful, for example, when you want your web-based calendar to alert you to an upcoming meeting or when an important message arrives on your web-based chat. But a monthlong Mozilla test found people using the beta version of its Firefox browser denied that request 97 percent of the time.That’s why Mozilla and Google are exploring ways to block notification permission requests until some kind of action on the website offers a better indication that we’re likely to be receptive rather than ticked off.Mozilla’s Nightly version of Firefox began a two-week experiment Monday that blocks all notification requests unless the browser user has clicked or typed something into the website, Firefox engineer Johann Hofmann said in a blog post. And Google is “looking into many strategies to tamp down on this,” including monitoring our engagement with websites before permitting the request, Chrome standards guru Alex Russell tweeted Sunday.The moves reflect the difficulties of adapting the web from its initial design as a repository of static documents into a foundation for apps. A dynamic web is great for things like messaging and social networks, but the interactivity means it’s harder for websites to strike the right balance between powerful and pushy. That’s especially true given the famously aggressive ethos popular in Silicon Valley that it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.It’s common for websites to ask you for permission to show notifications, but most of the time those requests aren’t welcome. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET But while browser makers have been keen to dial up the web’s power, they don’t like seeing it abused. One website might benefit every now and then when one of us agrees to its notifications or newsletter offer or survey. But overall, those requests are clutter that degrades the web with interruptions between us and what we actually hoped to see when we clicked that link to a site.Browsers are getting a more explicit ability to run apps — called progressive web apps, or PWAs — and notifications are a central part of that technology. But the notification technology predates the PWA movement’s effort to avoid spammy website behavior, Russell said. A Chrome crackdown would try to fix that, he said.”My current starting place is to make push notifications a feature of super high engagement score,” Russell tweeted. “Basically [if] it isn’t installed as a PWA, [website developers] won’t get the ability to ask.”Website developers may not be happy about that, but browsers are getting more assertive these days acting on behalf of us. Reading modes cut website clutter; Safari, Brave and Firefox are blocking technology that publishers and advertisers use to track us around the web; Brave blocks ads by default; and browsers for years have blocked pop-up ads.And last year, Firefox got an option that allows you to block all requests for website notifications. That option isn’t protecting people by default, Hofmann said.Mozilla also plans a second two-week test that shows Firefox Nightly users an address bar indication that, if clicked, will show the notification permission request.It’s not yet clear how the permission requests will look in the future, but it’s a good bet you’ll be seeing fewer pop-ups as browsers crack down on what Hoffman called “permission spam.” He encouraged website owners to restrain themselves in asking for notification permission for their own benefit.Not only did Firefox beta users dismiss 97 percent of such prompts, but 19 percent of the time they triggered people to leave the site immediately. That doesn’t sound like anybody’s idea of user engagement. Chrome Firefox Tags Share your voice 10 Software Comments
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Catholicism By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins February 23, 2019 at 3:03 pm February 23, 2019 at 10:21 pm Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Alexandra says: February 25, 2019 at 10:43 am I read an article where several prominent bishops are placing the blame on an agenda by gay priests.https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47302817 george says: News By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Just call the civil authorities and a good lawyer to report a crime and seek justice. Stop fooling around with clerics whose first job is to protect an institution.,Religion or remembrance? Supreme Court to mull cross-shaped war memorial Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, attends a press conference ahead of the summit on preventing clergy sex abuse, at the Vatican, on Feb. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (RNS) — On paper, “accountability” was the theme of the second day of the Vatican’s summit on clergy sexual abuse. In practice, that meant debating whether proposals designed to rein in bishops accused of abuse amount to, in the words of one churchman, “Caesar judging Caesar.”Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Ill., whom some have called a potential “American Pope Francis,” offered both a broad theoretical framework and a heavily footnoted 12-point list of procedural steps for how the church could go about investigating bishops accused of wrongdoing.“My aim is to offer a framework that is in keeping with our ecclesiological and canonical traditions in order to spark conversation among ourselves, knowing that there are differences in culture, civil and canonical laws and other factors that need to be considered, and yet aware of the urgency that we take decisive action without delay,” the cardinal said during a morning address to the assembly.Cupich laid out overarching principles, such as respecting victims, as well as budgetary details, such as creating a common fund to cover the costs of investigating bishops.Many of Cupich’s suggestions have already been either debated or informally instituted by church leaders in the United States. But the cardinal made clear that he was calling for concrete changes in global church law — particularly systems for investigating bishops accused of sexual misconduct or abuse. His plan would, among other things, task metropolitan archbishops with overseeing investigations into diocesan bishops.“We must move to establish robust laws and structures regarding the accountability of bishops precisely to supply with a new soul the institutional reality of the Church’s discipline on sexual abuse,” he said.Cupich addressed the challenge of crafting such laws at a press conference later in the day, arguing that the problem requires collective, or “synodal,” problem-solving instead of forcing bishops to shoulder problems on their own.“We have to come to an ownership that ‘I am responsible individually as the bishop,’” he said. “But also that we are together as a college of bishops responsible, too, because … what happens in one place happens to us all.”Bishops attend the second day of the Vatican’s conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests, at the Vatican, on Feb. 22, 2019. (Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP)However, the question haunting the summit from the beginning has been how to get the bishops to take bold steps on a complicated problem when some, particularly many in the global south, reportedly aren’t even sure it’s their problem.Speaking to the assembly the next morning, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, India, passionately refuted the idea that sex abuse was only an issue for some regions.“No bishop may say to himself, ‘This problem of abuse in the Church does not concern me, because things are different in my part of the world. This is just a problem for the U.S.A. or Europe or Australia.’ This, brothers and sisters, is just not true,” he said, adding, “there are cases even in Asia and Africa.”Carol Midboe, an advocate for sex abuse survivors and national representative of the Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests, agreed, calling any claims that sex abuse in the church is confined to only a few countries “excuses.” She noted that a vigil for survivors of abuse convened near the Vatican meeting Thursday evening included testimonies from sex abuse survivors from all over the world.“It’s a global issue,” she said, noting that, while many nations lack mandatory reporting laws that can aid abuse victims, such disparities should spur the church to do more, not less.The sentiment was also echoed throughout the day by different Catholic leaders, each hinting at the challenge of uniting far-flung parts of a sprawling global church around a single effort to counter sex abuse.Cupich appeared sympathetic to the concerns of bishops who hail from cultures where discussions of human sexuality are taboo. He also warned that bishops from the United States and other Western countries shouldn’t become “imperialists.”Still, he insisted there was a way forward.“We have to be respectful … of their concerns, but, at the same time, make sure that does not allow for a justification of secrecy,” he said. “There has to be a pathway for them to deal with problems in a very constructive way. And I see that willingness there — that’s what gives me hope.”Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, left, speaks to media, flanked by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Chicago Archbishop, right, during a four-day sex abuse summit called by Pope Francis, in Rome, on Feb. 22, 2019. RNS photo by Jack JenkinsThe press conference did not include any Asian or African bishops, who Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge said on Thursday initially expressed frustration with the conference’s narrow focus on sexual abuse. But it did feature one of the strongest clerical advocates for taking action on the abuse crisis: Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who is both a close advisor of Pope Francis and occasionally critical of the pontiff’s efforts to address the scandal.“There is nothing more urgent for the church to do than to come together and be able to come up with a way to address what is the most important part of our mission at this moment in history: the protection of children and to redress the crimes, the suffering, the betrayals that have been inflicted on so many children and vulnerable adults,” O’Malley said.But the passion for change was offset by sober realizations that even for those who admit they have a problem, the issue is multifaceted, and proposed solutions present difficult new issues. Cupich’s proposals for how to investigate accused bishops have been criticized by abuse advocates such as Midboe for allowing bishops to police bishops. Coleridge told the National Catholic Reporter, “It’s Caesar judging Caesar.”Cupich’s proposal, it was noted, would also have allowed the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick — recently defrocked over allegations that included sexual assault — to oversee investigations of bishops as a metropolitan. (When asked by a reporter about this, Cupich referred her to failsafes detailed in his footnotes.)The final presentation of the day pointed to yet another problem. Linda Ghisoni, a cannon lawyer and Undersecretary for the Laity of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, said leaders have yet to adequately tackle the clergy’s secretive culture, which, she argued, perpetuates the crisis.She suggested the church needs to “revise the current legislation on pontifical secrecy in a way that it protects the values it intends to protect” and avoid “the idea that the secret is to hide problems rather than to protect the assets at stake.” As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 February 22, 2019 at 5:03 pm Share This! News • Photos of the Week Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email In New England, battling the opioid crisis with a mix of science and faith Herrnhut says: Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Mark Connelly says: There is a higher standard for the religious leaders. Remember the first high priest, Aaron. Before he was made the first high priest by God, he already lead the people astray by making the golden calf. “And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 32:4)Still somehow people think they are more godly and they think of themselves as superior to laity. In Jesus time, the religious leaders were the chief priests and scribes, They were there to advise King Herod where to find baby Jesus to kill Him. The chief priests and scribes were also in the trial of Jesus too. (When Levi and Simeon killed the prince of Shechem, it was a picture of those people who killed our LORD. Levi was the progenitor of the priests. Simeon has the root word with Shema (שָׁמַע – hearing or the law). The scribes are the teachers in law.)The judgment begin in His house, especially the Thyatira. The religious leaders with gowns of self righteousness will go first. Just repent toward the love of God in Christ. Lift only Jesus in your sermons so all men will draw near Him. Confess you need the free gift of righteousness of God in Christ. Receive this with humility, Be thankful for all healing, miracles and blessing from Jesus like a “foolish” charismatic preacher would. May be you and your house will be blessed. It is pretty hard to argue with:“Sexual abuse is blamed on clericalism. But the first and primary fault of the clergy does not rest in the abuse of power but in having gone away from the truth of the Gospel.” February 22, 2019 at 4:43 pm Share This! TagsCatholic sex abuse scandal homepage featured Pope Francis SNAP Vatican summit on sex abuse,You may also like Yes, they have gone “away from the truth f the gospel” by preferring power over laity and by abusing that power. No argument there. As to the dreaded “homosexual agenda”, I would like to have them define it. As far as I know, what LGBT people want is to be treated with equality, kindness and compassion. It would seem to me that this is the way that we all should treat each other. It’s not clear to me how anyone who preaches the Gospel could have any problem with such an idea. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Share This! Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,5 Comments Click here to post a comment Jim Johnson says: By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins
Although the Wii U may not be doing very well at the moment, Nintendo continues to make its money from a combination of hardware sales and a rich library of gaming IP released exclusively for that hardware. But that doesn’t mean the Japanese company can’t experiment on other platforms.Nintendo of America software engineer Nando Monterazo sent out a number of tweets a couple of days ago suggesting Nintendo is experimenting with a tablet running Android. But before you get too excited or concerned, the tablet is thought to be focused exclusively on educational games meant for schools.There’s no suggestion that Nintendo would ever release any of its core games for use on an Android tablet. Instead, this sounds like Nintendo is considering using its most well-known and loved gaming characters in a new range of educational titles. Those titles may even be linked to a single, Nintendo-branded tablet that’s not offered to consumers, just schools. Monterazo also said Android is being used just for the experiment and if a final tablet were manufactured it could run a “Unix environment.”While Nintendo could release a fairly limited tablet device, or even just educational Android apps, it would surely be viewed as a test. If Nintendo ended up selling millions of apps that way, the company executives and shareholders wouldn’t fail to notice the extra profit such an experiment generates, and will likely push for it to be repeated and continued alongside its core gaming business.Nintendo releasing a Mario or Zelda game on another platform would be a huge risk, though, and in my opinion a mistake. The strong link between gaming IP and gaming hardware is what makes Nintendo such a profitable company. If gamers aren’t compelled to buy Nintendo hardware to play their games, that only hurts the company in the long term. A range of educational apps for young children, though? That could work.One thing that’s certain is Nintendo won’t be happy with one of their software engineers talking about such experiments publicly. In fact, checking Monterazo’s Twitter feed the offending tweets seem to have been removed, and you can bet someone high up at Nintendo has had a chat with him about sharing information.
At this point we all have ADHD. We need constant stimulation, or we’ll explode. It’s true. If you sit quietly for ten minutes, your head will cave in, and you’ll die. The whole Fidget Spinner craze is keeping us all alive. But spinners are for babies. Do you want to really be distracted when you are trying to concentrate? Go for a Fidget Cube. The more elaborate and nerdy looking the better. Here are some of the best Fidget Toys your hard-earned money can buy:KCHKUI Fidget CubeLook at those buttons. How can you not what to press those buttons over and over again? This fidget cube comes in a whole load of insane colors and designs so pick one that matches your style. This fidget cube comes with a 2-year warranty. I fidgeted my first one to dust. I just sent them a baggie filled with fidget cube dust and my receipt, and they sent another one. Really,See it on AmazonFidget Dice IIThis 12-sided contraption is our favorite fidget device so far. It looks like it was created by Homer Simpson (remember The Homer?) if Homer was fired by the nuclear plant and tried his hand at being a child therapist. This thing is loaded. It has spinners and clicky things and thumbpads and buttons and probably has a toothpick hidden in there somewhere. This one is a great stress reliever. I would always get nervous when being on a boat. Now when I go on a boat, I fidget with this and I can enjoy yachting again. See it on AmazonColovis Fidget Cube 2-packWhat’s better than one Fidget Cube? How about two? The Colovis cube prides itself on meeting all your fidget needs. Your fingers can glide around on a fake gaming thumbstick. You can mash some buttons, and depending on your mood some buttons make a satisfying click when clicked, other are silent for when that suits you. It has a roller ball and some dials to flip through. A light switch to click on and off like a lunatic. A smooth indent for all your fingers to rub. And lest we forget the spin disk so you can spin. This one helped me get over my anxiety about doing math.See it on AmazonThe Ralix Fidget CubeThis is the workhorse of fidget toys. Strong design, lots of fidgety options and they look slick. They come in a variety of colors. If you want a fidget cube that gets to the point, gives you plenty of options, but isn’t too ridiculous, then consider what Ralix has to offer. I used this fidget cube to help distract me from smoking. Every time I wanted to torch that pipe up, I found a healthier alternative thanks to Ralix.See it on AmazonFabQuality Cube Anxiety Attention ToyThis one comes with a free eBook “How to Manage Stress” and a Minions “Key Cover For Key Caps Keychain Key.” We have no idea what that means. But when you throw some free crap in with a fine fidget cube, then we’re going to pay attention. We’re not the only ones; this one is a top seller at Amazon. Minions are still a thing, I guess.See it on AmazonTepoinn Fidget Attention CubeThe photo says it all: “All of the habits could help us relief the stress and pay attention to the working.” This is a great fidget cube for those who suffer from switch the button, pinch the bubble, press the ball pen, shaking legs and/or rotate the pen. My legs haven’t shaken in weeks, thanks to the Tepoinn Fidget Attention Cube. I also stopped drinking.See it on AmazonCoopei Fidget Toys Cube for FidgetersThe engineers at Coopei want you to know that they have you covered. “Whether you’re a clicker, a flicker, a roller or a spinner there’s something for everyone!” Me, I’m a flickerer. I can flick a cube all day long. In fact, I flick this 12-sided bad boy every time I want to bite my nails. My nails are so long now; I’m in danger of being able to flick. Life’s hard.See it on AmazonChronosGear Premium Fidget CubeYou know ChronosGear is serious. They guarantee your fidget satisfaction with a money back guarantee if you aren’t pleased. But seriously, look at that fidget toy, who’s not going to be satisfied with that? The spinner has a thumb nub. I’ve thought I’d seen it all, but nope, ChronosGear adds that one little nub and my world is turned upside down. Seriously, this is a fine stress reliever. I used this one to help me quit picking my scabs.See it on AmazonHellraiser Lament Configuration Puzzle CubeThis is a Hellraiser Rubix Cube. What more do you want? We don’t like to joke when it comes to summoning demons, so use this with caution. See it on Amazon