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generationCURE Solstice 2017 Set For June 20

first_imgOn Tuesday, June 20, amfAR will present its sixth annual generationCURE Solstice event at Mr. Purple on New York’s Lower East Side.The evening will feature DJs, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and special guests.generationCURE is a group of young amfAR supporters committed to ending the AIDS pandemic in their lifetime by helping the Foundation raise funds for its cure-focused research programs. Since its inception in 2011, generationCURE has raised more than $600,000 for amfAR through events in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. In 2015 and 2017, generationCURE awarded grants to young researchers for cure-focused projects.Event Chairs include Lo Bosworth and Kelly Osbourne.DATETuesday, June 20, 2017TIME7:00 PMLOCATIONMr. Purple180 Orchard Street, 15th Floor New York, NY 10002TABLES/TICKETSTo purchase tickets online please click here.last_img read more

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Just because the loonie has headed south doesnt mean you cant this

OTTAWA – A weaker loonie means the price for Canadians to escape the snow and ice for the warmth of the sun this winter is going to be more costly than it has been in recent years.But travel experts say that planning ahead and starting your search for the perfect beach holiday now will save you money.Travel agent Omar Guechtal of the Flight Centre travel agency says booking early is the surest way to save this year.“If you’re going to be waiting until the last minute, you will not be able to benefit,” he says.Guechtal says tour companies have been looking to sell out their packages as early as possible.“So what they’ve done is they’ve incentivized their packages with early booking bonuses, reduced deposits, added perks, free seat selection or other bonuses that you can get by booking early.”Guechtal says tour companies sign contracts for hotels and flights negotiated in U.S. dollars, even though the packages they sell are priced in Canadian currency.And while Canadians may previously have been accustomed with a strong Canadian dollar compared with the greenback, the loonie has been flirting with its lowest level in more than a decade in recent months and that’s helping drive up the cost of escaping winter.Amy Orfanakos, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Automobile Association, says booking early means looking now for a winter getaway to avoid the worst of the February cold.“A lot of the time with those quick websites and last-minute deals we’ve now gotten to this perception where we think that if you book last minute you’re going to get the best deal and a lot of the time that’s not the case,” she says. “And a lot of the time that’s not the case.”Choosing an all-inclusive vacation or a cruise can be another way to save because you will limit the out-of-pocket expenses you might have to pay while on your trip.“The cost can be laid out right from the get-go and then you’re not going to be spending a lot of money or taking a lot of cash with you when you do go on those vacations,” Orfanakos said.In addition to booking early, Guechtal says Canadians can also look to save money by paying for amusement park tickets or extra excursions that may not be included in an all-inclusive package ahead of time.If you can pay in Canadian dollars before leaving you may avoid costly credit card foreign exchange fees or surcharges that come with using bank machines to withdraw cash.Paying up front for services like rental cars may also yield extra discounts.Guechtal cautions those shopping online for a package trip to make sure the price they are being quoted is in Canadian dollars because many sites price their holidays in U.S. figures.He says true last-minute deals are becoming more and more scarce.“You have to be on the computer 24-7 and browsing a bazillion different websites in order to actually get a deal that’s going to be a deal.” Just because the loonie has headed south doesn’t mean you can’t this winter by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 5, 2015 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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On final mission to Myanmar UN expert highlights remaining human rights challenges

“I believe there is limited space for backtracking, though – as a senior Government official admitted to me in Nay Pyi Taw – the democratic transition is still fragile,” stated Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana, as he concluded his last official mission to the country.The South-east Asian nation has witnessed a number of positive changes since President Thein Sein initiated a series of reforms two years ago after the establishment of a new Government.Mr. Ojea Quintana, who has served in his post for six years, hailed some of these positive developments, such as the release of prisoners of conscience, the opening up of space for freedom of expression, the development of political freedoms, and important progress in securing an end to fighting in the ethnic border areas. He warned, however, that the military retains a prevailing role in the life and institutions of Myanmar for the time being, noting that “State institutions in general remain unaccountable and the judiciary is not yet functioning as an independent branch of Government.” “Moreover, the rule of law cannot yet be said to exist in Myanmar,” the expert said, adding that the current situation in Rakhine state – which has been the scene of waves of Buddhist-Muslim violence – still represents a particular obstacle and a threat to the reform process. During his visit, Mr. Ojea Quintana became the first human rights rapporteur to visit Laiza in Kachin state, where he saw villages that had been abandoned over the years by those fleeing advancing military troops. “The visit to Laiza brought home to me how closely related the fighting is with serious human rights violations, and the importance of securing a national ceasefire accord in the coming months.” In January 2013, the Government announced a unilateral ceasefire following a three-week offensive against ethnic Kachin rebels.The expert commended progress towards a national ceasefire accord, which could be signed by April. “A critical challenge will be to secure ceasefire and political agreements with ethnic minority groups, so that Myanmar can finally transform into a peaceful multi-ethnic and multi-religious society,” he stated. On the Constitution, he said that reform was necessary to “embrace the aspirations of the ethnic communities,” and to “address the undemocratic powers granted to the military and further democratize parliament, upholding the right of people to choose their own government and president.” Among other things, the expert called for a change of mind-set within all levels of Government, to allow civil society, political parties and a free media to flourish beyond the limited freedoms that have currently been granted. “Detaining journalists for the coverage of sensitive stories is something that belongs in Myanmar’s past,” he stressed.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.Mr. Ojea Quintana’s full report on Myanmar will be presented to the Council next month. read more

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Schoolgirl spotted dicing with death as she crosses live Tube tracks

first_imgThe unions said LU was now advertising for “travel ambassadors” at up to three times the rate for a shift that would be paid to a station assistant.A memo from LU said services and stations were busier than usual because of “exceptional circumstances”, offering payments of between £160 and £250 a shift.TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “We are glad to see TfL (Transport for London) finally concede publicly that we need more staff helping customers on the Tube.”But this ambassador recruitment programme is nothing more than a sly and underhand tactic to undermine staff’s refusal to work overtime – an action they overwhelmingly voted for to underline their concern that the Tube is not being run properly or safely.”There is nothing unforeseen about the current circumstances. TfL sacked too many people back in April when they closed ticket offices and our members have become worn out by the overtime they are working to keep stations open.”Getting more staff back helping customers at stations and monitoring safety is at the heart of our dispute.”London Underground said an investigation has been launched, and the girl’s school has been contacted.Safety officers will visit the school to advise pupils of the dangers of the railway.A spokesman said: “The station was not unstaffed. There was a member of staff on the gateline.”That is usual practice at Latimer Road which is a one staff member station and has been for some time.” RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT warned Tube bosses again and again that the job cuts they were proposing would leave many stations unstaffed.”This is exactly what happened at Latimer Road where it took a passenger with a mobile phone to let London Underground know that a schoolchild has been wandering across electrified track while trains run.”Members of the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association are currently refusing to work overtime as part of industrial action over job cuts and the closure of ticket offices.Mr Cash said: “London’s Tube stations have been operating on the basis of our members’ goodwill. Now that our members are refusing to work six day weeks and additional hours the system is collapsing.” Insanity. Schoolgirl walks across the tracks at Latimer Road station. Clearly people don’t realise one of the rails is electrified… pic.twitter.com/RZ9vP8nfmN— Ben Lewis (@benlewismedia) December 9, 2016 Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMTCredit:PA 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. A member of the public has raised the alarm after a schoolgirl was spotted crossing live Tube tracks.The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said the incident at Latimer Road in west London highlighted the threat to safety caused by leaving stations unstaffed.A passenger called London Underground on a mobile phone when the girl was spotted on the tracks while other travellers looked on in amazement.The incident took place at the station which is on the Hammersmith and City Line.last_img read more

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Why men might have a point about man flu – viruses want

first_imgHIV is another virus which appears to more virulent in men more than women Credit:Alamy  A woman blows her nose Researchers looked at the virus Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 (HTLV-1), which can cause leukaemia in infected individuals.Infected women tend to develop leukaemia less often than men when there is more mother-to-child transmission.  Death due to infectious diseases is often higher in men than in women, but it has previously been attributed to differences in the immune system of each sex.The study suggests it is the virus itself which prevents women becoming too ill. “It has already been established that men and women react to illness differently, but evidence shows that viruses themselves have evolved to affect the sexes differently,” said Professor Vincent Jansen, from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London.The researchers used mathematical modelling to show that natural selection favours viruses that have a lower rate of fatality in women than in men, if the virus can be passed from person to person and from mother to child, either in childbirth, breast-feeding, or close contact in infancy. “Survival of the fittest is relevant to all organisms, not just animals and humans.It’s entirely probable that this sex-specific virulent behaviour is happening to many other pathogens causing diseases. It’s an excellent example of what evolutionary analysis can do for medicine.”The research was published in the journal Nature Communications. Viruses are keen to keep women alive because they are more likely to pass them on to their children center_img The HIV virus under a microscope  Historically men have been mocked for their inability to handle even mild viruses, with the term ‘man flu’ often used to describe the male experience of the common cold.But a new study suggests men might have a point. Some viruses really are out to get them.Researchers at Royal Holloway University have discovered that certain viral infections have evolved to be more virulent in men.They appear to be particularly nasty if they are the sort of virus that is transmitted from mother to child, such as rubella, chickenpox, zika and hepatitis.Put simply, women are more valuable to the virus than men are because they can pass it on to more people.”Viruses may be evolving to be less dangerous to women, looking to preserve the female population,” said Dr Francisco Úbeda, of the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway.“The reason why these illnesses are less virulent in women is that the virus wants to be passed from mother to child, either through breastfeeding, or just through giving birth.” They also looking at how HTLV-1 affects people in Japan and the Caribbean. The research showed that HTLV-1 is about 2 to 3.5 times more likely to progress to become Adult T-cell Leukaemia (ATL), which is lethal, in Japanese men than women.In the Caribbean, however, the likelihood of HTLV-1 progressing to leukaemia is roughly equal in men and women.The researchers believe that because breastfeeding is more prolonged in Japan, giving more opportunity for it to be passed onto offspring, the HTLV-1 virus has evolved to become less fatal to women than in the Caribbean where breastfeeding is shorter.Women are more valuable as hosts for the pathogens when they are able to pass on the pathogen in more ways than men, who are only capable of transmission from person to person.”Pathogens are adapting to be less virulent in women to increase their chances of being passed on to the next generation during pregnancy, birth and infancy,” added Dr Úbeda. 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.last_img read more

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Walker with broken leg crawls for two hours along Devon beach in

first_img 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. Tim had a torch but no mobile phone. I saw a flicker of light and thought it must be himPaula Robinson Tim Robinson fell  near Seatown, east of Lyme Regis in DevonRNLI helmsman Jon Broome, who was in charge of the lifeboat, said Mr Robinson appeared to have used sticks to “help him stagger and crawl” along the shore.The Coastguard urged people to remember to take a fully charged mobile phone, warm clothing, sturdy footwear and water, and to check the weather and tides before heading to the coast. A man with a broken leg crawled for more than two hours along a beach after slipping on rocks.Tim Robinson had no means to call for help after he fell while walking near Seatown, east of Lyme Regis in Devon, at about 4.30pm on Saturday.The 54-year-old, who was on holiday with his wife in Bridport, managed to clamber off the rocks and on to the stony beach, then dragged himself three-quarters of a mile in the darkness towards the lights of Seatown.Mr Robinson had told his wife, Paula, where he was going and when he did not come home as expected, she went looking for him and discovered him on the shore. She raised the alarm and the West Bay Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat found the couple, who live near Derby.He was taken aboard the lifeboat and ferried to a waiting ambulance at Lyme Regis harbour which took him to Dorset County Hospital.Mr Robinson, a full-time member of the Territorial Army, said: “I just slipped on a rock and have two fractures of the right leg. Everyone who helped me was just terrific.”His wife said: “Luckily, Tim had a torch but no mobile phone. I saw a flicker of light and thought it must be him. But I picked up a rock, just in case it wasn’t!”last_img read more

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New amended Guinea mining code seeks to address investor concerns

first_imgIn the lead up to the G8 Summit (June 17-18, 2013), the Invest in Guinea initiative organised a briefing in London on June 12 to promote the country’s new amended mining code and its role in encouraging transparent trade and long-term win-win partnerships. The objective of the new Mining Code amendments was to strengthen the competitiveness of Guinea in world commodity markets, and align the country with international-standard best practices while addressing the concerns of profitability of the investors as well as taking into account the long term economic development and wellbeing of the Guinean communities.The briefing was opened by Guinean Senior Minister of Economy and Finance, Kerfalla Yansané followed by a detailed presentation of the mining code amendments by Guinea Minister of Mines, Mohamed Lamine Fofana. There was a series of presentations by Sheila Khama, Director of Extractive Resources Services, ACET for Africa (who also acted as moderator for the event as well as the concluding Q&A session); Thomas Lassourd, Guinea Project Manager, Revenue Watch; Guillaume de Monie, Vice President, Lazard; Kémoko Toure, General Manager, Guinea Bauxite Company (CBG) and Jim Wynn, Head of Finance and Company Secretary, Avocet Mining.Speaking during his opening remarks, Senior Minister Kerfalla Yansané described Guinea as a paradox, regarded as one of the potentially richest countries in West Africa, yet with no new mining projects in operation in the last 40 years. “Guinea is a country that is naturally endowed with a lot of resources – from agriculture to hydroelectric potential to mining – yet after 30 years of independence is still a poor country,” he remarked. “This poverty is a source of frustration for the people of Guinea, [who are] trapped in a legacy of bad environment and poor policies. This reform is intended to bring about changes and create a vibrant economy and lead Guinea to become an emerging economy in the next 20 years.”Topics covered during the presentations included transparency and governance as well as the competitiveness and mining potential of Guinea. During her presentation on The Conditions of a Successful Partnership between States and Business, Sheila Khama discussed the importance of responsible investment and balancing transparency with assurances to investors:“It is important that joint venture partners are clear about the rules of engagement. How are we going to manage this joint venture? When we have this discussion whether it is with shareholders, or mining entities, what is the framework around which we have this discussion?A joint venture requires not only the investor committing, but also certain assurances that are necessary from the perspective of a sovereign state – assurances to investors. It’s important we have mechanisms for balancing long term economic development in the regions of a country with the short term cycles that drive investors. Being aware of how we reconcile this is important to ensure the effectiveness of [such] joint ventures.” The full list of presentations:HE Kerfalla YANSANE, Minister of Economy and Finance: Progress and Reforms Since 2010: Mines, A Lever for Transformation of the Guinean Economy HE Mohamed Lamine Fofana, Minister of Mines and Geology: The Key Points of the Code and AmendmentsSheila Khama, Director of Extractive Resources Services, ACET for Africa: Natural Resources: The Conditions of a Successful Partnership Between States and Business Thomas Lassourd, Guinea Project Manager, Revenue Watch: Transparency and Governance in Guinea’s Mining SectorGuillaume de Monie, Vice President, Lazard: Competitiveness and Mining Potential of GuineaKémoko Toure, General Manager, Guinea Bauxite Company (CBG) CBG: A Success Story in DevelopmentJim Wynn, Head of Finance and Company Secretary, Avocet Mining: A New State-Business RelationshipFor further information, contact anna@curzonpr.comlast_img read more

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Le combat écolo se poursuit pour leffacement des barrages en SudManche

first_imgLe combat écolo se poursuit pour l’effacement des barrages en Sud-Manche”Amis de Sélune” contre “Amis des barrages”. Le combat pour ou contre les barrages de Vezins et de la Roche-qui-boit sur la rivière Sélune en Sud-Manche s’éternise. L’argument est le même dans les deux camps : l’écologie.Le projet d’effacement de deux barrages sur la rivière Sélune, près du Mont Saint-Michel, représente une des mesures phares du Grenelle de l’Environnement. La question de l’application de cette déconstruction des deux barrages oppose défenseurs et combattants de ces ouvrages, chaque camp faisant valoir ses propres arguments écologiques.Le barrage de Vezins, un bloc en béton armé de 36 mètres de haut et 278 mètres de long, et celui de la Roche-qui-boit, plus petit, sont vieux de près de 80 ans et n’assurent que 0,04% de la production hydro-électrique en France. Leur efficacité est donc presque nulle. De plus, selon le collectif “Les amis de la Sélune”, ces ouvrages obsolètes empêchent les poissons migrateurs, dont le saumon, de remonter la rivière. Et le lac de retenue de 72 hectares du barrage de Vezins est si pollué que la baignade y est interdite. De leur côté, les “Amis des barrages” affirment, quant à eux, que la démolition des barrages causerait le déversement dans la rivière des boues polluées aux métaux lourds qu’ils contenaient. Ils ont également rappelé que près de 800 emplois sont en jeu. Le démantèlement de ces deux barrages n’a par ailleurs toujours pas été annoncé officiellement même si la ministre de l’Ecologie, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, l’a indirectement confirmé dans une lettre en décembre adressée au président des “Amis des barrages” : “il n’apparait pas justifié de conserver les barrages trente années de plus”. Au ministère de l’Ecologie, il est ainsi précisé que “les barrages ne sont pas conçus pour faire de la rétention de pollution”, rapporte l’AFP.EDF poursuit l’exploitation À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiquePar ailleurs, seul le démantèlement sera financé par l’Etat. La question de la reconversion de la vallée reste entière. De plus, le conseil général de l’Environnement et du développement durable doit remettre lundi prochain “un éclairage ponctuel pour voir ce qu’on peut annoncer très rapidement en matière d’accompagnement économique du projet”. En attendant une décision officielle, EDF poursuit donc l’exploitation des barrages : “la concession a expiré en 2007 et depuis on est dans le cadre des délais glissants. Il s’agit d’un système où le préfet décide de prendre ou non un acte de renouvellement ou de fin de concession. De fait nous avons donc l’autorisation de continuer à exploiter”, a indiqué à l’AFP une porte-parole d’EDF. Le 14 janvier 2012 à 09:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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After weeks of hiding Kevin Beisers appearance leaves more questions than answers

first_img Ashlie Rodriguez, After weeks of hiding, Kevin Beiser’s appearance leaves more questions than answers Ashlie Rodriguez April 23, 2019 Posted: April 23, 2019center_img 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After nearly of month of hiding, San Diego Unified trustee Kevin Beiser showed up at tonight’s board meeting, but his appearance left more questions than answers.Not even the board knows what’s going on.Beiser showed up today like business as usual. He then he slipped out without saying a word about the allegations or addressing the fact that the board wants him gone.The embattled board member hasn’t spoken to the media, or more importantly his constituents, since March 19 when four men went public with their allegations of sexual harassment and assault. That’s when he sent a text claiming innocence followed by weeks of silence.Beiser hasn’t been proven guilty in a court of law but his detractors argue he can’t focus on clearing up the accusations in court. He’s indefinitely left his Chula Vista Middle School teaching job but apparently has no intention of leaving his political office, to the dismay of his peers.Tom Keliinoi is the Republican who ran against Beiser and lost, and while he may be waiting in the wings to take the title of District B trustee, the only other option for voters is a recall election. The board cannot force Beiser to step down.So why is Beiser showing up only to slip out before the meeting ends? Will he resign? Does he plan on fighting these allegations? The media, the board, superintendent Cindy Marten, and most importantly tax payers and his constituents have no idea what’s going.It’s not clear where San Diego Unified goes from here. Updated: 3:30 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Americas Farmers Grow Communities Makes a Positive Impact Across Rural America

first_imgAmerica’s Farmers Grow Communities will partner again with farmers to award more than $3.3 million to eligible rural nonprofits across the country. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, Grow Communities offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a rural nonprofit organization of their choice. Enrollment for the program is open now through Nov. 30.The purpose of America’s Farmers Grow Communities is to make a positive impact throughout the country by working with farmers to support the causes that are most important to them. Since 2010, Grow Communities has awarded over $19 million to thousands of community nonprofit organizations.Through the program, farmers have helped fund a broad cross-section of organizations, now spanning 40 states, which reflect the makeup and character of rural America.  Farmers have directed donations to help fire departments purchase equipment and conduct training, send FFA and 4-H groups to contests and conventions, provide food pantries with meals to serve those in need, boost agriculture curriculum in rural school districts and more.“Farmers who participate in this program are not only focused on the demands of running their operation, but they also care deeply about supporting their communities,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president. “Because of their commitment to this program, more than 7,000 nonprofit organizations have been able to enhance the many important programs and services they provide, and that number is continuing to grow every year.”Farmers can enroll in the program and find eligibility information by visiting www.GrowCommunities.com or calling 877-267-3332 toll-free. Program winners will be announced in January. Help spread the word to farmers you know and like the Grow Communities Facebook page.America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. These programs, supported by the Monsanto Fund, have awarded over $29 million to rural communities in the past five years.last_img read more

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7 get life in jail for Cumilla murder

first_imgA Cumilla court on Wednesday sentenced seven people to life term imprisonment for killing a man over a game of ludo in 2015.The convicts are Paran Mia, 50, Bablu, 20, son of Paran Mia, Jamal, 42, son of Zahir Uddin, Shakil, 26, son of Shafiq Mia, Shawkat Hossain, 18, son of Shahid Mia, Helal, 24, son ofSamsur, Sabuj, 20, son of Abdul Khalek alias Seru Mia of Chouddagram upazila, news agency UNB reports.According to the prosecution, Ekram Ullah, a resident of Noapara village, had an enmity with the convicts over playing ludo on 11 September 2015.Later, the convicts stabbed Ekram with a sharp weapon, leaving him dead on the spot.Following the killing, victim’s father Moksed Mia filed a case with Chouddagram police station.Police submitted the charge-sheet accusing seven people on 24 February 2016.After examining records and witnesses, Cumilla senior district and session judge KM Shamsul Alam handed down the verdict.last_img read more

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2 Civilians killed in Kabul car bomb attack

first_imgAfghan security personnel and civilians gather next to a damaged car at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on 17 March. Photo: AFPA Taliban suicide attacker blew up a bomb-laden car in Kabul during rush hour on Saturday, killing at least two civilians, as militants dial up pressure in the capital amid calls for peace talks.Several others were wounded in the blast claimed by the Taliban that the Afghan interior ministry said had targeted global security company G4S.It was the fourth suicide attack in Kabul in three weeks and comes days after the top US general in Afghanistan said protecting the city was “our main effort”.It also comes as the Taliban faces growing pressure to take up Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of peace talks to end the 16-year war. So far it has given only a muted response.”Around 9:10 am this morning a suicide car bomb exploded in Police District Nine of Kabul,” interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.Two civilians were killed and three others were wounded in the attack, Danish said. The blast happened at a time when many people would have been driving to their offices on the first day of the working week.Health ministry spokesman Wahid Majrooh told AFP at least four people had been wounded.Deputy interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the bomber was heading towards G4S but “detonated himself before reaching the target”.In a WhatsApp message sent to journalists Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the bomber had targeted a convoy of “foreign troops”.”All occupiers were killed,” Mujahid said.The attack comes weeks before the start of the spring fighting season which is expected to be more intense this year as militants respond to intensifying US-led air strikes.Kabul a prioritySaturday’s suicide assault comes days after General John Nicholson, who leads US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said protecting the city was a priority for foreign forces.”Kabul is our main effort right now, to harden Kabul, to protect the people of Kabul and the international community that are here because of the strategic impact that has and the importance to the campaign,” Nicholson told reporters on Wednesday.Taliban and Islamic State militants have been ramping up attacks in Kabul in recent months, increasing pressure on the Afghan government, which is frequently lambasted for its inability to protect civilians.The most recent was on 9 March when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shiite area of the city, killing at least nine people. IS claimed responsibility.Despite calls for the Taliban to sit down with the Afghan government, it appears to have few reasons to negotiate.The group has been resurgent since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014, taking back territory and devastating Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces.In October, insurgents controlled or influenced nearly half of Afghanistan’s districts — double the percentage in 2015, the US government’s office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in January.Over the same period, the watchdog said, the number of districts under Afghan government control or influence fell to its lowest level since December 2015.last_img read more

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New evidence suggests Earths oxygen levels fell after the Great Oxidation Event

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: New evidence suggests Earth’s oxygen levels fell after the Great Oxidation Event (2013, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-evidence-earth-oxygen-fell-great.html Scientists have found multiple sources that indicate that approximately 2.3 billion years ago, oxygen levels in the atmosphere (and oceans) increased dramatically—they’ve named it the Great Oxidation Event. Though scientists can’t explain exactly why this happened, they do believe it occurred during a time of major glaciation, and was perhaps the result of the evolution of bacteria. Since that time, scientists have believed that changes in oxygen levels have been the result of a series of steps rather than great upheavals. Now, new research by the European team suggests that a change of thinking might be in store.To try to better understand what went on with the atmosphere as the Earth was evolving from a lifeless planet to the rich biota filled environment of today, scientists look to rocks formed millions or even billions of years ago, and to ocean sediments. In this latest effort, the research group looked to such samples gathered from the ocean floor off the coast of western Africa’s Republic of Gabon. Because sediments collect so slowly over time, analyzing them offers a glimpse into the past, similar in many respects to ice samples taken from polar climates. The samples they retrieved offered evidence of ocean (and therefore atmospheric) oxygen levels, before, during and after the Great Oxidation Event, and surprisingly, indicated that shortly after the large infusion of oxygen, there was a fall. The researchers attribute this fall to an increase in carbon and iron in the atmosphere, part of what they call the largest positive carbon-isotope excursion in the history of the planet. The oxygen reacted, they say, with iron and carbon forming oxides that were carried to the ocean floor. Though the carbon excursion can’t be explained either, it is believed it was likely tied to the evolution of life in the oceans. Atmospheric oxygenation three billion years ago Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img © 2013 Phys.org More information: Oxygen dynamics in the aftermath of the Great Oxidation of Earth’s atmosphere, Published online before print September 30, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1315570110 AbstractThe oxygen content of Earth’s atmosphere has varied greatly through time, progressing from exceptionally low levels before about 2.3 billion years ago, to much higher levels afterward. In the absence of better information, we usually view the progress in Earth’s oxygenation as a series of steps followed by periods of relative stasis. In contrast to this view, and as reported here, a dynamic evolution of Earth’s oxygenation is recorded in ancient sediments from the Republic of Gabon from between about 2,150 and 2,080 million years ago. The oldest sediments in this sequence were deposited in well-oxygenated deep waters whereas the youngest were deposited in euxinic waters, which were globally extensive. These fluctuations in oxygenation were likely driven by the comings and goings of the Lomagundi carbon isotope excursion, the longest–lived positive ?13C excursion in Earth history, generating a huge oxygen source to the atmosphere. As the Lomagundi event waned, the oxygen source became a net oxygen sink as Lomagundi organic matter became oxidized, driving oxygen to low levels; this state may have persisted for 200 million years. (Phys.org) —A team of European researchers has published a paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offering a possible explanation for the apparent drop in early Earth’s oxygen levels following what has come to be known as The Great Oxidation Event. In their paper, the team suggests evidence found in ocean sediments indicates that a sudden addition of carbon into the atmosphere resulted in a relatively quick reduction in oxygen. According to Emma Hammarlund these 2 billion years old fossils represent an early life form that experimented with evolving into some kind of multicellular lifeform, but did not succeed. Credit: Abder El Albanilast_img read more

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New Pathology Guideline Advances Accuracy in Breast Cancer Testing

first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more January 25, 2019 — The College of American Pathologists (CAP) published the first-ever evidence-based clinical practice guideline to help laboratories use quantitative image analysis (QIA) in HER2 immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing for breast cancer. The guideline was published in an early online edition of the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.1QIA is the computer algorithm-assisted detection of specific features in an image following the digitalization of a glass slide image. Advancements in genomics, computing and imaging technology are spurring new opportunities to use QIA for diagnostic testing.  And while it has been shown to improve consistency and accuracy of interpretation compared to manual scoring by pathologists, the lack of a clinical guideline has been a barrier to wider QIA adoption.”We set out to bridge the gap between technology and clinical practice with recommendations based on expert review of published literature,” said project chair Marilyn M. Bui, M.D., Ph.D., FCAP, of the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla. “The recommendations will aid laboratories to ensure that diagnoses are accurate and consistent, which is essential to each patient’s prognosis and treatment planning.”To develop the guideline, the CAP convened an expert panel of pathologists and histotechnologists with expertise in digital pathology, immunohistochemistry, quality management and breast pathology. The panel systematically reviewed more than 250 relevant articles and relied on evidence from more than 65 to develop the guideline’s 11 recommendations. The guideline development process also included an open public comment period to include comments from professional associations and individuals, feedback from the guideline advisory panel, and independent peer review from a panel of CAP members.Notably, the guideline recommends steps to validate QIA before implementing it, and steps for ongoing maintenance and evaluation so that quality is controlled and assured. Additionally, it recommends that laboratories should validate their QIA results for clinical use by comparing them to an alternative, validated method(s) such as HER2 in-situ hybridization methods or consensus images for HER2 IHC. The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has endorsed the guideline through informed consideration by the ASCP Commission on Science, Technology & Policy.The guideline is available at no charge on cap.org. Additional resources including an instructional presentation and summary of the recommendations are also available.For more information: www.cap.orgRelated Digital Pathology ContentRoche Launches uPath Enterprise Digital Pathology SoftwareReference1. Bui M.M., Riben M.W., Allison K.H., et al. Quantitative Image Analysis of Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 Immunohistochemistry for Breast Cancer. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2018-0378-CP FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Pathology | January 25, 2019 New Pathology Guideline Advances Accuracy in Breast Cancer Testing Evidence-based guideline from College of American Pathologists helps labs use quantitative image analysis in HER2 immunohistochemistry testing Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Is your web design responsive

first_imgToday we will explain what a responsive web design is, how it benefits websites, and what the core concepts are. The topics covered are: Responsive design philosophy, principles, grid & columns Smooth user experience & user friendly website Understanding responsive grid systems Adaptive design and methodologies Elegant mobile experience This article is an excerpt taken from the book, Responsive Web Design by Example, written by Frahaan Hussain. Responsive design philosophy There was a time when most web surfing occurred on a computer with a standard-sized/ratio monitor. It was more than adequate to create websites with a non-responsive layout in mind. But over the last 10 years, there has been an exponential boom of new devices in a plethora of form factors, from mobile phones, tablets, watches and a wide range of screen sizes. This growth has created a huge fragmentation problem, so creating websites with a single layout is no longer acceptable. A website with a lot of content that works great on desktops doesn’t work very well on a mobile device that has a significantly smaller screen. Such content is unreadable, forcing the user to zoom in and out constantly. One might try making everything bigger so it looks good on mobiles, but then on a desktop, the content doesn’t take advantage of the immense real estate offered by bigger screens. Responsive Web Design is a method that allows the design to respond based on the user’s input and environment and thus based on the size of the screen, the device, and its orientation. This philosophy blends elements of flexible grids and layouts, images, and media queries in CSS. Enter Responsive Web Design. This alleviates this problem by allowing developers and designers to create websites that adapt to all screen sizes/ratios. There are various approaches that different websites take, but the core concept is illustrated in the following figure: The preceding figure shows how the same website’s layout can be adapted to suit different devices. On the desktop, there is a lot more real estate, so the content is bigger and more can fit on a single row. But, as the screen size shrinks and its orientation changes, the content readjusts itself to accommodate this change. This provides a seamless and elegant experience for the user on all form factors. If you look closely at the preceding figure and at modern websites, you will see a grid that the content conforms to. The grid is used to lay out the content of a website, and both of these elements go hand in hand. This grid system is one of the most important aspects of how Responsive Web Design works. Responsive design principles This section will cover the main principles behind designing responsive websites. Though these aren’t set in stone and will change over time, they will provide a great foundation. Should you go Responsive or Adaptive? Responsive designs constantly change website layouts depending on their size and orientation. A single pixel resize will tend to have an effect on the layout, usually not by a lot. Adaptive schemes, on the other hand, have preset layouts, which are loaded depending on the size of the screen. This technique doesn’t look as fluid and seamless as do responsive designs. Modern-day Responsive Web Design usually incorporates both methods. Set layouts will be provided, as can be seen in the previous figure. But any changes made to a website’s size will have an impact in real time through responsive scaling. What are Breakpoints? Breakpoints are points at which a website’s layout is no longer fit for the screen size, device, and/or orientation, and we are able to use different and unique layouts to accommodate the various changes that can occur to screens. When these points occur, the current layout is switched to a more suitable layout. For example, a mobile device in portrait mode will not effectively be able to use a layout that is designed for a widescreen desktop display; this just isn’t possible. However, by using breakpoints a single website can serve many screen variations whilst making the website feel like it was designed with the user’s current screen, device, and/or orientation in mind. This does not occur when reloading the web page, but content moves around dynamically and is scaled accordingly. Without breakpoints, the website would appear with the same layout on all form factors and browser sizes, which using the example we just mentioned, would not be fit for purpose. These breakpoints usually occur when the width of the browser changes and falls into the category of another more appropriate layout. There are a few fundamentals that should be mentioned regarding the philosophy of Responsive Web Design: Why is screen resolution important for responsive design? This is immensely influential in responsive design. The first thought for many designers is to design based on the resolution of the screen. But modern-day phones have resolutions of 1080p and beyond, which for the most part is still the de facto standard for desktops with some exceptions in 4K and ultrawide displays. This would prevent us from fully targeting all devices, as there is so much crossover in resolutions between devices. That is the reason why pixel density is very important when deciding which layout should be used as a 5-inch 1080p mobile display will be cramming the pixels in a lot closer than a 32-inch 1080p display. They both have the same resolution for the mobile device and they have a significantly higher pixel density, which helps distinguish between the device types. The viewport should also be taken into consideration, which is the user’s visible area of a web page. This would allow us to rearrange content based on how much content should be displayed. What are media queries? These are amazing facets within CSS that allow us to actually detect changes in a screen such as its size and an event device type. These are the things used to specify code for a specific layout, such as a mobile or desktop display. You can think of media queries as conditional statements, just as an “if” statement would only run a piece of code if the condition was true. A media query is the same, it’s far more limited, but as are many things in CSS. I’m positive you will have used a website and noticed that it looks different on a computer compared to a mobile phone, or even a tablet. This is thanks to the use of breakpoints, which are very similar to conditional statements in other languages such as C++. When a certain condition is met, such as screen size range, or, change in form factor, different CSS is applied to provide a better-suited layout. What are Relative units? Relative units take into account the other content and more specifically the content’s size, whereas static units do not and have an absolute value regardless of the amount of content. If relative units are not used then static units would be used, which essentially lays the content using fixed units such as pixels. With this method, a box with a width of 400px on an 800px screen would take half the width. But, if the screen size changes to 300px, the box will now be partially off-screen. Again, this would not provide the reader with that seamless experience, which we aim to provide. The units simply display your content relative to everything else, or, more specifically, the screen size or viewport. This allows us, as creators, to display content consistently. Take the previous example, if we would like to display the box at half the screen width, on an 800px screen the box would be 400px wide, and on a 600px screen the box would be 300px wide. Using percentages we can set the width to 50%, which forces the box to always be half the width of its parent container, making its size relative to the rest of the page’s content. Why Maximum and minimum values are important? Scaling our content is greatly dependent on the screen size. But with screens such as ultrawide monitors, scaling the content may make it too big, or even too small, on mobile devices. Using maximum and minimum values, we are able to set upper and lower limits providing us with readable and clear results. What are Nested objects? If we displayed every object individually, we would have to make them all adjust accordingly, but nesting allows us to wrap elements using containers. Nested objects are like a paragraph tag, as they contain text, and any changes made to the paragraph tag, such as its position or color, also affect its contents. Objects nested within each other are affected by any change made to their parent containers. An object can be anything from text and images to HTML tags/elements. Take a look at the following example: In this example, there are four elements—a div, paragraph, span, and image tag. The paragraph, span, and image tags are nested within the div tag. If the div tag’s maximum width and background color were changed, this would affect all its child objects/tags. But if we were to make a change to the paragraph tag, such as changing its text color, this would not affect any other sibling tags or its parent tag. It would only have an effect on its contents/objects. So, for example, if a container is moved or scaled, the content within the container is also updated. This is where pixels come in use. You may not always want a container to be displayed 10% from the right as, on mobile devices, 10% equates to a lot of real estate potentially being wasted; you could specify 50px instead for example. Should you go Mobile first or desktop first? You can design a website from a small screen such as a phone and scale it up or go the other way round and design it with a large screen in mind. There is actually no right or wrong answer. Depending on the intended target audience and the website’s purpose, this will become clear to you. Usually, considering both angles at the same time is the best route to go down. Most responsive frameworks on the market have been designed with a mobile-first philosophy, but that doesn’t mean you cannot use it for a desktop-first design; it is on you as the designer to decide how content should be displayed. Should you use Bitmaps or vectors for your images? Bitmaps are great for images with a lot of detail, such as backgrounds and usually logos. Common bitmap formats include .png and .jpg. But these images can be large in file size and require more bandwidth and time to load. On desktop devices, this isn’t too much of a problem, but on mobile devices that are heavily reliant on cellular services that don’t always provide unlimited data, this can be problematic. Also, when scaling bitmaps, there is a loss in quality, which results in jagged and blurry images. Vectors, on the other hand, are small in size and don’t lose quality when scaling. I know you’ll be tempted to scream, “Hail vectors!” at this book, but they do have their drawbacks. They are only useful for simple content such as icons. Also, some older browsers do not fully support vectors. Again there is no “right choice”; depending on the content to be displayed, bitmaps or vectors should be used. Understanding Responsive grids and columns The grid system is one of the universal concepts of Responsive Web Design, regardless of the framework a website is built upon. To put it simply, websites are split into rows and columns, and if an object/element occupies half the number of columns, it will always occupy that many regardless of the screen’s size. So an element that occupies 3 of the 12 rows will occupy 25% of the width of its parent container, hence providing a responsive design. This is great for small variations in screen sizes, but when a website is viewed on platforms varying from desktops to mobiles, then breakpoints are introduced as covered previously. Though there is no fixed number of columns that a responsive website should have, 12 is a common number used by some of the most popular and widespread frameworks. A framework in this context is anything built on top of the built-in web features. JavaScript is a web feature, but jQuery is a framework built on top of that to allow easier manipulation of the website using prewritten libraries/code. Though a framework isn’t absolutely necessary, neither is using an off-the-shelf web browser. You could create your own, but it would be an immense waste of time, and the case for using a responsive framework is essentially the same. The following is an example of a basic responsive grid: Rows allow us as developers to group content together, though there will be a fixed number of columns, not all columns have to be filled to go to the next row. A new row can be used explicitly, as can be seen in the following example: This may be different to how you have developed websites in the past, but if there is anything you are unsure about don’t worry, as things will become clearer when we start working on projects in future chapters. To summarize, we covered responsive design philosophy and principles that are essential to creating an intuitive user experience. If you have enjoyed this excerpt, check out Responsive Web Design by Example to learn how to build engaging responsive websites. Read Next: What UX designers can teach Machine Learning Engineers? 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Costa Rica announces provisional 40man roster for Gold Cup

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica returns with full-strength lineup in last step toward World Cup qualifying Without Navas, Costa Rica to face Chile and Peru in friendlies ‘La Sele’ draws Nicaragua, Haiti and Bermuda in Gold Cup group No Navas as Costa Rica names roster for Peru friendly Costa Rica on Monday announced the 40-man provisional roster that will serve as the basis for its 2019 Gold Cup campaign.The list contains Keylor Navas, Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Kendall Waston and other stalwarts for the Costa Rican national team. Alvaro Saborío, who came out of retirement and helped San Carlos to the Clausura title earlier this month, is also included.Manager Gustavo Matosas’s final 23-person roster will be announced the first week of June. Costa Rica’s 40-person provisional roster for Gold Cup 2019. (Via CONCACAF.)Elsewhere in CONCACAF, 40-man rosters feature Christian Pulisic (Chelsea FC/United States), Raúl Jimenez (Wolverhampton FC/Mexico) and Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/United States).The 2019 Gold Cup begins June 15, and La Sele starts its campaign with a home match the following day against Nicaragua at the National Stadium in La Sabana.The 2019 Gold Cup final will be July 7 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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No exit For female jihadis Syria is oneway journey

first_img(Militant Website via AP, File) How men can have a healthy 2019 4 must play golf courses in Arizona In interviews, court documents and public records, The Associated Press has compiled a detailed picture of European girls and young women who join extremists such as the Islamic State group — a decision that is far more final than most may realize.The girls are married off almost immediately, either in Turkey or just after crossing into Syria. With an estimated 20,000 foreign fighters — among them 5,000 Europeans — in Syria, there is no shortage of men looking for wives. That number is expected to double by the end of the year. Once among the jihadis, the women are not permitted to travel without a male chaperone or a group of other women and must remain fully covered outside, according to material published by Islamic State and researchers who follow the group. Otherwise, they risk a lashing or worse.European women who blog about their lives under Islamic State tend to be chipper about the experience, but reading between the lines of an e-book of travel advice shows a life that will be radically circumscribed, with limited electricity, lack of even the most basic medicine, and practically no autonomy. Women do not fight, researchers say, despite the Hunger Games-like promises of recruiters. Comments   Share   “The lives of those teenage girls are very much controlled,” said Sara Khan, a British Muslim whose group Inspire campaigns against the dangers of extremist recruiters. “I don’t think that discussion ever comes up. It’s so romanticized, the idea of this utopia. I don’t even think those young girls have necessarily considered that there’s no way back now.”The two exceptions to the rule of no return are perhaps most revealing in the very paucity of details about their journey — driving home how murky life is behind the Islamic State curtain.Sterlina Petalo is a Dutch teenager who converted to Islam, and came to be known by the name Aicha. She traveled to Syria in 2014 to marry a Dutch jihadi fighter there and managed to return months later — apparently making her way to the border with Turkey, where her mother reportedly picked her up and brought her back to the Netherlands. Back home, she was immediately arrested on suspicion of joining a terror organization.Her family, lawyers and prosecutors refuse to discuss the case. She was released from custody last November and has not been formally charged.The second woman known to have made it out of the grip of Islamic State reconsidered after just a few weeks. The 25-year-old Briton, whom police have not named, had taken her toddler son all the way to Raqqa, the group’s stronghold, when she decided she had made a mistake and called home. She made her way back into Turkey and her father met her there. How she was able to travel the 250 kilometers (150 miles) from Raqqa to the Turkish border city of Gaziantep is not clear. Back in Britain, she was detained and is now free on bail pending formal charges. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “We’ll find you, we have the best operators here, you don’t know what you’re getting into, you’re messing with a terrorist group, you and your family will pay,” the woman said, recounting the litany of threats she received after returning to France. “If they were speaking to a 20-year-old, it would be very hard for her.”___Associated Press writer Mike Corder in Amsterdam contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PARIS (AP) — When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked her first trip abroad — they were going to a place of no return.Only two of the approximately 600 Western girls and young women who have joined extremists in Syria are known to have made it out of the war zone. By comparison, as many as 30 percent of the male foreign fighters have left or are on their way out, according to figures from European governments that monitor the returns. “It’s particularly difficult for these families. For them, radicalization is happening on the Internet and outside the family sphere,” said Sebastien Pietrasanta, a French lawmaker working on a program to de-radicalize young people. “For a girl of 14, I believe we can clearly save her from herself and save her from these barbarians.”A French journalist got dangerously close to jihadi recruitment methods by creating a fake Facebook account that attracted a marriage proposal from a fighter in Syria.Under the pseudonym Melodie, the journalist shared a video on the account, almost immediately getting a message from a man identified as Bilel, who asked how she’d liked the montage of him showing off in a 4X4 and with his weapons.“I passed myself off as a 20-something, not stupid but a little lost, who suddenly found a huge response from a man in Syria,” said the journalist, who wrote a book “In the Skin of a Jihadist” under a pseudonym.Bilel’s doubts about her began to grow as her reluctance to join him became clear. She ended up getting threats that she said would likely frighten a bewildered young woman into submission. As it was, the journalist, who never met Bilal in person, remains under constant police protection a year later. Sponsored Stories Without knowing how the two escaped, it is difficult to say whether other girls and women could follow their path out of Syria, said Joana Cook, a researcher at King’s College London who studies the links between women and jihad.“There are clearly many human smugglers working within Syria right now, helping Syrian civilians escape the violence, and I wonder if there is a similar, perhaps even growing market, for those trying to escape after joining ISIL,” Cook told The Associated Press in an email, using one of the acronyms for the Islamic State group. “There is great disillusionment for many who have traveled to Syria to join ISIL and you’ll find many stories of those who went abroad noting ‘this isn’t what we signed up for.’”The question is whether the girls understood from the beginning how limited their choices would be once they crossed the frontier.The case of a 15-year-old Avignon girl exemplifies such doubts. The girl hid her second Facebook account and Islamic veil from her moderate Muslim family, thereby managing to join a jihadi network, according to the family’s lawyer. Once within a unit of the al-Qaida offshoot Nusra Front, she was not permitted to leave, according to her brother, who went into Syria to fetch her and was turned away by the extremists. A French boy who joined the group around the same time was allowed to go home. “I think they understand the premise of that, but not that they understand it in reality,” said Melanie Smith, another researcher at King’s College ICSR.The networks that bring the women into Syria are increasingly organized around the extremists’ dream of building a nation of multinational jihadis, meaning European girls are particularly prized. Each new Facebook post, each new cheerleading Twitter account — and they pop up by the hour — helps them subvert government efforts to prevent young people from radicalizing and leaving.The doggedness of jihadi methods for recruiting girls can be seen in the case of Amelia, a 14-year-old girl from France’s Alpine Isere region.Amelia was first contacted on Facebook by a French fighter on Jan. 14, 2014 and within a month agreed to go to Syria and marry the man, who identified himself as “Tony Toxiko.” After she was turned back by airport border police in Lyon on her first attempt, “Tony Toxiko” persuaded another French adolescent girl to join him in Syria.Amelia, meanwhile, ran away from home to Belgium, where an imam performed a religious ceremony that wed her to a different man, an Algerian jihadi. She returned to France homesick and pregnant, just long enough to speak to investigators building a case against a middleman who helped her run away. This winter, Amelia managed to deceive her family and left again — making it to Syria with the Algerian fighter, who is more than twice her age. Quick workouts for men Top Stories last_img read more

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Qantas launches Sydney to the Gold Coast

first_imgBringing premium domestic products to the region, Qantas has launched flights between the Gold Coast and Sydney, with three new daily return services. Qantas will be the only domestic carrier to offer a meal and checked-in baggage to all passengers, while also offering customers the opportunity to experience its next generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Sky interior and state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment.  Qantas domestic chief executive Lyell Strambi said the service, which launched this morning, has received “overwhelming support”, selling up to 24,000 airfares within two days of putting the route on sale. “The new services will bring more tourists and business travellers to the region including many from Emirates’ international network, through the proposed global aviation partnership between the two airlines,” he said.The airline expects business on the route to sustain with a Gold Coast Tourism joint marketing campaign and a new Qantas Club lounge expected to open by the end of November. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Princess Cruises set to unveil magical new show

first_imgStephen Schwartz (right) with Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison.Magic will be in the air for Australian cruisers when Emerald Princess arrives Down Under for its maiden season of cruises in November, carrying a brand new musical from three-time Oscar winner and composer of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell Stephen Schwartz.Schwartz’s first production for a cruise line, Magic to Do celebrates his lifelong fascination with magic and combines thrilling illusions with some of his most famous songs, such as Magic to Do from Pippin and Defying Gravity from Wicked. The show also includes a brand new song written exclusively for Princess called A Little Magic.A cruise-industry first, the creation of Magic to Do is part of a multi-year agreement, which will see Schwartz oversee the creative development of four musicals to debut across the fleet over the next several years. Magic to Do debuted on Crown Princess in October last year.Princess Cruises Vice President Australia & New Zealand Stuart Allison said Princess was known for introducing product innovations and was thrilled to embark on this extraordinary new live-show entertainment – unlike anything any cruise line has ever before offered.Stephen Schwartz“Stephen is one of the most talented and accomplished Broadway composers of all time and Princess couldn’t be more honoured to partner with him to create memorable entertainment experiences for our guests. We’re sure the production will be a huge hit when it debuts in Australia later this year,” Mr Allison said.Schwartz said he was excited about using the enormous resources available with Princess to create new and innovative theatrical entertainment.“Their onboard theatres are Broadway-calibre venues with state-of-the-art technical capability, and coupled with their access to first-rate performers, I see it as an extraordinary and almost irresistible opportunity,” he said.“I have received overwhelming and enthusiastic interest from talented colleagues – writers, directors, and designers to whom I have spoken – and I hope together we will create new kinds of cruise ship shows to entertain and inspire Princess guests unlike any other productions at sea.”Schwartz will bring together a cadre of Broadway talent to support the four Princess productions through direction and design.During his 40-year career, Schwartz has won four Grammys, three Academy Awards for “Best Song” and “Best Score” for Pocahontas and “Best Song” for The Prince of Egypt and has been nominated for six Tony Awards. He is the only songwriter in Broadway history to ever have three shows run more than 1900 performances.Emerald Princess will based in Sydney from November 2016 to April 2017, with fares starting from AU$1599 per person twin share for an 11-night New Zealand cruise roundtrip from Sydney, departing January 10, 2017. Learn more hereSource = Princess Cruiseslast_img read more

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Study shows physical exercise is socially contagious

first_imgPhysical exercise and not just bad habits can be socially contagious, a major new study has found.For the study, titled Exercise contagion in a global social network, which was published by Nature Communications, researchers Christos Nicolaides from the University of Cyprus, and Sinan Aral from the MIT school of management, analysed data from approximately 1.1m people from around the world who ran over 350m kilometres over a span of five years.“Previous studies have shown that aspects of our lifestyle and health, such as smoking, over-consumption of food which leads to obesity, and optimism, which brings happiness, are socially contagious,” a statement by the University of Cyprus said. “This means that if your friend smokes or consumes unhealthy food or is optimistic, you risk doing the same. The new research adds physical activity to this list.”The study which combined data from fitness trackers and data analysis from social networks, showed that how fast and how much people run depended to a large extent on what their friends did.Its contagiousness varies with the relative activity of and gender relationships between friends. The study concluded that while men are affected both by male and female friends, women are only affected by other women and not by men.Runners are more influenced by peers whose performance is slightly worse, but not far worse, than their own, as well as by those who perform slightly better, but not far better, than they do. Moreover, less active runners influence more active runners more than more active runners influence less active runners.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more