A call for more emergency housing for women in Yellowknife

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere are many reasons a woman in Yellowknife may need a safe place to stay.She may be out of house and home because of mental health issues, domestic abuse or simply not enough money to pay the rent.But right now – emergency housing is in very short supply – if available at all.But as APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports – some local artists in Yellowknife are hoping to change that.last_img

NWT Metis launch court fight over caribou

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Metis organization in the Northwest Territories claims their hunting rights are being denied.Two First nations groups in the territory can hunt the Bathurst caribou herd.The Metis were left out.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img

Moroccan actor Loses Role in Son of God Because of Resemblance

first_imgRabat- “Satan,” the famous character played by Moroccan actor Mehdi Ouazzani in the American movie “Son of God” will be removed from the film due to the likeness observed between Mehdi Ouazzani and Barack Obama.Moroccan actor Mehdi Ouazzani, who had participated in the American production of “The Bible,” has been deprived of his role. This “Son of God” film has been shot partly in Ouarzazate.According to The Guardian, controversial scenes in which an actor portrays Satan with a startling resemblance to U.S. President Barack Obama have been cut from the film. The big-screen version is based off a hit mini-series about Jesus’ life. In an interview with the Hollywood reporter, producer Roma Downey stated that the controversy over Satan’s appearance had eclipsed the religious message of the series.“Someone made a comment that the actor who played the devil vaguely resembled our president, and suddenly the media went nuts,” Downey said. “The next day, when I was sure everyone would only be talking about Jesus, they were talking about Satan instead.”She added, “For our movie, Son of God, I wanted all of the focus to be on Jesus. I want his name to be on the lips of everyone who sees this movie, so we cast Satan out. It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor.”Edited by Katrina Bushkolast_img read more

Mandla Mandela Converts to Islam Sparks Controversy in South Africa

By Jonathan WalshRabat – The conversion of Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, to Islam has led traditional leaders in South Africa to express their “disquiet” over the situation.Mandela, 42, holds the position of Chief of Mvezo in the AbaThembu clan, a position inherited from his late grandfather. It is believed he converted in order to marry Rabia Clarke, a Muslim woman, in what was his fourth marriage to date.The specific reasoning behind the mixed reaction is due to the fact that the responsibilities Mandela’s role historically includes are generally considered out of line with Islamic beliefs. These include leading thanksgiving rituals for ancestors, which includes having to present slaughtered animals to them in prayer.Speaking to the BBC, Mwelo Nonkonyane, chief spokesperson for the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa), described the reasoning behind the situation:“There is nothing wrong with a traditional leader following any faith he chooses, but we are concerned about whether he will be able to continue performing his responsibilities as a chief,” he said. He added that Mandela’s marriage to Rabia may also be out of line with customs in South Africa for other reasons.“According to African tradition, it is the woman that must become part of the family she is marrying into,” he explained.“When she accepted Mandla’s proposal, the expectation was for her to adopt the ways of his people,” he continued.Other leaders in Contralesa were less diplomatic in their reaction to the situation. Xolile Ndevu says Mandela’s new religious affiliation means he should step down from his role.“It means now he is no longer a chief of AbaThembu in Mvezo, because the Mvezo people are not Muslim,” he asserted.At the wedding ceremony, Mandela seemed unfazed by the criticism and stood by his decision to marry Rabia Clarke, reportedly stating, “Although Rabia and I were raised in different cultural and religious traditions, our coming together reflects what we have in common: We are South Africans.” read more

Hundreds in Venezuela displaced by armed groups from Colombia UN says

“These events signal a worrying escalation of the Colombian conflict and underscore the growing humanitarian impact on the countries neighbouring Colombia,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Kris Janowski said of the incursions.Mr. Janowski said an estimated 200 persons, including more than 90 children, fled the remote Rio de Oro area of northwestern Venezuela when Colombian paramilitaries entered the zone two weeks ago. UNHCR has also received unconfirmed reports that some 600 others had fled into the surrounding mountainous area. “UNHCR appeals to all combatants to respect the rights of the civilian population, and to all governments in the region to continue to abide by their international obligations and ensure the right to asylum,” Mr. Janowski said, adding that the agency also, “requests the Venezuelan authorities to provide all the necessary security guarantees for humanitarian staff to undertake an assessment mission to the area as soon as possible.”In the last two weeks there have been reports of armed clashes between Colombian guerrilla and paramilitaries in the border zone, according to UNHCR. These irregular armed groups also reportedly clashed with the Venezuelan army. Last weekend, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared that he had ordered a bombing raid against suspected Colombian irregular forces inside Venezuelan territory. read more

Apples apology for iPhone software glitch may soothe ill feelings

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple’s response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself.As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, some analysts said Thursday that Apple is doing the right thing by quickly acknowledging and apologizing for the problem — which it was slower to do with earlier iPhone problems.“There’s a certain perception that Apple has to get things right, and when they don’t, the whole company gets questioned,” said Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel. “But they came out and said ‘We apologize; we’re working 24/7 to fix it.’ I think that’s what matters.”Apple’s stock fell nearly 4 per cent Thursday, leading a broader decline in technology shares, a day after the company was forced to withdraw an update to its new iOS 8 mobile software because of glitches that primarily affected customers who had purchased its new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models. The 6 Plus phone has also been the subject of social media reports that its extra-large shell is vulnerable to bending.In a statement Thursday, Apple defended its manufacturing standards and said bending “is extremely rare” with normal use of an iPhone. The company said just nine customers had contacted Apple to report a bent iPhone 6 Plus since they went on sale Friday.Apple late Wednesday offered users a way to manually reverse the flawed software update, known as iOS 8.0.1. In a statement, the company added, “We apologize for the great inconvenience experienced by users, and are working around the clock to prepare iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue.”Cupertino-based Apple has said it sold a record 10 million of the new iPhone models over the weekend, in what the company has called one of the biggest product launches in its history. It also reported this week that nearly half of all iPhone and iPad users had upgraded to the new software known as iOS 8.That new software contains a number of new features and is more complex than earlier versions of iOS, analysts said. Apple released the 8.0.1 update on Wednesday to fix some flaws that were detected after iOS 8 was released — only to find the 8.0.1 update created problems of its own. The new problems included interference with calling and with a feature that lets people unlock their phones with their fingerprint.That’s not uncommon, according to veteran tech analyst Ross Rubin of Reticle Research. “All major companies have released fixes that they’ve had to pull because of unforeseen side-effects,” he added.As for the bending issue, Rubin said the iPhone 6 Plus is “a large, thin device. That’s not to say customers should treat it gingerly, but it’s still an electronic product and it’s an investment, and it should be treated as such.”Apple is held to a higher standard by many consumers, analysts said. But Milanesi said she thought the company suffered more harm a few years ago, when it was slow to acknowledge complaints about poor reception and dropped calls that affected new iPhone 4 models when they were released in 2010. The company eventually offered a fix for the problem, after then-CEO Steve Jobs initially suggested users just needed to hold the phone differently.“There wasn’t any of that this time,” Milanesi said. She noted that Jobs’ successor, CEO Tim Cook, had also taken responsibility and apologized for initial problems with Apple’s Maps software when it was first released.Meanwhile, one analyst said Thursday’s stock sell-off was more likely related to broader market concerns than investor unease about the new iPhones.“Earnings is what drives the stock the most,” said Walter Piecyk of BTIG Research. “It’s too early to say what the impact’s going to be, but it does not appear to be something that would impact the company’s ability to deliver on earnings” in the next two quarters.Apple said users affected by the software glitch can connect their phone to a Mac or Windows computer and download a file to restore an earlier version of the iOS 8 software.Apple offered a Web page with instructions: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6487 .The company’s stock ended Thursday down $3.88 at $97.87. Earlier this month, it hit an all-time high of $103.74. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2014 12:43 am MDT Apple’s apology for iPhone software glitch may soothe ill feelings read more

EU UK tiptoeing forward in vital Brexit divorce talks

The EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, and British Secretary of State David Davis address the media after a week of negotiations at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday July 20, 2017. UK’s chief Brexit negotiator says week of talks with EU has given “us a lot to be positive about”(AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) EU, UK tiptoeing forward in vital Brexit divorce talks by Raf Casert And Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Jul 20, 2017 5:16 am MDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS – Britain and a frustrated European Union hesitantly edged forward during their first full divorce negotiation session this week, though it became clear Thursday that one of the biggest stumbling blocks will be agreeing which court will have the final say in settling legal disputes after Brexit.The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, urged Britain to flesh out its positions on a variety of issues that need to be dealt with before discussions on a wide-ranging trade deal to follow the country’s exit from the bloc can begin.He asked for a clear British plan on how much it should pay, the rights of citizens living in each other’s nations and how to keep make sure that the handling of the land border with Ireland doesn’t negatively impact on business and on the Northern Ireland peace process.“This week’s experience has shown, we make better progress when our respective positions are clear,” Barnier said, in a comment that highlighted the bloc’s impatience with the British foot-dragging to start discussions following the June 2016 referendum that backed Brexit.One major barrier is how much Britain will pay to meet its obligations as part of any Brexit deal. Estimates have ranged from around 40 billion euros ($34 billion) and 100 billion. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said the EU can “go whistle” for its money if it comes with excessive demands.“Accounts have to be settled,” Barnier countered.Barnier said during a joint news conference that the “clarification of the U.K. position is indispensable for us to negotiate and for us to make sufficient progress on this financial dossier which is inseparable from other dossiers.”British negotiators — 99 of them arrived on Monday — have been pushing back against EU allegations that they were ill-prepared, insisting they needed less public paperwork since they did not have to report back to 27 nations.Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said that four days of talks among dozens of negotiators had provided “a lot to be positive about.”Davis said he’s “encouraged by progress” on key issues, even though negotiators barely moved beyond exploratory issues during talks that are expected to stretch into late 2018.One problem stood out, though. The EU wants its top court, the European Court of Justice, still to be the final arbiter on many issues in the wake of the Brexit agreement, which Britain rejects.The court was a key issue during the 2016 referendum campaign, with ‘leave’ campaigners arguing that the primary role of the European court over national courts represented a substantial loss of sovereignty.Barnier insisted the ECJ still needs a strong role.“Quite frankly,” he said, “any reference to European rights imply their oversight by the court of justice of the European Union.”It leaves the negotiators with plenty of work for the rest of the summer and early fall. Since the talks have taken four months to fully kick off, negotiators will now be pressed to make up lost time on a host of wickedly complicated issues which could take years, if comparable international examples like trade agreements are any guide.While the official deadline is March 2019, there’s a practical deadline of late fall next year, since any agreement would still face ratification in the EU and its nations.By October this year, they will be looking for agreement on “sufficient progress” on the rights of citizens living in each other’s nations, the bill Britain will have to pay, the border issue in Ireland and the place of the European Court of Justice as an ultimate arbiter. Once enough progress has been made on all these issues, both sides can also start looking at building a new trade and political relationship.Davis held out hope Britain and the EU would remain the best of allies and that any settlement should not seek an edge on an opponent.“Nobody expects a punishment deal. Michel and I are both going for a good deal,” Davis said.___Pylas reported from London read more

Ohio State womens volleyball to host Robert Morris to kick off NCAA

Members of the OSU womens volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern PhotographerWith a 12-8 record and a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten, arguably the nation’s best conference, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team believes it is prepared for the do-or-die nature of the NCAA tournament.As the No. 12 overall seed in the tournament, OSU (23-9) is set to take on Robert Morris (19-12) in the first round on Friday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.“It really is the third season,” coach Geoff Carlston said. “This is the fun part. There’s 64 teams now that have a chance … We beat Nebraska and went five (sets) with Minnesota, so I think our team believes we can make a run.”By earning the right to host for the first time since 2009, the Buckeyes accomplished one of the goals they set at the beginning of the season.“Getting to host is a huge opportunity, we’re so excited about that,” senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said. “It’s something no one on our team has ever experienced. It’s been a long time since St. John (Arena) has hosted.”Unlike Robert Morris, which has won seven consecutive matches to end the season, OSU isn’t coming into the tournament on a winning streak, having gone 5-7 since Oct. 21. But after taking eventual No. 2 overall seed Minnesota to five sets and sweeping Rutgers in their final two regular-season games, the Buckeyes are going into the weekend with renewed confidence.“Battling with Minnesota is something I think we’re all going to remember and know that it could be a potential (big) match for us in the long run of the tournament,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said.Nearly every player on OSU’s roster has previously played in the tournament, as the program advanced to the Sweet 16 last year and has qualified in three of the last four seasons.Carlston believes having that experience will be huge for his team, especially in helping the two freshman starters — outside hitter Audra Appold and setter Taylor Hughes — who haven’t been there before.“Our freshmen have played great under pressure all year long and the rest of our team’s done a great job of laying the dynamic and supporting the rest of us so we can play fearless,” Carlston said. “The team that’s going to win the national championship is going to be the one that wants those moments and plays fearless in those moments.”Most of the team has tournament experience, but the grueling conference schedule has prepared OSU more than anything, said senior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits.“It’s one of those conferences that every single match is a big match,” she said. “You never have a team that will let down or anything … and because we’ve had that kind of training over the last three years, I would say that the tournament becomes a little bit — I don’t want to say easier — but it becomes a little bit more in step with what we’ve been doing the rest of the season.”Scouting Robert MorrisAfter winning the Northeast Conference tournament, the Colonels earned an automatic bid and will be making their sixth tournament appearance and their first since 2003.Carlston noted Robert Morris for being an evenly distributed team, as it has five players averaging 16 or more attack attempts per game.“You can’t key, necessarily, on any one individual and they run a system (where) they can mix it up,” he said.Four Colonels have registered more than 200 kills this season, led by junior outside hitter Arden Fisher’s 353 (3.12 per set).Robert Morris has also proven itself to be a scrappy defensive team, sitting ninth in the nation in digs per set (17.62). Three different players are averaging more than three digs per set: Fisher (4.53), freshman outside hitter Taylor Lord (3.67) and freshman libero Allie Yurkovich (3.46).To compare, OSU has one such player in junior libero Valeria León, who has picked up 4.34 digs per set.“The thing that they do well is they really keep the ball in play,” Carlston said. “You can tell they’re a well-coached team and a high-IQ team … They’re going to force you to be patient.”The Buckeyes and Colonels have met three times before, twice in the first round of the tournament. OSU has swept all three matches, with the last coming in 2006.4 Buckeyes win conference awardsThe results of the postseason awards for the Big Ten conference were released on Tuesday, and four OSU players were recipients.Junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe was unanimously selected to the all-Big Ten team by conference coaches. It’s the third straight year she has taken home a postseason award, having been named to the all-freshman squad in 2013 and an all-Big Ten honorable mention last season.Sandbothe led OSU in hitting percentage (.364) and blocks per set (1.22), while ranking fourth and seventh in those two categories, respectively, in the conference.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell was named an all-Big Ten honorable mention, while Appold and Hughes were selected for the all-freshman team.Campbell was one of the Buckeyes’ top offensive threats, leading the team and finishing fourth in the conference in kills per set (3.65). She also added 2.21 digs per set, second on the team, and had a team-high 11 double-doubles on the year.Appold had the highest single-game kill total of any Buckeye this season with 29 against Iowa on Nov. 18 and was named Big Ten Player of the Week once and Freshman of the Week twice. She ended the regular season third on the team in kills (312) and digs (234).Hughes still established herself as the starting setter, leading the team in assists (867) despite battling an elbow injury since late October. She was named the Big Ten’s Setter of the Week once.What’s next?If the Buckeyes are able to top Robert Morris, they’ll move on to face either American or Kentucky in the second round. OSU has met Kentucky in the Round of 32 the last two times it has made the tournament, falling to the Wildcats in 2012 before defeating them last year.First serve for the second-round match is scheduled to be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in St. John Arena. read more

Treat all stakeholders as equals says Randgold CEO

first_imgGold mining companies should not prefer one stakeholder class over another but should ensure that all benefit equitably from their activities, Randgold Resources Chief Executive Mark Bristow said in a presentation in London this week. Bristow said in the emerging regions where the gold mining industry’s operations were now largely located, the host country was a particularly important player and should be embraced not only as a stakeholder but as a partner.“Mining anywhere, but particularly in emerging regions, exploits a country’s national assets and so it’s important that the host country and its people benefit from this,” he said.“Arguably, a mining company’s primary responsibility is to its host country, although of course shareholders are also critically important because without investment there would be no mining projects. Mining companies and their host governments should be aligned in the drive to attract such investment and to ensure that all shareholders benefit.”Bristow said gold mining companies could only satisfy the expectations of shareholders as well as other stakeholders through sustainable profitability.“To achieve sustainable profitability, a gold mining company has to get a lot of tricky variables into equilibrium within the framework of a coherent strategy. In other words, it needs a long-term vision, not merely an urge to exploit a passing market trend. In a cyclical sector, it makes no sense to run a business that relies solely on a rising gold price to be able to deliver value,” he said.last_img read more

Schaefflers digital technologies and continuous condition monitoring

first_imgIndustrial bearing technology leader, Schaeffler, showed some examples of the future of condition monitoring by displaying its latest and most advanced digital technologies at the recent 2017 Australasian International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park from August 29-31.On display at the stand were two integrated condition monitoring technologies highly relevant to the mining industry, FAG SmartCheck and SmartQB. SmartCheck vibration monitoring technology comprises an innovative, modular online measuring system for continuous monitoring on a decentralised basis to optimise productivity and overall process management.The technology is suitable for early detection of rolling bearing damage, imbalances, and misalignments, among other faults, on diverse machinery and plant, including electric and geared motors, gearboxes and compressors, vacuum and fluid pumps, ventilators and fans, spindles and machine tools, separators and decanters and vibrating screens.The SmartCheck then plugs into the SmartQB, which is a ready-to-use monitoring solution that displays plain text messages on the 7 in display. It is very easy to install and does not require any specific knowledge about vibration diagnosis, including for common installations such as vibratory, grinding and rolling processes.Industrial Services Manager Mark Ciechanowicz points out the plain text messages on the SmartQB’s 7 in display, which make it genuinely intuitive and easy to use. “The simplicity of the SmartQB makes it a genuine innovation in the market. It comes preconfigured for the capture of anomalies in common industrial components such as motors, pumps and fans and can be completely commissioned in five minutes. The mining industry can truly benefit from the 24/7 condition monitoring that the SmartQB provides, which will help optimise plant uptime and availability.”SmartCheck and SmartQB are one component of Schaeffler’s new Drive Train 4.0, which was also introduced at AIMEX. Schaeffler Drive Train 4.0 – part of the Schaeffler Smart EcoSystem suite of digitally integrated products – expands conventional condition monitoring approaches by linking diverse digital information sources into a single platform with new options for increased efficiency, machinery lifespan and sustainability, reduced downtime, reduced energy use and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO).“Schaeffler’s Drive Train 4.0 links existing technology with new digital services to take a big step further into the digitalised production and machine monitoring of the future,” says Ciechanowicz. Drive Train 4.0 is the product of extensive research and development of the global Schaeffler organisation which employs more than 86,000 people globally, including more than 6,000 at 16 research and development centres dedicated to high-performance, low-maintenance bearing technology. Schaeffler’s 170 locations in 50 countries include long-established Australasian operations whose capabilities include new system engineering, refurbishment and extensive technical support for systems such as Drive Train 4.0.“As digital technologies rapidly advance, there are real benefits for industry in using an integrated condition monitoring system. It can optimise efficiency and uptime as well as improve the overall performance of industrial machinery by identifying faults before they occur,” said Ciechanowicz.last_img read more

Handson with Alienwares new line of VRready laptops

first_imgAlienware’s always had a reputation for being somewhat… opulent. Its ostentatious machines demand a certain kind of attention and a price premium to match. Even so, over the past few years Alienware has continually worked to bring prices down and tighten up its design scheme, shifting to a more refined, neo-industrial look.At PAX West, the Dell subsidiary announced their latest laptop line. These portable powerhouses are each running Nvidia’s 10-series GPUs. They’re all optimized for VR, high frame rate gaming, or 4K gaming. Plus, if the video card company is to be believed, its 10-series mobile GPUs should be just about on par with their beefy desktop counterparts.With those power-hungry and heat-vomiting cards running at their peak, Alienware claims that they’ve totally redesigned the cooling systems in its laptops to compensate. Batteries are now at the front of the machine — where your hands rest. This gives a bit more room at the back for the GPU and CPU to chill (literally).The hinge that supports the monitor has come forward a bit too, meaning that the sometimes painfully hot hunks of silicon that power the PC aren’t near the keyboard or trackpad, so even while gaming your hands and fingertips shouldn’t feel the heat.The larger of the two laptops, a 17-inch monster, also comes with eyetracking courtesy of some IR sensors from Tobii. In-game, you can use the tech to look around instead of relying on a mouse or analogue stick. Alienware’s partnered with the company to develop some additional software for competitive gamers to help you track where your eyes move during recorded replays, so you can see where your attention was (mis)directed when you died. I’m not sold on the utility of features like these, but surely someone finds them worthy inclusions.The 15-inch and 17-inch laptops start at around $1,200 and $1,500 (respectively). They are available for pre-order now and will start shipping at the end of September. There’s also a smaller 13-inch model planned for those who need a little bit more portability.last_img read more

Tiki hut burns in grass fire in MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews responded to a grass fire in the area of 25045 Krome Ave. in Southwest Miami-Dade, Wednesday.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the fire is now under control. A tiki hut was burned.We received pictures of the fire from a 7News viewer.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: senditto7@wsvn.com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

A Doubleclick Alternative

first_imgVance Publishing has added a new section to its sales sheets in the past year by teaming up with online ad serving technology AdJuggler.An alternative to 800-pound gorilla Doubleclick, AdJuggler allows Vance to sell and manage ads that can be rotated and spread out among its 60 b-to-b Web sites, targeted by time and day, keyword, cookies and geography. Vance could run a campaign for the month of July with the goal to guarantee click-throughs, targeting users only in the Midwest. The ads would be tracked based on a number of criteria including impressions served, if a lead was generated, if a sale was made, etc. Then, Vance could define a daily report for its customer, based on criteria such as gross revenue or ROI, that would automatically generate each day, with a 15-minute lag.Reed Rizzo, product manager at Vance, says he chose AdJuggler because it had the necessary functionality and was cheaper than its competition. It also doesn’t have a limit, as he says Doubleclick does, on how many views the sites need to bring in to be part of the service.The next step for Vance, according to Rizzo, is to sell ads across its 60 sites at once to advertisers like Nextel and Ford, who may want to market to businesses in general rather than within a particular industry.last_img read more

Fast Company Names Stephanie Mehta EditorinChief

first_imgThe announcement notes that Mehta will be charged with oversight of Fast Company‘s editorial across print and digital, as well as its growing events business—including the annual Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York. Stephanie MehtaMansueto Ventures has tapped Vanity Fair deputy editor Stephanie Mehta as the next editor-in-chief of Fast Company, CEO Eric Schurenberg announced today.The announcement comes two months after Robert Safian, the magazine’s longtime editor-in-chief, revealed plans to step down after 11 years in the role. Safian has since gone on to found the media advisory firm Flux Group.Mehta arrives at Fast Company having spent the last two years at Vanity Fair, where she headed up the brand’s New Establishment Summit and Founders Fair conferences in addition to serving as one of the magazine’s deputy editors. Prior to Vanity Fair, Mehta spent about a year at Bloomberg Media running the Bloomberg Live event series, and before that had a long tenure at Fortune, where she rose to executive editor in 2010 and deputy managing editor in 2013. She began her career in the early ’90s as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal.“Having worked with Stephanie in the past, I know that she is an exacting journalist, a generous leader, and a warm colleague,” said Schurenberg (who also serves as editor-in-chief of sister title Inc.) in a prepared statement. “She is a true practitioner of smart business journalism and a fierce believer in Fast Company’s mission and its future as a brand. I couldn’t be more excited to have her on board.”last_img read more

KCR made TS number one in country MLA Sanjay Kumar

first_imgJagtial: The TRS government is heading towards achieving Bangaru Telangana with the main agenda of development and welfare of all sections of people present across the State, said Jagtial MLA Dr Sanjay Kumar.He participated in various developmental activities and laid foundation stones for the construction of new buildings for Reddy, Padmashali and Rajaka communities with DMFT funds in Lakshmipuram village of Jagtial rural mandal on Wednesday. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, MLA Dr Sanjay Kumar said today Telangana is number one State in the country due to the firm determination of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. With a view to develop everyone in the State, the TRS government had introduced several innovative schemes unlike any other State in the country, he added. Along with leading the State towards development, the TRS government is committed for the welfare of the farming sector and introduced Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bima schemes for the wellbeing of farmers along with supplying uninterrupted power for 24 hours.Sarpanch Cheruku John, MPP Gajarla Gangaram, vice-MPP Palepu Raju, MPTC Sunitha Lakshman, Mahendar Reddy, Hanumandlu, Chandra Reddy, Raji Reddy, Satti Reddy and Swami Reddy were present along with others.last_img read more

White Principal Sorry for Slur in Black History Month Speech

first_imgBy The Associated PressHYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A white principal at a private school near Washington says she regrets using a racial slur referring to black people during a Black History Month assembly.Citing a release from New Hope Academy Principal Joy Morrow, news outlets report a keynote speaker had canceled just before the school’s annual assembly, so Morrow decided to give a talk she gave 25 years ago about what Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings meant to her.New Hope Academy (Courtesy Image/Logo)A native of Dubuque, Iowa, she says she warned the children in grades 6 to 12 that she would use the slur to explain what she “experienced growing up in an all-white, racist community.”She said the word inadvertently distracted some students, so she regrets using it. The school has since held discussions with students and faculty.last_img read more

LEGO Made A Speed Champions Hoonicorn Just For Ken Block

first_img This Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17,000 Lego Bricks’The Lego Movie 2′ Trailer is Here and It’s an Intergalactic Dream Stay on target Some of you might know Ken Block as one of the two dudes who founded DC Shoes. A lot more of you probably know him as the tire-shredding speed freak rally driver. That car up there? It’s his signature ride; a fully-customized ’65 Mustang called the Hoonicorn.When you’re as famous as Ken Block, companies will often throw some pretty cool freebies at you. A particularly cool one that Block received came straight from the crew at The LEGO Group. It’s a one-off brick-built reproduction of his iconic ride. Here are a couple shots of the Speed Champions Hoonicorn, courtesy LEGO designer Craig Callum:Block’s tiny (yet still very sinister-looking) Hoonigan racer was actually built for him last year. It popped up again this weekend because the folks at LEGO shared a GIF of him proudly displaying it at this year’s installment of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.Ken Block (love the name btw ) w/ a one-off #LEGOSpeedChampions-inspired Hoonigan car at #LeMans24 #FordLeMans @FordPerformance @kblock43 pic.twitter.com/2QK0rtSrKl— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) June 17, 2017 Block will, of course, be driving his Ford Fiesta GT, which LEGO has not given him yet. Perhaps if Ken can work his way onto the podium, they’ll build him a second custom for his collection.While you can’t buy a Hoonicorn, there are plenty of other very cool Speed Champions for sale. Beyond the Mustang GT pictured with Block’s custom, there’s the Audi R18 etron quattro, Bugatti Chiron, a two-car Camaro drag race set. They make great little gifts for the gearheads of all ages!Let us know how we’re doinglast_img read more

According to new Rule of Law report Mexico ranked among poorest ratings

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — The World Justice Project index (WJP), which measures the effectiveness of the rule of law, Mexico fell several positions.The most recent numbers from the WJP show that the country fell from 88 to 92 out of 113 nations evaluated.One of the findings is that, in terms of criminal justice in which they analyzed whether the investigations are effective, if the prisons fulfill their purpose of sanction and social reintegration and if due process is respected, Mexico came out with poor ratings.In contrast, in the area of open government, which evaluated the right to information and citizen participation, it obtained better results.To fulfill the WJP report, its leaders ask citizens and experts how they find the rule of law in their daily lives, measuring aspects such as perception of insecurity, level of corruption or effectiveness of justice systems.Leslie Solis, WJP researcher, points out that, as the Rule of Law is a difficult concept to understand, it is best to divide it into eight dimensions.These dimensions include Limits to governmental power, Absence of corruption, Open government, Fundamental rights, Order and security, Regulatory compliance, Civil justice and Criminal justice.According to the index, Mexico is among the countries with weak adherence to the rule of law. In comparison with other Latin American nations, it is only above Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Bolivia and Venezuela, which occupies last places in the ranking.Among the countries with the best results are Denmark, which was ranked number one, followed by Norway and Finland. In Latin America, only Uruguay reaches the top of the table, ranking 22 above Spain.Layda Negrete, WPJ researcher, explains that, although Mexico occupies one of the lowest positions worldwide and in comparison with its economic peers, there are some chiaroscuros that must be taken into account.“There is open government, (there) it is well evaluated, but at the same time it is lagging behind in the absence of corruption. It is something that happens in the subject of criminal justice. There is more due process, but there are no better police and better prosecutors,” he says.Researchers agree that all the data help to understand where more attention is required, to look for areas of opportunity and to detect which are the most urgent and important aspects to attend.“It’s like a report card where you can see what are the main strengths and weaknesses of each country, so we can have much deeper public policy debates,” says Solís.For Negrete, the rule of law is something that can be improved since it is built between citizens, civil society organizations and government. Therefore, he points out some options that can begin to be discussed in Mexico.One of them is to incorporate scientific methods in the investigation of crime, with statistical tools that allow locating where crimes occur and how often, as well as identifying the red dots and their respective contexts.Negrete also points out opportunities to elaborate more transparent rules in the judicial process and that these be public, as well as to strengthen the police, prosecutors and justice systems as a whole.“That is the lag that needs to be addressed,” says the researcher.According to the recent WJP report, the country with the most significant fall was the Philippines who they report fell 18 positions to take over Mexico’s previous spot of 88 out of 113.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Israel keeps silent on mysterious Sudan airstrike

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Israel considers Iran to be a grave threat, citing Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction, suspicions that Iran is developing a nuclear bomb, and Iran’s support for militant groups on Israel’s southern and northern borders. Israeli officials have long contended that Sudan is a central player in Iranian efforts to funnel weapons to Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.Sudan claimed Wednesday that Israeli airstrikes caused an explosion and fire at a military factory south of the capital, Khartoum, killing two people. It said four aircraft hit the Yarmouk complex, setting off a huge blast that rocked the capital before dawn.“They used sophisticated technology,” Sudan’s information minister, Ahmed Belal Osman, said without elaborating. There was no word on the identities of the two people who were killed.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to comment on the incident at a news conference with the visiting Italian premier, Mario Monti.But Netanyahu’s vice premier, Moshe Yaalon, said Israel had “nothing to cry about.”Speaking to Israel Radio, Yaalon described Sudan as an important base for both Iranian and al-Qaida militants to carry out mayhem. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 0 Comments   Share   The following year, Hamas accused Israel of assassinating a top militant in a Dubai hotel room. Israel never confirmed involvement, but claimed the militant, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, had worked in Sudan and played a critical role in shipping advanced Iranian rockets to Gaza.Israel possesses a sophisticated air force of U.S.-made F-15 and F-16 warplanes, and has a record of carrying out daring air raids over enemy skies. In 1981, Israel destroyed an unfinished nuclear reactor being built in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. In 2007, it destroyed what the U.S. has said was a nearly finished nuclear reactor in neighboring Syria.In recent months, Israel has hinted that it is ready to use its air force against Iran as well. Israel believes Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons _ a scenario that it considers a threat to its very existence. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, but Israel and many Western countries dismiss this.Israel has threatened to strike Iranian nuclear facilities if it concludes that international sanctions fail to stop the Iranians.Some Israeli commentators said that if Israel had indeed carried out an airstrike that caused Wednesday’s blast in Sudan, it might have been a dress rehearsal of sorts for an operation in Iran. Both countries are roughly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away from Israel, and an air operation would require careful planning and in-flight refueling. Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – Senior Israeli officials accused Sudan on Thursday of playing a key role in an Iranian-backed network of arms shipments to hostile Arab militant groups across the Middle East, a day after a mysterious explosion rocked a weapons factory near the North African country’s capital.The tough words were likely to add to Sudanese suspicions that an Israeli airstrike was behind the blast. Israel has both the motive and means to carry out such an airstrike, and Sudan has accused Israel in the past of operating on its territory. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories But there are key differences as well. Iran has a far more advanced air-defense system than Sudan, and its nuclear facilities are scattered across the country in heavily fortified sites.“The Iranians ought to be worried by Israel’s ability to deceive and achieve surprise at such a vast distance from home _ if it was Israel that carried out the attack,” wrote Alex Fishman, a military affairs commentator with the Yediot Ahronot daily. But, he noted, “a flight over Iran or to Iran is a more complicated effort.”Isaac Ben-Israel, a retired Israeli air force general and a former head of the Israeli space agency, said he had no idea what caused the explosion but that anyone with an advanced air force could pull it off.He noted that Arab countries tend to blame Israel for any attack that takes place on their soil. In the case of the explosion in Sudan, he said Israel had no interest in confirming or denying its involvement.“Even if it wasn’t us,” he said, “there’s no damage in letting them think it was.”___Follow Federman at www.twitter.com/joseffederman. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “It’s used as a base to disseminate terror, in Africa and in our direction too,” he said. “There’s no doubt that there is an axis of weapons from Iran via Sudan that reaches us, and not just us. It shows Iran continues to be a rogue state stirring up not a few conflicts in the region.”Sudan has been engaged in various armed conflicts for many years. Its government has been at war with rebels in the western region of Darfur and with its neighbors in South Sudan, which broke away to become Africa’s newest country in 2011.Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.Sudan was a major hub for al-Qaida militants and remains a transit for weapon smugglers and African migrant traffickers.The U.S. imposed economic, trade and financial sanctions against Sudan in 1997, citing the Sudanese government’s support for terrorism, including its sheltering of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden in the mid-1990s. In 1998, American cruise missiles bombed a Khartoum pharmaceutical factory suspected of links to al-Qaida.Jonah Leff, who monitors Sudan for the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, said it remained unclear what caused Wednesday’s blast. Although the U.S. also maintains warplanes in the region, he said Israel was the likely culprit if it turned out to be an airstrike. Top Stories “I can’t think of anyone other than Israel that would have conducted it,” he said, noting the Iranian ties with Sudan, the past reports of Israeli airstrikes in Sudan and Israel’s emerging alliance with South Sudan.Israel has grown increasingly concerned about the arms flow to both Hezbollah and Hamas. Israel believes that both groups possess tens of thousands of rockets, anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles and other advanced weapons.These concerns have been illustrated by a pair of incidents in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Israel shot down an unmanned Iranian-made aircraft launched by Hezbollah. This week, Hamas fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel during a brief flare-up of violence.Israeli officials believe many of these weapons follow a circuitous route that begins in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, stretch through Dubai and on to Sudan, before crossing Egypt’s lawless Sinai desert and into Gaza through underground tunnels. The Israeli air force periodically targets these tunnels in an attempt to halt the flow of weapons.A number of other operations over the years have also been attributed to Israel. In 2009, Sudan accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike on an arms convoy near the Red Sea in eastern Sudan. The vital role family plays in society 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more