Learning AND Making a Difference: Will You Join Us?

first_imgBrigitte Scott, PhDDirector of Program Development and EvaluationMilitary Families Learning Network. This year’s virtual conference is just around the corner! Many people have been working hard to bring the conference to fruition, and I consider myself lucky indeed to be surrounded by colleagues and presenters who are committed to and passionate about this year’s conference. One thing that has made these many months of planning so seamless is a shared acknowledgement among MFLN and DoD staff that cultural competency—and our productive awareness, action, and advocacy across identities, experiences, barriers, and institutions—is sorely needed.Ours is a time of polarized discourse, and of protest; of injustice and disenfranchisement, and of hope; of avoidance, but also of speaking out and speaking up. We each come to this world and operate in it depending on where our identities locate us on a continuum of privilege. Some of us have the privilege to be passive, to think or to say, “that is not my problem,” or “that doesn’t involve me.” Others of us know what it is to experience the burden of inequity on multiple playing fields, know the possibilities and risks that come of speaking out. But it seems we all have the ability to be courageous.This conference, and your participation in it, is a call to respectful and thoughtful conversation, no matter your identities or experiences. It is courageous to acknowledge, reflect on, and share openly the uncomfortable realities in our world today. It is courageous for us each to identify and be present in our many unique roles that can contribute to those realities. I am confident this conference and its conversations will create a lasting and positive impact on all who choose to participate. I challenge each participant, as I challenge myself, to use this conference as an opportunity to create a positive shift in the world around us by looking inward, and returning that gaze with positive action for a more just workplaces and communities.We are pleased to provide a series of speakers that are ready to guide us through the phases of awareness, action, and advocacy necessary for positive change. While this conference is for everyone, it will be an especially informative learning experience for professionals working with and advocating for diverse individuals and families across the country and around the worldI hope you enjoy this sneak peek video from one of our presenters, Dr. Anne Phibbs. Her session will set the tone for the conference by providing tips for having productive conversations across race, class, gender, disability, and sexuality. Join us as we learn from Dr. Phibbs and her many years of working on the front lines of diversity and inclusion!Stay tuned for upcoming details on how to make the most of the virtual conference through opportunities for self-reflection and storytelling, dialog, and earning continuing education credits. Do you work in a department, organization, or community group that would benefit from the conference? Attend the live online session together, or make plans to watch the recorded sessions at a time that is most convenient for all of you. Make sure to RSVP  and sign up for conference news and resources, and I look forward to learning with you and from you in September!last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: A Note to Would Be Hustlers About Adversity

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now I am sure there must be some hustlers who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but none comes to mind. All of the hustlers I know were in some significant way shaped by adversity.Hustlers Born of AdversityLots of hustlers were born in poverty. They will tell you stories about living with the fear of not having enough. Their hustle is a response to the circumstances of their birth.As many hustlers did poorly in school and were told they weren’t smart enough or that they would never amount to anything. They were told they were inadequate. They responded by proving that those assessments were wrong.Some hustlers faced the adversity of physical or emotional abuse. Sometimes that abuse was simply neglect, and the hustler found their way into work or some other environment where they were able to thrive.Some hustlers lost a parent. Or they lost a parent to divorce. Or they grew up never knowing one of their parents. Hustling was the key to survival.The challenges these hustlers faced made them who they are. It formed them.But now there is a more dangerous form of adversity for many who would be hustlers. That adversity is the lack of adversity.Your Adversity is Your Lack of AdversityYou weren’t born poor. Instead you were born middle class or upper middle class. You’ve never gone without anything you wanted (at least not for very long). You were given a head start on a lot of hustlers, if you’ll take it.You were never told you that you were inadequate, that you weren’t enough, or that there is something that you can’t do. You’ve been instilled with healthy beliefs that give you a massive jump on the game, if you take it.You never suffered any physical or emotional abuse. The worst neglect you suffered was two parents that worked hard to take care of you and to ensure you had the life that you have known. That isn’t so bad. And you are fortunate to have been taken care of.But this lack of adversity is a deficit. You haven’t yet been tested. You don’t have some compelling set of events that instilled the inborn need to hustle. And this will work against you, unless you recognize that the lack of adversity is your adversity. This is your challenge if you would be a hustler.The adversity you are going to have to overcome is complacency, comfort, and expectation. Your challenge is to find some fire burning so brightly inside you that you dream about it at night and wake up excited and anxious to take action.Why are you going to hustle?last_img read more

Congress DBT scheme was for brokers: Amit Shah

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah on Sunday continued his attack on the Opposition Congress, saying unlike the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of assistance by the NDA, DBT for the UPA meant ‘Dealer Broker Transfer’, with money credited into the accounts of middlemen.Addressing the national executive of the BJP’s tribal wing at Puri, Mr. Shah said, “Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi used to say when he was sending ₹1, only 15 paise was reaching people. Mr. Modi has now started DBT. Our DBT means where money is directly credited into the account of the beneficiaries. But the Congress too had a DBT yojna — Dealer Broker Transfer — where the money was credited into the accounts of the middlemen.” He sharpened his attacks on the Congress referring to welfare programmes announced by interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in the budget.“The Modi government has announced a scheme of annual DBT of ₹6000 to small and marginal farmers including those from tribal communities. there is no middleman. This is a huge step,” said Mr. Shah. “Congress leaders are mocking the scheme. They want waiving of loans. In 2009, the Congress had written off loan to the tune of ₹57,000 crore. Only three crore farmers were benefited. But, more than 12 crore farmers will be benefited by the Modi government’s scheme for which ₹75,000 crore will be spent,” said the party chief.“The Congress had given ₹57,000 crore in 10 years. On the contrary, we are going to extend assistance to the ₹7,50,000 crore in next 10 years,” he said.‘Rahul ignorant’Turning his guns on Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Mr. Shah said, “[He] does not understand our scheme. He often talks on issues concerning farming. But he does not even know the difference between khariff and Rabi crops. The financial assistance announced by NDA government is not one time support. We will continue to give it in future.”“All members in Parliament were thumping their desk acknowledging the welfare programmes announced in the budget. But, the face of Mr. Gandhi had turned ashen and lacked excitement. He realized that possibility of their winning had disappeared,” he said.The BJP chief carried on “when poor are getting something, Mr. Gandhi should have thumped his desk at least for public posturing and smiled a bit. He did not do that. It was fine because then people got to know that Congress was not with the poor.”The Modi government has ensured that those who toil hard every day for the nation’s development will get a pension of ₹3,000 per month wgeb they reach 60 years, Mr. Shah said.“Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had created a separate ministry for tribals, now PM Modi has come out with an independent ministry for welfare of fisher folk,” Mr. Shah said.last_img read more

Telangana Police Bust Human Trafficking Racket Taking Women to UAE

first_imgA Dubai-based human trafficking racket, that was allegedly luring victims on the grounds of getting them employed in the United Arab Emirates and sending them to prostitution agents instead, was busted by the Malkajgiri Police Special Operations Team in Telangana.Five people were arrested after the racket was busted by the police on Jan. 19, the Indian Express reported. The police are searching for over 30 other agents from Andhra Pradesh.The five persons arrested were identified as U Trimurthulu alias Murthy, 32, M Tathaji alias Nani, 26, 30-year-old P Dasu, 40-year-old G Rama Rao and S Murali, aged 37. The men hail from East Godavari and West Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh.“They were running the racket for more than 10 years. They have good contacts with manpower agents in Dubai as well as in Muscat, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain,” Ch R Umamaheshwara Sharma, the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Malkajgiri, said, Telangana Today reported.The gang focused on targeting rural women and promising them lucrative employment as cooks, caretakers, and housemaids in the UAE. The monthly salary they were offered was Rs 30,000.Sharma added that the women were exploited sexually by the suspects. A travel agency called Man Power Agencies (MPA) sent them to Dubai.“They came to know that they were cheated only after being handed over to local manpower consultancies and their passports forcibly seized,” he said.A complaint was lodged by a woman with the Ghatkesar police last year. She said that travel agents were luring innocent, illiterate women on the pretext of getting them high paying jobs in Dubai.U Trimurthulu or Murthy, a Dubai resident contacted the Ghatkesar resident, telling her that his friend there was looking to hire laborers. He promised her and her husband good salaries. The couple paid Murthy Rs 2.8 lakh for visa and air tickets, and he confiscated the couple’s passport and kept it with him for over one and a half years.According to the police, he then introduced the couple to P Srinu Babu, who took Rs 70,000 from them. Following this, the woman was sent to Dubai on Feb.12, 2017 on a tourist visa. When the woman reached Dubai, Babu sold her as a sex slave to MPA. The racketeers threatened her that if she did not cooperate, they would report her to police for illegal stay. Her husband was sent to Dubai after 10 days.“Indian agents in Dubai are employing sub-agents in villages of Andhra Pradesh. The five arrested agents have trafficked more than 100 people for flesh trade. Over 50 agents have been identified residing in Dubai. There are 33 agents in East and West Godavari districts, who would be apprehended soon” Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said, the report added.The police said that the couple had to cough up more money and were kept in confinement for around three months before the woman was sent back. After she returned to India, she lodged a complaint with the police. The agents then sent her husband back to India as they came to know that she had complained against them. Related ItemsHuman TraffickingUAEwomen’s rightslast_img read more

Martinez finishes 28th, fails to advance to Olympics free skate round

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Yun’s the one: South Korea gets men’s skeleton Olympic gold View comments Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines performs during the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Michael Christian Martinez failed to advance in the men’s single figure skating, finishing 28th in the short program Friday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Gangneung Ice Arena.The 21-year-old could only muster 55.56 points–26.04 from technical elements and 29.52 from presentation–in his short program performance, good for third to the last place among 30 skaters.ADVERTISEMENT Only the top 24 skaters from the short program are advancing to the free skate round which is slated on Saturday.Though Martinez had a clean run without deductions, most of his moves were seen as largely basic compared to the level of difficulty of the routines of the other competitors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: PH bet Michael Martinez puts on flawless show in Olympics short programYuzuru Hanyu of Japan lead all the skaters with 111.68 points, followed by Javier Fernandez of Spain with 107.58 and Shoma Uno of Japan with 104.87.center_img Back in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Martinez proceeded to the next round after ranking 19th with his 64.81 points in the short program. He then ended up at 20th place after getting a 119.44 points in the free skate round.The Philippines’ medal hopes in the quadrennial Games now hinges on Asa Miller, who will compete in the men’s giant slalom in the alpine skiing event on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READlast_img read more

Mayweather-McGregor is a pay-per-view smash

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a hit at the box office and could end up the biggest pay-per-view ever, with an estimated 50 million people watching in the United States alone.Preliminary figures released by Showtime PPV on Friday showed the fight was tracking in the “mid to high” 4 million range, threatening the 4.6 million record set by Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao. Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza said the number will likely rise some as more firm figures come in.ADVERTISEMENT The pay-per-view numbers include streaming on the Showtime and UFC apps as well as cable and satellite television buys. The fight was held up briefly because of some streaming issues, but Espinoza said reports of widespread problems with the online feed were overblown.“We were particularly pleased with the digital streaming aspect,” he said. “It was our first venture going direct to consumers on Showtime and we were thrilled. We generated over four times the buys we had expected online.”There were also reports of several million illegal streams of the fight and Espinoza said Showtime’s anti-piracy technicians saw more illegal streams than any previous fight. But he said the nature of the fight meant groups of people gathered to watch it, and that most bought it legitimately to be guaranteed the best possible feed.“We knew we had a massive event with huge interest,” he said. “And we knew a huge amount of people were going to be watching, including some who watched illegally.”Mayweather improved to 50-0 in what he said was his last fight, while McGregor is expected to return to UFC following his only pro fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Barcelona closes transfer market with whimper MOST READcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “It’s a little soon to be predicting a record,” said Espinoza, who heads sports for Showtime. “But the record is definitely within reach.”Estimates vary, but if an average of 10 people watched each pay-per-view the total audience for Saturday’s fight in the US could reach 50 million people, or nearly one in six Americans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’d absolutely call this a complete success,” Espinoza said. “This was a fight that had massive expectations in both the fight itself and the business results. It lived up to those expectations in every respect.”At $99.95 a buy, the pay-per-view generated at least $450 million in revenue on domestic television alone, money from which each fighter gets an undisclosed percentage. Mayweather estimated after the fight he would make $300-350 million, while McGregor said his take would be around $100 million. Though the fight suffered some at the box office because of extremely high ticket prices, it hit the kind of numbers on pay-per-view that promoters were hoping for. When added all together the fight could generate some $600 million in total revenue, which would be along the lines of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round, the first time he has had a real stoppage in nearly a decade. But McGregor’s performance also won some applause, as he boxed better in his first boxing match as a pro than many thought he would.Assuming the preliminary estimates hold up, Mayweather will have participated in the top four pay-per-view events of all time. His fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 sold 2.4 million pay-per-views, and his 2014 fight with Canelo Alvarez sold 2.2 million.Espinoza said he should know by next week whether the fight will end up No. 1 or No. 2 on the all-time list. But he said the early estimates were lower than what the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight ended up to be, and that this would likely go higher, too.“There could be a good amount of growth between the initial numbers and where we eventually end up,” Espinoza said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Book review: Preeti Singh’s ‘Circles of Silence’

first_imgCircles of SilenceBy Preeti Singh Hodder and StoughtonSomewhere around chapter two, aptly titled “Ennui”, a dark suspicion takes hold of the reader. It is confirmed by the time you reach “The Red Serviettes” and “Heart to Heart”.Though Circles of Silence does its best to masquerade as Yet Another Indian Novel,Circles of SilenceBy Preeti Singh Hodder and StoughtonSomewhere around chapter two, aptly titled “Ennui”, a dark suspicion takes hold of the reader. It is confirmed by the time you reach “The Red Serviettes” and “Heart to Heart”.Though Circles of Silence does its best to masquerade as Yet Another Indian Novel within the respectable embrace of Hodder and Stoughton’s covers, it cannot deny its true self: it has the soul of a Mills and Boon.The footprints of that genre are unmistakable. Women in shoulder-length curls sport diamond-and-pearl earrings and are draped in mithai pink crepe saris as they exchange brittle conversation with other women in mushroom-and-peach coloured crepe saris.The heroine, dishevelled after a bomb blast in an Egypt restaurant, “surrenders completely” to the hero’s kiss, though (being the hero), “his touch was soft and gentle, as if aware that this was hardly the moment”.To justify its 503 pages, Preeti Singh must go beyond boy-meets-girl, so she tosses in a Gothic side plot, a fakir with strange powers, a birthmark of unusual aspect and even a bit of ersatz feminism. Rattan is the quintessential good Indian boy, picking up a veneer of “cosmopolitan sophistication” at Boston University but returning to India for an arranged marriage.His wife, Tanvi, and he make a decent go of it, despite her lurking fear of Rattan’s mother, the formidable Pammi. Until Tanvi walks into the wrong room at the wrong time and sees something nasty in the woodshed.She’s found hanging from the ceiling fan, the feminist activists next door hurl hysterical accusations against the family and (significantly) Ram Singh, bearer and Pammi’s confidant, twirls his moustache and indicates that there’s more than meets the eye here.advertisementRattan, now legitimately equipped with a dark past, escapes to Egypt, where he meets Nalini, the daughter of the Indian ambassador. Many twists later, the two have done the requisite amount of grappling with the past as well as with each other.Ram Singh the fakir and Pammi return for cameo appearances, Pammi having exchanged her mushroom-and-peach crepes for white cotton saris that match her new-found zeal for bhajans and repentance.To call Preeti Singh an emerging Indian writer might be taking things too far. A few years ago, someone attempted to introduce the Rose of Romance to India, but those custom-made Mills and Boons sank without a trace. They should have called in Singh.last_img read more

Chinese state TV halts NBA preseason China game broadcasts

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man The statement indicated the decision followed remarks made by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in Tokyo.Silver said in an interview with Kyodo News that the NBA supports Morey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manMorey’s tweet has provoked a wave of censure from Chinese companies, including a major sports merchandise retailer and news site that have halted its partnerships with the Rockets. This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: St. Benilde ends frustrating slump with win over EAC Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? FILE – In this March 14, 2018, file photo, former NBA basketball player Yao Ming, center, a delegate to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), leaves after a plenary session of the CPPCC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Yao is now president of the Chinese Basketball Association, which announced over the weekend it is suspending its ties with the Rockets in retaliation for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)BEIJING — Chinese state broadcaster CCTV will no longer air NBA preseason games set in China after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted an image that supported anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong.CCTV also said Tuesday in a statement posted to the official social media account of its sports channel that it is reviewing all its cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show PLAY LIST 00:54Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View commentslast_img read more

Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna to team up again for Davis Cup tie against Spain

first_imgTennis stars Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna will once again pair up after All India Tennis Association (AITA) named an unchanged doubles team to face Spain in a Davis Cup tie next month. The Davis Cup World Group Play-off is scheduled to be played from September 16-18 in New Delhi. The Committee, headed by SP Misra, retained all four playing members of the squad that beat Korea Korea 4-1 last month with Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan to do the singles duty. The only change is in the reserve members of the squad with southpaw Prajnesh Gunneswaran replacing Vishnu Vardhan. Youngster Sumit Nagal continues to be reserve. (Paes, Bopanna  were not prepared at all for Rio Olympics: Bhupathi)Asked if they considered a different doubles pairing, Misra replied in a negative. “We are playing Spain and it’s not good time for experimenting. Leander and Rohan are the best pair we have. Ideally, we should have three singles players in the squad but since Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman are both injured, this option is closed for now,” Misra told PTI. Bopanna and Paes had won against a weak Korean combination in the previous tie and then lost in the opening round of the Rio Olympic Games earlier this month. Indian team: 1) Saketh Myneni 2) Ramkumar Ramanathan 3) Rohan Bopanna 4) Leander Paes Reserve: 1) Prajnesh Gunneswaran 2) Sumit Nagal Non Playing Captain: Anand Amritraj Coach: Zeeshan Ali. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Bhaker leads Indian contingent, ‘Wild Boars’ welcomed as Youth Olympic Games opens on street

first_imgBuenos Aires, Oct 7 (PTI) Shooter Manu Bhaker had the honour of leading the Indian contingent as its flag-bearer as the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games, in a first, was held on the streets with over two lakh people showing up. The innovative idea put in shade the dazzling fireworks and the glow in the Buenos Aires night sky. Invited to the one-of-its kind ceremony, the ‘Wild Boars’ from Thailand were hailed by the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. The ‘Wild Boars’ team captured the attention of the world in June when they were trapped for almost two weeks inside a flooded cave in the Chang Rai province of Thailand. Bach acknowledged their “strength and resilience”. “They are truly Olympic values and that is why I have asked them to come to Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires to share their experiences with other young athletes,” Bach had said as Argentina braced up for its biggest multi-sporting global event. Holding their place of importance in the culturally vibrant city that continues to retain some of its medieval charm, the portenos sang and the tango dancers dance. The Games will bring 4,000 athletes, from 206 teams, aged 15-18 to Buenos Aires. A contingent of 68 members from India, including 46 athletes, is in Argentina to compete in 13 sports during the prestigious event. This is India’s largest ever contingent at the Youth Olympics. Hockey 5s has most number of Indian participants with 18 (nine each in men’s and women’s team) while track and field has seven athletes. Other Indian participants are: shooting (4), recurve archery (2), badminton (2), swimming (2), table tennis (2), weightlifting (2), wrestling (2), rowing (2), boxing (1), judo (1), sport climbing (1).advertisement The 16-year-old Bhaker, who had won gold in 10m air pistol at Guadalajara World Cup as well as Commonwealth Games, will be among top medal contenders for India at the Youth Olympics. In the festive atmosphere, Bhaker got a photograph clicked with other medal prospect shooters Mehuli Ghosh and Saurabh Chaudhary. The show itself was spectacular, with the Olympic rings appearing to float in the air, the Youth Olympic sports being presented on the iconic Obelisk, and numerous tango dancers performing on the balconies of the apartments lining the avenue, as per the IOC. Almost 2,000 people worked to ensure the smooth running of the ceremony, including more than 350 artists, technicians and musicians from the Argentinian theatre company Fuerza Bruta, which captivated a worldwide audience. Addressing the young athletes, Bach said: “To get here, each of you trained and competed hard. You gave your best in the sport you love so much. This is why you deserve to be here, at your Games. “Every athlete is different. We all come from different parts of the world and have different cultures. But we are all united by the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. Guided by these Olympic values, each one of you makes a difference in sport and in life. “This experience will stay with you for all your life. We are all assembled here to celebrate you, as the real game-changers.” The final part of the ceremony saw the Youth Olympic flame being passed among several young Argentinian athletes representing all the other athletes, who will be inspiring the public over the next 12 days of competition. The Torch Relay concluded with two legends of Argentinian sport – Paula Pareto and Santiago Lange – who had the honour of lighting the cauldron with the Youth Olympic flame. The flame was then moved to the Youth Olympic Park, where it will continue to burn until the end of the Games on October 18. PTI AH AH PDSPDSlast_img read more


first_imgFROM THE FISHBOWL Days 2 & 3 – Senior’s With the smell of Dencorub lingering in the air and the sound of elastoplast being torn from the roll, the action on day 2 promised to be electrifying. The spirit amongst the competitors is what sets this tournament apart from all the others. It’s all about the friendships forged, old rivalries re-visited, the memories reminisced and those classic stories just getting longer and longer and longer. The old adage of `The older I get, the better I was’ really rings true at this time of year. Extra significance to day 2, with St Patricks Day bringing a feeling of celebration to the tournament. Apparently several players were over heard exclaiming they couldn’t wait to play so they could get to the pub for some celebratory pints of Guiness. All of this was upstaged by a tremendous storm which rolled into town three timeslots from the end. As the thunder rolled and the lightning struck nearby, the electrifying Men’s 35’s and Men’s 40’s ducked for cover having their games stopped at the halfway point due to the dangerous situation. Referee’s and players, usually natural enemies, cowered together under the nearest cover to avoid becoming `Touchy Fricasee’. As the heavens opened, at least 2 Sydney Harbours worth of water flowed onto the stadium, making for scenes straight out of CASTAWAY, I swear the FISHBOWL actually saw a volleyball looking strangely like Wilson slipping over the southern scoreline for a well earned touchdown. With the strained cries of “Wilson, Wilson” echoing through the stands, the players left with an early mark allowing them time for those Guiness. The FISHBOWL witnessed the beauty and the irony of nature when two ducks decided that there was enough water on Field 1 for a water top landing. After the first came to a graceful floating halt, the second followed for an inglorious attempt. Having hit the surface he floated a short distance before hitting a dry spot. This caused him to topple over and roll for a few paces before righting himself and shaking his head vigorously. It truly looked like he glanced around nonchalantly in the hope of looking cool in case any other ducks had seen him. It would appear that being cool is important throughout the whole animal kingdom. However, Day 3 has been a totally different story with the games on the stadium fields being moved outside to give the playing surface time to recover. This was a strange feeling for the FISHBOWL looking at the green grass, all alone, no one to pick on, until Willy the Wag Tail entered the picture, standing at a stout 4 inches tall he came up against the might of Larry the Lawn Beetle in a thrilling encounter. Willy had Larry’s measure until a freak flying mishap saw Willy cramp in the left wing crashing to the ground in agony. Luckily the on-site veterinarian (Usually used to treat the NTL dinosaurs) was on to provide much needed tweatment. See ya’ when we’re looking at ya’!last_img

Rowan Renaissance Drillship Earns ABS’ ISQM Notation

first_imgABS, March 27, 2014 Print  Close zoom ABS has achieved an industry first with the completion of the Rowan Companies’ Rowan Renaissance drillship. This newbuild, which was built in the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard in Ulsan, South Korea, is the first in the world to have earned ABS’ Integrated Software Quality Management (ISQM) notation.“As reliance on computer controlled systems has increased, verifying software programs –including their integration – has become critical to safe and efficient operations,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “ABS developed ISQM, a risk-informed software development and maintenance process, to verify software at the time of installation and monitor for consistency and reliability when software updates or hardware changes are made.”Historically, Class rules have focused on steel and equipment. ISQM focuses on the software that controls the equipment. ABS’ ISQM notation provides a clear process of minimizing software related risk throughout the life of an asset. “No other class society has classed the drilling equipment and other essential marine equipment with a software notation that addresses software quality during construction, at delivery and beyond,” says Paul Walters, ABS Manager.Rowan Companies recognized the ABS ISQM process as the best option for describing the operation of the equipment, identifying and mitigating risk and verifying the many safety critical components of its high-specification asset. In its first application on the high-specification ultra-deepwater drillship Rowan Renaissance, ISQM facilitated reliable integration of products from more than half a dozen major suppliers and more than 35 subsystems.The ISQM process has a goal of reducing safety, environmental and productivity risks while increasing efficiency and productivity of the drillship.“We are pleased to have worked with ABS to be the first in the Industry to accomplish the ISQM notation” says Greg Lanier, Rowan’s Software Quality Manager. “Rowan stepped forward to apply ISQM on this series of newbuilds because of the program’s value. We believe our customers will reap the benefits. By following the ISQM software quality development process during construction of its four newbuild drillships, Rowan provides more value to its customers.”According to Walters, coordination among the owner, builder and class society was the keystone for success in this industry first. “Everyone wanted this project to be a success,” he said, noting, “HHI’s willingness to move into new territory was critical to reaching that goal.”“As the world’s largest shipbuilding company, HHI has a history of pushing technology forward,” says Sang-Sik Yoon, ISQM Team Leader, HHI. “By working with ABS and Rowan Companies on this project, we have built up a knowledge base that puts us in a unique position to offer experience with a new process that will benefit our other clients.”ABS Group provided a knowledgeable person who assisted with integration quality, project management and document tracking. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationlast_img read more

Small plane that crashed carried crew contracted by BC Wildfire Service

first_imgThe Canadian Press SMITHERS, B.C. — Three men who died in a small plane crash northeast of Smithers, B.C., on Saturday were part of a crew contracted by the BC Wildfire Service to do aerial imaging.Kevin Skrepnek, B.C.’s chief fire information officer, says in a statement that thoughts and sympathies go to the families and friends of those involved.RCMP Sgt. Darren Durnin says the crash site was located by helicopter search crews in Babine River Corridor Provincial Park and a conscious male passenger was seen outside the plane, but the landscape made it impossible to get him out.Durnin says in a statement that a rescue technician was lowered at another location and walked to the site where it was discovered a pilot and two passengers had died.The survivor was rescued by helicopter using a long line, then transported to medical care and police say he is in stable condition.The statement says the bodies of the three men who didn’t survive have been recovered and both the BC Coroners Service and Transportation Safety Board are investigating.last_img read more

Arms continue to flow into Darfur Security Council expert panel finds

The Sudanese Government and rebel groups in Darfur continue to violate the Security Council arms embargo, sending heavy weapons, small arms, ammunition and other military equipment into the war-torn region over the past year, a panel of experts set up to monitor the ban says in a new report.The panel finds that the Government has shipped arms and equipment – including military airplanes and helicopters – by air into the airports of Darfur’s three provincial capitals, El Fasher, Nyala and El Geneina.This occurred even though the Government did not submit any requests for approval or exemption to the Security Council committee set up in 2005 as part of the arms embargo, the report states, covering the period from the end of September last year to the end of August this year.Government warplanes also made numerous offensive overflights in Darfur, and engaged in aerial bombardments, although the panel notes that the frequency of aerial attacks has declined since April.Several non-State armed groups have also received weapons, including assault rifles, rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns, that were bought in an unnamed country and then transported through Eritrea and later Chad to reach the rebels in Darfur, which lies on Sudan’s western flank.The panel says it is still awaiting responses from several Member States concerning that shipment, as well as other shipments to non-State armed groups.It reiterates its earlier recommendation to expand the arms embargo to cover Sudan’s entire territory and issues a fresh recommendation calling for a ban on the sale and supply of arms and related materiel to non-State armed groups located in or operating from neighbouring Chad.Turning to the targeted financial and travel-related sanctions, the panel states that the Sudanese and Chadian Governments have failed to fully implement the resolutions relating to the ban, such as by monitoring the financial accounts of individuals named by the Council.The panel also finds that both the Sudanese Government and Darfur’s major rebel groups have impeded the peace process, whether by conducting ongoing hostilities, placing lengthy pre-conditions on participating in peace talks or by failing to disarm other groups under their control.Several rebel groups, including the National Redemption Front (NRF) and the Minni Minawi faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) have also actively targeted the African Union peacekeeping mission currently operating in Darfur.For its part, the Government had used white aircraft in many of its offensive overflights in Darfur, including in at least one instance a plane with “UN” markings.All sides, including local Arab tribal militia, are not enforcing any accountability for breaches of the laws and rules of war, while the panel states that rape is being widely used as an instrument of warfare. 10 October 2007The Sudanese Government and rebel groups in Darfur continue to violate the Security Council arms embargo, sending heavy weapons, small arms, ammunition and other military equipment into the war-torn region over the past year, a panel of experts set up to monitor the ban says in a new report. read more

Ban lauds vision and achievements of UNESCO on 65th anniversary

14 December 2010Lauding the vision and achievements of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over the past 65 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today that the mandate of the agency remains as relevant as ever. “The Organization’s ability to broker new ideas… to bring the right people together… to mobilize political will… to explore thorny questions… to set standards… and to build capacity – these are vital today and for the century ahead,” he said in a video message to mark the anniversary of the Paris-based agency.Mr. Ban noted that for 65 years, UNESCO has worked to build the defenses of peace in the minds of men and women. It has also promoted education for all, safeguarded cultural expression and supported cultural diversity.In addition, the agency has worked to harness science for the greater good, and to advance freedom of information and access to knowledge, he said.“UNESCO also builds the defenses of peace in the hearts of men and women by reminding us of the dignity and human rights that we all share,” the Secretary-General added. “Hearts and minds – this is the passion that has always driven the Organization.”Mr. Ban thanked the agency for its achievements, and its staff for their dedication and hard work, as well as all Member States for their continuing commitment to the “ambitions that animate this great Organization.” The agency, which is led by Director-General Irina Bokova, has 193 member States and seven associate member States. read more

Sagala Ratnayake new Law and Order Minister

Minister Sagala Ratnayake took oaths today before President Maithripala Sirisena as the new Minister of Law and Order.Sagala Ratnayake will also continue as the Minister of Southern Development. Swaminathan is also the Minister of Rehabilitation. (Colombo Gazette) He replaces Thilak Marapana who resigned from his post as Minister of Law and Order and Prison Reforms this week.Meanwhile Minister D.M. Swaminathan took oaths as the Minister of Prison Reforms.

Corporate Christmas cards under threat from new EU data protection rules

Corporate Christmas cards are under threat because new EU data protection rules mean that companies need permission to send seasonal greetings via email. A briefing note sent to accountants… The Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has told its members that the cards can only be sent without the recipient’s consent “if you can justify that you have a legitimate reason to do so”.  MPs who send out Christmas cards to constituents are also being caught by the rules because of the fear that they qualify as unwanted marketing under the rules. The festive cards which are sent out to clients could fall victim to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force this year. 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. read more

Madhia miners protest Govt after equipment seizure

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFeeling frustrated and blindsided, miners question ‘sinister’ motives by Gov’t, GGMCApril 24, 2016In “Mining”Broomes to miners: Gov’t is worthy of your contributionDecember 8, 2016In “latest news”Gold miners reject ‘idiotic proposal’ by Govt to accept below-market pricesNovember 18, 2016In “Mining” Some of the miners gathered in protestScores of small miners on Wednesday took to the streets of Madhia to protest the seizure of their mining equipment by the incumbent APNU/AFC Administration.The miners who are now decrying that bread is being taken out of their mouths and that of their families are calling for total amnesty for whatever offences they may have committed.According to the miners, the consequences being meted out to them as a result of them breaching protocols are too “harsh”.Speaking to media operatives, the miners condemned the actions of government noting that a lot of factors needed to be considered before such a decision should be taken by them.One of those factors is the process of obtaining a mining permit which reportedly takes some six weeks to two months to be granted.“We have to be waiting long periods before we could get and renew the applications so all of them things does cause these people to breach orders and when they do, they does be treating us like criminal, running us with guns!” one miner decried.Another factor highlighted is the issue of bribery, where the Compliance Officers in the said area would allegedly accept bribes from the miners.One of the protesters demonstrating with a sign that read “Lets take our community back on November 12, Power to the people” in reference to the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE)“They did not say anything to us, they usually take bribes and allow people to work so now when the people feel free to work, they coming down on them harshly” it was revealed.According to the miners, following protocols is not an issue, however they disclosed that there is no proper system in place.“We are just asking that they come with good orders so that we can follow… the rules could have been fit in a systematic way so that the people could comply and continue earning” a dredge owner who had his motor engine seized explained.Further, the granting of lands to foreign nationals was also condemned by the miners who stated that “Guyanese are left with nothing”.According to the miner “the big men them are getting lands to work and the small miners are being suffocated, nothing for them, we own Guyanese people!”As such, the miners are calling for an intervention and for amnesty to be granted to them.“We are asking for total amnesty…whatever the consequences are after this breach then we will accept it”.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jadgeo spoke on the issue earlier today and called the action taken as an “unconscionable assault” on the small miners.Jagdeo further called for the David Granger led Administration to have the decision immediately reversed.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoNoting that the Madhia community is largely dependent on small mining, Jagdeo said “This sort of callous and uncaring decision will only serve to further hurt our small miners, who have families to maintain and children to send to school….we have a Government that has done nothing to improve the fortunes of small miners or the working class, for that matter. The Ministers sit in their offices and gorge themselves on privileges using taxpayers monies, while every single day they come up with new ways to launch an assault on our working class and productive sectors.”As such, he called for attention to be given to small miners given the importance of the mining sector to Guyana’s economy. (Kizzy Coleman) read more

Neos Kosmos endorses Uluru Statement from the Heart

first_imgNeos Kosmos recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as our people. In our submission we highlighted the work of a great Hellene, Alick Jackomos, the son of Greek migrant parents, who was born in Collingwood. He grew up during the Great Depression and became a soldier in the AIF during World War II. He married Merle Morgan from Cummeragunja. Jackomos was a real Hellene, in the spirit of all that is Greek, along with William Cooper, Arthur Burdeu, Doug Nicholls and Bill Onus and others who fought for Aboriginal justice.He became Victorian state secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI). Only a few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, his peers, knew that he was non-Indigenous.So, in the spirit of Alick Jackomos, and in the spirit of Hellenic democracy that we called on the government of Australia to enshrine the values of the Uluru Statement in the Constitution.Greeks and Indigenous Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, have lost countless warriors, men, women and children in wars of liberation. Neos Kosmos honours the warriors of the Indigenous Australians. And we want to herald the meaning of makarrata, “the coming together after a struggle.”We cannot be independent, free, or authentic Hellenes, if we do not enshrine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. We reminded the Australian Government as custodians of Greek democracy, that they have a responsibility to honour this ancient custom, just as Pericles did some 2,500 years ago.View our submission at aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Constitutional_Recognition_2018/ConstRecognition/Submissions Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One year after the ‘historic’ meeting in Uluru, where more than 250 leaders of Indigenous communities – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples at the First Nations National Constitutional Convention presented a ‘Statement from the Heart of the Nation’, their struggle continues.Their call for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” enshrined in the Constitution, may have been rejected by the government last October when the PM argued that it would “inevitably become seen as a third chamber of parliament” and would therefore not be “desirable or capable of winning acceptance at referendum”, but Indigenous community leaders have not given up.As a result, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have agreed on the scope of a new parliamentary committee that will seek to find “common ground” and work towards a successful referendum on Indigenous recognition in the constitution.The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has undertaken the task to seek “options for constitutional change and any potential complementary legislative measures” that will satisfy Indigenous Australians and secure the support of the Parliament and public. The 11-person committee will present an interim report by the end of this month, with its final report due to be presented on 29 November.So far, 296 submissions have been made to the committee by individuals and organisations. Neos Kosmos has joined this effort, spurred by our commitment to the Hellenic ideals of freedom and democracy.In our submission we endorsed the Referendum Council’s Uluru Statement from the Heart.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must take their rightful place in their country, as its original inhabitants. We want Indigenous Australians to have power over their destiny and know that their “children will flourish” and like Greek Australian children “will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.”Neos Kosmos called for the “establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.”Greeks disagree amongst each other, however, as we write in our submission we are all “bound by our ancient and imperfect custom of democracy.” This Hellenic custom permits argument and always seeks reconciliation. It is our Greek democracy and our love of freedom that is animated in democratic constitutions across the globe.As Hellenes and with overwhelming pride in our cultural heritage we could not see Indigenous Australians absent as First People in the Constitution of Australia.We reminded the Joint Select Committee of Pericles’ Funeral Oration of 431 BCE. Pericles, the Athenian leader in the aftermath of the bloody and futile Peloponnesian War, sought to identify that which makes Athenians unique. He identified democracy and justice for all, regardless of wealth and status.Pericles invited all who died in battle – Hellenes, foreigners, foes and friends – to become citizens of Athens, “So died these men as became Athenians.”We, the people who gave birth to democracy and citizenship, recognise the sacrifices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who died defending their nations.Greek Australians, Indigenous Australians also died shoulder to shoulder defending Australia in World War One and World War Two, we saw the horror of war in Korea, in Vietnam and we continue to put our lives on the line for that intangible, yet powerful notion of freedom.Aboriginal people fought and died for a nation that segregated them, that did not recognise them for a long time. In World War II, Aboriginal Australians died defending our Hellenic democracy from the brutality of Nazi invaders. We saved Anzacs in the Battle of Crete, and we have always fought for freedom and citizens’ rights.We, like the Indigenous people of Australia have felt the pain of racism. When many Anglo Australians in the past told us “to go back”, or called us “wog” we’d responded, “The only real Australians are the Aboriginal Australians”. In doing so, we’d reminded everyone that other than the Aboriginal people, we were all from elsewhere.Neos Kosmos’ submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.Neos Kosmos’ submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.last_img read more