Casablanca- Two officials at the Angolan Embassy in the United States, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, denied yesterday that their country had banned Islam and dismantled mosques, according to International Business Times.The first official who denied the ban argued that his country distances itself from interference in religious matters when he said that the Southwest African republic is “a country that does not interfere in religion.”He further bragged about the country’s religious diversity, stating that there is freedom of religion in Angola. He went on to explain that his country hosts followers of distinct religions, including Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Muslims and evangelical people.The second official at the same Embassy doubted the credibility of reports regarding Angola’s ban of Islam.“We’re reading about it just like you on the Internet. We don’t have any notice that what you’re reading on the Internet is true,” the official was quoted by the International Business Times as saying.Both officials did not want to be identified.Numerous news outlet, including MWN, reported on the alleged ban of Islam based on alleged statement of Angolan officials. “This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country,” Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos was quoted by Nigeria’s Osun Defender newspaper as saying.The Angolan minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz was quoted by the Moroccan newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune as saying that, “Regarding Islam, the legalization process has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Therefore all mosques would be closed until further notice.”According to IBTimes, the officials at the Angolan Embassy in Washington could not attest to the veracity of the comments attributed to the president and minister of culture. According to the same source, initial reports about Angola’s dismantling of mosques used a picture that allegedly depicts the minaret of an Angolan mosque being destroyed in October 2012. Yet a close examination shows that the same photo was posted on January23, 2008 by the Housing & Land Rights Network to depict the destruction of Bedouin homes in Israel, which reinforces the hypothesis that the reports on the ban of Islam in Angola are inaccurate.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributed
“I carry with me a strong feeling of triumph, having seen the efforts of the National Assembly and its president in promoting reconciliation and dialogue in a bid for unity and to strengthen democracy in the DRC,” said Asha Rose Migiro following a series of high-level meetings in the country. Ms. Migiro, who also met with the Minster of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said all those she had talked to were “proud that the DRC elections were held in a free and fair manner.”She said that the recent March violence in Kinshasa, although regrettable, is “something that can still be an incentive for the country to consolidate the peace dividends and to put in place mechanisms and institutions that will ensure that human rights thrive, and that democracy continues.” This, Ms. Migiro said, “will enable the Congolese people to sit down and to pick up the challenges, and put in place programmes to ensure that they overcome the immense social and economic problems that the country is facing.”She added that all parties she had spoken to “agree that there cannot be any alternative to dialogue and reconciliation.” The UN can give a guarantee of its “engaged presence in the DRC, and a readiness to continue to work with the Congolese people and their Government,” she added. Another guarantee, she said, was that the Congolese themselves have demonstrated that “they want the path of democracy and peace,” by voting peacefully in last years elections. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported that they are rushing aid to mitigate the suffering of tens of thousands of people forced to flee their homes after an outbreak of fighting in north-eastern DRC. In North Kivu province alone, close to 65,000 people have been displaced in recent weeks due to intensified fighting between militias and government forces. 24 April 2007The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General said today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that all parties there agree on the need for dialogue and reconciliation in order to achieve lasting peace in the country, where recent clashes have forced thousands to flee in the northeast.
In their meeting, which took place on the margins of the recently opened 67th session of the General Assembly, Mr. Ban and Mr. Brahimi focused on how to address the appalling levels of violence in Syria and on how to progress towards an inclusive political solution that will address the legitimate demands of the Syrian people, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. In addition, more than 260,000 Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries and an estimated 2.5 million are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.During his trip to Damascus last week, Mr. Brahimi met with Mr. al-Assad to discuss the escalating crisis. He then visited refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan, where he gained first-hand accounts of the struggles facing those who fled the conflict in their homeland.Mr. Ban and Mr. Brahimi agreed that the crisis represents a steadily increasing threat to regional peace and security and discussed the importance of the presence of world leaders at UN Headquarters in the coming days as an opportunity to encourage increased support for addressing the violence in Syria and its impact on the neighbouring countries.Earlier this month, Mr. Brahimi assumed the peace-facilitation role, which had been carried out since February by former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, with the aim of bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations in Syria, and promoting a peaceful solution to the conflict. He is scheduled to brief the Security Council on Monday morning.
In a wide-ranging address, Bolivian President Evo Morlaes Ayma said that over the past few days, he listened to the speeches of other world leaders and it became clear that their views on liberty, equality, dignity and sovereignty “leave a lot to be desired.” It also became clear that Bolivia and other countries in the region followed a different path from many so-called industrialized nations. Yet, while those countries claimed to be experiencing a financial crisis, Bolivia was, among other gains, bringing people out of poverty, expanding its coverage for maternal health, boosting literacy and investing in water and sanitation. In short, he said, Bolivia was on the path towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. “We live in sovereignty and dignity; no longer dominated by the North American empire…no longer being blackmailed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” he said, telling delegations gathered for the Assembly’s annual General Debate that when Bolivia had freed itself politically and economically, its social conditions had changed radically for the better. Mr. Morales went on to say that while some of the statements he heard this week espoused peace, democracy and social justice, when he looked at the actions of the speakers – military intervention, blocking airspace, espionage and using companies to spy on private citizens – he wondered, “just what kind of peace and social justice are they talking about?”“Those like the United States who follow such a course can not believe that they are masters of the world. They are not,” he said, stressing that if the Obama Administration and its allies really wish to fight terrorism, they should do so with policies, not military bases. If they really wanted to fight intolerance, they would do so with education, not weapons. Citing a raft of grievances against the current Administration in Washington, he urged the international community to move to ensure that no President anywhere in the world be able to damage the lives of fellow human beings. “We must think of a world without hierarchies,” he said, appealing to all delegations to fight economic polices that damage humanity.Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena, President of the Republic of El Salvador. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeIn his address, Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena, President of El Salvador, said the development agenda must ensure protection for those most affected by the economic crisis and the impacts of climate change. For some years, El Salvador’s economy stopped growing, and exports declined, as had family remittances. “This terrible reality was the result of decades of outside economic and social models that promoted inequality, backwardness and injustice,” the President said. Yet, as his Government had begun to press ahead with fair and inclusive implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, that situation had changed. It also decided not to push the costs of the crisis unto the poorest and most vulnerable in the country. Indeed, Mr. Funes Cartagena said, the Government reduced the number of homes and individuals living in poverty, and among other gains, boosted literacy, improved access to water and sanitation, and had achieved a “remarkable” decrease in maternal mortality. It had also brought healthcare to the remotest regions of the country. These and other deep changes had been driven by the decision to follow a different economic model, one which focuses on, among others, small framers, children and the poorest sectors of the country. It also introduced polices to reduce violence and combat crime. He said that the Government also facilitated an accord between the country’s two largest youth gangs, a move that had also led to a reduction in violence. Mr. Funes Cartagena said his region is exposed to major climate-related phenomena, affecting the most vulnerable populations and leading to millions of dollars in losses. His Government is taking steps to address such issues and also made a formal apology to the victims of human rights abuses, including the relatives of those that had been disappeared. He is convinced that the best investment is in the poor; in transforming them into a vibrant and productive middle class.Ollanta Humala Tasso, President of the Republic of Peru. UN Photo/Amanda VoisardEchoing some of the those thoughts, Ollanta Humala Tasso, President of Peru, said that worldwide, inequality has become more acute, deepening the gap that marginalizes the poor from the benefits of progress and development, preventing them from enjoying the rights enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.“It is necessary to strengthen, renew, and uphold our global commitment to develop peaceful relations among peoples, and to find solutions that rule out the use of force to fix our problems,” he said. He said that the theme of the General Debate regarding establishment of sustainable development goals converges with the post- 2015 development agenda and should help the UN contribute to solving urgent development challenges. “It is, thus, pressing to integrate the various efforts undertaken separately,” he said, stressing that the UN should have a single and comprehensive development agenda.“Yet, in order to do so, we need to change the equation and put at the centre of our efforts the fight for equality. Let us not make growth an end in itself, but rather, let us turn it into a tool,” he said, emphasizing that Peru believes the correct formula is “include to grow.”These leaders are among of scores of officials to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance.
But students from white middle class backgrounds who went to a private school or grew up in an affluent area do not fit into any of the “diversity” categories. Middle class Oxford rejects are increasingly demanding explanations about why they missed out on a place, amid fear that they are being “squeezed out” by the university’s diversity drive. There has been a rise in requests for “ultra feedback” and it is feared that students will consider taking legal action against Colleges… Oxford is under growing pressure to admit more undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds and Colleges have started using “contextual data” about a student’s background to inform tutors’ decisions on their application.
Short URL Mar 7th 2017, 3:11 PM Shouts of ‘Justice for Daniel’ in court as Richard Dekker is found guilty of teenager’s murder Daniel McAnaspie was stabbed to death in Dublin in 2010. Image: PA Archive/PA Images 14,820 Views Share89 Tweet Email Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 3:11 PM Updated 5.25pmRICHARD DEKKER HAS been found guilty of the murder of Daniel McAnaspie by a unanimous jury verdict.Dekker (30), with an address in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie at Tolka Valley Park, Blanchardstown on 26 February 2010.Trevor Noone (28), also from Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month for his role in the teenager’s death.The trial was heard in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.There were roars of ‘Justice for Daniel’ when Dekker was put in custody after he was found guilty.Dekker’s conviction came after a week-long trial and more than eight hours of deliberation by the jury at the Central Criminal Court. When the foreman confirmed that the verdict was unanimous, at least one of Daniel’s family could be heard whispering ‘Well done, well done’.When Justice McCarthy said he would remand Dekker in custody until a sentencing hearing on 3 April, they cheered and clapped. One shouted: ‘Well done judge, well done jury’, while others shouted ‘Justice for Daniel – a slogan that has been emblazoned on t-shirts worn by the victim’s family during the trial.Prosecuting counsel Brendan Grehan SC said Daniel’s family will prepare a statement for the court which will be read out at the sentencing hearing. Having been convicted of murder, Dekker faces a mandatory life sentence.The trial heard that Daniel’s parents were dead and he was in the care of the HSE in February 2010. On the day he died his carers dropped him off in Finglas where he was going to hang out with some friends.His curfew was 9pm but he skipped it and went to Blanchardstown with a friend to meet two girls. He was drinking and, according to several witnesses, was in good form.Daniel, his friend Gary Arnold and the two girls, Denise Kelly and Shauna Burke, hung out on a residential street in Blanchardstown where they met Dekker and Noone.It was the prosecution’s case that later that night, after Daniel’s friends had left, Dekker and Noone lured him to Tolka Valley Park where they stabbed him to death with a single blade from a garden shears.Garda interviewsLast week, Detective Garda Patrick McDonagh told prosecuting counsel Grehan that he interviewed Dekker several times on 24 and 25 May 2010 at Cabra Garda Station.Daniel’s decomposed body had been found in a drainage ditch 11 days earlier.The jury heard that Daniel begged for his life as he was stabbed to death.Dekker and Noone were known to have been among the last people to see Daniel. During those interviews Dekker at first denied all knowledge of what happened to the teenager.He told gardaí he felt sorry for Daniel’s family but added: “I didn’t know Daniel. I don’t know who stabbed him. If I did I would tell you.”He said the kind of people who would kill Daniel were “low lives” who should be buried alive. When gardaí asked if he was being honest, he replied: “Yes.”The interviews continued through the night and at around 6am gardaí showed Dekker a transcript from a statement made by Noone in Blanchardstown garda station the previous evening. In it, Noone said Dekker had stabbed Daniel.After reading the statement, Dekker said: “He is a fucking lying bastard. A scumbag lying bastard.”He told gardaí he would tell them everything that happened and that all the things Noone had accused him of were things that Noone himself had done.He explained that there was a clash between Noone and Daniel earlier in the evening when Daniel started talking about different people he had fought.One of the people he mentioned was a relative of Noone and when he heard this Noone punched Daniel once in the face.That incident blew over but later on Noone told Dekker that he wanted to bring Daniel over to Tolka Valley Park “to give him a hiding”. He said he knew Noone had the blade of the shears on him but Dekker did not think he was going to use it.Vicious attackThe three of them left Whitestown Avenue, where they had been drinking, and walked into Tolka Valley Park and onto a wooden footpath that crosses the Tolka River.As they walked along, Dekker said Noone had the blade in his hand and used it to stab Daniel in the back.The teenager fell down towards the river and begged: “Please, please lads, I’m dying.” Dekker told gardaí that he also begged Noone to stop, shouting: “Leave him, he’s fucking dying.”“I was begging him, pleading and begging him,” he told gardaí.Dekker said he got scared because he thought Noone would use the blade on him. He said he had “evil” in his eyes as he continued his attack on Daniel saying: “He has to go.”“I always used to be able to kick the bollocks out of Trevor but that night I wouldn’t even go there,” he said.He told gardaí that Noone had done bad things in the past, including stabbing a dog to death and burying it in his garden.Describing the final attack on Daniel, he said Noone “viciously, viciously, viciously stuck him with the blade” and twisted it “to make sure”.Following the attack he said Noone picked up the teenager’s body and threw it into a bush. Gardaí asked him what happened next and he said: “We just walked off home.”‘Just a couple of digs’In his final interview he said he knew Noone was carrying a blade but he thought he was “just going to give him a couple of digs”.Gardaí asked him if he knew how the body got from Tolka Valley Park to where it was found in a drainage ditch on a farm in Rathfeigh, Co Meath, some 30 kilometres away.He said he didn’t know what happened to the body as Noone would not tell him. He said Daniel did not deserve to die the way he did. “He didn’t deserve it one bit. He was only a young fella,” he said.He later brought gardaí to the area in Tolka Valley Park where he said the attack took place.Also giving evidence, Dr David Casey of Forensic Science Ireland told Grehan that he examined a hoodie, jumper, jacket and t-shirt found on Daniel’s body in the ditch.They were badly damaged but he was able to identify “stab cuts” on each garment. The jacket had about 12 stab cuts, he said.Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber found multiple stab wounds on Daniel’s body which he said could have been caused by the garden shears that the prosecution alleges was used to kill Daniel.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: Jury in Daniel McAnaspie murder trial hears how teenager begged for his life http://jrnl.ie/3275197 By Eoin Reynolds No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Archive/PA Images
You’d have to be pretty heartless to mess with another human’s pacemaker.According to a recent study, implantable medical devices from four major manufacturers contain security weaknesses that open the door to particularly malicious hackers.Medical device security consultancy WhiteScope last week reported a whopping 8,000-plus known vulnerabilities in four different physician programmers from four different manufacturers.Intended for use by trained medical professionals in the operating room or doctor’s office, programmers allow the practitioner to test pacemaker functionality and set parameters over a wireless connection.The “controlled” machines are meant to be returned to the manufacturer after use by a hospital. But WhiteScope managed to find about seven on public auction site eBay, selling for $500 to $3,000.Snagging a handful for research purposes, the company booted directly into the programming software; no login or password needed.“Pacemaker programmers do not authenticate to pacemaker devices,” WhiteScope founder Billy Rios wrote in a blog entry, lamenting the ease with which an attacker can remotely tamper with the technology.The company twice confirmed patient data was stored unencrypted on a programmer; in one instance, analysts discovered decoded names, phone numbers, social security details, and medical data belonging to a “well-known hospital on the east coast.”“Keeping devices fully patched and updated continues to be a challenge,” Rios said. “Despite efforts from the [Food and Drug Administration] to streamline routine cyber security updates, all programmers we examined had outdated software with known vulnerabilities”—more than 8,000, in fact.For a closer look at WhiteScope’s findings, check out the full paper online.Concerned for the “overall confidentiality, integrity and availability” of the pacemaker ecosystem, the company suggests vendors perform an “in-depth and holistic evaluation of implemented security controls.”“By ensuring appropriate security controls are implemented, vendors can help protect against potential system compromises that may have implications to patient care,” WhiteScope said.
It is not yet known what might have led to the killings.A GoFundMe has been set up to cover funeral expenses for Gomez and Suarez-Garcia. To donate, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – Two teenagers from San Diego who traveled to Mexico on a day trip reportedly ended up being shot and killed execution-style.Fox 5 identified the victims as 17-year-old Christopher Gomez, a high school senior, and Juan Suarez-Ojeda, who graduated high school earlier this year.Gomez’s family fold the San Diego Union-Tribune that the teens and a third victim, an unidentified 18-year-old man from Mexico, had gone together to a barbecue in Ensanada, located 64 miles south of Tijuana.The trio made the trip on Black Friday, and were supposed to come home that night. When they never returned, the families contacted Mexican authorities to search for the missing teens.Police discovered the bodies of the three teens at an apartment complex in Tijuana early Sunday morning.Investigators said they believe the boys had been forced to kneel before each one was shot in the head execution-style, according to local media reports.A detective told Gomez’s family the teens had been tortured before they were shot, the LA Times reports.
We want to thank all our friends in the media who promoted our first Gun Buyback of 2019. It was a huge success with over 40 firearms turned in. A special thanks to our community for making it possible. pic.twitter.com/0b0RmtcaUy— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 23, 2019“We want to go ahead and give the community a big thank you for turning in these firearms. They did their part,” said Miami Police Cmdr. Freddie Cruz. “That’s lots of opportunities that we’re taking away from criminals to get a hold of these firearms, or even as child. We’re tired of seeing tragedies. We’re tired of seeing people lose their lives.”People who brought firearms received a gift card. Police said they’re happy with the event’s turnout and are planning to host more buybacks in future months.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Police hosted their first gun buyback of 2019 in their ongoing efforts to make the streets safer.The event was held Saturday along the 4300 block of Northwest 17th Avenue.The department purchased all types of unwanted guns, including rifles and shotguns, with no questions asked.
Cassie Kiel, owner of Kelsi’s Closet objected citing “concerns with the impact on clientele and potential smells.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a marijuana business within Kenai City limits. Cathy Hammer, operates a tax and accounting business in a suite of the strip mall noted “the state has legalized marijuana, but it is still illegal federally and was concerned that it would jeopardize her licenses which were federal licenses.” Story as aired: This was the second time Tunseth has applied for a permit with the City of Kenai, and the permit was approved at its “reconsideration” meeting on December 8, after it failed last month. East Rip, will be located in the strip mall in central Kenai, on the Kenai Spur Highway and Bridge Access Road. The commission voted 4-2 to permit the shop, and now East Rip will be going through the state permitting process. Kenai code prohibits marijuana businesses within 1,000 feet of schools and 500 feet of churches, correctional facilities, drug abuse treatment centers, and recreation centers. Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Kenai-gets-marijuana-business.mp3VmJennifer-on-Kenai-gets-marijuana-business.mp300:00RPd East Rip owner Ryan Tunseth faced numerous objections from neighboring businesses during the public testimony period of the commission meeting.
Download Audio State museum officials say they have an opportunity to do something they’ve never done before.“It’s a pretty tall order to wrap your head around the task that we’ve been put to, which is to build a whole new exhibit from scratch basically,” said Steve Henrikson, curator of collections at the old Alaska State Museum.He said some of their old exhibit displays used to be cobbled together on a shoestring and with salvaged materials.That’s not the case for the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum that’s under construction in downtown Juneau. Henrikson continues as curator of collections at the new facility.Grand opening is in May for the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum in Juneau. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)“In this project, we actually had millions of dollars to totally redo the exhibits,” Henrikson said.Henrikson said they’ve been helped by community curation, or consulting community members from various Alaska Native tribes about selecting items for their permanent exhibits and how they should be shown.Henrikson provided an update on exhibit planning during a presentation at the “Sharing Our Knowledge” clan conference held recently in Juneau.He said they’ll show Native artifacts from all regions of Alaska, but their displays will likely have a Tlingit emphasis since the museum is located in the heart of Tlingit territory.“The theories of how migration happened or if it happened, and in what direction are changing so much that we’ll try to reflect some of that uncertainty in the exhibits,” Henrikson said. “We’re trying to get away from having definitive answers about history that’s contested.”Henrikson said original house posts and a house screen that were on loan and displayed in the old museum’s Tlingit clan house have been returned to Klukwan and Seattle. A new Tlingit clan house is now being built inside the new museum.“When houses like this have been put into museum exhibits before, there’s been a tendency to try to skirt the thorny issue of whose house to put up by creating something that never really existed before,” Henrikson said. He used the example of an Eagle-Raven house, or a house that had everybody’s crests on the house posts.As a result, Henrikson said visitors are usually confused.Instead, he said they’re working with Áak’w Kwáan members to accurately depict the house as belonging to a representative clan of one moiety as the host. Hats from the other moiety will be on display inside the clan house.“And so, the balance is achieved,” Henrikson said. “It’s a realistic scenario then of the hats inside representing guests coming to a ku.éex’. And then the host clan is the one that has its crests on the screen and the house posts.”The clan house will include objects ranging from several hundred year old artifacts to contemporary Native art, like a painted panel by Jim Schoppert.State curator of collections Steve Henrikson highlights a 6,000-year-old recovered basket fragment (right) and a replica (left) made by noted basket weaver Delores Churchill. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)“It’s going to be continually reinforced that Alaska Natives, Tlingits and other tribes are still here and still doing many of their traditional activities,” Henrikson said.“So, there won’t be this implicit understanding that all of those people were just in the past and have been assimilated.”Elsewhere in the museum, Henrikson said cross cultural exhibits will show similarities and compare differences between all Alaska Native groups and tribes on trade, art, basketry, bentwood objects and water craft.A 6,000-year-old fragile basket fragment may be exhibited if museum officials can protect it from vibration, even visitors’ footsteps can be destructive. Other key early objects on display will include an ivory figurine from St. Lawrence Island, a stone oil lamp from Kodiak Island, and a petroglyph from Southeast Alaska.Henrikson said they’ll likely use plain body forms for clothing displays, and avoid the controversial practice of using lifelike mannequins to represent Native people.Artifacts from the Haida, Tsimshian, Athabascan, Yup’ik, Iñupiaq, Alutiiq and Aleut peoples will also be exhibited, as well as items from European contact, the Russian era and the American period. All of the displays will flow together in a partial loop around the first floor exhibit area.“We really feel strongly that in this area, particularly, where we talk about the Alaska Native response to colonialism, that we have to talk about the negative things,” Henrikson said.“Once we have an understanding about that, we can talk about how the resilience of the people allowed them to survive through it.”Museum officials plan to display Tlingit armor, the white man crest from the top of a Tongass village totem, a replica of a possession plate buried by Russians to mark their territory, a portable American cannon, an unexploded shell and a beaver bowl recovered from the 1882 bombardment of Angoon and part of a whale harpoon used to kill a shaman.“There’s been a lot of talk lately about the concept of ‘Why can’t Alaska Natives just get over it?’ This is the evidence, the physical evidence showing why they can’t just get over it,” Henrikson said. “It’s the same as if we were presenting a legal case.”Henrikson said they’re consulting with clans about the display of such sensitive items.He said exterior work and landscaping is largely complete at the $139 million museum facility, and interior work is now underway.As many as 90 new exhibit cabinets and cases will be arriving in January. Artifacts will be installed and labeled over the winter.The grand opening of the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum is planned for May. State curator of collections Steve Henrikson explains their plans for exhibits in the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)
A woman carrying her son arrives to check her name on the draft list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at an NRC center in Chandamari village in Goalpara district in the northeastern state of Assam, India, 2 January, 2018. Photo: ReutersIndia said on Monday it had excluded more than 4 million people from a draft list of citizens in the border state of Assam who could not produce valid documents, a move that has sparked fears about the future of thousands in the region.Security has been tightened across the state, which borders Bangladesh, as thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims worry about being sent to detention centres or deported, a Reuters witness said.The tea-rich state of Assam has long been the centre of social and communal tensions with locals campaigning against illegal immigrants, a fight that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government has championed.In 1983, scores of people were chased down and killed by machete-armed mobs intent on hounding out Muslim immigrants.The government said the draft was not meant to drive people out and those struck out of the list would have a chance to re-apply.”Based on this draft, there is no question of anyone being taken to detention centres or foreigners’ tribunal,” Sailesh, India’s census commissioner who uses only one name, told rerporters in Guwahati, the state’s main city.Hundreds of thousands of people fled to India from Bangladesh during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan in the early 1970s. Most of them settled in Assam, which has a near-270 km (165-mile) border with Bangladesh.More than 30 million people had applied and 4,007,707 had been excluded from the list, Sailesh said.To be recognised as Indian citizens, all residents of Assam had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971.Sailesh did not provide a breakup of people who had failed to make to the draft list.Critics see the citizenship test as another measure supported by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aimed at minority Muslims. The BJP denies any bias but says it opposes a policy of appeasement of any community.Authorities in the state have previously said the citizenship test was crucial to protect ethnic Assamese, many of whom have demanded removal of outsiders they accuse of taking jobs and cornering resources in the state of 33 million.The first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), released on Dec. 31, confirmed the citizenship of 19 million people, leading to jubilation for some and heartbreak among others.The NRC, however, told the Supreme Court this month that 150,000 people from the first list, a third of them married women, would be dropped from the next one, mainly because they provided false information or gave inadmissible documents.”If the government has decided to brand us foreigners what can we do?” said Abdul Suban, 60, a Bengali-speaking Muslim, earlier.”The NRC is trying to finish us off. Our people have died here, but we will not leave this place.”
Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read October 3, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. On September 9, Apple debuted its Watch in another attempt to close the gap between fashion and technology. The iconic tech company came out with three versions of the new device including the Watch Edition, which comes with an 18-karat gold case and may sell for as much as $5,000 according to one Apple insider. It’s too bad the fashion world was unimpressed.Roseanne Morrison, fashion director for The Doneger Group, told Reuters that “It’s not pretty…It’s very future techno as opposed to feminine sexy.” According to New York Magazine, models Arthur Kulkov and Alexa Chung both gave Apple Watch a thumbs down for being too dorky and toy-like. Designer Todd Snyder said, “I would never replace my Rolex for that watch.”Related: Can the Apple Watch Win the Wrist?Despite coming up short in the eyes of fashionistas, Apple still forced the fashion and tech industries to again question the conflict between style and utility. This has implications that could stretch far beyond the watch industry — if, and only if, designers are willing to take the risk of pioneering “smart fashion.” It is potentially a multibillion-dollar opportunity but there is no guarantee it will work out.With makers of textiles, handbags, jackets, shoes and jewelry now in a position to shape the future of all wearable technology, it’s worth asking two big questions: Why hasn’t fashion already seized this opportunity? And if they do enter the wearable market, how should they proceed?Why fashion remains on the sidelines. The fashion industry has a contradictory relationship with technology. Today, retailers are effectively tech companies that study and analyze shopping behavior. They have developed algorithmic personalization engines, mobile apps and social-media strategies well ahead of other industries. Yet, fashion designers have felt no competitive pressure to integrate technology into their products. This is why they remain on the sidelines.Related: Capitalizing on Fashion Week: How This Tech Accessory Company Made It to the RunwayThink about it: Why would Prada, Gucci or Burberry create “smart” digital handbags when women will already spend several thousand dollars on a single “dumb” handbag with tremendous profit margins? What would compel Giorgio Armani to make digital suits with built-in smartphone chargers and biometric sensors? Trying to force technology into high- end fashion products could backfire and alienate one of their core demographics who have not expressed demand for such features.Fashion designers aren’t expected to solve practical problems. They create demand for their products on an emotional and aesthetic level. Even the techiest among us can’t deny that fashion helps us define and represent who we are. When my wife wears a designer dress, or when my friend wears a solar-powered, smartphone-charging jacket (for real), both are expressing beliefs and values via fashion.Technology has so far failed to address the desires of people who express themselves through style rather than functionality. The Apple Watch is the best attempt so far. Likewise, fashion has failed to serve the needs of people who express themselves through functionality before appearance. So, people who value both style and function — probably the majority of consumers — are arguably underserved.Making a multibillion-dollar collaboration work.Since fashion and technology have always existed as distinct entities, unifying the two is a risk even if there appears to be a widely underserved demographic. Overcoming this divide is impossible without collaboration. To win over the elite fashion crowd, Apple and other tech companies need the sensibilities of top designers (Google recently teamed up with Diane von Furstenberg for Google Glass designs). And if fashion designers want a piece of the multibillion-dollar wearable technology market, they need the capabilities and regard for user experience that tech companies bring to the table.Related: How Russell Simmons Plans to Style and Inspire Millennials Through FashionWhile Apple may be considered a guinea pig in this new smart fashion market, the press is now speculating that Intel and other companies will try to one up Apple in the high-fashion wearable market. But many famous fashion houses are noticeably on the sidelines of this competition, with a few exceptions. Tory Burch now produces metal and silicon-printed bracelets to hide the Fitbit’s rubber bands. Ralph Lauren just launched the ‘Polo Tech’ line of athletic shirts that measure heart rate, breathing and movement. They plan to put this technology into dress shirts later in 2014.This is why there is such a huge opportunity for designers to partner with tech companies. If you’re a fashionista, would you prefer your smartwatch band to have the logo for Apple or Armani? If tech companies want wearable devices to gain acceptance with a wider audience, who could be better partners than designers who are so compelling that they convince women to buy five-figure handbags and endure the brutal discomfort of high heels?The choice before the fashion industry is simple:Partner with tech companies and take a piece of the wearable market, or let tech companies flounder with design and style. Designers could make or break the smart fashion trend. My personal hope is that design houses join in and provide those of us who love tech and fashion equally with a higher degree of self-expression and choice. Related: Talent’s Never Enough: Emerging Fashion Designers on Honing Business Savvy
Top Stories 2.9 yards per carry.Of course, that’s not all him. Some blame surely is on the offensive line. Monday, Bruce Arians was clear he was not pleased with their work in Santa Clara.But last year the Cards rushed for 3.3 yards per carry for the whole season and made it to the playoffs. We all know the number 3.3 isn’t the reason they couldn’t get any further in the playoffs than they did.The injury would be much easier to accept if Andre Ellington were healthy, but he’s not. The tough-but-fragile Ellington is now dealing with a turf toe, one that may keep him out longer than Johnson according to one former NFL team doc on twitter.Can David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor and perhaps Kerwynn Williams keep defenses honest enough to allow Carson Palmer to do what he does? After watching how far they went last year with a suspect running game I certainly think the answer is yes. How the rookie out of Northern Iowa performs in blitz pickup may determine more than anything else. And then of course there is the fumbling issue that causes all involved to hold their collective breath.I can’t predict what will happen from here on out. But I know what a devastating late-season injury looks like. I saw it and so did you. And this ain’t it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When news first broke from Jay Glazer that Cardinals running back Chris Johnson suffered a fractured tibia in the win over the 49ers, my thoughts — in order — went something like this:How long is he out (answer: not sure yet but not necessarily the rest of the year)?Gratitude. Cornball as it sounds, it’s entirely appropriate given how important Johnson has been in providing the Cardinals something they’ve so rarely enjoyed; a steady productive running game.Is 2.9 irreplaceable?As important as Chris Johnson has been up until this point, it’s also fair to wonder if that needle was on “E”. Excluding the extremely productive game against Baltimore (18/122/TD), Johnson has rushed 99 times for 287 yards and no touchdowns in his last five games. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) runs for a touchdown as Baltimore Ravens defensive end Carl Davis (94) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 21 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share
Go back to the e-newsletterLocated on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, Nihiwatu continues to add new resort experiences, including the overnight Uma Izzie Spa Safari, the Coconut Cove Surf School and Nio Beach Bar and Infinity Pool for an exceptional getaway.Overnight Uma Izzie Spa Safari (Bale No. 4)Set in the nearby valley of Nihi Oka lies the Nihi Oka Spa Safari in which couples can enjoy an unlimited number of pre-selected treatments amidst uninterrupted views of the sea and next to abundant surrounding rice fields on the open air bales. For exclusive privacy, guests can also book the Uma Izzie Spa Safari (Nihi Oka Bale No. 4), a Sumbanese inspired one-bedroom villa for an overnight stay during their all-inclusive spa retreat.Coconut Cove Surf SchoolAn alternative to the iconic Boathouse with large swells from the popular surfer’s ‘Occy’s Left’ at Nihiwatu, Coconut Cove is home to a surf school with the calmest seas and pristine white beaches. The smaller waves at Coconut Cove are ideal for beginners and families for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, body boarding and wake boarding. All equipment will be provided by the resort and guests can reach Coconut Cove by Nihiwatu’s Safari jeep or by boat.Offering a reprieve from a full day of water activities, guests can recharge on a comfortable chaise lounge, enjoy drinks and snacks from the bar and refresh with a quick shower. Coconut Cove is also great for those wanting a day away to explore other and calmer bays at Rua, the name of the sleepy fishing village where it has planted its roots.Nio Beach Bar & Infinity PoolA welcome addition to the existing Nio Beach Club is the Nio Beach Bar and 20-metre infinity pool, perched on the ‘Edge of Wildness’, offering stunning views of the Indian Ocean, Occy’s Left and local village life during low tides. Lunch and snacks are served by the pool, allowing guests to fulfill their wish to stay poolside for the rest of their stay. For special occasions, the Nio Pool can also be transformed into a magical setting for romantic dinners at sunset.Go back to the e-newsletter
Categories: News Tags: #SB 05Feb Rep. Muxlow announces February office hours State Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City announced House District 83 office hours for the month of February for residents of Sanilac County, Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township and the city of Port Huron.Muxlow is hosting two meet-and-greet sessions next week: Feb. 9 in Port Huron and Feb. 13 in Port Sanilac.On Monday, Feb. 9, the lawmaker will be at the Blue Water Chamber of Commerce, 512 McMorran Blvd. in Port Huron, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.On Friday, Feb. 13, he will be at Bark Shanty Community Center, 135 Church St. in Port Sanilac, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.“I enjoy meeting with citizens and listening to their suggestions and concerns,” Muxlow said. “It is very important to keep in constant communication with residents so that I can properly represent them in the House.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Muxlow at (517) 373-0835 or via email at PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov.#####About Rep. Muxlow:State Rep. Paul Muxlow is a second-term lawmaker representing the 83rd House District. The 83rd District includes Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township, Port Huron city and Sanilac County. Muxlow can be reached at (517) 373-0835, via email at PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov or on his website at www.reppaulmuxlow.com. For additional updates follow House Republicans on Facebook and Twitter.
Concerned parents, public must be able to stop potential changesA group of House lawmakers today condemned a draft policy initiative by the Michigan State Board of Education that could allow students to use any school restroom they choose and allow male students to try out for girls’ sports teams, all while keeping parents in the dark about their children’s everyday activities.“As the parent of a 15-year-old daughter I am outraged at the Michigan Board of Education. This policy is evidence of a government bureaucracy run amok and goes well beyond their scope of educating our children,” said Rep. Lana Theis, R-Brighton. “The board has no business trying to take away parental rights, and this ill-conceived policy would put the health and safety of our children at risk.”Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, said: “This outrageous policy forcing K-12 girls to share their bathrooms, locker rooms, or showers with boys—and hide that bizarre, radical practice from parents—not only violates parental rights but threatens the privacy, security, and comfort of our public school students.“The state board should drop such attempts at radical left-wing schemes and focus its resources and staff time on actually educating students.”The Michigan Board of Education has proposed a State Board of Education “Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Students” that the board is expected to vote on at its May 10 meeting. Public comments are being accepted on the proposal through Monday, April 11.“We strongly encourage all parents and residents of Michigan take time to submit their thoughts to the state board for review,” said Rep. Theis. “It is imperative for parents to let the board know this policy is unacceptable and encourage the board members to reject the proposal.”The board proposes six additional recommendations for schools, which include:Recognizing students by chosen names and corresponding pronouns;Using chosen names on unofficial student records, such as class/team rosters, yearbook and school newspapers/newsletters;Using case-by-case determinations for locker room options;Ensuring school dress codes are gender-neutral without restrictions based on gender identity; andEvaluating all gender-based programs and maintaining only those with clear educational purposes.“As a parent and former foster parent I am committed to protecting my teenage daughter’s safety and privacy,” said Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake. “For safety purposes in public bathrooms, gender should be clearly defined as biological. These considerations are not relevant to career preparation and should not interfere with other children’s privacy rights.”State Rep. Thomas Hooker said: “The American College of Pediatricians recently said that, ‘Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.’ I, for one, want the MDE’s budget zeroed out until this guidance policy is revoked and an apology issued.”The public can read the draft guidance policy and provide public comment online at the SBE website, www.everyvoicecountsmi.org, or fax public comments to 517-373-1233.Questions and concerns also can be sent to individual legislators at:Lana Theis, 42nd District, LanaTheis@house.mi.govThomas Hooker, 77th District, ThomasHooker@house.mi.govGary Glenn, 98th District, GaryGlenn@house.mi.govJim Runestad, 44th District, JimRunestad@house.mi.govLee Chatfield, 107th District, LeeChatfield@house.mi.govRay Franz, 101st District, RayFranz@house.mi.gov##### Categories: Theis News 23Mar Lawmakers: New state education board LGBTQ policy erodes parental rights
Categories: Runestad News,Runestad Photos 08Sep Rep. Runestad hosts Milford police officer at state Capitol Lt. Michael Lauridsen attends 9/11 Memorial Ceremony with lawmakerState Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, welcomed Lt. Michael Lauridsen of the Milford Police Department to the Michigan state Capitol for the annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday. The ceremony, held on the House floor, marked the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, and also paid recognition by ringing a fire bell for each Michigan military member and first responder who lost their life in the line of duty over the past year.
02May Rep. Rendon discusses protection against elder abuse in long-term care State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City last Thursday welcomed representatives from the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative to the Families, Children and Seniors Committee to discuss how the group protects senior citizens against elder abuse.Alison E. Hirschel, director and managing attorney from the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative; Sali Pung, state long-term care ombudsman; and Dan Wojciak, MI Health Link ombudsman, explained that many Michigan families have experienced some type of long-term care issues, personally or within their family. One in 10 Americans age 60 years or older has experienced some form of elder abuse and one in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.“Elder abuse is an enormous problem,” Rendon said. “Abuse can destroy lives and people’s sense of security. There are trusted and confidential resources to protect American citizens and prevent them from becoming victims. Better quality care for Americans results in better quality lives.”The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative is one of several statewide services created by the Michigan Advocacy Program.### Categories: Daire Rendon News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 29, 2015; Minneapolis Star TribuneNPQ has reported on the efforts of Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.org, to get the IRS to provide Form 990 information in a format other than the scanned Form 990s posted to GuideStar, ProPublica’s Nonprofits Project, and the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). Limited data from the Form 990, the IRS annual reporting form required of nonprofits, may be downloaded from the IRS website in MS Excel spreadsheet format or the older, fixed-width ASCII format. However, these data sets are not comprehensive and they are difficult to manipulate.The IRS had argued against Malamud’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, saying that the scanned Form 990s were sufficient public disclosure. In addition, it argued that the requirement to issue all data in digital format would represent an unreasonable burden on an agency already underfunded and overworked. Specifically, the IRS expressed concerns about being able to redact confidential taxpayer and donor information from the electronic data without extensive testing. The IRS has in recent years had problems with issuing data CDs that inadvertently disclosed confidential information, as NPQ has covered.The article quotes the judge’s decision:“The wisdom of congressional appropriations is not before me. The fact that an agency may be under significant financial distress because it is underfunded does not excuse an agency’s duty to comply with the FOIA.”Will wider access to electronic Form 990s help or hurt accountability in the nonprofit sector? For GuideStar, it’s both an opportunity and a threat. They’ll be able to crunch the numbers in all kinds of new ways and add to their product/service offerings. GuideStar will need to leverage their market position, however, because others’ access to the data will allow potential competitors to ramp up their own offerings.Access to electronic Form 990 records will also make it less costly for groups like Charity Navigator and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance to compile nonprofit financial and governance information used in their ratings. It may mean they’ll be able to cover more charities and cover charities in a more longitudinal way (as opposed to the “snapshot” approach of a single year’s financials).The major difficulty with electronic records is also true of the scanned documents. When the IRS changes the definitions of the fields and/or the placement of the Form 990 fields from year to year, it makes it tougher to compare one year’s data with another. Academic researchers may or may not be able to compensate for this, but the armchair experts might not realize that the longitudinal (multiple year) files don’t really tell a coherent story. There will be a temptation to just build a huge table and start calculating, resulting in the potential for incorrect conclusions being drawn from hasty analyses.Wider access to, and easier analysis of, Form 990 data makes it all the more important that nonprofit boards and executives ensure that the information they’re providing to the IRS is both complete and accurate—in its specific item-by-item responses as well as in the overall representations of organizational health and activities.—Michael WylandShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares