BJP MPs replace Cong leaders as heads of 2 parliamentary panels

first_imgNew Delhi: Two crucial parliamentary panels, the standing committees on finance and external affairs, which were headed by Congress MPs in previous Lok Sabha are now chaired by BJP MPs. The Lok Sabha Secretariat updated the details of parliament’s standing committees for the newly constituted 17th Lok Sabha late night on Friday night. BJP MPs Jayant Sinha and P P Choudhary will head the panels on finance and external affairs respectively. In the previous Lok Sabha, Congress’ Veerappa Moily and Shashi Tharoor used to head the two committees. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Moily lost the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Tharoor, who retained his Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat in the last general elections, has now been made the head of the Standing Committee on Information Technology. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi who was a member of the panel on external affairs has now been moved to the parliamentary panel on defence, which is headed by Jual Oram. TMC’s Derek O’Brien, who was chairing the committee on transport, tourism and culture has been replaced by erstwhile TDP leader T G Venkatesh, who recently joined BJP. O’Brien is now a member of the panel on Human Resource Development, which BJP’s Satyanarayan Jatiya continues to head. With these changes, the Congress which was earlier heading two committees of the Lok Sabha will now be heading only one. Standing committees are allocated by Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman on the recommendation of the government.last_img read more

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Stars Join Global Effort Against Tropical Diseases

first_imgCelebrities from around the world have called on their fans and followers to join the END7 campaign, a global effort to eliminate seven neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020.Music, entertainment and fashion stars, including Katy Perry, Slash, Ewan McGregor, Stella McCartney, Tom Felton, Alyssa Milano, Danny DeVito, Amos Lee, Norah Jones, MC Hammer, Aaron Neville, The Kooks, Rosanne Cash and many others reached out to their Twitter and Facebook fans to help END7 raise awareness about these devastating diseases of poverty that infect one in six people worldwide, including 500 million children.“Join us in ending 7 diseases by 2020! Follow @END_7 today and find out how to make it all possible!” tweeted pop singer Katy Perry (@katyperry) to her 24 million followers.“My fans mean the world to me. Today you meant the world to millions of kids suffering with NTDs,” tweeted British actor and a star of the “Harry Potter” movie franchise, Tom Felton (@tomfelton).“Thousands of you have joined me to help #End7 preventable diseases today. You inspire me!” Felton also posted.Yesterday’s social media push reached more than 50 million people through Twitter and Facebook, and put the END7 campaign on the map for millions who had never heard about NTDs.“This week marks a turning point for the END7 campaign, as millions of people are learning just how easy it can be to eliminate or control a group of diseases that plague the world’s poorest people,” said Dr. Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. “We are incredibly grateful for all of the new support we have seen over the past week and hope that it continues to inspire others to join our cause.”It costs just 50 cents to treat and protect one person for an entire year against all seven of the most common NTDs. Pills to treat these diseases are donated by pharmaceutical companies and many programs use existing infrastructure, such as schools and community centers, to administer the treatments, making NTD treatment one of most cost-effective public health initiatives available today.“See how you can help stop 7 different kinds of diseases with a donation as small as 50 cents,” posted Stella McCartney (@stellamccartney), fashion designer and daughter of Beatles member, Sir Paul McCartney.NTDs cause blindness, massive swelling in appendages and limbs, severe malnutrition and anemia. These diseases prevent children from growing and learning. They reduce adults’ economic productivity and ability to care for their families, keeping communities trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease.The END7 campaign, launched earlier this year by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, aims to raise the public awareness and funding required to cover the cost of distributing medicine and setting up treatment programs for NTDs. It is the first global public awareness campaign dedicated to NTD treatment and elimination and relies heavily on compelling visual content disseminated through various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread its message.last_img read more

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Nordic Embassies Organize Beach Clean-Up Operation in Morocco

Rabat – World Ocean Day will take place on June 8 and, in observance of the occasion, the embassies of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark have been organizing a special beach clean-up. This event will happen with the theme of “Ocean and Gender.”Specifically, the objective is to use the event as a platform to sensitize the population about waste management and to educate about the role both genders must equally play in keeping the coastline and the oceans clean. The clean-up is set to start in the morning of June 8, 2019, at the shoreline of Oudayas, Rabat, from 9:00 to 11:00.Through this activity, individuals from the Nordic government offices and civil society associations, including The Green Challenge, intend to urge local commitment to discover solutions for the ecological difficulties confronting Morocco. Once the clean-up has concluded, the event coordinators will gather the waste before sorting it  according to the standards of Tadweir company. Tadweir will, at that point, sort the waste in their containment facility and recycle it into new products; cloth will be used to create new fabrics and plastic waste will be turned into containers.Read Also: UN Report: Sand Mafias are Destroying Moroccan BeachesThis year, the World Ocean Day clean-up will team-up with the Chourouk Center and other NGOs to focus on the importance of gender equality and empowerment. The aim is to include women and girls in the conversation on sustainability in order to find holistic solutions to modern environmental challenges.Fortifying the sustainable management of plastic waste is essential, particularly in vulnerable coastal areas. World Ocean Day is a chance to emphasize protecting marine life by battling against plastic pollution in our seas and oceans.  This will be done on a local scale, but with a global perspective in mind. l Today, we produce around 300 million tons of plastic waste every year, of which 13 million tons are released into the seas, presenting environmental, economic, health and aesthetic problems. Somewhere in the range of 80% and 90% of marine litter originates from land-based sources, which is a clear sign of the priorities in which we should center our endeavors. The other 10-20 % is from miscellaneous sources.The Nordic nations have, for many years, shared a solid commitment to the protection of nature and regard for the earth is profoundly established in Nordic values. It translates concretely into ambitious public policies; the adoption of good practices at the individual level; innovation of the clean technology industry. The Nordic nations have aspiring ideas for sustainable power sources, vitality, productivity, and the circular economy – an economic approach of reutilizing resources. read more

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Smartphone health Apple releases software for medical apps

Smartphone health: Apple releases software for medical apps CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression.While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, Apple wants to put its stamp on a new ecosystem of treatment programs. Rather than build the apps itself, the tech giant developed a set of software tools and templates, called “CareKit,” that health-care groups and health-tech startups can use to create their own programs.Apple says it wanted to help developers build easy-to-use apps for patients to record symptoms, get useful information, track their progress and even send reports to a doctor. Experts say the CareKit program could help bring standards to a relatively new and unruly industry, while giving Apple a toehold in the growing health-tech market.CareKit apps hitting the Apple online store this week include One Drop for diabetics; Start for people taking anti-depression drugs; and two apps from health startup Glow, aimed at women who are pregnant or caring for newborns. Apple says larger organizations, including the University of Rochester and hospitals at the Texas Medical Center, are working on CareKit apps for people with Parkinson’s disease and patients who’ve undergone heart or lung operations.“These mobile tools can help people reach their health goals,” said Thomas Goetz of Iodine, a startup that used CareKit in the latest version of its Start app. Along with providing information about side-effects to depression medications, the app asks patients to record their symptoms and answer standardized questions to track how they’re doing. Start uses a CareKit feature that lets patients send reports to their doctors; eventually, Goetz said, doctors will be able to respond by adjusting their instructions for medication, diet or exercise.Data stored on iPhones is encrypted, and Iodine’s app provides cautions to make sure patients understand they’re sending sensitive information to their doctors. Goetz said his company is also developing back-end software for medical offices that will comply with federal confidentiality rules.But Goetz acknowledged that doctors and insurers “are still trying to make sense of the world of health care apps. They’re trying to understand which ones are valid tools and which aren’t necessarily useful.”Apple’s software could help validate new apps, he said, by letting developers build on a standardized template from a well-known company whose products are used by large numbers of people.Apple says it isn’t making money directly from CareKit, which grew from tools the company previously developed for researchers to create apps that collect iPhone users’ data for health studies. But Apple could benefit if the apps gain wide adoption, making the iPhone an even more useful tool for millions of people with medical conditions.“Even if you can’t point to a revenue stream today, being the hub of an ecosystem related to health care could have great value in the future,” said analyst Jeff Cribbs, who studies health technology for the Gartner research firm.Apple CEO Tim Cook has signalled he believes the iPhone and Apple smartwatch can play a bigger role in health care. But the industry is heavily regulated and Apple has not ventured into making specialized devices that would be subject to federal oversight. Instead, the company leaves it to the developers who use Apple’s software to determine if an individual app meets any health regulations. by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2016 1:38 am MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Villanova Oklahoma State reach Advocare semifinals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Villanova took a step forward after dropping out of the Top 25 for the first time since December 2013.Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 15 points and 13 rebounds and the defending national champion Wildcats stopped a two-game skid by beating Canisius 83-56 on Thursday in the opening round of the AdvoCare Invitational at Disney World.“We pride ourselves on attention to detail, and as you can see right now we just don’t have it,” coach Jay Wright said. “We’ve got a lot of new guys but it was a good step for us today. I thought a lot of good details defensively, good details on the glass.”The Wildcats outrebounded Canisius 51-24.Phil Booth also scored 15 points for the Wildcats (3-2). They will play Oklahoma State in the semifinals Friday. Oklahoma State beat Memphis 84-64.Villanova went from No. 8 to out of the Top 25 after losing to Michigan 73-46 in a rematch of last season’s championship game and losing 76-68 in overtime to Furman last week.“When we were in the AP poll we never talked about it, so when we’re not we don’t talk about it,” Wright said. “We were looking forward to playing better and that’s what I’m really pleased with.”Villanova’s Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman were all taken in the NBA draft after last year’s championship run.Canisius (1-3) got 19 points from Isaiah Reese. Takal Molson, who entered averaging 21.3 points, had 10.The Golden Griffins got to 63-52 with 4 1/2 minutes left before Villanova pulled away.Canisius and Memphis will meet Friday in the consolation round.Oklahoma State dominated inside in a one-sided victory over Memphis.Cameron McGriff scored 11 points and added 12 rebounds, and Yor Anel had 12 points and six blocked shot as the Cowboys advanced to Friday’s semifinals with an 84-64 win over Memphis.“We have a lot of size,” McGriff said. “We try and use that to our advantage.”Oklahoma State (3-1) shot 57 per cent.“I think this team has got a chance to become really good over the course of the season,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. “I’m excited to see them continue to grow.”Tyler Harris led Memphis (2-2) with 14 points. The Tigers entered averaging 87 points.Former Orlando Magic star Penny Hardaway is the first-year coach for Memphis.“It was really embarrassing today, to me, to have our team go out and defend the way we defended,” Hardaway said. “We knew exactly what was coming and they still punched us in the mouth. They swung first and they never stopped swinging.”No. 19 LSU plays Charleston and No. 14 Florida State goes against UAB later Thursday to determine the other semifinal___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25Mark Didtler, The Associated Press read more

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The people have spoken These are the 14 best new buildings of

first_img ‘There’s no such thing as halfway insider trading’: Prosecutors unload on former banker accused of leaking deal tips to his dad Here are 9 of the best new features coming to your iPhone on Thursday (AAPL) SOME STRUCTURES WILL take your breath away.The lovely people at ArchDaily have set out to determine the best buildings from around the world that blend beauty, intelligence, creativity, and service to the community.After receiving nominations from more than 3,500 projects featured on its site in the past year, the publication asked readers to vote for their favourites among 14 categories. 60,000 people voted.From the teeny-tiny town hall in Newbern, Alabama, to the futuristic McDonald’s in Georgia, here are the winners odf ArchDaily’s Building of the Year Awards.BEST COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE: A combination fuel station and McDonald’s in Batumi, Georgia(Image: ArchDaily)Architect: Giorgi KhmaladzeBEST CULTURAL ARCHITECTURE: The Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingor, Denmark(Image: ArchDaily)Architect: BIGBEST EDUCATIONAL ARCHITECTURE: Braamcamp Freire, a secondary school in Lisbon, Portugal(Image: ArchDaily)Architect: CVDB arquitectosBEST HOSPITALITY ARCHITECTURE: Tree Snake Houses, a hotel on stilts in a national park in northern Portugal(Image: ArchDaily)Architect: Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de AndradeBEST HOUSE: Binh Thanh House, a two-family home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam(Image: ArchDaily)Architect: Vo Trong Nghia Architects + Sanuki + Nishizawa architectsBEST HOUSING: Tete in L’air, a wooden apartment building north of Paris, France(Image: ArchDaily)Architect: KOZ ArchitectesBEST INDUSTRIAL ARCHITECTURE: Antinori Winery, a winemaking complex near Florence, Italy(Image: ArchDaily)Architect: Archea AssociatiBEST INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE: The offices of Walmart.com in São Paulo, Brazil (Image: ArchDaily)Architect: Estudio Guto RequenaBEST OFFICE: 48 North Canal Road, a boutique office space in Singapore (Image: ArchDaily) Architect: WOHABEST PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE: Newbern Town Hall, a civic center in Newbern, Alabama, US (Image: ArchDaily) Architect: Auburn University Rural StudioBEST REFURBISHMENT: Three Cusps Chalet, a renovated palace in Sé, Portugal(Image: ArchDaily) Architect: Tiago do Vale ArquitectosBEST RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE: Saint John Baptist Chapel, a Catholic church in Spain’s Canary Islands(Image: ArchDaily) Architect: Alejandro BeautellBEST SPORTS ARCHITECTURE: Archery Hall & Boxing Club, a sports facility in Tokyo, Japan(Image: ArchDaily) Architect: FT ArchitectsBEST HEALTHCARE ARCHITECTURE: Alcácer do Sal Residences, a hotel/hospital in Alcacer do Sal, Portugal(Image: ArchDaily) Architect: Aires Mateus- Melia Robinson and Melissa Stanger. A 22-year-old from Minneapolis who is jailed in Syria says ISIS recruited him on Twitter ESPN analyst and former NFL player Ryan Clark ripped Paul Finebaum for saying ‘it’s over’ for Cam Newton and that no one should feel bad last_img read more

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Bitfinex Bitcoin exchange decides its customers should help pay for 65 million

first_imgThere are a plethora of financial rules in place the regulate how banks can handle your money, but an unregulated digital currency like Bitcoin or Litecoin is the wild west of personal finance. The popular cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex was attacked on August 2, resulting in the loss of $65 million in Bitcoin. Bitfinex has decided to “generalize” the losses across all its users by taking 36% of their money. Seems a lot like stealing.Bitfinex shut down last week following the hack, issuing a series of cryptic updates on its investigation. Now, the site is on the verge of re-launching with limited functionality. When users log into their Bitfinex accounts, they will see that a whopping 36.067% of their money is gone. That’s what Bitfinex is taking from every account to cover the losses, ensuring that everyone on the platform will have lost the same proportion of their money. It’s like being asked to help pay for the theft of a stereo from someone else’s car just because you were parked in the same lot at the time.The price of Bitcoin took a huge hit following the hack.Many users are understandably enraged over this move. Many of them lost no Bitcoins in the initial hack when they checked their balance before the reshuffling. Now, they’re out a substantial sum. In some cases, users are reporting tens of thousands of dollars lost to Bitfinex’s socialized loss scheme. It’s possible that Bitfinex is on the verge of insolvency following the hack, and this move might be a last ditch effort to avoid a Mt. Gox-style collapse.In place of the 36% loss, Bitfinex is giving each user a BFX token with a value of their total loss. It’s essentially an IOU from Bitfinex that is tradable on the blockchain. The company promises to explain in detail how the BFX tokens will work, but for now they’re completely worthless. Users who are not happy with this setup probably have little recourse as they’d lose a lot more than 36% of their money if Bitfinex goes out of business.Maybe, just maybe, Bitcoin was a bad idea.last_img read more

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Official New logo for 2022 World Cup unveiled

first_imgThe official logo for the 2022 World Cup taking place in Qatar has been unveiled.The tournament scheduled to take place in the winter of 2022 has been shrouded in controversy.From allegations of bribery, human rights violations from stadium building contractors too changing the whole schedule of world football to avoid the dangerous Qatari summer temperatures.In a statement on FIFA.com, revealing the new logo, its origin, design, and symbolism were explained.The statement read:“The emblem’s design embodies the vision of an event that connects and engages the entire world.”“While also featuring striking elements of local and regional Arab culture and allusions to the beautiful game.”“The swooping curves of the emblem represent the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the number eight.”“A reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches – and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the event.”IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“Besides echoing the shape of the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy, the emblem’s central form takes inspiration from a traditional woolen shawl.”“During winter months, shawls are worn around the world and in the Arab and Gulf region in particular by a variety of people and in various styles.”The intricate embroidered detail that often adorns shawls in the Arab world is featured and takes inspiration from various cultures across Asia, celebrating the continent’s second hosting of a FIFA World Cup tournament and Qatar’s diverse population.”“The regionally inspired winter garment also alludes to the tournament’s start dates and the fact that it will be the first FIFA World Cup™ to be played in November and December.”“The new typeface created to accompany the emblem reimagines traditional Arabic calligraphy in a new, contemporary font, taking inspiration from the region and Asia, and fusing tradition with modernity.”“The emblem is just one example of the bold, modern tournament designs that will be revealed in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”There is no doubt the suggested technology being implemented into the design and infrastructure surrounding this tournament it should be something spectacular on and off the field.last_img read more

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Womens Super League secures first overseas broadcast rights deal

first_imgThe Women’s Super League will be shown not only in Great Britain, but also in Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.The Women’s Super League has grown a lot in the last years in Great Britain.And the sport will continue growing as it has secured its first overseas broadcast rights deal.The competition will be shown in Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.“We’re delighted that the strength of the league is being recognized globally,” said Tom Gracey, the FA’s senior broadcast manager according to the BBC.“These two deals are a sign of the global strength and growing commercial prospects of the league.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It is particularly pleasing that revenue will be targeted at the development of The FA Player,” he added.“Through this reinvestment, our aim is to help improve the experience for viewers around the world and strengthen the brands of our competitions, clubs, and players.”Happy birthday, @SophieIngle01! 🥳We hope your day is as good as this goal! 👏🔥 pic.twitter.com/RimWKV4Qbz— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) September 2, 2019last_img read more

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Men get no additional time in rape allegation

first_imgThree men were sentenced Thursday to time they’ve already served in jail for having sex with two high school senior girls who were intoxicated at a party in Vancouver in March 2012. At the time of the men’s arrest, the victims alleged that the men gang raped them, according to court papers.In an agreement with prosecutors, Tristan B. Rice, 21, of Battle Ground, Jordan S. Williams, 21, of Vancouver and Brandon D. Brinley, 22, of Vancouver pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday to gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, a dramatic reduction from original Class A felony charges of second-degree rape.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield said the state offered to settle the case because of weaknesses in their evidence, which did not result from any fault by investigators.“This is a case where I don’t think anyone can claim these girls said no, but from the statement from just one of the defendants alone, we knew these victims were not in any capacity to give consent,” Banfield said. “We have descriptions of them stumbling within 15 minutes of arriving at this party from the intake of alcohol and possibly marijuana.”“We have a situation where there was a time when they were willing participants,” she added. “There definitely was a time when there was no act of participation.”last_img read more

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Loyalty Shown the Door

first_imgThat e-mail, or apparently not showing remorse for writing it, landed him a pink slip. In a memo to staffers Tuesday, posted by Mediabistro’s FishbowlDC, Mills wrote that Nutting had left the company “effective today.”That same day, Nutting told Politico’s Michael Calderone, who has covered the acquisition and subsequent merger extensively, that he was fired for “insubordination.” “I guess I was given one last chance to say I was sorry, that I’d done something impulsive, and I apologize,” he told Calderone, indicating that he refused to apologize. “I didn’t feel like I could turn my back on the people I worked with,” he said.It’s a tough time in magazine publishing right now, and I’m sure there are A LOT of people in the industry who aren’t, and won’t, speak up about management missteps for fear of losing their jobs. Don’t get me wrong, though—I’m not saying that the CQ-Roll Call Group layoffs were necessarily the result of mismanagement.What I am saying is that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a passionate editor stand up for what he/she believes—even with their job on the line. And I hope it isn’t the last. Brian Nutting showed his loyalty to the wrong group of people—or at least that’s what his bosses thought.Following the round of 44 layoffs at the CQ-Roll Call Group—associated with parent company the Economist Group’s merger of recently-acquired Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call—the 27-year CQ editor sent an e-mail to CQ-Roll Call Group executive vice president and managing director Laurie Battaglia, editorial director Mike Mills and the entire newsroom, demanding an explanation from top brass in regard to the cuts. “We were told that the people in the company were highly valued,” Nutting wrote. “And now this.” last_img read more

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Lightning strikes boat in Meghna 3 killed

first_imgFile photo of LightningThree people including two women were killed and 10 others injured as a thunderbolt struck the boat carrying them on the Meghna river near Sreenagar village in Narsingdi’s Sadar upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Rehana Begum, 50, wife of Chan Mia, Farida Begum, 35, wife of Deloar Hossain and Quium Mia, 25, son of Mona Mia, all from Meghjanpur village under the upazila.Inspector (Investigation) of Narsingdi model police station Mojaffor Hossain said the boat was hit by the lightning strike around 5:00pm while it was moving toward Meghjanpur village from upazila Sadar amid the thunder shower, leaving the trio dead on the spot and 10 others injured.The injured were rushed to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital.last_img read more

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Mack Simpsons Longevity a Tribute to His Faith in Action

first_imgMack Simpson was honored at the 2013 NcouragED award ceremony. He is with Valerie Allen, left, Lisa Robinson and Fandreia Bowman.When celebrating the history of influential African American leaders of our time, names like Ruby Bridges and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. automatically come to mind, but we often forget the everyday leaders. These men and woman are neighbors who strive to impact and uplift their communities. They are so extraordinary that although not world renowned, they are living legends deserving of both gratitude and recognition.“It never costs anything to be kind to people, people ought to keep God first and learn to walk around with an open fist instead of a closed one and God will always provide,” the words of one of those Baltimore legends, Mack B. Simpson Jr.One of the results of that kindness is that family members and friends are gathering, July 26, to celebrate Simpson’s 90th birthday at Tiffany East Catering on E. Lombard Street in Baltimore.Simpson is a respected and admired educator in the Baltimore Metropolitan area as well as a conference trustee of the Baltimore Annual Conference, inspired by his father, the late Rev. Mack B. Simpson Sr. and his mother, Elizabeth F. Simpson, who taught elementary school.Simpson spent most of his childhood years moving from school to school, because of his father’s various assignments as an itinerant AME pastor. After graduating from Bates High School in Annapolis, Simpson went on to Bowie State College to further his education.Initially, he wanted to attend the University of Maryland for graduate studies, however, during the late 1940’s African Americans were not accepted at UM so he moved to New York and studied at Columbia University. After earning a master’s in administration and supervision, he returned to Baltimore for further study at John Hopkins University, Loyola and the University of Maryland.His first teaching job was in Randallstown at Old Court Junior High School.“All the African American students and teachers had to undergo a great deal of screening. It was a brand new school at the time that had about 95 teachers on the staff and only five of them were African American, with only about 10 African-American students,” Simpson said.Like his father, Simpson believes in being an active member of the church. For eight years he served as the president of the Baltimore Conference Lay Organization, and as a treasurer for the Second Episcopal District Lay Organization. He also served as a musician for the Gospel Choir of St. John AME church playing both the piano and the organ.Simpson has lived through many monumental events in African-American history. When asked how he felt about President Obama, he said, “I was extremely happy to see a black man become the president of the United States of America, because I never thought I would have the opportunity to do so in my life time, but I must say that it saddens me to see how hard the Republican party has worked to see him fail, impeding him of the opportunity to do some of the great things that would aid in the development and furthering of our country.”In 2013 Mr. Simpson received the NcouragED Legend in Education Award. He also received the Living Legacy Award from Second Episcopal District Church.“I think one of the reasons my life has been long and fruitful is because I am a member of the church and a man of God who truly believes in helping others and doing all that I can to help others succeed,” Simpson said, adding, I believe the key to having a successful future is to use your talents to get you ahead.”Continuing to use his talents, Simpson still plays the organ and conducts workshops in the Lay Organization once a month.And he always gets his AFRO.“I appreciate the fact that this is one of the only papers that keeps you abreast of all things occurring within the black community,” says Simpson, who’s been a subscriber for 40 years.last_img read more

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LBC Luncheon to Discuss Environmental Justice

first_imgThe Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland will be hosting a luncheon to discuss Environmental Justice as a solution to food deserts on March 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the House Office Building, 6 Bladen St, Annapolis, Md. 21401 in rooms 170 and 180. The Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities will share their knowledge on ways to solve the food desert problem. This Event is Free but a reservation is required. To RSVP please contact The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland by email at Black.Caucus@house.state.md.us or by phone at 410-841-3185.last_img read more

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Resident Evil game discs contain Star Wars Battlefront 3 assets

first_imgRecently there’s been uproar over Capcom shipping DLC on game discs that you later have to pay to unlock. Now it seems as if assets from other games are also turning up on discs. More specifically, assets from a Star Wars: Battlefront game have been discovered on copies of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City in a hidden folder named “Luke.”Battlefront is a well know shooter set in the Star Wars universe that has seen two releases so far across multiple formats. A third game was in development at UK developer Free Radical Design before it closed and became an arm of Crytek. It was thought that development of Battlefront 3 had been handed over to Slant Six Games, who also developed Operation Raccoon City.So it looks as thought someone at Slant put a folder in the wrong directory and it managed to ship as part of the Resident Evil game files. The assets on the disc include a number of scenario screens from a Hoth level that set the scene for a mission as you can see above and below.The development of Star Wars: Battlefront 3 was halted at Slant Six and is now being handled by Spark Unlimited (Legendary, Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, Call of Duty: Finest Hour), so these assets will likely never be used in the final game. Maybe Slant put them there on the off chance someone would see how good their artwork was. If that’s the case, they succeeded.Read more at NeoGAF, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

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Rare Call Me By Your Name vinyl soundtrack will smell of peaches

first_imgCall Me peachy. Photo: Screenshot from YouTube Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A special edition peach smelling vinyl version of the soundtrack to the film Call Me By Your Name, will go on sale in August. Peach smelling vinyl version of soundtrack. Photo: MusicOnVinyl.comThe idea is a cheeky reference to one of the raunchier scenes in the film where young Elio (played by ‎Timothée Chalamet) masturbates using a peach. Later on, his love interest, Oliver (Armie Hammer), attempts to eat the fruit.Call Me friends Elio (left) and Oliver. Photo: Screenshot from trailerPeachy vinyl packageDutch firm MusicOnVinyl, created the package, which includes two peach coloured vinyl discs, housed in their own peach scented sleeves.The special release also comes with a poster of the film and an insert. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Only 7,777 individually numbered copies of the limited edition peachy smelling records will be available. They will go on sale in August, which is the traditional peach harvesting season.The soundtrack includes music from Sufjan Stevens, who contributed two new songs – ‘Visions of Gideon’ and ‘Mystery of Love’ – to the film’s soundtrack.Also on the limited edition album is music from 80s band, The Psychedelic Furs, and Joe Esposito and Giorgio Moroder’s ‘Lady Lady’ collaboration also feature on the album.Luca Guadagnino directed the film, which tells the story of a 17 year-old boy who falls for a handsome doctoral student. The story is set in and around an Italian villa in 1983.Call Me sequel confirmedThe film was based on the novel of the same name by American author André Aciman. Guadagnino confirmed earlier this week that a sequel to the original film was in the works.The director said the second film will be set in the late 1980s and feature the AIDS crisis as well as other major events of the time.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- James Ivory wanted more full frontals in Call Me By Your Name’s final cutSony tweets photo erasing gay romance in movie and Twitter does what it does bestWATCH: Armie Hammer romances Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name trailerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/new-call-me-by-your-name-vinyl-soundtrack-will-smell-of-peaches/last_img read more

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first_img News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Technology | March 13, 2009 New HemCon Patch Provides More Flexibility PreviousNext News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. 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Threat of attack on Dutch school traced to a computer in Costa

first_imgNo related posts. THE HAGUE, Netherlands – An investigation into the threat of a school shooting in Leiden, in western Netherlands, led to a suspect in Costa Rica, Dutch officials said Wednesday.A decision on Monday to provide armed guards at local city schools was cancelled following the discovery of the suspect’s location.“The suspect has lived for some time in Costa Rica,” municipal officials said in a statement, without specifying the person’s nationality or age.But a police investigation using Internet experts allowed them to determine that the threat “comes from a computer located in Costa Rica.”Police are now focusing their attention on an 18-year-old male, believed to be a Dutch citizen. He was kicked out of a Leiden high school after a fight with a teacher, had an “interest in weapons and had held a presentation about school shootings,” police learned.The man recently told his Dutch family he was living in Costa Rica, which was also confirmed by computer experts helping the police, the statement said. “The police are working hard to track his exact address and are doing everything possible to contact the suspect to ensure he returns to the Netherlands.”On Wednesday, agents from Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Police, or OIJ, located the man at a San José hotel, based on two IP addresses provided by Dutch police, the daily La Nación reported. An OIJ spokesman said the man had crossed into Costa Rica through the northern border with Nicaragua. Police said they do not have a capture order, and so far, Dutch officials are seeking only to talk with the man.Authorities in Leiden had decided late Sunday to close high schools on Monday after they received a tip about the threat from Swiss police.“I will shoot my Dutch teacher and as many students as I can,” the anonymous message in English said on a website. “It’s at a school in the Dutch city of Leiden,” the message said, chillingly adding that, “for more proof, I will be using a 9 mm Colt Defender.”“The police have reasonable grounds to believe that this young man is involved in the threat or he is the author. This means that the threat is now suspended,” the statement said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Rep Reilly bill gives schools more flexibility in testing

first_img Categories: News,Reilly News State Representative John Reilly of Oakland Township has submitted legislation to allow local school districts to opt out of certain standardized testing.“Our districts have multiple federal and state assessments for each grade, and especially in high school, these myriad assessments are burdensome,” Reilly said. “In the 11th grade alone, students are mandated to take the SAT, M-STEP and WorkKeys assessments.”While the WorkKeys test is billed as an assessment of career readiness, critics say it tests nothing more than remedial algebra, reading comprehension and basic problem solving, making it unhelpful and duplicative of other exams.“School officials in my district have unanimously indicated that they would not administer the WorkKeys test if given the option,” Reilly said. “We should lessen the burden of standardized exams on our schools.  If a school sees value in the exam, this legislation would not prohibit them from using it, but we should end this unnecessary and unwanted mandate.”House Bill 4501 has been assigned to the House Education Reform Committee.##### 20Apr Rep. Reilly bill gives schools more flexibility in testinglast_img read more

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