Southern Provincial Council votes against 20th Amendment

Under the proposed 20th Amendment elections to all Provincial Councils will be held in one day.Last week the North Central Provincial Council approved the 20th Amendment to the Constitution while the Uva Provincial Council voted against it. The Southern Provincial Council today voted against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.The drafty bill on the 20th Amendment was rejected with 27 members voting against it. The opposition walked out at the time of the vote. The draft Bill on the 20th Amendment to Constitution was presented to Parliament last week. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Hamilton pair face charges after police find 270K worth of drugs

A man and woman from the Hamilton Mountain face several charges in a drug investigation.Members of Hamilton Police executed a search warrant at a home near Upper Wentworth St. and Fennell Ave. E on June 7 around 4:30 p.m.Inside, officers found a slew of drugs including cocaine, crystal meth and fentanyl among many others.Police say the total value of the drugs seized is approximately $270,000.They also seized ammunition and Canadian currency exceeding $10,000.A 25-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, both from Hamilton, were arrested.Both face numerous drug charges. read more

Using new supply route UN rushes relief aid to warweary Afghans

Furnished by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the shipments included wheat, winter clothes and water containers, passing over what promises to be a key supply route, according to Stephanie Bunker, spokesperson for the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan.“The Termez River crossing is expected to become a major corridor for shipment of humanitarian assistance into northern Afghanistan, where an estimated 3 million people face hunger, displacement and a bitter winter,” she told reporters in Islamabad.For his part, the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Michael Sackett, pledged to continue providing relief to millions of vulnerable civilians in the region. “We are fully ready to start bringing in this assistance from Termez as soon as we are satisfied of the required security guarantees for UN staff, both national and international, and of our relief convoys and their distribution to the identified needy population in Northern Afghanistan,” he said. Meanwhile, the security situation in Mazar-i-Sharif has been marked by reports of tension among various Northern Alliance troops, according to Ms. Bunker. “There are still reports of bodies in the streets, although it is not clear whether they are civilians or military,” she said. “UN vehicles have been seen on the streets, driven by Northern Alliance commanders.”According to UNHCR spokesman Yusuf Hassan, the agency’s office in Mazar-i-Sharif was totally looted. “Everything that could be carted away has been taken,” he said. “Looters have returned to remove the window frames.”In Kabul, a mob ransacked a warehouse used by UNHCR, reportedly taking away 1,400 tents and unknown quantities of quilts intended for internally displaced people and returnees.The agency, which is gearing up to fully resume its activities inside Afghanistan, plans to immediately deploy extra emergency staff and re-open its offices in the country, he said. “We hope to expand our programme in order to deliver the maximum assistance, as more areas become accessible.”WFP also plans to step up its relief efforts. In Kabul, agency telephone lines were being re-established and premises secured. “Access to the Panjsheer Valley should be open from Kabul in a few days,” said WFP spokesperson Lindsey Davies, noting that this would enable the agency to move food much more easily into the north. Meanwhile, a spokesman for UNICEF said Taliban soldiers had raided the agency’s sub-office in the Afghan capital yesterday. Chulho Hyun said they “beat three local guards, broke down the office door and took three hand-held radios.” read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 2 May 2014

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Mens soccer OSU hopes to find a winning path versus Oakland

Senior forward Danny Jensen advances the ball down the field against a UC Santa Barbara defender. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsAfter losing its past four games, the Ohio State men’s soccer team returns to Columbus looking to string together some wins at the tail end of its season. The Buckeyes will take on Oakland University at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this Tuesday, the start of a two-game stretch at home. OSU fell victim to undefeated No. 1 Maryland on Friday night. Despite losing 2-0, coach John Bluem was impressed with how his team performed.  “That’s a real tough environment to play in. To be down early and not give up and battle like they did for the remaining 70 minutes was a great effort,” Bluem said. “In the second half we outshot them and out corner-kicked them. We made some adjustments and I think we played really well overall. I was really proud of our guys.”The Buckeyes have hit a bit of a drought in the scoring department — not scoring any goals in their last two contests. As a result, the game plan is going to have to change through the team’s remaining six games. “We are definitely going to have to be more aggressive moving forward,” said senior midfielder Henry Chancy. “The time for sitting back is no more. We have to go after every team and get them on their heels. We have nothing to lose now.”Oakland comes in struggling, much like the Buckeyes. At 4-6 on the season, the Golden Grizzlies had won three straight before losing their past two contests. Oakland’s leading scorer is redshirt senior Chase Jabbori, who has netted three goals on only 10 shots through the team’s first 10 games. Jabbori is tied in points with redshirt freshman Nebojsa Popovic and junior Austin Ricci, each with two goals and two assists apiece. The Golden Bears have been outscored 13-10 on the season, splitting time between two of their goalkeepers. Redshirt sophomore Zach Walker has gotten the bulk of the work, starting in 10 games while making 25 saves. For the Buckeyes, it was announced Friday that Tyler Kidwell and Danny Jensen were named candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award. The award is given to a Division I senior that has notable achievements in four different areas: community, classroom, character and competition. “They are both really good leaders, strong students and great players,” Bluem said. “It says a lot for our university that we are producing these kinds of student athletes. I am happy for the two of them and proud of both of them. “The OSU men’s soccer program has had the past two award winners, with Alex Ivanov and Zach Mason taking home the award in 2014 and 2015, respectively. While excelling off the field, if the Buckeyes want to excel on the field, they know they must build off their performance against Maryland. “If we keep fighting like that and play the way we did, we can get on a hot streak and show that even though we don’t have everyone healthy right now, it’s still possible for us to make a good run,” said junior defender Hunter Robertson. “This next game is crucial for us.”Players and coaches alike understand that with just six games remaining on the schedule, they must put the past behind them and focus on the task at hand, even in games that are out of conference. “We can’t have a letdown because it’s a nonconference game,” Bluem said. “We have to play with intensity right from the start. We are going to treat this game as if it’s a conference opponent out there. We are going to keep doing what we do well and hopefully we catch some breaks and get some wins.” read more

Tenyearold boy believed to be the youngest Briton to recite Pi to

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A ten-year-old boy is believed to have become the youngest Briton to recite Pi to 220 decimal places, after performing the feat in his school assembly.Charley Thomas, of Wycliffe Preparatory School in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, achieved the feat during a school event to mark Pi Day of March 14, after rehearsing for a week. Pi is calculated by dividing a circle’s circumference by its diameter.  The first digits, 3.14, are well known, but the number is infinitely long and extending the sequence is difficult because the number follows no set pattern. Charley said: “I’m not very good at standing up and doing something in front of people so I was a bit nervous at assembly.”I had rehearsed at home and knew I could get to 220 places. I really like maths.”The number is used in engineering, physics, supercomputing and space exploration – because its value can be used in calculations for waves, circles and cylinders.According to the Pi World Ranking List website, which names Indian Suresh Kumar Sharma as the person to recite the most digits of pi at 70,030 in 2015, Charley places 451st in the world.Charley’s headmaster, Adrian Palmer, said: “This is an incredible achievement and one that no Wycliffe pupil has done before.  Charley received a standing ovation for his efforts in assembly and it was so richly deserved.” Earlier this week, Google employee Emma Haruka Iwao broke the Guinness World Record for calculating pi to the most number of digits.  Her calculation to 31.4 trillion decimal places broke the previous record by nearly nine trillion digits. read more

Womens leadership forum

first_imgAn initiative of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), the Cross Cultural Women’s Leadership Forum will bring together women from diverse cultural backgrounds who are active in Victorian ethnic community organisations in decision making and leadership roles in their respective communities. The aim is to provide an opportunity for an honest and open exchange of experiences for women who are involved within their ethnic communities at a voluntary and leadership level, including discussion of real and perceived barriers to participation, perceptions within the community and common issues faced within both established and newly arrived communities.Funding for this project has been granted through the Victorian Government’s Office of Women’s Policy with the support of the GOCMV. The main speaker at the forum will be former Premier of Victoria and Patron of the Cooperative for the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition, Ms Joan Kirner. The forum will include panel discussions on three key themes: 1. Representing your community – women on community boards to discuss leadership in ethnic community organisations; barriers to participation; marginalisation into women’s groups; skills and expertise and other relevant issues.2. Working with government – understanding the various departments and agencies that can assist women in community organisations; representative councils, grants and programs available. 3. Women as bearers of culture – the role women play in maintaining ethnic community traditions and customs. The forum will be held on Thursday 16 June in Melbourneand is by invitation only. Visit: www.greekcommunity.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Does Greece want its marbles back

first_imgIn politics, a good strategy means adopting a masterful plan that embraces an array of coherent political, diplomatic and legal tactics – with a mix of sophistication and cunning – designed to achieve a desired outcome. In the case of the campaign for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures, removed more than 200 years ago by Lord Elgin and currently on display in the British Museum in London, recent statements by Greek Culture Minister, Aristidis Baltas confirm that Greece sadly does not possesses any logical or nuanced strategy for their reunification. On 8 December 2015, Baltas addressed the Greek parliament’s Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, which was debating the proposed adoption into Greek law of the provisions of European Union Directive 2014/60 for the return of cultural treasures unlawfully removed from the territory of a member state. Members of the committee expressed support for this law (which only applies to important cultural artefacts taken after 1993) although many actually instanced the case of the Parthenon Sculptures as the most celebrated case of national cultural treasures that have been illegally displaced from their country of origin. The culture minister was asked about the state of affairs in relation to the campaign for return of the Ελγίνεια (although they are now known as the Parthenon Sculptures). Baltas simply responded that the trend is not to proceed with litigation because Greece risks losing in the courts and “if we lose things will get tough”. Instead, referring to the sad destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage and memory by IS, the minister drew an analogy with the “rape” of the Parthenon, and believed that changes in public opinion would put pressure on the British to back down. According to Baltas, “it helps that people come and visit the Acropolis Museum, the Acropolis itself, because it shows how we are worthy to welcome the ancient and debunks the arguments by the British (as to the Greeks’ supposed inability to look after the sculptures).” Baltas concluded that Greece now has a lot more friends and that she is on a “good road”. I am sorry to say but the minister’s comments are no more than an exercise in self-delusion and denial and betray a fundamental lack of any reasoned or thought-out strategy on the part of the Greek government. It is an almost universal truth that the sculptures should be returned. Melina Mercouri first lit the torch for the marbles in the early 1980s and surprised the British with her dramatic flourishes and confrontationist views. Following her visit in 1983, the Greek government made a formal request for the return of the marbles. British Foreign Office records that have recently been released show that the British were concerned at a Greek strategy that set out to win the hearts and minds of the British people before an approach was made to the British parliament or UK government. The best defence was to argue that Elgin had rescued the marbles and that they now formed an integral part of British national heritage. Even the former Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the British Museum warned back in 1991 that the next phase of the campaign for repatriation was likely to begin any time after the actual start of construction of the new Acropolis Museum and the debate would become fiercer than before. Unfortunately, successive Greek governments since 2009, when the museum was finally unveiled, have been content to rest on their laurels, assuming that the British establishment would cave in to public pressure and return the sculptures. But the British Museum had a different idea. Since 2002 it has steadily reinvented and re-badged itself as a universal museum, a museum of the enlightenment and the collective memory of mankind. A visitor to Bloomsbury today is greeted by a sign proclaiming the British Museum to be the museum of and for the world. Inside the Duveen Gallery, the visitor can read about how Elgin ‘saved’ the marbles and how they now tell a different story in London, disconnected both geographically and spiritually from the Parthenon in Athens. The visitor can also pick up an information leaflet putting the British case for retention. These leaflets have been available at the British Museum for at least the last decade but apparently it’s something that has come as a surprise to Baltas. The minister informed the Greek parliament that he recently learned from a friend that the British Museum was handing out literature stating that the marbles should remain in the British Museum, thereby confirming in his own mind that the British Museum has gone on the defensive in the face of mounting public pressure. When was the last time a Greek culture minister visited the British Museum, or indeed engaged the British government on the subject of the marbles? Try 2002, when then culture minister Venizelos went to London. Has the Greek government ever attempted to engage the British Museum about its universal museum myopia? I daresay no. The issue of the Parthenon Sculptures has also been on the agenda of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin for more than 30 years and yet no tangible progress has ever been achieved in that time. In early 2015 the British government belatedly refused a request made by Greece through UNESCO some 18 months earlier for the mediation of the dispute. Greece’s official response was that it would try to go through UNESCO again. With diplomatic initiatives effectively stalled or simply nonexistent, the former Samaras government engaged the UK team of lawyers led by Geoffrey Robertson QC (and including Norman Palmer and Amal Clooney) to advise on Greece’s various legal options, including rights and remedies that may be available under customary international law if a case was brought in the International Court of Justice or the European Court of Human Rights. Of course there are no guarantees in litigation, but the actual or threatened commencement of proceedings can bring parties to the table to have meaningful and structured negotiations and the prospects of success were reasonable in any event. When Amal Clooney famously arrived in Athens in October 2014, suddenly everyone was talking about the Parthenon and its sculptures, and the publicity generated a great amount of goodwill towards Greece and the whole issue of return. The trustees of the British Museum were so rattled that they hastily arranged a ‘loan’ of the pedimental sculpture of Ilissos the River God to the Hermitage Museum in Russia to remind the Greeks who ‘owned’ the sculptures. A comprehensive legal advice was finally delivered to the new Tsipras government in mid-2015, but not before the former minister of culture Nikos Xydakis publicly appeared to rule out legal action and then issued a statement of clarification saying that everything was still on the table. Sadly, any doubts about the Greeks’ resolve have now been confirmed by Baltas’ recent comments. The rejection of the legal route because of the fear of losing is a cheap way out and is more suggestive of an ideological mindset that simply opposes anything initiated by the previous conservative government regardless of merit. As far as the Parthenon Sculptures are concerned, Greece is on a road to nowhere, while the Culture Ministry revolving door of ministers labour under the grand delusion that somehow a strategy relying on public opinion and cultural diplomacy will sway the British. On 9 December 2015 at the resumed hearing of the Parliamentary Cultural Affairs Committee, Minister for Culture Aristidis Baltas appeared to backtrack from his seemingly dogmatic renunciation of legal action in the case of the Parthenon Sculptures made in the chamber the day before. The minister was rightly taken to task by the MP from the Potamos Party, Grigorios Psarianos. Psarianos described it as a colossal “diplomatic gaffe” and that it was inappropriate for a person with ministerial authority to make such a statement. In fact, he likened the situation to the Greek minister for foreign affairs coming out and saying Greece would not take part in negotiations regarding the resolution of the Cyprus issue for fear that they may lose the argument. Baltas attempted to clarify his comments from the previous day by denying that he had ruled out litigation and simply reasserted that any type of legal process carries inherent risks. He went on to say that the government may yet have to go to court to obtain legal redress, but the issue must first be thoroughly examined so that it has the support of the international community. Baltas went on to suggest, without elaborating further, that any application to a court should be made by the international community as a whole without elaborating. So is this a case of yet another backflip by a culture minister? It will be recalled that in March 2015 Baltas’ predecessor, Nikos Xydakis, made similar statements purporting to rule out litigation, only to retract them within days. Watching the minister give his statement of ‘clarification’ in the parliamentary chamber left me with the impression he was merely attempting to deflect the criticism which he had attracted by playing down his ill-chosen comments. In The Times of London online edition published on 9 December – under the heading ‘Greece drops Amal Clooney from Elgin Marbles case’ – the minister is quoted as saying that the decision to bypass legal proceedings (at least at this stage) is “all about taking a more pragmatic approach towards finding a solution through diplomatic and political channels”. He added: “It’s also not fair that Greece alone take on Britain. At a time when the world is expressing horror over Islamic State’s destruction of antiquities, all civilised states should come together and condemn the cultural genocide that took place at the expense of the Parthenon. That’s the spirit we have to mobilise, not legal action. Not now, at least.” It is understood the recommendation of the lawyers was for Greece to institute proceedings in the International Court of Justice in the Hague, but according to Baltas the decision not to take that course followed a “thorough review of the report”. The minister added: “No one has the right to risk the chance of losing that case.” I am afraid that Mr Baltas is being poorly advised. What is the actual legal advice? The lawyers have apparently urged the government to publish their advice and to use it as the basis for making a formal legal claim to the British government and the British Museum. So if there are risks, what are they? At the same time, the minister should elaborate on what diplomatic and political tools the government proposes to use – apart from indulging in the usual rhetoric – to persuade the British to let go of the sculptures? A good start would be to develop and stick to a consistent and coherent narrative regarding Greece’s desire to repatriate the Parthenon Sculptures without having to make repeated clarifications or retractions which simply diminish the message you are trying to convey to the British and the rest of the world. And yes, there are risks with any legal action of a potentially adverse outcome. But doing nothing is even worse. * George Vardas is the vice-president of Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Legends of Tomorrow Goes Back to When Pirates Were Fun

first_img Legends of Tomorrow is on a hot streak this season. It’s found a formula that really works for it, at least while it builds up to the bigger fights to come. It’s spent most of this season giving us superhero-infused riffs on established tropes, and while you’d think this story would start to get old after a while, it fits the tone of this show perfectly. The show gives the Legends a giant sandbox to play in, never getting too serious until it really counts. Each episode also focuses on a particular character and dilemma, which keeps the story from becoming overcrowded. That can happen with a big ensemble show like this.This week’s episode is all about Amaya, who’s still struggling with the way Kuasa turned out. She wants to help her granddaughter, but that would disrupt the time stream and could have disastrous consequences for Mari. That’s going to be an interesting problem for the show to solve as we move through the second half of the season. Making matters worse is the fact that she can’t even step off the ship in Detroit to see her granddaughter for fear of changing history. Not that she has much time to deal with that anyway. The Legends have totems to find, and Damien Darhk already got to the Fire Totem, held by Mari McCabe’s scientist boyfriend.Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)That means the Legends need to get their hands on the Earth Totem, which we know from the episode’s opening, is in The Bahamas in 1717. It turned Blackbeard’s lover into a plant monster. Aw yeah, it’s time for a pirate adventure. Without Sara. As handy as she’d be in a world of swords and rum, she has a date with Agent Sharpe. The legends decide not to interrupt and run off to the Caribbean without telling her. There’s no way this could go wrong. OK, before we get to the pirate stuff, let’s talk about Sara and Sharpe because their scenes are adorable. It’s a side of Sara we don’t normally get to see. As far back as Arrow, she’s been the cool, collected badass. It’s nice to see her show some vulnerability and nervousness on a first date. It creates a real sense that she and Sharpe really like each other, and are both unsure of how to proceed. This also leads to some funny moments where they both keep getting distracted by work despite having promised not to talk about work. You know, normal romantic comedy stuff. Except with guns, swords and time travel.The real fun happens in the pirate segments of the episode. That’s mostly because we get to hear each cast member’s best attempt at a pirate voice. I think the award for most blatant Johnny Depp impression has to go to Brandon Routh here. The Legends show up in Nassau, and start doing piratey things to try and get Blackbeard’s attention. Mick Rory notices that Amaya still isn’t in the best of spirits, so he helps her out. He starts a tall tale about the Dread Pirate Jiwe that instantly catches on. I don’t know when the show decided to start turning Rory into the soft-hearted, empathetic problem solver, but I like it.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)With Amaya fully in the pirate spirit, they catch the attention of Blackbeard and ask about a trinket with a large, green emerald on it. Blackbeard knows where it is, and he’s about to tell them… but the Royal Navy shows up to arrest Blackbeard and his crew. Unfortunately for the Legends, they also have a new admiral: Damien Darhk. Darhk freezes Amaya and takes her totem before demanding that Blackbeard tell him where the Earth Totem is. Here’s where Legends of Tomorrow gives its pirate story a cool twist. Earlier, Rory made up a story about Amaya being the most fearsome pirate queen of all, and the pirates immediately took it as fact, and started adding to it. Here, we see something similar happened with Blackbeard. All those stories about what a terrible pirate he was were just that. They were stories. He’s really a coward, giving up the totem’s location freely and dutifully marching to his death, along with the Legends.Fortunately, there’s a little more truth to the stories about Amaya. Namely, she really is as brave as Rory made her out to be, just not as ruthless. She fights off the officers and the executioner, commandeers Blackbeard’s ship, with the pirate’s full cooperation, and sets off to find the Earth Totem. This episode’s fight scenes really went above and beyond. A lot of the time on this show, so much money is spent recreating the period sets and CGI enemies, there’s not a lot left for the actual fight. They tend to last a few seconds with maybe one cool superpower display, if we’re lucky. That’s not the case for this episode. It is very light on superpowers, but that means we get extended shots of swordfight choreography. It’s exactly what you want from a pirate story. That’s not to say there isn’t any spectacle, though. It’s hard to think of a more exciting scene than the Waverider time-jumping itself out of the Bermuda triangle while Damian Darhk fires cannons at it. Well, except for the one where Blackbeard tries to take over the Waverider and is defeated by Sharpe and Sara, who are wielding musical instruments. How is this show so cool every week?Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)The Legends defeat the Darhks and get the Earth Totem, but it’s not without a price. Not only do they fail to get Amaya’s Spirit Totem back, but Ray shoots Nora Darhk in the back with a nano gun. Without help, she will die. Yes, she’s a villain, but Ray isn’t a murderer. (See? Even when he’s playing a completely different DC superhero, Routh is still the best modern Superman.) He goes back to the Bahamas with a cure and offers it to Damien in exchange for Amaya’s totem back. Darhk immediately gives it to him, saying his daughter is more important than anything. Between this scene and all of Kuasa’s development, this season has been fantastic about humanizing and complicating its villains. I like it. It doesn’t last long, though. As soon as Nora is cured, she goes all demonic and nearly kills Ray. The only reason she doesn’t is that Damien says he’ll be useful. So now the Darhks have both Atom and the Spirit Totem. Great.The only storyline that didn’t quite pull its weight was the one between Rip Hunter and Wally West. That’s disappointing because we’ve really missed Wally’s presence in The Flash. The Arrowverse just doesn’t feel the same without him. It was so exciting when Rip contacted Wally at the end of last week’s episode, and they didn’t do much at all with him this week. It was important to see Wally get out of his funk, and it gave us some great comedy. Wally and Rip performing “Careless Whisper” in 1992 Japan is the funniest moment of the episode. But this whole story felt like filler. By the end of the episode, nothing much happened between these two. It was fun, but it didn’t live up to the rest of the episode. Even the funniest karaoke performance can’t compare to pirates and superheroes sword fighting. Even so, this was still a fantastic hour of Legends of Tomorrow. Hopefully, Wally will have something more to do next week. Stay on target DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

JAMAICA 100 young persons to be appointed National Youth Parliamentarians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 14, 2017 – Kingston – Approximately 100 youth from across the island will be officially appointed as National Youth Parliamentarians on Monday, November 27, during an Investiture Ceremony at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.  This announcement was made by State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, on November 8 at Ardenne High School in Kingston, following his Motivational and Empowerment Session at the institution.   He said this Investiture Ceremony is in keeping with the Ministry’s Youth Month activities during November.In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Green said that unlike previous years, the format of National Youth Parliament 2017 will take a different form over a one-year period.“We’re back with the Youth Parliament this year. We restarted it last year.   We’re making a number of changes this year.   These changes would have come on the basis of feedback that we have got from our young people.   We actually have young people who are in charge of the programme, so they have met with me and told me what they want to do,” Mr. Green said.“The big change is that our youth parliamentarians will go through a one-year training period, where they will be given proper research techniques. They will be able to really delve into what the Government is doing, so that when they make their presentations and make their suggestions, [these] are really things that may be happening or a critique of what may be happening.   They’ll actually present in Parliament next year, so that is one of the big changes,” he added.Traditionally, the focus of National Youth Parliament of Jamaica (NYPJ) was intensive training in parliamentary procedure for youth to participate in the annual mock sitting held at Gordon House.Mr. Green also told JIS News that the NYPJ has been restructured to enable youth parliamentarians to have a more sustained engagement beyond training and a sitting of the Parliament, while building their capacities for research, policy analysis and project management.   The structure for the Youth Parliament will now include the Investiture Ceremony, where the participants will be officially inducted and receive an instrument of office.Throughout the year, the youth parliamentarians will receive training in the areas of public speaking, parliamentary procedure, policy paper writing and policy review, project management and speech writing.Along with the Youth Advisory Council of Jamaica, they will develop work plans to  focus on youth development projects in their communities and parishes, while preparing for the sitting of the Youth Parliament in November 2018.The National Youth Parliament was initially implemented in 2003 as a Youth Month activity of the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD). After a brief hiatus, the Youth Parliament was revamped in 2016 and has undergone further restructuring to ensure that the selected parliamentarians are better able to carry out their mandate.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Israeli army kills 3 Palestinians in fresh Gaza protests

first_imgPalestinian protestors gather during a demonstration at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on 10 August. Photo: AFPA 40-year-old Palestinian hit by Israeli fire during protests on the Gaza border died of his wounds on Saturday, taking the previous day’s death toll to three, the territory’s health ministry said. He was among at least 131 Palestinians wounded by Israeli bullets during Friday’s protests, even as an informal truce agreed after a deadly flare-up between Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas and the Israeli army largely held.The health ministry identified the dead man as Ahmed Abu Lulu and said he was shot in a section of the border east of the southern city of Rafah where two other Palestinians were also killed.The ministry identified them as Ali al-Alul, 55, and volunteer medic Abdullah al-Qatati, 21.A few thousand protesters had gathered in different locations along the border, setting tyres ablaze and throwing stones, but there were fewer people demonstrating than in previous weeks, AFP correspondents said.The Israeli army said a grenade was thrown at troops guarding the border with northern Gaza without causing any casualties. It said troops responded with tank fire against two Hamas posts.But the border was otherwise calm after a deal to end all rocket fire into Israel and air strikes on the Gaza Strip appeared to go into effect around midnight (2100 GMT) on Thursday.There was no official confirmation from Israel or Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas but there were no fresh air strikes on Friday.Thursday had seen extensive Israeli raids in retaliation for the launching of more than 180 rockets and mortar rounds by Hamas and its allies on Wednesday night.It was one of the most serious escalations since the 2014 Gaza war and followed months of rising tensions.Three Palestinians were killed in the Israeli strikes, including a pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter. Seven Israelis were wounded by Palestinian rocket fire.The European Union said Gaza and Israel were “dangerously close” to a new conflict and called for urgent de-escalation to keep civilians from further risk.At least 168 Palestinians have been killed since the border protests began on March 30.Most were killed by Israeli fire during the protests but others died in air strikes.One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.last_img read more

CodeWeavers got Steam running on an Android PC

first_imgCodeWeavers have been making Windows software run on devices it wasn’t meant to for years. Their latest coup: getting Steam to function on a machine running an Android-based OS.At the 2016 Games Developers Conference in San Francisco, CodeWeavers was on the show floor. Back in October, CodeWeavers promised that CrossOver and WINE would be coming to Android before the year was out. That didn’t happen, but it looks as though they’re getting very close now.CodeWeavers teamed up with the crew from Jide, who develops Remix OS, for the demonstration they brought to GDC. If you’re not familiar with Remix, it’s a highly-modified version of Android that’s meant to make it more suitable as a desktop (or laptop) OS. As you can see in this brief video shared by CodeWeavers’ James Ramey, CodeWeavers appears to have their own software running on it, because Steam certainly won’t run on its own on an Android device.There are a couple of important caveats here, and they’re pretty big ones. First, this is just the Steam client itself. While it appears to show the contents of someone’s library, there’s no footage of any games actually running on the laptop. That may require considerably more work by CodeWeavers.The second is that Remix OS was remixed from the Android-x86 project. What you’re seeing, then, is a computer that could already run the Windows or Linux versions of Steam natively — or even Steam OS if you really wanted to — with the substantial added benefit of being able to play the games you’ve purchased.last_img read more

Could a paper transistor offer an alternative to silicon

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — As technology advances, scientists look for ways to enhance electronic applications and devices. Indeed, electronics are getting smaller and more diverse. And as this happens, there is an increased requirement for flexibility in transistors, which make the electronic devices we desire work. Unfortunately, silicon and polymers may not fulfill the requirements needed to advance on to the transistors of the future. “The problem with silicon is that it is toxic and brittle,” Jaehwan Kim tells PhysOrg.com. “An increase in transistors from polymers can solve the problem of brittleness, but many of these polymers are also toxic for humans, and they can also produce a lot of pollution in their manufacture.” Kim is a scientist at INHA University in South Korea. Along with Sungryul Yun, Sang-Dong Jang, Gyu-Young Yun and Joo-Hyung Kim, Kim has been studying a way to develop a transistor that is more environmentally friendly and fulfills the requirements of flexibility and usability in the advancement of electronic devices. “What we have found,” he says, “is that it is possible to make a transistor out of a special kind of cellulose paper.” The results of the team’s efforts are available in Applied Physics Letters: “Paper transistor made with covalently bonded multiwalled carbon nanotube and cellulose.”“This cellulose paper is flexible and more environmentally friendly,” Kim explains. “We modified the cellulose paper so that it has the properties of a transistor. We added carbon nanontube to improve the electrical property of the cellulose, since a transistor should be a semiconductor. We fabricated this transistor, tested it, and found that it worked.”The South Korean team had to deposit electrodes on the top and the bottom of the transistor in order to produce the proper electric field. “This is a very unique feature,” Kim points out. “This is quite challenging technology, putting electrodes and wires on this paper, and using nanotubes as part of the transistor. You can see why there are challenges ahead to fully implementing this.”Even though this is a good first step, Kim realizes that there is much yet to be done before mass production of this type of transistor can move forward. “First of all, we have to fully understand why this material offers such an interesting phenomenon. We will also need to improve its performance. While it works, the transistor could have better performance, and we will need to work on enhancing it.”He continues: “We need to study the mechanics of the paper, and figure out how it can be mass-produced. Our lab can’t start mass production, and we will have to develop a system that can capture the unique process required to make these transistors.”However, Kim is hopeful that answers can be found. “We have been working on this for about six years, and are pleased with the progress made so far. While this technology won’t be made fully available to us immediately, we are still making the first steps to having transistors that are flexible, biocompatible and more sustainable for the environment.”More information:• Visit CRI EAPap from INHA University.• Sungryul Yun, et. al., “Paper transistor made with covalently bonded multiwalled carbon nanotube and cellulose,” Applied Physics Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/95/104102/1. Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further Citation: Could a paper transistor offer an alternative to silicon? (2009, September 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-paper-transistor-alternative-silicon.htmlcenter_img New Flexible, Transparent Transistors made of Nanotubes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Ereader Roundup At The 2010 CES

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — At the 2010 Las Vegas CES, many manufactures introduced their e-reader products in the hope to spark consumer interest in the e-book market. 2010 is going to prove to be an innovative year for e-book readers as color technology is going to play an important part in e-book readers this year. To sum up we can see that in 2010 the e-reader market is going to extend beyond basic e-books and include newspapers and magazines augmented with audio and full-color animations, video, and imagery. This will force manufactures like Amazon (Kindle) and Sony (Reader) to go beyond the monochrome E-Ink devices they have today and produce e-readers that will be competitive with the new technology of today and beyond. • Iriver Story e-reader measures 0.36-inch thick and incorporates a 6-inch e-ink display, an integrated MP3 player, 2GB of internal memory, an SD expansion slot, USB 2.0 connectivity and is WiFi enabled. • Jinke SiPix panel e-reader uses SiPix panels for the A6 and A9 readers. Both the 6 and 9 inch devices have 16 levels of grayscale, WiFi a/b/g, and optional 3G. Supports formats FB2, EPUB, PDF, most image formats, and MP3. The 6-inch (600 x 800) device has 2GB of storage, an SD slot, and an accelerometer. The 9-inch (1024 x 768) device has up to 4GB storage. The A6 retails for $275 and the A9 for $330; both should be available in March. Skiff unveils e-reader for newspapers, magazines Two of the most impressive electronic ink devices are the 10.5-inch Que proReader by Plastic Logic and 11.5 inch Skiff Reader; both touch screen devices are 3G enabled. The Que proReader is marketing their device as a replacement to bundles of business papers and support for truVue PDF files, e mail, MS Office docs, and Outlook calendar support. The Skiff Reader is targeting consumers with published content (books and publications) and multi-media.The 2010 CES was littered with hybrids and new screen technology looking to be more competitive with Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. With any luck the competition should heat up later this year and drive down the price of first generation e-readers.Here’s a summary of a few e-readers shown at the 2010 Las Vegas CES.• Bookeen Orizon touchscreen e-reader is equipped with a 6-inch touchscreen display, built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, ePub support, and an accelerometer for portrait or landscape reading; will retail for about $250. No release date yet. © 2009 PhysOrg.com • Samsung E6 and E10 e-book readers – Comes in 6 and 10 inch touchscreen model and will use Google has the content provider. Both models have a QWERTY keyboard and wireless but no 3G. Both the E6 and E10 feature on-screen handwriting capabilities, Bluetooth 2.0, and 802.11b/g WiFi. The 6-inch model will retail for$399, while the 10 inch will sell for $699. Both will be available in early 2010.center_img Explore further • Blio e-reader software will support PC and Mac. The Blio software lets you read digital content in a whole new way. Bilo software will also preserve the traditional book or magazine format by keeping its layout, fonts, and images while also letting you experience digital interactivity. More information: For additional information on the 2010 CES e-reader review, visit: www.engadget.com/2010/01/09/th … r-story-of-ces-2010/ • Interead COOL-ER e-readers – 3G enabled (AT&T) and WiFi capable. Bandwidth deals with AT&T will support NewspaperDirect service with access to over 1,300 newspapers and magazines. Scheduled to be released mid-2010, no retail price is available yet. Citation: E-reader Roundup At The 2010 CES (2010, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-e-reader-roundup-ces.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Curiosity Rover Goes Cloud Watching On Mars

first_imgClose NASA’s Curiosity took a brief pause from drilling rocks on the surface of Mars to observe the passing clouds above.From May 7 to May 17, the rover took photographs of passing clouds using its black-and-white Navigational Cameras or NavCams. It is currently exploring the aptly named clay-bearing unit in the lower region of Mount Sharp at the center of Gale Crater.Cloud-Watching On MarsAccording to a press release from NASA, the clouds photographed by Curiosity were of the noctilucent variety — clouds that reflect the sunlight even after dusk. They are also “likely” water-ice clouds and they float pretty high up at about 19 miles above the ground. AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches The exercise will help scientists study the altitude of the clouds. The team behind Curiosity has been trying to coordinate cloud observations with InSight, which is located 373 miles (600 kilometers) away. The lander, which touched down on the Red Planet just last year, snapped its own photos of Martian clouds using the Instrument Context Camera or ICC.While the rover usually takes photographs of rocks, this is not the first time that Curiosity sent back a view of the sky in Mars. In July 2017, it used its Navcam to capture a series of images of passing clouds in its location in the Gale Crater.NASA said these were cirrus clouds found at 6,000 meters above the ground. Scientists stitched together the images to create a grainy short videos showing the movement of the Martian clouds.In 2018, Curiosity also helped scientists on Earth monitor the massive dust storm that engulfed the Red Planet and took out the 15-year-old Opportunity. Using its Mast Camera or Mastcam, the rover took photos from the ground every day to show how thick the haze was becoming.Because the 6-year-old rover has a nuclear-powered battery, it was unaffected by the global dust storm.Climbing Mount SharpCuriosity landed on the Gale Crater in 2012. Since 2014, the rover has been slowly but steadily climbing Mount Sharp, a mound of layered material about 3 miles high in the middle of Gale Crater.Scientists believe that the layers of Mount Sharp can provide a record of Mars’ watery past. Based on observations made from orbit, each layer has different materials such as clay minerals near the bottom and sulfur and oxygen-bearing minerals right above. Curiosity will investigate how each layer of the mound is formed and paint a picture of the planet’s lost history.InSight takes pics And I do, too Mars is red But its sunsets are blue We bots have been imaging sunrise and sunsets on Mars since the ’70s. Check out this moment to see shots from Viking, Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity, @NASAInSight and me.https://t.co/tZvEbAoIbv — Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) May 1, 2019 TAG Mars, Curiosity, NASA, Clouds, InSight Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. All Search ENDS IN Bestsellerlast_img read more

Etihad head rejects royal backing claim

first_imgEtihad Airways chief executive James Hogan is continuing his strong defence of the airline’s commercial operations, saying that they do not receive Abu Dhabi government or royal support. Etihad recently lifted its stake in Virgin Australia and now it owns 21 per cent of the local carrier. Mr Hogan said that rather than operating like normal state owned entity, the Etihad Airways business model is like a start-up – building its brand, customer satisfaction and the results speak for themselves.  Source = ETB News: Tom Neale Mr Hogan has reiterated that the airline works on a commercial basis after being confronted with documents received by Fairfax Media that show that the state-owned airline received US$3 billion loan interest free until 2027, the AFR reported.last_img read more

September 21 2016This years Italian Night THE ROB

first_imgSeptember 21, 2016This years Italian Night THE ROBES OF ST. ANNE was a super dynamic performance on stilts that moved the audience across the site from the Visitors Center to the Ceramics Apse, to the Pool and ended up with a ‘tour de force’ in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater.[photo by Erin O’Loughlin] September 24(Sat) – FUSE FESTIVALFestival Uniting Spectacle + Ensemble. The FUSE Festival encompasses the public performance events of the Global Stilt Congress. On two of the GSC weekends performances will be presented to the general public.>>> More details about the FUSE Festival are available at Global Stilt Congress 2016 website.[photo by Sue Kirsch] Created in 2014, The Robes of St-Anne is a co-production of ST. ANNE[photo by Sue Kirsch]The show gathered originally 30 Stilt walkers from the United States, New Brunswick and Montréal to created a In situ Performance inspired by Acadian and Mik’Maq legends.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The Robes of St-Anne was adapted for the Arcosanti space for the Festival Fuse 2016.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The Robes of St-Anne : A nostalgic fisherman, the gossiping ”villageoises” and the flamboyant shooting stars tell the story of how the great St-Anne brought back hope to a hungry village…[photo by Erin O’Loughlin]Inspired from legends of the Mi’kmaq Natives, The Robes of St-Anne stretches out from the mountain to the sea.An itinerant and interactive show uniting stilt acrobatics, dance and physical theatre.[photo by Erin O’Loughlin]We will post additional photos of this performance on Friday, September 23. 2016.September 10–24, 2016Global Stilt Congress is an annual gathering hosted by The Carpetbag Brigade at Arcosanti. It serves as an arena for stilt-oriented performers and practitioners to come together, exchange skills, develop craft, and strengthen our stilt community and network.During Global Stilt Congress invited teachers and directors share their techniques, compositional strategies and life experiences through classes, lectures, and a culminating site specific performance project.Global Stilt Congress is two weeks in length. The 1st week focuses on sharing techniques and the 2nd week focuses on a creative process resulting in a site-responsive performance at Arcosanti.[photo by Sue Kirsch]last_img read more

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