Ontario school boards still in the dark on sexed teaching plan association

first_imgTORONTO – With less than a month before classes resume, Ontario school boards say they still have not received teaching materials related to the older sex-ed curriculum the province expects them to use this fall.A spokeswoman for the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association says that to her knowledge, the boards have also not received any instructions on the issue from the Progressive Conservative government.The government announced last month that it would fulfil its campaign promise to scrap a modernized version of the curriculum — which included warnings about online bullying and sexting — and temporarily reinstate an older version last updated in 1998 while it conducts consultations on the document’s future.But there has been confusion about what teachers will be expected to teach following conflicting messages from Education Minister Lisa Thompson, who told reporters last month that only a portion of the curriculum would be rolled back, only to reverse course hours later by saying the full document would be scrapped.A spokesman for the minister said Thursday that school boards would receive instructions and materials “in the near future,” but did not immediately respond when asked whether that would happen before school starts in September.The previous Liberal government had updated the sex-ed curriculum in 2015.Opponents, particularly social conservatives, objected to the parts of the plan addressing same-sex marriage, gender identity and masturbation, and Premier Doug Ford vowed during the spring election campaign that a Tory government would replace the document with a teaching plan that was “age appropriate.”Tory House Leader Todd Smith said Thursday that the government has been clear about its expectations when it comes to sex ed.“We have told the teachers that they should be teaching the curriculum that was taught in 2014 while we have these public consultations,” he said in a news conference highlighting the government’s actions over the summer.“They understand the situation that we’re facing in the province right now,” adding he expects teachers to be “professional.”The government has said the consultations for a new curriculum would begin in September but has given few details on how they will be carried out.The province’s two biggest teachers’ unions have spoken out against the switch to the older curriculum and vowed to defend any of their members who go off book in order to help their pupils.“We know that we have members who feel trapped between their obligation to follow employer direction and their ethical imperative to keep students safe,” said Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.“We will defend to the hilt any member who, in the good faith exercise of professional judgment, strays outside the confines of the 1998 curriculum in her or his students’ best interests.”last_img read more

Moroccan Private Schools to be Equipped with Tablets

Marrakech – Many young Moroccan children are now receiving their first tablet computers, now that they are widely available. The devices offer the chance to explore the world with only a Google connection, as well as being able to play games. The touch screen offers kids a new world of learning, which has important implications.The BBC reports that tablets are now being used in schools in Cote D’Ivoire and some private schools in Morocco. The school curriculum is downloaded on the tablets, and has sounds and animations so that children have an easy-to-use reference and can avoid using too much paper. The Qelasy tablet was created by Thierry N’Doufou, an entrepreneur in Cote d’Ivoire. The educational tablet has the potential to revolutionize the education system. Children take to touch screen technology with ease, and it opens up exciting opportunities for them and totally new techniques.Some Moroccan schools have been equipped with laptops, but for young children the tablet can take the education process to another dimension. It is, of course, still important to ensure writing and reading skills are maintained. This new technology may help Moroccan schools to modernize their teaching methods and make learning an exciting and novel experience for the young.The tablet is being provided to 5,000 students in Cote D’Ivoire, and will also be used by private schools in Morocco. They will each cost around $232 before tax in shops and stores. Inquiries for tablets have been coming in from France, Nigeria, Macedonia, Ukraine, and Senegal. It’s a fine example of African entrepreneurship in action.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

3388 Moroccan Women Die of Cervical Cancer Each Year Report

Rabat – In the past six years, the number of women who have lost their lives due to cervical cancer, which is often caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), has reached an alarming rate in Morocco and the rest of the MENA region.The statistics are from the latest report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).The tragic results could be blamed on the lack of awareness about the disease and measures to prevent it. Alim El Gaddari, Director of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC-Mena) stated: “The tragedy is that we know how to prevent, detect and treat HPV-related diseases, lack of political will, stigma and misinformation are all obstacles to overcome to eliminate these cancers and save lives.” What causes cervical cancer?Causes of HPV, which often leads to cervical cancer, are various. According to England’s National Health Service (NHS),  “HPV is spread during sexual intercourse and other types of sexual activity – such as skin-to-skin contact of the genital areas or using sex toys – and is very common.” Yet, HPV is not the only cause of cervical cancer, and other risks may include smoking.HPV is a set of viruses rather than one virus.  There are more than 100 different types of HPV, says the NHS.Symptoms of cervical cancer include irregular, intermenstrual or abnormal vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse, fatigue, weight loss, back leg or pelvic pain, weight loss, and swollen legs, says the World Health Organization (WHO).HPV vaccination and early screening, the first preventive measuresVaccination against HPV infections is the main preventive measure to take against cervical cancer and other types of cancer such as anal or penile cancer, and should occur before the beginning of one’s sex life.The effectiveness of HPV vaccination is close to 100 percent and is available in more than 90 countries including Senegal, UAE, and Libya since 2006.The vaccine is currently offered as part of the National Immunization Program and is highly recommended by WHO since 2009, the report said.“It’s time to vaccinate our children against HPV. A vaccine made today will save lives tomorrow,” states Aicha Kharbache, obstetrician, Head of Unit at Avicenne University Hospital in Rabat, and Vice President of the Moroccan League for STD Control.Read Also: Beating Brain Cancer: Moroccan AI Scientist Shows the WayIn 2015, the Moroccan government finally introduced the anti-HPV vaccination to eliminate cervical cancer in line with Morocco’s 2025 health plan.Arguably, the Moroccan society is still not fully aware of the importance of taking preventive measures against the disease.For this reason, the Regional Coalition for HPV Elimination and the regional office of the ITPC are urging the North African country to give priority to raising awareness about HPV and introduce HPV vaccine into “the vaccination calendar for boys and girls aged between 9 and 13 years and to make available to all vulnerable populations under the age of 45.”Early screening is equally important and must be done every three years by age categories from 25 to 65 years old.The high cost of the vaccination, however, remains an issue, as equal access to treatment is very low. “coverage rates in Morocco do not exceed 10 percent.”The total cost of cervical cancer care for one year after diagnosis is $13,589, whereas the cost of HPV vaccine obtained by countries similar to Morocco is around $9.58 dollars per dose, the report concluded. read more

Bangladeshi general to head UN force in Western Sahara

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General Abdul Hafiz of Bangladesh as the Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara (MINURSO).Maj.-Gen. Hafiz, currently commanding an infantry division of the Bangladeshi army, served two tours as a blue helmet with UN operations in Côte d’Ivoire, including one as a deputy force commander. He also served as a military liaison officer with the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) and as the chief military liaison officer in Zagreb, Croatia.In April the Security Council extended by one year the mandate of MINURSO, formally known as the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara. Established in 1991, it is tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara and organizing a referendum on self-determination for the people of the territory.The UN has been involved in efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended.Maj.-Gen. Hafiz will be in charge of some 220 blue helmets. He succeeds Maj.-Gen. Jingmin Zhao of China, whose tour of duty ended on 10 April. 27 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General Abdul Hafiz of Bangladesh as the Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara (MINURSO). read more

UK weather Heavy rain and wind warnings to bring transport chaos across

Here is Friday’s 4-cast – warnings are in force for heavy rain and strong winds, so stay #Weatheraware pic.twitter.com/ThkZsrMfbB— Met Office (@metoffice) August 8, 2019 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. Warnings are also in place at Whaley Bridge, where around 1,500 residents were recently allowed home after the damaged Toddbrook Reservoir was deemed safe.Derbyshire Police released a statement on Thursday afternoon which said if the water reached a “level of concern, the residents in the evacuation zone will be the first to know”. Warnings are in place at Whaley Bridge, where the reservoir dam is still damaged Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England, urged drivers to check conditions before they travel and “consider if their journey is necessary”.”In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible,” he said.The RNLI has also warned people visiting the coast to beware of large waves and storms.Neil Armstrong, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “This low-pressure system will bring challenging conditions, including unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain, from the west during Friday and Saturday.”Summer storms – compared with those in autumn and winter – always have the potential to create additional impacts because more people are likely to be outdoors, especially by the coast. Britain is set to be battered by heavy wind and rain over the weekend, with travel plans disrupted and road chaos caused by a band of “unseasonable” weather.The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for almost all of the UK, while Highways England has asked drivers to consider delaying journeys to avoid dangerous conditions.The Met Office said westerly regions will be hit first as it issued a yellow wind warning beginning on Friday afternoon, covering West Wales, Devon and Cornwall, and stretching to parts of the Channel coast.A second warning will then come into force on Saturday covering the whole of Wales and southern and central England as far north as Blackpool, Huddersfield and Grimsby. A thunderstorms warning remains in place for the north of England and Scotland for Sunday. Wales and the west of England will be the first areas to be hit on Friday morning at around 11am, followed by the rest of the UK.Several festivals and events have been cancelled as forecasters warned of strong wind and heavy rain up and down the country.Houghton, a Norfolk dance music festival, was cancelled just hours before it was due to start, its “devastated” organisers announced on Facebook.Motorists and commuters have also been told to avoid travelling if possible. Warnings are in place at Whaley Bridge, where the reservoir dam is still damagedCredit:Oli Scarff/AFP read more

Plans launched for major cycle network in Greater Dublin Area

first_imgThe urban network is intended to attract new cyclists, as well as catering for the increasing numbers of existing city-cyclists.The department said the network will be designed to the appropriate quality, with the busiest routes and sections having the highest quality of service. In some cases, this will involve re-visiting and upgrading the current provision for cyclists to a higher quality.The network incorporates existing cycle routes such as the Grand Canal Cycle Scheme, but also proposes significant new routes, such as the off-road Dodder Route, connecting Tallaght to the South City Centre Business District.A special cycling demand model has been created for the main urban area of Dublin to assess the future demand in the busiest areas.Gerry Murphy, Cheeif Executive of the National Transport Authority said encouraged anyone with an interest in the proposals to review them in their own time and submit their view through the consultation process by 14 October.Read: Major changes due for St Stephen’s Green traffic> THE DEPARTMENT OF Transport has unveiled  plans for a cycle network in the Greater Dublin Area, launching a public consultation process yesterday.The proposed network would treble the existing system in urban areas from 500km to 1, 485km in length. It will provide over 1,300km of new connections between towns in rural parts of the area which covers the four Dublin local authority areas and the counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.The planned network consists of both primary and secondary routes as well as routes through parks and along waterways.Commenting on the plans, Minister Leo Varadkar said there has been a significant increase in the number of people cycling in Dublin in the last few years and that it is the department’s “vision to have as many people cycling into the city every morning in 2021 as currently take the bus”.“This is a huge ambition but I believe it can be done,” he said.last_img read more

Is this one of the oldest selfies in existence

first_img A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader One of the first selfies ever taken by a teenager and sent to a friend was snapped by Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna in 1914.She was 13 at the time and wrote to the recipients, “I took this picture of myself looking at the mirror. It was very hard as my hands were trembling.”Here’s that photo, again from Wikipedia. She’s almost making the now-popular “sparrow face.”- Alyson Shontell Meet Ron Fisher, the SoftBank executive who awarded WeWork a $47 billion valuation months before it delayed its $10 billion IPO Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide SELFIES HAVE BECOME so popular, the word was added to the Oxford dictionary in August.(A selfie is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”)But selfies are as old as portable cameras. Possibly the oldest selfie in existence was taken by an early Edwardian woman in 1900 with a Kodak Brownie box camera. Here’s the picture below, from Wikipedia. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface and a turban during an ‘Arabian Nights’ themed party in 2001 The most inappropriate selfies in selfie history>The Pope is OK with selfies>Omnishambles, twerk and dad dancing make the Oxford dictionary>last_img read more

From the garden Grow Cook Eat is back on TV this month

first_img1-2 bay leaves 4 large potatoes 2 tbsp olive oil 4 carrots 8 good-quality sausages (e.g. Jane Russell) 9,674 Views IF YOU ARE space constrained in your growing, it’s worth considering a fundamental point when deciding what to grow: not all vegetables are the same.They don’t all give you the same bang for your buck so to speak.First of all, it’s worth considering that some vegetables are incredibly fast growing and therefore give you a very quick return from the space you have allocated to them.This means you can very quickly start growing something else in the same space once you’ve harvested them.You can be eating white turnips for example about two months after sowing them. Radishes will be ready even quicker than that. Other vegetables are very slow growing and will monopolise a piece of ground for ages before giving a return.Garlic is sown in winter and is not ready to eat until the following summer. Purple sprouting broccoli is growing for almost a year before you get to eat it.Secondly, different vegetables take up different amounts of space in the ground.Each carrot for example only needs 3-4cm in your soil, while the Brussels sprouts plant needs to be planted 1m away from its nearest neighbour.On top of this, there is the question of ‘yield’. Some vegetables return a lot of food for the space they take up. Others really don’t.At the end of a very long growing season, a well-grown sweetcorn plant, for example, will only give you two cobs for all your effort. You will most likely only get four sweetcorn plants in a metre of growing space since they are planted about 50cm apart. Eight corn on the cob from a metre is a pretty poor return.Take that same metre of growing space and plant it up with beetroot and you will get about 40 beetroots in four rows with each beetroot spaced 10cm apart in the rows.Or, if you sowed the metre of space in an oriental green such as mizuna, you will get to harvest food from the plot on multiple occasions since oriental greens are what are known as “cut and come again” vegetables. That is, you cut the plant down to about 5cm and it grows back again to give a second bounty.Equally well, it’s worth thinking about growing vegetables (or vegetable varieties) that are difficult to source in the supermarket. For example, Jerusalem and globe artichokes, purple sprouting broccoli, fennel, endive, chicory and oriental salads, others are difficult to source fresh, including peas, broad beans, French beans and runner beans.Finally, some vegetables can be considered particularly valuable because of the time of year in which we can harvest them. Any vegetable that is available to eat fresh from the garden in the tricky “hungry gap” months, from March to May, is worth its weight in gold.Purple sprouting broccoli is an example of this, which is why we’re generally willing to allow it monopolise space in the vegetable patch almost all year around.GROW COOK EAT is BackThe GIY TV series GROW COOK EAT is back on RTE 1 TV on March 13th at 8:30 pm presented by yours truly and partner-in-crime Karen O’Donohoe and made possible by our friends in Stop Food Waste and Bord Bia.In this second series, we share our knowledge on how to successfully plant and grow onions, pumpkins, sweetcorn, courgettes, kale, beans and chillis for all shapes and sizes of gardens and containers.Every week chef Katie Sanderson uses the freshly grown produce to create seasonal dishes which are easy to make and delicious to eat.We’re also highlighting some serious food issues including plastic packaging and food waste. From the garden: Grow, Cook, Eat is back on TV this month and we’ll be tackling food waste We’ll be teaching you to grow onions, pumpkins, sweetcorn, courgettes, kale, beans and chillis for all shapes and sizes of gardens, writes Michael Kelly. By Michael Kelly 400g can chopped tomatoes https://jrnl.ie/4524597 Mar 9th 2019, 12:00 PM We visit a large scale water harvesting project in a Dublin fire station, a Social Eating Programme in Educate Together National School in Tramore; and the state’s largest Brussels Sprout grower in north County Dublin.In the first episode, we focus on a household staple – the onion. Easy to grow and very low maintenance, both red and white varieties are sown in the raised bed with Karen holding back some of the sets for container growing.Meanwhile, I am entirely upstaged by my 12-year old son who gives a masterclass in keeping hens. Karen also heads home to Cork to visit one of her favourite places, Mahon Farmers’ Market to meet the people committed to growing and cooking fresh and seasonal food.Recipe of the Week: Quick Sausage CasseroleI often use a sausage casserole recipe when I need a quick fix for a mid-week dinner and this recipe takes around 15 minutes to prep. Combine some good quality sausages with seasonal veg and you have a really delicious, healthy and hearty meal.Ingredients 1 tsp paprika Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 12:00 PM 1 Comment 1 onion, chopped Share12 Tweet Email5 1 garlic clove, crushed Grower 400ml vegetable stock Michael Kelly Directions:Turn the oven to 180°C.Peel the potatoes and carefully cut them in half, then into quarters.Peel the carrots and cut each carrot into about 4 or 5 even pieces.Prick the sausages all over with a fork – this helps the fat to run out of the sausages, so that they don’t split open as they cook.Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based casserole and fry the sausages, turning often, until lightly golden all over – this should take about 10 minutes.Remove the sausages from the pan and put them on a plate.Add the chopped onion to the casserole (there will still be some oil in the pan from the sausages) and continue to cook over a low heat for 5-10 minutes, until the onion is slightly soft.Add the garlic and paprika and cook for another minute.Add the chopped potatoes and carrots and stir everything around in the casserole so that the vegetables are coated with the oil.Add the tomatoes, bay leaves and stock – to measure the stock, you can use the empty tomato can,  filled up it will hold 400ml of stock.Bring to a simmer, so it’s just bubbling gently. Return the sausages to the casserole. Using your oven gloves, carefully put the casserole into the oven.Cook for 45 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked through and serve.Michael Kelly is an author, broadcaster and founder of GIY.© GIY Ireland 2019 – all rights reserved.  Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google célèbre la fête nationale avec un Doodle

first_imgGoogle célèbre la fête nationale avec un DoodleLe moteur de recherche a transformé ce jeudi sa page d’accueil avec un logo orné de lampions aux couleurs bleu, blanc, rouge. Une façon pour Google France de célébrer la fête nationale.En ce 14 juillet, lampions et bal populaire viennent orner le logo de Google, qui prend les couleurs du drapeau français, sur sa page d’accueil France. Avec ce nouveau Doodle, le moteur de recherche a voulu mettre en avant la fête nationale, rappelant la prise de la Bastille (1789) qui a marqué le début de la Révolution française et entraîné la fin de la monarchie absolue. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?La fête nationale a lieu tous les 14 juillet depuis 1880 et aurait été voulue par Lafayette, personnalité de la Révolution française. Cette année, la cérémonie est en deuil. Cinq soldats français ont été tués en Afghanistan mercredi et un autre ce matin. Le moteur de recherche américain a l’habitude, depuis sa création, de changer son logo, afin de célébrer des personnalités ou de grands événements comme c’est le cas aujourd’hui pour les Français. Le 14 juillet 2011 à 15:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Législatives 2012 comment sy retrouver sur Internet

first_imgLégislatives 2012 : comment s’y retrouver sur Internet ?L’Assemblée Nationale dispose d’un site dédié aux élections législatives. De même, des hashtags uniques ont été mis en place afin de permettre à des informations utiles d’être plus facilement trouvables sur les réseaux sociaux.L’AFP et le site Slate.fr ont œuvré pour rendre plus lisible la campagne des élections législatives et favoriser la participation et la prise d’informations depuis les réseaux sociaux. Il est également possible de se renseigner par circonscription grâce à l’usage de hashtags. Ces derniers se présentent sous la forme #CircoXX (XX étant à remplacer par le n° du département). Pour les français vivant à l’étranger, les hashtags commencent par le préfixe EXT. À lire aussi”Choc Climatique” : les propositions du Sénat pour que la France agisseDe plus, l’Assemblée Nationale a créé un site donnant toutes les informations nécessaires à cette élection dont le premier tour est fixé au 10 juin et le second tour au 17 juin. On y trouvera  les noms des candidats et la possibilité d’avoir des précisions sur le rôle d’un député ainsi que visiter virtuellement l’Assemblée Nationale ou encore de participer à des quizz de connaissances. En temps, voulu, les résultats des deux tours seront publiés sur cette page. A noter l’existence du site nosdeputes.fr donnant peu ou prou les mêmes résultats. Cependant le site de l’Assemblée Nationale présente l’avantage d’être ouvert à la publication de liens sur les réseaux sociaux. Le 21 mai 2012 à 19:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Orphan Bear Cubs Find A Home Outside

first_imgBlack bear cub found near Eagle. Credit Terry Pratt / BBC.A permanent home has been secured for two black bear cubs rescued last month. The animals are being temporarily housed at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, but they’ll soon be headed Outside.Listen now:last_img

Bengal tea garden workers in crisis reel from starvation water scarcity

first_imgScarcity of water and food are the major concerns for tea gardens workers in northern West Bengal, where work has been suspended and deaths are frequent, a report by a group of civil society organisations said in Kolkata on Monday.Deaths in the region’s tea gardens have made headlines this year, even as a minister claimed not a single death due to starvation has taken place there.In the wake of reports of deaths, an umbrella group of organisations like G-NESEP, NAPM, MASUM, ActionAid, DISHA and also comprising academicians, human rights activists and doctors, visited the gardens on November 24 and November 25, and released the findings here on Monday.The right to food of workers in the Bagracote (Jalpaiguri district) and Dumchipara (Alipurduar district) gardens, owned by a particular company, was being “completely violated”, according to the report which highlights the “deprivation of basic human rights and living with dignity”.The report said “most of the tea gardens owned by this company are under complete work suspension since 10 to 12 months, but have not been officially declared as closed”.It further revealed that “permanent workers, who are to receive Rs.1,500 per month as employees of closed tea gardens under the FAWLOI (Financial Assistance to the Workers of Locked-Out Industrial Units) are being deprived of that minimum benefit”.In Dumchipara, after the closure of the food distribution system, the families have been brought under the Antyoday Anna Yojana (AAY) scheme but the amount of food grains reaching them is less than half of what they should be getting, the findings show.”Prolonged starvation has caused malnutrition, frail health and abnormal losing of body weight. A considerable number of people are suffering from lack of appetite, vomiting, swelling kwashiorkor, jaundice, tuberculosis etc.,”The report also sheds light on the provision of water.”Since closure or work suspension, supply of water has been withdrawn in Dumchipara. In Bagracote, the workers’ families have to pay for the supply,” said Sasanka Dev, on behalf of the group.last_img read more

Harbhajan Singhs tweet on Pakistani flag generates rage on social media

first_imgIts a clever punch line, where is the offence in it? No need to paint religion and start a border war on twitter. ( also why is every paki response “get toilets first”? Is that the only thing you have more of than India?)— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) July 22, 2019The tweet has created controversy on social media platforms as many people are taking it as fun while others have condemned it. On the other hand, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara were among the many who congratulated ISRO for successfully carrying out the launch of Chandrayan 2.  Virat Kohli stated that it is another proud moment for the nation. Another historic and proud moment for the nation as the #Chandrayaan 2 is launched Jai Hind #ISRO #IndiaMoonMission — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 22, 2019Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara congratulated team ISRO and wished them for successful missions in the future.I congratulate Team @isro on achieving yet another milestone with the launch of #Chandrayaan2!Hope this paves the way for many more ambitious and successful missions in the future. Jai Hind ! pic.twitter.com/io919I1YrS— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 22, 2019 Harbhajan Singh was a key member of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad. Matthew Lewis/Getty ImagesFormer Indian cricketer and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter to troll Pakistan and some other countries who have the moon on their national flags after India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 took off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota on Monday, July 22.In the tweet, Harbhajan stated that some countries have the moon on their flags while some have their flags on the moon. The tweet also had the images of national flags with moon on it with Pakistani flag’s picture being the first. Some countries have moon on their flagsWhile some countries having their flags on moon #Chandrayaan2theMoon— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 22, 2019The first line of the tweet had images of flags of countries including Pakistan, Algeria, Turkey, Maldives, Mauritania, Tunisia, Libya, Malaysia and Azerbaijan. The second line had flags of the countries who have conducted the moon missions successfully including US, India, China and Russia.Shame on you @harbhajan_singh . Your Tweet is in bad taste and shows Indians in a bad light. You are not a True Sportsman. You are a Communal Person I hope @bcci takes action against You for your Communal Tweet and stops yours Pension . Shame on You. — Ashish Joshi (@acjoshi) July 22, 2019 Many congratulations to Team #Chandrayaan2 @isro for the successful and seamless launch ! pic.twitter.com/LINKS5ZHUk — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 22, 2019center_img Congratulations team @ISRO, this is a very proud and historical moment for India! #Chandrayaan2— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 22, 2019last_img read more

Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of air strikes

first_imgAn Afghan child receives treatment at a hospital after Monday`s airstrike in Kunduz province, Afghanistan 3 April, 2018. Photo: ReutersAfghanistan on Thursday accused Pakistan of air strikes causing “huge financial damages” in its province of Kunar bordering Pakistan, highlighting long-standing mistrust between the neighbours, even as both seek ways to improve security.The incident came ahead of a visit to Kabul on Friday by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on cooperation to halt militant attacks.Pakistani jets dropped four bombs on Wednesday evening in Kunar’s Dangam district, Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement, without elaborating on the damage or making any mention of casualties.”Afghanistan warns that continuing violations of international norms … will have further consequences on the relations between the two countries,” the ministry added.Pakistan rejected as “baseless” the allegation that it violated Afghan airspace, however.In a statement, its foreign affairs ministry said Pakistan’s security forces were countering militant groups based in Afghanistan that launch attacks across the border.Military officials of the two countries met on Thursday in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, where Pakistan shared details of the operations with Afghanistan, it added. The operations took place on the Pakistani side of the border, Pakistan said.Afghanistan should focus on plugging gaps on its side of the border and refrain from the “blame game”, the ministry said.Afghanistan’s Western-backed government has long accused Pakistan of harbouring Afghan Taliban insurgents, a charge that Islamabad denies.Islamabad, in turn, accuses Afghanistan of not doing enough to eradicate Pakistani Taliban militants, many of whom are based in Afghanistan and mostly carry out attacks inside Pakistan.last_img

Amazon Echo Recorded And Sent Couples Conversation — All Without Their Knowledge

first_img Share Smith Collection/Gado/Getty ImagesA couple in Portland, Ore., discovered that their Amazon Echo had recorded their conversation and sent it to one of their contacts.As secret recordings go, the Portland couple’s conversation was pretty mundane: They were talking about hardwood floors.But their Amazon Echo was listening and recording their discussion. The device then sent the recording to someone in their contacts — without the couple’s knowledge.The wife, identified only as Danielle, told Seattle TV station KIRO 7 that they learned something was amiss when they received a phone call from the husband’s employee who lived in Seattle, telling them what he had inadvertently received. He told them to unplug their Alexa devices right away.Danielle says she and her husband went around the house unplugging their devices — which they had in each room, controlling their home’s temperature, lights and security.The employee sent the couple the sound file that the Echo had sent to him, and they were shocked to realize they had essentially been bugged.“I felt invaded,” Danielle told KIRO. “A total privacy invasion. Immediately, I said, ‘I’m never plugging that device in again, because I can’t trust it.’ “How did this happen? Here’s Amazon’s explanation of the unsettling episode:“Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa.’ Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right’. As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.”That’s right — at least five times in a row, Alexa heard background conversation and misconstrued it as very specific directives. And it all happened without the people in the room knowing that the device was listening, much less recording their conversation and shipping it out, supposedly on their behalf.Last year, a North Carolina man said the same thing had happened to him: His Echo recorded 20 seconds of his conversation and sent it to his insurance agent without his knowledge.Why was the Echo recording the conversation in the first place?“Amazon’s Echo uses seven microphones and noise-canceling tech to listen out for its wake word,” Washington Post technology columnist Geoffrey Fowler explains. “Doing so, it records about a second of ambient sound on the device, which it constantly discards and replaces. But once it thinks it hears its wake word, the Echo’s blue light ring activates and it begins sending a recording of what it hears to Amazon’s computers.”While “home assistants” such as the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod have been big sellers in the past few years, they’ve brought with them a litany of privacy and practical concerns.There was the time an Echo ordered a $170 dollhouse for a 6-year-old who asked Alexa for one. And the time Burger King ran an ad that said, “OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?” — causing Google Home devices to dutifully reply with info from the Whopper Wikipedia page.NPR’s own reporting has spurred voice-activated snafus: Morning Edition ran a story in 2016 about the Echo, which included the phrases “Alexa, give me a news bulletin” and “Alexa, turn on CNN. Set the temperature to 70 degrees.” Some Echos at home complied — by playing an NPR newscast and resetting a listener’s thermostat.But while those episodes had the air of slapstick, these recorded-conversation incidents show what can happen when people welcome devices that are always listening.“The Amazon Echo, despite being small, is a computer — it’s a computer with microphones, speakers, and it’s connected to the network,” Daniel Kahn Gillmor, a staff technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, told the Post. “These are potential surveillance devices, and we have invited them further and further into our lives without examining how that could go wrong. And I think we are starting to see examples of that.”Have an Echo and want to know what it has been recording?Fowler offers this advice: “Go into the Alexa app, tap Settings —> History, and then listen to the recordings Alexa has made of you and your family. (While you’re there, you can also delete them).”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Omorosa Spills Even More White House Secrets on Big Brother

first_imgCBS’ “Celebrity Big Brother” is turning out to be a great source for secret political intelligence, as reality star, former presidential aide, and ex-Trump booster, Omorosa Manigault, continues to air dirty laundry about the current administration, after her forcible exit from the White House grounds last December.According to The Washington Post, Manigault warned her fellow Big Brother cast members on the Feb. 11 episode about Vice President Mike Pence.Former Presidential Aide Omorosa Manigault continues to make news now that she has left the White House. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)“As bad as y’all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence,” Manigault said.Manigault’s forewarning about Pence, comes days after her declaration on Big Brother that she would never “in a million years” vote for Trump again, after having worked for the businessman and former reality star several times.  Despite her disdain for her former boss, Manigault said that people would begin to have Trump-era nostalgia if Pence became president.“So everybody that’s wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their lives.  We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president.”Beyond her reality fame, Manigault is also an ordained minister. Yet, while she proudly admits her Christianity, part of her concern about the vice president is his reliance on Jesus for political advising.“He’s extreme,” Maingault said.  “I’m a Christian.  I love Jesus.  But he thinks Jesus tells him to say things.  I’m like, ‘Jesus ain’t saying that.”Trapped together in a studio and isolated from access to the outside world, the celebrities in the Big Brother house, such as television personality, Ross “The Intern” Matthews, admitted to looking forward to the information Manigault leaks.“Every time she opens her mouth, I’m like, ‘Is she going to drop a bomb’,” Matthews said.Presumed as a ploy to remain in the Big Brother house, Manigault did not hesitate to spill more White House tea to her cast mates during their political discussion of issues such as immigration and the Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).“No we’re not okay,” she said.  “I’ve seen the plan.  The roundup plan is getting more aggressive.”Having been saved from eviction up to this point, Manigault remains a strong competitor on “Celebrity Big Brother,” which runs until Feb. 25.While Manigualt’s remarks may have kept her in favor at the Big Brother house thus far, the White House was dismissive of her recent comments.During a press briefing last week, White House press secretary Raj Shah said, “Omorosa was fired three times on ‘The Apprentice,’ and this was the fourth time we let her go.”last_img read more

Father murders infant surrenders

first_imgKolkata: A person surrendered to police after murdering his six-year-old son on Wednesday night at Uttar Kaljani village in Coochbehar.The accused identified as Kartik Burman told police he was fade up with several family problems and thus he killed his own son.Locals said for the past several years family problems and altercations were a daily routine in the Burman family. Each day, they had new issues, the neighbours said.On Wednesday evening, the locals heard shouting from the Burman’s house but none reacted as it became normal to them. Later at night, the neighbours came to know of the incident after police arrived at the village to recover his son Sanjay Burman’s body. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice sources informed that Kartik’s wife Rekha works as a domestic help. As Sanjay was suffering from fever, Rekha left him with their neighbour.In the afternoon, Kartik took Sanjay with him. Since then there was no trace of the six-year-old boy. When Rekha returned home, she came to know that Kartik took Sanjay with him.In the evening, she got a call from Alipurduar Police Station saying Sanjay’s body is under their bed.Later, it came to light that Kartik killed Sanjay by choking him and put the body under the bed. He surrendered himself at Alipurduar Police Station. He was handed over to the Pundibari Police Station as the place of occurrence falls under their jurisdiction.last_img read more

Travelports Trip Assist gives travel agencies branded mobile app within weeks

first_img BOSTON — Travelport says its new mobile product for travel agencies and TMCs, Travelport Trip Assist, “enables travel agencies to meet the expectations of today’s mobile-first customer” with mobile travel capabilities such as flexible itinerary management, real-time communications and day of travel assistance.Already available in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Traveport Trip Assist is getting its North America launch this week. “Customer engagement via mobile is now critical for agencies of all sizes and we believe that the business travel industry and business travelers are not yet well-served,” said Fergal Kelly, CCO of Travelport Digital. “We are delighted to offer Trip Assist to TMCs and travel agencies as part of Travelport’s continuously expanding range of services. The increasingly connected traveller expects support throughout their trip.”Travelport, parent company of Worldspan and Galileo, cites an eMarketer study that shows digital travel sales in the U.S. this year reaching $189.62 billion, 40% ($75.85 billion) of which will come from mobile devices, up 16.7% from 2016. By 2019, digital travel sales will surpass $200 billion for the first time, and by 2020, mobile travel sales alone will surpass $100 billion.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalKelly says Trip Assist provides agencies with more opportunities to connect, support and engage end-travellers at every stage of their journey, providing a seamless, trusted and personalized mobile customer experience in line with the expectations of today’s ‘always-on’ traveler.Trip Assist provides:Personal digital travel concierge serviceSmart itinerary managementDay of travel assistancePush-notification remindersReal-time alertsAbility to call an agent from within the app“These features ensure continuous engagement throughout trips with more opportunities for the agencies to guide, influence and connect with their customers en route,” says Travelport.Trip Assist also includes Travelport Engage, a flexible mobile messaging tool which delivers personalized travel updates during and after every trip.“Real-time assistance is always at hand – with the tap of a finger, travelers are connected directly to a support agent. Traveller engagement is the main focus with later features planned to encourage user control via the ability to request flight changes, select preferred seating and the ability to synch trip information with personal calendars from within the app.”More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backTo view a live demo of Travelport Trip Assist and find out more about the product, agencies can request more information and a one-to-one demo at: travelport.com/trip-assist. Posted by Tags: Technology, Travelport Monday, July 17, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelport’s Trip Assist gives travel agencies branded mobile app “within weeks”last_img read more

Who was Juan Santamaría Five debated things you should know

first_imgRelated posts:Life in Juan Santamaría’s Costa Rica: A look back Automotores Orletti: Memories of the Argentine dictatorship Latin America between Kennan and Obama Cuba marks Castro uprising anniversary with call for US embargo end Costa Rica fetes its first and most-loved national hero, Juan Santamaría, on Saturday, April 11. His name adorns the international airport in his native Alajuela, and schoolchildren across the country learn his story. But how much of that story is legit?In the Battle of Rivas, Nicaragua, on April 11, 1856, the humble drummer boy set fire to a garrison lodging mercenary troops who sought to take control of Central America for the United States. His selfless act of bravery changed the course of the war and saved Costa Rica from becoming a slave depot.Or so the legend goes.As with most legends, people have debated the veracity of the details since shortly after the event took place. Costa Rica officially takes great pride in having made a working-class campesino its national hero rather than a military or political leader (Costa Rica claims to be the only Latin American country to have done so). However, some historians and sociologists say the original construction of the Juan Santamaría myth was, well, convenient.In the second half of the 1800s, Costa Rican leaders were looking for something around which to form a national identity, and particularly something — or someone — that would engage the lower and middle classes and secure their loyalty.That someone was Juan Santamaría.Five things to know about Costa Rica’s national hero:1) A Panamanian started Juan Santamaría’s path to heroism.The first time Juan Santamaría’s name was mentioned to a wide audience was in a speech and in pamphlets authored by Panamanian-Colombian politician José de Obaldía in 1864. (The two countries were several times united under the same flag.)De Obaldía was exiled in Costa Rica at the time, and as part of the September 15 Independence Day activities that year, he delved into the details of the 1856 Battle of Rivas and wrote:“Gentlemen, the humble hero…is named Juan Santamaría, known as Gallego. Honor his memory!”The reference to Gallego is unclear, though Juan Santamaría’s mother may have had the last name Gallegos.Despite de Obaldía’s prescience, the nation’s political leaders basically forgot about Santamaría until 1885, according to Costa Rican historian David Díaz Arias. That’s the year Guatemalan dictator Justo Rufino Barrios decided to revive the idea of uniting the isthmus in a single Federal Republic of Central America — by force, if necessary.Costa Rican leaders decided Juan Santamaría was the perfect figure around which to consolidate a national identity they hoped citizens would fight to defend.2) Juan Santamaría was mixed race.Santamaría’s nickname was “El Erizo,” which could mean “burr” or “sea urchin” — he had curly hair, a testament to his partly African heritage.But Costa Rican leaders at the time weren’t at all interested in emphasizing the country’s mixed heritage; they wanted the country to be seen as “white.”Part of the politicos’ plan to elevate Juan Santamaría to hero status was to build a statue, the one that currently stands in Alajuela. They hired a French sculptor to craft it, and when it was unveiled, in 1891, Santamaría looked a lot like a French soldier.Then, in 1897, Costa Rican painter Enrique Echandi Montero, threw a wrench in the hero’s identity. He painted a scene of Juan Santamaría’s legendary fire-setting deed, and in it he showed the hero as an exhausted-looking peasant with mulatto features.The image was more of a “fallen hero,” along the lines of Jesus on the cross, than a determined warrior, wrote historian Guillermo Brenes Tencio.The owner of the daily La República, Juan Vicente Quirós, did not like it. On Jan. 25, 1897, he wrote an article saying the painting was “worthy of the flames.”He called the work “reproachable from an artistic point of view” and “a caricature that sacrilegiously makes fun of the hero and makes the entire country look sadly ridiculous.”Look for a likeness of Juan Santamaría today and you’re likely to find one based on the French-made statue.3) Juan Santamaría was actually the third person to try to set fire to the mercenaries’ garrison.Santamaría was the guy who finished the job, not the one who started it. The first two to attempt to set fire to the garrison were a lieutenant from Cartago, who was wounded, and a Nicaraguan soldier, who died.In a paper, Alejandra Murillo Goussen postulated that the first two wouldn’t have worked as national heroes: the lieutenant because he didn’t actually die for the cause, and the soldier because he wasn’t Costa Rican. That left Santamaría.4) No one knows where Juan Santamaría is buried.In 1981, then-Sandinista commander Daniel Ortega made a big show of meeting Costa Rican President Rodrigo Carazo Odio at the border to hand over the supposed remains of Juan Santamaría and other Costa Rican soldiers killed in the Battle of Rivas.The story was that the remains of Juan Santamaría had been found buried underneath an atrium in Rivas in a box marked with the initials “JS,” historian Díaz Arias recounted in a 2014 article in La Nación.Díaz suggests that politicians from both countries used the event to attempt to renew the symbolism of Juan versus foreign meddlers (ahem, the United States) and to turn Santamaría into a Central American hero, not just a Costa Rican one.But some Costa Ricans were suspicious — both of the motives and of the contents of Santamaría’s supposed coffin.They were right: several months later, a commission of Costa Rican scientists formed to evaluate the authenticity of the remains issued a report saying that the promised sacred bones weren’t even human.5) Costa Rica’s reputation as the Switzerland of Central America may have started with Juan Santamaría.You might think the whole Switzerland comparison is about Costa Rica’s political neutrality and relatively high standard of living. But here too, Santamaría might have a role.In his scathing 1897 review of Enrique Echandi Montero’s painting of Santamaría, La República owner Quirós called the hero “the Guillermo Tell of our mountains.”Guillermo (Wilhelm in German) Tell is a 14th century Swiss folk hero who was ordered by a tyrant to shoot an apple off his son’s head. Tell, as legend has it, drew his crossbow and split the apple without so much as brushing the boy.The tyrant, Albrecht (or Hermann) Gessler, was impressed, but hauled Tell off anyway to spend his life in a dungeon. On the way, Tell made a daring escape, assissinated Gessler and went on to help lead a rebellion that eventually resulted in Switzerland.Or so the legend goes.Correction: The original version stated that Wilhelm Tell was ordered to shoot an apple off the head of a tyrant’s son. The text has been corrected to reflect that it was Tell’s son. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals are 1-3, and quarterback Kevin Kolbhas seen his rating drop with every game. His struggles have brought about questions and concernover his play, and especially the QB’s tendency to bail onthe pocket prematurely and not go through progressions tofind an open receiver.“A little bit unsettled in the pocket, not staying withthe progressions, sometimes feeling that pressure,” ESPNNFL Insider Ron Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burnsand Gambo. “You would call that ‘cabin fever,’ you feelthat pressure and you get out of the pocket.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke What happens then is Kolb not seeing open receivers,getting sacked and, when he does get the ball away,sometimes throwing inaccurately. In all, Jaworski said theQB is playing “very, very fast.”The disappointing thing is one would have thought Kolb’splay would improve as the season went on, but sincethrowing two touchdowns in the season opener the 27-year-old has thrown for more interceptions (4) than touchdowns(3).But Jaworski said it would be far too soon to give up onKolb, even if he has been somewhat underwhelming.Kolb has not done well for the Cardinals on a consistentbasis, but it would behoove the team and its fans to havepatience with their new signal caller.“I think eventually he’ll be fine,” he said. “Like mostquarterbacks you have to work through some of theseslumps.“Right now there’s no question he’s in a slump.”And once he breaks out of it?“I think eventually you’re going to have an outstandingquarterback in Arizona.”last_img read more