Lanka Catholic churches stop public mass for now

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches on Thursday suspended all public services until the security situation improves as the head of the church urged politicians to leave aside differences to rebuild the country struck by the Easter Sunday bombings that killed nearly 360 people. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the head of the local Catholic church, said that Easter Sunday’s attacks were coordinated by an organised group with powerful nations behind them and also noted that these attackers had no religion. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAll Catholic churches were asked to stop public mass until the security situation improves, Cardinal Ranjith’s office quoted him as saying. “There will be no public mass said until further notice,” an official said. He urged the government to leave aside all political differences and work together at this time to rebuild the country again. Sri Lankan media and some ministers have criticised the rift between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after it emerged that authorities had prior intelligence from India and the US about the possible attacks by the National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) jihadist group.last_img read more

Petition Calls on King Mohammed VI to Allow Castration of Pedophiles

Rabat – Following the tragic story of the little boy Imran who was subject to a sexual and physical abuse, a Moroccan mother launched an online petition on addressed to King Mohammed VI, calling for the adoption of the death penalty against pedophiles.“I am a mother and I am traumatized after what happened to the little boy Imran,” wrote Ghita B., the author of the petition.“I do not feel safe in my country. I am afraid for my son, for all children. I want every pedophile who abuses a little angel to be sentenced to death, and make an example for other inhuman pedophiles,” the mother added. The petition has garnered already 1,652 signatures.Crimes of solicitation of minors and their sexual abuse are punishable with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison under the Moroccan Penal Code.However, La Coalition Contre les Actes Pedophiles (the Moroccan Coalition Against Child Abuse) said in its annual report on pedophilia in Morocco, published last November, that the number of reported child abuse cases in 2015 reached 935, an increase of 10 percent compared to 2014 (850 cases).Khalid Cherkapoui, President of the Coalition, reportedly said that most of the court rulings against convicted pedophiles in 2015 were light.“Most of court rulings against convicted pedophiles were between one year and four years in jail… Some pedophiles were even released, due to lack of evidence,” Cherkaoui said.The four-year-old boy, Imran, was subject to a brutal assault last week by a sixteen-year-old homeless boy, who raped him, and threw him in a deserted place in Hay Hassani, Casablanca, before the authorities found him in terrible condition.Moroccan media reported that King Mohammed VI ordered the transfer of the little boy to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital in Casablanca to receive the necessary medical care. read more

UK condemns EU dismayed over Rizanas beheading

The EU noted that Rizana Nafeek was most probably a minor at the time of the crime.“I recognise the serious nature of the crime involved and express my sincere sympathy to the family of the victim. However, I do not believe that their loss has been mitigated by Ms Nafeek’s death. The EU opposes the use of capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances and calls for a global moratorium as a first step towards its universal abolition. Capital punishment represents an irreversible loss of human life,” she said. He said the beheading of Ms Nafeek is particularly concerning as reports suggest she may have been a child of 17 at the time the crime was committed. Meanwhile EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said she was deeply dismayed by the information that Sri Lankan national Ms Rizana Nafeek was executed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.On numerous occasions, the EU had called for the execution to be commuted and had asked the authorities to exercise all their powers in order to grant her relief from the death penalty. “We also find the practice of beheading to be particularly cruel and inhuman. We continue to raise our concerns about human rights with the Saudi authorities, including its frequent use of the death penalty,” he said. Britain has condemned the beheading of Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia.Commenting on reports that Sri Lankan national Rizana Nafeek, was executed yesterday in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt said UK opposes all use of the death penalty as a matter of principle, whatever the crime committed. read more

Fort Erie man 38 arrested after altercation at Pen Centre

A 38-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly drove a vehicle while impaired and then assaulted a security guard.Niagara Regional police officers were called to the Pen Centre on Glendale Ave. on Nov. 30.A security guard had suffered minor injuries while attempting to apprehend a man who was allegedly driving while impaired.Dustin Picov, of Fort Erie, was arrested and charged with assault, uttering threats, assault with intent to resist arrest, causing a disturbance, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to leave private property when directed.“Police reviewed CCTV footage from the Pen Centre at which time it was determined that security personnel acted within their legal authority and did not exercise excessive force,” said Niagara Police in a news release.Investigators say they believe several people witnessed the altercation and are asking anyone who wishes to provide police with footage of the incident to contact Det. Chris Morin at 905-688-4111, ext. 39671. read more

UN envoy to Kosovo hails nomination of candidate for Kosovo President

“Kosovo recently suffered a profound loss with the passing of President Rugova,” he said.” In spite of the sadness we all feel, it is important that the political process goes on in order to carry forward the vision of President Rugova.”Welcoming the the unanimous nomination by the LDK party, the envoy anticipated “the Assembly of Kosovo moving promptly to the election of a new President of Kosovo.”He also pledged that Kosovo’s institutions can continue to rely on the UN Interim Administration Mission in the province (UNMIK) for support “during the crucial months ahead.” read more

At UN European Foreign Ministers issue calls supporting freedom and representation

“We will weaken the Security Council if we fail to adapt it to today’s world,” Mr. Westerwelle told the gathered delegates in his address to the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.“It cannot be that Latin America and Africa have no permanent seats on the Security Council or that dynamic Asia has only one seat,” he noted. “That does not reflect the realities of today’s world, and more especially it does not reflect the realities of tomorrow’s world. The challenges are too great for us to simply accept the status quo.”Referring to the ongoing crisis in Syria, the German Foreign Minister added that the Security Council had failed to live up to its responsibilities to protect the people there and called on the Council to break its diplomatic deadlock. In addition, Mr. Westerwelle warned that the escalating violence in the Middle Eastern country risked engulfing the entire region. Over 18,000 Syrians have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others driven from their homes since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad erupted 18 months ago. The UN estimates that an additional 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid.“As we Germans have experienced what it is to lack freedom in the course of our own history, we will always stand by those who, wherever they are in the world, call for freedom,” Mr. Westerwelle added. “Our values and our interests compel us to take the side of those around the world who are fighting peacefully for freedom, dignity, and self-determination.” Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal of the Netherlands.The German official’s calls for Security Council reform were echoed by his European neighbour, the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Uri Rosenthal, who noted that emerging powers “rightly ask for more influence referring to new political and economic realities.”“The Security Council should be reformed taking these realities into account,” he said, while acknowledging that the emerging powers’ new role in the global economy should also be reflected in the relative contributions made by Member States to the UN budget. Mentioning the Dutch city of The Hague, home to the International Court of Justice, Mr. Rosenthal also emphasized the global need for a stronger international legal order which, he said, would promote freedom, human rights, reinforce the responsibility to protect and help prevent atrocities. Deputy Prime Minister Tonio Borg of Malta.In his remarks to the General Debate, Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tonio Borg, drew attention to the spread of democracy and freedom across North Africa and throughout the region, suggesting that a new era was dawning for the entire Mediterranean basin and urging the international community “to ensure that the people of Syria are not abandoned to a tragic fate.” He pointed to the upcoming regional summit, the 5+5 Heads of State and Government Meeting of the Western Mediterranean Forum, to be hosted by Malta, as an opportunity to address the wave of democratic reform occurring across the region. “I hope that the Malta Summit will meet the aspirations of the people of the Northern and Southern basin of the Mediterranean,” he added. “We cannot fail in this regard. We owe it to our peoples.”Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide of Norway.On a similar note, speaking at yesterday’s general debate session, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide, urged the General Assembly to support the ongoing struggles for freedom in Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory.“People are only truly free when they are able to choose the way they want to live their lives,” Mr. Barth Eide said. “Some people can only dream of these freedoms. But when they do exist, they are often the results of collective action – in families, communities, regions and states, and at the global level.” Pointing to the ongoing violence in Syria, he said that the country’s crisis had started with a call for freedom but had spiralled into a conflict characterized by mass atrocities and brutality. Mr. Barth Eide noted that at the UN’s founding in San Francisco in 1945, the leader of the Norwegian delegation – and eventual first UN Secretary-General – Trygve Lie, had supported the Security Council permanent members’ right to veto. Now, he argued, the time had come for the Council “to put away outdated ideas of zero-sum games and spheres of influence and to strive and seek a common position.” “Do not allow narrow self-interest to block the winds of change that the vast majority of this Assembly applauds,” he added.Turning to the question of Palestine, an issue which was at the centre of last year’s general debate, Mr. Barth Eide stated that there was “significant fatigue” among the Palestinian population and warned that time was “running short” for the international community to resolve the matter of Palestinian statehood. “Negotiations remain the key to achieve this,” he stated. “They must start now.”At the same time, Mr. Barth Eide reserved some words of praise for the political developments in Myanmar, where reforms initiated by President Thein Sein, were “opening the door” for freedom and democracy and for the Sudan and South Sudan’s signing of a peace agreement bringing the two countries back from the brink of war. The European officials are among scores other high-level officials and world leaders presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Opinion 5 takeaways from first half of spring practice

Sophomore running back Curtis Samuel (4) has practiced as an H-back and wide receiver during the Buckeyes’ spring practices.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith seven practices gone from the 15-practice spring slate, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the Ohio State football team.Coming off their eighth national title in program history last season, coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes are in the midst of a handful of position battles, including at quarterback. While some might call the decision between OSU’s three star quarterbacks a good problem to have, there are other question marks surrounding the Buckeyes that might pose a bigger problem.With the defending champs halfway to the annual Spring Game, here are five things we’ve learned so far.1. Curtis Samuel is going to be a focal point on offenseSamuel, a rising sophomore running back, hasn’t been quite that in spring practice. A rising sophomore? Yes, but a running back? Not so much.The Brooklyn native has been used in a variety of roles so far in practice, and it’s not because he’s a bad running back. Meyer is mainly trying to find a way to get Samuel on the field with junior running back Ezekiel Elliott set to take most of the carries.Before finishing third among Buckeyes last year with 383 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground, Samuel was recruited to Columbus as a hybrid player. In fact, ESPN’s recruiting service listed the Erasmus Hall High School product as an athlete rather than a running back.He has all of the ability the coaching staff could ask for and he’ll be ready to roll once the regular season comes around after getting plenty of reps all over the field during spring practice.2. Spring is the time for young players to shineThroughout March and the beginning of April, Meyer stressed the importance of watching how many reps players have had. Some Buckeyes — senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker being the main name — are even part of the 2,000-rep club.So with veterans like Decker spending a lot of time sitting out, Meyer has a chance to put some of his younger players through the gauntlet.In certain cases, that might weed out the players who aren’t quite ready. But it’s also an opportunity for young players who are expected to get extensive playing time next season — like sophomore linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Dante Booker — to shine.3. J.T. Barrett is ahead of scheduleIn many cases, it wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy when the quarterback who didn’t win the national title for his team was able to participate in 7-on-7 drills. But the redshirt-sophomore Barrett isn’t your average “backup.”In fact, Barrett isn’t a backup at all, as he started the Buckeyes’ first 12 games last season and won 11 of them. Everyone knew redshirt-junior Cardale Jones — who did win the Buckeyes the title — would be full go this spring, but Barrett was a question mark.After fracturing his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan, Barrett was expected to be very limited in spring ball. But while he is still limited, he’s been well-ahead of the curve.With a three-way quarterback competition wide open between him, Jones and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, even the limited reps Barrett is getting could be the difference between a starting job and a cozy spot on the sidelines.4. Bri’onte Dunn could (finally) be an impact playerWith Samuel repping with the H-backs and Elliott still recovering from a pair of wrist surgeries, Dunn, a redshirt-junior, has been getting the bulk of the reps at running back in practice.He’s a player billed for greatness coming out of high school who hasn’t lived up to the hype. In fact, Dunn was a rare true freshman who ended up redshirting as a sophomore. Now with another two seasons of eligibility remaining, he seems to be turning a corner.Meyer said he gained momentum as a special teams standout last season, but Dunn will have his sights set on carrying the ball rather than making tackles this time around.If he impresses throughout practice and in the Spring Game, you can bank on Dunn having more than his nine carries for 63 yards from last season in 2015.5. Depth might be an issue again at defensive lineRedshirt-freshman defensive lineman Sam Hubbard (49) is one of a few young players with a chance to earn significant playing time during spring practice. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorEvery time the OSU defensive line has come up this spring, Meyer’s mood at the press conference podium has been noticeably sour.He preached throughout last season that the Buckeyes needed to be able to rotate more players in the trenches, but it never quite came to fruition.Now halfway through spring practice, the Buckeyes still don’t seem to have that depth. Defensive-lineman-turned-offensive-lineman-turned-defensive-lineman Joel Hale, back for a fifth year, has added some leadership to the group, but OSU is still looking for other players to step up alongside junior Joey Bosa and senior Adolphus Washington.Young players like sophomore Jalyn Holmes have a chance now and need to take advantage of that opportunity through OSU’s Spring Game on April 18. If not, Meyer might still be pining for more linemen when the Buckeyes take the field against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to open the 2015 regular season. read more

Blessing in disguise produces Will Lauricellas passion success

Before his fateful back injury, if you had asked New Jersey native and high school quarterback Will Lauricella where he’d be in two years, he wouldn’t have told you he’d be a javelin thrower on the track and field team at Ohio State. When faced with a stress fracture in his lower vertebrae, Lauricella made a life-changing decision. “I decided for my safety not to do football anymore and all my friends were doing track and field so I decided to go out for the team with them,” Lauricella said. “I fell in love with it.” Lauricella made the choice and hasn’t looked back. The freshman placed first at four consecutive meets before finally meeting his match at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 29. Lauricella decided to look at the positive side of the losing performance. “The Drake Relays was the biggest learning experience of my life for my javelin career,” he said. “I learned that, to be successful in the javelin in a college career, you just really have to be consistent and throw your marks.” Consistency has defined Lauricella’s performance this season. In all five outings, he’s thrown more than 60 meters. Sophomore teammate Aaron Roberts is impressed with what’s he’s seen from Lauricella. “Obviously, he’s off to a great start to his career,” Roberts said. “He won his first three or four meets and that’s really awesome. … For a freshman to come in and really help us out like that is a huge benefit for our team, and he’s set himself up for a great four years here.” When Lauricella arrived, there was much discussion that he may be redshirted. However, Lauricella’s throws impressed his coach so much that they decided to start him as a true freshman. “We were going to redshirt him, but he was looking so good in practice we decided, ‘Let’s just throw him in,’” coach Robert Gary said. Even Lauricella wasn’t entirely sure he was ready to face top collegiate competition. “We were talking about redshirting at first,” Lauricella said. “I only have a couple years under my belt of this, but the fact that I have such a good chance to even win Big Tens or score high is just great so far. I never thought I’d be at this point.” Gary was confident Lauricella was ready to perform. “We just thought, ‘Let’s not waste it; let’s let him go,’” Gary said. Going into the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Lauricella is ranked fourth among Big Ten javelin throwers. But his sights are set on taking first place this weekend. “I’m hoping for one to three, but I really think if I throw my best and the competition throws the way they’ve been throwing, I should be shooting for one or two,” Lauricella said. But no matter where he places, Lauricella said he’s happy with his first season at OSU. “I would say being injury-free and winning my first couple meets in college was the most rewarding part,” he said. “I never would have thought that I could come in and be so successful.” In his first season, Lauricella planted firm roots within the track and field program. He’s developed a unique bond with his coaches, and Gary likes to give his thrower a hard time. “I call him ‘Jersey Shore’ guy,” Gary said. “You know, always tan, hair always looks good.” When Lauricella’s father posted his son’s nickname as “Will the thrill,” Gary had to poke fun. “Everyone keeps giving me a lot of stuff for this nickname,” Lauricella said. “To be honest, it’s really not my nickname. My dad put it up there and coach Gary found it, and they’ve been calling me it since. … They like to make fun of me for it, but I’m starting to embrace it.” In his time at OSU, Lauricella’s performance has surprised even himself. Always a hard worker, Lauricella said he knows he has had help along the way. “I really have to thank my high school coach and the professional help I got during high school also,” he said, “but none of this would have been possible without coach (Kevin) Mannon and everything that he’s taught me since I got to Ohio State.” Lauricella is still learning, and feels his best is still to come. Although he’s a long way from New Jersey, Lauricella says he feels at home at OSU. “It’s absolutely a whole different world,” he said. “I’m used to only seeing populated areas. It’s very nice. It’s very laid-back. It’s much more lax. Everyone’s a lot nicer out here … no complaints about it. I’m very happy where I’m at.” read more

Exxaro lists on Johannesburg Stock Exhange

first_imgDiversified mining and metals group Kumba Resources today re-listed on the JSE as Exxaro Resources, a result of the landmark empowerment transaction involving Kumba, Anglo American, the Industrial Development Corp and Eyesizwe Mining. Exxaro is South Africa’s flagship empowerment mining company and as South Africa’s largest black-controlled, diversified resources company, is well positioned to grow organically. Its existing operational interests in South Africa, Namibia, Australia and China and a strong project pipeline provides the group with a base for growth both locally and offshore. Speaking at the company’s listing event, Exxaro’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Con Fauconnier, said: “This is an extremely proud moment for Exxaro and for the industry in which we operate. Kumba Resources, Eyesizwe Coal, and now Exxaro have always been committed to creating a globally competitive South African mining company that fully reflects the country in all respects. Exxaro meets these critieria and we expect investors to acknowledge the value held within Exxaro and the exceptional potential of the company.” Exxaro is currently the fourth largest coal producer in South Africa and its mineral sands business is unique in being the only integrated producer from mine to pigment. The company is the only zinc producer in the country. The company holds a significant iron ore interest through a 20% stake in the Sishen Iron Ore Co, part of the Kumba Iron Ore group, which operates the Sishen and Thabazimbi iron ore mines in South Africa. Sishen Iron Ore is the world’s fourth largest iron ore exporter.Exxaro’s short-term strategy is to consolidate and integrate the assets, operations and projects of Kumba, Eyesizwe Coal and Namakwa Sands for maximum benefit and to optimise the potential synergies of the enlarged group. The company intends exercising an option offered as part of the transaction to acquire Namakwa Sands and a 26% stake in the Black Mountain operation and Gamsberg project from Anglo American. Exxaro’s CEO designate, Sipho Nkosi, said: “Exxaro is well positioned to leverage its employee expertise, strong operations base and growth pipeline to retain and further enhance its position as a leader in its chosen commodities.” The longer-term Exxaro strategy is to leverage the advantage it enjoys in South Africa’s Waterberg coalfield, where it has the only existing operating mine and high-quality reserves, and to satisfy growing domestic demand for power station coal, reductants and metallurgical coal. The ability to produce a full range of mineral sands products, global operations and high level of expertise lends itself to developing strategic opportunities.last_img read more

Google VP Marissa Miller names Googles biggest mistakes DejaNews Wave and GMail

first_imgIf you had a chance to sit down with a head honcho at Google and have an honest talk about the search giant’s mistakes, you might expect them to be extremely apologetic about the recent Google Streetview privacy debacle. As it turns out, though, that’s not an incident that Google would identify as one of its biggest boners. In a video interview with Digg Dialogg, Google Vice President Marissa Mayer was invited to pick three of Google’s biggest blunders. What’d she say they were? The closing of DejaNews, the launch day of GMNail and Google Wave.AdChoices广告First, Google Wave, which is being shut down at the end of the year. Questioned about Wave, Marissa said that there were “certainly there are things we’ve learnt from that, certain things we would have done differently.” That’s a bit cagey, but Wave’s obviously an example of Google’s engineers designing something neat that they couldn’t figure out how to sell to normal users.DejaNews is a bigger regret. “Shutting down at 11am on a Monday morning, and not having anywhere to post to or browse usegroups was perhaps a mistake,” she said, in reference to the day in 2001 when the popular Usenet site was acquired by Google, summarily shut down and rechristened Google Groups.Finally, there’s GMail. What’s to regret about GMail? Simple: the boner of launching it on April Fool’s Day, which made millions mistake its (at the time) too good to be true storage capabilities as another stupid prank.Read more at The Digg Dialogglast_img read more

Unis face closure

first_imgSix universities in Greece may face immediate closure after the recent bond swap reduced their assets to zero. Only 33m euros remained of 120m euros that 17 Greek universities had deposited with the Bank of Greece for their operating expenses, heard an emergency meeting of university rectors on Tuesday. Six university accounts were now completely empty meaning they would soon be unable to stay open. Their accounts hit rock bottom following Bank of Greece’s conversion of their funds into state bonds, which were subsequently subjected to a haircut in the private-sector involvement (PSI) bond-swap deal in March. The rectors decided to set up a legal committee in an attempt to reclaim the money lost. In a meeting with the education minister, Yiorgos Babiniotis, the rectors called for emergency funding for the tertiary education sector. Babiniotis said he understood the problem the universities faced and pledged to do everything in his power to secure, even partially, the continued operation of the universities. He said he had raised the issue earlier in a meeting with the prime minister. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Review finds officer justified in shooting at man in vehicle

first_imgThe Vancouver police officer who fired his gun at a man in February was justified in opening fire, according to a review by the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.Officer Ken Suvada was afraid for his life when Vancouver’s Dominic Tovar, 24, quickly reversed his parked car toward the officer, prompting Suvada to open fire, County Prosecutor Tony Golik wrote in the review.“Based on the entirety of evidence in this case, it is clear that when Officer Suvada used deadly force in this case, he did so because he was in fear for his life,” Golik wrote.The incident unfolded late in the morning on Feb. 25, when an off-duty state Department of Corrections officer spotted Tovar at Walgreens, 2521 Main St., according to court records.A warrant had been issued for Tovar’s arrest after he failed to report to the Department of Corrections. The corrections officer requested assistance, and Suvada, who was on patrol, responded to the store parking lot.last_img read more

Suspect arrested in connection to sexual assault at Mesa College

first_img March 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Suspect arrested in connection to sexual assault at Mesa College SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities Saturday announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday’s sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College.The name of the suspect was not immediately released.At about 1:30 p.m. Friday, a student was walking from the Social & Behavioral Sciences Building to the Learning Resource Center when a man began walking alongside her. When they reached the grassy area outside the LRC, the man attempted to pin the victim down and place his hands down her pants and under her shirt, according to San Diego Community College District police.The student pushed the suspect away and left the area. The man was last seen walking toward the campus’ Student Services Center, police said.Anyone with information about the assault was asked to call police at (619) 531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS.Campus police remind anyone on campus that emergency call boxes are located in many classrooms, elevators and parking lots and safety escort services are available 24/7 by calling college police at (619) 388-6405. Posted: March 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Alaska Federation of Natives Wraps Up Annual Convention

first_imgThe Alaska Federation of Natives wrapped up their annual convention with the usual process of amending and voting on resolutions. Download AudioThe resolutions process was similar to past conventions except for the notable difference this year of candidate endorsements. AFN doesn’t usually endorse political candidates and delegates took an hour and a half behind locked doors to decide whether or not to approve a resolution seeking to endorse Mark Begich for U.S. Senate and Bill Walker for Governor. After the lengthy session, the doors were unlocked and attendees streamed into the room to hear the decision. Greg Razo, an AFN board member and chair of the resolutions committee made the announcement.“Consideration of resolution 14-46. A resolution entitled a resolution endorsing Mark Begich as candidate for the office of United States Senator for Alaska. As well as resolution 14-47, a resolution entitled, resolution endorsing Bill Walker and Byron Mallott for Governor and Lt Governor of the state of Alaska were discussed. I can report that both resolutions passed, “Razo said.AFN’s theme this year was ‘Rise as One’. The annual convention concluded on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

Marvel Heroes MMO beta registration starts today

first_imgOver the last few years, Marvel superheroes have taken the mainstream by storm. The Iron Man and Avengers films alone have done incredible things for all of the Marvel Universe. With a SHIELD television show on the way and more movies in the pipeline, it’s clear that Marvel isn’t leaving the spotlight anytime soon. Traditionally, the video games that followed these movies has been less than great, but that isn’t going to stop Marvel from trying again. Earlier today Gazillion Entertainment has announced the closed beta registration for the new free to play MMO, Marvel Heroes.Marvel Heroes seems to be set in its own corner of the Marvel Universe, in which Daredevil, Spiderman, Wolverine, The Punisher, and others are totally cool with teaming up to take down the bad guys. In the promo video, The Punisher is ready to clean up the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen with a clear end goal of taking on Kingpin. The video shows off The Punisher and Daredevil taking out the bad guys together, with a special cameo from Deadpool as he runs up behind two armed thugs in suits with a rocket launcher.The game looks like it would make those who closely study the Marvel Universes crazy, but it also looks like a lot of fun.Marvel Heroes was designed by David Brevik, whose fingerprints can be found all over Diablo and Diablo II. The game is described as both an Action RPG and a Free to Play MMO, and obviously you’ll be able to pick your favorite bad guy and roam the streets cracking skulls and getting ready to take down Kingpin.To sign up for the closed Beta, head over to the Marvel Heroes website and sign up. The beta is set to start on October 1 and is expected to run right up to release day.last_img read more

Dance drama and some more

first_imgThough feminism came much later in the last century the emotions have always been there in pervasive and prevalent form. In the performance of artiste Dimple Kaur, we can see the dreams and longing for love, which is beyond the realms of time and society and the practical reality of the dream, marriage which was beautifully captures in the poem Kuvanri (The Virgin) and is interpreted by the dancer in today’s manifestations of domestic abuse and marital rapes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The psychological numbness and quietness is portrayed in the poem titled Chup, followed by the poem titled Mere Dost. Ae Mere Ajnabi is poem of hopefulness and yet the transitory nature of love and relationships. The cycle of love and pain continues as the longing intensifies. The next poem is about the undying spirit of the women Suraj Nu Sare Khoon Maaf Han and yet she says ‘I will meet you yet again…’ and I am Swatantra Rooh (A liberated soul). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKaur is a performing Indian Classical dancer practicing Bhaartanatyam and VilasiniNatyam dance forms. The artiste commented, ‘This is my unique attempt to bring out in a contemporary form the possibilities and emotions that can be stirred with Punjabi language and I sincerely hope and believe that this will be appreciated by the audience and it will also provide them with an opportunity to experience art and its manifestations in new language.’When: Today Where: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate Ticket Price:  Rs. 500last_img read more

HTCs Cher Wang on Innovation and the It Product

first_imgJuly 13, 2012 If you own a mobile device then you’ve probably heard of tech giant HTC Corp., the Taiwanese maker of tablets and smartphones such as the HTC Incredible, Thunderbolt and Evo 4G. You may be less familiar with Cher Wang, the 53-year-old woman who co-founded the company in 1997.Under her leadership, HTC has grown into one of the biggest players in mobile tech, partnering with Google and Microsoft to develop devices that are powered by their respective Android and Windows Phone operating systems. HTC has often been cited among the fastest-growing and most innovative brands in mobile.The daughter of former Taiwan management icon Y.C. Wang, she’s married to Chen Wen-Chi, president and CEO of Taiwan-based computer-hardware company VIA Technologies. Last year, the couple’s combined net worth was said to be about $8.8 billion.In an email interview, we discussed what’s helped Wang find success and how others can, too. What follows is an edited version of our exchange: min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Related: Mark Cuban: Outwork and Outlearn Your CompetitionEntrepreneur: What was the one thing that helped you the most in breaking through in the technology business?Wang: I’m not sure it’s ever one thing, but if I had to pick one it would be a relentless focus on delivering a product that meets the needs of customers. Since the beginning, HTC has focused on developing strong research and development capabilities and keeping a close eye on consumer, market and technology trends.Entrepreneur: What in your opinion makes a tech company great?Wang: There is usually an “X factor” that is hard to define. For HTC, I think it is our culture. We embrace the best of our Eastern roots and combine it with the best of the Western cultures where we have leadership and offices. It makes the culture colorful as well as energetic and creative.Entrepreneur: HTC has had successful partnerships with Google and Microsoft. What are your tips for working with other tech entrepreneurs?Wang: The most essential element is to bring value to the partnership. All partners have their strengths and weaknesses. The most important thing is to find ways to create benefit for everyone involved. We work closely with our partners to understand their challenges and business, and provide them with the products or support that they want and need.Related: Robert Scoble: Tech ‘Treps Should Be Crazy PassionateEntrepreneur: When it comes to product development, how do you stay ahead of the curve?Wang: Keen observation. We must always keep an eye on our environment, to keep track of what changes are happening in technology, in infrastructure, in markets, in how people across the world are living their lives, working and communicating. We need to anticipate these trends and innovate to meet them. Within HTC, hundreds of ideas are tested and discarded to find those rare ideas that define the HTC user experience.Entrepreneur: What’s the biggest mistake a tech entrepreneur needs to avoid?Wang: The greatest pitfall is standing still. As entrepreneurs, we must continue to ask ourselves “What’s next?” It takes humility to realize that we don’t know everything, not to rest on our laurels and know that we must keep learning and observing. If we don’t, we can be sure some startup will be there to take our place.Related: RIM Founder Mike Lazaridis on the Challenges of Reinvention Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Amilla Fushi on Baa Atoll in the Maldives isnt

first_imgAmilla Fushi, on Baa Atoll in the Maldives, isn’t relying purely on its idyllic location to satisfy guests in the coming months – with something for tennis lovers and for yoga aficionados in the guise of Gypsy Bast, a leading figure in Bali and the international yoga world, and Aussie tennis legend Pat Rafter on hand at the resort for the edification of interested guests.Gypsy Bast will be at Javvu Spa in Amilla Fushi from 10 December 2017 until 14 February 2018 leading classes at Javuu Spa, beginning with a grounded Meditation and Dynamic Hatha Flow, and Pilates. Peace, softness and ease is cultivated and all levels of experience are welcome. At times, some classes will explore Somatic Movement and Restorative Yoga where the parasympathetic nervous system can be addressed and stress levels reduced in the nerve body. Classes will end with a slowing down and finish gently with Yoga Nidra relaxation.Gypsy has been teaching Yoga, Meditation and Pilates for over 20 years with a practice that evolves from backgrounds of dance, theatre, yoga, Pilates, and somatic movement therapies. She is known for her fun, uplifting attitude, and practises meditation, Yoga Nidra, and loves chanting mantras to connect to the Divine peace within all. She has also trained the Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” and “Corteo” shows in Yoga and Pilates. Amilla Fushi has also teamed up with LUX Tennis to provide professional, personalised tennis coaching served with passion by current and former ATP players. Complementing its exceptional tennis facilities, including two palm-fringed, floodlit hard courts and a clubhouse offering complimentary equipment hire, Amilla now offers top-class tailored coaching, practice programmes and fun events to inspire and challenge guests of all abilities to improve their strokeplay.From 4-11 January 2018, tennis fans visiting Amilla Fushi will also have a unique opportunity to rally with former US Open Men’s Singles champion and World No. 1 Pat Rafter. As well as playing an exhibition match against the resort’s resident LUX Tennis Pro, Rafter will also play a one-on-one with the winner of Amilla’s festive tennis tournament for guests! MaldivesResortlast_img read more

business travelFlight CentreSaviSerko

first_imgbusiness travelFlight CentreSaviSerko Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) and New Zealand-based technology specialist, Serko, are transforming the online booking experience for business travellers, working on exclusive initiative to develop ‘Savi’ – a cutting edge and AI-driven online booking platform. Savi will be exclusive to the corporate clients of FCM Travel Solutions, SME travel provider Corporate Traveller, academic travel business Campus Travel, and sports and entertainment travel specialist Stage and Screen.Executive General Manager of FCTG’s corporate division, James Kavanagh said the joint travel and technology initiative would benefit from FCTG’s and Serko’s vast industry experience in their respective fields.“FCTG draws on 40 years of experience in corporate, leisure and wholesale travel, while Serko has more than 25 years of travel technology experience across online booking and mobile applications, airline distribution, global distribution systems (GDS) and new distribution capability (NDC).“Flight Centre’s corporate division was one of the pioneers in online booking technology with the release of e3 in the early 2000s and we were first to market with ‘Rapid Book’, which is a single screen booking technology that was developed in conjunction with Serko. As a company we make a significant annual investment on technology to support our clients.“The release of Savi, which initially will be in Australia and New Zealand, is highly anticipated by our business and we can’t wait to share it with our customers. Details about timeframes will be available soon.”last_img read more

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