Iranian President Ahmadinejads top aide rebukes Canada in letter to AFN candidate

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA senior aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rebuked Canada for its treatment of Aboriginal people in a letter to former Ojibway chief Terrance Nelson who is running for the leadership of the Assembly of First Nations.The letter, signed by Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, chief of staff to Ahmadinejad, accused Canada of committing “systematic segregation and discrimination” against Aboriginal people.“I would like to reiterate my deep sorrow and sadness about the unfortunate violation of the basic human rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada,” wrote Mashaei, in the letter which was obtained by APTN National News. “The basic standards of services, for instance, health care, education and security, provided to the First Nations peoples in comparison with what is offered to the mainstream Canadians…is a clear indication of the systemic segregation and discrimination and a cause of concern for any neutral observer.”Ahmadinejad’s presidential office sent the letter, written in Farsi, to the Iranian embassy which delivered it to Nelson through an intermediary.APTN National News obtained an English-language version translated by the embassy. While the translated version is not dated, Mashaei notes he is writing in response to a letter Nelson delivered to the Iranian embassy on March 12.Nelson’s letter, addressed to Ahmadinejad, was “acknowledged” by the president, Mashaei wrote.Nelson, the former chief of Roseau River First Nation in Manitoba, has been speaking out publicly against looming war against Iran over its nuclear program. He says he’s reaching out to Tehran in hopes of securing political and financial support in his quest to attract foreign investment for impoverished First Nations reserves in Canada. Nelson says a relationship with Tehran could help First Nations find new sources of investment from nations belonging to the OPEC oil cartel.Nelson wouldn’t immediatly comment on the letter, but said he plans to hold a press conference on the issue Wednesday.The Ojibway leader’s immediate goal, however, is to secure an invitation to speak to the Iranian parliament about Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal people. Iranian officials at the Ottawa embassy issued a statement after their meeting with Nelson saying his request was being considered by government officials.The letter makes no mention of Nelson’s request for the visit. Mashaei, however, noted Nelson’s efforts in trying to court international opinion and hoped it would eventually sway Canada to change its ways.“After a long history of peaceful endeavor at home, now you have been forced to seek assistance from international public opinion to try to secure your basic human rights,” writes Mashaei. “I hope your humane and sincere efforts will make the Canadian government to take the necessary steps to fulfill its domestic and international commitments…leading to the eradication of this historic and inhumane discrimination against the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.”Nelson has also been reaching out to the Muslim community in Canada in hopes of securing financial and political support. He declared his candidacy for AFN national chief at a Toronto-area mosque on Good Friday. The election is scheduled for this July.Nelson has also advocated direct confrontation with the Canadian government, authoring the 2007 National Day of Action resolution passed by the AFN which lead the shutdown of a main highway and railway line in Ontario by Mohawks from Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ont.Nelson’s community, however, did not launch blockades because Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jim Prentice agreed to transfer several hectares of long-claimed land to Roseau River.Mashaei himself is a controversial and powerful figure within Iranian politics. Mashaei is viewed by some as a potential presidential contender during the next presidential race in 2013, according to a diplomatic cable from the U.S. State Department, which was released by WikiLeaks.A former Intelligence Ministry official responsible for dealing with regions facing high ethnic tensions, Mashaei developed a close friendship with Ahmadinejad which allowed him to move up the political ladder and survive political attacks from the country’s conservative religious factions who have been angered by his comments on Israel and Islam, according to an analysis by U.S. public-broadcaster PBS. Mashaei is viewed as part of a political faction that wants to erode the power Islamic clerics currently wield over Iran’s governance, according to the PBS analysis.In 2009, Ahmadinejad appointed Mashaei as his first vice-president following the disputed presidential elections that year. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei forced Mashaei’s resignation after one week. Ahmadinejad then appointed him as his chief of staff.Iran has, over the years, repeatedly called out Canada over the treatment of Aboriginal people. In the mid-1920s, Iran, then known as Persia, supported a request by Haudenosaunee hereditary Chief Deskaheh to have the League of Nations consider a Six Nations Confederacy for formal membership as a state. The attempt eventually failed, and the federal government dissolved the Six Nations Confederacy Council and imposed an Indian Act band government.Iran, however, has a history of repressing its own Indigenous population.The Iranian Kurds, which occupy the northwestern region of Iran, have faced repression from both the Iranian government under the Shah and the Islamic Republic that emerged after the Shah was overthrown.Iranian Kurds, who have tried to establish a degree of autonomy in Iran, faced not only violent repression and the assassination of its political leaders, but also systemic discrimination in everything from employment to political participation, according to Amnesty International.Kurdish regions are economically neglected, Kurds have “restricted access to adequate housing,” and Iran bans parents from registering their children with select Kurdish names, according to the human rights group.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Dene activist arrested standing up for StandingRock in North Dakota

first_img(Daniel T’seleie in an undated photo was arrested at #StandingRock Sept. 14. Photo courtesy Daniel T’seleie)Iman Kassam APTN National NewsWhen Daniel T’seleie went to support the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in early September, he had no idea he would be leaving in handcuffs.But on September 14th, he and six other protesters were arrested and charged with felonies and misdemeanors for stopping construction on site.“I’ve been charged with reckless endangerment, which is a Class C felony, and I’ve also been charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing, and obstruction of a government function” he told APTN.T’seleie flew from the Northwest Territories to join the camp of protesters working with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to halt construction on the controversial pipeline.He has a very unique skillset that the camp of protesters needed.T’seleie is part of a grassroots network of Indigenous volunteers who specialise in non-violent direct action training for indigenous communities.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal leadership invited T’seleie and his colleagues to North Dakota to train as many people as possible to work on the frontline.“Some people say frontline, I say point of destruction – the places where they’re actually digging up earth with heavy equipment and destroying the planet,” said T’seleie. “People who engage in resistance at those sites will sometimes use things like a bike lock around their necks, chained to the equipment. People will design sometimes other types of equipment that are more difficult to cut off than chains and they will connect their arms and lock themselves together around specific parts of the equipment with the intention that, if they do this, the equipment cannot operate, and that shuts down construction for a day.”See related stories: Standing RockAccording to T’seleie, every day that construction is shut down, these companies are losing money. This is part of the strategy to financially strain the pipeline, forcing investors to pull their funding.At the Sacred Stone camp, his team set up a big canopy tent amidst the thousands of protesters spread out as far away as 160 kilometres away from the construction site, offering free two-hours training sessions on non-violent direct action.“We give people the tools and skills they need to actually engage in non-violent direct action in a safe and respectful way” he said. “They talk about the different forms of violence, they role-play potential real life situations and coach each other on how to stay calm and de-escalate a situation in a non-violent fashion.When he arrived in North Dakota, T’seleie and his team met with tribal leadership to work on direct action principles founded on respect for the land. Everyone who goes through their training program is taught those principles and requests from the tribe.“That’s my primary focus and the reason I came here, to facilitate those discussions and help lead the training with a lot of the people on the ground.”But in the early morning of Sept. 14, two people walked down to the pipeline construction site, and a group of 22 followed for support.Daniel T’seleie was arrested at the site.Protesters tied themselves to equipment hoping to stop construction for the day.Just over five hours into the resistance, the police came and arrested T’seleie and six others.Since early August, hundreds of First Nation and American Indian Nations have converged on #StandingRock.“I was not surprised that there were police that responded to the scene” he said. “That makes sense given the situation. What’s surprising is the felony charge, a reckless endangerment charge. There was nothing about the situation or the actions we took that were dangerous or reckless or that could constitute reckless endangerment.”His preliminary hearing is Tuesday Oct. 18. He says he is pleading not guilty to every charge and, as a strategic tactic, he will request a jury trial.“If everybody wants a jury system and everyone pleads not guilty, it jams up the court system. Even when we were in jail, the inmates were advising us to flood the jails because they don’t have the space to hold that many people. It’s Morton County, it’s a small place, they don’t have that many jury trials a year.They don’t have the capacity or the funding. This is way beyond the capacity of the court system.”T’seleie is back in the Northwest Territories but leaves for North Dakota this weekend and plans to return to the camp where he will help people winterize their site, split firewood, and equip people with canvas tents and wood stoves.ikassam@aptn.calast_img read more

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Five Liebherr tower cranes used in the Atacama Desert Chile

first_imgFive Liebherr 1250 HC tower cranes are being used at two mining projects in the Atacama Desert in Chile. These large 40 and 50-t versions have one of the highest lifting capacities of any tower cranes in Latin America. Two 1250 HC 40 Litronic tower cranes have been mounted on foundation anchors at the Minera Escondida copper mine which is at an altitude of 3,100 m above sea level. Three more 1250 HC tower cranes are in use at the Minera Sierra Gorda copper mine – one seen here.During the initial phase the Escondida tower cranes will be used for extension work and to build the mine infrastructure. Both machines have a working radius of 52.0 m which covers the required working area and have hook heights of 40 m and 52 m. During the construction phase they handle loads of up to 20 t.After the construction phase has been completed the two Liebherr tower cranes will be used for maintenance purposes. Their planned service life is around 25 years. Liebherr reports that reliability and long term availability of spare parts were among the main factors for selecting Liebherr tower cranes for this long-term project.Two of the Sierra Gorda cranes are the 50-t version and the third is the 40-t version. All three cranes have been mounted on foundation anchors and erected in similar configurations.The 1250 HC 40 reaches a hook height of 34.9 m and a working radius of 51.9 m. The two 1250 HC 50 are configured with hook heights of 68.6 and 69.6 m and each has a working radius of 38.8 m.During the construction phase the cranes are used as classic tower cranes for effective load handling for the assembly of tanks. The construction of the tanks, each with a capacity of 300 m², is scheduled to take one year. During this process loads of 14-17 t per component will be handled.In the long term all three cranes will be used as maintenance cranes in the mine. One 1250 HC will be used to support maintenance work on the flotation cells. The two others will help with service and maintenance work at the ball mills.The extreme geographical and climatic conditions not only present challenges to the workforce but also to the crane equipment. The high temperature differences of up to 40°C between night and day and the dust created by the arid desert climate produce extraordinary stresses.In addition Chile is one of the most earthquake-prone countries on Earth where earthquakes up to a magnitude of 5 are by no means a rarity. This means that all the cranes must comply with a Chilean standard which ensures that they are resistant to earthquakes. Since 2010 several Liebherr EC-H and HC tower cranes have been used successfully in mining projects in Chile and Peru.last_img read more

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ARANZ Geo extends reach into environmental and energy challenges

first_imgThis technology from New Zealand is enabling management of global earth, environmental and energy challenges. ARANZ Geo is extending its global influence into new areas to contribute geological understanding to the management of some of the earth’s significant environmental and climate change driven challenges.Shaun Maloney, CEO of ARANZ Geo says, “We’re contributing to a wider variety of projects that target some of the major global environment and energy challenges we face. This is a shift from our origins as a mining-centric business, and will increase our reach and depth to open up a new world of opportunity.“Our strategy is already gaining traction. We’re contributing to geothermal energy work with NGOs around the world, hydro dams in Turkey, transport tunnels in the EU, and a wide range of water quality and resource management projects.”Adam Pidlisecky, ARANZ Geo’s Chief Research Officer and Professor at the University of Calgary, has been instrumental in improving understanding of large-scale aquifers in Monterey, California. Pidlisecky collaborated with Stanford University and the University of Calgary to use geophysical methods to study saltwater intrusion along the California coastline. He is a co-author of the landmark study resulting from this work, which brings new insight into the extent of coastal seawater infiltration in the region’s groundwater aquifers.“Groundwater management for long term use is a really challenging problem from multiple perspectives: technical, cultural and economic,” says Pidlisecky. “The exciting part of this work is that we have been able to touch on all of these. By sharing results online via interactive models we’re also helping to improve stakeholder engagement, critical for ground water management.”Maloney is particularly supportive of this work. “This work is something we as a New Zealand founded company are proud to be a part of. World leaders and Governments can no longer ignore the fact that clean water is a critical resource globally and becoming more so day by day. The quantity and quality of accessible groundwater is directly linked to the health, wealth and stability of their economy and people.”ARANZ Geo is also working with NGOs to add value in developing countries. The work is extremely rewarding according to Maloney. “We’ve upskilled geothermal professionals across East Africa so they can use Leapfrog software on the increasing number of renewable energy operations. We’re also working with a relief group in Saharan Africa to enable groundwater evaluations for siting new wells in refugee and aide camps in the area.”last_img read more

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EHF EURO beats UEFA Champions League – Impressive TV ratings

← Previous Story Evgeny Trefilov: “Sorry, because I lead such a bad team” Next Story → Ulrik Wilbek for IHF website: “Croatia is my big favourite” Women’s EHF EURO opening achieves impressive TV overnight ratings in host countriesEHF EURO beats UEFA Champions League in Denmark – Norway’s TV2 reports most watched international handball opening game everCopenhagen, Denmark/Oslo, Norway, 9 December 2010 –The Women’s EHF EURO 2010, which commenced last Tuesday, generated excellent TV figures in its host countries Denmark and Norway right from the first throw-off. Infront Sports & Media, the exclusive marketing partner for the European Handball Federation’s (EHF) premier events, and its national broadcast partners TV 2 Denmark and TV 2 Norway today announced impressive overnight ratings for the host countries.EHF EURO beats UEFA Champions League Sport dominated TV programming with football and handball as the main highlights in Denmark when the Women’s EHF EURO 2010 went to air. Last Tuesday, live television coverage for the Denmark vs Serbia (end result: 25:20) preliminary round game played in Aalborg was peaking at a cumulative audience of 974’000 on TV 2 Denmark. Simultaneously, FC Copenhagen’s 3-1 victory over Panathinaikos Athens in a decisive UEFA Champions League match was broadcast live on Viasat.Copenhagen became the first Danish team to reach the Last 16. However, the popularity of handball was confirmed as TV 2 secured a 39.1% market share over Viasat’s football coverage with 33.7%.Most watched opening game in Handball The Women’s EHF EURO opening game on 7 December 2010 – with Norway defeating France 33:22 – was the most watched handball opening game of all time in Norway. On TV 2 Norway, the game played in Lillehammer accrued a cumulative audience of 890,000 and an impressive market share of 49.8%.No other opening game of both a previous World and European Handball Championship attracted higher TV audiences.Stephan Herth, Executive Director of Summer Sports at Infront said: “The impressive TV figures clearly demonstrate that Scandinavia is an extraordinary market for handball and we are optimistic that we will see similar levels of enthusiasm in other European countries during the event. To outrank a decisive UEFA Champions League match involving a local team with an early round EHF EURO game speaks volumes for the sport of handball and its audience appeal in Denmark.” EHF EURO 2010 TV ratings read more

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Inslee visits Odyssey Middle School in funding push

first_imgCAMAS — When Gov. Jay Inslee’s visit to Odyssey Middle School was delayed about an hour, school officials asked how many students wanted to stay past dismissal time for the visit, and nearly 60 of the 115 students in attendance on Wednesday opted to stay late.It’s that sort of enthusiasm that has the first-year project-based middle school ready to double in enrollment next year, and part of the reason Inslee visited the school on his statewide education tour to support school funding.“They have fully excited students, because they have a connection between the lesson plan and something they’re working on,” Inslee said. “I’m a total believer in project-based learning. If you give a student a project, they then own it. It’s theirs. They have a connection to it, a motivation to see it through. It’s much more successful than giving them a piece and paper and saying, ‘Go solve a story problem.’”Project-based learning allows students to collaborate on complex questions, problems and challenges over an extended period of time. The projects cover multiple subject areas and typically address real-world issues. The students are separated by grade, and throughout the day, work in a traditional class setting in different-sized groups. Sometimes, all students in a given grade learn together; other times, the grade is split in half, with each side learning different subjects. The students also split up in smaller groups to work on projects most afternoonsThe Camas School District opened Odyssey Middle School, 5780 N.W. Pacific Rim Blvd., Camas, this year with 112 sixth- and seventh-graders. The school will add eighth-graders in the fall, and increase enrollment to about 224 students, Principal Aaron Smith said. A project-based learning high school, Discovery High School, will be built next to the middle school and open in time for the 2018-2019 school year.last_img read more

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2008 Most Wanted completes prison time TCI residents concerned

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 6, 2016 – Residents have expressed outrage to Magnetic Media that a man convicted of one of the most frightening and infamous home invasions of about a decade ago, was on the weekend released after serving his time without notice to the general public.    Robert Jackson, who had appealed the conviction and claimed he was framed with fabricated evidence in the case where a Blue Mountain couple was terrorized, robbed and the woman rapped is now a free man.  Civilians had joined in the search for Jackson, who was born in Grand Turk and raised in the US but returned to the TCI after committing a serious felony in the United States.  Jackson reportedly not remorseful, Officials contacted At the time, then Commissioner Edward Hall said there was nothing to be done about the return of Jackson to the Turks and Caicos despite his Haitian parentage.  It was expressed to Magnetic Media that the public should have been notified of the release of Jackson, who in 2008 turned himself in after a national manhunt was launched. center_img Robert ‘Black’ Jackson was not alone on the night in question, the second man, was never caught it appears.  Recommended for you At this point, Jackson has served his time and hopefully he has changed his ways.  Related Items:Blue Mountain couple terrorized, Robert Jackson, TCI residents concerned about release of 2008 most wanted manlast_img read more

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JeanMichel  Aulas enjoying battle for second place

first_imgOlympique Lyonnais President Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed he’s enjoying the battle for the second position in the French Ligue 1.Lyon played out a 2-2 draw against LOSC Lille, both of which are currently in the three-man battle for the second position in the French league.Loic Remy gave Lille the lead in the 17th minute before Nicolas Pepe doubled their lead. However, goals from Bertrand Traore and Moussa Dembele ensures Bruno Genesio’s men took a point from Stade Pierre-Mauroy.Lyon, who also played out a 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday to help bolster their chance of making the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League this season, are looking to improve on their third-place finish last season, and Aulas insists a draw is a fair result.Lyon president Aulas tells PSG to keep Neymar at all costs Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Jean-Michel Aulas believes Paris Saint-Germain must do whatever it takes to retain Neymar despite the player’s desire for a summer move.“A draw away against a direct opponent for the European places is a good result,” he said, according to The42. “We saw a good match and a very good Olympique Lyonnais (performance).”Meanwhile, Lille boss Christophe Galtier also revealed that he’s pleased with the result, despite his player’s frustration.“There is automatically a feeling of frustration among the players,” said the Lille coach. “In the end, I’m happy with this point.”last_img read more

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Jordan takes on reward at Ladbrokes Coral Group

first_imgBetting and gambling organisation Ladbrokes Coral Group has hired Ana Jordan as its new senior reward manager.In her new role, Jordan will ensure the organisation’s compensation policies, processes and plans support the business’ strategic agenda, as well as check that the reward function is compliant with any relevant regulations, laws and best practice.Previously, Jordan worked as performance and reward manager, global private banking, global banking and markets at HSBC, European compensation and payroll manager at Legg Mason, and compensation and benefits manager at Ogilvy and Mather.last_img read more

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58 cite a good salary as biggest contributing factor to workplace happiness

first_imgMore than half (58%) of respondents cite a good salary as one of the biggest contributing factors to their individual workplace happiness, according to research by CV Library.Its survey of 1,200 UK employees also found that 40% of respondents value a great organisational culture, and 13% define flexible working opportunities as one of their top career priorities.The research also found:10% of respondents state that having good workplace perks is one of their top career priorities, while 48% value having friendly colleagues and 22% claim that having a nice boss is a factor contributing to their workplace happiness.34% of respondents value having room to progress at their organisation, and 28% believe that the ability to learn new skills is a top career priority.12% of respondents cite being based at a good location near to their home as one of the biggest contributing factors to their workplace happiness, compared to 11% who value interesting daily responsibilities.61% of male respondents listed a good salary as their top career priority, compared to 53% of female respondents; for women, the biggest contributing factor to workplace happiness is friendly colleagues (55%).56% of respondents are unhappy in their current job role.Lee Biggins (pictured), founder and managing director at CV Library, said: “Candidates are storming the job market like never before and it’s clear that many are searching for roles with a strict set of criteria in mind. As such, it’s important that businesses are offering the full package. But this doesn’t just mean fair salaries and workplace perks. A great [organisational] culture and a friendly workforce should also be a priority.“It’s interesting to see this shift in career priorities, with professionals no longer placing as much importance on the role itself. It’s definitely important to enjoy what you do and this should always be a priority when moving jobs. That said the move is not surprising given ongoing economic uncertainty, as today’s professionals seek financial stability.”last_img read more

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Bizman generates Rs 12 lakh bill at Hyderabad hotel booked

first_imgA businessman was booked under the charges of cheating on Friday for failing to clear bill up to Rs 12.34 lakh at Taj Banjara here in the city. Based on the complaint filed by the hotel against the man, the police booked a cheating case. Getting into details, Akkichetty Shankar Narayan, a realtor from Vishakapatnam defrauded the hotel staff by vacating the room without paying the bills on April 15. According to the hotel general manager Hitendra Sharma, Shankar first stayed at the hotel on April 4, 2018, and stayed for 108 nights in a year on different dates. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us On April 15, 2019, he vacated the hotel without informing the staff. Sharma further continued that an amount of Rs 25.96 lakh was generated for 102 nights out of which Sharma paid Rs 13.62 lakh before absconding. “We tried to contact him on June 26, but his phone was switched off,” Sharma added. However, Shankar denied it and said that he had cleared all the pills before vacating the hotel.last_img read more

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TiananmenSquare30 Rare pictures documents emerge as reminder of Chinas bloody past

first_imgProtesters helped each other as they faced violence by the Communist part’s troops in 1989.Jian LiuJune 4 marks the 30-year anniversary of the brutal crackdown of student-led protesters by the People’s Liberation Army in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. A document titled ‘The Last Secret: The Final Documents From the June Fourth Crackdown”, released by Hong Kong-based New Century Press, has revealed grim details of one of the biggest human rights violations in history. “Kill those who should be killed, sentence those who should be sentenced,” Wang Zhen, a veteran Communist with a famously fiery temper, said regarding pro-democracy protests, according to the collection.With no official reports, it is said that over hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed protesters and civilians were killed when soldiers opened fire in and around Tiananmen Square on 3–4 June 1989.By violently crushing citizens demanding democratic rights such as the right to speech and anti-corruption provisions against autocratic power structures, China made it clear that the fruit of dissent was death. The new collection of documents and pictures released ahead of the Tiananmen Square anniversary is a reminder of Communist China’s repression of human rights.  By May, 1989, television broadcast of the protest drew thousands.Jian LiuJian Liu was a 20-year-old fashion student in Beijing in the spring of 1989 when the movement took place. He captured the spirit of the movement for 50 days through his analog camera. In April, 1989, the beginning of pro democracy movement began as students marched at Tiananmen Square commemorated the death of the Communist Party chief and political reformer Hu Yaobang.Jian LiuNow 50, Liu decided to publicly release his images with the help of Humanitarian China, a California-based organization that gives grants to impoverished dissidents and their families. He had asked his friend to bring over the film negatives from China after he learned that his teenage daughter, studying in China, had no knowledge about the massacre.Similarly, Bao Pu will release his book titled “The Last Secret, The Final Documents From the June Fourth Crackdown” ahead of the massacre’s anniversary this year. The book revealed never-before disclosed transcriptions, preserved by an official present of the meeting of the Politburo, the principal policymaking committee of a communist party held at the headquarter of the Communist power in Zhongnanhai discussing the aftermath of the massacre. The Last Secret, The Final Documents From the June Fourth CrackdownWhile the book does not divulge the total number of participants in the meeting, 17 entries were known to be registered. All begin by proclaiming “I completely agree”, “I completely support” Deng Xiaoping, the then de facto ruler’s, decision to mobilise the army “to end anti-party riots and counter-revolutionary acts”.Pu’s father, Bao Tong, was a well-known policy secretary who was jailed for advocating for social reforms along with Zhao Ziyang. In early 1989, Bao Tong served as the policy secretary to Zhao Ziyang, the general secretary of the Communist Party. Zhao and Bao wanted the party to go easy on the Tiananmen protesters, but Deng Xiaoping had disagreed. Deng ordered the dismissal of the two officials and gave permission to his troops to ‘clear’ the Tiananmen Square.Later, Beijing orchestrated a show trial for Bao, accusing him of alerting protesters on the government’s plan to implement martial law. Bao spent seven years behind bars, mostly in Beijing’s notorious Qincheng prison, until his release in 1996.After having witnessed the happening and aftermath of the June 4 massacre, Pu along with his wife Renee Chiang founded the New Century Press in 2005. The Hong Kong-based publishing house focuses on suppressed political events banned by mainland China. Its breakout book “Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang” was based on the tapes the former leader secretly recorded during his house arrest following Tiananmen. That book and others have shed light on the events and players involved with the unleashing of military force on June 4, 1989. Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao ZiyangAmazonHowever, while these books continue to be banned in mainland China, the silence and lack of public discourse regarding the Tiananmen Square massacre have made Chinese historians, writers, photographers and former activists who have tried to chronicle the country’s dark past raise concerns. Government-aided crackdowns of such initiatives are ways through which the state has made the historic movement erased from public memory.Publishing houses, memorials museum such as Hong Kong Tiananmen museums, former protest leaders and their leaders are under constant threat of “pre-emptive strikes” by detaining, interrogating, and placing house arrests, according to the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a coalition of human rights groups.#TwitterMassacre In the eve of 30-year anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre, Twitter suspended thousands of anti-Chinese communist accounts worldwide, including mine. My account was unblocked in 12 hours. I demand official explanation from Twitter.— 龚小夏 Sasha Gong (@Sasha_Gong) June 1, 2019This year, activist Deng Chuanbin was placed under criminal detention on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” for tweeting a post commemorating the Tiananmen protest on 18 May.Another instance such as the police ordering 82-year-old Ding Zilin, mother of slain-17-year-old Jiang Jielian, killed by troops on June 4, leave her home in Beijing and travel to her hometown Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, is a common tactic to ensure that no discourse takes place in the country regarding the bloody movement.This is a common tactic the authorities use against activists in an effort to silence them during politically sensitive periods and to make it less likely they will speak with foreign media, according to Amnesty International. In 2016, the Beijing Public Safety Bureau assured that “every corner of the capital was covered under the video surveillance system”.ReutersChina is notoriously known to be one of the most surveillanced countries in the world.  In 2015, China’s national police force, the Ministry of Public Safety, announced the creation of an “omnipresent, completely connected, always on and fully controllable” national video surveillance network. The MPS and other agencies discussed the use of facial recognition technology in combination with the video cameras to catch ‘lawbreakers’. According to the London based global information provider, IHS Markit, it is estimated that in China, there were 176 million cameras in 2016 and they plan to have 450 million more installed by 2020. As per an article by China Daily in 2016, the Beijing Public Safety Bureau assured that “every corner of the capital was covered under the video surveillance system”.Across China, domestic security accounted for 6.1 percent of government spending in 2017, the Ministry of Finance said. The figure translates into 1.24 trillion yuan ($196 billion) as compared to the 1.02 trillion yuan in defence spending.last_img read more

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SC verdict on appeals in Khalaf murder Wednesday

first_imgKhalaf Al-AliThe Supreme Court on Tuesday set Wednesday for delivering its verdict on the appeals filed by the government and the accused in the murder of Saudi Arabian embassy official Khalaf Al-Ali, reports news agency UNB.A four-member bench of Appellate Division led by acting Chief Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah fixed the date after concluding re-hearing.On 20 August, the Supreme Court fixed October 10 to deliver its verdicts on appeals against the High Court judgement in the case.A Dhaka court sentenced five people to death over the murder in 2012.However, the decision was overturned when the convicts’ appeal and death reference was sent to the High Court.In 2013, the High Court acquitted fugitive Selim Chowdhury, reduced the sentences of Md Al Amin, Akbar Ali Lalu and Rafiqul Islam to life in prison and upheld the death sentence of Saiful Islam Mamun.The state appealed the decision in 2014.On 5 March 2012, Khalaf sustained bullet in a miscreant attack in diplomatic zone in Gulshan.Later, he was admitted to United Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on 6 March.Two days after the murder, a case was filed with Gulshan Police Station.last_img read more

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Former Assistant Superintendent for Special Ed Could Return to HISD

first_img X HISDFormer HISD Assistant Superintendent Sowmya Kumar resigned amid reports of denial of services for children with disabilities.In March, HISD’s assistant superintendent for special education resigned because of reports children with special needs were denied services.But the door is open for her return, as Houston Public Media has uncovered.When HISD administrator Sowmya Kumar was pressured to leave her post over special education, she and the school district negotiated her departure.Houston Public Media obtained a copy of that agreement. It shows that Kumar, who had a six-figure salary, got paid for the rest of the school year and agreed not to sue the district. It also states that Kumar is eligible to work at HISD again as an employee or consultant, as early as September 2017.“This is a benefit that was negotiated for this administrator that well up into 99 percent of the other employees who leave under these types of clouds, if you will, don’t get,” said Chris Tritico, a legal analyst.Tritico has worked on settlements like this for other educators and said that he doesn’t see this very often.“It is a rare occasion that when you have someone with this much public scrutiny and this high-profile situation, that you get a settlement agreement that says they’re almost immediately eligible for rehire,” he explained.When Kumar resigned, there was growing scrutiny over families struggling to get services for their children with disabilities.There’s also an ongoing federal investigation into a statewide policy that has discouraged schools from providing special ed services for over a decade.  That federal report is expected this summer. Share 00:00 /01:20 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Stan Lee Cancels Appearance Due to Health Issues

first_imgStay on target Stan Lee, comics industry giant and creator of too many superheroes to name here, has pulled out of an appearance at Big Apple Con this weekend, convention organizers report. Posts appeared on Big Apple Con’s website and their social media pages announcing the cancellation and expressing their wishes for Lee to get well soon.“Big Apple Comic Con has just been informed that due to health issues, Stan Lee will NOT be appearing at the convention,” read Big Apple Con’s post on Instagram. “Stan keeps to an amazing schedule, and it seems to have taken its toll.”The post also mentioned that items signed by Lee will still be available in the Stan Lee Collectibles booth and that anyone who purchased an autograph or photo with Lee will be refunded. With Lee being 94 years old, it may not be surprising that he isn’t able to appear at as many cons as he used to, but that doesn’t make it any less sad. The man is legendary in the comics industry as the creator of some of its most iconic and best-loved characters. He also clearly loves what he does. Big Apple Con wasn’t kidding when they said he keeps an amazing schedule.Despite announcing his final convention appearances last year, he hasn’t slowed down at all. Just last week, he attended Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, and he continues to collaborate on new comics projects. He also appears in every Marvel movie, which has become a much more intensive job than it was ever meant to be. Last year, according to Cinema Blend, he shot four cameos in a single day.Big Apple Con will take place March 11 and 12 in New York City. As for Stan Lee, he doesn’t appear to be done telling stories just yet. Here’s hoping he’s able to rest up and get well soon.center_img Stan Lee May Have New York City Street Named After HimArnold Schwarzenegger Lends Voice to ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ last_img read more

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Girls Are More Engaged When Theyre Doing Science Rather Than Being Scientists

first_imgAsking young girls to “do science” leads them to show greater persistence in science activities than does asking them to “be scientists,” researchers at New York University and Princeton University find. The study results are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Rhodes and her coauthors, who include Princeton’s Sarah-Jane Leslie, note that the messaging children often receive through television shows centers on identity rather than action when it comes to science. Additional coauthors on the work include Kathryn Yee, a researcher in NYU’s Department of Psychology at the time of the study, and Katya Saunders, a postdoctoral researcher in NYU’s Department of Psychology. “Describing science as actions, by saying ‘let’s do science,’ leads to more science engagement than does describing science in terms of identities, by asking them to ‘be scientists,’” explains Marjorie Rhodes, an associate professor in NYU’s Department of Psychology and the senior author of the study. These findings suggest that efforts encouraging girls to enter science—a field in which they are underrepresented—might benefit from focusing on describing the activity of doing science rather than on encouraging children to adopt scientist identities, at least in early childhood. “The roots of gender disparities in science achievement take hold in early childhood,” Rhodes observes. “This research identifies an element of children’s environments that could be targeted to reduce early gender differences in science behavior among young children.” This research was supported, in part, by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (R01HD087672). Notably, girls who were initially asked to “do science” showed more persistence on the subsequent science game than did girls who had been asked to “be scientists.”center_img “These effects particularly hold for children who are the target of stereotypes suggesting that they might not be the kind of person who succeeds in science—in this case, girls,” she adds. Children were then asked to complete a new science game designed to illustrate the scientific method. Persistence was measured by how long they continued to play this game. By contrast, the effects of language for boys were more variable. For instance, one of their studies found that boys younger than 5 years old showed greater persistence when language was action-oriented while those older than 5 revealed higher levels of persistence when language was identity-oriented. In the newly published Psychological Science work, the researchers conducted four studies with children aged 4 to 9 years old. Here, the children received an introduction to science that described science as an identity (“Let’s be scientists! Scientists explore the world and discover new things!”) or as action (“Let’s do science! Doing science means exploring the world and discovering new things!”). Overall, these findings suggest that identity-focused language can undermine persistence in some children as they acquire new skills, particularly when cultural stereotypes lead children to question if they hold the relevant identity.  All data, materials, and analytic code are publicly available via the Open Science Framework. This article has received the badges for Open Data and Open Materials.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more November 29, 2009 – A new advanced visualization and decision support software upgrade is designed to improve management of CT stroke protocols and 3D or 2D viewing. It also provides electronic medical record (EMR) integration.Version 4.4.5 of iNtuition advanced visualization software by TeraRecon Inc. offers a wide range of new clinical enhancements, image delivery methods and architectural improvements. These include the following:A feature to manage your CT stroke protocols uses volumetric time-dependent analysis (TDA) speeds management of 320-slice, 160-slice and 128-slice CT examinations performed to study brain perfusion, including automated AquariusAPS pre-processing to minimize wait times and enable prompt interpretation of time-sensitive data. The new viewer supports 3D or 2D viewing of the image data contained on the disk. Real-time volume rendering is supported including slab MIP, cut-planes and cube views. Embedded software on the CD performs these features running on any ordinary PC with no network connectivity required. With stand-alone support there is no need for network access when using the alternate software rendering mode. The new server form-factors allow a fully-featured iNtuition solution to run on a single 1U server in low volume environments. A fully- redundant enterprise-class system capable of supporting many facilities and serving more than 35 fully-featured users is accomplished in just 8U of server rack space. EMR integration is made easy with no need to load pre-generated URL links into patient reports. Only published studies can be viewed from the EMR, providing a seamless workflow for all patient reports. The new iNtuition Virtual Client Concentrator enables browser-based access to multiple iNtuition clients at once, requiring only the addition of a single 1U server to your iNtuition installation. Expanded endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) planning tools include automatic calculation of sac volume and a clock face overlay for making angular assessments required for fenestrated and branch graft planning. Accelerated colonography reading now features a broad range of new views, tools and preferences to customize the reading environment, lower learning curves and increase efficiency. The platform lets the user assess parametric color maps of time-dependent MR studies to rapidly assess tissue kinetics. This version supports RADLEX terminology lookup with auto-completion of terms, and annotation and image markup (AIM) compliant export of findings for integration with workflow and research databases. A new surgical planning tool includes clock face and distance to the nipple. BiRADS classification is supported in the reporting module. The new version also aims to simplify PET/CT image fusion with the “spinning man” tool with auto triangulation of all views, and new image series hanging protocols. TeraRecon is featuring the solution at the 95th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) at McCormick Place, Chicago. 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Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology.center_img A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. 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NSW tourism to benefit from state grant

first_imgSydney Opera House A AU$20,000 NSW Government grant awarded to the Tourism Industry Council NSW (TICNSW) has initiated the Tourism Business Mentoring Program, a course designed to assist up to 25 local tourism operators in the Sydney and greater Sydney regions. “We are looking for business owners who have been in business for a few years and feel they need some support and direction to grow their enterprise,” TICNSW chairman Ken Corbett said.“This mentoring program, supported by industry specialists, targets the growing tourism sector in Greater Sydney.”The program will comprise 15 hours of small-group workshops, ten hours of mentoring, two networking events and a special project, and will cover a range of topics including business planning, financial fundamentals, marketing strategies and customer service. “The objective of the Business Mentoring Program is to improve business development, networking and growth opportunities for NSW small businesses,” NSW Small Business Minister Frank Terenzini said. “The program helps tourism businesses plan a growth strategy and address business challenges.”Scheduled to run from 1 March to 14 June 2011, the program will take place at the Mercure Sydney Parramatta.Business owners who are interested in the program can contact TICNSW at: aussiehost@ticnsw.com.au Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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