Swire says Lanka yet to fulfil commitments to international community

Swire discussed the issue of U.K. citizens in Tamil Nadu jails as well as the immediate issue of human rights in Sri Lanka during discussions that lasted over an hour with Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. V.K. Singh. British Minister of State in Charge of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, says Sri Lanka is yet to fulfil the commitments made to the international community.Swire also supported the international approach to the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The British Minister expressed these views to The Hindu newspaper while on a visit to New Delhi. Swire said President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were yet to fulfil the commitments they made to the international community. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Canadian ecommerce company Shopify updates platform for CBD sellers in US

Companies in this story: (TSX:SHOP)The Canadian Press NEW YORK — Shopify Inc. says its e-commerce and retail platform has been given new features to help U.S. merchants sell hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol products where permitted by law.The announcement follows last year’s passage of U.S. federal legislation that removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, which still covers cannabis products.Hemp may contain CBD, a compound with potential medicinal qualities, but without significant levels of THC — a compound in cannabis that produces a high.Shopify says the new features will help its clients tap into a growing regulated industry in the U.S. by providing tools for marketing, payments and shipping products.The Ottawa-based company’s platform is used by merchants in roughly 175 countries to set up and manage sales operations across multiple channels including mobile apps, online portals and physical store locations.Shopify shares have more than doubled in value over the past year, but currently trade below their 52-week high of C$543.76, set Aug. 27. They were down $9.07 at $438.41 in early trading Tuesday. read more

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New UN rights chief pledges to push back on centuries of prejudice

Speaking for the first time at the Geneva-based Human Rights Council in her capacity as UN rights chief, she acknowledged that while political differences “may divide some of the countries in this room”, she intended to bring her “lifelong dedication to reversing hatred and ensuring equality and respect for all”.Addressing the Council’s 47 Member States, she said: “Your people seek a common agenda: rights, sustainable development and peace.”Drawing on her own country’s experience, Chile, Ms. Bachelet insisted that despite the years of dark authoritarian rule that followed a coup d’etat 45 years ago in the South American country, which profoundly affected her personally, the Chilean people now enjoy greater freedoms.She touched only briefly on the fact that she herself had been a political prisoner – and not at all on her own experience of undergoing torture – a refugee, and subsequently a doctor who cared for child victims who had been tortured, as well as being twice-elected Chile’s elected President, and being appointed the first head of UN Women, in 2011. “My country has known the pain and terror of tyranny,” she said. “But I am proud to say we have been able to surmount divisions and meet vast challenges – shaping institutions which enable greater participation, and greater freedom, justice and dignity, for our people.”Human Rights CouncilTurning to the Council – which has faced calls for reform, not least by the United States which withdrew its membership in June – Ms. Bachelet expressed how she “deeply admired” its work, along with the UN rights “treaty” bodies which scrutinize the human rights record of every state in the world; and numerous UN-appointed independent experts and fact-finding missions.“Your expanding agenda and increased workload are not only a testament to the world’s failures to uphold human rights, they are also a mark of your importance,” she said, before repeating the words of the late UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that “no country, no matter how powerful or wealthy” can hope to solve the issues which face States in today’s complex, globalized world.I believe there should be more engagement by all Member States – not sterile disputes; not withdrawals; but collective, coordinated and cooperative work to sustain core principles – rights chief, Michelle Bachelet“I am convinced that this Council must strive for consensus,” she said. “I believe there should be more engagement by all Member States – not sterile disputes; not withdrawals; but collective, coordinated and cooperative work to sustain core principles and common goals.”While underscoring the “primary responsibility” of States to uphold the rights of their people, Ms. Bachelet emphasized that she would strive to ensure that they promoted “all human rights”: civil, political, economic, social and cultural.“Irrespective of the type of political regime in a given country, the Human Rights Council has the duty to advocate and to assist transformative improvements in upholding all rights,” Ms Bachelet said.In common with her predecessor, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the rights chief highlighted specific countries where alleged rights abuses required further international attention. MyanmarThese included Myanmar, where the High Commissioner welcomed the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) recent finding that it has jurisdiction over deciding responsibility for the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims, victims of what Zeid had emphatically called “a textbook case of ethnic cleansing”.Welcoming the efforts of some Council Members to “collect, consolidate and preserve and analyse evidence of the most serious international crimes” in Myanmar, she called on the body to pass a resolution so that the UN General Assembly could endorse an independent mechanism that could complement the work of the ICC.  “This is an immensely important step toward ending impunity and addressing the enormous suffering of the Rohingya people,” she said.SyriaThe “impending crisis” of Syria’s Idlib was also a matter of deep concern, she continued, given the potential impact of ongoing military operations in the north-western governorate, home to nearly three million people.“The suffering of the people of Syria has been interminable and terrible,” she said. “I urge all nations to take all necessary action to urgently ensure their protection, as well as justice for the massive human rights violations that they have endured.”  Turning to the issue of migration, and amid reports of violence against migrants in Germany, the new human rights chief insisted that it was in States’ interest to adopt policies that were “grounded in reality, not in panic”.Global CompactIn December, States are due to adopt the Global Compact on Migration, Ms Bachelet noted, a balanced human rights document that aims to reduce the vulnerabilities of the world’s 256 million migrants.Historically, people have always moved in search of hope and opportunities, the High Commissioner said. “Erecting walls, deliberately projecting fear and anger at migrant communities; denying migrants fundamental rights by denying them the right to appeal…separating and detaining families…such policies offer no long-term solutions to anyone, only more hostility, misery, suffering and chaos.” read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball takes 2 in Cincinnati

Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) and junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (17) go for a block during a match against FGCU on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Emily YarcuskoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team took two of three matches at the Millennium Hotel Invitational to improve to 6-3 on the season.OSU first beat Syracuse University (5-4) on Friday, before losing to Ohio University (6-3) and then bounced back to defeat Xavier University (6-3) in its final tournament game.In the third game of the invitational against host Xavier, the Buckeyes had to fight their way to victory as they defeated Musketeers in five sets (17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 15-11).Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe led all players in kills with 18. Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger contributed 16 kills and junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell had 12. Sophomore libero Valeria León led all players with 20 digs and freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer added 10 of her own.In their second match of the weekend and first on Saturday, against coach Geoff Carlston’s former team, the Buckeyes lost to the Bobcats in four sets (26-28, 22-25, 26-24, 21-25).Sekinger led the Buckeyes in total kills with 16 and added two digs. Sandbothe had 14 kills with five digs and four blocks, while Mitchell added 11 kills, two digs and a block. León and Schirmer each had 18 digs, while senior setter Taylor Sherwin added 40 assists.In their first game of the invitational against Syracuse, the Buckeyes were tested, but came out winners in a five-set victory against the Orange (25-22, 20-25, 25-13, 23-25, 15-8).Five Buckeyes recorded double-digit kills as Sandbothe led all players with 20. Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell followed with 16 kills, five digs and two blocks. Sekinger had 13 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall had 12 and Schirmer had 11. León led all players in digs with 23, while Sherwin had 18 and Schirmer had 17.Sandbothe and Sekinger were both named to the Millennium Hotel Invitational all-tournament team. Sandbothe has been named to all-tournament team in each of the three tournaments the Buckeyes have competed in this season.The Buckeyes are scheduled to head to Oxford, Ohio, next weekend as they are set to compete in the Miami University Invitational. OSU is scheduled to play the University of Alabama at Birmingham (3-7) on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (4-7) on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Miami (Ohio) (5-4) at 7 p.m.The Buckeyes are set to open Big Ten play on Sept. 24 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. The match is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. read more

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Police warning over punisher ecstasy tablets following teenagers death on Isle of

“We will remember you for your sharp sense of humour and unique take on the world, that sought to challenge you in so many ways, that others may never know.”A courageous man with love in your heart, who will always be so much to so many. Now free of your pain, run free from your wheels, to your brother Mikey, who we all know will be waiting. “You will be forever in our hearts.”Elsewhere a teenage boy died and four others were taken to hospital after reportedly taking MDMA.Warwickshire Police said a 17-year-old boy suffered a cardiac arrest after an incident in the early hours of Sunday morning and later died in hospital.Officers were called to a property in Wetherby Way, Stratford, where it is believed the five boys took a type of MDMA called “Mandy”.The four other teenage boys who were taken to hospital have since been discharged, the force said.Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. Police have issued a warning over ecstasy tablets known as the “punisher” following the death of a 19-year-old man.Harley Girven, also known as Harley Mason, was found dead by police at his flat in Pomona Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, on Saturday.Hampshire Police said that detectives were treating the death of Mr Girven, who was a wheelchair user, as “unexplained”.And the force today issued a warning over blue triangular tablets, which has been dubbed “punisher”, said to be three times stronger than the normal drug.A police spokesman said: “Two other people who were in the flat when police and ambulance staff arrived were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs.”They are a 16-year-old girl from East Cowes and a 17-year-old boy from Newport. They have since been released under investigation. Their arrests are not directly connected with the death.”The spokesman said that a Home Office post-mortem examination would be carried out on Wednesday to establish a cause of death.Mr Girven’s family have paid tribute to him, saying: “Our boy Harley; a fun and lovable son, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend to so many.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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ICC Womens World T20 Period for vending opens at Providence

Monica Sharma (left) assisted by Mahinder Ghanshiam measuring the Concession area in the Green Stand at Providence (ICC WWT20||John Ramsingh photo)The organizers for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World T20 which opens on November 9 at Providence are in the process to doling out vending concessions for interested entrepreneurs.The oganizers said they are creating a ‘close to home’ environment for spectators to feel comfortable while enjoying matches in the first ever standalone Women’s World T20 and are reaching out to local vendors.According to ICC WWT20 Logistics Officer (Guyana) Monica Sharma, persons or companies may apply for the exciting opportunities to become either roaming vendors, small or medium scale vendors for the entire tournament.Sharma further noted that once persons sign on to all of the match days they will be given the opportunity to sell at the Warm-Up matches at no additional cost.“We want to have the Guyanese-feel when viewing the matches at Providence so we definitely need local flavours to be incorporated. We need the best creole dishes, burgers, hot dogs, plantain chip, pastries, nuts and more. We are looking to ensure the true Guyanese experience and our food is a sure way to achieve that,” Sharma stated.While marking out concession areas in the stands at Providence, Sharma made it clear that “The window period is now open for all persons interested in sales at the upcoming WWT20 but will close on Friday October 26.” This will allow the organizers and vendors to adequately prepare for the 13 matches.In addition to official tournament matches on November 9, 11, 13, 15, and 17 there are official warm up matches scheduled for November 4, 6 and 7 all at Providence.Persons looking to establish or continue their businesses in the field must contact the Guyana Cricket Board on 227-7130 or Monica Sharma on 600-2223 for full details including price.Ten of the world’s best female cricket teams will be batting for the title which is currently in the grasp of hosts, Windies from November 9 to 24.Other than Guyana, preliminary matches will also be played in St Lucia while the semi-finals and finals are slated for Antigua. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWWT20: Bangladesh tackle Ireland today in warm-up at ProvidenceNovember 4, 2018In “latest news”Sandals Int’l Home Series: Windies women to face South Africa in three ODIs and five T20IsSeptember 10, 2018In “latest news”Sammy joins CWI as Ambassador for ICC WWT20September 4, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Lunchtime Fix 5 things you need to know

first_img #Savile was “charming and persuasive..but at the same time he was grandiose, narcissistic, arrogant and lacking any empathy”— Sinead O’Carroll (@SineadOCarroll) June 26, 2014 2. Good news, jobseekers: Two companies announced they’re creating a combined 125 new jobs in Dublin. Source: child office image via Shutterstock3. There’s a rush to buy homes in Galway at the moment as investors see the market turning and prices rapidly rising. Source: awreckofadaydreamer via Tumblr4. Bank of Ireland has sold €250 million worth of mortgages to Dilosk, an unregulated entity. They’ve said it’s no cause for concern because they’ve applied to the Central Bank for authorisation and they plan to comply with all regulatory codes. So, everyone can just calm down. Source: The Keep Calm-O-Matic5. One hundred years ago today, the First World War broke out. EU leaders are in Belgium today to mark the occasion and to remember all of those who lost their lives in bitter battles over the four years. WHAT’S THE STORY?1. The extent of Jimmy Savile‘s depraved activities during his lifetime as a celebrity has been laid out in 28 hospital reports in the UK today. His victims were as young as 5 and as old as 75, while abuse encounters occurred everywhere from hospital wards to his mother’s house and his own campervan. Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesSee the rest of today’s news> Source: Sinead O’Carroll/Twitterlast_img read more

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Rogers ISP admits to throttling World of Warcraft fix will take months

first_imgDepending on where you live, and which ISP you use for Internet access, you may be having your connection throttled. Typically if throttling is in place it targets specific types of traffic such as peer-to-peer (P2P) as it unfortunately gets associated with piracy while forgetting all the legitimate services that take advantage of it.Canadian ISP Rogers has overstepped the mark with its throttling practices, however, and has been called out by a subscriber over them. As you may know, Blizzard utilizes P2P technology for World of Warcraft (WoW) during patching. Patches can be applied when not playing, or done as a background task while playing. By default this is done using P2P.Being an MMO, WoW requires an Internet connection during play, but only uses a low amount of bandwidth even if it is always required (intensive). It is not traffic that should be throttled, and if it was it could make the game unplayable.According to Teresa Murphy that is exactly what Rogers is doing and has made WoW impossible to play. Rogers claims its intelligent throttling filters would never affect such a game, but Murphy complained to CRTC, the regulator for the Canadian telecoms industry, and now the truth has come out.Rogers has admitted that its traffic management system does throttle WoW due to the way the game utilizes P2P technology. Rather than fixing the issue Rogers has issued a software update to work around it, but when WoW last got updated that stopped working and another software update is required from Rogers. The only problem is it won’t be ready until June. In the meantime the ISP’s only advice is to disable P2P in WoW completely.Read more at Ars technicaMatthew’s OpinionI think this is a prime example of why throttling is a bad idea unless it can be implemented in such a way as to be very specific. If someone is downloading tens of gigabytes from a file-sharing network everyday they should be classified differently to someone who spends 8 hours a day playing WoW. The first could have a negative impact on network bandwidth, the second won’t.Either Rogers doesn’t fully understand how its traffic management system works or Murphy is not telling the whole truth. She insists she never uses any P2P applications while Rogers says the problem she experiences only happens when running WoW alongside P2P apps. Seeing as Rogers apparently denied it was an issue at all I tend to believe the subscriber not the company.Two things need to happen here: Rogers needs to re-evaluate its traffic management system to see if it is adequate for the task as it sounds like it isn’t. Users affected by this throttling when playing WoW should be given some form of compensation and a formal apology.last_img read more

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La momie dÖtzi livre des globules rouges vieux de 5300 ans

first_imgLa momie d’Ötzi livre des globules rouges vieux de 5300 ansDes globules rouges extraordinairement bien conservés ont été retrouvés sur Ötzi, un homme des glaces vieux de plus de 5.000 ans, comme le révèle une étude britannique parue mardi.Ötzi, cet homme des glaces âgé de plus de 5.000 ans, découvert en 1991 dans un glacier alpin entre l’Autriche et l’Italie, vient de faire l’objet de nouvelles découvertes. Des globules rouges renfermés dans sa momie ont été préservés par les glaces où gisait le corps durant toutes ces années. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme une étude publiée mardi dans la revue de la Royal Society britannique.Jusqu’alors, les chercheurs n’imaginaient pas que les tissus conservés ainsi que les éléments du système nerveux de la momie, pouvaient être accompagnés de traces sanguines. Les chercheurs savaient seulement que la mort d’Ötzi faisait suite à de graves blessures conduisant à une mort lente. C’est en fait la mise en œuvre de tests plus poussés au cours de l’autopsie qui a permis d’identifier des traces d’hémoglobine. Grâce à des techniques de pointe comme le microscope à force atomique, des échantillons prélevées sur les plaies de la main droite et sur l’omoplate ont révélé trois “corpuscules” en forme de “disque concave”, tout à fait caractéristique des globules rouges.Ainsi, l’aspect intact des structures découvertes prouve que ces globules rouges ont été étonnamment épargnés par les dégâts du temps. “Jusqu’à présent, on ignorait avec précision combien de temps le sang pouvait survivre, et encore plus à quoi pouvaient ressembler des cellules sanguines datant de la période du Chalcolithique”, explique à l’AFP l’anthropologue Albert Zink, spécialiste de cette momie unique en son genre. Les plus vieux globules rouges jamais découverts À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mais ce n’est pas la seule découverte qui a été faite. En effet, l’équipe a pu supposer par certaines “signatures lumineuses” que présentaient les globules, que l’agonie d’Ötzi avait duré plus longtemps qu’estimé, laissant le temps à une majorité des cellules sanguines de coaguler.Pour ajouter encore à la découverte, outre les précieuses informations portant sur les conditions et les caractéristiques de la mort d’Ötzi, cette extraction a permis de battre un record : les globules rouges de la momie sont les plus anciens jamais découverts dans le monde. Le 2 mai 2012 à 13:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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BTC reportedly holding up mobile portability Bahamas URCA looking into why

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #URCAinvestigatesdelaysinMNP Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – A notice came today from the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) … it said URCA understands that there has been significant and unacceptable delays in the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service experienced by persons seeking to port their mobile number during the course of today, 24 November 2017.The fault appears to impact primarily those customers seeking to switch their service provider and port their cellular mobile telephone numbers from Bahamas Telecommunications Company to Aliv.   URCA is aware of the inconvenience and is taking the necessary measures to further investigate and address this matter expeditiously.   URCA will issue a further updates once the situation has been fully resolved.#MagneticMediaNews#URCAinvestigatesdelaysinMNPlast_img read more

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Jimmy Durante Boulevard reopens just ahead of San Diego County Fair

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – Jimmy Durante Boulevard reopened Wednesday night in time for the San Diego County Fair.The barrier is up and the “road closed” signs have been taken away. Crews have been cleaning up and making repairs ever since a bluff collapsed during Easter weekend.The reopening comes just in time for the San Diego County Fair which opens on Friday. Jimmy Durante Boulevard reopens just ahead of San Diego County Fair Posted: May 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom May 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Radiation Concerns to Slow Property Transfer at Hunters Point

first_imgThe Navy has agreed to suspend any further transfers of property at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco due to several investigations into the falsification of data by its cleanup contractor.In 2014, Tetra Tech admitted to submitting false samples in an apparent effort to show the soil was not radioactive. The samples the company submitted actually came from different locations than the ones indicated. In reality, the samples were collected from areas that had already tested clean for radiological contamination.Last week, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Malia Cohen told U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy that the city “will not accept the transfer of any land until federal and state regulators are satisfied that the land is clean and safe” and the city’s health department validates the decision, reported NBC Bay Area News.“The safety of our residents and workers is paramount, and we are committed to a thorough cleanup at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard,” they wrote.Earlier this month, EPA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control wrote the Navy to confirm an agreement that it would not propose any further transfers until the outcome of ongoing investigations by multiple agencies “and/or any other Navy action necessary to clarify the actual potential public exposure to radioactive material at and near [Hunters Point].”FivePoint, the reuse project’s master developer, also said it will not accept any property until regulatory agencies agree it’s suitable for development, according to the story.“We absolutely want and expect the Navy to clean up the Shipyard, and expect that this current review will be conducted thoroughly,” Kofi Bonner, FivePoint’s Northern California president, said in a written statement. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Man killed in Cumilla gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and police at Raipur in Daudkandi upazila in Cumilla early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Rubayet Hossain Babul, son of Imam Hossain of Madhabdi upazila in Narsingdi district.Daudkandi police station officer-in-charge Mizanur Rahman claimed a team of police arrested two robbers Babul and Maruf Ahmed from Dhaka’s Uttara area on Monday in connection with their alleged involvement in mugging a covered van of export oriented fabrics from Daudkandi area.Later, police along with two others conducted a drive on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Raipur area around 3:00am to nab their associates.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, associates of Babul opened fire to police prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight.Babul caught in the line of fire while he was trying to flee the scene and sustained bullet injures.Later, he died on the way to Cumilla Medical College Hospital, police said.Four policemen including Nurul Islam, sub-inspector of Daudkandi police station, were injured during the gunfight.Police also recovered one pipe gun and a bullet from the spot.Babul was wanted in 22 cases field with different police stations in Narayanganj and Narsingdi.The news agency UNB reported on Tuesday that five people were killed in separate alleged gunfights with police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in three districts.The law enforcement’s version of the events was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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Voters To Pick New Trustee For HISD In RunOff Election

first_img 00:00 /01:00 Florian MartinHISD headquartersIn the New Year, the Houston school board will have a new face. On Dec. 10, voters will have one more chance to pick that person for District VII.It has come down to Anne Sung, a former teacher, and John Luman, an attorney and lobbyist.Sung, who currently works with the nonprofit Project GRAD, won the most votes in the general election. Here’s what she calls her top priority: “Really focus on creating strong credible plans for schools that are struggling to help them improve.”While it’s her second time to run for the spot, it’s the first time for her opponent, Luman. He’s been endorsed by outgoing trustee Harvin Moore. Here’s his first order of business if he’s elected: “First is to have everybody on the board working together, to focus on the kids, to make sure we’re all moving in harmony.”HISD’s District VII stretches from River Oaks to Harwin.Together the nine trustees on the HISD board decide the tax rate and approve the budget for the state’s largest school district.For detailed information on voting locations, visit the Harris County Clerk’s page. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Sharelast_img read more

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The City Of Houston And Harris County Collaborate On Flooding Mitigation Projects

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) and other elected officials from the region attended a press conference held next to Brays Bayou to announce the plan by which the City and Harris County will collaborate on flooding mitigation projects.Houston area leaders have a new plan to prevent flooding and it involves swapping money back and forth between different agencies.Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and other local elected officials announced during a press conference held next to Brays Bayou that the City of Houston will borrow money from the State of Texas for flood protection improvement projects that involve three bayous: Brays, Hunting and White Oak.Specifically, the City will borrow funds through a loan from the Texas Water Development Board.The City will redirect those funds to the Harris County Flood Control District, the County will subsequently be reimbursed by the federal government and ultimately return the funds to the City.Turner says improvements on Brays Bayou will be first because the feds have already approved them and the engineering work has been completed.According to the mayor’s office, the project for Brays Bayou entails a budget of 43 million dollars that will pay for extensions and channel widening in the Brays watershed, as well as bridge replacements.“The work on Hunting and White Oak bayous will follow pending Congressional approval and a separate agreement with the Flood Control District. The total estimated cost of all three projects is 130 million dollars,” Turner detailed during the press conference.The mayor added in a statement that these projects will “remove hundreds of properties out of the 100 year flood plain.”Josie Duffey lives near the Meyerland area, which is very close to Brays Bayou and has been devastated in the past two years by multiple floods.She supports the measure and told Houston Public Media that “people need to know that somebody is out there listening to them. You know, it’s like the forgotten neighborhood.”Sheldon Weisfeld also lives in southwest Houston, but questions the engineering design for Brays Bayou.“If we’re borrowing money for a project that’s ineptly designed it, it doesn’t matter how much money you throw at it,” noted Weisfeld, who thinks county engineers should widen Brays Bayou from its mouth all the way downstream and install more flood preventers. X Listen 00:00 /00:00 Sharelast_img read more

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Texas Leaves School Safety Largely To Districts

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @uchangenowThe Texas Education Code requires school districts to adopt a multi-hazard emergency operations plan.What that plan looks like is up to the individual districts.“The plan has to address preparedness, response and recovery for any type of emergency,” Texas Education Agency spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said.“It has to provide for district employee training in responding to an emergency. It has to include information about mandatory school drills and exercises.”The school districts also have to coordinate with the health department, law enforcement and fire departments for emergency response. And they have to conduct a safety audit of all their facilities every three years.In a statement, the Houston Independent School District said its police officers attend annual active shooter response training and have recently received new equipment to deal with shooters on campus.last_img read more

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Study provides surprisingly complex portrait of ancient trade networks

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: Compositional data supports decentralized model of production and circulation of artifacts in the pre-Columbian south-central Andes. PNAS 2017 114 (20) E3917-E3926; published ahead of print May 1, 2017, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1610494114AbstractThe circulation and exchange of goods and resources at various scales have long been considered central to the understanding of complex societies, and the Andes have provided a fertile ground for investigating this process. However, long-standing archaeological emphasis on typological analysis, although helpful to hypothesize the direction of contacts, has left important aspects of ancient exchange open to speculation. To improve understanding of ancient exchange practices and their potential role in structuring alliances, we examine material exchanges in northwest Argentina (part of the south-central Andes) during 400 BC to AD 1000 (part of the regional Formative Period), with a multianalytical approach (petrography, instrumental neutron activation analysis, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry) to artifacts previously studied separately. We assess the standard centralized model of interaction vs. a decentralized model through the largest provenance database available to date in the region. The results show: (i) intervalley heterogeneity of clays and fabrics for ordinary wares; (ii) intervalley homogeneity of clays and fabrics for a wide range of decorated wares (e.g., painted Ciénaga); (iii) selective circulation of two distinct polychrome wares (Vaquerías and Condorhuasi); (iv) generalized access to obsidian from one major source and various minor sources; and (v) selective circulation of volcanic rock tools from a single source. These trends reflect the multiple and conflicting demands experienced by people in small-scale societies, which may be difficult to capitalize by aspiring elites. The study undermines centralized narratives of exchange for this period, offering a new platform for understanding ancient exchange based on actual material transfers, both in the Andes and beyond. The study challenges existing centralized network models of interaction in favor of a decentralized network structure. The researchers built the largest provenance database ever constructed for the region, taking a multianalytical approach that considered lithic sources, pottery analysis, and comparisons of clays and fabrics. These materials and artifacts had previously only been studied separately. The wide-ranging collection of data resulted in a complex, sprawling portrait of northwest Argentina during the Formative Period.This era was characterized by the slow development of sedentary societies with subsistence and crafting technologies. In older studies, researchers reconstructed regional networks based on typological similarities between materials and artifacts. The new study attempts to investigate interactions between both local and regional networks in the Andes during this period by comparing the manufacture and sources of materials, as opposed only to looking at styles.For instance, an examination of obsidian artifacts demonstrated that they shared a common source. But the differences between the cultural styles and assemblages demonstrated that many groups from different communities and cultures shared access to the same source. This allowed the researchers to create a regional network representing the movement and propagation of this source of rock.The petrography analysis of ceramics sources revealed a variety of technical production modes. The researchers found distinct chemical fingerprints for ceramic artifacts found in specific valleys and areas. “This pattern strongly suggests that there was a set of middle-range distance connections involving not only the circulation of raw materials and artifacts, but also the transmission of skills and concepts of manufacture and design that were not exclusionary,” the authors note.Notably, the study did not find characteristic artifacts from the Ambato Valley—these are distinctive gray-black wares found in past archaeological excavations that did not seem to spread among the regions encompassed by the current study. This calls into question the presumed centrality of the Ambato Valley as a node within the regional trade network. “Together with the observed low frequency of painted Aguado varieties in our core study area, the results of the geochemical analysis support a reconsideration of the purported central role of this valley,” the researchers write.The study concludes that the area supported many circulation networks involving multiple means of transport, including the presumed use of llamas. Additionally, local networks of different types were incorporated into larger regional networks that best served the needs of communities during that period–needs that were not necessarily dictated by either socio-political considerations or the desires of cultural elites. “Focusing on close intercommunity links rooted on common craft practices rather than solely on stylistic reconstructions is a more fruitful avenue to explore the ancient circulation of goods, skills, and people without assuming the capacity of early elites to manipulate and capitalize on such networks,” the authors conclude. © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img (Phys.org)—The study of ancient civilizations, particularly those that did not leave extensive writing in the archaeological record, is reliant on the evidence of other kinds of material artifacts. And one of the keys to understanding large, complex societies is mapping the circulation of such artifacts. An international research collaborative recently published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the production and circulation of artifacts in the south-central Andes during 400 BC to 1000 AD. Albania stops smugglers of 230 ancient Apollonia artifacts Distribution routes for obsidian sources, decorated MG2 and MG7 pottery wares, Vaquerías and Condorhuasi wares, and type 1 vulcanite. Credit: (c) PNAS 2017 114 (20) E3917-E3926; published ahead of print May 1, 2017, doi:10.1073/pnas.1610494114 Citation: Study provides surprisingly complex portrait of ancient trade networks (2017, May 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-surprisingly-complex-portrait-ancient-networks.htmllast_img read more

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WBCS cadre sees reshuffle

first_imgKolkata: In a reshuffle in the WBCS (Executive) cadre, 18 SDOs have been changed.SDOs of Barasat, Suri, Bankura (Sadar), Darjeeling (Sadar), Barrackpore, Egra, Mekhliganj, Mathabhanga, Kakdwip, Raiganj, Ranaghat, Tufanganj, Cooch Behar (Sadar), Alipore, Howrah (Sadar), Jhalda, Purulia (Sadar) and Alipurduar were changed.Avik Chatterjee, who was SDO Darjeeling (Sadar), has become the Deputy Secretary of Self Help Groups and Self Employment department. Thendhup Namgyal Sherpa has become the Deputy Director of Tourism Directorate. He was SDO Raiganj. Reshma Banerjee, who was SDO Howrah (Sadar), has been posted as advisor of WBIDC. Arundhuti De has become the Secretary of Alipurduar Zilla Parishad. Santi Kumar Batabyal, who was posted as Deputy Secretary of the Land and Land Reforms department, has become the Deputy Secretary of the Judicial department.last_img read more

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first_imgLocal authorities are struggling to keep green areas weed-free following the heavy rainfall of the past few months.Aglandjia municipality in Nicosia on Tuesday defended the appearance of a park dedicated to police officers and firemen killed on duty after local residents complained over the tall grass covering the entire area that also serves as a playground.“It is not neglected, we have in fact cleared the park but because of the heavy rains weeds grow back fast,” the head of the municipality’s health services Kypros Voudias told the Cyprus Mail.He said the municipality’s crews that are in charge of park maintenance have 90 park areas in their care.The rich plant growth in addition to staff shortages mean that crews are on an endless battle with weeds.“By the time we clear all of the parks one by one, weeds grow back,” he said.The park in question, located on Akadimias Avenue, was founded in 2012 following an initiative of the Friends of the Police association in honour of the six firemen killed during the explosion at Mari naval base in 2011, and 51 police officers killed during the 1960s bicommunal troubles and the invasion or while on duty. This includes one officers missing since 1964 and five since 1974.“We will clear the weeds form there again when its turn comes again,” Voudias said.He called for understanding by the municipality’s residents.“We need some time credit. We are doing the best we can with the staff we have,” he said.He added that consultations are underway for the park to be adopted by the Police Academy that is adjacent to it so that they will have it under their care and supervision in cooperation with the municipality.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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