Darfur UN envoy hopes all rebel leaders will participate in peace talks

24 October 2007The United Nations Special Envoy to Darfur said today that he hopes as many rebel leaders as possible from the war-torn Sudanese region will eventually take part in landmark peace talks starting on Saturday, even though some of the splintering rebel forces are already signalling they will not attend. Jan Eliasson told reporters that it was still not clear exactly how many rebel leaders will participate in the talks in Sirte, Libya, but he warned that the stakes for the people of Darfur were too high for them to turn down the invitation.“We may have a very dangerous development if we miss this opportunity,” he said, noting that the Sudanese Government, the country’s neighbours, representatives of Darfurian civil society and some local tribal leaders have all said they are ready and willing to take part.“We are now, of course, coming close to the moment of truth. I would say [it’s] the moment of hope for Darfur.”He stressed that substantive negotiations on many of the most contentious issues, such as power-sharing and control of land, will not take place immediately, allowing the rebel groups time to hold consultations among themselves on the sidelines of the Sirte talks.But he said that further delays would only lengthen the suffering in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes since 2003 because of fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed.The Security Council has authorized the creation of a hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force, to be known as UNAMID, to try to quell the violence.The lead-up to the talks in Sirte, which are being co-convened by Mr. Eliasson and his AU counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim, have been complicated by the proliferation of rebel movements as many of the existing groups, including the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), splinter into smaller factions.Speaking today by videoconference from Asmara, Eritrea, where he has been meeting with senior Government officials to discuss preparations for the negotiations, Mr. Eliasson said there is “very little hope” that rebel leader Abdul Wahid el-Nur will attend, while Khalil Ibrahim of the JEM has also asked for the talks to be delayed. But he said he was still hopeful that other rebel leaders would join the Sirte talks later.Mr. Eliasson said obtaining a formal cessation of hostilities would be a priority of the talks, while arrangements for the return of displaced people can also be given immediate attention. He expects the initial discussions in Sirte will focus on issues of security and wealth-sharing.After hearing a closed-door briefing from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sirte talks, the Security Council issued a presidential statement calling on all parties to engage fully and constructively in the talks and to first agree to a cessation of hostilities.“The Council underlines its willingness to take action against any party that seeks to undermine the peace process, including by failing to respect such a cessation of hostilities or by impeding the talks, peacekeeping or humanitarian aid,” the statement noted.It added that the 15-member body was deeply concerned about delays in the deployment of UNAMID, and urged Member States to make available the aviation and ground transport units still required for the mission.The Special Envoy said the preparations for the talks had been adversely affected by the recent spike in violence in Darfur, particularly the deadly attack last month against AU peacekeepers in the town of Haskanita.Frustration is growing in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), he said, with many residents having spent four years there and some younger IDPs becoming increasingly radicalized. Violence in the camps is rising and arms are starting to flow in.The strained relationship in the National Unity Government, formed in the wake of the end of the separate north-south civil war in Sudan, was also adding to the difficulties, Mr. Eliasson said.In his latest report on the implementation of the January 2005 comprehensive peace agreement that ended that war, Mr. Ban says recent events underline the fragility of the pact and the failure to implement some of its key provisions.Earlier this month, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – the former southern rebel group – suspended its participation in the Government, although it is now holding talks with the National Congress Party on how to resolve their impasse.Mr. Ban urges all sides to implement their commitments under the agreement, calling on the leaders to show political courage.“While the conflict in Darfur undoubtedly had consequences for the rest of the country, we must not lose sight of the fact that the comprehensive peace agreement remains critical to long-lasting peace throughout the Sudan,” the Secretary-General writes. read more

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Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 8 July 2011

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Farewell To Tim Duncan The Greatest TwoWay Player In Modern NBA History

Shaquille O’Neal56.325.435.0 Nobody combined offense and defense like Tim Duncan 8Larry Bird41,329120.353.674.2 Wilt Chamberlain35.849.041.4 18Pau Gasol41,57281.438.552.2 4David Robinson38,492100.680.389.3 Includes all NBA regular seasons and playoffs from 1973-74 to the present.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 14Magic Johnson40,783149.134.656.2 11Jason Kidd56,19994.855.470.0 20Patrick Ewing45,80141.265.350.5 7Kareem Abdul-Jabbar50,840144.453.578.0 Kevin Garnett50.033.039.8 10Scottie Pippen49,17487.462.372.7 Hakeem Olajuwon30.638.534.1 The post-Jordan NBA era unofficially ended Monday, when San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan announced his retirement after 19 seasons as a pro. Duncan was at the forefront of the league for the past two decades, winning five championships and a pair of MVPs as the best player of the generation that entered the league as MJ was on his way out. But for whatever reason — be it playing in small-market San Antonio, his relatively low-key public persona or all the things that go into a nickname like the Big Fundamental — Duncan’s greatness remains undersold in many quarters. So here are a couple of ways in which he made a case for being the best player in modern NBA history.All-around greatnessDuncan never scored more than 25 points per game after age 25, and he didn’t crack 20 PPG after turning 30. His low-post game, premised around that classic bank shot, was solid but rarely feared, particularly later in his career. But Duncan augmented his point totals with good efficiency, great rebounding and a nice passing touch for a big man that allowed him to anchor the Spurs’ offense even when his days as a big-time scorer were in the past.And on defense, Duncan was uniformly incredible throughout his career. He was named to 15 All-Defensive teams — the last of which came at age 38 — and led the league in defensive Win Shares five times, to go with nine other top-five finishes. In terms of suppressing offensive efficiency (relative to league average), Duncan’s Spurs were the NBA’s best defensive dynasty since Bill Russell’s Celtics. And even in the twilight of his career, Duncan consistently ranked among the league’s top five defensive players according to the plus/minus metrics. He’s undeniably on the shortlist of the best defenders in basketball history.Put it all together, and it’s hard to find a modern player with a better combination of offensive and defensive résumés than Duncan. To measure this, I used a couple of statistics from Basketball-Reference.com: value over replacement player (VORP) and Win Shares, both of which strive to capture a player’s total on-court influence over his team’s success.1Since VORP only goes back to 1973-74, that’s the earliest season included in my sample. I converted both metrics to a figure representing wins above replacement (WAR), and broke down each into its offensive and defensive components, zeroing out seasons where a player dipped into negative-value territory. Then I summed up offensive and defensive WAR for a player’s entire career — including the playoffs, where Duncan built a good amount of his legend — and took the harmonic mean (which favors balance between the two instead of a lopsided total in one category) of a player’s offensive and defensive tallies.By that standard, Duncan has no peers among modern NBA players: 13Charles Barkley44,179154.941.064.9 Moses Malone40.933.136.6 15Clyde Drexler43,109118.235.654.7 2Kevin Garnett55,701107.387.296.2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar61.582.670.5 Paul Pierce36.337.436.8 19Horace Grant44,79368.341.351.5 6LeBron James46,861196.252.582.8 WINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT 3Karl Malone62,759162.567.595.4 Great both young and oldDuncan also performed those acts of all-around greatness for just about two decades straight, playing like a Hall of Famer as both a young player and an old one. Back in 2014, my colleague Nate Silver was curious about how rare that combination was for a player:I wondered which other players in the NBA, and in the other major team sports, have had so much impact over their full professional lives. In other words, which of them were both very effective as young players and as old players?For an answer, Nate looked at each player’s Win Shares before age 25 and after age 32, taking the harmonic mean (yes, that again) of the two numbers to find players who matched Duncan’s career path. There weren’t many.Since Duncan has only added to his post-32 totals since then, let’s re-run the same exercise, updated through the end of Duncan’s career: NBA WIN SHARES PLAYERTHROUGH AGE 24AGE 33 ONWARDHARMONIC MEAN Tim Duncan47.855.051.1 1Tim Duncan56,738108.1110.3109.2 Michael Jordan53.643.648.1 12Michael Jordan48,485206.541.669.2 PLAYERMINUTES PLAYEDOFFENSEDEFENSEHARMONIC MEAN 9Shaquille O’Neal50,016133.850.273.0 17Robert Parish51,88170.941.452.3 5Hakeem Olajuwon49,97179.593.385.9 The NBA’s best full life-cycle players Dirk Nowitzki53.037.543.9 Sorted by harmonic mean of NBA Win Shares through age 24 and from age 33 onward.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 16Shawn Marion43,93463.047.053.8 In the end, Duncan still trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — it’s really tough to beat that guy in longevity-based measures — but he did pass Michael Jordan for No. 2 all-time in Nate’s metric, another feather in Duncan’s cap as one of the best and truly unique players in NBA history.Better than the raw numbers?And as great as Duncan looks according to the numbers above, both studies were conducted using derivatives of the basic box-score stats. Those can be fine for estimating a player’s value in a broad sense, but they have a tendency to misfire in some areas — such as defense, or even the more subtle aspects of offense like screening or space-creation — where Duncan happened to excel.Perhaps that’s why, when Real Plus-Minus creator Jeremias Engelmann released a bank of adjusted plus/minus data encompassing the 2001-2014 seasons, Duncan ranked as the third-best player of that era, trailing only Kevin Garnett and LeBron James. That’s slightly higher than Duncan placed according to Player Efficiency Rating (he was fifth), Win Shares per 48 minutes (also fifth) or even Box Plus/Minus (sixth), which is designed to emulate plus/minus ratings derived from more granular data.In other words, Duncan’s contributions might be somewhat underrated when we line up his stats against those of other greats from history. The NBA won’t be the same without him in it next season. read more

Parents Christmas present for their autistic son 7 destroyed in arson attack

first_imgPOLICE IN MANCHESTER say that a 7-year-old boy’s Christmas was ruined after arsonists set fire to a sensory room that his parents had built for him. Over the past few weeks, the parents of the boy, who suffers from Phelan-McDermid syndrome, had kitted out their garden summer house in Woodhouse Park, Manchester with padded flooring, soft lighting, a digital radio and soft toys for their son to play in. But they awoke yesterday morning to discover that the sensory room had been destroyed by a fire in their garden. The digital radio and lighting had been stolen before the house was set alight. The fire also spread to a guinea pig hutch next to the summer house but both guinea pigs inside survived. Police believe that overnight rain helped extinguish the fire, preventing a more serious incident. Greater Manchester Police Detective Inspector Jane Curran said the arson attack was “heartbreaking” and described it as a “disgusting and cowardly crime”. “The family, like every other family across Greater Manchester, were really looking forward to showing their son his Christmas present when they woke on Christmas Day. Whoever did this really has no morals whatsoever,” she said.last_img read more

Hadopi des sanctions à venir pour les récidivistes

first_imgHadopi : des sanctions à venir pour les récidivistes ?Ça y est, Hadopi amorce une nouvelle phase du processus. Elle a transmis à la justice le dossier de certains internautes suspectés de partage de fichiers illégaux en ligne.C’est une première en France. La Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet (Hadopi) a transmis à la justice des dossiers d’internautes suspectés de téléchargements illégaux.La Hadopi va-t-elle se lancer à présent dans une phase de répression ? La Haute autorité indique en tous cas que “les dossiers sont en ce moment envoyés en flux continu dans toute la France, auprès des parquets des lieux de résidence.” Ensuite, ce sont les procureurs de la République qui décideront si le dossier doit être examiné par un juge ou non. Car, seul un juge pourra décider de la coupure éventuelle de la connexion Internet. Le 30 décembre dernier, l’autorité faisait état de 165 internautes se trouvant dans la “troisième phase”, avant un possible appel à la justice. Les internautes concernés risquent une amende maximale de 1.500 euros et une suspension de l’accès à Internet durant un mois maximum. Le candidat PS à la présidentielle, François Hollande, n’est pas favorable à Hadopi et a fait part de son souhait de remplacer l’autorité par “une grande loi signant l’acte 2 de l’exception culturelle française”, conciliant “la défense des droits des créateurs et un accès aux œuvres par Internet, facilité et sécurisé”. Le 14 février 2012 à 10:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mavericks beat Blazers for 20 series lead

first_imgDALLAS — The Portland Trail Blazers must feel like they are in an NBA time warp. First they got beaten by Jason Kidd, now Kidd and Peja Stojakovic.Even the Dallas Mavericks are feeling the retro mood. They’re up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2006.Stojakovic tied his career playoff best with five 3-pointers and had 21 points, and Kidd continued his surprising scoring surge with 18 points, powering the Mavericks to a 101-89 victory on Tuesday night in Game 2 of their first-round series.Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 33 points, but was practically a complementary player. He was at his best after the 30-something, former All-Stars built the lead, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter — including the team’s final 11 — to help the Mavericks keep the Trail Blazers from ever making a serious push. He scored 18 in the fourth quarter of Game 1.“We’re never sure which two or three guys we’re going to get hot, but we need contributions from a lot of different guys to be successful and that’s what we got tonight,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.Portland had a lot of things go right, from LaMarcus Aldridge scoring 24 to Gerald Wallace and Wesley Matthews regaining their scoring touch after struggling in the opener. But the Trail Blazers got only 11 points from their bench, none in the second half. And while they were limiting Nowitzki to 5 of 15 shooting through three quarters, former All-Stars Kidd and Stojakovic were lighting them up.last_img read more

MultiPlatform Publishing Offers New Opportunities for Print Buyers

first_imgThis includes each printer’s ROI-proven digital/print Value-Added Program (VAP) of interest to your company. Consider each as another “adjustment” category (as the printer’s pricing is offset by savings/income). But contractually require that your company retains ownership of the data and can move to another printer later, without losing the program’s benefits.After adding/subtracting the above adjustments to the printer’s basic pricing for a new yearly total, then multiplying that by the contract term (e.g., five years), you have the total cost of doing business.There are a number of items to incorporate in a printer RFP, including,• Specifications and production schedule.• Capabilities Comparator applying to that printer.• Request for printer’s VAP offerings for print and digital capabilities, including content management integration.• Printer’s Magazine Pro Forma worksheet by title.Enclose a covering letter indicating the Printer’s bid due date and request the Printer’s Standard Contract (boiler plate) along with a complete Price Schedule formatted similarly to the Pro Forma worksheet’s price itemization included within the RFP—to be enclosed with each bid.Identify Printers for Bidding: By defining your wish list and requirements in the preceding steps, you can then locate six (preferably more) qualified printers to compete for your business. REMEMBER: don’t favor just the largest printers, as they may not have the best arrangements including price for your company. But, make certain that each printer is financially sound!Receiving and Analyzing Printers’ Bids: Once you have the printers’ bids and their responses to the Capabilities Comparator, copy the printer’s filled in pro forma worksheet to replace that printer’s blank worksheet—then hyperlink it to the Magazine Summary worksheet.For comparing printers—I (along with the attorney) evaluate each printer’s boiler plate to incorporate any changes that you and your attorney require. Make note of these issues within the Capabilities Comparator while analyzing the other bids.Next, I analyze the rest of the bid for accuracy and completeness in comparison to the other bids and the “Target” you want to competitively achieve or surpass.Negotiating with Each Printer: You will negotiate pricerelated issues like comparison to target but also be open to new opportunities that the printer might offer which are favorable to your company. And, do not over-play your hand with risky demands! You don’t want any printer to walk away from negotiations for the wrong reasons.NEVER allow a printer to see the details of another printer’s bid. It is both unethical and prejudicial thinking that could backfire on you.Visit Each Finalist’s Printing Plant: A week or more prior to the trip, e-mail each finalist your talking points to cover during the meetings. Provide any pointers that you can to the finalists about their weaknesses—both in comparison to target ($$), as well as the updated Capabilities Comparator.Next, tour the plant to confirm the capabilities including state-of-the-art technology of the major equipment that the printer will use in producing your magazines (in comparison to the evolving Capabilities Comparator).Tour not only the pressroom and bindery, but all departments/facilities affecting your business, even accounting. Include in discussions with the printer regarding the printer’s ability to fulfill your USPS requirements (including USPS work-sharing programs); as well as all newsstand requirements in cooperation with your newsstand distributor); along with any other third party supplier.You, any project team, and your management can then go over the standings you have updated; and develop a consensus as to the best offer both quantifiably and in terms of workflows and business accommodations in your company’s favor.Bert N. Langford is a veteran independent publishing consultant with extensive background in Printing and Publishing (in the process: negotiating from “both sides of the desk”). He can be reached at (314) 458-8863 – or at bert@pubresource.com. Visit his Web site at www.pubresource.com. If you have not bid out your work to the printing marketplace in the past three or more years, you are likely missing out on a great opportunity, not only in your print deal, but also the growing synergies between digital and print that printers now offer.Within the following I’ll offer some tips (but not all, due to limited space) on how to conduct printing negotiations in a manner that maximizes your company’s benefits and opportunities.Your first step is to form an aggressive yet adaptable strategy for how to conduct negotiations and track the comparative results. In all cases, create the comparativeprinting analysis based on the same issue makeup found on your printer’s invoice (and reported by the same fiscal month) for the most recently completed fiscal year.Then below the line, adjust the basic pricing results to consider all costs of doing business with each printer that can occur over the contract term.last_img read more

Why Does Southeast Alaska Have A Daycare Crisis

first_img(Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)Mention daycare to pretty much any parent in Southeast Alaska, and you’ll get an earful. It’s never been easy to find daycare in the region, but just recently, it’s gotten much worse.Download AudioBreanna Delaney is a single mom, so she has to work to support herself and her daughter. Delaney works an irregular schedule as a waitress, and she’s in desperate need of reliable day care, so she can keep her job.But there’s no space available. Delaney has signed up for waiting lists, but “they all say they’re full until September.”So, what are her options in the meantime? Delaney has a few relatives in town, then there are random friends who have kids and agree to babysit. But that doesn’t always work out.“There’s been so many problems with that, because they will tell me oh yes, I can watch her. Then super late at night, they say, ‘Oh sorry, forgot I had an appointment tomorrow, so can’t watch her,’” she saidDelaney isn’t alone. Daycare in the region has always been problematic, but it’s hit a breaking point.“We’re calling it the child-care crisis in Southeast Alaska, and that’s because it’s the worst that it’s been in about a decade,” said Jessica Mills Clark.Clark is the Ketchikan-based liaison for the Association for the Education of Young Children.On the association’s website, the home page is pretty much dedicated to helping parents who are scrambling to find daycare.“We have about 1,000 children under the age of 6, and we have 180- licensed child care slots,” Clark said.That’s just in Ketchikan. The shortage affects parents throughout Southeast. According to a 2013 report by Juneau-based Sheinberg Associates, the number of kids in the Capital City under the age of 6 was close to 2,500, and only 550 of those were in licensed child care.Clark said there isn’t a single reason for the shortage.“I call it a perfect storm, because it’s a couple of different variables,” she said. “It’s not just one thing that you can point to and say, ‘This is the problem.’”One known issue is that fewer landlords allow tenants to run daycares. So, if someone wants to open one up, they have to own their own home.“And then licensing standards are getting tighter, so it’s a combination of things,” Clark said. “Licensing isn’t my strength. I don’t know the ins and outs of licensing, but I do know that they’re just looking at things a little bit closer. And maybe their interpretation of the standards that are on the books make it seem tighter.”That has been Kim Stacy’s experience. She owns First City Kid Care, a child care center. Stacy said her frustration over licensing regulations is why she’s thinking about getting out of the business.“I’ve been a licensed provider since 1995, and everything has gone great until these last couple of years,” she said.The biggest issue, Stacy said, is a requirement that a larger center like hers must have someone with a child development associate certificate on site. Previously, she said, the state just wanted someone who works there to have a certificate; they didn’t have to be physically there all the time.Stacy has the certification, and one of her employees just finished the training. But, Stacy’s gotten in trouble for that regulation a couple of times in the past year. The second time, Stacy was at the hospital, so her employee was the only one at the center with the qualification.“She had run across the street for me to pay a bill, and they came in,” Stacy said. “She was actually only gone for four minutes, and I got charged $500.”Judie Klemmetson is the region’s state licensing supervisor for the Juneau-based Child Care Program Office. She said that particular regulation has been enforced for quite a while throughout the state, and noted that violations don’t immediately result in a fine.“It depends on how many times they’re repeated,” Klemmetson said. “We would start with a warning, and then eventually progress to a fine if necessary.”Klemmetson said that her office works with child care providers to help them comply with all the regulations.“Because we want them to be successful,” she said. “That’s part of our job.”There are an unknown number of unlicensed daycare operations, and AEYC’s Jessica Clark worries about the kids in places that nobody’s checking up on. But the shortage has forced that choice on some parents.“They’re making tough choices about: ‘I still need to work, I can’t make a choice about that, so I’m going to settle for a place that maybe I don’t feel great about, but I feel OK,’” Clark said.Adrienne O’Brien is one of the lucky working parents who has good, licensed daycare for her 2-year-old daughter. But it wasn’t easy to find. In fact, she describes it as the most stressful part of having a baby. Now she’s expecting her second child.“And I’m already kind of stressed out about it,” O’Brien said. “The center where Ava is has a preference for siblings. So it’s really likely there’ll be a spot, but nothing is guaranteed, and if it doesn’t work out, I don’t know what I’ll do, because there’s really nothing.”O’Brien won’t need that second daycare spot until February, but if she finds an opening in the meantime, she’s not letting it get away.“If a spot come open, I’m just going to have to grab it, and pay $800 month. Just to hold the spot,” she said.Other parents are doing the same thing, because this daycare crisis likely will continue for a while. Jessica Clark hopes that more people in Southeast Alaska will open up child care businesses, and those that do are pretty much guaranteed to fill up right away.For information about how to become a child care provider, plus details about assistance programs for providers and parents, visit http://www.aeyc-sea.org/last_img read more

Congress Passes Aviation Hurricane Tax Bill

first_img Share President Trump’s with congressional Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi (left) and Chuck Schumer (center).Congress has passed a bill to prevent a shutdown of federal aviation programs and provide tax relief to hurricane victims. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump to sign. The bill extends the operating authority of the Federal Aviation Administration through March. If Congress had not acted, the agency would have been forced to partially shut down on Saturday, the last day of the federal budget year.The bill also includes five tax provisions for hurricane victims. One would allow them to withdraw money from 401(k) or other retirement accounts without penalty for storm-related expenses.The House initially passed the bill with provisions that would have expanded the private flood insurance market. The Senate stripped out those provisions and sent it back to the House, which passed it again.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday April 23

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe continue our coverage of the death of Freddie Gray, focusing on policing policies and legislative shortcomings that may have contributed to his death, as well as many others, and violence against many, many more. We’ll hear from Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, Delegate Jill Carter, Neil Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Tyrone Powers of the Institute of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice. This story and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Music Program Offers a Safe Space for Emerging Artists

first_imgDamond Blue lost his father to violence when he was 3-years-old. Growing up on Asquith and Oliver Streets in East Baltimore, he said he didn’t have a lot of role models. Trouble in school would eventually land him into a writing program that would have a huge impact on his life.Like many Baltimore youth, the after-school program provided a space for Blue to vent and hone his creativity. As a young adult, he decided to pursue a career in music and lead his own company, Dream Bigger Media Group. Understanding the importance of youth programming, in 2016 the rapper launched the Beats Not Bullets internship program and enrolled his first cohort of interns.“I want to create a resource for the youth. I want to give them something they can hold onto, something that they can appreciate and something that they can learn from,” said Blue.Blue reached out to music producer Kariz Marcel and former rapper Ogun Gordy to help implement the program.This year Beats Not Bullets is operating out of the Creative Alliance on Eastern Avenue. The team of artists, engineers, and producers lead a small group of young talent. Inside the venue’s theatre, the workstations are covered with laptops, keyboards, speakers and headphones for the young aspiring artists.Marcel, who also owns and operates Kariz Kids Youth Enrichment Services, is listening to an intern’s latest track. He nods his head and gives his seal of approval to Kamal, a 12-year-old in his first year with the program.“They keep impressing me every time. From the beginning to now, the musicality, just everything is insane,” said Marcel as he reflects on the growth of his interns.Marcel provided a curriculum for Beats Not Bullets that includes instruction for artists, writers, producers and engineers. For six weeks during the summer, participants receive training in professional and character development. Funded by Blue’s Dream Bigger Media Group and supporters, the multifaceted program teaches employability skills and insight into the various career opportunities in the music industry.“You might come here saying ‘I’m a rapper,’ but you might leave here saying, ‘I want to be an engineer,” said Marcel. “We want to show them that behind every artist there are jobs.”Although, participants are free to explore all types of musical genres, Gordy acknowledges the influence of hip-hop music and how it can be used to engage youth.“Hip-hop has done a lot for me and Damond Blue personally,” said Gordy, who is the operations manager for Blue’s Dream Bigger Media Group. “So we think it’s important that we kind of use that as the draw as far as music in general because it’s a powerful thing.”Angelina Reynoso, a 16-year-old vocalist, learned about the program from her friend’s mom. Coming from a family with a strong background in music, she joined the program to broaden her understanding of the industry.“This is the career that I wanted since I was really young,” said Reynoso. “When I work with people that have different experiences from the ones I heard of already, it expands my knowledge on the industry altogether.”With the homicide rate steadily rising, Baltimore City officials are debating several options to  try to stem the violence. More community based programming for youth is strongly being considered. Blue believes members of the community should lead the way.“The community needs to take full ownership of everything that’s going on, not just leave it up to the government,” said Blue.As Beats Not Bullets comes to a close for the summer, staff and partners are looking to expand the program all year around in Baltimore and other major cities like Atlanta. Blue is looking forward to offering new opportunities for youth.“I’m excited for these kids’ lives,” said Blue. “I’m excited for the reform of Baltimore.”last_img read more

Following Court Ruling Md Lawmakers Again Introduce HBCU Support Bill

first_imgAs she has each year for the past decade, Maryland State Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Dist. 43) testified before her colleagues in support of a bill to promote equality between the state’s HBCUs, and its traditionally White institutions.Maryland State Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Dist. 43) (Facebook Photo)This year, however, Conway’s bill and testimony carry with them the force of a recent court ruling that the state has operated its higher education institutions in a segregated manner, and must provide equal support for each. “The historically Black institutions have not been funded at the same rate that the traditionally White institutions have,” Conway told members of the State Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of SB-252, the 2018 version of legislation first introduced in 2008.  The bill would ensure that Maryland’s four historically Black institutions receive sufficient funding to be competitive with the state’s other four-year public universities. It comes amid the final stages of a lawsuit brought against the state by alumni from the four institutions; in November, a U.S Federal District Court found that the state of Maryland continues to operate a de jure system of segregation in higher education that has disadvantaged HBCU students. The state has threatened to appeal the decision.SB-252 seeks to equalize state funding provided to Maryland’s four HBCU’s with the level of public support given to traditionally White institutions. Currently, public funding to colleges and universities in Maryland is discretionary.   Maryland’s four HBCU have been underfunded for decades, Morgan State University President David Wilson said in his testimony before the committee. He was the only HBCU executive to testify on behalf of SB-252.  “The conclusions have been consistent over the last 70 years,” Wilson told the committee. Wilson shared a long history of recommendations by federal judges, state and federal commissions for quality, dating from the 1937 Soper Commission to November’s ruling, as evidence of a long-understood resource disparity between the state’s HBCUs and TWIs.  Talib T.Karim, an adjunct professor at Bowie State University, said that equalizing funding between the state’s historically Black and predominately White institutions may help decrease the atmosphere of racial intolerance that has gripped many area campuses. Among Karim’s students was Lt. Richard W. Collins, an African-American Bowie State University student who was stabbed to death in a hate crime incident on the University of Maryland College Park campus last May, just days before Collins was scheduled to graduate.    “We have the opportunity to prevent the kind of tragedy that we saw happen to Lt. Richard Collins,” Karim said. “By bringing not only more students of color to HBCUs but all students and increasing the number of Caucasian students who will flock back to these campuses when they are fully funded, we will do a service to our state.”Senators had few questions during the testimony. Deborah Powell-Hayman, president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore National Alumni Association, said she believes the lack of response from several of the committee’s senators represented a missed opportunity.  “Today, I felt as though the exchange was a bit brief and some might surmise the atmosphere was a little bit dismissive,” Hayman said. “As Senator Conway stated, we’ve been on this pathway for a very long time.”“We’re struggling, and we need this bill to pass,” Hayman added. The UMES campus receives among the smallest annual funding allocations from the state.Delegate Nick Mosby and other members of the House of Delegates have submitted a companion bill in that chamber, H.B. 450, according to Tracey Lewis, Mosby’s policy director. Hearings on the bill are scheduled for Feb. 8.Nathaniel J. McFadden, one of two Legislative Black Caucus members on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, was also one of the few senators to comment during the hearing. McFadden said the time has come for the General Assembly to step up.“Clearly, now that Judge Blake has ruled, the State is obligated to do the right thing by its historic black colleges and universities,” he said. “But not only that, we need to do this for the entire state. It’s going to be difficult, but we need to fight the fight. This is a matter of principle and doing the right thing.”last_img read more

Lizard species found to reduce head bobbing mating ritual when predators are

first_img Explore further (Phys.org) —A team made up of researchers from several universities in the U.S. has found that male brown anoles (Anolis sagrei)—a type of lizard, dramatically reduced its head bobbing mating dance when predators were introduced. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe their field study of the lizards and how it resulted in the discovery that an animal was able to change its mating behavior so quickly. Study shows male bowerbirds manipulate female color perception Male brown anoles, like many other lizards (and other species) engage in a dance of sorts when attempting to attract a mate. It bobs its head in exaggerated movements, puffs up its bright orange dewlap and even does some pushups. In addition to attracting a mate, the dance is believed to also serve as a warning to rivals to stay away. In this new effort, the researchers found that if predators came into the area, the males immediately toned down their moves, hoping apparently, to remain unseen, while attempting to entice a mate.To find out more about the lizard’s mating patterns the team of researchers ventured down to its home in the Bahamas and set about measuring the amount of movement involved in head bobbing with several specimens on several of the islands. Once that was completed, they introduced carnivorous curly-tailed lizards, (Leiocephalus carinatus) onto the islands, which are known to catch and eat brown anoles. After waiting for a period of time to allow the new arrangements to settle, the researchers once again measured the distance the heads of several specimens traveled as they engaged in their head bobbing dance, and found that the distance had decreased dramatically (up to 40 percent). They also noted that the lizards appeared to be more timid as they bobbed, doing so with far less enthusiasm.The researchers surmise that the reduction in head bobbing was due to a desire to be less noticeable to the newly arrived predators that may be in the area. How the females responded to the feeble mating gestures has yet to be determined, though it’s likely they too would prefer to not attract the attention of predators when mating as well.The researchers note that many cases of animals changing their mating rituals have been observed over the course of several generations in response to predators, but a single species changing its mating habits in its own lifetime has not been seen before. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Predation-associated modulation of movement-based signals by a Bahamian lizard, David S. Steinberg, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1407190111AbstractSignaling individuals must effectively capture and hold the attention of intended conspecific receivers while limiting eavesdropping by potential predators. A possible mechanism for achieving this balance is for individuals to modulate the physical properties of their signals or to alter the proportion of time spent signaling, depending upon local levels of predation pressure. We test the hypothesis that prey can alter their visual signaling behavior to decrease conspicuousness and potentially limit predation risk via modulation of signal properties or display rate. To do so, we conducted a manipulative experiment in nature to evaluate the possible effect of predation pressure on the physical properties of movement-based signals and on the proportion of time spent signaling by using a well-understood predator–prey system in the Bahamas, the semiarboreal lizard Anolis sagrei, and one of its main predators, the curly-tailed lizard Leiocephalus carinatus. We find that on islands onto which the predator was introduced, male anoles reduce the maximum amplitude of head-bob displays but not the proportion of time spent signaling, in comparison with control islands lacking the predator. This reduction of amplitude also decreases signal active space, which might alter the reproductive success of signaling individuals. We suggest that future studies of predator–prey interactions consider the risk effects generated by changes in signals or signaling behavior to fully determine the influence of predation pressure on the dynamics of prey populations.center_img Citation: Lizard species found to reduce head bobbing mating ritual when predators are around (2014, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-lizard-species-bobbing-ritual-predators.html © 2014 Phys.org Male anolis sagrei expanding its throat. Credit: Frédéric Trudeau/Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

As a straight person this politician feels stigmatized by LGBTI people

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘They have been so insistent and persistent that I, as a straight person, you as a straight person, we’re beginning to feel marginalized, harassed and stigmatized by them.’LGBTI people have long featured in Barbados’ culture, but same-sex marriage was more recent concept.‘What is new, though, is an attempt to transpose and to transplant a foreign culture into Barbados called same-sex marriage,’ he said.‘Now that is what I have a problem with. We must also watch this creeping attempt to offend and insult our moral sensitivities here in Barbados.’Nowhere is safeA recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report found the LGBTI people exist in the eastern Caribbean and lead productive lives. But the face a lot of discrimination and violence, and are not safe in places such as their homes or church.Jason (not his real name) is a 40-year-old man from Barbados. He told HRW the crushing impact of living in a homophobic country where you can’t be your real self.‘People don’t understand how much pressure it is not to be your true authentic self and how that is such a mental strain – to the point where that is so detrimental to you as a person,’ he said Jason.‘It hinders our education opportunities, and work opportunities and taking part in your community.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Barbados Minister Steven Blackett. | Photo: Flickr/C Pitt via BGIS Minister of Social Care and Community Development Steve Blackett was addressing a government party meeting in the eastern Caribbean nation when he made the comments.Blackett warned same-sex marriage would never happen in Barbados, sending a clear message to the ‘external forces and internal forces’ advocating for marriage equality.Despite having some of the strictest anti-sodomy laws in the world, Blackett said Barbados was tolerant of the LGBTI community.‘If you want to be same-sex, that’s your business… nothing wrong with that at all. Barbados has always been tolerant to homosexuals among us,’ Blackett said according to a report in Barbados Today.‘They are our relatives, our family or friends, our kith and kin, our hairdressers, our tailors…Same-sex relationships in most neighbourhoods are nothing new.’But their ongoing campaigning for equal rights was making Blackett uncomfortable.‘This LGBT lobby is so insistent, so persistent, claiming this community is being marginalized and stigmatized,’ he said.center_img One of Barbados’ senior Ministers said calls to end LGBTI criminalization made him feel ‘marginalized, harassed and stigmatized’. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… This Barbados politician says LGBTIs stigmatize straight peopleThese beautiful pictures of Barbados Pride will restore your faith in humanityDid Rihanna help a pro-LGBTI politician become Barbados’ new president?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/straight-person-politician-feels-stigmatized-lgbti-people/last_img read more

British soldier gives birth in Afghanistan

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The woman had deployed to Afghanistan in March, meaning her child was conceived before her tour of duty began.Britain does not allow female soldiers to deploy on operation if they are pregnant, and the defense ministry said it had not been aware of the woman’s pregnancy.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches LONDON (AP) – Britain’s military says a soldier has unexpectedly given birth while serving in Afghanistan.The ministry confirmed on Thursday that the unidentified woman delivered a son on Tuesday at Camp Bastion, Britain’s major logistical base in the desert of southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.A specialist team is being deployed from Britain to help bring home the woman _ a gunner with the Royal Artillery _ and her child. The defense ministry said both were in a stable condition at the base.center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   last_img read more

Flying Wallendas safely cross Times Square on high

first_imgFlying Wallendas safely cross Times Square on high wire by The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2019 10:13 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Aerialist Nik Wallenda walks on a high wire above Times Square, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason Szenes) NEW YORK — Two siblings from the famed Flying Wallendas safely crossed Times Square on a high wire strung between two skyscrapers 25 stories above the pavement.Nik Wallenda is a seventh-generation acrobat, but this time, he said he was nervous. His sister, Lijana Wallenda, joined him Sunday night for the first time since her near-fatal accident in 2017, when she broke nearly every bone in her face.The siblings walked from opposite ends of the 1,300-foot wire (396-meter) suspended between the towers, crossing each other in the middle, where Lijana Wallenda sat on the wire and let her brother step over her. Both then continued to the opposite side.Their latest daredevil stunt was streamed live on ABC and watched by thousands of spectators from below. The two were wearing tethered safety harnesses required by the city in case they fell.The Wallenda family has been a star tightrope-walking troupe for generations, tracing their roots to 1780 in Austria-Hungary, when their ancestors travelled as a band of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, animal trainers, and trapeze artists. They never use nets in live shows or in rehearsals.In 1978, 73-year-old Karl Wallenda fell to his death from a high wire strung between two buildings in Puerto Rico. In 1962, Karl Wallenda’s nephew and son-in-law died, and his son was paralyzed, after a seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance. Lijana Wallenda’s fall happened during an attempt to break a Guinness world record with an eight-person pyramid.Nik Wallenda’s high-wire walks above Niagara Falls, the Chicago skyline, and the Little Colorado River Gorge near Grand Canyon National Park were broadcast on national television.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stolen sheep

first_imgLambs and sheep worth more than €7,000 were stolen from a farm in the Famagusta region between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, police reported on Friday.A Xylophagou farmer reported to police that 50 lambs and 12 sheep had been stolen from his farm in the rural area of the village.Police have started to gather evidence aimed at identifying the thieves. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Coops cut housing loan rates

first_imgThe Co-operative Central Bank will lower interest rates on all mortgages being serviced by one per cent as of March 1st, it announced on Friday.The decision impacts positively some 34,000 households which have obtained housing loans from co-ops, which hold a share of over 40 per cent in the housing-loan market.According to the CCB, non-performing housing loans will be subject to a 0.5 per cent interest rate decrease as soon as they are restructured, and a further 0.5 per cent once loan repayments resume as agreed.CCB chairman Nicolas Hadjiyiannis described the decision as “very important” and said it was part of the organisation’s broader strategy.“Quickly responding and fully aware of its sensitive role and its leading position in the local financial environment, the Co-operative movement has decided this measure along with a promise that the effort to lower interest rates will continue,” he said.“It is our vision and goal, because our country needs it.”The announcement comes one month after theCCB announced it was cutting its rates for agricultural loans by an average 2.0 per cent, in a bid to boost the sector as part of the effort for economic recovery.Effective January 1, the CCB reduced the rate on loans to 4.75 per cent. It also cut the rate for non performing loans that are restructured to 5.75 per cent.Provided the terms of the restructuring agreement were observed, after six months the rate would be further reduced to 4.75 per cent, the lender said.Lending rate cuts will average 2.0 per cent for performing loans, the CCB said. They will affect around 8,500 loans.The reductions on agricultural loan rates followed a similar move regarding student loans back in November.All three moves are the result of long-term planning by the CCB for the gradual lowering of interest rates, aiming at enabling its customers meet their obligations and contribute to the recovery of the local economy.As part of the island’s €10 billion international bailout, co-ops received €1.5 billion in taxpayers’ money to recapitalise.The sector has been reduced in size through mergers, which saw the island’s 93 co-operatives merged into 18.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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