Asylum figures show overall slower rate of irregular crossings

first_imgOTTAWA — Newly published government figures show fewer asylum-seekers crossing “irregularly” into Canada than last year, although June did see a small increase over other months this year.Last month, RCMP officers intercepted 371 more migrants trying to cross into Canada from the United States between official border checkpoints compared to May.June of this year also saw a small increase of over 300 irregular crossings compared to the same month of last year.Conservative border critics Michelle Rempel and Pierre Paul-Hus say they believe this shows the numbers of irregular migrants arriving in Canada are “on the rise.”But the overall totals show a downward trend this year versus last.Between January and June 2019, a total of 6,707 asylum seekers crossed irregularly into Canada, a 38-per-cent drop compared to the same period in 2018.June was the first month in all of 2019 in which the numbers of irregular border crossers was higher than in the same month the year before.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Soccer Aid 2012 Injures Stars Saves Children

first_imgThis year’s Soccer Aid showdown left celebrities exhausted and injured in the name of charity.Will Ferrell stands between Chef Gordon Ramsay, left, and television presenter Patrick Kielty before the Soccer Aid charity soccer match in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, May 27, 2012.Credit/Copyright: Jon Super, AP PhotoOrganiser Robbie Williams’ England team won back the Soccer Aid trophy on Sunday night, with a 3-1 victory over the Rest of the World in a thrilling match that raised £4 million ($6.28 million) for UNICEF.Football legends and celebrities including Teddy Sheringham, Will Ferrell, Gordan Ramsay, Graham Le Saux and Aston and Marv from JLS battled it out in front of close to 70,000 fans at Old Trafford in Manchester.England’s celebrity players included Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Aston Merrygold, Olly Murs and Marvin Humes, while the Rest of the World team fielded Mike Myers, Gerard Butler, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson and Michael Sheen.Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian opened the score in the 21st minute with a spectacular right-footed shot, beating former England goalkeeper David Seaman.England trailed 1-0 at half time, but came back strongly in the second half with two goals in three minutes, from former Chelsea and England star Graham Le Saux and Soccer Aid co-founder Jonathan Wilkes.Blackpool striker Kevin Philips scored a third goal on 88 minutes to make the victory safe for the home side, though some unconventional goal keeping antics by Jamie Theakston at the other end made for a nail-biting finish.There was also drama when celebrity chef Gordan Ramsay was stretchered off after a collision with England legend Teddy Sheringham. A leg injury late in the game also put Will Ferrell on the sidelines.“Soccer Aid 2012 has been the most amazing yet!” said UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull, who presented the winners’ medals.” There was an incredible atmosphere, it was a great match, and over £4 million was raised to help save children’s lives.”Robbie Williams recently travelled with Jonathan Wilkes to some of the poorest parts of Mexico City, and recorded a video for UNICEF explaining the importance of the work Soccer Aid helps support.Video: Soccer Aid 2012: Robbie Williams in MexicoWilliams said: “Meeting children in Mexico City really showed me how dangerous the world can be for a child and how hard it can be for them to even survive. Right now, children are suffering and it shouldn’t be like this.It’s not too late to donate to Soccer Aid: click here to find out how easily you can help.last_img read more

CSIS looking for Indigenous recruits

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Canadian Security Intelligence Agency set up a booth in Winnipeg during a recent conference focused on Aboriginal business.Why was an agency concerned with national security actively recruiting Aboriginal people at an entrepreneur trade-show?APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out.last_img

DavidsTea Inc sales fall 15M in first quarter

The Canadian Press MONTREAL — DavidsTea Inc. saw sales slip in its most recent quarter, despite a gain in tea sales online and at grocery stores.The Montreal-based company says its sales for the first quarter were $44.3 million — down $1.5 million or 3.3 per cent from $45.8 million in the same quarter the previous year.E-commerce and wholesale sales rose 9.3 per cent or $600,000.Its net loss for the quarter ended May 4 was about $4 million or 15 cents per share compared to $1.2 million or five cents per share in the first quarter of 2018.Interim CEO Herschel Segal says the company is “confident that our ongoing initiatives will lead to a return to positive sales in the near future.” read more

Annan calls on Security Council to be imaginative in preempting conflicts

“Let us be imaginative. Let us use what influence we have. And let us focus on implementation,” Mr. Annan said in remarks at the outset of a meeting of the 15-member body on “The role of the Security Council in the Pacific Settlement of Disputes.”Noting efforts to prevent or mitigate conflicts, including use of the Secretary-General’s good offices and Council missions like one to West Africa later this week, Mr. Annan said: “I think we would all agree that these efforts have achieved mixed results. We have seen both innovation and inertia. We have seen genuine displays of political will, and instances where the Council has failed to dissuade the parties to a conflict from using force.”While primary responsibility for avoiding conflict rested with the parties concerned, Mr. Annan outlined the tools the Council had at its disposal and the “key role” it could play.“You can help identify and address root causes early, when the opportunities for constructive dialogue and other peaceful means are greatest,” he said. “You can ensure an integrated approach that brings together all factors and all actors, including civil society. And you can support the other UN organs in their efforts to resolve disputes and address volatile issues before they erupt into full-fledged threats to international peace and security.” read more

UN expert warns combat against violent extremism could be used as excuse

“By ‘balancing’ freedom of expression and the prevention of violence, the programmes and initiatives aimed at countering ‘violent extremism’ have – often purposely, sometimes inadvertently – put at risk or curtailed the independence of media,” said David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, in a press release on World Press Freedom Day.While recognizing the important role that governments and non-State actors play in countering violence extremism (CVE) and its incitement, Mr. Kaye and his counterparts from the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) raised concerns in their annual Joint Declaration that programmes to prevent or and/combat violent extremism risk undermining freedom of expression. “So-called CVE or PVE programmes must be based on a legal framework and on evidence of their effectiveness and their necessity and proportionality to achieve legitimate objectives,” Mr. Kaye stressed. The human rights expert noted that most relevant programmes fail to provide definitions for key terms, such as extremism or radicalization, pointing out that “in the absence of a clear definition, these terms can be used to restrict a wide range of lawful expression.” “Some governments target journalists, bloggers, political dissidents, activists and human rights defenders as ‘extremists’ or ‘terrorists,’ criminalizing and detaining them, using legal systems to counter broad and unclear offences,” Mr. Kaye warned. “The harm is felt not only by journalists but also by their audiences, the public that deserves the right to know and to access information of public interest.” The Special Rapporteur also cautioned that CVE-inspired efforts – including content removal, surveillance, the blaming of security tools like encryption – risk undermining the potential of digital technologies to foster freedom of expression and access to information and to provide avenues for counter-speech.“Freedom of expression plays a critical role in promoting equality and in combating intolerance, and the role the media, the Internet and other digital technologies play in keeping society informed is essential,” Mr. Kaye said. For the UN Special Rapporteur, “limiting the space for freedom of expression and restricting civic space advances the goals of those promoting, threatening and using terrorism and violence.”The Joint Declaration on freedom of expression and countering violent extremism, by Mr. Kaye; Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media; Edison Lanza, IACHR Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression; and Pansy Tlakula, ACHPR Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information is available here. read more

Former MP falsely accused of abuse wins libel action

In a statement to the court, Mr Wilmer said: “I can confirm that I have settled the claim for defamation made against me by Mr John Hemming.“I understand that those publications [the social media messages] have caused Mr Hemming and his family upset and distress for which I apologise.” John Hemming said the allegations had been extremely hurtful to his family John Hemming said the allegations had been extremely hurtful to his family After the case went to the High Court, Mr Wilmer agreed to make a payment of £1,000 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and pay more than £9,000 to Hemming for legal costs. Mr Henke, who now runs his own blog online, agreed to make a payment of £500 to Victim Support.He also agreed to carry a statement on his website and was instructed not to refer to Miss  Baker as a “victim or survivor when the use of such terms in context presupposes the truth of her claims”.Speaking about the impact the false allegations had on him and his family, he said: “Wilmer and Hencke never thought of the effect of their activity on my children.  “I have been on the receiving end of a number of threats of violence and hundreds if not thousands of aggressive messages.”One individual has even been convicted for making death threats to me based upon completely false allegations.“Newspapers have checks and balances to verify facts and report in a balanced way. There are no such controls on social media or websites many websites.” 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. John Hemming brought a defamation action against two people for comments online He told the court he would make no suggestion in the future that the defendant was guilty of any crime including rape and blackmail.Martin Forshaw, of Weightmans solicitors, said that Mr Wilmer had “lodged a full defence” and that he had “nothing further to add”.Mr Hencke did not respond to a request for comment. John Hemming brought a defamation action against two people for comments online A former MP, who was falsely accused of being part of a VIP paedophile ring, has won a rare libel action over comments made about him on social media.John Hemming, who was the Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley between 2005 and 2014, had been accused of being part of a group that had abused children in Staffordshire in the 1980s and 1990s.His accuser, Esther Baker, waived her anonymity in 2015, to make the claims, but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), later concluded there was insufficient evidence to charge him.Now Mr Hemming has won damages and apologies from two of Miss Baker’s supporters, who posted comments online that implied the former politician was guilty.Graham Wilmer, founder of the Lantern Project a charity, which helps abuse survivors, and journalist David Hencke, who worked for the now defunct website, Exaro, agreed to pay more than £10,000 after accepting their comments were defamatory.Mr Wilmer, who was a supporter of Miss Baker, posted four comments on social media between 11 September 2017 and 14 October 2017 suggesting Mr Hemming was guilty of the abuse. read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_img Image: Shutterstock By Rónán Duffy https://jrnl.ie/4792683 Image: Shutterstock No Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sep 2nd 2019, 5:00 PM The 5 at 5: Monday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Share Tweet Email EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #VEEP: US Vice President Mike Pence is arriving soon into Shannon Airport with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar describing him as “a real friend of Ireland”.2. #BEEF PRICES: A commission on beef pricing could provide a solution to the stalemate between farmers and the meat industry, the Irish Farmers’ Association has said.3. #THE STREETS: Dublin City Council has voted to pedestrianise a section of Lower Liffey Street in the city centre.4. #HOMELESSNESS: There are more than 10,000 people homeless in Ireland for the sixth month in a row, according to the latest figures.5. #CORK: More than 100 cars are still to be removed from a multi-storey car park following a huge fire in Douglas Shopping Centre in Cork city on Saturday. Monday 2 Sep 2019, 5:00 PM 7,387 Views last_img read more

Greek public servants in Canberra

first_imgTwo senior Greek public servants will participate for the first time in the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)’s Executive Fellows Program (EFP) for senior executives, to be held in Canberra from 11-29 November 2013. The Greek participation, as it was announced by the Australian Embassy in Athens, is in the context of Australia’s practical support for the Greek reform efforts, and it was made possible by a scholarship from ANZSOG, with other costs met through donations by members of the Hellenic Australian Business Council. The successful candidates were selected by the Australian and New Zealand side following a close examination of their applications and credentials. The two participants to the program are senior officials in the Greek Ministry of Economy and in the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness. ANZSOG was established in 2002 as a unique initiative of governments, universities and business schools. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

LG présente le smartphone le plus fin du monde à Las Vegas

first_imgLG présente le smartphone le plus fin du monde à Las VegasLG a dévoilé ses produits lors du Consumer Electronic Show de Las Vegas. Au menu, un mobile 3D et le portable le plus fin du monde.Le fabricant coréen LG a voulu séduire les foules qui se pressent à l’Electronic Consumer Show de Las Vegas en dévoilant ses futurs produits. La firme lance ainsi sa “Smart TV”, une plateforme pour ses télévisons reliées par Internet. Grâce à une télécommande, il est possible de naviguer sur le web et de visionner les contenus grâce à un moteur de recherche. Alors que la 3D est à la mode, LG propose 4 paires de lunettes pour 20 dollars (15,22 euros) grâce à leur technologie passive (le verre droit est polarisé dans un sens pendant que le verre gauche est polarisé dans l’autre sens). Une nette différence avec les “actives” (les images destinées à chaque oeil sont encodées les unes à la suite des autres) proposées pour 100 dollars (76 euros) en moyenne. À lire aussiFaceApp : l’application qui vous vieillit garde probablement vos données personnellesPar ailleurs, avec l’Optimus Black, nouvellement mise en avant, LG détient le mobile le plus fin du monde. De 9,2 centimètres d’épaisseur, il est ainsi moins épais que l’iPhone 4 ! Le terminal possède un écran de 4 pouces et pèse seulement 109 grammes. Il sera commercialisé normalement durant le premier semestre et sera animé par Android 2.2 “Froyo”. L’autre “événement” de cette présentation est le mobile à écran 3D. Doté d’un écran de 4,3 pouces, le terminal pourra prendre des photos et des vidéos en 3D pour les projeter ensuite sur la télévision. Mais LG en dira plus sur le sujet un peu plus tard.Le 6 janvier 2011 à 11:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nuclear Winter is a Greater Threat Than You Think

first_img A recent panel of scientists has analyzed the real effects of the nuclear arsenals of several major powers. The group wanted to look at just how likely nuclear winter was with different types of weapons, as well how many it would take to cause the less apocalyptic but still globally devastating “nuclear autumn.”During the cold war, estimates suggested that it would take many, many weapons close to the same time to muck with the planet. But as we update our models, we now understand that nuclear winter, like most things, is a little more complicated (and worse) than we thought.When a nuclear weapon goes off, especially if it hits a huge city, it can cause a massive firestorm — basically an out-of-control wildfire that will be hot enough to incinerate just about everything from steel and rubber to concrete. That would kick up millions of tons of particulates and ash that, thanks to the air currents set off from the bomb, would reach the upper layers of the atmosphere. And at that point, we might as well be hit with a meteor. Global rainfall would drop off dramatically, and the havoc with global climate and temperature could devastate crop yield for the next five years, and that’s not to mention the radiation belts we’d have to deal with.If you’re wondering what changed between the Cold War and now, it’s two things. First, we’re just better at science now, and our predictions and models are more accurate, and two… bombs got a lot more powerful.China’s workhorse nuclear warheads have a yield of five megatons. During the Cold War, strategy and planning were based on the older, smaller 15 kiloton bombs. If one of China’s nukes hit a large city like London, for instance, the world would feel not just the loss of millions, but starvation and thirst for years to come.The study also suggests that recent shifts in global politics have made the use of nuclear weapons far more likely today than during the tensest moments of the Cold War.We do indeed live in dark times. Many of our greatest minds have rightly warned about the possibility of nuclear apocalypse. It’s in Star Trek, even, as a grim warning against the trend towards conflict and warfare throughout human history. The scale of the tragedy that can be inflicted with these terrible machines was great enough that, with only a handful of exceptions, the scientists who made it possible all regret their choice to participate. And why wouldn’t they?We struggle with keeping our species alive as it is, what with the climate change, famine, disease, and… sadly, conventional warfare. We have plenty of ways to die and maim and kill without these beasts around. Senators Reintroduce Bill to Advance Nuclear TechnologyWatch: Newly Restored Footage of Terrifying 1953 Nuclear Tests In Iron Man, Tony Stark demonstrates the power of his new Jericho Missile. He starts by saying “They say the best weapon is the one you never have to fire,” before flipping that. “Find an excuse to let one of these off the chain, and I personally guarantee the bad guys won’t even wanna come out of their caves.”After that, we see a massive explosion that takes out the side of a whole mountain range. The scene is clear — weapons will always find a way to wind themselves into the wrong hands. Stark’s growth throughout the series, the entire Avengers series and another huge piece of all of modern Geekdom — the Marvel Cinematic Universe — sets itself against the use of weapons of mass destruction.Earlier this month almost all of the world’s nations elected to ban nuclear weapons outright. The law said that ridding the world of nukes was “a global public good of the highest order.” The ban would require that no country under any circumstances “develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons.” It also bars them from even threating to use a nuclear weapon or helping another country use them.Now that we know that even one nuke could wreck the world for a decade or more… this doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all. Unfortunately, while the rest of the world fears the threat of global extinction, all the countries with nukes, as well as their closest allies, boycotted the vote.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Sanders campaign adapts after Washington primary shift

first_imgISSAQUAH — It’s a cloudy weekend morning at a farmers market in a leafy suburb east of Seattle, and Bernie Sanders’ volunteers are out in force.Along with traditional campaign materials, they have what they say might be the next best thing to the candidate himself: a life-size cardboard figure for selfies.But when a passerby expresses interest in Sanders’ policies, the volunteers are all business: “Brochures, brochures!” says Supreet Kaur, a local organizer for the campaign, as she rushes back to the table and grabs printouts.Washington is one of 10 states where the Democratic Party is switching to a primary-only system ahead of the 2020 election, and Sanders’ campaign is hitting the state with an early volunteer push. Sanders easily won the 2016 Washington caucus, but the state’s shift to a primary presents a challenge for his campaign: converting the passionate caucus support he enjoyed in the last election to broader turnout in 2020.“It’s a question of depth versus breadth, said Mark Smith, a political science professor at the University of Washington. “Caucuses pick up depth of support, but primaries tend to pick up breadth.”last_img read more

BPA Solidifies Rule Changes to Reflect Changing Media Landscape

first_img• Paid combination sales and/or bundled subscriptions for print and digital.• Paid sponsored digital and/or tablet mobile subscriptions.• Paid circulation with digital as a promotional incentive.For non-paid circulation magazines with digital circulations, the recipient must authenticate the digital subscription through the device and access the magazine or publication once per every six-month reporting period.For digital delivery with non-requestors, the BPA Board amended a rule to allow media owners to count the digital subscription, from one copy, as long as the non-requesting subscriber is given the ability to opt-out.In addition to digital edition reporting, the BPA Board eliminated the continuous service requirement. It deemed that the continuous/non-continuous circulation rule was outdated because of the many media channels, multiple messaging opportunities and unlimited frequencies within a media brand to reinforce advertising messages.While the BPA Board may have axed the continuous service requirement, it reaffirmed reporting shared media channels, but determined it requires better disclosure. The BPA Board voted to require the disclosure comment, “shared media channels (XYZ website)—serving both ______ and ________,” everywhere shared data of any type, not just websites, is reported.When it comes to brand subscription sale offers, BPA members will now be required to report the full amount collected for an offer as the value of the subscription. Members reporting average annual order prices will now disclose the number of subscriptions sold with multiple channel brand offers, when applicable.The BPA Board also approved all recommended changes relating to pre-populated data. Media owners and BPA members, the agency says, wish to utilize subscriber information from any channel to pre-populate magazine subscription solicitations. The rules have been amended to allow the use of third-party sources—like association list rosters, business information providers and directories—to pre-populate information to make subscribing an efficient as possible.In another change, the BPA Board ruled that site licenses could be reported as separate media channels on the BPA Brand Report, but not as qualified digital copies on the publication circulation statements. Additionally, as more media owners migrate to brand reporting and expand statement sizes to report more data, the Board changed the rule surrounding qualification forms on statements to no longer require them due to the availability of these qualification forms online. More on this topic BPA Rule Changes BPA Issues New and Amended Rules for 2012 BPA Broadens Digital Rules, Clarifies ‘Stand-Alone’ Editions, Public Place Copies BPA Modifies Public Place Reporting for Consumer Mags, Creates New Rules Digital Accounts for 21 Percent of BPA Members’ Circulation BPA Redesigns, Shifts Exclusively to Brand Report FormatJust In Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by In an era of multiplatform media consumption, quantifying a large spectrum of metrics gets harder and harder. To provide clarity to its members, auditing agency BPA Worldwide has solidified several rule amendments that are scheduled to take effect immediately.In May 2012, the BPA Board allowed the reporting of digital copies served through applications as qualified circulation. At the time, it was determined that through authentication via an access code tied to subscriber registration or information, media owners had the ability to identify and quantify end-users, thus enabling publishers to report this as qualified circulation.As of the group’s December 2012 meeting, however, the BPA Board amended rules for digital copies served through apps and mobile devices. When it comes to digital subscriptions that are purchased through tablet or mobile platforms, digital circulation will be reported from copy one and for the full term of the subscription. However, the digital subscription must be authenticated through the device or app to report digital copies when sold as:last_img read more

People on the Move

first_img The MPA named Susan Fraysse Russ senior VP of communications. Russ joins the team from Reader’s Digest Association where she was VP of global communications and president of Reader’s Digest Foundation. Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly announced promotion and new editorial hires. Mashable has hired Heidi Moore as business editor to oversee coverage of business, marketing, media and startups. Moore had been the U.S. finance and economics editor for the U.S. edition of The Guardian. First Look Media has had a volatile first year and a half of existence, but the company is hoping its latest hire can bring some stability. Kerri Chyka was promoted to VP of communications for Time Inc. where she will oversee an expanded news and lifestyle portfolio including Time, Real Simple, Fortune, Health, Cooking Light, Money, MyRecipes and All You. Meeta Agrawal has been elevated to deputy editor. She is being promoted from executive editor and will provide editorial oversight for EW while continuing to work closely with the digital team to oversee cross-platform initiatives. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: Bloom’s most recent gig was as the founder of media and tech advisory firm, Woodshed Ventures, but he’s had a number of corporate media roles. He served as CEO of Guardian News and Media for North America from 2012 to 2014, and as chief digital officer for Wenner Media before that. Gillian Telling has been named senior editor, TV and will begin March 16. She is joining the EW team from PEOPLE, where she served as a staff editor since 2013. Michael Bloom is joining the group as president and general manager, where he’ll “be responsible for both the journalistic future of the organization and developing commercial opportunities to support First Look Media.” Anna Roth has been hired by Civil Eats as senior editor. Roth had most recently been the food and drink editor for SF Weekly. He’s faced with a much different situation in First Look though. Founded by eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar in 2013, the company has already gone through a number of high-profile hirings, resignations and exposés. Gina McIntyre is joining as news director (movies) based out of L.A. McIntyre will edit the News & Notes section of the magazine, film features and oversee movie news coverage across all platforms.last_img read more

Next Mission to Sun

first_imgNew Delhi: After Chandrayaan-2, the ISRO has planned launch of its solar mission, Aditya-L1, in the first half of 2020 to study the Sun’s corona, according to the space agency. Aditya-L1 is meant to observe the corona, which are the outer layers of the Sun, extending to thousands of kilometres. “How the corona gets heated to such high temperatures is still an unanswered question in solar physics,” the ISRO stated on its website while sharing information about the mission. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us India on Monday successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 onboard its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport here to explore the unchartered south pole of the celestial body by landing a rover. In a news conference last month, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Sivan had said, “It is 1.5 million kilometres from the Earth. It will always look at the Sun and give analysis of the corona because it has a major impact on climate change.” He said the mission is planned for launch in the first half of 2020.last_img read more

MCR HRDI remembers Prof Jayashankar

first_imgJubilee Hills: Dr MCR HRD Institute organised an impressive function to mark the 85th birth anniversary of Professor Kothapalli Jayashankar, a leading ideologue of Telangana movement, on Tuesday. Officers, faculty, staff, and trainees paid their homage while remembering his contribution to the Telangana movement. BP Acharya, DG of the institute, said that the real and true tribute to his noble soul would be to continue the developmental campaign, with much higher commitment and dedication, to fully realise the dream of golden Telangana. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us He stated that the birth anniversary celebration of Prof Jayashankar was the right occasion to rededicate the institute to the cause of diversifying and enriching core competencies of the employees of government in order to equip them fully to achieve the three-dimensional vision of ‘Bangaru Telangana,’ that is, accelerating economic growth, improving infrastructural facilities, and targeting social welfare and inclusive growth. “His dream of a separate Telangana has been achieved. Now, let us draw inspiration from his life and work towards making it a Model State as per his ideals and dreams,” opined all those who were present on the occasion unanimously.last_img read more

Franklin Seduced France with Coonskin Cap Diplomacy

first_imgIn 1778, Founding Father Benjamin Franklin was in France attempting to secure support for the United States Colonies during the War for Independence. Great Britain and France had been at odds with one another for many years as the two most powerful nations in the world.The American Continental Congress knew that enlisting aid from France would further infuriate King George III.Benjamin Franklin in London, 1767, wearing a blue suit with elaborate gold braid and buttons, a far cry from the simple dress he affected at the French court in later years. Painting by David Martin, displayed in the White House.The Americans were fully aware they could not win the war with Great Britain alone. They had no navy, and military supplies such as guns and ammunition were hard to come by as the Colonies depended on Great Britain for most of their supplies.The British had recruited North American Indian tribes to fight for their cause — promising if Britain retained control of the Colonies, the Native Americans would be left alone. The only hope the Colonists had was to enlist foreign aid.Hessian troops hired out to the British by their German sovereigns.The Colonies were forbidden to trade with foreign countries, but smuggling had been going on for years.  American rice and tobacco were to be shipped only to Britain but were secretly shipped to northwestern France and Amsterdam in exchange for much-needed items such as tea, fabric for clothing, gunpowder, arms, wig powder and other necessities.Great Britain was aware of the illegal trading but mostly ignored the situation until they found out about the weapons and gunpowder. In 1774, the British sent ships to Texel Island in northern Holland to curtail the trade with Amsterdam.  According to Aermican Herritage by the beginning of 1775, the British had unknowingly sent almost six million dollars’ worth of war munitions to the Colonies.Statue of Benjamin Franklin at Washington Square Park in San Francisco, CA. The statue was donated to the city of San Francisco by Henry Cogswell in 1879.At the age of seventy-one Benjamin Franklin was sent to France, along with Silas Deane and Arthur Lee, to gain help from Louis XVI. On May 2, 1776, the French King signed documents making France an American ally which dishonored her treaties with Britain.Recumbent statue of King Louis XVI in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, royal necropolis of France, in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France.In 1770 Massachusetts appointed Franklin as the first foreign ambassador to France. By 1778, Franklin, Deane and Lee had negotiated the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce with their new ally.Benjamin Franklin’s Reception at the Court of France, 1778.Franklin had already proved his worth in the Colonies by his writings, inventions, research of electricity, and his brilliant use of diplomacy. Although he was self-taught, Franklin held honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and Oxford University in England.He also helped found the University of Pennsylvania in his hometown of Philadelphia. The French, fascinated by Franklin, welcomed him with open arms. He learned French and was set up in a house in the Parisian suburb of Passy.Picture of a statue of King Louis XVI of France and Benjamin Franklin signing the Treaty of Alliance.His charm, wit and humble dress made him one of the most popular people in Paris. He wore a coonskin cap to play up the French belief that Americans were wild frontiersmen. In fact, Franklin was so popular in France that even today some French citizens think he was an American president. Franklin was criticized by his contemporaries for living the high life, going to balls and parties and hobnobbing with the wealthiest of society.For Franklin to have mixed with the poorer people would have alienated him from the king and wealthy potential donors to the cause. It was the eve of the French Revolution, and the public had had about enough of squalid living conditions while the wealthy flaunted their money in over the top decadence.Signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and of Alliance between France and the United States by Charles E. Mills.At the end of the Revolutionary War Franklin successfully negotiated the Treaty of Paris in 1783.Having spent about ten years in France, Franklin returned to Philadelphia in 1785. He assisted in the creation of both the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution.In April of 1790, Franklin died at the age of eighty-four at the Philadelphia home of his daughter, Sarah. According to Biography, Franklin had written his own epitaph when he was twenty-two:“The body of B. Franklin, Printer (Like the Cover of an Old Book Its Contents torn Out And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding) Lies Here, Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be Lost; For it will (as he Believ’d) Appear once More In a New and More Elegant Edition Revised and Corrected By the Author.”Read another story from us: The Sneaky Ways America First Lured Innovative Thinkers and Industries to its ShoresAlas, the inscription on his headstone in Christ Church Burial Ground reads “Benjamin and Deborah Franklin 1790.”  The Poor Richard Club mounted a plaque near the grave with Franklin’s epitaph for himself and another with a timeline of Franklin’s life.last_img read more

Emperor turns 79 concerned about aging Japan

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Akihito, a longtime tennis player, said he had trouble just running and hitting the ball when he returned to the sport after his surgery. Now, 10 months later, he can play nearly as well as he used to, he said.He said he is so fit now that he is not considering reducing his public duties.“I would like to maintain the status quo for the time being,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressTOKYO (AP) – Japan’s Emperor Akihito celebrated his 79th birthday Sunday and said he’s concerned about the country’s aging population.Akihito sympathized with the elderly in the country’s snowy northern region who are facing their second winter since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated the coastal area. Akihito and Empress Michiko spent nearly two months last year visiting disaster evacuees. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes “One of the social issues of concern is the rapidly aging population. I believe that the problem is particularly serious in rural areas far away from the cities,” Akihito said in a birthday statement. He noted that among many of Japan’s dozens of snow-related fatalities last year were elderly people who died while shoveling snow.“I myself noticed that I have become more prone to tripping while I was walking on mountain paths in recent years,” he said.Akihito also said his recovery from heart bypass surgery last February has taught him that exercise is important for the elderly to stay fit. Following his doctors’ advice, he continues his morning strolls and exercises regularly.“I realized the importance of rehabilitation,” he said. “I had heard that among elderly (disaster) evacuees, those who used to be engaged in physical work such as agriculture or fishery became ill when there was little physical activity in their lives. After my surgery and rehabilitation, I could see how true this was.”Studies show that changes in lifestyle and lack of exercise have caused many elderly evacuees to fall ill or develop dementia. In the year following the disasters, the number of people in a dozen disaster-hit coastal towns certified as care recipients increased by 20 percent from the previous year, to more than 4,000, according to Iwate prefecture (state). Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

Dutch Catholic girls abused at home in church

first_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix They said they would now consider how exactly to offer mediation and help to victims.In February, newspaper NRC Handelsblad estimated the Church has so far committed to pay around (EURO)30 million ($40 million) in damages to victims identified by the commission.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 0 Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day AMSTERDAM (AP) – A commission investigating abuse of children linked to Dutch Roman Catholic institutions says girls were sexually abused by members of the clergy in their homes and in church, while they suffered physical abuse and intimidation at the hands of nuns at homes for young women.The report follows a previous study focused on boys, which found boys were especially vulnerable to sexual abuse in boarding schools. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The commission, led by former Hague mayor Wim Deetman, was funded by the Catholic church. In preliminary conclusions in December 2011 it estimated that up to 20,000 children were molested at Catholic boarding schools between 1945 and 2010, and “several tens of thousands” faced abuse of some kind.Monday’s follow-up study focused more on Catholic girls and young women, who in addition to boarding schools were often sent to homes for unwed mothers run by nuns if they became pregnant without being married.“In cases of physical violence without sexual abuse, both new and previous complaints point toward primarily female perpetrators, mostly nuns who worked as educators or caregivers,” Deetman wrote in his conclusions.“In heavy cases of sexual abuse, the perpetrators were primarily male.”The commission has already turned over to police only the handful of abuse cases it has uncovered that it thinks may be prosecutable. It recommends mediation for the rest.In a response, the umbrella organization of the Dutch Catholic Church and religious institutions apologized.“Not only the doers are blameworthy, but also those who were to ensure things went properly in the homes and institutions where the girls were sheltered,” they said in a statement. “Violating the physical and spiritual integrity of any person, especially that of children, is under all circumstances repulsive.”last_img read more