Are Private Medical Schools a Solution for Moroccos Health System

Casablanca — Morocco’s private education sector is planning to construct more and more private medical facilities in Morocco. The answer and acceptance of these new projects are two-sided.The soon to be launched private multidiscinaplary university, l’Univesité des Sciences et de Santé de Casablanca (USSC), is one of the first universities to open its doors to medical students and professionals in Casablanca.To become a doctor is the dream of many Moroccan students. Many students want to to help people and if everything goes well, earn a descent amount of money in the medical field. However, only the best of the best are admitted to public medical universities. For this reason, Morocco has considered launching private medical universities, which caused varying reactions from parents, students, and critics, resulting in heated debates.Questions such as: “Can a private medical school give equal rights to every Moroccan student who plans to become a doctor?” “Who will teach them if Morocco lacks medical resources?”“ Why do they have to be private?” These and many other questions are being discussed over and over again.Even though, USSC has not officially opened its doors, many people are already weighing its pros and cons.In addition, many people believe that the founders of these universities are in it for the money rather than wanting to educate Morocco’s young aspiring doctors. Even though the University is partnered with the Ministry of Health and is under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education, many people continue to be skeptical about it.The USSC will consist of four institutions: a Faculty of Medicine, a Faculty of Nursing and Health Techniques, a College of Biomedical Engineering and a graduate school of Public Health and Management.Regarding the private tuition fees of MAD 130,000 per year, Andaloussi Mohammed, president of the USSC, justified the amount by the fact that “the cost financed by the Moroccan government for a general medicine student is between MAD 87,000 and MAD 126,000 per year.” He also promised that 20% of his students will earn scholarships, which will be based on merit and social criteria.He also added, “The admissions criteria are exactly the same as those used for public medical school. Among the pre-registered, a classification will be made according to the candidate’s grades. Thus, the best 1000 students will be selected to take the examination under the same conditions as the public schools…our medical students follow exactly the same programs and the same curriculum as students in public schools.”The University is setting high expectations since Morocco is in short on of doctors and nurses. Many fear that corruption could interfere in the admission and selection of students.Nevertheless, until the USSC opens its gates, there is nothing left to do but to wait for progress and its impact on Morocco’s medical sector.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

UN expert calls for all children – regardless of differences – to

Vernor Muñoz Villalobos, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that educational systems should stop seeing children with disabilities as problems, but rather as an opportunity to enrich schools.In delivering his report to the 47-member body, he pointed out that both the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child implicitly contain the concept of inclusive education.It is estimated that 120 million children with disabilities live in poverty and that children with disabilities are more likely to drop out of school, he added.In school systems segregating children with disabilities from those without, special education institutions often do not meet the needs of children with special needs, Mr. Villalobos, who has recently carried out missions to Germany, Morocco and Malaysia, asserted.Obstacles to inclusive education include limited resources and the lack of genuine political will, he noted, calling on governments to take responsibility for the education of disabled children.Outlining his recent trip to Morocco, Mr. Villalobos said that the Government has taken measures to protect human rights in general as well as take steps to bolster the education system.Mohammed Loulichki, Morocco’s representative at the meeting, said that social integration should be promoted through education, and to this end, the Government has established a national plan to combat the problem of dropouts, especially in rural areas.In another report presented to the Council, Jose Luis Gomez del Prado, the Rapporteur of the Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries as a means of violating human rights, said that States have the monopoly over the use of force, yet paid little attention to the phenomenon of mercenaries.He travelled to Honduras, Ecuador and Peru to collect data, and urges that military and private security companies be prohibited from involvement in armed conflict.Mr. Gomez del Prado voiced concern about Chilean and Honduran nationals receiving training in Honduras and then being sent to work in Iraq. He recommended that changes be made to ban export of private military or security services.Bernards Andrew Nyamwaya Mudho, the Independent Expert on the effects of economic reform policies and foreign debt on the full enjoyment of all human rights, submitted a report which called for country-specific macroeconomic solutions instead of one-size-fits-all programmes. The report also proposed that countries’ international human rights obligations must always be taken into consideration in reforming health and education sectors.The fourth session of the Human Rights Council, created to replace the Commission on Human Rights which had been criticized for ignoring abuses in many countries, will conclude on 30 March. 21 March 2007Children with disabilities have the right to an inclusive education and Member States must increase efforts to ensure that all children, regardless of differences, learn together, the United Nations independent expert on the right to education said today. read more

Afghanistan needs continued global support during critical transition period – UN

18 June 2010While the overall security situation has not improved in recent months, Afghanistan has witnessed a number of positive developments, according to a new United Nations report, which urges continued international support for what is a critical period for the country. Earlier this month, the Government hosted the Consultative Peace Jirga outside the capital, Kabul, with the participation of 1,600 delegates, including 300 women, to discuss the way forward for the country’s peace process.“Despite rocket fire and thwarted suicide attacks during the opening session, the jirga proceeded undeterred,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in his latest report to the Security Council.The final communiqué issued by the jirga endorsed President Hamid Karzai’s initiative to convene a national dialogue on ways to restore peace. It also requested the release of Afghans held in detention by the Government and international forces, the de-listing of individuals from the so-called “Consolidated List” of those subject to UN sanctions in connection with Al-Qaida and the Taliban, and safety for those who join the peace process.“I am heartened by the outcome of the Consultative Peace Jirga, a step towards reaching out to all Afghans to promote an inclusive dialogue aimed at achieving stability and peace in Afghanistan,” Mr. Ban states.“The United Nations supports such nationally driven efforts to end conflict in Afghanistan and remains fully committed to working with the Afghan authorities and people as they strive for a peaceful and inclusive society.”The Government is now preparing for the international conference to be held in Kabul on 20 July – where it is expected to present an Afghan-led plan for improving development, governance and security – as well as for the parliamentary elections scheduled for 18 September.The conference, which the UN has been requested to co-chair, is a follow-up to the London Conference held in January, during which the Government and its international partners jointly endorsed a strategy of transition to greater Afghan responsibility for the affairs of the country.Mr. Ban says he is encouraged by the state of preparedness of the Afghan electoral institutions for the upcoming polls, welcoming steps taken by the Independent Electoral Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission, while highlighting the need for more comprehensive and long-term electoral reform.“Strengthened Afghan electoral institutions in the lead will instil greater public confidence in the electoral process and contribute to improved, more credible elections,” he stated.The Secretary-General is particularly pleased that the preliminary list of candidates contains the names of more than 400 women, and stressed that adequate security must be provided to ensure that these women have equal access to the electoral process.“Election security will remain a critical issue and the Independent Electoral Commission must balance polling centre security against the need to make the elections accessible to all Afghans.”He also notes that, despite the considerable growth and reform plans for the development of the Afghan National Security Forces, the security environment remains unstable.“A comprehensive approach on security sector reform needs to be supported by effective governance and progressive advances in the political process, to counterbalance concentrated military efforts,” states Mr. Ban.He adds that the UN is committed to a continued long-term presence in Afghanistan, noting that this is a “critical” year in the country’s transition, and states that it is incumbent on the UN mission (UNAMA) to focus its efforts on a limited set of priority tasks where it can bring the greatest added value and deliver effectively. read more

UN urges Europe to put human life rights and dignity first in

A statement by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN Special Representative for International Migration and Development, Peter Sutherland, and the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), William Lacy Swing, comes as European Union (EU) leaders grappled to find ways to stem the number of people risking their lives while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe after hundreds of refugees and migrants lost their lives on the high seas. “The European Union response needs to go beyond the present minimalist approach in the 10 Point Plan on Migration, announced by the EU on Monday, which focuses primarily on stemming the arrival of migrants and refugees on its shore,” read the joint statement. Noting that the EU was founded on fundamental principles of humanity, solidarity and respect for human rights, the statement said: “We urge EU member States to demonstrate moral and political leadership in adopting a holistic and forward-looking action plan centred upon these values.” “As a paramount principle, the safety, protection needs and human rights of all migrants and refugees should be at the forefront of the EU response,” it said. “EU leaders must look beyond the present situation and work closely with transit and origin countries both to alleviate the immediate plight of migrants and refugees and address in a more comprehensive way the many factors that drive them to resort to such desperate journeys by sea,” according to the statement. The statement warned that “enforcement alone will not solve the issue of irregular migration, but could increase the risks and abuse faced by migrants and refugees.” The officials urged the following “bold, collective action” to expand the range of measures under consideration: Setting in place a State-led, robust, proactive, and well-resourced search-and-rescue operation, urgently and without delay, with a capacity similar to ‘Mare Nostrum’ [the name given to a rescue operation in the Mediterranean by the Italian Navy] and a clear mission to save lives. Creating sufficient channels for safe and regular migration, including for low-skilled migrant workers and individuals in need of family reunification, and access to protection where needed, as safe alternatives to resorting to smugglers. Making a firm commitment to receive significantly higher numbers of refugees through EU-wide resettlement, in addition to current quotas, and on a scale which will make a real impact, combined with other legal means for refugees to reach safety. Bolstering arrangements to support those countries receiving the most arrivals (Italy, Malta and Greece) and to distribute responsibility more equitably across the European Union for saving lives and protecting all those in need. Combatting racist and xenophobic rhetoric vilifying migrants and refugees.According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), the Mediterranean has emerged in recent years as the most dangerous of the world’s four major sea routes in use by refugees and migrants. The other three main routes involve the Bahamas and Caribbean, the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, and the Bay of Bengal. Last year, some 219,000 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean, and at least 3,500 lives were lost, UNHCR said, adding that so far this year, more than 30,000 people are known to have made crossings to Italy and Greece – the first and second largest countries of arrival respectively. And numbers have recently been picking up further as sea and weather conditions improve. read more

Families report skyrocketing food prices dire conditions in western Mosul – UN

“We are hearing from some families that food has drastically risen in price and is unaffordable. In extreme cases, people cannot access food at all,” said the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Iraq Representative and Country Director, Sally Haydock, in a news release. “We appeal to all parties to the conflict to facilitate immediate and unimpeded humanitarian access to all Iraqis in need of assistance,” Ms. Haydock added, noting that WFP is monitoring the frontlines and remains ready to provide immediate food assistance as soon as families can be reached safely. Through telephone interviews, many distressed families said that food was unaffordable, while others said they could not access food at all. “The situation is unbelievable,” reported a 46-year-old man from inside the city. “There is no food, no clean water, no gas for heating, no medicine and no services.” So far, WFP has provided ready-to-eat food for over 6,000 people who have fled villages to the south of western Mosul. Most have made their way to Hamam Al Alil, Qayyarah Jeda’a and Haj Ali camps. WFP has enough food in stock to cover the immediate needs of 770,000 people who reside in western Mosul. The military offensive to oust ISIL from Mosul began on 17 October 2016. The Government has since retaken eastern Mosul. In related news, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported that alongside its partners, it has provided legal assistance to help more than two and a half thousand Iraqis displaced as a result of the Mosul offensive receive new civil identity cards and other documents that were lost, damaged or destroyed as they fled their homes seeking safety. As many as 49 per cent of displaced Iraqis interviewed by UNHCR protection partners were found to need help in getting new civil documentation, as many families lost documents or had their papers damaged as they fled conflict zones. Other families were told that birth and marriage documents, which had been issued when their areas were under the control of armed groups, were not legally recognized by the Iraqi Government and needed replacement. “It took considerable time and effort to help displaced families with new documentation,” said Bruno Geddo, UNHCR’s Representative in Iraq. “Our teams and partners have had to adopt some innovative methods and advocate tirelessly in order to get around some of the difficulties and lengthy bureaucratic requirements”, he said, citing the agency’s ongoing efforts to assist thousands of people who have been in “legal limbo.” read more

VIDEO World of Handball – Partille Cup 2016

Partille Cup is the largest international handball event in the world and one of the top-events of all kinds of youth sports. Annually there are 20.000 participants from 50 countries divided into 1.100 teams.For Partille Cup handball is more than a physical activity. It is a universal language, which excludes differences in politics, culture and religion. We believe we can make a real difference by using the sport to create understanding, respect and unity without borders.World of Handball – Partille Cup from Partille Cup on Vimeo. Partille Cup 2016 ← Previous Story Barca kid Victor Tomas stays until 2020! Next Story → EHF CL: Celje PL win in Plock – Veszprem beat Besiktas in Istanbul read more

My mum was my sister

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kerry Kenny’s Greek father does not know that she is alive. Nor does Kerry know whether he is alive, but that won’t stop her searching.The 43-year-old mother of one is desperately trying to find her father, Angelos, (name withheld), who as a young man had a ‘forbidden’ relationship with Kerry’s mother in Patras, Greece.Ms Kenny did not know her father existed, nor who her real mother was because her grandmother kept it a secret from her. “It was just wrong back in the 1960s to have a mixed marriage, or to be a single mother, so my grandmother made up a story that I was the illegitimate child of her sister who was too ill to look after me,” revealed Kerry to Neos Kosmos.“Meanwhile my father came to Australia in December 1965 to marry my mother but Nan didn’t accept him being Greek and she never let mum know.” Ms Hensen told her mother of this only two weeks ago who said that if she had known, would have said yes to the marriage proposal.“I do feel angry with Nan as the decision she made 43 years ago is still haunting me to this day and I’m still looking to find out who I am,” said Kerry. The only clues that Ms Kenny has are five photographs of her mother and father at the time they were together, and her mother’s recollection of her experience.21-year-old Carol Hensen and Ms Kenny’s godmother, Ethne Pauluse met Mr Theodorakis on August 4, 1965 on oceanliner Patris where he was working as a steward.Once the ship reached Athens, Mr Theodorakis invited them to stay in Patras with his brother or brother-in-law Sotirios, his wife, and his two year old daughter who they called ‘Bebeca’ (Greek for beautiful girl).The girls left for London shortly after where Ms Hensen gave birth to Kerry before handing her to her mother to bring up in Australia in a fabricated life.“I don’t know if they told her not to see me, but I was told that my mum was my sister,” said Ms Kenny. “When she came one day to my school to tell me she was my mother, I was not surprised because I always thought that it was really strange that my ‘parents’ were really old.”Ms Hensen although did not pursue her father straight away has been seeking him for the past 12 years, particularly now that she has a family and is hoping that her five year old daughter Rachael will have the chance to meet her grandfather and cousins.She says that Mr Theodorakis’ brother’s address at the time as written on the back of her mother’s photo was DB Arios or DB Agios 33.It has allegedly been demolished and Ms Kenny says the Byzantino Motel stands in its place. If you know of this address, or know Angelos Theodorakis contact editor@neoskosmos.com.au so that we can help Ms Kenny locate her father.last_img read more

Fundraiser to support Ovarian Cancer

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Rainbow Of Hope, a fundraising event in support of Ovarian Cancer Australia Awareness, Support & Research, will be held at Sydney’s C Side Restaurant. An entertaining evening will feature live Greek entertainment and lucky door prize, as well as “Sumptuous Seafood Buffet” with king prawns, oysters, octopus, calamari, souvlakia and much more. Pre-Sale tickets only: $50 Adults ( $10 donation for the cause), $25 – Kids under 18 yrs ( $5 donation for the cause), $10 – Kids under 10 yrs ( $2 donation for the cause). The event is free for kids under five. Price includes food and entertainment, drinks are an additional cost. All donations are tax deductible.When: Saturday 7 December at 7.00 pm Where: C Side Restaurant, 110 General Holmes Dr, KyeemaghFor bookings and tickets, contact Gina on (02) 9567 9122, or Dimitri 0424 424 375last_img read more

Buy This Comic Eugenic 3

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on target “It’s been 200 years since the human uprising. The NuMan culture has stagnated without diversity, but a secret found in Dr. Cyrus Crane’s original notes could save them all.”EUGENIC #3(W): James Tynion IV (A): Eryk Donovan (C): Dee Cunniffe (L): Jim CampbellI’ve written about Eugenic #1, but this comic lingers and stays on your mind for awhile. I’ve come across a lot of societal comics over the past year. These comics show what humanity is really like when you teeter on edge. You can either be a hero and do something about it or be a product of the aftermath and be apart of the crowd.Eugenic #3 continues in the wake of a mad scientists vision of his particular type of perfect society (#1) and the uproar of people trying to take their humanity back (#2). In Eugenic #3, we see the result of how society adapts to it. We follow the story of someone who considers history doomed to repeat itself. A numan that feels so familiar to us, but shows us that the past shouldn’t be left in the past.via BOOM! StudiosJames Tynion IV continues that with this final glimpse into the Apocalyptic series with a whisper and not a bang. There’s no big explosion within the narrative. There’s no colossal fight or massive amount of battle. No horror, unless you want to count everything leading to this point. None of that. There’s only a history lesson from where we were to where we are now. Tynion IV builds this third and final issue through the eyes of a numan named Cyrus (wink, wink), a museum curator of the Human Remembrance Projeckt. He embraces the past, wanting to remember what things were like and the events leading up to it. He’s also scared of the future if people don’t learn from it.The striking parts of Cyrus’ narrative is how familiar and sympathetic he is. While the numans treat humans with absolutely little to no disregard or respect, Cyrus embraces the past. He embraces what humanity has done to this point and if there is a humanity left to save. Cyrus is almost on a path to right some of the wrongs. (Also, numan Cyrus has some amazing music taste. Just saying.)via BOOM! StudiosHe reminds you a little bit of a numan Cyrus. He’s emotion about Samir’s video message, over Cyrus and Samir’s wedding video and when he shows the numan girl the history, she doesn’t care about the information. It’s almost like a defeat. I can’t say if this is an actual thing (I really hope it is), but if this really numan Cyrus trying to right some of his wrongs in the end. Tynion IV indeed ends this comic on a full, but unsure circle of what will come next to whoever saves the world.Eryk Donovan’s art has made an epic mark throughout this series. He delivers you something that’s striking and unique but leaving you room to digest more of what he has to offer. Tynion IV and Donovan are indeed a match. Tynion wows you with his the story, weaving the script, but Donovan’s visuals are something that makes this story out of this world. He conveys so many emotions in every single panel, especially with Cyrus’s facial eyes being a focal point. He dedicates close-ups to them, making sure you know his feelings, sadness, and heartbreak.via BOOM! StudiosDee Cunniffe’s colors create a genuine and wide range of moods. Cunniffe has been one of my favorite colorists of the year. He works so well with neons and warm colors to create something completely original. Throughout this issue, the colors give you the emotions that Cyrus is feeling and you feel them too. Within the history of humanity, Cunniffe’s colors play with your expectations a little. You see the peaceful side of humanity in these soft blues that make you calm. You’re also introduced to the other side of humanity that’s violent with these warm, savage colors. He wraps these into Donovan’s pencils, very much playing with the oranges, blues, neons to show how peaceful yet deceptive this society is.Eugenic #3 ends this Apocalyptic trilogy, again, in a whisper. It fades out quietly, disappearing before you know what exactly happened as Cyrus did within the last panel. Eugenic is a devastatingly raw and painfully tender tale that’s not afraid to tell you how the world really is. Uncomfortable as it may be, you’ll think about Eugenic and the impact it’ll have for days. Eugenic #3 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.12/27/17 Releases – In addition to Eugenic #3, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Iceman Vol. 1: Thawing Out by Sina Grace (W). Alessandro Vitti (A), Kevin Wada (CA) MarvelBonehead #1 by Bryan Edward Hill (W), Rhoald Marcellius (A), Sakti Yuwono (C), Imam Eko & Jaka Ady, Rhoald Marcellius (CA) Image ComicsVoid Trip #2 by Ryan O’ Sullivan (W), Plaid Klaud (A), Aditya Bidikar (L) Image ComicsImaginary Friends #2 by Tim Seeley (W), Stephen Molnar (A), Quinton Winter (C), Richard Pace (CA) VertigoLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Goodwill Ryder System join forces to create more jobs in South Florida

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Goodwill and Ryder System Incorporated are teaming up to create more jobs in South Florida.The companies announced Tuesday that they have joined forces to create the Ryder Apparel Manufacturing Division at Goodwill’s Miami headquarters.“We have a huge operation here at Goodwill that is doing incredible work. I would say some of the most important work,” said CEO Robert Sanchez with Ryder System, “and putting together these uniforms that are going to be used by our servicemen and women in combat.”A new investment by Ryder will help provide jobs for people with disabilities to produce military uniforms and veteran interment flags.“We now have a paid training program that Ryder funds will help subsidize,” said David Landsberg, CEO of Goodwill Industries in South Florida, “and more importantly, we’re just thrilled to have a long-term partner that helped found the place be an integral part of today’s operation.”The facility makes about 6,000 U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force uniforms every day.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

OBITUARY Lucille C Enos Gilson 77

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, age 77, of Chelmsford, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on August 30, 2019.Lucille was born on April 25, 1942 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Broderick) Enos. Lucille was raised in Charlestown and graduated from St. Mary’s high school.Lucille married her husband, Albert G. Gilson in 1965; they lived in Somerville for a short time before settling in Wilmington in 1967. Lucille was a loving mother to three boys; Phil, Steve, and Tom. She loved to spend time with her family and was especially delighted when she became “Nana” to Ashlyn Gianna, Nicholas and Isabelle. Lucille and Albert shared many wonderful memories before his passing in 2016.Lucille worked as a clerk at CVS in Wilmington for many years; she loved her job and enjoyed her customers.In her spare time, Lucille loved to spend time in her garden. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing. Lucille had a love for all animals and enjoyed babysitting for her family’s animals when they were away.Lucille was a loving and gentle mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her family and will be missed dearly.Lucille was the beloved wife of the late Albert G. Gilson, devoted mother of Phillip Gilson & his wife Heidi of Tyngsborough, Stephen Gilson & his wife Chanhsamone of Hudson, NH, and Thomas Gilson of Lowell, loving “Nana” of Ashlyn, Gianna, Nicholas and Isabelle, cherished daughter of the late John and Mary (Broderick) Enos, dear sister of Carolyn Deal of Stoneham, the late John Enos and Cynthia Gallarelli, sister-in-law of Al Gallarelli of Wilmington. Lucille is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 6th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, September 5th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.Memorial donations in Lucille’s name may be made to Beacon Hospice, 290 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843.Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Albert G. Gilson, 76In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille M. (Sabella) Ausiello, 76In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Bertha G. (Gouveia) Deprez, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Republicans boycott Twitter ad spending after McConnell campaign account locked

first_img Tags Comments 14 Trump criticizes ‘censorship’ on social media, SpaceX… Following similar tweets from the House and Senate GOP campaign organizations, the National Republican Campaign Committee joined the ad spending stand-off. “I have directed the @nrcc to immediately halt all spending with @Twitter until they correct their inexcusable targeting of @Team_Mitch. We will stand firmly with our friends against anti-conservative bias,” NRCC director Parker Hamilton Poling tweeted Thursday.Republican lawmakers have accused Silicon Valley giants of bias before. Earlier this week, President Donald Trump, without evidence, accused Google of anticonservative bias in a series of now-deleted tweets.Trump alleged that Google is trying to “illegally subvert” the next election. “All very illegal,” he tweeted. “We are watching Google very closely!”Originally published Aug. 8, 2:44 p.m. PT.Correction, 3:47 p.m.: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect Twitter account that was locked. It was McConnell’s official campaign account. Also, the story misstated the day the account was locked. It was Wednesday. Update, Aug. 9: Adds that Twitter will allow the video, with a sensitive media warning. The Twitter account of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign has since been restored, and the video has been removed.  Win McNamee/Getty Images After Twitter temporarily locked the campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a string of leading Republican campaign committees announced an ad spending boycott against the social media platform. McConnell’s official campaign account was locked Wednesday after his team posted a video of protesters outside his Louisville, Kentucky, home earlier this week.Twitter’s blanket policy bans videos that include violent threats, even from those who receive such threats. The video in question, which also aired on Fox News, featured protest chants calling McConnell “murder turtle,” and shouts from the crowd inciting violence against him. Twitter told CNET in a statement that McConnell’s campaign account was locked because the video “violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.”McConnell’s campaign account has since been restored.On Friday, Twitter said it reviewed the case more closely after multiple appeals and will allow the video to be visible with a sensitive media warning.”Going forward, the video will be visible on the service with a sensitive media interstitial and only in cases where the Tweet content does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules,” the company’s communications team tweeted. Going forward, the video will be visible on the service with a sensitive media interstitial and only in cases where the Tweet content does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules. https://t.co/Cuvh305ERA— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) August 9, 2019center_img Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Tech Industry Mobile Apps Digital Media Politics Share your voice 1:23 Twitter Donald Trumplast_img read more

Rickshawpuller arrested for raping minor girl

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice on Tuesday arrested a young rickshaw-puller for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the city’s Purbail area on Monday, reports UNB.The arrestee is rickshaw-puller Faruk, son of Abdul Zabbar of Fulbari in Dinajpur district.Police said Faruk had been staying at a rented house in the area where the minor girl was also living with her parents on the same premises.They said the girl was alone at their home when her parents, both assistants to a local mason, went out for work in the morning.At noon, Faruk allured the girl out of their home and took her to the first floor of a nearby two-storey building in the area and violated her there.Hearing her screams, locals rushed in and took the victim to Shaheed Tazuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital.Faruk, however, managed to flee the scene.Later, police arrested Faruk from Mirpur area in the capital, a day after the victim’s mother filed a case with Pubail police station, said Nazmul Haque Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of the police station.last_img read more

WATCH Strong Winds Cause Hangar To Collapse At Hobby Airport

first_img Share Strong winds overnight caused a hangar at Hobby airport to collapse, just before midnight.No injuries were reported, according to officials.Senior AccuWeather Meteorologist Joe Lundberg said strong wind gusts can cause this type of damage.“There was a wind gust reported at the Hobby Airport at 60 miles per hour.” Lundberg said. “And that can cause some damage. It can flip over some small vehicles. Certainly, it can cause a lot of tree branches to come down. And certainly some damage, all sorts of little things can happen, with those kind of wind gusts.” Strong winds collapse hangar at Hobby Airport overnight https://t.co/BusaMVd17H pic.twitter.com/PxCp1acKOD— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) April 4, 2018Lundberg said the front had a history of producing severe weather toward north and northwest; with some hail in parts of central Texas, and strong winds in northeast Texas and parts of Louisiana, as well. Houston Airport System spokesman Bill Begley said the collapse caused millions of dollars of damage, and eight planes were damaged.Begley added it was a private hangar, and the overnight incident did not impact commercial flight schedules at Hobby Airport.last_img read more

Houston Will Spend 650000 To Boost 2020 Census Outreach

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:49 Houston City Council approved on Wednesday a $650,000 contract with Lopez Negrete Communications to help the federal government get an accurate headcount in the 2020 census, but councilmembers were divided on whether to fund the effort to boost community outreach. Opponents like Councilmember Mike Knox were concerned the money would be used for partisan political work. “So we’re going to put these people out on the street to collect numbers and fill out the census,” Knox said. “And ‘oh while we’re there, let’s register you to vote.’” Councilmember Robert Gallegos dismissed those concerns. “It really frightens me to hear someone say ‘oh my God, they may register someone to vote,’” Gallegos said. “That’s frightening.”At last week’s meeting, some councilmembers said they shouldn’t spend the money in a tight budget year when they’re laying off firefighters to pay for Prop B salary increases. But Gallegos said Houston needs to invest in the census.“Due to the fact that we have a president that’s trying to undercount the Hispanic community in regards to placing a citizenship question, which is going to affect the city of Houston, I’m ashamed that you even tried to relate this to Prop B, to undercount the Hispanic community,” Gallegos said. The Supreme Court is expected to decide in the next few weeks whether the census will include the controversial question about immigration status.Others agreed with Gallegos for a different reason, saying the consultants would help get an accurate count of Houston residents who are still displaced from Harvey.The city could end up investing $1.5 million in census outreach initiatives if a second round of funding is approved. Billions of dollars in federal funding are at stake. Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city gets around $1,500 in federal funding for each person who is counted, and a 10% undercount of the population could cost the city $3.78 billion over the course of a decade. Last month, Turner wrote a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott asking for the state to contribute funding as well. “Past Texas Governors Clements and Bush issued executive orders to create State Complete Count Committees. These committees were tasked with promoting Census outreach,” Turner said. “I urge you to secure funding of $5 to $10 million for this important priority. It is a small price to pay to make sure all our residents are counted, and every dollar invested will come back to Texas many times over.” In 2020, the census forms will be available online, by phone or by mail. Six languages have been added. For the first time, people can respond in Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese and Tagalog.center_img Share Wikimedia CommonsHouston City Hall.last_img read more

UK garden bird avian pox virus spreading

first_img 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. U.S. to increase wild bird avian flu tests A team at the Zoological Society of London, led by Dr. Becki Lawson, is tracking an increased spread of an avian pox virus that is rapidly moving through the UK and affecting the great tits. Researchers are asking the public to help them track the spread of this virus. The virus was first discovered in the UK in 2006 but before then had been confined to birds in Austria, Czech Republic, Scandinavia and Slovakia. Until this year, the virus had stayed contained to south-east England but is now spreading to the north and west.Avian pox causes wart-like tumor growths on the birds, predominately around the eyes and beaks. Researchers do not know if the tumors are fatal or not but they do affect the bird’s ability to see and eat, leaving them more vulnerable to predators and starvation.Avian pox can be transmitted via insect bites, direct contact with other birds or indirect contact in places where multiple birds frequent, such as bird feeders, bird baths and garden perches. The researchers explain that the virus can remain in the environment for weeks or months.They are recommending that homeowners with bird baths and feeders keep them disinfected on a regular basis in order to try and reduce the spread of the virus. They are unable to give medicine to free-range birds and are hoping to find a way to prevent the transmission.Avian pox has also been noted in birds such as the dunnock, house sparrow, starling and wood pigeon however, it seems to affect these birds in a much milder form than it does the great tits.The RSPB has asked that residents report possible sightings of birds displaying symptoms of the avian pox to the RSPB Wildlife Enquiries Unit at 01767 693690. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: UK garden bird avian pox virus spreading (2011, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-uk-garden-bird-avian-pox.htmllast_img read more

Metalens achieves nearunity numerical aperture

first_imgIllustration of the new optical lens with a near-unity numerical aperture. Credit: Paniagua-Domínguez et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society 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. The researchers, led by Arseniy Kuznetsov and Ramón Paniagua-Domínguez, at A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology, and Research) and Nanyang Technological University, both in Singapore, have published a paper on the lens with near-unity numerical aperture in a recent issue of Nano Letters.Previously, the highest numerical aperture for a free-space lens was 0.95, which corresponds to a maximum collection angle of around 72°. Due to the way these lenses are made, they are also large and expensive, and so cannot be easily scaled down to work with very small systems.With its numerical aperture of 0.99, the new lens has both a higher resolution and a larger collection angle of 82°. The new lens is made of a metasurface rather than traditional lens materials. The metasurface consists of a pattern of subwavelength-scale structures and has an overall thickness of less than one wavelength of light, resulting in a small size that greatly expands its potential applications.”High-numerical aperture lenses/microscope objectives are major optical components that are widely used in microscopy, optical detection systems, optical lithography, quantum optics, etc.,” Kuznetsov told Phys.org. “Having a high numerical aperture is of primary importance in achieving a high resolution and high detection level of optical signals. Currently existing high-numerical-aperture lenses/microscope objectives are bulky and expensive. In this work, we showed that, using a new concept of metasurfaces based on dielectric nanoantennas, it is possible to design and realize flat optical components that can achieve a numerical aperture higher than all existing optical objectives, using just a device just a few hundred nanometers thick.”To demonstrate the advantages of the new lens, the researchers used it to image nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond nanocrystals, which are several tens of nanometers in size. The images scanned by the new metalens revealed smaller spots compared to images scanned using commercial lenses with smaller numerical apertures, demonstrating the new lens’ higher resolution.The researchers expect that, in the future, the new lens may also be used to make improvements to photolithography, which is used to produce computer chips and other high-resolution devices. In addition, the new lens’ wide-angle collection is expected to increase the efficiency of single-photon emission processes, which are used in quantum optics systems.”We believe that this new concept will find broad applications in areas where detection of weak optical signals is important,” Kuznetsov said. “One example is in quantum optics, which deals with systems containing only single atoms or quantum emitters emitting light at the single-photon level. Such flat lenses not only allow for the detection of weak optical signals, but also can operate at extreme conditions of low temperatures and in vacuum, which is typical for quantum optics experiments.”Another important application direction could be in wearable and mobile photonic devices, where dense integration of high-efficiency optical components is required. For example, the lenses could find applications in mobile phone cameras and augmented reality glasses.” Nanostructured thin-films that can bend light by large angles could be a replacement for bulky glass optical components Explore further More information: Ramón Paniagua-Domínguez et al. “A Metalens with a Near-Unity Numerical Aperture.” Nano Letters 18, 2124–2132 (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b00368center_img Researchers have designed an optical lens with the highest free-space numerical aperture to date, achieving a value of just under 1. As the numerical aperture indicates the highest possible resolution that a lens can attain, the new lens can focus light with unprecedented ability, as well as collect light from wide angles. These abilities should make the lens particularly useful for low-light applications, such as single-photon emission, which is often used in quantum optics systems. Journal information: Nano Letters Citation: Metalens achieves near-unity numerical aperture (2018, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-metalens-near-unity-numerical-aperture.html © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more

Dildar murder Cops arrest 4 BJP workers

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested four BJP workers in connection with the murder of Trinamool Congress worker Sheikh Dildar, who was shot dead on Monday during a ruckus that broke out over filing of nominations at Suri in Birbhum. Police arrested all four of them, after preliminary investigation revealed their involvement in the incident.The investigating officers came to know about their involvement in the incident, after speaking to some of the local people who had witnessed the chaos, in which several houses were damaged and some were even set on fire at Suri I block of Birbhum. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsActing on a tip off, police conducted a raid at Koridha in Suri and arrested Sheikh Safiul, Gautam Kora, Bablu Sheikh and Asit Sarkar. All four were produced before the court and they were remanded in custody of police for seven days. Police came to know from local people that all four were BJP workers.Sources said that police will try to know from them about others who are suspected to be involved in the incident. It may be recalled that senior Trinamool Congress leader and the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim had said that BJP had brought in miscreants from the neighbouring state of Jharkhand, to foment trouble in the state ahead of the Panchayat polls. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe had said that the group of criminals that had created the chaos at Suri on Monday, which claimed the life of Dildar, was also behind the incidents at Mohammad Bazar and Nalhati. The police are trying to get hold of the “outsiders”, who were behind the Suri incident.The victim’s father had lodged a complaint with the police in this connection and the investigating officers spoke to the victim’s family members and friends to probe into the incident.The police are in search of the other accused who were involved in the incident and they are also speaking to the people who had seen the miscreants approaching the spot.last_img read more

Woman found hanging at home in Jadavpur

first_imgKolkata: A woman was found hanging in semi-naked state inside a room of her rented house at Bijoygarh in Jadavpur on Wednesday night. The deceased has been identified as Sonali Burman (30). She used to live in the house with a youth identified as Avik Bose.According to sources, Bose and Burman had rented a portion of a house in Bijoygarh. They had introduced themselves as a married couple. According to the landlord Shibu Biswas, the couple had rented the house in December last year. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA contract for 11 months was made. Since the couple had started living in the house there were no problems. Biswas said around 1 am, on Wednesday night, Bose had called his wife as she used to deal with the house rent and told her that Burman was suffering from breathlessness. She needed urgent medication and thus Bose requested the landlord’s wife to intervene and take his wife to the hospital. When Biswas came to know he went downstairs and knocked on the door. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAs the door was locked, he called one of his neighbours and together they broke the door. The door of the bedroom was unlocked. As soon as they entered the bedroom, they saw Burman was hanging from ceiling fan. Biswas immediately called Bose and informed him about the situation. “Despite I told him what has happened, Bose said he was in the middle of a video call. There was something suspicious about his words,” said Biswas. Later, Jadavpur police station was informed. The police brought Burman down and rushed her to M R Bangur Hospital where doctor declared her brought dead. During preliminary investigation, cops came to know that Burman and Bose were living together but were not married. Burman had her birthday on Wednesday. But, Bose was in Digha for some reasons. Till late night both of them were on a video call. But, why she committed suicide is still unknown. The police are trying to contact Bose to know about the interaction that took place between them on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Protests calls for attention in Costa Rica as Nicaragua crisis worsens

first_imgAt the OAS General Assembly last week, the participating foreign ministers asked the Court to present its findings after a recent visit to Nicaragua, where more than 145 deaths and 1,000 injuries have resulted from anti-government protests, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh).Leaders of the opposition to Ortega’s government said Tuesday that nearly 70 percent of the country’s roads have been blocked to protect cities from attacks by pro-government paramilitary groups. Related posts:Truth Commission calls for support to investigate violence in Nicaragua Nicaraguan government and opposition agree on road map for talks Carlos Fernando Chamorro, a journalist who fights Ortega’s regime in Nicaragua La Prensa publishes blank front page to protest Nicaraguan government Fed up: Nicaragua’s uprising WASHINGTON, DC – As Nicaraguans and people of Nicaraguan descent protested once more in San José, Costa Rica, against the regime of President Daniel Ortega, Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado called on the government of Nicaragua to follow the recommendations of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).In a speech before the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, Alvarado said that timely action by Ortega is “indispensable” because the situation there “is worsening every day.”“More and more deaths take place, and this difficult situation demands clear signs of true willingness by all parties to engage in dialogue and commit to a work schedule,” Alvarado said, adding that the situation in Nicaragua is “the cause of daily concern and consternation” for Costa Ricans.center_img Facebook Comments Nicaraguan crisis leaves vital street market with economic bruiseslast_img read more