U.S Calls on Morocco, Turkey to Train Libya’s Military

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco – The Obama administration has called on Morocco and Turkey to train the Libyan military.More than two years after the toppling of former Libya’s strong man Moamar Gaddafi and the constitution of a new transition government, the North African country is still grappling with a fragile security situation. This is compounded by a weak military that has so far failed to extend its grip throughout a territory that has become a fertile ground for Al Qaeda operatives.To help the Libyan government strengthen its authority, the American government has called on Morocco and Turkey to train the Libyan military. According to the World Tribune, the Obama Administration is seeking the help of Morocco to rebuild Libya’s weak military.“Between the four European partners, the U.S. and the Moroccans, they’ve committed to train up to 20,000 people in that force,” U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. David Rodriguez was quoted by the World Tribune as saying.“The U.S. right now is waiting on money coming from the Libyan government to begin to fund the training in Bulgaria,” he added.Morocco is major non-NATO US ally and is one of only 15 at the global level and two on the entire African continent.last_img read more

Tracing small arms key to preventing their diversion for illicit use –

“The Security Council may wish to encourage States to strengthen their tracing capacity and to enhance international cooperation regarding tracing in these contexts, including with the United Nations,” he writes in a report to the Security Council on the trade in illicit small arms and light weapons.In his recommendations to the Council, which discussed the report in a closed-door meeting today, Mr. Ban states that in post-conflict weapons collection programmes, weapons should be recorded in sufficient detail to ensure accountability and to facilitate their tracing in the event of diversion.He says that the International Small Arms Control Standards currently being developed by the UN will provide practical guidance on the appropriate collection and record keeping of small weapons gathered in post-conflict environments.In the biennial report, submitted to the Council in line with requirements of the implementation of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA-ISS), Mr. Ban recommends that expert groups monitoring arms embargoes could be aided in their work if they have basic information on the ammunition marking practices of States.He recommends that the Council encourages Member States to provide the UN, on a voluntary basis, with public information on the markings applied to ammunition for small arms and light weapons by manufacturers under their jurisdiction, as well as the markings on ammunition recovered from illicit use.The Secretary-General notes that unsecured or poorly monitored national ammunition stockpiles account for a substantial amount of the global diversion into illicit markets, a key factor in the prolongation and escalation of armed conflict, as well as in terrorism, crime and other forms of armed violence. They are also an important source for the assembly of improvised explosive devices, he added.“The destruction of surplus arms and ammunition is cost-effective when compared with the costs of properly securing and maintaining stockpiles, and should be pursued vigorously by States, United Nations country teams and peacekeeping missions,” writes Mr. Ban, adding that the Council may wish to encourage States to apply, on a voluntary basis, the international ammunition technical guidelines once they are finalized.To effectively combat armed violence in conflict, post-conflict and conflict-prone settings, peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities and development assistance should require planning for armed violence reduction as a priority, the Secretary-General notes.“In such contexts, it is vital that traditional arms control measures be integrated into interventions that target the demand for weapons and enhance the ability of security providers and governance authorities to strengthen community security, manage conflict and mitigate violence,” he adds.The Secretary-General also recommends that in line with his 2009 report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the Council may wish to further identify ways to increase compliance by non-State armed groups with international norms relating to the use and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition in times of conflict.He also reports that coordination with the UN on the issue of small arms has improved significantly over the past three years, with the world body’s Coordinating Action on Small Arms mechanism having grown from 16 participating UN entities in 2008 to 23 currently.States are also being provided with such tools as a legislative guide, a technical guide and a model law on the UN Firearms Protocol. 25 April 2011Keeping track of small arms in conflict, post-conflict and conflict-prone areas is a key to identifying where such weapons and ammunition may be diverted for illicit use, and thus improve the security of stockpiles and shipments, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. read more

Russia monitoring reports of arrest in Lanka

They also had various equipment including laptops in their possession which were used in the credit card scam. The police spokesman said that the Russians had over Rs. 2.5 million in their possession. The Russian embassy in Sri Lanka is looking into the information on the reported arrest of five  Russians over a Credit Card scam.“The embassy has not received any official information from the police on the arrest of Russian citizens. Nevertheless, the information reported by the media is being checked,” a spokesperson from the Russian embassy in Sri Lanka told RIA Novosti. Police spokesman Priyashantha Jayakody had said earlier that the Russians were arrested in Wellawatte on Friday and placed in police remand. read more

UN agency to employ record number of Afghan women to survey food

“WFP will start the largest-ever house-to-house survey and issuance of food coupons to people living in the city of Kabul,” spokesperson Lindsey Davies told reporters in Islamabad. “Not only is it the largest survey of its kind done in Kabul, but it also involves the largest number of women paid by WFP in Afghanistan,” she added, noting that some 2,400 women would be among the 3,612 surveyors.”Mobilizing these thousands of women to work en mass with WFP is hugely significant,” said Ms. Davies. “We’re able to do something now that we haven’t been able to do for years,” she added, referring to the period of Taliban rule when women were virtually barred from working.Following the registration process, expected to take several days, food distribution can begin “hopefully by the weekend,” she said. Surveyors will issue each household a token good for a 50-kilogramme bag of wheat, roughly enough to feed a family for one month. The agency will then use local radio and TV stations to announce where families can collect their food.In a related development, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Carol Bellamy, spent the weekend in Kabul, where she pledged both immediate and long-term relief aid and assistance to Afghan families.”Ms. Bellamy said that for some time, Afghanistan has been one of the worst places in the world for a child to grow up in,” UNICEF spokesperson Chulho Hyun told the press in Islamabad. “The challenges are daunting, but there is also great opportunity.”The UNICEF chief today continued her five-day tour of the region, visiting Kotkai camp for Afghan refugees in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province. “She had opportunities there to speak at length with children and women, and in discussions with various NGO and local government officials, she urged the UNICEF partners to increase their level of participation in providing more education opportunities to the children,” the spokesperson noted.Ms. Bellamy’s programme also included a stop in Quetta, Pakistan, where she was scheduled to meet with UNICEF staff as well as representatives of the Pakistani Government. read more

Johnson Johnsons 4Q profit rises sharply on lower onetime charges higher overseas

Higher sales of prescription drugs and medical devices helped Johnson & Johnson post a much bigger fourth-quarter profit than a year ago, when a slew of charges depressed results.However, consumer health product sales dipped and the company again pushed back its timeline for returning recalled products to stores. In addition, J&J’s 2013 profit forecast, for $5.35 to $5.45 per share, is below the average analyst estimate of $5.49.The New Brunswick, New Jersey, company said Tuesday that net income was $2.57 billion, or 91 cents per share, up from $218 million, or 8 cents per share, in 2011’s fourth quarter.Excluding about $800 million in charges in the latest quarter, earnings would have been $3.38 billion, or $1.19 per share, 2 cents above analysts’ expectations. The charges include J&J’s biggest acquisition ever and increased litigation reserves over recalls of defective DePuy hip implants.The maker of attention deficit drug Concerta, Acuvue contact lenses and consumer health products such as No More Tears shampoo said revenue totalled $17.56 billion, up 8 per cent from a year ago but just shy of analysts’ average estimate of $17.69 billion.J&J shares fell 54 cents to close at $72.69 Tuesday.“On the whole, the quarter was no problem,” said WBB Securities analyst Steve Brozak, adding J&J needs to quickly decide what to do with its $12.5 billion in free cash flow. “Are they going to buy, are they going to sell or are they going to stand still?”CEO Alex Gorsky told analysts during a conference call that the company is exploring alternatives such as the sale or spinoff of its Ortho Clinical Diagnostics business. It makes equipment and supplies for detecting and diagnosing conditions such as HIV, diabetes and high cholesterol and for ensuring donated blood is safe.“Johnson & Johnson delivered solid results in 2012, with momentum continuing to build and sales growth accelerating,” Gorsky said. “As we enter 2013, I believe we’re well positioned to drive growth in this increasingly competitive, dynamic market.”However, J&J’s long-running manufacturing quality problems continue to hurt sales of consumer health products, which were down 3.6 per cent in the U.S. and 0.4 per cent worldwide at $3.65 billion in the quarter.The company has issued about 30 recalls of Tylenol and other products since September 2009. Reasons range from nauseating packaging smells to tiny glass and metal shards in liquid medicines.Costs for upgrades and completely rebuilding one factory, and for lost sales as Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and other products remained off store shelves, top $1 billion. Upgrading its factories and getting all the products back in stores has dragged on far longer than the company initially predicted.“We will return a consistent supply of our key products over the course of 2013,” Gorsky said, with about 75 per cent of the brands getting back on the market.Two years ago, Gorsky’s predecessor, Bill Weldon, said all the products would be back in stores by the end of 2011.“They haven’t turned the corner on the fallout from the string of recalls,” said analyst Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. “Without the sales added by the Synthes acquisition, overall sales were anemic and medical device and diagnostic sales took a dive.”The $19.7 billion acquisition of surgical trauma equipment and orthopedic implants maker Synthes Inc. last June drove a 14 per cent increase in sales of medical devices and diagnostics, J&J’s largest segment, to $7.38 billion.Prescription medicine sales rose 7.1 per cent, to $6.53 billion, despite continuing revenue losses to generic competition for several drugs. Newer medicines posted double-digit sales jumps, including HIV drug Prezista, Invega Sustenna for schizophrenia and Simponi and Stelara for immune disorders such as psoriasis.Gorsky told the analysts the company is poised to take advantage of expected growth of health care sales in developed countries from $5.5 billion in 2012 to $8 billion in 2022.Brozak said the company’s growth assumptions are too optimistic, given that government health programs, particularly in debt-laden European countries, are trying to trim their spending.“They’re talking about a pie … that’s only growing in terms of demand, but who’s going to pay for that demand?” he said.For all of 2012, J&J reported net income of $10.85 billion, or $3.86 per share, on revenue of $67.22 billion. The company expects 2013 revenue of about $71 billion.During a lengthy presentation on the medical device business — the world’s largest — managers of its three divisions said they intend to increase market share, partly by expanding sales into more countries.Other sales-boosting strategies they cited include developing innovative products, such as a new artificial knee with improved range of motion that makes climbing stairs easier. Another is giving customers “both clinical and economic value,” as with a program J&J developed to speed up each step in treating patients with new hip fractures — so they’re sent home from the hospital quicker, saving insurance plans lots of money.___Linda A. Johnson can be followed at http://twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Johnson & Johnson’s 4Q profit rises sharply on lower one-time charges, higher overseas sales by Linda A. Johnson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2013 10:23 pm MDT read more

Queens Christmas message 30 things you didnt know about Her Majestys annual

first_imgQueen Elizabeth II delivers her 2007 Christmas speech in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace The Queen in the Long Library at Sandringham after making the first televised Christmas day broadcast to the nation in 1957Credit:PA The custom of a Royal Christmas address was came into force for good in 1939, when King George VI wanted to boost morale during WWII. The Queen has given an address every year since 1952, apart from one – in 1969. In 1969, the Queen decided to write a Christmas message instead of broadcasting one. This was apparently because the Royals felt that they had been in the spotlight too much, after the release of the documentary film ‘Royal Family.’ It was also the same year as Prince Charles’ investiture. The Queen wrote ‘I want you all to know that my good wishes are no less warm and personal because they come to you in a different form.’ During the 1957 broadcast, some viewers complained that their radio transmissions were interrupted by an American police radio frequency. One instance of interference included a police officer saying “Joe, I’m gonna grab a quick coffee.” 1992 was described as an “annus horribilis,” by Her Majesty. In a year where the marriages of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew  fell apart as well as a large fire at Windsor Castle, The Sun leaked the speech two days early. The Queen sued, and the paper paid £200,000 to charity. Between 1986 and 1991, David Attenborough produced the Queen’s Christmas address. In 1989 Elizabeth II read part of her speech in front of an audience at the Royal Albert Hall. This was the first time that an audience had heard the speech prior to broadcast. The Queen writes her Christmas address herself. Rather than using a script writer she is believed to sit with advisors and put forward her ideas and words. The broadcast is filmed at Buckingham Palace, or one of the Queen’s other properties a few days before Christmas. The idea for a Royal Christmas address came from Sir John Reith, founder of the BBC The time of 3pm was chosen so that all parts of the commonwealth could listen or watch at a reasonable hour. Today, the message is broadcast to New Zealand at 6:50pm local time, Australia at 7:20pm local time and Canada at midday, local time, as well as live on the Royal’s YouTube channel. The Christmas address was broadcast on radio or television exclusively by the BBC until 1997. Since then, the production has rotated every two years between ITV, and from 2011, Sky News. In 2015, the Queen’s message was the most watched Christmas Day programme, pulling in 7.5 million viewers in total, beating Downton Abbey’s 6.9 million.Who writes the speech?While poet and author Rudyard Kipling drafted the first speech for King George V, the Queen writes her own Christmas speeches and it is one of only a few instances where she is able to speak publicly without any advice from her ministers.Planning begins months earlier once the Queen decides on her theme of the year. From there appropriate archive footage is collected and assembled for the speech which is recorded a few days before Christmas. The Queen in the Long Library at Sandringham after making the first televised Christmas day broadcast to the nation in 1957 Queen Elizabeth II making her first ever Christmas broadcast to the nation from Sandringham House Queen Elizabeth II making her first ever Christmas broadcast to the nation from Sandringham HouseCredit:Getty Every year, at 3pm on Christmas Day, millions of us around the country turn on the radio or television, take off our party hats, and listen to the Queen’s Christmas message.But what are the origins? Why did we hear American police officers in 1957? And which phrases does the Queen reuse the most?Here are 30 things you might not have known about the Queen’s Christmas Day address: ‘The Queen’s Speech’ is not actually called ‘The Queen’s Speech.’ The formal name given to the event is ‘Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech.’ The first ever Christmas address, by King George V started: “I speak now from my home and from my heart to you all; to men and women so cut off by the snows, the desert, or the sea, that only voices out of the air can reach them.” The first Royal Christmas address was written by Rudyard Kipling, in 1932 and delivered by Elizabeth II’s grandfather King George V. The first Christmas address was 251 words long. Queen Elizabeth II averages 656 words. There was no broadcast in 1936 or 1938 because the annual tradition was not yet established. Queen Elizabeth II making her Christmas broadcast to the peoples of the British Commonwealth from New Zealand in 1953 When and where can I watch or listen to it?The Queen’s Christmas Message is embargoed until 3pm on Christmas Day. It is then broadcast on BBC One, ITV, Sky 1, and Sky News from 3pm until 3.10pm. You can also listen to it on BBC Radio 4.center_img Queen Elizabeth II delivers her 2007 Christmas speech in the 1844 Room at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Why is it done?King George V’s original Christmas speech in 1932 was intended to be a one-off event as a way to inaugurate the BBC World Service, but over the years it has become one of the most important events in the royal calendar, and a Christmas staple for those living in the Commonwealth.It was firmly established as tradition during the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 where King George VI, in his first Christmas as the King, sought to reassure people and boost morale.What did she say in last year’s speech?Reflecting on a year of terror attacks including the events in Paris and Tunisia, the Queen used her 2015 Christmas Day broadcast to make one of her most “overtly religious” addresses to the nation in many years. What is the Alternative Christmas Message?Since 1993 Channel 4 has been broadcasting an alternative Christmas message to the Queen’s Christmas Message broadcast on BBC, ITV, and Sky.Sometimes it is a humorous message – Marge and Lisa Simpson gave the speech in 2004, where they compared the “special relationship” between the UK and the US to the relationship between Mini Me and Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers films.Other times the message is a serious one. In 2013 Edward Snowden delivered the message and urged the government put an end to mass surveillance, while Abdullah Kurdi, father of Alan Kurdi, the young Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, gave the speech in 2015. What is the Queen’s Christmas Message?The Queen’s Christmas Message is a broadcast made by the monarch to the 52 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations each Christmas.Originally called the King’s Christmas Message when the tradition began in 1932 with a radio broadcast by King George V, the message has been read by Queen Elizabeth II since 1952.The Queen typically uses the speech as a chance to reflect on the year and the major events that have occurred throughout it. She also makes a comment on her own personal milestones of the year and expresses her opinion on Christmas in general. Queen Elizabeth II making her Christmas broadcast to the peoples of the British Commonwealth from New Zealand in 1953Credit:PA Quoting directly from the Bible, she said: “It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’.” In her first Christmas address, the Queen described the British Commonwealth and Empire as an “immense union of nations” which “can be a great power for good – a force which I believe can be of immeasurable benefit to all humanity.” The highest ratings for the Christmas address came in 1980, when an extraordinary 28 million people turned onto the BBC at 3pm. According to mathematicians at UCL, The Queen has said 42,000 words during her Christmas addresses. But…only 3991 are distinct – meaning she has used 90% of the words more than once in a Christmas Address. This high percentage of recycled vocabulary is comparable to rappers Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z, in their music catalogues. Although their language is rather more colourful, the Queen likes to repeat the phrases ‘shining example’ ‘weak and innocent’ and ‘the Commonwealth.’ In 1952 the broadcast was shown on television for the first time, but with sound only. The first broadcast in colour came in 1967, the same year as the Queen had taken part in a five week tour of Canada. In 1975, the Broadcast was filmed outside for the first time, in the Buckingham Palace gardens. 2015 also saw the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, something the Queen also touched on in her speech: “One cause for thankfulness this summer was marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War. On VJ Day, we honoured the remaining veterans of that terrible conflict in the Far East, as well as remembering the thousands who never returned.”Acknowledging the birth of Princess Charlotte in May, the Queen also added: “One of the joys of living a long life is watching one’s children, then grandchildren, then great grandchildren, help decorate the Christmas tree. And this year my family has a new member to join in the fun!” 2006 was the first year in which you could download the speech as a podcast. In 2012, Sky News produced the christmas address in 3D. Viewers were able to see the Queen donning a pair of 3D glasses, rather different to her usual rimless spectacles. This year, the broadcast will be live on Facebook and Youtube as well as television and radio. last_img read more

Mobil SHC Gear Series oils meet new GE offhighway certification

first_imgExxonMobil has announced that its Mobil SHC™ Gear Series of synthetic industrial gear oils have been approved for use in General Electric (GE) off-highway vehicle motorised wheel gearbox applications requiring GE’s new gear oil specification, D50E35. Effective January 1, 2016 the new GE D50E35 specification replaces the D50E27 specification for GE drives used in equipment such as construction vehicles and mining haul trucks. The new spec establishes micro pitting protection requirements in addition to scuffing wear resistance and other improvements.“Since their introduction, Mobil SHC Gear Series oils have been helping companies in the mining and construction sectors get more out of their equipment,” said Larry Mokan, Senior Equipment builder Engineer at ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants. “Mobil SHC Gear Series synthetic oils meet the stringent new gear oil requirements for GE motorised gear drives with a formulation that delivers outstanding protection in extreme temperature and load conditions while combating micro pitting fatigue wear, rust and corrosion.” The gear oils offer up to 3.6% improved energy efficiency versus conventional oil.The company said that the Mobil SHC Gear Series “represents the company’s continued commitment to developing advanced, high-performance lubricant technologies that can help customers decrease costs and improve the productivity of their operations.” These oils contain an advanced, proprietary additive system designed to protect gears from conventional wear modes, such as scuffing, while offering a high-level of resistance against micro pitting fatigue. In addition, the oils offer the potential for improved lubrication of gearbox rolling element bearings as compared to conventional gear oils.“We began GE D50E35 qualification testing early and met the new requirements shortly after they were published in late 2014. We are confident that owners of GE OHV motorised gearbox drives who choose Mobil SHC Gear oils will also experience the same excellent field performance enjoyed by our customers over the past four years under the current GE specification,” said Mokan. The complete range of viscosities for the Mobil SHC Gear Series, ISO VG 150, 220, 320, 460 and 680, are approved for use under GE Material D50E35, categories A-E.last_img read more

WSJ Sprint will unveil dualscreen Android phone tonight

first_imgShortly after the Verizon iPhone debuted in mid January last month, Sprint sent out a mysterious invitation to a press event in New York City, featuring an appearance by magician David Blaine. At the time, speculation was that Sprint would also be getting the iPhone, now that AT&T’s exclusivity has lapsed.Well, Sprint’s event is tonight at six, and if a report from the Wall Street Journal is anything to go by, it’s a lot stranger than another carrier getting the iPhone. Rather, the WSJ’s sources say that Sprint will unveil the Kyocera Echo smartphone, a handset meant to bridge the smartphone and tablet sectors by featuring a unique, dual-screen design.Apparently, the Echo will run Android and be a true multitasking device, not only running apps in the background but allowing two apps to be run side-by-side, like on a desktop OS. This design will also allow items to be dragged and shared between panes.Does that phone look weird to you? Kyocera and Sprint are putting a lot of emphasis on their cool new hinge design which allows the Echo’s dual screens to be folded with one screen flat behind the other, turning it into a more traditional single screen device. Presumably, this “magic” ability of the Kyocera Echo is what we can blame David Blaine’s appearance upon.We should know all in just an hour and a half, although if you’re hoping the Kyocera Echo will use Sprint’s WiMax network, think again: sadly, the WSJ reports that the Echo will be a 3G-affair only.Read more at Wall Street Journal (via Slashgear)last_img read more

Over 6500 horses were slaughtered in Ireland for human consumption last year

first_img 64 Comments By Adam Daly Friday 12 Apr 2019, 9:10 PM Image: Shutterstock/gadag MORE THAN 6,500 horses in Ireland were slaughtered for meat last year, according to figures released by the Department of Agriculture. The data released to Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath revealed that 6,573 horses were slaughtered for human consumption in 2018.The figures also show that 453 horses were slaughtered in the first two months of this year. The horses included in these figures are slaughtered at government-approved abattoirs and are then exported to the continent for human consumption.The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed gave the breakdown number of horses slaughtered for human consumption in 2018 and to date in 2019.  Source: Oireachtas.ieThe number of horses slaughtered has dropped dramatically since 2012 when it peaked at 24,362, according to figures released last year. 2013 saw 10,711 horses slaughtered – a drop of 13,651 on the year previous. The number continued to drop for the next two years – with 7,602 in 2014 and 6,033 in 2015.However, there was an increase of 1,569 horses slaughtered between 2015 and 2016 bringing the number to 7,618 for 2016.And there was another increase of 130 in 2017 compared to 2016 – bringing the total number of horses slaughtered in 2017 to 7,748.The massive drop of 13,651 horses between 2012 and 2013 is largely put down to stricter regulations put around the slaughter of horses for human consumption following the horse meat scandal.The 2013 horsemeat scandal resulted in meat products being pulled from supermarket shelves across several countries in Europe when it was revealed that horsemeat was in products listed as beef.After the controversy, the Department of Agriculture took over the responsibility of abattoirs previously run by local authorities and the number of plants were reduced.Prior to 2013, it’s believed that some horses were slaughtered for export for human consumption without having clean passports but new checks were then put in place. 45,116 Views https://jrnl.ie/4589882 Apr 12th 2019, 9:11 PM Share4092 Tweet Email3 Over 6,500 horses were slaughtered in Ireland for human consumption last year Almost 500 were slaughtered in the first two months of this year. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/gadag Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Modern Greek may be in final phase

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett, met with a delegation from the Australian Hellenic Council last week to discuss the community’s response to the current set up for Modern Greek in the Australian curriculum.The delegation – which consisted of Associate Professor Vrasidas Karalis (The University of Sydney), Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association President Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, AHC (NSW) Coordinator George Vellis and AHC (NSW) Secretary Mary Giannisis – expressed the community’s satisfaction that Modern Greek has been included as a priority language, however raised concerns that Modern Greek may be listed in the final phase. As it stands, there are eleven priority languages to be included in the Australian curriculum. Both Professor Karalis and Dr Diamadis stressed that with this existing infrastructure, along with the expected timeframe between the present and the introduction of the the language programs, all eleven languages can be introduced simultaneously.“The Australian Curriculum – Languages, needs to be treated in the same way as the other curricula,” stated Dr Diamadis. “To phase in the eleven language separately is being interpreted by education professionals and interested members of the community as a de facto ranking of languages.”last_img read more

Sprint provides 2500 Broward students with devices WiFi access

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Sprint is making an effort to help some Broward County students with their homework.Sprint will provide 2,500 students throughout the county with free devices and Wi-Fi service.Several students at Deerfield Beach High School received and were able to activate their devices on Thursday. With a few words for our guest and a few pictures, superintendent @RobertwRuncie wrapped up @Sprint 1 Million Project with a #selfie pic.twitter.com/iQPh3jDmxe— Deerfield Beach High (@DBHSpathfinder) October 26, 2017This is all part of the company’s One Million Project initiative, which is designed to help close what has become known as the “homework gap.”More than five million families with school-aged children in the U.S. do not currently have internet access at home. last_img read more

State Senator Students Will Play Critical Role In Preventing Future School Shootings

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /09:25 Listen REUTERS/Jonathan BachmanTen roses left in memory of the victims killed in a shooting at the Santa Fe High School.center_img In the aftermath of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Gov. Greg Abbott is hosting a series of roundtable discussions about preventing future such incidents. Republican State Sen. Larry Taylor represents the 11th District, which includes Santa Fe. He told Houston Matters host Craig Cohen he’s open to the possibility of a special session of the Texas Legislature, should the governor call one to address this issue. Lawmakers aren’t scheduled to be in session until January.Taylor said the idea of the roundtables is to bring in stakeholders and experts from various backgrounds — from educators, to security experts, to mental health professionals.“It’s such a complex issue there’s not one answer,” he said. “And, if there was one answer, it might work for one campus but not work for another. So, it’s just very multifaceted. So, bring in all these people in — hopefully in a spirit of unity — to try and find some real solutions and not argue about some of the things that people argue about.”He said some people have suggested putting metal detectors at all schools, but that might not work at every campus and at every district. Others have suggested doors with limited access during school hours, but there are challenges to that at some campuses.“Each school is going to have to do an assessment of their own campuses and what’s going to work best in those campuses,” Taylor said.He said students will play an important role in improving school safety too. And they might have to get used to a new reality of heightened awareness, much like many adults did after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.“Look out for your fellow students,” he said. “When you see lonely students or loner-type students walk up to them, talk to them, see if you can’t develop relationships with them. And, frankly, when you see changes in people’s personality or how they’re dressing all of a sudden make people aware because no one knows the fellow student better than the other students. And I think they’re going to have to be our first line of defense.” Sharelast_img read more

Demons Souls Servers Shutting Down After 9 Years

first_imgStay on target PAL territories to get Demon’s Souls: Black Phantom EditionReview: Demon’s Souls for PS3 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img As the old saying goes: all good things must come to an end. Yesterday, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced the servers for FromSoftware’s Demon’s Souls will shut down on February 28, 2018. The servers have been live since 2009 when the game was originally released on PlayStation 3.This announcement was confirmed by the official English-language Demon’s Souls Twitter account.After 9 years of reoccurring deaths and frustrations, but just as many triumphs of dedication, Demon’s Souls online servers will terminate on February 28, 2018. Play online one last time, and share with us your best Demon’s Souls moment! pic.twitter.com/knIgmXLqFW— Dark Souls (@DarkSoulsGame) November 27, 2017If you’re surprised by this announcement, don’t be. The Demon’s Souls servers were supposed to be shut down all the way back in 2012. However, publisher Atlus said, “some developments have made it possible for us to continue to invest in and support our fans as they have continued to invest in and support us and Demon’s Souls.”So how does this impact the game? Without online services, players can no longer play cooperatively or competitively. Being able to write and read messages from other players will also go away. This means anyone playing Demon’s Souls after the servers go offline will no longer see how others died or get a warning about upcoming dangers. The in-game world is intimidating enough, but now, it’ll become far more hostile to new players.Some folks on Twitter see shutting down the Demon’s Souls serves as a prelude to a possible PlayStation 4 re-release. There is absolutely no evidence to support this belief, but it is rather strange Sony hasn’t remade or remastered this title given how it gave birth to the Dark Souls franchise and Bloodborne. It’s hard to say what Sony’s ultimate plans are for this game. Either way, if you still have your PS3 around, now would be a great time to play Demon’s Souls before the in-game world truly becomes a lonely place.last_img read more

VIDEO Drew Brees Philip Rivers and their backups squared off in a

first_imgDrew Brees and Philip Rivers have long been established as two of the premiere quarterbacks in the NFL, and during joint practices leading up to the preseason the future Hall of Famers and their merry band of backups decided to square off in a QB competition for bragging rights.The competition has been going on all week, and involves all the QB’s on each roster throwing at targets to accumulate points. Yesterday, the Saints won for the second day in a row, thanks to Brees and his minions showing off some nice accuracy. Rivers had a chance to tie, but missed his last throw. We’re not drawing any long term conclusions over the results here, but it’s a fun watch to get you a little Friday football fix.The first #Saints vs @Chargers QB Challenge!#SaintsQBs pic.twitter.com/Quy2EmnIxP— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 23, 2018 Here’s the Day 1 competition:The competition is heating up… See you tomorrow, @Saints. pic.twitter.com/sUmmbHlbSU— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 24, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Jimmy Butler should stop trying to be like Mike and be more

first_imgAlso:– Colin responds to Dez taking shots– The Browns are a lot more than just Baker– Eli isn’t above being criticized– LeBron’s Lakers are the most interesting team in sports– Pat Mahomes should put some respect behind Tom Brady’s name Jimmy Butler should stop trying to “be like Mike” and more like the Warriors Jimmy Butler demanded to be traded out of Minnesota several weeks and things only got messier yesterday, when Butler showed up to T’Wolves practice and went scorched earth on everyone from Karl-Anthony Towns to GM Scott Layden.Butler seems determined to be traded to a team where he can be the man instead of sharing the spotlight and stats with other stars, but being a solo act in today’s NBA doesn’t work. If he wants to win he should look at how the Warriors collection of superstars that have all sacrificed to win titles instead of trying to “be like Mike” before he won titles. Guests:Michael Rappaport – Actor/Comedian and host of I am Rappaport Stereo Podcast; Greg Cosell – NFL Films Senior Producer; Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insiderlast_img read more

OnePlus To Launch 5G Phone With Sprint Soon

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Heres how celebrities are making Coachella more queer in 2018

first_imgHayley Kiyoko wins at the VMAs and 20GayTeen is alive and wellCara Delevingne refuses to go to Coachella because of anti-LGBT ownerHayley Kiyoko knew she was attracted to women when she was sixRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/celebrities-coachella-queer/ Living that Coachella life | Photo: Instagram @KeiynanLonsdale GAYSTARNEWS- The annual event has come under fire for the controversial spending habits of owner Philip Anschutz. Cara Delevingne refuses to go to the festival because of this, despite Anschutz’s statements that he isn’t anti-LGBTQ.However, some performers and attendees aren’t letting all that define their Coachella experience.Kiyoko performed at the festival this year, not long after the release of her debut album, and blew everyone away.The singer took to the stage with a rainbow 20GayTeen flag, making fans rename the festival ‘coachellesbian’.hayley kiyoko and her 20gayteen flag ended homophobia at coachella it’s coachellesbian now pic.twitter.com/HZqc1ywC48— saddy (@lesbihayley) April 16, 2018She also made other people question their own sexuality. When you think you’re straight and then @HayleyKiyoko gives you this look… suddenly you’re not so sure of anything anymore. #ExpectationsTour #HayleyKiyoko #20gayteen pic.twitter.com/cAnzOc211P— Vanessa (@vannyhearts) April 14, 2018That eye contact is very, very real.Meanwhile, Lonsdale attended the festival, wearing a floral skirt and no shirt. He tweeted out photos of his outfit, along with the comment: ‘Shops need to start including skirts and dresses in the men’s section.’Shops need to start including skirts and dresses in the men’s section pic.twitter.com/TBSN0nxGoY— Keiynan Lonsdale (@KeiynanLonsdale) April 17, 2018Taking back CoachellaIs it possible to reclaim Coachella, and what it is, and who it’s for, despite who the owner may be?It’s an individual and personal decision, but if more people like Kiyoko and Lonsdale attend, it could evolve into something more than what it’s been in the past.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Artists like lesbian singer Hayley Kiyoko and queer artist Keiynan Lonsdale are changing the nature of California music festival Coachella. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Carnival Corp is moving these two Costa ships to China

first_imgCarnival Corp. is moving these two Costa ships to China Travelweek Group Tags: Carnival Corporation, China, Costa Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, November 6, 2018 center_img Share MIAMI — Two ships are leaving the Costa fleet and heading to China to serve that country’s growing cruise market.The first of these ships, the 85,861-ton, 2,210-passenger Costa Atlantica, is scheduled to be transferred by the end of 2019. Costa Atlantica’s sister ship, the 2,114-passenger Costa Mediterranea, will be transferred at a date still to be announced.Both ships are heading to a new Chinese cruise division, CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited, the result of a new joint venture between Costa Cruises’ parent company Carnival Corp. and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).  “The official launch of our cruise joint venture in China is a significant milestone in the strategic development of a strong and sustainable cruise industry in China,” said Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation. “Together with our partners, we are excited about our ability to launch a new cruise line in China based on existing ships and new China-built cruise ships tailored for Chinese travellers.” Posted bylast_img read more

EU official on Turkey accession to visit Cyprus

first_imgDutch MEP and rapporteur on Turkey’s accession progress, Kati Piri, announced on Monday she is visiting Cyrus within the week.Piri is to also visit Turkey as part of her report research.“Interesting week ahead. On my way to visit Turkey and Cyprus to speak with various people & collect input for my report,” Piri tweeted on Monday.In her latest report on Turkey’s accession progress, Piri said that despite that the country’ s commitment and contribution in concrete terms to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem remains crucial.The report also mentions Turkey’s refusal in removing all obstacles to the free movement of goods, including restrictions on direct transport links with Cyprus, and lack of progress as regards normalising bilateral relations with the RoC.last_img read more

Government seeking European funds for gas infrastructure

first_imgFinance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Monday that the government is in talks with the European Investment Bank (EIB) over the latter’s financing of natural gas infrastructures.Chiming in, EIB President Werner Hoyer, currently on a visit to the island, appeared optimistic that the bank would take part in the project.Georgiades and Hoyer were speaking during a joint press conference in Nicosia.“From 2013 until today we have signed financing agreements of a value of €1.5bn,” the finance minister said.“Half of that amount is aimed at small and medium size enterprises through Cypriot banks, a tool which has contributed in a decisive way in the Cypriot economy’s recovery,” he noted.He added that during their meeting on Monday, including with President Nicos Anastasiades, “we have reconfirmed that this powerful and important cooperation will continue.”However, Georgiades pointed out, “we are also interested in cooperating, financing, for a project of strategic importance, that of funding infrastructures for natural gas to be imported and used in Cyprus.”Talks are underway, he noted, adding that “we are interested in financing of up to €150m and I hope that in the context of our cooperation we will have a positive outcome.”Asked to give further details, Georgiades said only that efforts are ongoing and that there is nothing to announce just yet.He said however that the government has already secured EU funding and is now interested in financing by the EIB.“I hope by the end of the year we will be in a position to announce something.”For his part, Hoyer confirmed that the EIB is in talks with the government for the project.“I am quite optimistic,” he noted, adding that “we are presently developing and publicly discussing a new energy lending policy, but I believe that even within the framework of the new policy we will be able to be part of this exercise.”The potential project was also important in terms of climate action, since replacing current fossil fuels by natural gas would be beneficial to Cyprus and the EU alike.Referring to the €1.5bn investment made by the EIB since 2013, Hoyer said that “it reflects the fact that…when the financial crisis hit and many banks left the country, we strongly increased our activities in Cyprus and we have not regretted it.“The Cypriot people faced some challenging years but we are confident that these are now behind us.”EIB director Anita Furstenberg said that in 2018 the bank provided €140m to support private-sector investment in Cyprus through new credit lines managed by Cypriot banks.“Looking ahead EIB’s activity in Cyprus is expected to remain robust in 2019,” she noted.Georgiades meanwhile expressed the government’s full and unreserved support to EIB’s plans for the bank to be fully capitalised following a possible Brexit.“We are absolutely convinced that EIB must continue to have a leading role,” he said. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake insurance that fits your future plansCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoArgaka mukhtar stops conservationists againUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more