Low turnout indicates conventional voting trend

first_imgNew Delhi: With relatively less number of voters turning out for voting during the second phase of Lok Sabha polling, it seems electorates have given a thumbs-down to campaigning strategies of political parties.According to political experts, the low turnout indicated that voting pattern was conventional and there was no ‘extra’ enthusiasm among voters. “The low turnout reflects that cadre and regular voters have come out of the home to vote for candidates of their choice. It also shows that there was no such passion among voters that they have to vote to ensure the victory of candidates of their choice, which was there in 2014,” said political commentator Arvind Mohan. “The voting trend also suggests that the general election is all about local issues instead of national issues, which is against the voting pattern of previous Lok Sabha elections,” Mohan said, adding that there might be a possibility that ruling parties have not been able to disseminate their achievements at the remote level. “It seems are voters are making their choices on the basis of caste and local issues and not on national issues. It’s is so that some of the regional parties have slowed down their campaigning strategies,” the political commentator said, adding that the situation is worst in Bihar as the caste has taken a centrestage in the campaigning trail. The elections were held on 95 Lok Sabha seats across 11 states on Thursday. The original schedule was for 97 seats, but the election commission has cancelled polling in Vellore (Tamil Nadu) and Tripura East constituencies. The voter turnout of the second phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections 2019 stood at 61.12 per cent. The Voter turnout was highest in Assam with the state registering 73.32 per cent polling, while in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the highest polling percentage for the second phase was recorded at 82.5 per cent in Nagaland. The poll percentage in Bihar was 58.14 per cent, 68.70 per cent in Chhattisgarh, 43.37 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir, 61.80 per cent in Karnataka, 55.37 per cent in Maharashtra, 74.69 per cent in Manipur, 57.41 per cent in Odisha, 72.40 per cent in Puducherry, 61.52 per cent in Tamil Nadu, 58.12 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, and 75.27 per cent in West Bengal.last_img read more

Akhannouch to AU Moroccos Agriculture Strategy Could Drive Sustainable Development in

Rabat –Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch led a Moroccan delegation at the Ministerial Session of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) of the African Union (AU) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and the Environment, for the first time since Morocco’s official return to the pan-African body.Meeting in Addis-Ababa October 5 and 6 for the second session of the STC, organized under the title “Improving environmental sustainability and transforming agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security,” the delegation consisted of of several experts including Moroccan Ambassador to Ethiopia, Nezha Alaoui M’Hamdi.Moroccan InterestsDuring this meeting, Akhannouch highlighted the important role agriculture plays in the development of nations, stressing that it should be “the engine of sustainable growth in the face of a double socio-economic and ecological vulnerability in rural areas.” Akhannouch also explained how agriculture often represents “an underexploited potential in Morocco, both economically – the sector accounts for almost 40 percent the job market and generates 15 percent of GDP – and socially, since more than 9 million Moroccans depend directly on agriculture for their livelihood.”For the minister, agriculture is “at the heart of sustainable development challenges,” as good management of soil, water, and crops contributes to adaptation and mitigation of the negative effects of climate change.On the basis of these findings, Morocco launched the Green Morocco Plan in 2008, which is in line with the detailed program for the development of agriculture in Africa, the minister noted.Akhannouch explained that this ambitious investment plan is based on two pillars: the modernization of agriculture and high-value-added investment in the agro-industrial sector, and the development of small-scale agriculture and social and solidarity-based investment to combat against agricultural poverty.“This is an innovative strategy based both on adapting to market opportunities and enhancing the agricultural, ecological and human diversity of the terroirs,” added Akhannouch, noting that this development plan was set up according to a pragmatic approach centered around the implementation of concrete projects.Agriculture: a global common goodFor Akhannouch, “agriculture is a global common good that we must all strive to preserve.” The minister explained that a first step in this direction was taken at the COP22 global environmental conference held on African soil last November, in Marrakech.Once the Paris Agreements are put in place, “it is crucial that African agriculture, including climate change adaptation projects, get a fair share of climate finance,” he said.“ It is in this spirit that we launched the African Agriculture Adaptation Initiative (AAA).”The AAA is a two-part program that is supported by 33 countries, important players in the private sector, civil society, the scientific community, and major donors including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and Food and Agriculture Organization.The first axis consists on procuring funding for the Adaptation of African Agriculture program through advocacy and negotiation, while the second concerns the de-risking and raising of funds for adaptation projects, through four program: sustainable management of soil resources and agricultural water, climate risk management, and solidarity financing for small project holders.“The program also constitutes a platform for capacity building and exchange of knowledge on climate resilient agriculture,” Akhannouch said. “Our goal with the 33 countries that are with us is to attract funding to support concrete projects.”The minister expressed the wish to see this AAA initiative become part of the major agricultural programs of the African Union, as well as “a real tool to defend the cause of African agricultural adaptation.” read more

Committee appointed to discuss steps to form UPFA Government

A committee has been appointed to discuss steps to be taken to form a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government.Joint opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena and UPFA member and Minister Susil Premajayantha will head the committee. The joint opposition says it will support forming a UPFA Government without taking any Ministerial posts. (Colombo Gazette)

Opposition will not participate in undermining the Constitution PPP to Speaker

PPP’s Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraChief Whip for the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Gail Teixeira in a missive to Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland said that her Party will not be taking part in tomorrow’s sitting of the National Assembly where the Government, which was defeated by a passed no-confidence motion, intends to invalidate the vote that was  carried.Teixeira, among other things, noted that the no-confidence Motion having been conclusively dealt with, in, and, by the National Assembly on the 21st December, 2018, is not open to review.In her letter to the Speaker she noted that “We have been advised, with no disrespect to you sir, that the Speaker has no review powers over the said Motion, and, that the Speaker, the Clerk and the National Assembly are functus officio in respect of and in relation to the said Motion. Furthermore, in our humble opinion, Standing Orders 26(e) precludes any effort to rescind a resolution on a question already decided on in the same Session.”Furthermore, the Chief Whip outlined that “in accordance with Article 106(6) of the Constitution of the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana, the Cabinet, including the President shall resign upon the passing of a No Confidence Motion. Consequently, it is not competent for the Government to move, nor participate in, a sitting of the National Assembly, otherwise than to give effect, if required, to the letter and spirit of Article 106(7) of the Constitution.”Article 106 (7) of the Constitution of Guyana states, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the elections.”As such, the Parliamentary Opposition is of the view that any sitting of the National Assembly that is not in compliance with this article is a violation of the Constitution.“Thus, the Parliamentary Opposition will not participate in undermining the Constitution, and, further recommend that this sitting should not be held” Teixeira in her missive said.See the full letter below:Dear Mr. Speaker,Re:Sitting of the National Assembly on the 3rd January, 2019On December 21, 2018 the National Assembly passed the first no confidence motion. Your Honour ruled that the said No Confidence Motion was carried and passed. Additionally, by letter dated 24th December, 2018, the Clerk of the National Assembly duly informed the Leader of the Opposition by Resolution that the Motion of No Confidence against the Government of Guyana was considered and passed by a vote of thirty-three (33) in favour of the Motion and thirty-two (32) against it.On the night of December 21, 2018, the Prime Minister Moses Nagamoottoo at a press conference held in the Parliament Buildings conceded that the no confidence motion had passed in accordance with the constitution with 33 votes for and 32 against. He stated that “options available are dictated by the Constitution Article 106 (6) and (7) which states that the government will resign and hold elections within three months.”The following day, December 22, 2018, President Granger in an official statement released by the Department of Information stated:“The Government of Guyana following the passing of the no confidence motion last night in the National Assembly will abide by the stipulations which have been imposed on it.… we will do everything necessary to facilitate the smooth functioning of General and Regional Elections bearing in mind the need for normal government functions.”…Moreover the President went on to state that:“This is a normal constitutional process which can have favourable outcomes for the nation… there is no cause for alarm and there are no grounds for any form of disorder and we will continue to work to provide good government … and to work even more with the opposition”.Following these official statements, civil society organizations such as the Private Sector Commission, the Guyana Trades Union Congress, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana, Transparency Institute of Guyana, and the Guyana Bar Association came out in support of the constitutional provisions and called on the Government and Opposition to respect and uphold the Guyana Constitution.The Parliamentary Opposition is aware that the Government has requested a review of the No Confidence Motion moved, debated and passed on the 21st December, 2018.The Parliamentary Opposition is of the view that the No Confidence Motion having been conclusively dealt with, in, and, by the National Assembly on the 21st December, 2018, is not open to review. We have been advised, with no disrespect to you sir, that the Speaker has no review powers over the said Motion, and, that the Speaker, the Clerk and the National Assembly are functus officio in respect of and in relation to the said Motion. Furthermore, in our humble opinion, Standing Orders 26(e) precludes any effort to rescind a resolution on a question already decided on in the same Session.As Your Honour is aware, in accordance with Article 106(6) of the Constitution of the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana, the Cabinet, including the President shall resign upon the passing of a No Confidence Motion. Consequently, it is not competent for the Government to move, nor participate in, a sitting of the National Assembly, otherwise than to give effect, if required, to the letter and spirit of Article 106(7) of the Constitution.In this regard, the Parliamentary Opposition is of the view that the business that is scheduled to be considered by the National Assembly on the 3rd January, 2019, is not in compliance with Article 106(7) of the Constitution. Therefore, any sitting of the National Assembly that is not in compliance with this article is a violation of the Constitution. Thus, the Parliamentary Opposition will not participate in undermining the Constitution, and, further recommend that this sitting should not be held.Yours sincerely,signed……………………………………………….Gail Teixeira, M.P.,Parliamentary Opposition Chief Whip Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBREAKING: Speaker upholds passed no-confidence motionJanuary 3, 2019In “latest news”House Speaker receives several complaints of MPs breaching privilegesMay 4, 2016In “Politics”PPP/C worried Speaker will bury motion to reduce VATOctober 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

Applied knowledge of exploration technology supports Russias discovery of mineral resources

first_imgGeosoft is collaborating with Russia’s leading scientific university Perm State and geophysical technology firm AGT Systems. The partnership will equip the students of Perm State’s Geological Faculty with applied knowledge of industry-leading exploration technology and data processing software. “There is a huge base of geologists, geophysicists and mining engineers in Russia with good professional education,” says Victor Ovcharuk, Director of AGT Systems, based in Moscow. “What’s missing is knowledge of modern software and technology for exploration and mining.” Geosoft exploration software is an industry standard in the global mining sector, and is used by many research institutes and mining companies in Russia including ALROSA, Norilsk Nickel and Vostokgeologia. Under the state-funded Innovation Universities program, AGT, Geosoft and Perm State University have set up three teaching laboratories dedicated to training students on the latest exploration technology and data processing techniques. Each of the new labs has over 20 computer stations installed with the Geosoft Oasis montaj earth mapping platform, and Target geology software. “The teaching labs have enabled us to provide students a higher level of education and research skills,” said Dr. Vladimir Kostitsyn, Chief of the Geophysical Department of Perm State University’s Geological Faculty. “We see great potential to expand the use of Geosoft software within our teaching programs in the near future.”“Now each graduating class will produce dozens of new experts who will be familiar and experienced with the most advanced mapping and processing tools, and can take these new skills into industry and government,” says Ovcharuk.Perm State was the first university in Russia to use Geosoft software within the classroom. AGT and Geosoft are currently establishing similar teaching labs in universities across the country. “With over half of Russia’s GDP derived from natural resources, partnerships like this are instrumental in unlocking future potential,” says Wayne Higgins, Managing Director, Geosoft Europe. “Ensuring students have the right tools and technology to rapidly hone their skills within academic lab settings is key to building the workforce and skill base required for exploration industries to develop and thrive in Russia.” Founded on October 14, 1916, Perm State University is a leading scientific university in Russia.  University faculties include biology, geography, geology, geochemistry and physics.  It is located in in Central Russia’s Urals region. AGT Systems specialises in the mining and petroleum exploration industries within Russia and CIS. It provides software, integrated systems, equipment and services in the fields of geophysics, and the geological, geotechnical and geochemical sciences, including drilling equipment and related technologies, mining equipment and supplies, oil and gas development technologies and transportable camps. AGT is a Geosoft Authorized Business Partner.Geosoft is a world leader in software and solutions for earth exploration. The company says it makes ” the experience of finding, using and sharing data more natural and powerful for earth explorers. Geosoft solutions accelerate knowledge development and unlock opportunity within exploration industries and the earth sciences sector.”last_img read more

The unsolved murder of Michael Gallagher stabbed to death in his kitchen

first_img Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 6:04 AM At about 10.06 pm there was a knock on the door and his partner answered. Two men burst into the house and went to the kitchen where they launched a vicious unprovoked assault on the victim.Gallagher was stabbed numerous times during the attack and died from a fatal stab wound. His partner suffered minor injuries in the assault.The brutal murder has been left unsolved and there has been speculation that Gallagher was targeted in a case of mistaken identity.Gardaí feel that in the decade that has passed since, more people may feel freer to come forward with information.“We are issuing an appeal to those people who, in the passage of time, may not have come forward at the time of the murder but may now feel comfortable to do so,” said Detective Inspector John Walsh.Gardaí say that they have conducted an extensive investigation into the murder and have continued to liaise with the Gallagher family.Detectives are seeking any witnesses or information on the murder and are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw two men on the roadway near the house on Tymonville Road.Anyone with information is being asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01-6666000 or the garda confidential line on 1800 666111.Read: Man in his 60s arrested in connection with disappearance in Kerry over 25 years ago >Read:  Bones found in attic may be from woman who froze to death 39 years ago > Jan 18th 2017, 6:04 AM The unsolved murder of Michael Gallagher, stabbed to death in his kitchen, is a decade old Gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for information. 15,134 Views TEN YEARS AGO today, Michael Gallagher was murdered in his own home on front of his partner. Nobody has ever been charged over the murder.Gardaí are today issuing a fresh appeal in the hope that a renewed focus on the case will bring his killers to justice.The 60-year-old was at home with his partner at 49 Tymonville Road in Tallaght, south Dublin on the night he was killed by two men. http://jrnl.ie/3190844 center_img By Rónán Duffy Share2 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 3 Comments last_img read more

A speech by a famed altright activist at Berkeley was cancelled after

first_img If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017 By AFP Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 10:39 AM Feb 2nd 2017, 10:39 AM Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter A speech by a famed alt-right activist at Berkeley was cancelled after violent protests last night Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter in July for fuelling abuse against a Ghostbusters actress. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLcenter_img – © AFP, 2017Read: Twitter bans right-wing writer after Ghostbusters actor targeted by trollsRead: Hackers post naked pictures, passport and driver’s licence of Ghostbusters star to her website Protestors watch as a bonfire rages during yesterday’s demonstration. Source: Ben Margot AP/Press Association ImagesVIOLENT PROTESTS ERUPTED yesterday at the University of California at Berkeley over the scheduled appearance of a controversial editor of the conservative news website Breitbart.Hundreds of students and other protesters chanting “shut him down” smashed windows at the campus, set wooden pallets on fire and threw fireworks and rocks as police in full riot gear responded with tear gas.The university was placed on lockdown as the sold-out appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative firebrand, was cancelled in early evening. Milo Yiannopoulos Source: InstagramYiannopoulos, who is technology editor for the news website, is known for his provocative social media posts and was banned from Twitter in July for fueling abuse directed at “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones.The British journalist is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump – nicknaming the US president “Daddy” during his election campaign – and has become one of the faces of America’s “alt-right” movement.Similar protests at the University of California at Davis last month also forced the cancellation of speeches by Yiannopoulos and former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli.The events at Davis and Berkeley were organized by conservative student groups. A similar invitation to speak at UCLA was rescinded and Berkeley was to be the last stop of his tour. A sign at yesterday’s protest Source: Ben Margot AP/Press Association ImagesOfficials at the three University of California campuses stressed that they did not invite Yiannopoulos or endorse his ideas but were committed to free speech.More than 100 UC Berkeley faculty members had signed two letters sent last month to the school’s chancellor, urging him to cancel the event.“Although we object strenuously to Yiannopoulos’s views — he advocates white supremacy, transphobia and misogyny — it is rather his harmful conduct to which we call attention in asking for the cancellation of this event,” read one of the letters.They cited as one example an incident in December at the University of Milwaukee where Yiannopoulos – a gay crusader against “political correctness” – openly mocked a transgender student, displaying her name and photo on screen.Donald Trump had his own say on the protest, saying that he may deny federal funds to the university if it “does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view”. 184 Comments Share346 Tweet Email 15,187 Views http://jrnl.ie/3218482 last_img read more

Les requins ont une carte géographique mentale de leur environnement

first_imgLes requins ont une ‘carte géographique mentale’ de leur environnementPubliée dans le Journal of Animal Ecology, une étude américaine montre, chez certaines espèces de squales, un grand sens de l’orientation et une représentation mentale de leur territoire, peut-être liée à une perception du champ magnétique terrestre.”Nos recherches montrent que les requins tigres et les requins renards ne nagent pas au hasard, mais vers des endroits précis. Autrement dit, ils savent où ils vont”, déclare Yannis Papastamatiou, directeur de recherche au Musée d’Histoire Naturelle de Gainesville (Floride). Équipant d’émetteurs acoustiques plusieurs requins, et utilisant des méthodes statistiques, son équipe a établi que ces deux espèces se font une ‘carte mentale’ de leur domaine vital, leur permettant des trajets précis jusqu’à des destinations éloignées de 50 kilomètres. Les trajets plus longs et plus précis chez les adultes que chez les juvéniles semblent indiquer une véritable construction mentale progressive, au fil du temps.”Ils doivent avoir un système de navigation plutôt bon, car les distances parcourues sont grandes. (…) le fait que bon nombre de ces trajets ont lieu de nuit indique que l’utilisation des champs magnétiques est une possibilité”, explique le Dr Papastamatiou. Mais, contrairement au thon albacore, par exemple, les squales ne semblent pas avoir, dans le cerveau, de magnétite, ce ‘capteur de champ magnétique’ naturel. Il est possible qu’ils utilisent plutôt des signaux tels que les courants océaniques, la température ou l’odeur de l’eau.Le 3 mars 2011 à 18:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mourinho targets Atleticos Vrsaljko

first_imgJose Mourinho has reportedly named Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko as a potential recruit for Manchester United this summer, claims The Daily MirrorThe Portuguese coach is keen to bolster his full-back options for the summer and is believed to be close to signing left-back Alex Sandro from Juventus.Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin had been a consideration as a long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia, but Mourinho’s interest in the Spanish right-back has now cooled.Instead, he is now preparing a £35m bid for the versatile Vrsaljko from Atletico.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Since joining from Sassuolo two years ago, the Croatian has struggled for to gain regular playing time under Diego Simeone after struggling to adapt in his first season.While Vrsaljko’s performances have improved, he has only managed to start 19 league games for Atletico this season.However, the 26-year-old has contributed four assists for the capital club and was chosen ahead of regular right-back Juanfran for last week’s Europa League final.last_img read more

Bodies Recovered From Crash Site Near Girdwood

first_imgRCC responded to the scene in a Pave Hawk helicopter and was able to confirm the crash and that there were no survivors. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享UPDATE:The Alaska State Troopers Helo 2 and members of Alaska Mountain Rescue Group recovered four bodies from the plane crash wreckage, according to an online dispatch released on Thursday. The bodies were transported to the State Medical Examiner for positive identification. The names of the deceased have not been release while next of kin is being notified. On August 4, AST received a report of a plane crash outside Girdwood on Goat Mountain near Eagle Glacier at approximately 5,000 feet elevation.center_img Original Post:  According to the FAA’s website, four people died. The plane that went down was a Piper PA22. One crew member and three passengers died.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Special Education Teacher (Pathways Program) at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant (Stepping Stones Program) at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolFull-Time LPN/Educational Assistant at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Middle School Science/Bible Teacher at Abundant LifePart-Time K-8 Physical Education Teacher at Abundant LifePart-Time Extended Day Director at Abundant LifePart-Time Extended Day Assistant at Abundant LifeFull-Time Service Advisor at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Pressroom Feeder at Kirkwood PrintingFull-Time Solar Service Technician at Vivint Solar(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Missing college student found blindfolded

first_imgA college student, who had gone missing around four months ago, was found blindfolded near a college in Kaliganj upazila headquarters in Jhenaidah district on Thursday.The victim is Maksudur Rahman Rana, a student of Kotchandpur Pouro College, and son of a certain Aminur Rahman of Harindia village in Kotchandpur upazila, reports UNB.Rana’s family members said he remained missing since 12 October last year after some miscreants picked him up in a vehicle from his village.Later, Rana’s family filed a general diary with the Kotchandpur police station and held press conference demanding safe return of Rana.Kotchandpur police station officer-in-charge Biplob Kumar Saha said Rana called his family members over phone from near Mahtabuddin Degree College in the town.Meanwhile, after his return Rana told his family members that he was picked up for interrogation.last_img read more

Trumps poisonous rhetoric making world darker Amnesty

first_imgUS President Donald TrumpAmnesty International said on Wednesday US president Donald Trump’s “poisonous” rhetoric on his way to winning the White House led a global trend towards increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a “darker” place.In its annual report covering 159 countries, the human rights group said principles of human dignity and equality had come under assault from politicians seeking election and it zeroed in on Trump, who took office on 20 January.”Donald Trump’s poisonous campaign rhetoric exemplifies a global trend towards angrier and more divisive politics,” Amnesty said in a statement issued in Paris. The world, it said, had become a “darker … unstable place”, with a rise in hate speech targeting refugees across Europe and the United States.”The early indications from (…) Trump suggest a foreign policy that will significantly undermine multilateral cooperation and usher in a new era of greater instability and mutual suspicion,” Amnesty added.Trump, a Republican former reality TV star and property magnate, has said he is “the least racist person” and “least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen” and that one of his top priorities is to protect the United States from terrorism.His administration has been marked by controversies in the early going, fierce attacks on the news media and legal battles over his executive order to ban people temporarily from seven Muslim-majority countries as alleged security risks.US vice president Mike Pence visited Europe this week Pence and pledged “steadfast and enduring commitment” to ties between the United States and the European Union, a message at variance with Trump’s far-right chief strategist.US allies in Europe have been seeking clarity on the Trump administration’s foreign policy strategy and its stance toward Russia.”The gap between imperative and action, and between rhetoric and reality, was stark and at times staggering,” Amnesty said.”Nowhere was this better illustrated than in the failure of states attending September’s 2016 United Nations summit for refugees and migrants to agree any adequate response to the global refugee crisis.”According to Amnesty calculations, some 75,000 refugees found themselves trapped between Jordan and Syria as the civil war in Syria entered its seventh year.Amnesty said populist movements and messages had also become more common in Europe, notably in Poland and Hungary.”The result was a pervasive weakening of the rule of law and an erosion in the protection of human rights, particularly for refugees and terrorism suspects, but ultimately for everyone.”last_img read more

TexasCosta Rica couple helps Cartago children learn English

first_imgRelated posts:US Embassy in San José celebrates Fourth of July, tips hat to Solís White House names Democratic donor as nominee for ambassador to Costa Rica US-Costa Rican man preyed on elderly in million-dollar sweepstakes fraud Nicaragua pleads with US to call off Texas execution English is a universal language in our transnational world; proficiency in English can be the key to a better future, a better job or a scholarship to study abroad.Although English is a required subject in Costa Rican schools, few students graduate with the proficiency and confidence needed to speak it well. Tommy Quinn and Xinia Quirós, Costa Ricans living in Texas, know this well, so they started the Spanglish Foundation to help children in grade school get a jump start on mastering English.Both Quinn and Quirós know what it’s like to learn a new language. Quinn is from Texas but moved to Costa Rica with his Tica mother when he was nine. While he spoke Spanish before the move, he struggled with the switch to full-time Spanish. Quirós made the reverse journey: she was born in Costa Rica, but a family business took her to Texas, where she had to deal with English every day.“She is still learning,” says husband Quinn. Although they speak Spanish at home, because it’s more comfortable, they need English in their business, and try to spend time each day speaking only English.The Spanglish Foundation is their way of paving the road to a better future for kids from their home area.Because of their own backgrounds in Cartago, they’ve started with four schools in that area, with 150 fifth and sixth graders divided into groups of 15.“We chose that age level so that they can finish up the year-and-a-half program before graduating” from primary school, explained Didier Zúñiga who coordinates the program here.  Spanglish is taught in Cervantes, Layola, Quircot and Coris, rural areas near Cartago where students often lack opportunities or help with studies. Students are chosen based on their good grades and attendance records and their desire to learn.The program uses the “Side by Side” series from the United States, a course designed for learning English as a second language. Teachers are English graduates from the University of Costa Rica or the National University, and have experience in English through visits or studies in the United States.Lessons are conducted in English from the minute the class begins. In Cervantes, Karin Pereira uses audiovisuals, computer games and Show and Tell to get students’ English flowing, and all conversation is English. The children, who had been studying with her for ten months during our visit, understood her instructions and answered questions in English. If a student needs help, she gives it – in English.“I want them to enjoy class. The parents want them to learn English. This is an opportunity for them,” she explained, adding that because Cartago attracts its share of tourists, students have access to foreign-language signs, materials and visitors.  At the end of the course, in December, she will test them on reading, writing, listening and speaking.In Layola the class is preparing for an English holiday party. After six months of classes they are able to give presentations with simple sentences and follow their teacher’s instructions.The final measure of their English skills will be the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a universally acknowledged assessment for those who plan to use their English to work, study or live in English-speaking countries.“We want to expand the program,” says Didier. “We have requests from other schools, but we need resources to cover the costs. Teachers donate much of their time and equipment, and the program is free for the children. We need company and individual donations to provide more materials and pay teachers better, and include more students.”A donation of $25 will sponsor a child for one month, paying for books, notebooks and pencils and teachers. A donation of $1,000 will help a group of fifteen students for six months.Information on donating in Costa Rica or in the United States is available at www.spanglishfoundation.org.Read previous “Giving Back” stories here.“Giving Back” is an occasional series that seeks to draw attention to the work of nonprofits, community organizations and other donation-based initiatives around the country. Nominations for the series can be sent to us at kstanley@ticotimes.net.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Student shot in Boko Haram school attack dies in Nigeria

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   Top Stories Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories A suicide bomber and a gunman attacked the school on Saturday with gunfire and two explosions before they were overcome by police and soldiers.Another 45 people injured themselves by jumping out of windows and scaling walls to escape.A man arrested at the scene was later found to be innocent and released, police said.It was the first school attack reported since a 3-month-old multinational offensive drove the Islamic extremists out of towns seized last year. Nigeria’s military says the insurgents’ main fighting force is hemmed into the Sambisa Forest, where they are being pursued.Some 700 girls and women held in captivity by the militants have been freed as soldiers have destroyed about 20 forest camps.The nickname Boko Haram means “Western education is sinful.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. POTISKUM, Nigeria (AP) — One of five students wounded by gunfire in a Boko Haram attack on a school in northeast Nigeria died of his injuries on Monday, the college said.Musa Umar Gamari had been shot in the chest and was buried on Monday, in accordance with Islamic custom, according to a notice posted at the College of Business and Administrative Studies in Potiskum town. He is survived by his wife and one child, it said. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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The fact that she was a young black woman in America — she looked like a lot of the women in my family. …I just loved how she was able to bring her religious background, her singing and acting background together (and) her hip-hop background,” Monae recalled of Hill, whose solo debut celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and was the first hip-hop project to win the Grammy for album of the year.“The fact that she was all of her(self) on her project felt inspiring to me, and I felt like I could be all of me and I didn’t have to pick one part of me.”Monae might be music’s closest heir to Hill: She’s an artistic performer known for thought-provoking lyrical content — in rapping and singing — and her riveting roles in “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures” established that music isn’t the only art form she shines in. While she has another movie, “Welcome to Marwen” with Steve Carell coming out in December, she had to turn down some roles to focus on latest album: “They went on to go to amazing people that I respect and admire and want to see shine.”Monae spoke to The Associated Press as she was surrounded by music, literally — standing in the middle of Good Records NYC, the small, basement vinyl shop in Manhattan’s East Village. She walked around, looking at the various faces on the wall — some immediately recognizable, others not-so-much.“What I love about record stores is people’s (album) covers used to be so amazing, that you just discover an artist just based off their artwork on their covers and their faces,” she said. “Because a lot of these folks I’m looking at, I’ve never heard of and now I’m so interested to listen to all of their albums because of the incredible cover art they have.”“Dirty Computer,” Monae’s latest album, unfortunately isn’t available at the store: That’s because it sold out.“I can’t believe my vinyl sold out. Man, that’s amazing. I wanted to see it,” she said.The album, her third full-length project, came five years after she released “The Electric Lady” and is another critical effort in the multiple Grammy nominee’s catalogue. Monae sings about liberation, oppression, love and more in what is clearly her most honest, sensual album-to-date.“Dirty Computer” marks a departure from alter ego Cindi Mayweather, the archandroid that she used as a vehicle for her past work (though she makes an appearance in the short movie that was released with the album). The album title references those who are marginalized and “told they are bugs and viruses (and) things that make them unique have to be erased,” she explained.On the album, Monae goes from declaring “I just want to party hard, sex in the swimming pool” on “Crazy Classic Life” to proclaiming, “If you try to grab my (expletive) cat, this (expletive) grab you back” on “I Got the Juice,” a dig at President Donald Trump and his comments about women in private conversation with Billy Bush widely aired during the 2016 presidential campaign.“Americans” closes the 14-track album, where she sings about equal pay, police brutality against minorities, racism and same-sex love (Monae came out as pansexual while promoting the album six months ago).“I wrote this project during the Obama era and in November 2016. I was 70 per cent done with it. Things changed for our country, and honestly it informed a lot of what you hear,” she said.Writing about the political climate wasn’t easy, she said: “It took me time to process what was going on. Culturally, just feeling let down by those who had voted for someone who blatantly disrespects women, in my opinion, (and) abuses their power. It breaks my heart that folks would support that. So it took a minute for me to articulate how I was feeling exactly.”Monae, 32, said she’s been overwhelmed by the response of the album.“I’ve been hearing so many stories, (by) black women, black queer women in particular saying that they were thankful that I did this album. When it’s written from an honest and vulnerable space, and it connects to people outside of you, that’s always a beautiful thing,” said Monae.“We as human beings connect through storytelling and I’m just thankful that my story was able to resonate. I don’t speak for the entire community. That’s never been my goal, but to walk in my truth has always been. I’ve addressed sexuality on a lot of my work, on ‘The ArchAndroid,’ on ‘Electric Lady,’ songs like ‘Mushrooms & Roses,’ ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ I just feel like now as a pretty private person, it was just important to make it even more clear.”“It’s a beautiful thing to be celebrated for walking in your truth.” Janelle Monae on Lauryn Hill, vinyl and ‘Dirty Computer’center_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Oct 29, 2018 11:26 am PDT Last Updated Oct 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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