Hong Kong: Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters defied authorities to hold unsanctioned marches through Hong Kong on Sunday, a day after riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse another illegal gathering, plunging the financial hub deeper into crisis. Huge crowds made their way through the main island’s streets in a now-familiar scene, but Sunday’s marches had a key difference — police had banned them. Officials had initially only given permission for a rally in a park in the commercial district known as Central, but the crowds quickly spilled into the surrounding streets. Some headed east to Causeway Bay, a popular shopping district, where they then erected barricades and took over a main thoroughfare as shops and malls shuttered. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAnother group headed west towards the Liason Office — the department that represents China’s central government — which was guarded by lines of riot police. Tensions rose as the standoff ensued. “I feel so conflicted, seeing young people sacrifice their future for Hong Kong,” a 22-year-old student protester called Marcus said, bursting into tears. The latest march comes a day after a town near the border with mainland China descended into chaos as police battled protesters holding another banned rally against suspected pro-government triad gangs who beat up democracy demonstrators there last weekend. Riot police used tear gas throughout the afternoon and evening in Yuen Long after tense standoffs with protesters, some of whom were throwing projectiles and had surrounded a police van. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsRubber bullets were fired later in the clashes, which ended when officers baton-charged the last remaining demonstrators inside the town’s metro station, leaving pools of blood in the same concourse where the suspected triads had attacked the previous weekend. Saturday’s violence compounds the political crisis engulfing the city’s pro-Beijing leadership who are seemingly unable, or unwilling, to end the chaos. Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history after millions of demonstrators took to the streets and sporadic violent confrontations erupted between police and pockets of hardcore protesters. The demonstrations over the last seven weeks were triggered by a controversial bill which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but have evolved into a call for wider democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms. Yet the unprecedented protests with huge turnouts — as well as frequent clashes and the sacking of parliament — have had little luck persuading Beijing or Hong Kong’s leaders. Beijing has issued increasingly shrill condemnations in the last two weeks, but has left it to the city’s government to deal with the situation. City leader Carrie Lam has shown no sign of backing down beyond agreeing to suspend the extradition bill. Her administration has faced down weeks of public anger and she has made few public appearances beyond visiting injured officers and holding a handful of press conferences. Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo said the city was now trapped in a “vicious cycle” where huge peaceful marches that have been ignored by the government end with violence between police and small groups of hardcore protesters. “You see force being escalated on both sides but then this is a huge imbalance because the police are in possession of deadly weapons. This sums up Hong Kong today,” she said. Tensions were significantly raised after last weekend’s attack by a pro-government mob in Yuen Long. The town is in Hong Kong’s rural New Territories where many of the surrounding villages are known for triad connections and their staunch support for the pro-Beijing establishment. That brazen assault resulted in at least 45 people being taken to hospital. Police were heavily criticised for being too slow to respond to the violence, fuelling accusations of collusion or turning a blind eye to the pro-government mob — allegations the force has denied. In a rare move, police banned Saturday’s rally saying they feared reprisal attacks against villagers from protesters, a decision that only heightened anger towards a force already perceived to be protecting pro-government aggressors. Tens of thousands of people defied the ban on Saturday and began a peaceful rally. But small groups of more hardcore protesters, many in helmets and carrying shields, confronted police outside the villages and accused them of protecting triads. Tensions quickly rose and a now-familiar pattern of running battles between police and protesters began. Police on Sunday said 13 arrests were made in Yuen Long. Among them was Max Chung, a young activist who had initially applied for permission to hold the Yuen Long protest.
Canada’s environment minister says she’s fed up with the sexist comments women in politics have to put up with, and she accuses conservatives of being the worst offenders in the misogyny department.Catherine McKenna spoke at length about this week’s events where an opposition lawmaker referred to her as “climate Barbie,” then deleted the tweet, apologized, and drew condemnation from the leader of the Conservative party.She addressed the issue in a chat with Canadian reporters Wednesday along the East River in New York City — beside the United Nations, where she is attending a series of high-level meetings on climate change.McKenna said she accepts the apology, assuming it’s sincere. But she expressed anger about this becoming an issue while she’s been having substantive meetings this week with the secretary-general of the United Nations, with California Gov. Jerry Brown, and with female climate leaders.“You know what’s really sad? That I’m having to talk about this. It’s really disappointing, what happened. And unfortunately it’s not about me — it’s about how women, especially women in politics, face these kind of comments — sexist, misogynistic comments — especially from conservatives,” McKenna said.“I want to be talking about what I’m doing. But unfortunately we’re having this conversation. And this isn’t just something that happened once. This has been going on since I’ve been in this position. You can just look at my Twitter feed. And it’s not about apologies. It’s really about changes in behaviour, and changes in attitude. And that’s what I hope comes out of this. We need to move on. I’ve got two daughters. There’s lots of young women who want to get into politics, and I want them to feel like they can go do that, and they can talk about the great work they’re doing — not about the colour of their hair.”The leader of the Conservatives referred to his daughters too, in a statement late Wednesday.“As a father of three daughters, I want to ensure that gender-based stereotypes have no place in Canada or Canadian politics,” Andrew Scheer said.“The demeaning words used by the member were inappropriate and he has rightly apologized. The minister is in New York today and I am in the process of contacting her so I can assure the minister that this type of behaviour has no place in the Conservative caucus.”The unnamed member in that statement — Gerry Ritz — apologized.Ritz triggered the furor Tuesday with the wisecrack on Twitter. He promptly deleted the tweet and apologized, but not before touching off a cascade of social media outrage, including from McKenna herself.“I apologize for the use of Barbie, it is not reflective of the role the minister plays,” Ritz wrote.The issue dominated the start of Wednesday’s question period. The Ritz controversy proved the perfect remote control for a government keen to change the channel amid sustained public anger over its proposed changes to small business taxes.Three times, Scheer tried to press the government on its plans, and all three times Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr — standing in for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was in New York for the UN General Assembly — ignored them.Instead, Carr demanded Scheer disavow Ritz’s words and compel him to apologize in the House of Commons, not just to McKenna but to all MPs and all Canadians. Initially, Scheer would not bite. Until his statement late in the day, he hadn’t said a word publicly about the tweet, avoiding reporters after both the weekly Conservative caucus meeting and after question period.The Liberals, on the other hand, came back to it, again and again.Carr said: “Leaders have to be sensitive to telling all Canadians that that kind of language is unacceptable… We gave (Scheer) an opportunity to do that today. He chose not to accept it.”The Liberals also took the opportunity to embark on a fundraising opportunity, issuing an email to potential donors from McKenna referencing the tweet and asking for money to help the Liberals build a “more inclusive society for our kids and grandkids.”Politicians of all stripes criticized Ritz for the remark.Others also pointed out Ritz borrowed the “climate Barbie” insult from The Rebel, the far-right website Scheer has disavowed barring changes in its editorial direction, following its coverage of the racist demonstrations last month in Charlottesville, Va.More than 80 stories on the website refer to McKenna with the insult, and several Rebel contributors were happy to acknowledge using it, including one who bragged Wednesday on Twitter that she had coined the phrase.
On Nelson Mandela International Day, the United Nations pledged to promote “desperately needed” acts of kindness and goodwill and uplift poor and underdeveloped communities worldwide.“For the past five years, we have come together to celebrate the life and spirit of a unique individual who touched the entire world – Nelson Mandela – the Madiba,” General Assembly President John Ashe said during a special event on Friday at UN Headquarters.In 2009, the Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Friday’s was the first observance since Mr. Mandela’s passing last December.“This year, for the first time, we celebrate his birthday without him. But while our hearts hang heavy with loss, we have his indelible memory and his important legacy to carry forward,” said Mr. Ashe.Every year on Mandela Day, people around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes to helping others – by volunteering in a hospital, tutoring a child, providing food for the homeless, or any other community service.“We may not be able to change the sorrows or the tragedies of the world singlehandedly, but indeed, it is in our hands to make a difference with our individual 67 minutes,” Mr. Ashe said.The campaign – Take Action, Inspire Change – is based on people devoting one minute of their time for every year that Nelson Mandela devoted to public service – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and president of South Africa.“We cannot give in to despair and despondency, because each inspired action of service, kindness or generosity will bring us closer to the realization that if we give our all we can strive for a better tomorrow,” said the Assembly President.Hence, it is critical to involve “each and every one of us” in the process to craft a global development agenda, he added. A future plan must create a vision of justice, prosperity and opportunity for all the peoples of the world, while honouring the planet.“In this first year without Madiba, each and every one of us gathered here knows that he will be remembered and revered for many generations to come. His impact on the world was so profound and meaningful, that his name will be spoken by our children and our children’s children.”Also speaking at the event, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that “Nelson Mandela sacrificed his freedom for human rights. He was also a champion of sustainable development.”Mr. Ban remembered Mr. Mandela’s personal connection to the earth as a gardener. Even in jail, he gained the right to plant a garden on the roof of the prison.The Secretary-General quoted Mr. Mandela: “To plant a seed, watch it grow, to tend it and then harvest it, offered a simple but enduring satisfaction. The sense of being the custodian of this small patch of earth offered a small taste of freedom.”In tribute to that, Mr. Ban joined volunteers from MillionTreesNYC and UN staff to tend to dozens of newly planted trees near UN Headquarters and in the community of East Harlem.He said that New York City’s trees remove an impressive 2,200 tons of pollutants from the air each year. The city is also aiming to increase its urban forest by 20 per cent. These valuable initiatives show that everyone can be part of the climate solution.On a global sale, Mr. Ban said creative ideas were advancing progress and called for a major global push for action. In September, he will convene a climate summit at the UN with Heads of State and Government, along with leaders from business and finance, local government and civil society. Honouring Mr. Mandela’s legacy included addressing climate change, promoting sustainable development and helping all people to enjoy lives of dignity, he noted.Mr. Mandela wrote a letter to the UN in 2010, when the General Assembly declared this Day, asking the Organization to honour him by honouring millions of people who contributed to the struggle for freedom everywhere.“The best way to commemorate these struggles is for people everywhere to work with and within communities to make this a better world,” Mr. Mandela wrote.UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, in her message, said the Day is an opportunity for everyone to bring the best out of themselves by taking some form of action in solidarity with others, to be of service, and to inspire change in the world.She recalled watching him stand up for women’s participation, and noted that under his presidency, women’s representation in South Africa’s parliament increased from 2.7 per cent to 27 per cent. In addition, when it came time to choose his cabinet, Mr. Mandela made sure that one-third were women.“The call to action on Mandela Day is for each of us to go out and do something. For men and boys to support gender equality, for those with wealth to support those of lesser means, for collective action on climate justice. For those of us who have had an opportunity to learn, it is a call to teach and share our knowledge.”Also participating in Friday’s event were Reverend Jesse Jackson, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, and Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Kweku Mandela.
Katy Perry, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and global pop superstar, made a special stop-over to Ho Chi Minh City where she gave the keynote speech at Forbes Viet Nam first-ever Under 30 Summit.During her panel session, Perry took questions from the audience and moderated a discussion with young professionals who are working to make a difference for Vietnamese children’s lives.She also shared her own personal stories, including her wish to have had more consistent and better quality education. Perry then encouraged young people to use social media and technology as a modern megaphone to advocate for causes they believe in.“As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, I try to use my voice to help inspire other young, bright people like yourselves,” Perry said to over 1,200 young Vietnamese professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, activists and students. “I also want to amplify your voices on issues and concerns that are most important to you. You are the ones that can make the most difference to the future.”Viet Nam has made impressive gains for its young people over the past 20 years. However, the gap between rich and poor has widened, with many children and young adults left behind, lacking basic necessities such clean water, good nutrition, quality healthcare and inclusive education.UNICEF Viet Nam works towards ensuring that every child goes to school, has access to quality healthcare and nutrition and is protected from abuse and exploitation.“Katy Perry came to Ho Chi Minh City in her role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to call on this country’s young professionals to act locally, show leadership and be socially conscious entrepreneurs to improve the lives of Vietnamese children,” said Mr Jesper Moller, UNICEF Viet Nam’s Deputy Representative.Under the theme: “The Next Generation”, Forbes Viet Nam’s Under 30 Summit focused on the generation of young people who were born in the 1970s and ‘80s. A full day conference including keynote speeches, on–stage interviews and panel discussions addressed the identity of this generation, their opportunities and challenges, their vision for Viet Nam’s future.UNICEF Viet Nam partnered with Forbes Viet Nam, IDG Ventures and YAN Media for this Under 30 Summit.Source:UNICEF
APTN NewsA committee looking into how best to mitigate the risk of potential methylmercury poisoning downstream from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant in Labrador has released four recommendations.The Independent Expert Advisory Committee spent eight months studying the issue.* The IEAC recommends that a public information campaign be undertaken to communicate that, based on scientific evidence, current practices related to consumption of country food and water are safe.* The IEAC recommends that an independent body oversee the design and implementation of a monitoring program for the Lower Churchill Project, ensuring that it is community-based and that it provides information that is relevant to the protection of human health.* The IEAC recommends that the Province, Nalcor Energy, Indigenous groups and the local populations negotiate an Impact Security Fund prior to full flooding. The purpose of the fund is to guarantee continued access to local country food, or safe alternatives, if methylmercury exposures increase above pre-established thresholds, despite mitigation efforts.* In addition, while the IEAC was not able to achieve consensus with respect to mitigation, based on votes by three of the four voting members, the IEAC recommends that Nalcor Energy undertake targeted removal of soil and capping of wetlands in the future reservoir area before impoundment.The issue of methylmercury was raised in an environmental study by a researcher at Harvard university.When the mercury contained in the organic material found on the land is mixed with water, the toxin is released.The fear downstream from the Muskrat Falls dam is that the mercury will be washed towards them, and into the fish and wildlife they eat.In October, 016, the Innu and Inuit put pressure on the provincial government to stop the flooding of the reservoir adjacent to the dam.Three people went on a hunger strike. Dozens more occupied the construction site at the dam, shutting down operations for eleven days.The independent committee was formed as part of a deal the premier brokered with Indigenous leaders to end the protests.The committee is made up of four voting members including the Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut government, NunatuKavut Community Council and affected municipalities.The recommendations are not binding.“We have taken the concerns related to methylmercury associated with the Muskrat Falls Project very seriously and continue to work to ensure the health and safety of residents,” Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment Eddie Joyce said in a statement.“As we review the recommendations, we will continue to consult with Indigenous groups and municipalities.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabat – Tunisian Head of Government Youssef Chahed is set to pay a two-day visit to Morocco on June 18 and 19, according to news agency Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP). Chahed will participate in the 19th session of the High Joint Commission of Morocco and Tunisia.During his visit, Chahed will sign 13 cooperation agreements in the different sectors, including agriculture, investment, civil aviation, vocational training, higher education and employment, between Morocco and Tunisia.Chahed, who will be accompanied by a Tunisian delegation of officials and ministers, will meet Moroccan Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani and the presidents of both Chambers of Parliament, Habib El Malki, Hakim Benchamach. Chahed, previously the Tunisian Minister of Local Affairs, was selected to be the new Prime Minister last August. This week’s visit will be his second, after coming to Marrakech in November 2016 to participate in the UN climate change conference COP22.
LONDON — A British judge ruled Tuesday that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw legal stones, rejecting a claim that a viewing platform at London’s Tate Modern art gallery invaded the privacy of residents in luxury apartments next door.Owners of four glass-walled apartments in the Neo Bankside complex sought to force the gallery to block off part of a terrace that offers visitors views over London — and into their homes.A lawyer for the homeowners argued the 10th-floor platform, used by up to 1 million gallery visitors a year, constitutes a “relentless” invasion of residents’ privacy. Their lawyer said gallery visitors subjected the apartments to “intense visual scrutiny,” with some using binoculars and zoom lenses to get a better look.The gallery’s board said residents could solve the problem by drawing their blinds or putting up curtains.High Court judge Anthony Mann dismissed the residents’ claim, noting that the claimants had chosen to live in apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows.“These properties are impressive, and no doubt there are great advantages to be enjoyed in such extensive glassed views, but that in effect comes at a price in terms of privacy,” he said.The judge denied the homeowners permission to appeal, although they can seek to challenge that ruling.A lawyer for the claimants, Natasha Rees, said they were considering taking the case to the Court of Appeal. Rees said she was “extremely disappointed with today’s result.”“My clients and their families will have to continue to live with this daily intrusion into their privacy,” she said.Tate Modern said it was pleased the viewing platform “will remain available to our visitors.”“We continue to be mindful of the amenity of our neighbours and the role Tate Modern has to play in the local community,” the gallery said.Tate Modern opened in 2000 in a former power station on the south bank of the River Thames. It has helped transform the surrounding Bankside neighbourhood from a riverside backwater into an arts and nightlife hub dotted with luxury apartment towers.The viewing terrace is part of a pyramid-shaped extension that opened in 2016 at the gallery, which sees more than 5 million visitors a year. Neo Bankside was completed a few years earlier.Jill Lawless, The Associated Press
Video game pioneer who hired young Steve Jobs writes book about quest for great employees by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2013 4:46 pm MDT SAN FRANCISCO – When Steve Jobs adopted “think different” as Apple’s mantra in the late 1990s, the company’s ads featured Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, Amelia Earhart and a constellation of other starry-eyed oddballs who reshaped society.Nolan Bushnell never appeared in those tributes, even though Apple was riffing on an iconoclastic philosophy he embraced while running video game pioneer Atari in the early 1970s. Atari’s refusal to be corralled by the status quo was one of the reasons Jobs went to work there in 1974 as an unkempt, contemptuous 19-year-old. Bushnell says Jobs offended some Atari employees so much that Bushnell eventually told Jobs to work nights when one else was around.Bushnell, though, says he always saw something special in Jobs, who evidently came to appreciate his eccentric boss, too. The two remained in touch until shortly before Jobs died in October 2011 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.That bond inspired Bushnell to write a book about the unorthodox thinking that fosters the kinds of breakthroughs that became Jobs’ hallmark as the co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. Apple built its first personal computers with some of the parts from Atari’s early video game machines. After Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple in 1976, Apple also adopted parts of an Atari culture that strived to make work seem like play. That included pizza-and-beer parties and company retreats to the beach.“I have always been pretty proud about that connection,” Bushnell said in an interview. “I know Steve was always trying to take ideas and turn them upside down, just like I did.”Bushnell, now 70, could have reaped even more from his relationship with Jobs if he hadn’t turned down an offer from his former employee to invest $50,000 in Apple during its formative stages. Had he seized that opportunity, Bushnell would have owned one-third of Apple, which is now worth about $425 billion — more than any other company in the world.Bushnell’s newly released book, “Finding The Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Hire, Keep and Nurture Creative Talent,” is the latest chapter in a diverse career that spans more than 20 different startups that he either launched on his own or groomed at Catalyst Technologies, a business incubator that he once ran.He has often pursued ideas before the technology needed to support them was advanced enough to create a mass market. Bushnell financed Etak, an automobile mapping system created in 1983 by the navigator of his yacht and later sold to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Bushnell also dabbled in electronic commerce during the 1980s by launching ByVideo, which took online orders through kiosks set up in airports and other locations. In his most costly mistake, Bushnell lost nearly all of a $28 million investment in Androbot, another 1980s-era startup. It developed 3-foot-tall robots that were supposed to serve the dual role of companion and butler. (Bushnell relied on Apple’s computers to control the early models.)Bushnell’s best-known accomplishments came at Atari, which helped launch the modern video game industry with the 1972 release of “Pong,” and at the Chuck E Cheese restaurant chain, which specializes in pizza, arcade entertainment and musical performances by animatronic animals. It’s an odyssey that led actor Leonardo DiCaprio to obtain the film rights to Bushnell’s life for a possible movie starring DiCaprio in the lead role.While at Atari, Bushnell began to break the corporate mould, creating a template that is now common through much of Silicon Valley. He allowed employees to turn Atari’s lobby into a cross between a video game arcade and the Amazon jungle. He started holding keg parties and hiring live bands to play for his employees after work. He encouraged workers to nap during their shifts, reasoning that a short rest would stimulate more creativity when they were awake. He also promised a summer sabbatical every seven years.He advertised job openings at Atari with taglines such as, “Confusing work with play every day” and “Work harder at having fun than ever before.” When job applicants came in for interviews, he would ask brain-teasing questions such as: “What is a mole?”; “Why do tracks run counter-clockwise?” and “What is the order of these numbers: 8, 5, 4, 9, 1, 7, 6, 3, 2?”Bushnell hadn’t been attracting much attention in recent years until Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography on Jobs came out in 2011, just after Jobs’ death. It reminded readers of Bushnell’s early ties to the man behind the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad.Suddenly, everyone was asking Bushnell about what it was like to be Jobs’ first boss. Publisher Tim Sanders of Net Minds persuaded him to write a book linked to Jobs, even though Bushnell had already finished writing a science fiction novel about a video game hatched through nanotechnology in 2071.“The idea is to become a bestselling author first and then the rest of my books will be slam dunks,” Bushnell said. To get his literary career rolling, Bushnell relied on veteran ghostwriter Gene Stone, who also has written other books, including “Forks Over Knives,” under his own name.Bushnell’s book doesn’t provide intimate details about what Jobs was like after he dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Ore., and went to work as a technician in 1974 at Atari in Los Gatos, Calif. He had two stints there, sandwiched around a trip to India. During his second stint at Atari, in 1975, Jobs worked on a “Pong” knock-off called “Breakout” with the help of his longtime friend Wozniak, who did most of the engineering work on the video game, even though he wasn’t being paid by Atari. Jobs left Atari for good in 1976 when he co-founded Apple with Wozniak, who had been designing engineering calculators at Hewlett-Packard Co.Jobs and Bushnell kept in touch. They would periodically meet over tea or during walks to hash out business ideas. After Bushnell moved to Los Angeles with his family 13 years ago, he didn’t talk to Jobs as frequently, though he made a final visit about six months before he died.There are only a few anecdotes about Bushnell’s interaction with Jobs at Atari and about those meetings around Silicon Valley.The book instead serves as a primer on how to ensure a company doesn’t turn into a mind-numbing bureaucracy that smothers existing employees and scares off rule-bending innovators such as Jobs.Bushnell dispenses his advice in vignettes that hammer on a few points. The basics: Make work fun; weed out the naysayers; celebrate failure, and then learn from it; allow employees to take short naps during the day; and don’t shy away from hiring talented people just because they look sloppy or lack college credentials.Many of these principles have become tenets in Silicon Valley’s laid-back, risk-taking atmosphere, but Bushnell believes they remain alien concepts in most of corporate America.“The truth is that very few companies would hire Steve, even today,” Bushnell writes in his book. “Why? Because he was an outlier. To most potential employers, he’d just seem like a jerk in bad clothing.”Bushnell says he is worried that Apple is starting to lose the magic touch that Jobs brought to the company. It’s a concern shared by many investors, who have been bailing out of Apple’s stock amid tougher competition for the iPhone and the iPad and the lack of a new product line since Tim Cook became the company’s CEO shortly before Jobs’ death. Apple’s market value has dropped by 36 per cent, or about $235 billion, from its all-time high reached last September.The incremental steps that Apple has been taking with the iPod, iPhone and iPad have been fine, Bushnell says, but not enough to prove the company is still thinking differently.“To really maintain the cutting edge that they live on, they will have to do some radical things that resonate,” Bushnell said. “They probably have three more years before they really have to do something big. I hope they are working on it right now.”Bushnell is still keeping busy himself. When he isn’t writing, he is running his latest startup, Brainrush, which is trying to turn the process of learning into a game-like experience. He says he hopes to fix an educational system that he believes is “incorrect, inefficient and bureaucratic — all the things you don’t want to see in your workforce of the future.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), briefed ambassadors on what he called the current “politically dynamic period” that has seen ceasefires by the Government and the Taliban extremist group and preparations for elections in October.“The key political events of peace and elections are far from assured but we are seeing unprecedented opportunities to make progress to seek peace and to consolidate the political foundation for the future,” he said.The unilateral ceasefires were held earlier this month during the celebrations marking the end of Ramadan.It was the first time in nearly 20 years that both sides have honoured a call to lay down arms.Mr. Yamamoto reported that during the three days, social media channels were flooded with photos of representatives from the two sides embracing each other. Local authorities also allowed Taliban fighters to return to their hometowns, while some Afghan soldiers visited areas controlled by the extremists.Afghans, including Taliban fighters, clearly want peace – Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of UNAMADespite the developments, a government proposal to extend the ceasefire was not reciprocated.Mr. Yamamoto explained that because the Taliban’s goal is to end the presence of foreign fighters in Afghanistan, it has shunned direct talks with the Government.But, as he told the Council, ending the long-standing conflict will require talks among all parties, which of course means the Taliban and the authorities will have to meet over the negotiating table.“What we have learned is that both the Afghan Government and the Taliban have command and control over their troops. Afghans, including Taliban fighters, clearly want peace. It is also clear that President Ghani is taking courageous steps to seek peace through talks,” he said.Meanwhile, preparations continue for parliamentary elections in October and presidential elections in early 2019.So far, more than 7 million people have registered to vote in what Mr. Yamamoto described as “a fully Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process”.The UN has provided 23 international experts to work alongside the Independent Election Committee, with additional technical advisers currently being recruited.Civil society representatives have also committed to monitor proceedings at all polling stations.The UN Mission chief highlighted concerns, however, such as uneven registration in some provinces, including due to logistical or security reasons.Mahmoud Saikal, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the UN, said “comprehensive” security arrangements have been put in place to ensure citizens can vote in safety.“Our hope and expectation is to ensure that these elections will be transparent, credible and inclusive, in accordance with our people’s demands,” he added.The security concerns come as deadly violence continues across Afghanistan, with a suicide bombing in the capital, Kabul, on 11 June being the most recent tragedy.Our hope and expectation is to ensure that these elections will be transparent, credible and inclusive, in accordance with our people’s demands – Mahmoud Saikal, Ambassador of AfghanistanUNAMA reported more than 5,600 security incidents between mid-February and mid-May this year, while 311 people have been killed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) — a preferred weapon of terrorist groups.Vladimir Voronkov, head of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, told the Council he hoped a global meeting this week at UN Headquarters in New York will boost international cooperation to tackle such threats.“Afghanistan genuinely needs and continues to request legal technical assistance and capacity-building projects to strengthen its national criminal justice framework to combat terrorism,” he said.Linked to this is Afghanistan’s long-standing position as a source for opium, the drug used to make heroin.The Security Council meeting coincided with the launch of the annual flagship report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It showed that global opium production reached a record high in 2017, largely driven by Afghanistan.Mr. Yamamoto also pointed to another threat: drought, particularly in the north and west of the country.Wheat harvests last year were nearly 60 per cent below the five-year average, and the 2018 crop is expected to be even lower.The UN has accordingly revised a plan to address the problem, with humanitarians now seeking $547 million to support affected populations.
Brutus waves the American Flag after an Ohio State touchdown during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOn Aug. 26, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sent a shockwave through the sports atmosphere when he sat during the national anthem in protest of recent violent events involving black Americans and police. Since then, Kaepernick has gained support, and criticism, from celebrities on sports and non-sports platforms.But Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, the rest of the coaching staff and the players had a discussion about protesting police violence against African Americans before the season.“We have addressed it, some of the issues going across this country in the summer with the players,” coach Urban Meyer said on Monday. “And a couple of our coaches spoke.”Meyer also said that no players have come up to him asking to sit or raise their fists in protest.The trend is increasing in popularity throughout the NFL and spreading into college. Former Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem during Week 2 of NFL season, and recently three Michigan State players and several Michigan players, including All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis, raised their fists during the national anthem this past week.Both Spartans coach Mark Dantonio and Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh supported their respective players.Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said that the topic came up during a team meeting one day. Barrett said that it was a very productive conversation, with every player taking a nuanced thought away from the experience. However, there was a general consensus from the players. They are trying to control what they can control, but understand that the issue of police violence against African Americans is a serious one.“The main thing was saying that these things happening are all real. They’re not something that you can turn your head and look the other way so with that we opened up for conversation,” Barrett said. “I think the main concept behind it is shedding light on an issue that is happening in our home of the United States and that’s a real issue and that’s all he’s trying to do is shed light on it and let people realize that this is what’s happening and that we can change it so it takes everybody too. I think that’s the main thing he’s trying to get it. I wouldn’t do it, per say. But if a teammate did, I wouldn’t have any problem with it at all.”The support from the coaches of athletes who have made a non-violent protest have mostly been positive, but players have experienced backlash. Nebraska’s senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey said he has received racially-charged, negative comments after his protest along with two other Nebraska players.Redshirt junior Tyquan Lewis said the Buckeyes were educated on freedom of speech during Patriot Week back in May. Lewis said that he doesn’t believe the protests affect them at OSU, but he believes it’s a great cause.“We certainly respect (the players) rights as a citizen in this great country,” Meyer said. “But that has not come up to me, and if it does, we’ll have a chat about it.”The No. 2 Buckeyes play Rutgers on Saturday at noon at Ohio Stadium.
Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A homeless army veteran was given a send-off to be proud of when more than 100 strangers turned out for his funeral – after fears no one would attend.Steve McGrath, who served in Northern Ireland and Cyprus, was found dead in his hostel accommodation on January 17 after ending up on the streets following seven years of service.Best friend Chris Bridson feared the 56-year-old widower, who is believed to have been estranged from his two children and had no other immediate family, would have no guests at his funeral. The thought of no one being there for him at his funeral was heartbreaking. It makes me feel so proud. We still give every Kingo the send-off they deserveChris Bridson Having served with Mr McGrath in the King’s Regiment, Mr Bridson, 60, rallied together fellow veterans to ensure he was given a full military send-off at Anfield Crematorium in Liverpool on Tuesday.The father-of-two, from Huyton, Liverpool, said: “We had to do something – we wanted to give him a really good send off.”The thought of no one being there for him at his funeral was heartbreaking.”It was so sad to think someone who served for this country could have a funeral with no one there. “My daughter helped get the message out on Facebook and so many people responded – it was just overwhelming.”It makes me feel so proud. We still give every Kingo the send-off they deserve.”Mr McGrath served in the King’s Regiment, which was made up of soldiers from Liverpool and Manchester nicknamed ‘Kingos’ and later became the Duke’s First Battalion, for seven years.During 1976 and 1982 he completed two tours in Derry-Londonderry and Belfast before undergoing a six month tour of Cyprus.Mr Bridson said Mr McGrath, nicknamed ‘Mac’, had a wife who died and is believed to have two grown-up children he was estranged from but had no other surviving family. Army veteran Steve McGrathCredit:Mercury Press Anfield Crematorium was overflowing for the ceremony, with mourners forced to listen to the service on speakers outside as they couldn’t fit into the packed building.More than 100 army veterans and strangers attended the ceremony to pay their respects and Mr McGrath’s coffin arrived by hearse draped in a regimental flag.Army standards featuring the King’s Regiment colours were carried by the mourners and a bugler played before mourners sung traditional regimental song ‘Kings are coming up the hill’.”Steve was my best mate in the army. He was living on the streets, he had problems with drugs and alcohol,” said Mr Bridson, who served in the King’s Regiment for nine years”Just before he died he had come off the streets and was in a shelter, he was undergoing rehab treatment.”One day they went in to get him up and he was dead in bed. He was only 56.”He had a wife but she died. He also had two children but no one had heard anything from either of them for years.”He was a really good fella. He was very funny.”
Alliance North Down MLA Stephen Farry said the killing “sent shockwaves” through the town.”This was a brutal incident, made all the more reckless and shocking by the fact it took place in a busy supermarket car park on a Sunday afternoon. Shoppers going about their regular business could have easily been on the end of this attack,” he said. There were other unconfirmed reports that a child had been with the man when he was shot.Sainsbury’s confirmed the store had been shut following the shooting.”I can confirm there was an incident at our Bangor store and the store is closed whilst police investigate the matter,” a spokeswoman said. Man dies after being shot in the car park at Sainburys supermarket in Bangor, Co. DownCredit:Jonathan Porter/Press Eye Steven Agnew, Stormont MLA for North Down, lives about two miles from the scene of the shooting.”It’s very shocking that this took place in broad daylight on a busy shopping day with children and families present. A large number of people will have been shocked by this incident.”Anyone who has witnessed or was nearby, undoubtedly, this will live long in their memory.”Alan Chambers, Ulster Unionist MLA in Stormont, said he was on the scene 10 minutes after the attack.”It was clear to me that we could easily have been dealing with a lot more casualties due to the nature of the attack in which the victim was hit a number of times,” he said. A man has died after being shot in the car park of a busy supermarket.The 55-year-old man was hit several times in the gun attack outside the Sainsbury’s superstore on the outskirts of Bangor, Co Down.Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes of the Police Service of Northern Ireland appealed for anyone with information to make contact.”Detectives have now launched a murder investigation and I would ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone who has any information to contact detectives,” he said. Man dies after being shot in the car park at Sainburys supermarket in Bangor, Co. DownCredit: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire added his condemnation.”Deeply disturbed by news of the shooting in the Sainsbury’s car park in Bangor. Brutal act of violence that has no place in Northern Ireland,” he said on Twitter. It is understood the incident occurred at about 3pm in the packed car park of the supermarket just off the Balloo Link road.There were reports of a confrontation involving the man before four to six bullets were fired.Police believe there may have been more than 100 witnesses to the shooting.The victim was wearing shorts and trainers.After he was shot he could be seen lying on his back next to a black SUV type vehicle which had been parked at the edge of the car park near the main road.The front left passenger door of the car lay open while he was treated by a team of paramedics.One eyewitness said medics worked on him for 45 minutes before he was transferred to an ambulance and driven slowly from the scene under a police escort. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Man dies after being shot in the car park at Sainburys supermarket in Bangor, Co. DownCredit:Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pontiaki Estia presents International act Diogenis who is known for playing the Pontian lyra around Greece and has participated in many events. He has travelled to Pontos, Cyprus, Belgium and Germany and in many parts of Greece, however now he brings the sounds of Pontos to Australia and will be putting on a show in Melbourne accompanied by local talent. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a great night out with family and friends.When: Saturday 3 November, 7.30 pm Where: Pontiaki Estia, 540 Sydney Road, Brunswick Tickets: $45 adults – $30 children, price includes meze and drinks at bar prices.For bookings please contact Sophia on 0410 259 931 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Teotronica, le robot mélomaneFruit d’un travail de 4 ans, voici Teotronica, un robot pianiste spectaculaire, capable de jouer du Mozart avec une facilité déconcertante.Matteo Suzzi peut être fier. Son robot, Teotronica, joue un menuet sans l’ombre d’une erreur. Le secret de ce pianiste électronique ? Ses 19 doigts, dont le nombre n’est pas un hasard, comme le souligne son inventeur : “Il s’agit du nombre parfait pour couvrir le clavier et y jouer une mélodie, ou une chanson”. L’inventeur italien (d’Imola, pour être précis) de 34 ans explique également que Teotronica joue plus rapidement et plus précisément qu’un être humain.À lire aussiDes chercheurs mettent au point un mini-guépard robotique capable de faire un salto arrière (Vidéo)Il a coûté aux environ de 3.500 euros, et a nécessité 4 années de travail. Sa main gauche joue les notes les plus basses, avec le double du nombre de doigts, et la droite les lignes plus aiguës, avec quatre extrémités supplémentaires.Mais Teotronica n’arrête pas sa partition à la simple fonction de pianiste, il chante aussi, et, grâce à la reconnaissance vocale, interagit avec son audience.Maxisciences vous propose de découvrir cet étonnant robot en plein “concert” en vidéo. Le 18 octobre 2011 à 11:44 • Maxime Lambert
KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – A swimming scare near a Key Biscayne park sent a 2-year-old to the hospital, Sunday afternoon.According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the victim was swimming by the lighthouse at Bill Baggs State Park when he was spotted struggling in the water.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported the child, accompanied by his mother, to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
What a week! Scientists revealed the first direct image of a black hole. Uber filed for what might be the largest tech IPO ever. Julian Assange was arrested in London as the US awaits his extradition. And Disney finally revealed a November launch date for its streaming service, which will be almost half the price of rival Netflix.Oh, but there was so much more. Here are a few key stories you don’t want to miss:Tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx at Texas borderDrones, cameras and sensors are being used to monitor what many call a desperate situation at the southern border. More tech may not help. James Martin/CNET Beyond Tinder: How Muslim millennials are looking for loveSome call it haram — or forbidden — but more Muslims than ever are turning to apps like Minder and Muzmatch to find romance. Angela Lang/CNET Deactivating your Facebook account does nothing for your privacyI thought deactivating my Facebook account would stop the social network from tracking me online. But Facebook kept tabs on me anyway. Alfred Ng / CNET Julian Assange’s defense against hacking charges, and where it falls shortWhile WikiLeaks’ work can be considered journalism, offering to hack a password isn’t. NurPhoto Libraries lean on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to reel you inFrom pithy tweets to Insta Novels on Instagram, libraries around the world are using social media to entertain and reach their audiences. San Francisco Public Library Making Missing Link, the movie of 100,000 facesHow do you make a big, hairy puppet more human? Laika starts by creating intricate skeletons and 3D-printed faces. Anne Dujmovic/CNET Congress chose to bicker instead of helping fix Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeAfter two days of hearings about hate speech and political censorship on the internet, we’re no closer to finding solutions to tech’s biggest problems.Social media trolling, fake, anger, bullying and scandal signs. Screenshot by Queenie Wong/CNET Hellboy movie review: One hell of a mess, and one hell of a rideForget Guillermo Del Toro. This new Hellboy for 2019 takes monster-mashing action to the extreme. Mark Rogers Robots, VR and 3D printers are served up at this high-tech libraryThe Broward County Libraries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, show just what the evolution of libraries looks like. Ari Rothenberg/Broward County Libraries Post a comment Tags Tech Industry 0 Share your voice Disney Julian Assange Space Netflix Uber
Kolkata: Young actor and popular Bengali singer Silajit Majumder’s son Dhree Majumdar and his two friends were arrested on Saturday for keeping narcotic drugs, police said. “Dhree Majumder (23), Karan Panchal (25) and Priyam Panchal (22) were arrested at 1.10 a.m. during checking of their four-wheeler near the DPS Road Naka point in front of Tolly Club,” said an officer from Regent Park Police station. “The three accused were found inebriated during the checking and were charged under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act,” police said. They were produced before the Alipore Court on Saturday and later released on bail on a personal bond of Rs 5,000 each.
Basheerabad: The illegal transportation of sand has been going on unabated from the Kagna river at Navandgee. Villagers are alleging that no official is trying to contain the activity and that is why the miners are intensifying the digging. The miners are preparing sand dumps near the ZPH School, Navandgee and transporting during the nights. As the district administration is emphasising on the speedy of construction of toilets, the miners are saying that the sand is being used for the purpose.
The Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic is appealing to the community to come and donate blood.The blood count is low in Ladysmith, so the clinic is appealing to young and old to come forward and donate.Remember that your donation saves lives, so donate and make a difference in somebody else’s life. Before donating, ensure that: you are between the ages of 16 and 65; you weigh 50kg or more; you have had a snack; you lead a sexually safe lifestyle.Also read: 5 interesting facts on blood donationIf you meet all the criteria, go to your nearest blood centre and donate.What are you waiting for? “We are always here at the Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic to help you, so feel free to contact us for any information about donating blood,” says Hessie Tredoux.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Posted by Wednesday, September 14, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has just announced an exciting ‘first’ for the company – select cruise packages are now available to book in Sirev, Travelport and Amadeus.The move coincides with ACV’s recent migration of its Caribbean and Mexico product. With the addition of cruise, the tour operator will further standardize its content, increase its distribution, maximize its visibility and allow agents to conveniently book cruise and air packages.Initially, Caribbean cruises departing from Florida, San Juan and Montego Bay will be included, followed by Europe cruises departing from London, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rome, Venice and Athens.In addition, these cruise packages come with special rates and added value from ACV’s preferred partners, including Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and Celestyal Cruises.ACV will offer Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the only Oasis class ship sailing out of Port Canaveral. Clients will receive exclusive rates as well as specialty dining dinner for two.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesNorwegian Getaway will offer exclusive rates and the Free at Sea Promotion. Inside staterooms will receive a free beverage package and ocean view or higher staterooms will receive a free beverage package and a free alternate dining package.Packages onboard Celestyal Crystal will include unlimited beverages; three shore excursions and pre-paid gratuities – Air Canada Vacations is actually the only operator offering these packages with boarding in Montego Bay.For the launch, ACV is offering air-inclusive cruise packages on the following ships: Norwegian Getaway, Costa Deliziosa, Oasis of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas, Celebrity Summit, Celestyal Crystal. Watch for packages on MSC Divina and Carnival Sensation launching soon. Clients that book these packages by Sept. 30, 2016 only have to pay a $100 deposit per person and will receive instant savings of up to $200 per person – agents will receive a 2% bonus commission for a total commission of 12%.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThis offer applies to travel from Nov. 15, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Reduced deposit, instant savings and bonus commission are only applicable when booking the new pre-bundled cruise packages. Cruise packages include flight, cruise, transfers and all taxes. ACV cruise packages now available in Sirev, Travelport & Amadeus Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Amadeus, SIREV