Syria UN agency voices alarm at reports of deadly assault on port

14 August 2011The United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees voiced grave concern today at reports that Syrian security forces have fired at a refugee camp in the country’s northern port city of Latakia, killing or injuring a number of camp residents. Media reports indicate that the Syrian military is engaged in a sustained and heavy assault on Latakia, using both warships and armoured vehicles to attack civilian demonstrators. At least 19 people have been reportedly killed so far.The assault on Latakia is the latest in a series of deadly confrontations between Government forces and protesters since large numbers of Syrians took to the streets in mid-March to demand greater freedoms. As many as 2,000 people have been killed in the past five months and top UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have spoken out against the violent crackdown.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) issued a statement expressing grave concern in particular about reports that Syrian forces have used heavy gunfire against a Palestinian refugee camp situated in Latakia’s El Ramel district.“Reports from various sources indicate deaths and casualties among the Palestinian refugee population, although poor communications make it impossible to confirm the exact number of dead and injured,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness.“UNRWA condemns the use of force against civilians,” he said. “We call on the Syrian authorities to order their security forces to exercise utmost restraint in accordance with international law and ensure that all civilians, including Palestinian refugees, are unharmed.“We demand expeditious and unhindered access for humanitarian workers to tend to the injured and dying. In addition, we demand unhindered access for UNRWA so that the agency can resume its full services in the camp, which have been severely affected by the unrest.”The protests in Syria are part of a broader wave of popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa since the start of the year, and have led to the toppling of long-term regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, ongoing conflict in Libya and major unrest in Yemen and Bahrain. read more

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Death toll on the rise as heavy rain continues

The death toll from the bad weather was on the rise today as heavy rain continued to affect most parts of the country.The death toll had reached 16 as of this morning with one person reported missing. The Disaster Management Centre said that the bad weather which has affected the country since 20th May has affected more than 130,000 people in 20 District as of today. Flooding and subsequent potential landslides threat has forced the evacuation of people in low-lying areas in parts of the country. Five districts (Kegalle, Kalutara, Galle, Ratnapura and Nuwara Eliya) are on “red alert” for possible landslides.Approximately, 13,199 families have been evacuated to 231 welfare centres due to flood and landslide risks in 10 Districts. Meanwhile, the Army said that troops from the 16 Gajaba Regiment (GR) of the 143 Brigade of the 14 Division under the Security Force Headquarters – West (SFHQ-West) rescued 123 people from 36 families who were stranded after opening of all spill gates of the Thabbowa reservoir in Puttalam.The families were relocated to the Thabbowa temple premises. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Monsanto no longer pursuing Syngenta after company rejects offer of nearly 47

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2015 9:16 am MDT Last Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Monsanto no longer pursuing Syngenta after company rejects offer of nearly $47 billion WASHINGTON – Agricultural business giant Monsanto is abandoning its takeover bid for competitor Syngenta AG after the Swiss chemical producer rejected its latest offer of nearly $47 billion.A combination with Basel-based Syngenta would have made Monsanto the world’s largest producer of farming chemicals, in addition to its market-leading seed business. But the Swiss pesticide maker rejected a series of unsolicited offers from the American company.Monsanto confirmed Wednesday that it had raised its offer last week to 470 francs per share, or nearly $47 billion, from a previous offer of about $45 billion. Additionally, the company confirmed it had raised its proposed breakup fee to $3 billion from $2 billion. That’s the amount Monsanto would have paid Syngenta if it had been unable to get regulatory approval to complete the deal.But Monsanto says the enhanced offer “did not meet Syngenta’s financial expectations.” The St. Louis-based company said in a statement it would “continue to focus on its growth opportunities built on its existing core business.”Syngenta said in Wednesday that its board of directors unanimously rejected Monsanto’s latest offer, which “significantly undervalued the company and was fraught with execution risk.”The company said Monsanto did not adequately address several issues, including potential cost savings and the risks of reincorporating the combined company in the United Kingdom.Merging with Syngenta would have helped Monsanto diversify its chemical offerings beyond Roundup, the ubiquitous weed killer that long served as the cornerstone of Monsanto’s business. Sales of that chemical have been hurt in recent months by concerns about its safety when used in large-scale industrial farming.In March the International Agency for Research on Cancer labeled the Roundup’s key ingredient, glyphosate, a “probable carcinogen.” The company has demanded a retraction from the group, a French research arm of the World Health Organization.Monsanto Co. shares rose $7.66, or 8.6 per cent, to close at $97.08 Wednesday as the broader markets rallied. U.S.-listed shares of Syngenta AG fell more than 13 per cent to close at $67.51. read more

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On World Philosophy Day UN official urges critical thinking on inclusion sustainability

“This day is an invitation to rethink the conditions for inclusion and sustainability in societies that are increasingly diverse and ever more interconnected, between themselves and with their environment,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in her message for the Day, which this year in on the theme “Inclusive Societies, Sustainable Planet.”She said that in this world of many ramifications, sustainable development depends first on prosperity shared between States and within societies. “In a world of diversity, inclusion comes more than ever from dialogue and respect for justice, human dignity and human rights,” Ms. Bokova added, recalling the message of Swami Vivekananda: “Rise at the expense of another! I did not come to earth for that!”“In a world of multiple fractures, philosophy plays an indispensable role to think and act for human dignity and harmony,” she said, noting that philosophy also reminds us that the resources of the mind “are the only real renewable resources we have.” At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the celebration of the Day will be marked by the organization of a round table on the theme that will feature distinguished philosophers and scholars, including Ms. Tanella Boni (Côte d’Ivoire), Ioanna Kuçuradi (Turkey) and Yves Charles Zarka (France).Opened by Ms. Bokova, this round table, moderated by Ali Benmakhlouf (Morocco), Professor of Arab Philosophy at the University of Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, will be directly related to a subject which is at the heart of public debates around the world and within the UN: the growing inequalities between rich and poor within many countries and between countries and sustainable development.Participants will discuss the concepts of social justice, solidarity, exclusion and inclusion in different societies, as well as issues related to the vulnerability of various groups – including women, children, young people, people with disabilities, minorities, indigenous peoples, migrants, refugees, people living in poverty – and the interfaces between these issues and sustainable development. read more

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UN partners building roads to reach Rohingya refugees camped in muddy floodprone

The sites where the Rohingyas have settled are desperately overcrowded and located on inhospitable terrain with insufficient drainage and little or no road access, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday. The few roads that exist are impossibly congested, making it extremely difficult to reach refugees with the support and services they need. Since 25 August, an estimated 613,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, fleeing violence in Myanmar. The total refugee population in the area is now over 826,000. IOM is responsible for coordinating site management at a site now home to an estimated 423,000 refugees. IOM officials said that people hike for hours under the scorching sun, often carrying heavy loads from distribution points, to reach their shelters. Steep hills and dangerous paths mean that children, the elderly and people with disabilities are often unable to move around the site. In October, IOM built some 850 metres of road into Balukhali to enable humanitarian agencies to deliver lifesaving assistance to at least 50,000 refugees. “The road has vastly improved access for both refugees and humanitarian actors,” said IOM Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project Officer Stephen Waswa Otieno.“Contractors can now deliver materials inside the site, which has allowed us to build new, essential infrastructure. For example, one of our partners has just built a new distribution centre, bringing aid much closer to the families who need it,” he notes. IOM is currently working on six other projects, providing more access from main roads outside the sites, and inside the sites. It is also building five bridges, which will allow people and vehicles to cross canals and streams in different areas of the sites. The agency is also working to mitigate the threat of landslides on the newly de-forested land where many of the shelters perch on steep hillsides. IOM teams have been distributing bags that the refugees can fill with soil and use to create retaining walls and steps. These can also be used to raise shelters off mud floors, helping to keep them dry, especially when flash floods occur.Immunizing new arrivals against measlesMeanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are stepping up immunization efforts in overcrowded camps and makeshift shelters close to the border with Myanmar in response to an increase in the number of suspected measles cases among the newly arrived Rohingya and their host communities. “Children are especially at risk from outbreaks of measles and other communicable diseases that result from the crowded living conditions, malnutrition and severe lack of water and sanitation in the camps and other sites,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Bangladesh Representative. “To halt any wider outbreak, it’s essential that coordinated efforts begin immediately to protect as many children as possible.” The UN agencies and its partners will administer measles and rubella vaccine to nearly 360,000 people in the age group of six months to 15 years among the new Rohingya arrivals in Cox’s Bazar and their host communities. As of 4 November, one death and 412 suspected cases of measles have been reported among the vulnerable populations living in Cox’s Bazar. “As part of stepped up vaccination efforts, 43 fixed health facility sites, 56 outreach vaccination teams and vaccination teams at main border entry points will administer MR vaccine to population aged six months to 15 years,” said WHO Representative to Bangladesh N Paranietharan. read more

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Strip club raid 27 foreign nationals business owner released

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Strip club’ raided, 27 female foreign nationals detainedAugust 11, 2018In “Crime”Strip club owner charged for human traffickingApril 29, 2019In “Court”6 foreign females detained after Rosignol night club raidSeptember 9, 2018In “Crime” Police say there are no licences to operate any business whatsoever on the premisesThe 27 female foreign nationals who were detained on Friday last following a raid conducted on an East Bank Demerara “strip club” have been released from police custody on their own recognizance.Additionally, the owner of the business has also been released on $75,000 station bail.This publication was reliably informed that the matter has since been transferred to the Major Crimes Unit for further investigations.INews had reported, based on police reports, that a business known as “Biker Bar” located at lot 22 Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was housing an unlicenced strip club.As such, on the day in question, Police from ‘A’ Division and Headquarters responded and conducted a search of the premises between 21:50-23:55h.According to the Police PRO, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, 27 female foreign nationals- 25 Venezuelans and 2 Dominicans- who were found therein were apprehended, as well as the owner of the business who resides at Nutmeg Street, North Ruimveldt.It was outlined that, a case of liquor was also seized and lodged as there are no licences to operate any business whatsoever on the premises.Investigations are ongoing. read more

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Nippon successfully implements Thermal Fragmentation method in South Africa

first_imgIn February, Nippon Dragon Resources and MaXem Equipment entered into an exclusive Thermal Fragmentation distributorship agreement for various south African countries. In May 2014, a Thermal Fragmentation unit (Dragon) was delivered to MaXem’s facilities, followed by Nippon’s employees, whose mandate was to train MaXem’s employees and also visit the mine site where the first deployment of the technology in South Africa would take place.In early June, Nippon’s team returned to South Africa to present the technology to potential clients, including one of the most predominant gold producers in the world. Over the following days a series of performance, security tests and demonstrations were conducted for the benefit of several decision makers and union representatives. The Dragon has since been deployed within a stope some 1,000 m below surface on a demonstration contract and Thermal Fragmentation operations commenced on July 3rd, 2014.“Operating in a reef-type orebody was something new for us and the Dragon performed extremely well fragmenting its first hole in South Africa. We do not foresee any technical difficulties with regards to fragmenting the type rock and the dip encountered in the orebody” said Donald Brisebois, Nippon’s VP Operations and Technology.MaXem is a multifaceted company, whose core business is to supply hard rock mining equipment and services to southern Africa Countries, with a specific focus on precision long-hole drilling and other methods that enable better efficiency in mining. MaXem Contracting includes long-hole drilling, drop and inverse raising and mechanised mine production. MaXem has a clear understanding of mining inherent risks as well as detailed commodity experience that includes gold, platinum, heavy minerals and base metals.Nippon is active in the exploration and the development of gold resources in Quebec and Peru. It holds a gold property with resources recognised in accordance with NI 43-101, a modular treatment plant and also an exclusive license for the Thermal Fragmentation mining method for exploiting narrow-vein ore deposits. The company’s growth strategy is based on:The development of its gold deposits with the objective of producing revenue from its operationsIncreasing the value of its mining assets by prioritizing the exploration targetsThe commercialisation and employment of its thermal fragmentation technology.last_img read more

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Dog owners warned to keep pets on a leash after savage sheep

first_img Jun 17th 2017, 7:40 AM Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 7:40 AM 52 Comments Dog owners warned to keep pets on a leash after ‘savage’ sheep attacks The IFA has released a protocol for farmers to follow, which includes guidelines for when a farmer can shoot a dog. 14,367 Views Image: Alessandro Di Ciommo Image: Alessandro Di Ciommo DOG OWNERS HAVE been asked to keep their dogs on a leash after a number of attacks on sheep.The Louth Irish Farmers’ Association say that a number of dog attacks have occurred on the Cooley Peninsula recently. They have issued a warning to all dog owners of their responsibility to keep their pets under control at all times.Chairman of the Louth branch of the IFA Gerard Melia said:“Owners can be held responsible for any losses involved in dog attacks, with serious financial and legal consequences. Farmers have a right to protect their sheep flock and can shoot a dog worrying, or about to worry their flock.”IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said dogs can inflict “horrendous” damage on a sheep flock. Statistics collated by IFA say there may be from 300 to 400 attacks each year, with 3,000 to 4,000 sheep injured and killed. Data on dog attacks gathered by the IFA shows an average of 11 sheep killed or injured per attack.“Unfortunately, I am taking calls on a frequent basis from sheep farmers around the country who have suffered attacks. There are far too many dog owners not taking the responsibility that goes with owning a pet. Dog owners have an obligation to have their dog under control at all times.”The IFA has released a protocol for farmers to follow, which includes guidelines for when a farmer can shoot a dog.Read: Seven dogs had to be put down after being found in ‘deplorable’ conditions Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3447191 Share34 Tweet Email1 Short URL By Paul Hosfordlast_img read more

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La Maison Blanche débarque sur le service de géolocalisation FourSquare

first_imgLa Maison Blanche débarque sur le service de géolocalisation FourSquareDésormais, la Maison Blanche apparaît dans le service de géolocalisation en ligne FourSquare. Celui-ci permet aux internautes de faire savoir où ils se trouvent via Twitter ou Facebook par exemple.Déjà présente sur Twitter, Facebook, YouTube ou encore Flickr, la Maison Blanche fait désormais son entrée sur le service de géolocalisation en ligne FourSquare. Un outil qui compte déjà près de 10 millions d’utilisateurs qui s’en servent, via leurs mobiles le plus souvent, pour indiquer où ils se trouvent et localiser leurs proches. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Dans un commentaire laissé sur son blog, la présidence américaine a ainsi indiqué que son arrivée sur FourSquare coïncidait avec la tournée de Barack Obama à bord d’un autocar dans le nord des Etats-Unis. “Grâce à la nouvelle page de la Maison Blanche sur FourSquare, vous pouvez vous tenir informés de la tournée du président et signaler à vos amis que vous êtes au même endroit” que lui, a souligné la Maison Blanche citée par l’AFP.Mardi matin, la page FourSquare de la Maison Blanche avait déjà attiré près de 12.600 visiteurs, moins de 24 heures après son lancement.Le 17 août 2011 à 13:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Comment la fonte des glaces fait sétendre la banquise

first_imgComment la fonte des glaces fait s’étendre la banquiseMalgré la fonte des glaces, la banquise de l’Antarctique continue de s’étendre. Des courants sous-marins d’eau chaude feraient fondre ses barrières de glace par en dessous. L’eau froide et non salée ainsi libérée aiderait à geler la surface de l’océan.La banquise fond mais la banquise s’étend ? Cette information aux doux relents de poisson d’avril est pourtant bel et bien fondée. Dans un article publié dimanche par Nature Geoscience, Richard Bitanja et son équipe décrivent l’incroyable phénomèneÀ lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Si la banquise de la mer Arctique rétréci, elle a en Antarctique un taux de croissance de près de 2% par décennie depuis 1985. En 2012, l’étendue de la glace a même battu un nouveau record ! Selon les chercheurs la hausse de la température des océans fait que certains courants chauds et profonds  font fondre la base des barrières de glace qui entourent le continent. Eau douce contre eau saléeD’après des simulations, la fonte de ces falaises de glace refroidit l’eau en surface, ce qui fait que ces portions de mer gèlent plus facilement. Cela est accentué par le fait que la glace fondue est douce, elle contient moins de sel que l’eau de mer et se solidifie donc plus facilement. Les chercheurs n’excluent pas non plus que de forts vents puissent faire refroidir la région. A l’inverse, comme l’Arctique ne dispose pas de sols à partir duquel ces barrières peuvent se former et que les continents alentours l’encerclent, le phénomène ne peut y avoir lieu et sa banquise rétrécit. Pour l’océanographe David Holland de l’université de New York, l’idée mérite d’être testée.  Il explique ainsi à Live Science que cette étude “montre qu’il y a besoin de mettre au point un réseau d’observation de la fonte sous les barrières de glace.”Le 1 avril 2013 à 21:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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AI Generates LastMinute Halloween Costume Inspiration

first_imgStay on target MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too Still stuck for a Halloween costume?Have no fear, Janelle Shane and her neural network are here.The machine learning artist and research scientist in 2017 served up a selection of truly unique ensembles—generated by an AI.This year, she teamed up with The New York Times to train a different system (an algorithm called textgenrnn) on more than 7,100 costumes.The results, brilliantly illustrated by NYT senior staff editor Jessia Ma, are, well, varied.“The algorithm learned to spell all of these words and phrases without human intervention, just by looking at the costume examples we gave it,” Shane wrote in an op-ed for the Times.The algorithm learns to spell words and phrases without human intervention (via The New York Times/Jessia Ma)It starts, she explained, by making predictions about which letters should be used and in which order. Those predictions are then checked against the original data.“If it’s wrong (and at first, it almost always is), it refines its internal structure,” Shane said. “Gradually, its predictions get better.”The first stage, or “epoch,” of training produced complete gibberish (do you know what a “Vatand hampire” or “palkiahtor” is?). By its third attempt, recognizable words began forming (“Professor Cat,” “Greeking beer,” and my favorite, “Hank”).The first “sexy” character appeared in epoch five—”Sexy the Babby (caheper”—ahead of the “sexy banana” from stage seven.The algorithm learned “new and exciting ways” to use “sexy” (via The New York Times/Jessia Ma)“Note that at the beginning of training, the neural network knew nothing at all about its input data,” Shane explained. “The more repetition it sees, the more easily it can learn something. Unsurprisingly, one of the first words it learns to spell reliably is ‘sexy.’”Your best costume options can be found somewhere around the tenth try, when the neural network came up with ideas like “strawberry clown,” “Pirate the Wild Thor,” “Sexy Beta Marx,” “bucketball player,” and “slick mermaid.”Honestly, if a trick-or-treater came to my door dressed as “Ruth Bader Hat Guy,” “dragon ninja,” or “vampire chick shark,” I’d just hand them the bowl of candy and turn my lights off for the rest of the night.Gradually, the neural network’s predictions get better (via The New York Times/Jessia Ma)To avoid being the third “alien chestman” or “baseball clown” at the Halloween party, simply turn up the algorithm’s creativity settings.“At the very lowest … it will almost always go with its top prediction,” Shane said. “While at the very highest setting it ventures into territory it deems less probable.”For example: Sexy Santa (level one) > sexy wizard (level two) > robot pirate (level three) > potted ballerina fairy (level four) > piglet crayon (level five).Last year, Shane’s neural network offered up options like a punk tree, pirate firefighter, Snape scarecrow, and vampire Big Bird.More Halloween coverage on Geek.com:MIT to Launch Dystopian Internet Game on Halloween11 Greatest Scream Queens of All Time7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were Greatlast_img read more

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I see a very good team Stephan Lichtsteiner

first_imgThe Switzerland captain has been with Arsenal for the last three months and now he’s ready to play in the UEFA Europa LeagueStephan Lichtsteiner has recently joined Arsenal from Italian Lega Serie A team Juventus.The multifaceted Swiss footballer has only played once with The Gunners in the English Premier League, but he’s ready to give his all in the UEFA Europa League.Lichtsteiner and Arsenal will host Vorskla tomorrow in Matchday 1 of the competition.And the Swiss athlete believes his current team is very good and has a lot of quality.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’ve already seen good personalities in this team. I think of course if you have experienced players in the team, it’s good for young players who can use you as an example of how to work,” he told Arsenal’s official website.“I don’t feel that there’s not a big personality in this team. I see a very good team with a lot of quality, a lot of good players and characters. I don’t see a problem.”“I’m not frustrated but of course I’m not used to being on the bench more than three times in a row. It’s also a new situation for me and I’m curious how I’ll manage it,” he added.“I’m here to work, to get better personally, to get better with the team and I think we are in a very good way. I’m trying to start more and for that, I have to work, that’s the only thing I can do at this moment to show the coach that I’m ready to play.”“We are in a good way, I’m in a very good way and ready to play,” he concluded.last_img read more

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50 underestimate likelihood of occupational disability

first_imgHalf (50%) of respondents think they have a less than one in ten chance of being unable to work through disability, according to research by insurance firm Zurich. Its survey of 1,000 working-age adults also found that nearly two-thirds (60%) think the risk of becoming disabled or too ill to work is far greater for the rest of the population than it is for themselves.The research also found:45% believe that those aged between 45 and 54 are at highest risk of being unable to work as a result of medical issues when, in reality, the likelihood increases to almost one in five from the age of 40 and as many as 28% can no longer work by the age of 55.42% of respondents believe the best way to prevent themselves from occupational disability is by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.Almost half (44%) of respondents believe their income would halve if they were unable to work due to a disability.Just 15% of respondents feel they would be able to maintain their current lifestyle on half of their current income.70% of respondents say their employer does not offer income protection. 18% of respondents say their employer would be their main source of monthly income if their income were to drop as a result of disability, while 30% would rely on savings.Peter Hamilton, head of retail propositions at Zurich UK Life, said: “The study shows that while many people are positive and optimistic about their health and ongoing ability to earn, few seem to have adequate protection or savings to protect them against hardship if they couldn’t work.“There also seems to be a worrying lack of awareness of the support available through income protection, which should form the building blocks of good financial planning.”last_img read more

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Hamilton Pulls Into Los Angeles Brings EduHam To Teens

first_imgWhile the musical itself is exciting enough, it’s the #EduHam educational program for Title I public high school students that really builds anticipation. Not only does the initiative offer teens the chance to see the musical for just $10, students participate in an online course that teaches the history featured in the musical and challenges students to create their own historical performance pieces. They then have the opportunity to perform in front of their peers and the cast of the show.”These kids are writing these incredible poems and dances and songs and scenes, not just from the perspective of George Washington, but also Sally Hemings and Phillis Wheatley — it’s this incredible way to explore how history isn’t told,” Miranda said. “We really don’t treat Hamilton as the be-all, end-all of American history — it’s a musical! It’s as much as we can cram into two hours and 45 minutes! — but it’s been a great jumping-off point.” “Hamilton” In L.A. Goes H.A.M. On Education hamilton-pulls-los-angeles-brings-eduham-teens Twitter News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am ‘Hamilton’ wins Best Musical Theater Album Email center_img Facebook GRAMMY-winning musical arrives in Los Angeles along with its #EduHam educational initiative for underserved high school studentsRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 10, 2017 – 12:28 pm GRAMMY.com”Hamilton” the musical rolls into Los Angeles on Aug. 16, and “the plan is to fan this spark into a flame.”The GRAMMY-winning musical, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, has been tearing up the box office since it opened on Broadway in New York in 2015, and it promises to do the same in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre, the musical’s temporary home for 21 weeks. “Hamilton” Pulls Into Los Angeles, Brings #EduHam To Teens The #EduHam initiative grew with the show from the beginning. Miranda says teachers were already using the viral 2009 opening number “Alexander Hamilton” in classrooms before the whole musical was finished. He envisioned kids as part of the experience, but wanted to go a step farther than simply discounting tickets. From there, #EduHam was born.Having reached nearly 40,000 students already, #EduHam follows the musical into each tour city, which has included New York and Chicago so far Los Angeles will be no exception. The production is working with Los Angeles May Eric Garcetti to gather the resources to make the program possible, such as student transportation and meals.Thanks to the #EduHam initiative, “Hamilton” brings the musical to a diverse audience and provides new opportunities for students.”This is not a typical Broadway audience,” said Miranda. “To see these kids experience ‘Hamilton’ onstage — a story told in the music they listen to, with a multiracial cast that looks like them — it’s magical.”Read More: New “Hamilton” video pays tribute to immigrantsRead morelast_img read more

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Kodiak pays 254K to settle lawsuit filed by family of autistic man

first_imgScreen cap from video of Pletnikoff incident (KPD bodycam footage )The city of Kodiak paid $265,000 to settle a lawsuit filed in 2016 by the family of an autistic man whom a Kodiak Police officer pepper sprayed the year before.Listen nowA father-and-son pair of tourists called 911 when they saw now 30-year-old Nick Pletnikoff nearby their car and believed he was attempting to break in.According to family attorney Josh Fitzgerald, Pletnikoff was returning home with his family’s mail.Body cam footage captured the encounter between now 30-year-old Nick Pletnikoff and three police officers who arrived at the scene.The footage shows officers forcing Pletnikoff to the ground and Sgt. Francis de la Fuente pepper-spraying him in the face in response to what he saw as resistance.De la Fuente said he did not know Pletnikoff was autistic at the time.However, one officer at the scene was acquainted with Pletnikoff, knew he had special needs and addressed Pletnikoff by name during the encounter.Nick’s mother and guardian Judy Pletnikoff says she’s glad the legal battle is over, but she didn’t get what she set out for.“Money is what we did not want. And I walked into the lawyer’s office first day saying we don’t want anything but an apology,” Judy Pletnikoff said. “We want to sit down with the city in good faith and have a conversation about what happened and how we can move on from here.”City attorney Bill Ingaldson told the Kodiak Daily Mirror newspaper that the city settled partly because it was concerned a jury would not understand the police officers’ point.last_img read more

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Saved lives IAF praises Jaguar pilot for averting tragedy in

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) hailed the pilot of a Jaguar aircraft that had a narrow escape in Ambala on Thursday for his prompt action that not only saved the fighter jet but also the lives of people. The aircraft, with two additional fuel drop tanks and Carrier Bomb Light Stores (CBLS) pods, took off from the Air Force Station, Ambala for a training mission on Thursday. Immediately after the take off, it encountered a flock of birds. The bird hit resulted in the failure of one of its engines. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “Despite one of the most serious emergencies staring in his face, the young pilot assessed the situation in a matter of seconds, jettisoned the two additional fuel drop tanks as well as the CBLS pods and went on to safely land the aircraft. His actions bear testimony to the highest professional standards of the IAF, resulting from extensive operational training,” the IAF said. The professionalism and quick thinking of the pilot not only saved a war-waging asset, but also the lives of the many civilians residing in the area adjoining the airfield, it added.last_img read more

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BFFs with Vogue Katrina Kaif Janhvi Kapoor Jacqueline Fernandez list of celebs

first_imgBFFs with Vogue 3: Janhvi Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Ayushmann KhurranaTwitterBFFs with Vogue, the classy show hosted by Neha Dhupia on Colors Infinity, is back with its season 3 and it begins tonight! The first episode of BFFs with Vogue will have none other than Dhadak actress Janhvi Kapoor making an appearance. And with her will be her best friend forever – who else but her sister Khushi Kapoor, who herself is soon to make her Bollywood debut.’Real Friends Unreal Fun’ goes the tagline of BFFs with Vogue, and it promises to be just that! Katrina Kaif, Sonali Bendre, Jacqueline Fernandez, Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte and many more Bollywood actors are to be seen on the show, so is tennis star Sania Mirza!Watch out for a real and goofy episode with Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor candidly sharing their secrets, their boyfriends, their fetisehs, and fun moments from their life in the first episode of BFFs with Vogue. We are not sure if they’re going to be talking about their legendary actress mom Sridevi, who passed away in February 2018. But we guess the girls need to have some fun now and that’s what Neha Dhupia will make them do.Host Neha Dhupia says, “This season of BFFs With Vogue is full-out madness. We’ve had such a great time shooting this season with the craziest, zaniest and super sassy BFFs from Bollywood, that the only way to compliment it would be with a promo as crazy, fiery yet full of fun.”Here is a list of Bollywood stars who are all set to appear on BFFs with Vogue Season 3. Katrina Kaif with Anaita Shroff Adajania and Neha Dhupia on BFFs with Vogue 3.TwitterApart from Janhvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor, actress Katrina Kaif, who had famously made an appearance on BFFs with Vogue Season 2 with actress Alia Bhatt, will be seen in Season 3 as well. This time, her BFF is Anaita Shroff Adajania, who is a Bollywood stylist and designer and is Fashion Director at Vogue India. Says Katrina Kaif on her second appearance on BFFs with Vogue, “Last season didn’t seem like we were shooting at all, it was a complete goof fest and unwinding session. This time around being my second stint, I am sure I’ll have even more fun on the episode and let loose with my BFF. And I’m also coming prepared for any surprises that Neha has up her sleeve for me.”Some of the other celebrities from Bollywood who will be guests on BFFs with Vogue Season 3 are actress Parineeti Chopra with her bestie and tennis superstar Sania Mirza, actress Jacqueline Fernandez who will be seen along with actor Kartik Aaryan, and actor Ayushmann Khurrana with actress Radhika Apte.We are looking forward to seeing Rajkummar Rao and Ishaan Khattar on the show, too. But it is the trio of Sonali Bendre, Sussanne Khan and Gayatri Oberoi that has us most excited. These three are the real besties forever! BFFs with Vogue Season 3 List of Guests.PR HandoutNeha Dhupia makes for a rather good host and definitely does not copy Karan Johar’s Koffee with Karan. Hosting her podcast No Filter Neha and then BFFs with Vogue has definitely made the actress a hostess to reckon with. Let’s see what confessions she is able to get her celeb guests to make on BFFs with Vogue Season 3!BFFs with Vogue Season 3 will air every Saturday at 9 pm IST on Colors Infinity.last_img read more

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City Officials Honor Black Veterans

first_imgRecently, Baltimore City officials including Mayor Catherine Pugh and Comptroller Joan Pratt honored the memory and service of Maryland’s Black military veterans.Members of Baltimore City Government, including Mayor Catherine Pugh and Comptroller Joan Pratt pose in front of the Black Soldiers memorial in front of City Hall, for Veterans day ceremonies, Nov. 10. (Photo by J. A. Lewis)Mayor Pugh and Comptroller Pratt were joined by several members of the military representing various branches of the armed forces, in front of the Black Soldiers Statue at War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall. Wreaths were laid in honor of the fallen military heroes.The monument to Black military men and women, who died while protecting our country was dedicated May 30, 1972, and crafted by artist James. E. Lewis.The event was part of several Veteran’s Day ceremonies observed by the City.“Members of Baltimore City Government, including Mayor Cathy Pugh and Comptroller Joan Pratt pose in front of the Black Soldiers memorial in front of City Hall, for Veterans day ceremonies, last Friday November 10, 2017.”last_img read more

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Spanish police arrest 4 suspected terrorists

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories MADRID (AP) – The Interior Ministry says four people have been arrested in northwest Spain on suspicion of belonging to a violent, regional pro-independence group.The ministry said in a statement that two of the arrests were made in the port city of Vigo on Saturday after police discovered two primed explosive devices in the trunk of a car, and two other suspects were arrested early Sunday.It said the “suspected terrorists” belong to “the Galician Resistance” _ a group of which little was known until November 2011 when another member was arrested in possession of explosives. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Comments   Share   center_img Spain has nationalist groups in Galicia, Catalonia and the Basque region, where armed group ETA has killed more than 825 people in a four-decade campaign to carve an independent state in northeastern Spain and southwestern France.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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