Mico Receives Sport Supplies from JICA

first_img The Physical Education Department of The Mico University College has received sport supplies from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), through its ‘Smile for All the World’ programme. “This donation represents the collaboration between Mico and JICA in assisting us to build sustainability in our sports programme. This is a critical area that is driving the education curriculum in Jamaica,” he said. President of the university, Asburn Pinnock, thanked JICA for the generous donation. Story Highlights The Physical Education Department of The Mico University College has received sport supplies from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), through its ‘Smile for All the World’ programme.The assortment of netballs, footballs and volleyballs were handed over during a ceremony, held on March 26, at The Mico University College, in Kingston.President of the university, Asburn Pinnock, thanked JICA for the generous donation.“This donation represents the collaboration between Mico and JICA in assisting us to build sustainability in our sports programme. This is a critical area that is driving the education curriculum in Jamaica,” he said.Meanwhile, Resident Representative for JICA, Jamaica Office, Tobita Kenji, said the programme is evidence of the continued friendship and goodwill between Jamaica and Japan.He expressed the hope that the supplies will assist in improving the performance of amateur athletes in these disciplines.The ‘Smile for All the World’ programme in Japan distributes goods related to sports, culture, education, social services and more all over the world through JICA volunteers. These goods are primarily donated to developing countries.According to the Japanese Embassy, 36 volunteers are involved in activities throughout the island. They are assigned to public agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) under the Ministries of Education, Youth and Information; Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Local Government and Community Development; Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; Tourism; Economic Growth and Job Creation, and Transport and Mining.Since 1989, a total of 425 JICA volunteers have worked in various areas of the island.Established in 1974, JICA has been implementing Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) through cooperation, such as loan, grant and technical cooperation, which include the JICA volunteer programme, training in Japan as well as technical cooperation projects.last_img read more

Mira Sorvino Writes OpEd California Can Be Leader In Sexual Harassment Protection

first_imgMira Sorvino wrote an Op-Ed in the LA Times this week, covering how California has the potential to be the leader in sexual harassment protection.We now stand a year in from the publication of the fateful articles in the New York Times and the New Yorker that first exposed the predation of film world titan Harvey Weinstein,” she wrote. “I was one of the women interviewed by journalist Ronan Farrow, and I contributed my story because I wanted to make change in the world into which my daughters and sons will come of age.“To institute lasting change, and promote protection and equality under the law for everyone, we must enact legislation that reflects our newfound awareness. Since last winter, I have been championing a slate of bills in the California Legislature under the hashtag #TakeTheLead, which refers to the state’s opportunity to move to the forefront of protecting women’s and all workers’ rights. Co-sponsored by Equal Rights Advocates and the California Employment Lawyers Assn., this is the toughest slate of anti-sexual harassment bills in the nation.“Five critical bills concerning workplace harassment — AB 1870, SB 224, SB 1343, SB 1300 and AB 3080 — sit on the governor’s desk… Yet we in the survivor community hear that Brown is under intense lobbying pressure to veto at least one of the bills, SB 1300, which would do away with non-disparagement clauses that are slipped into routine paperwork employees must sign when they’re hired, offered a raised or given a bonus. The clauses can come with a hefty fine (up to $1 million) if employees do speak out — against, for example, an abusive boss — even if the statements are true and the conduct broke the law. Untold numbers of victims have been silenced this way, especially those who lack the financial resources for a long, drawn-out legal battle to fight the unfairness of the clause.“Gov. Brown has spoken out vehemently against corruption, dishonesty and abuse of power in government. Now we urge him to oppose corrupt corporate interests that seek to stifle survivors’ voices and protect illegal, inhuman behavior. We ask him to stand with the millions of people around the world who have raised their voices in a brave chorus of #MeToo and #TimesUp, and to add to his legacy the fearless protection of all working people. We count on him to sign all five bills, and to turn a dream of our movement into reality.”To read the full Op-Ed, click here.last_img read more

Christchurch massacre Suspect charged with murder smirks in court

first_imgChristchurch: An Australian man, who is the main suspect in the massacre of 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, on Saturday appeared in a court here where he was been charged with murder.Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, appeared before the Christchurch district court dressed in a white prison jumpsuit, handcuffed and barefoot. He did not speak but appeared to make a white supremacist sign with his hands, the Guardian reported.He has been charged with one count of murder. Judge Paul Kellar did not reveal the victim’s name on grounds of undue hardship to his family. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayHe was remanded in custody without a plea and is due appear in court again on April 5.After Tarrant left the court, Judge Kellar said that while “there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others”.Tarrant, who grew up in the Australian town of Grafton, had been living in the Dunedin, about 360 km south of Christchurch.New Zealand police closed the Christchurch court to the public over security concerns, but the media was able to attend. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatAustralian police are investigating Tarrant’s connections around Grafton.Before his appearance at the court, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Tarrant had been charged with one count of murder, with other charges to follow.”I want to reassure all New Zealanders that we are doing absolutely everything in our power to respond to this attack, and deploying all available resources in communities across New Zealand,” Bush said.Tarrant was one of three people arrested in connection with the shootings at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Avenue Masjid on Friday. The other two remain in custody but their role in the shootings remains unclear, CNN said. A fourth person who had been taken into custody was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted help police.Also on Saturday, Prime Jacinda Ardern, while speaking at the Christchurch Canterbury Refugee Centre, showed solidarity with the nation’s Muslim community, saying “this is not the New Zealand people know”.In her 40-minute address, she also spoke about the importance of reuniting relatives with their loved ones “as quickly as possible”, and said that bodies were still being removed from the Al Noor mosque – the site of the first attack.She added that financial support would be made available to those who had lost someone on whom they were financially dependent.Ardern said Tarrant had five guns and a firearms licence, adding: “Our gun laws will change.”A total of 48 people were wounded in the shootings.India, Bangladesh and Indonesia all say some of their citizens were killed in the shooting and others are unaccounted for.Friday’s killing was a terrorist attack that appeared orchestrated for the social media. The brutal shootings were previewed on an infamous Internet message board and then graphically live-streamed on Facebook.An 87-page manifesto, found by authorities after it was posted online, was filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ideas.According to the latest census figures, Muslims make up about 1.1% of New Zealand’s population of 4.25 million.Numbers rose sharply as New Zealand took in refugees from various war-torn countries since the 1990s.last_img read more

Hamid Chabat Promises to Submit his Resignation Soon

Taroudant – Hamid Chabat, the Secretary General of the Istiqlal party (PI), said during the meeting of the Executive Committee of his party on Friday evening that he will submit his resignation to the National Council.“I gave this promise and I will keep it,” Chabat said.During a TV appearance earlier this year, Chabat had already given a promise to step down if his party fails to win the municipal and regional elections, which were held on September 4, but the Secretary General didn’t honor his promise, saying “No secretary general resigns after failing in elections whose results were forged.” However, militants of the Istiqlal Party (IP) in several cities across the Kingdom were reportedly mobilizing to end Hamid Chabat’s mandate as Secretary General of the party, following his fiasco in Fez during last Municipal and Regional Elections.The Moroccan daily Al Akhbar has reported earlier that the departure of Hamid Chabat from “the secretariat of the party is only a matter of time,” stressing that the leaders of the party in Fez and those in the southern provinces are preparing a strong mobilization to bring him down or force him to resign.According to the istiqlal Party’s Internal Code of Conduct, the resignation of the Secretary General has to be presented before the National Council and becomes subject to voting.The Istiqlal Party obtained less than 1 million votes in 2015’s Municipal and Regional Elections, while the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) obtained the highest number of votes (1.5 million), followed by the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) with over 1 million votes. read more

February home sales in Greater Toronto Area down from year ago prices

TORONTO — Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area in February fell compared with a year ago, while the average selling price ticked higher.The Toronto Real Estate Board says there were 5,025 homes sold in the region last month, down from 5,148 in the same month last year.The average selling price was $780,397, up from $767,801.The 2.4 per cent drop in the number of homes sold in the region came as the number of new listings fell 6.2 per cent.New listings in February totalled 9,828, down from 10,473 a year earlier.The board says the decline suggests that market conditions became tighter compared with last year.The Canadian Press

Launching touchscreen BlackBerry 10 devices first the right move analysts

“Hardcore BlackBerry lovers” might have to wait up to two months after the release of the BlackBerry 10 touchscreen device to get their hands on one with a physical keyboard, a strategic play by Research In Motion that analysts say reflects what customers want.RIM chief executive Thorsten Heins, who had already indicated a touchscreen model would launch first, said Friday that the keyboard version — known in the tech community as Qwerty — will come about “30 to 60” days later.Heins said the company needs to gain market share in the touch phone segment, especially to address a trend in which employers are allowing staff to use their preferred smartphone for work.“People… and enterprises love a full touch device, and, you know, we had to make a choice and finally we decided really to bring both versions to market very, very close to each other,” he said in an interview with MSNBC.“The BlackBerry lovers, the hardcore BlackBerry lovers, they love this physical keyboard … so make no mistake we are fully, fully committed to Qwerty.”The physical keyboard is popular often with BlackBerry business users, and the company — in its advertising — has positioned that as an advantage over Apple and Android phones that rely solely on touchscreens.The new detail about the closely watched BB10 launch, slated for some time in the first-quarter of next year, comes as RIM (TSX:RIM) stock shot up 8.1 per cent following a much less disappointing than expected second-quarter earnings report.Analysts were surprised and encouraged by the BlackBerry-maker’s ability to shore up its cash reserves and subscriber base during the quarter — some had been projecting a steady decline in subscribers starting this quarter — as the company honed in on becoming leaner by slashing costs.But analysts also signalled that the company’s ability to survive pales in comparison to the outcome of the much-delayed launch of BlackBerry 10, and whether that gets them back in the game with tech-savvy consumers.RIM’s smartphones running the new operating system will have to be able to compete with iPhones and Android devices, telecom analyst Anil Doradla said Friday.“What happens in North America, specifically the U.S., plays out in the rest of the world in the course of a couple of years,” said Doradla of Chicago-based William Blair & Co.RIM is releasing a touchscreen phone first because that’s what consumers want, Doradla said.“They’re trying their best to get back in the consumer game and touch is the name of the game.”“Are they at a point where one can believe they are going to be meaningfully competitive in this hyper-competitive Apple, Samsung world? We just don’t know,” Doradla said. “This company has let us down so many times in the past.”Telecom analyst Troy Crandall said he expects the new devices to launch in late February or early March. The phones were first expected to launch earlier this year.“The longer term goal, obviously, is to regain its competitive position and for its BlackBerry 10 handsets to be competitive with what’s out there or what will be out there,” Crandall said.Consumers want a larger screen and they are willing to give up a traditional keyboard to get it, said Crandall, of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier in Montreal.“Ultimately a touchscreen phone is the way to go, seems to be the way to go, and where everybody wants to go.”Crandall noted that RIM’s shares shot up because its financial results weren’t as bad as had been expected, and there was a lot of short selling on the stock.Shares in Research in Motion (TSX:RIM) shot up 56 cents to close at $7.52 Friday, even though doubts remain about the BlackBerry maker’s ability to compete. They were up almost 14 per cent earlier in the day.Investors did what’s called a “short squeeze” and it usually only lasts a day or two, he said.“People basically saw the better-than-expected earnings and thought the stock was going to rocket,” he said.“So they rushed to cover their positions. By buying back the stock to cover their short positions they put this artificial increase and pressure on the stock which caused it to jump up, and probably higher than it should have.”Investors sold shares they didn’t own at a higher price, expecting a terrible quarter and expected to buy them back at a lower price, pocketing the difference. When that didn’t happen, they have to cover their short positions, Crandall said.On Thursday, RIM reported that its quarterly loss was US$235 million or 45 cents per diluted share compared with a profit of $329 million or 63 cents per share a year ago.The Waterloo, Ont., company’s adjusted loss was $142 million or 27 cents per share. While large, RIM’s loss was still much better than the 47 cents per share loss expected by analysts polled by Bloomberg.National Bank analyst Kris Thompson was enthusiastic about RIM’s quarterly results and increased his target share price to $12 from $8.“The new management team is executing by maintaining the BlackBerry subscriber base, managing costs and cash and seemingly readying an early 2013 BB10 global platform launch,” Thompson said in a research note.But UBS analyst Phillip Huang said even though RIM had “marginally” better results, the launch of its new smartphones is critical.“What is key to the thesis, in our opinion, is the extent to which BB10 will be successful,” he said in a note. by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 28, 2012 5:24 pm MDT Launching touchscreen BlackBerry 10 devices first the right move: analysts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Security Council approves UN monitors for Aleppo evacuations

Through a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council also requested the UN to ensure further deployment of staff for Monitoring and reporting on the evacuations, as needed and demanded all parties to provide these monitors with safe, immediate and unimpeded access. Noting that “urgent humanitarian evacuations and assistance are now needed by a large number of Aleppo inhabitants,” the Council demanded that all parties provide the UN and it is implementation partners with safe, immediate and unimpeded access to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches people “through the most direct route, in order to meet basic needs, including the provision of medical care.”The French-led resolution also calls on all parties to respect and protect all medical and humanitarian personnel, “their means of transport and equipment, as well as hospitals and other medical facilities throughout the country.” The Secretary-General is requested “to take urgent steps to make arrangements, including security arrangements in consultation with interested parties, to allow the observation by the [UN} and other relevant institutions of the well-being of civilians,” and to report back to the Council within five days. Thousands of civilians are reportedly awaiting evacuations to resume today.The Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the UN and other relevant institutions to carry out “adequate, neutral monitoring and direct observation on evacuations from the eastern districts” of the war-battered Syrian city of Aleppo.Today’s decision comes after the Council’s two most recent attempts to take action on Syria: on 8 October, Russia vetoed a resolution that would have called for an end to military flights over Aleppo; and on 5 December, a measure calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the beleaguered city failed to pass after negative votes by both China and Russia. In all, Russia has vetoed six texts on the Syrian conflict, while China has vetoed five of those six. Meanwhile, top UN officials have welcomed the adoption of the resolution and expressed hope that the civilians in the war-ravaged city will finally be able to receive much needed protection and assistance.“Our task now is to turn these words into meaningful action,” said the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator and the head of its relief wing (OCHA), Stephen O’Brien, shortly after the Council action. “We stand ready to scale up our presence and efforts across the entire city, in line with the resolution and international humanitarian law,” he noted, but added wearily: “This can be done immediately, but only if the parties live up to this resolution.” Also welcoming the adoption of the resolution, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, expressed the hope that this could be the beginning of the restoration of unity in the Security Council and said he believed “it is vital to build on this initial momentum with further steps.”As indicated in his briefing the Security Council on 21 September 2016, and more recently on 8 December 2016, he has been intensively working towards convening the formal intra-Syrian talks mandated in Security Council resolution 2254 (2015). To that end, Mr. de Mistura announced that it is the intention of the United Nations to convene those negotiations in Geneva on 8 February 2017.The UN emergency food relief agency (WFP) too has scaled up its operations in the city, providing hot meals, bread and rations to more than 20,000 displaced people every day. It has also mobilized food stocks to meet the food needs of up to 150,000 people. Severely damaged or destroyed buildings along the way to a refugee shelter in Jibreen, Aleppo. 2 December 2016. Photo: OCHA Syria/L. Tom Highlighting the plight of civilians, Ertharin Cousin, the head of WFP underscored: “All Syrians – no matter where they are – deserve nothing less than food, shelter and safety from the continuing conflict.” Beyond Aleppo, WFP is supporting more than four million Syrians affected by the conflict. There are nearly one million people residing in areas that remain besieged that WFP cannot reach on a regular basis. As the Syria crisis enters its sixth year, civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 4.9 million people in need trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where they are exposed to grave protection threats. read more

Cinq tonnes de glace millénaire volées en Patagonie

first_imgCinq tonnes de glace millénaire volées en PatagonieCinq tonnes de glace millénaire ont été dérobées à un glacier Jorge Montt en Patagonie. Ce butin a été retrouvé dans un camion frigorifique. Où allait ainsi cette glace ? Le mystère plane toujours…C’est un vol peu commun qui a eu lieu en Patagonie. Vendredi, l’organe public des forêts (Conaf) a lancé une procédure judiciaire contre “une entreprise qui a été repérée extrayant de la glace millénaire” du glacier de Jorge Montt, dans le Campo de Hielo Sur. Or, d’après les estimations, le fragment dérobé ferait pas moins de 5 tonnes. Autant dire que les voleurs sont activement recherchés par les autorités chiliennes, comme l’a confirmé le procureur local Jose Moris, cité dans l’édition en ligne du quotidien El Mercurio. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le glacier Jorge Montt s’étend sur 454 kilomètres et constitue l’un des 49 glaciers composant le Campo de Hielo Sur, dans les Andes patagoniennes, à cheval entre le Chili et l’Argentine. Il s’agirait de l’un des glaciers de l’hémisphère sud dont la fonte est la plus spectaculaire, d’après une récente étude chilienne. En effet, on y aurait observé un recul d’un kilomètre au cours de l’année 2010. Une diminution causée par le réchauffement climatique et des conditions océanographiques difficiles.  Dans la soirée de vendredi dernier, le conducteur du camion frigorifique qui transportait la glace, a été intercepté dans la ville de Cochrane, à près de 2.000 kilomètres au sud de Santiago. Mais ces complices sont toujours recherchés par les autorités. “La qualification est en principe de vol simple, étant donné la quantité de glace concernée. On parle d’une valeur marchande de 3 millions de pesos (4.660 euros environ)”, a souligné le procureur. Une inculpation pourrait également être prononcée pour “délit contre le patrimoine culturel”. Le 1 février 2012 à 18:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hobbs Shaw Trailer Expands the Fast and Furious Universe

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on target About twenty years ago a movie came out called The Fast and The Furious. The late Paul Walker played an undercover cop infiltrating Vin Diesel’s underground street racing gang. It was based on somewhat real accounts of contemporary car crime. And despite being the origin of the family love between Brian and Dom and everyone else, the movie was kind of bad.Anyway here’s the trailer for Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, a movie where The Rock and Jason Statham battle superpowered cyborg terrorist Idris Elba. And we’re incredibly pumped.Fast & Furious has steadily become one of the most fascinating franchises in all of film. Over the course of eight main series(!) movies we’ve watched a sprawling continuity develop that rivals the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Characters reappear after long absences. Different pieces of the timeline snap into place. Heroes unite to rob banks in Brazil with the action and self-seriousness of the Justice League. It owns! There’s a degree of irony to the appreciation some fans may have forgotten, but it still owns!And spin-off Hobbs & Shaw looks like it continues to own. When Dwayne Johnson joined the franchise as Agent Luke Hobbs about halfway through it marked a clear shift towards comic book nonsense the series has only been escalating ever since. Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw is basically the Loki of the series, a murderous supervillain (Justice for Han) we still accept as a begrudging member of the team. Pairing them up should lead to some great mismatched buddy cop action, plus it sidesteps the ongoing beef between Vin Diesel and The Rock.Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw brings us a new kind of family on August 2. It kind of reminds us of the John Wick series, which was co-directed by David Leitch who is now bringing his action chops to this movie. For more on Fast & Furious watch us unbox some toy cars and check out our review of Fate of the Furious.last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers wants Hendry out of Celtic

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers has cleared the air regarding the future of Jack Hendry at the club, after revealing he wants the defender to go out on loan.Hendry joined Celtic from Dundee United for £1.5million last January but has struggled to impress.A string of mistakes, due to his inability to pass the football properly has seen him fall largely out-of-favour at Celtic this season.After seeing his game time reduced drastically over the last few months, Rodgers has revealed his plans for Hendry. Speaking to the BBC earlier today, the former Liverpool manager stated the following:Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He’s played really well in games and played in other games when there’s been pressure, so he’s had to deal with all of that.”“He’s at that age when he needs to be playing for the continuation of his development.”“The next best thing for him over this six-month period is to get games at the highest level he can in a good environment.”last_img read more

Vancouver man dies in Oregon commercial truck crash

first_imgA Vancouver man was killed Thursday in a commercial truck crash in Oregon.Jason Alan Reynolds, 42, was driving a 2000 Freightliner truck south on state Highway 47 just north of Yamhill, Ore., about 11 a.m. when the truck crossed the center line on a corner, went off the highway and overturned, according to the Oregon State Police.Reynolds was pronounced dead at the scene. The OSP said he was not using safety restraints.The truck was transporting several hundred gallons of syrup, some of which spilled. The highway was closed during the investigation and clean-up.last_img

The Open North American Championship sled dog race comes to a close

first_imgSalcha musher Amy Dunlap lets a spectator pet one of her dogs after the race.(Photo by Robyne / KUAC)Roxy Wright won the Open North American Championship sled dog race in Fairbanks over the weekend.  The hometown favorite was followed by defending ONAC champ Buddy Steeper of British Columbia, and his wife Lina Steeper, in the three stage, 70 mile sprint competition.Listen nowThis is the fourth time 66-year old Roxy Wright has won both of Alaska’s two big sprint races in the same year. (1989, 1992, 1993 and 2017.) That’s the Open North American in Fairbanks and the Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship in Anchorage. But she had a two-decade gap – Wright retired from sprint mushing in 1996 and didn’t expect to compete again. Until last year when she entered the Open North American and came in second, behind Buddy Steeper. This year she won by 24 seconds.Race Marshal Mike McGowan said the third day really mattered this year. Going into Sunday’s heat, Roxy Wright held a 20-seconds lead over last year’s champion Buddy Steeper, who was two minutes ahead of Salcha rookie Amy Dunlap.“This race this year turned into one of the best races, competition-wise, that we’ve had in a long time,” McGowan said.A clear sky and temperatures around 20 degrees Fahrenheit kept the dogs from over-heating and the fans happy at Jeff Studdert Race Grounds. Friday and Saturday’s course was 20 miles long, but Sunday’s is nearly 30 miles.On the third day, the starting order is reversed, with the slowest team going out first.It makes for a lot of passing as faster teams catch up. So at the end of Sunday’s heat, seven fast teams all came across the finish line within three minutes of each other.“Emilie Entrikin is over, welcome home, Emilie Don Cousins…the Cripple Creek, Alberta musher is over the finish line… John Erhart from Tanana… Buddy Steeper passing on the fly, right there on the corner, he is roaring in here,” The announcer said. “James Wheeler is over, and we have Michael Tetzner in the finishing chute now and roaring up the hill, here comes Roxy Wright.”That quote was edited for time. And what wasn’t said was Amy Dunlap’s fast team standing still, within sight of the finish line, while others passed her.Until the last minutes of the race, fans spent Sunday afternoon watching Dunlap zing through checkpoints. She started the day in third place, but made up enough time … to have fans madly calculating to see if she would knock Buddy Steeper out of second place. But Sunday’s longer 28-mile heat may have caught her lead dog by surprise.“I had a really good run, but my leader got tired coming home,” Dunlap said. “I had to load him, and it kind of went haywire from there.”Dunlap lost all her made up time and more to drop to fifth place.last_img read more

From Apollo 8 to SpaceIL how to celebrate Shabbat Ramadan and Christmas

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Neil Armstrong’s words as he first stepped onto the surface of the moon — “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” — are some of the most memorable in history.But seven months earlier, the astronauts aboard NASA’s first manned mission to orbit the moon, Apollo 8, were at a loss for words.RELATED: 5 faith facts about the moon landing: Space Communion and a prayer league of its ownIn December 1968, James Lovell, Frank Borman and Bill Anders prepared to become the first humans to journey beyond Earth’s orbit, circling around the dark side of the moon. Just about everyone on the planet would be listening.What could they possibly say as they watched that pale blue dot rise over the moon’s horizon on Christmas Eve?“We wanted to do something significant, not so much religious as to give them sort of a shock in the psychological solar plexus, to help them remember Apollo 8 and humankind’s first venture from the earth,” Anders later told PBS.Before their mission, the astronauts had contacted a government public affairs specialist named Joseph Laitin for his advice, according to a 2018 Boston Globe report.It was Laitin’s wife, Christine, who reportedly suggested the trio read the creation account from Genesis 1, the foundation of a number of world religions.The passage begins with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”Borman read last, ending the transmission with a holiday greeting.“And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas and God bless all of you — all of you on the good Earth,” he said.Atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair later sued the U.S. government, alleging the Genesis reading was a violation of the separation of church and state. Her case was ultimately dismissed.But the crew members of Apollo 8 weren’t the last space travelers to bring religion with them into orbit. From NASA’s Apollo missions to SpaceIL’s recent moonshot, and from Christmas to Ramadan, humans have found ways to practice their beliefs while touching the heavens.This interior view of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module shows Astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Jr., during the lunar landing mission in July 1969. Photo by Neil A. Armstrong/NASA/Creative CommonsNot long after that Christmas Eve, astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first person to celebrate the Christian rite of Communion in space in the moments before he and Armstrong touched down on the surface of the moon 50 years ago this Saturday (July 20).Several others have since. Three Catholic astronauts received Communion aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 1994, astronaut Tom Jones recalled in his memoir. So did astronaut Mike Hopkins aboard the International Space Station in 2013, according to Catholic News Service.“When you see the Earth from that vantage point and see all the natural beauty that exists, it’s hard not to sit there and realize there has to be a higher power that has made this,” Hopkins told Catholic News Service.RELATED: Bishops and astronauts gather in Washington to remember Apollo 8Religious rituals in space aren’t confined to Christianity, either.The first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, had written the Kiddush, the Jewish blessing for wine, into his diary so he could offer it aboard the space shuttle Columbia “during his space Sabbath which he read over the radio to Earth,” according to Wired.A page from the diary of Ilan Ramon with the Friday night Kiddush blessing. Photo courtesy of The Israel MuseumRamon, whose father had fled Nazi Germany and whose mother had survived the concentration camp at Auschwitz, was killed when Columbia disintegrated upon reentry in 2003, minutes before it was expected to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Only about 40% of the space shuttle and its contents has ever been recovered.Ramon’s is the only diary that was found, wet and crumpled in a field outside Palestine, Texas. Scientists and scholars spent four years restoring its pages before it was displayed in 2008 at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem — his handwritten Kiddush clearly readable on its pages.His wife, Rona, told Wired it was “a small miracle that needs to be shared.”Ramon also had carried a drawing of the Earth from the perspective of the moon by a Jewish boy killed at Auschwitz and a small Torah that had been smuggled into the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.RELATED: Tiny Torah travels from hell on earth into outer spaceThe first known Ramadan prayers offered from orbit came from Malaysia’s first astronaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, aboard the International Space Station in 2007.Shukor, an orthopedic surgeon selected as a crew member on the station’s 16th mission, would be in space during the tail end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Though the Muslim Shukor was intent on observing the associated rituals, fasting and praying while in space wasn’t a straightforward endeavor.The ISS orbits the Earth at around 17,500 mph (making it difficult to pray in the direction of Mecca, especially while floating in microgravity) and completes one revolution roughly every 90 minutes, meaning the sun rises and sets far more frequently than for stationary humans below. This makes it unclear when to break one’s daily Ramadan fast, which begins at sunrise and ends at nightfall.To address these concerns, Malaysia’s space agency convened 150 Islamic scientists and scholars, who ultimately produced a document outlining instructions for observing various rituals while in orbit, usually by establishing a list of preferred options “based on what is possible.”For example, the authors concluded that if it is too difficult to pray toward the Kaaba, the building at the center of the Great Mosque of Mecca, it would be permissible to simply pray toward Earth.The document was ultimately approved by Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council, and Shukor brought into space Malaysian satay — skewers of spicy meat — and cookies to give to others aboard the space station to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan.RELATED: The jubilee of the moon landing is a chance to assess technology’s promise (COMMENTARY)Beyond the rituals of the major faiths, tokens of religious devotion also have been part of many space flights.St. Seraphim of Sarov, one of the Russian Orthodox Church’s most revered saints, was an 18th-century monk known for his hermetic lifestyle, visions of the Virgin Mary and reported ability to perform miraculous healings.He’s also known for his 2017 spaceflight.The International Space Station as viewed from the Space Shuttle Atlantis on May 23, 2010. Photo by NASA/Creative CommonsRussian cosmonaut Sergei Ryzhikov carried a relic of the saint with him — a gift from a monastery — to the International Space Station, according to The Associated Press.“We always wait for some sort of miracle, but the fact that a piece of the relics traveled to the orbit and blesses everything onboard and outside, including our planet, is a big miracle in itself,” Ryzhikov told The Associated Press.Russian space travelers have taken relics of at least six Orthodox saints and a piece of the Holy Cross with them, according to The Associated Press. Roman Catholic astronauts have carried with them crucifixes, prayer cards, icons and religious items and other mementos from schools, parishes and friends, according to Catholic News Service reports.RELATED: For Israeli lunar lander, faith provides inspiration and challengesEarlier this year, an Israeli moonshot went back to the beginning.When the Israeli group SpaceIL began working with American aerospace company SpaceX to plan the launch of SpaceIL’s scrappy unmanned lunar lander, they quickly ran into an unexpected religious problem. SpaceIL planned on hitching a ride on a SpaceX rocket to get the project into space, but the U.S. company normally launches its rockets on Saturdays — traditionally a day of rest and religious observance for many on SpaceIL’s staff, some of whom are Orthodox Jews.A selfie taken by the Beresheet moon lander spacecraft while roughly 23,350 miles from Earth. Image courtesy of SpaceILSpaceIL and SpaceX eventually agreed to a Thursday launch, and the Israeli group’s Beresheet lander — whose name is a reference to the Hebrew word for “in the beginning” in Genesis — took its trip to the moon, carrying, in addition to scientific instruments, a massive digital library that included religious texts. The lander also toted along a separate virtual time capsule loaded with Israeli symbols, a Bible and a copy of the Jewish Wayfarer’s Prayer.Though the Space IL lander crashed into the lunar surface due to an engine glitch, the group has signed a partnership to share its technology with another U.S. company, Firefly Aerospace, which will embark on its own moonshot.The name for Firefly’s lander?Genesis. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Israeli archaeologists discover signs of religion in 9,000-year-old city near Jerusale … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Scribes tried to blot her out. Now a scholar is trying to recover the real Mary Magdal … Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Opinion By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Share This!center_img Tags5 faith facts Apollo 11 Apollo 8 Beresheet Christmas Five Faith Facts homepage featured Ilan Ramon International Space Station moon landing NASA Ramadan Sabbath Sergei Ryzhikov Shabbat space space shuttle Columbia Top Story,You may also like Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity. Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Share This! We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 News About the authorView All Posts By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Police Suspect Connection with DC and Prince Georges County Homicides

first_imgA 27-year-old man was found shot to death near Interstate 295 on the Maryland-D.C. line on Dec. 28. Police said Armani Nico Coles of Northwest D.C. was found around 6:20 p.m. at the Kenilworth Avenue and Eastern Avenue roadway in Capitol Heights, Md. according to Fox5DC.Armani Nico Coles, 27, was found shot to death on the Maryland-D.C. line in December. (Courtesy Photo)Coles died at a hospital in Prince George’s County. Police are still investigating his death, which they believe is connected to two other deaths on the same day.Authorities said Coles was shot in the upper body and believe that he was pushed out of a vehicle after he was shot. They have yet to determine the location of the shooting, according to Fox.Coles was a custodian at a D.C. Elementary School. Police think that Coles death was linked to two other killings that happened within the same day, according to the Washington Post.A GoFundMe page has been created to aid Coles’ family with funeral expenses. As of Jan. 8, $2,996 has been raised. According to the GoFundMe page, Coles was a loving and devoted father to his son, Damani.Coles’ mother, Amber Coles, declined the AFRO’s request for an interview.Kerrice Lewis, 23, was found in the trunk of her burning Lexus in Southeast, according to authorities. She was also shot and was found an hour after Coles’ body was found about three miles away.“She made a few bad mistakes,” William Sharp, 56, a resident of Hyattsville and Lewis’ grandfather told the Washington Post. “She was free-spirited and a lot of fun . . .  She would light up a room, just talking and laughing.”The other shooting occurred earlier in the day on Dec. 28. The victim was identified as Ronzay Green, 23, a resident from Northeast D.C. Police said Green was shot in the chest and right hand as he walked out of a 7-Eleven store in Northeast, according to the Washington Post. Dennis Whitaker, 23, a resident of Northeast D.C. was arrested as a suspect. As of Jan. 8, Green’s homicide is the one and only homicide in D.C. There have been three homicides in Prince George’s County as of Jan. 8.According to police, the cases seem to be linked because all three victims knew each other. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham told the Washington Post that he believed the victims were friends.last_img read more

M6Toll to remain closed until early hours following collision

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe M6Toll road is likely to remain closed into the early hours of the morning following a collision. A HGV collided with the motorway barrier and sent fuel spilling around the carriageway on the northbound side just after T7. Two lanes remained open on the southbound side of the motorway with the final lane, number three, set to be closed for the time being. A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6Toll remains closed this evening northbound from the junction T7 to M6 J11A with delays of at least 30 minutes for northbound traffic. “This closure is due to emergency roadworks following a serious HGV collision this afternoon. “Highways England has resources deployed working hard to restore normal conditions as soon as possible, however the carriageway is expected to remain closed into the early hours. “At this stage lane three of the opposite southbound carriageway is also closed as a result of this incident.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. A diversion route is in place, leaving the M6Toll at its junction T7 and following the A5, Watling Street, westbound to re-join the M6 at junction 12. A Staffordshire Police spokesman this afternoon said: “The M6 Toll is currently closed at junction T7 northbound while Highways England and CMPG deal with an incident involving a HGV that has collided with the barrier and spilt its fuel. “Two lanes remain open on the southbound carriageway.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

ACV announces up to 60 off Europe sale and upcoming Europe brochure

first_img MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has slashed the prices of its European air and hotel packages by up to 60%, just ahead of releasing its first Europe brochure in three years.With popular destinations like London, Paris and Barcelona expected to sell quickly, clients are encouraged to book by Feb. 14 to lock in this limited-time promotion.As an added bonus, ACV is also offering $100 in savings per couple and a reduced deposit of $100 per person (instead of the standard $250) for clients booking Europe packages or FIT itineraries with their travel agent. In turn, agents will receive 3x ACV&ME loyalty points. This offer is valid until Feb. 28.The company’s new 160+ Europe brochure, its first in three years, is set to be released shortly, focusing on destinations like England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Central Europe. It will feature packages, hotels, guided coach tours with guaranteed departures, fly & drive, fly & rail, flexible cruises packaged with flights, roundtrip transfers and all taxes and added values.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe brochure will also highlight two new programs: Island Hopping itineraries in Greece, and Urban Getaways Plus. Full details will be released closer to the brochure launch.“We are very excited for the launch of our Europe collection and know that this is something our trade partners have wanted for a while,” said George Platanitis, Vice President, Sales & Partnerships, Air Canada Vacations. “The product will be distributed through ACV’s agent portal and bookings will also be available through our reservations department.” Share ACV announces up to 60% off Europe sale and upcoming Europe brochure Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Brochurescenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

MORE EVENTS REVEALED FOR CORK PODCAST FESTIVAL 2019

first_imgThe Good Room have teamed up with Cork Opera House to present Cork’s first Podcast Festival, taking place in various venues across the city, including Cork Opera House, Crawford Art Gallery, Cyprus Avenue, Plugd Records, pubs, book shops and other nooks and crannies, from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October 2019.Adding to the previously announced West Cork Podcast event, with journalist Sam Bungey and documentarian Jennifer Forde at Cork Opera House, organisers have announced an exciting and diverse range of guests also joining the bill:Blindboy returns to Leeside with the popular Blindboy Podcast Live at Cork Opera House. Outspoken, informed and empathetic, Blindboy engages his audience with equal touches of realism and surrealism. He’ll be joined by some very special guests for this event.On top of being one of the headline acts for Cork Podcast Festival, Blindboy has also handpicked and curated a number of Irish podcasts for this year’s festival. The first of these is Taranoia with comedian, writer, and actor Tara Flynn. Tara has Taranoia – her own special brand of fear and insecurity – which she battles to get stuff done. Join her at The Crawford Art Gallery Theatre for Taranoia: Live!, The Tara Flynn Podcast: an hour or of craic, chat, and lessons learned – with a fair amount of eejitry thrown in, featuring a very special guest.Awarded iTunes Best of 2016, #2 in the US, UK and CAN Apple Podcasts chart, and clocking up over 23 million downloads: Unexplained with creator Richard MacLean Smith will take you on an atmospheric journey through an extraordinary tale. In the summer of 1971, in the small northeastern village of Hexham in England, two young boys are digging about in their garden when they discover a pair of strange stone heads buried two feet underground.Unexplained features as a double bill with Petrified – a horror anthology podcast from a darker Ireland, directed by Peter Dunne and produced by him with Liam Geraghty. Experience Petrified as never before – in complete darkness. A late night radio show host in a remote station receives increasingly disturbing calls from his listeners out there in the dark. The double header takes place at the Crawford Art Gallery Theatre on Friday 11th October.Tickets for the above shows go on sale 10am Monday 29 July from corkoperahouse.ie and uticket.ieCalling all wrestling fans! Inside The Ropes presents An Evening with Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart at Cyprus Avenue as part of the Cork Podcast Festival. Fans across the UK and Ireland grew up with The Hitman ruling the World Wrestling Federation throughout the 90’s. He had one of the most epic runs as 5 Time WWF Champion, Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, King of the Ring, Royal Rumble winner and countless other achievements. Since retiring in 2000, he’s written a book, launched a comeback, been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice, unveiled the new AEW World Title, and much more. Topics on the night will range from WrestleMania matches and relationship with Vince McMahon to Owen Hart, WCW, The Hart Foundation and many more. Ticket-goers will have the opportunity to vote via email in September to decide what else Bret will talk about that night. Tickets €30-€95 + booking fee on sale now from www.eventbrite.ieAs well as ticketed events, there will also be a trail of FREE events including: ‘The Metal Cell’ with Richie Le Faux, taking place at Plugd. The podcast sets out to promote Irish Metal by talking to the bands, promoters and crucially the fans of this great genre. Richie will interview a diverse range of people involved in the Irish Metal scene from those that were born in the 60’s,70’s, and 80’s up to the teenagers now who are banging out the riffs and landing on our heads.Meet the makers of The Independent Music Podcast – a weekly show running since 2010 hosted by Anthony Chambers and Gareth Main at Plugd (free admission). The Independent Music Podcast brings you ten new tracks from artists from across the world. In more than 200 episodes they have promoted over 2,700 independent artists and record labels and reach thousands of pairs of ears every week.The Futurist, hosted and produced by journalist and GAFF-co founder Jo Linehan, will take place in Plugd. The Futurist uncovers some of the most exciting sustainable lifestyle brands in Ireland today. From long-standing sustainable fashion labels to the new beauty and homewares companies being built with sustainability in mind, Jo unravels the ethos and methods behind some of the most covetable consumer goods emerging in the country and discusses the challenges and triumphs of building a business with the environment in mind.There’s much more to be announced in the festival programme over the coming weeks. Follow Cork Podcast Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the news.last_img read more

Travel agents in Sydney were inspired on Wednesday

first_imgTravel agents in Sydney were inspired on Wednesday 7 December by tales of the Lone Star State at the final city stop on Texas Tourism‘s 2016 Australia/New Zealand Roadshow.Eighty people attended the event at the Australian Museum where they enjoyed drinks and canapes while mingling with Texan tourism partners and learning about the different characteristics of Texas’ seven regions.Industry partners shared Texas travel advice and insights before the crowd were invited to take part in an interactive quiz session designed to educate the industry on the unique selling points of the US State’s tourism offering through an entertaining format.Representatives included Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau; Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau; Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau; Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau; Houston Airport System; Visit Houston; Visit San Antonio; Wildcatter Ranch/Texas Holiday Travel.Following a week of activity across New Zealand and Australia, the roadshow concluded on Thursday 8 December with a workshop event with Sydney wholesalers.last_img read more

January 22 2014Heres a short interview between D

first_imgJanuary 22, 2014Here’s a short interview between Doug Aitken and Paolo, shown at SUNDANCE, published in the New York Times on January 18. 2014, see this linkThe interview is part of THE SOURCE, a series of candid video conversations with several dozen noteworthy figures about their creative process, currently on view in a custom pavilion at the Sundance Film Festival.Also see a Film Installation by Doug Aitken.Here is an ArcoNews report of the multi-media artist Doug Aitken and crew filming at Arcosanti on 4/11/2011.last_img