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Rosario Dawson Attends Latino Voter Registration Initiative

first_imgmitu, the largest digital media brand for Latino millennials, launched a nationwide initiative to get ONE MILLION Latinos registered to vote in November’s election with the T.A.C.O. Challenge: Take Action. Commit Others.Rosario Dawson at the mitu T.A.C.O. ChallengeThe Challenge launched socially on May 5th with a live event in Los Angeles the following Saturday, May 7th that featured special live performances, food, celebrity guests and voter registration.Latino millennials were asked to take the T.A.C.O. Challenge and enlist their social network to do the same. Participants can take the challenge through October 8th and challenge others to join in through Instagram or Twitter using #TACOchallenge and tagging @wearemitu. Once the challenge is accepted people can register to vote through the voter registration site, Latinosvote2016.org or by downloading the free mobile Latinos Vote app. The app is available on iOS and Android operating systems.Rosario Dawson, Efren Ramirez, Diego Boneta and Nick Gonzalez were among the celebrities attendees helping get people registered.last_img read more

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Jenesse Center And Halle Berry To Honor Domestic Violence Survivor Hanifa Nakiryowa

first_imgDomestic violence prevention and intervention organization, Jenesse Center and its long time ambassador Halle Berry are proud to honor domestic violence survivor and activist Hanifa Nakiryowa at the Imagine cocktail party fundraiser to be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30pm – 10pm, at the Wilshire Country Club at 301 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004.Hanifa Nakiryowa and Halle BerryJenesse CEO Karen Earl said, Hanifa Nakiryowa’s journey underscores the importance of legal services in helping survivors secure their freedom. We first met Hanifa at one of our legal clinics when she came seeking help in applying for asylum. From that first meeting the Jenesse team has been in Hanifa’s corner.”Earl said, “I remember Hanifa saying “I don’t take my survival for granted”. I also remember her sharing that her daughter saw her looking in the mirror and said, ‘Mommy, you’re prettier than the mirror shows”. We have been so honored to have played a role in working to ensure she could know joy and peace again for herself and her daughters. It’s true – It does take a village and so many people helped Jenesse to help Hanifa and her children. Hanifa’s fierce courage is an inspiration to us all.”A survivor of battery and acid violence inflicted by her ex-husband, Hanifa Nakiryowa said, “As I lay in hospital, rotting and seeing parts of my body fall off into the trash can, I promised myself to raise my voice against this form of abuse, to tell my story to save a woman’s life was a commitment I made to myself while in massive pain. To break the silence was what I had to do. Because I had gone through a lot of torture, emotionally, psychologically, physically, sexually but had kept it behind plastic smiles, I decided I had to let the women out there know what silence could lead to. Today, I am an acid attack survivor, the extreme form of gender based violence especially perpetrated on women and children.”Earl said, “Hanifa’s story is a triumph. We are so proud that she recently obtained her masters degree and is living her best life with her beautiful little girls. Now they are enjoying the peaceful life that they deserve with a future so bright we can only imagine the wonderful things ahead.”The goal of Imagine is to elevate the conversation around the topic of violence towards women, girls and men and advocate the human right of peace in everyone’s homes, workplaces and relationships.Leaders from business, non profit, media, entertainment and government sectors are invited to attend. The event will shine a light on organizations and individuals who have moved the mission forward to raise funds and bring awareness to the issue, provide funding and relief to survivors and use their voice to stop the cycle of domestic violence.Jenesse Ambassador Halle Berry said, “One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. This is why for 17 years, I have worked with Jenesse first hand to bring awareness to this life-or-death cause. I am proud of the achievements we have made to heal women, girls and families ravaged by violent homes and relationships.”To learn more about Jenesse, visit www.jenesse.org or call 323-299-9496. VIP tickets to the Imagine Cocktail Party fundraiser to support Jenesse and the families it serves are $500.00 each, general tickets are $300.00 each. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Hudson at mhudson@jenesse.org.last_img read more

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Akwesasne family looking for help finding loved ones

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsThe family of two missing men in the Mohawk community of Akwesasne is looking for help to locate them.Kenny Leaf, 50, has been missing since early January.And Timmy Benedict Leaf has been missing since 2013.The family is still putting up posters and looking for answers.afrancis@aptn.calast_img

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UN calls for new measures to counter decimation of journalists in Iraq

26 March 2007The head of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today called for new measures “to counter the decimation” of media professionals in Iraq following the murder of two more Iraqi journalists. The body of Hamid al-Duleimi, 37, a producer of TV channel al-Nahrain was found on 19 March in the Baghdad morgue, two days after he had been abducted, while Hussein al Jaburi, the 63-year-old editor of the daily newspaper al-Safir, died on 16 March in a hospital in Amman, Jordan, from injuries sustained during an attack outside his Baghdad home on 11 February. “Both these media professionals have paid with their lives for their courage and determination to pursue their professional commitment in a hostile environment,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement. “Iraq and the world require such courage to make sure that the basic human right of freedom of expression is mobilized on the side of democracy and rule of law. I call on all parties concerned, to study new and more effective ways to investigate these crimes and bring their culprits to justice. This is vital to counter the continued decimation of media professionals in Iraq,” he added. According to the non-governmental organizations (NGO) Reporters Without Borders, the two deaths bring to 155 the number of journalists killed in Iraq since the United States-led invasion four years ago. Mr. Matsuura has repeatedly deplored the murder of media workers around the world. In a related development, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today called for the release of abducted journalist Ajmal Naqshbandi. “Ajmal has no connection with either Afghan or international military forces,” mission spokesman Aleem Siddique told a news briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital. “We once again repeat that the rights of journalists to go about their work, free from interference or harm, be recognized and respected by all. This is vital and is specifically recognised for the first time in UNAMA’s new mandate,” he added, referring to the latest Security Council resolution extending the mission. “UNAMA will continue to monitor this case closely.” read more

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Government puts focus on happiness during development

During the opening session of the conference, UNOPS Regional Director for Asia, Sanjay Mathur highlighted the importance of resilient infrastructure stating, “Infrastructure development promotes economic growth, but resilient infrastructure promotes long term sustainable economic growth. This is why UNOPS is committed to support host governments in planning, designing and constructing resilient infrastructure.” The conference titled “Holistic Vision for Resilient Infrastructure” was held on the 11th and 12th of December 2017 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the participation of over 10 countries from the Asian and South Asian Region, along with representatives from development banks, UN agencies and other regional partners. Leading the delegation from the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Dr. Wasantha Dissanayake, Additional Secretary (Environment Policy and Planning) shared how the Ministry is looking to promote high value investments aimed at safeguarding the environment while driving sustainable economic growth through his presentation “US$5 billion SDG Aligned Investment Opportunity: Sri Lanka Develops Natural Infrastructure”.The conference also allowed the two delegations to take in lessons and best practices on a wide range of topics including de-risking projects to make them bankable; value-added approaches for infrastructure; climate change and adaptation; and holistic design and planning. These lessons will be of critical importance in the development planning process within the context of Sri Lanka’s drive for rapid development.By facilitating this knowledge sharing between countries and sector experts, UNOPS aims to support countries in adapting lessons on resilience to their infrastructure design and planning process. As an operational arm of the United Nations with a global mandate on infrastructure, UNOPS takes a holistic approach to infrastructure, by integrating resilience, sustainability and equity in to the process. Minster of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka, who was leading the delegation from the Ministry, made a presentation on the “Colombo Megapolis Master Plan and Investment Opportunities” highlighting the development plans of the country while sharing experiences and the challenges faced in driving the ambitious targets set by the Megapolis Ministry. The Government says it has given vital consideration to economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, social equity and most importantly, the happiness of the people living in areas being developed.Two delegations representing Sri Lanka from the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment took part in a conference on resilient infrastructure, to share experiences from Sri Lanka and draw lessons from the region for implementation in the country. The Minster highlighted the approach taken by the Megapolis ministry to develop the Megapolis regions – especially the Colombo region – that will address various sectoral needs including housing, utilities, transport and waste management. The Minster went on to stress that the government “has given vital consideration to economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, social equity and most importantly, the happiness of the people living in these area when developing and implementing such plans”.United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) organized the conference together with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Royal Government of Cambodia and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The main objective of the conference was to bring together stakeholders from countries in South East and South Asia to discuss essential matters, share experience and knowledge on promoting resilient infrastructure in the region. The delegations from Sri Lanka were accompanied by Sudhir Muralidharan Director a.i. for UNOPS Sri Lanka and Maldives, and Vidya Amarapala, Advisor to the Minster of Megapolis and Western Development. read more

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New car registrations rise again in May

Diesel car demand rose 25.6 per cent in May to 33,891 units Private registrations took 46 per cent of total registrations last month compared to 42 per cent in May last year. New car registrations rise again in May Commenting on the latest figures, Christopher Macgowan, SMMT Chief Executive, said, ‘This is the eighth consecutive month in which we’ve seen a rise in new car registrations. And of course I’m delighted with this excellent news. ‘With so many people taking advantage of the excellent deals on offer in UK showrooms, there can be few who would argue that anywhere other than the local franchised dealer is the best place to buy a new car’, he added. Notes to editors The forecast for total registrations this year is 2.25 million units. This has remained unchanged since the beginning of the year. Demand from private buyers soared 12.4 per cent to 92,032 units New car registrations rose 2.3 per cent in May to 198,619 units Year to date sales reached 1,053,703 units, three per cent up on last year Diesel cars accounted for 17.1 per cent of the total registrations in May 2001 compared to 13.9 per cent in May 2000. May 2001 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Ohio State womens soccer falls at Penn State

Then-freshman defender Taylor Schissler makes a play on the ball in a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, 2013. OSU won 2-0. Credit: Lantern file photoIt was a tough Friday night for the Ohio State women’s soccer team as it lost on the road against No. 8 Penn State.The Nittany Lions outscored the Buckeyes, 5-1, handing the team its worst loss of the season. The most goals allowed by the Buckeyes before the loss on Friday was three, in losses against Purdue on Sept. 14 and then-No. 4 Virginia Tech on Aug. 31.Scoring began early when Penn State freshman forward Frannie Crouse gave the Nittany Lions the lead by scoring off a cross in the second minute. Penn State added another goal in the first half when sophomore midfielder Salina Williford scored off an OSU turnover in the 27th minute.Penn State took a 2-0 lead into the half while also holding a 7-1 lead in shots. The Buckeyes got on the board early in the second half when freshman midfielder Sydney Dudley scored on a header off a cross in the 46th minute. The Nittany Lions responded quickly with a goal from senior defender Whitney Church less than three minutes later.Penn State increased the lead to 4-1 in the 65th minute when Crouse scored her second goal of the evening on a breakaway. The Nittany Lions added another goal to their lead in the 76th minute from junior forward Raquel Rodriguez off a cross from freshman midfielder Haleigh Echard.Penn State held 14-4 advantage in shots. OSU is 1-5-0 this season when trailing opponents in shot attempts.The Buckeyes fell to 4-5-0 for the season and 1-2-0 in Big Ten play, while the Nittany Lions improved to 7-1-0 and 3-0 in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes next game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. against No. 22 Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Samsung Resumes Windows Phone 7 Updates Promises No More Bricks

first_imgLast week Samsung and Microsoft found themselves in a pretty bad situation: the first firmware update to its line of Windows Phone 7 devices – the one that lays the groundwork for a larger feature update coming later this month – started bricking some Samsung phones when the update was applied to them. Samsung pulled the plug on the updates, recommended anyone with a freshly bricked Samsung Windows Phone 7 device take it to their carrier for replacement, and Microsoft promised to get to the bottom of the issue as soon as possible. Now, Microsoft and Samsung claim they have everything worked out, and they’re resuming the push-updates for Samsung owners who are eligible. According to a post at the Windows Phone 7 Blog, Microsoft has pinpointed the issue, addressed it, and they’re continuing the updates. They also point out that the issue didn’t affect any other manufacturer’s Windows Phone 7 devices and they never stopped the updates for those phones. Windows Phone 7 users will get a notification on their device when they’re eligible for an update, and they’ll have to connect their phone to their computer in order to apply it.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Microsoft plancherait sur une application Xbox Live pour Android

first_imgMicrosoft plancherait sur une application Xbox Live pour Android Après avoir lancé en décembre dernier une application My Xbox Live pour iOS, Microsoft pourrait prochainement s’attaquer à Android. Une information à prendre toutefois avec des pincettes, née suite à la publication d’une offre d’emploi par le géant de Redmond.Après Windows Phone 7 et iOS, Android aura-t-il prochainement son application Xbox Live ? C’est ce que laisse imaginer une offre d’emploi récemment publiée par Microsoft. Le géant de Redmond “est à la recherche d’un développeur passionné et expérimenté pour nous rejoindre et participer aux expériences Xbox LIVE sur diverses plates-formes mobiles. Comme l’équipe dans l’IEB (Interactive Entertainment Business) est dédiée aux expériences mobiles, nous travaillons de manière rapprochée avec les équipes Xbox Live services et console software pour donner la toute dernière et la meilleure expérience de jeu et de divertissement sur mobile incluant Windows Phone, iOS, et autres plate-formes” lit-on dans cette annonce (lien non disponible) mise en ligne en fin de semaine dernière par Microsoft.À lire aussiSurface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air : Microsoft attaque Apple, mais qui est le meilleur ?Comment ne pas immédiatement penser à l’OS de Google à l’évocation de ces autres plate-formes ? Rappelons que la version iOS de l’appli My Xbox Live, plutôt limitée, permet aux détenteurs d’un compte Xbox Live d’accéder à leur profil, la messagerie instantanée, ou encore la liste des trophées décrochés dans les jeux Xbox. L’appli destinée à Windows Phone 7, baptisée Xbox Companion, est un peu plus évoluée. Elle offre notamment la possibilité de parcourir avec le moteur de recherche Bing le catalogue des contenus pouvant être téléchargés sur la console de Microsoft. L’appli permet en outre de piloter la lecture de musique ou de vidéo sur la XBox via un smartphone connecté au réseau local.Le 10 janvier 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Une société américaine offre trois ans deau potable à 400 familles africaines

first_imgUne société américaine offre trois ans d’eau potable à 400 familles africainesLa compagnie Eartheasy a récemment offert à plusieurs communautés du continent africain des filtres à eau LifeStraw financés par les bénéfices de leurs ventes en Amérique du Nord. Les filtres en question permettent de rendre n’importe quelle eau potable dans une région qui en manque cruellement. Séparer l’eau en deux non, mais la rendre potable oui. Tel est l’objectif de la compagnie Eartheasy qui a récemment mis au point un filtre à eau permettant l’assainissement de nombreuses sources d’eau aussi bien dans les ménages que dans la vie sauvage. Ces filtres baptisés LifeStraw et LifeStraw Family ont été mis au point dans le but de pouvoir accéder à n’importe quelle source et de s’y désaltérer. Dans un premier temps, ce produit a été commercialisé en Amérique du Nord. Mais il fait aujourd’hui l’objet d’une remarquable initiative. En effet, la société Eartheasy a décidé de faire une importante donation de ces filtres dans les pays du tiers monde. Tout d’abord à Haïti en 2010 lors du tremblement de terre, puis durant les inondations de 2011 en Thaïlande et aujourd’hui dans plusieurs pays d’Afrique.Une situation toujours préoccupanteRécemment, un nouveau rapport de l’OMS (Organisation Mondiale de la Santé) a une nouvelle fois alarmé la communauté internationale. Quelque 2,4 milliards de personnes n’auront pas accès à l’eau potable en 2015 soit un tiers de la population mondiale, explique le Progress on sanitation and drinking water. Et malheureusement, l’Afrique ne fait pas exception. De nombreuses communautés n’ont pas accès à une eau saine et sont obligées de puiser celle-ci dans des nappes non traitées. L’eau courante se fait rare et les écoles où se rendent de nombreux enfants ne sont pas épargnées. De nombreux habitants sont même parfois obligés de parcourir de longues distances avant de trouver une source d’eau potable. Une situation qui a poussé Eartheasy grâce à un programme qui a d’abord visé des villes proches de Cap Town en Afrique du Sud mais également les structures médicales de Padang en Indonésie victime d’inondations en octobre dernier. Un projet nommé LifestrawLe filtre Lifestraw est capable de convertir les eaux les plus sales en eau potable et présente une grande facilité d’utilisation. Il n’a besoin ni d’électricité, ni de batterie et aucun élément n’est à remplacer au terme d’un temps donné d’utilisation. Aussi, Lifestraw est idéal à l’extérieur, pour les randonneurs, pêcheurs, campeurs ou toute personne se déplaçant dans la nature. Lifestraw Family lui, est réservé aux foyers. Il apporte aux familles d’environ 5 personnes de l’eau potable sur une durée d’au moins 3 ans. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ces filtres sont déjà vendus en Amérique du Nord et les bénéfices ont servi en partie à financer les projets humanitaires de Eartheasy, une compagnie familiale dédiée au développement durable et à la préservation de la vie. La compagnie insiste sur le fait que le don de filtres aux pays sous-développés est totalement gratuit (le filtre est commercialisé à plus de 15 euros sur Internet). Les dons estimés à 10.000 dollars s’ajoutent au partenariat d’avec la Rotary Foundation, association rassemblant plusieurs clubs dans plus de 200 pays qui protège l’éthique civique et la paix dans le monde. 10 millions de litres d’eau potable Au total, le montant de l’initiative s’élèverait à 37.000 dollars, le Rotary Club étant incorporé au programme d’Eau Potable de Eartheasy. D’après la société, 400 familles africaines devraient bénéficier de ce don qui leur permettrait l’accès à une eau purifiée biologiquement de manière rapide et instantanée. Des longues discussions ont eu lieu avec les autorités locales et les chefs des communautés afin de respecter les stratégies de développement du pays. L’objectif de Eartheasy est aujourd’hui d’apporter 10 millions de litres d’eau potable par le biais de leurs filtres. Le 15 mai 2013 à 13:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Virgin Galactic Is Ready to Go to Space

first_img Virgin Galactic Gives First Look at Its Luxurious Lounge for Space TouristsVirgin Galactic Reaches Space Again, This Time With First Test Passenger Virgin Galactic hopes to reach space for the first time today (weather permitting).Richard Branson’s spaceflight company this week revealed the window for its next powered test flight of VSS Unity opens on Dec. 13.“We are currently planning to fly at the opening of that window on Thursday, pending acceptable weather and technical readiness,” a blog post said.No further announcements have been made.During this fourth phase of testing, the firm hopes to push VSS Unity higher and faster than ever before, burning the rocket motor for longer (though not to its full duration).“Although this could happen as soon as Thursday morning, the nature of flight test means that it may take us a little longer to get to that milestone,” the company admitted.As of October, Virgin Galactic was “more than tantalizingly close” to leaving Earth’s atmosphere, according to Richard Branson.“We should be in space within weeks, not months,” the Virgin Group founder and CEO told CNBC.“And then we will be in space with myself in months and not years,” he continued. “And then we’ll be in space with people not too long after that.”Since its founding in 2004, the spaceflight company has been on a rollercoaster to the cosmos: The White Knight Two carrier plane and suborbital SpaceShipTwo flew together in 2010.But a series of delays has grounded the firm, which suffered a disaster four years ago, when the VSS Enterprise broke apart in midair, killing co-pilot Michael Alsbury and seriously injuring pilot Peter Siebold.Replacement ship VSS Unity completed its first successful glide test in December 2016, and another six by January of this year. It performed powered test flights in April and May.“Incremental flight test programs are by definition open-ended and, to a great extent, each test depends on the data from the test that precedes it,” the blog said. “There is no guarantee that everything will work perfectly first time and, like all programs seeking to take bold steps, we will inevitably have times when things don’t go as planned.“Our team’s biggest priority is to use meticulous planning and preparation to ensure that stages are dealt with safety, and that every outcome informs and improves future performance,” Virgin Galactic continued.Keep an eye on the skies, as Branson & Co. gear up to finally take their first trip to space.More on Geek.com:Virgin Orbit Unveils ‘LauncherOne’ Rocket, Moves Closer to Test FlightsNASA Sets Date For First Uncrewed SpaceX Rocket LaunchCan 8-Hour Forensic Spacewalk Solve Galactic Whodunit? Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Mariano Diaz a doubt for Real Madrids game at Villarreal

first_imgReal Madrid have confirmed Mariano Diaz looks set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines ahead of Thursday’s game at VillarrealFollowing his return from Lyon in August, Mariano has failed to make an impact at Real with just two starts in his 10 appearances this season.The 25-year-old was effectively brought in to replace the Juventus-bound Cristiano Ronaldo and even took the club legend’s iconic number seven jersey.But Mariano’s first campaign back at the Santiago Bernabeu has been spoilt by two hamstring problems, which ruled him out for the first few weeks of November before spending most of December sidelined.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Now Real have confirmed Mariano has suffered a back problem this time and wouldn’t confirm his availability for their trip to the Estadio de la Ceramica.“After the tests carried out on our player Mariano by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an irritation of the sciatic nerve,” read a statement on the club website.“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”The league game between Villarreal and Real will begin at 21:30 (CET) on Thursday.last_img read more

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Alderweireld Spurs must bounce back immediately

first_imgTottenham defender Toby Alderweireld aims to return to winning ways at Cardiff City on New Year’s DayMauricio Pochettino’s side saw their five-match winning run come to an end with a shock 3-1 home defeat to Wolves on Saturday.However, Spurs have bounced back superbly from losses this season and Alderweireld is hoping they will prove that again at Cardiff.“We have to stick together,” Alderweireld told the club website.“Of course, everyone is very disappointed to get this result (against Wolves) but we have to bounce back on Tuesday and show what kind of team we are.”In the game at Wembley, Harry Kane’s first-half strike gave Spurs the lead heading into the break.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But goals from Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa in the space of 15 minutes in the second-half handed Wolves the win.“I thought we had a good first half, second half we couldn’t get the energy from the last games, we defended, defended and then a goal against… it was difficult,” added Alderweireld.“The desire was there, sometimes it’s just the energy. Normally we’re on top of it and we’re better than the opponent but we couldn’t create a lot chances (in the second half).“Defensively they stood okay and we couldn’t get through. The second half was difficult.”Saturday’s defeat in London was also Alderweireld’s 100th league match for Spurs.last_img read more

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7News Lynn Martinez judges culinary competition

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – 7News and Deco Drive anchor Lynn Martinez judged a culinary competition, Friday night, at the South Beach Seafood Festival.Twelve of Miami’s best chefs battled it out in a food fight on Ocean Drive, creating unique seafood dishes.The South Beach Seafood Festival will last through the weekend.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Dry spell hits paddy cultivation in Srikakulam

first_imgSrikakulam: Due to long dry spell, kharif paddy crop cultivation works are being affected in the district during current season. In every kharif season paddy crop is being cultivated in total 5.25 lakh acres extent of land across the district and 1.50 lakh quintals of paddy seed is required. Per one acre land, 30 kg seed bag is required and its cost in open market is Rs 960. But the government is supplying it through AP Seeds Corporation and Agriculture department for Rs 660 by providing Rs 300 subsidy. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Farmers across the district are adopting two methods this year for paddy cultivation – one is direct sowing method and another is growing of nursery and re-plantation. After sowing of seeds in the two methods, the district has not received the required rainfall for the past one month. Farmers had been sowing seeds by adopting two methods during June. But lack of proper rainfall, more than 80 per cent of seed was damaged. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us According to Chief Planning Officer (CPO), K Mohan Rao, out of the total 38 mandals, excess rainfall reported only in Ranastalam mandal in the district during current kharif season till July 12. Normal rain fall in the mandal is 142.4 mm, but actual rainfall is 182.2 mm and excess rainfall is 27.9 mm. Laveru, Kanchili, Itchapuram and Sompeta mandals received normal rainfall of 131.2 mm during the current kharif season in these mandals. Advertise With Us Deficit rainfall is reported in 10 mandals Kotturu, Ponduru, Etcherla, L N Peta, Burja, Nandigama, Vajrapukotturu, Tekkali, Santhabommali and Mandasa. Scanty rainfall reported in 23 mandals in the district. Out of total 38 mandals in the district, 33 mandals received deficit and scanty rainfall which is not sufficient for paddy crop. “This year, we lost our seed due to dry spell and need to sow the seed again by investing money again,” Ch Lakshunnaidu, P Venkata Ramana, K Raju farmers of Gorinta village in Ponduru mandal explained. Agriculture department is unable to supply seed again in the district and farmers have to depend on private dealers to sow seed again. ‘As per government guidelines we have to supply 40 per cent seed out of the total required, but this year we are ready to supply 50 per cent seed’,’ Joint Director (JD) for Agriculture, K Ch Appala Swamy said. Total required seed is 1.50 lakh quintals. Half of the seed has already been supplied and we are ready to supply the remaining 75,000 quintals seed, the JD added.last_img read more

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Unnao rape survivors accident BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar booked

first_imgLUCKNOW: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was among the 10 people named in an FIR registered on Monday in connection with a road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and her two aunts killed, police said. The FIR, in which 15-20 unnamed people were also mentioned, was registered at the Gurubuxganj police station in Raebareli, they said. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us “FIR has been registered under the Indian Penal Code’s sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120b (criminal conspiracy) against 10 named persons, including the BJP MLA, and 15-20 others,” a police officer said. Sengar, a four-time MLA who represents Bangermau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, was arrested in 2018 for allegedly raping the teenage girl at his residence in 2017. Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us The case was registered on a complaint from the rape survivor’s uncle Mahesh Singh, who is lodged in the Raebareli jail, police said. A truck hit the car carrying the rape survivor, her family and lawyer when they were going to meet Mahesh Singh on Sunday. Besides the BJP legislator, Manoj Singh Sengar, Vinod Mishra, Haripal Singh, Naveen Singh, Komal Singh, Arun Singh, Gyandendra Singh, Rinku Singh, Awadhesh Singh have been named in the FIR. The rape survivor’s uncle alleged that the MLA got the car hit on Sunday. “I am sure that the car was hit for killing all of them by the BJP MLA and his men,” he said in his complaint.last_img read more

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Why Mahesh Babu skipped the launch of his 26th movie Sarileru Neekevvaru

first_imgSarileru Neekevvaru logo posterTwitterMahesh Babu’s 26th movie, which was tentatively known as Mahesh 26, has been titled Sarileru Neekevvaru and was launched without his presence on the birthday of his father, superstar Krishna.It is known that Mahesh Babu is teaming up with director Anil Ravipudi for his 26th movie, which is produced by Anil Sunkara‏ and Dil Raju under their banners AK Entertainments and SVC. Prince fans were waiting for the announcement of his next film after the release of Maharshi. The makers held a grand opening ceremony to launch and announce its title and other details on Krishna’s birthday.Ace filmmaker K Raghavendra Rao, who was the chief guest at the muhurat, kick-started the shooting of Sarileru Neekevvar. Actress Rashmika Mandanna, director Anil Ravipudi, producers Dil Raju and Anil Sunkara and other members of the film unit made it to the opening ceremony of the film and posed with the guests for the photographs. But superstar Mahesh Babu was missing at the muhurat. K Raghavendra Rao launches Sarileru NeekevvarTwitterMany wondered why Mahesh Babu did not make it to the launch of his 26th film. The superstar has gone on a holiday trip with his family to celebrate the blockbuster success of his landmark 25th movie Maharshi. He might not have been able to be physically present there at the event. But he took to his Twitter page to launch the logo posters of the movie hours before its opening ceremony.Mahesh Babu wished his father Krishna on his birthday, unveiled the logo of Sarileru Neekevvar and also announced its release date. He tweeted, “Wishing the inspiration of my life, my father, the evergreen Superstar a very Happy Birthday ❤❤❤ #Happy75thBirthdaySuperstarKrishna Sankranti 2020… All geared up!!! #SarileruNeekevvaru @AnilRavipudi @AnilSunkara1 @SVC_Official @GMBEnts.” Sarileru Neekevvar opening ceremonyTwitterKrishna announced the title of the movie. Director Anil Ravipudi tweeted the video of superstar’s wishes for the team and wrote, “What better occasion than this can we ask for to Announce superstar @urstrulyMahesh sir… next! From the Superstar Krishna Garu himself, here’s the title #SariLeruNekkevvaru #Happy75thBirthdaySuperstarKrishna.”The rumours about Rashmika Mandanna pairing with Mahesh Babu had been doing rounds for long. The actress confirmed it last night, by tweeting, “Ahhh.. finally.! I know a lot of you have been asking me about this- YES! I am part of this wonderful team and I am super kicked about it. Super excited to be working with @AnilRavipudi @urstrulyMahesh @SVC_official @GMBents @AnilSunkara1 @ThisIsDSP.”Anil Sunkara had earlier worked with Mahesh Babu in movies like Dookudu, 1: Nenokkadine, Aagadu. He is now all thrilled to work with Prince again. In a series of tweets, the producer announced Sarileru Neekevvar and thanked everyone who supported him through his journey. Here are his tweets.We are glad to announce our new movie on the day of Krishna garu’s birthday. Its a wonderful coincidence that this movie is going to be the 25th movie I am associated with.I whole heartedly thank our beloved superstar for the opportunity of producing this most anticipated movie.My heartfelt gratitude to my colleagues Ram and Gopi Achanta who are a major part of my story. My sincere thanks to Venkat garu, Abhishek Agarwal Kishore and all my colleagues in 14reels, AK Ent , AdvanSoft group and my family who supported me in all walks of life.Wishing our team along with Dil Raju garu and our director Anil Ravipudi chalks out another blockbuster for our superstar. We seek the blessings of all our wellwishers and superfans to make this journey a wonderful and unmatchable one. @SVC_official @AnilRavipudiWhat better occasion than this can we ask for to Announce superstar @urstrulyMahesh sir… next! From the Superstar Krishna Garu himself, here’s the title #SariLeruNekkevvaru ? #Happy75thBirthdaySuperstarKrishna pic.twitter.com/p1cZEUjDCe— Anil Ravipudi (@AnilRavipudi) May 30, 2019last_img read more

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At least 9 soldiers killed in Afghan suicide attack

first_imgWounded Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers receive treatment in a hospital after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a packed mosque on an Afghan army base in Khost province on 23 November, 2018. Photo: AFPA suicide bomber blew himself up inside a packed mosque on an Afghan army base during Friday prayers, killing at least nine soldiers, officials said, in the latest bloody violence to rock the war-torn country.At least 22 were wounded in the blast in the eastern province of Khost, which follows a wave of deadly attacks across Afghanistan in recent weeks as militants step up assaults amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year conflict.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group has previously claimed most suicide explosions targeting mosques.A spokesman for the First Brigade of the 203 Army Corps in Ismail Khel Mandozai district, where the mosque was located, said nine soldiers had been killed and 22 wounded.But a government official told AFP on the condition of anonymity that the death toll was 27 with 44 injured.The attacker detonated his explosives after prayers started, but “we don’t know how he got inside the mosque”, provincial governor Hukum Khan Habibi said.Provincial public health director Gul Ahmad Shah confirmed 44 wounded had been taken to the Khost city public hospital.But at least two private medical facilities said they had received a total of 35 wounded, suggesting the casualty toll could be much higher.Four military helicopters also had been dispatched to bring some of the wounded to Kabul, defence ministry spokesman Ghafoor Ahmad Jawed told AFP. He could not provide a casualty figure.President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack as “un-Islamic” and “inhumane”, and ordered an investigation.A soldier who was injured in the blast said hundreds of worshippers were inside the mosque at the time of the attack.“When the explosion happened my leg and hand started bleeding,” Mufti, who like many Afghans uses only one name, told AFP from his hospital bed in Khost city.“I don’t know how I got to the hospital.”Week of violence -It has been a bloody week for Afghanistan after at least 55 people were killed and 94 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of a religious gathering in Kabul.No militant group has claimed the explosion on Tuesday evening at the Uranus Wedding Palace, where hundreds of religious scholars had been marking the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday.The attack drew widespread condemnation in Afghanistan and abroad, with the United Nations describing it as an “atrocity”.Friday’s explosion in Khost comes as Afghan security forces suffer record casualties, which experts warn have reached unsustainable levels as the Taliban maintain the upper hand in the war.Since the start of 2015, when local forces took over from US-led NATO combat troops to secure the country, nearly 30,000 Afghan soldiers and police have been killed, President Ghani revealed this month—a figure far higher than anything previously acknowledged.That is an average of around 20 soldiers killed per day.Casualty figures for Afghan forces have been kept under wraps since 2017 at the request of Kabul, but NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan recently told a US watchdog that this summer’s toll was worse than ever.US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad expressed hopes in Kabul last Sunday that a peace deal to end the war could be struck before the Afghan presidential election, scheduled for April 20.His comments underscore an apparent increasing sense of urgency in the White House and among American diplomats for a peace deal to be done quickly.last_img read more

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New PV cell generates electricity from IR and UV light

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A prototype of a new type of photovoltaic (PV) cell that generates electricity from visible, infrared and ultraviolet light has been demonstrated by a group of Japanese scientists. It could lead to the development of a highly-efficient PV cell in the future, without needing multijunction cells. IMEC unveils promising mechanically-stacked GaAs/Ge multijunction solar cell The research was led by Associate Professor Saki Sonoda of the Kyoto Institute of Technology. The prototype cell has a high open voltage (Voc) at around two volts, but a low energy conversion efficiency. Sonada and the team hope the conversion rates can be improved. Photovoltaic materials convert light to electricity at the atomic level by absorbing photons of light and releasing electrons that can be captured to produce an electric current. Most PV cells are multijunction devices, with single junction cells stacked in descending order of band gap. The cell at the top captures high-energy photons, while those at the bottom with lower band gaps capture the lower energy photons. The new cell is able to capture photons with a wide range of energies in a single junction cell.The team made the 10 mm square PV cell by adding elements such as manganese (Mn) or cobalt (Co) to the transparent semiconductor material gallium nitride (GaN). When the element is added, the absorption coefficient of GaN is higher, allowing a much wider spectrum of light to be absorbed, including infrared, visible and ultraviolet. A cell made from p-type GaN with added Mn or Co is transparent and black, whereas GaN without additions is not.Manganese and cobalt are 3d transition metals, which are elements in which the number of electrons in the 3d orbit (inside the outermost orbit) increases as the number of protons in the nucleus (and hence the atomic number) increases. Other well-known 3d transition metals include titanium (Ti), iron (Fe), copper (Cu) nickel (Ni) and zinc (Zn). The scientists tried several 3d transition metals with GaN and obtained good results with many of them, including manganese and cobalt. Other researchers have tried adding indium (In) to gallium nitride PV cells with the aim of narrowing the band gap to enable it to absorb a wider wavelength band of visible light.The prototype was demonstrated during a 90-minute lecture at the 57th Spring Meeting of the Japan Society of Applied Physics on March 19.center_img Citation: New PV cell generates electricity from IR and UV light (2010, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-pv-cell-electricity-ir-uv.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com The PV cell prototyped at the Kyoto Institute of Technology by adding cobalt to a p-type GaN thin film and laminating an n-type material (right). The cell with an absorbing layer measures 10 x 10mm. The surrounding thin rectangular patterns are electrodes. And the p-type GaN thin film without cobalt (left). Image via: Tech on.last_img read more

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You should always expect to work for someone who cares about you

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘We are a company that is evolving and changing’Tom Loeffert recently assumed the HRD role for EMEA SAP Concur after serving for 3.5 years as the SAP UK HR Director. He is also gay and originally from New York.He has over 20 years of HR and business experience, working with household-name companies. He’s been with SAP for five years, and relocated to London to take up up his previous role in November 2014.He served as a member of the Senior Leadership Team in the UK and also takes on the role executive sponsor of [email protected] employee network, which has around 150 members.[email protected] is just one of SAP’s employee networks such as the Business Women’s Network, Early Talent Network and one soon to be launched aimed at the BAME team members in the UK.Tom says he sees the groups, regardless of their focus, as an extension of the SAP brand. Not only do they provide support for team members, but they also send out a signal about the company; that’s it’s not a traditional European or IT company.‘We are a company that is evolving and changing, and we are at a different place to people’s perceptions. The employee network groups are a key vehicle to do that. They’re a lamppost by which people can see they can come here and have a successful career.’Award-winningFor him, SAP is easily one of the best companies he’s worked for in terms of its attitude towards diversity. This has been back up by some of the recent awards it has won: Great Places to Work 2018; Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2018; Top Employer 2018; and EDGE Certified (Gender Equality) 2018.‘These awards, all in one year, was a transitional point for me to say we have made tremendous strides in both what our employees say about us, and our assessment of ourselves,’ says Tom. ‘That’s a clear sign we have changed the culture and the culture continues to evolve.’Has he ever worked anywhere that was wasn’t as welcoming of diversity?‘I spent seven years of my life working at GAP, Inc, in San Francisco, which I probably did seven years of the best work of my career. I look at the past five years at SAP, and for me there’s a correlation and connection between both of those organizations, being able to be who I was, and doing some of the best work of my career. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that those two places are the two longest places I’ve worked’.‘GAP was also the first time I worked for someone who was LGBTQ, and the second time I worked for an LGBTQ leader was here at SAP. It’s why I’m mentoring people, it’s why I’m trying to be out there as a voice for the organization.’ GAYSTARNEWS- Not every global tech company originated in Silicon Valley. SAP, which specializes in cloud and business technology, began life in Germany but now has over 91,000 employees and operates in 174 countries around the world.With such a global workforce, and a huge range of customers, SAP knows that embracing diversity makes business sense. ‘I recognise the importance that people need to be able to look up in an organization and see people who are like them, to make them believe that they can actually aspire to be greater than they believe themselves to be.’Not all companies work this way‘But have there been places I thought that I couldn’t be me? I would say at the beginning of my career, 23 years ago, it’s not that I couldn’t be me, but you wore a mask, and I think that was true of a lot of people regardless of who you were. You’re expected to be a certain way, to look a certain way, to adhere to the culture.’Tom says that at one company he worked for, which he politely declines to name, where he feels bias, unconscious or otherwise, might have been held against him. And in a company regarded as being a champion of diversity in its industry:‘I was told if you want to move forward and become a director, you need to go negotiate a labour contract. That involved moving from Chicago, Illinois to a very small town in either Iowa or Pennsylvania.’‘I began the process and got amazing feedback, but then came the “but.” And the “but” was they had “concerns” over someone like me going and interacting with different types of people who work in a plant in a small town.‘Now, how they defined these concerns was seemingly rationale. Do I think that was related to the fact I’m gay? I don’t know, but it’s the one moment of my career that gives me pause to think that perhaps it was.’‘And then I moved to California and that’s when I went to work for Cisco Systems, and the story rights itself from there. Moving to California, and San Francisco in particular, it freed me to become what I was meant to be, and working in a city like that, and in an environment where you can be who you want to be, finally freed me to become the leader I am today.’Advice for those wanting to advance their careersFinally, would he have advice for anyone who is just setting out on their own career path?‘As best you can, have a plan. I know that’s very hard when you’re young, but I was very fortunate when young to realize the kind of life I wanted to have, the kind of career I wanted to have, and to thoughtfully make choices that helped me to achieve that.‘I’ve come to learn most people don’t always have that clarity, and having a plan also requires trade offs, but the sooner you can get a sense of a framework of how you want to develop as a person and a professional, and you can marry the two of those together, that’s when you’ll fulfil yourself.’‘Define the kind of organizations that will allow you to be the full you and bring the full weight of who you are to that job. You will only do your best work when you can bring the full weight of your humanity, your full self to it.‘And I would say it’s incredibly important to find people who will support and champion you and your efforts. There are mentors, there are sponsors, and there’s your boss.’‘You should always expect to work for someone who cares about you and makes you believe you can do things you did not think possible”Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) SAP: The tech giant championing diversity and work-life balanceLGBT Tourism is a $211 billion annual travel industry: LGBT Masterclass at WTM LondonLGBT Meeting Professionals Association Announce New Board Members Representing the Wide Spectrum of Diversity in the LGBT CommunityRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sap-tom-loeffert/last_img read more

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