Boys Girls Clubs of America Launches New Alumni Friends Club

first_imgBoys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the nation’s #1 advocate for kids and teens, launched their new Boys & Girls Clubs – Alumni & Friends Club to engage its estimated 16 million Club Alumni.Alongside Alumni & Friends Club spokesperson Shaquille O’Neal, numerous other celebrity ambassadors, hundreds of local Boys & Girls Clubs, corporate and media partners, BGCA is calling former Club members to join the movement in building great futures for the next generation.“Boys & Girls Clubs have impacted the future of multiple generations, with 54 percent of our Alumni saying that their Club saved their lives,” said Jim Clark, president & CEO of BGCA. “We want to reconnect with the millions of former Club kids and issue a call to action to come together as advocates and ambassadors for Clubs around the country, so that every kid in America has an open door to a great future.”It’s estimated that one out of every 16 Americans has been a Club kid at one point in their life. In an effort to reconnect, BGCA is leveraging the power of social media and rallying its celebrity alumni and friends as part of this effort with well-known supporters like Shaquille O’Neal, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Evander Holyfield, Nick Cannon, Queen Latifah, Victor Cruz, Michael Phelps and others encouraging their social media fans and followers and the millions of Club Alumni to join.More than 45 of BGCA’s corporate supporters are also joining this effort long-term, with companies like Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Nestlé USA, Anthem Foundation, AT&T, Staples, Raytheon, Comcast NBCUniversal, Fox Sports, Bank of America among others engaging their combined millions of employees, as well as friends and followers on social media to join the Alumni & Friends Club and impact a kid’s life forever.“It is imperative for all Club Alumni to come together to support kids in this country,” said Larry Young, president and CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Larry and his wife Colette co-chair BGCA’s Alumni & Friends initiative. “My Boys & Girls Club was an important part of my childhood and also taught me the importance of giving back. I’m inviting all alum to join me to help build a great future for the next generation of leaders.”As part of the Alumni & Friends Club launch, BGCA is introducing a new PSA illustrating stories of celebrity and professional alumni, and how the Club equipped them with tools they needed to be successful adults. In a recent survey of Club Alumni, over a third (33 percent) reported that without the Club they would have dropped out of high school. Nearly 66 percent of Alumni reported that they became more committed to their education because of the Club and 64 percent said that the Club helped them improve their grades.BGCA’s aim is for the Alumni & Friends Club to be a network of youth advocates and Club supporters committed to giving back and helping Clubs serve more members, more often, to increase the impact on kids who need the Club’s support and guidance the most. For every new Alumni & Friends Club Member joining in September, a Club membership will be donated for a kid in need.Today, Boys & Girls Clubs serve nearly four million kids annually at more than 4,100 locations throughout the U.S. and worldwide at BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations as well as on Native lands. The organization’s vision is that all Club members graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character, citizenship, 21st century leadership skills and leading a healthy lifestyle. While BGCA’s reach is unparalleled, the crisis facing America’s kids remains paramount. In the U.S., every afternoon 11 million kids (one in five) leave school with no place to go, and they risk being unguided and unsafe.“We can build a better future for our nation’s kids,” said Clark. “Who better to do that than the millions of Club Alumni whose lives were forever changed at a Boys & Girls Club? We encourage everyone, whether you are alumnus or friend, to join us and be a Boys & Girls Club member for life.”For more information and to join the Alumni & Friends Club, go to bgcalum.org.last_img read more

Colombia UN voices concern over wave of death threats against partner agencies

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Colombia today expressed its deep concern over a spate of death threats made against human rights workers, including uprooted people defending their communities’ rights.In the most recent wave of intimidation, one of the South American nation’s new illegal armed groups distributed pamphlets last week, targeting several state bodies and civil and human rights organizations.The national Ombudsman Office, one of UNCHR’s closest partners in Colombia, was singled out by the group for issuing early warnings to people of critical human rights situations in several areas.The Office is in charge of overseeing the protection of civil and human rights in the country’s legal system and its Early Warning System is a unique method of preventing rights abuses and forced displacement, UNHCR said.“UNHCR reiterates its support to the Ombudsman and its staff at this difficult time,” agency spokesperson Andrew Purvis told reporters in Geneva today.He added that there is a rising climate of intimidation in Colombia in recent months, with indigenous communities, social leaders and representatives of displaced groups all having been targeted.In some cases, those threatened have been forced to leave their communities for their safety, while some have even lost their lives, Mr. Purvis said, noting that often, survivors, their families and colleagues refrain from speaking out against the intimidators for fear of reprisal attacks. “UNHCR strongly condemns these acts and is extremely concerned that new illegal groups that have begun operating in Colombia in the past few years are increasingly turning into another factor behind forced displacement in a country that already counts a very large IDP [internally displaced persons] population,” the agency’s spokesperson said.In the country, roughly 3 million people are registered as internally displaced, with an average of 300,000 new cases registered annually in the past two years. UNHCR has one dozen offices in Colombia and works closely with the uprooted, supporting Government efforts to protect and assist them, as well as find long-term solutions. 22 May 2009The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Colombia today expressed its deep concern over a spate of death threats made against human rights workers, including uprooted people defending their communities’ rights. read more

Suzuki recalls nearly 26000 cars made by GM daytime running light module

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2014 2:45 pm MDT Suzuki recalls nearly 26,000 cars made by GM; daytime running light module can catch fire DETROIT – Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.The recall covers the Verona from the 2004-2006 model years. It’s an expansion of an earlier recall of the Forenza and Reno.A spokesman for Suzuki Canada said it’s aware of the U.S. recall and has notified Transport Canada. It said owners will be notified once the corrective action has been decided. About 1,105 of the Veronas were sold in Canada.In the United States, dealers will replace the modules for free.All the cars were made by General Motors in Korea. Suzuki says in documents filed Tuesday with government safety regulators that a transistor in the modules can overheat in the instrument panel. That could melt the module, which could cause a fire. Suzuki says there were no fires reported in Verona models.American Suzuki Motor Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2012 and stopped selling automobiles in the U.S. read more

Heres the seats that Kim and Kanye will fill at Turners Cross

first_imgWE BROUGHT YOU the news on Monday that the invite had been extended to Kim and Kanye to take in some local soccer this Friday night in Cork.Cork City have now gone one step further by reserving seats at Turners Cross for the celebrity couple ahead of Friday night’s SSE Airtricty League game at home to Athlone Town.Over to you, Kimye. Don’t let the CCFC fans down. Source: @CorkCityFC via Twitter Source: @CorkCityFC via TwitterAre Kim and Kanye bound for Turners Cross next Friday night?Some messers on Twitter have been fooling international media with fake Kimye sightingslast_img

Could septic tanks be a thing of the past

first_imgMORE THAN 100 households in Kildare are set to take part in the largest private group sewage scheme in Ireland.The project will take 106 septic tanks out of commission, with the aim of improving and protecting the local environment by creating a safer ecological system.Environment Minister Phil Hogan launched the Barrogstown and Kilmacredock Waste Water (BKWW) Scheme today.Hogan said that the initiative will “provide a road map for other communities in Ireland and will help to comply with both Irish and EU waste water disposal regulation”.This scheme also shows how communities can come together to protect and develop the area in which they reside. The Barrogstown Kilmacredock community have a track record in local initiatives having previously undertaken a Group Water Scheme and a local road widening project to create improved access to the area.The Department of the Environment has provided €10,000 to Kildare County Council to undertake a feasibility study into the BKWW scheme, with the intention of funding the scheme in 2015 through the Wastewater Grant Scheme.The estimated cost of the network, which is 7.5km in length, is €1.03 million. The estimated contribution per household is €4,975, while the estimated grant per household is €6,500.The community consists of 106 houses with a population of approximately 700 people.Read: Expansion of Leixlip Water Treatment Plant means more water for DublinRead: Irish Water wants allowance of 38,000 litres per child reducedlast_img read more

Chronic stress linked to early onset dementia and depression

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Chronic stress can lead to several brain changes linked to depression and even Alzheimer’s, scientists warn.Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is projected to affect 80 million people in the next 20 years, yet most of its causes remain uncharted territory. Even though there are several triggers, one of its origins facilitating the leap from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to full-blown dementia, holds an alarming percentage. Women who had been through significant stressors in mid-life had a significantly (65 per cent) greater risk of developing dementia later on. Stressful events can trigger a cascade of reactions involving the stress hormones (glucocorticoids) and eventually lead to atrophy in the brain’s hippocampus, which is responsible for memories and known to be most affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Stress interrupts the normal function of the brain by triggering a cascade of reactions which involve glucocorticoids (stress hormones), disturbing the entire body.Dr Linda Mah, from the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto, Canada, and her team looked specifically at neural circuits linked to fear and anxiety.The evidence from her research was published in the Current Opinion in Psychiatry journal, suggesting that “chronic stress and anxiety can damage key regions of the brain which deal with emotional responses, thinking and memory”.The team studied the effects of stress in three brain regions – the amygdala (associated with emotional responses), the PFC (associated with thinking), and hippocampus (associated with memory). Chronic stress would make the amygdala respond in a see-saw pattern, by becoming over-active whereas the PFC would become under-active.“Pathological anxiety and chronic stress are associated with structural degeneration and impaired functioning of the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which may account for the increased risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression and dementia,” lead author Linda Mah said.“Temporary episodes of anxiety, fear and stress – like how we feel before an exam or job interview, for instance – are part of normal life. But the scientists point out that when these emotional reactions become chronic they can ‘wreak havoc’ on immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, and cause damage to the brain.”However, the researchers believe stress-induced damage to the brain may not be completely irreversible.Physical activity, meditation and in some cases antidepressants were found to be effective forms of treatment, boosting cell regeneration in the hippocampus.“Looking to the future, we need to do more work to determine whether interventions such as exercise, mindfulness training and cognitive behavioural therapy can not only reduce stress but decrease the risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders,” Dr Mah added.For more information go to www.blackdoginstitute.org.aulast_img read more

LIran désire un Internet halal

first_imgL’Iran désire un “Internet halal”Selon le journaliste et écrivain spécialiste de l’Iran, Armin Arefi, les autorités iraniennes ont l’intention de lancer un “Internet halal” dépourvu de “tout site obscène”. Alors que la grande majorité des sites web d’information et des réseaux sociaux occidentaux sont déjà bloqués en Iran, le pays souhaite lancer un “Internet halal”. C’est ce que rapporte le journaliste Armin Arefi sur son blog. Par “Internet halal”, les autorités entendent réseau dépourvu de “sites obsènes”. En revanche, rien ne vient préciser s’il s’agit de sites érotiques uniquement ou bien des sites occidentaux (information et réseaux sociaux) de manière plus large.À lire aussiAbeille, Mark Zuckerberg et cancer, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 avrilAinsi, Ali Aghamohammadi, adjoint aux affaires économiques du premier conseiller du président iranien Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, aurait déclaré à l’IRNA, agence de presse officielle en Iran : “Cet Internet halal peut être développé et connecté aux autres pays islamiques et voisins”.Baptisé Iraniannet, le réseau devrait bénéficier de conseils étrangers et pourrait être “pleinement opérationnel dans 18 mois pour connecter 10 millions d’utilisateurs” en Iran, écrit Armin Arefi.Le 30 avril 2011 à 20:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La fonte accélérée et inexorable des glaciers pyrénéens

first_imgLa fonte accélérée et inexorable des glaciers pyrénéensEntre la fin du XIXe siècle et l’aube du XXIe, les glaciers des Pyrénées ont considérablement diminué. Une fonte accélérée par le réchauffement climatique, et prouvée par une série de clichés exposés au Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Toulouse.Depuis 1850, les glaciers des Pyrénées ont vu leur surface diminuer de 85%. En un siècle seulement, 65% d’entre eux ont disparu. De 23 kilomètres carrés il y a un siècle et demi, cette surface est passé en 2007 à 3,5 kilomètres carrés. Un inquiétant bilan dressé dans de nouvelles études publiées par l’Agence régionale pour l’environnement (Arpe).À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Pierre René, le président de Moraine, l’Association Pyrénéenne de Glaciologie, tente d’attirer l’attention du public sur ce phénomène engendré par le réchauffement climatique. Alors que les glaciers pyrénéens sont de moins en moins étendus, ils sont de plus en plus vulnérables. Dans le cadre d’une exposition du Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Toulouse consacrée au photographe Eugène Trutat, de récents clichés des glaciers pris par Pierre René sont juxtaposés à ceux que le scientifique avait réalisés à la fin du XIXe siècle. Les images parlent d’elles-mêmes. Le glacier des Gourds Blancs, près de Luchon en Haute-Garonne, a disparu, tandis que la glace qui apparaissait sur le massif espagnol d’Aneto en 1875 laisse désormais la roche visible.Chaque année, l’épaisseur des glaciers diminue, de 1,5 mètres pour celui d’Ossoue, et de 63 centimètres pour celui de la Maladetta, qui ne dispose désormais plus que d’une quarantaine de mètres d’épaisseur. Aucun des 27 glaciers des Pyrénées n’est épargné par le réchauffement climatique. Entre 1971 et 2008, une perte d’enneigement de dix à quinze jours a été observée dans le massif, révèle le climatologue de Météo-France Jean-Michel Soubeyroux, cité par l’AFP. A ce rythme, les glaciers pyrénéens pourraient disparaître dans les décennies à venir, alerte Pierre René.L’exposition “Objectif Pyrénées” se tient au Museum de Toulouse (lien non disponible) jusqu’au 31 décembre.  Le 5 octobre 2011 à 19:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Protesters take to streets in Vancouver

first_imgSeveral dozen demonstrators marched through downtown Vancouver on Friday evening to protest Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric and victory in the presidential election Tuesday.Roughly 75 people joined the march — which started at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on East Fourth Plain Boulevard, then headed down and back up Main Street — with a few others joining along the way.As they marched, holding signs decrying Trump and his policy proposals, they earned intermittent honks and cheers from passing cars and bystanders, and occasional hoots of disapproval.Owen Snoey and his wife, Peggy Sue, helped organize the march.For Owen Snoey, the march was less about protesting the results of the election than the message he’s heard from Trump and his campaign.“I think this has been such a contentious election process. To me, we really need to kind of get about that, and look at, really, what the principles of this country are all about,” he said.last_img read more

Mustafi adapting to life under Unai Emery

first_imgArsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi says learning to play the new manager Unai Emery ‘it’s a process’ and that the team is willing to learn and show ‘personality’.Mustafi is a real threat in the opposition penalty area and he scored on Sunday from Granit Xhaka’s corner to help Arsenal win 3-2 away at Cardiff City.Five of his last six League goals have come from headers and his current set-piece success did not surprise Mustafi.“I don’t know if you saw last season, but we scored a lot of goals from set-pieces,” said Mustafi, via Arsenal Official Website.“Nacho Monreal, especially, scored a lot of goals from set-pieces. Lolo Koscielny and myself too.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.He then spoke of the team’s adaption to the new manager’s style of play.“It’s a process,” Mustafi said.“We have tried everything in pre-season but then when you make a mistake in pre-season it’s not that bad. In the Premier League, you don’t want to make those mistakes, but you have to show your personality because we are a big football club with big players.“We have to show the personality that we can play from the back because that’s our football and that’s how it suits us to play. We just have to keep working on that. Hopefully, in a few games, we’re going to look a bit more comfortable.”last_img read more

Sarri We could have won better

first_imgMaurizio Sarri feels Chelsea could have won better but lost a bit of focus that allowed Brighton back into the match on Sunday.Sarri’s men ran away 2-1 winners over Brighton thanks to goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard but Italian manager Sarri wasn’t too satisfied with the manner of the victory.“I think that we could have won better,” Sarri said as cited by team talk.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“We played very well for 60 minutes. We conceded a goal when we were in full control. In my mind it was clear in that moment that we had to suffer in the box, we are not a physical team. I tried with the substitutions to have more of a physical presence.“When we have the feeling to be in control of the match it is dangerous for ourselves. The first situation in our box in 30 minutes, I think we were a bit unlucky. When we are sure to be in control of the match.“Complacency? I don’t know.”last_img read more

Police Investigates Illegal Boat Landing 12 illegals caught

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 18, 2018 – Providenciales – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is investigating the landing of an illegal Haitian sloop, in the Five Cays Area.  The incident occurred sometime between six and seven a.m. Thursday, January 18th, 2018.  The total number of suspected migrants are not known at this time, however the Police along with Immigration Officials were able to apprehend 12 migrants.Officers are currently conducting a search of the surrounding areas.  Anyone with information on this illegal landing, are asked to contact 911 or crime stoppers at 1-800-TIPS.Press Release: RT&CIPFPhoto: File photo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

Week In Review 326330

first_imgMonday 3/26Audio PlayerMONDAY-32618.mp3VmMONDAY-32618.mp300:00RPdDOT Reopens Southbound Glenn Highway At Eagle River; Soldotna Considers Ordinance For Plastic Bag Ban; Alaska House Votes For Full Dividend This Year Tuesday 3/27Audio Player03-30-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm03-30-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdThe First Doctor Of Kenai Receives Lifetime Appreciation Award, Winner Of The 2018 Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament Announced, Alaska Supreme Court To Discuss Appeal In KCHS Auditorium On Thursday Wednesday 3/28Audio PlayerWEDNESDAY-32818.mp3VmWEDNESDAY-32818.mp300:00RPdJoint Chamber To Host Public Luncheon On Pebble Mine Project; Johnsonville, LLC Recalls Smoked Pork Sausage Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination; Alan Cain Re-Appointed To Alaska Board Of Fisheries; Arctic Man Race Announces 2018 As Final Year For Title Race Thursday 3/29Audio Player03-30-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm03-30-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPd100+ Women Who Care Gather For Charitable Event On March 29th, FERC Wants AK LNG Project To Submit More Specific Mitigation Measures, Goldman Sachs, Bank Of China To Assist LNG Project Funding, Cook Inlet Undersea Pipeline Granted A Temporary Construction Permitcenter_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Friday 3/30Audio PlayerFRIDAY-33018.mp3VmFRIDAY-33018.mp300:00RPd2018 KSRM Easter Egg Found!; Alaska House Backtracks On Full Dividend Vote; City Of Soldotna Postpones Further Discussion On Annexation; KPBSD Announces 2018 BP Teacher Of Excellence Finalistslast_img read more

OBITUARY Patricia A McLaughlin Doucette 85

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Patricia A. (McLaughlin) Doucette, age 85, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2018, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House.Patricia was born on February 12, 1933, in Dorchester, MA; she was the dear daughter John and Margaret McLaughlin. Patricia was raised and educated in Dorchester and was a graduate of St. Margaret’s Catholic School with the Class of 1951.Patricia married “the love of her life” Richard Edward Doucette “Eddie” in 1956; the couple lived in Dorchester for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1969. Patricia and Eddie shared many terrific years together, raised two wonderful children, and enjoyed their grandchildren before his untimely passing in 1993. Family was always first to Patricia; she was a very devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother who would do anything for her family. Patricia spent countless hours at her children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting events; she was always there to cheer them on and enjoyed every moment with them. Patricia’s family also included her family dogs whom she adored and cared for.Patricia’s was known to be an excellent home maker; she had an open door policy for family and friend and she always made everyone feel welcomed. Patricia took great pride in her home and yard; she loved gardening and was a master a cloning plants.Patricia will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady; she was caring and sweet to her family and friends. Patricia will forever be in the hearts of those she loved and she will forever be missed.Patricia was the beloved wife of the late Richard “Eddie” Doucette, devoted mother of Susan M. Isberg of Wilmington and Richard E. Doucette Jr. & his wife Lynn of North Reading. Loving Grandmother of Jay, Christopher, Jake, Erik, Nicholas and great-grandchildren Jason, Krystiana, Patrick and Kennedy. Cherished daughter of the late John and Margaret McLaughlin, dear sister of the late Margaret Murphy, John McLaughlin and Sister Virginia McLaughlin. Patricia is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, May 11th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 10th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to http://www.gavinfoundation.org or mail to The Gavin Foundation, 675 E Fourth St., South Boston, MA 02127.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Bertha G. (Gouveia) Deprez, 81In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Fakhrul proposes Quader disposes

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Obaidul QuaderAfter BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir iterated the call for dialogue to resolve the political crisis, ruling Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday turned down the overture.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, told a seminar that there is no scope to hold any such dialogue with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).While addressing a seminat at Institution of Engineers Bangladesh, the AL leader said: “The BNP itself shut the door of dialogue and there is no scope for holding talks at the moment.”Quader was reacting to the BNP secretary general’s statement on Wednesday that the BNP wanted to keep open the door of understanding through dialogue, despite provocations.The AL leader claimed that the BNP had closed the door of dialogue when prime minister Sheikh Hasina went to visit BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia after the death of the latter’s son in 2015, during the blockade programme a year after the one-sided ballot in 2014.”That day Khaleda Zia did not meet Sheikh Hasina,” Quader recalled.During a briefing at the BNP office on Thursday afternoon, Mirza Fakhrul insisted that the AL government, which returned to power through a one-sided ballot in 2014, must come to terms with the opposition.”Or else, it will be proved that the Awami League has no resonsibility to the nation,” he said adding that “restoration of democracy will not be possible without compromise and talks.”After the AL had scrapped the provision for the election-time caretaker government, the BNP-led opposition joined a UN-mediated dialogue with the AL in 2013 but that failed to bring any positive outcome. Once the parliamentary elections were over, the AL camp ruled out the possibility of dialogue.Coincidentally on Thursday, the UN resident coordinator in Dhaka Robert D Watkins emphasised making the country’s electoral process “fair and transparent”, given the indications that all parties would take part in the parliamentary polls.The BNP secretary general said there must be talks between the government and the opposition to hold free and fair elections.”By rejecting talks, the Awami League makes it clear that it wants to cling to power. A participatory election through talks can pave the way for forming a government of the people,” he added.In rebuttal, the AL general secretary, Quader, stated that his party wants the BNP to join the next elections.”But there is no need to hold any dialogue for that with them,” he said at the seminar titled ‘AL’s 11-point proposal at the election commission’ organised by AL’s Publicity and Publication sub-committee.last_img read more

The eye of the universe

first_imgAn Exhibition of a new born artist, Christina – “The Resurrection of the Soul” is dedicated to god and the angels of god to the resurrection of Gods power to resurrect the souls of human beings. Ever since she was a child, whenever she looked at the night sky, she was very curious to know the inside of the universe, stars, planets, black holes and existence of God. She started painting as early as six, but at the edge of a certain age she started delivering her thoughts and her concept about the universe, black holes, stars, planets. In her paintings, when she compares the cornea of eye grasp the entire world, you can see through your eyes a similar activity to that of a black hole. So she started painting the cornea and the thought of rays coming and going back as the activity of the black hole. Her philosophy of god reflects as similar as black holes, stars and the universe. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn her assumption, her vision is unique as she compares cornea of eyes of human being with the eye of the universe. Her technique of layering the canvas through a new media, threads and fibres are coming out from “Nothingness.” “Something is coming out from Nothingness. The resurrection is the process of god and it finds its place on earth only in Moss.”All her new artworks are based on resurrection. An artist like Christina explores their physical properties, especially their ability to stain and be poured directly on raw canvas. Medium and support could merge and become equal. Such approach can advance one of the fundamental ideas of modern painting: acknowledging flatness and high relief and low relief effects of a 3D effect on canvas as part of a painting’s status as object and picture. This exhibition at Gandhi art gallery, which will go on till August 5, explores how new synthetic products not only allow for a new look but also aligned with subject matter to change the direction of modern contemporary art.last_img read more

Create IdiotProof Backups With Windows BuiltIn Tools

first_img When Apple released its Time Machine backup tool in Mac OS X 10.5 last year, many hailed its convenience and simplicity. But your Windows PC comes with all of Time Machine’s slick backup tricks built-in.The backup utility built into Vista and XP doesn’t have a catchy name (it’s called Backup Status and Configuration), but it’s a powerful tool that gets far less attention than it deserves–and it costs nothing extra. Perhaps it should have a name like “Super-Better Backup,” or “Burger, Fries, and a Milk Shake Backup.”Apple’s Time Machine makes backups on an automated schedule and allows incremental updates. So does Windows’ backup app. Your PC can even match Time Machine’s most interesting feature, rolling back any given file to an earlier version. I’ll explain how to use all of these tools, and I’ll provide tips along the way to protect your data from disaster.Pick the DestinationThe most secure backup solution is one that stores your data far, far away from your PC–like, across town in a bank safe. Second best: an Internet-based storage service. Third: a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device.An external, USB-, FireWire-, or eSATA-connected backup drive such one of the models on our Top 10 External Hard Drives chart is a good choice, especially if you store it somewhere other than on top of the PC it’s backing up. As our lab tests have shown, eSATA and FireWire 800 drives are faster than USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 drives (though few PCs come standard with the faster interfaces).Try to set up a routine of taking the drive with you when you go to work, and bring it home once a week for the backup operation. An even better strategy: Use two external drives, making two sets of backups. With this alternating pattern, you can keep one of the drives at work, or in a fireproof safe, a bank deposit box, a friend’s house, or other off-site location to protect your data from a home-office catastrophe.A network backup offers a great way to store files, and the LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini Home Edition is a good option for the home office, especially if you have more than one PC to back up. But network-attached storage drives are substantially slower than drives that use eSATA, FireWire, or USB connections, and because they’re often shared among multiple PCs, they usually stay in once place, greatly diminishing their disaster protection.Online storage protects you from a fire or other catastrophe, and it allows retrieval from anywhere. Internet backups move slowly, however, because they are limited by your broadband provider’s maximum upload rate. Because of the pace, such backups are usually best for saving just individual documents or small folders, not for backing up an entire system. (See “Online Storage Options” for more on this alternative.)If your PC has only a single hard drive and you can’t (or don’t want to) find an external solution, you can use Windows to make a second partition, and save the backup data there. Your PC will treat the second partition as a second drive, which can protect it from some simple types of data corruption. But if the drive mechanism physically fails, you’ll lose access to the backup too, of course.To set up a second partition, in Windows Vista, click Control Panel, System and Maintenance, and under Administrative Tools,choose Create and format hard disk partitions to open the Disk Management utility. Right-click your current disk, and pick Shrink Volume. Enter how much space you want to recover. When the action is complete, right-click the Unallocated space, and click New Simple Volume.Note: Windows XP won’t repartition a disk that’s in use, so you’ll need to employ a utility like the free Partition Logic instead.Because the Windows backup tools have changed quite a bit with the release of Vista, the next step in creating your backup plan depends on which version of Windows you’re running.Schedule Automated Backups in XP Windows XP includes built-in, automated backup tools that can save a copy of all your data. From Programs, Accessories, System Tools, choose Backup. Click Advanced Mode to skip the wizard. Click the Backup tab at the top of the window.Navigate below My Computer to check the drive you want to back up, or highlight the drive name in the left pane and click specific check boxes in the right pane to select items � la carte. Click the Browse button at the bottom of the screen to choose a place on the destination drive to store the data. Click Start Backup.If you want a long list of redundant backups, leave the radio button set to append data. That way, you can go back to recover files in different states, if necessary. But if you’re backing up most of the system, that’ll use a lot of space. Choose the second option, Replace the data, if you’d rather conserve drive space when making consecutive backups. That option will provide you with only one version of each file.Click the Advanced button, and set the Backup Type to Incremental. That setting will save only the files you’ve changed or added since the most recent backup. (You’ll copy everything the first time.) Click OK. Click the Schedule button and save a copy of the settings when prompted. The Scheduled Job Options window will open. Click Properties, and use the Schedule Task pop-up menus to set the time and frequency of the backup. Note that your PC needs to be on to process the backup; but pick a time, such as late at night, when you won’t be competing with the utility for system resources. For a primary machine, I like to run a backup every day, but you could be fine with weekly backups on a less frequently used system. Click OK. Choose Start Backup to begin the job the first time.Schedule Automated Backups in VistaOnce you’ve decided where you’ll save your backups, configure Windows Vista to automatically save new copies of your data. Open Control Panel, System and Maintenance, Backup and Restore Center, and click the Back up files button. Choose an external hard disk or a CD or DVD drive, or click the radio button to connect to a network location. Click Next.Choose the types of files that you want to back up. I like to back up as much as I can, checking all of the boxes. (This isn’t the same as backing up a complete disk image for a full PC restore, which I’ll talk about at the end of this article.) Checking all the boxex basically saves everything that you create or add to a computer other than applications and their settings. The operating system and its settings won’t be backed up. Click Next.Choose a schedule by considering how much data you can afford to lose. If you use this PC for critical, daily work, schedule backups every night. If it’s an occasionally used computer, consider backing it up every week. The first time you make a backup, the process may take a few hours, depending on how much you’re saving. After that, the system will look for files that you’ve added or changed, copying only those items to save time and storage space.Roll Back Individual FilesCertain editions of Windows Vista–Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate–let you browse backwards through a single file, recovering a specific version, not just the most recent copy. Microsoft calls this feature Shadow Copy, and it’s enabled by default. Right-click a file or folder, and select Restore previous versions. Each system restore point or backup point that Windows creates initiates a new Shadow Copy. Browse through the different modification dates, and click Open to preview the file as it was. Click Restore to retrieve a copy from the backup for current work.Thriftier versions of Windows Vista create Shadow Copies but don’t allow you access to them. The free ShadowExplorer adds this retrieval feature. After installation, launch ShadowExplorer, and choose the restore date from the pop-up menu. Navigate through the file browser to locate an item. Right-click it, choose Export, and save it to any location you like.Roll Back Windows to an Earlier StateWindows includes a couple of backup tools to revert your PC to a previous, working condition: Restore Points and device driver rollback. These are most helpful if your system becomes unstable and you need to reset it to an earlier point where it was reliable. Unlike Shadow Copy, these don’t let you selectively browse back; they’re essentially all-or-nothing switches.Locate Vista’s Restore Points by opening Control Panel, System and Maintenance, System. In the left side, click Advanced system settings. Choose the System Protection tab. Click System Restore.Windows automatically creates a restore point each day, and before making significant changes to the system. You can also create a restore point manuallly by selecting a disk under the System Protection tab of the System Properties control panel and then clicking Create. If you want to revert to the most recent restore point, click Next; otherwise, click the Choose a different restore point radio button. Choose the date and time, and click Next. Click Finish to begin the process.In Windows XP, open Accessories, System Tools, System Restore. You should see Restore my computer to an earlier time. Click Next, and pick a date to which the system will revert. Click Next twice to begin the process.The Device Manager also allows you to undo a single software driver. In XP or Vista, double-click a hardware item, click the Driver tab, and choose Roll Back Driver to revert to an earlier state. This option is most useful if you have problems immediately after updating a driver.Image a DiskOnce you have a new system working perfectly, consider saving a full copy of the drive as a disk image. That way, if you have to reinstall everything, the image file will already contain your applications and Windows updates–in other words, you can restore your OS and applications in one swoop, and then restore all of your documents from a recent backup.Many backup and disk suites include imaging software. True Image Home 11 handles nearly any imaging need, with encryption options and even incremental images, so you can keep appending the image without starting over. 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Personally Speaking Citys public transport is an embarrassment

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailJoan Walley’s recent Personally Speaking column regarding the state of our public transport system was quite timely given the announcement of yet another rail fare increase but without any real improvement in services in sight. It certainly struck a chord with me. I have been a big public transport user for many years, and it has become even more important to me in recent times following some health challenges. And because the majority of my journeys are local, our bus services are particularly important. Unfortunately, my recent experiences have not been positive. Now I’m not going to pretend that it’s easy to run bus services. An operator will be prey to all sorts of unforeseen circumstances. But the number of times things go wrong with services that I use regularly would suggest that there are far more fundamental problems beyond the odd set of roadworks here and there. Read MoreOpinion: Don’t stage a public vote unless you’ll accept Boaty McBoatface I rely heavily on services that run between Biddulph and Hanley that are operated by First and D&G. At best, both run every half-an-hour. D&G’s service finishes not long after teatime, and doesn’t run at all on a Sunday. First’s service on Sundays and bank holidays is on an hourly basis, with the last bus at about 7pm. I’ve been using these two services heavily over the past few months, and my experiences regularly hover between tragedy and farce. A few weeks back I was refused entry on to the last D&G service of the day towards Biddulph from Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station for the crime of only having a £20 note in my wallet. The upshot was that I was forced to wait for a First service to get me to Hanley Bus Station where I had to wait more than an hour for the next bus to Biddulph. The following week I was travelling around the city using First services, arriving at Hanley Bus Station at 17.51, just in time for the 18.03 service to Biddulph, which failed to appear, as did the next one at 19.00. Read MorePersonally speaking: ‘Is it really such an honour?’ To compound matters, there was no information available and very few staff around to answer questions. When I did find someone to speak to, I was informed that roadworks were the cause of the problems, yet other buses from Kidsgrove that use the same route managed to make it into Hanley. Another issue that arises on a regular basis is having to pay for to use other services having already bought a day ticket. Three times last week I bought a First day ticket but ending up having to pay to get on D&G services after being let down by First services. It is ridiculous that in 2018, we cannot design a service that would allow us to make one payment and then switch between operators. But last week was an absolute stinker. I make many journeys each week, at least two a day, and sometimes as many as five. Last week just three of 16 journeys I made ran to timetable, and four failures from First led me to using other services, three of which occurred when I already had a valid First ticket. And to put the tin hat on it, on the day that First hiked their fares by 11-12 per cent, I had to call a cab to get me to Stoke-on-Trent railway station because the bus was so late that I would have missed the train I was planning to catch if I’d waited. I never really enjoyed driving, but the past few months have left me pining for my old car. Read MorePersonally speaking: Overcharged, overcrowded – but only over here! It simply isn’t good enough. If we are to be taken seriously as a city, then we must develop a modern, and truly integrated public transport as an absolute priority. Our current system is an embarrassment, and a huge drag on North Staffordshire’s economic potential. While there is a lot to do to bring our public transport system into the 21st century, there are a number of small things that could make a big difference in the short-term, such as a much wider use of technology, integrated timetabling and ticketing, and better communication. This is not difficult stuff, and would not be costly. But there is a much bigger picture, and though Stoke-on-Trent City Council is making the right noises in terms of their commitment, it must go further and bring their neighbours and partners with them. We need vision, leadership, and a willingness to demand better of the Government, and better involvement of local residents and businesses. A North Staffordshire Public Transport Executive anyone?last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Andrew WhitworthTNot Injury RelatedDNPDNPFull Tyler HigbeeTEIllnessDNPDNPFull Deone Bucannon$LBLinebackerDNPDNPDNPOut 0 Comments   Share   Ricky Seals-JonesTENot Injury RelatedDNPFullFull Mark BarronLBNot Injury RelatedDNPDNPFull Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Nickell Robey-ColemanCBThighLimitedFullFull John BrownWRToeDNPDNPDNPOut Josh MauroDLAnkleDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Adrian PetersonRBNeckDNPDNPDNPQuestionable Troy NiklasTEBack/KneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Kerwynn WilliamsRBRibsLimitedLimitedLimited Larry FitzgeraldWRNot Injury RelatedDNPFullFull Robert WoodsWRShoulderDNPDNPDNPOut The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams bring their 8-3 record to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals (5-6) Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.Below is the official Week 13 NFL injury report for both teams.center_img Drew StantonQBKneeFullFullFull Robert NkemdicheDLAnkleLimitedFullFull Kayvon WebsterCBAnkleDNPLimitedFull John SullivanCNot Injury RelatedDNPLimitedFull Josh ReynoldsWRAnkleDNPFullFull Malcolm BrownRBKneeLimitedLimitedFullQuestionable PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Lance DunbarRBKneeLimitedFullFullQuestionable Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play Top Stories Connor BarwinLBForearmDNPDNPDNPOut Corey PetersDLAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut Brittan GoldenWRGroinDNPLimitedFull Rudy FordSKneeDNPDNPDNPOutlast_img read more

North to announce reasonable policy on aid tax

first_imgTurkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay announced on Wednesday that authorities in the north will soon make an announcement concerning the ‘customs duty’ imposed on government goods sent to Greek Cypriots and Maronites living there.In a tweet, Ozersay said that the Turkish Cypriot side has been working on this issue for quite some time now and that consultations have intensified over the past week.Ozersay said that, towards that end, he would visit Maronite villages on Thursday and Rizokarpaso where enclaved Greek Cypriots live, soon afterwards.He said when he assumed his duties as ‘minister’ in February he announced he would define a policy on the ‘customs duty’ from the south that was “reasonable, contemporary and which would raise the status of the ‘TRNC’” but which would not eliminate the rights of the Turkish Cypriot community.“We have been working on this issue for quite some time, and we have intensified our efforts the past week,” Ozersay said in his tweet.Weekly deliveries of basic items to cover household needs sent by the government to around 340 people living in the Karpasia peninsula and the Maronite villages of Kormakitis and Karpashia were interrupted last October after the Turkish Cypriot authorities announced they would tax the aid. Since then, the UN is only delivering medical supplies that are exempt from the duty.The UN said at the time that the decision was unfortunate, noting that delivering humanitarian assistance was based on a broad, longstanding agreement between the sides known as Vienna III.This role, Unficyp said, “together with deliveries made to Maronite communities in the north, has been welcomed by the Security Council in previous resolutions and provide hundreds of elderly and other vulnerable persons with basic supplies.”“This unilateral announcement at this time is unfortunate and we hope that a mutual arrangement suitable to all can be found,” Unficyp said.You May LikeSwift VerdictWhere Does Robbie Williams Live At 45?Swift VerdictUndoAlphaCuteThe 16 Worst Fast Food Restaurants In AmericaAlphaCuteUndoHead CrampThree-Legged Deer Has Become The ‘Guru’ Of HealingHead CrampUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoInterior minister due to visit crumbling Pissouri homesUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more