Mamata takes pride in women representaion of TMC in LS

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday took pride in her Trinamool Congress for having 35 per cent women MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha even as the Women’s Reservation Bill was yet to be passed in Parliament. “While the Womens Reservation Bill has not yet been passed in #Parliament, I am proud that our party @AITCofficial has 35% women MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha. We have also reserved 50% seats in local bodies for women candidates #IWD2019,” she tweeted on the occasion of Women’s Day. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Describing women as the “backbone” of our society, Banerjee congratulated women across the world on this day. Emphasising that her government is committed to the empowerment of women, the chief minister said the state government has recently launched ‘Swasthya Sathi’ health insurance smart cards for them. “We have decided to issue these cards to a woman member of the family, recognising her as the head of the family. #IWD2019,” Banerjee tweeted. International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on March 8 every year.last_img read more

BJP to finalise LS candidates in Telangana on March 15

first_imgHyderabad: The BJP would finalise its candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Telangana on March 15, a party leader said Tuesday. The names are likely to be announced on that day or March 16, Telangana BJP Chief official spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao told PTI. The Lok Sabha elections would be held in single phase in Telangana on April 11. The BJP fared badly in the December seven 2018 Assembly elections in Telangana, winning just one seat, down from a strength of five in the previous House. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Candidates of Amit Shah-led party, in fact, forfeited their deposoits in more than 100 Assembly segments out of the total 119. But Rao said the BJP considers Telangana voters as smart and they would differentiate between an Assembly and a Parliamentary election. “I think voters of Telangana will vote for a strong, stable and vision-based government which is ours”, he said. Rao claimed that the Congress seems to be in complete confusion with “key leaders” of the party defecting to the TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) in recent days. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty He was referring to four Congress MLAs switching loyalty to the TRS from the beginning of this month. “They (Congress) don’t seem to have any weapons to fight the parliamentary elections. So, certainly the fight is probably between TRS and BJP at this point of time”, he said. The BJP won one seat — Secunderabad, which was bagged by former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya — in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. It is interesting to see if the party would renominate Dattatreya with senior leaders vying for this seat.last_img read more

Mohammadia’s Miramar Beach Polluted by Blackish Liquid

Rabat – The Secretariat of State for Sustainable Development has confirmed that Mohammadia’s Miramar beach has been polluted by a blackish liquid discharge coming from Mohammadia’s thermal power station. The Secretariat sent an environmental police team to the beach after a video made the frontlines on social media. It showedblack spots in an area covering ??more than 4,000 m2 in the western part of the Miramar beach near the port.Environmental police have taken samples to determine the nature and composition of the black matter mixed with the sand. A joint provincial commission moved to the thermal power station and to Mohammadia’s Miramar beach to carry out further investigations on May 15.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development has set up a commission consisting of the Department of Energy, the Sustainable Development Department and the National Office for Water and Electricity to monitor the progress of the case and to determine appropriate and sustainable solutions. read more

Deadly ‘Momo Challenge’ Social Media Game Stirs Fear Worldwide

Rabat – The “Momo Challenge,” a suicide game, is stirring fear in parents globally as it targets teenagers on Snapchat and WhatsApp.The online game starts when unidentified numbers send an invitation via WhatsApp or other messaging services. The invitation features a creepy image of a girl with a weird face and bulging eyes called the “Mother Bird by Link Factory.”The challenge attempts to convince users to complete a series of hazardous tasks to meet “Momo.” If the users refuse the orders of the game, Momo threatens them with violent photos.The game has allegedly resulted in the death of several teenagers in countries such as India and Argentina.Many news outlets and blogs wrote about the challenge to raise awareness and warn parents of the risk of the suicide game for children.No details have been found on who is behind the suicide game yet.In 2017, a similar deadly game called the “Blue Whale Challenge” worried social media users as it allegedly caused the death of many young people.The suicide game had allegedly broadened its influence to Morocco as Moroccan newspapers reported the death of two Moroccan children in December 2017.The game was reportedly created in 2013 by its alleged mastermind Ilya Sidorov, a 26-year old Russian postman.  Like the Momo Challenge, the Blue Whale Challenge assigned users daily tasks which they had to do over 50 days.The challenges given to the players include many self-harming tasks. The game started by telling its users to wake up at unusual hours to watch horror movies, to listen to sad songs and to insult their parents. The tasks became increasingly more extreme throughout the 50 days.A study conducted by the opinion research firm “Averty” in partnership with “Kaspersky Lab” in 2016 showed that 88 percent of Moroccan children use internet on a regular basis.Despite the benefits of internet, unsupervised access to social media and internet can be dangerous.“Internet is not always fruitful,” said Abdelali Erramy, a social activist and president of the Childhood Forum and the National Association for Social, Economic, and Cultural Development in a previous interview with Morocco World News. “Many children use internet nowadays without being supervised by their parents, which is a very serious issue that parents need to be aware of.” read more

Merger costs overruns reduce Duke profit but results top expectations on higher

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Duke Energy Corp.’s fourth-quarter earnings topped Wall Street expectations as electric rates rose and more extreme weather increased demand for power. But results were reduced by merger costs and cost overruns at an Indiana power plant.Duke acquired Progress Energy in June, making it the nation’s largest utility.Duke reported net income of $435 million, or 62 cents per share, for the fourth quarter. Adjusted to remove the effect of the merger costs and other one-time charges, Duke earned 70 cents per share. Analysts had expected the company to earn 65 cents per share on an adjusted basis.The company’s results for the quarter are not directly comparable to last year because the company had not combined with Progress. As a stand-alone company, Duke posted net income of $288 million last year, or 65 cents per share.In pre-market trading, Duke shares fell 4 cents to $68.70.Performance at Duke’s regulated utilities improved as a result of the addition of Progress Energy’s territories in the Carolinas and Florida. Higher power prices and an income tax benefit also helped, and electricity demand was boosted by more extreme weather.Adjusted for the effect of weather, electricity demand grew 1 per cent over last year, according to Duke Chief Financial Officer Lynn Good. She said Wednesday that she expects demand growth to continue to be weak because the economy is not growing quickly and efficiency programs are making homes and businesses less energy hungry.Duke, based in Charlotte, serves 7 million customers in six states. It is the largest utility in the U.S. by market value and number of customers.Duke CEO Jim Rogers said in an interview Wednesday that lower power demand is likely to affect the entire industry. In response Duke — and the industry — will likely focus intensely on lowering costs in the months ahead.“The growth in demand is not going to be the same as we’ve experienced in the past,” he said. “Our industry is going to have to change its cost structure.”Good said that in Duke’s service territory, auto manufacturers and metals companies have been increasing activity but textile manufacturers and chemical companies have been cutting back.Andy Smith, an analyst at Edward Jones, said Duke posted a solid quarter and, more importantly, has resolved three major issues investors were concerned about: An investigation into boardroom manoeuvring by North Carolina regulators, how much the company would have to pay for a new coal plant in Indiana that has gone far over budget, and whether the company would try to fix a broken nuclear plant in Florida.In December the company reached a settlement with North Carolina regulators over surprise executive changes in the hours after Duke’s merger with Progress was completed. Rogers will retire by the end of this year as part of the settlement. Duke took a charge of $164 million in the quarter, accounting for 13 cents per share, to pay merger-related expenses. Seven hundred employees have accepted buyouts to leave the company, and Duke expects another 400 to leave in 2013.Also in December, Indiana regulators approved a settlement over payment terms for the over-budget coal plant. Customers will pay $2.6 billion and Duke will absorb $900 million. The plant was originally supposed to have cost $1.9 billion. The overruns cost Duke $28 million in the quarter, or 2 cents per share. For the year, cost overruns have cost the company $628 million.Earlier this month Duke announced it would close the crippled Crystal River nuclear station in Florida rather than spend as much as $3.4 billion to try to repair it. The plant has been shut since 2009 when part of its structure cracked during maintenance.“We’ve had a lot of issues to deal with,” Roger said. “But now we’re positioned to harvest savings, to change our cost structure, and get prepared for the future.”Follow Jonathan Fahey on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey . Merger costs, overruns reduce Duke profit, but results top expectations on higher power prices by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2013 9:19 am MDT read more

Libya UN Mission condemns ongoing fighting despite repeated calls for ceasefire

In a statement, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it “deplores the rise in the number of civilian casualties” and expressed deep concern about the displacement of thousands of families.Shortages of medical supplies, as well as the halt to the country’s economic activity, driven in part by the huge destruction of residences and infrastructure, are also concerns.In the eastern region of the country, UNSMIL condemned continued clashes which are inflicting harm on the civilian population. The Mission also denounced attacks against police and army positions, as well as the use of military aircraft in combat.Libya has been embroiled in some of the worst fighting since the 2011 uprising that ousted former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and set the North African nation on a path to democratic transition. According to media reports, the new House of Representatives today agreed that the new President will be directly elected by the Libyan people. The newly elected Libyan parliament convened for the first time last week, a move welcomed by UNSMIL in the hopes that parliamentarians will lead efforts toward inclusive political dialogue.UNSMIL said that it was in coordination with international partners and in constant contact with all sides in an effort to reach a ceasefire, end the bloodshed and agree to political solutions to the current problems. “All sides must respond positively to these efforts without delay,” the Mission urged. read more

Bush Lot family terrorised in armed robbery

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice pandit and family terrorised by banditsMay 3, 2019In “Crime”Berbice family robbed, young mother of 2 abducted, rapedOctober 11, 2018In “Crime”Armed bandits invade, rob home of Corentyne woman, visitorsJune 12, 2018In “Crime” A Bush Lot family was terrorised by two masked men brandishing handguns on Tuesday evening as bandits continue their rampage on the Corentyne, in Berbice.Based on information reaching this publication, around 22:45h the men invaded the Bush Lot home where Tameshwar Singh, 19, was lying in his hammock under the house talking on his cellular phone. The men immediately grabbed the phone and dragged the teen into the house.His mother, who was asleep, was alerted by her son calling out to her and went to the living room where she was confronted by the bandits. One pointed a gun at her and demanded cash and jewellery.The woman, Sasewatti Singh, 37, told this publication that she immediately went into the bedroom and gave one of the intruders a bag containing $20,000.One of the gunmen also grabbed the two finger rings the woman was wearing and a pair of gold bangles. The men also went to the woman’s 18-year-old daughter and took away a gold band and her cellular phone.A gold ring was also taken from Tameshwar, who was being held at gunpoint. The men, not satisfied with the loot, proceeded to ransack the house as they continued to demand cash and jewellery.During the ordeal one of the men threatened Tameshwar that they were there to kill him if he made any noise.The men made good their escape before Police arrived.Several persons have been questioned as the Police are investigating. read more

US Army wants to issue every soldier an iPhone or Android smartphone

first_imgIt seems that if you can’t afford the latest iPhone or Android handset you could either A: save up for an eternity or B: join the US Army. According to USA Today the U.S. Army wants to issue every one of its troops an iPhone or Android handset. It gets better as well, because they also want to absorb the cost of the monthly contract. This would be music to most soldier’s ears and for anyone’s ears for that matter, but whilst it sounds farfetched it’s all true.Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) commented:AdChoices广告The Army would issue these smartphones just like any other piece of equipment a soldier receives. One of the options potentially is to make it a piece of equipment in a soldier’s clothing bag. Apparently the Army has already issued smartphones to troops in the schoolhouse and garrison, or on post, in the hands of select students at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo, Fort Lee, Va, and at Fort Sill, Okla, under an Army run program called Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications (CSDA for short). The next step is to get these smartphones into combat and they are looking at ways in which the phones can be digitally put to good use.One of the plans is to roll out wireless Common Access Card readers for the iPhone in January and for Android devices in April. Soldiers would then be able to secure access to e-mail, contacts and calendars. During battle the smartphones could let soldiers view real-time intelligence and video from the tech in the sky or use it to track friends or enemy placements using a dynamic map. All this will take some planning before the technology can be put into practice.Vane concluded:The technology is there, but the challenge will be to work through the policy issues of sharing data and information assurance. Army officials remain concerned of enemy forces hacking into the phones, but don’t want that fear to paralyze the use of these phones. Read more at USA Todaylast_img read more

Vol inaugural réussi pour la petite fusée européenne Vega

first_imgVol inaugural réussi pour la petite fusée européenne VegaLa petite fusée européenne Vega a effectué son premier vol ce matin. Emportant à son bord sept satellites et deux satellites expérimentaux, elle a quitté le Centre spatial guyanais (CSG) de Kourou à 7H00 heure locale (10H00 GMT, 11H00 à Paris).Le développement de la petite fusée Vega a débuté en 1998 sous l’impulsion de l’Italie. Le pays finance près de 60% du programme, devant la France (25 %). Son coût est de 710 millions d’euros, plus 400 millions d’euros pour le programme VERTA. Un succès du “vol de qualification” de Vega qui aura lieu aujourd’hui ouvrira la voie à VERTA, une campagne de démonstration de la flexibilité du système Vega avec un second vol prévu début 2013.Capable d’emporter 1,5 tonne en orbite basse (700 kilomètres d’altitude), Vega mesure 30 mètres et pèse 137 tonnes au sol. “C’est un lanceur qui remplit un créneau important pour toutes les activités scientifiques. Les seuls équivalents dans le monde sont des missiles stratégiques reconvertis” type Rockot et Dniepr, expliquait récemment le directeur général de l’ESA, Jean-Jacques Dordain. Autrefois très compétitifs, ces missiles vieillissent et leur coût de maintenance augmente. Selon l’ESA, le marché est donc mûr pour un lanceur comme Vega, qui devrait à terme offrir des tarifs intéressants (40 millions d’euros pour ce vol inaugural).Emportant à son bord deux petits satellites expérimentaux et sept mini-satellites “Vega vise le marché des petites charges utiles, principalement institutionnelles”. Elle a surtout vocation “à garantir un accès européen à l’espace” sur ce marché, indique Benoît Geffroy, de la direction des lanceurs de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA). Ce matin, à 7H00 heure locale, Vega a allumé successivement ses trois étages inférieurs à propulsion solide et son dernier étage à propulsion liquide (AVUM) pour atteindre une orbite circulaire à 1.450 kilomètres d’altitude.Neuf satellites placés avec succès en orbite À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreUne fois dans l’espace, AVUM a alors relâchés LARES (acronyme de Laser Relativity Satellite), une sphère de tungstène de 37 centimètres de diamètre pour près de 400 kilogrammes. Equipée de 92 réflecteurs, ce satellite “passif” sera bombardé par des lasers qui permettront de mesurer “l’effet Lense-Thirring” prédit par Einstein dans sa théorie de la relativité générale : la distorsion de l’espace-temps causé par la rotation d’un corps possédant une masse.Ensuite, AVUM est redescendu comme prévu 350 kilomètres plus bas pour lâcher le satellite ALMASat-1, un démonstrateur d’environ 13 kilogrammes construit par l’Université de Bologne. Egalement placés en orbite, les sept autres mini-satellites “CubeSats” (10 cm de côté pour moins d’un kilo), développés par des étudiants dans le cadre d’un programme européen lancé en 2007, comportent notamment les premiers satellites roumains (Goliat), hongrois (MaSat-1) et polonais (PW-Sat-1).”Un nouveau membre de la famille des lanceurs est né” après dix années de développement, s’est Jean-Jacques Dordain, concédant avec le sourire que “les proverbes italiens” qui déconseillent de voyager un mardi ou un vendredi “sont bien meilleurs que les superstitions françaises, les miennes en particulier”. Prévu le 9 février, ce premier vol de Vega avait dû être repoussé à ce lundi malgré les réticences avouées de M. Dordain à tirer des fusées le 13 du mois. Le 13 février 2012 à 16:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Au Gabon les baleines à bosse offrent un exceptionnel ballet amoureux

first_imgAu Gabon, les baleines à bosse offrent un exceptionnel ballet amoureuxAu Gabon, les buffles et les éléphants côtoient les crocodiles et les baleines, qui offrent souvent de remarquables parades. Pourtant, dans cette région d’Afrique équatoriale, le tourisme peine à se développer.Le Gabon est un des pays côtiers d’Afrique centrale où la forêt équatoriale se termine sur la plage. Là-bas, une nature d’une incroyable richesse donne à voir une des plus belles faunes du globe avec des buffles, des éléphants, des gorilles, des crocodiles, des panthères et, dans l’océan, des baleines. Malgré cela, le tourisme peine à se développer, notamment en raison d’un manque d’infrastructures hôtelières adaptées et à cause des tarifs des liaisons aériennes. La principale source de revenus du Gabon reste l’exploitation pétrolière offshore. Pourtant, on ne peut pas dire que les baleines à bosse ne font pas d’efforts pour attirer les touristes, bien au contraire. Cité par l’AFP, Koumba Kombila, expert “pêche” auprès de l’Agence nationale des parcs nationaux (ANPN) explique : “il y a vraiment des observations incroyables, il n’y a pas assez d’études pour expliquer pourquoi elles sont aussi joueuses, et pourquoi elles se laissent approcher et viennent même au bateau”. Ces dernières années, les cétacés se sont montrer plus nombreux. Une augmentation que le spécialiste justifie par la politique du programme “Gabon bleu” qui vise à préserver les côtes du pays. “Cette année nous avons régulé la pêche et fait respecter les limites au niveau de la pêche”, afin de préserver les zones où les cétacés viennent se reproduire, ajoute M. Kombila qui gère Gabon bleu. De fait, les baleines à bosse sont nombreuses à s’élancer dans un ballet amoureux en frôlant les rares bateaux de touristes. Une proximité toute particulière avec les baleinesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le capitaine et guide Arnaud Duffy souffle aux touristes : “Restez calmes et faites leur confiance…”, tandis que quatre cétacés d’une trentaine de tonnes chacun passe tout près de sa frêle embarcation. Tout à coup, une baleine sort la tête de l’eau et dans un souffle bruyant arrose le bateau, raconte l’AFP. “Ça fait 25 ans que je joue avec les baleines et je ne crois pas m’en être déjà lassé”, confie M. Duffy. “Peut-être que cette quiétude vient du fait qu’il y a beaucoup moins de chalutiers”, suppose M. Kombila. Selon lui, les experts s’étonnent toujours de la proximité toute particulière qui existe ici entre les hommes et les cétacés. En effet, à une dizaine de mètres du bateau à peine, les baleines à bosse se lancent dans une dernière danse, plongent en agitant leurs larges queues, puis se propulsent hors de l’eau dans un énorme fracas. Elles sont de plus en plus nombreuses “grâce aux mesures de protection de la faune aquatique”, confirme Arnaud Duffy. Le capitaine raconte en effet qu’à ses débuts en mer, “il était vraiment rare de voir des baleines, c’était tout à fait exceptionnel. Aujourd’hui la population grandit”.Le 8 septembre 2013 à 09:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The First Black Hole Photographed Now Has a Cool Name

first_img On April 10, the first image of a black hole was shared around the world, and now, the massive region of space has a new name: “Powehi,” a Hawaiian phrase that refers to an “embellished dark source of unending creation.”Larry Kimura, a Hawaiian language professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, was asked by astronomers involved with the project to come up with a name for the black hole, CNN reported. According to the Event Horizon Telescope, the international collaboration behind the black hole image project, two of the eight telescopes used to capture the black hole image are stationed in Hawaii. Astronomers collaborated with renowned @UHHilo Hawaiian language professor and cultural practitioner Larry Kimura for the Hawaiian naming of the #EHTBlackHole – #Pōwehi. #HumansOfUHHilo pic.twitter.com/fCZ2dzKVQk— University of Hawaii System (@UHawaiiNews) April 10, 2019Powehi has an interesting backstory: It has roots in the Kumulipo, an 18th century Hawaiian chant that details a creation story. The name is composed of two terms from this historic chant: Po, which means profound dark source of unending creation, and wehi (wehiwehi), which is one of the many ways that explains Po in the chant.“It is awesome that we, as Hawaiians today, are able to connect to an identity from long ago, as chanted in the 2,102 lines of the Kumulipo, and bring forward this precious inheritance for our lives today. To have the privilege of giving a Hawaiian name to the very first scientific confirmation of a black hole is very meaningful to me and my Hawaiian lineage that comes from po,” Kimura said in a press statement. “I hope we are able to continue naming future black holes from Hawaii astronomy according to the Kumulipo.”The @ehtelescope team built an Earth-sized telescope by linking radio dishes around the world.In April 2017, all they all swiveled to look at the supermassive black hole at the center of Messier 87, a galaxy in Virgo constellation. #RealBlackHole #EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/0hUPpDbYkH— National Science Foundation (@NSF) April 10, 2019The first image of a black hole was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope, a project that connected eight different telescopes worldwide. Powehi and its shadow, which are located in the center of M87, a galaxy in space, were photographed two years ago, however, the results were shared at a press conference on Wednesday. The project gathered 5,000 trillion bytes of data in two weeks, which was then processed through supercomputers for scientists.Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun pic.twitter.com/AymXilKhKe— Event Horizon ‘Scope (@ehtelescope) April 10, 2019“We have achieved something presumed to be impossible just a generation ago,” Sheperd S. Doeleman, EHT project director, said in a National Science Foundation (NSF) press release. “Breakthroughs in technology, connections between the world’s best radio observatories, and innovative algorithms all came together to open an entirely new window on black holes and the event horizon.”More on Geek.com:Astronomers Capture Image of Black Hole for the First TimeAstronomers May Soon Reveal the First Photo of a Supermassive Black HoleAstronomers Discover 83 Supermassive Black Holes in Early Universe NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on targetlast_img read more

Russias hero is under investigation

first_imgValencia forward Denis Cheryshev is the subject of a Spanish probe for allegedly receiving growth hormone injectionsForward Denis Cheryshev was the hero of the Russia national team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in their own country.The 27-year-old footballer has been loaned to Valencia this year, where he has two appearances and one goal.But his good run might be cut, after a Russian publication quoted the player’s father, Dmitri Cheryshev, said his son received growth hormone injections when he played in Villarreal in 2017.“An investigation has been opened to get more information regarding this case,” a spokesman for Spain’s anti-doping agency AEPSAD told France 24.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“The investigation is being carried out in cooperation with Russia’s anti-doping agency and in permanent contact with the World Anti-Doping Agency which is aware of the affair and will be informed of the conclusions.”But Cherysev says his conscience is clear.“On my side, everything has been honest and I think there will be no problem,” he told Russian Sport-Express.“I think we’d better leave this case in the hands of medics, who have done everything right.”last_img read more

Global chemical watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — Efforts to eliminate chemical weapons won a Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for the global watchdog trying to destroy Syria’s stockpiles of nerve gas and other poisonous agents.By giving its prestigious prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Norwegian Nobel Committee turned the spotlight both on Syria’s devastating civil war and on a type of weapon that has horrified nations since World War I.The reaction in Syria was notably polarized. A senior Syrian rebel called the award a `’premature step” that will divert the world’s attention from “the real cause of the war” while a lawmaker from Syria’s ruling party declared the Nobel to be a vindication of President Bashir Assad’s government.The OPCW was formed in 1997 to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention, the first international treaty to outlaw an entire class of weapons. Based in The Hague, Netherlands, it has largely worked out of the limelight until this year, when the U.N. called upon its expertise to help investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria.“The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law,” the Nobel Committee said in Oslo. “Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons.”last_img

Resources Available To Help Mitigate Expected DV Holiday Spike

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For most of us, Christmas conjures up images of sparkling holiday trees, mandatory attendance at children’s choirs, and a haze of Christmas parties. But for others, Christmas is the most feared time of the whole year. Domestic violence attacks rise significantly during the festive period. Not a year goes by when we don’t see a seasonal spike in incidents reported to the police. It is easy to understand that the combination of financial pressure, free-flowing alcohol and managing stressful social situations, creates additional burden on relationships. In an abusive relationship, this pressure is ramped up exponentially. Experts say it is also linked to increased risk for suicide in both boys and girls who experience teen dating violence, and for women exposed to partner violence. The Alaska Department of Health and Human Services is recommending newly updated resources for those dealing with intimate partner violence. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-resources-available-to-help-mitigate-expected-dv-holiday-spike.mp3VmDorene-on-resources-available-to-help-mitigate-expected-dv-holiday-spike.mp300:00RPd The website is full of updated content and many of the best nationwide resources to offer advise on the issue including the most important step of safety planning for the victim, children, resources, and confidentiality and also reducing the risk of lethal violence. These women are nearly five times more likely to attempt suicide as women not exposed to partner violence. Intimate Partner Violence is also a precipitating factor for suicide among men. Experts say that having experienced other forms of trauma or violence, such as child sexual or physical abuse or exposure to parental or caregiver domestic violence, is an important risk factor for perpetrating and experiencing Intimate Partner Violence.last_img read more

Want to Take Your Coding to the Next Level Check out These

first_imgNovember 1, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read Between constantly designing, coding, testing, maintaining and updating, most developers likely feel that their work is never truly done.Related: 5 Growth-Hacking Strategies to Increase Your App DownloadsAs someone who has worked closely with developers, I can confirm that no matter which field of computer programming and technology these talented people inhabit, they’re constantly juggling new ideas with existing projects, responsibilities and spontaneous crises — which can change from minor to catastrophic in seconds.Because of this, developers need to constantly update their arsenal of tools and keep a close eye on not just their workload, but their effectivenss at moving from task to task without sacrificing productivity.To get the most out of limited time and resources, developers need solutions to help them minimize the time wasted and maximize their efforts. Here are seven of the best tools and hacks I can recommend to improve your development productivity and to get the most out of your work.1. Automate your change-tracking.Tracking changes is vital to your company’s development projects, especially as code is rewritten, modified or added to daily. Manually tracking changes is not viable in massive projects and can lead to breakdowns and wasted time down the line. That’s where Git can help a developer: It’s a control-management tool designed to track changes in source code files and reduce the time developers spend looking for a clear history of changes.Additionally, automating change logs lets developers create branching paths in directories. This means they can test several versions of the same idea without losing each one and having to start over. Git also allows every team member in a project to automatically track his or her local changes, which are then uploaded and distributed to everyone on the project directory.Related: How Growth Hacking Is Redefining Marketing2. Audit your open source code and close any vulnerabilities.The development and computer science community is increasingly embracing open source, as everyone from freelancers to corporations as large as Microsoft contribute to the world’s coding knowledge for free. Developers today simply can’t develop software at the pace needed, without open source. After all, why should any of us re-invent the wheel when we can simply download it from GitHub? However, open source brings new security and compliance challenges, and currently most developers lack the necessary tools to handle these unique challenges alone. Software composition analysis solutions, like WhiteSource, automate the process of selecting and approving open source components and send alerts in real time on security and compliance issues so that you can use open source freely without worry.3. Refactor your code consistently.Aside from rewriting and making wholesale changes to your code, it’s important that you constantly ensure it’s written in the clearest and most efficient way possible. Especially for repositories that will be in widespread use — as with most major projects — clean code is a vital attribute of functionality and usability.Refactoring code helps you accomplish three things: It keeps you familiar with the code you’re writing, improves the applicability potential for the code and makes it easier to maintain the code.4. Leave your mouse behind.One of the hardest habits for developers to break is using their mouse. While a mouse is a vital peripheral for navigating your operating system, most IDEs and editors can and do work almost exclusively with a keyboard. Constantly switching between your mouse and keyboard can interrupt your flow, and usually means you’re browsing away from your IDE. Moreover, spending hundreds of hours coding and using a mouse for minute movements can hurt your wrist.Instead, create keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys that remove the need to constantly shift your hands around. AutoHotKey, and other scripting languages like it can make it easier for you to automate actions into single hotkeys and key combinations. This can include anything from keystrokes to mouse clicks, menu selections and more.5. Keep your projects in separate desktopsOne of the biggest productivity roadblocks for developers is the number of screens, windows, editor tabs and other clutter they have open simultaneously on their desktops. It’s not uncommon to work on several projects at once while having a browser with multiple research tabs active, as well as messaging or project management tools open simultaneously. This makes it harder to find the right window, information and application and causes a lack of organization and method.Separating your projects, research and other uses of your time into separate virtual desktops can help you keep organized and streamline your productivity. You can better focus on the specifics of the task at hand. Most operating systems already have this option available. They include Windows 10, Mac OS X, and Linux — the three most popular operating systems for developers. You can even add to this concept by incorporating multiple physical displays to help you keep better track of the information you need while you work.6. Build a code base and update it.The more you code and learn different languages, the harder it becomes to keep your knowledge fresh and easily accessible. It’s easy to forget small shortcuts and useful functions you’ve created in the past, and frustrating to spend hours trying to recreate code from scratch. Moreover, knowing useful functions can improve your productivity down the line by reducing the time you spend on smaller tasks.Get into the habit of building a code base full of past programs; distinctive tools in the languages you use, including widgets and snippets; and functions that you can implement in a number of applications. 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