Chandigarh: Bhagwant Mann, the Aam Aadmi Party Punjab unit chief, said, here on Saturday, Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has put his stamp on the allegations of Sukhbir Badal-Amarinder Singh bonhomie that the AAP has been levelling since the Congress government came to power in the state. Mann, the AAP candidate for the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, quoted Sidhu as saying both were in league to protect each other’s personal and political interests. In a statement, Mann said even though the people of Punjab were privy to the ‘friendly’ match between both the families the views expressed by none other than a senior Cabinet Minister in the Amarinder Singh government was significant and endorsed the AAP’s allegations. Had there been no friendly feelings between the two prominent political families, umpteen cases of corruption against the Badals would not have been shelved nor would Amarinder Singh have received a clean chit in the multi-crore scams, the AAP leader said.
Prof. Joe Norris works with students recently. The dramatic arts professor recently created a new research methodology called duoethnography.Here’s a homegrown Trivial Pursuit question: Who’s the first person to co-invent not only a brand-new English word, but a word that has the u-o-e vowel sequence?Answer: Joe Norris, dramatic arts professor and co-inventor with Richard Sawyer of Washington State University in Vancouver, of a new research methodology called “Duoethnography.”Anthropologists and other researchers have long relied on using standardized tools, such as questionnaires, surveys, interviews and observations, to gather information from people. The information, in turn, becomes baseline data for research. Traditional information gathering methods are largely based on a one-on-one, researcher-and-subject relationship.Duoethnography involves two people, usually researchers, conversing with one another in script form on the same subject from very different viewpoints. As they gain insights and knowledge through the course of the conversation, the two people begin to change their perspectives.These changes in viewpoints become the research data. The research is dialogic with a transformational result.Norris and Sawyer first came up with the methodology as the two researchers were discussing sexual orientation at a conference. Norris shared his experience of being a straight man who was “taught homophobia in Grade 5.” Sawyer similarly discussed his experiences growing up gay.This original article laid the foundation for two new books, Duoethnography: Dialogic methods for social, health, and educational research, and Understanding Qualitative Research: Duoethnography.“I begin to question my story by listening to Rick’s,” Norris recalls. “Rick begins to question his story by listening to mine. As a result, as you read the research, you don’t see us telling, like in a traditional way, here’s the data. The data changes as the data is being collected.”The two researchers developed their experience into the duoethnography methodology.Norris is also credited with transforming “playbuilding” – the use of theatre to deepen understanding of the social world – into a research methodology with colleagues and graduate students now employing it.??Here, the research “data” includes the audience members’ ideas about, involvement in and reactions to what they see on the stage or video. The audience addresses the problems they see being acted out, teaching themselves about the topic through the process.His book on the topic received the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from The Qualitative Research Special Interest Group of The American Educational Research Association. Norris says theatre can also teach actors about some core concepts that are tricky to explain in words. He gives the example of an improvisational play devised for a human sexuality conference more than a decade ago, where the participants were trying to understand the concept of “innocence.”Norris instructed the cast to go up on stage and act as if they were four-year-old children. They hopped, skipped, jumped, and one young woman twirled around, making her long skirt billow.“I saw a particular thing happening, and then I froze the improvisation,” recalls Norris. “I said, ‘I think we have it!’ I asked the actor, ‘What did you want to do?’ he kept saying, ‘Nothing.’”Norris probed the participant, who finally admitted that, as a four-year-old boy, he would have wanted to crawl under the four-year-old girl’s skirt.“I said, ‘That’s it! There is innocence!” says Norris. “As a four-year-old, you would have gone underneath the skirt and it would have been no sin whatsoever. As an adult, you censored yourself. There, within the improv, we found innocence.”Norris continues to explore dialogic research methodologies that are conducted ‘with’ the Other.
It didn’t take long for Deshaun Thomas to point out the reason behind the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-45 victory against Minnesota. The junior forward, known for his prowess on offense, credited the Buckeyes’ tenacious effort on the defensive end of the court. “We played great defense,” Thomas said after Wednesday night’s game. “That’s what Ohio State basketball is all about.” “Great” might be a fair way to describe the Buckeyes’ defensive performance against the Gophers. In all, OSU held Minnesota to 29 percent shooting, as the Gophers limped to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. The Buckeyes’ energized defense looked completely different from the lethargic one that was annihilated by Wisconsin the game before. In OSU’s 71-49 loss to the Badgers on Feb. 17, the Buckeyes were picked apart on the defensive end, looking unprepared and even disinterested at times. “I think against Wisconsin we were just out there, we weren’t doing our job,” said sophomore guard Shannon Scott. “This game we came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and we were able to feed off that.” The phrase “defense wins championships” is an age-old idiom. Whether OSU is a championship-caliber squad has yet to be determined. But one thing seems to have become clear in recent weeks, and it was confirmed against Minnesota: giving a great effort on defense helps OSU stop opponents, but such an effort also affects the Buckeyes’ ability to score. Part of OSU’s need for strong defensive efforts can be attributed to its deficiencies on offense. Though the Buckeyes have Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer averaging 20.1 points per game, no other player averages double figures. So when the Buckeyes are forced to execute their offense in the half court – where defenses are able to key in on Thomas – OSU sometimes produces fairly ugly results. “They are talented, but they don’t shoot the ball well,” said former Buckeye Jerry Lucas, who was honored as one of the top 75 players in NCAA Tournament history on Wednesday. “That seems to be the thing that lacks the most in this team, they just aren’t consistent shooters.” The Buckeyes might not have the most proficient shooters, but players like Scott and sophomore forward Sam Thompson appear to thrive in fast-paced games when they can race up and down the court. Fast break opportunities seldom happen when a team is taking the ball out of the net after their opponent scores. But when a defense can get stops and steals, then they will likely also receive a chance to run. OSU did just that against Minnesota, forcing 21 turnovers and scoring 20 points in transition. “I think when our defense is really rolling, it helps our offense get going,” said Scott, whose three steals proved to be a catalyst in OSU’s ability to turn defense into offense against the Gophers. “We knew we wanted to pressure them the whole game, but we didn’t want our defense to speak for itself,” he said. “If they turned the ball over, we were going to execute off of that.” The Buckeyes will now turn their attention to a bout with No. 4 Michigan State on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) beat OSU by three points earlier in the year and are a game behind Indiana for the top spot in the Big Ten standings. No. 18 OSU (19-7, 9-5 Big Ten) is in fifth place, trailing Indiana by three games. The top four teams in the conference receive a bye in the Big Ten tournament, which tips off on March 14. Despite the gravity of the upcoming game against Michigan State, Scott said the team will treat it like any other. If the Buckeyes are to pull off the upset, they will likely need to treat the Spartans with the defensive effort seen against Minnesota.
Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes the ball down the court in the second half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 79-52. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team has surprised everyone in the 2017-18 season. Before the year began, finishing 13th in the Big Ten seemed to closer to the expectation than anything.Entering the Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes are 13th — in the nation. They begin the conference tournament Thursday as the No. 2 seed.They would have gone in as the top seed had it not been for Penn State, the No. 7 seed in the tournament. The Nittany Lions delivered the Buckeyes both two of Ohio State’s three Big Ten losses during the regular season. “I don’t have to review our struggles with Penn State,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said Wednesday. Should Ohio State find a way past Penn State, it will be facing off against No. 8 Purdue, the third seed in the tournament. Beyond that, in the championship round of the tournament, it could face No. 2 Michigan State, the regular-season conference champion and top seed in the tournament.There is not necessarily a ton of pressure on the Buckeyes to win the tournament. Sitting at 24-7 overall and 15-3 in conference play, they have essentially locked up an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and don’t need the automatic bid that comes with winning the Big Ten tournament. Penn State, however, is not necessarily in the same position. Though it appears likely the Nittany Lions will land an at-large bid, the 20-13 regular-season record and 9-9 conference record in a down year for the Big Ten could use additional wins to punch their ticket into March Madness.Though Holtmann believes Penn State is a tournament team already, he said he knows teams that viewed as bubble teams could have added motivation to excel in the conference tourney given the necessity to come away with the win to keep national championship hopes alive.Last season, he led his No. 2-seeded Butler team against No. 7-seeded Xavier and remembered the added motivation from the Musketeers.“[Xavier] needed another quality win to get in [the NCAA Tournament] most people thought,” Holtmann said. “So there was certainly a level of urgency I think on both of our ends, but you could see it with them for sure because I think they were right on that bubble.”Adding to the challenge of playing Penn State is that the Nittany Lions are fresh off a win Thursday against Northwestern, while the Buckeyes have not played in a game since Feb. 23. The Buckeyes have had more time to rest, but they have not known who to prepare for and Holtmann said the team balanced its practice for both teams.Holtmann said that while his team might be more well-rested, Penn State will come in more game-ready. “I do think there’s a little bit of an advantage when you can play, have a win under your belt there,” Holtmann said. “So we’ll need to be ready from the jump because that team will have won a game and got a little bit of momentum the night before, so I think you’ve got to be ready for that.”If the Buckeyes are able to beat the Nittany Lions for the first time all season, the path remains challenging. Presumably, they will face Purdue and then Michigan State. The Buckeyes beat both teams in the only two matchups between the teams believed to be the conference’s best, but the Buckeyes would enter neither as the favorite to win. Purdue had just started the roughest part of its season when it lost to the Buckeyes, losing three straight to Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. The Boilermakers finished the season with three straight wins and only need to beat Rutgers, the lowest seed in the tournament, to advance to the semi-finals in a matchup against the winner of Ohio State vs. Purdue. Michigan State stumbled against Ohio State but rebounded by winning its final 14 games of the season. The Spartans would need to beat ninth-seeded Wisconsin and the winner of the matchup between No. 5 Michigan and No. 4 Nebraska. The team understandably has said it will not look any further than its first game. Especially now that the opponent is Penn State, the Buckeyes need to be completely ready to face a team that dominated them in the last outing. At the beginning of the year, Ohio State would have been expected to enter the Big Ten tournament, at the very best, in that position. A bubble team that needed some wins to get into the NCAA Tournament. It will not be in that position, and it will not even be an underdog for at least its first matchup against Penn State.Holtmann said he needs his team to enter the tournament with a balance of both an underdog and confident mentality, knowing that it could face a mixture of teams that Ohio State might be favored against and others where the opponents will be favored.“I talked to people all the time that question if this group is going to be a quick out in both tournaments because of our lack of this or our lack of that,” Holtmann said. “Hopefully our guys will play with the necessary chip that’s required and if not, it’s going to show in our play.”
A paper at the SME Annual Meeting at the beginning of the month considers the feasibility study for the Grasberg block cave mine (IM, March 2010), finalised in May 2008, that indicated a production capacity of 160,000 t/d. A rail haulage system was an integral part of the mine design. This paper describes the simulation process used in optimising the design and discusses the key factors and variables that impact the capacity of the system. The final recommendations for the haulage level layout and associated equipment are also included.The optimisation process was to be performed using a simulation approach. A model of the ore handling system was developed using Arena simulation software.The authors – D. Marsh of the University of Arizona, C. Peppin of Stantec Mining and I. Ross, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold – conclude: “The simulation approach is an appropriate tool to model the complex ore handling system planned for the GBC. The Arena software was flexible enough to allow all the relevant variables to be tested to find the optimal combination.“The number of runs used in this process was 815. This number of scenarios might appear to be excessive. However, when the life of the mine and the ore to be handled is considered (almost 20 years and 1 billion tonnes), this is a relatively small investment in time for such a significant undertaking.“The optimisation process has allowed management to make the decision on the appropriate elevation for the rail haulage.”
WipWare continually embraces innovation and leading-edge technology, during the last year investigating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for blast fragmentation studies, using 3-D printed prototyping in its research and development projects, and partnering with initiatives such as Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) and the Innovation Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (ICAMP). Its innovation has been recognized with two recent awards.Earlier this year WipWare’s entrepreneurial achievement was recognized by PROFIT 500, ranking in the top third of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies as rated by revenue growth over five years.Most recently the company received the Innovation Award during the Bell Evening of Excellence Awards ceremony as part of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce 2013 Small Business Week activities. “It’s gratifying that the team we’ve assembled receives this recognition,” said WipWare President Tom Palangio. “We encourage our people to think outside the box and that, in part, leads to the ongoing success that WipWare has experienced.”WipWare is an industrial automation firm producing fragmentation analysis software and automated photoanalysis hardware systems primarily servicing mining.
…attempted to employ the journal which was recognised throughout the world as the mouthpiece of Irish rights in the monstrous task of applauding negro slavery and denouncing the emancipation of the Jews. I would not permit him to make me responsible for these opinions at that time, nor would I permit any man in the world to do so to-day.Duffy suggests that Mitchel “learned these opinions” from that other famous racist and proslavery advocate, Thomas Carlyle. It’s hard to argue with Duffy’s observation that Mitchel’s hateful beliefs were “strangely unsuitable equipment for a spokesman of Irish liberty.”In 1853 Mitchel escaped from the penal colony of Tasmania and settled in New York. He was warmly greeted and highly regarded by his hosts, But he was soon unwelcome for there many reasons, not least his outspoken pro-slavery views. In 1857 he set up a Southern Citizen newspaper in Tennessee with his friend William Graham Swan. It’s prospectus held that the…Institution of Negro Slavery is a sound, just, wholesome Institution; and therefore, that the question of re-opening the African Slave Trade is a question of expediency alone…Desire to re-open the slave tradeMitchel supported the re-opening of the African Slave Trade. The voyage across the Atlantic during the heyday of this “trade in human flesh” had led to the deaths of more than 1 million Africans alone. This aspect of the Atlantic slave trade (treated in isolation) fulfils Article II of the Convention on Genocide. But this was a non-issue for Mitchel. For him this was “a good, a positive good”. He felt that price of slaves in the South was too high and to have a more egalitarian society the price must come down so that even the poorest white could own a slave. Thus re-opening of the slave trade was for Mitchel key to increasing the supply of labour in the South. This was Mitchel’s republicanism.Ironically other influential racists in the South were, for various racist reasons, against this idea. Some did not want the price of their “stock” reducing, while others did want any more Africans in their country.The depth of Mitchel’s belief in slavery and white supremacy is sharply illustrated in a letter he sent in 1857 to his good friend, Fr. John Kenyon. Kenyon was known in abolitionist circles as “the slave tolerating priest of Templederry”, but he took issue with Mitchel’s enthusiastic support for slavery and declared that it was “monstrous” to promote the system for its own sake. Mitchel’s reply lays bare his moral collapse.He told Kenyon that he wanted to make the people of the US “proud and fond of [slavery] as a national institution, and advocate its extension by re-opening the trade in Negroes.” He claimed that slavery was inherently moral, it was “good in itself” and that yes he ”promotes it for its own sake.”Then comes the coup de grace. After brief discussion of how slavery was viewed by the Catholic Church he writes that this was in any case a moot point. He believed that the religious debate with regards to the immorality of the“enslavement of men” did not apply to “negro slaves”. Why is this? According to Mitchel,“To enslave them is impossible or to set them free either. They are born and bred slaves.”Mitchel felt sorry for the “poor negroes” of the NorthWhen the American Civil War started Mitchel moved to Richmond, Virginia. He never sympathised with the enslaved black population of the South but yet felt sorry for the “poor negroes” of the North who he claimed were tricked into fighting against their best interests.These were the same “poor negroes” of the Union army who helped win the war and free over three million slaves. As the war progressed, two of his sons died fighting to defend the Confederacy/Slavery and a third lost an arm.As the Confederate side became desperate, it was suggested by some of their Generals to use slaves as soldiers to bolster their ranks. It was proposed that the slaves who fought would be freed afterwards. An incredulous Mitchel condemned this idea as perverted for……if freedom be a reward for negroes – that is, if freedom be a good thing for negroes – why, then it is, and always was, a grievous wrong and crime to hold them in slavery at all. If it be true that the state of slavery keeps these people depressed below the condition to which they could develop their nature, their intelligence, and their capacity for enjoyment, and what we call “progress” then every hour of their bondage for generations is a black stain upon the white race.Since Mitchel consistently believed that Africans were born and bred slaves he opposed this measure, but it is fascinating to see him elucidate the moral consequences if he was proved to be wrong.How then was Mitchel rehabilitated by prominent Irish nationalists at the turn of the century as a totem for Irish independence and liberty? You need look no further than the founder of Sinn Fein, Arthur Griffith. In a preface to a 1918 edition of Mitchel’s influential Jail Journal Griffith compares Mitchel to Swift, calls him a “fearless speaker of the truth” who demolished the “moral basis” of abolitionism.Griffith, by quoting Scripture, agrees with Mitchel that slavery was a non-issue, an invention of a crime. He recalls how Mitchel asked the abolitionists “Are you better Christians than Him who founded Christianity, better lovers of liberty than the Greeks who invented it, better republicans than Washington and Jefferson?” Griffith is satisfied that this comprehensively wins the argument, and then follows this quotation with a revealing opinion that shows his own racist reasoning and nationalistic myopia.Even his views on negro-slavery have been deprecatingly excused, as if excuse were needed for an Irish Nationalist declining to hold the negro his peer in right. When the Irish Nation needs explanation or apology for John Mitchel the Irish Nation will need its shroud.But I would prefer to leave to final word to Frederick Douglass, a former slave and once an admirer of Mitchel, who ultimately branded him a “traitor to humanity”.Liam Hogan is a librarian and historian. He is a graduate of the University of Limerick and Aberystwyth University and is currently working on his first book, a study of the historical relationship between Limerick and slavery. You can follow him on Twitter @Limerick1914Read: 1,000-year-old looted Celtic treasure discovered in British Museum storeroomAnalysis: How an RTÉ satire (possibly) helped bring down a government RICHARD WEBB CO-FOUNDED the Hibernian Anti-Slavery Society in Dublin in 1837. He was arguably the most active, influential and well connected anti-slavery campaigner in Ireland in the 19th century. In 1847 he viewed John Mitchel as a hero, one who “loved Ireland and sacrificed everything for Ireland.”It was around this time that Webb hung a portrait of John Mitchel on the wall of his son’s bedroom, but when Alfred Webb (Richard’s son) returned from Australia in 1855 he was surprised to find that the portrait had been removed from the wall and discarded. Why did Richard Webb change his mind so completely about Mitchel?As early as 1848 John Mitchel was making it clear that he believed that slavery was a legitimate institution. The basis for this view was quite simple. Mitchel was a proud racist, one who believed in the supremacy of the “white race”. He believed” negroes” were an inherently inferior “race”. Such views were not common among his Young Ireland colleagues. Charles Gavan Duffy found Mitchel’s pro-slavery beliefs to be repellent. Duffy recounts how he refused to publish some of Mitchel’s writings in the Nation newspaper as he had:
Why we need to reconsider how we view Gay Pride Festivals LGBT does not stand for Linkedin, Google, Buzzfeed, Twitter. Share328 Tweet Email1 Friday 23 Jun 2017, 6:04 PM Written by Kelly Earley and posted on DailyEdge.ie 21,519 Views By DailyEdge.ie Add us: dailyedge Jun 23rd 2017, 6:04 PM 145 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3461021 This article was originally published on DailyEdge.ie on 20 June but is being republished following the author’s appearance on the RTÉ Radio One show Drivetime.Pride events take place this weekend across Ireland. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesIN THE UNITED States, Gay Pride marches were triggered by the Stonewall Riots in 1969, which were a huge turning point for LGBTQ history.After ongoing harassment by police, a group of LGBTQ people (who were predominantly transgender women of colour) took a stand at the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village.Word spread throughout New York and the rioting patrons were soon joined in protest by over a thousand LGBTQ people. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesOver the next two years, gay rights groups assembled and began to hold marches across America.It wasn’t until over a decade later that in Ireland, on the morning of September 10th, 1982, the body of 31-year-old Declan Flynn was found in Fairview Park.Declan was a gay man who had been beaten to death by a group of teenagers who had admitted to previously attacking at least twenty other gay men in the park in the six weeks prior. Source: Irish Queer ArchivesThe young men who murdered Declan Flynn believed that they had been vigilantes and that there was justification for the regular “queer bashing” sessions that they partook in for entertainment purposes in the park.The Irish courts did not see the young men at fault.The judge who dealt with the case said (at 31:00) that there was “no element of correction required” in the young men’s behaviour. They were handed suspended sentences and allowed to walk free. The very same year, someone received a one-year sentence for stealing a purse containing £20.36.At the time, David Norris described this as giving people “a license to kill” members of the LGBTQ community.The following year, Ireland’s first Gay Pride march was held in protest of the levels of violence against gay men and women in Ireland. 400 people marched from Liberty Hall to Fairview Park.Today, Pride has drifted away from its meaningful political beginnings.Gay Pride marches are now massively sponsored events with a huge corporate presence. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesSo much so that there was outrage last month when it emerged that there was no space left in London Pride for a Bisexual bloc. That’s right. No bisexuals at Pride. A day later it was rectified, but not until after London Pride had placed the blame on bisexual groups for not being organised enough.Surely bisexual groups (50 of which were on the waiting list) should have space held for them and be prioritised over groups like ‘LGBTQ Supernatural Fans’. (Does anyone even watch Supernatural anymore?)This is where the problems with today’s Gay Pride become particularly evident. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesThe presence of companies like Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Smirnoff and a serious handful of banks is overwhelming.Pride events are seen simply as advertisement campaigns for these companies. Perhaps this wouldn’t be such an issue if they were doing anything at all in order to help LGBTQ people. In New York, sponsored events are charging up to $50 for admission. That’s simply just not what Pride is about.A lot of people believe that companies openly associating themselves with the LGBTQ community are brave and radical. In this Burger King advertisement, young girls are moved to tears after Burger King presents them with a ‘Proud Whopper’. Source: Pink NewsWhat’s a ‘Proud Whopper’, you ask? It’s a normal Whopper, in a rainbow wrapper. It’s supposed to be a heartwarming way of saying that we’re all the same on the inside. People are literally crying over a hamburger because they find its wrapper inspiring.What would be more empowering and inspiring would be for Burger King to have gender neutral bathrooms, donate money to homeless charities (homelessness disproportionately affects young LGBTQ people in America) or maybe campaign against the immense violence that transgender people face.Wrapping a Whopper in some rainbow paper and selling it to gay people is neither radical nor beneficial to anyone (except Burger King’s revenue). Source: Niall CarsonIn Iceland, sponsors are not allowed to display logos at the country’s Pride march.A third of the country’s population of 300,000 attend Reykjavik Pride annually. Advertisements are only displayed on the event’s website and in magazines to prevent commercialisation of Pride.The event’s treasurer, Gunnlaugur Bragi Bjornsson said the goal is:“to keep the focus on the cause, what we have achieved and what is yet to be won. [They do not want to] lose sight of their main goals; we believe it’s likely that corporate floats would outshine our important message”.That’s one way of keeping space for bisexual people.LGBTQ people in Ireland may have won same-sex marriage, but it’s only the beginning of solving the issues that our community faces. Source: Brian LawlessLast month, days before the anniversary of the marriage referendum, The George was vandalised with homophobic graffiti. To straight people, this might seem like a bit of chalk and not a huge deal.To LGBTQ people, it’s a reminder that there will always be people trying to undermine and attack spaces that are welcoming and safe. People still beat up LGBTQ people in Ireland regularly. I have little doubt that it doesn’t go on in every school in the country to some degree. A memorial for the victims of the Orlando shooting. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesLast year in Orlando, Florida we saw 49 people get murdered for being LGBTQ. Pride needs to be more about standing up against violence to the LGBTQ community and less about LinkedIn handing out business cards to teenagers in the parade.The presence of TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) and SWERFs (Sex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminists) is a huge issue for LGBTQ people and something that needs to be addressed.You can’t be a feminist if you do not support the rights of all women. This includes sex workers and trans women. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesYet, there are plenty of lesbians and gay men who are openly transphobic and not supportive of sex workers’ rights. This is an issue that Pride should focus on before worrying about giving space to DropBox to hand out discount codes.Gay Pride in Dublin should be in solidarity with Gay Pride in all of the countries where homosexuality is still illegal. It should be in solidarity with all of the countries where people put their lives on the line simply to march through a city openly identifying as LGBT. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesPride should raise awareness about HIV/AIDs (and how nearly 500 people a year are diagnosed with HIV in Ireland), and how to prevent the contraction of the disease with drugs like PrEP. Source: Niall CarsonGay Pride in Dublin should focus more on helping working class LGBTQ people who are still suffering because of austerity in Ireland.We have a gay Taoiseach, we have a Pride festival full of corporate sponsors, but this country cares very little about LGBTQ people who are not good for the economy.It’s time to change that.Working Class Queeroes are a group that have set up a bloc at this year’s Pride in Dublin. They aim to mobilise a radical presence and re-politicise an otherwise commercial and politically sanitised event.In other words, they want to strip Pride back to its roots. They are meeting at 1:15pm this Saturday for the parade for anyone who is sick of Pride being about Microsoft instead of real people.DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Première mondiale : greffe d’une bronche artificielle à BobignyUn patient de 78 ans atteint d’un cancer du poumon s’est vu greffé, avec succès, une bronche artificielle. Cette première mondiale est le fruit du travail de l’équipe du Pr Emmanuel Martinod, de l’hôpital Avicenne de Bobigny (AP-HP).C’est un formidable espoir pour les personnes touchées par le cancer du poumon. Réalisée en octobre 2009, cette innovation chirurgicale “a permis non seulement d’ôter la lésion cancéreuse avec des marges de sécurité plus importantes, mais aussi d’éviter l’ablation complète prévue du poumon, intervention comportant un très haut risque de mortalité postopératoire”, a indiqué l’hôpital Avicenne de Bobigny (AP-HP) dans un communiqué, relayé par l’AFP.Si le patient est surveillé régulièrement depuis sa greffe de bronche artificielle, il va très bien, selon le Pr Emmanuel Martinod. Le spécialiste avait souhaité avoir du recul sur l’état de cet homme de 78 ans avant de communiquer sur cette première mondiale.Actuellement, la chirurgie serait le meilleur traitement des formes précoces non-métastasiques du cancer broncho-pulmonaire. Ce dernier est le plus meurtrier des cancers.La bronche artificielle qui a été greffée est constituée d’un tissu biologique (de l’aorte) renforcé par une structure métallique interne (stent). L’équipe continue de travailler en laboratoire sur le stent. Son objectif ? Pouvoir l’enlever un jour.Une étude sur 20 à 30 patients doit démarrer ce mois-ci. Elle servira à confirmer ce premier résultat. Le 3 mars 2011 à 09:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
La Terre possèderait constamment au moins deux lunesUne équipe d’astronomes suggère que la Terre serait constamment accompagnée d’au moins deux lunes : celle que nous connaissons et des astéroïdes qui gravitent autour de la planète de façon cyclique.En 2006, des astronomes ont découvert qu’un mystérieux objet blanc orbitait autour de la Terre. Dans un premier temps, ils ont pensé qu’il s’agissait d’un reste d’engin spatial mais ils ont conclu ensuite qu’ils étaient plutôt en présence d’un petit astéroïde qui avait été piégé dans le champ gravitationnel de la Terre. Or, selon une nouvelle étude qui vient d’être publiée par des astrophysiciens, ce type de phénomène ne serait pas du tout anormal. Il est même si fréquent que notre planète possèderait constamment tout du moins temporairement, une seconde lune, de quelques mètres de diamètre seulement dans certains cas.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESASelon Mikael Granvik, Jérémie Vaubaillon et Robert Jedicke de l’université de Cornell, ces satellites “irréguliers mais naturels” sont en fait capturés temporairement par la Terre puis relâchés. Mais malgré leur petite taille, ils ont des implications scientifiques phénoménales, d’après les experts cités par le Daily Mail. En effet, bien que difficiles à détecter et à suivre, les astronomes pourraient économiser des millions en attendant que ces astéroïdes orbitent autour de la Terre.Cela éviterait de lancer de très coûteuses missions à travers tout le système solaire. Même si atterrir sur ce type d’astéroïdes est impossible (ils ne font que quelques mètres), les étudier serait tout du moins facile et permettrait de récolter de précieuses informations.Le 27 décembre 2011 à 13:43 • Maxime Lambert
Une enquête de l’Arcep sur Free Mobile est demandée par certains syndicatsUne enquête a été demandée à à l’Arcep par les syndicats Unsa et CFE-CGC. Elle permettra de déterminer si Free Mobile tient bien ses engagements au sujet de la couverture de la population. Depuis que l’offre agressive de Free Mobile a été dévoilée, les syndicats et les opérateurs concurrents s’activent. Les syndicats Unsa et CFE-CGC ont demandé l’ouverture d’une enquête à l’Arcep. Elle visera à déterminer si Free Mobile respecte bien ses engagements, en particulier en ce qui concerne la couverture de la population. Free Mobile doit effectivement couvrir 27% de la population française pour honorer le contrat d’itinérance conclu avec Orange.Les syndicats Unsa et CFE-CGC ont donc demandé à l’Arcep de scruter un éventuel “manquement permanent [de Free Mobile] à ses obligation de couverture de la population métropolitaine”. Selon une rumeur reprise sur le site Génération Nouvelles Technologies, Free aurait bridé ou mis hors tension ses équipements à son lancement. Orange aurait alors supporté la majeure part du flux des nouveaux inscrits à l’offre Free Mobile et donc trompé l’Acerp…L’Arcep va donc se pencher sur cette question. Mais vu que Orange est resté silencieux sur ce point technique, peut-on raisonnablement penser que Free a tenter de duper l’Acerp ? Peu probable vu les risques et la perte économique que cela supposerait. Le résultat de l’enquête permettra de trancher prochainement. Le 26 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has revealed Edinson Cavani took him under his wing during the pair’s time together at Paris Saint-Germain.Edouard has been in impressive form so far this campaign with scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances for Celtic across all competitions and he’s keen to play at the highest level.“When I was at PSG, he gave me advice every day. Whether it was about my positional sense, my finishing, even my speed, he spoke to me a lot.” Edouard said, according to Evening Times.“This gave me a massive amount of belief in myself that a great striker like him took time out to speak to me.”“He basically was responsible for me being a striker and he gave me confidence.“I was also there with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he was different. I was a kid and that was it. He didn’t speak the same language as me so it was not easy to communicate.”Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“Occasionally, he gave me a few instructions through signs, but there wasn’t a lot of exchanges between us.”Meanwhile, Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie insists the team will take the title challenge of Kilmarnock serious when the pair meet this weekend.“We’ll treat Kilmarnock with respect because they are where they are on merit – this isn’t a fluke,” said Christie.“They’ve played some good football and they’re always such a hard team to come up against, which I’m sure will be the case again this weekend.”“But the incentive is clear enough for us – win and we’ll be in first place and that’s where we want to be. A lot has been said about the number of games we’re being asked to play at the moment but we just need to win as many of them as possible and, hopefully, by the time we get to the winter break, we’ll be top of the league.”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — President Barack Obama says his plan for two years of free community college for any American will help train the workforce and improve U.S. competitiveness with other countries. The White House says the program will cost the federal government about $60 billion over 10 years. Details on how Obama proposes to pay for it are to be released next month.States that want to participate in the program will have to chip in, too. Obama modeled his program after one started in Tennessee by the state’s Republican governor. But Obama is getting a cool reception from a Republican-controlled Congress uninterested in big new spending programs. Obama announced the initiative at a community college in Tennessee. He’ll also promote it in his upcoming State of the Union address.
Eluru: West Godavari District Hospital Development Committee chairman Ramu Suryarao called upon the philanthropists to donate liberally to build new departments in the Eluru Government Hospital as it was sanctioned with new equipment for treating heart diseases. Presiding over a meeting of the committee, the MLC said that the donors should come forward to adopt wards in hospital for its development and to extend better services to patients. He said it would cost Rs 25 lakh to construct a new building to keep the modern equipment of heart diseases. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us As the new YSRCP government was bearing the medical expenditure of more than Rs 1,000, everybody should come forward to donate liberally to improve facilities in the hospitals. Everyone should treat hospitals as temples in this context, he appealed. He said that the government sanctioned Rs 266 crore for medical college in Eluru.Hospital Superintendent Dr AVR Mohan said that 61 posts were vacant in the hospital and estimation is being prepared on the expenditure to provide infrastructure in the hospital, he added. DCHS Dr K Sankara Rao, the committee members, Dr Gopala Krishnaiah, Nageswararao, Dr Prasad, Bhaskara Rao, Azam Babu and others were present.
MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe said he misspoke at a recent industry conference in describing the kinds of data the company tracks on its users — and he emphasized that the startup will always allow customers to opt in to location-based marketing offers in the future.Last week, MoviePass removed a feature from its iOS app that would have let the company continuously track the location of customers. That came after Lowe’s comments at an entertainment finance conference in L.A. the week prior boasting about the wealth of personal data MoviePass aggregates on customers.“We get an enormous amount of information,” he said March 2 at Winston Baker’s Entertainment Finance Forum. The MoviePass app tracks users “in your GPS by the phone… so we watch how you drive from home to the movies. We watch where you go afterwards, and so we know the movies you watch. We know all about you. We don’t sell that data. What we do is we use that data to market film.” Meanwhile, the startup has encountered resistance from some theater chains, including AMC Theatres. MoviePass says its service is now accepted at more than 91% of theaters across the U.S.After initially launching the service starting at $30 per month, MoviePass cut its monthly pricing to $9.95 last summer. Then in February, it introduced a plan that works out to $7.95 per month (for customers who pay $115.35 for one year, which includes a $19.95 processing fee). MoviePass subscribers may see up to one movie per day at participating theaters, with certain restrictions.According to MoviePass, the company currently buys around 6% of all domestic movie tickets. Lowe predicts it will be buying around 20% of all tickets by the end of this year.MoviePass sold a majority ownership stake to data firm Helios and Matheson Analytics for $27 million last summer. Other investors in the New York-based company have included Lowe, True Ventures, NALA Investments, WME, and former Facebook chief privacy officer Chris Kelly. In an interview with Variety on Monday, Lowe said he was mistaken about what data the MoviePass app actually collected. “I said something completely inaccurate as far as what we are doing,” he said. “We only locate customers when they use the app.”He added, “If you get in your car and drive five miles, we don’t know where you are or where you are going.”The MoviePass app checks the location of a user only on two different occasions, according to Lowe: when they’re checking for a participating theater in their area and when they check in to a theater (to verify their credit card).MoviePass made the update to the iOS app in consultation with Apple. Previously, the app gave users Apple’s three standard privacy options: never track; track when using the app; and always track. Lowe said the app never activated the “track all the time” capability. “We never used it, and it was confusing to have it there,” Lowe said.In the future, MoviePass envisions building out “this whole ‘night at the movies,’” to give customers recommendations of what to do before or after seeing a movie — for example, getting a special offer from a nearby restaurant. “When we do that, if we do that, we’ll send a request to each customer to let them opt in or opt out,” Lowe said.As far as the information MoviePass shares with exhibitors and studios, Lowe said that data is completely anonymized. “There’s never any personal information” shared with partners, he said. “We never reveal any information that will let them know who bought what.”According to Lowe, about “half a dozen” customers said they canceled their service over the privacy concerns. “It’s not a huge number,” he said.MoviePass currently has about 2 million subscribers, and Lowe has predicted that it will top 5 million by the end of 2018. But many industry observers are skeptical that MoviePass’ model is sustainable — given that the New York-based startup subsidizes moviegoing at a substantial loss.The company’s plan has been to generate additional revenue by sharing customer-viewing data it collects in deals with studios, exhibitors and other potential partners. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
When Valve announced Big Picture for Steam, it felt like the software company might be moving into the console space, as has been rumored with the SteamBox. While there’s still no plans for hardware announced, Steam Big Picture is now out of beta and bringing with it a wealth of games ready to play using the new, TV-friendly interface.The idea behind Big Picture is pretty simple: it’s Steam optimized for game playing on a TV using a controller rather than the PC-staple of a keyboard and mouse. If you throw in some games that have been optimized for a controller, you can move the Steam experience into your living room and enjoy it the same way you would enjoy a console.To make sure the launch goes off without a hitch, the Steam store has 30 games that work with Big Picture on sale to help motivate users to make the switch. When you buy games in the Steam store now, there will be icons to show whether or not the title is completely controller friendly, or only partially so.Big Picture hasn’t changed much since the beta was originally released, and without a dedicated piece of hardware it feels like the adoption rate isn’t going to be great. Casual gamers that also have HTPC’s could see this as a win/win, but hardcore gamers aren’t going to drag their PCs to a television that is undoubtedly lower resolution than their monitors, and most people don’t build HTPC’s with gaming in mind.Big Picture feels like it is waiting for a dedicated piece of hardware, possibly even something running Linux. When Steam for Linux comes out of beta, it seems like it would make all the sense in the world for someone to create a console-shaped HTPC designed to run Steam Big Picture. All the pieces are nearly in place, and if it doesn’t happen officially, then there’s bound to be the equivalent homemade version popping up in a growing number of living rooms.More at the Steam Blog
Kolkata: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will launch a special drive to create awareness among the consumers to purchase hallmarked jewellery on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya. A meeting was held between senior BIS officials and some jewellers at the Eastern Regional Office on Tuesday afternoon. BIS officials Vishnu Gupta, NK Kansara, KK Paul and Kunal Kumar spoke to jewelers Samar De and Subir Sen and others on the issue. The Government of India started BIS Hallmarking Scheme in the year 2000 to protect the consumers against becoming a victim to inferior quality gold or silver. This scheme is presently voluntary but according to the BIS officials, they have appealed for it to become mandatory. BIS official, Vishnu Gupta, spoke about the precautions that a customer must take into account whilst purchasing hallmark jewellery. The purchased jewellery must have all the 4 symbols of hallmark, which are the BIS Standard Mark, Purity in carat, Assay Centre’s identification mark and jeweller’s identification mark. Customer should also be aware that the concerned jewellery shop must have the sign of hallmarked licence on their board prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards. The cash memo provided to them must be checked and a proper invoice should be kept for further verifications, if the hallmarked jewellery is under suspicion. The hallmarking charges per article for gold are Rs 35 and Rs 25 for silver.The officials said 21,641 hallmark jewellery license holders are present in India and BIS hopes that this number will increase due to this awareness drive.
The Tico Times is proud to highlight individuals and organizations that are creating change in Costa Rica. Send us your stories: email@example.com.Today, we are featuring a reader story from Grace Bachmann, a campaign coordinator for Fondo Comunitario de Monteverde.* * * *Community alongside economy.Costa Rican gems like Santa Elena and Monteverde must create spaces for the people in their communities, not just attractions for their tourists.When I make my daily commute to Santa Elena’s center, wind gusts from tour buses and shuttles greet me as I stroll by the innumerable hotels, restaurants, and tour offices lining the roads toward the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Tourism, owing to the area’s world-class nature reserves, fuels the town’s growth. And we celebrate the opportunities that a tourism economy offers this community.But as people who make this special place our home, we have an obligation to foster the advancement of our most precious assets—Santa Elena’s youth and the future generations who will safeguard the special character of this place. For them, we must leverage the opportunities that come with a prospering industry. Investing in them will help ensure Santa Elena retains its unique small-community nature.Young people need places to grow their creativity, to enhance their social development, and sometimes just to bask in the joy of youthfulness. If you are a young person in Santa Elena your options for recreation are limited: there are two playgrounds nestled around town, and bus stop benches sprinkled throughout town offer places where some youth congregate. Of course, nature trails and strangler fig trees provide recreation and fun for many. But centrally located, public places dedicated to fostering educational resources and hosting youth gatherings and activities? They don’t exist. There is no public park or recreation center.Fortunately, this can change.The Monteverde Community Fund is one of our community’s vehicles for effecting change. So, when urban planning and well-meaning local governments fall short, locally-led initiatives like the Monteverde Community Fund hustle to fill the gaps. Ample organized groups with big ideas in Santa Elena and Monteverde have solutions but lack seed funding. The Monteverde Community Fund exists to help drive their ideas forward with funding, legal support, and capacity building.One such local group is the Santa Elena Pro-Library Commission. They opened the area’s first public library in 2015. The Monteverde Community Fund works closely with them to make their vision a reality.By appealing to tourists, private donors, local and global businesses, and international foundations for donations, the Monteverde Community Fund and the Pro-Library Commission have raised more than $170,000 since 2018. Those funds will secure a permanent space for the public library and for the Monteverde Community Fund. Together, they will help steward activities that Santa Elena youth are sorely missing. More is needed.Creating opportunities for youth and purchasing a home for itself and the Public Library are just two current priorities of the Monteverde Community Fund. It is also supporting a women’s artisanal soap enterprise, an integrated and eco-friendly waste management system, bike transportation, and soil quality improvement, to name a few.Not every Costa Rican town has a community foundation to lead the creation of civic spaces. But Santa Elena and Monteverde show what happens when neighbors take their town’s development into their own hands. One step at a time.To share editorial ideas, comments or news tips, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook Comments No related posts.
0 Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Authorities say a 6-year-old boy died when he triggered a landmine while collecting wood with his father in the forests of central Bosnia. The father was wounded in the blast.Aldina Ahmic, spokeswoman for the police in central Bosnia, says the area the two were exploring Friday is a marked minefield some 50 kilometers north of Sarajevo.Ahmic says the boy died instantly. His father, 37, is being treated at a Sarajevo hospital for serious shrapnel wounds. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war turned it into one of the world’s most mine-infested countries. Clearing the explosive devices is costly and complicated.According to Bosnia’s Mine Action Center, 1,674 people have been killed or injured by mines since the war ended.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up
Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Business Shrinks Uninterrupted at Freddie Mac Delinquency Freddie Mac Mortgage-Backed Securities Volume Summary 2014-06-25 Colin Robins Freddie Mac released its monthly volume summary for May 2014, tracking information on the company’s mortgage-related portfolio, securities issuance, risk management, delinquencies, debt activities, and other investments. The summary found that overall, Freddie Mac’s total mortgage portfolio decreased at an annualized rate of 2.1 percent in May.Purchases and issuances totaled $19.6 billion in May, down slightly from April’s figure of $19.9 billion. As of the end of May 2014, purchases and issuances totaled $91.9 billion year-to-date.The company reported that its total annualized liquidation rate for May 2014 was 13.6 percent, up slightly from April’s rate of 12.9 percent.The company reported that single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume was $7.8 billion in May, representing 44 percent of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases or issuances. Relief refinance mortgages made up approximately 27 percent of the company’s total single-family refinance volume during May 2014.The unpaid principal balance (UPB) of Freddie Mac’s mortgage-related investment portfolio decreased by approximately $6.1 billion in May.The total number of loan modifications for the company in May 2014 was 5,378, and modifications totaled 30,441 for the five months ending on May 31, 2014, according to Freddie Mac.The delinquency rate declined slightly, down from 2.15 percent in April to 2.1 percent in May. Delinquency rates have steadily declined every month from May 2013’s rate of 2.85 percent. The multifamily delinquency rate increased slightly, up from 0.05 percent in April to 0.06 percent in May. June 25, 2014 477 Views