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UN reaffirms commitment to supporting Afghanled transition to greater stability

Co-chaired by the UN and the Government, the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) oversees implementation of the Afghanistan Compact – a five-year development blueprint launched in January 2006 by the country and its international partners.Today’s session was the first to be held since the Kabul Conference of July, which set out the commitments for action that form part of what is known as the “Kabul process” that will see a transition to greater Afghan responsibility and ownership, in both security and civilian areas.“The Government has set forth an ambitious agenda,” said Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA). “We applaud the collaborative way in which ministries have worked together to identify the top priorities for their country’s future. We now have a concrete roadmap to deliver practical results. The international community is committed to supporting this Afghan-led process.”Detailed action plans have been put in place for the Government’s 22 National Priority Programmes, which will drive the delivery of stability and prosperity across the country. A major step forward has been the establishment of a reporting system to monitor progress and to demonstrate results to the Afghan people and the international community.International partners welcomed the steps taken by the Government since the Kabul Conference and commended the progress made to establish a framework to support the delivery of governance, security and development in Afghanistan. 15 November 2010The United Nations envoy mission in Afghanistan today reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the country in delivering governance, security and development, as the Government and its international partners met to discuss the progress made in recent months. read more

Home Capitals shares fall as new mortgages drop 85

Shares of Canadian lender Home Capital Group fell more than 7 per cent in early trading, a day after the company posted an 85 per cent drop in mortgage originations in the third-quarter from a year ago.The company said total mortgage originations in the quarter was $385 million, compared with $2.54 billion a year earlier.Shares of the company fell as much as 7.7 per cent to $13.26. The stock was among the biggest losers on the Toronto Stock Exchange.“Challenges growing in the loan book may indicate that broker relationships are proving tough to repair, which would cloud our outlook for regaining share in a competitive non-prime origination environment in 2018,” Raymond James analysts wrote in a note.Home Capital said in June it would sell a portfolio of commercial mortgage assets valued at $1.2 billion to trim outstanding debt on a $2 billion emergency facility it agreed with the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) in April.The expensive bridge financing provided by HOOPP affected the company’s ability to originate new mortgages since it could not afford to lend money at lower rates than its cost of borrowing.Home Capital said in a statement on Tuesday the process of restoring loan growth had been slower than planned and was the management’s top priority.Up to Tuesday’s close, the lender’s stock had fallen about 54 per cent this year.© Thomson Reuters 2017 read more

Drugstore chain Walgreen reports 16 per cent jump in fiscal 3Q profit

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Drugstore chain Walgreen reports 16 per cent jump in fiscal 3Q profit, but misses estimates Walgreen Co.’s fiscal third quarter earnings jumped 16 per cent compared to last year but the performance still missed Wall Street expectations.Shares of the nation’s largest drugstore chain sank Tuesday almost 6 per cent in premarket trading.The Deerfield, Ill., company reported net income of $624 million, or 65 cents per share, in the quarter that ended in May. That’s up from $537 million, or 62 cents per share, a year ago, when the company had fewer shares outstanding.Revenue rose about 3 per cent to $18.31 billion.Adjusted earnings were 85 cents per share, excluding expenses such as acquisition and legal costs.Analysts forecast earnings of 91 cents per share on $18.4 billion in revenue, according to FactSet.A business split with the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager, Express Scripts Holding Co., hurt Walgreen’s performance in last year’s quarter. The companies had a break of about nine months, and that caused many Walgreen customers to migrate to competitors for their prescriptions, at least temporarily, before resuming business last September.Walgreen said Tuesday its results in this year’s quarter were helped by its acquisition of a stake in European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots, which contributed about 10 cents per share to the U.S. company’s adjusted earnings. Walgreen announced that deal the same day it reported fiscal third quarter earnings last year.Walgreen CEO Greg Wasson also said in a statement that drugstore chain’s revenue from the front end of its stores, or the area outside pharmacy, missed the company’s expectations. He said increasing that will be a near-term priority.Walgreen runs nearly 8,100 drugstores. That’s more than competitors CVS Caremark Corp. and Rite Aid Corp.Its shares dropped $2.85, or 5.9 per cent, to $45.20 in premarket trading Tuesday an hour before the market opening. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2013 7:59 am MDT read more

Deshaun Thomas takes preseason AllAmerican honor

All eyes are on Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Thomas, who elected to stay with the Buckeyes after former OSU forward Jared Sullinger declared for the 2012 NBA Draft, was named a preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Wednesday. A second team All-Big Ten selection and a starter in each of OSU’s 39 games during the 2011-12 season, Thomas averaged 16 points per game on 52 percent shooting. Thomas caught fire in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, leading the Buckeyes in scoring with 19 points per game on their way to the Final Four. His postseason performance prompted some to question whether he’d stay at OSU for his junior season. OSU coach Thad Matta collected information about Thomas’ draft stock from NBA teams. Instead of leaving for the professional ranks, Thomas will remain as one of four upperclassmen on the 2012-13 Buckeyes. Junior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft and senior forward Evan Ravenel will join Thomas as team elders. Jared Sullinger’s father, Satch Sullinger, tweeted about Thomas Wednesday, from his Twitter account, @satchsullinger: “Now DT gets all the opponents attention. Like Tupac; All Eyes On You!!!!” Thomas helped lead last season’s OSU squad to a 31-8 record. The Buckeyes lost their March 31 national semifinal game against Kansas, 64-62, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. OSU is scheduled to open the 2012 season Nov. 9 against Marquette in the Carrier Classic, which will be played on the museum ship the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. read more

Eight in ten British university lecturers are Leftwing survey finds

first_imgSussex University Oxford University Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Oxford UniversityCredit:Martyn Hayhow Sussex University has been accused of undermining free speechCredit: Christine Boydcenter_img Authors said the imbalance was not down to intelligence, but could be explained by “openness to experience” as “individuals who score highly on that personality trait tend to pursue intellectually stimulating careers like academia”.The authors of the report, titled “Lackademia: Why do academics lean Left?” urge universities to tackle the issue of ideological diversity among their staff, in the same way that they seek to increase gender, class and racial diversity.It warned that “ideological homogeneity” within academia can have a number of  adverse consequences, such as “systematic biases in scholarship; curtailments of free speech on university campuses; and defunding of academic research by right-wing governments”.The report recommended that universities must be alert to double standards, encourage collaboration between right and left wing colleagues, and place a great emphasis on the benefits of ideological heterogeneity. Last month Sussex University was accused of undermining free speech after one of its leading professors held a workshop for academic staff of how to “deal with right-wing attitudes in the classroom”.The event stoked controversy among students and staff, who complained that the institution was revealing its political bias.The workshop, titled “Dealing with right wing attitudes and politics in the classroom” had been advertised on posters around the university.The debacle prompted the university’s vice chancellor to write to all students and staff urging them to “challenge each other in such a way that respects different opinions and voices”. Eight in ten university lecturers are “Left-wing”, a survey has found as it warns of the dangers of “group think” in British institutions.A report by the Adam Smith Institute said that the number of British academics are liberal or Left-wing has been steadily on the rise since the 1960s.“Conservative and Right-wing academics are particularly scarce in the social sciences, the humanities and the arts,” the report found.”Social settings characterised by too little diversity of viewpoints are liable to become afflicted by group think, a dysfunctional atmosphere where key assumptions go unquestioned, dissenting opinions are neutralized, and favoured beliefs are held as sacrosanct.” last_img read more

WWCH 2013 in Serbia – SCHEDULE

serbia 2013WWCH 2013 Group A ( Belgrade)December 7Montenegro , South Korea 14:45France – Congo 17:00Netherlands , Dominican Republic 19:15December 8South Korea , the Netherlands 16:00Congo – Montenegro 18:15Dominican Republic – France 20:3010 DecemberSouth Korea – DR Congo 16:00Montenegro – Dominican Republic 18:15Netherlands – France 20:30December 11Dominican Rep , South Korea 16:00Netherlands – Congo 18:15France and Montenegro 20:3013 DecemberCongo , Dominican Republic 16:15France , South Korea 18:30Montenegro – Netherlands 20:45Group B (NIS)December 6Serbia – Japan 18:00December 7Brazil – Algeria 18:00Denmark – China 20:15December 8China – Brazil 15:45Algeria – Serbia 18:00Japan- Denmark 20:1510 DecemberChina – Japan 15:45Brazil , Serbia 18:00Denmark Algeria 20:1511 DECEMBERBrazil – Japan 15:45Algeria – China 18:00Serbia and Denmark 20:1513 DecemberJapan , Algeria 15:45Serbia – China 18:00Denmark – Brazil 20:15Group C ( Zrenjanin)December 7Angola – Argentina 15:45Poland – Paraguay 18:00Norway – Spain 20:159 DecemberParaguay , Angola 15:45Spain – Poland 18:00Argentina – Norway 20:1510 DecemberPoland – Angola 15:45Spain – Argentina 18:00Norway – Paraguay 20:1512 DECEMBERParaguay – Spain 15:45Poland – Argentina 18:00Angola , Norway 20:1513 DecemberArgentina – Paraguay 15:45Angola – Spain 18:00Norway Poland 20:15Group D ( Novi Sad)December 7Hungary – Czech Republic 14:45Germany – Australia 17:00Romania – Tunisia 19:159 DecemberTunis – Hungary 14:45Czech Republic – Germany 17:00Australia – Romania 19:1510 DecemberCzech Republic Tunisia 14:45Germany – Romania 17:00Hungary – Australia 19:1512 DecemberAustralia – Czech Republic 14:45Germany – Tunisia 17:00Romania – Hungary 19:1513 DecemberTunis – Australia 14:45Hungary – Germany 17:00Romania – Czech Republic 19:15TOP 16 ( Belgrade and Novi Sad ) DECEMBER 15 and 161/4 FINALS ( Belgrade and Novi Sad ) DECEMBER 18SEMIFINALS – December 20FINAL  DAY – DECEMBER 22 ← Previous Story BSV Silkeborg sack coach Claus Uhrenholt Next Story → BM Valladolid to sign Serbian left back Milos Pesic read more

Ever flown through JFK airport This is the moment it got its

first_imgCHRISTMAS EVE, traditionally a time for travelling home to loved ones. Train stations, bus depots, roads and airports hit peak traffic as people try to get on their way.This photograph shows how the death of US president John F Kennedy in November 1963 added a moment of poignancy to the chaos at New York International Airport exactly fifty years ago today.It pictures workmen changing the sign at the Van Wyck expressway entrance to the huge air hub just moments after it had been officially conferred with its new name: John F. Kennedy International Airport.Those travelling through the airport that Christmas Eve fifty years ago would have been the first to pass under the new sign and been reminded of a tumultuous year for the US.To all the Irish diaspora in the US and elsewhere tonight, even if you don’t get to travel home through JFK – or at all – have a safe and happy Christmas.Images: PA Archive JFK would be proud of Ireland’s accomplishments – John Kerry>In photos: JFK visits Ireland in 1963>‘The Kennedys were more than emigrants’ – 50 years on, Wexford remembers JFK>last_img read more

9 telltale signs youve been putting off the cleaning for too long

first_imgALRIGHT, IT’S STILL winter but the days are getting longer – and some days we can almost fool ourselves that it’s spring already.You know what spring means? Spring CLEANING. We’ve all indulged in some lazing around during the darker months – but now it’s time to spring forward and clean up your messy, messy gaff.These are the telltale signs that you’ve let it slide for that little bit too long. The signs that you need to COP ON and do the cleaning.1. You’re down to emergency jocksYou haven’t done a wash in tiiiime. You’re down to those pants you should have thrown away three years ago with the cartoon motif and frayed elastic.“It’s fine,” you reassure yourself as they dig into your hip bones. “This is fine.” Source: blogher2. You’re playing Tetris with bin bagsYou know in your heart you should take out the bins. But… But… You’re not going to. Not right now. If this milk carton fits in the bin, be that one top, squeezed in the side or floating somewhere around the bottom, I don’t need to take it out yet. Source: Fumaga3. You don’t even wanna THINK about the shower drainSo let’s just not think about it. Source: Imgur4. Even you don’t believe the hoover bag excuse any moreYou’ll hoover when you get new bags? You’ll hoover when you’ve picked up the stuff from the floor? And when will that be, 2016? Source: Tsotoforum5. Pizza boxes of shame have accumulatedNot just one round of takeaway. Maybe even two rounds. You’re blaming not cleaning up on a particularly lazy, heavy weekend – but the truth is you could build a fort from those pizza boxes. (And have vaguely considered trying, to distract yourself from the urgent cleaning that needs doing.) Source: Tumblr6. The bottle bank seems light-years awayAeons away. Hmm. Maybe some more wine will help the overwhelming glass bottle recycling pile. Source: WiffleGif7. You’re eating cereal out of a mugAnd you’re rewashing that one fork you’ve been using for everything over and over rather than tackle the Mount Everest of washing-up in the sink. Source: Tumblr8. What looks like a “floordrobe” actually has an organisational structureNo, it’s NOT just a jumbled mass of clothing. It’s a complex filing system that just SO HAPPENS to be spread all over the floor and every available surface. Source: Mamamia9. No one’s allowed come overWhile you’re able to justify all of the above to yourself, you know in your heart of hearts that it’s deeply shameful. No one darkens the door of your house/flat until the mess is sorted. Which will be, um, next week maybe.Yeah, definitely next week.Read: The 5 greatest horrors you must face when cleaning your fridge>Read: 11 kids who may need a hand cleaning up>last_img read more

VIDEO Enda Kenny issues formal State apology to Magdalene survivors

first_imgENDA KENNY broke into tears as he concluded a historic State apology to the victims of the Magdalene Laundries in the Dáil this evening.The apology came two weeks after an inter-departmental committee formally outlined a significant State involvement in the committal of over 10,000 women to the Laundries between the 1920s and 1990s.The full text of the address can be read here; the full audio can be heard here. Full story: Kenny “deeply regrets and apologises unreservedly” to Magdalene women in emotional speechlast_img

Gardaí want allowance for members stationed in rent pressure zones

first_img Short URL Day to day costs of commuting in and out of a city centre station, somewhere like Pearse St in Dublin, is significantly more expensive for those members that it would be in other parts of the country that haven’t been designated as rent pressure zones.There are currently 22 rent pressure zones across the country.“It’s a national issue – it’s right across the country, it’s not just Dublin. It affects counties Louth, Meath, Wicklow, Limerick, Cork and Galway,” he said.O’Neill’s division has put forward a motion at the conference demanding that the GRA pursue this allowance. He said it could be a standalone allowance, or in the form of tax relief for members working in those areas who are paying higher rents and also have a higher cost of living.“There is a sense there that despite the upturn in things at the moment, members are still finding it difficult to get by day to day. And this is something that compounds it even further; when they have no choice over where they are sent. The costs put on them can be significantly higher compared to being sent to a remote part of the country.” May 1st 2019, 6:06 AM https://jrnl.ie/4613517 Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6:05 AM Gardaí want allowance for members stationed in rent pressure zones The GRA said this issue is particularly impacting on new recruits who are on lower incomes. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie GARDAÍ ARE CALLING for a new allowance to be introduced for members who are stationed in or near rent pressure zones.The issue was raised at the Garda Representative Association (GRA) annual conference in Killarney, Co Kerry.Graham O’Neill, who represents members in the Dublin South Central division, said gardaí who are working in high-rent areas are struggling with accommodation and living costs, particularly new recruits who are on a salary of €30,296 when they leave the Garda College.“New recruits leaving Templemore have absolutely no say in where they end up being station. They get told where they’re being sent and it’s up to them then to look for accommodation,” O’Neill said.“At that point not only is it a task whether they decide to live close to where they work or commute that extra distance, but this is about not only the rental cost but the actual cost of working in these areas. Take for example childcare, it’s significantly more expensive in areas that have been designated as a rent pressure zone than it is in other parts of the country.”center_img Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 46 Comments By Michelle Hennessy 13,185 Views Share7 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Viewarea chimney fire causes little damage

first_imgA chimney fire in the View area on Monday morning served as a reminder to all who burn wood.“Keep your chimney clean,” said Fire Chief Sam Arola of Fire District 10.Firefighters quickly put out smoldering timbers around the chimney about 10:25 a.m. at 10503 N.E. 379th St. There was only minor damage.“The fire had huge potential,” Arola said of the house built in 1920. “It was just smoldering smoke.” About a dozen firefighters responded. Arola said he believes the house is rented. The owners are Gerrit and Nellie Vantol of the View area, according to Clark County property records.Fire District 10 in Amboy has two paid staff members and about 35 volunteers, including Arola, the chief said.last_img

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Thief steals money from elderly person at Parkland assisted living facility

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured a woman stealing money from an elderly person’s drawers at an assisted living facility.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies released video of the woman as she walked into the elderly victim’s room and rummaged through the drawers for several minutes.According to deputies, the subject got away with the victim’s money.Officials said this happened at Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons Assisted Living Facility, near North University Drive and Aston Gardens Court on Oct. 30.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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March Jobs Up 03 Percent From Last Year

first_imgThe federal job count fell by 200 and local government by 100. State government was up 100 jobs. Although the growth is very small, it’s noteworthy for being the third consecutive month of growth after more than three years of job losses, Alaska’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate remained at 6.5 percent, and the comparable national rate remained at 3.8 percent. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享March employment was up an estimated 0.3 percent, or 1,000 jobs, from March 2018, according to numbers from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.center_img Karinne Wiebold, Economist: “We do believe that the job losses have begun to taper. While we are still continuing to lose jobs, and I believe we are in our 38th or 39th month of job losses, those losses are kind of starting to diminish.”  Construction added the largest number of jobs from last March (1,100), followed by health care and the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector, which both added 400 jobs. Manufacturing — which is mostly seafood processing in Alaska — had the biggest over-the-year decline at 500 jobs. Professional and business services fell by 300.last_img read more

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Wilmington High PAC Requests Donations For Teacher Appreciation Breakfast On May 9

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Please help the Wilmington High School’s PAC to thank the WHS teachers and show appreciation for their dedication to their students. A Teacher Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in the high school cafeteria.The Wilmington High School PAC is requesting the following donations to make this a success:Main DishesFrench toast casserolesQuiches, all sortsFrittatasBreakfast ItemsDanishMini bagelsCoffee cakes (all sorts)YogurtVarious breakfast breadsMuffinsMini croissantsDonations may be dropped off on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, at the WHS cafeteria or on Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 6:30am to 7am. Students may also bring items to school on Thursday morning and drop them off in the cafeteria before 7:15an.The PAC hopes you will contribute and show your gratitude to the teaching staff. Thank you for your support!(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington High School PAC.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High PAC Is Selling Commemorative WHS Magnets; Organizing ‘ACT Strategies Boot Camp’ For StudentsIn “Education”WHS Football Team Is Looking For Corporate SponsorsIn “Community”Wilmington High PAC Raffling Off Prom TicketsIn “Education”last_img read more

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European team visits CCVA in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: A group of 12 Europeans from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, France, UK and Australia visited the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati (CCVA), as part of the international cultural exchange programme organised by Round Table India (RTI) and Forty One Club, said Dr E Sivanagi Reddy, CEO, CCVA on Thursday. The team led by Dandamudi Sitaram, RTI, experienced the Indian way of life. Dr Reddy briefed the team on the activities of the three constituent wings of CCVA, viz., the literary wing, the art gallery, and the cultural centre (Studio), where a good member of art, craft and literature related activities are conducted on a regular basis, for the past four years. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He highlighted on the art and sculpture shows, book launch and reviews, capacity building programmes for artisan communities engaged in making Kondapalli Toys, Pedana Kalamkari and Tummalakunla Leather Puppetry. Later, the visitors were taken round the Art Gallery to witness photo exhibition of archaeological sites and historical monuments. Dr Sivanagi Reddy also explained on the flagship events of CCVA such as Amaravati Poetic Prism (International Multilingual poets Meet) and Preserve Heritage for Posterity (PHP). Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The visitors evinced keen interest in the PHP programme and appreciated CCVA for its sincere commitment in safeguarding the antiquarian remains by sensitising the local communities throughout the state. Sitaram and the Indian members of the Round Table India thanked Y Harish Chandra Prasad, founder & chief mentor, Malaxmi Group and chairman, CCVA, and Dr E Sivanagi Reddy for arranging the visit of the European team. Chimpiraiah, director and staff members, Malaxmi Group participated in the programme.last_img read more

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Obama Defends His Legacy As He Says Farewell Yes We Can Yes

first_imgPresident Obama reflected on the achievements of his eight years in the White House on Tuesday night, telling supporters in his hometown of Chicago that they were instrumental in helping him boost the nation’s economy, create his signature health care reform law and extend equal rights to more Americans:“If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history, if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, and take out the mastermind of 9/11, if I had told you that we would win marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens — you might have said our sights were set a little too high.“But that’s what we did. That’s what you did. You were the change. You answered people’s hopes, and because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.”Scott Olson/Getty ImagesPresident Barack Obama delivered his farewell speech to the nation in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday.The roughly one-hour farewell address was replete with the kind of soaring, hopeful rhetoric that propelled a first-term, 47-year-old senator to the Oval Office eight years ago and got him re-elected four years ago. He reflected on his roots as community organizer and how the Windy City had shaped who he was as a man and as a public servant. And he grew emotional at points, especially when he thanked his wife, Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia and Vice President Joe Biden.“That faith I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change — that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined. I hope yours has, too,” the president said.But Obama also acknowledged the country’s deep divisions that have been exposed by a tumultuous election and defended the very foundations of democracy in the U.S. and abroad, just a week before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in.“For too many of us, it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods or college campuses or places of worship or our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions,” the president said. “The rise of naked partisanship, increasing economic and regional stratification, the splintering of our media into a channel for every taste — all this makes this great sorting seem natural, even inevitable. And increasingly, we become so secure in our bubbles that we accept only information, whether true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that’s out there.”He added emphatically:“This trend represents a third threat to our democracy. Politics is a battle of ideas; in the course of a healthy debate, we’ll prioritize different goals, and the different means of reaching them. But without some common baseline of facts; without a willingness to admit new information, and concede that your opponent is making a fair point, and that science and reason matter, we’ll keep talking past each other, making common ground and compromise impossible.”It was the most direct allusion the president would make toward his successor and his supporters, coming the same day that stories broke that top U.S. intelligence officials had documents alleging collusion between Russia and the president-elect. Trump has denied those allegations.Obama mentioned the incoming commander-in-chief by name only once, saying, “I committed to President-Elect Trump that my administration would ensure the smoothest possible transition, just as President Bush did for me.” Obama quieted the crowd’s boo’s when he added, “In 10 days, the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy: The peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected president to the next.”But with Obama’s later comments about the future of democracy, it was clear he had concerns about the president-elect’s rhetoric on foreign adversaries, such as Russia, and throughout the campaign, especially against Muslim-Americans.“Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. That’s why, for the past eight years, I’ve worked to put the fight against terrorism on a firm legal footing. That’s why we’ve ended torture, worked to close Gitmo, and reform our laws governing surveillance to protect privacy and civil liberties. That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans,” Obama said, drawing a sustained standing ovation from the crowd.“So let’s be vigilant, but not afraid,” the president continued. “ISIL will try to kill innocent people. But they cannot defeat America unless we betray our Constitution and our principles in the fight. Rivals like Russia or China cannot match our influence around the world — unless we give up what we stand for, and turn ourselves into just another big country that bullies smaller neighbors.”Obama reflected on his own historic place as the country’s first African-American president, but admitted that his election did not do away with racial tensions — and that it never was going to.“After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America. Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic,” Obama said. “For race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society. I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were 10, or 20 or 30 years ago — you can see it not just in statistics, but in the attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum.”Ultimately, the theme of Obama’s speech was one encouraging all Americans — regardless of race, religion or political beliefs — to come together and focus on what unites them, rather than divides them.“Understand, democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same,” Obama said. “But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity — the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.”Telling the county, “It has been the honor of my life to serve you,” Obama said his service wasn’t over and that he looked forward to contributing “as a citizen, for all my days that remain.”“For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your president — the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours,” he said.Obama ended with a familiar refrain, looking both back and ahead: “Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Cancer Survivor and Amputee Details How She Overcame Adversity

first_imgIt is often hard to maintain an optimistic attitude after being faced with adversity but new coming author, Donna Hopkins, seems to have mastered the practice of positivity despite some extremely difficult circumstances. Hopkins’ book, “Getting to the Other Side of Victory”, will be released March 15 and details her two-time struggle with cancer and lower leg amputation and how she managed to take her life back and rise above her pain.Hopkins was born and raised in West Virginia and attended what is now known as Fairmont State University and currently lives in Silver Spring.“I wrote the book because I went through cancer twice. In 1997 discovered a lump in my breast that turned out to be cancer and then 2 years later in 1999 I had a reoccurrence. I thought that would be the most that I had to go through, being hit with cancer twice but in 2010, I always say I went through an unforeseen medical disaster.”“I went to the hospital to have uterine fibroids removed, and it’s funny, I walked to the hospital that day and actually sent out an email to my friends joking that this would be my last walk for a minute thinking that I’d be in the hospital for 5 days and then out, but that 5 day hospital trip ended up being a 2 month hospital stay that ended with the amputation of my lower left leg.”Losing her leg was an extremely traumatic event for Hopkins.  Many people find writing to be cathartic following a great tragedy or trauma, Hopkins is no exception.“I ended up writing the book in the hospital because when we go through unforeseeable circumstances and things in our lives and we’re getting hit with things from every direction whether it’s medical or financial, whatever the situation may be, sometimes you end up getting stuck in what you’ve gone through and unable to move forward. I started jotting down notes in the hospital just for healing purposes, after going through everything I went through I realized that I’m still a blessed individual and that the fact that I’m still alive is key. Sometimes we get so stuck in the past that we can’t move forwards and then we cheat ourselves out of the present and out of living life to the fullest. That was the inspiration for the book, first for myself but also to help other people win in life and get past what they’ve gone through and then move forward with life.”While Hopkins’ medical mishaps have physically changed her life, they have also had a huge impact on her overall outlook.“You have no time to waste with crying about your situation and what has happened because you can never go back and do anything about what you’ve come through, but you can do something about how you move forward. My attitude has changed a lot, I don’t waste time, I don’t surround myself with negativity or people who can’t enjoy life, I’ve already survived tough times and it would be devastating to stay in it. I just don’t waste time anymore I do everything that I want to do, I make a point to be more involved and present in my relationships with those around me. Material things will fade away over time, but relationships are the things that last and help you to push forward through life. I enjoy living life. I’m a competitive person and my focus is winning in life despite the odds.”‘That’s what I’ve learned through this, many people haven’t gone through any of what I’ve gone through and they are cheating themselves out of life and I live it. If I were to leave this world today people would say “Man, Donna lived!” This book is going to be a book that, I believe, regardless of age, race and what you’re going through, that they can grab onto and push forward in getting past whatever they’re going through.”Getting to The Other Side of Victory will be released March 15th . To learn more about Donna and her story visit her website, www.DonnaJHopkins.com.last_img read more

Using superconducting probes to get a picture of what its like inside

first_img Citation: Using superconducting probes to get a picture of what it’s like inside CNTs (2009, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-superconducting-probes-picture-cnts.html Mason worked with Travis Dirks and Yung-fu Chen at the University of Illinois, as well as Norman Birge at Michigan State University, to develop a technique to map out changes in conductance through a carbon nanotube quantum dot. “We’re hoping to see what is happening in the interior, rather than what is influenced by the contacts,” Mason explains. “Then we can get at the fundamental electronics of quantum dots, which may be a key to future quantum technologies.” The results of the team’s work can be seen in Applied Physics Letters: “Superconducting tunneling spectroscopy of a carbon nanotube quantum dot.”There are three elements to the technique, according to Mason. “First, there is a carbon nanotube quantum dot, which can act as a model “particle-in-a-box” with quantized energy states. Next, we tunnel to the interior. The non-invasive probe allows us to study the bulk electronics, and also to separately test the effect of voltages across the length of the tube .” The third element is that the tunneling probe is a superconductor. “The superconductor enhances spectroscopic features. But it also shows how this technique is very flexible,” Mason says. “We can try different materials, multiple probes, or magnetic fields, for example.” Some of the spectroscopic features observed with the superconducting probe include signals from cotunneling and unusual scattering processes.Mason points out that elements of this technique have been accomplished before. “However,” she continues, “I think that we are the first to put all the elements together to work as one system, by adding a third terminal and a superconducting probe.” Mason also points out that this set-up works with standard fabrication techniques. “We used lithography, which is common in industry, and easily scalable.”For now, most of the work is focused on fundamental properties of carbon nanotubes. “We are interested in seeing how these nanotube quantum dots work, and tracking what happens in them. We’ve already seen some unexpected features, such as an unusual energy exchange. Using our probe, it is possible to see these features, and explore them in greater depth.”In the future, though, Mason sees the potential for technological applications. These types of quantum dots are being considered for quantum computers and even single electron transistors. There are a number of potential applications for this work, perhaps a decade or so down the road. And the first step is looking into the tube. We want to understand this system so that it might be used in future advanced technologies. Our superconducting tunnel probe will help us do just that.”More information: Dirks, et. al., “Superconducting tunneling spectroscopy of a carbon nanotube quantum dot,” Applied Physics Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/95/192103/1 .Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img (PhysOrg.com) — “Carbon nanotubes are exciting for fundamental physics, and for potential technological applications,” Nadya Mason tells PhysOrg.com. “However, we are generally limited in the way that we can study them. Many of these limitations have to do with controlling tunneling, or the way electrons move on and off the nanotube.” In order to overcome this limitation, Mason, a scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, participated in an experiment using a superconducting tunnel probe in a carbon nanotube to observe spectroscopic features. Controllable double quantum dots and Klein tunneling in nanotubeslast_img read more

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Researches find poopthrowing by chimps is a sign of intelligence

first_img Chimp’s stone throwing at zoo visitors was ‘premeditated’ Hopkins and his team have focused their research on chimpanzees, mainly due they say, to the fact that chimps are our closet living relative and that they are the only other species besides humans that regularly throw things with a clear target in mind. He and his team have been watching chimps in action for several years and comparing their actions with scans of their brains to see if there were any correlations between those chimps that threw a lot, and those that didn’t or whether they’re accuracy held any deeper meaning. Surprisingly, they found that chimps that both threw more and were more likely to hit their targets showed heightened development in the motor cortex, and more connections between it and the Broca’s area, which they say is an important part of speech in humans. The better chimp throwers, in other words, had more highly developed left brain hemispheres, which is also, non-coincidently, where speech processing occurs in people.Such findings led the term to suggest that the ability to throw is, or was, a precursor to speech development in human beings.After making their discovery regarding the parts of the brain that appear to be involved in better throwing in chimps, the team tested the chimps and found that those that could throw better also appeared to be better communicators within their group, giving credence to their idea that speech and throwing are related. Interestingly, they also found that the better throwing chimps didn’t appear to posses any more physical prowess than other chimps, which the researchers suggest means that throwing didn’t develop as a means of hunting, but as a form of communication within groups, i.e. throwing stuff at someone else became a form of self expression, which is clearly evident to anyone who has ever been targeted by a chimp locked up in a zoo. Common chimpanzee in the Leipzig Zoo. Image credit: Thomas Lersch, via Wikipedia. (PhysOrg.com) — A lot of people who have gone to the zoo have become the targets of feces thrown by apes or monkeys, and left no doubt wondering about the so-called intellectual capacity of a beast that would resort to such foul play. Now however, researchers studying such behavior have come to the conclusion that throwing feces, or any object really, is actually a sign of high ordered behavior. Bill Hopkins of Emory University and his colleagues have been studying the whole process behind throwing and the impact it has on brain development, and have published their results in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Researches find poop-throwing by chimps is a sign of intelligence (2011, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-poop-throwing-chimps-intelligence.html More information: The neural and cognitive correlates of aimed throwing in chimpanzees: a magnetic resonance image and behavioural study on a unique form of social tool use, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 12 January 2012 vol. 367 no. 1585 37-47, doi: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0195AbstractIt has been hypothesized that neurological adaptations associated with evolutionary selection for throwing may have served as a precursor for the emergence of language and speech in early hominins. Although there are reports of individual differences in aimed throwing in wild and captive apes, to date there has not been a single study that has examined the potential neuroanatomical correlates of this very unique tool-use behaviour in non-human primates. In this study, we examined whether differences in the ratio of white (WM) to grey matter (GM) were evident in the homologue to Broca’s area as well as the motor-hand area of the precentral gyrus (termed the KNOB) in chimpanzees that reliably throw compared with those that do not. We found that the proportion of WM in Broca’s homologue and the KNOB was significantly higher in subjects that reliably throw compared with those that do not. We further found that asymmetries in WM within both brain regions were larger in the hemisphere contralateral to the chimpanzee’s preferred throwing hand. We also found that chimpanzees that reliably throw show significantly better communication abilities than chimpanzees that do not. These results suggest that chimpanzees that have learned to throw have developed greater cortical connectivity between primary motor cortex and the Broca’s area homologue. It is suggested that during hominin evolution, after the split between the lines leading to chimpanzees and humans, there was intense selection on increased motor skills associated with throwing and that this potentially formed the foundation for left hemisphere specialization associated with language and speech found in modern humans. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Journal information: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Blast_img read more

Russia angered by freezing of accounts in Belgium and France

first_imgThe Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned Belgium’s ambassador and warned that Moscow would consider taking similar action against Belgian accounts and property in Russia if the accounts of the Russian companies and diplomatic missions in Belgium were not released.Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said his government would challenge the seizures, considering them illegal, but he also acknowledged that Russia must be prepared for similar action elsewhere. He repeated that Russia had no intention of paying the $50 billion.Tim Osborne, director of GML, a holding company created for Yukos’ five major shareholders, said the judgment was “rolling out” in France and Belgium, with the expectation that it would continue in Britain and the United States.He said France and Belgium have frozen multiple bank accounts linked to the Russian government, beginning more than a week ago in France and on Wednesday in Belgium. He did not know the number of accounts or their balances, but said he expected GML would ultimately be able to recover the funds.“It’ll take years but it’ll get done eventually,” Osborne said.The Foreign Ministry said it issued a protest to Belgian Ambassador Alex Van Meeuwen, describing the freezing of the accounts as an “openly unfriendly act and gross violation of the recognized norms of international law.” Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government on Thursday strongly condemned the freezing of Russian accounts in France and Belgium as part of an effort to enforce a $50 billion judgment for the destruction of the Yukos oil company.An arbitration court in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled last year that Russia must compensate the former shareholders of Yukos, which was destroyed in a politically driven legal onslaught that also sent its chief executive, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, to prison for 10 years. The accounts frozen in Belgium include those of Russia’s embassy, its missions to the European Union and NATO, and of a number of Russian companies, the ministry statement said. It made no mention of the seizures in France.Ulyukayev said the amount of Russians funds frozen in France and Belgium was “insignificant,” but he gave no specifics in remarks carried by Russian news agencies from St. Petersburg, where Russia’s annual investment forum opened Thursday.The frozen accounts in France include those of Russian companies held in the French subsidiary of Russian state bank VTB, Russian news agencies reported, citing VTB. No details were given.The Permanent Court for Arbitration ruled in July that the Russian government had used tax claims to take control of Yukos and silence Khodorkovsky, who had used his vast wealth to challenge the power of President Vladimir Putin. After Khodorkovsky was arrested at gunpoint in 2003, Yukos was dismantled and the main assets of what had been Russia’s largest oil producer were taken over by state oil company Rosneft.___Lori Hinnant in Paris contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more