Al-Qahtaniya (Syria): A car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed five people, including three children, in a Kurdish-held town in northeast Syria on Wednesday, a war monitor said. The explosive-rigged vehicle detonated in Al-Qahtaniya, a town in Hasakeh province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor. Hoker Arafat, a security official, said the bomb was detonated remotely in front of the town post office. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Three children were killed in the bombing because it was very close to a primary school,” he said. A member of the local security forces was wounded in the attack, he added. State news agency SANA also reported the bombing, saying it killed several people, including children. IS claimed the attack on its Telegram channel. The jihadist group routinely claims attacks in northeast Syria, despite its territorial defeat earlier this year. Such attacks have included arson against wheat fields and deadly car bombs. IS maintains a presence in the country’s vast Badia desert, as well as in areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the country’s northeast and east. The SDF, backed by the war planes of a US-led coalition, announced the end of IS’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” in March in the village of Baghouz, in Syria’s far east.
APTN National NewsWhile the Assembly of First Nations and Canada debate spending on students, parents on Six Nations are just hoping to get supplies.With the school year into its second month, their school hasn’t received the supplies students need.Parents say some teachers are forced to photocopy textbooks.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more.
APTN National NewsThe chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is accusing the Morton County Sheriff of issuing false statements about what happened during a police assault of #NoDAPL supporters on the weekend.“A majority of the statements made by the individuals are simply not true. You cannot imagine the disappointment I have for sworn law enforcement officials who demonstrate qualities that undermine the trust we place in those selected to protect the innocent,” said Harold Frazier.On Sunday night, local and state police used a jerry-rigged fire hose as a water cannon, pepper spray and rubber bullets on about 400 people who were marching on the Backwater bridge just outside their camp which is the hub of the resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline.Hundreds were injured – and a few dozen hospitalized during the assault that went from Sunday night into the early morning hours Monday, including one woman who is in jeopardy of losing her arm after a police concussion grenade detonated after it hit her, according to the water protectors.At a news conference, Morton County Sheriff’s department said that type of weapon was not used during the assault – but that her injuries were likely caused by propane canisters that were carried by the “agitators.”A charred propane canister police say was obtained at the Backwater bridge barricade. Photo: Morton County Sheriff’s Department.“I was present during the attack on peaceful protectors …. not once did I see any kind of ‘jerry’ rigged explosive devices or attempts to cross the police defensive line. The only explosions I witnessed was the explosions from the indiscriminate discharge of concussion, chemical and ‘less-lethal’ weapons on peaceful people,” said Frazier. “I did see brave people attempting to address the officers and asking them not to shoot at them any longer. Their answer was to get doused with water in below freezing temperatures and shot by officers wielding weapons.”Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler, whose officers are involved in law enforcement activity against the water protectors, told local reporters Monday the use of water—despite the sub-zero temperatures that have settled in the region for the season—is now one of several weapons police will employ going forward.“It was effective, wasn’t it?” said Ziegler, with a slight smirk, according to a video of the press briefing posted on the Morton County Sheriff department’s Facebook page. “We can use whatever force is necessary to maintain peace. When they are throwing rocks, burning logs, shooting sling shots with projectiles at our officers, that would fall under what we would call less lethal, same things as rubber bullets, which doesn’t hurt as much.”Frazier said Ziegler, and Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, the two men in charge of police operations, need to be at the site more often.“I was there that night and I encourage the Sheriff of Morton County to be present at these conflicts before he tells people what he heard from someone else. All of these allegations were said without offering any evidence in support,” he said.Frazier also sent a letter Tuesday to Lawrence Roberts, principle deputy secretary for Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior, demanding the agency expel all non-treaty law enforcement from the area which is the Great Sioux Nation’s treaty territory under the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty.“The risk to the safety of our people protecting resources rightfully belonging to the Great Sioux Nation is too great to ignore any longer,” said Frazier.For Costa, the events are now seared into his memory.“I have seen strong men weep, terrified, all are asking the question: how can this happen?” he said. “Not only are we seeing things with emotional stress and emotional trauma, we are seeing people struggling with, what I would call, an existential question. I am struggling with that.”email@example.com
At the bilateral meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Karl Erjavec, new areas of cooperation in the political, economic, education, energy and technology spheres were identified.Foreign Minister Samaraweera thanked his counterpart for the warm reception accorded to him and his delegation by the Slovenian Government. He offered to host the first round of political consultations in 2017 and invited Foreign Minister Erjavec to visit Sri Lanka.Minister Samaraweera was invited to deliver a keynote address at the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) on “Democracy, Reconciliation and Development – vision for a new Sri Lanka”. At the Institute, Minister Samaraweera was presented with an award in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of reconciliation and harmony among different groups in Sri Lanka, by Professor Ernest Petric, Vice President of the Advisory Board of IFIMES. Presenting the award, Professor Petric commended the Minister for dedicating his political career to the promotion of social and ethnic harmony in Sri Lanka and noted that the new trajectory of the present Government of Sri Lanka provided an example to other countries. During the bilateral discussions with the Slovenian leadership, both sides noted the shared values and common commitment to upholding the principles of democracy, rule of law and human rights, which are an integral part of the policies of the two countries and central to ensuring the human security of the people.The Slovenian leadership commended the efforts of Sri Lanka’s National Unity Government’s political and economic reform agenda and reiterated the support of the Government of Slovenia for the efforts made to strengthen democracy, promote reconciliation and a lasting peace in Sri Lanka. During the visit, Minister Samaraweera met with President Borut Pahor, Prime Minister Miro Cerar, Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec and Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek and reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s commitment to strengthening and consolidating the longstanding relations between Sri Lanka and Slovenia and identifying new areas of cooperation between the two countries. Minister Samaraweera also visited the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, one of the top ten research institutes in Europe and discussed research collaboration with identified Sri Lankan research institutions and universities. Sri Lanka has reaffirmed its commitment to further advance ties with Slovenia, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited the Republic of Slovenia on the invitation of Hon Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia to attend the 11th Bled Strategic Forum 2016. Speaking at the Bled Strategic Forum at the panel discussion on “Human Security: You and I Matter”, Minister Samaraweera outlined Sri Lanka’s experience of a protracted conflict and the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to move in a new direction based on the three pillars of democratization, reconciliation and economic development.
Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka have now set Reunion island as their target after Australia refused entry to illegal asylum seekers. (Colombo Gazette) Among those on the boat were said to be women and children.The boat is expected to be escorted to the shore today. Reunion island authorities have intercept a suspected Sri Lankan boat with around 70 people on board.Media reports from the Reunion island said that the boat had been intercepted 5 kilometers off the coast of Reunion late Monday afternoon.
Hamilton Police have released an image of two men wanted in the robberies of at least two convenience stores on the Mountain.The first incident occurred on June 3 at The Big Bear convenience at 580 Fennell Ave.Police say the two entered the store with a weapon around 4:30 a.m. and stole merchandise.Then around 2 a.m. on June 5, police were called to a robbery at the The Jug City Convenience Store at 1394 Upper Gage Ave.Police say two men entered the store and stole cigarettes and money.One of them had a weapon.The first man is said to be six-feet tall with a thin build and light brown skin. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt.The second is said to be shorter with a large build and was wearing a maroon-coloured sweatshirt.Police say the suspects could be involved in other robberies but investigators are still reviewing evidence. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
In a tribute given yesterday at the Anti-Defamation League’s gala celebration of the 1986 Nobel Peace Laureate’s seventy-fifth birthday, Mr. Annan said through his unforgettable books on the Holocaust and “the face of absolute horror,” Mr. Wiesel had done as much as anyone else to raise public awareness of the plague of anti-Semitism. “It is that combination of eloquence and empathy that led me to ask him to become a United Nations Messenger of Peace,” Mr. Annan said of the Romanian-born author and journalist. The collective conscience, on which Mr. Wiesel had made a historic and profound imprint, could not help but be deeply troubled by violence and injustice in the Middle East, by divisions on so many issues, by despair in so many places, he said. These challenges had solutions only when people’s consciences were duly aroused. “Elie, the world needs you to carry on doing what you do best. And that is to speak out, build bridges and raise the alarm about the wrongs afflicting our world,” Mr. Annan said.
In a recent exchange of letters with this month’s Council President, Ambassador Abdallah Baali of Algeria, Mr. Annan asked for the term of Mr. Sahnoun, a former Algerian ambassador, to be extended until 31 December 2005.”During the first several months of the past year, Mr. Sahnoun continued to lead the United Nations observer delegation at the Sudan peace talks in Kenya and he subsequently followed the talks on Darfur, as well as the peace progress in Somalia. He also represented me at the League of Arab States Summit in Tunis,” Mr. Annan said in the letter, dated 22 December.The Secretary-General added that Mr. Sahnoun had provided advice “on what useful role the UN could play to promote negotiated settlements of conflicts.”In a response on the same day, Mr. Baali said the Council had taken note of the decision.
“I was deeply saddened by the death of Pope John Paul II,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued in New York. “Quite apart from his role as a spiritual guide to more than a billion men, women and children, he was a tireless advocate of peace, a true pioneer in interfaith dialogue and a strong force for critical self-evaluation by the Church itself.”The Secretary-General, who recalled having the privilege of meeting the Pope several times in recent years, said he was always struck by the Pope’s commitment to having the United Nations become, “as he said during his address to the General Assembly in 1995, ‘a moral centre where all the nations of the world feel at home and develop a shared awareness of being, as it were, a ‘family of nations.””Mr. Ping, for his part, described the Pope’s passing as “a great loss for Poland, for the Catholic community and for humanity as a whole.”“During his long and intense life of service both as a spiritual leader and as a statesman, the Pope demonstrated a unique and inspiring moral authority to the world,” Mr. Ping said in a statement.“As a Christian, I have been profoundly moved and touched by his faith, by his love for all and by his deep capacity for forgiveness,” he added.Mr. Ping noted that the Pope “worked tirelessly to promote peace, and to bring together people of all races, nations and religious backgrounds. Hence he made tremendous contributions towards upholding the values of the United Nations.”The Pope “will be remembered as a man of great courage and humility, as well as a servant of peace and justice.”
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (left) and redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow (right) walk into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 10 Ohio State football team is back to preparing for a more traditional style offense in UNLV, compared with Army’s triple-option offense the Buckeyes faced in Week 3. Coach Urban Meyer spoke on Tuesday’s weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference, providing injury updates on quarterback Joe Burrow, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and linebacker Dante Booker.Meyer said Burrow, who was locked in a battle with redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins for the backup quarterback position before the season began, has been cleared to play since breaking his throwing hand before the season.“Joe has been cleared. He’s practicing,” Meyer said. “He started practicing last week, but we weren’t comfortable with him and we’ll make that decision as this week progresses. But it’s still very close. I think both the quarterbacks give us an opportunity to move the ball.”Dixon didn’t play in Ohio State’s 38-7 victory Saturday against Army, which prompted the question of if Dixon was dealing with another knee injury for the wide receiver. Dixon has struggled with his physical health since his freshman year in 2014, but Meyer said Dixon was held out of Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury.“I don’t think it’s long-term,” Meyer said.Dixon tried to play through the injury during warm-ups, but Meyer said Dixon’s hamstring was still bothering him, resulting in freshman Trevon Grimes seeing his first action on the field.Here are more updates from the Week 4 teleconference.On Dante Booker: “He’s got a little bit of a sore shoulder and also he… It was just a schematic issue that was all assignment-based. We felt the other guys were more prepared for that. On the secondary: “That’s probably No. 1 on the hit list, as far as where we need to see progress on our pass defense, which obviously the secondary is the primary. “But it also goes along with pressuring the quarterback and coverage as well. That’s No. 1, as far as we need to see marked improvement from the first two games.”On Jalyn Holmes: “Jalyn’s a very instrumental part of energy of our team. He’s a leader of our team and everybody respects him. I still think there’s still more to be had with his ability and hopefully it’s going to continue … we’re going to have those opportunities to change the game because when he does, he’s a tremendous talent.”On the offense’s progress versus Army: “I think all phases were better and obviously no disrespect to Army, it’s just a different group than we faced the week before. We’re still a work in progress and still working very hard as a staff and players to become the kind of offense we want to be.”On UNLV: “Very tough team to navigate and obviously they feel that they have very good players. I think they’re seventh in the country in total offense so they know what they’re doing.”
Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell fends off a defender against UMass on Feb. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is off to its best start since 1966, but without facing a ranked team, the Buckeyes had been largely unproven in the national picture. On Wednesday afternoon, OSU (7-0) silenced doubters with a 6-3 win over the No. 10 Towson Tigers in Maryland.Freshman attack Tre LeClaire, senior midfielder Johnny Pearson, redshirt freshman attack Lukas Buckley, senior attack Eric Fannell, sophomore attack Jack Jasinski and senior midfielder John Kelly all scored for the Buckeyes. OSU senior goalie Tom Carey started for the second week in a row and made eight saves.Senior midfielder Jake Withers was dominant in the faceoff circle, winning 11-of-13 faceoffs.Late in the first period, the Buckeyes broke a scoreless tie. Buckley scored with 2:32 remaining in the quarter followed by Pearson a minute later for a 2-0 lead after one.In the second period, Towson senior midfielder Mike Lynch brought the score to one with a quick strike with more than five minutes remaining. However, Jasinski quickly retaliated to keep the lead at two. OSU led 3-1 at the half.The Tigers began to make a comeback in the third with scores from Tigers senior attackman Ryan Drenner and senior attack Tyler Konen to tie the game at three entering the final quarter.After blowing a 3-1 lead, the Buckeyes shut out the Tigers in the fourth quarter 3-0 to seal the deal. Fannell scored the first goal less than two minutes into the quarter to take a 4-3 lead. Kelly scored with a little more than seven minutes remaining, and the Buckeyes leading scorer LeClaire put the game away, making the score 6-3 with 2:39 remaining. After its first ranked win of the season, OSU will face its toughest test of the season at home against Denver on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
UK-based motor manufacturer ATB Morley has announced a new US venture with Longwall Mining Services (LMS) for the purpose of enhancing its presence in the growing North American market. LMS is based in the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania, which remains the heart of the underground mining industry in the US. Although ATB Morley is based in the UK, 92% of its products are exported worldwide. “The nature of our business therefore necessitates our global network of sales representatives that can offer support regardless of our clients’ geographical location” said the company.Similar to Morley, LMS manufactures and distributes cutting edge equipment for underground coal mining applications. It is also the leading North American supplier of the ‘Bretby’ cable handler, an integral component of longwall mining operations that protects and controls the movement of the power cables and hoses that service the coal shearer as it traverses the coal face. LMS works with major OEMs such as CAT, Joy and Sandvik and has “an outstanding reputation for consistency, expertise and timely service.”This new venture builds upon a long lasting relationship between Morley and LMS founder, John Whitfield, who has worked with Morley regularly over the past 20 years. John moved to the US in 1982 whilst working for Victor Products and soon progressed to Vice President & General Manager of the North American operation, before becoming Eastern Regional Manager of an Australian company, Mine Site Technologies. In 2010, after cultivating the US mining landscape over many years, he established LMS and works with valued partners to provide access to the North American mining market.Speaking on his appointment as Morley’s US representative, Whitfield said: “I am delighted to be working alongside ATB Morley once again, and hope that we can establish a big footprint in the US mining industry. Together, we are focusing on our core competency, which is that of the underground mining market. However, as with many businesses, we will look to diversify into other markets such as Stirrer technology and the emerging Tidal Energy capture opportunities.”
By Michael Sheils McNamee Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 10:00 PM 27 Comments 46,528 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Michael Sheils McNamee reports from Nicaragua. ESTELÍ IS NICARAGUA’S third largest city, and its multitude of tobacco factories and sparse street lighting give it a harsh edge after dark.In a community centre across the road from the newly developed Chilincoco Skate Park – still swarming with children and teenagers at 8pm – a group of men who have gathered to talk about gender-based violence are reflecting on the past.“The story of Nicaragua is something difficult. Women traditionally had certain roles looking after children. For us, women would have been under control of our fathers and our grandfathers.” says Diomedes Soza, a 60-year-old firefighter.And did he control his wife in the past?Soza pauses for a second.“Yes,” he says.“For example, I worked outside so she had to be at home. She wasn’t allowed to leave. She had to do everything there. Had to have the clothes ready, had to have the food ready. She wasn’t allowed to leave. To let her be free? No way.“It’s all just appearance. When the people can see you it’s ‘my love’, but when they cannot you hit her. Apr 15th 2017, 10:00 PM ‘Even going to the gynaecologist might be seen as cheating’: Changing how one country views its women “Did he control his wife in the past? Soza pauses for a second. “Yes,” he says.” “This was a normal situation.”Some of the men in the group nod in agreement while others are quick to point out that this is the past he is talking about.“Of course, I mean in the past,” Soza adds.The group are here meeting as part of a programme run by community group FunArte (meaning ‘Fun Art’), which works in partnership with Trócaire to deliver gender-based violence programmes. The group of men from FunArte’s gender-based violence programmeThese types of gender-based violence workshops – commonly referred to as ‘masculinity workshops’ – are not directly aimed at stopping men from committing acts of violence, although that is obviously a desired effect, but rather to get them to think about how they have been socialised by Nicaragua’s machismo culture.Techniques vary depending on the ages of those involved and the types of work they’re doing, but an average workshop might include hug therapy, practising domestic chores, or even something like analysing the lyrics of a pop song.The idea of working with would-be perpetrators or men whose pasts include incidents of violence might seem like a radical idea, but Nicaragua is a country that has a drastic problem.In 2007, three years before Trócaire launched this innovative type of gender-based violence programme, a survey by the government showed that 48% of women who were married or in a common-law relationship had experienced verbal or psychological violence; 27% said they had experienced physical violence; and 13% said they had experienced sexual violence.What underlies much of this violence is the type of toxic masculinity promoted by machismo culture in Nicaragua, something that Trócaire’s guidance document on the subject describes as being linked to “dominance, honour and aggression”.‘Things like they cannot go to the gynaecologist because men may feel that this is like cheating on him’The people responsible for overseeing Trócaire’s work on this are Martin Larrecochea, the NGO’s director for Nicaragua, and Marielos Carías, who is responsible for its gender programme.While gender-based violence is certainly not a uniquely Latin American problem, particular expressions of it might be more common here than in other parts of the world. Trócaire’s Managua-based headquarters“What seems normal here is something that you don’t see at the beginning,” says Larrecochea, “things like women have to ask for permission to go out. Things like they cannot go to the gynaecologist because men may feel that this is like cheating on them. Showing her parts to someone else.”“Maybe you can say that this expression is common to Latin America, even if there are differences,” Carias adds, “Sometimes you find more differences between more rural areas and urban areas. But in urban areas you find machismo also, but expressed in other ways.”‘The culture is more oppressive to men than it is to women’A particular expression of this urban machismo comes in the form of street gangs that populate neighbourhoods around the capital city of Managua.CEPREV (the Centre for the Prevention of Violence) is an organisation that reaches out to young men and boys involved in this lifestyle by making direct approaches and inviting them to get involved in a programme that focuses on their emotional growth.The group’s director is Monica Zalaquett. She speaks with the directness of someone who doesn’t want to be misunderstood and occasionally breaks into English to emphasise a point.She explains that in the 20 years that it has been doing this type of work CEPREV has broken up around 180 street gangs and has seen their work spread into neighbouring Honduras. Monica Zalaquett with a book showing the techniques used by her organisationAccording to Zalaquett there are three basic tenets to machismo: acting out violently, being sexually promiscuous and being a financial success.“The way for men to meet these things is to show no emotions. And to start early with this… be strong, be reserved, be quiet, be successful. It is learning to be a zombie.”When asked if more organisations prefer to focus on women when working in this area, Zalaquett’s facial expression shows that she thinks this is an obvious question.“Well, most of them do,” she says.“Machismo doesn’t give any ability to the men to be free. The culture is more oppressive to the men than it is to the women. But, what you always see is that it is women that suffer more as a result of machismo.“Of course, men kill women and destroy their children. They commit acts of violence against women. But the person that is also affected is the man because they destroy themselves.“It is incredible how the machismo manages to keep the status that it does, because it damages the men.”This is a part of the impact of machismo that some groups would rather not focus on, but this hasn’t stopped Zalaquett from promoting her organisation’s work in the area to a wider audience.In 2014 she delivered a TEDx talk on the subject, in which she outlined that 80% of the world’s homicides are committed by men on men, and that men are more likely to be incarcerated and to die by suicide.“Men are victims of machismo,” she says in the talk, “but many don’t know it.”After speaking with Zalaquett we asked if it would be possible to speak with one of the former gang members who had participated in the scheme, to see what the experience of the organisation was like from the other side.In a testament to the regard that CEPREV seemed to be held in the community, within 15 minutes of Zalaquett making a few phone calls former gang leader Luis Guevara arrived at the office, happy to take time out of his day’s work as a mechanic to talk about the project.Guevara, now 35, used to be the leader of a gang called Los Pichuches, a group that were involved in the local drug trade, feuding with rival gangs and even once acquiring grenades from a local army base with the help of a friend who had enlisted.“In the beginning when ‘la Senora’ (referring to Zalaquett) came here, she came speaking our language,” Guevara explains, although he also adds that the first time she came to his neighbourhood even the tyres on her truck were stolen. Luis GuevaraIt was a prompt from an activity in one of the CEPREV workshops he attended that made him decide to express himself emotionally for the first time, and now 20 years later Guevara seems almost shocked at the suggestion that this is something he wouldn’t remember.“Of course I remember the first time I showed my feelings!” he says, explaining that he chose to tell his mother he loved her on Mother’s Day, although at the time he wasn’t sure how it would go over.“I was very shy about what I was doing. I went to speak to her while she was cooking, and she asked me, ‘what do you want, son?’“I didn’t tell her about the task,” he says, “I was stammering. I said, ‘I want to tell you how much I love you, and I want you to forgive me for all of the bad things that I have done. And for this day, I want to give you a new son.“I always dreamed of having the love of my mother. For the first time I asked for a hug from my mother, and she hugged me and gave me a kiss. And I felt strong. I felt happy.”‘Yeah, my life will probably be different because of these workshops’Guevara became fully immersed in machismo culture before finding a way out of it.The second gender-based violence programme we visit was run by Cesesma, another one of Trócaire’s partner organisations, a group that focuses on prevention as much as remedy, with some of its participants getting involved much younger than Guevara was when he joined up with CEPREV.Their facility is just outside of the town of San Ramón and made up of two colonial-style buildings used for classrooms, separated by a long stretch of land used to cultivate different vegetable patches.This group is made up of Felix, Carlos, Becker, Manuel and Javier, all aged 15 to 17, along with 63-year-old Julio and 74-year-old Pedro. The men and boys that take part in Cesesma’s gender-based violence programmeWhile Julio and Pedro are able to share stories of their own enlightenment after being shaped by machismo culture earlier in life, the teenagers involved have been raised learning about gender – all of them having participated in the programme for between five and seven years – and they all seem aware that, as Zalaquett had said, machismo was a dangerous trap to fall into.“Yeah, my life will probably be different because of these workshops,” says 17-year-old Javier when asked to reflect on the impact the workshops will have on his future.“Because women are participating more in society now, and I know about that because of being in this process. Probably if I hadn’t come here, it might have been more difficult for me to accept it in the future when I see women being more involved in society.”Focusing too closely on the work being carried out by FunArte, Cesesma and CEPREV might give the impression that Nicaragua is well on its way to ridding itself of negative and harmful behaviour and attitudes.This would give the wrong impression in a country that is still plagued by alarming incidents of femicide, a practice defined as the killing of a girl or woman on account of her gender – something that most people see as directly linked to machismo culture.Last year 49 cases were recorded by Catholics for the Right to Choose, a non-governmental group that keeps track of the incidents.In January of this year 24-year-old Yessenia Suyen Montenegro Moran was shot dead in a petrol station by her boyfriend who had reportedly collected her from her job in a casino less than an hour beforehand.In February a 25-year-old woman was burnt at the stake by religious fanatics on the Caribbean coast who believed they were carrying out a religious ‘cleansing’. She died in hospital after sustaining burns to 80% of her body.In another incident last month mother-of-five Ángela Herrera who lived in the Jinotega region – a rural coffee growing part of the country – was beheaded by her ex-husband who she had been married to for more than 20 years.‘I can make tortilla’By comparison to how extreme these incidents are, getting men to reconsider their masculinity seems almost pedestrian – but it is a method that is changing attitudes and improving conditions.After the meeting in Estelí – the first group that we visited – we were able to visit the home of Pedro, one of the men who had taken part in the group who was a political leader in the local community.He and his wife Ana Lily and their daughter Cindy wake up at 3am each day to prepare tortillas that are sold to the local community, and Pablo is quite happy taking on parts of the process that might traditionally have been done by women.The house in a residential part of a city is built with facilities for cooking, preparing the corn and making tortillas incorporated into the kitchen and outside areas. Pablo demonstrating how corn is turned into tortillaPablo’s wife Ana Lily explains that some women at another community group she attends think that she is lucky to have a husband like Pablo who is willing to help out with the domestic tasks..“I’m very proud of him,” she says, “everybody says to me, ‘take care of that man, because not everyone is like that’.”Pablo also seems proud of his own attitude, and explains that recently at one of the workshops in Estelí a group of men were set the task of being self-sufficient, something that involved dividing up a number of domestic chores.While some of the others struggled to get to grips with basic tasks like cleaning up, Pablo was happy he could apply skills he uses at home in the workshop.“So I told the group, ‘don’t worry’,” Pablo explains, “because if we have the corn we can have tortilla. I can make tortilla.”This article was supported by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund. 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Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year—Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps—helped SI.com gain exposure on hundreds of Web sites. (Time was unable to provide a figure for how many uniques SI.com received.) CNN/Money’s mobile site was the number one mobile site in the business/finance category in October, according to Nielsen, with a 53 percent growth in unique users month-over-month, placing it ahead of Yahoo! Finance, CNBC.com and the Wall Street Journal.Of course, Time Inc. isn’t releasing its “insignicant” growth figures. But for a company that has seen its print side slide—and plenty of layoffs, too—this is something positive. At a Time Inc. digital showcase in December, EVP John Squires said that the company achieved “significant” growth online. Here are some numbers just released by Time Inc. that appear to back up his claim:Time.com had roughly 30 million page views in mid-December, after Barack Obama was announced Time’s 2008 Person of the Year. (More than 1.2 million votes were cast in the online poll deciding the winner.)People.com reported 46 percent year-over-year growth (compared with the industry average of about 10 percent), including an average of 8.6 million monthly uniques, a 36 percent increase year-over-year.
Anchorage voters are heading to the polls today for municipal elections. Generally, these local contests – especially in years without a mayoral race – see low voter turn out, but arguably have some of the biggest impacts on residents. To talk about whats on the ballot, I’m joined by Alaska Public Media reporter, Zachariah Hughes.Download AudioTOWNSEND: Hi Zach.HUGHES: Hi, Lori.TOWNSEND: So what are voters deciding on today, and what do you have your eye on?HUGHES: Well, voters in Anchorage are deciding on three things. There’s ballot propositions, nine of them all together. There’s also five Assembly seats that are up for grabs, and that’s a big number since the Assembly itself is only 11 people. And then there are two School Board seats that are also up for grabs. So between the three of those, you can think of them as three separate issues and I’m going to be watching a lot of the ballot measures quite closely. A lot of them are for bonding propositions, some of which feel sort of routine. About $36 million for repairs to roads, resurfacing drainage, stuff like that. Just what an area wide bond should go for. And a really big School Board bond.TOWNSEND: What about the Assembly races? What do you think is important in that mix?HUGHES: Well. The Assembly races are interesting because there’s the potential for the balance of power on the Assembly to shift. The Assembly is not a partisan race. There’s no Democrats or Republicans affiliations that are part of it. But for people who watch city politics, there’s definitely a sort of balance and a contest between liberal and conservative approaches or ideologies that are brought to bear on issues like budgeting or some social issues like the equal rights amendment that this current mayor’s administration signed off on. And with five of the 11 seats up for [grabs], we could see a change on the Assembly.TOWNSEND: You have lived in rural Alaska, outside of Anchorage. Do you think this is the kind of election that has any bearing on the lives of people across the state, whether that’s in the Valley, or Deering, Yakutat? What do you think?HUGHES: Yes and no. I’d say this is much more important than tennis courts were a couple years ago for rural voters. But I think sometimes in Anchorage we can get pretty myopic with things that feel really important within the bounds of the municipality. Because there’s so many people here, because so many people pass through here because Anchorage has such a big footprint on the state’s finances, what happens here resonates outward. Some of that is just zoning requirements change and there’s more hotels in midtown and that ends up having an impact on people’s visits whether it’s for medical or conferences and stuff like that. There’s other things like the Assembly where you might not see that that’s the body that’s green-lighting a Capitol project request to the state which ends up potentially financing a report which influences all of the state. So there’s a lot of invisible strings that connect back to a lot of the Anchorage elections – financially especially – even if it might not feel relevant or particularly immediate to somebody in Nome, Kotzebue or Ketchikan, what’s happening here, I would say that here the ripples are going outward.TOWNSEND: Alright Zach, we’ll look for results tomorrow.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of young Americans who campaigned against gun violence after surviving a deadly shooting at their Florida school have received a prize from former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu.Archbishop Desmond Tutu, left awards the Children’s Peace Prize to students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High who campaigned against gun violence, from second left, Matt Deitsch, Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo)Tutu said in a statement Tuesday that the students showed that “children can move the world” and he compared the U.S. movement for gun control that they started to other big peace movements.The Nobel laureate, who is 87 and has health problems, attended the ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa for the International Children’s Peace Prize, an initiative of the Netherlands-based KidsRights Foundation.The prize went to David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin and Matt Deitsch, who were students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when 17 people were killed there on Valentine’s Day. A former student was arrested.
The reboot of Star Wars Battlefront arrives next month, but players can get an early look at it starting today with a public beta. We got some early hands-on play with several of the missions available in the beta, including the Survival Mode on Tatooine, the Drop Zone, and a gruesome look at the Walker Assault, which recreates the Empire’s attack on the Rebel base on Hoth. This mode left the ground soaked in Rebel blood.Although Battlefront is developed by DICE, and has many mechanics in common with the Battlefield series, it is still a distinct and separate franchise. The characters use laser blasters rather than real-world guns, and the recoil is less than what one sees in modern military games. Rather than having to reload, the blasters can overheat and have a cool-down time. As part of the unique Star Wars feel, the characters have a limited choice of loadout when compare to the Battlefield games. There are a handful of authentic Star Wars weapons, but the vast array of accessories seen in Battlefield is missing.To add variety and customization, players do get to equip support powers through a system of unlocks called Star Cards. Players can equip up to three of these cards at once, forming a hand of cards. The cards are support weapons and abilities like thermal detonator grenades, energy shields, and jump packs. The jump packs don’t allow true flight or wall-running, just an extension of the jump. Despite this limitation, they are clearly a fan favorite based on our playtime with the game.While the jump pack is flashy, some of the other cards provide practical and highly specialized uses. There are Ion weapons that do extra damage against vehicles, and the proper use of these can mean the difference when trying to bring down one of the enormous AT-ST bipedal walkers. Another card is a long-range rifle that fires a single shot, with a long recharge time. Even grenades are handled through the Star Card system, with each kind of grenade being its own card. They have unlimited uses, but a cooldown after each throwWe tried three modes during our time with Battlefront, but the Walker Assault mission stood out as a unique ordeal that best represented the Star Wars franchise.This mode puts up to twenty players in the Rebel base on the planet Hoth, and has another twenty players as Empire stormtroopers trying to capture it. Before taking the base, the Imperial forces need to capture several strategic points on the map while the rebels defend these Uplinks. Meanwhile, throughout the battle, Imperial AT-AT’s can be seen in the distance slowly, ominously lumbering towards the base.If the Empire manages to capture the uplinks, the walkers will arrive on the map and make their way towards the final strategic point. In our matches, the Walker Assault mode was usually a meat grinder for the Rebels. In the beta, many players are still unfamiliar with the long-term strategic play of Walker Assault, and the Rebel soldiers often fired in vain at the heavily armored AT-ATs, only to be blasted into wampa fodder.Imperial players have to escort the walkers towards the rebel base, but lucky Stormtroopers can take direct control of the walkers by finding a power up on the map. Once inside the AT-AT, these players can mercilessly pound the rebels. The walkers are mostly invulnerable to hand-held weapons, unless the rebels call in a special bomber strike against them. At this point the defenders have a brief time when they can use their weapons to nibble way at the powerful walkers.The Walker Assault mode is theoretically a balanced match despite its asymmetry. However, our experience indicates that the Rebels need an experienced team, or at least experienced team leaders to coordinate their defenses, otherwise the fight will inevitably play out like it did in The Empire Strikes Back.We also played a few rounds of Drop Zone, which is the Battlefront take on the classic King of the Hill game mode, or Hardpoint. An escape pod drops down from orbit on a random location, and each team tries to capture the pod. When a team successfully claims an escape pod, it will provide special power ups like devastating one-use weapons. This mode uses smaller teams than Walker Assault, up to eight versus eight.After one pod is claimed (or contested for too long), another will drop somewhere else on the map, so teams end up spread out as fast-moving players arrive the latest spawn site while slower players trail behind. Clever players inevitably stake out choke points alone the way. The symmetrical objective made it a more newbie-friendly affair when compared to Walker Assault, while still maintaining more variety than a standard death match.The Battlefront beta shows the game’s wave-based Survival mode. We played this on the Tatooine map. This puts rebel players against fifteen waves of Empire forces that grow progressively more dangerous. Surprisingly, a fight with an AT-ST was not the final wave. Although the two-legged AT-ST is not as powerful as the giant AT-AT from Hoth, it is still an intimidating enemy that can quickly bring down foolish players. It’s also an example of how strategic use of Ionic weapons is important. Other waves have stormtroopers with specialized equipment like stealth camouflage, sniper rifles, and their own jump packs.In survival mode, players can respawn if they make a fatal mistake, but they have a limited number of lives — and these lives are shared between players when in co-op mode. Occasionally drop pods come down and, if the player can reach them safely, these pods will provide special power ups like in Drop Zone. These power ups scatter all over the ground near the pod and can be left there to save them for later rounds.Players have a limited selection of Star Card hands in Survival, but these all include jump packs. Aside from being used to jet over cliffs and chasms, these can also be used to cushion falls. Deaths from falls were quite common in our playtime, due to Tatooine’s deep canyons, and the jetpacks were an essential Card. There was, unfortunately, a recurring problem with players accidentally jumping off the map when using the jump packs, and players who got stuck off the map for more than ten seconds would lose a life.The beta only shows a small portion of the game, but Walker Assault is certainly the most impressive part of this appetizer. Players who are curious can try the beta on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC through Origin. It begins noon EST today, October 8.
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A consortium of scientists announced Thursday in Science that they’ve sequenced the coffee genome for the first time. By determining all of the genes that make up robusta coffee, a plant variety that accounts for about one-third of the world’s consumption, they’ve opened the door to better breeding practices and even genetic engineering.The researchers were most surprised by the genes used to produce caffeine. There are several theories as to why a plant would want to give its leaves and berries an energy buzz: It might be meant as a deterrent against leaf-eating bugs, to make surrounding soil less hospitable to rival seedlings, or to turn potential pollinators into happy caffeine addicts. Whatever the drive, plants such as tea, coffee and chocolate developed enzymes to make the addicting (and sometimes toxic) compound.But when researchers compared the coffee genome to that of chocolate, they found that the enzymes used to make caffeine in the two plants aren’t closely related enough to share a common ancestor. In other words, coffee and chocolate found their way to caffeination independently of each other. So while the reasons for evolving caffeine production are still hard to pinpoint, we know it was a valuable enough trait to inspire multiple adaptations. Scientists don’t have a genome for tea yet, so we can’t be sure whether it developed caffeine on its own, as well.Some members of the group are proceeding to sequence arabica coffee, which produces the world’s fancier varieties of coffee bean. Since arabica is a hybrid of robusta and another variety of coffee plant, it has a duplicated genome. With twice as much genetic information to sift through, Victor Albert, the lead author and a professor of biological sciences at the University at Buffalo, said, this becomes “a much more complicated affair.”Albert and his colleagues have high hopes for the useful application of the sequencing. “When we compared the coffee to several other species, we saw a huge enrichment in disease-resistant genes,” he said. “Those can now be rapidly explored in more detail, and could be of use in both coffee breeding and in the molecular modification of coffee.”The obvious route, he said, would be to make coffee crops more resilient to climate change and increased pest problems. But his team’s work on coffee’s caffeine-producing enzymes could also help take the buzz out of your brew. “This might make it possible to knock off caffeine production in a variety of coffee plant,” Albert said, “So to make decaff coffee, you wouldn’t have to go through the process of extracting the caffeine. You could just grow coffee beans that don’t make it at all.”© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:New Anacafé chief: Guatemalan state must do more to finance battle against coffee rust Brazil coffee output set for worst slump since 1965 Morning caffeine fix gets cheaper as rains boost Brazil supplies USAID to invest $5 million to combat coffee fungus epidemic in Central America