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Prince Harry And Elton John Speak Out At International AIDS Conference

first_imgYesterday, Prince Harry took to the stage for a special lunchtime session at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban.The session was to raise awareness of the issues faced by young people living with HIV, particularly those adolescents living in sub-Saharan Africa.Prince Harry, representing his charity Sentebale, was joined by Sir Elton John, representing his charity the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Together, they spoke of the impact stigma and discrimination have on youth living with HIV.They were joined for the session by a panel of young advocates – Loyce Maturu, Carlo Oliveras and Brian Ssensalire – who discussed the HIV response among young people, and what needs to change to truly address the needs of youth with HIV.During the session named “Ending AIDS with the Voices of Youth”, Sir Elton said; 
”Young people are being left out and left behind in the AIDS response and it needs to stop. It needs to stop here and now.”
Prince Harry called on today’s youth to be the generation to end AIDS; “It is time for a new generation of leaders to step forward. It is time for us to step up to make sure no young person feels any shame in asking for an HIV test. It is time for us to step up to make sure that girls and boys with HIV aren’t kept from playing with their friends, classmates, and neighbours. It is time for us to step up and acknowledge that stigma and discrimination still act as the greatest barrier to our ability to defeat this disease once and for all.”The special session was moderated by Kgomotso Matsunyane (South African director, writer and activist) and was introduced by Prince Seeiso, co-founding patron of Sentebale, who explained the situation in Lesotho, a small, landlocked country with the world’s second highest HIV infection rate.Prince Seeiso said: “UNAIDS reports that there are an estimated 21,000 10 to 19 year olds living with HIV in Lesotho and only 30% of them accessing treatment. Stigma remains the main reason youth fail to access medication. It is our ambition to change the tide of this epidemic by ensuring more young people know their status, access treatment and are empowered to play there part in bringing the AIDS epidemic to an end.”Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso spent the morning together at the conference, taking time to visit Sentebale’s Global Village session about the model of psychosocial support the charity provides to adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. They observed as the Sentebale staff and youth volunteers explained how residential camps, monthly Saturday clubs and caregiver days help educate families and communities on supporting young people in their care with HIV. The delegates were invited to take part in an activity about identifying their circle of supporters, normally delivered to the children at a camp. This activity is one of many which help youth to understand how to cope with their virus and encourage peer-to-peer communication about HIV.Camp is currently being delivered for adolescents living with HIV in Lesotho at the newly- built ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre. Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso visited Sentebale’s projects in Lesotho earlier this week, and took part in some of the camp activities with the children there.On their tour of the Durban AIDS Conference, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso met with IAS youth ambassadors before stopping to sign the UNAIDS ProTEST HIV wall with Sir Elton John to encourage young people to address the stigma around HIV testing and encouragethem to know their status.Prince Harry and Sir Elton John were also interviewed by young journalists from the Children’s Radio Foundation. The Children’s Radio Foundation is a platform to amplify youth voices across Africa. With seven million listeners weekly, young people are shown that what they have to say does matter. Prince Harry said; “The most important thing is being able to give young people a voice,” and emphasised the importance of listening when young people speak. Elton John said, “You are the future of the world.”As well as spending time with the Sentebale volunteers and other young advocates, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso attended official meetings with leaders at the conference, including Mark Dybul, CEO of The Global Fund, and Ambassador Deborah Brix, US Global AIDS Coordinator and Head of PEPFAR.This is the latest in a recent upsurge of advocacy work Prince Harry has undertaken to raise awareness of issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Last week, he took an HIV test at Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, to show how easy it is to get tested, and at the end of June, took part in the Sentebale Concert at Kensington Palace, London, headlined by Coldplay. The aim of this work is to get AIDS back on the public agenda and encourage the world to speak out against the stigma towards those living with HIV.last_img read more

MANOLO BLAHNIK THE ART OF SHOES

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement To complement the exhibition, the museum is also presenting Exclusively Manolo, a series of rich programming celebrating the exhibition, including exclusive tours, workshops and a film series. Visitors may also purchase an accompanying fully illustrated catalogue published by Skira/Rizzoli, written by Albornoz, based on extensive conversations with Blahnik. For more information on the exhibition and programs, please visit www.batashoemuseum.ca. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter TORONTO, May 16, 2018 – The Bata Shoe Museum, a North American cultural landmark with a strong international reputation, is delighted to announce the opening of the highly anticipated travelling exhibition MANOLO BLAHNIK: THE ART OF SHOES, a stunning retrospective by one of the world’s most influential figures within the fashion industry. After being showcased internationally at venues in Milan, St. Petersburg, Prague and Madrid, between May 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Toronto is excited to host the final and only North American stop on this world-class tour.For over 45 years, Blahnik’s inventiveness and superb artisanship has crossed boundaries between fashion and art, inspiring elegance and perfection. The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear. Using architectural and sculptural lines within his work, Blahnik exquisitely captures the imagination, transforming an everyday accessory into masterpieces of contemporary design. Milan – Manolo Blahnik – the art of shoes Blahnik, along with the exhibition’s guest curator Dr. Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, have hand-selected over 200 shoes and 80 original drawings to display that seamlessly reflect his personal journey, inspirations and achievements, collected over four decades. Visitors will discover how architecture, art, botany, literature, cinema and how countries from around the world have played a pivotal role in his designs. Highlights include: Iconic footwear from the early 1970s to today, exclusive footage of the artist at work, rare examples of Blahnik’s celebrated drawings and sketchesand the exquisite collection of Marie Antoinette shoes, created for Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette.last_img read more

Germany Humiliates Brazil

Rabat – Germany have a clear chance to lift the world cup trophy for the first time since 1990, after they destroyed host country Brazil with an outstanding 7-1 in the semi-final clash at Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.Joachim Low’s side took great advantage of the absence of Captain Thiago Silva due to suspension, and Brazil’s talisman Neymar who suffered a fractured verterbra during the selecao’s quarter-final face-off against Columbia.The game saw Miroslav Klose entering history as he became the leading scorer of the World Cup surpassing Ronaldo Da Silva’s record tally of 15 goals. Germany started their ruthless campaign early as Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller put his team ahead just 11 minutes after the start whistle. 36-year-old Klose netted the second goal which crowned him the top scorer with 16 goals that he scored throughout four World Cup tournaments.Toni Kroos managed to score Germany’s third and fourth goals, respectively. And Sami Khedira added the fifth goal before halftime.The Germans continued shelling Julio Cesar’s nets in the second half with substitute Andre Schurrle scoring a double, leaving the hosts with their biggest World Cup loss since they lost to France 3-0 in the 1998 final.Brazil’s Oscar pulled a late goal, but it was with no value as the hosts are out of the World Cup with the most humiliating semi-final loss ever.Germany will face the winner from Argentina vs the Netherlands second semi-final clash in Sunday’s final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

African Ambassadors Meet in Rabat to Discuss Climate Change

By Natalie YazharyWashington DC – Discourse around Africa and climate change have begun with COP22 just around the corner in November. Various committees, such as The African Development Bank, the Economic Commission for Africa, and African Ambassadors based in Morocco, all met in Rabat, Morocco to discuss COP22. COP22, taking place on November 7-18 in Marrakech, follows COP7 (2001) and COP17 (2011) as the third Climate Change Conference in Africa, which is very significant for Africans.According to the COP22 press release, “This will be a key moment for Africans to push for global commitments towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015 and a shift towards resilient, low carbon development.”Mobilizing the continent is a main goal for Morocco, especially with the Climate Change Conference coming up. Morocco is looking to expand the communication throughout the conference, and invite journalists to cover the climate change talks.Communication is key in promoting discourse around global climate change, before it becomes too late to come up with a solution.Climate change is an incredibly pressing issue in various countries in Africa. So much as a slight 2 degree change in global temperature by 2050 could “cause Africa’s GDP to decline by 4.7%,” according to the latest COP22 press release.Although the consequences seem long-term, COP22 and the global climate talks have made it clear that the time to find a solution is now. read more

Guilty verdict in Figliola case

The Hamilton woman accused of hiring a hitman to kill her husband has been found guilty.It took the jury three-and-a-half days to decide Maria Figliola, 57, arranged for the brutal killing of her husband Frank Figliola in August 2001.The woman’s husband was found beaten to death on a path where he used to take frequent walks near the couple’s home in Stoney Creek.Lisa Hepfner was there to hear the verdict and has the details. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Beijing to spend 27 billion on cleaning capitals air

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2017 7:01 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Beijing to spend $2.7 billion on cleaning capital’s air FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, file photo, a woman uses a scarf to cover her mouth for protection against the air pollution as she walks on a street in Beijing, China. Beijing will spend $2.7 billion to fight air pollution in the capital this year, state media reported Thursday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File) BEIJING, China – Beijing will spend $2.7 billion to fight air pollution in the capital this year, state media reported Thursday.Part of the money will be used to close or upgrade more than 2,000 polluting factories, replace the use of coal with clean energy on the outskirts of the city and phase out 300,000 high-polluting older vehicles, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing Beijing’s acting mayor, Cai Qi.Authorities are eager to bring about a visible improvement in China’s bad air, especially in the high-profile capital and its surrounding areas. Beijing has suffered some particularly bad bouts of hazardous air in the past few weeks, causing it to order some factories to temporarily close and schoolchildren to stay at home.China has made great efforts to reduce its dependence on coal and generate more power from cleaner sources of renewable energy. Directives made public this week from the National Energy Administration ordered the cancellation of around 100 planned coal-fired power plants across the country, the construction for some of which had already started.On Wednesday, authorities launched an environmental police squad tasked with rooting out illegal burning in Beijing. read more

Many children in Guatemala still facing sexual exploitation forced labour – UN

“Many children are still victims of sexual exploitation and forced labour in Guatemala despite the laudable efforts carried out to prevent and combat the sale of children for illegal adoption,” said the Special Rapporteur on child trafficking, prostitution and child pornography, Najay Maalla M’jid, at the end of a ten-day visit to the country.“The phenomenon of sexually exploited girls in prostitution is very worrying, as well as the large number of young mothers that have been sexually abused by relatives and the absence of sexual education that does not inform children of the inherent risks of sexual relations and early pregnancies,” she added in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ms. Maalla M’jid underlined that it is still difficult to determine the extent of the trafficking and exploitation of children due to the lack of systematic denunciations, as people fear stigmatization and retaliation. She also noted a lack of access to mechanisms that guarantee rapid protection and security for victims outside the capital, Guatemala City, pointing out that there is a transnational dimension to the issue which translates into using minors for sexual tourism, online pornography and organized crime. The Special Rapporteur recognized that there have been numerous legal reforms and measures adopted by various actors at a central and local level. “However, in spite of these efforts and great mobilization, child protection measures are still fragmented due to the overlapping competencies of multiple institutions and the lack of coordination among sectors, as well as the absence of adequate and permanent resources,” she said. Ms. Maalla M’jid also emphasized that slow judicial investigations and the current impunity enjoyed by many perpetrators impede the rapid and efficient protection of victims and witnesses, and called on the Government to adopt a strategy with a global and integrated focus to guarantee the protection of children who have been victims or are at risk of abuse. “The strengthening of institutions that are tasked to implement, coordinate and evaluate prevention and protection strategies for children should take advantage of the continued technical assistance of the United Nations and the international community,” Ms. Maala M’jid said. During her visit to the country, Ms. Maalla M’jid met with Government officials, as well as with representatives from civil society and the private sector. She also talked to young teenagers who have been victims of violence and abuse when she visited child protection centres in the country. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Mens soccer OSU looking to ride momentum against Indiana

Ohio State then-sophomore Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball through a group of Michigan players during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team got a decisive 3-0 win over Oakland on Tuesday night, hoping to ride that momentum into Saturday’s matchup versus No. 7 Indiana at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m.The key for the Buckeyes in their win over Oakland was their aggressive first-period play, something they hope to be able to replicate against the tough Hoosiers.“We have been stressing the importance of coming out strong,” senior midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick said. “Whenever we have come out with intensity in the first half we have been dominant. Indiana is going to be a tough test, but we have nothing to lose. We just have to go out and give it everything we got.”For the Buckeyes, it is the last Big Ten home game of the regular season. With OSU tied for fifth place in the conference, they still have time to make up some ground and finish with a top-four seed that would allow them to host a game in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.“All Big Ten Conference games are huge for us,” junior defender Niall Logue said. “Especially with Indiana being a top-10 team, to win the last one at home for us would be massive.”The Hoosiers come into the game with an 8-1-4 record (2-0-3 Big Ten). In their last time out, they took down No. 4 Louisville 2-1 on the road.Indiana is led by senior midfielder Tanner Thompson and redshirt senior midfielder Richard Ballard, each tied with 13 points on the season. Thompson and Ballard have each scored four goals while tallying two assists apiece.Indiana is having a very successful season, with its only loss of the season coming in a 4-0 contest at Notre Dame. However, the Hoosiers are not a particularly dominant offense, coming into the contest with 17 goals scored on the season compared to OSU’s 16.The real discrepancy comes in the goals allowed category. Indiana has been very stingy this year, allowing only 10 goals in 13 games. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, have allowed 20 in the same amount of games played.The two schools are meeting for the 60th time, Indiana having a massive all-time series lead at 50-7-2.“The history of the matchup between these two schools doesn’t concern me,” coach John Bluem said. “This is an important game for both teams. They are trying to get into top two teams in the conference and we are trying to get into the top three or four. All conference games are pivotal and we will treat it as such.”The Buckeyes will again be fighting the injury bug on Saturday, as they will be without junior forward Marcus McCrary and leading scorer and senior forward Danny Jensen. Neither of the two played in Tuesday’s win over Oakland.OSU has a tough road ahead. After battling the Hoosiers on Saturday, the Buckeyes will travel to Louisville to take on the No. 4 Cardinals on Tuesday. The team is embracing this challenge, knowing it gives them a chance to show its true colors.“The record doesn’t reflect who we are as a team,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think we are better than that. If we can take Indiana and Louisville and get results, whether it’s a draw or a win, it’ll show the NCAA who we really are.” read more

Pistol coach made big strides with program

Freshman James Sweeney walked across the Oval numerous times in 1952. Fifty-eight years later, he is still making that same walk.Sweeney’s history at Ohio State is remarkable. In his time, he has seen six football National Championships, five Heisman award winners, four Ohio State structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, three Pistol National Championships, two pistol athletes win the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor award, and one ultimate success: educating students.Sweeney is 76 years old and approaching his twelfth season as coach of the Ohio State pistol team.He graduated from Ohio State in 1957 with a degree in physical education. He later pursued a master’s in curriculum design and a doctorate in sport pedagogy (a focus on educating others how to teach sports) from Ohio State.Ever since he got out of college, he has been putting his degree to work. Whether this is college students or collegiate athletes, Sweeney has been educating since 1958.“I would say if there is one way to define him, in general, it is that he is a very wise person,” senior pistol member Tyler Phillips said. “If we are all paying attention, he is not only teaching us about shooting, but life as well.”Three years ago, Sweeney was able to persuade OSU to give out scholarships for pistol recruits. This was a huge accomplishment for a small athletic program, but the recognition of scholarships was a double-edged sword for the educator.“I liked taking walk-on’s and turning them into elite collegiate athletes,” Sweeney said. “I enjoy working with highly skilled individuals who have had previous training for years, but on the other hand, the satisfaction of teaching is not quite the same. I miss that part.”Sweeney’s mixed feelings can be expressed through two of his players.Phillips was a walk-on athlete from the pistol club.“(Sweeney) introduced me to the sport,” he said. “He taught me everything I know. Not only did he talk to me about shooting, but he also taught me a lot about philosophy in the sport as well.”Sophomore Christina Heaton was recruited as a scholar-athlete and has competed in the junior Olympics.“I don’t talk to (Sweeney) that much personally,” Heaton said. “When we are practicing, he will give us an event to work on and we will practice.”Though Heaton is part of a more experienced group of OSU pistol shooters, she still needed to seek advice from the coach during a big slump.“If you have problems, you can go to him,” she said. “He sat down with me and we started from the basics…he really helped me out.”Sweeney has been retired since 1994, but continues to teach with emeritus status.For a man who is 76, he is in top physical shape. He walks to campus everyday, uses a car only when it is necessary and still does small physical workouts.Even at such an old age, he is not worried about leaving Ohio State any time soon.“I am just playing it year-by-year,” he said. “As long as I am healthy, enjoy what I do and can relate with the students, before I get too old, I have no definite retirement plans.”Coach Sweeney has experienced a lot of Ohio State history, but, in the process, has also become a part of it. read more

Lady Louise the quiet thoughtful girl of whom the Royal family should

Her parents have striven to give their children as normal an upbringing as possible – so normal,… Of all the adorable bridesmaids and pageboys at today’s wedding, it was Lady Louise Windsor, who captured hearts in her role as Princess Eugenie’s special attendant. Wearing a striking blue dress, similar to that of maid of honour Princess Beatrice, the 14 year-old daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, helped the little ones out of the cars and ushered them towards the chapel, holding tightly to the hands of two of the pageboys. Lady Louise, whose brother James, Viscount Severn, 10, was also a special attendant, has been seen numerous times in public, but not in such a formal role. read more

Parents cannot veto children taking part in LGBT lessons Education Secretary says

Andrew Moffat, the assistant head at Parkfield Community School, designed the “No Outsiders” programme which aims to teach children about issues such as gender, identity and sexual orientation during RSE lessons. Mr Moffat, who has been awarded an MBE for services to equality and diversity in education, said he has received threats from parents who oppose the course.Mr Hinds said: “It is regrettable that myths and misinformation about the forthcoming relationships education changes in primary schools, circulated often by individuals with no links to the education system, are undermining the hard work of head teachers, and the legitimate right of parents to be consulted on what their children are being taught about relationships”.Hazel Pulley, CEO of Parkfield Community School, has previously spoken out about the “untruths” that have been spread about the content of the classes. These included “using clay models or something to use or show the children something of a sexual nature” which she said the lessons “most certainly” did not feature.  While parents are allowed to withdraw their children from RSE lessons, they are only permitted to do so for the sex education sections and not for relationship education.Learning about same sex couples would be part of the latter section, meaning parents who disagree with this are not able to remove their children from classes.  Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, has previously stated her support of schools running the “No Outsiders” course, adding that parents need to learn that “we don’t all get our way”. The Education Secretary has said that parents cannot veto children taking part in LGBT lessons, as he warns that “myths” are being spread about the content of the classes.Damian Hinds’ intervention comes amid a row over Relationship and Sex Education classes (RSE), with several primary schools in Birmingham suspending the lessons following protests and petitions from Muslim parents.Parkfield Community School, along with five primaries run by the Leigh Trust, postponed the “No Outsiders” programme where children are taught  about same sex couples and gender identity.Mr Hinds has now weighed in to support headteachers, saying that while they should listen to parents’ views, they should not allow them to dictate what is taught at school.Writing to the National Association of Head Teachers, Mr Hinds said: “I want to reassure you and the members you represent that consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content.“We want schools to consult parents, listen to their views, and make reasonable decisions about how to proceed (including through consideration of their wider duties) – and we will support them in this.”Hundreds of parents have protested outside Parkfield Community School, saying that teaching children about LGBT rights and homophobia contradicts their Islamic faith. Parents protesting against LGBT lessons at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, March 2019 Parents protesting against LGBT lessons at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, March 2019Credit: DARREN STAPLES 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. read more

Pádraig Harrington Rory McIlroy and lots of sports stars send good wishes

first_imgTHE BRITISH AND Irish Lions are currently winging their way to Hong Kong where they’ll play the first game of their epic tour this weekend.And as they go, the best wishes of sport’s best from this part of the world, are with them. Check out this good luck video featuring mesages from the likes of our own Rory McIlroy and Pádraig Harrington. And even Tim Henman. YouTube: HSBC7 things we learned from the Lions’ team buslast_img

SpiderMan Gifts for Your Favorite WebHead

first_imgStay on target Spider-Man: Homecoming on Blu-ray‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ on Blu-ray (Photo Credit: Amazon)You loved seeing it in theaters, but now it’s time to own Spider-Man: Homecoming on Blu-ray to enjoy again and again! Also available on Amazon Video!Buy it HereKraven’s Last Hunt‘Kraven’s Last Hunt’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)One of the most celebrated and arguably the darkest story in the Spider-Man mythos, Kraven’s Last Hunt has been a chilling experience for comics readers for over thirty years now. Any spider fan that hasn’t read this, needs this in their collection!Buy it HereSpider-Man Heart MugSpider-Man Heart Mug (Photo Credit: Amazon)Cheer yourself up in the morning by reminding yourself that Spider-Man loves you! This Spider-Man heart coffee mug will give you an additional pick me up in the morning along with your coffee!Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:10 Cool Gifts for Every Star Wars Junkie11 Best Gifts For Pokémon Fans12 Cool Gifts for Black Panther Aficionados Who’s the friendliest neighborhood superhero? Spider-Man of course! If you or a fellow web-head is in need of new collectible gear, we’ve put together a cool Spider-Man gift guide. From Peter Parker figures to Kraven’s Last Hunt, these Spider-Man presents are next level for gift-giving.Spider-Man Pop-Up HamperSpider-Man Pop-Up Hamper (Photo Credit: Amazon)Know someone who’s going away to college or moving to a new apartment? This Spider-Man Pop-Up Hamper is the perfect gift for their living space. It’s portable enough to carry to the laundromat and it holds many types of clothing for seamless cleaning.Buy it HereSpider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus Art PrintSpider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus Art Print (Photo Credit: Etsy)Tom Rogers created this print from his hand-drawn work of Spider-Man up against one of his deadliest foes, Doctor Octopus. This print is 11 x 17 inches, so you can easily put it in a frame and display it at home or in the office.Buy it HereSpider-Man Homecoming Action FigureSpider-Man Action Figure (Photo Credit: Amazon)This quality Spider-Man Action Figure, which is based on the latest film Spider-Man: Homecoming, has more than 35 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts. A great gift for any web-slinging enthusiast!Buy it HereThe Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete Series‘The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete Series’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)If you want to watch Spidey in action just like you did when you were younger with Saturday morning cartoons, this is the compilation for you. Long live awesome Marvel animation! We covered this series extensively.Buy it HereSpider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Collection Vol. 1‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Collection Vol. 1’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Follow the adventures of arguably the coolest guy to ever have taken up the Spider-Man mythos: Miles Morales! See what he’s up to with the first volume of his collected adventures!Buy it HereFunko Spider-Man Peter Parker FigureFunko Spider-Man Peter Parker Figure (Photo Credit: Amazon)Want to cuddle up with a cute little Spidey and check out merch for the latest movie? You can’t go wrong with this little Peter Parker Funko figure, which looks great on a shelf or desk!Buy it HereSpidey: Volume 1‘Spidey: Volume 1’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)If you really loved Spider-Man: Homecoming and wanted to pick up a comic that was close to resembling the fun of that movie, then look no further! Peter Parker is back in high school as they take the concept back to basics. This collection gives you the first six issues of this bright, funny series!Buy it HereSpider-Man Cosplay HoodieSpider-Man Cosplay Hoodie (Photo Credit: Amazon)If you’ve ever wanted to look like Spidey, this hoodie may be your best chance to do it. From head to torso, you’ll be rockin’ sweet Spider-Man goodness. It even has a special hood!Buy it Nowcenter_img Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie last_img read more

KB Launches Album – 13 Songs in his Music with a Message

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 5, 2017 – Nassau –Best-selling rake ‘n scrape artist #Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie today made entertainment history, releasing an album that marries his conscience collage with a call for action, 13 songs packed with purpose and driven by heartache and hope.   Each of the singles was commissioned by #Save The Bays over a period of three years and were released as a collector’s album in celebration of the environmental advocacy organisation’s third anniversary celebration. “Musicians have been writing and singing about love and their achy-breaky hearts since the beginning of time,” said the legendary KB. “And that’s just what I’m doing with these songs, but the heartache I am writing about is what I see happening to The Bahamas. When I see the conch dying off and I call for Conchservation singing we’re a conchy nation, I’m taking a serious subject and making it fun to make sure people listen. Sing it, dance to it, stomp your feet and your fists if you want, but you’re going to get the message without someone lecturing to you and that’s what matters. People listen and they care and if they care, they do something. The stories in my songs are meant to plant a seed for change to protect our environment, our people, our resources.”News of the record’s release came during a press conference in Freeport, Grand Bahama.    “KB’s music has been an important vessel for carrying the message that we have an obligation to be stewards of this environment and preserve it for our children and their children’s children,” said Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville. “His music starting with ‘Rise up, Bahamas, Let’s Save the Bays’ to ‘Hold da feet to da fire to Das Nasty and all the others have dominated the music scene over the past few years and made everyone feel a part of this movement demanding transparency, freedom of information and a government that is accountable. At the same time, they’ve struck a chord with our overall environmental stewardship message with songs like Oil Fish and Save our Nassau Grouper.”With a colourful cover depicting a coral reef teeming with fish in the foreground and heavy equipment threatening to destroy it in the background, the album features a new single released for the first time, Dream for Our Bahamaland. Its chorus, says Darville, is as touching as any country song written by someone who has lost the love of his life but dreams it will return. “I see a place where our children can run free, where our air is clean and our lands are drug free, where there’s no threat of war and love still stands, that’s my dream for our Bahamaland.”  The album will be available at Unexso and Pearlmart in Freeport and at Stuart Cove Dive in Nassau for $10 and can be downloaded from iTunes. Proceeds will go toward the education arm of Save The Bays for its Youth Environment Ambassadors program and other community awareness efforts.   Save The Bays has championed citizens’ rights to information and participation in a consultation process in matters that impact them and their communities. Its first Freedom of Information rally in 2014 drew representatives from across the political, social and civil society spectrum and its Facebook page has more than 20,000 friends. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Chrome privacy sandbox offers an answer to online ad problems

first_img 7 It’s good to hear Google talking seriously about privacy, said Brave Chief Executive Brendan Eich, who previously led Mozilla’s Firefox browser. But he also voiced skepticism about how successful Google’s effort will be.”This looks like weak sauce in a misleading ‘privacy matters’ bottle,” Eich tweeted. Google is “the last entity to trust to forge a compromise.”Tracker blocking becomes commonplaceBlocking cookies that track us across sites is becoming common. Apple’s Safari is the highest-profile browser that does so, with technology called intelligent tracking prevention. Firefox has begun blocking tracking by default, too, and Brave has done so since its launch in 2016. Microsoft’s new Chromium-powered Edge also will block tracking.Another problem with blocking tracking cookies is that websites and advertisers continue to keep tabs on us using technology called fingerprinting. It’s not as strong a signal as tracking with cookies, but it can help identify us, and all major browsers are working on approaches to block fingerprinting.”Unlike cookies, users cannot clear their fingerprint, and therefore cannot control how their information is collected. We think this subverts user choice and is wrong,” Schuh said.Online advertising has acquired a stigma because of privacy concerns. If you aren’t buying a product, you are the product, a popular saying goes. Translation: Free, ad-supported sites and apps survive by selling your personal data to advertisers. But simply making everybody pay for everything brings other problems. News publishers are increasingly relying on paywalls that restrict free articles, but that also restricts their readership and means wealthier people have an easier time protecting their privacy.”Blocking cookies without another way to deliver relevant ads significantly reduces publishers’ primary means of funding, which jeopardizes the future of the vibrant web,” Schuh said.But privacy can’t wait and “the status quo is simply not tenable,” said Peter Dolanjski, Mozilla’s director of security and privacy products. Mozilla contacted publishers before enabling its anti-tracking technology by default, he said. “While acknowledging that there’s a negative revenue impact, many publishers we’ve talked with view this as a short-term issue while online advertising catches up to the new reality,” he said. “Essentially, they view privacy as being part of their long-term strategic business interests.”Nuts and bolts of Google’s privacy sandboxGoogle’s proposal has several mechanisms to shut down conduits that today leak personal and identifying information. Among them:An idea called federated learning of cohorts (FLOC) that uses machine learning software in the browser itself to assess people’s interests. That information can then be shared with advertisers only when it reflects large groups of people — yes, flocks — so ads can be targeted without advertisers knowing individuals’ personal details.A trust token that advertisers and publishers can use to reduce ad fraud by grouping web users into two segments — trusted and untrusted. Ad fraud involves bogus views and clicks of ads that mean advertisers have to pay even when no human is actually seeing the ad. Ad fraud efforts today often track only individuals.A conversion measurement technology that’ll let advertisers figure out which ads lead to successful outcomes like people buying an advertised product. That’s complicated, especially given that people might view an ad on one site and buy the product on another, but Google acknowledges its proposal has weaknesses even for more straightforward cases. Its conversion measurement technology is therefore likely to be one of many efforts needed “to reproduce valid advertising use cases in the web platform in a privacy preserving way,” Google said.A “privacy budget” that would limit how much personal information a website can access, part of the effort to thwart fingerprinting.Google’s proposal, while comprehensive, also brings plenty of challenges. Its success hinges on winning over publishers, advertisers and other browser makers. And Google is proposing new standards for the web — a collaborative development process that often takes years.Originally published Aug. 22, 7:20 a.m. PT.Updates, 9:49 a.m.: Adds comment from Brave; 10:26 a.m. and 1:09 p.m.: Includes further background; 2:06 p.m: Adds comment from Mozilla. Google Chrome dominates the browser market. Stephen Shankland/CNET Google’s Chrome team on Thursday proposed a “privacy sandbox” that’s designed to give us the best of both worlds: ads that publishers can target toward our interests but that don’t infringe our privacy. It’s a major development in an area where Chrome, the dominant browser, has lagged competitors.Browsers already include security sandboxes, restrictions designed to confine malware and limit its possible damage. Google’s proposed privacy sandbox would similarly restrict tracking technology, according to proposal details Google published.The privacy sandbox is “a secure environment for personalization that also protects user privacy,” said Justin Schuh, a director of Chrome engineering focused on security matters, in a privacy sandbox blog post. “Our goal is to create a set of standards that is more consistent with users’ expectations of privacy.”For example, Chrome would restrict some private data to the browser — an approach that Brave Software has taken with its privacy-focused rival web browser. And it could restrict sharing personal data until it’s shared across a large group of people using technologies called differential privacy and federated learning.Privacy is a major concern among tech giants, with Apple leading the charge in many ways. The debate has proved challenging for Google, which offers useful, free services like search and Gmail that show ads. It’s also one of the biggest companies other website and app publishers use to show ads. The issue has been especially pointed for Chrome, where protecting our privacy is at odds with its ad business.The privacy sandbox, the result of months of work by Google researchers, is a major step that, if it works and is accepted by websites and advertisers, could help Google out of its privacy pickle.It’s not clear what the ultimate effect of Google’s privacy sandbox work will be, but it’s notable that the company is even considering changes. About 83 percent of Google’s revenue in the second quarter came from advertising — $33 billion in total — so the company has a powerful incentive to keep online ads as profitable as possible. Targeted ads — those that are customized according to preferences websites and advertisers infer from our online behavior — are worth more to publishers. Google also released study figures that say publishers’ ad revenue drops 52% when browsers block the text files called cookies used to track our behavior and target ads. Comments Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice Computers Mobile 14 Photos Loads of Android apps are skirting privacy controls 1:12 Advertising Chrome Privacy Googlelast_img read more

Small explosion delays Healy 2 startup

first_imgGolden Valley Electric Association customers will see a slight decrease in their monthly bills next month, but well short of what GVEA had hoped to give ratepayers. That’s because the co-op has run into more problems with Healy 2 power plant.Listen NowGVEA’s Healy 2 Plant(Photo by Golden Valley Electric Association)Golden Valley President and CEO Cory Borgeson said the co-op had hoped by now, Healy 2 would be producing low-cost electricity generated by the cheapest fuel – coal. But he said a small explosion on Nov. 2 forced GVEA to shut down the power plant earlier this month, and that means the average residential customer will see their next monthly bill go down by about 65 cents.“The fact that we won’t be able to be running this lower-cost coal energy from Healy 2 is going to impact our cost of power,” Borgeson said in an interview this week.Borgeson said repairing damage caused by the explosion will again delay startup of the coal-fired plant near Healy, this time by up to four months. He says the explosion caused about $1 million in damage to the system that feeds pulverized coal into a combustion chamber. A team of experts brought in by GVEA determined that’s where the blast occurred.“There was a buildup of this coal dust in an area of the coal-handling system,” Borgeson said. “And, during a process of where we were shutting down the plant, it became oxygen-rich. And a small ‘puff,’ or explosion, inside the coal-handling tubes occurred.”No one was injured in the explosion. Borgeson did not have an estimate on the cost to repair damage to another part of the power plant that was also damaged by the blast. He expects insurance will pay for most of the damage, which he says was not as extensive as that caused by a much bigger explosion at the plant in March. But he regrets the plant is not yet providing the low-cost electricity that GVEA officials had anticipated.“Healy unit 2, when it is running and is going, will lower the cost of power for our members,” Borgeson said.The year’s blasts were the latest in a series of mishaps that have kept Golden Valley from bringing Healy 2 online. GVEA has invested more than $175 million to buy and upgrade the plant since the purchase was finalized in 2013. The 50-megawatt plant was built by state and federal agencies at a cost of more $300 million to demonstrate technology that advocates said would use low-grade coal to generate electricity with less pollution. But it was never able to consistently do that and plagued with problems, so the agencies mothballed it in 2000.Borgeson said the unusual design of the plant makes it hard for GVEA to solve many of its problems.“The restart of Healy unit 2 has become a much more difficult, perplexing effort than we had anticipated or hoped for,” Borgeson said.GVEA management and board of directors talked about Healy 2 on Monday in a closed-to-the-public executive session during the board’s monthly meeting.last_img read more

AK New book of poetry explores indigenous thought

first_img Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “More of Ishmael’s poems” Ishmael Hope and his family (Photo by Levi Rinehart/Courtesy of Ishmael Hope)“Khaagwáask’ yéi xhat duwasáakw. My Tlingit name is Khaagwáask’. My Inupiaq name: Uvanga atinga Angaluuk. My name Inupiaq name is Angaluuk. And I am a poet and performer-storyteller, and I’m grateful to be here.”Listen nowIshmael Hope sits on the back deck of a valley home on a chilly blue-sky morning. It’s a quiet place in house full of kids. His graying black hair is pulled into a ponytail, and small, reddish rectangular glasses frame his eyes above a full beard. To exemplify his work, Hope chooses a piece called “Canoe Launching into the Gaslit Sea.”Now, as much as ever, and as always,we need to band together, form a lost tribe, scatter as one, burst through rifle barrels guided by the spider’s crosshairs. We need to knit wool sweaters for our brother sleeping under the freeway, hand him our wallets and bathe his feet in holy water.Free time to speak with a reporter does not come easily to Hope. At 35 he’s the father of four, with—news flash—a fifth on the way with his wife, Tlingit weaver Lily Hope. Lily is watching the children inside, but they’ll need to switch soon so she can weave—the deadline for her museum-commissioned Chilkat robe looms.“It doesn’t get any better than this with, you know, raising a family and being supported by our artistic community and having our dreams come true,” Lily said. “It’s pretty unreal.”But Lily said it’s not all joy and happiness.“The financial stress of being two fulltime artists is the hardest part,” Lily said. “We understand each other from an artistic point of like, go after what it is you want to go after, but then we’re always thinking who’s going to make the money this month, or who’s paying these bills, or how do we negotiate that when both of us kind of want to jump.”Ishmael is also working on a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, is co-directing a documentary on Tlingit art here at KTOO, and is working on curriculum for Goldbelt Heritage on Tlingit language learning.“What does it mean to be indigenous?” Ishmael said. “What does indigenous thinking and being and feeling—how does that translate into the world? How do we express that? How do we emit that? How do we let that, I think, waft, in the work, in the language?”“A lot of what I was trying to do with this collection, ‘Rock Piles Along the Eddy,’ was explore indigenous thought,” Hope said.“Rock Piles Along the Eddy,” which is a reference to a Tlingit tradition of creating salmon-friendly eddies with rock piles, is 70-pages long with 44 poems.We need to find our lost sister, last seen hitchhiking Highway 16 or panhandling on the streets of Anchorage, couchsurfing with relatives in Victoria, or kicking out her boyfriend after a week of partying in a trailer park in Salem, Oregon.As inspiration, Hope mentioned poets like Federico García Lorca and Pablo Neruda, and masters of oral tradition.“What I happen to be doing is a lot of writing in English, but I want that life breath, that thing I feel in my body, when I hear a story from George Davis, or Paul Marks, or Marie Olson,” Hope said.Hope said there can be a divide between how the two art forms are discussed, poetry and oral tradition, and he’s trying to lessen it. It is important to Hope to recognize that Native literature began long before Native people started writing it down. Poetry and oral tradition are not the same, he says, but both should be in dialogue when discussing Native literature.“And so part of my work, what I am trying to do here is actually let those spaces bleed into each other, just a little bit,” Hope said. “And that, I feel, makes my writing all the richer for it.”Now, as much as ever, and as always, we need to register together, lock arms at the front lines, brand ourselves with mutant DNA strands, atomic whirls and serial numbers adding ourselves to the blacklist.“This is really not fashionable writing. It’s not the thing that’s going to get awards and be prestigious, and I don’t care. I really don’t. You know, I’m trying to write the work that connects to people, connects to the community whether they’re poetry fans or whether they’ve never picked up a poetry book.”We need to speak in code, languages the enemy can’t break, We need to speak in code, languages the enemy can’t break, slingshot garlic cloves and tortilla crumbs, wear armor of lily pads and sandstone carved into the stately faces of bears and the faraway look of whitetail deer. We need to run uphill with rickshaws, play frisbee with trash lids, hold up portraits of soldiers who never made it home, organize a peace-in on the walls of the Grand Canyon. We need to stage earnest satirical plays, hold debate contests with farm animals at midnight, fall asleep on hammocks hanging from busy traffic lights. Now, as much as ever, and as always, we need to prank call our senators, take selfies with the authorities at fundraisers we weren’t invited to, kneel in prayer at burial grounds crumbling under dynamite. We need to rub salve on the belly of our hearts, meditate on fault lines as the earth quakes, dance in robes with fringe that spits medicine, make love on the eve of the disaster.center_img read more

India received record investments from private equity firms last year

first_imgIndia saw record flow of investments from private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms in 2015, with the consumer technology sector receiving a major chunk of them.The country witnessed investments worth $22.4 billion last year, up 47 percent from $15.2 billion in 2014, according to a report by Bain & Co India Pvt Ltd.While investments in consumer technology went up 46 percent to $6.9 billion last year, real estate, banking, financial services, and insurance also attracted significant investments.”India has the fundamentals — large population that is young with rising incomes, increasingly online and consuming more — that make it one of the most interesting countries to invest in participatory if you have a long-term investment horizon and appetite,” Arpan Sheth, head of Bain and Co’s PE consulting practice in India, told Mint.Investment of $700 million in Flipkart by Tiger Global Management and Steadview Capital Management and a $635-million investment by Alibaba and SAIF Partners in Paytm were the top deals last year.However, people have now become cautious over investments in e-commerce due to their expensive valuations.”Currently, valuations of e-commerce businesses are high and there are concerns that the growth rate of these businesses does not match with the current valuations. There are expectations that the valuations will come down and hence investors are in the wait-and-watch mode,” said Vikram Utamsingh, managing director at advisory firm Alvarez & Marsal India Pvt Ltd.Last week, Morgan Stanley had reduced the value of Flipkart’s share by 27 percent in a mutual fund managed by it, indicating that global investors now see India’s largest e-commerce firm as overvalued.last_img read more

Tanzania ferry disaster toll reaches 126

first_imgRescue workers are seen at the scene where a ferry overturned in Lake Victoria, Tanzania 21 September, 2018, in this still image taken from video. Photo: ReutersThe death toll in a ferry capsize in Lake Victoria climbed to 126 on Friday, as Tanzanian rescue workers pressed on with the search to find scores more people feared drowned.The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers — double the ferry’s capacity — when it capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island on Thursday, according to reports on state media.Witnesses reached by AFP said the ferry sank when passengers rushed to one side to disembark as it approached the dock.The death toll rose to 126 by mid-afternoon Friday, according to Tanzania’s transport minister.”We are sad to report there are 126 dead,” Isack Kamwele told state television, adding that a further update would be provided at 6pm local time (1500 GMT).Mwanza governor John Mongella had earlier said the number of survivors was 40, but it was unclear whether any new survivors had been found since rescue operations resumed with police and army divers on Friday morning.”Operations are continuing,” he said.Rescue operations were suspended overnight Thursday and hopes are fading that more survivors might still be found.State television cited witnesses reporting that more than 200 people had boarded the ferry at Bugolora, a town on the larger Ukerewe Island, where it was market day when locals said the vessel was usually packed with people and goods.”I have not heard from either my father or my younger brother who were on the ferry. They had gone to the market in Bugolora to buy a school uniform and other supplies for the new school term,” said Domina Maua, who was among those seeking information about loved ones.Davita Ngenda, an elderly woman in Ukara, had already received bad news.”My son is among the bodies recovered,” she said, weeping. “He had gone with his wife but she has not been found yet. My God, what did I do to deserve this?”Sebastian John, a teacher, said such tragedies had become part of life for those living on the lake.”Since my birth, people have gone to their deaths on this lake, but what are we to do? We did not choose to be born here, we have nowhere to go,” he said.- Overloading and ‘negligence’ -It remains unclear how many people are still missing.Tanzania’s Electrical, Mechanical and Services Agency, which is responsible for ferry services, said it was unknown how many passengers were aboard the MV Nyerere.The ageing ferry, whose hull and propellers were all that remained visible after it overturned, was also carrying cargo, including sacks of maize, bananas and cement, when it capsized around 50 metres (55 yards) from Ukara dock.The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but overloading is frequently to blame for such incidents.President John Magufuli was “deeply saddened” by the disaster and called on Tanzanians to “stay calm during these difficult times,” according to spokesman Gerson Msigwa.The country’s opposition, however, accused the government of “negligence”.”We have often raised concerns about the poor condition of this ferry, but the government turned a deaf ear. We have repeatedly denounced this negligence,” said John Mnyika, deputy secretary general of Chadema, the main opposition party.Mnyika said overloading was “another failure of the authorities” and criticised “inadequate relief efforts as well as delays” in the rescue operation.With a surface area of 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 square miles), oval-shaped Lake Victoria is roughly the size of Ireland and is shared by Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.Capsizes are not uncommon in the massive lake, and the number of fatalities is often high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact that many people in the region cannot swim.The deadliest such accident in recent decades was in May 1996, when around 800 people died after their ferry sank on the way to Mwanza in Tanzania.last_img read more

Marion Louise Davis Patterson Widow of Former Baltimore Schools Supt Dr Roland

first_imgOn April 19, Marion Louise Davis Patterson died in Baltimore, Md. Marion Louise Davis was born in Houston, TX.,  on Aug. 15, 1931 to parents Jimmie Ivory Hall and Turner Davis. Her parents were divorced in 1938, her mother, Jimmie, moved to Seattle to live with family and her father, Turner, remarried and remained in Texas. Marion initially opted to remain with her father but in 1940 she moved to Seattle to be with her mother.Marion Louise Davis Patterson. (AFRO Archives)Marion was educated in Seattle, attending Garfield Senior High School and Queen Anne Senior High School before matriculating to Seattle University. After completing her undergraduate studies, Marion went on to earn Masters of Arts degrees from Columbia University in NY and Morgan State University in Baltimore.Marion’s first professional job was just outside of Seattle in the Highline School District, where she became the first Black teacher hired. Marion also attended The University of Washington Model Teachers Program. It was there in 1954 that Marion would meet her classmate and future husband, Roland Patterson. Marion L. Davis and Roland N. Patterson, Sr. were married on April 3, 1955. Afterwards the couple moved to New York to attend Columbia University in 1956.Marion would continue to teach everywhere they went, from Nassau County, NY to Essex County, New Jersey. They even went back to Seattle where she taught at The Shoreline Community College. The couple’s first child, Roland Jr., was born in NY in 1958 and their second child, Doris, was born in 1967 in NJ.The Pattersons came to Baltimore in 1971 when Dr. Roland Patterson became the first Black superintendent of the Baltimore City Schools system; where from 1971 to 1975, Marion served as the unofficial “First Lady of Public Education” for the city of Baltimore. During that period, Marion also was a professor at Coppin State University. In 1991, she became the Director of Articulation at Morgan State University.Marion Louise Davis Patterson was active in church and social organizations including: The New Shiloh Baptist Church (member, Deacon and Usher Boards,) The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – Epsilon Omega Chapter, The Harbor City Links, The Philomathians, The Morgan Women, The Morgan Alumni Association, The Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, The Center Stage Board of Directors, Coppin State University Basketball and Cheerleader teams, The Maryland College Reading Team and The Southern Maryland International Reading Association.Marion Louise Davis Patterson was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Roland Patterson Sr., and is survived by her daughter, Doris Griffin, and her son, Rev. Roland Patterson Jr.; a son-in law, Meredith Griffin, and a daughter-in-law, Cassandra Patterson; two grandchildren, Rolanda and Meredith III; two sisters, Carolyn Davis Lewis and Arnetta Davis Carrington; a sister-in-law, Joan Lewis Patterson, and a brother-in-law Russell E. Patterson, Sr; and a host of nieces and nephews on both sides.On April 26, friends may visit Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Services at 8728 Liberty Road in Randallstown, Md. from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. On April 27, Marion Patterson will lie in state at New Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 2100 North Monroe Street in Baltimore, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with services to follow.last_img read more