ANASAZI Foundation Celebrates 25 Years Of Rescuing AtRisk Youth‏

first_imgAt a time when drugs, drinking and teen suicide are claiming an unprecedented number of young people, the ANASAZI Foundation continues to show remarkable success in turning the tide for at-risk youth.Sheer longevity speaks volumes, as this year, the nonprofit organization celebrates its 25th anniversary of helping teenagers to “find their way in the world” through a 49-day wilderness experience and what they call a new way of “walking.”The anniversary celebration will include a star-studded weekend, with a gala dinner and silent auction on Friday, Nov. 15, and, on Saturday, Nov. 16, a service project and country concert produced by R Legacy Entertainment.As ANASAZI gears up for the celebration and reunion of alumni, parents and fans, particularly telling of the organization’s success is the long list of supporters, including bestselling authors, Stephen R. Covey and Richard Paul Evans; NFL hall of famers, Bart Starr and Steve Young; and award-winning musicians, Marie Osmond and Wynonna Judd — who calls the program “inspiring.” These and many others echo Barbara Bush, who said of ANASAZI, “… you are truly lighting the way for people lost in the dark.”Even more impressive, perhaps, are the accolades from the more than 4,000 young people who have participated in the ANASAZI wilderness experience.“I’m just so grateful. They literally saved my life. They gave me back my life, in all reality,” said Shari Lyon, an alumnus from the early years of ANASAZI.According to cofounder, Ezekiel Sanchez, this kind of turnaround from “backward walking”—taking the wrong paths, trying to go it alone or choosing to give in to addictions or to dead-end sources to find peace and fulfillment—is exactly what he and Larry D. Olsen hoped to accomplish when they started ANASAZI in 1988.Their mission and goal was to provide focused intervention programs that would offer young people “the opportunity for growth through a primitive living experience and a philosophy that invites healing at the hands of nature.” The ANASAZI Way has become recognized internationally as an effective and nurturing approach to inviting lasting change in youth and young adults making at-risk choices.According to C. Terry Warner, chairman of The Arbinger Institute, “The students’ progress continually amazes me. It far exceeds that of troubled youth in any of the other rehabilitative programs I have been able to learn about, including counseling, therapy, and psychiatry in both residential and outpatient settings.”Most of all, Sanchez said, “The program brings families back together, so there is healing all around.”ANASAZI’s 25th anniversary was marked by a significant milestone earlier this year, with the publication of The Seven Paths: Changing One’s Way of Walking in the World, an adaptation of the book used on the trail, which now makes the ANASAZI principles accessible to all.To further recognize the organization’s success and accomplishments, alumni, parents and welcomed guests will gather for ANASAZI Foundation’s Silver Anniversary: 25 Years of Awakening Hearts to WE, two days of service and celebration on Nov. 15 and 16.A gala will be held Friday, Nov. 15, with a scholarship dinner and silent auction at the SanTan Elegante Conference Center in Gilbert. With master of ceremonies, 7-foot-4-inch NBA all-star Mark Eaton, the program will include presentation of the Young Leader Awards and the Turn for Peace Award. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by “The Voice” contestant, Ryan Innes, with special guest, Amy Whitcomb.On Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Mesa Arts Center, ANASAZI will host an alumni lunch and service project. The project will reach out to area youth and allow them to experience a variety of simple wilderness skills in workshops taught by ANASAZI alumni.That evening, a benefit concert at the Mesa Arts Center, produced by R Legacy Entertainment in support of ANASAZI, will feature Due West — the three-man group that recently hit #7 on the iTunes country chart and have been acclaimed for their “magical showmanship” and unique sound. Opening will be singer/songwriter Katherine Nelson and the three-sister combo country group, Firefly, known for their “brilliant harmonies” and “energetic performances.”For tickets to the gala or to learn how to support ANASAZI’s work, visit: www.anasazi.org. For tickets to the Saturday night concert, visit www.mesaartscenter.com.last_img read more

US UK and France Launch Military Strikes on Syria

Rabat- The US, UK, and France launched coordinated airstrikes hitting targets at three sites in Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, in response to Bashar Al-Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in the Damascus enclave of Douma over a week ago. “A short time ago, I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said at the White House. “A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way. We thank them both. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime,” he added. As Trump was making his White House address, large explosions were heard in the capital Damascus, with footages showing missiles streaking over the night sky in Syria.A perfectly executed strike last night. Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 14 avril 2018US Defense Secretary James Mattis said, “Right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message” to the Syrian regime, adding that the strikes would continue until the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons ends.In his speech, Trump warned Russia and Iran not to stand by their ally in Damascus. “Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace,” Trump argued. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the US strikes had hit the Syrian capital when the country “finally” had a chance at peace. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi condemned the strikes, saying that “the attack is the blatant violation of international laws, as well as ignoring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria,” according to Iran’s state news agency. The military strikes occurred after US President Trump warned Syria’s Bashar al-Assad that there will be “a big price to pay,” over chemical attack on a rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta which has killed dozens of people earlier this week. read more

TimorLeste UN appeal for those displaced by violence is almost funded some

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Timor-Leste, Finn Reske-Nielsen, said the support for the displaced persons, who represent 15 per cent of the population of the tiny nation, was “satisfactory for the moment,” but he added that the “lean” season would arrive earlier than usual in September.In a related development, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Timor-Leste, Anis Bajwa, today briefed visiting Australian Prime Minister John Howard on the humanitarian, security and political situation.The UN spokesman said that Mr. Bajwa had thanked the Prime Minister for the security provided by Australian soldiers, who are part of a task force restoring calm in Timor-Leste following the violence that erupted in late April with the firing of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces.The two men also discussed the role of a new UN mission currently being planned for the tiny country, which the world body shepherded to independence from Indonesia four years ago. The mandate of the small UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) runs until 20 August.Further on the humanitarian front, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that its joint campaign with the Ministry of Health to vaccinate children against measles will this week visit schools in the capital Dili. The campaign has so far vaccinated more than 12,000 children in several camps set up for the internally displaced.UNICEF also reports that it has supplied six campsites with exercise books, pencils, pens and other stationery so that children can resume their school work. read more

By the numbers A look at rental statistics in Toronto and Vancouver

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2015 5:02 am MDT Last Updated Jun 4, 2015 at 7:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email By the numbers: A look at rental statistics in Toronto and Vancouver TORONTO – After stagnating for two decades, construction of rental buildings is on the rise in the red-hot real estate markets of Toronto and Vancouver. Some figures on the emerging trend:In the pipeline: There are currently eight apartment buildings, containing a total of 2,458 rental units, under construction in the Toronto area. Another 37 buildings containing 9,207 units have been proposed. That’s a nearly 75 per cent increase over the 6,723 rental units that have been built in the Greater Toronto Area since 2005.Big ambitions: The City of Vancouver aims to have 5,000 new rental units built by 2021.Tight rental markets: The vacancy rate in Toronto remained stable at 1.6 per cent from the fall of 2013 to the fall of 2014, according to CMHC. In Vancouver, the vacancy rate declined from 1.7 per cent to one per cent during the same period.Soaring rents: The average monthly rent for a bachelor apartment in Toronto grew nearly three per cent to $896 between the fall of 2013 and the fall of 2014. The average cost of a two-bedroom also climbed roughly three per cent during the period, to $1,251. The average cost of a bachelor apartment in Vancouver also saw a three per cent jump during the period to $876, while two bedroom rentals climbed more than two per cent to $1,311.Home prices soar: In the Greater Toronto Area, the average selling price for all home types climbed to $649,599 in May, up 11 per cent from a year ago. Greater Vancouver saw a 9.4 increase to $684,400.—Data compiled from Urbanation, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the City of Vancouver, the Toronto Real Estate Board and the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. read more

Recent violence undermines Lebanese efforts to promote peace and stability – UN

The UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Robert Watkins, made the comments following a meeting in Beirut with the Minister of Interior, Marwan Charbel, with whom he had a “very detailed and lengthy discussion” about the situation in Lebanon, particularly the latest security-related developments.“The United Nations has been following closely and with concern recent security incidents in the country, particularly the kidnappings targeting Syrian nationals and others in Lebanon as well as armed clashes that have been taking place in the past few days in Tripoli,” Mr. Watkins said in a statement following the meeting. “I expressed deep regret for the unfortunate loss of life that was reported and the fact that the violence has continued in Tripoli,” he added. “All these incidents undermine the efforts that many in Lebanon have been exerting to promote peace, stability and long-term development.”The envoy said the Government has an important role to play in ensuring that stability is preserved while all sides in the country should respect and not overstep the country’s state institutions. He added that Lebanon cannot accept that there are actors who take the law into their own hands with impunity, and voiced support for the statements by the country’s leaders to bring those guilty of crimes to justice. He also noted that the country has a “moral responsibility” to protect innocent people, including Syrian nationals, many of whom are in Lebanon as refugees seeking shelter from the violence in their own country. Mr. Watkins will be meeting later this week with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and with other political and security representatives to continue following up on the latest developments. read more

Former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde picked up by San Francisco

Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) avoids a tackler during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFormer Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde has been selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.Hyde, who became the first 1,000-yard rusher under OSU coach Urban Meyer, was named the Big Ten’s Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year in 2013 as well as a third-team Associated Press All-American.Despite missing the first three games of the season due to a suspension, Hyde rushed for 1,521 yards his senior season as well as a team-high 15 touchdowns on the ground. He also broke school records for yards per carry in a season with 7.3 and yards per carry in a single game with a 10.2 clip against Illinois in 2013. His 246 yards rushing against the Fighting Illini ranks third in school history for rushing yards in a single game.As a junior, Hyde had a career-high in rushing touchdowns with 16, to go along with 970 rushing yards in just 10 games and helped lead the way to a perfect 12-0 season.The 49ers were led in rushing during the 2013 season by running back Frank Gore who rushed for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns. San Francisco also selected former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.San Francisco is scheduled to begin the 2014-15 season against the Dallas Cowboys Sept. 7 at 4:25 p.m. read more

NHS trials artificial intelligence app as alternative to 111 helpline

first_imgHealth officials said the trial aimed to “reduce pressure on the NHS during the winter and beyond.”The company behind the scheme said it would save the health service “substantial” money and time.But leading doctors and patients’ groups last night expressed fear that the experiment, due to start later this month, is too risky. They raised fears that serious conditions could be missed – or casualty units end up swamped – by too great a reliance on automated systems.  The trial follows widespread criticism of the much-maligned 111 hotline, which has been plagued by problems since its launch in 2013.Health officials promised to overhaul the service, after a string of scandals, including the death of a baby after a 111 call-handler failed to spot signs that he was seriously ill.The new six-month trial is about to be launched across north London, with the service offered to more than 1.2 million people.When patients dial 111, they will be prompted to try the app. Instead of describing their ailments over the telephone, users will type in the symptoms via a series of texts, leaving the “chatbot” will decide how urgent the situation is, and recommend the right help.Patients could be told to make an appointment with their GP, or be told to go to Accident & Emergency if urgent problems are detected. Health officials said the pilot is one of several online tools which will be tested in coming months across the country, before being rolled out more widely.The new app, developed by medical start-up company Babylon Health, is due to be launched by NHS services in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington, later this month.It is part of a national drive to modernise the NHS, with GP appointments and prescriptions in future booked online, and the national NHS Choices website used to direct patients to the care they need.However, previous efforts have been dogged by problems. A “symptom checker” offered by NHS Choices was axed after a study in the British Meidcal Journal found that it incorrectly classed the vast majority of non-urgent calls, potentially fuelling pressures on casualty units.Last night patients groups and leading doctors expressed concern about the new trial, which is due to start work in the depths of winter.Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “I find this quite frightening. People who are ill want a person they can speak to. Typing in your own symptoms and waiting for a result is just ridiculous – what happens if you make a mistake?” Babylon's AI chatbot Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, said the system could add to pressures on hospitals, rather than reduce them.“Owing to the lack of input from a trained professional, this simplistic system could, like NHS 111, result in more people being sent to overstretched GP or A&E services who don’t actually need treatment – or conversely serious conditions being missed,” he said.Peter Walsh, chief executive of safety campaign group Action Against Medical Accidents, questioned who would be liable if computer error caused patient harm or death.“The NHS 111 algorthym has already proved prone to error – that risk could be even greater under a system like this,” he said, calling for robust evaluation of the six-month scheme.Katherine Murphy, from the Patients Association, said: “The stakes here are very high, I would be concerned about the risks to patient safety; this needs to be very carefully evaluated because of the risks of misdiagnosis.”Dr Taj Hassan, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said he hoped the use of artificial intelligence would be an improvement on existing 111 systems, which were sending too many patients to Accident & Emergency departments.Casualty units were now in “acute distress” and overloaded by patients, he warned.“The important thing is that this is properly evaluated before it is rolled out,” Dr Hassan said. Babylon’s AI chatbotCredit:Babylon 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. 111 has been accused of putting strain on A&E departmentsCredit:PAcenter_img A&E Adam Duncan, chief operating officer of London Central and West Urgent Care Collaborative, which will test the scheme, said: “We aim to provide an alternative to using the NHS 111 telephone number for service users that would find it most convenient to their lifestyle.“The use of the app could also reduce the demand on NHS 111 during the most busy periods, whilst retaining the high quality and accessible service.”Health officials stressed that the scheme is not intended to replace the 111 phone service.Babylon already runs an app that uses AI to assess medical symptoms, allowing patients to hold video consultations with doctors for £25 at a time, although this service is not included in the trial. ‘This simplistic system could, like NHS 111, result in more people being sent to overstretched GP or A&E services who don’t actually need treatment – or conversely serious conditions being missed’Dr Chaand Nagpaul NHS patients will be assessed by robots under a controversial 111 scheme to use “artificial intelligence” to ease pressures on Accident & Emergency units.More than one million people will be given access to a free app which means they can consult with a “chatbot” instead of a human being.Hospitals across the country are struggling to cope with unprecedented demand, which has left thousands of casualty patients waiting on trolleys.In the last week, growing numbers of hospitals and ambulance services have declared critical incidents – even though most operations have been stopped for the last month.The new measure is part of a national drive by health officials to “digitise” the health service, while speeding up help for minor complaints to reduce strain on services. We aim to provide an alternative to using the NHS 111 telephone number for service users that would find it most convenient to their lifestyle.The use of the app could also reduce the demand on NHS 111 during the most busy periods, whilst retaining the high quality and accessible servicechief operating officer of London Central and West Urgent Care Collaborativelast_img read more

Solvay and Freeport cooperate on flotation chemistry at Morenci copper mine

first_imgFlotation innovation is another hot topic at next week’s SME Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, including a joint talk from Solvay and Freeport-McMoRan. They state: “Optimal flotation circuit performance is an integral part of attaining the highest possible degree  of mineral separation. The performance of a flotation circuit is influenced by particle size, water chemistry, equipment, and mineralogy of the ore. Each orebody presents its own set of challenges, requiring a unique chemical scheme to maintain optimum recovery and concentrate grade levels. Creating unique, customised chemistry blends involves a significant amount of planning, lab work, plant trialling, and data analysis.”However, the two companies added that with cooperation between metallurgical and operations teams, such a challenge is attainable. A customised frother blend, OREPREP® F-717, was jointly developed by Solvay and Morenci personnel for Freeport-McMoRan’s Morenci copper concentrator in an effort to address opportunities to improve metallurgical  performance. “This paper addresses the  successful development and implementation of OREPREP®  F-717 at Morenci and its subsequent performance in the plant. OREPREP® F-717 improved froth mineralisation and mobility, thereby improving both coarse and fine particle recovery while avoiding detrimental downstream effects.”last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/monticello http://jrnl.ie/3214280 Jan 31st 2017, 7:40 AM EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #YOU’RE FIRED: Donald Trump has sacked his attorney general, after she opposed his travel ban imposed on travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.2. #PRE-CLEARANCE: Ministers will meet today to discuss the implementation of the US travel ban at pre-clearance at Dublin and Shannon airports.3. #KILLINEY: A woman was attacked in a housing estate in south Dublin yesterday, prompting calls for more garda patrols in the area.4. #PLANNING: Nama offered a council 507 social housing units in Dublin, but only 65 were taken up for social housing. Here’s why.5. #COURT: A 25-year-old man who robbed a pensioner and attacked him with a hammer has been jailed for five years.6. #DISSIDENT: A court has heard how Busaras had to be evacuated after a dissident republican was caught on board a service to Derry with 1.6 kilos of high-grade explosives.7. #CRIME: Two men in their teens have been charged in connection with a number of burglaries in the Offaly area.8. #TRAVEL: Over half of Irish people think you shouldn’t have to pay for a free travel pass.9. #APPLE: The EU’s Competition Commissioner has said that they did not overstep their mark with their ruling on Apple’s tax in Ireland. Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 7:40 AM No Comments Short URL Image: Shutterstock/monticello 9,972 Views The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hope for drug cost cuts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Health Minister Andreas Lykourentzos told a conference in Athens on Tuesday that the government’s aim is for state pharmaceutical expenditure to decline to 2.88 billion euros, including value-added tax and hospital medicines. Spending on drugs declined from 5.6 billion euros in 2010 to 3.8 billion last year, according to data presented earlier this year by the ministry.“The health system is at a crucial point indeed,» Lykourentzos said, highlighting the positive impact of the electronic prescriptions system.Constantinos Frouzis, the president of the Association of Pharmaceutical Enterprises of Greece (SFEE), said that the key lies in the funding of the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY).Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

This day in history Celebrity Birthdays

first_img Related Items:barbara walters, chauncey billups, michael douglas, scottie pippen, will smith Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWill Smith, TI, Michael Douglas and his estranged wife Catherine Zeta Jones, Barbara Walters, NBAs Scotty Pippen and Chauncey Billups all have one thing in common – their birthdays. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Family of 3yearold battling cancer said Spirit Airlines left them behind

first_imgTo make matters worse, the Tallman family said Escher’s pain medication was already on the flight.Talia went to Facebook with her complaints. In a video, she acknowledged that she and her family were late for the flight but hoped Spirit would have had more mercy for her situation.“It was really the way that we were treated by the employees that really felt so wrong to me,” said Talia. “They were just not interested at all in helping us or showing us even a little bit of compassion.”Spirit Airlines issued a statement in response to the incident that reads, “While we are sorry for the inconvenience to this guest and her family, our records show they were not present at the gate when the flight closed. Our team made every effort to hold the flight and did so for more than 10 minutes. Ultimately, the flight had to take-off to ensure a timely arrival for our other guests waiting on board.”The Tallman family said they eventually spoke to a Spirit flight agent, who agreed to transfer her flight to Wednesday. Doctors also agreed to re-schedule Escher’s appointment.However, the family was not able to replace the pain medication that went with the missed flight.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida family with a 3-year-old battling cancer said Spirit Airlines employees refused to let them on board after missing their flight by minutes.The Tallman family said Spirit did not let them board since they arrived five minutes late to the departure gate. The flight was supposed to take the family from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles on Monday.“They wouldn’t let us in,” said mother Talia Tallman.The family, who was flying out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, said they fell behind after they found out their gate had changed to a much further location.“They can’t help us at all,” said Talia.The Tallman family said this flight was important for 3-year-old Escher Tallman, who was diagnosed with a rare, soft-tissue cancer called spindle cell rhabdomyosarcoma.The family sought treatment at UCLA Health, and Escher had an important appointment on Tuesday. last_img read more

BSE closes points 33758 up on June 24

first_imgBSE closes points 337.58 up on June 24707 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 337.58 up on June 24707 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 337.58 points up to stand at 25,368.90. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 86.85 points up to stand at 7,580.20. Petronet LNG and Gujarat State Petronet Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.73% and 7.58% along with HPCL and Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd. with an increase of 7.10% and 6.97% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include MCX and Piramal Enterprises Ltd. with a decrease of 3.07% and 2.87% along with Marico and Kotak Mah Bank with a decrease of 2.08% and 1.70% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 182.10 points at 15,169.33 while the banking sector is up 261.60 points at 17,534.65 and the realty sector is up 63.62 points at 2,078.65. The Indian currency is down 0.12% at Rs 60.13 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 337.58 points up to stand at 25,368.90. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 86.85 points up to stand at 7,580.20. Petronet LNG and Gujarat State Petronet Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.73% and 7.58% along with HPCL and Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd. with an increase of 7.10% and 6.97% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include MCX and Piramal Enterprises Ltd. with a decrease of 3.07% and 2.87% along with Marico and Kotak Mah Bank with a decrease of 2.08% and 1.70% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 182.10 points at 15,169.33 while the banking sector is up 261.60 points at 17,534.65 and the realty sector is up 63.62 points at 2,078.65. The Indian currency is down 0.12% at Rs 60.13 per dollar.last_img read more

Kamal for replacement of CEC Nurul Huda

first_imgDr Kamal HossainGano forum president Kamal Hossain on Sunday demanded the replacement of chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda with a credible person for holding a free and fair national election.”We couldn’t be happy after talking to the CEC. We demand that he be replaced with a credible person,” Kamal said while briefing journalists about the country’s overall political situation and election atmosphere at the National Press Club.He further said, “He (Huda) should be replaced not removed. I would like to tell the CEC again we’re not happy with over you. We may change our opinion reviewing your activities. We want you to work neutrally from today, no matter what you did in the past.”As per the constitution, the Gano Forum chief said the CEC should work neutrally and independently without being directed by any one. “But, we’re forced to say you’ve so far failed to demonstrate your impartiality.””I sincerely request the CEC to ask his conscience whether he is working spontaneously as per his own understanding or at the behest of anybody. Acting as per anybody’s directives by the CEC is not only a crime, but also a violation of the constitution. If you continue to do that you’ll be considered as a violator of the constitution in history,” he added.Referring to the CEC’s comment that all the arrests are being made as per his directives, Kamal asked Nurul Huda to explain with documents as to why he is issuing orders to arrest people. “Your explanation will help us examine whether your actions are justified or you’re doing those as an abettor of the government.”He also warned that they may move the court seeking remedy if the commission does not change its current attitude towards opposition.The Gano Forum chief said the wholesale arrest of leaders and activists of opposition parties is still going on which is not conducive to creating a congenial election atmosphere. “This wholesale arrest should be stopped.”Kamal said, “Police are the force of the state…they aren’t the government force. Police have to work for creating a proper election atmosphere. They must provide legal protection to opposition parties.”The eminent jurist urged the CEC to tell the police to help create a proper election atmosphere so that all candidates can reach out to their supporters and carry out their election campaigns with equal opportunities.He said the government is making it impossible to hold a neutral and credible election with its ‘undemocratic’ activities and ‘wholesale’ arrest of opposition leaders and activists.Kamal said they are waiting with eagerness to witness a fair and acceptable election where people, the country’s owners, will get a chance to exercise their right to franchise freely.Showing a photograph, he strongly criticised the police for the way they arrested BNP nomination hopeful Monirul Haque Chowdhury.The Gano Forum president called upon media to neutrally play their role and depict the real scenario of the country as it will help create a healthy atmosphere for a fair election.He also opposed the EC’s decision on using the EVM in six constituencies and said most parties are against it.Replying to a question on seat sharing with BNP, Kamal said there is a possibility of both creating a distance and reaching a consensus over the issue. “We forged the unity for uniting people, and we all parties will field the candidates who will be acceptable to people, responsible and can play a good role in restoring democracy.”He said they will finalise the candidates of their alliance by two or three days.Earlier, in a written speech, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury alleged that Ganobhaban, the ministers’ residences and government offices are being used for political activities by violating the electoral code of conduct. “But the election commission is playing a silent role.”He also alleged that though the administration and the law enforcers remain under the jurisdiction of the commission during the election, the opposition leaders and activists are being constantly arrested and harassed. “Even, the possible candidates are being arrested and implicated in various cases at the behest of the government high-ups. The judiciary is also being used so that the arrested people can’t get bail within a short time.”Besides, Subrata said, the ruling party candidates are carrying out election campaigns and with assistance and protocol of law enforcers and administration while law enforcers are creating obstacles to opposition candidates’ electioneering and meetings.At the beginning of the press meet, Kamal introduced slain former Awami League finance minister Shah AMS Kibria’s son Reza Kibria and former Kurigram Awami League leader retired major general AMSA Amin who recently joined Gano Forum.The duo said they joined Gano Forum to work for the country under the leadership of Kamal.At the end of the press conference, private TV channel ETV’s ex-chairman Abuds Salam joined Gano Forum.Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui, Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu and Jatiya Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mansur were, among others, present.last_img read more

We Probably Bred Dogs to Forgive Mistreatment

first_img Geek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your PetMan Saves Dog Left Tied to Electrical Cord on Side of Interstate Overpass Stay on target A study published in the journal Current Biology tells us something we already know: dogs have basically been bred to accept raw deals from people. It’s a really depressing conclusion if you stop to think about, but it makes a lot of sense. Time and again research shows that dogs operate in hierarchies with humans at the top. We take what we want and give the dogs the rest — and they are all too happy to work with us.To be clear, dogs (as well as wolves, their wild cousins) definitely know when we’re giving them short shrift. If you have a steak and you don’t give them any, they might tolerate it, but they’ll definitely know that you held out on them. How could they not? They won’t, however, hold a grudge. Wolves, on the other hand, definitely remember.Researchers were originally looking to test the idea that we trained dogs to recognize unfair treatment — a hallmark sign, biologists have found, that a species is gregarious. To their surprise, the study authors found that wolves — technically the same species (canis lupus) as our own pet doggos — had the same trait.To test their hypothesis, a team at the Wolf Science Center in Austria raised several dogs and wolves in similar pack-based environments. Then two of them were placed in neighboring plots with a machine attached to a button. Subjects were trained to press the button, but noticed that when they did, the pupper next door would get the treat — not them. Both animals would be furious when they realized that they weren’t getting food.“For some of them it was a really, really quick and strong response,” study co-author, Jennifer Essler, told the BBC. “One of the wolves stopped working after the third trial of not receiving anything while his partner received something. I think he was so frustrated he even broke the apparatus.”Wolves resented their trainers and their partners after the test, while dogs just held a grudge against the other dogs. While it’s not totally clear, it could suggest that wolves don’t consider humans to be part of their hierarchy. Dogs, on the other hand, easily recognize us as pack leaders and will default to our commands. Domesticated pooches also took longer to give up the tests — suggesting they have a greater tolerance for unequal or unfair treatment.Despite that, the paper’s assertion is that wolves align pretty well with other non-primate pack animals. For these types of species, maintaining their primitive social order is important, and they’ve evolved concepts of “fairness” to reinforce that.It goes a step further too: not only do canines understand when one of their cohorts gets a treat and they don’t, researchers also gave some dogs standard dry food and others steaks. Once again, these porpers noticed the inequality and were, understandably, upset. The response also scaled with the dog or wolves’ position in their pack, with higher-ranks getting frustrated more easily and lashing out more aggressively.Tying it all together, dogs were more sensitive to the hierarchy too. Wolves reinforced it, but they were more adamant about sharing. High-rank dogs, though, would hoard and refuse to feed others. And on the whole, they accepted it.So, in sum: dogs and wolves understand fairness, wolves react more strongly and will grudges against humans while dogs only get mad at their peers, dogs let the top of their pack abuse power, and most of the time the head of the pack is… well us.It’s hard not to read into that and recall how many dogs are horribly mistreated by their owners, but they’ll stay loyal and obedient anyway. It’s grim to think that we took a trait that was probably natural, and twisted it in such a psychologically warped way.Or, maybe I’m thinking too much about it. I’m a cat person anyway.last_img read more

Kate Hudson enjoying her singlehood

first_imgKate Hudson is busy shuffling between her acting assignment and her two kids, but the actor is happy with being single.The 36-year-old Kung Fu Panda 3 star finds it nice to get acquainted with herself alone, reported Us magazine.“It’s nice to get acquainted with myself alone,” the Kung Fu Panda 3 star said. “You know, the goal when you get into a relationship is not to be out of the relationship. It’s to try to stay in the relationship. But if it doesn’t work, you can’t force those things. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“It’s hard to let go of something, even when you know that it’s not right. I’ve chosen something in my life that I’m very comfortable with that goes against a lot of people’s more traditional feelings. If something’s not right, I don’t believe in maintaining something for the sake of what’s considered a traditional family,” Hudson said.The Almost Famous actor is enjoying the way her life is taking shape and is at peace with her sons Ryder, 11, and four-year-old Bingham.last_img read more

Its a great time to be in the hotel industry – even

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Airbnb, Best Western Hotels & Resorts It’s a great time to be in the hotel industry – even with Airbnb TORONTO — How much have booking patterns changed over the years? When Best Western’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dorothy Dowling, started her career, the average booking lead time was nine months. Now? It’s 45 days. Everything is faster, more streamlined and more focused on a never-ending parade of new technologies, and travellers – and travel agents – are busier than ever. Notes Dowling: “In my 35-year career, the past two years have moved faster than any others.”Heading up yesterday’s 13th annual Leisure Travel Summit, Dowling said Best Western had a stellar year in Canada in 2017 and the momentum is carrying into 2018, with forward bookings up close to 8% year over year. The hotel company’s loyalty program, Best Western Rewards, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and clients who have been with the program from the beginning were rewarded with top tier status as part of the celebration. Back in the early days just 9% of the company’s revenue was generated through Best Western Rewards. These days it’s 47%. Best Western has been on the forefront with new technology, from VR to AR. The latest tech innovation for the company is the new Best Western Rewards chatbot, set to launch this month. TripAdvisor’s Brian Payea, also on the panel, said it’s all about personalization, “to make sure you’re going to get the information relevant to your trip.” Best Western has 26 hotels in the pipeline in Canada, including first property here from its Glo brand, opening in Kanata just outside of Ottawa. The Glo brand is geared to suburban destinations and feature larger spaces and themed décor elements.Echoing Best Western’s success in 2017, hotels across Canada had a record year last year, buoyed no doubt by all the Canada 150 arrivals.Part of the panel at yesterday’s event, Susie Grynol, President, Hotel Association of Canada, said the country’s hotel’s posted a 66% occupancy rate in 2017 and that looks like it’s holding into 2018. There’s an uptick in groups business and there’s almost certainly a boost from travellers opting to vacation or hold their events in Canada instead of the U.S., although Grynol is too diplomatic to come out and say so. “Overall it’s a great time to be in the hotel industry,” she said.One cloud hanging over the hotel industry’s sunny results, is, as always, digital platforms like Airbnb, however the hotel industry is making headway on that front too. Last month HAC made April 30 – Canada’s tax deadline – a day of protest in Ottawa, saying the Canadian government hasn’t taken steps to collect the taxes they should from digital platforms like Airbnb, and demanding that the inaction has to stop.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsOver the last two years, the commercial side of Airbnb’s business – those renting multi-unit entire homes – grew by 108%, says Grynol. These entire home rentals generated 83% of Airbnb’s revenues.HAC continues to call on the federal government to ensure Airbnb pays its fair share of taxes, and to take real action to address tax avoidance in the digital space.“Digital business have an unfair advantage over bricks-and-mortar,” says Grynol. “Our focus is on establishing a level playing field for the commercial side of Airbnb. We’re not talking about the residential side, like the people who rent out a room in their home. We’re talking about the commercial side, where people are buying up properties and essentially running them as a hotel through platforms like Airbnb.”The latest HAC survey focusing on driving factors for travellers when it comes to choosing accommodation shows that leisure is currently more of a growth driver than corporate travel, and that bleisure travel – where people tack a few extra days of vacation onto a business trip – is over-indexed this year, suggesting this trend is still on the rise. Kathryn Folliott Posted by Thursday, May 17, 2018 About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019last_img read more

China throws Brazil multibillion dollar lifeline for jets oil

first_imgBRASILIA, Brazil — China extended billions of dollars in loans and investment to Brazil as the South American nation reels from a slowing economy and a corruption scandal engulfing its largest oil producer.China Development Bank and the Asian country’s export credit financing agency agreed to provide a total of $7 billion in financing for Brazil’s state-run energy company Petroleo Brasileiro. And Tianjin Airlines signed a contract to buy 22 jets from São Paulo-based Embraer.Deals signed during the visit of Premier Li Keqiang coincide with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s efforts to kick-start an economy that is forecast to contract 1.2 percent this year, its worst performance in a quarter-century. China also said it will study investments to expand and modernize Brazil’s bottlenecked roads, ports and railways.“Investment between China and Brazil can and will mean an improvement of our economic situation,” Rousseff told a group of entrepreneurs from both countries on Tuesday.One of the biggest projects Chinese companies are eyeing is the construction of a railway that would link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans via Peru.China Three Gorges Corp. is interested in the construction of the Tapajos hydroelectric generator in the Amazon rain forest, which would be Brazil’s fourth-largest dam and cost at least 18 billion reais ($6 billion), according to a government official who asked not to be named.The two countries also signed an agreement to allow the export of beef from Brazil to China, which had been banned since 2012.Brazil is the first stop on Li’s Latin American visit that also includes Colombia, Chile and Peru.Exports to China, Brazil’s largest trade partner, fell 12 percent in 2014 as demand for commodities including iron ore and soy beans eased.The 22 jets Embraer will sell to Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of the HNA Group, are part of a previously-announced commitment to supply 40 aircraft. The deal is valued at $1.1 billion at current list prices. Airlines typically receive a discount on those prices. Chinese authorities later should approve the other planes, Embraer said in a statement.China is forecast to need 900 aircraft with 70-130 seats in the next 20 years, Paulo Cesar Silva, head of Embraer’s commercial jet business, said in a May 11 interview with Bloomberg Television in Singapore.The China Development Bank last month extended a $3.5 billion loan to Petroleo Brasileiro, just as the embattled oil company was struggling to quantify operating losses due to corruption and mismanagement. More than half of the suppliers investigated for paying bribes also will close deals with Chinese banks and companies, according to Charles Tang, chairman of Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce & Industry.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Petrobras top management resigns in Brazil corruption case In a hideaway for Brazil’s rich and famous, a new scandal emerges Lula’s bridge to nowhere hints at global reach of Brazil graft US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador sayslast_img read more

Government sells €100m in tbills as yields drop to 01

first_imgThe government sold a total of €100m in 13-week treasury bills at an auction on Monday at an average rate of minus 0.1 per cent, the lowest ever, the Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) said.Compared to the previous auction on October 30, the average yield fell by 3 basis points, the PDMO, a division of the finance ministry, said in a statement.Total subscriptions were €257m, which included €149m in competitive bids, the PDMO said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Meltzer launched a plea to boost NIH’s budget to $33 billion from the current $30.

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