10 months agoMan City fullback Mendy: The similarities of Guardiola and Bielsa

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City fullback Mendy: The similarities of Guardiola and Bielsaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City fullback Benjamin Mendy has discussed comparisons between manager Pep Guardiola and Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa.Mendy played for Bielsa at Olympique Marseille.He said, “With Pep it’s going well, we have a good relationship. It’s great when there is a good relationship with the coach. Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola have a respect for football. “The most crazy? Bielsa wears his nickname, El Loco. In Marseille he made us do incredible things. His staff, his way of working … But he was good with advice. He advised me to know how to play in several positions, and today it serves me.” last_img read more

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Michigan’s 2015 Recruiting Class

first_imgJim Harbaugh interviewed on ESPNU.Jim Harbaugh has wrapped up his first recruiting class at the University of Michigan. The Wolverines finalized their 2015 class on Wednesday, National Signing Day. Here’s everything you need to know about Michigan’s 2015 class: The class ranks No. 38 in the country, No. 6 in the Big Ten, by 247 Sports. There are 14 players in the class, three of whom are from the state of Michigan. The class includes six 4-stars and eight 3-stars. The players are from Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Alabama and Pennsylvania. Harbaugh thanked former Michigan coach Brady Hoke during a National Signing Day interview. Harbaugh referenced pickles and squirting while discussing his recruiting efforts. Here are some of the things Harbaugh had to say about his 2015 class: Harbaugh says Michigan’s class is “humble” but also winners.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 4, 2015Harbaugh: All freshmen “have the license and ability to” play right now. “There’s no guarantees, only opportunities.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 4, 2015Harbaugh on the QBs: “They have a desire to compete in the classroom and on the field … I really like those kind of guys.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 4, 2015Harbaugh says “it’s possible” more players could join Michigan’s 2015 class.— Josh Newkirk (@JoshNewkirk7) February 4, 2015And here’s Michigan’s full, 14-man class, courtesy of 247 Sports: last_img read more

Mining Division Stages Technical Conference on November 23

first_img Principal Director, Ministry of Transport and Mining, Dr. Oral Rainford, told JIS News that the event “is going to be of interest to owners and operators of mines and quarries, suppliers of goods and services and contractors to the sector, including regulators and academics”.  “We have got to ensure that we build our economy and the sector, that we become more competitive, we begin to utilise more of our products in our economy and begin to produce higher-value products for a wider range of areas of industry,” he told JIS News. Mining and quarrying operators, as well as others involved in the minerals sector, are to benefit from the staging of a technical conference to be held on Wednesday (November 23) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Mining and quarrying operators, as well as others involved in the minerals sector, are to benefit from the staging of a technical conference to be held on Wednesday (November 23) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, beginning at 9:00 a.m.The event, organised by the Mining Division of the Ministry of Transport and Mining, is part of activities for National Minerals Week 2017 from November 19 to 25.It will examine technical and operational issues pertinent to the minerals sector. Divided into general and sector-specific segments, the conference will be informative and interactive.Principal Director, Ministry of Transport and Mining, Dr. Oral Rainford, told JIS News that the event “is going to be of interest to owners and operators of mines and quarries, suppliers of goods and services and contractors to the sector, including regulators and academics”.“We will be investigating a number of topics, which are going to be presented by a cadre of local and international experts,” he added.These are Climate-proofing the Minerals/Mining Sector – Risks and Implications; Mining and the Sustainable Development Goals; Land Management and Legacy Issues; Alumina Production and the Management of Alumina Waste; Diversification andValue-added Production; Health, Safety and Environmental Stewardship; Equipment Selection, Maintenance and Retooling; Energy and the Mining Sector; and Logistics for Jamaica’s Minerals Sector.center_img Story Highlights Dr. Rainford is urging sector members to “come out, bring your issues, and let’s have robust discussion and find solutions”.“We have got to ensure that we build our economy and the sector, that we become more competitive, we begin to utilise more of our products in our economy and begin to produce higher-value products for a wider range of areas of industry,” he told JIS News.National Minerals Week will provide opportunity to raise awareness about the mining sector and its contribution to economic growth.The activities for the week, which are being organised by public- andprivate-sector partners, include public discussions, lectures, town hall meetings, field trips, investment and networking fora, as well as a two-day exhibition and trade fair.last_img read more

Juventus sign Makoun

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first_imgJuventus have announced the signing of starlet Christian Makoun.Makoun was a target of Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer with many expecting him to move to the Bernabeu.But the Los Merengues have been dealt a blow by Juventus who moved swiftly to sign the teenage Venezuelan.Juventus began negotiations with Venezuelan side Zamora last week and have moved quickly to sign the teenage midfield sensation from the grasp of Real Madrid.“Let’s talk about Frederic Makoun Reyes, a Venezuelan midfielder and central defender with a Belgian passport who has joined Juventus from Asociačín Civil Zamora FC.” Juventus said in their official statement, according to Calciomercato. Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Un nuovo arrivo per la nostra #Primavera: Frederick Makoun Reyes! ➡️ https://t.co/6QJWpbJuL8 #JuventusYouth pic.twitter.com/o4kTseT1jH— JuventusFC Youth (@JuventusFCYouth) July 20, 2018Makoun, 20, has a lot of experience despite his young age, he has played in the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. He also played a huge part in Zamora winning the Venezuelan League last season, making a vast number of appearances for the team.Makoun joins Emre Can, Leandro Spinazzola, Mattia Caldara and Cristiano Ronaldo as the summer additions of the Old Lady so far this summer.last_img read more

Excoach Mohamed Elneny needs to leave Arsenal

first_imgMohamed Elneny has to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window either permanently or on loan, says his old El Mokawloon coach Hamdy NouhDespite signing a new long-term contract in March, Elneny has been restricted to just the one Premier League appearance this season.Under new manager Unai Emery, Elneny’s minutes have been drastically reduced with summer arrivals Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi instead being preferred in the Arsenal midfield.Now Nouh believes it’s essential that Elneny leaves the Emirates Stadium next month either permanently or on loan to regain his confidence.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He needs to leave Arsenal in the next transfer market, at least on loan to play more and regain his confidence,” Nouh told Goal.“He has been influenced lately by the change in coach and his new style, but I am confident that he will return better than before, because of his great potential and the competitive spirit that will help him get back in.”The majority of Elneny’s appearances for Arsenal this term have come in cup competitions with five in the Europa League and the one in the Carabao Cup.The 26-year-old midfielder has been at Arsenal since January 2016 after arriving from Swiss side FC Basel.last_img read more

TCI Daniel Carriere resigns InterHealth Canada Interim CEO Appointed

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 23, 2018 – Providenciales – InterHealth Canada TCI Ltd, the private management company for Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, is saddened to announce the departure of Chief Executive Officer Daniel Carriere who has had to resign for family reasons, effective January 31, 2018.Given these regrettable circumstances, Mr. Gaston Levac, a former Chief Executive Officer of hospital operations within Ontario Canada has been named interim CEO while the Board conducts a search for Mr. Carriere’s permanent successor.  Levac has been brought on-island to facilitate a smooth transition of duties and responsibilities with Carriere’s departure expected this month.Speaking on behalf of the InterHealth Canada Board, John Hyland said: “Daniel’s contribution to the success of the TCI Hospital and its increasing international recognition as an example of how even small hospitals in the region can and should perform, cannot be overstated.  Since joining us in September 2015, he has strengthened the administration, overseen the company’s policy of continuing improvement in performance in all departments, continued the programme of promoting Belongers to positions of greater responsibility within the Hospital, encouraged the attendance of staff at Seminars and other Continuing Education courses, played a leading role in the preparation of plans for the strategic development of the Hospital over the coming years.  Importantly and perhaps for him most memorably, through his leadership by example and with the support of his Senior Management Team, he was able to ensure the continued operation of the Hospital through Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the implementation of the necessary recovery programme.  He leaves with our hopes and very best wishes for the future.”Daniel Carriere said: “It has been an enormous privilege to have led the organization over the past two plus years.  I have immensely enjoyed my experience in this beautiful country with such talented hospital personnel.  I have met such great people both inside and outside the hospital and have experienced so many new and exciting challenges that have enriched my personal and professional life.  I have benefitted from the wisdom obtained from professional colleagues and historical guidance from IHC Board members, many of whom are legacy participants in the original development of the two hospitals in Providenciales and Grand Turk; they remain committed to the hospital and the country of TCI.”Mr. Carriere is a veteran in the health care industry having joined InterHealth Canada as Chief Executive Officer in September 2015. Carriere had previously held several senior administrative positions in Ontario’s health care sector and is recognized for his accomplishments in advancing services and quality of care.Mr. Gaston Levac formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of various health care entities such as the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, Laurentian Hospital and West Nipissing General Hospital in Canada.As a former Surveyor of the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, Levac boasts over 20 years of experience in numerous surveys in Canadian and international health care organizations, including health services offered in various military bases and hospitals in the Caribbean.  Gaston is expected to greatly benefit the organization in preparation for its re-accreditation survey slated for June 2018.Commenting on the appointment, Levac said: “I am excited to have been chosen by the IHC-TCI Board of Directors as the interim CEO of the hospital in TCI.  I have been to TCI on many occasions in the past, so I know that I will enjoy my involvement here.  I am totally committed to working hard with all stakeholders to help continue efforts to provide excellent hospital care to the citizens of TCI and ensure that the company steers a steady course whilst the Board undertakes Daniel Carriere’s succession process.”Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital consists of two state-of-the-art secondary healthcare facilities on the islands of Grand Turk and Providenciales.  The public facility, managed by InterHealth Canada (TCI) Ltd, is one of few Diamond accredited health care providers in the Caribbean region.As recognized pioneers in health care Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), InterHealth Canada is a world leader in healthcare operations and management with diverse activities in planning, management and consulting.  Established by an initiative from two Provincial Canadian Governments, InterHealth Canada was created to export Canada’s intellectual expertise in healthcare to an expanding international market. Press Release: interHealthCanadacenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Soldotna Marijuana Regulation Recommendations On Consent Agenda

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There are two ordinances on the consent agenda for the Soldotna City Council meeting that set forth recommendations for regulation of marijuana in city limits. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Soldotna-weed-on-consent-agenda.mp3VmJennifer-on-Soldotna-weed-on-consent-agenda.mp300:00RPd The first ordinance, provides general standards and enforcement procedures for marijuana establishments. The second, includes provisions for taxation and regulations of marijuana. The Soldotna Planning and Zoning Commision has submitted the recommendations  before the moratorium ends on February 15. The Soldotna City Council will introduce the two ordinances at the meeting on Wednesday, January 10, at 6 p.m. The Soldotna City Council voted in favor of extending the moratorium on commercial marijuana establishments within city limits an additional 45 days, to allow the time necessary for the P&Z Commission to establish the regulation recommendations. Public hearings are scheduled on the ordinances for January 24th and February 14th.last_img read more

Vanity Fair Introduces a Metered Paywall

first_imgIt’s also notable that, as Condé Nast aggressively chases scale, it continues to place its preeminent viral content producers behind paywalls. Chief revenue officer Pam Drucker Mann told employees earlier this month that the company again hit records for digital and social audiences in February, and that its digital revenues will equal its print revenues in the second quarter.Instituting a paywall at VF.com had reportedly been a goal of Jones’s predecessor, longtime editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, before he revealed plans to step down last fall after 25 years running the magazine.Elsewhere at the company, Golf Digest unveiled a new subscription-based instructional video product, Golf Digest All Access ($99-per-year), on April 2. Vanity Fair is the latest magazine to place its online content behind a soft paywall in a bid to drum up more consumer-driven revenue.The Radhika Jones-led title becomes the third at Condé Nast to institute a metered paywall, following The New Yorker in 2014 and Wired earlier this year. Like Wired, Vanity Fair will allow visitors to read up to four articles for free each month, after which they’ll be asked to subscribe for an annual fee of $19.99—the same price for both print-and-digital or digital-only subscriptions.Continuing a trend carried over from last year, Vanity Fair is staking its value to readers on the critical role it plays in the current news climate.“At a moment when quality journalism is not a luxury, but a necessity, your commitment will enable us to invest in our reporting, writing, photography, and video, expanding into new areas and onto new platforms, with you, our core reader and viewer, clearly in focus,” Jones told readers in a note announcing the change. “We cannot do it without you.”last_img read more

Samsung to acquire Harman International in allcash deal worth 8 billion

first_imgSouth Korean electronics giant Samsung on Monday announced that it will acquire Harman International, a US-based car and audio systems supplier. The all-cash deal is valued at $8 billion.The electronics company will buy Harman for $112 per share and is the company’s biggest acquisition to date. The deal, which is subjected to approval from Harman’s shareholders and regulators, is expected to be completed by mid next year. After the deal, Harman will be a standalone Samsung subsidiary. It has said that the automotive electronics segment is likely to grow to more than $100 billion in the next nine years and the deal is a strategic priority for the company making it a single major player in the world of automotive technology. “Harman perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time,” Oh-Hyun Kwon, Samsung Electronics vice chairman and CEO, said. Harman International, which describes itself as a global leader in connected car technology, lifestyle audio innovations, design and analytics, cloud services and IoT solutions, has in the recent years pushed aggressively in the automotive world. The company has also earned billions in new businesses in addition to winning contracts with General Motors Co and Fiat Chryslers Automobiles NV, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company has projected an order backlog of $24 billion, which is roughly three-folds the size of its annual revenue.last_img read more

Hindu monastic order is reclaiming transgender peoples status in Indian society

first_imgSoumya Shankar Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. By: Soumya Shankar peepsqueek says: News • Photos of the Week February 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm I really don’t like the words “gender confused”. I know this is not your intention, but it’s a Christianist term which simply displays christianist ignorance and the inability to understand that not everyone falls into the nice neat categories of “conservative”. “Christian” “Theology”– multiple quote intentional. February 20, 2019 at 5:39 pm Yes, the term is recent. My area of interest was the plains Indians. The gays and transvestites were called Winkte. They were left alone. In some groups they were thought to have spiritual powers. The point, which so I guess is wasted, is that not all cultures had a problem with homosexuality. That, of course, makes no difference to you as the Bible lays out your positions. News In Detroit, one organization is schooling Muslims on racial justice I’ve heard that bandied about, usually by phobes. Thankfully it’s still considered part of canonical scripture. Share This! February 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm News Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 two spirit idea is baloney Jim. I grew up with indians and never heard of it – it is another lie of the homosexual agenda All Native Americans have the same traditions? Because you grew up around a certain tribe or two means that you know about how all tribes feel?Actually you are correct that the two-spirit designation is recent. LGBTQ Native Americans chose it for themselves as an embodiment of their diverse tribal same sex traditions. February 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm “India is one of the few places in the world where transgenderism has an honored history. In the ancient war epic Mahabharata, Shikhandi, the woman-turned-man, commandeered a legion of transgender people to defeat the unconquerable warrior, Bhishma. Another epic, Ramayana, tells how the the hijras waited for 14 years for Lord Rama to return from exile. In return, he endowed hijras with the powers to both bless and curse, elevating them to demigods.”Did they get that from Wikipedia? February 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm The story of the “adultrous woman” doesn’t appear in the oldest manuscripts of John. Share This! February 20, 2019 at 10:14 pm Sandi in EL says: February 23, 2019 at 12:37 pm peepsqueek says: David Allen says: February 22, 2019 at 8:01 pm Sandi in EL says: None of the heads of the akharas quoted a doctrine for, or against, transgenders. One more data point that the Indian traditions are not religions. February 21, 2019 at 9:46 am In what part of the Bible did he every say that except to an adulterous woman? Please be specific Share This! By: Soumya Shankar February 21, 2019 at 8:30 am Sandi in EL says: center_img Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Soumya Shankar,16 Comments Click here to post a comment February 23, 2019 at 3:49 pm repent and sin no more Jim Johnson says: Elagabalus says: Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 What would Jesus have said?? Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Sandi in EL says: By: Soumya Shankar Share This! I am not a Christian and I do not want to hurt anyone that is suffering with gender identity issues. Tagsakharas Ayodhya Hinduism India Kumbh Mela Laxmi Narayan Tripathi LGBT LGBTQ Ram temple Top Story transgender issues,You may also like February 21, 2019 at 10:06 pm Many cultures have no problem with gays and transgenders. In Native America, many tribes held them in high esteem, the two-spirits. I guess they were unfortunate in not having scriptures to tell them they were wrong, eh? No. It has been made up by the homosexual agenda to incorporate others. Nothing more; nothing less than another lie from them Ananth Sethuraman says: February 21, 2019 at 9:20 am David Allen says: peepsqueek says: peepsqueek says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Who knows, as it is mostly fantasy and fiction and second hand re-writes of original. And besides, none of that is important or relevant in unnecessarily shaming the gender confused. Not in my culture they were not. This is entirely a manufacture of the gay activists.,Ahead of St. Louis meeting, one United Methodist offers prayers along the way Ben in Oakland says: February 23, 2019 at 7:43 am Jim Johnson says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts February 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Sandi in EL says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,PRAYAGRAJ, India (RNS) — On a warm January evening, sadhus and devotees surrounded Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, the former reality TV star, jostling to get a selfie with her. She obliged them one by one, posing with hands gracefully folded into a namaskar.In this northern Indian city historically known as Allahabad, it is the festival of Kumbh Mela, when millions of Hindus come to take a dip at the confluence of the three holy rivers — Ganges, Yamuna and the Saraswati, the latter long dried up and known only in myth — and to catch a glimpse of the holy men and women who camp at the weekslong festival.Tripathi, 40, now a transgender activist and founder of the first monastic order of transgender people in Hinduism, made her splashing debut earlier in the day with a dip the Indian media covered as if it were a movie premiere.Outside the tent where Tripathi was receiving her followers, the crowd became impatient, but she beckoned to those swarming the entrance, giving out generous hugs, a pat on the head or a little slap of adoration on the cheek, keeping order by dispensing blessings.Mahant Pavitra Nimbhorkar, right, a leader of the Kinnar Akhara, greets visitors in Prayagraj, India, on Feb. 8, 2019, during Kumbh Mela. RNS photo by Shantanu SahaThat evening, after the long lines had dissipated, Tripathi removed her ceremonial makeup and discussed her transformation from television personality to activist to a religious leader. “Effeminate and sickly” as a child in a family of Brahmins, the highest priestly caste, she grew up in the west Indian state of Maharashtra. In addition to being different from an early age, Tripathi was abused sexually as a child.A dancer and choreographer, Tripathi embarked on a career that ranged from music videos to Mumbai’s infamously seedy dance bars. For years she battled with being called gay for her innate femininity, until she met prominent members of Mumbai’s hijra community — as trans people are referred to here — and aligned with her true identity. In 2011, she became a household name while starring in the Indian version of “Big Brother.”India is one of the few places in the world where transgenderism has an honored history. In the ancient war epic Mahabharata, Shikhandi, the woman-turned-man, commandeered a legion of transgender people to defeat the unconquerable warrior, Bhishma. Another epic, Ramayana, tells how the the hijras waited for 14 years for Lord Rama to return from exile. In return, he endowed hijras with the powers to both bless and curse, elevating them to demigods.It was the 19th-century British colonizers who laid the foundation for the systematic oppression of trans people, criminalizing them and classifying homosexuality as “against the order of nature.”The colonial legacy has reduced India’s trans people to lives of misery and estrangement from the mainstream. “Hijra” has become a derogatory term, often referring to the trans sex workers who beg and offer their services at traffic lights in major cities. But hijras also retain a sacred function, blessing marriages and newborns.Beginning in the 1990s, when the AIDS epidemic hit India and decimated the trans community, Tripathi set out into the world of activism, creating a new platform for hijras to address their peculiar status.In 2008, she became the first transgender person from Asia Pacific to speak about AIDS awareness at the United Nations.Kinnar Akhara members bless commoners as they make their way to take their first holy dip at Sangam. RNS photo by Soumya ShankarHer court petition, along with those of many other activists, led to the 2014 landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of India legally establishing a “third gender.” In September 2018, the Supreme Court abolished Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexuality.It was about this time that Tripathi began to challenge the underlying stigmas against hijras, merging her activism with a challenge to Hinduism, which had long since disengaged with transgender and other sexual minorities. “Religion is the one avenue that connects with the masses and fills the gap that activism cannot,” she said. “Activists in the LGBTQ community are only connected with only a certain group of people in their own community. It’s an echo chamber.”The founding of Kinnar Akhara, the trans monastic order, is Tripathi’s way of both breaking out of activism’s limits and changing religious attitudes toward her community.Adi Shankara, the eighth-century scholar and philosopher, is credited with establishing the first Hindu monastic order. The akharas, or “armies” of holy sages — sadhus — safeguard the tenets of the Hindu way of life. Over time, the system branched out into the 13 present-day akharas, dominated almost entirely by men.In 2015, right before the Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, Tripathi said she had a transformative experience after visiting the Mahakaleshwar temple. She began rallying transgender people from across 22 Indian states and sought their support in establishing a monastic order of their own — the Kinnar Akhara.“The night I went to Mahakala, I fell in love with him. He’s the hottest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. My lord is so sexy, so beautiful,” she said.Tripathi’s proclamation of a 14th akhara at the Ujjain Kumbh of trans people defies both authority and conventionality, rattling many conservatives.“They (the kinnars) were never an akhara and never will be,” said Mahant Narendra Giri, president of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, the supreme administrative body of the 13 akharas, whose clout is not only religious but political. “They won’t be able to sustain the monastic order. Their way of life is different than ours.”Tripathi remains unfazed. “We have started the journey to reclaim our lost lineage and heritage. Why are they so worried about us?” she said.Artists design a symbol ahead of a Kinnar art fair during Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, India. RNS photo by Soumya ShankarThe elders of Juna Akhara, the first and oldest of the monastic orders, have helped her cause by welcoming Tripathi and her followers to take the ceremonial dip this year under their aegis. “Juna Akhara had enough manhood to accept femininity and walk with it,” Tripathi said.“In Juna Akhara there is a new consensus and consciousness. We believe in everybody’s rights, dignity, individuality and sensitivities,” said Avadheshananda Giri Maharaj, chief saint of Juna. “This is the age of equality, and dharma (the religious way of life) is an ocean where all streams should converge, and differences should evaporate.”As head of his ancient institution, the Maharaj has been opening the akhara’s doors to many oppressed communities, taking on the challenging task of steering the ancient order of monks and godmen into the 21st century.He recently appointed Dalits (formerly the “untouchable” caste) to positions of authority within the order. He is determined to help restore the dignity of the trans community as well. “They need that sensitivity and care which they have been deprived of,” he said, of the Kinnar Akhara.Attracting attention from the nation at large while mobilizing the Indian trans community, Tripathi is part political leader, part patron saint and goddess.People take selfies with members of Kinnar Akhara, standing, the trans monastic order, while working on art in Prayagraj, India, on Feb. 11, 2019, during Kumbh Mela. RNS photo by Shantanu SahaIn the West, said Antoinette DeNapoli, associate professor of religion at Texas Christian University, “many trans groups, feminists and LBGQT are striving to change religious cultures of shaming and more in the Abrahamic traditions. And it seems that India is setting a precedent particularly with religious patriarchal institutions.”With national elections coming this spring, Tripathi has jumped into one of the most polarizing political debates in Indian politics, the proposed construction of a Hindu temple on the site of a 16th-century Mughal mosque in Ayodhya, also held to be the birthplace of the god Ram. For years, the Ram Temple issue has caused Hindu-Muslim clashes.In November, Tripathi said that her akhara fully supports this cause, drawing censure from other transgender activists who claimed she was appeasing right-wing Hindu politicians and fueling division.“I have nothing to do with any political party. I feel that where my lord was born, his temple should be there. It’s common sense,” Tripathi said. February 21, 2019 at 2:01 pm last_img read more

Former Houston Police Officers Charged In Gambling Ring Takedown

first_imgChief @ArtAcevedo addresses the arrest of two former HPD officers charged with money laundering in year-long illegal gambling investigation with @HarrisCountyDAO Kim Ogg pic.twitter.com/w8DUdAK4Cc— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 28, 2018 Share Davis LandHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg speaks to reporters on March 28, 2018.A year-long investigation of gambling rings in Houston’s Chinatown area resulted in charges against twenty-two people including two former Houston police officers, Larry Nguyen and Huy Ly.The two officers will voluntarily surrender and cooperate with the case, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. Both resigned from the Houston Police Department in February 2018.“The game room itself is not illegal. That’s what’s confusing to the public,” Ogg said. “We have to prove that the machines are actually used illegally and what makes it illegal is when the owner/operators pay out over the lawful limit.”The two are accused of financing luxury cars and other items to mask the profits of the group’s alleged leader, Theien Hoai Vo, also known as “Tim Vo.” Ly financed a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan through the Houston Police Federal Credit Union. Authorities said they recovered $2.3 million from Vo’s personal safe.News conference re gambling network https://t.co/SxPrpqfzlp— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) March 28, 2018last_img read more

Art in Praxis Creative Practices for Community

first_imgBeautification of the city through public art and creative place making has become the  backdrop for mixed-use developments. However, those who appreciate the cultural aspect of creativity push for substance.Jessica Solomon, executive director of Art in Praxis. (Photo by Les Talusan)“I want people to actually imagine what it would look like if D.C. was reflective of all the amazing art and culture that’s already happening in the city. And if that art and culture got funded in a real way, and was valued and appreciated beyond it being an economic driver –beyond it being something that would encourage people to come in and buy a condo,” Jessica Solomon told the AFRO, March 24.In 2012, Solomon founded Art in Praxis, a social enterprise that embeds creative practices into capacity building and growth for community organizations, groups and individuals.Growing up in West Baltimore, Solomon has always been inspired by the non-conventional. “I come from a community and a home where we were always being creative about stuff,” she says. “I come from a family of magicians, shape shifters, and cultural organizers, and that was something that I was always interested in – this idea of doing things creatively and collaboratively.”While she was a master’s in organizational development student at American University, Solomon founded a theater company to fill a void in what she did not see on stage. As an outlet for creative expression, she curated an experience that allowed her and others to become storytellers, performers, and artists who toured across the country.From conducting meetings to strategic planning, creativity was always at the forefront of her business management; and the practices she adopted running the theater company have informed the work she does today.Through Art in Praxis, Solomon works with clients who engage in community development, social justice, and activism. She acts as agent to spur large-scale change. She specializes in constructing tailored consulting projects, workshops, and trainings based on a collaborative, creative, and culturally relevant approach. “Lately, I’ve been hosting these experiential activities called the Brown Bag Lunch Lab where I’ll work with leadership who may have some question, theme, or topic area they want to cover with their staff. And together we’ll co-create a two-hour meeting where I’ll facilitate and they’ll walk away with skillsets for some new way or approach to dealing with that issue,” she says.She is also working to make sure that companies thrive even without the presence of an outside coordinator. “A well-facilitated meeting can make or break a project and I feel like that is one thing that I see time and time again with organizations – just having run of the mill, unproductive, uninspired meetings. And so I’m really interested in developing products that people can purchase to help them facilitate really impactful, creative meetings,” she says.As the newly announced resident collaborator at the Potter’s House, Art in Praxis is also working to bring programming and work from local artists into the Adam’s Morgan coffee shop and performance space.As the company grows, Solomon continues to use her personal and professional experiences to shift culture. “I’m really grateful for the opportunity. I’m really excited about emerging practitioners who are looking to me or wanting to know how I do what I do. I’m really grateful I get to make stuff up,” she says. “It’s always rooted in some kind of methodology, but it really comes from just imagining how can I support organizations and people in being better at what they do.”For more information, Jess can be reached at hello@artinpraxis.org.last_img read more

Feds 80 Charged in Maryland Prison Racketeering Drug Conspiracies

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Correctional officers at Maryland’s largest state prison for years helped scores of inmates smuggle narcotics, tobacco, pornography and cellphones into the facility in exchange for money and sex, according to a pair of sweeping federal indictments against 35 inmates, 18 jail guards and 27 “outside facilitators” unsealed Wednesday.In this 2012 photo, correctional officers watch inmates as they walk the yard of the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, M.D. Correctional officers at Maryland’s largest state prison for years helped scores of inmates smuggle narcotics, tobacco, pornography and cellphones into the facility in exchange for money and sex, according to a pair of sweeping federal indictments unsealed Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (Todd Dudek/The Daily Times via AP)The indictments allege a racketeering scheme at the East and West compounds of the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland, that involved smuggling heroin, cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy and Suboxone, among other narcotics, into the jail in exchange for cash, money orders and in some cases, sexual favors. The indictments say guards were able to sneak the contraband past security screenings and deliver it to inmates in their cells or at pre-arranged “stash” locations, laundry rooms, staff bathrooms and other areas.“Prison corruption is a longstanding, deeply-rooted systemic problem that can only be solved by a combination of criminal prosecutions and policy changes,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement.Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen Moyer said he assigned eight investigators to work with the FBI and other federal agencies to crack the case. The indictments, he said, “send a strong message that we will no longer tolerate corruption committed by a few tarnishing the good work of our 10,500 dedicated and committed department employees.”According to the indictment, defendant correctional officers routinely warned inmates when prison administrators were planning to conduct cellphone raids. In some cases, when participating prison guards learned that inmates were supplying administrators with information, or “snitching,” they would alert other inmates and encourage them to retaliate, often using violence. Twice in July, prison guards encouraged inmates to stab other prisoners.The indictments come on the heels of a high-profile prison contraband scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center in 2014 in which 44 people were federally indicted. The racketeering scheme’s ringleader, Tavon White, who was also a known member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang, impregnated several prison guards and on a recorded telephone line famously told a friend on the outside, “This is my jail.”According to this indictment, prisoners and guards were very much aware of the Baltimore case, as evidenced by telephone calls that were recorded with them discussing it.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

A father attempts DIY drone buddy to watch his kid

first_img Analyzing energy potential (Phys.org)—”Last winter, I fantasized about sitting at my computer while a camera-equipped drone followed him overhead.” That is the revelation of a
 father who provides a detailed account of building an Arduino-based gyrocopter that could follow his son, in grade school, who he normally walks 400 meters down a hill to the bus stop each morning. He chose a quadcopter design for its maneuverability and ability to hover. He did not buy a kit but instead got his parts separate. His project involved a central frame to hold the electronics, aluminum to support motors and propellers, and legs to cushion landings, a main control board and sensors, batteries, power distribution board, power controllers for the motors, radio receiver for standard remote-control flying, and an RF modem for computerized control. Explore further Credit: Paul Wallich, via IEEE Spectrum Paul Wallich, an IEEE Spectrum contributing editor shared many details behind his DIY device with the magazine. He chose an ArduPilot Mega for the main control board. ArduPilot Mega is a fully programmable autopilot that requires a GPS module and sensors to create a functioning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. He said the whole board is powered by a 5-volt feed from one of the motor controllers. He installed Mission Planner on a Windows desktop to initialize the ArduPilot Mega’s firmware and calibrate all its sensors and controls. He decided against using RFID systems, opting instead for a GPS beacon. “Reading an RFID tag from meters rather than centimeters takes more amplification and a fancier antenna than I was willing to have my quadcopter carry.” How successful was he? Getting the thing up in the air was trivial. But he still had to rate his success based on how it worked. He said it “mostly” worked. Windy conditions were a problem, making the copter skittish. GPS guidance was good to ten meters at best. “Because my particular front yard is only about 15 meters across, with a long, tree-edged driveway leading to the street, I either have to follow automatically above the treetops—where I can’t really see what’s going on—or else supplement the autopilot with old-fashioned line-of-sight remote control.” 
Wallich said he plans more sonar units for “collision avoidance,” and maybe an optical flow sensor for better position control.He discovered another difficulty, rechargeable battery life. “Just hovering in the air requires two to three amperes; moving around or fighting a breeze expends twice that or more.” He said the typical 2200-milliampere-hour lithium-ion battery gave him just enough time to fly to the bus stop, wait a few minutes for the bus and fly back. More information: spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/ha … iy-kidtracking-drone Citation: A father attempts DIY drone buddy to watch his kid (2012, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-father-diy-drone-buddy-kid.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Delhi court rejects Mukuls criminal defamation plea against Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: A Delhi court on Wednesday rejected a criminal defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Mukul Roy against Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the statement referred to as defamatory were not made by the respondent. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal dismissed the complaint of Roy, a former Railway minister, who had alleged that he was defamed by Banerjee, a Trinamool Congress MP, through various means which included a legal notice and a tweet. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRoy was earlier a member of Trinamool Congress but later joined BJP, while Banerjee is a Member of Parliament (MP) of the TMC.”It is clear that the statement referred to by the complainant as defamatory are actually not made by the respondent. Therefore, there is no ground to proceed against the respondent in the present case. Accordingly, the complaint is dismissed,” the court said.The court rejected Roy’s contention that the legal notice sent to him by Banerjee was defamatory, noting that it nowhere showed it contained defamatory terms. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”I am unable to understand how serving a legal notice can be said to be defamatory in the absence of any defamatory remarks in that legal notice,” the judge said.The court dismissed Roy’s allegations of defamation based on a ‘tweet’, saying it was not made by Banerjee.It also rejected Roy’s statement that he was allegedly defamed as he was called a ‘traitor’, saying it was clearly not made by Banerjee.According to the complaint, the accused had sent a notice to Roy on November 13 last year, using “defamatory statement” in it by putting words in his mouth. The same was circulated to the media the same day which was widely covered. “The accused intentionally got the aforesaid notice served at the unit office of BJP at Kolkata, so as to tarnish the image of the complainant before his newly joined party, namely BJP, and to lower the morale of his supporters and party workers,” Roy’s complaint, filed by advocate Savinder Singh, said.The notice was sent to Roy after he had reportedly made certain public remarks about Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation and TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee.The notice sent by Abhishek’s advocate claimed that on November 10, Roy in a public rally had made certain defamatory, malicious, and false statements against Banerjee.”Roy had deliberately levied various baseless allegations which were published, broadcast and circulated by various news organisations, the notice had said. Mukul Roy had quit the TMC and joined the BJP on November 3 last year.The complaint also mentioned a tweet, made by a made by one of the followers of AITMC, which allegedly defamed Roy.last_img read more

October 25 2000 In the Arcosanti Cafe the chang

first_imgOctober 25, 2000In the Arcosanti Cafe,the changing of one garment to another signifies the changing of the season andthe coming of winter. A large, long tubular garment hangs down from the Gallerylevel of Crafts III building to the Cafe down below. Its purpose is to circulatethe warmer air that rises to the Gallery down to the Cafe in the building. Lookinginside the air tube, a fan creates a downward draft inside the winter garment. Looking inside the air tube, a fan creates a downward draft inside the wintergarment. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img read more

Netflix has confirmed upcoming launches in South K

first_imgNetflix has confirmed upcoming launches in South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.The US-listed streaming service will hit the Asian territories in early 2016 as part of its wider global roll out.The four new Netflix service will follow the roll out in Japan, the first in the region and which launched earlier this month.News of the South Korea launch leaked over the weekend, with the streaming service reportedly looking to partner with local telcos, and Netflix confirmed it yesterday.The company said that it will launch in the new territories on smart TVs and connected devices, but did not specify any partnerships. It has also not released pricing information and there was no mention of a China launch, which has also been widely rumoured.“The combination of increasing Internet speeds and ubiquity of connected devices provides consumers with the anytime, anywhere ability to enjoy their favorite TV shows and movies on the Netflix service,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO. “These four markets well represent those trends.”In January, Netflix said it plans to complete its global expansion within two years.last_img read more

OTT content distribution platform Airbeem has name

first_imgOTT content distribution platform Airbeem has named former Ericsson executive Thorsten Sauer as executive chairman.Thorsten SauerSauer previously served as president of Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services, now known as Red Bee Media. His time at the helm saw the acquisition of Technicolor’s Broadcast Services division in 2012, Red Bee Media in 2014 and FYI Television in 2016. In February, OTT TV technology provider Xstream has named Sauer to its board.Airbeem works with media companies, sports brands, broadcasters and content owners to create their own online video channels. The company provides off-the-shelf solutions to enable media owners to create their own OTT channel.Airbeem recently secured a Series A funding round led by Edge Investment to enable it to scale its product R&D sales and marketing and customer success teams worldwide.Steve Hardman, Airbeem CEO, said: “The appointment of Thorsten to our board comes at a time when we are investing heavily in sales and marketing to significantly grow the business. We believe we have a disruptive technology approach to video experience and OTT distribution for the direct to consumer market, providing premier content owners innovative monetisation tools to grow their channels and deliver their content to audiences with a tailored, enhanced user experience and a significant different commercial approach. Thorsten’s appointment brings valuable industry experience and vision to help us shape the vision of our OTT platform for the middle market.”Sauer said: “Consumers habits prove the future of TV is over the top. I look forward to bringing my industry knowledge to further help Airbeem enable content owners to launch direct to consumer OTT channels around the world and help drive global growth of the company.”last_img read more

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