first_imgEDMONTON — The medical examiner’s office says two children who were found dead in an Edmonton apartment last week were stabbed.Ashton Brian Lafleche, 29, was charged Thursday and appeared in court Friday.Court documents show he faces two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Mackenzie Petawaysin and Mary Lafleche Petawaysin.UPDATE: Edmonton police confirm the two children found dead in a southeast Edmonton apartment on December 5th were stabbed to death. Investigators say both children were female, 6 months old and 3 years old. #yeg pic.twitter.com/5dXEF1IzM8— CityNews Edmonton (@CityNewsYEG) December 10, 2018Police confirmed Monday the two girls were three-years and six-months-old.Lafleche is also charged with assault causing bodily harm to the children’s mother, Tamara Petawaysin, and breach of probation for failing to comply with an order on Oct. 31 not to have any contact with her after an earlier assault.Petawaysin remains in hospital as she recovers from wounds sustained in the latest assault.Lafleche, who is the biological father of the younger child, is due back in court on Dec. 21.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

This is going to be the first visit of Sirissena to Dhaka since he was elected the president. President Maithripala Sirissena is expected to pay an official visit to Bangladesh in March at the invitation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, The Daily Star reported.Diplomatic sources said foreign ministry officials of Dhaka and Colombo had already started preparations for the visit. They are working to find suitable dates for the visit when Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will sign several deals to further promote bilateral ties, added the sources. He visited Bangladesh in 2013 and 2014 as a minister.Meanwhile, the foreign ministry of Bangladesh has deferred the joining of present Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Tarik Ahsan in the Islamabad mission due to the upcoming visit of the Sri Lankan president. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Brock grads enjoying themselves at a Toronto Brock Alumni Pub Night.It’s going to be an exciting 2013 for Brock University alumni across Canada.In 2012, with the help of regional network committee members, Brock Alumni Relations hosted over 15 successful events across the country, including pub nights, wine tastings, etiquette dinners and, of course, Brock Days Alumni Weekend. Over the past few weeks, the Brock Alumni Relations team has met with current regional network committee members to go over event strategies and guidelines for 2013 and also recruited some new members to bring a fresh perspective to the various groups. In 2013, we hope to have twice as many events.Alumni Relations has created a go-to handbook for networks, explaining how to start one from scratch or how to revamp one already in place. The handbook is a great starting point for those interested in volunteering on a regional committee to help plan, organize and execute events, networking opportunities and social get-togethers for fellow graduates. You don’t need to be an experienced event co-ordinator to participate on these committees. Everyone has different skills and abilities that make them an asset to the team. Perhaps you are great with social media, love building relationships with people or know how to create (and stick to) a budget.We currently have very active networks in Hamilton/Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto and Ottawa. We are also in the process of starting networks in Niagara, Sudbury and Victoria, B.C. Events happen across Canada, so if you are interested in remaining connected to the university, contact Emily Hutton, special events coordinator for Alumni Relations, and she’ll provide you with the necessary tools and information.Future committee meetingsIf you are interested in getting involved with a committee, they are hosting meetings in early January. Contact Emily (ehutton@brocku.ca) for more information.Niagara Network – First official committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m.Toronto Network – Committee meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m.Kitchener-Waterloo Network – Committee meeting on Monday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m.Do you want $5 off your next network event?If participating on a committee is not something that interests you, we are also looking for feedback about what you’d like to see in your area. If you fill out the short survey, you’ll receive a coupon code for $5 off your next event. This feedback is integral to our event planning for 2013. We want to know if you can only attend weekday events, want to have more networking and professional development events or you think that $30 is too much for a ticket.Upcoming eventsOn Thursday, Jan. 17 in St. Catharines, we’ll be hosting the inaugural Young Professional Networking Series event: “The difference between ordinary and the extraordinary for young professionals,” hosted by Tony Miele of Investors Group. If you are looking to stand out in your next interview or wondered how to add value to your employer, then this is the event for you. Sponsored by Investors Group, it will help you build your professional network in Niagara and provide you with the tools to move from ordinary to extraordinary in your career. This is the first event of the series.Keep an eye out for the March edition of Surgite magazine as a more in-depth list of upcoming events will be advertised. read more

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy to Côte d’Ivoire, Carolyn McAskie, has arrived in the country’s capital, Abidjan, on her fourth mission to evaluate how the country is normalizing itself after fierce fighting.On Sunday she met President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d’Ivoire, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Albert Tevoedjre, and the UN Country team to discuss pressing humanitarian issues, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.In her meetings with President Gbagbo, Ms. McAskie called attention to several issues, including the protection and return of internally displaced persons and the need for basic services, such as education and health to be restored, especially in the north and west of the country, OCHA said.Economic Community of West African States and French peacekeepers are stationed between the government-ruled southern area of the country and the rebel-held north and west.Ms. McAskie also raised the issues of land disputes, which have recently led to the expulsion of some farmers and she emphasized the need to find long-term solutions, OCHA said.She stressed that education should be accessible to all children and pointed out the importance of making the school year official for some 700,000 children in the northern and western areas. They have attended alternative schools since Côte d’Ivoire’s crisis began more than a year ago.Ms. McAskie also met international donors and called on them to mobilize contributions totalling $59 million for the 2004 UN Consolidated Appeal for Côte d’Ivoire to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, now numbering almost a million people. read more

“The changing situation of enforced disappearances requires new strategies to counter this crime,” said the members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, which held its 100th session this week in New York.“It is not a crime of the past; on the contrary it is a phenomenon which affects all regions of the world, with the false and pernicious belief that it is a useful tool to preserve national security and combat terrorism or organized crime,” they added. The Group was established in 1980 by the UN Commission on Human Rights – the predecessor to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council – to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives. It seeks to establish a channel of communication between the families and the Governments concerned to ensure cases are investigated.In a news release issued at the close of its current session, the experts urged that efforts be strengthened to ensure prompt identification and qualification of cases of enforced disappearances, which is essential to hold perpetrators of this crime accountable. They also emphasized the importance of preserving collective and individual memories and of expanding the use of forensic expertise and DNA testing in seeking the truth behind disappearances. “One by one, the disappeared will be reclaimed. The Working Group is the guarantor of this need and the keeper of this promise,” its Chair-Rapporteur, Olivier de Frouville of France, said at a special event held on Monday to mark the 100th session. Mr. de Frouville also noted that enforced disappearance is not an accident, but rather a “premeditated crime” that warrants punishment. “We need to find new strategies to eliminate the crime of enforced disappearance and find the truth about all cases of disappearances of the past. It is our responsibility.” The event, which was held in cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and with the support of the Permanent Missions of Argentina and France, was also addressed by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, who emphasized the Group’s importance as a tool for families seeking assistance in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared persons.Mr. Šimonović recalled his own region, the Balkans, where tens of thousands were reported missing during the war and where enforced disappearances “remain an open wound for relatives that are still waiting to learn the fate of their loved ones.” During its current session, the experts examined, under their urgent action procedure, 17 reported cases of enforced disappearances that have occurred in the last six months, as well as more than 400 newly reported or existing cases. The cases under review concerned Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Belarus, the Central African Republic (CAR), Colombia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), El Salvador, Honduras, Kuwait, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.In addition, the Group discussed how to improve its methods of work, forthcoming and potential country visits, including preparations for a visit to Spain in September, and future activities. It also held meetings with family members of disappeared persons and non-governmental organizations, and informal bilateral meetings with States to exchange information.The Group also comprises Ariel Dulitzky from Argentina, Jasminka Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Osman El-Hajjé from Lebanon, and Jeremy Sarkin from South Africa. Its next session will be held in Geneva from 4 to 13 November 2013. read more

OSU senior midfielder Max Moller (31) shields a defender from the ball during a game against Akron on Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternAs the regular season approaches its conclusion, the Ohio State men’s soccer team is still searching for some sense of consistency.OSU (5-5-3, 3-2-0) continued its up-and-down season with a 2-0 win on the road against Wisconsin on Saturday to break a two-game losing streak.“It was a very good win, we gutted it out,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “Good to get a road win in the conference, not easy to come by those, and kind of keeps us in the middle of things still.“When I say ‘gutted it out,’ I mean we were under a lot of pressure and we just kept fighting and guys are throwing themselves in front of the ball to block shots and just working hard in the final third to deny opportunities.”OSU now looks to take the momentum from the road victory back home to begin a three-game homestand. That stretch is scheduled to begin with a nonconference matchup against Bowling Green (9-3-1).“Bowling Green is very tough for us to play against,” Bluem said. “It’s a big in-state rivalry, their players are very motivated to challenge us, and for them, probably every year, they look to us as one of the bigger games on their schedule.”The Falcons carry an impact player on their roster in sophomore forward Pat Flynn. Flynn leads the nation in goals per game, scoring 12 times in 13 contests for an average of .92 per game.In response to Flynn, the Buckeyes might have a new impact player on their side as well.Freshman forward Marcus McCrary had a season-high three points for the Buckeyes in his homecoming to Madison, Wis.“It felt really good,” McCrary said. “Everybody, all of my friends, and my dad and stepmom came to the game. It felt really good because the Badgers are a really good team, so it felt really good to get points and put the Badgers away, get the job done.”OSU had nearly a week to prepare for its game against Wisconsin. Senior midfielder Max Moller said the week of preparation included OSU restructuring its formations to generate more offense.“The time off helped a lot, because coming off two losses, we needed to settle down and re-evaluate what we’re doing in practice and in games,” Moller said. “We focused on our formation and keeping the ball instead of just lobbing it up to the forwards, and really figured out which players we’re going to go at.”Part of that focus on offense centers on McCrary. The freshman scored his first two goals of the season in his past three games. Bluem has said all season that McCrary is adjusting to a new position at center-forward, but McCrary said he feels more comfortable now.“Playing up top now, it’s definitely a change,” McCrary said. “I’m used to playing wide. Playing up top, there’s more to expect, being alone up top, but I think I’m definitely adjusting and definitely getting more used to the role.”McCrary is set to showcase his new role against the Falcons, which OSU has battled in each of its last three seasons, going 2-0-1 in that span. The draw came last season in a scoreless match at Bowling Green.The Falcons already have one victory on the road against a Big Ten team this season, defeating Michigan, 1-0, on Sept. 16.Moller said regardless of the results of the past, he is sure the team is ready to show consistency.“We’re 100 percent prepared to start this three-game stretch,” Moller said. “We’re done with being inconsistent, we’re ready for the rest of the season.”OSU’s game against Bowling Green is scheduled to kick off Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Hay fever sufferers are used to being afflicted by itchy eyes, runny noses and headaches when the summer temperatures rise. But this year, despite the inclement weather, the condition is affecting people who have never seriously experienced it before. Dr Adrian Morris, Adult and Children’s Allergy Consultant and fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, said: “We have had a period of changing weather, from very hot days to torrential rain, so the pollen from the grasses has gone into overdrive.“People who are mild hay fever sufferers, and  may only have previously felt itchy noes for example, never thought it was an issue until now because of the high pollen count recently.”This is being blamed in part on 2018’s heatwave, which Dr Carsten Ambelas Skjoth, a professor in atmospheric science at Worcester University, said could have caused people to develop hay fever a year on.Dr Skjoth, who is working with the Met Office on pollen forecasting methods, added: “It could be that those people suffering from hay fever now had been sensitised to it last year. This time was very unusual because of the beautiful summer, which meant that for long periods of time there were consistently high amounts of grass pollen in the air. “Hay fever can be deadly for the 3.3million people with asthma who are triggered by pollen, because this allergic reaction can inflame the airways and trigger asthma symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.“Grass pollen is due to spike this month and we’d advise anyone with asthma and hay fever to make sure they keep their blue reliever inhaler with them at all times. They should also take hay fever medicines and their preventer inhaler (usually brown) as prescribed.” “It could be this trigger that explains why these people are only experiencing hay fever symptoms now. Although people have the potential get hay fever they don’t always have the symptoms straight away.” A fuzzy bumble bee gathers pollen from an aster blossomCredit:Westhoff/E+ 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. A fuzzy bumble bee gathers pollen from an aster blossom Pollen experts have advised anyone with the condition to carry medication at all times amid fears of a surge in grass pollen levels in July.Colette Harris, Head of Health Advice at Asthma UK, said: “People can develop hay fever, caused by a pollen allergy, at any point in their life and this can cause hay fever symptoms such as itchy throat and eyes and sneezing. Hay fever has been reported to be on the rise in general in recent years, attributed to an increase in air pollution which causes pollen grains to weaken, and from dryer temperatures resulting from global warming. The common allergy is reaching almost epidemic proportions in the UK, with chemists having to place their hay fever medications at the front of the shop to cater to the demand.The number of adult hay fever sufferers in the UK grew from 26 per cent in 2017 to 31 per cent last year, with a million new people buying medicines to treat the allergy for the first time in 2018.   read more

first_imgTHREE WOMEN HELD captive in a London house for 30 years were beaten and brainwashed, police in London said today.Commander Steve Rodhouse of London’s Metropolitan Police said detectives were trying to understand the “invisible handcuffs” used to control the women, including a 30-year-old who had spent her entire life in servitude and one woman who is believed to be Irish.“What we have uncovered so far is a complicated and disturbing picture of emotional control over many years,” Rodhouse told reporters. Brainwashing would be a simple term but I think that belittles the years of emotional abuse these victims have had to endure.He also revealed that the two suspects in the case, a man and a woman both aged 67 who were arrested at a house in south London on Thursday, had been detained before in the 1970s, but gave no further details.Also suspected of immigration offences, the pair — who are both foreign nationals — have been provisionally released until January pending further investigations.Their passports have been confiscated and they are not allowed to return to the house.The women were rescued on October 25, one week after first making secret telephone contact with a charity.They are a a 57-year-old from Ireland, 69-year-old Malaysian, and the 30-year-old Briton.Not sexually exploitedDetectives do not believe the women were sexually exploited or had been the victims of human trafficking, but they told police they had been beaten.“It is not as brutally obvious as women being physically restrained inside an address and not being allowed to leave,” said Rodhouse.Explaining the gap between the liberation of the women and the arrests of the two suspects, police said they had to be patient in trying to understand the women’s accounts.In Thursday’s raid in the borough of Lambeth, the suspects’ address was searched for 12 hours. Some 55 bags of evidence were seized, amounting to more than 2,500 exhibits.All 37 officers in Scotland Yard’s Human Trafficking Unit (HTU), which deals with modern-day slavery cases,  are working on the investigation.Specially-trained officers are working with the women to try to understand what happened to them.‘May take weeks’“This may take weeks, or many months,” said Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, who heads the unit.He said officers did not believe the case was linked to any other groups and were not looking for further victims.“There is nothing to suggest that the suspects were violent to others outside of the address,” he added.Scotland Yard is in touch with the Malaysian and Irish embassies but officers would not disclose if they had discussed names with the missions. Kevin Hyland, head of the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit speaks to the media outside New Scotland Yard. (AP Photo/ Sky TV, via Associated Press Television)Hyland said that during their captivity the women had been able to leave the house, but only in carefully-controlled circumstances.The case has sparked national soul-searching amid fears it is the tip of an iceberg.Aneeta Prem, the founder of Freedom Charity which made contact with the women, said their plight had already prompted other people to come forward in the 24 hours since it was revealed.- © AFP 2013Read: Enslaved women traumatised but doing ‘remarkably well’ >More: Irish Embassy in London look to establish details behind woman freed from slavery >last_img read more

first_img Related Items:Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, renewable energy, Technology Jamaica Looking To Become World Leader In Medical Ganja Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Nov. 9 (JIS): Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said Jamaica has attracted an investment of over $20 billion in renewable energy projects, which is creating jobs for thousands of Jamaicans, while diversifying the energy sector.“Our business as a Government going forward is to create jobs. We have the skill sets here where we are going to train our people where in time, all the jobs are 100 per cent occupied by Jamaican workers,” he said.The Minister, who was speaking to JIS News during a tour of the 36.3-megawatt BMR Jamaica Wind Farm in Malvern, St. Elizabeth, last week, said the projects are in keeping with the Government’s push to lower the cost of electricity for Jamaicans. “We have promised the people of this country that we are going to do everything we can to lower our energy bill. Now we have BMR here with an investment of nearly $11 billion, the Government has an additional investment in Wigton III in Manchester for over $5 billion and another investment in a 20-megawatt solar facility…the largest in the Caribbean…in Clarendon for nearly $6 billion,” he pointed out.He noted that the projects have put the country on track to be the leader in the region in the gross production of renewable fuel, and have bolstered the Government’s target of 20 per cent renewable energy by 2030.“While the objective is to have 20 per cent renewable energy… I think it is not far-fetched that we could take that up to 30 per cent,” he said.Mr. Paulwell noted that reliable sustainable energy will help the country to make important progress towards energy security.“Energy security is the great game changer. We should all understand and appreciate the significance of what is happening. These are real solid investments that will impact on our long-term future and security. These are real exciting times for Jamaica,” he added.Mr. Paulwell said that with Jamaica’s improved business ranking, investors are now realising that the country is a good place to do business, and going forward, the Government will be doing constant reviews of its position with the aim of attracting more energy projects.BMR Jamaica Wind Farm, on completion, will be the single largest privately funded renewable energy project in Jamaica and one of the largest in the Caribbean. It is slated for completion by the end of March 2016.Expansion of the Wigton Windfarm (Wigton III) is expected to cut oil imports by 37,000 barrels per year, and achieve annual savings of more than $200 million. Some 31,500 households will benefit from the US$45 million project, on which operations are expected to start in early 2016. A total of 125 jobs are to be created during the construction phase. WRB, the Tampa, Florida-based developer, which is undertaking the 20-megawatt solar facility in Clarendon, is promising to deliver clean, reliable, renewable energy at a stable price to Jamaicans for decades to come.The facility will power more than 20,000 homes while reducing fuel imports by more than three million gallons each year. Recommended for you Gov’t Looking To Provide Tablet Computers For Police Force West Rural St. Andrew Communities Receive Electricity Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR While the Defense Department continues to push for a new BRAC round as the most effective way to deal with excess infrastructure, the Army has begun consolidating personnel into its newest facilities and shuttering unused buildings to manage its surplus capacity.The Army has ordered garrison and senior mission commanders to develop installation reduction plans, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, told the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee last week.“The strategy for right-sizing within the installation means that we consolidate personnel into the best-quality buildings and we are able to shut down those buildings, which means you modify the temperature controls, you don’t have lights that you have to manage, and you put them pretty much in cold storage,” Hammack said.Officials believe the consolidation initiative will save the Army $140 million annually by mothballing about 40 million square feet of space. The service previously has said it spends an estimated $500 million to maintain excess or underutilized facilities.“It’s going to take us a while to consolidate into the best buildings,” Hammack said. The Army estimates that 21 percent of its infrastructure will be excess to it needs by fiscal 2018 when its active-duty end strength drops to 450,000.The Air Force, however, can’t take advantage of a similar consolidation effort since much of its excess space stems from a sharp drop in its aircraft inventory, Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, told Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. (D-Ga.), the panel’s ranking member.“A lot of our excess infrastructure has to do with iron, with actual aircraft, so we have extra parking spaces, excess hangar space, excess maintenance space,” Ballentine said. “And really, the only way that we can get at that excess is to consolidate by closing bases entirely. And that’s really where the big dollar savings come,” she said.Written testimony and a webcast of the hearing on the installations, environment and energy budget request for fiscal 2017 submitted by DOD and the military services are available on the committee website.last_img read more

first_imgIndian telecom company Bharti Airtel in collaboration with Qualcomm is set to roll out commercial 4G services in four cities across India, following a successful launch in Kolkata and Bangalore in March and earlier this month.US-based chip-maker Qualcomm has acquired Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum to introduce 4G networks in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. It has signed an agreement with Airtel under which Qualcomm has permitted Airtel to operate the new networks in these cities for the next two years till 2014.The upcoming launch of 4G networks has come on the heels of Airtel’s high stake partnership with Qualcomm. On Thursday, the teleco announced it has acquired 49 per cent of Qualcomm’s 4G venture in India for a staggering Rs. 9.23 billion (INR 923 crore).”We are delighted to partner with Qualcomm, who shares our commitment to the government’s agenda of broadband for all,” said Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman and managing director of Bharti Airtel, according to IBN Live.Qualcomm will maintain the remaining 51 percent stake until 2014, after which Qualcomm will withdraw from the broadband venture but maintain technology services in the country, Reuters cited an unnamed source as saying.”This partnership will combine the strength of Bharti’s national telecom footprint and Qualcomm’s technological leadership in the LTE TDD space. With a broadband ready network across India, Bharti is well positioned to lead the next phase of Indian’s telecom revolution,” Mittal added.Apart from Kolkata and Karnataka, 4G networks are also available in Punjab and Maharashtra circles. The teleco has already issued 3G licenses across 13 circles in the country.last_img read more

first_imgLaDavia Drane is D.C.’s director of Federal Regional Affairs.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows that she will need strong Black support to win the White House in 2016. So she has hired a former Congressional Black Caucus executive director to help her do that.Clinton has hired LaDavia Drane, who works for D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) as the director of federal-regional affairs, as her campaign’s director of African-American Outreach. Drane, who will formally join the campaign at the end of this month, is excited about the opportunity.“I cannot talk about what my role in the campaign will be because I am not working with it yet,” Drane said to two dozen professional Black women at the LEAP Luncheon Series on June 3. “But I love working on campaigns and I live and thrive on them. It was hard for me to sit on the sidelines for the first African-American president and it would have been hard for me to sit on the sidelines for possibly the first female president.”Drane served as the executive director of the CBC from 2013-2015 under the tutelage of her political mentor, U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who served as chairman of the organization during that time. She had worked with Fudge in various staff capacities before becoming the administrative leader of the CBC.Drane holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a law degree from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and has worked in the legal field before joining the Obama campaign in 2008.Fudge said that she knows her protégé will make a difference for the Clinton campaign. “LaDavia was instrumental to the work and successes of the CBC during her time with us, and her hire guarantees that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is committed to working to earn every vote in our community,” Fudge said. “Whether it is criminal justice, education or healthcare, LaDavia understands the issues and how they impact our community.”While her duties have not been defined at this point, it is clear that Drane will supervise the Black vote turning out for Clinton next year. The Black vote has played a crucial role in the election of presidents, starting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) winning Illinois in 1940 to win that year’s election over Republican Wendell Willkie; President Harry S. Truman’s (D) upset victory over Republican New York Gov. Thomas Dewey in 1948; Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy’s win over Republican Richard M. Nixon in 1960; and Democrat Jimmy Carter’s victory over President Gerald Ford (R) in 1976.In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton defeated Republican President George H.W. Bush with the support of Blacks in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and even Georgia, in which Bill Clinton won only by 0.59 percent or about 9,000 votes.Paul Brathwaite has served as executive director of the CBC and presently works as a principal for The Podesta Group, a lobbying and public affairs firm in the District. Brathwaite said that “LaDavia will do a fantastic job as Secretary Clinton’s African-American outreach director.“However, LaDavia will need the organizational infrastructure and funding for her operation to be successful,” he said. “It’s just can’t be her. LaDavia needs African-American outreach regional directors, African-American outreach state directors, and in some cases, African-American outreach city directors.”Brathwaite said that Drane will need to have people who understand their cities and states well and the Clinton campaign needs to provide her the resources to work with in order to be successful. “In order for Hillary Clinton to win in 2016, she will need the turnout among Blacks that Obama had in 2008 and 2012,” he said.Bowser knows that Drane is up to the challenge. “I am very excited for her,” the mayor said. “It is an awesome opportunity. LaDavia Drane is a consummate professional and she will do a great job for the Clinton campaign.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaThey are sisters – twins to be correct – and both are medical doctors and were born and raised in a town in Ohio called Twinsburg, a segregated, lower-income and primarily African American area.Both say they’ve always been drawn to science and excelled academically which led to each being in Advanced Placement and Honors courses in school.Twin doctor’s Brandi and Brittani Jackson (Photo Courtesy of Brandi and Brittani Jackson)Frequently the only African Americans in their classrooms, the twins endured their share of racism. There’s a pressure to perform and be on when you’re the only person of color in a space, lest you inadvertently perpetuate stereotypes about your race to non-people of color, they said.But, none of that prevented them from succeeding.Both would go on to become elected as chief residents in their respective residency programs at the University of Illinois and today they are practicing physicians whose primary patients include many in underserved populations in Chicago – Brandi in the Department of Psychiatry and Brittani in the College of Medicine-Family Medicine.In an effort to give back, the twins have co-founded Medlikeme.com, a resource for high school, pre-med and others to submit questions that will be answered by medical students, physicians and other professionals.The website is scheduled to launch Nov. 5.In a Q&A with NNPA Newswire, they spoke about their lives and profession.NNPA: At what point did you decide you were going to be a doctor?Brittani: I was not the kid that knew from an early age that I wanted to be a doctor. It was a slow realization. I do think the lack of societal images of black doctors made it hard for me to visualize myself in that role. I’ve always loved science and found enjoyment helping others, but being a doctor wasn’t something that honestly clicked as a viable option until the second half of college, after I saw a black female doctor, in person, for the first time in my life.Brandi: I also decided in college. I had the opportunity to study abroad in East Africa (my first time leaving the country!). As part of my program, I visited a hospital in Uganda. I remember that all of the doctors and the nurses looked like me. I was mesmerized as I watched them do their work. After that semester, I knew for sure that I wanted to be one of them. I had considered being a doctor long before that but being in a hospital full of black doctors somehow made it feel more attainable.NNPA: When you look at the numbers, the stats, obviously there are very few African American doctors and even fewer African American women doctors. Was that a factor in your decision to be a doctor?Brittani: The fact that there are very few African American doctors wasn’t a huge factor in my original decision to become a doctor. It is, however, something that both made the journey more challenging and ultimately more rewarding. It’s hard to envision yourself as something you don’t see. But as I got further into medicine, I realized that maybe I could be a visual reminder to someone who looks like me, that they can be anything. At least that’s my hope.Brandi: When I decided to become a doctor, I did think about the fact there are few African Americans in the field. Knowing that didn’t exactly motivate me. In fact, intimidated me. For much of my training, I felt like medicine was not meant for a person like me. It took years for me to feel like I was just as smart and capable as my classmates. Now, I know that I bring a unique perspective to medicine that the field desperately needs. When most people think of a doctor, they don’t picture an African American woman. My sister and I want to change that.NNPA:  When did you realize or find out that your sister would also become a doctor?Brittani: I had done a pre-med summer program in New York City, and I remember telling Brandi about it. It was through that program that I got my first taste of what it was like to be a doctor and I was hooked. I was in the OR and saw a beating human heart. That changes you. I started thinking about medicine seriously then and talked to Brandi about it. I told her about seeing a black female doctor and how amazing that was. I started to believe I could do it and I think that rubbed off on her.Brandi: It did rub off on me. By the time I studied abroad in Uganda during college, the seed had already been planted. Knowing that my sister and I would be going on the journey together made the decision much less nerve-wracking. We were each other’s biggest supporters throughout our journeys. I don’t know if I would have had the courage to pursue medicine if I did not have my sister by my side. We were each other’s inspiration.NNPA: What has been your biggest challenge in pursuing and then ultimately becoming a doctor?Brittani: My biggest challenge came in the first few years of medical school. I had a very difficult transition. Brandi and I decided to go to different medical schools, in an experiment in a way, since we had always been with each other our entire lives. We wanted to learn who we were apart from each other. What I didn’t realize how much support I was losing by being away from her. I struggled to adjust. I felt like an imposter in those days; like I wasn’t smart or capable enough to be where I was. It took years to figure out that that was not true. It was a lie I believed for a long time about myself, until I realized that I was bringing something valuable and unique to medicine that isn’t common. The academics actually came easier after that, and everything else fell into place.Brandi: I think Brittani said it best. Those years that we were separated in medical school were really tough! I took a lot of train rides to visit Brittani during those years. I went through a similar “imposter syndrome” during medical school. I didn’t realize how much I had internalized the belief that I was not “supposed” to be a doctor. Overcoming that false belief was the most important things I did in my life.NNPA: How can academic institutions and even families help improve the number of Black doctors in the country? Why do you believe African Americans shy away or at least fail to consider the medical profession?Brittani: That’s a big question with a complicated answer. One reason I think African Americans shy away from the medical profession is because they don’t see representations growing up of black physicians. Most of us do not have doctors in the family or have friends who are doctors.On top of that, there are very few media representations of African Americans being doctors or holding other science-related careers. Again, it’s hard to imagine yourself being something you don’t see. So, I think those of us in medicine who are African Americans do have a responsibility to be as visible when we can manage, as a means of showing the next generation what’s possible.There is also a very large barrier to entry to the medical field. It’s a confusing thing to navigate if you do not have someone showing you the way. There’s also the extreme financial burden it places on applicants. That financial burden hits the African American community to a disproportionate extent as we are more likely than our peers to be from socioeconomically-disadvantaged backgrounds. There is institutional racism and sexism which are seamlessly built into our higher education and healthcare system to contend with as well. Those systems exert their damage in both overt and subtle ways over time. Those forces hurt you in material ways.They undermine your confidence and hinder your ability to perform at your peak. With that in mind, a lot of us, especially African Americans, are starting off with additional barriers.Brandi: As far as institutions go, I think too many operate under the premise that their work is done once they get a handful of African American or other minority students through their doors.That shouldn’t be the case. There are so many unique challenges that students of color face in higher education, that if institutions are serious about supporting diversity, they really have to be intentional about putting support systems in place. It’s not just about getting African Americans through the door but helping them thrive in an environment that was not designed with them in mind, as higher education was not.NNPA: What’s your primary message to other black women who might aspire to be a doctor?Brittani: I want them to know that although the road is long, it is worth it. At the end of the day, on the other side of the struggle, there are real people who need someone like you in their corner, fighting the good fight alongside them. Medicine needs you. Your future patients need you. You got this!Brandi: You are smart. You are powerful. And you belong in medicine. Quiet the voices (inside and outside) that tell you differently. Your future patients will benefit from the perspective you bring, and your unique identity is your greatest asset. Remember that you are not alone.NNPA: Which one of you are older and is there any pride being the older twin?Brittani: I’m older (by two whole minutes!) and I like to think wiser as well! After all, I learned a lot about the world in those two minutes.Brandi: Older does not necessarily mean wiser…clearly.NNPA: Are you at all surprised at yours and your sister’s success? Brittani: It’s surreal to have made it through medical school and residency and to be a practicing physician. It has been my “impossible” dream for so long. I think before I always thought of doctors as these superhuman beings that were just unreachable. Now I know that we doctors struggle and make mistakes just like everyone else. We are painfully human.On the other hand, I believe a lot of success is a mental game. A lot of my strength came from my family and other loved ones, who always lovingly reminded me who I was. They overwhelmed me with positivity and support whenever I stumbled on this journey. Over time, I came to believe in myself the way they did. Once I started truly believing in myself and my abilities, I got to the point where no negativity I encountered could keep me down for long. I just kept getting back up. When you have that attitude, I believe success is inevitable.Brandi: Brittani put it beautifully, and I agree. I feel humbled by all that we have achieved. I’m looking forward to helping other achieve the same success.NNPA: Can you describe MedLikeMe?Brittani: MedLikeMe is a free online community dedicated to minorities and non-traditional students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine. In essence, we wanted to create the resource we wish we’d had when we were trying to figure out how to be doctors. High schoolers, pre-med and other pre-health students submit questions on the site, and real medical students, physicians and other professionals answer their questions. It is our attempt to bridge the gap between minorities and non-traditional students who are interested in medicine but don’t know where to start and those who have lived it. We also hope to highlight and share the stories of practicing professionals who have overcome struggle to succeed so that those in the community can have a source of inspiration. It’s definitely a work of passion.Brandi: For us, it’s not enough to say, “we made it”. We want to help others do it too. It’s our way of giving back for the hundreds of people who have helped us on our journey through medicine. We want to pay it forward. We’re hoping to change the face of medicine, together.For more information about their website, visit http://beta.medlikeme.com/our-story/. Additional information about the doctors can also be found at http://www.uifightdepression.psych.uic.edu/psych.uic.edu_______________________Excerpt:“For us, it’s not enough to say, “we made it”. We want to help others do it too. It’s our way of giving back for the hundreds of people who have helped us on our journey through medicine. We want to pay it forward. We’re hoping to change the face of medicine, together.”last_img read more

first_imgCan’t wait two more months for your Doctor Who fix? Check out the latest stories from Titan Comics.Released today, “Breakfast at Tyranny’s: Part 2” follows Cindy and her “dog” Noobis as they race against time to extract the Tenth Doctor and Gabby from a waking nightmare.A follow-up to January’s “Breakfast at Tyranny’s: Part 1,” issue 3.2 was written by Nick Abadzis, with art by Arianna Florean and Giorgia Sposito.Titan Comics“Life has become very strange for the Doctor, Cindy Wu, Gabby Gonzalez, and Noobis,” according to the comiXology description. “Suddenly everything about their worlds was wrong—in ways both subtle and terrifying.“Did Gabby really leave the Doctor and grow old as a waitress in NYC? Has the Doctor secretly been made of plastic all along?”Find out in the new 32-page book, available in print and digital for $8 and $3.99, respectively. Catch up on the mystery with Part 1, on sale from Titan and comiXology.If Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor is more your speed, “The Scream” hit shelves last week, marking a brand new day for the Doctor and Alice Obiefune’s time-and-space-traveling exploits.Titan ComicsWritten by Rob Williams, with art by Simon Fraser and coloring by Gary Caldwell, the 30-page comic features The Silence—a religious order of alien-like humanoids whose existence is a secret. Their “gift,” as the story explains, is that the moment someone looks away, they forget the Silence, but retain suggestions made by the creature.That one such Silence, however, was “special”—so special that not even its own people could remember it. “But all that is about to change,” it declares while appearing to electrocute the Doctor and his companion, Alice.A former library assistant, Alice Obiefune met the Eleventh Doctor a month after her mother died, while following a “rainbow dog” (Kharitite) through the streets of London. The two have been chasing adventures since 2014’s “After Life.”“Who will join them aboard the TARDIS? And what will become of them?” the comiXology description said, teasing the story without offering any details. “Plus—with all they’ve seen and done together, can the Doctor still surprise Alice? Oh, you bet!”“The Scream” comes with four covers, and is available in print and digital form for $8 and $3.99, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Bengal Imams’ Association has urged all Muslims taking part in Muharram processions not to carry arms like lathis or swords as this is against the principle of Islam.A press release, issued by Mohammad Yahiya, chairman Bengal Imams’ Association on September 14, read that to preserve democracy against monarchy, favourite grandson Hossain of the Great Nabi Hazrat became a martyr at Karbala.Unable to forget the brutal incident, some Muslims carry out processions to express grief and play lathi and swords which is against the principle of Shia and Sunni sects. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHazrat Mohammad was a preacher of peace. He never wanted this.The best way to express grief is to observe fast on the day of Muharram and pray to Allah for the good of all, the statement added.It further mentioned that no procession with members carrying arms is desired and allowing children to hold the same in the procession is against the Shariat and the Indian Penal Code.The Association has urged all Muslims not to allow any children to take part in the anti-Islam activity. They urged people not to get swayed by any instigation.”It is our responsibility to project Islam as a religion of peace,” the release added.It further stated that it is to remind people that by organising processions to carry arms, none can claim to become developed, as conceived by Rahamatulla–Al Amin.The period, leading to the Ashura, the day of martyrdom, the 10th of Muharram, is marked with councils of contemplation, remembrance and narration of the event.last_img read more

first_img 3 min read Enroll Now for Free September 29, 2016 Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Thanks to our friends at TechBargains, we’ve rounded up some can’t-miss deals. Check it out:DeLonghi Magnifica Super-Automatica Espresso & Coffee Machine w/ Burr Grinder & Cappuccino Milk Frother for $499.95 (Orig. $699.95)Happy National Coffee Day! Amazon has an excellent discount on a very high-end espresso and coffee maker. We’ve used a lower-end model and they make truly great coffee. It has an integrated professional quality burr grinder to use a fresh grind for each brew and it will consistently make excellent coffee at the perfect temperature each time. You can program this machine to remember your settings once you find your perfect cup. $500 is a great price for a high-quality automatic coffee and espresso maker and can easily save you money compared to going to Starbucks.Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Intel Core i5 Dual-Core 15.6″ Laptop with Windows 7/10 Pro for $419 (Orig. $602.99)This is PCMag’s Editor’s Choice for its solid build quality, strong battery life and overall bang for your buck performance. It has a sharp display and this configuration has a powerful i5 processor that is more than enough for any office work. At its price this is a steal, especially with a Windows Pro license included which is perfect for any small business.Free $10 Amazon Credit for First-Time Amazon Gift Card BuyersIf you haven’t bought an Amazon Gift Card yet then today is your chance to get one and receive a bonus $10 Amazon credit when you do. This is one of the best deals you can get from Amazon since for many people it’s like cash in the bank if you shop a lot at Amazon as we do. Eligible users will be prompted with instructions on how to redeem this offer.Withings Cardio Heart and Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale $134.96 (Orig. $180)This body scale not only lets you monitor and track your weight through your smartphone, it can also measure your cardiovascular health with Pulse Wave Velocity measurements to track how fast blood is moving through your body. It can also measure and track your full body composition based on fat, muscle, bone and water so you can visually see if your training is increasing your muscle mass and burning off the fat.For more great deals, check out TechBargains’ Amazon Deals.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

first_imgA passenger demanded a window seat so the flight attendant did this Tags: Funny, Japan Travelweek Group Posted by Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, November 12, 2018 TORONTO — A word to the wise: never mess with a flight attendant.On a recent flight in Japan, a passenger who had requested a window seat threw a bit of a hissy fit after discovering he was seated in a row without a window.According to fellow passenger @koo_TmS_suke, who shared his story on Twitter, the unidentified male passenger demanded the crew give him a window seat as they came around for drinks service.A flight attendant then walked away before returning with a piece of paper. As it turns out, the crew member had drawn a window on the paper, complete with an ocean view and two clouds in the sky.But that’s not all. The flight attendant went so far as to tape the picture to the wall next to the passenger.Voila! Automatic window seat.Twitter reacted in full, with many praising the flight attendant’s quick thinking and creativity. One Twitter user wrote, “That’s really clever” while another said, “Great thinking by the attendant”.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backThe airline has not been identified. No word as to whether the seat in question has been upgraded to Premium status due to its newly enhanced views.last_img read more

first_imgThe Syrian uprising, which began in March 2011 with mostly peaceful protests calling for change, has turned into an increasingly militarized conflict. Activists put the death toll at over 13,000. One year after the revolt started, the U.N. put the toll at 9,000, but many more have died since.Al-Qaida-style suicide bombings have become increasingly common, and Western officials say there is little doubt that Islamist extremists, some associated with the terror network, have made inroads in Syria as instability has spread.The security official said the two Jordanians belong to a small extremist militant organization called the Salafi Movement. Authorities say the group numbers 800 activists, including many who fought alongside the al-Qaida in Iraq group.“Salafi” is also a broader term used by a large movement of ultraconservative Muslims, militant and otherwise.The official said the two were arrested Sunday near the Syrian border, but declined to provide other details. He insisted on anonymity, citing the ongoing investigation.A Salafi Movement member confirmed the arrest in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.He identified them as Omar Bazayaah and Khaled Khateeb, saying both were middle-aged men who hailed from prominent tribal Jordanian families. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family He said the two confessed to police that they were on their way to Syria to “take part in the Jihad (holy war) against the Syrian regime and its sinful gang.”He insisted on anonymity, fearing police retribution.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressAMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Jordanian police have arrested two alleged militants on their way to Syria to fight against President Bashar Assad, security and Islamist officials said Tuesday.It is the first time that Jordan has publicly stated that its own militants are joining other Arab fighters to support the Syrian opposition.Last month, Syria said it arrested 26 alleged al-Qaida “foreign terrorists,” including one Jordanian. But Jordan never commented on the allegation. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Parents, stop beating yourself up New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

first_img TORONTO – Living the dream as a young, black female director is an experience Karena Evans doesn’t take for granted.Over the past year, the 22-year-old Toronto filmmaker stood behind the camera on music videos for superstar Drake and Grammy nominee SZA. Those projects would be considered a career high for almost anyone, but Evans also recognizes that as a visible female minority, she probably wouldn’t have been considered for those sorts of directing jobs even a few years ago.“For me, it’s just understanding that it hasn’t always been like that,” Evans said of the opportunities presented to her as a director.She credits the trailblazers who came before her for kicking open the doors for black women — for instance “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and Beyonce music video creator Melina Matsoukas.“It feels like this revolution where you’re seeing a shift in the characters being presented on screen and the people behind them that are telling it,” Evans said.As she chases another part of her career in the acting world, she says she feels a “responsibility to ensure the stories I’m telling are inclusive and representative.”It’s a thought Evans revisits often while discussing her role in “Firecrackers,” a Canadian production that debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival this month. The female-driven storyline follows two best friends planning to escape their dilapidated Ontario small town in pursuit of bigger ambitions in New York.The trip is derailed on the eve of their departure when an ex-boyfriend steps in to extinguish the arrangements.“Firecrackers” is directed by newcomer Jasmin Mozaffari who offers a bold examination of the financial walls that trap young women in lower class regions of the country. Evans plays one-half of the friendship alongside lead actress Michaela Kurimsky.Shedding her directorial tendencies and opening herself to suggestion by outsiders is always struggle, Evans admitted, but she credits Mozaffari for making the creation of “Firecrackers” feel natural. The actors were given time to learn about their characters and shape their backstories.“Trusting the director, trusting the cinematographer, trusting everyone around me — that’s the hardest part,” she said.“I could just completely close my eyes and fall back, that’s how much I trust Jasmin. As soon as I was in that space with her it was a complete energy shift.”When Evans is directing a music video she takes a different collaborative approach that puts the performer first.In the case of Drake, she proved herself with “God’s Plan,” a music video that featured the Toronto rapper handing out nearly $1 million to Miami residents.The video attracted plenty of attention and it wasn’t long before Drake hired Evans to direct another three videos, including his reunion with fellow cast members of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” in the music video for “I’m Upset.”“My service in music videos is and was to the artist and their brand,” Evans said.“When you don’t have a formula for everything you do, and you approach each story and artist and each video uniquely, you get some good results from it.”While Drake has expressed interest in filmmaking, and currently attached himself as an executive producer to a number of projects, Evans said she hasn’t offered him any advice on the craft.“He knows stories, whether that be for his own brand or universal stories,” she said.“Whatever he does will be super beneficial to that story and that team of people that are telling it.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Drake video director Karena Evans on the filmmaking ‘revolution’ led by women by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 13, 2018 8:16 am PDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Karena Evans is shown in this undated handout photo. Living the dream of a young, black female director is an experience Karena Evans doesn’t take for granted, and occasionally she reminds herself it’s an opportunity that might’ve never come about if she was only a few years older. But at 22 years old, the multi-faceted creator has already directed three music videos for Drake, one for SZA, and recently played a lead acting part in the movie “Firecrackers,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Alexander Shabazz last_img read more

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