LS passes RTI Amendment Bill amid Opposition din

first_imgNEW DELHI: A bill proposing to give Centre the power to set the tenure and salaries of the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday amid strong objection from the opposition.The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was cleared after the division of votes with 178 members voting in favour of the bill and 79 against it. Slamming the government over the provisions of the bill, the opposition alleged that the bill has been brought to undermine the law and make the transparency panel a “toothless tiger” like the National Human Rights Commission. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsRejecting the criticism that the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is intended to weaken the Act, the government said the opposition is misguiding the people as the proposed changes are only aimed at streamlining functioning. Leading the opposition charge during the debate on the Bill, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that under the proposed changes the government can hire and fire independent information commissioners. “It is not an Amendment bill but an elimination bill,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is a deliberate attempt to undermine the Act and make it toothless tiger like National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),” Tharoor alleged. Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh said that the opposition is “misguiding” the people by saying that the government wants to weaken the RTI Act by bringing the bill. “From the beginning of its first term in 2014, the Modi government has brought transparency in governance for greater public participation,” Singh said. “I urge the opposition to support the amendment so that we can streamline the functioning of the Act and remove anomalies,” he added. A Raja (DMK) said due to the proposed amendments, the Information Commissioner is going to be a “house maid” (of the government). The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to give the government powers to fix salaries, tenures and other terms and conditions of employment of information commissioners. Wajahat Habibullah, the country’s first chief information commissioner, also disapproved of the central government’s move to amend the RTI Act. “If the people who bring information to you are scared, to tell the truth, how will the information reach you?last_img read more

Coroners inquest to be held into fatal Radiohead stage collapse in Toronto

first_imgTORONTO – A coroner’s inquest into the death of a drum technician killed in a stage collapse at a Radiohead concert in Toronto five years ago was welcomed Thursday by the British man’s family and the band he worked for, but both said the development still doesn’t bring justice.Scott Johnson, 33, was killed on June 16, 2012, when part of a massive stage structure crashed down just hours before the British rock band was due to perform at Downsview Park in Toronto’s north end. Three others were injured.Charges laid in the case were stayed earlier this year after a judge ruled the matter took too long to get to trial.Johnson’s father said the inquest — announced Thursday by the office of Ontario’s chief coroner — is the “second-best” thing, adding that “it would have been much better to see the court case through properly, even if the case had to be heard again.”“We thank the coroner for bringing it forward and giving us the comfort that there will be an inquest,” Ken Johnson said in a phone interview from the United Kingdom. “It does give us the opportunity to come back across and talk to people involved to create solutions to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”He added, however, that the family is still disappointed that no one will be held responsible for his son’s death.A coroner’s inquest is an independent investigation designed to focus public attention on the circumstances of a death, not to assign blame.Radiohead also welcomed the inquest but said “it provides no justice for Scott and his family.”“We urge the Canadian authorities to look more closely into their treatment of the Downsview stage collapse and indeed all workplace deaths to ensure that accidents such as this can be prevented in the future,” the band said in a statement.The stage collapse, which the prosecution blamed on inadequate safety measures, prompted Radiohead to put off part of its 2012 European tour.Entertainment company Live Nation, engineer Domenic Cugliari and contractor Optex Staging were charged a year later with a total of 13 offences under provincial health and safety laws.The subsequent trial was derailed when the presiding judge declared he had lost jurisdiction over the case given his appointment to a higher court. That decision led to a senior justice declaring a mistrial in May and a new hearing was planned.In September, the charges in the case were stayed when a judge ruled the justice system had failed in allowing the case to take far too long to come to trial. The ruling was decried by the Johnson family, Radiohead and the Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents 54 unions in the province.The office of Ontario’s chief coroner said in a statement that a jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.The inquiry date and location will be released at a later date, the statement said.last_img read more

Landlord who refused to rent to Muslim men settles lawsuit

DENVER — A lawsuit against a Denver landlord who was recorded refusing to allow a Muslim father and son to sublease her property for a restaurant has ended in a $675,000 settlement.The dispute focused on a central Denver property, already equipped as a restaurant for a fried chicken spot that closed.Its owner, Craig Caldwell, thought he had the perfect pair to sublease the property. But when his landlord refused to sign off, Caldwell recorded the woman demanding that he find “an American person.”Shocked, he went to a lawyer and later joined the father and son in a lawsuit against the building’s owner, Katina Gatchis.Attorneys for Gatchis didn’t return emails or phone calls seeking comment on the settlement, which was signed in April.Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press

Push to make MR Prime Minister will continue

The push to make former President Mahinda Rajapaksa the new Prime Minister will continue, Western Province Chief Minister Prassana Ranatunga said today.Ranatunga, who is unsure if he will receive nominations or not from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to contest the August 17 Parliament elections, said that the people who voted for Rajapaksa at the January Presidential election want him to be Prime Minister. However the Western Province Chief Minister said that even if he is not given nominations from his party, he will continue to campaign to make Rajapaksa the next Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette) Rajapaksa lost the January election to Maithripala Sirisena who eventually took over the leadership of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Chairmanship of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). President Sirisena has so far refused to nominate Rajapaksa as the UPFA Prime Ministerial candidate despite giving him nominations to contest for a Parliament seat.Ranatunga said that there are also reports he will not be given nominations to contest the election and if those reports are true, the reason could be since he is seen as a strong supporter of Rajapaksa. Ranatunga has been a strong supporter of Rajapaksa and was part of the opposition led campaign to name him the Prime Ministerial candidate of the UPFA. read more

UN humanitarian fund provides 100 million to help save lives in neglected

“Millions of people continue to need help around the world after the media spotlight fades,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. “These allocations are about saving lives. I hope that governments and others will provide more funds to help those caught in these hidden emergencies.”The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) selected Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Liberia, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen on the basis of the severity of humanitarian need and an analysis of funding levels. CERF’s underfunded emergencies facility aims to even out funding disparities and highlight ‘forgotten’ or ‘neglected’ emergencies such as the longstanding Sahrawi refugee operation in Algeria, stated a news release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which manages the Fund. The facility allocated $3 million to strengthen life-saving programmes in Eritrea, while agencies working in Afghanistan will receive $17 million to support the most vulnerable people caught up in conflict and natural disasters. In 2012, Afghanistan received less than 50 per cent of the funds needed to carry out humanitarian programmes. A third of all CERF funds are earmarked each year for underfunded emergencies to help improve the balance of global humanitarian aid distribution. Since 2006, $900 million have been allocated from CERF to neglected crises in more than 40 countries. A second round of allocations from CERF’s underfunded emergencies facility will follow in July 2013. Launched in 2006, CERF enables the fast delivery of life-saving assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises worldwide. It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors.For 2013, donors have so far pledged more than $383 million, bringing the total amount contributed to CERF since March 2006 to more than $3.2 billion. read more

Ohio State field hockey features foreign flavor

Being a Division I college athlete and balancing classes is hard enough. Now add traveling thousands of miles from your home and family to play in a foreign country. Of the 22 girls on Ohio State’s field hockey team, more than 25 percent of them come from countries outside of North America. Among the six players, they have to travel an average of almost 4,000 miles to return home. Contextually, the distance between Columbus and Los Angeles is almost 2,000 miles. Freshman midfielder Emma Royce, from Kingston upon Thames, U.K., said moving so far from her family never bothered her. “I didn’t have a problem with it because I know they supported my decision like 100 percent, and you get a new family when you play with your team,” Royce said. “I’m just enjoying it so much and I am so busy you don’t even think about it.” The freshman has started in nine of the Buckeyes’ ten games and scored two goals. Junior midfielder Arielle Cowie, from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, is from the hometown closest to Columbus of the six girls, being just more than 2,400 miles from home. She started at midfield in all 21 games last season, posting two goals and one assist, and has started all ten games this year, but has yet to score a point. Moving away from her home was not as easy for Cowie, she said, but now she feels at home. “My first year was a bit difficult because, I mean, like I just uprooted myself from home and (came) to this strange place. So I was very, very skeptical at first. But as soon as I got here everyone has been so, so welcoming and now this feels like my home,” Cowie said. When it comes to recruiting the international players, the head coach or assistants will take trips to other countries to see talent, like in the case of Royce’s recruitment. “One of the Ohio State’s coaches was at my national final and … when he got back to America he saw my videos circulating as well and that’s when he emailed me,” Royce said. “I had seen a couple of other American universities, but I had never been to Ohio State, but I did my research and it felt like the right place.” Coach Anne Wilkinson said the farthest she has traveled to recruit players was Europe. Sometimes a player will come to the U.S. and the coaches will see them there, like in Cowie’s situation. Her club coach in Trinidad also coached a U.S.-based team and Cowie traveled up with her coach to an indoor tournament in Virginia Beach. While at the tournament, an OSU assistant coach went to see her play. “After that we kept in touch, and I sent in a video, and we just kept talking and they offered me a scholarship,” Cowie said. “But initially, they found out about me because there were two girls from Trinidad on (OSU’s) team before. So I guess when they were looking to recruit people my name came up.” Wilkinson, who is in her 17th season with the Buckeyes, said she has had players from Trinidad on her teams since her first job at American University. Coaches do recruit the players but Wilkinson believes that recruiting is a two-way street. “They pursue OSU. Field hockey is a very popular sport internationally,” Wilkinson said. “There is a pretty good pipeline of players who want to come to Ohio State.” When the players arrive in Columbus there are adjustments that have to be made. For Cowie, the biggest transition was adjusting to the weather extremes. The average high temperature of her hometown is between 85 and 88 degrees all year, while in Columbus, the average high varies from 37 degrees to 86 degrees from winter to summer, according to “The Caribbean is so scorching hot and when I came up it was my first winter. So that was kind of a shock, but by now I am accustomed to it in a way,” Cowie said. For Royce, the biggest difference is the traveling. The U.K. is 94,530 square miles compared to the U.S. which is 3,794,000 square miles. It would take 40 U.K.’s to equal the size of the U.S. “Coming from a small country, the farthest you will go is like three hours, and now I am going on a coach for like seven-and-a-half hours, eight hours sometimes, and getting on planes to go to games,” Royce said. “It’s very, very different.” Other international players on the team are sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold, from Berlin, junior back Nora Murer, from Luzern, Switzerland, senior forward Berta Queralt and junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque, both from Barcelona, Spain. read more

Hero dog leaves home joins rescue mission and finds missing pensioner

first_imgHis 13-year-old owner Elijah was surprised – because they let their dog run around and sleep outside, the family didn’t realise what he had done until the morning.Elijah’s father said: “Flash is an outside dog. We have a smallholding and he often wanders by himself but we noticed he went missing on the night and returned the next morning.”We only realised what he’d done after speaking to neighbours and police. Now we wonder if he stayed with her all night. 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. “We went straight out and bought him lots of treats. He’s a little hero really. We’re just glad of the outcome. The lady was found safe and well, that’s all that matters.” Hero dog Flash  A PET pooch has been hailed a “hero” after joining a search party on his own accord and finding a missing woman— Durham Constabulary (@DurhamPolice) July 26, 2017center_img Hero dog Flash Credit: Durham Police We all know that dogs are usually very good at sniffing out where their next snack is coming from.However, this little terrier put his nose to good use when he helped rescue a missing pensioner.Unbeknownst to her owners, Flash, a 10-month-old Patterdale terrier, trotted away from home and joined a police mission to find the elderly woman.Having joined the team, which included 20 officers and a helicopter, he quickly brought the 14-hour ordeal to an end by lying down next to a hedgerow, directing the team to where the woman was. The daughter of the missing woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she was very relieved and pleased with the efforts to find her mother.Sergeant Barry Evans, Durham Police, said: “As officers worked down the field and the helicopter was overhead, a dog belonging to a local resident had accompanied officers as they searched the fields.”Flash went and laid down near a hedgerow. He appeared to be indicating at something. This led a family member of the missing person to discover the woman, found apparently unhurt from the overnight exposure although a little distressed.”PC Karl Heseltine, who was involved in the search, added: “The dog definitely played a part. Without Flash, she might not have been found so soon. “A lot of police staff stayed back after their shift to continue to look for the woman. You put yourself in the family’s shoes and want to do everything you can.“It involved more than 20 officers, search and rescue, members of the public and police helicopter. It was a team effort. The whole community chipped in.”last_img read more

Veszprem under pressure Vranjes We gonna run from now on

After losing match in Kiel at the start of the second part of the season, it is clear that Telekom Veszprem are under pressure for the rest of the Preliminary Round of the VELUX EHF Champions League in which Hungarian champions missed chance to win the Group and qualify directly for the quarter-finals.Something of that could be caught in words of Veszprem’s coach Ljubomir Vranjes, ( about challenges which are facing in his work:I was disappointed with some of my players after the game. Sometimes things affect our game, which does not have to do with handball and I have no influence on it. I’m angry because there were people who could not rule out these factors – said Vranjes and added:– We’re gonna run from now on. I’m tired that although we have a good defense, we can not use it. In the future, they will have a greater role to play at the speed that I expect. I like the aggressive, tough defense, after which you can run your opponent. I like fast attack, but I have to see that this is not possible with some of my players because they do not have the speed to do this. When I came here I decided to create a new system. I did not want to switch from one game to another from moment to time, I planned to build on a step-by-step basis. However, I still see the old game on the team. I think this will not change much until the end of the season, except that we are joining a higher gear. There is no need to start a new starting line against Breszt, but I expect a faster game and I want to see some tactical changes. I would like to see the group again as a unified team. I expect all of my players to be absolutely focused and they know exactly what their job is and what they are doing on the court – said Vranjes.Meshkov Brest are the next rivals of the Veszprem on Saturday at Veszprem Arena. Ljubomir VranjesTelekom Veszprem ← Previous Story EHF decision: Swiss team to chase Norway at WCh 2019 Play-Off Next Story → Egypt looking for a new head-coach – Ragab resigns read more

State plans to auction 170 acres of timber on Livingston Mountain

first_imgThe Washington Department of Natural Resources plans to auction timber on five units totaling 170 acres on Livingston Mountain north of Camas, but the move has some neighboring residents concerned.DNR plans to auction the Squeaky Timber Sale in May 2018, with harvesting likely to begin soon after. Once the work is finished, the area will be replanted.Bob Redling, DNR spokesman, said the sites are primarily comprised of Douglas fir that will be an average of 58 years old when harvested. Last year, the agency estimated the minimum acceptable bid to be around $1.2 million. However, Redling added that timber prices can change.“(It’s) in the planning stages,” Redling said. “At this point they know enough about the design to show the neighbors as well as our own accountants.”He added that the sale is still in the early phases and some details, such as the exact boundaries, might change.According to a letter sent to neighbors on the sale, streams and wetlands will be protected, and eight trees per acres will be left standing to provide wildlife habitat and improve aesthetics, as dictated by the agency’s Habitat Conservation Plan.last_img read more

Prayer breakfast planners to keep controversial speaker

first_imgRetired Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin A planning committee on Tuesday voted to retain a controversial former Pentagon official and Christian conservative as keynote speaker for Friday’s Clark County Mayors’ & Civil Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast.But the Clark County Family YMCA, one of the event’s sponsors, voted against keeping former Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin as keynote speaker, according to Roger Button, a YMCA chaplain and a member of the committee. The truth is that the organizing committee knew little about Boykin at first, Button said, other than that he was a “great keynote speaker” who’d done a “wonderful job” at the national convention of the Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship in America. A local chapter of the Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship is the event planning partner who suggested bringing Boykin to Clark County for this 13th annual local prayer breakfast, set for 7 a.m. Friday at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.“We were looking to honor our military veterans and first responders and he sounded like a good fit,” Button said. “We really didn’t look into it.”Button said the Y has now decided that Boykin is too divisive. In a statement, the Y said: “The purpose of the mayor’s prayer breakfast is to pray for, encourage and uplift our civic leaders, first responders and those that serve and protect our community. It is meant to be an uplifting event, one in which we call on the risen Christ to bless our leaders. Originally we had asked our keynote to speak based on his Christian testimony. In recent days statements made by the speaker have come to our attention that detract from the purpose and mission of the prayer breakfast. Therefore the YMCA does not support bringing this speaker to the Clark County Mayors’ & Civic Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast.”last_img read more

Airbus eyes 2 billion in civil defence procurement from India by 2020

first_imgAirbus exceeded the $500 million mark in annual procurement from India in 2015 and added that it planned to surpass the $2 billion in cumulative procurement across civil and defence segment by 2020. According to a company press release, Airbus India grew 15 percent in 2015 with its overall procurement from India going north by 16 times in the last decade. “Today, every Airbus commercial aircraft being produced is partly Made-in-India,” Airbus India said. “Indian suppliers are a cornerstone of our globalisation strategy. Many of the projects with our Indian partners have been very successful and we aim to further strengthen these relationships in the future,” said Klaus Richter, chief procurement officer at Airbus Group and Airbus.The company said this was the first time any foreign aerospace and defence original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in India has crossed the half-a-billion dollar mark. Airbus India directly engages with over 6,000 people across more than 45 suppliers for various aspects of its leading aircraft including A380, A350 XWB, A320 Family, A330, C295W, A400M, Eurofighter, Tiger and NH90. The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) makes half of the entire A320 family forward passenger doors produced worldwide, according to the press release. “If our proposals to produce the C295W military transporter in India together with Tata and military helicopters along with Mahindra materialise, we will help set-up system integration and final assembly lines which will spawn an Indian defence supplier base that will be second to none globally,” said Pierre de Bausset, president and managing director of Airbus Group India.Dynamatic Technologies, a Bangalore-based company, makes flap track beams for the A320 family on a global single source basis. Last year, the company was awarded the contract to manufacture them for the A330 family as well. Flap track beams are the assemblies on which the wings extend and retract every time the aircraft takes-off and lands.Wipro, the Indian information technology (IT) major, received technology transfer from an Airbus Defence and Space JV company in Spain to manufacture more than 8,000 aerospace actuators per year, which go on platforms such as A400M, CN235 and C295W, while SEFEE India designs, develops, manufactures and tests complete electrical harness systems for aircraft like A400M and several helicopter types.Another Indian IT major, Infosys, is tasked with providing SAP development and maintenance services.last_img read more

China is punishing Muslims for fasting So US Muslims are fasting from

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Share This! News Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Tagsboycott divest sanction China homepage featured Islam Justice for All Muslims Ramadan religious freedom Top Story Uighurs,You may also like Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Aysha Khan ayshabkhan As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Reinventing religion, millennials rewrite the rules of relationships Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — This Ramadan, human rights groups and Muslim organizations are urging U.S. Muslims to boycott products made in China, where authorities have for years cracked down on Muslims fasting.“People say, ‘Oh, I can’t boycott China, everything is made in China,’” said Hena Zuberi, director of outreach for the nonprofit Justice for All, who helped found the Fast From China campaign this month. “Well, we have the spiritual wherewithal to refrain from eating and drinking during the day in Ramadan. This is a time to control your nafs (self).”Launched April 19 by the Sound Vision Foundation’s Save Uighur project, the Fast From China initiative aims to get Muslims to rethink their everyday purchasing decisions and replace items bearing a “Made in China” label with products made in other countries.By setting the stage for more long-term campaigns, Zuberi said, they hope to change both Muslim consumers’ minds and American businesses’ relationship with Chinese manufacturing.“It’s important for Americans to realize that they benefit from the open market, but they’re not opening their minds towards freedom of religion, human rights and due process of law,” said Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, head of the Sound Vision Foundation. “Ramadan is a time when people develop a higher level of connection and consciousness. Being hungry reminds us of the bigger picture of humanity.”As the campaign launched, Al-Furqaan Foundation, a Chicago nonprofit that is one of the largest Western publishers of the Quran, publicly pledged to stop using Chinese facilities to print its products.This upcoming Ramadan, let’s not just fast from food and water, but also products made in China. This will be a big step forward in challenging China’s genocide of Uyghurs and other Turkic people. #FastFromChina— Aydin Anwar (@aydinanwar_) April 26, 2019For at least three years, the Chinese government has forced members of the Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang province to skip the obligatory fasting and other religious rituals that mark Islam’s holy month. Reports from Xianjang suggest authorities have forbidden restaurants from closing during the month and banned workers, students and women from fasting and praying. Officials often send out invitations to events with food and drink, and those who do not attend and eat are regarded with suspicion.In the indoctrination camps, other reports say, detainees have been forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, considered haram, or forbidden, by Muslims.“When we speak to Uighurs here they tell us they feel Muslims around the world have abandoned them,” Zuberi said. “People are afraid to speak up because of the economic consequences.”While leaders of Muslim-majority nations have largely been silent on the Uighur persecution, the Fast From China campaign has caught on with U.S. Muslims.Hena Zuberi. Courtesy photoZuberi compared it to the way that boycotting Israel-made products to protest the treatment of Palestinian people has become mainstream among many U.S. Muslim consumers.“I won’t purchase something that’s made in Israel because inside, I feel sickened to my stomach,” Zuberi said. “It’s embedded in my mind. We want to put it into Muslims’ consciousness that buying products made in China is contributing to the oppression of our brothers and sisters who have not been able to fast for years, and especially now many are in concentration camps where they’re being force-fed haram food.”Zuberi added that she will not buy Ramadan decorations and some furniture for her new home until she finds a replacement made in a country other than China.The Fast From China campaign is an extension of a budding movement in Muslim communities to divest from China. This month, during Ramadan, a coalition of Muslim and human rights groups will launch the I Boycott China campaign. Last summer, Hijabican, an Islamic clothing store based in Charlotte, N.C., pledged to stop manufacturing its products in China.“We want to support women and Muslim owned businesses especially and support fair labor practices,” Hijabican’s founder, Kawthar Suleiman, wrote on the company’s website. “We could not in good conscience continue (manufacturing in China) after … learning more about the oppression of the Uyghurs under the Chinese government.”Earlier this year, a group of more than 130 American Muslim leaders and scholars signed an open letter condemning the Chinese government’s continued persecution of Uighurs and urged U.S. consumers to boycott imports produced by the detainees’ forced labor.The list of signers included prominent Muslim leaders such as Imam Omar Suleiman of the Yaqeen Institute in Texas, Imam Yasir Qadhi of Islamic Seminary of America and Imam Mohamed Magid of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. 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The Avi8ted Mindset

first_imgLafayette Barnes IV, NNPA Newswire CorrespondentGrowing up in Washington, D.C. in the ’90s wasn’t easy. With the influence of drugs and crime, one could easily find themselves on the wrong path. Charlton Woodyard II’s parents had a different idea that included private schools, martial arts, and a strict home environment that allowed him the space to fulfill his own destiny. He attributes these circumstances to what he now describes as an aviated mindset. He is sharing his philosophy with the world through his company, Avi8ted Holdings. They recently launched a clothing line, Avi8ted Thoughts, which promotes positive thinking and the idea that you can achieve beyond your wildest dreams.A purebred Washingtonian, Charlton Woodyard II was born in Southeast Washington, DC at Washington Hospital Center in 1987. While in elementary school, his family moved to K St. Northwest where crippling poverty was flagrant. Despite the conditions, having a grandfather who worked for NASA at Goddard, he was inspired to achieve in education. He was also inspired by martial arts, which at times got him in a bit of trouble at school. His teachers recommended that he take an aptitude test, which resulted in his parents sending him to Georgetown Day School (GDS) where he attended throughout the rest of his secondary education. His classmates included kids of Fortune 500 company CEOs and congressmen, which exposed him to a new lifestyle that he embraced.Charlton Woodyard II is sharing his philosophy with the world through his company Avi8ted Holdings.As a student of martial arts, he enjoyed the practical and personal aspects and was inspired by Bruce Lee. His father signed his brother and him up for Tae Kwon Do and cultivated a competitive environment around physical fitness. His teacher, Sherman Spinks, who is a legend in the taekwondo community, developed the mental fortitude within him to understand the meaning of hard work. As Junior Olympics champions, he learned to push himself to do things he wasn’t aware he had the ability to do.What is Avi8ted?Avi8ted Thoughts is a business and lifestyle company and subsidiary of Avi8ted Holdings, an impact investment and business development company. The goal of Avi8ted Holdings is to develop an ecosystem that provides resources where ideas can thrive. The first business is Avi8ted Thoughts, a clothing company.According to Charlton, Avi8ted is grounded in the concept of the law of attraction.“An Avi8ted thought is one that is pure and positive, necessary and eternal,” he says.Charlton would prefer to ask, what does it mean to you? He describes is as a “divine dream or purpose”, which shouldn’t be boxed in as it is very personal to each individual. He was able to ask artist and celebrity Jaden Smith about what an Avi8ted Thought meant to him. He answered that it’s a mission to provide a better human experience.Charlton understands that this concept is a big leap. He doesn’t want to inundate people with such a large burden of responsibility. “Making the world a better place doesn’t happen in one day,” he said. He wants people to understand that they can first make their personal world a better place by understanding the constructs that exist and how they interact with them.“Avi8ted Thoughts, the clothing brand serves as the uniform we can all point to as a way to connect,” said Charlton.He recently released his first line with the “Follow the Sun” capsule collection. In his words, “the sun, both literally and metaphorically, is something you would want to follow considering it is the thing that gives us life on earth. But also it means to follow your light, follow the things that help you to grow.”In 2018 he participated in the Remote Year program which allowed him to travel and study in various countries for months at a time and learn about global entrepreneurship. He visited Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and Malaysia where he formed relationships that changed his thought process. He met two friends in Japan who introduced him to augmented reality which he included in his production process and can be seen in his “Follow the Sun” capsule.Most recently, Avi8ted Thoughts has partnered with 202Creates as a resident of their creative entrepreneurship program headed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. With the added workspace and resources they’ve received a lot of help building the infrastructure. With almost a decade of planning, studying, networking, and grinding he’s finally seeing his vision come to fruition.Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. has also become one of the most physically fit cities in America. The Avi8ted Thoughts brand represents a lot of that idea.“Wellness is a huge part of the brand”, said Charlton.The influence of martial arts has been maintained throughout his brand. He believes that hard work is what it will take to get us ahead. Charlton cited how the ancient pyramids in Egypt were built with the mindset that people can achieve things greater than they know. He wants to project those ideals with his brand.“You have to master yourself and find your inner rhythm before you’re able to affect the world,” said Charlton.Charlton credits his team with putting a strong plan in place that he believes will create a lasting impression. Although the price-point is more expensive then most he believes that once people understand the mission behind the brand there will be a lot of support. The Avi8ted team reaches from D.C. to Los Angeles, Atlanta, and even Japan. “In a start-up, everyone is responsible for everything,” said Charlton. “These are a group of people who have “Avi8ted” themselves for this time….for us it was always about longevity”. His team helps to reel in his ambitious dreams and work to make them possible.Currently the “Follow the Sun” capsule collection is being released in phases with the first being the “Sunrise” tee in AM (white) and PM (black). The collection debuted at their launch event on June 29 at Beyond Studios. More pop-ups are planned that will feature socks, button-ups, and shorts, all featuring the AR technology and pure and positive energy. To find out more about Avi8ted Thoughts visit post originally appeared in The Washington Informer.last_img read more

New renders show the PSP2 in more detail

first_imgEarly in November, images leaked purporting to be of Sony‘s next-gen handheld PSP2 console.The problem was… those images were pretty bad: they looked more like something the TSA might pull off a body scanning machine than a real leaked shot of the device. They were practically X-Ray, and although they showcased the basic hardware of the device, they weren’t exactly a pretty way to contemplate the future of the portable PlayStation line.Here, though. Is the image above better? It’s not an official image from Sony, of course: it’s a mock-up created by PSM3 magazine for an article speculating on both the PSP2 and the PlayStation Phone.As you can see in the image above, the PSP2 is believed to sport the look of the PSP Go, while also boasting twin cameras and a back-mounted touch panel, seen in the image below:Otherwise, the PSP2 is still the subject of rumor, although it’s said that the PSP2 will have “the horsepower of the Xbox 360” when it finally launches next year. Even if that’s exaggeration — and it is — the PSP2 should be a very visually impressive machine if it follows the trail of its predecessor.Read more at PSM3last_img read more

Hardentools make Windows more secure by disabling features

first_imgHardentools: make Windows more secure by disabling features by Martin Brinkmann on February 24, 2017 in Software – 9 commentsHardentools is a free open source program for the Microsoft Windows operating system that will harden the system by disabling features.The Windows operating system ships with a broad range of features. Some of these features are enabled for compatibility reasons on all editions of Windows.While these features have their uses in certain environments, Enterprise for instance, they may not be used by the majority of home users.The main idea behind Hardentools is to turn off these features to make Windows more secure in the process.Note: You need to make sure that you don’t require the features that Hardentools disables on Windows, as you won’t be able to use them afterwards anymore. Read on to find out which features get disabled when you run the tool.Hardentools reviewHardentools is a simple program. While it does ship with a graphical user interface, it does not provide users with many options however. In fact, the interface has only one button — harden — that users can click on to initiate the process. A restart is required to finalize the changes made to the operating system.Note: The program features a restore option. You get it after you have applied the changes to the operating system, restarted the PC, and ran the tool again. This enables you to restore the features that the first run of the tool disabled.It needs to be noted that the tool is not meant for public distribution yet according to the developers.The developers plan to add a selection menu to the program in the future. For now, that one button is all you get.Here is the list of features that Hardentools disables when you press that button:Disables Windows Scripting Host.Disables AutoRun and AutoPlay.Disables powershell.exe, powershell_ise,exe, and cmd.exe execution via Windows Explorer.Disables Microsoft Office Macros.Disables Microsoft Office OLE object execution.Disables Microsoft Office ActiveX.Disables JavaScript in PDF documents in Acrobat Reader.Disables the execution of objects embedded in PDF documents.As you can see, the changes can have wide reaching consequences. Especially the disabling of PowerShell and Cmd need to be mentioned in the context.This is obviously not a big issue for users who never run PowerShell or Cmd. All users who do however cannot use Hardentools right now because of the missing selection options.Hardentools main feature currently is that it is dead easy to use. Users who want more control over the process can make individual changes manually instead.While this requires a bit of research, it is usually not that hard, and it gives you more flexibility when it comes to hardening the operating system.The biggest issue right now for home users is to determine whether a feature is needed or not. While you can simply go ahead and apply the changes, and see where that takes you after the restart, it is usually better to know beforehand.Closing WordsHardentools is an interesting project that may already be useful in certain situations and environments. Most users may want to hold off for now though because of the program’s all or nothing approach to things right now.This will change over time according to the developers, and that will certainly increase the application’s reach significantly.Now You: Have you hardened your operating system?SummaryArticle NameHardentools: make Windows more secure by disabling featuresDescriptionHardentools is a free open source program for the Microsoft Windows operating system that will harden the system by disabling features.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Playa del Carmen police fire and security get pay increase

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — City Council of Playa del Carmen has approved a pay increase for several sectors of municipal operations with pay being retroactive starting August 1.Members of the Cabildo de Solidaridad approved an increase in the salaries of the operational personnel of the General Directorate of Public Security, the Fire Department and security guards at the Municipal Retention Center.Playa del Carmen mayor, Cristina Torres Gómez, says the pay increase is 1,000 peso every two weeks and is a way of recognizing the daily effort carried out to safeguard the life and property of the people of Solidaridad.Torres Gómez said that the resources necessary for payment are provided until the month of September. In December, the next administration has the means to pay this increase without affecting municipal finances.“The goal is to recognize their work. It is an increase that is taken with full awareness that it does not commit the next administration to do so, however, the budget allocated to this is fully covered for the following months of this year, so the new government has the capacity to be able pay this increase,” she said.The increase is retroactive as of August 1 of this year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more June 9, 2009 – Carestream Health Inc. reported broad-based interest in the its wireless, cassette-size detector—the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, which is scheduled to be available this summer. “The affordable price point of this new technology and its ability to utilize existing X-ray systems is driving demand from a diverse list of providers—from imaging centers and orthopedic centers to hospitals and other healthcare providers of all sizes,” said Todd R. Minnigh, Carestream Health’s worldwide director of marketing, Digital X-ray. “Many facilities want to upgrade from CR to achieve the increased productivity delivered by direct digital capture.” Guelph General Hospital in Guelph, Canada, tested the system in one of the hospital’s busy general radiology X-ray rooms. Mike Sharma, B.Sc., MRT (R), the hospital’s director of diagnostic imaging, was extremely pleased with the results. The DRX-1 system offers high image quality and is designed to be easy to use and implement. “Because the DRX-1 System can be easily taken out of the Bucky tray, it facilitates exams where it is difficult or painful to move the patient. It is an excellent choice to replace existing film or CR systems,” said Mike Sharma, B.Sc., MRT (R), the hospital’s director of diagnostic imaging. With the DRX-1 System, imaging studies are captured by the detector and transmitted to the system’s console using secure wireless communications. Preview images appear on the monitor in about five seconds so technologists can verify patient positioning. “My overall impression of the system is absolutely outstanding. Of course, from a clinician’s point of view one of the most important aspects of any system is the quality of the images it produces. In this respect, we have no problems—the image quality is very good,” said Profressor Thomas Vogl, M.D., director of the department of diagnostic and interventional radiology at the University Hospital of Frankfurt, Germany. Since this new detector can be employed in nearly all applications where a 14 x 17 inch (35 x 43 cm) X-ray cassette would be used, it offers an affordable, smooth transition to DR technology for many imaging environments. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | June 09, 2009 Carestream Reports Trend in Demand for Affordable, Wireless DR News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. 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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 29, 2019 Dynamic Digital Radiography Used to Assess Undifferentiated Dyspnea A clinical study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019 annual meeting, May 17-22 in Dallas, described… read morelast_img read more

Mindray Introduces TE7 Touch Enabled Ultrasound System for PointofCare

first_imgTechnology | Radiology Imaging | July 14, 2015 Mindray Introduces TE7 Touch Enabled Ultrasound System for Point-of-Care Mobile touchscreen device offers fast focused assessment with high image quality, responsive operation and simplified workflow July 14, 2015 – Mindray announced the release of its TE7 Touch Enabled Ultrasound System, which supports rapid and confident evaluation in multiple point-of-care (POC) settings. The intuitive tablet-like operation, high image quality with one-touch image optimization, and exam presets improve both diagnostic confidence and efficiency.Unlike many POC systems, the TE7 cuts the clutter with no keyboard, streamlining clinical workflow and diagnosis with intuitive gestures. Simply select a focused exam preset and relevant functions become accessible: Tap to open or close functions, drag to adjust parameters or move objects, pinch to zoom in or out, slide for selections and even swipe to expand the image – all with the touch of a finger. The TE7 goes further with high image quality and a rich set of applications to meet the wide range of needs in different point-of-care settings. Among the expanded capabilities are cardiac functionality, including continuous wave (CW) Doppler and a transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) transducer.With its slim profile cart, the TE7 showcases innovative ergonomic design and provides excellent mobility. With three active transducer connectors, three-second start-up from standby, built-in wireless communications, and two hours of battery, it is ready to perform when time is critical. The TE7 can also be mounted on a wall for immediate access. Other distinguishing features include:15-inch high resolution anti-glare touchscreen;Emergency department-specific applications, including EM FAST, EM ABD and Q-path;Cardiac capabilities, including CW and TEE support;iTouch one-touch image optimization;iNeedle optimized needle visualization with dedicated nerve exam presets;Full suite of transducers;Built-in Wi-Fi; andHeight-adjustable cart with retractable cord News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies.center_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Related Content For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).last_img read more

Three years and counting for suspected predator to go on trial

first_imgBy Evie AndreouChildren’s Rights Commissioner, Leda Koursoumba, slammed authorities on Friday for the delay in the trial of a man accused of sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl some three years ago, and who is currently living in the same neighbourhood as the victim’s grandmother.In a report released on Friday, the commissioner also said that not allowing the girl’s parents inside the court room during hearings – despite the fact it wa a closed-door procedure – affected their right and obligation to represent their child and take decisions on behalf of the minor concerning the procedure.Koursoumba launched a probe into the case after receiving a complaint by the girl’s mother over the constant adjournments of the case. The incident reportedly took place in the summer of 2015.The girl’s mother told daily Phileleftheros this week that the incident took place sometime between June and July 2015, one day when the then nine-year-old and her brother were at their grandmother’s.  The woman said that, on that day, her mother was drinking coffee with the defendant’s wife, and that he had asked the girl to go down to his basement to show her the birds he had in cages.He allegedly led the girl to a kitchenette, squeezed her into the corner and started kissing her. The child reportedly asked him to let her go, but the man immobilised her with his knee while holding her both hands and carried on. According to the report given to the police the man had lowered his trousers and underwear and kissed the girl on the mouth.He only stopped after the girl’s grandmother called on her to get ready for her dance lesson, the woman said. The suspect, who was 72 at the time, reportedly threatened the girl that if she said anything, he would kill her and that even if she did, no one would believe her. The woman said that she was told of the incident some eight months later by her son and reported it to the police.The suspect was arrested at the time and remanded for eight days and was then released pending trial. He was referred to a trial before the criminal court at the beginning of July 2016.But a long time had passed, the report said, and “after several postponements requested by the accused, the case had not yet been heard and the accused remained free.”On December 2017, the trial was referred to a district court to speed up the procedure, and the trial was set for April 2018. After several more postponements requested by the defendant, the trial has been adjourned once more for February 2019 and there has been no objection by the prosecution, the report said, “on the grounds that the testimonies were illegible.”The woman told Phileleftheros she was fed up with the constant postponements and that she was concerned over the safety of her daughter, as the suspect is free to roam the neighbourhood without any restrictions. The defendant’s home is next to that of the girl’s maternal grandmother.“I cannot leave her alone not even for five minutes. She must, at all times, be with another family member,” the woman said.The report said that the law calls for a prompt hearing of cases of such nature to minimise the re-victimisation of the child, as the whole procedure, which has been pending for a long time, creates feelings of anxiety and tension to the child and her parents.In this case, it said, it is intensified as the defendant is free and lives next to the child’s grandmother’s home.“It seems that the necessary measures have not been taken for the effective implementation of the above legal framework and that the protection of the rights of the child during the court proceedings in the cases of child sexual abuse or exploitation are not being ensured,” the report said.It added that while the referral of the case from the criminal to the district court which has been made for the sake of speeding up the proceedings, “this not only was not achieved, but the child’s right to a quick trial was grossly violated, as prosecution never objected to the requested postponements, nor the court tried to avoid them.”In addition, it said, the referral of a case involving the sexual abuse of a nine-year-old child from the criminal to the district court “removes the appropriate weight to be given to such cases and does not reflect a rigorous treatment of the state in relation to protection of children from sexual abuse or exploitation.”The commissioner also challenged the reasoning of the state legal service that the suspect had sexually abused only one child “without of course excluding the possibility that he may in the meantime, or in the past, abused other children”, adding that it should not be a criterion based on whether the case should be tried by the criminal or district court.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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