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Separatist leader Geelani asks JK people to resistSeparatist leader Geelani asks JK people to resist

first_imgSrinagar: Accusing the Centre of forcing “demographic change” and “settler colonies” in Kashmir in “violation of all international laws” and UN resolutions, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairperson Syed Ali Geelani has urged Jammu and Kashmir’s people to “resist at this critical juncture”. In a statement issued on Friday, the hardline separatist leader, who advocates Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan, said people should organise peaceful protests and demonstrations in their areas of residence. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “While doing so, we must remain absolutely disciplined and not give the enemy, who is armed and ready to kill, any excuse whatsoever to hurt our lives and property,” he said. Geelani, 89, said: “Each and every person must face the naked Indian brutality with courage. We all can, and must, act according to our abilities; through action or word… It is very important that our demonstrations remain absolutely peaceful so that more and more people are able to join. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “If the Indian armed forces still attack our gatherings, the entire responsibility for the possible loss of lives and property will be on them, and the world will remain witness to their deeds.” Referring to the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre’s August 5 order abrogating Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which gave special status to the erstwhile state, Geelani said he hoped his message reaches the people via the international media. Referring to the recent events in the Jammu and Kashmir — now a Union Territory after Parliament split it into two — Geelani said the move showed in clear light the real “deceitful and brutal” nature of the Central government. “They are a firm and brazen display of India’s intention in forcing a demographic change and the creation of settler colonies in Kashmir in violation of all international laws and the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir. The rulers from Delhi are drunk on power and arrogance of majoritarianism and they have snatched away all percepts of humanity, ethics and democracy,” he said. Mentioning that the entire region had been transformed into a “prison”, Geelani alleged that the Centre had made efforts to hide its campaign of “brutal repression” from the outside world. “Not only have they blocked the entire communication systems used by common people since about the beginning of the month, they have also gagged local reportage and news media without any formal declaration. No news about the brutalities and repression of the Indian armed forces, killings and arrests of thousands of youth is being published. “Common people are unable to know about their kith and kin. The oppressors might try to hide the reality, but history will not spare anyone.” Calling the Centre’s move a “murder of democracy”, Geelani said it was “unfortunate” that the people in other parts of the country had been celebrating the government’s decisions. “… The increased military presence was used to not only imprison the pro-freedom leadership and people but also large sections of the pro-occupation machinery.” Marking the scenario a “golden opportunity”, Geelani appealed to Kashmiris to join the “valiant struggle” for complete freedom and liberation. “We must fight the enemy in unison. History remains witness to the fact that big military powers have repeatedly perished in front of the force of people’s unity and truth. Courage, patience and discipline are those weapons of a defenceless people which can defeat the enemy with howsoever enormous an arsenal.” In a message to Jammu and Kashmir government officials, bureaucrats and police personnel, Geelani said even when they were hand-in-hand in the “oppression” of their own people, the Centre did not “trust them”. Describing the Kashmiri people living outside the region as “ambassadors of Kashmir”, Geelani said they should keep themselves informed of the situation back home and participate in the resistance struggle. He urged the people of Pakistan and its leaders to help the “besieged” people of Kashmir. “You are an important party to the Kashmir dispute and this is the time for unity and action… You must continue to heighten your political and diplomatic initiatives to the highest level and respond to the deceit of the Indian occupation with full strength and determination.”last_img read more

NS doctors threaten province with legal action over contract disputesNS doctors threaten province with legal action over contract disputes

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia doctors are threatening to take the province to court, saying alleged contract breaches by the Liberal government have eroded the goodwill needed to fix a fragile health-care system.“We’re trying to recruit doctors … what we need is an atmosphere of trust that allows doctors to say, ‘Nova Scotia is a place I can go and I’ll be respected,’” Dr. Andre Bernard, chairman of Doctors Nova Scotia, said Monday.The organization gave the province legal notice Tuesday of a lawsuit asking for over $4 million and a restoration of contract provisions it says were being dropped without its knowledge.One dispute is tied to agreements with about 200 doctors who get a fixed payment to provide a suite of services, often in rural areas.The doctors’ group said the Health Department recently provided agreements to 16 physicians that dropped clauses recognizing Doctors Nova Scotia as their bargaining agent and cast in doubt a dispute resolution system and liability insurance provisions.Doctors Nova Scotia says it is also upset that the province isn’t agreeing to restore over $4 million it drew from a contingency fund for its health benefits and dental plan.Nancy MacCready-Williams, chief executive of Doctors Nova Scotia, said over the years, the professional association set aside money for the fund in case the province refused to continue funding its portion. The program includes a health and dental plan, a support program for doctors experiencing stress, family and dependency issues, and a parental leave program.Randy Delorey, the health minister, said in a news conference that the government viewed the money in the contingency fund as “taxpayers’ money” that built up due to an earlier deal with doctors.The arrangement provided Doctors Nova Scotia with set payments which proved to be higher than the actual costs of the benefits plan, he said.“I believe this is a dispute with the organization, but not directly with the province’s physicians. … this is a dispute around a surplus fund of taxpayer dollars being held by a third party organization,” he said.Delorey says a new master agreement with Doctors Nova Scotia says auditors from both sides would get together and assess how much of a surplus, if any, should be held by the physicians.The doctors’ group said the province shouldn’t have ceased making payments before the auditors had met, but Delorey said that’s not the advice his lawyers gave him.As for the dropped clauses in some of the rural doctors’ agreements, Delorey said he had meeting with the doctors’ group in August and “my takeaway from that meeting is both sides agreed to sit down and move forward … and I believe those concerns can be worked out.”The tensions between Doctors Nova Scotia and the Liberal government are occurring at a delicate time for the province’s health system, with Premier Stephen McNeil facing criticism over a shortage of family physicians, hospital crowding and long wait times for surgeries.As of Sept. 1, 35,777 people — about four per cent of the population — have registered online or by phone with the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Need a Family Practice registry, indicating they do not have a primary care provider.The health authority says about 1,700 people on the agency’s registry have been accepted by family practices and over 4,400 individuals who have added their names to the registry have had them forwarded to practices.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada figures from last year suggest the total number of citizens over 12 years of age without a regular medical provider was 83,300, if you include those who haven’t signed up on the registry.That survey estimate doesn’t include some remote areas, members of the Canadian Forces and residents of First Nations.MacCready-Williams said this year should be a time for doctors and the province to work together on solutions, rather than battle in the courts.“We settled on a contract last year so we shouldn’t be having these difficult conversations in terms of trying to implement our contract. We should be in a time of peace and harmony,” she said.Both opposition leaders said Tuesday that the legal dispute is the latest sign the Liberals are doing a poor job overseeing the health system.“The government should keep its word. When they sign an agreement, the agreement should mean something. This is a calamity for doctor recruitment and retention,” said Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie.NDP Leader Gary Burrill said “the government simply doesn’t have a handle on the matter.”Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Morocco Russia agree to Promote joint ventures in fisheriesMorocco Russia agree to Promote joint ventures in fisheries

Rabat – Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch and his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Fyodorov, agreed Tuesday in Moscow to work for the promotion of joint ventures in the area processing of seafood and aquaculture, to better harness the potential of Moroccan exports to Russia.Welcoming the quality and level of the relations between the two countries in the areas of agriculture and marine fisheries, the two sides stressed, during an interview on the sidelines of Moroccan-Russian the Business Forum, their willingness to develop trade in the fields of citrus, fruits and vegetables, fish products and cereals, said a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries, carried by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The ministers highlighted the close cooperation between the private sectors of both countries, calling for more coordination for better market management, the statement added. In September, Akhannouch will attend Moscow’s food fair at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, according to the same source. read more

Renowned Moroccan Actress Khadija Jamal Dies at 83Renowned Moroccan Actress Khadija Jamal Dies at 83

Rabat – Iconic Moroccan actress Khadija Jamal died today at the age of 83 after a long struggle with diabetes.Moroccan actor Messaoud Bouhcine shared a statement from the Moroccan Association of Professionals of the Dramatic Arts, announcing her death.“Moroccan Association of Dramatic Arts Professionals mourns Moroccan actress Khadija Jamal,” the actor posted. “She died in Algeria, where she recently lived with her family,” the statement added.The statement also expressed condolences to the actress’s family in both Morocco and Algeria.Born in 1935 in Casablanca, the actress has made dozens of appearances in Moroccan theaters and sitcoms, including Lalla Fatima.

Reform of green institutions imperative for sustainable development – Assembly chiefReform of green institutions imperative for sustainable development – Assembly chief

31 January 2012Reform of environmental institutions is needed so countries can achieve sustainable development, the President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said today, and stressed that States must prepare and contribute to this reform ahead of the major United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in June. “Realities on the ground show that sustainable development depends on an effective framework of institutions and decision-making processes at local, national, regional and global levels, working together. Yet international environmental governance is, at present, in need of more consolidation,” said Mr. Al Nasser at the conference entitled Towards new global governance for the environment in Paris.Mr. Al-Nasser stressed the need for new innovative mechanisms to ensure that existing environmental mandates are well-coordinated and efficient, and underlined the opportunity that Rio+20 presents to work on this aspect.“From our preparations to date, one single message emerges: the Rio+20 outcome will need to give birth to a strong institutional architecture.“An architecture that promotes a better integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental protection – and addresses new and emerging issues,” he said.In his remarks to the conference, Mr. Al-Nasser highlighted several preparation activities that have already made recommendations for environmental reform including those made by the Rio+20 initial draft, “The Future we Want,” which was the result of three days of deliberation by Member States and civil society groups last week.He also reiterated his support for Members States in this particular issue. “It is my intention to support Member States in achieving ambitious reform of the UN’s environmental governance structure,” he said. “There is no doubt that the success of our efforts will require longer-term vision, as well as the genuine willingness of Members States to preserve our planet for future generations to enjoy in dignity,” he added. read more

Army Commander promoted to Four Star General rankArmy Commander promoted to Four Star General rank

He was subsequently promoted to the ranks of Captain (1985), Major (1989), Lieutenant Colonel (1994), Colonel (1997), Brigadier (2003) and Major General on 30 November 2009. Upon his assumption of the Army Commander’s Office on 22 February 2015, he was elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General. Blending wide experience and service, General De Silva has held many key staff appointments at the Army Headquarters, including the appointments of Military Secretary, Director Operations, Additional Military Secretary, Director Plans and Colonel (Administration) at the Directorate of Personnel Administration.In addition, he was the Commandant, Chief Instructor and Directing Staff at the Army Command and Staff College and was the first officer to hold all three appointments. Further, he was the Chief Instructor of the Sri Lanka Military Academy at Diyatalawa and the Commandant of the Sri Lanka School of Military Engineering.As one of the most distinguished Officers in the Regiment, General De Silva has commanded the 6 Field Engineer Regiment and later served as the Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Sri Lanka Engineers. President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has promoted the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva RWP VSV USP ndu psc, to the rank of General to be effective from Tuesday (27 June 2017).He has been serving as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Army to-date since 22 February 2015. He took office as the Chief of Staff on 1 August 2013 before undertaking an overseas assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission to the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow on 16 May 2014.General Crisanthe De Silva, who has wide-ranging experience in various command, staff and instructional appointments, commanded the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force as its Commandant before he was appointed the Chief of Staff. He was also the Commander of the Security Force Headquarters, Kilinochchi and has served as Commander of the Forward Maintenance Area-East and Kilinochchi. Further, he commanded the Engineer Brigade, 512 and 562 Infantry Brigades as well. Enlisted to the Army on 6th February 1980 and commissioned afterwards on 18th July 1981 as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Sri Lanka Engineers, he counts an exemplary service career spanning over 37 years in the Army. To his credit, he has attended a number of local and foreign courses of academic and professional value, including the Young Officers’ Course at the prestigious Military College of Engineering Risalpur, Pakistan, his first overseas course. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College, Camberley, UK and Higher Command College Nanjing, China. He has also obtained a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from National Resilience Institute (Lembaga Ketahanan Nasional), the equivalent of National Defence University of Indonesia.In addition, he has attended the Senior Command Course at the College of Combat Mhow India, Bomb Disposal Course at the College of Military Engineering Pune, India, Engineer Officers Combat Engineering Instructor Course, Pune, India, Engineer Officers Earth-moving Plant, Workshop & Construction Plant, Pune, India, Engineer Company Commanders’ Course at the Military College of Engineering Risalpur, Pakistan and the Advanced Security Cooperation Executive Course at the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawai, USA.General De Silva is a proud product of the prestigious Royal College, Colombo and is more popularly known as ‘Crisanthe’ in the organization and among his associates. General De Silva is married to Mrs Nayana De Silva is blessed with twin sons. (Colombo Gazette) He has actively contributed to counter insurgency operations against the LTTE and was awarded the gallantry medals of Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP) and the Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP) for his unblemished military career. He has also been awarded the Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya (VSV) medal for excellent and distinguished career of uninterrupted service. read more

Missing man armed and dangerousMissing man armed and dangerous

Police have issued an alert about a man in Haldimand who is considered to be armed and dangerous and believed to be afoot somewhere in the county.Shortly after midnight Wednesday, Haldimand OPP received a report of a Dunnville-area man in possession of a firearm who was said to be “in crisis.”Charles Potts, 34, was last seen in the area of Robinson Road. He is a white male about six feet tall with a medium build. He has red hair and a beard. When last seen, Potts was wearing red athletic shorts and black running shoes with red laces.Members of the OPP’s tactics and rescue team, Emergency Response Team, and an OPP canine unit are assisting Haldimand OPP in their search for Potts.Robinson Road between Stringer Road and Carter Road were closed for nine hours Wednesday while police conducted their search.Police advise the public not to approach anyone matching Potts’ description. Instead, they are asked to call 911 and report on his whereabouts.Anyone with information about this situation is asked to share it with Haldimand OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Tips can also be passed along to Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

March Madness Tommy Amaker Leads Harvard to 1st TourneyMarch Madness Tommy Amaker Leads Harvard to 1st Tourney

Harvard, the Ivy League school that lost its best two players before the season to – of all things – an academic scandal – epitomized the catch phrase “March Madness” Thursday night, crafting a bracket-busting upset of No. 3-seed New Mexico.The No. 14- seeded Crimson, led by coach Tommy Amaker, earned a 68-62 first-round victory in Salt Lake City, the first NCAA Tournament win in school history. Somewhere, President Barack Obama, a Harvard graduate, is smiling.Harvard’s most famous hoops alum, Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rocets tweeted: “YYYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!! HARVARD winssss!!! hahahahhah i told you.”Amaker’s scheme of milking the clock and using the final seconds to execute their offense worked, as Harvard shot 44 per cent from three-point range. Guard Wesley Saunders calmly scored 18 points, including three key late free throws, and Laurent Rivard made five threes to key the Harvard surge.“Certainly I feel like it’s been a tremendous season thus far,” said Amaker, the one-time coach at Michigan. “To do it in this fashion, on this stage, against an outstanding team. . . We had to play well and get some help by them by not playing so well at times.“But it means the world to us, a significant win for us. I talked to (the players) about how meaningful this season has been for me. . . as much as any other time I’ve had in coaching.”Harvard was not expected to win the Ivy League this season, but it did. Amaker held his team together after its two top players, Kyle Casey and Brandon Curry, were embroiled in a take-home test scandal involving 125 students. They withdrew from school, leaving the team less experienced and talent-deficient.Still, they made their way to the tournament for the third time in Amaker’s six years and punctuated it with the conference’s biggest upset in March Madness.Fans at the game could sense something special was happening, and the crowd quickly began supporting Harvard.“We talked about how if we could pick up some game pressure on New Mexico we could pick up some fans,” Amaker said. “People root for underdogs, but they follow top dogs.”Harvard will be underdogs again when it faces No. 6-seed Arizona on Saturday. Clearly, that is of little concern now. read more

Qatari powerhouse El Jaish and Antonio Gerona together until 2017Qatari powerhouse El Jaish and Antonio Gerona together until 2017

← Previous Story D DAY IN POLAND: Targets are semi-final and Olympic qualifications Next Story → SENSATION: Norwegian machines fight for the medal! The best handball team of Asia, Qatari El Jaish Sports Club extended deal with Spanish coach Antonio Gerona for one more season. According to new contract, former FC Barcelona youth coach will stay in Doha until the end of season 2016/2017. Management of the Qatari team showed satisfaction with the work and commitment of experienced coach, who brought the team to the TOP of League table even without six players – currently linked with the Qatari national team, which is preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio.El Jaish lead the Qatari league with 100% success in the recent part of the season.

Larch inmate who yearned for freedom gets longer sentenceLarch inmate who yearned for freedom gets longer sentence

first_imgA 29-year-old inmate was sentenced Wednesday to an additional four years and four months in prison for escaping May 18 from Larch Corrections Center, about five miles east of Hockinson.David D. McElroy pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree escape in exchange for a reduced charge. He was initially charged with first-degree escape, which carries an up to seven-year sentence.“He has a pretty lengthy sentence …, plus he already had a lengthy sentence he needed to complete,” said Vancouver attorney Mary Arden. “It’s unfortunate.”McElroy had been in prison since Christmas Eve 2011 for two counts of burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle, stolen property and methamphetamine. He was scheduled to be released Nov. 1, 2016. He’s now scheduled for release in February 2021.McElroy apparently climbed on top of a garbage can to scale a nearly 10-foot fence at Larch. He used towels and a pillow to shield himself from the fence’s razor wire at the top. He made it about 18 miles through the Yacolt Burn State Forest before he was spotted.last_img read more

WHS Softball Senior Profile Aliyah TangWHS Softball Senior Profile Aliyah Tang

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This is the final installment in a series of profiles celebrating the five recent WHS graduates who played on this year’s varsity softball team.Aliyah TangAliyah began playing softball the summer going into 9th grade. Aliyah had always been athletic and was able to pick up a new sport that she was interested in very quickly. Growing up, Aliyah was always fast and her speed came in handy with her new found love for the game of softball. Growing up, she took part in many different sports. She cheered, played basketball, volleyball, and even ran track/xc. All of her close friends played softball and encouraged her to play with them on the Lowell Mojo team during the summer just for fun. Luckily, she found her sport and kept at it for the next four years.A few months after high school started, Aliyah found out Mojo was discontinuing its program. She found a place on the New England Nor’easters with coach Timothy Kieran. She needed a lot of work, but Tim saw a lot of potential in her and helped shape her to be the player she is today. Aliyah was welcomed with open arms by teammates she will never forget; Ryan Bailey and Gianna Brunetto. She found her new softball family.Aliyah started off as a third basemen with Mojo because of her strong arm, then Tim saw her potential as an outfielder. She was quick and tracked balls easily. The summer after freshman year ended, she had a great season with NE and continued to play fall ball with Tim. She met her new teammates Antonia Kieran who she is now best friends with and Adele Burton. Most importantly, she met her close friend Ally Moran. She would soon end her softball career in 2018 catching for Ally, building a strong friendship.In October 2015, Aliyah’s family moved to Wilmington and she enrolled into WHS. Aliyah was now with all of her Nor’easter teammates and she felt at home. Sophomore year, she took part in Wilmington High’s softball program as an outfielder and slap hitter. Going into 11th grade she played for the Northeast Xtreme and found her calling as a catcher. Although her family wishes she caught sooner in her career, they’re glad she ended her amazing senior season catching for the Wildcats.Aliyah will be attending Auburn University and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Her family is extremely proud of her accomplishments.Aliyah Tang(NOTE: The above profile is from Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester (9-3) & Arlington (5-2) To Improve To 7-2In “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Adele BurtonIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season With 10-0 WinIn “Sports”last_img read more

Ram Charan Teja and Wife Upasana Kamineni to Move to Mumbai SoonRam Charan Teja and Wife Upasana Kamineni to Move to Mumbai Soon

first_imgSouthern superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja who is making his Bollywood debut as Inspector Vijay in “Zanjeer” remake is serious about his career in the Hindi film industry.The Tollywood actor, who is presently in Mumbai for the film’s shooting, is reportedly on a hunt for a home in the financial capital. The “Magadheera” star apparently took help from his mentor Salman Khan to buy a suitable place in Mumbai.After a week of searching for a house, Ram Charan has zeroed in on a property in Bandra, close to where Salman Khan lives. The house is also close to Shahrukh Khan’s house “Mannat”, which is located in the same district.Though several southern stars like Rajinikant, Kamal Hasan, Surya, R. Madhavan and Ram Charan’s father Chiranjeevi have had a share of success in Bollywood, they all went back to their respective film industry. Ram Charan, on the other hand, is thinking of establishing a parallel career in the Hindi film industry.”He is already the numero uno in Hyderabad. Ram doesn’t want Zanjeer to be a one-off blockbuster in Hindi like his dad’s Pratibandh. He wants to build a career brick by brick in Mumbai. And that means setting up a home in Mumbai,” The Times of India quoted a close friend of the actor as saying.Apart from pursing his career in Bollywood, another reason why he is hunting for a house in Mumbai is because of his wife Upasana Kamineni.Upasana Kamineni is the vice-chairman of Apollo Charity and granddaughter of Prathap C Reddy, the Managing Director of the Apollo Hospitals. Apparently, Kamineni has some hospital expansions plans in Mumbai.”Upasana and Ram want to set up a home in Mumbai from where they can pursue their respective careers. While she will work on the hospital project in Mumbai Ramcharan intends to build his Bollywood career beyond Zanjeer. He has already given the nod to another film with the Zanjeer director Apoorva Lakhia which will also star Abhishek Bachchan and is in talks with a leading corporate house in Mumbai for a lucrative 3-film deal,” the friend said.The Telugu actor confirmed the news saying that he was in Mumbai last week in search of a good property and saw three properties in and around Bandra.”I was in Mumbai last week to buy a home. I saw three properties in and around Bandra. Now I am going back to Mumbai with my wife to finalize the deal. The deal will be sealed in a week,” the actor said.last_img read more

US presidents eradefining summitsUS presidents eradefining summits

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on 12 June 2018. Photo: ReutersDonald Trump hailed his meeting with Kim Jong Un as the start of a process that would rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.While experts on North Korea were largely underwhelmed immediately after the summit, most agreed that the very fact of their having met was potentially significant and could play out over the coming years.Previous American presidents have also reached out to long-term foes, holding what turned out to be legacy-defining meetings.Here are two of the most significant summits:- Reagan and Gorbachev, 1986 -Following a decades-long Cold War arms race that saw the United States and the Soviet Union amass tens of thousands of nuclear warheads, the two superpowers decided to sit down in October 1986 and discuss a radical proposal: the elimination of their nuclear arsenals.US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Iceland’s capital in a bid to reach an agreement. The Reykjavik summit lasted two days but the talks collapsed. Washington refused to roll back development of its “Star Wars” missile defence project, which was unacceptable to the Kremlin.In the years to come, however, the summit came to be seen as the harbinger of significant de-escalation. It led to a treaty the next year under which both Cold War powers would eliminate their short- and intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Thousands of these weapons were scrapped in what was the first major weapons reduction by the rivals.his handout photo taken on 12 June 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea`s leader Kim Jong Un (L) looking on as documents are exchanged between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) and the North Korean leader`s sister Kim Yo Jong (2nd L) at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. Photo: AFPDespite the failure to reach an agreement, Reykjavik is seen by many as a turning point in the Cold War. Gorbachev continued to push through with internal reforms he had started since coming to power, and the Soviet Union eventually collapsed in 1991.- Nixon and China, 1972 -The United States broke off ties with China when the communists, led by Mao Zedong, took over the country in 1949. The relationship remained in limbo for almost two decades, during which their forces squared off in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.Then Richard Nixon won the 1968 US presidential election and decided to reach out to Beijing.It started with secret contacts to lay the groundwork for formal contact, including a covert trip by Nixon’s national security adviser Henry Kissinger in 1971.A year later — in February 1972 — Nixon flew to China in what is widely considered one of the most important geopolitical events of the 20th century. The US leader met with the top Chinese leadership, including Mao and premier Zhou Enlai.It kicked off formal contacts that led to full diplomatic ties in December 1978, and Washington withdrawing recognition from Taiwan. Nixon’s gamble is also seen by many as catalysing the end of communist China’s isolation and opening up to the rest of the world.last_img

Baltimores Living Classroom Uses Hands On Education to EmpowerBaltimores Living Classroom Uses Hands On Education to Empower

first_imgThe Living Classrooms Foundation has a been a gem in Baltimore for over 30 years. What started as one program in Baltimore has expanded to dozens of programs across the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area including Living Classrooms’ Target Investment Zone (TIZ). The TIZ is a comprehensive community initiative to eliminate the cycle of poverty across neighborhoods in East Baltimore. The TIZ accomplishes this through multi-generational educational, workforce development, and health and wellness programs across East Baltimore, including The Crossroads School, the POWER House, and the UA House.Living Classrooms at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Meyers Maritime Park (Photo credit: Michael Vergason)TIZ is home to 35,000 people, 18 schools, and approximately 2,500 public housing units, including Perkins Homes and Pleasant View Gardens. These neighborhoods struggle with high poverty and unemployment, high crime and chronic health problems.The programs and services are implemented according to the needs of the community using Living Classrooms Stat, which measures, monitors and evaluates these needs. A lot of this would not be possible without generous donations from several corporations throughout Maryland, including the financial giant Legg Mason. Legg Mason has recently pledged $1 million to help finance the programs and services offered at the POWER House for the next four years.Legg Mason has been a financial partner of Living Classrooms for decades.The POWER House is a hub for Perkins Homes—Baltimore’s largest public housing community—and serves the residents with educational, job training and other services.The POWER House is an acronym for Providing Opportunities to Work, Expand, and Rise.“As Legg Mason extends its commitment to investing in Baltimore, it was natural to build on that success,” said Joseph Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of Legg Mason. “Our mission, ‘Investing to Improve Lives’ means we are dedicated to improving the lives of the multiple constituencies with whom we interact: clients, financial stakeholders, employees and communities.   That’s a high standard and one to which we are proud to be accountable.  We cannot succeed without the leadership and commitment of partners like Living Classrooms.  Through true partnership with multiple committed stakeholders, we can build a foundation for the young people of this neighborhood to succeed and contribute to the success of this vibrant city.” James Piper Bond, president and CEO of Living Classrooms Foundation, thanked the company for its commitment. “We are very grateful to Legg Mason for providing generous support of our mission to disrupt the cycle of poverty in East Baltimore by becoming the Champion of the POWER House Community Center and investing significant funding and volunteer engagement,” said Bond. “Partnerships like these, incorporating the investments of the public and private sectors, empower the success of the children and families in Perkins Homes, the Target Investment Zone, and beyond.”The POWER House offers exemplary educational resources with a focus on higher academic achievement, graduation rates, and readiness for post-secondary school. This community hub also provides adults with GED testing services, financial literacy, English as a Second Language, and job training skills. Another community hub within the TIZ is the UA House, a $5 million facility funded by Cupid Foundation, a private foundation of Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour.The UA House boasts a field house, a yoga and dance studio, recording studio as well as a neighborhood kitchen—providing meals for those in need.The site is also a Maryland State Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center. Also in the TIZ is the Crossroads Schools, which finally received a permanent home this school year. The Crossroads School is a top-rated middle school now located in Harbor East. The new building was made possible through a generous $800,000 donation from the Edward St. John Foundation. After 12 years of operating out of temporary trailers, the new school has 12 classrooms serving 162 students who have benefitted from increased technology such as smart boards. “We are proud to support the great work of the Living Classrooms’ Crossroads School,” said Edward St. John, chairman and founder of St. John Properties.  “I firmly believe that education has the power to transform lives and strengthen communities.  It provides the foundation for success.  Through this new middle school, the students will now have the advanced learning and teaching space that they deserve.”In its 13 years of operation, Crossroads has maintained its status of being one of the top performing middle schools in the city and state. In 2002, when Crossroads first opened its doors, it welcomed some of East Baltimore’s most disadvantaged students, many failing below in reading and math. Now deemed as a Strand I school, Crossroads students outperformed every district on the PARCC tests in 2015 and has the highest scores in Baltimore City for eighth grade math. One hundred percent of its graduates are accepted either into public or private college preparatory schools. “I would not be the student or person I am had I not attended The Crossroads School,” said Najee Rollins, Crossroads alumnus and recent Denison University graduate.  “Coming from a rough neighborhood in Baltimore City, I appreciate the attention I received from Crossroads’ teachers who nurtured me as a student and prepared me for the rigor I have faced academically since then.”Living Classrooms Foundation’s mission is to strengthen communities and inspire young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job-training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.”last_img read more

Camila Cabello Reveals Podcast Obsessions Teases New Album at Cannes LionsCamila Cabello Reveals Podcast Obsessions Teases New Album at Cannes Lions

first_imgHow does Cabello find the time to listen? She finds it. “You’re on a drive or brushing your teeth, it’s nice to take even 10 minutes out of your day to listen to something that’s inspiring. It kind of shifts your mood for the whole day. It really expands your mind, makes you grow and makes you have more things to talk about with your friends. It just makes you a more well-rounded person. It’s a good investment to just do that for 15 minutes of your day.”Ostroff says audio is bigger than ever because “we’re all about multitasking these days … and audio is very intimate. Whether it’s a song or a podcast, the intimacy of the medium is what I think is really taking people by surprise. You feel like you’re a part of something or that somebody is speaking or singing directly to you. It is a personalized experience — that’s where I think [podcasts] resonate with a lot of people.”The Spotify executive was the main driver in recruiting former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the platform. “Both the President and Mrs. Obama have incredible voices in terms of what they want to say,” says Ostroff. “And the two of them, to their credit, both decided that they want to do a podcast each in addition to producing a podcast series for us. The topics have not been determined yet but we’re in discussions.” Cabello could hardly contain her excitement at the prospect of listening to the Obamas — she’s currently reading Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” book in print — but Ostroff notes that “young people aren’t reading as much as they were when I grew up; when we’d use your imagination. And what’s great about audio is it allows people to use their imagination in storytelling.”Storytelling is a key component of Cabello’s new music, too, which is expected imminently. “I’m itching to just get back out there,” she says. “I feel like I’m pretty much done with this album and the great thing about being able to have a career in the arts is that you grow along with your craft and it teaches you so much about yourself.” Those self-discovery experiences contributed to writing new music. Says Cabello: “When I was into [my first] album, I was kind of living in my little bubble of life. I had crushes on people that I would write about from afar. I was very shy and introverted. With this album, it’s not really my imagination, it’s me writing about real things that are happening in real time. So I think that there is a level of detail and emotion that you get. I’m so excited because I feel like it’s captured my essence. … I’m ready to bare my soul.” Music Moguls of the Year: The Weeknd Manager Sal Slaiby Swears He’ll Be ‘The Greatest Immigrant’ Trump Ever Saw As for what Cabello has been listening to lately? Her Spotify consumption has mainly involved “early 2000s music,” she reveals. “Like Paramore and Coldplay. … When I’m making an album, I don’t like to listen to anything [contemporary]. I like to listen to what made you want to do this in the first place– what made you get that feeling of, ‘I need to write a song right now.’ That’s where it all started for me — early 2000s — and also sometimes Disney songs.” She then broke into song herself, revealing that “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” was a favorite of hers “in the shower.”Spotify has been a key partner in Cabello’s music career, helping to launch her international hit “Havana,” which broke in multiple territories beyond the U.S. The notion of music without borders is key to the platform’s popularity, and to Cabello personally.“As an artist, it’s really inspiring because I get to discover music from all over the world that I couldn’t discover on pop radio,” she says. As for writing music for a global audience? Cabello says she doesn’t necessarily think that way. “To be honest, I just kind of write whatever feels good to me,” she says. “Because if you to try to make something for everybody, you end up making something for nobody. So I approach songwriting a little bit selfishly because for me it’s just about making something that honestly feels like whatever an experience felt like for me. That’s my favorite part of writing music. Especially with this next album, experiences in my life over the past year that are now tangible I can literally listen back to and capture how I felt at the time. So I really just make music that I like and that I’m passionate about.” Camila Cabello was the featured speaker at a Tuesday afternoon panel at Cannes Lions, the annual gathering of marketing, design and entertainment professionals in the south of France. Joined by Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, the talk, moderated by Variety editor Shirley Halperin, was centered around the theme of the golden age of sound — specifically, Spotify’s entry as the second largest podcast platform in the world.Cabello revealed that she is herself an avid podcast listener. Among her favorites are Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and Oprah Winfrey’s Sunday Soul Sessions. “Life is … a lot sometimes,” said Cabello. “Especially in your twenties, there’s so much learning, self discovery and self exploration.” The former Fifth Harmony singer credits podcasts as a way “to grow as a person … you’re more well-equipped to deal with whatever life throws at you. I love hearing people being vulnerable and honest and talking about the experience of being human.”center_img Camila Cabello Says Shawn Mendes Duet ‘Señorita’ Was Months In The Making Relatedlast_img read more

GOGcom drops a Disney 16bit nostalgia bomb with Aladdin Jungle BookGOGcom drops a Disney 16bit nostalgia bomb with Aladdin Jungle Book

first_imgGOG.com has just surprised the world by unleashing PC ports of the some of the finest 16-bit platforming games ever made- Disney Aladdin, Disney The Lion King, and Disney The Jungle Book.Now the 16-bit generation was a lousy time for film adaptations. Most tie-ins were cheaply made and rushed through production to capitalize on the film’s release date and unsuspecting youngsters, but Disney did not mess around with its properties then. They utilized Digicel technology to take hand-drawn cels from Disney’s animation team that made it look for the first time like you were actually playing a cartoon. Just check out the trailer and realize that this is not remastered or upgraded, this is how good the games looked on Super Nintendo and Genesis twenty years ago.All three games have been updated to be compatible with modern operating systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and preserve every aspect of graphics, sound, and gameplay. Purists will be glad to note that this Aladdin is the Genesis version, not the different (and arguably inferior) SNES version, which was developed by Capcom. The Genesis Aladdin was also notable for having an all-star cast of developers, including many who went on to create the beloved Earthworm Jim.The Disney titles can be purchased for $9.99 each, or all three for a flat $20.This is only the latest round of Disney Interactive titles released DRM-free on GOG.com. They have re-released over a dozen titles at this point, including many previously unreleased on digital titles like Star Wars: X-Wing and TIE Fighter, as well as the iconic Sam & Max Hit the Road. Check out GOG.com to get your nostalgia on.last_img read more

Change in early human ancestor diet came earlier than thoughtChange in early human ancestor diet came earlier than thought

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Scientists have known for quite some time that the diet of our earliest ancestors changed, from eating mostly leaves and berries, to grasses, tubers and eventually meat. But the timing of that changeover has been up for speculation, though many have believed it was approximately three and a half million years ago. To pin down the time frame, the researches with this new effort gained access to 152 fossilized teeth found in sites in Africa, from a variety of primates and other ancient animals and carbon tested them to collect evidence of the types of food that the creatures that used them ate.In looking at the results, the team found that most of the primates had been eating C3 type plants (so named because they have three-carbon atoms) which generally meant tree leaves and berries and some cool weather grasses. In contrast, they found that some species of primates (our early ancestors) had added C4 type plants to their diet as far back as 3.76 million years ago, which included savannah grasses, tubers and sedges. This is an important point in human history, the team notes, because adding such foods to the diet allowed our ancestors to broaden their range because they could survive under more variable conditions—not only were more foods available to them, but the new kinds of food offered more energy. And that, the researchers suggest, set them apart, and led eventually to mass migrations and even greater adaptations. © 2015 Phys.org The researchers note that the changes in diet only came about after changes in teeth and jaws evolved in a way that allowed for chewing the new types of food—and of course, changes in the digestive tract to allow for gaining nutrients and energy from them. More information: Dietary change among hominins and cercopithecids in Ethiopia during the early Pliocene, Naomi E. Levin, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1424982112AbstractThe incorporation of C4 resources into hominin diet signifies increased dietary breadth within hominins and divergence from the dietary patterns of other great apes. Morphological evidence indicates that hominin diet became increasingly diverse by 4.2 million years ago but may not have included large proportions of C4 foods until 800 thousand years later, given the available isotopic evidence. Here we use carbon isotope data from early to mid Pliocene hominin and cercopithecid fossils from Woranso-Mille (central Afar, Ethiopia) to constrain the timing of this dietary change and its ecological context. We show that both hominins and some papionins expanded their diets to include C4 resources as early as 3.76 Ma. Among hominins, this dietary expansion postdates the major dentognathic morphological changes that distinguish Australopithecus from Ardipithecus, but it occurs amid a continuum of adaptations to diets of tougher, harder foods and to committed terrestrial bipedality. In contrast, carbon isotope data from cercopithecids indicate that C4-dominated diets of the earliest members of the Theropithecus oswaldi lineage preceded the dental specialization for grazing but occurred after they were fully terrestrial. The combined data indicate that the inclusion of C4 foods in hominin diet occurred as part of broader ecological changes in African primate communities.Press release A field worker shows a fragment of a hominin tooth from Woranso-Mille, Afar, Ethiopia, one of 152 tooth fragments sampled for isotope analysis to find evidence of diet change. Credit: Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Cleveland Museum of Natural History Researchers find human ancestors switched to eating grasses earlier than thoughtcenter_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: University of California Museum of Paleontology Citation: Change in early human ancestor diet came earlier than thought (2015, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-early-human-ancestor-diet-earlier.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers in the U.S. has found that our early human ancestors expanded their diet to include savannah grasses and other food sources approximately a quarter of a million years earlier than had been previously thought. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team explains how they tested a variety of fossilized teeth, what they found and the impact the change in diet likely had on the ability of our ancestors to thrive.last_img read more

Selfpowered ewatch is powered completely by wrist movementsSelfpowered ewatch is powered completely by wrist movements

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—Researchers have created a self-powered electronic watch that harvests energy from the wearer’s wrist movements for continuous operation. By combining two different energy conversion mechanisms (electromagnetic and triboelectric) in a single hybrid nanogenerator, the device can harvest significantly more energy than previous harvesters that use only a single mechanism. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Rapid wrist movements can charge a capacitor connected to the watch (which is not ticking in the beginning of the video) to 1.6 V, after which the watch begins ticking. Credit: Quan, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society The researchers experimented with the way that different wrist movements can charge and power the watch. They found that the best wrist movement is a twisting motion that can generate a current of up to 12 mA, which means that thirty-nine seconds of this twisting motion can power the watch continuously for about 7.5 minutes. By adding a homemade Li-ion battery to store the energy produced by the hybridized nanogenerator, the researchers found that 32 minutes of the twisting motion can generate enough energy to continuously power the watch for more than 3.5 hours. Based on this data, the researchers calculated that 3.6 hours of wrist movement can generate enough energy to power the watch for one day of continuous operation.Since the current prototype is rather large in size, the researchers attempted to reduce the dimensions by replacing the magnetic ball with a thin magnetic sheet. However, they found that the magnetic sheet does not move as easily as the ball, and so in the future they plan to investigate other methods of miniaturizing the nanogenerator. They also hope to eliminate the need for the battery.”The future plan is to solve the power source issue of the wearable electronic device, so that these devices can work sustainably without being charged by the external power source,” Yang said. “Ideally, the motion of human-body-induced energy will be enough to power these devices.” Citation: Self-powered e-watch is powered completely by wrist movements (2015, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-self-powered-e-watch-powered-wrist-movements.html Journal information: ACS Nanocenter_img More information: Ting Quan, et al. “Hybridized Electromagnetic–Triboelectric Nanogenerator for a Self-Powered Electronic Watch.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b05598 (Top) The hybridized nanogenerator contains a magnetic ball inside an acrylic box with six coils on the sides of the box. The watch strap is made of nylon and PDMS-PVB nanowires, connected to copper electrodes. (Bottom) Photos of the nanogenerator and twisting wrist movements. Credit: Quan, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society The scientists, led by Ya Yang at the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in China, and Zhong Lin Wang at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, have published a paper on the hybrid nanogenerator in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”This kind of nanogenerator can also be utilized to power other wearable electronic devices, such as a wireless smart pedometer for reading data on walking steps, distance, and energy consumption,” Yang told Phys.org.The hybrid nanogenerator consists of a small box (3.6 cm x 3.6 cm x 3 cm) with a magnetic ball inside. When the wearer moves their wrist, the ball’s motion generates electricity by both the electromagnetic and triboelectric effects. Due to the electromagnetic effect, when the ball collides with six metal coils on the sides of the box, the ball’s mechanical energy is converted into electricity. The triboelectric effect occurs when two materials are rubbed together, similar to how rubbing a balloon on a person’s hair creates static electricity. Here, the watch strap serves as the triboelectric component. The strap is made of two materials with different triboelectric polarities, nylon and a polymer composite, which are attached to the bottom of the box and to two electrodes. When the moving magnetic ball presses down on the watch strap, the nylon and polymer come in contact with each other, generating triboelectric charges and causing electrons to flow between the electrodes. United States, China team explore energy harvesting © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

Gitmo veteran now steering Europes youths away from jihadGitmo veteran now steering Europes youths away from jihad

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Quick workouts for men Benchellali meets with young audiences at least once a week in France, Belgium and Switzerland to persuade them of the folly of flying off to join the Islamic State or other groups waging holy war in Syria and Iraq.“There are kids who are tempted, who’ve been approached,” Benchellali told The Associated Press. “They come to listen, they are curious and the fact that I’m a former Guantanamo (prisoner), that speaks to them. … I give them tools to understand.”A practicing Muslim, Benchellali above all strives to take the glamour out of jihad. As a 19-year-old, he viewed the voyage to al-Qaida’s training camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a romantic adventure. The reality, he tells youths, was a shock: grinding physical exercises in blazing heat, weapons training and propaganda videos in the evening, along with mind-numbing organization rigorously enforced — and a compulsory 60-day minimum stay.Then came the Sept. 11 attacks, followed by U.S. bombings in Afghanistan and mass flight from Kandahar. He escaped through the mountains to Pakistan, only to be arrested and turned over to American forces — and sent to the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There, he languished for 2 1/2 years in a small cage. He filed a lawsuit against the United States for torture and sequestration. In his meetings with youth, Benchellali does not preach against jihad, saying that would discredit him with his young audience. He claims he was not a real jihadi because he never took up arms in a conflict.European officials are creating parental hotlines and other tools to stem the flow of hundreds of youth to Syria, but lack the know-how to contain the exodus. Yet they remain suspicious of men like Benchellali, fearing returnees may have a secret mission to pull youths into extremism rather than steer them away.Hamid Benichou, a Belgian police officer in contact with a group of mothers whose children went to Syria, worries that former jihadis may “carry within them the germ of Islamization.” And Lassouri Ben Hamouda, whose 15-year-old son went briefly to Syria, claimed that Benchellali is just trying “to buy himself back” into society.But many analysts say these men — dubbed “formers” — are just what is needed to counter the attraction of jihad. Returnees have street credibility that officials and mainstream counsellors cannot offer.Benchellali clearly had the ear of some Muslim youths at a recent meeting in the immigrant-heavy Paris suburb of Gennevilliers. “Hearing that, I knew I had to explain,” Benchellali said. “Explain that this was a mistake.”___John-Thor Dahlburg in Brussels contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Benchellali is perhaps the only returnee in France now offering a reality check to those tempted by jihad, a stark story of misguided youth that may mirror the naive impulses of those setting off for Syria today.More than 1,200 French have traveled or are planning to travel to Syria to wage jihad, the largest group among Western nations. But in the eyes of French officialdom, Benchellali says, a checkered past makes the former militant more of a threat than a resource.Benchellali’s parents and two brothers were convicted in 2006 on terrorism-linked charges, suspects in an alleged plot to attack Russian interests in France in support of fighters in Chechnya. At one point, his older brother Menad, considered the group’s chemicals expert, was mixing toxic potions containing ricin in his mother’s face-cream jars. His mother and father, an imam in a makeshift mosque in a grim Lyon suburb, were expelled to their homeland in Algeria. The brothers served time in prison and are now free in France.John G. Horgan, head of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, said officials should overcome their fear of tapping people like Benchellali. “There’s fear that, well maybe, if we invite people in … they may inadvertently serve as a beacon for radicalization or recruitment to others, may actually have a reverse effect,” said Horgan. But “the tales of disillusionment (among returnees) are very real, and we seem to be unable to harness them with any kind of momentum.”Still, Horgan said, not everyone back from the battlefields is a good candidate for prevention work. He and other experts said candidates must be vetted, protected and supported financially — but with as small a government footprint as possible.“You may face reprisals from your community for doing this kind of work,” said Magnus Ranstorp of the Swedish National Defense College.Yet he, too, emphasized the importance of teaching by example: “If you really want to reach youth, prevent them from taking drugs, the best person you can put out there is a former drug addict.”For Benchellali, lending a hand at a critical time is a “collective responsibility.”He recalled an encounter with a cellmate at France’s Fleury-Merogis prison who told him it was cool that he had been a jihadi — and said he wanted to become one, too. Comments   Share   PARIS (AP) — He learned warfare in an al-Qaida training camp, did time at Guantanamo and more time in a French prison. With such a resume, Mourad Benchellali may seem an unlikely youth counsellor — but he is telling his story to young Europeans, warning them against the lure of jihad.The 33-year-old Frenchman is one of a small number of Europeans presenting their jihadi past as an example for others not to follow. Many see men like him as a powerful tool to deter youth from heading to Syria — while Western governments are wary of them. Sponsored Stories center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories “You are loaded into a machine, a very organized system,” he told his rapt audience. “You are thrown into another dimension.”After the meeting, one 18-year-old said he had thought last year about going to Syria with a friend, after being contacted on Facebook, and hadn’t fully buried the idea. He said he paid heed to Benchellali’s message because he “has lived it” and “is advising against it.” The young man spoke on condition he not be identified by name because he did not want authorities to know he had toyed with the idea of jihad.Britain has small projects using “formers,” including an online global network, Against Violent Extremism, open to former radical extremists, survivors of terrorist attacks and anyone else who wishes to join. The network grew out of the 2011 Summit Against Violent Extremism launched by Google Ideas.Despite concerns about returnees, there is general agreement that an alternate narrative to the Islamic State siren calls is needed to keep kids at home.“Right now it’s only Islamic State who is telling a story, and I think to have a counter-story being told by a former fighter itself would be potentially very powerful,” Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization at London’s King’s College, told The Associated Press. In this May 13, 2015 photo, former Guantanamo detainee and al-Qaida trainee Mourad Benchellali talks during an interview with the Associated Press in Gennevilliers, suburban Paris, France. With thousands of young Europeans joining the ranks of radical Islamists in Syria, some people have stepped forward to offer to deter them. But most governments and groups trying to prevent the exodus of vulnerable youths are cautious about accepting such services _ since the volunteers were once radicals themselves. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The vital role family plays in society How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Cyprus mention at IMF and World Bank meetingsCyprus mention at IMF and World Bank meetings

first_imgPresident of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker will discuss the Cyprus issue with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings later in the week, it was announced on Wednesday.According to the EC’s chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas, Juncker, along with several members of the commission will travel to Washington DC for the IMF and World Bank meetings held between April 20 and 22.Juncker will meet with World Bank group president Jim Yong Kim, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.Schinas told the Cyprus News Agency that the Cyprus Issue will “naturally be part of the talks of the president and the secretary general”. The same goes, he said, for the Greek bailout deal and Juncker’s meeting with the IMF’s Christine Lagarde.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more