The Power of Perspective

first_imgReferences:HAWKING (n.d.). Retrieved March 14, 2018, from http://www.pbs.org/program/hawking/SALTZ, GAIL M.D. POWER OF DIFFERENT: The Link between Disorder and Genius. FLATIRON BOOKS, 2018.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 23, 2018. Written by Caregiving Team Member Alicia Cassels, MALast week, something significant happened. We lost a gifted individual who has been called one of the greatest scientific minds of our time. His work, at the forefront of quantum mechanics and gravity has been truly revelatory, changing what we know about the very nature of our universe. Stephen Hawking was a scientific rock star in the truest sense, immensely respected by those in his field and by hordes of lay admirers around the world.Using Only His MindLike many, I have followed the work of Stephen Hawking in awe, but the evening of his passing provided me with the opportunity to watch a PBS documentary of his life, narrated by Dr. Hawking himself. I watched as, a brilliant, healthy young man was diagnosed with an illness predicted to take his life in two years. I watched as over time this young man lost his ability to move limbs, speak, write and physically care for himself. That Dr. Hawking was able to make and share any discoveries, scientific or otherwise given the physical challenges he faced is incredible.When completely unable to speak or write and before he received computer assisted communication support, it seemed unthinkable that Dr. Hawking would be able to continue his scientific work. Remarkably, rather than stopping Dr. Hawking persisted, mining an advantage that accompanied the physical setbacks he was experiencing. Unable to work through his thoughts and calculations on paper as he had always done, Dr. Hawking began to deeply explore concepts using only his mind, effectively visualizing problems and solutions. Later, in describing this response to completely losing his ability to write Dr. Hawking said, “By losing the dexterity of my hands I was forced to travel through the universe in my mind.”Dr. Hawking’s practice of traveling the universe, exploring, analyzing and solving problems in his mind eventually proved to be a great advantage in his work — one that he continued to employ throughout the duration of his exceptional career, even after computer technology provided him with the ability to communicate in voice and written form. There were no role models for making the greatest scientific discoveries of a generation while without the ability to engage direct speech or writing. Undeterred, Dr. Hawking built his own vision for what he could accomplish.Brain Differences – A Paradigm ShiftAs I watched the documentary of Dr. Hawking’s life, I was reminded of lessons in a book that I recently read. For me, The Power of Different, authored by Dr. Gail Saltz has one overarching motif. When it comes to diagnosis and prognosis, perspective is everything. In the book, Dr. Saltz, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell School of medicine and a psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, provides a science-based examination of cognitive advantages that tend to accompany common behavioral health diagnoses. Dr. Saltz argues that reframing the way we think about mental health diagnosis and treatment has the potential to significantly impact life and career trajectories. The book provides detailed discussion of brain advantages that have been associated with, Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Depression, ADD, Autism and a number of other common behavioral health diagnoses offering case studies of every day individuals to illustrate the achievements of those who have mined the cognitive advantages like greater empathy, creativity and strong cognitive abilities that have accompanied their diagnoses. Dr. Saltz also documents how some of the greatest thinkers, scientists and artists in history have employed strengths associated with their behavioral health symptoms to find advantage in achieving success in the face of very serious symptoms.Dr. Saltz boldly makes a case for re-labeling what psychiatrists now call mental disorders. Proposing instead that they should be called brain differences, a paradigm shift, that would allow for equal focus on symptom mitigation AND the identification of brain advantages that have been shown through research to be associated with various diagnoses. Dr. Saltz suggests that instead of thinking about an individual who has been diagnosed with a form of Anxiety as simply having symptoms of a disorder, we might begin to think about that individual as having a brain difference that has also been associated with greater accuracy in assessing emotion in others, performing to higher standards at work, and more accurately predicting outcomes.Mining AdvantagesAggressively mining advantages that accompany physical and behavioral health obstacles can be powerful. Imagine providing parents with a list of advantages that tend to accompany symptoms at the same time results of a child’s initial diagnosis are presented. Imagine school interventions focused in equal measure on mining areas of strength as well as symptom mitigation. When we see a child that has been diagnosed with Autism as having a brain difference that includes not only symptoms for mitigation but also cognitive advantages in need of mining, the difference in perspective means everything in terms of life trajectory and career prospects.Dr. Hawking provides evidence that how we think about and use our own potential, the potential of our children and the potential of individuals we encounter in our work and personal lives can have immeasurable impact on what we and they become. Obstacles, even those estimated by all conventional wisdom to be insurmountable have the potential to offer advantage when we understand how to mine, develop and employ the strengths that may be associated. Notwithstanding his incredible scientific teachings, I believe that one of the most powerful and enduring lessons Dr. Hawking has provided to us is about the human condition and the power of perspective. May his teaching inform our lives and professional practice.“However difficult life can seem. There is always something you can do to succeed at it.”-Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)last_img read more

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Jupiter destroyed ‘super-Earths’ in our early solar system

first_imgLucky us: If Jupiter and Saturn hadn’t formed where they did—and at the sizes they did—as the disk of dust and gas around our sun coalesced, then our solar system would be a very different and possibly more hostile place, new research suggests. More than half of the sunlike stars in our galactic neighborhood have so-called super-Earths (planets with masses between one and 10 times that of ours) orbiting them more than once every 100 days or so, which roughly places those orbs at a distance of Mercury or less from their parent stars. But only about 10% have planets the size of Jupiter or Saturn, scientists note. Previously, computer simulations have described how Jupiter and Saturn migrated inward and then retreated from the sun to their current positions as our solar system formed. Now, similarly detailed models that tracked the fate of thousands of objects closer to our nascent sun reveal what effects those peregrinations had on material in the inner solar system. In the solar system’s first 3 million years or so, gravitational interactions with Jupiter, Saturn, and the gas in the protoplanetary disk would have driven any super-Earth–sized planets closer to the sun and into increasingly elliptical orbits, the simulations suggest. In such paths, a cascade of collisions would have blasted any orbs present there into ever smaller bits, which in turn would have been slowed by the interplanetary equivalent of atmospheric drag and eventually plunged into the sun, the researchers report online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As Jupiter retreated from its closest approach to the sun (about the distance of Mars’s orbit today), it left behind the mostly rocky remnants that later coalesced into our solar system’s inner planets, including Earth. Besides explaining the estimated differences in ages between gas giants such as Neptune and Uranus and rocky worlds such as Earth and Venus, the new findings help explain how gas-swaddled super-Earths—ones possibly shrouded with inhospitable atmospheres—were banished from an otherwise inhabitable neighborhood.last_img read more

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Luan rubbishes Liverpool link

first_imgTransfers Gremio star Luan rubbishes Liverpool link Harry Sherlock 19:07 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luan Gremio Copa Libertadores Getty Images Transfers Liverpool Grêmio Premier League The Brazilian striker, who has also been mooted as a possible target for Barcelona, insists that no offer has been received from the Reds Gremio star Luan has denied that Liverpool have made an offer for his services.Rumours this week have suggested that the Reds have entered into talks with the Brazilian club, as they prepare to trigger his £15.75 million release clause.However, the 24-year-old, who has also been heavily linked with Barcelona, has now rubbished such reports. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “If I knew, I wouldn’t hide. I always said that I would leave it to Gremio and to my agent, and if they had something concrete, they should talk to me,” he said, via the Liverpool Echo.”No one has come to me so there is nothing. It has to be good for me, it has to be good for Gremio. I will not rush to want to leave soon, just like in the middle of last year.”For the moment that we were through, I decided to stay. It was my decision alone. Now it’s the start of the season and I want to regain my form and rhythm to play.”What I know is that I want to play the next game as soon as possible here at Gremio.”Luan has won two caps for Brazil, and has made over 130 appearances for Gremio, scoring 36 goals. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Volunteer Grants Available

first_imgThe Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FAHCSIA) Volunteer Grants 2013 are now available. Volunteer Grants 2013 recognises the valuable work of Australia’s volunteers. This initiative forms part of the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to organisations whose volunteers assist disadvantaged communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life. Funding of $16 million is available to support and encourage volunteering.  Eligible not-for-profit community organisations can apply for grants between $1,000 and $5,000 to:·         Purchase portable, tangible, small equipment items to help their volunteers;·         Contribute to the reimbursement of fuel costs for their volunteers who use their own car to transport others to activities, deliver food, assist with medical appointments or help people in need;·         Contribute to the reimbursement of transport costs incurred by volunteers with disability who are unable to drive;·         Contribute to the cost of training courses and/or undertake background screening checks for their volunteers.Funding is limited and applications will be assessed and prioritised according to how strongly they meet the selection criteria. The selection criteria, eligibility requirements and other essential information about Volunteer Grants 2013 are provided in the Application Guidelines below:·         Volunteer Grants 2013 Application GuidelinesApplications close on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at 5pm AEST. For more information please click on the following link:http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/communities-and-vulnerable-people/grants-funding/volunteer-grants-2013-call-for-applications-now-open Related LinksVolunteer Grantslast_img read more

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Brennon Scott, No. 15 ILB In 2020 Class, Announces Commitment

first_imgKansas cheerleader runs with a Jayhawk flag during football game.LAWRENCE, KS – SEPTEMBER 29: A Kansas Jayhawks cheerleaders runs with a Jayhawk flag after a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)One of the top linebackers in the 2020 recruiting class just shocked the nation when he announced his commitment on Tuesday night.Four-star linebacker Brennon Scott took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce his commitment to the University of Kansas.Scott chose the Jayhawks over elite programs like USC and Texas.It’s a huge recruiting win for new Kansas head coach Les Miles. After taking over the program following the 2018 season, Miles has put together a solid recruiting class thus far. “I want to congratulate myself for never giving up on my self even though I went through a lot in my recruitment but I stayed strong and trust the process. All in all I wanna say I’m committed to the University of Kansas,” Scott said in a post on Twitter.#RockChalk ….Ima make a name for myself regardless of what people think 💯🤩 y’all get out my boiii @BigDawgEditz for edits pic.twitter.com/mDKLtp9U60— B͓̽r͓̽e͓̽n͓̽n͓̽o͓̽n͓̽ S͓̽c͓̽o͓̽t͓̽t͓̽ #9 ❄️ (@goliveB) August 6, 2019Scott is the No. 15 inside linebacker recruit in the 2020 class. He’s the No. 50 player from a stacked state of Texas and the No. 334 recruit in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Scott immediately becomes the top recruit for the Jayhawks’ 2020 class. Kansas now owns the No. 38 class in the 2020 cycle after finishing the 2019 cycle with the No. 70 class in the nation.Miles’ work in the offseason is paying dividends for the future.last_img read more

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Duleep Trophy: India Red’s Karun Nair hits 166 before match ends in draw

first_img Press Trust of India BengalaruAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 18:24 IST Karun Nair remained unbeaten on 166 for India Red on Monday. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Duleep Trophy match between India Red and India Blue ended in a drawKarun Nair hit an unbeaten 166 for India RedIn the last league encounter, India Red will take on India Green from Aug 29Karun Nair hit an unbeaten 166 for India Red before their Duleep Trophy match against India Blue ended in a draw here on Monday.Red gained three points for taking the first-innings lead and took a big step towards securing a spot in the final while ‘Blue’ got one point to finish their engagements with two points.In the last league encounter, India Red will take on India Green at the Alur cricket stadium from August 29.India Red made 285 in the first innings before restricting their opponent to 255. They scored 297 for six declared in the second innings.India discard Nair, who missed out on a century in the first innings by a run, looked in good touch and played several handsome strokes on the way to his unbeaten innings.Nair and first-innings centurion Ankit Kalsi (64) added 157 runs for the third wicket as India Red declared with an overall lead of 327 runs, following which play was called off.Nair, resuming on his overnight score of 43, kept the scorecard ticking with some pleasing shots, while Kalsi was content to play second fiddle.He reached his century with a lofted shot off left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar’s bowling.The Karnataka right-hander looked positive after getting to his ton and hit some cracking shots, beginning his 2019-’20 domestic season in style.Nair was named Man of the Match.Brief scores (at end of day 3): India Red 285 all out in 124 overs (Ankit Kalsi 105, Karun Nair 99, Ishan Kishan 50, Diwesh Pathania 4/55, Jalaj Saxena 3/57, Aniket Choudhary 2/69) and 297 for 6 declared in 88 overs (Karun Nair 166 not out, Ankit Kalsi 64, Jalaj Saxena 4/105, DG Pathania 2/53) vs India Blue 255 all out in 83.2 overs (Ankit Bawne 121 not out, Anmolpreet Singh 56, Ruturaj Gaikwad 37, Avesh Khan 4/58, Jaydev Unadkat 3/52, Akshay Wakhare 3/32). Points: India Red: 3, India Blue: 1.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India Red vs India BlueFollow Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy: India Red’s Karun Nair hits 166 before match ends in drawKarun Nair and first-innings centurion Ankit Kalsi (64) added 157 runs for the third wicket as India Red declared with an overall lead of 327 runs, following which play was called off.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Stakeholders Commit to Maintain Gains Made Under St. James SOE

first_imgStory Highlights   The Mayor said that the success of the SOE is unquestionable, pointing to the major reduction in murders. Government and private sector stakeholders in St. James have pledged to work together to ensure the maintenance of law and order, even as the State of Public Emergency (SOE) has come to an end.The yearlong security operation, which concluded on January 31, has seen significant reduction in crime, particularly murders, which fell to 102 at the end of last year from 335 in 2017.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in an address to business interests and other stakeholders in Montego Bay on January 27, said that “the Government will do everything in its power to ensure that the citizens of St. James and our visitors are safe and secure.”“Economic certainty, seamlessness, safety and security are important elements of a successful economic plan,” he added.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, in praising the work of the security forces over the past year, said residents of St. James can be assured that an end to the SOE “doesn’t mean the floodgates will be open for a return to mayhem and chaos.”“The checkpoints will remain and the security forces will still maintain a heavy presence on the streets,” he noted.“We are not about to yield an inch to the criminals or those who are hell-bent on doing bad things. Crime has been trending down and we have been seeing a huge reduction in murders, etc. We want to do even better,” he added.Mayor Davis noted that the Government is building facilities to accommodate additional members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the parish.“Up in Montego Hills, land has been cleared for the construction of a new police barracks to house some 250 policemen.“The JDF is completing barracks out in the Flanker area, across from the airport, to house some 700 soldiers. They (the soldiers) have the capability to come by air, to come by sea, and to come on land. So whichever way you want to take it, they have the capabilities,” he added.Mayor Davis said the idea is to have a heavy security presence in the entire western region. “Criminals tend to move from one area to another so we will be having a strong presence in Trelawny, St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland,” he noted.The Mayor said that the success of the SOE is unquestionable, pointing to the major reduction in murders.“This community is united in our belief that we are not going to go back to where we were prior to 2018,” he pledged.For his part, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson, told JIS News that his organisation is happy with the assurances given by the Government and the security forces, adding that “we are all united in not wanting to go back to the days prior to the SOE.”“I like everything I am hearing from the Government and the security forces and their obvious commitment to ensuring we do not reverse the gains we have made,” he said.The Prime Minister declared a State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. James on January 18, 2018 following a rise in criminal activity throughout the parish.The Constitution provides that a period of public emergency can be declared by a Proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person or body of persons, in such a nature, and on so extensive a scale, as to be likely to endanger public safety. Government and private sector stakeholders in St. James have pledged to work together to ensure the maintenance of law and order, even as the State of Public Emergency (SOE) has come to an end. The Constitution provides that a period of public emergency can be declared by a Proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person or body of persons, in such a nature, and on so extensive a scale, as to be likely to endanger public safety.last_img read more

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Lockheed Martin Team Lays Keel for US Navy’s …

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom The Lockheed Martin-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s eleventh Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Sioux City, in a ceremony held at Marinette Marine Corporation.The industry team is building Freedom-class LCSs for the U.S. Navy, and has delivered two ships with five others under construction and one soon to begin construction. The nation’s first LCS, USS Freedom, completed her deployment to Southeast Asia, during which she participated in multiple international maritime exercises, conducted patrols in the South China Sea and provided disaster relief for Operation Damayan. As USS Freedom proved, the ship class is addressing the Navy’s need for an affordable, highly-networked and modular ship unlike any other in the world. The platform is designed and outfitted with mission systems to conduct a variety of missions including anti-surface, mine and submarine warfare. The next LCS to deploy will be the Freedom-class USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in 2014.“We are proud to provide our Sailors with a proven warship that allows them to carry out their missions around the world,” said Dale P. Bennett, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business. “We are working in partnership with the Navy as they build a fleet able to operate forward, stand ready for any challenges, and serve our essential warfighting requirements.”In keeping with a time-honored tradition, ship sponsor Mrs. Mary Winnefeld authenticated the keel block by having her initials welded.“I’m both honored and delighted to be back in my home state of Wisconsin as the sponsor of the future USS Sioux City,” said Mrs. Winnefeld. “It’s been a real privilege to meet the great Americans who are building this versatile ship, and I thank them in advance for their quality work. I look forward to meeting her crew soon, being part of her family, and bringing our ship to life when she’s commissioned.”The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team includes ship builder Marinette Marine Corporation, a Fincantieri company, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, as well as nearly 900 suppliers in 43 states, including approximately 30 small businesses in Wisconsin and Michigan. Lockheed Martin, February 20, 2014last_img read more

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Euronav Selling Shares

first_imgPress Release, September 09, 2014 zoom Belgian tanker owner Euronav NV has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its ordinary shares in the United States of America.The company’s ordinary shares are currently listed on Euronext Brussels. Euronav said that an application has been made to also list the ordinary shares that will be offered in connection with the F-1 on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “EURN.”The amount of shares to be sold has not been revealed.According to Euronav, the proceeds from the shares will be used for covering debt and vessel acquisitions.Deutsche Bank Securities, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley are acting as joint book-running managers and as representatives of the underwriters for the proposed initial public offering in the United States.The registration statement has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective.last_img read more

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Bravo Genie Bouchard follows through on Super Bowl bet takes stranger on

first_imgAdvertisement Earlier on Wednesday she announced that she would be included in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition.Bouchard had tweeted that she “knew Atlanta would win” with the Falcons holding a big lead over the Patriots during the NFL’s championship game. The fan then asked her to go on a date if the Patriots somehow ended up winning and in what must have seemed like a low-risk reply, Bouchard said, “sure.”After New England came back to win 34-28 in overtime she tweeted: “Lesson learned. Never bet against Tom Brady.”On Wednesday, Bouchard followed through on the bet and tweeted a photo of the two of them in the backseat of a car with the caption “Just met my ’Super Bowl Twitter Date’ John. On our way to the @BrooklynNets game!”Bouchard is ranked 42nd on the WTA Tour.https://twitter.com/geniebouchard/status/832019611277144064/photo/1Just met my ‘Super Bowl Twitter Date’ John ? On our way to the @BrooklynNets game! @punslayintwoods pic.twitter.com/DHRgY46smd— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 16, 2017 Advertisement Login/Register With: Hey @BrooklynNets @barclayscenter pic.twitter.com/4F5t3wN0fE— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 16, 2017Busy day with @si_swimsuit and then tonight… I’m going on a date ? pic.twitter.com/jNF5sokLNx— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 15, 2017 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The unveiling of bikini pics and an NBA game with a total stranger?Damn, Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard had herself an eventful week day.Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., went on a date with a New England Patriots fan on Wednesday night after the two agreed to a bet over Twitter during Super Bowl 51. OMG ??? so honored to be in @SiSwim pic.twitter.com/9HgivK45Rq— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 15, 2017 Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez reuniting is a chemistry lesson for us

first_imgJustin Bieber and Selena Gomez were seen leaving the Los Angeles Valley Ice Center together on Nov. 1. She is spotted wearing Justin’s hockey jersey as they hop in his ride after a game. (RMCL, GUMU / BACKGRID PHOTO) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement I hope Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez know what they’re doing.Admittedly, this hope is selfish: I don’t have the mental energy to spend the next few months keeping tabs on a relationship that has toggled between on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off more than a light switch in a bedroom of a child who is scared of the dark.The love affair between Justin and Selena, or “Jelena” to their millions of fans, is an immortal jellyfish, a planarian flatworm, a Xenon-136 isotope, the Reconquista, a bristlecone pine: it refuses to die. Is Jelena a repeating decimal?Based on the photographic evidence, the answer is, “Are owls nocturnal?”READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: (Yes, I’ve been struggling to help my kids with their homework lately. Why do you ask? It is the bags under my eyes or my growing despondency?)So has Jelena roared back to life like a hydra?last_img read more

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Morocco Launches COP22 Public Communication Campaign

Rabat – The Steering Committee of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change launched, on Monday, a broad communication campaign to raise citizens’ awareness about the challenges of the fight against global warming to be held next November in Marrakech.The first phase of the campaign, which will run from Aug.1-31, includes a mini-documentary entitled “Just open your eyes,” which aims to raise public awareness about the importance of preserving our natural and environmental heritage.The second phase will start next September and will also be accompanied by a second mini-documentary. To be screened in Arabic, Berber, French, English and Spanish, the mini-documentary is available in TV, film, and web formats to be accessible to the widest number of people.With MAP read more

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Polisario Maintains Presence in Guerguerat Defying MINURSOs Resolution

Rabat – For the second time this week, the Polisario violated once again the UN ceasefire agreement in the Guerguerat buffer zone. This Friday, January 5, elements of the separatist group trespassed the restricted area under the eyes of the MINURSO peacekeepers. Two vehicles belonging to the Polisario’s so-called “civilian police” penetrated on Friday, January 5 the Guerguerat zone. According to Moroccan news website Le360 who reported the news, the mercenaries refuse to leave the premises. According to Le360, no incident has been reported so far. However, this new intrusion may worsen the already high tensions in Guerguerat, declared a buffer zone under the ceasefire agreement of November 6, 1991. Read Also: Polisario Violates UN’s Resolution, Enters Restricted Strip Zone of GuergueratThis new provocative action follows that of Wednesday, January 3, when armed elements of the separatist front intercepted a race vehicle of two participants of a desert rally challenge coming from Dakhla. Read Also: Morocco Slams Polisario for Violating UN’s Ceasefire Resolution in GuergueratThe separatist front’s actions are all the more worrying as they come three days before the passage of the Rally Monaco-Dakar, Monday, January 8, on the only road linking southern Morocco to northern Mauritania. According to Le360’s sources, “Morocco did indeed call on the MINURSO to denounce these provocative actions, asking the Mission to put an end to Polisario incursions into Guerguerat.” read more

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Klobuchar forged record as reliable ally to med tech

MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a presidential hopeful, has built a reputation as a champion for consumer safety.The Minnesota Democrat has also advocated for the medical device industry — a big employer in her home state — in ways that complicate her reputation as a consumer defender.A review of Klobuchar’s record by The Associated Press and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found that Klobuchar has advanced proposals championed by the medical device industry that some consumer advocates claim would put patients’ safety at risk. They say she has put the industry’s demands above patient safety.Klobuchar counters that she has pushed to improve safety while cutting red tape that slows the approval of medical devices.Amy Forliti Of The Associated Press And Spencer Woodman Of The International Consortium Of Investigative Journalists, The Associated Press read more

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Pakistan UN delivers food to 20000 quake victims

In the hardest-hit district of Ziarat, the agency is delivering fortified ready-to-eat biscuits.Additionally, WFP is supplying almost 400 tons of wheat flour, beans, vegetable oil and salt, as a one-month ration, for 20,000 people in Ziarat and neighbouring Pishin district.Almost 200 people have died, with hundreds more injured, in the 6.4 magnitude quake, whose epicentre was located in a mountainous area northeast of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan.UN agencies have carried out assessments to determine the humanitarian response, with six teams having visited dozens of villages over the past several days to analyze the impact of the strong tremors on the already poor and vulnerable population.Temperatures in the high-altitude region are already very low and expected to drop even more with the approach of winter. The missions found that winterized tents, blankets, warm clothing, food, health services and restoration of drinking water are the main priorities.The Pakistani military has set up camps in Ziarat, which are currently being used as storage depots, with four additional camps proposed in the district. 6 November 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food for up to 20,000 survivors of the deadly earthquake that struck Pakistan’s southwest Baluchistan province late last month. read more

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Petition asking for Donald Trump to be barred from a state visit

first_imgThe petition says: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.” Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.The five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament website. Thousands of signaturesLong description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 5 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.The five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament websiteThe five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament website – Highcharts CloudThe five most popular petitions ever on the ParliamentwebsiteThe five most popular petitions ever on the Parliament websiteThousands of signaturesEU Referendum Rules triggering a2nd EU ReferendumEU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU ReferendumPrevent Donald Trump from making aState Visit to the United Kingdom.Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.Give the Meningitis B vaccine to ALLchildrenGive the Meningitis B vaccine to ALL childrenBlock Donald J Trump from UK entryStop all immigration and close the UKborders until ISIS is defeated.Stop all immigration and close the UK borders until ISIS is defeated.010002000300040005000Parliament Donald Trump is the subject of the fourth most popular; this is the petition which was debated in Parliament before Mr Trump became President. Over half a million people voted to ban him from the UK.Also popular is a petition which asks for all immigration to the UK to be stopped until Isis is defeated, with almost half a million signatures. The top 20 constituencies for #trumppetition signatures. Brighton Pavilion currently leads as % of Dec 15 electorate https://t.co/WTZd1GeeeF pic.twitter.com/dWALNrTRpf— NumbrCrunchrPolitics (@NCPoliticsUK) January 30, 2017 The petition to stop Donald Trump’s state visit because it would “embarrass the Queen” has reached over a million signatures over the past few days.It is now the second most popular petition on the official Government website, second only to the four million people who asked for a second EU referendum.The third most popular petition asked the Government to give the Meningitis B vaccine to all children, not just newborns, and it gained 823,348 signatures. However, this is unlikely to appease the people who have signed the petition, which is growing by the minute.Many are bringing up Donald Trump’s 2012 tweet  about Kate Middleton, in which he defended the papparazi who photographed her as she sunbathed topless on private property. They are pointing to that as a reason he should not meet the Queen.center_img The constituencies most in favour of the ban on Donald Trump having a state visit are no big surprise; Caroline Lucas’ Brighton Pavillion seat leads the list with over 8% of the electorate having signed the petition so far. This is followed by Labour MP Catherine West’s consituency of Hornsey and Wood Green, then Diane Abbott’s constituency, then Jeremy Corbyn’s.The Donald Trump petition has now overtaken the popular change.org petition which asked for Jeremy Clarkson not to be sacked from Top Gear after his fracas with a producer. This managed to attain over a million signatures. Sadly for those who campaigned for him to stay, the petition proved fruitless. Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2012 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. The petition asking for Donald Trump to be barred from a state visit has caused controversy and a headache for the Government, especially since it came shortly after Theresa May’s successful visit to the White House.The Government has said they will not consider revoking his invitation because the “populist gesture” would “undo everything” and that “America is a huge important ally”.last_img read more

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Antonio Carlos Ortega overtakes TSV Hannover Burgdorf

← Previous Story All Stars for Legends woke up Prague Next Story → Poland gets wild card for Germany 2017 Ex-coach of Spanish Antequera, Hungarian Telekom Veszprem and Danish KIF Kolding Kobenhavn, Antonio Carlos Ortega will lead German team TSV Hannover Burgdorf in the next two seasons.The 46-years old iconic player of Spanish FC Barcelona made the biggest success by playing at EHF CL final with Veszprem in 2015.He also led Japanese national team at World Championship 2017 in France.His assistant will be Iker Romero. read more

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State of emergency declared in Bangkok as protests continue

first_imgIt shows that the government is getting desperate because the momentum is with us.The backdrop to the protests is a years-long political struggle pitting the kingdom’s royalist establishment against fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck’s older brother who was ousted by the military seven years ago.The 60-day state of emergency enables authorities to impose a curfew, ban public gatherings of more than five people, detain suspects for 30 days without charge and censor media in Bangkok and surrounding areas.The government has not yet used any of those measures and has said police will keep the leading security role, unlike during pro-Thaksin “Red Shirts” rallies in 2010 when the military was ordered onto the streets by the previous government.BoycottYingluck has called an election for February 2 but the main opposition party is boycotting the vote.The Election Commission on Wednesday asked the Constitutional Court to delay the polls due to the unrest, its Secretary-General Puchong Nutrawong told AFP, after the government rejected its call for a postponement. A STATE OF emergency has come into force across the tense capital of Thailand today, although defiant opposition protesters have refused to abandon their fight to bring down the government.Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is under intense pressure to step down after more than two months of street rallies aimed at ousting her elected government and installing an unelected “people’s council”.“We’re not taking any notice of the state of emergency and are continuing our protest as usual,” rally spokesman Akanat Promphan told AFP. Anti-government protesters remove letters from the exterior of the Royal Thai police headquarters during a rally today. (Sakchai Lalit/AP/Press Association Images)Nine people have been killed and hundreds injured in grenade attacks, drive-by shootings and street clashes since the latest protests began at the end of October.In an incident likely to fan anger among his supporters, a prominent Red Shirt leader, Kwanchai Praipana, was shot and wounded by an unknown gunman at his house in northeast Thailand.RoadblocksThe demonstrators have staged a self-styled “shutdown” of Bangkok since January 13, erecting roadblocks and rally stages at several main intersections.The number of protesters on the streets has steadily fallen in recent days, with some rally sites almost deserted during the daytime, although turnout tends to swell in the evening when people leave work.The Metropolitan Police Bureau estimated there were about 5,000 protesters spread across seven rally sites this morning.When the state of emergency was last imposed in 2010 by the previous government more than 90 people were killed and nearly 1,900 injured in a crackdown by soldiers firing live rounds and backed by armoured vehicles.- © AFP, 2014Read: Dozens wounded in explosion at protest march >Photos: Tens of thousands of protesters attempt to ‘shut down’ Bangkok >last_img read more

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Call of Duty Black Ops is quite good says reviews

first_imgCall of Duty: Black Ops is quite good, at least according to the first round of reviews. The newest game in the ultra-successful franchise comes out today (though Steam still has it as preloading) and it’s looking like you should  be excited.The Metacritic scores are rather high, and the big reviews sites are quite positive as well. There are complaints, so this won’t be a flawless victory for Treyarch, but it looks like they’ve done the CoD series proud.AdChoices广告Giant Bomb – 4/5Joystiq – 4/5Game Reactor – 9/10Eurogamer – 8/10Metro.co.uk – 9/10Game Informer – 9/10CVG – 9.3/10Guardian – 5/5Videogamer – 9/101up – A-IGN – 8.5/10Shacknews – “the best Call of Duty game”Kotaku – Editor’s ChoiceOverall, there is a strong single player campaign that features most of the conventions and faults of a Call of Duty game, as well as a superb multiplayer experience and lots of extras. Black Ops appears to be a title that no gamer should miss.last_img read more

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Fianna Fáil branch to ask Bertie Ahern to rejoin party

first_img 37,515 Views Bertie Ahern Image: Eamonn Farrell FIANNA FÁIL IN Dublin Central is set to ask former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to rejoin the party.Branch chairman Brian Mohan confirmed the news to TheJournal.ie, after a motion was unanimously backed at a meeting tonight.Mohan said about 30 people were at the meeting and the motion was voted on after “a deep, meaningful discussion”.He said he expected a letter to be drafted at Fianna Fáil headquarters tomorrow morning before he will deliver it to Ahern.Mohan said that while Ahern is “controversial in some people’s eyes, he has been nothing but loyal to Fianna Fáil” and “deserves a second chance”.He said the former party leader would be an asset to Fianna Fáil as he knows the constituency very well and “knows how to win elections, something he proved throughout his career”.Speaking on RTÉ’s Late Debate, Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív said the issue will “come to the national executive, and it’ll be debated there”, adding: “I’ll make my views known at the national executive debate.”Mahon Tribunal Ahern resigned from the party in March 2012 following the publication of the Mahon Tribunal report. He stepped down as Taoiseach in 2008 and as a TD in 2011.The tribunal found that he did not truthfully account for payments of IR£165,000 made to accounts connected to him.The report did not make findings of corruption against Ahern, but proved hugely damaging to his reputation. He has disputed the findings.Read: What’s Bertie been up to?Read: Stephen Donnelly briefly blocked on Twitter by Social Democrats Nov 29th 2016, 10:04 PM Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 10:04 PM Short URL Share3302 Tweet Email5 Image: Eamonn Farrellcenter_img Fianna Fáil branch to ask Bertie Ahern to rejoin party Dublin Central chair Brian Mohan said Ahern “has been nothing but loyal to Fianna Fáil” and “deserves a second chance”. Bertie Ahern Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3110351 194 Comments last_img read more

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