The holiday season is all too often a whirlwind of gift buying and parties, but it is also the time of year when you think about making a positive impact in your community through volunteering or donating money.Take a Charitable Cue From Your Fave CelebritiesWhen it comes to deciding which charity to support, the choices can be overwhelming. Since you wouldn’t think twice about taking your fashion cues from a celebrity, why not follow your favorite star’s lead when it comes to worthy causes, too? Here are just a few celebrity-endorsed campaigns and causes to get you thinking about how and where you want to donate your time and money this holiday season and throughout the year.Donate a PhotoJohnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo campaign has attracted stars like Hilary Duff, Nigel Barker and Zachary Levi, but is designed so that anyone with a smartphone can participate.The way the campaign works is that users download the “Donate a Photo” app and then upload a photo once a day so that Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to one of the charities it has partnered with for this initiative. The photos are an easy way to raise money for causes like the American Diabetes Association and Operation Smile, and each photo is added to the Donate a Photo gallery to help raise awareness. To ensure your photos make a star out of the charity you choose, use a device like the iPhone 6 Plus with an 8-megapixel iSight camera and True Tone flash to produce professional-looking pictures, no matter your skill level.Charity MilesThe philanthropic app Charity Miles, which is endorsed by none other than Oprah, makes it easy to donate money all year round. All you have to do is download the app, turn it on when you exercise and watch as a corporate sponsor donates money to an organization on your behalf for each mile you run, walk or bike. Organizations sponsored by Charity Miles include the Wounded Warrior Project, Feeding America and The Nature Conservancy.Best BuddiesBest Buddies is an international organization focused on creating opportunities for friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies has won support from Nancy O’Dell, Maria Shriver, Tom Brady, Ciara, Clint Eastwood and many more. To follow in these celebrities’ footsteps, you can support the organization financially or through one of their volunteer opportunities. You also can participate in a Best Buddies’ Friendship Walk to raise money and awareness for the organization as well as to promote inclusion and opportunity for people with intellectual and development disabilities.Save the ChildrenThe list of celebrities who have worked with the charity Save the Children is long and varied, ranging from Whoopi Goldberg to Forest Whitaker to George Bush Sr. The organization works in the United States and around the world to better children’s health, education and disaster relief initiatives. If you wish to get involved with Save the Children, you can sponsor a child or become part of the Save the Children Action Network by advocating for children’s issues.
MusiCorps is to perform a free concert during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, July 26 at the Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia.The event will feature a performance by internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Aloe Blacc. This free concert is the only event in support and celebration of injured veterans taking place at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. With over 1500 guests and over 35 federal and statewide elected officials, this will be the most talked about event of Tuesday.Formed in response to the crisis of returning service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, MusiCorps is a conservatory-level music rehabilitation program that helps wounded warriors play music and recover their lives.It has been praised by the Wall Street Journal as “revolutionary,” is pioneering in the field of adaptive music, and has helped countless wounded warriors learn or relearn how to play an instrument as a core part of their rehabilitation. With MusiCorps, disabilities disappear and severely injured veterans soar, reaching the highest levels of musical achievement. The band has wowed millions of people with powerful performances that speak to the talent and resilience of our veterans.WHEN: Tuesday, July 26. Doors open at 10 PM, immediately following the conclusion of the evening’s convention activities at the Wells Fargo Center.WHERE: The Trocadero Theater at the corner of 10th and Arch Streets in Center City Philadelphia.“I’m honored to perform with MusiCorps. As the child of a retired Marine Corps Major, I know the hard work that military personnel do to protect our freedoms and we are all indebted to their service,” said Blacc.Find out more about MusiCorps here.
The OSU football team returned to the practice field on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, less than 2 months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon in the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorThe defending national champion Ohio State football team took the field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the first time since walking off it in Arlington, Texas, less than two months ago.And for the first time since August, a familiar face emerged onto the field donning the No. 5.And no, it wasn’t Jeff Heuerman.Redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller participated in spring drills in a limited role Tuesday, as he is still rehabbing the torn labrum in his throwing shoulder that held him out for the 2014 season. However, senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said Miller’s presence was encouraging to see.“It’s good because people know his face around here. Even the young guys coming in, everybody knows Braxton,” Decker said. “It’s been awhile since he has been able to be out there with us.”Coach Urban Meyer said Miller has made multiple trips to Birmingham, Ala., to rehab the shoulder injury and added he is happy with Miller’s honesty concerning the injury.“Our day today was all about Braxton continuing along his journey to get healthy, which he has done an excellent job (with),” Meyer said. “I ask him everyday, ‘How’s it going?’ And he is man enough to tell me.”Not only was Miller on the field, but redshirt-sophomore quarterback and the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year J.T. Barrett entered the practice facility as well.Barrett, though, is also coming back from a significant injury: a fractured ankle suffered against Michigan in the regular season finale.Meyer said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native is ahead of schedule on his rehab.“He was doing more than I thought he could,” Meyer said after practice. “We want to keep pushing him and get him healthy.”Barrett didn’t participate in the Buckeyes’ team stretches or light running drills before practice, but he joined the other quarterbacks for passing drills shortly after.Finally, redshirt-junior Cardale Jones was also back on the practice field for the first time since he led OSU to a 42-20 win against Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Jones was one of just two healthy scholarship quarterbacks on the practice field for the Buckeyes Tuesday, earning almost all the first-team reps.Even with the success of Barrett and Jones in Miller’s absence last season, Meyer said he has not discussed moving Miller to another position.“Our conversations are about health. I just want to see him get healthy,” Meyer said. “I think he can do whatever. He is athletic enough. But I still think he is a quarterback.”With three viable options at the quarterback position, Meyer said he isn’t worried about the production on the field with any of the three, but rather having to tell two of his quarterbacks no.“At some point there will be some (stress) because of the respect I have for those three guys. There is no stress at all as far as the functionality of the position,” Meyer said. “It’s the personalities, families and people involved. I have a lot of respect for those guys and everyone around here has seen what they have done.”For the other players, Decker said he doesn’t worry about the quarterback battle because of the confidence he has in all three.“I am going to let the coaches figure that out,” Decker said. “I know we have three great quarterbacks that can all play, and whoever they throw in there will be fine.”So with three stars at the position, only one of whom is healthy, how is Meyer approaching the competition with months until kickoff?“Day-to-day, player-by-player and that’s the focus,” he said. “How does it play out? I don’t know.”The Buckeyes are set to take the field at Ohio Stadium on April 18 for their annual Spring Game before starting the 2015 campaign on the road against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7.
Four paratroopers who used Jeremy Corbyn’s face for target practice could be thrown out of the army amid claims their actions were in retaliation for the Labour leader’s support for Bloody Sunday prosecutions. Footage shared widely on social media showed soldiers firing wax bullets at a large image of the Labour leader while on an operation in Kabul, Afghanistan. The video shows a number of soldiers taking aim down the range and firing their weapons. The camera then focuses on the target and zooms in on an image of Mr Corbyn. A number of marks can be seen peppered across the Labour leader’s face, while a caption reads “Happy with that”. Labour MPs reacted with fury to the footage, and Theresa…
Stellar Industries has released of the 13500 large OTR service truck. The Stellar® 13500 is a tyre service crane that, when mounted with the Stellar TM6116 Tire Manipulator, can handle tires up to 3 m (116”) in diameter and up to 2,725 kg, and without the TM6116 can lift 6,125 kg at 3.05 m from the centreline of the crane’s rotation. The 13500 is equipped with fold down style stabilisers with a wide stance to give, the company reports, “excellent stability whether mounted on a single or optional tandem axle chassis as well as excellent serviceability of all cylinders and hoses.” The 13500 is available in two different configurations, a 5.2 m long single or 6.1 m long tandem body.Features of the service body of the truck include a heavy-duty steel construction, eight D-ring tie downs on the flatbed, stainless steel rotary slam latches, slide top doors on all tool compartments, recessed skirt-mounted halogen floodlights, rubber mounted running lights and undercoating on the entire body.Features of the crane include fully proportional radio remote control, fully enclosed extension boom cylinder, hexagon-shaped secondary and extension booms, integral-mounted pump and PTO on chassis, and load-holding counterbalance valves. Additionally, rotation is accomplished through a turntable bearing.As with all Stellar OTR tire service trucks, the large OTR service truck incorporates a hexagonal boom design; a design that is well known in the industry for its excellent strength and durability.“Customer demand brought us to the development of this crane,” says Tim Davison, Product Manager for bodies and cranes. He continues, “It fits nicely within the rest of our product offerings. It offers a strong crane with lots of capacity, but on a chassis that is manageable for a mid-sized operation. This size of service truck will work very well for quarries, small mining operations, and large construction companies operating their own trucks to service their fleet.”
Robots are being used to replace people in dangerous jobs all the time, and the SkySweeper is one that looks to help by climbing across just about anything rope-shaped in order to help people out.The cost of robotics today makes it so they are only deployed in the most dangerous of situations. In the case of power line crawlers — robots designed to help determine the safety and health of any given power line — they are far too expensive to hand out to every single person on the job. The same goes for using a similar robot to check out a rope bridge flung across a dangerous mountainside or an old, potentially unsafe zipline. We have the tools, but they are so expensive that most people don’t or can’t use them. SkySweeper is looking to dramatically lower the cost of these kinds of robots by rethinking how they move across power lines and ropes.Nick Morozovsky, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at University of California, San Diego has assembled a power line crawler that works like an inchworm crawling across the line. The motor that controls the bot is at the center of the design, which flexes like an elbow to push the robot along as actuator clamps grip the rope. The push or pull motion is designed to be controlled remotely, so the robot can scoot in either direction as it moves.This early prototype demonstrates a better design for these kinds of machines, and offers a lot of room for customization to suit the needs of the task at hand. Power line crawling, for example, would need custom sensors to help test the lines and make sure they are functioning correctly. In the video, Nick discusses the flexible design and how it would be possible to deploy variations of his SkySweeper in dozens of different use cases, due mostly to the design and the significantly lower cost to implement.
For many people, the fourth episode of a new television show is the point of no return. You’ve become invested in the characters, and as long as something terrible doesn’t happen you’re in it for the long haul. Will this episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD be what keeps you in front of your TV every Tuesday night for a the foreseeable future, or is it time to find something else to watch?We’ve reached the point in Agents of SHIELD where it’s clear that we’ve got a team, but we haven’t learned a ton about the characters. Episode 3 cleared up some lingering doubts about Skye and her loyalty (for the most part), but there’s a good chance that we’ve not seen the last of her internal struggle with loyalty. This is the fun part of a series like SHIELD, where the episodes become targeted.We still need to learn more about the bad guy for this story arc, and we need some time for the audience to get to know the characters better. From the trailers, it looks like that’s exactly what we’re getting with episode 4. Masked strangers with matching suits and briefcases, an Agent being remotely controlled to kill, and a look into one of the skeletons in Agent Coulson’s closet seem to be the individual pieces that will make up this episode.We’ll be following along with the episode at 8PM (Eastern) with some live blog-style commentary. Feel free to chime in anytime during or after the show with your thoughts in the comments section.Time to go!The streets of Sweden are filled with a huge swarm of guys in crimson masks. Is this the first public display of The Crimson Tide? Why does no one seem to notice they are there?The Agent from the previews is following behind the group, and now it looks like she may be the only one who can see them. It’s not totally clear whether or not anyone else can see these masked individuals.For some reason, that access panel turned out the lights, and when the train stopped everyone wearing a red mask was dead. One of the briefcases was removed by force, leaving the poor guy without a hand. Seems like there should be a lot more blood with that sort of injury, but this is a family show.The Bus! Coulson wants to fly The Bus. The Cavalry really just wants Coulson to stop talking.Fitz-Simmons is showing off a crazy new gun: the Night-Light gun. Apparently Sky isn’t the best with firearms yet. I would totally say bang every time I pulled the trigger.A series of diamond thefts, now over $30m in rocks stolen from a bunch of different locations. A single thief did it all with her eyes closed, just like we saw before. So, the crimson masks weren’t the bad guys?“Between Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr, people surveil themselves.” Creepy but true.Agent May said that there’s no conclusive research into precognitive abilities. So, either the X-Men aren’t a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or that information is beyond her security level. Hopefully it is the latter.Coulson trained the woman responsible for the thefts and killings. Skeleton located.Akela Amadore is something Coulson clearly wants to deal with a silently as possible. She’s clearly hearing voices, and can see well beyond what she should be able to with just her eyes.She hid the diamonds inside of crazy dissolving golf balls. Apparently the diamonds were so she could buy access into something. “It’ll come to me” is her answer for what to do next. Someone or something is feeding her data, but no clue how.“Bus to Short Bus” haha.Fits-Simmons and Skye are trying to track her down electronically, while Ward and Coulson are tracking her physically.SHIELD has their own water bottles. How long it will be before those are for sale somewhere?Amadore is able to see more than just physical things from room to room, she can “see” cancer in the hostess as well?Fitz-Simmons have figured out how to see what Amadore sees through an encrypted wireless signal, just as the rogue agent plows the Short Bus off the road and down a hill. Safety Off is not Mag Eject, Skye. Stop that.Everyone has gone back to The Bus, Ward expected everyone to be rattled. Dude has got to stop handling the geeks with kid gloves. Skye can now record what Amadore can see.Cyborg-y bits inside the eye that gives multiple kinds of visual tools. Google Glass Mark 7. Someone has remote control over what she can see, just like Skye does now.Agent May has run off on her own to confront Amadore. The remote control people have the ability to terminate Amadore if she fails to accomplish an objective. Explains why she seems so willing up to this point.Agent May clearly had the upper hand until Amadore killed the lights. I doubt that the one little light was keeping that room lit, but fortunately Coulson was there with the Night Light gun to save the day.Agent Ward is playing proxy with some crazy looking Glasses. That Google Glass joke from earlier seems a little less ironic now.Someone approached Amadore and replaced her eye after it was damaged in a crossfire. She still has no idea who her handlers are, but seems to think they are just as organized as SHIELD. The Crimson Tide?Ward doesn’t look anything like Amadore. He’s in a suit, his hands are white, and he’s clearly taller. As he was driving earlier, how did the handler not notice?Coulson seems to have an idea who the handler is, but isn’t sharing much in the way of information yet. It’s up to Ward to get the job done long enough to track the origin of the messages while Fitz-Simmons to scoop out the robot eye. This could get interesting. Or gross.Oh. Well I’m sure Ward has been trained in the art of seduction. That security guard dude should be confused at the very least.“You’re going to have to Bromance him. Please don’t die.”Big security guard guy is not amused. Seduction failed, Agent Ward. On to the next room… where there’s two guys with typewriters. The combination of old tech and new tech here is bizarre. The handler got a screenshot of whatever the symbols on the board were, and now it is time for Ward to fight his way out of the heavily secure research facility.Come over here and touch this eyeball, Fitz. It’s only going to explode if you screw up.Coulson found the handler! Who was unfortunately also being remotely controlled and is now dead. Three levels deep. That explosion wasn’t as serious as Fitz-Simmons made it seem.Amadore knows that there’s something wrong with Coulson. He’s not himself, and now May knows something is up. Meanwhile, Coulson is all about second chances after he got his second chance. Even if that second chance is artificial, because he’s a life model decoy. Maybe. Probably.The episode winds down with a staring contest/card game between Fitz and Ward. Fitz was planning to cheat right until Skye made it clear that the backscatter view would allow her to see him naked. That didn’t stop her from getting a peek at Agent Ward as Fitz scurried away from the room.Read more on Agents of SHIELD…
Share9 Tweet Email Sep 8th 2019, 5:35 PM Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 5:35 PM GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE death of a 55-year-old man at a rented house in Cork city have launched a murder investigation. The man’s body was discovered shortly after 11.30am yesterday morning at a house on Bandon Road. The man, believed to be originally from Mayfield on the north side of the city, was found by his son when he went to the house yesterday afternoon.Gardaí said that for operational reasons they will not be releasing the details of the post-mortem. Investigating gardaí are renewing their appeal for information and say they are anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Bandon Road / McCurtain Villas area of Cork City between 2-7 September.Gardaí also appealed to anyone who may have dashcam footage to contact the incident room at Anglesea Street on 021-4522000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. Short URL 1 Comment Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire 37,506 Views https://jrnl.ie/4800809 Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire Murder investigation launched after post-mortem carried out on body of man (55) found in Cork house Gardaí said that for operational reasons they will not be releasing the details of the post-mortem. By Adam Daly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Cycloclean : un vélo pour purifier l’eauUne firme japonaise a mis au point une étonnante bicyclette, qui en un coup de pédale, permet de purifier de l’eau. Destiné aux régions les plus reculées, ainsi qu’aux zones touchées par des catastrophes naturelles, ce vélo baptisé Cycloclean sera prochainement fabriqué au Bangladesh.La société Nippon Basic a lancé ce vélo purificateur d’eau en 2005 au Japon, où 200 modèles ont depuis été vendus. C’est désormais au Bangladesh que la production de la bicyclette va être lancée, le pays offrant une véritable demande, explique Yuichi Katsuura, président de Nippon Basic cité par le site Sciences et Avenir.À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?L’utilisation du Cycloclean est extrêmement simple. “Vous pédalez jusqu’à une rivière, une mare ou toute autre source d’eau, et vos jambes suffisent à produire de l’eau potable” assure Yuichi Katsuura. Le cycliste plonge un tuyau dans une source d’eau, et pédale pour aspirer le liquide. Celui-ci est alors nettoyé grâce à trois filtres dont est équipée la roue arrière du vélo. Cinq litres d’eau peuvent ainsi être purifiés en seulement une minute.Le Cycloclean est vendu 550.000 yens au Japon, soit 4.850 euros. Mais Nippon Basic entend lancer sa fabrication au Bangladesh avec une société locale, afin d’en réduire le coût. La firme compte produire chaque année dans le pays, 100 à 200 vélos de ce type.En outre, le Cycloclean pourrait se montrer salvateur pour les populations touchées par des catastrophes naturelles et privées d’eau potable, en leur offrant rapidement et simplement un liquide purifié. Depuis son lancement au Japon, il a été essentiellement vendu à des municipalités nippones, mais quelques exemplaires ont également trouvés preneurs au Bangladesh, en Birmanie, au Cambodge, en Chine, en Indonésie et aux Philippines.Le 20 février 2011 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
Participez au choix des prénoms de quatre oursons nés dans les PyrénéesL’association Pays de l’Ours-Adet propose aux internautes de faire des propositions pour baptiser les quatre oursons nés en 2010 dans les Pyrénées. Il s’agit d’un mâle et de trois femelles nés de deux mères Bambou et Caramelles mais du même père Pyros.”Aidez-nous à baptiser quatre oursons !” C’est l’opération que vient tout juste de lancer l’association Pays de l’Ours-Adet par l’intermédiaire du site www.bapteme.paysdelours.fr. En effet, celle-ci propose aux internautes de faire des suggestions de prénoms afin de baptiser quatre oursons, plus précisément un ourson et trois oursonnes nés en 2010 dans les Pyrénées. Les suggestions peuvent aller “du petit nom sympa au nom faisant référence à la culture ou aux lieux pyrénéens”, a précisé l’association pro-ours fière des quatre rejetons que l’on peut voir gambader sur le site. “Ces oursons ont désormais un an et demi, et “nous sommes rassurés pour leur survie”, a ainsi indiqué le directeur de Pays de l’Ours-Adet, Alain Reynes. Deux des femelles oursonnes ont été aperçues en Espagne, dans le Val d’Aran, et en France dans le Comminges (Haute-Garonne) et le Couserans (Ariège) et sont les filles de l’ourse Bambou. Quant au mâle et la troisième femelle, ils sont nés de Caramelles et ont été observés en Espagne (Catalogne) et en France (Couserans). Mais tous les rejetons ont le même père : Pyros, un ours de Slovénie de 24 ans relâché en 1997. 25 ours dans les Pyrénées À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoque”Depuis le début de l’introduction d’ours de Slovénie en 1996 dans les Pyrénées, 27 à 28 oursons sont nés, mais plusieurs sont morts en bas âge”, selon Alain Reynes. En vérité, “sur les 24 derniers oursons dont on connaisse les parents, 17 ont le même père, Pyros”, explique t-il également. Mais la situation est un peu plus compliqué que cela puisque l’ours slovène est à la fois père et grand-père de deux des oursons car il est également le père de la femelle Caramelles. Aujourd’hui, il y aurait actuellement environ 25 ours dans les Pyrénées. La bonne nouvelle, selon Alain Reynes, c’est que Balou et Moonboots, deux mâles qui se trouvaient isolés en Haute-Ariège, sont revenus vers le noyau central des Pyrénées où se trouvent des femelles, rapporte l’AFP. De nouveaux oursons pourraient ainsi bientôt voir le jour alors que la réintroduction de ces animaux divise toujours. Le 25 septembre 2011 à 17:01 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Former Alaska State Trooper, Vance Peronto, has plead not guilty to charges of attempted sexual abuse of a minor, plus four counts each of unlawful exploitation of a minor and possessing child pornography. According to troopers, the father of a 16-year-old Peronto stopped during a traffic stop, on the Kenai Spur Highway, alerted authorities that Peronto had exchanged “salacious text messages” with the teen, some including nude images of her. For more details: http://www.radiokenai.us/former-soldotna-trooper-faces-new-charges/ Peronto, a former Trooper out of the Soldotna Post, plead not guilty to each of the counts during a brief court appearance, on Tuesday, May 29. Peronto has been out on bail pending trial. A pretrial conference has been set for June 16, with his trial tentatively scheduled for August 6.
Without the prospect of a BRAC round to help the military services shed excess infrastructure, most have begun to budget larger sums to demolish facilities they no longer need. The Army has significantly increased spending to raze facilities since fiscal 2016, Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, assistant chief of staff for installation management, told the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee last week. The service plans to spend about $100 million in the current year on demolition and it has requested more than $200 million for FY 2019. Under the Army’s “Reduce the Footprint” initiative, officials are consolidating personnel into the facilities in the best shape, and getting rid of those in poor or failing condition.“So we are taking it seriously and we are trying to rid ourselves of that excess because we know it is costing dollars,” Bingham said. The Army has about 170 million square feet of excess capacity.The Navy included $122 million in its FY 2019 proposal to demolish excess infrastructure, which would mark the first time it has devoted a significant amount of money to that activity in several years. The service has a priority list of $311 million worth of demolition projects, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics, told the panel. “We’re going after it. This year’s proposed budget just gives us that opportunity to do it,” Smith said.The Marine Corps requested spending $74 million next year to raze 1.8 million square feet of unneeded infrastructure. Getting rid of that space would have a huge payoff, allowing the Marine Corps to avoid $9.4 million in operations costs, said Maj. Gen. Vincent Coglianese, commander of Marine Corps Installations Command and assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics (facilities).The Air Force has been budgeting about $25 million each year for consolidation and demolition, Maj. Gen. Timothy Green, director of civil engineers and deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection, told lawmakers. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Share Albert Gonzalez Farran /AFP/Getty ImagesWomen carry sacks of food, airdropped by the World Food Programme, this past summer in Jonglei, South Sudan.The U.N. is facing a terrible dilemma.“Basically, when we haven’t got enough money, we have to decide who’s not going to get food,” says Peter Smerdon, a spokesman for the U.N.’s World Food Programme in East Africa.And even though the program’s budget is at a record high, it’s not enough to keep up with the number of refugees and people in other crisis situations who need emergency food aid. Continuing conflicts in countries like Syria and Yemen and other crises led to the agency’s multibillion-dollar budget shortfall last year. It received a total of $6.8 billion from countries, organizations and private donors when it needed $9.1 billion to do its job.WFP has already made cutbacks to the number of people it assists in some places. In Somalia, food aid was suspended for 500,000 people in December. In Ukraine, the agency plans to stop giving food to about 40,000 people in February. And in Syria, WFP is providing 2.8 million people with food aid this month, down from 4 million in 2017.In other places, WFP has reduced the amount of calories that rations contain. “We can do a shallow cut, like 10 percent, 20 percent of the full ration,” says Smerdon. “Or we can do a deep cut if we think the contributions will not be coming in anytime soon.”In refugee camps, a full daily ration contains 2,100 calories. That is pretty much the bare minimum for adults — to avoid losing weight, women need an estimated 1,600 to 2,400 calories a day while men need 2,000 to 3,000, according to current U.S. dietary guidelines.The rations vary from country to country, and even within countries, explains WFP spokeswoman Challiss McDonough. In East Africa, the rations would include a cereal grain such as corn or wheat, dried peas or lentils, a fortified flour blend (usually eaten as a hot cereal), some cooking oil and iodized salt.If funding for a particular region is not “coming in anytime soon,” says Smerdon, “we can do a deep cut.”In Yemen, the difficulty of providing food rations has been exacerbated by the ongoing civil war and further complicated by blockades that slow down the process of getting food into the country. There have been 40 percent calorie cuts to half of the rations being distributed, says WFP.The deeper the cuts, the greater the burden on people who are already living in crisis situations, McDonough says.WFP is usually “the provider of last resort,” McDonough says. When it reduces the number of people it serves or shrinks the size of the daily ration, there is no guarantee that other agencies or organizations will be able to step in to fill the gap. In more stable countries, local branches of organizations such as the Red Cross or Red Crescent societies can help, she explains.As food aid is reduced or suspended, people might have to sell some of their possessions, using money for school fees or going into debt to buy food.“When people are trying to figure out how to survive and put dinner on the table every night, it doesn’t allow that family to think about longer-term investments like education, building jobs and businesses and things that will help them in the future,” she says.The reductions may hit some people harder than others, depending on how much they rely on food aid. In many cases, they get all of their food from WFP, Smerdon says. In Uganda, refugees get a plot of land they can use for growing crops.And when the cuts are sustained — or deep — there is an increased risk of malnutrition and a suite of other health problems for refugees.“Their immune systems will be suppressed, and if cuts continue or they’re getting absolutely no food from WFP, inevitably over time, they will fall sick and ultimately many people will perish,” Smerdon says.Apart from being a source of life-sustaining calories, food rations become key bargaining tools for people living in camps, says Peter Hailey, nutrition expert and founding co-director of the Nairobi-based Centre for Humanitarian Change. He led UNICEF Somalia’s nutrition response during the country’s 2011 famine.“Parents might decide to reduce the number of meals they [eat] so some of the food can be used not just to feed their kids, but also to pay for health care for those kids or for access to education,” Hailey says.McDonough and her colleagues are trying to stay positive. “We hope that any cuts like this are temporary,” she says. “That gap between what we want to do, what we think we need to be doing and what we have the resources to do is far too wide for anybody’s comfort.”Courtney Columbus is a multimedia journalist who covers science, global health and consumer health. She has contributed to the Arizona Republic and Arizona PBS. Contact her @cmcolumbus11.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is scheduled to hold a birthday celebration for their Founder Carter G. Woodson at 3 p.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Friendship Armstrong School, 1400 First St., NE. The event is free and open to the public.
April 23, 2008 Brought to you by PCWorld Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read If you’re concerned about spyware ravaging your PC, you’ve probably considered–or purchased–a utility such as PC Tools’ Spyware Doctor, which costs a reasonable $30.But PC Tools automatically charges you another $30 every year thereafter, which came as a shock to Lorrie Price, a casino security worker in Atlantic City. A year after her purchase of Spyware Doctor, which she had paid for with a debit card, Price was surprised to receive e-mail from the company stating that her annual renewal fee had been debited from her checking account.”This wouldn’t be a problem, except that I wasn’t informed [in advance that] the company was going to do so,” Price says. “I was not notified of any renewal. I was not asked if I wanted a yearly renewal. I did not authorize any renewal, and I definitely did not authorize the company to access my checking account.”(Editor’s note: PC Tools says it does send out advance notice close to renewal time, but Price told us that she never received such mail or found it in her spam filter.)Welcome to Subscription Hell. These days a growing number of applications, utilities, and even games require you to fork out yearly or even monthly fees for the use of the software, updates, and/or technical support. Major antivirus packages have long charged annual fees for virus signature and other updates (and also nag you to buy upgrades), but other software types are moving to subscription pricing. For example, Cerulean Studios’ Trillian Pro cross-platform instant messaging client charges $25 a year for tech support, forum access, and updates.For many users, the problem lies not in paying a few bucks every year, but in managing subscriptions and understanding how they work. Then there’s the matter of canceling an unwanted subscription, an option that software and service vendors don’t always make easy. Here’s how to avoid subscription surprises and deal with common problems.Read the fine print: While no one likes plowing through page after page of legalese, doing so is the best way to uncover the terms of the subscription agreement.In the case of Spyware Doctor, for example, you must click through to the checkout page to find the “Terms and Conditions of Purchase,” but the pertinent details are spelled out near the top of the agreement: “If you are purchasing the Software on a subscription basis … you agree to allow us to automatically extend your right to receive support and updates for successive periods equal to the length of the initial term, by directly charging your credit card or debiting your debit card prior to each anniversary of the date of purchase …”In other words, when you buy the software, you’re also buying a subscription that automatically renews annually. PC Tools does not provide the option of limiting the subscription to a single period, either. Price admits that she never read the agreement, instead assuming that “any renewal would follow other subscriptions I’ve had: advance notice by e-mail and the option to renew or not.”Don’t assume that one company’s policies will emulate another’s. Do take the time to read the license agreement so you don’t get an unwelcome surprise 365 days later.Tracking and RemindersKeep good records: Many people simply forget that they’ve signed up for a subscription service, especially when it bills only annually. One way to keep track of your subscriptions is to create a basic spreadsheet with entries for each program and/or service, its billing cycle, the renewal policy (automatic or manual), and confirmations of payments made.While you’re at it, add billing (or cancellation) reminders to your calendar, or use an online service such as Google Calendar or Remember The Milk to send you e-mail reminders a week or two before a renewal comes up so you can decide whether to pay up or cancel.Update your accounts: Much subscription grief arises from changes to your contact information and/or credit card. For example, if you change your e-mail address and don’t update your subscription account accordingly, you won’t receive a notification of an upcoming renewal. That could lead to an unwanted automatic renewal or an unexpected cancellation of your subscription (which in the case of antivirus software might leave you exposed to viruses whose signatures you haven’t downloaded).Similarly, if you cancel a credit card or it expires, notify any company that bills you automatically so that your account won’t be suspended or cancelled.Look for nonsubscription alternatives: For some programs and services that require a subscription fee, you may be able to find a free alternative that’s just as good. Tired of paying the monthly fee for Rhapsody? Try a music-streaming service such as Last.fm or Slacker, both of which offer unlimited tunes free of charge. You can also pick up good freeware alternatives to the likes of Norton AntiVirus and Spyware Doctor (see our recent review of ClamWin Free Antivirus, for example).Learn how to cancel: Sending a “cancel my subscription” e-mail to a company’s customer-service department isn’t always enough. You may need to complete an online cancellation form or even call the company directly. Again, a careful read of the terms of service or the company’s FAQ page should reveal the proper cancellation method. Savvy consumers will check this out before subscribing.Get your credit-card company involved: So you’ve followed the proper cancellation procedures but are still getting billed for service. If you can’t resolve the issue through regular customer-service channels, call your credit-card company. It may be possible to block future charges for the subscription. At the very least you can file a dispute claim, which should get the company’s attention and help get the subscription cancelled for good. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
June 28, 2014 Even after Aereo was dealt a devastating loss in U.S. Supreme Court this week, the feisty streaming TV startup says the battle isn’t over yet. But until it figures out a Plan B, its customers will be put on hold.Aereo sent a message to subscribers alerting them that their service will officially be suspended as of 11 a.m. ET today. In the note, Aereo made a point of saying that its service will be “paused” and that the company is not shutting down.”We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps,” Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia said in the note.Related: Aereo Loses Supreme Court Case, Streaming TV Service Deemed IllegalIn a “sweeping and definitive” 6-3 decision earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo is illegal. This marked the end of a long legal battle between Aereo and TV broadcast giants (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox among them) which argued that Aereo broke the law by streaming copyrighted content to customers without paying any licensing fees.New York City-based Aereo has a small army of tiny antennas in 11 U.S. cities that collect TV signals — just like anyone else can do with an antenna. An Aereo customer essentially leased the use of an antenna and could then access TV content online via a cloud-based DVR for $8 to $12 per month.The Supreme Court deemed that Aereo had indeed been breaking the 1976 Copyright Act. “We did try, but it’s over now,” IAC chairman and top Aereo investor Barry Diller told CNBC after the ruling was announced.Meanwhile, Aereo suggests that its customers sign up at ProtectMyAntenna.org to “keep their voices loud” and receive updates. “Our journey is far from done,” Kanojia said. Related: Aereo Founder: If We Lose, ‘We Have No Plan B’ Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Mozilla launches redesigned Firefox Add-ons website by Martin Brinkmann on November 03, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: November 03, 2017 – 69 commentsMozilla launched a redesign of the official Firefox Add-ons website recently which changed the look and feel, and some functionality of the site.Firefox Add-ons, or Mozilla AMO, is the central repository for Firefox add-ons. While it is still possible to offer add-ons elsewhere, the vast majority of add-ons is offered on Mozilla’s official site.The first thing you will notice is that the layout and visuals of the site have changed. The “explorer” page, the first that is opened when you open the Add-ons website, lists individual add-ons, topics, and themes.You find uBlock and YouTube High Definition listed there, and topics such as password managers, bookmarks, or watching videos.The extensions page has been updated as well. It lists a tag cloud at the top, and below that featured, top rated and trending extensions.There is no direct option anymore on the page to list the newest or most recently updated extensions. These sorting options have not been removed entirely however, so that Firefox’s Add-ons website is still more useful in this regard than Google’s abysmal Chrome store which feeds users only the extensions that Google wants them to be exposed to.You need to click on a “see more” link next to an extension listing, or use the search to display a search results page with additional options.The “sort by” menu that is on those pages lets you sort by recently updated. While that mixes new and recently updated extensions, it is good enough to go through the list of new add-ons quickly.You may sort by add-on type or operating system as well on the page.Here is a list of all available URL parameters:sort=updated, relevance, users, rating, hotnesstype=extension, personaplatform=windows, mac, linuxfeatured=trueSome examples:Display recently updated add-ons (extensions and themes) for all platforms: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?sort=updatedDisplay top rated themes for all operating systems: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?sort=rating&type=personaList trending extensions that are compatible with the Firefox for Windows version: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?platform=windows&sort=hotness&type=extensionThe add-on profile pages shine in a new design as well. Most information is still on the page, but you may notice that user reviews have been moved to a secondary page. While you get the overall rating and number of reviews on the main page, you have to click on the reviews link to read any of them.It is still possible to display all versions and release notes. This page has not been updated yet however.The redesign of the add-ons website does not filter out legacy add-ons for the Firefox web browser yet. This means that users are still exposed to these add-ons when they open the website, and may still download and install them in Firefox.The main issue with this approach is that Stable and Beta channel users will have those add-ons disabled for them automatically when the browser is updated to version 57.Closing WordsThe redesigned pages have a lot of whitespace; some users may like that, others may dislike that. I don’t mind it that much provided that the functionality is retained, and it appears that this is the case.Now You: What’s your take on the redesign?SummaryArticle NameMozilla launches redesigned Firefox Add-ons websiteDescriptionMozilla launched a redesign of the official Firefox Add-ons website recently which changed the look and feel, and some functionality of the site.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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Alberto Font “We’re going to review [fuel] subsidies given to fishermen, which are not reaching artisanal fishermen as they’re intended to do, but rather are benefiting industrial-sized fleets. That has cost the country $100 million in the past five years,” Castro said. “We’re also working to help artisanal fishermen understand how to sustainably manage multiple-use marine areas, such as the Gulf of Nicoya.” In late December, Castro and Water and Oceans Vice Minister José Lino Chaves met with artisanal fishermen in the gulf to design responsible fishing strategies. “We want responsible fishing that doesn’t eliminate our resources, and we should create protected areas based on an overall plan for fishing,” said Wilson Pérez, a leader of artisanal fishermen in Puerto Thiel, in the Gulf of Nicoya.Castro said that in 2013, the administration will form a new group responsible for monitoring coastal areas with radar and helicopters, in an effort to combat illegal fishing and other environmentally damaging activities. In a joint operation in late December, park rangers from the Osa Conservation Area (ACOSA) and National Police officers seized equipment used in an illegal mining operation inside the Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica. According to ACOSA Regional Director Etilma Morales, officials used satellite technology and a helicopter to disrupt the operation.Chaves said the administration’s environmental efforts need to be joined by actions by citizens. “The public should understand that if we destroy our rivers, wetlands, oceans and water sources, we’re destroying ourselves and the best part of our country. We need to understand that development should happen with the sustainable management of our ecosystems,” he said. Upgrading the Transport SectorSwitching to clean-energy technology and upgrading the country’s buses and taxis are also priorities for ministry officials, who hope to begin importing more natural gas in 2013, as well as using more wind and solar power, and purchasing cheaper, cleaner electricity from private generators. Costa Rica hopes to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021, and reducing its carbon emissions is a top priority for the current administration, according to Castro. “Unless we replace buses and taxis with ones that use cleaner fuel, carbon neutrality will be a utopia,” Castro said. “We held a very productive meeting with bus owners in December, and we plan on meeting with taxi owners this month. They will have to make decisions based on norms established by the government in terms of efficiency and emissions,” he added. Conservation EffortsCastro also promised to focus on forestry conservation this year. The government has $63 million donated by the World Bank’s Carbon Fund, and in national parks, officials hope to modernize infrastructure, both for tourists and for park guards. That includes better trails at Carara and Manuel Antonio national parks, to be inaugurated during the first quarter of 2013. The National System of Conservation Areas will invest more than $25 million on upgrading the parks from its own funds and from a loan by the Inter-American Development Bank. “This is going to be an intense year of work, as our environmental agenda is extremely important for Costa Ricans; it’s going to be a broad and complex agenda, and we need help and support starting now from everyone who lives here,” Castro said. Facebook Comments Environment Minister René Castro. Protecting rivers and oceans will be a priority in 2013 for the Environment Ministry, as well as adopting cleaner technologies and updating Costa Rica’s public transport sector, officials announced this week.The ministry plans on cleaning up polluted rivers and watersheds, among other measures. “In Costa Rica, we’ve lived with our backs turned on our oceans and rivers, and the situation has become disastrous at several rivers and coastal areas. But we’re changing at the [Environment Ministry] in order to address these issues properly,” Environment Minister René Castro told The Tico Times. Castro said that one of the administration’s achievements in 2012 was pushing forward a “Blue Agenda,” which calls for new measures to protect oceans and rivers, as well as the creation of a new Water and Oceans Vice Ministry. Ministry officials are preparing a series of measures to identify, register and protect major aquifers and threatened wetlands, he said. Officials also will initiate river cleanup initiatives, starting with rivers in the San José metropolitan area, home to some of the most polluted rivers and streams in Central America. Officials also hope to reduce the use of pesticides that often pollute Costa Rican waterways, and to strengthen environmental legislation. In coastal areas, environment officials plan on implementing a “maritime control and vigilance” strategy, which includes promoting responsible fishing and sustainable development projects. Officials would like to see better regulation of development in coastal areas. No related posts.
The vital role family plays in society SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Shiite rebels and their opponents battled across several provinces Monday after the start of a five-day humanitarian pause in the Saudi-led air campaign, Yemeni officials said.Coalition planes carried out flyovers over Yemen but did not drop munitions, the officials said. Ground fighting erupted in multiple provinces within minutes of the start of the unilateral cease-fire late Sunday.The rebels, known as Houthis, said in a statement that they fired missiles across the border at a Saudi military position in the kingdom’s Jazan region. The Saudi-owned Al-Hadath news channel said Saudi forces “responded” to Houthi shelling in Jazan, without elaborating. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk How men can have a healthy 2019 Fierce clashes also broke out in the nearby town of Sabr, which is on a key supply route. Officials aligned with pro-government fighters say they have regained control of the center of the town and trying to advance into northern neighborhoods. Witnesses who fled Sabr Monday morning say corpses of fighters lay in the street next to destroyed military vehicles.Officials and witnesses said there were sporadic clashes in Yemen’s central Marib province. In Taiz, mortar shells fired in the center of the city killed four civilians, security and medical officials said.Anti-aircraft gunfire was heard in the rebel-held capital Sanaa as coalition planes buzzed overhead.The humanitarian pause is intended to help allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to ease the suffering of civilians in the Arab world’s poorest country.All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility