Driss Lachger Denounces Corruption Ahead of Municipal Elections in Morocco

Rabat – Secratery General of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces Party (USFP)Driss Lachgar has openly denounced corruption in Morocco’s electoral process on Wednesday.Driss Lachgar made this statement in a press conference held in  Wednesday in order to present USFP’s electoral program for the upcoming municipal elections.“Morocco witnessed the highest level of corruption during the recent Elections for members of professional chambers,” argued USFP leader. He went on to add that some political parties used money in order to buy votes and even for “the purchase of candidates so that they cancel their participation”.In this regard, Lachgar called on Morocco’s Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice to fight this phenomenon with the same manners and approach used in the fight against terrorism.According to him, there is no difference between “votes trafficker and a terrorist…Both of them should be fought.”Leader of the opposing party also criticized the government for scheduling the parties’ election campaigns ahead of the municipal elections in August.“No Nation that respects itself schedules the election campaign in the month of August when streets across Morocco remain empty and voters are on summer vocations,” he explained.“This date which was set by the majority will have a negative impact on the municipal elections;” Driss Lachgar concluded.lachgar has also unveiled  the amount of money that his party will allocate to finance the election campaign, saying it has been estimated at MAD 11.5 million.He added that MAD 6 million of this amounts was received from the Ministry of Interior, pointing out that the party” has rejected an additional sum estimated at MAD5.5 million.”In February, the Moroccan government announced that the municipal elections, originally slated for June, would be postponed until September.The rescheduling of the elections was requested by the opposition and approved by the government. read more

Rare Sand Kittens Discovered in Southern Morocco

Rabat – A team of researchers have discovered a rare species of cats, called the Sand Cat, in Western Sahara, sharing the discovery in a video on social media.The Sand Kittens were filmed by a team of researchers during an expedition on April 27 in the Moroccan Sahara. The video was posted on Youtube on September 18 by the team, who said that it is “the first video of this species to be captured in nature.”The Sand Cat Sahara Team, a group researching the species in the south of Morocco, captured three Sand Kittens hidden between bushes and inspecting the camera. Between 6 to 8 weeks old, the kittens belong to the species Felis margarita, the only cat living in true deserts.Grégory Breton, the general manager of Panthera France, an NGO that works for the conservation of felines, explained to Moroccan news outlet Yabiladi that the animal is not very well known. “Few researchers have conducted studies on this species until now,” he said.The Sand Cat Sahara Team has been conducting research on Morocco’s Sand Cats since 2013 under the patronage of the High Commission and other organizations.To study the species effectively, the team observed 29 different specimens, capturing 13 cats and installing transmitter collars on their necks to gather information about their life habits.“I want to point out that these are not dangerous for the animal. The collars will emit a small signal, which allows us to follow them. This is the first time in the world. Nobody has done that so far,” said Breton.The video of the sand kittens is part of ongoing research, in which the team produces documentaries on local carnivorous species, including the sand cat, the fennec (Vulpes zerda), Fox Rüppel (Vulpes rueppell), the African wolves (Canis anthus), the striped wild cat (Ictonyx lybica ), and the African wild cat (Felis silvestris lybica). read more

Senior UN official pays tribute to SouthEast European music at culture summit

23 June 2010The head of the United Nations agency responsible for cultural issues is paying tribute today to music as a cornerstone of understanding in South-East Europe at a gathering of the leaders from nearly a dozen regional countries in Istanbul, the 2010 European Capital of Culture. The meeting on the theme of “Music as metaphor of cultural dialogue” focuses “on the role of music as a vehicle for peace and as a key element of region’s intangible heritage, testifying to the wealth of cultural diversity and mutual influences in the region,” according to a statement from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The heads of State or their representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, as well as the Secretary-General of the European Council, are taking part.Ahead of the meeting, experts from the various countries met to sketch out a draft of a declaration which the heads of State will finalize as the Istanbul Declaration. The draft “will focus on the role of music as a vehicle for peace and as a key element of region’s intangible heritage, testifying to the wealth of cultural diversity and mutual influences in the region.”Today’s meeting, the eight such summit held by heads of State in the region, is being staged under the auspices of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, which was approved by the UN General Assembly and is being led by UNESCO.In a related development, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will also participate in the South-East European Cooperation Process organized in parallel by the Turkish Government. read more

UNICEF seeks 14 billion to assist women and children in crises

7 March 2011The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today requested $1.4 billion in its annual appeal to assist children and women caught in crises, with the bulk of that needed for Pakistan and Haiti. The agency’s Humanitarian Action for Children Report (HAC) 2011 highlights projected needs in 32 countries and territories and 6 regions, and emphasizes the increasing importance of strengthening the resilience of communities. This year’s requirements have increased 21 per cent over those for 2010.“Investing in children and building the resilience of countries and communities living on the edge not only shortens their road to recovery, but also helps them to manage anticipated risks before a crisis strikes and to mitigate loss when it does,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson. Humanitarian crises such as drought famine and conflict have dire consequences for children, including recruitment into armed forces, sexual violence, and the loss of basic services such as water, health and education, UNICEF pointed out in a news release. The agency noted that the unprecedented scale of last year’s disasters in Haiti and Pakistan triggered an extraordinary global response from all humanitarian organizations and partners. At the same time, it underscored the need to strengthen preparedness and risk reduction in the communities that are hit repeatedly by crisis. “Granting vulnerable communities the skills to face and withstand risk is an increasingly important component of humanitarian action, and an area to which UNICEF is deeply committed,” stated the agency.The HAC 2011 presents crises that require urgent action to save lives, to protect children against the worst forms of violence and abuse, and to ensure access to basic services, such as water and sanitation, health, nutrition and education. UNICEF is requesting $296 million for Pakistan and $157 million for Haiti, according to the Report. The financial needs for emergencies in the Asia-Pacific region have significantly increased and represent the region with the highest funding request – $373 million. Of the funding for Asia, 80 per cent is needed for assistance to Pakistani children and women affected by flooding and conflict. The requirements for Latin America and the Caribbean have increased eightfold, mainly as a result of emergency situations in Haiti and the addition of the Guatemala appeal. The 2010 regional requirements for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States have also increased with the inclusion of the Kyrgyzstan appeal as well as increasing needs in Tajikistan. Requirements for Eastern and Southern Africa have been significantly reduced, particularly in such countries as Burundi, Eritrea and Uganda. While maintaining funding requirements for preparedness following the Sudan referendum, overall requests in West and Central Africa and the Middle East and North Africa have also been reduced. read more

IMF dispatches technical staff team to Argentina

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund is sending a technical team to Argentina on Saturday to discuss the policy plans of President Mauricio Macri’s administration.The IMF said Friday that the team headed by Roberto Cardarelli will also meet with the economic advisers of the main candidates in the October presidential election.Argentina’s stocks and currency have lost value since centre-left presidential candidate Alberto Fernández and his unrelated running mate, former President Cristina Fernández, topped Macri this month by 16 percentage points in primary voting for the country’s political parties— a margin large enough to suggest they might win a first-round victory in the Oct. 27 general election.Argentina has received $44.1 billion since the IMF approved a $56 billion loan in 2018.The Associated Press read more

UNbacked roadmap shows how to improve situation of separated refugee children in

The Way Forward, put together by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) , the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and their partner, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), highlights the need to identify children, register them through child-friendly procedures, and build a relationship of trust with them as early as possible.“Refugee and migrant children travelling alone to Europe have taken paths marked by danger, bureaucratic backlogs and uncertainty at every step of the way – even at their destination,” said David McLoughlin, UNICEF’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, in a joint press release.“This roadmap plots the way forward for these children to be given the same level of care, trust and protection as national children.”The document provides recommendations developed in a broad consultative process led by the three organizations, with input from 100 practitioners, including guardians, psychologists, social workers and lawyers, as well as relevant authorities from several European states and the European Union, and refugee and migrant children across the continent.VIDEO:UN agencies released a new road map, outlining actions to alleviate the plight of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Europe.The findings show that although a solid legal framework for child protection exists in many countries, complex, costly, and bureaucratic procedures have meant that all too often the best interests of unaccompanied and separated children are not taken into account, resulting in severe consequences for their well-being and their future. Ensuring that a well-trained guardian takes immediate responsibility for the child, engaging cultural mediators, and mobilizing members of host communities are critical measures that can help build a trusting relationship and protect children from smugglers, traffickers or family pressure.Efficient and harmonized processes would help children understand procedures and access protection and solutions in accordance with their best interests, as outlined in the roadmap. The situation for unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children has worsened since the increase of arrivals to Europe back in 2015, with a broadened use of detention and large scale institutional care, limited family reunification opportunities, and rising concerns over deportations. “They deserve better protection and care from Europe… The roadmap shows us how,” said Diane Goodman, Deputy Director of UNHCR’s Europe Bureau. read more

Ohio State field hockey advances to semifinals of Big Ten Tournament with

Senior midfielder Arielle Cowie (24) advances the ball during the first round of the Big Ten Tournament against Northwestern Nov. 7 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe Ohio State field hockey team kept its dreams of a Big Ten Tournament title alive Thursday, defeating second-seeded No. 13 Northwestern, 3-2, in the first round of action at Buckeye Varsity Field.The seventh-seeded Buckeyes advance to the semifinals of the tournament Friday to take on third-seeded Michigan State.Three different players scored for OSU, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Wildcats closed the gap with two goals within five minutes of each other. Second team All-Big Ten sophomore forward Peanut Johnson recorded the only score in the first half, followed by goals from freshman forward Brooke Hiltz and fellow second-teamer senior midfielder Mona Frommhold after the break.Despite two late goals by Northwestern, the Buckeyes managed to hold on for the remainder of the match for their first win against a Big Ten opponent this season.Coach Anne Wilkinson said her team was successful because of its chemistry on the field.“What really made the difference was that we played as a team and worked together,” Wilkinson said. “We executed our opportunities when we had the chance (and) we were able to put the ball away.”After Northwestern’s back-to-back goals, Wilkinson called timeout to allow her team to regroup.“I said, ‘Stay within our game plan and do what we do. Take care of it, recognize they are going to be putting more people up on attack so our forwards are going to have to find ways to win possessions and work with the clock,’” Wilkinson said.Johnson said after the first two goals, she was confident OSU could pull off the upset.“It felt amazing. Once we had a goal or two, we realized it was in our favor and we just had to work to keep it,” Johnson said. “It’s been kind of rare this season when it’s been in our favor so it was a great feeling.”Hiltz echoed Johnson, and said the Buckeyes rallied together after their second goal to secure the victory.“I was freaking out,” Hiltz said. “I think it really hit me that we’re going to do this and we’re going to make this happen no matter what we have to do. We all just pulled together really well as a team and we did what we had to do.”Johnson said the team isn’t ready for the season to be over and the game was proof of that.“We all just realized we didn’t want the season to end. It’s a great team dynamic so we are going to do everything we can to keep going,” Johnson said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Friday at 12:30 p.m. against No. 26 Michigan State. Top-seeded Penn State is set to take on fifth-seeded Iowa first at 10 a.m. in the other semifinal match. read more

Windies set to begin preparation for Pakistan series

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPollard, Narine, Bravo, Russell ditch Windies bid for World Cup berthJanuary 25, 2018In “Sports”Gayle, Bravo sidelined as Carter, Mohammed force inMarch 20, 2017In “latest news”Kraigg Brathwaite in ODI squad, T20 call-ups for Rovman Powell, PooranSeptember 5, 2016In “latest news” (CMC) West Indies players will assemble in Barbados today (Wednesday) as they begin preparation for their four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting next Sunday.Carlos Brathwaite (file photo)The 16-man squad, headed by captain Carlos Brathwaite, will undergo training sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, before being whittled down to 13 for the opening encounter at Kensington Oval.The training group includes newcomers Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed and Veerasammy Permaul but missing is superstar opener Chris Gayle along with all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.Russell is serving a one-year suspension for an anti-doping whereabouts violation while no explanation has been given by selectors for the exclusion of Gayle and Bravo.Trinidadian Bravo recently underwent surgery last January for a hamstring injury sustained in the Australia Big Bash but there has been no indication about the status of his recovery.West Indies will be looking to rebound after suffering a heavy 3-0 whitewash in the recent one-day series against England in the Caribbean.They will also be looking to make amends for a similar whitewash to Pakistan when the two teams last met in the United Arab Emirates last September.The remaining T20s will be played at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on March 30, April 1 and 2. read more

Scandal in Serbia between coach and players Nightclubs alcohol fight and who

← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL: ZRK Vardar defeated in Metz for the first time in this season Next Story → Gyori Audi ETO KC beat CSM Bucharest in derby for the first place in Main Round Huge problems in Serbian handball on relation NT head-coach Jovica Cvetkovic and players. A month after winning a 12th place at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, some “TOP secrets” came to media. Daily newspaper Srpski Telegraf published a part of Cvetkovic’s review sent to Management Board of Serbian Handball Federation in which he criticized players “who spent three nights in Zagreb’s nightclubs during Championship”, among them Nenadic, Zelenovic, Djukic and Markovic as “leaders”, but also vice-president of Federation Dragan Skrbic for provocation, president Bozidar Djurkovic “who didn’t allow medical examinations before tournament, but also didn’t give money for video-analysist during Championship”, etc.We have to say goodbye to players who didn’t deserve to be here with their behaviour -immediately. Do I have to be satisfied after all? Yes, and proud. I don’t want to put “under carpet” all bad things which happened because all people in Serbian handball – concluded Cvetkovic in his letter to Management Board.Players ‘ reaction was brutal. They sent an official statement to media in Serbia in which they accused Jovica Cvetkovic fo alcoholism, lack of training appearances and psychical attack on Dragan Skrbic in Split during Preliminary Round.“We have to say that every word in Jovica’s statement is lie. Let’s start from the beginning. Is it possible that head-coach of national team doesn’t know where playing his players? He asked captain Zarko Sesum “how is in Lowen” in a moment when Zarko playing his fourth season at Goppingen. Cvetkovic asked Bogdan Radivojevic “where are you playing now”, he didn’t know that! He went to Skopje to speak with Alem Toskic, who was already a member of RK Gorenje Velenje. Cvetkovic didn’t know 85% of rival’s players.He didn’t attend 86% of our training, and when he was inside, he was always smoking in the hall. We used on smoking in changing room.For seven days in a hotel, the bill only for alcohol was 1.200 EUR, then you don’t need to be surprised why coach was drunk every night. The culmination was a match against Belarus which he led drunk. In that “state” he punched vice-president Dragan Skrbic. It’s true as some players were there and split them”.Management Board has a meeting in Tuesday where they will decide about all the things which happened in Croatia. read more

Survey Just 58 of teenagers expect to find work in Ireland after

first_imgJUST 58 PER CENT of teenagers in Ireland expect to find work in the country following third-level education, a new survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU).The Teens & Money survey, which aimed to look at the financial awareness of teenagers and their attitudes to money in terms of both saving and spending,was carried out in association with Youth Work Ireland and involved 250 teenagers across the country between the ages of 13-19.The key findings of the survey revealed that: 80 per cent of teens surveyed worry about the costs associated with third level education58 per cent say they expect to find work in Ireland after college72 per cent stated that their parents have spoken to them about the family’s financial situation in the past 12 months44 per cent of teens say that their family has been seriously affected by the recession51 per cent of teens receive pocket money on a regular basis with 25 per cent receiving between €20 and €25Over 50 per cent spend most of the pocket money they get and only save a littleThe majority of those saving are doing so to fund third level educationPocket moneySome 51 per cent of the respondents said they receive some pocket money from their parents or guardians each week, while 49 per cent do not.Of those that received pocket money, 8 per cent said they received €5 or less; 6 per cent said between €6-€9; 33 per cent said between €10-€15; 14 per cent said between €15-€19; 25 per cent said between €20-€25; 2 per cent said between €26-€30 and 12 per cent per cent said €30 or more.Of those who received pocket money, 17 per cent spend it all; 51 per cent spend most of it but save a little, 30 per cent save most of it and spend a little; and just over 2 per cent save all of their pocket money. The top five most popular items on which pocket money is spent are clothes (53 per cent), phone credit (48 per cent), food (48 per cent), school or college expenses (20 per cent) and socialising (46 per cent).Of those who were saving, 26 per cent said they were doing so for third level education, 7 per cent for concert tickets, 12 per cent for an iPhone or laptop, 9 per cent for a new phone and 24 per cent for a holiday.Some 16 per cent of respondents said they had a part-time job, with an average of 11 hours worked a week.Recession A majority of parents of teenagers (72 per cent) had spoken to their sons and daughters about the family’s financial situation in the past 12 months – and the majority of teenagers (90 per cent) believe that their family has been affected by the recession. Of that 90 per cent, 44 per cent believe their family has been ‘seriously impacted’ by the recession.Some 72 per cent of teenagers said estimated that the average person in Ireland earns €30,000 or less. When asked how much they themselves expect to be earning at 30 years of age, 36 per cent said €30,000 or less; 23 per cent said €40,000; 19 per cent said €50,000 ;and 22 per cent said €60,000 or more.Education and careers The majority of respondents (90 per cent) planned to go on to some form of third level education, but 80 per cent say that are “really worried” about the costs associated with going to college.Just 58 per cent of teenagers said they expect to find a job in Ireland after college, and 80 per cent of those surveyed said that if they could not find a job they would emigrate.When asked about what was driving their career choices, 12 per cent said the main factor considered likely earnings, 1 per cent cited the availability of employment, 15 per cent cited how much ‘good’ they could do for others, and 66 per cent cited enjoyment.Jimmy Johnstone, President of the ILCU, said they had conducted the survey to ensure that credit unions would have a better understanding of the needs of teenagers in terms of finance and the recession. “We hope that our research will assist credit unions to help younger members and their families through these difficult times and to prepare them for college,” he said. “The new social and financial reality of life in Ireland and the lack of supply of affordable, modest credit from most financial institutions means that the role of the credit union will become more important in the years and decades ahead.”Meanwhile, Michael McLoughlin of Youth Work Ireland said the low numbers of those in part time employment demonstrates the “financial vulnerable position of young people today”, while the large number of young people who evidently expect their future to be abroad should “act as a wake-up call for decision makers”.Read: Consumer prices increase by 1.2 per cent in one yearlast_img read more

Review Kingston DataTraveler Locker G2 secure USB drive

first_imgIf you were in the market for a secure USB drive and you didn’t work for a three-letter agency, then Kingston’s DataTraveler Locker+ has been a great choice. It’s affordable, easy to use, and reasonably secure, even if it doesn’t have the most hardcore of credentials, like FIPS Level 2 certification. PCMag awarded it 4 stars out of a possible 5 (dinging it for its lack of Linux compatibility) and awarded it their Editor’s Choice. So when the DataTraveler Locker+ G2 was released I made sure to get my hands on one.The DataTraveler Locker+ G2 is another consumer-level secure USB drive, but it comes with some improvements over the older model. The most noticeable difference is improved hardware — where the previous DataTraveler Locker+ looked just like any boring old 1GB USB drive on your desk, the second generation model has a silver metallic finish and has a nice heft to it. The cap doesn’t secure to the back, so you’ll have to be careful not to lose it, but it does snap on the front with a firm, confident “click”. It comes in 4-32GB sizes and is rated at 10MBps read and 5MBps write speeds. The previous Locker+ maxed out at 16GB. They are both USB 2.0 devices.As far as the internals and functionality go, the DataTraveler Locker+ G2 is the same as the previous model in all respects. The new software does have some new graphics and a tweaked UI, but the drive is essentially unchanged.As before, the setup is quite simple. Unlike TrueCrypt, no installation is needed, you just insert the drive into a Windows or OS X computer and start the program on the drive (it will appear to be a CD). This will prompt you for a password which you will have 10 attempts to input. After the 10th try the drive will lock and then format itself, so the data will be irretrievable. There is 256-bit AES hardware encryption and hardware security measures so an engineering student with a soldering iron isn’t going to be able to get at your data.The password requirements are reasonably secure as well. You’ll need at least 6 characters (up to 16) and at least three of the following: upper case letter, lower case letter, number, and a special character.When the drive is active there will be a program running on your computer, which is where you can control the settings, as well as format it, reset your password, and enter in personal information. It’s all pretty straightforward.As noted before, the main problem with the DataTraveler series — including the expensive models like the DataTraveler 5000 — is that they will not work with Linux. The software that unlocks the drives only works with OS X and Windows.One of the best parts about the G2 is that it “remembers” failed attempts. So if you try the password 9 times and then pull the USB drive and put it back in place you will have one try at unlocking it. In my testing it didn’t give me the “you have one attempt left” warning when it was unplug and plugged back in, so be careful if you are casual with your password inputs, or have friends/coworkers that like to play pranks. You really don’t want to see this:In my experience I found the DataTraveler Locker+ G2 to be compact, well-built, and easy to use. I’d prefer if the cap could stick on the back end of the drive, like it can on my DataTraveler 4000, but I do appreciate the smaller size of the G2. The Locker+ G2 is far from a speed demon, which can be a pain point when you are dealing with up to 32GB of data (my unit is a 16GB model) but it generally performed on par, or above the 10/5MBps read/write speeds Kingston rated it out.Kingston didn’t change much from the previous generation, but the improved hardware is appreciated and the prices are still quite reasonable. If you are in the market for a secure USB drive, you only have personal data to worry about, and you don’t have a Linux system that you use regularly, the Datatraveler Locker+ G2 is a great choice.The Locker+ G2 starts at just $18 for the 4GB model. The most expensive unit is the 32GB one, which goes for $82.last_img read more

Verizon sends angry letters to FiOS users sucking down over 10TB per

first_imgVerizon’s FiOS internet service is, for all intents and purposes, uncapped. The ISP sells FiOS as clearly superior to other services, and part of the pitch is unlimited bandwidth. Some customers who have been taking Verizon at its word are starting to hear from the fiber internet provider. The gist of the letter being sent to customers is that they had better reduce their usage or risk disconnection.Plenty of ISPs technically have uncapped service, but there’s the little matter of the fine print. Terms of Service (TOS) and Acceptable Usage Policies (AUP) usually give a service provider the ability to come after users who use huge amounts of bandwidth. It’s the same for mobile data users on most carriers with grandfathered unlimited plans.In this case Verizon FiOS is sending out letters to 45 of its roughly 5.8 million subscribers. Clearly a very small percentage, so they must have really been cranking away on their connections to attract Verizon’s attention. The amount of bandwidth used varies, but it looks like all the customers receiving letters have been pulling over 10TB per month. One users claims he has exceeded 77TB in one 30 day period.Verizon’s letter informs the affected users that they must decrease their usage to acceptable levels (under 10TB) by September 1st or they will be disconnected on September 18th. According to Verizon, these users are negatively impacting network performance in their areas, which is against the TOS and AUP. It goes on to suggest a business line, which offers a little more leeway in bandwidth usage.last_img read more

Investigation launched after teenager exposes himself to hotel kids club

first_img GARDAI WERE CALLED to a hotel last night after it was alleged a teenager exposed himself to a group of children.A large number of children were present at the Arklow Bay Hotel in Wicklow last night when two people entered the premises.It is alleged that one knocked on a window while the other stripped so that his bottom half was naked.A number of children saw the teenager without any trousers and became distressed. Gardai were then called.A spokesman said: “Gardaí at Arklow are investigating an incident which was reported at 9pm at a premises on Sea Road in Arklow, Wicklow on 23 February 2017. CCTV will be viewed as part of the investigation.”A number of parents had been taking advantage of a social club which allows them to relax in the hotel bar while their children are cared for by an adult.One parent, who did not wish to be named, said that he had been having a few drinks with his partner when his child was brought to him from the kids’ club.“The woman said my kid wanted to come back and that I had to sign her out,” he said. “So then I ask her ‘what’s wrong? Why do you want to leave?’ and that’s when she told me that a boy had pulled down his pants and his underwear down to his ankle and was showing himself off. This guy wouldn’t have been a child, he would have been a bit older.”The father said there would have been children as young as six years old who would have witnessed what happened.“It is scary to think that he’d expose himself to children as young as that. It’s frightening to think.”TheJournal.ie contacted the hotel a number of times this morning and had asked for a statement. There was no official comment made available at time of publication.Read: Kym Owens recovering at home after being released from hospital >Read: A woman and child were rescued after a fire broke out at a Dublin flat > Image: Google Maps Investigation launched after teenager ‘exposes himself to hotel kids’ club’ The incident happened at around 9pm last night. By Garreth MacNamee 43,575 Views 37 Comments Entrance to the Arklow Bay Hotel. Image: Google Maps Friday 24 Feb 2017, 12:03 PMcenter_img Share341 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3256360 Short URL Feb 24th 2017, 12:03 PM Entrance to the Arklow Bay Hotel. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

KPBSD Students Awarded Alaska Communications 2019 Summer Of Heroes

first_imgAnna DeVolld, at 14-years-old, created the Promote Our Pollinators program. This effort helps to educate the public about the importance of pollinators and provides easy-to-implement ways to support these essential creatures that have a multi-billion dollar impact on global food production. During the school board meeting Monday evening, the board learned about the fantastic things these three are accomplishing. The three students are; Anna DeVolld, Zachary Halstead, and Carlee Rizzo. Zachary will be attending Kenai Central High School for the 2019-20 school year and plans to continue his volunteer service and serve as an excellent example of the good in his community. As Carlee prepares to enter college, she has secured enough funding to establish an internship to ensure NCF operates at least until 2027. In addition to NCF, Carlee coded and created a video game that teaches elementary students they can be a solution to environmental problems. She also has served as a page and intern in the state legislature. Carlee aims to continue to care for the Nikiski community even after her graduation. Anna created a children’s activity book, instructional fliers, digital and social elements, and presentation materials she shares at community and school events in Soldotna and across the Kenai Peninsula. Carlee Rizzo, of Nikiksi, after seeing classmates in need established the Nikiski Children’s Fund to provide everything from shoes and winter clothes to electricity or even driving lessons. The Fund, started four years ago when Carlee was in middle school, has raised more than $16,000 and supports students in all schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District from Nikiski to Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and Seward. Zachary gets up every Tuesday to help make breakfast for students and families at Kenai Alternative High School, an activity he’s participated in since first grade. Zachary also serves others through the Help a Veteran Experience Alaska program. He’s helped chop wood, build a handicapped ramp, serve and clean up meals, and write articles for his school newspaper to raise awareness about the program. Anna is collaborating with the city of Soldotna and the Parks and Recreation Department to create permanent Promote Our Pollinator signs and labels in the city’s public gardens, parks and Visitor’s Center. Zachary Halstead, at 15-years-of-age, is already known for his kindness and commitment to his Kenai community. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is celebrating three students who are making a difference in our communities, and were awarded the Alaska Communications 2019 Summer of Heroes.last_img read more

Rohingyas exposed to health risks IOM

first_imgRohingya refugees shelter under an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh`s Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. AFPUN migration agency IOM is working with the government and aid agency partners to rapidly ramp up fixed and mobile health services in Cox’s Bazar district to help some 415,000 people who have fled violence in Myanmar’s north Rakhine state over the past three weeks.Many of the new arrivals, who have walked for days through jungle in intense heat and monsoon rains, are already sick and malnourished by the time they reach the teeming settlements of Cox’s Bazar, according to a statement of IOM.Camping in the open with little or no shelter on muddy hillsides with no access to clean water or latrines, the very young and the old ones are at greatest risk from water borne and contagious diseases.”Newly arrived children are at high risk of vaccine preventable diseases. Bangladesh is already free of polio and almost free of measles and rubella,” said Dr Samir Kumar Howlader, IOM National Health Programme Officer.Therefore, he said, the government, the World Health Organization and humanitarian partners launched an urgent immunization programme on Saturday to vaccinate 150,000 newly arrived children.”Nutrition support and management of malnutrition, especially severe acute malnutrition, is also urgently needed for these children,” he added.Howlader said lack of safe drinking water, personal hygiene and sanitation facilities has already resulted in acute watery diarrhea and other water borne diseases. “So, disease surveillance and early warning systems also need to be strengthened significantly,” he added.”I was living with a gunshot wound for five days. I would have lost my leg if I didn’t get treatment,” said Anayet Ullah, 18, who was in a critical condition when he was treated by an IOM medical team at Ukhiya government health complex. The doctors referred him to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital, where he recovered.The Ukhiya doctors and nurses are one of 12 IOM teams operating from government health facilities in the two Cox’s Bazar sub-districts of Ukhiya and Teknaf, where the Rohingya population outside the two UNHCR-run refugee camps now totals an estimated 600,000 people, two thirds of whom have arrived since 25 August.The media release said three IOM mobile medical teams have also started providing basic and primary healthcare services in three spontaneous settlements in the area.In addition to primary health care and referrals, the teams focus on sexual and reproductive health, and maternal and child health.They also provide with mental health and psychosocial services to about 120 people each day. They say that all of these services will need to be massively expanded to cope with the influx of new arrivals.Over the past three weeks, IOM teams have provided emergency and primary healthcare services to around 15,000 new arrivals and 9,500 others from the Rohingya and host populations. They assisted 64 child deliveries and provided referral services to another 226 patients.Agencies working in the health sector have told the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in Cox’s Bazar that they have already provided treatment to some 52,000 of the new arrivals.But existing facilities are reporting a 150-200 per cent increase in patients, overwhelming current capacity and resources.They say that an estimated 171,800 newly arrived people are not yet covered by any primary health care services. Primary health care coverage also needs to be expanded as soon as possible to cover all newly arrived populations in both spontaneous and existing makeshift settlements, they note.The agencies also say that an estimated 14,000 pregnant women are in need of maternal and child health care. An estimated 50 per cent of them are considered to have complicated pregnancies and may need emergency obstetric and neonatal care.In addition to the immunization campaign, the ministry of health, which is leading the health sector response with the support of IOM, says that 16 mobile medical teams and satellite clinics have been mobilized in existing and new settlements, covering an estimated 217,206 new arrivals.Last week, IOM has appealed for $26.1 million to meet the immediate needs of the 400,000 newly arrived people now sheltering in Cox’s Bazar.The Flash Appeal, covering the next three months, includes $3 million for healthcare. The IOM appeal is part of a broader appeal (ISCG Preliminary Response Plan) by all ISCG agencies operating in Cox’s Bazar for $77.1 million through year end.last_img

Woman crushed by train

first_imgA woman was crushed to death by a train in Ponthisila Hadipara of Sitakunda upazila on Thursday, reports UNB.The 62-year-old victim was Wahida Begum, the wife of late Safiul Alam of Hadipara.She was run over by Chattogram-bound ‘Sonar Bangla’ train while walking on the tracks in the afternoon, sub-inspector Nur Mohammad of Sitakunda Railway Police said, quoting locals.She was killed on the spot.Police recovered the body and handed it over to the family.last_img

Student of USTC sent to jail for assaulting teacher

first_imgjailA court in Chattogram on Wednesday sent a student of University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC) to jail for allegedly assaulting a teacher by pouring kerosene on him, reports UNB.The court passed the order after police produced Mahmudul Hasan, a Master’s student of English department of the university, before it, said officer-in-charge of Khulshi police station Pranab Chowdhury.A group of USTC students dragged professor Masud Mahmud out of his office on Tuesday and Mahmudul poured kerosene on his body.Acting registrar of the university Dilip Kumar Barua filed a case in this regard while a probe committee was formed to look into the incident.last_img read more

New insight into proving maths milliondollar problem the Riemann hypothesis Update

first_img © 2017 Phys.org Citation: New insight into proving math’s million-dollar problem: the Riemann hypothesis (Update) (2017, April 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-insight-math-million-dollar-problem-riemann.html Over the past 150 years, mathematicians have found literally trillions of nontrivial zeros, and all of them have a real of component of ½, just as Riemann thought. It’s widely believed that the Riemann hypothesis is true, and much work has been done based on this assumption. But despite intensive efforts, the Riemann hypothesis—that all of the infinitely many zeros lie on this single line—has not yet been proved.Identical solutionsOne of the most helpful clues for proving the Riemann hypothesis has come from function theory, which reveals that the values of the imaginary part, t, at which the function vanishes are discrete numbers. This suggests that the nontrivial zeros form a set of real and discrete numbers, which is just like the eigenvalues of another function called a differential operator, which is widely used in physics.In the early 1900s, this similarity led some mathematicians to wonder whether there really exists a differential operator whose eigenvalues correspond exactly to the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function. Today this idea is called the Hilbert-Pólya conjecture, named after David Hilbert and George Pólya—despite the fact that neither of them published anything about it. “Since there is no publication by Hilbert or Pólya, the exact statement of the Hilbert-Pólya program is subject to some extent to interpretation, but it is probably not unreasonable to say that it consists of two steps: (a) find an operator whose eigenvalues correspond to the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function; and (b) determine whether the eigenvalues are real,” Brody said. “The main focus of our work so far has been on step (a),” he said. “We have identified an operator whose eigenvalues correspond exactly to the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function. We are only beginning to think about step (b), and indeed how to tackle this challenge. Whether it will be difficult or easy to fill in the missing steps toward step (b), at this point we cannot speculate—further work is needed to get a better feeling as to the scale of difficulty involved.” The operatorOne of the interesting things about the newly discovered operator is that it has close ties with quantum physics.In 1999, when mathematical physicists Michael Berry and Jonathan Keating were investigating the Hilbert-Pólya conjecture, they made another important conjecture. If such an operator exists, they said, then it should correspond to a theoretical quantum system with particular properties. This is now called the Berry-Keating conjecture. But no one has ever found such a system before now, and this is a second important aspect of the new work.”We have identified a quantization condition for the Berry-Keating Hamiltonian, thus essentially verifying the validity of the Berry-Keating conjecture,” Brody said.Hamiltonians are often used to describe the energy of physical systems. The new operator, however, doesn’t appear to describe any physical system, but is rather a purely mathematical function.”It may be disappointing, but such a Hamiltonian does not seem to represent physical systems in any obvious way; or at least so far we found no indication that our Hamiltonian corresponds to any physical system,” Brody said.”But one might then ask ‘why publish in PRL?’ The answer is because many of the techniques used for some heuristic analysis in our paper that are suggestive are borrowed from techniques of pseudo-Hermitian PT-symmetric quantum theory developed over the past 15 years or so. The conventional understanding of the Hilbert-Pólya conjecture is that the operator (Hamiltonian) should be Hermitian, and one naturally links this to quantum theory whereby Hamiltonians are conventionally demanded to be Hermitian. We are proposing a pseudo-Hermitian form of the Hilbert-Pólya program, which to us seems worthwhile exploring further.” Real solutionsNow the biggest challenge that remains is to show that the operator’s eigenvalues are real numbers.In general, the researchers are optimistic that the eigenvalues are actually real, and in their paper they present a strong argument for this based on PT symmetry, a concept from quantum physics. Basically, PT symmetry says that you can change the signs of all four components of space-time (three space or “parity” dimensions and one time dimension), and, if the system is PT-symmetric, then the result will look the same as the original. Although nature in general is not PT-symmetric, the operator that the physicists constructed is. But now the researchers want to show that this symmetry gets broken. As they explain in their paper, if it can be shown that the PT symmetry is broken for the imaginary part of the operator, then it would follow that the eigenvalues are all real numbers, which would finally constitute the long-awaited proof of the Riemann hypothesis.It’s generally considered that a proof of the Riemann hypothesis will be very useful in computer science, especially cryptography. The researchers also want to determine what their results might actually mean for understanding more fundamental mathematical principles.”What we have explored so far contains little number-theoretic insights; whereas one might expect that, given its importance in number theory, surely any attempt that successfully makes progress on establishing the Riemann hypothesis would offer number-theoretic insights,” Brody said. “Of course this need not be the case at all, but nevertheless it would be of interest to explore whether any of the dynamical aspects of the hypothetical system described by our Hamiltonian might be linked to certain number-theoretic results. In this regard, semi-classical analysis on our Hamiltonian would be one of the next objectives.” In 1859, Riemann hypothesized that the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function lie on the vertical line (½ + it) on the complex plane, at which the real part is always ½. Credit: Jan Homann, Wikimedia Commons. Top: Riemann zeta function. Bottom: The new operator function. (Phys.org)—Researchers have discovered that the solutions to a famous mathematical function called the Riemann zeta function correspond to the solutions of another, different kind of function that may make it easier to solve one of the biggest problems in mathematics: the Riemann hypothesis. If the results can be rigorously verified, then it would finally prove the Riemann hypothesis, which is worth a $1,000,000 Millennium Prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute. While the Riemann hypothesis dates back to 1859, for the past 100 years or so mathematicians have been trying to find an operator function like the one discovered here, as it is considered a key step in the proof.”To our knowledge, this is the first time that an explicit—and perhaps surprisingly relatively simple—operator has been identified whose eigenvalues [‘solutions’ in matrix terminology] correspond exactly to the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function,” Dorje Brody, a mathematical physicist at Brunel University London and coauthor of the new study, told Phys.org.What still remains to be proven is the second key step: that all of the eigenvalues are real numbers rather than imaginary ones. If future work can prove this, then it would finally prove the Riemann hypothesis.Brody and his coauthors, mathematical physicists Carl Bender of Washington University in St. Louis and Markus Müller of the University of Western Ontario, have published their work in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Spacing of primesThe Riemann hypothesis holds such a strong allure because it is deeply connected to number theory and, in particular, the prime numbers. In his 1859 paper, German mathematician Bernhard Riemann investigated the distribution of the prime numbers—or more precisely, the problem “given an integer N, how many prime numbers are there that are smaller than N?”Riemann conjectured that the distribution of the prime numbers smaller than N is related to the nontrivial zeros of what’s now called the Riemann zeta function, ζ(s). (The zeros are the solutions, or the values of s that make the function equal to zero. Although it was easy for mathematicians to see that there are zeros whenever s is a negative even number, these zeros are considered trivial zeros and are not the interesting part of the function.)Riemann’s hypothesis was that all of the nontrivial zeros lie along a single vertical line (½ + it) in the complex plane—meaning their real component is always ½, while their imaginary component i varies as you go up and down the line. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Physical Review Letters A zero sum game More information: Carl M. Bender, Dorje C. Brody, and Markus P. Müller. “Hamiltonian for the Zeros of the Riemann Zeta Function.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.130201last_img read more

Colin Its time for the Cowboys to get rid of Dez Bryant

first_imgDez Bryant is coming off a year where he failed to catch 70 balls, or surpass 1,000 yards receiving, but he’ll still command a $12.5 million salary in 2018 with a $16.5 million cap hit. Bryant and the Cowboys are headed for an inevitable showdown where he’ll likely either be forced to take a pay cut or get cut. Not surprisingly, Bryant has been vocally opposed to playing at a discount.Today in The Herd, Colin discussed the potentially messy brewing divorce, and thinks it’s time for Dallas to sever ties with Bryant and move on. He pointed out that in addition to Dez’s dramatic drop in production, he has also reportedly struggled to co-exist with Dak Prescott. That’s not gonna work.It may have been worth tolerating his diva behavior when he was producing, but at this point he’s just isn’t worth the headache, even at a discount.Watch Colin explain why it’s time for the Cowboys to ditch Bryant and build around their talented younger stars.It’s time for the Cowboys to get rid of Dez Bryant pic.twitter.com/IoEwwafMOq— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 26, 2018last_img read more

All Ball Gottlieb chats with Texas Tech HC Chris Beard on coaching

first_imgGottlieb discusses Charles Barkley’s comments that LeBron went to L.A. to be a mogul; why he can be a moguk and a great player; why the Thunder have improved their roster from last year; and why Zion Williamson needs to watch his weight to dominate at the next level.Texas Tech Head Coach Head Coach Chris Beard joins the pod to talk about his path to the Tech job; his coaching philosophy; what he learned coaching under Bob Knight; and shares some incredible Bob Knight stories.Make sure you download and subscribe to All Ball and The Herd Podcast Network on iTunes and iHeart, or however you choose to listen!last_img read more