Tibet House US To Host 13th Annual Benefit Auction

first_imgTibet House US has announced that the 13th Annual Benefit Auction, in conjunction with renowned auction house Christie’s, will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2015.Proceeds from the auction will benefit Tibet House US and The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey.This year’s Honorary Chair Committee includes Philip Glass, Petra Nemcova, Yoko Ono Lennon, Sandra & Eric Ripert, Martin Scorsese, Trudie Styler & Sting, Uma Thurman, Jann Wenner & Matt Nye, and Arden Wohl.Charitybuzz will return as the event’s online auction partner. The Tibet House US auction will be live from November 24, 2015, to December 3, 2015, at www.charitybuzz.com/TibetHouse.Auction Highlights Include:Rare Items & Opportunities: two tickets to meet Sting at his one-night-only benefit concert at Carnegie Hall and attend a post-show gala dinner at The Plaza Hotel; the once-in-a-lifetime chance to star in an autobiographical musical with professional Broadway actors, produced by Apples and Oranges Studios; a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week with supermodel Petra Nemcova; a private food and wine tasting for seven people by Le Bernardin’s world-renowned chef Eric Ripert and Wine Director Aldo Sohm at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar; a shopping spree at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen; a personalized voice message from Hugh Jackman; a walk-on role in a major Hollywood motion picture, internships at Def Jam and Rolling Stone magazine, a ride to the destination of your choice on a private Millennium Jet and additional items from Ethan Hawke, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.Adventures & Exotic Trips: A eight-day adventure for two hosted by Aqua Expeditions and GeoEx, which includes four nights exploring the scenic Mekong river life of Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the Aqua Mekong luxury cruise vessel and a three-night luxury stay before or after the cruise; wildly luxurious African adventures from EXPLORE, highlighting the best of Botswana, Victoria Falls, the Ultimate South African Safari and/or Cape Town; a ten-day exotic trip to Bali for two; a magical journey to the Gobi desert in Mongolia with Nomadic Expeditions; a Peruvian Amazon cruise for two on Delfin Cruises; a seven-day stay in Tibet at the Norden Travel’s The Norden Camp.Contemporary Art & Photography: Rare artwork by Christo, Ross Bleckner, Danny Clinch, Shepard Fairey, Milton Glaser, Herb Green, Bob Gruen, Elliott Landy, Sheila Metzner, Ben Morea, Michele Oka Doner, Ed Ruscha, Patti Smith and Peter Tunney.Fashion & Jewelry: Pieces by Erickson Beamon, Paula Crevoshay, Darlene de Sedle, Mara Hoffman, Pamela Huizenga, Me + Ro, Paula Mendoza, Doyle Mueser, OSKLEN, Jill Platner and Arden Wohl.Tibet & Beyond: Antique and ceremonial objects, Tibetan rugs, sculptures, and other global finds.For more information regarding this year’s Auction, please contact Lynn Schauwecker at 845.688.6897 (ext. 7523) or visit www.tibethouse.us.last_img read more

Threat to burn Koran could endanger those assisting Afghanistan warns UN envoy

8 September 2010The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today voiced his outrage over the threat by a religious group in the United States to burn copies of the Koran, warning that it could endanger the lives of those working to further peace and development in the Asian nation. “If such an abhorrent act were to be implemented, it would only contribute to fuelling the arguments of those who are indeed against peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan,” Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said in a statement. “It could also put in jeopardy the efforts of so many Afghans and foreigners who are trying to assist Afghanistan to find its own way to peace and stability within the framework of its own culture, traditions and, indeed, religion,” he added.Mr. de Mistura, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), stated that the exercise of the freedom of expression should not be confused with the intention to offend the religion and beliefs of millions of people. The Dove World Outreach Center, a small church located in Florida, has reportedly said it will go ahead with its intention to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks later this week, despite widespread condemnation of its plans.According to media reports, the top US commander in Afghanistan has warned that the move could endanger the lives of troops serving in the country. read more

New UN report cites unprecedented climate extremes over past decade

The world experienced “unprecedented high-impact climate extremes” between 2001 and 2010 and more national temperature records were broken during that period than in any other decade, according to a United Nations report launched today. The report, The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of Extremes, says the first decade of the 21st century was the warmest for both hemispheres and for both land and ocean temperatures since measurements began in 1850. High temperatures were accompanied by a rapid decline in Arctic sea ice, and an accelerating loss of the ice sheets of the world’s glaciers. “Rising concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are changing our climate, with far reaching implications for our environment and our oceans, which are absorbing both carbon dioxide and heat,” said Michel Jarraud, the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which produced the report. Extreme Floods, droughts and tropical cyclones were all experienced across the world throughout the decade, and more than 370,000 people died as a result of these, representing a 20 per cent increase in casualties from the previous decade. Floods were the most frequently experienced extreme events over the course of the decade. Eastern Europe, India, Africa, and Australia were particularly affected, as well as Pakistan, where 2,000 people died and 20 million were affected by floods in 2010. Droughts however, affected more people than any other kind of natural disaster due to their large scale and long-lasting nature. Some of the highest-impact and long-term droughts struck Australia, East Africa, and the Amazon Basin, with negative environmental impacts. Tropical cyclones were also prominent throughout the decade, with more than 500 cyclone-related disaster events killing nearly 170,000 people, affecting over 250 million, and caused estimated damages of $380 billion. The report incorporates findings from a survey of 139 national meteorological and hydrological services and socio-economic data and analysis from several UN agencies and partners. In addition to analyzing global and regional temperatures, it also charted the rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, finding that global concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose by 39 per cent since the start of the industrial era in 1750, nitrous oxide concentrations rose by 20 per cent and methane concentrations more than tripled. The release of the report coincides with the first session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services, which oversees the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services – an international initiative to improve and expand scientifically-based climate information to help society cope with the climate and human induced climate change. The session, which opened yesterday in Geneva and will run through Friday, 5 July, will focus on how to provide operational climate services to help countries and communities cope with long-term climate change and associated extreme weather events. “We are already seeing the effects of climate change and so we need to take action through the use of scientifically-based climate services to cushion the impact on our environment, our economies and our societies,” said Mr. Jarraud. “Decisions on flood defences and dams, for instance, are often based on past experience and not on the likely future. But the past climate is no longer a sufficient guide to the future. We need to anticipate the climate we shall have in the next 50 to 100 years,” he said. “It’s a huge challenge but it’s not a hopeless challenge if we all work together.” read more

Randers HK is the Danish champion

Danish women’s handballRanders HKViborg HK ← Previous Story HC Zajecar wins Serbian Cup and the “third double crown” in a row! Next Story → Eurocups Finals: FA Goppingen and SG Flensburg on the “heaven’s door” AfterViborg HK won first match with 30:29, Randers HK wins Danish Championships with +5 win in Viborg – 31:26 (60:56 aggregate).Viborg HK-Randers HK 26-31 (12-21)Vivorg HK scorers: Maria Fisker 5, Johanna Ahlm 5 (2), Mouna Chebbah 4, Rikke Skov 3, Isabelle Gulldén 3 (3), Pernille Holst Larsen 2, Cristina Varzaru 2, Grit Jurack 1, Camilla Hornbech Mikkelsen 1Randers scorers: Veronica Cuadrado 6, Katrine Fruelund 6, Gitte Andersen 5, Susan Müller 5 (3), Nina Wörz 4, Berit Kristensen 2, Mie Augustesen 2, Mette Melgaard 1Third place in Danish championship this year won FC Midtjylland with the better score 62:60 from two matches against Tvis Holstebro.Tvis Holstebro – FC Midtjylland 27-26 (10-12)source: hbold.dk read more

DHBPokal Lubbecke against Fuchse Berlin Goppingen takes on Magdeburg

bad schwartauBalingenbergischerBergischer HCbietigheimdhb-pokaleisenachempor rostockemsdettenerlangenessenferndorfFuchse Berlingerman cupgoeppingenGoppingengrosswallstadtgummersbachhammhamm-westfalenhannover burgdorfhildesheimhuttenbergleipziglemgolingenlubbeckemindenneuhausennordhornRostockschwartautus ferndorfweinsbergwetzlar ← Previous Story Karabatic: “I dedicated my life to handball, I did not bet” Next Story → Montpellier defeated by Toulouse – PSG miss Bojinovic and Honrubia The draw for the third round in the German Cup (DHB-Pokal) was made yesterday, and among the interesting games worthy of notion are Lubbecke that will host title-candidate Fuchse Berlin, while Goppingen will entertain at home Magdeburg. Gummersbach will have chance to try to beat Rhein-Neckar Loewen at home, and TBV Lemgo will have a very hard job at home against Hannover-Burgdorf. All games are on to be on the 24th of October.All the games:TuS Ferndorf vs. SG Flensburg-HandewittBergischer HC vs. HSV HamburgVfL Gummersbach vs. Rhein-Neckar LöwenTV Emsdetten vs. TV NeuhausenVfL Bad Schwartau vs. HSG WetzlarSG BBM Bietigheim vs. HC Empor RostockFrisch Auf Göppingen vs. SC MagdeburgThSV Eisenach vs. TV GrosswallstadtTSV GWD Minden vs. TUSEM EssenTV 05/07 Hüttenberg vs. HBW Balingen-WeilstettenHSG Nordhorn-Lingen vs. Eintracht HildesheimTSV Weinsberg vs. MT MelsungenSC DHfK Leipzig vs. THW KielASV Hamm-Westfalen vs. HC ErlangenTuS N-Lübbecke vs. Füchse BerlinTBV Lemgo vs. TSV Hannover-Burgdorf read more

Horror movie in a pill Sideeffects of Lariam worse than malaria

first_imgOverall, these figures are the strongest evidence yet of a powerful causal association between Lariam exposure and suicide.RTÉ’s reporter Rita O’Reilly examined 28 suicides within the Defence Forces, 11 of whom had taken Lariam. Four of those had taken their lives within a year of returning home from overseas duty.Dr Nevin describes Lariam as a “horror movie in a pill”. The US military no longer uses Lariam as the drug of choice and the FDA in America has launched a full neurological review of the medicine. The Irish Medicines Board first highlighted the risk of neuropsychiatric side effects in its drug safety newsletter in May 1996. Information leaflets were also updated in 2003 with details of reported suicide and suicide ideation related to the use of the medication. However, the Defence Forces and the Minister for Justice says there are no plans as yet to discontinue its use.Alternatives have been ruled out because of other side-effects, including sensitivity to the sun, and not being viable for long-term stints. Until recently, Malerone was only authorised for periods of 28 days. There are also prohibitive costs involved (Malerone is €4 per day).David Connor, who died by suicide and whose family spoke out about how he came back a “changed man” after his tour in Liberia and time on Lariam. The Defence Forces say they screen personnel to ensure they will be able to tolerate Lariam before being sent on duty. Not being suitable for Lariam because of a history of mental health issues can rule a member of the Defence Forces out of any overseas trips, putting them well behind their counterparts in terms of promotion and other prospects – something that is of major concern for career soldiers and a group campaigning for the cessation of Lariam as the anti-malaria drug of choice.Dr Elspeth Ritchie, formerly of the US Army, said the side-effects of Lariam are actually worse than contracting malaria.“Aviators are barred from taking Lariam,” she told RTÉ. “If aviators are barred, someone who drives a tank and shoots a gun should be precluded too.”Dave O’Shea from Action Lariam for Irish Soldiers believes that serving soldiers still find it difficult to speak out about the issue. Since the programme aired on Thursday, the support group has been contacted by more than 50 people about Lariam use.He also believes the revelations have changed people’s attitudes towards him.O’Shea first took Lariam while in Liberia with the Defence Forces in 2003. Just two weeks later he started getting side effects, which included memory loss, insomnia, lumps on his skin and mood swings.He recalls a number of incidences where he “wasn’t himself”. There was that one time he jumped through a pane of glass and blacked out. The suicidal thoughts followed soon after and he describes his life since then as being on a “descending scale”. Since he first spoke to TheJournal.ie last June, the solider has received “severe therapy” which is helping keep his life on a positive track.He is among a number of former army personnel taking claims to the courts but says the litigation process is still in its infancy. There are a total of 22 compensation cases, seven of which are at the High Court.Read: No plans to discontinue use of anti-malarial Lariam in Defence ForcesWatch: RTÉ Prime Time’s investigation AN RTÉ INVESTIGATION into the use of Lariam as an anti-malarial by the Irish Defence Forces found a “plausible link” between the drug and a number of suicides of soldiers.Two of the world’s leading authorities on the medication said the results of the probe require urgent investigation.The Prime Time programme revealed new research showing a higher risk of suicide among members of the army who had taken Larium during their deployments overseas than those who didn’t.“These figures are consistent with Lariam causing symptoms of mental illness including anxiety and depression, and are also consistent with the known association of these conditions with a strongly increased risk of suicide. These figures also indicate evidence of more serious events, such as psychosis, potentially leading to more sudden and impulsive suicides,” said Dr Remington Nevin, an epidemiologist and former US Army major.last_img read more

The Belly Sauna is Well a Sauna for Your Belly

first_imgSo, after kicking off the morning with a post about the “Wrap-a-Nap,” I decided to challenge myself to see if I could find a dumber product before noon. Not surprisingly, the quest didn’t take long. I landed squarely on the Belly Sauna. It’s a sauna! For your belly!Actually, no. it’s a weird undershirt-type thing than you wear around your waist, under your clothes. Judging from the images on the site and the TV ad, it kind of looks like the wearer has a extra long pair of Hammer pants underneath his or her regular pants.The theory behind the Belly Sauna goes like this: it’s hard to lose weight around your stomach because all of that built up fat insulates that area, making it too cool to burn off fat. Wear the Belly Sauna around your waist and you’ll sweat off all of that weight in no time.Seems like bulletproof logic to us.For only $19.95 (plus $5.95 processing and handling), the secret to weight loss can be yours.last_img read more

Létude danoise sur les portables et le risque de cancer entachée derreurs

first_imgL’étude danoise sur les portables et le risque de cancer “entachée d’erreurs” selon une ONGJeudi, l’association Robin des Toits qui milite pour la sécurité sanitaire des technologies sans fil, s’est attaquée à l’étude danoise qui a suggéré il y a peu que l’usage du téléphone portable n’augmentait pas le risque de cancer du cerveau. Celle-ci serait, selon elle, “entachée d’erreurs”.Il y a une semaine à peine, des chercheurs danois publiaient dans la revue British Medical Journal une vaste étude conduite pendant près de 18 ans auprèsde milliers d’abonnés à des services de téléphonie mobile. Celle-ci visait à établir ou démentir un lien entre l’usage du portable et un risque accru de cancer du cerveau. D’après les résultats qu’ils avaient obtenus, les scientifiques avaient alors conclu que cette pratique n’augmentait par le risque de développer des tumeurs cérébrales. Mais si cette conclusion allait déjà à l’encontre d’une précédente étude conduite par l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), elle est aujourd’hui ouvertement réfutée par l’ONG Robin des Toits. Une association qui milite depuis plusieurs années pour la sécurité sanitaire des technologies sans fil et intervient souvent dans les débats sur le sujet. Selon cette ONG et les experts qu’elle a interrogés, l’étude danoise serait en fait “entachée d’erreurs”. Ils reprochent notamment l’absence de recherche sur l’utilisation des téléphones portables sur le long terme, rappelant qu’au vu du temps de latence d’environ 30 ans pour les tumeurs cérébrales, cet élément est crucial. La période de recherche était de 7 ans au plus et un an au minimum pour chaque abonné, rappelle l’AFP. “De plus, l’étude a exclu les utilisateurs professionnels, de loin les plus nombreux au Danemark depuis les années 1990”, selon l’ONG qui affirme que cela “cause une distorsion de preuves”.Des conclusions trompeuses À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?”Les conclusions de l’étude sont sans valeur. Les hypothèses émises par cette recherche ont conduit à des erreurs de classement sur 88% de la population danoise qui s’est servie d’un téléphone portable seulement après 1995. De telles conclusions erronées trompent le public et les autorités sur les dangers réels de l’exposition à la téléphonie mobile”, a ainsi estimé le professeur Dens Henshaw, spécialiste des effets des radiations sur l’Homme à l’Université de Bristol au Royaume-Uni, cité par Robin des Toits.De son côté, l’épidémiologiste américaine Devra Davis (Environmental Health Trust), également citée par l’ONG, rappelle que l’OMS n’avait pas considéré “comme fiable” cette étude danoise et ne l’avait pas retenue pour son passage en revue des recherches sur les risques de cancer liés à l’utilisation des portables. Ce sont ces travaux menés par les experts du Centre international de recherche sur le cancer (CIRC), agence de l’OMS, qui avaient montré un risque accru de gliome, une forme de cancer du peau, indiquant que l’usage du téléphone portable était “peut-être cancérogène pour l’homme”. Le 28 octobre 2011 à 11:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

PREMIER SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT CARNIVAL IS BOOSTING STOPS

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 14, 2013- Not quite right. The Premier setting the record straight on a statement by the governor recently that Carnival is shifting some of its cruise routes to nearby Dominican Republic. Magnetic Media questions to the country’s tourism minister unearthed that Hon Rufus Ewing has already had a meeting with vendors at the beach adjacent to the Grand Turk Cruise Center in an effort to deal directly with the concerns of Carnival Cruise lines executives who have apparently complained that the vendors are sometimes too aggressive and in many cases operating illegally posing potential risks to cruise passengers. The premier said Carnival is boosting cruise stops for 2014 as far as he can tell in reviewing the schedule, but warned that other less committed cruise liners may opt out of docking in Grand Turk due to the unauthorized beach vendors. last_img read more

How strong is that drink Calculator helps figure

first_img WASHINGTON — How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it’s made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: Take a look at its online alcohol calculator to see how much you’re really drinking with those summer cocktails.A “standard drink” is the amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. It’s a useful way to track alcohol consumption. But the multiple ingredients of mixed drinks make for a harder count.“Most people don’t realize how much alcohol is actually in a drink,” said Dr. George Koob, director of the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.“Obviously it depends on the bartender and who’s mixing the drinks,” Koob adds. Recipes matter: The calculator’s pina colada example, for instance, assumes it contains 3 ounces of rum. Plan on using 2 ounces instead? The calculator adjusts to show it’s like 1.3 standard drinks. Click to enlarge.last_img read more

Murkowski to Deliver GOP Weekly Address

first_imgU.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will deliver the next Republican weekly national speech on Saturday. It’s the party’s response to the president’s weekly radio address.Murkowski is in the spotlight these days because she’s managing the floor debate for the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. Her office says she plans to focus on the energy potential of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The tradition of the president’s weekly radio address dates back to Franklin Roosevelt. President Obama airs his as a YouTube video.last_img read more

India announces new policy inviting foreign defence manufacturers

first_imgIndia has drawn up a shopping list for tens of billions of dollars of foreign fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and helicopters but it will only sign the cheques if they are made in India.The world’s largest defence importer has announced a new policy inviting foreign defence manufacturers to set up shop as minority partners in India. It initiated the bidding process for submarines in July.Such deals would boost job creation and bring key defence technologies into India.Foreign companies say the opportunity is too good to miss.Europe’s Airbus Group, angling to sell its Panther helicopters, has said that if it wins a contract worth several billion dollars and expected to span at least a decade, it would make India its global hub for the multi-purpose choppers.The company currently builds them at Marignane in France.Lockheed Martin says if its F-16 fighter jets are selected-it will likely compete with Saab for that order of close to $15 billion-it will “support the advancement of Indian manufacturing expertise.”Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and France’s Naval Group are eager to compete for a contract of up to $10 billion to build submarines in the South Asian country.Luring foreign defence companies to build in India would be a major and much-needed boost to the economy.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with less than two years to national elections, is under intense pressure to create more jobs for the hundreds of thousands of people joining the workforce every month.Growth in the first three months of 2017 slowed to 6.1 percent. Experts expect further disruption as businesses adjust to a new nationwide goods and services tax launched in July.Make in India -India is seeking to follow other countries which created defence sectors by backing a few big players with long-term defence orders and allowing smaller businesses to develop around them.“Countries that have a robust defence industry have a few large companies that are supported by their government with large, long-term defence orders,” Amber Dubey of the KPMG consultancy in India told AFP.“They in turn create an eco-system of large and small suppliers to stay competitive.”India currently imports at least 90 percent of its defence equipment including parts for assembly. It is banking on foreign companies to bring in new technology.The lowest bid is one key selection criteria that worries some of the competitors.“We’d like to see the Indian government work with the US government to ensure that these acquisition policies don’t disadvantage US companies just because we can’t get the lowest price,” Cara Abercrombie, former US deputy assistant secretary of defence for southeast Asia, told a recent panel in New York.Under the strategic partnership policy, India will line up domestic companies that foreign players have to choose from to set up local plants.For the Indian companies, which would hold the majority stake, it is a big win, says Dhiraj Mathur, an aerospace and defence specialist for the PwC consultancy.“You know nothing about defence manufacturing and you’re going to partner with a global leader to make highly sophisticated equipment and the only reason they’re talking to you is because the government has told them to,” he said.The Indian government wants to bring the local companies up to global standards to compete for the next round of orders.China also built up local defence equipment manufacturing by forcing international firms to link up with Chinese companies and to hand over technology.In India’s case, the foreign players are still pushing for ownership.“Let us take a lead, let us be the majority,” said Ashish Saraf, vice president for industrial development at Airbus.“Or let the Indian guys assume full liability (as per the policy). Assuming liabilities on an aircraft is not easy…. If a product fails, we are talking about hundreds of millions.”His suggestion is a middle road where foreign companies can hold the majority stake, which can be pared back over time as the Indian partner gains in knowledge and experience.“It takes years to transfer (technology) and to get proven products. These are complex products that need to perform in battles,” said Saraf.The other hurdle in the policy is that transferring defence technology requires government approval.In a strategy similar to one followed by the United States, India puts the onus on the foreign partners to get the green light from their respective governments, a challenging task for them.“But if you want indigenisation, this is the only way you’ll get it,” said PwC’s Mathur.last_img read more

Teen killed as bike hits Hatirjheel divider

first_img.A motorcyclist was killed and his pillion rider injured as their vehicle crashed into a road divider in Hatirjheel early Monday, reports UNB.The deceased was Rifat, 18, son of Md Liton Miah, and the injured is Sajib, 19, residents of AgargaonTaltola government staff quarter.Sub-inspector Md Baccu Miah, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital Police outpost, said the motorbike skidded off the road hitting the divider, leaving the duo critically injured.The injured were rushed to the hospital where the physicians declared Rifat dead.last_img read more

Baltimore Robocalls Convict Julius Henson May Be Out of Senate Race Ordered

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — A judge has ruled that a political consultant convicted in a robocall conspiracy violated his probation by filing to run for state Senate.Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Emanuel Brown ruled on Thursday that Julius Henson must serve four months for the probation violation. Brown suspended his order for 30 days so Henson can appeal.Henson filed to run for a Baltimore state Senate seat on Feb. 20. He served a 30-day jail term in 2012 after being convicted of conspiracy for the robocalls made on Election Day in 2010. He was also sentenced to three years of probation.Prosecutors had alleged that the robocalls, made to about 110,000 Democratic voters in Baltimore and Prince George’s County, were aimed at keeping black voters from the polls during Maryland’s gubernatorial election.Click for related articles:“Convicted Political Consultant Julius Henson Says He’s Running for State Senate”last_img read more

White Supremacy Floats in Baltimores Inner Harbor

first_imgFor those who fought, in some cases for years, to have Baltimore’s four monuments to the Confederacy removed from the city, last week’s victory is perhaps incomplete. Another monument to White supremacy, in the minds of many, continues to nevertheless exist in the form of a floating museum currently in the waters of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.Statues to Roger B. Taney, the Supreme Court Justice who crafted the Dred Scott Decision in 1857, which at that time affirmed the White supremacist mantra that Black people were inherently subhuman, were removed last week from Baltimore and Annapolis. However, the United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC), Roger B. Taney has been quietly floating in the Inner Harbor, nestled in the channel between the Power Plant and the Columbus Center for years.The decommissioned USCGC Roger B. Taney, named for the author of the notorious Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, is currently a floating museum in downtown Baltimore. (Courtesy photo)The USCGC Taney is owned by the City of Baltimore and its operation is facilitated by the Living Classrooms Foundation, which provides education and job training utilizing, “urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms,” according to the group’s website. The AFRO reached out to Living Classrooms for comment on the Taney controversy, but did not get a response to our inquiry before press time.The USCGC Taney was built in the mid 1930’s and officially commissioned Oct. 24, 1936. The Taney, “saw extensive service in war and peace for half a century,” according to the Historic Ships in Baltimore website. Historic Ships in Baltimore operates as steward (overseen by Living Classrooms) of several of the city’s historic vessels, including the Taney, and operates them as floating museums. The Taney was decommissioned at Portsmouth Virginia, December 7, 1986, 45 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, where the Taney engaged Japanese planes flying over Honolulu, according to the Historic Ships website. The ship was later donated to Baltimore, where it currently floats serving as a memorial and museum.On August 22, AFRO reporter Jasmine Wright spoke to people planning to tour the Taney. In wake of the violent and deadly events in Charlottesville, which led to the removal of the Confederate and Taney monuments, their insights were varied.The decommissioned USCGC Roger B. Taney, named for the author of the notorious Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, is currently a floating museum in downtown Baltimore. (Courtesy photo)“I think renaming the ship is erasing history,” said Linda, 50 of Park Heights. “This is different than taking down Confederate monuments, which were erected after the Civil War.”“I don’t agree with what he did, but I don’t agree with what a lot of people did,” said Wendy B., 39 of Mt. Washington. “If you rename this ship, then you have to rename everything.”Taney is infamous for his ruling on Dred v. Sanford, which denied Dred Scott, a slave, his freedom. Scott had sued the United States based on the fact he had moved to a free territory (Illinois) with his owner. Taney in his opinion wrote in part: “They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the White race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the White man was bound to respect; and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit.”Taney’s opinion is characterized by many historians as the most virulently racist in the history of the Supreme Court. The United States government honored his legacy when it commissioned the USCGC Taney.“I think the name should be changed,” Tarrah, 28 of Canton said. Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott (D-2nd Dist.), who introduced a resolution in the Council to take down the Confederate monuments last week, agrees.“We should change the name of it. Name it after Frederick Douglass, wouldn’t that be something?” Scott said.One prospective visitor to the USCGC Taney had a change of heart once he was informed of its namesakes history.“Knowing that this ship is named after a racist, I’m not going to visit,” said Ivan, 27, of Woodlawn.AFRO reporter Jasmine Wright contributed to this article.last_img read more

Rewatching Samurai Jack Episode 4 Jack the Woolies and the Chritchell

first_imgAfter 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready, Geek.com’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.As mentioned in our previous installment, the fourth episode of Samurai Jack is the first to be written and storyboarded by someone other than series creator Genndy Tartakovsky and frequent collaborator Paul Rudish, though Tartakovsky did co-direct the episode with Randy Myers. What makes that fact so significant, so interesting, so fascinating is that this episode, “Jack, the Woolies and the Chritchellites,” more than any of the three that preceded it, is a pure expression of what the show truly is and what it does best.While it might, at first, seem surprising that the first episode of the show not written or storyboarded by Tartakovsky is the one to achieve this distinction, there’s actually a pretty solid explanation for it. Tartakovsky exhibited an extraordinary amount of control over the first three episodes, co-writing, co-storyboarding, and directing the entire “Premiere Movie” himself. Over the course of those three episodes, he introduced us to the series’ eponymous hero, he established the character’s backstory, and he placed him in a new, many-faceted setting moving forward. In short, Tartakovsky built a storytelling engine.With that storytelling engine established and all fueled up, ready to go, the writers and storyboard artists of this episode, Chris Reccardi & Chris Mitchell, were able to hit the ground running in “Jack, the Woolies and the Chritchellites.” With a bizarre, futuristic setting already established, populated by aliens, monsters, mutants, and anthropomorphic animals, and with a vast, uncharted world to discover, Samurai Jack is able to truly shine as a medium by which its creators can explore… whatever they want.In this episode, the series delves into issues of cruelty and empathy, courtesy of the vicious, bullying little Chritchellites and the hulking, gentle-natured Woolies that they enslave and torture. At its core, however, this episode is about technology, as it’s the high-tech orb that not only allows the Chritchellites to enslave the Woolies, but also enables their cruelty, eliminating their empathy by separating themselves from the violence and brutality that they so readily mete out.The Chritchellites are cruel, narcissistic little beasts, fully abstracted from the suffering they cause, even in the midst of watching Woolies tortured for no reason other than their own amusement. One of the many things that’s so impressive about this episode, however, is how expediently the Chritchellites’ despicable nature is conveyed to audiences.Even beyond the Chritchellites actions, before we’ve even fully glimpsed how cruel they are to the Woolies, we know that they’re more than worthy of our disdain. First up, and most notably, they’re completely interchangeable. Having races or species that look exactly alike isn’t entirely unusual in cartoons, but the Chritchellites take things even further, as they all have the exact same voice. And in that nasally, grating tone, they readily express their delusions of grandeur and their clearly false beliefs in their history and relationship to not only the Woolies, but to the land itself.My favorite bit of characterization in this episode, however, is a brief gag that takes place as the camera pans the Chritchellite village. As they eat and converse, one Chritchellite crows at another about a collectible that he has, bickering over its value and even referencing another one that is still in the packaging. It’s a clear, obvious shot across the bow at a very specific type of person: The nerd completely given over to a consumerist, collector’s mentality. And worst of all? The collectible at the center of the discussion is a statue of a Chritchellite, further nailing home the little monsters’ all-consuming solipsism.And this commitment to consumerist culture? It ties back in to the earlier characterization of the Chritchellites, as the consumerist impulse can only be sated, can only exist even, through technology. Without mass production, without the commercialization of art, there can be no collectors, there can be no collector mentality. All of this, all that the Chritchellites are, sits in stark contrast to the simple, idyllic existence of the Woolies, a blissful life unsullied by technology and the loss of empathy that so often comes with it.Though it seems to have little to do with the episodes that came before, though Jack’s nemesis Aku is only mentioned briefly at the very end of the episode, “Jack, the Woolies and the Chritchellites” is a perfect introduction to how the series will progress and operate over the course of its four season original run. That’s because with Tartakovsky’s storytelling engine already built, creators like Reccardi, Mitchell, and Myers are able to quickly and expediently get hip deep into some very heady issues… like the corrupting effect of technology upon empathetic cultures.It’s important, however, not to confuse Samurai Jack with a series of parables or fables, as it’s doing something far, far smarter. In a parable or fable, there is a specific lesson or moral takeaway that is being imparted to the audience, making it, at best, a teaching tool and, at worst, propaganda. But a good story, a well-crafted story, doesn’t exist to force its audience into a specific point-of-view, but rather, is meant to encourage rumination on a larger issue through thoughtful exploration. “Jack, the Woolies and the Chritchellites,” piggybacks off of the audience’s preexisting feelings and notions, using copious shorthand to convey how we should view the two races depicted in the episode. That’s exactly what Samurai Jack, and good stories, do best.Join us next time as we discuss episode five of Samurai Jack‘s first season, “Jack in Space.”Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe comic series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. 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Anantara Vacation Club appoints Maurizio Bisicky as CCO

first_imgSource = Anantara Vacation Club Anantara Vacation Club appoints Maurizio Bisicky as CCOAnantara Vacation Club appoints Maurizio Bisicky as Chief Commercial OfficerAnantara Vacation Club, Asia’s leading luxury shared ownership concept for discerning travellers, is pleased to announce that Maurizio Bisicky, formerly Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has been appointed to the role of Chief Commercial Officer.As Chief Commercial Officer, his scope includes Sales & Marketing, overseeing the Club Services and Resort Operations teams and developing the Human Resources division, with a key focus on attracting top talent.Since joining the company in May, Maurizio has helped drive leads across all of its sales and marketing centres and has increased the total number of Anantara Vacation Club Points Owners by 13% in 2016’s last two quarters. He oversaw the opening of a new Club Resort in Chiang Mai in October 2016 and has enabled Anantara Vacation Club to partner with a number of industry leaders in the banking, hospitality and aviation sectors through his strategic and innovative initiatives.About Anantara Vacation ClubLaunched in 2010, Anantara Vacation Club is Asia’s premiere shared holiday ownership programme. Offering a portfolio of eight luxurious Club Resorts across Thailand, Indonesia, China and New Zealand, it provides Club Points Owners and their guests with the opportunity to explore top holiday destinations. Club Points Owners’ travel opportunities are further enhanced through the use of the flexible Club Escapes and Global Traveller programmes, which provide access to hundreds of partner resorts and hotels internationally.Anantara Vacation Club is part of Minor Hotels, a hotel owner, operator and investor with a current portfolio of 155 properties under the Anantara, AVANI, Elewana, Four Seasons, Marriott, Oaks, PER AQUUM, Tivoli and St-Regis brands. Today, Minor Hotels operates in 23 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America.For more information, please visit www.anantaravacationclub.com, or follow Anantara Vacation Club’s blog or social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Weibo.last_img read more

SITA maximises airport capacity through Airport Management solution

first_imgSITA has completed deploying its next-generation Airport Management solution across 10 airports in India. The unique implementation includes inter-airport collaboration, with airport operations control centres (AOCCs) linking to the central control at Chennai International Airport and a back-up site at Kolkata.The Airports Authority of India (AAI) now has an overview of all 10 airports, enabling optimisation of resources and equipment as well as proactive control over operations. The 10 airports are Chennai International Airport, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad, Pune Airport, Tiruchirapalli International Airport, Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut International Airport, Mangalore Airport, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati and Jaipur International Airport.The solution, deployed in partnership with NIIT, was completed in June 2015. Results like operational efficiencies, data security and reduced revenue leakage have already been witnessed. The airport authority’s command and control centre forms the core of the system, which monitors and manages operations at all 10 airports in real-time.Maneesh Jaikrishna, SITA Vice President for India and Subcontinent said, “The result is enhanced inter-airport collaboration using easy-to-use modules for operational planning, giving the airports the flexibility needed to plan and improve business results through a highly integrated approach. Everyone benefits as well as increased efficiency, the automation of flight processing and key processes helps provide more accurate information to passengers. And it facilitates accurate and faster billing cycles for airlines.”SITA’s Airport Management solution, in its adoption of the airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM), has proved to be a stepping stone for these airports.  A-CDM is a unified operational process that begins with the activation of an air traffic control flight plan and covers both arrival and ground-handling activities and procedures through to an aircraft’s turnaround and departure.last_img read more

Fairway Implements Calyx LOS

first_img Calyx fairway independent mortgage 2019-06-07 Seth Welborn June 7, 2019 281 Views in News Calyx Software, a provider of comprehensive mortgage software solutions for banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers, wholesale and correspondent lenders and brokers, recently announced that Fairway Asset Corporation has selected Calyx Path as its loan origination software (LOS).Founded in 2008, Fairway Asset Corporation is a mortgage bank licensed to do business in Alabama, California, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The company offers mortgage programs, including conventional, jumbo, FHA, and commercial mortgages.According to Taihun Cho, Manager at Fairway Asset Corporation, the company began evaluating new LOSs because it wanted a more modern, cost-effective LOS that could grow with its business, as well as easily handle regulatory updates.“We chose Path because it is an entirely new LOS and gives us more freedom than our previous legacy system,” said Cho. “From a management point of view, Path is easier to maintain since we no longer need to worry about managing hardware or software updates. The cloud-based LOS can be accessed on multiple platforms—desktop, tablet, mobile, etc.—which allows our loan officers to be productive even when they’re not in the office. And, best of all, Path costs less than our previous LOS.”“According to a recent report from McKinsey & Company, a successful digital transformation requires ‘building capabilities for the workforce of the future’ and ‘empowering people to work in new ways,’” said Bob Dougherty, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Calyx Software. “Perhaps that’s why more forward-looking lenders, like Fairway Asset Corporation, are turning to Path. Our LOS is nimble enough to evolve with changing markets and regulations and it is built on completely new, cloud-based technology, giving greater flexibility to loan officers to better serve their customers.”center_img Share Fairway Implements Calyx LOSlast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagaineCuervo y Sobrinos has once again leveraged its knowledge of classic mechanical watches and passion for craftsmanship into a superb new timepiece. The Historiador retrograde is clearly inspired by the refined cosmopolitan sensibility that was the very essence of Havana in the 40s.Distinctive and elegant, the Historiador Retrograde case is a reproduction of an iconic original Cuervo y Sobrinos model produced from the 1940s –1950s. Classic and timeless, the watch is instantly recognizable by the unique silhouette and design of the lugs. A rich “clous de Paris” dial is paired with outstanding blue hands and perfectly embodies the meticulous approach and watch-making expertise of Cuervo y Sobrinos.Inside the case, an automatic movement and functions: day of the week, date and power reserve. Through the transparent case-back one can admire the engraved CYS oscillating weight. Double curved crystal typical of the 50s, water resistant to 3 atm and finished with a Louisiana crocodile strap and deployant buckle.Technical Features: Automatic movement: CYS 240 30 jewels/42 hr power reserve 40 mm Stainless steel case/9.9 mm height Applied CYS emblem at 12.00 “Clous de Paris” dial with blue handsFunctions: Hours, minutes, seconds, day of the week, Retrograde date and power reserve.www.cuervoysobrinos.com/last_img read more