French Restaurant Refuses Table to Muslim Family

Rabat – A restaurant in the French town of Etretat, Normandy, refused a Muslim family a table on the grounds that the mother of the family was wearing a veil and of the Muslim faith, reports the regional newspaper Paris-Normandy.The father of the family, Mohsen Zemni, told the news organization that a waiter denied their entrance to the terrace of the restaurant La Belle Epoque, who instead proposed they sit at the bottom of the establishment.“I asked him if it was the veil of my wife that was problematic,” Zemni told 76actu news site. “He just reiterated that for us it was at the back of the room.” According to Zemni, other guests were sitting on the terrace at the time of his family’s denial and the refusal was based on Islamophobia. In response, the day after the incident, Zemni filed a complaint online and wrote the mayor of Etretat, Catherine Millet.“I will inquire with the institution because I have only one version of the facts. But if its the truth, it’s intolerable,” Millet said. “Of course, I will answer Mr. Zemni and I will try to reach the restaurant, but so far the communication is very difficult. We have only trade through registered letters.”According to Millet, La Belle Epoque is currently in a dispute with the municipality for illegally constructing a covered terrace in an already narrow street.The restaurant did not immediately respond to Morocco World News’ request for comment. read more

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2019-10-12

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African States need to move faster on development Uganda tells UN debate

23 September 2009The countries of sub-Saharan Africa have spent too long “wandering in the desert of under-development” and need to take faster steps towards building infrastructure and modernizing their economies, the President of Uganda told the opening of the General Assembly’s high-level debate today. Yoweri Museveni said the low levels of electrification across Africa were “shameful” and the high transport costs as a result of dilapidated or non-existent railways and road networks were obstructing the continent’s progress.“The whole of Africa needs to wake up on this issue and cooperate to find a solution,” Mr. Museveni during his address to world leaders gathered at UN Headquarters in New York.The Ugandan President contrasted the record of Africa and many Asian countries over the past 40 years, noting that the likes of Singapore, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Malaysia and China “did not similarly” struggle with under-development.“Fortunately, in the last 15 to 20 years, Africans have also got the grasp of the development compass. We have started doing what we had left undone for a long time and the ‘truth’ is now beginning to be ‘seen in us’.”Citing his own country’s record of relatively steady economic growth during the past two decades, Mr. Museveni said it was vital for poor countries to deal with bottlenecks in development and infrastructure.He warned of the danger of States such as Uganda exporting raw materials to richer nations and receiving only 10 per cent of the value of the final processed products.“In Uganda we are also transforming traditional subsistence agriculture into modern agriculture… This involves using improved seeds, fertilizers, tractors, irrigation, improved breeding stock and improved agro-practices.” read more

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2019-10-11

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Ravis lawyers write to commission on Shanil Nethicumara

Premier Legal Consultants, writing to the commission on behalf of Karunanayake, said that Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, who made the allegations during the commission hearings, had failed to investigate the claims before making the pronouncements last month. Karunanayake’s lawyers insist that their client is not related to Shanil Nethicumara. Premier Legal Consultants also noted that the allegations had been made in writing to the commission earlier yet Kodagoda repeated the claims at a public sitting in front of the media, knowing that the media will report on it.As a result Premier Legal Consultants said that their client, Karunanayake, is of the view that the allegations were made just to gain media attention both locally and internationally. Premier Legal Consultants also noted that at the time the matter was raised at the commission, Anika Wijesuriya had not filed a complaint with the Police.Karunanayake’s lawyers also alleged that while Anika Wijesuriya had left the country claiming she was facing threats, she had visited the country at least on one occasion.Premier Legal Consultants said that the irresponsible actions of Yasantha Kodagoda has caused pain of mind and damage to their client as some newspaper had given the impression that Karunanayake was behind the alleged threats made to Anika Wijesuriya. Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s lawyers have written to the Presidential commission investigating the alleged treasury bond scam with regards to the allegations made by Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda, linking Shanil Nethicumara with the former Minister.Nethicumara was accused of threatening the family of Anika Wijesuriya for giving evidence at the Bond Commission against Karunanayake. While denying Karunanayake had anything to do with the threats, Premier Legal Consultants has requested the commission to look into the matter and take appropriate action. read more

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2019-10-08

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TalaimannarColombo train services to be limited to Medawachchiya

Train services between Talaimannar and Colombo will be limited to Medawachchiya from tomorrow.The Railway Department said that the service will be limited till November 16 due to repairs to be carried out on a bridge. (Colombo Gazette)

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2019-10-08

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Tsai completes purchase of Nets arena hires Levy as CEO

NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets have a new owner and a new CEO.Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai completed his purchase of the team and Barclays Center on Wednesday, then announced that he had hired former Turner Sports President David Levy to oversee both.Tsai’s purchase of the Nets was unanimously approved Wednesday by the NBA’s board of governors. He spent nearly $3.5 billion for the team and the arena, a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise.He already had purchased 49% of the team from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2018, with the option to become controlling owner in 2021, but pushed up that timeline for full ownership of the team.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsBrian Mahoney, The Associated Press read more

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2019-10-07

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The WNBA Wont Be The Same This Year Without Breanna Stewart

The worst fears of the WNBA and its fans were officially confirmed Wednesday: Reigning league and finals MVP Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm tore her right Achilles tendon — an injury that will sideline her for the season and at least temporarily shift the WNBA’s balance of power.She sustained the rupture over the weekend when she rose for a jump shot and landed on the foot of fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner during the EuroLeague championship game. Stewart and scores of other American players use their offseasons to play in leagues overseas while the WNBA is off, as those opportunities often pay far more than their salaries here in the states. This injury is likely to intensify the debate over WNBA pay.But for the Storm, the loss of the 24-year-old is devastating, and it figures to totally alter the WNBA’s landscape for the time being.1It’s also worth noting that fellow WNBA star Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx has said she plans to sit out this upcoming season to focus on ministry work. At 26-8 last season, the Storm finished with the league’s best record and went on to sweep the Washington Mystics in three games for the championship — with Stewart a catalyst of both efforts.The former UConn star made her presence felt on offense (she led the league in total points and offensive win shares and ranked as the most-efficient offensive player in the league on a per-possession basis, per Synergy Sports) and on defense (second in defensive win shares). Her game had expanded considerably in her third year, in which she streamlined her shot profile and became a more prolific 3-point shooter while also developing into one of the WNBA’s three most-efficient offensive players in the post. (Star scorer Liz Cambage and Griner are the others, according to data from Synergy Sports.)2Among players who get at least two post-ups per game There’s almost certainly no way the Storm can replace Stewart’s all-around impact — something that few players in the world, if any, can make on a night-to-night basis. She was averaging almost 22 points (shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc) and eight rebounds while collecting more than two assists, one block and one steal per game. But the Storm does still have a talented roster without Stewart.Even at 38, as the WNBA’s oldest player, point guard Sue Bird has shown that she may have plenty left in the tank. In 2018, she logged career-best marks in virtually all her shooting metrics, while also assisting at the best rate she ever has. Fellow guard Jewell Loyd, a former No. 1 overall pick, is more aggressive and finished second on the team in scoring, with almost 16 points per game. She attacks the basket regularly and gets frequent trips to the line as a result. Natasha Howard was far and away the team’s best offensive rebounder — a skill that, without Stewart’s stellar shooting, will become even more important.Yet the team’s best bet offensively without Stewart may be to use more of an up-tempo style. The Storm were the WNBA’s most efficient team in transition last season, with players like Loyd and Jordin Canada in particular excelling when they played with improved pace. Playing faster might be a bit tough at times on the aging Bird. But the alternative — playing more slowly and being more deliberate about finding shot attempts — may not work all that well. Seattle was solid when the shot clock ticked under the four-second mark last year (ranking second in efficiency when that was the case, per Synergy). But Stewart was a primary reason for that, scoring on 43 percent of her plays that went late into the clock.3Stewart had 47 such plays, or about 1.4 per game.Assuming that the Storm take a considerable step back, the door figures to open for the semifinalist Phoenix Mercury — led by Diana Taurasi, DeWanna Bonner and Griner — to win their first title since 2014, when they set a record for wins in a season.Last season, Phoenix pushed Seattle to a fifth and deciding game for the right to play in the WNBA Finals, even entering the fourth quarter with the lead, despite being on the road in front of a raucous Storm crowd. It took arguably the best showing of Bird’s life in that last period to eliminate the Mercury.But now, without a superstar like Stewart, several Herculean efforts from a number of her teammates may be necessary to get Seattle anywhere close to the promised land again this year. read more

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2019-09-29

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Insights from Mining Indaba 2016

first_imgEarlier this month, Clareo Managing Partner Peter Bryant (a judge for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame) addressed a special session at Mining Indaba in Africa where he discussed the future of mining in Africa and how the Development Partner approach could positively impact the industry. He also moderated a panel on the subject that included the CEO of Anglo American, the Anglican archbishop for central Africa, the international head of Oxfam, and Hatch Goba’s head of sustainability for Africa, Europe and the Middle East. In this update, he provides his takeaways from this year’s conference and offers insight into the conversations affecting the industry. “The dominant mood at Indaba 2016 was sombre. Nevertheless, I picked up on an underlying optimism from many speakers and participants about a brighter future, if major and fundamental change could be achieved through innovation – something in which the industry had massively underinvested through the super cycle. There was a growing realization that the old ways would no longer serve the industry in the future.“This innovation imperative should be focused upon technology that radically reduces production costs, increases productivity and reduces negative impacts. It must enable the development of otherwise uneconomic resources and provide a new way to engage with communities and other stakeholders to drive better outcomes for all, both during and after the life of the mine.“I was impressed with the range of new thinking that came from an ever growing and influential minority. Robert Friedland gave an impassioned address around the new disruptive technology possibilities, while Mark Cutifani advocated the Development Partner approach. This model, co-created with a multi-stakeholder group under the auspices of the Kellogg Innovation Network, drives a new way to engage with communities and other stakeholders, and is already being adopted at Anglo American.“This transformation must be accompanied by innovative new investment models for projects and associated multi-use infrastructures, such as those advocated by the Milken Institute and Anglo Pacific’s Julian Treger in his panel comments. These innovations require a policy and regulatory environment that encourages this transformation and provides stability.“This is a pivotal moment for South Africa. As a major resource country, it can either hold on to the old ways and see only diminishing returns, or embrace the future by taking an active role in the transformation. This will take a bold vision, courage from leaders in public and private sectors, and a fundamental shift in mindset. These factors combined promise a brighter future for South Africa, with the benefits of its resource endowment being more equally shared among all stakeholders, especially surrounding communities, and the development of a more diverse economic base that will result in a more competitive country and improved social and environmental outcomes.last_img read more

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2019-09-24

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Geekcom is hiring writers

first_imgGeek.com is looking to expand its roster! If you think you have what it takes to put your writing in front of millions of technophiles a month, then this could be your big chance.We’re looking to make both full-time and part-time hires — if you’re the right person we want to get you writing for us. So if you are sitting in front of a workstation waiting for something to render and you have a few hours that you’d rather spend productively than trying to beat your Angry Birds high scores, we want you to reach out. Basically, if you live and breathe technology, you were personally offended when your iPhone 4S started to say “4G” at the top when you upgraded to iOS 5.1, and you hate it when people confuse megabits and megabytes, then we should talk.We’re really looking for experienced tech writers for the full-time positions, but we’ll consider your blog, comments, and any other other smart stuff you’ve written. We expect that applicants will have reasonable control of the English language, know the basics of grammar and punctuation, and that you really, really know your tech. Obviously we’re looking for geeks too, so don’t try to fake it and tell us you watched Avatar, we’ll see right through that.Ziff Davis is an equal opportunity employer — We will hire both Star Wars and Star Trek fans.Still interested? Email sal@geek.com with “Geek Job” as the subject. Include your name, resume (inline or attached as plain text), and then a little about yourself. Make sure to explain why you think you’d be a good fit and whether you’d want to write full- or part-time. Please note – we need the full-timer to be located in or around NYC.last_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Stunning Waterford Plaza open for business

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The newly renovated Waterford Plaza was officially opened last Sunday, giving Perth a new shopping experience. The two-year, two-stage development that cost $80 million was completed by owners George Atzemis and Con Berbatis. The plaza will now be the largest shopping complex in South Perth. The shopping centre was officially opened by the City of South Perth Mayor, Sue Doherty, and Father Emmanuel Stamatiou. The plaza, located on the corner of Manning Road and Kent Street opposite Curtin University, will house 65 operators and two national supermarket chains: Coles and Supa IGA. Lease Equity managing director Jim Tsagalis, who was responsible for the leasing of the development, told Perth Now that “the overall tenancy mix [he was] able to secure is very strong with an excellent array of national and international retailers, mixed with some local favourites, offering great appeal to the surrounding catchment”.last_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Intelligence animale des lézards aussi doués que des oiseaux

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2019-09-20

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Les Nokia Lumia 610 900 et 808 arrivent en France

first_imgLes Nokia Lumia 610, 900 et 808 arrivent en FranceSacré innovation de l’année au MWC 2012, le Nokia Lumia 808 PureView arrive au mois de juin en France. Par la même occasion, Nokia a annoncé la sortie prochaine de deux autres modèles de la gamme, le 610 et le 900.Les derniers smartphones Nokia arrivent en France. Déjà présent au MWC 2012, les trois smartphones Nokia Lumia 610, 900 et 808 Pureview devrait arriver vers le mois de juin.Nokia Lumia 610À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Ce smartphone représente l’entrée de gamme de la marque. Il propose un écran WVGA de 3,7 pouces, un processeur Qualcomm Snapdragon cadencé à 800 MHz. Il embarque un appareil photo 5 mégapixels et tournera sous Windows 7.5. Pour le Lumia 610, Nokia reste dans l’idée d’un smartphone plutôt petit et fin avec des dimensions de 12 x 62,2x 119,2 mm. Mais la firme mise surtout sur un prix attractif de 249 euros pour attirer le public.Nokia Lumia 900Petit frère du Lumia 800, le Nokia Lumia 900 possède un écrant AMOLED ClearBack de 4,3 pouces, embarque un processeur Qualcomm Snapdragon mono-coeur cadencé à 1,,4 GHz et tournera lui aussi sous Windows 7.5. Il conserve son appareil photo de 8 megapixels et se dote d’un APN supplémentaire de 1,3 mégapixel. Il sera disponible au mois de juin au prix de 600 euros.Nokia 808 PureViewGrand gagnant du MWC 2012, le Nokia Lumia 808 PureView arrive lui aussi au mois de juin. Ce qui fait la force de ce téléphone, c’est son appareil photo de 41 mégapixels, du jamais vu sur les autres smartphones. Pour le reste, il propose un écran AMOLED de 4 pouces et embarque un processeur ARM 11 cadencé à 1,3 GHz. Contrairement aux deux autres, il tournera sous le système d’exploitation développé par Nokia, Nokia Belle. Disponible en exclusivité chez The Phone House, il sera vendu au prix de 600 euros.Le 29 mai 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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2019-09-20

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Working in Clark County Billy Joe Snook scuba instructor

first_imgBilly Snook, owner of Seven Seas Scuba, tells a story about diving in Browning Pass, north of Vancouver Island, when a giant octopus slithered familiarly onto his lap. Snook’s diving apparatus, a closed-circuit rebreather, allows close encounters like this because it emits no disturbing bubbles and allows longer dives. Since Snook was able to stay still longer and adapt to the creature’s surroundings, he made a new deep-down friend.It’s these types of experiences Snook enjoys while teaching his advanced diving students; the thrill of becoming one with the underwater environment, seeing the beauty of the ocean floor, and enjoying sea life displaying more natural, undisturbed behavior.Name: Billy Joe Snook.Business name: Seven Seas Scuba (owner), 3200 S.E. 164th Ave., Suite 216, Vancouver.Residence city/neighborhood: Sifton.Age: 52.Educational/professional background: I’m originally from upstate New York and was a Navy kid, so we moved 15 times before I got out of high school. I graduated from Columbia River High and then took some vocational training at Clark College.I was working in homebuilding and metal fabrication, and became certified in diving in Maui. While it was a hobby, I was hoping eventually to become an instructor. When the recession hit, I did what I could to make money diving here and in Florida and California.How — and when — you got started in your business: I have been fascinated by the ocean for as long as I can remember. I watched Jacques Cousteau as a youngster and always wanted to learn to dive. I started diving in 1995, became certified and started Seven Seas Scuba in 2004. Now I generally focus my instruction on closed-circuit rebreather diving.last_img read more

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2019-09-19

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Bahamas PM Minnis Officially Welcomes SLS Brand to The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis officially welcomed the SLS Brand to The Bahamas during the Official Opening of the SLS Baha Mar, Friday night.   SLS adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar, including the Grand Hyatt and Rosewood brands, in addition to the presence of 30 luxury retail outlets.  Approximately 300 Bahamians are employed at the hotel, “with many more to come on stream at Baha Mar.”Prime Minister Minnis said he looked forward to more Bahamians advancing at the resort in various areas — including management — through mentoring, ongoing training and other opportunities for advancement.   The Prime Minister also took the time to applaud officials at Baha Mar for the launch of its global marketing campaign “Life Spectacular” in early November (2017).“Baha Mar is getting set to welcome the world to a new Cable Beach,” Prime Minister Minnis said.The Opening of SLS Baha Mar is another major milestone for the Baha Mar brand in The Bahamas.   The resort is expected to celebrate its Grand Opening next spring with the opening of the Rosewood Baha Mar which, when combined with the rooms available at Melia resort, will give Bah Mar a room capacity of 3,100.“Today, we celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, a signature world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas to enjoy our natural and cultural heritage as part of their visitor experience,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“We welcome their presence in The Bahamas as they blend their hospitality and visitor experience vision with the Bahamian experience at Baha Mar.   On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I congratulate all those involved in today’s opening.“I wish to recognize Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and all others instrumental in making today possible, including Baha Mar President, Graeme Davis, his management team and the staff at the resort.   I also recognize Sam Nazarian, the CEO and Founder of the global brand and leading lifestyle hospitality company, SBE Entertainment Group, which is committed to the principles of extraordinary service, world-class cuisine and design,” Prime Minister Minnis added.(SBE manages and operates hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs around the world. SLS Baha Mar was realized through Dakota Development, a real estate development of SBE.)The SLS Brand has been a leader and pioneer in luxury lifestyle hospitality for more than a decade. The brand seeks to create spaces and experiences that offer “enchantment, delight and elegance.”Prime Minister Minnis said the government is committed to doing its part to improve the visitor experience to The Bahamas.“This includes improvements and signage for our Heritage sites, many of which need to be made more visitor friendly in terms of amenities.   Many of you will already notice various efforts, including better maintenance of public spaces like parks, roadways and verges.   New signs have been placed at popular beaches.”Prime Minister Minnis said the Government hopes to build a Native Food Market “in time” to further advance the Bahamian experience.“A Native Food Market will welcome scores of Bahamians and tourists and provide business opportunities for many Bahamians to sell their goods and products.   The Native Food Market will have a variety of foods and products for sale from ice cream to potato and cassava breads, tamarind sauce and other Bahamian treats,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Minnis (centre) celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar with the cutting of the ribbon, November 17, 2017.  From left: Mrs. Nazarian and SBE/SLS Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian; Prime Minister and Mrs. Minnis; Baha Mar President Graeme Davis; and Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and Mrs. D’Aguilar.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items:last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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TCI Ongoing Roadwork – Paradise Road West

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaiocos, January 29, 2018 – Providenciales – Please be advised that Paradise Road West is scheduled to be paved beginning by 8:00am on Monday, January 29th.  Paving activities will last a full day.During this time, Paradise Road West will serve as a one-way road.  It will be closed to incoming from Winward Road and Paradise East, however, it will remain open to incoming traffic from Cooper Jack Bay Road as displayed above.If you are a resident of this street, your property access may be temporarily blocked with equipment as paving progresses.  We ask that you please make appropriate arrangements to depart and/or return to your residence prior to paving commencing.  Similarly, please do not plan to depart or return while paving operations are taking place immediately in front of your property.Traffic controllers will be present to give necessary directions to motorists thereby ensuring safe and efficient operations.  We apologize in advance for any disruptions caused by this work.  Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the roads in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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First Lady adopted into Tlingit clan

first_imgGerry Hope holds money to First Lady Donna Walker’s forehead during a Tlingit naming ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion. Paul Marks and Ishmael Hope help announce her name, Koodeishghé, four times. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)First Lady Donna Walker was adopted into the Tlingit Deisheetaan clan Thursday night. She was given a Tlingit name at the end of an indigenous literature reading she hosted at the Governor’s Mansion.Writer Ishmael Hope announced the surprise honor. He said the name was approved by Deisheetaan clan elder Selina Everson.“Selina wanted to give a very, very special name of Koodeishghé,” Hope said.That name was once held by the late Lydia George of Angoon.“And I knew her. She was just an extreme wealth of information and knowledge of Tlingit culture, Tlingit history,” Hope said. “It just shows the high value that Selina and the Deisheetaan have for First Lady Walker.”Hope says the naming also brings the Walker family together. Gov. Bill Walker was given a Kaagwaantaan clan name of the Wolf/Eagle moiety in April. To make it complete, Hope said the First Lady needed a Raven name.Symbolizing payment for the name, Clan Conference Executive Director Gerry Hope put money on the First Lady’s forehead as her Tlingit name was announced four times.“A real blessing,” Walker said. “I was with the governor when they surprise adopted him into the clan, so it’s twice now we’ve been able to experience that. It’s the highest honor.”The Deisheetaan will confirm Walker’s Tlingit name during a memorial ceremony at a later date.last_img read more

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2019-09-09

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As MEMA Monitors Hurricane Irma Maryland Residents Should Prepare Now

first_imgREISTERSTOWN, Md. — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) continues to monitor Hurricane Irma and additional tropical weather systems in the Atlantic. While it is still too early to know what impacts, if any, that Irma may have on Maryland next week, residents should prepare now.In this geocolor GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017, at 11;15 a.m. EDT, shows the eye Hurricane Irma just north of the island of Hispaniola. The fearsome Category 5 storm cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida. (NOAA-NASA via AP)“I urge all Marylanders to prepare now for the potential effects of Hurricane Irma,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “While we have the benefit of time, review your family emergency plans and ensure you have supplies on hand. As always, Maryland stands ready to support our friends and neighbors in states that will be dealing with the impacts from this major hurricane first.”In addition to continuous communication with the National Weather Service, MEMA is coordinating with local emergency management offices and state partners to ensure that they have the information and resources they need to respond.“Hurricane tracks can shift quickly,” said Russ Strickland, Executive Director of MEMA. “Everyone in our area should regularly check forecasts, build an emergency kit, and always listen to the directions of local officials.”Before a storm, residents and visitors in Maryland can:Prepare an emergency kit and create a family communications plan. Good supplies to have on hand include bottled water and non-perishable food, a battery-operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, toiletries, and copies of important documents.Check to see if you are in a flood-prone area on our website: mema.maryland.gov.Communicate with friends, family members, and neighbors and make sure that they are up to date with the latest information and weather forecast.last_img read more

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2019-09-01

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Confident bosses instill creativity in team workers

first_imgConfidence is the key to making successful and creative leaders which may directly translate into good performance by their subordinates, says a study that examined productive teams at modern workplaces.“When leaders feel confident that they can produce creative outcomes, their subordinates become more creative. It’s that simple,” said study author Dina Krasikova from University of Texas at San Antonio.  Usually, creative leaders have the proper experience to fuel their ideas.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As a result, they’re more confident. Also, leaders become more confident in their creativity when it is recognised by the senior management.  But what surprised Krasikova is that a leader’s creativity and confidence is contagious.“A factor in this is the power of positive thinking,” said Krasikova, an expert in leadership, in a paper published in the journal Organisational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes. “Leaders can imbue their subordinates with confidence and creativity just by setting an example themselves,” she added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe study also found that ineffective or abusive leaders create stressful situations for their employees by humiliating them in front of others, playing favourites or not giving their subordinates proper credit for their work.“When you feel stressed, you feel helpless and your productivity and creativity is diminished,” the researcher said. “Many times this originates with the leader. For example, you might come to work unsure of what you’re supposed to be doing because you get conflicting expectations from your direct supervisor or your boss. The solution is clear roles and communication,” she added.Interpersonal relationships between leaders and subordinates, too, play an important role in the team’s performance. “When a confident, creative leader also has good relationship with subordinates, it has even a stronger impact on subordinates’ creativity,” Krasikova said.last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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The Surprising Airport With the Fastest Cell Service

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 19, 2017 If you’re traveling in the United States, don’t expect to have great cell service. A recent study by Speedtest revealed the major airports with the best and worst cell service across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central America. The verdict? There’s only one city in the states where travelers can expect fast service.Of the surveyed 30 airports, Detroit’s airport takes third place with fastest cell service across the continent — the only U.S. airport making it to the top five. And while Detroit is the U.S. leader when it comes to airport cell service, airports throughout Canada rule the charts.Related: Here Are the Airports With the Best and Worst Wi-FiVancouver comes in first place with the fastest cellular speed at a North American airport. However, if you’re looking to take advantage of the fast network, it’s important to note that you may only be able to download items through your cell data. Speedtest also researched and compared downloading and uploading speeds via cellular data and recorded them in megabits per second (Mbps). The firm discovered downloading to be far faster than uploading. In fact, Vancouver’s average download speed (59.84 Mbps) is more than twice as fast as its uploading capabilities (24.6 Mbps).The case is the same for the airport with the second fastest cellular service — Toronto also offers travelers incredible downloading speeds through cell service (56.63 Mbps), but slower speeds when it comes to uploading (19.08 Mbps).Related: 10 Ways to Travel the World Without Breaking the BankAfter Detroit, the next U.S. airport on the list is San Francisco International Airport, coming in at number six. Although, compared to airports such as Vancouver and Toronto, there’s a major drop in average downloading and uploading speeds. On average, San Francisco’s downloading speed scores a 30.80 — 29.04 Mbps slower than Vancouver’s.Here are the top five airports with the best cellular service.Vancouver (YVR)Toronto (YYZ)Detroit (DTW)Calgary (YYC)Montreal (YUL) Register Now »center_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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2019-08-30

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5 Things Your Employees Are Doing That Will Get You Hacked

first_imgJanuary 31, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Roughly half of all small businesses in the U.S. are at serious risk of being hacked.A CNBC survey of 2,000 small-business owners found that they aren’t spending enough on cybersecurity — and as a result 14 million of them (out of 28 million total in the U.S.) have been breached.Related: Making Your Data Unreadable to Whoever Steals It Might Be the Only Way to Keep It SafeThe good news is that companies can do something to dramatically reduce their odds of getting hacked, namely training their employees on security. That’s because most cyber intrusions are a direct result of employee misbehavior — which is usually unintentional.Here are the five most common things your employees are doing that will get you hacked:1. Being lazyThere’s a prevailing notion that users don’t have to worry about security because it’s not their job. They believe the odds of a cyber intrusion are so small that they don’t have to worry about it. Or, the IT staff takes care of that stuff.That attitude makes your employees vulnerable, and it’s exactly why hackers target small businesses. The IT people at small businesses are usually not security experts, and they’re often unprepared to deal with ransomware — the most popular type of cyber attack.Related: Protect Your Business! The 7 Cybersecurity Tools You Need as an Entrepreneur.2. Unprotected email Your employees likely have 2-step verification turned off in their email app. This means hackers with stolen login IDs and passwords belonging to your company can access your employees’ email accounts. Once they get in, they can easily find more log-in credentials, personally identifiable information (PII), credit card data, proprietary data, private conversations and much more.Hacks on email accounts are one of the fastest growing cyber crimes. Hundreds of millions, and possibly billions, of stolen emails are for sale on the dark web as a result of major hacks on Yahoo, Equifax, Uber and many others. The remedy is turn 2-step verification on. It’s a simple, editable setting in all of the popular email platforms such as Gmail. If it’s turned on, then each time users log into their email account they’ll have to type in a special code (after they type in their email address and password). The code is texted to their phone by the email app. When cyber thieves log in with a username and password, they have no way of knowing the special code. Two-step verification turns your employees’ phones into physical keys to their email accounts.Related: Watch Out for These Cryptocurrency Scams3. Clicking in fake emailsAccording to cybersecurity company PhishMe, 91 percent of cyber attacks begin with a spear phishing email, which induces your employees to click and share information — such as their log-in ID and password — with hackers. The phishing emails are designed to look authentic, seemingly coming from credible sources such as a customer support representative from Microsoft, Google or another major tech vendor (a ploy referred to as “Tech Support Scams”). Or, they may actually appear to be coming from you (their boss) with a fake email header. Phishing email scams often inject computers and mobile devices with ransomware.Related: Here Are the 25 Worst Passwords of 20174. Lousy passwords Shockingly, the most popular password in use today is 123456, according to SplashData. To make matters worse, people reuse these easy-to-crack passwords on multiple devices and apps. Some users go so far as sharing their passwords with coworkers, friends and family members. Using 123456 as a master password and never being hacked is a badge of honor for braggarts (until of course, they get hacked).This is what some of your employees are probably doing right now. Walk around your office and look on everyone’s desk — and you’re bound to see log-in IDs and passwords handwritten for anyone who wants to have a little hacking fun.Walk up quietly behind someone sitting at a computer and you might get a glimpse of his or her password.Chances are, most of your employees are well-intentioned — but clueless when it comes to cyber protection.Related: The Dos and Don’ts of Cyber Security Measures to Help You Protect Your Business and Assets5. No backupIf just one of your employees isn’t backing up data he or she is supposed to be, then you’ve got a big problem on your hands. Most likely, there’s more than one person in your company who isn’t backing up, or hasn’t in a while.Ransomware locks users out of their computers and smartphones, and denies access to their files, until money is paid to the ransomware author. Worse, all of a user’s data can be permanently destroyed by the ransomware. And even when a ransom is paid, there’s no guarantee that a user will regain access to the files.”Regularly back up data and verify the integrity of those backups. Backups are critical in ransomware incidents; if you are infected, backups may be the best way to recover your critical data,” states the FBI in a 2016 public service announcement.Back to the good news. There’s a slew of great online security awareness training programs, and they’re relatively inexpensive. The programs are designed to make learning about security entertaining, while changing bad computing habits.An action item for today — before enrolling your employees into training — is to give all of your employees the list of five things they are doing to get your company hacked, and tell them to stop. If not, then you’re putting your profits at risk. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img August 22, 2012  — In a head-to-head contest between the New Orleans Criteria (NOC) and the Canadian Computed Tomography (CT) Head Rules (CCHR), the Canadian rules showed higher sensitivity and specificity in predicting neurosurgical intervention for mild head injury. The results of the study, conducted in Tunisia, were published online August 21, in Annals of Emergency Medicine (“Prediction Value of the Canadian CT Head Rule and the New Orleans Criteria for Positive Head CT Scan and Acute Neurosurgical Procedures in Minor Head Trauma: A Multicenter External Validation Study”).”Although clinical decision rules may not perform exactly the same way in all populations, our study suggests that, at least in Tunisia, emergency physicians should use the Canadian CT Head Rule in their routine clinical practice for patients with mild head injury,” said lead study author Semir Nouira, M.D., of Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital in Monastir, Tunisia. “Application of the Canadian rule could potentially lead to reductions in CT scans for mild head injury, one of the most common injuries seen in emergency departments.”Researchers studied medical records for 1,592 patients with mild traumatic brain injury. Patients were primarily assessed on the need for neurosurgical intervention and the presence of traumatic lesions on head CT scan. Sensitivity was 100 percent and specificity was 60 percent on the need for neurosurgical intervention for the Canadian CT Head Rules. Sensitivity was 82 percent and specificity was 26 percent on the need for neurosurgical intervention for the New Orleans Criteria. Sensitivity and specificity on clinically significant head CT findings were 95 percent and 65 percent for CCHR and 86 percent and 28 percent for NOC.”There is still debate over whether these decision rules could be applied worldwide because they haven’t been validated across populations with different demographics and ethnic characteristics,” said Nouira. “Therefore, more research is warranted to clearly establish the benefit of the Canadian rule in real life clinical practice.”Annals of Emergency Medicine is the peer-reviewed scientific journal for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the national medical society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Tex., ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. 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