AAP Congress will form alliance in the end says Delhi BJP leader

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay claimed Tuesday that despite the bickering between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, the two parties will form an alliance for Lok Sabha polls in the national Capital. The Congress and the AAP were fooling people with their allegations against each other, he said.”I feel both the AAP and the Congress are fooling people by levelling allegations and counter-allegations. Ultimately they will contest the elections in alliance,” Upadhyay, joint in-charge of the BJP for Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, told reporters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe claimed that the BJP will win all the seven seats in the national Capital. “The AAP had formed government in Delhi with the Congress’ support earlier too,” he said, adding that the AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal had once said he would never form government with the Congress support, but he later did a U-turn. “Both parties are involved in a friendly fight,” he said. However, the people of Delhi will not be fooled by them, Upadhyay said. Earlier Tuesday, the Congress said it had shown a “big heart” by agreeing to form an alliance with the AAP in Delhi, and the ball was now in the court of the Kejriwal-led party. A day earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal had indulged in a public spat over the issue.last_img read more

Niger Ban welcomes landmark inauguration of democratically elected President

7 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s inauguration of a democratically elected President in Niger, describing it as a “landmark achievement” in restoring constitutional order in the poor West African nation. Mahamadou Issoufou was sworn in as Niger’s President today during a ceremony in the capital, Niamey, following his victory in last month’s run-off round of elections.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban “commends the transitional authorities and the people of Niger as a whole for the peaceful and responsible manner in which they have implemented the transition.”Last year renegade soldiers stormed the presidential palace and ousted then president Mamadou Tandja, who was accused of anti-democratic practices by opposition figures and the international community.A military ruling council subsequently dissolved the then government and suspended a controversial constitution that would have allowed Mr. Tandja to remain in power beyond his stipulated term.In today’s statement Mr. Ban emphasized that the United Nations stood ready to support Mr. Issoufou’s Government and the people of Niger “as they embark on addressing post-transition challenges, including promoting national reconciliation and development, and consolidating stability.” read more

More boats from Sri Lanka reach Australia

Passengers remained on board the moored boat this morning waiting to be taken ashore. There are currently around 1300 detainees on the island. Within hours another boat arrived off the island and was this morning being escorted by the navy into Flying Fish Cove. Another boat with illegal asylum seekers from Sri Lanka reached Australia’s Christmas island last night, the Australian media reported today.The boat carrying 44 asylum-seekers, believed to be from Sri Lanka, was intercepted by officials from Border Protection Command and was escorted into Christmas Island’s Flying Fish Cove, The Australian reported. They also follow  the interception on Wednesday night of a boat carrying 93 Sri Lankan men, woman and children.They arrived as 130 survivors from the vessel which sank north of Christmas Island on Wednesday were also taken ashore.On Sunday, another boat from Sri Lanka arrived carrying 60 people while last week the island received 110 survivors from the boat which capsized last week in the seas between Christmas Island and Indonesia. It is unclear how many people are aboard the second boat or where they are from.The two new boat arrivals came as federal parliament broke up for its winter break with no solution to the deadlock over asylum-seeker policy. read more

Why Is Network Automation So Hard

The Changing Face of Network Strategy Scott Murphy June 19, 2019 Applications are changing the face of the network. Is your infrastructure ready? Moving ForwardWe must continue our education. We need to learn how to use our knowledge of devices and systems to design, build, and operate large networks using automation. Fewer human errorsConsistency of configurationGreater efficiencyStop doing tedious functions (automate them)Zero-touch provisioning See All in Enterprise Networking » We’re not software developers, and we may not have programming skills. There’s a software development methodology called pair programming in which two people work together to create software. A modification of this process that involves pairing a network architect with a software developer will allow us network engineers to learn new skills while allowing us to teach software experts how networks operate. Lastly, some of us are getting towards retirement and don’t want to learn something new (yes, I’ve heard that from network admins from time to time). I don’t have a good recommendation for these individuals. Maybe we can find something for you to do. Or maybe not… 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Extreme Networks Zeus Kerravala May 17, 2019 The company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes. If your network is truly unique, you should expect to have unique problems. But I’ll guarantee you that your network is a lot like many other networks across multiple industries. Some of the details are different, but the need to transfer files, carry on voice and video calls, and interact with applications are all the same. This is simply a larger instantiation of the pets vs. cattle analogy. Simplify network designs so that repeatable automation processes are easy to use. ‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. 8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. I can hear the response now: But my network is unique! Ok, so automation can break your network. There’s no denying that fact. However, we’ve never needed automation to break our networks in the past. We’ve been quite handy at making silly errors that created spanning tree loops or routing black holes, disabled interfaces, or crashed important network devices. If you’ve not made any of these mistakes, then you must be new to networking. Log in or register to post comments To counter our silly errors, we’ve created heavy-weight processes that we hope will help us identify mistakes before they get to the network. We use peer reviews and change review boards to help prevent big mistakes. We use configuration/back-out procedures to help us undo an error when it does happen. Change windows hopefully give us time to make the change, test it, and back it out if it fails to perform as we intended. networkautomation_774.png Lots to Learn Yes, there is a lot to learn. That’s what makes it exciting. The time to start is now. Join me at Enterprise Connect on Thursday, March 21 at 8 a.m. (yes, the start of the day) for my session, “Will Automation Break My Network Faster Than I Can Fix It?” It promises to be an interesting session, as we cover these topics and how to get started with automation. We also find that rumors about past problems persist. A good example is the rumor that you must configure the Ethernet interface duplex setting. The problem originated from some devices that didn’t implement speed and duplex negotiation correctly. Those days are behind us (well, unless you have some 20-year old devices in your network), so there’s no reason for this rumor to continue getting mindshare. Another rumor is that lots of bandwidth is a good replacement for prioritization of time-sensitive network traffic with QoS. To respond to this rumor, I’d advise that you go research microbursts and bufferbloat. Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus. Networks Are ComplexNetworks are a complex combination of protocols and technologies, often with non-obvious interactions that must be understood. But the speed of business creates time pressures that don’t allow for understanding all the implications. Plus, training from network vendors has traditionally focused on protocols and how to configure a single box at a time. The training labs typically have a few devices, focusing our attention on how the features and configuration commands work. We then apply that view to a much bigger network, where things are a bit more complicated. Why Are We Shy About Using Automation?We’ve broken the network before with a single command, and there’s nothing preventing us from breaking everything with automation. We are carrying a lot of old baggage of past mistakes into the future, but new tools require learning new methods to optimize their use. A good tool, used incorrectly, is worse than a mediocre tool used well. If you haven’t yet gotten your pass for Enterprise Connect, coming to Orlando March 18 to 21, there’s still time! Register now using the code NJPOSTS to save $200 off your pass!Tags:Best Practicesnetwork automationnetwork vendorspair programmingbandwidthEnterprise NetworkingAI & AutomationMonitoring, Management and Security Articles You Might Like We’ve developed design rules of thumb that allow us to build stable networks without needing to understand all the details and implications. Vendors give us designs that have been vetted in real networks and we need to use them. Use simple building-block designs for different parts of the network. Bandwidth is inexpensive enough that we can afford to use one or two designs for all remote sites. The same applies to data center pods – make them all the same design. Learn how organizations are switching their networks and devices from being pets to being cattle (see “The History of Pets vs Cattle and How to Use the Analogy Properly”). There is an interesting paradigm shift occurring with automation. It’s the switch from hardware infrastructure to infrastructure as code. We use software to create abstractions that decouple what we want to do from the implementation details. This makes us more efficient and we make fewer mistakes. That’s why we must transition to using network automation. Why Use Network Automation?Automation brings a lot of benefits: read more

Thailand meeting will review protection from chemicals UN agency

Their goal will be to develop a “strategic approach to international chemicals management” (SAICM), which Kenyan-based UNEP introduced last year and which was endorsed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August and September of last year.”While much has been achieved since the Rio Earth Summit 11 years ago, a lot more is needed to protect the environment and human health from the unintended effects of chemicals,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer.”Chemicals are found in virtually every man-made product. While their contribution to modern society and economies has been vital, we have become increasingly aware of the risks posed by certain hazardous chemicals.”One of the key objectives of SAICM is to show that chemical safety is a sustainable development issue, Mr. Toepfer said.The SAICM initiative will build on other international coordination mechanisms such as the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS), which finishes its weeklong “Forum IV” meeting in Bangkok this Friday, and the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals.UNEP said it was bringing together a broad partnership of UN agencies to oversee planning for the SAICM process. Previous UN achievements included a pesticides code of conduct, governing the field since1996, and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Chemical Classification and Labelling, approved in 2002.Meanwhile, “global chemical sales have increased nine-fold since 1970 and will continue growing, with production shifting increasingly to developing countries,” UNEP said.In 1998 the chemicals industry employed over 10 million people, it said, quoting from a 2001 report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). read more

South Africa gets help from UN atomic watchdog in probing nuclear smuggling

Earlier this year the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called for a “vital” upgrading of security to prevent nuclear technology from falling into the wrong hands through an emerging global network of sophisticated black marketeering in weapons technology. The Chairman of the South African Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Abdul Samad Minty, told a media briefing in Vienna, where the IAEA Board of Governors is meeting, that the probe related to the import and export of a controlled flow-forming lathe as well as production and possession of certain components associated with a centrifuge enrichment plant. Arrests have been made and police searches of companies and facilities have uncovered shipping containers associated with a centrifuge uranium enrichment plant, he said yesterday. Enriched uranium can be used to produce nuclear bombs. IAEA safeguards inspectors have placed the containers as well as other uncovered equipment under Agency seal, he added. The IAEA has long been concerned over trafficking in nuclear materials. “What we are seeing is a very sophisticated and complex underground network of black market operators not that much different from organized crime cartels,” IAEA Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei warned in January. “It’s vital that we keep making progress in combined efforts against illicit trafficking, and to keep upgrading security to effectively prevent sensitive nuclear material and technology from falling into wrong hands,” he added. read more

Third Syrian refugee camp set to open in Jordan at end of

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is assisting with preparations for new Syrian arrivals once Jordan’s third refugee camp opens on 30 April, a spokesperson today confirmed. The Azraq camp, located nearly 100 kilometers east of the capital, Amman, will eventually accommodate up to 130,000 people. Many of these are expected to be people recently crossing from Syria and refugees already in the country willing to be reunited with newly arrived families. “The opening will be timely as the past weeks have seen the numbers of people crossing the border increasing by 50 per cent to an average of approximately 600 daily,” said UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards, welcoming the Jordanian Government’s decision to open the camp. “This increase, combined with a lower number of spontaneous returns to Syria, is putting strains on Za’atari,” he added in reference to the the main camp hosting Syrian refugees in Jordan. Housing more than 120,000 – half of them children – Za’atari become the fourth largest city in Jordan and is also the world’s second largest refugee camp behind Dadaab in eastern Kenya.There are 584,600 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Jordan, the majority of them live in urban areas throughout the country and the remaining 20 per cent are in refugee camps and settlements. Nearly 2.5 million Syrians have fled to Jordan and other neighbouring countries since the conflict flared three years ago. The fighting killed more than 100,000 people and has injured some 680,000 others. More than 9.3 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced. read more

How Liverpool Built A Potential Champion

Seasons with Klopp 2015-16 only includes games when Klopp was manager.Source: Opta Sports In the round of 16, Liverpool got to face Porto and avoid a match against Real Madrid or Juventus. This increased the Reds’ chance of winning the Champions League from about three percent to about five percent. For the quarterfinals, Liverpool got a tough matchup in Manchester City, but most of the other remaining teams were also extremely strong, so the draw caused only marginal movement in Liverpool’s chances of winning the Champions League. Then the semifinal draw brought the greatest bounty, as the Reds avoided Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to face Roma instead. This increased Liverpool’s chance of winning the league from about 20 percent6The exact number was not available, so I extrapolated from the last number available before that draw. to 29 percent.The table to the left shows the net total improvement, in percentage points, of the chance SPI gave each team of winning the Champions League before and after the draw for each round. Among the teams that reached the quarterfinals, none benefited more than Liverpool. (And this calculation doesn’t even include Liverpool’s luck in the group draw, when the Reds were given the weakest of the eight groups.)Liverpool can winAs the table of team luck shows, Real Madrid has reached the Champions League final by facing a true gantlet. They got Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, Juventus in the quarters and Bayern Munich in the semifinals. However, the draw is not the only method by which good fortune may affect the outcome. Real would not have made the finals if Bayern Munich had not been extremely profligate with its chances. Bayern scored only three goals, but based on the chances the team got, we would expect them to have gotten 6.9 goals.But the way Bayern got all those chances bodes well for Liverpool. They pressed high and created turnovers. If Liverpool can execute its pressing game as effectively as Bayern did, the Reds should also be able to make trouble for Real Madrid. In this game, Liverpool’s defensive flexibility probably will be less help — sitting back and allowing Cristiano Ronaldo time to find space in the penalty area does not seem like the best option. With heavy metal soccer, Klopp may finally win a Champions League and bring a trophy back to Liverpool.CORRECTION (May 24, 2018, 6:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly described Real Madrid’s path to the Champions League finals this year. They played Bayern Munich in the semifinals. Liverpool had the luck of the draw in this tournamentChange in each team’s chance of winning the Champions League before and after the draws, according the Soccer Power Index, 2018 Sevilla+3 Direct attacks to final third conceded per match25.021.218.7 The Egyptian-born Salah was coming off a 15-goal campaign with Roma in Serie A, but the signs of even bigger breakout were there. Liverpool inked him for around $47 million in June of last year, which was then a club record, and 42 goals later, that deal is looking like an incredible bargain. Firmino and Mane both similarly showed their potential before their Liverpool signings: Firmino’s production for Hoffenheim in 2014-15 and Mane’s for Southampton in 2015-16 were among the best player seasons in the sample I examined, which included non-striker attacking players in the five biggest leagues over the previous three seasons.3Minimum 2,500 minutes played combined between the player’s domestic league and the Champions League and European League. Liverpool used data to identify players who weren’t just on a hot streak but who demonstrated repeatable skills, and those purchases have paid off in goals.Liverpool adjusted to improve its defenseJurgen Klopp has called his style of play “heavy metal” soccer. His teams focus on creating and exploiting transition opportunities, the moments when neither team has established possession or set its defensive structure. His teams press high up the pitch, closing down opponents even when they have the ball well into their defensive half. In Klopp’s first season with Liverpool in 2015-16, his team led the league with a roughly 52 percent success rate in breaking up new opposition possessions. This metric calculates how often and how successfully a team closes down its opposition early in the opponent’s possession, which reflects the degree to which they implement a pressing defensive style.4Pressing rate is calculated by identifying when a new possession begins, and then tracking if the team in possession either completes three consecutive successful passes or completes an attack (by taking a shot, playing a pass into the penalty area, or winning a corner). If the possession is stopped, whether by a turnover, a foul or the ball going out of play for a throw-in, that counts as a “press.” The next season, with a year of training under their belt, Klopp’s players stepped up their pressure, breaking up nearly 54 percent of opposition possessions early. Once again, this rate led the league. However, there were some drawbacks to this style: In both those first two seasons, Liverpool was relatively vulnerable to direct attacks. If the first line of press failed, the Reds often found themselves chasing back to stop a counterattack headed for their goal. This is measured by direct attacks into the final third of the pitch, which shows when an opposition team can break forward into dangerous areas.5Direct attacks are calculated as attacking moves in which at least 50 percent of the movement is directly toward the goal, meaning that if you draw a straight line from where the attack started to where it ended and then measure the total distance the ball covered over all the passes and runs in the move, the ratio between those two distances must be at least 0.5.This season, Klopp has drilled his team to drop the pressing intensity in matches where it’s not needed. While they still can press high, Liverpool can also sit back and absorb pressure, as they did to great effect in the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester City. This improved tactical flexibility has yielded results — reducing opponents’ goals, chances and successful fast attacking moves by a significant margin. The Champions League final seems immune to upsets. Real Madrid won three of the last five finals, with Bayern Munich and Barcelona taking the other two. And now Madrid is one win away from its fourth title in six years and third in a row. But this list of winners should not obscure that smaller clubs have come close. Atletico Madrid has taken Real Madrid to extra time twice in the last five finals, and Borussia Dortmund lost a nail-biter of a final 2-1 to Bayern. This year, it is Liverpool that has a real shot at upending a traditional power structure in the Champions League. And according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, a Liverpool victory would not even be that much of an upset: SPI gives the team a 47 percent chance of lifting the trophy on Saturday.How did Liverpool become a true Champions League contender? To a certain degree, this is unsurprising. For starters, Liverpool is no upstart, at least historically. The club has five European Cups and its revenues are among the highest in European soccer.1Ninth highest last season, according to Deloitte. But the Reds have played in the Champions League only four times in the last decade, and this season is the first time they have even reached the knockout stages since 2009. It took an extensive and highly successful rebuilding effort to get Liverpool to the cusp of a European trophy. The three key components of this effort were smart analytics, innovative tactics and the usual helping of good luck.Liverpool struck gold in the transfer marketThe engine of this Liverpool team is its front line. Manager Jurgen Klopp prefers a 4-3-3 formation with four defenders, three central midfielders, and a forward line with a central striker flanked by two wide attackers. Center forward Roberto Firmino and left forward Sadio Mane combined for 44 goals and 22 assists between the Premier League and the Champions League, while Mohamed Salah matched that production almost by himself with 42 goals and 14 assists.Every one of these players was acquired in the transfer market: Firmino in 2015, Mane in 2016 and Salah last summer. Hitting on star attackers in three consecutive transfers is a major accomplishment no matter what your budget, but it’s especially impressive for Liverpool, which cannot afford to pay as much as the world’s richest clubs — as was made evident when Philippe Coutinho forced his way out of Liverpool for Barcelona in January. To build one of the world’s most dangerous front lines, Liverpool had to look for relative bargains, which more or less ruled out peak-age players at the height of their powers. Further, with Klopp’s pressing style, the team had to avoid the typical lumbering center forward and look for players versatile enough to press high and interchange in the attack. They needed attackers who could play anywhere in the front line. To find these key pieces, the team turned to analytics.One of the simplest ways to identify undervalued attackers is with expected goals (xG) and expected assists (xA) — two metrics that estimate the quality of scoring chances, built from information collected by sports-data company Opta.2The model for calculating expected goals seeks to give a single estimate for the likelihood of scoring a given shot, and the estimates for each shot are then added up over a season to give an expected goals total. You can find further methodological details in previous writeups. The ability to get on the end of good scoring chances, or to create them with a telling pass, is more stable across seasons than the ability to finish off such a chance. Over the last three years, very few young players have put up big numbers in xG and xA per 90 minutes while playing on smaller clubs and getting the majority of their minutes from outside the center forward role. Liverpool found three of them. Klopp has improved Liverpool’s defense this seasonHow Liverpool has fared in three defensive statistics during seasons under manager Jurgen Klopp Liverpool got lucky tooIt is practically impossible to win a cup final without some good fortune. Liverpool, by using its resources smartly and developing more flexible tactics, put itself in position to take advantage of good fortune when it arrived. And this year, every time the UEFA drew teams into competitive fixtures, Liverpool benefited. Expected goals conceded per match1.030.970.86 Roma-3 Pressing rate51.753.749.5 Juventus-2 Barcelona+6 Defensive stat2015-162016-172017-18 Bayern+9 Liverpool+11 Man City+2 Real Madrid-11 Source: FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index TeamChange in chance of winning read more

Primary school kids MUST be taught the dangers of cyberbullying Govt advised

first_imgUpdated at 7.49pmA GOVERNMENT BODY set-up to set up to look at issues relating to the internet – including online bullying – has handed in its report to Cabinet.It makes a range of recommendations relating to measures to deal with cyber-bullying, and places a focus on educational initiatives rather than legislation changes.Amongst its recommendations, the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group suggests that internet safety and digital literacy skills should be a “core element” of the curriculum in the country’s primary and secondary schools. It says an inter-agency group should be set up by the Department of Education to decide how this should be rolled out.Additionally, the Group recommends that parents be given further training to make them aware of the risks of cyber-bullying and how to deal with them…“Training initiatives such as those developed by the National Parent’s Council should be expanded and further resourced,” the report says.The Group also says that two existing Garda schools programmes which deal with online bullying should be extended to include equivalent resources for parents.The only significant legislative change suggested by the group is the amendment of the 2007 ‘Communications Regulation Act’ to include ‘electronic communications’ within the definition of measures dealing with ‘the sending of messages which are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing’.Speaking at the launch of the report, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said the change was “not a major matter, but a sensible matter that we ought to do to ensure that electronic communications are captured”.It’s a clarificatory statement rather than a major change in the law. But yes, I am committed to it.The Group says it does NOT believe that criminalising cyber-bullying offences for minors is the way to proceed.ISPsAlong with the range of educational measures, the new report recommends that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and mobile operators be encouraged to include parental controls and services as part of their products.Rabbitte said he wanted to tackle the issue “on a collaborative basis with the industry”.The industry doesn’t have any interest in abuse or misuse of technology. I think it would be difficult for Government to take measures without the cooperation of the industry.The proposals were discussed at Cabinet this morning, and a group that includes officials from the Departments of Children, Education, Justice and Health was set up to implement the measures. It’s expected to have its work concluded within four months.Chaired by Dr Brian O’Neill of DIT’s School of Media, the six member ICGA Group was set up in December of last year, and held its first meeting in January before opening a public consultation process.Reacting to the publication of the report this evening, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals said it was “particularly pleased” that problems relating to cyber-bullying were being acknowledged.“The NAPD conducted its second national survey on cyber-bullying last February that showed an increase in people reporting to have been victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying,” Director of the NAPD Clive Byrne said.“It is clear that a thorough examination on the oversight of online content is long overdue and the publication of this document is a welcome first step.”First posted at 4.40pm.Read: Ireland ‘should consider laws that would jail cyber bullies’ >Read: One in seven children subjected to cyber bullying in last three months >last_img read more

President Trump says transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in

first_img….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 Posted: July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, July 26, 2017 ….victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017Trump’s policy, if implemented, would reverse that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who last year announced that transgender people could serve openly.Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego) filed an amendment Wednesday to the defense appropriations bill that’s intended to block President Donald Trump from barring transgender people from serving in the military. “I can’t think of anything more backwards than turning away a brave, qualified American who wants to serve in our all-volunteer military because of their gender identity,” Peters said. “There are already thousands of transgender Americans serving honorably and openly in our Armed Forces.”There is a former member of SEAL Team 6 — the most elite military unit in history — that came out as transgender.”In a Twitter post, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said “any American who wants to serve should be able to do so, regardless of gender identity.”Rep. Susan Davis expressed her support for the transgender community. “Trans Americans have been through so much to make a decision around their gender identity – a decision that most of us can’t even begin to understand,” Davis said.  “Trans Americans are courageous, they are brave, they are strong. They are exactly who we want fighting for our country.”Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, said Trump reneged on campaign promises to protect the rights of LGBT Americans.”Barring transgender people from the U.S. military is denying them the right to serve their country, and that is unacceptable and disgraceful,” said Atkins, a lesbian who previously served as Assembly speaker and as a San Diego City Council member.”Right now, thousands of transgender Americans are serving proudly, courageously and effectively,” Atkins said. “They should be allowed to continue to do so. Excluding talented and able-bodied people who are eager to serve only makes our country weaker.”Other local leaders declared their support for President Trump and the ban Wednesday. “The President’s decision was the absolute right decision,” Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) said in a statement. “National security should trump social experimentation, always. It’s about time that a decision is made to restore the warrior culture and allow the U.S. military to get back to business.”Last year, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended a ban on transgender service members. More recently, a delay was placed on new enlistments from transgender individuals until a decision could be made by the new administration.There are no known numbers on how many transgender people serve in the military but a 2016 RAND study estimates there are somewhere between 4 to 11 thousand transgender individuals serving either on active duty or the reserves.The San Diego LGBT Center in Hillcrest issued a statement that reads: “The notion that thousands of transgender military personnel should be summarily abandoned is hateful, dangerous and unacceptable. These are brave, dedicated people who have devoted themselves to protecting the democratic ideals of this country, often at great risk and at great cost to themselves and their loved ones.”The LGBT Center said military service members have enough to manage “without the fear of a witch hunt,” and are being threatened on the basis of something that has absolutely no bearing on their fitness to serve. WASHINGTON, D.C. (KUSI) — President Donald Trump says he is banning transgender people from serving in the United States military.In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, the president said after consulting with generals and military experts he has decided to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, citing medical costs and disruption as reasons for the implementation.center_img After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter President Trump says transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in US Militarylast_img read more

Presidential race takes center stage at 2016 Fantasy Fest

first_imgWhat a great week! #fantasyfest2016 https://t.co/2UORPxhxmI— Fantasy Fest (@FantasyFestKW) October 30, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Fantasy Fest took over Key West this past weekend, and this year, the race for the White House took center stage.A large parade, Saturday night, wrapping up 10 days of festivities. This year’s theme was “political voodoo and ballot box barbarians.”Super-sized heads of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were joined by a “Weekend at Bernie’s” float, a nod to defeated Democratic contender Bernie Sanders.last_img

Epics come alive

first_imgThe event commenced with the lighting of the lamp, followed by prayers and the presentation by the students. The young actors confidently depicted various episodes of the epic Ramayana, such as the childhood of Ram, Sita Swayamvar, Hanuman setting Lanka on fire and then the victory of Ram over Ravana, with timely delivery of dialogues and perfect expressions. The enactment was complemented by the majestic grandeur of the life-like props, colorful costumes, jewellery and eye-catching decoration. The event culminated with a delightful Diwali dance by the students. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Chief Guest , Sonia Chib, Vice Principal of The Sri Ram school Vasant Vihar, appreciated the hard work and patience of the teachers in putting together the great show. The director of Aadyant, Radha Mittal was delighted seeing the enthralling presentation by the tiny tots and said, ‘The confidence with which the children performed is commendable and, such a presentation is the medium to inculcate good values in our children.’ The Principal of Aadyant, Nidhi Mathur thanked the guests for encouraging the children. The evening ended on a festive note as everyone left with memories to cherish.last_img read more

Suspected rhino poachers appear in Ladysmith court

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Two suspects appeared in the Ladysmith Regional Court this morning (September 16) on charges of threatening a protected species.  The case against Confidence  Mlambo and Nokwanda Khumalo has been remanded until Thursday, September 18, for trial.The two were allegedly caught with a high-powered rifle in a game park.They are the first women in the province to be facing charges linked to rhino poaching. They were caught after skillful intervention by the Newcastle Organised Crime Unit yielded a triumphant breakthrough in the relentless battle against rhino poaching. It is alleged that the women were preparing to have two rhinos at Weenen Game Reserve killed and de-horned for the princely sum of R500,000.center_img Abrie de Klerk, a member of the Newcastle Organised Crime Unit and an integral part of the investigation, said that members of the public had informed them that the women were offering rhino horns for sale in early April. An undercover police officer was tasked with meeting the suspects and negotiating to purchase the horns. Three weeks of engaging with them led to the recovery of a rifle with two rounds of ammunition, and both were charged with illegal possession of a firearm and conspiracy to hunt rhinos. The women who hatched up the ‘get rich quick’ plan to kill the rhinos were apparently neighbours in the Weenen area and otherwise unemployed.Numerous incidents of rhino poaching have taken place in and around Ladysmith.Rhino poaching is a serious problem in South Africa.last_img read more

Hindu devotees celebrate the Golden Avatar

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Devotees of the Hare Krishna Movement celebrated the ‘Golden Avatar’ this morning (Sunday).  Today is the day Lord Krishna Himself appeared as his own devotee, the ‘Golden Avatar’, to teach mankind how to love and serve God.This day is celebrated in honour of Lord Krishna for his humble lessons and  teachings.Fruit and milk offerings were made to the Lord.last_img

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina animal rescue group says a donkey and an emu who’ve bonded with each other can stay together, thanks to actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays the villainous Negan on the TV zombie thriller “The Walking Dead.”The Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Founder Jennifer Gordon says Morgan is adopting them Tuesday.Jack and Diane were rescued from Kershaw, South Carolina, when their owner vanished. Gordon says they cuddle and sleep together, but cried and became frantic when they were separated.Gordon says a post about the complexities of adopting them out together sparked more than 2,000 inquiries, including Morgan’s. She says Morgan was the best choice since he has resources to care for the pair and they can roam free on his Hudson Valley, New York, farm.___Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.comThe Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2018 9:14 am PDTcenter_img ‘Walking Dead’ actor to adopt bonded donkey, emulast_img read more

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first_imgMovie set materials cited in firefighter’s death in NYC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Highly combustible materials used to turn a former jazz club into a movie set contributed to the death of a veteran New York City firefighter last year, according to a fire department report released Thursday.The report also cited communications issues between firefighters in the March 22, 2018, death of firefighter Michael Davidson.The blaze erupted in the basement of an unoccupied Harlem townhouse where “Motherless Brooklyn,” a crime drama based on the novel by Jonathan Letham, was being filmed.Davidson, 37, got separated from his fellow firefighters and fought through dense smoke as the air in his tank ran out, according to the 117-page report. He hit the talk button on his radio but never said anything. By the time he was found, apparently overcome by toxic fumes, it was too late to save him.The report includes recommendations for the future including hitting the emergency alert button as soon as air tanks get close to emptyThe report also found that plywood walls created as part of the set concealed the size of the fire and the polyurethane foam used in the set’s upholstery generated large quantities of dense black smoke.“The movie production placed highly combustible materials on the walls throughout the first floor,” the report said. “These movie set walls created voids which initially concealed fire.Additionally, set designers installed new partitions that made the building difficult to navigate, the report said.Edward Norton directed “Motherless Brooklyn” with an all-star cast including Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe. The film has not been released. Messages seeking comment about the fire department report were left with the movie’s producers.Davidson left a wife and four children. He had been a firefighter for 15 years.Karen Matthews And Tom Hays, The Associated Presscenter_img by Karen Matthews And Tom Hays, The Associated Press Posted Mar 28, 2019 1:56 pm PDTlast_img read more

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