Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Interesting that the “referrer” in the URL is “cntp” – Chrome Notebook Promo, anyone??The reader credited with the tip goes by the name cDkPAEz, a regulartipsterat the originating blog. His name, incidentally, is also found on this Google Code user profile page, where a developer by the same name is listed. Assuming the user is one and the same, then it goes to reason that this person may have been using a developer version of the browser, as opposed to a stable or beta release.These are all guesses, of course, but we thought it was worth sharing the news – because maybe one of you has seen the message, too, and can confirm?In any event, for those who can’t make it to today’s Chrome event at 10 AM PST in San Francisco, Google will stream the event live via its YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/googlechrome. Tune in with us to find out more! In case there was any doubt that today’s Google Chrome event would include the reveal of Google’s new notebook computers running its Web-based computer operating system, Google itself has begun advertising Chrome notebooks within its Chrome Web browser.At the top of the “new tab” page in Chrome, Google asks Web surfers “Would you like to test drive a Chrome notebook?” Users could either click “Apply Now” or “Close” to dismiss the message.This appears to be accidental, and the message is no longer showing.This news comes to us by way of an unconfirmed report from ChromeStory.com, a Chrome-focused weblog. A reader had sent in the screenshot below: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The link “Apply Now” (?https://services.google.com/fb/forms/cr48basic/?referrer=cntp) goes to a rather nondescript page reading “Get your free Chrome sticker!” – clearly a separate promotion from any sort of Chrome notebook “test drive.” For what it’s worth, you can’t sign up for a free sticker, either – the page says “the form you are trying to access has either expired or reached its maximum registration limit.” However, the page was showing a stickers promo briefly, before defaulting to the expiration message, according to a blogger at www.guao.hk who was able to screenshot the stickers (and keychains, it appears) before the promo disappeared. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Browsers#Google#NYT#web
The most ambitious U.S. effort to assess environmental change on a continental scale won final approval yesterday from the oversight body of the National Science Foundation (NSF). More than a decade in the making, the $434 million National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) will establish 20 permanent monitoring stations to collect climate, environmental, and biological data on an ongoing basis. NEON will also include 40 temporary terrestrial sites and 46 aquatic sites. “For the merit review process, this was the high bar,” says David Schimel, CEO of NEON Inc., a nonprofit consortium that will build the network. Given that ecologists have never tried to do such a large-scale project, Schimel says “it’s an honor” to get this far. Yesterday’s action by the National Science Board authorizes the NSF director to award NEON Inc. a 5-year contract to construct the observatory, contingent upon funding from Congress and compliance with the Endangered Species Act. NSF has requested $20 million in its 2011 budget to begin construction. Schimel says the environmental assessments were completed in January and all the permits are in place for the first few sites. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
By Yao-Hua LawFeb. 27, 2019 , 12:00 PM Chien Lee This amazing blue tarantula is a new spider species—but did researchers break the law when they studied it? A spectacular spider is new to science. A female of the world’s most recently named tarantula species has electric-blue legs and a creamy toffee body. She’s native to the state of Sarawak in Malaysia and would fit nicely in your palm. Spider fanciers were thrilled when the new species came to light. But its emergence also highlights a growing illegal trade in tarantulas and researchers’ laissez-faire attitudes about dubious specimens.The spider was described in the February issue of The Journal of the British Tarantula Society by arachnologists Ray Gabriel and Danniella Sherwood, who list their affiliation as the Hope Entomological Collection, Oxford University Museum of Natural History in the United Kingdom. They classified the spider as a new species in a new genus and named it Birupes simoroxigorum. Its genus name stems from biru, the Malay word for blue; simoroxigorum incorporates names of the children (Simon, Roxanne, and Igor) of the three European collectors who provided the specimens. They captured the animals in the forests of Sarawak and transported them to Europe. But the Forest Department of Sarawak says they lacked permits to collect or export wildlife.”This case reflects the all-too-prevalent bio-piracy in Malaysia,” says Chien Lee, a naturalist and photographer in Sarawak. With Lars Fehlandt, a German photographer, Lee found the tarantula in September 2017, about 6 weeks before the collectors did, and posted photographs online.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Sherwood says she and her co-author “had no reason to believe” that the specimens were illegal. They received two dead spiders from the collectors “in good faith, meaning that we were told they were legally collected with all appropriate paperwork needed,” she wrote in an email. Science requested that Sherwood provide records of those permits, but she did not respond. Gabriel did not respond to requests for comment.The collectors, Krzysztof Juchniewicz, Emil Piorun, and Jakub Skowronek—based in Poland and the United Kingdom—find, breed, and sell tarantulas. Juchniewicz concedes they had no permit for collection, saying he didn’t know they needed one. But he insists they didn’t smuggle the tarantulas out of Malaysia, saying their driver mailed the spiders to Europe. “I’ve got all the necessary documents” for legal import, he says. “We didn’t do anything wrong.” (The other two collectors didn’t respond to requests for comment.)Science reconstructed their expedition to Sarawak in October and November 2017 from the collectors’ public Facebook posts, online chats with Juchniewicz provided by Fehlandt, and an interview with Juchniewicz. The three had been planning the trip for months. But they likely found out about what would make a prize catch just a few weeks earlier, on 14 September 2017, when Lee and Fehlandt posted their photos. The photographers named a nearby city as the vicinity of the sighting—a decision Lee now regrets.After the collectors trekked many kilometers over “plenty of nights” in “every type of jungle,” they triumphantly announced on Facebook that they found their target on the night of 2 November 2017. In photos, each of the three men gingerly holds the then-unnamed B. simoroxigorum. (The photos were removed after this article was published.)Sometime after their return to Europe, Juchniewicz, Piorun, and Skowronek passed two dead specimens to Gabriel and Sherwood for identification. When the arachnologists announced the tarantula qualified as a new genus and species, Juchniewicz posted the news on his store’s Facebook page, saying his greatest dream had come true.Piorun and Skowronek are now advertising the species for sale through their online stores, asking for more than $300 for a juvenile. Peter Kirk, chairman of the British Tarantula Society in London, says he saw B. simoroxigorum spiderlings labeled as captive-bred at an exposition in the United Kingdom just a few weeks ago.But Juchniewicz, who is based in Dewsbury, U.K., and is not selling the species, says there are no captive-bred B. simoroxigorum spiders on the market. The two animals he and the other collectors took in Sarawak died without breeding, he says. All B. simoroxigorum on the market have been caught in the wild and smuggled in “very, very big amounts” by others, he says.”Illegal tarantula collecting is a burgeoning problem worldwide,” says tarantula expert Rick West of Sooke, Canada. Collectors are meeting demand for “prettier, rarer, nastier, larger” spiders. Illegal collectors have long favored Brazil and Mexico, he says, but have begun to shift their hunts to Southeast Asia.Engkamat Lading, deputy controller of Wildlife Sarawak, says his powers to prevent illegal trade stop at the border. Although collecting nonprotected wildlife without a permit in Sarawak is punishable with a year in prison, he says, “how to get hold of [the collectors]? They have left Sarawak.” He hopes to get the three collectors banned from re-entering Sarawak.Joseph Koh, an arachnologist at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in Singapore and author of several guides on spiders in Southeast Asia, says collectors sometimes dig up tarantula nests and destroy the arachnids’ sites. “As such spiders are rare to begin with,” Koh says, “wiping out their few remaining habitats, and destroying or capturing the juveniles, will definitely threaten the survival of such vulnerable species.”In the United States and Canada, it is a crime to violate the wildlife laws of another country, but no EU country forbids it, says Ernie Cooper, a wildlife trade specialist in Vancouver, Canada, and a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group. As a result, Cooper says, “The primary market for illegally collected or traded tarantulas is the EU.” Those spiders can then easily be exported to North America, Pedro Cardoso and Caroline Fukushima, biologists at the University of Helsinki who study illegal trade in tarantulas and scorpions, wrote in an email.The arachnologists, however, may have broken U.K. laws. In signatory countries of the Nagoya Protocol, including the United Kingdom, taxonomists must ensure that specimens they study are legal. Darren Mann, head of zoology at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, tells Science that the arachnologists who worked on the new tarantula are not staff members and that the museum won’t house specimens collected illegally. Ray Hale, the British Tarantula Society’s vice-chairman and an arachnologist in Sussex, adds that Gabriel and Sherwood “have been naïve in the extreme” about the sources of the specimens they examined.Charles Leh, who retired in 2018 after 35 years as a curator at the Sarawak Museum, appreciates foreign taxonomists’ contributions because there is little local interest. But he contends that Gabriel and Sherwood should have been more cautious and not used poached specimens.Conservation of tarantulas and other spiders gets little attention from governments or advocacy groups, Cooper says. “Increased awareness of the problem might open up new opportunities” to address illegal tarantula trade, he says.With reporting by Erik Stokstad.
Mumbai, Sep 19 (PTI) On cloud nine after becoming the second costliest Indian player during the recent Hockey Indian League (HIL) players auction, young defender Gurmail Singh today said his new team Dabang Mumbai is the side to watch out for in next years cash-rich tournament. The 23-year-old defender from Punjab never imagined that he would find himself in the middle of a fierce bidding war between Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Delhi Waveriders before attracting the second-highest bid among Indian players from Dabang Mumbai, owned by DoIT Sports Management (India) Pvt. Ltd. “I am feeling really good to be associated with Dabang Mumbai. In fact, I feel very proud,” said Gurmail, who was bought for a whopping USD 81,000. “I was watching the auction live and the way bidding was going, I was sure that I will either play for Delhi or my previous franchise Punjab. But Dabang Mumbai came into the picture pretty late and ultimately chose me and I hope I live upto their expectations. This squad is formidable and is one of the team to watch out for in HIL 2016,” he added. Talking about his new teammates at Dabang Mumbai, Gurmail, who has featured in the Asia Cup, World Cup and also FIH World League Semi-Final in Belgium this year, said: “I already know couple of them like Nikkin (Thimmaiah), Danish (Mujtaba) as I have played with them in Indian colours.” Young striker Nikkin will be one of the Indian stars in charge of the forward line and the Karnataka lad is overjoyed to get an opportunity to play for Mumbai. MORE PTI SSC SSCadvertisement
—————————————————————NOTE: The following is an op-ed piece by Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris The 2011 Halifax Canada Games are finally here. Nova Scotia is thrilled to play host to the country’s finest athletes and their families. We want to make our guests feel right at home. To welcome them to our beautiful province and introduce them to all of the amazing things we have to offer, we are hosting I Love Nova Scotia Day at Celebration Square in Grand Parade in Halifax on Monday, Feb. 14. We want you to come out and help us celebrate! We will kick things off with giveaways at the Nova Scotia Tourism booth. I will be there to help distribute I Love NS pins, toques and other must-have collectibles. Premier Darrell Dexter will be joining me to help with the festivities. Come and see us there and discover, or rediscover, why there are so many reasons to love our province. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., we will be showcasing Nova Scotia’s unique arts and culture, when our own 78th Regiment Highlander pipes and drums will open the ceremonies in grand style. Create a message in our video booth to tell the world why you love Nova Scotia, and why everyone should come and visit. Your videos will be posted on novascotia.com and shared through our social media channels. Experience first-hand what it is like to be a Canada Games athlete by getting a photo taken on our very own medal podium, or sample some of the tasty treats the province has to offer.We will also be hosting two free concerts. At noon, enjoy the beautiful artistry of performers from the Maritime African Dance Centre. Then take in the tunes of Nova Scotia musical talents, Cory Tetford and Paul Lamb. Get ready to show us your dance moves during the evening show, when we welcome The Joel Plaskett Emergency to the stage. We cannot wait to get out and celebrate all the things that make our province such a wonderful place to live. We hope you will bring your friends and family and join us on Feb. 14 and share your love for Nova Scotia. -30- ECONOMIC AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM–Minister Promotes I Love Nova Scotia Day
Students in Yarmouth are one step closer to getting a new, modern school. The new Yarmouth Elementary School in the Tri-County Regional School Board will be located on the site of the former Yarmouth Junior High School. No classes are held at the site now. “The former Yarmouth Junior High School site represents the best option for students, teachers and staff,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “This location is more accessible for students and the local community, and puts more students within a comfortable walking distance to the school when compared to the other choices. “This location also allows us to incorporate the existing large gymnasium into the design of the new facility.” The selection is based on a review of three sites submitted by the school board. The review was conducted by the departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. A request for proposals for the design of the school is expected soon.
Rabat – Here is a look at the major news that made headlines in Moroccan newspapers. This round-up includes business, political, cultural and social news covered by Moroccan newspapers this week.The big headline in national newspapers was the arrest of three “dangerous” individuals affiliated with the Islamic-State (ISIS), including a member of the separatist Polisario Front. The suspects, who were caught on Thursday, February 15, were plotting to undermine Morocco’s security through terrorist attacks they planned to carry out in several major cities. The leader of the cell is a member of the separatist Polisario group, according to Assabah. The newspaper reported on February 16th that Morocco’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau (BCIJ) managed to seize electronic devices and an Identity card of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), from the house of the leader of the suspected three-ISIS related cell. The search operation also led to the seizure of a military uniform and flag connected to the Polisario.Abdellatif Hammouchi, the head of Morocco’s Directorate of National Security (DGSN,) warned security officials, heads of districts, and heads of the judicial police about using phone applications that he described as “dangerous.”These applications are using advanced techniques, which are able to make fake phone calls using numbers registered in the victim’s devices. The applications are also able to mimic the person’s voice, reported Al Massae on February 16.According to Al Massae newspaper, the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) is planning to build ten new surveillance posts on the Moroccan-Algerian border, in order to reinforce security in Morocco’s eastern provinces.The border surveillance centers with Algeria are aimed at countering smuggling rings, as well as preventing infiltration of terrorist elements in the region.Assabah is reporting that 1700 Saudi nationals were victims of alleged sextortion and cybercrime activities committed by Moroccan citizens in 2017. The newspaper said that Saudi nationals, including women, were victims of blackmail by Moroccan criminal bands operating in two unidentified cities. The alleged sextortion cases have, according to the paper, led to severe depression for eight of the Saudi nationals who fell victim to the blackmail. The same paper reported that Morocco has managed to dismantle a baby-smuggling ring, which was operating in Khouribga, a city in the Beni-Mellal region. The ring was alleged to have been pressuring mothers of newborns to sell their babies, forcing them to sign contracts to give up their children. The national newspapers have also reported on Jacob Zuma’s resignations, which made the headlines nationally and internationally on Wednesday night. Zuma was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa who took office on Thursday after being voted in by the National African Congress.A 13-year old middle school boy from Benguerir, a city near Marrakech, attempted to commit suicide as a result of the “Blue Whale Challenge,” an infamous social media craze that incites its users to commit suicide, reported Al Ahdath Al Maghribia on February 12. This dangerous game has allegedly already caused the death of two Moroccan children, reported Assabah in December 2017.Assabah reported in its December 29th issue that the first victim of the game was an 8-year old boy from Hay Mohammadi, Casablanca. The second tragic account occurred on Thursday, December 28 in Casablanca’s Douar Rhamna. The victim was a 12-year old girl. The same newspaper reported this weekend that another girl has joined the list of young Moroccans who have been entrapped by the “Blue Whale Challenge.” The new victim is a high school student from Bengurir. The child’s school’s director discovered that the girl was participating in the deadly challenge after he noticed the whale’s drawing on her hand. The director then called the student’s parents, advising them to take her to medical experts.According to Akhbar Al Yaoum’s weekend edition, Morocco’s stores of gold has remained stagnant for decades. Morocco’s total value is estimated at USD 910 million. Morocco’s reserves are 22 tons of pure gold. The North African country, according to Assabah, is ranked 11th in the Arab world in total gold holdings, while it is ranked as the 59th globally.Al Akhbar reported this weekend that a court in Sale has sentenced three young defendants from the city of Essaouira to seven years in prison. The defendants were involved in terrorism-related crimes.Al Ahdath al Maghribia reported that the General Directorate of National Security opened an investigation to arrest suspects of a fraud network which was active in in several cities in Morocco. The investigation was opened after the arrest of one of the network’s members by police authorities in Tetouan.
UN Assistant Secretary-General Ibrahima Fall, who has been involved with the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in an effort to mediate the conflict, is participating in the talks in Dakar, Senegal, spokesman Fred Eckhard said. The discussions are being held in the margins of the current summit of African leaders on how to finance the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).Madagascar President Didier Ratsiraka and opposition leader Marc Ravaolomanana are holding talks separately with several African leaders, including President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and OAU Secretary-General Amara Essy, Mr. Eckhard said.According to media reports, Madagascar’s high court has annulled the results of the disputed presidential election and violence has flared up in the island nation.
Premiers invite Prime Minister Stephen Harper for meeting on economy by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2012 4:43 pm MDT HALIFAX – Canada’s premiers are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to attend a first ministers meeting later this year to discuss the economy, but it’s unclear whether he will attend.Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter has extended an invitation to Harper to meet the premiers this fall to lay out the country’s economic future.“He has 13 willing partners who want to construct and ensure a successful Canadian economy,” Dexter told a news conference Thursday in Halifax, where he is hosting the annual premiers meeting.“We don’t believe that meeting with the premiers is an optional thing to do. It’s part of the job that you have when you’re the prime minister.”Dexter said Harper’s attendance is vital in ensuring the provinces are protected from a global economy in flux.“In this case, we are taking about something that is fundamental to the best interests of the Canadian public — a strong economy,” he said.“Why would a prime minister not want to meet with us on that kind of an issue?”Quebec Premier Jean Charest echoed Dexter’s comments.“We need to sit down rapidly and take stock of what’s happening around the world,” Charest said.“We cannot hope to make the right decisions in regards to our economy unless both levels of government work together.”A spokesman for Harper wouldn’t say specifically whether Harper would attend the meeting.“The prime minister has had many productive discussions on the economy with his provincial counterparts and will surely have many more over the months to come,” Andrew MacDougall said in an email.Dexter said he will be organizing the meeting along with the premiers of Ontario and Alberta in the hopes of hosting it in Halifax in November.Dexter has taken Harper to task in recent days over his reluctance to hold first ministers meetings. It’s been three years since Harper last met with the premiers.
OSU fans celebrate a big play during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe frosty breath of fans drifts through the stadium air as they chant and cheer on their Buckeyes in temperatures so brisk they can keep their pregame Budweisers chilled without the hassle of a cooler. The underneath of their eyes tinged with gray from the early morning they had in order to properly clothe themselves in Scarlet and Gray spirit wear, fuel up the car and make the journey to the game. Tickets to an Ohio State football game will run you about $35 if you’re a student, to $550 if you are not, but putting a price on fandom isn’t something you will find many fans doing. It’s the Buckeyes we’re talking about, a team whose now back-to-back undefeated regular seasons puts on a finishing coat of Krazy Glue in a very strongly bonded relationship between fan and team.Having attended every away game this season, with the exception of California, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with fans of all ages, varying connections to OSU, and vastly different measures of football knowledge. I’ve spoken to fans whose knowledge of game play mirrors their knowledge of astrophysics, where a linebacker might very well be the one scoring touchdowns and getting sacked. But I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting a fan that holds a perfect attendance record over the past 70 years. John Crawford, an OSU alum, told me death is the only thing that could stop him from coming to a home game. Where his attendance record might be an anomaly, rest assured that his Buckeye spirit is not. The rapture that is OSU pride roots itself in the hearts and souls of people in such a peculiar way that I’m afraid my own dissection of it couldn’t possibly do it justice.I grew up in a family of artists, where sports did not typically make dinner conversation, or any conversation for that matter. I watched my first football game on television in November 2006 — Then-No. 1 OSU versus Then-No. 2 Michigan, as a matter of fact. I had no idea what was going on and truly, I wasn’t highly motivated to learn (especially not while there was a tin of fresh-from-the-oven brownies on the table). That was seven years ago, but to be fair, sometimes I still don’t know what’s going on. And where that might sound ridiculous, it’s actually not — many, if not most fans are in the same boat, maybe even on a barge several miles behind me. That’s because football doesn’t rely on game-play comprehension to be a staple in American culture. No, football is not about whether or not the audience can knowledgeably commentate on the offensive line, and it’s certainly not dependent on the fans’ understanding of every call, flag or whistle on behalf of the referees. Football isn’t as much about how well people understand the technicalities, as it is the unity that sweaty bodies and grass-stained jerseys indoctrinate.Consider the many sensory elements that make gameday what it is — the scent of warm buttery popcorn that wafts through the air in harmony with the freshly steamed hot dogs. The uniformity of replica jerseys, scarlet T-shirts and Block ‘O’ adorned skull caps that coordinate the crowd; the “OH-IO,” chanted so often it echoes indefinitely. The players gain celebrity status — signing autographs, getting verified on Twitter (Braxton Miller has almost 100,000 followers on Twitter, more than double the followers of Capital Cities, a music group that topped the charts for months in 2013 with its hit ‘Safe and Sound’), flying on planes to games that could easily reached by bus. Seeing players in class is a story to share with friends and getting assigned to be their lab partner is the stuff that dreams are made of.To be an OSU fan is to be part of something grand, a seemingly exclusive club that’s joined by signing a large check to the admissions office. That’s not to discount Buckeye spirit in any way — the bond between fans, alumni, and current students is distinct and romantic, even. The many facets of the tradition of OSU bind together Buckeyes in a near biological way, creating a blood bond that can rival that of any traditional family. And that’s what you see in the eyes of fans, the supporters who spend countless hours and dollars to watch the team, a familial gaze that is just as proud of senior running back Carlos Hyde’s run to the end zone as a parent is of their child for scoring high on their English test. It’s a sight unlike any other, an observation that makes me reach back, deep into my memory of my college experience and wonder just how permanent a stamp, the seal of the university, will be left on my own individuality.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media on Dec. 28 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorUrban Meyer has spent the past six seasons as Ohio State’s head coach and the university plans to have him lead the Buckeyes at least five more seasons.With Meyer’s contract set to expire in three years, Athletic Director Gene Smith sat down with the coach after the Cotton Bowl and discussed an extension. At a press conference Wednesday morning, Smith said Ohio State will add two seasons to Meyer’s contract to extend it through the 2022-23 season, when Meyer will be 58 years old. Smith did not specify how much Meyer would make with the extension. “We’re going to sign an extension here soon because the university has been good enough to extend something to me,” Meyer said.Smith made a recommendation to President Michael Drake that Meyer’s contract be extended, a motion Drake supported for Smith to pursue. Smith will present the Board with the extension in April.Smith said it is typical for coaches to receive extensions once their contracts have three or less years remaining, regardless of the sport.“But once we got south of that four years, it’s typical, I don’t care where you are, for that issue to come up about ‘He’s not going to be there when [a recruit is] a senior,’” Smith said. “It’s simple. That’s the way it’s always been. So yes, when that came up, I knew it was going to come up, it was just a matter of getting it done.”Smith said Meyer needed the extension so his remaining years are not used against him on the recruiting trail. Five-star offensive tackle prospect and Clemson signee Jackson Carman said Tiger head coach Dabo Swinney said Meyer is on the back end of his career.“He’s got three years left and it probably hurts in recruiting, so we need to sit and I brought it to him and said, ‘Hey, we need to talk about an extension in order to alleviate some of those concerns,” Smith said. “I know how healthy he is, how excited he is to be here. So, we just need to deal with that.”Meyer made $6.4 million in base salary last season. Smith said Meyer’s extension will not be in the range of Alabama’s Nick Saban, who made $11,132,000 last season, and Jimbo Fisher, who signed a 10-year, $75-million contract with Texas A&M. At a Board of Trustees’ Talent and Compensation meeting on Thursday, Smith called Alabama’s coaching salaries a “reactionary type of management” and said Fisher’s contract is “so ridiculous.” He also said he disregards outliers, such as Saban’s and Fisher’s contracts because they are outliers. On Wednesday, he said he did not believe in 10-year contracts.Meyer has compiled a 73-9 record in his six seasons as Ohio State’s head coach. The Buckeyes went 12-2 last year and finished the season with a victory against USC in the Cotton Bowl.
Updated 16.45pmA YOUNG GIRL and three women have died in a car crash near Mullingar.Gardaí at Mullingar are investigating the fatal collision which occurred in the townland of Portnashangan, near Mullingar, County Westmeath just before 7.45am this morning.The gardaí confirmed that the child killed was just ten years old. The three women killed in the crash were in their late 30s and early 40s.A car and a jeep collided, killing the young girl and three women in the car. They were pronounced dead at the scene.Their bodies have been taken by ambulance to Mullingar General Hospital.The male driver of the jeep, aged 50, was removed to Mullingar General Hospital with minor injuries.The section of the N4 road has been closed to facilitate a Garda Forensic Collision examination. Diversions are in place.Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them.They are particularly appealing to anyone who may have observed a gold coloured Nissan Almera (03 registered) or a black Kia Sorento jeep (06 registered) travelling on the Mullingar – Edgeworthstown stretch of the N4 between 7am and 7.45am this morning.Gardai are appealing for any witnesses who may have travelled the road this morning to contact Mullingar Garda Station on 044-938 4000 the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.First published 10.56amAdditional reporting Christina Finn
Women are being ‘penalised for working’ since changes were brought in to the State Pension Age Action say that pensioners have lost out on as much as €1,500 a year since 2012. Feb 9th 2017, 6:05 AM A NEW REPORT from Age Action has claimed that 35,000 people have had their pensions cut because of government changes to the State Pension introduced in 2012, with many losing more than €1,500 a year.The group says that the overwhelming majority of those affected were women, which they say “aggregated an already serious inequality between the retirement incomes of men and women”.The report says that the method used by the Department of Social Protection to calculate the number of PRSI contributions made by workers meant that pensioners were losing out.The State Pension is calculated by adding up the total number of PRSI contributions you make and then dividing it by the number of years between when you started work and when you are entitled to your pension.In Budget 2011, changes were made to the proportion of state pension you got based yearly averaged contributions you were made.For example, before 2012, if you had contributed to the system for 25 years, you would get 98% of the maximum State Pension payment. However, after this time, that same person would only receive 85% of that full amount. The bands pre-2012 Source: Age ActionIn effect, this would mean a loss of €30.10 per week.Justin Moran, head of advocacy at Age Action, said: “We need to put to bed the myth that the State Pension was protected by the last government. https://jrnl.ie/3228711 16,328 Views 15 Comments By Sean Murray This gender breakdown shows that a high proportion of women do not get the full State Pension, while the majority of men do. Source: Age ActionThey point out that if a woman had started work early in life and then stopped working to raise a family before getting a job again in later life, their average contributions would go way down because the pension is measured from when you first started working.Moran adds: “This means that someone who worked for a few months in the sixties and then went back to work in 2000 gets a far smaller pension than someone of the same age who just started work in 2000.”It’s an incredibly unfair system. People are getting very small pensions because of a decision they made to go to work in the 60s and 70s. They’re being punished for working.Liz – not her real name – was affected by the band changes and is quoted in the Age Action report. She says: “I was so shocked, angry and annoyed when I first heard the amount I was to be awarded.It brought back the anger I felt in 1972 when I had to leave my job. I believe I am being penalised for caring for my children.They call on the Department of Social Protection to remove these changes and backdate payments to pensioners who’ve lost out since 2012.Moran told TheJournal.ie that recent changes made to the PRSI system by Minister Leo Varadkar are “positive” but that they wouldn’t address this specific issue as it is designed to help people who haven’t retired yet to meet their contribution requirements.Savings requiredIn response, the Department of Social Protection said that during the financial downturn, savings were required across Government departments.“Instead of reducing the core weekly rates of State pensions for all pensioners, which would have included those pensioners who were solely dependent on that income (about 50% of such pensioners), it was decided to adjust the rate-bands on which contributory pensions are based. This took effect for people who reached pension age from September 2012.”It said that the rate-bands are “still highly re-distributive, and someone with a 40% social insurance record will have an entitlement to 85% of the maximum rate”.In practice, where a person has an entitlement to such a contributory pension, they will generally qualify for a higher rate of payment under another scheme, unless they have significant personal means.The department said that it is estimated that reversing the rates of these bands to the same percentages as were in place prior to 2012 in the next Budget would carry a cost of at least €60 million in 2018, “and this annual cost would rise at a rate of €10 million per annum”.Rather than use those funds in this manner, which would only benefit pensioners with other means above the pension itself, and who contributed less into the Social Insurance Fund, the increases in pension rates in 2016 and 2017 have been increased across the board, pro-rata where relevant, to the benefit of every pensioner.The department said it is also expected that this will be the main focus of pension rate changes in Budget 2018.Read: It’s now easier to take a career break without losing your state pension entitlementsRead: Leo Varadkar is the first minister to say Trump shouldn’t be invited to Ireland> Image: Shutterstock/Rustle Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 6:05 AM Share27 Tweet Email6 Image: Shutterstock/Rustle Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL While those entitled to a full pension were unaffected, many of those who would have been in line for smaller pensions lost out.Age Action says that women would be disproportionately penalised by this.
Le froid va s’accentuer jusqu’à la fin de semaine dans l’HexagoneLa vague de froid qui sévit en France ne devrait pas se calmer dans les prochains jours, loin s’en faut. Toutefois, Météo-France indique qu’il est possible que les températures remontent la semaine prochaine.En tout, 22 départements du nord-est et du centre du pays sont placés en vigilance orange “grand froid”. Une alerte qui durera jusqu’à vendredi matin dans le meilleur des cas. Les départements concernés sont entre autres l’Alsace, la Lorraine, la Franche-Comté, les Ardennes, l’Aveyron, les Bouches-du-Rhône, le Cantal, la Corrèze, la Creuse, le Gard, la Haute-Loire, la Lozère, la Haute-Marne, le Puy-de-Dôme et le Vaucluse.Un froid qui s’accompagne dans plusieurs départements de neige. Ainsi, les Bouches-du-Rhône en ont plusieurs centimètres, de même que le sud-est du Vaucluse. Selon Météo France, “la neige progressera dans la matinée plus à l’est, en direction de l’ouest des Bouches-du-Rhône et de l’est du Gard. La neige aura aussi tendance à se généraliser au département du Vaucluse. Sur le Gard et le Vaucluse, les précipitations cependant seront moins importantes que prévues”. Depuis quelques jours, les risques de neige et de verglas ont amené les autorités à interdire la circulation des poids lourds sur certaines autoroutes. L’interdiction, qui est en vigueur depuis hier soir 22h concerne les autoroutes A7 (Lyon-Marseille), A8 (Marseille-Nice), A50 (Marseille-Toulon) et A54 (Marseille-Nîmes). Ainsi, dans le Var, 240 poids lourds se sont trouvés immobilisés au Muy sur l’A8 dans le sens Italie-France et 30 autres à Bandol sur l’A50 dans le sens Toulon-Marseille. Une alerte orange pour la consommation d’électricité “On est sept degrés en-dessous des moyennes de saison aussi bien au nord qu’au sud”, a indiqué la prévisionniste Dominique Raspaud. Le froid doit encore s’accentuer jusqu’à la fin de la semaine dans toute la France et des gelées sont à redouter y compris dans le sud. Le niveau 3 du plan “Grand Froid” a été déclenché en Isère, en Savoie, dans l’Oise et le Nord, rapporte Libération.fr. Ainsi, aujourd’hui, des services d’autocars et d’autocars scolaires ne fonctionneront pas dans le Vaucluse, où les hauteurs de neige atteindront jusqu’à 40 centimètres. En outre, la Bretagne, les Alpes-Maritimes et le Var, des régions vulnérables car produisant peu d’électricité, seront en “alerte orange” concernant la consommation d’électricité : les consommateurs sont invités à modérer leur consommation. Toutefois, les 30.000 foyers varois en sont actuellement privés (selon ERDF la situation sera réparée dans le courant de la journée).À lire aussiCanicule : 7 règles d’or pour survivre à la chaleurDominique Raspaud a également précisé à l’AFP qu’on s’attend, pour vendredi, à – 5 °C à Marseille et dans le sud-ouest, – 6 °C à Bordeaux et à La Rochelle. Le thermomètre devrait même descendre en-dessous de – 10 °C en Alsace, en France-Comté et en Rhône-Alpes. La Bretagne, bien que souvent épargnée par les températures extrêmes, devrait voir ses températures chuter à – 1 ou – 2°C vendredi matin.Des “températures ressenties” descendant jusqu’à -15°C Toujours selon la prévisionniste, “un petit vent de nord-est, une bise qui soufflera entre 30 et 40 km/h ajoutera à la sensation de froid”. Ainsi, les “températures ressenties” devraient descendre jusqu’à moins 15 vendredi et samedi, surtout dans les régions du Nord, du centre et de l’Est. En effet, les vents d’est font progresser vers la France le “grand réservoir d’air froid” venus des pays scandinaves et de la Russie. En Europe de l’est on recense déjà 43 morts en six jours avec – 23 °C à Kiev.La fin de cette “offensive hivernale” n’est pas encore connue. En début de semaine prochaine, “il va s’opérer une lutte entre cet air très froid venu de l’est et un air océanique plus doux, qui va, à partir de dimanche ou lundi, commencer à tenter de s’infiltrer sur les régions les plus à l’ouest”, explique Mme Raspaud. Mais rien ne préjuge de l’issue de cette lutte.Le 2 février 2012 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambert
Key dates in the case of American student Amanda Knox, convicted in the slaying of British roommate Meredith Kercher.— Nov. 2, 2007: The body of Kercher, 21, is found in her apartment in Perugia, Italy. Investigators say she was killed the night before.— Nov. 6, 2007: Knox is arrested with then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, the Congolese owner of pub where Knox occasionally worked.— Nov. 20, 2007: Lumumba, implicated by Knox statements to police, is released from jail for lack of evidence.— Dec. 6, 2007: Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede is extradited from Germany and jailed on arrival in Italy.— Oct. 28, 2008: Judge indicts Knox and Sollecito on murder and sexual assault charges. Guede, who was granted a fast-track trial, is convicted of murder and sexual assault and sentenced to 30 years in prison.— Jan. 16, 2009: Trial of Knox and Sollecito opens in Perugia.— June 12, 2009: Knox takes stand; tells court she was shocked by Kercher’s death, offers alibi, says police beat her into making false statement.— Dec. 4, 2009: Court finds Knox guilty of murder and sexual assault, sentences her to 26 years in prison. Sollecito is convicted of same charges and sentenced to 25 years.— Dec. 22, 2009: Appeals court upholds Guede’s conviction but cuts sentence to 16 years.— Nov. 24, 2010: Appeals trial for Knox and Sollecito opens in Perugia.— Dec. 16, 2010: Italy’s highest criminal court upholds Guede’s conviction and 16-year prison sentence.— June 29, 2011: Independent forensic report ordered by the appeals court finds much of the DNA evidence used to convict Knox and Sollecito is unreliable.— Oct. 3, 2011: Appeals court clears Knox, Sollecito of murder convictions, orders them freed immediately— March 26, 2013: Italy’s highest criminal court overturns acquittal of Knox and Sollecito, orders new trial.SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox’s memoir and interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer will go on as planned, despite an Italian court overturning her 2011 murder acquittal.Italy’s highest criminal court ordered a whole new trial for Knox and former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on Tuesday, overturning their acquittals in the gruesome slaying of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.Spokesman David Ford says an ABC News Primetime Special scheduled to air April 30 is moving forward as planned. It will be the first in-depth interview Knox has given since returning to Seattle.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, October 30, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.Early Voting: Early voting continues today! The Town of Wilmington is offering early voting, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, in the Town Hall Auditorium.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon. Free. Handicapped accessible.At The Library: Storytime For Threes at 9:30am. Storytime For Fours & Fives at 10:30am. Tech Buddies Drop-In at 3:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at Yentile at 8am. Zumba at 9am. Powerful Tools at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Bocci at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Tai Chi at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 2, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performer Post a comment More about 2019 Hyundai Elantra Hyundai More From Roadshow America’s first taste of Hyundai’s new N Line trim came at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, by way of the Elantra GT N Line. Europe had the similar i30 N Line before that, and now, there’s a second addition to the stable on the other side of the Atlantic.Hyundai this week unveiled the Tucson N Line. Available just in Europe for the time being, the Tucson N Line is the first Hyundai SUV to sport this package of appearance and performance upgrades. Think of it as a stepping stone on the way to a proper N badge, which ramps performance up even further.On the outside, the Tucson N Line sports more aggressive bumpers with a dark grille pattern up front and dark chrome scattered about. The 19-inch alloy wheels are also dark, as are the mirror caps and the rear spoiler. Heck, even the headlights have a darker appearance than usual, but they also carry a unique running light design. Enlarge ImageIt doesn’t make any more power than usual, but that’s not the point of the N Line trim. Hyundai The interior is a little less gussied up. There are sport seats covered in leather and suede and marked with N Line branding. There’s red accent stitching on the seats, as well, which extends to the steering wheel. The gear lever has red accents and leather wrapping, and there’s also a set of alloy pedals. Just like the Elantra GT N Line, the package isn’t entirely about aesthetics. The power steering and suspension have been adjusted to provide a little sportier feeling for drivers and passengers. The top two trims have front springs that are 8 percent stiffer than before, as well as rear springs that add 5 percent more rigidity. The steering hasn’t changed physically, but it was retuned to feel more direct, Hyundai says.Three powertrains are available on the Euro-spec Tucson N Line. Two of those happen to be diesel engines tied to a 48-volt mild hybrid system — a 1.6-liter setup that puts out 134 horsepower, and a 2.0-liter setup that’s good for 182 horsepower. If you’d rather not rock diesel, there’s also a 174-horsepower, 1.6-liter gas I4 on offer. Front- and all-wheel drive are both available, too. The 1.6-liter setup represents the “base” Tucson N Line, so it doesn’t receive the stiffer setup that the other two trims do. 2019 Hyundai Elantra review: Staying relevant in a changing segment Crossovers 0 Hyundai’s jumbo compact sedan communes with Google Sharpen up your commute in the Hyundai Tucson N Line 39 Photos Tags Hyundai Share your voice Review • 2019 Hyundai Elantra review: Staying relevant in a changing segment
Doctors at the forensic department of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Saturday found 11 small packets of contraband Yaba pills in the stomach of a man’s dead body during it postmortem on Saturday, reports UNB.Officer-in-charge of Motijheel police station Omar Faruk said locals found Julhas, 34, son of Akkas Mia of Kendua in Netrakona, in an unconscious state in front of Biswas Tower at Kamalapur around 5:00am on Friday.Police rescued and then sent him to Mugda General Hospital where he died around 11:00pm on the same day and his body was sent to the DMCH for autopsy.Julhas was an accused in two drug cases filed in Netrakona district, he said.
By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe numbers don’t lie. According to statistics provided by the Smithsonian about 20 million people visited the collage of free museums this year. (The numbers go through October.) That number was 30 million last year. Make no mistake; a chunk of those visitors came to the popular National Museum of African American History and Culture. Just this year the NMAAHC brought in over 1.7 million, and 2.4 million last year.Just down the way however, a smaller quieter space still packs a historical and cultural punch- and it is worth seeing along with NMAAHC.A piece featured at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Northwest, D.C. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)The Smithsonian’s Museum of African Art (MAA) pulls in fewer numbers, about 124,787 in 2018 and 159,000 in 2017. But this does not mean the MAA has less to offer. In fact, it may be the perfect companion to the NMAAHC.The museum, part of the outer crust of the Smithsonian mall, is located on Independence Avenue between the Arts and Industries building and the Freer Gallery. It’s an understated and serene site with the Enid A. Haupt Garden offering a visual and physical respite from all the buildings. Part of the African Museum is under the actual garden.The museum opened to the public in 1987. Centered on sub-Saharan Africa at first, the Smithsonian expanded its collection to include contemporary African works as well.The “Healing Arts” exhibit greets guests when entering. It is an array of artifacts and paintings that address spirituality and divinity while addressing issues like HIV/AIDS. There are medicine containers and pieces of craft work all under the auspice of healing.One level below is the “Good As Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women” exhibit. The space shows that jewelry can have a higher purpose beyond blinging out your wrist. Here the ornaments seen are objects of identity, status and, in some cases, power. A walk through the expansive space and you are taken aback by the majesty and details of the pieces. The exhibit also traces the might and expansive history of the gold trade in Senegal and other parts of Africa.Stepping deeper into the cavernous space we come upon the “Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts” which is an almost interactive experience which challenges visitors to explore art through all their senses. “Visionary” explains that artists and audience have a viewpoint, in how art is made and in turn how it is received. The museum created a user and kid friendly guide to assist people in framing and ingesting the art before them.One of the most stunning pieces is a mid-20th century wood mask that greets guests as they enter the space. It is humongous in size, brightness and showmanship. It is meant to dazzle and draw people into the work. The detail on the mask is precise and yet when standing back it creates a larger visual canvas by which to see the art.The Museum of African Art is not as popular as NMAAHC, but because fewer people are walking through the space, guests get more time with each piece. During a Friday afternoon excursion, there were no more than 20 people in the building. This allowed for something more popular spaces can’t offer – reflection time.Take the opportunity to tour both spaces on your visit to downtown D.C. While it is necessary to be prepared for the long lines in one place, be prepared for uninterrupted observation in the other. Both are worth your time, and together offer a wider scope of the African and African-American Diaspora.Museum of African Art950 Independence Avenue, S.W.Washington, D.C. firstname.lastname@example.orgOpen daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Christmas Day.
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