Human Rights A Focus on Playgrounds and in Workplaces

first_imgPeople of all ages, colours, religions and abilities must be welcome on Nova Scotia’s playgrounds and in its workplaces if the province is to prosper in an ever-more competitive world, Nova Scotians were told today, Dec. 8. Students from across the province joined guest speakers to encourage diversity and equality as hundreds of people gathered in Dartmouth for a celebration in honour of International Human Rights Day. Saturday, Dec. 10, marks the 57th anniversary of the day that the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Race, colour, money, clothesNone of this should matter, this I know.I am like you, you are like meHuman race yearning for harmony,” wrote Carol-Ann Vassallo, a student at MacLellan Junior High School in Westmount, Cape Breton Co., in a winning poetry entry for the event. “…I could be the next Picasso.I could win gold at the Olympics, you never knowDon’t treat me differently when I should be treated the sameDon’t call me by my race, call me by my name…” Carol-Ann was one of many students who crafted poems, stories, and posters using the theme Everyone Has the Right to Play: Breaking Down Barriers Through Fun, Play & Sports. Organized by Partners Against Racism (PAR) — a coalition of concerned organizations dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights in partnership with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission — the day’s program was designed to focus attention on issues of respect and inclusion, particularly in sports. Winning poems, stories, and posters will be used at all PAR events for the coming year and the posters and poems will be published on bookmarks that will be made available to students throughout the province. Mayann Francis, CEO and director of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, told people gathered in Dartmouth that it is important that all Nova Scotians reflect on ways they can help ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. At a noontime address to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce sponsored by Convergys Customer Management, Ms. Francis repeated the message to a different audience, telling business leaders that diversity also makes good business sense. She said businesses may attract and retain audiences or clients they didn’t even know they were missing simply by ensuring that they embrace diversity in their operations. “Promoting diversity and inclusion is not about disadvantaging one group at the expense of another,” she said. “Understanding and embracing diversity means delving much deeper and being prepared to examine the way our society works at the most fundamental level.” In an address that the chamber billed as her first “annual address to the business community,” she announced that the chamber and the commission will create a new business award for excellence in diversity, which will be presented for the first time in December 2006. “I know in my heart that we have the potential to be the number one province in terms of growth, in terms of the well-being of our people,” Ms. Francis told the chamber. “And I know that paying attention to human rights and diversity issues can also help us to achieve that.”last_img read more

Artificial intelligence pilot to look for suicide warning signs across Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – An Ottawa-based firm has been tapped by the federal government for a three-month pilot project designed to look for warning signs for suicide before tragedy strikes.Advanced Symbolics Inc., is an artificial intelligence service company set to examine suicide hot spots across the country to better understand precursors to suicide.The pilot, expected to start by the beginning of February, will examine all parts of the country including Indigenous communities, said chief scientist Kenton White, though he stressed the goal is not to focus on any particular group.“What we would like to try and understand is what are the signals … that would allow us to forecast where the next hot spots are so that we can help the government of Canada to provide the resources that are … going to be needed to help prevent suicide before the tragedies happen,” White said.There were a number of high profile “hot spots” in 2017, White added, noting northern communities and places like Cape Breton were hit particularly hard by spikes in suicide.Advanced Symbolics’ pilot will not identify individuals, White added, saying safeguards are in place to ensure individuals can’t be identified within samples.“This is not Minority Report and we are not identifying individuals who … have risk of self harm,” he said.“We are not knocking on doors or contacting individuals. We have nothing that is personally identifiable about any individuals in this study.”Instead, the company turns to a technique to create randomized, controlled samples of social media users in all regions.The project will only use anonymous data already in the public domain for surveillance purposes, according to the Public Works contract award document posted online.White, also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, said Tuesday his biggest hope is the research can demonstrate a positive application for artificial intelligence.“So many times in AI research we hear the stories about AI is going to take jobs … Big Brother is spying on us,” he said.“If you can show that (suicide) rates have gone down because we have deployed this sort of study, that would be most gratifying.”Dr. Stan Kutcher, a Dalhousie University psychiatry professor who examined a spate of Cape Breton teen suicides in 2017, said this summer that authorities need to look beyond bullying in their response to tragedies, adding there is a tendency to assume it causes “every single problem” young people have and that it is “just not true.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Canada’s Wonderland is home to more than 200 attractions, including 16 roller coasters, two children’s area and Splash Works, our 20-acre water park. The park features North America’s largest variety of rides, including Canada’s tallest and fastest coaster – Leviathan, Canada’s longest wooden coaster – Mighty Canadian Minebuster and Canada’s first inverted coaster – Flight Deck.GET YOUR TICKETS TODAYGO INNOTE: The username and password are case-sensitiveWe recommend always using CHROME as your browser to log-inUsername:  CW-eBOSSPassword: eBoss18The Wonderland Express “GO” Buses run regularly from Yorkdale and York Mills subway stations. Schedule operates throughout the day and evening through closing ( York Region Transit offers several routes to Canada’s Wonderland. YRT Route 760, as well as TTC Route 165A operate directly into the park. In addition, Routes 4, 20 and 87 stop nearby the main entrance. For more YRT route and schedule information, please visit the YRT/Viva website ( Advertisement Login/Register With: Thinking of going to Canada’s Wonderland?eBOSS Canada has arranged discounted tickets for you, your family and friends. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Report Uber IPO could put company value at 120 billion

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Uber may put forth an initial public offering early next year that values the ride-hailing business at as much as $120 billion, according to a media report.The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday that Uber Technologies Inc. received valuation proposals from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. There is no guarantee Uber will fetch that valuation, or go public soon.If it does, and at that price, the company would be worth more than Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles combined.There are hurdles for Uber, past and present. In addition to a series of scandals including workplace sexual harassment, theft of intellectual property and the ouster of its co-founder, the company is facing increasing competition.The Journal also reported Tuesday that Uber’s smaller, but chief rival, Lyft, had picked underwriters for a public offering expected in early 2019. JPMorgan Chase & Co. will lead the offering, along with Credit Suisse Group AG and Jefferies Group LLC, the Journal reported. Lyft was valued at $15.1 billion earlier this year.last_img read more

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first_img___Police raid Deutsche Bank offices in money laundering caseBERLIN (AP) — German authorities have raided Deutsche Bank’s headquarters amid suspicions that its employees helped clients set up offshore companies that were used to launder hundreds of millions of euros. About 170 police officers, investigators and prosecutors swooped on the bank’s offices in Frankfurt and premises in nearby Eschborn and Gross-Umstadt.___Fed officials express caution about pace of future hikesWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials earlier this month appeared on track to raise its key interest rate again in December, but they signalled that the pace of future rate hikes might need to slow given emerging risks to the economy. Minutes of the Fed’s Nov. 7-8 meeting show that Fed officials expressed concerns about a variety of threats, including the impact of tariffs, a slowing global economy and tightening financial conditions amid falling stock prices.___US pending home sales fell 2.6 per cent in OctoberWASHINGTON (AP) — Pending home sales sank in October. Higher mortgage rates have worsened the affordability of home ownership and dampened enthusiasm among would-be buyers. The National Association of Realtors says that its pending home sales index fell 2.6 per cent last month to 102.1. The index based on contract signings has tumbled 6.7 per cent from a year ago.___US consumer spending up strong 0.6 per cent in OctoberWASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers boosted their spending in October at the fastest pace in seven months, while their incomes rose by the largest amount in nine months. Both are good signs for future economic growth. The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose a sharp 0.6 per cent last month. It was the biggest increase since a similar gain in March and was three times faster than the 0.2 per cent September performance.___Cruise control: GM’s No. 2 exec to run self-driving car unitSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors is transferring its president from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run its self-driving car operations and pursue an attempt to cash on the automaker’s bet that robotic vehicles will transform transportation. Dan Ammann, currently GM’s second highest ranking executive, will become CEO of the company’s Cruise Automation subsidiary at the beginning of next year. He will replace Cruise co-founder Kyle Vogt, who will become chief technology officer.___Trump’s new NAFTA faces skeptics in now- Democrat-led HouseWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent more than a year browbeating the leaders of Canada and Mexico into agreeing to a rewrite of North American trade rules. And on Friday, those two nations are set to sign the pact at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now, Trump faces what could prove a more formidable foe: His own Congress.___In China, your car could be talking to the governmentSHANGHAI (AP) — Automakers selling electric vehicles in China send a constant feed of information about the location of cars to the government — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the regime as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens. More than 200 manufacturers, including major global brands, transmit position information and dozens of other data points to monitoring centres, often without car owners’ knowledge, The AP has found.___Puerto Rico completes its first debt restructuring dealSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has completed its first debt-restructuring deal since the government announced it was bankrupt more than three years ago, giving creditors overall $550 in new bonds for each $1,000 they had held. The agreement announced Thursday was finalized with creditors holding more than $4 billion in debt issued by the now-defunct Government Development Bank. It’s not clearhow much the agreement will affect some $70 billion in other debt still outstanding.___Army wants Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets for battlefieldWASHINGTON (AP) — Virtual- and augmented-reality headsets haven’t had much traction in the consumer market, but they’re finding a place on the battlefield. The U.S. Army says it has awarded Microsoft a $480 million contract to supply its HoloLens headsets to soldiers. Microsoft says the technology will provide troops with better information to make decisions.___California regulators question utility’s safety commitmentSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have ordered the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. utility to significantly improve its “safety culture” after questioning the safety qualifications of top executives. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday ordered the company to implement 60 recommendations made by an independent consultant hired to examine Pacific Gas & Electric’s safety practices.___The S&P 500 index shed 6.03 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,737.76. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 27.59 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 25,338.84. The Nasdaq composite slid 18.51 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 7,273.08 as tech stocks dipped. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 5 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,525.39.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 2.3 per cent to finish at $51.45 a barrel in New York. Brent crude edged up 1.3 per cent to $59.51 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline jumped 4.1 per cent to $1.45 a gallon. Heating oil edged up 0.3 per cent to $1.84 a gallon. Natural gas slipped 1.1 per cent to $4.65 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Nike probing Zion shoe malfunction that led to injury

NEW YORK — Nike says it’s investigating why Duke freshman Zion Williamson split a shoe open during a game against rival North Carolina. But the sportswear giant says it’s an “isolated occurrence.”The Beaverton, Oregon-based company says it’s concerned and says quality and performance of its products are of “utmost importance.”The shoe malfunction, which forced Williamson to leave the game with a knee sprain, happened in front of a crowd of celebrities, including former President Barack Obama and Spike Lee.Williamson’s left shoe fell apart as he planted hard near the free throw line. The blue rubber sole ripped loose from the white shoe from the heel to the toes along the outside edge, with Williamson’s foot coming all the way through the large gap.Nike quickly became the target of ridicule on social media, which presents challenges for the sportswear brand.Nike’s shares are down 1 per cent, or 84 cents, to $84 in early morning trading Thursday.___More AP college basketball: and D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

UN team calls for end to use of children in conflict in

25 July 2011The Security Council’s Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict has expressed concern over continuing violations of children’s rights in the Central African Republic (CAR) and urged all armed groups in the country to immediately halt the practice. In a press statement issued today following the Working Group’s 31st meeting last month, the chair of the United Nations body urged all the groups to develop time-bound action plans on the removal of children armed groups, in line with the Council’s previous resolutions.Specifically addressing the group known as the Armée Populaire pour la restauration de la République et de la Démocratie (APRD), the Working Group welcoming the removal of children from its ranks, urging it to ensure the “comprehensive and definitive release of all remaining children.”Addressing the Union des Forces Démocratiques pour le Rassemblement (UFDR), the Front Démocratique du Peuple Centrafricain (FDPC) and the Mouvement des Libérateurs Centrafricains pour la Justice (MLJC), the Working Group voiced concern over ongoing recruitment of children and other violations against children and called upon the three groups to immediately cease the abuses enter into dialogue with the UN.The Working Group also expressed concern over the lack of humanitarian access in areas under the control of the Convention des Patriotes pour la Justice et la Paix (CPJP) in the north-eastern part of the country, as well as persistent reports of recruitment and abuses of children.The Working Group welcomed the announcement of a ceasefire by CPJP, and encouraged the faction to start dialogue with the Government with a view to signing the Libreville Comprehensive Peace Agreement.It strongly condemned abuses against children committed against children by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), including recruitment, rape and other forms of sexual violence and abductions in the south-eastern and eastern areas of CAR.Addressing the Government, the Working Group expressed serious concern over the recruitment and use of children by local self-defence militias and called upon the authorities to reiterate their prohibition of the practice, ensure the immediate and unconditional release of all children associated with those groups, and to deny support for militias that recruit and use children. read more

UN envoy commends Lebanons stability and assistance to refugees amid crisis in

“Strong focus on security and stability in Lebanon are a core concern,” the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Derek Plumbly, told reporters on Thursday after briefing the Security Council on the implementation of resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah.The resolution calls for respect for the so-called ‘Blue Line’ between Israel and Lebanon, the disarming of all militias in Lebanon, and an end to arms smuggling in the area. While the resolution has largely been respected over the past six years, there has been little progress towards an envisaged permanent ceasefire.“Council Members showed satisfaction with the calm which prevailed across the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon including during the recent conflict in Gaza, but they also expressed their concern that we move forward to implement and to act on some of the outstanding provisions of the resolution,” Mr. Plumbly said. He added that many of the current issues of security and stability in the country are linked to the ongoing crisis in Syria, and stressed the importance of Lebanon’s policy of disassociation, which has helped sustain calm in the country against the backdrop of the Syrian conflict. Syria has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 460,000 refugees, while more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates.Mr. Plumbly also drew attention to challenges faced by the Lebanese Government and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as the number of Syrian refugees in the country continues to increase and winter sets in.“Some 130,000 people are currently seeking refuge from Syria in Lebanon – the Government of Lebanon deserves great credit for the reception that has been accorded to displaced people from Syria as do the communities who have given them a home,” Mr. Plumbly stated. “But the needs of the refugee community are particularly pressing at the present moment.”Mr. Plumbly added that the Government of Lebanon and UNHCR will be looking for additional assistance from the international community. “This is something which all concerned hope will elicit a strong and generous response,” he said. read more

Azerbaijan must ensure accountability for acts of violence against women – UN

“State responsibility to act with due diligence to eliminate violence against women, is an obligation under international human rights law, which the Azerbaijani Government has committed to,” Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo said at the end of her first official mission to the country.She commended the authorities for their commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and the adoption of specific legal measures to achieve equality and non-discrimination, including for women. However, she noted in a news release, the issue of limited or the lack of implementation of laws and policies was consistently raised during her 10-day visit which ended on 5 December.“The vast majority of interviewees acknowledged that violence against women is widespread in Azerbaijan, but the actual extent of the phenomenon is very difficult to assess,” she said.Ms. Manjoo attributed this to the lack of reliable information provided, the underreporting of cases, the focus on mediation and reconciliation in matters involving violations of women’s rights, and poor implementation of laws that would address the issue of accountability.“I am extremely concerned by the statistics that were shared with me on gender-related killings of women,” she said. “The killing of a woman is the ultimate act of violence and is a reflection of the lack of protection and prevention measures when other acts of violence are not addressed by state authorities.”The expert highlighted the issues of trafficking of women, for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour, and the increasing number of early, forced and unregistered marriages. Also of concern was the increase in sex-selective abortions, the marginalization of internally displaced women and girls, and inadequacy of social protection measures.It is necessary, she stated, to adopt holistic solutions to address the individual empowerment of women, while acknowledging and addressing the social, economic and cultural barriers that are a reality in the lives of women in Azerbaijan.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. Ms. Manjoo will present a report with her final findings and recommendations at a forthcoming session of the Council. read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 18 May 2012

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Mens lacrosse Ohio State defeats Loyola Maryland to advance to quarterfinals of

Ohio State players celebrate a goal in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is moving on to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament after taking down Loyola Maryland 7-4 in Ohio Stadium on Sunday.The Buckeyes (14-4) failed to score at least nine goals for the first time since April 2, but freshman midfielder Tre Leclaire’s three goals were enough to lift OSU past the Greyhounds (10-6). Redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey made 12 saves on 16 shots on goal.Down the stretch, Loyola put the pressure on a Buckeye defense that allowed double-digit goals in both Big Ten tournament games last weekend. However, Carey and the rest of the defense held their own in the final 15 minutes despite being outshot 9-2.“Just really proud we’ve proven that we can win in different ways,” said OSU coach Nick Myers. “I think today is an example where we say, ‘OK, today is not our day offensively.’ Kind of a message to those guys down the stretch was let us win this game defensively. Get down there, be strong with the ball.”It took nearly seven minutes for either team to get on the scoreboard. Unsurprisingly, Leclaire — the team’s leading scorer and Big Ten Freshman of the Year — was the first to strike with 8:09 remaining on the clock. It was his 42nd of the year.Sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterLater, sophomore midfielder Logan Maccani made a move toward the goal from behind the net and found junior attackman Colin Chell in the middle of the defense for a one-timer to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead before the end of the first.In the second quarter, Loyola put immense pressure on the Buckeye attackman, leading to 11 turnovers from the Scarlet and Gray, and the Greyhounds cranked up the offense as well.They had eight shots on goal in the second quarter compared to three in the first, but only found the back of the net twice as Carey made six saves in the quarter.After trimming the deficit to 3-2, the Greyhounds had an opportunity to tie the game before the half, but Carey made a point-blank save to preserve the lead.“It definitely helps to get a few (big saves) early,” Carey said. “But the defense in front of me played really well and we gave up the shots we wanted to early.A slow-paced first half turned into an intense battle that showcased the teams best players in the third quarter as both sides showed a sense of urgency out of the break.Senior attackman Eric Fannell tallied his 29th goal of the year in the first three minutes of the quarter before Patriot League Player of the Year, and national player of the year finalist, Pat Spencer finally put one past Carey from 6 yards out for this 28th of the season.Leading by a mere goal on two difference occasions, Leclaire seized the opportunities he was given and gave OSU a two-goal cushion at 5-3 and 6-4, which was a margin that was more comfortable that it appeared on the jumbotron in the south end zone.“There were certainly some moments where we felt like we needed to just hunker down and get the next goal,” Myers said. “When we got that two goal lead, I thought that was big.”Senior attack Brendan Fannell takes a shot on the goal against Loyola Maryland during the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOSU’s best player through the entire season proved his worth in his first NCAA tournament game with a hat trick following a nine-goal performance in two games last weekend in the conference tournament.“(Getting the hat trick) was a surreal moment,” Leclaire said. “It was a fun game to play in. A lot of credit to our defense for that, backing us up.”With 12 seconds left, sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski scored his first of the game and removed any doubt of who would advance to play Duke in the quarterfinals next Saturday.The Buckeyes’ offense has carried them to this point, but confidence is riding high with the squad after a convincing showing on defense. Spencer had six shots toward the net, but only one went past Carey. Junior defenseman Ben Randall, who primarily defended Spencer, was a key cog in the wall around the OSU net.“Defensively, I wanted to take away his vision and force him to go to the cage, which I think we did a good job of,” Randall said.After allowing 23 goals in two games last weekend in the conference tournament, the Buckeyes defense took the steps it needed for a deep run in the NCAA tournament.“I think the guys, coming out of the Big Ten tournament, they were a bit disappointed defensively,” Myers said. “This week it was back to basics on that end of the field and I just felt like we just had a really good week of practice. And felt like today was a result of that hard work we put in this week.” read more

Czech Republic win in Poland in front of 5000 fans

Despite series of bad results and agony of Polish handball since Rio 2016 where they ended fourth, over 5.000 fans supported their team at home in defeat over the biggest surprise of Men’s EHF EURO 2018 – team of Czech Republic 21:25.POLAND – CZECH REPUBLIC 21:25 (10:14)Poland: Malcher, Kornecki – Daćko 1, Krajewski 2, Walczak, Nogowski, Łangowski 1, Genda 3, Potoczny 2, Moryto 2, Daszek 1, M. Gębala, Bąk, Przybylski 2, Paczkowski 2, Gierak, T. Gębala 4, Chrapkowski 1.Czech Republic: Galia, Adamik – Hrstka, Becvar, Jurka, Hanisch 1, Horak 4, Kontrc 1, Kasperek 4, Babak 3, Slachta, Petrovsky 5, Skvaril, Zdrahala 3, Cip 1, Mubenzem 1, Kasal. Czech Republic handballPolish Handball ← Previous Story Sweden with +7 over Croatia Next Story → Swiss team with two wins in Portugal read more

Gardaí arrest 44yearold man in connection with Balrothery shop robbery

first_imgGardaí arrest 44-year-old man in connection with Balrothery shop robbery Cash was taken and a woman was assaulted in the incident which occurred late last night. By Gráinne Ní Aodha 2 Comments A  MAN HAS been arrested in connection with a robbery at premises in Balrothery, Co Dublin in which a woman was assaulted.At around 9.20pm last night, a man entered a shop in Balrothery demanding cash and threatened a female member of staff. The woman was assaulted in the incident but did not require any medical attention.The man, who was wearing a balaclava pulled down over his face, left the premises on foot with a sum of cash.Enquiries by gardaí led them to search a house in Balbriggan where a 44-year-old man was arrested. He is currently being detained at Balbriggan Garda station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.Local gardaí were assisted by members of the Armed Support Unit in the arrest; investigations are ongoing.Read: Pedestrian in his 30s killed after being struck by car in Laois last nightRead: Malahide jewellery shop robbery leaves female staff member in hospital Image: 16,989 Views Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 11:38 AM Image: Jan 22nd 2017, 11:38 AM Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Chine une femme fera partie de léquipage du Shenzhou IX

first_imgChine : une femme fera partie de l’équipage du Shenzhou IXPour la première fois de son histoire, la Chine s’apprête à envoyer une femme dans l’espace. Une des deux candidates sera prochainement choisie.Le prochain vaisseau spatial chinois Shenzhou (“Vaisseau divin”) IX, partira “autour de la mi-juin” à bord d’une fusée Longue Marche. Il décollera depuis la base de Jiuquan dans le désert de Gobi et rejoindra le module de station spatiale Tiangong-1 (“Palais céleste”), actuellement en orbite autour de la Terre. Mais la nouveauté concerne ses occupants. Shenzhou IX embarquera trois astronautes qui seront sélectionnés dans une liste qui compte quatre hommes et deux femmes. Or, si les (heureux) élus ne sont pas encore connus, selon des sources concordantes citées par la presse officielle, l’équipage sera composé de deux hommes et d’une femme. La Chine sera ainsi le troisième pays, après les Etats-Unis et l’URSS, à envoyer une femme dans l’espace grâce à sa propre technologie. Les deux femmes retenues, Wang Yaping et Liu Yang, sont toutes deux des pilotes de chasse. Et même si presque personne ne les connaissait il n’y a que quelques jours, l’une d’elle entrera dans l’Histoire. En attendant, les deux femmes officiers restent enveloppées de mystère. Liu Yang “a demandé à ses parents de ne pas parler aux médias de sa mission”, a déclaré au China Daily son oncle. Elèves brillantes, ces deux pilotes présentent également des états de service irréprochables. Wang Yaping a notamment, en mai 2008, participé à l’acheminement de l’aide humanitaire dans la région du Sichuan après le tremblement du terre qui avait fait des dizaines de milliers de victimes. Puis avait, en août de la même année, réalisé des missions d’ensemencement des nuages autour de la capitale chinoise, censées provoquer des précipitations loin des sites des compétitions.Des “taïkonautes” prêtes à voler À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreQuant à Liu Yang, les journaux ont largement relaté le sang froid dont elle a fait preuve un jour où elle a percuté en vol une nuée de pigeons qui ont fortement endommagé son jet, qu’elle est malgré tout parvenue à poser. Toutes deux ont été formées au centre national d’entraînement des “taïkonautes” (nom donné par les Chinois aux spationautes). “Il est classique pour les astronautes chinois de commencer comme pilote dans les forces aériennes. Tous les astronautes chinois ont en commun cette expérience”, a expliqué à l’AFP Morris Jones, un expert australien des questions spatiales.Cependant, M. Jones pense que l’entraînement des deux femmes s’est fait en accéléré pour qu’elles soient opérationnelles pour la station orbitale. “Je pense que leur entraînement a été plus intensif et qu’il a omis certaines matières non essentielles. Ces femmes sont prêtes à voler dans l’espace, mais elles n’ont pas été formées au même niveau qu’un astronaute complètement formé”, a-t-il souligné.Le 14 juin 2012 à 20:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Portable HD Projector Is the Ideal Match for Your Nintendo Switch

first_imgWant your products featured in Geek Deals? Learn more about how to sell your products online! Enjoy big screen gaming action on your Nintendo Switch anytime and from anywhere with the AAXA S1 Mini Projector. This extraordinary device is small and lightweight so it travels easily and since it’s been discounted to just $289, it’s easier than ever to afford.This projector could make all the difference at your next party. The AAXA S1 Mini Projector lets you play games in true high definition on a screen measuring up to 100 inches. It doesn’t require any special skills or cables to set up: Just insert your Switch into the projector and play. You can adjust the screen size, the brightness, and it even has powerful twin speakers so you can hear all the action.Taking your Switch on a trip? Then the AAXA S1 is the perfect traveling companion. It features a small form factor and a lightweight design so it’ll easily fit in your carry on bag and it’s got an impressive three-hour battery so you can play for long periods. And, since it uses LED’s as opposed to a lamp, you won’t have to carry extra bulbs or worry about it overheating.Add a little spice to your Nintendo Switch gaming experience. Pick up the AAXA S1 Mini Projector now at the Geek Deals store for just $289 — a savings of 7% off the MSRP. AAXA S1 Mini Projector for Nintendo Switch – $289See Deal Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Stay on targetlast_img read more

Rise Up! event Monday to support for groups

first_imgClark County – Clark County citizens will be participating in a nationwide event to show support for immigrants, refugees, workers and minorities.The march called Rise Up! will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday, starting from 750 Anderson St. and heading to Esther Short Park.Speeches will begin at the park starting at 6 p.m. Speakers include an official from American Civil Liberties Union, an American Muslim and a young immigrant.Several local Indivisible groups and MoveOn Clark County, among others, are behind the effort.last_img read more

3 hurt in policeinvolved crash in North Miami Beach

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took one person to the hospital and two others suffered injuries after a crash with a North Miami Beach Police cruiser, Wednesday night.Police and fire rescue units responded to the scene of the crash along Northeast 18th Avenue and 163rd Street, just after 10 p.m.7News cameras captured the police SUV with significant damage to the front.Only one victim had to be transported to the hospital.Police shut down Northeast 163rd Street from 16th to 18th avenues as they continued to investigate. It was reopened to traffic just before midnight.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police youths attack protesting students

first_imgPolice and unidentified youths assault demonstrating students demanding safe road in Mirpur-14 on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Sazid HossainA group of youths and members of the law enforcement launched an attack on the demonstrating students demanding ‘safe road’ in the city’s Mirpur-14 on Thursday afternoon.Policemen started charging baton on the students around 4:00pm and then a group of young men joined the cops and together they chased the students, a student of Shaheed Police Smrity College told Prothom Alo.Unidentified youths throw brickbats to disperse demonstrating students demanding safe road in Mirpur-14 on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Sazid HossainBeing chased, the protesting students took position at Mirpur-10. They alleged that police and local youths wearing helmet were trying to disperse them from the streets. They, however, were still staying on the road.Students of different schools and colleges took to the streets for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday, demanding punishment of those responsible for Sunday’s road accident that killed two of their fellows.Police in action to disperse demonstrating students demanding safe road in Mirpur-14 on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Sazid HossainOn Sunday, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed as a ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ bus ploughed through some students in front of Airport Road.last_img read more

Turner Gives Some Details On Plan To Consider Removal Of Confederate Monuments

first_imgListen Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner says the process to decide about the removal of Confederate statues and monuments from public property that the City has just started will be “thoughtful.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is elaborating on his plan to consider the removal of Confederate monuments located on public property.During the customary press conference held after the City Council’s Wednesday meeting, Turner noted he is reacting to renewed demand from some Houstonians after the tragic rally held in Charlottesville.The Mayor made clear the process to decide about the removal will be “thoughtful,” but he also gave his share of advice to Houstonians.“I think it’s also very important that we not allow the national discourse, and what’s being said and how things are being handled on the national level, to flow down into the city of Houston and pull us apart,” Turner said.As of now, the Mayor only knows of two Confederate monuments on public property, which are ‘The Spirit of the Confederacy’, located in the Sam Houston Park, and the statue of Dick Dowling, located in one of the access points to Hermann Park.In addition to the information he receives from his staff about the Confederate statues and monuments that are located in property belonging to the City, the Mayor added he wants to also seek input from experts at local universities, such as the University of Houston, Texas Southern University and Rice University.“If there’s a significant population in Houston that feels offended and feels that statue reinforces a racist point of view, I think that statue should be brought down. Statues are not put in place to impose a point of view on people,” noted in that regard historian Jeremi Suri, with the University of Texas at Austin, speaking on Houston Matters.The City says the first step in the process will be an inventory of Confederate monuments. Share 00:00 /01:06 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more