Kashmir boys to play in Spanish football club

first_imgFrom the shadow of guns in Srinagar to football grounds in Spain, it will be a long journey for two Kashmir boys who will be the first from the Valley to play in the prestigious Spanish league.Basit Ahmed and Mohammed Asrar Rehbar, both aged 18, will play with Sociedad Deportiva Lenense Proinastur – a third division professional club from the Spanish La Liga – for the next six months.               La Liga is the national football league in Spain. Ahmed, a centre-forward, and Rehbar, who plays on the wing, hail from Srinagar and were chosen by a special committee formed by the CRPF to pick footballing talent from the Kashmir Valley as part of its initiative to engage with the youth.               The paramilitary force also entered into a contract with the foreign club as part of the talent drive it undertook.               “The club has agreed to take on contract the two players in the January window. This is the first time that any Indian player will be playing for the Spanish club,” a senior official said.               Both players have played national juniors, with Rehbar having played in the Santosh and Durand tournaments, and were chosen from among many who took part in trials by the CRPF committee in coordination with the Jammu and Kashmir football club.               All expenses of the two youngsters will be paid by the Spanish club as per the terms of the contract signed by the Central Reserve Police Force with them.last_img read more

How to Do Donor-Focused, Short-Term, High-Impact Fundraising

first_imgWhen I heard about Infant Crisis Services’ simple 10-day fundraising campaign that raised more than $14,000, I had to learn more.Jo Lynne Jones, ICS’ director of development and communications, graciously answered my questions about this campaign’s development, execution, and results over the last seven years. Keep reading to learn how Network for Good customer, Infant Crisis Services’ success can be replicated at your organization. Nancy: Tell me about Infant Crisis Services’ $10 in 10 Days campaign.Jo:  Infant Crisis Services launched 10 Dollars in 10 Days in 2009 as our inaugural digital campaign.The annual campaign is centered on a brief video that highlights the impact that each $10 donation makes to ICS and our beneficiaries. The video is pushed out during a 10-day period through targeted emails and social media.  We’ve found it to be a quick, easy, and fun way to motivate our supporters and engage new donors.Nancy: What inspired you to add this short-term campaign to ICS’ already-busy fundraising agenda?Jo: Back then, we didn’t have a digital drive of any sort, and we were looking for a way to grow our agency’s online footprint. We also aspired to bring new in donors, build our email list, and, of course, raise funds.We were successful on all counts. In 2009, we raised $12,460, gained 251 new donors, and added 433 email addresses of new and existing donors to our list—a launch trifecta!Nancy: How did you come to the $10 in 10 Days approach?Jo: We were intrigued with campaigns that tied their total giving goal to a short-term period (e.g. $25,000 in 25 days). Then, through brainstorming with our PR coordinator, we realized we could do it even better by making the giving goal personal to each donor. That’s how $10 in 10 Days was born.We also knew that $10 was a relatively insignificant amount for an individual donor, but could make a huge difference to one of our tiny clients.  For example, $10 can buy a can of formula or a package of diapers for a baby in need.Nancy: Did you face any resistance to launching this campaign from your colleagues, ICS board members, or other stakeholders?  Jo: Not really. I embrace change and love trying something new. Our board and team members are used to that from me at this point!Comment from Nancy: Great precedent to set! I urge you to follow suit. Ready to create your own branded campaign and raise more money for your mission? Get a smarter donation page that you can customize with your image, videos, and suggested giving amounts. Make it easy for donors to give and receive larger average donations with Network for Good’s easy-to-use donation pages. Get a personalized tour today. Nancy: Seven years later, $10 in 10 Days is still going strong. What kind of results did you see this year? Jo: This year, we raised $14,020 from 166 donors. Not quite a record, but pretty close.A few years ago, we partnered with a local company, Valliance Bank, that matches our campaign total in full. We highlight this match in our video and other campaign promotion and, as you can imagine, this match has significantly boosted our results over the last three years.Donors love that their contributions are matched; it’s a real motivation for them. It’s also a real win for the company that provides the match. We feature its logo at the end of our video, mention the company in all campaign emails, and tag their Facebook page in our social media outreach.Nancy: The campaign incorporates so many moving pieces. What are all the components and channels?Jo: We typically start with the video, the core of our campaign. Our first decision is what it is going to look like and how it’s going to feel. Sometimes it’s upbeat; other times it tugs at heartstrings.Once we write and shoot the video, we:Set campaign goals.Write and schedule a series of emails featuring the video, the impact of a donation, and a request for recipients to spread the word to family and friends.Develop daily social media posts highlighting the impact of a donation.Design a campaign donation landing page that features several levels of giving, with the impact of each gift.Write the automated email thank you that encourages donors to share the video via their social media accounts.Update our website with a homepage banner that links to the $10 in 10 Days campaign site.Revise our $10 in 10 Days website with new messages and videoWrite and disseminate a news release to local media outlets to generate earned media coverage.Launch!You’ll see that everything is done in advance. It’s the only way to manage such an intense campaign.Nancy: How has the campaign (and results) evolved since its introduction in 2009?Jo: Funny you should ask!  We decided to make this year’s video and messaging almost identical to the first campaign. We find that familiarity works in our favor. That’s the beauty of a recurring campaign. There’s no need for a full overhaul each year; just build on what worked well.Our campaign results are similar too. We raise between $10,000 and $15,000, and add close to 100 new donors to our email list each year.Nancy: Any surprises along the way?Jo: Yes! We’ve had many campaign donors sign up for monthly giving. And this year we had a donor who gave $10 daily for each of the ten days—another unexpected outcome from the campaign.We love to get creative giving ideas from our donors.Nancy: At this point, what time, talent and budget does it take to run the annual $10 in 10 days campaign?Jo: We begin planning the campaign several months in advance. Content wise, we have to write the video script, emails, and social media posts. I share these duties with our communications coordinator and graphic designer.We hire a professional videographer to produce the video. He’s shot every $10 in 10 Days video for us since the beginning for a generously-discounted fee of $250 because we’ve built a relationship with him. His fee is the only direct cost for the campaign.Nancy: What’s the best advice you can share with fundraisers considering launching their own $10 in 10 Days?Jo: Two things. First, get creative! Every year, I gather a few staff members together to brainstorm our video concept. You’d be surprised at all of the wonderful ideas we generate. In fact, sometimes it’s the person who thinks he or she is the least creative who suggests the idea we go with.Second, your campaign doesn’t have to have a professionally-shot video.  Think about featuring multiple short video clips that are shot on a smartphone.I’ve found that video is crucial to campaign success, no matter how you produce it. At ICS, we raised eight times more when we integrated video into our campaign than when we didn’t. Just be creative and have fun!Thanks again to Jo for sharing her insights. My most important takeaway can be boiled down into once sentence: It doesn’t have to be so complicated! All you need is a committed staff a few creative ideas, and a willingness to try something new.last_img read more

84% Indian politicians don’t have a secured website, including IT minister

first_imgIndian politicians may have embraced Digital India but seem to have ignored the fact that with great powers come great responsibilities.Netas are pushing the frontiers of digital space but they may have gone too far and too quick given that over four-fifths of them do not even have secure websites yet.Catering to a large online audience is fraught with risk, for India is one of the least cyber-secure countries in the world.CYBER SECURITY’S GOT NOTHING ON INDIAN POLITICIANSA study conducted by Comparitech — a network, security and privacy services portal — has revealed that 84 per cent of Indian politicians do not have a secured website whereas the global average is 60 per cent.The recent hacking of the secured official website of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) only underlines the current perilous state of affairs.Comparitech conducted an assessment of personal websites of 7,500 politicians across the world, including 217 Indian politicians.The study was conducted between November, 2018, and March 6, 2019, across 37 countries.HTTPS: WHAT’S THAT FOR INDIAN POLITICIANS?According to the study, a website is considered not secured if it doesn’t have the HTTPS protection. The HTTPS verifies authenticity of a website or differentiates between genuine and fake websites.Without the HTTPS security, users can fall prey to hackers.The study also maintained that “obtaining an SSL certificate and implementing HTTPS is neither difficult nor expensive, so politicians have little excuse for not properly securing their sites”.HOW DOES INDIA FARE?The percentage of politicians having a personal website is low in India, according to the study.advertisementThe study scanned 887 Indian politicians of whom only 217 have a personal website, which is hardly 24 per cent. Of the 217, the BJP has the highest number of politicians (130) who have a personal website.A total of 182 (84 per cent) Indian politicians don’t have a secured website.The study showed that the average percentage of politicians in developing countries not having a secured website is 74.98 per cent.Of the 217 politicians having a personal website, 130 were from the BJP, 23 were from Congress, nine were from Shiv Sena, eight were from Telugu Desam Party (TDP), five All India Trinamool Congress (TMC), another five were from Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the rest were from other smaller parties. Graph showing number of politicians not having a secured websiteThe BJP has the highest number of politicians (110) who don’t have a secure website, the study showed. This was followed by the Indian National Congress whose 17 politicians don’t have a secured website. Among others, eight Shiv Sena leaders, six TDP, five TMC and four TRS politicians don’t have a secured website.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani are among those who have a secured personal website.Ironically, Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad doesn’t have a secured personal website.Vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, MoS Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor are among many others who don’t have a secured website.WHAT THE IT CELL HEADS SAYCongress IT Cell head Divya Spandana said the IT Cell does not manage the personal websites of all Congress leaders.”We have taken enough security measures to protect the websites of Rahul Gandhi and INC, however, personal websites of politicians are not managed by us,” Spandana said.Amit Malviya, head of the BJP IT Cell, told India Today TV that he couldn’t comment on individual cases.THE BEST AND WORST PERFORMERS AROUND THE GLOBESouth Korea, whose internet speed is one of the fastest in the world, has the maximum percentage of its politicians having an unsecured website. Around 92.31 per cent of its politicians have a website that is not secured.Poland (91.16 per cent), Hungary (90.91 per cent), Canada (86.25 per cent) and Malta (86.21 per cent) followed the list of politicians who don’t have a secured website.The United States has the least percentage of politicians who have an unsecured website (26.22 per cent) followed by the United Kingdom (30.65 per cent), Germany (31.92 per cent), Australia (37.44 per cent) and Denmark (41.3 per cent).Going by absolute numbers, Japan has the highest number of politicians (597) who don’t have a secured website.In November 2018, the Japanese cybersecurity minister Yoshitaka Sakurada had admitted that he had never used a computer.Also Read | Bitcoin not a legal tender, but your gains from the cryptocurrency are taxableAlso Watch | Operation Aadhaar leaks: How safe is your Aadhaar card?advertisementlast_img read more

Ghana 1 Tunisia 1 (4-5 on pens)

first_imgTunisia recorded yet another shock result at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations by beating Ghana 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to reach the quarter-finals.Alain Giresse’s side drew all three of their group games but seemed set for a first victory thanks to Taha Khenissi’s second-half strike, only for substitute Rami Bedoui to head an own goal with his first touch in added time.Tunisia sent on goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha to replace Mouez Hassen ahead of the shoot-out and he kept out Caleb Ekuban’s poor effort, allowing Ferjani Sassi to hit the winning spot-kick and book a last-eight clash with tournament debutants Madagascar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Kasim Adams hit the post with a header and Andre Ayew was unable to convert the rebound as Ghana started on top at Ismailia Stadium on Monday.Ghana had the ball in the net before half-time, Andre Ayew flicking home from close range, but the goal was disallowed as Thomas Partey was offside in the build-up.Tunisia’s star man Wahbi Khazri was not deemed fit enough to start but was thrown on midway through the second half with the game in the balance.Khazri was immediately in the thick of the action with Khenissi heading his corner against the crossbar, before Tunisia found the breakthrough in the 73rd minute.A Khazri backheel freed Wajdi Kechrida and Khenissi arrived to steer home the low cross, his deflected shot clipping the inside of the post.Hassen made a brilliant save to tip Mubarak Wakaso’s curling effort onto the woodwork but the Black Stars equalised in the 91st minute.1 – Rami Bedoui has scored an own goal with his first and only ball touched in the regular time. Oops. #GHATUN pic.twitter.com/HeYbTVrlQG — OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 8, 2019 Adams floated a free-kick into the box and Bedoui – who had just replaced Khenissi – sent a looping header into his own net.Jordan Ayew missed the best chance in extra time and Tunisia, who had not beaten Ghana in seven previous AFCON attempts, progressed as Giresse’s decision to send on Ben Mustapha for the penalties paid off. read morelast_img read more

3 dead state capital battered as storms rake Missouri

first_imgJefferson City: An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri’s capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state. The National Weather Service confirmed that a large and destructive twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday. The tornado cut a path about 3 miles long and a mile wide from the south end of Jefferson City north toward the Missouri River, said police Lt. David Williams. Emergency workers reported about two dozen injuries, Williams said, and around 100 of people went to shelters. Hospitals reported treating injuries such as cuts and bruises. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’There were no immediate reports of any deaths or missing people in the capital city of about 40,000, and it appeared everyone was accounted for after door-to-door checks that were nearly complete Thursday evening, police Lt. David Williams said. Many in Jefferson City considered themselves fortunate to survive. David Surprenant watched the storm approach then rushed to join his family in the basement. By then, the windows had started shattering and the pressure dropped.last_img read more

100 Basketballs hits Winnipegs northend

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn initiative called ‘100 Basketballs’ began earlier this summer as a way to get kids active through sports.The program has led to a brand new basketball court built in the city’s north-end.APTN’s Matt Thordarson dropped by for a quick game of one-on-one.last_img

Joint UNTimorese police operation smashes human trafficking ring in capital

6 July 2009United Nations Police (UNPOL) serving in Timor-Leste and the South-East Asian country’s police force (PNTL) say they have cracked a human trafficking ring after arresting 10 people during a joint operation in a bar in the capital, Dili. The 10 suspects, who include one woman, were arrested on 2 July at a bar in the Marconi neighbourhood and are now in Becora Prison awaiting pre-trial hearing.UNPOL and PNTL found 21 women and one 17-year-old girl working in the bar, and they are being cared for by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) while they are being processed as victims of human trafficking.Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspects deceived the women into travelling to Timor-Leste on the expectation they would have legitimate jobs as waitresses or masseuses, but then forced them to provide sexual services after they entered the country.UNPOL Commissioner Luis Carrilho stressed in a statement issued by the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) that the UN regarded human trafficking as a form of serious exploitation and abuse.“Police will not hesitate to take action against human traffickers,” Mr. Carrilho said, adding that last week’s operation highlighted the good relationship between UNPOL and PNTL. read more

Canadian oil producers enjoying higher crude prices as pipeline congestion eases

CALGARY — Canadian oil producers are pocketing higher profits as a rise in world oil prices meshes with an improving supply-demand balance that has reduced the price discounts they faced earlier this year.Analysts say temporary shutdowns at Alberta oilsands projects for scheduled maintenance have eased the pipeline congestion that had been exacerbating the difference between bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude prices.Alaska wants to slap the oilsands with 9 cents a barrel tax — for revengeIn the shadow of the Beast: Two years after the catastrophic fire, Fort McMurray’s scars still run deepThat means the oil producers — some of whom cut back output in the first quarter because of poor prices — are seeing benefits from WTI prices that rose to three-and-a-half-year highs above US$71 per barrel this week following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.Kevin Birn, vice-president of the North American crude oil markets for IHS Markit, says global oil prices are also supported by factors including less output from Venezuela and strong adherence to production limits from OPEC and Russia under a 2016 deal.Energy analyst Randy Ollenberger of BMO Capital Markets says prices for Canadian crude have been bolstered recently by strong demand from U.S. Midwest refineries.Both said they expect Western Canada oil price discounts to rise again this summer as oilsands production is restored, although Birn says increases in crude-by-rail shipments will moderate the trend. read more

UN heightens security in parts of Darfur as envoy attends latest peace

With a build-up of armed troops along the northern border of Darfur, Sudan, the United Nations has raised the security level in parts of the province, pulling out all but essential personnel as the top UN envoy there headed to Abuja, Nigeria for the next round of peace talks on the troubled region. Jan Pronk, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, has voiced concern about the slow pace of negotiations at the talks between the Government and rebel groups, which aim to end a conflict that has taken scores of thousands of lives and uprooted millions.Speaking to reporters yesterday, he also expressed disappointment that the objective of concluding the talks successfully by the end of last year was not met.Regarding the heightened security level, Mr. Pronk said: “This decision was taken due to the increasing instability in the affected areas, including a build-up of forces on either side of the border with increased potential for armed conflict.“The decision taken will result in a considerable reduction in the presence of UN staff and restricted UN access in the affected areas,” he added. “There will be no overall evacuation.”The UN will continue delivering its essential life-saving humanitarian services, including emergency food and health care, while providing water and shelter. Human rights monitoring will also continue.Mr. Pronk said the security status of the area will be reassessed in the next two to three weeks.In his latest report to the Security Council on Sudan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for urgently improving security in Darfur and intensifying the search for a durable political peace, including a permanent ceasefire. “Those who continue impeding the peaceful resolution of the conflict should know that they will be held accountable,” Mr. Annan warned.He said that a political agreement must be followed by early confidence-building measures and a fully inclusive dialogue between all parties to chart the longer-term strategy for sustainable peace.Noting that security has also become a matter of growing concern in southern Sudan, he said serious questions remain about the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which was adopted last January and ended over two decades of devastating civil war in the region. He urged the Government of National Unity and the Government of South Sudan to tackle the insecurity there and to protect civilian and humanitarian staff in areas where the Ugandan-based Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and other armed groups operate.The Security Council has scheduled meetings on Sudan for next Friday, 13 January. read more

Arab States seek agreement on reducing disaster risk at UNbacked conference

Given the risks in Arab States of earthquakes, landslides and other disasters, hundreds of senior officials and civil society leaders are meeting at the first United Nations-backed conference for the region aimed at agreeing on a common position on disaster risk reduction. “Arab countries have made significant progress on the development front over the past decades,” said Jordan Ryan, Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery at the UN Development Programme (UNDP). “However, such gains are put in jeopardy because of weak systems for disaster preparedness, which make the population vulnerable to a multitude of environmental disasters, especially in urban areas.”Over the course of three days, participants at the First Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, being held in Aqaba, Jordan, will work on creating benchmarks for reducing disaster risk in their cities. The conference is expected to transition into a consultative forum which meets on a regular basis, according to organizers. “A shocking absence of enforced building construction standards, a sharp rise in urban poverty, and the growing and unchecked impact of climate change are among other factors that must make us even more determined to act decisively,” Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society and co-host of the conference, said in her opening statement.Addressing national ministers, senior government officials, city mayors, and representatives of civil society, bilateral development agencies and the UN, Princess Sumaya said the meeting comes at a crucial time in the Arab world and necessitates a disaster risk plan specifically suited for the region.Different parts of the Arab region are regularly exposed to a number of risks, according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), which co-organized the conference, along with UNDP, the League of Arab States and partners. In addition to earthquakes and landslides, regional risks include flash floods, extreme temperature events, drought, sand storms, wildfires and cyclones.Over the last 30 years in the Arab States, more than 164,000 people were killed, 70 million people affected and reported economic damages of $19.2 billion due to disasters triggered by natural hazards, according to the latest data provided to UNISDR by the Belgium-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).“UNISDR is encouraged to see the Arab States coming together to discuss disaster risk reduction and create a regional platform. The timing could not be better as we are looking forward to the Arab region making a significant contribution towards revising and renewing the existing framework for disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of UNISDR, Margareta Wahlström. The goal of the Hyogo Framework for Action is to substantially reduce disaster losses by 2015 by building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. It will be discussed at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva starting on 19 May. The outcome from the Arab conference now underway will be presented during the meeting. read more

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1.#THE GULF: The Government won’t say whether human rights abuses will be on the agenda when the Taoiseach meets politicians in the Middle East. Enda Kenny is on a trade mission to the region, but the Government Press Office declined to say whether Saudi and Qatari leaders will be pressed on their human rights record. Meanwhile, group of TDs and senators, led by Fine Gael TD Pat Breen,will visit Iran later this week.2.#BONDS: Ireland today returned to the bond markets for the first time since last month’s bailout exit.  The sale of Irish debt raised €3.75 billion, with 400 interested buyers declaring their interest in the bond.3.#PYLONS: The Minister for Energy today said that those pushing for electricity cables to be placed underground would see a rise in energy costs. Pat Rabbitte told Newstalk Breakfast that the plan would add three per cent to energy bills over the coming years if it was implemented.4.#BODY: The body of a man has been removed from the scene in Offaly, having been discovered in a drain. Reports say that the body was found beside a burnt-out caravan at Kilbride in Clara.5.#LAUREN: The niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren appeared in a makeshift court in Killaloe, Co Clare today, after being taken off a flight that was diverted to Shannon yesterday. Jennifer Lauren is accused of breaching the peace on a Delta Air Lines flight and appeared in the court today, which was held in a function room of a local pub.last_img read more

Group of Meath students come up with plan to save lives

first_imgOrgan TransplantsLast year was a record year for organ transplants in Ireland, 294 organs were transplanted compared to the previous record of 275 in 2011.The Irish Kidney Association said,The generosity of the 86 deceased donors and their families in 2013 dramatically altered and saved the lives of 245 people.The group of girls from Eureka school hope that students across Ireland will now be more aware of the need for organs and that the education their information pack provides will mean thousands more people will donate.Student Clare Bradley said,90 per cent of people are in favour or organ donation, they just don’t get around to it. It’s not something you put on your ‘to do’ list.“Nobody likes talking about death but if we get people talking about their plans regarding organ donation, it has a ripple effect to family, friends and the wider community”.The information pack will be officially launched at a YSI event in the Mansion House in Dublin on 25 March where Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, will be presented with a copy of the DVD.The packs will then be rolled out to schools across the country during organ donor awareness week, which runs from 29 March – 5 April.Read: 2013 a ‘record year’ for organ transplants in Ireland>Read: ‘Soft opt-out’ system for organ donation recommended for Ireland>Read: Carry an organ donor card… in your smartphone> ONE GROUP OF students from Kells have created an education pack to raise awareness of organ donation throughout schools in Ireland.The girls from Eureka School in Kells, Co Meath first came up with the idea in transition year as a Young Social Innovators project.They created an education pack to educate people in school about organ donation so people could then make an informed decision on whether or not they wanted to be organ donors.One of the students, Clare Bradley, explained that a neighbour had died and donated their organs and it started a conversation in the class.We realised that not many people in our class knew about organ donation so we carried out a survey and found that generally young people aren’t educated about it.“There is a box on your driving license to say whether or not you want to be an organ donor but if you’re not aware of it you’re not going to tick the box”.The class won the Young Social Innovators of the Year 2013 award with this project.They then worked to turn it from a concept into a reality and got funding to implement it.Their transition year teacher, Colette Cronin told TheJournal.ie,“Ten of the girls continued to work on this project although they are now in fifth year starting to study for their leaving cert.The girls worked in their own time, after school and during holidays to get this pack complete. They’re so passionate about this project. Bradley said one of the reasons the group is so passionate about it is because guest speakers who had donated or received organs came in to speak to the class.We heard from both donors and people who received organs, one woman whose son had died and his organs were donated also spoke to the class. It really showed us the importance of organ donation.last_img read more

Man arrested after sudden death of baby girl in Armagh

first_img Image: Shutterstock.com Aug 28th 2019, 5:38 PM 5 Comments By Cónal Thomas A 23-YEAR-old man has been arrested in Lurgan, Co Armagh following the sudden death of a baby girl on Monday. The man was detained in Lurgan on suspicion of child cruelty and possession of class A and B drugs but was later released on police bail.PSNI Detective Inspector Dave Hodge said: “Police inquiries are ongoing at this stage.“A post mortem examination will take place in due course and there are no further details at this time.” Short URL 16,470 Views Man arrested after sudden death of baby girl in Armagh The man was arrested on suspicion of child cruelty and possession of Class A and Class B drugs.center_img File photo of a PSNI officer. Image: Shutterstock.com File photo of a PSNI officer. Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 5:38 PM https://jrnl.ie/4786366 Share1 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Microsoft une nouvelle Xbox en 2013

first_imgMicrosoft : une nouvelle Xbox en 2013 ?Nouvelle rumeur sur celle qui succèdera à la Xbox 360 dans le domaine des jeux vidéos. Microsoft sortirait une nouvelle console en 2013. Elle serait présentée lors du salon l’E3 de 2013.Le géant de l’informatique Microsoft planifierait de commercialiser une nouvelle console de jeux en 2013. Cette hypothèse est émise par plusieurs sources et notamment par des fabricants de processeurs et des programmeurs et avancée par le site Develop. Cette console de jeux nouvelle génération pourrait être présentée lors de l’E3 2013.A propos du futur nom de la console, elle pourrait s’appeler Fable Next, Xbox 720, ou bien Xbox Next. D’après Présence PC, Epic Games mettrait au point un nouveau moteur Unreal Engine qui pourrait être opérationnel d’ici deux ans. Cette console pourrait donc arriver plus tôt que prévu dans les salons. Elle remplacerait peu à peu la Xbox 360 vendue avec succès depuis 2005, restant en tête des ventes de consoles de salon haute définition dans le monde. A ce jour, 56,7 millions de Xbox 360 ont été écoulées. Ces annonces devraient en amener d’autres plus concrètes mais cette possibilité semble très sérieuse. Malgré tout, la Xbox 360 a encore quelques années devant elle avec ses nombreux jeux, sa gestion de vidéos à la demande, des démos de jeux… et une révision de sa capacité de stockage. Le 21 octobre 2011 à 11:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Betting Gaming And Lotteries Commissions Town Hall Meetings Underway

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:andral shirley, jamaica, lottery commission Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Feb. 14(JIS): The Betting, Gaming, and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) has embarked on a series of town hall meetings, aimed at heightening public and stakeholder knowledge and awareness about new standards and regulations governing engagements for which the agency provides oversight. Five such meetings are scheduled, the first of which took place in Negril, Westmoreland, on February 12.Addressing participants, BGLC Executive Director, Andral ‘Jack’ Shirley, said the new standards and regulations introduced resulted from “certain” amendments made to the Betting, Gaming, and Lotteries Act, based on the need identified to update laws governing the local industry.This, he pointed out, to better position the industry to be consistent with international operational, regulatory, and monitoring standards, and best practices, which, he said, have evolved “greatly” upwards of the last 40 years.Additionally, he said, the amendments also aim to better enable Jamaica to tap into potential global opportunities for significant revenue inflows. The Executive Director advised that the relevant engagements being undertaken will commence with gaming lounges and, over time, be introduced in all other industry areas, including: horse racing and lotteries.“We are mandated to introduce into the gaming lounges, for a start, issues dealing with (the) Anti-Money Laundering Legislation. (This is) to ensure that we observe all the (relevant) guidelines, as Jamaica is a signatory to international treaties which enforces on us, the responsibility to ensure that our licensees stay within the rules, (by) ensuring no money-laundering activities are conducted in any of the enterprises that we (BGLC) regulate,” Mr. Shirley informed.Betting, Gaming, and Lotteries Commission…2He said by virtue of the information that will be disseminated through the town hall meetings,. “this will enable you to stay on top of your game and to work and observe the guidelines, to foster responsible gaming and to be compliant.”.The remaining meetings are slated to be held between February 16 and 21 in Manchester, Kingston, St. James, and St. Ann. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Woman gives birth after doctors discover 2 brain tumors

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida mother gave birth to a healthy baby boy after overcoming a life-threatening medical obstacle during pregnancy.That mother, Maria Emilse Muñoz Peña, was three months away from giving birth when she began to lose her vision. After doctors checked her out, they diagnosed her with two brain tumors.“I tried to do my best for him,” Peña said.“Everything turned out as great as it could be,” said UHealth OB/GYN Dr. Unzila Nayeri.When Peña began to lose her vision, she thought it might have been a side effect of being pregnant. She didn’t think much of it until she could no longer read, make out shapes and colors and couldn’t recognize faces.“It wasn’t just over a long period of time. As each hour went by, her vision was getting worse,” said UHealth neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Ivan.After an ophthalmologist discovered that Peña’s eyesight was perfect, she was sent for a brain scan. “We found that there was this tumor that was pushing down and surrounding and kind of strangulating the nerves that go to her eyes,” Ivan said, “and so when we saw that, we realized this was not something we could wait until she delivered. It was something that we were gonna have to act on quickly if we wanted to save her vision.”She was told, at 27 weeks pregnant, that this was a matter of life and death. The 32-year-old then went in for a 12-hour surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital in December.While operating, Ivan discovered the second tumor.Doctors said her vision improved very quickly after they removed both tumors. “The next morning, her vision was so much improved, almost back to where it was before this even happened,” Ivan said.They also said Peña could finish the remainder of her pregnancy, and then in the next three months, she gave birth to a healthy seven-pound, two-ounce baby boy, named Santino.“With Maria’s optimism and determination, here we are today,” Nayeri said.“I’m very grateful for the neurosurgeon team, the OB team, the hospital, every person who took care of us,” Peña said, “and especially to life because I recover my view. I can see perfectly fine, and I have my baby here. He’s healthy, and he’s perfect.” Peña says she now has a whole new appreciation of her vision, and she now sees with her heart. She also said she is thankful both she and her baby are alive.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Doctors Warn To Take Flu Seriously This Season

first_imgFearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley: “Call your clinician, let them know you don’t feel well, because they’ll know what is ‘going around’ and if they need to see you.” Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley: “Wash them, frequently. Don’t forget hand cream to keep that nice barrier of your skin intact.” The nose and mouth are the most common pathways, so covering them with a tissue when coughing or sneezing – then throwing that tissue in the trash is important, and after you toss the tissue – important to remember… The CDC recommends washing hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub – and cleaning and disinfecting common use items like computer key boards, telephones, countertops and door handles will help stop the disease from being passed around. Don’t wait until you are on death’s door before reaching out for medical assistance. While antibiotics do not help the flu, sometimes there is antiviral medication that can help if used early in the infection. Dr. Deborah KileyFearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley: “You can share the flu before you know you have influenza. The incubation period is 1-4 days before you get sick, and you can still transmit 5-7 days after you get sick.” Kiley says it is important to stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone – without use of fever-reducing medicine. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-doctos-warn-to-take-flu-seriously-this-season.mp3 Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley: “Stop shaking hands. People will understand, remind them that the flu is going around, and that keeps you from sharing droplets.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享High fever, headache, sore throat and cough can be far more than an inconvenience. Last year, influenza and pneumonia killed 60 Alaskans, that’s more than assault or homicide, according to 2016 statistics from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. In Alaska, the flu seasons typically span from October through May, and this year has all the signs of being a tough one for those who have compromised immune systems – particularly babies, the elderly, and those who are fighting off other health concerns.last_img read more

Lawmakers introduce new Consumer privacy bill and Malicious Deep Fake Prohibition Act

first_imgYesterday, a Massachusetts senator filed a consumer privacy bill enabling consumers to sue for privacy invasions. The bill touted to be similar to Californians for consumer privacy (CCPA).  It allows for a private right of action and statutory damages for any violation of the law (not just breaches) and does not require a demonstration of a loss of money or property. Here’s what the bill proposes: Businesses provide consumers with a notice At/Before Collection Right to Delete: A consumer shall have the right to request that a business delete any personal information about the consumer which the business has collected from the consumer. Right to Opt-out of Third Party Disclosure:  A consumer shall have the right, at any time, to demand that a business not disclose the consumer’s personal information to third parties. No Penalty for Exercise of Rights: A business shall not discriminate against a consumer because the consumer exercised any of the consumer’s rights under the bill Private Right of Action: A consumer who has suffered a violation of this bill may bring a lawsuit against the business or service provider that violated this bill. The bill says that “Consumers need not to suffer a loss of money or property as a result of the violation in order to bring an action for a violation.” People on Twitter generally had positive sentiments. Last month, Sen. Ben Sasse introduced a bill, “Malicious Deep Fake Prohibition Act” to criminalize the malicious creation and distribution of deepfakes, which are increasingly being used for promoting harassment and illegal activities. Under the bill, it would be illegal for individuals to: (1) Create, with the intent to distribute, a deep fake with the intent that the distribution of the deep fake would facilitate criminal or tortious conduct under Federal, State, local, or Tribal law; or (2) Distribute an audiovisual record with— (A) actual knowledge that the audiovisual record is a deep fake; and (B) the intent that the distribution of the audiovisual record would facilitate criminal or tortious conduct under Federal, State, local, or Tribal law. However, this bill was widely criticized for its loopholes. A statement in the bill states, “Deep fake means an audiovisual record created or altered in a manner that the record would falsely appear to a reasonable observer to be an authentic record of the actual speech or conduct of an individual.” A hacker news user said that this, limits the scope of the act to prohibiting deep fakes that are not explicitly labeled as such. Another user said, “If that’s the case, any sort of creative editing, even just quick cuts, could fall under this (see: any primetime or cable news, any TV campaign ad, the quick cuts of Obama where it looks like he’s singing Never Gonna Give You Up, etc). A law like this could also be weaponized against political foes—basically, label everything you don’t like as “fake news” and prosecute it under this law.” Orin Kerr in a blog post comments, “The Sasse bill also has a potential problem of not distinguishing between devices and files. Reading the bill, it prohibits the distribution of an audiovisual record with the intent that the distribution would facilitate tortious conduct.” It is promising to see the lawmakers sincerely taking measures to enable building strict privacy standards. Only time will tell if this new legislation will continue to protect consumer data than the businesses that profit from it. Read Next Machine generated videos like Deepfakes – Trick or Treat? Privacy experts urge the Senate Commerce Committee for a strong federal privacy bill “that sets a floor, not a ceiling” Biometric Information Privacy Act: It is now illegal for Amazon, Facebook or Apple to collect your biometric data without consent in Illinoislast_img read more

The Tico Times Weekly Digest Jan 21 2019

first_imgAn attack in Nicaragua, our Puerto Viejo Deep Dive and a new Sele squad. These stories and more in this Weekly Digest.This week in Costa Rica (Jan. 21, 2019):——————————Featured News Stories——————————Four Nicaraguan police officers killed near the border with Costa Rica:http://bit.ly/2FHyy7wNicaraguan resistance group claims responsibility for police killings near Costa Rican border:http://bit.ly/2FBAiiNRough edges and rich culture – Our Puerto Viejo Deep Dive:http://bit.ly/2T0ZiCZPuerto Viejo Deep Dive – Cancún crossroads, preserving culture forged by hardship:http://bit.ly/2FMjN2sPuerto Viejo Deep Dive – Surfing the Caribbean’s gnarly waves:http://bit.ly/2DrqjtVExtreme poverty rises again in Latin America:http://bit.ly/2AV7cquCosta Rica soccer announces squad to face United States:http://bit.ly/2HpAqDEOff the Eaten Path – Cebolla Verde:http://bit.ly/2U8A5qu——————————Follow The Tico Times:——————————Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/TheTicoTimesInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theticotimesFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TicoTimeshttp://ticotimes.net/——————————–Support The Tico Times:——————————–https://pages.donately.com/theticotimes/campaign/the-tico-times-5-clubhttps://www.paypal.me/theticotimesCR Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 28, 2019 Nicaraguan resistance group speaks out, refutes Nicaragua pointing finger at Costa Rica for attacks The Tico Times Weekly Digest: March 18, 2019 The Tico Times Weekly Digest: April 8, 2019last_img read more

Aurora Expeditions is offering travellers the chan

first_imgAurora Expeditions is offering travellers the chance to save on their Antarctica adventure with an exclusive South America Airfare Sale.When travellers book on one of Aurora Expeditions’ selected 2017 or 2018 Antarctic voyages before 30 June 2017 they’ll gain access to exclusive airfare deals, flying return to South America from just $990 per person, including taxes.The $990 airfare offer is available on a range of expeditions including the 20-day In-Depth South Georgia & Antarctica departing 27 November 2017 and the new 15-day Sub-Antarctic Safari departing 24 March 2018.Other airfare deals start from just $1290 return to South America when booking the 18-day South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey departing 27 December 2017 as well as the 11-day ‘Fly & Sail’ Antarctic Explorer departing 25 February 2018, which also includes a one-way flight direct to Antarctica.Each expedition is aboard the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer and offers amazing, up-close wildlife experiences, up to three guided excursions and landings per day, and a series of educational talks from Aurora’s team of expert naturalists, historians and polar specialists.Antarctic expeditions start from US$8900 per person and include all shipboard accommodation, meals, daily excursions, guides and port taxes.Airfare sale prices are ex Sydney, include all taxes and are subject to availability. Additional surcharges apply for departures from other Australian cities.Aurora Expeditions’ South America Airfare Sale ends 30 June 2017.last_img read more