Russia has conveyed it was unable to find documents for info on

first_imgNew Delhi: India has made several requests to Russia since 2014 seeking information on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, but Moscow has conveyed that it was unable to find any documents in the Russian archives pertaining to the Indian leader, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said India sought information on Netaji such as whether he was in Russia anytime before or after August 1945 and whether he escaped to Russia in August 1945 or thereafter as reported by some researchers. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Indian government, in several requests since 2014, sought documents or material relating to Netaji, which may be in the custody of the Russian side, he said. “In its response, the Russian government has conveyed that they were unable to find any documents in the Russian archives pertaining to Netaji and even after additional investigations made based on request from the Indian side, they could not find any documents giving more information on the subject,” Muraleedharan said. Bose founded Indian National Army, commonly known as Azad Hind Fauj, in 1942 to fight British with the support of Japanese forces. Netaji is believed to have died in an air crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.last_img read more

Jackson Browne to Receive 2018 Gandhi Peace Award

first_imgOn September 14 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will introduce Jackson Browne as he receives the Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring Peace at the Lyman Center for the Performing Arts starting at 7:30 pm.Kennedy, the second son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is an American environmental attorney, author, and activist who serves as president of the board of Waterkeeper Alliance, a non-profit environmental group that he helped found in 1999.Dr. Joseph Bertolino, president of Southern Connecticut State University, will greet the audience, as will Andrew Wolf, New Haven’s Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism. Ben Grosscup and Luci Murphy of the People’s Music Network will begin the evening with musical tributes. Chris George of IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services) and Frida Berrigan, columnist for Waging Peace and daughter of Philip Berrigan, will also speak.Jackson Browne is the first artist to receive the Gandhi Peace Award. He is being honored for extraordinary contributions of time and talent to the inseparable causes of world peace, environmental harmony, and social justice. The Award comes with a cash prize and a medallion forged from peace bronze composed of metals salvaged from the control systems of U.S. nuclear missiles. The Award Ceremony will feature short musical tributes by local performers, an appeal for action on the local and planetary levels, and the presentation of the Award itself. Consistent with tradition, Browne has been invited “to present a message of challenge and hope” to those in attendance.The Gandhi Peace Award, named after Indian anti-imperialist and nonviolence advocate Mohandas Gandhi, derives its international renown from those who have accepted it over the years, beginning with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1960. Among the other 53 awardees are Linus Pauling, Martin Luther King, Jr., Norman Thomas, William Sloane Coffin, Benjamin Spock, Wayne Morse, U Thant, Dorothy Day, Daniel Ellsberg, Kay Camp, César Chávez, Marian Wright Edelman, and George McGovern. Since 2011 the Award has been accepted by Arik Ascherman (Rabbis for Human Rights), Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!), Bill McKibben (, Medea Benjamin (Code Pink), Omar Barghouti (BDS), and Ralph Nader (Public Citizen).Jackson Browne has composed and performed songs widely regarded as among the most literate and moving songs in popular music, defining a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. Inducted in 2004 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 2007 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has three albums counted among Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time and Rolling Stone numbered him among the top 40 “greatest songwriters of all time.”Browne has organized or participated in numerous benefit performances to support the environment, social justice, and human rights as well as causes such as music and arts education in public schools and has worked with two former Gandhi Peace Award recipients, Amnesty International (1978) and the Children’s Defense Fund (1990). He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College for “a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice.”Several of his albums, such as Lives in the Balance, World in Motion, Looking East, and Standing in the Breach, directly challenge imperialist foreign policy, environmental short-sightedness, and corporate greed, and question the sustainability of the present civilization. The title track of Lives in the Balance calls out the “shadow on the faces / Of the men who send the guns / Of the wars that are fought in places / Where their business interest runs” in civil wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.In response to the Three Mile Island nuclear near-catastrophe in 1979, Browne co-founded the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) and in more recent years, During the 1980s he was active in the Central America solidarity movement, co-organizing concerts in Nicaragua, Cuba, and elsewhere. Lately he has turned his attention to the seas as a founding member of the advocacy group Ocean Elders.Last December Browne released the moving song “The Dreamer” to shine light on the new deportation threat under the Trump administration for those who have been protected temporarily under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Reservations for the open-seating event are $10 each (suggested donation).last_img read more

Canada increases oil exports finding buyers in the US despite shale oil

first_imgCALGARY – The National Energy Board says Canadian oil exports rose by 6.5 per cent last year to 3.3 million barrels per day despite an increase in light shale oil production in the United States, Canada’s biggest customer and competitor.The federal regulator says heavy crude made up 77 per cent or 2.5 million bpd of Canadian exports, continuing a trend that has resulted in such exports rising by 48 per cent over the past five years as new oilsands projects come on stream in Alberta.Light oil exports fell six per cent in 2017 to 760,000 bpd, a reduction of 13 per cent from five years ago.The NEB says the U.S. still wants to buy Canadian heavy crude because many of its refineries are configured to process it and it is a cheaper feedstock than light oil.Higher oil prices and volumes resulted in the value of Canada’s oil exports rising to $66.9 billion in 2017 from $49.9 billion the year before.Last year, about 90 per cent of crude oil exports were moved by pipeline to the U.S., according to the NEB. Crude-by-rail export volumes rose 44 per cent due to pipeline capacity constraints, but remained a much less-utilized option at about 130,000 bpd.last_img read more

Lakeside towns in east Africa to benefit from UN scheme on water

The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) project, which is being funded by the Netherlands, is designed to help achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) that calls for a halving by 2015 of the number of people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation.Work on the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative has already begun in four of the towns and construction contracts have been signed for the remaining two.The work will include building public water kiosks and establishing sanitation facilities for local schools. Existing infrastructure, especially pumps, pipes, water storage tanks and treatment works, will be repaired or rehabilitated. Training and capacity-building will be the focus of the project’s second phase.The six towns involved are Homa Bay and Kisii in Kenya, Muleba and Bukoba in Tanzania, and Masaka and Kyotera in Uganda. 9 February 2007The United Nations agency tasked with promoting socially and environmentally sustainable housing has launched a joint project with Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to improve the water and sanitation facilities of six towns around Lake Victoria. read more

Eritrea again closes major road to UN peacekeepers

Only a month ago Eritrea had reopened the Asmara-Keren-Barentu road north of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ), after a five-month closure, in what the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) regarded as “a sign of good faith.”When it first closed the road, the main paved supply route to 1,500 UN peacekeepers in the western sector, Eritrea alleged illegal activity by UNMEE’s Finnish Guard Company escorting Mission convoys and said it was carrying out investigations.The move forced UNMEE to take a longer, mostly dirt route that is in very bad condition in some sections, doubling the previous 5½ hours needed for the journey, increasing wear and tear on its vehicle fleet and imposing extra costs.When Eritrea reopened the road in August, UNMEE spokesperson Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte said that “this point for us the relationship looks positive,” noting that the Security Council had appealed to the Horn of Africa country to give the Mission “the freedom of movement it needs to carry out its mandate.”But by the end of August Eritrea informed the UN that the road would again be closed, and it was shut as of 1 September.Fighting between Eritrea and Ethiopia erupted in May 1998 over a border dispute. A Cessation of Hostilities agreement was signed in Algiers on 18 June 2000 and the Security Council set up UNMEE with a maximum military strength of 4,200 troops. read more

Representatives needed for Celebration of Nations

The many countries and cultures that make up Brock’s growing international community will be at the centre of a popular event taking place next month.Brock International is looking for enthusiastic faculty, staff and students to participate in Celebration of Nations and represent their home country.“It’s a great opportunity to showcase your heritage and highlight unique aspects of your culture to others,” said Sandra Gruosso, interim Associate Director of Brock International Services.With more than 100 countries represented on campus, the annual event highlights Brock University’s multicultural diversity.The celebration, held Thursday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will see Market Hall transformed as members of Brock’s international community come together to share various foods, traditions and artifacts with faculty, staff and students interested in learning more about their cultural mosaic.The event provides the Brock community with an opportunity to deepen its understanding of the world outside Canada, and provides a chance to learn more about cultural traditions and values without leaving campus.Faculty, staff and students interested in sharing their global experience with the Brock community are invited to host their home nation and participate in the event by completing the sign-up form on the Brock International website by Friday, Jan. 26. read more

GPs can refer patients to new therapy gardens in town centres as

Today Prof Tim Kendall, national clinical director for mental health, NHS England, said: “Gardening is good for our mental health as it offers physical exercise, which improves depression and anxiety, and also helps people find companionship and support. This is why the NHS is supporting social prescribing schemes which include gardening, to help people stay fit and healthy in ways that go beyond pills and medical procedures.” Tilly Williams, a clinical psychologist at the Camden and Islington Mental health Trust, added: “Getting involved in gardening or other ‘green’ activities such as conservation, can be a crucial part of a person’s recovery, perhaps as part of the healing process after various illnesses, or learning to live well while coping with long term conditions.“Gardening can be a peaceful, solitary and immersive activity. Sitting alone in the tranquillity of a green space can give time for quiet reflection or meditation, and perhaps offer a refuge away from a troubled life.“For people who may struggle with depression or low motivation, garden activities can energise them and bring a new enthusiasm and sense of purpose.” Guy Barter, Chief Horticulturist at the RHS, said: “Gardens, in all their myriad forms, promote good health and wellbeing but their designs can also be tweaked to serve a specific purpose.“Sensory gardens have educational and recreational applications and use plant choice, features and installations to stimulate each of the senses. This might include tall grasses or bamboos that can help exclude everyday noise and promote a calming sound even in light breezes for those that need a space to relax of textured plants like lamb’s ears and silver sage to encourage interaction from, for example, those with dementia.”Ministers have urged GPs to prescribe hobbies such as gardening, art classes, and even ballroom dancing as part of efforts to boost activity, lift mood and reduce reliance on medication.In January, health officials detailed plans to refer almost 1 million patients to “social prescribing” schemes offering more personalised care.Research from trials found that family doctors who referred patients for hobbies such as gardening and fishing saw a 25 per cent reduction in visits to Accident & Emergency units. GPs are being urged to refer patients to work on allotments and herb gardens under a new scheme funded by the Royal Horticultural Society.Doctors have teamed up with the plant charity as part of a pilot scheme to prescribe gardening to patients with mental health issues and dementia.One of the gardens is in Highgate, where patients at the NHS Simmons House Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit will be working with the local allotment association. Together, they will create a haven for bees and butterflies by digging a wildlife garden full of insect-friendly plants.The other, Owd’ Martha’s Yard in Barnsley, will hold gardening activities for people referred by their GP to the area’s social prescribing scheme. With the aim of promoting social inclusion and light exercise, those attending will grow herbs in new raised beds that can be used to make tea including liquorice, mint and jasmine.A garden from Chelsea Flower Show will also be dug up and planted at an NHS trust in coming weeks, with 23 of a total 54 mental health trusts applied for the RHS show garden. This is after the success of last year, when Camden and Islington Mental health Trust was the successful recipient of a Chelsea garden to help patients. This year’s show features many gardens with well-being and mental health as a theme, including one designed by the Duchess of Cambridge, which aims to encourage parents and children to reduce stress by getting back to nature. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Could startscreen ads pave the way for a free Chromecast

first_imgThe $39 Chromecast is an awesome little media device, and it’s been selling like hotcakes. You know what would make it even more popular? If Google gave them away for free. Why would Google do that? For the same reason it does lots of things: at the end of the day, it’s an advertising company.There’s an opportunity to monetize Chromecast, and there’s also proof that Google is at least thinking about doing it. When the device isn’t streaming anything, it waits patiently at the “ready to cast” screen. That screen turns out to be nothing more than a web page, and it’s even got JavaScript code in it that’s designed to handle ad displays.Google could easily use that code to do exactly what Chrome Story mocked up: a banner that runs across the bottom of the screen for the hot, new Nexus 7 while you wait for a Netflix stream to load. There’s no reason Google couldn’t take things a step further, either.It would be easy enough to show a pre-roll advertisement on the screen before a requested video starts playing. They’ve become the norm on YouTube over the past couple of years, and Chromecast pre-rolls would be even more valuable to Google — because they wouldn’t be as easy for the average Joe to skip.The Chromecast is a fairly dumb device after all. All it really does is fetch URLs fed to it from other devices on your network. It’s not built for interaction. It’s built for viewing, and captive audiences make for juicy ad targets. Turning the Chromecast into an ad-serving machine would be a win for both Google and its advertising partners.It’s also hard to imagine an ad-supported Chromecast being a flop.Having to sit through the odd advertisement before watching The IT Crowd again wouldn’t bother me in the least, and I doubt it would bother most consumers. That’s how Sony makes Crackle free here in Canada, and it seems like a fair trade for getting to watch on-demand content on a free device. Especially when Microsoft is charging Xbox Live users five bucks a month for the same privilege.last_img read more

Canberras turn for Greek Film Festival

first_imgThis weekend, Canberra cinephiles will have a last chance to see the awarded movie Little England, on Saturday 6 December at 6.30 pm, or the Cannes-nominated film Xenia at 7.00 pm. On Sunday 7 December, the screening of the film A Blast is scheduled for 2.00 pm, while most will be coming down to see a special screening of the Mel Gibson movie Mad Max.As the closing night event at 7.45 pm, Greek Australian writer Nick Lathouris, who co-wrote the fourth instalment of the Mad Max phenomenon will introduce the film and close the festival with some commentary on the contribution of the Greek Diaspora to national and international cinema.The original Mad Max was produced and directed by the Greek Australian George Miller.The festival runs until Sunday 7 December at the Palace Theatre, New Acton, Marcus Clarke St, Canberra.For more information and session times visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

This VR Tool Lets You See the World Through the Eyes of

first_img British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality Stay on target Tarsiers, tiny nocturnal animals with giant eyes, have an interesting way of seeing the world. Now, thanks to a new virtual reality software dubbed Tarsier Goggles, you can witness the pint-sized primate’s vision and how it serves as a predatory advantage.The Tarsier Goggles, which were developed by Samuel Gochman while he was a student at Dartmouth and Nathaniel J. Dominy, the Charles Hansen Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth, in collaboration with Dartmouth’s Applied Learning and Innovation (DALI) Lab, said a Dartmouth College press release.A student tests the Tarsier Goggles during a formal assessment. (Photo Credit: Dustin Meltzer/Kimball Union Academy)The team, which recently published their building process and findings in Evolution: Education and Outreach, noted how the Tarsier Goggles simulate the tiny primate’s vision and demonstrate how its oversized eyes give it a predatory advantage in rainforest environments.A Philippine tarsier. (Photo Credit: David Haring)First, Gochman presented a challenge to the DALI Lab: How could he change humans’ perceptions of our world with the tarsier’s offbeat ocular adaptations. Then, the DALI team explored various design solutions, and Gochman and the team decided that a VR experience would work the best, since it would be immersive and can be used as a teaching tool for students.The Tarsier Goggles feature three VR learning environments: The “Matrix,” the Labyrinth,” and “Bornean Rainforest,” which mimic how a tarsier’s vision is different from a human’s when it comes to acuity, brightness, and color vision. In the VR Bornean Rainforest, users can “leap” and “cling” to trees in a, “dark, maze-like space that is practically opaque under human visual conditions but navigable as a tarsier, demonstrating the advantages of tarsier visual sensitivity,” describe the study’s authors.A tiny tarsier in a tree. (Photo Credit: SoleneC1/Pixabay)Gochman demonstrated the Tarsier Goggles at two on-campus events at Dartmouth: an anthropological society meeting and a sixth grade class visiting the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, Vermont.He also demonstrated the technology to a group of high school students at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire, where students watched a short video on tarsiers’ foraging behavior and had the opportunity to test the VR technology for five minutes each. Following this, the students completed a brief post-survey, which was part of Gochman’s formal assessment of the Tarsier Goggles.With Tarsier Goggles, students can have a cool VR experience and understand how the tarsier’s quirky vision abilities help it survive in tough rainforest environments. “Virtual reality offers an immersive experience for understanding some of the properties of the tarsier’s vision, as a result of its adaptations,” Gochman said in the press release. “Tarsier Goggles is a science education tool that engages students in hands-on scientific concepts in physics, perceptual science, and biology.”More on Teases Upcoming ‘Doctor Who’ Virtual Reality SpecialFord Wants to Design Cars With Virtual Reality SketchesNew HTC Vive Headsets Argue Virtual Reality Is Still a Thinglast_img read more

Iniesta misses Barca training session ahead of El Clásico

first_imgBarcelona captain Andres Iniesta was absent from the club’s latest training session ahead of his final match against arch-rivals Real Madrid in the famous “El Clásico”The veteran playmaker recently announced that he will be ending his 22-year association with Barcelona at the end of the season with Iniesta yet to confirm his future plans.The 33-year-old is reportedly struggling with a minor calf complaint and undertook “specific work” away from the rest of the first-team squad during Thursday’s session.Despite the setback, Barcelona is hopeful that Iniesta will be available for his final appearances in El Clásico on Sunday.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.? Entrenamiento de los jugadores disponibles del primer equipo en el campo Tito Vilanova. @andresiniesta8 hace trabajo específico #ForçaBarça— FC Barcelona ???? (@FCBarcelona_es) 3 May 2018The 2010 World Cup winner is expected to join the Chinese Super League in the summer after previously declaring his intentions to leave Europe all together so that he will not have to ever face his beloved Barcelona in a competitive match.last_img read more

Instagram is killing off its standalone direct messaging app

first_img 0 Confirmed: Instagram is killing its standalone Direct Messaging app— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) May 16, 2019 Tags 20 Photos Mobile Direct for Instagram is “going away”. Chesnot/Getty In the coming month, you’ll no longer be able to slide into someone else’s DMs via the Direct for Instagram app.It appears the photo-sharing social media behemoth is cutting off support for the Direct app “in the coming month”. However, all of those important messages you’ve slung to mates via the magic of Instagram aren’t disappearing for good — they’re just moving over to the dedicated Instagram app.Spotted by social media industry commentator Matt Navarra, and a couple of dedicated fans in the Play Store, users are now being greeted with a message when using the Direct for Instagram app that simple says it “is going away”. Post a comment Instagram tips from 7 pros with thousands of followers That seems like a pretty nice way to put it, Instagram.Direct was originally unveiled on Dec. 7, 2017 as a camera-first app, that had more than a passing resemblance to Snapchat. That test rolled out to Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay with details of a worldwide release scant. At the time, a company spokesperson told The Verge “Direct has grown within Instagram over the past four years, but we can make it even better if it stands on its own.”Now it appears Direct is gone, before it ever really lived but the reasons for the reversal aren’t immediately clear. Direct for Instagram seemed to be following the same trajectory as Messenger, which parent company Facebook spun out of the Facebook app back in 2014.Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Share your voice Instagramlast_img read more

NTSB releases preliminary report of investigation into Juneauarea commuter flight accident

first_imgAn Alaska Seaplanes aircraft makes its way to Juneau in June 2107. (Abbey Collins)Some new information is available about an August commuter flight accident in the Juneau area. The Haines-based pilot made an emergency water landing and he, along with four passengers, swam safely to shore. An investigation into the accident takes a close look at the aircraft’s fuel sources.Listen nowEarly in the morning on Aug. 14, an Alaska Seaplanes flight left the Haines Airport and stopped in Skagway to pick up passengers before heading to Juneau.But about three miles from the Juneau Airport, the pilot made an emergency water landing.Haines resident Luck Dunbar was on the plane. He spoke to KHNS the day of the accident.“Well there you are, you’re sitting there thinking ‘This is it.  This is it. Here we go,’”  Dunbar recounted.All four passengers and the pilot swam to shore on Coghlan Island uninjured.Haines resident Josh Poirier was the pilot.According to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, Poirier said he measured the fuel tank levels before taking off. He estimated 26 gallons in the right tank and 11 in the left. He used the right fuel tank during the flight.Noreen Price is leading the NTSB’s investigation into the accident. She said that should have been enough fuel to complete the trip.But as he was approaching the Juneau Airport, Poirier told the NTSB the engine fuel flow reduced to almost zero and lost all power. Poirier said he switched to the left fuel tank but engine power was not restored. He ditched the plane in the water near Coghlan Island and was able to keep the plane upright as he and the passengers exited the aircraft and swam to shore.Carl Ramseth is the general manager of Alaska Seaplanes. In an email, he said, “I can’t say enough about the pilot Josh Poirier, whose actions contributed to the positive outcome the morning of Aug. 14.”The aircraft sunk into the ocean but was later recovered.Price said the ability to recover the aircraft is significant for the investigation.“When there is an accident we like to go to the scene of the accident so we can see what the wreckage looks like at the scene itself and examine it very closely,” Price said. “While we couldn’t go down to the bottom of the ocean to look at the plane, the ability to pull it up allows us to at least look at the flight controls, the fuel systems, the air systems, the engine itself.”An inspection of the plane was conducted under the supervision of the NTSB by a Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector, Cessna and Continental air safety investigators, and a representative from Alaska Seaplanes.According to the report, two gallons of fuel were recovered from the right tank and 11 from the left. An owner’s manual on the plane said once the fuel level gets down to two gallons, it’s unusable.Price said there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the cause of the accident.“At this time we don’t know if there was anything mechanical wrong with the plane,” Price said. “In my preliminary report I mentioned there was wrinkling with the fuel bladders. And that is an abnormal condition for an airplane. We don’t know what caused the wrinkling in the fuel bladders, it may have contributed to the accident. At this time we really don’t know.”Price said the NTSB is not yet finished with the preliminary phase of the investigation. A factual report and a probable cause should be completed within one to two years.Ramseth said Seaplanes will continue to work with the NTSB while it determines the cause of the accident.last_img read more

Landlady hacked dead in Nakhalpara

first_imgPolice recovered the body of a landlady from her residence at West Nakhalpara area in the city on Thursday afternoon.The deceased was Amena Begum, 65, owner of the house, Rasul Villa, in the area.Seeking anonymity, a tenant of Rasul Villa said Amena Begum would reside on the first floor of and went to the ground floor as a young man came to visit the vacant flat for rent around 2:00pm.Hearing Amena Bugum’s screams, neighbours rushed to the ground floor and found the body on the floor, presumably dead.On information, police recovered the body around 2:30pm, said Md Sentu Mia, inspector of Tejgaon Police Station.The body that bore signs of stab injuries was sent to the Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital morgue, Sentu Mia added.last_img

DC Scholars Triumph and Find Success

first_imgTheodore Roosevelt High School 2016 valedictorian Adrian Fielder, who is autistic, is first in line for his graduation ceremony that was held on the school’s campus on June 11. (Courtesy Photo-DCPS)The District of Columbia school system honored its top student-scholars, many that overcame physical and economic barriers to achieve at a high academic level. Valedictorians, salutatorians, and other top students from the District’s high schools were treated to a catered lunch and received words of encouragement on June 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Among the academic high-achievers were two students from Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School who are autistic but managed to finish as number one and two in their 2016 graduating class.Autism is a life-affecting disorder characterized by a profound withdrawal from human contact, repetitive behavior, and fear of change in the environment. The disease affects the brain’s ability to receive and process information. Many people who are autistic find it difficult to talk and look at other people and seem to be inwardly focused. A report from the CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics shows that 2.24 percent or 1 in 45 children are autistic.Adrian Fiedler is Roosevelt’s valedictorian and Reco Robinson is the salutatorian. Fielder told the AFRO that going to school wasn’t an easy experience but it was worth it. “At Roosevelt, I did my work as best as I could and I got a lot of encouragement from the teachers and the principal,” he said.Fielder wanted to stay close to home in the District and has opted to attend Catholic University. Robinson won’t be attending college but is looking at a trade school.Robinson echoes Fielder in the support he got from Roosevelt. “The teachers at Roosevelt will work with you if there is something that you don’t understand,” Robinson said to the AFRO. “I worked hard to make academic progress.”Robinson said that he is interested in studying photography, “especially sports photography.”Sah Brown, interim principal at Roosevelt, is proud of the achievements of Fielder and Robinson. Brown said, “We are a school community and we embrace everyone. They [Fielder and Robinson] have been excelling academically for four years and they have had the support of their teachers. The principal made the teachers aware of their disabilities and [they] have performed their duties well at Roosevelt.”Brown says Fielder and Robinson “have proven that any child can excel.”While physical disability can be a hurdle to academic excellence, economic and environmental factors can also be deterrents. Jordy Portillo will graduate fourth in his class at Bell Multicultural High School and he told the AFRO that his parents are low-income. However, his economic status didn’t prevent him from winning a prestigious national scholarship to one of the country’s best universities.“I decided to attend Stanford University on a Gates Millennium Scholarship,” Portillo said, speaking of the scholarship program funded by billionaire Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. “I want to go to Stanford to explore a new environment. The Millennium scholarship will provide me the resources to be independent while I am in school and I can focus on my education and not on how to pay for it.”D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson held a luncheon for top graduates of District high schools recently. (Photo Courtesy of DCPS)Sierra Steele is the valedictorian at Anacostia High, an institution located in one of the District’s poorest neighborhoods. Steele was upbeat about the instruction she received there despite its location. “I had a great education at Anacostia,” Steele told the AFRO. “The school offers a wide variety of courses and that includes Advanced Placement classes.”Steele plans on attending Marshall University in West Virginia and will be majoring in psychology. She said Anacostia prepared her for the rigors of college-level courses.D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson spoke to the gathering and beamed as she talked about her high achieving students. “The whole entire city believes in the D.C. public schools,” Henderson said. Speaking specifically to the students she said “you now have the foundation for success.”One of the District’s public schools shining alumni is Johnathan Hill, a rising senior at Morehouse College. A political science major, Hill was elected president of Morehouse’s student government association for the 2016-2017 school year. He delivered the keynote address, urging students to stay focused on their goals. “Be prepared for the future,” Hill said. “Study now and when the light comes on, you will be ready to make contributions to society.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Resident expert on meet

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterResident expert on meetings, conferences, events and incentives in Hawaii, Kritsada Phadungkiatipong (Kris for short) is Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania’s MICE & Trade Relationships Manager based in Sydney.Offering an entirely free service to event organisers, Kris has the connections and expertise to help you find the best venues, hotels and activities – and everything in between – to help you create an inspirational event in Hawaii.Receive useful destination information, marketing support from Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania’s Australia-based team, assistance with delegate boosting and pre/post touring itineraries.To connect with Kris, email back to the enewsletterlast_img

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98 percent live on the sea floor. A big threat comes from destructive fishing practices In the 1970s fishing fleets struck unexpected riches below their hulls Whenever they hauled their nets near the slopes of a seamount chances were they came back on board bursting at the seams spilling hundreds of tons of deep-sea fish across the deck Because of their stark topography seamounts attract large numbers and unusually diverse arrays of marine life "Some seamounts are so big that they divert ocean currents upward and send them swirling over the top" says Hall-Spencer The resulting vortices trap plankton and other drifting organic matter and concentrate it on the mountain Deep-sea ecologists have only begun to catch a glimpse of the dazzling assemblages of creatures that inhabit the seamounts’ slopes nooks and crannies Orange Roughy for example a big-eyed sluggish slow-growing species of deep ocean fish come together in large numbers at seamounts to spawn Their abundance in turn attracts other predators further up the food chain Only one of the species going after Orange Roughy though obliterates virtually all other marine life in its path when pursuing its prey – Homo sapiens Trawling nets weighted down with steel balls and chains lowered into the lightless depths and towed behind ships scrape and scrawl paths of destruction into the flanks of seamounts "One trawl bulldozes deep-sea coral forests that took more than 4000 years to grow in some cases" says Hall-Spencer "Since most known seamounts are being trawled we have to ask ourselves whether the catches are worth the destruction of seamount habitats" His next slide in the brief and factual language of science states what should give us the only necessary clue to find the answer: "Worldwide catches landed each year: 80 million tons Estimated total seamounts catch (read: ALL seamount catches EVER MADE taken together) 2 – 25 million tons a fraction that seems meaningless in the big picture In addition to the clear-cutting in the ocean depths seamounts and deep sea habitats in general face another threat one that is more global in nature more sweeping more unforgiving and deadly even if fishing practices become less destructive: ocean acidification Carbon dioxide spewn into the atmosphere by fossil fuel burning and swallowed by the oceans causes seawater to turn more and more acidic This drop in pH makes it harder and harder for some marine organisms – such as corals – to extract from seawater the carbonate they depend on to make their calcareous parts and shells Beneath the icy waters of the high arctic Hall-Spencer and his co-workers found what did not exist according to textbooks at the time – a coral reef in the deep thriving in the lightless chills of 5- 6 degrees Centigrade? Exactly how many seamounts there are and where. read more

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