Kings Day Comes Early for Dutch Moroccans

By Emma Julia VosRabat – After balancing a busy agenda with his official visits to President Vladimir Putin and Czech president, Milos Zeman, the Moroccan King made an unofficial five day visit to Amsterdam on Friday. Time’s named “King of Cool” of 2006, Mohammed VI, has sparked quite some euphoria during his visit to dutch capital, Amsterdam. The narrow canals of Amsterdam were filled with people expressing their love for the King through chanting to his glory as they were handed biscuits and tea. His visit has also provided his fan page with some interesting content. The Facebook page, which currently has over 3.5 million likes, shared images and videos taken of the King in casual attire walking the streets of Amsterdam and posing for selfies.The King also made sure to visit Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe. He was given a tour and indulged in conversation with many proud supporters which led to chaotic scenes. A cameraman shares that even his experience of when Justin Bieber came to visit Amsterdam, doesn’t compare to the excitement sparked with Mohammed VIs presence in the city.However, there is more to the King’s visit than selfie taking and sightseeing. The Netherlands is home to approximately 350,000 Dutch Moroccans (Moroccan immigrants to The Netherlands and their descendants), which makes up roughly 2% of the Dutch population. With a large Moroccan community it is easy to assume that successful integration is a given, however, many third culture individuals still struggle.“It’s hard, feeling like you’re not Dutch enough to fit in here in The Netherlands, and know that you most certainly won’t fit in at home” a friend studying in Amsterdam tells me. Many struggle with this form of an identity crisis on a daily basis. There is a moment of silence when I ask her what the King’s visit has brought to the Dutch Moroccan community. “The king once said that nothing else is more valuable to a true Moroccan than the sense of belonging to this nation” she then finally says, “he instills a sense of belonging, which I believe is something us, Dutch Moroccans, all seek.”Many Moroccan third culture kids share they feel similarly as they are spotted all over Amsterdam expressing their excitement and proudly presenting their selfies with the King to Dutch reporters. “This is our king” one young boy yells, still in an absolute state of awe and disbelief. It becomes clear that the King, is not only highly praised, but a man that has his way of giving his nation a glimpse of the heritage they might not have been fully introduced to and simultaneously fulfilling their desire to feel at home and truly Moroccan.The King’s visit is believed to have the longest lasting impact on the younger generations. “ I think more and more, even the young people who do not know their native country, will be focusing more on Morocco” 37 year old dutch moroccan, Ahmed Aaras, tells me. read more

UN marks Human Rights Day with call to end all forms of

10 December 2009The United Nations marked Human Rights Day today, the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by stressing the enduring need to eliminate all forms of discrimination, with officials in the world’s most crisis-plagued regions – from Iraq to Afghanistan to Somalia – appealing for tolerance in the interests of peace. “No country is free of discrimination,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message for the Day whose theme this year is ‘Embrace Diversity, End Discrimination.’ “It may appear as institutionalized racism, as ethnic strife, as episodes of intolerance and rejection, or as an official national version of history that denies the identity of others. “Discrimination targets individuals and groups that are vulnerable to attack: the disabled, women and girls, the poor, migrants, minorities, and all those who are perceived as different,” he added, pledging UN commitment to fight inequality and intolerance wherever they are found.In Baghdad, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative Ad Melkert called on all Iraqis to respect each others’ political rights, as well as cultural, religious, ethnic and gender differences, singling out the status of women. “Violence against women cannot be seen in isolation from discrimination against them,” he said.In Kabul, too, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stressed that eight years after the end of Taliban rule, women still face growing challenges in public life and have limited access to justice. “Life in public spaces for Afghan women is shrinking and gender-based violence is still widespread and deeply rooted in Afghan society,” UNAMA human rights chief Norah Niland said.Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah praised the courage of those who continued to risk their lives to protect and defend the human rights in a faction-riven country that has known no peace for nearly two decades. “A whole generation is growing up having never known what it means to live in a peaceful, stable environment where rights are respected,” he said. In New York, General Assembly President Ali Treki joined the chorus of those calling for the respect of human rights without distinction to race, sex, language or religion. “Millions of human beings continue to fight a daily battle against discrimination to gain access to education, health services and decent work,” he said. “The realization of all human rights, social, economic and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights, is hampered by discrimination.”And in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay deplored the fact that discrimination is still rampant 61 years after the Declaration’s adoption. “Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours and produce half of the world’s food, yet earn only 10 per cent of the world’s income and own less than one per cent of the world’s property,” she said, also citing discrimination plaguing ethnic, racial and religious minorities, refugees and migrants.In a joint statement the various independent experts who report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council warned that efforts to end discrimination are falling short and progress is even being reversed in some instances. “Globally, stronger commitments and more determined action are required if we are to defeat discrimination,” they said. “Our ethnic, cultural or religious differences should be acknowledged, valued and respected, not seen as a threat to our unity as they too often are, but as a celebrated component of it.”At UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, Director-General Irina Bokova said this year’s theme is particularly pertinent since the world has become more diverse than ever before. “It is only through mutual respect, understanding, constructive dialogue and acceptance of the right to be different that we will defuse tensions and build more peaceful multicultural societies,” she stressed.Celebrations marking the Day spanned the globe, with the parliament of Timor-Leste – the tiny South-East Asian nation that the UN shepherded to independence in 2002 after its vote to separate from Indonesia – holding a special commemorative session at which Mr. Ban’s Special Representative Atul Khare highlighted the importance of the role of the Government and civil society in ending violence against women.A half a world away in Washington UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Thoraya Obaid was awarded the UN Association for the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award for her deep commitment to the belief that women’s rights are human rights.“What makes it [the award] more significant for me is that I am receiving it on Human Rights Day,” she said. “Such an honour will only make me, and UNFPA, more committed to promoting the human rights of women and girls who still face gender discrimination and violence, to advancing their empowerment and gender equality and to ensuring universal access to reproductive health.” Meanwhile back at UN Headquarters in New York a special Human Rights Day event, entitled ‘Race, Poverty and Power,’ was being held, as well as a panel discussion on opposing rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. And in Geneva, women from 28 countries convened for a UN-backed symposium entitled The Courage to Lead: A Human Rights Summit for Women Leaders. read more

UN refugee agency condemns Maltas treatment of asylumseekers

As a result of the bludgeoning mounted as some of the 450 asylum-seekers sat on a football pitch last Thursday in the Safi detention centre, 26 asylum-seekers were hospitalized overnight, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.According to UNHCR legal staff members from Rome who happened to be visiting Malta at the time and who went to the Safi centre, a former barracks, one of the injured had three broken bones in one leg, another had to take 15 stitches and a third received six stitches.UNHCR said it welcomed the speed with which the Maltese Government announced that it was launching an inquiry, but added that it had received no reply to a detailed, written report on certain unacceptable conditions in the four detention centres.Malta imposes mandatory detention on asylum seekers while they wait to see if they will be given refugee status. The time has been reduced to 18 months from indefinite detention, UNHCR said.While UNHCR recognized Malta’s concern at being close to the major human smuggling routes of North Africa, the agency said it did not believe such concerns warranted using detention as a deterrent. Under UNHCR guidelines, detaining children is forbidden, it said.Some detainees are living in tents where the women have been housed with men who are not their relatives and where some toilets and showers lack doors. The tents also provide little protection from winter cold and summer heat, UNHCR said. read more

SP 500 pushes further into record territory on strong earnings from GE

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email S&P 500 pushes further into record territory on strong earnings from GE, Google, others by The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2013 2:15 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is rising further into record territory as investors turn their attention from politics to profits.General Electric, Morgan Stanley and Google all rose after reporting higher profits than financial analysts were expecting. Google topped $1,000 a share for the first time.Traders were relieved that Washington reached a deal Wednesday to avoid a U.S. debt default and reopen the government after a partial shutdown that ran 16 days.The S&P 500 rose 11 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 1,744 Friday, its second record close in as many days.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 28 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 15,399. The Nasdaq composite was up 51 points, or 1.3 per cent, at 3,914.The gains were broad. Volume was heavy at 3.6 billion shares. read more

On International Day Ban calls on people everywhere to act charitably in

“At a time when the need for humanitarian assistance has never been higher and when there are more refugees and displaced people than at any time since the end of the Second World War, charities play an increasingly vital role in meeting human need,” the UN chief said in a message.The International Day coincides with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work to overcome poverty. The UN chief recalled that upon receiving the prize, she famously gave the money that came with it to some of the poorest people in India.He said such expressions of solidarity help us in our shared quest to live together in harmony and build a peaceful and sustainable future for all.“United Nations development and humanitarian agencies also rely on donations from the public as well as the generosity of governments to continue their lifesaving work in response to development challenges, natural disasters, armed conflicts and other emergencies,” Mr. Ban added.He also highlighted that the resources, knowledge and ingenuity of philanthropic and volunteer organizations will be invaluable partners in implementing the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which will be adopted by UN Member States at the end of month.Ban Ki-moon said this is in line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, a series of bold measures adopted by UN Member States in the Ethiopian capital this past July to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of economic, social and environmental challenges. read more

NCAA Football Playoff Format Coming In 2014

Notre Dame’s Jack Swarbrick.The BCS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick on endorsed a seeded four-team playoff model for college football that would begin for the 2014 season.The commissioners’ consensus must be approved by the BCS presidential oversight committee, which meets June 26 in Washington, D.C. If approved, the four-team playoff would replace the current BCS system, which has been in place since 1998.Sources told that under the recommended model, four participating teams would be selected by a committee, which would consider certain criteria such as conference championships and strength of schedule.The two national semifinal games would be played within the existing BCS bowl games (Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar) on a rotating basis, with the host sites being predetermined before each season. The national championship game would be offered to the highest bidding city.“We’re very unified,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. “There are issues that have yet to be finalized. There’s always devil in the detail, from the model to the selection process, but clearly we’ve made a lot of progress.” read more

Tiger Woods Never Really Left

The injuries and the extended absences gave Tiger ample time to fade into the background while a crop of young stars like McIlroy and Spieth ascended. But Tiger never really went away: Even though he hasn’t spent much time on the golf course, he still managed to garner more headlines than the others in this group in 24 of the past 47 months.The months since 2014 in which Tiger’s mentions are surpassed by any of these players mostly track with a given player’s success — or a given player’s epic collapse — at a major championship. For example, McIlroy’s headline mentions outpaced Tiger’s in July 2014 when he finally got over the hump to win his first British Open. Spieth’s mentions exceeded Tiger’s in June 2015 when he became the first 21-year-old to win the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones did so in 1923. In August 2015, Day and Spieth battled for the PGA Championship (where McIlroy was the defending champion). Day ultimately edged Spieth to claim the Wanamaker Trophy, and all three players’ names popped up in the media more frequently than Tiger’s that month.And even if Tiger had been swinging his sticks in April 2016 — he effectively disappeared from the public eye for much of that year — it’s safe to assume Spieth would have still topped Tiger that month: Spieth’s quadruple-bogey at Amen Corner on Sunday at the Masters was the story of the golf season, if not golf’s past half-decade.Tiger’s mentions spiked again in October 2016 when rumors of his return to competitive golf began to swirl (though he eventually postponed that return), and he’s remained steadily at or around the top since.4One big exception: July 2017, when Spieth and McIlroy battled for the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale. And Tiger’s biggest peak came in late May and early June of this year after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of, well, seemingly everything.5We’ve all seen the mugshot; we don’t need to make another joke about the mugshot.The overall trend has held true over the past two years, even as Tiger has been nonexistent in professional golf. Here’s how Woods has compared over that span to the top 10 PGA Tour money leaders in headlines,6Doesn’t include money earned on the European Tour and other non-PGA Tour circuits. according to Media Cloud. The 18-man field of this week’s Hero World Challenge1This event is hosted by Tiger Woods and is a benefit for the Tiger Woods Foundation. — a tournament that seems to function mostly as an excuse to wrangle the world’s best golfers and Derek Jeter for a hang in the Bahamas — features eight players ranked in the top 10 and nine others ranked no lower than No. 32. Rounding out the field is the world’s 1,199th-ranked golfer, otherwise known as Tiger Woods. Take a guess at who’s getting the lion’s share of attention?Woods made his latest return to professional golf on Thursday, giving us another excuse to indulge in a long-running national obsession. Tiger hasn’t won a tournament since 2013, and he hasn’t made a cut since 2015. He played just four meaningful2Assuming you count last year’s Hero World Challenge as “meaningful.” rounds of golf in 2016, and the event in the Bahamas is his first start in 10 months.But Woods’s prolonged absence hasn’t sidelined his status as golf’s biggest celebrity. To measure this using the Media Cloud — a database that collects news published on the internet every day — we looked at every time the words “Tiger Woods” appeared in a headline on a mainstream U.S. media outlet from the beginning of 2014 to the eve of the Hero World Challenge. Tiger garnered 4,489 articles3This may include different versions of the same story. despite making just 22 starts in that time. This number exceeds each of the five players who have held the No. 1 world ranking since Woods last gave it up: Rory McIlroy (3,844 headlines), Jordan Spieth (2,682), Dustin Johnson (1,207), Jason Day (995) and Adam Scott (512). The irony here is that these past two years have been an exciting time for golf as numerous stars have emerged in the Tigerless landscape. Over the course of the past two PGA Tour seasons, the 10 players in the chart above — which includes exciting American talents such as Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed — have combined to rack up more than $100 million and win four of the past eight majors. Despite the cupboard being stocked with all the ingredients for a piquant tabloid stew — youth, success, money, celebrity relationships, some casual cocaine use — none of these moneyed young players in the primes of their careers have managed to grow their personal brand enough to surpass the ultimate golf celebrity.Tiger Mania has had peaks and valleys, but it’s never died down entirely. If Tiger says his back is feeling good, we’re paying attention. If Tiger sneezes, we’re paying attention. And if Tiger messes up, we’re definitely paying attention. But now that he’s picked up the bag again, it would be nice if the quality of his game returned to the sublime golf that made us fall in love with him to begin with — and allow us to focus on that.Geoff Foster contributed research to this piece. read more

PSG Handball are new French champions

PSG Handball champions ← Previous Story VIDEO: Kielce – “the third team in Europe” Next Story → VIDEO: Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic is new PSG Handball coach! 20:45Chambery Savoie33 – 24Toulouse 9.Creteil269314724:75121 20:45Cesson Rennes29 – 27Nimes 20:45St. Raphael23 – 21Dunkerque STANDINGS: 14.Istres263221691:8268 20:45Montpellier38 – 26Istres 7.Cesson Rennes2610412651:67424 6.Nantes261439737:71331 13.Selestat265021688:79510 5.Dunkerque2616010661:63932 4.Chambery Savoie261619703:68233 2.Montpellier262123801:68344 20:45Aix31 – 36Nantes 8.Nimes2610313738:74423 12.Aix268315737:77719 20:45Selestat28 – 30Creteil 20:45Tremblay20 – 36Paris SG 3.St. Raphael261547775:75434 1.Paris SG262213842:66145 11.Tremblay269215703:74820 PSG Handball are new French champions! After long and very interesting season, team from the capital came first at the end ahead of Montpellier. Mikkel Hansen and Co. made the last step successful in away match against Tremblay 36:20. Montpellier ended season with home victory against Istres 38:26, but decisive was result of PSG match.Third place won Saint Raphael by win over Dunkerque 23:21, the champions 2014.RESULTS – LNH – 26th ROUND: 10.Toulouse268414749:75320 read more

Grand Turk welcomes first cruise since storms Carnival Ecstasy docks November 1

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#GRANDTURK, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 3, 2017 – Five cruise ships are scheduled to dock at the Grand Turk Cruise Center next week and on November 1, as announced by Tourism Officials, the site welcomed back its first ship since the September hurricanes.Carnival Ecstasy, stopping in on Wednesday on a seven day voyage from Charleston spent eight hours in the Capital and welcomed aboard the Governor and Tourist Board officials.   Carnival said on its blog that, “The festivities included a shipboard reception with the Carnival Ecstasy’s officers, executives from Carnival Corporation and port and TCI government officials. During the Carnival Ecstasy’s day-long stop in Grand Turk, guests enjoyed the port’s wide range of amenities, including unique shopping and dining experiences and an on-site pool, as well as a variety of shore excursion experiences.”Some of the those experiences included zip lining at the Lighthouse.Minister of Infrastructure Goldray Ewing explained that government and Carnival were pulling out all of the stops when it came to ensuring the island was cleaned up from debris and ready to receive this first cruise ship guests, a significant sign of a return to life as usual for the country’s Capital.   A photo shared with Magnetic Media by Tourism Minister, Ralph Higgs showed guests lounging on the beach and other photos featured the crew and captain enjoying the docking, and making a presentation to Governor, Dr. John Freeman.    Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Send ASA Your Soy Shots for Spring American Soybean Magazine

first_imgWinter is almost over and we’re anxious to see signs of spring on your farm.Send ASA your photos as you start to prepare your machinery and fields for planting season—or if you capture any other signs of spring on your farm and you could be featured in Soy Shots of the May edition of American Soybean Magazine.You can upload your photos on the ASA Facebook page, Twitter account or email them to Communications Manager Jordan Bright at Make sure to include your name, city, state and a brief description of the photo.last_img

Macys balloons fly despite high winds in NYC

first_imgNEW YORK — Revelers at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade gave thanks for the giant balloons that flew above the city streets Thursday after a blustery storm accompanied by high winds nearly grounded them for only the second time in the parade’s 87-year history.“The balloons are the best part,” 11-year-old Matthew Ragbe said as he watched them leave their launch pads on 77th Street and turn the corner to face the crowds of parade-goers, many of whom waited hours to secure a good viewing spot.Across the country, millions of Americans celebrated their blessings, gobbled up turkey and pumpkin pie and prepared to kick off the official start to the Christmas shopping season. In Detroit,former Tigers manager Jim Leyland served as grand marshal of the city’s parade, while Philadelphia celebrations were subdued slightly by gusting winds that limited the use of balloons.In New York City, tens of thousands of people lining the parade route were not disheartened by freezing temperatures or the drama over whether Spider-Man, Julius, Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants would make their scheduled appearances along with a dozen other puffed-up sky-bound creatures.last_img read more

Gym Employee OffDuty Nurse Wilmington Public Safety Officials Help Save Mans Life

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On Thursday, March 28, 2019 around 8:30am, a 60-year-old male suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac arrest while exercising at the Planet Fitness (355 Middlesex Avenue) in Wilmington.A gym user quickly called 911. Another gym user — an off-duty nurse — began CPR on the man. A gym employee shocked the man using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).The Wilmington Police Department arrived within minutes. Sgt. Chris Ahern and Ofc. Michael Wandell took over CPR. Wilmington Firefighters arrived soon thereafter.According to a press release from the Police Department, the man began breathing on his own and had regained consciousness by the time the ambulance reached the hospital.As of Friday afternoon, the man — a regular at the gym — was still recovering at a local hospital.The Police Department publicly thanked the gym employee, Ian Palmer, who put the CPR and AED training he had received from his company to good use. The Police also thanked the good samaritan, an off-duty nurse, for her actions.“We want to commend the Planet Fitness staff member and the nurse for their quick actions which undoubtedly contributed to saving this man’s life,” read the press release. “We also want to recognize Sgt. Chris Ahern, Ofc. Mike Wandell, Ofc. John Delorey, & Ofc. Darryl Ceruolo as well as the Wilmington Fire Department for a job well done!”CBS Boston interviewed the gym employee and Sgt. Chris Ahern. Watch the interview HERE.(NOTE: Cover photo used for this article is from Wilmington Planet Fitness’s website.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 13: Woman Arrested After She Quits Her JobIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 2: Wilmington Man Arrested On Warrant; Family Causes Scene At Silver Lake?In “Police Log”last_img read more

India Hikes Excise Duties on Petrol By ₹225 Diesel By ₹1

first_imgIndia on Tuesday raised excise duties on petrol by ₹ 2.25 ₹per litre and on diesel by ₹1 per litre with immediate effect, the finance ministry said in a statement to parliament.The increases, which follow similar hikes in mid-November, seek to take advantage of a slump in world oil prices to shore up government revenues without stoking inflation.A source familiar with the matter said the latest measures were expected to raise an additional ₹40 billion  ($650 million) in the remainder of the fiscal year to the end of March 2015.last_img

Horizons of Baltimore Youth Expanded Through Art

first_imgIn 2011, at age 24, Shawn Burnett founded Walks of Art. Walks of Art is a non-profit organization that exposes Baltimore youth to a broader world through art. It also provides a safe space for free and individualistic expression, a safe harbor from the pressures many young people feel to conform, especially in the often difficult to navigate low-income environments of Baltimore City.Burnett’s formal introduction to art occurred when his mother, Monique Burnett, took him out of the Baltimore Public School System and enrolled him at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School in Baltimore County. At Sudbrook, Burnett was introduced to a variety of art forms, including photography, painting, and ceramic pottery. This formal engagement with art, coupled with regular day trips with his mother to parks and other cities, exposed Burnett to a world broader than the boundaries of his West Baltimore home.Though he did not always appreciate his mother’s efforts to broaden his horizons – preferring as a teenager to spend time with his friends – he has come to appreciate the value of what was imparted to him. “If you’re able to be exposed to something different than your neighborhood or your community, that may open up potential opportunities that you may have never thought that you had or just give you a different outlook on certain aspects of life,” said Burnett in an interview with the AFRO.Walks of Art had its genesis in a fashion show/art exhibition that Burnett was helping to organize on behalf of a cousin, an artist and fashion designer based out of New York. Burnett sought to raise funds from local businesses and community leaders for the endeavor, but quickly realized that collecting donations would require the shelter of non-profit status, enabling donors to claim their donations as charitable contributions.Burnett shifted gears and incorporated Walks of Art as a 501(c)(3) organization, realizing this enables him to raise funds and to direct that money towards meeting pressing community needs.For Fanon Hill, executive director of the Youth Resiliency Institute in Baltimore and a Walks of Art board member, “Shawn’s greatest walk of art is his walk as a family man.As a young Black father Shawn understands the important role that art plays in the healthy identity formation of Black children and youth.”To that end, Burnett uses Walks of Art to provide a space in which Baltimore City youth can express who they are through their art. “Those who feel they may have an interest in something different to what their cohorts have, you can come andbe in a safe forum, a safe environment where you’ll be free of ridicule or anybody looking at you or feeling some type of way about you, and you can just express yourself however you want to,” Burnett said.In addition to being an important tool for identity formation in Black youth, art is also a medium through which Burnett can help introduce young persons to a broader world, much as his mother did for him. “Art is culture so you can expose [youth] to varying cultures through art,” said Burnett. “Maybe you may change their thought process on some stereotypes, or they learn things that they never knew, or see people who are just like them who are artists, who are doing these things.”Anyone interested in upcoming Walks of Art events, or who would like to volunteer, make a donation, or book Burnett for workshops or speaking engagements may reach him at shawn@ or at 410-343-9255.last_img read more

Nothing Says Christmas Like Bikes

first_imgThe G&E Hill Foundation, a nonprofit children’s charitable organization, in conjunction with the Marines Toys for Tots put smiles on the faces of 10 children from the Ray of Hope Baptist Church, 3000 Parkside Drive, on Dec. 13, by presenting them with brand new bicycles. Earlene Lemon, grandmother of Dominique, who received a bike said it’s a wonderful thing Gloria and Eddie Hill are doing through their foundation. She is so grateful to receive the bicycle for her granddaughter. The Rev. Charles M. Franklin Jr., Ray of Hope pastor, assisted the Marines and Santa in presenting the bicycles.last_img

Huge Chunk of Antarctica May Soon Collapse and Fall into Sea

first_imgStay on target Incredible Images From Space Capture the Death of a GlacierEating Less Meat Can Fight Climate Change, According to UN Report This year has brought some really troubling signs of the global shift in climate. We’ve hit all-time highs for atmospheric carbon dioxide; the Arctic circle is 36 degrees warmer than it should be, and that’s, unfortunately, just the beginning. This week, scientists at the Ohio State University discovered a tremendous crack in some West Antarctic glaciers, and as you might have suspected — that’s really bad news.The researchers wanted to know what caused a 225 square-mile piece of the Pine Island Glacier to slide off into the ocean. Such break-offs, called “calving events,” generally happen every few years. And generally, they’re not too concerning. But last year’s collapse didn’t start from the usual shifting of glaciers and ice sheets, but from a massive chasm much further up.That’s a primary concern because the Pine Island Glacier, along with a few others are massive slabs of ice that have, until now, been holding back the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). As these glaciers start breaking off, though, it could trigger the collapse of the entire sheet which 6.1 million cubic miles (yes, that’s cubic MILES) of ice. That’s enough to cover all of the United States in a little less than 2 miles of water. And if you’re thinking that sounds like bad news… you’re absolutely right. The WAIS contains enough water to increase global sea levels by up to 3 meters.Speaking to Gizmodo, lead study author Ian Howat said that the loss of such a huge chunk of the Pine Island Glacier last year was troubling not because it happened, 225 square miles isn’t all that much in the grand scheme of things, but how it happened.“I think what we’re seeing is the surface expression of a much bigger valley at the base of the ice shelf,” Howat said. “This tells us the ice shelf has weaknesses that are being exploited by increased ocean temperatures.”The Pine Island Glacier started developing cracks 20 miles inland, these cracks started at the base of the glacier and spread upwards. That means that there are significant increases in temperatures in the water beneath and around Antarctica. As Howat explains, that could make these events much more common over the next couple of years.“If the ice sheet was going to retreat very slowly on long timescales, we’d just expect to see the usual calving,” Howat said. “This event gives us a new mechanism for ice sheets falling apart quickly. It fits into that picture of a rapid retreat.”last_img read more

Trinamool workers raise voice against skyrocketing fuel prices in city

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress workers staged agitation at different places on Sunday, against the abnormal hike in the fuel prices.It may be mentioned that petrol and diesel prices have touched Rs 81.76 per litre and Rs 73.61 per litre respectively in Kolkata.With the all time high fuel prices, common people are apprehending that the cost of essential goods will also go up, as cost of transportation of goods will rise with increase in the fuel prices. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had repeatedly raised her voice against the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel. On Friday, she had attacked the Centre in this connection and tweeted: “Rupee suffering from low fever. Petrol and Diesel prices highest ever. Foreign Exchange Reserves have fallen by $21.84 Billion between March end and August 3. Current Account Deficit is moving up towards 2.8 per cent of GDP…”On Sunday morning, Trinamool Congress workers held rallies at different places against the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel. They have also protested against the increase in the price of LPG. The party workers and supporters held rallies at places including Baidyabati in Hooghly. Common people also joined the rallies organised by Trinamool Congress and raised their voice against the same. They shouted slogans against the Centre for its indifferent attitude in this connection. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWith the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, business of trucks and mini-trucks are getting badly affected. According to an owner of a mini-truck, they engage into an agreement for at least months with authorities of a company to transport their produce and they get payment at the same rate for the next three months despite changes in fuel prices.In such a situation, they are incurring a huge loss when fuel prices are going up almost every day.last_img read more

City council approves three new corridors for Cancun traffic

first_imgLezama says that there are approximately 118 stations with an approximate vehicle fleet of 191 buses noting that the Kabah Corridor will connect important residential areas of high population density and commercial areas. She says that since this avenue has important attraction points, it will be the first stage implemented this year. Cancun, Q.R. — A city council meeting regarding transportation issues for Cancun has resulted in an favored vote for the creation of exclusive lanes in the city. In a second stage, the corridors Hotel Zone and Tulum will also be created beginning with Avenida Kabah on the corner of Arco Norte, carrying on to Cobá Avenue and Xcaret Avenue passing Boulevard Kukulcán and ending at kilometer 25. “It is historic and we are working toward social justice for the Benito Juárez people,” she added. Mara Lezama, mayor of Benito Juárez explained “The result is in favor of lanes for public service, which will come to improve the quality of life for all.center_img She says that there will be three new corredores, Kabah, Hotel Zone and Tulum that will service the more than 182,000 public transport users per day with infrastructure consisting of approximately 94.3 kilometers of confined lanes in both directions. Lezama pointed out that this initiative is based on the demand of citizens in general to improve the issue of mobility and order in the public transportation system for Cancun. One of the new changes will be the addition of corredores, which will offer exclusive and confined public transport lanes for bus routes in the city. This new corridor will give attention to the Hotel Zone, especially to the personnel that work in the zone, while the Tulum corridor will begin on the avenue with 154th street and end on Kabah Avenue where the road distributor is located.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Earthquake off Polis coast

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