King Mohammed VI Looks Forward to Turkish Presidents Visit to Morocco

Rabat – King Mohammed VI of Morocco said he looks forward to welcoming Turkish President, Recep Tayyip  Erdogan, in Morocco.According to Turkish media, the Moroccan monarch told Ismail Rustu Cirit, President of the Turkish Court of Cassation, on Wednesday, that he wants the Turkish President to pay an official visit to the North African country.“Please give my regards to President Erdogan and tell him that we want to see him in Morocco as soon possible,” King Mohammed VI reportedly said according to the President of the Turkish Court of Cassation. “King Mohammed VI expressed to me Morocco’s solidarity with Turkey in its fight against terrorism, following the terrorist bombings that targeted it recently,” he added according to Anadolu agencyRustu Cirit, who was accompanied by Turkey’s ambassador to Morocco, Ethem Barkan Oz, was among the personalities that King Mohammed VI received at the end of the religious evening he chaired in commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the late king Hassan II’s death.King Mohammed VI paid a private visit to Turkey in December 2014 where he spent the end of the year holidays. During his stay in Turkey, the Moroccan monarch, who was accompanied by his wife Prince Lalla Salma, Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and Princess Lalla Khadija, was invited to a tea party with Turkish President and his family. read more

FEATURE How one UN volunteer found her calling

“In Italy, we’re mostly middle class,” Ms. Zuccherin, 41, told the UN News Centre, as she reminisced about her childhood years growing up in a small northern city near Venice.“The first opportunity to volunteer came when a college friend mentioned an organisation called Amnesty International, which worked on cases of human rights violations,” she said. It was the beginning of the 1990s, and Ms. Zuccherin, who had just started law school, decided to attend one of the organisation’s meetings. There, she found her calling. “It just took realizing what was happening outside of my city and in the world for me to decide I wanted to contribute,” recalled Ms. Zuccherin, who soon got involved as a volunteer for Amnesty International.More than 20 years and many volunteering experiences later, Ms. Zuccherin is now the head of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Ecuador, a position she has held since February 2011.Based in Bonn, Germany, UNV is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. It is active in around 130 countries every year. Piera Zuccherin (left) participating in events related to the tree-planting initiative “Siembraton.” Photo: Carlos Montenegro/FAO EcuadorWhile Ms. Zuccherin is now fully acclimated to the UN system and her host country, she had to go through an adjustment period upon taking office in 2011. When she was first contacted by the UNV Programme for the position in Ecuador, she’d been working for eight years as a volunteer for various non-profit organizations in Mozambique.“I came directly from Africa to Ecuador, without even making a halt in Italy,” she said, highlighting her quick transition between one of the world’s poorest countries and a middle-income economy. “It was weird for me to find myself in a supermarket with various brands for the same type of product,” she commented about her first days in Ecuador.Coming from the world of NGOs, Ms. Zuccherin also had to get used to UN formalities and various internal processes, though the fact that she was immediately thrown into the arena helped her, in retrospect, adjust to her new job.“Within the first month of my arrival, I had to organize a world meeting on volunteerism that Flavia Pansieri [the former head of the UNV programme] was scheduled to attend, so I had to prove myself right away,” she recalled.Now Ms. Zuccherin is fully immersed into the Ecuadorian reality and has created ties with local authorities. Two weeks ago, she was invited by the Ministry of the Environment along with all of the UNV team of volunteers in Ecuador – 30 people across the country – to participate in a national initiative called “Siembraton,” which involved planting trees in the outskirts of Quito.“Ecuador beat the world record for most trees planted at the same time and we were a part of it,” she said with excitement.Reflecting on her passion for volunteerism and what drew her to the area of development following her first involvement with Amnesty International, Ms. Zuccherin explained: “For me, it was a way of feeling less powerless in the face of the great challenges that exist in the realm of development worldwide.”But it was not until she was first deployed to the field, assisting vulnerable children in Mozambique, that she truly realized the value of volunteer work. “Then I was able to see how small actions can change people’s lives,” she said. Piera Zuccherin planting a tree during “Siembraton,” a massive planting initiative organised by the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment which set the world record for most trees planted simultaneously. Photo: Maria Guerra Beltran/FAO Ecuador Based in the country’s capital, Quito, Ms. Zuccherin is in charge of promoting and developing volunteerism in the country by seeking out, selecting and monitoring volunteers throughout various initiatives.An important part of her work is also to advocate for the implementation of a legal framework on volunteering in her host country. “Ecuador is one of the few Latin American countries, including one of the few countries worldwide, that does not have laws surrounding volunteerism,” said Ms. Zuccherin. What it means to be a UN Volunteer The decision to serve as a UN Volunteer, at home or abroad, is based on a commitment to the United Nations and to the UN’s contribution to peace, development and human rights in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As a UN Volunteer you have the extraordinary opportunity to create beneficial change and have a positive impact on people’s lives. Even if your UNV assignment is fairly short, it can have a long-term impact and achieve a ripple effect that extends far beyond the immediate beneficiaries of your efforts. Learn moreFor all her contact with Government officials, Ms. Zuccherin is never as thrilled as when she manages to convert volunteerism sceptics. “What I enjoy the most is to inspire others who were not necessarily sold on the idea in the first place to join and start volunteering,” she said with enthusiasm, adding that the act of volunteering should not be restricted to well-to-do people. “Everybody can be a volunteer; it’s not something that has to do with your income,” she said. “You simply need some time and to be into a specific problem.”Ms. Zuccherin also noted that people who want to contribute do not necessarily have to do it with the UN, but can get involved with any kind of organization, at the local or national level. Oftentimes, the simple fact of convincing a few people creates a snowball effect, she explained, recalling an environmental campaign she led in Ecuador with the UNV programme back in 2012 and 2013. The purpose of the initiative was to gather middle-school children within “ecology clubs” and get them to understand the environmental impact of their actions.“After that, they came back to their own community and neighbourhood and explained to others why volunteering was important for the environment,” Ms. Zuccherin said, before proudly adding that the concept of “ecology clubs” then became a best practice in relation to anti-poverty targets known as the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more

Archos introduces 28inch and 32inch Android Froyo PMPs

first_imgIf you thought the Archos 70 tablet with a 250GB hard drive was the only surprise Archos had up their sleeves for today, think again: the same company has also just unveiled an impressive pair of Android-based PMPs: the Archos 28 and the Archos 32.Although Archos is keeping hardware details concerning the two devices a bit close to their chest, the Archos 28, as it name implies, is a 2.8-inch device with a capacitive touchscreen display, while the Archos 32 is an iPod Touch sized PMP with a 3.2-inch display.AdChoices广告Both the Archos 28 and Archos 32 run FroYo Android 2.2 under the hood, and the 28 will boast size configurations ranging between four and eight gigabytes, while the Archos 32 comes stock with 8GB. Both PMPs also feature built-in WiFi, but only the Archos 32 comes with a built-in video camera.In keeping with Archos’ aggressive pricing, the Archos 28 will only cost you $99.99 for the 4GB model, while the Archos 32 will cost $149.99.last_img read more

EyeRing gives the blind a new way of seeing objects

first_imgDeveloped by a team called Fluid Interfaces at MIT’s Media Lab, EyeRing hopes to aid blind people by recognizing object details for them.To use it, the wearer simply points at an object and says what they want to know into a microphone, which is attached to their earphones. For example, if they want to know the color of something they point at it, say “color” into the microphone, and then press the button on the side of the ring. The camera on the ring then takes a picture and sends that image to a smartphone via Bluetooth.Installed on the smartphone is a custom Android app that processes the image using computer-vision algorithms according to what mode the user selected, which in this scenario would be color. A text-to-speech module then feeds back to the user the answer they require via their earphones plugged into the smartphone. The whole system seems pretty quick with the users receiving a response to their question almost instantly.EyeRing’s casing was made using 3D-printed ABS nylon. Inside a 3.7v Li-on battery provides power to a VGA camera, 16MHz AVR processor, and Bluetooth module . There’s also a mini USB port for charging the battery and reprogramming the device.Not only can the camera identify currency, color, text, and pricing, it can also be used as a replacement for canes. When two images are taken the ring can work out the distance between the two objects and creates a 3D map of the surrounding area.Sadly, the EyeRing is only a prototype and commercial development is at least two years away. Currently, Fluid Interfaces is working on an iOS version of EyeRing and in the future they are hoping to make the system identify a much wider range of objects and features by the inclusion of more sensors.More at MIT, via Gizmaglast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img Short URL The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 8:40 AM Image: Shutterstock/valeriiaarnaud Nov 27th 2016, 8:40 AM By Órla Ryan EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #CASTRO: As the world continues to react to the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, President Michael D Higgins has been criticised for praising the dictator.2. #CREWE ALEXANDRA: British football club Crewe Alexandra is to launch an independent review into how it dealt with historical child abuse allegations.3. #GARDAÍ: Garda reserve numbers dropped 35% since 2014, here’s how many reserves are in each division.4. #SUNDAY INTERVIEW: Bosco spoke to us about RTÉ’s decision to no longer produce any programming for young people in-house.5. #HACKING: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and six other Cabinet members have had private email and password details compromised by international cyber criminals, the Sunday Independent is reporting.6. #ST JOHN OF GOD: The charity was on the brink of collapse and considered defaulting on Revenue payments in the summer, according to the Irish Mail on Sunday.7. #LIMERICK: A man has been arrested after gardaí seized cannabis and cocaine with a street value of €250,000 in Limerick city.8. #HEALTH: The Sunday Business Post is reporting that the HSE will reject the use of Cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi. The HSE has been in talks with the drug’s manufacturer in a bid to reduce the life-changing medicine’s €160,000 per patient per year cost.9. #DRIVING: Motorists disqualified from driving in other European Union countries will not be disqualified from driving in Ireland following a repeal of Section 2 of the Road Traffic Bill. Image: Shutterstock/valeriiaarnaud Share1 Tweet Email 10,781 Views 1 Comment last_img read more

Bouncer un nouveau système de sécurité pour lAndroid Market

first_imgBouncer : un nouveau système de sécurité pour l’Android MarketPour assurer la sécurité de l’Android Market, boutique d’applications pour les terminaux Android envahie par les malwares, Google a lancé un nouveau service baptisé Bouncer. Sa mission sera de détecter les logiciels malveillants se faisant passer pour des applications, puis de les supprimer du magasin en ligne.Après avoir nettoyé l’Android Market d’une vingtaine d’applications piégées en décembre dernier, Google a décidé de s’attaquer sérieusement aux malwares qui se sont multipliés sur sa boutique d’applications dédiées aux terminaux équipés de son OS mobile. À lire aussiQui est Lucy Wills, grande hématologue mise à l’honneur par Google aujourd’hui ?Pour faire face à cette invasion, le géant de Mountain View a mis au point une nouvelle arme. Baptisée Bouncer, il s’agit d’un système de sécurité capable de détecter les malwares et bien sûr de les supprimer. L’outil scanne toutes les nouvelles applications mises en ligne sur le kiosque afin de s’assurer qu’elles ne cachent pas de “malwares, spywares et chevaux de Troie connus” explique (lien non disponible) Google sur l’un de ses blogs officiels. Bouncer est aussi capable de repérer un fonctionnement suspect, et de le comparer aux applications déjà identifiées comme malveillantes. Il se penche également sur les comptes des développeurs, pour s’assurer que des personnes bannies pour avoir publié des malwares ne se réenregistrent pas sous un nouveau nom.Et déjà, Google affirme que Bouncer a porté ses fruits. “Le service de recherche d’applications malveillantes fonctionne depuis un moment maintenant, et entre les premier et deuxième semestres de l’année 2011, nous avons constaté une diminution de 40% du nombre de téléchargements potentiellement malveillants sur l’Android Market” se félicite la firme de Mountain View. L’année dernière, alors que la boutique a enregistré quelque 11 milliards de téléchargements, le nombre d’applications suspectes publiées sur l’Android Market a baissé de 40 %, affirme Google.Le 3 février 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jamaicas Prime Minister welcomes NIAa Integrity Champion Programme

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 15, 2017 – Kingston – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has welcomed the National Integrity Action’s (NIA) ‘Integrity Champion’ programme, which complements the Government’s ongoing drive to stamp out corruption.Speaking at the certification ceremony for 434 persons trained under the programme, at Merl Grove High School in St. Andrew on November 12, he noted that through this programme, anti-corruption measures are being brought down to “the grassroots (level) to make it a more sustainable movement to support and complement the legislative and prosecutorial actions that the Government is taking”.Supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the programme, which is being undertaken in collaboration with the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), involves the training of trainers in anti-corruption practices.The Prime Minister pointed out that the project “is really a profound change” in the strategy being employed to stimulate a new culture of accountability, transparency and anti-corruption in Jamaica.“There is no doubt that integrity, accountability and transparency are necessary pillars of any prosperous and progressive society.   Having true ambassadors of integrity will definitely improve and build capacity for local and citizen-based action against corruption,” he said.In the meantime, Executive Director, NIA, Professor Trevor Munroe, explained that the main objective of the programme, which began last year, is to strengthen community organisations, and in particular 4-H Clubs, to produce high-quality volunteers to participate in anti-corruption efforts and activities.He explained that an essential part of the project is the establishment of Centres of Excellence “to be focal points for applied research on anti-corruption strategies and policies” to support the work of the Integrity Champions.“Already, five Centres of Excellence have been established in Kingston, St. James, Ocho Rios, St. Catherine and Clarendon – each of which shall serve as training facilities for those trained to train others,” Professor Munroe informed.Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, also hailed the initiative.“I want to commend you for your patriotic commitment, for your courage in standing up, and to say that you will help to generate a culture of law-abidingness, a culture of respect for rules, and a culture that recognises the consequences of corrupt behaviour,” he said.For his part, Chargé d’Affaires, United States Embassy, Eric Khant, assured the US Government’s continued support in the fight against corruption, noting that over the past five-years, the US Government has spent nearly US$12 million through USAID and other channels to provide training and equipment to Jamaica for anti-corruption initiatives.“With the training they have received, our hope is that they will be able to promote awareness on the burden corruption poses on society, teach how to implement anti-corruption initiatives within communities, and, more importantly, demonstrate how community members can partner with governmental and non-governmental organisations to blunt corruption,” he said.This was the first batch of trainers to receive certification under the programme, which is slated to end in March 2019.   The Integrity Champions, who hail from Kingston, Clarendon, St. Ann, St. James, Westmoreland, Hanover, Trelawny, St. Catherine and St. Thomas, underwent an intensive two days of training.Release: JISlast_img read more

Critics say Murkowski waffles on nomination

first_imgDownload AudioSen. Murkowski spoke to reporters Wednesday in Juneau. (Skip Gray/360 North)Critics of Sen. Lisa Murkowski are seizing on what they see as a flip-flop in her position on whether Barack Obama should be the president who chooses the next justice of the Supreme Court. In Juneau on Wednesday, Murkowski said she expected Obama would soon nominate someone to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.“I do believe that the nominee should get a hearing,” she said then, adding that she didn’t think Obama’s nominee would necessarily advance to a vote in the Senate.But by the next day she was saying she didn’t think there should be an Obama nominee.“I urge the President to follow a tradition embraced by both parties over the past 80 years and allow his successor in the White House to select the next Supreme Court Justice,” she said, in a five-part post on Twitter, and on Facebook.Anchorage attorney Margaret Stock just announced she’s running for Murkowski’s seat, as an independent. She says Murkowski isn’t being true to her past position and she figures the senator is bowing to political pressure. And she disputes Murkowski’s claim that there’s an 80-year tradition barring the president from making a nomination.“This isn’t any tradition that I’ve ever heard of,” Stock says.Murkowski was not available to describe what tradition she was referring to. But the Supreme Court experts at SCOTUSblog looked back to 1900 and they’ve determined that no president delayed a nomination to wait out an election. Taft, Wilson, Hoover, FDR and LBJ all nominated Supreme Court justices in presidential election years, according to their research..It could be that Murkowski’s Tweet refers to a Senate tradition of blocking those election-year nominees, because the Senate has done that, a lot. Her Tweet may have wrongly described what the senator meant, because here’s how Murkowski herself put it to reporters in Juneau:“The history of what happens when there’s a vacancy in the Supreme Court during the same year that you have a presidential election — This history is, it’s been 80 years (since) the Senate acted on that nominee, in that election year,” she said. “The thought being that the new president should have the opportunity to name this lifetime appointment.”That does nearly comport with Supreme Court history, because the last president to successfully fill a vacancy in an election year was Franklin Roosevelt, 76 years ago. (Unless you count presidents Eisenhower or Reagan, but those are special cases.)Stock, the Murkowski challenger, dug up a column Murkowski wrote in 2005 for the Juneau Empire to suggest Murkowski has changed her tune.“Let me make it clear that I support an up-or-down vote on all nominations brought to the Senate floor, regardless of the president nominating them or which party controls the Senate,” Murkowski wrote back then.The column was about ending filibusters of judicial nominees, not necessarily Supreme Court picks. But Stock says she sees a big inconsistency.“A lot of Alaskans are very unhappy with her, and it’s for exactly this reason,” Stock says. “She takes a position in writing, says she believes in a principle, and then she waffles on it.”Alaska Democratic Party spokesman Jake Hamburg says it’s ironic that Murkowski’s theme, in her annual address to the Legislature this week, was delivering “certainty” to Alaskans.“The only thing that’s certain is that she’s going to change her position according to whichever way the wind is going,” he said.Murkowski, when asked about her new challenger in Juneau on Wednesday, said campaigning isn’t her favorite part of the job.“But I’m not doing anything different because we have a newly announced individual who’s stepped up,” she said. “Just going to keep working every day, real hard.”A Murkowski spokeswoman said neither she nor the senator were unavailable to discuss her statements by our deadline Friday.last_img read more

Mike Pompeo to seek stronger strategic ties with India despite trade tensions

first_imgThe US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seeks to further strengthen strategic ties with India.ReutersUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will seek to further strengthen strategic ties with India during a visit next week despite increasing frictions over trade, data flows and arms from Russia, officials said. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks during an event to release of 2019 Trafficking in-person report at the State Department in Washington, US, June 20, 2019.Pompeo arrives in New Delhi on Tuesday for talks that are aimed at laying the ground for a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the week at a G20 meeting in Japan.India is embroiled in disputes with the United States over tariffs, Indian price caps on imported medical devices, most from the United States, and Indian rules on e-commerce that impose conditions on the operations of major US companies such as Amazon and Walmart.Another issue that has alarmed India is the possibility of US restrictions on work visas for Indian professionals in retaliation for India’s insistence on local data storage by big foreign firms, even though the State Department said on Thursday it had no such plan.”US-India trade ties, at least between our capitals, are certainly worsening. We both have leaders who look at trade as a zero-sum game,” said Richard Rossow, a US-India expert at Washington’s the Center for Strategic and International Studies.The Indian government led by Modi, who was re-elected last month with a big majority, says it has been trying to negotiate solutions to the disputes with the United States but that, as a developing country, it has to protect the interests of its people.Trump has repeatedly criticised India for its high tariffs and last month raised the stakes with the withdrawal of a decades-old trade privilege.Indian and US officials said trade would be addressed during Pompeo’s visit but emphasised the broader political and security relationship.”There will be certain issues between us that will be on the table at all points of time,” an Indian government official said. “But it should not detract from the overall direction of the relationship, which is positive.”ARMS SALES Both countries are wary of the growing might of China.The US officials said Pompeo will seek to advance the US strategic partnership with India.”India is a crucial partner in the Trump administration’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region; It shares our concerns about challenges to our shared interests in the region,” a senior official of the US State Department told reporters on Friday.The official said Pompeo would “talk specifically … about expanding security, energy and space cooperation,” and noted that the two countries were gearing up for their first-ever tri-service military exercises in the Bay of Bengal later this year.At the same time, the U.S. side was hoping the visit would provide a “kick-start” to move quickly to resolve longstanding irritants over trade and market access for US firms.”A serious process, a credible process and a candid process is going to be critical,” the official said. “We need to get a conversation started quickly.”India and the United States eyed each other warily over decades of Cold War suspicion when India was closer to the then Soviet Union.But the United States has become one of India’s top arms suppliers over the past decade, selling more than $15 billion of weapons such as transport planes, long-range submarine hunters and helicopter gunships.U.S. firms Lockheed Martin and Boeing are in the race for a contract to build 110 fighter planes in a deal estimated at $20 billion.In 2016, the United States declared India a major defence partner, opening the way for sales of high-tech military equipment seen as part of a U.S. aim to build up the country as a counterweight to China in the region.But here too, new strains have emerged over an Indian plan to buy S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia, which can trigger U.S. sanctions under the Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), prohibiting any engagement with Russia’s defence sector.India, which signed the deal with Russia last year, has been hoping for a waiver, but that has not been forthcoming.U.S. principal deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, told Congress this month Washington had “serious concerns” about the possible Indian purchase and there was no available CAATSA waiver when it came to the S-400.”We are continuing our conversations about how the U.S. or other defence providers could assist India,” she added.last_img read more

McDuffie Proposes Alternative to Bowers Homeless Shelter Location

first_imgKenyan McDuffie wants a new homeless shelter on Rhode Island Avenue. (AFRO File Photo)D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) proposed that a District-owned homeless shelter be placed on the Rhode Island Avenue thoroughfare. That proposal has drawn strong support and opposition in his ward.McDuffie revealed 1700 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. as the best place for a homeless shelter in his ward at a town hall meeting held at the Israel Baptist Church, 1251 Saratoga Ave NE, May 27before a crowd of about 100 people.“The property on 1700 Rhode Island Avenue is District-owned and it is not an eyesore,” he said. “We can integrate this homeless shelter into the community and while I understand that some of you don’t like it on Rhode Island Avenue, families who live in the site will have access soon to a new library, new grocery stores, and other new amenities.”D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) wants to close the city’s largest homeless shelter located at the D.C. General Hospital because it is considered unsafe and unsanitary. She proposed smaller shelters in all of the city’s wards and the D.C. Council supports her proposal.“I think that today provided an opportunity to receive more input from residents,” Councilmember McDuffie told the {AFRO}. “You can’t agree with everyone who has an opinion, but I think we can all agree that we need to close this in order to provide smaller shelters that are more dignified than D.C. General.”A few weeks ago the council rejected some of the proposed shelter properties, such as 2266 25th Place NE, because they were located on private land.  McDuffie took issue with Bowser’s proposed site along an industrial strip of land on Bladensburg Road, N.E. in his ward and embraced the Rhode Island Avenue site.Jay Melder, chief of staff for the District’s Department of Health and Human Services, said there will be comprehensive services to assist shelter residents with housing, education, and employment. Melder added that security would be a top priority for those in the shelter and those living close by.Dr. Sandra Campbell was one of the 17 people who spoke at the meeting and she isn’t happy about McDuffie’s plans. “I prefer the homeless shelter not be on Rhode Island Avenue because it is a Main Street,” Campbell said, referring to the city’s program to highlight and upgrade leading District thoroughfares. “I am not ignorant of homelessness in this city and I don’t have a hard heart. Rhode Island Avenue is a bustling economic corridor and we need people on the street shopping in stores and dining in restaurants for the avenue to be vibrant.”“There are two group homes in the proposed area of the homeless shelter,” Willie Hewett, a resident of the ward, said to McDuffie. He echoed concerns raised by Campbell of Rhode Island Avenue’s potency as a commercial artery that could be ruined by the shelter.McDuffie was unmoved by the criticism of his decision. “When I came into office four years ago, [developing] Rhode Island Avenue was one of my highest priorities,” the council member said. “Things are happening on Rhode Island Avenue. The assumption that some people are making that homeless people will not contribute to that area is not fair.”Louvenia Williams is the executive director of the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative and favors McDuffie’s plan. “Council member McDuffie, don’t change the footprint,” Williams said. “The homeless shelter will fit into the community. We should surround these families with the love and the support that they need.”Linda Poulson contributed to this article.last_img read more

Wind Waker HD gets a Hero Mode for hardcore gamers

first_imgOne of the key titles Wii U owners have got to look forward to later this year is the re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. For gamers too young to remember the Gamecube, it’s a chance to play a very entertaining and visually distinctive game from the Zelda series for the first time. For those of you who remember the Gamecube version fondly, it’s those HD graphics that are meant to be the main draw.Nintendo has decided to sweeten the deal further, though. For anyone picking up the game for a second time, you can now look forward to having the option of playing in Hero Mode.Hero Mode is basically hardcore mode. Normal Mode will see the game play just like the original with hearts being awarded for smashing pots and killing enemies. Hero Mode removes that. You won’t be able to find any hearts in the environment, which will up the difficulty considerably. If that wasn’t enough, enemies will also deal double damage making for a very challenging game indeed.If you’re wondering how Nintendo expects you to replenish your health without the use of hearts, it comes down to potions and fairies. Even then, managing your health is going to be a big part of playing, and entering into combat will have to be done with a lot more strategy in mind.Other than introducing this new mode, Nintendo has moved functionality over to the Wii U’s GamePad, including the inventory being displayed there. You can also take advantage of Swift Sail to steer the boat directly rather than the wind direction.Tweaks and HD graphics aside, I think Hero Mode is what Wind Waker really needed to attract older players back to the game. They can play the original for nostalgia, and then switch to Hero Mode for a real challenge.last_img read more

PEOPLE Ensemble announced new Marketing VP for Canada US

first_img Ensemble Travel Group has announced the appointment of Carl Schmitt to the executive position of vice president, marketing, for its 850 member agencies in the U.S. and Canada. He will be responsible for developing and executing a full suite of marketing programs and services for Ensemble members and its global network of preferred partners.Schmitt brings nearly 30 years’ experience in global brand strategy, customer relationship management, and B2B sales and marketing to the role, having served in senior management roles at PFP Services (credit union and life insurance provider) and Avon Products. At Avon, he helped transform the sales rep network and led the development and launch of the Anew skincare line, which generated sales of over $100 million in its first year and quickly became Avon’s flagship brand.“While Carl comes from outside the travel industry, his professional background has many parallels to Ensemble’s model of supporting members’ needs with results-driven marketing and business solutions,” said Ensemble’s Libbie Rice, co-president. “That said, we’re excited about the fresh perspective and new ideas he will bring to this position. Carl is strong in analytics and technology and is highly collaborative, which is important as we continue to capitalize on North American synergies.”More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongOn his dedication to helping others succeed, Schmitt said: “For me that commitment goes as far back as my years at Avon working with thousands of independent contractors across the country. My top priority was to help them exceed in their goals, so in order to do that I trained in their shoes for a better understanding of what drives them every day – their successes and challenges.“The travel industry appears to be at the intersection of technology and human connection. Consumers want a personalized experience that makes them feel special, and technology can help make that happen. Skilled travel professionals are those who can build a trusting relationship with clients while capitalizing on all that technology can offer. I look forward to forging that same connection with Ensemble members and partners and helping them both succeed.”In his new role at Ensemble, Schmitt will be responsible for creating an overall North American marketing strategy that balances the needs of both the organization’s members and travel partners, including all print and digital marketing initiatives. In a cross-functional capacity, he will work closely with other departments to explore opportunities that drive shareholder growth and organizational efficiencies. In addition, Schmitt and his team of 10+ staff in the U.S. and Canada will create and implement marketing products and campaigns that showcase the expertise of Ensemble members as well as strengthen the overall Ensemble brand.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksSchmitt will begin work out of Ensemble Travel Group’s New York headquarters office on June 19. << Previous PostNext Post >> [PEOPLE] Ensemble announced new Marketing VP for Canada & U.S. Posted by Monday, June 19, 2017 center_img Share Travelweek Group Tags: Ensemble Travel Grouplast_img read more

Millennials get their very own airline with launch of Air Frances Joon

first_img Posted by Millennials get their very own airline with launch of Air France’s Joon Travelweek Group Share Thursday, July 20, 2017 center_img Tags: Air France, Low-Cost Carriers, Millennial Travel TORONTO — Everyone is marketing to the Millennials and now Air France is the latest to aggressively target this market with a specific product, namely a brand new airline called Joon that Air France says is aimed at “the millennials (18 to 35 year-olds), whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology”.Air France says Joon will start on medium-haul routes out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle in fall 2017 and expand to long-haul service in 2018.Details about destinations and fares will become available this fall.Air France said the new brand “has been entirely designed to meet their requirements and aspirations, with an authentic and connected offering that stands out in the world of air transport.“Joon will not be a low-cost airline as it will offer original products and services that reflect those of Air France. Joon is a lifestyle brand and a state of mind. Short, punchy and international, the name Joon is designed to address a worldwide audience. Its visual identity is based on an electric blue colour code symbolizing the airline’s dynamic attitude, as well as the sky, space and travel.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“We started with our target customer segment, the millennials, to create this new brand that means something to them,” said Caroline Fontaine, VP Brand at Air France. “Our brief was simple: to find a name to illustrate a positive state of mind. This generation has inspired us a lot: epicurean and connected, they are opportunistic in a positive sense of the word as they know how to enjoy every moment and are in search of quality experiences that they want to share with others. Joon is a brand that carries these values.”“With Joon, we have created a young and connected brand that will give the Group a new impetus,” added Dominique Wood, EVP Brand and Communications at Air France. “Designed for our millennial customers, it will offer more than just a flight and a fare, it will offer a global travel experience. We’ll provide a further update in September, with more details on the brand’s content, products, services, destinations and range of fares.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThere are now more Millennials in North America than any other generation. Air France is the latest but certainly not the first to market a product so specifically to one demographic, and it won’t be the last.U by Uniworld, Uniworld’s river cruise brand for Millennials, is now available to book with the first itineraries sailing in spring 2018.Virgin Voyages, another cruise line targeting Millennials, has signed on for three vessels with its first ship scheduled to debut in 2020. For the first ship, Virgin Voyages says it will offer a range of Caribbean itineraries to ports that deliver “unique and very social experiences”. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Others thought Washington would fit well in Seattle with the Seahawks.Welp here’s to watching Daryl Washington become a pro bowler again with the Seahawks— Tony Lucero (@_TL7) May 11, 2017ESPN’s John Clayton doesn’t think either of those possibilities makes sense.“Nobody in the NFC West,” Clayton told Doug and Wolf Friday morning on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “He’s not going to be able to fit with the Rams, I just don’t see that. San Francisco and Seattle, they’re 4-3 teams, but Seattle’s already brought in three linebackers in free agency.“I just don’t see him in the division.”Washington has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL, but after three years away from the game, it will take a lot of work on the player’s part and a team willing to give him a chance for his career to be restored.“What you wonder is would a team like Cincinnati or Oakland, one of those teams, take a chance on him knowing it’s probably going to be a $900,000 deal,” Clayton said. 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Your browser does not support the audio element. When the Arizona Cardinals suddenly cut Daryl Washington Thursday morning, immediate speculation about the player’s next NFL stop began.Some Cardinals fans took to social media to predict the linebacker would end up in New England and play for the Super Bowl champion Patriots, similar to the path of former Arizona receiver Michael Floyd, who was released last year.Daryl Washington going to be playing MLB for the @Patriots.— Jake (@AzSportsNFL) April 26, 2017 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgPaolo put the steps temporarily in place … … to accurately weld in the small steel holders. Here we see the steel step holders welded in place and covered by a coat of primer.More to come. September 9, 2015We continue our report about the re-design of seating in the East Housing Balcony.Paolo Van Erp cut steel pieces which will connect the steps to the little steel ramp already installed on the balcony.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]last_img

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