Clinton Global Initiative Concludes Final Annual Meeting and Celebrates Legacy of Impact

first_imgPresident Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton concluded the 12th and final Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting this week and recognized the impact of the CGI community in creating more than 3,600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 435 million people worldwide.

At the Closing Plenary Session, President Clinton delivered a personal reflection on what the last 15 years of the Clinton Foundation have meant to him and discussed how CGI helped redefine philanthropy.

”It has been one of the great honors of my life. You are living proof that good people committed to create cooperation have almost unlimited positive impact to help people today and give our kids better tomorrows. I have spent the last 15 years of my life working to advance that idea, said President Clinton.”

Chelsea Clinton also reflected on the work and legacy of the Clinton Global Initiative. “I am so fiercely grateful to have been part of this remarkable community over the last 11 years,” said Chelsea Clinton. “Thank you to all of the commitment makers, thank you to everyone who has believed in this model, and a tremendous thank you to the remarkable people who have worked for and with CGI over the years.”

Over the past three days, CGI members discussed and announced 96 new Commitments to Action to continue driving progress on pressing global issues, including preventing the spread of Zika, addressing the refugee crisis in Syria, reducing violence against women in the developing world, peacebuilding in post-conflict areas, and strengthening business supply chains so that companies can do well by doing good.

What started with 600 commitments in 100 countries in CGI’s first two years has since grown to more than 3,600 commitments spanning more than 180 countries, which have improved the lives of over 435 million people. The impact of CGI will continue through the work of CGI members who are implementing their Commitments to Action. When fully funded and implemented, commitments announced by CGI members over the past 11 years will ensure that:• More than 52 million children have access to a better education. • More than 33 million people have increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation. • More than 13 million girls and women have been supported through empowerment initiatives. • More than $1.6 billion has been invested or loaned to small- and medium-sized enterprises. • Nearly 35 million people have access to information technologies. • More than 50 million farmers or small-scale producers have gained access to inputs, supports, and markets • More than 8 million people have gained skills to cope with the risks of environmental stress and natural disasters. • More than 401 million acres of forest have been protected or restored. • Nearly 4 million clean jobs have been created. • More than 114 million people have increased access to maternal and child health and survival programs. • More than $318 million in research and development funds has been spent on new vaccines, medicines, and diagnostics.last_img read more

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Survey Manufacturing in New York accelerated in October

first_imgWASHINGTON – Manufacturing activity in New York picked up this month, expanding at the fastest pace in three years.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index jumped to 30.2, the highest level since 2014. Any reading above zero points to expansion.Shipments of goods soared more than 11 points to 27.5, the New York Fed said. New orders fell nearly seven points to 18, a reading that still indicates demand is solid. A measure of employment rose, a sign that factories in the state are creating more jobs.Nationwide, manufacturers are benefiting from a healthy global economy and a decline in the dollar’s value, which makes U.S. goods cheaper overseas. Automakers have also ramped up production to replace cars destroyed by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.The report is the latest sign the U.S. economy is in solid shape. Americans stepped up their spending last month, according to a report on retail sales released Friday, led by a big increase in auto purchases.Economists forecast growth may reach about 2.5 per cent at an annual pace in the current July-September quarter, even as the hurricanes inflicted heavy damage in Texas, Florida and the Southeast. Rebuilding and repair work should then lift growth to nearly 3 per cent in the final three months of the year.last_img read more

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BSF personnel rescue rare birds from Hilibound bus

first_imgBalurghat: The BSF rescued 58 rare species of birds from a private bus from Trimohini Bazaar, about 21 km from here, on Tuesday afternoon.Acting on a tip-off, the BSF jawans under 183 Battalions conducted the raids and rescued the birds which were left abandoned in cages in the bus. According to a BSF source, these birds looked quite similar to Indian hen. Preliminary investigation revealed that the cost of these rare birds was around Rs 58,00,000. None has been arrested till now. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe BSF said these birds were kept in cages in a Hili-bound private bus from Kolkata. It is suspected that they were being smuggled to Bangladesh because of their high demands in the neighbouring country. The BSF conducted the search operation after getting information from a reliable source that some rare birds were being smuggled to Bangladesh. The birds were kept under security in the Chalkgopal border outpost. Forest officials were informed for identification of these rare species. “It is suspected that the birds were purchased from Kolkata and were being sent to Bangladesh at a high cost. Following the raids, we rescued them but unfortunately a few of them died,” said a BSF officer. An organised racket of unscrupulous traders was behind the crime, the officer said.last_img read more

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Students storm Trichy Mihin Lanka office

Colleges had re-opened on Wednesday after being shut down during the recent anti-Sri Lanka protests in Tamil Nadu. Eleven pro-Eelam students were taken into custody by the police on Wednesday, as they barged into the Mihin Lanka airline’s corporate office at Trichy. They charged that the Sri Lankan airline was owned by the brother of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa who is charged with war crimes by the Tamil organisations, the Times of India reported today.The protesters, who had a sit-in at the Mihin Lanka office, said they wanted to draw the attention of the Central government to the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Earlier in the day, they burnt the effigy of Union external affairs minister Salman Khurshid who had aired the Union government’s view that accepting the Tamil Nadu assembly resolution calling for a referendum for a separate Tamil state in the island country cannot be accepted. Khurshid had also opined that several Indian states did not share Tamil Nadu government’s stand vis-a-vis Sri Lanka. “We are not operated or instigated by any political party. What operates us is our own conscience,” a student leader said. The Union government must respect the sentiments of eight crore people that is now being channeled through our State-wide agitation, he added. The students raised slogans that Khurshid should be summarily sacked from the Union ministry, and the Congress activists who allegedly attacked the students in Trichy during the recent visit of TNCC president Gnanadesikan should be arrested. read more

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Instagram bringing taptobuy shopping feature to Canada

TORONTO — Instagram is expanding its shopping feature to Canada.The social media giant will allow businesses to tag products in their posts, which users can tap to purchase or learn more about.The feature will also let businesses add a “Shop” tab to their profiles and collect data on how many people are tapping to see or buy their products via Instagram.Online shopping isn’t the only thing killing Canadian malls — it’s millennials, tooFacebook tried to get ahead of the news, but made the Cambridge Analytica crisis even worseAlongside Canada, the feature will also be available in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Australia and the U.K.It originally launched in the U.S. last year.The social media giant said 200 million people visit business profiles on the app every day, but only one third already follow the company they’re browsing. read more

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Valve starts promoting Steam for Linux to Windows users

first_imgSteam is now being used by thousands of gamers running a Linux OS, and Valve has got to the point where they are happy to start urging Windows users to make the switch.Proof of that comes from the screenshot you see above. It’s the Steam website, and placed prominently near the top of the page is a “Join the Beta” promotion suggesting you try Steam for Linux. There’s even a download link to get Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which removes yet another barrier to entry.With Gabe Newell’s clear hatred of Windows 8, this shouldn’t be a surprising move. We aren’t going to see another version of Windows appear for a few years, so in Valve’s eyes pushing Linux to gamers makes a lot of sense. The Steam Box will also run on Linux, so again, promoting Linux and getting its presence known more widely across the gaming community makes selling the Steam console easier in the future.Switching to Linux is also an unusually easy affair. You don’t need any new hardware, and you don’t even need to replace Windows. There’s also no costs involved as Linux is free to use. The one issue you may hit is hardware compatibility, but that has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, and few have any major problems with Ubuntu other than not liking Unity.The one thing Valve needs to do now to really convince gamers Linux is the future, is get support from more games. A lot more games. If a Steam game doesn’t run on Linux then it will stop at least a few gamers making the switch. Valve is clearly well aware of this fact, though, and you can guarantee they are working behind the scenes to get as many developers on board as possible.via Ubuntu Vibeslast_img read more

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Saturne Encelade pourrait abriter des formes de vie

first_imgSaturne: Encelade pourrait abriter des formes de vieLa navette Cassini de la NASA a déjà pris de nombreuses photos de Encelade, une des lunes de Saturne. Selon la NASA, elle pourrait abriter des formes de vie similaires à celles découvertes sur Terre. En utilisant le spectromètre de la sonde Cassini, les scientifiques ont pu déterminer que les 90 jets de vapeur d’eau s’échappant des “rayures de tigres”, situées au pôle sud, contiennent également des matériaux organiques, du sel et des particules gelées. En effet, Encelade est une lune où il neige. Et la composition de la neige est un environnement favorable au développement des microbes. La lune entre ainsi dans le peloton de tête des planètes pouvant abriter des formes de vie.Carolyn Porco, directrice de l’équipe Imaging Science pour la mission de la navette Cassini, précise que “nous sommes capables de nous déplacer à travers les volutes et de prélever des échantillons. Nous pouvons également nous poser à la surface de la lune, jeter un coup d’oeil et repartir avec ce dont nous avions besoin”, rapporte le Smithonian Mag.Encelade produit de la chaleur”Cassini est déjà passé plusieurs fois à travers ces jets et a fait des prélèvements. Nous avons ainsi découvert que leur salinité est identique à celle des océans sur la Terre”, ajoute-t-elle au NASA Science News. De plus, des mesures thermiques ont mis en évidence des température s’approchant des -84°C. Ainsi “environ 16 gigawatts d’énergie thermique sortent de ces fissures”, affirme Carolyn Porco. À priori, cette chaleur proviendrait de la force gravitationnelle de Saturne qui forcerait Encelade à changer son orbite régulièrement, provoquant ainsi des flexions internes générant de la chaleur. Pourtant, cela “ne représente pas toute la chaleur libérée. L’énergie libérée aujourd’hui pourrait avoir été générée puis stockée à l’intérieur de la lune dans le passé”, explique-t-elle.Carolyn Porco précise que la lune entre dans des cycles où, lorsque Encelade doit faire face à la pression gravitationnelle, elle stocke de la chaleur en faisant fondre sa glace. Lorsque la pression diminue, la lune élimine plus de chaleur qu’elle n’en produit et donc se refroidit. “L’eau liquide se transforme de nouveau en glace. Mais elle en gèle jamais en intégralité, afin que la chaleur puisse de nouveau augmenter, et commencer un nouveau cycle”, conclue la scientifique.Un habitat propice au développement de la vieDonc, avec des océans liquides souterrains, une source d’énergie et des matériaux organiques, Encelade pourrait très bien abriter les mêmes formes de vie que sur la Terre. En revanche, sur la planète bleue, ces zones de développement de la vie se situent majoritairement au fond des océans. Sur Encelade, la zone habitable est beaucoup plus facile d’accès… “Elle débouche directement dans l’espace, où nous pouvons y accéder facilement. C’est l’endroit le plus prometteur que je connaisse pour effectuer des recherches biologiques. Nous n’aurions même pas besoin de gratter la surface de la lune”, s’extasie la chercheuse, repris par NASA Science News.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ces jets d’eau se frayent ainsi un passage à travers la croûte gelée d’Encelade et pourraient mener à une zone habitable unique dans tout le système solaire.Retrouvez cet extraordinaire phénomène, en images, sur Maxisciences. Le 29 mars 2012 à 13:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ASA Applauds Senate Leadership on Release of Farm Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauded the leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee on release of their draft farm bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.“The farm bill is vital legislation, not just for American farmers but for consumers in our country and abroad who depend on us to provide food, fiber and fuel,” said ASA Vice President and Kentucky soybean grower Davie Stephens. “We’re grateful to Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow for their bipartisan effort and for taking this important step toward completing the farm bill this year.”Stephens continued, “Farmers need the certainty of a new five-year bill to manage continuing low crop prices and farm income as well as volatile conditions affecting our vital export markets. We urge the Senate Committee to act on this legislation as soon as possible and for the full Senate to consider it before the July Congressional recess.”Authorizations under the current Agriculture Act of 2014 will expire at the end of September 2018.last_img read more

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Musher Mike Williams Jr spending this Iditarod at home with family and

first_imgMike Williams Jr. of Akiak completes the 2017 K300. (Photo by Katie Basile/KYUK)The Iditarod restart kicked off Sunday afternoon in Willow. Five Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta teams are competing across 1,000 miles of Alaska wilderness, but a notable Western Alaska musher will be absent from the pack. However, his time will still be going to the dogs. Mike Williams Jr. has competed in nearly every Iditarod since 2010, but this year, as the race approaches, he isn’t busy flying his team to the start.“Right now I’m scooping up some poop and there’s a lot of water,” he told KYUK over the phone from his Akiak dog yard on Thursday. He laughed as he talked.The warm weather right now means that he can’t let the mess sit for long, or else it all melts together.Williams made the decision to not race shortly after last year’s Iditarod, and he has five good reasons why:“My newest one is Corlaine, and she’s six months. Anna, she just turned three. My twin boys, they’re five. And my stepson is eight,” he explained.Williams also has a new litter of pups and a 40-dog kennel. Williams says that if conditions were better he’d be entering the dogs in local races, but everything has turned to mush.The watery winter has destroyed more than local trails.“Some of the dog houses, well a lot of them,” Williams said, “got damaged this past year from all the rain.”On another note, the winter has brought some good things for the Williams’ household. The whitefish harvest is the best he’s ever seen.“This morning, one of my nets, I pulled up about 35,” he said.Williams catches about 90 percent of the food that his dogs eat, and this year, they have something new on the menu.“My uncle up in Barrow (Utqiagvik) sent us some whale blubber,” Williams said. “It keeps good weight on them, and they have shiny coats from it.”Meanwhile, Williams’ father, Mike Williams Sr., catches lush fish, also known as burbot, for his son’s team. Growing up, the younger Williams watched his father compete in the Iditarod. When asked if he’d be following the race this year, Williams didn’t hesitate.“Oh yeah. Of course!” he responded.Williams says that he will be checking the Iditarod Tracker whenever he pulls out his phone, cheering on the local teams while home in Akiak, surrounded by family and dogs.last_img read more

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Students exhorted to excel in studies

first_imgGachibowli: MLA Arekapudi Gandhi, on Thursday, inaugurated three additional classrooms costing Rs.40 lakh in Rayadurgam junior college funded by Divyasri NSL Infrastructure Pvt Ltd as part of their corporate social responsibility. Local corporator Saibaba was present on the occasion.Speaking at the function, Gandhi promised to improve the college by providing all basic facilities like a corporate institution. He praised the firm for its gesture in funding the rooms which benefit poor students. The MLA advised the college students to study with discipline, earn a good name for themselves and their parents and serve society. Also Read – Governor felicitates Sai Praneeth Advertise With Us Among those present were college principal Srinivasulu, retired principal Vanaja, Divyasri CFO Narayan Rao, Vidya Committee members Lakshmayya, Mallayya,Krishna Goud, former corporator Satyanarayana, library director Ganesh Mudiraj, Ward Member Anjamma, TRS leaders Yarlagadda Srinivas Yadav, Sampath, Jagdish, Satish, Ramesh Goud, Venkatesh, lecturers, students.last_img read more

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BNP terms CEC remarks on UZ polls deceptive

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP on Wednesday termed ‘deceptive’ chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s comment about holding the upcoming by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation ‘as fair as the 11th parliamentary election’, reports UNB.”The CEC on Tuesday said the city corporation by-polls will be fair like the national election. With such a comment, he has just given a hint of making another fraud with the nation over the election,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Speaking at a press conference at the BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he also said Nurul Huda’s remark about the city polls has exposed that he has become a “cruel clown” after arranging a national election of grand vote ‘robbery’.Rizvi said it is difficult to imagine how a CEC who held different important posts, including that of secretary, of the government can be so much shameless. “It’s very unfortunate that he is indulging in impudicity after selling his soul.”He said the entire nation has got stunned over the activities of the CEC who is working to destroy the country’s election system.The BNP leader said the 11th parliamentary election was accepted nowhere — neither at home nor abroad — due to massive vote ‘robbery’. “The law enforcers stuffed ballots the night before the voting day while voters were barred from going to the polling stations.”Referring to Awami League-led Grand Alliance’s component JSD’s statement over vote robbery and stuffing ballots on 29 December, Rizvi said how ruling party general secretary Obaidul Quader will now defend the election when their alliance partner is bringing the allegation of vote ‘robbery’.Rizvi alleged that the government is playing the ‘game of hide and seek’ over the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in different cases filed against her. “When she obtained bail in one case, her bail in another case was annulled. When she got bail from the High Court, the Appellate Division stayed it. When the Appellate Division granted her bail in any case, the lower court canceled bail in another case. These things happened over the last one year regarding Khaleda Zia’s cases.”He said Khaleda is not getting bail in many cases though all other accused in those cases were granted bail. “The government is doing such things by establishing its control over the administration and the law enforcers through politicisation.”Khaled has been in jail since 8 February last year as she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She has been facing a total of 36 cases.Mentioning that Khaleda is seriously ill in the jail, Rizvi urged the government to free her stopping repression on her.He also demanded that the other arrested party leaders and activists across the country be released from jail.last_img read more

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Nintendo cuts Wii U price by 50 offers Wind Waker HD for

first_imgWith sales of the Wii U coming in well below what both Nintendo expected and what the Wii achieved over the same period of its lifetime, many were calling for a price cut. As far as Nintendo was concerned that wasn’t going to happen. They are already the lowest price next-gen console before the competition launches, and the Wii U is still being sold at a loss.But today Nintendo announced that a price drop is coming on September 20. The Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set will retail for $299.99 instead of the current $349.99. That makes the Wii U $100 cheaper than a PS4, and $200 cheaper than the Xbox One.The deal gets better, though. Nintendo is also going to offer a The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Bundle, which will see Wind Waker HD included with a Deluxe Wii U for the same $299.99 price. So you’re getting a free game that would otherwise cost $50 for a limited time. This bundle edition will have gold lettering and a Hyrule crest on the GamePad, as well as a download code for the digital version of the Hyrule Historia book. The copy of Wind Waker HD is also a download, not a physical disc.The price drop, free game, and new titles being released including Super Mario 3D World and a new Donkey Kong game should allow Nintendo to have a better holiday period. If you also count the 2DS, a $130 2D-only version of the 3DS, this Christmas you could pick up both a Nintendo console and handheld for $430, which is on a par or just below what you’d be paying for a PS4 with a game. For parents with a young child in the house, that’s going to be a pretty tempting deal.As we know the Wii U is still selling at a loss, this price drop has got to hurt Nintendo. But ultimately they needed to do something to kickstart sales again. If it works that loss won’t matter as it will be made up for in increased games and accessory sales. But if things continue as is, it will just speed up Nintendo’s need to try something more drastic or consider making the Wii U have a much shorter lifecycle than intended.last_img read more

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Like Sabarimala this Kolkata Kali Puja prevents womens entry

first_imgKolkata: Amidst the raging controversy surrounding Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, a 34-year-old Kali Puja here is now getting media attention as it doesn’t allow women to step inside the marquee premises, with belief reigning stronger than rights. “Our 34-year-old Panchamunda Kali Puja follows tantra (an ancient esoteric Hindu tradition). Tantric priests from Tarapith have been conducting the Puja every year. We had questioned our ancestors, but they said a female is not even allowed to touch anything,” Gangaram Shaw, executive body member of the Chetla Pradip Sangha, said. Kali Puja — which is celebrated as Diwali in Bengal — is scheduled to be held on November 6. Shaw mentioned that the restriction on entry has been there ever since the Puja was first held. Another committee member, Manoj Ghosh, said: “As organisers, we want women to be included in the Puja but this is not our Puja as we have to follow whatever the tantrics say.” However, a priest of Tarapith temple (265 km from Kolkata), situated on the banks of the Dwarka River in Birbhum district, expressed immense surprise. Tarapith is famous for its tantric practices. “I am one of the aged priests here and I know there are no such rules that prevent the entry of women. Our temple is open for all and I am wondering who are those priests talking about such restrictions,” exclaimed Mulmantra Roy, 81. The community Puja, with a budget of around Rs 300,000, is a major crowd-puller and, this year, the organisers plan to bring their 15-feet-tall idol on November 4. The immersion will take place on November 9. But they simply plead helplessness over bringing about any change with regard to the restriction. “People come in large groups and the ground that you can see beside the marquee helps in managing the crowd. We allow them to worship from outside. The restriction is really surprising as the Goddess herself is a woman, but it cannot be changed,” Gangaram said. Commenting on the reason cited by the organisers, Indologist Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri said: “This is particularly a patriarchy-induced condition. Most of the Shakti Pujas are done following the tantra rituals and such practice is not prevalent anywhere. Finally, if the tantric has so many problems, then why are they worshipping the female goddess?” “This is not logical and they are projecting a sort of vainglory,” Bhaduri affirmed. The women residents of the area seem least bothered about the restrictions as they don’t want to break the age-old tradition. “I have seen this Puja when it started during my childhood days. Women can be part of the procession of bringing the idol and also join the visarjan (immersion procession). But once the rituals of the Puja begin, we cannot step inside the pandal,” Mithu Mantri, a woman resident said.last_img read more

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Officer training for the National Guard begins

first_imgChetumal, Q.R. — Training for the upcoming National Guard has begun with the first group attending classes in the state’s capital city of Chetumal. They say that 200 officers from the Military, Naval, State Preventive, Preventive Municipal and Federal Preventive, will receive the training courses that will cover the legal framework of action, First respondent, Chain of custody, Flagrancy, Human Rights, Equity and Gender Perspective, Comprehensive Criminal Justice System for Adolescents, among others. Taught in groups of 50, the FGE says that the instructors are specialists from the different areas and directorates of the State Attorney General’s Office and the training is done in accordance with Human Rights and with a gender perspective.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)center_img La Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE) reports that as of April 1, training classes for members of the upcoming Guardia Nacional began that will see groups of 50 taught regulations on the prevention and investigation of crime as well as the detection and arrest of probable perpetrators.last_img read more

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Owner will rename Hitler clothing shop in India

first_imgShah said he received dozens of phone calls asking that he rename the shop. Israel’s consul general in Mumbai had also asked state officials to intervene.Shah says he didn’t know about Hitler’s history, but people in the city say the name was a marketing gimmick.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How do cataracts affect your vision? AHMADABAD, India (AP) – The owner of the “Hitler” clothing shop in western India says he will remove the sign and rename his store after hearing people’s complaints.Rajesh Shah said Tuesday he had chosen the name in memory of his grandfather, a strict disciplinarian whom the family referred to as “Hitler.”The shop in Ahmadabad, the main city in Gujarat state, opened last month with a huge sign reading “Hitler” and a Nazi swastika inside the dot in the letter “i.” Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Somalia Militants said to leave last stronghold

first_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Somalia elected a new president last week and he is expected to set up the country’s first functioning government since warlords overthrew a longtime dictator in 1991 and turned against one another. Two days after being elected, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud survived an attack by suicide bombers who detonated explosives at his temporary residence.At the United Nations in New York, the Security Council welcomed Mohamud’s election as a milestone in the troubled nation’s “path to a more stable and accountable” government, but warned much remains to be done to improve security, human rights and fight corruption.British U.N. ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the council voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse Mohamud’s inauguration, signaling the end of an 8-year-long U.N.-backed transition which helped establish a parliament and constitution.“Somalia now has a real opportunity to progress toward a more peaceful future,” Grant said. “The end of the transition is however only the beginning. Somalia still faces a significant threat from al-Shabab.”A high-level meeting on Somalia will be held at this month’s U.N. General Assembly, where Mohamud will have a chance “to set out his vision for Somalia,” Grant said. Regaining Kismayo has “always been a long-term objective” of the U.N.-backed AU force, Grant said.___Odula contributed to this report from Nairobi, Kenya. Associated Press writer Ron DePasquale contributed from the United Nations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories The spokesman for the Kenyan army, which is part of the African Union forces fighting al-Shabab militants, said the fighters were fleeing because they sensed defeat. Col. Cyrus Oguna said the al-Shabab militants are moving toward the town of Jilib about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Kismayo. Oguna said Kenyan forces are about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Kismayo in a town called Jana Cabdalla.Kismayo resident Hassan also said the militants are moving toward the town of Jilib but that it was not clear if they had abandoned all their positions in Kismayo.However an al-Shabab spokesman said on Twitter that the reports of militants fleeing Kismayo are “blatant lies.”“The Islamic administration in (hash)Kismayo is going about its business as usual, & the city remains calm & firmly under the control of HSM,” one posting said.Claims and counter-claims made during fighting in Somalia are difficult to verify.But Yusuf Hashi, another Kismayo resident, said that a few fighters in military dress could be seen along Kismayo’s streets. He said government buildings were empty.“It feels like the town is under no one’s control now. We hope there’ll be no fighting but a peaceful change,” he said. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project GALKAYO, Somalia (AP) – Fighters from Somalia’s Islamist extremist rebels have started to leave their remaining coastal stronghold in the face of advancing allied African troops, residents and a military official said Tuesday.Armed militants from al-Shabab, which is allied to al-Qaida, left the coastal town of Kismayo in pickup trucks after freeing prisoners in the town’s jail, Muse Hassan, a Kismayo resident said by phone. Oguna said the militants had dismantled the transmitters for Radio al-Andalus which the group used to broadcast propaganda.Abdirashid Hashi, a horn of Africa analyst with the International Crisis Group, says he is not surprised that the militants are moving. The militants have not put up cohesive resistance in the southern Somali towns they once controlled, he said, noting that al-Shabab doesn’t have the firepower to match the tanks, warships and military planes the Kenyan military is using in southern Somalia.Hashi said the capture of Kismayo by the allied force is imminent and would be a significant victory against the militants who until August 2011 controlled large parts of the capital city, Mogadishu, and much of southern Somalia. However, he said al-Shabab would remain a threat as an insurgent force using hit-and-run attacks for a long while.Oguna said when faced with overwhelming force al-Shabab fighters often hide their guns and melt into the population so it is difficult to say how many al-Shabab fighters remain in Kismayo.The U.N.’s refugee agency said Tuesday that at least 5,200 residents have fled Kismayo since Sept 1.Kismayo residents have said that al-Shabab barred them from the leaving the town with threats of brutal punishment. Al-Shabab is known for carrying out lashings, amputations and stonings.last_img read more

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first_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2019 10:25 am PDT Outtakes: Regina King on white lies, directing and ‘227’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK — Regina King — who is nominated for her first-ever Academy Award for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk” — discusses sitting in the director’s chair and following up on the promise she made to female filmmakers during her Golden Globes speech in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press. Read the interview here .LITTLE WHITE LIESWhen R&B singer Jaheim asked Regina King to be the leading lady in a music video in 2010, she flexed her neat negotiating skills: If I’m in it, let me direct it!There was just one problem — King had never written a video treatment before.“(Jaheim) put me on the phone with the people from Atlantic (Records), so they were like, ‘Have you ever written a treatment before?’ And the tone in which they asked the question just said to me, if I have not, they’re not going to be OK with this. So I was like, ‘Sure,’” King recalled. “And I hate liars and I was being one in that moment, but I knew that I needed this and so I guess I won’t say lie, I was acting like I could. I was acting like I did.”She immediately called her friends in the industry like director Tim Story and writer-producer Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, who sent her treatments she could work off of.The video for “Finding My Way Back” helped the song achieve success on radio and reached No. 12 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. The song, co-written by fellow R&B star Miguel (then unknown), earned two Grammy nominations.King went on to direct another music video — Kelly Price’s Grammy-nominated “Not My Daddy” — giving her enough experience to then move on to TV. Her directing credits include episodes of “This Is Us,” ”Insecure,” ”The Good Doctor,” ”Shameless,” ”Scandal” and more.“When we were in Palm Springs (Spike Lee) was like, ‘How many hours of TV have you directed?’ I stopped and thought about it and kind of counted and told him and he was like, ‘Oh you are ready for your film now,’” King said.GOLDEN WORDSRegina King, who pledged that anything she produces in the next two years will be made by 50 per cent women during her Golden Globes speech last month, has a few words for the naysayers.“I even read some Bloomberg article after I’d challenged myself with that saying how ridiculous it was for me to say that or impossible. For those of us that are hustlers and like challenges, that’s all we need. ‘Oh you think it’s impossible? Watch me work,’” she said. “It feels like it’s going to be difficult, but it’s never felt impossible because I had examples right there with John Ridley and Damon Lindelof putting women in positions of power on their productions. And Ava DuVernay and what she did with ‘Queen Sugar.’”King was praised for using her speech to draw attention to the all-too-often back seats women take in Hollywood and beyond.“Even though it wasn’t quite planned … I knew I was going to say something. But the spirit was just like, ‘Say it!’ You hear my voice, I was like, ‘Oh God, I’m saying it. It’s happening,’” she said.LOOKING TO THE PASTRegina King said she doesn’t watch old episodes of “227,” the show that gave her a breakthrough when it ran for five seasons from 1985 to 1990 on NBC.But she appreciates how playing the role of Brenda Jenkins launched her acting career.“227 was priceless for me. It was my foundation. I would not be here without it,” she said. “Just being with Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams, Alaina Reed, Jackee — it was school.”LOOKING TO THE FUTUREThough “Beale Street” marks Regina King’s return to the big screen, she is heading back to TV to star in HBO’s “Watchmen,” debuting sometime this year.But King has two other roles she’d love to play or produce in the future.“I want to be a part of a story that is an original story — it’s not the black version of — that is multi-generational. So many of us — I’m just going to speak as a woman — just my mother, my grandmother, myself and our relationship and how beautiful it is and how many other relationships I’ve seen that are multigeneration — they’ve had crazy challenges that they overcame them and were estranged, and they came back together. We get to see that in stories in white families, but we don’t see that for our own.”King, 48, also said she’d love to act in love story with the backdrop being World War II or another historic event.“This age is really great because you’re young enough that people still look at you as sexy, but you are mature enough that you’ve gotten enough wisdom to express and make a performance more layered and go deeper,” she said.______For full coverage of the Oscars, visit: https://apnews.com/AcademyAwardsMesfin Fekadu, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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