Big Data and its Role in Driving Technology Trends – Intel’s Data Center CTO and Senior Fellow Steve Pawlowski Shares His Insights

first_imgHow big is big data?  Imagine a petabyte of data…which in video form represents about 10 years of HD viewing. Scientists, corporations and people are producing petabytes of data an amazing rate….an average Chinese city’s traffic cameras produce a petabyte every 12 hours or so, and the CERN supercollider produces a petabyte per second. These massive stores of data represent an enormous opportunity for analytics, but in order to scale technology to process data this size and scale represents an enormous technology challenge for the industry.This is probably why Intel Senior Fellow Steve Pawlowski’s session at the Intel Developer Forum was a standing room only affair.  While everyone talks big data today, no one has the complete map to where we need to go to fully unlock the benefits of big data. Steve broke this problem down with a focus on data center innovation, compute and storage innovation, data protection and context and location as areas for industry innovation focus to harness the full value of big data.In order to scale data center capability, the efficiency of data generation and compute at a data center level need to be addressed.Steve discussed Rack Scale Architecture as well as data center level innovations including ambient cooling, DC power, optimized PUE to help address this challenge. He also pointed to better management of infrastructure power instrumentation with technologies like Intel Data Center Manager as being focuses of Intel as driving the power dynamics across the data center.  He then drilled into system efficiency discussing platform technologies including improved fan speeds, high efficiency power supplies and voltage regulators, and liquid cooling as technologies to improve server level efficiency, and processor advancements can push this efficiency further.Steve then changed focus to discuss the importance of efficient scaling of memory capacity for big data.  While today’s systems scale memory through increased DRAM, this scaling is expensive both from a cost and a power consumption perspective.  Steve pointed to new memory technologies on the horizon that would introduce the performance capabilities of DRAM with power and cost dynamics of NAND memory as being an emerging alternative for the data center.With a path defined towards memory innovation, Steve then moved on to the I/O and interconnect innovation required to move all of this data from data collection to data analysis. His first topic in this field was the breakthrough represented by silicon photonics, a new capability invented by Intel to use silicon lasers to dramatically reduce the cost of optical transmissions.  He then discussed the growing challenge in wireless communication with an emerging spectrum shortage stating that by 2020 we will only be able to meet 50% of the demand for spectrum usage.  Steve pointed to delivery of software defined radios, devices that could identify available spectrum and modulate point to point communications to available spectrum on demand as a potential solution to our spectrum challenge, but admitted that regulatory control of spectrum must be addressed as well to put this solution into practice.Steve followed his focus on moving data to the challenge of security discussing ensuring data integrity within the data center and as data is in flight.  While current solutions try to keep pace with today’s environments, the news is rife with stories of data exposure often for nefarious purposes.  The industry needs to do more to ensure data integrity, and Steve called for a holistic approach that focuses on defending against firmware attacks, protecting privacy and data security, ensuring application security, and overcoming programming errors and developing applications for failure.Finally, Steve focused on the analytics frameworks themselves highlighting the early progress of Hadoop and pointing to the need for the industry to develop many algorithms for analytics.  While the parallel batch work of frameworks like Hadoop will get us started, some of the most compelling uses of big data such as genomics or social searching involve graph approaches. Steve provided an example of investment by Intel’s research team in development of genomics algorithms speeding results 10X and stated that in the future compute will be driven by the requirements of these algorithms vs. forcing algorithm development towards a static compute platform.last_img read more

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Lokayukta raids head constables properties; huge DA unearthed

first_imgIndore, Dec 28 (PTI) The Lokayukta police today raided two establishments owned by a police head constable posted at Jabalpur districts Regional Transport Office (RTO) and unearthed huge disproportionate assets (DA) allegedly amassed by him.Police teams of the anti-corruption ombudsman raided two properties of head constable Arun Kumar Singh Baghel, one at Annapurna Nagar here and the other in Rewa district, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Dulat Singh said.The DSP claimed that allegedly incriminating documents were seized from the places, according to which Baghel owns five pieces of land, two swanky houses and a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).We are going to open his two bank lockers, one in Indore and the other in Rewa, he said.The police official said that they are calculating the constables wealth, disproportionate to his known sources of income, and added that the investigation was initiated following a complaint of corruption against the cop. PTI HWP LAL SDL AARlast_img read more

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Real’s striking problem: No Ronaldo, no Bale, no goals

first_imgThe big players show up in the big games and, for the first time since he left for Juventus, Real Madrid missed Cristiano Ronaldo.In a goalless draw at home against city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday, the Blancos looked blunt, failing to score for the second game running.Julen Lopetegui’s side, humiliated 3-0 by Sevilla on Wednesday, were aiming to bounce back strongly against Atletico, but with no cutting edge they ended up playing their part in a dour draw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In the absence of Real’s all-time top goalscorer, Gareth Bale was the man supposed to ascend to the throne. Unfortunately and predictably, the Welshman suffered a thigh injury and had to be replaced at half-time.Bale’s early performances this season showed plenty of promise, with three goals under his belt already. He had been their only attacking outlet against Sevilla, hitting the post at one point, while he sent an effort inches wide in the first half against Atletico.However, he did not reappear for the second half, with young midfielder Dani Ceballos stepping into his shoes, and the news that all Madrid fans were dreading emerged soon after.With Isco sidelined for potentially a month after having his appendix removed, Madrid were already short on creativity. Bale’s latest injury-enforced absence thus comes as a devastating blow.Ceballos, in fairness to him, impressed during his second-half display, even going as far as to take control of the game out of the hands of Atletico and give Real greater influence in the middle of the park, but it was not enough to break the deadlock.Bale Godin Real Madrid Atletico MadridMarco Asensio, the direct beneficiary of Ronaldo’s summer departure, had a golden chance but could not beat the enormous Jan Oblak when presented with a one-on-one with the Slovenian goalkeeper.At the other end, Thibaut Courtois impressed with saves from Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa. In truth, the Belgian goalkeeper was the only thing between Madrid and another painful defeat.What was particularly painful from a Real perspective was the fact taht Lopetegui’s side missed the chance to capitalise on Barcelona’s failures for a second game in a row, leaving their stuttering Catalan rivals top of the table on goal difference.Barcelona could only record a 1-1 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao earlier on Saturday but Real could not better that result against Diego Simeone’s stubborn side, who remained resolute, despite fading as the match wore on.Lopetegui tossing Vinicius Junior on for his debut in the final stages just seemed like a desperate, random move. It had no effect, and left the Bernabeu disgruntled.Vinicius did earn a free-kick and Madrid fans were left chanting for Sergio Ramos to save them with a customary late goal. But when you need your centre-back to dig you out of a hole, something is wrong.Mariano – also asked for by the fans and the man who inherited Ronaldo’s No.7 shirt – was left on the bench, despite previous impressive cameos, leaving supporters wondering exactly what Lopetegui was doing.Lucas Vasquez’s introduction from the bench was underwhelming. He is a versatile, reliable player, but not someone you can expect to unlock a match as tight as this.Ultimately, Real’s toothless in front of goal cost them dearly. There is already a real danger of it becoming the recurring theme of the post-Ronaldo era.last_img read more

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GRASSLEY SAYS U.S. SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE BLOCKING MIDWEST FLOOD RELIEF DOLLARS

first_imgIowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is criticizing Democrats in the U.S. Senate who have who blocked consideration of a disaster relief package that included money for flood recovery in Iowa and the Midwest.Grassley says he’s “disappointed” in his colleagues, especially those who are running for president “who decry Washington political games.”Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RELIEF1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….. “disaster relief” :18The appropriations bill would have put 13-point-five billion dollars toward disaster relief, but Democrats opposed it, saying not enough money was being devoted to helping Puerto Rico.That island nation was hit by two hurricanes in 2017 and is still in the process of rebuilding.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RELIEF2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….”exactly that” :13Damage from flooding this spring in Iowa is estimated near one-point-six billion dollars.The vote for the disaster relief funding needed 60 votes to overcome a Democratic filibuster and failed with a tally of 49-to-44.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/RELIEF3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….”motion to reconsider” :12It’s unclear when the disaster relief package will next come up for a vote.—————————–last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Go announced: Key specs, features, India price, and everything else you should know

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Go announced: Key specs, features, India price, and everything else you should knowThe India price of the Redmi Go will be slightly on the lower side compared to Europe. In India, we expect the Redmi Go to be priced around Rs 4,000 to disrupt the budget segment yet again.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 10:13 IST HIGHLIGHTSBy the looks of it, the Redmi Go looks mostly like the Redmi 5A from both the front and the back side.The Redmi Go sports camera on both front and back.Even though the phone is so cheap the Redmi Go can do everything that a premium phone canLooks like Xiaomi has big plans for 2019. Last year was also a good one for Xiaomi, especially in India. According to Counterpoint research, Xiaomi has become India’s Number 1 smartphone brand in 2018 and even in this year the company expects to take forward the legacy. Xiaomi has mostly been very popular for its pocket-friendly Redmi phones, take for example Redmi 6A and Redmi 5A. Both the Redmi 5A and Redmi 6A were the best selling phones of their times. Joining the bandwagon is the newly announced Redmi Go. On Tuesday Xiaomi globally announced its first Android Go phone aka Redmi Go. Reports suggest that the Redmi Go will come to India very soon.Last week a report revealed that Xiaomi will be launching three Redmi phones (most likely Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Go) in India by the end of Q1 2019. This means the Xiaomi Redmi go should be officially announced by March. We believe the Redmi Go will be launching in India in February itself considering the phone has already made its global debut. Xiaomi has revealed the full specs of the Redmi Go but the retail price of the Android Go phone is yet to be official.Xiaomi Redmi Go specsDisplay: Xiaomi first Android Go phone, Redmi Go comes with a 5-inch HD display with screen resolution of 720p.Processor: The Redmi go comes with the same processor that powered the Redmi 5A (the phone has been discontinued after the launched of the Redmi 6A). The Redmi Go is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 chipset.advertisementRAM: 1GB RAMStorage: 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.Rear camera: The Redmi Go comes with a single camera set up on the back panel. The phone consists of an 8MP camera which is also paired with LED flash that will possibly help users in clicking well-lit pictures in low light situations.Front camera: The Xiaomi Redmi Go Android Go phone comes with a single camera of 5MP.Battery: The Redmi Go comes with a 3000mAh battery.Software: The Redmi Go runs on Google’s Android Go program, a stripped-down version of Android. Xiaomi is yet to reveal whether the software is based on Android Pie or Android Oreo.Xiaomi Redmi Go features–The Redmi Go will be available in funky colours like black and blue. Most phones this cheap usually comes in just one colour. But with the Redmi go Xiaomi is trying out different strategies to make the phone look interesting.–As far as the overall design is concerned the Redmi Go looks good for its cheap price. By the looks of it, the Redmi Go looks mostly like the Redmi 5A from both the front and the back side. Although the phone has a plastic build the Redmi Go phone appears to be pretty sturdy in the picture. We will be able to give the final verdict after the India launch of the phone.–The Redmi Go sports camera on both front and back. On the back panel, the phone also equips a LED flash which will enable users to click brighter pictures in darker situations, for example inside a room the phone will be capable of clicking decent pictures with a fair amount of details and also colours.–Battery back up of most Redmi phones are often great. The same is expected of the Redmi Go. The Xiaomi Android Go phone is backed by a 3000mAh battery which I believe will easily able to last for one full day or more in a single charge.–Even though the phone is so cheap the Redmi Go can do everything that a premium phone can. The Redmi Go can run WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Maps (Go version), YouTube (Go version), among others.Xiaomi Redmi Go price in IndiaXiaomi is yet to officially confirm the price of Redmi Go. Rumours, however, suggest that the Android Go phone from Xiaomi could be price 80 euros, which roughly translates to Rs 6,500.In India, we expect Xiaomi the Redmi Go price to be slightly aggressive. The India price of the Redmi Go will be slightly on the lower side compared to Europe. In India, we expect the Redmi Go to be priced around Rs 4,000 to disrupt the budget segment yet again. Xiaomi is yet to officially confirm the India launch of the Redmi Go but a report that leaked last week revealed that the phone could hit the Indian stores before the end of Q1 2019, which is before March. Xiaomi will be soon launching the Redmi Note 7 in India.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go announced officially, specs and features revealed but price not yet knownALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 looks good at Rs 10,999, but Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 upcoming launch may spoil its partyALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 looks good at Rs 10,999, but Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 upcoming launch may spoil its partyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow Redmi GoFollow Android Go Nextlast_img read more

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Financement pour le projet de désignation de Grand Pré comme site du

first_imgGrand Pré sera maintenant en mesure de terminer sa mise en candidature afin de recevoir la désignation de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO) comme site du patrimoine mondial, grâce à une aide financière des trois ordres du gouvernement. Le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald et le ministre des Affaires acadiennes Chris d’Entremont se sont joints aux partenaires fédéraux, municipaux et communautaires, aujourd’hui 16 février, afin d’annoncer une aide financière de plus de 280 000 $ du gouvernement provincial à l’appui de la mise en candidature pour la désignation. « Nous croyons que ce projet communautaire permettra de créer un trio de sites du patrimoine mondial en Nouvelle-Écosse, avec Lunenburg et les falaises fossilifères de Joggins, » a dit le premier ministre MacDonald. « Ce projet reflète les valeurs que nous partageons en tant que Néo-Écossais, c’est-à-dire notre qualité de vie, l’importance des bénévoles et la nécessité des partenariats pour assurer la force de nos communautés. » Le ministère du Développement économique et rural, le ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine et l’Office des affaires acadiennes ont uni leurs forces pour appuyer ce projet, qui est un point d’intérêt pour le tourisme et la culture dans la vallée de l’Annapolis. « Il s’agit d’une occasion de réunir la communauté acadienne et la communauté locale afin d’atteindre des objectifs communs, » a dit M. d’Entremont. « La mise en candidature à la désignation de l’UNESCO est un processus par lequel la région environnante, et plus particulièrement Grand Pré, peut recevoir la reconnaissance qu’elle mérite vraiment. » Le gouvernement fédéral appuie le projet par l’entremise de l’Agence de développement économique du Canada atlantique et de Parcs Canada. Le projet est également financé par la Municipalité du comté de Kings, et l’appui communautaire est géré par la Kings Community Economic Development Agency et la Société Promotion Grand-Pré, qui est aussi commanditaire du projet. L’appui financier total se chiffre à presque 1,3 million de dollars. « Une désignation de l’UNESCO pour Grand Pré serait significative en ce qui a trait à la valeur exceptionnelle de ces sites culturels très visibles en Nouvelle-Écosse, » a dit le ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, Bill Dooks. « Elle ajoutera au caractère concurrentiel international de la Nouvelle-Écosse à titre de destination touristique, tout en préservant notre patrimoine. » La communauté de Grand Pré et la région environnante est reconnue comme un paysage culturel durable et inspirant, et la région présente un exemple exceptionnel d’une approche communautaire distincte envers l’agriculture en Amérique du Nord aux 17e et 18e siècles. Le site est devenu un symbole d’espoir, de persévérance et de fierté partout au monde.last_img read more

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Puducherry turf war SC defers hearing

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday extended its previous order restraining the Congress government in Puducherry from implementing any of its cabinet decisions having financial implications or connected with land transfer. A vacation bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant said the court will conduct further hearing on July 10. The Congress government initially during the hearing sought modification of the June 4 order to continue its free ration scheme, but preferred not to pursue the plea till the next date of hearing. On June 4, the apex court issued notice to Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and directed that any cabinet decision involving financial implication or land transfer cannot be implemented till the next date of hearing. The court had said the cabinet meeting set for June 7 in Puducherry could take a decision on these issues but they cannot be implemented. On May 28, the top court agreed to hear a petition filed by Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi seeking clarity on the administrative control of the Union Territory. In her plea, Bedi argued that government officers in Puducherry were caught in a bind after the apex court issued a notice on a Madras High Court order that curbed Bedi’s powers.last_img read more

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New momentum needed to boost social integration – UN

3 February 2010Progress on achieving greater social integration as envisioned in a landmark declaration in 1995 has been mixed, the head of the United Nations social development commission said today, calling for accelerated efforts to boost the participation of the world’s most vulnerable groups in decision-making processes. Governments met in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1995 at the World Summit for Social Development, which produced a Declaration and a Programme of Action. Those texts called for the elimination of poverty, the promotion of productive employment, the creation of socially integrated societies, inevitably involving large numbers of policies, implementation strategies and coordinators.Although strides have been made in the past 15 years, including the adoption of global pacts to promote the integration of indigenous peoples and women, “we remain far from realizing the Copenhagen vision,” Leslie Kojo Christian of Ghana, Chairman of the Commission for Social Development, whose annual session kicked off today, told reporters.“There are still millions of people unable to meet their basic needs and who remain disempowered and voiceless,” he underscored.This is partly due, Mr. Christian said, to policies pertaining to social integration being developed on a piecemeal basis “with limited participation by the affected groups in the design and monitoring of policies relating to their well-being.”During its 10-day session, which is focusing on social integration, the Commission endeavours to adopt a resolution to help guide governments as they formulate policies to build more inclusive societies.The 46-member body, the Chairman said, seeks to “make a difference in the lives of people, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.”He emphasized that in a climate rocked by financial insecurity and climate change, “the stakes are high but the need is even greater” to take action to combat persistent social exclusion. read more

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Hang up Dutch look at banning use of cellphones on bikes

by The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2016 10:57 am MDT Last Updated May 26, 2016 at 12:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hang up: Dutch look at banning use of cellphones on bikes THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Dutch government is considering banning the country’s millions of cyclists from using their cellphones while riding, saying pedaling and phones are a dangerous mix.Youngsters cycling while using their phones is a common sight in this country of 17 million where, according to the cyclists’ union, there are more than 18 million bikes.Transport Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen told Dutch broadcaster NOS on Thursday she is looking into the ban after calls to youngsters to leave their phones in their pockets while cycling failed to have much of an effect.She says, “a ban is a clear signal” to youths who are the main culprits. The Dutch government said in 2014 that smartphones “played a role” in one in five bike accidents involving young cyclists. FILE – A Wednesday, April 23, 2008 photo from files showing a woman on a bicycle using her cellphone as she rides past a city map in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Dutch government said Thursday, May 26, 2016 that it is considering banning the country’s millions of cyclists from using their cellphones while riding, saying pedaling and phones are a dangerous mix. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File) read more

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Premier Clark calls on Ottawa to ban coal exports after softwood lumber

Liberal Leader Christy Clark greets workers during a campaign stop at Catalyst Paper’s distribution centre in Surrey, B.C., on Wednesday April 26, 2017. A provincial election will be held on May 9. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SURREY, B.C. – Premier Christy Clark is taking aim at the American coal industry in the wake of the United States imposing hefty tariffs on British Columbia’s softwood exports.Clark wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking Ottawa to ban the shipment of thermal coal through B.C. ports, the bulk of which comes from the United States.The B.C. Liberal leader made the announcement Wednesday at a paper products company in Surrey while campaigning for the May 9 provincial election, saying an impasse over softwood lumber “gives us the freedom to do what I think is unquestionably the right thing.”Thermal coal is dirty, she said. “It fouls the air. It fouls the oceans. It’s terrible for the environment.”Clark said a ban will help develop the province’s liquefied natural gas industry, arguing if China shifted from coal to LNG it would have “a massive impact” on greenhouse gas emissions.“It’s the right thing to do, but I haven’t felt free to be able to do that because I haven’t wanted to upset negotiations that seemed to be going along, granted at a slow pace,” she said.“But now that they have slapped a duty on Canada and they’re calling us names, we’re free to take an action that’s long overdue.”The U.S. is imposing duties of up to 24 per cent on lumber imports from Canada. The B.C. Lumber Trade Council says the province exports $4.6 billion in softwood lumber to the U.S. each year.The federal government was unable to provide an immediate comment.Westshore Terminals (TSX:WTE), the company that handles the shipping of a large portion of the U.S. coal, issued an open letter asking the prime minister to reject Clark’s call for a ban.“We recognize that Canada is in a dispute with our most important trading partner, but we hope that our leaders will consider the best interest of all Canadians and not punish Canadian companies and workers by putting one industry ahead of another,” the letter says.It says about one-third of Westshore’s business, or about $100 million in annual revenue, is directly attributable to the coal it handles for its American customers.The company’s stock price fell 11.80 per cent on Wednesday.Green Leader Andrew Weaver said he was pleased by Clark’s lobbying efforts to ban thermal coal, but he accused the Liberals of waiting too long to act.“Washington, Oregon and California have already moved to ban thermal coal exports. It is high time that British Columbia showed leadership on this issue as well,” he said in a statement.“I sincerely hope that this move the premier has made is more than just election politics.”NDP Leader John Horgan said as premier he would speak with Trudeau about energy, raw log exports and “a whole host of issues that I believe we have to play on this negotiation.”Horgan was in Burnaby on Wednesday where a campaign stop focused on the soaring price of housing in Metro Vancouver.Researcher Clark Williams-Derry said it is difficult to underestimate the impact a ban on thermal coal exports would have for the coal industry in the western U.S.“Essentially, what this does is it wipes out the last remaining option for U.S. coal exporters to get their products off the northwest coast to Asia,” said Williams-Derry, who works for the Sightline Institute, an energy think tank based in Seattle.“If this goes through, it pretty much puts the kibosh on any export potential for the future.”The American coal industry has fought unsuccessfully for years to expand export capacity on the American West Coast, meaning virtually all thermal coal in the western U.S. travels through B.C., Williams-Derry said.Records from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority show that 94 per cent of the 6.6-million tonnes of thermal coal exported through the Port of Vancouver in 2016 came from the United States.Williams-Derry said it will be difficult for Clark to use thermal coal as a bargaining chip in negotiations around softwood now that she is on the record saying coal is dirty.“The genie is now out of the bottle,” he said.“This is a game of brinksmanship, and what she has done in that statement is push things past that brink. There’s a line in the sand and it’s going to be difficult for her to walk back from that.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitter Premier Clark calls on Ottawa to ban coal exports after softwood lumber duties read more

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Balance needed as international assistance to Mali ramps up – UN official

“The right balance will have to be struck between providing the help needed and not overwhelming Malians with our presence,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told correspondents in New York in his first press briefing in his current post. The briefing follows his recent participation in a conference held on Mali in Brussels and his return from a range of meetings on the African continent.Northern Mali has been occupied by radical Islamists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The conflict uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request assistance from France to stop the military advance of extremist groups.In his remarks today, Mr. Feltman stressed the need for the UN and other international partners to engage national and regional actors in all efforts. In the region and in Brussels, in meetings with Malian officials and those of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), he said there was a common request to be kept prominently in the picture: “Talk to us; have consultations with us.” “The long-term goal is a democratic Mali where their forces are in charge of security,” he said.For that reason, he again stressed, as he had in Brussels, the importance of keeping a strong emphasis on the political track in Mali, which suffered a military coup early last year just as the insurgency in the north was gaining strength. He speculated that some parties in Mali might lose sight of the need for internal change after the military intervention. “That’s not the case; we do need to be working on the political side,” he said. “The French intervention has accelerated developments on the security side; they need to be accelerated on the political side.”For that reason, he said, there must be implementation of the Roadmap for the political transition, recently established by Mali’s parliament, requiring dialogue at all levels, between north and south, within the north and south and between civilians and the military.Holding elections were important in that context, he said, but it was even more important that elections that are held are seen as credible, so as not to increase instability, and it was ultimately up to the Malians themselves to decide when polls would be held, he stressed.Asked about a possible UN peacekeeping operation to take over from an African-led force already authorized by the Security Council, known as AFISMA, Mr. Feltman said that the decision was up to the Council, but had become more likely because of the swift French operation, which had dislodged Islamist militias from Timbuktu and other important northern cities.“At this point the peacekeeping operation is going to come sooner rather than later,” he said, emphasizing that discussions over such an operation were focused on filling the gap between the end of the current military engagement and the point that full security could be handed over to the Malians themselves. During today’s press conference, Mr. Feltman also provided brief comments on the other stops in his recent African trip, which included Somalia, which last year completed a political transition and is now looking ahead to next steps, and Kenya, where his focus was next month’s elections. read more

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European Union must guarantee human rights of migrants – UN expert

“Within EU institutional and policy structures, migration and border control have been increasingly integrated into security frameworks that emphasize policing, defence and criminality over a rights-based approach,” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants François, Crépeau, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.“I regret that within the EU policy context, irregular migration remains largely viewed as a security concern that must be stopped,” Mr. Crépeau said. “This is fundamentally at odds with a human rights approach, concerning the conceptualization of migrants as individuals and equal holders of human rights.’’Mr. Crépeau undertook a one-year study to examine the rights of migrants in the Euro-Mediterranean region, focusing in particular on the management of the external borders of the EU in key transit countries – namely Turkey and Tunisia – as well as two of the main entry points, Greece and Italy.The Special Rapporteur stressed that, “the systematic detention of irregular migrants has come to be viewed as a legitimate tool in the context of EU migration management, despite the lack of any evidence that detention serves as a deterrent.”He called on EU authorities to address factors that address irregular immigration in Europe, such as the demand for a seasonal, low-skilled, easily exploitable workforce, and instead open up more regular immigration channels, including for low-skilled workers, that more accurately reflect the labour needs of the EU.In his report to the Council, Mr. Crépeau also said there has been an ‘externalization’ of border control, through which countries of departure or transit bear all the responsibility for preventing irregular migration, and underlined that the EU must share this responsibility among its Member States.Mr. Crépeau is among a host of Special Rapporteurs presenting their annual thematic reports during dialogues with the Human Rights Council. That body’s 23rd session opened yesterday and will run through June 14th. Mr. Crépeau will present his report to different EU institutions in Brussels, including a public launch at the European Parliament on Thursday and Friday. read more

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In wake of WannaCry attacks UN cybersecurity expert discusses Internet safety

“What that means is that cyber criminals have taken over lots of different devices that are connected to the internet. Now I don’t mean traditional computers or smart phones, I mean everything from refrigerators to CCTV cameras to TVs. By compromising these devices, it’s possible for a cybercriminal to cause real harm,” the UN expert said.That means more than getting a shopping password or stealing a credit card number – it could be shutting down the telephone system in a country or compromising a nuclear plant.“If we consider this sort of weaponization of cyberspace and the impact that that could have, especially on developing countries, it could be enormous. If you had a significant cyberattack on a country that had no real capability to respond to a threat to its critical national infrastructure, you could have an immediate and long-standing impact.”Despite these threats, cybersecurity is still often viewed as the role of an IT department. There is not even an agreed-on definition of cybercrime around the world. “It’s one of those things that has become quite politically nuanced,” Mr. Walsh said. “Our role here at UNODC is to help those political and diplomatic discussions, but also to help the investigations happen, irrespective of the definition behind it, because the crime still happens irrespective of what we’re calling it.”In that context, UNODC has advocated for a free and open internet that would only be used for good, the UN expert said. “Cybercrime is ultimately preventable,” he said. “If you know what the risk is, you’re less likely to become a victim.” That may seem difficult to believe for people in the 150 countries hit by the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware, some of whom have had to pay hundreds of dollars in digital currency, Bitcoin, to get back photos of their families and other files on their laptops, or the families unable to board a train in Germany or see a doctor in the United Kingdom.“Law enforcement and diplomats have been warning people of ransomware for some time, but this is really the first time that we’ve seen an attack of this size,” said Neil Walsh, Chief of Cyber and Emerging Crime at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).Last Friday’s attack was due to a strain of Windows ransomware – which like the name suggests, encrypts files and holds them ransom. It entered individual systems as a compressed zip file through a security loophole in the Windows operating systems, and went on to scramble information in hundreds of thousands of machines belonging to hospitals, banks and other organizations around the world. Mr. Walsh told UN News that the attack attributes its success to the fact that the operating systems used by those companies were old and did not have a security patch. His advice boils down to clicking yes to software updates, using an up-to-date antivirus system, and backing up data into a device separate from the computer.“If you weren’t expecting an attachment from someone, or it looks strange, don’t open it,” Mr. Walsh added. Neil Walsh (far right), UNODC’s Chief of Cyber and Emerging Crime, at a cybercrime training in East Africa. Photo: Credit UNODC Headquartered in Vienna, and with teams in Guatemala, El Salvador, Tunisia and Thailand, Mr. Walsh’s role is to help create an inter-governmental response to cybercrime. That involves, in part, public outreach about internet risk, including to children and their parents, and working with police, prosecutors and judges around the world to improve how cases are investigated and tried.Despite the increased number of cybercrimes in the past several years, some governments do not understand cyber risk, he said. “It still never fails to amaze me that some governments say we don’t have cybercrime in our country, we don’t see any threat here,” Mr. Walsh noted. “And technically that means that they don’t have the capability to identify, to look for and to respond to it. So my role, and the role of my people, is to help governments understand that and to help them put strategies in place to minimize that risk to them.”His teams also work with victims, to make sure that they have avenues to report crimes to the police, and sometimes seeking redress from a non-governmental organization or charity.“There’s no such thing as a victimless crime, and that’s the same in cyberspace as in crime committed in the physical world,” he added.From ‘I Love You’ to BotnetsCybercrime has evolved since the “Melissa” and “I Love You” computer worms in 1999 and 2000, becoming more common and more destructive. “If we look back on some of the attacks we’ve seen over even in the past six months, one of the most common threats outside of ransomware that we’ve seen is called a botnet,” Mr. Walsh said.Bots are malware that sneak into a person’s computer and quietly wait for commands. These zombie-like devices can then be used as part of a network, or botnet, for possible attacks. Law enforcement experts from 22 countries and UNODC staff in a training course on cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. Photo: Credit UNODC read more

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Volunteers Killarney Park faces grim and uncertain future if destructive plant not

first_imgA GROUP OF conservation volunteers have accused Killarney National Park of allowing a weed that threatens the ecology of the park to spread.Groundwork is a voluntary environmental organisation that was established in 1981.Most of Groundwork’s focus has been on the removal of the invasive Rhododendron ponticum from Killarney National Park in Kerry.The plant out-competes native species for space and resources through its almost complete shading of the ground.The group stopped working in the park in 2009 after its methods were no longer deemed acceptable by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).The NPWS wanted to only use herbicides to deal with the rhododendron.Coordinator with Groundwork, Trevor Halpin, told TheJournal.ie that “from 1981 to 2005 40% of the oakwoods were cleared and maintained clear of rhododendron by Groundwork. “Ultimately, the plan is to clear all rhododendron from Killarney National Park. The annual rhododendron management programme is intended to create conditions in the Park that are conducive to the protection and re-establishment of native species and, particularly, our native woodlands.”Halpin said that the most recent report taken by Groundwork has shown that areas of Killarney National Park are becoming overgrown again.The report can be read in full here.Save Killarney Oak Woods say that its aim is to pressure the Minister and NPWS to ensure Killarney oak woods are saved through thorough and systematic removal of rhododendron.They have recently published a video showing the growth of plant in Killarney National Park. Source: eatpraylove69/YouTubeMany people are angry about the growth of rhododendron at the park.A petition has been set up calling on Minister Deenihan to “act immediately and ensure these areas are once again clear.”Trevor Halpin said that Groundwork and the Department should work together to tackle the problem.Read: Couple in their 50s rescued from rhododendron forest in Tipperary> If the years of volunteer work by Groundwork is not followed up immediately in a thorough and systematic way by National Park and Wildlife Service, then oak woods of KNP face a grim and uncertain future.The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan responded to questions in the Dáil from Independent TD Thomas Pringle this week about the Department’s role in managing the invasive plant.Minister Deenihan said: “since 2011 nearly €500,000 has been invested in this work and for this year I have allocated a further €100,000 to Killarney National Park for the management of this plant.Approximately 3,000 of the 10,000 hectares in the Park were, to some extent, affected by Rhododendron infestation. My Department’s management programme has made significant inroads into the problem and now approximately 2,000 of those hectares, involving some 40 different sites, are under effective control.last_img read more

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Argentina burns bondholders for the second time in 13 years

first_imgSource: Bloomberg News/YouTubeTHE COLLAPSE OF talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation’s staggering economy.A midnight deadline to reach a deal with holdout bondholders came and went with Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof holding firm to his government’s position that it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as “vultures.” Kicillof said the funds refused a compromise offer in talks that ended several hours earlier, although he gave no details of that proposal.“We’re not going to sign an agreement that jeopardizes the future of all Argentines,” Kicillof said after he emerged from the meeting with creditors and a mediator in New York City. “Argentines can remain calm because tomorrow will just be another day and the world will keep on spinning.” Source: Wall Street Journal/Twitter But court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack said a default could hurt bondholders who were not part of the dispute as well as the Argentine economy, which is suffering through a recession, a shortage of dollars and one of the world’s highest inflation rates.“The full consequences of default are not predictable, but they are certainly not positive,” Pollack said.An earlier U.S. court ruling had blocked Argentina from making $539 million in interest payments due by midnight Wednesday to other bondholders who separately agreed to restructuring plans with the country in 2005 and 2010. In 2001, Argentina defaulted on $100 billion in bonds. It’s now on the brink of default again: http://t.co/kZrAtVkngT pic.twitter.com/0lrqMyOhsC— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 31, 2014 Vulture investor Paul Singer has forced Argentina into default. Here’s the real story http://t.co/ig0VievcLY pic.twitter.com/lEfWUE2j3b— Greg Palast (@Greg_Palast) July 31, 2014 There was no immediate comment from the hedge funds, which refused to participate in the debt restructurings and won a U.S. court judgment that they be paid the full value of their bonds plus interest — now estimated at roughly $1.5 billion.Kicillof dismissed a decision by ratings agency Standard & Poor’s to downgrade Argentina’s foreign currency credit rating to “selective default” because of the missed interest payments.“Who believes in the ratings agencies? Who thinks they are impartial referees of the financial system?” he said.The holdouts, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer’s NML Capital Ltd., spent more than a decade litigating for payment in full rather than agreeing to provide Argentina with debt relief. They also sent lawyers around the globe trying to force Argentina to pay its defaulted debts and were able to get a court in Ghana to temporarily seize an Argentine naval training ship. The threat of seizures forced Fernandez to stop using her presidential plane and instead fly on private jets. Read: You’re fired: Argentine politician lays off 170 civil servants through YouTube Source: Greg Palast/Twitterlast_img read more

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Daredevil woman hangs from helicopter above Niagara Falls by her teeth

first_img Short URL Jun 15th 2017, 10:27 PM Daredevil woman hangs from helicopter above Niagara Falls… by her teeth Erendira Wallenda pulled off the stunt five years to the day her husband Nik walked a tightrope over the falls. https://jrnl.ie/3446932 Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 10:27 PM Share42 Tweet Email5 By Associated Presscenter_img 12 Comments Nik Wallenda watches from above as his wife, Erendira Wallenda, hangs by her teeth while suspended from a helicopter above Niagara Falls Source: Bill WippertERENDIRA WALLENDA, THE aerialist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda, successfully hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls today, pulling off the stunt five years to the day her husband walked a tightrope over the falls.The 36-year-old mother-of-three was tethered to a hoop suspended from a helicopter 300 feet above the water.With the mist from the falls as a backdrop, Wallenda worked herself into a series of dramatic poses, waving her arms as she dangled by her knees and toes and doing handstands and splits. She hung twice by her teeth with the use of a mouth guard.About 200 people watched on shore at Niagara Falls State Park, many with cellphones aloft to capture photos and video of Wallenda, who appeared as a graceful silhouette against the clouds.“There are no words. It was beautiful,” she said afterward.The Wallendas said the stunt broke a height record Nik Wallenda set in 2011 when he hung by his teeth 250 feet above Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Wallenda shows the mouthpiece she used after dangling by her mouth from a helicopter Source: Colin N. PerkelCaught off guardErendira Wallenda said she was caught off guard by the windy conditions above the cataracts, something her husband had to deal with during his 2012 stunt.“I respect this man so much more because it was way more windy than I thought it would be,” she said.Helicopter pilot Paul Barth said Wallenda signaled to him to fly higher during the routine to get away from the wind.“She was trying to get up above the turbulence,” said Barth of Palm Beach, Florida, who has worked before with the Wallendas. “It billows up as you can tell by the spray.”The aerialist spent about eight minutes of the 10-minute stunt hovering over the falls.Afterward, she and her husband spoke of the attraction of the falls, which has long attracted daredevils. Source: Bill Wippert Source: Nathan Denette There’s something almost magical that draws you to it. It’s kind of dangerous but it’s beautiful in the same way.County and city officials who helped finance the stunt hope people watching news coverage will feel the same pull. The city and Niagara County Legislature each committed $35,000 (€31,400) to the stunt with the goal of boosting tourism.Scheduled for 8:30am on a weekday, Erendira Wallenda’s stunt drew nowhere near the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of her husband’s 2012 prime-time high wire walk. Legislators and the Wallendas said the payoff would come later, with the spread of photos and video from the stunt.“It’s generating the awareness, getting people here, people who wouldn’t have come before,” said Randy Bradt, the county legislature’s majority leader.I really believe the rate of return on our investment will be tenfold for us.The Wallendas have talked about opening a Wallenda-themed entertainment complex in Niagara Falls for several years, but there has been little, if any, public progress. The Wallendas are scheduled to go on a 2 ½-month tour with the Big Apple Circus in October, Nik Wallenda said.Erendira Wallenda, who traces her circus roots back seven generations on one side and eight on the other, also performs on a 70-foot sway pole and high wire. She set a world record in 2016 by completing 40 revolutions in her hoop in 50 seconds beneath a helicopter above the Atlantic City shore.Read: 46 years later, Yoko Ono has been added to the credits for Lennon hit ‘Imagine’Read: Two teenagers rescued from Paris catacombs after becoming lost for three days 15,803 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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MP Jenkins asks Foreign Minister to recognise FYROM as Republic of Macedonia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Federal Minister for Scullin, Harry Jenkins, has asked Foreign Minister Bob Carr to formally acknowledge the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as the ‘Republic of Macedonia’. Mr Jenkins believes many Australian key allies have already “officially recognised the Republic of Macedonia under that name” and believes Australia should too. In his letter to the Foreign Minister, Mr Jenkins says “our continued reluctance to recognise the preferred nomenclature of the Republic in bi-lateral relations is now a minority position”. The Electorate of Scullin has the largest population of Australians who identify as being Macedonian but also has a large Greek population. Australia remains calling the country the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in accordance to the official UN name. Mr Jenkins decided take on the role of “ambassador” when he met with members of a Parliamentary Macedonian delegation that pushed him to raise the issue. The Victorian coordinator of the Australian Hellenic Council of Victoria Panagiotis Jasonides, told Neos Kosmos that the letter was “unacceptable and condemnable”. “It is not the first time that Mr. Jenkins is provoking Greeks on the name issue of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,” he says. “Australia settled to adopt the name of FYROM in 1994 as the UN approved it.”Neos Kosmos tried to speak to Mr Jenkins but did not get back in time of deadline.last_img read more

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Et si le singe envoyé par lIran dans lespace était une supercherie

first_imgEt si le singe envoyé par l’Iran dans l’espace était une supercherie ?Après que l’Iran a annoncé être parvenu à envoyer un singe dans l’espace, plusieurs médias ont émis des doutes quant à la réussite de la mission. Ils ont en effet remarqué que les différentes photos dévoilées ne montraient pas le même singe. L’annonce a fait grand bruit la semaine dernière : l’Iran a franchi une nouvelle étape dans le domaine du spatial en envoyant pour la première fois un singe dans l’espace et en le ramenant sain et sauf, selon les dires des autorités du pays. Une réussite dont s’est félicité le ministre de la Défense iranien Ahmad Vahidi : “c’est un grand pas pour nos experts et nos scientifiques. Ce succès est le premier pas vers la conquête de l’espace et cela montre la voie à d’autres essais”. Mais peu de temps après cette annonce, le buzz a gagné la Toile : et si tout ceci n’était qu’une supercherie ?En effet, rien n’échappe à l’oeil des internautes, ni à celui des experts et des médias : tous ont ainsi rapidement remarqué que quelque chose n’allait pas sur les photos du singe que l’Iran a relayé pour annoncer sa mission. Les clichés d’avant et après la mission ne semble pas montrer le même animal. Les premiers présentent un singe avec du poil clair le long de la face et une marque de naissance ou un grain de beauté rouge au-dessus de l’oeil droit. En revanche, les seconds, censés correspondre au retour de l’animal sur Terre, montrent un singe au poil bien plus foncé et sans marque. Les observateurs ont également noté que bien qu’une vidéo et des photos du lancement aient été largement diffusées, aucune vidéo ou photo ne montre le réel retour de l’engin. Cette absence ajoutée aux problèmes des photos soulèvent ainsi de nombreuses questions sur ce qu’il s’est réellement passé. La capsule est-elle réellement revenue avec son petit protégé à bord sain et sauf ? Le doute ayant pris de plus en plus d’ampleur sur la Toile, les autorités iraniennes ont rapidement fourni leurs explications.Des images d’archive montrant un autre singeMohammad Ebrahimi, officiel du spatial iranien a indiqué à l’Associated Press qu’entre trois et cinq singes étaient simultanément testés pour une telle mission et que deux à trois étaient choisis pour le lancement avant qu’un seul, le plus apte et le moins stressé ne finisse par décoller. Il a ainsi expliqué que certains clichés ne montraient que l’un des singes sélectionnés mais pas celui qui avait réellement réalisé le voyage. “Quelques unes des photos publiées par les agences n’étaient pas liées à l’heure du vol. C’était des photos d’archive de singes qui étaient préparés au lancement. Je dis avec certitude que le singe est en bonne santé et que le vol spatial n’a eu aucun effet physique sur Pishgam”, le singe qui a décollé lundi dernier, a déclaré Mohammad Ebrahimi. De son côté, l’astronome de l’université d’Harvard, Jonathan McDowell ne nie pas la réussite de la mission de lundi dernier mais a émis l’hypothèse que le petit singe que l’on voit sur les premiers clichés est celui qui a été utilisé durant une mission échouée en 2011.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Le singe avec le grain de beauté est celui qui a été lancé en 2011 et qui est mort. La fusée a échoué. Elle n’est pas allée dans l’espace. Ils ont juste mélangé ces images avec celles du lancement réussi de 2013″, a t-il expliqué cité par le Huffington Post. Reste que l’Iran n’a jamais reconnu qu’un singe était mort durant la mission échouée en 2011. Le pays n’a d’ailleurs pas non plus donné d’explications à cet échec. Pour l’heure donc, le doute demeure et les autorités iraniennes ne fourniront sans doute aucune preuve supplémentaire pour attester de la réussite du lancement.Un autre lancement avec un animal plus grandNéanmoins, elles ont d’ores et déjà fait part des futurs projets du pays dans le domaine du spatial. Grâce au lancement, l’Iran projette de réaliser son premier vol habité (par des humains) d’ici cinq à six ans. Avant cela, il souhaite toutefois envoyer une plus grosse fusée emportant un animal plus grand afin d’obtenir davantage de garanties en matière de sécurité. L’Iran a déjà envoyé trois satellites dans l’espace depuis 2009, ainsi qu’une “capsule” contenant un rat, des tortues et des insectes en février 2010.  Le 4 février 2013 à 11:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Land Disputes Behind Most Violent Crimes In Bihar Says Nitish

first_imgPATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday stressed on the need for minimising land disputes, asserting that these were responsible for the most violent crimes taking place in the state. Mr Kumar made the comments at a meeting of the revenue and land reforms department in Patna. “Nearly 60 per cent of violent crimes in the state have their roots in land disputes. To minimise these, fresh survey and settlement of land records is underway. In addition, a number of other measures have been taken which people need to be made aware of,” Mr Kumar said. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us “One such measure is registration of land, divided among members of a family, by paying a token amount of Rs. 100. This must be widely publicised so that more and more people get benefited. This would also do its bit in minimising land disputes and the consequences thereof,” he added. Earlier, the chief minister reviewed a presentation on upgradation and extension of the historic Patna Museum, which was established over 100 years ago. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us He issued instructions that new construction must be carried out without causing any damage to the original structure. Besides, he said that plantation of trees should be undertaken alongside the boundary wall and proper visibility be ensured of exhibits. Mr Kumar also mooted the idea of building a subway connecting the historic museum to the Bihar museum, inaugurated two years ago and situated a couple of kilometres away.”If it comes to fruition, it would be a unique feature of the city. I envisage that people covering both the museums in one trip would be able to do so with the help of trolleys running on the subway,” he said.last_img read more

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How Ruth CokerBurks became the angel of Americas AIDS crisis

first_imgAll he wanted, in the world, was to speak to his mother. But she wouldn’t come.Ruth Coker-Burks – the ‘cemetery angel’Ruth was a 25-year-old young mother visiting University Hospital in Little Rock to help care for a friend with cancer. This was in 1984.One day, she noticed a door telling her it quarantined room. She saw nurses would draw straws to check on the 100-pound man crying out inside.She knew what it was, she had read about it. It was then known as GRID – gay-related immune deficiency.A gay cousin in Hawaii had told her it was just the leather guys in San Francisco, but this was in Arkansas.Ruth disregarded the warnings on the room, and said hello to the man dying on the hospital bed.Meeting the first AIDS patient and his mother‘I only knew him for about 13 or 14 hours,’ she tells Gay Star News.‘When I met him, he was obviously near death. I went out to call his mother because that’s all in the world he wanted.‘She wouldn’t come. She wouldn’t even talk to me.‘I called her and said her son was very near death and wanted to see her before he died.‘She said, “My son died years ago. I don’t know what you’ve got at the hospital but that’s not my son. Don’t call me back.”‘So I called her back and said if she hung up on me again I told her I’d put her son’s obituary in the hometown newspaper and I’d list his cause of death.‘I had her complete attention at that point.’Pioneer in HIV and AIDS activismFrom there, Ruth was a pioneer. Without any medical training, Ruth cared for dying gay and bi men abandoned by families.She arranged appointments, picked up medication, and counseled them through their grief.Often she would test friends herself and tell them the results. If they were positive, it was still considered a death sentence.The AIDS advocate buried over three dozen of these men with her own two hands in the family’s private cemetery.As an only child, she knew the grounds would never fill its 262 spaces. Across that decade, many of those spaces were used.‘I did want to give him a proper burial because everyone deserves that,’ she says.‘Everyone has the dignity of having their own space, saying, “look I was here too”.’‘If you call this number she will help you…’More patients kept coming. The hospital told these patients, ‘we don’t deal with you but if you call this number she will help you’.Ruth dealt with hundreds of men.‘They all stood out for me. They all did in their own ways,’ she says. ‘Some I don’t remember their names, but I remember their sweet faces.’Church refused to help Ruth Coker-BurksRuth was very religious, but the Methodist church turned its back on her. They would throw away pens she touched and refuse to drink coffee she made.‘They were horrible. It’s why I’m not religious anymore,”’ she says.‘There wasn’t a church that wanted me because I worked with AIDS patients. They didn’t want me.‘I thought I was doing what God asked us to do, feed the hungry and take care of the sick and the poor.’But Ruth doesn’t believe they were frightened of catching the disease, they just hated LGBTI people.When the church failed her, she found a different kind of divine being to support her.Getting help from drag queens‘The first time I saw a drag queen, I thought I was in heaven,’ she says. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mark World AIDS Day: ‘We owe it to this generation to eradicate AIDS’Egypt hospital who stopped gay man’s life support are refusing to send back his bodyIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ruth-coker-burks-the-angel-of-aids-victims/ ‘I thought, “this is the most fascinating thing I have ever seen in my life”. They’re so talented.’Gay bars got organized and raised funds to support Ruth’s work. Many of the queens that first supported her later came to Ruth as patients.One of these men was named Billy. He was in his early 20s, a drag queen.His mother once called Ruth, demanding to know when he was going to die.‘He’s holding up our lives,’ she said. ‘We don’t want people up here to know [he has AIDS]’.By the time Billy died, he weighed just 55 pounds.‘It’s a shame we let so many wonderful magnificent people die’‘It’s a shame we let so many wonderful magnificent people die,’ she said.‘Everyone that died of AIDS – so many of them were so talented. The world never got to witness to see how talented they really are.’When the Center of Disease Control and the National Institute of Health finally decided to do something about HIV and AIDS, they sent people to Ruth as her patients were lasting two years longer than the national average.‘The only thing they could figure out was that I loved them,’ she said.‘The human touch was all it took to get them to live.’In 2014, the Journal of American Medical Association, finally agreed with her.Ronald Reagan ‘is to blame’ for AIDS crisisThis isn’t just about an sympathetic woman taking care of dying gay men when no one else would. This is about who is to blame.‘We wouldn’t even have AIDS if it hadn’t been for Ronald Reagan,’ she said.‘How could the President of the United States not know his constituents are dying of this horrible disease?‘No one is his entire cabinet. They don’t even mention the word AIDS until years in his term?‘And then they’re joking about it.’And it’s true, you can you can still watch video of Reagan’s press secretary and chief of staff laughing about AIDS patients.Ruth believes if they had treated the disease the same way they did tuberculosis, or the way the US government tackled ebola recently, thousands of lives could have been saved.Is the US on the brink of another AIDS pandemic?‘I am afraid that right now we’re at the beginning of an another AIDS pandemic in the United States,’ she said.The way things are going, especially as they’re cutting out medication for HIV.‘Vice President Pence, he’s from Indiana, and that state has the highest rate of HIV transmissions.’This is why Ruth is campaigning for sex education in schools.‘You’ve got a computer and you’ve got that little computer in your hand. You can learn yourself how to put a condom on, how to protect yourself,’ she says in a message to readers.Importance of sex education‘Keep your body healthy because it is yours and yours alone. Do the best you can and don’t get caught up in the heat of the moment.’Ruth now lives a quiet life in Arkansas. She’s a grandmother and is often invited to give speeches at HIV awareness events.In 2010, she had a stroke. A casual observer would assume she’s fully recovered although she tells us she still has some small issues.It was thanks to her friends that she got through it.Remembering them, she said: ‘They all had a unique story that would make any life better.‘They were so kind and loving and gentle people that the world doesn’t have enough of.‘We have to take care of people.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- The first time Ruth Coker-Burks saw an AIDS patient, he was near death.Frail, sunken skin resting on hollow bones, the spark of life dwindling: his name was Jimmy. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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