Shutdown looms for UN air service for aid workers in West Africa

2 September 2008The future of the United Nations air service that helps relief workers to deliver life-saving supplies and assistance to hundreds of thousands of West Africans is in jeopardy because of a funding shortfall of more than $5 million, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today. The future of the United Nations air service that helps relief workers to deliver life-saving supplies and assistance to hundreds of thousands of West Africans is in jeopardy because of a funding shortfall of more than $5 million, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.“As well as providing transport for aid workers, the humanitarian air service is also crucial for medical and security evacuations,” said Thomas Yanga, WFP’s Regional Director in West Africa.“A disruption of these operations in West Africa will have serious consequences for the people in need of assistance, and also for the security of our staff.”The rising cost of fuel, on top of limited contributions, has grounded some flights of the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in some countries.One plane has already suspended flights while another will fly on a limited schedule in the Central African Republic (CAR), where WFP is helping 300,000 people. The service – which needs $3 months to stay airborne for the next six months – may be forced to suspend operations this month.During the rainy season, UNHAS is often the only means of transporting aid workers, as roads are impassable and many parts of the country are cut off from Bangui, the capital.UNHAS for the West African coastal region, helping people in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, is also facing shutdown, with a $2.5 million funding shortfall needing to be filled if it is to continue its services until the end of the year.In June, WFP said it would have to scale back the operations of UNHAS in Sudan due to lack of funds, curtailing the ability of 14,000 aid workers to travel to Darfur and other parts of the strife-torn nation.

UN agency begins registering over 100000 people fleeing DR Congo clashes

“The registration is designed to ascertain the number of refugees and to properly identify them,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva. “We will also be profiling refugee families to determine their specific needs and cater our assistance programs accordingly,” he added.The operation kicked off in Betou district of Lukouala region in northern Republic of Congo (ROC), an area hosting more than 60 per cent of the estimated 107,000 DRC refugees.Mr. Mahecic noted that the exercise, being carried out a 500-kilometres long stretch of territory along the Oubangui River, is logistically challenging given that the majority of the refugees are in areas that can be reached only by boats.“The water levels are receding and we are running against time to complete the registration within two months before the dry season sets in and rivers become too low for navigation,” he stated. Despite the challenges, UNHCR is continuing to deliver emergency assistance, including blankets, plastic sheeting for shelter, kitchen sets, sleeping mats and mosquito nets, to the Congolese who left their homeland last year. The refugees fled Equateur province after fighting erupted in late October when Enyele militiamen launched deadly assaults on ethnic Munzayas over fishing and farming rights in the Dongo area. Tensions have since expanded to most parts of Equateur and the DRC army has launched an offensive against the militia.In addition to those seeking refuge in northern ROC, the UN has registered some 18,000 Congolese who fled to the Central African Republic (CAR) and more are continuing to arrive there.Meanwhile, back in Equateur province, UNHCR is participating in an inter-agency humanitarian assessment mission to identify the needs of an estimated 90,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the recent ethnic violence and tensions. 15 January 2010The United Nations refugee agency today began registering over 100,000 refugees who fled ethnic conflict in the Equateur province in north-west Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since November last year.

Ban welcomes launch of digital initiative to attain Millennium Development Goals

21 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the launch today in New York of a global initiative to harness digital technologies to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the launch today in New York of a global initiative to harness digital technologies to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Known as the “MDGs eNabler,” the initiative comprises a set of online tools aimed at providing users around the world with resources and tools to accelerate progress on the MDGs at the national level.The project was spearheaded by the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UNGAID), with support from governments and private corporations, academia and civil society.“I welcome the GAID membership, under the leadership of its Chairman, Mr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh, to launch web-based knowledge tools and information resources, providing tangible and practical benefits to developing countries in their efforts to advance MDGs,” said Mr. Ban, in his message to a High-level Meeting of UNGAID.“ICT can empower farmers to have better access to market, increasing their opportunity to be part of the global supply change,” the Secretary-General said.“ICT can enable students to get better education materials. Doctors use ICT to provide health care to those in need, including in remote areas,” he said, adding that such technologies can provide access to unlimited knowledge and opportunity for those who do not have it.“I invite all stakeholders to join the GAID membership in this endeavour,” he concluded.More than 80 government leaders, chief executives from technology companies from all around the world, and senior UN officials took part in today’s launch.The “MDGs eNabler” brings together many innovative components, including an ICT solutions matrix, a strategic planner, a portal of ICT-for-development portals, simulation and game tools, and a so-called compendium of excellence. It serves as a “one-stop-shop” for policy-makers, planners, project managers and development practitioners, seeking to implement national development strategies and programmes.The Global Alliance for ICT and Development was established in 2006 as a multi-stakeholder platform to put in practice the spirit and vision of the World Summit on the Information Society and to promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs.

Auto strike would be painful to Canadian economic growth Moodys

A debt ratings agency that covers the auto industry believes that even a short strike by Canadian auto workers could be “painful” and hurt the country’s weak economic growth for months to come.“Even a one-week walkout could jeopardize Canada’s increasingly listless growth, shaving 0.25 percentage point from September GDP while disrupting North American supply chains and retail spending into the fourth quarter,” Moody’s Analytics senior economist Mark Hopkins said Friday.Automakers are seeking to reduce labour costs because health-care costs are rising and the strong Canadian dollar is eroding competitiveness.In June, General Motors announced it would shut down its consolidated plant in Oshawa, Ont., next year, a move that will eliminate 2,000 direct jobs. The planned closure comes as the big automaker restarts production at the former Saturn assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.Moody’s said the auto industry is one of “the few bright lights on the Canadian manufacturing landscape.”[np-related]Transportation equipment accounted for more than three-quarters of the growth in Canadian manufacturing in the 12 months through June. The resurgence of the Big 3 has helped drive a sharp acceleration in Ontario manufacturing, more than offsetting the slowing pace of shipments from Quebec and British Columbia, Hopkins wrote in a report.“Improving auto sales in the U.S. have also been a key component of demand growth for Canada’s largest trading partner. Stalling this momentum, even temporarily, would be costly.”Meanwhile, ratings service DBRS said it believes a strike won’t likely be long or have a significantly harmful effect on General Motors or Ford.DBRS said the risk of a strike is “manageable” even though it will have some impact on the automakers’ U.S. operations because of the inter-relationship between the operations on both sides of the border.“We don’t expect a prolonged strike and even if the strike were to commence, the impact on the company and consequently the effect on the rating is not that material,” he said during a conference call after it raised the ratings of the two companies.The ratings agency upgraded the ratings of both General Motors and Ford to BBB (low) from BB (high) due to their improved profitability, strong financial positions and strengthening North American operations.DBRS said the U.S. automakers are mainly profitable because of past concessions from hourly workers. But abandoning efforts to reduce the $15 per hour cost differential between the Canadian and U.S. operations would make them uncompetitive with offshore rivals, especially from Japan and Korea.“Everybody’s quality of cars is narrowing and everybody’s design and change in products is competitive so you have to always keep an eye on the cost structure,” Hon said.He said the automakers “learned the lesson” of past talks and can’t give more favourable contract terms in good times and then ask for givebacks in bad times.The Big 3 U.S. automakers are continuing tough negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers union as a countdown continues to a threatened strike at 11:59 p.m. Monday.The union has offered wage and benefit concessions for new hires but is refusing demands for reductions for existing employees.“To date, little success has been made, with the union and the companies still very far apart on a number of fundamental issues,” the CAW said Friday in a message to its members at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.It added that each of the three companies “remains steadfast in their determination to force deep concessions on both existing and future workers.”“The CAW is equally determined to resist these demands and negotiate a fair settlement that reflects the best interest of our members.”The union has warned that it may target more than one of the U.S. automakers if negotiations fall through.GM only produces a few models at its sole remaining CAW-affiliated assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.Ford employs less than 5,000 workers at its assembly plant in Oakville and two engine assembly facilities in Windsor.University of Windsor professor Tony Faria said the impact of a strike would be much greater on Chrysler, which derives about a quarter of its production from Canada. All of its minivans are made in Windsor, along with several key sedans and vehicles.“Chrysler is looking at razor thin profits. They’ve got good prospects for this year and next year but the only way their profits are actually going to materialize is they have to be producing vehicles,” he said in an interview.Faria said Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is a tough negotiator but he can’t afford a shutdown.“Chrysler is only now getting into a profitable situation so this is a bad, bad time for Chrysler to be shut down.”

Guinea UN envoy welcomes Electoral Commission chiefs resignation

In a press statement released by the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the region, said that Louceny Camara’s declared intention to step down from his position as President of CENI is an important step in paving the way towards a new round of legislative elections. “Said Djinnit encourages all parties to build on this momentum and engage constructively in discussions on the re-composition of the National Independent Electoral Commission,” said the statement. “He also encourages the Guinean stakeholders to reach a compromise on the technical arrangements for the holding of the legislative polls.”Guinea has been affected by political tumult since Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in a coup in 2008, following the death of long-time president Lansana Conté. In November 2010, the election of Alpha Condé as President was the final stage of an interim Government’s efforts to set the stage for democracy in the country. According to media reports, Mr. Camara’s imminent resignation follows accusations by Guinean political stakeholders that the electoral commission chief was using his office as a pretext for delaying the elections. The UNOWA statement, which reiterated the UN’s commitment to providing assistance in preparing and holding the elections, further noted Mr. Djinnit’s readiness to continue working closely with all parties to foster an environment conducive to free, fair and credible elections.

Three British Airways passengers treated like rock stars when they found they

first_imgThe women on board On board the plane Credit:SWNS  Credit:SWNS  The women on board Credit:SWNS  Ms Stevens and Ms Walker, who are television producers, and Ms Hunt, a lawyer, were also treated to a three-course meal and posed for selfies with the captain of the BA flight.Ms Stevens, from Sutton, London, said: “It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience that we’ll never forget.”We felt like celebrities, especially when we were given Champagne – it was the best Christmas present ever, we couldn’t believe how kind and lovely everyone was.”We were the only people in the departure lounge so staff let us use the executive suite, which is usually reserved for business flight passengers.”Then we mentioned how we’d hoped to buy our family gifts at the airport, and staff opened shops so we could browse. It was as though we’d hired out the place just for us.” But it was delayed by three hours, so having checked-in online they turned up late to the airport to “stretch out” the holiday.On arrival, they found passengers who arrived at the scheduled time had been squeezed onto an earlier flight.Ms Stevens said they “felt like A-listers” as cabin crew ushered them into business class seats – having paid just £80 each for an economy return ticket.center_img The women on board She added: “The celebrity treatment continued on board when we were given front row seats and a private safety talk.”The plane took off really quickly because it was so light  – it felt like we were on a private jet.”The cabin crew were laughing and even the pilot made an announcement stating he’d never flown a commercial flight with so few people.”On board, the women were given unlimited Champagne – and say they got through 10 mini-bottles between them.They took videos and selfies on board and tucked into breaded chicken and potato salad with cheese, hot crusty rolls and chocolate pudding. Three women have said they were treated like “rock stars” when they found themselves alone on a British Airways flight for 150 people.Laura Stevens, 34, said she and friends Sarah Hunt, 35, and Laurie-Lin Waller, 33, were upgraded to business class, drank Champagne and took selfies in the cockpit on the 2.5-hour flight.The women were due to fly back to the UK on the 5.20pm flight from Gibraltar to London Heathrow on December 18 after enjoying a three-day break. Credit:SWNS  Ms Stevens said: “We put on our shades and had a great time partying on board. We joked about being a girl band and took videos of us strolling up and down the aisles.”Cabin crew warned us that the fog meant it could take a while to land but we were having such a fantastic time we told them to take their time – we wanted the flight to go on forever.”When the plane landed, Ms Stevens and Ms Hunt, who is from Gibraltar, and Ms Walker, from Glasgow, took selfies in the cockpit and say ground staff “couldn’t believe” there were just three passengers aboard.”Even strolling through passport control we felt like celebs as there were no queues. The whole thing was so surreal,” added Ms Stevens.”People pay thousands for the kind of experience we had, but we got it all for the cost of an economy ticket – it was a real one-off.”We can’t thank BA enough – they made our Christmas!” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

Overcrowding fears lead Tallaght Hospital to cancel nonurgent surgeries

first_imgTALLAGHT HOSPITAL HAS cancelled some non-urgent elective and day case surgeries due to “seasonally high admittances and attendances”.In a statement this morning, the hospital’s management said it is implementing a response plan to deal with the current pressures on the Emergency Department.Last night, the INMO claimed that patients were being put at risk because of overcrowding. There were 254 people on trolleys in January, with another 69 people on trolleys in wards.However, today the hospital said that “significant engagement” is taking place with medical and surgical staff in order to put in place a plan to address the current staff levels and maintain patient safety.“While this is clearly an undesirable situation, it is not untypical at this time of the year,” the statement continued. “The cancellations are being carried out in planned manner and patients are being notified in advance.”The INMO is calling on the HSE to lift its embargo on recruitment of frontline staff. “We are afraid the hospital is dangerous due to overcrowding and staff shortages,” said Derek Reilly from the INMO.“Patient safety is at risk there – we are afraid someone might die.”“Our members in the Emergency Department are unanimous to a person that the department is not safe,” said Reilly, adding that the coronary care department and wards are also concerned.The INMO is due to meet management in Tallaght Hospital on Friday morning.Related: Concerns that overcrowding at Tallaght Hospital puts patient safety at riskMore: Graduate nurses to protest €6.49 per hour training wagelast_img

Ubuntu for Android seen running on a Motorola Atrix 2

first_imgEver since Canonical announced its Ubuntu for Android project, I’ve been lusting after a device that ships with it. The idea of being able to carry around just one device instead of three is like a breath of fresh air to my weary neck and shoulders.Canonical has shown some real savvy in understanding that they didn’t need to compete with Android or iOS by releasing another full mobile OS, and has made a brilliant move in my opinion to expand the market footprint of Ubuntu into the mobile arena. Of course, not everyone agrees with my assessment, largely because of the complete lack of any kind of beta build that can be downloaded and tested.While we’re still waiting impatiently for Canonical to release some code for us to play with, a new video has appeared in which project manager Richard Collins demonstrates exactly how the software functions. Posted above for your viewing pleasure, the five-minute demonstration gives us a window into the project.As you can see, Canonical is testing its software using a Motorola Atrix 2. While you may think the choice of device is related to Google’s acquisition of Motorola, it’s simply not the case. In my interviews with Canonical CEO Jane Silber and Richard Collins, it was stated firmly that the company’s choice of handsets was made from a purely technical standpoint. Because the Atrix 2 has a dual-core processor and a dock that is readily available, it became the prime candidate for development of Ubuntu for Android.There’s also been confusion about how Ubuntu is running on the device. Many people have assumed that it’s a shell interface or some sort of emulation. Both assumptions are wrong as this is in fact a full build of Ubuntu that has been optimized to run on mobile processors using the Android OS as a base. In designing the link between Ubuntu and Android in this way, Canonical has created a symbiotic relationship that allows each OS to operate independently while still allowing information such as phone calls and email to flow between the two seamlessly.Of course, Ubuntu for Android has a long way to go before it’s ready for mass consumption. A large part of the process is going to be getting the software into the community’s hands. Hopefully we will see that happen soon.Read more at ExtremeTechlast_img

McAfee promises 100 Decentral dongle will enable NSAproof chats

first_imgJohn McAfee is working on a $100 device called Decentral that will allow you to chat with your contacts in complete secrecy. Plug it in, and you’re joined up to a sort of living, breathing mobile network that can’t be infiltrated by government cyberops.Who better to bring a device like this to market than McAfee? After all, he’s got the criminal past (he’s a self-confessed former drug dealer) and requisite paranoia (have a look a his insane Belize saga) to truly understand why something like Decentral should exist. It doesn’t hurt that he also headed up a massive security software company for several years.Will Decentral be a hit? McAfee certainly thinks so. “I cannot imagine one college student in the world who will not stand in line to get one,” he told a conference center crowd in San Jose. And suppose the US government bans its sale? What then?McAfee says he’ll make sure it winds up on store shelves in “England, Japan, [and] the Third World.” Decentral won’t be stopped, he said.Still, you’ve got to wonder if McAfee can really deliver what he’s promising. Can Decentral really lock out the the same people that have reportedly hacked pretty much every super power in the world, created backdoors into industry-standard encryption standards, and entrapped “anonymous” TOR users?Decentral will also have to offer something very compelling and unique to convince users to part with $100. Existing apps like Tor chat and the recently-announced BitTorrent Chat — which will also be completely decentralized and encrypted, like Decentral.Then again, celebrity endorsements often help sell a product. With McAfee — the guy who gifted Trojanized laptops to Belizean officials and jammed a tampon up his nose to alter his physical appearance and avoid capture — as the face of Decentral, there’s a chance it could be a smash hit with privacy-minded technophiles.last_img

525000 Medicare beneficiaries in San Diego County to receive new cards

first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – New Medicare cards are going to be rolled out to hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries. The new cards focus on preventing identity theft by removing social security numbers from the cards.Richard Woodward, from the Senior Medicare Patrol was here to tell us more about the changes coming with new cards. 525,000 Medicare beneficiaries in San Diego County to receive new cards July 6, 2018 Posted: July 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

EXCLUSIVE Knowing the business case for benefits will help gain approval

first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect 2019: When building a benefits business case, being able to explain the reasoning behind an initiative’s introduction is the most important factor, according to Jonathan West (pictured), client development director at Let’s Connect, a Personal Group company.Addressing delegates at Employee Benefits Connect 2019 on Wednesday 27 February, West explained that HR professionals need to carefully formulate a business plan, showing the ‘why’, rather than simply presenting benefits options, in order to achieve leadership buy-in and approval.“When you’re seeking approval for your business case, typically you need to take people on a journey: what’s in it for our employees? What’s in it for the business? If you can land your ‘why’, then you’re in a really strong place,” he said.When building a case for implementing benefits, reward professionals must justify what the gain or advantage will be for the organisation. This might be done using metrics such as engagement scores, absence statistics and retention rates, demonstrating the return on investment of certain initiatives in clear figures. In turn, it should be made clear how new additions to a benefits package fit into an organisation’s wider business strategy.“If you fail to articulate the benefits to the business or employees, you might struggle to get it over the line,” said West. “The ideal business case will bring together the key benefits and advantages to an initiative.”last_img

Car fire blocks 2 lanes on eastbound MacArthur Causeway

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two of the eastbound lanes of the MacArthur Causeway have been closed at Fountain Street due to a car fire.Video submitted by a 7News viewer shows the car engulfed with flames.Crews have put out the flames, but two lanes remain blocked, leaving only one lane for cars to get by.It is unknown if there were any injuries.It is recommended that motorists seek alternative routes, such as the Julia Tuttle Causeway or the Venetian Causeway.Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Announces Gambling Survey Results

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office recently announced the completion of a landmark data collection effort on gambling involving individuals entering the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction in advance of the introduction of casino gambling in Greater Boston. The survey was launched in 2016.The anonymous eight-question survey which garnered more than 5,000 voluntary responses over three-plus years, was developed after reviewing several existing surveys including one utilized by the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences for its 2015 report entitled Gambling and Problem Gambling in Massachusetts: Results of a Baseline Population Survey.“Our goal is to be able to compare this baseline data with future survey results to gauge the impact, if any, of expanded gaming on our community,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Our hope is that this information will guide law enforcement, policy makers and industry leaders in measuring the impact, but also the resources and government response needed to best position our county to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens.”The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) survey conducted between January 2016 – June 2019 revealed that just under 20 percent of respondents reported they gambled, compared to slightly more than 70 percent of the state’s general population, cited in the UMass report.“With the introduction of expanded gaming in the Commonwealth, it is crucial to establish the level to which those in our custody are involved in gaming,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, “because just as substance use, mental illness, homelessness and educational deficiencies can contribute to incarceration – so too, can gambling. Understanding who is in our custody and the underlying factors that lead them to us is critical to enhancing public safety.”The MSO survey also found that slightly more than 18 percent of respondents indicated their most recent betting experience involved either lottery tickets or Keno, compared to approximately 1.3 percent for casino or online gambling. However, those who cited casinos (table and/or machine) as their most recent betting experience reported spending an average of $15,193 on gambling-related activities in the last year, while those who indicated lottery tickets were their most recent method of betting spent an average of $103.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSenator Markey & Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian Promote Expansion Of Opioid Treatment In JailsIn “Government”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”last_img

Lego could get artsy with proposed Warhol Kahlo Dalí and Picasso set

first_img More Lego Now playing: Watch this: Tags Toys and Tabletop Games See Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon sets over nearly 20 years 17 Photos A Lego construction machine and a mobile solar plant… After that, a board comprised of Lego designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the design. The team then builds concept models to decide if the design meets the high standards it takes to make a Lego product, such as playability, safety, and fit with the company brand.Voting is open on this set on the Lego Ideas website for awhile — 342 days to be exact.  1 Share your voice Artists Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol make for creative Lego minifigures. Lego Ideas If you love Lego, there seems to be a set for just about everything from the Upside Down from Stranger Things to Overwatch video game characters. But one of the coolest things the toy company does via the Lego Ideas website is encourage fans to submit their own suggestions for original Lego sets that people can vote on to determine if there is enough interest to make the ideas real sets to buy.With the proposed Artists of the 20th Century Lego set, designed by fan Han Sbricksteen, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso could get their own Lego tributes.The proposed set includes not only minifigures of Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, but also their studios filled with the artists’ personal possessions, paintings and other artwork.There are more than 680 pieces in the proposed set. Each artist scene measures over 3.40″ (8.6 cm) high, 5” (12.7 cm) wide and 2.50” (6.4 cm) deep.legodaliSalvador Dalí Lego set. Lego Ideas Salvador Dalí’s Lego build is inspired by his “Mae West’s Face which May be Used as a Surrealist Apartment” painting. The set includes “Mae West Lips Sofa,” “Lobster Telephone,” “Venus de Milo with Drawers,” the paintings “The Persistence of Memory” and “Swans Reflecting Elephants,” as well as a golden egg and four ants.legofridaFrida Kahlo Lego set. Lego Ideas Frida Kahlo’s Lego build is inspired by her home, The Blue House. The set includes an easel, a mirror, various furniture and tools, the paintings “The Frame,” “The Two Fridas,” “Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” and “Viva la Vida, Watermelons.” There’s even a figure of her pet monkey. legowarholAndy Warhol Lego set. Lego Ideas Andy Warhol’s build is inspired by his art/film studio The Factory and includes four “Marilyn Monroe Portraits,” an “Elvis Presley Portrait,” his famous “Campbell’s Soup Can” painting, two “Campbell’s Soup” cans, two Brillo boxes, two Polaroid photos, two film cans, a silver cloud and two rock album covers: The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” and the Velvet Underground’s debut album “The Velvet Underground and Nico.” Warhol designed both album covers.legopicassoPablo Picasso Lego set. Lego Ideas Pablo Picasso’s build is inspired by his studio Villa La Californie. It includes several pieces of furniture, a blue paint can, a pink paint can, the sculptures “Goat” and “Guitar,” the paintings “Three Musicians” and “The Young Ladies of Avignon,” a small reproduction of “Guernica” and two “Guernica”‘s sketches: “Bull” and “Horse.”The set collection also includes a booklet about the four featured artists and their artwork.This art history Lego set has already hit the 5,000-supporter milestone, but it needs 10,000 votes for the project to move into the review stage.  4:47 Comment Lego Friends set rebuilds Central Perk: We were on a brick! Lego builds life-size astronaut in celebration of Apollo 11 anniversary read more

Juneau Police Arrest Suspect in Gold Street Racial Incident May Also be

first_imgAlexander Logan Libbrecht is currently being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on a $25,000 bond. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Corrections)Juneau police believe they have a suspect in connection with a racial incident that marred the parade at the end of last month’s Celebration.The Michigan man also is being investigated by the Secret Service and is wanted in Hawaii for threatening people.Download AudioAlexander Logan Libbrecht, 32, is being held on $25,000 bail in Lemon Creek Correctional Center on charges of fourth-degree assault.Juneau Police Lt. Kris Sell says Libbrecht yelled racist slurs and threatened a black woman last week on Gold Street.“He didn’t access a weapon or touch her, she was in fear based on the fact that he was calling her the ‘N’ word and saying he was going to bash her head in, and he’s in a rage walking up and down the street,” Sell says. “She was very frightened.”Libbrecht’s behavior was similar to that of a man who allegedly yelled racist slurs during the June 14 Celebration parade, grabbed an American flag carried by an Alaska Native veteran, then ran, shoving people in his way, even knocking a woman down.“We are working with some photo line ups with witnesses to that. Also his behavior is very consistent with what happened at Celebration,” she says.Police believe he was the same man that knocked over Main Street traffic barricades just before the flag incident.It’s not clear how long Libbrecht has been in Juneau, or why he came here. On June 26th, the U.S. Secret Service asked JPD for assistance in contacting him for an interview regarding threats he made against President Barack Obama as well as a New Jersey attorney. Lt. Sell says the threats were left in voice mails during telephone calls made from Juneau to the New Jersey attorney.“Mr. Libbrecht was interviewed about a couple of things – first his threats against the president of the United States and also his threats to kill an attorney in New Jersey, who had previously represented Libbrecht in a different case. He threatened to stab and kill that attorney along with the attorney’s wife,” she says.Libbrecht was arraigned in Juneau Superior Court late last week for the Gold Street incident.“The Secret Service agent testified telephonically in court that the first interview was with Mr. Libbrecht in 2010. There was a subsequent interview, I believe, in 2012, then this most recent interview,” Sell says.She says police have no indication that Libbrecht has ever gotten close to the president.Libbrecht also is wanted in Hawaii on charges of terroristic threatening.“The charges in Hawaii stem from an incident where he threw large rocks at people on a beach, ultimately clearing that beach of people who were recreating there,” she says.JPD investigators knew about the Hawaii charges when they started investigating  Libbrecht for the Celebration incident.Hawaii court records indicate Libbrecht was arrested last October, held on $9,000 bail then released when bail was paid by a family member. The court ordered a mental evaluation, the results of which were not part of the accessible record.According to court records, the prosecutor in that case had to get a stalking protective order against Libbrecht, because he threatened her.After he failed to appear for a hearing in March, a judge issued a $100,000 bench warrant, meaning if he were to be arrested again in Hawaii, bail would be set at $100,000.JPD Lt. Sell says she believes Libbrecht is dangerous. In addition to $25,000 bail set in the Juneau case, he can be released only to a third-party custodian.last_img

Reporter Discusses Story on Private Attorneys Getting Many Juvenile Cases in Harris

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /10:47 X Neena Satija, an investigative reporter with The Texas Tribune and Reveal, discussed on Houston Matters Thursday a story she has written regarding the large number of cases private attorneys are getting assigned by Harris County’s three juvenile district courts, as opposed to more cases being sent to the county’s Public Defender’s Office.Satija’s story focuses on the seven most appointed attorneys on juvenile cases –combining family court cases with cases regarding felonies, misdemeanors  and violations of probation—, but she thinks it’s fair to say that “there’s probably ten to fifteen, if not more, who are taking on a caseload that experts would say it’s too high.”Satija noted that the Public Defender’s Office doesn’t work on family court cases and the staff attorneys are limited to 200 cases per year, but underlined that “they’re actually well below that limit” considering that the public defender with the highest workload of this kind had 141 cases last year.Public Defender’s Office The Public Defender’s Office says they could work on more cases, Satija explained. “There is a sense that, you know, the Office has enough staff and has the budget to represent more kids who need a lawyer if the courts were to give them those cases and that that’s not happening.”Oliver Sprott is the only lawyer who talked on-the-record for the story. He told Satija he works very hard and that “clients often ask for him.”Satija explained Jay Jenkins, a lawyer with the reform-minded advocacy group Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, considers that, in Satija’s words, there is a “system of cronyism going, of potentially pay-to-play where attorneys are getting appointments, which can help them make a living, in exchange for campaign contributions to the judges.”Another lawyer who works on cases assigned by the juvenile district courts told Satija that “she was actually advised by another private lawyer that the best way to do well on this career in juvenile law in Harris County is to contribute to judges campaigns.”Judges’ reactionsBut the judges the reporter communicated with, specifically Judge Michael Schneider and Judge Glenn Devlin, deny there is such pay-to-play system. “They say they actually have nothing to do with the appointments, it’s their staff and their staff wouldn’t be able to looking at things like campaign donations,” Satija noted.The judges also argued that the Public Defender’s Office had an attorney go on medical leave last year and they asked to be not assigned cases for a few weeks, although Satija thinks it’s hard to see how that would fully explain why they received less cases than private attorneys.Satija also underlined that Judge Devlin has publicly criticized the Public Defender’s Office, so there seems to be a “distrust” of the Public Defender’s Office “coming from at least some of the judges.” Sharelast_img

Astrophysicist calls on colleagues to develop better models to explain quasars

first_img Measuring the black hole environment of a quasar nucleus This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Astrophysics: Quasars still defy explanation, Nature 495, 165–167 (14 March 2013) doi:10.1038/495165aAbstractFifty years after finding that these cosmic beacons lie far away, astronomers need to think harder about how they radiate so much energy, says Robert Antonucci. Citation: Astrophysicist calls on colleagues to develop better models to explain quasars (2013, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Nature Explore furthercenter_img © 2013 An X-ray image of the quasar PKS 1127-145, located about 10 billion light-years from Earth. Credit: NASA. ( —Robert Antonucci, professor of astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, suggests in a commentary piece in the journal Nature that he and his colleagues need to develop better models of black-hole systems to help gain more knowledge of quasi-stellar radio sources, known more commonly as quasars. The problem is, he says, after a half century of study, scientists still can’t explain how it is that they emit so much energy. Quasars are highly luminous galactic systems and can be seen from very far away—one was first distance measured only as recently as 50 years ago (it’s anniversary coming March 16 likely inspired Antonucci to provide his commentary piece). And while space scientists generally agree that a quasar is likely a region of space with many elements compacted together, all surrounding a supermassive black hole, not much else is really known about them. Antonucci says that despite all the research that’s been done on them, there are still no good models to describe how they manage to produce so much energy and thus there is no way to predict their behavior. He goes so far as to suggest in comical fashion that the state of science regarding quasars is so limited that researchers should begin hoping an extraterrestrial being will drop by one day to explain it all.In a more serious vein, Antonucci suggests that it’s not an impossible challenge to learn more about quasars, but it will take some effort, and that is the purpose of his article—to push for more research—such as developing stronger computational and computer models and to use new tools such as more sensitive X-ray telescopes to study quasars in better detail.Because they can be seen from so far away, quasars offer researchers a unique opportunity to peek farther back in time than is offered by other celestial bodies. For that reason, it’s important that they be better understood, Antonucci says. Current theories suggest that because they expel jets of energetic particles and emit at radio wavelengths, and because the energy involved is so great, there must be a supermassive black hole at their center. But the details of how it all works is still a mystery and because of that, he says, researchers need to step up their efforts.last_img

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The Cardinals would go on to a hardfought 2724

first_imgThe Cardinals would go on to a hard-fought, 27-24 win over the Texans in front of 60,845 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium to push their record to 5-4.“You couldn’t ask for better,” head coach Bruce Arians said following the win. “We talked about it in the locker room (prior to the game), kickoff coverage team go down and get them behind the 20 or get a turnover and then the defense go out there and make something happen, and obviously they did that.”Just like a baseball pitcher being staked with a home lead before taking the mound, the quick touchdown by Shaughnessy set Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer at ease.“It’s huge, I mean it was a great momentum swing, as you had momentum obviously at home kicking the game off,” Palmer said. “But just a big play. Whether it’s interceptions our team is making or sacks, we seem to do that very well.”But it wasn’t just a quick start by Arizona’s defense. The Cardinals held Houston (2-7) to just 41 yards of offense in the second half.“I think we have an extremely smart, intelligent defensive staff. Coach (Todd) Bowles lets his assistants and the guys in the box do a great job of coming down and handling those adjustments because he’s on the field,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “We saw they were attacking us in the flats and dumping off the ball. We just went a little more man-to-man pressure to try and make Case (Keenum) beat us. We knew he couldn’t beat us throwing the ball into tight coverages.”Keenum, who was making just his third professional start, completed 22-of-43 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns — two of which were remarkable catches by All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson.All told, the Cardinals held Houston to season lows in total offense (235 yards) and net passing yardage (159), while yielding just 76 yards on the ground — the Texans’ second-worst output in that category. The 235 yards the Cardinals allowed are the least in a single game since Week 7 of last season, when Minnesota had only 209 yards in a 21-14 over Arizona. Sunday’s game was billed as a matchup of two defensive heavyweights, and in the end, the Cardinals came out on top.“We played against the number-one defense in the league today,” Palmer said, “and I would take our defense over that defense.” – / 35 Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — It didn’t take long for the Arizona Cardinals to demonstrate exactly why they’re known as a strong defensive football team Sunday. It took 14 seconds, to be exact.On the Houston Texans’ first play from scrimmage, Cardinals linebacker John Abraham knocked the ball free from quarterback Case Keenum’s hand. Linebacker Matt Shaughnessy picked it up and scampered six yards into the end zone to give Arizona a quick lead. last_img