Europe – Central Asia News RSF_en Matthias Spielkamp, Member of the Board of Reporters without Borders Germany states: “European companies are exporting surveillance technology to totalitarian states, thereby contributing decisively to the suppression of freedom of information on the Internet”We strongly urge European legislators, the Commission and Member States to recognize their responsibility to protect Human Rights around the world, and act accordingly.You can download the RWB position paper on the export of European surveillance technology (November 2012) here: TBCMedia Relations:_ Ulrike Gruska_ Tel.: 0049 30 / 202 15 10 16_ [email protected] News News Related documents Position paper of Reporters wi thout Borders on the export of European surveillance technologyPDF – 67.29 KB RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News to go further Receive email alerts Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Europe – Central Asia Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Organisation On occasion of the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Reporters without Borders today published a position paper, calling on the EU Commission to make surveillance and censorship technologies from Europe subject to export controls. The paper has been introduced by Christian Mihr, Executive Director of Reporters without Borders German section, on a panel at the Internet Governance Forum and has also been submitted to Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda in Europe. Spyware is used to spy on contents of other hard-disks, gain access to passwords, or monitor e-mail and phone communication. It can be installed on computers or introduced into the network via false update notices or e-mail attachments without the user’s knowledge. Civil use of this type of programmes is limited. Some manufacturers explicitly supply state players, such as secret and security services, while others advertise the fact that they can specifically identify and monitor political opponents. In authoritarian regimes, it is often used to spy on journalists and their sources to suppress freedom of information._ June 4, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more November 8, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Governments must control the export of surveillance technology Help by sharing this information
#453788094 / gettyimages.com Protests erupted immediately after Brown’s shooting, sometimes leading to violent clashes with police. There have also been several cases of people looting local businesses and destroying property, which has been condemned by authorities and outspoken protesters who say the majority of demonstrators have acted peacefully.According to the poll, 70 percent of blacks say police departments around the country do a poor job holding officers accountable for misconduct. Whites aren’t giving police positives grades in that category, either: Only 37 percent said police departments do an excellent or good job holding cops accountable for misconduct.“The survey finds little change since 2009 in public confidence in local police departments to do a good job enforcing the law, to avoid using excessive force against suspects and to treat blacks and whites equally,” according to Pew Research Center. “Currently, 39 percent say they have a great deal of confidence in police officers locally to do a good job enforcing the law; 36 percent say they have a fair amount of confidence.” #453995866 / gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Both whites and blacks don’t think police departments do enough to hold cops accountable for misconduct, according to a new poll released this week.The Pew Research Center/USA Today poll, however, found a significant racial divide: 72 percent of whites compared with 36 percent of blacks said they have a fair amount of confidence in local cops to treat blacks and whites equally, and 74 percent of whites versus 36 percent of blacks have a great deal or fair amount of confidence in police officers to refrain from using excessive force on suspects.The poll, conducted August 20-24, comes amid heightened tension locally and nationally regarding the relationship between the police and black communities after an NYPD officer was seen on video wrapping a Staten Island man in a prohibited chokehold, which caused his death (Eric Garner’s various maladies were contributing factors in his death), and the shooting in Ferguson, Mo. in which an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer. Unlike the incident involving the NYPD officer, video documenting Michael Brown’s encounter with the Ferguson police officer on August 9 has yet to emerge, and there have been conflicting statements from witnesses who say they saw the fatal shooting unfold.Neither officer has been charged, but grand juries empanelled in both Staten Island and Ferguson will decide if either officer should be prosecuted. Douglas Mayers, president of the Freeport/Roosevelt NAACP chapter, said what’s happening in Ferguson is similar to what occurs between police and the black community on Long Island.“The black man should be respected just as much as the white man in this country,” he said, adding that, too often, blacks are treated differently than whites in communities like Freeport. “This is 2014 not the 1950s or 1960s.”Mayers is not confident that protests in Ferguson will translate to better relations with police.“It might, but I doubt it very much,” he said, referencing the beating of Rodney King in California and comments made by a St. Louis police officer who was seen on video bragging about killing people and calling President Obama an “illegal alien.” He was suspended after the video became public.Nassau Police Benevolent Association President James Carver told the Press that the “overwhelming majority of police officers here are of great conduct and the time that there are discipline, it’s mostly internal stuff,” not criminal.As for the incident involving Brown and Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Carver said the public should wait for all the facts to emerge. In June, a Nassau police officer was allegedly caught on video beating a 20-year-old man thought to be in possession of drugs. Prosecutors later dropped all charges against Kyle Howell and indicted the officer, Vincent LoGiudice, on assault charges.Carver criticized prosecutors and said the grand jury wasn’t given all the facts.“I believe that the police officers…are entitled to a fair investigation, not a rush to judgement, and not a political investigation,” he said. “Our job is a tough job, we make split-second decisions that will be Monday-morning quarterbacked forever.”“A lot of it is driven by the media sensationalizing what’s going on and trying to get higher ratings than the next guys,” he added.Another issue that has arisen from the Ferguson protests has been the militarization nationwide of police departments, which have been outfitted with military gear and weapons with the help of the Department of Defense.“The public has concerns over police departments’ use of military equipment and weaponry,” the Pew Research Center poll found. Fifty-four percent of Americans polled said they have a “great deal or fair amount” of confidence in police departments to appropriately use equipment and weapons compared with 44 percent who disagreed.Despite differing views when it comes to police, 64 percent of blacks and three-quarters of whites said the two races get along pretty well.The poll also found that Democrats are much more critical of police than Republicans.
All Tumwater Parks are CLOSED. Please stay out of City parks due to hazardous conditions with heavy snow and ice on trees and paths. Message to Tumwater Residents~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tumwater Public Works crews continue to run plows in order to keep major streets clear; as time permits, crews will work on secondary streets. With significant power outages, City staff will be focusing on clearing fallen tree limbs and making way for Puget Sound Energy to restore power to our area.If you don’t know your neighbors, now is a great time to make that connection. Check on your neighbors and, if you’re able, help to shovel a neighbor’s driveway, share some food, or some of your firewood.Pete KmetTumwater Mayor Generator Warning. Do not use outdoor heating or cooking appliances or generators in your home due to the potential build-up of deadly carbon monoxide gas. CITY OF TUMWATERSnow and Ice UpdateFriday, January 20, 2012 – 12:00pm SNOW AND ICE UPDATEFriday, January 20, 2012 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Traffic Signals. At intersections where traffic signals are not working, they should be treated as a 4-way stop. Buildings with Flat Roofs: Remove snow and ice from roof drains so that thawing water can flow and relieve weight pressure. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Road Closures as of Friday, January 20, 10:30am:Linwood Ave from Rural Rd to Lake Park DriveLake Park Drive from Trosper to LinwoodBates StreetMottman at Percival CreekRoads. Friday and thru the weekend, Tumwater Public Works crews are working to remove trees blocking City streets. They are also working to remove snow and ice from the top of catch basins on primary and secondary routes. Trees and Limbs on Tumwater Streets. City phone lines are currently down. Call the Thurston County Sheriff’s non-emergency line at 360-704-2740 to report downed trees and limbs on City streets. Be prepared to provide the street address and whether or not power lines are entangled in the tree. City staff will keep a list of downed trees and crews will get to them as they can on Friday and over the weekend. City crews cannot remove trees entangled with power lines until PSE crews remove and repair the lines. Debris and trees on private property are the responsibility of the owner to clear. Safety Reminders: Downed Power Lines. Call 9-1-1 to report downed or hazardous power lines. City crews do not repair downed power lines. Customers without power are urged to call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 to report the outage. Call takers are available 24/7. Storm Drains: If physically and safely able to, please help clear snow and debris from the top of storm drains. This will help keep water flowing as the snow begins to melt. *Important Notice for Pressure or Grinder Sewer Systems. When the power is out there is no way for sewage to pump out of your sewer system holding tank. Please minimize flushing and water use during a power outage. When your power returns and your pump reactivates, an alarm may sound. Wait an hour. If the alarm continues to ring after one hour, then call the phone number posted on your pump. The alarm rings because the tank is full, and the pump will need time after reactivation to clear the tank. Awnings/Carports: Please check snow and ice load on awnings and carports and safely remove excess snow and ice, if possible. What You Can Do to Help:Check on your neighbors, especially elderly or shut-in neighbors.If physically possible for you, clear the storm drains near your home to keep melting water flowing.Clear the sidewalk in front of your home or business.As with any emergency, have a minimum three-day supply of food and medicine on hand for yourself, your family, and any family pets. City of TumwaterExecutive Department 555 Israel Road SWTumwater, WA 98501(360)754-4120
20 February 2008Eskom will have to spend some R343-billion on construction over the next five years, with just over 70% of that amount earmarked to return three mothballed power stations to service as well as to build a number of new ones, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel told Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday.Delivering his Budget for 2008/09, Manuel proposed that the government provide the state power company with up to R60-billion to support the financing of the company’s capital investment programme, on terms structured to help Eskom meet its cash flow requirements.“Eskom’s tariffs were steadily reduced in real terms during the 1980s and the 1990s, so that electricity prices in South Africa are now far lower than in any other comparable country, and well below full economic cost,” Manuel said.As a result of its low tariff system, Eskom was not in a position to finance its major infrastructure projects, and the utility’s tariffs needed to be adjusted upwards, South Africa’s finance minister said.“Its capital should again mainly be raised through debt, and paid for by users over the course of time through appropriately structured tariffs.”According to the National Treasury, Eskom has 26 power stations in the country with the capacity to generate 37 761 megawatts of electricity. Due to maintenance and technical problems, only 35 436 megawatts are normally available, with peak hours taking a dedicated 2 325 megawatts daily.The power utility’s short-term capacity expansion includes the construction of a further two gas-fired power stations in Mossel Bay and Atlantis in the Western Cape, which will add an additional 1 042 megawatts to the national grid.“The return-to-service of previously mothballed power-stations Camden, Grootvlei and Komati will add a combined 3 677 megawatts of generating capacity by 2011, and other smaller projects will produce about 2 000 megawatts,” Manuel said.He explained that in terms of long-term capacity expansion projects, another two major coal-fired plants, Medupi in Lephalale and Bravo near Witbank, would each cost in excess of R80-billion and have a generating capacity of 4 500 megawatts.In his State of the Nation address earlier this month, President Thabo Mbeki said that the government would provide support to Eskom for its capital expenditure programme, as well as to implement an energy efficiency campaign.“This situation has precipitated the inevitable realisation that the era of very cheap and abundant electricity has come to an end,” Mbeki said. “However, given our large base of installed generation capacity, for a long time to come ours will remain amongst the few economies with affordable electricity.”Source: BuaNews
25 March 2015Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley is on track for its student intake in 2016.The deputy minister of higher education and training, Mduduzi Manana, visited the construction site in the Northern Cape capital on 24 March, where four cranes were keeping the building programme on track. Manana said he was satisfied with progress made on infrastructure.“The briefing I received this morning and the visit to the construction site gives me tremendous confidence that all the deadlines for ensuring the successful delivery of the infrastructure necessary to accommodate the 2016 student intake will be met,” he said.“I have witnessed the evidence of the close co-operation between the different spheres of government. The Sol Plaatje Municipality has been single-minded in its determination to support the development of the university by expediting the required approval processes and supporting the social and economic development aspects of the project, among others.”Work undertaken to deliver the infrastructure for this year’s student intake of 370 had been of a high quality.The university’s central campus is part of this phase of construction. It will encompass completing six of the envisaged eight multi-storey buildings at an estimated construction cost of over R900-million. The buildings will include laboratories, lecture auditoriums and teaching facilities, academic offices, libraries, residences and student facilities.In total, the construction of more than 50 000 square metres of new buildings will accommodate the planned 2016 and 2017 student numbers. Together with the existing 2014 and 2015 provision, on campus residences will accommodate about 700 students for the 2016 academic year.Manana acknowledged the efforts being made to ensure that the province benefited from the investment in the university infrastructure. Construction procurement requires the main contractors to use local labour, suppliers and sub-contractors; and to focus on broad-based black economic empowerment and skills development.The deputy minister was also pleased with the academic performance of the university in its first year of its existence. He emphasised that in addition to high quality academic teaching and sound governance, it was necessary to have in place the infrastructure to sustain the level of academic performance.Of the students registered in 2014, 80% passed all their first-year courses with an average course pass rate of 87%.Manana also congratulated Professor Yunus Ballim on his appointment as the vice- chancellor. “I wish you well in laying the foundations for a university that will provide innovative and high quality academic programmes.”Sol Plaatje University is one of three universities the government is building. The others are the University of Mpumalanga and the Sefako Makgatho Health and Allied Sciences University, which is a result of the unbundling of Medunsa from the University of Limpopo.Higher Education and Training spokesperson Sibusiso Mlangeni said the new universities would go a long way towards increasing access to post-school education and training. They will also contribute to the National Development Plan goal of increasing higher education enrolments by 2030.Source: SAnews.gov
Every great cinematographer has a signature style. You can develop yours by studying the experts, beginning with Wes Anderson.Cover image from Wes Anderson‘s American Express commercial.From Bottle Rocket to Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson has consistently delighted cinephiles with his whimsical sense of humor and signature visual style. Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ve seen it both analyzed and parodied. However, it’s more than just tableaux and dead dogs. Anderson’s recognizable mise-en-scène is a combination of homaged compositions and coming-of-age motifs that requires a strong understanding of cinematography, color, and style.Let’s look at several ways to experiment with footage to see how Wes Anderson established his signature style.Flat CompositionsImage from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou via Touchstone Pictures.One aspect of Wes Anderson’s cinematography (which is heavily tied to his go-to director of photography, Robert Yeoman) is the stark flatness of his compositions. As much as he possibly can, Wes creates his worlds by lining everything up directly in front of him. That is to say, he doesn’t use awkward angles. The camera can move, but if it does, it creates a new flat composition.The Basic Rules of CompositionObservations on Film Art: Shot-consciousness9 Composition Techniques That Will Make Your Images Eye-Catching on a Biological LevelVideo Tutorial: Composition, Framing and the 180° RuleCreate LinesImage via The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight).Wes Anderson then uses his flat compositions to create lines (which in turn creates symmetry — more on that below). For his style, it’s important to shoot with long lenses to make the lines as straight as possible. As a result, there are not many fish-eye angles in his films. For his most famous shots in films like The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel, for example, Anderson shot on 40mm anamorphic as much as possible (Wolfcrow). Once these lines are steady, you can start placing them strategically in your composition.Static and Dynamic CompositionsCinematography Tips: Mastering Foreground, Middleground, and BackgroundHow to Craft a Cinematic Frame Within a FrameThe Most Common Framing Mistakes in Cinematography Find SymmetryIn this aspect, Wes Anderson is by no stretch the first director to make heavy use of symmetry in his films. His style, though, seems to be so popular that he seems to get the lion’s share of credit for it these days. (Stanley Kubrick would beg to differ.)To get good symmetry, you need to be aware of three things. One, mentioned above, is to avoid angles where the lines aren’t parallel. The second is to shoot long and tight shots without a fisheye curve. The third is your rule of thirds. Wes likes to center his subject perfectly in the middle of his shot but uses the thirds to divide up all the information on either side. Once you find symmetry, you can create stylistic imbalance. Here’s an example wherein he loads one half with a small army of short scouts, contrasted against just two stark characters on the other side, creating a contradiction.The Art of Perspective and Symmetry in CinematographyThe Perfect Symmetry of Wes Anderson’s MoviesFrom Kubrick to Anderson: One-Point PerspectiveThe geometric perfection of Wes Anderson filmsBright Color PalettesAfter he has composed his shots, Wes Anderson’s signature style really begins to flourish. In the commentary of Bottle Rocket, there are anecdotes about how Wes would spend hours poring over magazine spreads during pre-production to search for the perfect color palette for his film. From Bottle Rocket on, colors have become one of his hallmark features as he uses his signature dusty pastels to create timeless image qualities.Image of one of the Reservoir Geeks on location at the Bottle Rocket motel (Dallas Observer).You can work some on your own, but here’s an example of a free LUT created by SmallHD called “Moonrise” dropped onto a shot. LUTs are a great option and you can download several more for other film styles (and create your own) here.Wes Anderson’s Color PalettesWes Anderson Color Palettes (Tumblr)How to Color Grade Like — Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)Manipulating the Audience’s Emotions With ColorDramatic Use of Slow MotionAside from composition and colors, perhaps the most noteworthy technique of Wes Anderson’s filmmaking style is his deft use of slow motion. Wes Anderson doesn’t use this technique as often as, say, a Michael Bay film, but he does find a way to work it in to every one of his films — usually at the very end. He also plays back some shots beginning at normal speed (in the case of film, 24fps) and then shifting into slow motion, which is actually quite an intricate technique when shooting on film.If you’re shooting digital, you can always film a shot or scene at a higher FPS rate (frames per second) like 60fps or 12o+, then in post speed ramp the footage to a slow motion speed of your choice. When shooting on film, as Wes Anderson does, you have to use a process called “over cranking,” which you can read more about here.How Does Slow-Motion Video Work & How Can I Shoot It?Tips For Shooting the Best Slow-Motion Video5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Shooting Slow MotionHow to Use Slow-Motion to Create Iconic MomentsOverhead TableauxImage from The Royal Tenenbaums via Touchstone Pictures.I’d argue that, in some small way, Wes Anderson is at least partly responsible for Instagram’s success. An influx of Wes Anderson-inspired overhead tableau shots have seemingly taken over the app. From a style perspective, laying out inanimate objects on a table is quite simple; the real challenge is in the spacing, lighting, and selection. For many of Wes Anderson’s overhead tableaux, even the table itself is an indication of time, place, and character. The set design is articulated to match the scene, and the spacing reveals a pristine attention to detail (a trait many of his characters share).From Above: The Overhead Shots of Wes AndersonHow Wes Anderson’s Cinematographer Shot These 9 Great ScenesHere’s What It Would Look Like If Wes Anderson Made Food VideosWes Anderson Filmmaking 101: Learn the Subtle Ways the Director Pulls You into His FilmsStop Motion AnimationAnother, not-so-easily replicable style of Wes Anderson’s is a penchant for stop motion animation. Yes, there are a few full-blown examples like Fantastic Mr. Fox and the most recent Isle of Dogs, but even some of his early films (most notably The Life Aquatic) make creative use of stop motion animation when showing wildlife and animals. As you can see in the video above, the process can be very long and painstaking, and it requires quite a bit of planning, creativity, and patience.How to Make a Professional Stop Motion Animation Video (Tutorial)FANTASTIC MR. FOX — In the puppet shop with Wes & Bill9 Essential Tips for DIY Stop-Motion AnimationMake a Stop Motion Animation — for BeginnersUsing the Right FontsImage of Wes Anderson’s favorite font Futura in use (via the Dallas Observer).On the other end of the spectrum, perhaps the most easily replicated aspect of Wes Anderson’s style is his font selections. While he has not used one single font throughout his entire filmography, Wes Anderson certainly has a few favorites that he often returns to. They range from the simple (yet stylized) Helvetica and Futura (as seen above), to the more decorative fonts like Didot and Tilda. His keen interest in typography creates opportunities in his films for his characters to write or type letters — often in very stylized iterations.The Font-spressionist: Wes Anderson RankedFutura, Contra and the Last Four Wes Anderson FilmsWes Anderson: the grand design behind The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson Fonts in UseFor more insights into Wes Anderson’s visual styles and how to create them yourself, check out some of the links below.A Beginner’s Guide to Wes Anderson MoviesHow to Direct Like Wes Anderson — Style and Trope BreakdownThe 7 Best Commercials Made By Famous DirectorsBehind the Scenes With Wes Anderson‘Bottle Rocket’ to ‘Budapest’: The Evolution of Wes Anderson’s Style15 Absolutely Necessary Ingredients For Making A Wes Anderson Film
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa ace Grealish: Terry driving me towards Eurosby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says an inspirational chat with Aston Villa assistant John Terry has turned his focused towards Euro2020.The Villa midfielder has struggled so far this season, having watched peers Mason Mount and James Maddison selected ahead of him for the recent England squad.Asked if an England breakthrough is on his mind, Grealish told Standard Sport: “Yeah definitely.”I think the position I play at the moment there are so many talented players out there: Madders, Dele [Alli], Mason Mount and [Jesse] Lingard, so many good young English players.”So there is a lot of competition there but I know I can play. I back myself to get into the England team.”[I need to] add goals and assists to my game. At the start of the season I know I haven’t been playing to the standard I know I can. I can perform better. From being in the Championship last year, now to being in the Premier League it is going to take a bit of time.”I was speaking to John Terry the other day and he said it always took him five or six games to get to the standard he knew he could be at and I think that is the same as me at the moment.”I know how good I actually am, how good I can be and I want to start adding goals and assists to my game, I am sure I can force my way into the England team.”
Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has asserted that violence against women has to stop, emphasizing that there is an urgent need for a broader national dialogue and engagement to tackle the issue. “Violence against women happens too often…I am sure everyone has had a friend or an acquaintance who has been a victim of intimate personal violence (IPV) and it has to stop,” the Minister emphasized, as she addressed the launch of the report: ‘Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean’, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on March 26. Stressing her intolerance to violence, especially against women and children, the Minister expressed the hope that increased dialogue and broad involvement will generate the urgently needed solutions to the issue. “We will never be able to build and support enough shelters to give refuge to battered women who are desperate to break free of the shackles imposed on them by the men who feel it is their right to perpetrate violence. The dialogue must begin, the dialogue must be broad, the dialogue must be intense,” Senator Falconer emphasised. She noted that not enough has been done to tackle the issue, but the Government has made some progress through the Bureau of Women’s Affairs and through programmes in the Ministries of Health, Labour and Social Security and the Office of the Prime Minister. [RELATED: PAHO/WHO Report on Violence Against Women Launched]The Minister cited one such intervention as a high level multi-sectoral consultative committee commissioned by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, late last year, to address violence and sexual crimes against women and children.She said this committee, which she chairs, is charged with developing a holistic approach to tackling the problem by assessing and streamlining measures, recommendations and activities so that national action will be better co-ordinated, more comprehensive and effective in utilising limited resources.The areas being focused on include public education, institutional strengthening, shelter services, and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods.“In addition, pieces of legislation have either been introduced or strengthened. These steps have allowed for the establishment of a Sex Offenders Registry, increasing remedies available to women and girls who are victims; the ability to give evidence via video link; and increased penalties on some perpetrators,” she said.“We believe that purposeful measures like these are required to combat violence against women and girls wherever it persists,” the Minister added.Citing a 2008 Reproductive Health Survey conducted in Jamaica, which reveals that 35 per cent of the women surveyed, aged 15 to 49, reported that they had suffered intimate personal violence, the Minister contended that “this takes on frightening dimensions when one considers that those incidents occur within the home.”“That has implications for children who are exposed to violence as often times it determines the choices they make as adults,” the Senator said.The Minister lamented that there is a culture of impunity that seems to operate in the minds of the perpetrators of intimate personal violence, who believe that it is okay and even justifiable to mete out such violence.“Then there is the acceptance by some victims that this is normal, this is what they deserve,” she added.“From the standpoint of conditioning and exposure, the data indicate that one in five of the young men surveyed, aged 15 to 24, feel that it is okay for a man to beat his woman. Put another way, 22 per cent of our young men believe ‘woman mus’ get lick’,” the Minister said.She further stressed that greater intervention is needed to begin to change the mindset of all involved.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter
Fifty-four pediatric patients from every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico visited with First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday while raising awareness for children’s hospitals.The kids are serving as Champions for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and on a weeklong tour of Washington, D.C, and Orlando, Fla. They are sharing their inspiring stories and how local children’s hospitals changed their lives.The First Lady thanked the Champions for their courage and strength, while accepting their hugs and compliments. On behalf of the group, 4-year-old Carly Kudzia, the Champion from Ohio, presented the First Lady with a card signed by the Champions and a Miracle Bear.Kudzia is one of 18 children in the United States with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes dysmorphic features, accelerated aging, small stature and a shorter life expectancy. Kudzia, whose personality is anything but “small,” serves as a spokesperson for the disease. CMN Hospitals funds, essential for providing crucial pediatric services, allow her caretakers to collaborate with global experts on progeria and pay for diagnostic equipment.“These kids will forever remember how warmly the First Lady greeted them,” said Craig Sorenson, chief concepts officer for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.At the White House, Champions also were treated to a special viewing of Disney’s Doc McStuffins. The kids’ television show was introduced by its creator, Chris Nee, whose son’s asthma inspired the show. Champions and their families also visited Capitol Hill to share their stories with legislators from their respective states.“Our Champions know firsthand the quality pediatric care that can be provided when people donate to their local children’s hospitals. They represent the 10 million kids who are treated for severe illnesses and injuries in our 170 hospitals each year,” said CMN Hospitals’ Sorensen.Champions will head to Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday to continue sharing their inspirational stories and messages. Accompanying the Champions throughout the trip is Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev, who is serving as the charity’s National Goodwill Ambassador.The 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “Champions” program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International and Chico’s FAS.To meet the Champion from your state, click here.
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav has forecast that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led front will require the support of allies to form the next government at the Centre, according to a report by Bloomberg. “If we get 271 seats on our own, we will be very happy,” Madhav said in an interview with Bloomberg on May 4. “With NDA (National Democratic Alliance), we will have a comfortable majority,” Madhav added. BJP president Amit Shah and other senior leaders have repeatedly said the saffron party will get a full majority on its own. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghMadhav told the publication that the party will make up for expected losses in the northern states by gaining seats in the Northeast and eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha. He said the BJP government would pursue pro-growth policies if it returns to power, adding that it had not shifted to populist cash handouts from its focus on economic reforms. “We have expanded in eastern India very well — if similar effort had been put into south India also, probably we would have been more comfortable,” Madhav said. “As politicians, we must remember that what we achieved last time, we may not repeat because of anti-incumbency,” he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIn the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Modi-led party swept through the Hindi-speaking belt. Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chandigarh and the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi have a total of 226 parliamentary seats. The BJP won 191 of these seats in the previous parliamentary election. Its partners from the NDA won 11 seats there. However, in December 2018, Congress was able to wrest Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan from the BJP in one-on-one contests in the assembly elections, largely banking on local anti-incumbency and agrarian distress.