The lives of several inner-city residents from across the country have been significantly enhanced, following their participation in the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Youth Leadership Training Programme. The 54 persons, who successfully completed the course, were presented with certificates during the graduation ceremony for the 55th cohort of the programme held at the JCC’s offices in Kingston, on December 14. Participants were trained in: conflict management, interpersonal skills, human relations, employability skills, community leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing and family life, over a six-week period. The group also included several law enforcement members. Held in collaboration with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committee. The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police, in order to reduce crime and to provide residents with the skills to contribute to the development of their communities. Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, who was guest speaker at the event, lauded the JCC’s unique concept of combining police officers with residents, noting that he was pleased, based on the feedback from the participants, that relations have improved. He congratulated the graduates who he said “have made a choice that you are going to determine the outcomes of your lives and I know your communities look forward to your returning to being agents of change and catalysts towards…improving the quality of life in your communities”. President, JCC, Francis Kennedy, said the body was particularly proud of its role in equipping citizens with the necessary skills to empower themselves, and thereby contribute to the economic viability of the country. “As a Chamber, we are conscious that the types of skills and attitudes that we encourage and support in this programme, is indispensible in the process of developing a vibrant economy. If we are to attract and retain investment from both domestic and overseas sources, one major determinant is that the appropriate labour force skills are in place. Another is existence and observance of mutual respect between all parts of our society in the interest of the nation,” he said. Sixty persons participated in the programme, including 46 inner-city residents from various communities in three parishes, and eight police officers.
Colin Kaepernick has been named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ magazine. The former San Francisco 49er landed the cover of GQ’s latest issue for protesting racial injustice by kneeling for the national anthem during NFL games. Since then, he’s angered everyone from the common Twitter user to Donald Trump, who’s called him out on social media, television and at a rally. It also seems that Kaepernick has been blackballed by the league and its owners for protesting. He filed a grievance against the NFL and accused them of collusion. He continues to remain silent and chose not to be interviewed for the GQ article. He agreed to a photo shoot in Harlem, N.Y. where he posed with local adults and children. On top of that, some of Kaepernick’s friends, allies and general admirers gave statements for the article. Folks like J. Cole, Ava DuVernay, former teammate Eric Reid and Harry Belafonte, who said he’d help the quarterback however he could. “In my 90th year of life, to see people like Colin Kaepernick having gotten the message and carrying the cause forward is the greatest reward I could ask for,” said Belafonte. “Colin is a remarkable young man. The fact that he spoke out on police brutality against young black men, I thought it was absolutely admirable. I’m prepared to do anything it takes and whatever steps I can to support him if this insanity continues.”DuVernay — who also praised Kaepernick — said she had dinner with him and his mate Nessa just one night after Trump called him out during a rally in Alabama. She also said that his “stillness and wisdom” took her aback considering all of the scrutiny he faces. “Look at this brother,” she said. “He’s doing better than any of us would’ve done. A lot better. With a lot more elegance.”Related news: Colin KaepernickPolice Chief Apologizes But ‘No Policy In Place’ to Discipline Officer Over Colin Kaepernick CostumeMaster P Has a Better Solution for Colin Kaepernick NFL WoesCBS Sports Reporter Backtracks on Colin Kaepernick Anthem ReportCole, meanwhile, said Kaepernick’s level of altruism should always be etched in our minds since he sacrificed a lifetime of hard work and dreams to get to the pros.“You’re talking about a guy in his athletic prime who’s lived his whole life dreaming about playing football at a level that millions of kids dream to get to, and in his first big season he takes his team to within five yards of winning a Super Bowl,” said the rapper. “Suddenly, something that he’s been doing blindly for his whole life — standing for the national anthem — now feels uncomfortable. Why? Because now it feels phony. It feels like, ‘Man, how can I stand for this thing when this country is not holding itself true to the principles it says it stands for? I feel like we’re lying.’” At this time, there’s no word when Kaepernick’s grievance case will begin. But according to ESPN, several NFL owners have been called for depositions and asked to hand over their email and cell phone records. Owners such as Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones, New England Patriots Robert Kraft and Houston Texans Bob McNair all have been called.In addition, ABC News reports that the owners were chosen for depositions based on public statements they made about the quarterback in the past. “But regardless of what happens with the grievance, Kaepernick’s days of playing in the NFL are over, and he’ll continue to fight for injustice,” said John Carlos, who famously raised his fist in protest with Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics.“Mr. Kaepernick, who needs no introduction, is this generation’s iconic civil rights leader,” Carlos told TMZ. “Through his commitment and sacrifice to speak about the awareness of police brutality against blacks in America, Kaepernick has cemented his status in my books as one of many great individuals whose name will be spoken alongside the likes of Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and myself.”Although JAY-Z didn’t mention Kaepernick specifically during a recent “4:44” tour stop in Miami, he touched on the NFL protests and those players speaking out in other sports. “I want ya’ll to understand, when people are kneeling and putting their fist up, it’s not about a flag,” said JAY to the crowd. “It’s about justice, and that’s not a black or white thing that’s a human issue. Everybody should feel the same way. If your 16-year-old child left the house and didn’t come back, everyone should be affected … That’s a young person who lost their life senselessly.”JAY then addressed the black folks in the audience and like on his “4:44” album, spoke of ownership and not letting others dictate your financial future. He also said that Black people could do a far better job of sticking together.“Black people in particular, we gotta get our sh– together,” he stated. “We gotta start bossing up. We gotta start working with each other. We can’t be hired help. We’re not second-class citizens to anybody.”We reached out to the law firm Geragos & Geragos that’s handling Kaepernick’s case to get updates and question whether they think he’ll return to the NFL. But they chose not to respond or give any further information at this time.
Twitter’s dark mode has now an option to turn your app’s background black. Twitter Twitter users have new options when it comes to how dark they want to make the app’s background.The social media company said Thursday it’s releasing a new dark mode for its iPhone app that turns the background black instead of blue-gray.Turning on dark mode not only gives your eyes a break from bright light, but can help save your phone’s battery life. Twitter first introduced a setting in 2016 to make it more comfortable to tweet in low light. But some people complained that Twitter’s dark mode wasn’t dark enough because it was only blue-gray.Now Twitter users have three choices: Dim, Lights Out and Automatic Dark Mode.Dim will turn your Twitter app’s background to the blue-gray color that the company introduced in 2016. Lights Out will turn the background to black and emits no light. Then there’s Automatic Dark Mode, which will automatically turn on the dark mode that you choose when the sun sets.Users can turn on Twitter’s dark mode by going to their account’s settings and clicking on “Display and sound.” Share your voice Post a comment Tags “Giving more people options to personalize their experience on Twitter based on what makes them most comfortable is what the latest update to Dark Mode is all about,” said Bryan Haggerty, Twitter’s senior design manager in a statement. Mobile Tech Industry 0 It was dark. You asked for darker! Swipe right to check out our new dark mode. Rolling out today. pic.twitter.com/6MEACKRK9K— Twitter (@Twitter) March 28, 2019 Twitter
Antonio GuterresUN secretary general Antonio Guterres on Sunday said they will put more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand what they should do on the Rohingya issue, reports UNB.”We’re keeping up pressure on Myanmar…we need to put more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand what they should do on this issue,” he said.Antonio Guterres said this when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.World Bank president Jim Yong Kim also the prime minister at the same time.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.He said the United Nations and the World Bank will continue their support to Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue.Guterres mentioned that the international community iterated their solidarity towards Bangladesh on the issue and appreciated the government of Bangladesh for giving shelter to the Rohingyas.He noted with satisfaction that the World Bank has come forward to help Bangladesh deal with the Rohingya issue.The prime minister apprised them about the current situation of the Rohingyas and mentioned that these people started entering Bangladesh in 1977.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas only on humanitarian ground and various services, including healthcare, are being provided to them.She said the government is preparing an island to relocate around 100,000 Rohingyas where they will get better living condition and livelihood opportunities.The prime minister said the local people of Bangladesh are experiencing adverse impacts as over one million people have taken shelter in Bangladesh. “We’ve to look into their problem as well and we’re doing that.”Regarding the dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate the Rohingyas, she said both countries signed agreements over the matter. “But they’re yet to take any action for its implementation,” she added.
Kim Jong-UnKim Jong-Un on Monday gave the first indication that North Korea could participate in next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, despite tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.”I sincerely hope the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be staged successfully,” said Kim, the North Korean leader, in his new year’s address to the nation.”We are willing to take necessary measures including to dispatch our delegation.”For this purpose, authorities of the North and South would be able to meet in the near future,” he said.Lee Hee-Beom, the head of the Pyeongchang Olympic Organising Committee welcomed Kim’s comments.”We actively welcome the North’s suggestion that it is willing to engage in talks for the participation in the Olympics”, Lee told AFP.”We’ve been preparing for the Olympics on the assumption that the North will eventually take part in the games”, he said, adding that all athletes, including North Koreans, would feel at home during their stay in Pyeongchang.- ‘Peace Olympics’ -He said relevant government authorities of the two Koreas should hold talks to discuss details although there was no immediate response from the South’s government.Seoul and organisers have billed the Winter Games which begin on 9 February as a “peace Olympics” and have been keen for the North to take part.Two North Korean athletes — pairs figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik — have qualified for the Games but the North Korean Olympic Committee missed an October 30 deadline to confirm to the International Skating Union that they would participate.The pair could still compete if given an invitation by the International Olympic Committee.The Winter Olympic main venues are just 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the heavily fortified border with the North and the build-up to the event has been overshadowed by tensions running high over the Pyongyang’s escalating nuclear and missile tests.Kim said the Olympics would “serve as a good chance to display our Korean people’s grace toward the world.””The year 2018 is a significant year for both the North and the South, with the North marking the 70th anniversary of its birth and the South hosting the Winter Olympics.”- ‘Unstable state’ -Kim did strike one note of caution. “The sharp military tension between the North and the South must be eased and a peaceful atmosphere should be in place,” he said.”As long as an unstable state which is neither a war nor peace continues, the North and the South cannot guarantee their scheduled events (including the Olympics) will be successfully staged, sit down for talks or move forward for reunification.”Professor Kim Hyun-Wook at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy said the North was trying to use the Olympics to improve ties with the South while tensions with the US show no signs of abating.”The US will find it awkward to put brakes on inter-Korean dialogue focused on Pyeongchang,” he said.North Korea’s past participation in sporting events in the South has largely depended on the political and military situation, though they did send a full team to the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, near Seoul.”It is quite noteworthy that the North’s leader himself says the North is willing to participate in Pyeongchang,” Professor Yang Moo-Jin of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul told AFP. “The chances of the North coming to the Olympics now seem to be more than 80 percent.”North and South Korea have been divided by a demilitarised zone since the end of the 1950-53 Korean war.South Korean president Moon Jae-In last month proposed delaying Seoul’s annual joint military exercises with the US until after the Games.The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills usually start in late February or early March and run until the end of April, usually contributing to a spike in tensions, with Pyongyang condemning the exercises as rehearsals for invasion.
Prothom Alo illustrationTwo girls, one 11-year-old and another 15, were reportedly raped in separate incidents in Kishoreganj, reports UNB.In Pakundia, an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two of her teen neighbours on Sunday evening in Purbopara village.Police arrested the suspects – aged 14 and 16 years – after the girl’s mother filed a case, UNB quoted investigation officer inspector Md Shafikul Islam saying.Evidence of rape was found in medical tests.A court sent the suspects to jail when they were produced before it on Tuesday.In Katiadi, Lohajuri Union’s ward number 6-member Abdul Rashid was arrested for his alleged involvement in the gang-rape of a 15-year-old girl.The victim was taken out of her home on 15 May with false promise of marriage and raped repeatedly for six days by three men.Her father filed a case on Tuesday with Katiadi police accusing four men.Sumon, 24, took the victim to one of his relatives’ house in Pakundia upazila and raped her with two of his friends, police said.The other suspects are Shuvon and Shamim.Quoting Katiadi police’s in-charge (investigation) Shafiqul Islam UNB says the girl was sent to the civil surgeon’s office for medical tests.Arrested ward member Rashid was produced before the court.
By Aya Elamroussi, Special to the AFROWhen D.C. Public Schools fired third-grade teacher Jeff Canady in 2009, he couldn’t leave the District and look for a job elsewhere. Both his parents were sick and needed his help. He slept in a car for two years.“My living situation has been very difficult. Extremely difficult,” Canady told the AFRO. He was fired in 2009 after an evaluation deemed him ineffective. Canady disputed his termination, arguing that he was wrongly fired and that the city was retaliating against him for being a union activist and for criticizing the school system.D.C. teachers protesting (Courtesy Photo).Nine years later- earlier this month- an arbitrator ruled in favor of Canady, a ruling that could entitle him to hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay and the opportunity to be a District teacher again, The Washington Post reported.DCPS can appeal the ruling, which was made by the American Arbitration Association, a third-party nonprofit organization that settles disputes outside of court.“You never know what the district will do… They may continue to retaliate and break the law. That’s their choice,” Canady said.DCPS Press Secretary told the AFRO in an email that they have been notified of the arbitrator’s decision and is in the process of reviewing it.Canady was among nearly 1,000 other teachers fired during Michelle Rhee’s 3.5-year tenure as D.C. schools chancellor back in 2010. Rhee’s approach to education reform in the nation’s capital drew much scrutiny because she instituted a teacher evaluation system that dictated teachers’ job security and bonuses, The Post reported.Even though Rhee’s system was implemented after Canady was fired, he scored low on the evaluation. Both he and the teachers’ union argued that his third-graders performed well and that he had achieved high scores on his evaluations, The Post reported.“I’m one of the best teachers in the city,” Canady told the AFRO. “Probably the country.”The Post wrote that there has been suspicion his evaluation was connected to his public criticism of the school system and not to his performance in the classroom.He said that he spoke up about the lack of internet service where he was teaching and questioned the chancellor’s process of contract signing at the time.Canady added that the city did not follow proper protocol when evaluating him. And when he was fired, DCPS didn’t follow the proper procedure.“They refused to give me a due process hearing,” he added.He argued that under Rhee’s term, there was a major plunge in the number of Black teachers in DCPS.“It’s been a long history of retaliation.”Canady holds a bachelor’s degree in social work, a master’s in both early childhood education and public administration.A lifelong D.C. resident, he attended Ballou High School and McKinley Technology High School.
© 2014 Phys.org Yellow Mountain in China. Credit: chinafacttours (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers from Chang’an University in China has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature, pleading for planners in China to consider more carefully the repercussions of cutting the tops off mountains to fill valleys to allow cities to grow larger. Journal information: Nature 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. Research trio claim landslides key to mountain longevity Cutting off mountain tops is not unique to China, coal miners have been doing just that for many years in the eastern part of the United States. What is new is using mountaintop material to fill in valleys near cities to allow for continued growth. The problem with the idea, Peiyue Li, Hui Qian and Jianhua Wu write, is that it likely won’t work in many instances and will cause a whole host of environmental problems.Mountains and valleys exist in the states they are in for a reason—geological events, time and weather have all played a hand, resulting, in most cases, in a reasonably stable environment. Cutting off mountaintops and especially filling in valleys changes the way rainfall runoff makes its way to rivers, streams or even the ocean. Plus, the trio point out, the material from the mountaintops (thick windblown silt) likely will take at least a decade to settle enough to erect buildings. The problem, they note, is the lack of research being undertaken to learn what might happen to cities and the neighboring environment if such practices continue. Building on such soft material could result in sinkholes, swift terrain deterioration and mudslides.One example of a lack of planning, the team points out, is the increase in dust released into the air as earth movers haul mountain dirt to valleys—they kick up massive amounts of dust that merges with other pollutants causing even bigger problems for people in the area. They note that prior research has shown that land modification projects in other parts of the world (and in China) have led to landslides, flooding, rivers changing course and increased pollution.Of extreme concern is the scale at which such mountain topping is occuring—700 projects are currently underway, none of which have been thought through, the researchers say, and the result is very likely to be something catastrophic in the near future. They suggest several changes be made: soil in sites used by earth movers should be watered to prevent dust kicking up, trees and plants should be planted on areas left barren, farmers should be compensated for lost land and finally, economists and environmentalists should be consulted before such projects are approved. More information: Comment: Environment: Accelerate research on land creation: www.nature.com/news/environmen … and-creation-1.15327 Citation: Chinese scientists plead for research before more ‘mountain moving’ (2014, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-chinese-scientists-mountain.html Explore further
Last week, Atlassian software company released their updated ‘Atlassian Software License Agreement’ and their ‘Cloud Terms of Service’, which would be effective from the 1st of November, 2018. Just as any general agreement, this one too mentions the scope, the users authorized, use of software, and so on. However, it has set up certain restrictions based on the performance of its software. As per the new agreement, benchmarking of Atlassian software is forbidden. Restrictions on benchmarking As per the discussion on the Atlassian Developer Community, Andy Broker highlighted two clauses from the restriction section have been highlighted, which includes: (i) publicly disseminate information regarding the performance of the Software Andy Broker, a marketplace vendor explains this clause as, “This sounds very much like the nonsense clause that Intel were derided for, regarding the performance of their CPU’s. Intel backtracked after being lambasted by the world, I can’t really understand how these points got into new Atlassian terms, surely the terms have had a technical review? Just… why, given all the DC testing being done ongoing, this is an area where data we gathered may be interesting to prospective customers.” (j) encourage or assist any third party to do any of the foregoing. Andy Broker further adds, “So, we can’t guide/help a customer understand how to even measure performance to determine if they have a performance issue in the “Software”, e.g. generating a performance baseline before an ‘app’ is involved? The result of this would appear sub-optimal for Customer and Vendors alike, the “Software” performance just becomes 3rd party App performance that we cannot ‘explain’ or ‘show’ to customers.” Why Atlassian decided to forbid benchmarking? As per a discussion thread on Hacker News, many users have stated their views on why Atlassian planned to forbid benchmarking on its software. According to a comment, “If the company bans benchmarking, then the product is slow.” A user also stated that Atlassian software is slow, has annoying UX, and it is very inconsistent. This may be because most of its software is built using JIRA which has a Java backend and is not Node based. Jira cannot be rebuilt from scratch only slowly abstracted and broken up into smaller pieces. Also, around 3 years ago Atlassian forked behind the firewall for two distinct products, multi-tenant cloud and traditional to get into the cloud sector with a view to attracting more potential customers, thus increasing growth. A user also stated, “Cloud was full buy into AWS, taking a behind the firewall product and making it multi-tenanted cloud-based is a huge job. A monolith service now becomes highly distributed so latency’s obviously mounted up due to the many services to service interactions.” The user further added, “some things which are heavily multi-threaded and built in statically compiled languages had to be built in single threaded Node.js because everyone is using Node.js and your language is now banned. It’s not surprising there are noticeable performance differences.” Another user has suggested, “the better way for a company to handle this concern is to proactively run and release benchmarks including commentary on the results, together with everything necessary for anyone to reproduce their results.” The user added that they can even fund a trustworthy neutral third party to perform benchmarking with proper disclosure of the funding. To read the entire discussion in detail, head over to Hacker News. Read Next Atlassian acquires OpsGenie, launches Jira Ops to make incident response more powerful Atlassian sells Hipchat IP to Slack Atlassian open sources Escalator, a Kubernetes autoscaler project