Afghan president lashes out at US threats

August 18, 2019

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first_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Sponsored Stories PARIS (AP) – Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States, accusing it of making threats in the dispute over an agreement to keep U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014.In an interview published Tuesday by the French daily Le Monde, Karzai says the U.S. is “absolutely” acting like a colonial power in its attempts to force him to sign the bilateral security agreement by the end of this year. The paper quoted him as saying: “The threats they are making, `We won’t pay salaries, we’ll drive you into a civil war.’ These are threats.” Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Washington and NATO officials say the pact is critical to the plan to keep thousands of forces in Afghanistan after 2014 for a training and counterterrorism mission.Karzai says he backs the long-delayed security agreement but balks at signing it himself. Although a national assembly of 2,500 delegates known as the Loya Jirga endorsed the deal last month and backed a U.S. request that it be signed by the end of the year, Karzai is deferring that to his successor.Much is at stake if the deal falls apart. Afghanistan could lose up to $15 billion a year in aid, effectively collapsing its fragile economy and making it unable to pay its army and police.In the interview, Karzai said he could “green light” the agreement before presidential elections due next April under two conditions: an end to airstrikes and foreign raids on Afghan homes; and greater U.S. efforts to help broker peace with the Taliban.Civilian deaths at the hands of U.S. and allied soldiers have been a key source of contention, exacerbated last month by a U.S. drone strike that killed a child.Karzai called on the U.S. to use “secret contacts” that he’s convinced it has with the Taliban to help advance the peace process. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   The Taliban have refused to talk directly with Karzai, his government or its representatives. U.S.-backed talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban failed in June.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img

Largest indoor waterpark looms for Russia

August 17, 2019

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first_imgLargest indoor waterpark looms for RussiaLargest indoor waterpark looms for RussiaEnduring a Siberian winter means suffering through long months of temperatures that regularly plunge into negative numbers. In the town of Tyumen, Russia, for example, the average temperature in January is -16.7 degrees C (1.9 degrees F). Even during the summer, weather remains cool. The average temperature in July is only 18.6 degrees C (65.5 degrees F). Residents of the Zarechny neighborhood, however, will gain some welcome relief to their frigid climate when a new indoor waterpark – the largest amusement and health complex of its kind – opens next April. The burgeoning waterpark industry in Russia led Polin Waterparks (Turkey) to open an office in the country several years ago specifically to manage the development of these facilities and serve the waterpark industry int he region the best way possible. Now a leader in bringing waterpark attractions to the country, Polin’s previous installations include the Megacenter Gorizont Aquapark in Rostov-on-Don and Gorki Indoor Waterpark just outside Ryazan, H20 Waterpark and many more in different cities of the country. ( Please see our google maps application for all our references in Russia.) Polin will be working with local investment group Sibentel on the facility.Modern AttractionsPlans for the futuristic facility include large translucent domes overhead to let in the sun, while wide expanses of curved glass hold back glacial gales. Palm trees will spread leafy fronds over guests relaxing and swimming within the warm, temperate interior. While those elements might be incentive enough for many to visit the center, the true attraction will likely involve less restful – and more heart-pounding – experiences: a variety of Polin’s most popular waterslides. Among the 10+ waterslides planned for the more than 10,000-square-meter (107,000-square-feet) facility, Polin Waterparks will be installing three of its most popular:Turbolance SlideTyumen will be the first all-season facility in the country to feature this extreme slide. On it, riders’ adrenaline surges seconds into the ride as their two-person rafts shoot through a series of steep drops and curves. Their momentum reaches a maximum as they are propelled uphill on a wide, sweeping, vertical slope. Rushing to the top, just before they seemingly shoot over the edge, gravity safely pulls them backward in a reverse ride. As their raft turns in circles, they are thrust up and over another giant incline before ending in a splash pool.WindigoThis sophisticated thrill ride begins with guests entering alongside one another in enclosed tubes that then spread out to create geometrical curving patterns high above the ground. Each slide curls around, parallel with the others, with from two to four on each side. Eventually, the tubes realign to create a series of side-by-side, high-speed multiracer lanes.Magic HoleAn enclosed slide with tubes that feature a unique elliptical shape with a flat bottom, this ride pushes guests from side to side as they are launched through wide curves. Rafts of varying sizes speed through the circular path before exiting into a splash pool. (A run-out exit is another option.) A separate children’s area will be available for the youngest guests, and several large pools will offer more relaxed recreation, including a wave pool.Additional amenities at the facility will be a 170-room hotel and a complex of baths and saunas – about 15 different types, including Finnish, Scandinavian and Turkish options – that will take advantage of local mineral springs.The facility will be able to accommodate 5,000 visitors a day and anticipates as many as a million a year. Its developer hopes the park will attract residents from nearby cities of Chelyabinsk, Omsk and Yekaterinburg, as well from the Northern Okurgov.Selim Doguoglu, head of the Russian office of Polin Waterparks, says Polin’s reputation in that country created the need for a local office so that he and his staff could more easily oversee operations there.“Polin is a recognized leader for its innovative and smartly engineered aquatic attractions,” he says. “We’ve already built several of the most successful waterpark facilities in the country, and we expect this one in Tyumen will quickly match those.“Being an all-season facility gives it an edge over other entertainment options,” he adds. “Families can enjoy it year-round. There are not a lot of entertainment offerings that accommodate the wide range of ages that families include, from toddlers to seniors. So we have high expectations for Tyumen’s long-term success.”About Polin Waterparks & Pool SystemsPolin was founded in Istanbul in 1976 and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is a world leader in the design, production and installation of waterparks, waterslides &and water-play attractions. Polin has completed 2,500 waterpark projects in 100 countries around the world and is the biggest waterslide supplier in Eurasia. Working with a wide variety of clients has helped Polin reach several milestones including installing the first waterparks in many countries and many other award-winning rides at parks with world-renowned reputations.Polin offers the industry’s widest range of products, including signature rides such as the patented King Cobra, Magic Sphere, Spheres, Magicone, Space Shuttle and Space Race. Polin is the pioneer in the advancement and application of closed-molded manufacturing technology in waterslide development. First implemented in 2006, 100 percent of Polin’s annual fiberglass production has been converted to resin transfer molding (RTM) and meets the industry’s highest standards. Polin offers both bowl rides and family rides featuring RTM techniques. Polin also offers its unique and patented Natural Light Effects technology and Special Pattern Effects technology in RTM and translucent-RTM waterslides.Polin has been an ISO9001 certificate holder by TUV Germany since 2003, and all Polin slides conform to European norms. All steel parts conform to international DIN standards, all designs conform to ASTM practices, and Polin is also CSEI-approved for projects in China. Polin is the only waterslide company that holds a quality certificate for all of its waterslides by TUV and was the 2012 Export Winner of Turkey in the SMSE Category. Polin is identified as among The Turkey100, a prestigious list of “game-changing entrepreneurs” identified by AllWorld Network. This is the second time that Polin has been privileged with an appearance on the list, as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Turkey. It was included for the first time in 2013. In total, only 16 companies have received the honor more than once. Polin is listed in top 200 companies in R&D investment by TIM (Turkish Exporters’ Assembly)-2015 and 10 SMCS in holding world wide patents by TPI (Turkish Patent Institute)-2015. Polin is selected as WINNER company in the exports in Machinery and Equipment category by TIM (Turkish Exporters’ Assembly)-2015.Polin oversees a high-capacity design-and-manufacturing facility in Turkey with a team that totals 350 people with five offices throughout the world.Polin is committed to providing the best-quality products and services by investing in continuous research and development. The company plans to further expand its L-RTM line while introducing new signature rides and innovations. 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David Scowsill to leave WTTC in June 2017

August 17, 2019

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first_imgDavid Scowsill to leave WTTC in June 2017The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announces the departure of David Scowsill, President & CEO, after six years at the helm of the organisation.During his tenure as the third President in the 26 year history of WTTC, he has taken the organisation to new heights, championing the private sector views in high level governmental discussions and promoting the sustainable growth of Travel & Tourism.“It has been a privilege to lead WTTC, representing the global interests of the private sector of Travel & Tourism, through advocacy with governments around the world. The membership of the organisation has doubled in the last period, but more significant has been the work with governments at all levels on the key strategic issues for the sector,” said Scowsill. “By making this announcement now, the Executive Committee has time to identify a successor and to work through a smooth transition in leadership. Working with a very talented team, we have consolidated the position of WTTC as the authority in the sector, whether through research, advocacy, or the impact of the Global Summits. I now look forward to focussing on new opportunities, knowing that I am leaving WTTC in great shape.”David Scowsill has been President & CEO of WTTC since October 2010. Amongst the highlights of his time, the public/private partnership with UNWTO has produced 84 meetings with Presidents and Prime Ministers, where messages about the importance of the sector have been directed to these key leaders. As founder and Chairman of The Global Travel Association Coalition, he ensured that the travel industry spoke to governments with One Voice on the key issues – from travel facilitation and terrorism, to infrastructure development and environmental sustainability.Prior to WTTC, he served as Chairman or Director with various companies, working for six years in Private Equity and Venture Capital to execute a number of deals across the industry. He was Chief Executive of Opodo and the Minit Group, after holding executive and board positions at Hilton Hotels, American Airlines and British Airways.“The Executive Committee thanks David for his service and is very appreciative of the many contributions he has made to the mission, growth and success of the sector over the past 6 years,” said Gerald Lawless, Chairman, WTTC. “Under his leadership and vision, WTTC is clearly positioned as the private sector authority on Travel & Tourism, reflected in the calibre and geographic diversity of the membership group. During this transition period it will be business as usual, as the Executive Committee works to identify a successor.”Source = World Travel & Tourism Council – WTTClast_img read more


Kaimakli outpatient clinic closing from Monday until months end

August 9, 2019

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first_imgThe Kaimakli outpatient clinic will be closed as of next Monday and for the rest of the month for works, the health ministry has said.Between Monday, November 19 and the end of the month, patients from the Kaimakli area can use the services of the health centre located in the old Nicosia hospital or any other health centre, the ministry said.The clinic at the old Nicosia hospital, at Latsia, Lakatamia, Strovolos and Aglandjia, are open between 7.30am and 8pm on weekdays and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm. On weekdays patient registrations are open until 7pm and until noon on Saturdays.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


Rep Price announces June office hours

August 9, 2019

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first_img State Rep. Amanda Price invites residents of the 89th House District to join her during office hours this June.Rep. Price’s office hours are scheduled from at the following dates and times:On Monday, June 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave.;On Friday, June 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Coffee Grounds in Grand Haven, located at 41 Washington Ave., Suite 180; andOn Friday, June 26 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Spring Lake District Library, located at 123 E. Exchange St.“I always look forward to listening to the thoughts from all of our neighbors,” said Rep. Price, R-Park Township. “It is absolutely vital that our community’s stakeholders voice their concerns so that I can best represent them in Lansing.”No appointment is necessary for these office hours. Residents unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Price’s office by phone toll free at 888-238-1008, or by email at AmandaPrice@house.mi.gov.### Categories: News 08Jun Rep. Price announces June office hourslast_img read more


LaFave Todays vote will get road repairs done in the UP

August 9, 2019

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first_imgDrivers using roads throughout Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties will be helped by legislation approved today by Rep. Beau LaFave.The $175 million financial investment will be for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early this summer with local and county crews receiving added fund as well.“Driving from Iron Mountain to Lansing and back every week has given me plenty of reasons why this funding is needed,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “We know first hand how damaging the freeze and thaw effect have on our roads and our cars. We have money available to give our road repairs a boost right now. This is an opportunity we can’t afford to miss.”Estimated county allocations are Delta County ($418,065), Dickinson County ($313,719) and Menominee County ($376,371). Also receiving increased funding are Escanaba ($102,890), Menominee ($72,392), Iron Mountain ($69,973), Gladstone ($48,246), Kingsford ($46,899), Norway ($31,603), Manistique ($26,560), Stephenson ($9,487), Powers ($5,225), Daggett ($4,289), Carney ($3,267) and Garden ($2,044) for their local streets.The money is carried over from the 2018 budget cycle and is already available, with no budget cuts made or additional taxes required. The money approved today comes in addition to previous changes that provide more funding for road and bridge projects across the state.“This money will help with today’s potholes, but also projects our city and county road crews would like to do in 2018,” LaFave said. “We’re addressing the problem now, not waiting for our 2019 budget or beyond that.”House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.##### Legislation will add $175 million to state, county and local projects Categories: LaFave News,Newscenter_img 21Feb LaFave: Today’s vote will get road repairs done in the U.P.last_img read more


Glenn supports plan to ensure farmers continue receiving ag tax exemptions

August 9, 2019

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first_img12Apr Glenn supports plan to ensure farmers continue receiving ag tax exemptions Categories: Glenn News State Rep. Gary Glenn, associate speaker pro tempore of the Michigan House, today said he was honored to preside over a vote on a plan ensuring Michigan farmers continue to receive tax exemptions on agricultural equipment.Glenn, of Williams Township, said officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury recently started misinterpreting the law and taxing Michigan farmers for equipment that has historically qualified for the agricultural sales and use tax exemption.“I’m proud to stand up for local farm families and make the clarifications needed to ensure they continue receiving the exemptions they deserve,” Glenn said.The plan put forth in House Bills 4561-64 spells out the types of agricultural equipment that qualified for the agricultural sales and use tax exemption before the Department of Treasury changed its interpretation.“This is a common-sense solution to a problem created by bureaucrats who don’t understand the farm industry,” Glenn said. “The agriculture industry contributes more than $100 billion to our state economy and employs more than 900,000 people. It’s important to create an environment where Michigan’s growers and producers continue to thrive in the future.”The legislation is now headed to the governor for consideration.###last_img read more


5 Policies from Forbes Ed AllStars to Make US Public Education Tops

August 9, 2019

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesDecember 1, 2014; ForbesForbes convened what it called the “top leaders from the four key constituent groups” in the arena of fixing or remaking U.S. public education to make it “again…tops in the world.” It might be a little presumptuous to name U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as the spokesperson for the federal government, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo the articulator of state government concerns, and D.C. schools chancellor Kaya Henderson as the representative of local school boards. The notion of Henderson speaking for school boards—in the Forbes analytical structure, a stand-in for the interests of parents and student—is kind of dubious: Henderson isn’t a school board member, but an employee of the schools’ governing body and the successor to (and, some would say, acolyte of) Michelle Rhee. They all may work for parts of the education establishment, but they all have ideological biases that others among their “constituent groups” might not endorse.The fourth top leader may be a dubious representative herself. Forbes recruited Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers to speak for the teachers unions. Without suggesting that AFT is better or worse, there is another teachers union of significance in the form of the National Education Association, whose membership of 3 million surpasses the AFT’s 1.6 million members (a total that includes 112,000 health professionals outside the teaching profession). And, though many of our friends in organized labor might not like this question, when it comes to speaking for teachers—as opposed to speaking for teachers unions—is the AFT, with or without the NEA, sufficient? Or do teachers have issues and concerns that may not be reflected in the AFT or NEA agendas? As an example, consider organizations like the Badass Teachers Association, which has 53,000 members, an endorsement by education reform critic Diane Ravitch, and a mission statement that rejects “assessments, tests and evaluations created and imposed by corporate driven entities that have contempt for authentic teaching and learning.”In any case, these four top leaders—an “all-star lineup,” according to Forbes—participated in a roundtable conversation moderated by hedge fund mogul and Robin Hood Foundation founder Paul Tudor Jones to identify five education policies that merit serious public investment and, if “fully implemented,” could “vault” U.S. public education in each area into the world’s top five and “if undertaken together, would surely take us to number one.”The five policies selected by the Forbes education all-stars were: “teacher efficacy, universal pre-K, Common Core standards, blended learning (incorporating technology into how students are taught) and school leadership (training and empowering principals).” As Duncan put it, the five policies are or should be “mutually enforcing” and should be tackled “full speed ahead and scale [sic] on all five.”Even among the all-stars, there were different accent marks placed on the policies. The AFT’s Weingarten suggested that “you need to do them together with a real focus on equity,” a pleasantly obvious concept that seems to evade practical implementation more often than not. Cuomo put the issue of disparities in terms with which the Badass Teachers would agree : “We have two education systems, and it’s not public-private, it’s rich and poor.”Perhaps it was the presence of a venture philanthropist like Jones moderating the conversation, but the all-stars quickly reached something of a consensus around the necessary role of philanthropy. Henderson, for example, credited $67 million from philanthropy as the “catalytic impact in pushing me to move blended learning across my district, with improving teacher quality,” without necessarily noting that the foundations’ money was keyed to helping D.C. negotiate a union contract, with a pay-for-performance requirement attached by the foundations and then-chancellor Rhee, a requirement (later dropped) that the foundations’ commitment would be tied to Rhee’s continuation as chancellor, and a plan that Rhee and later Henderson implemented for firing 10 percent of D.C.’s 4,100 teachers—ostensibly only “low-performing” ones, though teachers and many parents contend that classroom performance might not have been the only criteria.“Government is never going to fund innovation, except this guy [Henderson pointed to Duncan]. But government funds the things that it already does, right? And so for me to fund interesting things in my school budget, it won’t get passed,” Henderson added. “The philanthropic sector allowed me to do my innovative work and structured it in such a way that I had three years to live off of that funding, but then I had to take responsibility for it.”While Duncan suggested the importance of using federal funds as carrot and stick, his policies, such as the Race to the Top, were integrally tied to philanthropic partnerships. Cuomo added the importance of conditioning funding on performance, citing New York’s requirement that districts “get teacher evaluation done” or else lose access to additional state government funding. At least Cuomo acknowledged that the game was government funding, that philanthropic money is not going to challenge government money in public education in size and scale. However, Duncan returned to the foundation issue by suggesting that citizens—and foundations—should focus on holding politicians accountable for the implementation of these policy recommendations.Had philanthropy (beyond Robin Hood) been at the table, Forbes might have recruited from the Gates Foundation, the Walton Foundation, or the Broad Foundation, all major funders and promoters of much of the five policies that emerged from the Forbes dialogue. Imagine how the conversation might have been different had a Badass Teacher, or a progressive education foundation (perhaps the Hazen Foundation), or a powerful and articulate critic of Duncan like Diane Ravitch or Anthony Cody been at the table. They may not have the political power or money of the AFT, the Secretary of Education, or the mega-foundations, but their challenges to education reform orthodoxy should be heard.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more


Did Ahmed Mohameds Arrest Have AntiMuslim Roots

August 9, 2019

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first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 16, 2015; Washington PostLiving in a post-9/11 world, there has been an understandable uptick in security concerns and measures. You can’t go through security in the airport without a ticket, the government has been able to monitor Americans for years without our permission, and noticeably, there is increased mistrust of Muslims, most of it unwarranted.By this point, you have likely heard the disturbing story of the arrest and subsequent suspension of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed at a high school in Irving, Texas. Mohamed brought a homemade clock into school to impress his teachers. Instead, his teachers reported him to the principal, who then reported him to the police. The school administration and the police chief of Irving, Texas, stand by the fact that they believed the clock to be a bomb (or a facsimile of one) and warranted Mohamed’s arrest.It’s dubious whether Mohamed’s clock constituted a true or a perceived threat after a serious look at the situation. Had his English teacher been truly concerned, there would have been an evacuation or some other effort to isolate the device.“I really don’t think it’s fair because I brought something to school that wasn’t a threat to anyone,” Mohamed told NBC. “I didn’t do anything wrong. I just showed my teachers something, and I end up being arrested later that day.”I expect they will have more to say tomorrow, but Ahmed’s sister asked me to share this photo. A NASA shirt! pic.twitter.com/nR4gt992gB— Anil Dash (@anildash) September 16, 2015This is a pic of the device Irving police say they found on the student. @CBSDFW pic.twitter.com/WNKMew783W— Jennifer Lindgren (@JLindgrenCBS11) September 16, 2015As of Wednesday, the Irving police chief, Larry Boyd, has indicated Mohamed will not be charged for any wrongdoing. This seems prudent, as it doesn’t seem like he did anything wrong. Mohamed has since stated publically that he will be transferring schools, and undoubtedly many will welcome him with open arms.On social media, the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag has taken off, hilariously documenting Mohamed’s supporters holding clocks in defiance. President Barack Obama, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have all lent their voices to support Mohamed and condemn the response to his creative clock. He has been offered an internship by Twitter, and been invited to visit both Facebook headquarters and the White House. Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015 Assumptions and fear don’t keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://t.co/ywrlHUw3g1— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015You’ve probably seen the story about Ahmed, the 14 year old student in Texas who built a clock and was arrested when he…Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, September 16, 2015While it is certainly heartwarming to see the overwhelmingly public positive response that emerged from Mohamed’s ordeal, many online are alleging blatant Islamophobia. The Council of American-Islamic Relations is actively investigating the incident. “I think this wouldn’t even be a question if his name wasn’t Ahmed Mohamed,” said Alia Salem, CAIR’s executive director for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. In fact, Gawker went a step further to list seven other kids who brought homemade clocks to school and were not arrested. None of them were named Mohamed.Although Mohamed’s story will soon become old news, Islamophobia in America isn’t going anywhere. The reactions of the school administration, teachers, and police to this situation are a cause for serious concern. There’s no doubt that a school must take every precaution to ensure the safety of its student body. Mirroring the dilemmas of national policy, at what point does ensuring the safety of others begin unjustly trampling others’ rights? Schools should be safe havens facilitating thoughtful discussion, tolerance and reasoned thinking, not harbors of fear and distrust.In its letter to parents, the school district blames the incident on Mohamed bringing in a “suspicious-looking device.” Absent from the letter is any indication of an internal investigation of its own actions or an apology to the Mohamed family. Instead, it seems like the reactions of the administration and the police have stunned the community, particularly some students. “It just shocked me that people could do this to him. He’s a 14-year-old boy, and he’s a genius,” said Muram Ibrahim, 15, and cousin to Mohamed, to the Washington Post. “I thought there’s a lot of diversity at Irving [Independent School District], and I thought that it was different from other school districts,” she said. “But I was wrong, and it makes me really sad that I’m wrong.”As NPQ has reported previously, some Americans’ increasingly distorted views on Muslims are startling, particularly with the entrance of ISIS into global affairs. Look no further than the Phoenix anti-Muslim rallies brandishing guns outside a community mosque earlier this year. This week, NPQ also reported on the remarks by some residents in a North Jersey community opposed a Muslim community center:“Churches are being closed and mosques are being built. There’s a lot of infiltration going on around the world,” said Bayonne, New Jersey resident Joe Wisniewski. “It’s a known fact a lot of these mosques are funded by oil money and terrorists. I’m concerned about safety and the quality of life here in Bayonne.”Islamophobia is a pervasive, ingrained attitude. Undoubtedly, Mohamed’s plight brings attention to the issue, but it is embedded in the system, most significantly by our country’s leaders.Irving’s mayor, Beth Van Duyne, who stands behind the police officers’ and school administration’s actions, has made some startlingly controversial comments herself about Muslims and Islam. Due to an earlier incident this year, Van Duyne has been described as part of a fringe movement that believes Muslims are conspiring to take over American culture and courts.There is little evidence to conclude other Irving community leaders, school board members and police officers share Van Duyne’s views. However, one must wonder how a person with her extreme views could come into power. We may look no further than the presidential hopefuls that are vying for votes, effectively legitimizing the hysteria against Muslims. Hopefully, with the spectacle of Mohamed’s courage, backed by national support, such views can be exposed for what they are.—Shafaq HasanShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more


How to Craft a Narrative for Social Change A Climate Example

August 7, 2019

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first_imgShare15TweetShareEmail15 Shares“Resist Climate Denial,” David Geitgey SierralupeOctober 22, 2018; The ConversationClimate change may be the biggest issue of our day, but addressing it may depend on how we talk about it. There appears to be a split between believers and skeptics, but researchers at Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute find that the disagreement is about the source of the problem, not the need for action. And this is where the opportunity lies.In a recent article in the Conversation, Matthew Houser and Andrea Wenster of the Environmental Resilience Institute ask: If skeptics will not accept the reality of human-caused climate change and that it’s here to stay, what can be done?The Institute finds that while the Midwest is “a key contributor to climate change in the US” and is itself threatened by climate change, those who identify as politically conservative or Republican are also increasingly skeptical about it.They define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota (all currently red states except Illinois). In Indiana, for example, 46 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats believe in climate change. The more educated the conservative, the more confident they are in their skepticism.The reason? The authors observe,Conservatives appear to be particularly opposed to the idea that humans cause climate change. Past research suggests this may be a result of conservatives’ preference for the status quo, preserving life as it is (or was). Rejecting humans’ involvement also means rejecting the need to change society and your value system.Living in pluralistic or complex societies means living with people with different values systems. The authors note that changing value systems is a losing strategy, and an unnecessary one, because conservatives are particularly primed towards a resilience narrative. They explain,Resilience focuses on implementing household or community practices that reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. For instance, the risks of flash floods from heavy rain can be reduced by installing water-absorbent green infrastructure, like permeable pavement and rain gardens.And,Public leaders in Indiana are conducting studies on how to reduce the impact of flash flooding to protect the local economy and quality of life, converting streetlamps to LEDs as a crime-prevention strategy, installing green infrastructure to revitalize blighted neighborhoods and reduce runoff from heavy rains, and introducing an electric car share program as a way to avoid dependence on foreign oil. These approaches are pursued to increase climate resilience, but many also decrease emissions.This works because it “emphasizes preserving, rather than changing, society.” Further, the Institute finds that, “Preliminary research suggests conservatives support and undertake resilience practices at similarly high rates to liberals.”The Institute, which works with “mayors, county commissioners, and other local officials,” shares that “the topics of most concern listed by public officials during these meetings—flooding, business development, workforce development, crime and blighted housing—can be aligned with climate resilience strategies.”—Cyndi SuarezShare15TweetShareEmail15 Shareslast_img read more


Horse racing channel Racing UK has inked a deal wi

August 7, 2019

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first_imgHorse racing channel Racing UK has inked a deal with Connect TV and will become available to Freeview viewers in the UK.Connect TV has seven slots on UK free-to-air digital terrestrial service Freeview and delivers channels via connected Freeview set top boxes. Racing UK’s linear channel will be complemented with a range of interactive services including betting odds and form data.last_img


German cable association ANGA has reelected Thoma

August 7, 2019

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first_imgGerman cable association ANGA has re-elected Thomas Braun as president and named Kabel Deutschland CEO Adrian von Hammerstein and Jens-Uwe Rehnig, head of Rehnig BAK Kabel-fernsehen für Deustschland, as vice-presidents.  Bernd Thielk of Willy.tel was also named as a vice-president while Andreas Coupette of MQL, Dietmar Schickel of Tele Columbus, Lutz Schüler of Unitymedia, Jürgen Sommer of ANTEC and Herbert Strobel of Astro Strobel were confirmed as board members, alongside new member Theo Weirich, CEO of Wilhelm.tel.last_img read more


Hungarian telco Magyar Telecom has reached the lan

August 7, 2019

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first_imgHungarian telco Magyar Telecom has reached the landmark of 300,000 IPTV customers.Magyar’s T-Home Interactive TV subscriber base passed the 300,000 mark at the start of December. The telco also said that its on-demand service Videotéka now registers 100,000 views per month.“Early this year we stated that 2012 would be the year of interactive television in Hungary. As we have greeted our three hundred thousandth subscriber I can only confirm this statement. One of our surveys this year reveals that every third TV viewer expects to consume content consciously and selectively. Telekom’s innovation will continue to focus on being able to deploy technology in the service of customer experience,” said Christopher Mattheisen, Magyar Telekom’s Chairman-CEO.last_img read more


Portugalbased digital content company beActive ha

August 7, 2019

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first_imgPortugal-based digital content company beActive has launched a TV app that allows consumers to access with its content on tablets and smartphones and Samsung connected TVs.The app allows consumers to view content, subscribe to series, get a notifications when new episodes are available and share favourite episodes through social networks. There will also be additional content available in the form of eBooks, comics, games and video.The digital company’s scripted series Collider, Beat Girl and Final Punishment are accessible via the app as well as kids show Aisling’s Diary, Penguin Books copro Girl Heart Boy.There will also be factual shows Road to Revolution, 350 South, The Club and Yes I Can, and business-themed content, which is produced in association with Ernst & Young.last_img read more


Irish telco Eircom has set a June 2014 target of 2

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first_imgIrish telco Eircom has set a June 2014 target of 24,000 customers for its recently-launched eVision IPTV.In its results for the second quarter and half year ended 31 December 2013, Eircom named the figure in its full-year 2014 imperatives, along with upping its fibre footprint to a million homes by summer 2014.As of the end of December 2013, Eircom said its fibre footprint had passed 700,000 homes and businesses, claiming that when its fibre rollout is completed in July 2016, it will reach 1.4 million, or 70%, of all homes and businesses in Ireland.Eircom launched its TV service in October 2013 and claims to be the only operator in Ireland able to offer ‘quad play’ services of high-speed broadband, mobile, home phone and TV.Its core TV proposition is a 46 channel package, which costs €10 per month. In addition to this, viewers can add an extra 20 channels – including Fox, Nickelodeon and National Geographic Channel – for €6 per month, or a 12-channel HD package for €5.Eircom said that its 4G mobile network now covers 40% of the population in Ireland.In the quarter ending December 31, Eircom said that revenue was €334 million, down 5% year-on-year. EBITDA for the quarter was €114 million – down 1% compared to the same period last year.last_img read more


Swissbased TV technology firm iWedia has appointe

August 7, 2019

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first_imgSwiss-based TV technology firm iWedia has appointed former Alticast executive Sunghoon Kim as vice president of sales, with a particular focus on the digital TV operators market.Kim was previously vice president of business development at Alticast, where he worked for several years prior to joining iWedia – a provider of software solutions for TV devices.Commenting on the new hire, iWedia CEO Hans-Jürgen Désor said: “He will be focusing on expending our footprint on the market of telcos and pay TV operators, a market where we already have been involved in success stories – especially thanks to our approach of using Android as an operating system for STBs and TV sets – and that we want to develop further.”last_img read more


Hungarian transmission services provider Antenna H

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first_imgHungarian transmission services provider Antenna Hungária is to add cooking channel TV Paprika to the MinDig TV digital-terrestrial pay TV service on June 2. Paprika TV will be included in the MinDig TV Extra package, taking the total number of channels available on the DTT service to 35.The move follows the recent addition of channels RTL II, Super TV2, M3 Anno and D1 TV to MinDig TV.Antenna Hungária also said it will continue to improve DTT reception throughout June, with the installation of new high, medium and low-power transmitters.last_img read more


SESs Ultra HD channel A lack of consumer awarenes

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first_imgSES’s Ultra HD channelA lack of consumer awareness and high prices are hindering short-term demand for Ultra HD, 4K TV sets, according to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG). The research firm found that 83% of adult broadband users had never heard of or were unfamiliar with 4K/Ultra-HD televisions – “hardly a favourable environment for OEMs looking to grow unit sales.”With prices for Ultra HD sets generally ranging from around US$1,500 (€1,110) to US$10,000, TDG said that its research suggests that prices are “still too expensive for many consumers”At a retail price of US$1,499 – the midpoint of the three prices evaluated – only 6% of adult broadband users said they were moderately or highly likely to purchase a UHD TV.“This explicitly quantifies just how poor the demand for 4K/UHD televisions actually is and clearly demonstrates that current prices are too high to stimulate new sales,” said TDG president Michael Greeson.last_img read more


Satellite services provider M7 Group has chosen Vi

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first_imgSatellite services provider M7 Group has chosen Viaccess-Orca’s Prime Sentinel card-based conditional access system to secure DTH services across seven European countries.M7 Group operates a variety of DTH and IPTV services across Europe, including Skylink for the Czech and Slovak market, AustriaSat in Austria and Hungary, CanalDigitaal and Online.nl in The Netherlands, and TV Vlaanderen and TéléSAT in Belgium.“As part of our overall strategy, we wanted to deploy a consistent ecosystem to reduce operational complexity and costs,” said Marco Visser, CEO at M7 Group.“Viaccess-Orca has provided us with an innovative, flexible, and cost-effective solution for content protection. By supporting flexible configuration and offering pay-as-you-grow scalability, the chosen Viaccess-Orca solution lowers our overall operational expenses, while guaranteeing us a future proof content security solution of our content.”Viaccess-Orca’s Prime Sentinel CAS provides advanced security for a wide range of TV service models including live TV, catch-up, PVR, and video-on-demand. Viaccess-Orca will exhibit at IBC on stand 1.A51last_img read more


German number three cable operator Tele Columbus i

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first_imgGerman number three cable operator Tele Columbus is to raise €240 million via a capital increase to help fund further acquisitions following its deal to purchase number four operator Primacom.Tele Columbus will put its plan to raise the cash to an extraordinary shareholders meeting on September 14.Tele Columbus needs additional capital to fund its acquisition plans. Existing capital has been earmarked to repay a bridge loan that forms part of the financing arrangement for the acquisition of Primacom and will be due for repayment on December 15, limiting the company’s room to act.Tele Columbus has not named any specific acquisition targets. The company said that if the opportunity to acquire additional companies did not arise, the new capital would be available either for future acquisitions or to repay existing debt.“The capital increase enables the company to continue its growth path in Europe’s most attractive cable market and to strengthen its position as the number three player in the German cable market. We are confident that we will be able to make use of such additional potential in a way which creates value for both the company and its shareholders,” said CEO Ronny Verhelst.last_img read more