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Lankan woman feels she is best to lead Maryland

“One of the questions that gnaws [at] me, given my personal story, is what if instead of coming to this country in 1980, my family had to flee Sri Lanka today? Would they even be let in?” she asked, alluding to the current administration’s anti-immigrant policies. “President Trump, he can demonize immigrants to our country, but the truth for me is there’s a family just like mine out there who applied, and they waited their turn, and they want to work hard and pay their taxes and raise a family and live a decent and safe life here. Just as immigrants before them have for generations.”“I know that that story is not only personal to my family, but it’s fundamental to the American experience,” she added. “To me, that is the American dream.”Aside from her past, part of what influenced Vignarajah to run for Governor of Maryland is the lack of female representation in her state’s government. As she told Cosmopolitan, no woman currently holds an elected federal or statewide office in Maryland. “While we have made significant progress in many ways, there are clearly some serious shortcomings,” she explained, adding, “If President Obama and the First Lady taught me anything, it was how a fresh perspective and new generation of leadership can change the world.” The Hill reports five other Democrats are already vying for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Maryland, but none of them have Vignarajah’s unique perspective on the world. As governor, she says that she will “focus on what matters most — improving schools, increasing wages, reducing crime, treating drug addiction, alleviating traffic, investing in infrastructure, and protecting our treasured environment.”Vignarajah is very open about how her early life has impacted the way she sees our country and the vision she has for its future. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the 37-year-old spoke candidly about how her parents fled Sri Lanka when she was just 9 months old as the country descended into a civil war. As a woman, a Sri Lankan immigrant, one of the chief architects of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative, and wife of the CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, Krishanti Vignarajah is the antithesis of the current administration. But that’s a major part of the reason why she announced her candidacy for governor of Maryland earlier this month.“I am running for Governor because I am worried my daughter and all children in Maryland will not have the same opportunities my parents gave me when they brought our family here when I was a baby girl,” Vignarajah declares on the front page of her website. “The deficit in leadership from our current Governor could not come at a worse time.” A study from earlier this year found a correlation between political representation and quality of life for women. In other words, states with little or no female representation in the state legislature tended to score lower on factors like equal pay and women’s reproductive rights, while states with women in government received higher marks on such factors. Maryland was actually amongst the top performers.However, if there’s a silver lining to the fact that women are still woefully underrepresented at every level of American government, it’s that more women have expressed interest in running for office than ever before. EMILY’s List, an organization which helps pro-choice Democratic women get elected to public office, has heard from 11,000 women so far this year.And even though she’s only been in the race for less than a month, Vignarajah already has advice for other women running for office. “Don’t doubt yourself,” she told Cosmo. As the aspiring governor says on her website, “We need a new generation of leadership that will make progress at home, while standing up to a White House that threatens the very values that unite and define us.”  (Courtesy As Upworthy points out,, Vignarajah has never held public office before, but she has an enviable history in politics. Prior to her role as policy director for Mrs. Obama, the Yale-educated new mom served as a senior adviser to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton  and John Kerry. She adds, “I hope Marylanders will agree this time the best man for the job is a woman.” read more

Government nominates seven members to Parliament Select Committee

The Government has nominated seven members to 12 member Parliament Select Committee.The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has nominated Dinesh Gunawardena, S.B. Dissanayake, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Wimal Weerawansa, Thilanga Sumathipala and Udaya Gammanpila to the Select Committee. However the United National Party had earlier said that the UPFA cannot appoint the highest number of members to the Parliament Select Committee as it is not recognised in Parliament as the Government.

Suspect steals car from senior at Burlington gas station

Halton police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a car from an elderly woman after fleeing the scene of a crash.Police say there was a collision around 2:40 p.m. Thursday near King and Plains roads in Burlington.It’s alleged that one of the drivers fled the scene and ran to a nearby gas station. Police say the man then stole a vehicle from a senior who was pumping gas and fled eastbound on Plains Road. The woman was not injured during the interaction. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. McLeod of the HRPS Burlington Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-825-4747, ext. 2385 or Crime Stoppers.

Precarious work technological advances drive basic income interest

Precarious work, technological advances drive basic income interest Policy-makers and the public in Canada and around the world are eyeing the basic guaranteed income scheme again, buoyed by an evolving labour landscape and technological advances that have left them wondering if today’s social services are enough. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Plume by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 17, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – In the mid- to late 1970s, every single person in one rural Manitoba city received $1,255 a year — roughly $7,500 in today’s dollars.The amount increased depending on the number of people living in each household, maxing out at $3,969, or nearly $23,500 in 2016 currency, for a family of five or more.The people in the Dauphin, Man., experiment didn’t have to work to receive this stipend. If they did, their benefit dropped 50 cents for every dollar they received.The residents of Dauphin just had to exist to receive their full guaranteed annual income.About four decades later, policy-makers and the public in Canada and around the world are eyeing the basic guaranteed income scheme again, buoyed by an evolving labour landscape and technological advances that have left them wondering if today’s social services are enough.Finland plans to launch a basic income pilot next year. The Swiss will soon vote on unconditional basic income in a referendum.Closer to home, the Ontario government’s latest budget promises to run a pilot in the future and multiple politicians across Canada have expressed interest in studying the idea.“I think people are simply looking at the state of the economy and they’re starting to focus on changes that have been taking place for a very long time,” said Evelyn Forget, a professor at the University of Manitoba, who studied the so-called mincome experiment in Dauphin and continues to research data from the pilot.One of these changes, she said, is that work is no longer a permanent, nine-to-five gig with health coverage and a pension. Instead, it takes longer for people to land stable employment and many shuffle between short-term contracts without such benefits, she said.In the Greater Toronto Area, for example, 60 per cent of workers have stable, secure jobs, according to a 2013 report on precarious work. Insecure employment has spread beyond jobs in the service sector to the white-collar workforce as well, a followup report found.This changing labour force is prompting people to rethink how governments deliver social programs, said Forget, and realize that current solutions like income assistance are expensive and for the most part, ineffective.“I think tensions are building in our society,” said Wayne Lewchuk, a McMaster University professor of economics and labour studies, who co-authored both reports in conjunction with United Way Toronto & York Region.“More and more people are questioning … the wisdom of how we’re organizing our labour markets and our economy.”Lower wages and precarious employment lower a person’s purchasing power, he said, and more people spending less negatively effects the economy.A guaranteed basic income could be a way to prime the economic pump, Lewchuk said.Another change in the workforce could come from technological advancements that will eliminate jobs, some basic income advocates argue.Millions of positions will be lost over the next several years thanks to disruptive labour market changes, according to a World Economic Forum report published this year.No job is safe from machine-outsourcing, writes Scott Santens, a basic income advocate who lives in the U.S. off of a crowdfunded monthly basic income.He argues people need to prepare for a world where their income isn’t dependent on the jobs machines can do, but instead should be given a stipend to sustain themselves while doing the kind of work they still find valuable.Forget believes it is a matter of continued public interest and political will for basic income to become reality.“I think it’s almost inevitable, eventually, that this kind of a policy will be implemented.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Swedish court acquits soccer player of matchfixing charges

STOCKHOLM — A Swedish court has acquitted a former Premier League player of match-fixing charges.Dickson Etuhu, a former central midfielder with Swedish club AIK and Nigeria’s national team, had been charged with trying to bribe teammate Kenny Stamatopoulos to fix the result of a league match against IFK Gothenburg in May 2017. The game was cancelled after Stamatopoulos, AIK’s goalkeeper, told the team he had been approached by Etuhu.Stockholm District Court judge Carl Rosenmuller says it was”words against words,” and thatEtuhu had”completely denied”proposing to fix any match.Etuhu, who played for Manchester City, Preston, Norwich, Sunderland and Fulham in England, also played for Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup.___More AP soccer: and Associated Press read more

Womens WCh 2013 24 teams are ready – Russia Sweden and Croatia

List of Women’s WCh 2013 participants are known. Next December the most important female handball tournament this year will miss TOP teams as Russia, Sweden and Croatia.Here are the complete results of European qualifications:Spain – Macedonia 27:16 (16:8), the first game 27:21Romania – Slovakia 30:22 (18:14) 23:21Poland – Sweden 32:31 (17:15) 26:23Czech Republic – Iceland 26:21 (15:9), 29:17Denmark – Turkey 31:26 (13:15) 42:24Russia – Netherlands 21:33 (10:11) 27:26Ukraine – Germany 22:25 (10:11) 16:24Croatia – France 26:30 (12:13) 18:18In Serbia will have to play well as representatives from other continents:Africa: Angola, Tunisia, Algeria and DR CongoAsia: Korea, China, JapanPan-America: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Dominican RepublicOceania: AustraliaMontenegro as European champion, Norway as World Champion, Hungary (third in Europe) and Serbia as organiser were already qualified.Draw for WCH 2013 will be held next Saturday in Belgrade. handball serbiaWCh 2013 handballWomen’s Handball World Championship 2013 ← Previous Story HSV Handball celebrate EHF CL trophy with 10.000 fans Next Story → Carlos Ruesga joins MKB Veszprem read more

Weather looks promising and check out this gorgeous Co Clare sunrise

first_imgTwitter/@WindGirl Met EireannCaitriona Diviney sent us this gorgeous image of the sun rising in Liscannor in Co Clare, looking down over Lahinch. Stunning. WELL LAST WEEKEND was pretty pleasant weather wise, and today at least looks like it will be a decent day in most parts of the country  – cold but dry with just a few showers.Get out to blazes and enjoy it while it lasts!Here’s the latest rainfall radar from Met Eireann:last_img

Kinect hacker puts himself in the VR body of an anime character

first_imgI won’t fully pretend to understand the anime gaijin, but whatever the source of their fixation, no one can deny that they’ve gifted geekdom with more than their fair share of ingenious hacks, costumes and projects.It was probably only a matter of time, then, that some plucky anime lover with a gift for hacking took a stab at fusing his love for brightly colored cartoons and the gesture-sensing software of Microsoft‘s Kinect to put himself inside an anime.In this case, that hacker is developer Nao_u, who decided to use the Kinect to put himself inside a 3D representation of a wide-eyed anime teenager boasting azure pig tails as long as her slender body. He’s rolled out a sort of Virtual Reality simulation of the Sailor Moon experience, beaming himself through his Kinect into the body of Vocaloid’s Miku Hatsune.What’s cool is he’s not just controling Miku’s skeleton: he’s also wearing a pair of Vuzix’s VR920 LCD glasses to allow him to actually see through the eyes of his character as well.Sure, this isn’t the way most of us would use a Kinect — to put ourselves in the body of a virtual teenage girl — but heck, if someone comes up with a way to put ourselves in the body of the Doom space marine or Gordon Freeman, we’re there.Read more at Ada Fruitlast_img read more

La Cites refuse de protéger les coraux précieux

first_imgLa Cites refuse de protéger les coraux précieuxDoha, Qatar – La Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites) a rejeté dimanche après-midi une proposition des États-Unis et de l’Union européenne visant à réguler les exportations des coraux rouges et roses précieux qui sont utilisés pour orner des bijoux. Après avoir refusé de protéger le thon rouge, la Cites a décidé de ne pas prendre de mesures pour sauvegarder les coraux rouges et roses précieux. Avec 64 voix pour, 59 contre et dix abstentions, la proposition n’a pas obtenu la majorité nécessaire des deux tiers des États présents lors de la réunion de la Cites qui statue sur le sort de nombreuses espèces menacées depuis plusieurs jours et ce jusqu’au 25 mars prochain.En 2007 déjà, une proposition d’inscription de ces coraux utilisés en bijouterie depuis des millénaires avait été rejetée par la Cites. Cette proposition des États-Unis concernait les trente-et-unes espèces de la famille des Coralliidae rouges et roses de grand fond. Elle visait à les inscrire à l’Annexe II de la Convention, ce qui aurait contraint les pays exportateurs et importateurs de contrôler et exploiter les coraux de façon responsable et durable. Seules sept de ces trente-et-unes espèces sont réellement menacées, mais les autres leur ressemblent tant que leur inscription aurait facilité les contrôles des douanes. En danger en raison de leur surexploitation, les colonies de Corallium rubrum de Méditerranée atteignaient autrefois jusqu’à 50 centimètres de haut. Aujourd’hui, plus de 90% des colonies ne mesurent pas plus de cinq centimètres et parviennent rarement à la maturité sexuelle. “Dans le Pacifique c’est encore pire: 85% des débarquements sont morts depuis longtemps”, a déploré le délégué américain Ernie Cooper.Outre leur surexploitation encouragée par leur très haute valeur marchande (le kilo de corail peut atteindre 1.500 dollars), les coraux sont également menacés par le réchauffement climatique. “La hausse des températures et l’acidification des océans provoquent une mortalité de masse sur les récifs” ont averti les États-Unis.Le 22 mars 2010 à 17:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Photophobie définition causes traitement que faire

first_imgPhotophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?La photophobie désigne une sensibilité exacerbée à la lumière. Dans certains cas, elle peut être la manifestation d’une maladie bénigne ou plus sévère, d’une migraine ou d’une méningite.Qu’est-ce que la photophobie ?La photophobie est un trouble visuel, ponctuel ou chronique, caractérisé par une sensibilité oculaire anormale à la lumière. Selon l’intensité de la photophobie, le sujet ressent une simple gêne ou une douleur plus ou moins intense, le forçant à rechercher l’obscurité pour s’apaiser.Cette intolérance à la lumière peut se manifester, quelle que soit la nature de la source lumineuse (rayons du soleil, feux d’une voiture, flamme d’une bougie, lampe électrique, écran d’ordinateur).Les symptômes de la photophobieEn cas de photophobie, l’exposition à une source lumineuse peut entraîner une gêne ou une sensation de brûlure oculaire. Le sujet peut éprouver le besoin de plisser ou defermer les yeux pour la soulager. Il peut aussi ressentir une fatigue oculaire, avoir une vision trouble et souffrir de sécheresse oculaire. S’il se force à garder les yeux ouverts malgré la douleur, ils se mettent généralement à larmoyer. D’autres symptômes peuvent aussi accompagner la photophobie selon son intensité et sa cause (maux de tête, nausées, yeux rouges).Les causes de la photophobieDans de nombreux cas, la photophobie n’est pas liée à une maladie. Elle touche de préférence les personnes aux yeux clairs (yeux bleus ou verts) : leurs iris contiennent peu de pigments, ce qui explique pourquoi leurs yeux ont plus de mal à se protéger de la lumière. Cependant, il est recommandé de consulter votre médecin traitant ou un ophtalmologue quand une photophobie apparaît, car elle peut parfois être le symptôme d’une maladie. Parmi les pathologies possibles, on retrouve surtout des maladies oculaires comme la conjonctivite (inflammation de la conjonctive), la kératite (inflammation de la cornée), un glaucome (excès de tension oculaire) ou encore un décollement de la rétine. La migraineet la méningite(inflammation des méninges dont les principaux symptômes sont la photophobie, une nuque raide, d’intenses maux de tête, de la fièvre, des vomissements et une éruption cutanée) sont d’autres causes possibles de la photophobie. Une carence en vitamine B2 ou la consommation de certaines substances (drogues, médicaments) peuvent également occasionner une intolérance à la lumière.Le traitement de la photophobieÀ lire aussiTrypophobie, l’étrange peur des petits trousLorsque la photophobie est simplement liée à la pigmentation de l’œil, elle peut être combattue en portant des lunettes teintées et en réduisant la luminosité de son écran. Dans les autres cas, son traitement passe par celui de sa cause.Il peut notamment reposer sur une supplémentation en vitamine B2 et une adaptation du régime alimentaire, ou s’appuyer sur l’utilisation de divers médicaments selon la pathologie sous-jacente…Le 27 juillet 2017 à 12:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Trumps EPA Lowers Standards for Radiation Exposure

first_imgFormer Oklahoma Attorney General, notable enemy of the environment, and feverish climate change denier Scott Pruitt seems to be making it his goal to make you and everything else alive on earth a lot less safe. He’s already pushed for slashed research budgets — especially for the climate — and refuses to acknowledge the role of climate in storms or wildfires. It looks like he’s taking aim at radiation safety standards next.A new set of instructions for EPA agents bumps the “safe” radiation exposure far, far higher than it was under Obama’s presidency. Previously, the document said that all radiation above background levels was a hazard, the new report says that “radiation safety experts” claim that “exposure of 5-10 rem (50-100 mSv) usually result in no harmful health effects because radiation below these levels is a minor contributor to our overall cancer risk.”Problem is, that’s just not true. That level is widely recognized to be quite dangerous. One rem is a pretty sizable dose, enough that typically, the unit millirem, or “mrem” is used. For context, the regulatory limit for the public is about 100 mrem per year, so the proposed limit is 50-100 times even that,“[It] really is a huge amount of radiation,” Daniel Hirsch, director of environmental and nuclear policy at University of California Santa Cruz, told Bloomberg. “The position taken could readily unravel all radiation protection rules.”With these new rules, one in 86 workers exposed would get cancer. That’s still not much, but given that it is CANCER and we already had the tools and equipment to successfully mitigate that level exposure — because we were doing just that — it’s completely insane to think that this is acceptable. It puts many lives at critical risk, too. Even worse is that these are rules for clean-up crews in the case of an emergency, like spilled waste. The US already had a really bad track record of taking care of its public health and safety officials (see: how 9/11 first responders were treated), so it’s particularly disheartening to see the US once again throw out the health and safety of those risking their lives for the rest of us.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Boomerang gallery exhibits works by children — and one famous parent

first_imgMonte Wolverton’s father, Basil — the mastermind behind early comic-book creations including “The Strange Adventures of Meteor Martin” and “Professor Ploop’s Parade of Peculiar People” — didn’t teach him to draw. But he did provide his son the tools and the sensibility, building Monte his first tilted drawing table and allowing him the thrill, one time, of inking one bold line of the MAD Magazine he was working on.Likewise, Monte Wolverton didn’t teach his daughter, Monika Spykerman, to draw, just provided the tools and attitude — including his own living example of art as a real pastime, not frivolous self-amusement.“Dad was always drawing and there were always drawing materials everywhere,” she said. “I engaged with it naturally. I felt connected to my dad and my family history.”Spykerman hasn’t taught her daughter to draw either, but 14-year-old Annika is busy filling sketchbooks with Anime-style characters. She has her own artistic inspiration, but there’s no doubt that generations of family artists have been “generally influential. It’s hard not to do art” when you grow up in this family, she said.“I knew I did a good job as a parent when Annika said to me one morning, ‘I just need a really good inking pen,’ ” Spykerman said.last_img read more

Walk Knock food drive set for Saturday

first_imgHere’s the first thing you should do on Saturday: Fill a paper bag with nonperishable food and set it by your front door.Volunteers will hit the streets beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday to collect thousands of pounds of food for local food banks. It’s all part of the 27th annual Interservice Walk & Knock, the county’s largest food drive.Canned meats and fish, beans, peanut butter, rice, soup, cereal, elbow macaroni, powdered milk, baby food, diapers and toiletries are all welcome. So are cash donations. All donations stay here in Clark County.If you miss Saturday’s pickup, take your donation to any Clark County Les Schwab tire dealership or McDonald’s restaurant during business hours. Riverview Community Bank is collecting canned foods and cash donations through mid-January at all 10 of its Clark County locations. Sterling Bank (formerly First Indy) is a collection site, too.To sign up as a driver or food pickup volunteer, visit or call 877-995-6625.last_img read more

Trusty reusable coffee cups to keep your coffee hot and wallet full

first_img Gadgets Appliances Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. We’d never tell you to skip out on your morning caffeine ritual — but bringing a trusty reusable coffee cup to your favorite java shop or making your own brew at home and toting it in a chic coffee tumbler is a smart way to avoid the single-use plastic and paper cups piling up in landfills. Bonus: a lot of brew houses give you a discount for bringing your own coffee cup.We’ve selected some of our favorites to help you find the very best reusable coffee cup. Whether you’re looking for a mug that fits into a car cup holder or something with a modern flare. These sleek, sturdy and stylish coffee cups are made from hard plastic, glass or metal and engineered to hold warm or cold beverages, keeping your tea & coffee hot for hours and an iced drink chilled for just as long. So do the environmentally-conscious thing and bring one of these reusable mugs with you next time you make a coffee run. The planet — and your wallet — will thank you.Read more on CNET: the best water bottles in 2019 | best coffee machines for 2019Read more on Chowhound: how to make good coffee while traveling | coffee products you shouldn’t live withoutNote that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.keepcup-bottle Amazon KeepCup Reusable Coffee CupThis stylish sipper is made in the USA from soda-lime glass, which means it’s easily recyclable when you’re done with it eventually. You can also microwave it, and even though it’s glass, it’s lightweight enough to carry with you on your morning coffee runs. Thankfully, the cork band keeps your hands safe from burning and the lid and plug are dishwasher safe when it’s time to clean it.$28 on Amazonyeti-water-bottle Amazon Yeti RamblerImagine the amazing power of a Yeti cooler — they’re the standard for fishermen and people who like the outdoors — but in the palm of your hand. This double-walled tumbler keeps your morning coffee hot well into the afternoon, and the genius magnet sliding lid comes apart when it’s time to throw it all in the dishwasher. It’s also the perfect size for most car cup holders when you’re driving through the great outdoors — or just, um, to the office.$30 at Amazonhydro-flask Amazon Hydro Flask Travel Coffee FlaskStash this 16-ounce reusable mug in your bag for your morning coffee run — it’s perfectly sized to a standard coffee cup, so your barista will know exactly how much to charge you. Plus, this flask will keep your cup of joe hot for up to 6 hours and your cold brew chill for 24 hours (thanks to double-walled insulation). It also has a wide mouth opening so that you can gulp the good stuff and let the caffeine do its magic before your first morning meeting.$25 at Amazonkinto-travel-mug Amazon Kinto Travel TumblerIf you’re picky about your coffee, you probably have opinions on reusable coffe cups, too. This super-chic to-go mug comes in neutral shades and has a stainless steel insulated cup that keeps everything at the same temp for up to six hours. Yasssss. The lid spins off to reveal an opening that you can sip from at any angle, and the sleek design is totally museum-worthy. $34 at Amazoncontigo-bottle Amazon Contigo West Loop Stainless Steel Travel MugNo shame if you’re the person who gets more coffee on their sleeve than in their mouth whenever you’re carrying a cup on the go. Thankfully, the lid on this reusable coffee canteen won’t let anything escape it — and it’s also slim enough to fit in a car cup holder, which means even the bumpiest of rides won’t threaten your morning brew. You can practically take this one with you anywhere. $15 at AmazonS’well Tumblerswell Amazon This attractive 18-ounce tumbler comes in a ton of amazing shades and designs, but it’s not just a pretty face: it’s made from stainless steel and is triple-walled so that you’ll never get condensation on your hands. But also, did we mention that it’s p-r-e-e-e-e-e-t-t-y? Use this gorgeous and reusable coffee cup around the house and find one that matches your decor (yes, that’s a thing). Heads up, you have to purchase the lid separately.  $26 at Amazonstojo-collapsible-travel-cup Amazon Stojo Silicone Collapsible CupThis is the travel mug for when your work bag is already loaded with notebooks, an iPad, your laptop and a million random receipts from heaven-knows-where. Made out of super-light, leak-proof silicone, it collapses to just 2.5 inches thick, meaning you can tote it practically anywhere without adding bulk to your bag. And when you need a warm-up, it’s microwave safe. Hot tip: it also comes with a straw for when iced coffee season hits.$20 at AmazonRead more: The best gifts for coffee and tea loversThis article was written by Julie Vadnal Post a comment Tags 0 Share your voicelast_img read more

Faith activists urge UN Environment Assembly to address human side of climate

first_img Tagscreation care dietary laws ecology environmentalism faith and environment homepage featured Pan-Amazon synod U.N. Environment Assembly Vatican Synod,You may also like As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — At a small tent on the edge of the U.N. campus here, environmental activists from the world’s faith traditions huddled on the sidelines of last week’s March 11-15 meeting of some 5,000 environmental scientists, politicians and civil society, the fourth gathering of the United Nations Environment Assembly.As the official delegates discussed current environmental challenges, sustainable consumption and production, the faith leaders, who joined the assembly for the first time in a U.N.-sponsored event called “Faith for Earth Dialogue,” talked about what religion’s role is in environmental protection.“Religious leaders have a unique role to play in promoting ecological sustainability, especially because 85 percent of the (world’s) people are affiliated with a religion,” said Rabbi Yonatan Neril, who is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem and attended the event.The faith-based group unexpectedly served as a spiritual presence after the Ethiopian Airlines crash, which particularly affected the U.N.’s offices in Nairobi, a hub of the international aid community that lost several members in the disaster.The assembly, which represented more than 170 United Nations member states, said it had delivered a bold blueprint for change that directs a radical shift in the approach to tackling environmental challenges.The group also agreed on a series of non-binding resolutions, key among them a proposal to protect oceans and fragile ecosystems.But those attending the Faith for Earth Dialogue urged the U.N. to recognize the growing religious wave of concern and called for dramatic steps while saying that enough was not being done to address climate change and related environmental challenges.The Rev. Fletcher Harper, left, addresses panelists during the U.N.-sponsored event called “Faith for Earth Dialogue” at the U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 15, 2019. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili“There should be no mistake that more and more religious communities are clear that we face a clear emergency,” said the Rev. Fletcher Harper, the executive director of GreenFaith, an American interfaith coalition for the environment.“We need a stronger representation of values, combined with science, to underlie the policies of the world in relationship to the environment,” said Harper.At the same time, Harper said, it was not easy for intergovernmental bodies like the U.N. to integrate faith voices because their audiences are nation states, for whom religion can be a complicated subject.The world’s religions can look for ways to change their own cultures to make faith itself more sustainable, said Neril.RELATED: Clergy divided as Kenya moves to save forest, evict 40,000 settlers“Meat in particular has a disproportional impact on climate change because cows emit methane from their digestive systems,” said the rabbi. Changing diets can be difficult, but religious teaching can have a powerful effect on what we put in our mouths and can support compassion toward animals.Rev. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, coordinator of the Sector on “Ecology and Creation” at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said he took hope from the increasing spiritual response to climate change, including the indigenous communities around the world who view themselves as the protectors of the land or planet.He cited climate change as one reason Pope Francis has called a special synod for October of this year of Roman Catholic bishops from the Pan-Amazonian region.“He (Pope Francis) believes at the period of planetary emergency, the answer can come from these people, who have defended our common home for thousands of years. We can learn from their indigenous wisdom,” said the priest. “It is a time when the whole world will sit at the feet of the indigenous people and learn from them to take care of our common home.”Experts say tropical forests that are home to other indigenous groups in the Congo Basin, Asia and Central America also help regulate regional and international weather patterns.Above all, the faith activists urged the U.N. delegations to the assembly to approach climate change as an urgent human problem as much as a scientific one.Bright Mawudor, the deputy general secretary of the African Conference of Churches, said in a speech to her fellow faith leaders that climate change was the world’s common future. “It’s as real as the food that we eat or as the clothes we wear. We need to tackle it with urgency,” Mawudor said. Share This! Share This! Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email In Tel Aviv, Jews join with Muslims in vigil mourning New Zealand dead Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Fredrick Nzwili Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Survey: Black millennials skip church as early adults more than whites center_img By: Fredrick Nzwili Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Fredrick Nzwili Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Fredrick Nzwili Fredrick Nzwili is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. For more than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace and conflict, development, security, environment and wildlife. His articles have appeared in international media organizations among others; The Tablet, The Christian Science Monitor, The National Geographic and Kenyan local newspapers; The Standard and the People Daily.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Fredrick Nzwili Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This!last_img read more

The Feminine Fiesta

first_imgTime to step out and witness some extraordinary work by cluster of artists which is being displayed in the city. The group exhibition titled Spring 2014 showcase work of 21 women artists from different parts of India. All the artists have moved beyond oil paint on canvas or acrylics  and used mediums such as gold leaf, plastic waste, tie and dye with embroidery among others, to message their concerns and illuminate the world of pictorial art with insightful inputs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The feminine form of Varsha Kharatmal’s, in vivid colours elaborate ornamentation, celebrate the joy of femininity, while the evocative self-portraits of Swapnil Srivastava emphasise the intensity of today’s women as a narrative in muted tones, and defined spaces, without being dark and oppressive. Motherly concerns, embodied through the Kaushalya-Rama form, is given resurgence in the colourful concepts of  Neeta Singh, and the protective tendencies of women are imaginatively wrapped in the depictions of Balwinder Tanwar, who articulates her idea through a pair of symbolic hands.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe graphic precision of Shruti Jain’s expressions incorporate spruce looks with intelligent composition whereas the deceptively simple mythical take on the Devi, as womanly strength behind the Purush concept acquires sophisticated aesthetic with Ritu Chopra.The work of Minal Rajurkar Shinde shows feline-canine-faced beings. Fertility finds adequate representation in the work of Nandini Pantawane, synchronising nature and women artistically. At one level starkly human and at another mythical, the etchings of Tejaswini Sonawane have an allegorical content expressed through otherworldly creatures and dominating postures. Compositional cohesiveness in Seema Gondane’s etchings have a powerful philosophy with the charming mesh of the whole uniting into a letter of close bonding. Rashmi Bawankar’s work comes with a mythical presence hovering above cityscapes, in a realm away from the grip of daily lives. The content of Rashmi Kachewar’s work surprises our imagination by its concentrated mass of form and empty spaces. Smita Kinkale uses solid forms like rubble and seeds to colour a distinct parallel geometry. Ashvini Jadhav, has patience, serenity and abstractions acquiresd into a fluid mass shown in her work.Viewing the colourful compositions of Jasminder Kaur in cocooned centric spaces, speaks of energies contained in a boundary, offset with a smart colour palette. Chitralekha Singh’s work celebrates the rhythm of life through a unique form. The tranquility of water is explored by Shyamali Paul who uplifts her lotus form from the swamp into a jewel effect. Alka Brushundi’s new approach to Tanjore art, embellishes its characteristics through unique placements and related subtleties.Where: Pearl Art Gallery, New Friends Colony, When: 14 April-10 May Timings:  11am-7pm (Mon to Sat) (Sunday by appointment only)last_img read more

Twinkling tales

first_imgThe solo exhibition titled We are made of stars by Sabya Sachi Ghosh depicts  the primordial nature of creation and a creative pictorial depiction of the universe. This exhibition that kicks off today is inspired by the resplendent starry sky on a moonless night. The theme of time travel is also touched upon. The works tries to bring about a feeling of an unbroken connection with time, since the moment of creation till out present state of its realisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ We are all made of stardust. This statement is very poetic and has a tinge of a primordial nostalgia attached to this feeling. The search for the reasons behind our creation ultimately takes us to the very beginning of time. Rational explanations are then replaced with metaphysical definitions that aim to quench our longing to know the truth behind the creation of our universe. Religion in its own narrow way tries to convey a meaning that is very self oriented in a karmic manner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artist quotes, “When I gaze at stars twinkling in the night sky, I grasp the vastness of space and conceive of time as if it were matter and very tangible. My mind moves forward and backwards and is logical enough to haggle with a vegetable vendor. I am here stuck with this question; when we are capable of great thoughts why do we indulge in narrow selfish pursuits? Perhaps these ‘narrow selfish pursuits’ are our ways of preserving and continuing the progress of our species. I am not certain but for the lack of better ways we are as we appear to be.”When: January 23 to 29  Where: Open palm court Gallery, India Habitat Centre Timing: 10 am – 8 pmlast_img read more

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IMRT allows for the radiation dose to conform more precisely to the three-dimensional shape of a tumor while minimizing radiation to surrounding tissues.Patients were divided into three groups based on dose-per-fraction schedules (the amount of radiation administered during each RT session). Researchers calculated and designed the three different HPFX regimens in hopes that each might achieve similar disease control and consistently minimal side effects for patients. Group One’s HPFX levels were 64.7 Gy total, with 22 fractions (doses) of 2.94 Gy each. Group Two’s HPFX levels were 58.08 Gy total, with 16 fractions (doses) of 3.63 Gy each. Group Three’s HPFX levels were 51.6 Gy total with 12 fractions (doses) of 4.3 Gy each.Researchers evaluated the impact each treatment regimen had on the quality of life of patients, and all patients completed three quality-of-life (QOL) questionnaires at baseline and annually for up to three years post-treatment. Patient assessments measured bladder, bowel and sexual function, and included the Fox Chase Bowel/Bladder Toxicity questionnaire, the Spitzer Quality of Life Index (SQLI) questionnaire and the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) questionnaire.Analysis of patient-scored QOL bowel data at three years post-treatment revealed no significant difference in average pre- to post-treatment score changes. Additionally, there was little difference in composite QOL outcomes across the three groups. Out of a maximum score of 100, the scores were 86.3 for Group One; 87.7 for Group Two; and, and 85.4 for Group Three (p=0.469). Similarly, QOL data regarding bladder function at three years follow-up was comparable across the three groups. Out of a maximum score of 100, the scores were 79.5 for Group One; 82.5 for Group Two and 81.1 for Group Three (p=0.343).The SQLI data, which has a range of 0-10, revealed excellent, similar three-year mean scores of 9.5 for Group One; 9.8 for Group Two and 9.5 for Group Three (p=0.188). IIEF data on sexual function also revealed no significant difference across HPFX levels at three years post-treatment when assessing erectile function (p=0.07), orgasmic function (p=0.078), sexual desire (p=0.231), intercourse satisfaction (p=0.354) and overall satisfaction (p=0.191). All measures except intercourse satisfaction were significantly worse at three years when compared to baseline for all three treatment groups.“These results will significantly contribute to the continued understanding of hypofractionation in the setting of prostate cancer,” said lead author Jeffrey V. Brower M.D., Ph.D., a radiation oncology resident at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. “We were pleased by the overall minimal changes from baseline noted in the study participants following hypofractionated radiation. The findings of non-statistically significant differences noted when comparing hypofractionation regimens was as anticipated, as much work was done to calculate ‘equivalent’ doses and to predict late toxicities. Specifically, with regard to patient-reported quality of life outcomes, our research can assist in a continued paradigm shift concerning the role of hypofractionation in the treatment of prostate cancer, resulting in shorter treatment times and improved quality of life for our patients.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read morelast_img read more