Square To Host Coding Camp for Girls

first_imgEditor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.Square’s pocketable plastic accessory changed the game for mobile payments, and now the company is hoping to make the same waves in the development of women in engineering. For the second year in a row, the San Francisco-based startup is hosting a ladies-only, all-expenses paid Code Camp at Square to encourage more women to pursue opportunities in engineering and technology.But this time the program, which takes place at Square HQ in San Francisco, will reach more girls. Square is splitting its engineering workshops into a High School Code Camp and a College Code Camp.The High School Code Camp will span eight months, and is designed for young women based in San Francisco who are preparing for the AP Computer Science exam. During the camp, the participants will attend lectures, programming sessions, and mobile development workshops with Square engineers. Only eight female high school students will be selected for the program, so submit your essay by September 27. Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Code Camp#coding#PopSugar Tech#square#women in tech How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes College students will be invited for a four-day immersion that includes learning new coding languages, leadership building activities, and taking a tour around the city. Square is extending the College Code Camp program to 20 future leading ladies in computer science this year (last October, Square only accepted 15).In Women 2.0, Monica Starr, a Wellesley College junior who participated last year, said that Tech Trek, which are two and a half hour intensives in different areas of engineering, made her a “stronger developer.” Brush up your resume and submit an essay explaining why you’d like to be a part of the program online at squareup.com/codecamp by October 25.Don’t know how to code yet? Join your sisters in software by considering these all-female coding camps.More stories from PopSugar Tech:Sneaky, Sneaky: How to See When Recipients Open Your Emails7 Glasses Straight Out of Science Fiction4 Features in Volvo’s Concept Coupe That We’re CovetingThe 10 Hottest Geek Moments of the SummerHow Does the Human Body Work? Tinybop Demystifies Our Anatomy nicole nguyen Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Have It Your Way

first_imgThis morning I drove my teenage son through Burger King (I know, I know. I am waiting for Children’s Service to arrive any minute now).It was 10:05 AM, and my son wanted lunch. The fancy electronic menu showed only breakfast choices, so I asked: “Are you serving lunch?” The kid taking orders said, “No. We’re serving breakfast.” I said, “Sorry. My kid wants lunch so were going to go somewhere else.” Without delay, the order-taker asked, “What does he want?” I rattled all off the different things he wanted. The order-taker said, “No problem. We’ll make it for him.”It took a few minutes to prepare his order while we waited at the drive-through window.The total order came to $5.69.The restaurant wasn’t prepared to serve lunch. It doesn’t matter what the profit margin is on the order, it isn’t enough for the restaurant to go to the trouble. What’s interesting is the culture in this Burger King.It wasn’t the manager who agreed to make the order. It was an employee. I’ve seen people with far greater titles and far more responsibility with less decision-making authority. Somehow, this kid was empowered to make a decision to serve the customer, rules and breakfast be damned.The kid at the window also recognized he had some responsibility to serve the customers, not just take their orders. He recognized he was going to lose a customer and asked what he could to change that. I told him, and he did what he needed to do.The kid that took the order wasn’t at the window. It was a young girl. She smiled and said “Thank you” as she handed me the food-of-a-seriously-questionable-nutritional-value that my son had ordered.Culture matters. Empowerment matters. Responsibility matters. This is noteworthy because the employees in this story make minimum wage (or something close to it). What then should be possible with higher paid, more experienced people?last_img read more

Bo battles former team, Olsen eyes rebound

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I actually texted him (Ikeh) that I was really proud of him,” said Perasol, who handled the Eagles for three seasons up until 2015, Ikeh’s first season at Ateneo. “I was really proud of how he performed; not just him, but all those rookie guys when I was there.”Perasol battles his former wards when the Maroons and Eagles dispute the early lead at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIkeh had 18 points and 17 rebounds in an 85-65 victory over the Falcons Saturday. Thirdy Ravena, who played under Perasol during his rookie year, added 20 points and 10 rebounds.A day later, the Maroons subdued the University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, thanks to a triple from Paul Desiderio with 1.4 seconds remaining. Historic Ceres-Negros run ends University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol wasn’t at Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday when Ateneo opened UAAP Season 80 with an impressive win over Adamson.But he got to watch Chiz Ikeh throw his weight around and carry Ateneo to a decisive victory.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Far Eastern U and University of the East clash in the first game at 2 p.m. with coach Olsen Racela hoping to bounce back from a loss to La Salle, 95-90.“Of course when you lose, you look at the positives,” said Racela. “The second half was positive for us but if we play that way from the start I think the outcome will be better for us.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

(Reopens Del 22)

first_imgGandhi narrated the story of a boatman and well-suited gentleman to drive home the point that people think of ideas only as per their respective surroundings as he tried to impress upon the electorates that that Modi-led NDA has no connect with the grassroot. “Those belonging to the suit boot category understand with what they are concerned while farmers, workers understand their issues,” he said insisting clothes of a person tell a lot about his aptitude. “Modi ji says he used to sell tea but now you see him. Some time back I saw Modi ji talking about economy. I saw Modi ji sitting dressed spick and span with people in suit, wearing costly watches and carrying expensive pens. “Then there was a dialogue on employment with a group 25 persons—everyone well-suited sporting expensive watches and pens. People in suit boot are sitting and discussing Swachch Bharat,” he said. Disagreeing with Modis way of doing things, the Congress Vice President said that if employment has to be discussed it should be done with factory workers and sanitation workers. “If you want to discuss employment for youths, call them. They will tell you what is required to be done,” he said. Seeking project a hiatus between action on the ground and words of Modi, Gandhi recalled that Modi had promised to start the closed sugar mill in Champaran during a Lok Sabha election rally. “One year has passed. Did the sugar mill start running?,” he asked. Referring to his agitation path on land bill issue, Gandhi said when his party talked about amending the old law, none of the rich favoured his idea but farmers backed it. He asked the audience comprising mostly of villagers to realize that land has become a valuable property now unlike what it was 10-15 years ago. PTI AMR SPG VMNadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs Ireland: Virat Kohli and Co. eye T20I series sweep vs Ireland

first_imgIndia are likely to test their bench strength when they take on Ireland in the second and final Twenty20 International in Dublim on Friday.India skipper Virat Kohli had hinted at giving other players in the squad a “go in the series” and may include Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Umesh Yadav in the playing XI at the Malahide Cricket Club Ground.Apart for changes, India may continue with middle-order experiment in the second match as well.India had shuffled their middle order in their 76-run victory over Ireland in the first T20I, allowing the likes of Suresh Raina and all-rounder Hardik Pandya to bat up the order.”Look, we’ve already announced we will experiment with the middle-order a lot. Even in the next few T20 games, even in England, we will look to throw in guys and surprise the opposition,” Kohli had said after the first match.Yuzvendra Chahal not intimidated by England’s tall ODI scoresHigh on confidence, India will look to finish off their assignments in Ireland on a winning note.India were runaway winners in Wednesday’s opening T20I, scoring 208/5 in their 20 overs, with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan contributing 97 and 74 runs, respectively before wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared seven wickets between them to restrict Ireland to 132/9.It indicated that India’s first-choice eleven was functioning properly after a break of three months, and tuning itself for the England tour.Virat Kohli plans to repeat Dublin tactics vs EnglandIndia will have an advantage from the fact that the pitch for the second T20I is expected to play much in the same fashion as on Wednesday.advertisementKohli’s mantra of giving chances to those sitting on the bench could be extended to the bowling line-up as well, where both Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul are raring to go and longing for game time.Leaving out all-rounder Hardik Pandya for three full-time pacers and two spinners still gives Kohli five bowling options, enabling him to leave out Suresh Raina and Manish Pandey and bring in both Rahul and Karthik.Nets ready.#IREvIND pic.twitter.com/YBp9708E75BCCI (@BCCI) June 28, 2018On the other hand, Ireland will need to work on their batting, which fell like nine pins to India’s wrist spin twins — Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.Barring opener James Shannon’s 60 off 35 balls, none of the Irish batsmen could apply themselves and all they could afford was the dull sweep shot against the Indian spinners.While an upset looks improbable, Ireland are more than capable of springing a surprise or two on home soil.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Siddarth Kaul.Ireland: Gary Wilson (Captain & WK), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

You can bet on who Lee Corso will pick on Gameday

first_imgThis is a real thing.This is an actual bet you can make on http://t.co/1C15zXbhde. If you know Lee Corso, you can clean up. pic.twitter.com/02Nrg9LmVe— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) November 19, 2013According to this site in his three previous trips to Stillwater Corso picked OSU in 2010 (they lost), OU in 2008 (they won), and it’s not determined who he picked in 2004 (OU won) but I can’t imagine he picked OSU.The common thread: All favorites.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

First Centre Blocks for UK Aircraft Carrier Complete

first_imgzoom The U.K.-based Cammell Laird has completed its first centre blocks for a second aircraft carrier set to become the centrepiece of Britain’s military capability.The Birkenhead marine and engineering services company has fabricated and outfitted two blocks for the new Prince of Wales aircraft carrier, which are now being transported by sea to the Rosyth shipyard in Scotland.Construction of the blocks began in July 2013, and has involved a workforce of 250 including contractors.The two latest blocks, known as CB02 Ring F and Ring G, are 40 metres wide, 15 metres deep and 10 metres tall. Ring F weighs 942 tonnes while Ring G is 642 tonnes.John Drummond, Cammell Laird project director, said: “This work includes exceptionally-advanced levels of engineering, particularly in welding technology.We can build a bespoke block and have it ready for when a ship arrives for conversion. This ensures the vessel can get back into operation as quickly as possible saving the customer time and money.”Centre blocks being towed to Rosyth shipyard, ScotlandCammell Laird built nine units for the first aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, and is now building six units for the second. A further four blocks will be delivered around August 2015.The new centre blocks will be transported from Merseyside to Rosyth on a barge pulled by an ocean-going tug over four to five days.The UK’s QE Class aircraft carrier project is the biggest UK engineering project since the London Olympics. Press Release, October 10, 2014last_img read more

Chinmayanand case Shahjahanpur woman examined at hospital

first_imgShahjahanpur (UP): A special investigation team on Wednesday took the student who has accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of raping, and “physically exploiting” her for a year to a hospital for medical examination. She was taken under heavy security to the local medical college hospital where Chief Medical Officer Dr Anita Dhasmana said a panel of doctors examined the woman. Meanwhile, terming the whole episode a conspiracy against him, Chinmayanand on Wednesday expressed full faith in the SIT probe. “I have full faith in the SIT team, and everything will be clear once it is completed. This is a conspiracy against me,” Chinmayanand said. The father of the woman had claimed that during the search at the hostel room of her daughter on Tuesday, some objectionable material was found, which was “planted” by vested interests before the local police sealed the place.last_img read more

Its going to reopen again Elder told mother of Kyle Morrisseau that

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe mother of Kyle Morrisseau says she was told by an Elder when her son died nine years ago that his case would eventually be reopened.“He was just talking to me, just talking to me and then he says, ‘in the future from now on then in the future it’s not going to be closed even though if they say the case is closed. Whatever is going to go on after, it’s going to reopen again and you’re going to know what happened to your son.’ That’s what he told me,” Lorene Kakegumick told APTN News. On Wednesday, Gerry McNeilly, head of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director release his long awaited report Broken Trust.It slammed the Thunder Bay police for failing to properly investigate cases involving Indigenous people, and recommended that police reopen nine of them.APTN News believes four of these cases are from a student inquest that examined the deaths of seven First Nations youth took place in the city – including the death of Kyle Morrisseau.The 17-year old attended Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School and was found in the McIntyre River on Nov. 10, 2009 after being missing for two weeks.Lorene accepted how police investigated her son’s case. They were invited to the Keeywaywin First Nation, where he was from for his memorial in 2017.She was shocked when she heard about the report and immediately thought of what the Elder told her all those years ago.“’The Creator is going to watch over you and every time you go outside wherever you are, wherever you go you will see eagle flying around over you up in the air.’”“And that’s what I seen all summer. When I go somewhere or just drive to the river I always see an eagle, it kind of freaked me out.”The provincially run student inquest provided few answers for any of the families involved.And in response to the OIRPD report, the Thunder Bay police point to the inquest findings that found nothing wrong with its investigation of the Morrisseau case.“There were no findings or recommendations directed at the police service with respect to the investigative process, nor was there any evidence found that would lead to the conclusion that further investigation was required,” the police wrote to the OIRPD.“In fact, what should come as a result of the inquest findings and recommendations, is that Thunder Bay Police Service conducted thorough investigations into the deaths examined at the inquest.”While McNeilly said the Thunder Bay police have done a good job of implementing some of the inquest’s 174 recommendations, their investigative work needs to improve.“I…disagree with TBPS’s conclusion that the coroner’s inquest supports the view that TBPS’s investigations into Indigenous sudden deaths were thorough and beyond serious criticism,” McNeilly responded.“The inquest did not engage in the detailed review of those investigations that we undertook. My review revealed serious deficiencies in four such investigations.”In Morrisseau’s case, McNeilly wrote that foul play should not have been ruled out – and that police failed in many steps of its investigation including not getting evidence properly tested.McNeilly’s recommendation is to reopen the Morrisseau case – but with a team that includes investigators from other police forces, the coroner’s office and a forensic pathologist.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img read more

Quebec securities regulator helping companies disclose exposure to modern slavery

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s securities regulator is offering to help public companies disclose their exposure to modern slavery, including forced labour, human trafficking and child labour.The Autorite des marches financiers says Canadian companies could be exposed directly or indirectly to the tens of millions of people around the world who are estimated to be affected by involuntary work made under threat or penalty.The AMF notice doesn’t change legal requirements but helps companies determine what must be disclosed and improve their information.The International Labour Organization has estimated that about 25 million people were victims of forced labour, generating US$150 billion in profits in 2014.Sectors most likely to be exposed to this issue are construction, manufacturing, entertainment and agriculture.The federal government announced in January the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, an independent position to investigate allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian corporate activity aboard.last_img read more

Air Canada WestJet purchased safety option reportedly missing on crashed planes

TORONTO — Canada’s two largest airlines have at least one of the optional safety features on their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that were reportedly lacking on the jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia.Air Canada and WestJet Airlines both say they purchased disagree lights used by the aircraft’s software system during flight to avert stalls.The New York Times has reported the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air jets involved in recent fatal crashes were not equipped with angle of attack indicators and disagree lights.According to the report, the safety features are not standard on the aircraft and are offered by Boeing as upgrades.Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said the country’s largest airline purchased both safety features for its fleet of 24 Max 8 planes.However, WestJet spokeswoman Morgan Bell said the Calgary-based airline’s 13 Max 8 planes are not configured with the angle of attack indicators.Neither airline would disclose the cost of purchasing these options.RELATED: Air Canada grounds its Boeing Max 8s until at least July 1 to provide certaintySunwing Airlines, which has four Max 8s, and Boeing didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The indicators help pilots detect any erroneous readings from two vanelike sensors that determine the position of the plane’s nose relative to oncoming air.The angle of attack indicator displays the readings of the two sensors while the disagree light is activated if the sensors don’t provide the same information, the U.S. daily said.The MCAS system can automatically push down the plane’s nose to prevent stalling if it determines that it is pointing up at a dangerous level.The New York Times also said, citing unnamed sources, that Boeing will soon update the MCAS software and make the disagree light standard on all new 737 Max planes, but maintain the angle of attack indicator as an option.The causes of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 and the Lion Air crash five months earlier, both on takeoff, are being investigated. Investigators are looking at whether a new software system added to avoid stalls may have been a contributing factor.Air Canada has removed its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers that wish to book flights in the coming months.The two airline rivals have also suspended their 2019 financial guidances. read more

UN agency for Palestinian refugees requests more donations to bridge huge deficit

Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said the share of donations from Arab countries to the agency’s core budget rose 3 per cent last year.“We really need a much bigger increase,” said Mr. Grandi during UNRWA’s Advisory Commission meeting.He also pointed out that the stalled peace process between the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis was increasing the threat to the region’s stability.Mr. Grandi urged “political actors to take the bold steps necessary to embrace urgently a framework to end the conflict leading to the establishment of a viable Palestinian State, thriving in peace and mutual security with its neighbours and to a just and lasting solution to the refugee question.“As the refugees emerged from – and exist as a consequence of – the 1948 conflict, addressing their plight, with their engagement and consent, is a prerequisite for a resolution of the conflict,” he said.In a related development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday spoke by telephone with Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak on the situation in the Gaza Strip, including UN projects there, the possibility of new flotillas to the territory, as well as the need to resume Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.With respect to UN projects in Gaza, Mr. Ban welcomed the progress that has been made and called for the speedy implementation of UNRWA’s housing projects in Khan Yunis and Rafah.With respect to future flotillas, the Secretary-General hoped that escalation could be avoided. Meaningful steps were needed to ensure that assistance and goods were brought into Gaza through existing land crossings and established channels.Mr. Ban called for the resumption of talks in the Middle East Peace Process aimed at achieving the two-State solution. 21 June 2011The head of the United Nations entity tasked with assisting millions of Palestinian refugees said today that the agency faced a projected deficit of $63 million this year and urged donors in the region, whom he said have been generous in the past, to increase their assistance. read more

JVP accuses President of betraying the country and its people

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused President Maithripala Sirisena of betraying the country and its people.JVP member Bimal Ratnayake told Parliament that Sirisena was the biggest “Judas” as he had gone against the expectations of the people who elected him to power. He said that even before the no-confidence motion was submitted to Parliament the JVP had decided it will back a no-confidence motion on the Prime Minister. Ratnayake said that the JVP will vote in support of the no-confidence motion in principle. Ratnayake said that the JVP had lost confidence on the President and Prime Minister and so will support the no-confidence motion. (Colombo Gazette)

Kenny defends Governments stance on dealing with mortgage arrears

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has defended the Government’s response to the issue of mortgage arrears, saying his administration wants “a quick and effective solution” for every struggling household.Kenny made his comments after Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin criticised the new personal insolvency regime for giving banks an effective veto on any debt restructuring.Confirming that a plan of action on mortgage arrears would be announced by Michael Noonan tomorrow, Kenny said the government’s plan hoped to “bring about situations where these 100,000 people who have pressure every day and every week in respect of their mortgage problems can have those resolved satisfactorily”.The Taoiseach said house repossessions would be “the last” of the measures that would be considered in each case, and hoped that the measures would give households “the opportunity to live their lives and plan their lives without this pressure”.Martin had insisted that giving banks an effective veto meant the new regime would be fruitless, as banks were “not engaging with people – they’re intimidating young couples.”“The problem is, Taoiseach, that you and the government have facilitated the banks all the way here,” he said. “Two years on, talking tough isn’t enough.”Separately, Kenny told Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams that the HSE and Beaumont Hospital were considering plans to allow deaf children receive bilateral cochlear implants – instead of implants in only one ear – from next year.He also told the Technical Group’s Mattie McGrath that he would raise the calls for a fresh inquiry into the murder of Fr Niall Molloy with the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter.McGrath had pointed out that both Shatter and Pat Rabbitte, while in opposition, had led calls for an independent inquiry into the popular priest’s controversial death in 1985.Kenny said the matter was not one “to be treated lightly”.Read: Michael Noonan to reveal the plan to tackle mortgage arrearslast_img read more

Tsiolkas on short list for the Commonwealth Writers Prize

first_imgChristos Tsiolkas is clearly one of Australia’s most important contemporary writers. His latest book The Slap won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the South East Asia and the Pacific category last week. When Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) contacted Tsiolkas in his Preston home, he was clearly excited with the news, “If I win the main prize, I said to mum and dad, I will be demanding the Parthenon Marbles back from the Queen.” The Slap is about the events that evolve after a man slaps a child who is not his own at a suburban BBQ in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. This action has a shocking effect on a group of friends. The characters in The Slap it is said, are all someone we all know, or a mirror to contemporary suburban and multicultural Australia. As Tsiolkas says to NKEE: “The Slap begins at a suburban BBQ, the host is Greek and his partner is Indian; that is our reality.” He points to the changing class and cultural dynamics of our suburbs.“The  most interesting things are really happening here in the northern suburbs, that is where class is changing. Elite and official Australia is more behind the times than suburbia,” he adds.“The suburban Coburg that I grew up in has changed so much. The nature of class is changing in these suburbs, as is the nature of  Greek community changing dramatically.”When talking about The Slap,  Tsiolkas underscores  “The fact that the most interesting thing about contemporary Australia happen in the suburbs and it has it taken us so long to recognise that these Australians  are us says something about how insular official Australia is.” Tsiolkas’ first book, Loaded, a drug fuelled odyssey of growing up gay and Greek in the suburbs was made into a film Head On. His last book Dead Europe , a disturbing contemplation on racism in a contemporary Europe also won literary awards. The Slap is now in the running for the overall Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. It is published by Allen and Unwin and can be found in all good bookstores and from www.allenandunwin.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

320K project underway to improve security and pedestrian safety in Eaton Mall

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Monash Mayor Paul Klisaris announced that the Eaton Mall Pedestrian Safety Project will include better security infrastructure and bollards across the three intersections in the mall to deter vehicles from entering the area.The State Government is providing $250,000 towards the project through the Department of Justice Public Safety Infrastructure Fund. Council has allocated $70,000 to the project. A total of $320,000 has been allocated towards the project, with the aim to improve pedestrian safety in Eaton Mall, Oakleigh. “The project has been guided by the Federal Government’s ‘Hostile Vehicle Guidelines for Crowded Places’ report and the heightened security concerns about random attacks using vehicles, such as the terrible incidents in the Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Street,” Cr Klisaris said.“Eaton Mall is a very popular place for outside dining and attracts huge numbers of people and it’s important we now put measures in place to safeguard visitors given the heightened security concerns.”Council has also been working to deter motorbike riders from riding and parking their bikes through the pedestrian areas of the Oakleigh Activity Centre and the installation of the security measures will assist in deterring motorbike access.last_img read more

Arrest made in brandishing, robbery on Fourth Plain

first_imgPolice have arrested a suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at victims in two different parking lots Tuesday.Vancouver police officers identified Jonathan Blake Fulmer, 24, of Washougal as the suspect in the case; he was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of robbery and assault, police said.Officers responded to a call of a man in a dark-colored vehicle who pointed a gun at a person walking through a convenience store parking lot in the 5600 block of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard at about 4:43 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.The victim ran away and the suspect chased the victim with his car until the victim ran back into the convenience store, police said.The man left the area, but a short time later the same suspect approached another person in a parking lot of a nearby grocery store, pointed a gun at them and demanded property, police said.last_img read more

Prime accused in rape case found dead

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationThe prime accused in a case filed for the death of a garment worker following ‘gang-rape’ was found dead in Khagan area of Savar on Thursday night, reports UNB.Police recovered the bullet-hit body of Ripon, 39, line chief of Yagi Bangladesh Garments Ltd where the rape victim used to work, from an empty field inside Amin Model Town with a placard tying around his neck which reads: “I’m the mastermind of the rape case”.Officer-in-charge of Savar model police station Abdul Awal said locals spotted the body at night and informed them.Later, they recovered the body and sent it to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital in the capital for autopsy, he said.The OC also said they were yet to find any clue as to who killed him and dumped the body in the field.Meanwhile, Ripon’s cousin Shafiqul Islam claimed that he went out of their house 5-6 days ago after getting a phone call but did not return home.Ripon and his four associates intercepted the female RMG worker while she was returning home from her workplace at Beron in Ashulia on 5 January last.They took her to a field behind their factory and raped her. A case was filed in connection with the incident the following day.However, the girl died at their residence at Jamgora on 7 January.Later, a murder case was filed with Ashulia police station where Ripon was made prime accused, said its OC (Investigation) Javed Masud.last_img read more

Crysis 2 full game leaked with DRM activation master key

first_imgThe staff at Crytek will have their heads in their hands today as someone has leaked a near-complete copy of Crysis 2.The version of the game leaked is a late developer build which includes the full single-player campaign and multiplayer. The really bad news for Crytek is the build also includes the master key files used for online activation meaning it will be very hard to block players who downloaded the game illegally.Apparently the game started appearing on file sharing networks and with very little effort we found a 9.22GB torrent that had already seen a lot of activity. The description reads:This is the full version, but an early build, leaked to the network. You can run any level, there are rollers, etc. But it is visible that the beta – some of the inscriptions are not final, etc. The official release date of the game is March 22, but this leak means gamers could be playing it right now and deciding to forego a purchase.We hope Crytek manage to track down who did this and take the appropriate action. Unfortunately there is very little they can do about the game being shared other than request sites remove the files.Read more at FacePunch, via Rock, Paper Shotgunlast_img read more

Central America is prime target for massive Floridabased Christian charity

first_img Facebook Comments A worker installs solar panels on the roof of a community center in the Amerindian village of Georgeville in Essequibo, Guyana. The solar panels will charge a battery storage unit, which will become the power source for the desktop computers distributed by Food For The Poor for students and their families living in the remote village. Courtesy Food for the Poor Inc. No related posts. Food For The Poor donated a solar-powered water purification machine that now processes thousands of gallons of water a day at the International Red Cross compound in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Courtesy Food for the Poor Inc. COCONUT CREEK, Florida – From sewing machines for Guatemalan housewives to free lunches for 70,000 schoolchildren in Nicaragua, Florida-based Food For The Poor Inc. is helping improve the lives of some of the poorest people in Central America.Ranked by the Chronicle of Philanthropy newspaper as the largest international charity in the United States, FFP has an annual budget exceeding $900 million. It boasts 1,200 employees throughout the hemisphere, including more than 300 at its sprawling 160,000-square-foot headquarters in Coconut Creek, Florida.“We’re feeding over two million people a day, six days a week,” said Robin G. Mahfood, the organization’s CEO. “These are not poor people, they are destitute people. What we’re seeing today are naked children with no clothes, no shoes and no food. We work in garbage dumps, we work with the homeless.”FFP also works with the physically and mentally disabled – people “who are forgotten,” he added.Since its establishment in 1982, FFP has provided more than $10 billion in aid to poor people in 17 countries throughout Central America and the Caribbean – with half that just in the last five years. It says it has maintained operating expenses under 5 percent to ensure that more than 95 percent of donations go directly toward programs that help the poor.center_img In 2012, the Christian charity built 6,805 housing units, bringing the total to more than 84,000 since 1982. In Haiti alone, it has built 3,668 permanent two-room homes with sanitation units.Also in 2012, FFP shipped 609 trailer loads of medicines and medical supplies, including 122 trailers to Jamaica, 113 to Haiti, 90 to Guatemala, 75 to El Salvador, 61 to Nicaragua, 41 to Honduras, 40 to Guyana and 28 to the Dominican Republic.Mahfood keeps on the wall of his office a framed portrait of a homeless Jamaican man who receives food from the NGO every day. Mahood’s desk is cluttered with bronze sculptures, plastic panic buttons, chocolate kisses and other tchotchkes.“We’re not social workers,” he said. “We live by the gospel, we adhere to the gospel, and it’s because of the gospel we do what we do. And we work only through churches.”Born in Detroit and raised in Jamaica, Mahfood attended a Jesuit school and was a soft drink and food executive for years. In 2000, he took the helm as president of FFP, which had been started by his brother Ferdinand 18 years earlier.“We could go into 10 more countries tomorrow but we don’t have the wherewithal. We can’t even cope with what we have. We work with one family to get out of poverty.”FFP depends entirely on donations, and its Christmas 2013 catalog lets people “give a gift that will change a life.” For example, $24 provides 100 pounds of rice and beans for a poor family; $114 provides a sewing machine, fabric and thread; $125 buys a solar-powered light kit; $3,200 builds a house with sanitation; $5,750 buys a fisherman a fiberglass boat; and $10,560 ships a tractor-trailer full of food.Mahfood said FFP has spent $8 million on energy programs for the Caribbean and Central America over the past five years. In 2013, the organization installed 200 outdoor lighting systems. It specifically works with 45 fishing villages in Haiti and 17 in Jamaica.In Guatemala, FFP partners with Cáritas Arquidiocesana, the Order of Malta and the Lutheran Church. Earlier this year, 19 members of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, presented nine sewing machines to women in Vista Bella, Guatemala, while on a mission trip for FFP.“I was so excited to bring the sewing machines to the ladies as a way to offer hope for their future,” said Karen Kuehnert, the mission leader at St. Michael’s. “My heart went out to these women after seeing that they only had three sewing machines. They have no lights to sew by, just two windows and a half-roof over the dirt floor. The beauty of their fabric creations is only what can give them pride, but the conditions under which they work limits how much they can produce.”FFP development projects for women in Guatemala include vocational training courses in baking and sewing, group aquaculture and animal husbandry projects, access to clean water, permanent housing and shelter, and food for expecting mothers. A family receiving a new home in Jamaica. Courtesy Food for the Poor Inc. In 2010, FFP received more than 195 containers of food through U.S. Department of Agriculture grants for Guatemala. And recently, the USDA awarded FFP more than 4,960 tons of aid, which will be used to improve the nutrition and health conditions of some 70,000 Nicaraguan children by giving them a meal at school each day.In Haiti, the rapid spread of cholera has complicated post-earthquake recovery efforts, so FFP financed the installation of 70 water chlorination systems, each of which provide 10,000 gallons a day of filtered, chlorinated water.“I personally feel that if it weren’t for all these units, the cholera disaster would have been really tremendous,” Mahfood said. Since it began in October 2010, the cholera epidemic has killed 8,300 Haitians and sickened another 650,000, sparking riots against United Nations peacekeeping troops and a class-action lawsuit against the U.N. Scientists say the source of the outbreak was a base housing Nepalese peacekeepers that was perched above a tributary stream leading into Haiti’s Artibonite River.In Haiti and throughout the rest of the Caribbean, the high cost of electricity has also been a major contributing factor to poverty, Mahfood said.“Here in America, residential customers pay about 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. In Jamaica, it’s 46 cents. Families cannot afford to pay their electric bills, much less a school or a hospital. It’s just ridiculous, so everybody’s trying to find alternatives.”For this reason, FFP has purchased more than 6,000 solar-powered light kits for impoverished people in Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Haiti and Guyana. Each unit, imported from China, costs $125 and includes a solar panel, a battery, three light bulbs and cables for charging mobile phones.“Many of these people live in the middle of nowhere, and half their problems come from bad sanitation and lack of light,” Mahfood said. “They’ve never had light in their life. They’ve never seen ice before. This is totally changing their lives.”last_img read more