Richard Branson To Join The Elders In South Africa For Nelson Mandelas

first_imgA delegation of The Elders is travelling to South Africa this week to honour the memory of their founder Nelson Mandela.The delegation, led by former UN Secretary-General and Chair of The Elders Kofi Annan, also includes former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, veteran UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, former US President Jimmy Carter and former Irish President Mary Robinson.As part of the official state funeral, they will attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday 10 December 2013, where they will join fellow Elders Graça Machel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.The entrepreneur Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel, who brought the idea of The Elders to Nelson Mandela, will travel to South Africa with the delegation.“Nelson Mandela redefined leadership,” said Richard Branson in his blog. “He showed that great things can be achieved by leading through wisdom, empathy and integrity, with no other agenda than humanity. He taught the world about the power of forgiveness and the importance of treating everyone equally. His strength was in his compassion, moral courage and a wonderful ability to bring light into any situation. I was fortunate to see the human side of Madiba and his joyous, infectious character.“He and Graça created The Elders so that his legacy and wonderful works can live on for hundreds of years to come. For as he said: “It is a mistake to think that a single individual can unite the country (or the world).”“Everyone can keep his spirit alive and spread his unique vision of leadership through wisdom and love, rather than politics and personal agendas.“Madiba, thanks for your leadership, inspiration, friendship and the joy you brought into our lives. You will be greatly missed.”Nelson Mandela founded The Elders in Johannesburg on his 89th birthday, 18 July 2007. With the help of Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, he brought together ten ‘Elders’ – independent, progressive leaders committed to peace, justice and human rights – to work together on global problems including peace-building and reconciliation in war-affected regions, sustainable development and equality for girls and women.last_img read more

CBS controlling shareholder fires back over board vote

first_imgDOVER, Del. – CBS Corp.’s controlling shareholder fired back Tuesday over a board attempt to dilute the shareholder’s stock voting power, the latest move in an escalating legal battle for control of the media company.In complaint filed in Delaware’s Chancery Court, National Amusements Inc. argues that a CBS board vote to approve a dividend that would drastically reduce NAI’s voting stake in CBS was invalid. NAI claims the vote violated CBS’s bylaws and corporate charter, and that CBS board members violated their fiduciary duties to stockholders. It also argues that the vote was based on recommendations of a special board committee that had exceeded its authority.“It is undisputed that the director defendants’ actions are unprecedented under Delaware law,” NAI attorneys wrote.The filing comes after CBS asked a Chancery Court judge last week to declare that the board vote was “effective and permissible.”“Today’s reactive complaint from NAI was not unexpected,” CBS said in a statement. “The amended complaint filed last week by CBS and its special committee details the ways in which NAI misused its power to the detriment of CBS shareholders, and was submitted after careful deliberation.”The legal dispute centres on a special dividend approved by the CBS board that would decrease NAI’s voting stake in CBS from roughly 80 per cent to about 20 per cent.The board vote came only after NAI, led by the daughter of billionaire media mogul Sumner Redstone, submitted documents to CBS decreeing that any dividend must be approved by a “supermajority” of its 14-member board, a threshold that was not met.CBS contends that NAI’s purported bylaw amendments are invalid and, under federal securities law, were not effective at the time of the board meeting.CBS, led by CEO and Chairman Les Moonves, is pushing back against pressure by National Amusements to merge with Viacom, which also is controlled by NAI. National Amusements argues that CBS’s actions are based on unsubstantiated claims that NAI was interfering with company management, and purported threats of a forced merger based on unsourced media reports and conjecture.“The only cogent, but manifestly improper, explanation for the director defendants’ unprecedented action is that Leslie “Les” Moonves, CBS’s long-time CEO, has tired of having to deal with a stockholder with voting control,” NAI attorneys wrote.“Mr. Moonves apparently gave the director defendants an ultimatum: Either you remove NAI’s voting control, or I resign,” they added. “This ultimatum came against the backdrop of a $180 million “golden parachute” in Mr. Moonves’s employment agreement that had been adopted without discussion or approval of the full board, with the intended purpose of entrenching Mr. Moonves in his position as CEO.”The CBS board vote came after the company unsuccessfully sought a restraining order in conjunction with a May 14 lawsuit alleging that NAI was breaching its fiduciary duties to CBS and other shareholders and trying to undermine the authority of its management and board of directors.CBS and Viacom were once part of the same company, known as Viacom, but were split in 2005 into separate entities, both controlled by Sumner Redstone. Shari Redstone has been pushing to reunite the companies under one corporate umbrella, but a CBS special board committee concluded that a merger would not be in the company’s best interest.In refusing to grant CBS a restraining order, Chancellor Andre Bouchard — who called the dividend proposal an “extraordinary measure” — noted that the company could still file a court challenge if NAI takes actions inconsistent with its fiduciary obligations to the company and to other shareholders.last_img read more

Filing of nomination papers for 13 LS constituencies in Rajasthan to commence

first_imgJaipur: Notification for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections that will see 13 out of 25 parliamentary constituencies in Rajasthan go to polls will be issued Tuesday, signalling the commencement of the nomination filing process for the same. Rajasthan Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar Monday said nomination papers will be accepted from 11 am to 3 pm till April 9. Scrutiny of the papers will be done on April 10 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is April 12, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Voting in the 13 constituencies of Tonk-Swai Madhopur, Ajmer, Pali, Jodhpur, Barmer, Jalore, Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Kota and Jhalawar-Baran will be held on April 29. Of these, the BJP has not declared its candidates for the Rajsamand and Barmer constituencies, while the Congress is yet to name its candidates for the Rajsamand, Ajmer, Bhilwara and Jhalawar-Baran seats. The Lok Sabha election in Rajasthan will be held in two phases, with the remaining 12 constituencies going to polls on May 6.last_img read more

Nepal credible Constituent Assembly poll within reach says top UN envoy

Ian Martin, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said the election, now scheduled to be held on 10 April, “is a key step in the peace process and a means to consolidating democracy, stability and development in Nepal.” Once elected, the Assembly is supposed to draft a new constitution for Nepal, where an estimated 13,000 people were killed during the decade-long civil conflict that formally ended when the Government and Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. “I do believe that a credible and inclusive Constituent Assembly election is within reach,” Mr. Martin, who is head of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), said at a press conference today in Kathmandu before leaving for New York to brief the Security Council on the latest situation in the South Asian nation. “It is what the people of Nepal tell us they want; and I believe that it will receive international support, including that of the UN Security Council. “But achieving it still depends on the commitment and wisdom of Nepali political and community leaders to address outstanding differences and grievances through dialogue, and on their action to bring about a climate of security for voters and political actors in all parts of the country,” he added. Mr. Martin noted that the inclusion of traditionally marginalized groups in the electoral process is a key concern. “The international community wants to be assisting and monitoring an electoral process which has the fullest credibility and participation among all groups in Nepal,” he stressed. In addition to the upcoming election, the Special Representative said he also expects to brief the Council on the implementation of the agreement reached last month by the Nepalese Government’s Seven-Party Alliance on key issues of the country’s transition to peace and which paved the way for the holding the Constituent Assembly election, as well as progress regarding UNMIN’s arms monitoring responsibilities. In a report issued last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed extending UNMIN’s mandate – which is due to expire on 22 January – for another six months so that it can continue to support the country’s peace process, particularly the holding of the Constituent Assembly election. 14 January 2008The top United Nations official in Nepal has said that a credible Constituent Assembly election, which was postponed twice last year and is vital to the country’s peace process, is within reach. read more

UN provides bicycles and motorcycles for Zimbabwes health workers

The 300 black bicycles and 124 bright red motor cycles, purchased by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) with $500,000 from the Central Emergency Response Fund, will enable health workers to move quickly to prepare for and respond to potential health concerns, including cholera outbreaks and the H1N1 flu pandemic. “These items will support Zimbabwe’s intensified response to the 2008-09 cholera outbreak that infected almost 100,000 people and killed about 4,000,” WHO representative Custodia Mandlhate said. The bicycles will be given to village health workers in three districts, with each worker equipped with a blue sports-like bag packed with basic health supplies, including oral re-hydration salts, water purification tablets, bandages and disinfectant to help deliver basic and potentially life-saving care.The motorcycles will be distributed to each of Zimbabwe’s 62 districts to help disease surveillance officers travel between towns and villages collecting suspected disease samples and safely taking them to laboratories for investigation.“WHO and the other members of the Health Cluster are determined to help the country continue to strengthen its health care system so it can provide the highest level of health care possible to all Zimbabweans,” Dr. Mandlhate said.Earlier this month the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said it would distribute seeds and fertilizers to Zimbabwe’s farmers to combat hunger, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a $70-million programme to ensure that over 700,000 vulnerable children are in school and guarantee a textbook for each child in all of the country’s 5,300 primary schools within 12 months. 30 September 2009The United Nations today provided hundreds of bicycles and motorcycles for Zimbabwean health workers to respond to potential cholera and flu outbreaks, the latest in a series of steps by the world body to help the southern African country confront acute humanitarian needs. read more

Cricketer accused of rape forced to deny he was Gods gift to

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. During around two hours of evidence, Hepburn – who was born in Western Australia and moved to England in 2013 to pursue his cricket career – fought back tears while being asked about the WhatsApp group.He said he was “completely embarrassed” at comments he had made – saying of the messages: “My family has had to see them.”It was meant to be nothing more than immature chat between a group of friends. No thought went into it.” Alex Hepburn arriving at Worcester Crown Court He told the court he entered Mr Clarke’s room at their flat – after seeing him leaning against a wall in the bathroom – because he had previously arranged to sleep in his friend’s bed. Cricketer Joe Clarke outside Worcester Crown Court Cricketer Joe Clarke outside Worcester Crown CourtCredit:SWNS Describing himself as drunk at the time of the alleged offence, the player said: “After I had got myself into bed, that’s when I first realised that there was a woman in the bed.”The lighting was dim. You couldn’t make out the door on the other side of the room but you could see what was in front of you and around.”She rolled over towards me. She kissed me.”Asked by defence QC Michelle Heeley whether the woman’s eyes were open or closed, Hepburn replied: “They were open. Her eyes were open before she kissed me.”Telling the court he had recognised the woman before they kissed, Hepburn went on: “We moved around as you normally would if you are interacting and having sex with a female.”She was enjoying it. She was actively engaged with me.”The court heard that the woman, who cannot be identified, pushed Hepburn off and asked him what he was doing, leaving him “shocked and confused”.Ms Heeley asked Hepburn: “What did she say next?”Hepburn answered: “She asked me where Joe was and I replied that he was in the bathroom. I was under the impression that what we had been doing was absolutely normal.”Jurors have heard claims that both Hepburn and Mr Clarke were involved in a sexual conquest “game” – after setting up a “stat chat” page on WhatsApp to keep a record of sex with women. Alex Hepburn arriving at Worcester Crown CourtCredit:Andrew Fox for The Telegraph A cricketer accused of rape was forced to deny he was “God’s gift to the women of Worcester” as he broke down in tears in court. Former Worcestershire CCC all-rounder Alex Hepburn told jurors the woman had initiated what he says was consensual sex when she rolled over towards him, opened her eyes and kissed him.Prosecutors allege Hepburn raped the woman following a night out in April 2017 after she had consensual sex with England Lions batsman Mr Clarke, who had then left his bedroom to be sick.Addressing jurors at Worcester Crown Court from the witness box on Wednesday, Hepburn, 23, broke down three times as he insisted the woman had “interacted” with him in a normal way.During evidence in his defence, the prosecution put it to Hepburn that he believed he was “God’s gift to the women of Worcester”, which he denied.  Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC asked Hepburn: “You and your mates thought you were god’s gift to the women of Worcester didn’t you? You thought you could pull girls, it would be fun and it would be easy?”Hepburn answered “No” to both questions.The Australian-born sportsman also said his alleged victim knew she was sleeping with him rather than fellow cricketer Joe Clarke. Under cross-examination by prosecutor Miranda Moore QC, Hepburn said he was no longer employed by Worcestershire because his contract had not been renewed.Ms Moore then asserted: “This is a case about you, fired up by this ‘game’ you were so keen to play with your mates, taking advantage of a girl that you knew was asleep in Joe’s bed.”Hepburn answered: “Not true.”As Hepburn sobbed in the dock, Ms Moore continued: “The reason you are crying now is the world knows how you behave.”The alleged victim has told the court she was asleep when Hepburn began sexual contact and then wrongly thought she was having sex with Mr Clarke, who now plays for Nottinghamshire.Hepburn, of Portland Street, Worcester, denies two counts of rape.The trial continues. read more

Germany wins one loses one friendly against Serbia Men

gensheimergermanyheubergerilicmarsanicmuellerserbiavujin ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 3): Atletico Madrid wins, fifth team to have “3 from 3” wins Next Story → Poland (Round 3): Wisla and Kielce win, the only with three wins Germany and Serbia used the weekend to play two friendly games. Both teams were trying different tactics and formations and with some new players in the team, especially Serbia having lots of young players. The first game was won slightly by Serbia with a 33:31 victory against the “Panzers” in Schwerin (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). In the second game played in the same province but in a different city, Rostock, the German side were very dominant and won the game with big 9 goals different, in the end the result being 32:23 (19:13). Mueller (6) led the German top scorer list, followed by Gensheimer (5), while Serbia’s best was Marsenic (5). read more

Parents to be asked if they want their children to wear school

first_imgThe verdict of parents will go to the schools’ Boards of Management who will determine the schools’ uniform policy for the next school year.The Department also said today that it is working on developing a Parents Charter that, it said, will “further strengthen the position of parents generally” within the school system.The measures were broadly welcomed today with the Irish Primary Principals’ Network saying “a school’s crest is important but it does not have to be on the school uniform for it to be understood”.Labour TD and former teacher Aodhán Ó Riordáin also welcomed the announcement, saying in a statement: “Time and time again parents have come to me to talk about how excessive uniform costs are pushing them into financial hardship. Quite simply there is no need for school uniforms to be so expensive.”First published 1.13pm Poll: Should schools relax their uniform policies to cut costs for parents?Read: The best and worst things about going back to school… Updated 4.25pm PARENTS ARE TO be asked if they want their child to wear a school uniform or not and if so what type of uniform they want them to wear.Under plans announced today by the Education Minister Ruairi Quinn schools will be asked to consult with parents and provide them with a questionnaire to help determine uniform policies.The Department will issue the template questionnaire to schools by the end of this month with schools expected to complete the ballots by the end of February.All schools that have uniform policies, or are contemplating one, will ballot parents ahead of the 2014/15 academic year with the Minister anticipating that parents will be given the following options:Do they (parents) want a school uniform or not?If they opt for a uniform, do they want trousers, jumpers, blouses, shirts and skirts in colours and shades available in the large retail chains?Do they want a school blazer, a school crest on garments and, if so, what type? Speaking at the launch of the new initiative today, Quinn outlined how savings might be made on school crests on uniformsQuinn said it is his belief that by empowering parents to determine school uniform policy the cost of school uniforms and overall education costs can be reduced.“Specifically I want all schools that currently operate a uniform policy, or contemplate introducing one, to ballot parents during the current school year before deciding on the policy to be adopted for the 2014/15 school year,” Quinn said in a statement today.“I have consistently said that schools should listen to the parents on this matter since it is parents who incur the costs arising from the decisions that schools make. Balloting all parents should ensure that a school fully captures the views of its parent body.”last_img read more

Smart car park fines as sensors take over

first_imgCar park sensors fine more drivers than parking inspectors, in a shakedown trial in Adelaide, which is being considered to extend an automated parking fines system after a trial found it to be far more effective than paying parking inspectors to walk the streets issuing infringement notices. Charles Sturt Council in Adelaide’s western suburbs tested out the electronic parking technology near the Hindmarsh Entertainment Centre tram stop in Port Road. The sensors were installed in three parking bays and, over five months, 285 motorists were caught overstaying the one-hour limit. In the same time, parking inspectors identified just 16 infringements. The Adelaide-developed technology designed by Jega Balakrishnan, uses cameras to check number plates, coupled with wireless sensors which are built into the road to detect anyone overstaying time limits. Offenders automatically receive infringement notices by post. Adelaide City Council is considering using the technology, as are councils in Melbourne and Sydney’s metropolitan areas. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Google Reveals Raspberry PiCompatible Edge TPU Hardware

first_imgStay on target Google this week unveiled two new devices with built-in machine learning capabilities.Aimed at professional engineers, the AIY Edge TPU Dev Board and AIY Edge TPU Accelerator are powered by Google’s Edge Tensor Processing Units (TPUs)—specialized chips that facilitate AI assignments.Two years, ago, Google introduced its cloud TPU (a third version of which is coming soon), optimized for training machine-learning models. The tech titan’s latest additions will run inference, i.e., actually carry out tasks like speech or image recognition.Considered a speedier, more efficient way of interpreting data, this sort of on-device machine learning was designed for enterprise jobs. So don’t expect to find these chips embedded in your next smartphone.“To jump-start development and testing with the Edge TPU, we’ve built a development kit,” Injong Rhee, Google Cloud’s vice president of IoT, explained in a blog announcement.That includes the AIY dev board and accelerator, both set to hit digital shelves in the US this October, before rolling out to more countries. Engineers can request early access online.The all-in-one AIY dev board—a Raspberry Pi-esque baseboard with all the peripheral connections you need for prototyping—features a removable system-on-module (SOM) daughter board for future project scaling.Google’s AIY accelerator, meanwhile, comes in a small USB-C-stick package, ready to connect to any Linux-based system. The casing includes mounting holes for attachment to host boards like the Pi Zero.“On-device ML is still in its early days, and we’re excited to see how these two products can be applied to solve real-world problems,” AIY project director Billy Rutledge wrote in a separate blog.Google also revealed Cloud IoT Edge, a software stack that extends the cloud’s “powerful AI capability” to gateways and connected devices.“This lets you build and train ML models in the cloud, then run those models on the Cloud IoT Edge device through the power of the Edge TPU hardware accelerator,” Rhee boasted.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation last_img read more

Man apprehended for stealing 600 worth of gift cards

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – About $600 worth of gift cards were taken from a South Florida supermarket as part of a scam.According to police, a man tried to buy hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards at a Publix Supermarket in Hollywood with a fake credit card, Wednesday.As the clerk tried to process the transaction, the subject grabbed the cards and ran out of the store, located along Taft Street, near North 69th Avenue.He and an accomplice were captured a short time later in Miami-Dade County, in the area of Northeast 195th Street and 10th Avenue. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 2 IN CUSTODY: Suspects steal $600 worth of gift cards from Hollywood Publix, flee. Taken into custody in Miami-Dade.— HollywoodFL Police (@HollywoodFLPD) December 27, 2017Officials managed to also locate the gift cards. last_img read more

With Focus On Budget Social Issues May Be Left Behind

first_imgWhen the Legislature gavels in on Tuesday, there are a few things it must deal with. There’s the multi-billion dollar deficit the state faces. There’s also work to be done on Alaska’s marijuana laws, after voters decided to legalize and regulate the drug in November. This full agenda means other controversial subjects may take a backseat. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that lawmakers expect bills on social issues, like abortion, to get less attention than last cycle.Download AudioWhen Republicans took control of both chambers of the Legislature two years ago, social conservatives viewed it as a win. Legislation restricting Medicaid payments for abortion, a long-standing priority for them, finally got hearings and was even signed into law before being enjoined by the courts.But even though the composition of the Legislature is mostly the same, advocates for anti-abortion measures — like waiting periods and clinic regulations — aren’t expecting to get as much traction, due to the attention on the state’s budget.Jim Minnery is the president of Alaska Family Action.“It’s just one more session with just one more reason to put our issues on the backburner,” says Minnery. “We’re sort of the ugly stepchild in the room when it comes to issues down in Juneau. I mean even our allies sometimes have a hard time charging the hill.”Beyond a climate where lawmakers are more focused on fiscal issues, leadership of some of the committees that traditionally address abortion bills has changed in a way that is less friendly to such legislation.One of the Senate’s more moderate Republicans, Lesil McGuire, has taken over the Judiciary committee. She takes the reins from Sen. John Coghill, a socially conservative Republican from North Pole, who sponsored the Medicaid abortion bill and shepherded it through the Senate.With the Health committees, both the House chair — Homer Republican Paul Seaton — and the Senate Chair — Sitka Republican Bert Stedman — have voted against legislation restricting abortion access.Over the past 20 years, all but one bill concerning abortion has been sent to Judiciary, to Health and Social Services, or both. The one exception was legislation to create a “Choose Life” license plate.Senate President Kevin Meyer says that trend will likely continue if an abortion bill is introduced this session.“That seems like the appropriate places,” says Meyer.Minnery sees that as an obstacle to abortion legislation moving forward.“Certainly I can’t say we were pleased with Seaton and Stedman being given those chairs, because they’ve shown a repeated resistance to advancing our legislation,” says Minnery.Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest is also looking at the committee chairs, but from the opposite policy perspective.“We’re tracking who these committee chairs are,” says Jennifer Allen, a policy director with the group. “We haven’t seen them in action yet, so we don’t know what that’s going to look like. But again, we will simply keep talking to them about why they should be setting aside any anti-abortion bills and addressing the real issues that affect Alaska women’s health.”House Health Chair Paul Seaton says would like to hold hearings on all bills assigned to his committee, no matter the subject matter. But he says that the Legislature’s biggest fight over abortion — how the term “medically necessary” should be defined for the purposes of Medicaid reimbursement — has already played out.“On that issue particularly, there’s already been a bill on that. There’s already been regulations which are being challenged in court,” says Seaton. “So I think that’s already probably progressed as far as that’s going to be.”But the way Medicaid treats abortion could get attention from the Legislature in another way, because of the nebulous status of that law. Last year, a judge issued an injunction against the law, which allows Medicaid reimbursements only in cases where a woman’s life or “physical health” is seriously at risk, after Planned Parenthood challenged its constitutionality.Medicaid expansion is a top priority of Gov. Bill Walker, who campaigned heavily on the issue. The socially conservative lobby, led by Jim Minnery, is opposing the proposal on the grounds that it could expand abortion coverage.So far, none of the early bills that have been filed address abortion, though there is legislation supported by social conservatives that would change the makeup of the state’s judicial council. Sen. John Coghill is working on bills to regulate abortion, but says that dealing with the state’s fiscal problems will come first.Senate President Kevin Meyer agrees.“Well, they won’t be a priority but that’s not to say that they won’t get through the process, get on the floor, and still get passed this year,” says Meyer.If an abortion restriction bill makes it through the Legislature, it may put Walker in a difficult situation. Walker personally opposes abortion, and sought support from Alaska Family Action earlier in his political career when he was registered as a Republican. When he abandoned his party affiliation and merged his ticket with Democrat Byron Mallott, Walker said he would not advance an anti-abortion agenda and, at one point, stated he would veto anti-abortion bills before later rescinding that statement.Minnery says Alaska Family Action hopes to “rekindle its relationship” with Walker.last_img read more

Anchorage School District begins Yupik language immersion program

first_imgLorina Warren teaches her Yup’ik immersion kindergarten class (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The Anchorage School District has immersion programs in languages like German, Spanish and Japanese. But until recently, there were no immersion programs for Alaska Native languages. A kindergarten class in Anchorage has taken the first step in a Yup’ik program this week, with plans to continue all the way through high school graduation.Listen nowIn Lorina Warren’s kindergarten class at College Gate Elementary, students are learning the first letter of the Yup’ik alphabet: A (pronounced like ah).Posters on the walls of the Yup’ik immersion class with the Yup’ik alphabet (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The kids are sitting in a circle, passing a ball around and saying a, and then the word for ball: angqaq. While some of the students whisper in English to each other, Warren is only speaking Yup’ik.It’s part of a new language immersion program where the students spend half of their day learning in Yup’ik. The classes are modeled after the Lower Kuskokwim School District, where Yup’ik is spoken more commonly. Warren teaches one class in the morning and another in the afternoon. The idea is that these kids will spend their entire school careers in a program like this, ending high school as fluent Yup’ik speakers. Warren sees teaching language as a way to preserve culture.“I believe language is very important because that’s how our ancestors grew up speaking,” Warren said. “And right now we may have lost a lot but what we have right now, I think it’s important for these kids to learn it.”College Gate principal Darrell Berntsen grew up in Old Harbor on Kodiak Island, and is Alutiiq. Berntsen regrets that he didn’t learn his native language as a child. Berntsen has seen firsthand just how fragile Native languages have become in the last few decades.“My first wife… her grandmother was the last known Eyak speaker in the state of Alaska,” Berntsen said. “And when she passed, which unfortunately was about ten years ago, when she passed we know that the last person that had the knowledge of the Eyak language was gone.”Various educational materials around the classroom have been translated into Yup’ik (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Berntsen says groups like the University of Alaska Fairbanks are working to preserve languages in a historical context, but that isn’t enough. He thinks the best way to ensure languages don’t die is by teaching children how to speak them fluently. He says the time was right to teach a Native language in the Anchorage School District.“Over 11 different languages offered in the Anchorage School District,” Berntsen said. “This is the first one that represents a people of Alaska.”Berntsen says typically in language immersion programs, the students start behind their peers, but eventually catch up and surpass those in more traditional schools.“I think the people that got on board with this that are non-Native or non-Yup’ik understand that it doesn’t matter what language is being taught,” Berntsen said. “As long as they’re accessing two parts of their brain, their child is going to benefit from it in the long run.”Lorina Warren helps out some of the students in her Yup’ik immersion class. Warren speaks almost no English with the students. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Back in the classroom, the students have moved on to numbers, rolling large dice, hoping to roll a one, or Atauciq. Warren says even though about half of the students in the class are Yup’ik, they all primarily speak English at home.“They may speak Yup’ik but they’re speaking to their kids in English,” Warren said. “And I think having their kids in the Yup’ik program will make the parents try to speak to them in Yup’ik at home”While currently there is only the kindergarten class in the immersion program, the plan is to add a new grade and instructor every year through high school graduation. Parents who want to send their children to the Yup’ik program enter the school district’s lottery system. The lottery for next year opens January 1st.last_img read more

Tirupati BJP seeks probe into shortage of jewels in TTD

first_imgTirupati: BJP State secretary G Bhanuprakash Reddy and party state spokesperson S Srinivas demanded an enquiry into `shortage’ of jewels found in the high security TTD treasury here.Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, the BJP leaders said that the TTD should not wash off its hands with mere action and recovery of the value of the jewels found short, from the employee concerned or employee working in the treasury but should go one step ahead and probe into the `shortage’ of jewels to find out the reasons behind it for solution. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Citing the shortage of jewels found during verification at the TTD treasury in October 2017, Bhanuprakash Reddy wondered how could there be `shortage’ of jewels and also excess jewels (value not assessed) happen in the high security treasury where round-the-clock watch through CCTV cameras and security staff is in place. A probe should be conducted if any shortage of jewels is found in the stock verification based on which case also should be filed, he said affirming that the TTD management’s negligence in safeguarding the jewels offered by devotees in the Lord’s Hundi was hurting their sentiments. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Meanwhile, TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal stoutly denied any negligence on the part of TTD in safeguarding the offerings including gold, silver, etc. by devotees in the Hundi. At a hurriedly held media conference in his chamber in Tirupati on Tuesday evening, he said that the verification of jewels is due in September to get a final list of shortage of jewels or excess jewels in the treasury and denied the reports in social media and TV alleging TTD negligence in ensuring security of devotees offering in the Hundi. Advertise With Us The verification of jewels will be taken up by the TTD in the presence of outgoing and incumbent AEOs. It will be an elaborate and tough job as it involves verification of 6,000 to 8,000 kgs of jewels secured in the lockers in TTD treasury at its Administrative building, he explained. He admitted that shortage of jewels was found in the verification which was held in October 2017 at the time of transfer of Srinivasulu working as Assistant Executive Officer (AEO) (Treasury) and who was supposed to make entry of the Hundi offerings received from Tirumala in the records and safeguard them in the lockers in the treasury. In all, shortage of jewels worth Rs 7.36 lakh was found during the stock verification in the presence of AEO, Deputy EO (Treasury), accounts officials, vigilance officers and TTD initiated action for recovery of the amount and so far Rs 2.25 lakh at the rate of Rs 25,000 monthly has been recovered. The jewels which were not found include rings, necklace (Rs 4.18 lakh), silver Kireetam (Rs 2.22 lakh), silver-coated copper coins and aluminum coins while the excess jewels found 11.7 kg of silver articles, 2,608 grams of pearls, 31 gram gold ornaments and 2.35 gram diamond etc. he informed. He said as per rules the then AEO Srinivasulu was held responsible forthe shortage of jewels leading to the recovery from his salary. In case if the jewels found short in the verification due in September, departmental enquiry would be conducted for suitable action, he affirmed.last_img

Large borrowers defaults fall sharply after RBI orders 1day default norm

first_imgTough norms that the Reserve Bank of India has put in place is helping to drastically reduce loan default and the growth of non-performing assets (NPAs), a media report says.The RBI instructed banks in February last year to report any loan default of even one day by large borrowers. Individuals or entities who own a lender Rs 5 crore or more are termed, large borrowers.The rate of regularising defaulted repayments has sharply increased after the new norms came into effect, RBI data show.The RBI said in response to a right to information query by Mint website that the outstanding loans deemed defaulted under the one-day norm fell by 60 per cent to Rs 55,070 crore on September 30, 2018, from Rs 1.53 lakh crore on June 30, 2018.One-day defaults also dipped to a low of Rs 50,306 crore on August 31, 2018, from Rs 91,280 crore on July 31, 2018, though they rose 9 per cent in September 2018.”There is a clear change in borrowers’ behaviour and banks are also more alert in taking up these incidents. A message has been sent to errant borrowers that defaults would not be tolerated,” said Arijit Basu, managing director of the State Bank of India, in a report on the Mint website.Experts say large borrowers have started repaying on time due to the fear of bankruptcy proceedings.The RBI has asked the lenders to institute a board-approved policy for resolution of stressed assets. Banks have to start the resolution process as soon as a borrower defaults on a term loan giving the party 180 days to cure it, failing which the account would have to be referred to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).Previous guidelines gave the lenders 60 days to initiate the resolution process after default.”Earlier, only the NPA (non-performing assets) classification was taken seriously by borrowers, not defaults. That has changed as banks no longer want any stressed asset on their books and, subsequently, the amount of loans under special mention accounts (SMA) has also dropped,” Basu said. To some extent, the introduction of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) had also helped, according to him.last_img read more

Reconstructed WW II Code Cracker Colossus Defeated

first_img Citation: Reconstructed WW II Code Cracker Colossus Defeated (2007, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A monumental achievment in reconstructing Colossus the first code cracker computer used by Allied forces in World War II. In a timed contest between Colossus and the modern PC Colossus was defeated by a modern program and a 1.4 GHz PC. A fourteen year project to reconstruct the World War II Allied forces Colossus the first code cracking computer ended in a match defeat against a modern 1.4 Ghz PC. The cipher event was instigated by The British National Museum of Computing and Cryptography at Betchley Park home of the newly reconstructed Colossus Mark II. The event challenged all interested parties to compete with Colossus in the deciphering of three enciphered messages. The German participants sent the messages utilizing the Lorenz SZ42 teleprinter using the same radio protocols as the German high command used in World War II.The original Colossus is regarded by many to have been instrumental in shortening the war in Europe by as much as 18 months. The Colossus about the size of a British small lorry was capable of deciphering messages sent by Hitler to his generals. The Nazi based Lorenz SZ40/42 machine enciphered messages that were sent by radio to the German high command. The only reason the messages were capable of deciphering was that the Lorenz SZ40 encryption was not entirely random.The process to unscramble the messages were painstaking and involved several layers of deciphering tasks. First the captured messages sent via the radio were punched on to paper tape. The paper tape was fed into Colossus at the rate of 5,000 characters per second. The inputted data became part of the memory of Colossus. Colossus then analyzed the data to determine the wheels of the Lorenz might have been set up to encipher the message. Various functions of the Colossus were used to perform this statistical analysis. The end result with a little luck thrown in would be a printed tape with the exact wheel of the Lorenz so the message could be deciphered. Generally it took about six hours to decipher a message. After World War II the six known Colossus computers were broken up and destroyed for a variety of reasons. Some 14 years ago Tony Sales and the founders of the aspiring British National Museum of Computing and Cryptography embarked on the project to reconstruct a Colossus using photos and scant information about the original machine. The winner of the cipher event Bonn, Germany resident Joachim Schuth used a program he wrote in ADA programming language to decipher the coded messages. The very noisy transmission was received by Schuth yesterday and his 1.4 Ghz PC took only 46 seconds to decipher the message using his program. The total time involved was two hours from the time when the message was first received to the end when it was actually deciphered. Unfortunately the radio transmission was troublesome due to atmospheric conditions. The Colossus got off to a rough start by getting the message late yesterday and beginning the process of deciphering early this morning when it was announced by Heise a German news service that Mr. Schuth had all ready cracked the code. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Colossus & Reconstructor Tony Sales: BBC – How Colossus Works EU fine on Google weighs on parent Alphabet profits Explore furtherlast_img read more

Investigative report offers statistics and opinions on SciHub

first_img(—A correspondent for the Science family of journals has published an investigative piece in Science on Sci-Hub, a website that illegally publishes scholarly literature, i.e. research papers. In his article, John Bohannon describes how he made contact with Alexandra Elbakyan, the founder of what is now the world’s largest site for pirated scholarly articles, data she gave him, and commentary on what was revealed. Bohannon has also published another piece focused exclusively on Elbakyan, describing her as a frustrated science student. Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of the Science Family also weighs in on her “love-hate” relationship with Sci-Hub, and explains in detail why she believes the site is likely to cause problems for scholarly publishing heading into the future. More information: John Bohannon, Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf5664 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Science Citation: Investigative report offers statistics and opinions on Sci-Hub (2016, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2016 Research paper publishing sting reveals lax standards of many open-access journals Explore further As Bohannon notes, Sci-Hub exists because a grad student in a developing part of the world, Kazakhstan, found it nearly impossible to fulfill her graduate requirements—she needed to study and cite published papers, but was unable to do so either because she could not gain access to them, or because the cost of doing so was more than she could pay. Her frustration, Bohannon notes, has been reflected in the rapidly escalating size and use of Sci-Hub—Elbakyan started working on it just five years ago, and already it has grown so large that approximately 28 million papers were downloaded between September of last year, through February of this year—these figures came courtesy of Elbakyan, who was more than willing to share whatever Bohannon asked of her, which mainly consisted of raw data regarding usage statistics. One exception was her exact location—Elbakyan is fearful of arrest after ignoring a cease and desist order from a New York judge last year.But, Bohannon notes, the rise of Sci-Hub is not just about researchers in less developed countries trying to gain access to published research papers, it is also about the whole concept of access in general, or open access in particular. He notes that approximately 25 percent of downloads come from developed countries, including of course, those in Europe and the U.S. where researchers often have access to paywall sites. This, he suggests, is due to ease of access. Many researchers and students simply find it easier to track down papers they are looking for on Sci-Hub, so that is where they go.Going forward, it is not clear where Sci-Hub is headed, though most agree it will not go away through litigation, instead it may be leading the way towards what McNutt describes as “risking the viability of a system that supports the quality and integrity of science.” In this case, it appears, only time will tell.last_img read more

Get Hefty Discount On The Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook Mi Notebook Pro

first_imgThe holiday season is upon us and we’re receiving some pretty insane discount options on smartphones as well as laptops. We covered the latest discounts on smartphones yesterday, so do check it out if you haven’t already because you’re missing out on a lot. Today, we have great discount and deals on laptops featuring the mighty Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, Mi Notebook Air, Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook and much more. Let’s see some more details on the discount.Get Massive Discount On The Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook, Mi Notebook Pro, Mi Notebook Air And Much MoreBefore we move to the discount, you should know that it is a limited time offer. if you fail to act fast on the deals then the price will revert back to its original model. Now let’s see some discount on the branded laptops.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – Core i5The Xiaomi Mi Notebook is a pretty neat option for those who adore the design and built quality of a MacBook Pro but prefer Windows over macOS. This particular model comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It runs on Intel Core i5 processor coupled with NVIDIA GeForce MX150.If you’re up for it, you can get your hands on the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro at a massive 42 percent off, dropping the price to just $759.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – Core i7This is the same Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro with the same great built quality. The difference is that it comes with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and runs on Intel’s Core i7 figuration. So if you’re a power user, this is the one to get.If you’re interested in getting the XIaomi Mi Notebook Pro with Core i7, it is available at a 29 percent discount, making the price come down to just $939.99. Head over to this link to get it.Chuwi Lapbook AirThe Chuwi Lapbook Air is a 14.1-inch laptop which is the perfect size for home, office or school use. It runs on Intel’s Celeron processor and features 8GB of RAM, so you’re good if you’re into multitasking. Moreover, the 128GB of storage capacity is pretty enough for average use.If you’re yo for it, get the Chuwi Lapbook Air at a 50 percent discount, making the price come down to just $349.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air – Core i7Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is a lighter version of the ‘Pro’ branded model but does not sacrifice in the performance department. It features 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and runs on Intel Core i7 processor with NVIDIA GeForce MX150. It’s definitely a great option if you want portability and power in one convenient package.If you want to purchase it, it is available at a 27 percent discount, making the price come down to just $839.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air – Core i5If you want to get the same portability in a different configuration, the XIaomi Mi Notebook Air is also available on the Intel Core i5 option. It includes 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage coupled with NVIDIA GeForce MX150.If you’re interested, you can get the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air at a 29 percent discount, making the price come down to just $739.99. Head over to this link to get it.Teclast F7If you want a cheaper option with impressive specifications which will do just fine for your everyday tasks, the Teclast F7 is the one to go for. It features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage powered by the Intel Celeron processor.If you’re up for it, the Teclast F7 is available to you at just $333.30. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Gaming NotebookWe’re saving the best for last, as you might have guessed. The Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook is one of the most selling products and it’s not a surprise. The laptop is exquisite in design and functionality, delivering the best gaming performance that a power user can ask for. This model features a massive 15.60inch display which is perfect for gaming. It is powered by the Intel Core i5 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD and 1TB of HDD storage. As for the graphics, the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook features GTX 1050Ti, a monster in laptop gaming and must-have if you’re a hardcore gamer.if you’re up for it, the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop is available at a good 15 percent discount, making the price come down to just $1199.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list today folks. We would like to point out again that the discount is available for only a limited amount of time. So be sure to act fast and get the one you desire from the extensive list. Failing to do so would result in the price reverting back to its original model.Also check out: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S Is Available At An All-Time Low – Get Massive Discount Here!There will be more to the story so be sure to stay tuned in for more details on the matter. Are you willing to get one for yourself and take advantage of the discount? Share your views with us in the comments section below. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more A more active and athletic constituency, coupled with an aging demographic prone to bone health challenges, represents a double-edged sword for orthopedic imaging providers.These outpatient imaging centers not only have to keep pace with increased demand but also keep abreast of the latest technological developments to improve workflow and facilitate higher throughput. From computed tomography to digital X-ray to extremity and open magnetic resonance imaging, outpatient imaging facilities face a plethora of options that will influence success.So Outpatient Care Technology tapped the expertise of several executives at the leading manufacturers of imaging modalities used for orthopedic procedures to gauge their outlook on market demand and technology trends.How does an outpatient facility determine which modality is the most effective or optimal choice for orthopedic imaging? Mark Zdanowicz, orthopedic sales manager, Agfa HealthCare, Greenville, SCThe decision-making process begins with the specialty of the center. Other factors, such as patient volume, reimbursements of demographic population, sometimes even physical limitations of the building, then assist in the filtering process. The site weighs all of these factors and decides what modalities will best serve and aid in patient care for the next five years.Todd R. Minnigh, worldwide director of marketing, Digital Radiography, Carestream Health Inc., Rochester, NYOur orthopedic customers tell us that types of exams and patient volumes drive their choice of imaging equipment. Some orthopedic practices report that DR systems provide better images of the back and lumbar spine than CR systems, but they typically use CR systems for foot and extremity exams, and also for standing foot/ankle exams. Carestream Health’s DR 7500 system is popular with orthopedic practices because it features a choice of one or two detectors and can be configured with a wall stand and/or table.Patient volume also plays a role. Large practices may use DR for most exams due to its increased productivity and employ CR systems for standing exams and a few other specialized exams. Penny Maier, director of marketing, Imaging Systems, FUJIFILM Medical Systems USA Inc., Stamford, CTX-ray has long been the standard modality for diagnosis in orthopedic imaging due to its diagnostic capabilities as well as its low operational costs. Digital X-ray offers the same flexibility to address the wide variety of required exams in an orthopedic practice – from scoliosis and long leg imaging to spine and extremity exams – but additionally provides improved image enhancement capabilities, making it an excellent solution for orthopedic practices of all sizes. Pierre R. Niepel, Ph.D., national director, Ambulatory Care Solutions, Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Malvern, PAThe choice for orthopedic imaging equipment is similar to any clinical imaging decision. How can the quality of care be improved and the cost of care delivery reduced at the same time? Imaging equipment has clinical benefits and specific costs associated, but the choice also depends on the typical population needs in local areas, size of the outpatient imaging center and location.According to IMV, 99 percent of all orthopedists routinely order general X-ray procedures. X-ray equipment is used for evaluation of osteoarthritis, upper and lower extremity trauma, rheumatoid arthritis or for pre-surgical planning and follow-up imaging to surgical repairs, as well as overuse injuries. MRI is the second most frequently used imaging modality. The typical procedure mix includes bone cancer imaging, pre-surgical planning (especially for spinal surgeons), trauma conditions and diagnoses of osteoarthritis. Concerning future utilization, the highest growth potential for MRI will probably be with specialist orthopedics in sports medicine and spinal surgery. CT technology is also widely accepted as a fast and accurate imaging technology, which, in contrast to MRI, is typically used for trauma conditions. CT is also used for pre-surgical planning. Another widespread technology is DEXA for bone mineral density measurement or fracture risk. PET/CT can be ordered to evaluate oncology cases, which can include bone tumors and metastatic bone disease. Which patient base represents the driving force for orthopedic imaging technology adoption in the future – the active and athletic crowd or the aging demographic – and why?ZDANOWICZ: The driving force of imaging technology is predominantly the aging population, but many practices adopting new or updated imaging technology serve both demographics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published studies showing how the aging population will grow exponentially in the next few years, while the number of orthopedic surgeons will not change significantly. This shift drives the need for productivity improvements, from the use of technology as well as from the utilization of technical staff.MINNIGH: The aging population will drive a dramatic increase in orthopedic imaging studies as well as other imaging exams and healthcare procedures. According to 2000 U.S. Census data, the number of citizens 64 years and older is projected to increase from 12.5 percent of the population to 20 percent by 2031. At the same time, the percentage of working adults 20-64 years will decline by 25-30 percent. Fewer workers and an aging population will drive providers to increase productivity and efficiency. MAIER: Young and old are quite active and even athletic in this day and age so orthopedic practices need to be able to address the unique needs of a wide range of patients with their imaging technology. Digital X-ray is a modality that offers this flexibility and extends diagnostic confidence regardless of the patient’s age or type of injury. And although the aging demographic will require more surgical procedures, many physicians also use digital X-ray to help them in pre-operative planning for any orthopedic procedure. NIEPEL: Orthopedic specialists diagnose musculoskeletal and spine disorders and injuries. Advanced imaging technologies support and enable faster safer and more accurate diagnosis and therapy. The patient bases that represent the driving force for orthopedic imaging technology adoption include the aging population and age-related conditions, such as osteoporosis, fractures, hip and knee replacement surgery. At the same time, sports-related injuries grow the demand for trauma diagnosis. A third trend is toward obesity, which also contributes to more orthopedic diseases and injuries. 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AP Analysis Syria diplomacy stalls over safe zone

first_imgNone of those proposals would have an immediate effect in curbing the bloodshed.Faced with bleak prospects, the new U.N. envoy, Brahimi, says he plans to consult key players in New York after officially assuming his duties Saturday. His predecessor, Kofi Annan, quit in frustration this month after achieving little.Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister and veteran U.N. mediator, will likely explore possibilities of reviving a transitional plan drawn up by Annan and agreed to by both the United States and Russia after a conference in Geneva in June.The document aimed at establishing an interim government of people chosen by both the Assad regime and the opposition. Each would be able to veto candidates.The arrangement was rejected immediately by many in the Syrian opposition.___Robert H. Reid is Associated Press bureau chief in Berlin and has covered Middle East events since 1978.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “Apparently, I was wrong about my expectations,” Davutoglu said.Like so many other proposals to end the fighting, the Turkish appeal was all but dead on arrival, given the risks of creating such a zone and the hostility of veto-wielding Russia and China to any proposal that is not accepted by Syrian President Bashar Assad.The Russians and the Chinese have already vetoed three Western-backed council resolutions that would threaten Assad’s government with international sanctions. Assad rejected the idea of a safe zone in a television interview this week.Russia and China have long made clear they will not go along with a repeat of last year’s experience in Libya, when the U.S. and its European allies used a resolution to protect civilians to launch months of attacks that ended with the collapse of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.Even if some legal way could be found to get around the Security Council obstacle, there is no sign the U.S. or its major European partners have the stomach to repeat the Libya operation at a time when cash-strapped governments are trying to extricate from Afghanistan and the U.S. is focused on an election in about two months.Establishing a safe zone in Syria amounts to entering the territory of a sovereign country to offer protection to civilians, many who are sympathetic to the rebels. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Without a guarantee from Assad that he would not attack the zone, foreign governments would have to assume responsibility for protecting civilians there _ through troops on the ground and through preventing Syrian attack aircraft from flying over the territory.Meanwhile, the West is running out of options besides trying to do more to care for the tens of thousands of refugees.With Syrian diplomacy all but dead, the Obama administration is focusing on political transition and helping the rebels defeat the Syrian regime. Washington has increased its humanitarian aid to $74 million and its “nonlethal” communications assistance to $25 million.The administration also has eased restrictions for rebel fundraising in the United States. Most of the weapons used by the rebels are believed to be purchased inside and outside Syria with money from supporters abroad, mostly in the Gulf states.The U.S. has been working politically with Syrian exiles who drew up a transition plan for governing the country if the Assad regime collapses. The plan was unveiled this week in Berlin.France has promised to recognize a Syrian provisional government if the opposition can set aside its internal differences _ which it has been unable to accomplish. Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated Press (AP) – Turkey’s non-starter call for a humanitarian safe zone inside Syria offers the clearest sign yet that diplomacy to end the bloodshed in the most violent uprising of the Arab Spring is at a dead end.Any new push by the international community to stop the killing is likely to remain on hold until the new U.N. chief envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, gets his feet on the ground and _ more importantly _ until the Nov. 6 U.S. presidential election. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other prominent Republicans have called for arming Syrian rebels, a step critics fear would only escalate the violence without necessarily bringing a quick end to a more than 17-month conflict that activists say has killed more than 20,000 people.In the meantime, countries in the region _ Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Iraq _ will be scrambling to contain the violence and keep the conflict from spilling across their borders.A desire to contain the conflict was in large measure behind Turkey’s appeal Thursday to the U.N. Security Council to establish a safe zone for civilians in parts of northern Syria under nominal rebel control.That would enable the Turks to cut off the flow of refugees across their border. About 80,000 Syrians have already fled into Turkey, and hostility to the presence of so many foreigners is rising among Turks living in Antakya and other border communities.But the Turkish proposal sank like a stone. The council meeting ended without even a non-binding statement of support, much less a binding resolution.A frustrated Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the council that he’d come to New York in hopes the members would take “long overdue steps” to alleviate the suffering and establish camps inside Syria for those forced to flee their homes.last_img read more