Stuttgart relegated from Bundesliga, Werder Bremen survive

first_imgStuttgart was relegated on the final day of the Bundesliga by losing at Wolfsburg 3-1, while Werder Bremen clinched survival with a late 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.Papy Djilobodji prodded the ball over after a goalmouth scramble in the 88th minute for Bremen to overtake Frankfurt, which faces a two-leg playoff against Nuremberg, third in the second division, to determine which side plays top-tier football next season.Stuttgart, which finished three points below Frankfurt, joined already-relegated Hannover in the second tier.Bayern Munich kicked off its title celebrations with a 3-1 win over Hannover.Second-place Borussia Dortmund drew with Cologne 2-2 to stay unbeaten at home all season.Also, Schalke won at Hoffenheim 4-1 to move to fifth, overtaking Mainz and Hertha Berlin after their goalless draw.last_img read more

TDK showcases its product highlights for embedded technologies

first_imgTDK shows its latest product innovations for many kinds of embedded technologies at embedded world 2019. Its group companies TDK-Micronas, TDK-Lambda, TDK Europe, and InvenSense present magnetic sensors and embedded motor control solutions as well as power supply solutions and components for Internet-of-Things applications.The HVC 4420F by TDK-Micronas enables the direct drive of small brush-type, stepper, or brushless electric motors in smart actuators. With flash memory extended to 64 KB and SRAM to 4 KB, the HVC 4420F meets increased functional and diagnostic demands. Currently, OEMs use own ideas and approaches on diagnostics, e.g. for sensor data fusion strategy or actuator status surveillance. To ensure the required data analysis, software routines have to be implemented. Due to its larger memory and the built-in diagnostic feature set, the HVC 4420F offers the storage capacity and processing capability to execute these actions which are unique in the environment of smart actuators. Furthermore, TDK-Micronas will show its extensive portfolio of magnetic field sensor solutions, based on the so-called Hall effect, for Automotive and Industrial applications.Utilizing DSP technology, TDK-Lambda Genesys+ series of high power density programmable DC power supplies provide improved efficiency, performance and functionality compared to existing products. The Genesys+ series addresses a very broad market, including component, aerospace and automotive testing, semiconductor fabrication, water treatment, plating and solar array simulation. Housed in a 1 U high, 19” (483 mm) wide rack package, the 5 kW model offers the leading power density and, at less than 7.5 kg, lightest weight in the industry.In addition, TDK-Lambda will present its 600W GXE600 series rated AC-DC power supplies. In a 1U high package, these convection-cooled products have the ability to be digitally programmed across a wide range. The GXE600 series can be operated as a 24 V or 48 V fixed output supply, or programmed to be provide constant voltage, constant current (CVCC) source.TDK Europe will give an overview of its product range of TDK and EPCOS components for Internet-of-Things applications. This will include RF components, Multilayer and Thin-film inductors, ceramic capacitors, SESUB modules, piezo actuators with haptic feedback and wireless charging coils. One of the highlights is a live demonstration of CeraCharge, the world’s first solid-state SMD rechargeable battery. This new technology combines a relatively high energy density and smallest volume with the safety and high volume manufacturing benefits of ceramic multilayer components. CeraCharge can be used in a wide range of applications – particularly in IoT devices and systems.InvenSense’s solutions combine MEMS sensors, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses, microphones, and ultrasonic 3D-sensing with proprietary algorithms and firmware that intelligently process, synthesize, and calibrate the output of sensors, maximizing performance and accuracy. At embedded world, InvenSense will showcase capacitive pressure sensor solutions, analog and digital MEMS microphone solutions, new digital ultrasound transceiver, showcasing 6-DoF controller tracking system, and InvenSense UltraPrint an ultrasound fingerprint touch sensor solution for mobile and IoT products.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ST launches STM32MP1 microprocessor series with Linux distributionNext ON Semi demonstrates new cloud-connected Strata Developer Studiolast_img read more

Sunil Gavaskar wants Indian batsmen to iron out flaws ahead of Australia tour

first_imgFormer India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has once again slammed India’s poor preparations for the five-match Test series in England, who won 4-1. India’s only victory came in the third Test at the Trent Bridge.While India’s bowlers have earned plaudits for their efforts, the batsmen have been heavily criticised for their failure on the English soil.Barring Virat Kohli, no other Indian batsman was consistent. Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant did score hundreds but all came in losing causes.Ajinkya Rahane too disappointed managing to score two fifties in 10 innings while opener Shikhar Dhawan struggled big time with 44 being his highest score in eight innings.Read – At times lack of experience shows: Sunil Gavaskar on Virat Kohli’s captaincyIn 5 Tests, Kohli scored 593 runs at an average of 59.30 and finished the series as the highest run-getter. He also scored two centuries including a 103 in the victorious third Test. Virat Kohli was the highest run-getter in the Test series with 593 runs (Reuters Photo)Rahul (299) was as India’s second-highest run scorer thanks to his 149 in the fifth Test. Pujara scored 278 from four Tests and was third in India’s leading run-scorers list.Also read – Virat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questionsApart from Murali Vijay, who was dropped from the squad after the first two Tests, Dhawan was the only other batsman in India’s top five to have failed to even score a half-century.Dhawan’s overseas record is horrendous as compared to his performance in the subcontinent conditions. In 16 Tests in the sub-continent, Dhawan has scored 1403 runs with the help of 6 centuries while in 15 Tests in England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa combine the southpaw has managed 1 hundred and scored only 695 runs.advertisementAlso read – Sunil Gavaskar lends support to Virat Kohli: Not right time to ask tough questionsIndia’s next big test will the tour of Australia later this year and Gavaskar said batsmen will have to step up to face the likes of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.”I think massive changes are not required because that upsets the rhythm of the whole team. But you need to find the areas where you think were weak and need to be corrected. That is the need of the hour. We have to be brutally honest and see that this is the area we didn’t quite measure up. That’s the area they need to look at very, very hard.”The results are there. We have seen what happened in South Africa and in England. It’s an old saying ‘if you fail to prepare you prepare to fail’. We know preparation is such an important aspect in international sport and we were aware that this was likely to happen. It happened and it doesn’t really surprises that much.”For Australia tour, the biggest hope is that without Steve Smith and David Warner India will have a pretty inexperience batting line up to contend with and we might as well win. But as we have seen in South Africa and England, bowlers will do their job but batsmen will have to get the runs. Whether the Indian batsmen will get the runs, even if it’s 180 or 150 to win, against Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood that we’ll have to wait and see,” Gavaskar told India Today. Ishant Sharma was India’s leading wicket-taker with 18 scalps in the Test series (Reuters Photo)Harbhajan Singh also slammed India’s poor batting show in England and said he expected Virat Kohli to make a few changes in the team for the tour of Australia.”India’s bowling has been exceptional. This is the best I have seen in many years. India have never got four seamers running in and bowling 145 kmph and taking those wickets. But the bowling was not the concern, the concern was India’s batting. I think India will have to address those areas. If you want to do well abroad, you need to sort out your batting. Virat Kohli likes winning and he will not sit back and relax. If there are changes to be made they will be made,” Harbhajan said.Also read – Team India report card after England Test seriesGavaskar also said Rahul’s return to form was a positive sign for India.”Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s return will strengthen the bowling department while KL Rahul coming back to form is a big positive. Rishabh Pant scored a hundred and the way Kuldeep Yadav bowled in the limited-overs series are also positive signs,” he said.Read – India have not played like the world’s No.1 Test team in 2018advertisementIndia will tour Australia at the end of this year with the two cricketing giants scheduled to play three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three One Day Internationals from November 21 to January 18.India’s next assignment is the Asia Cup starting September 15 in the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

FIFA pledges to continue funding football development in Zambia

first_imgLusaka, Oct 5 (IANS) The world football governing body FIFA has pledged to continue funding the development of football in Zambia, the head of the country’s football governing body said on Friday.Andrew Kamanga, the president of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) said he recently held a fruitful meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino in Zurich, Switzerland where he promised the world football body’s commitment to fund football development in the southern African nation, reports Xinhua news agency.He said during the talks, the FIFA chief promised to fund new projects to be undertaken in Zambia over the next four years.FAZ has in the recent past introduced a wide range of initiatives aimed at improving football standards in the country using FIFA funds, he added.”We have the FIFA Grassroots Program where we have partnered with the Ministry of Sports and Ministry of Education in order to advance the game at youth level. It is my objective to ensure that we utilise FIFA funds in a transparent and progressive manner,” he said in a statement.–IANSgau/sedlast_img read more

New Recruit: C.J. Curry

first_imgC.J. Curry told his dad last year, ” I don’t think I need to go to through the whole process. I know I want to go to Georgia.”Well things changed on Wednesday night when he called Mark Richt and told him he would be attending college in north-central Oklahoma. According to this great piece by Michael Carvell after visiting Stillwater and seeing OSU’s facilities Curry told his dad, “I loved it, Oklahoma State is where I want to be.”His dad is apparently a big Mark Richt (and Georgia) guy but told him he was his own man and could make his own decisions.As for his on the field play, Curry will be at his fourth high school in four years this fall. But not in a Darius Miles kind of way. His dad coaches and has moved around a lot and Curry has been in and out of various private and public schools throughout his career.Here are his recruiting rankings:ESPN – 3 starsRivals – 4 stars247 – 4 starsScout – 3 starsAnd from the looks of his video, he’s going to factor in very early on. My favorite part is the 2:30 mark and thinking about what’s going through that poor white CB’s head. I know I shouldn’t say this but he reminds me a lot of Dez in this video. Plus he has a brother who might be even better.Not to go all hyperbolic on this or anything but it seems like this is the first time “the facilities”, as we like to call them, have really meant something in the way of recruiting against another school. Sure, they have been important to other recruits but this might be the first tangible evidence we have of someone basically saying, “meh, I’ll pass on one of the most storied, prestigious schools in the country to travel halfway across the nation and play for this guy with spiky hair who likes to run the score up.”That’s big time.CJ Curry from Kipp Adams on Vimeo.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

CMHC report on Northern housing prices misses true cost experts

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe North has the most affordable houses in the country, according to a new report put out by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.The report compared housing prices and average salaries across the provinces and territories.But as APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier finds out, the price of a home isn’t everything.last_img

UNbacked global conference on trade in endangered species begins

13 March 2010A United Nations-backed conference aimed at regulating international trade in endangered species such as elephants, polar bears, sharks and bluefin tuna kicked off today in Qatar with a warning that stronger action must be taken to protect wildlife at risk. Some 1,500 delegates from more than 170 governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and indigenous groups are attending the triennial summit of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in the Qatari capital, Doha.At least 42 proposals are on the agenda for discussion at the two-week gathering, with many reflecting international concern about the accelerated destruction of marine and forest ecosystems through overfishing and excessive logging, according to a press release issued by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which administers the secretariat of CITES.Other proposals include calls for urgent measures to tackle the illegal trade in tiger products, rhinoceroses and other species considered on the brink of extinction. Member States will decide on measures to conserve species by either consensus or a two-thirds majority vote.Willem Wijnstekers, the Secretary-General of CITES, said increased political will is needed from member States to the Convention – which entered into force in 1975 – to deal with present-day challenges and problems.“We do not want to risk letting down the developing world in its struggle to ensure that trade in wild fauna and flora is conducted legally and sustainably,” he said.The General Assembly declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity and Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of UNEP, said this year is a critical one for governments to take action to protect species.“By ensuring that the international trade in wildlife is properly regulated, CITES can assist in conserving the planet’s wild fauna and flora from over-exploitation and this contribute to the improved management of these key natural assets for sustainable development,” he said.As the conference opened today, it was announced that John Scanlon, an adviser at UNEP, will be the next Secretary-General of CITES and will take up his post in May. read more

Nova Scotians developing thirst for locally crafted wine spirits and beer

HALIFAX — Nova Scotians are growing thirstier for locally crafted beer and spirits — with vodka, rum and ciders named in honour of their maritime roots leading the charge.New year-end figures released by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. (NSLC) Tuesday, show the local industry is growing faster than expected thanks to new businesses and a growing range of products.It’s all helping to pad the liquor corporation’s bottom line, accounting for just over a third of overall sales at $209.9 million — a trend that has been growing over the past few years according to NSLC spokeswoman Bev Ware.The province now has 49 micro-breweries and 15 distilleries.“Nova Scotians want local,” said Ware. “They recognize quality products, they are wanting quality products and they are getting that in these locally made products.”Sales of Nova Scotia spirits grew by 130.8 per cent to a value of $3.5 million from April 2016 through March of this year, with Blue Lobster Vodka topping the list.Ready-to-drink products from the province — largely ciders — rose in sales by 83.7 per cent to $2.9 million, fuelled by the growth of drinks like No Boats on Sunday.Craft beer sales grew by 34.2 per cent to $10.2 million, while Nova Scotia wines grew by 3.9 per cent to a value of $9.9 million. Nova Scotia commercial beer sales remained stable at $160.9 million.Ware said the NSLC’s sales growth is down to a combination of factors, including market demand and the availability of product.“There is the demand there and there’s a growing market to meet that demand, so we do focus on cultivating the growth of these local products because that’s what our customers want,” she said.The corporation said that while it listed products from only three local breweries four years ago, it now lists products from 18 local breweries. One of every four beer listings on NSLC shelves is a local craft beer.Ware said the trend is unlikely to change any time soon.Overall, the corporation reported a net income of $239.2 million on $611.8 million in total sales. Sales were up just over $4 million from 2016.Ware said despite the increase, the total volume of alcohol sold was down one per cent.“That’s due in large part to the fact that customers are switching to wines and premium products that are sold in lower volumes than beer,” she said. read more

Ban calls on Egypt to mark anniversary of revolution with push for

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, he reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to support the country in building the future for all Egyptians, with dignity, freedom, responsible governance and development that inspired the uprising of 2011, which toppled President Hosni Mubarak nearly three years ago after mass protests. “The Secretary-General believes that one of the central challenges moving forward is pluralism: the guarantee that all voices are heard, represented and have a stake in the system, regardless of political or religious affiliation,” the statement said, underlining the “crucial need to guarantee the political space on which a stable and inclusive democracy can be built.”Last July, renewed protests, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded, led to the military deposing President Mohamed Morsy and the setting up of an interim government. A new constitution was adopted in a referendum earlier this month.“The Secretary-General encourages Egyptians to rediscover common ground,” the statement said. “In his view, credible parliamentary and presidential elections in a free and open atmosphere are crucial steps ahead in the transition.”A national independent committee set up for fact finding and gathering evidence about the events of last July “can be an opportunity to combat impunity and to ensure effective investigation and prosecution of those responsible for serious violations of international law,” it added.“Protection of human rights – and the rights and participation of women, in particular – is an essential foundation for the future. Political parties must commit themselves to non-violence,” the statement concluded, stressing that a peaceful and democratic Egypt is what the people of Egypt deserve and is critical for the entire North Africa, Middle East region and beyond. read more

UK zoo to shut down after 500 animal deaths

first_img Image: Danny Lawson PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 23,255 Views Monday 6 Mar 2017, 5:27 PM By AFP Image: Danny Lawson PA Wire/PA Images A BRITISH ZOO where nearly 500 animals died of poor nutrition, cramped conditions and hypothermia over four years is set to close after officials today refused to renew its licence.Inspectors who surveyed South Lakes Safari Zoo in northwest England said they were “dismayed by the obvious deficiencies in the accommodation, the overcrowding and the lack of proper welfare and husbandry”.The local Barrow Borough Council’s licensing regulatory committee rejected the application by zoo founder David Gill, who now has 28 days to lodge an appeal.The deaths of 486 animals from January 2013 to September 2016 revealed “a clear picture of poor management with uncontrolled breeding and lack of any programme of preventative and curative veterinary medicine”, said the inspectors’ report.They also recommended Gill be prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act.In 2016, 123 animals died including a West African giraffe which was euthanised a day after collapsing.A red kangaroo also died following a head trauma and six lion cubs were euthanised because the facility was not big enough to house them.The report notes they were “healthy cubs and nothing wrong with them”.An African spurred tortoise was electrocuted on an electric fence, while a leopard tortoise died from cold.Keepers told the inspecting team they had been informed to dispose of the animals’ bodies and not tell anyone about them.The zoo was fined £255,000 (€299,500) last June for health and safety reasons following the 2013 death of one of its zookeepers, Sarah McClay, who was mauled by a Sumatran tiger.- © AFP, 2017Read: Wild animals, including monkey called Stevie Wonder, escaped at Fota seven times in one yearRead: Calls for UK zoo to close after almost 500 animal deaths in four years Mar 6th 2017, 5:27 PM UK zoo to shut down after 500 animal deaths The zoo’s application for a licence was denied by Barrow Borough Council. Short URL Share670 Tweet Email2 14 Comments last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from cricket says 2014 World T20 final his

first_img Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from cricket, says 2014 World T20 final his lowest moment IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:11Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:10?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img One of India’s most successful cricketer Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from international cricket. At a press meeting in Mumbai, an emotional Yuvi talked about how cricket has influenced his life. He thanked people in his personal life, his guru, parents, etc.Describing his achievements, the 37-year old said the proudest moment of his career was the 2011 World Cup and, very interestingly, said the 2014 World T20 final against Sri Lanka where he scored 11 runs of 24 balls and was blamed for India’s loss. He said this shattered him and he needed some time to recover from the jolt and rediscover why he played cricket.He also thanked former captain Sourav Ganguly for having faith in him. It was after all, Dada under whose captaincy that Yuvi made his debut and established himself in the team despite failures early on. As he read out his pre-written statement, the former all-rounder often seemed overpowered by emotions.last_img read more

Vice President Promises Support As New Astronaut Candidates Announced

first_img X NASAVice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration firmly supports NASA’s missionVice President Pence promises that NASA will have the resources he says it needs to continue to make history. “Under President Donald Trump, America will lead in space once again, and the world will marvel!” Pence says after being disbanded two decades ago, President Trump is relaunching the National Space Council. The council helped marshal energy and skills for America’s initial space exploration. The vice president says he will chair the relaunched council, which will advise the president on space policy. Ed Mayberry, News 88-7. Listen 00:00 /00:57center_img NASAVice President Mike Pence and the Class of 2017 astronauts at the Johnson Space CenterThe dozen new astronaut candidates were chosen from more than 18,300 applicants. They were introduced by NASA’s Brian Kelly. “Next up, we have Loral O’Hara, 34, from Sugar Land, Texas!” These new astronauts will be doing research on the International Space Station, or traveling to the moon or Mars. “Loral has her bachelor’s degree and aeronautics and astronautics…” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Pixel Press lets you create a mobile game on a sheet of

first_imgCreating a game regardless of the platform you are targeting is still a relatively difficult task. One of the easiest ways in is to use software like Scratch, Construct, or GameMaker Studio, but even then there’s some logic or programming required, you need to source or create your artwork and audio, and then build and test the game. For anyone new to game development or who just wants to experiment, it can be quite a daunting task.Robin Rath aims to take the pain out of creating games with his new Kickstarter called Pixel Press. What Pixel Press does is allow you to create a game using nothing more than a pencil and sheet of paper. You draw the game, and the Pixel Press app does the rest and turns it into a full game playable on iOS and Android devices.Pixel Press consists of a pre-drawn grid you print out and draw on. Following a set of simple rules, you can construct levels for a platform game that has fixed and moving platforms, obstacles such as water pits, and even fireballs that shoot up and try and kill the player.All of this in-game action is governed simply by the shapes and marks drawn on the sheet of paper. Once you are happy with your drawn level you use your iOS device’s camera to capture it and feed it into the Pixel Press app. You can then set about choosing color schemes and the overall look of your game before getting to play it, and you can even create and upload your own art assets if you are so inclined.The whole process is super simple going on what the video shows above, and it sounds like a great way to get kids interested in game making. One final feature which is sure to get kids interested is the ability to share your creations with other users, so someone else with an iPad, for example, can download and play your levels.Rath has set a target of $100,000 for the Kickstarter to be successful, and he’s already nearing $30,000 with 24 days still to go.last_img read more

How Nissan Kia and Mount Gay Rum got caught up promoting a

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Artist, Billboard, released their song ‘Sex Change’ this summer. The song denies the existence of trans people, while Billboard sings ‘you can’t change your sex’. In many ways, it’s like Jamaica’s anti-gay ‘murder-music’, which is sadly very popular across the Caribbean.It’s rising fast in the charts. And it comes at a time when the Crop Over and Kadooment festivities are taking place in Barbados. These are major highlights of summer in the Caribbean.Sex Change says we’re ‘An insult to God’‘Sex Change’ has made it to the semi-finals of Pic-O-De-Crop calypso competition, which is a main attraction of the festivities.This competition is one of the most popular avenues for any local singer to advance their work throughout the Caribbean region. So this song will extend far beyond the shores of Barbados. Billboard’s song has a particularly unpleasant post on YouTube. The YouTube video caption reads: ‘It’s an insult to GOD to say that HE made you INCORRECTLY. You ARE whatever sex GOD designed you to be. Anything else is MADNESS!’It is not only private promoters who are pushing this song. The Barbados government is also supporting it. The government-run National Cultural Foundation organizes Pic-O-De-Crop.Moreover, big name brands, are also helping it get air-time. The local dealer for Nissan and Kia cars are sponsoring the event, as well as the brewers of Mount Gay Rum.‘So stop the disgrace, know your place’I am an openly trans woman living in Barbados. I’ve been in transition for the last five years and simply want to integrate with society as I have seen myself since early childhood.So to say that this song is problematic is a gross understatement. Every time the song plays, there are uncensored remarks about ‘chopping off your balls’ and how ‘no matter who you want to impress, [a trans man] will never have a real penis’.What I find most personally disturbing is Billboard saying that gender affirming transitions are a waste of time. He says they are affronting our own dignity as well as the dominantly Christian society of Barbados. He sings: ‘So stop the disgrace, know your place and do not fly in God’s face!’ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Trans woman calls for immediate end to ‘buggery’ laws in Barbados The 2016 Pic-o-de-Crop festival in Barbardos. | Photo: YouTube Attitudes in Barbados fuel violence against LGBTIsRight now, the song seems to be following me everywhere I go. I hear it on the radio at work, on the bus, or just strolling through a supermarket. It’s very unsettling for me to know this song has attracted such favour with the public as to be well on its way to becoming a number one hit for the 2018 Crop Over season.And, of course, it’s more than just a song. It reflects attitudes that exclude us trans people from getting meaningful employment, proper housing, access adequate healthcare, or even receive police protection when we are subjected to violence.This is not just a hypothetical problem for me. Earlier this year the police were slow to respond when an ex-tenant savagely attacked me with a meat cleaver. One officer admitted to me: ‘[Police] don’t want to deal with people like you.’‘We need some “try-a-dick” medication for this lesbian!’The saddest part for me is that any opposition to this song appears to go unheard or is altogether dismissed.During a recent performance, a lesbian confronted Billboard and the promoters. She said how the song made her feel. In response, the Master of Ceremonies, also a woman, shouted to the audience: ‘Is there a doctor in the house? We need some “try-a-dick” medication for this lesbian!’Barbados wants to be seen as a modern country. So I hope the Barbadian government will act. They must immediately remove Billboard’s song from the Pic-O-De-Crop competition.Also on Gay Star NewsMy life depends on me fighting the Barbados sodomy law A song called ‘Sex Change’ become the latest way for haters to attack LGBTI people in Barbados. These beautiful pictures of Barbados Pride will restore your faith in humanity eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Transphobic ‘Sex Change’ song causes controversy in BarbadosGay News Europe | Gay news, entertainment, celebrities, family and storiesBarbados life sentence for Homosexual Acts: American Society of Travel Writers Barbados convention concernsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Panama prosecutors request 21year spying sentence for expresident

first_imgPanamanian prosecutors demanded a 21-year sentence for spying against ex-President Ricardo Martinelli during an indictment hearing in the capital, Panama City.Martinelli, who was extradited back to Panama last month from self-imposed exile in the United States, is accused of “giving orders” to his Security Council to “illicitly intercept many citizens’ communications” between 2012 and 2014.The 66-year-old was detained a year ago in Miami after an international arrest warrant was issued against him. Panama accused him of graft and spying on his political foes, and submitted an extradition request to the United States.He is accused of intercepting emails, telephone calls, memory cards, phone books and audio recordings of confidential conversations. Related posts:Former Panama VP arrested in widening corruption probe Another former Panamanian minister arrested in graft probe Panama court orders detention of ex-President Ricardo Martinelli Renewal in Panama might be coming at a high cost Prosecutor Henry Diaz, who on Monday read out 30 pages of accusations, said Martinelli conducted “political espionage” without judicial authority against opponents, union leaders and civil society groups that constituted “a continued and systematic violation of intimacy and human rights.”President from 2009 to 2014, supermarket tycoon Martinelli fled to the United States in 2015 to avoid arrest. He denies the accusations, claiming they are politically motivated.He is also accused of helping to embezzle $45 million from a government school lunch program as well as other cases of extortion, bribe-taking, misappropriation of public funds and abuse of power Panama court orders detention of ex-President Ricardo Martinelli Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Nepals PM sworn in but loses coalition partner

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Nepali Congress’s main coalition partner, the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), said it would not join the government because Koirala had failed to honor an agreement to give it the powerful home minister portfolio.Both parties want to lead the Home Ministry, which controls the police force and local administrations across the nation.“We will not join the government until they honor the agreement, and have decided to boycott the swearing-in ceremony,” Bishnu Poudel of the coalition party told reporters.Koirala secured the votes of more than two-third of the members of the Constituent Assembly on Monday with the backing of the Communists, the second-largest party.He will remain in office, but it will be difficult for him to work if he does not have their full support.Koirala’s strong majority in Monday’s vote among lawmakers had led to hopes that the Himalayan nation’s long political paralysis was easing.No party won a majority of seats in the Nov. 19 national election. Nepali Congress secured the most seats but needed a coalition partner to form a government.A constitution was supposed to have been written by the last Constituent Assembly, which was elected in 2008 following the end of a 10-year Maoist insurgency and the overthrow of the centuries-old monarchy. But the assembly was riven by infighting and never finished its work. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) – Nepal’s newly elected prime minister was sworn into office on Tuesday, but his party’s main coalition partner announced it will not join the government, bringing renewed political uncertainty to the nation.Sushil Koirala, the leader of Nepal’s largest and oldest political party, Nepali Congress, was sworn in by President Ram Baran Yadav.Koirala was expected to announce a portion of his Cabinet but appointed just one minister, senior party member Ram Sharan Mahat. Parents, stop beating yourself up (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

ETF wins Best Show Team award for delivery of Global Exhibition in

first_imgExhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) has pulled off the Best Show Team award at the 2010 Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) awards for their planning and delivery of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas exhibition, LNG16 in Algeria in April 2010.According to Jodie Richmond, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of ETF, the award recognises the world class ability of ETF including their LNG16 team. “ETF specialises in developing exhibitions for industry associations, including LNG 16 for the global gas industry. It was great to see the LNG 16 team win such a prestigious award while the depth of ETF’s skill was further recognised with our RSVP Show Team also a finalist in this category. “Our LNG team’s performance was truly outstanding having sold out the exhibition and exceeded sponsorship targets to deliver a sophisticated trade exhibition in a venue in Algeria, which was still under construction, and with the Icelandic volcano erupting only four days before opening”. “ETF has now delivered the LNG Exhibition for associations in five continents including currently for the American Gas Association in Houston in 2013. The innovations we create internationally are incorporated into the exhibitions we develop for associations in Australia”, Jodie said.ETF’s key LNG 16 team members, Exhibition Director, Rodney Cox and Operations Manager, Belinda Maund, and their team, met all of the challenges associated with managing such a complex exhibition in Algeria. In the process ETF fulfilled the EEAA’s award criteria of Accessibility, Responsiveness, Customer Service, Creativity, Innovation and Client/Show Research to win the prestigious Best Show Team award. “We believe that the reason we continue to be reappointed to manage this major global exhibition is because of our commitment to its ongoing development. Fundamentally the exhibition industry sells commercial opportunity and trust. It was the trust our team had earned with our host association and exhibitors that proved to be the vital element with such a difficult event. Under circumstances such as those we experienced in Algeria you truly discover the calibre of your team, the culture of your company and the difference “Aussie can do” makes. “One of the most rewarding things for me was the legacy we left behind in Algeria in terms of providing hands-on exhibitions and event management experience to the local university students we employed. Hopefully they will go on to use the skills they learned to help develop the fledgling events industry in Algeria,” Rodney said. Source = Exhibitions & Trade Fairs (ETF)last_img read more

Destination Azerbaijan networks with Indian travel trade at their maiden roadshow

first_imgAzerbaijan recently organised a 3-city event titled ‘Discover Azerbaijan Roadshow’ in Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad in September to educate the Indian market to travel to the South Caucasus region. Sachin Nene, Regional General Manager- Air Arabia, India, said, “Azerbaijan is relatively new to Indians as a tourist destination. Through these roadshows, our efforts have been centred towards reaching out to the best performing travel agents and tour operators across three cities and grow their knowledge about Azerbaijan. The destination needs a lot of promotional efforts like this to get itself acquainted with the Indian travel trade fraternity and thereby witness the good number of Indian tourist.” Ildirim Ganbarov, Business Development Manager, Pasha Travels, said, “Exhibitors from Azerbaijan focused on targeting not only the MICE traveller segment but also the leisure segment though MICE have been till now the best performing sectors from India. The exhibitors present at the roadshow not only showcased their product offerings in Baku but also exhibited other destinations like Shabran, Guba, Shahdag, Shamakha, Qabala, Sheki, Ganja, Lankaran, Nakhichevan and Naftalan.” The Indian market has been performing significantly well for Air Arabia as the airline recorded 95% passenger from this market across all 13 Indian cities from where the airline operates. Between April and August this year Air Arabia recorded 850 Indian passengers. Nene said that for Air Arabia, 80% of the Indian travellers to Azerbaijan are from the MICE segment. These travellers also prefer to add sightseeing and nightlife in their itinerary when visiting Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan Tourism Authorities are working towards engagement with members of the travel trade and media through FAM trips and is also looking at attracting the film producers to the destination. For 94 nationalities including India e-visa is issued which is valid for 90 days. “Baku has a lot to offer to Indians in terms of MICE and leisure. We are concentrating our efforts on promoting destinations in Azerbaijan as well but our prime focus remains on Baku. We are working towards tie-ups with Cox & Kings, SOTC, Thomas Cook, etc., to target the leisure traveller segment from the Indian market next year. India is an emerging market for Azerbaijan and we are hopeful that our promotional efforts will help us establish Azerbaijan as a prominent destination for the Indian travellers,” Nene concluded. Till now word of mouth publicity helped Air Arabia to record the good number of passengers from the Indian market, with this roadshow it is expected to attract more Indian passengers to visit Azerbaijan.last_img read more