Washington  –  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) highlighted the “commendable progress” made by the Moroccan economy with growth rate prospects expected at 4.5% in 2015.“We expect the Moroccan economy to strengthen going forward. In 2015, economic growth is expected to reach about 4½ percent, inflation is projected to remain low (around 1½ percent), while the fiscal deficit continues to narrow,” IMF Mission Chief for Morocco, Jean-François Dauphin, said on Monday.In light of the ongoing reform process, Dauphin pointed out the promising economic outlook of the country saying that “growth could further accelerate and reach the 5-5½ percent range over the medium term”. Dauphin, who made the statements in an article published in the IMF Survey Magazine: Countries & Regions, also described as “commendable” the efforts undertaken by Moroccan authorities to maintain macroeconomic stability despite the difficult external environment, noting that the country is called upon to deploy more efforts to consolidate macroeconomic gains.“There’s still more to be done to foster higher and more inclusive growth by lowering unemployment and poverty incidence, notwithstanding progress made in the last decade,” the IMF official said.While applauding Morocco for undertaken reforms to reduce economic imbalances over the last three years, Dauphin said the IMF supports Morocco’s economic program through a Precautionary and Liquidity Line, “to help address economic vulnerabilities.”“The authorities have implemented a package of economic reform policies, supported by an IMF Precautionary and Liquidity Line, to help address economic vulnerabilities,” he said, citing in particular the “significant reduction” in the fiscal deficit following an “impressive reform” of the subsidy system.As a result, the current account deficit has also narrowed and foreign exchange reserves have increased. The emergence of new export sectors and the recent decline in international oil prices have also played a role in the rebalancing process.The IMF official also noted that the emergence of new export sectors and the recent decline in international oil prices have also played a role in the rebalancing process.He also recalled the adoption in November 2014of a new organic budget law, which” is expected to strengthen and modernize the budget framework” adding that “a new banking law was also adopted, which broadens the regulatory and supervisory role of Morocco’s Central Bank”.In the same vein, Dauphin recommended “continued reforms to strengthen the competitiveness of the economy through further improving the business climate, fostering greater access to credit for households and small and medium-sized enterprises, improving governance and transparency, and investing in infrastructure and education.With MAP read more

Rabat –  Tarfaya is home to Africa’s largest wind farm and it generates enough power for 1.5 million homes, but it is only the start of Morocco’s green revolution.The World Bank showed in 2015 that 97 percent of Morocco’s energy came from imported fossil fuel, but this is beginning to change.Built within two years and opened in 2015, the plant in Tarfaya has the capacity for 300 MW. Siemens, the company responsible for the 131 turbines, states on its website that “the renewable power from Tarfaya’s wind turbines is expected to offset 900,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. ” This is equivalent to 150 million trees.Wind energy in Morocco is a largely untapped market. The Moroccan Investment Development Agency estimates the country’s potential in wind power to be 25,000 MW, yet in 2010 the installed capacity was just 280 MW.42 percent of Morocco’s energy will come from renewable sources by 2020, and the target for 2030 is 52 percent. Tarfaya’s wind farm, which is valued at USD 1.4 billion, is necessary to achieve this.The energy it generates provides 15 percent of the 2000 MW wind energy target set by the Moroccan government, and each day the turbines generate enough electricity for a city the size of Marrakesh.CNN has said that Morocco is “leading the charge against climate change,” but to do this, the Kingdom must use renewable energy sources other than wind.Concentrated solar plant Noor 1 is just outside of Ouarzazate and is one of the world’s biggest solar plants. When its construction is fully completed in 2018, the plant will generate enough energy for a million homes, and perhaps more to be exported to Europe.The Climate Investment Funds finance group has determined that the plant will decrease carbon emissions by about 760,000 tons each year.The World Bank has even said that this plant will “reduce the country’s energy dependence by about two and half million tons of oil”.By the end of 2015, Morocco had 1,770 MW of hydro power, the largest of them being the 465 MW Afourer Pumped storage station opened in 2004.The Kingdom is keen to increase the use of hydropower, and in November 2015 it obtained a loan of EUR 35 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development to renovate 12 of its small and medium-sized hydro-power plants.Biomass is energy from organic materials, and due to the large amount of agricultural resources within Morocco, biomass within the country has the potential to generate 950 MW.Additionally, the Green Morocco Plan, a recent project by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing, aims to obtain 400 MW by 2030 through “agricultural production and new regulations for waste management.”This Green Morocco Plan aims to triple the income of almost three million people living in rural areas, but it is not the only project conscious of local communities.The wind farm in Tarfaya gives MAD 400,000 to the area each year. This money is used for local projects like Tarfaya’s street lighting program, as well as to support local youth.The plant also prefers to employ local residents – civil engineer Hafsa Tarfaoui works at the Tarfaya wind farm and says that when recruiting “the priority is finding a person from this area,” although this can be challenging when locals do not possess necessary qualifications.A study conducted this year by Stanford University showed that Morocco had the potential to run only on green energy by 2050, and that this would create more than 88,000 jobs and give USD 3.5 billion to the Moroccan economy.For this to happen, it is essential that Morocco listens to Abdeladim Lhadi, High Commissioner for Water, Forests and the Fight Against Desertification of Morocco, who said “we’ve done a lot, but we still have a lot to do in the coming years.” read more

“Supporting the educational needs of HIV-positive learners: Lessons from Namibia and Tanzania” calls for stepping up support for students living with HIV, noting that the extent of the failures of educational institutions in the two countries are being “masked” by gaps in data and a lack of research.It identifies the challenges facing educational institutions who want to respond to the needs of children and young people living with HIV and makes recommendations and guidelines on how best to support them.One of the most striking findings of the report, released by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is the pervasive stigma and discrimination faced by children living with the infection. “Every HIV-positive child interviewed in both Namibia and Tanzania described personal and ongoing experience of the negative consequences of disclosing their HIV status,” according to a news release published on the website of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “Each felt that there was greater safety in keeping silent. Stigma was described as ‘more killing’ than the disease itself,” it added.The studies found that the information on HIV shared in schools was often “depersonalized and remote from the needs of the individuals infected and affected by the disease.” There was also a “lack of effective communication” about sex or reproductive health, with the subject treated ‘flippantly’ in many schools.At the same time, the report did find evidence of reduced school fees and expanded feeding schemes for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV as well as children living with HIV, which it believes suggests that “things are getting better.” UNESCO recommends focusing on specific interventions for HIV-learners, in addition to ensuring the equitable delivery of accessible, quality education for all children. 23 December 2008Children and young people living with HIV in Namibia and Tanzania are not getting the kind of moral support they need to further their education, according to the first United Nations report commissioned specifically on the learning needs of this vulnerable group. read more

The Army today insisted that the Diyatalawa incident was not terrorism related.A minor explosion and a fire destroyed a passenger bus travelling from Jaffna to Diyatalawa injuring 19 passengers this morning around 5.45 am while it was plying in the general area of Kahagolla, Diyatalawa. “The Army denies any terrorist involvement in the incident. Police investigations are in progress,” the Army media unit said.The injured had been rushed to Diyatalawa Hospital. (Colombo Gazette) Among the passengers were seven Army personnel and 5 Air Force personnel. The condition of two Army personnel is reportedly critical, the Army media unit said. Reports  claimed that after reaching Bandarawela town the bus had transferred the passengers bound for Diyatalawa to another private bus before the incident took place. read more

Halton police are looking for the driver of a dark blue Volvo after a Halton police cruiser was struck on Highway 403.A police cruiser was stopped on the shoulder of the highway with its emergency lights activated around 12:40 a.m. Sunday.The officer was in the process of arresting a suspected impaired driver when a vehicle collided with the driver’s side of the cruiser.No one was injured during the collision. Police believe the driver of the vehicle was also impaired.“The vehicle slowed almost to a stop, then fled the location. The suspect vehicle was also damaged,” said Halton police in a news release. “From the evidence gathered at the scene, the fleeing vehicle has been identified as a 2016 – 2017 Volvo XC 60 or XC 90 SUV dark blue in colour.”Police are asking anyone with information about a vehicle matching that description with damage to the passenger side to contact the Halton Regional Police Service.Local Volvo dealership and auto body repair shops are also being asked to contact police for anyone bringing in a vehicle for damage to the passenger side. read more

Faj Attan, a neighbourhood of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, is regularly hit by airstrikes. Most of the population has left. Photo: OCHA/Charlotte Cans “In Yemen, seven people have been confirmed dead and one injured following an attack on a market in Baqim in Sa’ada Governorate,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Jamie McGoldrick, said in a statement issued by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), referring to the marketplace attack which took place on 25 August.Baqim is a district within the Sa’ada Governorate which lies in northern Yemen. Part of the governorate sits on the country’s border with Saudi Arabia, where media reports indicate that attacks from the direction of Yemen have caused an unconfirmed number of civilian casualties, according to the OCHA statement. It also noted that civilian infrastructure continues to be hit and power plants were attacked across both sides of the border.In the statement, Mr. Goldrick also said that the continued closure of Yemen’s Sana’a airport to commercial flights is having serious implications for patients seeking urgent medical treatment abroad, given the inability of the national health system to treat all medical cases, particularly chronic or life-threatening diseases such as cancer.Initial statistics from Yemen’s national airline, the statement added, indicate that thousands of people cannot leave while many others remain stranded outside of the country, facing financial hardship and administrative hurdles due to expired visas. Mr. McGoldrick called on the relevant authorities for the immediate reopening of the airport and the resumption of commercial flights into Sana’a to alleviate some of the suffering of the civilian population, strongly echoing a recent reminder from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to all parties of the utmost necessity to protect civilians and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law.Also in the statement, the humanitarian official underlined that “a political solution is the only viable option to bring the safety and security that the people of Yemen deserve.” On 6 August, the UN’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, announced a one-month break in the Yemeni peace talks, during which “the focus will be on working with each side separately to crystalize precise technical details.”On 17 August, alarmed by escalating airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen and along the shared border with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the suspension of the talks, the Secretary-General repeated his call on all the parties to the conflict to immediately cease all hostilities. Eight days later, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called for the establishment of an international, independent body to carry out comprehensive investigations in the country. His call came as his office released a report on the situation of human rights in Yemen which outlines a number of serious allegations of violations and abuses committed by all sides to the conflict. read more

RALEIGH, N.C. — Devon Daniels scored 21 points to help North Carolina State beat Western Carolina 100-67 on Wednesday night.Freshman Jericole Hellems added a season-high 16 points for the Wolfpack (8-1) in their only scheduled home game of the season at Reynolds Coliseum.Blake Harris scored a career-high 15 points and Torin Dorn had 12 points for N.C. State.The Wolfpack shot 54 per cent from the field and made 11 of 23 3-point tries. They led 45-33 at halftime and pulled away by scoring the first 12 points of the second half.Carlos Dotson led Western Carolina (2-8) with 19 points and 11 rebounds.Matt Halvorsen had 16 points and Marcus Thomas had 13 for the Catamounts.In a pregame ceremony, N.C. State formally named the arena at Reynolds Coliseum after former coach Jim Valvano, who led the Wolfpack to the 1983 NCAA championship.BIG PICTUREWestern Carolina: The Catamounts, who were coming off a 90-88 loss in double overtime to No. 25 Furman, played hard again. But as they have for most of the season, they struggled to take care of the ball. Western Carolina committed 33 turnovers and finished with just nine assists against the Wolfpack’s pressure defence.N.C. State: The Wolfpack dispatched another overmatched opponent in routine fashion. Daniels made some difficult shots as guards Markell Johnson and Braxton Beverly sat with foul trouble in the first half, showing that he can create his own offence.UP NEXTWestern Carolina continues its stretch of five consecutive road games when it travels to UNC Asheville on Saturday.N.C. State takes a 10-day break for exams before playing against Penn State on Dec. 15 in Atlantic City, N.J._________________More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Vashti Cunningham poses with the flag after winning the women’s high jump during the 2016 IAAF World Championships. Photo by Kirby Lee, USA TODAY SportsSupreme athleticism run in the Cunningham family.Just a month after graduating high school, 18-year-old Vashti Cunningham is set to compete in the Rio Summer Olympics after placing second in high jump at the Olympic track trials, People reports. Cunningham is the daughter of retired NFL superstar Randall Cunningham, known for his unconventional and often improvised football technique.The retired football star serves as his daughter’s coach and mentor alongside her mother Felicity de Jager, a former Dance Theatre of Harlem ballerina.According to People, Cunningham is the world-reigning indoor champion, as she finished second behind three-time Olympian and American record-holder Chaunte Lowe at the Eugene, Oregon Olympic trials on Sunday.As she heads to the Olympic Games this summer, Cunningham will be the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to represent America since 1976, Sports Illustrated reports. And if she’s lucky enough to snag a medal in Rio, she’ll be the first to do so since 1972.Her father sees no reason why she couldn’t win a gold medal at the upcoming games.“There’s no other way to train people,” Randall Cunningham told The New York Times. “You give them a vision, and they have to keep it in sight.”The child prodigy trains four times a week with a workout regimen complete with leg lifts and weight training. Cunningham avoids squats, however, to reduce the chance of knee and ankle injuries, The New York Times reports.She often compares her athletic drive and desire to win to that of her dad’s.“Me and my dad are similar athletes,” Cunningham explained to the publication. “I want to win everything I do. I’ll be thankful if I go and don’t win, but there’s always that fire in me that needs to win and wants to win.”She also described clearing the high jump as a “confrontation between me and the bar.”“…I’m going to look at it and realize I can conquer it and I can destroy it basically,” the track star said. “I go up and stare it down and realize that if my head can go over it, my body can go over it.”According to Sports Illustrated, Cunningham and Lowe, who is headed to the Olympics as well, are the United States’ best chance at winning gold in Rio for the high jump. Not a single American female athlete has snagged a gold medal in the event since Louise Ritter at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.Unsurprisingly, Cunningham isn’t the first in her family to qualify for the Olympic trials. Her brother, Randall Cunningham II, won the 2016 NCAA outdoor championship his sophomore year at Southern California and earned a spot in the U.S. Olympic trials, The New York Times reports.Cunningham is set to compete alongside big name athletes like gymnast Gabby Douglas, basketball star Kevin Durant, and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. read more

first_img 36 Comments Image: Bob Andres/AP Short URL 35,955 Views Dec 5th 2016, 10:40 PM Monday 5 Dec 2016, 10:40 PM Man jailed for life after intentionally leaving toddler in hot car to die Prosecutors argued that Justin Ross Harris was unhappily married and killed his son because he wanted an escape from family life. Share271 Tweet Email1 center_img Justin Ross Harris in court Justin Ross Harris in court Image: Bob Andres/AP By Associated Press http://jrnl.ie/3122025 A JUDGE HAS sentenced a Georgia man to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found that he intentionally left his toddler son in a hot SUV to die.Jurors last month convicted Justin Ross Harris, 36, of malice murder and other charges in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper.Prosecutors argued throughout the trial that Harris was unhappily married and intentionally killed his son because he wanted an escape from family life.Defence attorneys maintained that Harris was a loving father and that while he was responsible for the boy’s death it was a tragic accident.Harris did not testify at trial and did not speak at his sentencing hearing.Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark told Harris she thought about statements Harris made during conversations with police and his wife the day his son died about wishing to be an advocate to keep anyone else from ever leaving a child in a hot vehicle.“Perhaps not the way you intended, you in fact have accomplished that goal,” she said as she gave him the maximum sentence.Prosecutors had decided not to seek the death penalty, and Cobb County Senior Assistant District Attorney Chuck Boring, the lead prosecutor on the case, said the sentence Harris got was appropriate.He said:I don’t think you could have any other sentence that would be appropriate when somebody’s been convicted of intentionally taking the life of a 22-month-old child — not only doing that but doing it such a painful and deliberate way.Harris’ defense attorneys did not present any evidence or make any arguments at sentencing. They also declined to comment after sentencing.Seven hours in carCooper died after sitting for about seven hours in the back seat of his father’s vehicle outside the suburban Atlanta office where Harris worked. Temperatures in the Atlanta area that day reached more than 30 degrees Celsius.Harris told police he forgot to drop his son off at daycare that morning, driving straight to his job as a web developer for Home Depot, not remembering that Cooper was still in his car seat.Harris moved from Tuscaloosa, Alabama to the Atlanta area for work in 2012.Investigators found evidence that Harris was engaging in online flirting and in-person affairs with numerous women other than his wife, including a prostitute and an underage teenager.Because the case had received an enormous amount of local and national media coverage, Staley Clark decided after nearly three weeks of jury selection in April that pretrial publicity had made it too difficult to find a fair jury in Cobb County, where the boy died, and granted a defence request to relocate the trial.A jury in Glynn County, located on the Georgia coast about 60 miles south of Savannah, spent about a month listening to evidence in the case and deliberated for four days before finding Harris guilty of all eight counts against him. In addition to malice murder and felony murder charges, Harris also was found guilty of sending sexual text messages to a teenage girl and sending her nude photos.Staley Clark sentenced Harris to serve life in prison without parole for malice murder, 20 years for a child cruelty charge, 10 years for sexual exploitation of a child for asking the teenager to send him lewd photos and one year each for two counts related to sexually explicit messages and photos he sent to the girl. The 32 additional years are to be served consecutively to the life sentence.Read: Donald Trump and Al Gore have “extremely interesting conversation” about climate changeRead: No verdict in trial of US police officer who shot black motorist dead on video Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe neighbors of the teen shot by Vancouver police Jan. 25 pleaded not guilty Friday to charges related to the case.William J. Toohey, 48, was charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of stolen property. His wife, Cora Toohey, 51, was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and second-degree possession of stolen property (An earlier story incorrectly identified her as William Toohey’s girlfriend). Their trial is scheduled for Sept. 30.When police shot and killed Douglas Combs, 16, they knew the boy had shot and wounded William Toohey, at the Tooheys’ residence in Hazel Dell. Clark County sheriff’s detectives believe the shooting may have been related to the stolen items.During a search of the Toohey residence Jan. 25-26, detectives recovered a camera, rifle and laptop computer that had been reported stolen during residential burglaries. Detectives also seized marijuana, a digital scale and packaging material.Detectives also learned that before Toohey was shot, he had discharged a firearm, propelling the round through a wall and into a neighbor’s residence.The shooting and two armed robberies that Combs committed Jan. 25 triggered a manhunt that ended at 11:27 p.m. in Vancouver’s Uptown Village.Police shot Combs in the back in a parking lot near the intersection of 20th and C streets. Combs and a friend had just left Pop Culture, an alcohol-free soda store and music venue on Main Street. Police had received a tip that Combs was armed and would be there attending a concert that night.last_img read more

first_imgSonakshi Sinha with Archana, Badshah and Kapil SharmaPR HandoutSonakshi Sinha revealed that Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who introduced her to films with Dabangg, met her for the first time when she was working as an audience manager. The Bhaijan of Bollywood asked her to lose weight.Having made her acting debut with Dabangg in 2010, Sonakshi Sinha is now gearing up for the release of her 21st movie Khandaani Shafakhana, which is slated to hit the screens on August 2. The movie is about a Punjabi girl, who runs a fertility clinic. The actress is playing this girl, which is another author-backed role for her. Hence, she is excited about it and is heavily promoting the film.Along with Badshah, Sonakshi Sinha will be seen promoting Khandani Shafakhana in SET’s hit TV show The Kapil Sharma Show this weekend. She recently visited the sets of the show to shoot for her special episode. She will be seen sharing her funniest tales and deepest secrets while enjoying the tickling jokes Kapil cracks.Sonakshi Sinha has starred in hit films like Lootera, Ittefaq, Akira, Rowdy Rathore, but acting in films was never on her list until Salman Khan showed faith in her. She always had a heavy built and thus never thought of getting into acting. Talking to Kapil, she also shared the story of how she got her role in Dabangg.Sonakshi Sinha also revealed in the show that she was working as an audience manager in a fashion show when Salman discovered her. She said, “I was at a fashion show working as an audience manager and Salman was sitting in the audience. He already knew that I was Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter and he came to me humbly and suggested me to lose weight as he looked forward to casting me in his movie.” Sonakshi Sinha, Salman KhanInstagramSonakshi Sinha also revealed that she could not give a treat to Salman Khan as she did not have a lot of money. The 32-year-old actress added, “I was extremely elated and seeing me excited, he jokingly asked me to treat him to celebrate this news but I only had Rs 3000 in my wallet. Yes! Imagine the star asking for a treat and I was having only Rs 3000 that too what I earned from that fashion show.”That day is still clear in her mind as it was the day when she dedicated herself to lose weight and now what she has achieved is not hidden from anyone. Further in the show, Sonakshi will reveal that her style icon in the industry is none other than Ranveer Singh. The actress will also be seen talking about the fittest actor in Bollywood, according to her.last_img read more

first_img Share As students prepare to go back to school, more and more parents are thinking about school safety. A recent poll found 34 percent of parents fear for their child’s physical safety at school. That’s almost triple the number of parents from 2013.And yet schools are among the safest places for kids. According to one study, shooting incidents involving students have actually gone down since the 1990s.But that hasn’t stopped parents, schools and lawmakers from acting on their concerns. They’re beefing up security and looking at ways to identify potential threats. Some parents are even investing in bulletproof school supplies.What schools and governments are doingAcross the country, at least 330 school safety bills were introduced to state legislatures in 2018, according to data from the Education Commission of the States. Of those bills, at least 53 were signed into law.The majority of the bills that passed focused on general safety measures, such as what to report to law enforcement and how to inform students and faculty of potential threats. Other bills touched on bullying, guns in schools and emergency preparedness.Following the shooting in Parkland, Fla., students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School were required to use clear backpacks as a temporary safety solution. The policy was unpopular among students: Several said see-through bags were an invasion of privacy and openly mocked them on social media. School administrators also planned to install metal detectors as a more permanent solution, but logistical complications have put that plan on hold.Santa Fe High School, the site of a shooting in May, is putting a $1 million grant from the Education Department toward panic buttons, locks inside classrooms and a remodeled school entrance, according to Courthouse News Service. The new entrance would allow staff to vet and approve visitors from behind bulletproof glass.In Washington, the Department of Homeland Security is making $1.8 million available to teach high school students how to help victims with traumatic injuries. According to the announcement, “The training is intended to provide the knowledge necessary to stabilize the injured and control severe bleeding until first responders arrive on the scene.”Safety in backpacks?Anxiety around school safety has also given birth to a new line of products: bulletproof school supplies.Bullet Blocker makes backpacks, binder inserts and tablet cases, among other things. Founder Joe Curran says, “The goal that I had when I started the company was to be able to give the common person a piece of protection that they can use themselves.”Curran started making bulletproof backpacks in 2007, after the Virginia Tech shootings. At the time, he had two kids in middle school and he remembers asking about the school’s plan for an active shooter situation. The answer: Hide and wait for the police. He didn’t think that would be enough to keep his kids safe, so the former deputy sheriff and firearm instructor took matters into his own hands.He started making backpack inserts out of bulletproof vests, and soon he had enough requests from other parents to turn it into a business. Today, his products can be purchased from firearm retailers and office supply stores.Curran says he sees a spike in sales whenever there are media reports of public violence, even if the incidents don’t involve guns.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

first_imgWhen Brea Dahlgren, a D.C. Ward 7 high school student, began watching “Hidden Figures” at a special December screening of the movie at the White House, her frame of reference regarding Blacks and women in the nation’s space program, was limited. By the end, Dahlgren had a new understanding of Black women in hard science careers. She also gained advice from First Lady Michelle Obama and the “Hidden Figures” lead cast members about the continuing need for resilience among Black female intellectuals.First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged Black girls in STEM programs to ignore the naysayers and focus on their education. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)The movie is scheduled to open nationwide on Jan. 6.“I don’t complain about Hollywood. I don’t say that they don’t do this for Black women, and that, and the third. I just keep working because one day you look up and you’re a Golden Globe winner, you’re Academy Award-nominated, but I couldn’t get there by complaining,” Taraji Henson told the group of roughly 300 girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. “At the end of the day, you couldn’t take [Mary Jackson’s] mind from her. You could call her all kinds of names and belittle her efforts, but she had a brilliant mind that God gave her. And she walked in that. She did not complain.”Henson’s words were more than a pep talk about staying the course. Research has shown that despite matriculating successfully through STEM programs, and private and Ivy League schools, Black girls tended to be most ostracized and least accepted among their counterparts. In fact, a 2013 Atlantic Magazine feature reported that while Black boys were considered by their White peers to be cool and tough, Black girls were stereotyped as “ghetto” and “loud,” without any interaction.Octavia Spencer encouraged the audience to embrace a pop culture that respects them by showing more of Black girls and women than mere stereotypes. Stereotypes from television, she said, often fuel negative beliefs about Black women and their competency. “There is cognitive dissonance when I think of African-American women at that time and their contributions at that time. There’s an underserved audience for stories of women like this working, and succeeding,” Spencer said. “There is a kind of fatigue on slave stories, on subjugated stories, which for some reason there is still a plethora of in Hollywood. I think this movie will be impactful in a lot of ways because African-American women have contributed so much and have been regarded so little. But there’s still a lot of road to cover, a lot of stories to tell.”Perhaps no one has understood the impact of stereotypes and racial bias more than Michelle Obama. Her reign as First Lady caught her firmly in the netting of cruel stereotyping and harsh, undue criticism.For Obama, the goal, she said, was always to ignore the comments and focus on the job. “When you’re faced with overwhelming challenges in life – and in this case it was winning the space race, it was a challenge that we were actually losing at first, the United States. We didn’t shrink back from that challenge, and we didn’t point fingers or cast blame. We just did the work,”Michelle Obama told the girls. “We sought out the very best minds in math and engineering at the time, people with diverse perspectives who could think in ways that no one had ever thought before – people like many of you in this room.”Saying she and the President were supposed to be ‘hidden figures,’ who many people didn’t believe were real, Obama stressed the importance of disregarding naysayers and being prepared by putting down cellphones and focusing on school.“Skin color and gender are the most ridiculous defining trait that we cling to continuously. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you believe in your own potential, and that’s for sure, because people will try to tear you down, I guarantee you that. There will never be a point at which people will 100 percent be cheering you on,” the first lady said. “So, when you hit those barriers in life, all you have is your belief in yourself. That’s all you have to fall back on.”last_img read more

first_img 5 min read One of the best things about social media and messenger apps is that they get everyone sharing things that boost knowledge and information. However, the onslaught of forwards, re-tweets and likes is debilitating our ability to talk about and share our own opinions. We are relying on influencers to share their opinions, and then we rehash these opinions or share or forward them to make it look like we are talking.But in reality, we are not talking.Related: 3 Mobile Apps for Converting Voice to TextWe are not communicating. Just read these thoughts on communication collected from across the Internet: “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein, writer”The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” — George Bernard Shaw, playwright and socialist”The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” — Sydney J. Harris, journalist”The great myth of our times is that technology is communication.” — Libby Larsen, composerWe are absorbing, sharing and probably imparting certain important facts, but we are definitely not communicating. And the times we communicate, we are not doing it effectively enough.Whether in personal life or workspace, one of the biggest productivity killers is ineffective communication or miscommunication. From planning lunch meetings to movies with friends, it is important that everyone is one the same page.Effective communication is not getting out a string of words and sounds — it is sending out a clear, actionable and intuitive message that elicits a similar response. With these three mobile apps, I hope you can achieve this easily and successfully.1. DartboardDartboard is a hybrid of voicemail and phone call — the perfect middle ground of communication. Dartboarding messages is fairly simple as well as fun. All you need to do is record your messages and send them to your friends and colleagues.It takes away the pain of typing on phones, it is lightning fast and most importantly, it gets you talking. LOL is replaced with the sound of real laughter, likes are replaced with genuine and meaningful compliments, and you don’t have auto-correct second-guessing your intentions.This app comes at a time when our ability to talk needs to be restored, and everyone should give it a try. The app is available on both Google Play and iTunes.Related: Controversial ‘Yelp for People’ App Now Available for Download2. AreYouInRemember the times when you met your friends at the pizza place, made plans and decided things on the spot? Now we have an app to do it. AreYouIn is where collaboration meets communication.AreYouIn really takes planning a small event or get-together to the next level. It can certainly make small conferences and meetings look more professional. The best part about the app is that you can limit the number of guests or attendees.Let’s say you want to organize a small book-reading session and have only 20 seats for the same. So instead of sending the invite to only 20 people, you can send it to all your contacts, and the event will be filled out on first come-first serve basis.It takes the headache and embarrassment out of event planning and makes it incredibly simple. Plus, they are coming with a in-built chat feature to make communication easier. The app is available on iTunes as well as Google Play but, due to the nature of the app, it is not available for the iPad.3. RoundsRounds is not just another video-chat app. It is so much more than that! For instance, it has a videoconferencing facility, group video-chat rooms and really funny chat effects that add to the fun of chit-chatting with friends.The best part is, it allows you to share and watch YouTube videos with others. This can feel like going to a movie with friends or tuning in to a webinar with colleagues, so all of you are on the same page.Rounds also has a karaoke feature, which I haven’t used so far, but am sure will be fun.The app is loaded with features like games, image editing and so much more that it replaces the need for many other apps. Rounds has more than 350,000 downloads and a 4.2 rating on Google Play. It is also available on iTunes.I can’t stress enough the importance of coming out of our collective shells and talking. Raise your head, take your eyes off the screen, drink a glass of water clear your throat and talk.Related: Grab a Margarita on a Wednesday Night With Your Spouse, Friend or Co-Worker. It’ll Work Wonders.These three apps are the next best thing to face-to-face conversations. These apps are basically technologically non-intrusive. As a result, they do not hamper your ability to communicate and express. On the contrary, they can help you get better at interacting and planning. If you are seeking some real talking minus the emojis, GIFs and all that fluff, try out these apps now. March 17, 2016center_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

first_imgFixing Bootmgr is missing error in Windows by Melanie Gross on May 02, 2017 in Tutorials – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 7 commentsWindows Boot Manager, abbreviated as BOOTMGR is a small piece of software that initiates the Windows boot sequence.Bootmgr is loaded from the volume boot record. It executes winload.exe (Windows boot loader) with the purpose to load essential device drivers and a core part of the Windows operating system.Bootmgr was introduced in Windows Vista which Microsoft released to the public on January 30, 2007. In previous versions of Windows, that’s before Vista; a program referred to as NTLDR was the boot manager. This means that Windows XP users won’t get the bootmgr is missing error.Bootmgr is essential for the boot sequence to begin; without it, the operating system will not load. In other words, if ‘Bootmgr is missing’ then your computer won’t boot. In this post, we discuss how to fix ‘Windows Bootmgr is missing’ errors in Windows.Variations of Bootmgr error messagesThe Bootmgr is missing error message may show up in the following way:Bootmgr is missing Press Ctrl Alt Del to restart.Bootmgr is missing Press any key to restart.Couldn’t find bootmgr.The first error in the list is the most common. The ‘Bootmgr’ is missing error shows up shortly after you hit the power button, as soon as the POST (Power On Self-Test) is complete.Causes of Windows Bootmgr missing errorThe error in Windows can be as a result of:Corrupt or misconfigured files.BIOS or UEFI issues.Deactivated partitions if you have been using partitioning software.Loose hardware interface cables.A failing hard drive.Operating system upgrade, downgrade or restore issues.Trying to boot from media (hard drive, flash drive, optical drive, floppy drive) that is not configured properly to be bootable.Various methods of fixing “Bootmgr is Missing” error in WindowsOption 1: Restarting your PCThe Bootmgr is missing error could just have been an unlikely occurrence. A simple action like restarting can resolve the error. It is always a good idea to start with this simple solution, as you won’t modify any system settings or spend time investigating the issue if a simple reboot fixes it.Option 2: Check all the external storage media, and change Boot Order It can happen that the PC attempts to boot from a different device, for instance when you have inserted a DVD or USB Flash drive, and the PC is configured to prioritize those over internal hard drives.These external storage media includes optical drives, flash drives, external hard disks, and floppy disks.It can happen after you connected a Flash drive or external hard drive to your PC, or after you added a new internal hard drive to it.If your PC attempts to boot from a non-bootable storage media, then the “BOOTMGR is missing” error will be displayed.If you find this to be the cause of the error, then try changing the boot order in BIOS such that the hard drive is listed first.Else, always be ready to remove the external storage media every time you want to turn on your PC (and connect it afterwards to use it). This option is not really that practical, and it is recommended to change the boot order instead in most cases.Option 3: Check all the internal data and power cablesBootmgr is missing error could be caused by loose, malfunctioning or unplugged controller or power cables. Maybe the hard disk cables are hanging loose or are not connected properly to the motherboard anymore.You need to open the PC case for this. Make sure the PC is powered off, and the power supply is cut. Open the case and check the cables of the hard drives to make sure they are properly connected.This can happen if you have moved the PC recently for instance, or after unpacking it for the first time when it was delivered to you.Option 4: Run System Restore or Startup Repair from a Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)This method requires a Windows installation disc or a bootable flash drive, or a preinstalled recovery option; for System Restore to work, it had to be enabled prior to running the recovery tools.Follow these steps to enter Windows RE:If you have a Windows installation disc or USB Flash Drive with Windows on it, connect it to the PC that shows the bootmgr is missing error and power the PC on afterwards.A couple of things can happen now:The PC may boot from the media right away; great, go to 7).The PC does not recognize the media, and shows the boot manager error again. If that happens, continue with 3).The PC BIOS or UEFI highlights how to enter the BIOS or UEFI setup. This is usually one of the following keys: ESC, DEL, F1, F2, F4, F8 or F12.Once the BIOS setup has loaded, locate the section that allows you to change the boot order. This is named differently depending on manufacturer, and may be called Boot, Boot Order, or Boot Options among others.The boot options let you manage the boot order of the PC. You need to move the priority of the media that you plan to use to the top. This makes the PC check it for bootable media before it checks anything else.Don’t forget to save the changes when you exit the BIOS/UEFI.The PC should boot from the media now. You may be asked to select a language, time, keyboard, so make those selections and select next afterwards.Select Repair your computer. (It is at the bottom left side of the installation screen)You have entered the Windows Recovery Enviroment. From the System Recovery Options/Advanced Startup Options dialog box, select the drive that contains your Windows Installation, then select Next.You have multiple options now:Select System Restore in the System Recovery Options dialog box that follows.  Follow the instructions on the screen and select the appropriate restore point.  Select Finish to restore the systemSelect Startup Repair. This tool attempts to fix problems that keep Windows from loading.This process will try to restore the damaged or missing bootmgr files either by restoring a previous system snapshot using System Restore, or by attempting to fix startup issues.Option 5: Rebuilding Boot Configuration Data from Windows REAnother option that you have is to rebuild BCD (Boot Configuration Data) using a Windows Recovery Environment.This method requires a Windows installation disc or flash drive. The steps are nearly the same as under 4, so follow them until you are in the System Recovery Options.Select the Command Prompt option. This enables you to run commands from the command prompt.To rebuild the Boot Configuration Data from the Command Prompt, run the following command: bootrec /rebuildbcd Then press Enter. This may take a while as the command will scan all drives for Windows installations, so sit and wait.If Bootrec finds a Windows installation, it asks you whether you want to add it to the boot list. Select Y in this case to add it, N to skip it, or A to add all Windows installations that bootrec found.You may try the following bootrec commands as well:bootrec /fixboot — This writes a new boot sector to the system partition.bootrec /fixmbr — writes a Master Boot Record (MBR) but does not overwrite the partition table).Troubleshooting VideosResourcesTestDisk, a free software used to recover systems. It supports recovering lost partitions, and recovering boot sectors among other things.Fix BOOTMGR Is Missing Error on PC in Windows 7/8/10 (Partition Wizard)How to fix the Windows Bootloader (Tweakhound)How to Fix the “Bootmgr is missing” Error in Windows (Windows Seven Forums)HP and Compaq Desktop PCs – Error: BOOTMGR is missing (HP Support)What are the system recovery options in Windows (Microsoft)”Bootmgr is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart” error when you start Windows (Microsoft)SummaryArticle NameFixing Bootmgr is missing error in WindowsDescriptionThe following guide walks you through the steps of repairing a Windows PC that displays the “bootmgr is missing error on startup.Author Melanie GrossPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEver wanted to fly a drone like the pros?  The Drone Racing League is launching a consumer version of the same drone used in its races.It’s not exactly like a regular schmo being able to buy a Formula One car and driving it on the interstate, but it’s close. The $599 drone is available for preorder on Kickstarter now and will ship in April 2020.Similar to Nascar, all of the pilots in the Drone Racing League pilot the same model drone. While there are only 12 pilots and seven races per season, the DRL pilots go through hundreds of drones, all of which are hand-made at DRL’s headquarters in New York.While the Drone Racing League, now in its fourth season, is still getting off the ground — so to speak — the league has fielded numerous demands from viewers to make available the drones that the pilots use. RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Hands-on: What’s New, What’s DifferentThe Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus offer sleeker designs, better cameras for video and new S Pen tricks. Here’s how they stack up.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpSamsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review: A 6.8-inch Beast05:30Live00:0005:2805:28 MORE: Best DronesDRL is launching the Racer4 Street, a consumer version of its fourth-generation drone, on Kickstarter, primarily to gauge interest among fans of the league. These, too, will be hand-made. The Racer4 Street will have the same performance characteristics of the pro model, but with a few modifications. For example, the Street drone will be more modular, making it easier to swap out parts, and it will lack the advanced diagnostic tools found in the pro model. Where the Racer4 pro version has 1,000 LEDs so that pilots can more easily see it as it’s flying, the Racer4 Street will have just 100 LEDs.(Image credit: Drone Racing League)Otherwise, the Racer4 Street has the same specs as the pro: Four BrotherHobby 2510 1250kw motors, two sets of 7-inch props (with three blades per rotor), and one 2,200mah 70C battery pack. Consumers will have to provide their own controller and First-Person Goggles. However, the drone will also come with DRL’s drone simulator for free, giving aspiring pilots a chance to get a feel of how the Racer4 Street will perform in the real world. DRL recommends using the simulator first, as its drones can reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour — twice that of most other consumer drones.While definitely a niche product, DRL hopes that by making a consumer version of its racing drone that’s easier to assemble, it can spawn more interest in the nascent sport. DJI’s New First-Person Viewing System is a Drone Racer’s DreamBest DronesBest Cheap Drones for Kidslast_img read more

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy Stoke-on-Trent crossroads will be closed overnight for the next three evenings as roadworks take place. The A520 Weston Road will be shut in both directions for resurfacing at the junction with the A5272 Park Hall Road/Caverswall Road (Weston Coyney traffic lights) from 7pm tonight. The road will be closed until 7am – with the same closure also in place on Thursday and Friday night. A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “We will be resurfacing Weston Coyney crossroad this week as part of our ongoing £6.57m investment in road and pavement maintenance. “The work will take place overnight on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (7pm to 7am) to minimise disruption. Diversions will be in place for traffic.” Read MorePolice find body in search for missing man Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. The location of the closure (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

first_imgYesterday, DoorDash, one of the leading last mile logistics platforms in the US announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Square, owned by Jack Dorsey, to acquire Caviar for $410 million in cash. The deal has continued to build on the partnership between DoorDash and Square. DoorDash is currently integrated with Square for restaurants point of sale payments, which streamlines the acceptance of online and in-person orders for merchants. DoorDash benefits from consolidated food delivery services This acquisition is beneficial for DoorDash as it will help serve customers across various market segments. DoorDash competes directly with Uber’s food delivery arm, Uber Eats, and market leader GrubHub and other such apps. Caviar, however, is a far less accessible option, as it focuses mainly on high-end restaurants and commands a higher price per order than the standard food delivery platform. With Caviar joining DoorDash, it seems like the latter will be able to cover a broader chain of restaurants that its lower-cost existing platform has been unable to serve. Tony Xu, CEO of DoorDash says, “Today’s announcement is another important step forward on our mission to empower local economies. We have long-admired Caviar, which has a coveted brand, an exceptional portfolio of premium restaurants and leading technology. The acquisition further enhances the breadth of our merchant selection, enabling us to offer customers even more choice when they order through DoorDash. We look forward to welcoming the Caviar team to DoorDash and expanding our partnership with Square in the future.” Additionally, DoorDash will also benefit from Caviar’s technology and its team, who are passionate about the restaurant delivery experience for merchants, couriers and customers. The Caviar team, including Caviar leader Gokul Rajaram, will join DoorDash once the acquisition which is expected to close this year itself, is completed. Square to focus more on its products According to TechCrunch, this deal for Square will allow it to focus more on its products, for businesses and individuals. Square is a financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company based in San Francisco. CEO of Square, Jack Dorsey says, “We are increasing our focus on and investment in our two large, growing ecosystems—one for businesses and one for individuals. This transaction furthers that effort, and we believe partnering with DoorDash provides valuable and strategic opportunities for Square.” Caviar Lead, Gokul Rajaram says, “Caviar has built a trusted brand with customers and many of the best restaurants. DoorDash has national scale, complementary restaurant selection, a tremendous logistics platform, and a team that shares our passion and commitment to better serve restaurants, couriers, and customers. I’m incredibly excited to be joining, with the rest of the Caviar team, to help build the future of local commerce.” It is worth noting that Square has been trying to sell Caviar since the past three years. In 2016, Bloomberg reported Square was wanting to sell Caviar for $100 million but couldn’t find a buyer. At the time, Square was reportedly in talks with Uber, Grubhub and Yelp. DoorDash and Caviar co-incidentally faced similar controversies The Verge reports that recently DoorDash was under a controversy over the company’s tipping policy. It saw thats customer tips go to the company and not to the contract delivery drivers. DoorDash in the past defended the practice, saying the lack of transparency around the policy did not look at the fact that it typically paid drivers more per order than competing services. However, the backlash increased significantly after an investigation by The New York Times earlier this month highlighted the chaotic, uncertain working conditions of New York City bike messengers largely working for companies like DoorDash. DoorDash then agreed to change its tipping policy just a few days after this investigation. The company claims it will now be made clear to both drivers and customers that any additional money offered through its app as a tip goes directly to the driver and is added on top of the base wage for any given delivery order. Coincidently, Caviar also had a tipping controversy of its own, and Square was forced to settle a $2.2 million class action lawsuit last year over the issue. Read Next DeepMind’s AI uses reinforcement learning to defeat humans in multiplayer games Google Chrome to simplify URLs by hiding special-case subdomains like https Understanding security features in the Google Cloud Platform (GCP)last_img read more