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If you have a kid in your house between the ages of eight and 37, there’s a good chance they play “Fortnite”. It’s as hot as a game has been since that random two weeks when everyone played “Pokemon Go”. And according to a new survey, parents are now WEAPONIZING its popularity. Almost two out of three moms say they’ve threatened to ban their kid from playing “Fortnite” as a punishment. The survey also found 7% of parents have wound up with a massive bill from their kid’s in-game purchases.
The police will have insufficient evidence to press charges against alleged spot match fixer Mazhar Majeed, who was seen accepting money on camera, the chairman of a United Kingdom commission set up to probe gambling-related threat of corruption in cricket feels. The statement of Rick Parry, the chairman of the commission who was earlier the CEO of Liverpool Football Club, has added a new twist to the match fixing scandal involving top Pakistani cricketers, including captain Salman Butt. Parry believes that the case is likely to flounder unless evidence of illegal betting activity was found to back up the claims. In this case, the greater onus would have to fall on International Cricket Council (ICC) to take prompt and decisive action against anyone found guilty of match-fixing, he said. In his explanation Parry said, “I don’t think the case has any evidence at all. Unless News of the World placed a bet, which would be highly unlikely, because in doing so they would have carried out a criminal act.” “Then there doesn’t appear to be any betting activity at all associated with these particular allegations. It places the ball squarely back into the hands of the cricket authorities,” Parry added.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Seth Cochran, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Seth Cochran, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Like most engineers, I spent my youth either taking household electronics apart or playing with legos. Both activities exhibit a fascination with the simple pieces that make up more complex objects.Surrounded by naked circuit boards, I no longer posses the desire to destroy a radio in search of understanding its components. In a former life as a finance guy, I let my inner nerd trade in the bucket of legos for a copy of Excel with every costing function you can imagine.My name is Seth, and I’m a costing nerd.Nothing can teach you more about a system than understanding the economics that make it tick. Not only can you see which parts of the system consume the most resources, but you can also determine where subsets of the system might have standalone viability.This month of my placement has been about gathering up all I know about the EHAS network deployments and building a costing model that is dynamic enough to estimate a variety of new installations. In doing so, I have rounded out my technical knowledge of what makes an EHAS communications network. Broadly speaking we are talking towers, power and antennas. (For the record, I wish I knew a word for antenna that rhymed with power.)In addition to scoping out what a network in the mountains might cost compared to one in the jungle, we can now see where we should focus our effort on cost reductions or in-kind donations of equipment. Every dollar we save in network costs is a dollar closer we are to building a network where health posts have no access to communications.By understanding all the pieces, we also open up the possibility of extending the EHAS system to places where communications capability already exists. Why would someone need a communications network if they already have one? They don’t. But just because a hospital is within reach of a cell tower doesn’t mean they have electricity. In fact, one of the winners of the Healthy Mothers Strong World competition, WE CARE Solar, has developed an ingenious suitcase solar power system to specifically address the unmet need for power and they can’t fill orders fast enough.While EHAS is in the business of communications, the brilliant engineering team has developed a clever solar power system to make their antennas work. But, the electricity this system creates could also be used to power head lamps or incubators or whatever else a rural hospital might need – just like WE CARE Solar but on a larger scale to meet higher power demands. So by fully embracing our cost nerdiness, we now have a firm grasp on the economics of the power portion of the EHAS system and can judge if it might work strategically on a standalone basis. This has direct relevance to places with limited electrical networks, but high mobile phone coverage (i.e. Africa).Besides managing a $160 million budget and fully understanding costing, my former finance life also required me to think of creative ways to finance projects and transactions. So when Andres handed me a booklet on financing structures for social businesses and asked me to start working on a capital structure strategy to support EHAS growth, another part of my old self came out of hibernation.This month has required me to dust off lots of my old private sector skills. Funny thing is that applying these skills to extend healthcare to people in need is much more exciting than making anonymous shareholders richer.Share this:
Agent says Chelsea midfielder Jorginho fancies Italy returnby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJorginho’s agent says the Chelsea midfielder has the desire to return to Italy.The Italy international has improved under new Blues boss Frank Lampard this season, but Santos says he could return to a top club in Serie A.”In football everything is possible, the desire to return [to Italy] is always there,” said Joao Santos.”With the experience gained in the Premier could make a great contribution to Serie A.”He could play in the two or three times fighting for the Scudetto.”Santos added: “It’s been a positive year for him, he is doing well in the national team. He always scores penalties… I think Jorginho will do very well in the next European Championships, and why not also in the next World Cup? “On the other hand, there are not so many opportunities in the national team and we always have to be ready for every game.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Fans of hit show New Girl have the chance to visit the set just by donating to charity.Go Behind The Scenes Of New GirlCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comViewers get lost in laughter while watching New Girl as all mid-20s and 30-somethings can relate to their modern day take on friendship and romance. The Los Angeles based hit show has recently unveiled Jess’ (Golden Globe-nominated Zooey Deschanel) and Nick’s (Jake Johnson) new romance and everyone is dying to see what’s set to unfold next season! While most are waiting patiently until fall, Omaze.com has partnered with New Girl to offer one lucky reader the chance-to-win VIP behind-the-scenes access to a filming of New Girl before it airs next season, and all for a great cause.Anyone may enter-to-win by visiting Omaze and donating $10 for one entry to this thrilling experience. The winner and their guest will be flown to LA and provided 4-star hotel accommodations. They’ll get a personal VIP tour of the hit comedy, given by Winston (aka Lamorne Morris). Not only that, they’ll walk away knowing the key to delivering hilarious comedy without cracking up, the secret to writing a hit pilot, and whether the loft is looking for a fifth roommate. The best part? Every 100 entries sponsor a full after school arts program for a low-income public school in New York or Los Angeles.
UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie has been commemorating World Refugee Day with Syrian refugees in Turkey, which has overtaken Pakistan to become the world’s largest refugee-hosting nation with more than 1.77 million in urban areas and government-run camps.The Special Envoy and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres also met Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to thank him and his people for the country’s generosity towards Syrian and Iraqis refugees and to discuss the challenges that Turkey and other host nations face, and their need for support.In her capacity as co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, Jolie Pitt also raised her work on women’s rights and the global campaign against sexual violence in conflict. Later, while visiting the Midyat Refugee Camp in Mardin, south-eastern Turkey, she made a powerful World Refugee Day call for more action to prevent conflict and support refugees.“We are here for a simple reason: This region is at the epicentre of a global crisis,” she said. “Nearly 60 million people are displaced from their homes. That is one in every 122 people on our planet. Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced. Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights. We should call this what it is: not just a “refugee crisis,” but a crisis of global security and governance, that is manifesting itself in the worst refugee crisis ever recorded – and a time of mass displacement.“The greatest single source of these massive refugee flows is Syria. In the space of four years, Turkey has become the country with the largest number of refugees anywhere in the world, with 1.8 million displaced Syrian and Iraqis. Lebanon, where I was yesterday, is hosting an even greater density of displaced people: every fourth person in Lebanon is now a Syrian refugee. People are running out of places to run to. If you are an Iraqi or a Syrian fleeing violence, where do you go? Every border country is being pushed beyond its limits.“That is why we see so many dying at sea. It is not a “new trend,” it is a result of those fleeing country after country and finding no safe place. These are not economic migrants looking for a better life, these are desperate refugees who are fleeing war and persecution. The average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years. Think of your own life. Think of what that would mean. For many, it is their entire childhood. During displacement you might be able to get an education, or continue your education. But very likely, you will not.“As a refugee, you cannot legally work in a host country. So your skills and education will dull over those long years and your much-needed contribution will be lost. As a refugee you learn how the world feels about you. You know if your suffering causes outrage and compassion – or if it is mostly ignored. Familes like the six young people I met yesterday, living in Lebanon without parents, on half food rations and paying US$100 a month to live in a tent because UNHCR does not have the funds or capability to take full care of everyone – they know.“We should see this time in displacement as the time where we should take the most care, and give the most support. Not because they are vulnerable, but because in fact they are the future stability of all the countries we say we are so concerned about. So my first message is that it is due time for people to respect the plight of refugees and see their value. We must protect them, and invest in them. They are not a problem, they are part of the solution to this global crisis. They are the potential for the rebuilding and restabilization of countries.“But second, even more than this, I plead to the international community and leaders of the world to recognize what this moment in mass human displacement means. This is not just another day. This World Refuge Day marks some frightening truths about our inability to manage international crisis – about our inability to broker peace and find lasting solutions.“Today – as happened every day on average last year – over 40,000 people will be forced from their homes. And it will be the same tomorrow. And the next day. And every day after that, if this political inertia continues.“It is hard to point to a single instance where as an international community we are decisively addressing the root causes of refugee flows. Displacement is multiplying because the wars don’t end, and countries emerging from conflict don’t get the support they need. We handle crises by discussing either boots on the ground or aid relief. The global crisis is showing us that this narrow view of dealing with conflict is wrong and ineffective. UNHCR, along with other UN and NGO agencies, cannot be expected to manage the chaos of a population the size of France displaced.“I have spent the last 14 years among the UNHCR staff. I know their dedication. Even love for refugees. I have also seen them overwhelmed and emotional over the last few years. They and other UN agencies and NGOs are filling a gap left by the international community. We are past the breaking point. The answer to a world crisis like this is not how many financial appeals can be met. Or in truth, by what percentage they can be met. I am of course grateful for the funds countries have contributed even if they are not enough to meet all the needs.“But I say to those countries, your job is not to fund displacement but to prevent it. To end it.“Displacement at 60 million is a sign of our inability to work together as a community, to apply all our laws and uses our collective institutions effectively. To live by our standards and keep our word. There is an explosion of human suffering and displacement on a level that has never been seen before, and it cannot be manage by aid relief, it must be managed by diplomacy and law. This is a central problem. We cannot pick and choose which human rights violations we will and won’t tolerate.“We have the tools we need – the resolutions, the doctrines, the conventions, the courts. But if these tools are misused, inconsistently applied or applied in a self-serving way, we will continue on this trend of displacement and it will grow and grow. It is inhumane to expect all of these families to tolerate this kind of life. We all know what needs to be done, we must do better. And it is self-evident that we have to start with Syria.“I call, again, on the United Nations Security Council: Send your ministers and ambassadors here. Witness this crisis for yourself. See that it simply cannot go on. And that it is past time for a credible plan to reach a political solution to end the conflict. I thank the people of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan for their generosity, and all host countries. To all the families here, and around our world, marking this Holy Month, I say, “Ramadan Kareem.” And I pay tribute to refugees themselves – the people we rightly celebrate today, not only here in Turkey but around the world. Thank you.”
International Rescue Committee ambassador and actor, Mandy Patinkin, urged leaders across Europe and the United States to expand legal routes for refugees caught in limbo, at the end of a 5-day visit to Greece, Serbia and Germany to bear witness to the refugee crisis in Europe.As the political climate becomes increasingly hostile towards refugees, and the Trump administration perpetuates counterproductive and cruel policies, Patinkin called on political leaders to show compassion.Patinkin traveled from the Greek island of Lesbos, where he met refugees who have been stranded there since the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal began on March 20, 2016, to Serbia where he met with refugees who have extremely limited legal options to move forward with their journeys. He ended his trip in Germany, where he met with a family he had first met on Lesbos over one year ago, who have now been given asylum.On Lesbos, Patinkin spent time with a family from Afghanistan who have been stalled on the island since March 20, 2016. They fled for their safety. Taer, the 38-year-old father of two, was a street peddler in Kabul. He described how every day was a day filled with fear. “Every bomb explosion was in the city,” he said. “We were afraid every day. It was daily life. If you go out you never know if you will be back or not.” His daughters, Attife, (11), and Hanife, (8), walked through snow up to their necks on their treacherous journey in search of sanctuary. They both have ambitions. Attife wants to be a pediatrician, Hanife, a teacher.In Serbia, which has become the holding ground for refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe, Mandy met with some of the over 7,600 people now stranded there. The majority of these people are from Afghanistan, and, without any legal alternatives, have taken arduous journeys from Afghanistan, through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria to Serbia, risking life and limb in search of sanctuary in Europe. With Hungary letting only ten refugees per weekday across their borders to seek asylum there, the majority of Afghans who arrive in Serbia are stuck, their only option, smugglers. In Serbia, Patinkin met Farhad, (10), a talented young artist from Afghanistan, and some single young men, perhaps the most vilified of the most vulnerable, who have the slimmest chance to continue their journeys through legal routes – their only crime is that they did not want to fight. “You are living my grandparents’ lives,” Patinkin told these young men. “I would not be alive today if the United States had not offered them sanctuary.” Patinkin’s family is from Lithuania and Poland and fled Hitler’s war against Jews in Europe.Finally, in Germany, Patinkin met with Syrian refugees, Koder and Safae Alassy and their two young boys, Obai (13) and Abdul (9). Patinkin first met this family on Lesbos in November 2015. They are from Deir ez Zor, Syria and were forced to flee the conflict there. Patinkin has kept in touch with this family and, upon reuniting with them in the small German town they now call home, broke down in tears. “We saw so many families just like yours that are looking to have this beautiful home and a new life. And seeing you have this is so wonderful! The whole world should make sure that every family has this.”In the airy apartment where they now live, the Alassy family expressed great gratitude to the German people for their welcome. Eight months since arriving here, the children’s German is impressive. “We are so happy that we are here in Germany,” Safae said. “Our past life has been changed.”Over 65 million people around the world are displaced by war of whom 21.3 million are refugees. Of that number, less than 1% are resettled to a third country. The IRC is calling for European governments to step up and commit to resettling 108,000 refugees per year for the next 5 years and, in addition, offer up 60,000 new places to make up for the shortfall caused by President Trump’s Executive Order.The only sustainable and responsible way to address migration flows is to offer safe and legal routes to protection. Supporting refugees is not just a moral obligation; it is a vital part of maintaining global stability in a world where more and more people are on the move. While President Trump’s Administration has chosen to turn its back on refugees, the rest of the world cannot.Mandy Patinkin, actor & International Rescue Committee ambassador said:“We are at a critical moment in our history. The politics of fear is on the rise. People are far too willing to vilify the most vulnerable.“There are moments when fear saves you and there are moments when fear kills you. And, at this moment in time, a deadly mix of fear and false information is risking people’s lives.“Across the United States and Europe we must show solidarity with refugees. These people are our teachers. They have survived more than you will ever know. All they want is to be able to live their lives in freedom, justice and with dignity. We have to keep telling people to stop being afraid, so that these people can have what we have.”
“I found that kind of strange because for starters there’s not really that much nudity or swearing in the piece,” said Gilmer-Osborne. “I did not feel comfortable with changing the piece … so it got taken down.”I’m not necessarily saying they don’t support trans or gender variant artists, but I don’t feel supported in the space.– Artist Beck Gilmer-OsborneThe gallery said it also offered Gilmer-Osborne a private space to exhibit the piece instead — just not the public gallery.The Montreal-based artist said there are maybe seven to eight profane words displayed in the piece, and a three-second, grainy clip is shown of a nude woman wearing a prosthetic penis.The work is composed of clips from movies and television shows that show transgender characters portrayed by non-trans actors. It can be viewed online here.Gilmer-Osborne wrote an open letter that was posted to The New Gallery’s website, criticizing Arts Commons’ decision. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Artist Beck Gilmer-Osborne said they were given a choice of editing their video art installation, or the piece would be turned off, after Arts Commons said it received complaints about nudity and profanity. (Beck Gilmer-Osborne) Arts Commons is being accused of censorship after it took down a public art installation due to complaints the organization said it received about nudity and coarse language.Beck Gilmer-Osborne’s three-channel video piece titled A Thousand Cuts was set to run in The New Gallery’s window in a downtown Calgary +15 walkway until Sept. 28.But instead, Arts Commons — which owns the window space that The New Gallery curates — sent the gallery a letter on Aug. 29 saying the piece would have to be edited to remove the objectionable content, or it would be taken down. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter