Moroccan Magazine Challenge Publishes a List of 60 Women Leaders of

Rabat – Celebrating International Women’s Day, Moroccan magazine Challenge has dedicated this month’s edition to honoring 60 women leaders in Morocco.The French-speaking magazine has published a list of Moroccan women who stand out for their commitment and achievements. The publication of the list comes a few days before International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8 every year.Through these 60 profiles, the magazine aims to highlight the key role of women’s leadership in the kingdom. The goal of this initiative is to celebrate women’s outstanding contributions in various fields: from politics, to business, medicine, development, sports and sciences. This unique edition has recognized 60 women who have gained credibility through their work, and who inspire other women in Morocco and beyond. Hence, the magazine highlights the achievements of their Highnesses Princesses Lalla Salma, Lalla Meryem, Lalla Hasnaa, and Lalla Asmaa; social activist Aicha Ech-chenna; business leader Mrs. Miriem Bensalah; political leader Nabila Mounib, young leader Lamia Bazir, and many other women.Morocco World News would like to congratulate all the amazing ladies highlighted on this list and hopes their work will catalyze even more progress in our country.The full list of the 60 women leaders is as follows:H.H. Princess Lalla SalmaH.H. Princess Lalla MeryemH.H. Princess Lalla HasnaaH.H. Princess Lalla AsmaaNaziha AbakrimSalwa AkhannouchNadia Fettah AlaouiSoumia AmraniYasmina BaddouLamia BazirKarima BenaichSouad BenbachirAmina BenkhadraSalima BenhimaDr. Leila Meziane BenjellounFathia BennisMiriem Bensalah ChaqrounNadia BernoussiNada BiazMbarka BouaidaAmina BouayachIlham BoumehdiZakia DaoudAicha Ech-chennaLatifa EchihabiZineb El AdaouiMonique El GrichiHakima El HaiteNawal El MoutawakilGhita Lahlou El YacoubiNadia Fassi FehriGhizlane GuediraNadira El GuermaiKenza HalloulNezha HayatMilouda HazibIlham HraouiLatifa JbabdiAhlam JebbarFarida JirariLalla JoumalaSaloua Karkri-BelkezizAsmaa LamrabetSaida Karim LamraniNadia LarakiHakima LebbarAmina Lemrini ElouahabiAmina MaadZahra MaafiriLaila MamouFadwa MegzariNabila MounibLaila OuachiDayae oudghiriFatima Zahra OutaghaniSamira SitailNeila TaziMouna YaacoubiFaouzia ZaaboulRita Maria Zniber read more

Estonia faces complex coalition talks amid farright gains

TALLINN, Estonia — The centre-right party in Estonia that won the most votes in the Baltic country’s general election has vowed to exclude a far-right populist party from difficult coalition talks that lie ahead.Preliminary results Monday showed that the opposition Reform Party received 28.8 per cent of the vote, followed by Prime Minister Juri Ratas’ Center Party with 23.1 per cent.However, it wasn’t enough for the Reform Party to form a government alone and complex negotiations face the country’s political parties — especially since the anti-immigration Estonian Conservative People’s Party, known as EKRE, came in third with 17.8 per cent.The euroskeptic party, led by father and son Mart and Martin Helme, more than doubled its tally compared to the 2015 election, when it garnered 8.1 per cent of the vote.The Associated Press read more

Japan and Sri Lanka to further boost bilateral relationship

Wickremesinghe accompanied by Prof. Maithree Wickremesinghe is on an official visit to Japan. Japan and Sri Lanka will look to further boost the bilateral relationship, President of the Sri Lanka-Japan Parliament friendship association Wataru Takeshita said.He said this during a reception hosted for visiting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Tokyo. During this visit, The Prime Minister will hold a meeting with Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, followed by several other engagements.The Government of Japan has announced that they are looking forward to the visit which they believe will serve to further strengthen the friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The Prime Minister’s office said that Takeshita gave an assurance measures will be taken to boost the relations between the Parliaments of both countries. read more

WatchWith tariffs still in place Ottawa to commit up to 90 million

OTTAWA — The federal government is to announce up to $90 million in support for Ontario’s Algoma Steel on Thursday in a commitment aimed at helping the producer deal with the American tariffs on steel and aluminum, The Canadian Press has learned.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will make the announcement at Algoma’s plant in Sault Ste. Marie. He’ll be joined by Ontario Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford, who’s expected to announce a separate provincial investment in the company.The government support comes as Canadian steel and aluminum producers continue to face punishing levies imposed last June by U.S. President Donald Trump. Canada’s trading partners push back against steel safeguards LNG Canada’s $40 billion project in Kitimat ‘at risk’ if steel safeguards stay, Ottawa told Trump’s metal tariffs ‘contradict’ new NAFTA and will have to go, says Chrystia Freeland Canada has rejected the premise of the American duties — that its metals exports pose a national-security threat to the U.S. — and has been fighting for the removal of the tariffs. Ottawa has implemented tariffs of its own on a long list of U.S. imports in hope of forcing Washington to back down.The U.S. tariffs, however, remain in place.The federal Liberals were criticized last fall for signing a new North American trade pact, which includes the U.S., without securing any guarantees from Washington that it would lift the levies.In making the Algoma funding announcement Thursday, the federal government is expected to say the commitment will maintain and create 3,050 Algoma jobs in Sault Ste. Marie, although it’s unclear how many new positions will be added.The investment will include up to $60 million from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and $30 million from a federal program known as the strategic innovation fund.The government funding is to help support Algoma in its effort to bring in new technologies, improve productivity and stay competitive on international markets.Finance Minister Bill Morneau met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday. Morneau has pressed Mnuchin in the past on the tariff issue.Jeni Armstrong, a spokeswoman for Morneau, said in an email that the minister and secretary met in Washington to discuss “the ongoing need to resolve steel and aluminum tariffs” as well as the cross-border trading relationship. She said Morneau also thanked Mnuchin for the U.S.’s public statements of support on the two Canadians detained on national-security grounds in China.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the tariffs in a phone call with Trump, according to a readout of their conversation.Last June, Ottawa released a financial aid package for industries caught in the crossfire of the tariff dispute.Ottawa’s tariff relief package included up to $2 billion in fresh funding and support for the steel, aluminum and manufacturing sectors and their workers. For companies, Ottawa promised up to $1.7 billion worth of financing and services for steel and aluminum industries through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.As part of the tariff relief, Bains announced a commitment last October of up to $49.9 million through the strategic innovation fund for steel producer ArcelorMittal Canada. Bains said the investment would support up to 4,700 jobs in Hamilton, Ont., and 1,700 more in Contrecoeur, Que. read more

Indian and Pakistani troops deploy to troubled Kivus in DR Congo

The deployment, which began in November, consists of two new brigades, one from each of the South Asian countries. An 850-strong battalion from India is destined for North Kivu, while 892 troops from Pakistan will go to South Kivu, both on the DRC’s volatile eastern border. Two more battalions are expected to follow next month.A MONUC official hailed the infusion of troops and said their deployment was “anxiously awaited” because of the situation in the region.Once the process is complete, slated for 7 January, Pakistan will have more troops deployed worldwide for the UN – 8,395 – than any other country. Bangladesh is in second place while India follows with 4,340 peacekeepers in the field after the battalions are sent to MONUC. read more

Nearly 47 per cent of global population now online – UN report

Mobile broadband. Photo: ITU/M.Jacobson-Gonzalez Furthermore, 20 countries including United States, China and India make up almost three-fourths of the world population not using the Internet. “These findings suggest that targeted efforts in just a few key markets could help enormously in redressing the gaping ‘digital divide’ between those who are online and those still offline,” said the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized UN agency, in a news release today.Released just ahead of the 14th meeting of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, to be held on 18 September, in New York, the report The State of Broadband 2016 also highlighted the potential of mobile broadband, with 165 countries now having deployed the 4th generation or ‘4G’ high-speed mobile networks. “As smartphone penetration reaches near-saturation in the US, Europe and mature markets in Asia like Japan and [Democratic Republic of] Korea, India and Indonesia in particular are expected to drive future growth,” ITU added.Findings from the report also revealed that that India, which overtook the US to become the world’s second largest Internet market (333 million users), also overtook that country to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market, with an estimated 260 million mobile broadband subscriptions. According to Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of ITU, and Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who both co-Vice Chair the Commission, broadband connectivity and technology can play very important role as enablers of development.Recalling that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education, gender equality and infrastructure include bold targets for information and communication technology, Mr. Zhao said: “The SDGs are achievable, but require urgent efforts and progress in the speed, degree and equality of development. The Commission believes this can be realized through broadband.”Similarly, Ms. Bokova noted: “Broadband technologies can be powerful development multipliers but this requires combined investments in access and in skills and in education.” “This is about opening new paths to create and share knowledge. It is about enhancing freedom of expression and about widening learning opportunities, especially for girls and women. This is about developing content that is relevant, local and multilingual,” she added.Highlighting some of the findings from the present report, today’s news release mentioned:By end 2016, 3.5 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 3.2 billion last year and equating to 47 per cent of the global population;There are now 91 economies where over 50 per cent of the population is online, up from 79 in 2015;The top 10 developing countries for household Internet penetration are all located in Asia or the Middle East;Republic of Korea has the world’s highest household Internet penetration (98.8 per cent), followed by Qatar (96 per cent), and United Arab Emirates (95 per cent);Iceland has the highest percentage of individuals using the Internet (98.2 per cent), followed by Luxembourg (97.3 per cent), and Andorra (97 per cent); and The lowest levels of Internet usage are in sub-Saharan Africa, with less than three per cent of the population using the Internet in a number of countries including Chad (2.7 per cent), Sierra Leone (2.5 per cent), Niger (2.2 per cent), Somalia (1.8 per cent) and Eritrea (1.1 per cent).Issued annually, The State of Broadband report provides a global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability, with country-by country data measuring broadband access against key advocacy targets set by the Commission in 2011.The UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development comprises more than 50 leaders from across a range of government and industry sectors who are committed to actively assisting countries, UN experts and non-governmental organization teams to fully leverage the huge potential of information and communication technologies to drive new national sustainable development strategies in key areas like education, healthcare and environmental management. read more

Novak Djokovic Is Falling Behind In His Quest To Break Roger Federers

After an extraordinary run, Djokovic has been merely ordinary, by his high standards. Over a seven-year stretch from Wimbledon in 2009 through the French Open last year, he played all 28 majors and reached 28 quarterfinals, 24 semis and 18 finals, winning 11. In a sport increasingly dominated by veterans, Djokovic was getting better as he aged, netting seven finals and six titles from his last eight majors of the stretch. Since then, though, he has a second-round loss, a final loss and a third-round loss. That kind of run used to be respectable even for the world’s best players: Sampras had a worse three-major stretch when he was No. 1 in 1997-98. But more recently Djokovic, Federer and Nadal set a much higher standard of consistency. Now that all three are struggling, Andy Murray has capitalized, winning 29 of his last 30 matches to take a commanding lead in the rankings over No. 2 Djokovic.Djokovic is far from finished. Some of his struggles could be chalked up to bad luck: All three of his recent Grand Slam losses were close, and came after a stretch in which he’d won all his close calls. He’s healthy and sounded motivated in Melbourne after having discussed his quest to find emotional fulfillment on the court last fall. Even during his slump, he has won six of nine matches against fellow top 10 players, including a defeat of Murray two weeks ago. He was favored by experts and Elo ratings to win the Australian Open, and barring injury he’ll be one of the favorites at each of the year’s remaining three majors.But time is not on his side. With each upset loss, Djokovic becomes a little less likely to catch up to his rivals for the sport’s most distinguished record. Share on Facebook Seven months ago, it was hard to imagine Novak Djokovic losing a Grand Slam match: He’d won his last 28, and 53 of his last 55. And 24 hours ago, it was hard to imagine him losing an Australian Open match: He’d won his last 15, and 40 of his last 41. But on Thursday in Melbourne, Djokovic crashed out in the second round to Denis Istomin, 7-6(8) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4. Djokovic will be 30 by the time the next major starts (the French Open begins May 28), and he’ll still be stuck on 12 career major titles. His pursuit of Roger Federer’s record 17 titles has stalled out around the same age that slowed Federer and the other two guys Djokovic is chasing: Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras. read more

When a Point Is Not Worth a Point

The variety of responses to my article “The Hidden Value of the NBA Steal” has been amazing. I expected there to be a lot of questions and criticisms, but I didn’t anticipate the depth and thoroughness of reader analysis.Some of the points people raised (pro and con) I expected; some I did not. For example, a number of people objected to my characterization of the hoop as only “slightly larger” than the ball. As I’ve learned, the diameter of a basketball (9.2 inches) is only 52 percent of the diameter of the rim (18 inches). I definitely thought the ratio was higher. The maximum distance a ball can clear the rim is only 4.4 inches, so perhaps I should have said “not too much larger” instead. But the point — that shooting is beautiful, and I understand why we devote so much attention to it — stands.I���ve picked what I think are the four most common and most salient questions and comments, and will respond to them in four parts. Here’s the first:“Can a steal really be worth NINE points?”This question arose in various forms, many of which were not phrased as a question and some of which I can’t repeat in polite company.Here’s one of the more gently worded versions, emailed in from “Johnny”:Isn’t the “theoretical” upper bound on the value of a steal capped at 8 points? I say this by looking at the limiting case where on every possession we don’t steal the opposing team makes a three pointer, is fouled and then makes the free throw. Then on every possession where we steal, we make a three pointer, is fouled and then makes the free throw and every possession where we don’t steal we don’t score. In this case the value of a steal would be 8 points (saved 4 points from making the steal and gained 4 points from scoring after the steal). Now this is obviously completely unrealistic, but I find it hard to believe a steal could be worth anything more.And here’s the language in my article that some people objected to:Yes, this pretty much means a steal is “worth” as much as nine points. To put it more precisely: A marginal steal is weighted nine times more heavily when predicting a player’s impact than a marginal point.The confusion here is somewhat understandable and probably stems from how we understand the word “worth” (the quotes were meant to signify that I was using a precise definition). The finding isn’t that getting a steal improves a team’s chances of winning by the same amount that adding nine points would. But kudos for being skeptical enough to imagine me capable of such absurdity. By “worth,” I meant the ability of steals to predict a player’s impact (as measured by the amount his team suffers when he doesn’t play) versus the ability of points to do the same.Conversely, a few stats-savvy readers disliked this comparison from the opposite direction: In other words, raw points scored have been so discredited in the advanced statistical community that using them as a basis of comparison is too easy! I should note that the outsize predictive value of steals is not especially controversial in that community either. For people interested in the cutting-edge, box-score-based predictive metrics, I recommend Daniel Myers’ work on “advanced statistical plus minus” and its ilk (check out the monster coefficient for steal percentage).A good number of readers also concluded that comparing “worth” of steals to points in this way invited confusion, and thus may have been a mistake in presentation, if not of analysis. The logic goes like this: If a steal only nets us two points or so, you’re “inviting confusion” by saying it’s “worth” nine points. People know that two points is not nine points, so it looks ridiculous.Perhaps they are right that this is difficult for someone unfamiliar with the issues to read idly. But the reason I phrased it that way originally, and stand by that language, is simple:When it comes to predictions, a point is not worth a point.I think understanding this concept is important, and inviting people to deal with it instead of skirting around it is worth the debate. This is a fundamental lesson of empirical thinking: The immediate value of something can be (and often is) very different from its predictive value. read more

New Years Eve revellers flee west London pub as candle used to

first_imgMusician Matt Blair said he was rescued from the roof of the building after his performance with double-act Rayguns Look Real Enough.He tweeted: “We’re fine but 2017 has already got off to a bad start. One of our favourite venues that we just played burned down. Everyone is fine.”Manic. We were upstairs, had to get on a roof area and luckily found a ladder we could climb down. Scary stuff.”It was pretty scary and shocking. Physically we’re all fine. Just a bit shocked and sad.”Mr Blair said he had heard “some idiot” used a candle to light a branch on a Christmas tree but he was unable to verify this. The pub is next to Acton police stationCredit:Frank Augstein/AP The pub is next to Acton police station The pub was hosting a “circus spectacular” with 10 separate acts to see in 2017.The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it rescued six people from the first floor flat while 72 firefighters worked to dampen the flames, which were brought under control by 5am.A spokesman said: “The first and second floors, including the roof of the three-storey building, have been gutted by the fire.” Scotland Yard said three officers from the station were treated for smoke inhalation after they rushed to help.The Metropolitan Police said the cause was not believed to be suspicious while the LFB said it was unknown.The London Ambulance Service said it took five patients to hospital suffering from “minor injuries”. Firefighters battle to extinguish the blazecenter_img Hundreds of New Year’s Eve revellers were evacuated from a pub before it was largely gutted by a fire that reportedly started when a candle was used to light a branch on a Christmas tree.Around 340 customers and 12 staff fled The Aeronaut pub in Acton, west London, when the blaze broke out at around 12.30am.Acton police station, next door to the pub in High Street, was also evacuated as a precautionary measure. Firefighters battle to extinguish the blazeCredit:Frank Augstein/AP Major fire at #Acton High Street 😐— Abdul (@AbdulYusuf) January 1, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Open for business CAO now taking applications for 2014 courses

first_imgTHE CAO ONLINE system for college applications is officially open, as of noon today.Students heading into their Leaving Cert next summer can now start applying for third level courses by entering their information and paying the €25 registration fee.Once registered, students will receive their personalised ID number, and can continue to edit their application until the end of January.According to CAO Operations Manager Joseph O’Grady: “Familiarity with the system and leaving ample time to complete an application will help students to avoid some of the many common errors and omissions recorded by applicants each year”.Applicants can also avail of “Change of Course Choices” and “Change of Mind” facilities at different intervals throughout the application process, but there are restrictions for both options.Demo versions of the application process are available at the CAO website to guide students and parents through the system.Read: Chief Inspector’s Report highlights problems with Maths and Irish teachingRead: Students protest cuts in third level educationlast_img read more

ASUS Eee Pad MeMO gets some Honeycomb specs

first_imgThis week marks yet another of tech’s dependable conferences: this time, the CeBIT expo in Hanover. ASUS isn’t waiting for things to really kick off, though, as they’re already confirming their forthcoming leap into Android tablets in the Eee Pad MeMO, and leaking us some specs.Like most recent Android tablets, ASUS intends on shipping the Eee Pad MeMO running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. That’s a curious decision, though, as the Eee Pad MeMO is a 7-inch tablet. The 7-inch form factor really was never ideal, and it was adopted by would-be iPad killers mostly because Android 2.2 Froyo simply couldn’t handle a display that wasn’t sized or pixel-packed like a smartphone display. Since Honeycomb doesn’t have such limitations, it’s curious that ASUS will keep the 7-inch form factor, but it sounds like the production gears were already in motion.Inside, the Eee Pad MeMO should be fairly powerful thanks to a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, a microHDMI port and quadband HSPA+ connectivity that someone will doubtlessly claim is 3G. Otherwise, there’s 1GB of RAM, a microSDHC slot for expandable storage, a 5-megapixel back-facing cam with LED flash and a 1.2 megapixel camera for video chat on the front. Rounding the spec sheet off, there’s 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a microUSB port, complete with the ability to host peripherals. Storage comes in flavors up to 64GB, while the display runs at 1024 x 600 (sounds like ASUS is clearing out some of their old netbook panels). ASUS includes a stylus with the Eee Pad MeMO, although it will also respond to capacitive touch. Final pricing and release haven’t been announced yet, but expect the Eee Pad MeMO to be a fairly cheap tablet, if ASUS’ history of shaving dollars off the price of their products is anything to go by.Read more at Slashgearlast_img read more

Italy probes whether negligence played role in quake toll

first_imgAMATRICE, Italy — Italian authorities are vowing to investigate whether negligence or fraud in adhering to building codes played a role in the high death toll in last week’s earthquake in Italy.They also called for efforts to ensure organized crime doesn’t infiltrate lucrative construction contracts to eventually rebuild much of the picturesque towns leveled in the disaster.Meanwhile, rescue workers pressed on with the task of recovering bodies from the rubble, with hopes of finding any more survivors virtually vanished more than four full days after the powerful quake.Over the past two days, they found six more bodies in the rubble of Hotel Roma in Amatrice, the medieval hill town in mountainous central Italy that bore the brunt of destruction and loss of life in the powerful quake. They recovered three and by late Sunday were still working to retrieve others that were hard to reach.It wasn’t clear if those six were included in the overall 290 death toll given by authorities. The Civil Protection agency, which combines the figures it receives from different provinces affected by the quake, said the number is lower than the previous toll of 291 dead due to a correction in the numbers from the province of Rieti, where most of the victims died.last_img read more

Groundbreaking for new development in Downtown for the homeless

first_img Updated: 10:11 AM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, April 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego real estate developer Affirmed Housing broke ground today on an East Village development that will provide housing and supportive services for local residents who have dealt with homelessness.The project, dubbed the LINK, will include 72 permanent housing units and 14 studios that will be affordable for residents who earn 50 percent or less of the region’s median income. The 50,000-square-foot apartment building will also include services for formerly homeless residents, provided by Father Joe’s Villages.“The LINK will provide quality housing and on-site supportive services, designed to enrich the lives of our residents,” said Affirmed Housing President James Silverwood. “This comprehensive approach will offer this vulnerable population a high level of support, which we have seen lead to success in addressing homelessness.”According to Affirmed Housing, project architect Carrier Johnson + CULTURE will design the complex with a metal facade and exposed concrete to pay homage to the surrounding area’s “creative fabrication.”Affirmed Housing received more than $48 million in financial assistance from Bank of America last year to begin developing the LINK. “Working closely with Affirmed Housing and Civic San Diego, this public-private partnership has created a truly transformative community for our most vulnerable San Diegans,” said Bank of America’s San Diego Market President Rick Bregman.Affirmed Housing did not disclose when it estimates the project will be completed.center_img Groundbreaking for new development in Downtown for the homeless Posted: April 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Trumps 2nd travel ban dealt 1st legal blow

first_imgImmigration activists, including members of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, rally against the Trump administration’s new ban against travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, outside of the US Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington, US. Reuters file photoA federal judge in Wisconsin dealt the first legal blow to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on Friday, barring enforcement of the policy to deny U.S. entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the United States.The temporary restraining order, granted by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison, applies only to the family of the Syrian refugee, who brought the case anonymously to protect the identities of his wife and daughter, still living in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.But it represents the first of several challenges brought against Trump’s newly amended executive order, issued on March 6 and due to go into effect on March 16, to draw a court ruling in opposition to its enforcement.Conley, chief judge of the federal court in Wisconsin’s western district and an appointee of former President Barack Obama, concluded the plaintiff “has presented some likelihood of success on the merits” of his case and that his family faces “significant risk of irreparable harm” if forced to remain in Syria.The plaintiff, a Sunni Muslim, fled Syria to the United States in 2014 to “escape near-certain death” at the hands of sectarian military forces fighting the Syrian government in Aleppo, according to his lawsuit.He subsequently obtained asylum for his wife and their only surviving child, a daughter, and their application had cleared the security vetting process and was headed for final processing when it was halted by Trump’s original travel ban on Jan. 27.That executive order sought to ban admission to the United States of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Iraq – for 120 days and to suspend entry of all refugees indefinitely.The original travel ban, which caused widespread chaos and protests at airports when first implemented, was rescinded after the state of Washington won a nationwide federal court order blocking further enforcement of the policy.The modified executive order reduced the number of excluded counties – removing Iraq from the list – and lifted the indefinite refugee travel ban for Syrians. But opponents from several states have gone to court seeking to halt its implementation as well.“The court appreciates that there may be important differences between the original executive order, and the revised executive order,” Conley wrote in his decision. “As the order applies to the plaintiff here, however, the court finds his claims have at least some chance of prevailing for the reasons articulated by other courts.”In a related development on Friday, the federal judge in Seattle who imposed a nationwide injunction on enforcement of the original travel ban refused a request to apply that order to the revised policy, saying that lawyers from states opposed to the measure needed to file more extensive court papers.last_img read more

For More Productive Meetings Throw Out Your Conference Table

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read If your meetings are long, awkward and unproductive, you’re not alone in your misery. One study of 2,000 managers reported in Industry Week revealed that at least 30 percent of the time people spend in meetings is a waste of time.Related: 7 Secrets of the Most Productive MeetingsYou know how it goes: You receive an invitation with a vague title like “project update.” You decide to attend even though you don’t know the purpose of the meeting. When you arrive in the conference room, you greet a few equally confused co-workers, along with a few poor souls who have joined the meeting via telephone.The meeting begins. The organizer gives a long-winded “status update,” then asks for “feedback.” The attendees who love the sound of their own voice chime in. Everyone else stares at their hands. The organizer realizes that she’s forgotten the folks on the phone, but they couldn’t hear the conversation anyway. You sigh loudly and realize you’re late for your next pointless meeting.The problem is, despite advances in technology, the way many companies foster collaboration hasn’t changed in decades. We’re still defaulting to gathering around conference tables when quite often, virtual meetings using WebEx, Join.Me, Adobe Connect, etc offers another option with a host of benefits.Virtual meeting expert Dana Sednek says that “in some cases, virtual meetings can have better outcomes than face-to-face meetings.” For example, a situation might call for lots of input in a short amount of time, or it’s not possible to get together often enough, or you have stakeholders whose agendas or personalities get in the way of effective face-to-face meetings.Not all meetings are better virtual. In a survey of 2,000 businesspeople worldwide, Crowne Plaza found that face-to-face meetings are still best for relationship-building, closing deals and negotiating. Savvy managers know that they need to begin their initiatives with face-to-face meetings and can sustain performance over time by conducting virtual meetings during their time apart.So if your day-to-day meetings are making people miserable, perhaps it’s time to throw out the conference table and move the meeting online. Here are five tips for amazing virtual meetings.1. Set clear expectations for participation. Virtual meetings rarely succeed when participants call in from their car, the airport or their kids’ soccer game. Sednek observes, “Colleagues may think that just because they can call in that they are still ‘there’ but this prevents full engagement.” When you’re using web conference technology, remind everyone that they’ll need to log in, not just call in.2. Ensure two-way communication. Make sure you structure your meeting to include two-way communication. Sednek suggests what she calls the “3-12-20” rule. For a 30 minute meeting, allot only three minutes to preliminary remarks. For a 60 minute meeting where you need input from participants, make it 12 minutes. Even if the main purpose of the meeting is to explain a concept or procedure to the participants, get it done in the first 20 minutes. Leave the rest of the time for questions, discussion and clarification.Related: The Value Of Virtual Meetings3. Crowdsource your feedback. You can get more feedback in less time when you move your meeting online. Sednek notes, “In face-to-face meetings, if you want feedback from everyone, you have to go around the room and ask everyone their thoughts. In a virtual space, you can pull that question out in the form of a chat.” Crowdsourcing takes less time and ensures engagement and feedback from everyone in the group.4. Learn to tolerate silence. In any virtual meeting, you’ll inevitably encounter quiet, uncomfortable moments that Sednek calls “crickets.” Don’t immediately assume agreement or fill the silence with extra chatter. “Silence,” she says, “means either the people need a moment to get past a hesitation to speak or that the question needs to be rephrased to something that will elicit a useful response.”5. Build community. In our ever-connected world, project teams often live thousands of miles apart. What’s usually lacking is a sense of a community, which hurts. Sednek explains, “A casual online gathering is a great way to give teams bonding time and encourage them to feel part of a culture,” Sednek says. She suggests a “virtual water cooler” where team members can chat throughout the day.If you’re ever at a loss for how to run your meetings, remember two things. First, make it a meeting you’d want to attend. Second, remember that the real progress begins once everyone gets on the same page, logs off and gets to work!Related: Setting Up Real Virtual Meetings Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 25, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

My Month with the New MacBook Air What I Love and Hate

first_img Author Bio Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Henry T. Casey, by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementcenter_img Ever since Apple pushed the MacBook Pro in a direction that didn’t work for me — to the Touch Bar and the butterfly switch — I’ve seen the future of the MacBook Air as key to my own future as a Mac user. So, after I finished giving the new MacBook Air a favorable review (with asterisks), I decided to spend a month with Apple’s latest notebook to see if it could become my new go-to machine.My personal MacBook Pro is aging, and I tried switching to Windows with the MateBook X Pro (it didn’t take). Is the 2018 MacBook Air the right machine for me? Here’s what I loved and hated after a month with the system.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 The keyboard: Not bad at allOne of my biggest concerns about the MacBook Air has been the reliability of its keyboard, something that worries me less today than it did before. As I jammed away on Apple’s latest notebook, forcing myself to use my external keyboard as little as possible, I was happy to find little that amplified my concerns.While I used the Air as my primary computer for the better part of a month, I was most concerned with how it would hold up during Black Friday weekend, which was the biggest stress test I could give the laptop. As I wrote my review of the Google Pixel Slate and pounded out articles about the hottest deals, I eventually forgot my worries about the MacBook Air’s keyboard.My biggest issue with Apple over the past years has been with its notebooks’ ultrashallow keys, which never felt right for writing. While my beloved 2012 MacBook Pro’s keyboard didn’t offer a ton of key travel, clicking them felt natural. The butterfly switch keys, however, made me think of walking on thin ice. And then, the rumors hit of keys failing due to dust, news that was followed by dual class-action lawsuits (1, 2).The big story about the third-generation MacBook keys doesn’t come from Apple, though, but instead from iFixit. That company reported finding a membrane layer under the keys, which was reportedly added to protect the insides of the keyboard from dust and similarly small particles. As someone who’s watched in fear as a colleague blew into a 2017 MacBook Pro’s keyboard and jammed on a broken key trying to fix it, I had some baggage.So, I did the one test I was most worried about. During the Black Friday weekend, when I needed the Air most, I worked on the laptop whilst eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. And aside from the fact that I don’t like the feeling of typing with snack debris on my fingers, I had zero issues, with no keys sticking or failing.MORE: MacBook Air: Can Apple Stage a Comeback?By now, at the end of my month with this computer, I’ve reached a point of cautious approval of the MacBook Air’s keys. The keyboard proved reliable enough for me to get a ton of writing done, which — as a writer — is my top priority.USB Type-C isn’t ideal, but it worksI’m willing to accept that the reversible, charging USB Type-C port is the future, but it sure doesn’t make me happy about the present. The MacBook Air’s dual Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports are great if you have devices that support those ports, but the machine’s lack of those boxy USB Type-A ports made me happy that my laptop backpack has plenty of compartments for various adapters.Inside that zippered pouch (where I also keep my Lightning-port-to-headphone-jack adapter), I stored my USB Type-C-to-Type-A adapter, which I need to connect to my 10-port USB hub at home.I’m also lucky that I work at a tech website, because we had a Kingston Nucleum USB Type-C hub handy, which I needed in order to have an HDMI port to plug into my monitor at work. I also needed an adapter for connecting my wireless, USB-based Logitech MX Master mouse.MORE: USB Type-C FAQOne major benefit of USB Type-C became clearer the day after my month was over, and I’d handed the MacBook Air over to our lab. I found myself lying in bed, working on my old MacBook Pro, which doesn’t use USB Type-C. That MacBook Pro’s battery was running low, and I needed to go find its proprietary adapter, and I couldn’t just use the Type-C port on my multi-device charger I keep at my bedside, which I also use to charge my iPhone XS Max.That being said, I do love the older MacBook Air’s MagSafe adapter, which attaches magnetically, so tension on the cable doesn’t pull the MacBook off a surface.Performance: Learning limitsAs someone who’s exclusively used superspeedy MacBook Pros for the last six years, the MacBook Air has taught me a lesson about multitasking. Specifically, I’ve learned that this machine’s Y-series 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor can’t reach the heights I’m used to.While the MacBook Air held up during the rigors I put it through during my review, I found myself stretching the notebook’s limits multiple times at work. The MacBook Air would get sluggish when I kept all my usual apps open. This led to noticeable slowdown when I had 50+ Chrome tabs, Firefox, Pixelmator, Mail, Slack, Photos, Discord, iTunes and TweetDeck all running. I also often heard the fans speed up to an audible whir, as I used the new Air connected to an external display.Those issues weren’t crippling, but they were annoying on a laptop that costs $1,399. Of course, I didn’t always find myself stretching the Air to the limit. The laptop ran fine while I hammered out articles without an external display connected or played the amazingly retro-looking mystery game Return of the Obra Dinn.MORE: The New MacBook Air Is Great, But There’s One Glaring FlawEvery time I closed a window to regain a bit of performance speed, I thought of how I didn’t encounter such issues on the 15-inch 2017 MacBook Pro that I’d been using at work. I prefer the lower price of the new MacBook Air (starting at $1,199). But this month with the Air showed me that the extra investment you make in the 2018 MacBook Pros (starting at $1,799) is worth it for power users.Not the MacBook I’m excited about, but maybe …One month in, I’m much more optimistic about recommending the MacBook Air to the family friends and random strangers who have asked me about the Air over the last year or so. So, to those with modest needs: Yeah, the MacBook Air is a solid computer and definitely one you can trust (provided you check out its shallow keys in person first).At the same time, do you run all of the apps all the time? Do you never close tabs, because you need each and every one? If so, you might have to spend a little more and get a MacBook Pro, or maybe think about getting a Windows 10 laptop, which would offer a bit more value. That said, if you’re tied to macOS, the new Air holds up as the best MacBook for most people.Credit: Laptop MagLowest Weight LaptopsLongest Battery Life LaptopsBest Apple Laptops Henry T. 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Got WiFi dead spots Consider a mesh network system

first_imgShare this story Try a mesh network system to cure WiFi woesBy Mashable Brand X Match any floor planThe Velop Whole Home WiFi system from Linksys is designed to match any floor plan, with each node covering up to 2,000 square feet. Features like dynamic channel scanning constantly survey the wireless environment to find the best performance. And because each node serves as a router, wifi extender, access point and bridge, users receive 100% fast WiFi in every corner of the home and can add more nodes as your needs increase. So, if you have a large home or one with an unusual layout – say, with more than two stories or interior brick walls – just add more nodes for more coverage. Images |Courtesy of Linksys Try a mesh network system to cure WiFi woesBy Mashable Brand X Companies like Linksys, makers of traditional routers and other connectivity tools, have developed “mesh” (also called “whole home”) WiFi systems that support the needs of today’s smart home. A central router connects directly to a modem, and then a series of satellite modules, or nodes, can be placed strategically around the home providing powerful, consistent WiFi coverage. center_img Ad Content from Linksys Router problems solved, smart home enthusiasts can further optimize their experience through accessories and smart devices letting them set rules and schedules, easily sync their wireless infrastructure to voice assistants, smart thermostats, and home security systems, all accessed through a smartphone. The Wemo Mini Smart Plug, for example, lets users control lamps and appliances with their voice, set timers and schedules in the app and remotely control devices from anywhere, without an additional hub or subscription.Call them the final touches for people looking to create the ultimate smart home experience. Because the smart house is like any other: if it’s built on a solid foundation, it’s just a matter of turning it into a home.  With all the devices, metal appliances, and architectural interference in the average home, it’s no wonder why even the fastest, most powerful WiFi router can miss a few spots. But before you invest in another wifi extender that delivers a weaker signal, think about using a mesh WiFi system.  With so many smart home gadgets in the house these days, you may need WiFi in areas like the basement, garage, or even outside to power your smart doorbell or outdoor camera. But chances are your current router doesn’t cover your entire home, and you’re left with dead spots – those areas in your house where your wireless signal inexplicably seems to disappear. last_img read more

Bharatiya Janata Par

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Shashikala Annasaheb Jolle retained her Nippani seat BJP candidates K Poornima (Hiriyur) and Roopali Santosh Naik (Karwar) were other winners Of the total 2655 candidates in the fray for 222 seats elections to which were held on 12 May only 216 were women Major parties like in previous state elections did not prefer to give tickets to women candidates While the Congress fielded 15 women candidates the BJP fielded six and the Janata Dal-Secular only four "This is the reason why we need Women’s Reservation Bill This is the problem with every party There is no point saying that I gave 15 tickets and BJP gave six The fact is that both numbers are less" All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev told IANS She said that affirmative action is required when social or political factors don’t allow empowerment of a section of society "When you are not doing something naturally you are compelled to do by law" she said adding that election after election every party was falling short of women candidates "Men don’t want to share space They are just not willing to share the political space with women" Dev said she feels that the political empowerment of women cannot be judged by one important post a member of the fairer sex is holding "You cannot look at political empowerment of women by just looking at one chief minister and one defence minister That’s a fallacy" In 2013 only 29 women were given tickets by the three major parties The JD (S) and Congress allotted just 11 tickets each to women candidates while the BJP gave seven? Farah Dabia, who qualified for the main draw, a white Chicago police officer in 2014. astronomer Chris Lintott and colleagues were drowning under a data deluge—1 million images of galaxies to characterize and only one graduate student to do it. "I have people who come in and say, It was only after MGR’s demise in 1987 that Karunanidhi tasted power again.

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