Green Hills: INTEGRITY RTOS deployed in safety remote field controller from Phoenix

first_imgGreen Hills has revealed that Phoenix Contact has selected and deployed the Green Hills INTEGRITY real-time operating system in its RFC 4072S high end safety programmable logic controller. The RFC 4072S is the first high performance remote field controller based on Phoenix Contact’s PLCnext Technology, an open ecosystem for modern automation that is capable of meeting all the challenges of the IoT world. The controller uses a 2.4GHz dual core Intel i5 CPU, running Yocto Linux, for standard operations and two different Arm Cortex A9/A8 processors, running the safety-certified INTEGRITY RTOS, for safety applications to ensure the highest level of isolation.Phoenix Contact’s PLCnext Technology empowers the user to program with C++, C#, Matlab Simulink or the well-known IEC 61131 languages on the RFC 4072S simultaneously. Additionally, the safety element of the controller supports safety applications up to IEC 61508 SIL 3 and can communicate with up to 300 PROFIsafe devices.Development of the RFC 4072S utilized the Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety including – in addition to the INTEGRITY RTOS, certified to IEC 61508 SIL 3 – the MULTI integrated development environment and Green Hills Compiler qualified to IEC 61508 SIL 4, Green Hills Probe and SuperTrace Probe. Green Hills Software also developed customized safety board support packages, certified to IEC 61508 SIL 3, for each of the Arm SoCs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Dialog Semiconductor: newest SmartBond SoCs offer integrated ARM Cortex-M33 processorNext Arrow: 96Boards platforms harness i.MX 8 family for machine learning and HMIlast_img read more

Barcelona cruise past Malaga

first_imgBarcelona 2 Malaga 0: Controversial win sees hosts extend LaLiga lead Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 04:43 10/22/17 Deulofeu - Cropped Getty Images Barcelona are eight points ahead of Real Madrid in LaLiga after a solid, but unspectacular win against Malaga at Camp Nou. Gerard Deulofeu scored a controversial first Barcelona goal as his side extended their lead at the top of LaLiga with a workmanlike 2-0 victory over Malaga.Winger Deulofeu ended a 16-game wait to open his account in Barca colours by striking after only 113 seconds to conclude a move that had seen Lucas Digne carry the ball out of play before setting him up.Andres Iniesta netted his first goal for club and country in over a year after the break to end any hopes of a Malaga comeback. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca were far from their free-flowing best against a Malaga side they failed to beat either home or away last season, the only LaLiga team they did not get the better of.However, the victory saw Ernesto Valverde’s men restore a four-point lead over closest challengers Valencia, who thumped Sevilla 4-0 earlier on Saturday, at the top of the table.Rivals Real Madrid sit eight points adrift in third and are at home to Eibar in their game in hand on Sunday.#Messi and @andresiniesta8 #ForçaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 21, 2017Malaga fumed at Barca’s opener, which saw Digne’s initial attempted cross deflect back to him off away captain Roberto Rosales before the France international clearly touched the ball beyond the byline and crossed for Deulofeu to flick in a clever volley from inside the six-yard box.Lionel Messi wasted an excellent free-kick opportunity from 20 yards out, firing against the wall, while Gonzalo Castro headed wide from a good opening at the other end, having been set up by Juankar on the counter-attack.There were few other clear opportunities at either end until Castro completely miskicked a volley from eight yards as Malaga, who lost Diego Rolan to a hamstring injury, went into the break one down.Messi tested Andres Prieto for the first time early in the second half, forcing the away goalkeeper to get down sharply after creating a yard of space for himself.Barca found their second goal in the 56th minute. Javier Mascherano and Messi were involved in the build-up before Iniesta took one touch and saw his left-footed shot deflect off Rosales and loop into the top-right corner from 12 yards.500 – Lionel Messi has been directly involved in 500 goals in 391 appearances in La Liga (360 goals and 140 assists). Extraterrestrial.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 21, 2017Luis Suarez struck the side netting after producing a sharp turn and strike following Ivan Rakitic’s pass, while Keko claimed for handball at the other end after his initial shot struck Digne and his follow up went straight to Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Suarez then missed a glorious opportunity to net in back-to-back league games, failing to find the target after Sergi Roberto embarked on a rampaging run before laying the chance on a plate for his team-mate.Malaga came close to getting one back when Luis Hernandez sent a good header wide, while Messi had the ball in the net just before full-time. However, an offside flag as the Argentina forward headed Samuel Umtiti’s flick-on home meant he ended the match with just an assist to his name.Barca continue to set the pace in the title race as Michel’s side remain rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from nine games. Key Opta stats:-Lionel Messi has been directly involved in 500 goals from 391 appearances in LaLiga (360 goals and 140 assists).- Malaga are the only side that Luis Suarez has failed to score against in LaLiga (11 shots attempted in five games). – Gerard Deulofeu has scored his first goal in his 16th appearance for Barcelona in all competitions this term (14 shots in total).- Andres Iniesta has scored four goals against Malaga in LaLiga, his favourite opponent in the competition. – Barcelona have won their last 17 games at home in LaLiga, the longest active run of any team in the competition. – Deulofeu has scored the fastest goal in LaLiga this season (one minute and 53 seconds). – Andres Iniesta has scored his first LaLiga goal at the Camp Nou since March 2014 against Osasuna, 1315 days ago. – Lucas Digne has made his first assist in his 20th appearance for Barcelona in LaLiga. – Samuel Umtiti is the only Barcelona player to have attempted more than 100 passes in a LaLiga game this season (103, 98 successfully). read morelast_img read more

The Manual Wind: Corum Bubble Paiste Symbols Limited Edition

first_imgCollaborations in the watch world are commonplace.  Whether a watch brand creates a limited edition for a new sponsorship, brand ambassador, or just to try a new design, these editions are introduced often.  You can typically expect different coloring and some branding on the dial, but nothing too dramatic.As Corum continues to reintroduce its classic Bubble to the market, their latest collaboration goes above and beyond to embody this partnership.  Paiste symbols have been one of the most well known symbol manufacturers over the last 40 years.  In this latest Corum Bubble, Paiste limited edition of 350 pieces, there is no mistaking which limited edition this is.  Corum has taken its black DLC 47mm Bubble case and inserted one of the coolest dials I have seen in some time; a symbol.  The dial made of bronze is actually a miniature symobol; Paiste branding and all.  Constrasting with the hammered brass are blackened brass hands for the easy telling of time.  Beneath the symbol dial lies a Corum self-winding movementt with 42 hours of power reserve.  Completing the look is a black calf strap and black dlc buckle.Musicians are known for having a passion for watches.  Purchasing watches on the road to commemorate shows or tours is a common story told by the watch collecting musician.  Here, Corum has created its own musical timepiece for collectors.  This unique collaboration has spawned an equally unique timepiece.  If you are a die hard classic rock and watch enthusiast, be sure to locate your local Corum dealer to secure one of the 350 pieces to be produced. The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Todd Snyder and Reyn Spooner Put a Fresh Spin on the Hawaiian Shirt 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men last_img read more

How Bose Sleepbuds ‘Non-headphones’ Promise a Better Night’s Sleep

first_imgAhh … sleep. Sweet, sweet sleep. It can be elusive for some of us. Like most first-world problems, however, technology has the answer. The Bose Sleepbuds are high-tech “non-headphones” that all but guarantee a better night’s rest.Bose is best known for their luxury audio products, namely speakers and noise-canceling headphones. While the latter can be helpful for travelers looking to snooze on a long-haul flight, they can be cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear for hours at a time. So, the brand set out to create a pair of noise-masking earbuds designed to wear all night long and facilitate more restful sleep.The Sleepbuds are tiny, wireless, and discrete, designed to fit snugly and comfortably in the ears of any kind of sleeper (including side sleepers and those who tend to toss and turn during the night). Each kit comes with three pairs of earbud nodules in small, medium, and large. Instead of music, the buds deliver soft, soothing sounds scientifically designed to mask ambient background noise. The connected mobile app comes preloaded with ten selectable sounds that target relaxation and noise-masking. When it’s time to get up, wake-up alarms via the Bose Sleep app can be programmed to softly wake you without disturbing those around you.The built-in batteries are good for 16 hours on a single charge, but the included carrying case provides not only protection but also an additional full charge. All in, it’s more than enough juice to carry you through even the longest of long-haul flights.The company’s commitment to innovation — combined with the technology developed by Bose-owned, San Diego-based start-up Hush — lead to the creation of Sleepbuds. They’re an unusual turn from what you may usually find when looking for headphones, but the development follows suit with the direction Bose has been heading lately. Last year, the brand released the SoundWear wearable speaker for those who don’t like the feeling of headphones jammed in their ear and the conversation-enhancing Hearphones that amplify the sound of those talking around you while dulling background noise.The Sleepbuds are now available via the official Bose website for $249.To be clear, the Sleepbuds do not actually play music. If you’re looking for an alternative to listen to your tunes, check out these stylish and active headphone options.Article originally published by Bryan Holt on December 3, 2017. Last updated by Mike Richard on July 27, 2018. Editors’ Recommendations What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travellast_img read more

Health Ministry Welcomes Partnerships – Dr. Ferguson

first_imgHealth Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the Ministry welcomes all partnerships that seek to improve health care delivery and provision of services to the people of Jamaica. “This is an indication that we are all taking responsibility for health care in this country and we see the value of partnerships and participation to move the health sector forward,” he stated. Dr. Ferguson was speaking on Thursday, March 14 at the handing over of 100 wheelchairs valued some $4 million to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). The items were donated by the Rotary Club of St. Andrew, through assistance from the California-based Wheelchair Foundation, and the Giradin Family Trust in Florida. Expressing gratitude, the Minister said that the Rotary Club has, in the past, donated 100 wheelchairs to the North East Regional Health Authority, the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), and the Bustamante Hospital for Children. He pointed out that the club played an important role in the establishment of the Cardiac Unit at the UHWI, and donated a dialysis machine to the KPH, as well as equipment valuing $5 million for newborns at the Bustamante Hospital. Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), Lyttleton Shirley, in welcoming the donation, said there is always need for additional wheelchairs. He said last year, 74,000 persons were seen in the hospital’s Accident and Emergency department, while more than 205,000 persons visited the Outpatient department, and 28,000 were admitted. Accident and Emergency visits and patient admissions saw a four per cent increase in 2012 compared to 2011, while the outpatient department load increased by 27 per cent. “So, you can understand the need for additional wheelchairs…I am also very pleased that the club has donated replacement service parts, which will extend the years for the use of wheelchairs being donated today,” he stated. By Alphea Saunders, JIS Photolast_img read more

Stand Up Against Bullying Day Proclaimed

first_imgTo help send a strong message against bullying in Nova Scotia’s schools, colleges and universities, the province has proclaimed the second Thursday at the start of each school year as Stand Up Against Bullying Day. The inspiration for the day came from the actions of Central Kings Rural High School Grade 12 students Travis Price and David Shepherd who rallied behind a new student to the school who was being bullied simply for wearing pink. “The actions of these two young men, along with their fellow students who wore pink to school in support of another student, are showing all Nova Scotians just how much of a difference individuals can make,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said. “It is an honour to acknowledge their creative and selfless efforts by proclaiming a day at the outset of each school year to relay such a positive message against bullying.” Premier MacDonald and acting Education Minister Jamie Muir were joined at Province House today, Sept. 25, by Mr. Shepherd and Mr. Price for the proclamation signing. Mr. Muir said, “The department has been actively working on initiatives to help with bullying, but to have two students come forward with an idea like this is such a boost to the cause as it comes from the students for the students.”last_img read more

Trans Mountain opponent got federal money through Canada Summer Jobs Tories

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberal government found itself taking fire over the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from opposite flanks Wednesday: accused of helping to finance pipeline protesters on the one hand, and rigging the review system in favour of the project on the other.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer led off question period with the revelation that one of the successful applicants to the government’s Canada Summer Jobs program is a B.C. group looking to hire someone “to help … stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project.”“Does he not realize that he is funding the very groups that are protesting against the project that is in the national interest?” Scheer demanded.“We are talking about taking tax dollars from people who are out of work in the energy sector and giving it to people who are trying to block a project in the national interest.”The B.C. group, Dogwood, however, has been receiving federal money for years — including from the previous Conservative government, Trudeau retorted.“Unlike, apparently, the leader of the official Opposition, we believe in free speech,” he said.“On the issue of this particular advocacy group, it is important to highlight that it was also funded under the Harper government.”Dogwood spokesman Kai Nagata said the group has received funding under the program since 2010 and their work to stop pipeline projects has never previously been an issue.The funding goes toward paying a university student who spends the summer doing outreach work on campaigns to stop oil tanker expansion on the B.C. coast, he said.“That’s never been an issue for the government in the past and the plan this year is to do the exact same thing,” Nagata said.The government has been under fire of late over the Canada Summer Jobs program — specifically a new requirement that organizations declare their support for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including women’s reproductive rights.Scheer tried to needle Trudeau on that count, as well: “There is nobody who believes that the prime minister is committed to free speech when he punishes all those in this country who do not agree with his personal point of view.”Trudeau seized on the chance to depict his rival as a kinder, gentler version of his predecessor.“The commitment that this government has made to stand up and defend reproductive rights and the rights of women at every single opportunity is one that sticks in their craw,” he said of the Conservatives.“We will not apologize for ensuring that women’s rights are protected across this country.”Scheer’s question was far from the only Trans Mountain offensive the Liberals faced — indeed, question period has, of late, been dominated by the project, given what proponents say of its potential economic impact, as well as how it’s likely to influence next year’s federal election.Kinder Morgan declared earlier this month it was halting all non-essential spending on the controversial expansion, which has been beset by protests and is at the centre of a fierce dispute between the governments of B.C. and Alberta.The expansion — which B.C. is blocking — would twin an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilsands to Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., where diluted bitumen would be loaded onto oil tankers for export.Earlier Wednesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and energy critic Guy Caron released a letter to Trudeau effectively accusing the Liberals of having decided to proceed with Trans Mountain well before the federal review process had completed its evaluation.The letter cites recent media reports suggesting the government’s decision to proceed was a purely political calculation, rather than a decision based on whether or not the project would indeed be in the national interest.“These revelations throw into question the legitimacy of the government’s entire review as they point to an approval based on political interests,” the letter reads.“To address these serious concerns, we urge you to release all relevant documentation associated with the review process, including those subject to cabinet confidentiality.”Caron pressed the issue during question period, but Trudeau waved off the NDP’s concerns.“Under the previous government, the approach of not understanding how important it is to properly consult and engage in acquiring social licence needed to be fixed,” he said.“We actually added additional steps to make the process more rigorous. In fact, we extended the consultation process to ensure we were meeting and exceeding our responsibility to engage with and consult Indigenous people.”Trudeau has been unequivocal in declaring his government’s support for the project — so much so that he has dispatched Finance Minister Bill Morneau to meet with Kinder Morgan to find a way to ensure the expansion remains financially viable.He has also promised legislation to reaffirm the federal government’s authority in deciding the fate of cross-boundary pipeline projects, although the details of what that bill will look like have not been released.The idea behind Trans Mountain is to get Alberta’s oilsands bitumen to tidewater, opening up new markets for Canada’s oil beyond the U.S., its only real oil customer — a situation Trudeau says forces Canada to take a big hit on the price it gets.Fearing the many environmental unknowns that surround diluted bitumen, or dilbit, B.C. wants to restrict the pipe’s capacity until more is understood about how the material might behave in a marine environment, how it can be cleaned up and how a major spill might impact ocean life.B.C. has said it plans to file a court reference by the end of April to determine if it can stop or restrict the flow of dilbit on the grounds of its own jurisdiction over environmental concerns.Many environmental groups fear an increase in tanker traffic out of Burnaby along marine routes that are at times extremely narrow, worsening the risk of a major spill.Trudeau has said he only approved the pipeline in the context of balancing the need for environmental protections with the need for economic growth. The government’s $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan is designed to account for such spills, he said, suggesting the government would make additional investments if need be.last_img read more

Fort St John sees 22 million in construction value during September

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has released the construction value of building permits issued for September 2019.For September, the value of construction was $2,213,620.00 with 13 permits issued.The largest project on the list is for a Single Family Dwelling with a dollar value of $515,200.00. In comparison to 2018, the overall construction value of the projects is up from $32.9 million to $48.0 million.The number of permits issued so far in 2019 is slightly less at 83, compared to 85 a year ago.You can view the full July 2019 building permit report on the City’s website.last_img read more

India purchased arms from Lanka

The Indian Government had purchased weapons from Sri Lanka during the past three years, the Indian Lok Sabha was informed on Monday.In a written reply to a Lok Sabha query, Defence Minister A. K. Antony said the three forces have spent over Rs 2.35 lakh crore for procuring weapons systems from several countries, including Russia, Israel, the US, the UK, Poland, Slovakia, Finland and Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported. As per the data provided by the three Services headquarters, Russia has emerged as the biggest beneficiary by bagging business worth over Rs 1 lakh crore. Of the three forces, the Army has emerged as the biggest spender from the year 2010-11 to 2012-13 with purchases of over Rs 1.92 lakh crore, as per the data in Antony’s reply. read more

Utility contractors airlines car dealerships target of complaints in 2016 BBB

Utility contractors, airlines, car dealerships target of complaints in 2016: BBB by Kaitlin Lee Posted Jan 10, 2017 11:10 am MDT The Better Business Bureau is out with a list of what industries saw the most complaints last year in Calgary.Utility Contractors were a top target of scrutiny in 2016 — Spokesperson Leah Brownridge says they received 188 complaints.“People claiming that they were duped into signing the contract that they really didn’t understand, or there was discrepancies in the agreed upon cost,” she said.“A lot of energy sales contracts. Which of course, with January 1, of this year there has been a ban on some of those energy (companies) selling door to door, so, we’re hoping to see that number go down.”The BBB also heard 132 complaints about airlines.“People have sometimes claimed that they were overcharged on a credit card, when it comes to booking their flights, or maybe a cancellation policy that didn’t really go through, and also reports of damaged luggage, frustrations with delayed flights, and missing your connecting flights and not receiving suitable accommodations in the eyes of the consumer,” she said.“It’s nothing really out of the ordinary. It just seems to happen repeatedly, and that’s something that’s on our radar.”Rounding out the top three areas of concern were complaints about car dealerships:“A variety of things. Certainly issues with repairs and warranty issues as well, also complaints about misleading, or pushy, or pressured sales tactics, as well as customer service issues,” she explained.But, Brownridge says there was some smart consumer behaviour last year.The BBB heard the most inquiries about roofing contractors, home builders, and renovation companies.“People are regularly checking out, calling and asking us just to make sure that they are informed about the business that they are checking out before going ahead and making that large investment of time and money,” Brownridge said.Brownridge says these complaints serve as a checkpoint for businesses to improve, and to help consumers make good decisions. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ( read more

Syria UN envoy to take stock of peace talks by weeks end

“On the political track, we should not, and no one should, expect that after five years of conflict, a political transition by miracle in one week is sold. Let’s be frank about that,” Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, told the press after separate meetings with the delegations of the Syrian Government and the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC). “In fact, indeed, there is one major improvement in what we used to have: everybody agrees the word ‘political transition’ is the point of the agenda. So far our discussion with the two sides has been focusing on what is the interpretation of the political transition, but (there is) no doubt about the need of doing that,” he added. Mr. de Mistura said the HNC told him of their intension to remain in their hotel in Geneva, and possibly, at his suggestion, to pursue technical discussions with himself and his team, particularly on the issues related to Security Council resolution 2254 and the political transition. “They do realize that this requires time and cannot be solved in one week or three days,” he stressed. The envoy said he plans to continue discussions and consultations with every side, “in the Palais or anywhere else,” and on Friday will “take stock of the discussions, review what we have come up with, having learned from every side their own positions, and then decide on how and when to move forward on what is expected to be a series of discussions, on and off, in order to focus on concrete political transition.” It is no secret, Mr. de Mistura said, that one side is insisting on the implementation of the Transitional Governing Body and the other side – the Government – has been indicating their interest in launching an initiative for a broad-based Government. “Both of them are claiming that this is the road towards political transition. The gap is clearly wide, but this is exactly the nature of negotiations. Especially when the agreement exists about the fact that there is no doubt that there needs to be a political transition, according to Security Council resolution 2254,” he said. “Our strategy is to be able to get, from each of the two sides, as much information as possible of their own vision and see whether there are some areas that can be combined in view of the need of producing a real political transition,” he continued. “As you know, the timetable is up to August. That is what has been so far seen as a timetable for getting a new constitution and getting the political transition. So, we do have some time, not much in history, but we do, and it is certainly not today or tomorrow,” he said. Providing an assessment of developments in Syria, Mr. de Mistura noted that the cessation of hostilities is still holding in many areas, but that there is an increase in fighting. “No one can deny that the fighting currently taking place in some areas, particularly in Aleppo, is becoming particularly worrisome,” he said. In addition, the envoy said that humanitarian access is still “going too slowly.” Some convoys might be moving tomorrow, and there were indications about evacuations of wounded and sick people. There might also be some vaccination campaigns over the weekend, although progress on that front was also too slow. Both issues and concerns would be raised at the two task forces tomorrow, he said. “Indeed, if this trend continues, which is still worrisome, we will be obviously expecting and hoping that the two co-chairs of [the International Syria Support Group] ISSG will be convening a special meeting,” he said. Mr. de Mistura added that there was a small fact-finding mission in Daraya, led by Khawla Mattar, who is working on behalf of his office. Ms. Daraya will report tomorrow, he noted. read more

All of humanity is part of this story UNESCO says on Day

The courage of the men and women who in August 1791 revolted against slavery in Haiti “has created obligations for us,” the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on the day set aside for remembrance of that rebellion, noting that “all of humanity is part of this story” and efforts to teach the history of the slave trade will help build a better world.“The uprising was a turning point in human history, greatly impacting the establishment of universal human rights, for which we are all indebted,” said UNESCO Director-General in her message for the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, marked annually on 23 August to commemorate the night in 1791 when people who had been torn from Africa and sold into slavery revolted against the slave system to obtain freedom and independence for Haiti, gained in 1804.She said that UNESCO is marking the Day of Remembrance to pay tribute to all those who fought for freedom, and, in their name, to continue teaching about their story and the values therein.“The history of the slave trade and slavery created a storm of rage, cruelty and bitterness that has not yet abated,” said the Director- General, “but the courage of these men and women has created obligations for us.”She acknowledged that the success of this rebellion, led by the slaves themselves, is a deep source of inspiration today for the fight against all forms of servitude, racism, prejudice, racial discrimination and social injustice that are a legacy of slavery.“All of humanity is part of this story, in its transgressions and good deeds,” Ms. Bokova noted.Through its project The Slave Route, UNESCO intends to find in this collective memory the strength to build a better world and to show the historical and moral connections that unite different peoples.In this same frame of mind, the UN proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024). UNESCO is contributing to it through its educational, cultural and scientific programmes so as to promote the contribution of people of African descent to building modern societies and ensuring dignity and equality for all human beings, without distinction. read more

Meet Irelands new world champion kickboxers

first_img“I’d love it to be,” he says. “I think the sport would grow an awful lot more. There’s a lot of competitors that do some variation of kickboxing. I teach a class of 60 or 70 kids, but after a certain level, you do lose them to boxing, or taekwondo, because they’re Olympic-recognised and the parents are thinking about the Olympics. But a lot of the groundwork is done with the kickboxing.“If it did get Olympic recognition, it would be huge for the sport. There’d be a lot more investment in the sport, investment in coaching and development. And no matter what tournament you go to — a Worlds or Europeans — an Irish person will come back with a gold. It’s something that Irish people are good at. It would be a better gamble to bet on that than say, the football team.”YouTube credit: BrannmanndanAll pics used with permission from Shauna Bannon and Robbie McMenamy.First published at 12.00POLL: Would Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill make a good management team?>Many Irish athletes not living up to their potential – Sonia O’Sullivan> Bannon also explains how she has already triumphed at both the All-Irelands and the European Championships. And while there were a few unfamiliar fighters from the Asian and Pan American Games competing, she was familiar with the majority of her opponents, given that she spends much of the year travelling around Europe to participate in various events, rather than restricting herself to Irish tournaments, where the standard is considerably lower. Moreover, she had the advantage of knowing she could beat the Italian in the final, having done so already at the Europeans this year.Indeed, it would be no exaggeration to label Bannon somewhat of a sporting prodigy, as she has been competing at World and European events at junior level since the age of 14, and was participating at senior level by the time she was 16, while already encountering significant success in her brief tenure in the sport.“At the moment, I’d probably be the top woman in Ireland,” she adds. “At team events, there’s always one woman and three men, and I’d normally get picked for that.”Like most athletes, Bannon dreams of one day representing her country at the Olympics, even though kickboxing is not currently accommodated at the event. “There were loads of meetings on while I was over [in Russia], so hopefully they realise that the sport is good and it should be in the Olympics.“There’s so many different world championships but WAKO [World Association of Kickboxing Organisations] is the highest standard. You see people in the papers described as world champion kickboxers and you don’t even know who they are. “If I was from Norway or Italy or Hungary or somewhere like that, I’d get so much money off their government to go to competitions throughout the year,” she says. “But we get no money off the Irish government. If I was from Norway and won, I would have got up to 70 grand. They get ridiculous amounts of money, but it’s just not recognised in Ireland.“You get a pat on the back when you come home from winning a tournament, but you don’t really get much more from it. I find it so disheartening when I see someone else [from another sport] getting so much publicity. It’s good for the country, but it’s hard for us.”Bannon explains that she’ll seldom have a moment to relax yet with the WAKOs in Turkey coming up at the start of December, and indeed since finishing a course in Leisure Management in college last May, she has had little time to focus on anything other than her training at Tallaght Martial Arts club. It’s certainly not through lack of effort that the sport isn’t as high profile as herself and others would like it to be. “I’ve looked recently at more strength-based stuff. I joined a place called CrossFit Ireland out in Sandyford. It’s very high intensity training — like power lifts. You do all your Olympic lifts, your snatches, you’re climbing ropes, it’s very hardcore training. A beginner can do it, but for the likes of us, it’s very beneficial and I felt a huge difference in my fitness.“I also met up every week with the Irish team and I teach at a martial arts club called Spartan Martial Arts out in Blanchardstown. Out of the nine Irish men fighters [at the Combat Games], five of them are from our club. It’s a pretty high standard, so we always get to train together.”It has, of course, been a year in which traditionally low-profile sports have enjoyed high-profile successes — Rob Heffernan in walking and Annalise Murphy in sailing are two prime examples. Hence, does Bannon get inspired when he sees they type of impact their success can ultimately have?“I don’t really look at other sports. The only other sport I’m into at the moment is kickboxing and CrossFit. Team sports have never been a thing for me because I know when I train and I know when I’m not training and I’ve never really relied on anyone else to do the work for me. So in a team sport, you don’t know what other people are doing and if they’re pushing themselves. With individual sports, you get what you put into it, so I’ve always preferred individual sports.“But I think it’s great to see other Irish people being successful, because I think some Irish people think we’re not as good as the Americans, or we’re not as good as the Russians — [that attitude is] built into Irish people, but at the end of the day, they’re just people, so anybody can beat anybody.”(McMenamy pictured celebrating his win in the final)McMenamy’s current success is a far cry from his days starting out as a youngster in which he was, by his own admission, “a little fat kid”.“One of my mates and me started going to the club round the corner from my house, and it just so happened to be one of the best kickboxing clubs in Ireland, if not Europe. The two coaches, Martin and Dave, they’re still my coaches, they took a lot of interest in me. They didn’t just turn up to training. They’d bring you to tournaments, they’d pick you up if you couldn’t get to training, they’d bring you home.“And the actual camaraderie in the club was good. Even on days where you didn’t feel like training, you’d go, because you had friends up there. A lot of coaches are kind of like father figures as well. So it’s not just coaching kickboxing, you get a few life lessons thrown in along the way.”McMenamy, who balances his training with 40-hour weeks in his regular job as a fire fighter and paramedic for Dublin Fire Brigade, is hopeful — like Bannon — that kickboxing will soon be an Olympic sport. “It’s been ongoing for the past two years. I’ve been training six times a week in the mornings and the evenings in the gym. And I have one rest day. But I’d be in the gym doing strength and conditioning stuff every morning. Then at night, pad work, technical stuff, and then at the weekends, we would have squad training, where I’ve been going out to meet different people from all over Dublin to spar with.“I’ve been offered jobs that I’ve had to turn down because I want to focus on my training. I finished college last May and since then, I’ve been going flat out [with training].  The hours of the jobs just didn’t suit my training schedule and I just wanted to focus on the Combat Games.”YouTube credit: BrannmanndanThe similarly driven McMenamy’s victory was perhaps less of a surprise, given that he had already won the same event in 2010. And on this occasion, he comfortably overcame Stella Neri of Italy 12-6 in the final.“It’s a big achievement for people outside looking in,” he explains. “It’s a big name on the event like the world title. But I’ve been fighting at this level since I was 16, so it’s nothing new. It’s the same fighters — just a different venue. It’s the same buzz you get if you’re fighting an Irish Open tournament or an international tournament or an event like this.“It’s just that people outside now give it more attention. For us it’s the same thing. We train the same. We fight the same. But more people get more excited about it because of the title that’s put on it.”Yet this renewed success appears to have made a significant difference, as McMenamy says he notices a big change in people’s reaction compared with 2010. Updated at 12.40IF THERE’S ONE type of sport Irish people seem to thrive at, it’s competitive fighting.Ireland’s success at boxing is well documented, having accumulated a number of Olympic medals in recent times, yet not as many people will be aware of the country’s proficiency in kickboxing.Athletes in the sport, however, have been performing impressively for a number of years, and their most recent success occurred at last week’s World Combat Games in Russia, in which Mark McDermott of Blanchardstown and Sligoman Dessie Leonard received a silver and a bronze medal respectively for their efforts. Meanwhile, Lucan-born Robbie McMenamy and Tallaght native Shauna Bannon both succeeded in winning gold medals in their respective categories.We spoke with the latter two fighters following their triumphant return home to Dublin a few days ago.20-year-old Bannon, who defeated Gloria DeBei of Italy 13-10 in the final, said she was confident going into the tournament, as she has been competing in the sport for several years at both junior and senior level. “Winning the tournament is one thing, but how people react is another thing,” he says. “This, particularly more so than the 2010 one, has been publicised a lot more. This time we’re doing a lot of radio interviews and we’ve been featured a lot on online media as well. We’re getting good publicity — not as much as the boxers, but they’re funded by the government, and we’re not, because we’re not an Olympic sport. [Kickboxing is] fairly similar to the boxing — we just don’t get the recognition or the sponsorship they get.“We’ve got more promoters. And one thing Irish people are good at is competitive fighting, whether it be boxing, kickboxing or taekwondo. It doesn’t matter at what level, Irish people are always good at fighting. In something like running, there might not be as high a standard. And I think they’re looking to promote something we’re good at.”McMenamy also explains how a slight alteration in his training methods ahead of the event ultimately paid dividends. “I think that’s why the sport isn’t getting Olympic recognition — because of all the different organisations. I think over there, they realise that WAKO is the main organisation and hopefully now, it will get into the Olympics. I don’t think it’ll be in the next one, but hopefully it will be in the one after that.”(Bannon practices her kickboxing technique)Bannon also believes more needs to be done to help the sport by those outside of it, complaining that it receives no TV coverage aside from “about 30 seconds on Setanta the odd time”. She also admits to being somewhat envious of the far more generous funding that other countries tend to afford their competitors in the sport, compared with Ireland.last_img read more

We are now the masters of our own destiny cabinet ministers react

first_imgWITH THE BAILOUT set to end tomorrow, it is predictable that our government would be in something of a celebratory mood.Indeed, some of the members of cabinet were outside Government Buildings yesterday, and the air of optimism was palpable.Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said that the move sent out a strong message that Ireland was on the road to recovery, saying that we are “now masters of our own destiny”.Social Protection Minister Joan Burton was quick to argue that the bailout exit was not just a perception move.She added that the Live Register figures painted a reflection of a country recovering.The theme of independence was strong throughout the day, with Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin saying that Ireland had recovered our economic sovereignty and that was a cause for celebration.He added that the lack of rioting in Ireland had helped with international perception of the country. He said that “this magnificent country” had been let down.The Finance Minister Michael Noonan, however, was more measured, saying, to borrow a Fianna Fáil slogan, that a lot had been done and more remained to be done.He said that Ireland would continue to hit and, where possible, exceed deficit targets.(All videos: What will life be like on Monday? The same, but families may benefitRead: ‘The Irish people are the real heroes’ – Noonanlast_img read more

Poll Do you think there should be restrictions on diesel vehicles

first_img DUBLIN AND URBAN areas across the country could have bans or restrictions on diesel vehicles.It’s understood that the government is talking about penalising those who operate diesel vehicles with bans and extra charges.The UN climate and clean air coalition says soot from diesel vehicles is among the big contributors to ill health and global warming.Such restrictions are already in place in London, Paris, Athens and Amsterdam.So today we’re asking, do you think there should be restrictions on diesel vehicles?  No  (12092) Poll Results: Short URL Mar 4th 2017, 12:17 PM Yes No I don’t know Vote By Cliodhna Russell Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Alexandru Nikacenter_img Yes  (4408) Poll: Do you think there should be restrictions on diesel vehicles? The UN climate and clean air coalition says soot from diesel vehicles is among the big contributors to ill health and global warming. 33,299 Views 119 Comments I don’t know  (1231) Saturday 4 Mar 2017, 12:17 PM Image: Shutterstock/Alexandru Nika Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Fire crews free boy after he got his hand trapped inside a

first_img Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 5:48 PM 20,109 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Fire crews free boy after he got his hand trapped inside a cinema seat The boy had been going to see the new Smurfs film with his family. Source: NIFRS West via FacebookA CHILD IN Derry had to be cut free by fire crews yesterday, after his hand became trapped in a cinema seat.The young boy had been attending the cinema to see the new Smurfs film with his family, but had managed to get his hand trapped in the seat at the Omniplex in the Quayside Shopping Centre yesterday afternoon.Crews from Northland and Crescent Links attended the scene, and used a hydraulic cutter, socket sets and screwdrivers to free him.It is not believed that the boy required hospital treatment afterwards but both he and his mother and father were relieved when he was eventually freed. Source: NIFRS West via FacebookRead: Aslan pay tribute as keyboardist Patrick ‘Fitzy’ Fitzpatrick dies following battle with cancerRead: Over 30,000 sign petition to prevent Sisters of Charity becoming owners of maternity hospital Apr 19th 2017, 5:48 PM 18 Comments Short URL By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Melania Trump makes rare public speech calling for womens empowerment

first_img 22,481 Views By AFP Short URL 57 Comments Mar 30th 2017, 12:17 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Melania Trump makes rare public speech calling for women’s empowerment President Trump said that his wife’s poll numbers are higher than his own. Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 12:17 PM Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo US FIRST LADY Melania Trump made the case for women’s “empowerment” at a ceremony yesterday honoring a dozen activists who have overcome great odds to advance human rights around the world.In a rare public speech, Melania Trump called for an embrace of diversity, appearing as a “special guest” at the International Women of Courage event at the US State Department.“We must begin now to challenge old fears, and fight for justice and stand up against evil and injustice wherever it may be,” she said as she paid tribute to the 13 women honorees, all but one of whom were present.“As leaders of our shared global community, we must continue to work towards gender empowerment and respect for people from all backgrounds and ethnicities, remembering always that we are all ultimately members of one race, the human race.”The first lady’s vocal support of diversity appeared somewhat at odds with the stance of President Donald Trump’s administration, whose “America first” worldview has often cast outsiders as a threat.Three of the honorees yesterday were from countries targeted by Trump’s thwarted travel ban on refugees and travelers from Muslim-majority nations: Iraq, Syria and Yemen.Praising the strength and courage of the laureates who have fought against gender bias and discrimination, Melania Trump said it is women like them who will “ignite a global battle against inhumanity.” Melania Trump presenting an award to Malebogo Molefhe at the International Women of Courage ceremony Source: Glen Johnson/Zuma Press/PA Images“Together, with the international community, the United States must send a clear message that we are watching,” she said.President Trump’s military-dominated budget blueprint, however, calls for State Department funding to be slashed by a third, with “soft” aid programs that promote democracy and human rights seen as under threat.The Slovenian-born former model turned first lady is so low-profile that a paparazzo in New York called her, in an interview with The Washington Post, “the great white whale.”Yesterday’s appearance also fell in the middle of a busy week in the nation’s capital for the first lady.She and President Donald Trump hosted a White House reception Tuesday night for all 100 U.S. senators and their spouses. Melania Trump also planned a third appearance today in Washington, but the White House has not released any details.After joining Shannon at the State Department, the first lady later appeared at a White House panel discussion on women’s empowerment, where Trump introduced his wife, a former model, as a “very highly accomplished woman.”He mentioned that her poll numbers are higher than his, and also said she “feels so strongly about” empowering women.Since her husband’s 20 January inauguration, the first lady has lived mostly at the family’s Trump Tower penthouse in midtown Manhattan with the couple’s son, Barron, 11.She often meets the president in Palm Beach, Florida, when he spends weekends at his waterfront estate there.Trump has said his wife and son will move to the White House after Barron’s school year ends.- © AFP 2017With reporting from the Associated PressRead: Ivanka Trump taking on unpaid White House jobRead: Another blow for Trump’s new travel ban as court blocks it indefinitely Share105 Tweet Email last_img read more

Northern Irish women not entitled to free abortions in England court rules

first_img 40 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 5:03 PM THE UK SUPREME Court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter to allow women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS.A panel of Supreme Court judges narrowly rejected the appeal in a three to two majority decision this morning in London.The decision confirms an earlier ruling that women who travel to England from Northern Ireland cannot receive free abortions on the NHS.Over 700 women from Northern Ireland who needed abortions last year traveled to England to get treatment.In Northern Ireland, terminations are only permitted if a woman’s life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.Abortions are not permitted in the cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities.The 20-year-old woman who took the appeal was told she had to pay hundreds for a private termination because she was excluded from free abortion services when she traveled from Northern Ireland to Manchester in October 2012.Pro-choice campaigners have condemned this decision.“This ruling shows the hypocrisy of the current laws in Northern Ireland,” Abortion Rights Campaign spokesperson Lisa Kavanagh said.The people of Northern Ireland pay for the NHS with their taxes but cannot access the full range of healthcare services that the people of England and Wales enjoy.The mother and daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, originally lost their High Court action in May 2014.The judge decided that the Minister for Health was entitled to take on a system based on the individual’s place of residency, so that women living in Northern Ireland are not allowed benefit from NHS abortion services in England, despite the fact that they are UK citizens.The pair suffered a second defeat at the Court of Appeal in 2015.In relation to today’s decision, RTE reported that the Supreme Court judge Lord Wilson said it was not for the court to “address the ethical considerations which underlie the difference” in Northern Irish and English abortion law.“But the fact is that the law in Northern Ireland puts most women in unwanted pregnancy there in a deeply unenviable position,” he said.Kavanagh said that even if today’s ruling went in favour of the mother and daughter, they still deserved to get healthcare at home, rather than being aided financially to travel to a different part of the UK.Read: ‘I literally don’t know another female track-and-field athlete who hasn’t had an abortion’More: Irish women account for seven in 10 non-resident abortions carried out in UK Northern Irish women not entitled to free abortions in England, court rules The UK Supreme Court has ruled that women from Northern Ireland are not entitled to free access to abortions. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share11 Tweet Email Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio By Hayley Halpin Jun 14th 2017, 5:03 PM 9,839 Views last_img read more

New proposal leads to further party talks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s last-ditch efforts to create a government following the fragmented result of the May 6 elections is due to continue on Tuesday after President Karolos Papoulias proposed on Monday that parties discuss the possibility of supporting an administration of “personalities,” or technocrats and respected political figures with broad appeal.Papoulias put forward his proposal during Monday night’s talks with New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras, PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos and the head of Democratic Left, Fotis Kouvelis. The three leaders were called in after discussions to form a unity government on Sunday failed as a result of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) declining a role in the administration.SYRIZA, which opposes the European Union and International Monetary Fund loan deal, said it was not satisfied that a four-party government would be committed to ending the austerity policies imposed in Greece since 2010.Although ND, PASOK and Democratic Left have 168 seats in Parliament, there is a feeling that SYRIZA’s support would be needed for greater political legitimacy. It emerged that during the talks between Samaras, Venizelos and Kouvelis last night, the idea of just the three parties forming a government was set aside in favor of Papoulias’s suggestion that as many political groups as possible support a so-called “government of personalities.”As a result, a new meeting between all the leaders of parties that entered Parliament following the May 6 elections, apart from the far-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn), has been called for 2 p.m. today. It has been reported that the leader of the nationalist Independent Greeks, Panos Kammenos, will meet with the president a little earlier after Samaras asked Papoulias to look into whether there was a possibility of his party joining a unity government, thereby negating the need for an administration of technocrats to be formed.There was a mixed reaction from the three leaders who took part in yesterday’s talks to the idea of a technocrat-led government but all agreed that such an administration would need broad support.“The effort to form a government is continuing,” said Samaras. “It needs to have the broadest possible support. It is not so important who the personalities are but which parties support the government.”“Under normal circumstances, governments of technocrats or personalities are not formed,” said Venizelos. “But when we are faced with such a crisis, such a deadlock, parliamentary support for such a government must be as broad as possible.”Democratic Left leader Kouvelis was the least enthusiastic about the prospect of such a government being formed, insisting that an administration made up of as many parties as possible was a better option. “This is a defeat for politics,” he said.SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is expected to take part in Tuesday’s meeting after choosing not to attend the talks on Monday. Speaking to the Athens-Macedonia News Agency, Tsipras said that he plans to build on his party’s success in the May 6 polls, when it more than tripled its vote from the previous elections. “Today’s SYRIZA bears no relation to the SYRIZA of May 5,” said Tsipras. A survey by Public Issue for Kathimerini indicated that about half of the 16.8 percent of voters who backed SYRIZA just over a week ago had voted for New Democracy or PASOK in the 2009 elections. Tsipras said that he wanted to keep hold of these voters in the next elections and broaden its appeal. He said the structure of the party would change and that SYRIZA would take the necessary legal steps to ensure it would be able to profit from the 50-seat bonus given the leading party in elections. As a coalition, SYRIZA does not currently qualify for the bonus. The party, however, remains committed to changing the electoral system from one of reinforced proportionality to proportional representation.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Greek Community of Melbourne to open three new afterhours campuses in 2018

first_imgAt a time when language education in Australia can be said to be going through difficult times, the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) has taken the bold decision to open three new after-hours campuses in 2018 in the outer Melbourne suburbs of South Morang, Narre Warren, and Point Cook.It is expected that students from these suburbs and surrounding areas will be attracted to the new locations. The GCM places education at the forefront of its priorities and this has been demonstrated by education initiatives this year that include encouraging Northcote High School to return Modern Greek to its senior curriculum after looking at phasing it out later in the decade, engaging with La Trobe University to ensure the continuation of its Greek Studies programme, and starting a school holiday programme. GCM education spokesperson and board member Dr Nick Dallas said, “this decision was made after a lengthy and detailed study of Melbourne’s emerging demographics. “Melbourne is changing, it’s expanding outwardly as housing affordability becomes more of an issue for families, and many Greek families are part of this demographic shift. We had some ideas about potential locations but the release of the latest 2016 Census data in July confirmed our thoughts and essentially gave the green light to the campus expansion project. The board was overwhelmingly in favour of the project and sees it as an investment for the future. “The decision also follows the results of parental surveys. Convenience of location is by far the most important determinant in deciding and choosing a campus for their children. “The education committee released a report in 2016 on Greek language study in Victoria and some of the recommendations were investigating the need for new campuses, looking at investing in upgrading the skills of our teachers and improving our curriculum, and developing a greater understanding must be obtained about why parents chose not to send their children to Greek School. “By opening up these new campuses and investing heavily in the professional development and ongoing improvement of our teachers and curriculum, we will be delivering on two of these three recommendations,” Dr Dallas explained.The Community has considerable experience in setting up campuses from scratch. Just four years ago it established new campuses in Melbourne’s CBD and Malvern East aimed at meeting the needs of children who have Greek as their primary language and whose families had recently arrived with the onset of the Greek economic crisis. These flourishing campuses have around 300 students and continue to receive new enrolments as the influx of newly-arrived migrants from Greece hasn’t abated. The roll-out of the new campuses will be overseen by the education sector of the GCM. “We welcome assistance from the broader community on this project. If anyone knows any families with school-aged children living in these suburbs, they should encourage them to contact the GCM for more information. We encourage everyone to spread the word,” added Mr Tzimpragos, the GCM’s education officer and principal.The GCM remains passionate about language learning and cultural maintenance, in particular community languages. It continues to fight the ‘good fight’ as it values the benefits that second language acquisition bestows upon a person. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more