Anie Lennox Visits Family Counselling Centre And Shelter For Women In South

first_imgIn a recent blog, Annie Lennox shares her most recent visit to Nonceba, a family counselling centre and shelter for women supported by The Circle.Nonceba is located in Khayelitsha, a township in Western Cape, South Africa.“The range of services Nonceba offers is comprehensive and holistic. Social workers are available to help women seek and receive the support they are entitled to, and counsellors help women and children deal with the traumas they are faced with. There are play spaces and simple bedrooms in the safe houses, where mothers can stay together with their children. Child care is provided. A crèche is run, so mothers have a safe and caring place to leave their children whilst they are at work, and the community hall is a place where past and current service users, as well as staff, can come together for support, encouragement and laughs. Once the women do eventually leave Nonceba, continued support is available after their stay.”To read the full blog, click here.last_img read more

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Ban Kimoon condemns recent violence in Turkey

The attacks include two bomb blasts in Izmir today which reportedly left one person dead and 10 people wounded, as well as an attack on a bus on 29 September in south-eastern Turkey near the town of Beytüssebab in the Sirnak province, which reportedly killed 13 people. “The Secretary-General reiterates in the strongest terms his condemnation of violence in all its forms,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. 2 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against recent attacks in Turkey which have killed over a dozen people and injured at least 10. read more

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New members of Liberian Government must be corruptionfree UN emphasizes

Those appointed or elected to the new government must be “individuals of high moral character and integrity, with untainted past records,” the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said in a statement released in Monrovia.At the current critical juncture, “every effort should be made to ensure that all members of the new government are appointed or elected based upon their professional abilities, and are those who will place the interests of the people of Liberia ahead of any personal interests,” UNMIL stressed.The statement also pointed out that the UN Security Council as well as international donors are closely following developments in Liberia with a view to reinforcing support for its peace and reconstruction efforts. “Any setbacks at this early stage could adversely affect international commitment and future support,” the Mission warned. read more

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South African appointed new UN force commander in Burundi

General Mgwebi, the first South African named to lead a UN peacekeeping force, headed the African Union’s (AU) mission in Burundi before it was re-hatted with the UN’s Blue Helmets on 1 June, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing.The AU deployed its forces, the African Mission in Burundi (AMIB), in April of last year for an initial period of one year. The mandate was extended by two months to give the UN time to establish its own peace mission.

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Overflights aerial attacks stoke safety fears in South Sudan – UN refugee

“[We are] concerned about the safety of refugees from Sudan and aid workers in Yida, after unidentified aircraft circled over the settlement several times on 9 April,” said Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Speaking to the press in Geneva, Ms. Fleming said that Yida is located in the north of Unity state, close to the highly militarized Jau corridor, and that the plane sighting raised fears that the refugee settlement might soon come under direct or indirect military attack. Further, the overflights came just two days after the aerial bombardment of Neem, a community 26 kilometres north of Yida, and close to the disputed border area of Jau.Ms. Fleming said that local authorities reported that on 7 April, a suspected military aircraft had dropped more than five bombs over Neem, which is along the road used by refugees fleeing the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan. “According to UNHCR information, refugees had not been directly affected in this week’s attack,” she added.She explained that Yida, a spontaneous settlement sheltering 70,000 Sudanese refugees, has come under aerial attack before. In November 2011, two bombs fell inside the camp, including one close to a school for refugee children. With the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, Pariang County, in which Yida is located, has seen increased militarization by regular and irregular armed groups. Shifting conflict lines have left refugees exposed to serious protection risks, including gender-based violence, she said.Asked to identify the aircraft and whether the attack came from the Sudanese or the South Sudanese, Ms. Fleming responded that she could not speculate on the issue. As to whether there were any people injured in the attack, she said that there was no bombing this time and hence no injuries.“The previous overflights led to attacks, which is why the people were terrified this time. Nonetheless, they still have a certain feeling of security living in the border areas and are reluctant to move,” she said, explaining that UNHCR is trying to show the refugees that conditions in another camp are better, but the agency could only transfer refugees on a voluntary basis. Ms. Fleming noted that for more than two years, UNHCR and the South Sudan Commission for Refugee Affairs has been advocating for the relocation of refugees to safer areas inside South Sudan. “National authorities are aware of the protection concerns, and agreed with UNHCR and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] that the civilian character of the camp could be maintained in Yida,” she said, but added that refugee leaders had nonetheless been reluctant to move, citing proximity to their homeland, as well as similarity in soil composition, vegetation and other topographical features. She recalled that in March 2013, a model refugee settlement had been established in Aujong Thok, further from the disputed border zone, and the Government of South Sudan had decreed that no new arrivals should be registered in Yida. Donor support had enabled the construction of primary and secondary schools as an incentive for refugees to relocate voluntarily. “Refugees in Yida, however, were slow to accept that offer,” she said.Ms. Fleming told reporters that she had just returned from a visit to South Sudan and Ethiopia, where she witnessed “a very grave situation,” with more than one million people uprooted over several months. “What is very frightening is the large food crisis because people have not been able to plant their crops, and are fleeing to areas where there is absolutely nothing,” she said, adding that UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP) are having problems transporting aid to remote areas via road because the ceasefire was not being respected. WFP has had to resort to very costly airdrops. She went on to spotlight the “very dramatic situation” in Ethiopia, where the conditions of the people arriving there were “terrible.” Some had been walking, mostly barefoot, for more than 25 days; 37 per cent of them were malnourished. “It is a very desperate situation for people on the run, and hunger is a huge concern.” read more

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As migration continues to accelerate in southeast Asia UN health agency calls

“Disease is universal and transcends borders. As health leaders we must tackle the health problems that affect migrant populations,” the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for the South-East Asia Region, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said in a news release today. “We need to construct better information systems to collect data on the health issues of migrants; institute policy and legal frameworks that facilitate greater health care access; and create inclusive health systems sensitive to the needs of migrants,” she added. According to the news release, health and migration are key concerns of WHO member countries across the region – with Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia named among the top ten countries witnessing large movements of people in Asia. In addition, WHO notes that migration poses greater risk and vulnerability to infectious diseases, mental health disorders, maternal and neonatal mortality, substance use, alcoholism, malnutrition, violence and non-communicable diseases. “As migration continues to accelerate at unprecedented levels, we are presented with an opportunity to come together as a region to ensure that migrants are able to access adequate health coverage,” Dr Khetrapal Singh said. Noting that mobile populations pose additional challenges in countries that are already struggling to cope with day-to-day demands on their health care systems, the UN health agency stated that migrant persons also encounter obstacles to accessing quality health care as provision of health services is contingent on their legal and administrative status. The news release further added that WHO’s regional member countries, meeting at the 69th session of the agency’s Regional Committee for South-East Asia also discussed ways to address regional health issues, including countering the spread of infectious diseases as well as spread of antimicrobial resistance. The Regional Committee is made up of 11 member countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste – and has been holding its meeting in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. read more

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The Beano relaunches prankfilled fan club for 80th birthday

There is even one diabolical suggestion to offer friends “cupcakes” made with an unpleasant egg mayonnaise topping masquerading as frosting.Created by publisher DC Thomson in Dundee, The Beano sold almost two million copies weekly in the 1950s. The much-loved fan club has been relaunched as a password-protected section of the Beano smartphone app The much-loved fan club has been relaunched as a password-protected section of the Beano smartphone app Very few first issues of the Beano remain in existence, with one selling for more than £17,000 at auction in 2015. The first edition was fronted by Big Eggo The Ostrich  The Beano has relaunched the “Dennis and Gnasher Fan Club” as a smartphone app in celebration of its 80th birthday.The comic first hit the shelves on July 30, 1938 as a companion to The Dandy which was first published eight months earlier.Home to Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx and the Bash Street Kids, The Beano has enjoyed a renaissance in the last few years with a digital strategy which has reinvigorated its popularity among the latest generation of readers.It boasts that its online hub Beano.com is the fastest-growing children’s website in the country.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––In addition to a guest editorship by comedian and children’s author David Walliams and a museum exhibition in its native Dundee, its birthday celebrations include the relaunch of its infamous Fan Club, closed to new members in 2010, as an app. Very few first issues of the Beano remain in existence, with one selling for more than £17,000 at auction in 2015. The first edition was fronted by Big Eggo The Ostrich Credit:Beano Studios/DC Thomson/PS Most of its best-known characters were introduced to the comic in the years after its launch.The longest-running and most famous, Dennis The Menace, made his Beano debut on March 17, 1951, but the “World’s Wildest Boy” had to wait until May 5 of that year to be given his trademark black-and-red striped jumper.In his editor’s letter, Walliams said: “What I always loved about the Beano was that it felt naughty.”It was a comic that you should read under the duvet with a torchlight. I don’t think I’d have got into writing my books without Beano.”  Membership is now free, and provides printable club badges and membership certificates.But once members use their secret code to access a password-protected area of the Beano smartphone app, the comic’s traditional world of pranks is open to them.Suggestions for pranking school friends, parents and teachers range from the benign – make a bowl of cereal and freeze it, before offering it to your parents for hilarity to ensue – to the potentially troublesome – hide your teachers’ pens and pour food in their desk drawers. 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. read more

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Body of missing Crabwood Creek man found on Corentyne shore

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCrabwood Creek man ‘disappears’ during fishing expeditionAugust 7, 2017In “Local News”78-yr-old Crabwood Creek farmer killed – found dead in hammock with wounds to head and ‘plastic cuff’ around neck, shotgun missingMarch 23, 2016In “latest news”Decomposed body of missing Fisherman foundJuly 28, 2014In “Crime” Two days after a labourer of Crabwood Creek, Upper Corentyne was feared dead following a fishing trip, police have confirmed that his washed up body was found on the Corentyne shore on Tuesday.The body of  Karamchand Parbudyal was found on the the Corentyne shoreAccording to Police “B” Division Commander, Paul Williams, information was divulged to ranks regarding the discovery of a male body, and as such, police headed to the scene.The body was subsequently confirmed to be that of 52-year-old Karamchand Parbudyal.On Sunday last, Karamchand, a father of two, of Grant 1651 Crabwood Creek went on a fishing expedition with three other friends at Calabash Creek situated along the Corentyne River, but never returned.His wife, Nagwattee Parbhudyal, 56, had recalled that he left home at about 9:00hrs to go and have a drink with friends and at about 13:00hrs, the three men came and told the family that they were out fishing and they could not give an account for him.Nagwattee explained that she was called out of her house by the three men whose names she provided to this online publication, and told that as they were putting down their fishing hooks at Calabash Creek, her husband stayed about one hundred feet behind and when the others looked around he was nowhere to be seen.The men reported that they searched for a while and then decided to report the incident to the family.Meanwhile, the man’s daughter, Tanuja Parbudyal also called ‘Vidya’ told media operatives that the three men reported to her mother that they searched for about thirty minutes before leaving to report to the missing man’s family. “But when they talk to me they tell me that they search about three-hours.”Following the visit to the home a search party which included the three suspects, several family members and Tanuja went to Calabash Creek.According to her, from her observations at the time, the tide would have been low and the water would have been at her father’s waist. “My father is a good swimmer and he can’t drown in that water…,” she contended.Police arrested the Parbudyal’s three friends after the daughter reported the incident on Saturday evening.Investigations are ongoing. read more

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Donegal man 36 gets 12 months for sexually exploiting teenage girl after

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 17th 2017, 5:43 PM http://jrnl.ie/3245717 Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/sergign Donegal man (36) gets 12 months for sexually exploiting teenage girl after watching Frozen with her The girl, who was in court for the sentence hearing, said she found it hard to cope after the incident. 24,573 Views A DONEGAL MAN who sexually exploited a 15-year-old girl he met on a youth mental health website has been jailed for 12 months.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Donnchadh McGinley, then aged 34, watched the victim’s favourite film, Frozen, with her before trying to have sex with her.McGinley, described by the defence as a “vulnerable” artist with few social skills, viewed the teenager as his girlfriend, the court heard previously.McGinley (36) with an address in Iona Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, pleaded guilty to one count of sexually exploiting a child in a Dublin apartment between 3 and 4 January 2015. Another count of meeting a child for the purpose of child exploitation was taken into account. This is a child grooming offence, the court heard.Sentencing him today, Judge Melanie Greally said the court was dealing with consensual but wholly age-inappropriate sexual activity. She said it did not appear McGinley had set out with predatory intentions.She took into account several factors including his guilty plea, his good character and testimonials, remorse, personal difficulties and the fact that he was at a particularly low point in his life at the time.Garda Maria Cox told Eilis Brennan BL, prosecuting, that McGinley was living in Dublin in late 2014 when he got chatting to the teenager on Talklife, a messaging app for young people struggling with mental health issues.The Talklife website describes it as a peer-to-peer support network.It states it is: “A safe environment for you to talk about life’s ups and downs plus all those little bits in-between”.The pair told each other their real ages and continued messaging, before meeting in a park in Kildare. They met a few more times in the park and once in the cinema, occasionally “kissing and cuddling”, the court heard. McGinley also sent a photograph of his erect penis to the girl.In January 2015, he invited the girl to come to his friend’s apartment in Dublin, as his friend was away. The pair met at 9am on 3 January, went to the apartment, drank tea and watched the film, Frozen. “It was her favourite film at that stage,” Ms Brennan said.They then went into the bedroom, where McGinley helped the girl get undressed. They engaged in some sexual acts and he tried to have sex with her but she was “too tense and afraid”, the court heard.“He told her he didn’t want to cause her pain,” Ms Brennan said. The pair then got up and got dressed. “He asked her if she wanted tea,” Ms Brennan said.The pair later fell asleep in the apartment and when the girl woke up the next morning and turned on her phone, she discovered her family and friends were looking for her. Gardaí had also been informed.The girl’s parents picked her up at a bus stop close to the apartment and she told them what had happened. All contact between the pair ceased and McGinley was later arrested and charged.In a victim impact statement read out in court by Ms Brennan, the girl, who was in court for the sentence hearing, said she found it hard to cope after the incident.“In some way, I feel I lost part of my childhood,” she said. “I never had any dealings with the gardaí before and I was overwhelmed and anxious…I don’t trust people as easily as I used to.”McGinley, who has no previous convictions, told gardaí that he had bonded with the girl as they both suffered from depression.Defence barrister, Tara Burns SC, said McGinley wished to apologise to the victim, whom he viewed as his girlfriend. She submitted that he felt it was a “serious relationship”.“He never even considered that this would have an effect on her,” Burns said.He saw it as a relationship where each person benefited, where clearly this was not the case. It has had a significant effect on her life and how she sees the world.Burns said McGinley, an artist, was a “vulnerable person with few social skills”, who was isolated at the time of the incident. He suffered from a depressive illness and anxiety.A psychological report was handed up in court along with a number of testimonials. Several family members were in court to support him.Read: Trump considering mobilising 100,000 troops to ’round up’ illegal immigrants> 27 Comments By Isabel Hayes Image: Shutterstock/sergign Friday 17 Feb 2017, 5:43 PMlast_img read more

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Survival Kit Deal Tactical Flashlight Keychain MultiTool and More

first_imgPlazmatic VEO Flameless USB Lighter – $36.99See Deal Like these deals? Check out Vault, the best way to secure your online data for just $9.99. Plazmatic VEO Flameless USB LighterMSRP: $59.00   |   Price Drop: $36.99   |   Pay only $31.44 with codeLight candles, start campfires, and more with the eco-friendly and weatherproof Plazmatic VEO Flameless USB Lighter. Unlike other lighters, this one doesn’t run on butane. Just charge it up via USB and you’ll have access to fire whenever you need. It’s small and lightweight, you get up to 100 lights per charge, and it’s windproof too. 5-in-1 Survival Flint Fire Starter Bracelet: 2-Pack – $15.99See Deal B-2 BLITZ Tactical Pocket Knife – $35See Deal B-2 BLITZ Tactical Pocket KnifeMSRP: $75.00   |   Sale: $35.00   |   Pay only $29.75 with codeInspired by the stealth bomber, the B-2 BLITZ is a crowd designed tactical pocket knife that’s a must have for any survivalist. Its razor sharp blade can cut, saw, and slice practically anything that might get it your way. Even large tree branches! It features an assisted opening mechanism, a durable construction, and is small and lightweight so you can easily carry it around. EverRatchet Ratcheting Keychain Multi-ToolMSRP: $27.99   |   Sale: $24.99   |   Pay only $21.24 with codeWhen disaster strikes, chances are good you’ll need tools. But the average survival kit doesn’t have room for all you’ll need, which is a problem. That’s why the EverRatchet is a must have item. It’s a small, lightweight tool that has everything you could ever need, including screwdrivers, wrenches, wire strippers, a scraper, box cutter, and much more. Stay on target This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves EverRatchet Ratcheting Keychain Multi-Tool – $24.99See Deal 5-in-1 Survival Flint Fire Starter Bracelet: 2-PackMSRP: $30.00   |   Sale: $15.99   |   Pay only $13.59 with codeEvery nature enthusiast needs this handy survival bracelet. It features a built-in fire starter, compass, whistle, knife, and a paracord string that could help to save your life in an emergency. Just fit it comfortably on your wrist and it’ll always be there when you need it. UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight: 2-Pack – $14.99See Deal You’re likely familiar with the motto of the Boy Scouts. But ‘be prepared’ applies to each and every one of us. Are you ready to weather any storm? If not, now’s the perfect time to start putting together your survival kit. Use the code MADNESS15 to save an extra 15 percent off these five tools that could make all the difference.UltraBright 500-Lumen Tactical Military Flashlight: 2-PackMSRP: $100.00   |   Price Drop: $14.99   |   Pay only $12.74 with codeYou never know when you’ll need a light, which is why this package includes two super bright tactical military flashlights. Keep one at home for power outages and one in the car for emergencies. They’re constructed using only the most durable materials, they’re lightweight, and come with a handy carry case.last_img read more

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Car crashes into Dunkin Donuts in Hialeah

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A car crashed into a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shop in Hialeah.Hialeah Fire Rescue responded to the scene near West 68th Street and 23rd Avenue on Wednesday morning to find a car inside of the business.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where a tow truck could be seen removing the vehicle.Officials said there were no reported injuries from the crash.Building inspectors were also on scene checking the structural damage to the building. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Minister inaugurates adventure sports in Adilabad

first_imgAdilabad: Forest and Endowment Minister A Indrakaran Reddy inaugurated adventure sports zip-line and sky cycling in Haritha Vanam near Mavala village in Adilabad district on Friday.Speaking on the occasion, Minister Reddy said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is striving to conserve forests and afforestation to develop green cover across the State. As part of that, the government has taken up 129 urban parks in the State, of which 18 parks were successfully completed and the remaining are under progress, he said. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The Minister assured that Adilabad Haritha Vanam park, which sprawled over 1,000 acres now, will be developed in another 3,000 acres of forest land to increase the green cover with an estimation cost of Rs 3.05 crore with the Central government’s Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (Campa) funds. Minister Indrakaran Reddy assured to develop Haritha Hotel for the tourists in order to develop tourism spots Kuntala near Neredigonda mandal and Pochera near Nirmal Waterfalls. He also assured to construct idle project after completion of Kupti project at Neredigonda mandal on it. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Later Minister Reddy planted saplings in Smruthi Vanam under Haritha Haram drive. He called upon the people to plant saplings and to protect them to develop into forests to give fresh oxygen to future generations. Zilla Parishad chief Rathod Janardhan, PCCF Shobha, Adilabad MLA Jogu Ramanna, Boath MLA Soyam Bapu Rao, Zilla Parishad vice-chairman Rajanna, Chief Conservator of Forest Vinod, TRS Mavala mandal president Nalla Rajeshwar,ZPTC Nalla Vanitha, FDO and others were present.last_img read more

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Trump holds fate of 800000 young immigrants in hands

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump was to announce Tuesday whether he plans to end an amnesty for hundreds of thousands of people brought to the United States illegally as minors and who are largely integrated into US society.But Trump, in an early morning tweet, indicated that he may delay moves to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president wrote on Twitter.The tweet suggested that the White House, rather than ending the program outright, plans to give Congress time to find a solution for the approximately 800,000 “Dreamers,” most of them from Latin American countries.Barack Obama implemented the DACA program five years ago to help bring the children of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows of illegality, permitting them to study and work without fear.The debate over DACA has been intense, and for days White House officials have insisted that numerous options are under consideration.Attorney General Jeff Sessions is to make the announcement on the fate of DACA at 11:00 am (1500 GMT) but will apparently not be taking questions.According to The New York Times, Trump will delay a decision on whether to end the program for six months and hand the thorny issue over to Congress.Several Republican lawmakers have warned Trump, who ran for president on a pledge to be tough on illegal immigration, against cancelling the popular program.“We as Americans do not hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parents,” said Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, summing up the concern of many people.But chances of a badly divided Congress reaching a solution on immigration reform in months—a task that has eluded them for years—appear dim.Trump, despite his inflammatory campaign-trail diatribes against immigration, has publicly agonized and wavered over the fate of the young immigrants since arriving in the White House.Many could face deportation if DACA is rolled back.Calling his decision one of the most difficult facing him, he has promised to deal with DACA with “great heart.”“We love the Dreamers,” he said Friday during a brief exchange with reporters in the Oval Office.He added, “We love everybody.”Silicon Valley headwinds -Trump advisers indicated over the weekend that the president’s decision would be guided as well by economic considerations.The president “wants to do what’s fair to the American worker, what’s fair to people in this country who are competing for jobs,” Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News.Much of the business world, especially the high-tech firms of California’s Silicon Valley, stands firmly against a DACA repeal. The program offers the equivalent of a residence permit—renewable every two years—to young people who were under the age of 16 when they arrived and have no criminal record.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg changed his profile on the social network on Saturday, adding a simple message to his photo: “#Here to Stay—I support DACA.”CEO Tim Cook similarly offered strong backing for the 250 of his colleagues at Apple who are Dreamers. “I stand with them,” he said. “They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.”Trump’s decision might also prompt Obama to speak out.During his final White House news conference on January 18, Obama said he wanted to stay out of the spotlight, but he also listed the conditions that might cause him to break his silence if the country’s “fundamental values” were under threat.“I would put in that category efforts to round up kids who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids and send them someplace else,” Obama said.He noted that many were attending college or serving in the military.“The notion that we would just arbitrarily, or because of politics, punish those kids when they didn’t do anything wrong themselves, I think, would be something that would merit me speaking out,” Obama said.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened to sue the Trump administration if the DACA program is revoked.last_img read more

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TMC helps CPIM get back office at Kushmandi

first_imgBALURGHAT: Trinamool Congress has set an example by helping CPI(M) to get its party office back in SouthDinajpur’s Kushmandi. According to a local source in Kushmandi, the CPI(M)’s party office remained closed in Aminpur for over a few months due to a fiasco in the recently conducted Panchayat poll. The party office was captured by unknown persons and it was tough for the local Left leaders to bring it back in their own hands but thanks to Trinamool Congress for coming forward and forgetting Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifethe rivalry. Once upon a time, the entire Kushmandi block was known as ‘Left Citadel’ but after TMC came to power in 2011, CPI(M) started to lose their support base and many of their activists, workers and supporters joined TMC. Many of their party offices either remained closed or damaged due to lack of renovation and supervision. Local Left leaders including the acting secretary of Kushmandi block Gurupada Roy, former secretary Shyamal Ghosh, secretary of block Krishak Sabha, Abdul Kafi and DYFI’s district president, Darul Islam had earlier taken measures to get it back but failed. Later, with the help of TMC, they finally got the office back. “We have got our office and hoisted the party flag again. After Panchayat poll, we failed to keep it but now everything is back to normal,” said CPM’s district committee member, Goutam Goswami. TMC’s Kushmandi block president, Rekha Roy said: “It is our tradition to be courteous to opponents and it is natural in a democratic structure. Unfortunately here in Bengal, criticism is always biased and politically fabricated.”last_img read more

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5 GrowthHacking Strategies to Increase Your App Downloads

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Register Now » February 5, 2016 This article is included in Entrepreneur Voices on Growth Hacking, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.According to mobile marketing technology firm, Fisku, cost per install in November of 2015 for iOS increased 40 percent from $1.10 to $1.54, while Android increased an astonishing 101 percent from $1.13 to $2.27 year-over-year.With the cost per install consistently growing each year, app publishers must get creative with their marketing efforts.After successfully launching apps of our own and also for our clients, you will discover five of our favorite growth hacks to increase downloads when you have little to no budget.Related: Why Your Small Business Needs a Mobile App1. Paid-to-free campaignThis is a campaign that I have run many times and it’s driven hundreds of thousands of downloads on multiple occassions.If you’re not familiar with a paid-to-free campaign, it’s where you make a paid app available for free for a couple of days.If you have a free app, you can make one of your in-app purchases free. However, the in-app purchase must be a non-consumable type, which means that the product is purchased once by users and does not expire or decrease with use. For example, new race tracks for a game could be implemented as non-consumable products.It is important to note that getting media exposure is crucial to making this a successful campaign. I generally give a big website like AppAdvice or BGR the exclusive on the free campaign, which dramatically increases the chances that the website will cover the price change. Skip to the fourth strategy of the article to learn more about the exclusive strategy.2. App store optimizationThere are two commonly overlooked components of your app store listing page that can increase your downloads — reviews and in-app purchases.The words that are in your app store reviews — those left by your users — and in-app purchases are all indexed by Google Play and iOS. Having targeted, relevant keywords in both areas will help you see a dramatic increase in downloads.In fact, I share a black hat ASO strategy that we at App Masters use to hack app store reviews to instantly increase keyword rankings.3. LocalizationThere are 28 regions in the App Store, and each country has its own App Store. It would be naïve to think that the world only searches for apps in English. In fact, most users will read and search the App Store in their native language.Unless your app is designed for a specific region, take the time to localize your app in every language. You never know who will find your app useful.Gonzalo Juarez, co-founder at eTips, the number-one publisher of mobile travel apps, proudly admits that they do not run any paid marketing campaigns. Localizing his apps has led to a greater than 200 percent increase in downloads and in countries where they didn’t have exposure before.Juarez suggests first translating the words used in your app name and keyword field. Once you start to notice an increase in downloads for a particular language, he suggests further translating your app description, screenshots and then finally your in-app content.Lastly, use a translation website like Gengo or OneHourTranslation, and hire two translators – one to do the initial translation and another to proof it.Related: How Duolingo Mastered the Fickle Language of Startup Success4. The exclusive strategy for public relationsUsing the exclusive strategy, we have been able to secure coverage on Techcrunch, Social Times, AppAdvice and BGR.What is it? You give a big publication the first right to publish your announcement: product release, update, funding, etc. Big sites love getting an exclusive, because it means that they will be the first to write about the announcement, which generally leads to the other big websites linking back to them as the source.It’s a win-win strategy, because they get traffic and backlinks — and you get coverage.The key to success for this strategy is to start early. You want to start pitching about two weeks before your launch date. You should only pitch the exclusive to one publication at a time, and be sure to follow up only once. If you do not hear back, you can move on to the next publication.5. App store feature hackThere’s a little-known strategy that I’ve used to help multiple clients get featured by Apple. Before we get to that, it’s important to know what Apple is looking for in your app.I go into quite a bit of detail about this growth hack in this blog post, but here’s the gist.Most developers know that they can email appstorepromotion@apple.com to pitch their apps for a possible feature. However, within Apple, there are “app store managers” for each app category.Using a LinkedIn search for “app store manager,” you can find out how to contact the right person to pitch at Apple.I like to use the Email Hunter Chrome extension, because it automatically creates an “email” button within LinkedIn that reveals the person’s email address. The software makes an educated guess of the email, so sometimes you may get a bounce back.Related: Los Angeles Techweek 2015 Features Mobile, Health Care and Fashion Innovations Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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first_imgHamda, 55, takes care of her father, Ibrahim Mohamed, who, at 80, is the oldest refugee at the orphanage and who is both blind and deaf. The two share their room with three other families.There are no doors or windows on the tiny buildings and the Yemenis have put up curtains between the rooms for privacy. They spend the day mostly hanging out around the well in the yard but they say it’s still better than the UNHCR-run Markaze camp — some 300 tents in the open desert.Those in the camp have been provided with mosquito nets and blankets, and they get a daily ration of food and water, but there is no wall around the camp like there is around Al-Rahma — and they have seen hyenas and snakes. If they need other supplies, the Yemenis say they walk the 5 kilometers (3 miles) to the city.Another Yemeni refugee, Om Sabreen, who is 29 and pregnant, lives at Markaze with her two daughters, hoping to be reunited with her husband who works in Saudi Arabia.Marie-Claire Sowinetz, with the UNHCR in Djibouti, says the refugee agency is doing everything possible to provide the Yemenis with shelter, food, water and medical assistance in a very challenging environment.“To be able to address all the needs of the vulnerable, we would need more and robust support from the international community,” she said. Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   Here is a series of photographs of Yemeni refugees in Djibouti by AP photographer Mosa’ab Elshamy.___Follow Mosa’ab Elshamy on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mosaaberizingFollow AP photographers and photo editors on Twitter at http://apne.ws/Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility They arrived with just the few belongings they could carry, mostly on small, rickety fishing boats. Others came on bigger vessels crammed with people, reversing a perilous, centuries-old route which countless African migrants have taken in the other direction.The UNHCR says a total of 5,000 Yemeni refugees have made it to Djibouti, including 3,000 in the capital, Djibouti city, and 1,000 in Obock, 300 kilometers (187 miles) to the north — making it currently the biggest Yemeni refugee population.The influx has hiked up local prices, with markets, hotels, and drivers trying to make the most of the situation in an already struggling economy.“We are overwhelming this country, but we have nowhere else to go,” said Amin Nasser, a 45-year-old teacher from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.Said Abu-Saleh, a 28-year-old from the Yemeni city of Taiz, had just arrived with 150 other people by boat. In the stifling heat, he was waiting to be processed by immigration police in the port of Djibouti.“We came on a cattle boat, sitting next to the animals for 19 hours straight,” he said.In Obock, the Al-Rahma orphanage has become home to about 100 families, mostly from the Yemeni town of Bab Al-Mandab — just a 30-minute boat trip from Obock. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober In this Tuesday, May 19, 2015 photo, Abo Bakr Mohammed, 12, who suffers from epilepsy, covers himself with a mosquito net in his family’s room, at an orphanage that has been turned into a center for Yemeni refugees, in Obock, northern Djibouti. The UNHCR says a total of 5,000 Yemeni refugees have made it to Djibouti, including 3,000 in the capital, Djibouti city, and 1,000 in Obock, 300 kilometers (187 miles) to the north making it currently the biggest Yemeni refugee population. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy) OBOCK, Djibouti (AP) — Fleeing the war at home, thousands of Yemenis have made it across the Gulf of Aden to find refuge in Djibouti, a sleepy Horn of Africa nation where the United Nations has set up a staging hub for aid for the conflict-torn Arab country.Many of the refugees are relieved to have escaped after two months of Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels and fighting on the ground between rival factions that have pushed their country to the brink of collapse. Parents, stop beating yourself up 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

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first_imgOctober 12 , 2018 Turkish cherry industry takes advantage of U.S.-Ch … Turkish cherry industry confident of strong future … You might also be interested in NA: Heatwave, thunderstorms to affect grape, berry … center_img Another round of heat coming to western U.S. … The Cherry Season Overview 2017-18 will provide information on global production and the evolution of exports to key markets, as well as indicating prices and projections for the next season. In addition, three harvest updates will be provided during the development of the season, available in English and Spanish.The report is being commercialized by Yentzen Consulting, the parent company of the news sites Freshfruitportal.com, Portalfruticola.com and Chinafruitportal.com, which provide global industry news are collectively read in 187 countries in English, Spanish and Mandarin.Manuel José Alcaíno, president of Decofrut, said: “This report will be a compass that will allow the industry to see how the last season developed and to be better informed about how the next season evolves.”Gustavo Yentzen, managing director of Yentzen Consulting, said: “Thanks to the global reach of our portals we can provide useful and valuable information to the industry’s most important players to help them make their decisions.”For more information, please visit: Season Overview 2017-18 The last Chilean cherry season was characterized by record export volume of 187,142 metric tons (MT), which was almost doubled the level of the 2016-17 season.With 86% of these volumes going to the Chinese market, Chilean growers and exporters are trying to develop the optimal strategies for the future and what tools they could use to make the best decisions during the season.Decofrut and Yentzen Consulting have tackled this challenge, this week announcing the launch of a new report service that will provide key data about how Chile’s markets behave as the campaign develops.last_img read more

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first_img3. Thor Thunder Spin, IMG Worlds of Adventure, DubaiDubai’s top theme park is showing Disney how it’s done – it only opened a few months ago but it’s already being touted as one of the world’s best theme parks. Our favourite attraction is Thor Thunder Spin. It’s a high speed, rotating ride, but if that’s not enough the action takes place high above the ground, so those with a fear of heights might want to think twice before boarding. In summary, it’s the ideal adrenaline fix for anyone who’s ever fancied experiencing what it feels like to be inside a washing machine, stuck on a spin cycle. Not everyone’s cup of tea, admittedly, but adrenaline junkies with a need for speed are unlikely to be disappointed. Whilst you’re here, make the most of your Dubai city break with the rest of these attractions. 8. The Great LEGO Race, LEGOLAND GermanyThis is one to watch – the opening date of this next ride will be late 2017 or early 2018. It’s further proof that LEGO isn’t just for kids – this hi-tech ride is guaranteed to appeal to riders of all ages. The rollercoaster, which is being touted as LEGOLAND’s most adrenaline-charged offering, will be given added oomph with the help of virtual reality technology. Riders will compete against their favourite LEGO characters, including Trendsetter, Pharaoh, Surfer Girl, Wizard and Pirate Captain, while flying through a beautiful world constructed entirely from rainbow-hued bricks. Who said LEGO was for kids? 5. Red Force, Ferrari Land, Tarragona, SpainAnyone with a need for speed will love this ride, which became Europe’s fastest rollercoaster when it opened this summer. The concept is simple (and designed to give riders the sensation of being in an F1 car). Riders strap themselves into the vehicles before being propelled from 0 to 110 mph in five seconds. Expect amazing views over the Spanish coastline and seriously high G forces. The downside? The rate of acceleration is so fast that riders have to wear rather unattractive goggles, in the unlikely event of a collision with a bird. This is probably one post-ride photo most people don’t bother purchasing. If you’re going with the kids, check out these 10 other Spanish cities that are great for breaks with the family. 9. Electric Eel, SeaWorld San Diego, USAnother example of SeaWorld’s plans to introduce more white-knuckle rides, Electric Eel will open in early 2018 – and experts are predicting that it will be the park’s scariest ride. There will be loops, twists and a 150-foot-high ascent. It will be the park’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster, with multiple inversions. If that’s not enough, it’s also a launch coaster. Apparently, passengers will enjoy spectacular views over this coastal theme park, although we have a sneaking suspicion many will have their peepers squeezed firmly shut. 4. Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon, Thorpe Park, UKThis ingenious attraction is proof that thrill rides don’t need to be fast and furious to scare people silly. The second version of Derren Brown’s ghost train ride launched earlier this year, and it’s a seriously scary affair – the fear factor’s been cranked up with the use of virtual reality and additional interactions with actors dressed as zombies. Without giving the game away, we can confirm the action takes place inside a 1870s American train carriage. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is a million miles from your run-of-the-mill train journey and everything soon goes horribly wrong: think flesh-eating zombies, poisonous gasses and apocalyptic destruction. All in the heart of leafy Surrey. 1. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout, Disneyland, California, USDisneyland’s newest ride (it opened at the start of summer) has proved a huge hit with thrill-seekers. Without ruining the surprise, it’s a drop ride – with a twist. Special effects and an ear-blasting soundtrack allow riders to experience it in six different ways, but the fun starts with the queue. Passengers snake past various Marvel props (2,200 in total) including weapons from the famous movies, and the ride’s back story is explained with the help of fan favourites Taneleer Tivan and Rocket Raccoon. Make sure you take our checklist to California if you’re thinking about taking a trip. 6. Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, SeaWorld Antonio, USThis ride is the next best thing for anyone who’s seen the new Baywatch film and fancies a career as a lifeguard (without having to squeeze themselves into a skin-tight swim suit). This brand new ride is a double-launch coaster, but the unique aspect is the jet ski-like cars. It’s a fantastically smooth ride, and the only restraint is a lap belt, which allows passengers to enjoy the stunning views – the majority of the rollercoaster dangles over the park’s lake. The ride is proof that Seaworld are turning away from their infamous whale and dolphin shows and filling their parks with thrill rides, instead. More of the same, please.center_img A ride on a rollercoaster is just one way to get that all-important adrenaline fix. Here are some other ways to get the blood pumping:Five African adventuresWhether you fancy going for a dip on the edge of Victoria Falls or spotting the big Five, this beautiful content has something for everyone.Where to take a walk on the wild side in ScotlandYou don’t have to head to the world’s most remote corners for an adrenaline-fueled adventure.The most haunted hotels in the UKFearsome hotels for a frightful weekend away.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 7. Pegase Express, Parc Asterix, FranceRollercoaster fans don’t have to head across the pond to get their kicks. One of Europe’s best theme parks, Parc Asterix, has just opened its latest attraction: a rollercoaster inspired by the white, winged horse from Greek mythology. We won’t give the game away as there are plenty of surprises in store but this is certainly one of our favourite rollercoasters in Europe. Pegase Express passengers should expect ancient temples, corkscrew turns and some of the most beautiful special effects we’ve seen on a theme park ride. 10. HangTime, Knott’s Berry Farm, CaliforniaThe name of this next ride says it all. In summary, passengers braving this next rollercoaster, which opens early next year, should expect to spend a significant amount of time upside down. It’s the only dive coaster on America’s west coast (translation: the ride will use a negative G-force drop to create the sensation of free-falling) and it will have the steepest descent of any rollercoaster in California. Add 2,198 feet of steel track and five gravity-defying inversions to the mix, and you’ve got a white-knuckle ride guaranteed to satisfy the world’s fussiest thrill-seekers. 2. Krakatau Aqua Coaster, Volcano Bay, Orlando, USUniversal’s first water park opened in Orlando this summer and the ride generating the most hype is this fantastic water coaster, which sees riders shoot uphill as well down, thanks to powerful jets of water which push the inflatable rafts along the slide. It’s unique because it’s incredibly hi-tech – Universal have used the same technology which they’ve applied to their most popular theme park attractions, but on a water slide, not a rollercoaster. In summary, it ticks all the boxes, with sharp turns, sudden drops and high speed, steep ascents, but the added bonus is the backdrop – the steaming volcano which forms the centre piece of the water park. RelatedEverything you need to see and do in OrlandoIn the heart of The Sunshine State and home to the ‘happiest place in the world’, it’s hard to think of reasons NOT to visit Orlando. It’s scattered with dazzling attractions and wall-to-wall rollercoasters, but if you think this place is reserved for the most avid of theme park fiends?…10 of the best family holidays on a budget for 2017If you’re looking for budget family holiday ideas, here are 10 cheap, child-friendly destinations that will make for a fantastic family trip. Keeping the cost of your flights down by choosing one of these short-haul holiday hotspots means that you’ll be able to spend more on ice cream (for them)…The 10 best Christmas holidays with kidsIf you can’t face another turkey dinner with the in-laws, why not get away with the family this Christmas? You could spend the festive season nosing around Berlin’s Christmas markets, skiing down Austrian slopes or lazing on a beach in Barbados.last_img read more

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