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Malta rescues 180 migrants

first_imgMalta on Monday pulled 180 migrants to safety from two boats in distress, while 49 more were stuck in limbo at sea as the weather worsened in the Mediterranean.An army patrol boat picked up 28 migrants from a dinghy some 71 nautical miles southwest of Malta before plucking another 152 people from a wooden boat to the south.The rescues followed the recovery by Malta Sunday of 69 migrants on a wooden boat which had run into trouble.Meanwhile, the UN’s refugee agency said time was “running out” for 49 people rescued by NGO boats but denied a safe port in Europe, some of whom have been stranded at sea for over a week.The NGOs — the German Sea-Eye and Dutch Sea-Watch — called for “an immediate solution for those being held hostage by European States, who are denying them a safe port”.”With the weather conditions forecast to worsen this evening, a solution must be found by the end of 2018 in order to prevent placing people’s heath at further risk,” they said in a joint statement.The German-flagged professor Albrecht Penck ship has 17 migrants from West Africa on board who were rescued on Saturday in international waters off Libya.At the same time, the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3 has 32 migrants rescued on December 22 including three young children, three unaccompanied adolescents and four women from Nigeria, Libya and Ivory Coast.While Italy, Malta, Spain and the Netherlands have refused to accept the Sea-Watch 3 migrants, several German cities have offered to take them in.On Saturday a government spokesman said Germany would only accept some of the migrants if other European countries also agreed to do so.Last week, a newborn baby and his mother were helicoptered from a boat to Malta.”The negotiations over which country takes them in must happen only once those rescued are brought safety to land,” UNHCR special envoy Vincent Cochetel said.More than 1,300 migrants have died trying to reach Italy or Malta via the central Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).The Italian interior ministry said Monday that the number of 2018 arrivals in Italy was down over 80 per cent compared with 2017 at just 23,370.The biggest number came from Tunisia, followed by Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria.In mid-2017, departures from Libya dropped after a controversial deal between Italy and the war-torn North African country.A campaign against the NGO rescue organisations peaked in June this year with far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini’s “closed-ports” policy aimed at ending all rescue operations, including military ones.last_img read more

Houston Foster Child Death Spurs Concerns Over Placement Shortages

first_imgLaura Skelding for The Texas TribuneThe Texas Department of Family and Protective Services building in Austin.As Texas Department of Family and Protective Services officials continue investigating the death of a girl who escaped a Child Protective Services office, advocates and legislators are grappling with the worst-case scenario of the state’s shortage of homes for abused and neglected children.The girl, 15, who had been staying in a Child Protective Services office in Houston, was hit and killed by a minivan on Sunday morning, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News. Another girl, 17, was injured in the incident but released from medical care. The two had been reportedly missing from the office for more than 10 hours and were walking on the side of the road. The 17-year-old had already run away from two different CPS offices within three days before the accident.The girl’s death comes as the Legislature works to pass long-sought child welfare bills ahead of the session’s May 29 end. Advocates have decried the Houston incident as an example of how badly Texas needs to recruit more foster and adoptive families, particularly ones willing to take in older children dealing with trauma and behavioral problems. They also point to the perils of leaving caseworkers to watch unplaced children after hours with little recourse if they run away.When Department of Family and Protective Services caseworkers cannot find a foster home, an emergency shelter or residential treatment center for a child, oftentimes Texas children are forced to sleep in hotels or CPS offices until a suitable placement is found.Department spokesman Patrick Crimmins said in an emailed statement the agency is reviewing its overnight office stay policy and trying to determine what happened with the two girls in Houston.“If we need to make changes we will,” Crimmins said. “As far as the workers, we are talking to them to get a picture of exactly what was going on at that particular office. If we think discipline is appropriate that will happen but it is too early to know.”Under the Department of Family and Protective Services’ policy on taking care of children sleeping in offices, at least two adults must be on duty; children have to have three meals and at least one snack per day, with no more than four hours passing during the day between feeding times; each child must have their own sleeping space, clean sheets, towels, blankets, bedspreads, pillows and toiletries; and workers have to find a place for children to bathe if there is still no place for them to go after 24 hours. They also require “sufficient recreational activities,” including television, board games or playtime outside.“Supervising adults must remain awake, be ready to meet the needs of the child if the environment becomes unsafe, and prepared to maintain the safety of the other children,” the policy reads.Myko Gedutis, an organizer focused on child welfare issues for the Texas State Employees Union, said Sunday’s incident was a tragedy that was “bound to happen” as having kids sleeping in offices is not a good idea to begin with.“[Caseworkers] can’t lay a hand on a kid, they can’t grab them, tackle them or lock them in a room,” Gedutis said. “They’re asking employees watching these kids to do the impossible.”With the ongoing investigation, it’s unclear how effective the agency’s missing child policy was when the two girls ran away. When a child goes missing, caseworkers have to notify local police within 24 hours and then notify the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. From there, they request help from a special investigator from the department. Caseworkers can try to convince older children that want to leave to stay put, but they cannot do much else.The Houston incident is an example of how it takes “the worst possible event to make change happen” in the child welfare system, said Will Francis, government relations director for the National Association of Social Workers’ Texas chapter.Francis said that neither the department or the Legislature has properly addressed the lack of placements available for children or eased the burden on already overworked caseworkers working off the clock to watch children in offices.  “I worry this will empower some people to sort of push some of their own bills that they think are going to push [placements],” Francis said. “We need to put dollars into recruitment, and I think ultimately that recruitment needs to be as broad as possible. We need to think Texas-wide … we need to think about how to get everyone engaged.” Read related Tribune coverage:House State Affairs Committee members heard testimony Wednesday afternoon on House Bill 3859, which would allow faith-based organizations to exercise their “sincerely held religious beliefs” when participating as providers in Texas’ child welfare system.  Share After months of calls from advocates to take drastic measures, both chambers unanimously passed bills on Wednesday that would change how the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services cares for vulnerable children.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/03/houston-foster-child-death-spurs-concerns-over-placement-shortages/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.center_img Texas legislators are considering sharpening religious protections for faith-based groups the state hires to place children in foster homes. Critics say that could give religious groups license to discriminate.last_img read more

Blue light from smartphones may speed blindness

first_imgBlue light emitted from smartphones and other digital devices can accelerate blindness by transforming vital molecules in the eye’s retina into cell killers, a study has found.Macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease that results in significant vision loss starting on average in a person’s 50s or 60s, is the death of photoreceptor cells in the retina.Those cells need molecules called retinal to sense light and trigger a cascade of signalling to the brain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We are being exposed to blue light continuously, and the eye’s cornea and lens cannot block or reflect it,” said Ajith Karunarathne, an assistant professor at University of Toledo in the US.”It’s no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye’s retina. Our experiments explain how this happens, and we hope this leads to therapies that slow macular degeneration, such as a new kind of eye drop,” said Karunarathne.The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that blue light exposure causes retinal to trigger reactions that generate poisonous chemical molecules in photoreceptor cells. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It’s toxic. If you shine blue light on retinal, the retinal kills photoreceptor cells as the signalling molecule on the membrane dissolves,” said Kasun Ratnayake, a PhD student researcher working in Karunarathne’s group.”Photoreceptor cells do not regenerate in the eye. When they’re dead, they’re dead for good,” said Ratnayak.Karunarathne introduced retinal molecules to other cell types in the body, such as cancer cells, heart cells and neurons. When exposed to blue light, these cell types died as a result of the combination with retinal. Blue light alone or retinal without blue light had no effect on cells. “No activity is sparked with green, yellow or red light. The retinal-generated toxicity by blue light is universal. It can kill any cell type,” Karunarathne said. The researcher found that a molecule called alpha tocoferol, a Vitamin E derivative and a natural antioxidant in the eye and body, stops the cells from dying.However, as a person ages or the immune system is suppressed, people lose the ability to fight against the attack by retinal and blue light.”If you look at the amount of light coming out of your cell phone, it’s not great but it seems tolerable,” Dr. in the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, said.”Some cell phone companies are adding blue-light filters to the screens, and I think that is a good idea,” said John Payton, visiting assistant professor at University of Toledo.last_img read more

8yearold Tech Mogul Theres an App for That

first_img 2 min read This story appears in the September 2010 issue of . Subscribe » August 23, 2010 Joseph Hudicka needs to make about $999,500 more before he can claim the title of young millionaire, but he’s still light-years ahead of his peers in terms of entrepreneurial success.At the age of 8, Joseph has already joined the ranks of the tech elite: He has developed two applications for the iPhone. Pretty good for a kid who doesn’t even own a mobile phone.Joseph’s first app, Puckz, went on sale in Apple’s App Store in March. The game, which combines elements of chess and ice hockey, evolved from a homemade board game Joseph created three years earlier.”I was getting bored with my other games and wanted to make my own,” he says.The explosive growth of mobile gaming inspired Joseph and his parents, Joseph Sr. and Lora, who live in Flemington, N.J., to translate Puckz to the iPhone platform, tapping mobile solutions partner [x]cube Labs to oversee the software development. Joseph supervised the creative process, suggesting color schemes, layouts and sound effects. And like every creative genius, he laments the technical limitations of the iPhone gaming experience. “I imagined Puckz in 3-D,” he says.Puckz successfully avoided the pitfalls of the notoriously labyrinthine App Store submission process, earning Apple’s approval in just one day. Joseph’s soccer-themed follow-up app, Goalz, spent several weeks in administrative limbo when Apple objected to its use of licensed trademarks. Even after Joseph removed the offending content, Apple still took its sweet time before lending its official endorsement in June. (Joseph’s theory: “Maybe they slept in late and forgot about my app.”)As of the end of June, downloads of Joseph’s two apps numbered nearly 800. After giving Apple its cut, he has netted $489. Joseph’s parents gave him permission to buy an iPhone when his app sales reach the 1,000-download milestone.Despite his early success in the tech world, it may be premature to pin Joseph as a budding entrepreneur. Right now, he’s planning to make his mark as a professional hockey player–or maybe a pro bowler. Either way, life as a software magnate may not be in the cards, because, Joseph says, “I’ve already done that.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

New Colin Cowie weddings debut at Hard Rock properties

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Rock ‘n roll meets romance at Hard Rock Hotels, which just announced brand new Colin Cowie Wedding Collections at its all-inclusive properties in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Vallarta and Punta Cana.Customizable packages range from the ethereal ‘Driftwood Romance’ ceremony, which showcase neutral earth tones and rich foliage, to the elegant ‘Seaside Shimmer’ ceremony, which incorporates crystals and delicate rose accents. For couples seeking a regal approach to their nuptials, the ‘Golden Radiance’ package provides a lavish gilded backdrop with pops of red roses peppered throughout.Indian weddings are also available, complete with Indian music, live entertainment, Mehndi designs and traditional cuisine (available at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya).All Wedding Collections include complimentary and discounted honeymoon packages that are redeemable for up to one year.All Inclusive Collection renewed its exclusive Colin Cowie Wedding partnership last year for three more years. Wedding packages are handpicked by Cowie and can be mixed and matched, upgraded and customized, with prices starting at US$2,500. Travelweek Group Tags: Hard Rock Hotels, Romance & Weddings Sharecenter_img Tuesday, April 18, 2017 New Colin Cowie weddings debut at Hard Rock properties Posted bylast_img read more

Branson buys Hard Rock Hotel Casino Las Vegas

first_img By: Regina Garcia CanoSource: The Associated Press Tags: Las Vegas, Virgin Group Monday, April 2, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Branson buys Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas LAS VEGAS — The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will be overhauled over the next several months following its purchase Friday by billionaire Richard Branson.The property with about 1,500 rooms and suites off the Las Vegas Strip and eventually become Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. It will continue to operate under the Hard Rock brand through the end of 2019, when the renovations are expected to be completed.“Virgin is all about fun, entertainment, not taking ourselves too seriously,” Branson said. “Virgin Atlantic has had a lot of fun flying tons of people to Las Vegas from Britain for many years. Virgin America has done the same, and we wouldn’t have just come to Las Vegas unless we could’ve found the property that was very Virgin, and I think that’s what we’ve achieved.”The 23-year-old property will remain open during renovations, which will take place in multiple phases. The company said it will invest “hundreds of millions of dollars” to transform the property, but it was not immediately clear whether the hotel-casino will keep its current entertainment venues, including a popular dayclub.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamThe property will retain its casino floor, which will be managed by a partner. Some of the large rock memorabilia that the Hard Rock casino-hotel owns may go to storage.“The guitar may not survive,” Branson said referring to a massive guitar outside the hotel. “But we have a giant ‘v’, which is sort of guitar-shaped, which may take over.”Virgin Hotels purchased the property with a group of partners, including Los Angeles-based investment firm Juniper Capital Partners. The terms of the purchase from Brookfield Asset Management were not disclosed.Branson, who has previously rappelled down a casino-hotel and got on a jet ski on the fountains outside the Bellagio casino- resort to promote his businesses, promised an “equally fun” event for the hotel’s official launch.The leader of the Culinary Union, which represents more than 50,000 casino-hotel workers in Las Vegas, said Brookfield and Virgin Hotels have agreed to a process that will ensure management remains neutral as employees choose whether to unionize “without management interference, harassment, surveillance, bullying, or litigation.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise rates“This is a new era of positive labour-management co-operation at the Hard Rock Las Vegas,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, the union’s secretary-treasurer said in a statement.The only Virgin Hotel opened so far is in Chicago. Others are planned for New York, Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Palm Springs, California, and Edinburgh, Scotland.Branson has run a number of businesses under the Virgin brand, including records, airlines, wireless carrier and a commercial space venture.last_img read more

Best Discount Deals on Gadgets From Kilimall Uganda this Christmas

first_imgThe Infinix smartphones are seen display during their launch in Kilimall stores in Uganda, on Monday 21st November, 2016. (Photo shot by: Nathan Ernest Olupot) Advertisement We probably know that Kilimall Uganda offers the widest variety of products online in Uganda making them the largest online store in the country. Following a huge success on Black Friday with an over whelming record of receiving more than 1,000 orders, 2000 items sold out and over 100,000 unique visitors within less than 24 hours, Kilimall Uganda, gave up-to 70% discounts on all their products giving their customers a chance to purchase whatever they wished for.Kilimall Uganda in a tweet mentioned, it’s givng it’s customers huge discounts on all tech gadgets they buy this festive season, from smartphones, to TVs, to Tablets and Computers, to Smart watches, and so forth. One of their interesting tech discounts came on their smartphones. Early on, the online shopping platform partnered with Infinix Uganda to launch their Infinix mobile phones; the Infinix Hot 4 and Note 3, and now you can get them at awesome discounts.Huge tech discounts like never before. Tis the season to be shopping >>> https://t.co/5lqzon5EK0 @pctechmagazine #TechDiscounts pic.twitter.com/ap71MvO74i— Kilimall Uganda (@kilimalluganda) December 20, 2016Samsung TVs – Advertisement – Kilimall Uganda is offering a chance to buy the Samsung 24, 32, and 40 Inch TV sets at much more interesting pricings this festive season. The Samsung 24-Inch has been discounted from 733,200 UGX to 638,000 UGX, while the 32-Inch is now priced at 853,000 UGX from 992,000 UGX, and finally the 40-Inch is at 1,638,000 UGX from 1,734,700 UGX.Kilimall Ug Samsung TVsYou can place your orders now while the offer still lasts for you this festive season.Infinix Mobile PhonesDuring the Kilimall Kenya Black Friday media conference, Infinix announced having an exclusive deal with Kilimall Uganda to launch the elegant Infinix NOTE3 and HOT4 in Uganda market on Black Friday 25th of November, at a discount of 70% under the campaign that was dubbed #ItsABigDeal. After their success Black Friday, the Infinix smartphones went back to their normal prices, till now where the phones can now be purchased at discounts during this festive season.The Infinix Note3 which was priced at 599,000 UGX, has been discounted to 519,000 UGX giving you a free flip cover and screen guard for each/every purchase you make. While the Infinix Hot4 that was original priced at 399,000 UGX is now available at 359,000 UGX, with a give away free selfie stick for every purchase.1 of 2 Infinix Hot4 Infinix Note3You should by now know that these phones are only available online and only purchased from Kilimall Uganda.Star Times TVs with pre-intalled decoder and 1 month FREE subscriptionIn this era, we ought to be on Digital services. Ever since the government of Uganda scrapped out the use of Analog TVs, making sure that everyone upgrades, most of us Ugandans have found it hard to switch to Digital. So Instead of buying a decoder for your black and white TV or that small sized TV of yours, you can buy a 3-In-1 HD LED Digital TVs.StarTimes 32 and 40 3-In-1 HD LED Digital TVs.Kilimall Uganda this festive season is giving a pretty good offer on StarTimes TVs that come with pre-installed decoders and 1 month free subscription. The TVs are available in 32-Inch and 40-Inch, priced at 799,000 UGX and 1,199,000 UGX respectively.[related-posts]Conclusion One other on-going promotion, Kilimall Uganda is giving you goodies for anyone that participants in the “Spot a Taxi with Kilimall” [Kilimall posters advertised on taxis], to their social media accounts. All you need to have is the “Most Engagements” on your post and don’t forget to tag Kilimall Uganda so that it’s easier for them to track your account.We shall still share with you more products…..Happy Holidays!!last_img read more