first_imgThe Foot Locker Foundation joined together a diverse and star-studded set of members of the athletic industry for its 16th annual “On Our Feet” fundraising gala.Victor Cruz and Aly Raisman lend their support at the Foot Locker Foundation’s 16th annual On Our Feet Fundraising GalaThe event, which took place on Tuesday, October 18 at New York City’s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, will benefit educational and other youth initiatives supported by the Foot Locker Foundation.“As a company, we have a responsibility to give back, and that’s why we’ve made Community one of our core values,” said Dick Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Foot Locker, Inc. “We believe that education is critical to being successful. This signature event fuels our ability to provide funding for programs such as The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program and our long-standing scholarship with UNCF, and allows remarkable student athletes to develop great skills, expand their horizons and become future leaders across the globe.”Executives from the sports industry, professional athletes, and celebrities joined athletic footwear and apparel companies including Nike, Converse, adidas, Puma and Under Armour, to name a few, to lend their support to this important cause. Celebrity guests, including Victor Cruz (NY Giants), Matt Forté (NY Jets), Chazz Palminteri (Actor), Aly Raisman (Olympic Gold Medalist), Walt “Clyde” Frazier (NBA Legend), and Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets), were among those who attended the evening’s festivities. All guests wore traditional black-tie attire while sporting their favorite pair of sneakers.The Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. is the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,400 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Over the years, the Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. has developed significant partnerships and programs to improve and enrich the educational, health and sports opportunities for youth across the country, and has awarded over 900 scholarships to outstanding students through all of its programs. On Our Feet has raised more than $17 million to support our youth since its inception.Launched in 2011, the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program each year awards $20,000 college scholarships to 20 exceptional students, who demonstrate academic excellence and exemplify strong leadership skills both in sports and within their communities. In addition, one of the 20 students will be awarded the Ken C. Hicks Scholarship in honor of the organization’s former Chairman and CEO, who played an instrumental role in the development of the program. The scholarship recipient will receive additional funding for exemplifying elevated academic achievement, personal passion, and a true love of the game. Students can apply online or be nominated by teachers, coaches, mentors, family or friends by visiting footlockerscholarathletes.com. Applications close December 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.” Learn more at www.uncf.org.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A major fire broke out at a rubber godown in northwest Delhi’s Siras Pur area on Sunday, a senior official of the Delhi Fire Service said.The Delhi Fire Service received information about the incident at 7.34 am and 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire was controlled by 10.50 am and no casualty was reported, the official said. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he added. Recently, a massive fire broke out at an apparel showroom in Uttam Nagar area of Delhi in early hours on Friday. The Delhi Fire Services official said that no casualty was reported from the blaze which takes several hours for dousing.last_img read more

Briefing the press in Kinshasa, Kenzo Oshima, the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said international and local non-governmental organizations were working in “extremely difficult conditions,” without access to the most vulnerable segment of the Congolese population because of geographical obstacles, poor infrastructure and lack of adequate security. “I have shared my concerns with Government officials, as well as representatives of the RCD [Congolese Rally for Democracy] and the FLC [Congolese Liberation Front] who all pledged to facilitate access to vulnerable people,” he told the press.Mr. Oshima also said he had obtained an agreement to put into place a mechanism of dialogue between the Government and humanitarian actors in the DRC. The Under Secretary-General welcomed the Government’s declaration on 24 March authorizing freedom of movement of goods and people in the territory as a “very positive step” – one made in the spirit of the Lusaka Accord.Meanwhile the head of the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC), Kamel Morjane, and Force Commander General Mountaga Diallo were in Goma yesterday to review with officials of the rebel RCD the difficulties delaying their verification exercise in Kalemie. The RCD leadership promised to lift all “technical and administrative” obstacles in order to let UN observers do their work in the best possible conditions, MONUC said. The two sides confirmed the arrival of 100 Moroccan troops as the first group of a contingent of 380 men to be deployed to Kisangani between 15 and 16 April. Mr. Morjane and General Diallo also plan to visit Jean-Pierre Bemba, leader of the Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC), to finalize the deployment of extra military observers in areas where the rebel group is expected to pull out.According to the UN Mission, the verification of the disengagement of government troops will start tomorrow in Kananga, one of the four Sector Headquarters. read more

About 155,000 tonnes of food assistance will be needed to ward off severe deficits that are anticipated for displaced populations in parts of southern Sudan, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said in a joint statement issued in Rome. Shortages are also expected in the western States of Darfur and Kordofan and Red Sea State, where dry spells and early cessation of rain have resulted in the third consecutive reduced crop. An FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission, which visited Sudan last fall, found that cereal production in 2001 was about 4.8 million tonnes, up 38 per cent from 2000 and 9 per cent above the average of the preceding five years. The agencies attributed the increase to Government encouragement and favourable weather in many regions. Although the availability of cereals in 2002 will be markedly improved, the Mission warned that the sharp fall in sorghum prices in major producing areas could result in financial ruin for farmers and substantial reductions in area planted next year. “Food aid requirements should be procured locally to the extent possible. Rapid intervention in moving grain from surplus to deficit accessible areas is vital to help vulnerable groups and to stabilize prices,” the UN agencies said. read more

Province uncorks rules to licence VQA wineries in B.C. grocery stores VANCOUVER – Grocery stores hoping to sell British Columbia’s high-quality wines, ciders and sake will have to bid against each other for the chance to apply for a licence.The province has released details of the next step in moving some sales of 100 per cent B.C. wines onto designated shelves in specific supermarkets.The right to apply for a licence to sell the alcohol will be auctioned off through BC Auction, with the first round in late April.Only grocery stores that meet strict criteria will be eligible to bid, and they’ll have to go through a registration and pre-screening process before paying a $25,000 deposit for every licence they are seeking.The process is the second part of B.C.’s proposed revision of liquor sales involving VQA — or Vintners Quality Alliance — wineries.It adds to the store-within-a-store model, where private liquor licences are transferred into a grocery store, which can then operate a stand-alone liquor store within its premises. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 18, 2016 1:07 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 2:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2016 9:27 am MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Soul Train brand acquired by Viacom’s BET Networks NEW YORK, N.Y. – Soul Train is on track for acquisition by BET Networks, the company announced Monday.Assets acquired include one of the largest libraries of African-American, music-oriented content in the world, including over 1,100 television episodes and 40 television specials, the company said.Owning Soul Train’s intellectual property will allow BET to further build on the success of the Soul Train Awards, which BET re-launched in 2009, and strengthens the network’s commitment to original content.Richard Gay, BET’s executive vice-president of strategy and operations, pointed to a Broadway play and a concert tour as examples of Soul Train-related opportunities ahead.Soul Train, whose eponymous series began syndication in 1971, has been acquired from InterMedia Partners and The Yucaipa Companies.BET Networks is a division of Viacom. read more

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first_img Updated Apr 15th 2019, 1:38 PM DUN LAOGHAIRE-RATHDOWN County Council has said it made the decision to cancel a drag storytelling event at a library due to degrading comments made online about the performers and staff. The family event was being organised by drag collective Glitter Hole, which has run Drag Story Time events for children three times previously at various locations, including at the International Literary Festival Dublin last summer.The group said the response to these events has “always been entirely positive”.This morning Glitter Hole criticised the council’s initial statement about the cancellation of the event, accusing the council of labeling “the queer people the risk in this scenario”.The group said the reason for the cancellation was health and safety after a barrage of hateful comments directed at it over the weekend, but the council’s statement last night made no reference to this. Instead, it cited a review of the age appropriateness of the event as the reason. However in a new statement following queries from TheJournal.ie, the council said it wanted to clarify that the cancellation was “due to our significant concern at the high level of degrading, inappropriate comments on social media about the performers and library staff”. ‘Violent homophobia’Glitter Hole said it was contacted by the council last month and asked to put on one of its drag storytelling performances on 26 June for this year’s Pride festival. It was due to take place at Deansgrange Library.It said over the past weekend it had been “inundated with extremely violent homophobia from a frighteningly large group of bigots who believe that a few drag queens reading books to children amounts to child abuse”. Short URL The library decided that the event was a safety risk, which we accepted given the scale and gravity of the vitriol that was being spewed on twitter. However, the statement issued by DLR last night cites ‘age appropriateness’ as their reason for cancellation.The council’s first statement had said: “This event was programmed as an age appropriate, family-friendly story time session. However, following a review in terms of age appropriateness, this event will not now go ahead at this time, and may be rescheduled as part of a future Book Festival lineup.”Glitter Hole said the implication of this statement was that the content of its drag shows for adults had deemed its performers inappropriate children’s storytellers.“There is no mention in this statement of the safety concerns for the performers or audience of the event due to the ongoing abuse we’re receiving online,” the group’s statement said this morning.“The irony is that we were booked for Pride and yet DLR have responded to the hate speech we have received by deciding we are not age appropriate performers.”In its new statement this afternoon, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said health and safety is at the forefront of its concerns. “We would like to reassure the public that this event is age-appropriate and family-friendly.”The council said its libraries “object to homophobia in all its forms” and that it reserves the right to remove content or comments on its social media platforms that “may be considered offensive, abusive or defamatory”. “DLR Libraries remains safe, inclusive and welcoming places for all and offer a diverse, cultural programme.” Apr 15th 2019, 11:50 AM Image: Glitter Hole 42,465 Views 163 Comments The group said the response to these events in the past has “always been entirely positive”. Image: Glitter Hole By Michelle Hennessy https://jrnl.ie/4592228 Share497 Tweet Email Council says drag storytelling event cancelled due to ‘degrading’ online comments The council had asked the group to put on the event as part of Pride festival celebrations. The group said the response to these events in the past has “always been entirely positive”. Monday 15 Apr 2019, 1:38 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img By Conor McCrave Wednesday 15 May 2019, 9:12 AM NGOs delivered almost 40% of social housing last year, report shows The Irish Council for Social Housing called on the Land Development Agency to be operational as a matter of urgency. Share47 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4635150 12,774 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 15th 2019, 9:12 AM Image: Eamonn Farrell ALMOST 40% OF social housing developed in Ireland last year was provided by non-governmental housing bodies, a new report has shown. An annual activity report from the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) showed 3,219 social homes were provided by approved housing bodies (AHB) resulting in 4,000 less households on social housing waiting lists. Some 54% of those homes were new builds, while 33% were acquisitions and 13% were properties which were leased to accommodate those needing social housing. It brings the total number of homes developed by AHBs to 6,697 since 2016However, Donal McManus, chief executive of the ICSH said there was an urgency behind making the National land Development Agency operational to acquire lands which can be used to develop more homes. Legislation for the agency, which was initiated in September 2018, has not yet been published.“The agency will have a commercial remit like NAMA, so it is really important that the legislation is open to public scrutiny as soon as possible.“We’re also calling for the LDA to ring-fence at least 30% of housing on state lands for social housing and 20% for affordable housing, so both local authorities and housing associations can deliver at the scale required.”A report from Social Justice Ireland has previously shown 45% of local authorities failed to meet build targets set out under the rebuilding Ireland.That report also recommended utilising lands owned by local authorities in order to achieve targets, while also calling for the ring-fencing of “receipts from housing and land sales for the provision of increased social and affordable housing”. McManus said the AHBs which have been set building targets by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government were on-track to exceed targeted delivery numbers. “Figures reflect the dedication of our member organisations in responding to housing need across Ireland,” he said. “Rebuilding Ireland’s 2018 construction and acquisition target for our sector was 2,460 and we exceeded this by delivering 2,805. “We’ve delivered 6,700 homes since Rebuilding Ireland was launched and we expect to reach our 2021 target of 15,000 social homes.“Our current pipeline is almost 5,000 homes, but we need to ensure that any obstacle to delivering on this is removed,” he added.  Short URL Image: Eamonn Farrell 46 Comments last_img read more

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : les maires des grandes villes s’impliquentLe 21 novembre s’est tenu à Mexico le premier sommet mondial des maires sur le climat, au cours duquel un pacte a été signé. Les maires de 138 grandes villes du monde se sont engagés à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre.”Nous devons dire à la communauté internationale que c’est dans les villes que se gagnera la bataille pour freiner le réchauffement (climatique)” : c’est par cette phrase que Marcelo Ebrard, maire de Mexico, a inauguré dimanche le sommet des maires sur le climat. Les responsables de 138 villes de 43 pays, dont Paris, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Bogota et Mexico, ont signé un pacte, “tout premier registre international des initiatives durables des villes afin de rendre leurs actions transparentes et quantifiables”, selon Bertrand Delanoë, maire de Paris.À lire aussiL’Homme de Néandertal aurait été poussé au cannibalisme… à cause du changement climatiqueUn engagement qui n’est pas nouveau pour les municipalités françaises, comme le rappelle Michel Destot, président de l’Association des maires des grandes villes de France (AMGVF) : “Plus de la moitié des collectivités locales sont impliquées dans un plan climat et un tiers d’entre elles ont signé la convention des maires qui les contraint à réduire d’au moins 20 % les émissions de gaz à effet de serre d’ici à 2020, par le biais de politiques locales de transport, d’urbanisme, de gestion de déchets et d’énergie”.Le “pacte de Mexico” sera transmis, comme un signe fort d’engagement, à la conférence de l’ONU sur le climat qui se tiendra du 29 novembre au 10 décembre à Cancun, au Mexique. Une conférence censée rattraper l’échec du sommet de Copenhague, grâce à des propositions plus “mesurées”.Le 23 novembre 2010 à 13:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “As if being an awkward, bullied 15-year-old isn’t bad enough, “Fergie” Ferguson suddenly discovers he can see dead people. Well, one dead person specifically—the ghost of a certain punk rocker named Sid. Sid’s spirit was trapped in London’s Heathrow Airport for 40 years until the day he met Fergie. Sid’s ghost is now stuck to Fergie—as if Fergie doesn’t have enough on his plate, being raised by a single mum whose idea of parenting is strictly fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants. Now Fergie has to contend with an unruly ghost sidekick and some weird, uncontrollable new “abilities.” How does the father Fergie never knew fit into this mayhem? And why is the Department for Extra-Usual Affairs showing an interest? Never Mind the Bollocks—all of this plus fish fingers, chunky chips, and endless pints of anarchy in the new monthly series PUNKS NOT DEAD!”PUNK’S NOT DEAD #1(W): David Barnett (A): Martin Simmonds (L): Aditya Bidikar (CF): Dee CunniffeIf you’re looking for the most mysterious, yet insanely intriguing debut of a new series, look no further than Punk’s Not Dead. This comic was one of Geek’s picks for comics we’re looking forward to. Let me tell you; It did not disappoint. Punk’s Not Dead is created by writer David Barnett and artist Martin Simmonds, with Aditya Bidikar on letters and Dee Cunniffe covering color flats. With Punk’s Not Dead, Black Crown becomes solid with its comic footing. They’re allowing their arsenal of creators to tell their stories with one boot on the ground and the other in your head.via IDW/Black CrownDavid Barnett writes Punk’s Not Dead with an enigma, outlined with secrets and layers of problems attached. It’s a treat of “what the hell” and I’m ready to chow down on. It’s outstanding how he brings all of these elements together. He challenges the reader. Inviting us along the journey, but cluttering up the information and keeping us at arm’s length to let it unfold before you. With this, Barnett creates one great solid story that will no doubt leave you a bit confused.However, Punk’s Not Dead will have you grasping to find out what’s happening in this world and how it all will come together. That’s the beauty of this first issue and Barnett’s writing. It leaves you with scattered information and you don’t know how things come together just yet. You’ll be willing to continue because of the characters he presents within the story.Punk’s Not Dead treats you with an array of captivating and amusing characters. We’re introduced to these odd creatures from the start. Our main 15-year-old protagonist Fergie and his punk rock ghost, Sid. Dorothy Culpepper, the strange woman from Extra-Usual Affairs and her newest recruit, Asif Baig. These characters are not only eccentric but colorful and engrossing, and they instantly catch your eye and attention. Minor characters like Fergie’s mum and the mystery of his dad are enough to keep you holding onto this story in the hopes of finding out more.via IDW/Black CrownBarnett does an incredible job slowly debuting these characters. He brings them together that arouses your curiosity in this largely character-driven story. By the end of the issue, some of those pieces are starting to fall into place. However, the overall story is still a mystery. We’re just scratching the surface of what this story can do.Martin Simmonds’ art is something glorious. His panel perspectives are something I rarely see in comics, but I’d love to see more of. I want to see comics breaking the panel barrier and taking chances with their art to create something 3D (if the story allows for this). As Barnett scrambles the information in his writing, Simmonds does this with his art, creating an extraordinary world in lush details. He gives this comic personality, charm, an endless sense of time and a vast span of bizarro in each panel. Simmonds’ colors are something to behold as well. Accompanied by Dee Cunniffe with color flats, these two present muted, but bright color spectrums that create a feel and look of nostalgia, both mod and punk alike.via IDW/Black CrownAditya Bidikar continues to rule lettering comic by comic. Bidikar’s letters always allow the characters to shine. I notice more and more of his lettering because of this. He has a way of bringing the character their full voice from a script. Bidikar takes the panels and ropes them in, creating the last piece of storytelling. He allows your eyes to move through the mixture chaos without losing your place. Bidikar guides you with his lettering, flowing from panel to panel aimlessly without missing a beat.Punk’s Not Dead #1 is a curiously offbeat, but stunning debut that leaves you guessing. Punk’s Not Dead provides a fun yet complex labyrinth with an unexpected form of chaotic storytelling that knocks you out. This comic is built on the backs of chaos just like the punk gods intended. Punk’s Not Dead #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.02/21/18 Releases – In addition to PUNK’S NOT DEAD #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Mata Hari #1 by Emma Beeby (W), Ariela Kristantina (A), Pat Masioni (C) Dark HorseHeathen #6 by Natasha Alterici (C+W+A) Vault ComicsKong on the Planet of the Apes #4 by Ryan Ferrier (W), Carlos Magno (A), Alex Guimaraes (C), Ed Dukeshire (L), Mike Huddleston (CA) BOOM! StudiosIce Cream Man #2 by W. Maxwell Prince (W), Martin Morazzo (A), Chris O’ Halloran (C) Good Old Neon (L) Image ComicsBlack Panther Annual #1 by Matt Kindt (W), Tyler Jenkins (I), Jim Campbell (L) Marvel ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Ghana premier league side Inter Allies has finally unveiled new acquisition Gambia’s Michael Touray. Touray signed for the Glo club end of last month on a season-long loan deal from Gambia Football Federation former domestic league champions Real de Banjul.Touray’s signing carries a weight of expectation with the forward tipped to bolster Inter Allies audacious ambition to clinch the title after having to contend with finishing fourth place the previous season. Michael will hope his boisterous form for Banjul-based Parent club Real translates at Inter Allies with a permanent deal after end of the season is possible.last_img read more

first_imgHedrick throws support to HerreraRepublicans wasted no time going on the offensive in the 3rd Congressional District race Wednesday after Democrat Denny Heck and Republican Jaime Herrera placed in the top two in the Washington primary.“Denny Heck will be a rubber stamp for the Nancy Pelosi agenda of bloated government and more spending,” the National Republican Campaign Committee and the Herrera campaign warned in a joint statement.Citing Heck’s public statements, the GOP said he was on the record as supporting more than $1.8 trillion in new federal spending.Herrera campaign spokesman Casey Bowman said the $1.8 trillion figure includes the estimated $1 trillion cost of implementing health care reform, the $787 billion stimulus bill Congress passed last year, and the $26 billion “state bailout” Congress appropriated last week to help states cover Medicaid costs and protect schoolteacher jobs. “I believe government needs to go the opposite direction, let employers invest their own money in job creation, and get people back to work,” Herrera said in the statement. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Heck campaign fired back with an accusation that Herrera, by opposing the $26 billion state bailout, favors protecting tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas.last_img read more

first_imgIn this file photo taken on March 11, 2019 an Air China Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane is seen at Beijing Capital Airport. Photo: AFPBoeing and US aviation regulators are coming under intense scrutiny over the certification of the 737 MAX aircraft after news that two recent crashes share similarities.On 11 March, just a day after the Ethiopia crash left 157 dead, a grand jury in Washington issued a subpoena to at least one person involved in the plane’s certification, according to a Wall Street Journal article citing people close to the matter.The subpoena, which came from a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s criminal division, seeks documents and correspondence related to the plane, according to the report.A criminal inquiry is “an entirely new twist,” said Scott Hamilton, managing director of the Leeham Company, who recalled a probe of a 1996 ValuJet crash as the only other aviation probe that was not a civil investigation.”Unlike France, where criminal investigations into aviation accidents seems common, it is very, very rare in the US,” Hamilton added.The Transportation Department’s inspector general also is probing the approval of the 737 MAX by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), The Wall Street Journal also reported. Neither department responded to requests for comment from AFP.The probe is focusing on the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, implicated in the Lion Air crash, which authorities have said shared similarities with the latest accident.The Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 came less than five months after a 737 MAX 8 operated by Lion Air crashed in Indonesia, killing 189.While it may take months for definitive conclusions, Ethiopian officials said Sunday there were “clear similarities” between the two catastrophes based on information from the flight data recorder.The two incidents have prompted air transport regulators to ground 737 MAX aircraft worldwide, a surprising setback for a line of jets that has been flying for less than two years and is Boeing’s top seller.An investigation by The Seattle Times — in the city where Boeing has a large manufacturing presence — showed numerous problems with the MCAS, including that it would repeatedly override a pilot’s actions based on one faulty sensor. The paper asked for a response from Boeing and the FAA at least a week prior to the latest crash.Shares of Boeing dropped another 1.8 per cent on Monday to $372.28. The company has fallen about 12 per cent since the Friday before the crash.FAA officials had no comment Monday on the investigations but reaffirmed that the certification for the plane followed standard procedure.Boeing said it followed the rules in bringing the plane to the market.”The 737 MAX was certified in accordance with the identical FAA requirements and processes that have governed certification of all previous new airplanes and derivatives,” Boeing said.”The FAA considered the final configuration and operating parameters of MCAS during MAX certification and concluded that it met all certification and regulatory requirements.”Later Monday, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg sought to reassure clients and passengers of the firm’s commitment to safety in a video message.”Safety is at the core of who we are at Boeing, and ensuring safe and reliable travel on our airplanes is an enduring value and our absolute commitment to everyone,” Muilenburg said.”Soon we’ll release a software update and related pilot training for the 737 MAX that will address concerns discovered in the aftermath of the Lion Air Flight 610 accident.”- Auto-certification? -The 737 MAX was certified as a variant of the 737 Next Generation, the plane it replaced, despite major differences in the engine and the addition of the MCAS, according to documents available on the FAA’s website.The motors on the new plane are heavier than in the 737 NG, posing more of a risk of stalling, so the MCAS was designed to protect against the possibility. But the Lion Air accident showed the system can erroneously correct for a stall when the plane is taking off, based on one bad sensor, and continuously fight the pilot for control.US pilots complained to Boeing about the issues following the Lion Air crash.Because of budget constraints, the FAA delegated aspects of the approval process to Boeing itself, according to sources.Under a program, known as the Organization Designation Authorization (ODA), employees of Boeing are accredited by the FAA to assist in approving the aircraft — including design, production, flight tests, maintenance and other systems — as well as signing off on the training procedures of pilots on new planes.The FAA last week said it already had ordered Boeing to develop a fix for problems with the MCAS system. But the agency was not able to describe any changes in the plane implemented by Boeing after the Lion Air accident.According to one aviation expert who requested anonymity, Boeing had readied some modifications for the system by the end of 2018 but the regulatory approval and subsequent installation of the changes were delayed by the five-week US government shutdown.Legislators Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Ted Cruz, who chairs a Senate transportation subcommittee, have each called for hearings to look into the 737 MAX’s certification.last_img read more

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — The humanoid robot iCub has learned a new skill: archery. After being taught how to hold a bow and shoot an arrow, it learned for itself how to improve its aim, and was so successful it could hit a bullseye after only eight trials. iCub, the Toddler Robot (w/ Videos, Pictures) Humanoid robot iCub learns the skill of archery. The iCub robot is an open-source robotic platform about the same size as a child three and a half years old, or around 104 cm tall. It has 53 degrees of freedom (hence it is called the 53-DOF iCub) distributed about the head, torso, arms, legs, and hands. The distance between the target and the iCub was 3.5 meters.The robot’s hands were set manually to allow it to grip the bow, and one joint in the index finger was used to release the string and shoot the arrow. The algorithm controlled the posture of the left arm and the orientation of the right arm (string side).ARCHER is a chained vector regression algorithm that uses experience gained from each trial to fine-tune the next attempt by modulating and coordinating the movements of the robot’s hands. Movements of the arms are controlled by an inverse kinematics controller. After each shot a camera takes a picture of the target and an image recognition system based on Gaussian Mixture Models determines where the tip of the arrow hit the target by filtering the colored pixels of the picture based on their likelihood of belonging to the target or the arrow head. This information is then used as feedback for the algorithm. Humanoid robot iCub learns the skill of archery. The learning algorithm, called ARCHER (Augmented Reward Chained Regression) algorithm, was developed and optimized specifically for problems like the archery training. Photo: Dr. Petar Kormushev The algorithm used to teach iCub is called the Augmented Reward Chained Regression (or ARCHER, naturally), and was developed especially for problems with specific knowledge about the goal to be achieved and which have a “smooth solution space.” In archery, the greatest reward comes from hitting a bullseye, the center of the target.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Photo credits: Dr. Petar Kormushev More information: Research paper: kormushev.com/papers/Kormushev_Humanoids-2010.pdf The algorithm was developed by Dr. Petar Kormushev and colleagues of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). The results of the research will be presented in December this year at the Humanoids 2010 conference in Nashville TN in the US. Citation: The iCub robot learns archery (2010, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-icub-robot-archery.htmllast_img read more

first_imgBALURGHAT: The South Dinajpur unit of West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited has taken measures to install prepaid meters in all the government offices from the next month of June. Officials said the survey work for launching the new system has been on.Initially, it has been decided that the prepaid meters will be distributed to all government offices, except state-run hospitals where electricity consumption is much higher, in and around the district. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSources said the new meters will be ultramodern and problem free.Officials said the prepaid electricity billing system through the new meter is similar to prepaid mobile connectivity where the consumers have to purchase particular data pack either for voice call or internet services.Similarly, the government offices from June onwards have to recharge the same for electricity services. A message before termination of services will be sent from WBSEDCL to the consumers for continuation of connectivity. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNotably, the post paid billing system has been active since WBSEDCL started functioning. Officials said the concerned department faces losses too due to non-payment of bills by the defaulters particularly in cases of households’ connectivity. Regional official of WBSEDCL Nirmal Biswas said: “Initially we have decided to install the prepaid meters in government offices where electricity consumption is less than 5 kilowatt. Soon, the rest of the government offices and households will be under the same category.”last_img read more

first_imgMarch 5, 2009 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The NetbookThe introduction of small powerful notebooks at low prices, such as those from Acer and Asus, will provide a practical option for the growing number of individuals who work on the road. These netbooks are especially useful for those who find it difficult to use the very small form-factor of Blackberry or iPhone-type devices.The battery life and lightweight quality of these tiny machines make them ideal for individuals who travel without access to a power supply, but their networks aren’t quite as advanced as that of the Blackberry or iPhone devices. This is the case because cell phone companies are able to provide their clients with constant access to the Internet, whereas laptops must be linked into an available wireless network. However, with companies now introducing Internet sticks with the ability to provide access anytime, anywhere, these limitations are quickly lessening. Thus, netbooks will be the ideal choice for on-the-move corporate individuals in 2009.Integration Of The CloudCloud computing services provide small and midsize businesess with an economical storage option. A hybrid version of application and service delivery is evolving. This version is instead of the anticipated migration from an on-premise-only and/or perpetual licensing-only model to a total SaaS-only and subscription-only model.Thus, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is becoming all the more important, since the future cloud of services will be comprised of the organization’s onsite services and those supplied to it by an offsite vendor.FlywheelsGreen initiatives will continue to grow in importance as a driver of cost savings. One of the least known but most valuable green products for the data center is the flywheel, which essentially stores energy for use when power is interrupted. It is a clean and cost effective alternative to battery-based uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). At present, flywheels represent 6% of the three-phase UPS market, but the longer lifecycle and lower cost of maintenance is going to trigger increased demand for these in the near future.Adoption of the flywheel in Europe is very high, with several large data centers announcing the implementation of flywheel technology. One of the largest hosting firms in the San Francisco area has adopted the technology as well. The systems currently available are able to handle mid-sized to very large centers and thus can be useful for a variety of business sizes and types.Rich Internet ApplicationsRich Internet Applications (RIAs) provide the interactivity of a desktop application conveniently delivered in any Web browser. Google Maps is an early example, but many companies are beginning to use RIAs to:Simplify online shopping.Provide rich interactive graphics.Support social networking.End users are fond of RIAs because they are user-friendly and quickly accessible. They are also proving to be profitable for the companies that provide them, making increasing uptake in 2009 inevitable.Hybrid Use of Off-Premise Application ServicesA broad range of applications have been available to organizations in the form of hosted services or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The advantage of these is that small and midsize businesses can add services without purchasing perpetual licenses, without dedicating servers and storage, and with only minimal support staff. While organizations may be unwilling to trust critical functions to these external service providers, they will increasingly use them to augment their primary in-house applications for special purposes.Need sales-force profitability analysis? Don’t bother with another module, just rent some software for a little while. This option facilitates optimal gain with minimal investment — the perfect mix in a time of economic crisis.Three factors will increase the adoption of these technologies:The functional quality and reliability of these services improve continually.While application services may cost more over a period of several years, the initial cost is significantly lower than an in-house solution, which is very attractive during a period of financial frugality.The faster speed of deployment will suit businesses that need additional functionality to temporarily and quickly augment their current application capability.Short-Term Use Of External Service ProvidersIn addition to external application services, businesses will increasingly look outside their own IT groups to augment their capabilities or capacity quickly without making a long-term staff or equipment commitment. This strategy is especially appropriate in a tight financial situation, when the need is great but money is scarce.The service providers who will succeed are those that:Are prepared to support short-term people and equipment needs — not just long-term contracts.Make their own facilities and equipment available rather than just managing the customer’s own equipment.Social Computing For Business CollaborationYes, everyone else says the same thing, but it’s true. Content and collaboration services that are based on the friend-of-a-friend network model are growing fast and are becoming the primary point of interaction for younger generations. These generations are eschewing e-mail as an interaction channel and instead opting for real-time and near-real-time (i.e., text messaging) interaction through their personal networks. The good news is that such basic services are inexpensive and easy to deploy.The downside, of course, is that organizations must get past their concern about staff using these tools for personal use. An alternative method, currently utilized by many companies, is an internal messaging system. This option facilitates quick correspondence among employees and limits the number of redundant e-mails, which can be overlooked within the e-mailing system. Less archiving and faster communication — social computing certainly has its benefits.In-Memory AnalyticsFor companies in search of improving financial consolidation and ad-hoc analysis for little monetary investment, in-memory analytics seem to be a feasible solution. As competition for shrinking markets intensifies, organizations will increase their need for analysis of data. Why would they build a data warehouse when they can just load all of their data into a computer with a huge pile of RAM?The market has shifted to allow for RAM to be very economical and an extremely realistic option for companies throughout a period of financial uncertainty.Wide Area Network Optimization DevicesThe demand for increased bandwidth for data communication continues to grow, but the drops in unit cost have not kept in step. Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization devices facilitate more information flow on an existing network connection, which in turn allows organizations to add effective bandwidth without having to invest in more capacity from carriers.Given the current downturn, many companies that require a capital investment will have to demonstrate a one-year payback (or less). The savings on WAN connectivity costs will provide payback for many businesses in only a matter of months, making this option ideal for 2009.Data Loss Or Leakage ProtectionSecurity continues to be a main concern for many organizations, especially when it comes to the leaking of corporate information. Of special significance is the inappropriate transmission of this corporate information from within an organization to outsiders (as opposed to external attempts to access information).Businesses seeking to improve internal security have been adopting Data Leakage Protection (DLP) faster than any piece of technology in quite a while. With data breaches caused by employee error occurring as frequently as hacks and malicious actions combined, the value behind this technology is tremendous.Application VirtualizationVirtualization of servers has been extensively adopted by most organizations that operate multiple computer servers. The extension of virtualization from the server to applications will accelerate the adoption of the utility infrastructure. In fact, expect utility infrastructure to become the accepted approach for running business applications.The organization’s view of infrastructure will also continue to morph from a specific configuration of servers, storage, and network components to a flexible service that easily adapts the allocation of resources to changing performance and capacity requirements over time. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Now 7 min read How Success Happenslast_img read more

first_imgTechnology | October 01, 2008 DeJarnette Offers Enhanced Software Upgrade News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Software version 3.1 of DeJarnette Research Systems Inc.’s xDL – Cross-enterprise Document Librarian sees application in regional archive settings requiring sophisticated document sharing capabilities. xDL also sees application in MTF “vendor neutral” archive solutions and offsite storage gateway applications. The company will demonstrate its xDLVision WADO (Web Access for DICOM Objects) viewer and server product. xDLVision integrates with xDL to provide an industry standard Web-based solution for sharing and viewing images, reports and associated documents, inside and outside the enterprise. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Isla del Coco gets a new radar station to fight drug traffickers Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal Drug traffickers lure Costa Rica’s struggling coastal fishermen with offers of easy money Mexico drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán back in jail, betrayed by biopic bid When unidentified helicoptersappeared last year over Costa Rica’s heavily forested southern Caribbean region of Talamanca, residents of the Bribrí indigenous community mobilized. On at least three occasions, the Bribrí reported strange helicopters hovering over their land, including one instance when people on board claimed to be missionaries, despite carrying guns, locals alleged.The sightings along the Caribbean were likely connected to a series of dramatic raids in Limón and the Northern Zone that uncovered a network of improvised helipads and suspected drug camps where assault rifles and precursor chemicals for synthesizing cocaine were discovered last fall.The indigenous community’s vigilance was highlighted in findings presented Tuesday in San José that argued that well-defined indigenous land rights could be a nonmilitary option to combat the encroachment of drug trafficking and its negative environmental and social impacts on forest communities in Mexico and Central America.State recognition of community land rights are a critical foundation for the organizational capacity, social cohesion and sustainable economic alternatives that fortify remote communities from incursion by organized crime, the report’s authors argued.The study from the Salvadoran Research Program on Development and Environment (PRISMA) followed a January article in the publication Science by Dr. Kendra McSweeney, an associate professor at Ohio State University who co-authored the findings, that observed a strong correlation between accelerated rates of deforestation and heavily treaded drug trafficking routes in Central America.Since 2006, Mexican drug-trafficking cartels have turned the isthmus into a major transit point for cocaine and other drugs as authorities increased patrols along sea routes to the United States, which pushed traffickers inland. An estimated 86 percent of the cocaine that travels to the United States passes through Central America, according to the U.S. State Department’s 2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report.“Indigenous communities are very effective [at defending forests from drug traffickers] when governments support the rights of indigenous peoples and forest communities,” Andrew Davis, senior researcher with PRISMA and co-author of the findings, told The Tico Times.Davis said that his group’s research showed that forests managed by indigenous communities or other forest dwellers showed much lower rates of narco-related deforestation than strict conservation areas. Organized crime groups often clear-cut protected forests for informal landing strips or launder illicit profits from the drug trade with legitimate cattle or large-scale agriculture, like palm oil plantations, that require removing forests.Indigenous-controlled forests often require outsiders to have the permission of a local chief or elected leader, and community members have mechanisms in place to report the whereabouts of strangers on their land, McSweeney said. Patrols by these groups using radios and other technology can be key sources of information for authorities to locate and evict drug traffickers.“When you live in a forest, that forest isn’t just a national park to you. It’s your pharmacy, it’s your hardware store, your production plant. It’s where jobs come from; [it’s] the foundation for your economic livelihood,” Davis said, noting that often times park rangers in the region are assigned thousands of hectares of dense jungle without the means to survey it.An alternative to military actionDavis noted that there would likely always be a role for police or military action regarding the expulsion of drug traffickers from protected forests, but he said he hoped the findings would contribute to exploring nonmilitary responses to the conflict.“In Honduras, the military approach has alienated native communities, and [the military has] not worked with them to fight the problem,” McSweeney said. “I’m convinced it would have been much more successful if the [U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration] and Honduran counterparts had worked more closely with communities rather than against them.”“Let native communities do what they do best, which is patrol and monitor, manage their territory, and when they need help they should be able to call on a responsive military to assist,” McSweeney added.“The [state] shouldn’t be bringing more arms into our community, they should be reinforcing our communities with social investment” like education and health care, said Cándido Menzúa, elected leader of the Emberá Wounaan people of Panama.The search for economic alternatives“The question that worries us more than security is how to generate alternatives that keep our young people from falling into drugs. This is where forest management becomes a very positive alternative for our community’s development,” Menzúa told The Tico Times.Many of the communities highlighted in the report practice forms of sustainable logging or agriculture in the forests. But to do that, the state must relinquish some control over these protected lands.Unlike many of the forest dwellers named in the report, Costa Rica’s Bribrí and other indigenous groups do not have autonomy. Pressures over disputed land rights came to a head in 2012 in the southern town of Buenos Aires, when locals and forest communities clashed violently.“There has been a lot of reticence to hand over these lands to communities because of traditional biases and conceptions that they will not be stewards of the land. But what has happened in the past 20 or 30 years is that where we have seen major areas recognized, indigenous territories and other communities, we have found that [they can thrive] as long as their rights are recognized and their economic and social models are supported,” Davis said.The authors observed that drug trafficking and deforestation are most present in areas where land and resource rights are unclear and poverty is rampant.“States need to get rid of the red tape so that community models can thrive,” the PRISMA researcher said.Researchers and community leaders hope that greater recognition of indigenous land rights and locally managed woodlands will contribute to nonmilitary alternatives to deter the expansion of drug traffickers and their damage to Central America’s remaining forests. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgMartelly also has struggled to disband a group of military veterans who have tried to hold him to his campaign pledge of restoring the army. They had been training before he took office, but his victory emboldened them and they have paraded throughout the capital and countryside, toting side arms and sporting military uniforms, despite government orders for them to stop. Their paramilitary-like presence has embarrassed not just the government but also the United Nations peacekeeping mission.Martelly also suffered for the lack of a strong political party. Only three members of his party hold seats in the 99-member Chamber of Deputies and none in the 30-member Senate, though he’s found allies in both chambers.His political base remains tiny and he counts a tight-knit circle of longtime friends as his advisers, many of them fellow alumni of an elite Catholic high school and many of them foreign to politics. Even then, infighting has been a hallmark of the administration.“They are too close and they don’t open up,” said Claude Beauboeuf, an economist and radio talk show host. “Even those on the inside are crushed sometimes.”Despite the clashes with parliament, anger seldom spilled into the street as it has in past administrations. There have been no major signs of disgust with Martelly aside from a few demonstrations. “I would give myself an eight, eight-and-half, a nine, because everything I did I did without a government,” Martelly said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Everything I did, I did at a time when I had so many problems, when so many people tried to stop me. Everything I did, I did whether the money was there or not.”Asked to name his accomplishments, the president pointed out the school-tuition program, to be paid for with a tax on incoming international phone calls, as well as the clearing of major camps, largely achieved through rental subsidies, the repair of damaged homes and, most controversially, outright evictions from the flimsy shelters of the overcrowded temporary settlements.In the interview on Friday, he also noted the construction of a public hospital in Mirebalais, north of the capital, and start of construction of an industrial park near Cap Haitien that will host textile factories and other enterprises, bringing badly needed jobs to the northern part of the country.“I’m not saying that I’m doing miracles, but I’m surely sending signals that things are being done in another manner now,” Martelly said from his office on the grounds of the ruined National Palace. “The state wants to serve. We want to be close to the people.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 0 Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories There are no independent studies of the program so far, but education specialist Mohamed Fall of UNICEF said he believed at least 70 percent of the targeted children had received their aid.While ever-inefficient Haitian government has still not completely funded the schools, the aid is a significant sum for many in Haiti, where about half the children didn’t go to school before the quakeTake Dania Nerius, the 38-year-old mother of four children, ages 6 to 17. Her husband lost his right leg in the earthquake, and his job as a mechanic. They nearly had to pull their children from the school. But the tuition program helped her save $360 a year _ a lot in a country where most get by on $2 a day _ so she can pay rent and invest money in her business as a roadside peddler of minutes for a cellphone company.“That helped me,” Nerius said one afternoon, “because the money would’ve otherwise come out of my pocket.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Associated PressPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – In a country where the news is typically bad, if not catastrophic, many people in Haiti look at the past year under a musician-turned-president with guarded surprise.Yes, parliament and President Michel Martelly were in a standoff that hobbled government much of the past 12 months. Yes, less than a quarter of the population has a formal job. And yes, cholera and many other problems still haunt the country. Still known to many by his stage name “Sweet Micky,” Martelly said governing was easier than he had thought and he has no regrets from the first year.But it’s clear there were some major blunders.Police ignored a law granting legislative immunity by arresting a lawmaker who had escaped from jail. The justice minister took the blame and resigned, but the episode infuriated parliament and lawmakers became bent on thwarting him at every turn, opening an investigation into Martelly’s eligibility for office. Instead of dispelling rumors that he was a citizen of another country, which would have barred him from office, he let the allegations fester. It took him several months to put the matter to rest. When he did, he held aloft eight old passports in a performer-like flourish.“He could have done a lot better if he wanted people to rally around him, gotten consensus and not go his own way as an artist,” Sen. Francois Anick Joseph said by telephone. “He caused (a lot of problems) by his way of doing things and his way of doing things is not a democratic way.”Added Joseph: “He wasn’t able to look for consensus because he’s an artist. The lights must be on him.” Disappointment might seem justified for someone like Jean-Baptiste, the mother of two. She voted for Martelly to get her out of a park-turned-encampment. But her forced removal at the hands of city officials was not what she had in mind.Martelly condemned evictions, but they happened anyway. Yet Jean-Baptiste still holds out hope for the candidate who promised change. She offered this unsolicited message to the president: “I hope he can bring down the price of tap-taps,” the brightly colored pickups that transport people for about 40 cents.The signature project of the Martelly administration has been the school program that aims to double the number of children in school. His plan to fund it through a tax on incoming international phone calls and wire transfers upset Haitians abroad who use such services. The $22 million collected is on hold with the Central Bank until Parliament approves its release. The government paid for this year’s tuition by taking money from other parts of the budget, said Miloody Vincent, director of the education ministry’s press bureauVincent acknowledges that the quality of the education may not have improved yet. “The most important thing is to put the kids in school,” he said. “We’re working later to improve the quality of the education.” Top Stories Yet six of the most visible displaced-persons camps that sprang up after the 2010 earthquake have been cleared and several are back to being public plazas; renovations are far along at the international airport; a sprinkling of new hotels and shops have begun to emerge across the capital’s otherwise ruined landscape; and in a country where free education is rare, the government, for the first time, has covered school tuition for 1 million children .It’s hardly a Golden Age. But it’s not bad either for a leader who had never held political office and was best known for often-raunchy musical performances before he took office a year ago Monday. The achievements have come with a parliament so dominated by the party of the man Martelly defeated in his run for president that lawmakers stonewalled his attempts to appoint a prime minister and Cabinet for three-quarters of the year.“Things with Martelly are working for the most part,” said Yrinen Jean-Baptiste, a 34-year-old mother of two children who voted for the musician and says that, so far, she would be willing do so again. “I hope he can do more.”Asked to grade himself on a 1-10 scale, the president, who isn’t known for modesty, grades himself high. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more