Airbnb critics say blocked law would save housing NYC units

NEW YORK — A new report from critics of Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms claims New York City could lose nearly 11,000 housing units if new regulations on the companies don’t go forward.A federal judge this month blocked a New York City law that would have subjected Airbnb and HomeAway to reveal detailed information about their business. The ruling comes as the companies challenge the new law in court.The groups New York Communities for Change and Tenants PAC issued a report on Tuesday that analyzed government and rental data. It found that without the law, 10,800 units could be diverted for use as short-term rentals.The groups maintain that home-sharing platforms drive up rental prices by reducing available residential units.San Francisco-based Airbnb hailed the judge’s decision as a huge win.The Associated Press read more

House Republicans seek to shift focus from ferries

JUNEAU, Alaska — Some House Republicans are pushing back against the time being spent hearing from Alaskans on the impacts of proposed budget cuts on the state’s ferry system.Hundreds of people signed up to testify before the House Transportation Committee, which has heard hours of public testimony. The small committee room, at times, was standing room only, with a nearby room opened for overflow.In a release, Anchorage Republican Rep. Sara Rasmussen said rather than spending hours “fixated on one government system,” time and resources should be invested in “modern infrastructure,” such as a road that would help connect Juneau with the state road system. Alternatives weighed for the road previously included some type of ferry service.Under the budget proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, no ferries are scheduled after Oct. 1.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press read more

India proud of its development partnership with Sri Lanka

This is important considering the strong democratic credentials of both India and Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commissioner said. The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) held its inauguration ceremony of Master’s Degree programme for the year 2018 today.High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu was the Chief Guest at the function. He delivered a key- note address on “India-Sri Lanka Relations for a Shared and Secured Future”. He noted that India-Sri Lanka relations are special, unique and stand on its own footing. The Indian Government says it is proud of its development partnership with Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner recalled that Sir Kotelawala was one of the most illustrious and brave sons of Sri Lanka. He noted that it is no coincidence that the motto of KDU is ‘For the Motherland and Forever’. High Commissioner cited the quote that the quality of a university is not measured by the kinds of students it takes in, but the quality of students it turns out. He complimented KDU for living up to the expectations of the countrymen.The High Commissioner highlighted importance of higher education and research in the growth of a country. He mentioned that India currently has the third-largest scientific and technical manpower in the world.India has also become the second largest market for e-learning with more than one-third of the top 1,000 global R&D spenders having their centres in India. Citing the 750 scholarships and 400 ITEC fellowships that India gives to Sri Lanka every year, The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, said that whether it be the rehabilitation of the KKS Harbour, or setting up of model villages across the country, or helping the farming and fishing communities in the South or extension of emergency ambulance service island-wide, India is proud of the fact that she has been able to write the development partnership stories in Sri Lanka, based on Sri Lanka’s own priorities and requirements. The High Commissioner said that India, as a country, has never believed in keeping its resources to itself. He said that even while having to confront with its own developmental challenges, India has always believed in sharing what it has. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan names Chowdhury chief of review conference on sustainable development

The 10-year review of the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of the Small Island Developing States will take place in Mauritius from 30 August to 4 September 2004.The Barbados Programme of Action reviewed the implementation of measures adopted at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, as well as those contained in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity.Earlier in the General Assembly session, Mr. Chowdhury suggested that delegates identify priorities for the 2004 conference agenda, including the economic, social and environmental vulnerability of small island developing states (SIDS), poverty eradication measures, freshwater issues, climate change, renewable energy, development of marine resources and sustainable fisheries, reducing HIV/AIDS and increasing trade.The Programme of Action facilitates cooperation with and assistance to the SIDS in these and other areas.Mr. Chowdhury is also the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. read more

Pavicevic withdraws MHF seeks new general secretary

The former international referee, and today international delegate, Predrag Pavicevic, is no longer the general secretary of the Montenegrin Handball Federation, the official federation website announced. After six years of cooperation, the Handball Federation and Pavicevic agreed to mutual termination of the contract.He will however remain on that position until the end of the World Championship 2013 in Spain, which is until a new one is elected.source: rscg Montenegro Handballmontenegro handball federationpavicevicrscg ← Previous Story Hungary (Round 13): MKB Veszprem easily past Csurgoi KK Next Story → THW Kiel signs Wael Jallouz on three-year deal read more

PSNI officer fires shot during loyalist paramilitary arrest

first_imgFOUR MEN ARE being questioned by police in Northern Ireland on suspicion of loyalist paramilitary activity.The suspects were detained on Donegall Road in south Belfast last night. The incident, which occurred after officers stopped their car, has been referred to the Police Ombudsman as a shot was discharged by a member of the PSNI.The men are still being questioned at the Serious Crime Suite in Antrim. Detectives have issued an appeal for information and want anyone who saw any unusual activity in the area at about 8pm last night to contact them.Read: Three pipe bombs found in Limerick houseMore: Doherty has “no reason to disbelieve” Adams when he says he wasn’t in the IRAlast_img read more

Un crâne vieux de 5 000 ans très bien conservé découvert en

first_imgUn crâne vieux de 5 000 ans très bien conservé découvert en AngleterreDécouvert cette année sur les bords d’une rivière anglaise, un crâne humain datant du Néolithique étonne les spécialistes par son excellent état de conservation. Il suggère la présence, dans la région, d’un site funéraire préhistorique qui reste à découvrir.Ce n’est pas une noix de coco, comme il l’a cru tout d’abord, que ce promeneur a ramassé sur les bords d’une rivière du Worcestershire (Angleterre), mais… un crâne humain. Remis à la police locale, expertisé par un anthropologue spécialisé en médecine légale et examiné par des archéologues, le crâne partiel, remonte en fait au Néolithique. C’est seulement la deuxième fois qu’un vestige néolithique est découvert dans ce comté.D’après la description faite, le crâne mesure environ 15 cm de longueur sur 10 de largeur et est  en excellent état de conservation. Les traces des vaisseaux sanguins sont même encore nettement visibles sur sa surface interne. “Quand j’ai vu le crâne, j’ai pensé qu’il était peut-être saxon ou romain, mais je savais qu’il n’était pas récent à cause de sa couleur. Mais nous avons tous été surpris quand la datation au radiocarbone l’a situé entre 3.338 et 3.035 avant JC – soit le Néolithique moyen”, explique l’archéologue Nick Daffern.”Il est si bien conservé qu’il est impensable qu’il soit resté dans la rivière tout ce temps, ce qui pose la question de savoir d’où il vient. Cela suggère que nous avons un lieu de sépulture néolithique très près d’ici – nous ne savons pas où”, précise t-il cité par le Daily Mail. Mais “je ne pense pas que [ce crâne] ait été trouvé là où les restes ont été enterrés. Je pense qu’il y avait une sépulture près de la rivière, puis que les inondations ont déplacé [ces ossements] (…). Localiser le site d’enfouissement serait comme chercher une aiguille dans une botte de foin”.Un mystérieux défunt À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Néanmoins, l’analyse du crâne et ses caractéristiques ont permis d’en découvrir un peu plus sur son propriétaire. “[Nous] pensons qu’il s’agit d’une femme en raison de la légèreté du crâne et de l’absence de toute arcade sourcilière, mais nos conclusions sont très provisoire, car nous avons seulement le sommet du crâne”, ajoute encore Daffern. La cause du décès et l’âge de la personne demeurent également très flous.”Il n’y a pas de traumatisme sur l’os (…) et il n’y a aucun signe de maladie, si bien que nous n’avons aucune idée de la cause du décès. Malheureusement, il reste [donc] un peu de mystère. Chaque fois que nous trouvons des vestiges néolithiques, il semble y avoir une nette séparation entre l’endroit où [ces gens] ont enterré leurs morts et celui où ils ont vécu, ce qui n’est pas un hasard. Mais c’est frustrant pour un archéologue, (…) car nous n’avons toujours pas les réponses pour expliquer pourquoi”, indique ainsi le scientifique. “Trouver quelques uns des plus vieux restes humains découverts dans le Worcestershire par hasard est incroyable. Cela tend juste à montrer que l’archéologie peut être trouvée absolument partout”, conclut-il.   Le 3 septembre 2013 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE RAW Ratings Viewers down again April 29 Third hour drop sets

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Twitter Videos Articles Cesaro Videos Articles Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) center_img Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next Facebook Google+ WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins The RAW Ratings are in for April 29, 2019.This week’s edition from Lexington, Kentucky, drew an average of 2.158 million viewers on Monday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that averaged 2.374 million viewers.WWE came in at No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 for the night on cable, dropping down one place from where it was last week in the 18-49 demographics.The first hour drew the strongest audience (2.336 million viewers).It should be noted that RAW went head-to-head with the NBA Playoffs, which drew 3.8 million viewers with a 1.40 rating among adults 18-49.Hourly Breakdowns and Demographics for WWE RAWHour 1: 2.336 (down from 2.680 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.241 (down from 2.296 million viewers last week)Hour 3: 1.898 (down from 2.146 million viewers last week)This week’s RAW, headlined by a contract signing with Seth Rollins and AJ Styles, averaged a 0.72 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from last week’s 0.81 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

San Diego is a top location for startups and entrepreneurs

first_imgSan Diego is a top location for start-ups and entrepreneurs August 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – This week, the world celebrated Entrepreneur’s Day, a day set aside to create awareness and innovation among nations.San Diego was named the top hot spot for start-up companies, even attracting entrepreneurs and investors from Silicon Valley.Here in San Diego, the risk is low and opportunity is high. Posted: August 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Gas leak response continues near Lacamas Lake

first_imgA contingent of Northwest Natural employees are continuing door-to-door visits this morning to relight pilot lights shut off after a natural-gas pipe leak near the west end of Lacamas Lake in the Camas area.The leak was caused by a construction worker who bored into a 4-inch distribution pipe that afternoon near Lake Road and Northwest Jackson Street, just north of Skyridge Middle School, officials said.Gas valves were closed shortly after 5 p.m. in response to the leak.Beginning at 8 a.m. this morning, Northwest Natural technicians have made contact with 90 of the 330 homes affected, said Jenna Gross-Cooper, a Northwest Natural spokeswoman.Gross-Cooper said pilot lights were re-lit at homes where residents were present. If they were out, a hanger was left on their door with a pledge to return. Gross-Cooper said 14 technicians are sweeping through the area.The damaged pipe was repaired by about 11 p.m. Wednesday night.Access to the Forest Hills subdivision remains limited as a safety precaution. A short section of Lake Road between Jackson and Parker streets remains blocked.As of 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, several hours after the pipe break, no one had been reported injured or sickened by the gas, said Battalion Chief Larry Larimer with the Camas Fire Department.last_img read more

Jaitley Allocates ₹246 Lakh Crore for Defence Sector

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government will spend 2.46 trillion rupees ($40 billion) in the defence sector in 2015/16.In July 2014, while presenting the Narendra Modi government’s first budget, Jaitley said the defence sector would get an annual outlay of Rs.229,000 crore, around 1.8 percent of the gross domestic product.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had presented a vision statement under his ‘Make in India’ campaign where local manufacturers of defence equipment had an important role.”This year too, I have provided adequately for the needs of the armed forces. As against likely expenditure of this year of Rs 2,22,370 crore the Budget allocation for 2015-16 is Rs 2,46,727 crore,” Jaitley said in his budget speech.last_img read more

After SBI and Vijaya Bank Bank of India to raise Rs 500

first_imgBank of India, Khairachatar branch.wikimedia commonsIn need of more capital, state-owned Bank of India (BoI) plans to raise Rs 500 crore through a qualified institutional placement (QIP), a senior official aware of the development told Mint.”We are well capitalised right now; the fundraising will be just for replenishment of capital. We will be raising about Rs 500 crore in the next quarter,” the business daily quoted Dinabandhu Mohapatra, managing director and chief executive of BoI, as saying.Currently, the lender is in the process of finalising investment banks for the issue. As on June 30, capital adequacy of the bank stood at 12.38 percent, against Basel-III requirements of 9 percent. For the same period, BoI’s gross non-performing assets stood at 13.05 percent.To shore up their capital many public sector banks (PSB) are looking at raising funds from the market.In June this year, State Bank of India (SBI) raised Rs 15,000 crore via QIP, the biggest so far by any bank in the country. Later in August, another PSB Vijaya Bank raised Rs 700 crore using a similar instrument.”Investor appetite for QIPs of weak public sector banks could be decent with participation from large domestic institutional investors. Measures being taken by the PSBs to bolster their capital levels by divesting non-core assets and realigning risk-weighted assets should help in the interim till the government finalises it’s capitalization plans for PSBs,” Mint quoted Karthik Srinivasan, group head for financial sector ratings at ICRA as saying.The state-owned lenders are reeling under bad loans. Total bad loans in the banking sector are close to Rs 10 lakh crore and banks are in dire need of capital infusion to continue operations.If banks raise funds from the market, government will get a breather. The government, under the Indradhanush plan announced in August 2015, has committed Rs 70,000 crore to recapitalisation of PSBs.As per the Indradhanush roadmap, public sector banks need to raise about Rs 1.10 lakh crore (Rs 1.1 trillion) from markets, including the follow-on public offer to meet Basel III requirements which kick in from March 2019. This will be over and above the Rs 70,000 crore that banks will get as capital support from the government.In line with the Centre’s Indradhanush plan for recapitalisation of banks, the government announced the infusion of Rs 10,000 crore into state-owned banks in 2017-18 and 2018-19.”Improved valuations, coupled with value unlocking from non-core assets as well as improvements in capital productivity, will enable PSBs to raise the remaining Rs 110,000 crore from the market,” the finance ministry had said in a press note on Indradhanush.Last week, rating agency Fitch Ratings said that Indian banks will need additional capital of $65 billion to meet the remaining Basel III banking stipulations by March 2019, with state-run lenders accounting for 95 percent of the requirements.last_img read more

Two more killed in gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo more suspected drug traders were killed in a reported ‘gunfight’ with detectives in Kalibari Lane area of Mymensingh early Tuesday.The deceased are Rony Mia, 30, son of Mamun Mia of Krishtopur area and Anwar Hossain alias Anar, 38, son of Siraj Ali of Bashbari Colony.Being informed that a gang of drug traders gathered in an abandoned house to share drug money, a team of detectives conducted a drive there, said Ashiku Rahman, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of the district police.Read more: Alleged gunfights kill 2 more, toll reaches 143Sensing the presence of detectives, the gang fired gunshots at them, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate in ‘self-defence’ which led to the gun battle, the OC said.After the gunfight, law enforcers found two drug traders as bullet-hit.Read More: ‘Gunfight’ is not solution: TIBLater, they were rushed to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared them dead.Two policemen were injured during the incident, the OC added.Police also recovered 1750 piece of yaba tablets, three round bullet shells and a foreign pistol from the spot.last_img read more

MPO enlistment after scrutiny Nurul Islam Nahid

first_imgNurul Islam Nahid. File PhotoEducational institutions will be brought under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) scheme after scrutiny, said education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday.”The scrutiny is going on following a directive of the government, especially the Prime Minister. It’ll also be done at the field level. The process will continue,” he said.The minister came up with the remarks after a meeting with the leaders of teachers’ organisations at the secretariat.He said over 9,000 educational institutions have submitted applications seeking enlistment of their institutions under the MPO scheme.”Now new institutions will be brought under the MPO system. Non-MPO institutions were asked to submit applications online. A total 9,498 institutions have submitted their applications online,” he said.The teachers highlighted various problems of their fellows in private educational institutions and sought government support to resolve those.The education minister assured them of solving their problems in phases.last_img read more

Modi promises temple farmer sops

first_imgIndian prime minister Narendra Modi gestures at an event to present the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election manifesto in New Delhi on 8 April 2019. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on 8 April sought to woo Hindu voters and farmers with an election manifesto he hopes will help him seal a second term in office. Photo: AFPIndian prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday sought to woo Hindu voters and farmers with an election manifesto he hopes will help him seal a second term in office.Modi’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) outlined its key policies in the document released with fanfare in New Delhi, balancing nationalist policies with development talk, three days before elections begin.The party said it was committed to building a grand temple for Hindu god Rama “as soon as possible in a harmonious way” and pass a citizenship bill that would grant Indian nationality to Hindus from neighbouring countries.The conflict over whether a temple or a mosque should be constructed in the holy city of Ayodhya is a major flashpoint between Hindus and India’s sizeable Muslim minority.Under fire from the opposition Congress party for not doing enough for India’s struggling farmers, the party said it would infuse more than $300 billion for rural development.It would also extend an annual handout of 6,000 rupees ($86) and introduced a pension scheme for small and marginal farmers.”Nationalism is our inspiration … good governance is our mantra,” Modi, 68, said at the launch.”It (the manifesto) is multi-layered and multi-dimensional because our society is very diverse. We can’t have a one-size-fits-all kind of policy. It addresses the needs of all sections of society.”The party also said it would scrap a historic law providing special rights to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir, a move that is likely to spike tension in the tinderbox state.The BJP manifesto comes on the heels of a similar document released by Congress last week which promised to “create wealth and guarantee welfare” to India’s 1.3 billion people.Congress had announced 72,000 rupees ($1,045) each to India’s poorest 250 million families.Recent opinion polls, although notoriously unreliable, suggest Congress is trailing BJP ahead of India’s mega-election running from April 11 to 19 May.The BJP, which decimated Congress as it swept to power in 2014, has been riding a nationalistic wave, vowing to protect the country against Pakistan-backed “terrorism”.In February, India and Pakistan faced off in their worst confrontation in years over Kashmir, conducting tit-for-tat airstrikes.”This manifesto has been prepared with strong nationalist vision … it is rooted in India’s realities,” said finance minister Arun Jaitley.Critics say Modi has failed to create jobs and revive the rural economy. He is also accused of tarnishing India’s credentials as a tolerant, secular country and imposing “Hindutva” or the hegemony of Hindus on its teeming millions.last_img read more

Man Killed By FBI Agent In Conroe Raid Was Kidnap Victim

first_imgThese are the people charged in the kidnapping of a Conroe man. He was killed during an FBI recovery raid. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/OqetObjS2G— Lauren Talarico (@KHOULauren) January 25, 2018 Photo via Twitter @FrankoPolo Police said the men broke into a home in Conroe and abducted the man. His 12-year-old son called police, who called the FBI for assistance.A kidnapping victim accidentally shot and killed by an FBI agent Thursday has been identified as Ulises Villadares.FBI spokeswoman Christina Garza said the agent shot the man shortly before 4 a.m. during an “operation” at the home. The man, whose name wasn’t immediately released, died later at a hospital.Police in Conroe, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Houston, confirmed the man had been kidnapped and held for ransom.“The system failed. Whether it was accidental or not, the man is not going home to his family,” Conroe Police Chief Philip Dupuis said.Two men and one woman are charged with aggravated kidnapping, police said. The men also are charged with aggravated robbery.Police said the men broke into a home in Conroe and abducted the man. His 12-year-old son called police, who called the FBI for assistance.The FBI followed cellphone signals to a motel near Houston, where two suspects — both of them men — were found. The suspects directed FBI agents and police officers to a house where another suspect — a woman — was located along with the man who was being held captive. Other people, including children, also were at the home, according to authorities.It’s unclear what led to the gunfire. Garza said the agent who fired the fatal shot is on administrative leave pending an investigation.New court documents show Conroe kidnapping victim Ulises Villadares’s hands were still bound with duck tape when he was shot and killed by an FBI agent. #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/J42BzlgoMY— Janelle Bludau (@JanelleKHOU) January 26, 2018 In a twist revealed late Thursday, court documents show the Conroe kidnapping victim, who was killed during an FBI raid, was related to the wife of one of the suspects. https://t.co/6IiwrZl7ga pic.twitter.com/OW4XKB69s6— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) January 26, 2018 Fatal #Conroe kidnapping case started here. #ABC13 pic.twitter.com/XKKVaaswKu— Jessica Willey (@ImJessicaWilley) January 26, 2018center_img Share “THE SYSTEM FAILED” – That is how Conroe PD describes the moment a kidnapping victim was killed when FBI agents moved in on the home where the victim was being held. https://t.co/0k10ivLxZx pic.twitter.com/xLTWRwzJNO— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) January 25, 2018last_img read more

2YearOld Boy Fatally Shot In Spring During Robbery Attempt

first_img Share Sheriff’s officials say two gunmen who were demanding money shot and killed a 2-year-old boy and seriously wounded his father at a residential complex north of Houston.Harris County sheriff’s Lt. Robert Minchew says the boy, his father and a friend of the father were sitting in an open garage late Tuesday in Spring when they were approached by the suspects.It’s not clear what led to the gunfire but the child was shot and died at the scene. His father was shot multiple times and airlifted to a hospital. The friend was shot in the leg and is in stable condition.Minchew says the child’s mother came outside after hearing what she thought were fireworks and was accosted by one of the suspects who demanded money from her.She said she didn’t have any and the suspects fled.This story will be updated as more details become available.last_img read more

A Diva Far Beyond Her Disability

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFRODonna Walton, the epitome of beauty, charm, and grace, is mobilizing generations who refuse to be defined by anatomy or physical realities. At the age of 18, Walton was a dancer and a sophomore in college with big dreams of making it to Hollywood. Even when she was diagnosed with cancer in 1975 she said, “I kept on stepping.”That is, until she had a medical emergency in 1976. “My leg cracked on that bus in January of 1976,” Walton said. “I had to get an amputation and that’s where my journey began. I responded to my cancer with defiance, resilience, courage, faith and ego.”Dr. Donna Walton, Founder of The Divas With Disabilities Project. (Photo by Paul Morse)Walton suffered a life-threatening form of bone cancer that resulted in the amputation of one of her legs. But she became stronger, turning a moment into movement as the founder of The Divas With Disabilities Project, (DWD) which brings together women of color with disabilities throughout the world.“Together, we reject and dispel imagery that perpetuates stereotypes historically portrayed by mass media,” Walton said. “Our mission shapes the perception of what “disability” looks like by highlighting women of color through various media platforms.“My journey began 42 years ago. It’s not about what happens to you, it’s how you deal with the challenges. I knew it wasn’t all about me. I know it was God guiding my ship.”Despite losing her leg to cancer in 1976, Walton earned a bachelor’s degree from American University, a master’s degree from Syracuse and her doctorate from George Washington University.  She went into education where she encourages the physically challenged and able-bodied to stand up for themselves and live the life they dreamed of having.“I don’t want to impact change, I want people’s lives to be transformed,” Walton said. “Why is my story so different? It is not the story it’s the messenger. People recover from illness all the time but what makes my story unique is that it happened during a time when cancer was death sentence and there few examples.”Walton said her motto is simple: “What’s a leg got to do with it?”Walton’s book is entitled “Shattered Dreams Broken Pieces,” and she will be signing copies from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Union Market in Northeast, Washington, D.C. “The most defining moment for me was when I realized that I was not my disability,” Walton said. “On page 84 of my book there is poem that says, ‘Don’t put [me] in a box.’”“I am more so much more than you can imagine. Don’t limit me by your limited expectation,” Walton said. “I always thought I was the baddest thing on this planet. I didn’t want to be ignored.”While she has taught students from elementary school to college, she still has a passion for the stage and airwaves. “I want to still find that performer in me,” Walton said “Cathy Hughes gave me my first opportunity and today I am an author, speaker, and advocate.”last_img read more

Hello Games Tweets That No Mans Sky was a mistake

first_imgThe drama surrounding No Man’s Sky continues today as the studio behind the ill-received game tweeted that the game “was a mistake.” This tweet was taken down shortly after it was posted. The Hello Games account has since been set to private.The tweet was apparently posted by Hello Games’ Shawn Murray, who has become somewhat of a pariah in the gaming industry after his supposed lies about No Man’s Sky. In an email sent to Polygon, Murray said that the tweet was from him, but that someone from the team took it down. Murray went on to say that the team “have not been coping well.”Murray hasn’t responded to any follow-up emails, texts, or phone calls, but he did tweet the following messages from his Twitter account — an account that hasn’t been active since August 18.Server hacked. We’re binging Mr Robot Episodes as quickly as we can looking for answers. Ep05 is a cracker— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) October 28, 2016 If anything was a mistake, it was using Linked In without 2FA.— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky) October 28, 2016According to Forbes, they have spoken to Murray via email as well and he tells them that the tweet was put out by a “disgruntled employee. Murray has told Mashable the same thing. Murray says that Hello Games is “currently trying to solve the issue internally.”So was it Murray, a hacker, or a disgruntled employee who posted this tweet? As with everything surrounding No Man’s Sky, it is hard to say exactly what is going on. Stay tuned for any updates as I’m sure that this situation is far from over.last_img read more

Qantas new flights to Beijing took off yesterday

first_imgAlan Joyce – QantasQantas’ new flights to Beijing took off yesterday, helping power the Australia-China travel boomQantas’ new flights to Beijing took off yesterday, helping power the Australia-China travel boom and marking the next step in the national carrier’s Chinese growth strategy.Beijing is Qantas’ third destination in Greater China, joining Shanghai and Hong Kong.   The new service gives the capital’s 21 million residents a direct gateway to Australia, representing a huge opportunity for the Australian tourism industry and Australian companies doing business in China under the Free Trade Agreement.Inbound flights on the new route are timed to connect with Qantas’ domestic network to popular onward destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart, as well as the airline’s Tasman services to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.Qantas will be working with Tourism Australia, Destination NSW and across its own marketing channels to showcase Australia for a Chinese audience, as well as jointly selling the route with its joint venture partner China Eastern.Flights will operate to Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3, using a 235 seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft.  Overall, the service adds 3,300 seats to the market per week.CEO Alan Joyce said the 12 hour route takes Qantas’ long history of serving China into a new era.“It’s the perfect time for Qantas to fly to Beijing. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement is hitting its stride and China is on track to become the number one source of visitors to Australia within the next year or so,” said Mr Joyce.“What’s really exciting is the potential we see for the future.  We now have the Qantas Group’s biggest ever network in Greater China, and our goal is to make our Beijing route a flagship corridor for tourism and trade.“For Chinese travellers, our message is that there’s no better way of getting to know Australia than with the national carrier.  In the business market, this route gives our companies the ability to win new business and get their products and services into the market. And it’s a positive for the Australian travel industry.  So whichever way you look at it, this is a good news story.”The new Beijing service is part of Qantas’ growth strategy for China and the broader Asian region, increasing its total capacity on routes to Asia by seven per cent.Together with its partners China Eastern and China Southern, Qantas customers can now choose from 130 weekly return flights between Australia and China, plus close to 256 connecting services to domestic destinations within China.  The Jetstar Group of airlines offers more than 30 return flights a week into eight Chinese cities from Singapore and Vietnam.Today’s route launch follows the beginning of Melbourne-Tokyo Narita flights before Christmas and the announcement last week of a new Jetstar service between Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh city, to begin in May 2017.Launch celebrations will take place in both cities, including the traditional Chinese Lion Dance and the gifting to passengers of chocolates inside red packets to celebrate Chinese New Year.Source = Qantaslast_img read more