School to empower Malawian girls

first_imgStudioMDA’s artist aerial impression of the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. Some of the girls to enroll at the academy have been orphaned by the aids epidemic. Madonna unveiling the site of the academy in 2009. (Images: Raising Malawi) MEDIA CONTACTS • StudioMDA Academy designers +1 212 343 3330 mail@studiomda.com RELATED ARTICLES • Malawi: Africa’s warm heart • SA comics team up for charity • Celebrities on sale for charity • Epic run to put smiles on facesBongani NkosiThe words “dare to dream” signified the beginning of an inspiring journey as Madonna, the acclaimed US pop star, laid the first brick, inscribed with the adage, for the construction of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls – a school she’s building in Malawi.Madonna attended the ceremony on 6 March to mark the start of construction of the academy, located in a village on the outskirts of the country’s capital Lilongwe. The US$15-million (R108.9-million) academy is part of Raising Malawi, an NGO the singer co-founded with Kabbalah rabbi Michael Berg in 2006.It will accommodate about 450 girls from across Malawi’s 28 districts, and hopefully will enrol those from some of the Southern African country’s most impoverished families. “Our academy will educate, protect, and empower … young girls who are Malawi‘s hope for the future,” Madonna said in a statement.The academy, designed by New York-based architect company StudioMDA, will sit on a 46ha plot, according to design blog Inhabitat.This land was secured from 200 villagers who were compensated with about $115 000 (R844 000) in total to be relocated. While they were reluctant to vacate the village, the government convinced them that the academy would benefit the country, and also offered them land to build new houses.The vision for the academy is that it will fulfil a much bigger role than just that of a school, as it will also serve as a “family and support centre for many orphaned girls who have been left to raise their brothers and sisters”, said Raising Malawi. “It will also be a source of protection and access to medical care and regular meals.”Inhabitat reports that the school will offer a library, an administration building, a dining hall, a gymnasium, a wellness centre, a sports field, 30 classrooms, 12 dormitories and 18 staff houses.“… Most importantly it will be an outstanding school,” said Raising Malawi. “Never before will so many Malawian children have access to a school library, or be able to hold a textbook of their own.”Developers are building the school using Hydraform bricks, a form of non-burnt bricks which cuts down on deforestation in Malawi, Inhabitat said. The academy will also generate much of its own energy, as its “entire gymnasium roof will be covered in photovoltaic panels to help supply the school with power”.Curbing the brain drainMadonna hopes the school, to be headed by local academic Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, will produce top professionals such as scientists, lawyers and doctors, who will serve their country. She said part of its aim is to curb the prevalent trend of locals being drawn to Western countries.“We will stop the brain drain happening in so many African nations… our students will receive an internationally competitive education while incorporating local values.”The inclusion of Malawian cultural values will help build national pride in the students, and in turn inspire them to give back to their nation. The local culture will be preserved and passed on, with the incorporation of music, art and dance in the academy’s curriculum.“As an artist, I know the transformative power of art,” Madonna said. “Once instilled with pride in their homeland, young women will understand the importance of remaining in Malawi and investing in their own communities.”Children are the futureThe pop star, who shot to fame in the 1980s, said she was touched when she visited Malawi in 2006. She was devastated by the impact of HIV/Aids in the country, she said, having met scores of children who had been orphaned by the epidemic.She came across children heading their homes and raising other children, and, returning home knowing that the future of the country rested on those young shoulders, was inspired to act.She stated that the education of girls was key to rebuilding communities and raising the nation, and was encouraged by the determination shown by the orphans. “I know they have the strength to save Malawi; they just need to be given the tools.”Madonna has adopted two Malawian children, David Banda and Chifundo ‘Mercy’ James, who accompanied her biological offspring Rocco and Lourdes to this week’s charity tour. The star is also funding a number of charities in the country.“It is with hope for a bright future that I am here. The brick I [laid] is not just the bedrock to a school; it is the foundation for our shared future,” she said.last_img read more

IndigoVision Launches Control Center v15.0 at ASIS International 2017

first_imgIndigoVision has recently announced the launch of Control Center v15.0 at ASIS International 2017 in Dallas, Texas. This software release reportedly marks a new era of security intelligence with the addition of Control Center Mobile, CyberVigilant®, and Artificial Intelligence powered by BriefCam.IndigoVision’s security management solution, Control Center v15.0, is a fully integrated user interface for managing video, access control and alarms. It puts everything in the users’ territory at their fingertips. Easy to install and intuitive to operate, Control Center gives users vision, sound and oversight of all cameras, from 1 to 100,000. The introduction of Control Center Mobile reportedly allows users’ seamless access to Control Center, even if they are on the move.With the same intelligence as Control Center, Control Center Mobile allows users to connect to their site database with the same permissions, access live video from cameras and to receive, view and acknowledge alarms in real time.- Sponsor – IndigoVision’s cyber security technology, CyberVigilant®, has been released, and it is fully integrated into Control Center v15.0. With knowledge of IP CCTV, site databases and the integrated knowledge of Control Center alarm management, the intelligent device can reportedly detect and monitor system abnormalities to provide a quick response to potential cyber threats. Users receive notifications direct to the Control Center user interface in the event that a cyber attack takes place.IndigoVision’s new Artificial Intelligence powered by BriefCam is a technology partnership that enables users of the IndigoVision solution to quickly and easily review hours of footage in minutes, and identify people and objects of interest by object type, attribute, direction, color or size. BriefCam’s analytics and deep learning capabilities convert raw video into quantitative, actionable insights, supporting a broad set of use-cases across an organization such as uncovering commonly used routes, identifying dwell locations and revealing popular consumer products in a retail setting. Together with real-time, smart alerts, these capabilities can be used to increase security and safety, improve organizational efficiency and enhance the customer experience.“Control Center has long been known for its innovation with Control Center being the world’s first scalable VMS in 2002,” said Marcus Kneen, IndigoVision’s CEO. “We are delighted to be introducing the next wave of security intelligence to this with Control Center v15.0 featuring the addition of Control Center Mobile, support for CyberVigilant®, and Artificial Intelligence powered by BriefCam.“We are very excited to have entered into a technology partnership with BriefCam. The Artificial Intelligence that it brings to the IndigoVision solution is a great step forward in our security intelligence.”This new era of security intelligence within Control Center v15.0 is aligned with IndigoVision’s strategic goal of providing innovative security solutions that keep you safe. Coupled with the Control Center tiered software release this approach is part of a wider commitment by IndigoVision to offer flexible innovative solutions, a stance that is already reflected by their tiered camera and storage offerings.For more information on IndigoVision, Control Center v15.0 featuring Control Center Mobile, CyberVigilant® and Artificial Intelligence powered by BriefCam, visit www.indigovision.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Pistons stay unbeaten with Griffin, rout Blazers

first_imgPH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) reaches in on Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Detroit. APDETROIT — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-91 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.Detroit has won three in a row with Blake Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade last week. The victory on Monday pulled the Pistons back to .500 and even with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Griffin had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and did a good bit of his offensive damage from the perimeter, making three 3-pointers. Anthony Tolliver added 15 points for Detroit, and Reggie Bullock and Langston Galloway contributed 13 apiece.Damian Lillard scored 20 points and C.J. McCollum added 14 for the Blazers, who lost again after falling at the buzzer at Boston on Sunday. Portland was without Evan Turner on Monday because of a left calf injury. /kgaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Nets trade Zeller to Bucks for Vaughn, 2nd-round pick SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Bangladesh draw pushes India to 4th spot in ICC Test rankings

first_imgIndia have dropped two points and one place to be at fourth position in the ICC Test team rankings after the drawn match against Bangladesh in Fatullah on Sunday.The Virat Kohli-led side went into the one-off Test against Bangladesh level with New Zealand on 99 points, but the match was marred by heavy rains and it did not let India have enough time to go for the victory despite forcing a follow-on on the hosts.With the match ending in a draw, India have fallen to fourth spot with 97 points.It is now a three-way tie for fourth spot with India, England and Pakistan on 97 points apiece.However, when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, India are 97.47, England 97.33 and Pakistan 96.75.Sri Lanka are one point behind the trio in seventh position and there will be some reshuffle in the tightly-packed middle of the Test table when it goes head to head with Pakistan in a three-Test series, which starts on June 17.Meanwhile, ninth-placed Bangladesh, as a consequence of the draw in Fatullah, have gained two points and moved to 41 points.last_img read more

Heavy RCMP presence accompanies SWNs return

first_img(RCMP officers on the scene were a small camp has sprung along Hwy 11 where SWN Resources Canada is preparing to resume shale gas exploration work. Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Clair)APTN National News LAKETON,NB–A heavy RCMP presence is in an area Tuesday where a Houston-based energy company is expected to resume its controversial shale gas exploration.About 30 people from Elsipogtog and their supporters have set up a camp near Hwy 11 by Laketon, NB., where SWN Resources is expected to begin laying down geophones in preparation for seismic testing set for Wednesday.The exploration area is about 46 kilometres north of Elsipogtog First Nation.Elsipogtog War Chief John Levi said the RCMP presence may be larger than what was witnessed during the Oct. 17 raid of an anti-fracking camp that was blocking SWN’s vehicles in a compound owned by JD Irving Ltd.“You never know what they are going to do,” said Levi. “They might be shooting their real guns this time, that is what I am worried about.”Levi said he’s been getting calls and texts all morning from an RCMP liaison officer trying to speak to him.“I don’t feel like to talking to them right now,” said Levi.RCMP Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said the RCMP is monitoring the situation.“Based on things that have happened previously, it would be irresponsible for us not to be in the area,” said Rogers-Marsh.Rogers-Marsh said the RCMP is not there to protect SWN.“We are not private security,” she said. “We have no issues as far as protesting, everybody has a right to do it as long as they do it peacefully and don’t break the law.”SWN referred calls to communications firm Cape Consulting. Calls to senior consultant Tracey Stephenson went to voice mail.About a dozen Mi’kmaq Warriors camped out overnight along Hwy 11. The group was joined by reinforcements on Tuesday morning and people there gathered around a small fire keeping warm.“Geophones are all set on the road, SWN is working really fast and the trucks and driving back and forth,” one of the people at the site told APTN National News.SWN’s lawyer Michael Connors, who is a partner with East Coast law firm McInnes Cooper, met with several dozen people from the Elsipogtog First Nation and the surrounding communities late Sunday afternoon.Connors told the people that SWN would withdraw a lawsuit against several community members if the Houston-based firm was allowed to finish its exploration work unimpeded.The meeting was held at a longhouse erected at an anti-fracking encampment used over the past summer. The area sits off Hwy 116 near Elsipogtog First Nation.Connors told the people in the longhouse that SWN would be working for 14 days and warned them not to block the company’s movements or they would face violence.“I’m not asking anyone not to protest, but I am asking that we don’t do anything that would lead to violence,” said Connors, according to video of the meeting posted on Facebook by Brian Milliea. “Unfortunately, blockades lead to violence.”Connors said SWN just wants to finish its work and leave the area.“We don’t want violence and if we can get through two weeks then we will go away for awhile,” said Connors. “I am not saying we are not going to come back, we may not come back, but I think everybody needs some time, you know a break.”Levi told Connors that the community would not be backing down.“We are going to be there. Whatever happens, the ball is in your court. Whatever happens, you’re the ones who are going to make the calls,” said Levi, according to the nine minute video. “Us as Natives and the protectors of this land, we are going to protect it, it is our land, we never ceded this land and we are going to protect it before these waters are contaminated.”A woman in the crowd, who identified as non-Native, also pledged opposition to the exploration.“As non-Natives we are going to protect the future of our children,” said the woman, in the video. “So non-Natives and Natives are together.”SWN has faced intense and prolonged opposition to its shale gas exploration work around Elsipogtog First Nation which exploded after heavily armed RCMP tactical units raided an anti-fracking camp along Route 134 on Oct. 17.While the raid freed SWN’s trucks, it sparked day-long clashes between Elsipogtog residents and the RCMP. Several RCMP vehicles were torched and about 40 people were arrested.A camp still remains on Route 134, which sits about 15 km southeast of Elsipogtog.People in Elsipogtog and surrounding communities fear the discovery of shale gas would lead to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The controversial extraction method is viewed by many as posing a dire threat to water sources.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Grand Turk guards and inmates learning from UK presence prison

first_img TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 19, 2017 – Grand Turk – The UK presence at the prison is reportedly doing a lot of good including discouraging alleged abuses by guards and reducing overcrowding.   A report to #MagneticMedia reveals that the prison remains damaged from the hurricanes, but there is more water now for the inmates because the facility has reverted to using the tank system once again; the system is said to be fixed and the water tested to ensure its purity.Last week, TCIG reported that indeed 22 prison staff from the United Kingdom where specially deployed to give training and support at Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk.   It was explained that:  “In particular, the UK staff will assist in implementing a raft of systems, processes and procedures which are designed to improve safety, security, care and opportunity.   In addition to this, the UK staff will provide an additional focus towards assessing and challenging those in our custody who do not behave in accordance with expectations.”There have been a slew of disciplinary problems at the prison and while some milder situations continue, it is our understanding the local prison officers are being trained in how to retaliate with restraint and not brutality.   And the UK officers are said to be playing fair; a local guard has been suspended due to use of improper force on an inmate.The Prison Superintendent, Steve Barrett said, in that October 10 press release: “This is a significant investment in the prison by Her Majesty’s Government and one which is intended to deliver long term benefits to the delivery of our business.   I am particularly pleased that our staff will be exposed to the skills of the #UKprisonofficers. In real terms, this constitutes the best possible learning and development opportunity for our people”.Five more Haitians had their prison sentences cut short and have been deported to their homeland. Related Items:#UKprisonofficers, magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for youlast_img read more

Iran finalises deal to buy 100 aircraft from Airbus for 10 billion

first_imgIranAir, the state-run carrier of the Iranian republic, has agreed to buy 100 planes from Airbus in a deal valued at about $10 billion. The first delivery of seven to eight aircraft will be completed by 2017.The deal comprises purchase of both narrow-body and wide-body aircraft and will be formally sealed shortly.Iran’s private news agency Mehr reported, citing Iran Air CEO Farhad Parvaresh, that the final details of the deal are being worked out in Tehran where Airbus executives have been camping for the past few days.”…although the nominal value of the contract for buying 118 airplanes from Airbus was announced to be 25 billion dollars and Airbus 380 models were removed from the contract, the real value of the deal will not exceed 10 billion dollars,” Mehr quoted him as saying.Iran’s 14 airlines, including state-owned IranAir, have a combined capacity to fly 22 million passengers per annum, according to aviation research body Centre for Aviation (CAPA). The country’s other carriers include ATA Airlines, Atrak Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Mahan Air, Meraj Airlines, Qeshm Airlines, Taban Air and Zagros Airlines.last_img read more

And the feeling steps in

first_imgDefine music/singing in your own words.Music gives me everything in life, music becomes a medium wheich helps me understand every emotion deeply, when I sing I feel elevated, in short music is my addiction.Tell us how you guys got together as a band.After being a solo artist for  more than 5 years I realised that I needed a team, where each one would come up with his own unique style and blend everything to create a totally new sound. Secondly I always thought a team is better than an individual and the kind of energy we all can produce on stage is tremendous.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Where did the name Ehsaas come from?We have a title track called Ehsaas hai tumhara essentially it comes from there but it has also got to do with feeling which came to me one fine day – when I could see nothing beyond forming a band.Bands go through quite a lot in the formative years. What has been the saddest/hardest time for Ehsaas?Well luckily I was already established as Suryaveer so we call it Suryaveer with Ehsaas. The band  went through a lot initially; I had already faced a lot of issues when I had started solo, Fortunately we all connect well, the only problem which I faced was to get everyone to gel together right in the beginning. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYour band is an all-boy band, did it ever strike you to include a girl?Frankly we haven’t thought of a girl maybe cause our songs don’t need a female voice yet but we would definitely be open to the idea in future if required. Tell us about your Bollywood experience as you have sung two songs for Prague.It was quite exciting and amazing. Firstly I was pleasantly surprised when they decided to take my song Aye zindagi which is a remake from 1987 film Sadma, this song was part of my album and it fit the movie perfectly according to them and luckily I also got to feature in the music video.  The second song Ek pal was quite a challenge as I had not sung something like that before, but the music director was  confident so we went ahead and thankfully it came out very well, the movie releases on 6 September, we are looking forward to it.There are times when people hum songs only because of their favorite stars. Do you think somewhere, singers don’t get due credit?See the other side of the coin, a star can make a song into a superhit and eventually everyone knows who the singer is. You have performed with the biggest names in the music industry, when can we see Suryaveer perform with international artists?I would love to collaborate with international artists, waiting for the right song and idea. Could you shed some light on your upcoming project/s?Awaiting releases of  Ooops a desi and Prague. I have sung in both the movies, gearing up for a multi city tour with these releases soon. Where is the Indian music scenario headed, according to you?I see a lot of potential in the music business, with audiences accepting all genres and also maturing in their musical tastes. It seems our music and reach anywhere now and that is good thing. Do you think one needs strong contacts to make a mainstream professional career in music?I feel music is like any other professional career, you need to make your way up, work hard, eliminate your mistakes and hope luck is by your side. You have been singing from the age of 10, what has inspired you for all these years?Good music always gave me goosebumbs, I get inspired by good lyrics. Is there a musical gene in your family?I am the only one, my granddad was inclined towards music only  as a hobby. So it is just me.last_img read more

Navy to open doors for increased role of women

first_imgThe Indian Navy is set to open the doors soon for increased role of women on its rolls but has made it clear that there will be no combat positions yet.The move comes on the heels of the government announcing law week its decision to induct women as fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force.The navy will also challenge a recent order of the Delhi High Court which had reprimanded it over the issue of permanent commission for women in the force.“Except where an aircraft is required to be stationed on the ship overnight, like aircraft carrier, rest of flying areas will be open to the women,” Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said after his closed-door address at the ongoing Naval Commanders’ Conference here. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damHe said an announcement is likely to be made to this effect in the next few days.The navy has mooted a proposal to the Defence Ministry for induction of women as pilots for its fleet of maritime reconnaissance aircraft.Parrikar stressed that one should not confuse the decision of the navy to open its doors for women with the recent order of the Delhi High Court.In a major relief for women naval officers, the Delhi High Court had on September 4 allowed a batch of petitions seeking permanent commission for them in the force, saying “sexist bias and service bias” would not be allowed to block progress of women. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeThe court, while granting their plea, said the “women are here to stay” and since they “work shoulder-to-shoulder” with their male counterparts, it would “frown upon any endeavour to restrain the progress of women”.Parrikar said that in 2008, the navy had opened its doors in Short Service Commission (SSC) for granting permanent commission to women along with men.He said that permanent commission for SSC was not an option for men also prior to 2008.“There is no gender bias…It was equal to both men and women. In 2008, the navy granted SSC to be changed to permanent commission to women in three streams — education, law and naval constructions. The other areas have some logistics and infrastructure problems as those are executive branches.last_img read more

How dice play became fairer over 2000 years

first_imgDice were less fair in the olden days than they are today and the change came in with the onset of Renaissance, says a study that looked into the history of dice over the past 2,000 years. In Roman times, many dice were visibly lopsided, unlike today’s perfect cubes. And in early medieval times, dice were often “unbalanced” in the arrangement of numbers, where the one appears opposite two, three opposite four, and five opposite six, said the study published in the journal Acta Archaeologica. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAll that began to change around 1450 A.D., when dice makers and players seemingly figured out that form affected function, explained Jelmer Eerkens, Professor at the University of California, Davis, and the lead author of the study.”A new worldview was emerging – the Renaissance. People like Galileo and Blaise Pascal were developing ideas about chance and probability, and we know from written records in some cases they were actually consulting with gamblers,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We think users of dice also adopted new ideas about fairness, and chance or probability in games,” Eerkens said. Dice are not common finds in archaeological sites. They are typically found in garbage, domestic areas, or cemeteries, and frequently are recovered as lone objects in a site, Eerkens said. Many are not accurately dated.After looking at hundreds of dice in dozens of museums and archaeological depots across the Netherlands,the researchers were able to assemble and analyse a set of 110 carefully dated, cube-shaped dice. The researchers found that dice made before 400 A.D., or in Roman times, were highly variable in shape, size, material and configuration of numbers. The study also showed that dice were very rare between 400 A.D. and 1100 A.D., corresponding to the so called “Dark Ages”.When dice reappeared around 1100 A.D. they were predominantly in the “primes” configuration, where opposite numbers tally to prime numbers (one-two; three-four; five-six), a numbering style that was also popular in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.Around 1450 A.D., the numbering system quickly changed to “sevens” where opposite sides add up to seven (six-one; five-two; three-four), the researchers found. Dice also became highly standardised in shape, which could partly be a byproduct of mass production.”Standardising the attributes of a dice, like symmetry and the arrangement of numbers, may have been one method to decrease likelihood that an unscrupulous player had manipulated the dice to change the odds of a particular roll,” Eerkens said.last_img read more