Author INTERVIEW: The municipality of The Hague is bringing together governments and tech companies to work together on 5G, smart cities and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with the belief that “the future of the world is technology”.Speaking to Mobile World Live, deputy mayor Saskia Bruines (pictured) said The Hague is leading the way in the country when it comes to smart cities, creating innovative solutions for issues including air pollution and traffic congestion.The Netherlands has a National Smart City Strategy in which The Hague along with Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven are participating.Bruines said The Hague, specialising in the privacy and security aspect of the strategy, wants to create solutions that all citizens can use and hopes other cities will take its lead.She also stated the city wants to start working with 5G tech “very soon” because it will bring about opportunities “that are so very big it will change life for everyone”.Click here to view the full interview. Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Asia Tags Saleha Riaz Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 APR 2018 Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more 5GThe Hague Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito Related Previous ArticleIndia data demand will hasten 5G rollout: Nokia chiefNext ArticleXiaomi mulling GoPro buy Home 5G, tech are future of cities – The Hague deputy mayor
Southampton Town’s Opioid Addiction Task Force holds its “It Hits Home” public forum at Southampton High School Wednesday night at 7 PM. The aim of the gathering is to solicit input regarding the drug abuse epidemic.Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman convened the task force in the wake of last year’s shocking number of overdose deaths. He hopes its latest outing will focus on families.The supervisor wants to garner input from community members, but the forum will also present a number of speakers.Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini is the keynote speaker. Sworn in to office in January, he immediately launched a robust program to improve public safety issues and combat the opioid addiction epidemic.Formerly Suffolk County Police Commissioner, he reduced crime to the lowest level in its recorded history. Sini served as Assistant Deputy County Executive for Public Safety and implemented an innovative drug treatment program assisting Suffolk County inmates when they are released.He started his career as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District; he investigated and prosecuted cases related to violent crime and gang activity, as well as large scale narcotics cases.Sini serves as a representative to the White House Office of Drug Control Policy from the New York region, where he assists in creating strategies between public health and public safety agencies to reduce opioid overdoses in the region.Pamela Stark and John Venza are also on the agenda. Venza is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working with children, adolescents, and families since 1982. He is the Vice President of Adolescent and Residential Services for Outreach Development Corporation in Brentwood, the largest residential adolescent substance abuse treatment program in the downstate New York region.Venza learned firsthand the tragedy families face from the opioid addiction crisis when he lost his 21-year-old son, Garrett, from an overdose in November 2016.Stark is a retired detective with the Nassau County Police Department. She served as the department’s Substance Abuse Awareness Coordinator to combat the opiate/heroin epidemic. She worked closely with kids in the “Too Good for Drugs” program and was part of the team that produced the award-winning video for middle school students, called “Impact.”On May 12, the task force will hold a candlelight vigil at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays. Candles will be lit in memory of the 19 Southampton Town residents who died from overdoses last year, as well as the one from 2018. Additional candles will represent the more than 400 people countywide who perished from addiction. “Each candle will represent the inner light of the individuals,” Schneiderman said, expressing the hope that the vigil is a way for people “to really come together as a community.”In June, the task force is slated to present its final report. “That’s just the beginning,” Schneiderman said. “It doesn’t end there.”[email protected] Share
James J. Mackin Twenty-four million in New York State and federal funding is slated for a revetment project to strengthen the rocky shoreline of the Montauk Point Lighthouse — teetering 100 feet away from the ocean — against coastal erosion.A deteriorating stonework revetment has long been the only thing preventing the lighthouse from falling into the Atlantic Ocean, but stabilizing stonework reconstructing the banks surrounding the property is planned to fortify the structure this December.The project, which is nearing the completion of its design and engineering phase, will be overseen by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It is expected to take up to 18 months to complete.The project was made possible through a series of agreements hammered out between the Army Corps, which oversees coastal erosion projects, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the lead state agency on environmental projects on state-owned property, and the Montauk Historical Society, which operates the lighthouse.Legislation penned by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2016 cleared the way for the DEC to move forward with the project, and others to protect national historic landmarks. Previously, the DEC was barred from undertaking projects at locations not owned and operated by the state.Funding for the project will be split 65/35 between the federal government and state.The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the first lighthouse ever built in New York and is designated a National Historic Landmark that is listed on both the federal and state registers of historic places.When it was first commissioned by founding father George Washington in 1796, it was about 300 feet away from the receding bluff.The revetment project will provide protection for the various cultural resources associated with the lighthouse complex — including the Lighthouse Tower and Keeper’s House, the fire control tower, the Garage, which was an earlier Keeper’s House, and archaeological sites — and will stabilize the area as a tourist attraction, officials said.Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on April 24.“Generations of visitors have experienced the culture and beauty of Montauk Point, and New York is committed to ensuring this historic landmark remains a sought-after attraction on Long Island for decades to come,” Governor Cuomo stated in a press release. “This investment provides the resources needed to secure the ocean bank, protect the historic structures at the Montauk Point Lighthouse site, and preserve New York history for future generations of visitors.”US Senator Chuck Schumer referred to the iconic image of the lighthouse as a “historic touchstone for generations of Long Islanders and the countless visitors who come to the East End to sun, walk, sail, surf fish, and frolic.”“This federal-and-state funding will preserve this jewel on Long Island’s coastal crown and ensure the continued enjoyment of its beauty and cultural significance for future generations,” he said.DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said the project is one of many coastal projects in the state that demonstrates Cuomo’s commitment to shoreline resiliency.“The new revetment will have level access areas built into it that will allow visitors to walk along the seaward side of the lighthouse safely and will enhance the safety of those fishing from this popular spot. Some of the best Striped Bass fishing on the eastern seaboard is found at Montauk Point,” he said.State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said the lighthouse “shines brighter than ever” as a nautical marker and tourism beacon.“Its storied history, coupled with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound, remains a popular destination and complements the recreational opportunities nearby such as hiking, fishing, surfing, or just relaxing and watching the seals sun on the rocks offshore,” she said.Colonel Thomas Asbery, Army Corps New York District Commander, said the project is of critical importance.“With the signing of this project partnership agreement, it allows for construction of a new revetment to reduce risk to the historic lighthouse complex,” he said. “Our team has worked towards this momentous project for a very long time, and we look forward to completing construction.”The United States Coast Guard transferred ownership of the lighthouse to the Montauk Historical Society in 1996. The society is responsible for maintaining the revetment.Montauk Historical Society Board of Directors Member Greg Donohue said the organization is honored to be a part of the “civilian/government alliance” that has been protecting the lighthouse since 1970.“We acknowledge the importance of this project for both preserving the history of our national historic landmark, as well as promoting recreation at Montauk State Park for generations to come, and applaud Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer, and all involved in making this important project happen,” he [email protected] Share
Dear Editor,A recent emblematic Stabroek News photograph of two floats, captioned “Old habits die hard” caught my attention. The vexing visage of what was hours before the centre of gravity now seared the esthetics of the national capital city; retired on a reserve, Homestretch Avenue. Our national pastime had come and gone; and with it the fanfare, revelry, jubilation and excitement – the melee of Mash.Yet events like Mash are important in the life of a nation, in the psyche of a people, and should be supported and preserved. When I was a child living on the Shopping Plaza in South Ruimveldt Gardens, back then, the name of the place resembled its use. On the ‘Plaza’ was a Mash camp and Peter Tang was its master designer.The Mash camp was a place of tremendous wonder; the sights, sounds and smells. I remember one year Mr Tang produced a fire breathing dragon. I can’t remember if I’ve seen such an animated production before or since. The sketched designs were art in and of themselves. Talent, style and beauty par excellence on full display. When a man transitions this life, only the quality of his work remains as a measure. And sometimes even that is lost irretrievably in a nation like ours.In the years that Mr Tang reigned our parents would release us into the care of the band members on Mash Day and the big truck or ‘low bed’ was our perch to view the day’s festivities. As a result of Peter Tang and so many other such figures who passed through his camp, Mash dwelled with us before the designated day and long after.I wish more children would be exposed to our culture in this way. It was an education for me and in many ways shaped my thinking as a young man growing up. In a Mash camp you are exposed to art and history, Maths, science, geography, and economics, nay the curriculum and what was more it was an open expanse for the imagination. When I went off to high school this Mash experience gave me a special appreciation for books like King of the Masquerade by Michael Anthony, and what was to become a favorite,The Dragon Can’t Dance by Earl Lovelace.Seeing those floats reposed on Homestretch reminded me of how much work and sheer talent goes into producing them, sculptures of beauty for a moment of glory. But why should that be? Could we have a ‘Mash museum’ where all our floats and costumes, or the best thereof, go to be enjoyed by our children, tourists and others all year round so that the beauty of Mash might linger longer? And in this era of ‘Going Green’, of recycle, reuse, reduce’, couldn’t some of the materials for this year’s Mash find their way into next year’s production? I am certain that with the cost of production, something can be salvaged.Sincerely,Sherod Avery Duncan,LLB, JPDeputy Mayor,Municipality ofGeorgetown
South African film Life, Above All hastaken the Cannes film festival by storm.(Image: OutNow) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stephen LanInternational press agent+49 172 200 6686 or +1 416 923 6327RELATED ARTICLES• South African film wins at Tribeca• New film tackles race with humour• Mandela Day now a global event• 2010 opportunities for SA filmJanine ErasmusSouth African production Life, Above All was the talk of the 2010 Cannes Festival after receiving a 10-minute standing ovation at its world premiere there on 18 May. The film delivers a power message about the country’s HIV/Aids burden from the perspective of a young girl whose family is deeply affected by it.The movie is competing in Cannes’s Un Certain Regard (translated as “a certain outlook”) section for world cinema. This has been a part of the festival’s official selection since 1978, and takes place at the Debussy Auditorium.Introduced two decades after the section’s inclusion in the festival, the top prize is the Prix Un Certain Regard, which rewards innovative young talent with invaluable exposure and financial assistance for distribution in France. The prize, worth €30 000 (R293 000), has never been won by a South African film.In fact, only three African films have ever taken honours in this section – Morocco’s A Thousand Months which took the Prix Le Premier Regard or First Glance Prize in 2003; Moolaadé from Senegal, which scooped the big prize in 2004; and Burkina Faso’s Delwende, which took the Prix de l’Espoir or Prize of Hope in 2005.Life, Above All is the only South African film showing as part of the official selection this year. It received its second and third screenings on 19 and 20 May. The trailer can be viewed on the Cannes website.With a lot of Cannes’ attention going to the forthcoming Winnie Mandela movie, unjustly in the opinion of some as it stars American actors, it is hoped that the increasingly popular local drama will wrench back some of the focus onto the real South African film industry.South African talentLife, Above All is based on best-selling Canadian author Allan Stratton’s young adult novel Chanda’s Secret, about a 16-year-old girl dealing with HIV/Aids and the accompanying stigma. The subject is particularly poignant in light of South Africa’s huge HIV/Aids burden, which has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands and left countless children orphaned.The screenplay was adapted by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Dennis Foon (The Longlight Legacy trilogy, Little Criminals). The film is marketed in France as Le Secret de Chanda.Stratton has since written a standalone sequel titled Chanda’s Wars, which focuses on the humanitarian issue of child soldiers in Africa.Life, Above All is a South Africa-German collaboration, directed by Cape Town-born Oliver Schmitz, the son of German immigrants. Schmitz is no stranger to Cannes, with two of his earlier films, Mapantsula (1988) and Hijack Stories (2000), making it to the prestigious competition. The former film was banned in South Africa at the time, but Cannes was eager to view it.Schmitz was humble about his achievement. “It is the fourth time I am in selection in Cannes but you don’t get blasé about it because it’s the cream of what’s happening every year in the film world,” he said.His previous works have featured the talents of well-known South African entertainers such as Rapulana Seiphemo, the late Dolly Rathebe, Darlington Michaels, Robert Whitehead, and Tumisho Masha.However, this time it was young first-time actress Khomotso Manyaka who stole the show with her portrayal of Chanda. Manyaka’s performance has caused a sensation and has been described as “commanding” (ScreenDaily), “stellar” (Times Live), and “stunning” (film distributor Bavaria International).The cast is entirely South African and includes Lerato Mvelase (Chanda’s mother Lillian), Harriet Manamela (the neighbour Mrs Tafa), and Keaobaka Makanyane (Chanda’s friend Esther).Accompanying Schmitz to Cannes were South African Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana, National Film and Video Foundation CEO Eddie Mbalo, the film’s co-producer Grieg Buckle, and cast members Mvelase and Manamela, as well as young Manyaka.Renowned film critic Roger Ebert gave the film two thumbs up, noting in his Cannes blog that it was warmly received by the notoriously difficult Cannes audience, who are not known for holding back their favour – or displeasure. Ebert added that even the renowned Jean-Luc Godard, whose latest offering Film: Socialisme showed before Life, After All, managed only a trickle of applause.The lengthy ovation bestowed on Life, Above All is a sure sign of approval – “At Cannes, audience satisfaction can be measured by the length of ovations,” blogged LA Times journalist Steven Zeitchik.“The film is about deep human emotions, evoked with sympathy and love,” wrote Ebert in his glowing review.A modern South AfricaLife, Above All is set in the community of Elandsdoorn near Johannesburg. In the book the action takes place in the fictional town of Bonang, somewhere in Southern Africa. Lead actress Manyake is from the real town of Groblersdal, which is located in the Sekhukhune district of Limpopo province.The film’s central character, 12-year-old Chanda, is first seen as she makes preparations for the burial of her baby sister Sara, who has died. Her grief-stricken mother takes ill and her stepfather is drinking heavily, although nobody talks openly to Chanda about these problems. The child is left with no choice but to take over the care of her two younger siblings.Rumours begin to spread through the close-knit community that the baby died because her mother and father have HIV/Aids – which nobody wants to acknowledge – and the family is shunned. Chanda’s mother flees the village and the young girl looks for answers but finds none. She courageously decides to tackle the situation head-on, leaving her home and school to seek her mother, challenge the gossip, find healing in truth, and restore her family’s name.The film paints a tragic picture of the devastating effect that HIV/Aids has had on many families in South Africa, particularly because of the Thabo Mbeki government’s inexplicable denial of the link between HIV and Aids, and delay in rolling out antiretroviral treatment.Children, whose parents have died of HIV/Aids, are often left to look after the younger ones in the family, trying to survive through any means they can find. In the film Chanda’s best friend Esther, for instance, sells herself into prostitution to earn money for herself and her siblings, becoming infected in the process.However, with President Jacob Zuma’s new HIV /Aids action plan, announced on World Aids Day and brought into effect in April, the situation in South Africa is looking somewhat brighter. Patients will receive more extensive treatment, and all pregnant HIV-positive women will receive antiretrovirals at 14 weeks. Zuma also urged South Africans to get tested for HIV, and to live responsibly.
Ethiopian’s group chief executive at the crash site. Photo: Ethiopian The grieving father of a family killed in Ethiopian Boeing 737 MAX crash has slammed the US manufacturer and called for changes to the way aircraft are certified in the US.The criticism came as Boeing announced it would hire compensation lawyers Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros to administer a promised $US100 million compensation fund to help families of the Ethiopian tragedy and the earlier Lion Air MAX crash.READ: Boeing sets aside $US100m for MAX families.The manufacturer said it had also dedicated the first $US50 million to the near-term relief of families of the 346 victims of the two crashes.Paul Njoroge, whose wife, mother and three children were among the 157 killed in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, told a US Congressional hearing of the heartbreak of losing his family and said he bought tickets on the flight because he believed it would be safe.Njoroge said that all he could think of during recent national days in the US and Canada was of a Boeing 737 MAX plane repeatedly taking control of the pilots to push down the nose and eventually crashing into the ground at 500 mph.“Nothing was left but a crater,’’ he said in a prepared statement. “ I sat huddled in a small apartment, not being able to return to my house ever.“I thought of all the celebrations I will be missing with my family. No more birthdays, no more anniversaries, no more holidays, no weddings for my children, no grandchildren.“Boeing has never reached out to families about the impossible sorrow and grief we will carry for our entire lives.“Instead they have a press relations strategy to apologize to cameras and propose half-baked promises to give $100 million to local governments and nonprofit organizations.”Njoroge said he spoke for all the families who lost loved ones they would never see again “because of the reckless conduct on behalf of many”, particularly Boeing and its attempt to blame the training of foreign pilots.He criticized the close relationship between the manufacturer and the Federal Aviation Administration and demanded that the 737 MAX 8 be fully recertified as a new plane “because it is too different from the original plane designed at the beginning of the Vietnam War”.He said the families also demanded simulator training for MAX pilots rather than the computer-based training suggested by the FAA and that recertification takes place only after the completion of all investigations.Other demands included a return to greater FAA oversight of the manufacturer and that future hearing include those who wrote the software implicated in the crash, technical dissenters, whistleblowers, safety engineers and families.In a statement announcing the appointment of the compensation lawyers, Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said the tragic loss of life in both accidents “continues to weigh heavily on all of us at Boeing, and we have the utmost sympathy for the loved ones of those on board.“Through our partnership with Feinberg and Biros, we hope affected families receive needed assistance as quickly and efficiently as possible.”The manufacturer said the money distributed by Feinberg and Biros would be independent of any resolution provided through the legal process.“We know how important it is to assist the families of the victims who have endured a personal tragedy and will work to design and administer the fund and distribute the money as efficiently and expeditiously as possible,” Biros said.Feinberg’s firm was involved in compensation distribution after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the BP Deepwater Horizon fiasco and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.Boeing is facing multiple lawsuits as well as compensation claims from airlines as a result of the MAX crashes.
Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, has lauded the Gleaner Company for its tremendous support of the Spelling Bee Competition and the sponsorship of Jamaica’s entry into the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee Competition, which concluded in Washington last weekend.Welcoming the country’s spelling bee participant, Christian Allen, to the Jamaican Embassy on May 31, the Ambassador said that the “commitment of the Gleaner to the development of our country’s youth speaks volumes.”The Ambassador congratulated young Allen for being Jamaica’s spelling bee champion, as well as the country’s representative at the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee Finals.Ambassador Vasciannie noted that Christian and all representatives in the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee from Jamaica were true ambassadors of the country. He also had high praise for coach, the Rev. Glen Archer, who he said, has become an icon in Jamaica and who has demonstrated, over the years, great commitment to the young people.For his part, Christian said he felt honoured and proud to represent his country in the Scripps competition.The Gleaner’s Manager for the Business Development and Marketing Department, Mrs. Karin Cooper, spoke of “the Gleaner’s continued effort to help Jamaica to develop good citizens.”“If we begin by getting our children involved in the spelling bee competition, we will develop children who will think and reason and ultimately, we will have a better country,” she said.The Spelling Bee champion was accompanied by his parents, Mr. Roger and Mrs. Daunette Allen; Rev. Archer; and Mrs. Cooper.Close to 300 competitors participated in the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition. Jamaica has been participating in the competition since 1957, and captured the title in 1998, when Jody Ann Maxwell won the coveted trophy for Jamaica.Contact: Derrick Scott
The United States government has sent congratulations to Jamaica on the occasion of the country’s 56th anniversary of Independence.Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, noted the strong connections between the people of both countries, noting that Jamaica is one of the strongest partners of the United States of America.“Your support for citizen security, energy development and economic reform is valuable to ensuring a secure and prosperous region,” Mr. Pompeo said in his message delivered to Ambassador in Washington, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, for the Government and people of Jamaica.“Today, we celebrate our strong connections and the countless links between our people. We look forward to supporting Jamaica’s leadership as the Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and remain committed to the region as underscored in the Caribbean 2020 strategy,” the Secretary of State noted.He added that “the United States looks eagerly to a future of continued friendship and close cooperation between our two great nations. We send our best wishes to the people of Jamaica for a happy Independence Day with peace and prosperity throughout the year to come”.
Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti recently advised he is not able to prevent Mauro Icardi from leaving in this summer transfer window if he wants.Icardi, who has been able to become a captain of the team at 25 years old, has a release clause of nearly 100 million pounds in his current contract, which is quite a large sum. However, as he has been linked with Champions League winners Real Madrid, the fee will not be a problem.Spalletti confirmed Icardi offered some assurances for staying, but added there is nothing he can do to stop the transfer if an offer comes in.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I’ve spoken with Mauro several times and he sent very precise signals,” Spalletti told SkySports.“He’s happy at Inter and wants to stay, but then there are clubs which, if they decide to take a player, you could have been saying ‘I won’t leave here the day before, then the next day they take you and in the end you’re happy to go, even though the previous day you were thinking very differently.”“We have to be ready for anything, but for now there are no signals and no doubts about what he wants,” Spalletti added.
Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon believes wearing the famous Newcastle number nine shirt will be “a source of motivation not pressure”Rondon is expected to make his first start at Cardiff at the weekend after another week of training with Rafa Benitez’s squad.“I know the history. But I don’t feel the pressure, I feel motivated,” said the 28-year-old Venezuelan.“I come behind a list of big people, like Alan Shearer, who wore this number, and I am only motivated. It can be a heavy shirt.“My dad always said a striker should wear No9. When I was young, I was No10.”Rondon thinks his second-half debut was disappointing and the Magpies must get their season going at newly-promoted Cardiff on Saturday.Premier League relegation contenders: Newcastle United Taimoor Khan – August 8, 2019 While they have a new manager and a really good striker, Newcastle United might struggle to survive against many teams in the league next…He said: “It was a shame to lose at home, but the team played really, really well. We created chances, which is important for everyone, and we have to keep going – it is the only way.“We shoot [against] the post twice, but it was not to be for us, which is a shame. But the important thing is to create chances, and we have to keep that going.“We know that Cardiff are promoted this season, and it is a difficult league for everyone – all of the teams have spent a lot of money to make a good team for the season.“It will be difficult, but we just have to think about us – that is more important for the team. It is away, but we just have to think about the win – that is the only way.“I was very happy, and proud to make my debut. It was a pleasure, and I have to keep going to help the team.“Settling is a difficult process – you have to find a house, and get kids settled in the schools, but I hope it can be quick. It is a good move for me, and I am very happy.”