Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 16, 2017 – Nassau – Haitian Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Jean Victor Geneus, left, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, August 14, 2017.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)
Tech Industry Apple Pay Mobile payments GDPR Valve 5G Virtual Reality Disney Space Star Wars Facebook Wi-Fi 0 Post a comment 5G is the real deal, a notion that grew even clearer this week as Sprint became the third US carrier to turn on its next-gen network. CNET put Sprint’s network to the test in Dallas and was impressed. Meanwhile, Apple is readying for its developers conference next week, which won’t be about splashy device unveilings so much as clues to hardware in the works.Here are some of the week’s other stories you don’t want to miss: Watch out, Apple Pay. Tap-to-pay cards are coming on strongThese cards could speed up how we shop and commute every day. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Building a rocket in a garage to take on SpaceX and Blue OriginGilmour Space Technologies is a plucky startup in the new space race. Its first mission: sending a powerful hybrid rocket to the edge of space. Ian Knighton/CNET Disney’s Star Wars land review: Galaxy’s Edge from every angleEver wanted to visit a Star Wars planet or sit in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon? This new Star Wars-themed land comes close to making those dreams a reality. Vanessa Hand Orellana/CNET Europe’s GDPR has accomplished a lot in its infancyAt just a year old, the General Data Protection Regulation has already forced big tech firms to make significant changes to their privacy policies. And its real effects are still to come. Saul Gravy/Getty Images The internet is changing Africa, mostly for the betterCheap smartphones are flooding Africa, giving many of its citizens access to the internet for the very first time. Andela Valve Index’s new VR controllers feel like the future of gamingThe most interesting feature in Valve’s new virtual reality system is how its controllers work in your hands. Sarah Tew/CNET Facebook quietly killed a map for discovering live videosSome users want the map back. Facebook screenshot by Andrew Hoyle/CNET First to 5G? For smartphone users, the race is kind of meaninglessEE is the first UK carrier to jump to 5G. But for most consumers, the upgrade just isn’t worth it yet.5G has arrived in the UK today. Jaromir Chalabala/EyeEm ‘First 10 years were very tough’: Aladdin star on being an Iranian actor in HollywoodIt hasn’t always been easy for Navid Negahban, but Amazon, YouTube and Netflix are changing Hollywood for the better, the Sultan says. Daniel Smith Share your voice Tags
Blake Thornberry via FlickrA pump jack in the Permian Basin in 2013The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is set to considering allowing its members to increase their oil production at a meeting Friday in Vienna, Austria, a decision that could have implications for Houston-based oil companies and prices at the gas pump. Listen The oil cartel’s member nations have purposefully cut production since late 2016, in an effort to help stabilize global oil prices. Now, with that job largely accomplished, Saudi Arabia and Russia are reportedly pressuring OPEC members to open up the floodgates again.The cartel has also faced pressure from President Donald Trump, who railed against “too high” oil prices on Twitter this month, seemingly blaming the OPEC cuts.Wood Mackenzie oil analyst Ann-Louise Hittle said the outcome of the meeting is still “highly uncertain,” but there are three distinct possibilities:OPEC could maintain its current oil cuts agreement, which would still lead to weaker oil prices closer to 2019, as U.S. production continues growing.The organization, along with Russia, could agree to “moderate” combined oil increases of less than 1 million barrels/day in 2019, which would keep Brent crude prices hovering around $71/barrel through 2018.The meeting could lead to a “dramatic” increase of about 1.5 million barrels/day, which would “significantly” weaken global oil prices and lead to lower gas prices in the U.S. (This would be good news for President Trump, Hittle notes.)The firm said a moderate OPEC move is likely. Economist Karr Ingham, with the trade group Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, said that outcome wouldn’t slow down drillers here. “Pricing is going to be favorable for continued development in Texas and in the United States,” he said. “What it simply may do is slow the rate of that development just a touch, but it’s going to continue to be production growth.”Still, Ingham said Texas drillers are dealing with other headaches that could complicate the OPEC effect, namely the prospect of increased costs from President Trump’s steel tariffs. Share 00:00 /00:45 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
Washington, D.C.’s only all-male, college preparatory high school is set to open in the fall. And, its principal, Dr. Benjamin Williams, can’t wait for the premiere of the Empowering Males High School, located on the campus of the former Ronald Brown Middle School in Northeast D.C.“For 15 years, I have thought about leading a school that catered to young men,” he said. “I wanted a place where young men could come and be comfortable with who they are. That dream came true last year.”On Jan. 21, 2015, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the implementation of an all-male public high school. This was part of an initiative to improve the academic performance of boys of color in the District’s public school system. Bowser’s actions are a complement to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper,” an effort to improve the lives of young men of color.Despite concerns by D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and the local chapter of the ACLU that an all-male public school may be unconstitutional, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D) ruled that the school is on solid legal ground.Williams said the school is open to all males of any color and every economic class. “We want to create a climate of academic success that will prepare young men for success in the post-high school world,” Williams said.In a break from the educational norm of focusing academically on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the school will specialize in the humanities, including modern and classical languages such as Spanish and Latin as well as studying literature and writing.“This is not a STEM school,” William said. “We will have a STEM component in terms of math and science but we want our students to focus on the liberal arts and such disciplines as music. We want our students to be college ready with the ability to think critically.”For example, Williams said his students are taking Latin – considered a “dead” language because it is no longer spoken or written – because it can help them break down the meaning of words that they might not initially recognize.“I learned the value of Latin while teaching at the School Without Walls (a grade school in Northwest D.C.),” he said. “Latin is the basis of English and other languages and if you understand Latin, you can pick up the other languages easier.”There is a belief among some educators that all-male institutions must be disciplinarily harsh in practice. Williams rejects that theory. “I believe in disciplining young men and I think the way to reach them is to set high expectations,” he said. “I find that if the young man sees that he can trust you, he will strive harder to be a better student. You may see instances that the young men will police themselves if the trust is there.“We will also emphasize young men talking through situations instead of dealing with problems through confrontations.”Williams said he wants a racially and gender diverse staff to work at the school including teachers who want to work with young men. He said it didn’t matter whether the teacher is a graduate of a historically Black college or university or a Teach for America recruit, “they must be at the school for the right reasons.”“We will support teachers who want young men to be successful and will provide professional development to that end,” Williams said.Teaching has been a central part of Williams’s life. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Virginia and started as a high school social studies teacher in Charlottesville, Va. His most recent position was as the associate principal at the elementary school-middle school portion of the School Without Walls at the Francis-Stevens Education Campus in Northwest D.C.Tierra Jolly, Ward 8 D.C. Board of Education member, is scheduled to meet with Williams in the near future and is looking forward to the interaction. “The Empowering Males of Color initiative is a good starting point for our young men to become achievers in the classroom,” she said.Jolly hopes the District school system will work on a similar program for young women soon.The school will start classes in August with just ninth-graders and will add a grade each year. The first graduating class is expected in 2020.
Top Kurdish officials said their fighters were advancing ‘street by street’ and voiced confidence that ISIS would soon be ejected from the town.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said the latest advances were mainly in the south of the besieged town.‘The (Kurdish) People’s Protection Units (YPG) recaptured streets and buildings in the south of Kobane, after a fierce battle against IS that began yesterday (Monday) evening,’ the Observatory said. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe monitor also said the YPG and its Iraqi peshmerga allies shelled IS positions on Tuesday elsewhere in Kobane.Kobane has been under siege from IS since mid-September and more than 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting, most of them jihadists.Syria’s Kurds have been backed by Iraqi peshmerga fighters and Syrian rebels in their fight for the town, as well as a wave of air strikes by the US-led coalition against IS. Syrian Kurdish chief Saleh Muslim said YPG forces were advancing ‘street by street’ and that they would ‘recapture the town in a very short time’. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanThe Kurds’ top field commander in Kobane, Narin Afrin, a 40-year-old woman, said by telephone: ‘We have been resisting for 56 days in very difficult conditions.’ ‘We will liberate the town house by house, and we are determined to exterminate terrorism and fundamentalism,’ she said.Kobane has become a symbol of resistance against jihadists who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, committing brutal abuses against rivals and the local population.
A workshop on painting, wood-crafting and printmaking was organised at the ongoing Summer Art Carnival hosted by National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). The painting workshop, from May 25 — June 3, was conducted by likes of Abhimanue V Govindam, Sushanta Guha, Soumen Bhowmick,