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Justice Improvements Going Forward

first_imgMore improvements to the province’s justice system will result from reviews of two incidents involving offenders at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility last fall. “Our justice system processes about 15,000 cases a year — that’s thousands of offenders, most facing multiple charges — and more than 99 per cent of those are error free,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “These reviews provide us with insights that we will use to further reduce the risk of mistakes.” Mr. Landry called for a review of the procedures that were in place at the time of the incidents involving the mistaken release of prisoners. “We will be focusing on measures to improve communication and co-ordination among the various parties within the system. We will also make changes to our computer system that will help to reduce the possibility of human error.” The Justice Department is also working on a disclosure policy to improve public communication when significant incidents occur. It’s expected to be finalized in the spring. The Nova Scotia justice system includes the courts, the judiciary, the public prosecutions’ service, corrections officers, sheriffs, community corrections workers, data-entry clerks, administration staff, computer professionals, and other department of Justice employees. The incident reviews may be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/just/publications/ .last_img read more

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Grants Help Encourage Healthy Eating

first_img FOR BROADCAST ONLY: The Truro Campus of Nova Scotia Community College is one of 17 publicly funded institutions receiving grants to help people eat healthy food. The campus is using $11,500 to implement its healthy eating strategy, which includes a nutrition policy, education about healthy food choices and creating a positive social environment for healthy heating. The grants total nearly $268,000 for publicly funded institutions, which include health authorities, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, and sport and recreation settings such as public arenas and fitness facilities. The grants support Thrive!, the plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. -30- The Truro Campus of Nova Scotia Community College is one of 17 publicly funded institutions receiving grants to help people eat healthy food. Environments where people work, study and play often influence them to make poor food choices. Through Thrive!, the plan for a healthier Nova Scotia, these grants are helping organizations like NSCC change their environments so healthy food choices become more natural and habitual. “Our entire campus community is inspired by the Thrive! funding received for the healthy eating project,” said NSCC Truro faculty member Dawn D’Arcy. “We’re looking forward to launching our Healthy Living Strategy and are thrilled with the commitment and involvement demonstrated by our students, campus staff, our food service provider Aramark, and Public Health as we move forward on this initiative.” The Truro campus is using $11,500 to implement its strategy, which includes a nutrition policy, education about healthy food choices and creating a positive social environment for healthy heating. The grants total nearly $268,000 for publicly funded institutions, which include health authorities, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, and sport and recreation settings such as public arenas and fitness facilities. They help organizations strengthen or develop food and nutrition policies that make healthy food the default option and decrease the pressure to resist less healthy foods. The money can be used for policy development, supplies and equipment, menu development, training in cooking skills, promoting local food, and other activities that help create a supportive environment for healthy eating.last_img read more

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USA pats great friend India for helping to enforce Iran oil curbs

first_imgWashington DC: The US is “highly gratified” by the cooperation from a “great friend” like India in enforcing the oil sanctions on Tehran, the White House said on Wednesday as the Trump administration slapped sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Tensions between the US and Iran have heightened after Washington last year withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal that aimed to curb Iranian nuclear activities. Washington has since reimposed crippling sanctions affecting the Iranian economy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We have been highly gratified by cooperation from a great friend and partner like India, and even less well-aligned countries such as China, in making the rather obvious choice that the United States would be the business partner of choice, not Iran,” a senior official told reporters during a conference call. India, which has galloping energy needs, went out of its way to co-operate with the US. India has brought down the import of oil from Iran to almost zero though the country has has historic and cultural ties with the Persian Gulf country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIndia stopped importing oil from Iran after American waivers granted to eight major buyers expired in May this year. Referring to an open source information, the US official, requesting anonymity, said Iranian export of oil for July was at 1,00,000 barrels per day, which is down considerably from the previous historic low of 7,81,000. The official credited the Trump administration for this and added that Iran has very little to offer in terms of being a trading partner. “The United States just continues to be appreciative, particularly of India’s cooperation, and continues to be very mindful of India’s legitimate energy needs,” the senior official said responding to a question on reports about talks between India and Iran on oil trade through their own currencies. “We are very happy as a major energy producer to contribute to what we see as an ample supply to the global market that can keep India amply supplied with energy,” said the official. A second senior administration official said that the US officials have been all over the world very carefully making sure that all of its partners and allies and companies around the world understand the consequences of violating the sanctions. The US has been very explicit about the need to ensure that the sanctionable activity has ceased, the official said. “We’re getting very important results there,” the second administration official added.last_img read more

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Global Goals Awards Honor Five Champions Making The World A Better Place

first_imgThe 2017 Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards last week honored five outstanding activists for their efforts to create positive impact in people’s lives and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Priyanka Chopra speaks on stage at The Goalkeepers Global Goals AwardsCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/UN0123773/Getty ImagesThe winners included a medical student dedicating his life to reducing maternal and child mortality rates in rural areas of Tanzania; a fashion student who founded an organisation to support survivors of acid attacks; and a Colombian woman who helps former guerrillas reintegrate into society.Leaders from business, government and entertainment attended the ceremony, including UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Priyanka Chopra and Muzoon Almellahan.The Goalkeepers Global Goal Awards – curated by UNICEF for the second year – are part of ongoing efforts to rally support for the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 goals unanimously adopted by every country in the world in 2015 to help make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy.Winners of the Global Goals Awards:Winner of the LEADERSHIP AWARDRIA SHARMA, 26, NEW DELHI – Ria Sharma, a fashion student at Leeds College of Arts, United Kingdom returned to India in the third year of her graduate programme to make a documentary on acid attack survivors. In the process of creating the documentary, she met several survivors and their stories touched her and inspired her to help. She founded Make Love Not Scars (MLNS), which is an organisation that actively supports survivors of acid attacks physically and mentally, and campaigns to raise awareness of the issue. Acid attacks against women especially have risen in recent years in India. They are particularly committed by men who wish to seek ‘revenge’ against women who refuse their advances or against wives who do not bring enough dowry.Winner of the INNOVATION AWARDMARIEME JAMME, SENEGAL/UK – Marieme grew up in Senegal and endured a difficult childhood that included being trafficked. She emerged from this to teach herself how to read and write at age 16. Today, she channels this experience to inspire youth, especially young girls through SpotOne Global Solutions, where as Chief Executive she encourages global investment in African IT infrastructure. She’s also the founder of the iamthecode movement, an effort to teach 1 million girls and women to code by 2030, and which addresses Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5, 8 and 9.Winner of the YOUNG GOALKEEPER AWARD LAURA ULLOA, 27, COLOMBIA – Laura Ulloa was just 11 years old when she was kidnapped and held captive by FARC for seven months. Her ordeal started in 1999 when she and her family were victims of one of the biggest mass kidnappings in Colombia. While she and her family were able to escape, others were not so fortunate. Two years later in 2001, members of the FARC-EP hijacked her school bus and took her as the sole hostage. After living this ordeal Laura has dedicated her life to helping former guerrillas get reintegrated into society. Through her work with the Colombian Agency for Reintegration, for the Security Council of the United Nations and as coordinator for Social Projects at the Corona Foundation in Colombia, Laura is changing lives.Winner of the LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND AWARDFELIX MANYOGOTE, 26, TANZANIA – Felix is a social entrepreneur and medical student dedicating his life to help others, especially those in vulnerable communities. After losing his Aunt while she was giving birth, due to prolonged labour accompanied by excessive bleeding, he focused his work on reducing maternal and child mortality rates in rural areas of Tanzania. Through his project MAMA AFYA (MAMA Delivery KIT) he provides free maternal and new born health services, distributes free clean delivery and new born kits and develops an effective line distribution so that women are connected irrespective of their location. Felix’s charisma, leadership and reliability has impacted the lives of more than 15,000 people. His project MAMA AFYA has managed to distribute 1,200 birth kits, saving the lives of more than 4,000 mothers and newborns.Winner of the HEALTHY NOT HUNGRY AWARDBERNARD COULIBALLY, 45, MALI – Bernard is the Deputy Prefect of Yorosso in the South of Mali who has focused his work on reducing child malnutrition rates in his community. This area was once known as critical in terms of malnutrition, but thanks to his dedication and commitment, severe acute malnutrition rates were reduced from 2.3% to 0.4 % from 2012 to 2016 and stunting levels by nearly half (from 27.8 % to 15.4%). Stead-fast progress has been made through his strong leadership and community ownership has translated into real results, making him a wonderful example of how political leaders can make a tangible difference for their people.The Awards dinner, in partnership with UNICEF, is part of the inaugural Goalkeepers Events in New York on 19 and 20 September, organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. UNICEF is the official partner and curator of the 2017 Goalkeepers Global Goal Awards.17 SDG Advocates along with Melinda Gates and UN Young Leaders form the official judging panel to select the winners after a competitive application process.last_img read more

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Leaked Rafale papers put national security at jeopardy

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre Wednesday told the Supreme Court that documents filed by the petitioners seeking review of its Rafale deal verdict are “sensitive to national security” and those who conspired in photocopying the papers have committed theft and put the security in jeopardy by leaking them.The Ministry of Defence said an internal enquiry commenced on February 28 and is currently in progress over the leakage of sensitive documents and it is of utmost concern to find out where the leakage took place. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”This puts the national security in jeopardy. Without consent, permission or acquiescence of the Central Government, those who have conspired in making the photocopy of these sensitive documents and annexing it to the review petition/ miscellaneous application and thereby committing theft by unauthorised photocopying of such documents relied in this regard…have adversely affected the Sovereignty, Security and Friendly Relations with the foreign countries,” said the affidavit, filed by Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra. See P7last_img read more

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Donors pledge 100 million for UN agency caring for Palestinian refugees more

Since its establishment in 1949, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), has become the world body’s largest operational body and currently provides education, health, relief and social services to more than 4 million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.The approximately $99.8 million pledges for UNRWA’s 2007 budget came at a meeting yesterday of the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions, however the Agency is seeking around $487 million for the General Fund next year and already faces an operational deficit of over $100 million.UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi said that in contrast with the cautious optimism of last year, international organizations were now warning about the dire situation facing the Palestinian populations of Gaza and the West Bank.He said that the poverty rate in Gaza had reached a staggering 80 per cent, resulting in “an economy on life support – kept barely alive by the drip feed of international assistance,” and he further predicted that the Emergency Appeal for next year would need to rise considerably to accommodate the growing needs.After the election victory of Hamas, which has yet to renounce its commitment to Israel’s destruction, Israel stopped handing over tax and customs revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and international donors suspended direct aid, calling on Hamas to commit to non-violence, recognize Israel and accept previously signed agreements.Sweden, Bahrain, the Netherlands, Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, China, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and France made pledges at yesterday’s meeting. Japan, the United States and the European Community said they would announce a pledge at a later date. read more

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Netflix goes for laughs with standup comedy specials by Bill Cosby Chelsea

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Netflix goes for laughs with stand-up comedy specials by Bill Cosby, Chelsea Peretti and more by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2014 7:01 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – You can have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand. And Jim Jefferies will tickle you at your discretion.Netflix is announcing performances by both comics and three more, set to roll out this fall. It’s the latest in the original-content initiative from this subscription Internet channel.Here’s the lineup, unveiled Thursday, with each program going online at 3:01 a.m. Eastern:— “Jim Jefferies: BARE,” premiering Aug. 29. Taped at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, it finds Jefferies weighing in on diverse topics such as politics, new fatherhood, orgies and Neil Diamond. (It will join the first season of Jefferies’ FX comedy series “Legit,” now streaming on Netflix.)— Chelsea Handler in her previously announced “Uganda Be Kidding Me Live” appearance, premiering Oct. 10. It’s the culmination of an international stand-up tour by Handler (who exits her E! talk show later this month, headed for a new series on Netflix in 2016) as she recounts tales of her global travels and the ridiculous characters in her life.— “Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats” premieres Nov. 14. Originating from San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, it’s a dark but silly exploration by the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star showcasing her talents as an actress, stand-up comic, writer and motorcycle enthusiast.— “Bill Cosby 77,” premiering Nov. 28. Taped July 12 (Cosby’s 77th birthday) at the San Francisco Jazz Center, it’s an hour-plus of comedy from Cos dealing with such topics as relationships, marriage and, of course, kids.— “Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way,” premiering Dec. 5. Burr is onstage at Atlanta’s Tabernacle exploring subjects such as how nothing ruins great sex like a rom-com and how too many childhood hugs could be the downfall of man.“Stand-up comedy is a category of original content that we’re very focused on,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice-president of original documentary and comedy programming. “There’s a really huge scope of types of comedy within stand-up, and we have the ability to provide that entire scope.”Going forward, Netflix expects to keep introducing stand-up specials, she said.And while other networks regularly air stand-up programs, Nishimura said Netflix has its own appeal: “Our flexibility and ubiquity of access is a really important component, specifically for comedy.”Jefferies noted that he’s done specials for HBO, Showtime and FX. But he hailed the Netflix model, which presents his concert at its original length (about 77 minutes) and will keep it available to viewers for the foreseeable future.“When you tell people you’re doing a special for a cable channel, you say they’re going to air it at 8 o’clock on Saturday and again at 2 in the morning on Tuesday,” he explained. “But here, all you have to say is, ‘It’s on Netflix.’ It’s easier.“People can watch it over and over again,” he pointed out, then added with a laugh, “and fast forward through the bits they don’t like.”With the Cosby program, Netflix is staging a hasty encore for the comedy legend, who made a celebrated return to TV stand-up after 30 years last fall with his “Far From Finished” special on Comedy Central.Cosby said he’s even more pleased with his new special. For one thing, there will be no commercial breaks, allowing the flow of his performance to be uninterrupted.In a recent conversation, he couldn’t help marveling at the pace of technology that will soon deliver him anytime, on demand, from Netflix servers to countless consumer devices. When Cosby burst on the scene a half-century ago, he won widespread exposure thanks to broadcast television and his comedy LPs.And now?“People can get a plug-in and put my show on their huge flat-screen TVs,” he said, “while other people are watching on their i-This and i-That.”When “Bill Cosby 77” goes online, he said with a chuckle, “You will have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand.” Another chuckle. “Just as he has YOU in the palm of HIS hand.”__EDITOR’S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore@ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier. Past stories are available at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/frazier-moore___Online:http://www.netflix.com read more

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Global wood production in 2014 shows biggest jump since economic crisis says

Worldwide major wood production has undergone a revival over the past year as it has seen the greatest leap since the global economic downturn of 2008-2009, according to the latest data released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“We are seeing now the highest growth of the global wood industries in the last five years, which is important to national economies and the wellbeing and livelihoods of millions of forest-dependant people worldwide,” said said Thais Linhares-Juvenal, head of the FAO’s Forest Economics and Statistics Team, while recognizing that “wood industries were among the hardest hit by the recent global economic downturn in 2008-2009.”The new statisticsshowed that in 2014, major wood products, such as industrial roundwood, sawnwood, wood-based panels and pulp and paper, have increased from one to five per cent, surpassing the pre-recession levels of 2007. It is also noteworthy that the Asia-Pacific, region, and Latin America and Caribbean have the fastest growth in production.Production of wood pellets, mainly used as fuel, increased dramatically in recent years, setting a new record in 2014 and growing by 16 per cent over the previous year, reaching 26 million metric tonnes. Europe and North America accounted for most global production and consumption, while the situation in Asia more than doubled in 2014 over the previous year, said the data. The study also noted that in 2014, paper production stagnated in Europe and declined in North America, due to the prevailing use of social media. China, however, is by far the largest producer and consumer of paper and wood-based panels. Its paper production and consumption resumed growth in 2014, after a pause in 2013, driving the overall growing trend in the Asia-Pacific region.Turing to wood-based panels and sawnwood, the study noted there has been a worldwide strong gain in both production and consumption, with wood-based panels surged most in production by six per cent, according to the report, revealed the report.South America, attributed for 30 per cent of worldwide exports of wood pulp, has gradually emerged as a new ‘big player’ in the global market, with new mills being built in Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.The Statistical Yearbook of Forest Products, published by FAO annually, aims to provide countries with informative tools to assess the forest products to global and national economies and sustainable development, and to improve their forest management and forestry policies. read more

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Dealz has been ordered to shutter one of its Dublin stores

first_imgDealz has been ordered to shutter one of its Dublin stores An Bord Pleanála has said the British-owned retailer’s Fonthill store is breaking planning rules. By Fora Staff 141,432 Views Share46 Tweet Email3 Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 4:00 PM Take me to Fora Feb 21st 2018, 11:29 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL 74 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3869135 RETAIL CHAIN DEALZ has been ordered to close down one of its Dublin stores by the national planning authority.Last year, the British-owned discount retailer was refused permission to use a unit in Fonthill Retail Park for one of its stores by South Dublin County Council.The company was already operating a store, employing around 30 people, in the retail park and sought planning permission from the local council to retain the use of the unit that was earmarked for the sale of bulky goods.Following the planning refusal, Dealz appealed to An Bord Pleanála to overturn the local authority’s decision.In its appeal, Dealz noted that is has secured over 8,000 signatures from locals in the area that called for the store to be kept open.However, in a recently published ruling, the national planning authority has decided to uphold the decision of South Dublin council.In its decision, An Bord Pleanála said the use of the unit for a “shop” would be in breach of planning policy that aims to ensure retail parks are used for the sale of bulky goods.It added that these policies are in place to protect the “vitality and viability of existing designated town centres and major retail in the vicinity”.Another appellant to An Bord Pleanála in support of Dealz, made by the owner of the retail park, noted that little consideration is being given to the jobs that are under threat due to the council’s decision.The appeal lodged by Integrated Development Services Ltd, added that if the planning laws were “strictly” applied in Fonthill Retail Park, the majority of stores in it would have to close.It is worth noting that there is no town centre (Liffey Valley is not a town centre) in the vicinity of this retail park and therefore this park has no impact on any town centres,” the landlord added.Track recordDealz has rapidly expanded across Ireland since it launched its first two Irish stores in 2011 and the company now has 60 locations in the Republic.Previous Fora analysis has shown that Dealz has a track record for retrospectively applying for planning permission and over a dozen disputes between the company and county councils have boiled over nationwide.After opening stores in 15 different counties, the retailer retrospectively applied to county councils to retain aspects of each development that had been included without planning permission.In another similar case to that in Fonthill, Wexford council ruled that Dealz broke planning laws by opening a store in Clonard Retail Park more than two years ago.Over the past three years, Dealz has also brought several of these disputes before the national planning body. Nevertheless, Dealz has enjoyed little success in its planning appeals.Fora contacted Dealz for comment but no response was received by the time this piece was published.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greek coalition wins confidence vote

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The government breezed through a confidence on the weekend as it gained the support of its own MPs but no other members of Parliament.The final results saw 155 MPs back the coalition, two lawmakers vote “present” and 131 deputies vote against the government.With 155 MPs in its ranks, after being boosted by the return of Nikitas Kaklamanis to New Democracy, the government was not expected to run into any problems. It needed to secure the support of just 146 deputies as nine Golden Dawn MPs were unable to vote as they are in pretrial custody.Addressing the House, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who is also New Democracy leader, highlighted the imminent return of growth and the possible early exit from the bailout as reasons for ensuring the coalition remaining in power.PASOK leader and Deputy Premier Evangelos Venizelos said the coalition had put together a “comprehensive national strategy to exit the crisis.” He said main leftist opposition SYRIZA’s policies would undermine an economic recovery.“Five years of toil and sacrifice can be undone in five days,” he said.SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras insisted that the government would soon be removed from power as it would be unable to elect a president in February.Some independent and PASOK MPs’ suggestions the parties should come together to create a government of national unity received short shrift from New Democracy, PASOK and SYRIZA.“We are not interested in such scenarios,” said SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis. “We believe that at this time the country needs a strong government that will defend its interests and get us out of the memorandum and the crisis.”Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis stuck to his position that the government needed to be replaced. Kouvelis has said his party will not vote for the coalition’s candidate in February’s presidential elections.“A change of policy in a progressive direction presupposes a change of government,” said Kouvelis.“This government cannot and does not want to implement progressive policies. Political stability does not mean the continuation of the same policies. These policies create social instability.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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NXT star out for several months with torn pectoral WWE to be

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter NXT star out for several months with torn pectoralNXT star Tino Sabbatelli recently underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle according to a new report by Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline on Friday. Sabbatelli suffered the injury during the NXT live event in Largo, Florida on April 28 against The Velveteen Dream. Sabbatelli will be out of action for several months following the surgery.Sabbatelli had been featured on NXT TV for several months in a tag-team with Riddick Moss and had recently turned on Moss, presumably beginning a push as a singles competitor before the injury.WWE to be featured on “Undercover Boss”WWE will be featured on the upcoming season of the CBS show “Undercover Boss” that will premiere on May 11.Footage for the episode was shot at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, as seen in the following clip released previewing the upcoming season on Twitter last week.These stars are going undercover for #CelebrityBoss! Find out more about Celebrity @undercover_cbs premiering May 11 at 8/7c on CBS: https://t.co/MKT2a1EsnX pic.twitter.com/sG2AEBfvSY— CBS (@CBS) April 26, 2018 Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Google+ WhatsApp Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Highlighting WWEs ProblemsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 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 Now Playing Up Next 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Pinterest NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Pension Problems In Galveston And Teaching MexicanAmerican Studies Without A Textbook The

first_imgA lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of it allThis week, our panel weighs in on unmet pension obligations in Galveston, and Texas schools teaching Mexican-American Studies without a textbook and without statewide standards.Our panel of non-experts this week includes:Wayne Ashley, academic adviser, digital media strategist, and editor of TexasLeftist.comVlad Davidiuk, communications director for the Harris County Republican PartyDr. Vivian Ho, health economist at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine Sharelast_img read more

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Report Calls For Better Translation Services After Two Migrant Deaths In Border

first_imgU.S. Customs and Border ProtectionUndocumented immigrant children at a U.S. Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas.A new report calls for improved translation services after two Mayan children from Guatemala, 7-year-old Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin and 8-year-old Felipe Gómez Alonzo, died in Border Patrol custody.“Little attention has been paid to the fact that both families speak indigenous languages—Q’eqchi’, in the case of the Caal family, and Chuj, in the case of the Gómez family,” the report said.The progressive think tank Center for American Progress laid out several recommendations for Border Patrol in their report published this week. The recommendations include: Border Patrol officers should proactively assess a migrant’s need for a translator once they’re custody.Border Patrol officers should be well-trained to identify different indigenous languages.The Department of Homeland Security should set up a dedicated indigenous language interpretation facility Investigations into the deaths of the two children are still underway. A Mexican man also died in Border Patrol custody earlier this week.After the second child death, policies changed so that all kids must undergo health screenings once in custody. But no language-service policies have been announced.  In 2018, more children and families from Guatemala were apprehended at the border than from any other country — more than 70,000. That doesn’t account for thousands of additional Guatemalan adults that also arrived that year. Around half of Guatemalans speak an indigenous language and an estimated 7% don’t speak any Spanish.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaMexico-United States Border within the Big Bend Sector in West TexasIncreased demand for indigenous language translators Since the late 1970s, Guatemalans have been crossing the border into the United States in large numbers, taking their indigenous languages with them. As Guatemalan immigration continues, demand for translators of America’s ancient languages continues to rise at the border, in immigration courts and for refugee resettlement programs.“We’ve seen a steady increase in the what we term as ‘other than Mexicans’, majority of those being Guatemalans,” Rush Carter, Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor for the Big Bend Sector, previously said.“With the Guatemalans we do hear more of that indigenous language,” said Carter. “Of course our agents are all trained in Spanish, however when they hear something like that it’s a foreign language to them.”In 2016, two Mayan languages were listed among the ten most commonly-used languages in U.S. immigration courts.This demand for interpreters, combined with low supply and the fact that some Mayan languages are incredibly rare, creates extra challenges for Guatemalan immigrants. Sharelast_img read more

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A timeless tale of crosscultural harmony

first_imgIndia Harmony Foundation and Penguin launched a book entitled, ‘A Tale of Wonder: Kathakautukam’ by Srivara, translated into English by diplomat /scholar and renowned author A N D Haksar and published by Penguin.The book launch was held on March 29, 2019, at Kamladevi Complex, India International Centre, in the presence of Chief Guest N N Vohra, former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. ‘A Tale of Wonder: Kathakautukam’ is a scintillating example of cross-cultural harmony from medieval Kashmir. A Biblical and Koranic story in medieval Persian reaches Kashmir and is transformed there into a Sanskrit epic poem, with India’s mythic overtones – an attestation to this country’s rich syncretic and multicultural past. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn this tale, the beautiful princess Zuleikha has nightly visions of Yusuf, a handsome young stranger. Captivated by his beauty, her waking hours are filled with heartaches, much to the anxiety of her near ones. But Zuleikha is resolved to be united with Yusuf. Her dreams also reveal the obstacles to be surmounted. What ensues is a captivating account of longing and love — a parable of the soul’s journey in its search for the divine. Magnificent in its simple elegance, ‘A Tale of Wonder’ is beautifully translated by A N D Haksar, with an introduction shedding light on the remarkable provenance of this timeless story.last_img read more

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Kickstart a Lucrative Data Science Career for Less Than 50

first_img Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. 2 min read For the third year in a row, data scientist is the No. 1 job in the U.S., according to Glassdoor’s analysis of industry job openings, salaries, and overall job satisfaction ratings.Sure, sifting through massive piles of data and rendering them coherent isn’t necessarily the most glamorous gig, but in terms of making money and making yourself desirable to potential employers across a variety of industries, the realm of data science is the place to be nowadays. If you’re considering a career in data science, let the Complete Data Science Certification Training Bundle serve as your starting block. Across more than 85 hours of content crafted by industry experts, you’ll receive a comprehensive introduction to analytics basics such as data mining, cluster analysis, forecasting, and hypothesis testing, and get familiar with essential tools like R programming, Hadoop, Python, and Tableau. Lessons that cover cutting-edge Excel skills and various apply functions—including DPYR—are also included.The best part? All of this training is conveniently available to you 24/7 and designed to be absorbed at your own pace.For a limited time, you can purchase a year’s worth of access to the Complete Data Science Certification Training Bundle for only $49—92 percent off the original price of $699. December 7, 2018 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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14 people arrested for lynching and killing a trans man in India

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… One of the fourteen people arrested was underage.Vigilante justiceSatyanarayana warned people that they should not take the law into their own hands. He also warned people not believe the rumor mill on WhatsApp and social media sites about alleged child traffickers.Vigilantes have already killed three people in Hyderabad over suspected child trafficking.‘These days social media platforms like Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter are being used to spread fake news,’ Hyderabad Police said in a statement on the weekend.‘All such messages are only rumours. If someone sends such news please do not share with anyone and validate with the police.‘If anyone finds suspicions, tell the police by dialling 100 or inform through Hawkeye, Facebook and Whatsapp.‘Do not take the law into your own hands. We will take serious legal action against you.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) They targeted Ravi and his friends because they believed them to be suspected child traffickers after mistaking them for the real perpetrators they saw in a viral social media video.‘As the four persons tried to escape from the area, a mob chased them and attacked them resulting in grievous injuries to Chandriah and Swamy,’ Deputy Police Commissioner, V. Satyanarayana, told media.Emergency services took the injured trans people to hospital. But Chandriah died from his injuries in the early hours of Sunday morning. Trans man beaten to death after mob mistook him for child traffickerVigilantes raid home of ‘gay’ men who were sent to Islamic school to ‘cure’ themWhat is Section 377? Everything you need to know about India’s anti-gay lawRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/14-people-arrested-for-lynching-and-killing-a-trans-man-in-india/ GAYSTARNEWS- Police in India arrested 14 people for allegedly lynching a trans man and injuring three more trans people.The mob targeted ,Chandriah, his son Ravi, and other three trans people in Chandrayangutta, a city in the state of Hyderabad on the weekend.last_img read more

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Yes Humans Do Listen to Your Xbox Voice Recordings

first_imgThe Google Pixel 4’s Secret Weapon Just LeakedThe Google Pixel 4’s Secret Weapon Just LeakedMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpThe 2019 Kindle Oasis01:26OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0001:1501:15 This might remind you of the recent revelations about Apple’s Siri. After several short, private audio snippets were picked up by what were likely unintended triggers, an anonymous Apple contractor came forward with concerns about lack of disclosure. In both cases (and the cases of companies like Google and Amazon, too) these contractors were hired to rate and fine-tune the voice assistants’ command features and accuracy at recognizing and understanding human speech. “As time went on, we got less apparently accidental stuff as the feature improved,” a former contractor said.In response to Motherboard’s reporting, Microsoft updated its privacy policy: “Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated and manual (human) methods of processing.” The company also offers a way for users to delete any audio recordings saved from their devices.When we asked Microsoft about the report, this was its response: “We always get customer permission before collecting voice data, we take steps to de-identify voice snippets being reviewed to protect people’s privacy, and we require that handling of this data be held to the highest privacy standards in the law. At the same time, we’re actively working on additional steps we can take to give customers more transparency and more control over how their data is used to improve products.”How Microsoft Is Making Cortana More HumanThe Future of Xbox is Named ScarlettBest Xbox One Games 2019 Update 3:55 pm ET: We’ve added a comment from a Microsoft spokesperson.Microsoft hired contractors to review Cortana voice audio obtained from Xbox users communicating in their homes, multiple contractors told Motherboard. While some recordings were initiated by “Xbox” or “Hey Cortana” voice commands, others were captured by mistake, according to a former contractor. “Most of the Xbox related stuff I can recall doing was obviously unintentional activations with people telling Cortana ‘No’ as they were obviously in the middle of a game and doing normal game chat,” a current contractor said to Motherboard.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

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WWDC 2019 highlights Apple introduces SwiftUI new privacyfocused sign in updates to

first_imgApple held its annual conference Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC 2019 in San Jose on Monday and to say that the keynote session, was jammed with announcements would be an understatement. This time Apple has really tried to innovate, it was not just the usual product hardware updates but also key features in the business, software space, along with a focus on privacy. Some new products and services which were showcased included a Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, iOS 13 with a dark mode, MacOS Catalina and an operating system for the iPad called iPadOS. There was also a new privacy-focused sign-in, SwiftUI framework, and Feedback Assistant. Needless to say, people were enthralled by the event and expressed their excitement on Twitter. New enhancements to Apple’s flagship operating systems macOS Catalina in beta Apple previewed a new version of Mac operating system, macOS Catalina (macOS 10.5) as a result of the expansion of the company’s Marzipan program — now called Project Catalyst — which brings iOS apps to the Mac. With macOS Catalina, Apple is replacing iTunes with its popular entertainment apps — Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app. It also has a new Sidecar feature which helps users extend their Mac desktop by using their iPad as a second display or as a high-precision input device across Mac apps. Catalina has new security features such as ‘Find My app’ and ‘Approve’ to keep users better protected. Voice Control lets users control their Mac entirely with their voice. It also has the Screen Time feature, giving users options such as monitoring usage, scheduling downtime, and setting limits for both apps and websites across all devices. macOS Catalina will be available this fall as a free software update for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later. For more information, see our detailed coverage here. iOS 13 Beta Apple previewed the latest update of its mobile operating system, iOS 13 at WWDC. It introduces dark mode, advanced photo and camera features, Sign in with Apple and a new Maps experience. Sign in with Apple allows customers to simply use their Apple ID to authenticate instead of using a social account or filling out forms, verifying email addresses or choosing passwords. The Sign in will protect users’ privacy by providing developers with a unique random ID. Siri has a new, more natural voice. HomePod can also distinguish voices from anyone in the home to deliver personal requests, including messages, music and more. The developer preview of iOS 13 is available to Apple Developer Program members at starting yesterday, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month. New software features will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 6s and later. Read more about iOS 13 features here. Apple iPadOS WWDC 2019 also saw iPad getting its own Apple iPadOS. Basically, iPadOS builds on the same foundation as iOS, adding intuitive features specific to the large display of iPad. It has a Split view allowing iPad users to work with multiple files and documents from the same app simultaneously. They can also quickly view and switch between multiple apps in Slide Over. It also introduces mouse support for both USB and Bluetooth devices. Source: Apple Now Apple Pencil is even more integrated into the iPad experience. Customers can now mark up and send entire webpages, documents or emails on iPad by swiping Apple Pencil from the corner of the screen. The Files app also comes with iCloud Drive support for folder sharing. Text editing on the iPad receives a major update with iPadOS. It is easier and faster to point with precision and speed, select text with just a swipe and use new gestures to cut, copy, paste and undo. iPadOS will be available this fall as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later and iPad mini 4 and later. tvOS 13 and watchOS 6 Apple also released tvOS 13 operating system for Apple TV 4K. With tvOS 13, Apple TV 4K now has a new Home screen; multi-user support for customers to access their own TV shows, movies, music, and recommendations; support for Apple Arcade; expanded game controller support for Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4; and new 4K HDR screen savers. tvOS 13 will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. Apple previewed watchOS 6, offering users better health and fitness management such as cycle tracking and Noise app, gives access to dynamic new watch faces and the Activity Trends and App Store directly on Apple Watch. New software features will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple Watch Series 1 or later paired with iPhone 6s or later running iOS 13 or later. Source: Apple Swift UI framework Apple unveiled its SwiftUI framework at WWDC offering a simple way for developers to build user interfaces across all Apple platforms using just one set of tools and APIs. It features a declarative Swift syntax that’s easy to read and natural to write. SwiftUI Working with new Xcode design tools, Swift UI keeps code and design perfectly in sync. It also offers features such as automatic support for Dynamic Type, Dark Mode, localization, and accessibility. Swift UI got developers quite excited who compared it with React Native and Flutter. Apple aims to protect user privacy with Apple Sign in Apple has a new way to stop third-party sites and services from getting your information when you sign up to an app. The “Sign in with Apple” button introduced at WWDC, can authenticate a user using Face ID on their iPhone without turning over any of their personal data to a third-party company.  Often users are dependent on third-party apps for using a social account or filling out forms, verifying email addresses or choosing passwords. Sign in with Apple allows customers to simply use their Apple ID to authenticate. It protects users’ privacy by providing developers with a unique random ID. Other privacy updates to the App Store Apps intended for kids cannot include third-party advertising or analytics software and may not transmit data to third parties. HTML5 games distributed in apps may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations, and may not support digital commerce. VPN apps may not sell, use, or disclose to third parties any data for any purpose, and must commit to this in their privacy policy. Apps that compile information from any source that is not directly from the user or without the user’s explicit consent, even public databases, are not permitted on the App Store. Apps must get consent for data collection, even if the data is considered anonymous at the time of or immediately following collection. More privacy related announcements here. New Mac Pro with Apple Pro Display XDR At the WWDC, Apple also announced its all-new redesigned Mac Pro, starting at $5,999. The design is a homage to Apple’s classic “cheese grater” look, but it is far from a simple grater when it comes to features. The new Intel Xeon processor inside the Mac Pro will have up to 28 cores, with up to 300W of power and heavy-duty cooling. System memory can be maxed out at 1.5TB, says Apple, with six-channel memory across 12 DIMM slots. It also has 32GB of memory, Radeon Pro 580X graphics, and a 256GB SSD. With this Mac Pro, Apple is launching a custom expansion module, the MPX Module. It has a quad-wide PCIe card that fits two graphics cards, has its own dedicated heat sink, and also has a custom Thunderbolt connector to hook into Thunderbolt 3 backbone that Apple built into the motherboard to deliver additional power and high-speed connectivity to components. The power supply of the new Mac Pro maxes out at 1.4kW. Three large fans sit at the front, just behind the new aluminum grille, blowing air across the system at a rate of 300 cubic feet per minute. Alongside the new Mac Pro, Apple also introduced a matching 6K monitor, the 32-inch Pro Display XDR at WWDC, whose starting price is $4,999. The Pro Display XDR, which stands for extreme dynamic range, has P3 and 10-bit color with reference modes built in, as well as Apple’s True Tone automatic color adjustment for ambient lighting. It’s 40 percent larger than the iMac 5K display and has an anti-reflective coating, and comes in a matte option called nanotexture. Source: Apple Feedback Assistant for Developers Bug reporter is now replaced with Feedback Assistant which is available on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and the web, making it easy for developers to submit effective bug reports and request enhancements to APIs and tools. When developers file a bug, they will receive a Feedback ID to track the bug within the app or on the website. Other features include automatic on-device diagnostics, remote bug filing, detailed bug forms, and bug statuses. For more coverage of Apple’s special event keep watching this space. You can also stream the WWDC Keynote from the San Jose Convention Center here. Read Next Apple releases native SwiftUI framework with declarative syntax, live editing, and support of Xcode 11 beta. 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