Activists arrest: Pune court orders police to comply with Supreme Court direction

first_imgThe sessions court at Shivaji Nagar here on Wednesday directed the Pune police to place under “house arrest” three of the alleged “urban Maoists” arrested on Tuesday, following a Supreme Court order.Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Varavara Rao were produced in the Pune court, where police sought 15-day custody for further interrogation. They were arrested from their homes in Mumbai, Thane and Hyderabad, respectively. The police said they would be taken to their homes on Thursday. Accusing the three of waging war against the Government of India and training youth and students in Naxal activity, special public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar demanded their police custody. The state alleged that the accused were working under the guise of an anti-fascist front called the All India United Front to overthrow the government.Ms. Pawar said the arrests were made based on an investigation of an FIR filed on January 8 by Tushar Damgude against the organisers of the Elgar Parishad in Pune on December 31, 2017. The state submitted a total of seven letters to the court, allegedly exchanged between members of the banned CPI(Maoist), where the names of the three accused were mentioned. None of the letters was correspondence between any of the accused. According to Ms. Pawar these letters were retrieved from seized material after the arrests of Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut and Sudhir Dhawale in June. She said Varavara Rao was assigned the task of amassing weapons from Nepal and Manipur. Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Gonsalves were given the task of identifying young students, recruiting them, sending them to Naxal areas, training and using them against the Indian government.One of the letters read out by Ms. Pawar said CPI (Maoist) commander Comrade Ganapathy wanted to meet Mr. Rao. The prosecution said the CPI (Maoist) had developed links with separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.last_img read more

David Goffin downs Novak Djokovic to set up possible Rafael Nadal showdown in Monte Carlo

first_imgDavid Goffin beat Novak Djokovic for the first time in his career on his fifth match point, winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals on Friday.Goffin denied Djokovic a possible 50th career match against defending champion Rafael Nadal, who was playing the last remaining quarterfinal against unseeded Diego Schwartzman.The 10th-seeded Goffin had lost all previous five matches to Djokovic and looked to heading for another when the 12-time Grand Slam winner led 4-2 in the decider.But Goffin broke him in the eighth game and held firm on his own serve when taken to deuce in a tight 11th game.The pressure was back on the second-ranked Djokovic to hold and force a tiebreak, but Goffin kept coming at him.Djokovic saved the first match point with an ace; the second one on his second serve; the third with a stinging forehand winner and a fourth when Goffin chopped a backhand into the net.But a sloppy unforced error on forehand gave Goffin another chance, and he took it with a deep forehand right on the line that Djokovic swiped back off balance into the net.Goffin, who had taken just one set off Djokovic before Friday, grabbed his head with both hands.Djokovic, the champion here in 2013 and 2015, hugged him at the net.He had scraped this far, anyway. This match took 2 hours, 38 minutes, taking the Serbian’s total time on court to 7h35 over his three matches. Djokovic was taken to three sets by 32nd-ranked Gilles Simon and 19th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta and could well have lost both.advertisementGoffin took the first set in little more than 30 minutes.Djokovic found his range in the second, pushing the Belgian further back. Goffin saved two sets points on his serve at 5-3 down, but Djokovic held easily on his next service game to level the match.The momentum was with Djokovic, but the resilient Goffin had other ideas.Earlier, Albert Ramos-Vinolas won the last four games to beat fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2.Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, seemed to be in command when he broke at the start of the third set. But the Spaniard rallied to set up a semi against Lucas Pouille of France, who beat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-0, 3-6, 7-5.Pouille reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon last year in his breakthrough season.Ramos-Vinolas needed 2 and 1/2 hours to win, but could have got there faster after leading 5-3 in the tiebreaker – only for Cilic to level the set score with a volley that only just landed in. He puffed his cheeks in relief.Cilic won their only previous match on clay five years ago in Hamburg, Germany, but the Spaniard looked sharp here early on. He broke Cilic in the third game and clinched the first set when Cilic’s cross-court backhand went out.Ramos-Vinolas won on his first match point when Cilic double-faulted.Cuevas was poor in the first set against Pouille, winning no points on his second serve and failing to save any break points. He started to find range with his one-handed backhand in the second set and leveled the set score when Pouille netted a return.Pouille offered an explanation as to why he lost his way after a one-sided first set.”I should have gone off the court as well when he went off for a toilet break,” Pouille said. “I lost my momentum a bit.”The decider was anyone’s guess.Pouille thumped two heavy forehands to hold serve easily at the start and then broke Cuevas for 2-0.But Cuevas reeled him back in and served for the match at 5-4.Pouille stepped up his game and a cross-court backhand gave him break point, which he took when Cuevas sank a backhand into the net.With Cuevas on serve again at 5-6, Pouille clinched victory on his second match point when the former hit another backhand long.last_img read more

RCB-Govt tieup boosts sales at jungle lodges& resorts: KhargeÂ

first_imgBengaluru, Nov 13 (PTI) Karnataka Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge today said the state tourism department has registered a 40 per cent increase in sales at jungle lodges and resorts after tying up with RCB, led by Virat Kohli. Karnataka Tourism is one of the sponsors of Royal Challengers Bangalore. The association with RCB, led by Kohli has been a great move to promote Brand Bengaluru and Karnataka as a tourist destination, Kharge told PTI. “We are making a video with RCB players, shooting for which is in progress. Players, including Virat Kohli are seen promoting sports tourism in Karnataka, especially Bengaluru,” he said. Kharge said that serious efforts are being made to drive the economy of the state not only with cricket, but also other sports. For the first time the 100,000 U.S. Dollars Bengaluru Open is being hosted in an attempt to put the city back on tennis world map, Kharge said. The Bengaluru Open would become a feature in the annual calendar for the city and Tourism department will sponsor the event for next three years, the minister said. He said a three-day kayaking festival was held at Kali river in Dandeli recently,in which over 167 kayakers took part from across the country and from countries like New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, the United States, Italy and Nepal. “This increased footfalls considerably in the region,” he�said. Nature walks, rock climbing, marathon and cyclothon,bird watching,heritage trails, and cultural events at the foothills are being planned as part of Nandi Hills Utsav, Kharge said. “The department will tap this festival to showcase the hills as an eco-tourism destination,” he said. The department also launched sky diving and other aero sports in Mysuru, Kharge said. “We have also drawn up a plan to make Mysuru an adventure sports hub. Chamundi Hills is set to become a launch pad for paragliding activities,” he said. Five adventure sports activities ? skydiving,parasailing, paragliding, hot air balloon riding, and helicopter riding ? have been finalised as part of tourism promotion in the district, Kharge said. The department also announced Bengaluru Open 2017 Golf� Championship, in association with the Professional Golf Tour� of India and Karnataka Golf Association this�month, he said. “In recent years, Karnataka has emerged as a major powerhouse in golf and the state is determined to offer the best of infrastructure and support to the golfing fraternity. Some of the biggest names in Indian golf would come together for the maiden tournament, he said. PTI BDN RA APR APR MVVadvertisementlast_img read more

GSL Targets Up to USD 400 Mn in Notes Offering

first_imgzoom Marshall Islands-incorporated containership charter owner Global Ship Lease (GSL) is gearing up to launch its proposed notes offering aimed at collecting between USD 350 and USD 400 million.The company said it has mandated advisors to arrange a series of investor meetings relating to the non-registered 5-year notes offering.GSL intends to use the proceeds from the offering, together with borrowings under a new super senior secured term loan facility, to refinance its existing first priority secured notes due 2019 and repay all outstanding borrowings and terminate its revolving credit facility and secured term loan.In a separate announcement the charter owner said that it has received updated broker valuations of its 18 vessels that reflect aggregate appraised values as at September 19, 2017 of USD 262.5 million (excluding charters) and USD 481.0 million (including charters).“The valuations give effect to the company’s previously announced extension of two of its charters with CMA CGM and take into account the re-delivery of the OOCL Tianjin, which is expected to take place on October 28, 2017, following notice received from the charterer,” GSL explained.Furthermore, GSL added that it was looking into re-deployment alternatives for the vessel.Global Ship Lease owns 18 vessels with a total capacity of 82,312 TEU and an average age of 12.7 years.As disclosed, all 18 vessels are currently fixed on time charters, 15 of which are with French liner major CMA CGM. The average remaining term of the charters at August 31, 2017 is 3.0 years or 3.3 years on a TEU weighted basis.last_img read more

Couillard defends remarks about Muslims and responsibility in wake of Flint attack

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard insists there is nothing shocking about his recent comments about Muslims having a responsibility in the fight against terrorism.Following the arrest of a Muslim Montrealer in the stabbing of a police officer at the Flint airport in Michigan last week, Couillard said terrorist events like it can’t be disconnected “from Islam in general.”Amor Ftouhi is charged in the attack on airport police Lt. Jeff Neville after someone yelled “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”The premier reiterated his comments following a news conference in Quebec City on Wednesday.“No religion can disassociate itself from acts of violence perpetrated in its name and it’s up to the members of that confession — not only the rest of society — to denounce it in very strong terms,” Couillard said.“When I say this, I believe that the vast majority of Quebecers — including the vast majority of Quebecers who practise Islam — will agree with me because they say this publicly and privately.”His initial remarks drew the ire of Quebec’s main women’s group, which said Couillard’s tone had shifted since January’s attack on a mosque in Quebec City that claimed six lives.Couillard, who met with members of the Muslim community in Quebec City on Tuesday night, brushed aside that criticism, saying his political approach has long been one of inclusion and tolerance.“It’s not religion, it has nothing to do with religion, it’s a perverted view of religion, a perverted utilization of religion,” he said, referring to attacks carried out in the name of religion.“And it’s up to the members of these confessions to intervene in a very, very strong way and say this has nothing to do with our religion, no one can invoke the name of God in the name of any religion to kill another human being, particularly an innocent human being, or attempt to kill another being.“I believe the vast majority of Quebecers agree with this.”Ftouhi was denied bond during a court appearance Wednesday.last_img read more

Drone operators subject to age limit certification under new federal rules

first_imgMONTREAL — Anyone flying a drone in Canada will have to pass an online exam and get a pilot’s certificate under new rules to be announced today by federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau.The new regulations, which come into effect June 1, apply to all drone operators, whether they fly for fun, work or research.Operators will be required to register their drones and mark them with the registration number. A minimum age limit of 14 for basic operations and 16 for advanced will be introduced.Pilots will have to keep their aircraft below 122 metres — 400 feet — above ground level and stay away from air traffic.The new rules, which cover drones weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms, are aimed at countering a growing trend of drone incursions into space reserved for air travel. Violators could be subject to fines of up to $25,000 and prison..@Transport_gc unveils Canada’s new #DroneSafety rules to come into effect on June 1, 2019— GC Newsroom (@NewsroomGC) January 9, 2019Transport Canada has documented a spike in the number of incidents posing a risk to aviation safety in recent years. The number of reported incidents more than tripled to 135 in 2017 from 38 when data collection began in 2014.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Heartland puts out casting call for young Alberta girl who speaks her

first_imgAdvertisement “They need to be confident, outgoing, not shy,” Fisekci says. “Those are the traits I would be looking for in the audition room. Kids who have no fear.”While experienced child actresses will not be rejected, Fisekci stresses that experience is not needed for the role.“I find that kids at this age, if you just ask them to be themselves you get much better performances,” she says.Heartland has a good track record in discovering young talent. Vancouver actress Alisha Newton joined the cast in Season 6 and quickly became a fan favourite as Georgie Crawley.Fisekci could not reveal more about the new character for fear of spoilers. Whoever is chosen will be required to work periodically between Aug. 9 to Sept. 28, which is when the season’s later episodes will be shot. Production on Season 12 of Heartland begins June 1. It was unclear how many episodes the new character will appear in.Auditions will be by appointment only and will take place in mid to late June. Parents are asked to submit a recent photo (camera phone pictures are fine) and a small bio that includes the child’s date of birth, height and parent or guardian contact information.The deadline is June 10.  Submissions should be made to rfcasting18@gmail.comBy ERIC VOLMERS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Producers of CBC’s Alberta-shot, Heartland are looking to their own backyard for its newest cast member, who will play a recurring character in the show’s 12th season.“They just really want to give a local person the opportunity,” says Rhonda Fisekci, Heartland’s casting director. “Heartland is a staple in Alberta so they do want to reach out to the local community. I’m sure we can find her here.”Fisekci says the girl should be Caucasian, aged six to (a small) nine, have blond hair and blue eyes. She will be playing “a little busybody who has opinions on everything and speaks her mind.” Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Canadas hot condo market set to get even hotter

TORONTO — A new condo report suggests first-time buyers, retirees and population growth will continue to fuel demand and price growth for the compact living spaces over the next few years.The study by Genworth Canada found that average condo resale prices are expected to rise next year in seven of the eight metropolitan centres studied.Prices in Toronto are projected to jump 2.5% to $312,352.For those seeking to own a home affordably in urban centres, condos remain a good optionThe highest increase however, is expected to be in Edmonton where prices could rise 3.2%.Vancouver is the only city where condo prices are expected to drop, by 2% to $348,152.The report stands in contrast to warnings from economists and officials that the condo market in some hot markets is reaching bubble territory that could soon burst.[np-related]The Bank of Canada and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty have cautioned Canadians repeatedly to moderate borrowing on real estate, declaring household debt to be the domestic economy’s number one enemy.The central bank noted certain segments of the housing market that have a persistent oversupply — such as condos in Toronto — face a higher risk of a price correction.Genworth — which earns revenue from selling mortgage insurance — notes that rising prices for single-detached homes are driving first-time buyers to condos, but retirees also continue to prop up demand.It suggests that the population is expected to grow in all eight cities studied over the next few years, while employment growth and low interest rates should also support the market.“This data corroborates our view that the demand for condos in Canada, particularly at the price-point we insure, is well supported by our economy and our population,” said Brian Hurley, chairman and CEO of Genworth Canada.“For those seeking to own a home affordably in urban centres, condos remain a good option.”The Genworth Canada report, produced with the Conference Board of Canada, reviewed trends in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.Census figures for 2011 released in February show multi-unit dwellings — a category that includes condominiums — making up roughly half of all new housing stock, a category traditionally led by detached homes.The numbers also indicate that Canadians are flocking to urban centres. Toronto’s population jumped more than 17% over the previous census period in 2006.A recent CMHC report said housing starts and home sales have been strong in 2012 — particularly when it comes to multiple-dwelling units such as townhouses, condos and apartments — but will soften moderately in coming months into 2013.The Canadian Press read more

UN funding nutrition training in Ethiopia

A group of UN experts, including two UNICEF consultants, along with government employees and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) developed an Ethiopian protocol for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) during a crisis in 2002 and 2003.The UNICEF training programme gives participants practical experience in dealing with such cases, using therapeutic feeding units (TFUs), the agency said.Since January, 41 nurses, 12 physicians and 54 medical interns had been trained in using the national protocol at universities in Addis Ababa, Gondar and Jimma, UNICEF said, while 201 professionals from health clinics, health care NGOs and medical schools have received training in managing therapeutic feeding centres.The SAM protocol has been extremely effective in reducing the fatality rate of children treated for severe malnutrition to less than 5 per cent, UNICEF said. read more

UN envoy meets President of Yemen amid progress on route to negotiations

Mr. Benomar briefed the Security Council yesterday during closed consultations, Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at UN Headquarters today, pointing to a statement released by Mr. Benomar in which he revealed that he told Council members that progress is being made on the status of the UN-brokered negotiations. The Special Adviser also warned that there are extremists within many sides who want for these negotiations to fail.“Mr. Benomar said that no side has the ability to impose control by force over the entire country,” Mr. Dujarric continued. “Any side that would want to pursue a military solution would be inviting a protracted conflict in the vein of a Libya- or Syria-like scenario.”The statement released by Mr. Benomar also emphasized that peaceful dialogue is the only way forward, adding that the UN is engaged with all parties in a manner that neither gives legitimacy to those who used force to disrupt the political process, nor diminishes the legitimacy of the President and government, nor harms the impartiality of the United Nations. read more

OpEd A year of failed promises and unconstitutionalities

Below in an opinion piece by Attorney-at-Law, Member of Parliament and former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall:The year 2017, will be remembered as a year of broken promises and some of the most egregious violations of the Constitution and the rule of law.In the month of January, the nation was treated with a media blitz by the Attorney General signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two unknown academic entities for the establishment of a local law school in Guyana. Even a name was assigned to this venture – “The JOF Haynes Law School”, after one of the finest legal minds produced by Guyana.The nation would recall that in 1995, the Cheddi Jagan Administration was granted permission by the Council of Legal Education of the West Indies (CLE) to establish a local law school. This project, however, was abandoned the following year when the CLE, the University of Guyana and the University of the West Indies entered into a collaborative agreement through which the top 25 graduates of the LLB programme were guaranteed entry in to the Hugh Wooding Law School. This agreement was continuously renewed under the PPP Administration.When the Attorney General made the public announcement of a local law school in January 2017, I disclosed publicly that while the PPP is not opposed to such a venture, permission must first be obtained from the CLE and that no such permission was obtained.I also publicly questioned the academic integrity of the two institutions with which the Government entered into this MOU. To my queries, the Attorney boldly told the press that he sought and obtained permission of the CLE to establish a local law school in Guyana and that same will be up and running in 2018. By December 2017, the Attorney General was forced to disclose that he never received permission from the CLE. In short, there will be no local law school in 2018. Our poor law students were taken on a ride of deception by the Attorney General. As usual, he conjured up a conspiracy, blaming a number of persons, excepting himself, for this failed venture.Blood on my carpetWe were told that in the year 2017, a Law Reform Commission will be established. 40 million dollars was budgeted for it in the 2016, budget of the Ministry of Legal Affairs. To date no such Commission has been established. No one has been able to account for this money. More money has been budgeted for the establishment of this Commission in the 2018 budget.We were promised that a slew of coroners will be appointed in the year 2017. Not a single coroner was appointed, although the Coroners Act was amended to facilitate these appointments. The nation was promised that the errors in the Laws of Guyana would be corrected in the year 2017. This turned out to be another failed promise.The year 2017, also saw the continued emasculation of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Director of Public Prosecutions office (DPP). These two organizations are constitutionally and statutorily charged with the responsibilities of investigating and detecting crimes and the prosecution of criminal offenses.Armed with $100M from the Treasury, the Attorney General hired Special Prosecutors to prosecute offenses investigated by the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU), an organization funded from the budget of the Ministry of the Presidency and whose officers take political directions from various functionaries of the Government.These Special Prosecutors are issued with a fiat by the DPP, which says that they are retained at no cost to the state, but in fact are bankrolled to the tune of $100M paid from the Attorney General’s budget. These prosecutors are all handpicked and are closely connected to this Government. Two occupy the former law office of the Attorney General on South Road; one occupies the former law office of another Minister of Government; one is the brother of a Minister and the other was on the APNU List of Candidates for the 2015 elections. For the year 2018, the Attorney General has budgeted over $250M to pay lawyers whom he plans to retain in that year.The year 2017, also saw the Government hounding out of office, Carvil Duncan, the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, a member of the Police Service Commission and a member of the Judicial Service Commission. Mr. Duncan was invited to the Ministry of the Presidency where he was offered a package to resign, with the President saying to him “I do not want blood on my carpet”. When Mr. Duncan refused, a Tribunal was established with the design to remove him from office. The legality of this tribunal was challenged in the court. The Judge who was hearing this matter was abused, vilified and intimidated by the Attorney General in open court.Constitutional reformThe year 2017, also saw poor rice farmers from Region 5 successfully challenging the unconstitutional revocation of their 50-year-old leases for rice lands.  It is also this year that the President instructed Minister Joseph Harmon to direct the Police Service Commission to halt the promotion of Police Officers. Again, the constitutional jurisdiction of the High Court had to be invoked to declare these directions unconstitutional. This year also witnessed repeated acts of rampant discrimination on the grounds of race, gender and politics. Dozens of qualified professional sons and daughters of this land were unlawfully dismissed in a manner designed to disgrace, humiliate and tarnish their professional reputation and standing.Another vulgar violation of the Constitution took place when the Commissioner of Police was suspended by the Minister of Public Security in clear violation of Article 225 of the Constitution. It was also in 2017, that the nation learnt that the Government received an $18M USD signing bonus from ExxonMobil, which it stashed in a secret account in the Central Bank instead of depositing same in the Consolidated Fund as is required by Article 216 of the Constitution. The year 2017, will conclude with Guyana being no closer to constitutional reform, a promise that the Coalition Government promised to deliver within its first 100 days in office.This year, the nation also witnessed an unprecedented and repeated abuse of the Procurement Act, where a singular purchase of over $605M of pharmaceuticals were undertaken upon the direction of a Minister of Health to a handpicked supplier.The year 2017, will also end without the promised termination of the lease of a house in Charlestown, for which the Government is pay $14M per month to one of its cronies. The lease contract says that the property is being rented as an office but the Government says it is storing pharmaceuticals and medical supplies at the premises.Like in preceding years, the Minister of Finance cut the budgetary requests of almost every single constitutional agency, while the Government continues to pay lip service to financial and functional autonomy, which these agencies are guaranteed under the Constitution. The Judiciary’s Capital Budget was cut by over two thirds, rendering it impossible for the Judiciary to carry out most of its capital programme.Appointment of ChancellorPerhaps the mother of all constitutional violations was the President’s unilateral appoint of an 84-year-old retired Judge as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). This scandalous appoint came after the President rejected 18 respectable and outstanding Guyanese, whose names were submitted to him by the Leader of the Opposition, who received those names through a consultative process involving almost every important stakeholder organization in this country. The gentleman who was eventually appointed claimed that he was the Chief Justice of Grenada. The President disclosed to the press that he appointed him because he was the Chief Justice of Grenada. To date, not an iota of evidence has been produced that this gentleman was ever appointed the Chief Justice of Grenada. In fact, the evidence which has been unearthed established that he was never appointed the Chief Justice of Grenada. The matter is now engaging the attention of the court.2017, is ending with another major constitutional scandal brewing. The President is actively recruiting a person for the position of Chancellor of the Judiciary but has not seen it fit to engage the Leader of the Opposition, whose agreement is constitutionally required, before such appointment can be lawfully made. Indeed, the press has already identified a candidate who seems to enjoy the President’s confidence. Having regard to his track record on these matters, one cannot discount some warped and twisted interpretation being placed on the Constitution through which the President persuades himself that he is empowered to make such an appointment, unilaterally.Only time will tell. 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Bing has cost Microsoft 55 billion since launch

first_imgWhen Microsoft first introduced the Bing search engine it was surprisingly good. People liked the way you could change the background of the homepage, it started generating traffic within days of launch, and looked to offer up some serious competition for Google.But it looks as though Bing has been nothing but a major draw on Microsoft’s cash reserves since its launch in 2009. In just two short years Bing has cost Microsoft $5.5 billion. In return, it has gained a 14.7% share of the search market, half of which has come from the Microsoft-Yahoo! search deal.Microsoft is quite experienced at entering a market late, spending a lot of money, and pushing its way into a strong position. You only have to look at its gaming business and the Xbox 360 in particular to see that first hand. But the worrying thing with regards to Bing is Microsoft’s market share grab has had no impact on its main competitor.When Bing launched, Google Search had a 65% share of the market. Now, that share has dropped only slightly to 64.8%. In other words, while Bing is taking market share from other smaller players and partners, Google remains very strong and profitable in the search space.Microsoft’s answer to turning billions of lost revenue into a profitable search business is to attempt to change how people search. Rather than the keyword searches we all rely on today, Microsoft wants natural language and questions asked instead. Although no specific examples were given, Microsoft also wants Bing to be more than just search, and with that will come revenue.With Google continuing to look untouchable at the top of the search tree, Microsoft has a lot of work to do and probably billions more to invest if it intends to gain an equal footing with its rival. You also can’t discount Google’s role in all of this, and its continuing push to innovate both in and around search.More at CNNlast_img read more

Were failing children One in seven kids lost to homelessness poverty or

first_img 11,502 Views 82 Comments Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 7:56 AM ‘We’re failing children’: One in seven kids lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect Barnardos wants €250 million to be invested in public services to help children in need. Share128 Tweet Email1 Source: Barnardos Ireland/YouTubeONE IN SEVEN children in Ireland is lost to homelessness, poverty or neglect, according to children’s charity Barnardos.A new campaign, Lost Childhood, highlights the ways in which children can be forgotten about or neglected.Barnardos wants €250 million to be invested to help the 173,000 children in Ireland who are living in poverty or unable to access services such as healthcare.Speaking about the campaign on RTÉ Radio 1′s Morning Ireland, Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay said the situation for many children has worsened in recent years.“When I started working in Barnardos 12 year ago times were really tough and difficult, difficult for Barnardos and difficult for the people we worked with and so on, but there were no homeless children then — there are 3,000 homeless children now.You can’t gainsay the fact that children are kind of the forgotten scandal in Ireland and what really bothers me is that we’ve been here so many times before, we been through so many generations that have said, ‘We’re never going to let this happen again.’center_img Feb 21st 2018, 7:56 AM By Órla Ryan “We’ve seen so many scandals, we’ve seen so much hurt, so much pain. Now we’re living through another generation which is failing its children,” Finlay said.Barnardos has proposed the following measures:A dedicated child and family public health nurse system with guaranteed home visitsGreater availability of timely community and public-based family support servicesExtending the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme for an additional year, opening it to all two year oldsFree school books to all primary school childrenFully staffed primary health care teams across the country, at a ratio of one for every 1,500 childrenGuarantee that no child spends more than six months in emergency accommodation and substantially increase the building of social housingRead: Minister says it’s ‘absolutely deadly’ that more people have availed of free dental and eye examsRead: Dublin councillor with MS: ‘I was on a walking stick at the age of 32 … now I’m planning to run the marathon’ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

How Should Political Figures Treat The Media

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYMedia practitioners subscribe to the principle of decriminalising speech. They do agree that the media should protect the rights of all and should not be seen to be a violator of the rights of others.Political figures who are offended by media reports would address their complaints to the Gambia Press Union and seek for ways and means of defending their reputation through publication of the truth should misstatements be qualified. The courts should be out of bounds in such matters if we want to promote freedom of expression and freedom of the media.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday July 31 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, July 31, 2019:#1) Concert on the Common: 60’s InvasionThe 2019 Wilmington Concerts on the Common series concludes this Wednesday, July 31, 2019, from 6:30pm to 8pm, with 60’s Invasion.his show band features the music of the sixties. Sit back as the band takes you back to the days of Elvis, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and more. Music, trivia, nostalgia — it’s all sixties!Admission is free of charge. Bring your chairs/blankets and relax to the sweet sounds of summer. The Wilmington Band Parents Association will be selling concessions. Organized by the Wilmington Recreation Department.#2) DEADLINE: Open Space CommitteeStarting this fall, the Town of Wilmington will be updating its Open Space & Recreation Plan.The Open Space & Recreation Plan provides an inventory of the Town’s open space and outlines open space goals and action items for the next five years.If you are interested in serving on the Open Space Committee to help update the Plan, please submit an application to the Town by July 31, 2019.If you have any questions about the upcoming Open Space & Recreation Plan update, please contact the Department of Planning & Conservation at 978‐658‐8238.#3) PJ StorytimeThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a PJ Storytime at 6:30pm. Wear your snuggly pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear or blanket and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more! Ages 2-5 and one or more adults.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 6pm (extended summer hours). All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: The above cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Atiku Abubakar to provide proofs of his claims that he had links with the dreaded sect Sheriff who made these comments yesterday in a BBC Hausa Service programme monitored by DailyPost was reacting to media reports attributed to former vice president Atiku who had also spoken with the BBC Hausa Service Modu Sheriff was alleged to be one of the governors who gave arms to militia groups when he was in power He denied ever arming any group or giving guns to individuals for whatever purposes adding that he had never handled a gun himself and so could not have given same to people “I do not want to join issues with Atiku Abubakar I used to respect him and I hope he does not squander the goodwill he enjoys from some of us with his careless remarks I do not see him as an enemy as I have no ambition to contest the position he is seeking which is the presidency but he should not take us for granted as we have the capacity to match him” Modu Sheriff said The former governor further accused Atiku of being so desperate in his quest to be president that he seems to be envious of the rising political profile of some politicians from the north who may have the potential to stop him He however stressed that he had no presidential ambition and as such does not expect Atiku to include him in his seeming political game of blackmail Sheriff popularly called SAS described Atiku as posing a greater risk to democracy and the nation than any of the persons he is attacking given his antecedents “I respect Atiku” Modu Sheriff said “but he should be cautious in his remarks which sometimes portray him as un-statesmanly” The former governor argued that security reports since the insurgency started in Borno State had absolved him and that Atiku was not in a position to know how the presidency in collaboration with the Borno State government had been handling the issues because of his estrangement in the scheme of things As such Atiku is not in a position to advise him or any governor he stated 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disaster that led to six death “While on board In the present circumstances In most of the swearing-ins of chief ministers at Lucknow DAILY POST recalls that two doctors and a nurse have already lost their lives to the outbreak Reacting to the recent deaths the association decried as despicable the level of lip service paid to development and strengthening of the Nigerian health system by successive governments It frowned at the state of the Nigerian health system and called on the government to live up to its responsibility and overhaul the health system for efficient and effective care delivery In a statement in Abakaliki by its National President Chief (Hon) Solomon Egwuenu and its National Secretary Nurse Goodluck Nshi the association said the recent killings by Lassa Fever of health workers in Ebonyi State was avoidable but for gross neglect and abandonment of our health system by government “At the latest count more than 40 health workers have died as a result of Lassa fever in Ebonyi State alone in the past 13 years This ugly incidence has continued because there have been no proactive measures fostered by the government to arrest it over the years “What we see each time we experience the avoidable dead of health workers from Lassa fever is that government officials rush to the press to commiserate with the victims and hypocritically resume the supply of basic personal protective equipments (PPE) and hand sanitizers to hospitals But as soon as the tension dies down hand sanitizers PPEs electricity and ever running water disappear and become essential commodities in our hospitals leaving our compassionate nurses and physicians with the pathetic option of treating patients largely unprotected and in the process dying while trying to save others from a preventable disease like the Lassa fever “The worst is that as we bury the deceased in agony the government mocks the living health workers by paying them five thousand naira as hazard allowance In Nigeria today we all know that five thousand naira can hardly procure a comprehensive therapeutic drug regimen let alone run a basic laboratory health screening “Despite this our irrational government that pays millions of naira to political office holders as newspaper and wardrobe allowances does not see any good in reviewing upward the current ridiculous hazard allowance payable to health workers in the face of non-provision or inadequate supply of basic PPE and sanitizers for standard universal precaution in our healthcare institutions “We advice JOHESU and NMA to sheath their swords and fight together to salvage the plight of the Nigerian health workers especially on this issue of abusive hazard allowance because the current government seems insensitive to the plight of the health workers and more so seems too comfortable with the rot in our health system” the group said The association further queried why the South-East virology centre built by Ebonyi State government and commissioned by the Federal government two years ago was not yet fully functional necessitating the arduous ferrying of victims of Lassa fever by road to far away Irrua in Edo State which leads to the deaths from exhaustion of some of them in the course of such a long distance journey on very bad roads “With the pomp and ceremony that greeted the commissioning of the South-East virology centre we thought the government had meant business in efforts to curtail the endemic Lassa fever Two years later it is now clear that it was the usual case of “the more you look the less you see” “We have come to the conclusion that the problem with Nigeria is not APC or PDP or any other political party but bad leadership With the change mantra mouthed by the APC we hoped that Buhari was coming to overhaul our health system and end medical tourism But what we have witnessed is escalating medical tourism poor remuneration of health workers dearth and decay of facilities and incessant migration of our best brains in the health system oversea in search of greener pastures” it added The association called on Nigerians to be objective and wise and stop voting along ethnic religious tribal or party lines but rather on verifiable facts of what a candidate can offer “While we urge Nigerians to diligently observe all the preventive measures against Lassa fever currently being preached across electronic and traditional media such as rearing of cats in rodent-populous environments storage of foods and wastes in rodent-proof containers cooking of foods properly and proper hand washing with soap and water we also call for objectiveness in voting during elections “Having seen that the current APC government is no better than the past PDP governments we chastised we advise Nigerians to make concerted effort to end the perennial health and economic sufferings we have been subjected to by looking beyond ethnicity tribe religion and political affiliations and objectively root in future elections for pragmatic and 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