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Enough is enough G7 ministers agree to call Russia out on malign

first_imgTORONTO – Canada and its G7 partners are saying “enough is enough” to attacks by Russia and other authoritarian countries in their democratic institutions, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday.Freeland concluded talks with her G7 counterparts by affirming an organized effort to respond to foreign meddling and the spreading of false information — mainly by Russia. Exactly what that means is a work in progress, but Freeland said the ministers will give their leaders recommendations on how to respond in a forceful, co-ordinated manner when they meet in Charlevoix, Que. in June.There is a concern in the G7 countries that “authoritarian states are actively working to undermine the democratic systems in our countries and elsewhere,” she said.“Today we said, ‘Enough is enough.’”Freeland said there was unanimity among G7 ministers for a concerted effort to tackle Russian disinformation and meddling in the world’s democracies.While she and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson displayed enthusiasm for the G7 effort to take Russia to task for what they are calling a broad range of “malign” behaviour, their American counterpart sounded a less effusive note.U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan didn’t bother mentioning the initiative in his closing public remarks.Sullivan was pinch-hitting for U.S. President Donald Trump’s new pick for secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who faces strong opposition to his confirmation, and could not represent his country during the overlapping meeting of G7 foreign and interior ministers, which continues Tuesday.Sullivan opted instead to highlight the North Korea nuclear crisis in his closing summit remarks, following Pompeo’s secret mission to the Hermit Kingdom two weeks ago to pave the way for a Trump meeting with its leader, Kim Jong Un.Freeland pushed Russia to the top of a packed agenda that included North Korea, Iran, the ongoing Syrian crisis, and the Venezuela and Rohingya Muslim unrest.Russia is, of course, a politically charged issue for Trump, with special counsel Robert Mueller investigating allegations of possible collusion between Russia and the campaign that brought the president to power in 2016.The G7 ministers agreed in their Sunday discussion about the need to address the disruptive influence of Russia, including its interference in foreign elections and its dissemination of fake news.“What we decided … was that we were going to set up a G7 group that would look at Russian malign behaviour in all its manifestations, whether it’s cyberwar, whether it’s disinformation, assassination attempts, whatever it happens to be and collectively try and call it out,” Johnson said.“Russia is so unbelievably clever at kind of sowing doubt and confusion and spreading all this fake news and trying to muddy the waters. We think there’s a role for the G7 in just trying to provide some clarity.”Freeland said she and her fellow ministers talked about “democracy being under attack, and in particular about Russian efforts to destabilize some democracies.”Sullivan didn’t mention the Russia initiative in his summary of the talks or single out the Kremlin’s use disinformation, but he said the U.S. remains committed to the G7’s endeavour.He called on Russia to be a “constructive partner” in Syria, where it continues to back the regime of Bashar Assad. He blasted it for the chemical weapon attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury. And he called on the Kremlin to give Crimea back to Ukraine and get out of its eastern region.Sullivan also said co-operation with Russia on a variety of topics is necessary, including fighting terrorism “but that will not prevent us from standing up and confronting and taking action against Russian behaviour that’s contrary to international norms and all that we stand for in the G7.”Afterwards, a senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, added additional comment: “The U.S. will support its allies to combat state sponsored disinformation from Russia and other countries. This remains a priority.”Freeland has framed the clash between democracy and authoritarianism as a defining theme of our time, with Russia as the West’s main foe on that front.She said all citizens in democratic countries, as well as their governments have a duty to be vigilant against the disruption. She said one of her fellow ministers “pointed out that making the case for democracy can be hard sometimes … because facts can be very boring” and don’t always lead to an interesting narrative.“Lurid conspiracy theories, on the other hand, are lurid, and exciting. Part of our job, I think, is a collective one of being aware of that fact.”last_img read more

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Western premiers conference wraps up in Yellowknife

first_imgAPTN National NewsPremiers from Canada’s Western provinces wrapped up a three-day conference with leaders from across the Northern territories. Topics of discussion included the Mackenzie Valley pipeline, Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and disaster relief funding.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has the details.last_img

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Social media should be restricted before voting in India

first_imgNew Delhi: There are over 30 crore monthly active users on Facebook and more than 20 crore on WhatsApp in India. Even the Narendra Modi app alone can reach 1 crore people in a day. With such a wide reach, should social media platforms be made to censor political content 48 hours ahead of polling as part of the strategy to maintain the so called “campaign silence”? “Today, when social media is increasingly one of the most significant factors for impacting the electoral decisions of voters, it is important that the Election Commission take adequate steps to maintain campaign silence,” Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts, told IANS. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app While the Election Commission of India recognises the impact social media can have on voters ahead of voting, the current legislation does not bar these platforms – many of which now allow live video streaming services — from blocking political ads or propaganda. These platforms can decide to do so voluntarily, but how effective such a measure would be remains doubtful. In fact, in response to a petition to restrain any political advertisements, videos or messages before elections, Facebook last month told the Bombay High Court that it would not self-censor any content on its site. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails It also raised practical difficulties of implementing such a rule as elections in different parts of India are held on different dates and often spread over a week. The Election Commission last year formed a committee to review this section so that maintaining campaign silence can be made effective in the changed circumstances where social media yields considerable influence. The committee submitted its recommendation earlier this year. A query to the poll panel on how it plans to stop social media platforms from broadcasting campaign material ahead of polling went unanswered. “The Election Commission does not need to be a silent spectator,” Duggal said. “The Election Commission should invoke the provisions of the specific liability of the service providers in their capacity as intermediaries under the Information Technology Act, 2000,” he said. A parliamentary panel earlier this month raised grave concerns regarding Facebook’s ability to prevent misuse of its platform during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and to proactively help the security agencies. The social media company admitted it doesn’t “always get it right” regarding content moderation on its platform. Last month, Colin Crowell, Global Vice President of Public Policy of Twitter, deposed before the BJP MP Anurag Thakur-led panel and discussed how it would address issues such as political bias and manipulation on its platform in real-time. With threats of foreign interference in Indian elections and spread of fake news on social media looming large, specific, detailed, deterrent legal and penal consequences need to be specifically elaborated in the Act so as to provide criminal, legal and penal liability of the various social media platforms, Duggal informed.last_img read more

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Largest Moroccan Mosque Opens in the Netherlands

Marrakech- The largest Moroccan mosque in the North Brabant (southern Netherlands) opened its doors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Roosendaal in the Netherlands on Friday, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Morocco’s Ambassador to The Hague, Abd Al Wahhab Al Balqui, and the Mayor of Roosendaal, Jack Nidiri, attended the ceremony.The mosque, named the “Islamic Moroccan Center for Roosendaal,” has over 2,200 square meters of space in its prayer hall, which is large enough to accommodate hundreds of worshipers, and is adjacent to other facilities. Over the mosque soars a beautiful minaret tower 22 meters high. The Indonesian architect in charge of the project reportedly was inspired by the tower of the historic Koutoubia mosque in Marrakech, Morocco.According to the same source the construction of mosque, designed according to ancient Moroccan architecture, took more than three years and required three million Euros. The funds were collected as donations from faithful believers.The mosque not only serves Muslim worshipers, but is a center that calls for coexistence in a world full of conflicts.Mohammed Amzian, the chairman of the Grand Mosque Berabant of the north, said in a published statement, “At this time which is characterized by polarization and extremism, we seek to create links with the rest of society.”The Grand Mosque opens its doors to the public on Saturdays and Sundays to enable the inhabitants of the city to visit it, and enjoy the beauty of its significant architecture, whether outside or inside the mosque.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

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Germany Bans Full Face Coverage in Veiled AntiMuslim Ruling

Rabat – Continuing the spread of anti-Islamic rhetoric and policy across Europe, the German parliament passed a law partially ban “covering the face” on Thursday, April 27.The draft law of the ban, which applies to public servants, military personnel, and juridical staff, does not make any mention of the Muslim burqa or niqab but  clearly references religious veiling practices.“The state has a duty to present itself in an ideologically and religiously neutral manner,” says the legislation, according to the French Press Agency. The ban would also give authorities access to examine veiled women’s identities during the elections and perform ID check-ups.The ban does make exceptions for military personnel and public servants wearing a full-face veil for safety purposes. Health workers can cover their faces for protection from infections, and police officers are also allowed to cover their faces in order to conceal their identity.Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that in order for Germany to socially integrate immigrants, “we must make clear and communicate our values and the limits of our tolerance to other cultures.”Apart from the “full-face coverage” ban, the German parliament has introduced a set of  other procedures.To date, authorities are allowed to put electronic bracelets on people considered by the court to represent security threats, and Germany has said it will soon implement European Union rules requiring information of passengers flying into Germany. Legislation prohibiting “full-face coverage” have been spreading across Europe since 2011, when France first implemented such a ban. Countries including Belgium and Bulgaria followed, and others, including Austria, Italy and Switzerland and some parts of Spain, have now imposed partial bans on face coverage. read more

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Ban calls for release of Zimbabwe activists

“I hope that these people will be freed as soon as possible,” Mr. Ban told a joint news conference with South African President Kgalema Motlanthe in Pretoria.Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in earlier this month as Prime Minister in a unity government with President Robert Mugabe, following months of political tensions after disputed presidential elections last March.Welcoming the recent inauguration of the new Government of National Unity, Mr. Ban noted that the partnership between the country’s parties will need to be nurtured. “Although the United Nations has no direct mandate to help implement the Agreement reached between the parties, we are ready to ensure that the enormous challenges confronting the Zimbabwean people are effectively addressed,” said Mr. Ban. The UN will do all it can, in particular, to support Zimbabwe tackle its worst-ever cholera epidemic, which has already claimed thousands of lives, he added. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 83,000 people have become sick and more than 3,800 have died since the outbreak began last August.A UN humanitarian mission to Zimbabwe, led by Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg has just concluded its mission to the country and reports that the humanitarian needs there remain grave, a spokesperson for the world body said today. According to the mission, there are areas where concerted efforts have led to a declining number of new infections, but there are many places which have not been reached with the required services, and where cholera continues to spread.The team, which also included WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), said that food security is also a major issue, with a growing number of households reducing the number of meals they have per day. There will be a need for continued food assistance throughout 2009, the scale of which will be determined by upcoming assessments. Farmers must obtain all the agriculture inputs they need for the next planting season, which begins in September and October. Otherwise, next year could be similar to this year, in which seven million people need food aid, the team added.Mr. Ban told reporters the international community, led by the UN, stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to support the people of Zimbabwe. “But all these efforts would be better mobilized, would get stronger and more support from the international community if we can see the promise in political and national reconciliation,” he added. “The releasing of political prisoners will be important and desirable not only on the humanitarian and human rights front, but also for the national reconciliation process.”Mr. Ban is on his first official visit to South Africa, where he met for almost two hours today with the President and other officials. In addition to Zimbabwe, they discussed a wide range of political issues including Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and South Africa’s role in peacekeeping operations. The Secretary-General also stressed the leading role played by South Africa in engaging non-industrialized countries on the global threat of climate change. Mr. Ban and his wife later had a private meeting with former President Nelson Mandela and his wife at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. He will also visit Tanzania, DRC, Rwanda and Egypt on his current tour. 25 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Government of Zimbabwe to free detained opposition activists and human rights defenders, while pledging the continued support of the United Nations as the country tackles the myriad of challenges it faces. read more

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President Sirisena leaves for Bangladesh on official visit

Minister Ravi Karunanayake, State Minister Mohan Lal Grero, Deputy Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Nishantha Muthuhettigama have accompanied the President. (Colombo Gazette) Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were formally established in 1972. President Maithripala Sirisena left for Bangladesh today on an official visit.The President is scheduled to sign several agreements during the three day visit. During the visit, President Sirisena will hold bilateral meetings with the Bangladesh Prime Minister and the President. He will also hold bilateral meetings with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Health Minister, Speaker as well as the Opposition Leader. The President will hold extensive bilateral discussions regarding the ways to strengthen the cooperation in the fields of the maritime, education, tourism, fisheries and health as well as the ways to promote investments between the two countries. During the state visit, the two countries are expected to sign several bilateral agreements in the fields of agriculture, education, training of diplomats and Immigration & Emigration.During this State visit, the President will pay his special attention to explore the ways to further expansion of trade and investments between the two countries. read more

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Ottawa ready to order end to Canada Post strike if no deal

Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said the threat of back-to-work legislation undermines the chances of negotiated settlements.“Free collective bargaining is a charter right in this country, and we have a government that claims to believe in free collective bargaining, but apparently that means only when it’s convenient,” he said.The union is remaining at the table and hopes that the return of the special mediator will help, he said.“But we’re seriously concerned. Canada Post only has one game, and it’s to refuse to negotiate and sit back and wait for legislation,” Palecek said. “They’ve done this again and again, and it looks like the government is helping them out.”Striking Canada Post workers keep their hands warm as they picket at the South Central sorting facility in Toronto on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. OTTAWA — The federal government is prepared to order an end to rotating strikes by Canada Post employees if a collective agreement isn’t soon reached, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said Tuesday.“We strongly encourage both sides to reach a deal and are prepared to table legislation if we do not see a resolution over the next few days, a step we do not take lightly,” she said in a statement.Hajdu said the Liberal government has faith in the collective bargaining process and believes the best deals are reached at the bargaining table.Month-long backlog of undelivered mail piles up with no settlement to Canada Post strikes in sightCanada Post asks for halt to international shipments as parcel backlog growsCanada Post strike having ‘critical’ impact on retailers, eBay says, as massive backlog of shipments piles upShe said it has supported and encouraged such an outcome by providing conciliation officers, appointing mediators and offering voluntary arbitrations. The government has also reappointed Morton Mitchnick as special mediator.“Despite all of this, limited progress was made and we have exhausted our options,” she added.Idle Canada Post trucks sit in the parking lot of the Saint-Laurent sorting facility in Montreal during rotating strikes. Canada Post did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Palecek’s remarks.Regardless of whether it gets a last-minute deal with its striking employees, Canada Post warned Canadians earlier Tuesday that they can expect delays of parcel and mail delivery into the new year as a result of rotating walkouts.Businesses and individual customers can expect the worst delays in southern and southwestern Ontario because of a backlog of hundreds of transport trailers sitting idle at Canada Post’s main Toronto sorting facility, the Crown corporation said.“The postal service remains operational, but the prolonged and ongoing strike activity has not only caused significant backlogs, it continues to greatly reduce our ability to process and deliver mail and parcels across the country,” a Canada Post spokesman said in an email.“Our focus across the country is to process and deliver as much as possible on a first-in, first-out basis.”Canada Post is dealing with a fifth week of rotating strikes by its unionized workers as both sides remain apart in contract negotiations.Distribution centres in Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal are also experiencing severe backlogs, and packages are backing up at border points, despite a plea from Canada Post to its international partners to halt shipments, spokesman Jon Hamilton said.“International items will require screening by the Canada Border Services Agency and we are working in partnership with them to manage the significant existing backlog.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his call Tuesday for both sides in the dispute to resolve their differences soon, making note of important Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events that coincide with American Thanksgiving this coming weekend.“We are, of course, very preoccupied with the fact that Christmas is coming, important shopping days are coming and we need to see a resolution to that,” Trudeau said as he arrived in Ottawa for a meeting with his cabinet.The postal workers’ union on Monday turned down an offer for a holiday cooling-off period and a possible $1,000 bonus for its 50,000 members, saying it would only mean postal employees continuing to work under the same conditions the union is trying to have changed.Major issues in nearly a full year of bargaining have included what the union calls an “injury crisis,” along with gender inequality, overburdening and precarious work.The latest round of rotating strikes hit several Ontario communities Tuesday including Woodstock, St. Thomas, Chatham and three locations in Scarborough, as well as Prince George, B.C.Canada Post has apologized to its customers for the continued walkouts, and warned that it cannot now predict the exact length of delivery delays.“This is likely to be the situation for the foreseeable future, meaning the next several weeks, including the peak holiday season and through January 2019,” the company said. read more

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Ontario spent 70 million to create provincial pension plan thats not needed

Ontario spent $70 million to create provincial pension plan that’s not needed by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2016 12:56 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government spent $70 million to create a provincial pension plan that won’t be needed because Ottawa and the other provinces agreed to enhance the CPP.The spending includes $3.7 million in compensation payments for employees at the corporation set up by the province to administer the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, including more than $2 million to be split by its top six executives.Most of the ORPP executives were only hired in March or April, and one in June, but they will each be entitled to about $335,000 each in severance.The New Democrats called the severance payments an “insult” to people who can’t afford to retire, especially when most people knew the provincial pension plan was unlikely to get off the ground.“Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government failed to cap executive severances in anticipation of the foreseeable outcome that CPP enhancement would make the ORPP unnecessary,” said NDP pensions critic Jennifer French.“This is another sad example of Liberals putting the needs of their friends ahead of the needs of Ontarians.”Documents released Thursday show the pension corporation signed a five-year, $12 million lease for two floors of a downtown Toronto office building earlier this year, and borrowed $31 million from the provincial government.The ORPPAC also spent $17.7 million on consulting services.Finance Minister Charles Sousa said there’s another $15 million set aside for any outstanding costs for winding up the pension plan administration corporation.Ontario’s first choice was always to enhance the CPP, said Sousa, but it proceeded with the provincial plan in case other provinces or the federal government continued to block a national agreement.“Our government won a majority mandate on a promise to improve retirement security for Ontario workers through the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan,” he said in a statement.“During a period of uncertainty about whether CPP enhancement could be achieved, we took a responsible approach and continued our work on establishing the ORPP.”The full report on the costs of the ORPP show the administration corporation, which had 50 employees already, planned to hire 100 more this month, another 100 in September and 250 more next year.Each member of the ORPPAC board was given an annual retainer of $50,000, while the chair was given $100,000. ORPPAC CEO Saad Rafi, who held the same position with the TO2015 Pan Am Games organizing committee, was paid $302,000 between Jan. 1, 2016 and his departure July 19.The Progressive Conservatives called the OPRP another example of Liberal waste and mismanagement, and said Ontario could have convinced Ottawa and the other provinces to enhance the CPP without spending so much on its now defunct plan.“Getting the CPP enhancement could have cost a plane ticket to Vancouver, but instead the government wasted $70 million,” said PC pensions critic Julia Munro.“The Wynne Liberals owe Ontarians an apology.”Sousa defended the spending, saying Ontario’s move to create its own pension plan was the driving force behind the deal reached in June to enhance the CPP.“Without Ontario’s investments and work to develop the ORPP and elevate the issue of retirement security nationally, CPP expansion simply would not have happened,” he said.Critics of CPP enhancement warn that imposing additional contributions on workers and employers will hurt the economy, with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business predicting it will be “devastating” for small companies. read more

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Slow and steady only way to go on infrastructure funding Morneau says

OTTAWA – The finance minister would like to see billions in new federal infrastructure money flow faster to provinces and cities, but Bill Morneau says that moving too fast would risk wasting money.The federal Liberals have come under heavy criticism from the parliamentary budget watchdog for the pace of infrastructure spending that the government sees as a pillar of its strategy to spur economic growth and help pay for deep deficits.Morneau said the Liberals have approved about 1,300 projects with a total value of about $6 billion — and more are being reviewed.“When we get criticized for not making the investments quickly enough, I listen and I think we have to make sure we do get at it quickly,” Morneau said during an interview with Huffington Post Canada broadcast live on Facebook.“But I will tell you that we would get criticized a whole lot more if we made the investments too fast and wasted money, so we’re not going to do that.”Wednesday’s budget showed between 50 and 75 per cent of the infrastructure money was on track to be spent this fiscal year, which ends next week.The lack of federal spending doesn’t mean money isn’t being spent on projects.The federal government only reimburses cities and provinces for work once receipts are submitted, meaning there is usually a delay between construction and money flowing from the federal treasury. And money that isn’t spent in one year remains available for cities to spend in the future.The Liberals predicted that their first tranche of infrastructure money along with a slew of other tax and spending measures would buy about half a percentage point of economic growth in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.Morneau’s second budget says the economic impact will likely end up being four-tenths of a percentage point, owing to slower-than-expected infrastructure spending.The 2017 budget provided more details about the second phase of the Liberal infrastructure plan, including how much of the tab the federal government will pick up.In Quebec, the provincial government would like the federal government to give at least $1 billion to a planned electric rail network in Montreal that is being backed financially by the provincial pension investment fund.The Quebec national assembly adopted a motion Thursday expressing the province’s “great disappointment” with the federal budget, in part because it provided no funding to the electric rail network.Federal officials have been reviewing the project as a potential case for the soon-to-be-launched infrastructure bank, which would use federal dollars to leverage private investment for projects, such as public transit, that can provide a revenue stream to pay off private and public investment.Federal sources say a business plan arrived just a few weeks ago and stressed that no decision has been made.Nor can the federal government decide to fund part of the $6 billion project through the second phase of its infrastructure program because funding agreements have yet to be signed. Those negotiations haven’t yet started and could take a year to complete given the amount of money involved, approximately $82 billion, and the length of time, 11 years.Speaking at a robotics lab near Montreal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Quebec would receive billions in the coming years to build needed projects.“The fact is we understand very clearly it is not up to Ottawa to make the determinations of what a community needs and what is the best transit project for a given region,” Trudeau said.“It’s up to the experts, the members of municipal councils, provinces. We’re there to be partners with the provinces and municipalities on the investments we need to grow the economy.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter. by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2017 3:08 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Slow and steady only way to go on infrastructure funding, Morneau says read more

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Can The Thunder Keep Their Comeback Rolling

By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Thursday’s show (April 26, 2018), Neil and Kyle talk about two Western Conference series: Oklahoma City vs. Utah and Golden State vs. New Orleans. Russell Westbrook helped the Thunder force Game 6, but can his team really win two more consecutive games against the Jazz? And can the Pelicans take advantage of the Warriors while Golden State is without Stephen Curry?The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. read more

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BBC and Sir Cliff Richard agree monthlong truce on sexcase settlement

first_img Cliff Richard Mr Justice Mann also announced he would not be making any remarks on the size of legal bills run up by Sir Cliff Richard during his High Court proceedings against the BBC at this stage.BBC bosses have criticised the singer over his spending on lawyers, claiming the singer has already run up legal costs of more than £800,000.The BBC could be ordered to pick up Sir Cliff’s lawyers’ bills if court proceedings continue and it loses the battle. The broadcaster’s represenatives had invited the judge to “record” his views, but yesterday (FRI) Mr Justice Mann told lawyers representing both sides: “I am not minded to make any particular remarks about the level of costs.”  Cliff RichardCredit:AFP Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC have put their legal battle in the High Court on hold in the hope of reaching a settlement.The singer has sued over reports naming him as a suspected sex offender, arguing his right to respect for private life was infringed and wants “very substantial” damages.Lawyers representing all sides told a judge on Friday that parties had agreed to a one-month ceasefire so negotiations could take place.Mr Justice Mann, who has been overseeing the latest in a series of preliminary hearings at the High Court in London, indicated that he would review the position in the near future.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The singer has taken legal action against the BBC, and South Yorkshire Police, over coverage of a raid at his apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014.His lawyers say he suffered “profound and long-lasting” harm and should get damages.But BBC editors have said they will “defend ourselves vigorously”.A spokeswoman said the BBC had reported Sir Cliff’s “full denial of the allegations at every stage”.South Yorkshire Police have apologised “wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused” by the force’s “initial handling of the media interest” in its investigation into the singer.Lawyers say in late 2013 a man made an allegation to the Metropolitan Police, saying he had been sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football stadium when a child in 1985.Metropolitan Police officers passed the allegation to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014.Sir Cliff denied the allegation “as soon as it was brought to his attention” and in June 2016 prosecutors announced that he would face no charges.last_img read more

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Tibet womens football team denied US visas

Tibet Women’s Soccer team are in “good spirits” despite not being able to visit the US (Tibet Women’s Soccer Image)(BBC) A Tibetan women’s football team has claimed that they have been denied United States visas to take part in a tournament in Texas.They say they were told they had “no good reason” to visit the US.Most of the players are Tibetan refugees living in India, and had applied at the US embassy in Delhi.US President Donald Trump has imposed a travel ban (now frozen) on nationals from seven countries, but neither India or China is on the list.Tibet, a remote and mainly-Buddhist territory known as the “roof of the world”, is governed as an autonomous region of China.Cassie Childers, the executive director of Tibet Women’s Soccer and a US citizen, told the BBC that she had accompanied the group of 16 players for interviews at the embassy on 24 February.“I am disappointed because we had planned the trip for months. It was a big moment in every player’s life when they were told about the trip. It was their opportunity to tell the world that Tibetan women are capable of achieving anything,” she said.Ms Childers added that she was “ashamed” that her country refused to grant visas to a women’s football team.However, she said she did not think the denial had anything to do with the Trump administration.“I had feared an outcome like this because Tibetans usually struggle to get US visas as officials fear that they might request asylum,” she said.She added that her team “was in good spirits despite this setback”.“The players are very positive. I was very dejected but they motivated me. I hope some other place will invite us where Tibetans are welcomed. Otherwise, we will just get together in an Indian city and practice anyway.”The team wants to visit a country which welcomes Tibetans (Tibet Women’s Soccer Image)Most of the women in the team carry Indian Identity Certificates, which are documents issued by the Indian government to Tibetan refugees and function as passports.Two members of the group held Indian passports.Another four players who live in Nepal, and are Nepalese citizens, have also applied for visas in Kathmandu, but haven’t heard from US officials.A US official told the AP news agency that they did not comment on individual cases, but that the US position on Tibet had not changed, which is that Tibet is still recognized as part of China.The team was planning to take part in the Dallas Cup, an annual tournament for youth teams from around the world. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS reverses travel ban over court ruling as Trump fumesFebruary 4, 2017In “World”Hundreds dead in huge Nepal earthquakeApril 25, 2015In “World”Trump bid to restore travel ban rejectedFebruary 5, 2017In “World” read more

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Open Garden Internet gratuit et partout dans le monde

first_imgOpen Garden : Internet gratuit et partout dans le mondeOn connaissait le partage de connexion des réseaux 3G, permettant de pouvoir connecter les dispositifs nomades à votre forfait mobile dans à peu près toute les situations.Mais le partage internet participatif et mondial, ce serait un peu la révolution au creux des poches. Et ce n’est peut être plus un rêve : une application le propose, Open Garden.En déplacement ou dans des zones peu “arrosées” d’ondes 3G ou wifi, il est souvent difficile de pouvoir utiliser internet ou, a fortiori, toutes les applications l’utilisant (messageries, réseaux sociaux).Open Garden propose de briser cet état de fait en faisant une connexion web participative. Une fois installé, Open Garden “scanne” votre environnement pour que votre connexion soit partagée avec d’autres utilisateurs et ainsi de suite. Résultat : plus de zones “d’exclusion” à Internet, tant qu’il y aura des personnes sur lequel vous pourrez “compter” et avec lesquels vous partagerez votre connexion. Dans cette organisation en toile, la question de la sécurité est primordiale, mais les développeurs du logiciel ont la solution : plus vous vous connecterez aux autres, plus vous pourrez profiter du débit à disposition. Exit ceux qui veulent juste profiter du réseau.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Vous l’aurez compris, la force de cette application est également sa faiblesse : pour que le système fonctionne, il faut impérativement qu’une véritable communauté se crée autour d’Open Garden.Le logiciel, entièrement gratuit mais encore en phase bêta, est d’ores et déjà disponible sur Windows, Mac OS X, Android et très bientôt sur iOS.Le 15 juin 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Driver airlifted after crashing into tree in Miami Lakes

first_imgMIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – A driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital, Monday morning, after crashing into a tree in Miami Lakes.7skyforce HD was over the scene, just before 7 a.m., where Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the crash, located along New Barn Road and Northwest 67th Avenue. Officials eventually requested an air rescue chopper.The driver was then airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition. Officials have yet to confirm what caused the crash.Traffic along Northwest 67th Avenue and New Barn Road heading southbound has been shutdown due to the crash.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Village Crime Victims Need Intervention Senators Told

The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee today heard pleas for better treatment of crime victims in Native communities. Gerad Godfrey, chairman of Alaska’s Violent Crime Compensation Board, cited a few of the state’s grim statistics.Download Audio:“In Bethel (and) the surrounding villages, there’s, on average, one rape or child sexual abuse case reported every other day,” he said.Godfrey says a victim in a village might be flown to a hospital, sometimes as far as Anchorage, for evidence collection, with no advocate. Worse, Godfrey says, often there’s no investigation and family members tell young victims to keep quiet.“If they don’t feel that what happened to them is serious, and it was very bad, and somebody cares, our opportunity to restore them emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, probably passes,” he said. “But beyond that, they are also more likely to perpetuate that as they grow older.”Godfrey spent part of his childhood in Bethel, when his father, Glenn Godfrey, was assigned to the State Trooper post there. He says he recalls 3rd and 4th grade friends casually discussing abuse and which kids had been victimized.Godfrey’s testimony, and the stories told from other states, stunned Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat.“Who could sit in this room and not be horrified?” she asked. “One of almost every three children between the ages of 11 and 13 tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease, on Fort Peck. In what world aren’t we horrified? Your testimony, Mr. Godfrey — I’m horrified. I’m horrified by all of this.”Heitkamp and Sen. Lisa Murkowski pushed a bill through the Senate last week to establish a national commission on Native children. It’s awaiting action in the House.Godfrey says the single biggest help would be money for rural sexual assault response teams. As he sees it, they’d fly to a community right after a report, to both help the victim and gather evidence. He also advocates for abuse-prevention education in schools, an idea the Alaska Legislature is wrestling with.Murkowski says leaving that decision to each school district isn’t a good solution.“In some of our small communities, where our school boards are making these decisions, it may be that some of our school board members are part of our problem, and they don’t want to see these things – prevention education – included in the schools,” Murkowski said.She says the rate of violence in Indian Country and in Native villages  is not a new problem, and she’s seen hearings like this one every few years.“We just say these statistics over and over and over again,” Murkowski said, lamenting the lack of services to victims, and the lack of prosecutions. read more

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Former MLA Geetha Reddy offers Bonam to goddess

first_imgZaheerabad: Former MLA Dr J Geetha Reddy conducted special puja in Bonalu Festival at Uradamma Temple in Gadi Mahela on Sunday. MPP Giridhar Reddy, Leaders Narsimhulu, Srinivas Reddy, Tillu Reddy, Puppy Reddy and others were present.last_img

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PUBG Mobile updates 6hour playtime restriction major glitch fix 20yearold dies Updated

first_img PUBG Mobile Season 4 release date confirmed: What’s new? Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/0:36Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:32?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Updated on March 26, 2019:This story reported on the death of a 20-year-old teen, who passed away due to PUBG addiction. But a new report in the light of the incident clarifies that the popular battle-royale game wasn’t the reason behind the youth’s death.Dr Raj Kiran, an anesthesiologist at Bristlecone Hospitals, Barkatpura who treated Sagar confirmed that Sagar’s unfortunate demise had absolutely no connection with PUBG MOBILE or any other game. “He was suffering from a serious infection and was undergoing treatment. Sagar’s unfortunate demise has absolutely no connection with PUBG or any other games he may not have been addicted to. In fact, reports suggesting that he suffered paralysis are also false,” Dr. Kiran noted.Sagar’s roommate, Harish Palkurthi confirmed that the viral 15-second clip was just an effort to make Sagar laugh and relieve him of his pain. “Sadly, it went viral and now everyone thinks he died because of playing PUBG. That’s not true,” Harish said.Original story…PUBG Mobile has become highly popular in India for both good and bad reasons. While on one hand, pro players are winning generous rewards through eSports championships, on the other hand, there are disturbing incidents of players dying due to the game’s addiction.People are lobbying for PUBG Mobile to be banned in India due to its adverse effects and some cities have already enacted on the ban request and arrested individuals for playing the viral game. Now, PUBG is trying to find a way to put all the negative press behind by rolling out a health-reminder and impose gameplay restriction.6-hour restrictionWhile there’s no official word on the gameplay restriction for PUBG Mobile players, reports are suggesting the Indian gamers will be asked to come back after 24 hours once they’ve played the game for six hours. PUBG Mobile is available globally, but the gameplay restriction appears to be only limited for Indian players.The reason behind PUBG Mobile’s move doesn’t come as a surprise considering the game’s controversial success in the country. While it continued to rake in millions of players, incidents like players losing interest in studies, losing mental balance, causing arrests and even committing suicides have cast a dark shadow on the PUBG Mobile in India. PUBG Mobile ban in IndiaIBTimes IndiaPUBG did try to emerge from all the bad press by hosting eSports championships through which best players were rewarded handsomely. But there was little success even though PUBG was credited for bringing eSports competitions into the limelight. By caving in with a 6-hour gameplay restriction, PUBG Mobile could be able to prevent a ban completely (or not).To consider this 6-hour restriction to curb addiction among players, it generously suffices to finish at least 6 matches. Any match doesn’t exceed 30 minutes of gameplay, so six matches in a day is still a fair deal for players. In the case of Arcade players, which last about 15 minutes each, players will have plenty of time killing opponents and quenching the hunger for those “Chicken Dinners.”Another teen dies [Updated information above]Even as the reports of PUBG’s gameplay restriction are making the rounds, another serious incident is raising concerns of the game’s existence in the first place. A 20-year-old teen from Telangana reportedly died due to extended gameplay.According to the report, the young teen was constantly playing the game for the last 45 days, which resulted in serious neck pain. When the boy was admitted in a hospital in Hyderabad, doctors discovered the nerves in the teen’s neck were completely damaged. The young boy died while undergoing treatment. PUBG Mobile claims another lifeIBTimes India/Sami KhanIncidents like these are really painting PUBG Mobile in a bad picture. Restricted gameplay can certainly help players overcome their addiction and play responsibly. It’s not clear if players will be allowed to play the game for six hours in a stretch or PUBG will give a break every two hours, which could be more responsible.Major glitch fixDespite the serious controversies PUBG Mobile has gotten itself into, developers haven’t stopped rolling out updates for to enhance the gaming experience. After rolling out PUBG Mobile 0.11.5 update to introduce new rifle, vehicle and several other enhancements, PUBG announced on Twitter that it finally fixed a major glitch that had users furious.We’ve fixed the door opening delay issue. Thank you for your patience and happy gaming!— PUBG MOBILE (@PUBGMOBILE) March 21, 2019Players discovered the doors would not open automatically, which hindered the gaming experience for a long time. But the issue has now been fixed after two weeks since PUBG said it was working on a fix. Better late than never, eh?last_img read more

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Kinect hack uses Pufferfish display to make creepy Eye of Sauron

first_imgSince Microsoft Kinect was released in November 2010, hacking the Xbox motion controller has become a popular pastime. We’ve seen hacks that turn it into a TV remote, that let you play Angry Birds without being tied down to your desktop, and hacks that turn you into a Japanese super hero. The latest hack isn’t the most groundbreaking, but it shows how you can put two pieces of technology together to create something new.The crew over at The Technology Studio used the OpenNI framework and the Kinect’s depth camera with Pufferfish’s Puffersphere spherical display to create a wandering eye that follows the subject in its path as it moves. And what other nerd would not think of transforming this normal-looking eye into the terrifying Eye of Sauron? Thank goodness that The Technology Studio had the geek balls to do so.To start with, the group had a week to play with the new Puffersphere. They decided to make a massive eyeball as their first project. To get an image onto the Puffersphere, you have to start with a panoramic image and use a polar distortion to get it into a form that the projector’s lens can display inside of the sphere.According to The Technology Studio’s Jonathan George, you have to get the image into a full-screen Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) app, which can then be displayed on the sphere. The center of the image ends up on the top of the sphere and the edges converge on the bottom. So, to get the image on the sphere to rotate horizontally, you just need to apply a WPF rotate transform.The process for getting it up and running on a PC via the Kinect uses the OpenNI framework, which George said includes a user generator that uses the feed form the Kinect’s depth camera to detect individuals within the scene. Then, you can convert the real-world coordinates of the user into polar coordinates, and use the angle to rotate the eye. George offers his code so you can give this a shot yourself. You can run the code without the Puffersphere, but you do need a Kinect, of course.Check out the video of the Sauron version below. It literally gives me chills every time I watch it. Also below that is the video of the slightly-less-creepy version of the regular eye. Read more at The Technology Studio.last_img read more

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Patent Nintendos Wii Football Controller

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Nintendo has come up with yet another idea for an accessory to add to its list of Wii peripherals. This time it’s a soft football-shaped controller that is said to simulate the feel and touch of a real ball when playing football simulation games such as the NFL game, Madden. New World Cup football will unsettle goalkeepers, predicts scientist The football controller holds the Wii remote and another slot holds the nunchuk, which increases the sensitivity of the football. The device also has support for Wii Motion Plus, to improve the controller’s recognition of movements, detect orientation and improve its accuracy.At this stage, the football controller is only at the patent application stage and may not make it to the retail stores, but since there’s already a Wii bowling ball and similar controllers, it may well become available in the near future.More information: European Patent Office, Method and apparatus for simulating games involting a ballvia Siliconera© 2009 PhysOrg.com The football controller is designed to simulate movements during football games, such as running, jumping and throwing. The football is moved quickly from side to side to dodge opponents, and raising the ball simulates a jump. Making jogging motions with the ball is supposed to determine the running speed. Other options are available on the Wii remote, which fits into a slot on the ball. The football also simulates throwing, of course. The player grasps the ball and makes a throwing movement. The direction and power of the throw in the game are determined by the power, angle, force and pitch of the throwing motion. Fortunately, the football has a strap, which should (with any luck) stop players throwing the ball at the TV screen! Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Patent: Nintendo’s Wii Football Controller (2009, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-patent-nintendo-wii-football.html A patent application for the football controller was lodged recently by the Vice President of Research and Development for Nintendo of America, Howard Cheng. The patent has been filed but not yet approved. The device is certainly not in production, and since it is only a patent application, it may never be manufactured. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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