October 20, 2019
  • 11:04 am Veteran director J Om Prakash dies
  • 11:02 am Jaitley responding to treatment VPs office after Naidu visits AIIMS
  • 10:57 am Govt seeks report from schools about initiative for cleaning Yamuna
  • 10:16 am Hong Kong leader insists she will stay on
  • 10:15 am Japan briefs diplomats to wipe Fukushima nuke water concern

first_imgThe Golden Globes red carpet has been dyed black by streams of actresses, actors and activists outfitted in a colour-co-ordinated statement against sexual harassment and gender inequality in Hollywood.Arrivals were streaming into an atypically tumultuous 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Many female stars arrived with activist guests – Michelle Williams with “Me Too” founder Tarana Burke, Meryl Streep and domestic workers advocate Ai-jen Poo, Laura Dern and farmworker advocate Monica Ramirez – as part of the larger effort to keep the Globes spotlight trained on the sexual harassment and assault scandals that have roiled Hollywood and other industries.“We feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line,” Streep said.The Globes, which will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC, had long been the stomping grounds of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose downfall precipitated allegations against James Toback, Kevin Spacey and many others. Weinstein presided over two decades of Globes winners and was well-known for his manipulation of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the 89-member group that puts on the Globes.Ashley Judd, the first big name to go on record with her Weinstein experience, and Salma Hayek, who last month penned an op-ed about her nightmare with Weinstein, attended together.Sunday night’s black-clad protest was promoted by the recently formed Time’s Up: an initiative of hundreds of women in the entertainment industry –including Streep, Williams, Dern and the night’s Cecil B. DeMille honoree, Oprah Winfrey – who have banded together to advocate for gender parity in executive ranks and legal defence aid for sexual harassment victims.“It’s not a fashion statement. It’s a solidarity statement,” said “The Crown” actress Claire Foy.Just about everyone, woman and man, celebrity and red-carpet reporters, was dressed in black Sunday, many of them wearing a Time’s Up pin. “This Is Us” star Chris Sullivan even sported black fingernails.“I can tell you it’s a very small gesture. Me wearing black isn’t going to change anything, but from small gestures come big ones,” said Alfred Molina.But the unified statement has more dramatic effects on the normal choreography of the usually superficial red carpet. While being interviewed live on E!, Debra Messing called out the network for allegedly not paying its female hosts the same as its male hosts.The exchange was just another illustration of how the “MeToo” reckoning that has plowed through Hollywood has upended awards season. Sunday’s Globes are considered wide open, with contenders including Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”The ongoing scandals have derailed Oscar campaigns and prompted new ones. Among the nominees Sunday is Christopher Plummer, who was brought in at the last minute to erase Spacey from “All the Money in the World.”It should all make for an unusual atmosphere for the Globes, which have long fostered a reputation as the loosest, booziest evening of awards season. Even former host Ricky Gervais has acknowledged Sunday’s awards will have an awkward tone.“If I were hosting the Golden Globes this weekend, I wouldn’t be brave enough to do the joke I’ve just thought of,” Gervais said Wednesday.Hosting duties will fall instead to a Globes rookie: late-night host Seth Meyers. He will have his hands full trying to match last year’s broadcast, hosted by Jimmy Fallon. It was watched by 20 million viewers, an 8 per cent increase.“We don’t want this night to be a session where we’re just scolding everything that happened because it is really important for us to remember that great movies came out of this year,” Meyers told The Associated Press last week. “A lot of people, we’re realizing, worked really hard in environments that were not that conducive to working really hard. So the goal is to have people have a wonderful night and an enjoyable party in a year which everyone deserves it.”Last year’s broadcast also roped in one notable viewer: then President-elect Donald Trump. He was critical of Streep after the actress’s forceful political acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, which this year goes to Winfrey.–––Associated Press writers Andrew Dalton and Lindsey Bahr contributed to his report from Beverly Hillslast_img read more

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first_img Twitter A year ago this week, news broke that shook Canadian theatre to its core. Four actors — Diana Bentley, Kristin Booth, Patricia Fagan and Hannah Miller — filed civil lawsuits alleging that Soulpepper Theatre’s founding artistic director, Albert Schultz, had sexually harassed and assaulted them, some claims going back decades. Soulpepper Theatre itself was named in the statements of claim, which referred to Schultz as a “serial sexual predator.”Schultz resigned on Jan. 4, the day after the suits were filed, and Soulpepper severed its relationship with Leslie Lester, the theatre’s executive director and Schultz’s wife, two days after that. The suits were quietly settled out of court in June.Soulpepper continued to operate through and beyond the crisis, with associate artistic director Alan Dilworth stepping in as acting artistic director and the theatre committing to a “process of renewal.” The Soulpepper Academy, the theatre’s training arm, was put on yearlong hiatus. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Patricia Fagan speaks at a news conference last January about the claims that she and actresses Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley and Hannah Miller made against former Soulpepper artistic director Albert Schultz. (CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)last_img read more

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first_imgAccording to Krause, the reason for the cancellation of many pipeline projects is because of controversy manufactured deliberately as part of a campaign to land-lock Canadian oil to prevent selling oil at a higher price.“The reason that these projects died on the vine is because of controversy and people need to know that the controversy was manufactured, deliberately, as part of a campaign to sabotage those projects so that Canadian Oil would be land-lock, kept in North America and couldn’t get it to overseas markets to get a higher price.”Krause says this campaign is being funded by an American Charitable Foundation, the Tarsands Campaign, that wants Canadians to find a better way to use fossil fuels in order to reduce impacts on the climate.While Krause agrees that it is important to reduce the impacts on the climate, she finds it unacceptable the way it is being handled as it is giving the US a huge advantage which, she claims, is starting to hurt Canada as a nation.“People need to know that this is being funded by an American Charitable Foundation and they want us to make better use of fossil fuels that we still do need to use and to decrease the environmental climate impacts of our use of fossil fuels. We can all agree that it’s important but the way they’re going about it is unacceptable because it’s giving the United States a huge billion-dollar advantage, it’s hurting our country and now it’s threatening to tear us apart.”Krause believes that there are better ways of reducing the impacts of oil than to completely push Canada out of the global market and that Canada needs to become a leader in the future transition of energy. Krause says she is currently working on a documentary that further explores who is funding the anti-pipeline activists and the reasons as to why.More information on Krause’s work can be found on her Twitter account @FairQuestions. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Independent Investigative Researcher Vivian Krause was in Taylor on Friday, June 14, to discuss the controversy that Canada’s Resource Industry is currently facing.Presented by The North Matters, Krause particularly focused on the impact that the high level of activism is having on Canadian oil and gas resource communities.Krause shined a spotlight on the finances and structures behind many activist groups, especially those that are influenced by foreign funding.last_img read more

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Addressing participants at the start of a five-day national women’s conference in the capital, Monrovia, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Liberia, Ellen Margrethe Løj, yesterday highlighted the need to take the message of women’s empowerment and the advancement of human rights to the community level. “When discussing these issues, ensure that they are not only discussed with intellectual women in Monrovia; make sure that all women of Liberia are involved in these efforts,” she told the gathering, which included UN and Government officials, diplomats, local women leaders, female traditional and religious leaders and members of civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Organized by the Liberian Government with support from the UN family and other partners, the conference is focusing on “Advancing Women’s Human Rights in Peace-building, Recovery and Development Processes in Liberia.”It brings together around 300 women from across the country to assess the role of grassroots women, women’s organizations and government in ensuring that issues such as security, sexual violence, education, health, agriculture and participation in local governance will be addressed. Ms. Løj, referring to the current rise in food prices, urged Liberian women to increase food production to feed their families. “I think it is an urgent challenge for women in Liberia to see how to be more involved in the agricultural sector,” she added.Meanwhile, a nationwide anti-rape campaign, organized by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) – which is headed by Ms. Løj – and the Government, has expanded to the country’s second largest city, Buchanan.The Special Representative commended the leadership being shown by government and county officials in confronting the serious problem of rape, which is currently the single most frequently committed serious crime in Liberia. 7 May 2008The top United Nations official in Liberia has called for furthering the rights of women as a crucial element in advancing peace and development in the West African nation that is recovering from a decade-long civil war. read more

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11 July 2008Government forces and rebel groups continue to commit human rights violations in the Darfur region of Sudan, while populations in the southern part of the country also suffer from ongoing violence, according to an independent United Nations rights official. Sima Samar, who has just completed a two-week visit to Sudan, also spoke out against this week’s attack on the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping operation in Darfur, known as UNAMID, which left seven dead and 19 wounded.“I strongly condemn Tuesday’s attack on UN peacekeepers in Darfur,” she said in a statement released today. “I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and my thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured in this unacceptable attack.”Ms. Samar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Sudan, welcomed some “positive steps” which she said the Government had taken in Darfur, including the deployment of more police officers, the increased activities of State Committees against gender-based violence and the sentencing of several regular forces personnel found guilty of rape.“Despite such positive steps, the human rights situation on the ground remains grim,” Ms. Samar stressed, saying she had seen the town of Tawilla completely deserted following an attack by the Government’s Central Reserve Police. She added that Darfurian civilians continue to suffer from violent actions by various rebel groups, including the destruction of villages near Kafod, the burning down of a mosque and the killing and injury of civilians.She also noted that 135 vehicles belonging to aid agencies had been hijacked so far this year forcing the UN World Food Programme to cut its delivery of rations by half.“The Government has primary responsibility regarding the promotion and protection of human rights,” Ms. Samar said. “I also call on the rebel groups to fully comply with their obligations under international law and to take all necessary measures to protect civilians.”Referring to a 10 May attack on Khartoum by members of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Ms. Samar said she strongly condemned the reported use of child soldiers in the attack. She also welcomed the Government’s decision to allow independent observers access to the captured child combatants and urged the Sudanese authorities to help demobilize and reintegrate them into society.Ms. Samar said that 34 civilian deaths had resulted from the fighting during the JEM attack, according to the Government, and that it appeared that a number of these deaths may have been deliberate or the result of a disproportionate use of force. She called for an official enquiry into the allegations.Adding that she was very concerned about the Government’s response following the attack, she said that a significant number of people had reportedly been detained, although since the UN had no access to them it was impossible to verify the figures. She had also heard allegations of torture, mistreatment and inhumane detention conditions, even though the Government has assured her that its policy was not to use torture.The Special Rapporteur also visited Abyei, a town in an oil-rich area near the boundary between northern and southern Sudan, which was largely destroyed following clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). Ms. Samar said that eyewitnesses and victims reported very serious human rights violations. She called on the Government to launch an in-depth independent fact-finding enquiry and to bring the perpetrators to justice.In Southern Sudan, Ms. Samar heard reports of fighting between villagers and SPLA forces and allegations of retaliatory killings by the SPLA, which illustrated a more general concern about the role of military SPLA forces for civilian policing. She called on authorities to make a comprehensive transition from military to civilian law enforcement.The Special Rapporteur also said she had heard strong concerns expressed about the UN’s inability to protect the civilian population from the conflict. “The disillusionment I heard from communities in places like Tawilla or in Abyei is startlingly similar. Compounded by a lack of public awareness, expectations may often be unrealistically high,” she said, urging the UN to provide clear guidance on how exactly its protection of civilians mandate should be interpreted and implemented on the ground.Ms. Samar will present a report on her visit to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in September. read more

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16 December 2009The United Nations, the Nepalese Government and Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) today signed an action plan to accelerate the release of nearly 3,000 child soldiers who served in the Maoist army during the country’s decade-long civil war and remain in temporary camps three years after a peace deal ended the conflict. “Today, the minors who have spent the last three years in Maoist army cantonments with their lives on hold will finally be able to take the next step towards a more positive future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy said at the ceremony in Kathmandu, the capital.The move will constitute the first step in deleting the UCPN-M from the list of parties which recruit and use children in conflict. The UN and the Government will assist in the orderly rehabilitation of the minors to ensure that they have the choice to participate in programmes that return them to a civilian environment and are not recruited by violent or criminal gangs.They will have access to a range of rehabilitation options developed by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), financed by the UN Peace Fund for Nepal.“The Government of Nepal, the United Nations and our partners are prepared to ensure that these disqualified benefit from rehabilitation packages, including education and skills training to create a brighter future,” UNICEF Representative Gillian Mellsop said. Calling it “a historic step” in Nepal’s peace process, Mr. Ban’s Representative in the country Karin Landgren added: “We hope that it will encourage other steps to unblock the current political stalemate.”Last month, Ms. Landgren reported little progress in overcoming the political impasse that emerged earlier this year when the President revoked the Army Chief’s dismissal by the then-Government and the ruling UCPN-M stepped down.The 2006 peace agreement ending the civil war led to the establishment of the cantonments to provide temporary shelter for Maoist ex-combatants in several localities across Nepal and they were slated to be discharged after completion of the verification process, as repeatedly called for by the Security Council. read more

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9 August 2010The United Nations tribunal dealing with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s is moving to enhance legal scholarship in the region by donating a collection of journals and books to a university in Kosovo. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands, announced on Friday that it is donating the journals to the Law Faculty and Human Rights Centre of Pristina University.The donation emerged after a meeting between the ICTY Outreach Office and officials from the university.In a press release, the ICTY said it “is committed to promoting respect for the rule of law,” and hoped that “the donated books will greatly benefit the students of law in Kosovo.” The objective of the tribunal, established under a 1993 Security Council resolution, is “to bring to justice the persons who are responsible for…mass killings, massive, organized and systematic detention and rape of women, and the continuance of the practice of ‘ethnic cleansing,’” in the former Yugoslavia. read more

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26 October 2010Disputes over the use of natural resources are responsible for 40 per cent of the world’s internal conflicts, according research by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which has announced the launch of a training programme to help war-torn countries and those vulnerable to such frictions prevent strife. Disputes over the use of natural resources are responsible for 40 per cent of the world’s internal conflicts, according research by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which has announced the launch of a training programme to help war-torn countries and those vulnerable to such frictions prevent strife.The programme, which is supported by the European Union (EU), is designed to help build peace through improved management of natural resources such as timber, minerals, fertile land and water. It is intended for national and local governments, as well as UN and European Commission (EC) field staff.Launched this week in Brussels, the training materials include a series of guidance notes, manuals and an online learning tool covering four themes – land, extractive industries, environmental scarcity, and capacity building for managing land and natural resources.The partnership is one of the outcomes of last year’s UNEP report, entitled “From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment,” which called for the links between conflict and the environment to be addressed in a more coherent and systematic way by the UN, Member States, peacekeeping forces and relief agencies.The training programme will be rolled out in four countries in the coming year – Timor-Leste, Liberia, Peru and Guinea.It was developed by the EU and a consortium of six UN agencies – UNEP, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the UN Department for Political Affairs (DPA), the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), under the auspices of the UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action (The Framework Team).“We all need to tackle this issue as a priority before natural resource disputes blow up and prevent populations from accessing the peace they deserve,” said Jordan Ryan, the Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery.Christophe Bouvier, UNEP’s Regional Director for Europe, warned: “As the global population continues to rise, and the demand for resources continues to grow, there is significant potential for conflicts over natural resources to intensify in the coming decades.”Recognising the importance of linkage between the exploitation of natural resources and conflict, Richard Wright, Director of the EC’s Crisis Platform, pointed out that “well-managed resources can play a clear role in post-conflict peacebuilding.” read more

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The spokesperson, Babar Baloch, reported a resurgence of violent attacks by terror group Boko Haram, which has been targeting security and defence forces, as well as the civilian population in the region of Diffa, near the Nigerian border.Recent assaults have displaced more than 18,000 people, many of who are seeking safety in Diffa town. Since 2015, the region has seen almost a quarter of a million people forcibly displaced, almost half of whom are refugees from Nigeria who had fled similar attacks and sought refuge across the border.At the same time, because of the fear of increasing insecurity in the Diffa region, some people are moving in the opposite direction, heading across the border into Nigeria, including the towns of Damasak and Maiduguri, in search of humanitarian assistance.UNHCR, said the spokesperson, is working with the government of Niger and humanitarian partners to immediately relocate some 10,000 refugees from locations close to the border, to the Sayam Forage refugee camp, which is already hosting more than 15,000 refugees. The Refugee Agency has mobilized psychosocial support workers to respond to the immediate needs of the newly displaced who are highly traumatized, in particular women and children.Mr. Baloch said that, despite the tense security situation, UNHCR continues to work with the authorities and partners to provide immediate support to refugees and host communities as well as work on long-term recovery and development initiatives in the Diffa region. read more

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Assuming the point does not end on an ace or double-fault, serving players essentially have two choices: serve and move forward or serve and stay at the baseline. Since the 2000s, players who prefer to remain mainly at the baseline have taken over tennis, despite the unshakably consistent success rates for serve-and-volley over the years. But the difference between the strategies has been stark at this year’s U.S. Open: Through the quarterfinals, women have won just 48 percent of points at the baseline — 28 percentage points less than the share of points won on serve-and-volley.All sports go through trends. As the games change, different approaches fall in and out of vogue. The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl last year on the strength of the RPO — run/pass option — in which backup quarterback Nick Foles had the option of handing off or passing. But the play wasn’t new. The option has been around in college football since the 1960s. But it’s taken a backseat as more teams have gone to pro-style offenses.This happens all the time in sports: What’s old becomes new again. Tennis is no different. Strategies experience revivals.Women in tennis have been relegating themselves mostly to the baseline. But perhaps Williams’s use of the serve-and-volley Thursday will spark a new trend. Women at this year’s U.S. Open have displayed incredible athleticism and shrewd strategy. We’ve seen blistering serves and masterful groundstrokes in the nearly two weeks of play. But we’ve been missing a powerful, ancient weapon: the serve-and-volley. The tactic is all but extinct from women’s tennis, despite still being incredibly effective.Through the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows, on points in which women followed their serve by rushing to the net for a volley, they won a remarkable 76 percent of the time, according to U.S. Open data from IBM. But confoundingly, the strategy was deployed only 84 times — less than 1 percent of all points played.Serena Williams, for her part, flashed the potential of the serve-and-volley in her semifinal win Thursday over Anastasija Sevastova. Williams came to the net five times immediately after serving, taking four of those points.After the match, Williams said she usually approaches the net “only to shake hands,” but she wanted to try something different against Sevastova. It was a reminder of just how potent the tactic can be.The serve-and-volley appears to be used more on the men’s side of late. At this year’s U.S. Open, men served and volleyed 488 times through the quarterfinals, for just less than 3 percent of all points played. Though they couldn’t quite equal the gaudy success rate of the women, they still did very well with the tactic, winning 66 percent of the time. No matter who’s doing it, statistically, the serve-and-volley is an effective way to win points.Why this play is underutilized has long been a topic of discussion in tennis. Some have chalked up the change in tactics to advanced racquets and strings that improve passing shots, while others have blamed slower courts at Wimbledon and this year’s U.S. Open.1Theoretically, slower courts allow players more time to tee off on returns, blowing by net rushers. But there’s no doubt that women have been giving serve-and-volley the cold shoulder.During the late 1970s and ’80s, Martina Navratilova dominated the sport using an attacking serve-and-volley style with monsterous success, propelling her to 18 Grand Slam Championships. Even in the 1990s, serve-and-volley was still in a heyday in the women’s game. To illustrate, look at Wimbledon. It’s a place where serve-and-volley has historically been a favorite tactic because of the ability of the server to dominate on grass, where the ball bounces are low. Returners must put loft on their shots to ensure they clear the net. That’s a feast for a volleyer.Wimbledon first released serve-and-volley data in 1997, and it included tournament totals for the first time in 2002. Jana Novotna served and volleyed her way to the final that year, losing to Martina Hingis. For the tournament, Novotna employed the serve-and-volley 339 times, winning 213 of those points. In the final against Hingis, she used it 76 times — almost as often as the entire women’s field through five rounds at this year’s U.S. Open. It’s an astounding drop of a tactic and a big shift in the way women play tennis.Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that releases historical data, but we can look at its last 17 tournaments to track the decline of serve-and-volley as a strategy in the women’s game: read more

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first_imgAinstein, a leader in intelligent radar systems, has announced the launch and availability of the K-79 autonomous automotive imaging radar sensor, the first commercially available sensor that is optimised and validated for autonomous operation of vehicles in hazardous conditions, such as low-light and extreme dust. It is designed for use in self-driving industrial trucks, tractors and similar specialty vehicles. A custom K-79 based sensing solution is currently being piloted by an industry leading organisation to automate mining excavation and material removal. In this application it enables unmanned operation of borer miners and a bridge conveyor to automate excavation and removing excavated material, a much safer and highly productive solution for underground mining.“There is an urgent market need for sensors that provide LiDAR-like images, but that can function effectively where LiDAR is compromised, such as extremely bright, extremely dim, dusty and similar conditions,” said Andrew Boushie, Ainstein’s Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships. “These extreme conditions can make existing camera and LiDAR solutions unreliable. For industry to adopt autonomous driving technology, it is essential that functionality is near flawless in all environments.”Ainstein’s Autonomous Automotive Imaging Radar K-79 produces a high-resolution, detailed point cloud of a vehicle’s surroundings for both moving objectives, such as other vehicles; as well as stationary objects, including railings, idled equipment and buildings. Other key features include:Pinpoints the location of objects and provides range, speed, azimuth and elevation information.Creates a 2D point cloud mapping of surroundings.Capable of producing 3D shapes of detected objects, offering LiDAR-like image quality in poor conditions.Allows for target classification to distinguish between vehicles and pedestrians.This functionality opens unlimited possibilities for all types of autonomous vehicles, including self-driving excavators and various types of mining machines. A custom K-79 based sensing solution is currently being piloted by an industry leading organisation to automate mining excavation and material removal. “The K-79 combines advanced algorithms in imaging and localisation, and radar system design, which allows Ainstein to leverage low-cost commercial radar components to provide a 4D radar point cloud with the most granular details of surroundings at a fraction of the cost of LiDAR systems.”last_img read more

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first_imgHOMELESS CHARITY FOCUS Ireland has reported a significant increase in the demand for its services in the last year.In its annual report for 2013, the charity said 10,000 people used its services – a rise of 25% on the previous year.The report said the two main reasons for this rise were the “unprecedented increase” in families needing the services and their own “proactive approach” to preventing people from becoming homeless with advice and information centres.In the report, CEO Mark Byrne commented that the overall lack of supply of social housing and rocketing rents in the private rented market have resulted in a “critical shortage of homes”.The number of families becoming homeless each month in Dublin doubled in 2013. The vast majority of these came from the private rented sector and had never been homeless before.Take action nowSpeaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland this morning, he said it is “fundamental” that accommodation is secured for people if the government is going to reach its aim of ending homelessness by 2016.“We need the government start taking action and start taking action now,” he added.In an interview with the Irish Times this morning, Minister Alan Kelly ruled out rent controls, claiming the problem can be solved by building more social housing – something Mark Byrne thinks is “disappointing”.Byrne said he believes that the 2016 goal can only be achieved with a combination of rent controls and construction of social housing, as people are continuing to become homeless because of soaring rents, particularly in Dublin.“Rents have shot up as high as 20% in the last year – that’s actually causing people to become homeless”.Rent supplements need to to account of those increases if homelessness is to be properly addressed, Byrne said this morning.Looking for someone to tell them they matterIn the charity’s annual report Founder Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, said the number of individuals and families coming to Focus Ireland for help can be “read as a shocking indictment of the response to the economic crisis that we have faced”.…but what is really distressing are the terrible stories I hear from people with young children who come into Focus Ireland every day looking for someone to listen to them and tell them that they matter, to help them find, make and keep a home.One family is becoming homeless every day in Dublin alone.“This isn’t just happening out of the blue,” Kennedy said. “We stopped building social housing years ago and, instead, the State has been paying private landlords to supply accommodation for people in need of housing.”The charity’s report this year has a real emphasis on transparency in its finances, no doubt because of the recent charity scandals. Mark Byrne said Focus Ireland believes all donors have a right to know exactly how all the money it receives is spent. For every euro received in 2013, 89 cent was spent directly on services to combat and prevent homelessness.Read: ‘The homeless tsunami has arrived’ as Dublin numbers reach new high>Read: ‘If it wasn’t for friends, I’d literally be on the streets’>last_img read more

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first_img Updated: 7:22 PM Escondido resident starts food pantry for federal employees , Posted: January 21, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds and thousands of federal employees missed their first paycheck and it’s been tough for many to pay bills and feed their family.One local woman has left her doors open to anyone impacted by the shutdown. With the help of the community, she is providing food, gas cards and money for utilities until the shutdown ends.“For the first couple weeks, it seems to be okay, but as time goes on, we’re not making it as well as I thought,” said Brooke Treiber.Brooke Treiber’s family feels the impact of the government shutdown because she’s trying to feed four kids and make ends meet.“It is crashing for families. Crashing,” said Patti Thompson, who started a food pantry at her home in Escondido.Treiber met Thompson for the first time with tears in her eyes and groceries in her hands.“I tell them wholeheartedly take for a week for your whole family,” said Thompson.This Escondido woman started a food pantry at her home, a place where federal employees can take what need to put food on the table during the shutdown.“It’s actually like going to the grocery store,” said Thompson. “You have everything you need, all the way from detergent to kids snacks and healthy lunches and dinners, meats, produce and dairies.”The community poured in with thousands of dollars worth of groceries. Thompson’s home is filled and the donations have quadrupled since she started the mini grocery store just a week before. Thompson said the community has showed up every single day to help.“They walk out of here with a week’s worth of food and we give them 50 dollars in gas cards to get them through,” said Thompson.Some folks are preparing to miss their second paycheck this week. One federal employee who must remain anonymous because of where he works, said his family has dipped into their savings.“I asked her where this is all coming from and she said it was from the community of Escondido, so all I can say is thank you for the community coming together,” said the Federal Employee. “There’s a lot of people with big hearts.”Thompson said it doesn’t matter how long the shutdown lasts, her door will stay open.“As long as people are willing to bring food, I’m willing to hold that door open,” said Thompson.She also started a GoFundMe to raise money that will help federal employees pay for daycare, gas and utilities. If you would like to help donate, please visit this website.https://www.gofundme.com/utility-bills-and-gas-for-local-federal-employees?member=1501250If you have been impacted by the shutdown or would like to donate, please contact Patti Thompson at 760-580-4973. January 21, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgA Vancouver woman arrested last month on suspicion of controlled substance homicide also is accused of threatening to kill a witness who allegedly saw her sell the fatal dose.“‘Don’t talk to the cops about the drugs, or I’ll (expletive) kill you,’” Andrea R. Thomas told her friend, according to a court affidavit.She allegedly made the threat after Washougal police detective Zane Freschette questioned her about the Aug. 10 death of John R. Cantwell Jr., a 40-year-old Skamania County man. He died from a methamphetamine overdose.After the police interview, Thomas called a female friend who was with her when she allegedly sold methamphetamine to Cantwell in the parking lot of Albertsons grocery store, 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., according to court records. Thomas allegedly warned the friend that the detective would be contacting her and then made the threat.Several minutes later, the friend called Detective Freschette and said that Thomas had called her again.“‘I’m going (to) go to prison,’” Thomas, 42, allegedly told the witness. “Don’t talk to the cops about the drugs, or you’re gonna get hurt.”last_img read more

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first_imgCreative CommonsA college professor from Ballarpur in Maharashtra killed his two daughters and sent a photo via WhatsApp to his estranged wife. He then committed suicide.The incident happened early Tuesday morning, the police said.According to Hindustan Times, Rishikant, an ITI professor, was angry over his wife Pragati leaving him a few days back for Shahnawaz Khan, a driver. The two were allegedly having an affair for a while and suddenly decided to elope. A complaint was filed by Rishikant’s brother Gopal C Kudupalli.Pragati left behind her 40-year-old husband and their two children – Narayani, 6, and Karthiki, 18 months.A report by Gulf News states that a case has been filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code against Pragati and Shahnawaz for abetting suicide, murder, and torture.Sunil Kamble, a police officer was quoted as saying by Gulf News that the duo are on the run at the moment and the police are searching for them.Unfortunately, this is not the only instance in the recent past when a man killed his children. Last month, a debt-ridden man had poisoned his two minor children and hung himself.Sundar Singh, 40, ran an eatery in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh which was not doing well. Singh was also rejected for a loan which seemed to be his tipping point, reports HT. The bodies of the man and his two children were discovered by his wife in the middle of the night. She had woken up to find the light on in the children’s room. When she went in, she found her two children, 14-year-old Tushar and 11-year-old Mahi on the floor and Singh was hanging by a piece of cloth from the ceiling. The wife also found a plate of Rasmalai on the floor which could have contained the poison for the children.last_img read more

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first_imgAn employee is seen behind an Infosys logo at the company’s campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.ReutersIf you had got allotment of 10 Infosys shares when the company came out with its initial public offering in February 1993 for a sum of Rs 950 (@ Rs 95 per share), it will be worth Rs 52,65,920 as on March 16, 2017, based on the closing price of Rs 1,028.50 per share.The 52-week high and low for Infosys shares are Rs 1,278 and Rs 900, respectively.Infosys, which was one of the top stocks that mutual fund managers bought heavily last month (9 out of 20 MFs bought the stock), will be declaring its fourth quarter (Q4) results on April 13 (Thursday). The company had 1,99,793 employees as of December 31, 2016.The company’s board of directors will meet on April 12 and 13 in Bengaluru to consider the audited standalone and consolidated financial statements of the company for the quarter and year ending March 31, 2017. Besides, the directors will also consider recommendation of final dividend, if any, for the financial year ending March 31, 2017.”The financial results would be finally approved by the Board of Directors on April 13, 2017,” the Bengaluru-based IT services exporter said in a regulatory filing.The stock has largely remained unaffected despite corporate governance issues raised by its founders that were responded in detail by non-executive chairman R Seshasayee and CEO Vishal Sikka.The company faced a rather uncomfortable phase last month like Tata Sons when some of the founders including N R Narayana Murthy and former CFO Mohandas Pai raised issues ranging from the huge severance pay made to Rajiv Bansal, who quit as CFO in October 2015.Infosys paid Rs 17.38 crore to Bansal as severance pay and the issue was raked up recently, as part of a larger debate on corporate governance issues at Infosys.The controversies also involved appointment of Dr Punita Sinha, wife of Modi minister Jayant Sinha, as independent director of the company in October 2016.If you had got allotment of 10 Infosys shares when the company came out with initial public offering in February 1993 for a sum of Rs 950 (@ Rs 95 per share), it will be worth Rs 52,65,920 on March 16, 2017, based on the closing price of Rs 1,028.50.Here is a look at Infosys starting from its initial public offering (IPO) more than two decades ago:February 1993IPO at Rs 95 per share of face value Rs 10 eachJune 1993Shares got listed at Rs 145 per shareOctober 1993Private placement of 5.50 lakh shares to institutional investors and FIIs at Rs 450 per shareJune 1994Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1June 1997Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1January 1999Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1March 199920.70 lakh American Depository Shares (ADSs) issued at $34 per ADS; each ADS was equivalent to 2 equity sharesNovember 1999Stock split announced; face value reduced to Rs 5 per equity shareApril 2004Bonus issue in the ratio of 3:1April 2006Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1October 2014Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1April 2015Bonus issue in the ration of 1:1(Source: Infosys website, annual reports, statements, regulatory filings)last_img read more

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first_imgWindows 10 version 1709 blocking security updates? by Martin Brinkmann on November 26, 2017 in Windows – 27 commentsWindows 10 users and administrators who set a policy on machines running Windows 10 to delay the deployment of feature updates, may notice that cumulative security updates are not installed on PC systems with these configurations either.Microsoft moved policies around a bit in the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. Administrators and users have two options when it comes to delaying the installation of updates. One delays the installation of quality updates — read cumulative updates that Microsoft releases on a monthly basis at the very least — the other when feature updates are installed.Feature updates are major updates for the operating system that are released twice a year by Microsoft.When you delay the installation of feature updates in Windows 10 version 1709, Windows 10 may not install quality updates that include security updates as well.Windows 10 admins can set the policy under Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business > Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received.The setting “After a Preview Build or Feature Update is released, defer receiving it for this many days” can be set to a value between 0 and 365 (days). If the value is set to any positive number, cumulative updates are not picked up by Windows 10 anymore so the report.Switching the value back to 0, or disabling the policy altogether (which has the same effect), has Windows 10 pick up the missing cumulative updates immediately according to the user who reported the issue on Microsoft’s Technet forum.A manual check for updates in the Settings application will find any update but cumulative updates. Updates for the Malicious Software Removal Tool or Flash Player are found for instance.In a follow up message, the thread starter suggests that setting the deferral time in the Settings application causes the issue as well. This is found under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Choose when Updates are installed.Several other users confirmed the issue in the thread. Microsoft has yet to confirm the issue however.Administrators may install the missing updates manually by downloading the updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 version 1709 blocking security updates?DescriptionWindows 10 users and administrators who set a policy on machines running Windows 10 to delay the deployment of feature updates, may notice that cumulative security updates are not installed on PC systems with these configurations either.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Well-known Ladysmith biker dies in crash on Bergville roadThe child later died after being taken away from the scene.It is believed that the child was a primary school learner in Ladysmith, in Grade 5.It took over an hour for the roadway to be cleared after the crash.RTI, police and towing services responded to the scene.Residents are now demanding higher speed humps in order to avoid fatal crashes like this one, as they say Roosboom has become a residential area and they don’t want any more lives lost right outside their homes.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The life of a 10-year-old girl was sadly lost yesterday evening (August 3) after a crash just outside Ladysmith.It was said by residents from the area that a mother and her daughter were travelling to Roosboom to attend a funeral when the crash took place.It is alleged that a truck and a Toyota Fortuner collided. The mother and daughter were in the Fortuner, which rolled.Emergency personnel responded to the scene, and treated the injured mother and child for injuries sustained.The driver of the truck was not injured.Also read: Watch: Taxi in Ladysmith falls into massive sinkhole near high schoolAlso read: 3 vehicles involved in crash in busy Ladysmith streetAlso read: Woman killed in horror crash at Limit Hill robotslast_img read more

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first_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Adejobi said the junction, which has no traffic lights, is notoriously dangerous.Ogun State Federal Road Safety Commander Ayobami Omiyale said authorities could not immediately give a tally of those who had been killed and injured because they were taken to different hospitals.Crashes are common on Nigeria’s poorly maintained road network.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Police in Nigeria’s southwest say at least 15 people have died in a crash involving two trucks and many other vehicles.Ogun state police spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi said Wednesday a truck driver collided head-on with cars and motorbikes on a highway leading to the commercial capital of Lagos on Tuesday.He said the truck driver was trying to avoid hitting a truck coming from another road at a major intersection, but that his speed was too high. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Top Stories Check your body, save your life Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

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first_imgTropical Storm Isaac has gained Category 1 hurricane strength as it continued on its path to New Orleans, bringing with it torrential rain and winds and turning the party city into a ghost town.Seven years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Isaac will test the city’s USD$14.5 billion flood-control system and 26-foot high levees, which were closed on Tuesday. At the time of publishing, the centre of Isaac was nearing the coast of southeast Louisiana with storm surge flooding already reported and maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometres per hour. The port of New Orleans closed yesterday; making it the fourth embarkation port affected by Isaac and is scheduled to reopen on 30 August.President Barack Obama sent a warning to all residents of the Gulf Coast in a televised statement imploring all people in its path to follow directions.“I want to encourage all residents of the Gulf Coast to listen to your local officials and follow their directions, including if they tell you to evacuate,” President Obama said. “We’re dealing with a big storm and there could be significant flooding and other damage across a large area. Now is not the time to tempt fate. Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously.”The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been in place since last week to assist local officials in Isaac’s path and to help communities with supplies and preparation. “I’ll continue to make sure that the federal government is doing everything possible to help the American people prepare for and recover from this dangerous storm,” President Obama said before promising to provide continuous updates on Isaac’s activity on both a local and national level. Hurricane Isaac has also affected several cruise ship itineraries, with lines including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian and the American Queen Steamboat Company diverting and delaying voyages. Gallery Nine Forty in the New Orleans’ French Quarter is on “hurrication”. Picture: CNN/EPA/Landov Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

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