Will bring back M.P. man from Pakistan: Kamal Nath

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday said the State government would make its best efforts to help bring back a man from Khandwa district detained in Pakistan for allegedly spying on a nuclear enrichment facility there.“We direct officials to visit the family of Raju Lakshman Bheel of Indhawadi village of Khandwa district,” Mr. Nath tweeted.On August 1, Pakistani police told presspersons of the arrest of Lakshman the previous day in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province, 400 km from Lahore, while he was entering the district from Balochistan province. Balochistan, which is out of bounds for foreign nationals as it has some “sensitive installations”, is the district from which Pakistan had previously claimed to have arrested former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. “The State government will apprise the Ministry of External Affairs of the missing person’s presence in Pakistan and will try all its means to bring him back to India,” said Mr. Nath.Pakistani media had quoted the police as saying that Mr. Lakshman had “admitted” he was a spy. He was later taken to an undisclosed location for investigation.On Monday, Mr. Lakshman’s mother, Basanta Bai, had claimed that her elder son, a class 5 dropout, was mentally ill and had been missing for three months. “The man being shown in photographs as an Indian spy is my elder son Raju. I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring back my son from Pakistan.”The district administration said it had reached out to the family of five, including Mr. Lakshman’s two siblings. “We have taken his ailing mother to a hospital,” Khandwa Collector Tanvi Sundriyal told The Hindu. “At this point, we have no means to ascertain whether Mr. Lakshman is mentally ill or not,” she added.Meanwhile, The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on August 1 claimed Pakistan had not informed them on the “unverified reports” regarding the arrest of an alleged Indian spy. “We don’t react to unverified media reports. We are yet to hear from Pakistan on this,” MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar had said.Earlier, a youth each from Dindori district and Seoni district were found to be lodged in Pakistani jails. This year, Anil Kumar Saket, missing from Rewa district since January 2015, was traced to a jail in Lahore.last_img read more

BJP to hold quiz competition on Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay in UP

first_imgLucknow, Jun 7 (PTI) Jan Sangh stalwart Deen Dayal Upadhyay will be the focus of a mega general knowledge quiz, involving about 20 lakh children in Uttar Pradesh, as the BJP celebrates the birth centenary of its leader.The quiz aims to make antodaya (reaching the last strata of society) and ekaatma manavaad (integral humanism) — the terms synonymous with Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay — household names across the state.The BJP is celebrating 2017 as Gareeb Kalyan Varsh to mark the birth centenary celebrations of Upadhyay.The quiz will be held on August 20.”It will be a written quiz in which we are expecting 15- 20 lakh students from classes VIII, IX and X to participate. The quiz will be held throughout the state on August 20. A booklet depicting the life, personality, contribution and achievements of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay is being printed for participants,” UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi told PTI.The quiz will be conducted by the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Janma Shataabdi Samaroh Samiti, which will have BJP members in the committee, he said.He said the endeavour of the party workers is to ensure that the teachings and philosophy of Deen Dayal Upadhyay reach the last strata of the society and also among the youngsters.”Deen Dayal is a well-known personality outside India. But it is ironical that in the annals of Indian history, he is yet to get a fair share of his due,” Tripathi said.UP state secretary of BJP Subhash Yaduvanshi has been made the co-ordinator for this ambitious competition.advertisement”Victorious students will be publicly felicitated. Preparations for the quiz are already going on in full swing,” said another BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla.The contest will see participation of 100 schools from each of the 75 districts of the state, he said.The Yogi Aditynath government has also decided to rename the Mughalsarai Railway Station in the state after the RSS ideologue, who had mysteriously died at the railway station in 1968.Earlier in April, the Yogi Adityanath government had decided to name the Agra airport after Upadhyay.The birth centenary celebrations of the Jan Sangh stalwart will continue till September 25 for which the Information department has been made the nodal department.The programmes will be held at the district and block levels and a three-day-long Antodaya Mela and exhibition will be organised.Information about the welfare measures initiated by the Centre and state governments will also be disseminated through fairs and exhibitions.The departments of higher education and secondary education will conduct different programmes on this occasion.This includes discussions, seminars, poster competition, slogan writing competition, creative writing competition, debates, recitation, elocution, quiz competition and essay writing contests.A prabhat pheri (morning march) will be taken out on the birth anniversary of Upadhyay. The government will also declare a nagar panchyat (the smallest unit of the urban local bodies) as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Adarsh Nagar Panchayat.Under this, efforts will be made by the state government to make available all basic amenities to people living in the area. There are 438 nagar panchayats in UP.A number of sporting events too will be held on this occasion. PTI NAV SMI DVlast_img read more

Sreesanth back on cricket field after four years

first_imgAs the country celebrated its 71st Independence Day on Tuesday, former Indian speedster S. Sreesanth took to a cricket field for the first time in four years as he led a team in an exhibition match.The exhibition match was played at the ground where he first plied his trade and was cheered by a sizeable crowd.Members from the two teams presented roses to Sreesanth when he stepped on to the field.The pacer got a huge relief on August 7 when the Kerala High Court lifted the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Sreesanth had approached the court last year after the BCCI failed to revoke the life ban though he was exonerated by a Delhi court of the charge of involvement in a spot-fixing scandal, which marred the Indian Premier League in 2013.Sreesanth had to cool his heels in Tihar Central Jail in Delhi in May 2013 in connection with the case. He was arrested by Delhi Police in Mumbai on May 17 that year along with former Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.BCCI’s disciplinary committee, headed by present Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, had slapped a life-time ban on Sreesanth and Chavan on September 13, 2013.On Tuesday, Sreesanth led the Playback Singers XI who took on a team of the Producers XI. He opened the batting and had a good outing with the bat.”I am really happy that I am back and I am beginning my return from the same ground where it all began. Now from here, I want to reach Thiruvananthapuram and from there upwards and back to the Indian team,” said Sreesanth, who also as chief guest unfurled the Indian Tricolour at the club.advertisementFollowing the ban by the BCCI, he was not allowed entry to a cricket field in all levels of cricket besides even being prevented him from attending practice sessions.Even though Kerala High Court has lifted the ban, the BCCI has decided to appeal against the single bench verdict.In 2015, the pacer, along with Chandila and Chavan, was exonerated by a Delhi court in the case registered by Delhi Police which invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) to try him.Sreesanth is the second Keralite to represent the Indian national cricket team. During his brief career, he has played in 27 Tests taking 87 wickets, and picked up 75 scalps from 53 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and seven wickets from 10 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).last_img read more

Mi TV 4C Pro at Rs 14,999, Mi Band 3 at Rs 1,999 and everything else that Xiaomi launched today

first_imgXiaomi has launched the successor to the Mi Band 2 aka the Mi Band 3 on Thursday at the company’s Smart Living event held in Bengaluru, India. At the event, Xiaomi has launched a total of 7 products to build a smarter home. The product lineup includes — three new Mi TVs — Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch, Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch — Mi Band 3, Mi Air purifier 2S, Mi Luggage, and lastly, the Mi Home security camera 360-degree.The new generation of Mi TVs are smarter than before and on popular demand now comes with Amazon Prime Video support. All the Mi TVs also come with YouTube and Google Play Store support. Let’s take a closer look at all the smart home products that Xiaomi has launched in India today.Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch, Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inchThe Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch is the most expensive of the three new Mi TVs launched today, followed by Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch. The Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch has been launched in India for Rs 49,999 and will go on sale on October 10 via Mi.com and Flipkart. The Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch come with a price tag of Rs 29,999 and Rs 14,999 and will go on sale in India on October 9 at 9PM on Mi.com and Amazon India store. Xiaomi has revealed that these are introductory prices and are subject to change post the festive season, which is after Diwali.advertisementComing to the offerings of the new generation Mi TVs, all of them come with an improved and enhanced version of Mi TV PatchWall. The new PatchWall makes the Mi TVs much smarter compared to the previous generation Mi TVs. The software inside the new Mi TVs is based on Android 8 with built-in Chromecast which makes it easy for users to connect their phones to the Mi TVs. The newly updated PatchWall is built on top Android TV which brings YouTube and Google Play Store support to the TVs. All the three Mi TVs come integrated with Google Voice search on Mi TV PatchWall. As for the hardware inside, all the three Mi TVs come with 7th Gen flagship Amlogic 64 bit Quad core processor paired with ARM Mali 450 GPU, up to 750MHz. The new Mi TV 4 Pro, Mi TV 4A Pro and Mi TV 4C Pro come bundled with 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, and a headphone jack too.All the three Mi TVs come packed with Mi TV remote that has also been improved and unlike before, it now features 12 buttons with a dedicated 360-degree Google Voice button. To watch YouTube videos to download an app from Google Play store the Mi TV user will just need to give a voice command and the work will be done.For the new Mi TVs, Xiaomi has partnered with up to 15 top streaming services to provide more and better content than before. All the three Mi TVs come with Amazon Prime Video support which the previous generation Mi TVs didn’t have.Mi Band 3Xiaomi has launched the follow up of the Mi Band 2 aka the Mi Band 3 for a price of Rs 1,999. The Mi Band 3 will go on sale in India at 12 noon on September 28 via Mi.com and Amazon India store. The Mi Band 3 will also be available across Mi Home and other offline partners very soon, Xiaomi has confirmed. The Mi Band 3 is much smarter than the Mi Band 2.It comes with a bigger screen and better features. The Mi Band 3 sports a 0.78 OLED touchscreen display and has a 2.5D curved design. The new Mi Band comes with the ability to receive and read notifications, which wasn’t there in the Mi Band 2 – it could only receive notifications. The Mi Band, just like Mi Band 2 comes with a hypoallergenic durable silicone strap and weighs 20 grams which makes it light enough for the users to wear it for the entire day. The Mi Band 3 comes in three colours — orange, blue and black. Xiaomi says that the Mi Band 3 comes with 3-day long weather forecast feature, and comes with a unique 2.5D curved design. It also packs a touch button that allows users to decline calls when they’re busy. The USP of the Mi Band 3 is that it comes with water-resistant up to 50m.Xiaomi claims that the users can wear the Mi Band 3 and go swimming. The Mi Band 3 comes with a lot of new offerings like stopwatch feature, find your phone feature, alarm, periodic heart rate timer, among others things. The Mi Band 3 comes with a 110mAh battery which Xiaomi says is 60 per cent larger than the Mi Band 2 battery. The smart Band offers up to 20 days battery life, which Xiaomi says is also one of the USPs of the fitness band. The Mi Band 3 also allows users to measure heart rate, speed tracking, track sleep patterns and all of it can be done via Mi fit app.advertisementMi Air Purifier 2SXiaomi has launched an Air Purifier called the Mi Air Purifier 2S for Rs 8,999. The Air purifier will be available in India starting tomorrow, September 28 at 12 noon on Mi.com, Flipkart and Amazon.in. The USP of the Mi Air Purifier 2S comes integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, meaning users can control the Purifier with voice commands. The Air Purifier 2S comes with an ultra-clear OLED digital display which will offer real-time air quality, temperature, humidity, and Wi-Fi connection to the users. Xiaomi claims that the OLED display of the Mi Air Purifier 2S understands the surroundings better and automatically adjusts brightness depending on the surrounding light. The Mi Air Purifier 2S comes with the high precision laser sensor and 360-degree triple-layer filter which removes fine PM2.5 and other micron sized particles like harmful bacteria and formaldehyde effectively from the surroundings. The Air purifier can be controlled from anywhere using the Mi Home app.Mi LuggageXiaomi has launched Mi Luggage in two sizes – the cheaper one in 20-inch and expensive one in 24-inch for Rs 2,999 and Rs 4,299 respectively. The Mi Luggage will be available in India starting October 10 at 12noon on Mi.com, Amazon India, and Flipkart. The Mi Luggage is built of scratch-resistant Bayer Makrolon polycarbonate and also comes with 360-degree rotation wheels which are easy and smooth to carry everywhere. The Mi Luggage 20 inch is available in three colours including — Red, Grey, and Blue, while the 24-inch luggage comes in two colours — Grey and Blue.ALSO READ: Xiaomi launches 3 smart Mi TVs with Android and YouTube inside, price starts at Rs 14,999Mi Home security camera 360-degreeLastly, Xiaomi has launched Mi Home security camera 360-degree in India for Rs 2,699. The security camera will go on sale in India on Oct 10 via Mi.com, Amazon India, and Flipkart. It will soon be available across Mi Home and other offline partner stores, Xiaomi has confirmed. The new Mi Home security camera 360-degree comes with AI motion detection which helps the camera move in all directions and records up to 10-sec videos automatically when movements are detected. The security camera will help users keep a track of what happens in their homes in their absence. Not just in daylight, the Mi Home security camera also comes with night time recording, meaning it can record videos in pitch dark room, thanks to the 10 infrared illuminators packed inside it. The camera can be controlled via Mi Home app.advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoElliott impressive as Liverpool cruise past MK Dons

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Elliott impressive as Liverpool cruise past MK Donsby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons to secure their place on the Carabao Cup fourth-round on Wednesday.James Milner opened the scoring thanks to a howler from MK Dons goalkeeper Stuart Moore.Ki-Jana Hoever scored his first goal professional goal for the club when he rose beautifully to header home Milner’s cross.Harvey Elliott became the youngest Liverpool player to start a competitive match for the club at 16 years and 174 days.The former Fulham midfielder was excellent and played alongside two other competitive debutants in Caoimhin Kelleher and Rhian Brewster. last_img

Prison is not the answer always Legend

first_imgLos Angeles: Singer John Legend opened up on prison sentences after actor Felicity Huffman got 14 days for her role in the college admission scandal. In a series of tweets recently, Legend said prison is not always the answer for every mistake. Legend gave the example of a woman who was jailed for sending her child to the wrong school district and another one who was sentenced to five years for mistakenly voting when she was ineligible. He argued that those women should not be in prison, reports cnn.com. “I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence and poor person of colour Y gets a long one. The answer isn’t for X to get more; it’s for both of them to get less (or even none!!!).”last_img

Soulpepper parts ways with executive director cancels planned production

first_imgTORONTO – Soulpepper Theatre Company has severed ties with another key figure and cancelled an upcoming production days after its founding artistic director stepped down over sexual misconduct allegations.The Toronto-based company said Saturday in a release it has formally parted ways with executive director Leslie Lester, who took a voluntary leave of absence when four actresses levelled allegations against her husband Albert Schultz.The women filed lawsuits against Schultz and Soulpepper, claiming the renowned director had sexually harassed them with impunity for years.“The conduct as described is completely antithetical to the values of Soulpepper. Consequently, we requested and accepted Albert’s immediate resignation,” the release said.Schultz has denied the allegations and said he will “vigorously defend” himself against them. The allegations have not been tested in court.The theatre company said it was unaware of any allegations of misconduct against Schultz or anyone else, having conducted investigations into the issue as recently as this past fall.“We did not know that Albert Schultz was alleged to have engaged in any harassment. No such complaints ever made their way to the board,” the release stated.The theatre company revealed in October that it had severed ties with longtime guest artist Laszlo Marton, who it alleged had engaged in sexual harassment.The Soulpepper board said that after the Marton issue came to light it made extensive enquiries about any other potential issues of harassment, or whether any other harassment concerns had been expressed.“We were assured that there had been no other harassment of any kind by anyone at the company,” it said Saturday. “After an independent review by a workplace policy expert in the fall of 2017, we were further assured that we had the right policies and procedures in place to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.”The board said it is “committed to a process of reflection, renewal and change.”Soulpepper said it has also cancelled an upcoming production of “Amadeus,” which Schultz was set to direct.This action was taken at the request of the company’s artists, it said.A group of artists issued a statement Saturday saying they were “experiencing profound anger, hurt, and confusion” following the allegations against Schultz and Soulpepper.“We reached a consensus to recommend not to continue with the show (“Amadeus”), the group said.But they said they are “determined to reimagine the future at Soulpepper by grappling with where the company has come from, facing difficult questions, in order for healing and transformation to take place.”Soulpepper bills itself as Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company and Schultz played a key role in its repertoire. He is also executive producer on the hit CBC TV series, “Kim’s Convenience,” a television actor with roles on shows including “Street Legal” and “Alias Grace,” and was honoured with an Order of Canada in 2013.Soulpepper also provides training for aspiring actors and theatre artists.last_img read more

Former skiers reach outofcourt deal with Alpine Canada in sex assault lawsuit

first_imgMONTREAL — Three former Canadian skiers have reached an out-of-court settlement with Alpine Canada over sexual abuse by one-time national ski coach Bertrand CharestThe national governing body for alpine and ski cross racing announced today it had reached a deal with the three women, who sued the organization last December.Former skiers Genevieve Simard, Gail Kelly and Anna Prchal accused the sports federation of covering up Charest’s sexual abuse in the interest of results on the slopes and sponsorship money.The women, who were minors at the time of the abuse in the 1990s, were demanding $450,000 each from the governing body. Alpine Canada did not disclose the terms of the deal but stated in a news release the settlement was satisfactory to both sides.The federation acknowledged that instead of providing support when the abuse was discovered, it put itself first, not the victims.Charest was convicted in June 2017 on more than three dozen sex charges involving female athletes ranging in age between 12 and 18. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but his lawyers were in court last month appealing both his conviction and sentence and he remains free on bail while the court decides his fate.Last month, another former Canadian skier launched a proposed class action lawsuit alleging Alpine Canada didn’t protect its female athletes from Charest’s sexual assaults. Allison Forsyth alleged in a statement of claim filed in British Columbia Supreme Court that Alpine Canada failed to property investigate the coaching history of Charest and is vicariously liable for his sexual misconduct.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter TORONTO – Today, Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) unveiled its AMI-tv schedule for the 2019 fall broadcast season, with a lineup of compelling new and returning AMI originals, exciting programs available in described video and perennial favourites.For the first time in AMI-tv history, all original programming will air in the coveted 8 p.m. timeslot from Monday to Friday.AMI This Week kicks it all off on September 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Season eight of the weekly magazine show—featuring host Victoria Nolan and Bureau Reporters Grant Hardy (Vancouver), Beth Deer (Edmonton), Alex Smyth (Toronto) and Laura Bain (Halifax)—continues its distinct community focus, sharing events and interesting stories from coast to coast. Facebook AMI original productions are the centrepiece of the schedule. Season three of the award-winning series Employable Me returns, following a new group of Canadian job seekers. In Season one of Double Tap TV, Steven Scott and Marc Aflalo lead cutting-edge discussions on everything tech with news, reviews and interviews, all with an eye on accessibility. Season three of Eyes for the Job follows handyman Chris Judge, who is blind, and Alex Haider as they take on their biggest do-it-yourself projects yet.New local original documentaries in the Our Community series include the journey of two communities building barrier-free baseball diamonds, and a pilot who flies children of all abilities in his four-seater airplane.AMI-tv’s newest acquired series in described video is Frankie Drake Mysteries. Lauren Lee Smith stars as Frankie Drake, who—along with the female-only members of Drake Private Detectives—solves crimes in 1920s Toronto. Returning favourites include Murdoch Mysteries, Elementary, Monk, Blue Bloods, Rescue Me, Suits, The Shield, Breaking Bad, Drug Wars, Schitt’s Creek and Kim’s Convenience.“I’m so proud of our primetime schedule,” says John Melville, Vice-President, Programming and Production, AMI-tv. “Broadcasting our original programs weeknights at 8 p.m. further establishes our commitment to telling the stories of Canadians of all abilities.”In keeping with AMI’s mandate of making accessible media for all Canadians, AMI’s original series and documentaries utilize Integrated Described Video (IDV) so they are accessible to individuals who are blind or partially sighted.All dates subject to change. Additional fall programming will be announced in the coming weeks. Stream past episodes of AMI original programming on demand post-broadcast at AMI.ca or via the AMI-tv App on iOS and tvOS.AMI-tv’s fall premieres (all times Eastern)Monday, Sept. 98 p.m. – AMI This Week8:30 p.m. – AMI originals repeats9 p.m. – Murdoch Mysteries (Mon.-Thur.)10 p.m. – ElementaryTuesday, Sept. 108 p.m. – Eyes for the Job8:30 p.m. – Double Tap TV10 p.m. – Blue BloodsWednesday, Sept. 118 p.m. – Employable Me8:30 p.m. – Employable Me10 p.m. – Rescue MeThursday, Sept. 128 p.m. – Our Community8:30 p.m. – AMI This Week repeats10 p.m. – Frankie Drake MysteriesFriday, Sept. 138 p.m. – AMI originals repeats9 p.m. – The Shield10 p.m. – Breaking Bad11 p.m. – Drug WarsSaturday, Sept. 147 p.m. – AMI originals repeats8 p.m. – Kim’s Convenience8:30 p.m. – Schitt’s Creek9 p.m. – Saturday Night MovieSunday, Sept. 157 p.m. – Frankie Drake Mysteries8 p.m. – Murdoch Mysteries9 p.m. – Monk10 p.m. – SuitsAbout AMI-tvAMI-tv is the world’s first television network to broadcast all programs with open format described video for individuals who are blind or partially sighted and is broadcast daily into more than eight million Canadian homes as part of the basic digital cable package with most service providers. AMI-tv is committed to broadcasting a variety of content with a focus on accessibility and inclusion.About Accessible Media Inc. AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit AMI.ca and AMItele.ca. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Senate unanimously adopts Neufeld motion supporting Trans Mountain

first_img“I was delighted when the Senate, as a whole, unanimously adopted my motion,” said Sen. Neufeld. “Senators of all stripes united their voices in support of this major energy infrastructure project that will benefit all of Canada.  It sends a strong message to the Prime Minister.”During debate, Senator Neufeld’s remarks focused on pipeline and tanker safety, two issues that have generated much attention since the pipeline was approved in November 2016. On April 24th, Neufeld and several other Senators will be hosting an event on Parliament Hill with industry leaders to increase public awareness.“I urge the Prime Minister and his government to provide real leadership on this matter.  He needs to remind the BC Government that Trans Mountain is the federal government’s responsibility,” added Neufeld. “He needs to tell Premier Horgan to step aside and cease this non-sense.  He needs to send a strong message to all Canadians that further delays, disruptions and disorder will not be tolerated.”The Senate will also soon begin debating Bill S-245, An Act to declare the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project and related works to be for the general advantage of Canada. Introduced by Independent Alberta Senator Doug Black on February 15th, the Bill also seeks to ensure that the pipeline’s construction not be delayed any further. OTTAWA, O.N. – The Canadian Senate unanimously adopted a motion introduced by Senator Richard Neufeld urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “bring the full weight and power of his office to ensure that Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project gets completed on schedule” yesterday.Senior Neufeld gave the notice of motion on February 8th, two days after the Senate held an emergency debate on the current impasse between the B.C. and Alberta governments over the pipeline expansion.With the motion’s adoption last evening, all members of the Senate have united their voices asking Trudeau and his government to ensure that the expansion is completed on time. The Senate is also asking the Prime Minister’s commitment be “conveyed to the governments of British Columbia and Alberta in a manner that leaves no doubt as to the federal government’s determination to see the project become fully operational within the present timeline.”last_img read more

Stanford expels student linked to college bribery case

SAN FRANCISCO — Stanford University has expelled a female student who lied about her sailing credentials in her application, which was linked to a college-admission bribery case.The university quietly announced it had rescinded the student’s admission in a short statement posted on its website April 2 after determining “some of the material in the student’s application is false.”University officials previously said the student was admitted without the recommendation of former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, who pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for helping students get into the elite university.They said a $500,000 contribution to the sailing program was made several months after the student was admitted.The Stanford Daily first reported on Sunday that the student had been expelled. It is the university’s student newspaper.The Associated Press read more

Freedom Mobile hit by data breach company says up to 15000 customers

However, the blog was posted under the title “Report: Freedom Mobile Customer Data Breach Exposes 1.5 Million Customers” based on the assumption that hackers could access unencrypted data from all of Freedom’s customer base.Freedom said in an emailed statement that “any reference to 1.5 million customers affected is inaccurate . . . ”The company said its investigation determined the breach began on March 25 and affected data processed by a new external third-party vendor, Apptium Technologies, that had been hired to streamline its retail customer support.“The internal systems of Freedom Mobile or (parent) Shaw Communications were not compromised as part of this third-party vendor security exposure,” the company said in a statement.It said the breach affected customers at 17 retail stores who opened or changed accounts as late as April 15 or made changes to opened accounts on April 16. It said the problem was fixed by April 23.Freedom also said that it had found no evidence, as of Tuesday, that any data has been misused “and we are conducting a full forensic investigation to determine the full scope of impact.”Valerie Lawton, of the federal privacy commissioner’s office, said in an email that it had received a breach report related to Freedom Mobile late Monday afternoon.“Canada’s federal private sector privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), includes confidentiality provisions and we don’t have further details to offer at this time,” Lawton said.Under PIPEDA, which was most recently updated in November, private-sector organizations that control personal information must advise the privacy watchdog of breaches that pose a “real risk of significant harm” to individuals.They must also notify affected individuals about the breaches and keep records.However, the Canadian law — in contrast to the European Union’s year-old General Data Protection Regulation — provides more flexibility about when organizations inform the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.Asked why it didn’t disclose close the leak sooner, the company said it took time to verify the legitimacy of the warning and verify details with its third-party vendor.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B) TORONTO — Freedom Mobile confirmed Tuesday it had a data security breach from late March to late April, but the wireless carrier said only about 15,000 customers were affected — far fewer than an outside research firm’s estimate.The Calgary-based company — which operates networks in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia — was apparently warned of the breach by researchers at vpnMentor, which announced it to the press.The vpnMentor report said two of its researchers, Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, had warned Freedom of their findings on April 17, 18 and 23 but didn’t get a response from the company until April 24.“For ethical reasons, we didn’t download the database, so we don’t know exactly how many people were affected,” the blog said. read more

Nova Scotia government Opposition wave duelling reports on Muskrat Falls

Nova Scotia government, Opposition wave duelling reports on Muskrat Falls by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 17, 2013 4:39 pm MDT HALIFAX – Conflicting reports were tabled in the Nova Scotia legislature Wednesday that both the government and Opposition Liberals said supported their respective positions on the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.The documents were filed with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, which begins hearings on the multibillion-dollar venture next month.The NDP government said new information submitted by consultant John Dalton showed the cost of building a subsea link between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland would be cheaper than two alternatives not considered in a report he released in January.But the Liberals say a consultant’s report done for the province’s consumer advocate showed that a separate analysis by Emera (TSX:EMA) is faulty and biased to favour the utility company’s desired outcome.Liberal Energy critic Andrew Younger called the advocate’s report “damning” because it was done by what he contends is the only truly independent entity in the regulatory process.“They are saying the government got it wrong, Nova Scotia Power got it wrong and that they are torquing this process in order to get the result they want,” said Younger.The report is by Levitan & Associates, Inc., a Boston-based energy management consulting firm specializing in the natural gas and electricity markets.The consultants dispute Emera’s assertion that the Maritime Link represents the lowest cost alternative.But Premier Darrell Dexter said a series of other reports, including the one done by Dalton, demonstrate the benefits to Nova Scotia ratepayers and it will be up to the review board to decide who’s right.He said his confidence in the project has not been shaken.“Not at all,” said Dexter. “What I’m even more confident in is that there are so many expert reports coming forward that support the Maritime Link.”Dalton’s submission said the link would cost $560 million to $973 million less than acquiring energy from Hydro Quebec using 300 megawatts of transmission capacity through New Brunswick. He also contended it would be $1.5 billion to $1.77 billion cheaper than opting for a natural gas alternative.In January, he said buying power from Muskrat Falls would be $402 million cheaper than importing it from Quebec and would be $1.5 billion less than using a mix of wind and natural gas over the 35-year life of the commercial contract for the hydroelectric development.Proponents of the $7.7-billion hydro development in Labrador hope it begins generating power by 2017. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Uncle remanded for murder of 18monthold niece

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUncle accused of murdering 18-month-old niece fit to stand trialJanuary 4, 2018In “Court”24-Y-0 charged with murder of Sophia of BusinessmanJuly 10, 2015In “Crime””Spin and Kill” charged for the murder of Sophia labourerNovember 21, 2017In “Court” The 18-year-old man who reportedly threw his 18-month-old niece out of a window then buried her alive outside of her Sophia home on Friday last, was remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court earlier today.Sherwin RobertsSherwin Roberts of Lot 8 “B” Field, Sophia, Georgetown was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on September 1, 2017, he murdered 18-month-old Ronasha Pilgrim of Lot 98 North Sophia, Georgetown.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan ordered that during his period of remand he be supervised by a probation officer. Roberts is expected to return to court on September 25, 2017.INews had previously reported that on the day in question, Roberts allegedly attempted to rob and subsequently murdered Pilgrim.The dead toddler, Ronasha PilgrimBased on information received, the incident occurred between 03:30 -04:00hrs, at the said address.According to the Police, the deceased along with her brothers – ages 10 and 12 years – were left in the house by their father, a security guard, who went to work.The suspect then allegedly broke a northern window, entered the house and attempted to relieve the baby of her earrings.She reportedly began to scream and the suspect allegedly tossed her through a window into the swamped yard.The swampy area where little Ronasha Pilgrim was buried by her uncleOn leaving, the suspect allegedly placed a pile of wood on top of the baby who was submerged under the approximately 11/2 feet depth water and slush. read more

RNL surprised by Meshkov in Brest

← Previous Story “Orange Army” extend PPD Zagreb crisis Next Story → Excellent first half of Tatran in Logrono wasn’t enough for a win 4. Rhein-Neckar Löwen311187:88(-1)3 6. HC Meshkov Brest310281:88(-7)2 EHF Champions LeagueHC Meshkov BrestRhein Neckar Lowen 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce220067:52(15)4 2. HC Vardar220059:50(9)4 Despite the name of the German champions Rhein Neckar Lowen weren’t enough to attract more than 2.000 spectators at Arena in Brest, home team HC Meshkov Brest beat the “Lions” 30:28 (17:12) for the first season’s success in the VELUX EHF Champions League!The Belarussian squad showed passion to outplay team of Nikolaj Jakobsen, who is obviosly, not very interested to lose energy on EHF Champions League matches as DKB Bundesliga staying priority.However, that can’t put shadow on a well-deserved victory of home team led by Rastko Stojkovic with seven goals.HC Meshkov Brest – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 30:28 (17:12)HC Meshkov Brest: Pesic, Rutenka (3), Babichev, Kristopans (6), Nikulenkau (1), Stojkovic (7/3), Tioumentsev, Atman (4), Shumak, Vukic (1), Prodanovic, Mijatovic, Razgor (1), Ostroushko (1), Jamali (4), Shylovich (2)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka; Schmid (6/1), Sigurdsson (2), Manaskov, Baena, Steinhauser, Mensah, Pekeler (3), Groetzki (2), Abt, Reinkind, Guardiola (1), Petersson (3), Ekdahl du Rietz (11)“Orange Army” extend PPD Zagreb crisisOn Sunday, Vive Tauron Kielce will play in Szeged, while RK Vardar Skopje will try to beat RK Celje PL at “Zlatorog” once again.Standings: 7. IFK Kristianstad310280:88(-8)2 8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …300374:85(-11)0 5. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko210160:59(1)2 3. MOL-Pick Szeged211054:52(2)3 read more

9 things we learned from the Reform Alliances monster meeting

first_imgUpdated at 9.10pmEXPELLED AND FORMER Fine Gael TDs organised an efficient and well-run conference at the RDS in Dublin where the attendance of over a thousand people surprised a large and intrigued media contingent.The conference was being billed as a prelude to the establishment of a political party but the organisers, led by the Reform Alliance’s most prominent member Lucinda Creighton, were keen to emphasise that it was a meeting about ideas and policies.TheJournal.ie spent the day at the RDS and here’s what we found out…1. The turnout was larger than expected: For good reason, the RA set attendance expectations at a low bar of between 400 and 500, but the turnout was well over a thousand, with the RDS concert hall largely full:2. There were more men than women – but no ‘squeezed middle’: In the afternoon, economist David McWilliams told the audience that “large parts of the middle class of this country are bust” and while there’s no doubt many of the people attending today were middle-class there was an interesting gender and age divide.Olivia O’Leary posed a question at the start of her contribution: “Why am I looking at so few female faces?” Though it wasn’t quite as bad as a typical day in the Dáil chamber there were certainly more men than women in the audience.There were also a large number of people over-50s and under-25s, but no real contingent of the so-called ‘squeezed middle’ – people in their 30s and 40s who are said to be weighed down with troubled mortgages and lots of debt.3. The RA’s abortion stance was a big attraction for many in the audience: The two largest rounds of applause today were for when the issue of abortion was raised.In the morning, a gentleman in the audience pointed out that the RA’s entire existence is solely because of Fine Gael’s u-turn on abortion. Then as the day drew to a close and Creighton addressed the issue there was a huge round of applause:There was a significant number of prominent pro-life activists in the audience and the only other Oireachtas members we spotted today were Senator Ronan Mullen and TD Mattie McGrath, both strongly anti-abortion.But David McWilliams made light of the whole issue, joking at the end: “I think I must be the only pro-choice liberal in the place.”Afterwards, Creighton said she is “not concerned about it” and hit out at specifically the Irish Times, saying: “I think it’s concerned that perhaps that we mightn’t fit into their [Irish Times] agenda, that’s certainly how I would interpret a lot of the coverage of it in the last couple of weeks, but that’s fine.”4. But people were there for lots of different reasons: Political-junkies, Fine Gael members (disgruntled and non-disgruntled), ex-Fianna Fáil members, pro-life activists and many more turned-out today. As we found out earlier, they were there for many different reasons, ranging from a strong desire to a passing interest in some sort of political and societal reform.5. We heard a lot of old ideas, but some new ones too… All three sessions – political reform, health and economy – heard the usual complaints with the usual apparently common-sense solutions.For example, the morning’s political reform session heard old ideas about appointing non-politicans as minsters, term limits for TDs and abolishing multi-seat constituencies in favour of single seats so politicians can focus on national issues.But there were plenty of interesting and practical ideas too with the most popular policy idea from Blackrock clinic co-founder Dr Jimmy Sheehan. He proposed locating the National Children’s Hospital in Blanchardstown and criticised the government’s plan to locate it at St James’s Hospital as “the worst possible site in the country”. He got a standing ovation.During the session on the economy, there was a strong focus on small business and creating a “regulation free zone” for SMEs. That’s an area Creighton highlighted afterwards: “We will be launching a campaign focusing on encouraging people to support local business and that’s something that we’ll be rolling out in the weeks ahead.”5. … but nobody was talking about pylons:An event such as this might have been a lightning rod for anti-pylon campaigners, but the issue wasn’t discussed, nor raised. That’s perhaps not surprising given the location of the event.But those that came up from the countryside felt it should have been raised. When Tom McGurk said pylon talk should be avoided at the event, one audience in our earshot remarked: “It’s exactly what we should be talking about.”6. The contrarians and malcontents were few and far between Audience members’ participation was limited to two minutes per person, ensuring an orderly and constructive input from the floor and no rambling speeches that have no point, and no end.There was the odd silly comment, for example a gentlemen remarked that women do not have the “attributes” to put themselves forward in politics, but he was quickly smacked down by a woman who followed him. She described it as “the worst comment I’ve ever heard”.7. The conference was the talk of Twitter… and TDs: The day’s audience contribution didn’t get off to the best start when broadcaster Marc Coleman, in praise of Olivia O’Leary, remarked: “Even if you’re old, you’re still hot.”That didn’t go down well on Twitter, which was abuzz for much of the day with tweets from the event and those following it on their mobile devices. Even government TDs took time to address the conference: We also heard from one unimpressed minister – who was clearly keeping a close eye on our tweets. Or maybe they had spies in the audience.8. Not everyone thought there should be a new party… While the RA themselves remain open if not committed to forming a political party the audience sentiment ranged from a strong desire to have one to, as one audience member remarked, needing “a new party like a hole in the head’.9. … but ‘the pro’ thinks the beginning of a party looks like this: While many of the contributors were Irish-based the conference heard an interesting outside perspective from former David Cameron policy advisor, Phillip Blond, who later told TheJournal.ie: ‘This is what the start of a political party looks like.”Blond wasn’t being paid for his appearance and seemed genuinely interested and energised by what he was seeing in the RDS. His advice to the Reform Alliance? Start a political party and do it in the next nine months. “Go for it and win,” he said adding that that was his “professional opinion”.He said he’d be happy to keep on advising the RA about how to break the “oligarchy” of the State’s two main parties. If they are to form a party then they may well seek out his views. Afterwards, Creighton described Blond as “a very good political analyst and advisor”.But will she and the rest of the RA be taking his advice?Pics: Twitter and Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandFirst posted at 5.41pmWATCH: ‘I’m here to see if reform is actually achievable’ (videos)Read: ‘We need a new party like a hole in the head’: Conference discusses political and health reformlast_img read more

Google starts blocking access to Android tethering apps

first_imgDevice tethering is a feature we would all like the option to use on our smartphones, but the network operators want to limit and control. The reason? There’s money to be made in offering access to tethering as a separate data plan.For the uninitiated, tethering is a feature that allows you to connect multiple devices to the Internet using your smartphone or similar device as the access point. In real terms it just means that data plan you already pay for as part of your smartphone contract becomes more useful as you can use it with a laptop, for example. You could burn through your allowance very quickly using it in this way, but in an emergency or just for a quick surf it is an ideal solution.AdChoices广告AT&T has been in the news lately for warning subscribers who jailbreak their iPhones and use unofficial tethering. If it continues they will automatically be charged as part of a smartphone tethering plan. Now it seems as though the same is about to happen for Android smartphones, but carriers have a surprising ally in their battle to control tethering: Google.Rather than detecting which users are tethering their devices without a tethering plan, the carriers have instead talked to Google and asked it to kill access to all tethering apps in the Android Market. Google has complied making it much harder, if not impossible to now tether specific devices through an unofficial route. What devices are blocked seems to depend completely on what Google has been asked to block by each carrier.This compliance by Google has come as a big surprise for some because it skirts the edge of licensing conditions for keeping applications and handsets open on the C Block spectrum Verizon uses for its LTE network. In fact, Google is remembered for pushing the price of the C Block spectrum sale up past $4.6 billion in order to ensure those licensing conditions would be in place.The conditions state devices and apps can’t be blocked from using the C Block through a service. However, the app blockage is allowed as Verizon isn’t blocking access to any devices, just ensuring any such devices pay for an appropriate data plan. Google on the other hand is complying with a carrier request, not directly breaking the licensing conditions.Has your Android smartphone been blocked from accessing these apps yet?Read more at DroidLife and This is my nextlast_img read more

KUSIs Dave Scott dared to enter the Haunted Hotel

first_img October 29, 2018 Posted: October 29, 2018 Dave Scott, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: halloween 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) – You can enter at your own risk…The Gaslamp’s Haunted Hotel has been ranked the scariest haunt in America, and this year it is featuring an all new “hell-elevator.”KUSI’s Dave Scott was brave enough to go live at the Haunted Hotel Monday evening, with more. KUSI’s Dave Scott dared to enter the Haunted Hotel Dave Scott last_img read more

EPA Courts Announce Decisions on Water Policy

first_imgTwo events in recent days may impact farmers as state and federal governments attempt to improve water quality. In the first, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule last week aimed at clarifying federal regulatory jurisdiction over isolated streams, wetlands and other water resources and withdrew a proposed guidance on the issue. The guidance document was criticized by farm groups when it was released in 2011, out of concern that it would allow EPA to claim jurisdiction over additional bodies of water. EPA now asserts that since the guidance document was not legally binding, this rule-making will bring certainty to stakeholders. The proposed rule has not yet been released.Additionally, a judge from the federal court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled this week that EPA must respond to a five-year-old request from environmental groups to consider tougher pollution controls on chemicals such as nitrogen and phosphorus in the Mississippi River basin. The judge agreed with environmentalists that EPA had violated the Administrative Procedures Act by failing to explain why it wasn’t necessary to issue new regulations. In this case, agricultural stakeholders supported EPA’s position that it should leave water quality regulations to individual states. If EPA ends up regulating, it could establish numeric standards for phosphorus and nitrogen runoff in each state, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) standard. EPA has 180 days to issue a decision.last_img read more