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In less than a week another foreign national alleges rape in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: In less than a week, one more foreign national has alleged that she was raped in Gurugram. This time the complaint has been filed by a Libyan woman who works as a medical practitioner. The complainant has levelled allegations against her male counterpart. The case has been registered at the New Colony police station. As of now, no arrests have been made in the case.The Libyan who had done her medical course from Libya was in India for a few months as a medical intern. The accused as per the sources was her supervisor. “We have registered the case under the following sections and have begun our investigations. As of now we have not made any arrests but soon we will make headway in the case,” said a police official from Gurugram police. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkOn June 14, a Spanish woman working as an intern in an information technology company here has approached the police, reporting rape by an acquaintance. The 36-year-old accused allegedly invited her to a party and raped her on Friday night. The accused was arrested by the police. The victim, in her complaint, reported that she was looking for a room and met the accused on a social media group, after which he offered to help. In another blow to the security of the women in the city, a working professional had alleged that a man flashed in front of her at HUDA city centre metro station on Friday. Apparently, HUDA city centre station is the busiest metro station in Gurugram. As per the police records, in 2018 there were 123 cases of rapes and 295 incidents of molestation have been reported officially. All these figures are way above than the data recorded in previous years. Moreover, molesters have now taken to the digital medium to harass women in the city. Lack of infrastructure like the development of proper helpline has also increased the troubles for the victims.last_img read more

FB YouTube may face heavy fines in UK for harmful content

first_imgLondon: Social networking giants Facebook, Instagram and YouTube are set to face heavy fines in Britain for failing to filter out harmful content on their platforms, the media reported. As part of the government’s plan, Britain’s broadcasting watchdog Ofcom would be given new legal powers to monitor, investigate and fine social platforms for sharing or live-streaming “harmful” videos, including pornography, violence and child abuse, the Telegraph reported on Sunday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year With the new powers, the broadcast watchdog of the UK would be able to issue fines of 250,000 pounds (around $300,000) or an amount worth up to five per cent of the company’s revenue, if the sites fail to establish strict age verification checks and parental controls to safeguard kids from exposure to harmful videos. If the tech giants fail to comply with enforcement measures, the Ofcom would have the authority to “suspend” or “restrict” the tech giants’ services in the UK, The Sun reported on Monday, citing the Telegraph. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Reports about this new crackdown is seen as an interim measure and comes ahead of the UK government’s White Paper plans for a statutory duty of care to combat online harms, the report said. Over the last couple of years, several cases of teen suicides, supposedly encouraged by provocative content or trolling on social networking platforms have come to light. Earlier this year, Facebook also received heavy backlash after video of the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosque in New Zealand was live-streamed. Using “appropriate information gathering” powers, regulator ofcom may order sites like Facebook or Youtube to hand over data or algorithms which many say drive content to vulnerable children, the report added.last_img read more

Laayoune Forum Celebrates Creation and African Women Leadership

Rabat – The southern Moroccan city of Laayoune is celebrating the first edition of the International Forum of Creation and African Women Leadership, which is taking place from December 7 to 9 at the city’s Conference Palace.Under the theme “the Image of Africa in African women’s literary creation,” the forum is gathering together prominent African literature leaders from different countries, including Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire South Africa, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria.The three-day event is being organized at the initiative of Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region under the instruction of King Mohammed VI. The event seeks to recognize the roles of women leaders in Africa in various fields, according to a statement issued by the region.“These roles have grown in accordance with major changes and challenges facing African societies that have resulted in opportunities for communication and cooperation between women’ elites in order to enable them to actively contribute to opening up the horizons of prosperity and promise that every African aspires to,” said the statement.The first session of the forum was dedicated to celebrate the participation of Aminata Sao Fall, a Senegalese writer. The forum has paid a warm homage to the Senegalese literary leader during the opening ceremony. The symposium will be also marked by different panel discussions and workshops supervised by various critics and authors from Morocco and other African countries. The event is being marked by the participation of major literary figures from Europe, the US, and the Middle East.The event aims to create a platform for exchange, sharing of skills, and know-how between African women, according to Morocco’s Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj.Highlighting the importance of the event, which features the region’s interest in major topics related to women’s leadership, the minister said that “this forum brings together all the elements of a conscious awareness of reconciling the different aspects related to development and to the efforts towards continental integration.” read more

Indigenous chapter critical to NAFTA despite current challenges Bellegarde

OTTAWA — An Indigenous chapter in NAFTA mustn’t be allowed to fall by the wayside, regardless of the challenges currently confronting negotiators, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.Canada, the U.S. and Mexico concluded the fourth round of NAFTA negotiations on Tuesday in Arlington, Va. — discussions that spanned seven days and involved nearly 30 groups, according to Global Affairs.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer also announced Tuesday that the trade talks are being extended into 2018.Bellegarde, who is part of an advisory committee on the talks, said he wants to ensure officials understand the importance of including Indigenous Peoples, since they were left out of original NAFTA negotiations in the 1990s.“I just want to make sure the officials at the table are aware and get the importance of not forgetting about the Indigenous Peoples chapter as well, because this is the first time you will have an opportunity to have it in an international trade agreement,” Bellegarde said from Milwaukee, Wis., where he spoke at the National Congress of American Indians.“I’m seizing the opportunity to make sure this doesn’t fall off the table.”Bellegarde said there is support for the idea of an Indigenous chapter in the trade deal.“In order to create economic certainty … to foster greater Indigenous Peoples’ participation in the economy and international trade, it makes sense for this Indigenous Peoples chapter to go forward.”Bellegarde said Tuesday he has personally enlisted the backing of American tribes for the chapter, pointing out that the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution in support of its creation.“They’re going to formalize it as well later on this week,” he said. “That’s good to see that support happening already”For her part, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has also called for “progressive” elements to be included in a renegotiated NAFTA, such as stronger labour standards, tougher environmental protections and chapters on gender and Indigenous rights.Ottawa has been exploring how provisions in the trade agreement can support Indigenous economic development while it also considers how to make the pact compliant with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.–Follow @kkirkup on Twitter read more

Sri Lanka warns of a world dictator

The government delegation in Geneva said Sri Lanka will continue its policy of peace and reconciliation ad will also continue to defend the independence and the prerogatives of the Human Rights Council.Meanwhile the delegation also said it has sought a clarification on the allegations that members of the government delegation had threatened and intimidated human rights defenders.However the delegation says so far it has not received any clarification. (Colombo Gazette) However the government delegation did not name the country it sees as a dictator although it was apparent Sri Lanka was referring to the U.S which pushed for the resolution on Sri Lanka and which was subsequently adopted.Sri Lanka called for unity in the common struggle to defend its sovereignty, independence, and the free choice of the people to shape their own society and destiny. “Today one country deems itself the depository of a mission to dictate to the rest of the world its vision of democracy, of human rights, of development. Is any of us safe from becoming the next target, the object of pressure, even of military aggression, the detriment of our peoples and their right to life?” the statement said. Sri Lanka has warned that there is an attempt by one country to dictate to the world through which arises the threat of pressure or even military aggression.A statement by Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council on the closing day of its 19th session yesterday (Friday) also notes that pressure and various other methods were used to obtain support for the U.S sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka. The statement said that Sri Lanka rejects all form of unilateralism, threats, sanctions, blockades, conditionality and an orchestrated disinformation campaign on the country. read more

Hizbullah reveals dealings with Zahran in 2015

Former Governor of the Eastern Province M.L.A.M. Hizbullah today revealed the dealings he had with Easter attacks mastermind Zahran Hashim in 2015.Hizbullah told the Parliament Select Committee on the Easter Sunday attacks that he met Zahran Hashim in 2015 ahead of the Parliamentary elections. He claimed that Zahran Hashim met all the Muslim candidates contesting the 2015 elections from Batticaloa. “Not just me. Several Sri Lanka Muslim Congress candidates and others also met him,” Hizbullah said. Hizbullah said that Hashim was then seen only as a preacher and was not known to have had links to terrorism.He said that Zahran Hashim was a good speaker and he had several young followers. Hizbullah said that he and some other candidates contesting the election had signed an agreement with him to seek his support for the elections.Some of the conditions he had put forward were that candidates must not play music while campaigning, must not use firecrackers and must ensure women and men are seated separately at the election meetings.Hizbullah said that Zahran however went against him a few days later as music had been played at one of his election meetings. Hizbullah said that Zahran eventually made sure that he lost the 2015 Parliamentary elections. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Plant to process ore concentrate from NWT mine planned for Saskatchewan

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2013 5:17 pm MDT Plant to process ore concentrate from N.W.T. mine planned for Saskatchewan LANGHAM, Sask. – A new ore processing plant is being proposed for northwest Saskatchewan.The Fortune Minerals facility, to be located east of Langham, about 35 kilometres from Saskatoon, would process ore concentrate from a mine in the Northwest Territories.A director with Fortune, Rick Schryer, says there have been three main concerns raised by residents.The biggest is the use of water from the Dalmeny aquifer, while the others are fears the aquifer will be contaminated from leaking brine or other chemicals.Schryer says whether the plant gets built depends on government approval and the mine in the Northwest Territories which will send ore concentrate for processing.He adds they don’t want to build the plant before the mine is done because then it will just sit there idle.Construction on the processing facility could start as soon as late next year.(CJWW) read more

Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline

by James MacPherson And Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2017 11:56 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CANNON BALL, N.D. – Construction of the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline has begun, and the full system should be operational within three months, the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday, even as an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply.The Army granted Energy Transfer Partners formal permission Wednesday to lay pipe under a North Dakota reservoir, clearing the way for completion of the 1,200-mile pipeline. Company spokeswoman Vicki Granado confirmed early Thursday that construction resumed “immediately after receiving the easement.”Workers had already drilled entry and exit holes for the segment, and oil had been put in the pipeline leading up to Lake Oahe in anticipation of finishing the project.“The estimate is 60 days to complete the drill and another 23 days to fill the line to Patoka,” Granado said, referring to the shipping point in Illinois that is the pipeline’s destination.Work was stalled for months due to opposition by the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes. Both tribes argue that the pipeline threatens their water supply and cultural sites.In a statement, Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier said the water “is our life. It must be protected at all costs.”The Cheyenne River reservation in South Dakota borders the Standing Rock reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The last piece of the pipeline would pass under the lake on the Missouri River, which marks the eastern border of both reservations.A separate court battle unfolded between the developer and the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the federal land where the last segment is now being laid. President Donald Trump last month instructed the Corps to advance pipeline construction.The Cheyenne River Sioux on Thursday asked a federal judge to stop the work while a lawsuit filed earlier by the tribes proceeds. Attorney Nicole Ducheneaux said in court documents that the pipeline “will desecrate the waters” that the Cheyenne River Sioux rely on.Energy Transfer Partners, which maintains the pipeline is safe, did not immediately respond in court to the filing. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg did not immediately rule.The tribes’ lawsuit, filed last summer, has been on hold while the dispute over the final pipeline segment played out. The Cheyenne River Sioux on Thursday told the judge that they also want to make a claim on freedom-of-religion grounds.“The sanctity of these waters is a central tenet of their religion, and the placement of the pipeline itself, apart from any rupture and oil spill, is a desecration of these waters,” Ducheneaux wrote.Standing Rock Sioux attorney Jan Hasselman has said that tribe will also try to block the construction in court, with likely arguments that further study is necessary to preserve tribal treaty rights.An assessment conducted last year determined that building the final segment of the pipeline would not have a significant effect on the environment. However, the Army decided in December that further study was warranted to address tribal concerns.The Corps launched an environmental study on Jan. 18, but Trump signed an executive action six days later telling the Corps to allow the company to proceed with construction. Legal experts have disagreed on whether the Army can change its mind simply because of the change in White House administrations.An encampment near the construction drew thousands of protesters last year in support of the tribes, leading to occasional clashes with law enforcement and hundreds of arrests.Granado said she was not aware of any incidents involving pipeline opponents in the area Thursday. The Morton County Sheriff’s Office also said it had not responded to any incidents.Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault said in a statement late Wednesday that the tribe is prepared to keep up the battle in the courts, “to fight against an administration that seeks to dismiss not only our treaty rights and status as sovereign nations, but the safe drinking water of millions of Americans.”In a statement Wednesday, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum urged “co-operation and restraint” from all parties and requested federal law enforcement assistance to keep the peace during construction.Protesters rallied in several U.S. cities Wednesday. Joye Braun and Payu Harris, two pipeline opponents who have been at the North Dakota protest encampment, said in an interview at a nearby casino that there’s frustration but also resolve in the wake of the Army’s decision.“The goal is still prayerful, nonviolent direct action,” Braun said.___Blake Nicholson reported from Bismarck, North Dakota. Follow him on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/NicholsonBlake . Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline read more

Superior continues development of processing equipment with Valor Vertical Shaft Impactor

first_imgSuperior Industries, a US based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, debuts its new patent pending Valor™ Vertical Shaft Impactor (VSI). The VSI is Superior’s second equipment solution for crushing bulk materials after launching the compression style Patriot™ cone crusher late last year. Impact style crushers, like the Valor VSI, produce a more cubically-shaped product.Incorporating criteria from several of its existing customers, Superior says its engineers produced a stronger, safer and more convenient design. For example, the VSI is equipped with a cartridge style, right angle pinion gearbox. This allows for a safer deck-mounted motor arrangement, which also simplifies access to the drive and its components. In addition, a hydraulically-powered lifting lid allows for safe and easy access to the crushing chamber. Maintenance inspectors are protected by a combination of automatic and manual safety interlocks. Thirdly, an innovative autogenous rotor design encourages more rock on rock crushing, which greatly extends the life of many internal parts.Superior manufactures models of its new Valor VSI for rates up to 725 t/h and maximum feed sizes up to 203mm.last_img read more

No woman should have to cover her head for fear of offending

first_img Lorraine Courtney Friday 24 Feb 2017, 6:45 AM FRANCE’S FAR-RIGHT PRESIDENTIAL candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon’s top Sunni Muslim cleric this week.Le Pen was supposed to meet with the country’s grand mufti, Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, but when one of his aides handed her a white headscarf to put on, she refused and headed back to her car.After walking away from the meeting Le Pen said she had already confirmed with the cleric’s office that she would not wear a headscarf. “They didn’t cancel the meeting, so I thought they would accept the fact that I wouldn’t wear one,” she said. “They tried to impose it upon me.”Women standing up for ourselvesI don’t agree with Marine Le Pen on much but I admire what she did on Tuesday. It’s about time European women stood up for our rights and values.What’s most important here is not to protect the act of wearing a hijab as a human right, but actually protecting the right of an individual to be able to safely make that choice.This means that when we’re critical of veil bans, we should also be critical of countries that force women to cover as well. People have rights, belief systems don’t, and no woman should have to suck it up for fear of offending religious values.Admittedly it would be difficult to analyse and debate the flow of news and commentary over the past few years without feeling a subconscious need to be a corrective to clichés and biases about Islam. The Islamophobia in the press, our public discourse and institutions is constant and real. We live in troubled times.Patriarchal religions enforcing modesty codesBut the myth of male weakness and the perversion of religious texts to support enforced modesty codes for women is also a fact. It’s a fugly myth that shifts the responsibility of managing a man’s sexual urges from himself and onto every woman he may or may not meet.It’s not very different to the sick mentality behind the claim, “She was asking for it.” It’s done in the name of Islam and it has been done in the name of the Catholic church here.Egyptian-born journalist Mona Eltahawy’s essay for Foreign Policy is an uncomfortable and obligatory read. She writes how it’s easy (albeit horrifically depressing and disturbing) to count the ways the Middle East hates women.But it’s harder to answer the question the essay’s title proposes: WHY do they hate women? Eltahawy concludes the reason is fueled: “by a toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend.” And she’s so right.Right to dress as we wantI understand all the reasons for France’s niqab ban, particularly the desire on the part of the French establishment to limit the expression of political Islam through women’s dress and other things. I want the Muslim-woman-in-need-of-a-Western-saviour narrative to disappear too.I understand the error of women having their headscarves ripped off by Trump supporters and as a feminist I stand by a woman’s right to dress exactly as she wants; the right to cover is just as important as the right to uncover.A hijab-wearer shouldn’t have to justify her choice of dress any more than Marine Le Pen should have to justify why she wouldn’t put one on. The decision isn’t the important issue, it’s the options we women have.Marine Le Pen did the sisterhood a favour this week and hopefully we can eventually get it right on this one. Understanding a woman’s right to choose anything is something we haven’t figured out how to discuss constructively yet.Lorraine Courtney is a journalist and columnist.Le Pen sparks controversy by refusing to wear veil in Lebanon>An Irishwoman on converting to Islam: ‘It excited me. It wasn’t anything I thought it was’> By Lorraine Courtney 189 Comments ‘No woman should have to cover her head for fear of offending religious values’ Women have the right to dress exactly as they want. The right to cover is just as important as the right to uncover, writes Lorraine Courtney. 2,814 Views Freelance journalist Short URL Share535 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3254843 Feb 24th 2017, 6:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La NouvelleZélande veut purifier les gaz de moutons

first_imgLa Nouvelle-Zélande veut purifier les gaz de moutonsLes moutons vont devoir participer à la lutte contre les gaz à effet de serre. Le méthane qui se crée dans l’estomac des animaux pour favoriser la digestion, se voit directement rejeter dans l’atmosphère. En Nouvelle-Zélande, au vu du nombre croissant d’élevages, les scientifiques étudient de près des possibilités de lutter contre ce générateur de pollution.CH4, le méthane rejeté abondamment par les flatulences ovines encourage les chercheurs à se pencher sur des moyens limitant un phénomène toujours plus polluant. Des scientifiques néo-zélandais étudient ainsi actuellement une manière de purifier ces gaz en supprimant carrément le méthane généré. Pour mener ces recherches, un grand laboratoire situé à Palmerston en Nouvelle-Zélande a été mis en place : des moutons y sont enfermés dans des boxs hermétiques durant deux jours de manière à examiner par des filtres la fréquence et le contenu de leurs rejets.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Le regain d’attention portée au changement climatique et les nouvelles technologies nous permettent d’espérer accomplir ce qui était impossible avant”, explique Peter Janssen du Centre de recherche sur les gaz à effet de serre d’origine agricole. Ainsi, les chercheurs essayent de comprendre pourquoi certains spécimens polluent d’avantage que d’autres, et s’il existe un lien entre les régimes alimentaires “écologiques” et la quantité de méthane rejeté. Enfin, une autre technique celle-ci génétique, fait l’objet d’avancée sérieuse : un vaccin empêchant les ruminants de relâcher du méthane est en cours de mise au point et pourrait voire le jour dans une quinzaine d’années. “Nous pouvons maintenant identifier ces organismes et les cibler spécifiquement pour travailler sur des vaccins à partir de molécules inhibitrices qui s’attaquent uniquement aux microbes producteurs de méthane”, détaille ainsi Peter Janssen.Selon les chiffres communiqués par les Nations-Unies, 18% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre émaneraient des animaux d’élevage. Mais la Nouvelle-Zélande qui a investi 50 millions de dollars néo-zélandais (30,8 millions d’euros) dans un programme de réduction des émissions polluantes d’origine agricole, rencontre une proportion beaucoup plus élevée, de près de 50%. Le 3 mai 2012 à 13:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Listen Scientists Create Music Soundtrack to a Mars Sunrise

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on target Music to a Martian’s ears? A team of scientists from the Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Exeter in the UK applied data sonification techniques to a photo of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the NASA rover Opportunity, to create a two-minute piece of music.Researchers created the piece of music by scanning a picture — captured by the  solar-powered, robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, in early 2018 — from left to right, pixel by pixel, and looking at brightness and color information and combining them with terrain elevation, according to a press release by the Anglia Ruskin University.The researchers used algorithms to assign each element a specific pitch and melody.The resulting song, titled “Mars Soundscapes” and released this week, sounds soothing yet (unsurprisingly) otherworldly.“The quiet, slow harmonies are a consequence of the dark background and the brighter, higher pitched sounds towards the middle of the piece are created by the sonification of the bright sun disk,” according to Anglia Ruskin University.The world premiere of the piece will be presented at the Supercomputing SC18 Conference in Dallas, Texas,  on November 13. Presenters Dr. Domenico Vicinanza, of Anglia Ruskin University, and Dr. Genevieve Williams, of the University of Exeter, will use both conventional speakers and vibrational transducers “so the audience could feel the vibrations with their hands, thus enjoying a first-person experience of a sunrise on Mars.”“Image sonification is a really flexible technique to explore science and it can be used in several domains, from studying certain characteristics of planet surfaces and atmospheres, to analysing weather changes or detecting volcanic eruptions,” says Dr. Vicinanza, who is director of the Sound and Game Engineering (SAGE) research group at Anglia Ruskin.“We are absolutely thrilled about presenting this work about such a fascinating planet,” he said.More on Geek.com:SpaceX Rehearses Recovery of Astronauts During Ocean LandingsNASA Releases First 8K Video From Space (And It’s Really Cool)NASA to Play Classic Arcade ‘Claw Game’ on Marslast_img read more

The Latest San Diego County Supervisor race

first_img 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) – For the Democrats the San Diego County Supervisor race is a top priority to get a voice in our county government. It is historically, and still is, dominated by five Republicans.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has the details. Steve Bosh, Posted: October 2, 2018 The Latest: San Diego County Supervisor race October 2, 2018 Steve Bosh Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Weather Eye Spring showers breezes — even storms — will continue to

first_imgDespite clouds and a stiff breeze at times we still hit 70 degrees in many locales Monday. Rainfall was light — only a few hundredths of an inch or a trace — in general. The exceptions came as thundershowers.Tyler Mode of Battle Ground sent me a video of a real frog-strangler Monday afternoon.Monday was more like early April than mid-May. A line of thunderstorms over the Battle Ground area moved east of the mountains late in the afternoon and a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for northeast Oregon, northern Idaho and western Montana.There were plenty of dark clouds here, mainly toward the foothills, and I thought the gusty wind — over 30 mph at times — from the ocean was refreshing. Power outages were reported east of Portland, probably due to small broken branches’ hitting power lines. Small hail was reported in east Clark County and Portland.That is how the week will go, with some clouds and a chance of showers. I measured May’s first rainfall on Sunday — 0.12 of an inch, then 0.02 of an inch Monday as of 5 p.m.Saturday’s weather for the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands still looks dry although on the cool side this year. I see a slight chance of showers, but it’s still a reach to pinpoint just what may develop.last_img read more

911 call issue in Broward County resolved

first_imgThe 911 call issue has been resolved. No impact to the radio system or computer-aided dispatch. Call takers attempted to return all calls that went into the abandoned queue. An after-action report will be generated and shared.— Broward County 911 (@911Broward) April 27, 2018Officials said they don’t believe any actual emergency calls were impacted. “They just came here as a precaution. None of the calls were forwarded to Coral Springs,” Reik said. “They were able to handle everything through their BSO facility.”Fort Lauderdale dispatch centers also implemented a back up with an automatic message that stated, “If you have an emergency in the City of Fort Lauderdale and need immediate police or fire assistance, place call (954) 828-4200.”“We instantly activated what you see behind me, which is a makeshift communication center,” Maglione said.The outage lasted about an hour. County officials tweeted out just before 2 p.m. to notify the public that the issue was resolved. CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A phone system outage at several 911 dispatch centers created some concern before the issue was resolved, Friday afternoon.Callers had a hard time getting through to 911 dispatchers in Broward County for about an hour at noon on Friday, but officials had a backup plan in place.Officials said the call would go through before it dropped and that’s when a makeshift call center was initiated.“This is what we do. As first responders, our obligations are to protect the life and property of everybody,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione.When technology doesn’t cooperate, officials still made sure they were helping as best they could.“When [the calls] come in, they had the caller I.D., they’d be able to see them and then call the individual back,” said Coral Springs Police Officer Tyler Reik, “because when they picked up the phone, the call would drop.”While that backup was in place, the Broward Sheriff’s Office sent dispatchers to the Coral Springs Police dispatch center. center_img Every city in Broward County, except Coral Springs and Plantation, was effected by the issue.Everything is now back up and running normally.The county said they will study how the outage happened, how the backup systems worked and then will issue a report which will be available next week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Big Pubs Looking for Strength in Numbers

first_imgHow crazy would it have sounded if, before the recession hit, Time Inc., Conde Nast, Hearst and Meredith all joined together to create a digital distribution platform to develop a proprietary content format and service eReaders?How about creating an ad network? Up to now, publishers were leveraging and/or creating their own vertical networks. Martha Stewart Living, Meredith and Forbes were all creating them. Now, there’s some background chatter about the formation of a multi-publisher ad network. AdAge reported on it, and PaidContent threw a wet blanket on the concept.And then there’s Time Inc.’s year-old Maghound, which offers custom subscription packages to a variety of publications from different publishers. 413,000 issues have been shipped so far, and Maghound’s president Dave Ventresca told attendees at MPA’s Innovation Summit this month that as the service moves out of its proof of concept stage, it will begin a more robust marketing campaign for all participating publisher titles, not just the Time Inc. ones.Most recently, 15 British publishers formed a venture to promote their thinking person’s magazines that apparently get lost in the crush of titles dealing with less weighty topics.On a smaller publisher scale, but by no means tiny, Mother Jones is leading the formation of a journalistic co-op to tackle, in an investigative format, climate change—several magazines are sharing reporting resources. AdAge’s Simon Dumenco spoke with MoJo co-editor Clara Jeffery about the project and her comments about the partnership can be applied to any area of the publishing business.”We have complementary audiences, but even the biggest players seem to think they can benefit from having their work introduced to the core audiences of the other partners,” she told Dumenco.And, above all, it’s the quickly-changing media world that’s driving publishers to seek out ideas and and potential partners:  “Secondly, everybody is really eager to use this as a way to test-drive collaborations, which everybody sees as a vital part of the emerging media landscape. On that front, we’ll likely learn as much from what doesn’t work as what does.” Where smaller publishers—from b-to-b to consumer enthusiast—form consortiums to attain economies of scale for materials and production services like printing, paper buying and distribution, the mass consumer publishers are setting aside their historically fierce competitiveness to tackle mass problems.  Across-the-board ad page and revenue drops, online-sourced subscriptions, pay wall models, and digital content formats and distribution are some of the latest battles that big consumer publishers think can be won through solidarity.It’s an interesting concept that can be traced back to then Hachette CEO Jack Kliger’s outspoken calls for pre-recession unity to revolutionize rate base—magazines needed to stop competing with each other, come together as a platform and compete with TV, the Internet and radio. “Circulation-based metrics are irrelevant to proving advertising effectiveness,” he told an AMC audience in 2005.Now, sick of feeling the sting from getting spanked by “aggregators,” “plagiarists,” and “content kleptomaniacs,” as Ruport Murdoch put it at a recent event in Beijing where he and the AP’s CEO Tom Curley continued their rant against Google et al, big publishers are joining together to ostensibly regain—or actually gain—control of how their content and advertising models are consumed.last_img read more

ALM McGrawHill Lead the Way Among ABMs Neal Award Finalists

first_imgTrade media association American Business Media Tuesday morning released the finalists for this year’s iteration of its annual Jesse H. Neal Awards. Of some 660 entries, 123 have made it to the final round, the group said. Legal publisher ALM drew the most finalist selections with 18, followed by McGraw-Hill at 16 and Crain Communications with 11. In the group with more than $7 million in gross advertising and circulation revenue, McGraw-Hill took one nomination and ALM two spots in the category of Best Single Issue of a magazine. Best Web site nominations went to The Progressive Farmer, McGraw-Hill and IEEE Media, while Hanley Wood, Farm Journal Media and IEEE Media were finalists in the Best Integrated Package category.In the group with less than $3 million in gross advertising/circulation revenue, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill and Marketing & Technology Group were finalists in the Best Single Issue of a Magazine category. Best Integrated Package nods went to McGraw-Hill, SourceMedia and Meister Media Worldwide. ABM will hand out this year’s awards, including the Grand Neal Award, at an awards luncheon scheduled for March 10 at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City.Click here for the complete list of 2011 finalists.last_img read more

Former Ravn Alaska employees charged with stealing 300plus computers bound for rural

first_imgEditor’s note: This story now includes a statement from Ravn Alaska sent a day after airing.Six former Ravn Alaska employees are charged with stealing hundreds of computers sent by mail to village schools.Listen nowFederal authorities allege the men took the computers while employed as ramp agents for the air carrier in Anchorage.Charged in the indictment with conspiracy, mail theft and possession of stolen mail are Congress Lepou, 29; Breadoflife “Presley” Faiupu, 36; Hubert Barte, 37; Paulo Maae, 24; Harold Velicaria, 35; and Rogelio “Roger” Daquis, 49.All six of the men were arrested and in custody as of Monday.The Apple computers went missing from March 2015 to April 2017. It wasn’t until the recent arrests that the rural school districts who’d bought them had an answer: They’d been the victims of mail theft.“We already have long delays getting mail, and any additional, undo delay is even more frustrating,” Bobby Bolen, superintendent of Bering Strait School District, said.Bering Strait and the Lower Yukon School District were both named as victims in the indictment. They would order the computers and have them shipped to Alaska, and Ravn was contracted to pick up mail at the U.S. Postal Service’s distribution center in Anchorage. The Ravn employees were then supposed to transfer the mail to planes headed to Alaska villages.According to the indictment, the men took the stolen mail to their personal vehicles.“The Ravn Alaska employees utilized that company truck to, instead of taking the mail directly to the airplanes, to drive it to the employee parking lot and offload some of the items of value, including the Apple computers,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward said.The indictment says they later worked with others to sell the stolen goods.According to another school district official, the missing computers were reported to Apple, and the schools were not billed for them.According to prosecutors, the men stole 343 computers. In one instance, they also allegedly took hundreds of cartons of cigarettes and cans of chewing tobacco. The total value of the stolen mail was about $489,000.The computers were supposed to be headed to the communities of Saint Marys, Mountain Village, Stebbins, Unalakleet, Emmonak, Kotlik, Alakanuk, Aniak, Greyling, Kalskag and Koyuk, among others.Bolen, the Bering Strait superintendent, said the thefts meant students didn’t have the computers they needed for assignments.“Today’s education relies on technology, and it’s a vital part of our curriculum,” Bolen said. “Our teachers will do what needs to be done, but it’s still frustrating to have to wait months and keep reordering things.”It is unclear if Ravn itself will suffer any consequences to its contract with the Postal Service. The air carrier did not immediately respond to a request for comment and did not answer questions including how the theft went on for two years and whether the company had made any changes to prevent future thefts.Editor’s note: A Ravn spokesperson said in a Jan. 23 statement that the company cooperated with the U.S. Postal Service investigators and assisted their investigation, and also fired the employees involved.last_img read more

Jakarta governor jailed for blasphemy

first_imgJakarta’s Christian governor was jailed for two years Tuesday after being found guilty of blasphemy, in a shock decision that has stoked concerns over rising religious intolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.Islamic hardliners outside the Jakarta court cheered and shouted “God is greatest!” as news came through that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama would be sent to prison, a surprisingly harsh punishment after prosecutors recommended only probation.Purnama, Jakarta’s first non-Muslim governor for half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader, looked calm when the verdict was announced and said he would appeal, as some of his supporters in court burst into tears.The 50-year-old was hauled into court last year to face trial on charges of insulting the Koran while campaigning for re-election, after the blasphemy accusations sparked a series of mass protests in Jakarta spearheaded by radical groups and encouraged by his rivals.Tuesday’s jail sentence and his loss last month to a Muslim challenger in the Jakarta vote, which he had once been favourite to win, has fuelled fears that hardliners are growing increasingly influential and that the country’s much-vaunted tolerant brand of Islam is under threat.”It’s another big step in the slow decline of religious freedom in Indonesia,” said Andreas Harsono, Indonesia researcher for Human Rights Watch, after Purnama was jailed.”If someone of that political stature can be charged and sent to prison, what will happen to others?”Indonesia, 90 percent of whose 255 million people are Muslim, has a long tradition of pluralistic values and is home to substantial populations of Christians, Muslims and Buddhists. But there has been a rise in attacks on minorities in recent years.The five-judge panel at the Jakarta court found Purnama guilty of blasphemy after a months-long trial, in a case criticised as politically motivated.Announcing the verdict, presiding judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto said Purnama was “convincingly guilty of committing blasphemy and is sentenced to two years in prison” and ordered him to be detained.Blasphemy carries a maximum jail term of five years in Indonesia but the sentence was a surprise as judges typically follow the recommendation of prosecutors in criminal cases.The prosecutors last month urged judges to hand Purnama two years of probation, with a possible one-year jail term if he committed a crime during that period.’Free Ahok’Outside the court, hundreds of Islamic radicals wearing white Muslim skullcaps celebrated as they heard about the jail sentence.”Thank God, he should be jailed — this is right. He has insulted us,” Bachtiar, 38, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.After the verdict, the governor was taken to a Jakarta prison but it was unclear whether he would remain in jail or be released later to allow him to file his appeal.Authorities said they had begun the process of dismissing Purnama from his post, which he was due to vacate in October anyway, and making his deputy acting governor.Despite the trial, Purnama retained a loyal following in Jakarta, due to his determination to clean up the traffic-clogged and polluted city.Supporters rallied outside court as the verdict was announced and flocked to the jail where Purnama was taken, chanting “Free Ahok”.Tobias Basuki, an analyst from Jakarta think-tank the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said the shock decision could have been driven by pressure from Purnama’s political foes on the notoriously corrupt judiciary to remove the governor from power as soon as possible.The controversy began in September when Purnama, known for his outspoken style, offended Muslims after he quoted a passage from the Koran during his re-election campaign.He insinuated that his opponents had used a Koranic verse to trick people into voting against him. Some interpret the verse as meaning Muslims should not vote for non-Muslim leaders.An edited version of his speech went viral online, sparking outrage.Critics want the country’s blasphemy laws overhauled. The legislation was rarely used during the 32-year rule of strongman Suharto, but in recent years has been exploited to persecute minorities, rights groups say.last_img read more

Party Politics Ep 65 President Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For The Supreme

first_img X Getty ImagesSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, and their daughters stand by President Trump after the president announced Kavanaugh’s nomination on Monday.On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:Texas:Jenkins blames Cruz for not making ballotU.S. Senate Debate?Fundraising roundupBreitbart pollVet school debate?National: Pruitt!NATO VisitBritish Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resignsTrump WH misses the deadline to reunite families To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /30:35 Listen Brandon and Jay talk about President Trump nominating Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Don Geraci, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editors are Matt Prendergast and Giselle Bueno. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

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