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Political motive behind denial of states name change MamataPolitical motive behind denial of states name change Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that there is a political motive for not allowing change of the state’s name to ‘Bangla’ and accused the Centre of ‘depriving’ the state.”We have been trying since 2003. So many years have gone by but till date it (name change) has not happened. I am amazed that in spite of giving all clarifications, Bengal is being deprived,” Banerjee said at the floor of the state Assembly. She maintained that she had already written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue and with the permission of Speaker Biman Banerjee, laid down her letter before the House. “I have urged the Prime Minister to take necessary action including a constitutional amendment in the ongoing Parliament session,” Banerjee added. She further said that ‘Bengali’ is the fifth largest spoken language in the world. “Bengali language is our pride and all languages should be respected,” Banerjee reiterated. “I would request you to kindly accept the wishes of the people of West Bengal, as enshrined in the Resolution of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly and in the proposal of the West Bengal Cabinet, to rename our state as ‘Bangla’ in English, Hindi and Bengali. This re-christening will be in consonance with the history, culture and identity of our state and will reflect on the aspirations of our people,” the letter by Banerjee stated. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt was July 2018 when the state Assembly had passed a resolution unanimously to change the name of the state to ‘Bangla’ in the three most-spoken languages — Bengali, Hindi and English — and sent the proposal to the Union Home Ministry. It may be mentioned that Union minister of state for Home Nityanand Rai, in a written response to a question from MP Ritabrata Banerjee on Wednesday, had said that the Centre has not cleared the name ‘Bangla’ for West Bengal.last_img read more

Lionel Scaloni to remain Argentina coach until 2022 WC OfficialLionel Scaloni to remain Argentina coach until 2022 WC Official

first_imgBuenos Aires: Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni will keep his job until at least the 2022 World Cup, national team director Cesar Menotti has said. Lionel Scaloni said last week that he had been guaranteed the role only until December after guiding the Albiceleste to third place at the Copa America in Brazil. “It (the extended contract) is what he deserved and there was an agreement,” Menotti said in comments that were widely published by local press on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency. The Argentine Football Association will reportedly make the announcement official next week. Lionel Scaloni, 41, replaced Jorge Scaloni after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the Albiceleste were eliminated in the last 16 by eventual champions France. The South American zone qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will begin next March.last_img read more

Voting in 7 constituencies concludes peacefullyVoting in 7 constituencies concludes peacefully

first_imgKolkata: Except for a few stray clashes, the election in seven Lok Sabha seats passed off peacefully in Bengal.Arif Aftab, Chief Electoral Officer, said the polls were peaceful, barring some stray incidents and the poll percentage was 73.97 till 5 pm when many people were found to be standing in long queues to exercise their franchise which indicates that the polling percentage is likely to go up. The Parliament constituencies where polling was held in the 5th phase of the seven-phase election are Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambag and the polling percentage in these seats are 76.18, 71.28, 67.59, 77.57, 77.31, 76.14 and 75.73 respectively. As many as 5 FIRs were registered, out of which two were in Dhaniakhali and two in Mohonpur including one against BJP candidate from Barrackpore Arjun Singh. Twelve people including five media persons were injured in different incidents and five vehicles were damaged including three belonging to the press. An FIR was lodged against a person who had thrown an Electronic Voting Machine causing severe damage to it in Dhaniakhali in Hooghly. The Presiding Officer later lodged an FIR. Around 1 pm, Locket Chatterjee, BJP candidate from Hooghly, along with her party supporters went inside the booth and one of them took away the EVM and threw it on the floor alleging that some people were casting false votes there. In Tarakeshwar Assembly seat, a Presiding Officer was issued a show-cause notice after a person was seen helping another to cast his vote. In Howrah’s Panchla, the Presiding Officer lodged an FIR after he was allegedly beaten up by two polling agents. In Noapara, BJP candidate from Barrackpore Arjun Singh got involved in a scuffle between two groups of youths. Later, the police rescued him. Singh fell on the ground while chasing some outsiders at Bhatpara. In Mohanpur, the locals did not allow Singh to get down from his vehicle. They alleged that voting was being held peacefully when Singh’s supporters tried to create trouble. He also could not get down from his vehicle at Amdanga where people shouted “Go back” slogans. They alleged that Singh had gone there to create trouble. Prasun Banerjee, TMC candidate from Howrah, was allegedly assaulted by the jawans of the Central Forces in front of a booth. There was a scuffle between two groups when the Central Force personnel resorted to lathi-charge to quell the mob. They reportedly beat up Banerjee after failing to recognise him. The Election Commission in the evening took up the matter with the IG, BSF. At Hingli in Bongaon, a police constable along with another person got injured in a bomb-throwing incident. They were rushed to a hospital where they were released after treatment. After reports of violence and the death of a voter during the previous phase, the EC deployed Central Forces at all the polling stations in the state. Altogether, 578 companies of Central Forces have been deployed to assist the state police.last_img read more

King Felipe VI hands to Moroccan Mohamed El Amrani Fundacion de…King Felipe VI hands to Moroccan Mohamed El Amrani Fundacion de…

Madrid – King Felipe VI of Spain handed on Thursday an award of the Fundacion de Principe de Gerona to Moroccan Mohamed El Amrani in the social category.The prize awarding ceremony took place in Gerona (Catalunia) in the presence of Queen Letizia, Spanish interior minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, the Spanish government’s delegate in Catalunia Llanos de Luna and other personalities.In addition to El Amrani, other recipients are Hugo Fontela (in the arts and literature category), Ignasi Belda (enterprises), and Alberto Enciso and Rui Miguel Dos Santos (Scientific research). The Foundation prize rewards young people for their personal leadership in conducting integration projects for marginalized groups or communities facing risks of exclusion.The jury said El Amrani was honored for his “personal exemplarity, positive communication, community activities and ability to find simple solutions to complex problems”.El Amrani, born in 1992, established the “Red de Convivencia en Roses” association which had also earned him the “young social entrepreneur” national prize of the European University of Madrid and the “Youth” international foundation”.The “Red de Convivencia en Roses” association, based in Gerona (northeastern Spain), targets young people who are risk of being socially excluded, particularly immigrants with integration difficulties and all citizens who fight for a society of solidarity. read more

Alaska plan to partner with Chinese on gas line scrappedAlaska plan to partner with Chinese on gas line scrapped

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former Gov. Bill Walker’s push to work with partners in China to advance a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska has been scrapped.Walker’s successor, Gov. Mike Dunleavy, is taking a different approach, reports the Alaska Journal of Commerce.Joe Dubler, interim president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., recently testified before a state legislative committee. He said the corporation, which has been working on the state’s behalf to advance a project that would bring North Slope gas to market, did not renew a nonbinding agreement it had with three Chinese firms to buy up to 75% of the project’s liquefied natural gas in exchange for an equal share of the needed financing.Dubler said the project envisioned by that agreement no longer exists because the Dunleavy administration isn’t comfortable with the associated risk to the state.The agreement was signed with fanfare in 2017, in front of the presidents of the U.S. and China.Dubler said work done by the corporation since taking over the project in late 2016 proved there is international interest in an Alaska gas project.But he said more work is needed before major liquefied natural gas purchase and investment agreements can be finalized.Nonetheless, he argued the state is making unprecedented progress. “I think we’re closer now than we’ve ever been” to making a gas line project happen, he said. Similar arguments have been made during prior iterations of the project.The corporation is downsizing, and its remaining employees will focus on completing an environmental review process before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.A favourable decision at the end of that process could make the project more attractive to potential partners, he said.Dunleavy has said he wants the state to back away from leading the project and instead focus on bringing in partners, such as large oil companies, to take it over.Rep. Chris Tuck, an Anchorage Democrat, said this seems to be taking the project back to early 2016 when BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil were partners with the state but determined that global energy markets made the economics of the project difficult.Company representatives at that time said they would either shelve or slow down the project until market conditions improved or let the state examine ways to make it more economic. The state, under Walker, chose the latter.The Associated Press read more

Annan warns Ivorian political leadership not to delay in reviving peace processAnnan warns Ivorian political leadership not to delay in reviving peace process

Now that the Security Council has extended the transitional government in divided Côte d’Ivoire for a final year, the country’s political leadership must not delay in restarting the stalled peace process and resolving their disputes, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the West African nation.Civil society must also put the national interest first and avoid partisan political agendas, Mr. Annan states in his report to the Council, which adopted a resolution on 1 November endorsing an African Union (AU) decision to renew the mandate of Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny and President Laurent Gbagbo “for a new and final transition period not exceeding 12 months.”The Secretary-General writes that the resolution provides a sound framework for re-launching aspects of the peace process, including the staging of long-delayed national elections, which have been stalled since August.He calls on Mr. Banny and Mr. Gbagbo to “eschew confrontation and maintain a constructive working relationship,” especially in the areas of disarmament, identification of voters and the restoration of State authority. “Ivorian political leaders and civil society… must together cultivate a culture of political accommodation and tolerance, fight impunity, tackle the hate media, rid the nation of xenophobia, pay attention to the insidious local land and ethnic conflicts in the west and contribute… to put in place a mechanism to guarantee the credibility and transparency of the crucial identification of the population,” Mr. Annan says.Welcoming the fact that “some technical preparations” for disarmament and identification have taken place despite the stalemate, Mr. Annan nevertheless urges all sides to recognize that exceptional measures – including the possibility of power-sharing arrangements – will be needed during and immediately after the transition period.Côte d’Ivoire has been split in two between the Government-controlled south and the rebel-held north since the sides agreed to a cessation of hostilities in 2002. The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) has more than 9,000 military or police personnel in place to maintain peace, and Mr. Annan recommends that its mandate be extended for another year until 15 December 2007.The report notes that the security situation across the country is relatively calm, with only a handful of violent clashes – unrelated to domestic reaction to the Council resolution – taking place recently. Yet the humanitarian picture remains grim, with reports of fresh outbreaks among cholera and yellow fever. read more

Anthony Scrubbs Wiltjer among Canadians named to WCup qualifying rosterAnthony Scrubbs Wiltjer among Canadians named to WCup qualifying roster

TORONTO — Former Miami Heat forward Joel Anthony and Carleton Ravens stars Phil and Thomas Scrubb headline Canada’s men’s basketball roster for two World Cup qualifying games next week.Canada takes a 7-1 record into next Friday’s game against Venezuela (7-1) in Caracas. The Canadians, who sit atop Group F, then head to Sao Paolo to face Brazil (6-2) on Dec. 3.“We are enormously proud that so many athletes have stepped up and are committed to serving the cause and our country,” said Canada’s coach Roy Rana. “We are developing a sacrifice and this group embodies the spirit of giving unconditionally to something that is greater than themselves.”Canada, which no longer has NBA players at its disposal for qualifying games, will hold camp Monday through Wednesday in Orlando before flying to Venezuela.The Canadians’ final two final qualifying games are at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, N.L., on Feb. 21 versus Chile and Feb. 24 against Venezuela. Canada has a chance to clinch a berth before those games. At the culmination of the second round, the three highest-placed teams from each group, and the top fourth-placed team between Group E and Group F qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China, Aug. 31-Sept. 15.With 32 countries playing 92 games, the 2019 World Cup will be the biggest ever.The World Cup is the main qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Canadian men are gunning for their first Olympic berth since the 2000 Sydney Games.———Roster:Joel Anthony, Montreal, San Lorenzo Basket (Argentina); Aaron Best, Toronto, Risen Ludwigsburg (Germany); Brady Heslip, Burlington, Ont., Fraport Skyliners (Germany); Kaza Kajami-Keane, Ajax, Ont., Landstede Zwolle (Netherlands); Kyle Landry, Calgary, Buducnost (Montenegro); Conor Morgan, Victoria, Divina Seguros Joventut (Spain); Duane Notice, Woodbridge, Ont., BM Slam Stal (Poland); Dyshawn Pierre, Whitby, Ont., Raptors 905 (NBA G League); Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Markham, Ont., AEK Athens (Greece); Phil Scrubb, Richmond, B.C., Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia); Thomas Scrubb, Richmond, B.C., Pallacanestro Varese (Italy); Kyle Wiltjer, Portland, Or., Unicaga Malaga (Spain). The Canadian Press read more

Australian industry welcomes government commitment to carbon capture and storageAustralian industry welcomes government commitment to carbon capture and storage

first_imgGreg Evans, Chief Executive ACALET (COAL21 Fund) and Executive Director – Coal, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) says the coal industry which funds Australia’s largest private sector commitment to CCS (carbon capture and storage) research and demonstration through the COAL21 Fund welcomes the A$25 million Research Development and Demonstration Fund announced by the Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane.“Ongoing investment in research, development and demonstration in CCS technologies is vital along with the swelling investment in modern, clean and efficient coal power stations which is occurring at a rapid rate throughout Asia.“In Australia we have already had great success in CCS related research and demonstration through the COAL21 Fund and other initiatives. Those projects have included:The Callide OxyFuel Project in Queensland developing and demonstrating carbon capture using the oxyfuel technology, operating in carbon capture mode for over 10,000 hoursNumerous projects in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Western Australia working towards demonstrating the local geology such as – the NSW Storage Project, Carbon Geostorage Initiative, CTSCo, Carbonnet, Collie South West HubANLEC R&D who are working with Australian researchers including CSIRO and Australian universities to further the R&D in support of CCS.“Internationally, CCS is growing strongly with 22 large scale projects operating or under construction while SaskPower’s Boundary Dam coal power station in Canada is achieving 90% CO2 emission reductions in its first few months of operation, some 1 Mt/y of CO2. That’s the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road annually.“The focus of the announced program to include research priorities in subsurface knowledge and mapping, transport infrastructure, and development of international collaboration and partnerships is sensible.“ACALET (which manages the COAL21 Fund) and the Minerals Council of Australia welcomes the Australian Government’s continued support of CCS as a fundamental technology in achieving Australian and global emissions targets. As Minister Macfarlane points out, Australia’s energy resources are one of our most significant competitive advantages and further research and development in low emissions energy sources will strengthen Australia’s role as an energy superpower.last_img read more

Viable pipe bomb had the potential to kill or maimViable pipe bomb had the potential to kill or maim

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have said that a viable pipe bomb found on an Armagh street had the potential to kill or maim.It is the second viable explosive device found in the North within 24 hours.The device was found following reports of a suspicious object in the Alexander Avenue area of Armagh this morning.Homes in the area were evacuated for more than three hours this morning while the PSNI bomb squad carried out an investigation of the object. Police have now taken away the pipe bomb for further examination.PSNI Chief Inspector Davy Beck condemned the people who made the viable device.“It had the potential to kill or maim anyone who was near it if it had went off and I believe the vast majority of the community here do not want this dangerous activity in their area,” he said.He appealed for anyone with any information about the device to contact the PSNI.Separately, police found a viable device during a search of a street in Lurgan on Friday, which dissident republicans are believed to have been responsible for.Read: Device ‘designed to kill’ found during search of Lurgan street >Read: Adams to speak at conference alongside father of IRA bomb victim >Read: NI First Minister Peter Robinson hails GAA for its role in peace-building >last_img read more

Judge Homicide suspect not married at time of attackJudge Homicide suspect not married at time of attack

first_imgJudge Robert Lewis on Thursday found that the alleged marriage of triple-homicide suspect Brent Luyster and his alleged accomplice, Andrea Sibley, was invalid at the time of the July 2016 fatal shooting, thwarting the defense’s attempt to keep Sibley from testifying against Luyster at trial.The ruling was among about a half-dozen motions brought by Luyster’s defense team during an hourslong hearing, in which the attorneys and judge cruised through a number of issues in Clark County Superior Court.Luyster’s defense team filed motions to suppress firearms found during a police canine search in Longview, suppress evidence found in a storage unit belonging to Sibley, prohibit Sibley from testifying against Luyster, amend a shackling order against Luyster and change the trial venue, among other routine, pretrial matters.Prosecutors also raised concerns over former Clark County sheriff’s Detective Kevin Harper — a longtime major crimes detective who resigned from the sheriff’s office in February following allegations of misconduct — potentially being called to testify at trial by the defense. The issue may be re-addressed later, however, because the defense does not yet know if it will call Harper to testify.Luyster’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 30, though jury selection may take the first part of the week.On Thursday, his attorneys argued that prosecutors can’t call Sibley to testify against Luyster because of spousal immunity and said that the two were married in October 2013. However, the prosecution contended that the marriage, including a certificate filed with the Clark County Auditor’s Office in March, is fraudulent.last_img read more

Umtiti refuses to rule out Neymar move to Real MadridUmtiti refuses to rule out Neymar move to Real Madrid

first_imgBarcelona defender Samuel Umtiti believes that a transfer for Neymar to arch-rivals Real Madrid is something that is completely out of their controlDespite having only left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer in a world-record €222m deal, Neymar has been strongly linked with a return to La Liga after being reportedly discontent with life in the French capital.The Brazilian international has been targeted by Real with Florentino Perez having been known to have harboured a long held desire to see Neymar in the famous white shirt at the Santiago Bernabeu.Recently, PSG have announced that they have no interest in parting ways with their prized asset this summer. But the rumours have persisted with Neymar reportedly keen on joining Real.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“In football, anything is possible. Just because you played for Barca that doesn’t mean you can’t go to Real. If he wants to go, and Real wants him, it will be done.” Umtiti told Canal+.After suffering a metatarsal injury in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille in February, Neymar has been absent from the PSG side. But coach Unai Emery has previously revealed that he is confident that the star will return in time for the end of the season games.last_img read more

Police Records Noticed UpdatePolice Records Noticed Update

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 1, 2017 – Providenciales – We are pleased to update the public that the police records office on Providenciales will be open with some restrictions from Monday 2nd October 2017.   New applications for Police Records will be accepted on the following days:Monday 2nd, Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th October 2017 between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm.   However applications will only be accepted where the police record is required for travel or any other reason within 14 days of the application date.Applicants will have to prove by way of an airline ticket or other documentation that the police record is required within the 14 day period.   Please be advised that due to the restricted service that we are able to provide, applications will take seven (7) working days (This includes the day of application) to process.There were a number of records that were applied for prior to Hurricane Irma and these will be ready for collection in the following manner:Persons with last name beginning with A to M collect on Tuesday 3rd October 2017.Persons with last name N to Z pick-up on Thursday 5th October 2017.Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Botting said, “I am pleased that the Police Records will be opening from Monday of next week.   Due to damages to our IT infrastructure caused by Hurricane Irma we have faced significant challenges in getting the Police Records office up and running.    I am aware of the frustration and difficulties that have caused the community and the recovery of the service has remained a priority for us.   I am grateful for the patience and the support that community have given us.   Although there are limitations to the service we will be able to provide next week, we hope to improve on the time-scales that we can currently work to and further information will be issued next week.   The above does not apply for Police Records applied for on Grand Turk.   At this time, there’s no new applications or pick-ups on Grand Turk for records, we will update you once this becomes possible.”Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Tottenham Hotspurs options to replace injured Harry KaneTottenham Hotspurs options to replace injured Harry Kane

first_imgNow that we know Harry Kane will miss at least one and a half month of competition, we have to talk about his possible subs at Tottenham.This Tuesday was mostly led by really bad news coming from the Tottenham Hotspur camp, as the extent of Harry Kane’s ankle injury was disclosed and the Englishman will miss at least one and a half months of competition.All the Spurs fans are really worried about the repercussions that this may bring, because we are talking about one of the most important strikers in the world right now and they won’t have him for an important amount of matches this season.The most worrying part of all this will be the first Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, which Kane will miss without question and leaves Mauricio Pochettino with a huge dilemma of who might be able to replace the skipper.There are three options that the Argentine manager is considering, we are going through all of them and give you the details in this article.Game day! #COYS— Heung-Min Son (@OfficiaISonny) September 16, 2017Son Heung MinThe South Korean forward is the natural option to replace Harry Kane, he is the other Tottenham Hotspur’s player who has been on fire this season and there is no question that he would be the ideal candidate to take Harry Kane’s place as the offensive leader for the time the captain won’t be available.But there is a major problem with Son, he traveled to the United Arab Emirates this week to represent his country in this year’s Asia Cup.South Korea is considered a favorite of this competition and they are expected to go all the way to the final, if that happens then Son would return until after February 1st.The forward playing all the tournament with South Korea means that he will likely miss the upcoming five matches for Spurs, but he will certainly be back in time to play the Champions League’s round of 16 against Borussia Dortmund.⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️💥💥💥💥— Lucas Moura (@LucasMoura7) August 27, 2018Lucas MouraWhen Son is not around, Mauricio Pochettino could take the option of playing with Lucas Moura as a striker.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.The Brazilian winger has proved his worth this season with great performances against worthy opponents, but he is far from being a striker like Son or Kane truly are.However, Moura could bring something entirely different to Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino could opt to play with no natural striker down the middle.This option does seem a little more farfetched but the Argentine manager does seem stuck in a tight spot with this decision, while there are other options like Dele Alli, the manager might end up deciding to use the only centre-forward he has to properly replace Harry Kane.Training session #COYS #THFC— Fernando Llorente (@llorentefer19) January 11, 2019Fernando LlorenteThe odds that an opportunity like this could present itself for Fernando Llorente were pretty slim, but this is how destiny and football work sometimes.The Spaniard has gone from not being considered to play for Tottenham at all, to one of the very first options that Mauricio Pochettino is considering to replace Harry Kane in the next one and a half month of all competitions.There is no question that the Spaniard does have the quality to replace the Englishman, the only problem is the lack of participation which might get him to start a bit slow in the first few matches.However, Llorente had been waiting for this big break for a long time and he won’t let this opportunity get past him at all.Delivering good performances while Harry Kane is out of commission, might be the best way in which Tottenham Hotspur could increase this player’s value for the next transfer window.Injuries are part of the game but no-one will be working harder to get back fit. Thanks for the messages.— Harry Kane (@HKane) January 15, 2019Who should replace Harry Kane as the striker for Tottenham Hotspur in the upcoming matches? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

ACLU pushes Amazon shareholders to vote for facialrecognition banACLU pushes Amazon shareholders to vote for facialrecognition ban

first_img Security Comments 6 Share your voice James Martin/CNET The American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up its pressure against Amazon’s practice of selling facial-recognition tech to law enforcement.Two days ahead of Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting, the civil rights group sent a letter imploring the company’s shareholders to vote in favor of two proposals that could curb the use of the tech company’s Rekognition software.”Without shareholder action, Amazon may soon become known more for its role in facilitating pervasive government surveillance than for its consumer retail operations,” the letter states.The proposals call for the company to ban its sale of Rekognition to law enforcement and for Amazon to study its use by police.Amazon’s board recommends that shareholders vote against both proposals, which makes the passage of either proposal unlikely. CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, a board member, controls about 16% of Amazon’s shares and isn’t expected to vote for these proposals.The letter, one of several ACLU actions that calls attention to facial recognition tech, comes as efforts to curb law enforcement’s use of facial recognition gains momentum around the country. Last week, San Francisco became the first city to bar police from using the technology. Oakland, California, and Somerville, Massachusetts, are both considering similar bans, and the Massachusetts legislature is considering a statewide moratorium.Amazon inserted itself into the debate in Washington state, where the legislature this year considered a moratorium on police use of facial-recognition tech. Amazon, along with Microsoft, threw its support behind a competing data privacy measure that didn’t ban law enforcement from using facial recognition. The state Senate passed the less restrictive bill in March, and it’s currently making its way through the state House of Representatives.The California legislature is considering a ban on facial recognition in police body cameras. The state Assembly passed the bill in early May, and it’s currently being considered by the state Senate. Assemblyman Phil Ting, a Democrat from San Francisco, introduced the bill. Last year, Ting worked on legislation to increase the use of body cameras. The idea was to increase police accountability and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Banning surveillance tools on the body cameras seemed like the next logical step, he told CNET.”The last thing we wanted to do was erode that trust by installing facial recognition software on body cameras,” Ting said. Tags Amazonlast_img read more

With Wedding On The Line Plaintiffs Prep For SameSex Marriage ChallengeWith Wedding On The Line Plaintiffs Prep For SameSex Marriage Challenge

first_imgFive gay couples are behind the lawsuit challenging Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage. The suit was filed Monday in federal court. And in this case, the political is especially personal.Download AudioCourtney Lamb is in the early stages of planning her wedding.“I’ve asked people to be like, you know, bridesmaids. And I have my veil and my shoes.”She has ideas for a dress, too. For a location, she’s thinking Girdwood. And when it comes to the reception, Lamb wants it to be more fun than traditional.(Courtesy Stephanie Pearson)“Like I want a cupcake tower, not like a big eight-tier cake,” says Lamb.There’s just one big wrinkle: Lamb doesn’t know if the state will allow her to marry her fiancée by their wedding date.She and her partner Stephanie Pearson are one of five gay couples fighting an Alaska ban on same-sex marriage. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government must recognize gay marriages, judges all across the country have decided state-level bans are unconstitutional. On Wednesday, Idaho’s ban was struck down. The same thing happened last week in Arkansas. Oklahoma, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas have all seen similar decisions from the federal courts this year.Lamb thinks there’s a good shot that gay marriage could be legal in Alaska — and even nationwide — by next May.“We’re planning our wedding, and if this goes through and it’s legal by the time we have all of our plans finalized, then that’s wonderful,” says Lamb. “And if not, then we will have a big party with our friends and still celebrate ourselves and our relationship.”Fellow plaintiffs Matt Hamby and Chris Shelden are on the opposite sides of the spectrum. They’ve already been married — twice.The first time was in 2008, in Canada, where same-sex marriage has been legal for nearly a decade.“We were married outdoors, and that time of year it was raining a lot, so we took a lot of umbrellas with us,” says Shelden.Matthew Hamby and Chris Shelden in 2012. (Photo by Chris Hamby)They read their vows again this Christmas Eve, this time in Utah. A judge had ruled against the state’s marriage ban that week, and the couple was already there visiting family. So, they took advantage of the moment.“Of course, when you fill out the license, you have to state that you’re not married,” says Hamby. “So, of course I said, ‘Well, we are married. We’ve been married since 2006 in Canada.’ And she says, ‘Well, as long as you’re marrying the same person, it’s okay.’”That’s when they realized the possibility for Alaska.“I think that we saw that if Utah could see that change, that Alaska’s constitutional amendment was probably unconstitutional before the United States Constitution, too,” says Shelden. “It really did give us hope.”Hamby and Shelden have been a couple for nearly a decade, and they’ve lived in Alaska longer than that. Shelden moved here in 1994. Hamby came up in 1997, right before voters adopted the first gay marriage ban in the country.HAMBY: I thought it was almost devastating. It seemed like I was moving to a place that was creating a different tier of status for gay people.SHELDEN: Yeah, you feel like do you even want to stay, but we love Alaska and we don’t really have any desire to be anywhere else. And yet we don’t feel like we’re protected. We don’t feel like we have the same rights as other people. We don’t feel like we can take care of each other properly.It’s more than just a social stigma, they say. They wanted to get a specific title on their house for legal purposes, but they can’t because their marriage is not recognized.Hamby says there’s just a greater burden placed on them when dealing with state government.“Straight couples just have to check a box and put a name and social security number on there and say they’re married,” says Hamby.Gay couples have to provide an affidavit and have a handful of legal documents like vehicle registrations and wills ready to go to prove they’re together.Shelden says if their legal challenge is successful, that would be a thing of the past. And he thinks having legal recognition matters for the gay community, especially its younger members.“For the security of our relationship, it’s not that important. For our ability to take care of each other, it is important,” says Shelden. “But I think this is more important than us.”The State of Alaska is expected to defend the marriage ban in court.Opinion in Alaska has recently been shifting toward gay marriage. According to a survey released by Public Policy Polling on Wednesday, 52 percent of Alaskans favor gay marriage, while 43 percent oppose it. Last year, the numbers were essentially flipped.last_img read more

P Chidambarams CBI remand extended till Aug 30P Chidambarams CBI remand extended till Aug 30

first_imgNew Delhi: A CBI court on Monday extended the CBI custody of former Union finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram till August 30 in the INX Media case as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that “some documents and evidence” have emerged. Mehta told the Special Central Bureau of Investigation judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, whose court was packed during the remand hearing, that “some documents and evidence have emerged so that’s why we need his custody to confront him with them”.last_img

UN vows sanctions over N Korea missile testUN vows sanctions over N Korea missile test

first_imgPeople gather at a street-side newsstand showing a copy of the Rodong Sinmun newspaper featuring coverage of a May 14 North Korean rocket test, in Pyongyang. Photo: AFPThe UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test and vowed strong measures, including sanctions, to derail Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.North Korea’s long-term bid to develop a credible nuclear attack threat to the US mainland saw it launch Sunday what appeared to be its longest-range missile yet.Pyongyang said the new weapon—called the Hwasong-12 — was capable of carrying a “heavy nuclear warhead”.In a unanimous statement backed by the North’s main ally China, the council on Monday vowed to punish Pyongyang’s “highly destabilizing behavior” and demanded a halt to any further nuclear or missile tests.Pyongyang carried out two atomic tests last year, and has accelerated its missile launch programme, despite tough UN sanctions aimed at denying leader Kim Jong-Un the hard currency needed to fund his weapons ambitions.“There’s a lot of sanctions left that we can start to do, whether it’s with oil, whether it’s with energy, whether it’s with their maritime ships, exports,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley told ABC television’s “This Week”.“We can do a lot of different things that we haven’t done yet. So our options are there.”The United States is in talks with China—Pyongyang’s main trading partner—on a possible new sanctions resolution and the Security Council is expected to hold a closed-door emergency meeting starting around 2000 GMT Tuesday.‘A substantial advance’Kim personally oversaw Sunday’s test, the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said, and pictures by state media showed him gazing at the missile in a hangar before the launch.The missile was launched on an unusually high trajectory, before splashing down in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).Analysts said the test suggested an actual range of 4,500 kilometres (2,800 miles) or more if flown for maximum distance.“This is the longest-range missile North Korea has ever tested,” Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the US told AFP.On the respected 38 North website, aerospace engineering specialist John Schilling said it appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile that could “reliably strike the US base at Guam” in the Pacific, 3,400 kilometres away.“More importantly,” he added, it “may represent a substantial advance to developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)”.The North has made no secret of its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States—something President Donald Trump has vowed “won’t happen”.KCNA cited Kim as saying the North would never succumb to what it called the “highly ridiculous” US strategy of “militarily browbeating only weak countries and nations which have no nukes”.“If the US dares opt for a military provocation against the DPRK, we are ready to counter it,” it said.‘Reckless provocation’In April Pyongyang put dozens of missiles on show at a giant military parade through the capital, including one that appeared to be the type launched on Sunday.There are doubts whether the North can miniaturise a nuclear weapon sufficiently to fit it onto a missile nose cone, and no proof it has mastered the re-entry technology needed to ensure it survives returning into Earth’s atmosphere.Sunday’s test came less than a week after South Korea elected a new president, Moon Jae-In, who advocates reconciliation with Pyongyang and had expressed a willingness to visit the North to ease tensions.But Moon slammed the latest launch as a “reckless provocation” and said dialogue would be possible “only if the North changes its attitude”.Russian President Vladimir Putin said the test was dangerous, but warned against attempts to “intimidate” Pyongyang.Pyongyang could find itself the target of further global censure after security researchers reported Monday signs of a potential North Korean link to cyberattacks that have wreaked havoc on computer networks around the world.In the first clues of the origin of the massive ransomware attacks, Google researcher Neel Mehta posted computer code that showed similarities between the “WannaCry” malware and a vast hacking effort widely attributed to Pyongyang.Other experts quickly jumped on this as sign—although not conclusive—that North Korea may have been behind the outbreak.last_img read more

Studying the mountains and starquakes that develop on neutron starsStudying the mountains and starquakes that develop on neutron stars

first_img Star crust 10 billion times stronger than steel, physicists find Explore further Citation: Studying the ‘mountains’ and ‘starquakes’ that develop on neutron stars (2009, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Neutron stars have the potential to play an important role in understanding some of the mysteries of the universe. One of factors that could help lead to an understanding of gravitational waves and the mechanisms involved in giant flares in magnetars is the strength of the crust that forms on the outside of a neutron star. In an effort to better understand the neutron star crusts, Charles Horowitz, at Indiana University in Bloomington, and his colleague Kai Kadau, at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, have used molecular dynamics to model neutron stars and come up with improved estimates of the breaking strain.center_img “In 2004, a giant flare was detected coming from a magnetar. It had a huge amount of energy.” Horowitz tells (A magnetar is a neutron star with a very powerful magnetic field.) “We think that this mechanism only makes sense if the crust is really, really strong. Such a large flare should only be possible if, by the time the crust broke, there was tremendous energy stored in the crust and magnetic field.” Horowitz hopes that the simulations run with Kadau will help shed more light on the workings of neutron stars, and even perhaps answer other questions about the universe. Their work is presented in Physical Review Letters: “Breaking Strain of Neutron Star Crust and Gravitational Waves.” Horowitz says that for many years, scientists have been studying neutron stars and the “mountains” that develop on them. The bulges that create gravitational waves are the results of temperature-dependent nuclear reactions near hot spots. “People have wondered how big they can get, how massive they could become before the crust breaks because of forces from the strong magnetic field,” he explains. It is this collapse that releases the flares that are sometimes detected. There are two main aims for studying the possibilities for the crust of a neutron star: Learning more about these stars – what the crust is made of and how they might function – and using neutron stars as a way to possibly detect gravitational waves. Horowitz and Kadau’s model might be able to help in both of these areas, since it offers a more detailed look at what goes on when a mountain is formed – and when it collapses, causing a “starquake.” In the first case, the simulation Horowitz and Kadau is working with shows that the crust is likely made up of ions. “It’s more or less composed of normal atoms,” Horowitz explains, “but they’ve been ionized. The huge pressure of the star squeezes the electrons in such a way as to create ions. We think that the material is slightly heavier than iron, possibly selenium.” Understanding neutron star mechanisms, however, may also help scientists find gravitational waves. “The mountains that form on these rapidly rotating neutron stars generate gravitational waves quite efficiently. If we understand how this works, we might be able to make better predictions of which neutron stars would be most likely to produce the strongest gravitational waves. It would give scientists a better place to look.” Horowitz explains that gravitational waves are curves in space-time, predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity. “To actually find these waves would be a major discovery and a confirmation of general relativity. And I think our model can help in that aim.” More information: C.J. Horowitz, Kai Kadau. “Breaking Strain of Neutron Star Crust and Gravitational Waves,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: . Copyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Seasonal Workers positive for tourismSeasonal Workers positive for tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Seasonal Workers good for tourismIMAGE SOURCE: The Federal Government has announced an expansion of the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme to include Islands Samoa, Solomon, Tuvalu and Nauru.The Australian Government also announced that it will implement a small scale trial with Tourism employers in Broome, Western Australia with workers from East Timor. Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director Felicia Mariani said the decision is welcome news to the tourism industry.“This announcement is a positive move towards helping the industry to get the labour and skills it needs, particularly in regional areas,” Ms Mariani said.The Pilot is subject to an independent evaluation that will report to Government which will examine whether the Pilot has contributed to Pacific regional economic development objectives and if the horticultural industry have benefited from an increased labour supply.“While this is a pilot scheme benefiting operators in Broome, ATEC is pleased to see the Government has recognised the needs of the industry and is looking at new and sustainable ways to meet our labour requirements,” Ms Mariani said.Ms Mariani said the tourism Industry directly employs more than half a million people, however was experiencing a major labour and skills shortage as a result of the mining boom.ATEC has called for changes to the Working Holiday Maker Visa to include extending the definition to allow travellers to stay an extra year in return for working in a regional areas, an increase in the age limits and allowing young people to apply for the visa a second time.“Australia’s tourism industry is suffering from enormous labour and skills shortages which schemes such as the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot and an extension of the Working Maker Visa can help to ameliorate,” Ms Mariani said.last_img read more