Making India USD 5 trillion economy challenging but achievable Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: The goal of making India a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024 is “challenging, but achievable” with the concerted efforts of states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the fifth meeting of NITI Aayog’s Governing Council here Saturday. The meeting is being attended by all chief ministers, except Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal) and K Chandrashekhar Rao (Telangana), and senior union ministers. Modi, according to an official release, stressed that NITI Aayog has a key role to play in fulfilling the mantra of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, SabkaVishwas”. Recalling the recent general elections as the world’s largest democratic exercise, the prime minister said that it is now time for everyone to work for the development of India. He spoke of a collective fight against poverty, unemployment, drought, flood, pollution, corruption and violence. The goal to make India a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024 is challenging but can surely be achieved and stressed that the states should recognise their core competence, and work towards raising GDP targets right from the district level. Amid several parts of the country facing drought-like situation, Modi called for effective steps to tackle it by adopting ‘per-drop, more-crop’ strategy. He said that the newly created Jal Shakti Ministry will help provide an integrated approach to water and states can also integrate various efforts towards water conservation and management.last_img read more

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Congress its leaders back P Chidambaram

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress and a host of its leaders on Wednesday backed P Chidambaram, who could be arrested in a money laundering case related to INX Media, with Rahul Gandhi accusing the government of using probe agencies and the media to “character assassinate” the former finance minister.Alleging that the government was “persecuting” its citizens for speaking truth to power, the Congress said on its official Twitter that the party will stand by him “no matter what”. “A govt that persecutes its citizens for speaking truth to power is only reiterating its own cowardly nature. P Chidambaram is an extremely qualified and respected leader, he has served this nation with dedication & humility. We stand by his quest for truth no matter what,” the Congress said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, Anand Sharma and Shashi Tharoor were among those who spoke out in solidarity with Chidambaram. On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court refused to grant him any protection from arrest in the INX Media case. A battery of the party’s top leaders who are lawyers, including Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Singhvi, presented themselves before the Supreme Court in favour of their colleague, whose appeal against the high court order will now be taken up by the apex court on Friday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSibal told the Supreme Court that probe agencies posted a notice at Chidambaram’s home at 2 am on Wednesday, asking him to appear before them within two hours. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have issued look out circulars against the former Union minister. “Modi Government is using the ED, CBI and sections of a spineless media to character assassinate Mr Chidambaram. I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power,” Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter. Priyanka Gandhi alleged that Chidambaram is being “hunted down”. “An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha, P Chidambaram ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as Finance Minister and Home Minister,” she said in a tweet. “He unhesitatingly speaks truth to power and exposes the failures of this government, but the truth is inconvenient to cowards so he is being shamefully hunted down. We stand by him and will continue to fight for the truth no matter what the consequences are,” she said. According to Singhvi, the “hunger for sensationalisation in the case is deadly and could lead to character assassination of a towering political figure”. “How can somebody be an absconder who was in legal conference with me till 6.30PM yesterday?,” he asked. Surjewala said India is witnessing the worst kind of “virulent vendetta” by the Modi government and alleged that the BJP was running a police state. “Judge reserves judgement for 7 months & delivers it 72 hours before retirement, CBI/ED are sent to raid as a respected former FM is hounded. Banana Republic?” he tweeted. Senior party spokesperson Sharma also termed the action of probe agencies against Chidambaram vendetta and accused the government of targeting opposition leaders.last_img read more

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Despite Trudeaus progressive rhetoric Canada not immune to populism experts

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might see his country as a beacon of hope in a roiling sea of polarization and angry nationalist sentiment, but Canada is far from immune, experts warn.Just as he did Tuesday at the French National Assembly, Trudeau likes to portray Canada as a place where progressive values flourish — free trade, ethic diversity, immigration, environmental protection and gender equality.“At a time when the political movements exploit the real anxiety of their citizens, Canada has chosen to be against cynicism and embrace audacity and ambition,” he said.A sizable proportion of the Canadian public believes otherwise, research suggests.Ekos Research and The Canadian Press teamed up earlier this year to gauge populist sentiment in Canada. Fewer than half of respondents — 46 per cent — expressed views that reflected an open-minded perspective of the world and each other, while 30 per cent landed in the “ordered” category, which means feeling economically and culturally insecure. 25 per cent expressed “mixed” views.The survey, an aggregation of polls conducted with more than 12,000 Canadians, carried a margin of error of plus or minus 0.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Its results suggested there is indeed fertile ground in Canada for a populist movement to take hold.Canada has largely staved off the negative politics of pessimism and xenophobia that are major areas of concern in the U.S. and parts of Europe, said Ekos president Frank Graves. But that doesn’t mean populist sentiment isn’t brewing north of the border.“Those forces are very much at work,” Graves said, noting the icy reaction to Trudeau’s remarks from right-wing National Front leader Marine Le Pen.“Those forces are by no means extinguished in France and we see them definitely evident in Canada as well.”Graves cited Ontario Conservative Leader Doug Ford as an example of a political leader who speaks the language of the ordered, populist view, with campaign rhetoric that blames his Liberal rivals for the economic insecurity plaguing those who are struggling.Graves also mentioned recent electoral victories in Hungary and Italy by polarizing populist parties that show populism is on the march.“Canada did seem to be picking a different path on things like xenophobia and trade and immigration,” he said of his findings.“However, there was still a very sizable, very engaged portion of the public that were not buying into this at all… this is by no means a settled issue yet.”University of Amsterdam researcher Mike Medeiros, who specializes in ethnopolitics, political behaviour and political psychology, pointed to immigration as an issue that could become a flashpoint in Canada.Spurred in part by fear of a crackdown from U.S. President Donald Trump, illegal migrants have been streaming over the border into Ontario and Quebec in hopes of seeking asylum in Canada.All it would take is a charismatic leader to come along and exploit such issues to bring nativist sentiment in Canada to a boil, he said.“If (Trudeau) is expressing simply that Canada is different, fine, that’s fair, because Canada is different — or at least it has been so far,” Medeiros said.“But if he is expressing that, ‘We do not have these concerns,’ that is not accurate.”last_img read more

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Language Keeper The last fluent speaker of Stólōs Indigenous dialect in race

first_imgAudio Playerhttp://aptn.ca/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2016/07/Elizabethspeaking.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Above: Phillips speaks the phrase “simple language for beginners” in Upriver HalkomelemIt seems like yesterday to Phillips that a group of Stó:lō elders would gather to speak Upriver Halkomelem and record what they knew in a dictionary. It was a time when she could have long conversations on the phone with friends without speaking a word of English.But those elders’ deaths came in rapid succession – more than 20 in the last two decades.Those elders were all a decade or two older than Phillips, who was always the youngest one in language groups, but she got invited to attend before she was an elder because of her unique ability to speak fluently even after residential school.Several years ago, an elder named Elizabeth Herrling who was working to record the language in stories died at 93, which is when Phillips stepped up her work to record it.Above: a torch lighting story told by HerrlingSadly, Phillips is now left with no one to have real conversations with, but she still thinks in Halkomelem and communicates as much as she can with speakers who are learning, including her daughter Vivian.“I try my best not to lose it, because I can’t have conversation,” she says.“But I text in Halkomelem.”Phillips pauses, then bursts into laughter at the notion.“The phone is always trying to correct me!”Strang Burton, a linguist, and Phillips sit outside of the elders home.PreservationMost of the languages probably are going to come to a place where people aren’t speaking them fluently.”– Strang Burton, linguistJoining in on her laughter is Strang Burton, who works for the Sto:lo Shxweli language program and UBC’s linguistics department.Phillips and Burton have been working together for nearly two decades and they switch easily between having serious, quiet conversations and laughing jovially together. Burton calls her “Siem,” a Halkomelem word that, in English, loosely means “respected one.”Together, they’ve recorded many stories and other language material. Burton got the idea to do a language ultrasound on Phillips when he saw other linguists using the equipment on Mandarin and Japanese.“I thought, well, let’s do it for Halkomelem, because people were having trouble with the sounds of Halkomelem,” he says.Burton believes it to be the first time the technology has ever been used on an Indigenous language in Canada.He said he hopes it will allow people who are teaching the language in local schools to improve their pronunciation of the language, which is notoriously tricky.He plans to impose the ultrasound images with external videos he’s taking of Phillips’s mouth so that others can see how her mouth and tongue move as she’s speaking. cmckenna@aptn.ca@CaraMcK Linguists record ultrasound video of Phillips speaking.But, after decades of work, Burton is realistic about the prospects of a severely endangered language like Upriver Halkomelem truly being saved.“Most of the languages probably are going to come into a situation where people aren’t speaking them fluently,” he says. Time is Ticking“For people to become really fluent again, that requires something social to happen.”– Strang BurtonThe reality in British Columbia is a bleak one – the province is home to more than half of Canada’s 60-odd Aboriginal languages, and almost all of them are in danger of disappearing.The languages are a crucial part of culture, ceremony and connection. Many Indigenous words can’t be translated accurately into English.In the Canadian Liberal government’s first federal budget earlier this year, it was announced that $5 million per year would be siphoned into supporting the country’s Indigenous languages, in comparison to more than $2 billion for French.“Considering the number of First Nations languages there are in Canada, it’s not a lot,” Burton says.“If there were just one First Nations language in Canada, I guess that would be a lot.”More funding is certainly needed to continue crucial work to preserve languages, but Burton says, more than that, fluent speakers like Phillips are needed to pass the languages along. And they’re dying off at a worrisome rate.“For people to become really fluent again, that requires something social to happen,” Burton says.“Which is happening maybe a little bit.”But the small changes are not enough. Burton says, what is realistic, is that people can experience the language through stories about people’s lives and traditional practices. That’s what he’s trying to do through his current work with Phillips and previous work with other elders.“Without a Native speaker to go to for subtle translations and things, you’re never going to be sure you’ve got it exactly right,” he says.“But with the resources we have, probably if people get together and they want to speak, there’s enough stuff that they could access in the archives to help them have a real conversation.”center_img An outside view of Phillips’s home.Burton believes the community is positive, and he has seen many children learning the language through school programs, which is hopeful to Phillips.Many years ago, before Phillips’s own mother passed away, she asked her daughter Vivian to live with her, which has helped her to become proficient in the language and pass it down to her own children.“That’s quite an honour because that was so forbidden, you know,” she says.“A lot of our people were punished because they spoke their language.”It’s a painful subject to breach, and Phillips gets distracted mid-thought when she notices an eagle flying above her. She smiles at the reminder of strength and power.“They always seem to know what’s going on,” she says. Elizabeth Phillips reads aloud words in her Indigenous language.Cara McKenna APTN National NewsThe Stó:lō people are named in their language after the Fraser River, which is the community’s lifeblood and flows through their picturesque territory southeast of Vancouver, B.C.Just a few generations ago, dozens of people spoke the nation’s language of Upriver Halkomelem.But in the last decade, almost all fluent speakers have died.There is just one elder left who early in life had to fight to keep her language, and is now trying to pass it on before it’s too late.The Knowledge HolderI try my best not to lose [my language], because I can’t have a conversation.”– Elizabeth Phillips, Stó:lō elderWhen Elizabeth Phillips was a child, she was put into St. Mary’s Indian Residential School in Mission. She was forbidden to speak the language that both of her parents spoke to her as a baby.Phillips was a loner at the school and supervising nuns became concerned that she wasn’t associating with other children enough.While other children played, she would stand alone at the outside gate, staring out at the Fraser River and thinking in her language.“And I guess that’s what saved me,” she says now, sitting outside her home in the Fraser Valley.Phillips’s small red house stands in stark contrast to rolling green hills and clear blue sky. Nearby is the Fraser.‎Part of Sto:lo Nation’s traditional territory near Chilliwack, B.C.Inside, three linguists from the University of British Columbia are bustling around her kitchen and setting up an array of ultrasound equipment as Phillips observes the elaborate set up.Phillips laughs good-heartedly when one of the linguists explains that she’ll need to put some goopy ultrasound gel under her chin.It might be the first time anyone has done an ultrasound on her mouth, but the experience of being recorded by academics is not a new one for Phillips.At 77, she’s the last known fluent speaker of the Stó:lō Nation’s Upriver Halkomelem language (also called Halq’eméylem) – a Salish dialect that’s related to two other Halkomelem dialects, but distinct to the Stó:lō people.last_img read more

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Deadly toxic waste dumping in Côte dIvoire clearly a crime – UN

The dumping of toxic chemical waste in Côte d’Ivoire that has already killed eight people and led nearly 78,000 others to seek medical care is clearly a crime although who was responsible and the actual nature of the crime has yet to be determined, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) said today.Following a formal request from the Ivorian Government, UNEP is conducting an investigation through the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, which it administers.The Convention is now addressing the legal aspects of the situation, UNEP spokesman Michael Williams told a news briefing in Geneva. Under its terms, any nation exporting hazardous waste must obtain prior written permission from the importing country, as well as a permit detailing the contents and destination of the waste. If the waste has been transferred illegally, the exporter is obliged to take back the waste and pay the costs of any damages and clean-up process.The crisis began last month when a ship unloaded 500 tonnes of petrochemical waste into a number of trucks which then dumped it in at least 15 sites around, Abidjan, the West African country’s largest city with about 5 million inhabitants.The waste contained a mixture of petroleum distillates, hydrogen sulphide, mercaptans, phenolic compounds and sodium hydroxide. A few days later, thousands of people started complaining of ill health and seeking medical help. Clean-up of the waste has now started but it is anticipated that this will take about six weeks. Symptoms have included nosebleeds, nausea and vomiting, headaches, skin and eye irritation and respiratory symptoms. According to physicians on duty during the first days after the waste was dumped, the most severely affected patients presented respiratory distress, dehydration and intestinal bleeding. Many people are also seeking medical advice because they are anxious about the potential long-term consequences on their health and that of their children. read more

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The Eagles Offense Needed To Be Virtually Flawless And It Was

In Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, the New England Patriots racked up 613 yards, the most ever for a team in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady threw for 505 yards, which was the most by a quarterback in playoff history. The Patriots didn’t punt once in the entire game. It was a masterclass in offensive execution, and it was all for naught.The Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 win over New England will be rightly remembered for the triumph of backup quarterback Nick Foles over a Super Bowl legend. But perhaps more remarkable was that the Eagles needed to be virtually flawless on offense to keep pace with New England, and they succeeded.Defensive coordinators Matt Patricia and Jim Schwartz, who both received heavy head-coaching buzz this hiring cycle, watched helplessly on the sidelines as the offenses combined for 1,151 yards. Forget Super Bowl records or even playoff records, that’s most total yards in any game in NFL history.Between Foles’ downfield passing and the inside/outside power-running combo of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, the Eagles piled up 538 (hey, FiveThirtyEight!) total yards themselves and were able to counter the league’s most prolific offense each time it landed a punch. After averaging just 5.3 yards per pass attempt across six regular-season appearances1Not counting an appearance in Week 8, when he entered the game with a minute left so that he could kneel twice and run out the clock. and three starts in relief of starter Carson Wentz, Foles burned the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship for 352 yards at a 10.7 yards-per-attempt clip. Whatever changed in Foles — or whatever magic spell head coach Doug Pederson cast — was still in force Sunday when Foles threw for 373 yards against the Patriots defense, averaging 8.7 yards per attempt. He also showed a willingness to test the Patriots defense downfield, connecting on 11 of 19 throws of 10 air yards or more.After the teams traded red-zone stops on the first two drives, Blount set the tone with a bruising 36-yard run. On the very next play, Foles went for the jugular with a 34-yard touchdown strike to receiver Alshon Jeffery. It was one of five passes — and two scores — where Foles connected for 20 more yards. To put his development this past month in perspective, he only had three such passes in the regular season. The effectiveness of the Eagles’ run game set the table for Foles’s downfield feast. Repeated zone runs and outside stretches kept the Pats defense honest — and running horizontally — while Foles attacked vertically. Four Eagles combined to gain 164 yards on 27 carries, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt, while Foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and a 88.6 Raw QBR. Pederson’s creativity shows up in the box score; five Eagles had at least seven touches — and two others had at least 70 yards, a receiving touchdown or both. Yes, that includes Foles: Pederson’s balance and aggression broke the Patriots’ bend-but-don’t-break defense. As expected, the Patriots still made halftime adjustments; the Eagles averaged over 2 yards more per play in the first half than in the second half. But they were still devastating on third and fourth down, keeping drives alive by converting 12 of 18 tries. Per ESPN Stats & Information Group, Foles was practically perfect in conversion situations, posting an 11.4 yards-per-attempt average, two touchdowns and 99.9 Raw QBR on 15 attempts.Yet it was a sloppily played game. Mistakes — including three missed first-half kicks, two failed two-point conversions, Brady’s dropped QB throwback and a host of blown coverages — took some of the shine off what was otherwise a sterling offensive performance by both teams.Besides his dropped pass on the option — which, to be fair, was not a good throw from Danny Amendola — it’s hard to put any blame on Brady, who put up his best statistical effort in eight Super Bowls. In fact, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose any game while posting 500+ passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. No Super Bowl-losing quarterback has played better.Yet Brady raised the ire of the entire footballing internet after the game, when he was quoted as saying the Eagles made “one good play”: As the full context of the quote reveals, though, Brady was spot-on: Brandon Graham’s fourth-quarter strip sack of Brady was the only consequential defensive play of the game, and it came at the perfect time to short-circuit Brady’s now-routine postseason heroics. Fittingly, it was also the only sack by either team in the game, which tied a Super Bowl low mark.Pederson has to be credited for his amazing coaching performance, winning it all after completely remaking his offense to suit his backup quarterback. The same is true of general manager Howie Roseman, who not only survived his power struggle with deposed head coach Chip Kelly but also won the Super Bowl two years later.But most of the credit should go to Foles, who deservedly won the Super Bowl MVP award after getting jerked around by Kelly, the Eagles and the rest of the NFL. Despite contemplating retirement after being cut by the Rams in 2016, Foles stayed humble and hungry and returned the team that drafted him in 2012.His patience, and theirs, resulted in a Super Bowl payoff for a fan base that desperately needed a championship.CORRECTION (Feb. 5, 2017, 2:25 p.m.): A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of Eagles who had fewer than seven touches but who had at least 70 yards or a receiving touchdown — it was two, not three. read more

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The Raptors Tip The Finals With Their Own Strength In Numbers

With Kevin Durant still sidelined by the calf he injured nearly a month ago, Kevon Looney out indefinitely with a fractured collarbone suffered in Game 2 and Klay Thompson sitting out a playoff game for the first time in his career,1Thompson was the only Warrior to play all 101 previous playoff games during the Steve Kerr era. it was clear before the game started that the Golden State Warriors would need a Herculean effort from Stephen Curry in order to win Game 3 and take a 2-1 lead over the Raptors in the NBA Finals.Golden State got that Herculean effort. And it wasn’t enough.In fact, it’s difficult to imagine Curry playing a better game: Steph scored 47 points, snared eight rebounds and dished out seven assists. He became the first player in finals history to score 45 or more while also recording five or more rebounds, assists and made 3-pointers. And yet the Warriors trailed for almost the entire game and lost by 14 points at home. Curry’s 47 points are now the second-most ever for a player in a losing NBA Finals effort, behind only the 51 scored by LeBron James in Game 1 of last year’s finals.Combined with his 16 assisted points, Curry created 63 of the Warriors’ 98 points while he was on the floor, a truly incredible feat. Those 63 points tied for the second-most points he’s created in any playoff game during the Warriors’ five-year run of excellence. They also marked the sixth time that Curry has created at least 60 points via his shots and assists — though this is the first time he has done so in a loss.The Warriors fell largely because Toronto got whatever it wanted on offense for the entire game. Golden State yielded 123 points to the Raptors — the most it has allowed in any NBA Finals game at Oracle Arena under Steve Kerr. All five of Toronto’s starters scored at least 17 points, and they combined for an incredible 106 points on just 70 shot attempts. The Raptors all together connected on 43 of 82 shots from the field, 17 of 38 from beyond the arc and 20 of 21 from the free-throw line, recording just the 42nd 50-40-90 game2That’s shorthand for shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on threes and 90 percent from the line. in NBA playoff history and only the third in the history of the finals.Their offense was in blitzkrieg mode right from the jump. Toronto scored 15 points in the first four and a half minutes of the game and eventually totaled 36 in the first quarter. They ended up scoring 1.44 points per possession in the opening period — the most efficient quarter either team has had during the series. The Raptors’ only blemish was a five-minute stretch in the second quarter where they turned the ball over three times and shot 0 of 6 from the field. Otherwise, they were practically unstoppable. Toronto even scored a completely absurd 1.59 points per possession on tries that began after a made Warriors basket.It was a total group effort — the kind of “Strength in Numbers” victory the Warriors themselves love to claim. Kawhi Leonard, while clearly still playing at least somewhat hobbled, nevertheless continued his metronomic consistency. Leonard finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks, and he paraded to the free-throw line nearly at will.Danny Green — who is now officially out of the shooting slump that plagued him throughout the Eastern Conference finals after apparently getting some shooting advice from Shaquille O’Neal, of all people — nailed three 3-pointers during the aforementioned first quarter, giving him multiple triples in all three games of the series. Though Raptors coach Nick Nurse chose to start Fred VanVleet over Green after halftime to keep his best Steph stopper on the floor, Green ended up nailing another three treys after the break.After a Game 2 in which he largely struggled near the rim, Pascal Siakam connected on 7 of 12 shots from inside the paint. Siakam tallied six assists as well and was a game-high plus-22, marking the third time during Toronto’s 21-game playoff run where the Raptors have outscored their opponent by at least 20 points with Siakam on the floor. Kyle Lowry played perhaps his most complete game of the playoffs, pouring in 23 points while dishing out nine assists.The starters were not the only Raptors in double figures. VanVleet, still piping-hot since the birth of his son, scored 11 points and made three 3-pointers — including an utterly ridiculous shot-clock-buzzer-beating circus shot while falling down that pushed the Raptors’ lead to 13 points with less than two minutes remaining and sparked the beginning of garbage time. From ABC News: The lone Raptor to record a basket but not reach double figures was Serge Ibaka, who nonetheless had quite an interesting game. Though two of them likely should have been disallowed and called goaltending, Ibaka officially ended the game with six blocks, marking just the 17th time in NBA Finals history that anyone has thwarted that many attempts. The clean swats were all of different varieties: a chasedown in transition, two different help-side blocks on the drive and one where he planted himself in the paint and dared Curry to challenge him, then stepped up to block a floater when Curry took up the dare.The varied contributions put the Raptors two wins away from claiming their first NBA title in franchise history. Teams in their position — coming off a victory in Game 3 of a finals series that was previously tied at one game apiece — have gone on to win the series 82 percent of the time. The Raptors, though, have two different players — Marc Gasol with the 2015 Grizzlies and Ibaka with the 2016 Thunder — who have found themselves up 2-1 in a playoff series and have still gone on to lose the series to the Kerr-era Warriors. They should know better than anyone else that against an opponent this good, nothing is guaranteed.Especially when the Warriors may soon be getting some rather important pieces back. Kerr said after the game that he expects Thompson to return for Game 4, while Durant played coy about his potential readiness, suggesting the possibility that he could return from his monthlong absence as well. While the return of one or both stars would certainly increase the chances that the Warriors come back and win the series, such a comeback is unlikely to come easily — no matter what Draymond Green might say. Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Profumo nephew Jamie Janson arrested returning to Britain after fighting in Syria

It can now be revealed that Mr Janson was arrested by police in Folkestone, Kent, on Tuesday, after travelling by coach… Jamie Janson was one of dozens of Westerners who allegedly volunteered to fight with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the terror group’s capital Raqqa. The great nephew of the disgraced 1960s war minister John Profumo has been arrested trying to get back into the country after travelling to Syria to “take action” againt Isil. The 42-year-old grandson of Lord Balfour subsequently found himself alongside the YPG in their struggle against Turkish troops in Afrin, a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria, earlier this year. read more

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Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_imgUpdated 23:00NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news.IMF official Peter Breuer, left, Mission Chief for Ireland Craig Beaumont, centre, and other Troika officials were back in Dublin today (Image: Mark Stedman).IRISHThe Troika were back in town for their final review visit.Seán Quinn Junior is to sell his home to purge his contempt of High Court orders. [RTÉ]Labour councillor Sean O’Grady resigned from the party.The key to the Seán O’Casey Bridge is lost and no one can open it.A six-month-old baby was found dead at a house in Dublin.An aircraft crash in Offaly that killed two men was caused by a lack of fuel in the tank.New driving licence rules came into effect.A man arrived in Dublin Airport with 0.5 kg of cocaine in his stomach.FÁS is no more… so say hello to Solas.Stormont was evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious device.WORLDUnites States intelligence officials testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington today (Image: Susan Walsh/AP/PA).#UNITED STATES: Intelligence officials testified in Congress while the Senate intelligence committee ordered a review of the country’s surveillance operations. [The Guardian]#BRITAIN: An autopsy took place on the body of a former BBC driver accused of child sexual assault after he was found dead at his house yesterday. [AFP]#LONDON: Another two men were arrested for sexual offences in the investigation into allegations of child sexual assault by Jimmy Savile.#SYRIA: Thousands of Syrian civilians are fleeing a besieged Damascus suburb that has been closed off by a government forces blockage since March. [BBC]INNOVATIONA new version of Google Glass will be compatible with prescription glasses. [arstechnica]Netflix is toying with the idea of streaming movies online on the same day they’re in cinemas. [All Things D]PARTING SHOTThe tallest man in the world got married. We’re just wondering where he rented that tux. [The Guardian]First published 21:00.Here’s What Happened Yesterday>last_img read more

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Dublin pub receives 2700 job applications through Snapchat

first_imgA NEW DUBLIN pub, which came up with an innovative hiring system, has said it received a “record number of applications” for the 20 jobs it had on offer.Last month Sober Lane announced it would hire 20 people, with one catch – they would have to submit their application through Snapchat. Now the pub has said it received over 2,700 applications in total after their advertisement went viral. Source: Sober LaneCommenting on the response to this unconventional hiring approach, owner Ernest Cantillon said it meant the company got “the most creative and outgoing staff without having to trawl through stack-loads of CVs and try to get to know someone on paper”. Instead, the applicants had ten seconds to impress, which is the most they are likely to have on a busy night in the bar so it makes sense – plus fun and having a laugh is what Sober Lane is all about. I was overwhelmed by the response and so grateful that we had such a huge pool of superb applicants to choose from.The official opening of the bar in Irishtown, Dublin 4, took place last Wednesday. Their ‘flip a coin’ game, whereby customers can win a free round if their luck is in, has unsurprisingly proven very popular already.Related: Want a job at this pub? You have to apply on Snapchat>last_img read more

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George Lucas Predicts 2012 End of World

first_imgThe world is going to end in 2012. Seriously. George Lucas says so, and let us not forget that he’s the same visionary who brought the world Star Wars and Indiana Jones and, to a lesser extent, the Howard the Duck movie (largely panned, but surely prophetic in its own right).Green Hornet star Seth Rogen recounted a recent conversation for the Toronto Sun, in which the director just under half an hour explaining that–just as the Mayans and John Cusack warned us–the world is going to end next year.AdChoices广告Says Rogan,George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it. He’s going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is, like, rolling his eyes, like, ‘My nerdy friend won’t shut up, I’m sorry…’ I first thought [Lucas] was joking… and then I totally realized he was serious and then I started thinking, ‘If you’re George Lucas and you actually think the world is gonna end in a year, there’s no way you haven’t built a spaceship for yourself… So I asked him… ‘Can I have a seat on it?’ Lucas proceeded to explain that, in spite of all of the evidence to the contrary, he doesn’t actually have a spaceship waiting to whisk him off to another, non-exploding planet, Kal-El-style. “There’s no doubt there’s a Millennium Falcon in a garage somewhere with a pilot just waiting to go,” Rogen added. “It’s gonna be him and Steven Spielberg and I’ll be blown up like the rest of us.”last_img read more

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Volunteer accused of abuse was allowed to keep working at disability service

first_img Jun 9th 2017, 5:12 PM https://jrnl.ie/3435346 Friday 9 Jun 2017, 5:12 PM Volunteer accused of abuse was allowed to keep working at disability service for years Hiqa found that management at Camphill in Kilkenny repeatedly failed to address safeguarding of residents. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rolling News By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share145 Tweet Email3 center_img Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rolling News When they did respond, it was not a sufficient response that prioritised the safety of residents.Inspectors also found that Camphill had not put proper arrangements in place to ensure that staff who wished to raise concerns about the safety of care could do so.Following the May inspection, the newly appointed chairperson of the board of directors spoke with Hiqa inspectors and “demonstrated a clear understanding of the actions that needed to be taken to keep residents safe”. Inspectors said she set out the measures that had now been implemented.The chairperson requested a two week delay in any decision about the Hiqa registration status of the centre. The HSE also informed inspectors of actions they were taking to support Camphill to ensure residents were being kept safe and “immediate risks” were being managed.However, “given the seriousness” of the incidents and the repeated failures of Camphill to address the safeguard of residents, Hiqa issued a final notice of decision to cancel the registration of Camphill Community Ballytobin on 22 May 2017.A cancellation of registration means that the HSE are obliged to take over the centre. The changeover has now been completed and the residents at the Ballytobin centre are still living there, under the care of the HSE.The Camphill Family & Friends group said in a statement that the matters highlighted in today’s report were “truly shocking”, adding:… it seems that the actions of some have served to undermine the extraordinary good that Camphill communities do all over Ireland.Read: ‘Huge concerns’ over future of disability service in Kilkenny > A VOLUNTEER ACCUSED of sexual abuse by a colleague at a centre for people with intellectual disabilities was allowed to stay working and living with residents for years after the accusations first came to light, health watchdog Hiqa has confirmed today.An allegation of sexual assault was made against a voluntary worker by a worker at the Camphill centre at Ballytobin, Kilkenny in 2014, according to Hiqa.According to Hiqa: “The provider’s investigation found that these allegations were upheld.”The Camphill Communities of Ireland provides services for over 200 people with intellectual and other disabilities in 17 centres around Ireland, and has been in operation since 1972.The centre in Ballytobin was founded in 1979, and some residents have been cared for at the Co Kilkenny facility for over thirty years. 19 residents were living at the centre as of last month.According to an inspection report by Hiqa published today, the allegation of sexual assault wasn’t reported by Camphill to the Gardaí at the time it was initially made in 2014, and it wasn’t reported to Hiqa as required by the regulations.The person the assault claims were made against continued to live and work in the centre with vulnerable adults and children until 9 May, when the health watchdog’s inspection of the site took place.In relation to another unconnected allegation, Camphill informed inspectors last month that they had received a recommendation from an external agency that “the staff referred to in the allegations should be removed from the centre without prejudice but as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of residents” pending the outcome of an investigation.Hiqa saw records of this recommendation, according to the inspection report published today. However, staff refused to cooperate with the request, and Camphill took no further actions “until required to do so by inspectors”.A number of inspections were made by Hiqa over the last year. It was found that there had been repeated failures by management at the centre to effectively address safeguarding of residents.On 9 May, the inspectors found that there was enough concern to require some voluntary co-workers to be removed immediately from the centre and banned from having access to residents “until a full and proper investigation into all issues of concern had been concluded”.The Hiqa inspectors said that Camphill was unable to provide “sufficient and clear evidence” as to whether allegations had been reported to the relevant authorities.They also found that some of the staff involved in these allegations continued to work with residents in the centre.According to the report:Inspectors found that the response of the provider was inadequate and did not ensure the safety of residents either at the time of the alleged incidents or when they were recently informed of them again as part of the current review.Camphill Communities of Ireland released a statement in May confirming that it was transferring the running of the Kilkenny community to the HSE.ManagementThe report outlined that inspectors were concerned that Camphill did not have adequate management and oversight arrangements in the centre.Inspectors found that the provider had not responded appropriately to allegations of serious abuse within the centre. 16,978 Views Short URL 9 Comments last_img read more

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Samsung stops Note 7 production because replacements keep burning

first_imgThings looked bad for Samsung when a customer’s replacement Galaxy Note 7 — a “safe” device — suddenly burst into flames on an airplane. Now a half dozen more have caught fire.Over the weekend, reports started popping up all around the globe. From Kentucky to Korea to Australia, replacement Note 7s were revealing themselves as being every bit as dangerous to use as the recalled devices they’d been swapped for.So far, incidents include a 13-year-old Minnesota girl whose hand was burned (that’s her phone above), a Taiwanese woman whose Note 7 exploded while in her pocket, and a Kentucky man who had to be rushed to the hospital after his Note 7 filled his bedroom with smoke and caused him to vomit up “a lot of black stuff.”The last case sounds pretty bad, right? Well, it gets worse. Apparently, a Samsung legal rep who had been in communication with the man sent him an errant text message — one that was pretty clearly meant for someone else at Samsung. It read, “I can try and slow him down if we think it will matter, or we just let him do what he keeps threatening to do and see if he does it.”That’s not exactly the kind of thing Samsung needs getting out while they’re managing the biggest smartphone fiasco ever. They need to stick to figuring out what’s causing the failures and then putting a stop to it once and for all.To that end, the company announced today that they’re halting Galaxy Note 7 production. They’re not shutting it down for good, mind you. A company spokesperson says that they’ve hit the pause button to attend to “quality and safety matters.” It’s a drastic measure, but one that’s necessary if they want to avoid the possibility of a second recall.Analysts figure that the first round cost Samsung more than a billion dollars. The shutdown is sure to hurt, but it’ll hurt a whole lot less than asking for another mulligan. If you’re a Note 7 owner and you feel like enough is enough already, just head back to your carrier and swap it for another device. Most are all too happy to get the Note 7 out of their customer’s hands.Image courtesy Andrew Zuislast_img read more

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Gambia Government Bans Use of Numberless Vehicles

first_imgAccording to Gambia television, the office of the President of the Republic has said that it has come to the attention of the government that there are a lot of vehicles driving around without number plates and a lot of government or state owned vehicles in unauthorized hands as well as movement of vehicles without permission within and outside the Gambia.The release states, “With effect from Thursday, February 2, vehicles  shall no longer be allowed to ply on the roads without adequate proof of permission such as new vehicles in transit. The release went on to say that all those in possession of government vehicles and other such assets without authority are requested to return the said vehicles to their proper offices and assignees or to the government vehicle controller or the nearest police station. All government vehicle control officials are requested to take stock and consult their respective mandated authorities that they account for all vehicles under their control and that they are assigned as the duly mandated officials”.last_img read more

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Best of the Best Regatta on final leg this weekend in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 4, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, Renward R. Wells, held a press conference last week to update on The Bahamas’ second annual hosting of the Final Stretch of the “Best of the Best” Regatta, scheduled for December 7 thru 10, 2017 at Montagu Bay.   Minister Wells said that more than 50 boats are participating in the A, B and C classes and the Ministry has done its part to ensure the level of participation lives up to the name “Best of the Best.”He added that boat owners and captains will continue to inform the Ministry of what is needed to prepare for what may well be the most competitive weekend of sloop sailing in the history of The Bahamas — anticipating the weekend will be a ‘clash of the champions,’ this Thursday.“Speaking of champions, I am pleased that we will also be hosting the year-end race event for the Star Sailor’s League.  Sailors from around the world have begun arriving and training in Montagu Harbour for what, too, will be a very competitive race,” said Minister Wells.“As a fellow Olympian and a proud Bahamian, I am particularly pleased that we will be hosting a number of Olympic gold medalists and world champions in this race.   I thank Mr. Robert Dunkley and the Nassau Yacht Club team for their work in staging the races along with the Star Sailor’s League.   I am particularly delighted to announce that our own Olympic Gold medal winner, The Sea Wolf, Sir Durward Knowles, will be out to view the races.”#MagneticMediaNews#BestoftheBestRegattaPhoto credit: Life on The Hook Related Items:#BestoftheBestRegatta, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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City Attorney Mara Elliott to discuss 2018 goals with her district residents

first_imgCity Attorney Mara Elliott to discuss 2018 goals with her district residents Mike McKinnon III January 29, 2018 Posted: January 29, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, 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 SettingsCity Attorney Mara W. Elliott is inviting residents of Rancho Bernardo and Council District 5 to join her this month for coffee and conversation at the Rancho Bernardo Community Library.She will provide an update on her office’s work, accomplishments, and 2018 priorities. She will also introduce you to your community’s assigned deputy city attorney and critical law enforcement partners.There will be plenty of time for problem-solving, collaboration, and questions and answers.“Public forums are one of the many ways we can ensure openness and transparency,” City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said. “I look forward to sharing the important work of my office and talking directly with members of the community.” Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Mara Elliott FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Tarique framed in sedition charges

first_imgTarique RahmanA court on Monday framed charges against BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and former chairman of Ekushey TV Abdus Salam and its two other senior journalists in a sedition case, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan sessions court judge Mohammad Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order.The court also fixed 15 January for hearing the witnesses of the case.The two other accused are Ekushey TV’s chief reporter Mahathir Faruqui Khan and its special correspondent Kanak Sarwer, who are absconding.Earlier, on 23 October, the court issued warrants for the arrest of Tarique Rahman, Mahathir Faruqui Khan and Kanak Sarwer taking cognizance of the charge sheet against four of them.On 8 January 2015, sub-inspector Borhanuddin filed the sedition case with Tejgaon police station over the live telecast of a provocative speech by Tarique Rahman at a programme in London on 5 January.According to the case, Tarique Rahman instigated his party men by delivering ‘provocative’ speech against law enforcers which led the country to anarchy at that time.Abdus Salam committed the same offence by broadcasting Tarique Rahman’s ‘provocative’ speech on his television channel. The case statement also said the broadcasting of the Tarique’s speech posed a threat to the sovereignty of Bangladesh.last_img read more

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IS fighter wants to return to Italy

first_imgMounsef al-Mkhayar, 22, an Islamic state fighter of Morrocan descent and Italian citizenship, gestures during an interview with Reuters, in Qamishli, Syria 9 March, 2019. Photo: ReutersAn Islamic State fighter detained in Syria urged Italy on Saturday to let him come home to start a new life, saying he had abandoned the self-styled jihadist “caliphate” after growing disillusioned with its rulers.Mounsef al-Mkhayar, a 22-year-old of Moroccan descent who grew up in Italy, spoke to Reuters in his first interview since surrendering to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) two months ago.He has been in prison since emerging from Baghouz, a tiny village in eastern Syria where the SDF is poised to wipe out the last vestige of Islamic State rule – which once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.Mkhayar gave an account of growing chaos among jihadists on the brink of defeat, and of disputes in the ranks as top commanders fled Syria.But he said Islamic State was also planning for the next phase, smuggling out hundreds of men to set up sleeper cells across Iraq and eastern Syria: “They said ‘We must get revenge.'”Mkhayar is one of thousands from all over the world who were drawn to the promise of an ultra-radical Sunni Islamist utopia overriding national borders. Kurdish security officials identified him as Italian, and he said he holds Italian citizenship.”I wish to return to Italy to my family and friends … for them to accept and help me to live a new life,” said Mkhayar, who walks on crutches after shelling injured his leg. “I just want to get out of this movie, I’m tired.”FROM MILAN TO MAYADINMkhayar was sentenced to eight years in jail by a Milan court in 2017 for spreading Islamic State propaganda and trying to recruit Italians to its cause, according to Italian media. As a result, he is likely to have to serve this sentence if he does return to Italy.Reuters interviewed him at a security office in northern Syria in the presence of an SDF official.As it nears victory, the SDF has struggled with the dilemma of holding fighters who travelled from abroad to join Islamic State along with women and children.Before the final assault on Baghouz, the Kurdish-led SDF said it had around 800 foreign militants in jails and 2,000 of their wives and children in camps. Since then, the numbers have ballooned.The SDF wants them sent back where they came from. But foreign governments generally do not want to receive citizens who may be hard to prosecute, and who pledged allegiance to a caliphate that left behind of a trail of butchery.Once an atheist with an affinity for rap music and a dream of moving to America, Mkhayar joined Islamic State at 18.He said he had spent most of his life in Milan with an aunt he calls his mother, before being placed in a home for troubled youths overseen by an Italian priest. He spent a month in prison on drugs charges.Then he began immersing himself in Islamic State videos on YouTube and speaking to recruiters on Facebook. It took him only a month to decide to move to Syria with a friend four years ago.His friend was later killed on the battlefield. After military and religious training, Mkhayar fought on various fronts. As Islamic State lost its Syrian headquarters at Raqqa, he left for Mayadin on the Euphrates river in Syria, then moved further east across the desert, towards the Iraqi border.”WE’RE GETTING OUT”Amid a string of military defeats in eastern Syria, Islamic State leaders were in disarray, killing off rival clerics and commanders known as emirs, Mkhayar said.He said he had tried to quit the fighting but had been imprisoned, and then dispatched back to the frontlines as attacks intensified.He wound up in Baghouz, where he said the jihadists were split between wanting to give up or fight to the death.Mkhayar said his wife, a Syrian Kurdish woman from Kobani whom he had married three years ago, helped convince him to leave.”‘That’s it,’ we said, ‘we’re getting out.’ I saw my little daughter turning weak. I was scared my children would die.”Mkhayar said he could not sleep thinking about his wife and two daughters in a camp for displaced people in another part of northeast Syria. His wife is due to give birth in a month.He said he still believed in the idea of a caliphate for Muslims, but accused Islamic State rulers of governing their land like “a mafia”, seeking only to make money and violating their own rules with impunity.Commanders had stolen money and fled to Turkey, Iraq or Western Europe while ordering people to stay and defend Islam, he said.”This is my belief and I won’t change it, but here in Islamic State, in reality this doesn’t exist … There is no justice,” he said.”Honestly, I came here too fast … When I arrived, I found another story.”last_img read more

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West Houston Community Hopes For Some Relief From Katy Freeways Constant Noise

first_img 00:00 /01:03 – / 6Houston is a pretty noisy place,  and that’s confirmed by a new map from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The map shows much of that noise is along the city’s freeways. It affects communities like Spring Valley Village, located on I-10 just west of the 610 Loop. Spring Valley’s City Hall is nestled behind a shady park and it looks like a place where you could find some peace and quiet. But just down the street, the traffic roars on the Katy Freeway all hours of the day and night.  The suburban community of 4,000 residents does have noise walls but Spring Valley Mayor Tom Ramsey says they only go so far. “The sound wall does very well for the home next to it,” explains Ramsey. “But the homes to the north and south of that wall, the receive very little benefit.”  But Ramsey is hoping things get quieter, after TxDOT finishes a project to groove the pavement between Post Oak and Gessner. Those cuts in the pavement are designed to make the road smoother and the ride quieter.  “The tone of the tire going over the pavement is, I’ll put it in the category of irritating,” adds Ramsey. “So we’re going to eliminate that irritating tone.”So how much does cost to get a little peace and quiet?  The project runs about $12 million. The work should be finished this fall. Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday August 22

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uDr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, professor at Loyola University of Maryland, author and AFRO contributor, sits in for Yoes. Tonight, Dr. Kaye interviews Rev. Al Sharpton about the upcoming 1,000 Ministers March For Justice. These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

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