Mid-Missouri drivers could see icy road conditions

first_imgAreas south of Interstate 70 will be under a winter weather advisory on Thursday morning.Drivers could see icy road conditions, so MODOT is asking everyone to be cautious on their morning commute.Callers have said Highway 50 between Jefferson City and Linn is extremely slick.Some schools have already called off, including Iberia and Camdenton. For the full list of school closures, click here.last_img

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Delivering a Better World with Artificial Intelligence

first_imgRegister now for Intel’s Launch EventOpens in a new window! Hear from Intel’s executives, technology experts and ecosystem partners about next-generation solutions that will transform businesses, industries and ultimately lives on July 11th.Register today at launchevent.intel.com The news lately has been filled with conversations about the arrival of Artificial Intelligence describing a future world where machines augment work done today by humans with applications as far ranging as automated driving to social interactions. As with many societal transformations, some have viewed these technological breakthroughs through a lens of fear. Are we giving up too much control? Will machines fundamentally destroy our current economic models? These are some of the same questions previous generations have asked about inventions like the printing press, the cotton gin and the automobile.As the creators of the microprocessor, we view technology disruption as a great force for human innovation, and there is no question that AI represents a once a generation opportunity for societal advancement. In fact, among the most promising use cases of artificial intelligence are technological advancements to aid in some of society’s largest opportunities: world food supply, medical research, human safety. The question for us is not if we should create AI enhanced solutions, it’s how we should approach the advancement of AI to the betterment of us all.AI has the power to change society for the better, and Intel has committed to three key areas to get us thereOpens in a new window: Developing a broad product portfolio benefitting from the advancements of Moore’s Law, investing in training and resources to help make AI technologies accessible for everyone, and fostering beneficial uses of AI technology through partnerships and investments. Through these collaborations, we expect a massive leap forward in AI solution delivery in the next few years.End to End AI PortfolioThe delivery of AI solutions is being partially fueled by a breakthrough in compute performance. With today’s compute capability and architectural innovation, we can now meet the intense demands of artificial intelligence.Intel offers the most comprehensive and diverse portfolio of products for machine and deep learning in the data center, including Intel® Xeon®Opens in a new window processors and Intel® Xeon Phi™Opens in a new window processors (next generation codenamed Knights Mill) for general purpose infrastructures, as well as FPGAsOpens in a new window and Intel® NervanaTM technology (codenamed Lake Crest) for workload-optimized environments.In addition to data center specific technologies, we’ve also added Saffron and Movidius to our portfolio. The Saffron technologyOpens in a new window, which combines machine and deep learning with emerging techniques on a Natural Intelligence Platform, is particularly well suited to small devices, making intelligent local analytics possible across IoT, while Movidius’ Myriad 2Opens in a new window vision processors act as the visual cortex in computer vision for intelligent edge devices.Together, this end to end roadmap puts Intel in position to drive the AI computing era, and deliver amazing experiences using AI.Making AI Accessible for AllIn order to realize the potential offered by AI, we must work together as an industry and as a society. Intel is working to promote the creation of open data exchanges and initiatives, easier-to-use tools, and training to broaden the talent pool, as well as to provide easier access to intelligent technology.The Intel® Nervana™ AI AcademyOpens in a new window is a great resource to help scientists, students, and developers increase their progress to AI solutions. At the site, the AI community can find “all things AI” including Intel® architecture optimized deep learning frameworks, tools for training and deployment, and a vast array of education, courses and resources, as well as access to a broad community of experts. We’ve also partnered with Coursera to offer online AI courses.Access to AI tools and techniques across the industry will foster innovation and increase momentum for AI solutions, but we as a society also have a responsibility to make sure that those solutions are ethically developed and deployed.AI for GoodTo ensure that AI is used to benefit the world, Intel is focusing on developing use cases and deployments of AI to aid in our most challenging issues. In the medical field, Intel is currently sponsoring a Kaggle competitionOpens in a new window for cervical cancer screening and a Tianchi competition on lung cancer identification. We’ve also invested $25 millionOpens in a new window in the Broad Institute to analyze massive amounts of genomic data. Outside of the medical industry, we’re also addressing human trafficking through a collaboration with the National Center for Mission and Exploited ChildrenOpens in a new window in partnership with other industry leaders. We’re providing AI technology and advising the center with the goal of identifying victims faster and accelerating the documentation of evidence against perpetrators.These initiatives are focused on specific issues, but public policy will also play a critical role development of artificial intelligence solutions. Intel plans to work with and fund projects through NGOs that are establishing ethical, moral, and privacy parameters for AI, and determining how best to prepare society for this transformation.If you would like to be involved in this next critical wave of technology development, check out our Intel AI Web pageOpens in a new window and engage with us on TwitterOpens in a new window.last_img read more

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44 Indians Shortlisted For One-way Trip to Mars

first_imgForty-four Indians, including 17 women, are among 705 aspirants shortlisted for an ambitious private mission to send four people on a planned one-way trip to Mar Related Itemslast_img

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Two Indians Among 19 Immigrants Arrested for Illegally Entering U.S.

first_imgTwo Indian nationals were among 19 immigrants arrested on Aug. 27 by U.S. Border Patrol agents in California for entering the United States illegally by boat from Mexico.Agents determined that all the detainees except the two Indians were Mexican nationals. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that at around 11:15 pm on the night of Aug.26, its Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircraft spotted a Panga-style vessel entering the U.S. territorial waters from Mexico with multiple people on board. The AMO informed U.S. Coast Guard about the suspicious activity.   At around 3:45 am the next morning, the Coast Guard stopped the boat approximately 24 km west of Point Loma. The Coast Guard contacted the U.S. Border Patrol and met at the San Diego Coast Guard dock. As many as 19 people were intercepted in this operation. Two of them were identified as suspected smugglers while the other 17 persons were passengers illegally present in the United States. All the 19 male illegal immigrants were arrested and taken to a nearby Border Patrol station for further proceeding, the statement said. The suspected smugglers were taken into the custody by the Department of Home Security, where they may be subjected to the charges of human smuggling. The AMO seized the Panga-styled vessel — a type of modest-sized, open, outboard-powered, fishing boat. The number of Indians crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally is at an all-time high this year, Fox News reported earlier this month. Over 3,400 people from India have been caught trying to cross into the United States from Mexico so far this fiscal year by border security agents at the El Centro town of California, it said. In the second week of this month, 45 illegal immigrants were arrested in the Houston area for violating immigration laws under Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Border Patrol agents had also apprehended 78 foreigners, who were found inside a locked refrigerated trailer in Texas, on Aug.11. Officials had then confirmed that the Indian nationals were among the detainees of these both operations. Related Itemsillegal immigrationmexicoUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Debating The California Textbook Controversy

first_imgWhen I was a little boy in Bengal, I looked forward to Saraswati Puja (in other parts called Basant Panchami). We would wear yellow clothes, and give over all our books to an altar upon which would sit a statue of Saraswati, one of the three main goddesses of popular Hinduism. It was a day set aside in our region to ask the goddess to bless our books and musical instruments. The commencement of studies (vidya aarahmbham) is meant to follow this day of reflection. For most kids like me, it was a holiday from studying.Saraswati, in the Rig-Veda, kills a demon, Vritra, who is associated with the chaos of ignorance. Identified as a river goddess, Saraswati is the one who flushes the muck that surrounds us to show us the light. She would be a good goddess of historical revisionism, if only this revision took place in accordance with the protocols of truth. Any other kind of revision of history would be the work of Vritra.Lately the demon has been in evidence in California. The Sixth Grade textbooks are on ancient Indian history. The books in use reflect the ethnocentrism and racism that one might expect. Some of the information could be forgiven as hasty errors, but there are some howlers that must come from a willful disregard for the history of places outside Europe and Northern America: “Hindi is written with the Arabic alphabet” being one silly one, but there are others. The Curriculum Commission quite rightly considered the revision of the school textbooks.Revisions are of two kinds. One is a kind of quantitative change, which includes the simple act of correcting errors, as well as adding information to the books that has become available to the historical record through the diligent work of researchers. Such changes are normal to the history profession and for the dissemination of historical knowledge. We historians do this all the time: scour the archives, read new materials, learn how to decipher languages and maps, and eventually add to the narratives that are by and large salutary.Then there is the second kind of revision, what we might consider a qualitative change of the historical narrative. When the English wrote histories of India, they understood the past to be stagnant and to be barbaric. James Mill, the Utilitarian philosopher and East India Company bureaucrat, produced this narrative in 1817, with the confident assumption that finally, after centuries of timelessness, the British would rescue India. India waited, in Mill’s account, for British deliverance.When the nationalist movement matured in the 1880s onward, the disgruntled civil servants and other professionals began to tell their own version of Indian history. The great Bengali man of letters, Bankimchandra Chatterjee wrote, “We have no history. We must have a history.” In the midst of the battle for more opportunities for the bureaucrats, and later in the battle for Swaraj, the historical narrative of India had to be created. It is in the writing of history that a nation is able to create its imagination of itself, and indeed this is what the nationalist historians did. While some (like Bankim) went into the soul to craft fictional narratives, others went after the evidence. R. C. Dutt and Dadabhai Naoroji rewrote the British assumptions of progress, as they showed how British rule destroyed the social development achieved by the Indian people and stifled any progress for the vast mass (this became known as the “Drain of Wealth” thesis); V. D. Savarkar (despite his viscous hatred of Muslims) immortalized the 1857 uprising; and, eventually, Jawaharlal Nehru used his time in jail to produce a most elegant biography of the composite culture of the Indian people (his 1946 Discovery of India). In addition, in the Diaspora, the Bengali-English-Swedish writer Rajini Palme Dutt published the extraordinarily influential India Today (1945), which laid out the history of the subcontinent based on its contemporary aspirations. All these books were written in response to the denigrations of the British story about India.Independent India made little addition to these nationalist narratives until the 1970s. Stodgy books that glorified the nation ignored the fractures that had begun to open up within the new republic. The tale of Rajas and Brahmins, and later of Mughal Emperors and British commissars, and finally of the Freedom Movement’s leaders, bored the minds of at least two generations of students. European and U. S. books on India were worse. They had not the advantage of the nationalist revisions. But both shared the misfortune of being elite narratives: the one, the nationalist, being careful to promote the vision of a nation suppressed and then resplendent after 1947, the other, the Euro-American, willfully able to disregard the complexity of the Indian social formation and its struggles.I remember being invited to central New York state to give a lecture at a conference of community college teachers in the mid-1990s. When I finished my talk on the complex struggles over caste over the past thousand years (a mammoth topic no doubt), the organizer carped that I had not simply explained the idea of “caste” in the Purusha Sukta and left it at that (the text is well-known: brahmanosya mukhamasit, bahu rajanyah kritaha, uru tadasya yadvaishyaha, padhyagam shudro ajayata…..to wit, Brahmins come from the head, and what not). He wanted me to offer a static portrait of Indian society, with caste as a frozen practice. The nationalist in me wanted to say that caste is fungible and more fluid than this sociological sand-trap of the Vedic texts. However, this would not only deny the reality of caste oppression, but it would also insufficiently explain the massive upsurge of caste based political movements, and of the centrality of caste as the constraint to Indian modernity. In other words, neither the colonial nor the early nationalist narratives are enough.In the 1970s, historians began to place struggles at the center of the narrative of history. This was known as “social history,” and it entailed the study of competing values across classes and castes, with an emphasis on gender and ethnicity. Later scholars would challenge the way the environment operated in the logic of Indian history. All this was beneficial. It did not come without stresses and strains. For one, this new historical dynamics (whose main practitioners were mainly Marxists) had an investment in the world of labor and of the dispossessed. This meant that, while their narratives adhered to the strict evidentiary protocols of history, they did nonetheless write a “history from below,” a history that put at its center the values and visions of the working people of Indian history. From a U. S. angle, this was called “people’s history.” Historians of India in the U. S. did not go for this approach by and large, and even those that did had little impact on the history books written for Grade Six. Those books reek of the colonial prejudices that patronize the world and treat it as important, but lesser than the story of Europe and its peoples.When the Hindutva groups gained strength in the 1980s, they did so on the claim of culture rather than on any substantial political platform. They called for the destruction of mosques, the construction of temples, the removal of street names, etc. In other words, the BJP and its various filial organizations emerged as central actors in a debate over history. They produced a narrative much narrower than that of the Marxists, of the early nationalists and of the colonialists: for them, India had a great ancient past when the Brahmin-Kshatriyas ruled; India went downhill after the “Muslim” invasion; the British were bad, but at least they provided technology; and it was now for the “Hindu” parties to redeem India and expunge the “Muslim” element. Not for the BJP historian the complexities of caste, of class, of gender, of region, etc. The destruction of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992 was an attempt to rewrite the history books on the streets, while the take-over of the Indian Council of Historical Research was an attempt to do the same in the academy. The BJP assault has been put on hold with their defeat from governance.When the State Board in California asked for assistance from historians of India and the community of Indian Americans, these previous debates replayed themselves. Most of what is happening in California is not new: it repeats these earlier arguments. The books need revision. That is without doubt. But whose story gets told? The Hindu American Foundation and its allies want to replicate a BJP type story that avoids the many important challenges facing Indian society (such as caste oppression and gender disparities, not to speak of the massive class distinctions and hierarchies that continue to bedevil the lives of Indians). How can one underestimate these divides, given the epidemic of farmer suicides, of anti-dalit violence, of femicide? On the other hand, one can appreciate the unease among upwardly mobile Indian Americans who want an unblemished account taught to their kids so that they can feel proud in their classrooms – this is the bland promise of multiculturalism. So we tell our children that India is great, and that there are no problems. Then we take our kids to India to visit the grandparents, and they are startled to experience the disparities and cultural cruelty toward certain sections of society. This is a recipe for self-hatred and for cultural schizophrenia.I have a personal investment in a more complex narrative of Indian history. Not only am I a historian who has written such a book (a social history of a Dalit community), but I am also a father. I want my two children to experience an India that has a history to which they can be proud, and yet one that impels them to fight to make the India of our dreams in the future rather than indulge in a fantasy of an India Shining. India could shine. It isn’t shining now. Where is Saraswati when we need her? Vijay Prashad is associate professor of international studies at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Punjab CM Launches Outreach Program to Connect Diaspora Youth with State

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh launched a new initiative called Connect With your Roots for Punjabi-origin students living abroad. The program aims to connect them with their roots and help them interact with their counterparts in universities in the state.Targeted at youngsters aged between 16 and 22 years who have never been to India, mainly the third or fourth generation immigrants, the initiative will involve organization of two-week tours in Punjab for groups of 15 students every other month.“It is our desire through this initiative that the generation of youngsters who have only heard stories about Punjab or seen it on television get to really know Punjab and what we call Punjabiyat,” Singh said at the launch event held at the Indian High Commission in London last week, which was attended by British Punjabi students.Singh added: “There is a lot of misinformation that is spread through some of the coverage on TV. We want that people should come to know the ground reality and for Punjabis to be able to reconnect with their roots.”The program for each tour will be customized for each group, and will involve coach tours of all the major historic sites of the state such as the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah Border. The idea is to showcase Punjab’s culture, heritage, education system and the way of living of people. The customization of tours will give them the flexibility to accommodate suggestions and allow participants to visit their ancestral towns and villages.“Don’t think this is a political trip. Anyone with an alliance with any party is welcome to visit anywhere and speak to whoever they wish. We want you to know the real Punjab, with all its strengths and shortcomings,” Singh said.After the program’s launch in London, it will open up to the Punjabi diaspora in European countries like Germany and Italy, and also the United States and Canada.The state government plans to organize around six such tours every year, which would be planned according to the academic calendar in the country as well India’s festival calendar. The first tour will be organized in November this year.Singh also highlighted Punjab as an investor-friendly state. “Anyone interested in putting up an industry in Punjab is assured a single-window clearance within four days,” he said. “We are also in talks with the state chief justice to organize special courts for NRIs where matters can be heard on a day-to-day basis.” Related ItemsAmarinder Singh NRIsBritish PunjabiConnect to PunjabConnect with your roots PunjabKnow Punjab NRIsLittle IndiaNRIs Punjablast_img read more

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In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Food Quirky delightsIf you’re looking for custom made cup cakes, regardless of how wacky your idea might be, Pink Cupcakes is the place to head to. Set up by Reema Vohra, 27, who gave up her corporate career to indulge,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.FoodQuirky delightsIf you’re looking for custom made cup cakes, regardless of how wacky your idea might be, Pink Cupcakes is the place to head to. Set up by Reema Vohra, 27, who gave up her corporate career to indulge in cake connoisseur’s imaginations, the home baked cakes here are a great choice to add a bit of fun to your pastry choice.Recently done quirky ideas have included an edible pregnancy test strip on top of a cupcake for an expectant mother, a little Chanel bag made especially for a young girl’s party and an angry birds themed cake for kids.Price: Rs 1,020 per dozen cupcakes.At: 301, Suma Splendor, 4th floor, Somajiguda.Tel: 9177508548; facebook.com/pinkcupcakesRestaurantKebab fiestaThe Great Kebab Factory will be hosting a food festival called Purani Dilli ka khana, all through this month. Lose yourself in the history infused bylanes of Old Delhi as you indulge in delights like the Daryaganj ke kebab, Babri seekh, Lal quile ki biryani, Dilli ki aloo chat, Paneer kuti mirch tikka and a whole lot more. Some of these are revived recipes drawn from a long forgotten past while others are family kitchen secrets carefully preserved and passed on over generations.From: Ongoing till June 30.Where: The Great Kebab Factory, Road No 12, Banjara Hills.Tel: 40208282.ShopTime to playIf you’re a football buff who loves his watches, you’ll love the newly launched Seiko Sportura FC Barcelona chronographs that will be sported by the FC Barcelona team in the upcoming 2012/13 season. This limited edition watch will be available in select stores across town.Price: Rs 27,500.Where: Helios, Midtown Mall, Road No 1, Banjara Hills.Tel: 40159191.Bag to schoolAre your kids going through the-end-of- vacation blues? Well, gift them a fun ladybird or giraffe inspired school bag from Samsonite’s Sammies Funny Face II collection to cheer them up.Price: Rs 590 onwards.Where: Samsonite store, Begumpet.Tel: 66174712.advertisementlast_img read more

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Italians, Spainiards win over Faroe Islands and Finland

first_imgParis: Spain and Italy moved to within touching distance of Euro 2020 on Sunday after respective wins over the Faroe Islands and Finland saw them maintain their perfect qualifying records for next year’s tournament. Rodrigo, Alcacer too good Rodrigo and Paco Alcacer both scored twice in an easy 4-0 victory over the Faroes in Gijon. It was their sixth win from six in Group F and put them on a perfect 18 points, seven clear of Sweden, who drew 1-1 with Scandinavian rivals Norway. With two teams qualifying from the group, they are also a further point ahead of third-placed Romania following their 1-0 win over Malta. “Yes, it’s almost done, but not yet mathematically,” said Spain coach Robert Moreno when asked if his team had all, but qualified with four games to spare. “We must grow as a team by winning all our matches. Of course, the final goal is qualification, but what matters is that the team has the feeling of doing things well.” Jorginho nets winner Meanwhile, Italy also kept their 100 percent record thanks to Jorginho’s late penalty, which fired Italy their own sixth straight win, 2-1 at nearest rivals Finland. Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s 79th-minute winner in Tampere sent Roberto Mancini’s side six points clear of the second-placed Finns in Group J, after in-form Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki had levelled Ciro Immobile’s first Italy goal in two years with a penalty of his own six minutes before. Italy are flying high with a maximum 18 points with four qualifying games to play, nine points ahead of third-placed Armenia. They could now secure qualification for the tournament, which kicks off in Rome next June, against Greece or Liechtenstein. Ramos equals Casillas’s 167-cap record Sergio Ramos Gijon (Spain): Sergio Ramos equalled Iker Casillas’s record of 167 international appearances for Spain on Sunday as he started their Euro 2020 qualifier against the Faroe Islands here. The Real Madrid defender made his international debut 14 years ago against China. “It’s a difficult challenge to have matched him [Casillas],” said Ramos. “It’s a prize and a joy. It’s years of effort,” Ramos added. “Congratulations on those 167 matches my friend,” Casillas wrote on social media. “I hope there are many more. We have experienced great moments with the Spanish team.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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MARINA-ORDER 2 LAST

first_imgIn the prohibitory order issued by him, George said he hadIn the prohibitory order issued by him, George said he had reason to believe that anti-social and anti-national elements had infiltrated the pro-Jallikattu protests and despite the government fulfilling the demand to conduct the bull taming sport, such persons and miscreants “are trying to spread rumours through the social media”, inviting students and others to congregate at Marina.They were doing so by “spreading their ideologies against the interest of the nation and the state and may again incite or lead acts of violence, mischief and rioting, that would affect the safety, peace and tranquillity of the citizens and would pave the way for damage to public property,” he said.Further, various forms of protests were not permitted at Marina and surrounding Foreshore estate area for long, he said, adding, all assemblies, processions, fasts, demonstrations, human chain and meetings were “prohibited.””Any person contravening this order shall be subjected to prosecution under the Indian Penal Code,” he said. Meanwhile, Additional Police Commissioner (South) K Shankar released videos regarding the violence by alleged miscreants and pictures of protesters holding placards threatening to observe the Republic Day as Black Day and some persons moving around with pictures of slain international terrorist Osama bin Laden. They were also seen criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.On Monday, police were restrained while dispersing the protesters from Marina even as many had left voluntarily following polices appeal, he told reporters.Even when police came under attack from miscreants, who pelted stones and hurled petrol filled bottles at them, the police personnel only used minimum force to disperse them, he added.advertisementMany police personnel sustained injuries, he pointed out. PTI SA RC ZMNlast_img read more

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Surgical Strike in Kolkata

first_imgIt all came to a head after sports minister Aroop Biswas, a known loyalist of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was forced to move his ailing mother to a government hospital.The private hospital in Kolkata where she was under treatment had presented him with a Rs 27 lakh bill. Although private,It all came to a head after sports minister Aroop Biswas, a known loyalist of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was forced to move his ailing mother to a government hospital.The private hospital in Kolkata where she was under treatment had presented him with a Rs 27 lakh bill. Although private healthcare has long been known to be exorbitant in West Bengal, this was perhaps the first time that someone senior in the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) was feeling the pinch.A fuming Mamata soon revived a draft 2010 legislation brought in by the then Left Front government to regulate the state’s private hospitals. Interestingly, at the time, the TMC had vociferously opposed the bill and ensured that it was shelved. Seven years on, Mamata and her government have come back with a new law, one that is way more stringent than anything the Left Front had envisaged.The West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill 2017, enacted by the state assembly on March 3, not just provides for compensation to victims but also jail terms and cancellation of licences in instances of deficient medical care or negligence in treatment.Preceding the legislation, Mamata had reportedly castigated the heads of private hospitals for fleecing hapless patients at a February 22 meeting which lasted two hours. Mamata’s diatribe was based on shocking revelations made in a survey of 942 private hospitals by a standing committee on health.It revealed that hospitals prescribe unnecessary high-end medicines, investigations and treatment, force doctors to stagger patient release and there were even cases where patients were put on life-support just to inflate the bill. “Everybody is complaining about exorbitant bills. A hospital is not a slaughterhouse or factory,” the CM told the hospital honchos.advertisementAn 11-member regulatory commission, constituted to implement the law, has been given quasi-judicial powers to fix rates for treatment (including package rates) and monitor details of billing. The commission will adjudicate on cases of lapses in treatment and award time-bound compensations of up to Rs 10 lakh (in cases of death).Tampering of patient records can now result in attachment of assets, cash penalties of up to Rs 50 lakh and cancellation of licence of the concerned hospital. In specific instances, the commission can also initiate criminal prosecution.There are 2,088 private medical establishments in Bengal with an estimated investment of Rs 2 lakh crore. Those associated with the sector say the new law will serve a “death blow” to private healthcare in the state.The legislation has found overwhelming support, including from Opposition parties. Biswanath Chakrabarty, political analyst and professor at the Rabindra Bharati University, believes this singular act could help Mamata reap political gains amid urban voters who have hitherto remained aloof.last_img read more

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Nokia 8110 4G banana phone launched: Specs, features, India price, everything you need to know

first_imgHMD Global at MWC 2018 on Sunday unveiled its new lineup of Nokia-branded phones that included 4 smartphones and a feature phone. In an attempt to bring back the nostalgia, HMD brought back the much-loved Nokia 3310 last year. In a similar fashion, the company this time revived the Nokia 8110 “banana phone” or the “Matrix phone” that was first launched back in 1996. The new Nokia 8110 4G brings back the slider design along with a revamped look and updated specs to make it relevant in today’s day and age.The Nokia 8110 4G is the second feature phone to be launched under HMD Global’s “Originals” series. The company hopes to recreate the success of the Nokia 3310 by bringing back another memorable Nokia feature phone. The company will target key markets like India where there is still a large market for feature phones. The new Nokia 8110 4G largely brings the same banana form factor and slider cover that protects the keyboard. However, there have been a few design and hardware tweaks to make it look a lot more fashionable and relevant over 20 years later. Here are the key specs and features that you need to know about the Nokia 8110 4G.Nokia 8110 4G SpecificationsDisplay: The Nokia 8110 4G sports a 2.4-inch QVGA displayProcessor: It is powered by a 1.1GHz dual-core Qualcomm 205 Mobile PlatformRAM: The feature phone comes with 512MB LPDDR3 of RAMInternal storage: The handset will be offered with 4GB of internal storageRear camera: The Nokia 8110 4G feature phone sports a 2-megapixel rear cameraadvertisementSoftware: The revamped “banana phone” will run Smart Feature OSBattery: The feature phone houses a 1500mAh battery that promises to deliver a standby time of up to 25 hours and talk time of 9.32 hours on VoLTE.Connectivity: Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/AGPS, micro-USB 2.0, FM, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.Nokia 8110 4G Special features:– The Nokia 8110, popularly known as the “banana phone” comes with a unique curved design with a slider cover that hides the keyboard. You can slide it to answer a call and close it to end it. Much like the Nokia 3310 last year, the Nokia 8110 4G will come preloaded with the revamped Snake game as well.– Users will be able to sync their contacts and calendar through Gmail and Outlook. You will also be able to share data via wireless hotspot.ALSO READ: Nokia 8110 4G banana phone launched at MWC 2018, hopes to repeat success of Nokia 3310– The Nokia 8110 4G runs Smart Feature OS and supports apps like Facebook and Twitter. WhatsApp support isn’t available as yet but HMD Global says that the company is working on bringing more apps in the future.Nokia 8110 4G Price and availability:The Nokia 8110 4G feature phone has been priced at EUR 79 (approx Rs 6,300) and will be available sometime in May 2018. India will likely be among the first markets to see the Nokia 8110 4G. HMD is yet to announce the India pricing of the Nokia 8110 4G, but you can expect to see it well under Rs 4,000. To recall, the Nokia 3310 was priced at Rs 3,310 when it was launched in India, so the pricing of the Nokia 8110 4G shouldn’t be too different.last_img read more

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On encourage les NéoÉcossais à participer à lEnquête nationale auprès des ménages

first_imgDans le cadre du Recensement de 2011, on demande maintenant à un tiers des ménages néo-écossais de fournir des renseignements plus détaillés par l’entremise de l’Enquête nationale auprès des ménages. « J’encourage fortement tous les Néo-Écossais qui ont reçu le questionnaire à y répondre, a dit Graham Steele, ministre des Finances. Les renseignements recueillis dans le cadre de l’Enquête nationale auprès des ménages offrent un aperçu de notre population et aident le gouvernement à planifier et à offrir les services essentiels tels que l’éducation, les routes et le logement. » La trousse jaune que recevront un tiers des ménages de la Nouvelle-Écosse contient un questionnaire, un code d’accès sécurisé et des renseignements sur la façon de répondre au questionnaire. Les gens peuvent participer à l’Enquête nationale auprès des ménages en ligne à l’aide du code d’accès sécurisé ou en répondant au questionnaire sur papier, qui doit ensuite être envoyé à Statistique Canada. L’Enquête nationale auprès des ménages pose des questions sur la citoyenneté et l’immigration, l’origine ethnique, l’identité autochtone, la langue de travail, l’éducation, l’activité sur le marché du travail, les paiements de pensions alimentaires et de services de garde d’enfants et le revenu et le logement, ainsi qu’une question sur le consentement à la transmission des renseignements personnels recueillis à Bibliothèque et Archives Canada après 92 ans. Pour obtenir plus d’information ou de l’aide, composez le 1-877-308-2777. Les utilisateurs du téléimprimeur (TTY) peuvent composer le 1-866-753-7083.last_img read more

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Spain Italy battle to maintain perfect Euro 2020 qualifying starts

first_imgParis: Spain took a step closer to qualification for Euro 2020 after surviving a scare in Romania to win 2-1 and continue their 100 percent record, while Italy also kept their perfect start with a 3-1 win in Armenia. A Sergio Ramos first half penalty and a beautiful team goal finished off by Paco Alcacer were just about enough for Spain in Bucharest, made their record five wins from five and maintain their five-point lead at the top of Group F. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThey are followed by Sweden, who are on 10 points after thrashing the Faroe Islands 4-0, and Norway a further two points back after their comfortable 2-0 over Malta. Ramos got the ball rolling for the away side from the spot after Dani Ceballos was brought down by Ciprian Deac, and the points looked secure two minutes after the break when Alcacer tapped home Jordi Alba’s cross following a sensational pass from Ceballos. However, substitute Florin Andone made an almost immediate impact when he nipped in front of Ramos to nod one back just before the hour mark, and the hosts soon had the wind in their sails. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThey received a further boost 11 minutes from time when Diego Llorente clumsily took down George Puscas as he raced towards goal in search of a leveller. It proved to not be Puscas’ night as he saw two stoppage time efforts brilliantly saved by Spain stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, the first a smart snap shot and the second a header from point-blank range, with the rebound then blazed over to leave Romanian heads in hands. Earlier, Italy strengthen their grip on Group J after coming from behind to see off Armenia thanks to a Andrea Belotti brace and Lorenzo Pellegrini’s first international goal. Roberto Mancini’s side are three points ahead of second-placed Finland, 1-0 victors over Greece thanks to a Teemu Pukki penalty, and seven ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina in third after the win in Yerevan, which came despite the Italians trailing after 11 minutes when Aleksandre Karapetyan. Torino captain Belotti got Italy back level on 28 minutes before Karapetyan went from hero to villain by being sent off in first half stoppage time for a second yellow card. Belotti doubled his tally 10 minutes from time after substitute Pellegrini had put the away side in the lead. “The satisfaction is to have won a game that was not at all easy,” said Mancini, who becomes the first Italy coach to win five consecutive European qualifiers in one group.last_img read more

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Lanka Coal Company chairman and board removed

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) wrote to President Maithripala Sirisena about the alleged corrupt deal on January 04, 2016.“We pointed that because of this deal Sri Lankan government has lost at least Rs 4145 million and that even the Supreme Court of the country has declared that (verdict no SCFR394/2015) that the deal must be made null and void. CaFFE also states that three politicians, belonging to both Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and United National Party (UNP), are directly involved in this corrupt deal. ACF also wrote to the new Director General of the Bribery Commission inquiring what action has been taken on the previous complaint lodged by ACF,”  the Anti Corruption Front said. With this agreement, the state will have to pay US $ 10 per ton above the real market price.The first ship carrying coal will arrive with a shipment between 40 000 – 60 000 tons. The Letters of credit have already opened to facilitate this deal,” the Anti Corruption Front said. Anti Corruption Front noted that a few days after an Auditors General report revealed that Sri Lanka lost Rs 4145.43 million in 2016 due to an agreement signed after obtaining Cabinet approval through misleading Ministers, to import coal to the country, the Ministry of Power had entered into a similar agreement. The Anti Corruption Front said that with this deal members of the Good Governance government will have the opportunity to embezzle more money than what the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration made in four years. (Colombo Gazette) The Chairman of Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd, Maithri Gunaratne and the board have been removed by the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry.Earlier today the Anti Corruption Front (ACF) said that the secretary to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy BMS Batagoda had written to President Maithripala Sirisena demanding the resignation of ‎Maithri Gunaratne who had continuously opposed attempts to sign an unfavourable deal to import coal to Sri Lanka. read more

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The Latest Trump repeats unproven claim of illegal votes

President Donald Trump, center, receives applauds during his meeting with labor leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Also at the meeting is Vice President Mike Pence. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON – The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):9 p.m.President Donald Trump is telling House and Senate leaders he would have won the popular vote in the 2016 election if not for the votes of 3 million to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally.There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim.Trump made the assertion at a meeting with congressional leaders Monday night. That’s according to a Democratic aide familiar with the exchange, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. The Washington Post first reported the conversation.Trump has made the unverified claims before, tweeting in late November that he had “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes but lost the Electoral College to Trump.— By Erica Werner___5:50 p.m.President Donald Trump is meeting with congressional leaders in the White House as he starts his first week as president.Trump was joined by Republican and Democratic congressional leaders from the House and Senate during a reception in the State Dining Room. The reception also included Vice-President Mike Pence, top Trump aides Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s senior adviser.Trump was speaking to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and others as reporters were ushered from the reception. Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional leaders are having a dinner later Monday to discuss health care.___3:30 p.m.President Donald Trump is telling union leaders that he is redoing the nation’s trade deals “to put a lot of people back to work.”Trump convened a meeting of about a dozen labour leaders Monday at the White House.He noted that he earlier in the day signed a memorandum announcing the United States’ intention to withdraw from the multi-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.Trump also said he would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement “at the appropriate time” and said he wanted future deals to be between just two countries.The president repeated his campaign criticism of the current agreements, saying it was “inconceivable this was allowed to happen.” He has blamed the trade deals for a decline in American manufacturing jobs.___3:10 p.m.Donald Trump’s press secretary has reiterated the president’s support for energy projects like the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline.Sean Spicer didn’t say Monday whether Trump would seek to reverse the Army’s decision to explore alternate routes for the $3.8 billion project to move North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois. But he described projects like Dakota Access as “a big priority.”The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters say the pipeline threatens drinking water and Native American cultural sites. Developer Energy Transfer Partners — which Trump once owned stock in — disputes that.The pipeline is nearly complete but stalled while the Army Corps of Engineers does a full environmental study before deciding whether to allow it to cross the Missouri River in North Dakota.___3 p.m.President Donald Trump will visit the Department of Defence Friday to review the anti-Islamic State policy.White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that the president will visit the Pentagon to attend a ceremony for his newly confirmed defence secretary, retired Gen. James Mattis.He says that Trump will also hold discussions with Mattis and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review the fight against the Islamic State group.The U.S. has nearly 5,000 soldiers taking part in the anti-IS coalition in Iraq, as well as special forces in both Iraq and Syria.__2:46 p.m.The Trump administration is vowing to defend territories that are in international waters, including those in the South China Sea.Responding to a question about China’s claims over islands in the disputed area, press secretary Sean Spicer says that “we are going to make sure we defend international territories.”China is pitted against smaller neighbours in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves.Trump ruffled feathers with China early after his Election Day victory, calling the leader of Taiwan and breaking the longstanding tradition of maintaining unofficial ties with the self-governing island.__2:45 p.m.White House spokesman Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump has left his businesses as promised, but another aide acknowledges there’s no public documentation proving he’s done so.Spicer’s comments come after the news organization ProPublica reported there have been no filings in Florida, Delaware or New York showing that Trump has handed over control of his global business empire to his two adult sons. Trump announced his plans to do so at a Jan. 11 news conference.Spicer looked to communication aide Hope Hicks when asked about the issue at Monday’s press briefing. Hicks said the documents showing the change of management are “not public at this time.”__2:38 p.m.The Trump administration appears to be backing off a campaign promise to immediately end former President Barack Obama’s program to protect young immigrants from deportation.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that for now the administration will focus on criminal immigrants in the country illegally.Spicer says in his first press briefing that “for now, that’s not … the focus is going to be on people who have done harm to our country.” He had been asked about the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.DACA has protected more 750,000 young immigrants from deportation and offered those same immigrants work permits.Spicer says Trump is instead focused on enforcement efforts on criminal immigrants and those who have overstayed their visas.__2:33 p.m.White House press secretary Sean Spicer says the Trump administration is continuing to build out a White House Spanish-language website but it remains a “priority” to get it back online.Spicer was asked during his first White House press briefing about the recent closing of Spanish-language social media accounts since Trump’s inauguration.Spicer says “we’ve got the IT folks working overtime” to get the website back online along with issue areas on the site.__2:25 p.m.White House press secretary Sean Spicer is saying the Trump administration’s “intention is never to lie to you.”Spicer faced questions Monday during his first briefing after his angry statement in which he denounced the media’s correct reporting that the crowd at Trump’s inauguration was smaller than at his predecessor’s eight years ago.Spicer said “sometimes we may disagree” about facts and said he wanted to have a “healthy relationship” with the White House press corps.He added that “if we make a mistake, we’ll do our best to correct” it.The press secretary said he was given incorrect information about Washington Metro’s ridership when he addressed the issue Saturday but insisted that, when TV and online viewership are combined, that it was the most-watched inaugural in history.___2:20 p.m.The Trump administration says it is willing to partner with Moscow to combat the Islamic State group.In his first daily White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that President Donald Trump has been “very clear” that he will “work with any country committed to defeating ISIS.”He says the administration will work “with Russia or anyone else” to defeat the militant group, either on a military front, or an economic front.The president has vowed that he’ll defeat the al-Qaida offshoot “quickly” when he takes office, though he has not provided specifics on his plans for U.S. military efforts in Iraq and Syria.The U.S. and Russia have been at odds over Russian-backed Syrian military action in Aleppo.___2:07 p.m.President Donald Trump will be hosting breakfast at the White House with heads of some of the nation’s largest automobile manufacturers.White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump would host executives at Ford, GM and Chrysler the following day.Trump had made creating American manufacturing jobs a centerpiece of the early days of his term and spoke frequently during the campaign of calling for car manufactures to keep their plants in the United States.Spicer did not reveal the specific agenda for the meeting.__2:02 p.m.The White House is moving forward with plans to give what it describes as a more “diverse group of journalists” a chance to ask questions at briefings.Press Secretary Sean Spicer says in his first White House press conference that, beginning later this week, the White House will designate four “Skype seats” in the White House briefing room.The idea is to provide an opportunity to ask question to a more diverse group of outlets that may not have the resources to hire a Washington correspondent.The new administration has been discussing a series of potential changes to press operations.Trump has long had a contentious relationship with the press.___1:56 p.m.President Donald Trump has told Egypt’s president that he will continue providing military assistance to his country.White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi discussed ways to deepen the bilateral relationship between the two countries, fight terrorism and boost Egypt’s struggling economy.The two leaders also discussed having el-Sissi visit the White House in the future.Egypt is the second largest recipient of U.S. military aid.__12:30 p.m.The Pentagon has held its first news briefing since Defence Secretary James Mattis was sworn in on Friday.A spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, on Monday described several of Mattis’ first activities as Pentagon chief but declined to discuss any policy issues. That includes potential changes in the U.S. approach to fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, which President Donald Trump has singled out as a priority.Davis said Mattis has made retired Navy Rear Adm. Kevin M. Sweeney his chief of staff and Rear Adm. Craig S. Faller his senior military assistant.The spokesman said Mattis would be meeting with the military service chiefs and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, on Tuesday, and had conducted a phone conversation with his Canadian counterpart.___12: 15 p.m.President Donald Trump calls a lawsuit filed Monday against him “without merit, totally without merit.”Ethics attorneys are suing him for allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments in violation of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the Southern District of New York by the liberal-funded watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.Trump says he has handed over control of his global real estate and licensing empire to his two adult sons. But he is retaining his financial stake in the business even while in the White House, a break from the tradition of previous presidents to divest.Trump made the comments in response to a reporter’s question after he signed his first few executive orders in the Oval Office.__11:59 a.m.President Donald Trump is signing a memorandum that freezes hiring for some federal government workers as a way to reduce payrolls and rein in the size of the federal workforce.Trump’s directive is fulfilling one of his campaign promises. He tells reporters that members of the military will be exempted from the hiring freeze.The new president has vowed to take on the federal bureaucracy and the action could be the first step in an attempt to curtail government employment.The memorandum signed by Trump’s is similar to one that President George W. Bush signed at the start of his administration in 2001.__11:55 a.m.President Donald Trump is reinstating a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.The regulation has been something of a political football, instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic ones since 1984.Most recently, President Barack Obama ended the ban in 2009.Trump signed it one day after the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, the date which is traditionally when presidents take action on the policy.The policy also prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that lobby to legalize abortion or promote it as a family planning method.__11:50 a.m.President Donald Trump is signing a memorandum to leave the proposed Pacific Rim trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.The move is basically a formality, since the agreement had yet to receive required Senate ratification. Trade experts say that approval was unlikely to happen given voters’ anxiety about trade deals and the potential for job losses.Trump called the move “a great thing for the American workers”It remains unclear if Trump would seek individual deals with the 11 other nations in TPP— a group that represents roughly 13.5 per cent of the global economy, according to World Bank figures.Trump has blamed past trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization for a decline in U.S. factory jobs.__11:05 a.m.President Donald Trump has tasked a group of top business leaders with coming up with a series of actions to help stimulate the American manufacturing sector.Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical, says Trump has given them 30 days to come up a plan.Trump met Monday morning with a group of top manufacturing leaders, including Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX, and the executives from Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, among others.Mark Fields of the Ford Motor Company says he left the meeting confident Trump will work to create jobs.___10:30 a.m.President Donald Trump is planning to nominate Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force.A White House statement said Monday that Wilson, a former New Mexico congresswoman and president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, would be the first Air Force Academy graduate to hold the position, if confirmed.Wilson served in Congress from 1998 to 2009, where she was a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and chaired the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.She also served on the House Armed Services Committee.__10:20 a.m.President Donald Trump is speaking with the Egyptian president. Trump and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi were scheduled to speak Monday morning. The details of the call have not yet been made public.Trump and el-Sissi have already shown a certain bond. Trump said there was “good chemistry” when they met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in September.El-Sissi said Trump would “without a doubt” make a strong leader and said he believes Trump will be “vigorously engaged” with issues in the Middle East.__9:35 a.m.President Donald Trump is vowing to cut taxes on his first official business day in office.The newly-inaugurated president told business leaders Monday that he wants to lower taxes for the middle class and for companies to “anywhere from 15 to 25 per cent,” down from 35 per cent.He told the business leaders that the deal is contingent upon keeping business operations inside the United States: “All you have to do is stay. Don’t leave. Don’t fire your people in the United States.”One of the campaign promises Trump listed on his website was to “reform the entire regulatory code to ensure that we keep jobs and wealth in America.”__9:30 a.m.President Donald Trump is opening what his team has dubbed “Day One” of his presidency by meeting with business leaders in the White House.Trump said Monday there will “be advantages” to companies that make their products in the United States and suggested he will impose a “substantial border tax” on foreign goods entering the country.The president also repeated a campaign promise to cut regulations “by 75 per cent, maybe more.”Trump hosted the breakfast with about a dozen leaders in the Roosevelt Room.Among those in attendance were Kevin Plank of Under Armour, Elon Musk of Tesla, Marilyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin and Mario Longhi of US Steel.Trump suggested he wanted to hold these meetings quarterly.___3:20 a.m.President Donald Trump is meeting with congressional leaders from both parties to discuss his agenda, as he enters his first official week in the White House and works to begin delivering on his ambitious campaign promises.Trump says he considers Monday to be his first real day in office. And he’s packing it with meetings that suggest he’s keeping an open ear.There’s a breakfast and what the White House calls a listening session with business leaders in the morning; another listening session with union leaders and workers in the afternoon; and a reception later on with members of Congress he’ll need on board to overhaul the nation’s health care system, among other goals. He’ll also hold his first meeting as president with the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. The Latest: Trump repeats unproven claim of illegal votes by The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2017 8:34 am MDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Former Crime Chief had ordered use of one coffin for burial

… controversial Lindo Creek CoI hearsFormer Crime Chief Seelall Persaud had ordered that the remains of the eight miners killed at Lindo Creek be buried in one coffin, some four years after they were killed, despite the advice of the Lyken Funeral Home.This information came to light during the afternoon session of the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI), where evidence was given by Dr Dawn Stewart of the Lyken Funeral Home.According to Dr Stewart, on the day of the incident back in June 2008, she received a call for the pick-up of the remains. However, when she received the remains, she did not open them as she did not want to tamper with the evidence.Commissioner, Lindo Creek CoI, retired Justice Donald TrotmanThe remains, she said, was at the funeral home for some four years; the longest time any corpse has been at the facility in its 95-year history. According to Dr Stewart, the home had advised the Police to have the remains buried; however, they were told not to since the investigation was still ongoing. She said within the first year, some family members had been making inquiries about the remains, however, they were always referred to the Police.Former Crime Chief Seelall PersaudDr Stewart said when the funeral home was finally given the go-ahead to bury the remains, they were told that “one coffin would do” by then Crime Chief Seelall Persaud. However, the remains were eventually buried in three coffins at the Le Repentir cemetery. She explained that the home took it upon itself to have a short service “for closure” with a few family members of one of the victims. And even with family members making further inquiries about the deceased, Dr Stewart said there was nothing that could be done since “we didn’t know who was who.”The Presidential Commission of Inquiry has been established to enquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Horace Drakes, Bonny Harry, Lancelot Lee, Compton Speirs, Nigel Torres and Clifton Berry Wong, on or about the June 21, 2008, and to report the findings and recommendations to President David Granger.The Commission will meet again on Tuesday, March 5. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLindo Creek CoI: Govt Pathologist says, he never conducted autopsies on burnt remainsMarch 22, 2018In “Court”Lindo Creek CoI: Slain prison escapee Varswyck was part of team hunting ‘Fine Man’ says HughesApril 4, 2018In “Crime”Lindo Creek COI ‘turning out to be an assault on the GDF’- JagdeoMay 17, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Dropbox struggles to cope once you hit 300000 files

first_imgDropbox is a great way to store files in the cloud for safe keeping and go-anywhere access. Just don’t overload your vault. Once you’re up over 300,000 files you could find yourself in Dropbox hell.That’s where developer David Burrows wound up. He’s been storing personal files and work projects in Dropbox for years. While racking up 300,000 files might sound like it’s pretty tough to do, Burrows has done it — and he’s now paying the price.If you check out the Dropbox Help Center, you’ll find this brief entry under “How much space does my Dropbox account have left?” There’s an advisory for elite users at the bottom of the page that says, “Dropbox’s performance may start to decline” once you’ve bumped into that ceiling.Burrows says that’s a massive understatement. He’s observed his own machine struggling with the befuddled Dropbox app. He’s watched the app hang and witnessed a processing core maxxed out for hours on end while it struggles to figure out which files need to be synced.The frustrated Burrows finally pinged Dropbox support. A full week later, he received a response — that directly quoted the Help Center article above.What recourse does he have now? It looks like all Burrows (and others in his situation) can do is wait patiently for Dropbox to correct whatever issues are causing it to choke on all those files.The number of Dropbox users that store over 300,000 files in its cloud is probably very small. Still, it’s a big problem for the company. SkyDrive has gotten much better in the last couple years, and Dropbox also has to contend with Google Drive now, too.Savvy users like Borrows have a lot of time — and money — invested in their Dropbox stores, but it’s hard to imagine them choosing to stick around if they have to deal with frustrations like this on a daily basis.last_img read more

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Bahamas Power company cuts electricity ahead of Hurricane Irma storm changes direction

first_img Related Items:#BPL, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 7th, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Power and Light company (BPL) has announced that there would be no electricity in Long Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Exuma and Cat Island as of midnight. However, there are plans being made to keep the entire electricity system operational in the New Providence region for as long as the weather allows.This decision was made as Hurricane Irma tears through surrounding islands. At present. Hurricane Irma is attacking the Turks and Caicos Islands, and skirting across to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. However, the department of meteorology revealed that there has been a slight shift of events as Hurricane Irma turned to a slightly different direction and is now heading northward toward the entire Florida Peninsula.This is now good news for the Bahamas as it would mean that the direction of the eye of the hurricane would not be moving over Bahamas and Cuba. Of course these islands would still be experiencing extreme impacts as Irma is not losing its category 5 strength, making it the longest Hurricane in the history of the Atlantic to date with its magnitude. The Bahamas will experience tropical storm and hurricane force winds and flooding later tonight into tomorrow morning.As everyone is taking the necessary precautions in anticipation of whatever the hurricane may bring, BPL says, “In the event that heavy winds and rain impact our overhead lines, then we may have to conduct isolated shutdowns in those areas to protect our system.”Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Judge blocks Californias highcapacity ammunition ban

first_img AP, 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 SettingsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — High-capacity gun magazines will remain legal in California under a ruling Friday by a federal judge who cited home invasions where a woman used the extra bullets in her weapon to kill an attacker while in two other cases women without additional ammunition ran out of bullets.“Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,” San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez wrote as he declared unconstitutional the law that would have banned possessing any magazines holding more than 10 bullets.California law has prohibited buying or selling such magazines since 2000, but those who had them before then were allowed to keep them.In 2016, the Legislature and voters approved a law removing that provision. The California arm of the National Rifle Association sued and Benitez sided with the group’s argument that banning the magazines infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.Benitez had temporarily blocked the law from taking effect with a 2017 ruling.In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, a custom-made semi-automatic hunting rifle with a high-capacity detachable magazine is displayed at a gun store in Rocklin, Calif. Such magazines enable a shooter to fire to fire 30, 50 or even 100 bullets before having to reload. They have been used in previous mass shooting and are under scrutiny again after the Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, massacre in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)Chuck Michel, an attorney for the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association, said the judge’s latest ruling may go much farther by striking down the entire ban, allowing individuals to legally acquire high-capacity magazines for the first time in nearly two decades.“We’re still digesting the opinion but it appears to us that he struck down both the latest ban on possessing by those who are grandfathered in, but also said that everyone has a right to acquire one,” Michel said.Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement that his office is “committed to defending California’s common sense gun laws” and is reviewing the decision and evaluating its next steps.The goal of the California law is to deter mass-shootings, with Becerra previously listing as an example the terrorist assault that killed 14 and injured 22 in San Bernardino.Benitez, an appointee of Republican President George W. Bush, called such shootings “exceedingly rare” while emphasizing the everyday robberies, rapes and murders he said might be countered with firearms.The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, named after a former congresswoman who survived a mass shooting, is also still evaluating whether the decision applies more broadly, said staff attorney Ari Freilich.But Freilich predicted the “extreme outlier decision” will be overturned on appeal and criticized a judge “so deeply out of touch that he believes mass shootings are a ‘very small’ problem in this country.”Becerra previously said similar Second Amendment challenges have been repeatedly rejected by other courts, with at least seven other states and 11 local governments already restricting the possession or sale of large-capacity magazines. The conflicting decisions may ultimately be sorted out by the U.S. Supreme Court.Benitez ruled that magazines holding more than 10 rounds are “arms” under the U.S. Constitution, and that the California law “burdens the core of the Second Amendment by criminalizing the acquisition and possession of these magazines that are commonly held by law-abiding citizens for defense of self, home, and state.”Benitez described three home invasions, two of which ended with the female victims running out of bullets.In the third case, the pajama-clad woman with a high-capacity magazine took on three armed intruders, firing at them while simultaneously calling for help on her phone.“She had no place to carry an extra magazine and no way to reload because her left hand held the phone with which she was still trying to call 911,” the judge wrote, saying she killed one attacker while two escaped.The magazine ban was included in 2016 legislation that voters strengthened with their approval of Proposition 63, which was championed by then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.In a statement, Newsom criticized the judge’s ruling.“This District Court Judge’s failure to uphold a ban on high-capacity magazines is indefensible, dangerous for our communities and contradicts well-established case law,” the governor said. “I strongly disagree with the court’s assessment that ‘the problem of mass shootings is very small.’ Our commitment to public safety and defending common sense gun safety laws remains steadfast.” AP Posted: April 1, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Updated: 10:22 PM April 1, 2019 Judge blocks California’s high-capacity ammunition ban FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Updated Motorcyclist Killed In Collision In Sterling

first_imgThe driver of the pickup attempted to swerve left to avoid a collision, but the motorcycle also swerved left, and struck the front passenger side of the truck. The motorcyclist was ejected off the bike and landed off the road, sustaining serious, life-threatening injuries, to which they succumbed at the scene. Original Story: The Alaska State Troopers responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision in Sterling, around 5:00 p.m., last night. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Troopers have not released the name of the motorcyclist while next of kin is being notified.center_img According to Troopers a Chevy pickup truck was attempting to turn left off Joyful Circle onto Sandline Drive when the driver of the pickup saw a BMW motorcycle traveling toward them on Sandline Drive. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: The motorcyclist has been identified as Michael Corteg, 60 of Sterling. The next of kin has been notified.*The Troopers also updated the location of the crash. It occurred on Joyfull Circle and Peacefull Lane.last_img read more

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