The Trinamool Congress (TMC) government made it clear that it will ensure that daily life remains normal during the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) State-wide bandh on Wednesday. The State BJP leadership on Saturday gave a call for a 12-hour Bangla bandh to protest the death of two youths in Uttar Dinajpur district’s Islampur allegedly during police firing. The two youths died during an agitation over recruitment of teachers at the local Daribhit High School. “Like earlier strikes, the people of Bengal will also reject the Bangla bandh by the BJP. If the BJP and its associates such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bajrang Dal try to create trouble, then the administration will take strong action,” State Education Minister and TMC general secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. He was speaking to journalists at the State Secretariat after a meeting of the Group of Ministers.‘Political frustration’Describing the BJP’s call for bandh as an “instance of political frustration”, he accused the party of trying to stall development in Bengal. “Out of political frustration, the BJP and its associates are trying to stall development and disrupt peace in Bengal. We will not let that happen,” he said.The Minister also said that the State government will issue notification to its employees to report for duty on Wednesday and also urged the private transport operators to function normally.“Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari has been asked to ensure that transport remains normal on Wednesday. If anyone tries to disrupt traffic, the police will take action as per law,” said Mr. Chatterjee.Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that there will be no bandh in Bengal. Accusing the BJP of trying to give a “communal angle” to the incident at Islampur, she urged the students “not to fall into their (BJP’s) trap.”BJP district president in Uttar Dinajpur Shankar Chakraborty, who was arrested on Sunday for threatening police, was produced before a district court and remanded in one day judicial custody.Mr. Chakraborty on Sunday afternoon had reportedly asked locals at Islampur to tie up the police personnel to trees and block their vehicles. He also said that if Superintendent of Police Sumit Kumar was unable to restore normalcy in Uttar Dinajpur, he will not be allowed to stay in the district for even 20 days.Meanwhile, Left leaning youth organisation Young Bengal demanded a judicial probe into the Islampur incident. “Only a judicial probe can bring out the facts as neither the State nor the Central agencies has any credibility,” Prasenjit Bose, secretary of Young Bengal said.
COPENHAGEN—Ten months after news of a horrific chemical attack in Ghouta, near Damascus, shocked the world, the last 8% of Syria’s known chemical arsenal left the country on Monday. The shipment was a high point in an international mission launched in October 2013 to destroy the country’s stockpile, and a victory for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). But more needs to be done to make the world free of chemical weapons, OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü said at a meeting here on Wednesday—and he called on scientists to do their part in reaching that goal.Under huge international pressure, the Syrian government agreed to join the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), a 1997 international disarmament treaty, in October 2013. 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The technology, used in the United States in the past decades, will be used on board the U.S. vessel Cape Ray, because no country volunteered to host the destruction. The waste, called reaction mass, will then be incinerated in commercial disposal facilities. The whole process will last several months, meaning that the destruction program will miss its 30 June target. Still, the operation is a success, Üzümcü says, and the first time an entire arsenal of weapons of mass destruction is removed from a country where a civil war is raging.Observers sounded a note of caution after the shipment was announced, saying there may be other, hidden weapons in Syria. For example, OPCW experts recently found that Syria has “most likely” used lung irritants such as chlorine, which is not classified as a chemical weapon in itself. But OPCW can’t tell if there are more weapons in the country beyond the 1300 tons that the government has declared. “We aren’t able to tell this for other countries, either,” Üzümcü told ScienceInsider at the EuroScience Open Forum, a biennial science meeting held here this week. “This is not our job, our job is to verify what is declared.”Syria is the 190th country to sign the CWC. Under the treaty, the OPCW has overseen the destruction of 83% of chemical weapons declared by eight member states. Üzümcü says it will take 4 to 5 years to destroy most of the remaining stockpiles; the United States has set a 2022 deadline for its remaining stocks.Only six countries have not signed or ratified the convention. Although Angola, Myanmar, and South Sudan may join soon, it will take longer for Egypt and Israel to do so, Üzümcü says. (The sixth nonmember country is North Korea.) “After Syria’s membership, I urged these two countries to reconsider their positions, and I’ll continue to do it,” he says.Even if and when the whole world is completely free of chemical weapons, prevention will remain a big task, Üzümcü told the meeting. “[F]or disarmament to be truly effective, it must do more than simply remove weapons. It must ensure that they are not reacquired.” Scientists have an important role to play in that process, he adds. OPCW and national governments already employ chemists, physicians, and other specialists, for example as inspectors or advisers. But OPCW wants to engage a wider group of scientists—in particular those working in developing countries and younger researchers.“We need to instill the highest ethical standards in our scientists at the very beginning of their careers, especially those with access to substances and facilities which could be misused,” Üzümcü told the meeting. He called on scientists in mentoring positions to help.Out of the organization’s annual €70 million budget, Üzümcü says about €6 million goes to promoting the peaceful use of chemistry, for example through scientific conferences, fellowship programs, or the provision of lab equipment—including in countries that have never declared chemical weapons. “In many countries the penal code includes references to our convention” and misguided scientists would have to be punished under national law, he tells ScienceInsider. “They have to be aware of their obligations.”
Sebastian Vettel scorched his way to a comfortable victory from pole at the Indian Grand Prix while Force India earned four points through Nico Hulkenberg’s eighth-place finish here.Vettel faced no challenge whatsoever as the Red Bull driver led from start to finish to record his fourth win on the trot and extend his lead in the drivers’ championship to 13 points over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.Alonso, though, did his best to win the race, coming up from fifth position at start to overtake the two McLaren cars and then Mark Webber in the other Red Bull to take second position, keeping himself in the hunt for the drivers’ title.Fernando Alonso drove aggressively but could only climb up to second spot from a fifth-place start.Click here to Enlarge Vettel, though, was far ahead of the pack, dominating throughout the race — topping the timings in all FPs and the qualifying — and won on Sunday by a comprehensive margin of 9.4 seconds.Vettel, who was the defending champion here after winning the inaugural edition last year, now has 240 points, 13 more than Alonso with three races left in the season.”It has been incredible. To come here both years, get the pole and win the race is fantastic. It is a very special Grand Prix and I really like this circuit,” Vettel said after the win.Webber conceded his second position to Alonso but managed to finish third ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who was followed by teammate Jenson Button.Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren was unable to mount any serious challenge to the Red Bulls.Click here to Enlarge advertisementFelipe Massa was sixth in the second Ferrari, ahead of Kimi Raiokkonen, Hulkenbeg and teammate Romain Grosjean. Willams’ Bruno Senna took the last point available with 10th position.Home side Force India also bettered its result from two points last year to four this year, with Hulkenberg finishing eighth. The result helped Force India reduce the gap with Sauber to 23 points in the Constructors’ championship. India’s Narain Karthikeyan, who had brake problems early, finished 21st, down from 17th last year.Vettel is now the first driver since 1989 to lead every single lap in three consecutive races. The last man to do it was the legendary Ayrton Senna (at San Marino, Monaco and Mexican Grands Prix).When Vettel completed lap 42 of the 60-lap race, he surpassed Jim Clark on the all-time consecutive laps led list. Senna has the all-time record of leading 264 consecutive laps.Alonso, who had promised to attack, was aggressive as he straight away targeted the two McLarens ahead of him. He first passed Hamilton and then used the DRS in lap three to zip ahead of Button.”I never give up. We will never give up. We congratulate Red Bull but we want to be happy today. We were quite fast on the straight line. Today we have to thank the team for this speed. The track gave us some overtaking manoeuver”, Alonso said.Vettel though was cruising in his Red Bull and gradually increase the gap from Webber to three seconds. Mark Webber also put up a creditable show to take the third place in the action-packed race.”I had to work hard to be on the podium today in third. I enjoyed the race today. It was very difficult race. We had some problems on the car. A great Grand Prix. Lewis and Button gave me a hard time and without KERS it was a difficult time”, Webber said.The second Force India driver Paul di Resta finished 12th after starting from the 16th position.Former champion Michael Schumacher had the worst possible start as he suffered a rear-right tyre puncture after a contact with Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso. Hulkenberg had a close fight with Perez and on the long straights he past the Sauber driver in the DRS zone to move up to eighth.Perez also suffered a tyre puncture when he tried to ovetake Daniel Ricciardo at turn four in lap 19. He re-joined the race after changing the tyres but quit after two laps.Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen chased down Massa but ultimately could not get his way past the Brazilian. Alonso put Webber, who had KERS problem, under a lot of pressure and zoomed past him as the Australian was unable to defend in lap 48.DRIVERS’ STANDINGS (After Sunday’s race)Sebastian Vettel 240Fernando Alonso 227Kimi Raikkonen 173Mark Webber 167Lewis Hamilton 165Jenson Button 141Nico Rosberg 93Romain Grosjean 90Felipe Massa 89Sergio Perez 66Kamui Kobayashi 50Nico Hulkenberg 49Paul di Resta 44Michael Schumacher 43Pastor Maldonado 33Bruno Senna 26Jean-Eric Vergne 12Daniel Ricciardo 9Timo Glock 0Heikki Kovalainen 0Vitaly Petrov 0Jerome D’Ambrosio 0Charles Pic 0Narain Karthikeyan 0Pedro de la Rosa 0advertisement
Carson Cunningham, Justin Southwell, and I are going to do a weekly roundtable this year breaking down OSU’s uniforms from the week before. Here’s our first foray.Kyle Porter (editor) – I love jump balls, Markel Brown breakways, and Kevin Durant 30-footers. Thank you for reading Pistols Firing.Carson Cunningham (KOCO 5 Sportscaster) – Carson does uniform drive-bys and actually has a real job covering sports for a real news station in OKC.Justin Southwell (Former WR) – Justin played at OSU as a wide receiver for a few years and is a pretty big uniform critic himself. You can (and should) follow him on twitter here. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Porter: I was a little disappointed to see the all blacks on Saturday night. OSU won the uni matchup over FSU the same way USA Basketball wins its Olympic qualifying games but I was expecting the debut of something special — especially on that stage.What’s something new you wanted to see?Carson: Even though all black is my No. 2 combo, I was disappointed as well. There will never be more eyeballs on OSU than that game. Mike Gundy claims they will wear new stuff, and that was a chance to debut the strongest addition.I was hoping they would tweak the uniform template in general. They’ve had these uniforms since 2011. Oregon updates theirs about every year. Two years at most.I want to see new/flashier numbering, new stripes on the pants/sleeves and some chrome helmets. Go full-Oregon.Southwell: It seems like we change the template every five years, but I’m also ready for some new stuff.I think for this game, it was about as good as we could have hoped for. Everyone loves the all black combo. The majority of the players don’t know what we will wear until we step into the locker room before the game, and there’s a different level of excitement seeing all black waiting for you in your locker.Tyreek had that gray shirt underneath and was the fastest player we’ve seen since the gray blur against West Virginia.The game had a bowl game feel to it in that combo. If you want to save all blacks for a bowl game, you might not get a chance to see them if you’re the visiting team.Also, being undefeated in the all blacks was just another way of pulling out all the stops vs. Florida State. I can’t think of a better combo for the season opener on that stage.Porter: The Gray Ghost!The undershirt is the most underrated of all auxiliary equipment items. I remember when I was playing softball in college I started wearing a 3/4 undershirt with the sleeves cut at the forearm because that’s how Troy Tulowitzki wore it.Tyreek’s went pretty hard on Saturday. I’m not sure if it was “Desmond Roland at Iowa State in 2013” hard but it was hard.By the way, what in the world was going on with FSU’s threads?Carson: I’m not seeing Tyreek’s sleeves? Did he cut them off or did they fly off on a return?Anyway, it seems the Allen Iverson Sleeve is a growing trend on the team. Lampkin used to be the only one but I noticed several Saturday night.As for FSU, let’s pour one out to commiserate the loss of one of college football’s greatest uniforms:They messed with a Mona Lisa. Everything about them was horrible: The helmet was more light yellow than gold, the gold numbers on a white jersey were invisible, 1-2-2 combo was bad and the facemask was purple-pink!It was a catastrophe.FSU’s threads are my favorite uniforms in the country and they are ruined. I’m still in mourning today.Southwell: I can’t believe how so many people said they liked their uniforms! Sure, the design on the jersey was unique and cool, but everything else was awful compared to what they have worn in the past.Everything Carson said > I was a huge fan of their old helmets, especially at the end of the season with all of the tomahawk stickers.But now their facemask looks like a shade of lipstick; it’s weird.White pants? I’m guessing someone on the equipment staff said, “Let’s wear our worst combo for the first game and get it out if the way.”Carson: What do you guys think Gundy was alluding to on uni changes? More Silly Petes? What’s your uni prediction for this week?Southwell: That’s all I can think of…different helmet logos on various helmets, maybe adding a stripe to the orange or black helmets as well. I’m really hoping for a black OSU logo on the orange helmet, stick a black facemask on there too.I think this week will be something we haven’t seen yet, but pretty simple for the home opener: White (alt. with stripe)-Orange-OrangeCarson: An orange helmet with a black brand and face mask is a necessity. The orange helmets have been disappointing up to this point.I bet they keep it simple for Missouri State. But please, anything but White-Orange-White. Hoping for Black-Gray-Black, predicting White (regular) Gray-Gray.Porter: One thing that Oregon has going for it that OSU doesn’t is that its throwback colors aren’t colors shared by anybody else in the conference.OSU’s, on the other hand, are (Texas).I think a chrome helmet might be on tap and I think OSU should do with the bucking cowboy what Oregon did with the Disney duck:Bring me all of that uniform.I’m also hoping for an orange helmet with the stripe a la this era:As for Saturday I’ll say white (alt.) orange-gray. That’s more me hoping than anything, though.Carson: Your idea nearly made me pass out, Kyle.Since they can’t do an alternate orange they need to embrace the “silver.” That’s the official school color and what they call the gray unis.Silver/chrome helmets, silver numbers. Give me all the glitz and flash.How tight would silver/chrome helmet, orange jersey (silver numbers) and gray pants be?Bucking Pete on the helmet would be the cherry on top.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.
Premier League Manchester City open up largest margin at Christmas in English top-flight history Allen Ramsey Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Premier League Manchester City Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth Pep Guardiola’s side are 13 clear at Christmas after Manchester United’s draw with Leicester City, the largest margin ever in the English top flight Manchester City’s gap on the rest of the Premier League continues to grow.City’s 4-0 beating of Bournemouth on Saturday coupled with Manchester United’s last-minute 2-2 draw with Leicester City left Pep Guardiola’s dominant side 13-points clear of Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils, who sit second in the table. That gap represents the largest lead ever by a top-flight team on Christmas day. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 13 – Man City will be 13 points clear of Man Utd on Christmas Day – the biggest points gap between first and second place on Dec 25th in English top-flight history. Chasm. pic.twitter.com/oqyg4GEslp— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2017Guardiola’s City side have won 18 times already this season, with just one draw in 19 matches to open up what appears to be an insurmountable lead at the top of the table. In fact, City have won as many matches this season as Manchester United did all of last season. 18 – Manchester City have already won as many Premier League games this season (18 of 19) as Manchester United did in the whole of 2016-17 (18 of 38). Parked. pic.twitter.com/GNL7TRyE6g— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2017And Guardiola’s side are doing it all in style as well. It had been 25 years since an English side racked up 100 goals in a calendar year before Man City hit that mark on Saturday. 100 – Manchester City have become the first English team to score 100 top-flight league goals in a calendar year since Liverpool in 1982 (106). Superb. pic.twitter.com/FJGpa6u5nw— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 23, 2017City could make the gap even wider before the year ends, as Guardiola’s men face Newcastle and Crystal Palace before New Year’s Day. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Topics Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Australia cricket team Read more Read more Paine said the team are “looking forward” to the stick they will get from the English fans during the ODI series. “We’ve spoken about this, we think it’s going to be pretty full-on. We expect that when we come to England we cop a bit of a ribbing, and this time we come with probably a bit more of a reason for them to do it,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it to be honest. We’re excited about it and that probably just adds a bit of extra spice and I think it will make it all the more memorable when we go home.”Australia have brought in Ricky Ponting as an assistant coach for the series. The former captain has twice been an assistant coach for Australia’s T20 side and has just finished his first IPL season with the Delhi Daredevils.Langer also had a good word for James Sutherland, who announced on Wednesday that he was resigning after 17 years as Cricket Australia’s chief executive. It means Australia have lost their captain, coach, and CEO in the past three months. Their head of integrity, Iain Roy, who led the investigation into the ball-tampering scandal, has also been made redundant.The former head coach Darren Lehmann, the man who said he was “ultimately responsible for the culture of the team” caught tampering, has now taken on a new role developing young players at the national academy. news Australia sport MCC unveils new designs for Compton and Edrich stands in Lord’s masterplan Share via Email Share on Pinterest England cricket team Australia’s captain, Tim Paine, explained that his team are still going to sledge England but they will do it more politely. “We’re certainly about banter and making the opposition uncomfortable, making them feel our presence, but the abuse is no longer part of the way we go about it.”The team “want to be more respectful”, said Paine on the eve of a one-day friendly at Sussex, “but certainly I’m sure you’re going to hear us talking through the stump mic and see us talking on the ground”. The captain added: “But it’s up to me and Justin and our senior players to make sure that we stay on the side of banter and not abuse, because when I’m captain and Justin is coach that’s not going to be acceptable.”All of which, it has to be said, rather misses the point that it was not the team’s banter that got them into trouble in South Africa last March so much as their blatant cheating. Paine described the upcoming one-day international series as a chance to “show the cricketing world where we have made some changes”, but then said that fixing the team culture did not need “huge changes”, that it was just a matter of “crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s on some things that had started to slip over a period of time”.Paine said it was simply a question of “living our values and living our behaviours and keeping everyone in our group, players and staff, accountable”.Back on semantics, Langer explained that “culture is the buzzword at the moment”. He added: “Cultures are just behaviours, so we’ve got make sure our behaviours are really good on and off the field. If you’ve got good behaviours then you’ve got good cultures, and an environment for all our young blokes to thrive and become as good players and as a good people as they can become.”He does not go in much for written codes of conduct. “We can put [out] all the fanciest mission statements and values, we can have all the fanciest posters up on the wall, but if you don’t live them then they’re like toilet paper, mate. That’s the truth.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Justin Langer launched the first tour of Australian cricket’s new era by explaining that he likes to sledge his own daughter. In the course of a long story in which the new coach tried to draw the line between “banter” and “abuse”, Langer said “in Australia sledging is actually a good word”, “a fun part of the game” and said he loves to sledge his own family.“If I play Uno with my daughter there’s lots of banter, we sort of sledge each other but we don’t abuse each other,” Langer said. “And when I play golf with my mum and dad we sort of sledge each other. But there’s a difference between banter and abuse, and abuse is not good. There’s no room for abuse anywhere.” Reuse this content
Nova Scotians’ personal health information will be better protected with a Personal Health Information Act introduced today, Nov. 9. “We are committed to providing better health care, sooner to Nova Scotians,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Enabling health-care providers to share information more quickly, through electronic health records as one example, will help deliver on this commitment. “This legislation will allow for information sharing and support better care, while ensuring that a patient’s privacy is better protected.” The act will provide consistent rules for the management of personal health information. Personal health information is now governed by a mix of federal and provincial legislation, health profession codes, and organizational policies and procedures. Nova Scotia joins eight other provinces who have comprehensive legislation to manage personal health information. The legislation sets out rules on how information is collected, used, disclosed, retained, and destroyed by the health-care sector in Nova Scotia. It better supports a system that uses electronic, as well as paper health records, and support a seamless flow of information within a person’s circle of care. Rules for sharing patient lists with hospital foundations remain unchanged. Patients and their family members must continue to give their consent before this occurs. “Our foundations do important work, and contribute significantly to the health care our hospitals provide,” said Ms. MacDonald. “At the same time, we must be sensitive to the anxiety patients and families feel when someone is sick. Before access to personal information is given for fundraising purposes, we need to be sure we have a patient’s or family’s consent.” Specific rules include provisions for privacy breach notification, audit reports to track who has had access to electronic health records, and a process for people to request access to their health information.
Kolkata: Nearly a month after Sajal Kanjilal, a passenger, was dragged to his death by a Kolkata Metro train with his hand stuck between its sliding doors, a girl commuter on Tuesday complained that the Metro train she was travelling in, started moving with her shoulder stuck outside the doors.According to a social media post by the victim, Aatreyee Bhattacharya, the incident took place at the Park Street Metro station on Tuesday morning, the very station where the previous accident had occurred. However, the Kolkata Metro Railway authority refuted the charges. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”@RailMinIndia I was going to die today, thanks to you. My shoulders were stuck on the doors, and I felt the metro starting to run. Again? @metrorailwaykol how many more before you take a step,” tweeted Bhattacharya. Minutes after her tweet, the Kolkata Metro Railway authority came into action and started scrutinising the CCTV footage of the Metro station. According to sources, the incident took place at the Park Street Metro station when the rush of passengers was less. The Kolkata Metro Authority claimed that no such incident took place. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We have thoroughly scrutinised the CCTV footage of the station. But there was no such incident,” said Kolkata Metro Railway Chief Public Relation Officer Indrani Banerjee. She reiterated that the Metro police personnel have been asked to keep a close eye on passengers trying to force their way into the rakes at the last moment to avoid any untoward incident. This apart, a penalty is also there for passengers who are caught getting into the train forcefully. Hours after complaining on social media, the girl deleted her tweet. The incident reminded of 66-year-old Kanjilal who eventually died after being dragged through the tunnel between Park Street and Maidan Metro stations last month. The passenger count of Kolkata Metro Railway has increased during the first four months of this financial year (2019-20) in comparison to the same period of 2018-19. During this period, from April 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019, the Metro Railway carried 698.49 lakh passengers in comparison to 690.60 lakh passengers carried in the same period of the previous financial year (2018-19), registering an increase of 7.89 lakh commuters.
MEMBERTOU, N.S. – The 78-year-old Mi’kmaq elder cradles the grainy photo of his lost daughter laminated on his smart phone — a reminder of his hope to find her one day.It’s black and white, but Virginia Sue Pictou’s brown eyes sparkle, and her father Robert James Pictou has added the lines, “Forever in my heart.” He keeps a full-sized version propped up at breakfast each morning.The Nova Scotia-born Pictou was brought to a medical centre in Bangor, Maine, by police after being beaten on April 24, 1993.But as doctors briefly turned their attention to a shooting victim in the trauma unit, she quietly left, never to be seen again, family members say.“To me, as a father, every time the subject comes up, it’s just like it happened yesterday. It’s all there,” the father said during an interview while attending the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in Cape Breton.“How is she going to rest in peace, could somebody explain that to me?”The family testified at the hearings at Membertou First Nation on Wednesday morning, repeating their account of how they suspect Virginia died violently, and talking of their hope state police will one day locate her remains and make arrests.Virginia had seven small children at her home in Easton, Maine, two of whom perished in a 1990 fire.Francis Pictou, 52, testified Wednesday he’s convinced Virginia left the hospital to return home to be with her five remaining children because she didn’t wish to leave them with her violent husband.Agnes Gould, the oldest sister, testified that Virginia repeatedly experienced domestic violence and had frequently come to her seeking shelter.Robert John Pictou, a 54-year-brother, told the commission he’d read a police record describing her beating by her husband and brother-in-law on a main street of Bangor on the day she went to the hospital.Like other families who’ve spoken before the inquiry during its cross-country hearings, the siblings say they’re determined to continue their search for information on her case.“We followed every lead we could. We searched fields. We searched swamps. We talked to family. We did investigations, we hired private investigators. It’s gone nowhere,” said Robert John Pictou.Searches undertaken by Aboriginal families that go on for decades — sometimes across borders — have been a frequent theme at the inquiry as it has crossed the country.On Wednesday, the inquiry’s commissioners said 900 people have registered to tell their story, and signalled they will be asking Ottawa for an extension and more money to hear the cases.Gould said she’d like others to hear and be inspired by their resolution during the 24-year quest.“As we always say, our case is one in a thousand,” she said during the inquiry.As the family spoke, the commissioners released an interim report that called for the provinces, territories and federal government to create a national police task force to handle requests from families and survivors to reopen cases and review investigations.Commissioner Michele Audette said she has repeatedly heard of cases where police forces are failing to adequately respond to cases that have involved missing or murdered aboriginal women.A spokesman for the Maine State Police didn’t respond to an emailed request for comment in the Pictou case.However, Robert John Pictou said that the investigation is one among 50 on a cold-case list, and added that a victim’s advocate from Maine is in contact with the family.The brother said having a joint national task force in Canada would be welcomed by his family, as it might be able to work with American agencies in cases of Aboriginal victims.“As it stands right now, we have zero information on our missing sister. That unfortunately is not unusual,” he said.The history of murdered and missing Mi’kmaq women in the United States goes back for generations, as Mi’kmaq and Maliseet band members cross for work, marriage and family ties.One of the cases that led to the push for the national inquiry was the 1974 death of Aboriginal activist Anna Mae Aquash, a Mi’kmaq from Nova Scotia.She was killed during a period of protests by the American Indian Movement and prosecutors allege she was murdered on orders from AIM, because the group believed she was an FBI informant.Her family struggled for years to have investigations re-opened, and to have her body repatriated and buried in her home community.Francis Pictou said for siblings and parents, the lost women are never forgotten and simply recovering their body and bringing it home would be a source of closure.“We know in our hearts, we know she’s gone,” he told the inquiry.“Even if it feels like an endless lead, go after it,” he said. “You might regret it later that you didn’t go after that one possibility.”Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
The study, ASEAN in transformation: How technology is changing jobs and enterprises, published by the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities, examines the impact of technology on workplaces in the automotive and auto parts, electrical and electronics, textiles, clothing and footwear, business process outsourcing, and retail sectors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “Countries that compete on low-wage labour need to reposition themselves,” Deborah France-Massin, Director for the Bureau said in a press release today. “Price advantage is no longer enough. Policymakers need to create a more conducive environment that leads to greater human capital investment, research and development, and high-value production,” she explained.The study, based on two ASEAN-wide surveys of more than 4,000 enterprises and 2,700 students, and qualitative interviews with more than 330 stakeholders in region and beyond, found that there is considerable potential for growth and employment offered by advanced technologies, such as additive manufacturing, robotics and the ‘Internet of Things,’ a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.“More than 60 per cent of enterprises surveyed see these technologies as a positive for increasing sales, labour productivity and employment of highly skilled workers,” noted the release.The study warned that while mass scale job displacement is not imminent, about 56 per cent of all salaried employment in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, is at high risk of displacement in the next couple of decades primarily because of declining costs and increasing accessibility of new technologies.Jobs in industries such as textiles, clothing and footwear, numbering more than nine million – majority of whom are women – are especially vulnerable to disruptive technologies. This could reduce export growth as destination markets in Europe and the United States bring production back home. The subsequent social consequences could be particularly significant for some ASEAN economies such as Cambodia and Viet Nam.The study also pointed out that while enterprises across the region are increasingly seeking workers with science, technology, engineering and mathematics qualifications, young people, predominantly young women, are not choosing to study these subjects. Only 17 per cent of female students surveyed indicated they were doing courses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl told the Council it was “absolutely critical to avoid a breakdown of our food pipeline” and called on partners – 42 of whom increased their contributions to UNRWA last year after the United States withdrew funding – “to actively mobilize in support of our efforts”. He was briefing via video-link, along with the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on the overall political and humanitarian situation surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict. Mr. Krähenbühl said the severe hardship endured by Gazans after “successive armed confrontations, blockade and violence” had been compounded for more than a year by the thousands wounded and hundreds killed under fire from Israeli security forces during the demonstrations at the border fence. UNRWA/Shareef SarhanUNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl visiting the Abu Tue’ma school in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on 14 September 2014, to celebrate the start of the new school year.“Every family in Gaza has been impacted and people speak of a level of despair that surpasses anything previously known to them”, especially in terms of what UNRWA calls the current “epidemic deterioration of mental-health conditions”, he said. Mr. Krähenbühl said it was essential to open the next school year on time, in August, and rehabilitating schools to that end needed more funding. Overall, $1.2 billlion is required through the year, he said, matching the amount mobilized last year, highlighting an upcoming pledging conference due to take place on 25 June in New York. He implored the Council to do whatever it could, to end the political stalemate, as “every single day, we deal with increasingly severe human consequences of this enduring conflict”. He cited the inspiring story of 15-year-old UNRWA student Jameela Abu Jom’a, awarded the 2019 Inspirational Messages of Peace Contest” award, backed in part by the United States National Park Service. Her message will be displayed in an Atlanta park for a year. “That is what you…have allowed us to achieve and preserve. For this you deserve the highest recognition”, he told the Council, calling on Member States to “protect this vital effort and sustain your collective mobilization, in support of dignity, stability and robust multilateralism”. UN Photo/Loey FelipeThe Security Council Considers Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, 22 May 2019.‘There are no shortcuts to sustainable peace’ – Mladenov In his briefing, UNSCO chief Mladenov, said the escalation between Israel and militants across the border in Hamas-controlled Gaza of recent weeks, had “once again demonstrated the urgency of solidifying and expanding the existing understandings on the ground”. “We must ask ourselves, how many more years will Palestinians in Gaza be forced to live on a pittance from the international community, under the control of Hamas, and suffer from Israeli closures?” Mr. Mladenov asked how much longer Israelis would have to run for bomb shelters as Palestinian militants’ rockets “rain down indiscriminately from above?” He said the UN and partners had continued trying to mitigate the impact of the crisis in Gaza, but they were doomed to fail without resolving intra-Palestinian division, the blockade, and “charting a course towards the two-State solution based on long-standing international parameters”. “There are no shortcuts to sustainable peace” he declared. The Special Coordinator also noted that while the focus had been on the ebb and flow of the Gaza crisis, the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, “is of growing concern to us”. A prolonged absence of any political progress through talks had coincided with deteriorating living conditions. “This, coupled with violence, settlement expansion, demolitions of Palestinian property, and the persistent threat of further economic decline, are creating an explosive mix that could have serious security implications”, he added. He condemned all attacks on Palestinian and Israeli civilians and called on all sides to refrain from violence.
Organizers of the 2021 Canada Games have reached into the academic ranks at Brock University to find their new Chief Executive Officer.Barry Wright, an associate professor who has also served as Interim Dean in Brock’s Goodman School of Business, will officially move into the CEO role on May 1.An announcement from Doug Hamilton, who is Chair of the 2021 Canada Games Host Society, said Wright will oversee a range of key organizational activities that include human resources, volunteer programming, finance, and sport and athlete services.Wright will take a secondment from his Brock duties in order to concentrate on the Games, which will take place in the Niagara region in the summer of 2021.As a scholar and researcher, Wright has focused on operational disciplines including leadership, planning and organizational performance. He has been a faculty member at Brock since 2003, was voted Professor of the Year by Business students in 2009, and has authored or co-authored multiple books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, conference submissions and other publications.Wright is the latest member of the Brock community to formally join the central organizing structure for the 2021 Games. University President Gervan Fearon sits on the 2021 Canada Games Board of Directors, as do Tom Arkell, who is Brock’s Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Administration, and Michelle-Elise Burnett and Mary De Sousa, who are members of the University’s Board of Trustees.“This is a wonderful opportunity that will bring all of Niagara together as we welcome athletes, parents and spectators from across Canada,” said Wright. “Hosting the Canada Games will be a special moment in the history of Niagara, and it is an honour to be invited to work alongside the other members of this group.”Hamilton said organizers are excited to have someone of Wright’s experience and qualities take on this key role.“Barry’s leadership and connection with the Niagara community will be invaluable to the success of the Games,” said Hamilton. “We thank Brock University for allowing Barry to join our team.”Greg Finn, the University’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic, applauded the appointment.“Barry has extensive administrative experience and expertise in sports management at senior levels,” said Finn. “We are very pleased to see him in this role in support of the 2021 Canada Summer Games event.”University President Fearon said Brock is committed to supporting its community partners as Niagara prepares for the national spotlight in 2021.“We look forward to working with the 2021 Canada Games Host Committee on building the facilities and supporting the Games that will leave a lasting legacy and foundation for years to come in Ontario and the Niagara region,” said Fearon.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. There’s a fine tradition of Hollywood’s finest playing British characters on stage and screen and – not to put too fine a point on it – mangling our regional accents in the process.Who can forget the sound of the Missouri-born Dick Van Dyke ‘gor blimeying’ his way through the Cockney chimney sweep Bert, in Disney’s 1964 favourite Mary Poppins.Or Josh Hartnett in Blow Dry, which this newspaper’s film critic described as trotting “happily from Newcastle to Oxbridge, Bristol to Belfast”.Now Anne Hathaway has stepped forward to admit she too has made something of a hash of our accents in the past, and it’s left her anxious about her latest attempt at playing a Brit.The star of The Devil Wears Prada and Ocean’s 8 is remembered fondly by aficionados of the genre for her demolition of a Yorkshire brogue in the 2011 romance One DaySo, eight years on, she is more than aware that the critics will have their pens sharpened for her appearance in the forthcoming comedy The Hustle, in which she stars as a con woman alongside Rebel Wilson.”I found out I had to do it a week before we started shooting. I thought if I didn’t do it, it wouldn’t make a difference, but the director insisted,” she said.”I’ve done it before and it hasn’t always gone well, and it is so stressful to see someone struggle through an accent, so I got a dialect coach and made the best of it.” For her part Wilson – whose attempt at a British accent in Bridesmaids was similarly mocked – has got off easy this time.”As the producer, I gave her all the accents and I was cast as Australian, so I did no prep,” she said.Van Dyke eventually also apologised for his Cockney accent, though not before blaming Julie Andrews, and the rest of the cast, for not taking him to one side to point out the deficiencies in his rhyming slang. He also claimed that his voice coach for Mary Poppins, who was Irish, “didn’t do an accent any better than I did”.In 2017, when he was awarded BAFTA’s Britannia Award for Excellence in Television, he stated, tongue somewhat in cheek: “I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema.”It’s not all one way traffic of course. Michael Caine was widely derided for his attempt at a Texan accent in the panned 1994 drama One Deadly Ground.And Colin Firth’s own attempt at Texan did not go down well either, though perhaps it was just the contrast with his usual quintessentially English characters.Still, everyone’s a critic, as Hathaway can vouch.Despite winning an Oscar for her role in the musical film Les Miserables, her three-year-old son Jonathan is no fan of her singing either.“When I sing he puts his hand up and says, ‘Mama no! Mama no!” she told the BBC’s Graham Norton Show on Friday. “He is a very tough crowd.”To no parent’s surprise he appears to have relented when she sang a song from Peppa Pig.Following the release of One Day, Hathaway said that she learnt her Yorkshire accent watching re-runs of Emmerdale, describing it as “actually quite exotic for me”.Audiences will just have to wait and see what she’s been watching for inspiration this time. Hopefully not East Enders or Coronation St. Anne Hathaway during filming for the Graham Norton ShowCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA
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Stay on target As long as there are mysteries left in the universe, we’ll watch Agents Mulder and Scully attempt to piece them together. Fox has ordered an 11th season of the the recently revived ’90s hit, The X-Files, Deadline reports. After last year’s six-episode event, another season was almost inevitable. Not only because it left off in a super weird, not entirely satisfying place, but because everyone involved wanted to make more. It took a ton of corporate deal-making, but it’s finally happening. The 11th season of The X-Files will premiere either late this year or early next.Fox president David Madden told Deadline “Chris [Carter’s] creativity along with the brilliant work of David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson], continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.”The X-Files season 10 (Photo via FOX)Expectations are high after Mulder and Scully came back for last year’s Season 10 miniseries. Even though it had been years since we last saw the characters, it felt like they had never left. The sexual tension that enthralled ’90s audiences was still there, and the two actors somehow had more on-screen chemistry than ever before. The show was still that perfect combination of scary and silly that kept people coming back for nine seasons and a movie, to begin with. It even had a good old-fashioned monster-of-the-week episode, though it did seem odd for something like that to appear in a short miniseries. Thankfully, the 11th season will have a little bit more breathing room. It will consist of 10 episodes, rather than six.It’s only fitting that The X-Files keeps coming back. It’s never been particularly good at finales. When the show first ended back in 2002, it left a few plot threads open, and audiences still had unanswered questions. Its second movie, released in 2008, spent years in development hell and was ultimately a disappointment. As great as last year’s miniseries was, its ending was confusing and not terribly satisfying. Honestly, maybe that’s all for the best. If The X-Files keeps delivering strange, confusing cliffhanger finales, the series never has to end. 11 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows to Binge WatchThe X-Files heads to the Funko Universe in this One Shot Exclusive
SEATTLE — Columbian photographer Alisha Jucevic and Photo Editor Amanda Cowan were among the winners of the 2018 Associated Press Northwest photo contest.Jucevic won the coveted Cowles Cup Award and first place in the non-metro multiple-picture category for her work on a story about a young boy working to overcome a genetic condition that kept him from walking, while Cowan took second place in the non-metro multiple-picture category for her photos with a story about a teenage drag queen.The Cowles trophy, awarded each year since 1952, is named for William Hutchison Cowles, former publisher of The Spokesman-Review. The Blackburn award is named for a photographer for The Columbian newspaper of Vancouver who was killed in the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens2018 Northwest AP Photo Contest WinnersReid Blackburn Memorial Award: 1, Colin Mulvany, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Eclipse Wedding.”Cowles Cup Award: 1, Alisha Jucevic, The (Vancouver) Columbian, “A Determined Stand.”Winners list in Metro:Metro Feature: 1, Colin Mulvany, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Eclipse Wedding”; 2, Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, 3, Alan Berner, The Seattle Times .Metro Sports: 1, Tyler Tjomsland, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Unexpected Hero”; 2, Colin Mulvany, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Ironman”; 3, Dan Pelle, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Armed and Dangerous.”Metro News: 1, Beth Nakamura, The (Portland) Oregonian, “Love Not Fear”; 2, Tyler Tjomsland, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Freeman Strong”; 3, Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.Metro Portrait: 1, Colin Mulvany, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Sunflowers and Sun”; 2, Kathy Plonka, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “On the Spectrum”; 3, Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.Metro Multiple – Picture Story: 1, Beth Nakamura, The (Portland) Oregonian, “Prom Night”; 2, Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, “Atomic Bomb Survivor”; 3, Beth Nakamura, The (Portland) Oregonian, “Symbiosis Gathering.”Winners list in Non-Metro:Non-Metro Feature: 1, Noelle Haro-Gomez, Tri-City Herald, “Mom Hears Son’s Heart in Another Person’s Chest”; 2, Larry Steagall, (Bremerton) Kitsap Sun, “Yoga”; 3, Pete Caster, Lewiston Morning Journal, “Staking Out A Sunset.”Non-Metro Sports: 1, Pete Caster, Lewiston Morning Journal, “Shadow Fielder”; 2, Ryan Brennecke, The (Bend) Bulletin, “Dive Back”; 3, Pete Caster, Lewiston Morning Journal, “Hurdle Trip.”Non-Metro News: 1, Ryan Brennecke, The (Bend) Bulletin, “Milli Fire”; 2, Meegan M. Reid, (Bremerton) Kitsap Sun, “Awaiting Fire Crews”; 3, Ed Glazar, (Twins Falls) Times-News, “Cool Drink.”
Security Internet Hacking Privacy Share your voice Biometric data has also been stolen in data breaches. In the breach on the US Office of Personnel Management in 2015, which government officials said they attributed to Chinese espionage, hackers stole 5.6 million sets of fingerprints belonging to federal employees. That number climbed from OPM’s initial announcement that hackers stole 1.1 million fingerprints. Post a comment Marriott breach: What to do when hackers steal your passport number Getty Images If your passport number gets stolen by hackers, California Attorney General Anthony Becerra wants you to hear about it. He and state assembly member Marc Levine unveiled a bill Thursday that would require companies to inform customers when passport numbers and biometric data get caught up in a data breach.”Knowledge is power, and all Californians deserve the power to take action if their passport numbers or biometric data have been accessed without authorization,” Becerra said in a press release Thursday.The bill comes in response to the breach of a Marriott-owned reservation system, made public in December, which compromised the information of about 383 million guests at the company’s Starwood hotel chain. Hackers stole more than five million unencrypted passport numbers, as well as more than 20 million encrypted passport numbers. Marriott did notify customers if their passport numbers were stolen, Becerra noted, but it wasn’t required by law.Passport numbers are valuable to potential identity thieves because they provide one more point of data about potential victims. However, criminals would have to use the numbers in expensive and sophisticated forged passports to travel internationally with the information. Passports numbers can be changed by reporting a passport lost or stolen; the replacement passport will have a new number. So they stole your passport number… Tags 0
Early or absentee voting begins Monday, October 20th for those who want to cast their ballots before the General Elections on November 4th.Download AudioVoting officials say language assistance is available at the absentee voting location at the City Clerk’s office in Bethel. There are currently two Yup’ik proficient employees at the city office who are able to assist by explaining the ballots in Yup’ik.Another option for language assistance is for a voter to bring one person of their choice to translate the ballots and voting information for them.
Close Ever since the advent of the smartphone, it has grown to become an extension of the body. In any city, you can’t find a person with a head down glued to the phone screen and they take everywhere and use it even in the loo. Did you know smartphone screen are said to be more than three times dirtier than a toilet seat; though it’s very hard to believe, it’s actually true. Now, American technology giant Google has good news at least for the Android mobile users, as it has launched a revolutionary Screen cleaner feature that keeps your phone squeaky clean.Google’s innovative Screen cleaner feature makes use of the advanced sensors on Android phones and smudge detector API to identify imperfections using geometric dirt models and haptic micromovement generator to dislodge dirt, smudge and other anomalies off the display, making the phone hygienic inside out. Google has launched screen cleaner feature for Android phonesGoogle/YouTube (screen-grab)The new Screen cleaner is now available on Files app and whenever you want to get rid of the dirt on the mobile display, just tap the ‘Activate’ button on the former. You can see the Screen cleaner in full action on Google’s YouTube channel.Sounds too good to be true, well, don’t fall for it, as this is an April Fool’s day prank pulled by Google on YouTube.Google’s new screen cleaner feature for Android phones.Google/YouTubeSnakes on Google MapsIn a related development, Google has introduced snake game on its popular Maps app on both the iOS and Android versions. Google has launched Snake game on its Maps appGoogle Blog (screen-shot)”Starting today, you can play a twist on the snake game in different locations across the world—including Cairo, London, San Francisco, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo–right from Google Maps. To start playing, simply open the Google Maps app, tap on the menu icon on the top left corner, then select “Play Snake” to get your daily dose of 90s nostalgia (boy bands, fanny packs and slap bracelets not included),” Google said in a statement.Like the classic snake game, your train will grow longer over time, as passengers hop in to from stations placed on international locations such as Big Ben, the Great Sphinx of Giza to the Eiffel Tower. This game will be available for the users to play on Google Maps for the rest of the week. 10 Crazy Facts About Google IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/1:41Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …