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Kamala Harris proposes bill to invest in safe drinking water

first_imgWashington: Senator Kamala Harris is introducing legislation designed to ensure all Americans, particularly those in at-risk communities, have access to safe, affordable drinking water, the latest response to burgeoning water crises across the country. The California Democrat and presidential candidate’s “Water Justice Act” would invest nearly USD 220 billion in clean and safe drinking water programs, with priority given to high-risk communities and schools. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAs part of that, Harris’ plan would declare a drinking water infrastructure emergency, devoting USD 50 billion toward communities and schools where water is contaminated to test for contaminants and to remediate toxic infrastructure. The legislation, being introduced on Monday, also would establish a USD 10 billion programme to allow states to offset the cost of water bills in low-income communities and environmentally at-risk households. Additionally, Harris would invest USD 20 billion in a variety of sustainable water supply, recycling and conservation programs. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHarris is focusing on the issue as she and other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates turn their sights on Michigan, where the city of Flint has faced a major water crisis. Harris, who launched her campaign in January, is among the party’s candidates speaking at the NAACP’s national convention in Michigan this week. And 20 candidates seeking their party’s nomination will take the stage for the party’s second set of presidential debates in Detroit on July 30-31. Harris is partnering with Michigan Reps. Dan Kildee, who represents Flint, and Brenda Lawrence. While Flint has dealt with lead that leached into some homes after officials tapped into the Flint River in 2014, the problems also are dire in Harris’ home state, where 1 million of its nearly 40 million residents don’t have access to clean drinking water because of pollution from humans or natural causes. “Every American has the right to clean water, period,” Harris said. “We must take seriously the existential threat represented by future water shortages and acknowledge that communities across the country particularly communities of colour already lack access to safe and affordable water”.last_img read more

Police searching for suspect and firearm after shooting at Raptors rally

first_imgToronto police say they are still looking for a suspect and a firearm after Monday’s shooting at a rally celebrating the Raptors’ historic NBA win.Police Chief Mark Saunders says three people were arrested and are facing firearm-related charges and two guns have been recovered following the incident.Saunders says four people suffered non-life threatening injuries from the shooting.READ MORE: 4 injured, 3 arrested in shooting at Nathan Phillips Square during Raptors fan rallyThe City of Toronto has estimated two million fans turned out for the celebrations — half of them gathered at the rally outside city hall.Saunders says police are looking for a suspect described as a male with a heavy build, around five-foot-nine, short brown hair and wearing a white shirt.He did not release any other details on the shooting and said the investigation is still underway.Police are asking witnesses or anyone else with information on the shooting to come forward.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces Nearly 21 Million In New Grants

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced its second round of grants for calendar year 2013, totaling $2,090,275.To date, this new funding brings EJAF’s grant investments for 2013 to nearly $3 million.“After more than 20 years of doing this work, I know that the only way to fight AIDS is by helping everyone in need, especially those living at the margins of society,” said Sir Elton John, who founded EJAF in 1992. “That’s why we are very proud to support truly innovative organizations that are providing critical services to the most stigmatized populations.”EJAF’s one new and nine renewal grants support projects in Jamaica, Haiti, Canada, the Southern United States, and national initiatives throughout the U.S. Target populations covered by this grant cycle include gay men, incarcerated populations, injection drug users, African Americans, and young people. Grantee activities include HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care services, legal services, organization development, and policy and advocacy.Included among these new grants is a new two-year $1 million commitment to EJAF’s founding partnership with the Syringe Access Fund, which will be distributed as small grants to approximately 48 syringe exchange programs across the United States.“Numerous scientific studies have incontrovertibly established that syringe exchange is a highly effective method for helping injection drug users significantly reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV and other blood-borne diseases and transmitting these diseases to others,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “Studies have also clearly demonstrated that syringe exchange programs help to remove contaminated needles and syringes from community streets, playgrounds, and other public areas and to encourage drug users to avail themselves of other health and social services, including drug rehabilitation and treatment programs.”“We are extremely excited about the innovative work being undertaken by these grantees,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell, “but our work doesn’t stop there. We are already in the process of reviewing our final round of grant applications for the year, and we anticipate announcing more new grants in December.”last_img read more

Deputy collector to lead probe, report in 15 days

first_imgGreater Noida: Following the death of two labourers working at ATS builder’s site in sector 150 in Greater Noida on Tuesday, the Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate has ordered a probe into the matter in order to find out loopholes which led to the fatal accident.According to a senior administrative officer, the team, which will be headed by deputy collector of Gautam Buddh Nagar District, will be probing circumstances surrounding the tragedy and will also check that whether the builder and building contractor followed the regulations and safety measures. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAbhay Kumar Singh, deputy collector and head of the investigating committee, told Millennium Post that they will conduct an inspection at builder’s site and will join dots to ascertain the exact cause behind the accident. “Our team will be visiting builder’s site on Thursday morning and will conduct an extensive investigation to know the reasons and identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable in case if there was any failure from their side. We will also probe the role of builder and it’s contractor and will ensure whether proper safety measures were followed at the site or not” Singh said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that a report with recommendations will be forwarded to the District Magistrate within next fifteen days who will take necessary actions against those found at fault. The administration urges all the builders and their contractors to ensure that workplaces comply with the regulations of the occupational health and Safety Act to prevent unnecessary incidents. The incident took place on Tuesday at ATS Pristine’s under construction project in sector 150 of Greater Noida. Two labourers identified as Ajay Malik (32) from Odisha and Kishor Kumar (23) from Bihar fell to death while working at the 13th floor after the scaffolding they were standing on collapsed. Victim’s family alleged laxity from ATS builder citing that the labourers were not provided with safety belts while the scaffolding was also weak. In a similar incident reported in October 2018 from ATS builder’s site in sector 132 of Noida, two workers died after a large portion of the wall collapsed on them. Taking cognisance to both these fatal incidents, the G B Nagar District administration has sought to launch a probe to find out the reasons behind the series of these mishaps.last_img read more

Ryanair to Launch First Tetouan-Malaga Flight in April

Rabat – Low-cost airline Ryanair announced on Thursday its plan to launch the first flight from Tetouan in northern Morocco to Malaga, Spain. The company will launch the flights in April as part of its 2019 summer program.Quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the company said that Moroccan customers and visitors can “enjoy even lower rates and the latest enhancements to the ‘Always Getting Better’ program.”A sales manager at Ryanair, Yann Delomez, said that Ryanair launched a special offer for customers. He added that the seats available under the program’s offer “must be reserved by midnight on January 21.” Read Also: Ryanair Launches Marrakech-Athens Non-Stop FlightMoroccan National Office of Tourism CEO Adel El Fakir said, “Tetouan, with its cultural heritage, its coastline and its many international hotel brands still fascinate visitors and meet the expectations of families and lovers of cultural experience.”According to MAP, the company announced that it has transported more than 139 million passengers in 2018, a new record despite its flight cancellation crisis over the summer.Ryanair serves all the major cities in Morocco except Casablanca: Agadir, Fez, Marrakech, Nador, Oujda, Rabat, and Tangier. read more

Human Rights Council to discuss recent UN probe into Gaza conflict

The session will begin at 3 p.m. – a day after the Security Council holds its own debate on the Middle East – and is likely to continue on Friday, the Council said in a press release issued from its headquarters in Geneva.Earlier this month the 47-member Council decided to defer action on a draft resolution on the issue until March 2010, but it has now brought forward the debate following a request from Palestine that was co-sponsored by 18 countries.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the report of the UN fact-finding mission by telephone on Sunday with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, a UN spokesperson said yesterday.The mission, headed by Justice Richard Goldstone, found evidence that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants committed serious war crimes and breaches of humanitarian law, which may amount to crimes against humanity, during the conflict in December 2008 and January 2009. Presenting his report to the Council late last month, Justice Goldstone called for an end to impunity for those found to have committed human rights violations.“It is accountability above all that is called for in the aftermath of the regrettable violence that has caused so much misery for so many,” he said.Justice Goldstone urged the Council to implement a number of measures, including a referral of the mission’s report to the Security Council, since neither the Government of Israel nor the responsible Palestinian authorities have so far carried out any credible investigations into alleged violations.Apart from Justice Goldstone, a former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the other members of the fact-finding team are: Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science at the University of London; Hina Jilani, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and former Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights Defenders; and retired Colonel Desmond Travers, member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI). 13 October 2009The Human Rights Council announced today that it will hold a special session on Thursday to discuss the report of the recent United Nations fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict that took place at the start of the year. read more

ICE Futures Canada Thursday Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $5.00 lower $506.20; Jan. ’18 $5.30 lower $511.20; March ’18 $5.30 lower $514.90; May ’18 $4.50 lower $517.10; July ’18 $4.80 lower $518.60; Nov. ’18 $5.10 lower $484.80; Jan. ’19 $5.10 lower $485.60; March ’19 $5.10 lower $488.30; May ’19 $5.10 lower $488.30; July ’19 $5.10 lower $488.30; Nov. ’19 $5.10 lower $488.30.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00.Thursday’s estimated volume of trade: 437,380 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 437,380. read more

SEHA GSS First Veszprems defeat in Skopje

3.PPD Zagreb181206480 : 41736 1.MKB-MVM Veszprem181701561 : 41351 2.Vardar181503531 : 46245 5.Tatran Prešov171007506 : 47830 9.Borac m:tel173113434 : 50910 RK VardarSEHA GAZPROM South stream leagueveszprem 7.Metalurg175111380 : 41915 4.Meshkov Brest161105447 : 41833 8.Vojvodina172411420 : 47610 ← Previous Story 23rd European Handball Festival – EUROFEST in Slovenia with over 160 teams Next Story → Marko Kopljar to HSV Handball? 10.Radnički172114450 : 5567 6.Nexe175111421 : 48216 Hungarian TOP team MKB MVM Veszprem suffered the first defeat in the regular part of the SEHA GAZPROM South Stream league. The host of the upcoming F6 tournament lost in Skopje against RK Vardar 28:21 (14:10). STATISTICSRK Radnićki – PPD Zagreb 29:45– STATISTICSMeshkov – Tatran 30:24   – STATISTICSKonačno, u meču odigranom u petak, banjalućki Borac predvođen raspoloženim Ratkom Nikolićem, bez problema, savladao je skopski Metalurg 27:21 – STATISTICSSTANDINGS: read more

Elderly pedestrian killed after being struck by a 4×4 in Kilkenny

first_imgA WOMAN IN her late 70s has died in a road collision in Kilkenny.She was struck by a vehicle, described by gardaí as a 4×4, at about 10am on the Main Street of Graiguenamanagh.Her body was removed to Waterford Regional Hospital where a full post-mortem exam is taking place.The road has been closed to allow for forensic tests. Local diversions are in place.Gardaí have issued an appeal for witnesses to contact them at the local station on 059-972-5750.The victim is the 72nd person to die on Irish roads this year, just one fewer than 2013′s fatalities at this time.Read: Gardaí search for missing motorbike after fatal Dublin crashOpinion: My sister was an innocent victim, wrongly taken. Our family will never be the sameMay Bank Holiday on the roads: Five deaths, 151 drunk drivers and 2,164 speederslast_img read more

How its made Apple 2013 Mac Pro edition

first_imgPacked in with all the iPad news yesterday was the official unveiling of the price and release date for the new Mac Pro. Given that this workstation starts at $3000, it’s understandable that it has limited appeal to the general populace, but most people will agree that it’s a very cool product. And even if you can’t afford a dual graphics powerhouse stuffed with 12GB of RAM and a quad-core processor (and that’s the entry level model), you can surely appreciate how this workstation was built. It’s for your lust-filled heart that Apple put together this video showing off how the Mac Pro was assembled, partly by hand, in America.The video, as you’ll soon see, is extremely slick. The process starts off with the creation of the case — which starts out at an aluminum blank that is pressed into a hollow cylinder using tremendous pressure — and then goes to the lathe where the exterior is brought from a raw finish to a clean aluminum. The case is then lifted by a robotic arm, has its top cut open, and then it’s polished on a wheel.The cylinder is then covered with a blue coating and it’s milled, which is when the I/O holes are cut out. During milling that blue coating will come in handy, preventing scratching from those flying metal shavings. Before long the cases are dipped (anodized), re-dipped any number of times, and then sent further down the conveyor belt.Now we’re finally moving on the the interior componentry. This is the unified thermal core that Apple told us about when the Mac Pro was first revealed this summer. The GPU, CPU, and other heat-producing parts are placed directly against that machined aluminum heatsink, which is what allows the system to use a single fan as opposed one on each of these components. We don’t ever get to see the parts being mounted to the heatsink though, which is unfortunate. We do get to see the extruded aluminum core get bead blasted, so that the surface can be brought to Apple’s desired finish.After the heatsink we finally see some humans, just to remind us that this workstation isn’t entirely made by robots. (Being made in America wouldn’t be too big of a deal if the Mac Pro was solely constructed by robots would it?) Then it’s on to the most awesome of all manufacturing bots, the pick-and-place machines, which fill in the mainboards with assorted chips and caps. Humans then inspect the parts and finalize the assembly of the Mac Pro, where the core is joined with the case and the final screws are tightened. After that it’s on to laser etching, final inspection and packaging, and then off to your local Apple store.last_img read more

Claim your cash

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has revealed that there is an estimated $636 million unclaimed in bank accounts, insurance policies and uncashed dividend cheques around Australia so they are urging Australians to visit the MoneySmart website to claim their money. ASIC says that people some times lose track of their bank accounts and monies.The biggest amount recorded waiting to get claimed is $992,000 belonging to someone in Carlilse Western Australia. For more information and to claim your cash visit the MoneySmart website at www.moneysmart.gov.au/last_img read more

Baleine quand les goélands sattaquent aux baleineaux de Patagonie

first_imgBaleine : quand les goélands s’attaquent aux baleineaux de PatagonieEn Patagonie, au large des côtes argentines, les goélands s’attaquent aux baleineaux qui, perturbés alors qu’ils sont en phase allaitement, finissent par mourir en grand nombre.Les baleines franches australes passent six mois par an, à partir de juin, dans les baies de la Péninsule de Valdés, dans l’Atlantique Sud, classée au Patrimoine mondial de l’humanité par l’Unesco. Dans ces régions telles que la baie de Golfo Nuevo, en Argentine, on compte entre 1.500 à 2.000 individus allant de 13 à 16 mètres de long pour jusqu’à 50 tonnes à l’âge adulte. Mais on trouve aussi des baleineaux qui eux, mesurent de 3 à 5 mètres à la naissance.Tout irait pour le mieux dans le meilleur de monde si, depuis quelques années, les goélands de la région ne prenaient pas la mauvaise habitude d’attaquer ces cétacés. En effets, ces oiseaux pullulent dans la région. Habituellement, ils se nourrissent des déchets des bateaux de pêche mais ces dernières années, le goéland a commencé à s’attaquer “à la peau puis à la graisse des baleines. Il effectue plusieurs “picotages” à chaque fois. Il attaque les baleineaux qui sortent plus souvent à la surface pour respirer”, explique le guide José Anibal Cepeda, qui accompagne des touristes sur un bateau s’approchant des cétacés.Constamment, les baleines et leurs baleineaux sont blessés par les coups de bec des goélands qui se nourrissent de leur graisse en leur infligeant des blessures profondes de 10 centimètres et certains cétacés présentant des escarres d’1,5 mètre de long. De plus, la baleine en phase d’allaitement se cambre et s’agite pour échapper à son agresseur et rompt le contact avec le baleineau. Un taux de mortalité en hausse Or, c’est dans cette région du monde que les baleineaux sont sevrés. Comme l’explique Mariano Sironi, directeur d’études de l’Institut de conservation des baleines (ICB) en Argentine, “n’ayant pas de lèvres pour téter leur mère, le petit absorbe les jets de lait très épais de sa mère [plus de cent litres par jour]. A chaque attaque, ce processus est interrompu. Or c’est un moment crucial dans la croissance des cétacés”.Pour éviter ces attaques, les baleines ont adopté une “nage arquée” pour ne pas exposer leur dos indique Ana Fazio, biologiste du Centre national de Patagonie (Cenpat). Ainsi, “on ne voit plus de la baleine que la tête et la queue, elle nage en profondeur, en fuite permanente [ce qui entraîne] une perte d’énergie importante”. Mais ces différents facteurs ont provoqué une explosion du taux de mortalité des baleineaux, troublés pendant l’allaitement. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”La grande majorité des baleineaux retrouvés morts souffraient de malnutrition”, explique Mariano Sironi qui, dans son rapport annuel, a recensé 116 baleines mortes, dont 113 baleineaux l’an passé (deux fois plus qu’en 2011). Cité par l’AFP, le spécialiste estime que “si ces attaques de goélands continuent, on verra les baleines abandonner la péninsule comme lieu de reproduction et s’exiler vers d’autres régions comme on le voit déjà parfois au sud du Brésil”.Une chasse aux goélands Pour faire face, le directeur scientifique du Cenpat, Marcelo Bertoletti, a organisé des chasses aux goélands avec des professionnels. En 2012, 140 oiseaux ont été abattus, un chiffre insignifiant au regard de leur population. En effet, à 10 km du port de pêche de Puerto Madryn, on peut observer entre 5 et 8.000 goélands se nourrir dans une décharge municipale où pourrissent les résidus de poisson. Les oiseaux bataillent entre les queues, les arêtes et les têtes de poisson. “Ici c’est un Mac Donald’s pour les goélands ! On les nourrit au lieu d’enterrer les déchets”, ce qui favorise leur multiplication. En plus de blessures infligées aux cétacés, la transmission de “virus, bactérie ou champignon qui peut à tout moment infecter les baleines”, s’inquiète Marcelo Bertoletti. La chasse aux goélands devrait reprendre cette année pour préserver les baleines et toute l’économie touristique qui y est liée.Le 22 juin 2013 à 16:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Discusses Sustainability Biotech Acceptance and Future Trends at Bayer CropScience Event

first_imgFrom left to right: Bayer’s Michael Chmilewski; ASA’s First Vice President Wade Cowan; ASA Treasurer Richard Wilkins; ASA Chairman Danny Murphy and ASA President Ray Gaesser with Bayer’s Alan Ayers, Ph.D. Photo Credit: Chuck ZimmermanBayer CropScience hosted their Corn & Soybean Future Forum Oct.  29-31, in Frankfurt, Germany.  The event brought together farmer-leaders, agronomists, scientists and Bayer industry representatives from all over the world to discuss the future of the corn and soybean industries and issues impacting these two major crops.  A few of the major topics discussed during the various sessions at the conference included future innovations needed for agriculture and sustainable farming, issues relating to biotech acceptance in key export markets and among the general public, weed resistance management challenges, big data and technology advancements in agriculture, and the economic outlook for agriculture.ASA President Ray Gaesser (IA) presented to the group on sustainable farming practices in the United States and the U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol. ASA Chairman Danny Murphy (MS), First Vice President Wade Cowan (TX) and Treasurer Richard Wilkins (DE) joined farmer-leaders from South America and industry representatives in panel discussions on future trends impacting corn and soybean markets, and challenges and innovation needs for sustainable farming. ASA staff members Bill Schuermann and Michelle Hummel also participated in the event.“It’s important for us to take time, even during the busy harvest season, to meet with other farmer-leaders, agronomists and scientists around the world to share ideas and build relationships as we are all working together toward a common goal of sustainability and providing the food that feeds all of our families.”Prior to the beginning of the Future Forum, ASA farmer-leaders and staff participated in a meeting with attendees from North America and Bayer CropScience executives to discuss challenges such as pollinator health concerns and specific regulatory and biotech acceptance challenges.  After the Future Forum, ASA leaders also had the opportunity to meet with Bayer CropScience Chief Executive Officer Liam Condon. The meetings and discussions with Bayer CropScience executives and others in the industry were very insightful, and ASA appreciates the tremendous effort of the Bayer CropScience team to organize this event, and we thank them for inviting ASA’s participation.Click here to see more pics of ASA in action at the forum.last_img read more

Former security officials to Trump Stop trying to undermine climate science

first_imgPresident Donald Trump reportedly plans to convene a group of scientists to reassess the government’s earlier conclusions on climate change.  Getty Images Top former military and security officials are warning President Donald Trump that climate change is a threat to US national security. On Tuesday, 58 former officials — including former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel — sent a letter to Trump voicing their objections to a reported group the White House plans to create to “dispute and undermine” threats posed by climate change. The Washington Post earlier reported on the letter. “Imposing a political test on reports issued by the science agencies, and forcing a blind spot onto the national security assessments that depend on them, will erode our national security,” the officials wrote in the letter. “It is dangerous to have national security analysis conform to politics.”The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Climate change has become a serious concern in recent years. A United Nations report in October warned that the world can only afford to get 0.5 degree warmer and that “rapid and far-reaching” changes are needed to limit the temperature increase. In February, the Bramble Cay melomys, a rodent found on a tiny island off Australia’s far north coast and the only mammal native to the Great Barrier Reef, was declared the first mammal to go extinct because of human-induced climate change. Politics Tech Industry Security Tags 10 Now playing: Watch this: 4:48center_img How tech is keeping one critically endangered desert… Share your voice The letter told Trump he needs to listen what science and military officials are telling him.”We urge you to trust and heed the analysis of your own national security agencies and the science agencies on which their assessments depend, including the 21 senior defense officials that have identified climate change as a security threat during your Administration,” officials wrote. “Let’s drop the politics, and allow our national security and science agencies to do their jobs.” Commentslast_img read more

Accused youth dies in custody

first_imgRathish Chandra BhowmikAn accused of special public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhowmik murder case died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital while in police custody on Friday night.The deceased is Milon Kumar Mohant, 30, an assistant of Rathish Chandra, reports UNB.Amzad Hossain, jailer of Rangpur jail, said Milon was admitted to the hospital on 5 April as he fell sick after police had produced him before a court after showing him arrested in the case. The court later sent him to jail.Milon died at the hospital around 9:00pm on Friday, the jailer said.Milon was reportedly picked up by police on 30 March.On 5 April, Rathish’s assistant Milon Kumar Mohant was shown arrested for his alleged involvement in the killing.Special public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhowmik was found dead at Tajhat Mollahpara of the city on 4 April, five days after he went missing.Following the confessional statement of the lawyer’s wife Snigdha Sarkar Dipa, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) recovered the body from an under-construction building of her colleague Quamrul Islam’s brother.Earlier on 3 April, the elite force picked up Snigdha, an assistant teacher of Tajhat High School, for interrogation over the missing of her husband.last_img read more

BJP for deporting 10m from Indias Bengal

first_imgWe will not tolerate any illegal immigrants in Bengal,` says BJP Bengal president Dilip Ghosh Ghosh — Photo: Collected via NDTVFollowing a move to exclude 4 million people from list of citizens in India’s Assam state, a ruling party leader said 10 million ‘illegal immigrants’ would be kicked out from Bengal, Kolkata-based English language newspaper The Telegraph reported.Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Bengal president Dilip Ghosh called the people his party would target, if voted to power in Bengal, as ‘Bangladeshi immigrants’, according to the newspaper report published on Tuesday.He was quoted to have said that tough times are ahead for those who he said are Bangladeshi immigrants and asked them to pack their bags and get ready to leave India.The BJP leader reportedly vowed to conduct an Assam-like exercise in Bengal to “throw out by the scruff of the neck” the ‘Bangladeshi immigrants’, should the BJP come to power in the state.”If we come to power in Bengal, we will carry out an NRC update in the state too and throw out more than one crore Bangladeshi immigrants by the scruff of the neck and those supporting their cause. Tough times are ahead, pack your bags and get ready to leave India,” the report quoted Dilip Ghosh as telling a public meeting in Nadia’s Bethuadahari.Accordingf to the report, the BJP’s national general-secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya, accused Bengal chief minister Mamata Banarjee of robbing Bengal’s youth of employment opportunities by allegedly allowing ‘Bangladeshi infiltrators’ to settle in the state.”Bangladeshi criminals are operating rackets from Bengal. They settled here and are involved in terrorist activities. They have become permanent residents in Bengal, rendering the youth here unemployed. It is unfortunate that our permanent residents have no jobs here because Bangladeshis are taking away their jobs… All because Bangladeshis are now Mamata Banerjee’s vote-bank. Should we allow Bangladeshi infiltrators to stay here?” Vijayvargiya was quoted as saying.”Such infiltration is a big problem for the rest of us. But if Mamata Banerjee continues to provide shelter to the infiltrators, the youths will never forgive her,” he reportedly added.The report said Trinamul general-secretary and urban development minister Firhad Hakim said the BJP’s vow to replicate the Assam exercise in Bengal would remain a pipe dream as people would never vote it to power.The leader of the opposition in the Bengal Assembly, Abdul Mannan of the Congress, and Left legislature party leader Sujan Chakraborty, too, condemned the BJP’s statements, the report added.last_img

Romanias top court says referendum can go ahead to block marriage equality

first_imgAttendees at the first Cluj Pride in Transylvania, Romania, in 2017 (Cluj_Pride | Instagram) ‘Moreover, politicians are joining hands with extremist and conservative groups in order to demonize and marginalize the LGBT community. I am confident Romanian citizens will understand our message and boycott the vote.’If less than 30% of the population vote, the referendum result will be nullified.European Court rules Romania must recognize same-sex marriages in relation to residency rightsMany of Romania’s neighboring countries, such as Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary, have constitutional legislation which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.Besides the 2016 petition, impetus for a referendum may have been fuelled by a recent European Union court decision. In June, the EU instructed Romania that it had to recognize same-sex marriages of its citizens conducted abroad, for the purposes of immigration.A Romania man who married his US male partner in the US brought the case to court. The two wished to relocate to Romania. His US spouse, if female, would automatically have been allowed residency rights, but as Romania didn’t recognize same-sex marriages conducted abroad, it was not allowed.Since the ruling, Romania has recognized same-sex marriages with regard to residency rights, in cases where citizens marry abroad.See more on RomaniaRomanian rights groups challenge ‘homophobic’ marriage referendum Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Romania’s top court says a referendum can go ahead to effectively block marriage equality coming to the country. Landmark ruling for all same-sex married couples in European Union Romania grants residence rights to same-sex married couples Conservatives and religious groups want the country’s constitution changed. They want it to state Romania only recognizes marriage between men and women. It currently recognizes marriage as being between ‘spouses’.By changing the constitution, they want to try and ensure marriage equality for gay and bisexual people never becomes legal.Local organizations, rallying under the banner of the Coalition for Family, organized a mass petition in 2016. They collected over 3million signatures in the largely Catholic country demanding a referendum.The country’s Lower House voted to approve the referendum last year. Then on 4 September, its Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of holding the referendum.Local LGBT advocacy groups launched a legal challenge to avoid the referendum going ahead, arguing it was wrong to change the constitution by referendum. However, Romania’s Constitutional Court voted on the matter yesterday.By a vote of 7-2, it ruled that there was no legal impediment to the referendum going ahead on 7 October. The referendum requires a 30% turnout in order to be binding. That’s over 5.6 million people.‘Asking people to approve discriminating against their neighbors’ILGA Europe was one of the advocacy groups to express disappointment at the ruling.‘This referendum is essentially asking people to approve discriminating against their neighbors, colleagues, friends and family members,’ commented ILGA-Europe’s Advocacy Director, Katrin Hugendubel.‘Rainbow families, diverse family groups, loving families living in Romania right now are all threatened by this proposal.Vlad Viski, executive director local LGBTI advocacy group MozaiQ, called the referendum, ‘a direct attack on the LGBT community. It moves Romania into an illiberal direction.‘We reject this immoral, wrong and unfair referendum. We will not participate in the referendum and will ask people not to validate it by voting. Human rights cannot be subject to a vote. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Romania has just moved one step closer to making same-sex marriage illegalRomanian rights groups challenge ‘homophobic’ marriage referendumRomania looks to introduce civil partnershipsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/romanias-top-court-referendum-go/last_img read more

Apple Unveils Faster More Private iOS 13 With Dark Mode

first_img 6 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now June 3, 2019 Another year, another jam-packed new iOS release from Apple.The upcoming version of Apple’s mobile operating system — iOS 13 — is a faster, more privacy-focused mobile operating system, with new features and improvements across most of its core functionality.Onstage at WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced that the updated OS is significantly faster and more data-conscious, with a new app download packaging format that makes downloads 50 percent smaller and updates 60 percent smaller.Apps will also launch twice as fast, with 30 percent faster Face ID unlock. A new low data mode can be enabled in settings, too, while a QuickPath keyboard enables swipe-to-type functionality and Apple Music supports time-synced lyrics.Here’s what else you can expect from iOS 13, which will arrive this fall.Dark ModeFederighi shows off dark mode in iOS 13.Image Credit: Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesOne of iOS 13’s headlining features is dark mode at an OS level rather than app level. The setting will darken the background across iOS, from Messages to Reminders to the home screen.Privacy, Privacy, PrivacyIf iOS 13 has another big theme, it’s privacy. The company is doubling down on its reputation for privacy in the latest mobile OS release by building in more data controls across the experience.For the first time, you can share your location with an app just once and then require permission the next time it wants it. Apple will also give you regular reports showing which apps are tracking you, and shut down loopholes like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi scanning. Oh, and iOS 13 will send unknown spam calls directly to voicemail.Apple is also taking aim once again at Facebook with Sign In with Apple, which gives users a fast, easy way to sign into apps without third-party social tracking. The sign-in button is authenticated with Face ID to log users in without revealing any new personal info.Going even further, Apple will also give users the option to hide their email and create a unique random address for each app that Apple will forward to your real email address.New privacy features extend to HomeKit, where a new service called HomeKit Secure Video will analyze security camera footage on-premises in an iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV device before encrypting and uploading footage privately to iCloud, where it will be stored for 10 days for users to review. Home security footage won’t count against iCloud data caps.Finally, Apple is working with partners inlcuding Linksys, Eero, and ISPs like Spectrum to release HomeKit-enabled home routers that will automatically firewall off smart home accessories for an additional layer of security.Maps, iMessage, and MemojiThere are also updates and improvements to many of the flagship iOS apps. There’s a new gallery view in Notes, an improved interface for Reminders, and improvements to Safari and Mail. However, some of the biggest additions are in Maps, messaging, and Memoji.In Apple Maps, there’s greater detail in everything from buildings to topography, which is rolling out in the US by the end of the year. A new Favorites bar at the bottom of the Maps home screen lets users tap and go to starred locations, as well as save points of interest into “Collections.” The top right of the map also shows a new binocular icon to open the “look-around window,” a Google Street View-like feature letting users tap around and explore locations in a high-def 3D view.On the Messages front, Apple is integrating animoji and memoji deeper into the experience. When users share names and photos, they will also have the option to share their animoji with each other to use as the contact photo, and customize them further with new makeup and accessory options, from hats and glasses to bespoke AirPods.Apple is taking aim at Snapchat as well with a new Bitmoji clone feature called Memoji Stickers to create and share sticker packs of your virutal avatar within Messages with one tap from the keyboard.Camera and PhotosApple always showcases camera and photos app improvements at WWDC, and this year is no different. In iOS 13, iPhone cameras can take advantage of a new Portrait lighting feature with high-key mono effect, where users can adjust lighting intensity by virtually moving a light closer or further away from a subject.Yet the biggest addition in the Camera app is the ability to edit videos. For the first time, iOS 13 users can rotate videos, and apply the same filters and effects as photos.The Photos app is being redesigned with machine learning to remove duplicates and clutter with a new pinch-to-zoom mode, plus a new organization tab at the bottom of the screen to sort photos into days, months, and years. The app will surface photos and organize days based on events you attended in past years, using ML to customize how your photo and video memories are displayed.SiriFinally, Apple announced improvements to Siri across iOS, from iPhones and AirPods to HomePod and CarPlay.When you’re wearing AirPods, Siri will now announce messages or incoming iMessages from other messaging apps. There’s also one-tap audio sharing, which you can send to other iOS users or to your HomePod, which is now enabled with Handoff.Siri on the HomePod will also now be able to recognize which user is talking and play music based on each speaker’s history and preferences. The smart speaker will also be able to play live music from more than 100,000 radio stations. On CarPlay, there’s a new dashboard that now works with third-party apps such as Pandora and Waze.Siri is also sporting a smoother, completely software-generated voice based on neural text-to-speech for more natrural cadence and emphasis, plus an improved Siri Shortcuts app now built into access shortcuts. This includes a new Suggested Automations feature to take your habits and personalize them with Siri. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Extreme poverty increases in Nicaragua in 2013 study finds

first_imgRelated posts:Nicaragua’s Ortega says US senator, congresswoman on official list of banned foreigners Thousands protest Nicaraguan canal Nicaraguan opposition has little chance of defeating Ortega Dueling stories behind shooter at Nicaragua protest reveal sharp divide over Sandinista government MANAGUA, Nicaragua – The number of Nicaraguans living in extreme poverty – defined as less than $1 a day – increased from 7.6 percent to 9.5 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to a survey by the Managua-based Fundación Internacional para el Desafío Económico Global (Fideg). This means that living conditions worsened last year for some 355,000 Nicaraguans following a slight improvement the previous year.The nongovernmental foundation has conducted the survey for the past five years.One of the factors causing extreme poverty to increase, the report said, is a drop in export prices on agricultural goods, primarily coffee. Thousands of temporary workers depend on farming, as do several local economies in Nicaragua.A drop in schooling and poor education are other factors that have prevented families from escaping extreme poverty, the report said.“The level of education of Nicaraguans has remained stagnant for several years,” noted the Fideg study, which sampled 1,730 homes in urban and rural areas across the country.General poverty indicators – which include those who live on less than $2 a day – dropped during the same period from 42.7 percent to 40.5 percent.According to Fideg, Nicaragua has managed to reduce this last indicator by a factor of only 1.05 percent annually since 2009, when the foundation began conducting the survey, with the assistance of the Swiss Cooperation Agency and the Canadian government.The Nicaraguan government estimates poverty levels at 45 percent of 6.1 million citizens.This year, the government earmarked $1.3 billion – more than half its official budget – to finance anti-poverty programs and free health and education services. Venezuelan aid also has helped fund programs for the distribution of roof sheeting, financial credits, low-cost housing and food packages for the poor.Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has publicly acknowledged that his country has been unable to shake its ranking as the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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