Parks Are For People Kicks Off

first_imgThis season, visitors to Nova Scotia’s provincial parks can take part in numerous events that promote a healthy, active lifestyle. The Parks are for People program highlights the parks’ educational opportunities and many possibilities for outdoor adventure. The 21st season of Parks are for People includes more than 150 events from May 15 to March 31. Events take place in more than 55 provincial parks, wilderness areas, nature reserves and Crown land locations throughout Nova Scotia. Events include natural or cultural history education, activities such as paddling and astronomy, and even outings to keep communities green like a beach sweep and nature art. There will be attractions for all ages and activities for everyone, from the observer to the experienced outdoors person. Various events are scheduled for the Parks are for People opening weekend. On Sunday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m., an historic hike will take place at Thomas Raddall Provincial Park in Queens County. Participants will learn what life may have been like 1,500 years ago on a guided walk along the beautiful shoreline of Port Joli Harbour. Mira River Provincial Park in Cape Breton County will once again host Come Walk Our Park on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. The Friends of Mira Park Society will hold a day of nature walks, wildlife displays, family events and children’s games. The Parks are for People program is a co-operative effort by government agencies, recreation clubs, community organizations and interested individuals, and is co-ordinated by the Department of Natural Resources. Most events are free and some require advance registration. For more information and updates on Parks are for People events, call the information line at 902-424-4321 or visit .last_img read more

Samsung unveils 3 Galaxy wearables in India

first_imgGurugram: Samsung on Tuesday unveiled its Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables in India for Rs 19,990, Rs 9,990 and Rs 2,590, respectively. Targeted at millennials and Gen Z, the Galaxy Watch Active takes a holistic approach to monitoring exercise, sleep, stress and health. “Galaxy Watch Active is a beautifully crafted sports watch that brings stress management and blood pressure monitoring to users. The Galaxy Fit and Fit e give users a first-time access to the ecosystem of Samsung Health with never before features like 90+ activity trackers,” Aditya Babbar, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said in a statement. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Made for all types of fitness enthusiasts, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e support active lifestyles. With thin, lightweight form factor, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e are comfortable to wear all week long, the company claimed. Galaxy Watch Active is available in black, silver, rose gold and deep green colours while Galaxy Fit is available in silver and black colours. The Galaxy Fit e comes in black, white and yellow colours. The Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Fit would be available across retail stores and Samsung Opera House starting June 25. The Galaxy Watch Active would be available also on and Samsung e-Shop. The Galaxy Fit would be available on Flipkart and Myntra as well as Samsung e-Shop.last_img read more

Teri Hatcher And Tony DiTerlizzi Entertain Pediatric Patients At Childrens Hospital Los

first_imgEarlier this week, Starlight Children’s Foundation Global Ambassador and New York Times best-selling author Tony DiTerlizzi (“The Spiderwick Chronicles,” “The Spider and the Fly,” “Ted”) and Starlight and Juvenile Arthritis Association (JAA) supporter and actress Teri Hatcher (“Coraline,” “Desperate Housewives”) entertained pediatric patients in treatment for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).Tony DiTerlizzi, Jacqueline Hart-Ibrahim, Teri Hatcher and patient SophiaCredit/Copyright: Robert Shotwell, AP InvisionThe pair entertained patients with a reading and illustrations from “The Search for WondLa,” the first installment in DiTerlizzi’s middle grade science fiction fantasy WondLA book triology.Hatcher, who voiced all three audiobooks in the series, read selections from the book while DiTerlizzi brought the scenes to life through sketches. The children sketched along with the author who provided sketch tablets for each child who attended. DiTerlizzi is currently on a national book to promote “The Battle for WondLa,” the trilogy’s third book.“Children are still children regardless of their circumstances,” said DiTerlizzi. “They should be able to play, imagine, and explore. As a child, getting lost in the pages of my favorite books sparked my imagination and whisked me away from my mundane reality to fantastical, adventure-filled worlds. I feel that hospitalized children can truly benefit from the same experience.”DiTerlizzi continued, “I am thrilled that Starlight Children’s Foundation shares this vision and that I am able to share my stories with young patients across the globe. I am honored to be affiliated with this wonderful organization and the children and families whose lives they improve.”Publisher Simon & Schuster generously donated copies of “The WondLa,” the trilogy’s first book, to Starlight who provided copies to all of the patients at the event. The book will also be offered to the more than 400 partner facilities currently on the charity’s Starlight Wish List platform, an innovative online giving and product philanthropy marketplace that directly connects individual donors and charitable corporations to health care facilities around the U.S.“Tony and Teri understand that hospitalization needn’t prevent kids and families from experiencing all of the joy, wonder and creativity that childhood has to offer,” said Starlight Global CEO Jacqueline Hart-Ibrahim who attended today’s event. “We are so pleased to be here today with them, the outstanding CHLA staff and the pediatric patients and their families to support their fantastic entertainment and celebrate Simon & Schuster’s generous donation of Tony’s delightful book.”Dr. Andreas Reiff, MD, Division Head, Rheumatology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles praised the event saying, “This is a unique opportunity to shed some light on children with rheumatic disorders. There are more than 300,000 kids in the U.S. who suffer from these kinds of diseases, and very few people are aware of it. With the help of people like Teri, Tony, JAA and Starlight Children’s Foundation, we finally have a platform to raise awareness and help kids.”For more than five years, Caldecott Honor winner DiTerlizzi has lent his creative talents and literary esteem to Starlight by raising funds and awareness for the organization. Hatcher is also a longtime supporter of Starlight having attended many events for the charity, including its annual fundraising dinner gala in Los Angeles, the Starlight Awards.last_img read more

UNICEF outlines challenges for 2008 in Latin America and Caribbean

31 December 2007Reducing infant mortality and chronic malnutrition, mitigating the impact of natural disasters, and slashing the toll of domestic violence, sexual exploitation and abuse are among the immediate challenges facing the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2008. Reducing infant mortality and chronic malnutrition, mitigating the impact of natural disasters, and slashing the toll of domestic violence, sexual exploitation and abuse are among the immediate challenges facing the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2008. “On child survival, we must continue to focus on the critical period after a mother gives birth and an infant’s good start in life,” UNICEF Regional Director Nils Kastberg said in a statement today, underlining the need for more public investment. He called for greater support to increase breastfeeding and better prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, while also providing HIV-positive mothers with treatment that would allow them to live to see their children grow up. Preparedness before natural disasters must be improved to cut down on the catastrophic impact they have on families and towns and emergency responses must be accelerated to avoid loss of lives and livelihoods, which tend to affect women and children first, he added. In a region where 80,000 young people die every year as a result of violence in the home, 2 million suffer commercial sexual exploitation and 6 million suffer severe abuse each year, remedial measures are crucial and urgent, Mr. Kastberg stressed. He also called for more funds dedicated to programmes to create opportunities for adolescent development. “Specifically, we need to ensure that the 25 per cent to 30 per cent of adolescents and young people between 15 and 24 years of age, who are out of school or out of work, be better prepared to formally enter the working world,” he said. An important element to achieving this would be to expand basic education beyond primary school to include education from pre-primary to secondary, and to make it intercultural, of good quality and open to the different languages in the national cultural context. “With 2008 being the international year of languages, it is timely to focus on that element of education,” Mr. Kastberg said. “By providing a full and proper education, we can build a full and proper work force of young people.” In coordination with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and other UN agencies, one of UNICEF’s challenges in 2008 will be to develop a reliable system to gather pertinent information from sub-national level, which would better reflect the social realities and disparities of the region. Summing up UNICEF’s programme for 2008, Mr. Kastberg concluded: “We would hope the end result of such efforts would mean that by this time next year, we would see an important shift for and among young people; that they would feel more confident of their role, their place and their rights in building the region – confident that change was happening with them and for them, and not at their expense.” read more

UN meeting calls for new technology policies for disabled in AsiaPacific

15 October 2009A United Nations-backed gathering in the Republic of Korea wrapped up today calling for improved access to Internet and mobile phone technologies, among others, for some 400 million persons with disabilities living in the Asia-Pacific region. The three-day workshop, jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), recommended new guidelines to improve access to information and communication technology (ICT) for persons with disabilities in the region.“ICTs, when used effectively, have the potential to empower people with disabilities to lead active, independent and productive lives,” said Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Director of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development (APCICT).Bringing together policy-makers from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam, the workshop provided training in enhancing ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities.It underscored the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which stipulates the right of persons with disabilities to access ICT, and examined issues connected to education, employment, procurement, increasing affordability and availability of ICT products and services, and awareness-raising and advocacy.Government representatives were joined at the “Second Regional Workshop on the Enhancement of ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities” in the port city of Incheon by experts from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Australia, European Union (EU), Italy, the Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and United States. read more

Over 900 kilograms of seized cocaine destroyed in public

Officials said that the cocaine was liquefied in Katunayake and will later be transported to a cement plant in Puttalam to be disposed. Sri Lanka today destroyed in public a haul of over 900 kilograms of cocaine seized by the authorities.The Police Narcotics Bureau said that 928 kg of cocaine was destroyed in the supervision of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremeinghe. The cocaine was destroyed through a safe disposal method ensuring a minimal social and environmental impact.The technical evaluation included a comprehensive risk assessment and mitigation action plan covering all the aspects of environmental, social, health and safety areas through the pre-processing, logistics and co-processing value chain to ensure safe and secure disposal. The cocaine had been seized during separate raids carried out by the Police Narcotics Bureau. Pictures by Lalith Perera read more

Brock cheerleading hosts generational reunion

Brock cheerleaders posing in front of the Schmon Tower during their generational reunion. By Taryn Orava (BKin ’08)This past September, the Brock University cheerleading team had its first inaugural “generations” reunion with more than 40 teammates in attendance. Alumni from as far back as 1990 and as recently as 2012 came out for a day packed with spirited games, team-bonding activities and the opportunity to catch up with old friends.Tying a colour-coded bracelet onto a scavenger hunt participant.The event, held during Brock Days Alumni Weekend, kicked off in Market Hall, where attendees received gift bags stuffed with goodies from sponsors such as Ecco, Sugarhouse, Isaac’s Army and Brock Alumni Relations. Over the next few hours, the group enjoyed a specialty cake donated by cake decorator and current team captain, Jenna Mongraw, laughed over a slideshow of highlights from team socials, engaged in team trivia and scavenger hunt challenges and took part in an alumni photo outside Schmon Tower.Each alumna left with a smile and a T-shirt, which put a spin on the team’s longstanding mantra: “Thought it. Believed it. Achieved it.”It’s hoped that the generations reunion will become a yearly Brock Days tradition. As the alumni leader for this event, I encourage all former athletic, club and organization representatives to plan a successful and memorable reunion like ours. Here are some key things I learned from this experience:Save the date. With the Grape and Wine Festival, Community Days and a ton of alumni-targeted events, Brock Days is the perfect time of year to host your alumni reunion. Promote…early! Get in touch with Alumni Relations for a full list of alumni from your organization and for the opportunity to set up your own Brock Days website. Don’t be afraid to use social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to start people talking. Grads are busy people, so make sure people are aware of the date months in advance.Round up the troops. Ask former club members to act as alumni leaders for the day. Delegate tasks such as organizing transport, gift bags, room bookings and registration. It’s also a wise idea to recruit volunteers from multiple Convocation years to get the message out to the teammates from their cohort.Stay true. Plan your activities according to your target audience. Incorporate any unique traditions honoured by your organizations into your alumni reunion.Pre-register. One of the keys to running a successful and jam-packed reunion was asking alumni to register online for each events they were going to attend. Some events had fees associated with them and to ensure all events were paid in full, alumni were asked to make a payment prior to the event.Enjoy the day. During your reunion, enjoy reconnecting with old teammates and club members. Ask people to sign in and to include current contact information and permission to contact them for future events.Keep connected. Use the contact information you collected to send out an online evaluation survey to ask what alumni enjoyed and what would they change. Consider all feedback and make next year a bigger and better success.Read the Reunion Guide. Brock Alumni Relations has compiled a useful reunion guide that will help you throughout the entire planning process.Have fun planning your alumni reunion and we’ll see all of you at the next Brock Days Alumni Weekend. read more

UN expert panel urges governments to do more to reduce demand for

Releasing its annual report in Vienna, the International Narcotics Board (INCB) recommended that States support local efforts towards legal employment, foster an environment that makes drug dealing difficult, and introduce anti-drug educational programmes targeting socially marginalized groups. Highlighting the impact of drug abuse on communities, the report stresses that even though most drug-related crime is non-violent, the effect is still “highly damaging” in local areas. INCB President Philip O. Emafo said “drug abuse is often linked with anti-social behaviour such as delinquency, crime, and violence and has negative consequences for individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities.” The report reiterates the Board’s concerns about the impact of harm reduction policies – which generally aim to help abusers avoid danger – in some countries, specifically citing the operation of drug injection rooms as a “source of grave concern.” Speaking to reporters today, Vincent McLean, the New York representative of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the INCB believes a drug injection room in Vancouver, Canada, to be in contravention of the provisions of international narcotics control treaties. Mr. McLean said drug trafficking groups often have violent confrontations as they compete for market share, and can turn some places into “no-go areas for the general public.” The annual report calls on national authorities to be on alert for the growing trade in illegal pharmaceuticals over the Internet and to police this problem more closely. In another section of the report, the INCB criticizes Turkmenistan’s failure to cooperate with the international community in the battle against illicit drugs. The Central Asian nation, which shares a long border with Afghanistan, has not reported any seizures of opiates or precursor chemicals since 2000, even though “significant quantities” were reported in previous years. The INCB added that Turkmenistan is the only one of Afghanistan’s neighbours that is not participating in an international monitoring operation focusing on a chemical used to make heroin, and has not been actively involved in other regional drug control schemes. The INCB is an independent body established by the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs to monitor governments’ compliance with the international drug control treaties. Its 13 members are elected by the UN Economic and Social Council to serve five-year terms. read more

July 2015 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for July 2015 and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 35,705 eligible cars registered. Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

More than 900 prosecutions collapse in a year over failure to disclose

first_imgMore than 900 criminal cases were dropped last year due to a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence, it has been reported.This marks a 70 per cent increase in the number of collapsed cases over the course of two years.Figures reveal that 916 people had charges dropped last year due to a failure to disclose evidence – up from 537 in 2014-15 and 732 the following year.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the number of dropped cases represented just 0.15 per cent of the total number of prosecutions, but said there were still “systemic disclosure issues”.The investigation comes after the high-profile collapse of several rape trials, with Scotland Yard announcing a review of its sex crime investigations after two rape cases were dropped in the space of a week in December.The trial of Liam Allan, 22, was halted at Croydon Crown Court, while days later another prosecution collapsed against Isaac Itiary at Inner London Crown Court.The figures were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the BBC. Angela Rafferty QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, told the Corporation that barristers face “a daily struggle in respect of disclosure, delays and all the other disastrous consequences of a system that is openly described by MPs as at breaking point”. Mr Allan, who endured a two-year ordeal, threatened to sue the police and CPS, accusing them of chasing rape convictions “like sales targets”.Suspect spent four months in prison awaiting trialIsaac Itiary was charged with the rape of a child under 16 in July last year and was due to stand trial in 2018.He had reportedly spent four months in prison awaiting trial as he was considered to be a risk to the public.But at a pre-trial hearing in December, the CPS offered no evidence after issues arose regarding the full disclosure of material. Liam Allan, who spent almost two years on bail, has alleged that rape convictions are chased ‘like sales targets’Credit:Nicholas Razzell  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. Criminology ‘student alleges convictions are chased ‘like sales targets’Liam Allan, a criminology student, had been three days into his trial when it emerged police had failed to disclose a vast amount of crucial information.He had been accused of six rapes and six sexual assaults, spending almost two years on bail.Among the text messages that were not passed to the defence, was one from the alleged victim that stated: “It was not against my will.”center_img A CPS spokesman said: “We prosecuted more than 588,000 defendants in 2016/17 and our conviction rate was 83 per cent. The number of unsuccessful outcomes due to disclosure issues represents 0.15 per cent of these prosecutions. “That is still too many, however, and we are clear that there are systemic disclosure issues across the criminal justice system which will require a collective effort in order to bring about improvement.”Getting this right is a priority, and along with the police and other criminal justice partners we are working to improve how we fulfil these vital disclosure obligations and ensure that cases which should not proceed are stopped as early as possible.”Last week the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) chaired a seminar with senior figures from the police, judiciary and legal profession to discuss how this may be achieved.”This was a constructive discussion that generated concrete proposals which we will be pursuing to encourage early, effective engagement between the police, prosecutors and defence.”Met Police review to examine all live rape casesThe Metropolitan Police review, announced in December, will involve all rape cases currently being investigated by its specialist sex abuse unit.It is thought scores of investigations could now be in jeopardy amid concern that police have failed to follow proper procedures.Speaking at the time, a Scotland Yard spokesman said: “As a precaution, every live case being investigated by the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences [Caso] command, where the Met is in discussion with the CPS, is being reviewed to ensure all digital evidence has been properly examined, documented and shared with the CPS to meet obligations under disclosure.” Liam Allan, who spent almost two years on bail, has alleged that rape convictions are chased 'like sales targets'last_img read more

Police chief gives green light to cannabis users to grow and sell

A police chief has given the green light for cannabis users to grow and sell drugs as forces were accused of ignoring the law. However Mr Jones told the Telegraph he was “sympathetic” to clubs allowing users to grow… Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, signalled support for ‘Spanish-style’ collectives where users sell home-grown drugs to each other. It comes amid growing concern over so-called “cannabis clubs” in Britain after the Telegraph revealed nearly 160 are already operating with impunity across the country.  Possession of cannabis carries a maximum prison sentence of five years and an unlimited fine, while dealing the drug could result in a 14-year prison sentence. read more

EHF CL Round 3 First win for Lions – Barca destroy Metalurg

← Previous Story Nora Mork saves Larvik in Skopje Next Story → SKOPJE FORTRESS: PSG saves point against Vardar! Four matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League played on Saturday:FC BARCELONA – METALURG 35:17CELJE PL – RHEIN NECKAR LOWEN 25:28SANKT PETERSBURG – ZAGREB 24:35PORTO – THW KIEL 27:31

Melanie McCarthy McNamaras killer to spend sentence in solitary confinement

first_img Image: PA Archive/PA Images Melanie McCarthy McNamara’s killer to spend sentence in solitary confinement Keith Hall has a contract on his head and prison guards have a duty to protect him from harm. 38 Comments Oct 31st 2016, 7:00 AM 49,086 Views By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 31 Oct 2016, 7:00 AM Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images The Irish Prison Service is obliged to ensure the safety of all prisoners.“There is a small cohort of prisoners who, for various reasons, need to be isolated for their own safety or for the safety of others.“The prison service does that through restricted regime and movement. Every effort is made to transfer prisoners around the system. For those prisoners who are on 23 hour lock up for long periods, individual plans are put in place to make sure they get maximum amount of services and time out of their cells. The safety of prisoners is paramount.Speaking of Ireland’s current prison regime, UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, said: “Clearly the figures show Ireland has violated the emerging standard that we have established in terms of how long people should be spending in solitary confinement.“The Irish Government should be aware that this issue will be raised when the UN committee hears evidence. So they should come prepared to say how they are dealing with this problem.”He also said that existing solitary confinement regimes in Ireland “constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and perhaps, depending on the gravity of their suffering – even torture.” Gardaí at the scene of the murder. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe Irish Penal Reform Trust acting director Fiona Ní Chinnéide told of the dangers of putting a prisoner into solitary for over 15 days.She said: “There was a report by the UN which found that prisoners who spend over 15 days in solitary confinement can suffer irreparable damage.“Ideally, we wouldn’t want to see anyone locked up for that period of time. Solitary confinement breeds paranoia and makes it more difficult for a prisoner to rejoin the general population.One of Ireland’s biggest hotels is set to be built on the doorstep of Dublin Airport >“The situation for children in Calais is the worst it’s ever been” > Share101 Tweet Email1 ONE OF MELANIE McCarthy McNamara’s killers will spend most of his life sentence in some form of protective custody, has discovered.Keith Hall, who is serving 18 years for the manslaughter of the Tallaght teenager, has been targeted a number of times by fellow inmates.There has been a number of attempts to bring Hall back into the regular prison fold, but guards in Wheatfield Prison believe his life would be put at risk.Hall’s co-convicted Daniel McDonnell is currently in the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) in Dundrum, south Dublin, after he attempted to take his own life earlier this year.McDonnell has become increasingly agitated after his case against the State for keeping him in solitary was rejected.He is expected to remain in the CMH until his behaviour changes.Prison sources have said McDonnell is suffering from a serious psychological illness and has has been paranoid in prison as it is thought that money has been offered in exchange for harming him. Melanie McCarthy McNamara was shot dead in Tallaght in 2012.Hall is in the same situation.There is a significant bounty for anyone who can kill him while he is in prison.A senior prison source told how Hall has to be separated due to the numerous attempts on his life since he was imprisoned.ConfinementA spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said while they cannot speak about individual prisoners, they take the safety of the prisoners very seriously and give prisoners as much time out of their cells as they can.He told read more

Sinn Féin to table motion of no confidence in the Government

first_img Sinn Féin to table motion of no confidence in the Government Mary Lou McDonald has described the current Irish leadership as a “kick for touch, cover up” government. The government is clearly unable to deal with the major issues facing our people. The hospital waiting list scandal has exposed the government’s complete failure to deal with the crisis in our health service. By Cianan Brennan 21,371 Views Share1906 Tweet Email Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM Short URL Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieUpdated 21.55SINN FÉIN IS set to table a motion of no confidence in the Government in the wake of the latest revelations concerning Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe.The announcement was made this evening by deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald.The timing of Sinn Féin’s move is particularly significant as a Sunday Times poll released in the aftermath of their announcement shows Fianna Fáil a full 11 points ahead of their old rivals Fine Gael – the largest lead Fianna Fáil has held in six years.Sinn Féin’s motion meanwhile, which is hardly unexpected given the events of recent days, will surely test the ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement between the two parties to its limits.“People the length and breadth of Ireland are rightly outraged by what has transpired over the course of the last week,” McDonald said this evening. The manner in which they have handled the scandalous campaign of character assassination against Sergeant Maurice McCabe renders this government unfit for public office.McDonald added that the “behaviour of government, particularly over the last week, has eroded public confidence in this coalition in the most fundamental and profound ways” and that Sinn Féin would be seeking cross-party support for the motion, including from Fianna Fáil.Their chaotic behaviour and blatant disregard for transparent government mean that a general election is now necessary. Sinn Féin will table a motion of no confidence in this kick for touch, cover up government without delay.Fianna Fáil’s next move will be of interest given the new Sunday Times poll which shows it has increased its lead drastically over Fine Gael since the previous poll taken last month, when the gap was six points.Although Micheál Martin’s party had committed to supporting the Fine Gael administration for at least three budgets, party members may feel, with the Government reeling over the ongoing Garda scandal, that an opportune time has come to pull the plug.Read: Poll: In the wake of the latest Maurice McCabe revelations, do you have confidence in the gardaí?Read: Flight from Dublin diverted to military base over ‘security threat onboard’ 135 Comments Feb 11th 2017, 9:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tragic end for Sabrina Mangos

first_imgA horrific car crash has taken the life of ten-year-old Sabrina Mangos, whilst she and her family were travelling in the United States. The accident, which took place on 31st Street and 34th Avenue in Queens, happened after the family’s mini-van collided with a car that ran a red light. Sabrina’s body was crushed under the weight of the family van after it flipped and she fell out. Sabrina’s mother, Valerie, 36, father Michael, 42, and brothers Sam, 13, and, Nicholas, 11, escaped serious injury and were in a stable condition. Sabrina was pronounced dead soon after arriving at Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens. According to AAP, the family were highly distraught at the scene of the accident when onlookers helped to roll the van back over and uncovered Sabrina’s crushed body. The family, now back in Australia, have the arduous task of burying their little girl. The death has had a profound effect on many members of the Greek community and also those at Immanuel College, the primary school where Sabrina attended. Robert Hoff, principal of Immanuel College Primary School told Neos Kosmos that, “Sabrina was a friendly, thoughtful, vibrant and caring person.” “She was beautiful angel that will be deeply missed at this Immanuel community. She left many gifts to the school such kindness, tolerance, vitality – she was a shining light.” The tragic death has shocked classmates, teachers, families and friends of the school. Mr Hoff said that support for the students is a priority, especially for the year 5 and 6’s who are overcome with sadness. The school’s counsellor has been working closely with the students and teachers, seeking further advice from Adelaide’s leading psychologist, Dr Darryl Cross, on how to cope with grief and loss to best support their students Students in Sabrina’s class have set up a reflection corner. On Friday, the school’s service was dedicated to the life of the young girl “This morning’s service was a lovely time of reflection. What we wanted to do was celebrate the light of life that Sabrina had bought to the school so that’s exactly what happened. It was a celebration of those wonderful attributes that Sabrina had; they were focused on.” “We thank God for the very precious life of Sabrina, and we are all seeking the strength and wisdom that we will need in the days ahead, but there is no doubt about it, her example as a shining light in the school is what we’ve been able to focus on as something very precious that we hold and we will always remember.” Adelaide MP Steve Georganas, who knows of the Mangos family, told Neos Kosmos that he will be offering any help or assistance the family may need during this time. “It must be dreadful for a parent to have this loss,” he said, “I send my deepest condolences to the family.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Internet Explorer 9 démonstration de la dernière version du navigateur

first_imgInternet Explorer 9 : démonstration de la dernière version du navigateurÉtats-Unis – Hier à Las Vegas, Dean Hachamovitch a présenté la nouvelle version d’Internet Explorer aux développeurs Web. La démonstration annonce de grandes avancées techniques.Le directeur général en charge d’Internet Explorer (IE), Dean Hachamovitch, a dévoilé en pré-vision la dernière version de la plateforme de navigation web. D’un point de vue technique, il présente Internet Explorer 9 en deux mots clés : “interopérabilité” et “performance”. En effet, la démonstration technique a convaincu les développeurs.  Cette version comprend notamment le tout dernier moteur JavaScript. Afin d’anticiper les besoins des développeurs Web, IE 9 intègre également le CSS3. La plateforme est aussi dotée de HTML5, la dernière version du langage HTML, de SVG (le meilleur format de données conçu pour les graphiques vectoriels) et des plus récents codecs vidéo et audio. Aucune précision n’a été donnée quant à la date de sortie de la plateforme, mais la démonstration est dès à présent accessible en ligne sur le site de Microsoft.Le 17 mars 2010 à 10:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

HP Is Making Ink Cartridges From Trashed Pop Bottles

first_img Tokyo 2020 Unveils Olympic Medals Made From Old ElectronicsRIP Drogo: Jason Momoa Shaves Beard to Inspire Change Most of the news you read about ink cartridges is bad, and understandably so. Ink is one of the priciest liquids around by volume, printers waste unknown amounts to keep printheads “healthy,” and they quit working way before all the ink gets used up.This week, however, the folks at HP had some really good news about their ink cartridges to share for a change. They’ve teamed up with Pittsburgh-based Thread, a company that turns empty pop bottles into new products, to make their cartridges more eco-friendly. In the past, Thread has worked on a number of fashion projects. They collaborated with Timberland on a line of boots and have produced fabric for Kenneth Cole.HP’s new ink cartridges will do more than just reduce the environmental impact of their inkjet printers. They’ll also go a long way toward helping the company meet the new social responsibility goals. They announced this at this year’s Power of Print event.Literally turning one man’s trash into another man’s treasure is just a small part of what Thread does. Apart from reclaiming tons of discarded PET, Thread also works diligently to improve the lives of the people doing the reclaiming.HP will now work with Thread and its other partners in the First Mile Coalition to help out in Haiti. The Coalition strives to reduce child labor (particularly in dangerous landfills) and get those children into schools. Adults who take their place are provided job training and, more importantly, safety training and medical care. The Coalition is also giving local entrepreneurs a hand up by investing $150,000 in small and medium Haitian businesses. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Classic Motor Cars launches employee ownership trust

first_imgClassic Motor Cars (CMC) has launched an employee ownership trust.Peter Neumark, chairman of the Shropshire-based car restoration organisation, transferred his majority shareholding into a new entity, the Classic Motor Cars Employee Shareholder Trust, on 26 August 2016, passing control for the business to a trust set up for its 60 employees.The organisation looked to an employee ownership trust to ensure continued smooth running and success of the business once its senior leaders retire, adopting a model similar to the John Lewis Partnership.The day-to-day running of CMC will be controlled by an operational board, which will report to a board of trustees chaired by Neumark and comprising outside professionals, as well as an employee trustee elected by staff.Neumark, who has owned the organisation since 1993, said: “I am nearer 70 than 60 and Nick Goldthorp, who founded this great business with me, is now approaching retirement age, so we felt we had a duty to oversee a passing of responsibility, and who better than the workforce themselves.“This sort of structure was deemed to be the best home for the [organisation] to ensure its future, safeguarding the jobs of its highly skilled workforce and providing stability for future growth and prosperity.“Virtually every example of an [employee ownership trust] business we looked at showed greater profitability, greater productivity, better staff retention and, ultimately, of course happier customers. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved and I look forward to watching the [organisation] continue to set the standards for world-class car restoration.”last_img read more

Xiaomi might be making a foldable tablet device of its own

first_img Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) $899 $899 Screenshot by Sean Buckley/CNET CES is right around the corner — which means we’re spending the days leading up to the show neck deep in rumors and leaks. We’ve already been given a sneak preview of what might be the Galaxy S10. Now, we’re getting a look at something different: a bigger, bolder foldable tablet. That really folds. See It News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now Noted leaker Evan Blass shared a video of a new, bendable Android tablet that can fold itself into a thinner phone-like profile. Blass openly says he can’t confirm the authenticity of the video, but says that it’s “allegedly made by Xiaomi.” That said, the video looks pretty convincing. This may or may not be a Xiaomi device, but it’s definitely something with a folding display. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a folding phone. In November, Samsung showed off a prototype to demonstrate its new Infinity Flex Display technology, and Lenovo had a bendable concept device on hand at CES 2017 — but all of those screens only folded over in one place at best. By folding in two places, the supposedly Xiaomi-made tablet shows us what a wide-screen foldable might look like.On the other hand, it could just be a well made hoax. Either way, we’ll probably find out for sure shortly — CES 2019 starts in just a couple of days. How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus 0 Abt Electronics Best Buy See It Tablets Phones 19 Photos CES 2019 Can’t speak to the authenticity of this video or device, but it’s allegedly made by Xiaomi, I’m told. Hot new phone, or gadget porn deepfake?— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 3, 2019center_img $899 See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Get excited this spring for these PCs and tablets See It $899 Share your voice CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Samsung Galaxy S10 Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Sprint Tags Xiaomi CES Products Lenovo Samsunglast_img read more

Police are using flawed data in facial recognition searches study finds

first_img Tags A facial recognition image matched with an artist sketch Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology Police across the country are making facial recognition searches even when there’s barely anything to match it with. A study from the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology released Thursday looked at how police are using flawed data to run facial recognition searches, despite years of studies showing these matches aren’t reliable. That includes using artist sketches, editing images to add eyes and lips, and searching for doppelgangers.”You do not need to be an expert in artificial intelligence to understand that if you search for another person’s face, that is not a suspect, there will be issues with the accuracy,” said Alvaro Bedoya, the founding director of the Center of Privacy and Technology. Civil rights and privacy advocates have warned against government agencies and law enforcement using facial recognition, because there aren’t any significant limits to how the technology can be used. On Tuesday, though, San Francisco became the first city to ban police use of facial recognition, and other cities are looking to do the same.  Studies have found issues with accuracy and bias in facial recognition, and critics argue the technology poses a threat to privacy in public spaces. The study released Thursday turned up more issues with how police are using facial recognition. When images caught on surveillance cameras are too blurry or don’t show enough of a person’s face, the New York Police Department has used pictures of celebrities who look like the suspect to make matches with its facial recognition program, the researchers found. In April 2017, for instance, the NYPD used a photo of actor Woody Harrelson in its facial recognition search to find a suspect and make an arrest. The man was suspected of stealing a beer from a CVS, according to the report. In another case, it used a photo of a New York Knicks player to search for a man wanted for assault in Brooklyn, the researchers found. A wanted poster from the NYPD and a photo of actor Woody HarrelsonWhen the NYPD couldn’t use an image from surveillance footage, they used a photo of actor Woody Harrelson. Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology The department says it stands by its practice.”The NYPD has been deliberate and responsible in its use of facial recognition technology,” NYPD spokeswoman detective Denise Moroney said in a statement. “We compare images from crime scenes to arrest photos in law enforcement records. We do not engage in mass or random collection of facial records from NYPD camera systems, the internet, or social media.”Records showed that the NYPD made more than 2,800 arrests from facial recognition in the first five and a half years it was in use. When there were no clear images available, the NYPD, as well as police in about 15 states, were allowed to use sketches instead. That includes police in Maryland, Virginia, Arizona, Florida and Oregon. 1 3:04 Now playing: Watch this: How San Francisco’s ban could impact facial recognition…center_img In Washington County, Oregon, which uses Amazon’s Rekognition system, a presentation from a case study showed the sheriff’s office using police sketches to make matches. These police departments are running these searches despite multiple studies pointing out that sketches don’t return accurate results for facial recognition. The National Institute of Standards and Technology found that sketches had a very high error rate, noting that “sketch searches mostly fail.”In other cases, the Georgetown Law Center found that police departments will generate new faces from photos where features are limited. In one case, the NYPD edited a closed mouth from an image it found on Google onto a suspect so it could better match mugshot images. Police have done the same for eyes.”This is the wild west,” Bedoya said. “Copying and pasting a different person’s features and putting that on a suspect is unexplored territory.”  ACLU senior legislative counsel Neema Singh Guliani said, “Legislatures must stop the rights violations that are already resulting from government use of this technology. At the same time, companies like Amazon must take responsibility for irresponsibly selling and marketing this dangerous technology for surveillance purposes without regard for the consequences.”The image uploaded to the facial recognition search could be a mostly fabricated face, researchers found. gigo-figure-4The researchers also found that police would edit photos to better match its facial recognition search. Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology “These techniques amount to the fabrication of facial identity points: at best an attempt to create information that isn’t there in the first place and at worst introducing evidence that matches someone other than the person being searched for,” the study said. Police have said that facial recognition isn’t intended to be conclusive evidence, and only serves as an investigative lead, but researchers found cases where there wasn’t much effort beyond using the technology. In one case, after making the facial recognition match, an officer sent the image to a witness in a text, writing, “Is this the guy?” That was all the confirmation the NYPD needed to make the arrest, the researchers said. “Facial recognition is merely a lead; it is not a positive identification and it is not probable cause to arrest.  No one has ever been arrested on the basis of a facial recognition match alone,” Moroney said. The NYPD noted that its facial recognition program was used to find and arrest a man who threw urine at subway conductors, and another suspect who allegedly pushed a subway passenger on the tracks. The police department also said its facial recognition has led to arrests tied to homicides, rapes and robberies. “The NYPD constantly reassesses our existing procedures and in line with that are in the process of reviewing our existent facial recognition protocols,” Moroney said. The department didn’t comment on the quality of the data it uses for its facial recognition matches. Originally published May 16, 7:22 a.m. PT.Updates, 8:33 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. PT: To add comments from the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology and the ACLU.  Comment Share your voice Politics Securitylast_img read more