Liberal MPs scuttled plans to have MMIW inquiry commissioners testify before committee

first_imgJorge BarreraAPTN National NewsLiberal MPs on the Indigenous Affairs committee appear to have scuttled plans to hold a hearing this month on the troubles facing the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).Committee MPs initially passed a motion tabled by Conservative MP Cathy McLeod to invite the inquiry commissioners to appear before the committee by June 15. The committee clerk had reached out to the commissioners who tentatively agreed to appear before the committee, APTN was told.Then, Liberal MPs changed their minds on the issue and argued the committee was already overloaded with too much work, according to information provided to APTN about the discussions which happened behind closed doors. Liberal MP Remi Masse led the Liberal side’s arguments on the issue, APTN was told.“Masse shut it down,” said a source with knowledge of the issue.Masse could not be reached for comment.None of the MPs on the committee would comment directly on the issue because the discussions happened during in camera sessions.McLeod, who is the Conservative party’s Indigenous affairs critic, said the motion is “sitting there,” but would provide no other details.“I can’t speak to what happens when committee is in confidence,” said McLeod. “I absolutely believe we have an important role which is why I put forward a motion to meet with the commissioners to hear what their challenges are.”Liberal MP Gary Anandasangaree said he could not discuss internal committee business. He said the commissioners would be invited to testify before the committee in the fall.“Over the years many of the commissions that have come forward have always gone through difficulties,” said Anandasangaree. “We need to give them the time and space to build a framework and execute it. In the fall we will hear from them on how they are progressing.”The inquiry commissioners have faced criticism from the families of the murdered and missing who say they’ve received little information on plans. The families have also said they believe the Privy Council Office, which is the prime minister bureaucracy, has too much control over the affairs of the inquiry.The inquiry has suspended hearings until sometime in the fall. There are no public hearings planned over the summer.The Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples also requested the commissioners appear and testify, but it won’t happen until the fall. According to a committee official, the commissioners were not available to appear this month.The inquiry’s media spokesperson did not return a request for comment.The inquiry held one session of public hearings in Whitehorse which lasted three read more

Vague trade plan after Trumps tough talk

by Paul Wiseman And Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2017 11:40 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Vague trade plan after Trump’s tough talk WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, disappointing those who wanted a major overhaul of a decades-old trade deal that Trump described as “disaster” during the presidential campaign.In an eight-page draft letter to Congress, acting U.S. Trade Rep. Stephen Vaughn wrote that the administration intends to start talking with Mexico and Canada about making changes to the pact, which took effect in 1994. Trump and other critics blame the agreement for wiping out U.S. manufacturing jobs because it allowed companies to move factories to Mexico to take advantage of low-wage labour.The letter spells out few details and sticks with broad principles. But it appears to keep much of the existing agreement in place, including private tribunals that allow companies to challenge national laws on the grounds that they inhibit trade — a provision that critics say allows companies to get around environmental and labour laws.The draft also contains some provisions that were part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country Asia-Pacific trade agreement negotiated by the Obama administration but rejected by Trump for possibly hurting U.S. workers.“We’ve got a long ways to go,” said Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. “President Trump made big promises to working people in Ohio, and I’m ready to work with him to deliver on those promises or hold him accountable if he doesn’t.”Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed in an interview on CNBC that the draft letter had come from the administration. He told CNBC that the administration wants to update how products qualify for tariff-free status, noting that some auto parts made outside the United States, Canada and Mexico can now qualify for this special status due to the agreement’s outdated rules.“It is a backdoor way for non-NAFTA goods to take advantage of NAFTA,” Ross said.But not everyone viewed the draft letter as protecting workers.NAFTA critic Lori Wallach, director of the left-leaning Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, called the letter “a punch in the face.”If it represents the president’s plan for a revamped NAFTA, she said, “he will have broken his campaign promises to make NAFTA better for working Americans and have a deal that cannot get a majority in Congress.”But Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, which advocates free trade, said the letter leaves open the possibility that the Trump administration can take a tougher position once talks with Canada and Mexico begin.“The language is soft. It’s very diplomatic,” he said. “But it does have the potential of being an umbrella for very hard-hitting demands.”For instance, the letter said the president wants to revamp rules on government contracts to allow the U.S. government to insist that U.S. contractors do more to “buy American” while nudging the Mexican and Canadian governments to buy more U.S. products, too.Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd, whose district runs more than 800 miles along the border with Mexico, welcomed administration calls for NAFTA to be updated to reflect the rise of e-commerce in the years since the pact was negotiated. The U.S. will seek commitments from Mexico and Canada not to impose customs duties on digital products.Criticizing NAFTA was a winner on the campaign trail. But many U.S. manufacturers have built complicated supply chains that cross NAFTA borders and worry that a rewrite of the deal will disrupt their operations. The letter states that a goal of new talks is to boost manufacturers’ profits “within the trading bloc.”U.S. farmers also have enjoyed increased access to the Mexican market through NAFTA, a benefit an amended agreement would look to expand.The vague draft may reflect a Trump administration still figuring out its trade priorities.Outside of the president’s own fiery rhetoric, congressional staffers have said it’s unclear precisely which administration officials are setting the agenda on trade.There is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor whom Trump has hailed as a “killer” negotiator.But the president also created the National Trade Council led by the economist Peter Navarro, who has talked up border taxes in hopes of bringing factory jobs back into the United States.And then there is Robert Lighthizer, the lawyer awaiting Senate confirmation as U.S. trade representative, the post officially responsible for leading talks about a new pact.White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to discuss the draft until Lighthizer is in place.“Our goal is to get Robert Lighthizer appointed as the next ambassador and U.S. trade representative,” Spicer said. read more

Thursdays Daily Brief Poverty report reveals vast inequalities measles compounds DRC Ebola

Amid ongoing threats and violence against journalists, UN-appointed rights expert David Kaye has led calls for all countries “to create enabling environments” for freedom of expression, in both digital and traditional media. In a joint declaration issued by global rights experts, Mr. Kaye, who is the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, urged States to recognize people’s right to use the Internet as “an essential condition” for them to express their views. At the same time, the experts’ joint declaration also urges private firms to respect these rights, while also calling for independent oversight, transparency and accountability.  New UN poverty report reveals ‘vast inequalities’ between countries Listen to or download our audio News In Brief for 11 July on SoundCloud: Health workers have started a massive measles vaccination campaign in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a region that’s in the grip of the second deadliest Ebola virus outbreak on record. UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Thursday that it aims to inoculate 67,000 children in Ituri province. They’re just a small fraction of the 400,000 people displaced by an upsurge in communal violence and clashes between Government forces and non-State armed groups in the resource-rich area. Here’s the full story.‘Unlock opportunities’, UN chief urges on World Population Day There are vast inequalities across countries, and among the poorer segments of societies, says a new UN report published on Thursday.The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), shows that, in the 101 countries studied – 31 low income, 68 middle income and 2 high income – 1.3 billion people are “multidimensionally poor”(which means that poverty is defined not simply by income, but by a number of indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence).“Action against poverty is needed in all developing regions”, the report states, noting that Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are home to the largest proportion of poor people, some 84.5 per cent.Within these regions, the level of inequality is described as “massive”.Read more here.Mass measles vaccination campaign begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo province As the number of people on the planet continues to rise, UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked World Population Day by highlighting the close link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and demographic trends – urging everyone to “unlock opportunities for those left behind and help pave the way for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for all”.“For many of the world’s least developed countries, the challenges to sustainable development are compounded by rapid population growth as well as vulnerability to climate change”, he said in a statement on Thursday. “Other countries are facing the challenge of aging populations, including the need to promote healthy active ageing and to provide adequate social protection”.More on World Population Day here.In Mozambique, it’s ‘a matter of the heart’ says Guterres, lauding the cyclone-struck nation’s ‘undeniable moral authority’ Heavy monsoon rains continue to batter refugees in southern Bangladesh where UN aid teams on Thursday reported six landslides in just 24 hours and more people forced to leave their damaged shelters. Seven days after lashing camps in Cox’s Bazar, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that about 1,000 people had been affected by severe weather in the past 24 hours, causing “misery” for already vulnerable communities. Teams are working day and night to provide emergency services to those affected, IOM reported, while also warning about worsening damage to paths, bridges and drainage systems. According to the agency, more than 45,000 people have been affected by monsoon damage so far this year, compared to 55,000 impacted during the whole of last year’s rainy season.    A role for all in protecting freedom of expression, says UN rights expert  Arriving in Mozambique to express solidarity and see for himself the damage wrought by two back-to-back cyclones earlier this year, UN chief António Guterres on Thursday said “undeniable moral authority” lay with its people, who had borne the brunt of a disaster linked inexorably to climate change, and a warming world. “For me, visiting Mozambique is a matter of the heart”, he said to reporters after meeting President Filipe Nyusi, recalling previous trips as Portugal’s Prime Minister, as High Commissioner for Refugees, and now as Secretary-General, where he “always felt at home” among friends, “I would even say, among brothers.” Read about it here.And if you missed our special report from Mozambique on Wednesday ahead of the UN chief’s visit, read it here.UN migration agency describes refugees’ ‘misery’ in Bangladesh read more

Russian Twitter bots attempted to influence election by supporting Jeremy Corbyn investigation

Russia attempted to influence the results of the general election by promoting the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn,  it has been claimed. 6,500 Russian Twitter accounts, many of which are run by internet robots known as “bots”, supported Labour in the run up to last year’s election, an investigation by The Sunday Times has found.The social media accounts, most of which were created in the weeks before polling day, denigrated the Conservatives and promoted Labour during key points of the campaign, according to reports. The Twitter accounts helped Corbyn turn the Manchester Arena bombing into a campaigning point by amplifying tweets criticising May for cutting police numbers as Home Secretary, it was claimed. Matt Hancock, the digital and culture secretary, said the revelations are “extremely concerning” and urged Twitter to act to prevent it from happening again.  Most of the social media accounts were created in the weeks before polling day, it was reported 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. Most of the social media accounts were created in the weeks before polling day, it was reported “Labour’s proposed crackdown on tax dodging, failed privatisation and corrupt oligarchs is opposed by both May and Putin’s conservative philosophy and their super-rich supporters. “The Labour Party’s people-powered election campaign attracted huge levels of public support online. We were not aware of any from automated bots, categorically did not pay for any and are not aware of any of our supporters doing so.” “It is absolutely unacceptable for any nation to attempt to interfere in the democratic elections of another country,” he told The Sunday Times.”The social media companies need to act to safeguard our democratic discourse and reveal what they know.”A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The Russian Government made clear its support for the Conservative Party in the 2017 UK General Election, with the Russian Embassy in London promoting their ideological “convergence” and Theresa May’s “strong and stable” slogan on Twitter. read more

The whole street is dying Moore Street traders feel theyre being wiped

first_img Jan 21st 2017, 7:30 AM 22,761 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email 52 Comments Source: CULLEN IS a third generation Moore Street trader.For over 20 years she’s sold fruit and veg from her stall in the heart of inner city Dublin to anyone who came by.In that time she’s watched her street change as the years passed and many of the traders packed up their stalls and left the area.For decades, making a living has been hard work for the Moore Street traders. A proposed regeneration and development of the area has been stalled for many years.Anti-social behaviour – including public drinking and drug taking and selling illegal tobacco – is also rife on Moore Street and the surrounding laneways.Add to this the fact that there are no dedicated public toilets for the traders, no street lights for them to operate under on dark nights, and big name supermarket brands operating very close by. Planning on Moore Street has a long and complex history Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieFor Marie, trading has always been a family affair. Her husband Tom Holbrook is at the stall with her every day. Her children help out regularly, selling fruit and veg and helping stock up the stall. However, she doesn’t believe they’ll continue the family work line when she retires.So, life has never been easy working on Moore Street; but for the past year, Marie says, it has been almost impossible.Every day for over 12 months a black mass of scaffolding has loomed large behind Marie, pushing her out onto the street. She has about 4ft to work on and is regularly knocked into and has her feet rolled over by trolleys and buggies.Standing behind the scaffolding is one of Ireland’s designated National Monuments: Nos 14-17 Moore Street. These are the buildings from which the Irish rebels led by Padraig Pearse surrendered in Easter 1916. The scaffolding looming up behind Marie’s stall and others. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/“All day there are people pushing by and trying to squeeze past, it’s a nightmare,” Marie tells this week.Over a year now it’s been like this and there’s absolutely nothing being done.To make matters worse, construction recently started on extending the shop fronts on the exterior of the ILAC Shopping Centre across the street.Planning permission was granted in November 2015 for works to be carried out in order to upgrade the shop facades on the exterior of the centre facing onto Moore Street.The work is being done to modernise and upgrade the storefront to make way for new higher-end retail units and cafes.Marie recognises that the work has to be done, but after a year of trying to sell her goods in front of scaffolding on one side of the street, she feels completely boxed in.“There’s no space when we’re setting up in the morning and there’s non-stop drilling all day,” she says.We’re finding it very, very hard.center_img ‘The whole street is dying’ – Moore Street traders feel they’re being wiped out Marie Cullen has been working beneath scaffolding on Moore Street for the past year. By Cormac Fitzgerald The scaffolding on the storefronts outside the ILAC Centre. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieWorksThe scaffolding behind Marie first went up last January in order to convert the run down buildings of the National Monument into a commemoration centre in time for the Easter Rising centenary celebrations in March.The Monument – much like Moore Street – has been at the centre of a protracted and hard-fought dispute between Dublin City Council and the national government on one side, and activists under the common banner of Save Moore Street on the other (many of them relatives of those who fought in 1916).The proposed works were going to interfere with other buildings on Moore Street, which the government has long-argued aren’t historically important. However Save Moore Street activists dispute this, and last year fought to put a halt to the construction.They took a court order against the works and in March they scored a huge victory when the High Court ruled that the entire of Moore Street was to be designated a historical battlefield site. Protesters occupying the buildings in Moore Street in January. Source: RollingNews.ieAs a result the Government is not permitted to interfere with the buildings. Officials from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have appealed the High Court decision, with the case due to be heard in December of this year.The scaffolding remains first spoke to Marie in July last year. She was angry and frustrated then, and felt that the Moore Street traders had been forgotten about in the the debate over the future of the area.Despite the High Court decision on March, the scaffolding had stayed standing behind her. The Government had been granted permission by the High Court to carry out important repair work on the buildings. The scaffolding in July. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/“I’m losing money everyday while nothing is being done,” she said at the time.We spoke to her again before Christmas, when the streets thronged with shoppers and the dark conditions were making it very hard to work.The scaffolding still hadn’t budged and Marie said that her business was down by about 50% in the 11 months since in had gone up.“You just feel like no one cares one bit about us – and that’s just it,” she said. When we spoke to Marie in December she said she was at her wits’ end. Source: TheJournal.ieWhen we speak the Marie this week, the construction across the road has exacerbated her frustration and worries.She says she’s been told that that will continue for about four months. Meanwhile, the scaffolding remains towering behind her, with no sign of it being completed.A spokesperson for the Heritage Department told in December that the remedial works had to do with fixing the roofs of the buildings and were due to be completed by this month.Marie says that she’s been told it will be mid-February by the time the scaffolding comes down. She says the traders understand the need for the works and the regeneration of the street.“But we’ve been told different things by different people the whole time,” she says. “It just gets to the point that you can’t trust anyone anymore.”The whole street is dying and we’re all struggling.As she speaks, the drilling across the road continues unabated, drowning out her voice.Read: “I’m losing money every day while nothing is being done… it’s a nightmare” – How Moore Street’s traders have been forgotten aboutRead: ‘You just feel like no one cares one bit about us’ – Moore Street traders working in the shadows of history Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 7:30 AMlast_img read more

Secret Service to Pilot Facial Recognition at White House

first_imgStay on target The Department of Homeland Security last week published details of a Secret Service plan to test facial recognition at the White House.The program will test U.S. Secret Service (USSS) employees’ ability to verify the identities of ringers in public spaces around the complex.“Ultimately, the goal of the FRP [Facial Recognition Pilot] is to identify if facial recognition technologies can be of assistance to the USSS in identifying known subjects of interest prior to initial contact with law enforcement at the White House,” according to the DHS document.Currently, Secret Service members assigned to high-ranking government officials, their families, and visiting heads of state rely on photos to identify subjects of interest.“The USSS believes that deploying facial recognition technology will allow … law enforcement personnel to conduct a facial comparison prior to interaction or engagement,” Homeland Security said.The pilot program will be carried out in two separate areas of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.: an open setting, “where individuals are free to approach from any angle,” and an indoor space that “provides a controlled flow of individuals.”Each will use video streams from existing Crown Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera systems, and can capture facial images from as far as 20 yards.The pilot is scheduled to end on Aug. 30, 2019, at which point all collected facial image data will be deleted from the system.Still, thousands of people going about their daily business near the White House are having their faces scanned, and possibly falsely matched to target subjects (in this case, volunteer USSS officers).A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service told Geek in an email that “For operational security purposes we do not comment on the means and methods of how we conduct our protective operations.”It also didn’t actively share details of the upcoming program.Rather, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this week highlighted the document—which reveals that “members of the public may be unaware that their facial images are being captured and used by a facial recognition technology,” but that people “cannot opt-out” of the testing.Folks can expect public notice of the deployment, though there is no word on when the pilot will begin.“While this pilot program seems to be a relatively narrowly defined test that does not in itself pose a significant threat to privacy, it crosses an important line by opening the door to the mass, suspicionless scrutiny of Americans on public sidewalks,” Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst for the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, wrote in a blog post.“Face recognition is one of the most dangerous biometrics from a privacy standpoint because it can so easily be expanded and abused,” he continued, “including by being deployed on a mass scale without people’s knowledge or permission.”The DHS pilot document is deliberately obscure; puzzle pieces will remain missing as a safety precaution. But unanswered questions do more to stoke the fire than put out the flames.“The program is another blinking red light for policymakers in the face of powerful surveillance technologies that will present enormous temptations for abuse and overuse,” Stanley said, urging Congress to “demand answers” and intercede, if necessary.Editor’s note: This article was updated at 9:30 a.m. ET with comment from the U.S. Secret Service.More coverage on Facial Recognition Software Do More Good Than Harm?Face Recognition CEO Warns of Police AbuseFacial Recognition Helps Astronomers Understand Galaxies Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearLondon Police’s Facial Recognition System Has 81 Percent Error Rate last_img read more

Increase in Troop Levels Would Match DOD Request under Draft Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The House Armed Services’ Military Personnel Subcommittee recommends boosting the military’s active-duty end strength by 15,600 in fiscal 2019, matching the Trump administration’s budget request from February. The subcommittee’s recommendation, contained in its mark for the FY 2019 defense authorization bill, includes the same targets by service as the administration’s proposal:Army — 4,000 (to reach an end strength of 487,500)Navy — 7,500 (335,400)Marine Corps — 100 (186,100)Air Force — 4,000 (329,100)The panel’s push to expand the armed services follows the lead of the Pentagon, which cited the need to respond to the growing threat posed by China and Russia in its budget request, reports Stars and Stripes. “Our military remains capable, but our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare — air, land, sea, space, and cyber,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday in filed remarks before a closed House panel hearing.The panel, which is scheduled to markup its section of the annual defense policy bill Thursday, also backed the administration’s request for a 2.6 percent pay raise for service members.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Zachery Laninglast_img read more

The state of our education system

first_imgPresident Jim Johnsen explains Strategic Pathways at University of Alaska Southeast’s Egan Lecture Hall Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)Alaskans love a challenge, and our educational system has plenty of them – with shrinking budgets, serious workforce deficits and poor retention rates for teachers and students.Listen NowHOST: Steve HeimelGUESTS:Jim Johnsen – University of Alaska presidentStatewide callers Participate: Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to (comments may be read on air) LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

CPM accuses government of putting podu land issue on backburner

first_imgKhammam: District secretary of CPM Nunna Nageswara Rao criticised the State government for putting the podu land issue on a backburner. Addressing the media on Monday, the CPM leader stated that government did not take any responsibility with regard to Sirpur Kagaznagar incident.Stating that people in the agency were troubled with police and forest officials, Nunna alleged that the government was neglecting podu lands issue in the State. “The Chief Minister during his election campaigning in the district had promised to solve the podu land issue after coming to power. However, he has remained silent over the issue ever since he came to power for the second time,” Nunna alleged. Also Read – Jagtial will be developed on par with Karimnagar Advertise With Us Stating that his party was not against planting saplings, he reiterated that planting saplings in podu lands was not correct. He appealed to the government to solve the podu land issue and extend the benefits of Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bima schemes to podu farmers immediately. Party leaders B Veerabhadram, T Krishna and others attended the programme.last_img read more

Tiware Dam Breach Death toll reaches 19 search op to trace

first_imgRatnagiri: Death toll reached 19 in Ratnagiri’s Tiware Dam breach incident as one more body was recovered during the search operation, which resumed on Friday morning. “One more body was recovered this morning. A total of 19 bodies have been recovered so far. We are doing a continuous search operation,” NDRF Inspector Mahesh Kumar told ANI. The search operation was restarted by the police and the National Disaster Force (NDRF) this morning as several more people are feared dead in the incident, an official said. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “Today NDRF team has been divided into three parts. The first team has started the search operation near Kherdi. The second team is combing the area from Kalkavane village and will meet the first team. The third team is searching from Kalkavane to Tiware dam site. Local guides have been taken along with teams,” an official said. Local trekkers have been given Porcelain machines for the operation near the dam site. Also, a small NDRF contingent and ambulances are with them. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The Tiware dam developed a breach on the night of July 3 due to heavy rains. The breach caused a flood-like situation in seven downstream villages. According to police, villagers have been moved to safer places and the situation is under control now. Earlier, NDRF official Sachidanand Gawade told ANI that the body of a woman was found at least 35 km away from the dam Vashishti River. Advertise With Us “There must have been several reasons that contributed to the incident. Experts can comment on the cause of the incident and an investigation should be conducted,” he had added. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced Rs 4 lakh compensation for the kin of each of the deceased person. He also ordered an inquiry into the incident. “The reason for the breach will be probed and action would be taken against the guilty expeditiously,” he had said. Fadnavis contacted the district administration and took stock of the relief and rescue operations, an official statement said.last_img read more

Talasani attends TRS membership drive

first_imgSantosh Nagar: Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav participated in the TRS party membership drive meeting held at Vijaynagar Colony in Santosh Nagar on Sunday.The meeting was organised by TRS Yakutpura constituency in-charge Shyam Sunder Reddy. TRS senior leader Mohammed Azam Ali, I S Sadan, division corporator Sama Swapna Sunder Reddy and other party leaders were also present.last_img

Child wellbeing index Poor nutrition low child survival rate

first_imgNEW DELHI: Poor nutrition and low child survival rate has pushed Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh to the bottom of an index that tracks children’s well-being through three dimensions of healthy individual development, positive relationships and protective contexts. According to the index, Kerala bagged the top spot due to its exceptional performance in health, nutrition and education facilities. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The Child Well-Being Index, released on Tuesday, is a tool designed to measure and track children’s well-being through three dimensions of healthy individual development, positive relationships and protective contexts. The index has been developed by NGOs World Vision India and IFMR LEAD. Focusing on the three key dimensions, 24 indicators were selected to develop the computation of the child well-being index. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The index captures the performance of each state and union territory on a composite child well-being score. Among states, Kerala (0.76), Tamil Nadu (0.67) and Himachal Pradesh (0.67) bagged the top three slots in the index. Meghalaya (0.53), Jharkhand (0.50) and Madhya Pradesh (0.44) featured at the bottom, the index said. “Kerala bagged the top spot with the state providing a healthy start to its children. More children were completing school and were able to have access to quality education,” the report said. Advertise With Us Kerala also performed better in addressing malnutrition and ensuring child survival and access to a healthy environment in terms of clean drinking water and sanitation facilities, it said. For Jharkhand, child survival, nutrition and access to water and sanitation are the key areas that need to be focussed on, to improve its score. More children were stunted and underweight, access to institutional delivery was low and a higher number of children were dying before they turned five, the index said. Efforts need to be taken to ensure children complete schooling since more children were dropping out of school in Jharkhand, the report said. “Survival, nutrition and basic education are other aspects in which Jharkhand performed lowest among all Indian states,” the report said. Low performance in the areas of child survival, nutrition, crimes against children and juvenile crimes, brought the scores down for Madhya Pradesh, the index said. More children live in poorer families in Madhya Pradesh, it added. Among the Union Territories, Puducherry led the way with a score of 0.77 and Dadra and Nagar Haveli featured at the other end with a score of 0.52, it said. The report has called for states to look at their respective scores on the dimensions of child well-being and to prepare for priority areas of intervention with specific plans of action. The report also emphasised on triggering policy level changes, seek better budgetary allocations and initiate discussions with all stakeholders which can help in enhancing the quality of life of all children in the country. Cherian Thomas, National Director and CEO, World Vision India said,”The report highlights the multi-dimensional approach towards measuring child well-being – going beyond mere income poverty. “Children have the potential to transform the country, but if neglected, they will exacerbate the burden of poverty and inequality. It is imperative that all stakeholders prioritise and invest in the well-being of our children,” Thomas said.last_img read more

Chiranjeevi impressed with weekend agriculture concept in Maharshi

first_imgChiranjeeviScreenshot of YouTube videoDirector Vamshi Paidipally and musician Devi Sri Prasad were thrilled to receive surprise calls from megastar Chiranjeevi, who appreciated their works and the weekend agriculture concept in Maharshi.Along with many fans, some celebs were also waiting for the release of Maharshi. They watched the film on the first day and shared their reviews on the movie on social media. Interestingly, Chiranjeevi was also one among those excited celebs. But since he is not active on social media, he directly made phone calls to director Vamshi Paidipally and Devi Sri Prasad after watching hit and lauded their efforts.Vamshi Paidipally and Devi Sri Prasad, who never expected such a thing, were surprised to receive the megastar’s calls. It was great way to start the day with the energies generated by the appreciations from Chiranjeevi. Soon after getting his calls, both of the addressed the media and gushed their excitement.Talking to media, Vamshi Paidipally told, “I got a call in the morning from an unknown number and when I received it, I got shocked to hear the voice of Megastar Chiranjeevi. He spoke about more than five minutes and this gave me goose bumps. Chiranjeevi told me to save my number much to my surprise.”Vamsi Paidipally revealed Chiranjeevi was impressed with the concept of weekend agriculture in Maharshi. He lauded Mahesh Babu’s performance and his role of businessman, who left the job of world’ largest MNC to start farming. He also praised other actors and technicians for their good works. MaharshiTwitterRecently, Dil Raju had said Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari was released in theatres on May 9 and it is one of the biggest hits for Ashwini Dutt, who has co-produced Maharshi. Hence, they finalized the same date for Maharshi. Vamshi said, “I had goosebumps on receiving Chiranjeevi’s call this morning. It was on May 9 that Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari released. I am glad Maharshi too arrived on May 9.Speaking to the media, Devi Sri Prasad said, “It’s very great of him to mention each scene during his call to me. Chiranjeevi garu recalled many dialogues during the course of the phone call. He is especially spellbound by the issue of farmers and weekend agriculture that the film talks about.”last_img read more

Hasina gets 2 intl awards for hosting Rohingyas

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina receives the IPS International Achievement Award on 27 September for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has received two international awards – the IPS International Achievement Award and the 2018 Special Distinction Award for Leadership – for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas and for her farsighted leadership over the Rohingya issue respectively.The Inter Press Service (IPS), one of the world’s leading news agencies, and the Global Hope Coalition, a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong honoured her with the two awards on Thursday.Sheikh Hasina received the awards at two functions here.Director general of International Organisation for Migration ambassador William Lacy Swing handed over to Sheikh Hasina the IPS International Achievement Award at a function held at the United Nations Headquarters.Under-Secretary-General of the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, Canadian minister for International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau spoke at the function. Director-General of IPS International Farhana Haque Rahman delivered the welcome address.At a separate function at Park Avenue in New York, honorary president of Global Hope Coalition Irina Bokova conferred the 2018 Special Distinction Award for Leadership.The three other world leaders who also received the awards are president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufu, president of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras.Speaking at the IPS award-giving function, prime minister Sheikh Hasina dedicated this award to the people of Bangladesh who have opened their hearts and houses to shelter 1.10 million traumatised forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.Hasina said she believes that it is the duty of all responsible nations to show humanity to the distressed and displaced people around the world.She said it is important that a conducive environment is created in Myanmar for ensuring safety, dignity, livelihood options and re-integration process for the return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.“The causes of the crisis is rooted in Myanmar. Hence, the solution is also to be found in Myanmar … the international community has a clear obligation to collectively address the source of the problem in Myanmar and engage effectively with its government to prevent further exodus,” she added.“The voluntary return of Rohingyas can only be ensured with collective actions by the international community to ensure prevention of repetition of atrocity, crimes against ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar by establishing international, independent and impartial mechanism to put accountability into effect,” Hasina said.Speaking on another award-giving ceremony, she dedicated this award also to the people of Bangladesh.“I wish the world never had to witness the worst form of violence and atrocities that has been committed against the Rohingyas in Myanmar. It stunned me, as it did to the billions of other conscience minds throughout the world,” she said.Hasina said the mass exodus of those persecuted people soon turned out to be the fastest movement of displaced people in the recent history. The recent report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission as mandated by the Human Rights Council has documented incidents of ‘ethnic cleansing’ and ‘genocide’.“The prolonged presence of the Rohingyas in Bangladesh poses serious challenges to our economy, environment and security. The crucial focus of our emerging nation is being largely diverted for its resolve,” she said.Bangladesh has signed two instruments with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingyas. However, the repatriation process is yet to begin, the prime minister said.“I call upon the international community to continue their efforts in creating pressure and resolving the problem at the earliest,” she said.last_img read more

VitaminA campaign postponed due to low quality capsules

first_imgFile PhotoThe government has all of a sudden postponed the Vitamin-A campaign scheduled to be held on Saturday due to the low quality of the capsules. The capsules were allotted to 22 million children across the country on Saturday.The government has formed an inquiry committee to probe the matter.The schedule for feeding Vitamin-A to the children aged from six months to 59 months was announced last week. Capsules were sent to different areas of the country following the announcement.However, the field workers and officials working under health directorate expressed their doubts about the quality of the capsules and informed the directorate right away.The health ministry postponed the programme later on Wednesday.An official involved in the programme told Prothom Alo on condition of anonymity that they indentified yeast on the capsules and informed their seniors.Director general Abul Kalam Azad of the health directorate confirmed to Prothom Alo that the programme had been postponed.Abul Kalam Azad said, many of the the capsules were found stuck together and that is why the officer did not want to take any risk to administer the capsules to the children.The health ministry and the health directorate have also formed two separate inquiry committees, which include scientists, to look into the matter.Director of Dhaka Shishu Hospital Abdul Aziz thanked the government for postponement of the programme. He said, “Children have weaker immune systems. It is better not to take any risks.”“Anyone found guilty in the investigations will be given exemplary punishment,” he added.Health workers and volunteers were to administer Vitamin-A capsules to children from 8:00am to 4:00pm Saturday in permanent vaccination centres as well as bus stands, launch ghats, ferry ghats, bridges, toll plazas, airports, railway stations and mobile centres.Under the National Nutrition Programme, 2.5 million children aged 6-11 months old and 19.5 million children aged between 12-59 months are administered blue and red capsules respectively. A nutrition programme officer told Prothom Alo that they were doubtful about the red capsules.About 30 per cent of the country’s total area informed the centre about this problem, he added.The officials of the nutrition programme and health directorate said that the process of procuring the capsules started in 2016.A local pharmaceutical company initially got the permission to supply the capsules. An Indian company went to court against the order and won the case. The Indian company Aztec was given the order to supply the Vitamin-A capsules.The health ministry was to hold a press conference on the Vitamin-A campaign on Thursday. The ministry cancelled the press conference. According to health ministry officials, the new date for the campaign will be announced very soon.Vitamin-A capsules are provided to children mainly to prevent night blindness since 1994. Night blindness has reduced remarkably in the country over the years due to regular Vitamin-A campaigns.The Health Department officials said that such an irregularity occurred in 2012. However, it was not about the capsules’ quality then. It was about the work order for the supply of capsules.last_img read more

Snap Fills Out Senior Ranks With CFO HR Chief Appointments

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Snap CEO and co-founder Evan Spiegel has turned in house to fill the company’s CFO and head of human resources positions, completing an overhaul of the Snapchat parent’s executive ranks after a series of high-level departures.The company announced the appointment of Derek Andersen, currently Snap’s VP of finance, as chief financial officer. Andersen will take over the CFO duties of Lara Sweet, interim finance chief and chief accounting officer, who has been appointed chief people officer. Both execs report to Spiegel.“I am thrilled to announce the promotions of Derek and Lara, which reflect their strengths as leaders,” Spiegel said in a statement. “We’re confident that Derek brings important stability to this vital role, given his strong financial expertise and impressive accomplishments working together with our team.” Regarding Sweet, Spiegel commented, “Lara has provided seamless continuity throughout the transitions in our finance team. I’ve long admired Lara’s approach to building culture and managing talent, so when she asked me for the opportunity to focus on people I was thrilled for her to step into this role.” Related Snapchat Parent Company Raises $1.265 Billion in Debt Financing, Citing Potential Acquisitions It’s the latest shuffle by Spiegel of his lieutenants, as he tries to get Snap pointed on a growth trajectory in 2019. Departures from Snap’s senior management ranks in the past year include to CFO Tim Stone, VP of marketing Steve LaBella, chief strategy officer Imran Khan, chief content officer Nick Bell, and head of ad sales Jeff Lucas (now at Verizon Media).The new appointments for Andersen and Sweet come after other key hires. Last month, Snap announced the hiring of its first chief marketing officer, Kenny Mitchell, a consumer-marketing veteran who has worked at McDonald’s, Gatorade, NBC Sports Group and NASCAR. That came after it recruited three other senior execs: Jeremi Gorman, chief business officer, former head of ad sales at Amazon; Jared Grusd, chief strategy officer, ex-CEO of Huffington Post; and Julie Henderson, chief communications officer, formerly with 21st Century Fox.Andersen, 41, joined Snap in July 2018 after a seven-year stint at Amazon, where he most recently was VP of finance supporting Amazon’s digital video business. He also previously served in roles at Fox Interactive Media, including as VP of finance and SVP, finance and business operations for IGN.In the CFO position, Andersen will have an annual salary of $500,000 and received a new restricted stock award for 750,000 shares of Snap stock (vesting over four years), according to a regulatory filing Monday.Sweet, 44, was controller and chief accounting officer at AOL before joining Snap in June 2016. At Snap, she has served multiple roles in the company’s finance organization, including interim CFO, chief accounting officer, and VP, controller. During her tenure as interim CFO, Sweet managed day-to-day operations of the company’s finance, accounting, and people teams. Earlier in her career, she worked in finance positions at Freddie Mac and Marriott International. Snap Intros $380 Two-Camera Spectacles — A Fashion Accessory for Snapchat AR Contentlast_img read more

Quake kills at least 36 in India PM takes stock

first_imgAt least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in India on Saturday due to the massive earthquake that had its epicentre in Nepal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting on the situation and spoke with the chief ministers of the affected states. Though Nepal was the worst affected with over 900 dead, India was not spared, as 25 people were killed in Bihar, 8 in Uttar Pradesh and 3 in West Bengal.President Pranab Mukherjee wrote to the governors of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim, condoling the loss of lives. Modi held a high-level meeting with senior ministers and officials and spoke with the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim and Madhya Pradesh.  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“The prime minister was briefed on the inputs regarding the extent of damage to life and property received so far from various places in India and Nepal,” said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said he has directed all army units to carry out rescue operations and extend full cooperation to local authorities. In order to deal with the situation in the affected states, five teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already been sent – one to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and one each to Darbhanga, Supaul, Motihari and Gopalganj in Bihar. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindHome Secretary L.C. Goyal said the impact of the earthquake was felt in many states in India, particularly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal. The ministry has been in constant touch with all the affected states to assess the situation. Each team of the NDRF consists of 45 personnel who are fully equipped with modern equipment to deal with search and rescue operations, he said.The team also includes medical and paramedic personnel. The teams have equipment such as live detector machines, cutters which can cut steel, concrete and wood.last_img read more

Feds confiscate another four ranches owned by exgovernor César Duarte

first_imgChihuahua — Another four properties belonging to ex-governor César Duarte have been confiscated by federal officials.The most recent seizures were the work of the state prosecutor’s office who appropriated four ranches in the state, taking the total amount of confiscated properties to 20.Land from the latest seizures brought the total to more than 40,000 hectares and were found to house numerous animals including horses, wild bores, New Zealand cattle and exotic animals such as buffalo and llamas.The state government says that federal officials confiscated the land because they are under the presumption that it was acquired with illicit resources.“During the ministerial inquiries, it was established that the ranches were acquired directly by César Horacio Duarte Jáquez during the time he served as governor of the state.”“Inside the property El Rebaje known as The Reserve were found exotic and / or collectible animals, of which include 30 bison, five llamas and various herds of wild boar specimens,” read the government statement.The most recent properties seized were El Rebaje with an area of 466 hectares, Mesa de Chávez of over 755 hectares, Agostadero de Moreno number Two of 572 hectares and Rancho de En Medio of 551 hectares. The four ranches are all located in the municipality of Balleza.The Office of the Prosecutor said that the properties were insured as a result of an investigation for illicit enrichment that follows Duarte and several members of his team of collaborators.“With this there are now 20 properties insured from the former governor which were allegedly acquired with resources from the people of Chihuahua,” the Chihuahua government said.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alert Water leak in Princess Street as thieves steal water meter in

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McShays first mock draft was released Dec 13 be

first_imgMcShay’s first mock draft was released Dec. 13, before college bowl season and before the NFL’s draft order was determined. In that version, he had the Cardinals taking Foster with the 11th selection. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img Alabama’s Reuben Foster answers a question during media day for Saturday’s Peach Bowl NCAA college football game against Washington in Atlanta, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman) McShay released his second mock draft of the season Wednesday morning, and he has the Arizona Cardinals selecting linebacker Alabama Reuben Foster with the 13th overall pick in the first round.If the right QB is available here, I wouldn’t count the Cardinals out. With Watson and Trubisky off the board, though, Foster is the pick. He’s one of the 10 best players in this draft; the only reason he might slide a bit is his position. He shed weight and played much faster in 2016, proving to be an every-down linebacker. The Cardinals have six defensive starters set to hit free agency. Whom they re-sign will play a big role in the direction they take with this pick.As McShay points out, the Cardinals have a lot of free agents, including starting linebacker Kevin Minter, who is coming off a decent 2016 season in which he tallied 95 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. While Minter wasn’t exactly breaking the bank on his rookie contract as a second-round pick, Arizona general manager Steve Keim might look to get younger at the position and let Minter walk this spring.Foster led the Crimson Tide with 115 total tackles, while adding 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, and two pass breakups in 2016. He had a team-leading 12 tackles in Alabama’s loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff Championship Game in January. There are still nearly three months until the 2017 NFL Draft, but as we know, the mock draft business is thriving even here in early-February.At, we’ve tracked over 65 mocks since the calendar flipped to 2017 — a number that will increase substantially until the actual draft, which begins April 27.Certain draft analysts draw more attention when they release a mock. ESPN’s Todd McShay is one of them. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more