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Plane that flew MLAs belongs to firm linked with BJP RS member

first_imgBengaluru: The chartered plane in which 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) flew from here to Mumbai belongs to a company associated with Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, company sources said here.The plane belongs to Jupiter Capital Private Limited. Chandrasekhar is the founder and chairman of the company. Admitting that the aircraft that ferried the MLAs belonged to Jupiter Capital, the company officials clarified that they were running a business and whoever wanted to use the plane could do so. “It is a charter operation and the aircraft is chartered regularly by various people,” a top official of the company told PTI requesting anonymity. The officials refused to divulge the information as to who had booked the flight and on whose behalf. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The Congress has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of hatching a conspiracy to topple the party’s coalition government with the Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka. Former chief minister Siddaramaiah, former Union minister Mallikarjun Kharge and Karnataka Water Resource Minister D K Shivakumar reiterated their charge on Sunday that the saffron party was behind the current political turmoil in the southern state. However, the BJP has been maintaining that it has nothing to do with it and the rebellion is a fallout of the squabbling between the two ruling coalition partners. Congress spokesperson K E Radhakrishna said, “It is obvious that their (BJP’s) hand is very much behind (the attempt to topple the government). They cannot fool people. Central leaders of the BJP are involved in this. Their role is as clear as the sun.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedHe claimed that the chartered plane was kept ready at the HAL Airport here to fly the dissident legislators out as soon as they came out of the Raj Bhavan after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala on Saturday. Radhakrishna alleged that the conspiracy to bring down the government was planned a week earlier, when rebel JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath went to Delhi and met BJP leaders there. Vishwanath could not be contacted, despite repeated attempts. The JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka is facing a crisis after 12 MLAs of the alliance submitted their resignations to the state Assembly Speaker on Saturday. The troubled ruling coalition, which has 118 MLAs in the 224-member Assembly, faces the risk of losing its majority in the House if the resignations are accepted.last_img read more

Differentlyabled artists render colours of freedom

first_imgShe cannot walk. Her hands do not move. That does not mean she cannot do anything. Wheelchair-bound Sunitha Thrippanikkara makes everyone around proud with her work. The 36-year-old Sunitha is a mouth painter. In 2017, she bagged the National Award for mouth painting from President Ram Nath Kovind. Now she is one out of few differently-abled artists who have designed posters for the National Geographic documentary, ‘The Great Indian Election’. The posters define the symbol of freedom. Sunitha’s piece depicts freedom through her painting of a girl sitting on the globe of democracy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAccording to Sunitha, through her effort she has tried to portray her dreams and emotions. “Painting is my passion. I live my dreams through my paintings. Things which I can’t do practically, I try to put them on my canvas. These water colours add light to my life,” she said. Sunitha was born with muscular dystrophy and gradually her body lost all strength. Later, she became unable to use her limbs. However, she never let her disability come in her way to success. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”I have been painting since childhood. Earlier, I used to paint with my hands but owing to weakness, my hands stopped functioning and I had to stop painting. When I got to know that I can’t paint anymore, I was disappointed. I was upset because painting is my life. Then I met mouth artist Ganesh Kumar and saw him painting with his mouth. It inspired me and made me believe that nothing is impossible. That’s how I started painting with my mouth,” she recalled. After meeting her mentor Ganesh Kumar, Sunitha has never looked back. She continued painting, and till date, she has created over 3,000 paintings. She has also conducted exhibitions nationally as well as internationally. Apart from painting, Sunitha, who is a Master of Arts in Malayalam literature, often writes poetry and short stories. The Kerala-based artist is now preparing for an exhibition in Dubai but “the thought of boarding a flight” bothers her. Sunitha has raised concern over the lack of disabled-friendly transportation facilities in India. Recalling her travel experience in public transport, she shared that she felt like a “luggage” whenever she travelled on a plane. “The process is more than just cumbersome at airports. I have travelled in flights thrice in my life and have had a very bad experience. “The staff made me change my wheelchair three times before I could board the flight, and made me wait for long. My body cannot take so much pain. Airlines should create separate front seats for disabled people. Even in trains, you cannot take more than one helper along with you in a coach meant for disabled people. All these things should be changed. Our public system should be friendly to everyone,” she said. Like Sunitha, Bandenawaz Nadaf is also an artist who has never considered his disability a hindrance. Bandenawaz was born with disability of upper limbs. His right hand is a short stump and he doesn’t have a left hand. So, he started writing with his foot and gradually developed an interest in art. Soon, he started painting with his foot. He is currently a member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association. He, too, has designed posters for the “The Great Indian Election”. His theme encourages voting in the rural areas, and advocates voting for all. Asked if there is anything from which he wants freedom, Bandenawaz said: “I want freedom from discrimination. I want society to treat disabled people equally and behave normally.”last_img read more

On Public Service Day Ban encourages commitment to good governance

“On the annual observance of Public Service Day, we honour those who accept the responsibilities of service to humanity and who contribute to excellence and innovation in public service institutions,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the Day, which is being observed for the first time in Africa.At a ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the United Nations paid tribute to public servants from all over the world and acknowledged public service institutions for their achievements.“Governments and good governance play a central role in addressing the complex challenges of our times,” said Mr. Ban. “Whether it is climate change, the economic crisis, unemployment, health pandemics, or poverty eradication, public servants and good governance are often the first line of defence,” he said.The implementation of the internationally agreed development targets, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), also relied heavily on the work of public servants – their leadership, expertise and innovation in the delivery of vital services, the Secretary-General added. 23 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged public servants across the world to promote the ideals of good governance, integrity, respect for diversity, gender equality and the use of technology for effective management of knowledge to build better lives for all. read more

Horn of Africa UN steps up efforts to bring urgent relief to

The announcement comes a day after the UN declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia owing to the worst drought in decades, and appealed for urgent resources to provide assistance. It is the first time since 1991-92 that the UN has declared famine in a part of Somalia.“There is a life and death situation here in Somalia,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said while on a visit to the Somali capital, Mogadishu. “At one of our feeding sites in Mogadishu, where we are supplying food for hot meals, I met a woman who had lost children as they trekked out of the famine area in search of food,” she added.Nearly half of the Somali population – 3.7 million people – are now estimated to be in crisis, with an estimated 2.8 million of them in the south.The agency is currently reaching 1.5 million people in Somalia, and is scaling up to reach an additional 2.2 million people in the previously inaccessible south of the country. WFP welcomed the recent statement by the insurgent group Al-Shabaab, which controls areas of southern Somalia, that humanitarian aid will now be allowed into those parts of the country. “We are testing the ground to see how we can best get life-saving supplies in as quickly as possible to those at the epicentre of the famine in the south,” said Ms. Sheeran. “People in the south of Somalia are too ill and weak to go in search of food, so we must bring it to them.”The agency is getting ready to open up new land and air routes into the core of the famine zone – southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle – to establish the necessary operating conditions, including those that will secure the safety of humanitarian personnel.“The situation in Somalia is critical,” stressed the WFP chief. Also visiting Mogadishu today was the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, who was joined by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga. The visit, intended to show solidarity with the people of Somalia amid the suffering caused by the drought, included meetings with the Somali leadership on a variety of political issues such as the end of the transitional period.“This is a terrible famine, children are literally dying on the road, there is widespread malnutrition, we are all deeply affected and this will be a huge focus of attention in the months to come,” Mr. Pascoe said at a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, after his return from Somalia.“During my trip to Mogadishu the Somali leadership made it very clear that this will be a top priority,” he stated. “They emphasized that help is needed in Mogadishu itself because of the huge number of refugees but are extremely concerned about the situation across the country.”Ongoing conflict and the recent drought have forced more than 160,000 Somalis to seek help in neighbouring countries so far this year, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Many of them arrive in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya in a very bad state – exhausted, emaciated and severely malnourished. “They are coming with almost nothing; just the few clothes they have on their back and a few jerry cans,” says UNHCR’s Paul Spiegel, who was recently in Ethiopia’s Dollo Ado area, near the Somalia border, to meet the new arrivals.Dr. Spiegel, who heads UNHCR’s Public Health and HIV section, said that on average, between 1,500 and 2,000 new people were arriving daily, some after having walked for over one month. “I have been to many emergencies before – in fact I am just back from a two-month emergency mission in Côte d’Ivoire – but I have not seen such magnitude of death and malnutrition for many, many years,” he stated in an interview published on the agency’s website. UNHCR has stepped up its efforts in the area to reduce the waiting time for registering new arrivals, to ensure that people both at the reception and transit centres receive hot meals, and provide special care to children under five who are malnourished as well as pregnant and lactating women.Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres was in Geneva, where he joined Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos and the Special Adviser on Africa, Cheick Sidi Diarra, for a special event on the Horn of Africa crisis held by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Mr. Guterres commended the “open door and open heart” policy of neighbouring countries that had opened their borders for Somalis fleeing their homeland, adding that the international community should mobilize support to both help these countries and to avoid similar crises in the future. 21 July 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will start airlifts within days to get vital supplies into Somalia, which is bearing the brunt of the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, and is preparing to open up a number of new land and air routes to bring urgent relief to millions in need. read more

Crude oil prices almost unchanged as early enthusiasm tempered by supply news

Crude oil prices almost unchanged as early enthusiasm tempered by supply news by Joshua Freed, The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2012 3:58 pm MDT The price of oil bounced around on Wednesday but finished almost where it began.At the end of the session, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude was up three cents at US$92.12 a barrel.Oil had risen as high as US$92.85 per barrel in the morning after gains in European stocks. But then the price dipped after the U.S. government reported a bigger than expected increase in U.S. crude supplies.Supplies rose by 2.9 million barrels last week. That was almost double what analysts had forecast, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.Gasoline supplies also rose. Analysts had predicted a decline.Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 78 cents to US$113.22 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, heating oil fell almost a penny to US$3.1894 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), natural gas gained 3.3 cents to US$3.47 per 1,000 cubic feet and wholesale gasoline fell 6.4 cents to US$2.7817 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

At UN Rwanda genocide tribunal former government minister sentenced to 35 years

According to a news release from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the court’s Trial Chamber II found that Mr. Ngirabatware – then serving as Rwanda’s Minister of Planning – directly and publicly incited the killing of Tutsis at the Cyanika-Gisa roadblock in February 1994. It further found that Mr. Ngirabatware instigated and aided and abetted the attacks and killings of Tutsis in April 1994 in the Nyamyumba commune through his words and actions in distributing weapons at two roadblocks there. At least some of these weapons were used by the Hutu Interahamwe militia to kill Tutsis. The chamber also found Mr. Ngirabatware guilty of participating in a joint criminal enterprise, which was in existence by 7 April 1994, and whose members shared the common purpose of destroying, in whole or in part, the Tutsi ethnic group, and exterminating the Tutsi civilian population in the Nyamyumba commune. In addition, the chamber found Mr. Ngirabatware guilty for committing – through this joint criminal enterprise in the extended form – the repeated rapes of a Tutsi woman.Mr. Ngirabatware was arrested in September 2007 in Germany, and transferred to the court in October 2009. His trial opened in September 2009. Based in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, the ICTR was set up after the Rwandan genocide, when at least 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed during three months of bloodletting that followed the deaths of then Rwandan president, Juvenal Habyarimana, and his Burundian counterpart, Cyprien Ntaryamira, when their plane was brought down over the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on 6 April 1994.In a statement issued after the verdict, the ICTR’s Chief Prosecutor, Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow, said that the delivery of today’s judgement in this case marks a historic occasion and important mile stone in the work of the tribunal. “For today the Tribunal has completed the trial phase of its mandate,” he said. “Established by the UN Security Council by resolution 955 of 1994 with the mandate to prosecute persons responsible for genocide and serious violations of international humanitarian law in Rwanda in 1994, the ICTR has over the past eighteen years of its operations indicted 93 persons for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.”He noted that of those indicted, 83 have been arrested with 75 of them prosecuted to judgement; 65 of those tried were found guilty and convicted, nine of them on their guilty pleas. Ten of the accused have been acquitted, while three died after indictment. The cases of ten of the accused were referred to national jurisdictions for trial, including six of the remaining nine fugitives, while two indictments were withdrawn. “It has taken considerable effort, dedication and diligence by several parties for this outcome, amongst them the governments and law enforcement authorities of some 21 countries which have cooperated in ensuring the arrest and transfer of s to the tribunal for trial; over three thousand witnesses from several countries who have despite many challenges, testified in order to assist the tribunal arrive at the truth and render justice,” Justice Jallow said.The ICTR is expected to conclude its work by the end of 2014. The UN Security Council set up the so-called International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) in December 2010 and mandated it to take over and finish the remaining tasks of the ICTR – and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – when they are closed after their mandates expire. The ICTR branch of the Residual Mechanism began its functions on 1 July.The Chief Prosecutor said that “some important” work still remains to be done at the ICTR – mainly in the management of the remaining appeal cases as well as management of legacy and closure related issues. “We are confident that these tasks too can be completed before the end of 2014 as stipulated by the UN Security Council,” he said. “The conclusion of the work of this phase of the ICTR or its final closure will not affect the tracking of the remaining fugitives whose cases have now been transferred to the Residual Mechanism.” He added, “The search for these fugitives will continue and will not cease and until they are found and until they are brought to account before the Mechanism or before an appropriate national jurisdiction for trial.” read more

Independent UN expert urges release of inquiry findings on CIA interrogation practices

A United Nations independent expert today urged the Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom to release the findings of confidential inquiries into the detention and interrogation practices of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the administration of President George W. Bush.In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, said US authorities must “publish without delay, and to the fullest extent possible, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report into the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation programme.”Mr. Emmerson said the request for publication of the findings is based on the principles of accountability for systematic human rights violations while countering terrorism. “Those individuals found to have participated in secretly detaining persons and in any unlawful acts perpetrated during such detention, including their superiors if they have ordered, encouraged or consented to secret detentions, should be prosecuted without delay and, where found guilty, given sentences commensurate with the gravity of the acts perpetrated,” he said.Until now, the international community has failed to secure full responsibility for the acts committed by certain sections of the CIA in implementing a programme of torture, rendition and secret detention of terrorist suspects, Mr. Emmerson said.He also called on the British Government to make public the interim report of the Gibson Inquiry, which seeks to look into allegations that the UK intelligence services were complicit in the torture of detainees and rendition flights, and establish a timetable for the proposed judge-led inquiry, stating its mandate and powers. Mr. Emmerson urged governments, particularly those which allegedly enabled the use of their airspace and landing facilities for CIA rendition flights, to review their domestic law and practice, including a review of the investigations, if any, that have so far been conducted by their national authorities.In his recommendations, Mr. Emmerson also called on the Governments of Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Romania and Thailand to launch or re-open “effective independent judicial or quasi-judicial inquiries into credible allegations that secret CIA ‘black sites’ were established on their territories; to identify any public officials who may have authorized or collaborated in the establishment or operation of these facilities; to publish the findings of such inquiries; and to hold the relevant officials publicly accountable for their actions.” read more

Corruption hurts human rights senior UN official warns

“Corruption is an enormous obstacle to the realization of all human rights, in practical terms – civil, political, economic, social and cultural, as well as the right to development,” the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told the UN Human Rights Council. She noted that from 2000 to 2009, developing countries lost $8.44 trillion to illicit financial flows – equivalent to 10 times more than the foreign aid they received.The money stolen through corruption every year, she pointed out, is enough to feed the world’s hungry 80 times over, while bribes and theft swell the total cost of projects to provide safe drinking water and sanitation around the world by as much as 40 per cent.Noting the growing awareness of the intrinsic links between human rights and the struggle to combat corruption, the High Commissioner told the panel on the ‘negative impact of corruption on human rights’ held in Geneva, that “there here is an urgent need to increase synergy.”She flagged the need for greater coordination to implement international human rights conventions and the UN Convention against Corruption, the legally binding, global anti-corruption instrument promoted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). So far 165 countries have become Parties to the Convention.Ms. Pillay also called for stronger policy coherence and collaboration between UNODC, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), her Office, civil society and the intergovernmental processes in Vienna, Geneva and New York.With an increasing emphasis on creating a post-2015 development agenda – a set of new anti-poverty goals to take over from where the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) leave off – Ms. Pillay said her office is increasingly “convinced that efforts to combat corruption are most effective when coupled with an approach that respects all human rights, including those of the accused. “As we continue to clarify the links between corruption and human rights, groups working to combat corruption locally and internationally will see more clearly the value of working with agencies in the field of human rights,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that the reverse was also true. read more

THW Kiel with 7 to Szeged

German THW Kiel will have +7 at the start of the second match of knock-out stage in Szeged. The “Zebras” celebrate 29:22 win in front of 8.500 fans at Sparkassen Arena to come closer to the TOP 8 of the European elite competition…THW Kiel: Landin (1.-60., 14 saves), Wolff (1 7-meter); Duvnjak (1), Firnhaber, Weinhold, Dissinger (4), Wiencek (4), Ekberg (4/2), Frend Öfors (2), Rahmel (1), Zarabec (5), Vujin (8), Bilyk, Nilsson (n.e.), Santos; MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra (1.-17., 2 saves), Sego (17.-60., 12/1 saves, 1 goal); Srsen (1), Källmann (3), Bodo (3), Sigurmannsson (3/3), Gorbok, dos Santos (1), Zubai, Balogh, Skube (2), Blazevic, Sostaric (1), Alvarez (2), Banhidi (5), Zhitnikov;  ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2018 Qual – Round 3 schedule Next Story → Per Johansson overtake CSM Bucharest once again EHF Champions LeaguePick SzegedTHW Kiel read more

Plans to end street cleaning in parts of Dublin described as insane

first_imgAN TAISCE HAS strongly criticised plans by Dublin City Council to withdraw street cleaning services in parts of the city where illegal dumping has been taking place.The council has said that it plans to suspend street cleaning in parts of the north inner city as a result of people illegally dumping rubbish onto the streets which the council has hitherto been cleaning up.The Irish Times reported that the council will target particular black spots in some parts of the city including Georgian areas by withdrawing street cleaning services for a week and allowing waste to build-up.The council says it will then send out environmental health officers and litter wardens to remove rubbish and attempt to identify offenders and give out fines.But in a statement a spokesperson for An Taisce, Charles Stanley-Smith, said: “This idea is insane. This area has suffered from dumping due to a lack of enforcement – yet the council now propose to effectively withdraw services altogether.“As numerous studies such as ‘the broken window hypothesis’ indicate, where a small problem is left untackled it is likely to become far worse rather than better.”An Taisce said there was nothing stopping the council from trying to pursue illegal dumpers on a daily basis and said that the announcement from DCC is an insult to law abiding people.A statement added: “An Taisce fully supports the local community in their resolve to defeat the proposed measure, and will actively engage with other interested parties to ensure a successful – and sane – outcome.”A Fianna Fáil councillor said that the decision by the council was “flawed” and “radically wrong”.“This flawed decision has really hurt the city and left the city in a mess,” councillor Mary Fitzpatrick said. “In some parts of the city illegal dumping has escalated to the point of being out of control.  Street cleaning is insufficient and fails to address the problem and keep the city streets clean.”TheJournal.ie will cover the problem of illegal dumping in Dublin city in more detail this weekendRead: Illegal dumping “reaches epidemic levels” in Finglas2012: Dublin council removes 48 street bins to deter illegal dumping2013: Local councillor says Dublin City is ‘turning into a dump’last_img read more

It doesnt matter if the basis for your views are factually wrong

first_img LIAR, LIAR, PANTS On Fire! The political fact checking website PolitiFact currently rank 18% of what Donald Trump says as Pants on Fire lies. Add in False and Mostly False and he strides, unashamedly, to startling level of sub-truthfulness. The evidence says the man shouldn’t be believed, and yet the American public, particularly white males, have bought in to Team Trump, and this election will go down to the wire.In a different era, truth mattered to the US electorate. In an interview in 1976 Jimmy Carter’s admission that he’d looked on some women with lust shook the public and could have derailed his successful presidential campaign. Times are different now and this, the first presidential election of the post-truth era illustrates how the voting public have become willing to accept the flimsy, attenuated truths of candidates.Voters now have more access to news sources than ever before but the brave new world that technology promised to bring us is one distorted by half-truths and falsehoods. President Obama, himself plagued by spurious claims regarding his birthplace, recently described a ‘wild, wild west’ media landscape and suggested that some form of curation was needed to give the public access to information that was factual.Historically this curation was done by the media. If it was in print, on radio or broadcast on television it was perceived by the public as having foundation in fact. The media though, is now in crisis itself. Newspapers and other media have been down-scaling for a decade with newsrooms shedding journalists and editors. News is increasingly consumed on mobile devices, particularly by younger readers, with many now turning to social media for details of breaking news.Publishing online is fast, often furious and requires no expertise or even knowledge on a topic with opinion morphing in to fact within hours. As new media consumers we may look to global giants like Twitter and Facebook for something more solid, more trustworthy. They are platforms of the public though, and as such can be a canvas for the annoyed, disaffected or simply nefarious to post or retweet what they wish were true.More than a decade ago, traditional media knew it would be threatened by nascent online news sources. They flocked online and invested heavily in what they thought could be their digital saviour. In the eyes of many readers, these traditional media sources online are simply more of the same and compete with the consumers favoured news sources.Newspapers had to up their game and the phenomenon of click-bait took hold. Journalists have known for centuries that you need to grab the readers’ attention quickly.Freddie Starr didn’t Eat My Hamster, but it became almost a one-off legendary tabloid headline. Now, journalists are forced to titillate the reader daily and even more often, with stories that promise much and deliver little. Some organisations are putting click targets in place for individual journalists which will likely force journalists to be even more outrageous in their bid for attention. Another online magazine have reduced journalists’ pay with it being topped up based on how many clicks their stories get online.We, as news readers are left to sift through the quagmire of outrageous claims, rumours, plotless stories and listicles of 10 ridiculous reasons to do something. The focus of journalism is increasingly on the trivial. Truth and facts are dissolving in to that triviality and we’re becoming digital citizens who are passively eating up the junk-news we’re being fed. That’s fine for some, but when that development is fused with an election in the world’s second biggest democracy, it’s dangerous.In his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Psychologist Daniel Kahneman talks about “cognitive ease” and our inclination as humans to avoid facts that would force our brains to work harder.In this world of media disruption we can get all the facts we want, augmenting our views with identical ones from dozens of sources who think just like we do. It doesn’t matter if the basis for our views are factually wrong: someone, somewhere just posted incontrovertible evidence that we were right all along!The internet has no editor, so who can we trust? From Brexit to the US Election, voters have been fed misinformation that edge them towards voting based on remarkable untruths. Does the voter have a responsibility to sift through the fog of falsehoods to find real facts that they can base a decision to vote on? Considered, engaged voters might, but most won’t. Despite the disruptive challenges that mass media finds itself facing, it’s still encumbered with a responsibility, to report the truth and strengthen the democratic process.Last week, the eponymous podcast This American Life asked songwriter Sara Bareilles to consider the unspoken thoughts of President Obama on this election. In a visceral reflection, performed by Leslie Odom Jr, she poses a question, that many of us outside the US, and hopefully American voters will be asking, ‘No man’s ignorance will ever be his virtue. Is this the best we can be? Seriously?’Paul Allen is managing director of Paul Allen and Associates PR. Follow his blog.Read: Obama warns voters the fate of the world is at stake in US election> Paul Allen ‘It doesn’t matter if the basis for your views are factually wrong, you can find them backed up online’ We can get all the facts we want, augmenting our views with identical ones from dozens of sources who think just like we do, writes Paul Allen. 25 Views https://jrnl.ie/3063893 46 Comments Short URLcenter_img Nov 4th 2016, 6:42 PM By Paul Allen Friday 4 Nov 2016, 6:42 PM Share54 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Emery reveals all in Wilsheres Arsenal talks

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed reports that he did not give Jack Wilshere the guarantees he was looking for over regular playing time, which caused the midfielder to leave for West Ham UnitedThe England international completed his free transfer to the Hammers this week after rejecting a new long-term contract at Arsenal following talks with Emery over his role at the club.Wilshere had been at Arsenal since the tender age of nine and made the difficult decision to end his 17-year association with his boyhood club after Emery failed to deliver him the assurances he needed to remain.“The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation. I explained to him my opinion and how I will want to create the team. And [I couldn’t for sure] say to him he’s going to play in the 11 players,” said Emery, according to ESPN.“And also he explained to me the decision is not easy for him. But he wanted to choose the best option for him, and [the whole] time is with respect. I know this player here is very important for the supporters, he grew up here at Arsenal. But I don’t give him a place in the starting 11. It’s because of that he chose to leave here, and I respect also this.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.While Wilshere has struggled with injuries over the past few years, he did make 38 appearances in all competitions last season.But he then fractured foot, which cost him a place in the England World Cup squad this summer.But Emery denied that this had an effect on his decision.“It was a tactical and technical decision,” he said.Emery will now be preparing to take charge of his first Arsenal game against Boreham Wood this Saturday.last_img read more

Take Action Now To Prevent Conflicts With Bears Later

first_imgThe local Alaska Department of Fish and Game number to report bear sightings or incidents is 262-9368. The shift in weather is a sure sign of spring and a reminder for Alaskans to start practicing their “bear etiquette” by cleaning up food attractants around homes and neighborhoods. The local Alaska Department of Fish and Game number to report bear sightings or incidents is 262-9368.,Kenai Peninsula residents have reported close encounters with bears starting around mid-April. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds Alaskans that this time of year you should always be bear aware. Bears are already being seen in Anchorage and surrounding areas and the DF&G suggests residents bring in bird feeders, remove or secure trash, dog food – anything that might seem tasty to a hungry bear. The shift in weather is a sure sign of spring and a reminder for Alaskans to start practicing their “bear etiquette” by cleaning up food attractants around homes and neighborhoods. Bears are already being seen in Anchorage and surrounding areas and the DF&G suggests residents bring in bird feeders, remove or secure trash, dog food – anything that might seem tasty to a hungry bear. Local wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger says Kenai Peninsula residents should take time to clean up any bear attractants on their properties: “Yeah there is a lot of different things that people can do, they can start by just going out and looking around the yard or in the neighborhoods or the wood lots around their house because there could be things that accumulated over the winter, there could even be carcasses from animals that died during the winter. Just check around, be careful while you’re doing it, clean up anything that might attract bears into your neighborhood, mainly garbage issues or items that have a lot of odor to them.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享 Selinger also outlined what to do in the event of a bear wandering into a residential neighborhood: “The first thing to do is to make sure everybody’s safe, get everybody into a safe area inside the house preferably, you can try to scare the animal away by doing it in a safe manor by making noises, you know going outside and trying to move the animal out of the area, only do that if you can do it in a safe manor, I need to emphasize that. But then you should also contact the Department of Fish & Game and we will make a site visit to see if there’s anything that we can see that might have brought the animal to the area.”  Kenai Peninsula residents have reported close encounters with bears starting around mid-April. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds Alaskans that this time of year you should always be bear aware. Selinger also outlined what to do in the event of a bear wandering into a residential neighborhood: “The first thing to do is to make sure everybody’s safe, get everybody into a safe area inside the house preferably, you can try to scare the animal away by doing it in a safe manor by making noises, you know going outside and trying to move the animal out of the area, only do that if you can do it in a safe manor, I need to emphasize that. But then you should also contact the Department of Fish & Game and we will make a site visit to see if there’s anything that we can see that might have brought the animal to the area.”  Local wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger says Kenai Peninsula residents should take time to clean up any bear attractants on their properties: “Yeah there is a lot of different things that people can do, they can start by just going out and looking around the yard or in the neighborhoods or the wood lots around their house because there could be things that accumulated over the winter, there could even be carcasses from animals that died during the winter. Just check around, be careful while you’re doing it, clean up anything that might attract bears into your neighborhood, mainly garbage issues or items that have a lot of odor to them.” last_img read more

Sterling Highway Closed Due To Heavy Smoke

first_imgUpdate 12:20pm:Traffic on the Sterling Highway is now flowing once again. Travelers are reminded that fire activity can change rapidly and delays can still occur at any time so be prepared for a long delay. According to Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management the closure will allow aerial resources to be used alongside the highway to target fire activity. The closure is expected to last several hours. Update 3:13pm:Both lanes of the Sterling Highway have been closed again between Mileposts MP 53 to MP 75 until further notice on Wednesday, due to increased fire activity. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available.  Original Post: The Sterling Highway has been closed between Mileposts MP 53 to MP 75 until further notice as of 6:25am on Wednesday. According to to the advisory travel is not advised. The closure has been issued due to poor air quality, flames next to road, road closure, emergency vehicles on road. Free camping in the city of Soldotna is available at Centennial and Swiftwater for stranded motorists. The rodeo grounds are available for individuals with livestock or other animals. Web cam footage at 7am, Wednesday at Jean Lake on the Sterling Highway. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 6pm: The highway remains closed with no definite plan for when it will open. Engines and crews are working on both sides of the highway (about 12 miles W of Cooper Landing). Also, Skilak Lake Loop Road is closed to traffic.center_img Check for further information on www.kpboem.com or call the Borough Call Center at 907-262-INFO (4363) for updates. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. They are being supported by helicopters doing bucket drops next to the highway. There is an area along the highway (about a mile long) that has dense smoke. There is smoke in Cooper Landing as well, but not as bad, according to the most recent update from the Borough Office of Emergency Management. Check for further information on www.kpboem.com or call the Borough Call Center at 907-262-INFO (4363) for updates. Web cam footage at 3pm, Wednesday at Jean Lake on the Sterling Highway. According to to the advisory travel is not advised. Update 8:30am: Both lanes of traffic between MP 75 and MP 53 remain closed. Fire activity and dense smoke impacts are expected to continue for some time. If you must travel have a full tank of fuel for your vehicle, and bring water, snacks and other essential items with you. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available.  Expect delays and be prepared for sudden highway closures due to fire activity and dense smoke. Drive with headlights on and be alert for pilot cars, flaggers, and firefighters.last_img read more

Indian to seek lower import tax on sugar shipments to Bangladesh

first_imgIndian sugar exporters will seek lower import duties on its sugar exports to neighbouring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, a top industry official said on Thursday.“We will seek preferential import duty for our sugar exports to neighbouring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh under SAFTA (South Asian Free Trade Area),” Abinash Verma, director general of the Indian Sugar Mills Association said.Both the countries import 2.5 million tonnes to 3 million tonnes of sugar annually and it makes sense for them to import from India at lower duty, he said.India, the world’s second-biggest sugar producer, is likely to churn out more than 25.1 million tonnes of the sweetener in the current marketing season started on Oct. 1, Verma added.last_img read more

Humanscale QuickStand is a Smart Standing Desk for Your Dumb Legs

first_img Sitting is the new cancer. I know I’ve led with that bold assertion from Apple CEO Tim Cook before, but that doesn’t make it any less true. However, the sadder truth is, outside from some articles on fitness smartwatches or Back to the Future shoes, a lot of things we cover on Geek.com encourage you to sit down for dangerously long hours at a time. You can’t really enjoy a fried chicken pizza standing up. Our bad.The workplace used to be a den of sinful, uninterrupted sitting, but now standing desks are lifting up employees everywhere. So to encourage you readers to stand the hell up, for your health, I spent the last week using and writing down my impressions of the Humanscale QuickStand. In fact, I’m standing up while typing these very words.The QuickStand isn’t a full desk but rather an accessory that is placed on top of your existing desk. A representative spent a few minutes assembling the mount itself while I slotted in all of my electronics afterwards. Between the two of us set-up lasted maybe an hour, and it was about as difficult as putting together a comparable piece of IKEA furniture. In fact, the mount even looks like something those Swedes might try to sell you. There’s the base, the spacious tray for your keyboard and mouse, a center column all of your wires run through, and a top bar for mounting two monitors or a monitor and a laptop on easily adjustable ball joints. It’s very sleek.That sleekness makes the one inelegant central element of the design all the more conspicuous. You can raise and lower everything from the tray up, so you can easily transition from standing to sitting. But once you’re in a preferred position, there’s no way to lock everything into place. Instead, you must use an Allen wrench to wind up the coil in the center column taut enough to create enough tension for keeping things where they are.This is an annoyingly vague set-up process. The representative said the weight I planned on placing on the QuickStand called for “30 to 40” turns with the wrench. But that was a total guess. I just had to keep turning until the tray stopped falling as soon as I lifted it up and let go. Even then, natural pressure from my hands resting against the otherwise convenient padded strip on the tray pushed everything down over time. And you if go overboard with turns, the tray won’t stay still in the lower position and starts to creep up. I haven’t used a lot of other standing desks, but I have to imagine there are some out there that let users simply snap into different positions.While QuickStand’s solution wasn’t my favorite, once everything was just right I didn’t have any majors problems using the mount. It easily fit on my desk. All of my pieces of tech fit in just fine. I could comfortably type, use my mouse, use my laptop, or look at my other monitor while standing or sitting. And I appreciated having a good reason to stand up from time to time while working in the office, for my health.However, if all you’re looking for out of a standing desk is the self-satisfaction of standing up, the QuickStand might be overkill. At home I use a cheap little upright computer tray thing when I want to stand up and work. It’s not nearly as nice as the QuickStand, it’s smaller and doesn’t move at all, but it’s also a fraction of the cost. Humanscale is selling you a premium standing desk experience with the $849 QuickStand (lighter models are cheaper). You just have to decide for yourself if that’s worth it to you.The good news is, whatever you decide, standing up is totally free. So what are you waiting for? Get up! Herman Miller’s Live OS Turns Desks Into Activity TrackersThis $25 cardboard standing desk promotes health, won’t make your … Stay on targetlast_img read more

Man arrested for blindfolding straight men and tricking them into making gay

first_imgMan pleads guilty to blindfolding straight men and tricking them into gay pornBisexual porn star reveals the differences between gay and straight pornAustralian woman found guilty of decapitating bisexual partnerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-arrested-for-blindfolding-straight-men-and-tricking-them-into-making-gay-porn/ A man has been arrested for allegedly blindfolding men and tricking them into making gay porn.Bryan Deneumostier, 33, was arrested this week. He faces five charges in relation to the porn site StraightBoyz. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘When the men ask for assurances that there are no cameras, he assured them that “she’s” married to someone in the army and she would never photograph or video them,’ documents pertaining to the case detail.‘Deneumostier is video and audio taping the entire sexual encounter.’He is believed to have made over 600 videos. The site, StraightBoyz, is no longer available.Man faces five charges for tricking straight men into gay pornThe US Homeland Security investigations team is leading the case.Deneumositer was charged with two counts of illegal interception of oral communication along with three counts record-keeping violations.Just earlier this month, however, Deneumostier was charged with having unlawful sex with a minor.Police found him with a teenage at a hotel near his home. The boy had been reported missing and Denemostier admitted to drinking, drugging and having sex with the teen.‘There were leather handcuffs, sexual lubricant and a leather whip in plain view in the room,’ the police report said.Straight guy accidentally goes to the filthiest gay sex club in Berlin, leaves a must-read Yelp review The videos are an ‘amateur’ version of a popular gay porn theme of ‘baiting’ straight guys into gay sex.One of the most popular sites with this theme is Bait Bus.In these videos, the ‘straight guy’ is lured into a van. He is told he is about to have sex with a woman on camera.  Once he is blindfolded, a man appears and begins to give him a blowjob. The ‘straight guy’ then takes off the blindfolded. He is then promised money if he has sex with the man.Many of the ‘straight guys’ being gay or bisexual. The videos are scripted.However, on StraightBoyz, Deneumostier is accused of ‘duping’ men for real.Still from StraightBoyz video | Pixellation by GSNPolice claim he posed as a bored housewife on Craigslist in Homestead, Florida.When the men arrived at the home, they agreed to be blindfolded or wear blacked-out goggles. They were then tied to a chair and wore headphones.There is no ‘narrative’ to the porn. The videos are often just the men, already blindfolded, as they receive the blowjob.It is believed many of the victims were workers at the nearby Homestead Reserve Air Base, the Miami Heald reports.last_img read more

Mortgage Application Volume Drops 26

first_imgMortgage Application Volume Drops 2.6% Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-07-17 Tory Barringer Share Mortgage applications fell another 2.6 percent (seasonally adjusted) for the week ending July 12, the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) reported in its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The Market Composite Index, a measure of loan application volume, fell once again as mortgage rates hovered. On an unadjusted basis, the index was down 22 percent compared to the previous week.The Refinance Index dropped 4 percent from the previous week, dipping to its lowest level since July 2011. The refinance share of mortgage activity also hit a two-year low, falling to 63 percent–the lowest level since April 2011.Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index saw a slight bump, rising 1 percent from the prior week. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 26 percent week-over-week and was 5 percent higher than the same week last year.The average contract interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.68 percent, unchanged from the prior week. However, points fell to 0.42 from 0.46 for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans, bringing the effective rate down.center_img in Origination July 17, 2013 465 Views last_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSunseeker International, manufacturer of the world’s finest luxury motoryachts, will launch two new yachts at the forthcoming Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show, at Excel London from 7-16 January 2011. The all new Predator 115 and the Manhattan 73 are both exciting additions to the Sunseeker range, maximising internal space and combining exhilarating performance with luxurious design.Predator 115 (available to view on marina berth P1)Retaining the aggressive lines and sharp long bow which are synonymous with the Predator range, as well as many of the stunning characteristics that have made the award-winning Predator 130 so successful, the all new Sunseeker Predator 115 has the exterior deck space of a Yacht but remains Predator in her look, with an exemplary level of onboard luxury.She can comfortably accommodate a party of up to 10 in five cabins, with a crew of five, and features expansive aft cockpit, flybridge and foredeck social areas which provide endless entertainment opportunities. There is an option for balconies on either side of the main deck saloon which open up magnificent seascapes and bring in more natural light, and the vessel also accommodates a large aft tender garage for two jet bikes, and a tender up to five and a half metres plus hydraulic rise-and-fall transom platform.Manhattan 73 (available to view on stand L20) In its continued quest for excellence, Sunseeker has developed the all new Manhattan 73 – an innovative extension to its range of Flybridge Manhattan motoryachts, famed around the world for their luxurious open-deck sportboat design and exceptional performance.Featuring a brand-new hull which allows for space to be maximised throughout, the Manhattan 73 offers plenty of accommodation for the owner, family and guests and includes an adaptable entertainment space. For the first time she also offers a joystick manoeuvring system to provide greater control of the vessel when docking. More show highlightsA further ten Sunseeker craft will be displayed at the show, including the 40 Metre, the firm’s flagship,and the 30 Metre on the pontoon (Berths P2 and P3), and the 88 Yacht, the Predator 64, Predator 84 and the Portofino 48 on the Sunseeker stand (L20).Sunseeker Founder, Robert Braithwaite, said: “In our continued quest for innovation we have explored ways of maximising space and of increasing the customisation potential of two of our most popular motoryacht designs, and have achieved exactly that in these two new yachts. Our abiding commitment to innovation and to developing world-class motoryachts has led to Sunseeker becoming a truly global brand and we are incredibly proud to be now selling to five continents and 61 countries around the world.”www.sunseeker.comlast_img read more