MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – Premier Rachel Notley says it’s hypocritical for Alberta’s United Conservatives to encourage more women to enter politics but then take aim at a woman who left their movement due to what she said was abuse.Notley says driving away Sandra Jansen, who is now NDP infrastructure minister, in such an ugly, public fashion still resonates.“That probably has had the biggest negative impact on women being involved in politics for many, many years,” Notley said after an announcement Wednesday.“Actions speak louder than words and it’s a bit hypocritical.”Notley was responding the day after former Conservative MP Rona Ambrose and Laureen Harper, wife of former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, announced a non-profit foundation that will work to mentor and assist more women to run for Alberta’s United Conservatives in the spring provincial election.Laureen Harper told a crowd in Edmonton on Tuesday that she lives in Jansen’s Calgary North West riding. She said her husband told her that no matter who wins the United Conservative nomination, he will be going door to door in that constituency to make sure that person wins.Jansen did not reply to a request for comment but responded on Twitter.“If the UCP are sending the Harpers to door knock Calgary NW, then I assume my poll numbers are pretty good. See you guys in the hood today. Happy to buy any unemployed politician a coffee.”The two-term legislature member is a former rival to and bitter foe of United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney.She was a lifelong conservative elected as a Progressive Conservative in the 2015 election and ran against Kenney for leadership of the party in late 2016.But Jansen dropped out of the race, then quit the party altogether. She said harassment and abuse from Kenney supporters had become intolerable, particularly at a November 2016 party event in Red Deer.An investigation by the party found both Jansen and Kenney had been the target of abuse, but said there was no evidence specific campaigns had directed the attacks. Kenney called for civil discourse in debate.Jansen later crossed the floor to join the NDP and was eventually elevated to cabinet.Kenney’s PCs went on to merge with the Wildrose party to become the United Conservatives, which Kenney now leads.All parties are recruiting and nominating candidates ahead of the spring election. United Conservatives have nominated 19 candidates to date for the province’s 87 constituencies, including four women.Kenney has said 65 women are vying for nominations in the remaining races. Laila Goodridge has also joined caucus after winning a byelection in Fort McMurray-Conklin earlier this month.The parties are also fighting over fundraising. New numbers released Wednesday by Elections Alberta show the United Conservatives lead all parties by raising over $1.5 million in the first six months of 2018.The NDP is second at almost $1.2 million. The Alberta Party raised almost $255,000 and the Liberals just over $57,000.Notley dismissed concerns the NDP trailed the UCP in fundraising.“In the last election the Progressive Conservatives outspent our party (by) about 10 to one-ish, and yet we all saw the results.”Notley noted her government has since capped political donations and banned corporate and union donations.“It’s not going to be money that wins this election. It’s going to be ideas, and I am certainly happy to engage in a very robust contest on that platform,” she said.“It’s really a great feeling to know about the reception that our new party is getting from Albertans,” Janice Harrington, the UCP’s executive director, said in an interview.“It’s an indication that they’re ready for change and eager to get the province back on track.”— By Dean Bennett in Edmonton
LISTUGUJ, Que. — An Indigenous band in eastern Quebec is challenging the limits of its commercial fishing licence, saying the federal government should allow its members to sell lobster caught during its fall fishery in the Bay of Chaleur.The Mi’kmaq community of Listuguj, located near Cambellton, N.B., has the right to fish for lobster in the fall, but the catch can’t be sold because it’s supposed to be part of a sustainable food fishery — not a commercial enterprise.Under a ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada, known as Sparrow, Indigenous Peoples are allowed to fish outside the regular commercial season to feed their communities or to supply ceremonial gatherings — but they are barred from selling their catches.The Listuguj band issued a statement Monday, saying the federal Fisheries Department has refused to grant the band a commercial licence for its fall lobster fishery and has not offered an explanation.The First Nation signed a framework agreement with the federal government last November, leading to formal negotiations on fishing rights that are still ongoing.Listuguj Chief Darcy Gray issued a statement saying the community remains committed to the negotiations, but the band “cannot be made to wait indefinitely.”Fisheries and Oceans Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Press
MEXICO CITY — President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched an ambitious plan to stimulate economic activity on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border despite recent U.S. threats to close the border entirely.Mexico plans to slash income and corporate taxes to 20 per cent from 30 per cent for 43 municipalities in six states just south of the U.S., while halving to 8 per cent the value-added tax in the region. Business leaders and union representatives have also agreed to double the minimum wage along the border, to 176.2 pesos a day, the equivalent of $9.07 at current exchange rates.Lopez Obrador says the idea is to stimulate wage and job growth via fiscal incentives and productivity gains. President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that low wages in Mexico lure jobs from the U.S.The Associated Press
“It is probably safe to say that there is agreement amongst most Member States that speech that is both intended to lead to the incitement of terrorist acts, and that causes a danger that such act will be committed, may lawfully be restricted,” Javier Rupérez, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), told heads of special services, state security and law enforcement agencies meeting in Kazan, Russia, from 15 to 16 June. “On the question of the prohibition and prevention of incitement to commit terrorist acts, it is evident that States have different understandings of this concept,” Mr. Rupérez said, however.Some States have already enacted specific laws prohibiting statements that may directly or indirectly lead to the commission of terrorist acts, while a smaller number said they have criminalized the glorification of terrorism, along with supportive explanations of the scourge.Mr. Rupérez said that CTED detected these trends in its analysis of reports by Member States on the action they have taken to implement Security Council resolution 1624, which was adopted during the 2005 UN World Summit and requires States to curtail incitement to commit terrorist acts. He noted that CTED has only received replies from some 30 States, predominantly from Europe, along with a few responses from Asia, the Middle East and other regions. In addition, most legal authorities find the issue highly problematic. “The criminalization of certain forms of speech is a highly sensitive matter under international law, since freedom of expression has been recognized, time and time again, by the United Nations as well as regional organizations and many respected authorities, as a ‘cornerstone, a foundation,’ of societies based on democratic principles and the rule of law,” he said. In addition to the discussion about resolution 1624, the Kazan meeting is expected to tackle such topics as providing security for oil and gas industries, countering extremist activities that exploit religious ideologies and establishing an international database on organizations and individuals involved in terrorist activities.
“He condemns in the strongest possible terms these heinous acts, which no cause can justify,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman said in a formal statement, reiterating his call for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages in the strife-torn country.The Secretary-General also conveyed condolences to the bereaved families and to the Government and people of the Russian Federation.
The Department of Geography at Brock University has submitted a Statement of Intent that it wishes to discontinue two programs: BSc Physical Geography and BA Human Geography. As part of the approval process, the statement is being made available for the information of the University community to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step of the Internal Quality Assurance Process.Please access the Statement of Intent at the following here. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on April 11, 2016 to ARC-SOI@brocku.ca (Academic Review Committee) and firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Fullerton, Chair, Department of Geography).
BELFAST, Ireland — Jeremy Harris scored 21 points, Nick Perkins added 20 with nine rebounds, and No. 21 Buffalo beat Milwaukee 96-77 on Friday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.CJ Massinburg contributed 16 points as the Bulls improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 1930-31 season.Buffalo will meet the winner of Friday’s game between San Francisco and Stephen F. Austin in the championship game of the Goliath bracket on Saturday.The Bulls hit 14 of 33 (42 per cent) from 3-point range while the Panthers went 6 for 28. Perkins was 4 of 5 from behind the arc and Massinburg hit 4 of 8, becoming the fourth player in school history to surpass 200 career 3-pointers.Carson Warren-Newsome scored a career-high 26 points to lead Milwaukee (2-5).Buffalo used a 12-2 run to take a 43-32 lead into halftime. Milwaukee cut a 16-point deficit down to four with 8:45 remaining before the Bulls pulled away.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press
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. School leaders will have the chance to work for Ofsted for a year under a new secondment programme announced by Amanda Spielman. Ofsted’s Chief Inspector revealed the plans on Saturday at the school and college leaders at the annual ASCL conference in Birmingham. The new programme will allow Ofsted to gain expertise from middle leaders and up-to-date experiences of running a school, Mrs Spielman said. “I’ve spoken a lot about the importance of collaboration and discussion on inspection. And what makes that possible is the shared experiences of inspectors and school leaders,” she said. “Ofsted is part of the education system, not separate from it.” Under the new programme, subject leads and heads of department, known as middle leaders, will get access to Ofsted training and development and gain insight into what different types of schools are doing. “Many of our inspectors are serving school leaders, and we plan to start a secondment programme early next year to involve even more of them,” she said. “Our plan is for one-year secondments to Ofsted for middle leaders. They will get access to our training and development, and through inspection gain insight into what all different types of schools are doing.” It is hoped school leaders will return to their schools after 12 months having ‘gained hugely’ from the experience, benefitting the school in turn, Mrs Spielman said. “We will pilot this approach with our current trained Ofsted Inspectors so that we can see how well it works. But in time, we’d like these secondments to be open to any school leader who has had some whole school responsibility,” she said. Ofsted sees the new programme as forming part of the development journey of school leaders who are on a trajectory to headship or beyond. Mrs Spielman said she scheme will widen Ofsted’s recruitment net and Ofsted will “benefit enormously” from the direct experience that school leaders have. After the pilot, Ofsted hopes to open the scheme more widely from January next year. Mrs Spielman said: “We are determined to be a force for improvement in education and we believe this scheme will help by widening our recruitment net and sharing our training. And of course we will benefit enormously from the direct experience that school leaders have. It really is an exciting time for people to join us.” Ofsted is also proposing that from September inspectors’ preparation takes place at the school the afternoon before the inspection starts, so that the lead inspector and school leaders can prepare collaboratively.
It will never stand up in court2. Summer Bay Devil got 1,512 green thumbs for his honest answer about how he’d react to a basking shark. I would be confident that I still would soil myself nonetheless.3. kjholt responds to Louis Tomlinson buying Doncaster Rovers. He managed to find 1,408 of your green thumbs. Fair play, was going to buy Bray Wanderers meself. Took the kids to the cinema instead.4. At least 1,259 of you agreed with Ronandusty and his views on the Kenyan elephant that was killed this week. Poachers are filth. The people who buy ivory are filth. Trading in the future of the earths wildlife for a few pennys.5. Aaron D took issue with an article posted from our international wires this week and 1,197 readers gave him their green thumbs. Noted. TheJournal.ie can do better than this bollocks. All this article will do is make people chuckle at the thought, when actually a real human being has died.There is no medical reason to believe he died because of staying up too long, this is mere speculation with no basis in fact or reason. 6. We’ve added one more to this list today to include Ursa Major who got 1,151 thumbs up for this. It takes 7 seconds for food to pass from the mouth to the stomach. A human hair can hold 3kg. The length of a penis is 3 times the length of the thumb. The femur is as hard as concrete. A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s. Women blink twice as much as men. A woman has read this entire post. A man is still looking at his thumb!The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Shinnernomics: Opponents call them fantasy, so how realistic are Sinn Féin’s budget proposals? (180 comments)2. On this day in 1974 the IRA bombed the Houses of Parliament in London (176 comments)3. Young Fine Gael wants to reduce the minimum wage by €2 per hour (173 comments)4. “I was shattered”: Nigerian man arrives home to racist protest on his doorstep (171 comments)5. Rory McIlroy has declared for Ireland ahead of the 2016 Olympics (169 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this weekLast Sunday, we got you talking about the best of your Dad stories. This is a classic from Brian Farrell.I was 11. My dad was a milkman. On Friday evenings I helped him collect the “milk money”. Whilst catching up with him on Home Lawns Ave I handed him a £10 note and said “da deich punt”He got an awful shock and started breaking his side (other words available) laughing. He though I’d call him a deaf /…..Which kinda made sense as he obviously was a little deaf. Ireland also mourns the death of student travel pioneer Gordon Colleary this week. Frank Cronin pays tribute:As CEO of the Sunday Tribune I spent five years working closely with Gordon, he was thoughtful, decent, supportive and fun. Whilst it was sad Vincent and Gordon lost their great bond, he remained a force for good against some powerful media figures. That spirit seems lost in the current media landscape. His great demeanor, bow tie and Joie De vivre will be greatly missed Niall Harbison of Lovin’ Dublin created quite the controversy this week with a restaurant review turned opinion piece about some city residents. A local, Paul Seán Gannon, writes back:I am 25 years of age born and bred in Pearse St and I have swam in the GCD area for many of years and long before all these upper class people started to flood into the are with their fancy new buildings restaurants and hotels. It’s all well and good making a change to the area but you can make changes to the area but you won’t take the people out of it. I hope for the next ten days of good weather that grand canal is flooded with swimmers and people enjoying the little bit of weather they get here once a year, not like the fancy holidays away four or five times a year like some of the owners of premises down there.After watching a short film about Gerry Collins, many of you told us what you are grateful for. The entire thread is moving and here is just a small selection.Paul burch:I am grateful to a nurse in st. Vincents hospital who told me at the time if i had a ciggie, i would have gotten sick due to the medication they had me on. The following day, i gave up cigs and am now off them for 15 months now. Thankyou.Martin J Smith:I am grateful to have encountered this man who has inspired me and so many others, not just in the area of smoking but in the wider challenges of life.I suffered a loss of my shoulder through a severe infection and am left with about 50% mobility and a lump of metal. This story and the strenght shown has made me recognise the positives rather than wallowing in the negative. At least I have 50% mobility that is better than none. Good on ya Gerry.Heard much about World Cup widows this week? (If so, read this piece by Malachy Clerkin in the Irish Times). But what about World Cup grandsons, such as davey p?My mam sent me up to my nana last night to shut all her windows for her, “because she’ll be getting cold now”, when i got there she goes off on one, “dont u touch them fecking windows, the russia match is at 11 and i’ll never stay awake with that heat, come back after the match”. If it was anybody else i’d have told them where to go.And more on the World Cup from Niall H. We wish were there for this: Daisy Chainsaw sums up all our feelings about Kim Kardashian’s app. Ugh but lol.If I find this on any of my friends’ phones, I’ll throw the accursed thing into a poo filled toilet so no amount of rice in a hotpress can save it.What is your ice-cream of choice? Dónal Ó Maoláin thinks we were all codding ourselves with those Magnums.People who bought Magnums didn’t really want them, it was just “Look at me, I’ve got 85p!”Finally, we all enjoyed this after finding out about the popularity of the Yo app.Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at email@example.com. Source: Mark GrahamA much-loved Waterford man passed away this week, with many of our readers leaving their tributes for Tawdy. Tim Stephen Hendy remembers EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about the sad passing of two gentlemen, Yo and the World Cup, natch.So here are the standout comments from the week that was.The 6 most popular comments this week Source: Anna Gowthorpe1. You could tell Dub_Del was proud of this one on a story about a man suing a hospital for making his penis one inch shorter. He got 2,151 thumbs up for it (the comment, not the inch, that is). I pretended the Ivory Coast was Ireland and sang amhran na bhfiann at the start with the tv muted.I then sat in a corner swaying back and forth clutching pictures of Robbie keane and mick McCarthyUp the republic! Back in the very early 90s he lived on Waterside. My dad was the manager at the gasworks and let Tawdy live in one of the sheds there before they tore the whole place down. He was always polite and tidied up after himself. I never saw him again after that and left Waterford soon after.That he lived another two decades plus is a testament to his ability to eke out a meagre living and the degree to which the people of Waterford helped him out whenever they could.
One wouldn’t normally pay much attention to a keyboard. It’s a simple peripheral after all, right? But ask anybody who has typed more than a few dozen words a day, or those of us who write thousands, and you’ll hear quickly how there are truly many types of keyboards and one’s preference is as individual as chewing gum or sports teams.You could choose between a plain-jane $10 special, curved ergonomic, split ergonomic, mechanical, chiclet-style, laptop-style, and oh so many other types of keyboards to type on. Today’s geek deal is Logitech’s newest addition to their popular line of peripherals, the K810 Bluetooth illuminated keyboard.Featuring the ever-popular chiclet or island style keys, the K810 looks every bit the part as a 2012 keyboard design. The aluminum piano black finish, in what appears to be matte throughout with a stripe of glossy along the top, is sleek and simple, but the real standout is the “illuminated” part of the K810’s name.It has an auto-sending, variable intensity backlight built-in. A motion sensor detects when your hands are near the keyboard and lights it up. The backlight intensity varies based on the ambient light or you can manually control it. The keyboard also has the usual multimedia control keys, but the K810 still has one more trick up its sleeve.Logitech has added special keys that allow for dedicated pairing to three of your desired Bluetooth devices, allowing for easy switching between any combination of PCs, phones, tablets, or other devices (like a PlayStation 3). In theory, you could switch with the tap of a key from writing on your PC to your Android phone to your iPad, for the serious multitaskers among us. It is also rechargeable via micro-USB with a runtime of around a month.Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 for $84.99 + free shipping(normally $99.99 | use coupon code 7BRL7?2ZDK?H4G | ends Oct. 30 or sooner)Our other top deals:Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II auto focus DSLR lens w/UV filter, carrying case, & more for $119 + free shipping(normally $157.64 | use instant savings | ends Oct. 30 or sooner)Dell Optiplex 3010 Core i5 Mini Tower + 21.5″ LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $679 + free shipping(normally $1,259 | use instant savings | ends Oct. 27 or sooner)Sony Braiva KDL-46EX645 46″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV w/WiFi & Netflix for $798 + free shipping(normally $1,199.99 | use coupon code OVR74839 | ends Oct. 29 or sooner)
Bayern Munich have named Antoine Griezmann as their top transfer target for next summer, despite his €200m release clause at Atletico MadridThe Bavarians feel that their current squad will be able make it seven successive Bundesliga titles this season and have a respectable run in the Champions League at the same time.But AS reports that Bayern are aware that the clock is ticking for the likes of Arjen Robben, 34, and Franck Ribery, 35, who are now well into the twilight phase of their playing careers.Due to this, a new star is needed at the Allianz Arena and Bayern have named Griezmann as the ideal signing.The German side views the World Cup winner as the best striker in European football right now.Although the club president Uni Hoeness is aware that signing Griezmann will not come at a cheap price and plans to make an approach next summer instead, where he will have adequate funds at his disposal to pay for his €200m buy-out clause.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Griezmann was originally available for €100m, but he signed a new contract at Atletico before this summer’s World Cup after opting against joining La Liga rivals Barcelona.Plan BShould their attempts to sign Griezmann next summer fail, then Bayern will then turn their focus onto signing Juventus’ Paulo Dybala.The Argentine striker is set to play a key role alongside Cristiano Ronaldo up front for Juventus this season and is contracted at the club until June 2022.Although Dybala had been linked with a move to Atletico last season after being seen with manager Diego Simeone back in March.Dybala managed 22 goals and seven assists in 33 Serie A games last season.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Sunday, 28th September 2014 10:11:43AMThe Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) have arrested a 24 year old male police officer in connection with the arson at the Chalk Sound Police Station that destroyed a police SUV and two other vehicles on Friday morning.On Friday, 26 September 2014 at 1:30AM, the Provisdenciales Fire Department was called to assist police on the scene of an arson following reports of multiple fires at the Chalk Sound police station.Investigators have gathered evidence, conducted numerous interviews, and executed search warrants. A 24 year old male police officer emerged as a person of interest in the course of the investigation and was susbsequnetly arrested on Saturday, 27 September. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pedning the continuation of this investigation.Anyone who has any information about this case is asked to call Chalk Sound police station at 941-8083. To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS) Recommended for you Related Items:arson, royal turks and caicos police force Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Arson suspected in HJ Robinson High fire in Grand Turk; top floor ravaged by flames Arsonist strikes again, Grand Turk dump site machinery targeted
The speed and frequency of change impacting reward practices and strategy mean keeping on top of all new developments, particularly regulatory and legislative change, can seem like a job in itself. But, as well as meeting mandatory requirements, reward and benefits professionals must also prepare for the impact of legislative change on both broader reward and business strategies.Over the coming year, a number of incoming pay and benefits-related initiatives are due to come into force, with several more looming in 2018. These will require advance preparation if employers are to successfully future proof their reward strategies against the potential cost impact, without damaging key factors such as employee engagement levels.With the introduction of gender pay gap reporting, the rise in the national living wage, changes to the tax and employer national insurance contribution efficiencies on some salary sacrifice arrangements and the first increases in minimum contributions under pensions auto-enrolment all fast approaching, employers should take steps now to ensure they have a sustainable plan in place to mitigate the associated costs. Organisations that have already begun to prepare for these changes appear to have taken very different approaches; while some have cut back on perks, others have taken the opposite stance and introduced new options for staff. Read more in How to future proof a reward strategy in light of changing pay regulations.Changing societal and demographic issues also need to be built into a reward strategy if it is to remain fit for future purpose. An increasing number of employees now have caring responsibilities outside of the workplace, so forward-thinking organisations are looking at how they can support and engage their working carers. Some of the initiatives they have introduced include increased flexibility for carers, family-friendly events, line manager training and peer support networks.Debbie Lovewell-TuckEditorTweet: @DebbieLovewell
Post Malone, Nicki Minaj To Headline Made In America Fest News Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia promises a musical blast worthy of wrapping up what looks to be an epic summer of festivalsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 4, 2018 – 1:28 pm Need some plans for Labor Day 2018 weekend? Philadelphia’s Made In America fest looks like the place to be, following the announcement of its performer lineup for Sept. 1–2, with Nicki Minaj and Post Malone headlining.As if the headliners weren’t enough enticement, Meek Mill will make his first hometown Philly performance since his release from incarceration. GRAMMY winners joining the fun include Alessia Cara, Diplo, Miguel, and Zedd.Malone collaborator Ty Dolla Sign is also part of the MIA lineup, in addition to GRAMMY nominees 6lack, Fat Joe, and Janelle Monáe. Bloodpop, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, and Tokimonsta are just a few of the emerging talents sure to make MIA a fitting finale for summer this Labor Day weekend.Malone’s 2018 album Beerbongs & Bentleys arrived in April and has been breaking streaming records, while Minaj’s new album Queen is expected on June 15. The song “Ball For Me” on Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys features Minaj and was co-written by them with producer Louis Bell.VIP and Tidal pre-sale tickets are available now. Visit the festival’s website for more ticket information.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook Post Malone, Nicki Minaj Headline Made In America post-malone-nicki-minaj-headline-made-america-fest Email Twitter
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an appearance in Caracas. Photo: AFPVenezuela faces calls for street protests Saturday at the tensest moment yet in a political and economic crisis that has brought it close to collapse.President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents called on Venezuelans to take to the streets and urged the army to abandon him, branding moves to consolidate his power a “coup d’etat.”Maduro has clung to power in a more than year-long standoff with his center-right opponents, but on Friday a sign emerged of possible division in his camp when the attorney general broke ranks with him.Yet uncertainty reined in the volatile nation hit by food shortages and violent crime, which has seen three attempted military coups since 1992.Maduro defiantMaduro faced the strongest criticism ever from within his own camp Friday as his attorney general condemned recent court rulings that strengthened the socialist president’s grip on the levers of power.Attorney General Luisa Ortega denounced on live state television what she called a “rupture of constitutional order.”She was referring to two Supreme Court rulings this week that effectively dissolved the opposition-majority legislature and revoked lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution.Maduro’s opponents and political analysts alleged a coup and international powers condemned the moves.The government rejected that accusation.Maduro said in a speech to cheering supporters late Friday: “In Venezuela, the constitution, civil, political and human rights and people power are in full force.”He vowed “through dialogue and the constitution, to resolve the impasse” between the attorney general and the court.He also said he had called a meeting of security chiefs to “deliberate and draw up a resolution.”Scuffles, arrestsThe legislative speaker, Julio Borges, called on the military and other institutions to follow Ortega’s example and speak up against Maduro.“Now is the time to obey the orders of your conscience,” he said.Street protests erupted for a second day Friday in Caracas. Students marched on the Supreme Court, where they scuffled with soldiers.Protesters also blocked streets in the working-class Petare neighborhood, and opposition lawmakers clashed with Maduro supporters downtown.Two students and a journalist were arrested, activists said.International concern International condemnation has poured in from the United States, the European Union, Spain, Germany and a host of Latin American countries.The head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, has called for the regional group’s permanent council to hold crisis talks on the situation.South American regional bloc Mercosur—which suspended Venezuela in December—will also hold crisis talks Saturday, Argentina announced.Power struggleThe opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) won a landslide in legislative elections in December 2015.But the court has overturned every law passed by the current legislature.Venezuela has the world’s biggest oil reserves, but the collapse in prices has sapped its revenues, prompting shortages of food, medicine and basic goods.Maduro is not up for re-election until October 2018. But he has been forced to fend off opposition efforts to call a vote on removing him from power.Protests calledOutside a supermarket in Caracas, Venezuelans were agitated at the news as they queued to buy food rations.“If it’s not a coup then it looks very like one,” said mechanic Eduardo Rodriguez, a 58-year-old mechanic. “It looks very ugly to me.”Opposition groups called for more street protests Saturday.“We have to come out and defend democracy,” said Sara Ramirez, 68, a building porter, waiting in line.But others were sick of the political conflict.“I don’t support either side,” said Yandry Diaz, 18, who works in a shoe shop.“What they want is to have us in the street, fighting and killing each other so that they can hold power.”
Two people including a bus driver died while five others were injured in a road accident on Yamuna Expressway on Tuesday. Police said that the victims met with the accident when a roadways bus, coming from Agra with dozens of passengers, hit
Someone once quipped that the “universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle” and devoted book readers know it too well. Any of the (sadly-diminishing) tribe would be familiar with responses of wonder over the fact that they manage to read even a modestly-long work in a day or two. Wonder what these amazed people would make of a book termed a “doorstopper”? “Doorstoppers” are books so thick and heavy that they can be used to keep doors open – or even be a literary weapon, literally. The irrepressible TVTropes.org, which also suggests they can be a substitute for barbells or an opportunity for orthopaedists, says “Proper Doorstoppers” (also known as “Tree Killers”) should be over 500 pages at least, with a normal typeface – at least 10 point. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA distinction needs to be drawn with “Omnibus” editions, which usually bring a trilogy, or complete works of an author into one. While technically a “doorstopper”, they are not, for this term is for one particular work, which per TVTropes, “can and will cause massive muscle fatigue when reading while holding the book in your hands”.While religious scriptures – or their exegeses – dictionaries, encyclopaedias, most textbooks, especially computer programming, accountancy, biology, et al, are doorstoppers, let’s see some notable examples from both classical and popular literature. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThough English has some of the most well-known examples – Charles Dickens, Margaret “Gone With the Wind” Mitchell, J.R.R. Tolkien (save “The Hobbit” and “The Silmarillion”), J.K. Rowling (“The Order of the Phoenix” onwards), the phenomenon is present in literary traditions across the world – Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, among many others and much old.Marcel Proust’s “A la Recherche du Temps Perdu” (“Remembrance of Things Past” or “In Search of Lost Time” now, 1913-27 in French) about his childhood and adulthood experiences in late 19th century/early 20th century France, holds the Guinness records title of longest novel with its one and a half million words. The author was still adding to it and revising the last three volumes at the time of his death, leading to the possibility it could have well emerged longer. However, Mark Leach’s “Marienbad My Love” (2013), about a tortured (mentally) author on a desert island reaching out to a married ex-lover to help him produce a science fiction film, claims to be the world’s longest novel, with over 17 million words, over 10,000 pages across 17 volumes. The novel’s title is itself 6,700 words long, it contains a 4.4-million-letter noun as well as a three million-word-long sentence.Persian poet Ferdowsi’s “The Shahnameh”, about Iranian history from the world’s creation to the Islamic age, in an abridged English prose translation runs close to 1,000 pages and, according to the introduction, a current full English verse translation is nine volumes long. Japanese epic “The Tale of Genji”, varies by language and translator, but one copy is 1,090 pages long. And many classic Chinese novels are in the 2,000-page range – Luo Guanzhong’s 14th century epic “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”, about war, turmoil, and bloodshed in the eponymous period (188-280 AD) runs to over 2,300 pages.So does the 16th century “Journey to the West” about Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang’s pilgrimage to India to study Buddhism and obtain accurate copies of religious texts and the exploits of his three supernatural co-travellers and protectors, especially “The Monkey King”, while Cao Xueqin’s 18th century “Dream of the Red Chamber”, about the decline of a noble family is shorter – at only 1,800-odd pages.Russians were quite famous for this At 1,200 pages, Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”, about Russian nobility before and during Napoleon’s invasion, is a prime example, while Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” is well over 500 pages and “The Brothers Karamazov” anything between 720 to 1,013 pages, depending on the translation. It must, however, be noted that the authors were paid by the page.French authors too remain masters – Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables”, is affectionately called “The Brick” by its admirers, and has a detailed description of a crack in the wall, through which a character looks, spanning a page and a half – in the condensed version.Indians too figure, with Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” being over 1,500 pages and Vikram Chandra’s “Sacred Games” at around 1,100.Though, technology has now enabled even a huge doorstopper to easily fit on a light, handy, smartphone or e-reader, determined bookworms from the dawn of publishing to well into the 20th century – and even now – never hesitated to carry around weighty tomes on journeys, to work and otherwise, giving the phrase “active readers” a whole new meaning. Whoever says book reading is a lazy activity, should try to read these.
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Share Tweet Submit Just for today, there is a bundle of gaming discounts on sale that feature NVIDIA’s latest GTX 10 series of graphics processors designed to provide the best possible performance in the latest video games. They also feature Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake processors so that will also contribute to the performance that you will eventually experience.Check Out These 6 Gaming Notebooks That You Should Buy for This Holiday SeasonWith NVIDIA’s Pascal-based GPUs boasting better efficiency and performance-per-watt, gaming just became a whole lot sweeter for the company’s partners and for you because with a small difference surrounding the desktop and notebook chip variants, you’re expected to experience nearly the same gaming performance on both platforms. Let us dot down the gaming notebooks that have been discounted for today only. Acer Nitro 5 ($745.00)SpecificationsIntel Core i5-7300HQ quad-core processor (Up to 3.5GHz)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM15.6-inch Full HD display8GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable)256GB SSD (expandable)Dual-Fan CoolingAcer TrueHarmony Technology & Dolby Audio Premium SoundIron-Red Backlit KeyboardWindows 10 HomeAcer Predator Helios 300 (The best GTX 1060-powered gaming notebook in terms of price at $1,049)SpecificationsIntel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor (Up to 3.8GHz)GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM15.6-inch Full HD display16GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable)256GB SSD (expandable)Aggressively Designed Metal Form FactorDual-Fan CoolingUp to 7-Hours Battery LifeMSI GL62M 7REX-1896US ($200 discount)SpecificationsIntel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor (Up to 3.8GHz)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM15.6-inch Full HD display8GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable)128GB SSD + 1TB HDDSteelseries Red Backlit KeyboardASUS ROG Strix GL702VS ($449 discount)SpecificationsIntel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor (Up to 3.8GHz)GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM17.3-inch Full HD display12GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable)128GB SSD + 1TB HDD75Hz G-Sync DisplayDuo-Copper thermal moduleDual cooling fans for increased CPU and GPU performanceMSI GT73VR TITAN PRO-1005 ($799 discount)SpecificationsIntel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor (Up to 3.8GHz)GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of dedicated GDDR5X VRAM17.3-inch Full HD display16GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable)512GB SSD + 1TB HDD120Hz G-Sync 5ms Display3 Fans, 10 Heatpipes for the ultimate cooling solutionRazer Blade Pro ($350 discount)SpecificationsIntel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor (Up to 3.8GHz)GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM17.3-inch Full HD display16GB DDR4 RAM (Upgradable to 32GB)256GB SSD + 2TB HDD120Hz G-Sync DisplayCustomizable keyboard lighting powered by Razer Chroma featuring 16.8 million colors per keyWhich gaming notebook will you upgrade to? Tell us your thoughts down in the comments.
The most feared online entities in the present day are trolls. Trolls, a fearsome bunch of fake or pseudo online profiles, tend to attack online users, mostly celebrities, sports person or political profiles using a wide range of methods. One of these methods is to post obscene or NSFW (Not Safe For Work) content on your profile or website where User Generated Content (USG) is allowed. This can create unnecessary attention and cause legal troubles for you too. The traditional way out is to get a moderator (or a team of them). Let all the USGs pass through this moderation system. This is a sustainable solution for a small platform. But if you are running a large scale app, say a publishing app where you publish one hundred stories a day, and the success of these stories depend on the user interaction with them, then this model of manual moderation becomes unsustainable. More the number of USGs, more is the turn-around time, larger the moderation team size. This results in escalating costs, for a purpose that’s not contributing to your business growth in any manner. That’s where Machine Learning could help. Machine Learning algorithms that can scan images and content for possible abusive or adult content is a better solution that manual moderation. Tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Amazon have a ready solution for this. These companies have created APIs which are commercially available for developers. You can incorporate these APIs in your application to weed out the filth served by the trolls. The different APIs available for this purpose are Microsoft moderation, Google Vision, AWS Rekognition & Clarifai. Dataturks have made a comparative study on using these APIs on one particular dataset to measure their efficiency. They used a YACVID dataset with 180 images, manually labelled 90 of these images as nude and the rest as non-nude. The dataset was then fed to the 4 APIs mentioned above, their efficiency was tested based on the following parameters. True Positive (TP): Given a safe photo, the API correctly says so False Positive (FP): Given an explicit photo but the API incorrectly classifies it as safe. False negative (FN): Given a safe photo but the API is not able to detect so and True negative(TN): Given an explicit photo and the API correctly says so. TP and TN are two cases which meant the system behaved correctly. An FP meant that the app was vulnerable to attacks from trolls, FN meant the efficiency of the systems were low and hence not practically viable. 10% of the cases would be such that the API can’t decide whether its explicit or not. Those would be sent for manual moderation. This would bring down the maintenance cost of the moderation team. The results that they received are shown below: Source: Dataturks As it is evident from the above table, the best standalone API is Google vision with a 99% accuracy and 94% recall value. Recall value implies that if the same images are repeated, it can recognize them with 94% precision. The best results however were received with the combination of Microsoft and Google. The comparison of the response times are mentioned below: Source: dataturks The response time might have been affected with the fact that all the images accessed by the APIs were stored in Amazon S3. Hence AWS API might have had an unfair advantage on the response time. The timings were noted for 180 image calls per API. The cost is the lowest for AWS Rekognition – $1 for 1000 calls to the API. It’s $1.2 for Clarifai, $1.5 for both Microsoft and Google. The one notable drawback of the Amazon API was that the images had to be stored as S3 objects, or converted into that. All the other APIs accepted any web links as possible source of images. What this study says is that the power of filtering out negative and explicit content in your app is much easier now. You might still have to have a small team of moderators, but their jobs will be made a lot easier with the ML models implemented in these APIs. Machine Learning is paving the way for us to be safe from the increasing menace of Trolls, a threat to free speech and open sharing of ideas which were the founding stones of internet and the world wide web as a whole. Will this discourage Trolls from continuing their slandering or will it create a counter system to bypass the APIs and checks? We can only know in time. Read Next Facebook launches a 6-part Machine Learning video series Google’s new facial recognition patent uses your social network to identify you! Microsoft’s Brad Smith calls for facial recognition technology to be regulated