At UN Syria warns of blatant conspiracies from outsiders against its people

26 September 2011Syrian authorities will continue to undertake political, social and economic reforms but they will also act to protect citizens from “blatant conspiracies” aimed at sabotaging national security or inviting outside interventions, the country’s Foreign Minister told the United Nations today. Addressing the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Walid al-Moualem said the reform process is “a work in progress” in Syria, where large numbers of protesters have for months been calling for greater democracy and freedoms.He said many of the demands for reform have already been met, and they will continue through a process of national dialogue based on “national unity, sovereignty and independence.”He cited changes announced in June to liberalize the country’s media, guarantee political pluralism and reform the staging of parliamentary elections and the management of local government.Top UN officials have repeatedly expressed concern this year about the nature of the Government’s response to the largely peaceful protest movement, with at least 2,600 Syrians estimated to have been killed after military forces clashed with demonstrators.The UN Human Rights Council has ordered an inquiry into the violence after an earlier UN fact-finding mission outlined a litany of Government abuses, including murders, enforced disappearances and acts of torture.But Mr. al-Moualem said the overriding focus of authorities has been to deal with “the external pressures which were at times tantamount to blatant conspiracies.”He said that “popular demands and claims have been manipulated to further objectives which are alien to the interests and express desires of the Syrian people. These demands were the stepping stone used by armed groups to sow discord and sabotage our security. They became the new pretext for foreign interventions.“Syria exercised its responsibility to protect its citizens. It acted to guarantee their safety and stability. Vigilance against the danger of foreign intervention that assumes a different form with each passing day, and challenging it does not mean underestimating popular demands.”Mr. al-Moualem said there had been a “surge in the activities of armed groups” within Syria that was a “manifestation of foreign intervention,” and he criticized moves by the United States and the European Union to impose sanctions, saying they would hurt the daily needs of ordinary Syrians.Describing his country as a model of coexistence that has opted for secularism over religious or ethnic favouritism, the Foreign Minister said that the clear “purpose of this unjust anti-Syria campaign currently under way is to attack this model of coexistence that has been a source of pride to our people.“How we can otherwise explain media provocations, financing and arming religious extremism? What purpose could this serve other than total chaos that would dismember Syria – and consequently adversely affect its neighbours?” read more

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Solheim and Mangala hold talks in London

The participants at talks being held in the UK on Sri Lanka had yesterday strongly denied reports it had anything to do with the UN human rights report on Sri Lanka or on a political solution to the National issue.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran were among those in London to have talks with the Tamil diaspora, including the Global Tamil Forum (GTF). (Colombo Gazette) He said that there were others who had also taken part in the discussions and a statement was expected to be released on the talks later. The former Norwegian Minister also denied reports that he had facilitated talks between Samaraweera and the Tamil diaspora in London. Former Norwegian Peace envoy to Sri Lanka Erik Solheim had talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in London yesterday.Solheim told the Colombo Gazette that the informal talks were aimed at sharing experiences on reconciliation related issues. read more

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First Nations given maximum compensation for Ottawas childwelfare discrimination

OTTAWA — A Friday ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal about Canada’s treatment of Indigenous children demands a full investigation of the federal Indigenous-affairs department, says child-welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock.The tribunal ruled the federal government had been “wilful and reckless” in discriminating against First Nations children living on reserves by chronically and knowingly underfunding child-welfare services.It ordered the federal government to pay $40,000 for every First Nations child who was inappropriately taken away from his or her parents after 2006. The same amount is to be paid to each of their parents. Children who were abused in foster care and those who had basic services, like medical care, denied to them are also each entitled to $40,000. That’s the maximum the tribunal can award.The Assembly of First Nations estimates about 54,000 children and their parents could be eligible for the money, meaning the total bill will likely exceed $2 billion.The tribunal has given the AFN, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the federal government until December to come up with a plan for determining who is eligible for the compensation and how it will be paid.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Blackstock, the executive director of the caring society and a member of the Gitxsan First Nation in British Columbia, said the tribunal’s findings make clear Canada didn’t learn from its apologies and compensation awarded for residential schools and the Sixties Scoop.She said if they had learned, this case wouldn’t have been necessary.“I want the whole department to be independently evaluated and all of the inequalities facing First Nations children to be costed out by the parliamentary budget officer,” she said.The compensation follows the tribunal’s 2016 finding of discrimination, saying Ottawa refused for years to provide the same amount of funding for child-welfare services on reserves as provincial governments provided for kids living off-reserve. The money available for kids was the same on and off reserve only when they were in foster care.The result: a mass removal of children from their families. Fewer than 10 per cent of the children in Canada are Indigenous but more than half the children in care are.In its 93-page order, the tribunal panel said the maximum compensation award is reserved for the worst cases of discrimination.“No amount of compensation can ever recover what you have lost, the scars that are left on your souls or the suffering that you have gone through as a result of racism, colonial practices and discrimination,” the panel wrote.When Blackstock first brought the case in 2007, Indigenous Affairs was a single department. In 2017 the Liberals divided it into two: the departments of Crown-Indigenous Relations and of Indigenous Services.She said it was a good day for kids but “also a wake-up call for Canadians.”“Treating kids fairly should not require a court order,” she said.Since its ruling in 2016, the tribunal has said 10 times that Ottawa failed to comply with orders to fix the funding discrepancies. In 2018, the Liberals finally committed to funding prevention services at the needed levels. Blackstock said while that has mostly happened, Ottawa refused to fund supports for those services, such as for buildings to house programs.Kevin Deagle, spokesman for Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, said Friday the government is reviewing the tribunal’s compensation order. He said it touches on “important and complex issues” the Liberals take seriously.“We understand that systemic issues require systemic responses,” he said. “We’re dealing with a broken system and we need to fix it.”If the government wants to appeal, Blackstock said it has to file it Oct. 7, which would be two weeks before the federal election. She said Canadians should ask every candidate who comes to their doorsteps what their plan is to fix this long-standing discrimination against vulnerable children.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he hopes the government does not appeal because doing so would be a slap in the face to the idea of reconciliation.“The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has put Canada on notice that it can’t continue this fundamental breach of human rights,” he said.NDP MP Charlie Angus, who represents a northern Ontario riding, called the tribunal’s findings “a damning indictment” of the policies of both Liberal and Conservative governments.“In the process they destroyed the lives of children,” he said. “I’m glad they’re finally having to pay for the damage they have done.” read more

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Timely elections political solutions to differences vital for Libya to move forward

Libya, which has been undergoing a democratic transition since the toppling in 2011 of former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi, has recently witnessed political tensions as well as major security developments, particularly in the eastern part of the country.Against this backdrop, the North African nation is preparing, with UN technical support, for the election on 25 June of the 200-member Council of Representatives that will succeed the General National Congress. “The Secretary-General continues to follow closely the situation in Libya and stresses the importance of the peaceful and timely holding of elections on 25 June,” his spokesperson said in a statement. Mr. Ban also reaffirmed the important role of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in providing technical assistance in support of building and reforming State institutions, and commended its work in the areas of good offices and facilitation of dialogue, which it carries out with impartiality and openness to all national parties concerned. “He encourages all Libyans to remain engaged in the search for political solutions that would respond to the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people,” the spokesperson added.UNSMIL, for its part, today stressed the importance of holding a national dialogue meeting irrespective of differences and divisions seen among representatives of the Libyan political parties. “The Mission understands some of the concerns and emphasizes respect for different opinions but continues to urge all parties to work together to ensure a suitable political, and security environment to conduct the upcoming elections,” it stated in a news release, adding that it has postponed the dialogue meeting scheduled for 18 and 19 June. read more

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Man admits killing wife and her mother after secret Afghan family is

The family of a woman who was murdered by her ex-husband while on the phone to the police have accused the authorities of letting her down.Raneem Oudeh was stabbed to death alongside her mother, Khaola Saleem, just weeks after she left husband, Janbaz Tarin, when she discovered he had a secret family in Afghanistan.But her devastated family have said the police should have done more to protect her after it emerged that she spoke to officers three times in the days before she was killed to express concern for her safety.As Tarin, 21, admitted the two murders at Birmingham Crown Court, detectives described how he had “hunted down” his Islamic wife when she ended their relationship.Sentencing him to life in prison with a minimum term of 32-years, the judge, Mrs Justice Sue Carr said his crimes had devastated an entire family.Ms Oudeh, who met Tarin when they were students at the local college, was on the phone to police when she was attacked outside her mother’s home in Solihull in the early hours of August Bank Holiday last year.When Mrs Saleem attempted to save her daughter from the onslaught, she too was fatally stabbed by Tarin – who fled the scene before going on the run for three days. “We do feel that and we feel there’s a lot of women out there as well probably going through the same thing, who agree with us.”After the attack, Tarin fled in his white van and remained on the run for three days until a member of the public spotted him and tipped off police.Mrs Norris said: “That last call, the police were on the phone so they knew she was getting harmed but we couldn’t believe they couldn’t locate him straight away.”Because they knew about it there and then so that was one of the things that made us feel more unhappy, more sad, more let down by the authorities.”Mrs Norris added: “Her mum has been here for 16 years, and because of the war in Syria, Raneem came to reunite with her family, and they were very happy.”She was very happy to be there, be with her mum, start a new life, away from it all.” Police were dispatched for a second time in the early hours of Monday morning after Miss Oudeh rang them to say Mr Tarin had confronted her at her mother’s address.Tragically they arrived too late and both women were found suffering from fatal stab wounds.Defending the force’s actions at the time, Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Payne said: “Unfortunately we can’t always be everywhere and on the night in question we did our absolute best, but we weren’t able to get there in time to prevent a double murder.”The Independent Office of Police Conduct is investigating the circumstances surrounding the police response to the murders, after a self-referral by West Midlands Police. Mohamed Saleem (second right) husband and step-father to the victims, arrives at Birmingham Crown Court  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. Miss Oudeh, who was originally from Syria, had made a series of phone calls to police on the day before the murder to report Tarin over allegations of domestic abuse.Officers responded to the first call but were unable to locate her and when she made a series of follow up calls officers did not attend in person. The head of West Midlands Police’s CID described the crime as “one of the most brutal and heart-rending” he had seen in 150 homicides. Janbaz Tarin pleaded guiltyCredit:West Midlands Police/PA   Janbaz Tarin, Mohamed Saleem (second right) husband and step-father to the victims, arrives at Birmingham Crown Court Credit:Aaron Chown /PA Tarin began “harassing” Ms Oudeh to marry him shortly after meeting her, later telling her: “when I saw you, I said this is mine”.But after their Islamic marriage, Tarin turned violent, threatening to kill her if she ever left him.Her aunt, Nour Norris, said: “Unfortunately she only told us that at the end because she knew, she couldn’t cope with him anymore with all the violence he was giving her and she knew that the police and authority and everybody wasn’t really helping her so she felt like she could say those things.”One day she said to me, Auntie, I feel my life’s going to end. I said ‘don’t say that’. That was few weeks before she was murdered.”Ms Oudeh eventually left Tarin after discovering that he had another wife and family in his native Afghanistan.Two weeks before the murder she got an injunction against him and told police about the threats he had made towards her.Mrs Norris said: “They felt very strong after they had the court order, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to save their lives.”Asked if she believed the police and authorities had failed to do enough that night to stop Tarin, and in the months beforehand to protect the victim, Mrs Norris replied: “Yes we do.” read more

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Power supply to be restored to poor

first_imgThe government will seek to restore the electricity supply to poor households that have had their power cut after failing to pay their bills and will ensure that the Public Power Corporation (PPC) does not cut the electricity of others struggling to pay their bills.After talks with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis said he he would ask municipal authorities to provide PPC with lists of poor families, noting that the authorities would then decide on a case-by-case basis which households are genuinely unable to pay their electricity bills and ensure they have power.“We will not allow any of our fellow citizens to die of cold,” Maniatis said.The government’s initiative came after a fire broke out in an apartment in the Kordelio suburb of Thessaloniki as the tenants, whose power supply was cut off in May 2012, had left candles unattended.PPC issued a statement saying that the power board had not made the decision to cut the electricity but had been asked to do so by the owner of the apartment who had complained that the tenants were not paying their bills.The fire, which led to two family members being hospitalized with respiratory problems, came less than a week after a 13-year-old Serbian girl died of carbon monoxide poisoning after her mother used a brazier to heat their apartment, in another part of Thessaloniki, which had also had its electricity supply switched off.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Sonic the Hedgehog director promises changes after the internet went insane

first_img Share your voice What will those changes be? Tough to tell. Some artists have come up with their own designs, but the truth is we have no idea at this point.It all seems extremely last minute, and many have commented that making core changes to your main character, when the movie is due in November is going to put a lot of pressure on the folks working on the movie’s CGI. 4 Sonic Movie to be the first videogame movie to faithfully adapt the industry’s horrifying crunch problem https://t.co/xzRqpVY8Hc— ✨ Hamish Ridley-Steele ✨ (@hamishsteele) May 2, 2019 Fans have been criticising the Sonic design since the original poster was leaked last year, so it seems strange that they’ve waited until now to make changes. Also worthy of note: Adult human beings losing their mind on social media because the design of the main character in a movie aimed at children doesn’t meet their nostalgic needs. Completely normal and not strange at all. We deliberately chose a screenshot that doesn’t show his teeth. You’re welcome. Sonic The Hedgehog Twitter/Screenshot by CNET The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog live action movie dropped this week and the reaction was… mixed.Mixed? That might be underselling it. Try “deranged”, “insane”, “tinged with hysteria”. Some people were mad that it wasn’t the Sonic they remembered. Others were angry he had large, well-defined calfs. Mostly people were freaked out about his teeth.Regardless, the reaction wasn’t positive.Director Jeff Fowler has heard the criticism and now, pretty late in the game, he’s promised changes. Worst geek movies of the decade Comments 51 Photos TV and Movies Gaming I want to see the documentary about what the animation and art team on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has gone through.— Mikey Neumann (@mikeyface) May 2, 2019 Tags Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019last_img read more

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First danger warning issued at Prakasam Barrage

First danger warning issued at Prakasam Barrage

first_imgVijayawada: The officials have issued first danger warning at Prakasam Barrage in the early hours on Wednesday. The inflow into the barrage is 4,52,000 cusecs and outflow is 4,28,000 cusecs. With the heavy inflows, all 70 gates have been lifted to a height of 3 feet and releasing the floodwater out. As a precautionary measure, an alert has been given in low-lying delta Lanka villages along the Krishna river downstream.last_img

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Bengaluru bound IndiGo flight returns to airport due to crack in windshield

Bengaluru bound IndiGo flight returns to airport due to crack in windshield

first_imgKolkata: An IndiGo flight bound for Bengaluru was forced to return back to the city airport soon after take off, due to a windshield crack on Sunday morning.The aircraft was carrying 178 passengers, all of whom were safe, confirmed an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Kolkata.According to a spokesperson of the AAI, the flight IndiGo 6E345, headed for Bengaluru, took off from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at around 10:15 am. However, at 10:34 am, it returned to Kolkata Airport after a crack was witnessed on the windshield.According to sources, Indigo claimed that following severe weather conditions at Kolkata on Sunday morning, the aircraft suffered a minor damage on the outer surface of windshield. The pilot decided to return back following the normal operating procedure. The passengers were accommodated in another Indigo flight.”The damaged windshield is undergoing replacement,” a source in the city airport said.last_img read more

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Colin NFLs roughing the passer rule is good for the game

Colin NFLs roughing the passer rule is good for the game

first_imgNFL fans and media are in an uproar over the new roughing the passer rule that prohibits defensive players from driving QB’s to the ground and landing on them with their full body weight. Yesterday, Clay Matthews was flagged for the second time in two weeks with a borderline roughing call, only adding to the outrage. Colin disagrees with those railing against the rule.Today in The Herd, he said that the NFL taking additional steps to protect quarterbacks is good for the overall product, even if it means some questionable flags because there’s nothing worse for the game than losing star quarterbacks to injury and being forced to watch a sub par back up replacement.Defensive players might not like the rule, but ultimately they aren’t why most people tune in to watch the game. Matthews knows from experience after watching his own team’s playoff aspirations go up in smoke, after Aaron Rodgers was lost for most of last season and replaced with backup Brett Hundley.No one wants to watch Brett Hundley, they want to watch Rodgers. Anything the NFL can do to prevent that from happening is the right move.last_img read more

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How Entrepreneurs Push for Innovation One pocket at a Time

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read While device makers remain focused on manufacturing new shiny objects, they’ve left a hole in the market when it comes to fabricating products for toting around technology — a gap entrepreneurs are all too eager to fill.Some ventures, including Scottevest, which produces vests, jackets, pants and clothes with a plethora of pockets for gadgets, create storage spaces that are just deep enough for any brand of phone or tablet. “There’s not a lot of room for error,” says Scott Jordan, Scottevest’s CEO and co-founder who’s in his late 40s.Still, following in Scottevest’s footprints hasn’t been easy. From keeping up with demand to finding a likeminded manufacturer, the challenges of launching similar tech-fashion garb have been pronounced for several young entrepreneurs.Here are four emerging players, as well as some key lessons they’ve learned along the way:Nicole Kelner, a student at Penn State University, says a key challenge with her company is keeping up with demand.Image credit: onwardstate.com/Keep up, don’t catch up.Sick of digging around in a purse or bag for your phone only to find that no one text messaged you? So was Nicole Kelner, the 19-year-old Penn State University student who, fed up with countless wasted searches, launched a line of “SmartPurses” to address the problem.Related: How One Young Trep’s Quest to Encourage Women Engineers Led Her to GoldieBloxLast March, she launched a shop through the online marketplace Etsy to sell items from her line, which uses water-resistant plastic — allowing purse owners to text and make calls while their phones sit securely inside. Though Kelner has so far only made around 300 purses, which sell for $50 to $65 a pop, she has sold nearly 75 percent of them. She was also recently featured in Vogue in the United Kingdom.So what’s Kelner’s biggest business issue at present? “I am working on a strategic plan to make sure I can handle the demand from Vogue,” says Kelner, who plans to turn her creations into a full-fledged startup by the time she graduates. Next step: find a company to manufacture a sample of her merchandise and secure a quote for mass-production costs.Founders Kelley Coughlan (left) and Jenn Deese (right) were frustrated by the slow pace of finding a manufacturer for their iPhone purses.Image credit: pursecase.comYou need to walk before you can run.Perfecting a prototype takes time — much longer than Kelley Coughlan and Jenn Deese expected. These 25-year-olds, who are based in Los Angeles and co-founded the boutique public relations firm Melrose PR, are now launching “pursecase,” an iPhone case that slips around the wrist like a bracelet and doubles as a mini-purse for holding a credit card and ID. (The ladies found that their once-trusty carryall handbags became a “Bermuda triangle” for cellphones).Related: How ZinePak Built a Growing Publishing Empire on the Back of Bieber FeverCoughlan and Deese have found private investors willing to financially back their venture, and they’ve met with fashion bloggers and magazine editors keen to feature their designs. But they’ve been waiting months to finalize their prototypes. “We’ve started marketing, but we’re holding it back a little bit because we don’t want to go full-blast until we have the final sample,” says Coughlan. They had initially delayed plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year but then did so in February, and successfully surpassed their $35,000 goal.Stand out from the crowd.Other treps are remaining focused on a niche market, where they can more easily control production demands. JQ Crimaldi, a 19-year-old at DePaul University in Chicago, launched LoopyQ last year to sell “peculiar pouches for peculiar people” at music festivals and online. Her line of suede neck pouches, many of which include beaded tassels, keeps a smartphone near the chest rather than lost amid the festival shuffle. Sales have aligned with her first-year expectations, even though she knows the pouches aren’t for everyone.Information is everything.Ok, so this next device-centric accessories maker isn’t young per se. But STM Bags has some key lessons for young treps. To this 15-year-old company, information is pivotal. STM Bags sells around 150 satchels, backpacks and sleeves for storing digital devices. To stay ahead of the curve, employees at STM Bags scrutinize gadget blogs for leaked specs of forthcoming cellphones and use the dimensions to help design new prototypes of bags.Related: Appboy Founder on Turning a Chance Encounter into Entrepreneurship GoldWorkers at the company’s Poway, Calif., office then eagerly await word from colleagues who stand in lines outside of tech retailers near the company’s headquarters in Sydney. That’s where employees, alongside Apple and Samsung fanboys, can sometimes grab a new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S mobile a full day in advance of U.S. customers.Once obtained, the device gets slipped into a prototype bag’s pocket. The fit must be snug enough that a phone doesn’t slip out, but not too tight, either — which would frustrate customers. “If it works, we quickly build and ship. If not, we quickly redesign,” says Adam Ziegelman, vice president of STM Bags. “Even 24 hours is a big deal.”What production or marketing lessons have you learned along the way that might help an aspiring entrepreneur? Let us know with a comment. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 30, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

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Drone used to hunt suspected drinkdriver after serious accident on Christmas Eve

first_imgRead MoreWeather warning for fog issued for North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have tonight used a drone to trace a man following a serious accident in the Staffordshire Moorlands. The A52 Leek Road remained blocked due to the accident at the junction with the A522 near Kingsley Moor, – according to Inrix, the traffic data company. The road is now reported to have reopened following the collision tonight (December 24). The drone, operated by West Midlands Police, was used to search for the man, who had left the scene of the collision, in the Cellarhead area. Read MoreHundreds – including celebrities – offer Snoop dog a home as footage of him being dumped in Stoke-on-Trent goes viral The drone being deployed in Cellarhead tonight (Image: West Midlands Police) He has now been located and arrested. A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Deployed to assist Staffordshire Police for search of male missing from a serious RTC in Kingsley Moor, near Stoke-on-Trent. “Male located and soon to be in custody for drink driving offences.” We have no further information on the accident itself, which is understood to have taken place shortly before 5.30pm this evening, at this stage. center_img The reported location of the accident tonight (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

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Amazon Discounts Destiny 2 Down To 25 and South Park The Fractured

Amazon Discounts Destiny 2 Down To 25 and South Park The Fractured

first_imgBlack Friday might be over, but that doesn’t mean good deals are nowhere to be found. In fact, Amazon discounted Bungie’s Destiny 2 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One down to $25, its lowest price point yet.Even though the first expansion, Curse of Osiris, has been met with mixed reception, the base game has received widespread acclaim. Kai summarized his experience for the review as follows:Destiny 2 is one of those rare experiences that continues to surprise me the more I play. While I wish that more carried over from my years with the first game, my Awoken Warlock had a good reason to start from the beginning and work his way up to a truer badass than he once was. From the opening moments to long beyond taking out the head of the Red Legion, there’s so much new and refined content that no players should walk away from Destiny 2 wanting more. Whether you’re in it for the PvE content and raiding weekly or rolling with a fireteam in the crucible and hitting the top of the PvP ladders, there’s something for everybody. This is simply Destiny at its very best and you’re going to want to bring some friends along for the afterparty.South Park: The Fractured but Whole, on the other hand, can be purchased for $30. In his review, Kai praised it for going even darker and cruder than TV show fans are used to.Would I recommend The Fractured but Whole to someone that’s a longtime fan of South Park? Absolutely. The entire town is filled with pop culture references and little winks and nods to even the less notable events in the show’s history. Thanks to Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine and the creative teams putting it to use, The Fractured but Whole captures the look and feel of the TV show right down to the most minute details. This is South Park at its most crude, yet the make-believe superheroes and roleplaying combat transcend genres to create a masterwork experience that’s an absolute gas to play.Speaking of deals, here’s a bonus one for RPG fans who own an Xbox One: Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition can now be purchased at just $19.99 on Amazon. It’s well worth it as pointed out by Francesco in his review. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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DC Airport nabs first imposter using its newly deployed facial recognition security

DC Airport nabs first imposter using its newly deployed facial recognition security

first_imgThe initial apprehension to having facial recognition technology is beginning to move on to acceptance as the incident at the D.C airport stands witness of this fact.  Just three days after the technology was implemented at Washington Dulles International Airport, the system identified an imposter attempting to make his way into the US using a fake passport. On August 23, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a news about the 26-year-old male, who was traveling from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who presented a French passport to the CBP officer in the primary investigation phase. The facial comparison biometric system confirmed that his face did not match the picture in the passport. He was then sent to secondary inspections for a thorough examination. He appeared nervous during the checks and doubts were confirmed when a search revealed the man’s authentic Republic of Congo identification card concealed in his shoe. NEC has collaborated with a total of 14 airports across the US to use the facial recognition technology in order to screen out people arriving in the US with false documents. This has reduced the average wait time for arriving international passengers by around four minutes. According to the International Trade Administration that Quartz quoted back in February 2017, about 104,525 people arrive from overseas into the US (that number excludes people entering from Mexico and Canada) every day. Scanning such a large number of travelers each day is a daunting task for the CBP. Facial Recognition technology will definitely reduce the complexity that comes with traveler identification. A gist of how the biometric system works The CBP first constructs a photo gallery of all the travelers on US-bound international aircraft using flight manifests and travelers’ documents (mainly passports and visas). When they touch down in America, TSA officers guide travelers to a camera next to a document checking podium. This camera snaps a picture and compares it to the one on their travel documents to determine if they’re indeed who they claim to be. The CBP asserts that the system will not only help in nabbing terrorists and criminals before they can enter the US, but also speed up airport checks, and eventually allow travelers to get through security processes without a boarding pass. CBP is  clearly trying its best to use technology to make its operations more efficient and to detect security breaches at a scale never seen before. It remains to be seen if the benefits of using of facial recognition such as protecting the American people from external threats outweighs the dangers of over-reliance on this tech such as wrongly tagging people or infringing on individual freedom. You can gain more insights to this article on techspot.com. Read Next Google’s new facial recognition patent uses your social network to identify you! Admiring the many faces of Facial Recognition with Deep Learning Amazon is selling facial recognition technology to policelast_img read more

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PARIS – The French film world may be having its M

PARIS – The French film world may be having its M

first_img PARIS – The French film world may be having its #MeToo moment.One after another, stars showed up at the industry’s top awards show Friday wearing a white ribbon in a protest against sexual misconduct. Throughout the Cesar Awards ceremony, presenters referenced the movement that has campaigned for an end to abuses by powerful men.And the packed concert hall stood in ovation as the presenter called on everyone to support the #MaintenantOnAgit (Now We Act) campaign launched this week and efforts to help women pursue legal complaints against abusers.Anger over sexual violence and demands for gender equality in the cinema industry charged the atmosphere around this year’s Cesars — much like around the Oscars coming Sunday.Instead of wearing black — as actors in the U.S. and Britain have done at recent awards shows — French stars chose to wear a white ribbon to make their statement.A call on the website of the Foundation of Women, collaborating with the white-ribbon movement, says that “‘We submitted,’ ‘We endured,’ ‘We kept silent.’”More than 100 personalities, including actress Sandrine Bonnaire, director Agnes Jaoui and actor-director Julie Gayet asked for donations via the foundation. The funds are destined for associations helping women pursue cases before justice, “so that no woman ever again has to say #MeToo.”French film stars including Juliet Binoche called in a proposal in Le Monde’s Friday edition for quotas to guarantee that more government film subsidies go to movies directed by women.Some have criticized the quota idea as counterproductive, however.France’s entertainment industry has seen divisions over the #MeToo movement that started in Hollywood with sexual abuse accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein, with Catherine Deneuve notably saying it had gone too far.No one at the Cesars publicly said anything similar.The ceremony’s president Vanessa Paradis — singer and actress and Johnny Depp’s ex-wife — set the tone by opening the show saying: “I am wearing this white ribbon for the fight against violence against women.”The ceremony was dedicated to Jeanne Moreau, the smoky-voiced femme fatale of the French New Wave who died last year, known for her distinctive blend of sensuality, intellect and resolve.And the honorary career Cesar is going to Penelope Cruz.In addition to a white ribbon, actor Blanche Gardin wore a pin with the picture of comedian Louis C.K., accused of sexual harassment, and earned laughter with an ironic plea:“Producers no longer have the right to rape actresses . But do we still have the right to sleep with them to get roles?” she asked. “Because if we don’t, then we have to learn our lines, pass auditions, and we don’t have the time. You realize how much time that takes?”___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press Posted Mar 2, 2018 10:26 am PDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actress Penelope Cruz arrives at the 43rd Cesar Film Awards ceremony at Salle Pleyel in Paris, Friday, March 2, 2018. France’s movie industry holds its annual awards ceremony, with many stars at the Cesar Awards planning to wear a white ribbon to protest sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) center_img French stars say ‘Time’s Up,’ seek equality at film awardslast_img read more

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sits there vacant Still helping LGBT people is the primary thrust of such bills “Having gender-specific restrooms can create unnecessary risks that lead to transgender or gender non-conforming folks to be harassed” says Sasha Buchert a staff attorney at the Transgender Law Center “Those aren’t in a vacuum either Those types of interactions can have long-term health consequences” Read More: Everything You Need to Know About the Debate Over Transgender People and Bathrooms One high-profile example is the case of Chrissy Lee Polis a transgender woman who was beaten at a Baltimore McDonald’s after using the women’s restroom One of her assailants was sentenced in 2011 to five years in prison for first-degree assault and a hate crime A video of the beating taken by a McDonald’s employee went viral Bathrooms are one of the most incendiary battlegrounds in the transgender community’s ongoing fight for civil rights as those spaces have previously been for women African-Americans and the 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