ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – She was 12, and seeking an abortion after being sexually assaulted and impregnated by her stepfather.A report released Wednesday found Newfoundland and Labrador’s child protection system responded inadequately to her case, and missed opportunities to intervene.It took two more years, and a second abortion, before the girl told authorities in another province about the abuse, according to the report from the province’s child and youth advocate.“It was really shocking and it was saddening to see that this could happen to this little girl of 12 years old,” said Jacqueline Lake Kavanagh.Kavanagh says questions weren’t asked, risk wasn’t assessed, and consents were not appropriately obtained when the girl sought and ultimately obtained an abortion after saying she had become pregnant through consensual sex with her teenaged boyfriend.“She received inadequate screening and assessments, which potentially enabled the sexual abuse of the child to continue,” Kavanagh wrote.“Had appropriate measures been taken when this child presented to terminate her pregnancy, or when child protection concerns were reported, the abuse may potentially have been detected and stopped.”The report said the family lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for about five months before moving to another province, where the girl told authorities two years later that she had repeatedly been sexually assaulted by her stepfather over a period of 26 months, resulting in two abortions.The stepfather pleaded guilty in the case and to other offences including sexual assault on other individuals, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.The report says that shortly after arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador, the stepfather took the girl to a Planned Parenthood medical clinic seeking an abortion.The man claimed to be the girl’s biological father even though he wasn’t — the girl’s mother lived outside the province and wasn’t involved.The report says although the girl said she had consensual sex with her boyfriend, questions were’t asked about his age and the stepfather’s guardianship status wasn’t verified.The child was referred to the Eastern Health Authority for an abortion where again, age-appropriate screening and counselling services weren’t offered.“The surgery was performed despite two sections of the consent form being incomplete, one of which included the legal capacity of the stepfather to sign for consent,” the report states.The child was discharged from the hospital with her stepfather with no further followup.The report says officials with the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development (CSSD) became involved a month later, after multiple protection referrals, including one that alleged the stepfather had physically abused the 12-year-old and one of her siblings.Although the CSSD conducted some followup interviews, the child’s grandmother and stepfather eventually became unco-operative, with the stepfather claiming harassment and the grandmother refusing to allow the children to be interviewed.The family moved out of the province after four months of sporadic contact with authorities.“Essentially she was a little girl going through an adult health care system and the responses really hadn’t been set up and tailored to the needs of the child,” Kavanagh said. “There’s a red flag that should go up when a 12-year-old girl comes in pregnant.”The report says the province’s health care system needs better co-ordination of services, while health care professionals need better knowledge of child protection legislation and the CSSD needs “appropriate protective intervention and follow up.”“Work together, find out who your resources are, develop your training programs or whatever methodology that you are going to use and share it,” said Kavanagh.Noni Classen, director of education at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg, said in light of the report, child protection systems across the country could stand to revisit how they deal with young children in similar circumstances.She said if there aren’t specific protocols in place, there need to be.“Right at 12 there should be an automatic response to engage in an inquiry into what’s going on,” Classen said.– By Keith Doucette in Halifax
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. “Greetings and good wishes to fellow citizens and to the global Buddhist community on #BuddhaPurnima. Lord Buddha’s message of peace, non-violence and compassion hold even greater significance today. May his teachings guide us towards universal fraternity,” Kovind tweeted. Naidu in a series of tweet extended greetings and good wishes to the people of the country. “On this happy occasion, let us commit ourselves to the path of Dharma (righteousness), Karuna (compassion) and Maitri (universal friendship) shown by Lord Buddha,” he said. In another tweet, he said: “His eternal message of non-violence and compassion continues to inspire humanity across the globe to strive towards a more fulfilling life and a world where all people live together and shape it together into a peaceful, inclusive, sustainable globe.” “Lord Buddha was one of the most illustrious spiritual leaders to have walked this earth. He preached the most profound truths,” Naidu said. Modi also took to Twitter, and said: “Greetings to all countrymen on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Messenger of truth, non-violence, mercy, compassion and peace, Lord Buddha’s message will continue to inspire the countrymen forever.”
Brussels – A mission from the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Organization (EUROMED-droits) was banned from entering the Algerian territory to inquire about the human rights situation in the camps of Tindouf south-western Algeria.The Euro-Mediterranean NGO said in a statement that two missions, which were scheduled on March 6-12 and May 7-14, were also forbidden to have access to the territory for failure to meet visa requirements by the Algerian authorities.The NGO, which regretted this situation, voiced its concern over leading its investigations on the human rights situation in the camps of Tindouf. The organization had denounced in numerous reports the human rights situation in Algeria.
“I do expect a Council resolution and I do expect it to be unanimous,” the Secretary-General told reporters upon entering UN Headquarters in New York. “There are discussions going on and I hope in the end, it will be fruitful and that the inspectors will go back to Iraq with the support of the united Council behind it.”The Secretary-General reminded journalists that the draft of a resolution submitted by the United States had only gone to the full Council this week and that prior discussions had been limited to the body’s five permanent members – the US, China, France, Russian Federation and the United Kingdom.”I think there’s going to be quite a lot of discussion among the [Council] members and it’s appropriate, because we’re dealing with a very serious matter,” Mr. Annan said. “It’s democracy in practice, it takes a bit of time.””But with patience, we’ll get an optimal decision,” he added.
Mondelez trims sales outlook; 3Q profit beats by a penny by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2013 3:03 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oreo maker Mondelez is struggling to boost cookie sales in China.The global snack food company on Wednesday reported a higher quarterly profit and raised its earnings outlook for the year, citing plans to improve productivity in its operations.But Mondelez, which also owns Cadbury chocolates, Ritz crackers and Trident gum, trimmed its full-year sales expectations, in part because of its disappointing cookie sales in China.In a call with analysts, CEO Irene Rosenfeld largely blamed a double-digit sales decline in the China business on the country’s broader economic slowdown. She said the company was working to address the issues through a variety of measures, such as finding the right package sizes and prices that appeal to customers.“The economy and biscuit category will recover,” Rosenfeld said, expressing confidence in the region for the long term and noting that the company just needed time to make adjustments.There was a bright spot for the company in China: gum. Even as the Mondelez fights to stop declining gum purchases in developed markets — sales are down 16 per cent so far this year — the category is performing well in China.“Gum in China has been a phenomenal success,” Rosenfeld said.Later in the call, Rosenfeld acknowledged that Mondelez is facing new challenges as a company focused more heavily on emerging markets than it was in the past.The remark was a reference to the company’s split last year from Kraft Foods Group Inc., which kept North American grocery brands such as Miracle Whip and Jell-O. Mondelez took the snacks that have a bigger global presence.The company has found itself under pressure after stumbling in its first few quarters as an independent company. Activist investor Nelson Peltz of Trian Fund Management has been pushing for PepsiCo to spin off its beverage business, then merge its remaining snack food business with Mondelez.For the quarter, Mondelez said net sales rose because of stronger results in countries including Brazil, Russia and India. Organic revenue, which strips out the impact of acquisitions, and other factors, rose 5.3 per cent.In North America, the Deerfield, Ill.-based company said strong results for its cookies and chocolate were offset somewhat by persistent weakness in gum sales.Adjusted operating income margin was down from a year ago, but improved sequentially from the previous quarter.Mondelez earned $1.02 billion, or 57 cents per share, for the period ended Sept. 30. Not including one-time items, it earned 41 cents per share, or a penny more than Wall Street expected. A year ago, it earned $652 million, or 36 cents per share.Revenue rose to $8.47 billion but was shy of the $8.58 billion analysts expected.Mondelez now expect organic sales to increase 4 per cent for 2013. Previously, it had said it expected it to be on the low end of a 5 per cent to 7 per cent increase.For 2014, Mondelez forecast sales growth of 4 per cent to 5 per cent.It raised its adjusted earnings forecast for 2013 by 2 cents to $1.57 to $1.62 per share.Shares of Mondelez were down a penny at $33.43 in after-hours trading.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi
Sunday’s Ohio State men’s basketball game was supposed to be a going out party for William Buford. Fans waved paddles featuring his face and the student section hoisted a massive cutout of the Buckeyes’ lone senior as Buford was honored prior to the Senior Day game against Wisconsin on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. Instead, the No. 16 Badgers stole the show by defeating the No. 8 Buckeyes, 63-60, as a dejected Buford sat at the postgame press conference with a towel over his mouth, staring blankly at the box score in front of him. “Before the game it was cool,” he said. “But our main goal was to win the game and we didn’t win the game. So that kind of messed with my day a little bit.” Although Buford’s demeanor was somber, OSU still has two more regular season games remaining, along with the Big Ten and national tournament. Buford said he is troubled by the lack of cohesion between the team going forward. “It’s real concerning leading into March,” he said. “I mean, you always want to be together and we should be together by now, but hopefully we learn from this loss.” Coach Thad Matta said he threw the team out of practice Saturday. “They weren’t ready to practice and this team has shown we play like we practice,” Matta said. “It’s been proven. We had two great days of practice going into the Illinois game (an 83-67 OSU win Tuesday) and that’s why I was so upset yesterday in practice because it wasn’t where it needed to be. “The guys have got to look at themselves in the mirror and come back and get ready to go.” Poor team practices have occurred too much this season and the Buckeyes need to learn from the losses that result from them, sophomore guard Aaron Craft said. “It’s not a secret,” Craft said. “Leaving the practice gym you know if we practiced well as a team or if we didn’t. We’ve had that feeling (that we didn’t) probably a little too much than we should have, but once again we have to find a way to learn from it. We have to find a way to move on and refocus and keep our heads up.” Sophomore forward DeShaun Thomas, who had a game-high 23 points in the loss to the Badgers, said the team needs to rally around each other going forward. “It all comes down to maturity and talking to each other, you know, helping each other out,” Thomas said. “That’s what it’s all about. Somebody’s got to step up and just be that guy to say, ‘This is enough,’ and bring us all together.” Craft said there is still enough time for the Buckeyes to come together before postseason play. “We are getting to the end of the season, but there’s still time to get better,” Craft said. “We’re still learning, we’re a young team. I think we can figure it out still.” OSU finishes regular season play this week with two road games: Wednesday at Northwestern and Sunday at Michigan State.
The rise of the consumer-friendly internet has given wings to some really amazing services to help a small business. In some cases, these projects never would have left the ground if it weren’t for services like Etsy, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo. The hobbyist-turned-business-owner has a lot to deal with, in order to keep costs down and still enjoy what it is you were doing as a hobby in the first place. The one constant issue that faces most of these businesses is the need to be an expert photographer. A product on Etsy that was photographed with an old phone isn’t nearly as likely to get as much attention as the product that was shot with a decent camera in a proper lightbox. Cameras are expensive, and using one isn’t always easy. HP hopes that their new TopShot scanners will fill a need here. We tested this tech on their new Laserjet Pro M275 printer.The TopShot scanner looks a whole lot like a webcam embedded on a plastic arm with some LEDs on either side. The Arm isn’t particularly solid or sturdy feeling, unless it is locked into its fully extended or fully closed positions. The plastic arm has a magnetic latch to hold it down when it is not in use, so there’s less chance for an accident to happen. When you are ready to take a shot, you simply raise the arm and place your item underneath it, on the white scanning bed. When taking a picture of a 3D object, the TopShot will take three separate pictures, each with a different configuration of the LEDs. The HP software then takes the best of those three shots and can either deliver it to your PC, or print the picture on the laser printer below.When testing the TopShot’s ability to take pictures of 3D objects, I found that the items could really only fit in a 6 x 6 x 6-inch square underneath the camera in order for a good shot to be taken. If the item was too long or too close to the camera, the images wouldn’t be useful. If your object cast a significant shadow due to its shape, you’ll need to edit the shadow out manually for the shot to be useful. Despite being designed for 3D items, the TopShot is still a very capable image and document scanner. The lack of a paper feeder means you’ll be moving papers one at a time to scan them, but the document quality and image quality were both very high, and still supported features like saving to PDF. Of the more useful features added to the TopShot was the ability to save an image or document you have scanned straight to Google Docs, allowing you to share something you have scanned almost instantly with a group if you have Docs setup.As a laserjet printer, the HP M275 did a great job. The touchscreen on the front of the device is a little flimsy, but allows you to quickly connect to a wireless network and start printing immediately after installing the driver CD on your computer. The M275 is a Google Cloud Print device, so if the printer is on a home or work network you can share the printer with anyone through this service, instead of passing around the install CD. The HP TopShot M275 will run you about $320, which really helps seal this printer into a niche market. It’s more expensive than the average color laser printer, without offering enough functionality to be as useful as a traditional laser printer with a scanner. Plus, it uses four separate toner cartridges, none of which are particularly large. Replacing all of the toner in this machine in one shot will cost you about $70. The TopShot is much cheaper, however, than a nice camera and some photography lessons which would make it great for any small hobby business.SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCtest60003test60001test60002
Source: NuriaTHE HIGH COURT has continued orders freezing the assets of a woman who a judge ruled must pay her step son more than €500,000 out of a lotto jackpot win.Mr Justice Richard Humphreys ruled last week that Mary Walsh (66) must pay the money to her stepson David Walsh plus his legal costs after a judge found he was part-owner of and entitled to a one-sixth share of a €3.3 million winning ticket.52-year-old David Walsh of Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe in Co Galway sued his stepmother Mary, also from Ballinasloe, and argued that he was entitled to his share on the grounds his signature was among six that were written on the back of the winning ticket.Mary Walsh, who was married to David’s late father Peter Walsh, denied this and had argued that the ticket was hers.She claimed her stepson was offered and accepted her and her late husband’s house in lieu of €200,000 euro from the win.David Walsh denied that. The judge in finding against Mary Walsh rejected all her claims.The judge also placed a stay on the order pending any appeal against the decision.She was also ordered not to reduce her assets below €929,000.When the matter was briefly mentioned before the court today the judge continued those orders. A full hearing of the injunction application to continue the freezing orders will take place next week.Last Thursday, after a seven-day hearing, Justice Humphreys said he believed the evidence of Walsh over that of his stepmother.He also rejected Mary Walsh’s evidence that the reason she had allowed others to sign the back of the ticket was to enable them to avoid gift tax.He also rejected her evidence that David Walsh chose to take the family home valued at €135,000 instead of €200,000 cash and that the transfer of the house to Walsh had nothing to do with the Lotto win.David Walsh in his action said that he had been promised a share by his father.Peter Walsh died in December 2011 and in his action David Walsh said his stepmother did not give him the money.Read: Stepmum faces hefty legal bill after stepson wins €560k Lotto jackpot caseRead: Landlords of 5-bedroom house which housed 70 tenants ordered to pay €60k Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3225521 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aodhan O Faolain 13 Comments Feb 6th 2017, 2:51 PM Monday 6 Feb 2017, 2:51 PM Judge freezes assets of woman ordered to pay Lottery winnings to stepson Galway woman Mary Walsh was last week ordered to pay her stepson David €560,000 from a 2011 Lottery win 40,389 Views Share302 Tweet Email1
Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Remember when sci-fi was exciting? And then when Star Trek: The Next Generation came along and changed that? But then after the terrible first two seasons, it became one of the best sci-fi series ever by actually combining exciting (albeit silly-looking) action with cerebral social and philosophical analysis?And please, any Star Trek fans who want to come at me over the last paragraph, do it. I dare you to defend the first two seasons of TNG. Defend “Code of Honor” or “The Outrageous Okana.” Do it. Do iiiiit. Though “The Measure of a Man” was legitimately great television.Anyway, you can turn any normal-sized door in hour house into a view of the Enterprise-D corridors with the ThinkGeek Star Trek TNG Corridor Door Cover. It’s a door cover that shows a corridor from TNG. So, just what I said.This is basically a big polyester fitted sheet with a photo of an Enterprise-D corridor. It’s all there, from the goofy hexagonal walls to the recessed fluorescent lighting to the blue carpet I’ve had so many Star Trek fans swear was red that I think it was red before Benjamin Sisko altered the timeline during the Bell Riots in the DS9 two-parter episode “Past Tense.” It looks like the classic TNG corridor, and you can just fit it over any door.This isn’t exactly a high-definition, completely lifelike print. If you get close you’ll see the ink blurs, but that’s fine. Stand a few feet away and you can pretend that Q is messing with you. That was my door! Now it’s a doorway to the Enterprise-D! What is the meaning of this, Q?!?Then give a long speech about morality and pacifism and ride a dune buggy across a desert planet while your buddies gun down pre-warp natives for fun. I’m still bitter about Nemesis.The ThinkGeek Star Trek TNG Corridor Door Cover is $24.99, and pretty great for how dumb it is.Let us know what like about Geek by taking our survey. Catch up on all our reviews for the new Star Trek: Discovery. See our thoughts on the knockoff TNG show The Orville. But always follow all Star Trek news here. Let us know what like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest AEW announces limited tickets are available for tonight’s All Out Pay-Per View WhatsApp Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Facebook Following tonight’s Smackdown Live in Raleigh, the final spot in the Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match on June 17 is now official for Chicago.Samoa Joe earned the final spot in the ladder match by defeating Daniel Bryan and Big Cass in a triple threate match during Smackdown Live on Tuesday night.Joe now joins The Miz, Rusev, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Bobby Roode, Kevin Owens and one member of The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston or Xavier Woods) as the final participants for the Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match taking place in three weeks.The prophesy reigns true.@WWEDanielBryan passes out to the #CoquinaClutch which means @SamoaJoe is your FINAL Men’s #MITB #LadderMatch entrant! #SDLive #TripleThreat @BigCassWWE pic.twitter.com/XOBzU99JW9— WWE (@WWE) May 30, 2018Here is the updated card for Money in the Bank as of Tuesday evening.WWE ChampionshipLast Man Standing MatchAJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke NakamuraMen’s Money in the Bank Ladder MatchBraun Strowman vs. New Day member vs. Kevin Owens vs. The Miz vs. Finn Balor vs. Rusev vs. Bobby Roode vs. Samoa JoeWomen’s Money in the Bank Ladder MatchCharlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Lana vs. Ember MoonRAW Women’s ChampionshipNia Jax (c) vs. Ronda RouseySmackdown Women’s ChampionshipCarmella (c) vs. AsukaRoman Reigns vs. Jinder MahalBobby Lashley vs. Sami ZaynSmackdown Tag Team ChampionshipsThe Bludgeon Brothers (c’s) vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson Twitter AEW on TNT returning to Sears Centre Arena in Chicago on Thanksgiving Eve
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 7, 2017 – Grand Turk – Cabinet meeting revealed that government is prepared to buy special equipment for the Ministry of Finance and replacement equipment for the DDME. Governor Dr. John Freeman in the meeting last Friday was advised that he should approve funding for the purchase of two generators and two mobile satellite internet systems to enable the Ministry of Finance to continue to operate in critical areas of business in the event of a disaster.His Excellency the Governor was also advised to approve emergency funding for the replacement of equipment stolen from the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME). In a theft Minister Delroy Williams labeled, ‘disheartening and outrageous’; the crooks got away with Digicel smart phones, radios, CPUs, computer monitors, 60” smart TV and satellite phones.The items were called critical to the full and proper functioning of the DDME, especially during the hurricane season which runs June 1st through November 30th.#MagneticMediaNews#DDME#newemergencyequipmentforDDME Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #newemergencyequipmentforDDME, DDME TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened
A healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is important, and, as local obstetricians point out, the steps women take before conceiving can have a big impact on the pregnancy, and the health of mom and baby.“Pregnancy is an incredible stress on your body,” said Dr. Joy Pretcher, obstetrician and gynecologist at Kaiser Permanente Salmon Creek Medical Office. “If you’re already not handling your physiology well, pregnancy is going to put a further strain on that.”A planned pregnancy and a healthy mother-to-be can help women to enjoy their pregnancy more and reduce the risk of serious complications and birth defects.“You really, really want to optimize their health before conceiving,” Pretcher said. “Pregnancy is a marathon for your body.”Folic acidOne of the most important things a woman can do before getting pregnant is to begin taking prenatal vitamins, which contain folic acid.“That folic acid is really essential to helping the spinal cord form,” Pretcher said.The folic acid helps to prevent two serious birth defects of the brain and spine — spina bifida and anencephaly — that typically occur early in pregnancy (three to four weeks after conception) and before most women even know they’re pregnant.
MIAMI (WSVN) – The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center held a special ceremony, welcoming the creators of the Oscar-winning film “Moonlight” back home to Miami, Saturday.“I’m honored to recognize Miami’s own award-winning brilliant local actors for their groundbreaking work in the Oscar-winning work in ‘Moonlight,’ and thank them for their contributions to the arts, their community, our great nation and the world,” said Florida Representative Frederica Wilson.Hundreds of people packed the area to get a glimpse of the local stars. Several members of the cast and crew were there — like Jaden Piner, director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.This is the first joint public appearance for Jenkins and McCraney since bringing home the Academy Award for Best Picture.“The Cultural Center was there for us from day one,” said Jenkins. “Shariff was cast from the Cultural Center, so there is nothing special about me or this film. The result may be special, but I’m just an average brown boy from Liberty City who works very hard.”The crowd was later invited to ask the duo questions about the movie — and growing up in Liberty City.“We know, in Liberty City, that life doesn’t fix itself overnight, it takes hard work and dedication to get to the places we get to,” McCraney said. “A movie about that, representations about that, I hope, give permission for people to be themselves.” The day ended with the ultimate honor — Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiling Moonlight Way, a new street named after the hit movie that helped put the Miami community on the map.“They made us proud, so we want to make sure that we show our token of appreciation for making us proud,” Gimenez said.After the event, Jenkins and McCraney each donated $20,000 to the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
India’s biggest online taxi aggregator, Ola Cabs, has signed a pact with the Andhra Pradesh government to invest Rs 150 crore to expand its presence in the state.The Bengaluru-based firm will spend the outlined amount to increase the number of vehicles on its platform in the state by 40,000 in three years. Currently, the country’s third most valuable venture-backed company has more than 10,000 vehicles on its platform in AP.Ola claims to have 80% of the market share in the country after acquiring TaxiForSure in March this year. The company expects to clock 1,000,000 trips a day from the current 750,000 trips. It also plans to expand its services to about 200 smaller towns and cities in the country.According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the State, the taxi-hailing firm “will enable technology to bring support to ensure smart, reliable and safe transportation in the cities.””Our vision is to create a smart and modern Andhra Pradesh and technology advancement is going to be extremely important to make this possible. Transportation is one of the most important areas where technology can make a big difference,” Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, told Business Line.Mobile transportation apps like Ola can play a key role in generating thousands of jobs for the people in the State and offer “timely and efficient transportation” for all, he said.Separately, official data showed that the State grew by 9.2% in the first quarter of this fiscal against India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7.1%.
A police officer was found hanging at his residence inside the police station compound in Gowainghat upazila of Sylhet on Sunday.The deceased was Sudip Barua, 32, son of late Lal Barua of Chattogram’s Rangunia upazila and a sub-inspector of Gowainghat police station.Salauddin, duty officer of the police station, said Sudip went to his residence from the police station around 2:00pm. After a while, his hanging body was recovered.Officer-in-charge of the police station Abdul Jalil said the body was sent to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital for autopsy.
Listen X 00:00 /00:48 Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneOn the last day of the 85th Legislative session, protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4 — the “sanctuary cities” bill fill up the rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin on May 29, 2017. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Monday, May 7, 2018 marks one year since Governor Greg Abbott signed a ban on “sanctuary cities” into law. It requires local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.In March, U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld most of the legislation, after it was challenged for being unconstitutional. A year after SB-4 was signed, activists are calling on local officials in Texas to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities to the bare minimum. Abbott signed the law last year saying it would make the state safer. “Legal immigration is different than harboring people with dangerous crimes,” Abbott said.But, the legislation still continues to drum up controversy- one year later. Last month, an anti-SB4 caravan traveled to Texas border cities and Houston to inform immigrants of their rights under the “show me your papers” law. A second caravan traveling throughout the state is slated for this summer. Share
Jupiter. Photo courtesy of NASA (PhysOrg.com) — Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, may be causing its own core to liquefy, at least according to Hugh Wilson and colleague Burkhard Militzer of UC, Berkeley. They’ve come to this conclusion after making quantum mechanical calculations on the conditions that exist within the big planet. In a paper published on the preprint server arXiv, and submitted to Physical Review Letters, the two explain that because the gas giant has a relatively small core made of mostly iron, rock (partly magnesium oxide) and ice, and sits embedded in fluid hydrogen and helium all under great pressure from the planet’s gravity (which has created very high temperatures (16,000 K)), there is a likelihood that the core is liquefying due to the heat and pressure exerted on the magnesium oxide. Researchers moving closer to a soluble solution to Haber-Bocsh process Citation: New calculations suggest Jupiter’s core may be liquefying (2011, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-jupiter-core-liquefying.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Calculating the possibility of the magnesium oxide liquefying had to be done to predict the outcome because recreating the environment that exists inside of Jupiter for experimentation purposes isn’t feasible. They have in essence shown that magnesium oxide, when exposed to such high temperatures and pressure, has high solubility, which of course means a high probability of dissolving into a liquid. In a previous study, the team also made calculations showing that the core ice would likely be dissolving as well.The findings suggest that Jupiter’s core might not be as big as it once was, though it currently weights about as much as ten Earth’s (the whole planet weighs as much as 318 Earth’s). This implies that the core could eventually be reduced down to nothing at all. And if that’s the case, than those who study exoplanets, particularly the giant gas variety, will have to do some rethinking, because those others might not have a core at all, contrary to conventional wisdom.Unfortunately, the calculations the two performed can’t give a rate of erosion, thus a timeline for how long it’s taken for the core to come to its current size can’t be made, nor can predictions be made on how long it might take for the core to disappear altogether; both of which would be useful in helping to predict the ages of other gas giants out beyond our solar system. Luckily, NASA has a space probe on the way to measure Jupiter’s gravitational field more accurately, though it won’t get there till 2016; that should give scientists plenty of time to consider the impact these new findings might have on their current models regarding giant gas planets. More information: Rocky core solubility in Jupiter and giant exoplanets, arXiv:1111.6309v1 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1111.6309AbstractGas giants are believed to form by the accretion of hydrogen-helium gas around an initial protocore of rock and ice. The question of whether the rocky parts of the core dissolve into the fluid H-He layers following formation has significant implications for planetary structure and evolution. Here we use ab initio calculations to study rock solubility in fluid hydrogen, choosing MgO as a representative example of planetary rocky materials, and find MgO to be highly soluble in H for temperatures in excess of approximately 10000 K, implying significant redistribution of rocky core material in Jupiter and larger exoplanets.via Wired Explore further
Half a century ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable regularity. So consistent was the object’s signal that astronomers jokingly nicknamed it LGM-1, short for “little green men.”It wasn’t long before scientists detected more signals like LGM-1. That decreased the odds that these pulses of radiation were the work of intelligent extraterrestrials. But the identification of other pulsars presented another possibility: Perhaps objects like LGM-1 could be used to navigate future missions to deep space. With the right sensors and navigational algorithms, the thinking went, a spacecraft could autonomously determine its position in space by timing the reception of signals from multiple pulsars.The concept was so beguiling that, when designing the gold plaques aboard the Pioneer spacecraft, Carl Sagan and Frank Drake chose to map the location of our solar system relative to 14 pulsars. “Even then, people knew that pulsars could act like beacons,” says Keith Gendreau, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. But for decades, pulsar navigation remained a tantalizing theory—a means of deep space navigation relegated to space opera novellas and episodes of Star Trek.Then, last week, Gendreau and a team of NASA researchers announced that they had finally proven that pulsars can function like a cosmic positioning system. Gendreau and his team performed the demonstration quietly last November, when the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (a pulsar-measuring instrument the size of a washing machine, currently aboard the International Space Station) spent a weekend observing the electromagnetic emissions of five pulsars. With the help of an enhancement known as the Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology (aka Sextant), Nicer was able to determine the station’s position in Earth’s orbit to within roughly three miles—while it was traveling in excess of 17,000 miles per hour.But pulsar navigation’s greatest benefits will be felt not in low-Earth orbit (there are better, more precise ways to track spacecraft as local as the ISS), but farther out in space. Today’s deep space missions navigate using a global system of radio antennas called the Deep Space Network. “The DSN gives really good range information,” says Gendreau, who served as principal investigator on the Nicer mission. “If you know the speed of light and you have highly accurate clocks, it can can ping these spacecraft and infer their distance with very high precision.”But the DSN has some major limitations. The farther away a spacecraft gets, the less reliable the DSN’s location measurements become; the network can detect distance just fine, but struggles to determine the spacecraft’s lateral position. Far-flung missions also take longer to deliver radio waves to ground-based satellites, and more time to receive instructions from mission planners here on Earth, reducing the speed at which they can react and operate by minutes, hours, or even days. What’s more, the network is quickly becoming oversaturated; like an overburdened WiFi network, the more spacecraft that chart a course for deep space, the less bandwidth the DSN will have to split between them.Pulsar navigation stands to address all of the DSN’s shortcomings, particularly its bandwidth issues. A spacecraft equipped to scan the depths of space for pulsar beacons could calculate its absolute position in space without communicating with Earth. That would free up transmission capacity on the DSN, and buy valuable time for executing maneuvers in deep space.“It all comes back to the A-word: autonomy,” says NASA’s Jason Mitchell, an aerospace technologist at Goddard and project manager for the Sextant project. When a spacecraft can determine its location in space independently of infrastructure on Earth, “it lets mission planners think about navigating in places they wouldn’t otherwise be able to navigate,” he says. Pulsar navigation could allow spacecraft to perform maneuvers behind the sun, for example (signals to and from the DSN cannot cut through our parent star). In the more distant future, missions at the fringes of our solar system and beyond—in the Oort cloud, for example—could perform maneuvers in real time, based on self-determined coordinates, without having to wait on instructions from Earth.But pulsars aren’t the only way to find one’s way in the distant solar system. Joseph Guinn—a deep-space navigation expert at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who is unaffiliated with the Nicer project—is developing an autonomous system that could use cameras to detect objects, using their positions to determine a spacecraft’s coordinates. He calls it a deep-space positioning system (DPS for short), and it works by detecting reflections from space rocks in the asteroid cloud orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. (Those reflections mimic the function of the Global Positioning System, the network of satellites orbiting Earth at a height of 12,540 miles.) Its killer feature is that it can tell a spacecraft where it is relative to an object of interest. Pulsar navigation, by contrast, can only tell a spacecraft its absolute position in space. Think of it this way: Pulsar navigation can tell you where you’re at inside your office building, while DPS can tell you that your boss is standing right behind you. Wired StaffThe 12 Greatest Challenges for Space Exploration Target-relative measurements notwithstanding, DPS has its drawbacks. Just like GPS, DPS becomes less reliable once you’re above it. “If you get sufficiently far out in the solar system, and you can’t see anything because the light is so diminished, then you might find yourself in a position where pulsar navigation is the only game in town,” Guinn says. After all, he says, pulsars all exist far, far outside our solar system; “you don’t have to worry about getting up above those.”The ideal solution would be to equip spacecraft to execute multiple forms of navigation: transmitters and receivers for communicating with the Deep Space Network here on Earth; a deep-space positioning system; and a high-precision sensor like Nicer for detecting and timing the arrival of pulsar emissions in deep space. If the DSN is overwhelmed, or if the spacecraft needs to navigate autonomously in real-time, the DPS can take over. Too dark for DPS? Pulsar nav can grab the baton. When one system fails or is pushed beyond its limits, another can relieve it of its duties.There’s a big need for this redundancy in critical systems like navigation. “The nice thing about pulsar navigation is it functions very independently of all other methods of navigation, which could be hugely valuable,” Gendreau says. That’s probably why, according to him, mission planners have expressed interest in including pulsar navigation aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will be designed to carry humans deeper into space than any vehicle in history. (Guinn says that a plan to make Orion capable of deep-space positioning is also in the works, and that SpaceX, too, is “very interested in it.”)The challenge, when it comes to redundancy, will be finding space for all this equipment. On space missions, every ounce counts. More weight requires more fuel, and more fuel requires more money. The Nicer observatory, alone, is the size of a washing machine. If pulsar navigation wants to earn a place aboard deep space transports, it’ll need to shed a few pounds. Chelsea LeuBehind the Scenes as NASA Tests the Most Powerful Rocket Ever Related Stories Nick StocktonHow NASA Is Steering New Horizons Toward a Tiny Space Rock in the Kuiper Belt
A Pride parade in Russia. ‘To be honest, I didn’t believe right up until the last moment that we would win the grant, but the guys who worked with me were confident that we would win.’Russia and Yekaterinburg’s HIV epidemicHIV is on the rise in Russia, especially among high risk groups like, MSM.Almost two-thirds of Europe’s new HIV cases come from Russia, with Sverdlovsk Oblast accounting for the highest new rates of cases in the country.People living with HIV make up 1.6% of the population in Sverdlovsk Oblast. But that figure is likely to be about 10 times higher among MSM.Vitaly Melkovsky is one of the few people openly living with HIV and gay in Yekaterinburg. He said stigma holds MSM from seeking testing and treatment.‘We are losing the war on HIV in Yekaterinburg, because there is one story about the epidemic in Yekaterinburg, the huge number of people who live with HIV, and there is another story about stigma and discrimination,’ he told Current Time.To Live’s staff said they would start outreach and education programs in bars and LGBTI friendly businesses. They said they will target vulnerable groups and offer rapid HIV testing.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The government will give 100,000 rubles (US$1,577) to the ‘To Live’ program in Yekaterinburg – Russia’s fourth largest city. Yekaterinburg is the capital of the Sverdlovsk Oblast region and is about 1,800kms (1,118 miles) west of the capital, Moscow.The government funded the group as an acknowledgment that not much federal spending had gone towards LGBTI sexual health.It is a surprising move given the government’s homophobic history. Only two months ago it shutdown a website dedicated to HIV and sexual health information for MSM. The government used its controversial ‘gay propaganda’ laws to justify shutting down ParniPlus (Guys Plus).To Live’s director, Nadezhda Dernova, said the grant will help them to rent office space to develop the program.‘We decided to apply for funding for the target group of men who have sex with men, because this is a very discriminated against group, and this group is difficult to find money for,’ Dernova told Current Time. GAYSTARNEWS- A HIV advocacy organization was left in shock when Russia’s government granted it funding for a HIV prevention program for men who have sex with men (MSM). LBGTI hate in Indonesia makes it hard to treat and test for HIVCondom use declines as more gay men use PrEPRussia bans another gay website, one dedicated to HIV educationRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/for-the-first-time-in-10-years-russia-has-funded-hiv-prevention-for-gay-men/
“We don’t feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents”-Damian Collins, member of Parliament and committee chair It’s been a year full of controversies for Facebook. Just a month after the New York Times published a report on the tech giant’s questionable leadership morales, a UK parliamentary committee published 250 pages’ of Facebook internal documents, including e-mails sent between CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives. The documents published yesterday, threw light on how Mark Zuckerberg and other executives tired to monetize their valuable user data, allowing apps to use Facebook to grow their network- as long as it increased usage of Facebook, strict limits on possible competitor access and much more. The files were seized by UK authorities just over a week ago to assist the investigation of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Damian Collins, the chair of the select committee on culture, media, and sport, invoked Parliament’s summoning rights to force Ted Kramer, founder of the US software firm Six4Three, to release the documents. Kramer has been involved in a legal battle with Facebook since 2015 over developer access to user data. Kramer was addressed by a security representative at his hotel and was given a two-hour deadline to give the papers up. When Kramer failed to do so, he was escorted to Parliament and he proceeded to hand the documents over. The documents were believed to contain details on Facebook’s data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, including e-mails between senior executives including CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “I believe there is considerable public interest in releasing these documents. They raise important questions about how Facebook treats users data, their policies for working with app developers, and how they exercise their dominant position in the social media market.”-Damian Collins Some highlights from the documents The alarmingly casual tone of Mark Zuckerberg’s reply ‘“Yup, go for it.” on the suggestion by an engineer that the better way of going about the possible competitive threat Twitter’s “Vine” could cause Facebook, would be to cut off Vine’s access to Facebook data. Facebook found ways to access users’ call history in order to make “People You May Know” suggestions and tweak news-feed rankings. This was done without alerting users about the decision. One of the documents points out how Zuckerberg personally reviewed a list of apps from strategic competitors who were not allowed to use Facebook’s advertising services or services for applications “without Mark level sign-off.’ Facebook used Onavo (an Israeli analytics company) to check customers’ usage of mobile apps, again, without their knowledge. The analytics showed the company how many people had downloaded apps and how often they used them. This information was used to understand if a potential company can be acquired or considered as a threat. Here is Facebook’s ‘Industry update’ presentation based on Onavo data, 26 April 2013 that shows the market reach of popular media apps. Mark Zuckerberg encouraged “full reciprocity” between Facebook and app developers: The email said, “you share all your data on users with us, and we’ll share all of ours with you”. Facebook “whitelisted” certain companies, (it is unknown on what basis this list was made). These companies, including Airbnb, Netflix, and Badoo; which had full access to users’ friends’ data after platform changes in 2014-15. The documents also highlights that in a 2012 email, Zuckerberg suggested making Facebook login and posting content on the platform free and charge “a lot of money” to read user data, from the network. According to Facebook, as of today, that proposal was never implemented. However, executives also seemed concerned that enabling Facebook logins and data access for potentially competing platforms could ultimately affect user activity on Facebook itself. On of Zuckerberg’s emails of 2012 stated, “Sometimes the best way to enable people to share something is to have a developer build a special purpose app or network for that type of content and to make that app social by having Facebook plug into it. However, that may be good for the world but it’s not good for us unless people also share back to Facebook and that content increases the value of our network.” Mark Zuckerberg’s reply to the leaked emails In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg responded to these publicly released documents. In a way, his post seems to, once again, deflect reader attention from the matter at hand and focus on explanations that do not address the concerns arising from the document leak. He claims that the company limited access to data to “prevent abusive apps” starting in 2014. This was done to prevent sketchy apps like the quiz app that sold data to Cambridge Analytica from operating on Facebook’s platform. He further added that limited data extensions were given to particular developers and that whitelists of developers allowed to use certain features are commonly used in beta testing. “In some situations, when necessary, we allowed developers to access a list of the users’ friends,” according to Facebook. In a later statement emailed to Fast Company, the company mentioned that some of the documents, which were originally turned over in a California lawsuit, could be misleading and don’t necessarily reflect actual company practices. “As we’ve said many times, the documents Six4Three gathered for their baseless case are only part of the story and are presented in a way that is very misleading without additional context,” a spokesperson wrote. “We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends’ data with developers. Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform. But the facts are clear: we’ve never sold people’s data.” These constant controversies have put the workforce at Facebook ill at ease. In an anonymous interview to Buzzfeed, two former employees said the “spate of negative reports has cast a shadow over the company in recent weeks”. The report also mentions how current and former employees sense “tense and, at times, hostile atmosphere inside the company”, one in which both senior employees and even staunch loyalists are contemplating their futures. According to Bloomberg, Kramer was ordered by a judge on Friday to surrender his laptop to a forensic expert after admitting he turned over the documents to the British lawmakers, in violation of a U.S. court order. Facebook wants the laptop to be evaluated to determine what happened in the U.K., to what extent the court order was breached, and how much of its confidential information has been divulged to the committee. On a side note, Facebook Inc.’s board of directors supported Sheryl Sandberg and said it was “entirely appropriate” for her as the COO, to ask if George Soros had shorted the company’s stock after he called the social-media giant a “menace.” The board’s letter was sent by Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch to Patrick Gaspard, president of Mr. Soros’s Open Society Foundations, earlier Wednesday. The letter stated that “To be clear, Ms. Sandberg’s question was entirely appropriate given her role as COO. “When a well-known and outspoken investor attacks your company publicly, it is fair and appropriate to do this level of diligence.” Head over to the UK parliament committee’s official post to read the full 250 page Facebook documents. 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