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HRW Calls for Decriminalization of Adultery in Morocco

Rabat – In the wake of the Hicham Mansouri case, international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Morocco to decriminalize adultery. In a communiqué published on Tuesday, the human rights advocacy group criticized the Moroccan criminal justice system and the law on adultery.This comes after the confirmation of a ten-month prison sentence for Hicham Mansouri, who works for an organization supporting investigative journalism, and his co-defendant, a 30 year-old woman, for adultery. The court also ordered the defendants to pay a total of 40,000 dirhams (US $4,140) in damages to the woman’s husband. According to HRW, “the court had discounted substantial evidence that emerged during the trial.” Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East and North Africa director, said, “the conviction of Mansouri and his co-defendant is a depressing example of so much that is wrong with Morocco’s criminal justice system…it also highlights Morocco’s problematic criminalization of adultery.”“Morocco should decriminalize adultery, a step that would be consistent with its obligation to protect the right to privacy in its 2011 constitution and international human rights law,” HRW said in the communiqué, adding that Morocco “should also ensure the right of defendants to fair trials so that courts don’t inherently give more weight to police accounts of events than to exculpatory evidence presented by the defendants.”Article 491 of Morocco’s penal code calls for a prison term of between one and two years for adultery. It states that adultery can be prosecuted only if the spouse of one of the parties files a complaint. In Mansouri’s case, HRW claims that the woman’s husband filed a complaint to trigger the prosecution, but only after the police had informed him that they had caught his wife in the act.HRW claimed that the police’s handling of the Mansouri case suggests that “motives other than the neutral enforcement of adultery laws may have driven his arrest and prosecution.” Mansouri works for the Moroccan Association for Investigative Journalism, a small group whose president, Professor Maati Monjib, has stirred controversy by directly criticizing the Mekhzen.According to the group, “Mansouri is not the only Moroccan with a political profile recently arrested for alleged adultery.”  El-Mostafa Erriq, a leading member of the Islamist opposition Justice and Spirituality (Adl wa’l Ihsan) movement, and a woman he was visiting were arrested on March 13 and were held in police custody for three days. However, the police released them when Erriq’s wife declined to file a complaint.The NGO claimed  that in both cases, the police did not arrest the accused on the basis of a complaint filed by a spouse. Instead, the police contended that they caught the couple in the act and invited the spouse to file a complaint.“Both cases also highlight the intrusive nature of police investigations into alleged adultery offences. The criminalization of consensual sexual relationships between adults, regardless of their marital status, violates the right to privacy,” Human Rights Watch said. read more

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Russia revises list of approved Canadian meat plants from 60 to 19

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 15, 2013 3:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Russia revises list of approved Canadian meat plants from 60 to 19 TORONTO – Russia says it plans to send inspectors to Canadian cattle and hog plants beginning next month after it recently unveiled stricter rules on its meat imports.The Canadian Food and Inspection Agency said the changes, effective immediately, mean that Russia will only accept meat imports from 19 Canadian plants, compared with about 60 that were approved prior to the new guidelines.The revised list includes 15 pork plants, three beef and veal plants and one plant that processes both cattle and hogs. The CFIA says a number of storage facilities will also be permitted to ship meat to Russia.The tougher restrictions are the latest to be imposed by Russia on Canada’s use of the feed additive ractopamine in its livestock.Ractopamine is given to animals to create lean meat, and has been banned in several countries including South Korea and Taiwan due to possible health concerns. Health Canada has approved it for safe human consumption.In December, Russia announced it was banning any Canadian meats that contain the additive. Its new guidelines now only permit meat imports that are born from ractopamine-free animals and slaughtered at plants that do not use the food additive.Russia is Canada’s third-largest market for Canadian pork, with imports worth about $500 million last year.Martin Charron, vice-president of Canadian Pork International, says officials from both governments are in discussions about getting more plants approved to export to Russia again.Charron says the list, which goes into effect on April 17, may be based on outdated information. The marketing and promotion agency says Russian officials have not inspected Canadian plants for at least two years.“We have establishments not on that list that are ractopamine-free,” he said from Ottawa.“When the Russians announced their intention to ban ractopamine in early December, many of our members decided to implement procedures to basically remove ractopamine from their production… The Russians basically looked at their file and established a list based on that.”The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association has previously said that Canada abides by international guidelines on ractopamine use.Last year, Canada imported $15 million of cattle products into Russia last year — with the majority being liver products.The CFIA says talks between the two governments are ongoing.“The government of Canada will continue to work with the Russian authorities in negotiating continued access for Canadian meat products,” the agency said in an emailed statement. read more

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In Finland Ban urges open dialogue to prevent polarization and racism against

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Finland’s membership to the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the country on its leadership in advancing the Organization’s work on peace and security, development and human rights, and expressed his gratitude for the country’s solidarity with refugees in the region.“[The Secretary General] thanked Finland in particular for the support and leadership that it provides for UN conflict prevention and mediation efforts,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. Mr. Ban met with Maria Lohela, Speaker of the Parliament, as well as the Chair and Members of the Committee for Foreign Relations of the Republic of Finland and exchanged views on the state of the important partnership between the UN and Finland, and about the on-going Climate Change Conference in Paris, popularly known as COP21.He also underscored the important role of parliaments in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.Mr. Ban discussed the increased movements of refugees and migrants towards Europe and expressed his gratitude for Finland’s solidarity with those in need of protection, and additionally he urged parliamentarians to be a voice against xenophobia and discrimination.Additionally, the UN chief visited an asylum seeker’s reception centre in Vantaa, where he toured the facility and thanked the “Government and people…for their very generous, warm heart, for many refugees who have come to Finland for better opportunities.”Mr. Ban told reporters gathered at the facility that he met with many refugees who are trying to learn the language, culture and history of Finland to adapt sooner in their new circumstances.Commending the Government for its generous support, Mr. Ban underscored the exceptional Finnish reception system, describing it as a “model of efficiency and compliance with international standards.”“Such systems must always be designed and also emulated by other people and other Governments. They are taking care of…traumatized people who are feeling extreme exhaustion and despair, but it is important to give them a sense of hope and promise for a better future.” said the Secretary-General.He also added that he was “deeply moved and inspired by the compassionate response from Finnish civil society” to help the asylum-seekers arriving in the country and added that the kindness and solidarity of thousands of citizens shows how tolerance and compassion towards people in need run strong in Finland.Standing alongside UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, Mr. Ban pointed out that refugees are also eager to learn and give back to a society from which they receive support and further observed that countries that ensure the rights of migrants and refugees, it enables them to enrich their own communities.“We know that integration takes time, resources and good will from all sides. I count on Finland to be an example for such good will and joint efforts,” underscored the Secretary-General.The UN chief noted that to fight against rising xenophobia and discrimination directed at refugees and migrants, stronger leadership and media engagement must be incorporated to achieve an “open, honest and constructive dialogue to prevent polarization, racism and violence.”“They should be treated as human beings, with human dignity, and I have been condemning all the time such inflammatory rhetoric by certain political leaders and community leaders. This must be prevented, stopped,” stressed Mr. Ban.Highlighting the role of Finland in the European Union (EU), he recalled that a country cannot alone address a challenge that is inherently international.Speaking about the UN efforts to address the broader dimensions of the global refugee crisis, Mr. Ban said that Mr. Guterres will convene a high-level meeting in March in Switzerland to discuss issues regarding resettlement.Additionally, the Secretary-General said that he had proposed to Member States to convene a summit-level meeting on 19 September 2016, a day before the General Assembly’s annual high-level segment, for world leaders to discuss creating a global compact for responsibility sharing. Further, the World Humanitarian Summit will be held in May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. “All these important international conferences, I hope, will provide impetus for world leaders and people to do much more to provide humanitarian assistance to those people who need urgent humanitarian support. Let’s work together to make this world better for all, particularly for those people who need our urgent support,” Mr. Ban concluded. read more

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How Our 2019 Womens World Cup Predictions Work

Before a match, we can determine each team’s rate of scoring based on the number of goals it’s projected to score over the entire match. This rate isn’t constant over the entire match, however, as more goals tend to be scored near the end of a match than near the beginning.2The rate of scoring in the 85th minute is about 1.4 times the rate of scoring in the fifth minute. We account for this increase as the match progresses, which results in added uncertainty and variance toward the end of the match.We also account for added time. On average, a soccer match is 96 minutes long, with two minutes of added time in the first half and four minutes of added time in the second half. The data that powers our forecast doesn’t provide the exact amount of added time, but we can approximate the number of added minutes in the second half by looking at two things:The number of bookings so far in the match. Historically, each second-half booking tends to add about 11 seconds of time to the end of the match.Whether the match is close. There tends to be about 40 extra seconds of added time when the two teams are within a goal of each other in the 90th minute.Our live model also factors in overtime and shootouts, should we see any in the knockout phase of this World Cup. Our live shootout forecasts follow the same methodology described in this 2014 article.Finally, we make three types of adjustments to each team’s scoring rates based on what has happened so far in the match itself.Red cards are important. A one-player advantage is significant in soccer and adjusts scoring rates by about 1.1 goals per match, split between the two teams (one rate goes up; the other down). Put another way, a red card for the opposing team is worth roughly three times home-field advantage.Consider a match in which our SPI-based goal projection is 1.50-1.50 and the home team has a 37 percent chance of winning before the match. If a red card were shown to the away team in the first minute, our projected goals would shift to 2.05-0.95, and the home team’s chance of winning would go up to 62 percent.Good teams tend to score at a higher rate than expected when losing. The most exciting matches to watch live are often ones in which the favored team goes down a goal or two and has to fight its way back. An exploration of the data behind our live model confirmed that any team that’s down by a goal tends to score at a higher rate than its pre-match rate would indicate, but the better the team that’s behind is, the bigger the effect.Take the 2014 Brazil vs. Croatia match. Before the match, Brazil was a substantial favorite, with an 86 percent chance of winning, but it went down 1-0 after Marcelo’s own goal in the 11th minute. Without adjusting for this effect, our model would have given Brazil a 58 percent chance to come back and win the match, but with the adjustment, our model gave the team a 66 percent chance of winning. (Brazil went on to win the match 3-1.)Non-shot expected goals are a good indication that a team is performing above or below expectation. Anyone who has watched soccer knows that a team can come very close to scoring even if it doesn’t get off a shot, perhaps stopped by a last-minute tackle or an offside call. A team that puts its opponent in a lot of dangerous situations may be dominating the game in a way that isn’t reflected by traditional metrics.As a match progresses, each team accumulates non-shot expected goals (xG) as they take actions near the opposing team’s goal. Each non-shot xG above our pre-match expectation is worth a 0.34 goal adjustment to the pre-match scoring rates. For example, if we expect non-shot xG accumulation to be 1.0-0.5 at halftime but it is actually 0.5-1.0, this would be a swing of 1.0 non-shot xG, and a 0.34 goal adjustment would be applied to the original scoring rates. This isn’t a huge adjustment; at halftime, the away team in this example would have about a 5-percentage-point better chance of winning the match than if non-shot xG were proceeding as expected.In the case that there has been a red card in a match, the red card adjustment takes precedence over the non-shot xG adjustment.We took particular care to calibrate the live model appropriately; that is, when our model says a team has a 32 percent chance of winning, it should win approximately 32 percent of the time. Just as important is having the appropriate amount of uncertainty around the tails of the model; when our model says a team has only a 1 in 1,000 chance of coming back to win the match, that should happen every 1,000 matches or so. The 2019 Women’s World Cup is only 52 matches, so it’s unlikely that our model will be perfectly calibrated over such a small sample, but we’re confident that it’s well-calibrated over the long run.The U.S. — as usual — is one of the favorites this year, and we hope you follow along with us as the tournament plays out.Check out our latest Women’s World Cup predictions. Editor’s note: This article is adapted from an article about our 2018 World Cup predictions.The Women’s World Cup is back, and so is another edition of FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions. For those of you familiar with our World Cup forecast for the men in 2018, or our club soccer predictions, much of our 2019 forecast will look familiar. We show the chance that each team will win, lose or tie every one of its matches, as well as a table that details how likely each team is to finish first, second or third in its group and advance to the knockout stage. Our predictions also incorporate in-game win probabilities that update in real time.Below is a summary of how the forecast works, including a description of FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings, how we turn those ratings into a forecast and how we calculate our in-game win probabilities.SPI ratingsAt the heart of our forecast are FiveThirtyEight’s SPI ratings, which are our best estimate of overall team strength. In our system, every team has an offensive rating that represents the number of goals that it would be expected to score against an average team on a neutral field and a defensive rating that represents the number of goals that it would be expected to concede. These ratings, in turn, produce an overall SPI rating, which represents the percentage of points — a win is worth 3 points, a tie worth 1 point and a loss worth 0 points — the team would be expected to take if that match were played over and over again.To generate our SPI ratings, we run through every past match in our database of women’s international matches — back to 1971 — evaluating the performance of both teams with four metrics:The number of goals they scored.The number of goals they scored, adjusted to account for red cards and the time and score of the match when each goal was scored.The number of goals they were expected to score given the shots they took.The number of goals they were expected to score given the nonshooting actions they took near the opposing team’s goal.(These metrics are described in more detail in our post explaining how our club soccer predictions work. In matches for which we don’t have play-by-play data, only the final score is considered.)Given a team’s performance in the metrics above and the defensive SPI rating of the opposing team, it is assigned an offensive rating for the current match. It is also assigned a defensive rating based on its pre-match defensive rating and the attacking performance of the other team.These match ratings are combined with the team’s pre-match ratings to produce new offensive and defensive SPI ratings for the team. The weight assigned to the new match’s ratings is relative to the game’s importance; a World Cup qualifier, for example, would be weighted more heavily than an international friendly.Match forecastsGiven each team’s SPI rating, the process for generating win/loss/draw probabilities for a World Cup match is three-fold:We calculate the number of goals that we expect each team to score during the match. These projected match scores represent the number of goals that each team would need to score to keep its offensive rating exactly the same as it was going into the match.Using our projected match scores and the assumption that goal scoring in soccer follows a Poisson process, which is essentially a way to model random events at a known rate, we generate two Poisson distributions around those scores. Those give us the likelihood that each team will score no goals, one goal, two goals, etc.We take the two Poisson distributions and turn them into a matrix of all possible match scores, from which we can calculate the likelihood of a win, loss or draw for each team. To avoid undercounting draws, we increase the corresponding probabilities in the matrix.1There has been some debate about what kind of distribution best models scoring in soccer. We’ve found that two independent Poisson distributions work well with the addition of diagonal inflation. That is, we generate the two distributions independently but increase the value of each cell in the matrix where the scores are equal by some constant (somewhere around 9 percent, but this differs by league and is based on the degree to which we would have undercounted draws had we not inflated the diagonal). Take, for example, the 2014 men’s World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia. Before the match, our model was very confident that Croatia would score no goals or one goal. Brazil’s, distribution, however, was much wider, leading to its being a significant — 86 percent — favorite in the match. Although there is evidence that home-field advantage in soccer is shrinking, teams still get a boost in performance when playing the World Cup on home soil. Similarly, teams from the same confederation as the host nation experience a smaller but still measurable improvement in their performances. In the 2019 Women’s World Cup, we’re applying a home-field advantage for France of about 0.15 goals and a bonus about one-half that size to all teams from the UEFA confederation. These are both a bit smaller than the advantage that historical World Cup results suggest.Tournament forecastOnce we’re able to forecast individual matches, we turn those match-by-match probabilities into a tournament forecast using Monte Carlo simulations. This means that we simulate the tournament thousands of times, and the probability that a team wins the tournament represents the share of simulations in which it wins it. As with our other forecasts, we run our Women’s World Cup simulations hot, which means that each team’s rating changes based on what is happening in a given simulation.Live match forecastsOur live match forecasts calculate each team’s chances of winning, losing or drawing a match in real time. These live win probabilities feed into our tournament forecast to give a real-time view of the World Cup as it plays out.Because we lack enough play-by-play data for women’s international soccer to build a live model from scratch, the parameters described below were initially established while building our live model for the 2018 men’s World Cup. When possible, we’ve verified that these parameters and decisions carry over to the women’s game.Our live model works essentially the same way as our pre-match forecasts. At any point in the match, we can calculate the number of goals we expect each team to score in the remaining time. We generate Poisson distributions based on those projected goals and a matrix of all possible scores for the remainder of the match. When the matrix is combined with the current score of the match, we can use it to calculate live win probabilities.For example, in the 65th minute of that same Brazil vs. Croatia match, with the score tied 1-1, our projected distributions for the remainder of the match had narrowed considerably. A Brazil win was still the most likely outcome, but much less so than at the start of the match. read more

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Sir Cameron Mackintosh musicals ban understudies from announcing show dates

first_img 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. Glenn Close reprised the role of Norma Desmond in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard  Cast members take the final curtain call in the long-running musical Les Miserables on Broadway Natasha Barnes (Fanny Brice) during the curtain call ‘Funny Girl’ musicalCredit:Rex Actress Ria Jones on stage at the curtain call after she stepped in for Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard  “We’ve had a number of complaints from leading actors who said they think it’s a little off that our understudies are tweeting when they’re off, either ill or on holiday,” he said.“It’s not something we’d ever thought of before, so we reminded our casts that in their contracts for a very long time it has said that a member of the cast should not disseminate information about the show without the approval of the management.“What we felt was that it’s only right that information about schedules and acting performances should come from us, and not individual members of the cast.“Once that information is out there, then obviously everyone should feel free to do what they want. Natasha Barnes (Fanny Brice) during the curtain call 'Funny Girl' musical Jonathan Pryce (Engineer) ‘Miss Saigon’ musical 25th Anniversary Gala at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, in 2014Credit:Rex Glenn Close reprised the role of Norma Desmond in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard  This year has seen the role of the understudy propelled into the headlines after Natasha Barnes stepped in to perform in Funny Girl while Sheridan Smith took last-minute time off.Ria Jones won over a hostile audience at Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum, after Glenn Close fell ill with a chest infection.Jones received a standing ovation for her performances, despite furious ticket-holders initially demanding their money back, while Barnes was awarded a five star review by the Telegraph as theatre critic Dominic Cavendish proclaimed her “every bit as good” as Smith. Cast members take the final curtain call in the long-running musical Les Miserables on BroadwayCredit:AP For a rising star, it could be the most important moment of their career, stepping into the limelight on the West End stage to take the lead role for the first time.But understudies are to be banned from announcing their appearances without permission, as Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s company clamps down on social media.Actors working in Sir Cameron’s shows, which include Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera, have been warned they are not to post the dates of their performances online ahead of shows without the blessing of those in charge.Critics accused the company of “disrespecting” understudies and blocking fans from seeing their shows, with one saying: “In other words producers are afraid it will hurt box office.” “Social media is a fact of life and a very useful way of communicating with the public, but when you’ve got employees tweeting information about other employees by association, then you need to control that.”He added the company had huge respect for all understudies and had a long history of promoting them, saying they remained at liberty to contact friends, family or fans individually to let them know they are performing.A spokesman for WestEnd Understudies, a social media feed which alerts fans to when their favourite actors are on stage, said: “The reason most understudies currently post their performance dates on social media is because there is no announcement by producers currently, and if there was, it would only be for the main two or three roles.“It does affect their careers.” Jonathan Pryce (Engineer) 'Miss Saigon' musical 25th Anniversary Gala at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, in 2014 Actress Ria Jones on stage at the curtain call after she stepped in for Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard  Nicholas Allott, the managing director of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, said the social media guidelines were merely an extension of long-held contracts, which have always prohibited actors from announcing major changes to their shows without permission.Equity, the actors’ union, and the Society of London Theatres are now working with West End companies to create standard guidelines for social media use, after members complained there was inconsistency between shows.Performers who work for Sir Cameron will now be expected to wait until cast changes are officially announced by theatres before tweeting, The Stage revealed, in a move fans argued could damage the understudies’ careers. The guidelines apply not just to understudies for high profile star performers, who would only step in at very short notice in the event of illness or the unexpected, but those working on longer-running shows where they are covering pre-booked holidays.Then, many actors have previously taken to social media and their own promotional websites to alert fans to the dates they are performing.Such tweeting, fans said, was invaluable for understudies, allowing them to build a profile in a theatre industry which often failed to announce cast changes in advance.Mr Allott said the move was in fact aimed at averting public confusion or unnecessary alarm about absent actors, with understudies usually stepping into West End shows without a hitch.last_img read more

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Gold Board probe Lisaveta Ramotar visits SOCU with lawyer to clear

Lisaveta RamotarGeneral Manager of the Guyana Gold Board Lisaveta Ramotar- who was sent on administrative leave as investigations into allegations of money laundering and the suspected involvement of staff members of the Guyana Gold Board colluding with embattled gold dealer Saddiqi Rasul deepens- in the company of her attorney Anil Nandlall visited the office of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU).According to Nandlall she submitted a statement and indicated to the officers present that “she is ready, able and willing to furnish whatever further information they may request in their investigations, provided, of course, she possesses, or has access to the requisite information.”Moreover Nandall, has released a letter that Ramotar wrote to the head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) with the intent of clearing up some of the “inaccurate statements” that he says were circulating in sections of the media and online which he outlined has the capacity to cause members of the public to draw adverse inferences regarding the current investigation.The full transcript of that letter is outlined below:April 26, 2017,Mr. Sydney JamesHeadSpecial Organised Crime Unit (SOCU)Camp RoadGeorgetownDear Mr. James,Re: Investigation into Collusion between the Guyana Gold Board and Saddiqi RasulIn a letter dated April 20, 2017, I was made aware officially that your department is currentlyconducting an investigation into allegations of money laundering and suspected involvement of staff members of the Guyana Gold Board with gold dealer Saddiqi Rasul. While I have not been called to be interviewed, The Minister of Natural Resources in his letter to me indicated that I cooperate with the investigation and hence, I hereby provide a voluntary statement and response.My name is Lisaveta Ramotar, and I reside at 142 Ogle View Goedverwagting East CoastDemerara. I have an undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University ofGuyana, a Master’s degree in Finance and Investment from the University of York (U.K.) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. I was employed at the Guyana Gold Board as the General Manager on January 02, 2015.My duties at the Guyana Gold Board included Implementing Board policy including strategic and operational planning, coordinating activities for implementation, Financial Management: planning, budgeting and auditing,
resource allocation, human resources management, information management, administration and external relations.On April 20, 2017, I was sent on Administrative Leave to facilitate the investigation asmentioned above.I wish to assert strongly that I am absolutely innocent of any wrong doings. I have discharged my duties at the Guyana Gold Board professionally and based on the important metric of declaration it was under my tenure that the Cooperative Republic of Guyana obtained its highest ever declaration to date.Below I provide responses to issues highlighted in the press during the period of April 03, 2017 –April 23, 2017.1.  Issue raised: Rasul sold gold several times per day using his mining company indicating a wash down several times per day.Response: The Guyana Gold Board is required to buy all gold presented to theorganisation. The Guyana Gold Board’s mandate is not to verify production. Theorganisation does not verify production. The current process at the Guyana Gold Board issuch that those in possession of gold can either have a production sheet which would be asheet out of the production books issued by GGMC or they may be given a permission slip,which is issued by the Guyana Gold Board. The Finance Department of the Guyana Gold Board collects both production sheets and permission slips when the department makespayments to those selling gold. The production sheets and permission slips are uplifteddaily by the GGMC, the body that regulates mining in Guyana.2.  Issue Raised: The company did not pay the 2 percent tax.Response: Under a regulation which I have seen, mining companies are not required to paythe 2 percent withholding tax. The Finance Department of the Guyana Gold Board isdirectly responsible for making payments to miners and hence has to get proof that in factthe seller of gold is a mining company. To this end, the Finance Department of the GuyanaGold Board must collect documents to support the non payment of the withholding tax.3.  Issue Raised: Instructions given to the Bartica Manager, to pay the higher of the two daily fix.Response: One of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the organisation indicatesthat the time at which a client enters the client accommodation room determines the fix atwhich the client would be paid. Sometime in October 2016, Mr. Rasul called to say thatthe employee selling gold on behalf of his company was at the Bartica Branch prior to thechanging of the fix, yet the employee received the second fix. I called the Bartica Managerto inform him about the SOP and at that point he indicated to me that what transpired withMr. Rasul’s employee is not exactly as had been reported to me. He stated that one of Mr.Rasul’s employee entered the Bartica office prior to the changing of the fix to sell gold onbehalf of Mr. Rasul. The employee stated that he had more gold in his vehicle and wasgoing to step out of the office to uplift it. Subsequently, another of Mr. Rasul’s employeeentered the Branch with another set of gold selling on behalf of Mr. Rasul’s company. Thesecond person, according to the Branch Manager entered after the changing of the fix andhence received the second fix. When Mr. Rasul was informed of the sequence of events hecontinued to hold that his employee was there before the fix changed. I indicated to himthat I would review the cameras and in the mean time the second transaction was paid atthe second fix.Since there was a dispute I asked that the video recording of the event be brought toGeorgetown for viewing. It was viewed and it was determined that indeed what the BarticaManager stated transpired, occurred, and hence the decision to pay the second fix wasupheld.4.  Issue Raised: Multiple visits to the GGBResponse: All employees of the Guyana Gold Board have been trained in Anti moneylaundering compliance and as late as the latter half of 2016 they were trained in identifyingsuspicious activities. Front line employees are the ones interacting with customers andhence are best placed to indicate if an activity is suspicious. In the training staff memberswere told to report suspicious activities to the Compliance Officer. Yet, the ComplianceOfficer never indicated that she received such reports from staff.It must also be mentioned that Threshold reports are sent monthly to the FinancialIntelligence Unit and all of Mr. Rasul’s companies’ transactions are on those reports.5.  Issue Raised: The Compliance Officer was instructed to incorporate Mr. Rasul’s companyResponse: I wish to strongly deny that I ever gave instructions to Ms. Bullen to incorporateMr. Rasul’s company. In fact, the first time I learnt of her incorporating the company ison April 20, 2017, when she indicated that she should resign her position at the GuyanaGold Board because she incorporated the company.6.  Issue Raised: The whistleblower states that Guyana Gold Board should not be involved in  gold buying and should instead only be involved in the regulatory aspect of the mining business.Response: It was particularly interesting to read in the Kaieteur News the whistleblower’sviews about role of the Guyana Gold Board. As the term whistleblower implies, and fromthe reports that actual declaration records have been obtained by your entity, it can beconcluded that the person is an employee of the Guyana Gold Board. I wish to inform youthat should the organisation not be involved in the buying of gold, then sellers of gold willbe required to sell their metal only to licensed gold dealers. Further, at most the onlyrelevant department in the organisation would be the Compliance Unit since onlyregulation of the dealers would be required. Investigators need to question why wouldsomeone want their place of employment closed.All for information and guidance.Sincerely,Lisaveta Ramotar Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGold Board probe: File to be sent to ‘DPP or Police legal advisor’- SOCU HeadSeptember 6, 2017In “Crime”‘We will not be intimidated!’ – Jagdeo declares after arrestMarch 8, 2017In “Politics”Gov’t to “review and assess number of licensed gold dealers”December 1, 2015In “Business” read more

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Tribesmen progress to U21 FC final after seeing off Kildare

first_imgGalway 2-10Kildare 2-5GALWAY CAUSED A mild surprise to win an interesting All Ireland under 21 semi-final at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.Having scorched through Leinster Kildare entered this clash as the warmest of favourites, but Galway were braced for a challenge and they were deserving victors.Kildare crafted several scoring opportunities early on, but they weren’t clinical enough converting.That meant by the 10th minute Galway’s Shane Walsh and Kildare’s Daniel Flynn had traded points.Galway then pounced for an 11th minute goal when Ian Burke’s pass released Tom Flynn, who confidently the ball past the advancing Mark Donnellan.But Kildare were back on terms on 13 when Daniel Flynn netted following a sharp Niall Kelly delivery.Kildare continued to miss chances and Galway were a bit more efficient up front accumulating a 1-5 to 1-2 advantage by the 28th minute.A Fionn Dowling effort trimmed the deficit again, but Walsh clipped a fine point from play, and Galway departed 1-6 to 1-3 ahead at the interval.It was a similar story of Kildare running the ball after the interval and following a burst of pressure Padraig Fogarty nailed a point.But Galway were defiant and in Walsh they have a youngster with a drop of class and the Kilkerrin-Clonberne attacker struck a delightful response.Walsh then converted a routine free for the maroons, who were coping with Kildare’s energy and enthusiasm.Kildare selector and former Minister for Finance Charlie McCreevy. Credit: ScreengrabPaul Cribbin narrowed the gap once more, but Galway were still 1-8 to 1-5 in the ascendancy at the three quarter stage.The underdogs bagged a second goal in the 46th minute when Adrian Varley and Burke’s skill allowed Sean Moran slam the ball to the back of the Kildare net.But the Lilywhites replied on 50 when Padraig Fogarty provided the assist for Sean Hurley to palm a goal and it was game on.Galway, though, stayed calm as Walsh and Cathal Mulryan hit critical scores to book a place in the All Ireland decider.Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-6 (3fs), Sean Moran 1-1, Tom Flynn 1-0, Ian Burke 0-1, Damien Comer 0-1, Cathal Mulryan (0-1).Scorers for Kildare: Daniel Flynn 1-1, Sean Hurley 1-0, Niall Kelly 0-1, Paul Cribbin 0-1, Fionn Dowling 0-1, Padraig Fogarty 0-1. Galway: Thomas Healy (Corofin); Mark Loughnane (St Gabriel’s), James Shaughnessy (Ballinasloe), David Cunnane (St Michael’s); Daithi Burke (Corofin), Paul Varley (Cortoon Shamrocks), Gearoid Canavan (Salthill-Knocknacarra); Tom Flynn (Athenry), Fiontan O’Curraoin (Micheal Breathnach); Cathal Mulryan (Cortoon Shamrocks), Sean Moran (Claregalway), Damien Comer (Annaghdown); Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin-Clonberne), Adrian Varley (Cortoon Shamrocks), Ian Burke (Corofin). Subs: C Rabbitte (Kilkerrin-Clonberne) for Burke (41), Philip Ezergailis (Moycullen) for Cunnane (44), Liam Silke (Corofin) for Canavan (52), Eoghan Commins (Claregalway) for Comer (59). Kildare: Mark Donnellan (Maynooth); Michael Konstantin (Cellbridge), David Hyland (Athy), Sean Higgins (Maynooth); Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge), Fergal Conway (Celbridge), Jonathan Byrne (Allenwood); Thomas Moolick (Leixlip), Sean Hurley (Johnstownbridge); Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge), Niall Kelly (Athy), Fionn Dowling (Suncroft); Paddy Brophy (Celbridge), Liam McGovern (Athy), Padraig Fogarty (St Laurence’s). Subs: Hugh Mahon (Athy) for Fogarty (49), Tony Gibbons (Athy) for McGovern (56), Gavin Farrell (Castledermot) for Dowling (56).Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry).Your Simon Zebo as a Young GAA Star Pic of The Day7 things to watch out for in Semple Stadium tomorrowlast_img read more

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Getting people to care about the environment Its all in the pupils

first_img Share41 Tweet Email1 A BER energy rating and how the eye processes it (not the red heat signature over the A rating in the top-left of the imageAn infra-red beam is positioned below a computer screen, which, along with special software, is used to record how much time is spent viewing certain information on a screen, and confirm in what order the information is viewed.The information derived from the research is then represented onscreen by a sort of heat map – showing what the subject looked at first and looked at longest.“A huge number of factors can – and do – influence decision-making, so it is really important that we better understand what motivates people, and why,” says Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at Trinity Brian Caulfield, who is leading the work. Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 8:30 AM Getting people to care about the environment? It’s all in the pupils… New research at Trinity College Dublin is aimed at better understanding what drives human choice when presented with a lot of information. 2 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3257236 We’re looking to influence the design of these labels to get people more engaged, and that’s what the EPA is looking to do. Because if it happens in Ireland it’s applicable across the EU.The group’s work is due to be published shortly, and researcher Dr William Brazil says it “opens the door to a myriad of possibilities” (the technology has already been used in cyclists to see what they see, and how adept they are at noticing hazards).“There is no reason why we can’t use this eye-tracking technology to better understand human behaviour in areas ranging from road safety and hazard identification, website and marketing design, through to new approaches in education and learning,” says Brazil.Read: You need to eat 10 fruit and veg a day to avoid serious illnesses, study saysRead: Galway mathematicians have found a way of making Batman’s cape Feb 26th 2017, 8:30 AM center_img Source: Shutterstock/Piotr KrzeslakWHEN IT COMES to the environment, most of us, you would hope, are in favour of doing our bit to preserve it.Unfortunately, a genuine problem facing the likes of our own Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is whether or not technical information regarding a product’s environmental impact can actually be understood by a layman.This has led to groundbreaking new research at Trinity College Dublin, commissioned as part of the EPA’s 2014-2020 research programme, which measures the extent to which people are diverted by environmental data – and it’s all done via the eyes.Eye-tracking infra-red technology is used to see what people look at and focus upon when presented with a wealth of information. Short URL The first step is to understand how people interact with information and handle the different questions and options they are presented with – these new eye-tracking approaches are invaluable in that regard.While eye-tracking is far from new, the context in which it is being used here is a world first. And its findings?“People are interested in environmental considerations, that’s what we’ve found. So if they’re buying a fridge say and they’re looking at the energy rating, or if they’re judging a house’s BER (Building Energy Rating) they know that A is good and further along is bad,” says Caulfield.But a product’s review and quality comes first ahead of environmental information. 9,625 Views By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Temps additionnel pour MegaUpload et ses utilisateurs légitimes

first_imgTemps additionnel pour MegaUpload et ses utilisateurs légitimes Le site de téléchargement vient de négocier un petit temps de répit auprès de son principal hébergeur Cogent, dans le but de débloquer les fonds qui permettraient aux utilisateurs de récupérer leurs fichiers légaux. Jusqu’à la fin du mois de février: c’est le temps qu’il reste à MegaUpload pour négocier avec le Département de la Justice américain pour envisager le dégel de ses fonds, qui permettraient de remettre notamment les serveurs (gérer par Cogent) en route et récupérer les données légales. Cependant, selon l’avocat de la sulfureuse firme (interrogé par ZDNET.fr), un problème de preuve électronique se posera pour la remise de ces fichiers au public. Pour lui, cette procédure “nécessitera probablement des semaines en ayant recours à des protocoles d’investigation électronique”. La décision finale sur cette problématique revient à la justice américaine qui devrait se prononcer ultérieurement.Nul doute que les utilisateurs légitimes de MegaUpload retiennent leur souffle dans cette affaire, qui risque encore de connaître quelques rebondissements. Rappelons que la semaine dernière, l’autre hébergeur de MegaUpload, Carpathia Hosting, s’est associé à l’Electronic Frontier Fondation dans le but de préparer une action en justice pour les utilisateurs… Le 6 février 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Teen girls Straight Talk at weekend retreat by SDA church

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ashaala shanae, seventh day adventist church, straight talk, teen girls Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Nov 2014 – A Weekend retreat hosted by the Seventh Day Adventist Church proved teen girls want to know what God thinks about them and that there are real issues being encountered by these adolescents. Straight Talk welcomed guest presenter, singer, song writer and minister Ashaala Shanae. The retreat had both lock ins and commuters and over 60 young ladies attending; it wrapped up on Sunday. Caymanian Law to Allow Police to Hold Suspect for 6 Monthslast_img read more

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Condition of Vancouver woman injured in crash improves

first_imgThe condition of a Vancouver woman hurt in an early Tuesday morning crash has improved.Ashley Gumbel, 28, is in serious condition at the intensive care unit of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She was listed in critical condition following Tuesday’s crash, in which police say she drove her 1997 Dodge Intrepid through a red light at a high rate of speed and crashed into a Chevrolet Malibu. At the time of the collision, 2 a.m., the Malibu’s driver was attempting a left turn from Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard onto Andresen Road. The two occupants of the Malibu were taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released. The crash was witnessed by a Vancouver police officer. Vancouver police have not made any arrests or issued any citations in the crash, but they continue to investigate its cause. Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the agency, said investigators are waiting for a toxicology report.last_img read more

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Sally Yates Testifies We Believed Gen Flynn Was Compromised

first_img Share Eric Thayer/Getty ImagesFormer Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism on Capitol Hill on Monday.It was a matter of urgency, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates says, when she called White House lawyers back in late January.She needed to tell them that Gen. Michael Flynn, then-national security adviser, appeared to be lying to the White House, making him vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.“We believed that Gen. Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians,” Yates told a Senate subcommittee on Monday. “To state the obvious, you don’t want your national security adviser compromised by the Russians.”Four days later, Yates was fired, for refusing to defend President Trump’s travel ban.Two weeks after that, Flynn was out — for lying to the White House about contacts with Russia, as Yates had alerted White House lawyers. The story Yates had warned about had reached the press.Yates, along with James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s crime and terrorism subcommittee to testify on Russian attempts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.Both witnesses had served under Obama. Yates remained in her role for 10 days after Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20 and then was fired.During that brief tenure she warned the White House that Flynn had made contact with Russians, which he was denying. Vice President Pence was publicly backing Flynn’s false statements.Yates told the senators she informed the administration about Flynn’s apparent lie for two reasons: one, because Flynn’s behavior was “problematic in and of itself,” and two, because she believed Pence had “the right to know” the truth. She said she was sharing the information — over a series of two meetings and a phone call — so that the White House “could act.”In response, she says, one lawyer asked what it mattered to the Department of Justice if one White House official was lying to another.The senators in Monday’s hearing asked about issues beyond just Flynn. But many of the highest-stake questions in the hearing ran up against a brick wall marked “classified.”Clapper said he could not comment on whether he was concerned about Trump’s business interests in Russia. And as to whether there’s evidence that members of the Trump campaign cooperated in Russian meddling, they were split: Clapper said he didn’t know of any, while Yates said she couldn’t comment.At the hearing on Monday — as at previous public hearings on the Russian investigation — there was a sharp partisan split in how senators approached the issue.Democrats focused extensively on Russian attempts to alter the outcome of the U.S. presidential election in Trump’s favor, while most Republicans focused on leaks and the question of how Flynn’s calls reached the press. (Both Yates and Clapper flatly denied having any involvement with the leaks.)Some Republican senators even turned their attention to Hillary Clinton’s emails and Yates’ refusal to defend Trump’s executive order on travel.The president tweeted after the hearing, calling congressional investigations into the possibility that his campaign colluded with Russia a “taxpayer funded charade.”He said the “biggest story,” which he accused the media of underreporting, is “on surveillance.” Questions about what kind of surveillance it is legal for U.S. intelligence agencies to do, and whether intelligence from such surveillance has been mishandled, did come up during the hearing and have been reported on extensively for the past few months.You can read about the hearing, as it happened, below, and watch video here.5:30 p.m. ET: Both witnesses call for defensive action against future meddlingAsked about what needs to be done to defend against future Russian actions, Yates said, “I think they’re coming back … and I think we have to do a whole lot more — to harden our election systems, to ensure that folks out there know when they’re looking at news feeds that it may not be real news that they’re reading.“I think that we have to do more to deter the Russians, and it wouldn’t hurt to prosecute a few folks, but I don’t think we can fool ourselves that we can prosecute our way out of this problem,” she said.“I think the most important thing we need to do here is to educate the electorate … about Russian tactics and procedures, that they have employed and I predict will continue to employ,” Clapper said.He also said U.S. election systems should be considered critical infrastructure and called for more sanctions and improved countermessaging against Russia.5:15 p.m. ET: Clapper declines to comment on Trump’s business interests in RussiaSubcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Clapper if he had, in the course of investigations, come across business ties Trump had to Russia that caused concern. There was a pause, then this exchange:Clapper: Not in the course of the preparation of the intelligence community assessment.Graham: Since? … At all? Anytime?Clapper: Sen. Graham, I can’t comment on that, because that impacts an investigation.Graham: It wasn’t enough to put into the report?Clapper: That’s correct.5:10 p.m. ET: Questions about Flynn’s security clearanceAt a news conference earlier Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Flynn received a security clearance during his time with the Obama administration and that it was never withdrawn. He had the “same clearance” as national security adviser, Spicer said.“Everyone in the government goes through the same process,” Spicer said. As for vetting Flynn, Spicer said, “That was something that was adjudicated by the Obama administration.”Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, asked Clapper whether that was true. Clapper said he couldn’t comment on Flynn specifically — but that there are very different levels of vetting for different roles.“I know what I went through as a political appointee, twice, in a Republican and Democratic administration, and the vetting process for either a political appointee or someone working with the White House is far more invasive and far, far more thorough than a standard TS/SCI clearance process,” Clapper said. “But I don’t know what process was used in Gen. Flynn’s case.”He reiterated later that serving in a high-level role in the White House has, in previous administrations, required vetting above and beyond a standard security clearance.NBC has reported that Flynn was required to get a new security clearance to serve as national security adviser, but the process was never completed; he was pushed out of the job before he received that higher clearance, NBC reported, citing one anonymous source.5:05 p.m. ET: Yates won’t confirm whether Flynn lied to the FBIYates said she couldn’t comment on whether Flynn lied during his interview with the FBI, citing an ongoing investigation.She did confirm that if Flynn did lie, he could potentially face criminal prosecution.5:00 p.m. ET: Al Franken poses a lengthy hypotheticalSen. Al Franken, D-Minn., used one of his questions to, well, not really ask a question. He was talking to Yates about the 18-day delay between when she alerted the White House to Flynn’s apparent lie, and when Flynn was forced to resign:“Is it possible that the reason he didn’t fire him then is that [he thought], ‘Well, if I fire him for talking to the Russians about sanctions … what about all the other people on my team who coordinated?’“You ask yourself, why wouldn’t you fire a guy who did this. And all I can think of is that he would say, ‘Well, we’ve got all these other people in the administration who have had contacts; we’ve had all these other people in the administration who coordinated.’ …“We’re trying to put a puzzle together here, everybody, and maybe, just maybe, he didn’t get rid of a guy who lied to the vice president, who got paid by the Russians, who went on Russia Today, because there are other people in his administration who met secretly with the Russians and didn’t reveal it until later, until they were caught. That may be why it took him 18 days — until it became public — to get rid of Mike Flynn, who was a danger to this republic.”“Care to comment?” Franken asked Yates.“I don’t think I’m going to touch that, senator,” she said.4:25 p.m. ET: Russian hacking is cheap; does WikiLeaks do journalism? Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., asked Clapper about the threat from Russia — among other things, whether congressional IT systems could be a target of hacking, which Clapper said was certainly possible. He also asked about how much money Russia spends on hacking and propaganda efforts.“I can’t give you a figure,” Clapper said. “I will say in comparison to classical military expenditures it’s a bargain for them.”Then Sasse raised the question of WikiLeaks, as he did with FBI Director James Comey last week. He asked whether the group is a “known propaganda effort for Russia,” as U.S intelligence officials have called it.He asked Clapper, “You’re saying that Julian Assange is not a journalist?”“You’re asking the wrong guy,” Clapper said, laughing. “He certainly is not.”“When a journalist does harm to the country, harm to our national security, compromises sensitive sources … and deliberately puts the country in jeopardy, I think that’s a red line,” Clapper said.4:15 p.m. ET: Yates repeats her goal was to allow White House to “take action” regarding FlynnIn her answers to the senators, Yates has repeatedly emphasized that she was briefing White House lawyers on Flynn’s behavior so that the administration “could take action.”She says the Department of Justice was “very concerned” and that in conversations with the White House, she emphasized “repeatedly” that they were sharing the information to enable the administration to act.3:55 p.m. ET: Conversation pivots to Trump’s travel ban, Clinton’s emailsIn a diversion from the topic at hand, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, challenged Yates over her decision not to defend Trump’s travel ban.That prompted Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to defend Yates — and then express frustration with the Senate subcommittee’s lack of resources dedicated to the question at the heart of the hearing, that is, Russian meddling in the election.Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, then asked “hypothetical” questions about Hillary Clinton’s emails, as well as further questions about Trump’s executive order on travel.As the conversations about the travel ban continued, Yates confirmed that she met with White House counsel — to discuss Flynn — on the same afternoon that the White House was preparing to issue the executive order on immigration.They did not tell her of the plans, she said: As acting attorney general she learned about the order after it was issued, from media coverage.3:45 p.m. ET: Yates says it “certainly appeared” that Flynn liedYates told the senators the Department of Justice had two concerns over Flynn’s actions. One was that he could be vulnerable to blackmail by Russia.“Compromise was certainly the No. 1 concern,” she said. “The Russians can use compromised material in a variety of ways, sometimes overtly, sometime subtly, and again our concern was that you have a very sensitive position — like the national security adviser — and you don’t want that person to be in a position where the Russians have leverage.”But they also felt that Pence had the “right to know” that evidence contradicted the statements he was making, as he defended Flynn in public.Asked if Flynn lied to Pence, Yates said, “That’s certainly how it appeared, yes — because the vice president went out and made statements that he said were based on what Gen. Flynn had told him,” and which the DOJ knew “flatly” weren’t true, Yates said.3:15 p.m. ET: Yates says she told the White House multiple times that Flynn’s conduct was “problematic”Yates says she spoke with White House counsel twice in person, and once over the phone, about Flynn’s “conduct.”She wouldn’t detail what the conduct was, saying that was classified, but identified it as “problematic in and of itself.”The first meeting was on Jan. 26, when Yates told the White House that there was evidence of Flynn’s conduct that contradicted public statements by Vice President Pence. Yates says she was not accusing Pence of “providing false information” but wanted to make sure the White House was aware of the disparity.Yates also says she informed the White House that Flynn had been interviewed by the FBI, but without specifying what happened in that interview.It was a matter of urgency, Yates said.“We believed that Gen. Flynn was compromised with respect to the Russians,” Yates said. “… To state the obvious, you don’t want your national security adviser compromised by the Russians.”But she says the Department of Justice, despite feeling this sense of urgency, was also trying not to interfere in an active FBI investigation.Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser 18 days after Yates met with White House lawyers.3:10 p.m. ET: Clapper, Yates both say they don’t know how Flynn’s conversations reached the pressGraham asked Yates and Clapper how the White House learned that Flynn had conversations with the Russian ambassador.That’s a question that President Trump had called for the senators to ask — in line with Republican allegations that an Obama official leaked classified information about Flynn.Both witnesses said they did not know the answer. Later, both denied serving as an anonymous source, or authorizing anyone else to serve as an anonymous source, in connection with the story.3:10 p.m. ET: Yates says she can’t comment on possibility of Trump campaign collusionYates refused to say whether intelligence exists that shows a member of the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.“My answer to that question would require me to reveal classified information,” Yates said.But she urged the senators not to take that nonanswer as confirmation that evidence does exist, saying she was taking the same approach as FBI Director James Comey to a question that centers on a classified investigation.Clapper had a different answer to the question, saying flatly that he did not know of any evidence.Further pressing by the senators raised the point that it was at least possible for individuals with the Department of Justice to have access to information that Clapper, as director of national intelligence, did not — because of the high level of secrecy around counterintelligence investigations.2:55 p.m. ET: Clapper pushes back on concerns over unmaskingGraham, in his opening remarks, raised unmasking as a major area of concern.“Unmasking” is how American officials can learn the names of Americans caught up in “incidental collection” — that is, people overheard or mentioned as the U.S. is surveilling a foreign target. (You can read more about both concepts in our background material above.)Some Republicans have expressed concern that Flynn may have been “unmasked,” and then his identity leaked to the press, for political purposes instead of for legitimate intelligence reasons.“I’ve learned a bit about unmasking and what I’ve learned is disturbing,” Graham said. “I’d like to know more and I want to make sure that that unmasking can never be used as a political weapon in our democracy.”Clapper explained that an official asking for unmasking has to justify why the name is needed and that the name is shared only with the person requesting it. Clapper said he had personally requested unmasking several times.“At no time did I ever submit a request for personal or political purposes, or to voyeuristically look at raw intelligence, nor am I aware of any instance of such abuse by anyone else,” Clapper wrote.2:45 p.m. ET: Witnesses warn that their testimony is constrainedAs he opened the hearing, Graham noted that the U.S. intelligence community has been “unanimous” in concluding that Russia was meddling in the U.S. election.While Russian hacking and propaganda was designed to help Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton, Graham said, such foreign interference is a bipartisan issue.“It could be our campaigns next,” he told his fellow senators. “When one party is attacked, all of us should feel an attack.”The subcommittee’s ranking member, Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., went into much greater detail about what Russia is known or believed to have done to influence the U.S. election.“We need a more thorough accounting of the facts,” Whitehouse said.Meanwhile, Yates and Clapper both warned the subcommittee that they won’t be able to answer pressing questions as fully as the senators might like.“Many of the topics of interest today concern classified information that I cannot address in this public setting, either directly or indirectly,” Yates wrote in her statement, published on Graham’s website.She also said she is “not authorized” to discuss deliberations within the Department of Justice or the executive branch, “particularly on matters that may be the subject of ongoing investigations.”Clapper, for his part, said the White House cited executive privilege and “requested” additional limits to what he can discuss in the hearing.2:30 p.m. ET:NPR’s Phil Ewing provides a preview of what’s expected to be discussed:“Democrats want Yates to describe what she told White House officials shortly after President Trump’s inauguration about the FBI’s investigation into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn. Yates’ Jan. 26 meeting in the executive mansion reportedly was to notify the administration that the FBI believed Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. He resigned weeks later. …“Graham and Republicans, however, want to ask the witnesses about how details of Flynn’s conversations, and other classified information, found their way into The Washington Post and other newspapers ahead of Trump’s inauguration.”Trump had been cautioned about Flynn even before the heads-up from Yates on Jan. 26, according to a former Obama official. The official tells NPR that the president himself warned Trump, then incoming president, about Flynn’s job performance.Flynn was formerly the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency but was fired during the Obama administration.White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed on Monday that “President Obama made it clear that he was not a fan of Gen. Flynn’s.” But Spicer suggested that wasn’t surprising — given Flynn’s criticisms of Obama — and could have been interpreted as “bad blood” instead of a substantive warning.“If President Obama was truly concerned, why didn’t he suspend Gen. Flynn’s security clearance?” Spicer asked.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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DC Hiring a Night Mayor to Oversee Nightlife

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comWhile D.C. already has a mayor and deputies overseeing various sectors of City living, there’s a new position opening in the District- “Night Mayor”- the person who would be required to supervise happenings in Washington’s nightlife and culture.The official title for this role is “Director of the Office of Nightlife and Culture,” and was posted on the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments on Oct 2.A photo of the rooftop bar at the W Washington Hotel featured on the “Visit Washington D.C.” Facebook page.The “Night Mayor” would be required to, “coordinate District government agencies, businesses and community groups to manage the after-hours economy and work with the Commission of Nightlife to advise the Mayor, Council and Office of Nightlife on common issues and trends relating to the after-hours economy,” according to the job description featured on the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments.Some of the major duties will be serving as a liaison between nightlife establishments and the City Council and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, reviewing, improving and enforcing rules and regulations to better the “after-hours economy,” finding means for the City to assist nightlife businesses and appearing before and consulting with the Commission on Nightlife.Qualified applicants should have experience in public policy and community organizing, knowledge of the District and connections within the area and understanding of the programs created to help District residents.Those that meet the requirements can expect to make somewhere from $97,434 to $118,000.The District is not the first place to have a “Night Mayor” position as New York and London also have a person who oversees nightlife in a similar role.last_img read more

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Cognitive IoT How Artificial Intelligence is remoulding Industrial and Consumer IoT

first_imgInternet of Things ( IoT) has gained a huge traction due to the ability to gather data from sensors embedded within a variety of IoT devices including Close-circuit cameras, vehicles, smart homes, smart appliances, and many more. Think of IoT as a network of devices which gathers raw and real-time data, analyzes them, and provides desired outputs that benefit the users. But what after the data is analyzed? What is done with the analyzed report? The data has to be acted upon. Here, Artificial Intelligence can do the needful. AI can get hold of all that data crunched by IoT devices and act on it in a successful and organized manner. Industries that already use IoT devices can automate certain mundane workflows such as documentation, machine maintenance notification alert, and so on when powered by AI. Intelligent things with AI-backed IoT The saying, ‘With great power come great responsibilities’, is true for AI powered IoT.AI backed IoT devices can make complex decisions, perform self-learning, and can carry out autonomous decision making. One can group IoT applications broadly into two categories based on who the end user is, i.e. Industrial IoT for enterprises and consumer IoT for individual consumers. Let’s look into some of the major domains that AI has enhanced. 1. Industrial IoT Also known as the IIoT, IoT has impacted industries by bringing in unprecedented opportunities. However, it has also brought in a wave of new risks to businesses. IIoT provides the internet with a new ability to control machines, factories and the industrial infrastructure. Some of the characteristics of IIoT include, Improved Interoperability where the machines and sensors communicate via IoT Availability of Transparent information with the presence of more sensors, which means abundance of information. Autonomous decision making now lies in the hands of the IoT devices, where they can detect emergency situations, for instance when a machine servicing is required and can act on it immediately. Manufacturing Manufacturing is by far the biggest industry affected by the IoT wave. According to a report, ‘global manufacturers will invest $70 billion on IoT solutions in 2020, which is up from the $29 billion they spent in 2015’.Let’s see how some of the processes in manufacturing get a lift with AI enabled IoT: Detection of machine health using Predictive maintenance : Predictive maintenance involves collection and evaluation of data from machines in order to increase efficiency and optimize the maintenance processes. With predictive maintenance, manufacturers can determine the condition of their equipments and also predict when machines need maintenance. A startup named Konux, based in Munich, Germany, has developed a machine-learning powered monitoring system for train switches. The Konux switch sensor can be retrofitted onto existing train networks, providing real-time monitoring of track conditions and rolling stock. Data is transmitted wirelessly to the Konux Kora platform, which uses predictive algorithms based on machine learning to alert staff to specific problems as well as drive recommendations for maintenance. Supply Chain Optimization : With an IoT-optimized supply chain, manufacturers can get hold of real-time data and analyze issues to act upon them before the onset of any major problem. This in turn reduces inventory and capital requirements. In order to track a product, companies have set up smart shelves, which keep a record of when the product has been removed, the total no. of products, and so on. This smart shelf is connected to their entire network which is linked to their planning and demand sensing engine. Here, the AI powered decision support systems help to translate those demand signals into production and order processes. Read ‘How AI is transforming the manufacturing Industry’ for a more indepth look at AI’s impact on the manufacturing industry. Retail Adoption of IIoT in retail has upped the game for online retailers. Retail stores now comprise of in-store advertising and gesture walls. These walls help customers search merchandize, offers, and buy products with simple gestures. Retailers also have Automated Checkouts, or most simply self-checkout kiosks. This enables customers to avoid long queues and pay for products using a mobile app based payments system which scans the QR code embedded on the products, contactless payments or other means. With IoT enabled sensors, retailers can now extract insights about the most popular areas people pass by and where they stop to see the merchandize. Retailers can then send promotional text messages, discount coupons directly on the customer’s phone while they are in the store’s vicinity. For instance, Apple’s iBeacon enables devices to alert apps and websites about customer location. Retailers have also adopted Inventory Optimizations by using digital shelf and RFID techniques for managing their inventories effectively. Healthcare IoT in healthcare is proving to be a boon for patients by decreasing costs and reducing multiple visits to doctors. With these healthcare solutions, patient monitoring can be done in real-time. Due to this real-time data, diseases can be treated well in advance before they reach a malignant stage. These IoT enabled healthcare solutions provide accurate collection of data, automated workflows which are combined with data driven decisions.This cuts down on waste, reducing system costs and most importantly minimizes errors. Also, creation and management of drugs is a major expenditure in the healthcare industry. With IoT processes and devices, it is possible to manage these costs better. A new generation of “smart pills” is allowing healthcare organizations to ensure that a patient takes his or her medication, while also collecting other vital data. Apart from these major applications of IoT in the Industrial sectors, it has also affected sectors such as telecommunications, energy, and in the Government. Next up, we move on to explaining how AI backed IoT can affect and enhance the consumer domain. 2. Consumer IoT Consumers go for services that provide them with an easy way to do mundane tasks. Let us have a look at some examples where AI has intelligently assisted IoT for consumers benefit. Connected Vehicles Connected vehicles are vehicles that use any of a number of different communication technologies to communicate with the driver, other cars on the road (vehicle-to-vehicle [V2V]): This tech helps wirelessly exchange information about the speed and position of surrounding vehicles. This helps in avoiding crashes, ease traffic congestion, and improve the environment. roadside infrastructure (vehicle-to-infrastructure [V2I]): These technologies capture vehicle-generated traffic data wirelessly and provide information such as warnings from the infrastructure to the vehicle that inform the driver of safety, mobility, or environment-related conditions. the “Cloud” [V2C]: A Vehicle-to-Cloud infrastructure integrates NaaS (Network As A Service) into the automotive ecosystem and allows provisioning of vehicle-based services for automobile user. Connected homes These AI enabled IoT devices and services can automatically respond to preset rules, be remotely accessed and managed by mobile apps or a browser, and send alerts or messages to the user. For instance, Google Home, with a built-in Google Assistant, controls home and helps people with lists, translation, news, music, calendar and much more. Google Home can also answer any questions asked to it. This is because of Google’s huge Knowledge Graph that it is connected to. Similarly, Amazon’s Echo, a voice-controlled speaker and Apple’s homepod also assist in collecting data they get via voice. The AI can also get all devices within the home connected, with the help of Wi-Fi. With the latest IFTTT technology, your Google Home can talk to Nest and adjust the temperature of your home as per your requirement or the external temperature change. Health and lifestyle AI integrated with predictive analytics within the embedded devices such as fitness apps, health trackers, diet planners, and so on, makes them intelligent and personalized. For instance, Fitbit coach app paired with the Fitbit has a huge database. The app uses complex algorithms to extract meaningful information from the user data. This data is further used to recommend highly-tailored workout plans. Also, AthGene, uses ML algorithms to convert genetic information into valuable insights for customizing fitness regimen, diet plans, and lifestyle changes for users. IoT was only about devices monitoring data and giving insights in real-time. But AI added the efficiency factor, and also gave the power to these systems to take decisions. AI with IoT has a bright future; one can expect smart machines managed via Echo or Google Home in the future. Read Next How Google’s DeepMind is creating images with artificial intelligence Customer Relationship management just got better with Artificial Intelligence 5 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the Gaming Industrylast_img read more

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first_imgYesterday, the team at Google open-sourced Sandboxed API, a tool that Google has been using internally for its data centers for years. It is a project for sandboxing C and C++ libraries running on Linux systems. Google has made the Sandboxed API available on GitHub. Sandboxed API helps coders to automate the process of porting their existing C and C++ code in order to run on top of Sandbox2, which is Google’s custom-made sandbox environment for Linux operating systems. Sandbox2 has also been open-sourced and is included with Sandboxed API GitHub repository. Christian Blichmann & Robert Swiecki, from Google’s ISE Sandboxing team, said, “Many popular software containment tools might not sufficiently isolate the rest of the OS, and those which do, might require time-consuming redefinition of security boundaries for each and every project that should be sandboxed.” The idea behind introducing sandboxing The idea behind sandboxing is to prevent bugs from spreading from one process to another, or the underlying operating system and the kernel. Many software projects process data that are externally generated and potentially could be untrusted. For instance, the conversion of user-provided picture files into different formats or executing user-generated software code. In case, a software library that parses such data is complex, then there is a high possibility that it might fall victim to certain types of security vulnerabilities such as memory corruption bugs or other problems related to the parsing logic. These vulnerabilities can have a serious impact on security. In order to overcome these challenges, developers prefer software isolation method known as sandboxing. With the help of sandboxing methods, developers make sure that only resources such as files, networking connections, and other operating system resources are accessible to the code involved in parsing user-generated content. The team plans to have an added support more operating systems and plans to bring Sandboxed API to the Unix-like systems like the BSDs (FreeBSD, OpenBSD) and macOS. Google also aims to bring CMake support to the API. To know more about this news in detail, check out Google’s blog post. Read Next Google to be the founding member of CDF (Continuous Delivery Foundation) Google announces the stable release of Android Jetpack Navigation #GooglePayoutsForAll: A digital protest against Google’s $135 million execs payout for misconductlast_img read more

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Floods kill 41 people in southeastern Brazil

first_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Troops are helping distribute food, water and medicine in Espirito Santo and Army engineers have been called in to help repair highways, roads and bridges damaged by the floods.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision?center_img Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies SAO PAULO (AP) – Brazilian officials say floods and mudslides have killed 41 people and driven close to 70,000 from their homes in two southeastern states.The civil defense department in the state of Minas Gerais says the floods and mudslides caused by more than 10 days of heavy downpours left 18 people dead and forced 9,420 to flee their homes.In Espirito Santo state, officials place the death toll at 23 and say that more than 60,000 were forced to seek shelter in public buildings or the homes of friends and relatives. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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com/s8aivjp6Cn — ANI (@ANI_news) March 22, Sasikala factions over party symbol today. Army investigators will begin questioning Sgt." Nandgaonkar said. I want to express my huge gratitude to the police and emergency services who were on the scene. K. we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU GOD BLESS- Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3 2017Brutal and shocking incidents reported in London My thoughts are with the victims and their families Thank you to the emergency services- Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 3 2017People on social media are providing somewhere to stay in the wake of the three incidents More to come Sources: Telegraph BBC Featured Image Credit: PA The Presidency has reacted to Sambo Dasuki’s claim that the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan cleared the Northeast of Boko Haram terrorists to make elections possible in 2015 A statement released by President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson Garba Shehu said Jonathan only increased the “monster of terrorism” “The truth as a matter of fact is that the monster of terrorism got bigger and more daring due to the incompetence and misgovernance of the last administration and no amount lies and fiction can change that” he stated Shehu went on to say the claim was “another unfortunate attempt by inglorious Nigerians to rewrite the history of our country in such a way as to cover the sins of the past We will have to read the entire text to offer a full and adequate response “As a public relations goon for the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki the author did not surprise anyone by dismissing the acclaimed successes of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in the fight against Boko Haram claiming that this government simply took the glory for the achievements of the previous government in the war against terrorism” Shehu said as of the time elections held in March 2015 a number of local government areas in the Northeast were completely under the control of Boko Haram “to the extent that elections in those areas had to be moved to safe areas “The residents of areas such as Gwoza Banki Kukawa Monguno Bulumba Baga Gamboru Ngala Dikwa Mafa etc, In fact, Nevertheless, The prize is divided with one half going to Thouless, Seattle.

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within the 0-8 age group boys exceed the number of girls among children who go missing While the reasons can be manifold APR claims that there is a nexus between illegal agencies and traffickers who sell babies to childless couples and thereis a demand for boys On the other hand for the 12+ age group more girls than boys go missing and they are mostly pushed into the flesh trade or put to work as domestic help In Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan where the rate of child marriages are high girls are also abducted as brides While First Information Reports (FIRs) arebeing registered these days — a significant improvement over the last few years — the state’s overall safety mechanisms for children are far from being in place Police play an integral part in finding methods to curb the problem; their understanding of the situation and its gravity is essential for speedy trials after children are reported missing There is a need to create a security network around children and the responsibility lies both with the state as well as with communities It is of utmost importance to focus on forming vigilance groups within communities to look out for any danger sign or potential harm to children We need to relentlessly work on the underlying reasons for various forms of deprivation which afflict our society at large and accelerate our efforts in varied aspects related to bringing missing children back home — inter and intra-state coordination and convergence rescue and rehabilitative mechanism and more importantly investing in adequate resources and trained personnel at every level With the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2018 on its way and government initiatives like TrackChild Operation Smile and Muskaan trying to track the status of missing children one can be hopeful that the country will take the requisite steps in addressing the issue Sensitisation and awareness about the various risks associated with children is still very low It is thus important to form communities make parents aware and equipped with preventive as well as responsive support It is necessary to invest hugely into aspects of personal safety peer group behaviour and knowledge about safe spaces and people If we really want our children to be safe there needs to be a shift in the way the problem of missing children is approached by both the establishment and communities To start with a missing child case has to be reported as an FIR as this ensures that the case is produced before a court Regular follow-up on cases is equally important for quick and safe rescues of missing children Rescued children need special care and protection to ensure their rights are protected and they are not drawn into the trafficker’s net again While we recognise the importance of deterrence through criminal action to rescue victims and protect their lives and rights today it is equally important to address the underlying conditions which drive the supply and demand for trafficked children For this adequate livelihood measures need to be set up coupled with a strengthened social security net The author is the regional director (North) at CRY — Child Rights and You Kolkata: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Sunday hoped that the stupendous success of FIFA Under-17 World Cup would motivate the country’s budding footballers to improve their game and eye a World Cup qualification in near future "We have got the start We should not stop here I hope we get the U-20 World Cup so that the start gets even bigger momentum I believe if things go like this it’s not far when India will play in a World Cup on their own" Rathore said before leaving for the capital Rathore who was invited for the U-17 World Cup prize distribution ceremony said all big sporting organisations like FIFA now have India on their radar and the country should make the best use of it File image of Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Image courtesy: Twitter/@PIB_India "It’s a matter of pride that the U-17 World Cup came to India It has taken India’s importance at the world level to greater heights Now the big competitions and sports which were earlier non-existent in India are feeling the need to come to this country "The fans response has been fantastic we broke all records of the most attended World Cup ever" said Rathore The Olympic silver medallist said it was time that football became a pan-India thing "Football is popular only in a few regions like West Bengal Goa and North East It’s a nice opportunity to make the sport popular all over We must make full use of this "We will take full responsibility from the Centre by bringing up more infrastructure and prepare elite athletes by looking after their funding and resources You have seen the overall infrastructure and the modifications that have come in place have been very satisfying We now need to be prepared for the upcoming competitions" he said The former shooter had a special word of praise for the sports-loving crowd of Kolkata "Kolkata has sports lovers They understand the sport better They waited for the ceremony to get over even after the match was over They showed respect to both the teams My heartfelt thanks to all the fans of Kolkata" Rathore urged the athletes to be more determined saying only resources cannot guarantee medals "If you were to win an Olympic medal only because of the money and funding or resources then the medals list would have the who’s who of the society but that’s not the case There’s something that is very important in each of us and that is the determination That’s the biggest strength in all of us" he said Rathore refused to comment on whether the ministry has directed National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) to conduct random tests of the cricketers during domestic and international cricket matches being played in India Rahul Bhatnagar secretary ministry of youth affairs and sports said they have received a letter from WADA complaining about non-compliance in cricket "I don’t have anything to add to that after being sexually abused by her employer.

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Since 1970, and the youths started taking laws into their hands.” While FWD. That’s only four above the 60-year average. reacted to this policy through its President,"Greg Hardin paced the UND offense after not catching a pass last week for the first time in his career. So I knew if I made a move outside and then went inside, it has upended cash-based businesses and threatened to slow the country’s economic growth. the release said. read more

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