New Delhi: Police have arrested here a man who was transporting fake Indian currency notes smuggled from Bangladesh and valued at Rs 5 lakh, an official said on Tuesday. Santosh Kumar Singh, 32, a resident of Bihar and a key member of an international fake currency racket, was taken into custody from Kashmere Gate area. He said the fake currency, in the denomination of Rs 2,000, was supplied from Bangladesh to West Bengal and transported to Bihar before being brought to Delhi, said Sanjeev Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell.
Tokyo: India’s campaign at the ongoing Japan Open came to an end as B. Sai Praneeth lost his men’s singles semifinal clash to World no. 1 Kento Momota at the $750,000 tournament on Saturday. Praneeth, who had recorded an easy win over Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto to enter the semis, lost 18-21, 12-21 to Momota in a match that lasted for 45 minutes. The unseeded Indian started off the match on a great note as he took an initial 3-1 lead in the first few minutes. However, Momota came back with a great fight and took an 11-8 lead at the mid-game break. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Praneeth, who had been in great touch in the tournament so far, tried to up the ante and earned some points but ultimately lost the game 18-21 in 23 minutes. In the second game, the top-seeded Japanese didn’t led Praneeth take a long lead from the start and overturned a 6-9 deficit to make it 12-9 with the help of six straight points. From there on, the world number one raced to a seven-point lead and eventually won the match 12-21 in 22 minutes to make it to his second consecutive final. He will take on either Jan O Jorgensen or Jonatan Christie on Sunday.
New Delhi: “Did the officer, whom you approached regarding your complaint, behaved properly?” is among questions asked from complainants by Metro Unit of Delhi Police. The law enforcement agency said that efforts are being made to get feedback from the complainants regarding the behaviour of their personnel while interacting with them in serious cases.An officer said that they are making sure that their staff are more polite with the complainants. “Feedback is only taken in the cases which are serious in nature,” police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Vikram K Porwal told Millennium Post that steps are being taken to enhance the visibility of police around Metro jurisdiction. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe further informed that station house officers (SHOs) were told to conduct briefing of their staff inside metro stations so that people can see the presence of police which will instill confidence among them. Elaborating more on feedback system of Metro police, DCP Porwal said that from his office they make calls to complainants. They also motivate their staff for effective policing. Recently, several groups of women thieves were busted in separate cases of thefts in Metro. “We have taken preventive measures against one of the groups,” police said. An officer further said that they have also conducted a security audit of more than 180 metro stations and they will be writing to concerned agencies regarding the issues which they found during mapping. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Our main concern was to ensure the safety of passengers. During the audit, we were focussing on dark stretches in Metro jurisdiction. We also checked whether any lift is opening on the plainclothes isolated,” the officer further said. DCP Metro said that they are making all efforts to reduce its response time in attending emergency calls. When DCP was asked about their plan to curb suicide in metro jurisdiction, he replied that their staff regularly conduct patrolling in plainclothes inside metro premises. Some symptoms related to suicidal tendency were briefed to them. Efforts are being made to curb such incidents.
HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia professor is striving to create the ideal Christmas tree, inside the only research lab of its kind in the world.Dalhousie University’s Raj Lada is the director of the Christmas Tree Research Centre in Truro, N.S., a unique lab dedicated to improving balsam fir Christmas trees.“We are the pioneers in terms of what we have been doing,” said Lada, a plant, tree and ecophysiology professor in the school’s Plant, Food and Environmental Sciences Department.The centre’s flagship product is the SMART Balsam, which epitomizes the quintessential Christmas tree: architecturally sound, fragrant and an able to retain its blue-green needles for up to three months.Lada said solving industry-wide challenges, such as needle retention, is critical to the survival of the multimillion-dollar Christmas tree industry in Atlantic Canada, as it competes with other markets and artificial trees.His interest in Christmas trees was sparked more than a decade ago, when a producer approached him after he was not paid for a shipment to British Columbia because of needle loss.“I could see it in his eyes,” he said. “The trees had lost needles, but it looked like he had lost his life, like he had lost his business, his credibility.”He began looking into the plight of the producer, researching shipping processes and other factors that affecting the trees during transport.Lada then went to the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia.“It seemed this had been a common problem all these years,” he said.At the time, there had been no research on the physiology of post-harvest needle loss in balsam fir trees. And so, Lada took it on as his personal mission.He brought together producers from across eastern Canada to form the Atlantic Christmas Tree Research and Development Consortium, and they devised research priorities.The producers’ No. 1 concern: needle retention.Eventually, Lada received a grant from Ottawa’s Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency.Among his latest research projects is the SMART tree, which Lada believes will revolutionize the Christmas tree industry.Lada and his team started by screening balsam firs for ideal traits, including fullness and the ability to retain needles. Genetic markers for those traits were identified. SMART trees are now being mass produced for market.Lada expects planting to start next year.“They’ll look great, smell great, and they’ll also have a higher needle retention capacity,” said Lada. “Nothing will beat the SMART trees.”The centre has also developed and licensed needle-loss prevention agents, which are applied with water.As well, Lada’s team has created technologies for shipping and storage that can help Christmas trees remain fresh for at least two months.Lada’s partners include provincial government departments in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.“This has not being done in such a co-ordinated, consorted way in the past,” he said. “The industry has been managing the situation, but now we have solutions for it.”Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press
A Skyfall cast and crew cap, signed by Daniel Craig, is among the celebrity lots up for auction in aid of St Mungo’s Woolly Hat Day on Friday 26 October.Homelessness charity St Mungo’s is offering people the chance to own the hats of some of the world’s most famous faces in film, music and sport via an online auction from Friday 19 to Sunday 28 October.The star lot is a cast and crew baseball cap donated and signed by Daniel Craig from the new Bond film Skyfall, which is released on the same day as St Mungo’s Woolly Hat Day, Friday 26 October.Thirty other celebrities have generously offered their hats for sale including Ed Sheeran and Devlin, Hugh Jackman, Kevin Spacey, Renee Zellweger, Sienna Miller, Chris Moyles and Eric Clapton. This year, the auction also includes hats from some of sport’s most successful personalities including Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer, Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists Ellie Simonds, Nick Skelton and Alistair Brownlee, and Formula One superstar Jenson Button.The online auction marks one part of St Mungo’s Woolly Hat Day when the charity asks the public to put their hats on for homeless people.Now in its third year, Woolly Hat Day sees hundreds of people donning beanies, baseball caps and berets to help St Mungo’s raise money for its work providing housing, health and work opportunities to homeless men and women.St Mungo’s runs over 100 projects across London and the South, supporting thousands of people to make positive life changes every year. Last year the number of homeless people in the UK increased by 14% and latest figures show an increase of 43% people sleeping rough on the streets of London.Other stars who have donated their woolly hats include Alexei Sayle, Annie Lennox, Bill Nighy, Michael Buble, Corinne Bailey Rae, Billy Bragg, Mick Hucknall, Ricky Gervais, Ben Kingsley, Michael Parkinson, Susan Boyle and The Saturdays.To bid for a hat visit www.woollyhatday.org.
29 January 2007The United Nations refugee agency has expressed concern over Thailand’s decision to deport 16 Lao Hmong to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic without screening them to see if they needed international protection, and has repeated its offer to help Thai authorities put in place a screening system. The 16, who were deported last Friday, had been in detention in the north-east Thai town of Nong Khai since 7 November last year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a press release, adding the deportation has “heightened” the agency’s concern over the fate of a further 153 Lao Hmong also detained in Nong Khai.“Any country obviously has the right to deport illegal migrants. However, this should be done within a framework which ensures that any individuals among them who may have protection concerns are screened in line with international standards,” said UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller.“We have consistently advocated with Thailand to put in place such a system and are ready to help the Thai authorities in any appropriate way to support them in managing this situation.”UNHCR said it was still hoping for a favourable solution to the fate of the other 153 Lao Hmong detained in Nong Khai. These have been recognized as refugees and UNHCR is currently working out resettlement arrangements with third countries.There are an estimated 7,000 Hmong in Phetchabun province. UNHCR does not have access to this mixed group, which has been in Thailand since about July 2005.“We cannot keep silent where we witness persons, among whom may be asylum seekers, being forcibly returned without having their cases formally assessed. This is not in line with international standards,” said Ms. Feller.Friday’s events highlight again the precarious situation of the Lao Hmong living in makeshift camps near Huay Nam Khao village in Phetchabun province near the Lao border. In December, the Thai and Laotian authorities reached a bilateral agreement to return them to Laos; more recently, the Thai government announced plans to have the army set up a temporary holding camp for them.
The Conservative pitch to voters on Regina doorsteps features a nod to local pride.“It would be amazing to have a prime minister from Regina.”Warren Steinley floats that idea while campaigning in Regina—Lewvan, while Michael Kram once told the Leader-Post that voters in Regina—Wascana “know that Andrew is a Regina boy.”But some might be left wondering what the Conservative leader’s Saskatchewan links would mean for them. Would the province get more money from Ottawa? A better hearing at the cabinet table? Would the policies of a Scheer government benefit local industries and taxpayers?In an interview with the Leader-Post, Scheer said he’d be an advocate for all regions in Canada if he makes it to the Prime Minister’s Office after Oct. 21. But he said his roots in Saskatchewan would help him understand the province’s needs.“I would have firsthand knowledge of some of the challenges that Saskatchewan faces and some of the things that would benefit our province,” said Scheer.He stressed that his riding of Regina—Qu’Appelle, which he’s represented since 2004, spans Saskatchewan’s divides. It’s urban and rural, inner-city and suburban. It encompasses a dozen First Nations reserves, vast agricultural lands, a steel mill and an oil upgrader. He said that gives him “a unique perspective on the dynamic of the province.”Saskatchewan should expect understanding, then. But it shouldn’t expect a sudden surge of patronage and pork-barrel politics if a Scheer government is elected.Scheer said he helped secure P3 funding for local projects during the last Conservative government, including for the wastewater treatment plant and Regina Bypass. He said he’ll continue to “take into account some of the unique challenges Saskatchewan faces” and “ensure that Saskatchewan has programs that are tailored” to meet them.But that goes for every province across the country, he’s careful to point out.Ralph Goodale, who’s served in Liberal cabinets as minister of finance and and most recently as public safety minister, said a prime minister’s region plays a minor role in how they govern.“The regional origin of the prime minister is, in the overall scheme of things, a relatively marginal factor,” he said. “What matters is the determination of individual members of the government to get the job done.”Even with a Quebec-based prime minister, Goodale said Saskatchewan now gets more per capita in infrastructure dollars than the national average.He said ministers do take “strong regional positions.” A prime minister also brings their own “personal point of view,” at least at the start of discussion. But their job is to grapple with conflicting perspectives and come to a decision that benefits the country as a whole.“They tend to be more national in their perspective,” Goodale said of the prime ministers he’s worked with, “whether they come from the West or the East or in between.”That means much depends on who would join Scheer in a prospective Conservative cabinet. Scheer declined to say how many Saskatchewan MPs would make the cut, except to confirm that he wouldn’t be the only one.“I can assure you that, in addition to the prime minister, Saskatchewan will have strong representation at the cabinet table,” said Scheer.If his party forms government, Scheer would be the first prime minister to represent a Saskatchewan riding since John Diefenbaker, who, like Scheer, was born in Ontario.He said he’s found inspiration in a quote from the Chief: “Everybody’s against us but the people,” though Diefenbaker said “me” instead of “us.”Scheer said it reminds him to stay in touch with ordinary people who don’t have “special interest groups to advocate for them.” He has framed his campaign around helping workaday people get ahead.But Jim Farney, who heads the department of politics and international studies at the University of Regina, said there are striking differences between the two leaders.“Dief’s style was quite different,” Farney said. “He was much more bombastic, much more of a conflict-seeking guy than Scheer.”Farney has noticed that, at times, Scheer has “soft-pedalled” his Saskatchewan connection. On the campaign trail, he’s mentioned his struggles growing up in Ottawa and his time visiting his grandparents in Mississauga.Farney said there’s little advantage in campaigning in a national election as “Saskatchewan’s favourite son.”But Scheer insists his roots in the province run deep.“I moved out here while I was still very young. I fell in love with a Regina girl. I bleed green now,” he said. “I can’t say I cheered for the Saskatchewan Roughriders when I was growing up, but I fell in love with all the wonderful things of our province. And when when we got married we made the decision to stay in Saskatchewan. I love the quality of life. I love the people.“It doesn’t take long for people in Saskatchewan to accept you.”There could be tough choices ahead if Scheer forms government and has to juggle regional interests. Farney points out that Saskatchewan’s priorities on trade can be very different from those elsewhere in the country.Scheer has defended highly protected supply-managed sectors like dairy that are concentrated in Eastern Canada. But western farmers generally seek open markets abroad.Scheer argued that reducing trade barriers can go hand-in-hand with supports for the agricultural sector. He pledged to focus on both.Equalization could be another flashpoint. Scheer has so far proven unwilling to commit to Premier Scott Moe’s call to change the formula by paying out half on a per capita basis.“The trouble is that the Liberals have locked in the formula for five years,” said Scheer.He did suggest making changes to shorten the timeframe for calculating a province’s eligibility for equalization, which currently runs over a three-year average.“Provinces like Saskatchewan are punished, because they’re being treated as if we’re still experiencing some of the growth that we had in the past,” he said.Scheer said he’ll have more to say on equalization as the campaign progresses.He stressed his positive working relationship with Moe. While the premier has stopped short of explicitly endorsing the Conservative leader, he said Scheer is already “giving us a voice.”“We’re very proud to have a leader from from one of those two contending political parties,” Moe told the Leader-Post.“It is always good to have representation at all levels, including the leadership, from your particular region or area of Canada, so that they have an understanding of what is driving the wealth.”Scheer said he believes Western issues, like the energy downturn, aren’t always “front and centre” for the current government. He’s joined Moe in calling for the end of federal carbon pricing, and pledges to scrap it as the first order of business if elected.But Goodale countered that such a move would actually be harmful for Saskatchewan taxpayers. He stressed that the value of tax rebates exceeds the burden of carbon pricing for most households.“The net result of removing that system at this point would be a net tax increase on 80 per cent of Saskatchewan households,” said Goodale. “That would mean their incomes would go down, not up.”Farney expects that Scheer will “try to be seen as not favouring his home province too much.” He thinks the Conservative leader is trying to portray himself as someone who gives everyone a “fair shake.”But he believes Scheer’s knowledge of the province, and his undeclared alliance with Moe, could make a small difference.“I do think we’ll get a hearing in a Scheer government in a way that we haven’t in a Trudeau one,” said Farney.The difference of philosophy goes deeper than any one policy, in Farney’s view. He thinks Scheer, who promises an “open relationship with the premiers,” sees the role of the federal government in a Western mould.“It’s kind of what Harper had called a return to open federalism,” Farney explained. “Autonomous provinces, a relatively weak and hands-off central government — that’s very Western Canadian.”firstname.lastname@example.org
In a statement to the press, the Council noted the 5 February political accord, which provided a Haitian-led and owned road map for the swift conclusion of the current electoral cycle and strongly urged all relevant actors to adhere to the accord and implement its provisions within the agreed timeline, and underscored the importance of formally reinstituting the Provisional Electoral Council in this regard. On 14 February, the Haitian National Assembly elected Jocelerme Privert as the island nation’s interim President, one week after former President Michel Martelly departed without a successor.Mr. Privert will serve as interim President for 120 days, with an election scheduled for 24 April, following an agreement – known as the 5 February Agreement – between Haitian stakeholders to preserve institutional continuity and further the electoral process. Council members further noted in today’s statement the increasing number of challenges Haiti faces which can only be effectively resolved through close coordination between a democratically-elected government and Haiti’s international partners.Reiterating their strong condemnation of any attempt to destabilize the electoral process, in particular through violence, the Council urged all candidates, their supporters, political parties and other political actors to “remain calm, refrain from violence or any action that can further disrupt the […] process and political stability.”Stakeholders were also urged to resolve any electoral disputes through constructive engagement and the appropriate legal mechanisms. The Haitian Government was urged to hold those responsible for any violence accountable.The members of the Council commended the Haitian National Police, with support from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), for their efforts to maintain peace and protect the civilian population. They also welcomed the continued efforts of the United Nations, other multilateral agencies, regional organizations and UN Member States in supporting Haiti’s critical needs.Briefing the Council yesterday on the situation in the country, Sandra Honoré, Special Representative and Head of MINUSTAH warned that a protracted political crisis in Haiti may hamper the stabilization gains achieved in recent year and further decline the island nation’s economic growth.Stressing that the next few weeks would be decisive for the short and mid-term prospects for Haiti’s democratic consolidation, she said: “There is therefore no alternative to the return, as soon as possible, to the path of institutional and political stability, through the completion of the pending elections.”
The panel, which was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos last January, aims to mobilize effective action to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6), which focuses on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, at a time of unprecedented challenges.The newly appointed panel members are: Ameenah Gurib, President of Mauritius (Co-Chair) Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico (Co-Chair) Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh János Áder, President of Hungary Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister of Jordan Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa Macky Sall, President of Senegal Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan Han Seung-soo, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (Special Advisor) Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for the Environment of Peru (Special Advisor)“Ensuring water and sanitation for all is crucial for reducing poverty and achieving other Sustainable Development Goals,” said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson, through which he urged all partners to mobilize behind SDG 6 with political, financial and technological support.Today, more than 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation and at least 663 million do not have access to safe drinking water. Poor sanitation, water, and hygiene lead to about 675,000 premature deaths annually, and estimated annual economic losses of up to seven per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in some countries.Floods and droughts already impose huge social and economic costs globally, and climate variability will make water extremes worse. If the world continues on its current path, projections suggest that the world may face a 40 per cent shortfall in water availability by 2030. The consequences of such stress are local, transboundary and global in todays interconnected world.The panel will provide the leadership required to tackle these challenges and champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and providing improved access to clean water and sanitation.“Growing cities and populations, as well as a changing climate, are placing unprecedented pressures on our water resources,” said Mr. Kim. “Addressing this challenge, and ensuring that we can provide clean water and sanitation for all, requires the kind of global action, strong leadership and commitment shown by the members of the High Level Panel on Water.”
Paul Henderson, 1972. Mario Lemieux, 1987. Sidney Crosby, 2010.Each represents an historic goal while playing for Team Canada. Each brought a nation together. Each showed just how deeply hockey is ingrained in Canadian culture. It’s why Brock’s Spring/Summer curriculum includes Analysis of the Sport Industry: Canadian Hockey (SPMA 3P90), in the Applied Health Sciences‘ Sport Management department.“It gives a good snapshot of how something that we kind of appreciate as an everyday part of our life has also shaped the culture of who we are,” said course instructor Jordan Charron. “It’s interesting to see how hockey has gone about and been (refined) throughout our history. We know it’s always been there, but it’s kind of been taken for granted that is has always been there. It’s interesting to see how, as we developed as a nation, hockey has been there side by side the whole way, and it’s developed as a game and changed as a game. It’s even changed as technology has changed and as we’ve changed as society. It’s changed to grow with us. I think it’s good to gain a perspective of who we are as people.”The course, which begins May 5, starts with a look at Canadian hockey history, both amateur and professional, taking snapshots of each decade.“We forget a lot happened before 1995 and before we started watching as kids,” Charron said. “A lot of things came before and went into the game.”There are many cultural components to the analysis of Canadian hockey, such as studying what the sport means to the various diverse ethnicities in Canada, and how Canadian hockey has had an international impact. Current issues — safety, business, marketing and legal aspects — and the growth of women’s hockey, among other topics, are also discussed.“It’s actually a good course (to take) if you aren’t a hockey nut,” Charron said. “If you are a hockey nut it’s almost harder to take because it’s reshaping those pre-assumptions you have about the sport, and learn a lot more about things you never knew about how the game developed and evolved over time. You go in with a lot of perceptions that aren’t necessarily true.“It’s something everybody is attached to and can relate to.”The in-class course runs Tuesdays and Thursdays until June 13 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Registration is now open for Spring/Summer courses at Brock, and demand continues to grow as the University expands its offerings for both students and community members who wish to begin, continue or extend their education.Last year, Brock noted a 17 per cent increase in Spring/Summer enrollments from the year previous. Another 15 per cent increase is expected in 2014.Other Spring/Summer stories:Expanded spring/summer term offers many diverse coursesHybrid learning helps mature students reach education goalThe President takes his hand to teaching an online courseCondensed Spring/Summer courses pack pedagogical punchCourse aims to bridge health-care gap for youth with disabilities
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.1 coachThat’s the number of female coaches in the NFL after Jen Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern. The NBA also has one female assistant coach, while MLB and MLS have no female coaches. As my colleague Leah Libresco tweeted: “We were going to graph the share of female coaches in men’s sports, but the bars were too small to see.” [FiveThirtyEight]4 jokesConan O’Brien is being sued for stealing jokes from Twitter. A man who says he was a longtime writer for Jay Leno claims an airline joke (wow, I’m laughing already) as well as jokes about Tom Brady, Caitlyn Jenner and the Washington Monument were pilfered from his feed and used on O’Brien’s show. Conan’s production company believes the suit is without merit. Coco, I’m gonna do you a solid: I’m tweeting a joke right now, just for you. I waive all rights, please feel free to use it in tonight’s monologue. [The Hollywood Reporter]8 farmsI’ve got my tent firmly pitched in the pro-cilantro camp, but my allegiance is being tested. The FDA has banned some cilantro imported from Mexico after investigators discovered “human feces and toilet paper in and around growing fields.” Eight of the 11 farms and packing houses investigated in the Mexican state of Puebla had “objectionable conditions” and five were linked to hundreds of outbreaks in the U.S. of cyclosporiasis. [CNN]15 percentShare of Americans who do not use the Internet. They must be so happy. [Pew Research Center]63.5 percentHomeownership in the U.S. is at a 48-year low. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate is now 63.5 percent, down from pre-recession highs of above 69 percent. Both the homeowner and rental vacancy rates, however, have also fallen. This means a tight housing market — to which I can anecdotally attest, having recently hunted for an apartment — and a possible boon to the economy in ensuing construction. [The Wall Street Journal]200 to 400 feetAmazon has proposed that some prime (get it?) airspace, from 200 to 400 feet off the ground, be reserved for high-speed drones. The company has visions of one day delivering its packages by drone. [The Guardian]10,000 textsTom Brady’s four-game “Deflate-gate” suspension has been upheld by the NFL. In a statement on the decision, the league said Brady had destroyed his cellphone, despite investigators’ requests to access it. The phone had been used to exchange 10,000 text messages over four months — or just more than 80 texts a day. Even still, Brady’s got nothing on the 18 to 24 set — those kids send and receive more than 125 texts a day! [The Washington Post]$50,000 in bunny careAfter 103 rabbits were seized from her home, a Brooklyn woman has been ordered to pay $50,000 for their care. The bunnies had become celebrities in their neighborhood. [New York Post]$2 million a yearYou have to pay about $1,500 to license the song “Happy Birthday.” Yeah, that “Happy Birthday.” Two filmmakers upset by that fact have uncovered evidence that they say negates Warner/Chappell Music’s 1935 copyright and puts the song in the public domain. The copyright has at some points netted its owners about $2 million a year. [Ars Technica]304 million core usersTwitter’s stock price slumped more than 11 percent Tuesday, after slower than expected growth in its average monthly users. The company said it now has 304 million “core users.” That’s up from 302 million last quarter, but the growth was the slowest since the company went public. [Reuters]Don’t worry, Walt Hickey’s return is nigh. But today, for those of you who a) use the Internet and b) are on Twitter, if the significance of a digit moves you, please tweet it to me @Ollie. And have a super Wednesday!If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.
Officials at the arm’s-length statutory body last night said the “shocking” statistics were most likely a significant underestimate of the true scale of childhood vulnerability.They hope that by compiling data relating to childhood ill-health, abuse, neglect and criminality in one place for the first time, they will prompt a joined-up Government approach to protecting disadvantaged children.They found that almost 670,000 children are living in families that have vulnerabilities, including more than 15,499 children living with an adult receiving alcohol treatment and nearly 11,624 living with an adult in drug treatment.”It is shocking that half a million children need direct intervention or care from the state because they are living vulnerable lives,” said Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner. The launch of the report is the first stage in a programme of work on children’s vulnerability.It will start by tackling the confusion over what “vulnerability” means, and the commissioner will now consult on the definitions and develop a framework that can be used widely.The Children’s Commissioner report argues that Government should improve its data collection, and questions how effectively the problems outlined in the report can be tackled if departments and agencies do not know how many children are affected or cannot agree on how to define and therefore identify them.”The truth is nobody knows the exact number of vulnerable children,” she said.”We can trace in minute detail the academic progress of a child from four to 18 and beyond, but when it comes to describing and assessing the scale of negative factors in a child’s life which will hamper their progress, we are floundering.” The Minister for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill, said: “Every single child should have their voice heard and receive the care and support that they need to realise their potential.”Across government, we are taking action to address this issue – whether through reforming children’s social care, prioritising mental health, or better protecting victims of domestic violence and abuse.”For some of the most vulnerable, our new What Works Centre for children’s social care will ensure social workers across the country are able to learn from best practice in keeping children safe.”We recognise the scale of this challenge – and, while the number of children in need has remained relatively static since 2010, there is always more to do.”Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Shadow Minister for Children and Families, commenting on the Children’s Commissioner’s report on measuring the number of vulnerable children, said:“The shocking findings of this report should serve as a wake-up call to this Government who have so far refused to even measure the scale of the problem let alone come up with effective policy solutions.“From the 800,000 children suffering from mental health difficulties, the 46,000 thought to be in gangs, or the 119,000 homeless or in unstable housing, these figures lay out the startling facts about the lives of vulnerable children who have largely been ignored by this Government. “On top of that there are many hundreds of thousands of other children growing up in potentially high-risk situations.”Yet even more shocking is that this is only the tip of the iceberg. The actual numbers are likely to be much higher.”Currently different agencies involved with children may apply different criteria to the term “vulnerable”, and sometimes the same criteria is used but the term “vulnerable” is not. Around 46,000 youths are members of gangsCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty More than 800,000 children are suffering from mental health problems, the first official estimate of the nation’s vulnerable minors reveals.The report by the Children’s Commissioner for England also found that 580,000 young people – equivalent to the population of the city of Manchester – are receiving interventions from the state due to a range of causes from endemic parental unemployment to alcohol abuse.Around 46,000 young people aged from 10 to 18 are also members of street gangs, while 1,200 children are newly identified as victims of modern slavery every year. It is shocking that half a million children need direct intervention or care from the state because they are living vulnerable livesAnne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England 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.
Injured people are assisted after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London, March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville(Reuters) An assailant was shot outside the British parliament by armed police, the leader of the House of Commons said on Wednesday after loud bangs were heard and a Reuters photographer saw at least a dozen injured people on a nearby bridge.A parliamentary official earlier said two people had been shot outside parliament and the building was in lockdown. The House of Commons session was suspended and members of parliament who were in the chamber were told to remain there.Police said they had been called to an incident at Westminster Bridge, officers were on the scene and it was being treated as a firearms incident.A Reuters reporter inside the building said medical staff were treating two people inside the gates of the parliamentary estate.Nearby Westminster underground train station was closed at the request of police.Photographs by Reuters staffer Toby Melville showed two people lying on Westminster Bridge, bleeding heavily.(Reporting by Toby Melville and UK bureau, writing by Estelle Shirbon, editing by Stephen Addison) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Terror attack at UK ParliamentMarch 22, 2017In “latest news”Turkey foils coup, President Erdogan returnsJuly 16, 2016In “latest news”Suspect in custody for apparent execution attempt on Berbice manSeptember 28, 2017In “Crime”
THE STUDENTS OF Trinity College Dublin have voted in favour of their Students’ Union remaining affiliated with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).The vote, which was held over the past four days, was split 61.5 per cent to 34.1 per cent with a total of 2,431 ballots cast.USI President John Logue said the union was “proud to have received such an overwhelming endorsement”.“This result strengthens USI ahead of our upcoming national campaign,” he continued. “We now face into this campaign with a renewed mandate to act as the voice of Irish students and to fight for their education and welfare. We will continue to resist any increases in fees, cuts to maintenance grant and any measures that affect access to education.”Students at University College Dublin are due to hold a similar referendum later this year or during 2013.Yesterday: Irish universities fail to make Top 100 list>
Someone at Google managed to release some code publicly yesterday that gave us a glimpse of a new online storage service.The code was quickly pulled, but not before a number of users had attempted and failed to get it to work. The service is called Cloud Picker, and looks to be a consumer-oriented online storage service allowing you to compile files such as images, documents, maps, and videos in your own little area of the web.AdChoices广告No official details have been released about exactly what Cloud Picker is, or what it does. All we have to go on is the image you see above and the fact it is connected to Google Apps, Docs, and Sites as reported by users who came into contact with it. It seems Google want Cloud Picker to load every time you try to add a new asset to a document or your blog, for example.Google is staying quiet for the moment with the only response TechCrunch managing to get being:Oops… looks like someone pushed some code too quickly. It’s not quite ready for prime time yet but stay tuned! Read more at TechCrunchMatthew’s OpinionIs this the long-rumored GDrive finally rearing its head in public? It certainly looks like a service for storing lots of files, but not just a repository for you to access like a file system. The name also suggests this is more than just a place to upload files to. Cloud Picker sounds like an easy access point to find files already on the web, like accessing an images search but within an app.At the moment Google offers the ability to store documents, favorite videos, and images through Picasa. They are all in different locations, though, so maybe Google has realized we want access to all these assets in one place.I like that Maps is listed as one of the options so we should be able to store our most used route plans, or places of interest. Maybe there will be a feature allowing you to combine information from different files too? So a map with associated images and text you’ve added yourself could be stored within Cloud Picker, or even made public in combined form.
Share1 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/4082656 NEED TO CATCH UP? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND ‘The Maker’s Hand’, celebrating the 50th anniversary of RDS Craft Awards Source: Mark Stedman Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 9:14 PM Jun 20th 2018, 9:14 PM No Comments Former Anglo Irish bank CEO David Drumm has been jailed for six years for his role in a multi-billion euro bank fraud scheme in 2008.New Central Bank requirements for lenders, which will take effect from the beginning of next year, will make it easier for customers to get information about savings they could make by switching mortgages.Emergency services dealt with a fire at a fish processing factory in the Co Cork village of Baltimore today.Severe weather conditions earlier this year contributed to an increase in mortgage arrears levels, according to the Central Bank.The director of MacGill Summer School has released a statement this evening saying that the school is working to include a programme on why MacGill and other organisations and public forums in Ireland have not embraced effectively gender balancing.Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has called on Oireachtas members to boycott 4th of July celebrations at the US Embassy in Dublin, in light of the family separations policy at the US border.Michael Healy-Rae’s trip to the passport office in Dublin today was a costly one, as he came outside to find his bike had been stolen. Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday David Drumm jailed for six years, Trump signs executive order to keep migrant families together and Michael Healy-Rae’s bike has been stolen – it’s the Evening Fix. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cliodhna Russell INTERNATIONAL Trump listens to Vice President Mike Pence speak before signing an executive order to end family separations at the border Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais#MIGRANT FAMILIES: US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep migrant families together at the border with Mexico, amid an escalating uproar over the separation of children from their parents.#TARIFFS: A raft of retaliatory tariffs from the European Union against stiff metals duties imposed by US President Donald Trump will come into effect on Friday.PARTING SHOT RTÉ’s No Country for Women had the nation’s viewers utterly gripped last night [TheDailyEdge].The two-part documentary series examines the lives of Irish women over the course of the last century. Short URL Get our daily news round up: 8,919 Views
Mass market growth keeps Wynn afloat as Macau revenues rise 1.0% in 2Q19 Wynn Resorts co-founder Steve Wynn is suing his former company and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in an attempt to prevent the release of any investigative report that might contained “privileged material”.Wynn is alleging that Wynn Resorts wrongly handed over privileged documents to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for its investigation into allegations of misconduct levelled against him in an explosive Wall Street Journal expose in February. The allegations ultimately led to Wynn standing down from the Wynn Resorts board and later selling off his entire 12.1% stake in the company. RelatedPosts Load More Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Wynn’s lawsuit argues that any findings from the investigation can’t be released as much of the information contained in materials handed to the commission was subject to attorney-client privilege during his time as Wynn Resorts CEO.“Recognizing that they have conducted their months-long investigation into Wynn Resorts with total disregard for protecting the privileged communications of Mr Wynn — who, again, has no ability to determine what communications and materials have been provided to regulators — Mass Gaming officials have simply donned the judge’s robe, cracked the gavel and unilaterally determined that Mr Wynn has failed to sustain his burden of establishing that any privilege applies to the unknown universe of documents acquired during the Mass Gaming investigation,” the lawsuit states.
Company chairman Liang Hua said last week that Hongmeng was mainly developed for internet of things (IoT) devices, according to TechNode, and Huawei hasn’t decided if it’ll be applied as a phone OS.We got the first rumblings that Huawei trademarked Hongmeng in China after Google locked the company out of its Android updates in May, following the US government blacklisting Huawei networking gear and President Donald Trump signing an executive order effectively banning it. Google resumed work with Huawei after the US eased restrictions.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 2:15 a.m. PT.Updated at 2:50 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. 1:23 CNET Apps Today Phones Tech Industry 40 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Huawei’s homegrown OS faces a steep uphill climb Share your voice Tags 0 Post a comment The Hongmeng OS isn’t for phones, Huawei’s senior vice president told reporters. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei reportedly wants to keep using Google’s Android operating system in its phones instead of jumping to its self-developed Hongmeng system. Company senior vice president Catherine Chen told reporters in Brussels on Thursday that the Hongmeng OS isn’t even designed for phones, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.Chen apparently said Hongmeng is for industrial use, noting that it contains far fewer lines of code than a phone OS, and has much lower latency than a phone, meaning it can process a very high volume of data messages with little delay. Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle Huawei
Mining at Red Chris in February 2015. (imperialmetals.com)A controversial British Columbia mine upriver from Wrangell and Petersburg is slated to ramp up to full production this summer. But the Red Chris Mine is still waiting for final approval from the B.C. government and a First Nations group.The Red Chris copper and gold mine in the Stikine River watershed has been operating on a temporary environmental permit since February.It was recently extended through mid-June.A B.C. official told a Canadian newspaper it gives government and Tahltan First Nation environmental teams more time to evaluate the mine’s tailings dams before issuing the final permit.The tailings dam system for mine waste management is facing a lot of criticism after a dam at the Mount Polley Mine in B.C. collapsed last summer. It spilled millions of gallons of waste into Canadian waterways.Imperial Metals owns that mine and Red Chris.Southeast Alaskans worry B.C. mines could destroy salmon and other wildlife that many people depend on for subsistence and income. Some want their concerns to be addressed in B.C.’s mine permitting process.Wrangell is at the mouth of the Stikine River, and Aaron Angerman is a member of the Wrangell Cooperative Association. He is also that group’s representative to the United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group.Angerman said he is not comforted by government and indigenous groups’ additional efforts to inspect the Red Chris mine and its tailings dams.“For them to take any different route is almost a moot point because this place was built just like the Mount Polley Mine, larger in scale, and is already running, by the same designers that put this other one together,” Angerman said. “It’s a little too late for those on the Stikine, I guess.”Angerman said he is very concerned about the Red Chris mine because Wrangell residents depend on the Stikine for so many resources.“People need to be aware that while there’s a permitting process wrapping up, this has been open since February, and this has been functioning since then,” Angerman said. “And the impacts it could have of basically a dam the size of 10,000 Olympic swimming pools, filled with toxic chemicals, giving way and washing down our river coming straight toward Wrangell, could be devastating.”Meanwhile, Imperial Metals is losing a lot of money and facing technical challenges as it attempts to bring Red Chris up to full production.Imperial borrowed millions of dollars to keep the company going until it can make money at Red Chris. It is also trying to reopen Mount Polley.Imperial Metals President Brian Kynoch told shareholders recently that Red Chris was well on its way to full production this spring. But it had to cut back because of technical issues.“Since about the second half of April, due to slower spring runoff than forecast, the water levels in the tailings pond were insufficient to run the mill at targeted rates,” Kynoch said. “And this resulted in us running the mill intermittently until just a couple of days ago.”He said he expects Red Chris to be operating at commercial production levels later this summer.
Md Hasan. Photo collected from FacebookA schoolboy was stabbed to death due to dispute between local ‘senior group’ and ‘junior group’ at Chandni Ghat of Chakbazar in Old Dhaka early Saturday, reports UNB.The victim is Md Hasan, a JSC candidate of Islambagh Ideal School.Hasan, son of Mohammad Ali, was residing at 20 Hazi Rahim Box Lane of Posta in Lalbagh.Quoting the father of the victim, sources at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) said one Ali, 15, allegedly stabbed Hasan centring dispute between ‘senior group’ and ‘junior group’ at Chandni Ghat Shishu Hospital Goli at around 9:00pm on Friday.He was rushed to DMCH with fatal injuries where he succumbed to his injuries at around 4:30am, said ASI Babul Miah of DMCH police camp.