Jignesh Mevani stopped from addressing Rajasthan rally

first_imgDalit leader and Independent MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani was stopped at the Sanganer international airport here on Sunday and prevented from travelling to Nagaur district. Mr. Mevani was scheduled to address a Dalit rally as part of the B.R. Ambedkar birth anniversary celebrations.While the Nagaur district administration restricted Mr. Mevani’s visit, the Jaipur police stopped him at the airport to inform him of the order, and asked him not to address any public meeting in the State capital as well till April 30, in view of the prohibitory orders in force here.Mr. Mevani termed his detention “absolutely unconstitutional” and violative of his fundamental rights. Questions Raje rule“If they can do this with an elected representative, what would be the condition of ordinary citizens and Dalits in the Vasundhara Raje rule?” he asked in a statement.The activist-turned-politician, who had flown in from Ahmedabad, went to the house of a local activist and member of his “Team Rajasthan” in the city, where the police force was deployed to keep a watch on his movements. However, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jaipur East) Kunwar Rashtradeep said Mr. Mevani had “neither been detained nor arrested”.The Dalit leader warned Chief Minister Ms. Raje of an electoral setback and tweeted: “Vasundhara Ji, hamara bhi vada raha. Chunav me maza ayega [I promise you, Ms. Raje, you will face the music in elections].”last_img read more

It’s not just cricket: Indo-Pak rivalry transcends sport

first_imgAn intense love of cricket is shared by these nuclear-armed neighbors, as profoundly as their deep and mutual mistrust.The players from India and Pakistan will be cordial before and after the Champions Trophy final in London on Sunday – for that is customary in cricket’s conventions – but there’ll be tension for hundreds of millions of people tuning in across South Asia, where this rivalry transcends sport. (ICC Champions Trophy final: Virat Kohli impressed with Pakistan’s turnaround, says India focused on their own skills)Cricket, bequeathed to India and Pakistan by their British colonial rulers, is usually one of the few things the countries can agree upon. Matches have previously been opportunities for diplomacy and to defuse tensions with rare high-level meetings or to swap friendly remarks. (ICC Champions Trophy final: Mercurial Pakistan shouldn’t be discounted, says Mike Hussey)Reuters PhotoThat appears unlikely this weekend, amid escalating tensions as India accuses Pakistan of supporting terrorism and backing separatist rebels in the disputed region of Kashmir – charges Pakistan denies. The countries have fought two of their three wars over rival claims to Kashmir, and regularly exchange fire over a de facto border that divides the territory between them. (ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli a prized wicket for Pakistan, says Mohammad Amir)There has been no official dialogue between the countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in India three years ago.The scene is set. Broadcasters in both countries are tipping television audience records – more than 300 million across both countries – and social media is buzzing with jingoistic banter.advertisementSyed Talat Hussain, political analyst at Pakistan’s Geo Television, told The Associated Press that the Pakistan-India final is a “is a softer version of a war.””Going purely by the commentary on social media, this is going to be brutal,” Hussain said, adding that while the winner could triumphantly hold the trophy aloft “the runner-up will take the defeat as an everlasting wound in the heart. This won’t promote peace.” (Zaheer Abbas urges Pakistan to take revenge against India in ICC Champions Trophy final)The intense rivalry has been lopsided recently, though. India has won all of their meetings in global tournaments for the last five years, including a 124-run thrashing in the tournament opener two weeks ago that had critics writing off Pakistan’s prospects for success.The final is defending champion India’s fourth in the last eight global tournaments. Pakistan, meanwhile, has not hosted a major international match – barring a short limited-overs series against Zimbabwe – at home since a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus at Lahore in 2009.That has eroded the strength of the national past-time, with a generation of fans unable to see their stars playing on grounds in Karachi, Lahore or Rawalpindi.But many analysts believe if Pakistan can upset India, it will spark a renewal.”Cricket’s culture in Pakistan is dying since the new generation hasn’t seen international cricket being played in Pakistan,” Dr. Nauman Niaz, direct of sports and syndication at Pakistan Television Corp., told the AP. Not only would a win for Pakistan generate more interest at home, Niaz said, it could have another significant spinoff.”It could bring them to a position of strength and pressurize the International Cricket Council to bring back international cricket to Pakistan,” he said.Despite its poor recent record against India, the people of Pakistan have high hopes for their unpredictable team.”We know India is a better team on paper than us, but our heart is not willing to accept that,” said Mohammad Shabbir, a 16-year-old student. “We want to see Sarfraz lift the trophy on Sunday.”Television and TEN Sports said an estimated 50 million people in Pakistan tuned for the match against India on June 4.”We expect the viewership will be easily doubled on Sunday,” Niaz said. That’s more than half the Pakistan population watching a game.There’ll be more people watching in India, although a lower proportion of the population.Star India said the June 4 match drew a record 201 million viewers, a mark likely to be eclipsed for the final.”Cricket…is like a national way to pass time,” said Priya Gupta, a 17-year-old student in New Delhi, “and it is the best watched when our boys are playing against Pakistan.”Delhi Police are planning to be on alert following the match for revelry or violence.Bars across the capital are planning special happy hours and public screenings, and small stores and kiosks will set up televisions for crowds to gather around on the streets.advertisementOn Thursday night in central New Delhi, a group of 10 huddled around Vijay Kumar’s open-air tea stall to watch the semifinal between India and Bangladesh on a small TV set up on the counter next to stacks of plastic candy jars.He’s expecting more customers on Sunday, because of the rivalry.”It doesn’t mean an increase in sales, necessarily, but those are the matches which are the most fun to watch,” Kumar said. He’s hoping for a nail-biter, too, because “the last match was too easy. We have to defeat them but they shouldn’t make it easy for us.”Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja said Pakistan’s comeback after the early loss boded well for the underdogs.”It’s a fantastic turnaround after the Indian loss and hammers the point that nothing is impossible,” he said. “Such a feat will encourage youth to take to the game and this feel good factor that cricket is able to create will have a positive impact on the psyche of the society.”It will also act as a wake-up call for the entire cricket fraternity that Pakistan cannot be side stepped as a cricket force and cries to relaunch international cricket in Pakistan may grow stronger after this performance.”last_img read more

In SSDs we trust (but they need to earn it)

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Is Raspberry Pi the next thin client?Next Benson’s Blocks We entrust SSDs with an ever-widening array of uses — from booting up $300 laptops to storing crucial data in remote Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The trouble is that some SSDs are thrust into applications for which they are not fully suited to truly secure the data they are entrusted to hold. This is of particular significance in embedded and industrial applications.It goes without saying that off-the-shelf SSDs designed for less-crucial applications come up short with regard to ensuring data integrity and protecting it from falling into the wrong hands. By the nature of their architectures and manufacturing processes, SSDs made for embedded and industrial applications provide a large measure of data reliability. Taking this one step further, SSDs have the ability to encrypt their stored data automatically, meaning critical uses — embedded designs for IoT applications, for example — can enjoy an unprecedented degree of security.The major distinctions between classes of SSDs can be found in their intended applications. Client applications are fairly straightforward as there are countless use cases on the client side as well as clear metrics associated with desktop, notebook, and ultrabook computers, tablets, and smart phones. In these, SSDs are used almost exclusively for storing operating systems and user data generated or downloaded by a single user. Performance of these drives is largely subjective, based on the user’s needs and preferences, with the most common requirements being rapid boot-up time and application responsiveness. Client SSDs are usually optimized for reads; write speeds don’t matter nearly as much. This use case is further distinguished by the down-time associated with client applications — enough for the SSD to attend to background tasks that help it achieve higher performance and last longer.In the industrial/embedded space, however, it’s a different game. Boot times and the speed with which applications respond mean little if an SSD isn’t reliable — sometimes in harsh conditions — or its critical data isn’t protected from system failures and attempted theft. The growing importance of solid-state storage integrity, and the data it’s expected to manage, has engendered an emerging category: infrastructure SSDs. Such drives are designed to take on the unique storage requirements of industrial and embedded equipment that can ill-afford downtime, data loss, or frequent hardware replacement. Look no further than the IoT to see the crucial role infrastructure SSDs play, and why drive and data integrity are their primary metric. (By the way, this is the very topic I’ll be addressing during a panel presentation at this year’s Flash Memory Summit, August 9-13, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California. For those attending, it will be Session 304-A.)As functionality and applications, including those comprising the industrial IoT , or IIoT, move closer to the end-user and the network edge, more and more data is put at risk. While this threat has been in existence for some time, it has typically been addressed using application-specific devices and designs. For example, “mission-critical” military systems incorporate layer upon layer of security into their designs, including data encryption, secure erase, and data purge, while network and IT managers employ more discrete hardware and software methods, including virtual private networks, intrusion detection, and firewalls. The challenge is that these security methods are costly and/or difficult to deploy remotely (and discreetly). What is needed is a simplified, integrated, cost-effective approach that’s easy to deploy — even in remote or harsh environments.Self-encrypting drives (SEDs), such as the recently introduced line of SEDs highlighted in Embedded.com, provide a more simplified approach to data security as they can be easily deployed without the need for additional software layers on top of host operating systems (encryption keys are managed and stored on the SSD itself). And because encryption is integrated into the SSD’s controller and firmware, it can be easily implemented on any industrial-type drive format, such as 2.5-inch, 1.8-inch, Slim SATA, mSATA, M.2, and CFast. This allows a secure storage solution to be deployed easily and discreetly just about anywhere, regardless of size constraints, operating conditions, or environmental issues (Figure 1).Self-encrypting SSDs add a significant level of data protection to both IoT and IIoT applications (Source: Virtium) To achieve self-encryption, random Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption keys for the SSDs are generated at product initialization using the drive controller’s integrated random number generator. These keys are stored in the drive and they are used in conjunction with an integrated AES encryption engine to encrypt and store the host data in the NAND without burdening the host system. Keys are non-retrievable and non-changeable without complete loss of the data encrypted on the SSD. Of course, encryption alone does not provide full data protection because, without drive authentication (TCG Opal 2.0 or ATA security-based), the stored data is still accessible. Therefore, it is recommended to employ authentication in conjunction with encryption to derive the greatest security benefit.Self-encrypting drives now on the market address a wide variety of industrial/ embedded applications. For example, Virtium SEDs support industrial temperatures (-40 to +85°C) as well as low power, integrated power-fail protection, and vtView SSD monitoring software. From a security perspective, these SSDs also support other data-protection features, including secure erase, Trusted Computing Group (TCG) compatibility, and write protection (hardware and software) to protect against malicious or unintended writes to the SSD. The drives also support customizable “secure boot” options built on the trusted send/receive command within the Opal 2.0 Storage Specification.With industrial SEDs being so flexible, cost-effective, and easy to deploy, there is really no reason not to use them in applications where data is potentially at risk. No longer are such applications limited in their selection to consumer-grade options that do not meet the rigid criteria of endurance, longevity, and ruggedness. True industrial-grade storage solutions are now available and suitable for everything from simple boot drives to mission-critical applications in industrial applications.SSDs have always held a trusted place in the embedded and industrial spaces. Now, with self-encryption and their unrivaled reliability in fast-growing applications such as the IoT and IIoT, they’ve elevated that trust to new heights.Scott Phillips is vice president of marketing at Virtium Solid State Storage and Memory, in Rancho Santa Margarita, California (www.virtium.com). center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Industry, Medical, Security last_img read more

Lille are racing up Ligue 1 thanks to their quick and tricky strikers

first_imgLille’s cracking 3-1 win against Saint-Étienne on Saturday afternoon keeps them second in Ligue 1 and three points clear of Marseille. The game also showcased their young Bip Bip strikeforce – Jonathan Bamba, Jonathan Ikoné and Nicolas Pépé – who picked up their name from the cartoon Bip Bip et Coyote, the French version of The Road Runner – and are using their speed and trickery to rival PSG’s very own MCN trio. Share on WhatsApp Read more 15Caen9-310 Hide Get French Football News 11Rennes9-211 • Nantes battled their way to a draw at Lyon last Saturday but, with the club still sitting second bottom in the league, their president, Waldemar Kita, still decided to sack manager Miguel Cardoso. Kita’s son Franck, the general director at the club, had struggled to convince his father that Cardoso was the right appointment in the summer in the first place. Cardoso’s ideas were very different from those of his predecessor, Claudio Ranieri, and he lacked the players to implement them, so most observers thought he would need time. Kita senior disagreed. Worryingly, incoming coach Vahid Halilhodzic – who managed Lille, PSG and Rennes around the turn of the century – presided over Nantes’ worst result yet this season, as they lost 3-0 at Atlantic derby rivals Bordeaux on Sunday. “Coach Vahid”, as the Bosnian is known because of his tactical nous, is Kita’s 13th managerial appointment in his 11 years as president. With Nantes already four points from safety in an extremely competitive bottom half, Kita’s perpetually itchy finger could finally prove the club’s downfall.Ligue 1 results 12Nice9-611 Cristiano Ronaldo scoring for Juventus is just a goal, nothing else Kylian Mbappeé scored four goals in 13 minutes as PSG beat Lyon 5-0 in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images 1PSG92627 Pinterest Facebook 18Monaco9-46 Was this helpful? Twitter Alavés revel in beautiful madness and pile pressure on Lopetegui’s Madrid Read more PosTeamPGDPts Share on Twitter Ligue 1 table 4Montpellier9516 5St Etienne9-115 Share on Messenger European club football Share on Pinterest 17Reims9-510 14Nimes9-310 Thank you for your feedback. Paris Saint-Germain 13Amiens9-210 Lille are yet to face Lyon or PSG this season, but in their last two matches they have recorded a comprehensive 3-0 win over Marseille and beaten a well organised Saint-Étienne side who arrived at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in fourth place after three straight wins. They have now scored 17 goals in just nine league games this season.Their top scorer so far, Bamba, has been a fixture in Ligue 1 for some time now, having made his debut in 2015 aged just 18. He came into his own while playing for Saint-Étienne last season, when he scored seven goals all campaign – a figure he has already equalled this season. The braces he picked up against Marseille and Saint-Étienne in the last two weekends also show he can also be effective against Lille’s toughest opponents.Ikoné, the youngest of the trio at just 20, is also burnishing his reputation this season after a fitful 18 months on loan at Montpellier, but Pépé is the player who is really taking the league by storm. With six goals and four assists, the 23-year-old has been involved in more than half of Lille’s 19 league goals. He is a far cry from the player who struggled to get a game at Angers behind the then on-loan Bamba 18 months ago.Like many players who have emerged in French football in recent times – including Ikoné and Bamba – Pépé comes from the Paris suburbs, but he started his career with Poitiers, then in France’s fifth division. He impressed enough to be signed by Angers at the age of just 16. He has been well supported by his family along the way, with his father even registering as a coach to help his son.Uncapped by France’s youth sides, Pépé’s progression was accelerated by a surprise call-up from the Ivory Coast in November 2016 for a match against France. Despite his status as an international, he often looked like a mercurial talent for Angers so the jury was still out on him when Lille decided to pay €9m for his services in the summer of 2017.Lille signed Pépé at the behest of Marcelo Bielsa not for his achievements (he had scored just three times that season), but for his raw potential. Bielsa recognised Pépé’s talent, but he did little to foster it, using him as a central striker after the departures of Nicolas de Préville and Eder. He struggled to adjust to the pressure of being a starter in the top flight for the first time and his profligacy made him a target for the fans’ ire as relegation continued to threaten the side, even after Bielsa was dismissed. However, with the arrival of Lebo Mothiba, Pépé was at last able to play alongside a natural striker and he became a devastatingly effective force as a right-sided forward, scoring nine goals and providing five assists in the second half of last season. Only Florian Thauvin and Memphis Depay were involved in more goals in that span in Ligue 1. 16Dijon9-410 2Lille91019 7Bordeaux9214 10Angers9-111 6Lyon9214 9Strasbourg9312 Show Read more 19Nantes9-86 This season, only Neymar and Kylian Mbappé have been more decisive than Pépé. While his success has been a long time coming, there was little doubt he would succeed among those who saw him emerge. “It’s the culmination of the work he’s done,” reflected Abdel Bouhazama, the reserve manager and academy director at Angers. Bouhazama was instrumental in getting Angers’ academy up and running as they earned promotion, and he regards Pépé as the “flag-bearer” in the club’s renewed focus on youth.Barcelona and Arsenal have apparently expressed interest, which could easily cause a young player to lose focus, but Pépé says he has a clear “career plan” and is unfazed by attention from Europe’s elite, having rejected Lyon this summer. His performances in recent weeks have been exhilarating as he has scored goals, set them up and facilitated Bamba’s good form. Whatever the future holds for Pépé, he and the rest of Bip Bip have made Lille, so dire last season, Ligue 1’s biggest surprise, and there’s nothing cartoonish about that.Ligue 1 talking points Topics Quick guide Ligue 1 results Lille Share via Email Toulouse 1-1 NiceNimes 0-0 ReimsGuingamp 1-1 MontpellierAngers 2-2 StrasbourgAmiens 1-0 DijonLille 3-1 St EtiennePSG 5-0 LyonMonaco 1-2 RennesMarseille 2-0 CaenBordeaux 3-0 Nantes Share on LinkedIn Marcelo Bielsa features 3Marseille9516 Ligue 1 8Toulouse9-213 • Recent encounters between the top four in Ligue 1 have tended to match or exceed expectations, but PSG’s home games have proved an exception to this rule. Cauldrons at the Vélodrome and Parc OL are replaced with the oddly subdued, run-of-the-mill atmosphere that accompanies the quintessential Parisian stroll, despite their ultras’ best efforts, while the matches themselves often play out in similar fashion. On this occasion, PSG’s 5-0 thrashing of Lyon on Sunday night was enlivened by a degree of spite. Following a VAR review, PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe was rightly dismissed after an over-the-ball lunge on Tanguy N’Dombélé, before Lyon’s Lucas Tousart followed with a trip on Kylian Mbappé and a second yellow just before half-time, the score still at 1-0. Neymar’s yellow could easily have been a different colour as well. As space opened up after the break, Kylian Mbappé scored four goals in 13 minutes to help PSG win their ninth match in a row, a record in the French top flight. With PSG eight points clear at the top of the table, the title race is already over. Remembering Michael Jackson’s peculiar relationship with football 20Guingamp9-125 Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Schopf strike stuns Germany

first_imgAustria 2 Germany 1: Neuer makes comeback in surprise defeat Guy Atkinson 03:41 6/3/18 Manuel Neuer - cropped Bongarts A returning Manuel Neuer was unable to prevent Germany falling to an unlikely defeat to Austria at a sodden Worthersee Stadion. Manuel Neuer made his long-awaited comeback as Germany slipped to a surprise 2-1 pre-World Cup friendly defeat to Austria.The Bayern Munich goalkeeper’s first appearance since suffering a foot injury in September had looked in jeopardy after heavy rain hit Klagenfurt shortly before kick-off.After officials undertook three separate pitch inspections, the game finally started an hour and 45 minutes later than originally scheduled. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, that uncertainty did little to disrupt Mesut Ozil, who took advantage of an early error from Austria goalkeeper Jorg Siebenhandl to give Joachim Low’s side an 11th-minute lead.Yet Austria were a much tougher proposition in the second period, with Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schopf scoring fine goals to seal a memorable triumph over their neighbours and stretch their winning streak to an impressive seven games. Germany will look to get their preparations back on track when Saudi Arabia travel to Leverkusen on Friday before starting their bid to retain the World Cup against Group F rivals Mexico on June 17.Game over Our first #WorldCup dress rehearsal ends in defeat in Austria: #DieMannschaft #ZSMMN #AUTGER 2-1 pic.twitter.com/lq9GAUs7TX— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 2, 2018After such a lengthy delay, it was hardly surprising that the game started in disjointed fashion with neither side able to fashion anything resembling a chance. That changed after 11 minutes, though, thanks to Siebenhandl’s mistake. The Sturm Graz keeper inexplicably clipped his attempted clearance straight to Ozil, who took a touch before curling a left-footed strike into the far corner.  Germany really should have doubled their advantage 10 minutes later, but Julian Brandt’s low effort after a flowing move was diverted agonisingly past the far post by the legs of Siebenhandl.Shortly before half-time, Neuer demonstrated that his lay-off had done nothing to diminish his agility. Florian Grillitsch must have thought his low strike was creeping in at the near post, only for the 32-year-old to get down sharply and push the ball past the post.Class is permanent  #NeuerTheWall#DieMannschaft #ZSMMN #AUTGER 0-1 pic.twitter.com/tTrcfVYNG5— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 2, 2018The hosts started the second period with the type of intensity that was lacking in their tepid first-half display and were duly rewarded with a fine equaliser after 53 minutes.David Alaba’s deep corner from Austria’s right was met at the back post by the unmarked Hinteregger, who flashed a fierce, first-time volley from a tight angle beyond the helpless Neuer.Marko Arnautovic was denied just moments later by Neuer’s outstretched hand as Austria pinned their illustrious opponents against the ropes.Their deserved winner arrived in the 69th minute when Schopf met Stefan Lainer’s back-post knockdown, the Schalke midfielder sweeping a first-time effort into the net to complete the turnaround. Low made a raft of substitutions in the closing stages, but none of the changes had the desired impact as Germany’s World Cup preparations suffered an unlikely setback. read morelast_img read more

New Injury Update For Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook

first_imgOhio State's Nick Bosa sacking Wisconsin's QB Alex Hornibrook during Big Ten game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Alex Hornibrook #12 of the Wisconsin Badgers is sacked by Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)While Wisconsin looks to continue their winning streak against Northwestern, the Badgers will have a new face under center.The expectation was that Alex Hornibrook would miss time because of a concussion. Well, head coach Paul Chryst confirmed that his junior quarterback will miss today’s game, but he also gave an in-depth review of his backup.Sure, the Badgers won’t have Hornibrook leading the team today, but Jack Coan has a tremendous change to seize his moment. Even though he’s never started for Wisconsin, the sophomore gunslinger will have a golden opportunity to beat Northwestern.When talking about Coan, Chryst said “We certainly believe he’s talented enough to do all the things that you ask your quarterback to do.”Just in: @BadgerFootball QB Alex Hornibrook is out, and Jack Coan will start today at @NUFBFamily. pic.twitter.com/Izl175wmZP— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 27, 2018Chryst also praised his young quarterback’s progress in practice, as he said “I like his demeanor and I’ve loved his approach not just this week, when there’s a possibility of him playing, but throughout the year.”It’ll be a tough environment for Coan to make his impact, especially on the road against the Wildcats. However, it’s very clear that his coach is confident in his ability.With Wisconsin losing Hornibrook for this weekend, it’ll be on Coan to lead his teammates to another victory.As for Hornibrook, perhaps he can return to the gridiron next weekend against Rutgers.last_img read more

Amendments to Homes for Special Care Act Introduced

first_imgThe minister of Community Services is keeping her commitment and making life better for Nova Scotians with disabilities by introducing changes to the Homes for Special Care Act today, May 5. The amendments will give the Department of Community Services and the Department of Health additional abilities to repeal or suspend a facility’s licence if they are not in compliance with regulations. The Department of Community Services will also have the ability to appoint someone to take over or oversee operations until the licence is re-instated. The changes come as a result of abuse or neglect in licenced residential homes for persons with disabilities from October 2007 to March 2010. “When these cases came to light last year I was extremely upset and vowed to do everything I could to protect our most vulnerable population,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “As minister, I needed the ability, in those rare situations to intervene on behalf of the people living in homes and their families to ensure they are safe and being treated with the respect they deserve.” After a thorough review of the cases and meeting with various boards and administrators across the province Ms. Peterson-Rafuse committed to holding boards more accountable for the operations of their facilities and actions of their employees. The changes apply to residential care facilities, overseen by the Department of Community Services, and includes nursing homes, homes for aged and residential care homes overseen by the Department of Health. The amendments will also expand the number of homes that are covered under the act. Small option community homes with three or more residents, will now be licensed. Currently, only homes with at least four residents are licensed. The amendments will ensure that another 219 homes will be covered under the act. Once these homes are licensed, about 700 more residents will be covered by the Protection of Persons in Care Act, which ensures any allegation of abuse or neglect received by the department is investigated. “Every individual who lives in a licensed residential home has the right to feel safe,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “This change allows anyone who knows about abuse or neglect to report it directly to the department and it will be investigated.” To report abuse or neglect of a resident of a licensed home for persons with disabilities call 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

Rupee rebounds 18 paise to 7071 against USD in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rebounded by 18 paise to 70.71 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday, a day after the Reserve Bank of India cut the key interest rate by 35 basis points. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee witnessed high volatility against the US dollar. The local unit opened strong at 70.80 and touched a high of 70.71 and a low of 70.83 against the American currency in early trade on Thursday. The domestic unit was trading at 70.87 against the dollar at 1010 hrs. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Rupee had settled at 70.89 against the American currency on Wednesday. Forex traders said rupee is trading in a narrow range tracking cautious opening in domestic equities. Besides, foreign fund outflows and rising crude oil prices also weighed on local currency. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday cut interest rate by a rare 35 basis points — the fourth successive reduction — to a nine-year low, in an attempt to boost an economy growing at its slowest pace in nearly five years. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “While we believe that RBI’s response could have been more aggressive with a 50 bps cut, the policy undertone remains dovish with growth revival assuming the highest priority… Also, it is pertinent to note that in the absence of fiscal expansion, monetary policy is the key lever to support the business cycle,” Edelweiss Securities said in a research note. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets, pulling out Rs 383.66 crore on Wednesday, according to provisional exchange data. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.01 per cent to 97.53. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 2.74 per cent to trade at USD 57.77 per barrel. Domestic bourses opened on a cautious note on Thursday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 37.01 points higher at 36,727.51 and Nifty up 5.75 points at 10,861.25. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.37 per cent in morning trade.last_img read more

Winnipeg human rights museum could bury 1000 yearold artifacts

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe troubled Canadian museum for human rights got another blow this weekend as news emerged that the chairman of the board has quit.Meanwhile, funding has dried up and the facility is years behind schedule.But for Aboriginal people, it’s not just what’s above the ground that’s raising concern.It’s what’s below the ground and what’s being buried by museum officials in an 800 page report that few have seen.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson explains.last_img

Pakistans senior Muslim clerics denounce forced conversion of Hindus

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s senior Muslim clerics and representatives from different religions have condemned forceful conversions, saying Islam doesn’t allow such acts and Muslims must provide better environment to minorities in their areas, according to a media report. The remarks made during a joint meeting of the Mutahida Ulema Board (Punjab) and Pakistan Ulema Council on Sunday came amid the nationwide outrage over the alleged forced conversions of Hindu girls in Sindh province. “Islam doesn’t allow forceful conversion of non-Muslims,” the religious leaders said. They agreed that the issue of alleged forced conversion and marriages of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province and other subsequent matters should be settled in accordance with the law and justice, the News reported. The meeting – presided over by Chairman Mutahida Ulema Board and Pakistan Ulema Council Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi – underlined that Islam is a religion of peace, harmony, stability and its teachings have categorically defined rights for non-Muslims residing in Muslim countries. The senior religious leaders also condemned terror activities being carried out on account of Islamphobia and demanded constitution of a judicial commission to probe the killing of Bahawalpur professor to avert such extremist incidents in future, the paper said. A third-year student at Bahawalpur’s Government Sadiq Egerton College last month allegedly stabbed a professor to death over what he vaguely described as the academic’s “anti-Islam” remarks.last_img read more

Climate change heads talks between Assembly President and Australian official

Mr. Kerim and Stephen Smith reviewed the priority issues of the current session of the General Assembly, including climate change, which will be the subject of a special thematic debate in the Assembly next month, according to a statement issued by Mr. Kerim’s spokesperson following the meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York.The debate is being held to consider how best the UN system, working in collaboration with Member States, the private sector and civil society, can collectively tackle climate change, from adaptation and mitigation to technology and financing.Participants in the two-day event will include Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), as well as high-level representatives of government, businesses and the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector.During today’s meeting between Mr. Kerim and Mr. Smith, progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of social and economic targets which world leaders agreed in 2000 to try to work towards by 2015, was also discussed.“The President stressed the need for a new culture of international relations that is based on the principles of the respect for human rights, human security, responsibility to protect and sustainable development,” the statement noted. 25 January 2008Climate change, globally agreed anti-poverty targets and financing for development topped the agenda during talks today between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and Australia’s Foreign Minister. read more

7 countries elected to UN Peacebuilding Commissions organizational body

Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Poland, Brazil and Belgium will hold seats on the standing body responsible for developing the Commission’s own rules of procedure and working methods.The Commission was set up to bolster the UN’s ability conflict resolution function, with a strong post-conflict feature to help prevent countries or regions from relapsing into war.The Peacebuilding Commission’s membership will include seven members of the Security Council, including its five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States); seven States from the Economic and Social Council, elected from regional groups; five top contributors to the UN budget; and five top providers of military personnel and civilian police to UN missions. The General Assembly will elect seven additional members, with special consideration for States that have experienced post-conflict recovery. The notion of a Peacebuilding Commission was first proposed in 2004 by the Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Threats Challenges and Change. In his 2005 report In Larger Freedom, the Secretary-General envisioned the Commission as an intergovernmental advisory body, which could marshal resources at the disposal of the international community to advise and propose strategies for post-conflict recovery, focusing attention on reconstruction, institution-building and sustainable development, in countries emerging from conflict. read more

UN environment agency urges ban of microplastics in cosmetics and personal care

This alarming fact is contained in a UNEP report Plastic in Cosmetics: Are We Polluting the Environment Through Our Personal Care?, which is a compilation of currently available knowledge on the linkages between cosmetics and plastic pollution in the oceans.According to the study, “for the last 50 years, microparticles of plastic, or microplastics, have been used in personal care products and cosmetics, replacing natural options in a large number of cosmetic and personal care formulations.”“Microbeads and other plastic ingredients are present in products ranging from toothpaste and shower gel to eye shadows and nail polish,” it said. “Their proportions vary in different products, from less than 1 per cent to more than 90 per cent of the content. In a typical shower gel analyzed in laboratory, there was roughly as much plastic material in the gel itself as in its packaging.” And “washed down the drain, those particles cannot be collected for recycling, nor do they decompose in wastewater treatment facilities, inevitably ending up in the global ocean, where it fragments and remains” and “these plastics may take hundreds of years to completely degrade,” according to UNEP’s research.The report, which was released earlier this month on the occasion of World Oceans Day, recommends a precautionary approach toward microplastic management, with an eventual phase-out and ban of their use in personal care products and cosmetics.Currently, in the United States, Illinois became the first state to enact legislation banning the manufacture and sale of products containing microbeads. This two-part ban will enter into effect in 2018 and 2019. And UNEP has announced the development of an app – ‘Beat the Microbead’ – in seven languages that allow customers to check whether personal care products contain microbeads by scanning a products barcode. UNEP said the app has been very popular, convincing a number of large multinationals such as Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and the Body Shop to announce their intent to stop using microbeads. And the Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium and Sweden have issued a joint call to ban the microplastics used in personal care products, saying the measure will protect marine ecosystems – and seafood such as mussels – from contamination. The UNEP study reports that “a typical exfoliating shower gel can contain roughly as much microplastic in the cosmetic formulation as is used to make the plastic packaging it comes in,” which translates into more than 4,300 tonnes of microplastic beads used in 2012 across all European Union countries.It goes to say that plastic ingredients in these products are poured down the drain after use, cannot be collected for recycling, and do not decompose in wastewater treatment systems.“More than 299 million tonnes of plastic was produced worldwide in 2013 some of which made its way to our oceans, costing approximately $13 billion per year in environmental damage to marine ecosystems,” according to UNEP. “Once in the ocean, plastic does not go away: it fragments, eventually breaking down into smaller pieces known as secondary microplastics.”The UNEP report makes several recommendations for producers and consumers, as well as for researchers and policymakers. It asks producers to take the potential impact of product ingredients on the natural environment into account during the design phase, consumers to “look in your bathroom – what contains microbeads – download the Beat the microbead app and avoid buying products that contain these plastics,” governments to promote phase out of microplastics in personal care and cosmetic products and researchers to look more into the implications of nano- and micro-sized plastics on human and marine ecosystem health, especially through ingestion and chemical transfer through the food chain. read more

Womens soccer OSU to kick off against Maryland

Ohio State senior forward Lindsey Agnew (20) shoots and scores in the second half of a game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 25, 2016. The Buckeyes won the game 3-0. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorLast weekend’s match versus Northwestern proved to be as tough as expected. A dominating performance on offense encouraged the Ohio State women’s soccer team this past week, ahead of Thursday’s 7 p.m. game against the Maryland Terrapins.After finishing tied at 0-0 against Northwestern, the Buckeyes have looked past their disappointment in the inability to score a goal after having 28 total shots and 17 corner kicks.“Obviously we were pretty frustrated after the Northwestern game because we really felt we had the ball on their attacking half most of the time,” said senior forward Lindsay Agnew.  “I think our response has just been really good. This week in training we’ve been really working on finishing.”OSU, now 7-4-2 (1-2-2 Big Ten), travels to College Park, Maryland to face off against a team struggling in conference play.  Maryland is 3-9-1 on the year (1-4-0 Big Ten).Agnew praised the attack and their ability to put the ball in a scoring position, while also emphasizing the focus on finishing, ultimately resulting in a score.  Another point was carrying over the dominant play from the Northwestern bout, continuing strong attacks on the Maryland defense.“We really want to work to combine with our forwards and (midfielders) to get behind (Maryland’s) defense and expose them behind their back line,” Agnew said.The Maryland offense presents a challenge to the Buckeyes. Junior forward Chelsea Jackson and sophomore forward Jarena Harmon both pose a potent threat to OSU’s back-line defenders, scoring nine goals and eight goals, respectively.Redshirt senior defender and forward Morgan Wolcott said the team has a plan in place to defend the attacking Terrapin duo.“There is a block in our defense to keep teams out of the central area,” Wolcott said. “Having (our) numbers around that area helps out.”Maryland averages nearly 10 shots per game, a number the Buckeyes top with an average around 12.  The Terrapins rotate several players in their lineup, which adds another element for the Buckeyes to prepare for.“We noticed that (Maryland) are very versatile, and they try a lot of different players in a lot of different spots,” Agnew said.  “Being prepared for different styles of play and different players in their back line, I think that’s our main focus.”The Buckeyes are taking games one at a time, focusing on the individual performances, scoring and winning crucial Big Ten games.  There is a short turnaround after the match in Maryland; OSU will travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, to face the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday at 1 p.m. Purdue is 3-8-0, 1-4-0 in Big Ten play. read more

Michele Roberts Makes It Clear To The NBA She

Photo by Washington Post/Getty Images.Michele Roberts made history as the first women leader of a professional sports union when she was tabbed to take over the beleaguered NBA Players Association this summer. That done, in a few months she’s shown more vision and nerve than any of her predecessors.Refreshingly, her office is in Harlem, a departure from the Midtown Manhattan location of the past and an indication that she is rooted in her culture. Roberts has strong ideas about the league, the owners, the season. . . you name it. To ESPN The Magazine, the woman considered one of the best trial lawyers in the country said:*On the NBA rookie wage scale: “I can’t understand why the [players’ association] would be interested in suppressing salaries at the top if we know that as salaries at the top have grown, so have salaries at the bottom. If that’s the case, I contend that there is no reason in the world why the union should embrace salary caps or any effort to place a barrier on the amount of money that marquee players can make.”* On players splitting revenue with the owners, which has been in place since 1982: “Why don’t we have the owners play half the games? There would be no money if not for the players. Let’s call it what it is. There. Would. Be. No. Money,” she added, pausing for emphasis. “Thirty more owners can come in, and nothing will change. These guys [the players] go? The game will change. So let’s stop pretending.”* On the length of the season: “Every time a player gets hurt, I think, my God, they really are pushing their bodies. And back-to-backs, those are the ones I really find disturbing. . . So the answer, of course, is that everybody wants a shorter season. The tension is, Will that mean less money? And that’s something we need to talk about and think about. . . I don’t think it would hurt the game to shorten the season.”* On an age minimum to play in the NBA: “It doesn’t make sense to me that you’re suddenly eligible and ready to make money when you’re 20, but not when you’re 19, not when you’re 18. I suspect that the association will agree that this is not going to be one that they will agree to easily. There is no other profession that says that you’re old enough to die but not old enough to work.”If nothing else, Roberts is bold and smart—and willing to take on the establishment. Gotta love her. read more

Hawken used to demonstrate the difference Nvidias PhysX makes

first_imgNvidia is happy to take any opportunity it can to highlight why gamers should be using a GeForce card inside their gaming rig. So what better way than to load up the Unreal Engine-powered Hawken to show off what you can do with Nvidia’s PhysX?PhysX is a real time physics engine that Nvidia took control of when it acquired Ageia back in 2008. It’s understandably an exclusive for Nvidia hardware and is offered to game developers as an SDK they can implement the features of in a game.The video above is one such advantage PhysX brings, specifically, the use of particles to show off destruction and weapon effects with much more detail. According to Nvidia, you just can’t see these effects without PhysX is available. I’m sure AMD would have something to say about that, though.There’s also a new feature of PhysX on display in the video called APEX Turbulence, which can simulate particle motion using velocity fields. To me, it looks a little bit false/over used in this Hawken demo, but with a bit more fine tuning it could certainly add something to the overall effects in a game.Nvidia has been shipping PhysX support with its graphics cards for a number of years now, but you’ll definitely need one of the more recent cards to run Hawken at this level of detail. If that means buying a new one, at least you won’t have to shell out some cash for the game as it’s free to play.via Rock, paper Shotgunlast_img read more