Karnataka Cong dissolved state chief working prez retained

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid growing rumblings in the Karnataka Congress, the grand old party dissolved its unit in the southern state on Wednesday, while retaining its president and working president. “The AICC has decided to dissolve the present committee of (the) Karnataka Pradesh Congress. The president and working president remain unchanged,” a statement issued by AICC general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal said. Rumblings within the Karnataka Congress have grown ever since the Lok Sabha poll debacle in the state. There have also been problems of coordination in the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in the southern state. Voices of dissent have been growing in the Karnataka Congress for some time now due to differences over the functioning of the coalition government in the state. Two members of the Congress were recently inducted in the Karnataka cabinet.last_img read more

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Canadian filmmakers shaking things up at Sundance Film Festival

first_imgPremiering in Sundance’s Special Events section, Rise is billed as “a condemnation of colonialism and a celebration of Indigenous people worldwide.” Three episodes premiering at Sundance — Sacred Water, Red Power and Apache Stronghold — show how native North Americans and their global supporters are peacefully, but forcefully, fighting back against exploitation of their land: at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation spanning North Dakota and South Dakota, where the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens water supplies; and also at Arizona’s San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, where mining companies seek to dig up sacred ground. “As a filmmaker I think I have a very real responsibility to bear witness,” director/showrunner Latimer says via email. “How can I go work on a reality show about food or something when there are people in my own community dying because of lack of clean water, medical care and housing — and this is supposed to be in one of the most affluent countries in the world? Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This is especially true regarding films from Canada’s indigenous communities. They’ve always been welcome at Sundance, but the selections this year have a new sense of urgency. Login/Register With: “With Rise, I really like the whole notion of young people and young voices telling these stories, which is part of the mission of that project.” One of the Standing Rock episodes includes an interview with Jesse Wente, a member of the Ojibwa nation and TIFF’s director of film programs. Twitter “Something is very, very wrong when you look at that picture. Making films gives me a platform to explore and communicate the things in society I disagree with. And it gives me a productive place to direct my anger. Because believe me, I’m angry at both the disparity and the privilege I see around me every day.” Advertisementcenter_img Canada’s filmmakers are out to get attention and shake up conventional wisdom at Sundance (Jan. 19-29). Advertisement Sundance director John Cooper is excited about Rise and Rumble playing his festival because these films are “taking it to a place where you can actually effect change through the storytelling itself. I think that’s what Rumble is going to do, because it’s interesting … and it brings you closer into looking at our world a little differently. “The rise of Indigenous media has really occurred in the last 10 years,” he says. “There’s absolutely a connection between the rise of things like Twitter, Facebook and other social media. The fact that you don’t need to have a desk in a mainstream newsroom to necessarily have a voice in today’s media has meant a lot for marginalized communities.” Rise and Rumble aren’t just the titles of two noteworthy Canadian productions headed to this month’s Sundance Film Festival. They’re also statements of purpose. Facebook It also allows these communities to correct the historical record, which is the impetus for Rumble, subtitled The Indians Who Rocked the World. It’s a documentary account of how musicians with aboriginal roots, including guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Link Wray, Charley Patton and The Band’s Robbie Robertson, made a profound impact on popular music, along with such singers as Rita Coolidge, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Mildred Bailey and the rapper Taboo. Michelle Latimer / Courtesy of Sundance InstituteA still from RISE by Michelle Latimer, an official selection of the Special Events program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Rise, directed by Toronto’s Michelle Latimer, an Algonquin/Métis filmmaker, is an original series for Rogers Media’s Viceland TV channel, planned for broadcast early this year.last_img read more

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh backs away from giving provinces a veto over

first_imgDennis Ward APTN NewsNDP leader Jagmeet Singh is backing away from giving the provinces a veto over resource projects that would be built, or run through their territory.Singh made the comments during an interview with APTN News on Tuesday.“That’s not what I’ve said and those words actually never came out of my mouth,” he said. “What I’ve said very clearly is that we have to do things differently, and that means not imposing pipelines on provinces, and that means working with communities, and it absolutely means working with Indigenous communities.“We’ve seen the past approach of Liberal and Conservative governments have been disrespectful and it hasn’t worked,” Singh continued. “And what we need to do is have a collaborative approach, one that is based on the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We need to move forward in a way that actually is collaborative that actually respects and works with people so that we can solve problems and move ahead with projects.”APTN asked Singh if the issue was misreported.“Absolutely, that is something that I’ve never said. And I’ve said very clearly that my approach is to do things differently.“We’ve got a series of powers that exist but the way those powers have been used has not achieved the results. So instead of continuing down the same path of trying to do things the same way let’s do things differently. And our approach is that we actually have to have serious conversations, work collaboratively with people, make sure Indigenous communities are respected, given dignity and work with as partners not as imposing and enforcing things.”While not using the word veto, Singh told the CBC on Sept. 23 that an NDP government would not impose a resource project on the provinces.“I would not impose projects on any province,” he said. “And that means there has to be social acceptability, there has to be communities that are onside, provinces that are onside.“If we want to move forward with a project, there has to be a buy-in from all the people involved. Indigenous communities have to be onside. It’s hard work but we know if you don’t do that work the project isn’t going to go ahead anyway.“What if you’re not able to build that consensus,” Singh is then asked in the CBC interview.“It just won’t go forward.”Singh was pressed on the matter after the NDP released its commitments to Quebec, a province where the party saw a surge of support in the 2011 election but watched that support collapse in 2015.In ‘Together for Quebec’ the party says on its website that it “firmly believes that Quebec should have a say on any oil pipeline project that passes through its territory, in the appointment of judges representing Quebec, in agreements with web giants, and in any trade deal that impacts Quebec.“The NDP firmly believes that infrastructure projects which could have an environmental impact – particularly those related to the transportation of hydrocarbons – must be subject to Quebec’s environmental assessment procedures; they cannot bypass Quebec’s environmental laws and cannot proceed without the agreement of the Government and people of Quebec.”APTN asked the NDP to clarify its position.“It’s not a veto – the current approach doesn’t work. Clearly no pipeline has been built and all we’ve done is spend millions of taxpayers money fighting in courts,” a spokesperson for the party said in an email.“Jagmeet is going to adopt a different approach — actual consultation with communities, municipalities and provinces impacted to get the social license required to build these projects.”The idea of giving a veto to Indigenous communities came up during the 2015 campaign.In an interview with APTN, host Cheryl McKenzie asked the Liberal leader if a ‘no’ from Indigenous communities would mean ‘no’ under a Liberal government.“We cannot have a government that decides where the pipelines (are going to) go without having proper approval and support from the communities that are (going to) be affected,” said Trudeau during that interview.When pressed again, Trudeau responded saying, “Absolutely.”Aside from the resource project issue, Singh also talked about UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action in a wide-ranging interview that aired on APTN National News Tuesday night.“I believe that to build a country where we move forward and tackle the problems we have to do it in a different way,” he said. “And it’s got to involve honestly working towards reconciliation. Not just talking about it but actually implementing. That’s why we’re committing to not just vague promises but very clear and distinct things. We’re saying we need to respect Indigenous communities, and that means implementing the declaration.“We’re committed to cleaning drinking water, making sure there’s equal access to education, not taking Indigenous kids to court to challenge whether they have the right to equal funding,” Singh said. “We believe fundamentally, at a minimum, Indigenous kids have the right to equal funding and more. We have to go beyond that.”On climate change, Singh says Indigenous communities have to be more involved in the solution.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

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Afghanistan UN mission stresses need for victims rights to figure in impunity

1 February 2007The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today stressed the need for the rights of victims of the country’s past 25 years of conflict to be at the heart of national reconciliation and any efforts to grant impunity. “No one has the right to forgive those responsible for human rights violations other than the victims themselves,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement on yesterday’s debate and resolution in the Wolesi Jirga (People’s Council) on national stability, and strengthening national unity and reconciliation while addressing the legacy of the past. “The struggle and sacrifice of the Afghan people in their quest for peace, freedom, independence and a better life over 25 years of conflict deserve full recognition. In this regard, UNAMA is keen to ensure that the rights of victims remain at the heart of this debate. For any process of national reconciliation to succeed the suffering of victims must be acknowledged and impunity tackled,” it added. “International experience shows that truth is vital to reconciliation. As a consequence, the search for truth and the rights of victims are central elements of Afghanistan’s Action Plan on Peace, Reconciliation, and Justice.” UNAMA said the Afghan people had the full backing of their international partners, including the UN, in implementing this plan. read more

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Sri Lanka accuses Malaysia of failing to protect Ansar

The Secretary also conveyed to the High Commissioner, that the Government of Sri Lanka insists that immediate and swift action is taken to identify the perpetrators and take legal action to the fullest extent of the law, while also taking immediate measures to provide adequate security for the Sri Lanka High Commissioner, including assigning a Personal Security Officer; provide adequate security to the staff of the High Commission, the official residence and the Chancery premises as well as the Buddhist temple in Sentul, where an incident took place on Saturday 3 September. The High Commissioner of Malaysia expressed the deepest regret of the Government of Malaysia regarding the incident and informed that the Malaysian law enforcement authorities had already arrested five suspects involved in the incident, and that legal action would be taken against the perpetrators.He assured that the Ministry would be apprised of the details of the investigations, and that appropriate security would be provided, as requested. The Foreign Secretary expressed disappointment that the Malaysian authorities had failed to provide necessary protection to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner despite the High Commission bringing to the notice of relevant Malaysian authorities, the need for such protection, in the face of mounting protests especially in the last few days. The Government today accused Malaysia of failing to protect the Sri Lankan High Commissioner of Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar, despite him seeking protection.The Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called in the High Commissioner of Malaysia to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning to express the condemnation of the Government of Sri Lanka, on the assault carried out by a group of persons yesterday Sunday 4 September 2016, on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, in a restricted area of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, while he was in the process of carrying out his official duties. The High Commissioner also conveyed the deep regret over the incident at the temple in Sentul and informed that steps have been taken since, to provide appropriate security to the temple. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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United States national appointed to senior UN peacekeeping post

Jane Holl Lute was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the UN Foundation and the Better World Fund – established by businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner to administer his $1 billion contribution to support the goals of the United Nations – before being named to replace Michael Sheehan as Assistant Secretary-General for Mission Support, effective 1 August.She previously served as Executive Director of the Association of the United States Army’s project on the role of the American Military Power and also headed the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict.

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China car dilemma Beijing wants electric buyers want SUVs

BEIJING, China – Automakers face a dilemma in China’s huge but crowded market: Regulators are pushing them to sell electric cars, but buyers want gas-guzzling SUVs.The industry is rattled by Beijing’s proposal to require that electric cars make up 8 per cent of every brand’s production as soon as next year. Consumers are steering the other way: First-quarter SUV sales soared 21 per cent from a year earlier to 2.4 million, while electric vehicle purchases sank 4.4 per cent to just 55,929.“It’s tough for someone with an EV to come and take away market share from SUVs,” said Ben Cavender of China Market Research Group.The Shanghai auto show, which opens to the public on Friday, will showcase work on electric models meant to appeal to Chinese drivers who are wary of the unfamiliar technology’s reliability and cost.The pressure for electrification in China is an added headache for automakers at a time when sales growth is slowing and competition heating up in a market they are counting on to drive global revenue.Sales growth fell to 1.7 per cent in March from last year’s 15 per cent. SUVs made up 40 per cent of sales, while sedan purchases fell 4.9 per cent.At the Shanghai show, the industry’s biggest marketing event this year, almost every global and Chinese brand plans to display at least an electric concept car, if not a model ready for sale, alongside its latest SUVs and sedans.General Motors Co.’s Buick unit announced plans last month for Chinese sales of its Velite 5 gasoline-electric hybrid sedan. Buick also sells a hybrid LaCrosse in China.This month, Ford Motor Co. said it will sell an all-electric SUV and a plug-in hybrid Mondeo Energi sedan in China. Ford’s joint venture with state-owned Changan Automobile Co. will manufacture the Mondeo.Ford said by 2025 it plans offer electric versions of 70 per cent of its models sold in China.“We are prioritizing our electrification efforts on China to reflect its importance as a global electrified vehicle market,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said in a statement.NextEV, a Shanghai-based startup, says it will display 11 vehicles in Shanghai from its all-electric NIO brand. They include the two-door EP9, a contender for the title of fastest electric car, with what the manufacturer says is a top speed of 194 mph (310 kph).Volkswagen AG plans to announce its electric vehicle plans for China and unveil an electric concept car. Honda Motor Co. will show its new NeuV, a futuristic concept car the company has suggested might get an electric drivetrain.Government planners see electric vehicles as a sector where China can lead, and a Cabinet technology development plan issued in 2013 calls for two of the top global brands in 2025 to be Chinese.Hence the proposal, released in September, calling for electric or gasoline-electric hybrids to make up 8 per cent of every automaker’s output next year. That would rise to 10 per cent in 2019 and 12 per cent in 2020.Manufacturers failing to meet those targets could buy credits from companies that produce more electrics, helping to subsidize development.People in the industry say manufacturers have warned Beijing those targets are too ambitious. News reports say regulators might have agreed to lower or delay them in an updated plan due out this year, but there has been no official confirmation.China’s stand-out EV success so far is BYD Auto Co. It sells all-electric vehicles to taxi and bus fleets in China and abroad and gasoline-electric hybrid SUVs and sedans to Chinese consumers.BYD Auto says last year’s sales rose 70 per cent over 2015 to 100,183 vehicles. That would make it the biggest electric brand for a second year, with Tesla Inc. in second place at 76,230 vehicles sold.Other Chinese brands offer plug-in electrics but most sold only a few hundred vehicles last year. That is partly because their vehicles cost up to 350,000 yuan ($50,000), or two to three times the price of equivalent gasoline models.Even Great Wall Motors Ltd., which became China’s most profitable auto brand by making almost nothing but SUVs, has unveiled an electric compact sedan, the C30 EV, which looks almost comically small next to its hulking other vehicles. It has yet to say when sales will start.Some brands promise a range of up to 200 kilometres (120 miles) on one charge. But industry analysts say that is too much money and too short a distance for most drivers, who have few places to recharge.“The biggest worries for people buying an electric car are lack of convenience for charging and the miserable range most electric cars have,” said Zhang Xin, an independent auto industry analyst.To ease such “range anxiety,” the Cabinet has ordered the state-owned power industry to step up installation of charging stations.Government plans call for China to have 100,000 public charging stations and 800,000 private stations by next year, up from a total of 50,000 at the start of 2016. Longer term, the government wants a network that can support 5 million vehicles by 2020.The government also is trying to nudge buyers toward electrics by exempting them from sales taxes and from license plate fees and lotteries imposed by Beijing, Shanghai and some other cities to curb congestion.Aside from BYD, Chinese manufacturers are waiting to see what price regulators set for credits before deciding whether to buy them or develop their own technology.“Even by 2020, it’s not going to be a profitable business,” said John Zeng of LMC Automotive.“The industry has to prepare for the worst case,” said Zeng. “That means who you have to have all the technology ready in case you need it, but on the other hand they don’t want to commercialize it now, because it is not profitable.”___Follow Joe McDonald: www.twitter.com/ComradeJoeMcDhttps://apnews.com/search/joe%20mcdonald by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2017 2:10 am MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China car dilemma: Beijing wants electric, buyers want SUVs read more

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ABB twins digital solutions with Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform

first_imgABB and Dassault Systèmes have announced a global partnership to offer customers in digital industries a “unique software solutions portfolio ranging from product life cycle management to asset health solutions”, the two companies said.ABB and Dassault will, they say, provide customers an end-to-end offering of advanced open digital solutions, enhancing competitiveness of industrial companies, while increasing flexibility, speed and productivity of their products’ lifecycles, manufacturing and operations.The partnership will combine ABB Ability™ digital solutions and Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and build on both companies’ strong installed base, deep domain expertise and global customer access, they said. ABB has already adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to model and simulate its solutions before delivering them to its customers.“With this partnership, ABB will develop and provide customers with advanced digital twins, enabling customers to run ABB’s solutions and their operations with improved overall efficiency, flexibility and sustainability,” ABB said.The companies will, in a staged approach, focus on factory automation and robotics, process industry automation, as well as electrification solutions for smart buildings, with the first joint solutions showcased at the upcoming industrial Hannover Messe trade fair, in Germany, on April 1-5.ABB CEO, Ulrich Spiesshofer, said: “This game-changing partnership will serve our customers to lead in innovation and growth, fundamentally transforming their entire value chain to tap the vast opportunities of industrial digitalisation. Together, we are offering an open, end-to-end digital portfolio – from digital twin to asset health – that gives our customers a competitive edge, building on our combined offering, domain expertise and global reach.“ABB is adding Dassault Systèmes to its strong partner network for industrial digitalisation, including Microsoft, HPE and IBM. We look very much forward to working with the entire global Dassault Systèmes team to drive innovation and customer value.”Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes, said: “The industry of the 21st century is no longer determined simply by the ability to manufacture goods. Today’s leaders will be determined by superior mastery of technical know-how. This is the new competitive differentiator and it’s happening now due to a convergence of digital technologies that are transforming every aspect of industrial business.“In this industry renaissance, a platform approach enables the real and virtual worlds to inform and reinforce one another. Our partnership with ABB will draw from decades of combined expertise to help customers make the most of this powerful and dynamic trend.”ABB’s digital solution offering within the industry is tied to its ABB Ability platform, launched in 2017, which offers more than 210 digital solutions to plan, build and operate industrial operations with higher productivity and safety at lower costs.Dassault Systèmes, meanwhile, works with companies of all sizes in 11 industries to help them meet new challenges. “The 3DEXPERIENCE platform integrates all the technologies and capabilities that leverage knowledge and know-how into one cohesive digital innovation environment that delivers digital continuity from concept to manufacturing to ownership and back,” the two companies said. Industrial companies can integrate the platform’s 3D applications to create a digital twin that captures insights and expertise from across their entire ecosystem, to measure, assess and predict the performance of an industrial asset and help optimise its operation in an intelligent way, they added.The ABB – Dassault Systèmes partnership will initially focus on factory automation and robotics, smart building and process industries.On the latter, the two companies said: “Competitive pressure in process industries, such as mining, requires companies to continuously look for new ways to increase safety, productivity and energy efficiency of sites, while reducing costs and risk of daily operations. A digital model of the underground environment, in connection with mine planning and control systems, would allow to optimise energy consumption and mine automation, as well as enable mine operators to monitor and optimise production in real-time, while running virtual simulations of future scenarios.”last_img read more

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Cable King ties up €65 million deal for Dublins Westin Hotel

first_imgUS BILLIONAIRE JOHN Malone has completed a reported €65 million deal for Dublin’s iconic Westin Hotel.The Westmoreland Street property is the latest addition to Malone’s Irish portfolio, which also includes the Trinity City Hotel on Pearse Street and the Hilton on Charlemont Place.Malone, who has invested in the three properties through with the Lalco Hotel Group, was dubbed ‘The Cable King’ in the US after a twenty-four year stint with telecommunications giant TCI.Malone is the largest individual land-owner in the US, with a holding of close to 2.2 million acres in Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming.Lalco director John Lally said that the Westin “fits exceptionally well with the profile of our other properties in terms of location and iconic status and our objective is to maintain its position as one of Ireland’s leading five star hotels.”In addition to the Dublin hotels, Lalco also runs The Strand in Limerick, The Harbour Hotel in Galway and the Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Golf Club.Read: Hotel sales are up by €84 million this year>Read: Done deal – Mount Juliet resort sold to private equity player for €15 million>last_img read more

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Sony NGP games will be downloadable the same day they hit retail

first_imgSony has been increasingly pushing its game distribution channel into the cloud in its PlayStation line, between the PlayStation 3 and the PSP Go. Expect that trend to continue when the PSP2/ NGP comes to town, as Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Andrew House is promising that all NGP titles will be downloadable the same day as they are made available for purchase in retail. In an interview with MCV, House said that Sony wants to adopt a hybrid model of distribution for the NGP, building on the PSP Go strategy which saw the PSP’s UMD drive abandoned and a download-distribution model encouraged. Unlike the PSP Go, though, NGP games will be available to purchase on flash storage cards sold through retail stores… but they’ll be on sale simultaneously as digital downloads. Some titles, in fact, will be digital download exclusives!“One thing we learnt from PSP, is that we want to have simultaneous delivery in digital and physical for NGP. Just to clarify that, all games that appear physically will be made available digitally,” said House. “Not necessarily all games have to be made available physically. And having the option of a digital-only method affords more creative risk-taking, and that’s because you don’t-have that in-built risk of physical inventory.”According to House, high-end titles using all 4GB of space available to them on a flash card will be the sorts of games people will prefer to buy at retail as opposed to download. More casual games will make up the bulk of downloads. The idea is to have the best of both worlds: the PSP Go’s library of more high-end titles, coupled with iOS’s wealth of smaller, more casual titles. I can’t wait to see how this works out. Read more at Electronistalast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Source: Feldman/Twitter Share Tweet Email1 Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday EU deal for Northern Ireland and Trump’s first 100 days – it’s the Evening Fix. Apr 29th 2017, 7:39 PM 13,194 Views Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 7:39 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha 3 Comments NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRISH Grace (6) and Mathew Joyce (4) from Kildare Town pictured at the AES Bord na Móna Family Day on the last day of the Punchestown Racing Festival 2017. Source: Andres Povedacenter_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get our daily news round up: https://jrnl.ie/3366223 One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s greatest critics, Alexei Navalny, keeps getting splashed with zelenka – with photographer @EvgenyFeldman documenting each time it happens.The antiseptic liquid burns the skin and can cause inflammations if too much of it gets in your eye – as it did before with Navalny.But despite the attacks, and a recent 15-day stint in jail, today’s Guardian profile piece on the Kremlin critic indicates he’s as determined as ever to speak up against injustices in Russia. As part of their Brexit strategy, EU leaders backed a deal that would see Northern Ireland automatically rejoin the EU in the event of a united IrelandA murder investigation was launched into the death of 31-year-old Samantha WalshA professor at University College Cork has shown that a single injection could help repair damaged heartsTwo males their late teens were killed in a single-vehicle collision in DonegalA new opinion poll indicated that support for Independent TDs has fallen by three percentage points to 10%Gardaí began a new search effort in Louth as part of an investigation into the disappearance of couple William Maughan and Anastasija VarslavaneTraffic jams in Dublin are costing us €350 million per yearFree coffee is being offered this Monday to encourage drivers to take care and stay alert while on the road this bank holiday weekend.WORLD Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech in the village of Crathes, Aberdeenshire, while EU leaders voted on a plan for Brexit negotiations. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#TRUMP’S 100: North Korea, Russian ties, Obamacare, Sean Spicer and that expensive wall – how’s Donald Trump doing in his first 100 days as US President?#UNITED FRONT: EU leaders unanimously adopted their Brexit strategy at a special summit in Brussels.#TURKEY: The politically unstable state blocked all access to Wikipedia without indicating exactly why, in the latest restriction placed on Turkish citizens.PARTING SHOT Москва. Зеленка — Фотопроект «Это Навальный» (пост обновлен) https://t.co/cG9AsCFnM2— Feldman (@EvgenyFeldman) April 27, 2017last_img read more

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Warm welcome for Dafaranos

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s new Greek Ambassador to Australia Haralambos Dafaranos, met with Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra. Mr Darafanos’ wife also attended the event, as did the Counsellors of the Embassy Loukas Tsokos, Evi Siaplaoura and Constantine Koutsopoulos. After the presentation of credentials, the new Ambassador of Greece had a twenty minute private meeting with the Governor General in the presence of officials of the Australian Government and DFAT.last_img

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Breaking Through Fake News The Power Drill Method

first_img Fake news has become an often repeated and very loaded phrase over the last few months. Whether you believe it comes mostly from the right or the left of the political spectrum, the fact that you’re on the Internet means you’re going to be exposed to it. Because the concept seems so vague and political on the surface, it might seem hard to identify. And no, you can’t identify it just by shouting “FAKE NEWS!” at something you don’t like…like a magic spell.It’s fairly easy to cut through fake news if you know the signs, and it’s even easier to find the truth underneath it. You only need to take two steps, click a few times, and maybe Google a term or two, and you can find out if the information you’re getting is misinformation. I call this the Power Drill Method of fake news busting, and anyone can do it. It focuses on recognizing fake news, then trying to drill down to either the molten core of actual facts fueling it or the empty pocket of air of hearsay and lies it’s built around.For example, let’s look at two fake news sites I was sent as a response to the story of a swastika being scrawled on an NYC subway window and the people in the car getting together to clean it off with hand sanitizer and tissues. A schmaltzy story, but enough to provoke some people into calling it a likely left-wing hoax. To back up this allegation, I was given two links to other “swastika hoax” stories, on US Herald and Information Liberation. They are perfect examples of fake news sites using elements of truth to build a heavily slanted, guided narrative that fits their political bend.Step 1: Identify the Source and Its Potential BiasesThe Internet is full of aggregators and editorial filters of information. All news outlets filter raw data, reports, and collected accounts into stories that are more easily consumable. Good news outlets filter without injecting their preferred narratives into those stories. Fake news outlets dissolve all of the facts they can get into a big narrative stew that fits their agenda.If you can figure out what angle a site has, you can better understand what narrative they might be shaping and why. Look at the name and tagline of the site, and click on the About link (it’ll be at the bottom of the page if it isn’t on the top) and see if you can make out any buzzwords that show heavy lean. Look for any signs of political defensiveness, like a premise that it’s valiantly fighting the oppressive mainstream media or social mores. Or it might be obviously and nakedly biased, making it easier to identify.US Herald calls itself “Real Conservative News Online,” and claims it “leverages the power of social media as a means of distribution to break the stranglehold of the traditional media’s liberal bias.” It’s politically defensive against “liberal bias” and wears its conservative bend on its sleeve.Information Liberation doesn’t have quite as obvious partisan flags, but there are a few buzzwords that can give you a hint. It says it’s a “news site dedicated to pursuing the truth wherever it leads,” and that’s reasonable. It does so “without apology,” which is also reasonable but getting defensive. And it does so “without care for being politically correct,” and that’s where the defensiveness pushes straight through into big flashing fake news territory. By framing news solely as an “us versus them” concept, you’re protecting yourself from any criticism for inaccuracy or slant. If your report is biased, you can just say you’re not politically correct like everyone else is. If you stand by the quality of your reporting, you don’t need to start on the defensive.Step 2: Find the Original ReportsFake news doesn’t always mean false news. The really bold fake news sites simply make things up out of whole cloth or take uncorroborated social media posts as truth, but more often you’ll see a story that actually happened but is being told to you in a very specific, misguided way. That’s why you need to drill down to the original source of the story, which hopefully won’t be a fake news site. It’s the core of the Power Drill Method.Look for any source links in the story. Usually, if there’s a real story behind it, it’ll be a local news report that has a much less biased account of the events. If it’s a small news story, the local report is probably the only first-hand report. Everything else you read from the site that linked to it will be an editorial filter, usually to push a narrative.The US Herald story of “Two Liberals BUSTED for HOAX of Trump-Swastika graffiti on church” links to the Conservative Tribune. Which, as you can tell from the very name, indicates a political slant. However, the Conservative Tribune story links to a Chicago Tribune story, which is an actual news report from an actual journalist who read reports, asked questions and got quotes. That’s the core you need to drill down to the actual source of the story. And if anyone suggests that the Chicago Tribune isn’t credible as “mainstream media,” consider that the Conservative Tribune and through it the US Herald found it credible enough to base all of its coverage on the report. It’s the source.The Information Liberation story of a “Swastika Hate Hoax” is a lot easier to drill into. It links directly to the WABC news report on the story. That’s the source. If you hit bland, local news, that’s probably where the story comes from. And the reporters at that bland, local news outlet probably did all of the footwork to get every bit of tangible information that’s being filtered to you.If you can’t find an original source that falls outside of the fake news circle, and there doesn’t seem to be any first-hand accounts at the local news level, you can stop at this step and simply discount the story. It might simply be a lie or repeated hearsay, rather than a narrative put on top of events that actually happened.Step 3: Spot the DifferencesNow that you have the core report to work with, you can look at the possibly fake news site and see just what they tried to add to the story. And in both cases here, they added the entire hoax narrative. Compare the Chicago Tribune report to the Conservative Tribune, and US Herald reports on the exact same event: two Northwestern students charged with hate crimes and vandalism for what they spray-painted on a church. I’ll be quoting a lot of sources in this section, both from fake news and local news sites. To help you keep track, I’ll bold the actual news stories and keep the fake news quotes simply italicized.The Chicago Tribune gives an account of the two students being charged for what they did. It details the time and date of the vandalism and the location of the church and has quotes from the judge.Once inside the chapel, the pair spray-painted an expletive and a slur against African-Americans with a swastika on the chapel hallway, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Brooke Shupe told the court. In a separate area, they spray-painted a derogatory word for homosexuals on a wall, along with lines spray-painted over photos of Muslim students.The young men also spray-painted penises in several places around the church, including on a piano in the chapel, above the word “God” in a hallway, and in a stairwell where they also painted the word “Trump,” authorities said, Shupe said.Prosecutors did not say what they think sparked this act of vandalism. Those are the facts. Two students spray painted hateful things on a church. Their motives are unclear. They were charged with hate crimes and vandalism. Now, look at how the Conservative Tribune and US Herald frame the same story, starting with their headlines:BREAKING: Two Liberals BUSTED For HOAX Of Trump-Swastika Graffiti On Church- Mainstream Media SILENT! andOutrage as Leftist Source of Trump-Swastika Graffiti Exposed Nothing in the source story mentions it being a hoax, or that the students were liberals or leftist or of any political bend. By the fact, they were two college students who committed the vandalism, and their motives aren’t clear. The Conservative Tribune and US Herald both added narratives of them being liberals performing hoaxes, presumably to make Trump supporters look bad. The fake news starts in the headline and permeates through the rest of the story, pushing the idea that this was a false-flag operation by devious leftists and not a pair of dumbass college kids. And all of that perspective was injected into the “stories” with complete disregard of the actual account of the events that happened.Now, let’s look at the other story, as told by WABC. Nassau County police arrested 20-year-old Plainview resident Jasskirat Saini for spraypainting swastikas around Nassau Community College. The vandalism started around October 15.The charges are connected with 110 anti-Semitic drawings, involving 10 cases at Nassau Community College, said Nassau Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter. Each count is punishable by up to four years in prison.“It appears that this bigot was motivated by perceived slights of the Jewish community in his neighborhood in Plainview,” he said. Now, he did spraypaint a “KKK” on one building, and as a minority Long Island resident it’s reasonable to doubt that he’s a member of the Ku Klux Klan. According to Commissioner Krumpter, his motives stemmed from antisemitism and not any desire for a hoax, (beyond perhaps hoping the “KKK” would throw off any accusations towards him, but this is speculation on my part).Compare that to the Information Liberation account, based entirely on the WABC report, starting with the lede:A hate crime hoaxer who drew swastikas and wrote “KKK” and “Heil Hitler” around Nassau Community College in New York is being threatened with 40 years in prison. Again, nothing in the original report indicates a hoax.The Information Liberation story then says that the maximum punishment of 40 years for the multiple charges is 40 years and that it seems harsher than other hate crime “hoaxes” it doesn’t identify. It quotes the same section I quoted, bolding the sentence detailing the punishment. Then it punctuates the story with:Really makes you think. There’s a big omission in that account, and it’s the end of the WABC story that gives context to hate crimes in Nassau County:Krumpter said in 2016, there have been 57 bias incidents in Nassau County; 40 of those involved graffiti. Police said Saini is responsible for more than 10 of those incidents.Bias crimes in 2016 are down 6 percent, he said, over 2015. 40 separate graffiti bias incidents (incidents that seem to indicate motivation from bias or prejudice) in Nassau County last year. 57 bias incidents total. That’s a lot of hoaxes, which is the narrative Information Liberation is pushing. That these acts are all hoaxes.Now that should make you think.Three Easy Steps, RepeatedThis is a simple process if you have the patience and attention for it.Identify the biases of the possibly fake news sourceDrill down to the original account, if it exists.Spot the differences to figure out what narrative is being pushed by the fake news source.You don’t have to take everything you read at face value, or blindly discount everything as fake news. If something sounds too good or bad to be true, or if you think you’re being fed a line, follow these steps to get closer to the truth of what happened.And if you think this story is fake news, or that I’m overly biased or unfair, please let us know. Comment below or contact me or tweet at me with criticism in my methodology or analysis. If I’m doing something wrong, I want to hear it. But if your problem is only with the sides being portrayed in this story and not the facts being presented or the process I’m providing, feel free to use the same process for fake news from the other direction. You’re not doing either of us a service by blindly discounting things because of an immediate political revulsion instead of using careful consideration to actually find the facts for yourself. Stay on target WhatsApp Limits Message Forwarding to 5 Individuals, GroupsAI as Fact Checker: Algorithm Identifies Fake News last_img read more

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Spanish Super Cup will have a Final Four format

first_imgThe competition that faces the La Liga champion with the Copa del Rey champion will be played once again outside of Spain.The Spanish Super Cup will continue to change as announced by the Spanish Football Federation today in the European nation.Last year the Super Cup was played for the first time using a single match format, and it was also the first time to be played outside Spain as it was played in Tanger, Morocco.But today the cup has received another modification, as it will be played for the first time in history between four teams, in a Final Four format.The two finalists of the Copa del Rey and the two top teams in the Spanish La Liga will play a small tournament outside of Spain to decide who is the biggest champion in the nation.The announcement was made by Spanish FA’s president Luis Rubiales.The tournament will be played between four or five days and will be a four-game celebration, with the winners of La Liga playing against the Copa del Rey runner-ups and vice-versa.The first edition in this new format will be played at the end of this season for the first time if the federation’s assembly agrees.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…According to Rubiales, the new format “does not break any rules and objectives of the competition.”“Neutral tournaments in the summer are not well supported for the clubs. We see this as a unique opportunity for the “Marca España” to grow without going against the principles of the sport.”Rubiales was one of the worst critics after La Liga decide to take one official game each year out of Spain, something that the Spanish Football Federation did not like.🗣 @LuisRubiales: “Propondré a la Asamblea que la #Supercopa se celebre en formato final four”🔗 https://t.co/NQM9nLYBCI pic.twitter.com/x640IaDOqU— RFEF (@rfef) February 19, 2019last_img read more

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The Worthwhile MagazineWebsite Connection

first_imgSome publishers like separation between print and digital brands, allowing the Web site to be just close enough to exploit print’s brand stature while simultaneously developing unique and exclusive content, often catering to a very different audience. Yet for Field & Stream, which has just undergone a redesign and is under new editorial leadership with the appointment of Anthony Licata into the top editor spot, the magazine is moving purposefully toward a closer relationship with its Web-based alter ego.The ties between the two products, however, don’t simply rely on a half-page, “What’s Online” department in the magazine, or story callouts driving the reader online “for more on this topic.” A new front-of-book print department called Campfire is constructed largely from reader-generated content, spanning letters, stories, interview excerpts, reader tips, and blog excerpts that inherently drives the reader back online—either for more about a topic or to continue a debate. And the magazine benefits, too. Debates, discussion, or images, for example, that originate online, can be continued in print. “When I say we’re tying them together, we’re using our readers on our Web site to come up with stories and story ideas, which will end up in the magazine. It’s a little subtler than just pushing people back and forth.”last_img read more

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Massive Attack Postpone Mezzanine XXI North American Tour Dates

first_img https://twitter.com/MassiveAttackUK/status/1104085910457671682 Massive Attack Postpone North American Tour Dates massive-attack-postpone-mezzanine-xxi-north-american-tour-dates Massive Attack Postpone Mezzanine XXI North American Tour Dates Facebook Email News The Mezzanine XXI Tour has hit an illness-related delay, but Massive Attack plan to honor all tickets in the fallPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 8, 2019 – 3:54 pm Monday, March 11 in Montreal was expected to be the first date on Massive Attack’s hotly anticipated Mezzanine XXI Tour of North America, but unfortunately “due to illness,” the fans will have to wait. More details will be provided on March 14 regarding the postponement.The tour was originally expected to close on April 2 in San Diego, but now all venues will be rescheduled in the fall. “All current tickets will be valid for the new dates,” Massive Attack said on Facebook. “The band are deeply sorry for any inconvenience and are looking forward to bringing the show to the USA and Canada soon.” Twitter Released in 1998, the album Mezzanine represented a return to the spotlight for Massive Attack. Their trip-hop blend of grooves was and is contagious, and in the ’90s the hip-hop and sound-collage potential of dance DJ-ing revealed a potential that has since become mainstream. However frustrating the delay, fans are sending best wishes for a return to health and are planning to catch Massive Attack’s trip-hop grooves this fall.Prince 2004–2007 Albums To Be Re-Released—And That’s Just The BeginningRead morelast_img read more

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SELECTMEN NEWS Finalists For Towns New Finance Director Position Revealed Public Interviews Scheduled

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen will interview the finalists in the town’s search for its Finance Director/Town Accountant on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7pm at Town Hall.The two finalists are Hayley S. Green, CPA — who currently serves as the Town Accountant/Assistant Finance Director for the Town of Andover — and Bryan Perry, CPA — who currently serves as the City Auditor for Lowell.Green will interview at 7pm. Perry will interview at 8:15pm. Each interview is scheduled to last an hour. These interviews will be open to the public.As described in a memo written by Town Accountant Mike Morris and provided to the Selectmen on Monday night, the town received 10 applicants for the job opening.The screening committee — which consisted of the soon-to-be-retiring Town Account Mike Morris, Town Manager Jeff Hull, Assistant Town Manager Kerry Colburn-Dion, and Selectman Jonathan Eaton — interviewed three applicants and decided to bring forth two finalists — Green and Perry — for the Selectmen to interview.Town Accountant Mike Morris, who has served the town for more than 30 years, has announced his intention to retire in early July.Selectmen took the opportunity to tweak the town’s financial management structure, turning the Town Accountant position into a Finance Director/Town Accountant position.The new position is responsible to the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen, serves as Town Accountant and Chief Financial Officer, and oversees the Town’s financial activities which include accounting, assessing, collections, treasury, financial systems and purchasing. The position advises the Town Manager on revenue projections, serves as the Town Manager’s technical advisor on departmental budgets and management, and has oversight of the preparation of the Town’s annual operating and capital budgets.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board To Interview 2 Finalists For Finance Director/Town Accountant On Wednesday NightIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: New Finance Director & Town Accountant AppointedIn “Government”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Finance Director Bryan PerryIn “5 Quick Questions”last_img read more

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Hong Kong protesters disrupt train services

first_imgAnti-extradition bill demonstrators block the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) train in Hong Kong, China on 30 July. Photo: ReutersHundreds of Hong Kong protesters blocked train services during the early morning rush hour on Tuesday, causing commuter chaos in the latest anti-government campaign to roil the former British colony.What started three months ago as rallies against an extradition bill that would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China for trial, has now morphed into a wider backlash against the city’s government and its political masters in Beijing.Protests have occurred almost daily, sometimes with little notice, disrupting business, piling pressure on Hong Kong’s beleaguered government and stretching the city’s police force, which some have accused of using excessive force.Activists blocked train doors, playing havoc with services and forcing hundreds of people to stream out of railway stations in search of alternative transport.”We don’t know how long we are going to stay here, we don’t have a leader, as you can see this is a mass movement now,” said Sharon, a 21-year-old masked protester who declined to give her full name. “It’s not our intention to inconvenience people, but we have to make the authorities understand why we protest. We will continue with this as long as need.”Others chanted, “Liberate Hong Kong,” and “Revolution of our Time”.Rail operator MTR Corp said some services had been disrupted and urged people to seek other forms of transport.Hong Kong, which returned to China in 1997, is embroiled in its worst political crisis for decades after two months of increasingly violent protests that have posed one of the gravest populist challenges to Communist Party rulers in Beijing.China on Monday reiterated its support for Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, and its police and urged Hong Kong people to oppose violence.The latest protest follows a demonstration at the Chinese-ruled city’s international airport on Friday and violent protests at the weekend when activists clashed with police who fired rubber bullets, tear gas and sponge grenades – a crowd-control weapon.Minor scuffles broke out between protesters and commuters as some grew frustrated over the train stoppage.”It’s so inconvenient and annoying, really. I am in hurry to work, to make a living. Will you give away your salary to me?” said a 64-year-old man surnamed Liu.last_img read more

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Police Make Arrest in Morgan Stabbing

first_imgPolice have arrested a suspect in the stabbing of two persons on the campus of Morgan State University.This undated photo provided by the Baltimore City Police Department shows Carlos Mars. Police have arrested Mars in connection with a stabbing at Morgan State University that left three football players injured. Police said Wednesday, March 18, 2015, that Mars has been charged with assault and weapons charges. (AP Photo/Baltimore City Police Department)On March 17, Baltimore Police responded to a report of a stabbing around 2 p.m., according to information provided by Det. Ruganzu Howard of the media relations section of the Baltimore Police Department.Police initially thought three persons had been stabbed, but upon providing medical treatment it was found that two men had been stabbed, while another received abrasions in the altercation in which the stabbing took place. One victim was stabbed in the chest, the other in the back and buttocks.A suspect was identified by Baltimore Police detectives working alongside Morgan State University Police in what Howard called a “mutual investigation”. The suspect was apprehended on the morning of March 18, and is currently being booked for the attack at the Baltimore City Jail.The Baltimore Police Department does not release the names of living victims, but Howard says that the victim stabbed in the back and buttocks has been treated for his injuries and released, while the other remains hospitalized but is expected to survive his injuries. ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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Brazilian club signs goalkeeper convicted of murdering his girlfriend and feeding her

first_imgBrazilian goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza didn’t deserve a second chance, but he got one anyway.The former goalkeeper for Flamengo of Brazil’s Serie A just signed to play with Brazilian BOA Esporte after serving 7 years of a 22-year prison sentence for killing his mistress and feeding her remains to his dogs.de Souza did not actually kill the woman, but ordered her torture and murder, which took place in his apartment.Not surprisingly, fans of his new team are outraged, and the team has already lost four sponsors. They probably won’t be the last. Advertisement Aside from the shock of a team signing a convicted murderer, how does someone only do 7 years for killing someone?Here’s de Souza making saves during his playing career before he started killing people:last_img read more

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