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Security Council to focus on Afghanistan genocide and conflict November president


Jorge Voto-Bernales, Ambassador of Peru, told journalists as he outlined the Council work programme for this month that the mission will leave New York next week and travel first to Pakistan. It will return to UN Headquarters on 17 November.“The work programme for the month has been adopted… the Security Council will be sending a special mission to Afghanistan to consider the situation on the ground. The participants are nine of the members of the Security Council,” he said. “The special mission to Afghanistan will be leaving New York on the 10th, it will go to Islamabad and on the 12 November it will arrive in Afghanistan.”“On 14 November we will hold consultations on a report… on the prevention of armed conflict and genocide… On 20 November, the report on children and armed conflict will be available [and] there will be an open debate on children and armed conflict on Tuesday, 28 November.”Mr. Voto-Bernales also said that the Council would hold its usual debate on the Secretary-General’s report on the situation in the Middle East, and there would also be a briefing on nuclear non-proliferation, as well as other issues.Today Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno briefed the 15-member body on the latest situation in the DRC and Mr. Voto-Bernales told reporters that Council Members had congratulated the Congolese for last month’s essentially peaceful presidential run-off. read more


Forest Service approves Aspen Skiing Cos Pandora expansion


ASPEN, Colo. — The U.S. Forest Service has authorized Aspen Skiing Co.’s proposal to develop an additional 0.3 square miles (0.8 square kilometres) of skiing on Aspen Mountain.The Aspen Times reports the authorization came in a draft decision notice issued Wednesday.The agency also approved the company’s desire to construct a new chairlift and add snowmaking as part of a goal to develop the Pandora terrain on the upper east side of the mountain.The company says the new terrain will meet customer demands for a more diverse experience.The White River National Forest performed an Environmental Analysis on the company’s plan. The release of the draft decision initiates a 45-day objections period. Individuals and groups that submitted comments during a May 2018 scoping period have standing to file an objection. No new parties can raise objections.___Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/The Associated Press read more


Here Are The Week 11 Games That Will Most Affect The College


The previous two games each contained a couple of teams with intact national championship aspirations, however strained. In this game, however, the three-loss Cardinal is basically eliminated from playoff contention — yet could still play spoiler to the 8-1 Huskies, who are right on the edge of playoff contention. Right now, Washington has a 31 percent chance of making the playoff, good for sixth-best in the country; those odds would jump to 48 percent with a win but fall to practically nonexistent (3 percent) with a loss. And Stanford is no pushover, record notwithstanding: It currently ranks 14th in ESPN’s Football Power Index, with a rating roughly equal to that of Miami. The Huskies are still favored to win by our model (we give them a 63 percent chance), but they’ll have to play their best football against Heisman contender Bryce Love and the Cardinal in order to keep their CFP hopes above sea level.One more notable aspect of this game is just how much effect it could have on other teams in the playoff race. No fewer than 10 teams figure to see their own CFP odds change by at least 1 percentage point based on the outcome of Washington and Stanford’s tilt, with most of those contenders rooting for a Husky loss. (Because Stanford would only have a 1 percent playoff probability even if it wins, this is the rare case of a realistically probable upset where the would-be victor poses little threat to other top teams.) Add in the extra twist of it taking place on Friday night, and this one could reshape the playoff race before Saturday’s games even get a chance to kick off.4. Georgia at Auburn (3:30 p.m. EST, Saturday)33.1 percentage points of total swing How Notre Dame-Miami changes the college football playoff picture Auburn8.4-7.7+9.4+8.5 This might not be the marquee game-of-the-week you were expecting (more on that one later), but it will undeniably change the complexion of the playoff race. Both teams are 5-1 within the Big 12, so the winner will have sole possession of first place with two games left in the regular season. Our model has the Sooners as the nation’s fourth most likely team to make the CFP, with a 42 percent playoff probability. That number would rise to 58 percent if the Sooners win, paving the way for a likely berth in the Big 12’s newly revived conference championship game, though it would drop to 15 percent if they lose. And TCU isn’t out of the CFP race, either; the Horned Frogs rank ninth with a 23 percent probability of making the playoff. If it wins, TCU’s own odds would rise to 46 percent — placing it firmly within the CFP conversation down the season’s final stretch — while a loss would all but eliminate the Frogs (knocking them down to 8 percent). Such a large potential swing in CFP probability — plus the small peripheral effect it will have on the odds for both Notre Dame (a TCU win would boost the Irish’s chances by clearing Oklahoma out of their way) and Ohio State (whose head-to-head loss to the Sooners looks worse with every OU loss) — make this the week’s most important game.2. Notre Dame at Miami (8 p.m. EST, Saturday)43.4 percentage points of total swing SWING IF… Alabama62.4-1.2+1.8+1.4 As of Nov. 8, 2017. Includes teams where the average swing is at least 0.5 percentage points. Oklahoma41.7-1.6+2.7+2.0 TEAMCFP PROB.UGA WINSAUB WINSAVERAGE Oklahoma41.7%+16.7-26.5+20.5 Washington31.5-0.4+0.6+0.5 TEAMCFP PROB.OU WINSTCU WINSAVERAGE Oklahoma41.7-1.2+1.9+1.5 Wisconsin35.2-0.6+0.9+0.7 Wisconsin35.2-1.4+2.5+1.8 Clemson57.2-0.5+0.8+0.6 Stanford0.5-0.5+0.9+0.7 As of Nov. 8, 2017. Includes teams where the average swing is at least 0.5 percentage points. Notre Dame29.6-1.0+1.5+1.2 TEAMCFP PROB.UW WINSSTAN WINSAVERAGE Georgia57.3%+12.6-15.4+13.9 As of Nov. 8, 2017. Includes teams where the average swing is at least 0.5 percentage points. Ohio State14.0-0.6+0.9+0.7 Notre Dame29.6%+17.3-27.0+21.1 How Georgia-Auburn changes the college football playoff picture Georgia57.3-1.5+2.5+1.8 SWING IF… How Oklahoma-TCU changes the college football playoff picture TEAMCFP PROB.ND WINSMIA WINSAVERAGE SWING IF… Ohio State14.0-2.6+4.5+3.3 Alabama62.4+0.9-1.1+1.0 TCU23.0-0.5+0.8+0.6 TCU23.0-1.5+2.6+1.9 Ohio State14.0+0.9-1.5+1.2 Coming in a close second behind OU-TCU is the matchup everyone has their eye on, Notre Dame on the road against Miami. The game will carry with it echoes of the “Catholics vs. Convicts” rivalry from decades ago, and with good reason — according to our Elo ratings (adding up the pregame ratings of both teams), this is easily the best matchup of these two classic college-football powers since 1989. The Hurricanes won back then, but our model gives the Irish a 61 percent chance of coming out on top this time around. If they do, Notre Dame’s odds of making the playoff would rise from 30 percent to 47 percent,3Although Notre Dame would still likely need to beat Navy and Stanford on the road, there’s also a pretty good case to be made that our model is understating Notre Dame’s chances, given how frequently they get the benefit of the doubt from college football’s institutions. But that’s a subject for another time. while a loss would drop the Irish’s playoff odds to 3 percent. For the undefeated ’Canes, a win would vault them from 25 percent to 45 percent, and a loss would send them down to 13 percent. The Irish in particular would really struggle to make the playoff as a two-loss team, because unlike two-loss fringe contenders like Ohio State or USC, the Irish will not have a conference championship against a quality opponent to pad the resume.3. Washington at Stanford (10:30 p.m. EST, Friday)42.0 percentage points of total swing USC6.9-0.9+1.6+1.2 As of Nov. 8, 2017. Includes teams where the average swing is at least 0.5 percentage points. Alabama62.4-0.6+1.0+0.7 Oklahoma41.7-0.8+1.0+0.9 Miami25.5-1.7+3.0+2.2 Although Georgia held steady at No. 1 in the CFP committee rankings for the second straight week, this week will provide the Dawgs with their toughest test since beating Notre Dame in early September. Auburn has plenty of talent — it’s the eighth-best team in the country according to FPI — and it will also be at home, a big reason why our model has UGA as only a narrow favorite to extend its undefeated record against the Tigers. Needless to say, the playoff implications of this game are enormous. The Bulldogs, at 57 percent to make the CFP, could bolster those odds up to 70 percent with a win or see them fall to 42 percent with a loss. The latter scenario wouldn’t be a complete catastrophe for Georgia, but it would make its playoff path a lot more daunting, with Alabama (or maybe Auburn!) potentially looming in the SEC title game. For Auburn’s part, the two-loss Tigers sit at 8 percent to make the playoff, and those chances would rise only to 18 percent if they knock off UGA. But that would improve their chances of forcing ’Bama into a must-win Iron Bowl to get into the SEC championship, one of the Tigers’ few viable paths to possibly making the playoff. The only thing keeping this matchup from ranking higher is its relatively limited effect on the rest of the country — aside from Notre Dame and Clemson rooting for a Georgia loss, there aren’t many implications here outside of the SEC.Honorable mentions: Alabama at Mississippi State (23.2 points of swing); Iowa at Wisconsin (22.7); Florida State at Clemson (21.9); Michigan State at Ohio State (13.4).Check out our latest college football predictions. Also, see what it will take for Notre Dame, Clemson, Washington, Penn State and Oklahoma to still make the playoff. Clemson57.2-0.9+1.5+1.1 Clemson57.2-2.1+2.6+2.3 Notre Dame29.6-1.6+2.7+2.0 TCU23.0-14.8+23.5+18.2 How Washington-Stanford changes the college football playoff picture SWING IF… Notre Dame29.6-3.6+4.4+4.0 Washington31.5%+16.6-28.7+21.0 Georgia57.3-0.5+0.8+0.6 Normally in this space, we examine all the things a certain contending team needs to have happen over the rest of the season in order to make the College Football Playoff. But at this stage of the calendar, every single week has a huge effect on the playoff picture. So to change things up a bit, this week we’ll be focusing on the most important games of the upcoming weekend, based on how much they project to swing the odds in our CFP prediction model.For each matchup, we’ll list the total swing it has across the entire college football landscape. We’ll also break out the ripple effects it might have on each school — from the obvious implications for those involved to the more hidden impact it might have on other teams’ chances. Here are the most crucial matchups of Week 11, with odds given as of Wednesday:1So, not including those earth-shattering midweek MAC games.1. TCU at Oklahoma (8 p.m. EST, Saturday)44.3 percentage points of total swing2This adds up the average swing for each game (weighted by the probability of each outcome — i.e., the winning percentage for each team). Auburn8.4-0.6+1.0+0.7 Miami25.5-12.8+19.9+15.6 read more


Back me and sack me How the British papers covered MPs taking


first_img Source: Daily Express/Twitter Guardian front page, Tuesday 26 March 2019: MPs vote to seize control of Brexit from May pic.twitter.com/w1sQZHer6J— The Guardian (@guardian) March 25, 2019 In his resignation letter, Harrington said the government’s approach was “playing roulette with the lives and livelihoods of the vast majority of people in this country”.The Brexit ministry said in a statement it was “disappointed” by the vote, adding that it “upends the balance between our democratic institutions and sets a dangerous, unpredictable precedent”.Almost three years after Britain voted to leave the European Union, last night’s vote sets up a potentially crucial clash between government and parliament on the best way to end the political crisis.MPs will now have the chance to vote on various options such as revoking Article 50 and cancelling Brexit, holding another referendum, a deal including a customs union and single market membership or leaving the EU without a deal.But even if MPs decide a majority course of action, it won’t be legally binding so the government could ignore it. “The government will continue to call for realism — any options considered must be deliverable in negotiations with the EU,” the Brexit ministry said.Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “sceptical” about the process and that similar efforts in the past “produced contradictory outcomes or no outcomes at all”.May yesterday admitted she had still not secured the votes needed to get her twice-rejected Brexit deal through parliament, raising again the prospect that Britain could crash out of the EU in just over two weeks’ time.Front pages ‘Back me and sack me’, ‘MPs seize control’, ‘Stuck in the Middle with EU’ and ‘They’ve stolen what’s left of Brexit’ are some of the phrases on the front pages of British newspapers today. By Órla Ryan ‘National embarrassment’ The European Council last week agreed to delay Brexit until 22 May if MPs back May’s deal this week.If the UK parliament doesn’t vote in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement, the new deadline would be 12 April and Britain will be expected to indicate a way forward before that date.The UK would then face the choice of participating in the European Parliament elections at the end of May or exiting the European Union without a deal.Britain was due to officially leave the EU this Friday, 29 March. May had wanted to delay Brexit until 30 June but last week welcomed the extension, insisting Brexit will still happen.Some Brexiteers have suggested the delay is part of a wider attempt to stop Britain from leaving the EU.The European Commission yesterday said it has completed preparations for a no-deal Brexit, noting “it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April”.Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government was a “national embarrassment”, adding: “We will still face the prospect of a disastrous no-deal Brexit.”Contains reporting from © AFP 2019   Source: Kate Lyons/Twitter Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 7:36 AM This evening I wrote to the PM to offer her my resignation pic.twitter.com/Z0QU5lbeJ1— Richard Harrington (@Richard4Watford) March 25, 2019 Share4 Tweet Email As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Sun front page Tuesday 26 March 2019. pic.twitter.com/sm4ImOJggp— Kate Lyons (@MsKateLyons) March 26, 2019 13 Comments ‘Back me and sack me’: How the British papers covered MPs ‘taking control’ of House MPs have voted to seize control of parliamentary business in an unprecedented move that the government called “dangerous”. Mar 26th 2019, 7:36 AM center_img The front page of tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph ‘MPs vote to take control’ #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/jTwVSZN7oj— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 25, 2019 Source: The Telegraph/Twitter Tuesday’s TIMES: “MPs seize control of Brexit” #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/m5sjERLC1C— Allie Hodgkins-Brown (@AllieHBNews) March 25, 2019 Source: The Guardian/Twitter Tuesday’s front page (second edition)STUCK IN THE MUDDLE WITH EU #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #skypapers pic.twitter.com/gMFVwMA71s— Metro Newspaper UK (@MetroUKNews) March 25, 2019 Source: Metro Newspaper UK/Twitter Just published: latest UK edition of the Financial Times, Tuesday 26 March https://t.co/buuKYXPCKL pic.twitter.com/3wDcvixTZY— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) March 25, 2019 Source: Allie Hodgkins-Brown/Twitter Tomorrow’s @Daily_Express frontpage #tomorrowsfrontpagetoday – Theresa May warned Remainers have ‘stolen’ Brexit back- Prince Charles enjoys time at Cuban barber- Heatwave set to hit Britain pic.twitter.com/qaH3duX2d0— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) March 25, 2019 THE HOUSE OF Commons has backed a proposal to hold a series of votes tomorrow which will indicate their Brexit preferences.MPs last night voted by 329 to 302 to seize control of parliamentary business tomorrow in an unprecedented move that the British government called “dangerous”.Three junior ministers quit the Conservative Party after voting against the government.Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt, Health Minister Steve Brine and Business Minister Richard Harrington all resigned.  17,278 Views Source: Richard Harrington/Twitter Source: Financial Times/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/4561031 last_img read more


2 million for Demis enterprise startup


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Digital enterprise WeTeachMe, founded by Greek Australian Demi Markogiannaki and her partners, is $2 million richer after splitting the winnings of the inaugural Big Pitch, a private funding competition for technology ideas. WeTeachMe, a platform that combines course-provider software with an online marketplace for short courses, walked away with a prize of $2 million, while ECAL, a calendar-based event marketing platform with high-profile sporting teams as clients, took $2.5 million.Five million dollars was up for grabs in the SiliconValley-styled pitching competition The Big Pitch, launched by Melbourne venture capital fund Oxygen Ventures, the investment vehicle of internet entrepreneur Larry Kestelman. Five finalists pitched live at an evening event on Tuesday at Federation Square in Melbourne in front of an audience and an expert panel that included Dodo founder Larry Kestelman, Network Ten executive general manager Russel Howcroft and BlueChilli founder Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin.WeTeachMe and ECAL were among five finalists from more than 350 formal entries.On Tuesday night, the fast-growing and unique start-up company that Ms Markogiannaki co-founded 18 months ago with partners Cheng Zhu, Kym Huynh and Martin Kemka was awarded for its hard and pioneering work, as a digital platform that helps people to find and book classes and events. The service takes the stress out of paperwork by automating booking and administration processes, making it easy for customers to find and book courses. WeTeachMe is currently on track to have listed over 50,000 courses by the end of 2014. For the young company the award comes as the first funding they ever received, originally making ends meet with founders’ personal savings. For Demi Markogiannaki, who started her career as a journalist at Neos Kosmos, the success takes on a different dimension taking into consideration that she arrived in Australia only five years ago, where she completed post graduate studies in Global Μedia Communications at the University of Melbourne. The name of the 30-year old Greek was recently included on the list of the Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs Under 40 in the magazine Shoestring Startups. For more information, visit www.weteachme.com/last_img read more


Farines animales Bruxelles autorise la réutilisation pour les poissons délevage


first_imgFarines animales : Bruxelles autorise la réutilisation pour les poissons d’élevageLa Commission européenne a annoncé jeudi qu’elle avait de nouveau autorisé les protéines animales transformées pour nourrir les poissons d’élevage. Après 16 ans d’interdiction, les farines animales vont de nouveau faire partie de l’alimentation des poissons d’élevage. La Commission européenne a en effet décidé de revenir sur sa décision et d’autoriser de nouveau ces farines à base de porc et de volaille pour les poissons. Elles pourront même être utilisées dès le 1er juin prochain, les experts des Etats membres ayant approuvé cette mesure en juillet dernier.À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine natureLa Commission justifie cette décision en indiquant que cette autorisation “améliorera la durabilité à long terme du secteur de l’aquaculture, car ces protéines animales transformées (PAT) pourraient être un substitut précieux aux farines de poisson, qui sont une ressource rare”. Par ailleurs, la Commission souligne que l’annonce “est conforme aux avis scientifiques les plus récents selon lesquels le risque de transmission d’ESB [ou “maladie de la vache folle”] entre animaux non-ruminants est négligeable pour autant qu’il n’y a pas de recyclage entre les espèces”, c’est-à-dire de cannibalisme. La Commission européenne envisage même de “proposer une autre mesure pour réintroduire l’utilisation des PAT de porc et de volailles pour les volailles et les porcs” chose qui est interdite à l’heure actuelle. Le cannibalisme étant proscrit, la Commission entend proposer de nourrir les volailles avec de la farine de porc et inversement. Toutefois, cette autorisation si elle acceptée, ne devrait pas prendre effet avant 2014, selon un porte-parole de l’exécutif communautaire.En plein scandale sur la viande de cheval, le ministre délégué à l’Agroalimentaire, Guillaume Garot a toutefois reconnu que cette annonce “tombe mal” avant de rappeler pour France Info que “la France s’était prononcée contre cette disposition européenne”. Celui-ci a ainsi souligné que la disposition de Bruxelles ne rendait “heureusement” pas obligatoire l’utilisation des farines animales et que ceci devait être mise “en oeuvre au plan français avec un véritable esprit de responsabilité de nos industriels”. Le 15 février 2013 à 13:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


AI Can Now Tell If Youre Lying


first_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Benjamin Franklin allegedly once said that there were only two certainties in life — death and taxes. In the modern era that might well be modified to include data/identity theft. It’s a huge problem and an apparent unavoidable evil these days, but a group of Italian researchers think they might have a solution and it involves AI.Online it’s tough to prove someone is who they say they are. In person, you can at least match someone to a photo ID, but online anyone could fill in boxes on an Amazon order. But what if an AI could read a user’s mouse movements and determine if they were being truthful? That was the question Giuseppe Sartori, a forensic neuroscientist and study author wanted to answer.To test this, he asked a number of volunteers to either memorize a fake identity or be truthful about themselves. Subjects were then asked a series of yes-or-no questions on as computer test. The questions were simple like “Were you born in [year]?” But, mixed in with those simple ones, were slightly more complex ones “Is [x] your zodiac sign?”The hope is to throw off would-be identity thieves just by catching them off guard. A fraud might memorize the basics — name, birthdate, address — but not connecting thoughts. If you were born in Oklahoma and you’re pretending to be someone in California, and someone asks you the capital of your home state, you’ll have to stop to think for a moment. That hesitation was evident in cursor movements.Experimenters found that when they fed their machine learning algorithms data on the subjects’ mouse paths, they were able to catch liars an incredible 95% of the time. It’s a lot like Google’s new “I am not a robot” button. Many bots tend to move in straight, clean lines, while humans are a lot more… imprecise. By reading basic cursor data, it’s not hard to sort out the humans from the software. Similarly, if the team can get it just a bit more accurate, this could be a valuable new tool in the fight against identity theft. And, for once, I think I won’t make the panicky case against allowing AI research to develop. I’ll just let this be a relatively happy story. That is until this tech gets adapted for use in robo police, who will no doubt use it to oppress the populace by enforcing laws too strictly. Then we’ll find ourselves in a dystopic police state rules by the mach– oh shit, I did it again. Dammit, I’m really sorry. Bots just freak me out. Stay on targetlast_img read more


Everything Channel Shutters VARBusiness


first_imgUnited Business Media’s Everything Channel announced Friday that it is folding VARBusiness into CRN magazine.According to Everything Channel CEO Robert Faletra, publishing two print products in a market that “can be served by one big brand like CRN” no longer “makes sense.” As part of the merger, and the company’s “ongoing realignment,” Everything Channel has eliminated 10 positions company-wide, a spokesperson told FOLIO:. (Everything Channel employs roughly 200 people.) No editorial positions were affected.VARBusiness’ State of the Market, State of Technology Reports, VARBusiness 600, Partner Program Guide and Annual Report Card will be folded into CRN. VARBusiness subscribers who wish to receive CRN will be placed on a waiting list, the company said. Everything Channel Events will continue to produce the VARBusiness 500 and the Annual Report Card awards ceremony. Serving the indirect technology sales channel, CRN was launched 30 years ago and carries a controlled circulation of 115,000. VARBusiness carried a controlled circulation of 110,000.last_img read more


VIDEO Students Create Short Documentary About Wilmington High School


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Recently graduated WHS seniors Kayla Blonigen, Tatiana De Oliveira and Eliza Stuart created a short documentary about Wilmington High School for their senior project. The film, which features a tour and interviews with administration, teachers and students, is meant to help incoming freshmen be better prepared and feel more comfortable at the school.Watch the 12-minute film, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——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… RelatedVIDEO: WCTV Releases “Wilmington Remembers”: A Documentary About Mid-20th Century WilmingtonIn “Videos”News & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”VIDEO: WHS Softball Team Honors Its SeniorsIn “Videos”last_img read more


As anger over crime boils over Alaska lawmakers weigh changes to law


first_imgPolice Chief Bryce Johnson discusses crime with Juneau residents at City Hall, Jan. 17, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Alaska lawmakers will face a challenge when they weigh what to do about the state’s criminal justice laws later this month: how to balance a body of research that supports changes they made last year, with the outrage about the current rise in crime.Listen nowAt a Sept. 25 town hall meeting in Anchorage called by Republican Rep. Charisse Millett, residents called for the death penalty; letting people die from overdoses; and turning an island into an Escape From New York-style prison. While the comments ranged far from the Legislature’s policy debate over crime, they show the level of passion in the city that lawmakers are hearing.The focus of the policy debate is legislation passed year, Senate Bill 91.  It’s a law that allowed some low-risk offenders to avoid jail time. It also changed sentencing, bail and probation with the goal of reducing the number of repeat offenders. In addition, it funds drug treatment.Most categories of serious crime have risen in Alaska over the past five years. University of Alaska Anchorage Associate Professor Brad Myrstol has looked at whether property crime is related to last year’s law. In a word, his answer is: no.Myrstol noted there hasn’t been much time to study the law’s effects.“I can’t say that (no) universally, in terms of both property and violent crimes, but I see no evidence in the trend data that I’ve looked at that would indicate the recent upticks in crime are attributable to the passage of SB91,” he said.There are other potential factors, like the opioid addiction epidemic, rising unemployment and a shrinking police forces.Millett described what she sees as one result of the law — police officers facing limits in making arrests.“We’ve taken a tool away from them, so instead of now arresting someone and doing a physical arrest and taking them down to the jail and booking them, they’re arresting them by ticket, or by citation and giving them a summons to appear in court,” she said.The law did downgrade drug possession from being a felony to a misdemeanor, so it no longer leads to arrests. But for 142 other types of class C felonies, the law left arrests to officers’ discretion.Myrstol said the approach to sentencing under the new law can be difficult for police officers and residents who see jail time as the primary way to hold criminals accountable.“We’re talking generations of police officers were trained – and their everyday practice is – putting people in handcuffs, taking them to the jail and booking them,” Myrstol said. “And now, for certain offenses, it’s not that. And that’s a dramatic change in practice.”Myrstol said the criminal justice system has multiple goals, including reducing recidivism by shifting away from jail time and toward probation and treatment. That conflicts with another goal: giving people a sense of retribution.“For the past generation, the imprisonment binge that we’ve been on hasn’t been particularly effective, and in many instances may even have been counterproductive to our objectives of fostering public safety and community well-being,” he said.Shawn Williams owns an Anchorage DJ business, Five Star Entertainment. He’s helped organize other business owners to ask lawmakers to repeal Senate Bill 91.“Between burglaries and theft being a daily occurrence, it got a little disheartening,” Williams said.He expressed doubt over the social science used to write the law.“Most people realize you can make data say what you want it to say,” he said.Others in Anchorage want to see parts of the new law replaced, but not all of it.City Assemblyman Eric Croft has worked as a municipal prosecutor. He said he supports the idea behind the criminal justice reform, but questioned its execution.“This bill … took the savings upfront and back-loaded or didn’t fund at all the treatment and probation,” he said.Susanne DiPietro worked with the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission as it made the recommendations that helped shape Senate Bill 91. Like Croft, DiPietro said it would have been better to increase drug treatment before the law. But she said the law creates a framework to fund treatment.“Before SB 91, there was no promise or plan or schedule for investment in treatment,” she said. “And post-SB 91, we have … a framework of a commitment for six years out of reinvestment.”She noted the law still isn’t fully implemented. Parts of Senate Bill 91 went into effect in July 2016, other parts went into effect in January and the rest won’t go into effect until this coming January.“We really need to stop and take a small pause and analyze the situation and come up with approaches that will work for the problems that we have, and we just don’t have the resources to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks,” she said.Gov. Bill Walker has asked the Legislature to pass a bill that would partially reverse some of the changes made last year, Senate Bill 54. A large change would be to Class C felonies. Before last year, these crimes would lead to jail terms of up to two years, plus up to 10 years of probation. Senate Bill 91 changed that to up to five years of probation and up to 18 months of jail time if probation was violated.The bill that Walker placed on the agenda for the Legislature’s special session would reintroduce jail sentences for C felonies, of up to one year. The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission recommended shorter jail terms of up to 90 days.House finance subcommittees will hear testimony Thursday afternoon regarding the crime bill.last_img read more


BSE closes points 2955 up on Feb 24


first_imgBSE closes points 29.55 up on Feb 245.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 29.55 up on Feb 245.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 29.55 points up to stand at 29,004.66. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 7.15 points up to stand at 8,761.25. RELIGARE and KSCL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.09% and 5.91% along with PMCFIN and ADANI ENTERPRISES LTD with an increase of 4.94% and 4.85% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include TVSMOTOR and PIPAVAVDOC with a decrease of 6.95% and 5.54% along with JINDAL STEEL and ALSTOM T&D INDIA LTD. with a decrease of 5.16% and 4.50% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 43.46 points at 19,653.53 while the banking sector is down 22.37 points at 21,639.66 and the reality sector is up at 9.77 points at 1,751.60. The Indian currency is up 0.03 % at Rs 62.30 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 29.55 points up to stand at 29,004.66. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 7.15 points up to stand at 8,761.25. RELIGARE and KSCL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.09% and 5.91% along with PMCFIN and ADANI ENTERPRISES LTD with an increase of 4.94% and 4.85% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include TVSMOTOR and PIPAVAVDOC with a decrease of 6.95% and 5.54% along with JINDAL STEEL and ALSTOM T&D INDIA LTD. with a decrease of 5.16% and 4.50% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 43.46 points at 19,653.53 while the banking sector is down 22.37 points at 21,639.66 and the reality sector is up at 9.77 points at 1,751.60. The Indian currency is up 0.03 % at Rs 62.30 per dollar.last_img read more


We dont have pressure only 15 billion people expect us to win


first_imgPandya mentioned that he cherishes his memories of the night India won the World Cup in 2011 after 28 years under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The men in blue had defeated Sri Lanka in the final on April 2, 2011 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, to lift the coveted trophy. India chased a target of 275 runs set by their opponents with brilliant knocks from Gautam Gambhir and MSD.”On July 14, I want the Cup in my hand. Even when I think of it (2011 win), it gives me goosebumps. Playing the World Cup 2019 has been a dream and my teammates are my brothers. My plan now is simple: win the World Cup, and I’m hoping that and I expect that from myself,” Pandya further added.The stylish all-rounder who is known for being aggressive on the field has been in good form with the bat in this year’s edition of the tournament. His overall strike-rate in the World Cup till now is 185.29, which is quite impressive. The Virat Kohli led side would like to continue their winning stride in the biggest cricketing event of the year. Hardik PandyaReutersIndia is performing quite well in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign and just ahead of their clash with New Zealand, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya stated, in a sarcastic vein, that there is no pressure on the Indian team as ‘only’ 1.5 billion Indians are expecting the men in blue to lift the coveted trophy.He jokingly gave the statement in an interview with the International Cricket Council (ICC). The 25 year old cricketer said, “No pressure because only, maybe, 1.5 billion people are expecting that, so no pressure at all.”He expressed his desire to lift the coveted trophy on July 14 at Lords. According to him, playing India is his ‘life’ and it ‘means everything’ to him. “Playing for India means everything to me, this is my life. I am someone who plays the game with love and passion and loves challenges. For two-three years, I have been preparing for this (World Cup) so the time has come,” the Mumbai Indians star told ICC.last_img read more


Road crashes kill 259 during Eid holidays


first_img15 people have been killed and 12 injured in a road crash on Natore-Pabna highway at Kadamchilan in Baraigram upazila in Natore on Saturday. Photo: Mukter HossainSome 259 people were killed and 960 others injured in 237 road accidents across the country in 13 days during the Eid-ul-Azha vacation, Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare platform, said on Friday, reports UNB.The road crashes took place on different national and regional highways from 16 August to 28 August, according to a report prepared by the platform. Placing the report during a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the city, Jatri Kalyan Samity secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said the number of road crashes saw an increase during this Eid vacation than that of the last year.He, however, said the death toll in the road accidents decreased this year due to strict monitoring by the authorities concerned, including police, Rapid Action Battalion and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), following the recent student demonstrations for road safety.At least 274 people were killed in 205 road accidents while travelling during Eid-ul-Azha last year and the figure was 248 in 193 road accidents during the Eid-ul-Azha journey in 2016, Mozammel said.Apart from road accidents, four people were killed, 68 injured and eight others remained missing in 14 waterway accidents while 15 people were killed and seven others injured in 19 train accidents across the country during the period, he said.“We’ve prepared the statistics based on reports published in national and regional newspapers and online news portals in the country,” the Jatri Kalyan Samity secretary general added.last_img read more


Indias 10 Laptop to be revealed Feb 3 Updated


first_img(PhysOrg.com) — On February 3, the Indian government will display a prototype of the Rs 500, a $10 laptop that will hopefully give more young people the opportunity to learn and help increase the country’s school enrollment. UPDATE (February 4, 2009):On Tuesday, February 3, India’s national Mission on Education Program clarified that the $10 laptop is actually not a laptop, but a storage device. The storage device contains megabytes of data that can be accessed by a user by connecting the device to a laptop. The 5-inch by 10-inch Rs 500 storage device is now priced at $30. Joint Secretary N. K. Sinha, who made the announcement, did not explain why the device was being called a laptop when it was not. via: Times of IndiaThe $10 laptop project is the product of a collaboration among institutions including the Vellore Institute of Technology, the Indian Institute of Science, and IIT-Madras. The project began about three years ago in response to the proposed $100 laptop (the “One Laptop Per Child” project), an idea from MIT’s Nicholas Negroponte, which was going to cost $200. Currently, the $10 laptop is projected to cost $20, but India’s secretary of higher education R. P. Agarwal hopes that price will come down with mass production.The $10 laptop will be equipped with 2 GB of memory, WiFi, fixed Ethernet, expandable memory, and consume just 2 watts of power. The unveiling of the laptop will occur at the government’s launch of the National Mission on Education through Information and Technology, held next Tuesday in Tirupati. The Indian government is working with publishers to provide e-content on educational subjects which will be available free of cost. The government is also considering a plan to subsidize internet connections for schools.Currently, the government is consulting with different production agencies, and hopes to make the computers commercially available in the next six months.via: Engadget© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further High-speed network for first responders raises concernscenter_img Citation: India’s $10 Laptop to be revealed Feb. 3 (Updated) (2009, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-india-laptop-revealed-feb.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Best of Last Week Big Bang singularity unlocking Earths inner core and


first_img © 2015 Phys.org A research team from the University of Illinois and colleagues in China found earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own, with crystals aligned in a different direction. Credit: Lachina Publishing Services In other news it was recently noted that some researchers are using the DOE’s Fermilab Dark Energy Camera to unveil small objects in our solar system—the 570-megapixel camera is being used by some to track space junk, asteroids and other objects. Also a team of geologists described how they are attempting to unlock the mysteries of the planet’s inner core by applying a novel application of earthquake reading technology and have found that our planet’s inner core itself has an inner core, too.In other news, the world’s first rotary 3-D printer-cum-scanner was unveiled at the AAAS meeting—called the Blacksmith Genesis, it allows novices to scan an item, edit it and then print it. Also another team of researchers found that coral snake venom revealed a unique route to lethality—turns out it is a toxin that activates a certain kind of nerve cell protein that prevents cells in victims from resetting and ultimately leads to seizures in prey. And yet another team found amber fossil links to the earliest grasses, dinosaurs and fungus used to produce LSD—in Myanmar. Another team has found that a common plant extract fights brain tumors—silibinin, used to treat victims of poisoning and some liver diseases has been shown to be effective in treating Cushing’s Disease, where a tumor grows in the pituitary gland.And finally, if you have been taking medications to get rid of an infection, it might interest you to know that a team of researchers has found that the unwanted impact of antibiotics is broader and more complex than previously known—they found that the drugs have a much bigger impact on the microorganisms that live in our gut, than has been thought, further complicating their use. Journal information: Physics Letters B This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—It was an intriguing week for physics as a pair of theorists suggested that their quantum equation predicts the universe has no beginning and thus there was no Big Bang. In their paper published in Physics Letters B, Saurya Das and Rajat Bhaduri, suggest their math shows that the universe has existed forever and that it may also account for both dark energy and dark matter. Also, some at this year’s American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting have been hinting at the possible discovery in 2015 of a new particle in physics—due, they suggest, to the LHC coming back online, twice as powerful as before. Meanwhile, another group suggested that on quantum scales, there are many second laws of thermodynamics—they think there are whole families of them at extremely small scales. Citation: Best of Last Week: Big Bang singularity, unlocking Earth’s inner core and another problem with antibiotics (2015, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-week-big-singularity-earth-core.html No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning Explore furtherlast_img read more


The other italian who loved India


Italy is renewing its historical ties with India by commemorating the legacy of one of its iconic Oriental scholars and Indophiles Luigi Pio Tessitori, who unearthed the Indus Valley site of Kalibangan in Rajasthan in the early 20th century.In a special ceremony, the Italian Cultural Centre in the Capital dedicated its multi-purpose hall to Tessitori, naming it after him. It was followed by a series of presentations on Tessitori by historian Nayanjot Lahiri and professor Furio Honsell, the mayor of Udine and the former vice-chancellor of University of Udine, who is lecturing in the Capital throughout the week. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tessitori, born in Udine in Italy in 1887, died of pneumonia in Bikaner in 1919 at the age of 32. He documented the Bardic traditions of Rajasthan as a photographer, researched extensively on The Ramayana, and wrote comparative treatises.While studying the ancient civilisations and history of India, Tessitori discovered that some ruins around Bikaner showed a pre-Mauryan character dating back to the Indus Valley. He sought the help of John Marshall of the Archaeological Survey of India and identified the ancient Harappan lineage known as Kalibangan. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTessitori is a local hero in Bikaner — with a landscaped grave and a bust in the city — was invited to Bikaner by former ruler, Ganga Singh. The Italian carried the ancient culture and traditions of India to his homeland at a time when awareness about the country’s rich heritage between 1900-1914.His works were subsequently published in both Italian and English. They were preserved in both Italy and India.Tessitori, who was a scholar of Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit and Marwari, also a collector of Indian antiquities and manuscripts. He explored nearly 100 historical sites in Rajasthan. The mayor of Udine, Furio Honsell, an authority on Tessitori and his work, said he was determined to ‘connect Bikaner and Udine as twin cities in memory of Tessitori’s work.’‘Several years ago, the government of Italy had initiated the process to declare Udine and Bikaner twin cities. The process never really came through but I am determined to revive it,’ said Furio Honsell.This Indo-Italian exchange will continue through October with an exhibition of Islamic paintings and artefacts, ‘Akbar: The Great Emperor of India’, that will open at Palazzo Sciarra, Fondazione Roma Museo  on 22 October.An exhibition of about 60 rare photographs of Indian freedom fighters by early Italian modernist and revolutionary Tina Modotti also opened at the Italian Cultural Centre . read more


Chair poetry evenings to take place in November


first_imgCome November, winter in Calcutta will get warm and cozy as the culture capital gets set to witness the first ever International poetry extravaganza. The festival presented by The Chair Literary Trust will host poets from across the world and some from our home too. The stellar lineup of poets who will be part of these evenings are, Vladimir Matinovski (Macedonia), John W Sexton (Ireland), Miriam Van hee (Belgium), Alfred Schaffer (Netherlands), Les Wicks (Australia), Barbara Pogacnik (Slovenia), Yekta (France), C P Surendran, K Satchidanandan, Nitoo Das, Rajesh Joshi, Arun Kamal, Manglesh Dabral, Subodh Sarkar and Binayak Bandopadhyay. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The festival aims at building consciousness through poetry. Art and Poetry are the expressions of human consciousness. We endeavor to bring together the civil society in an interaction with thoughts, ideas, and questions related to human existence,” festival director Tushar Dhawal Singh said. “As the planet becomes progressively anxious with sociopolitical, radical, cultural, ethnonational skirmishes, we consider the role of Poetry as a restorative and a potent mean of diffusing values and experiences – all the more pertinent”, festival co-director Sonnet Mondal added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe inaugural programme of the fest will take place on November 23 at Rotary Sadan Hall, followed by Calcutta Heritage Bungalow readings, Walk through the City and readings at Sasha’s studio on November 24. The finale, November 25, will be a floating event with poetry on the cruise over the river Ganges.The trust has also declared a ‘Poet in residence program’ to be hosted in Kolkata during the winter months. The residency will host two to three poets from across the globe where they would be offered a stay for a month in the city with a scholarship to cover up their costs in the city. The poets will also be offered an opportunity to present public readings in the city. During their stay, the poets will interact for a cultural exchange with culturally interested people, artists, organizations, and writers in West Bengal.last_img read more


No way Kawhi stays in Toronto


first_imgNo way Kawhi stays in TorontoAfter initial reports that Kawhi Leonard had no interest in playing for the Raptors, new reports leaked that he was warming to the idea. Colin thinks the reports are coming from the Leonard camp so he’s not labeled a malcontent, but doesn’t think Toronto fans should get their hopes up that he’ll pull a Paul George and stay long term.He believes that the Toronto front office didn’t make the deal with the intention of locking up Leonard long term, but rather to get from DeMar DeRozen’s contract and hopefully flip Leonard and get rid of more bad contracts as part of a total reboot. also, Leonard wants to increase his off court marketability and that’s not happening in The North. Also:– Colin’s 2018 NFC South Preseason PredictionsGuests:Tony Dungy – Colts and Bucs former head coach is in-studio talking T.O. hall of fame snub, and best Colts team he coached.Bill Oram – Lakers Beat Writer with The Athletic is in-studio on if Luke Walton and LeBron work; the fallout from Paul George re-signing with OKC; and   James Harrison – Steelers all-time sack leader is in-studio on the difference between the Patriots and Steelers; Brady and Big Ben; and his take on the Le’Veon Bell contract situation.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBa analyst is in-studio on Kawhi’s future in Toronto, and if the Lakers need to make a move.last_img read more


Victoria Beckham mercilessly parodies her Spice Girls past in Vogue video


first_imgYou may have thought the business woman and world-renowned fashion designer had put down her Posh Spice handle, but it still lives on.The funny fashion icon is starring in a parody video for Vogue.The conceit is that Vogue editor Edward Enninful wants to celebrate a decade of the Victoria Beckham brand.He expects it’s going to be like her label: refined, minimalist, modern woman.Posh turns up to Vogue shoot instead of Victoria BeckhamBut then in a hilarious turn, Posh turns up instead of Victoria.‘We’re celebrating the rich and inspiring of one of the most enduring style icons,’ Victoria says. ‘Me, Victoria Beckham’.She brings looks including the iconic Gucci dress, the Too Much video catsuit, and even the Return of the Spice Girls tour outfit.You can even see a dress she wore during Spice Up Your Life from the Spice World tour.‘This is really where two…become one,’ she adds.Not only does she reference many hits in the Spice Girls discography, but also mocks her own lack of singing skills. GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Victoria Beckham is back in the famous little black dress! Posh Spice is back in a hilarious Vogue video She says she often has a ‘problem’ with microphones, as she often finds they’re turned down ‘very, very low’.If you’ve ever thought Victoria was sour-faced, dull or boring, then this video will prove you wrong.Fans are loving the video[embedded content]It’s already proven a hit with fans.‘This is why I LOVE Victoria Beckham!,’ one said on YouTube.‘I wish more people recognized her sense of humor. She is a serious designer and a serious businesswoman who doesn’t take herself too seriously.’Another said: ‘This was brilliant and funny.‘I cannot believe she has kept many of her most iconic looks.’Another said that it brought them ‘soooo much joy’.‘I love that it wasn’t just the main songs she referenced, Holler is a favorite!’ they said.‘I’m only sad that we didn’t get a reference to Dane Bowers.’Meet the gay guy whose Spice Girls fandom got him through years of homophobic abuse eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/victoria-beckham-mercilessly-parodies-her-spice-girls-past-in-vogue-video/last_img read more


Abu Dhabi sets its sights on the Australian trade


first_imgSource = Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority Abu Dhabi sets its sights on the Australian tradeAbu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), in partnership with Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia is set to run the first of its annual trade familiarisation events this year, with plans for 50 Australian travel agents to visit Abu Dhabi this September and a further 50 early next year.The first group of agents, the highest achievers from an Australia-wide incentive programme by Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia will be invited to experience Abu Dhabi from 15-20 September 2015. The agents will journey through the emirate on one of three familiarisation itineraries before converging on Yas Island for a spectacular Arabian farewell.Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority Country Manager Michael Woods says travel agents remain vital to the Abu Dhabi tourism industry as it’s one of the most effective channels to engage with those considering a visit or extended stopover in the Arabian Peninsula.“Providing these agents with the opportunity to experience captivating culture, breath-taking luxury and the warmth of Arabian hospitality will allow them to more confidently sell Abu Dhabi to their clients.  By partnering with Etihad and Virgin Australia, we’re certain these agents will be provided the trip of a lifetime and be even more inspired to promote our Emirate,” said Woods.The familiarisation trip comes as TCA Abu Dhabi figures reveal a 20% growth in visitor arrivals for the first four months of this year, resulting in more than one million visitors staying in the emirate’s 161 hotels and hotel apartments. The increase in visitor arrivals has prompted the Authority to increase the 2015 guest arrivals target from 3.5 million to 3.9 million.“With arrivals on the rise and an increase in air capacity by Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia who now fly between Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth direct to Abu Dhabi daily there is no better time for TCA Abu Dhabi to increase its presence in Australia,” added WoodsTCA Abu Dhabi has also announced the appointment of Kris Taute to lead Trade & MICE promotions within its Australia office.Kris joins the organisation from Tourism New Zealand based in Sydney where he led a number of trade initiatives including the rollout of the 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme, extensive partnership marketing activities and some of the largest Mega Famil programmes seen in Australia. Kris has also held sales, marketing and operations roles at Destination NSW, Qantas and Air New Zealand.The arrival of the Aussie agents will be one of many major Australian travel trade initiatives to be staged by TCA Abu Dhabi this year, that includes its four city pan-Australia roadshow set to visit Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney in early August, continuing with ‘Discover Abu Dhabi’, the emirate’s brand new online training programme which is due to launch in Australia next month.For more information on the agent incentive and your chance to win a spot on the Abu Dhabi Agent Mega Famil visit the Etihad Agent Website. Visit Abu Dhabi Etihad Agents Websitelast_img read more