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Impunity for rights abuses could derail Nepals peace process warns UN official

22 March 2009The United Nations human rights chief warned today that Nepal’s peace process could be at risk unless justice is ensured for victims of past and ongoing abuses. During her five-day visit to Nepal, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay met several families whose loved ones were victims of serious rights violations, both during and after the decade-long civil war that claimed some 13,000 lives before it ended in 2006. “Human rights were violated in these cases in Nepal, and under international law the State has a responsibility to ensure that the families obtain truth and justice,” she told a news conference in the capital, Kathmandu.“The demands of victims’ families are not mere wishes they are supported by law,” she stressed. “And until these demands for justice are fulfilled and accountability for past, and in particular ongoing, violations is ensured, a truly new Nepal will not emerge, and indeed, the peace process could be jeopardised.” The civil conflict came to an end in 2006 with the signing of a peace accord between the Government and Maoists, with the parties also agreeing to set up of a commission on disappearances and a truth and reconciliation commission. In voicing her support for the establishment of a disappearance commission, Ms. Pillay emphasized that it must not be a “token body.” Rather, victims should be consulted in the process of setting it up and it should be given all the protection and powers by Parliament to make it meaningful.The High Commissioner also voiced her alarm at the detention and “arbitrary action” taken against many journalists in the South Asian nation. She urged the Government to take concrete steps to ensure the security of human rights defenders, including journalists, “who are the first line in defence of the human rights of all Nepalis.” In addition to victims of human rights violations and families of victims, Ms. Pillay also held discussions with Government officials, including the President and Prime Minister, as well as members of human rights bodies, civil society, the diplomatic corps and the UN system. She also travelled outside the capital to Janakpur in the central Terai region.The High Commissioner hailed the progress Nepal has made since the conflict ended, while encouraging it to grasp the “historic opportunity” to prove itself as a leader in implementing its human rights commitments. “Above all, the Nepalese people, who have suffered long years of deprivation and denial as a result of the conflict, are entitled to have their human rights respected and fulfilled,” she said.Ms. Pillay added that she is seeking a three-year extension of the mandate of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal). “I believe the work of my Office will support Nepal’s efforts to address the remaining challenges of the peace process and the human rights issues that were both a cause and a consequence of the conflict.”This is the High Commissioner’s first visit to Asia, and she is now in India for a two-day visit, during which she will meet with the Foreign Secretary and the Minister of Home Affairs, as well as with other senior Government officials and members of the judiciary. She will also give a keynote lecture, hosted by India’s National Human Rights Commission. read more

Côte dIvoire UN conducts massive school exam operation in divided north

In an operation that began on 27 February and is expected to last through 23 March, the 500 troops and 73 police maintain security at testing centres and transport papers for the exams, which are necessary for students to move ahead and which have not been conducted in the north for the three years of conflict, UNOCI said.UN-authorized French Licorne forces and representatives of UN agencies as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) dealing with children’s education are also involved in the operation that today assisted primary schoolers to take tests in mathematics, English and natural science while secondary students sat for mathematics and French.With the additional presence of the Ivorian Ministers of Education and Higher Education in the north since the start of the exam operation, UNOCI expressed hope for a more general reestablishment of education in the north.“The visit by the two Ministers could be seen as a significant step showing the government’s desire for the restart of education in the north,” the mission said. A press conference to be attended by the two Ministers and the secretary general of the rebel Forces Nouvelles (FN) is scheduled to take place in Bouaké tomorrow. read more

Despite overwhelming opposition millions of girls at risk of genital mutilation –

While the majority of people in countries where female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is concentrated oppose this harmful practice, there are still 30 million girls at risk of being cut in the next decade, according to a report launched today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The report, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change, surveyed 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, where FGM/C persists, and found that while support for the practice is in decline, girls remain in considerable danger.The report points to a gap between people’s personal views on FGM/C and the entrenched sense of social obligation that fuels its continuation, exacerbated by a lack of open communication on this sensitive issue.There are currently 125 million girls and women alive today who have been subjected to FGM/C, which refers to a number of practices which involve cutting away part or all of a girl’s external genitalia. The practice – recognized globally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women – has no health benefits, causes severe pain and has several immediate and long-term health consequences, according to UN agencies.“FGM/C is a violation of a girl’s rights to health, well-being and self-determination,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta. “What is clear from this report is that legislation alone is not enough. The challenge now is to let girls and women, boys and men speak out loudly and clearly and announce they want this harmful practice abandoned.”The report’s surveys found that not only are most girls and women against the practice, but that a significant number of men and boys also oppose FGM/C. In three countries – Chad, Guinea and Sierra Leone – more men than women want the practice to end.While FGM/C has been virtually abandoned by certain groups and countries, it remains entrenched in many others, even where there is legislation against it and efforts by governments and non-governmental organizations to convince communities to stop.FGM/C remains almost universal in Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti, and Egypt, with more than nine out of 10 women and girls aged 15-49 being cut. In countries such as Chad, Gambia, Mali, Senegal, Sudan, or Yemen, there has been no discernible decline.By contrast, the practice has declined in Kenya, Tanzania, Benin, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, and the Central African Republic.While noting that legislation against FGM/C is a welcome development, the report calls for measures to complement it, such as positive social dynamics that change the social norms to accelerate the decline of this practice.It recommends opening up FGM/C to greater public scrutiny, to challenge the misperception that “everyone else” approves of the practice. It also highlights the role education can play in bringing further social change, noting that higher levels of education among mothers correspond to a lower risk that their daughters will be cut and that while in school, girls may develop ties with others who oppose FGM/C.Some of the key steps outlined in the report include finding ways to make visible the hidden attitudes that favour the abandonment of FGM/C, increasing exposure of groups that still follow the practice to those that do not, and promoting the rejection of FGM/C alongside improved opportunities for girls.Since 2008, nearly 10,000 communities in 15 countries, representing about 8 million people, have renounced the practice. In December 2012, a UN General Assembly resolution called on Member States to intensify efforts toward the complete elimination of FGM/C. In addition, some 1,775 communities across Africa publicly declared their commitment to end the practice last year. read more

Mayoress wrongly claims £13000 in benefits after failing to disclose husbands National

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Doris Kraus with husband Peter, the former mayor of Pembroke Dock, outside Swansea Crown Court Credit:WALES NEWS SERVICE Doris Kraus links arms with husband Peter, the former mayor of Pembroke Dock, outside Swansea Crown Court  The court heard she failed to inform the Department for Work and Pensions when her husband began a new job with the National Trust, where he became a Visitor Services Assistant.Richard Ace, prosecuting, said: “She was told to notify the DWP of any change in her circumstances.”She failed to tell officials until 2014 that her husband was undertaking work which meant she was not entitled to the money.”Kraus, a grandmother, was mayoress from May 2012 to May 2013 – in the middle of the four years she wrongly claimed the benefits. She was also mayoress again for a year until June 2016.Swansea Crown Court heard she applied for pension credits in March 2010 after her husband’s business PK Executive Travel was wound up, saying the couple had no income.But a year later, independent councillor Mr Kraus began working again and taking home around £2,000 a month from the National Trust.Mr Ace said: “She was told there was a requirement to notify of any changes. That didn’t happen. She eventually notified the Department for Work and Pensions four years later, in April 2014.”She said she was sorry for what happened and she told them of the situation.” A mayoress wrongly claimed more than £13,000 in benefits after failing to tell the council that her husband was being paid £2,000 a month by the National Trust.Doris Kraus, 68, claimed her husband Peter was out of work while in his civic role as mayor of Pembroke Dock, West Wales.She avoided a jail sentence after paying back all of the £13,355 she was wrongly paid in pension credits over four years.Her husband was mayor of their home town, where his wife accompanied him to civic dinners, gala concerts, award presentation, public events and formal functions.But at the same time, Kraus was wrongly claiming benefits by saying her husband’s executive travel business had collapsed. An investigation was launched over the fraudulent claims and Kraus later pleaded guilty to failing to notify a change in circumstances.The court heard she has been given loans from her children after her benefits fraud was revealed.Mr Ace added: “She has now paid the full amount of money outstanding.”James Hartson, defending, said Kraus was of “impeccable character” and the money was taken because of “negligence and ignorance”.He said: “Her intention was not one of dishonesty. She’s mortified to find herself in the dock.”Mr Recorder Richard Booth QC said Mrs Kraus’s clean character and that she had repaid the money, meant she would be spared a prison sentence or fine.He said: “You are clearly remorseful. It’s neither necessary or appropriate to impose a sentence on you.”The judge gave Kraus, from Pembroke Dock, a conditional 12-month discharge. She left the court with her husband. Her intention was not one of dishonesty. She’s mortified to find herself in the dockJames Hartson, defendinglast_img read more

How to outsmart any multiplechoice test

first_img16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York IDEALLY, MULTIPLE-CHOICE exams would be random, without patterns of right or wrong answers. However, all tests are written by humans, and human nature makes it impossible for any test to be truly random.Because of this fundamental flaw, William Poundstone, author of “Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody,” claims to have found several common patterns in multiple-choice tests, including computer-randomized exams like the SATs.After examining 100 tests — 2,456 questions in total — from varied sources, including middle school, high school, college, and professional school exams; drivers’ tests; licensing exams for firefighters and radio operators; and even newspaper quizzes, Poundstone says he found statistical patterns across all sources.From this data, he determined valuable strategies for how to greatly up your chances of guessing correctly on any exam, whether you’re stumbling through a chemistry final or retaking your driver’s test.While Poundstone emphasises that actual knowledge of the subject matter is always the best test-taking strategy and that ”a guessing strategy is useful to the extent that it beats random guessing,” he suggests to always guess when you’re unsure. And guessing smartly will only improve your chances of being correct.Here are a few of Poundstone’s tactics for outsmarting any multiple-choice test:First, ignore conventional wisdom.You’ve probably been given test-taking advice along the lines of “always guess the middle answer if you don’t know,” or “avoid any answer that uses the words never, always, all, or none,” at some point in your life. However, according to Poundstone, this conventional wisdom doesn’t hold up against statistics. In fact, he found that the answers “none of the above” or “all of the above” were correct 52% of the time. Choosing one of these answers gives you a 90% improvement over random guessing.Look at the surrounding answers.Poundstone found correct answer choices hardly repeated consecutively, so looking at the answers of the questions you do know will help you figure out the ones you’re stuck on. For example, if you’re stuck on question No 2, but know that the answer to No 1 is A and the answer to No 3 is D, those choices can probably be eliminated for No 2. Of course, “knowledge trumps outguessing,” Poundstone reminds us. Cross out answers you know are wrong based on facts first.Choose the longest answer.Poundstone also noticed that the longest answer on multiple-choice tests was usually correct. “Test makers have to make sure that right answers are indisputably right,” he says. “Often this demands some qualifying language. They may not try so hard with wrong answers.” If one choice is noticeably longer than its counterparts, it’s likely the correct answer.Eliminate the outliers.Some exams, like the SATs, are randomized using computers, negating any patterns usually found in the order of the answers. However, no matter their order, answer choices that are incongruent with the rest are usually wrong, according to Poundstone. He gives the following sample answers from an SAT practice test, without including the question: The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act Because the meaning of “gradual” stands out from the other words in the right column, choice E can be eliminated. Poundstone then points out that “haphazard” and “improvised,” have almost identical meanings. Because these choices are so close in meaning, A and C can also be eliminated, allowing you to narrow down over half the answers without even reading the question. “It’s hard to see how one could be unambiguously correct and the other unambiguously wrong,” he says.For the record, the correct answer is D.- Emmie Martin.Read: Does focusing on exam results have a negative impact on education?>Read: The recession is popping up a lot on Leaving Cert papers this year> A. haphazard…radicalB. inherent…controversialC. improvised…startlingD. methodical…revolutionaryE. derivative…gradual SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there last_img read more

FaceTime driving some to consider plastic surgery

first_imgPlastic surgeon Robert K. Sigal M.D. has developed a new technique to help give men and women the optimal look they need to talk over Apple’s video calling application, FaceTime, with confidence. Sigal, a board-certified plastic surgeon, attested to what he calls the “FaceTime Facelift” phenomena. It has to do with the way the iPhone is held during the video calls, which sees the caller look down into the handset. By doing so, it highlights any, “heaviness, fullness and sagging of the face and neck.”Even more disturbing than the idea itself is how the procedure was originally hatched: from Sigal’s wife complaining of “fullness” in her neck when she video-chatted on her iPhone. He managed to find a way to prevent scarring in the chin, which would be totally visible during a FaceTime chat. So, he moved the point of incision underneath the earlobes, where no one will be pointing a camera phone. Out of personal curiosity (and never having used FaceTime), I photographed myself to see if there was any credence to these FaceTime first-world woes. As you can see below (left image), there is a slight double chin that takes shape because of the angle and posture one uses to hold the phone. But the need to rearrange your face around a technology still eludes me. Also, there is a “trick” you can use to avoid spending thousands of dollars trying to improve your self esteem. Simply raise the iPhone camera so it meets your face straight-on (check out the images below to see the before and after, no surgery required). There was one man who predicted that video calls would bring out the vanity in all of us. In 1996, American novelist David Foster Wallace–15 years before FaceTime was even a twinkle in Steve Job’s eye–predicted in his book “Infinite Jest” that videophone technology would never really take off. One of the primary reasons being that people are vain. Think about it: Getting an audio call over your phone requires no preparation. But getting a video call could be compared to a friend or potential guy or girl you like showing up at your doorstep unannounced.via Kottkelast_img read more

Worlds Biggest EV Can Haul 65 Tons

first_imgStay on target San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksWorld’s Largest All-Electric Ferry Launches in Denmark Popular EVs are great at hauling around humans and their cargo, but what about real hauling tasks? You still need a stinky old diesel-powered heavy machine to tackle those. Maybe not for much longer, however.This big, yellow beast is a Komatsu HD 605-7. It’s a trusted workhorse at quarries, cement plants, and pretty much anywhere moderately heavy loads need to be trucked over short distances. In the case of the HD 605-7, “moderately heavy” means 65 tons — its big brothers can lug around a couple hundred tons without breaking a sweat.Normally, the HD 605-7 relies on a diesel power plant. What’s special about this one is that it’s being converted to a pure EV.A 54-ton EV with a battery pack made up of 1,440 individual nickel manganese cobalt cells that weigh a jaw-dropping 9,000 pounds. For comparison’s sake, the battery in a Tesla Model S weighs in at just over 1300 pounds.The conversion process isn’t going to be cheap. Tearing out the existing drivetrain and replacing it with electrified components is going to be a seven-figure task, according to a press release from The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA).The batteries are being produced by Shenzhen Westart Technology, one of the biggest battery manufacturers in China… a logical choice given the scale of the upgrade. A Swiss company is developing the battery management system, and the EMPA will perform safety tests before the truck rolls into service.Once its transformation is complete, the big brute will be heading to Biel, Switzerland where it will be hauling materials to the Ciments Vigier plant there. It will make around 20 battery-taxing runs up and down the slopes every day.Electrifying big, diesel-sucking equipment like this massive dumper can make a huge difference in the battle to reduce emissions. In Europe, for example, “less than 5% of vehicles are commercial vehicles or heavy duty trucks, but they contribute to almost 20% of greenhouse gas emissions,” according to some researchers. Heavy equipment is spewing out more than its fair share, too.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Can a Spritz of DNA Solve Colorados Weed Problem

first_imgStay on target We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later Use and possession of cannabis is illegal under U.S. federal law. But policies regarding medicinal and recreational use vary greatly at the state level.Colorado famously legalized marijuana in 2014, authorizing licensed growers to cultivate and sell pot locally.The state’s $1.5 billion industry, however, has been threatened by criminal activity, like moving product over state lines or forging paperwork. And it’s becoming a problem for law enforcement.But a solution may arrive this summer.Last year, Applied DNA Sciences introduced its textile molecular tag technology, SigNature T, used to verify and track premium American cotton from gin to shirt.The same method could be applied to marijuana plants, identifying legal cannabis via a microscopic encrypted barcode.As described by Popular Mechanics, the system works by bonding to the plant without changing its DNA. These tags, engineered to hold up to 250 bits of information in the sequence of DNA nucleotides, can endure processing, and even shows up in refined products like oils and edibles.They use minimal moisture and dissolve in water to avoid affecting the plants.To analyze, simply feed a piece of the product into Applied DNA’s SigNify portable reader to confirm its farm, strain, and permit number.According to Popular Mechanics, the contents of each marker is secure—Applied DNA employees can access only portions—ensuring they can’t be copied.The New York-based company did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Illegal weed tracking technology has made headlines in Colorado since early this year, when a new bill proposed all cannabis plants in the state be marked with a chemical tracking agent to help police locally grown hemp and marijuana.The bill, however, requires the Colorado State University Pueblo to “develop marijuana tracking technology” that can be scanned by a device, which must be approved by the Department of Revenue’s marijuana state licensing authority.A second, similar piece of legislation introduced in April was shot down almost instantly by the Colorado General Assembly.“During the 2018 legislative session, two bills were introduced that would’ve allowed the development of an agent to be applied to a marijuana plant that could be scanned in order to determine if it was cultivated by a licensed business or not,” a spokesman from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office told Geek in an email. “Both … were postponed indefinitely by the General Assembly.”Editor’s Note: This story was updated on May 18 with comment from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Stop Shaming Meal Kits—Theyre Greener Than You Think

first_imgStay on target Landsat Images Show Greenland Glaciers Changing Over 46 YearsClimate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next Month Meal kit services (you know, the things you hear about during podcast ad breaks) are a godsend for busy professionals and reluctant chefs.For a monthly fee, companies like HelloFresh and Blue Apron will deliver a box of pre-portioned ingredients and corresponding recipe to your door.But the hugely popular amenity—a favorite among lifestyle influencers—often gets a bad environmental rap due to perceived packaging waste.A new study from the University of Michigan, however, suggests the box of individually packaged components has a “much lower” overall carbon footprint than the same meals purchased at a grocery store.Considering every step of the process—from farm to landfill—researchers concluded that average greenhouse gas emissions were one-third lower for meal kit dinners than store-bought suppers.The culprit: food loss.It turns out that by rationing ingredients and streamlining the supply chain, Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Plated actually help reduce waste.“Meal kits are designed for minimal food waste,” according to senior study author Shelie Miller, associate professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability and director of the U-M Program in the Environment.“So while the packaging is typically worse for meal kits, [that doesn’t matter] most,” she said in a statement. “It’s food waste and transportation logistics that cause the most important differences in the environmental impacts of these two delivery mechanisms.”(via Katie Smith/Unsplash)In the seven years since these ingredient-and-recipe programs entered the U.S. market, their environmental impacts have gone severely understudied, the U-M research team said.Five two-person meals—salmon, cheeseburger, chicken, pasta, and salad—were sourced and prepared from Blue Apron’s meal kit service and a grocery store.Greenhouse gas emissions were then estimated for every major step in the lifetime of food ingredients and packaging, from agricultural production, distribution, and supply chain losses to consumption and waste generation.Final numbers averaged out to 6.1 kg CO2e/meal (carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per meal) for a delivered box and 8.1 kg CO2e/meal for a grocery store equivalent—a 33 percent difference.“Even though it may seem like that pile of cardboard generated from a Blue Apron or HelloFresh subscription is incredibly bad for the environment, that extra chicken breast bought from the grocery store that gets freezer-burned and finally gets thrown out is much worse,” Miller said, “because of all the energy and materials that had to go into producing that chicken breast in the first place.”Plus, by skipping brick-and-mortar retailing, direct-to-consumer meal kits avoid the food losses that often occur in grocery stores, resulting in huge emissions savings.And since each meal kit is just one of many packages transported on a truck route, they account for only a small fraction of total vehicle emissions. Grocery stores, on the other hand, typically require a personal vehicle trip to the store and back. (Unless, like me, you have foodstuffs hauled up three flights of stairs by an wheezing delivery person.)“The way consumers purchase and receive food is undergoing substantial transportation, and meal kits are likely to be part of it in some way,” first author Brent Heard, a U-M doctoral student, said.The full study was published this week in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling. Read a Q&A with authors Miller and Heard online.More on Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services for 2019 (via ‘Trashtag Challenge’ Makes Garbage Clean Up TrendyCountertop Contraption Turns Your Kitchen Scraps Into Edible Proteinlast_img read more

Threat to Scripps Ranch High School prompts lockdown

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSCRIPPS RANCH (KUSI)- A scary morning for students and staff after a serious threat was made against Scripps Ranch High School. The threat prompted an hour-long lockdown on campus.Staff quickly secured students in classrooms and police started searching for any possible hazards on the campus.Around 12:30, San Diego Unified said the lockdown was lifted and classes would resume as scheduled.Extra police patrols were also called to campus in November and February after threats were made to the school. Threat to Scripps Ranch High School prompts lockdown KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom December 6, 2018 Posted: December 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sgt Gardner to run for Clark County sheriff Clark County Sheriff’s sergeant announced Monday that he’s running for sheriff in the 2014 election, making him the fourth candidate to enter the race.Shane Gardner, 44, said he thought about running for sheriff for a long time and was approached by people who thought he would make a worthy candidate. Gardner is running on a nonpartisan platform because he felt that identifying himself with either political party was polarizing.“The sheriff’s office isn’t a partisan place,” he said.Gardner has been with the sheriff’s office since 1998. He was a patrol deputy for a few years before he became a detective with the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force, now called the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force.Gardner now works as a community outreach sergeant. In that unit, Gardner said he builds community relationships and gets to see what happens when people who make mistakes are connected with resources and assimilated back into the community. He sees it as the positive side of law enforcement and the “why” behind police work.Community outreach leads programs such as the Neighbors on Watch, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, and Clark County Explorers. Part of Gardner’s responsibilities is to provide crime prevention training and supervise the county’s school resource officers.last_img read more

Wired Gets Free Product Placement on Lost

first_imgAs magazine industry followers—and Lost nerds—probably know, J.J. Abrams, the creator and executive producer of the ABC hit drama, served as the guest editor of Wired’s May “Mystery” issue, and promptly filled the magazine with clues that added up to a meta-puzzle subscribers were free to solve.On the April 29 episode of Lost, it appears Abrams gave Wired a cryptic nod. The August 2003 issue of Wired makes a one-second sec cameo. The magazine sits on a chair, and the camera locks onto it briefly before moving away. No mention of the magazine is made by the characters, but the issue’s main coverline is “The Impossible Gets Real!”; supporting coverlines are “The Super Power Issue: X-Ray Vision! Invisibility! Time Travel!” For the uninitiated, the main storyline in Lost pertains to time travel.Click here to watch the episode (season five, number 15) on Hulu. No spoilers here.last_img read more

HD Kumaraswamy denies rumours of getting admitted to hospital

first_imgBengaluru: Putting a full stop to the rumours, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday denied that he was getting into a hospital to avoid the floor test in the state Assembly on Monday. “The news of Kumaraswamy being unwell and getting admitted in a city hospital is fake and based on rumours, which is being spread by those trying to topple the coalition government,” said the Chief Minister’s office in a statement in Kannada here. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The rumours were spread in social media and found mention in a joint petition by two Independents, R Shankar and H Nagesh, filed in the Supreme Court for a direction to the Chief Minister to hold the floor test on Monday by 5 pm to prove his majority. Accusing the BJP of forcibly taking away 15 rebel legislators of the ruling allies forcefully and subverting the law to bring down his 14-month-old government in the southern state, Kumaraswamy said the opposition party (BJP) made a mockery of democracy by indulging in poaching of lawmakers and horse-trading with them. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “Video footage in news channels over a week has shown the BJP’s state leaders and cadres accompanying our MLAs to Mumbai in special aircraft,” recalled a miffed Kumaraswamy in a statement here. Clarifying that he was not clinging to power, the Chief Minister said his only intention for seeking more time to debate on the confidence motion he moved on July 18 to prove majority in the House was to let the country know how the BJP, which talks high of morality was trying to subvert the very principles of democracy and the Constitution. “With the sole ambition of capturing power through immoral and illegal ways, the BJP has been demanding my resignation and making the state governor (Vajubhai Vala) set deadlines to prove majority,” asserted Kumaraswamy. Advertise With Us Appealing to the rebels, including 12 from Congress and 3 JD-S, to attend the Assembly and explain how the BJP sabotaged the democratic edifice and destroyed its sanctity, Kumaraswamy said he was ready to discuss all issues due to which they resigned from their assembly seats. “Let us discuss all issues including your problems, if any, and arrive at a solution to save our democratically elected government from the evil forces which are trying to shake the foundation of democracy by misusing their political influence,” he added.last_img read more

Filing false case against free thinkers a AL characteristic Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the government is using the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) completely for achieving its political purpose.“The daily Amar Desh newspaper has been shut down and its editor was taken to jail and tortured there. Now a false case has been filed against his wife Firoza Mahmud,” Mirza Fakhrul told a human-chain programme in the capital.The daily Amar Desh family organised the human-chain programme in front of the National Press Club in protest against the ACC’s ‘false’ case against Firoza Mahmud.“Filing false cases against free thinkers is the characteristic of the ruling Awami League. False case against Firoza Mahmud is a testimony to that. Not only so, cases are also being filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman’s mother-in-law.“Cases are being filed against all whereas some 7,500 cases filed against the AL men were withdrawn after the party came to power,” said the BNP leader.Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor of now closed daily Amar Desh, alleged that the Bangladesh Awami League government wants to destroy Zia’s family and his family.“But, as long as I remain alive, I will continue my struggle in favour of the country’s independence and to establish Islamic values in the society. I will not be stopped by false cases or attacks on me,” said Mahmudur Rahman.He alleged that corruption has been all-pervasive in the country now. “The cost of Padma bridge has been increased further. Money is being taken out of people’s pockets. All know where this money goes.”last_img read more

Polling caller guesses found to be useful in predicting which respondents will

first_img 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. (—A trio of researchers has, by conducting two studies, found evidence that suggests untrained polling callers are able to “guess” with almost 60 percent accuracy, which people they call will actually follow through on claims they have made regarding whether they will vote in an upcoming election. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Todd Rogers, with Harvard University and Leanne Brinke and Dana Carney with the University of California, describe their two studies and their assessment of possible signals given by respondents that potentially serve as cues to polling callers that give away their true intent. Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Unacquainted callers can predict which citizens will vote over and above citizens’ stated self-predictions Todd Rogers, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1525688113 , are regularly asked to report on their likelihoods of carrying out consequential future behaviors, including complying with medical advice, completing educational assignments, and voting in upcoming elections. Despite these stated self-predictions being notoriously unreliable, they are used to inform many strategic decisions. We report two studies examining stated self-prediction about whether citizens will vote. We find that most self-predicted voters do not actually vote despite saying they will, and that campaign callers can discern which self-predicted voters will not actually vote. In study 1 (n = 4,463), self-predicted voters rated by callers as “100% likely to vote” were 2 times more likely to actually vote than those rated unlikely to vote. Study 2 (n = 3,064) replicated this finding and further demonstrated that callers’ prediction accuracy was mediated by citizens’ nonverbal signals of uncertainty and deception. Strangers can use nonverbal signals to improve predictions of follow through on self-reported intentions—an insight of potential value for politics, medicine, and education. Some researchers in the polling business have begun to question the accuracy of current polling methods—as new tools for testing accuracy and new technology changes the social landscape, some believe that the results of polls are not very reliable and that news organizations might be reporting inaccuracies that don’t become evident until important events have passed. One such important case surrounds elections. More and more groups are seeking to discover which people will vote so that they can be targeted with ads. Oddly, despite the move to cell phones, most polls are still conducted by speaking to people on land lines, which obviously leaves very large gaps in polling. But, there is also the problem of people responding inaccurately, whether intentionally or not, when asked via an unsolicited phone call, whether they will be voting in an upcoming election. In this new effort, the researchers took a unique approach to increasing the reliability of such polls, by surveying the callers and simply asking them whether they thought a particular respondent would in fact vote regardless of which answer they had given.The researchers conducted two studies, the first involved querying callers working on a 2009 campaign in New Jersey—they simply asked each to guess which voter that said yes they would vote, would actually do so. They then compared the responses to voter records, and in so doing, found the callers were right approximately 58.5 percent of the time. Meanwhile, they also found that only 47 percent of respondents who said they were going to vote, actually did so.In the second experiment, the researchers listened to recorded calls made by pollsters speaking with respondents prior to an election in Texas in 2010—they found that cues given by respondents, such as pauses and changes in voice, were picked up by pollsters as signs that they likely would not vote despite saying they would. Interestingly, they also found that other traditional cues, such as a person sounding nervous or tense, were not a factor.center_img © 2016 Citation: Polling caller guesses found to be useful in predicting which respondents will follow through on claims (2016, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Unrepresentative samples main cause of polling miss, finds Inquiry Credit: Karen Arnold/public domainlast_img read more

MHA advisory deeprooted conspiracy by BJP to grab power in oppnruled states

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress Monday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah alleging that the MHA advisory to the West Bengal government is a “deep-rooted conspiracy” by the BJP and an “evil ploy to grab power” in opposition-ruled states. The BJP, however, termed the allegations baseless and claimed that the law-and-order situation in the state has completely broken down. TMC secretary general and West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, in a letter, claimed that the Ministry of Home Affairs has drawn conclusions without verifying the ground reality or taking a report from the state government. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “We, on behalf of the Trinamool Congress, lodge our strong objection to the advisory issued by the MHA and urge that the same be withdrawn forthwith,” he said. In the advisory sent to the West Bengal government on Sunday, a day after BJP and TMC workers clashed in Sandeshkhali area of North Parganas district, the MHA had expressed “deep concern” over the continuing post-poll violence in the state, and asked it to maintain law and order. Criticising the advisory, Chatterjee said, “We have reason to believe that it is an evil ploy to grab power in states run by parties politically opposed to the BJP.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “Moreover, this is a deep-rooted conspiracy and game plan to malign the state government and capture the Bengal administration through undemocratic, unethical and unconstitutional means.” Blaming “BJP goons” for violence and chaos across the state, the TMC leader alleged that as the MHA and the saffron party are being headed by the same person, it is “quite obvious” that “whatever the BJP desires, the MHA is implementing it with closed eyes, throwing all constitutional propriety to the wind”. “In a democracy, the Centre and states work in tandem. Instead of taking the state government into confidence and verifying the ground situation, the unilateral issuance of an advisory by the MHA is an insult to the people of Bengal and an assault on the glory, culture, and heritage of the state,” Chatterjee said. Reacting to the TMC allegation, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the MHA was absolutely right in sending the advisory. “The law-and-order situation has completely broken down… The MHA has done the right thing. If the TMC is saying that the Union home minister and the BJP president are the same person, then the same rule applies in Bengal as well. “The chief minister, home minister and party supremo are the same person (in Bengal). So, does that mean all the decisions taken by the state government are politically motivated?” Ghosh said. Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy also accused the state government of not cooperating with the Centre and violating the federal structure. On Sunday night, the West Bengal government sent a letter to the MHA, saying that the situation in the state was “under control”, and there was no failure on the part of its law enforcement agencies. The BJP has claimed that five of its workers were killed in the violence in Sandeshkhali, while the ruling TMC said that one was killed.last_img read more

Gritters out in force in anticipation of White Christmas as snow predicted

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe ‘white Christmas’ we’ve been dreaming of could be coming early as weather forecasters predict snow for the region tomorrow morning. Earlier today the Met Office issued a Yellow weather warning for ice between 5pm tonight at 10am tomorrow. We haven’t seen any snowfall here in Stoke-on-Trent yet, but that hasn’t stopped people getting excited – and council gritters coming out in force – ready for the anticipated snowfall tomorrow. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent kebab shops given a food hygiene rating in the last six months The latest forecast for North Staffordshire tonight, courtesy of the Met Office, said: “Some wintry showers will move in from the northwest. Under the clear skies a widespread frost will develop, with icy patches forming where any showers have fallen.” Forecasters predict temperatures will reach a minimum of -3 °C, so you’ll want to cuddle that hot water bottle extra tight tonight. Speaking about the weather on Saturday, a Met Office statement said: “It will be cold, bright and breezy with some showers, mainly in the north and east. These will fall as sleet or snow on high ground, but mainly as rain at lower levels. The maximum temperature will be 7 °C.” The first snowfall in our region is likely to hit Flash, which is the highest village in the Peak District. Earlier this week there was also a Yellow weather warning for wind. So whatever happens, it’s going to clearly be pretty chilly. Drivers have also been warned to take extra care. Read MoreTraffic chaos across city as A500 Northbound reopens after almost 12 hours Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “We’re now experiencing a cold snap with the potential of some sleet or snow over the weekend so would urge people to take extra care on the roads. “While conditions shouldn’t be too treacherous, people need to be aware that they may be more difficult at times and particularly in the north of the county. “Our gritting teams will be heading out later this evening across the Staffordshire road network. We’d just like to remind people that even on gritted roads they should drive more slowly.” Read More29-year-old arrested after armed police called to city street Stoke-on-Trent City Council also confirmed its gritters would be out from 6pm this evening. A spokesman added: “Temperatures are dipping below zero in the early hours of tomorrow morning with ice potentially forming.”last_img read more

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