Kolkata: Former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh was interrogated by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Monday. She was earlier questioned by the sleuths on Friday as well.Following Friday’s questioning, CID officials again went to Ghosh’s residence, that she had rented for the purpose of the ensuing elections, at Daspur in West Midnapore on Monday morning. After Ghosh’s name was announced by the BJP as their candidate from Ghatal, the state government had appealed to the Supreme Court to ban her from entering Bengal. Subsequently, the Apex Court passed an order last week, stating that Ghosh cannot be arrested but she can be interrogated in connection with the case in which she is an accused. The top court also directed Ghosh to intimate the state about her contact number and whereabouts. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs per the direction, CID served a notice at Ghosh’s Naktala residence but as she was not there, her husband MAV Raju, refused to accept it. Later, sleuths were informed on Thursday by Ghosh that she could not go to Bhavani Bhawan for questioning as she was busy with election work. Following the communication made by Ghosh, CID went to her rented house in Daspur on Friday. She was reportedly grilled for several hours in connection with an extortion case lodged by a businessman at Daspur police station. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayCID sleuths went to Ghosh’s home in Daspur again on Monday. She was again interrogated in connection with the same case. Earlier, during March this year, Ghosh was granted protection from arrest by the Supreme Court. Following the stay on her arrest, Ghosh appeared before the Midnapore District Court, responding to a summon. CID raids were started following a case of extortion and criminal conspiracy which was initiated in Daspur during February last year after gold trader Chandan Majhi lodged a complaint.
Rabat – Morocco has attracted the single greatest share of private equity activity in North Africa in 2007-2014, according to the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA).Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia attracted almost 90% of all Private Equity deals in the region by volume and value, totaling US$5.3bn between 2007 and 2014.North Africa’s share of African PE activity accounted for 15% of African deal volume and value over the same period. According to AVCA, Private Equity in North Africa has been relatively resilient despite recent political and economic events that have occurred in the region.During the same period, there were 983 Private Equity transactions in Africa, at a total value of US$34.5 billion.The highest value of deals was recorded in 2007, with US$8.3 million worth of transactions. The second highest year registered in 2014, with PE deals totaling US$8.1 million.The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) is the pan-African industry body which promotes and enables private investment in Africa.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
“Since time immemorial, agriculture has been the cornerstone of development in every region, not just in Africa,” Asha-Rose Migiro told participants at the African Union Assembly in Sirte, Libya.Addressing this year’s theme, “Investing in Agriculture for Economic Growth and Food Security,” Ms. Migiro said the benefits of such investment were clear. Agricultural investment creates jobs, can make economic growth more durable, can increase food and nutritional security, and can also have a “profound” impact on social equality, particularly by improving the situation of women, who account for the bulk of smallholder farmers in Africa, she stated.“By some estimates, a dollar invested in agriculture in Africa has a two or three times greater impact on poverty than the same amount invested in other sectors,” said Ms. Migiro. “And yet, until recently, agriculture has often been neglected in national development strategies.”This “neglect” has resulted in high food prices, many higher than the poorest can afford, she said, noting that 265 million people in sub-Saharan Africa currently go hungry – an increase of almost 12 per cent over last year. Ms. Migiro called for giving agriculture the attention it deserves, including by ensuring that all African countries have a national agricultural development strategy, and that they fulfil their pledges to raise agricultural spending to 10 per cent of their national budgets. Donors, working with Africa’s farmers, will also need to step up their support, she added. The Secretary-General’s Africa Steering Group estimated that that an increase in annual agricultural aid – from its current levels of $1-2 billion per year to $8 billion – would allow Africa to meet the goal of halving extreme poverty, one of eight globally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“This is a great deal of money, but some perspective is in order. Against the trillions in liquidity marshalled to combat the financial crisis, increased aid to African agriculture is eminently feasible,” said the deputy UN chief.While stressing the need to boost Africa’s agricultural sector and ensure food security, she also highlighted the “daunting” challenges to peace and political stability faced by some nations on the continent.“We must act resolutely together to end the scourge of violence and conflict that still bedevils our beloved continent,” she stated, touching on the situations in Somalia, Sudan and Madagascar, among others. 1 July 2009The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General today highlighted the benefits of investing in agriculture, which she stressed is the key to a brighter future for Africa and its people.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on international civil society, in its all its varied forms, to help achieve goals in peacemaking, development, human rights and renewal of the United Nations agreed to by world leaders at the 2005 Summit in New York. “Our success in advancing this agenda of renewal will depend not only on Government representatives and international officials,” Mr. Annan said in a message for the UN Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, one of many such national non-governmental organizations that support the aims of the UN.“It will rest on voters, consumers, civil society groups and concerned men and women of all ages, in rich and poor countries alike, thinking and acting as global citizens — understanding the need for all peoples to seize common opportunities and defend against shared threats,” he said. Mr. Annan sent off his remarks before leaving for St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, where he will serve as the inaugural speaker for the newly created Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College, where the Secretary-General earned his bachelor’s degree.
FILE – In this Aug. 23, 2016 file photo, South Korean firefighters wearing protective gears move during an anti-terror drill as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, a annual joint military drill by South Korea and the United States, at Yoido Subway Station in Seoul amid North Korea’s threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercise that it calls an invasion rehearsal. China has released a new list of items banned for export to North Korea, following a new round of United Nations sanctions and complaints from President Donald Trump that Beijing was not doing enough to pressure its communist neighbor. A statement from the Commerce Ministry late Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, said the items included dual-use technologies that could aid the North’s programs to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons as well as the missiles to deliver them. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) BEIJING, China – China has released a new list of items banned for export to North Korea, ranging from wind tunnels to plutonium, following a new round of United Nations sanctions and complaints from U.S. President Donald Trump that Beijing was not doing enough to pressure its communist neighbour.The step was seen by one leading expert on North Korea as an attempt to show that China is fully meeting its commitments, and to pre-empt any moves by the U.S. to punish Chinese companies that deal with the North. However, the expert questioned whether the ban would have much effect in slowing a North Korean nuclear weapons program that is already well advanced and gathering momentum.A statement from the Chinese Commerce Ministry late Wednesday said the items included dual-use technologies that could aid the North’s programs to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons as well as the missiles to deliver them.While largely comprising specialty chemicals and rare alloys, the list also includes computer software, machinery, high-speed cameras, aerospace engines and six-axle truck chassis. Grinding machines, moulds and radio transmitting equipment also joined plutonium and wind tunnels among the banned items.The ban on “dual-use measures related to weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery” takes effect immediately, the announcement said.There was no evidence that the extensive list of items was prompted by anything other than the U.N. Security Council resolution passed in November in response to the North’s missile test in September.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Thursday said sanctions should be “implemented in an all-round and balanced way” and China was merely meeting its obligations.However, the official Communist Party newspaper Global Times suggested the timing had to do with the upcoming weeklong Lunar New Year holiday, a period during which North Korea last year staged a missile test and in 2013 held its third underground nuclear test.The announcement “is also a warning for the North Korean side not to conduct another round of nuclear testing during China’s Spring Festival this year,” it quoted Yanbian University expert Jin Qiangyi as saying, using another term for the Lunar New Year.China is North Korea’s largest source of trade and aid, but has grown increasingly frustrated by its defiance of U.N. demands that it end missile tests and development of nuclear weapons.Although generally dismissive of sanctions, Beijing has signed on to successive rounds under the U.N. Security Council, while continuing to advocate a resumption of six-nation nuclear negotiations hosted by China that have been on ice since North Korea withdrew in 2009.Beijing’s unique relationship with North Korea’s hereditary dictatorship has generated expectations that it holds the key to ending the threat from North Korea, something Chinese officials and scholars call a vast exaggeration. China also firmly opposes any measures that could lead to the toppling of Kim Jong Un’s regime, something it fears would lead to a massive wave of refugees crossing into China and the presence of South Korean and U.S. troops along its border.Despite that, Trump complained in a tweet earlier this month that China “won’t help with North Korea,” even while it benefits from commercial links with the U.S.Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has spoken in starker terms. He accused China of making “empty promises” on North Korea and warned of U.S. sanctions on Chinese companies found to be violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, recently beefed up to tighten restrictions on North Korean coal imports.“If China is not going to comply with those U.N. sanctions then it’s appropriate for the United States to consider actions to compel them to comply,” Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month.The U.S. is concerned that North Korea may already be able to arm short-range and mid-range missiles with atomic warheads, threatening U.S. allies South Korea and Japan, and American forces in each country.Some experts believe North Korea is likely to have the capability to strike the U.S. mainland before Trump’s four-year term is up.China feels like it has not received credit for its previous concessions over North Korea, said John Delury of Yonsei University in Seoul. Trump’s “antagonistic rhetoric” has only strengthened those feelings and China is now seeking to avoid U.S. secondary sanctions on its companies, Delury said.China also has its own security concerns over North Korea’s programs and would have banned the items in any case, he said.However, given that previous bans and other sanctions appear to have had little effect, the latest move “won’t be the game-changer that people are looking for,” Delury said.“North Korea is already pretty far along, they’ve got momentum,” he said. “In technical terms, they’re pretty self-reliant at this point and don’t need to buy things ‘over the table’ from China.” China releases new list of items banned for export to NKorea by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2017 6:12 am MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Violence against media workers undermines the ability of journalists to carry out their work freely as well as the right of citizens to receive the independent information they need,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ((UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement. Freelance Iraqi cameraman Yasser Faysal Al-Joumaili, 35, who often worked for Al-Jazeera International TV and Reuters news agency, was reportedly abducted and killed by members of a radical group in northern Syria earlier this month. Kawa Ahmed Germyani in Kalar, 32, editor of the magazine Rayal and a correspondent for the Awene newspaper in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, was shot by unidentified gunmen in his home in Kalar, on 5 December after reportedly receiving death threats in connection with his work.Indian journalist Sai Reddy, a reporter for the Hindi-language newspaper Deshbandhu, died on the way to hospital after he was beaten and stabbed in the market of Basaguda village in the central state of Chhattisgarh on 6 December.Ms. Bokova has so far this year condemned the killings of eight journalists in Iraq, seven in Syria, and four in India, as well as others in various countries around the world.Just two days ago she called on the Philippines’ authorities to investigate the separate murders of three journalists in the southern region of Mindanao.“Too many professional and citizen journalists are losing their lives in the conflict in Syria, often deliberately targeted by the various factions involved,” she said in her statement today on that war-torn country. “The circumstances of freelance journalists are a cause of particular concern, as they are often less well trained to deal with the dangers they face than are staff reporters.”In her statements on Iraq and India she called on the authorities to investigate the crimes.
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Brock University’s Adult Education program was featured as part of “Pockets of Innovation” online showcase launched recently by Contact North, Ontario’s distance education and training network.The Pockets of Innovation website was designed to celebrate innovation in online and mobile learning at Ontario colleges and universities. Brock’s Adult Education degree and certificate programs were among the initial 28 profiles posted online.The series features work taking place in colleges and universities across Ontario in technology applications, course development, student support services, marking, exams and many other aspects of online and mobile learning. Contact North anticipates having more than 50 projects featured in the series by the end of the year.Brock’s Adult Education students have the option of taking courses online or through classrooms, learning with courses offered in as many as 20 communities in Ontario. The program attracts many professionals who are involved in adult education training and teaching and who wish to enhance their knowledge and practice through part-time studies.The Contact North article focuses on the online facilitator environment of the Brock program, describing it as “an indispensable innovation that serves as a learning network for a community of practice, which is essential to the unique curricular structure of the adult education programs.”The online facilitator environment has been key to the success of the program over the past 20 years, said Camille Rutherford, interim director of Brock’s Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach in the Faculty of Education. The courses are facilitated by educators who have advanced graduate degrees and who offer extensive workplace experience to meet the needs and interests of students.“Being part of the Pockets of Innovation showcase is great recognition for our success in online education,” Rutherford said. “We hope others will look to us as a model of an online learning environment that provides an enriched experience for faculty, facilitators and students.”Contact North works in partnership with Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 20 public universities and more than 250 public essential skills and training providers to increase and improve online and distance learning opportunities for Ontarians.
(Source: Dave Itzkoff/Twitter) EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #INVESTIGATION: A Catholic priest in Cavan has voluntarily taken leave from his position after a complaint was made about alleged child abuse, the Bishop of Kilmore has confirmed.2. #PROPERTY TAX: The head of the Revenue Commissioners will be questioned by the powerful Oireachtas finance committee about property tax concerns from the public after confusion arose over when and how the charge has to be paid.3. #TAKE YOUR SEATS: Ryanair has warned that its profits may fall this year for the first time in five years. The company announced today that it is to introduce free allocated seating on its flights as part of a wide-ranging overhaul of its practices.4. #EGYPT: Egypt is on high alert this morning as ousted president Mohammed Morsi appears in court in Cairo charged with inciting the killing of protesters. Morsi’s supporters have accused the army-installed government of fabricating the charges and have called for protests against the military.5. #MURDER: The search for more body parts belonging to convicted drug dealer Christopher Gaffneyin Clonee in Meath has ended. Gardaí have begun a murder inquiry into the death of the 37-year-old from Blanchardstown in Dublin and have appealed for information.6. #TORTURE: Doctors and nurses working in US military prisons were complicit in the abuse of terrorism suspects, an independent US report has said. The CIA and the Pentagon have rejected the report’s findings, the BBC says.7. #ROADS: Two pedestrians have died in separate road traffic accidents in Meath and Galway in the past 24 hours.8. #SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: The Government should hold a referendum on same-sex marriage on the same date as the local and European elections next May – at least, according to two Labour MEPS.9. #THAT’S ALL FOLKS: The makers of The Simpsons changed the show’s iconic intro sequence in last night’s episode to pay tribute to Marcia Wallace, the voice of Bart’s teacher Mrs Krabappel, who died on 25 October. There’s… something in our eye.
With Connacht facing French opposition in the Heineken Cup this weekend, we asked Grenoble defence and collisions coach Bernard Jackman for his expert view on Top 14 side Toulouse.The former Leinster and Ireland hooker is enjoying great success in his role with Grenoble, who find themselves seventh in the league at the halfway point. Jackman’s side beat none other than former European giants Toulouse 25-18 last weekend, giving us a detailed reference point. Fading gloryGuy Novès’ men are second in the Top 14 despite being one of four teams who have failed to win away from home yet. Their lofty position has instead been built on bonus point victories at home, and it is fair to say this Toulouse crop is not of the same calibre as the team that appeared in five Heineken Cup finals between 2003 and 2010 [winning thrice].While Toulouse still operate with the highest annual budget in France, at just under €35.5 million, Jackman says they have found the increased spending power of their rivals difficult to deal with. The highest-profile foreign players now have a range of options should the wish to move to the Top 14. However, personnel is not the only problem.“Toulouse are stuck with the French internationals, the last I saw they had the most national players playing every week. I actually think – this is my own opinion – that they’ve struggled with an influx of ideas into France. They’ve consistently hired from within and obviously Guy Noves has been there for a while.“I think from a coaching point of view, they’re probably a little bit stale.”Changing styleToulouse celebrate Heineken Cup victory in 2010. Christophe Ena/AP/Press Association Images.Toulouse won French championships in 2011 and 2012, but they did so without the swagger and attacking flair that made them so thrilling in the noughties. Jackman feels that their current struggles to get back amongst the silverware have resulted in compounding that change in playing style.“Because they haven’t won anything for a couple of seasons, they’ve tried to become a little bit more structured and sensible with the ball. For me, they’re actually easier to defend like that. I think that when the game opens up and they play at a high tempo, they’re pretty much the most dangerous side to play against.“They just don’t go into that very often and they use their set piece the same way the other teams do, to win penalties. 90% of their line-outs are driven, which obviously they’re good at, but most teams can defend a driving maul pretty well.“For me, they’d be a lot more dangerous if they tried to go off the top a lot and get the ball to their back three, which is a big strength. Without Luke McAlister [who is injured], they’re pretty easy to defend against off general phase play. If you don’t kick to their back three, they don’t get a huge amount of opportunities.”“I think they’re easier to play against because they’ve become more predictable, that’s the short way of saying it.”European outsidersToulouse are not the team they once were, but Jackman says they are certainly strong enough to win well against Connacht at home. Indeed, the Grenoble coach thinks Novès’ side have an outside chance of winning the competition outright, especially after winning against Saracens at Wembley in October. Toulouse were 17-16 winners against Sarries in Round 2. Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images.“The thing about them is that they’ve obviously got an unbelievable start by beating Saracens away. They’ve got a real chance now of getting a home draw out of their group, which if they do, they’ll win and they’ll be in the semi-finals.“I still think that if they get a home quarter-final and they’re not in the top two in the Top14, they’ll really go after the Heineken Cup. They are the French team that have the best history in it and appreciate it the most. Unfortunately in France at the moment, people think the Heineken Cup is an easier win than the Top 14.”Tactical planA fading power perhaps, but Toulouse are still capable of powering past any team in Europe on their day, particularly at the Stade Ernest Wallon. There is always hope for Connacht, even if an away win is highly unlikely. Jackman says the western province must be pitch-perfect with their game plan if they are to stand a chance.“I think a team that can play at a very high-tempo and be organized in defence can frustrate them. They [Connacht] need to be able to go six or seven phases in attack without making an error as that can really frustrate and contain them.“Connacht can certainly do that, and they’ll have no problem playing well against Toulouse back-to-back. That’s not their problem, it’s really about what they do the week after.”Connacht take on Toulouse on Sunday afternoon at 3.00pm Irish time. 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THE SIPTU TRADE union has strongly rejected accusations from management at Greyhound that striking workers are effectively jumping in front of vehicles at its plant in Clondalkin.Around 70 workers at the waste company have been maintaining pickets at its Clondalkin HQ and its Knockmitten plant in West Dublin since 17 June in a dispute over pay. The firm is continuing to operate, employing temporary agency workers on a reduced pay rate.In a statement today, Greyhound said that serious health and safety issues had arisen over the past two weeks “with striking workers suddenly & deliberately walking across the path of moving vehicles, standing too close to moving vehicles or obstructing their egress and entry”.We have factual evidence of this and of striking workers abusing their own Greyhound colleagues, third party contractors and suppliers entering and exiting our premises and generally behaving in a highly intimidatory manner.The company says that some contractors and employees “are now afraid to make an appearance for work and some have requested to work from the safety of their own homes” as a result of the behaviour.However, SIPTU Organiser Henry O’Shea said he entirely rejected the claims being made by the company.“Absolutely not,” he said, adding that management had “created a bottleneck” at the entrance to the Clondalkin premises by placing vehicles around it.“They’re funnelling traffic into a bottleneck, so they’ve caused this situation themselves.”InvestigationGardaí are currently investigating an incident at the plant yesterday when a SIPTU shop steward was hit by a van at the entrance.The man was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries and released in the early hours of this morning.O’Shea, who saw what happened, said he had also nearly been hit by the vehicle, and that his union colleague had been sent “flying”.“I was very shook by the time I got home last night,” O’Shea said of the incident, adding that he had been asked to attend his local garda station this evening to make a statement on the matter.Greyhound say they are also co-operating with gardaí:Yesterday an incident occurred, when a privately owned vehicle driven by the spouse of an employee, was allegedly involved in an incident, whilst they tried to exit the premises and return to their family home.“The vehicle in question allegedly came into contact with one of the picketers. We will be investigating this internally and fully cooperating with the Gardaí on this matter to ascertain the facts…”Read: ‘Locked out’ Greyhound workers to hold march over strike>Read: Greyhound insists striking staff should get back to work>
By AFP TWO FORMER PUPILS shot dead eight people, most of them students and staff, at a high school near Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday before killing themselves, authorities said.The two assailants burst into the school grounds in the early morning, armed with a .38 caliber revolver and a “medieval weapon that looked like a bow and arrows,” military police Colonel Marcelo Sales said.After shooting at students in the yard, the killers headed to the language center where several pupils were hiding and “[killed themselves] in a corridor,” he said.Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world, and the victims in this case were five students aged 15 to 17, two school officials aged 38 and 59, and a 51-year-old car wash owner who was shot by the attackers before they arrived at the school, said Sao Paulo’s Public Security Secretary Joao Pires de Campos. Source: Andre Penner/PA ImagesEleven other people were wounded in the shooting at the Raul Brasil public school in Suzano, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo in southeast Brazil.“It’s the saddest thing I’ve ever seen,” said Sao Paulo State Governor Joao Doria.Tearful residents later held a street mass near the school, where flowers and candles commemorated the dead.President Jair Bolsonaro expressed his sympathies on Twitter to “the families of this inhumane attack,” describing it as “a monstrosity and enormous cowardice”.The two assailants, who wore hoods, were identified as former pupils aged 17 and 25. The reasons for the attack are unknown.Screams of terrified pupilsWorried family members quickly arrived at the school alongside firefighters and security services. Source: Rahel Patrasso/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images“I found out when my daughter called me and said: ‘Mommy, come quickly, there are injured people, dead people’,” said the mother of one pupil, who gave her name only as Rosa.The attack took place at around 9:30 am (12.30pm Irish time) during a break period for some students, authorities said.Website UO1 said the two killers “entered the school shooting with their heads covered by a hood”.Another website, G1, published a grainy video purportedly taken inside the school in which the screams of terrified pupils can be heard as they come across dead classmates.“We locked ourselves in a classroom,” said Milene Querren Cardoso.“We tried to help each other until the door opened and we thought it was the criminals coming for us; but no, it was the police… and we ran out.”GloboNews showed video images of pupils fleeing the scene after escaping over a wall.Education Minister Ricardo Velez published a statement offering “solidarity with the parents, families and staff at the school in this moment of shock, mourning and pain.”‘Encouraging violence’It is not the first mass school shooting in Brazil’s history.In April 2011, a former pupil killed a dozen school children and injured many more before turning his gun on himself at a school in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro.Brazil had 64,000 murders in 2017 – a rate of almost 31 per 100,000 inhabitants, or three times higher than the level the United Nations classifies as endemic violence. Source: Rahel Patrasso/Xinhua/PA ImagesFar-right leader Bolsonaro controversially passed a law relaxing gun ownership rules soon after assuming power in January, delivering on a campaign promise. He has also spoken out in favor of allowing people to carry weapons on the streets.Politicians and social media users were quick to debate whether Bolsonaro’s measures, or images from similar such mass shootings on US school and university campuses, were to blame for this attack.Gleisi Hoffmann, president of the opposition Workers Party, said: “Tragedies like this are the result of encouraging violence and the liberation of the use of weapons.”But Vice President Hamilton Mourao dismissed any suggestion Bolsonaro’s policy was to blame.“Are you suggesting the gun those guys had was legal? It’s got nothing to do with it,” he said, although acknowledging that the subject would be discussed.© AFP 2019 6 Comments Police officers at the scene Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 7:05 AM Police officers at the scene Short URL Former pupils shoot dead eight people at Brazilian school The victims included five teenagers who attended the secondary school. Share65 Tweet Email Mar 14th 2019, 7:05 AM 13,447 Views https://jrnl.ie/4540940 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There has been a drop in the number of immigrants trying to enter Greece illegally and a rise in the amount trying to leave the country over the past few days, authorities said on Wednesday, as human rights groups slammed the government for its latest crackdown on illegal immigration.The police launched on Saturday an operation aimed at detaining and deporting undocumented migrants, particularly in central Athens. By Wednesday, some 2,000 people had been detained as part of the “Xenios Zeus” initiative.However, the operation drew strong criticism from Amnesty International, which asked for Greece to halt the process. “While Greece has the right to control migration, it does not have the right to treat people in the street like criminals purely because of the color of their skin,” said Jezerca Tigani, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia Program.“The scale of the police operation in Athens at the weekend raises serious concerns about discrimination on the basis of perceived ethnicity,” she added.Tigani said that the police operation could fuel further attacks on migrants. She also called on Greek authorities to improve access to asylum.Another group, Human Rights Watch expressed similar concerns. “Greece has the right to enforce its immigration laws… but it doesn’t have the right to treat people like criminals or to presume irregular immigration status just because of their race or ethnicity,” said Benjamin Ward, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division.HRW also drew attention to the rise of far-right Golden Dawn and frequent attacks on migrants. “Police inaction is the rule,” said the group. “These sweeps are a dangerous distraction from the real policing challenges the country faces,” added Ward.Authorities in western Greece said they have arrested over the past few days dozens of migrants trying to leave the country with fake documents via the port of Patra and airports of Araxos and Aktio. They believe trafficking gangs are stepping up their efforts to move immigrants on to other countries and boost their earnings in the process.Officials told Kathimerini that in Evros, where some 1,800 extra border guards were put on duty a few days ago, there has been a drop of more than 50 percent in the number of migrants crossing into Greece. A total of 155 arrests were made on Sunday. Source: Kathimerini
Lucia Mercado spends her work shifts among giant cardboard boxes full of stuff.Old shoes, clothes, toys, books, obsolete technology and appliances — one can find just about anything in the heaping piles of things donated to the Fisher’s Landing Goodwill store.Donations — and profits — have been on the rise in recent years at many thrift stores as attitudes toward them have shifted and evolved. While some retail stores and chains have struggled to stay afloat, the resale industry experienced a boom as more middle class families accessed resale shops following the Great Recession, disrupting the narrative that only low-income consumers would set foot in them.Changing neighborhoodsMercado paused while at her pricing station at the back of the store, where she focuses on houseware items. That’s the most difficult pricing station, employees say, since it encompasses such a huge variety of objects. Mercado stopped to inspect a pink, LeapFrog-brand toy teapot with blue googly eyes and a purple top adorned with hearts.A new LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Party set on Walmart’s website goes for $19.89. Mercado placed a $2.99 sticker on it and put it in a cart of items that would eventually be placed on shelves in the store.According to Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette, the Fisher’s Landing store attracts some of the city’s best donations. That’s because as the population has grown, so have median household incomes. In 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median income in Clark County rose to $62,879. For the city of Vancouver, that number was $52,004.
Sacked Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho played down rumours that he will return to Real Madrid as manager.The Portuguese professional football coach added that he is happy where he is right now despite losing Manchester United job.“When a manager or a player returns, it’s because they did something positive,” he says as quoted in AS.“I felt that when I arrived at Chelsea. When a professional returns or is offered a return to a club, it’s a tremendous honour. It’s not a blind bet, the club are trying to bring in a player or manager that they already know, who was already there and if they offer it is because they know the value of this person.”Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Mourinho signed a three-year deal as manager of Manchester United in May 2016 and won the Community Shield, the League Cup and the UEFA Europa League in his first season in charge of the club.United finished second behind their city rivals in 2017/18 and lost the FA Cup final to Chelsea.Mourinho laws sacked from Manchester United in December 2018, leaving the club in sixth place after 17 matches.
A year after Google’s app store, Google Play, added in-app purchasing functionality, it announced today that developers can now add in-app subscriptions, too. Google Play product manager Ibrahim Elbouchikhi announced the new service today in a blog post, noting that monthly and annual subscriptions are now part of the in-app billing model. “All subscriptions are auto-renewing, for every app and game and every type of subscription product,” he says. From the user perspective, Elbouchikhi says price and billing intervals are shown before the transaction, while Google Play manages the recurring billing from that point on. An email is sent to the user at the time of renewal. Users are able to view their accounts in the Play store and manage their subscriptions. Google is also building an API that will let users carry their subscriptions beyond their Android devices and use the products on websites, for example. The ability to make in-app purchases has become a major factor behind an app’s ability to make money. In March app tracking firm Distimo noted that of the top 200 grossing apps in Apple’s App Store, 74 percent of them feature in-app purchasing. Likewise, Elbouchikhi says that 23 of the 24 top-grossing apps in Google Play use in-app billing. “The total revenue generated from in-app purchases exceeds revenue from traditional app purchases,” he adds. In early May, Distimo also noted that Google Play passed the 500,000 app mark in the store. However, the firm says only 28 percent of the apps are paid apps. More on this topic Report: Apple’s Newsstand Generating $70,000 Per Day Apple Releases Publisher Newsstand with iOS 5 Facebook to Launch App Center Google Launches Currents App With Over 150 Publishing Partners Digital Edition Briefs | 04.24.13 More Condé Nast Apps Roll Out Subscription FunctionsJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered by
Washington: A man put to death in the US state of Tennessee on Thursday for murdering a woman and her daughter chose in his final hours to be electrocuted rather than executed by lethal injection, prison officials said. Stephen West, who was convicted in the two killings more than 30 years ago, waited until Wednesday to choose his method of execution — one day after Tennessee’s Republican Governor Bill Lee refused his request for clemency. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “After thorough consideration of Stephen West’s request for clemency and a review of the case, the State of Tennessee’s sentence will stand, and I will not be intervening,” he said in a statement. He was electrocuted at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville and pronounced dead at 7:27 pm local time (00:27 GMT). West’s preference was in accordance with a law in the southern state allowing those convicted before 1999 to choose between lethal injection and electrocution. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Some local media suggested that perhaps West was hoping to stave off his execution with the 11th-hour choice. Earlier this year, a man sentenced to death also asked for an execution by electric chair at the last minute, a delay that bought him a 10-day reprieve. West was the 11th person put to death in the United States this year. The death penalty is legal in 29 US states. In July, the federal government announced it would soon resume its use of capital punishment after a 16-year hiatus.
1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 04/08/2019 and 04/14/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. China Box Office: ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’s’ Mainland Tally Bolsters Dismal U.S. Figures ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 How Charlize Theron Found Her ‘Molly Voice’ for ‘Long Shot’ With Seth Rogen TV ad placements for Lionsgate’s “Hellboy” (EMV: $3.43 million), Warner Bros.’ “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” ($3.35 million) and Disneynature’s “Penguins” ($3.27 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Penguins” has the best iSpot Attention Index (115) in the ranking, getting 15% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). $3.54M – Long Shot Related Impressions: 279,035,446Attention Score: 93.79Attention Index: 115National Airings: 809Networks: 23Most Spend On: ABC, NBCCreative Versions: 20Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $7.46MStudio: DisneynatureStarted Airing: 04/22/18 $3.27M – Penguins $3.35M – Pokémon Detective Pikachu $3.43M – Hellboy Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Annapurna Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Missing Link.”Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $5.91 million through Sunday for 1,852 national ad airings on 41 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from April 8-14. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Annapurna Pictures prioritized spend across networks including Nick, NBC and CBS, and during programming such as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “The Loud House.” Just behind “Missing Link” in second place: Lionsgate’s “Long Shot,” which saw 489 national ad airings across 29 networks, with an estimated media value of $3.54 million. Impressions: 196,872,799Attention Score: 93.54Attention Index: 112National Airings: 489Networks: 29Most Spend On: NBC, FOXCreative Versions: 6Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $10.12MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 03/12/19 Impressions: 117,291,944Attention Score: 93.13Attention Index: 106National Airings: 387Networks: 50Most Spend On: CBS, ABCCreative Versions: 13Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $9.14MStudio: Warner Bros.Started Airing: 01/20/19 Popular on Variety Impressions: 485,267,563Attention Score: 91.02Attention Index: 81National Airings: 1,852Networks: 41Most Spend On: Nick, NBCCreative Versions: 37Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $30.76MStudio: Annapurna PicturesStarted Airing: 02/16/19 Impressions: 299,316,801Attention Score: 90.68Attention Index: 78National Airings: 1,090Networks: 30Most Spend On: NBC, TBSCreative Versions: 44Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $18.42MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 12/18/18 $5.91M – Missing Link
Stay on target No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’Watch These Fighting Games at EVO 2019 When Dragon Ball FighterZ was revealed, we were given a vague “early 2018” release date. It seems Bandai Namco wasn’t lying about that. Today, the company announced Dragon Ball FighterZ would drop on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 26. If you’re a fan of the series or fighting games, you now have permission to get hyped.As with most releases these days, Dragon Ball FighterZ has a Collector’s Edition. This $140 edition comes with a copy of the game, a steel book case, and three art boards. The centerpiece of this edition is a 7-inch tall Goku statue that has “exclusive ‘manga-dimension’ coloring.” All of these items are housed within a special collector’s.. excuse me, CollectorZ Box.Folks that pre-order a physical copy of the game get two early unlockable characters: Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta. Pre-ordering the game also gives players two exclusive lobby characters. Aside from all that, the main reason to pre-order is to gain access to the multiplayer beta slated for January. If it is as much fun as the previous beta, you definitely don’t want to miss out this time around.Last but not least is the announcement of the game’s Season Pass. For $35, players will get access to eight new characters as they are released. We don’t yet know who these characters are. Given all of the (crazy) characters in Dragon Ball, it could be anyone. Hopefully, we’ll see some Dragon Ball Super characters in the lineup since the current roster is mostly comprised of classic Dragon Ball Z fighters. Each character comes with their own stamps and lobby avatars.Dragon Ball FighterZ is shaping up to be one of the biggest fighting games in recent years. As I’ve said before, this is the Dragon Ball Z game fans have waited for. We’re still three months away from the game’s January 26 launch date so expect more news in the coming weeks.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
August 9, 2019 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now A federal appeals court is allowing a group of users to sue Facebook on claims the social network collected their facial data without consent.On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected Facebook’s efforts to dismiss the ongoing class-action lawsuit, which could potentially require the company to pay billions in compensation.The lawsuit dates back to 2015 when three Facebook users living in the state claimed the tech giant had violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, which requires companies to obtain consent when collecting their biometric information.Since 2010, Facebook has been using its own facial-recognition technology for photo-tagging purposes. It works by generating a digital template from your photos, so that the company can detect whenever your face appears in other images posted across the social network.The plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit argue they never authorized the company to create a digital template of their face. According to privacy groups, most users were automatically enrolled in facial recognition. Facebook claims it inflicted no “concrete injury” on the users by scanning their photos.In today’s ruling, Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote: “We conclude that the development of a face template using facial-recognition technology without consent (as alleged here) invades an individual’s private affairs and concrete interests.”Privacy groups are concerned facial-recognition systems risk paving the way for mass surveillance. And unlike a password or phone number, your biometric data cannot be changed. “The capability to instantaneously identify and track people based on their faces raises chilling potential for privacy violations at an unprecedented scale,” said Nathan Freed Wessle, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.”Both corporations and the government are now on notice that this technology poses unique risks to people’s privacy and safety.”Under Illinois’s biometric privacy act, companies can end up paying up to $5,000 per person for intentionally breaking the law. The fine drops to $1,000 per person if the company is found only “negligently” violating the act. Given that Illinois has millions of internet users, a potential fine against Facebook could be massive.However, the company told Reuters it plans to appeal today’s ruling. “We have always disclosed our use of face recognition technology and that people can turn it on or off at any time,” the company said. Users can shut off the facial-recognition function by going to their profile’s settings panel. 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag