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Odisha in the grip of severe water crisis

first_imgWith the summer approaching and the scarcity of drinking water hitting the interiors of Odisha, the State government has admitted that piped water supply projects in around 2,000 villages and small habitations have been lying defunct.The State has also identified as many as 1,345 non-repairable projects. Water supply projects have been set up in 37,689 out of 1,56,468 villages and habitations. Apart from this, 4,15,558 tubewells and sanitary wells cater to the villagers’ needs.But, thanks to frequent power outages during the summer, water projects become ineffective. Consequently, villagers turn to unhygienic sources of drinking water.Pending monthly power bills are among the major reasons behind these projects being non-operational, besides damaged transformers and metres, and low voltage. Although the State government had directed power distribution companies not to discontinue power supply to water projects in case of unpaid dues, the order is not followed in most places.With the drinking water crisis worsening, residents of over 20 villages in Khariar block of Nuapada district have resorted to digging percolation pits on the Sundar riverbed. The small river in Nuapada district originates from Sunabeda plateau and flows through the Komna and Khariar blocks.Sand miningSome villagers, in fact, walk up to 3km to get drinking water from the riverbed. The unbridled sand extraction has further hit the riverbed’s water retention capacity. The scene is similar in districts of Bolangir, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Subarnapur and Sundargarh.But it is not just the villagers who face a crisis. The urban population, especially those in the slums, is also not immune to the problem. “Although water scarcity has forced people to dig percolation pits on the riverbeds, riparian communities still collect water by scooping sand out. In recent times, industries and the government’s water supply agencies have created water storage on the riverbeds in anticipation of the scarcity,” said Ranjan Panda, convenor of Water Initiative of Odisha.Water storage on a riverbed is done by digging a pit into which the water contained in sand percolates. It is then lifted using pumps.“The competition over storing water has already taken away the poor man’s access to water,” said Mr. Panda.The Sambalpur district administration, meanwhile, has started digging sanitary wells on a large scale under the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme.last_img read more

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9 school children dead, 14 injured in road accident in Bihar

first_imgAt least nine school children died and 14 injured while crossing the road after school was over in Muzaffarpur district of north Bihar.Among the injured admitted in Sri Krishna Memorial College and Hospital (SKMCH), the condition of four students is said to be serious.“So far, nine deaths have been confirmed,” a senior police official of Muzaffarpur said.Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed deep sorrow over the death of school children and announced ₹4 lakh compensation to the family members of all those students killed in the accident.Police officials said, the students of Dharampur government middle school under Minapur block of Muzaffarpur were crossing road on National Highway 77 when a speeding SUV crushed them leaving as many as nine students dead.The 14 injured students were admitted to the SMCH where condition of four of them are said to be critical. The school is located along with the NH-77.The driver of the SUV, however, fled from the scene after abandoning the vehicle.last_img read more

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Tennys Sandgren blasts media in final shot at Aussie Open

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting But in Melbourne, Sandgren came out of nowhere to stun two top-10 players — Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem — en route to being just the second man in the last 20 years to reach the quarterfinals on his Australian Open debut.What started off as a fairytale story, though, began to change tenor when Sandgren’s social media activity came to light.Before he scrubbed his Twitter history on Tuesday, Sandgren’s tweets had included one saying the unfounded “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory linking Democrats to a child-sex ring at a Washington pizzeria was “sickening and the collective evidence is too much to ignore.”Among his recent retweets was a video by Nicholas Fuentes, former host of a podcast called “America First” who attended last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.And he apparently targeted Serena Williams, calling a video of her yelling at Roberta Vinci during their U.S. Open semifinal in 2015 “disgusting.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments #KicksStalker: George dedicates 2nd shoe to up-and-comers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ “With a handful of follows and some likes on Twitter, my fate has been sealed in your minds,” Sandgren said, reading from his mobile phone. “To write an edgy story, to create sensationalist coverage, there are a few lengths you wouldn’t go to to mark me as the man you desperately want me to be.”Sandgren refused to answer questions about his statement, saying that the focus around him “has gone very far away from the tennis.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIf one thing is clear after the past few days, it certainly has.Given what he’s accomplished on the courts at Melbourne Park, Sandgren’s story was initially focused on his tennis. The 26-year-old Tennessee native has never come close to experiencing this type of success before. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Sandgren was a mainstay on the second-tier Challenger Tour — the minor leagues of tennis. He had only won two matches at the ATP Tour level — and never played in a Grand Slam. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH United States’ Tennys Sandgren leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing his quarterfinal to South Korea’s Chung Hyeon at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — After losing in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, Tennys Sandgren saved his final shot of the tournament for the media.Sandgren opened his news conference following a 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss to Hyeon Chung by reading a prepared statement directed at the media that has scrutinized his Twitter feed during his unexpected run at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT Williams had apparently taken notice, sending her own tweet during Sandgren’s match, saying “Turns channel” — a message her followers interpreted as a response.Sandgren has defended his social media activity this week, denying being a supporter of the far right while saying he finds “some of the content interesting.”“Who you follow on Twitter I feel doesn’t matter even a little bit,” he said following his win over Thiem. “To say, well, he’s following X person, so he believes all the things that this person believes, I think it’s ridiculous.”He explained in an interview with ESPN that he deleted all of his tweets not because it’s “something that I’m really necessary embarrassed about,” but because he thought that “creating a version of a cleaner start is not a bad call.”With his prepared statement on Wednesday, though, Sandgren made clear he’s done explaining his tweets.“You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas,” he said, addressing reporters at his news conference. “You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonizing by way of the collective.”Refusing to take any more questions about social media, Sandgren then shifted gears and offered praise for his quarterfinal opponent, Chung.Later, though, he did return to the subject briefly to offer perspective on the storm of attention he’s received in the past week and a half, saying he was going to go home, turn his phone off and reflect on everything that’s happened.“I constantly try to be introspective as to what’s going on in my life,” he said. “This has been a lot of information to digest in the last few weeks. So I need to take ample time to do so, so I can move forward correctly.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Bucks dominate Raptors for 2-0 East finals lead

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Game 3 is Sunday in Toronto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Milwaukee had a big rebounding edge for the second straight game — 60-46 in Game 1, 53-40 in Game 2 — and finished with only seven turnovers.“When the game started, we did a great job setting the tone,” Antetokounmpo said.The tone never changed, either.Toronto was down 21 when Lowry got his third foul with 1:27 left until the break. The Raptors left Lowry in; he wound up getting his fourth foul while battling Mirotic for a rebound 24 seconds later and let the referees have an earful as he headed to the bench. Another roll of the dice didn’t pay off, either: Raptors forward Pascal Siakam got his fourth shortly after halftime, then got his fifth with 9:26 left in the third.They weren’t happy.They shouldn’t have been, but this wasn’t about calls.It was just a rout.Milwaukee’s lead was 35-21 after the first, 64-39 at the half. It was the first time Toronto had been outscored by 10 or more points in each of a game’s first two quarters since May 25, 2016, against Cleveland and the 25-point halftime hole was, by far, the Raptors’ worst of the season. They trailed Houston 55-37 on March 5.Antetokounmpo started the second half with a three-point play, pushing the lead to 28.That’s when Toronto found a bit of a groove. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES MILWAUKEEMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to drive past Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff finals Friday, May 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE—Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to add 17 points and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed on the way to beating the Toronto Raptors 125-103 on Friday night and taking a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo scored 11 points in the fourth for the Bucks, who wound up with six players in double figures — three of them reserves. Nikola Mirotic scored 15, Malcolm Brogdon had 14, George Hill 13 and Khris Middleton 12.Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points for Toronto, which gave up the game’s first nine points, never led and trailed by double digits for the final 39 minutes. Kyle Lowry scored 15 and Norman Powell had 14 for the Raptors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 3 is Sunday in Toronto.Milwaukee, which led the NBA with a 60-22 record during the regular season, became the 16th team to start a playoff run with at least 10 victories in its first 11 games. Only three teams — the 1989 Los Angeles Lakers, the 2001 Lakers and the 2017 Golden State Warriors — started a postseason 11-0.center_img Ex-Oregon football star Keanon Lowe stops armed student at Oregon school The Raptors outscored Milwaukee 31-16 over the next nine minutes, getting within 83-70 on a 3-pointer by Fred VanVleet. But a quick flurry by the Bucks restored order — Brogdon rebounded his own miss and scored, then set up George Hill for a score in transition, and Hill scored again off a Raptors turnover a few seconds later.Just like that, the lead was back up to 19, and it was 95-78 going into the fourth.TIP-INSRaptors: The 14-point deficit after one quarter was Toronto’s second-largest of the season, with a 38-19 opening quarter at San Antonio —in Leonard’s return there— on Jan. 3 the only one that saw them down more after 12 minutes. … Lowry became the second player in these playoffs with four fouls by halftime. Detroit’s Bruce Brown did it April 22, also against the Bucks. … The Raptors are 0-63 all-time when trailing by 20 or more at the half.Bucks: It was Milwaukee’s 70th win of the season, tying the 1973-74 Bucks for the second-most in franchise history. The 1970-71 Bucks won 78. … Robin Lopez, Brook’s brother, was in the sellout crowd. … Ilyasova’s 15 first-half points matched a season high, and were part of a 31-11 bench scoring edge by the Bucks in the half. … Milwaukee has won its last six playoff games, tying the franchise record for longest such streak. … The Bucks are now 50-13 vs. the East this season.HISTORY LESSONThe Bucks have never lost a series when leading 2-0; they’ve been in this spot 13 previous times. Toronto has never overcome a 2-0 series deficit in seven previous attempts.AWARD FINALISTSThis series has plenty of representation on the list of finalists for the NBA’s top individual awards, revealed Friday. Antetokounmpo is a finalist for MVP and Defensive Player of the Year; the Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer is a finalist for Coach of the Year and Siakam is a Most Improved Player finalist. Antetokounmpo is assured of being the Bucks’ highest finisher in the MVP race since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award in 1974.UP NEXT View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Bucks led by as many as 28, before Toronto did just enough chipping away to keep some semblance of hope.Eventually, Antetokounmpo decided enough was enough.With 5:51 left to play Antetokounmpo backed Leonard down on the block, spun back toward the center of the lane, scored while getting hit and starting a three-point play.He yelled to the crowd and punched the air.The knockout blow was landed, and soon, the Bucks moved two wins away from their first NBA Finals berth in 45 years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Manchester United’s Juan Mata hopeful of Spain comeback under new manager

first_imgManchester United midfielder Juan Mata is optimistic of reviving his international career with Spain following the appointment of Luis Enrique as the national team’s new manager earlier this month.The 30-year-old was part of the victorious Spain teams at the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship but earned the most recent of his 41 caps for the nation in a friendly in November 2016.Mata was excluded from Spain’s squad for this year’s World Cup but is hopeful of turning his fortunes around under former Barcelona boss Enrique.”I was disappointed not to go (to the World Cup),” Mata told ESPN. “But then after that, I was hoping for them to win…”Now, things have changed. We have a new manager again, Luis Enrique… I’m again excited about the possibility of coming back. I obviously want to come back and try to play as many games as I can with the national team.”Mata believes the emergence of a new generation along with the presence of experienced players will propel Spain to new heights in the future.”I’m really excited about it and I think the future, it can be still bright for Spain, because we have young players coming that, as I said, they have the level to compete,” he added.”We have some senior players that we have been there for some years and we have the experience so I think it’s a good mix and hopefully it can be a good future for Spanish football.”Mata is one of few senior United players currently participating in the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, where manager Jose Mourinho’s team will face AC Milan in the International Champions Cup on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Indian Super League season 5 to begin on September 29 in Kolkata

first_imgThe schedule of the fifth season of the Indian Super League (ISL) was announced on Saturday which begins on September 29 in Kolkata with a clash between two-time champions ATK and two-time runners-up Kerala Blasters FC.The second day of the ISL season will pit last season’s runners-up Bengaluru FC against champions Chennaiyin FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, according to an ISL release.The ISL announced the fixtures till the mid-season break, featuring 59 games, and the fixtures for 2019 will be announced on a later date. The upcoming season will have three breaks, two for FIFA windows (October 8-16/November 12-20), and one, starting from December 17 for the Indian national team’s preparatory camp ahead of the AFC Asian Cup in UAE.The league has moved away from double headers on weekends this season, while the kick-off for all matches is at 7.30 p.m. (IST), the statement said.last_img read more

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SIOUX CITY MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT ATTEMPT

first_imgA Sioux City man has been arrested in Bellevue, Nebraska for allegedly attempting to have sex with a 15 year old girl.Bellevue police say 47 year old Neil J. Ingram is charged with felony sexual assault by use of an electronic communications device.Detectives say their investigation began March 8th when Ingram began online conversations with the 15 year old and allegedly used indecent, lewd and obscene language and sent sexually explicit images to the girl.Police say Ingram traveled to Bellevue on April 12th to meet the girl and he was arrested in a parking lot and booked into the Sarpy County Jail.last_img read more

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a month agoVarane admits Pogba at Real Madrid better for him

first_imgVarane admits Pogba at Real Madrid better for himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaphael Varane admits he’d be happy if he was joined at Real Madrid by France teammate Paul Pogba.Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba continues to be linked with Real, despite the summer market being shut.And Varane says: “Have I exchanged with Pogba on this aborted transfer? I spoke with him last summer. “After lately, I have not spoken with him. He is a friend. Of course, if I rub shoulders with him, it’s better for me. “So we will see the choices he makes in his career and we will see where he will be in the future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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More Coyote Safety Education Offered

first_img hire a wildlife biologist specialist to focus on human wildlife conflict enhance education about avoiding coyotes train up to 15 trappers to target aggressive coyotes provide a $20 per pelt incentive for professional trappers to harvest coyotes The signs that offer advice on what to do if an aggressive coyote approaches will be posted, as appropriate, at parks, hiking trails and other locations. Signs warning of coyote traps in the area will also be posted in appropriate locations as determined by Natural Resources. The materials released today will enhance the province’s other public education efforts about coyotes. The Department of Natural Resources has sent experts to give more than 100 presentations at schools and community organizations around the province, provided fact sheets to school boards, outdoor organizations and media outlets, and expanded the coyote information on the government website. More educational materials on coyote awareness will be released and posted online. Back away! Act big! Make noise! The three rules to remember in an encounter with an aggressive coyote are represented by the acronym BAM on educational materials released today, March 24. “At this time of year, as Nova Scotians spend more time outdoors, we want them to remember how to avoid coyotes and how to defend themselves if attacked,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “This campaign teaches that coyotes are part of nature and we need to follow simple rules that help us to live with them, in rural and urban areas.” Colourful signs, bookmarks, pamphlets and online videos advise people to Be Coyote Smart with tips on how to avoid the animals and how to act if an aggressive encounter does occur. The materials are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr, at Department of Natural Resources offices, and will be available to teachers and schools throughout the province. “Being coyote smart means carrying a walking stick and noisemaker when hiking in woods, not giving food or leaving food for wild animals, and remembering to think BAM if approached by an aggressive coyote – Back away, Act big, and Make noise,” said department wildlife conflict biologist, Mike Boudreau. The province announced a four-step plan last April to address the issue of aggressive coyotes. The steps, which are completed or ongoing are:last_img read more

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Gangwals fears on Bhatia group moves do no credit to directors Damodaran

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid the ongoing feud between promoters, IndiGo Chairman M Damodaran has said Rakesh Gangwal’s apprehension that Rahul Bhatia’s group could push through questionable decisions after board expansion does no credit to the fiduciary responsibilities of directors.In a letter to the board of InterGlobe Aviation on August 5, Gangwal said there are “serious unresolved issues” and that proposed changes to the company’s Articles of Association (AoA) are still an open issue. The differences between the two promoters came into the public after Gangwal, last month, sought markets regulator Sebi’s intervention to address alleged corporate governance issues at the company. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalGangwal, in the latest letter, also said the proposal to have 10 board members came up only at the July 20 board meeting with limited and rushed discussions on its implications. Currently, InterGlobe Aviation — parent of the country’s largest airline IndiGo — has six board members, including Damodaran, Gangwal and Bhatia. The AoA needs to be amended to expand the strength of the board to ten members. Against the backdrop of Gangwal’s letter, Damodaran in an email dated August 5 has said the first vacancy on the board after amendment of the AoA would be filled by a woman independent director (ID). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The second vacancy to be filled will be by a wholetime/ executive director (This is necessary since we presently have 6 NEDs (non-executive directors), including 2 IDs, and no wholetime/ executive director). The third vacancy will be filled by an ID, and the fourth by an IGE nominee. That is the sequence contemplated,” Damodaran said in the email. The email as well as the letter were disclosed to stock exchanges by the company on Tuesday. Bhatia and his InterGlobe Enterprises (IGE) group has around 38 per cent stake in the company. According to the email, in the event of the position of an ID position falling vacant, Anupam Khanna-headed Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC) would be required to take steps to fill in the vacancy. “The fear that, in the interim, the IGE group will push through questionable decisions, does no credit to the IDs that will be on the board, or to the fiduciary responsibilities of the directors including those nominated by the IGE group,” he said. In the letter, Gangwal said there is agreement on all the contractual language for the new Related Party Transaction policy, the board size and composition, and closing the large loophole during the transition period. “The only agreement we do not have is to close the large loophole after the transition period,” he said. Shares of InterGlobe Aviation closed flat at Rs 1,493.30 on the BSE on Wednesday. “Subsequent to the board meeting and in finalising the language on the Articles, all of us realised that the proposed board structure created a large loophole that gives the IGE Group additional powers that they do not have today. “Essentially, when there are less than four independent directors, it would allow the IGE Group to pass any company policy that they want just on the basis of their board numbers being larger than all the other board members combined,” Gangwal said in the letter.last_img read more

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Survivors of Indian hospitals seeking 11B in damages

first_imgFull episode of APTN Investigates: ‘The Cure was Worse’As well, sometimes patients were subjected to treatments that had been abandoned for non-Indigenous patients.The lawsuit alleges many of the patients were children, and says they suffered from horrific conditions such as being tied or shackled to their beds for weeks or months.It says patients were left with severe physical, psychological and emotional injuries.Lawyers say in the release they are seeking $1 billion in damages for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, and $100 million in punitive damages. APTN NewsSurvivors of Canada’s former Indian hospital system have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking $1.1 billion for physical and sexual abuse.The suit, which has to be certified by a judge, was filed Jan. 25 in Toronto by class-action giant Koskie Minsky with Cooper Regel in Sherwood Park, Alta.“It is shocking that in the modern era, Canada would operate a segregated health care system,” Jonathan Ptak, of Koskie Minksy, said in a release Tuesday.“It is necessary to shine a light on this dark chapter in recent history.”“Indian hospitals” is the term used to refer to 29 facilities that operated between 1945 and 1981 for Indigenous peoples.The law firm says there are thousands of potential claimants to the suit, who were sent to these hospitals across the country to be treated for tuberculosis and other ailments.This suit includes patients and family members such as primary plaintiff Ann Hardy, who was a former patient in the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital in Edmonton. She was admitted to Camsell when she was 10, and says she suffered repeated sexual abuse by hospital staff.The statement of claim alleges the hospitals were overcrowded and improperly staffed.APTN Investigates explored this segregated healthcare system and also learned the hospitals were run much cheaper than others.last_img read more

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Actor James Woods bashes Twitter after getting locked out

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – Actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a tweet he sent out months ago that was found to be in violation of Twitter’s rules.The tweet was posted July 20 and includes a hoax meme that said it came from Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections. Woods got an email from Twitter on Thursday saying the tweet “has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.” The email says Woods can use his account again if he deletes the tweet.In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Woods said this means he’ll be allowed back on Twitter only if he decides to do what Twitter says. He says he won’t do that, and he won’t delete the tweet.“Free speech is free speech — it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech,” Woods said, referring to Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.Twitter said it doesn’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons. A spokesman for the social media platform said by email that he had nothing more to share when asked if Dorsey would respond directly to Wood’s comments.“The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference,” Woods said. “Because now, having your voice smothered is much more disturbing than having your vocal chords slit. If you want to kill my free speech, man up and slit my throat with a knife, don’t smother me with a pillow.”Woods said if he deletes the tweet, it would force him to watch his step with everything he says in the future, chilling free speech. The email Woods received from Twitter said Woods would be suspended from the social media platform permanently if there are repeated abuses.He noted that his original tweet was reposted by his girlfriend on Friday and had been retweeted thousands of times by Sunday. His girlfriend’s account wasn’t locked, which he said was proof that he’d been singled out because of his large Twitter following.Woods, who has more than 100 acting credits to his name and starred in several movies including “Salvador,” ”Ghosts of Mississippi” and “Casino,” has more than 1.7 million Twitter followers and is known for his conservative political views. His Twitter page is still online, though he can’t access it. Many of his recent tweets include his views of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago.The meme that Woods posted in July said #LetWomenDecide and #NoMenMidterm. It claimed to be from a Democratic group, but it was determined to be a hoax campaign to encourage liberal men not to vote in November, according to the website knowyourmeme.com.Woods called it a parody. In his tweet, he acknowledged the meme likely wasn’t real, saying: “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible …”The tweet is considered to be material that would suppress votes or deliberately deceive, and was found to be in violation of Twitter rules.Social media companies like Twitter have come under pressure to get hate speech and posts that could influence elections offline, learning quickly that they can’t please everyone as they try to act as gatekeepers of discourse. Dorsey testified before the GOP-led House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this month, as the committee examined whether Twitter has censored conservatives.The AP reached Woods on Sunday through his girlfriend’s Twitter account. After he shared information over messaging, he agreed to have a FaceTime conversation so the AP could verify his identity.Woods said he wants open discourse, and called the situation a dangerous one for free speech.“I wish this were about an unknown Twitter user so that I could be even more passionate about it,” Woods said. “This is not about a celebrity being muzzled. This is about an American being silenced — one tweet at a time.”__Follow Amy Forliti on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/amyforliti . More of her work at https://apnews.com/search/amy%20forlitilast_img read more

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Rajitha and PM discuss discipline of Parliamentarians

“We changed the old system. We must ensure discipline in the Government,” the Minister said.The Minister said that the meeting with the Prime Minister took place just before the Prime Minister left for Australia. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and discussed concerns on the discipline of some Parliamentarians.Senaratne said he urged the Prime Minister to take measures to protect the ‘good governance’ Government. Senaratne said there cannot be any room for the Government to engage in violence or illegal activities. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Malaysia charges 17 Goldman Sachs figures over 1MDB scandal

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia has filed criminal charges against 17 current and former directors at three Goldman Sachs subsidiaries for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB.Malaysian and U.S. prosecutors allege that bond sales organized by Goldman Sachs for 1MDB provided one of the means for associates of former Malaysian leader Najib Razak to steal billions over several years from a fund that was ostensibly set up to accelerate Malaysia’s economic development.The government in December filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two former executives for breaches of securities laws including making false, misleading statements to investors.Attorney General Tommy Thomas said Friday the 17 people holding senior posts were charged under the Malaysian Capital Markets and Services Act for conniving to commit the massive fraud.The Associated Press read more

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Rest in peace Weigh your needs when considering to buy life insurance

Rest in peace: Weigh your needs when considering to buy life insurance by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 14, 2016 10:38 am MDT Last Updated Apr 14, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Death isn’t a topic people like talking about, but keeping mum and failing to prepare financially for the inevitable can have a lasting impact on loved ones.So where to begin when digging through the array of life insurance options out there?“It’s not sexy, but financially, (buying life insurance) might be the wisest decision you’ll ever make,” said Mark Coutts, a certified financial planner at Sun Life Financial.“Insurance is always something, in hindsight, that seems like a great idea.”Generally, there are two main types of life insurance — term life policies and whole life policies.Term life insurance is the more popular option because it allows policyholders to buy it for a specific time period — for example, 10 to 25 years. They’re guaranteed to have coverage for that period at a set monthly premium. After the term is over, holders can sign on for a new term (if they are still in good health) but at a new, usually higher rate.A whole life policy can also be purchased for a set period at a set price. But once payments are completed for that time period, the policyholder will stay covered for the rest of their life, however long that may be.With a whole life policy — unlike term insurance — premiums that are paid will be invested by the insurance company. With some whole life policies, consumers also have the option to choose what investment vehicles they want their premiums to go into, including accounts where they can be paid a dividend annually.A whole life policy is also attractive because once all payments are made, it cannot be reneged even if one’s health worsens.So why choose a term policy over a whole life policy? The big difference between the two policies is price.For example, a premium on a term policy can be about $100 a month, while a whole life policy can run up to $500 a month, for the same amount of coverage.Coutts likened the two types of policies to renting versus buying a home.Term policies are more attractive because they’re cheaper over the short term but policyholders are not building up any equity once the term ends.A whole life policy, like a mortgage, is more expensive upfront, but people can maintain coverage and there is more opportunity to take that money and use it for estate, tax and investment planning. It also can be used as a tax shelter later in life.But at the end of the day, what kind of insurance consumers buy depends on three fundamental questions:How much insurance do they need? How long do they need it for? And what is their budget?Coutts said people should consider all the costs associated with their death.If they are the main breadwinner in their family and they have dependents, they should calculate how much money their survivors will need when they die. Funeral costs, mortgage payments, car loans and inheritances should also be taken into account.It’s often recommended that people purchase a life insurance policy between five to seven times their annual salary.“What you don’t want to happen is for the insurance to expire before your need does, and for your health to change in the interim,” said Coutts. “Then we’ve got a problem.”Ron Sanderson with the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association said it’s also important to consider whether there is additional coverage through work or a professional association, and factor that in before buying a personal policy.He noted that term policies are also not forever. Once a young couple ages, they can often convert their term policy into a permanent one if they’ve taken care of most of their financial responsibilities, including maxing out their RRSPs and paying down their debt.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

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These violent acts must cease urges top UN envoy in Kosovo in

“These cowardly acts of violence are reprehensible, and they gravely jeopardize security and stability in the region,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Kosovo, Farid Zarif. “These acts of violence must cease.”The incident targeted the home of a Kosovo Serb, Nebojsa Maric, and caused extensive property damage to his house, neighbouring buildings, as well as a vehicle, according to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) which Mr. Zarif heads. He stressed that rule of law authorities must take effective measures to prevent such violent acts. “I have personally received strong assurances from all sides of the debate in northern Kosovo that acts of force and intimidation will not to be tolerated,” Mr. Zarif said.“I look to local leaders to ensure the highest degree of assistance to law enforcement. Any misguided attempt to undermine stability during the elections process should be dealt with as a matter of the highest priority.”The UN envoy urged anyone with information about this incident to cooperate with investigators so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice. read more

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UN mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly suicide attack in Kabul

“Once again, anti-Government elements conducted a suicide attack using a car full of explosives in a crowded area of Kabul with complete disregard for the lives of Afghan civilians,” deplored Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.Targeting a convoy from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led Resolute Support Mission, the attack was carried out on a street of the Macorayan area of Kabul, during rush hour and in front of a private hospital, indicates a press release.Three contractors from the NATO mission were among the victims and extensive damage was caused to surrounding homes and property.Extending its condolences to the families of those killed and a speedy recovery for those injured, the UN Mission reaffirmed its “continued support” to the people of Afghanistan read more

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BlackBerry PlayBook only gets a few hours battery life says analyst

first_imgResearch in Motion has outwardly seemed pretty confident that they have an iPad killer in the new BlackBerry PlayBook, but a new rumor suggests that the tablet is not ready for primetime, thanks to its abysmal battery life.Long battery life is obviously important in a tablet, but according to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, the BlackBerry PlayBook currently boasts a battery life that lasts “only a few hours.” That’s a far cry from the six hour battery life of the seven-inch Galaxy Tab and the ten hours battery life boasted by Apple’s iPad.The culprit? The new operating system used by the PlayBook, called QNX. Although it seems better suited to the task of touch control than BlackBerry OS, QNX was designed for systems that were always plugging into a larger power source, like an automobile in-dash interface or network equipment. QNX was never built from the ground up to support mobile devices, and that’s a big problem. It is postulated that the battery life considerations are why RIM has delayed the PlayBook until May, 2011… where it’ll be competing directly with the iPad 2. Either way, unless RIM can massively reduce power consumption, the PlayBook is guaranteed to be dead on arrival.Read more at All Things Dlast_img read more

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Google What is it and how do I get it

first_imgGoogle announced a new social networking layer that may compete with Facebook but, at the same time, is utterly different. The Google+ project will do some of the same general things as Facebook, such as sending messages to friends, sharing links, chatting, and sharing pictures, but the big difference is that with Google+, you can choose who you want to share these things with. Unlike with Facebook where posting a link will show up on your profile for all of your 500 “friends” to see, Google+ lets you do things a little differently. Here’s how it works:CirclesThe concept of Circles is a major part of Google+. This is where you choose who you want in your contacts. You can have a family Circle, a BFF Circle, a co-workers Circle, and even an “Epic bros” Circle, as Google shows in the demo video below. One of the hardest things about Facebook becoming so popular is that everyone is on it and everyone is friends with you.AdChoices广告Most of us are friends with a lot of family members and colleagues on Facebook, and we enjoy seeing what they’re up to. However, we don’t always want to share everything with them. Google allows you to choose which people you want in what Circle. You then use those Circles for all of your Google+ activity, which we’ll get into more in depth below.SparksSparks is a feature that lets you select certain areas, hobbies, or interests that you particularly like. They’re the things you always ramble on and on about when someone brings it up at a party, like that new album by your favorite musician, or a new comic book. Google wants to keep people searching for content on its site, so Sparks helps by delivering a “field of highly contagious content from across the Internet” on any topic.You can then share it with a particular group of friends who will appreciate the news of a new restaurant opening in your neighborhood, unlike the rest of your 495 friends who live in different neighborhoods and would otherwise be seeing it in your Facebook status.HangoutsHangouts is one of the features I’m not quite sure will catch on, but it’s a cool concept nonetheless. Hangouts aims to bring a group of friends together sporadically by combining casual meetups with live multi-person video. I’m not sure how useful it will be when everyone’s just “hanging out” in different parts of the world, at different time, but the aim is to for people to just stop in when they have the time.MobileIn Q1 of this year, 36 percent of phones being sold were Android devices, so mobile is an important area to Google+, and its mobile features are pretty impressive. First, Google+ allows you to add your location to every post so you can share where you are with your Circles. You also have the option of not sharing, so it’s not a huge privacy issue.The second feature is Instant Upload, which lets you take a photo and instantly upload it to a private album in the cloud. For those of us notorious for snapping photos throughout the day on our phones and then forgetting to upload them by the end of the day, this feature will come in handy. When you get back to your computer, you can simply flip through the photos you uploaded earlier and share them with your Circles.HuddleMaybe one of the best features of Google+ is Huddle, which lets you coordinate with friends and family in real-time. It’s especially useful on your phone when you’re trying to plan something out with a group of people. For example, when you’re trying to pick a place to meet, you don’t have to do the whole “I’ll call Jess and Jim and see if that’s okay and call you back” thing. You can just have a flowing conversation with the people you select in your Circle through text messages.How to get Google+?Google says Google+ is available today on the Android Market, but you actually have to wait for an invite since it’s still in active development. If want to make sure you are on the list, you can sign up here.We’re waiting to get ours, and when we do, we’ll let you know how these features work hands-on. We’ll also let you know when Google+ is out of development and ready to go. Google says “it’s coming soon to the App Store.”What do you think of Google+? Does it look like something you will use, or will you just stick to Facebook and Twitter to relay your updates to all your friends and followers?Read more at Google+ and the Google Bloglast_img read more

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Massively ambitious GTA V arrives September 17 on consoles

first_imgRockstar Games has been teasing the release of Grand Theft Auto V since October last year. But up until now we were expecting it to arrive some time in the Spring. The bad news is, that’s no longer the case, but the good news is we now have a specific release date for the game.Rockstar has today announced that GTA V will be available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17. PC gamers will just have to wait and see what happens, but even if the game does appear for Windows, it likely won’t do so until some point in 2014 if past performance is anything to go by.Rockstar has apologized and says it realizes September isn’t a Spring release, but the game had to be delayed a few months. The reason being GTA V is a “massively ambitious” and “complex” title, and the dev team just needs a few more months to get everything finished and polished.People have already started posting abusive comments on the Rockstar post about the delay, which is both unfortunate and predictable. A delay is understandable for such a big game, and it would be much worse to release it full of bugs. A September release also works out better for Rockstar as it gives them a nice window for millions of sales in the run up to Christmas.It’s thought some games were delayed to miss the launch of GTA V in the Spring. Now the release date has changed, we may see some more high profile titles shifting away from a September/October release date.via Rockstar Gameslast_img read more

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