Minister vows strict action in student harassment case

first_imgA day after a student alleged he was “stripped naked” and “filmed” inside a room at a reputed college here, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Sunday said “strict action” would be taken against anyone found involved in the act. The video clip of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed the student pleading for mercy at St Paul’s Cathedral College even as he was forced to remove his clothes in front of a group of people. Mr. Chatterjee, who received a written complaint from the student on the matter, told reporters that anyone found involved in the misdeed would bear consequences. “If the allegations were found to be true in the inquiry report of the college, the government will show ‘zero tolerance’ to such misconduct,” he said.Upcoming festival The first-year student, who claimed to be a member of the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) unit of the college, told media on Saturday that he was subjected to torture by some senior members of the students’ wing on May 17 when he inquired about the expenses incurred for arranging an upcoming festival in the college.last_img read more

Gilas gold? Perlas looking at SEA Games crown too

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games But head coach Pat Aquino admitted that the schedule—not just their opponents—presents a big stumbling block.“I don’t know about the schedule but it works against us,” said Aquino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCompetition starts Aug. 20. He said Perlas, which played in the tough Fiba Asia Women’s Cup, will play Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar in that order.“Then we will take on (title favorite) Thailand the following day. Thailand will be coming from a break going into that game,” Aquino told the Inquirer. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH water polo gunning for podium celebration WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERIt won’t be just Gilas Pilipinas shooting for a basketball gold in Kuala Lumpur.Perlas Pilipinas, the less-heralded women’s squad, will also go all out for a Southeast Asian Games crown when the biennial meet kicks off next week.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimescenter_img Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The crucial game against the Thais will be at 8:30 p.m. Then the Philippines takes on host Malaysia at 11 a.m. the following day.“Imagine we need to go back to the hotel, it would take time. How much sleep can we get?” said Aquino.Still, team captain Raiza Rose Dy said the team is in high spirits.“Our experience in the Fiba Asia Women’s Cup was a big help, because of world class competition; we got to play against WNBA players,” said Dy. “That is something not experienced by other SEA Games countries.”The Philippines wound up fourth two years ago in the Singapore edition which was dominated by Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Australian boxing great tells Horn: Don’t give Pacquiao space

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pacquiao, of course, has that unique ability to unleash some blows as he retreats.According to Fenech, Horn needs to make it a street fight to boost his chances.“Take him back to the streets of the Philippines,” said Fenech, who believes that Pacquiao will be uncomfortable in such situations as he’s “Not hungry as he used to be. Achieving success and gaining all the money and fame.”While he regards Pacquiao in high-esteem, praising the eight-division world champion as a great fighter and a great humanitarian, Fenech said he’ll still pick Horn to win as it will put Australian boxing back on the map.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games What ‘missteps’? Fenech, now a burly 53 year-old, was present during the press conference of the “Battle of Brisbane” Wednesday and the international media took turns asking for his opinion on the Pacquiao-Horn tussle for the WBO welterweight crown.“Don’t give Manny space. Minimize the room,” said Fenech, who compiled a 29-win, 3-loss, 1-draw record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIf necessary, Fenech said Horn should go “dirty.” Ready to shove and push Pacquiao backward to change the fight around.Fenech offers a simple explanation. “Nobody throws punches while going backward.” LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img Kobe Paras future of Gilas, says Reyes MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jeff Fenech. Photo by Roy LuarcaBRISBANE, Australia—Here’s an advice from boxing great Jeff Fenech to title aspirant Jeff Horn if he wishes to stun Manny Pacquiao on Sunday.“Take Manny (Pacquiao) somewhere he hasn’t been before,” said Fenech, an Australian three-divison world champion who retired in 2008. “Don’t allow him the luxury of fighting his fight.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Chinese arm wrestling yanks hard for recognition

first_imgNo arms? No problem for table tennis ParalympianSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This photo taken on March 10, 2019 shows participants competing in the 7th Shanghai Arm Wrestling Open in Shanghai. Image: MATTHEW KNIGHT / AFPBut it is gaining an arm hold with fan associations in more than 100 Chinese cities, said Ye Ming, founder of Shanghai Arm Wrestling.More than 100 competitors took part in the recent 7th Shanghai Arm Wrestling Open, which calls itself the first in China carried out under the auspices of the Professional Armwrestling League’s international ranking system.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, logistics“Arm wrestling is a way to shake hands and communicate face-to-face,” said Ye, a top-ranked left-hander.And while China lags the U.S., Japan and Europe, it is the fastest-growing country in terms of participation, he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With proper technique and mental strength, “a skinny guy can defeat a muscular guy”, said Ye.“At first, people are attracted by the grueling and eye-catching moments. Those get them in the door, but once they look deeper, it is the intricacy of the sport and the inclusiveness of the community that keep them there,” he explained.Since its founding in 2012, Shanghai Arm Wrestling has grown from four members to more than 500, ranging in age from 17 to 63 and including four women.Members gather weekly to work on their technique, using specially designed tables with elbow pads and a metal bar fixed to each side for competitors to grip with their free hand.Li Rongyi’s right leg was partially disabled by childhood polio, ruling him out of many sports — but not arm wrestling.“I can wrestle as long as I have hands. I feel equal to others” said Li, a primary school English teacher who has wrestled competitively for seven years.Li has also been an international referee since last year and like many aficionados, hopes to see the sport added to the Paralympics.He said: “We’re trying to change the public’s impression of arm wrestling. It’s a legitimate sport, not just for entertainment.” NVGRELATED STORIES:Arm wrestling looks to climb beyond barroom bragging rights 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 LATEST STORIES The bespectacled 37-year-old is an unlikely champion.By day Ye works at a Shanghai library restoring ancient books, meticulously piecing together crumbling centuries-old manuscripts.And while he enjoyed arm wrestling as a child, he only came to the sport as an adult after falling critically ill.Eight years ago he developed viral encephalitis and slipped into a coma for two days, with doctors warning it was unlikely he would survive.But he made a remarkable recovery and while he was not able to take on the exertion of more intensive sports, he found arm-wrestling provided a full body work out that he could manage.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Game of Phones: 76ers get blown call on bench in blowout Muscles bulging and veins popping, two Chinese arm wrestlers lock eyes and then their hands, until the referee shouts “Go!”Already considered a serious sport in many parts of the world, arm wrestling has generally been viewed in China as a testosterone showdown between inebriated bar patrons.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Turgutlu: Funeral of Turkish army officer

first_imgTolga Artug in his hometown (B) Hesperia : A vehicle crosses a flooded section of Carob Street (A) Karachi:FILE-Family members of Shafqat Hussain, who was convicted and hanged for killing a boy (A) Tel Aviv : sandstorm in Tel Aviv (A) Kiev : Thousands of Ukrainian servicemen and civilians lay flowers on the site where three officers were killed (A) Vatican City : Newlywed couples attend Pope Francis weekly general audience (A) Ankara : Family members mourn Fehmi Sahin, one of 14 policemen killed in a roadside bomb attack in Igdir a day ago, during his funeral (A) MALE:Mohamed Nasheed,escorted by policemen returns after appearing at the High Court (B) SPORTS Mumbai : Sachin gives playing tips (B) Mumbai : Ajinkya Rhane (A) Stuttgart:Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships(A) PTI PHOTO GCS BMRlast_img read more

Dhaka cafe attack mastermind, 2 others killed in Bdesh

first_imgDhaka, Aug 27 (PTI) Bangladesh police today killed Dhaka cafe attack mastermind Canadian-Bangladeshi Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and his two associates during an encounter at the militants hideout near the national capital.”The gunfight erupted this morning after police started raiding a building at Naraynganjs Pikeparha,” Counter-terrorism Units Additional Deputy Commissioner Sanowar Hossain was quoted as saying by the bdnews24.com.The units chief Monirul Islam earlier said the raid was conducted upon information gleaned from an arrested operative of the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).Chowdhury was identified by police as the mastermind of the July 1 cafe attack in Dhaka that killed 22 people, including an Indian girl, and two police officers, and the subsequent assault on the Eid congregation at Sholakia.According to police, Chowdhury used to stay in Canada and might have developed a network of financiers abroad before coming to Bangladesh in 2013.Police had announced Tk 2 million reward earlier this month for information leading to Chowdhurys arrest.ISIS had claimed responsibility for the cafe attack. PTI ZHlast_img read more

Kontron: new platforms delivering power to fast-track autonomous in-vehicle designs

first_img Continue Reading Previous IAR supports secure Arm Cortex-M33 MCUs from STNext Portwell: KUBE-3100 box-PC meets requirements of demanding applications Kontron announced two new breakthrough platforms designed to fast-track autonomous in-vehicle applications in the evolution of Smart Cities system development. Kontron’s S2000 Development Platform and the upcoming availability of its high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) EvoTRAC S1901 platform give developers a deployment-ready design environment and a powerful computing platform that matches ongoing transportation ecosystem needs. Employing both the S2000 and EvoTRAC S1901 facilitates system designs with increased connectivity, remote monitoring capabilities and system interoperability that result in reducing operating costs while making all forms of mobility smarter in the process.The Kontron S2000 Development Platform allows developers to test and validate on the same hardware and interfaces that would be used in the actual production deployment of a high-performance autonomous in-vehicle system. Available now, the S2000 enables designers to immediately experiment with actual-size PCIe GPU or accelator cards in order to optimize the configuration and system platform for production deployments. It also delivers the data center-grade perfomance needed for autonomous system design development by integrating the Intel Xeon scalable 8160T 24-core processor. In addition, the S2000 features an expansion slot for full-sized GPU, FPGA accelerators and video PCIe cards and a modular, ruggedized carrier board.The EvoTRAC S1901 platform, currently under development by Kontron, extends Kontron’s family of in-vehicle computers. It is designed to meet the demanding HPEC requirements in cutting-edge transportation applications such as autonomous vehicles, sensor processing, artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and other types of emerging in-vehicle systems. With availability in early 2019, the EvoTRAC S1901 provides a powerful, compact, yet flexible platform that supplies the right combination of performance, network bandwidth, high-speed interfaces that include 10 GbE, USB 3.0 and FAKRA connectors for RF and camera Interfaces and high-capacity storage. These advanced technologies are necessary to capably handle massive amounts of data processing that leads to improved access to critical information for faster decision-making and analysis. The EvoTRAC S1901 is powered by Kontron’s proven, open-architecture Type 7 COM Express modules ranging from the COMe-bDV7R, that delivers server-grade performance with low power via its Intel Atom processor C3000 series processor, to the powerful COMe-bBD7, which leverages the raw floating-point computing power of a 4- to 12-core Intel Xeon D 1500 class processor. For customers that need a higher-end EvoTRAC S1901 platform solution, an air-assist cooling kit can be added to the base convective-cooled housing to boost system cooling without the use of cold plates or additional platform infrastructure.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

dSPACE strenghtens AI expertise by acquiring understand.ai

first_imgdSPACE acquires the start-up company understand.ai. Under the umbrella of the dSPACE group companies, understand.ai will invest in the core tasks ‘artificial intelligence (AI) applications’ and ‘cloud-based tools’, further develop its existing products as an integral part of the dSPACE product range, and use the dSPACE global sales network to market its products and services.In the development and introduction of autonomous vehicles, it is crucial to detect the environment of the vehicle realistically and without faults. Other road users, traffic signs, lanes, the static roadside structures, and open spaces must be reliably identified.For this purpose, self-learning (machine learning) algorithms, in particular deep neural networks (DNNs) based on artificial intelligence, are used in these autonomous vehicles. These algorithms must be trained and validated efficiently. Therefore, it is a requirement to analyze, annotate, and also anonymize a tremendous amount of recorded (camera, lidar, and radar) sensor data.The quantity, quality, and diversity of this training and validation data determine the quality of the resulting DNNs. The annotation process, also called labeling, is required for classifying the objects as a reference for machine learning. Today, this process carried out manually, which is mostly time-consuming and does not always ensure the highest quality level.understand.ai has proprietary expert knowledge that enables automating this process to the greatest extent possible. The company also uses self-learning algorithms to process high-quality training and validation data. The underlying key technology is also based on artificial intelligence and ensures efficient data analysis as well as precise data annotation, which guarantees high quality training data for AI-based driving algorithms. understand.ai develops AI- and web-based tools for this area of application. The underlying know-how is also used to extract simulation scenarios from sensor data.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous IBASE: COM Express module powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoCNext ept achieves impressive results in Bishop Customer Satisfaction Surveylast_img read more

7 days ago​Leeds look to increasing capacity at Elland Road to 50,000

first_imgTagsEnglish ChampionshipAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Leeds look to increasing capacity at Elland Road to 50,000by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United are planning to expand Elland Road stadium to 50,000 if they get promoted to the Premier League, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The announcement was made by the club’s managing director, Angus Kinnear, during a civic reception to mark the team’s 100th anniversary.The planned extension will take place on the West Stand, matching the East Stand in terms of height, with Kinnear wanting the venue to “compete with other stadiums in the Premier League and in Europe.”But any move to take Elland Road’s capacity from just over 37,000 to 50,000 is dependent on a top-flight return for Leeds, according to the Yorkshire Post’s Graham Smyth.Last season, they had the second highest average attendance in the Championship with 34,033, second only to eventual playoff winners Aston Villa. last_img read more

Leicester sign Tielemans in club-record £40m deal

first_imgLeicester City have announced the club-record £40 million ($50m) signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco on a four-year contract.The deal, which is subject to Premier League and international clearance, comes after the 22-year-old impressed during a six-month loan spell with the Foxes last season.Indeed, in just 13 appearances, Tielemans contributed three goals and four assists for the East Midlands side. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The Belgium international becomes the third signing made by Brendan Rodgers’ side this summer, following the arrivals of Ayoze Perez and James Justin.Speaking to Leicester’s official website, Tielemans spoke of his excitement at completing the move.”It is such a great feeling to sign for this football club,” he said. “Ever since I arrived on loan last season, all the players, the staff and the fans have been fantastic with me, so I’m thrilled to be able to become a Leicester City player.”I believe that we have the talent in our squad to achieve something special and for any player, that’s an exciting thing to be a part of. I really can’t wait to get started again with this club and do everything I can to help my team-mates.”Rodgers also weighed in on the transfer, stating that the acquisition of such a talented player speaks volumes of the club’s ambitions.”I’m delighted that Youri has chosen to be part of Leicester City’s journey,” the manager said. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for this football club and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here.”Youri fit brilliantly into the squad last season, he’s already shown that he’s capable of making an impact in the Premier League and he adds another option to an incredibly talented group of players here at Leicester City.”Capped by Belgium 23 times, the first of those coming back in 2016, Tielemans was part of the country’s 2018 World Cup squad that finished third in Russia.The Anderlecht youth product will now join up with the rest of his new team-mates in France, where the Foxes are undergoing a training camp as they prepare for the 2019-20 Premier League season.last_img read more

Le vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 sera uniquement offert aux groupes à

first_img Les personnes qui ne font pas partie de ces groupes ne recevront pas le vaccin pour le moment. Le gouvernement provincial réévaluera sa réserve de vaccins de façon continue et offrira le vaccin plus tard à d’autres groupes, selon les risques et selon la réserve de vaccins. « Aujourd’hui, en raison des changements dans l’approvisionnement du vaccin, nous ajustons notre stratégie pour protéger d’abord les Néo-Écossais les plus vulnérables, » a dit le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la province. « Je sais que les gens sont inquiets et ont des questions. Je demande aux Néo-Écossais de faire preuve de patience, de calme et de compréhension alors que nous relevons les défis auxquels nous faisons face. » Les cabinets de médecins ne recevront plus le vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 jusqu’à avis contraire. On demande aux médecins qui ont déjà reçu les vaccins de les donner uniquement aux personnes qui font partie des groupes indiqués. Les cliniques de vaccination contre la grippe H1N1 organisées par les employeurs seront reportées jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Pour obtenir les renseignements les plus à jour sur les cliniques communautaires de vaccination, surveillez les annonces dans votre communauté ou consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/H1N1/FR. À ce jour (30 octobre), la Nouvelle-Écosse a reçu 160 000 doses du vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 avec adjuvant. La semaine prochaine, le gouvernement provincial recevra 12 500 doses du vaccin avec adjuvant et 5 400 doses du vaccin sans adjuvant, un nombre considérablement moins élevé que prévu. Le vaccin est distribué aux provinces et territoires chaque semaine par l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada, après le contrôle de la qualité de chaque lot. Le nombre de vaccin distribué est proportionnel à la population de chaque province et territoire. Le Dr Strang rappelle aux personnes qui ne se font pas vacciner immédiatement de prendre les précautions suivantes pour éviter de contracter la grippe : Lavez-vous les mains souvent avec du savon et de l’eau, particulièrement après avoir éternué ou toussé. Si vous n’avez pas facilement accès à de l’eau et du savon, il est acceptable d’utiliser du désinfectant pour les mains à base d’alcool. Couvrez votre bouche avec votre bras ou votre manche pour tousser et éternuer. Si vous utilisez un mouchoir, jetez-le immédiatement et lavez-vous les mains. Évitez de vous toucher les yeux, le nez et la bouche. Ne partagez pas votre verre, bouteille d’eau, cigarette, protège-dents ou vos cosmétiques ou ustensiles. Les enfants de moins de cinq ans, les femmes enceintes ou les personnes de moins de 65 ans atteintes d’une maladie chronique pour laquelle elles reçoivent régulièrement des soins qui présentent des symptômes de la grippe doivent consulter leur médecin de famille ou se rendre à une clinique sans rendez-vous ou un centre d’évaluation de la grippe. Les personnes qui présentent des symptômes grippaux graves, par exemple le souffle court, des douleurs thoraciques, le vertige, des vomissements graves, une fièvre élevée pendant plus de trois jours et de la confusion doivent composer le 911 ou se rendre immédiatement au service d’urgence de leur région. Les personnes qui présentent des symptômes de la grippe et qui n’ont aucun autre problème de santé doivent rester à la maison jusqu’à ce qu’elles se sentent mieux. Si les symptômes s’aggravent, il faut obtenir des soins médicaux. La Nouvelle-Écosse modifie sa stratégie de vaccination en raison de problèmes d’approvisionnement du vaccin au niveau national. À compter du lundi 2 novembre, le vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 sera offert uniquement aux personnes les plus à risque, c’est-à-dire :center_img les femmes enceintes; les enfants de moins de cinq ans (de six à 59 mois); les résidents des communautés des Premières nations; les travailleurs de la santé dans les régies régionales de la santé, les établissements de soins de longue durée et les organismes de soins à domicile qui offrent des soins directs aux patients. Ce groupe inclut les médecins de famille, les infirmières en milieu familial, les pharmaciens et les techniciens en pharmacie.last_img read more

ICE to resume detaining migrant families at Texas facility

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will soon resume detaining migrant families at a Texas facility outside of San Antonio, clearing the way for the agency to detain hundreds of additional parents and children.The Trump administration had stopped holding families at the Karnes County Residential Center in the spring, saying it was unable to transport migrants there because of a record influx of families at the border.But, after a decline in apprehensions in the summer, officials said in a statement on Saturday that they will revert Karnes “back to a family residential center in the near future.”Officials had said earlier that they expected the facility to return to exclusively detaining families after a few months.Karnes has most recently been used to hold about 700 adult women, and intake has been temporarily suspended, ICE spokesman Richard Rocha said in the statement.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Current detainees at Karnes can expect to be transferred to other facilities, he said.Karnes can house up to 830 parents and children, according to Geo Group, the private contractor that runs the facility.ICE is housing families at two other facilities in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and Dilley, Texas. Karnes is the second largest family center.Re-adding Karnes restores ICE’s total capacity to detain families to more than 3,000 people, though most recently its family detention centers were well below capacity.ICE is about to transfer women from Karnes Detention Center to Louisiana & other detention centers across the country to make room for family detentionThe Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a nonprofit organization based in Texas, said female detainees were told they would be transferred to other facilities in a few days.The nonprofit called for ICE to shut down these and other facilities and said women have complained of poor medical care at Karnes.“ICE is about to transfer women from Karnes Detention Center to Louisiana & other detention centers across the country to make room for family detention,” the nonprofit tweeted Friday.Migrant families have flooded the U.S.-Mexico border over the past year seeking refuge from violence and poverty, mainly in Central America. The White House claims they are traveling in families because limited detention means they are likely to be released in the United States, and most are rarely deported.In recent months, the Trump administration has intensified enforcement and pressured Mexico to detain more families traveling north and host thousands awaiting their asylum hearings.The Trump administration is also attempting to expand the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, restrict asylum, and broker deals with Central American nations to absorb mass migration.Last month, officials took steps to terminate a federal court settlement restricting how long U.S. officials can detain migrant children with their parents. Officials want to replace the settlement with a rule that could expand family detention and dramatically increase the time children spend in custody.If the administration’s bid is successful, officials would have the legal authority to hold families longer. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has said his goal is to detain families for less than two months to complete their immigration cases, and release or deport them together.Family apprehensions at the border declined over the summer, from 70 percent in July to 55 percent in August. Arrests typically drop during the scorching summer months but crossings remain higher than during past years, irritating a president who campaigned on a promise to drive down the numbers.Overall apprehensions are expected to near 1 million this fiscal year, a threshold unseen since the George W. Bush administration. read more

Welcoming peaceful presidential election in Togo Ban calls for continued calm atmosphere

“As Togo awaits the final results, the Secretary-General encourages all political leaders and segments of society to continue to maintain the peaceful atmosphere that has prevailed throughout the electoral process,” said a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The statement urged all candidates and their supporters to resolve any disputes that might arise through established legal procedures.

Jaguars Owner No New Contract For Maurice JonesDrew

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan had a clear and unequivocal message for running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who is seeking a new contract.He’s not getting one.“There’s no decision here,’’ Khan told the Times-Union newspaper of Florida.“It’s his choice. There’s been very little for us to do rather than wait on whatever he might choose to do.’’That could result in a long holdout for Jones-Drew, who has two years left on a five-year, $31-million contract he signed in 2008.Coach Mike Mularkey will not only be missing Jones-Drew at his first practice today, but also first-round draft choice Justin Blackmon, who has yet to come to terms on a deal because the Jaguars want protection in case he has another off-field incident.Jones-Drew, the NFL’s leading rusher last season, can be fined $30,000 a day for his absence although Mularkey has declined to say if he will impose the fine.Blackmon is the Jaguars’ last unsigned rookie after punter Bryan Anger, the team’s third-round pick, agreed to a four-year contract and signed the deal.Jaguars general manager Gene Smith previously said the team wants Jones-Drew to honor the final two years of his contract and isn’t going to give him a new deal. Khan made it obvious that continues to be the team’s position.“There’s more than 50 players under contract,” Khan said. “There are other people under contract in management, coaches. Does that mean if you do it for one, you do it for everybody. Where do you draw the line?’’The danger of a long holdout is Jones-Drew wouldn’t know the team’s new system and might not be in football shape and could be liable to injury.“My only concern is learning the system,’’ Mularkey said of Jones-Drew. “It would be difficult to come in and jump right in the huddle for anybody who isn’t here. I think veterans know what kind of shape [they have to be in]. Especially in this kind of heat. Football shape is different, especially if you don’t get some banging early.’’ read more

Parfaite Harmonie security guard charged with manslaughter

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman charged with attempted murder; granted $300,000 bailFebruary 16, 2015In “Crime”Subryanville hotel killing: Magistrate recuses self from presiding over caseSeptember 15, 2018In “Court”Duo charged for narco possessionJanuary 22, 2019In “Court” A security guard attached to the Hopkinson Security Service was slapped with a manslaughter charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts earlier today (Tuesday).Christopher AmbroseFifty-five year old, Christopher Ambrose of 1324 Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD) was made to stand before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan and was not allowed to plead to the indictable offense.It is being alleged that, he, on October 24 2017 at Seven Hour, Butterfly Backdam, Cuyuni, unlawfully killed Raimar Batista DeSouza.The accused was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Latchmie Rahamat who pleaded his case explaining to the Chief Magistrate that her client was defending himself from the deceased who was at the time attempting to kill him.She noted that if the defendant did not defend himself, he could have been killed by DeSouza. She asked that bail be grnated to her client on these grounds.Police Prosecutor, Arvin Moore however had no bail objections but requested that the accused lodge his travel documents at the Bartica Police Station.Magistrate McLennan granted bail to the accused in the sum of $500,000 and asked that he report to the Bartica Police Station every Friday pending the outcome of the matter.Ambrose is scheduled to make his next appearance on November 16 2017 at the Bartica Magistrate Court. read more

ICMM releases 2015 mining safety report

first_imgThe International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has reported that its 23 member companies, which employ over 900,000 people recorded 60 fatalities across the globe in 2015 with five members recording zero fatalities for the year. ICMM CEO Tom Butler said, “Nothing is more important to us than people’s health and safety and ICMM’s ambition is to have no fatalities in the mining industry. Our members helped compile this report as part of their efforts to reduce fatalities and injuries in the mining sector.”“We welcome the overall downward trend in both fatalities and injuries since 2012 but are ever vigilant and note that there was an increase in fatalities in 2015. The mining and metals industry has been working hard to eliminate fatalities, but we acknowledge we still have a long way to go. ICMM membership means committing to continuous improvement of health and safety performance and we continue that journey,” he said. In order to accurately measure the frequency of fatalities, the report examines the fatality frequency rate – fatalities per million hours worked – which was 0.027 in 2015.ICMM’s members also reported a decrease in total recordable injuries from 13,895 in 2012 to 10,586 in 2015 alongside a decrease in the total recordable injury frequency rate from 5.07 to 4.74 injuries per million hours worked. The annual safety report is the third produced by ICMM with the aim of encouraging information and knowledge-sharing among members in order to further improve safety across the industry.Report findings include:Four additional fatalities recorded in 2015 compared to 201470% of fatalities were attributed to fall of ground in underground mines, machinery and transportation60% of fatalities occurred in South AfricaThe mining industry must continue its efforts to eliminate all fatalities and catastrophic eventsICMM’s work on critical control management is a key strategy to reach this goal.Dr Sizwe Phakathi, Head of Safety and Sustainable Development at the South African Chamber of Mines said: “This report is a really useful tool which will help us all to make mining safer. It identifies the most common causes of injuries and fatalities which will help us to prevent them recurring in the future. While 2015 saw the lowest number of fatalities in South African mines we believe that a single mining death is one too many and we share the ICMM’s ambition of achieving zero fatalities in mining.”Butler said that the data was helping the industry learn where to focus its efforts. “ICMM believes that ongoing measurement and evaluation is key to driving safety improvements. The more data we collect, the more equipped we are to analyse common challenges and determine how to address them. We believe taking a collective approach allows us to make greater progress as an industry than if we tackled the issue individually,” he said.Last year, ICMM’s member companies worked together to develop good practice guidance on critical control management. The management of critical controls is founded on the principle that some controls are more crucial than others to prevent unwanted events and/or mitigating their consequences should they occur.  Companies should therefore focus on systematically identifying, assessing, implementing and evaluating those controls that are essential to the prevention of fatal or catastrophic events.“We put people first, and as a high-risk industry creating a strong safety culture is crucial. It is therefore essential that we continue to embed critical control management into our day-to-day operations. While the fatality and injury rates serve as backward-looking indicators, critical control management offers leading indicators on the health and safety status of an organisation. This means being able to monitor real-time performance and respond accordingly,” said Butler.last_img read more

Swarm of bees grounds 150 million F22 Raptor

first_imgThe F-22 is one seriously advanced airplane. It’s incredibly stealthy, can reach speeds of Mach 2.25, and has a range of more than 1,800 miles. It can also be grounded by a swarm of ordinary bees.It’s not every day the Air Force has to call on an apiarist to solve a problem with one of its fighter jets. Fortunately they didn’t have to look too hard to find one when they situation arose. They just picked up the phone and got in touch with a former airman.After retiring from the Air Force, Andy Westrich decided to take up beekeeping. While I’m sure he figured he’d find himself on a base again one day in the future, he probably didn’t think he’d be doing it in his full suit and dragging a five-gallon bucket… and then sucking bees off a $150 million jet with a shop vac.In total, Westrich removed nearly 8 pounds of bees from the Raptor. That works out to around 20,000 bees who decided it’d be cool to congregate around one of the plane’s exhaust nozzles. Chief Master Sergeant Gregg Allen said “the honey bees most likely came from a much larger bee hive somewhere else on base.” You know, just in case you thought that they were routinely setting up shop inside military hardware.Bees inconveniencing the Air Force by grounding a plane? That’s good stuff. But Neville Flynn would like to take a moment to remind you that animals on a plane aren’t always a laughing matter. Snakes, in particular, can be a real bitch.Image courtesy Carlos Claudio, U.S. Air Forcelast_img read more

This Robot Museum Plans to Construct Itself in Seoul

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Seoul’s Robot Science Museum won’t be an ordinary attraction: The planned structure will reportedly “construct itself” and have robots aid its building process.Melike Altınışık Architects (MAA), a Turkish firm, recently won a competition to design the egg-shaped building, which will be the “world’s first pioneer Robot Science Museum (RSM).” The museum’s “first exhibition,” which will be “its own construction,” by bots on site, is expected to start in early 2020, TechCrunch reported.MAA MELIKE ALTINISIK ARCHITECTS WINS International Competition for World’s first pioneer ROBOT SCIENCE MUSEUM in Seoul! @melikealtinisik pic.twitter.com/GggoCyet6t— MELIKE ALTINISIK MAA (@melikealtinisik) February 13, 2019“MAA’s design for Robot Museum (RSM) which plays a catalytic role in advancing and promoting science, technology, and innovation throughout society is not only going to exhibit robots but actually from design, manufacturing to construction and services robots will be in charge,” MAA announced in the press statement.MAA @melikealtinisik designs world’s first pioneer Robot Science Museum that will be constructed by robots in Seoul: https://t.co/Exx8cEqCJF #seoul #architecture pic.twitter.com/fpKBFtkyY7— World Architecture (@WACommunity) February 20, 2019At RSM, visitors are expected to experience exhibits with robotics technology, AI, augmented and virtual reality, and holograms, World Architecture reported. Additionally, RSM plans to host an training course on new robotic devices.MAA didn’t provide any additional updates on RSM, however, the firm’s design plans were favored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. For the competition, the Seoul Metropolitan Government requested RSM design ideas that would support public education in robots and raise awareness in AI initiatives.Visit MAA’s website and Twitter account for more updates on RSM’s “self-construction” project plans.More on Geek.com:Sphero RVR Is a Hackable Robot TankThis Weird Robot Can Fold Your Laundry at a Snail’s Pace This Little Robot Blasts the Bacteria in Your Hotel Room Bed Stay on targetlast_img read more