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Labourer lynched over childlifting rumour in AmethiLabourer lynched over childlifting rumour in Amethi

first_imgAmethi: A labourer was lynched to death, while eight others were injured in an attack by a mob, which suspected them of being child lifters. The incident took place in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi district on Sunday evening. A video shot by an eyewitness shows a severely injured man, covered in dust, writhing on the ground. A group of people surround him and shout at him. Another video shows four policemen carrying a man away by his hands and legs from a paddy field. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ According to reports, a group of labourers from Pratapgarh had finished their work and stopped by at a liquor shop for some drinks. Outside the shop, they got into an argument with another person, who was drunk. Amethi, Superintendent of Police, Khyati Garg, said: “The labourers thrashed the man till he died. They were trying to shove the body into their vehicle when a villager saw them from a distance and assumed they were kidnapping a child.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Soon a mob descended on the spot and started beating them up. The injured have been admitted to a hospital and the deceased man’s body has been sent for post-mortem. Child lifting rumours have been leading to mob violence in Uttar Pradesh since the past one month. The police said they have been meeting village heads and making public announcements to guard against the rumours that could escalate into mob killings. At least 12 cases of mob assault on people accused of kidnapping have been reported from Bulandshahr district in the last one month, the police said. In Ghaziabad last week, a video of the woman being thrashed by the mob was circulated on social media. She was taking her grandson for shopping when she was mistaken for a child kidnapper. In Sambhal, a man was lynched when he was taking his nephew to a doctor. His brother was seriously injured in the attack.last_img read more

Liberals tried pilot project with Facebook data whistleblower in 2016 sourceLiberals tried pilot project with Facebook data whistleblower in 2016 source

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian data scientist who admitted to helping political parties score electoral wins by exploiting the private information of millions of Facebook users also oversaw a short-lived pilot project for the federal Liberals shortly after the 2015 election, The Canadian Press has learned.Christopher Wylie came forward in recent days with accusations that a voter-profiling company improperly harvested Facebook data from some 50 million users in order to help seal victories for the Trump campaign and in the U.K.’s Brexit referendum.Wylie has insisted in interviews that he not only played a pivotal role in developing the data-mining technique, he also helped establish Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the heart of the controversy that was first revealed by The Guardian newspaper and the New York Times.In January 2016, months before U.S. President Donald Trump’s win, Wylie pitched his services to the Liberal caucus research office, said a Liberal parliamentary source, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of a private meeting.Even before the meeting, Wylie had experience working at the highest levels of the party.From 2007 to 2009, he worked in the office of the Liberal leader, when the party was helmed by Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. He was also a member of the party’s youth commission.Following the meeting, the Liberals signed a contract with Wylie in 2016 and he launched a pilot project, the source confirmed. The source would not provide further details on the nature of the contract or its duration, saying only that Wylie’s services were focused on “information management.”After seeing what Wylie had to offer, the party chose not to proceed further with the project, said the source, who added that it’s not uncommon for political parties to try out the services of contractors for brief periods of time.The contract was awarded in accordance with all the procurement rules, and at no time did Wylie have access to anyone’s personal data, the source added.Earlier this week, The Canadian Press spoke with an acquaintance of Wylie’s who described having drinks with the data expert in Ottawa in November 2015, a few weeks after the federal election.However, Liberal party spokesman Braeden Caley said in an email that the party did not contract Wylie to do any work after staffers met with him in January 2016.The acquaintance said Wylie talked about his plans to shop his Facebook data-mining techniques in the national capital, including with the Liberals, and also in Washington with the Republican party.Wylie described using a Facebook survey as an entry point to collect user data, and the pair discussed the ethical concerns surrounding the method, said the acquaintance.When asked about the party’s interactions with the data expert, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that a meeting took place between Wylie and the Liberal caucus research bureau in January 2016.“Mr. Wylie did some preliminary work for the Liberal caucus research bureau but ultimately it was decided not to move forward with his services,” Chantal Gagnon said in a brief email.By 2009, during Wylie’s stint working for the Liberal leader’s office, he had already begun to develop strategies on how politicians could capitalize on information collected through social media, another former Liberal insider said earlier this week.At that time, Wylie was pushing a fledgling form of the data-harvesting technique, but the idea was considered too invasive and raised concerns with the Liberals, who decided they didn’t want anything to do with it and chose not to renew his contract, said the insider, who also discussed the matter only on condition of anonymity.Wylie has not responded to interview requests by The Canadian Press.The federal privacy commissioner has formally launched an investigation to determine whether any personal information of Canadians was affected by the alleged unauthorized access to Facebook user profiles.Meanwhile, the Trudeau government is asking the Communications Security Establishment and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to take a closer look at the situation to better ensure the privacy rights of Canadians are protected.Scott Brison, the acting minister for democratic institutions, said Tuesday he’d be open to strengthening federal privacy laws even further to better protect those who share their information online.Facebook has denied the data collection was a breach because people knowingly provided their information. The company has said a University of Cambridge psychology professor accessed the information after he requested it from users who gave their consent when they chose to sign up for his test via a Facebook app.Newspaper reports have said Facebook first learned of the data leak more than two years ago, but didn’t disclose it until now.Cambridge Analytica has “strongly denied” the allegations that it had improperly obtained Facebook data.The company has also insisted Wylie was a contractor, not a founder, as he has claimed. Wylie, a 28-year-old from British Columbia, left the firm in 2014.Trump’s campaign has denied using the Cambridge Analytica’s data, saying it relied on the Republican National Committee for its information.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Associated Presslast_img read more

Le Pen Refuse to Wear Headscarf to Meet Lebanese Grand MuslimLe Pen Refuse to Wear Headscarf to Meet Lebanese Grand Muslim

Rabat – Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, says she will “not cover herself up” to meet with Lebanon’s Grand Sunni Muslim Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian.The far-right French presidential candidate cancelled a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti after refusing to wear a headscarf. Le Pen was on a three-day visit to Lebanon to bolster her credentials as a presidential candidate when she walked out of a meeting with one of the country’s foremost religious leaders before it started.“You can pass on my respects to the Grand Mufti, but I will not cover myself up,” Le Pen told reporters. She reportedly added that she had met in the past with the grand mufti of Egypt’s Al Azhar, one of the world’s top Sunni clerics, without having to wear a veil. During her visit to Lebanon, Le Pen is also scheduled to meet with Lebanese right-wing Christian party leader Samir Geagea and with the Maronite Christian patriarch.Dar al-Fatwa, the highest Sunni authority in Lebanon presided over by the mufti, said Tuesday in a statement that “its press office had informed the presidential candidate, through one of its collaborators, that Le Pen would have to cover her head when meeting his eminence (the mufti) according to the protocol of Dar al-Fatwa.” The Sunni institution added that “the leaders of Dar al-Fatwa were surprised by Le Pen’s refusal to comply with this well-known rule,” expressing its regrets in front of such “inappropriate behavior.”At a presentation of her 144 presidential commitments in Lyon in early February, the anti-immigration politician promised to “promote secularism,” to “fight against communitarianism” and to inscribe in the Constitution the principle according to which the Republic does not “recognize any community.”This is not the first time a female politician would refuse to wear the veil. Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Hillary Clinton and former US First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama all refused to wear veils on diplomatic visits to Saudi Arabia, where every female who lives there is required to have her head and body covered in public. read more

Business of Tech Disneys streaming service and the Apple Watch 3Business of Tech Disneys streaming service and the Apple Watch 3

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Stock Photo/Pixabay.com/660 NEWS) Business of Tech: Disney’s streaming service and the Apple Watch 3 by Jonathan Muma Posted Aug 28, 2017 11:34 am MDT The Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S1E8: This week, Jonathan speaks with Haskayne School of Business instructor Catherine Heggerud about Disney’s decision to leave Netflix and start its own streaming service. He also chats with Mobile Syrup Senior Editor Patrick O’Rourke about the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch 3.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2017/08/28/business-of-tech-aug-2417-s1e8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

EYEWITNESS Means ends…EYEWITNESS Means ends…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Searching for…May 24, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Can’t touch this…March 14, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Commemorating…August 7, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …and BurnhamPressie, in his role as Leader of the PNC, along with his General Secretary, Basil Williams; other stalwarts of the party; and, most interestingly, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, vowed to continue the legacy of the Founder-Leader of the PNC, Forbes Burnham. It was the 32nd anniversary of the death of the man.So, the question arises as to what exactly is that “legacy” that’s gonna be unfolding. Well, politically, there’s the “Declaration of Sophia” by Burnham in 1974. This created a political system in which the PNC was declared “paramount” over the state. If there are some today who’re quibbling about the Executive favouring its “perceptions” of the Constitution over the opinion of the Judiciary, they should ponder this: under the “paramountcy of the party”, the PNC flag flew over the Court of Appeal!!On the legacy of “democracy”, there was also the routine rigging of elections in 1968, 1973, 1980 and 1985 — so the other political parties, like PPP and WPA — were so much window dressing. Is this what we’re to expect in 2020?On the economy, about which the speakers all extolled Burnham’s moves to “remove poverty”, what are the facts?In 1989 the McIntyre Report announced that, from being one of the more developed countries in the Caribbean, we were now just above Haiti in the rankings.  The entire country was living in general poverty, with Guyana classified as a “Highly Indebted Poor Country”.By 1992 the UN-conducted Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) showed 43.2% of the populace living below “moderate” poverty, and 28.7% were in “extreme” poverty! And this was AFTER Desmond Hoyte worked for FIVE YEARS to undo Burnham’s economic follies!With the way the present lot’s handling the economy, they’re already well on their way to fulfil the legacy of Burnham in this area!But what was most troubling about the speeches extolling Burnham’s “greatness” was that no one even mentioned the circumstance under which he’d assumed office. It was described (most kindly) as a “coup on the cheap” executed by the CIA for just US$3.5M.But its cost to the Guyanese nation was much more expensive — a virtual civil war between the two major ethnic groups that left 176 dead, communities split, and a massive ethnic cleansing from the Bauxite mining villages that were soon designated as a “town” and named after Burnham – Linden.Hey! What the heck?But one thing your Eyewitness won’t disagree with is the claim that Burnham removed “inequality” from Guyana. He certainly did THAT by the time he died in 1985. He made all of us EQUALLY poverty stricken!!…and GuySuCo’s employment costsThe Government’s complaining about GuySuCo’s employment’s costs outstripping revenues. Well, Duh!! What’d they expect when they officially close Wales Estate, produce NO sugar, and then have to pay 1,700 workers severance pay?? And simultaneously shut down Skeldon factory, because they didn’t fix some boilers and obviously don’t produce any sugar – but have to pay the workers. But that’s not all. They go out and hire ten geriatrics — average age 80 years!! — and pay each of them over $1million a month to be “Interim Managers” in their Central Staff at Head Office!The mega salaries of the latter, such as marketing etc, are lumped in “employments costs”. When GuySuCo complains about this, it pretends it’s all for the 17,000 field and factory workers.They don’t let on: some 300 Central Staff rake in about 1/3 of what 17,000 estate workers earn!!But we all know what this narrative is all about, don’t we? Sugar workers must learn that the wages of not supporting the PNC is being on the breadlines!!…Broadcasting LicencesThe Muckraker complained their boss wasn’t “given” a broadcasting licence because Jagdeo didn’t follow the law in his allocation of the spectrum. But it’s OK now for Nagamootoo to break the law to now take away licences and award one to him! read more

Teen to get autopsy 9 days after death mother fuming overTeen to get autopsy 9 days after death mother fuming over

The post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted on 16-year-old, Akisha Smith on Friday after the teen suddenly passed away in her sleep on August 15.Alva SmithThe mother of the teen, Alva Smith of Phase Two, Onderneeming Sand Pit, Essequibo Coast, Region Two, made a call on Wednesday for the body of her daughter to be released for burial since she succumbed eight days ago.According to reports, the now dead girl who suffers from frequent seizures was discovered dead in her bed at about 07:30h on the day in question by her mother who attempted to wake her.As such, the Police were called in and the body was taken to the funeral home. According to the woman, on August 20, she visited the Suddie Police Station to enquire about the post-mortem, but it was only then that the ranks reportedly informed the pathologist in Georgetown.She said she overheard the pathologist telling the rank that, had he been informed earlier, the post-mortem would have already been done.According to the mother, she became worried about the state of her daughter’s body, since there has been constant power outages in the region.The woman has said she is very poor, and it is her daughter’s grandparents who will be taking care of funeral expenses.According to the woman, for religious purposes, the family is hoping to bury the teen before the nine-night service.However, a visit was paid by the family to the Commander who informed them that the pathologist (name unknown) would be venturing to the region on Friday to conduct the long awaited autopsy.As such, the teen is expected to be laid to rest on Saturday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrime suspect in ECD teen’s murder to be charged soonAugust 22, 2016In “Crime”‘Satan’ remanded for ECD teen’s murderAugust 23, 2016In “Court”Student, teacher take lives in separate incidentsMarch 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

Missing 16yearold located safe and wellMissing 16yearold located safe and well

first_img16-YEAR-OLD Raehel Andoh, who went missing on 27 February, has been located safe and well.Yesterday gardaí appealed for information about the whereabouts of the missing teen who had last been seen on the morning of 27 February in the Beechfirlend area of Clonee in Dublin.Today gardaí thanked the public for its assistance in locating the 16-year-old.Related: Teen (16) missing from Clonee, Dublin>last_img

Rural ambulance levy on ballotRural ambulance levy on ballot

first_imgVoters who live in the area protected by North Country Emergency Medical Service are being asked to approve a three-year levy to continue paramedic ambulance service there.The area consists of about 1,000 square miles in parts of northern Clark County, southern Cowlitz County and Skamania County, including most of the wilderness surrounding Mount St. Helens.The request is for $1.10 per thousand dollars of assessed evaluation, or $275 for the owner of property assessed at $250,000.The money would be collected next year, and will be used in 2012, 2013 and 2014, said Ben Peeler, who is chief of North Country EMS and Fire District 13, both based in Yacolt.The ambulance service levy is separate from the funding of the fire department, Peeler said, and protects as many as 25,000 residents.In summer, he said, “We get a large influx of people coming in to enjoy our recreational areas.”Residents of the EMS district aren’t charged for ambulance transport, although North Country will bill their insurance company if any.Visitors are charged for ambulance transport, Peeler said.The request for $1.10 per thousand dollars is less than the $1.41 voters approved in 2006, Peeler said.In addition, the 2006 levy was for three years and North Country’s commissioners decided to stretch the money for another year.“We work very diligently at being responsible stewards of the public funds they entrust to us,” Peeler said.Nonetheless, with rising costs of fuel, insurance and other necessities for emergency medical service, North Country now needs proceeds from the levy to maintain the level of service that now is in place, he said.North Country now has two ambulances that are staffed 24/7 by a paramedic and an emergency medical technician certified to start IV lines. Two more ambulances are available if needed.last_img read more

Poll 15 are examining the General Data Protection Regulations impact on benefitsPoll 15 are examining the General Data Protection Regulations impact on benefits

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: Less than one-fifth (15%) of employer respondents are currently looking at the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on benefits and pensions.A poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 39 responses, also found that 31% are examining their staff data protection policies in light of the regulation, which comes into effect on 25 May 2018.Two-fifths (41%) of respondents are aware of the implementation of the GDPR next year but are not yet taking any action related to this. Just 13% of respondents are not aware of it.The GDPR aims to protect citizens of the European Union (EU) from privacy and data breaches. This includes mandatory notifications of data breaches within a 72-hour period where a breach is likely to result in a risk for the rights and freedoms of an individual. Subjects will also have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether their personal data is being processed, where and for what purpose.The legislation applies to organisations within the EU, as well as organisations that are outside of the EU but offer goods or services to EU data subjects or that monitor the behaviour of EU data subjects. It also applies to organisations that hold or process the personal data of subjects residing in the EU.Penalties for non-compliance include a fine of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million.The UK’s decision to leave the EU is not expected to affect the commencement of the GDPR in 2018.Helen Hall, legal director in the employment and pensions team at law firm DLA Piper, said: “Once the GDPR is in force, the regulator will require organisations to demonstrate how they’re complying. This is not a tick-box exercise, the legislation requires a change of approach and culture, and it requires privacy to be woven into the heart of the employment life cycle. Preparation will entail extensive data mapping, gap analysis, and documentation.“The first challenge is where this fits in an organisation: lots of organisations don’t have data privacy specialists and even if they do they don’t have the employment law understanding needed to assess legitimate use of HR data. It’s not solely legal or compliance but not purely HR either. Organisations need to be joined up in their approach in order to address the different facets to the issue.“Another key challenge is budget: lots of HR departments are aware of this issue but don’t have the budget to take it forward. Equally, there are situations where awareness within HR departments is still low or they don’t yet appreciate the potentially significant practical impact on day-to-day HR operations.”last_img read more

DNC attendees react to allgender bathroomDNC attendees react to allgender bathroom

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (WSVN) — Signs of change are underway with all-gender bathrooms in use at the Democratic National Convention. Those in attendance expressed their reactions to 7News.All-gender bathrooms are restrooms that men and women can both use. Democrats like to think of themselves as open-minded and progressive, so they installed one.“I don’t have an issue with it. I’m just using the bathroom,” said one female DNC attendee. “‘Oh, yeah, he’s not a woman.’ OK.”A male attendee feels like he has to get used to it. “This is as insane as anything I’ve ever seen,” he said.One woman seemed unfazed by the inclusive bathroom. “I don’t think it’s strange. I think it’s something you have to get used to,” she said. “At the DNC, there were gonna be all-gendered bathrooms.”“As far as I know, there hasn’t been any problem around it,” said another male DNC attendee.Others are very accepting of the stall. “Well, if that’s the bathroom, that’s the bathroom,” said attendee Steve Wimberly. “This is the first time I’ve ever walked into an all-gender bathroom. It was a little bit of a surprise.” “Gender neutral bathrooms are used in a lot of places around the country,” said another man in the restroom.One woman would prefer if men and women used separate bathrooms. “I hate to say this, but the men are slobs,” she said. “Leave the seats up, they don’t flush the toilet.”Regular men and women restrooms are available for use at the Convention as well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Begins With Ball In The HouseWilmington Concerts On The Common Series Begins With Ball In The House

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The 2019 Wilmington Concerts on the Common series kicks off this Wednesday, July 10, 2019, from 6:30pm to 8pm, with Ball in the House.Enjoy an evening of a cappella at its best! Following in the path of classic harmony groups like The Temptations and Boyz II Men, this five member veteran vocal band will move audiences with their music. A review from the Boston Globe put it very succinctly: “Ball in the House has everything you would expect to find in a successful pop/rock band…the one thing it doesn’t have is instruments.”Admission is free of charge. Bring your chairs/blankets and relax to the sweet sounds of summer. The Wilmington Band Parents Association will be selling concessions.A rain date of Thursday, July 11, 2019 is scheduled, but Wednesday night’s forecast looks good.Additional concerts will take place on July 17 (Jimmy & The Jesters), July 24 (BackTrack), and July 31 (60’s Invasion).These popular concerts are organized by the Wilmington Recreation Department.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With ‘BackTrack’ On July 24In “Community”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ On July 17In “Community”VIDEO: Watch ‘The Back Track Band’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”last_img read more

Preparations in full swing at Ujjaini Mahankali TemplePreparations in full swing at Ujjaini Mahankali Temple

first_imgSecunderabad: Preparations are underway in full swing at Ujjaini Mahankali Temple. Painting and lighting works are going on. Around 40 cameras are being installed and 2,000 police personnel and 30 She teams will be deployed. Annapurna, executive officer at Ujjaini Mahankali Temple, said, “This year, VIP pass holders will come through Ramgopal Police Station Road.” Last year, devotees came from Anjali Talkies. The road leading up to Sri Ujjaini Mahankali Devalayam at General Bazaar will be packed with devotees as the festivities will begin July 7. However, the major attraction at the temple is the two-day annual events set for July 21 (Bonalu) and July 22 (Rangam). Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us This year, we are expecting more than 40 lakh devotees for the two-day festival and year 35 lakh devotees visited the temple. Special saree is offered to the deity from Pochampalli. A gold ‘bonam’ by the temple will be offered to the Goddess, says Annapurna. This year, elephant from Veera Thapasvi Veerabhadra Shiva Charyaru Samasthanam Muth, near Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) Karnataka, will take part in the Bonalu procession. Last year, Rs 10 lakh was sanctioned, but this year, Rs 40 lakh is the budget to conduct the festivities,” said Annapurna.Sri Varla Jayapal Reddy, station house officer, Mahankali Police Station said that more than 2,000 police personnel are going to be deployed at the temple to avoid any untoward incidents.last_img read more

Ryan school back in news for wrong reasons experts worriedRyan school back in news for wrong reasons experts worried

first_imgGurugram : After two years, Ryan International School is back in the news, and for wrong reasons. This time, two students of class VIII had a violent fight on its campus at the upscale sector 31, here this week. They were separated from harming each other by security staff and issued a tough warning by the principal. She also called their parents and told them that their wards would be rusticated in case of the repeat of incident. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Though none of the parents have approached the police to register complaint, students assaulting each other on campus is an alarming issue that too when the school has a murky past. Given the increasing frequency of these types of incidents, psychologists point to the basic flaws behind these types of behaviours, like teenagers undergoing physical and emotional changes, inability of the existing social setup to help them understand the basic human qualities and prepare them for the future, growing feeling of entitlement among urban children. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us On September 8, 2017, a class XI student slit the throat of 7-year-old class II student in the toilet of Ryan International School, Bhondsi. The victim (Prince, as per the guideline of the Gurugram civil court) died in hospital. The student had committed the crime allegedly to prevent the parent-teacher meeting. On May 9, 2016, Jiya Juneja, a class III student of Ryan International School, sector 40, Gurgaon, died due to negligence of the school bus driver. The driver had parked the bus wrongly on the road. The child attempted to cross the road and was hit by a speeding car at Krishna colony, near sector 7 in the old Gurugram. Advertise With Us She sustained severe head injuries and was rushed to Medanta Hospital in unconscious state. She was admitted to ICU in the state of coma. She took her last breath 9 days after the accident. On January 31, 2016, a class I student of the same school in Vasant Kunj drowned in the water harvesting tank. While each time the school administration issued statements assuring parents complete security of their wards, the violent incidents raise serious questions. After murder of Prince in 2017, the school in a statement stated, “The school authorities have seriously taken up the review of the security measures at the school. All necessary improvements and measures are being audited and reinforced with the help of experts. We are also seeking advice from the police department to guide us in this regard.” Meanwhile, experts say knowing the psychological aspect of students, particularly teenagers, is very important to understand and rectify these kind of situations. Shweta Sharma, clinical psychologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurugram, says, ” As an emotion, anger is more prevalent among teenagers. That’s the age when children know a lot, but are not sure what to do about it. The physical and emotional changes are too much for them to handle. In countries like India, social taboos related to counseling make it more difficult for them to cope with the changes.” “Though parents are often friendly these days, they hardly have time for children. As a result, frustration and anger build up. We need to build a support system for these children where they can talk about their feelings and thoughts and provide a remedy that is aimed at building their trust and preparing them to control their emotions better,” Sharma said. Jyoti Kapoor of Paras Hospital, Gurugram, said, “Anger is a natural instinct that manifests itself due to unbearable stress. The reason aggression is increasing in today’s generation is largely due to low-stress tolerance among them. Urban children are a privileged lot with a sense of entitlement, but they are also exposed to high stress situations due to unlimited exposure to both the good and bad aspects of lifestyle that one has to live up to.” “Parents too are exposed to high stress levels due to the same reasons. Also, virtues of tolerance and sensitivity to fellow beings aren’t practiced by them and therefore children did not get to learn that,” Kapoor said.last_img read more

Ruling party extortionists reign supreme in BograRuling party extortionists reign supreme in Bogra

first_imgRuling party men are extorting money from the operators of bus, truck and CNG-run auto-rickshaws in and around Bogra town round the clock, victims have alleged.The aggregate amount that is extorted in Bogra — the northern hub of road transportation — is roughly estimated at Tk 800 million a year.A Prothom Alo investigation has found that leaders of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and its front organisations – Juba League and Swechchhasebak League – are collecting the money in the name of owners’ association, labourers’ federation and labour association, which, too, are dominated by the ruling party leaders.They have allegedly made the Bogra district as a heaven of extortion, the root cause of almost all other crimes.The AL leaders and activists have built a consensus among themselves by dividing different areas for extortion, said those who are forced to pay the money.”The way they are doing extortion is simply robbery. It’s happening before the eyes of everyone including the administration officials,” one of them said.When asked, deputy commissioner Nure Alam Siddique said he was not in a position to do anything without receiving any formal complaint.People from different walks of life informed Prothom Alo that those who are involved with extortion are also involved with murder, smuggling, sales of drugs and illegal grabbing of properties and various other crimes.Asked why extortion is so rampant in Bogra, member of parliament (MP) from Bogra sadar constituency Nurul Islam told Prothom Alo on 17 December that he is an MP from what he claimed as the opposition bench held by Jatiya Party (JaPa).Asked if he could avoid liability of criminal activities in this constituency, he said, “I cannot avoid my responsibility, and I cannot also take responsibility for that. Now, you have to daw your conclusion.”The AL holds only two of seven parliamentary constituencies in Bogra. JaPa has four MPs and Jatiyatabadi Samajtantrik Dal (JASAD) one.Around 14,000 vehicles commute between Dhaka and the northern region through Jamuna bridge, Bogra highway police superintendent Mostafizur Rahman informed Prothom Alo on 13 December. Almost 60 per cent or 9,000 of those vehicles commute via Bogra.Extortion thru sharingSome victim motor workers and collectors of extortion informed this correspondent that they collect Tk 450 from each bus every day. In this way, they collect around Tk 900,000 from 2,000 buses daily and around Tk 324 million annually.The amount of annual collection from around 3,000 goods-carrying trucks is roughly the same. Another Tk 150 million is collected from CNG-run auto-rickshaws, according to said.On 12 December, a bus driver said they pay Tk 200 as expenditure of Motor Sramik Union, Tk 70 for inter-district no objection certificate, Tk 50 to Bogra motor owners’ group, Tk 50 as municipality toll, Tk 20 each to Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation, and labour welfare foundation, Tk 10 for building a labour welfare hospital and Tk 30 to Bogra coach and micro labourers’ union.Some truck owners said they pay extortion at Tinmatha, Chaarmatha, and Matidali intersections and Mahasthan, Mokamtola and on the second bypass at Subgram, and Sujabad points twice a day and at Satmatha at night only.Bogra district Sramik League general secretary Samsuddin Sheikh controls daytime extortion while Motor Sramik Union president Abdul Latif Mandal controls night-time extortion, local sources said.“We collect money for the welfare of the labourers. I do not spend this money for my personal benefits,” Shamsuddin told Prothom Alo at the office of the councillor of ward no. 4 of Bogra municipality on 13 December.Asked about the types of welfare activities, he said, “We pay for the workers’ funerals, for marriage of their daughters and for their treatment.”There are 5,500 registered CNG-run auto-rickshaws in Bogra sadar and another 14,500 in the district. One needs Tk 5,000 at once to be a member of the owners’ association. Besides, they need to pay Tk 20-50 every day.Leaders of Awami League, Juba League, Swechchhesebak League and Sramik League control this ‘business’.Bogra city AL joint convener Shahadat Hossain and Juba League leaders named Ekramul Kabir, Sangram Kumar Das and Latiful Karim effectively rule Duttabari and Chelapara areas.AL leader Monzurul Alam on 14 December told Prothom Alo that he had no involvement with that. He added that he was staying at a mosque for religious activities and would stay there for a few days more.District AL organising secretary AKM Asadur Rahman controls the Satmatha-Sherpur road area while Juba League leader Alhajj Sheikh and Sramik League leader Samsuddin control the Gohail road and station road areas respectively.Juba League leader Abdul Matin Sarkar’s younger brother and Sramik League leader Tufan Sarkar, who is accused in rape and women repression case, used to collect extortion from battery-run auto-rickshaws there.When asked, district AL president Momtaz Uddin said on 12 December, “Extortion is everywhere in the country. Why are you targeting Bogra?”Complaints against policeThe police of the district were also allegedly involved in extortion and what is locally called ‘arrest trade’ [making money by threatening someone to arrest or showing him/her arrested].As many as 50 people held a press conference on 27 December last year, accusing the police of doing ‘arrest trade’.Sachetan Nagarik Committee, Bogra, and Bogra District Sector Commanders Forum’s president Masudur Rahman on Thursday said, “The extortion in Bogra is being committed by the ruling party men with the help of the administration. This extortion won’t be stopped by protests from general public until the high-ups make interventions.”Bogra police superintendent Md Asaduzzaman denied the allegations.He said, “So far I’ve come to know that extortion is taken in the name of some organisations. If anyone raises any complaint to the police, we will take action.”Other crimes centring extortionThere is a conflict between members of AL and its affiliated bodies.The Juba League has two groups. Suspended Juba League’s joint secretary Matin Sarkar patronises one group while another group is led by district AL joint general secretary Monzurul Alam Mohan.Local people said these two groups are the patrons of all forms of crimes in the district.Investigations have found that as many as 36 people were murdered on political grounds in the past 12 years. Of them, 20 persons were killed in just 7 years and most of incidents took place over extortion.The extortion syndicate further controls the illegal drug trade mainly in Chak Sutrapur, the heart of the drug trade.Bogra sadar police station officers said on 26 May that in 2013 district Juba League leader Mojnu Mia and his nephew Nahid Hassan were killed following an altercation over allocation of extortion money.On 27 April in 2010, Rajapur union Juba League president Shafiqul Islam was killed over establishing supremacy in Matidali area.The Badurtala and Haddipatti area are called ‘drug hubs’ of yaba pills, heroin and phensidyle.Locals said students, children of affluent families, political leaders and activists and supporters of public representatives are the prime customers.Now suspended Juba League leader Abdul Matin Sarkar was caught red-handed with drugs on 24 August 2012.Monzurul Alam, who now has rivalry with Sarkar over extortion, then led a huge procession demanding release of Sarkar.Local people said the district administration is nothing, but a nominal body. Bogra is actually run by some ruling party leaders who maintain good liaison with the officials.* This piece. originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam and Shameem Rezalast_img read more

Deprived BCL men issue 48hour ultimatumDeprived BCL men issue 48hour ultimatum

first_imgBangladesh Chhatra League men locked into a clash among themselves over forming a committee. UNB File PhotoA faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League on Tuesday demanded scrapping the newly-formed committee within 48 hours, reports news agency UNB.They also sought punishment of those who attacked them on Monday. The BCL faction threatened to start a hunger strike if their demands are not met.The activists, who were not included in the new committee, made the announcements at a media conference at Modhur Canteen on the Dhaka University campus around 1:30pm.“We’re rejecting this committee,” said BCL’s former publication secretary Saif Babu.He demanded punishment of the attackers and threatened to resign from the student body if the demands went unheeded.Nipo Tonne, former deputy cultural affairs secretary of the previous committee, alleged that non-students, drug dealers and criminals got posts in the new committee of Chhatra League.The BCL leaders brought out a procession on the campus after the press conference.Earlier on Monday, at least seven people were injured during the clash at Madhur Canteen. Witnesses said the melee took place when a number of BCL activists, who did not get any post in the new committee, held a press conference in the canteen.last_img read more

PSP 2 likely to feature OLED screen and 3G supportPSP 2 likely to feature OLED screen and 3G support

first_imgWe discovered last week that Sony is going to announce news of the PSP 2 in Toyko this week (this Thursday to be more precise), and we now have a few more details relating to the features that will likely appear on the device.Apparently the screen will be larger than the current PSP’s 4.3″ display and it will be based on similar OLED touchscreen technology that you find in smartphones.3G support will also be on-board (via NTT Docomo Japan) for game and movie downloads, but you won’t be able to make phone calls. However, the processor (unknown type at this stage) will likely be powerful enough to display HD content.Price wise you are going to pay more than the current PSP price point, but that’s to be expected due to multiple discounts on the price over the years.  Sony is also planning to roll out the device by the end of the year in Japan at least. In the West we may be waiting until early 2012.Read more at CrunchGearlast_img read more

Human head found in Costa Rica river likely belongs to Nicaraguan manHuman head found in Costa Rica river likely belongs to Nicaraguan man

first_imgRelated posts:Unidentified man devoured by crocodiles after jumping from a bridge over the Tárcoles River, Red Cross says Search continues for missing man eaten by crocodiles in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s crocodile conundrum Crocodile attacks surfer in Tamarindo A human head washed ashore on the banks of the Tárcoles River, near Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, on Thursday morning and was recovered by agents from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). OIJ officials said it likely belonged to Omar de Jesús Jirón, a 32-year-old Nicaraguan man who waseaten by crocodiles after attempting to swim in the river on Tuesday.Forensics specialists are now analyzing DNA to confirm the identity.According to an OIJ incident report, Jirón and co-worker Victor Brénes were fired from their jobs as construction workers at the Parrita Hospital Tuesday afternoon. Jirón and Brénes then boarded a bus and began drinking alcohol. When the bus stopped near the Tárcoles bridge, both Jirón and Brénes exited the bus – or were removed by the bus driver – and Jirón reportedly told Brénes he wanted to go for a swim.According to testimony from Brénes, Jirón headed to the riverbank and began removing his clothes, which were recovered from the scene. Despite warnings from Brénes, Jirón swam out into the water where he was quickly pursued by at least six crocodiles before he was attacked, dismembered and pulled under the water. Conflicting statements from other witnesses on the bridge say Jirón jumped from the bridge, which the Red Cross told The Tico Times in several previous statements. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Biting spiders panic northeast India after 2 dieBiting spiders panic northeast India after 2 die

first_imgAssociated PressGAUHATI, India (AP) – Large biting spiders have sparked panic in remote northeast India, but health authorities fear primitive treatment of the bites’ painful swelling may be more dangerous than the spiders themselves.Two people died in Tinsukia district after witch doctors used razor blades to drain the wounds. It’s not known if the victims died from spider poison or from the attempted treatment. Local magistrate Kishore Thakuria said the victims were cremated before autopsies could be done. Another seven bite victims have been treated with antibiotics against infection after they also tried themselves to drain their wounds, said Dr. Anil Phapowali at the local Sadiya town hospital.The hairy spiders were noticed about a month ago across Tinsukia district’s grassy plains and dense jungle forests north of the Brahmaputra River.Ecologist L.R. Saikia at Assam’s Dibrugarh University said it may be a previously unknown species of tarantula. The spiders are roughly the size of a person’s thumb.“It looks like a new species. We haven’t been able to identify it,” he said Tuesday. Officials cannot use anti-venom in treating bite victims until the species is identified.Meanwhile, villagers are keeping lamps on at night and standing guard against spiders entering their mud-and-thatch huts. There are about 100,000 villagers, mostly poor rice farmers, living in the area cut off from roads by the river.Officials say the spiders are now also showing up south of the Brahmaputra.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   ErrorOK.. ErrorOK More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

Fiserv Announces New Partnership to Impact the MarketplaceFiserv Announces New Partnership to Impact the Marketplace

first_img Bret Leech, President of Lending Solutions, FiservCharles Sutherland, VP Product Management & Strategy, Lending Solutions, FiservMReport sat down with Bret Leech, President of Fiserv Lending Solutions and Charles Sutherland, VP Product Management & Strategy, Lending Solutions at Fiserv during the National Mortgage Servicing Conference and Expo 2018 on Wednesday to discuss how the company is currently creating better growth opportunities for both clients and borrowers.Fiserv, Inc. is a global provider of financial services technology solutions, and the company announced on Wednesday a newly formed joint venture with Warburg Pincus, LLC, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing.Driven by Leech and Sutherland, the new venture is expected to create value for current and future clients by partnering closely with Fiserv for seamless delivery of account processing, integrated billing and payments and LoanComplete solutions, and through Warburg Pincus’ demonstrated expertise and track record in growing financial technology businesses of scale.According to the company’s announcement, the definitive agreement with Warburg Pincus is pursuant to which funds affiliated with Warburg Pincus will acquire a 55 percent share of the Lending Solutions business of Fiserv. Fiserv will receive approximately $395 million in net after-tax proceeds and retain a 45 percent equity interest in the business.The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is targeted to close in the Q1 2018.M // What impact is Fiserv’s new venture going to have on the market? Leech // We think about it from our borrowers and clients perspective. For us, we’re pretty excited about the growth and opportunity that it means. We’re really taking the best of Fiserv and adding a great partner, Warburg Pincus, who has a terrific track record of really growing the markets they are involved with. Ultimately, we see that as an opportunity to do better by our clients and help them do best for their borrowers.M // How did Fiserv and Warburg Pincus begin this partnership? Leech // Warburg Pincus is a global private equity firm, and we’ve known them for many years. About a year ago we started thinking, “Hey how can we accelerate what we’re doing in the marketplace?” We’re really honored to work with the clients we have, we have a great list of clients, but we wanted to make sure we were doing even more for them.So as we started to go out into the market and chat with different folks, we found Warburg Pincus as someone who aligned with the vision that we had and the growth opportunities that we saw in the market and decided to partner with them. Warburg Pincus has done this time and time again and has a history not only in the market broadly but also in the space that we operate in.M // What else is on the horizon for Fiserv? Leech // As a firm, we are committed to the path we’ve laid out for our clients and excited to talk with them about new ways that we can grow that even faster. So for us, time with the clients is always number one, we are definitely client focus in how we approach the market, we believe that understanding their needs and ultimately the borrowers will set us all up well for success. The job for us is similar as it was the other day, just at a faster pace. Let’s get with our clients, continue to communicate with them and make sure we have great alignment when it comes to our roadmap, both with existing clients and some with the potential that we are chatting with. Fiserv Announces New Partnership to Impact the Marketplace in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing, Technology Fiserv Fiserv Lending Solutions HOUSING mortgage warburg pincus 2018-02-07 Rachel Williamscenter_img February 7, 2018 904 Views Sharelast_img read more