Crazy spell Naked suspects in Alberta kidnapping may have sipped trippy tea

first_imgLEDUC, Alta. – The people charged in a bizarre naked kidnapping that ended in a car crash may have unknowingly drank some hallucinogenic tea over breakfast, says a relative.RCMP have released few details about what happened Monday just before 10 a.m. in the community of Nisku, just south of Edmonton.Three adults have been charged with kidnapping and resisting arrest. The matter was in court for the first time Thursday.No one was hurt, but the case has made headlines around the world.The relative said he wants everyone to know the accused are not bad people. They just had some trippy tea.“It’s absolutely crazy,” said the man, who cannot be named due to a court publication ban protecting the identity of youths involved in the case.“It’s a scary thought thinking, ‘Oh, let’s try this tea that we purchased.’ And then all sit down thinking they’re just going to have a nice morning and end up in that circumstance.”He told The Canadian Press that his two daughters, who are 13 and 15, and his ex-wife were having breakfast with two friends — a man and his wife. The man had recently travelled overseas and brought back some tea from India. The relative did not know the name of the tea.That kicked off the “whole crazy spell,” he said.Mounties have said a man, woman and baby were forced against their will from a home in Leduc County into a BMW. Inside the car were five naked people. While the car was being driven, the abducted man, who was in the trunk, managed to escape. The woman and her baby then managed to get away.The trio were picked up by a passerby, but his work truck was rammed from behind by the car.When officers arrived, they pulled out the five naked people. The adults, who are 27, 30 and 35, were arrested, but the teens were not charged.The relative said he laughed about the case when he heard it on the news, then was shocked to learn that his straitlaced daughters were involved.“I was just like what the heck?”He visited his youngest girl in hospital, who had been taken with some of the other suspects for treatment.They don’t remember what happened, the man said.“Whatever potency that stuff had obviously is making it so it’s just a big blur,” he said, adding blood tests were also taken at the hospital.“Nothing came back like illicit drugs, so they figure it may have been some type of herbal drug or something.”He said the three people who were forced from their homes — a man, his daughter and her six-week-old baby — are also family friends and aren’t holding any grudges. They probably opened their door that morning trying to help, he suggested.He also believes the car rammed the truck because the tea made those inside think the family had been abducted by the truck driver — not the other way around.“They were under the impression that they were saving that guy and the woman and the little girl.”last_img read more

Four men charged with manslaughter in Saskatoons 13th homicide of the year

Four men have been charged with manslaughter after a 31-year-old man who was found injured in the Hudson Bay Park neighbourhood Saturday morning died.The man’s death is Saskatoon’s 13th homicide this year.According to a police news release, officers responded to a residence in the 100 Block of Howell Avenue on Saturday around 5 a.m. after receiving reports of an injured man. Officers found the man inside a residence suffering from undisclosed injuries. He was transported to hospital, where he later died.Police said Saturday afternoon that “multiple” people from the residence were interviewed and “a number” of people of interest and suspects were taken into custody.Shortly after midnight on Sunday, police announced that four men — ages 21, 23, 25 and 37 — had been charged with manslaughter, break and enter and committing assault with a weapon in connection with the homicide.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Police said they do not believe the incident was random or that the public is at risk.An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday to determine the cause of death.The man’s death means 2019 is now tied with 2018 when it comes to number of homicides in the city in a year. The previous record of 12 was set in 1979.Including the weekend’s charges, police have charged people in 10 of this year’s 13 homicides.Related Man charged in Saskatoon’s 12th homicide makes first appearance in court Saskatoon police murder investigators working flat out as homicide numbers mount read more

Sudan UN expert calls on Government to either charge or release hundreds

According to reports, at least 800 activists, including members of opposition parties and journalists have been arrested amid on-going demonstrations, in which up to 50 people were reportedly killed by security forces, a toll that last week prompted the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to call for “utmost restraint” from law enforcement officials. Those detained are being held incommunicado with no access to lawyers or their families, the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, said in a news release. “I urge the Government of the Sudan to charge all those arrested with a recognizable offence or immediately release them,” he said. “Furthermore, the Government must allow the detainees access to their families, legal representation and medical care.” He also called on the authorities to end censorship on media outlets and enable basic freedoms, including the freedom to demonstrate peacefully. “Civilians have a right to assembly and peaceful demonstrations under international law, and the Government of the Sudan has an obligation to respect these rights under its constitution and under international law,” he stressed. “I strongly condemn the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators and the destruction of public property during demonstrations. I urge both the Government and the demonstrators to completely refrain from resorting to violence.” Quoting reports from various sources that Sudanese security agencies used excessive force against unarmed protestors, including firing live bullets, Mr. Baderin called on the authorities “to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations into these incidents, and to hold those responsible to account.”The fuel subsidy protests started on 23 September in the central state of Gezira and spread to other parts of the country including Khartoum, Omdurman, Darfur and Eastern Sudan.Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Valuing womens work key to achieving new global goal on gender equality

Applauding the decision by Member States to include gender equality as a key plank of the newly-adopted 2030 Agenda, a senior United Nations labour agency official has stressed the importance of empowering women in employment, salaries and the working environment, urging governments to commit to this achievable, basic right.“The world has fallen short in bringing women’s employment, earnings and working conditions in line with those of men,” stressed Shauna Olney, Chief of Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch at the International Labour Organization (ILO), while acknowledging progress made in education and maternal mortality.The quality of jobs is paramount. However, Ms. Olney stated that half of women are employed globally and their wages are about ¾ of what men earn, in addition to their domestic responsibilities. Workplace violence and under-representation in senior positions are two other prominent issues to tackle, according to Ms. Olney.Moving on to women’s social and economic status, she said cultural traditions and economic conditions cannot excuse discrimination and other violations of fundamental human rights. Countries, she said, cannot any longer afford to lose out on this aspect of gender parity.“ILO equality Conventions, addressing discrimination, equal remuneration for work of equal value, maternity protection and work and family measures, including access to parental leave as well as quality and affordable social care services for dependent family members, provide the road map for action,” said Ms. Olney.More countries are making public policies by considering the root causes and results of gender inequality and discriminations, among which Chile, France and Ethiopia have set some good examples.Until appreciation and measures of women’s work are made will there be gender equality, highlighted Ms. Olney.She went on to spotlight ILO’s Women at Work Centenary Initiative, which has been prepared for the centenary of the agency, saying that it showcases a leading role ILO plays in guiding the transformation to gender equality in the workplace.“Promoting decent jobs for women is imperative,” Ms. Olney echoed ILO’s Director General, adding that “Goal 5 is achievable. The evidence is there and the commitments as well. It is now time to take action and invest in women.” read more

Father who deliberately withheld his HIV status and infected two women claims

She added he had condemned her to a “life sentence”. In mitigation, Sutcliffe was said to have a background of alcohol and drug abuse, and had been referred to mental health services on numerous occasions but often disengaged.He claims he was infected himself by a man who sexually abused him and the allegation is currently under police investigation, the court heard.Detective Constable Emma Shuttleworth, of Lancashire Police, said: “Aaron Sutcliffe had numerous opportunities to tell both of his victims that he was HIV positive and he failed to do so.”His intention may not have been to harm but he has been as reckless as it is possible to be and he has demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the health of these two women, whose lives and the lives of their families have been changed irrevocably through his actions.” The two offences took place on various dates between 2009 and 2016. Sutcliffe was said to have had “ample opportunity” to reveal all to his first victim before she began hearing rumours that he had HIV.Even when confronted, the court heard, he continued to feign ignorance as he agreed to taking a test and then tricked the woman into believing they received their diagnoses at the same time.Sutcliffe’s second victim contracted the virus after he complained he was struggling to put a condom on. She told the court that Sutcliffe had robbed her of “precious early months of bonding” with her child as she took to wearing gloves to feed and change the infant. A man who “deliberately” infected two women with HIV told a court he got the virus when a man sexually abused him. Aaron Sutcliffe, 29, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison after admitting two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm.Sutcliffe was diagnosed with HIV in 2008 but failed to disclose the fact to his two victims, who both remain terrified they will pass on the virus to their children.The court heard following Sutcliffe’s diagnosis he was offered counselling, treatment and advised of his moral and legal responsibilities towards future partners.But the court heard he disengaged from services and ‘buried his head in the sand’, and slept with the two women – between 2009 and 2016 – without telling them he had HIV. One of the women told Preston Crown Court that the defendant had “condemned” her to a “life sentence”.Sentencing, Judge Philip Parry told Sutcliffe he had had a “moral and legal obligation” to bring his status to the attention of any potential sexual partner.He said: “You wilfully and deliberately withheld your status to two women that you professed to care for. That was deceitful, calculated and manipulative.”You took the coward’s way out, kept your silence and infected them. You had no right to do so. “You bore an overwhelming responsibility for your own selfish actions which have left such devastation in your wake.”Judge Parry also imposed a sexual harm prevention order on Sutcliffe which – until further notice – prohibits him from engaging in lawful sex with another person unless he has told them he has HIV and they understood and acknowledged the disclosure.Previously, Sutcliffe was subject to an order which required him to provide contact details of partners to Lancashire Police’s public protection unit and then wait for written approval before having intercourse wearing a condom.The court heard Sutcliffe, of Westhead Walk, was not classed as a dangerous offender but poses a high risk of reoffending by not telling partners about his condition. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Breaking Police enroute to arrest Govts Cultural Policy Advisor for torching

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt’s Cultural Advisor, Chronicle Director calls for “torching” of Guyana Times, Evening News/TVGJanuary 31, 2017In “latest news”Police report filed against Johnson who’s under fire for inciting arson, vandalismFebruary 1, 2017In “Local News”UPDATE: Police still trying to locate Johnson over “torching” threats – Commander HickenFebruary 1, 2017In “latest news” …against Guyana Times, Evening News/TVGCultural Policy Advisor attached to the Ministry of Education Ruel JohnsonInews has been reliably informed that Police are en-route to arrest Government’s Cultural Policy Advisor and Director of the Guyana National Newspaper Limited, Ruel Johnson, and have him escorted to the Ruimveldt Police Station over the threats he made on social media, when he called for the “torching” of the Sanata Complex, which houses most prominently the Guyana Times newspaper, Television Guyana (TVG) and Radio Guyana Inc 89.5.On Monday, the Cultural Policy Advisor posted the comments – which also included a call for the destruction of the recently implemented but controversial, parking meters.He stated: “Here’s my idea for a united Guyanese protest against impunity and tenderpreneurship – go break down all the parking meters and then proceed to torch the Sanata complex.”Johnson explicitly made the connection between the Sanata Complex, QAII, its owner and the media group consisting of the Guyana Times newspaper, TVG and Radio Guyana Inc. (89.5) which according to him should all be ‘torched’.The Government of Guyana has since distanced itself from the threat made on social media  by its Cultural Policy Advisor, Ruel Johnson.Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine told media operatives that he would seek an explanation from the Johnson, while referring to the Ministry’s Cultural Advisor’s threat  “strange.”Dr Roopnaraine made it clear that such comments were not reflective of the Government or its views.“Certainly not! I don’t know where that came from or what it’s about. When I see him, I will ask him. It was brought to my attention and I would like an explanation on it,” Dr Roopnaraine had said.A Police report was filed by the head of security at the media entity with the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), yesterday.In Chapter 8:01 of Guyana’s Criminal Law (Offences) Act, Title four, Section 35, the charge of ‘Attempt, incitement and threat’s applies to “Everyone who, in any case where no express provision is made by this Act, or by any other written law for the time being in force, for the punishment thereof, attempts to commit or incite or attempts to incite any other person to commit felony not punishable with imprisonment for seven years or more, or any misdemeanour under this Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanour and liable to imprisonment for one year.”In Section 36, the Act goes on to cite that in cases where the felony cited incurs imprisonment of seven years or more, the act of incitement carries imprisonment for two years. According to the laws of Guyana, arson is an indictable offence usually carrying a minimum sentence of three years and a maximum of five years. read more

Pick Szeged win away clash in Arena Zagreb

← Previous Story VRANJES BEAT MACHULLA: Veszprem win derby over Flensburg Next Story → IFK Kristianstad stopped in Blaugrana by Ristovski and Tomas After starting defeat in Nantes, PICK Szeged won important away battle in Zagreb. The home team RK PPD Zagreb were struggling during whole match to find the rhytm, first of all, in defensive line. Team of Juan Carlos Pastor had perfect finish with 4:0 series (24:23 to the end) with former PPD Zagreb goalie Marin Sego in the main role.RK PPD Zagreb – MOL-Pick Szeged 23–28 (12–17)PPD Zagreb: Skok – Z. Horvat 2, Z. Markovic 2, J. Valcic, Vori 2, Mandalinic 3, D. Markovic 2/1, Kastelic (kapus), Kontrec, T. Valcic, Hrstic, Mrakovcic 5, Susnja 1, Vuglac 5, Ravnic 1.MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra – Sostaric, Buntic 5, T. Petrus 3, Bánhidi 2, Källman 1, Skube, Sego, Gorbok 4, Gaber 1, Balogh 8/4, Blazevic, Sigurmannsson 1, Bodó 1, Zsitnyikov 2.  read more

Heres the 2013 Forbidden Fruit festival lineup

first_imgKASABIAN AND PRIMAL Scream will headline this year’s Forbidden Fruit festival in Dublin.The two-day event, set to take place in the grounds of IMMA at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June 1-2, will also feature sets from Chic, Crystal Castles, James Blake and Four Tet.Irish acts including Le Galaxie, Fight Like Apes and Tieranniesaur will also perform. The festival organisers have said more acts are due to be announced.Early bird tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9am, with day passes at €44.50 and weekend tickets €79.50.Staged by POD promotions, Forbidden Fruit will compete with the new Longitude festival in Marlay Park on July 19-21, which is operated by MCD. Longitude announced a line-up headed by Kraftwerk, Phoenix and Vampire Weekend last week.The full Forbidden Fruit line-up is:Saturday June 1: Kasabian, Crystal Castles, James Blake, Neon Neon, Lee Scratch Perry, Iamamiwhoami, Le Galaxie, Fight Like Apes, Kormac’s Big Band, Tieranniesaur, Girls Names.Sunday June 2: Primal Scream, Chic, Four Tet, Everything Everything, Woodkid, Austra, Daphni, Daughter, Cyril Hahn, Mykki Blanco, Bondax, New Jackson, Frank B.More: Full Longitude line-up announced>last_img read more

Biker seriously injured on last lap of Tandragee 100 race

first_img File Photo By Sean Murray Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 12:26 PM Short URL 21 Comments Apr 23rd 2017, 12:26 PM Image: Frank May DPA/PA Images Share Tweet Email 13,647 Views http://jrnl.ie/3354043 Source: PSNI Road Policing/Twitter A ROAD RACE in Co Armagh has been suspended, after a serious crash involving two riders has left one in a critical condition in hospital.The Tandragee 100 series of road races is a major event on the Irish biking calendar.The two riders collided on the last lap of the race which took place yesterday. While one was seriously injured, the other suffered only minor injuries.This crash occurred in the sixth race of the day – the Senior Support race.The remaining races on yesterday’s bill were cancelled in the wake of the crash, amid poor weather conditions in the area.The PSNI also closed the road in the area. The Old Clare Rd junction of the Markethill Rd in Tandragee has been closed to Bellcross Rd following a RTC.— PSNI Road Policing (@PSNITraffic) April 22, 2017 File Photo Image: Frank May DPA/PA Images Biker seriously injured on last lap of Tandragee 100 race The rest of the event was subsequently cancelled. Earlier, driver and TV presenter Guy Martin was involved in a crash with another rider in the opening race of the day.Both were uninjured.Read: Jeremy Corbyn vows to introduce four new public holidays in UKRead: Actress who played Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days dies aged 56 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Nier Automata DLC Lets You Fight SquareEnix and Platinum Games CEOs

first_img Nier: Automata isn’t afraid to break the fourth wall if the occasion calls for it. To that end, the game’s upcoming DLC will allow players to face off against two real-life bosses: Square Enix president and CEO Yosuke Matsuda and Platinum Games president and CEO Kenichi Sato.As pointed out by EuroGamer, these two executives aren’t canon to the game. The quest giver tells players “What you’re about to see may end up destroying your sense of immersion. Are you okay with that?” Players can choose either “Immersion schmimmersion!” or “I most certainly am not.” If they choose the first option, they’ll get this.Yosuke Matsuda unleashes a flood of harmful purple orbs when players are far, and a series of lightning-fast kicks when they get in close. Kenichi Sato appears out of thin air when Matsuda’s health is around fifty percent. The Platinum Games president has similar attacks to that of the Square-Enix CEO. Both are formidable on their own, but when they combine their powers, they give players one hell of a challenge.Having the bosses of each of the companies behind Nier: Automata be in-game bosses is genius. Not only is it just plain cool, but now players can beat up on these virtual executives whenever each company does something they aren’t happy with. That’s certainly better than leaving them mean-spirited comments on Twitter. Also, I can imagine Square-Enix and Platinum Games employees also letting out their frustrations on their virtual bosses. Don’t think that hasn’t crossed anyone’s mind.The 3C3C1D119440927 DLC (yes, that is its actual name) will also have three new coliseums. These arenas were previously hidden behind locked doors which were guarded by self-destructing robots. Players will be unable to use items while playing through these arenas. Upon completing each challenge, players will unlock new costumes, hair dye, new records for the game’s jukebox, and more. All of this is detailed over on the PlayStation Blog.There’s no set date for when this DLC will be released, but Square-Enix promises that it will be soon. Stay on target New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Remake Trailer Puts Us on Cloud Nine’Final Fantasy VIII Remastered’ Is Frustrating and Amazing last_img read more

Adoption of stretch of trail a labor of love

first_imgUnfazed by the cold and blustery weather on Thursday morning, a group of volunteers combed the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail near Devine Road to rid the greenway of trash and debris.After a short winter break, Thursday was the first day of cleaning season along the trail for the local walking and exercise club the Vancouver USA Volkssport Club.At a quick glance the area looked clean, but it didn’t take long to see that some trail users leaving their trash behind.Within the first few minutes of combing the area around the trailhead parking lot on Devine Road, volunteers found a skateboard and a small makeup bag full of hypodermic needles, as well as the regular mix of broken glass and cigarette butts.“The good news is, that’s not normally what we encounter,” club president Tom Baltes said of the needles kit.Baltes describes the Volkssporters as civic minded and regular users of the trail.The Volkssporters are now in their second year of cleaning 2 miles of the trail on a monthly basis from February to October.Last year, some of the members noticed graffiti and trash building up along the path.Baltes said a few members asked the city to put greater emphasis on cleaning and patrolling the trail, and then they realized they could pitch in, too.last_img read more

MTS Security launches new beat patrol system for passengers

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Metropolitan Transit System held a meet-and-greet Thursday to give the public a chance to learn about the transportation agency’s new security measures.MTS CEO Paul Jablonski, system Police Chief Manny Guaderrama and security officers attended the event, which began at 7 a.m. at the Old Town Transit Center at 4004 Taylor St. Over coffee and other refreshments, they discussed MTS’ new beat patrol system.Among the new security measures, MTS will deploy new train teams that patrol three to four stations at a time, MTS officials said. At the morning meet-and-greet, the officials also discussed MTS’ 24/7 call and text security hotline, station and vehicle video surveillance systems and officer body cameras.The new security measures are intended to triple MTS’ security coverage, officials said. May 24, 2018 Ed Lenderman, MTS Security launches new beat patrol system for passengers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 24, 2018 Ed Lenderman last_img read more

Recession forces Washington to cut tourism funding

first_imgKim Bennett, president and CEO of the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, is optimistic Southwest Washington will weather the closure of the state’s tourism office smoothly.“While we’re disappointed the state tourism office is closing, we’re also looking at the opportunity to restructure the state tourism efforts into the hands of the private sector,” Bennett said.Thanks to the recent inception of a private committee — called Washington Tourism Alliance — made up of hotels, restaurants, ports and industry officials throughout the state, there should be a resurgence in marketing efforts, she said.Vancouver’s tourism office is part of that committee, Bennett said.“It’s not going to be the end of Washington state tourism,” she added.OLYMPIA — Like a business trying to sell a product, Washington state has for years attracted visitors by promoting stunning images of some of the nation’s most majestic scenery — from the snowcapped peaks of the Cascades to the rainforests and thundering waterfalls of the Olympic Peninsula.That marketing is now coming to an abrupt end.By the end of this week, Washington will close its official tourism agency and become the only state to cease all state funding for self-promotion. It’s just one example of how states are coping with budget deficits brought on by slumping tax revenue.last_img read more

EA Origin had a vulnerability that left 300 million players potentially exposed

first_img Share your voice EA Origin hosts games like NBA Live and Battlefield. Security researchers found a vulnerability that could have easily allowed for account takeovers. EA EA had to step up its game after researchers found an EA Origin vulnerability that could have exposed millions of people to account takeovers. The flaw exposed more than 300 million players on popular online games such as Battlefield, Madden NFL, NBA Live and FIFA, according to security researchers from Check Point and CyberInt. “EA’s Origin platform is hugely popular, and if left unpatched, these flaws would have enabled hackers to hijack and exploit millions of users’ accounts,” Oded Vanunu, head of products vulnerability research for Check Point, said in a statement Wednesday. The security flaw would have allowed hackers to hijack people’s accounts without stealing their login or passwords. That’s because it would steal a Single Sign-On authorization token instead, which could give complete control for hackers. Access tokens are an authentication method similar to passwords, as codes generated by services to keep you logged in. They’re harder to steal than passwords but still possible, as a similar vulnerability with Fortnite and Facebook demonstrated. As people become more aware of entering their passwords on suspicious websites, hackers have turned to stealing access tokens instead, which can be done in the background without any user participation. The security researchers were able to take control of an EA subdomain, under the URL “eaplayinvite.ea.com,” which was an inactive domain hosted on Microsoft’s Azure cloud service. CyberInt and Check Point’s researchers successfully requested to take over the inactive domain from Microsoft Azure and turned the page into a phishing trap. They could send the malicious page to players, and since it was an EA domain, victims would be more likely to trust the link, researchers said. The hijacked page had code embedded that would take access tokens intended for EA and direct it toward the researchers instead. “We had the vulnerabilities under control so no other party could have exploited them during the period it took EA to fix,” Alexander Peleg, CyberInt’s head of cyber operations, said in an email.The researchers could then use that to log into the victims’ accounts. CyberInt and Check Point said they reached out to EA to fix the flaw on Feb. 19, and the company said it fixed the issue within three weeks. “Protecting our players is our priority,” Adrian Stone, EA’s director of game and platform security, said in a statement provided by the security researchers. “As a result of the report from CyberInt and Check Point, we engaged our product security response process to remediate the reported issues.”EA didn’t respond to a request for additional comment. Comments Electronic Arts (EA) Microsoft Laptops Security Phones Tags 2last_img read more

Leveraging Blockchain technology to help administration

first_imgHyderabad: National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) organised the first in the series of seminars on the usage of Blockchain Technologies in government applications. According to the NIRDPR officials, the first session began on Saturday with ” ‘Introduction to Blockchain Technologies and Government Applications’ for the Central and State government employees. Also Read – District Collector Bharathi Hollikeri inspects Model School in Mancherial Advertise With Us Underlining the importance of the initiative, W R Reddy, Director General, NIRDPR said the seminar was part of the institute’s continuous efforts to innovation and leadership in the capacity building at NIRDPR. In her inaugural address, Radhika Rastogi, IAS, Deputy Director General, NIRDPR, highlighted the importance of leveraging Blockchain Technology to improve implementation of government-run programs as it has tremendous potential in rural development schemes such as MGNREGA and Social Audit. Samir Goswami, Director (Management Information System), NIRDPR, said NIRDPR is always keen to explore and leverage technology to support our major objective of rural development. The Seminar was one such step in that direction. Also Read – Good response to police health camp in Nirmal Advertise With Us He said that the use cases of the Blockchain technology may be different but the benefits derived from using the technology remains unchanged, as it provides a solution to the commonly faced problems in terms of transparency, redundancy and security of data and systems, he added. Dr Ajay S Singh, Chief Controller of Accounts, Union Ministry of Rural Development, said one of the main hurdles facing large-scale adoption is the lack of awareness among various stakeholders. He made a detailed presentation with use cases for the Blockchain Technology to be integrated in a phased manner and with developing a mechanism which is both enabling and self-regulatory. He also emphasized on creating a node at NIRDPR to harness the potential of blockchain application in rural development.last_img read more

BPD Officer Convicted of Assault of 16YearOld

first_imgJohn Schmid, Special to the AFROA Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officer was convicted of second degree assault and misconduct, the Baltimore’s State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) announced Tuesday.The officer, Carlos Rivera-Martinez, with other officers, was ordered to clear the 400 block of Baltimore Street in the early a.m. of July 5. Rivera-Martinez claimed police ordered 16-year-old Melvin Townes to leave, and when Townes refused, the officer made an attempt to arrest Townes for disorderly conduct and failing to obey police.Townes maintains that he left as instructed.Baltimore Police Department (AP Photo, File)Rivera-Martinez, and other officers, pursued a running Townes to the courtyard of City Hall, by way of Gay Street, and made his arrest.CCTV footage captured Townes, putting his hands in the air, turning to face the officers and surrendering. After Townes’s surrender, Rivera-Martinez tackled Townes and beat him with his taser.“Police officers are trained to use violence as a last resort to de escalate incidents,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in an April 30 statement. “This defendant abused his power and victimized this young person after he complied with the officers. I am pleased a jury has held him accountable for his actions, and he will have to face the consequences for his behavior.”Assistant State’s Attorneys Alex Rodriguez and Steven Trostle of the SAO’s Police Trust and Police Integrity Unit prosecuted the case.Mike Mancuso, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, condemned the verdict, judge and jury that convicted Rivera-Martinez, in an April 30 statement.“We are appalled by this action and see it as even more evidence that, despite our best efforts, we continue to work in an environment that is increasingly anti-police, enforced by a judicial system that feels compelled to strike out at our good work,” the statement reads. “As a result, Baltimore has become a murderous city that is recognized, nationally, not for our efforts to improve, but rather for our continued fall into the abyss of anarchy and lawlessness.”Rivera-Martinez has remained on the force for two years since the video recording of the assault, but is now facing a BPD trial board hearing. The officer faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing for the assault.“Those who sit in judgment of us believe that murderers can be changed with hugs and prayers. They refuse to see that police work and the use of force can be ugly, but necessary, at times,” Mancuso continued in his statement. “This, however, does not mean that the involved officer has done anything wrong.”Townes was hospitalized at University of Maryland Medical Center after the assault, where he was treated for lacerations and abrasions to the face, and a broken leg.Rivera-Martinez’s sentencing trial is scheduled for August 9.last_img read more

Responsive Website or Mobile App Do You Need Both

first_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 30, 2014 Choosing between a responsive website or a native app is more a business call than going into the technical capabilities of what each platform has to offer. The reason is that the same set of customers that access your business through a desktop could potentially connect with your brand on the go through their smartphones.For companies, apps are another medium to reach out to customers, just like a website or an advertisement. There is no debate about one vs. another. The fact is, you need both, to get to your customers who are browsing on their desktops or on the go. The app can engage them so they keep coming back to your brand for more.Related: 4 Reasons Your Startup Needs to Launch a Mobile App — NowThere could be instances, though, where you may choose to build one platform first, instead of both at the same time.Building a platform-first product. If you have a non-tech business delivered through technology (such as AirBnB and Uber), it could be a tough choice whether to go for a website or an app first. The answer may lie in your understanding of your target audience.How best do you think you can reach out to them? How are they currently performing the tasks that you wish to simplify? Answers to this will help you determine whether your product merits a web-first or a mobile-first strategy.Unless, of course, you’re building a productivity or utility tool that is of an on-the-go nature, such as a to-do list app, or in instances where you do not require Internet connectivity for the app to work.Even if you were to build for one platform first, you simply cannot ignore the other. The other platform becomes your value add. A good example is Instagram, which was a mobile-first product that built its responsive web interface at a later stage.Experimenting with an idea across mobile platforms. There’s iOS and then there’s Android. When you’re not sure which mobile platform you want to build for first (because building for both at the same time is more expensive and makes the iterative process tedious), a responsive website can come to the rescue.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Optimizing Your Website for Mobile UsersA responsive website enables both Android, iOS and any other mobile OS users to interact with your brand with a similar experience. You build only once and get your desktop and all mobile platforms covered. This helps you in validating your source of traffic.You should build your product with analytics integrated at this stage to get a sense of the traffic flowing from different devices. Once you realize which devices your customers are using the most to access your responsive website, you can then build a customized native app solution for them.A brand showcase. A website makes more sense for information dissemination, which educates the customers about the brand and its offerings. A responsive website helps kill two birds with the same stone. You get the attention of the desktop surfer as well as those who are browsing or researching about on the go.While you will build a responsive website, which is the natural choice to inform your target audience about your brand, you can further engage your prospective and existing customers through a mobile app.You could build an app that enhances your brand value, such as what Coca-Cola did with its fun iOS app. There are also apps such as those by airlines or banks that let you perform many tasks quickly and on the go.There isn’t really a debate between responsive website and a native mobile app. When you’re building a website, it has to be mobile or tablet enabled (responsive). If you don’t have a mobile app already, you’re missing out on a huge potential audience.Related: You Don’t Need an App for That 4 min readlast_img read more

Married gay mans photos stolen to scam women across multiple dating sites

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Speaking to The Sunday Times, Bustin said he wanted to ‘devalue’ the photos and prevent more fraudulent activity.‘Someone has been harvesting images of me from all over the web.’The latest victim is a 60-year-old widow from the West Country.She began talking to ‘Martin’ on Zoosk in January of this year.Images of the real Steve Bustin. The ex producer and public speaker wants to ‘devalue’ the photos to prevent further scams (Picture: Twitter.com/steveinbrighton)The anonymous victim told the Sunday Times: ‘I thought I’d found my Prince Charming. I was really taken in.‘He used to seem so kind. He’d send me music and say: “Do you like the song? Do you like dancing?” ‘I feel like a total idiot.’‘Martin’ also used an old video of Bustin and superimposed Bustin’s voice on to it during a Skype call, but the woman quickly cottoned on.GSN has contacted EliteSingles for further comment.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A gay man from Brighton, England, had his photos stolen to trick women into parting with money on various dating sites. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Steve Bustin had his photos stolen and used for a scam on multiple dating sites including Zoosk and EliteSingles (Picture: Twitter.com/steveinbrighton) Ex-BBC producer and now public speaker Steve Bustin is a happily married gay man.But Bustin discovered his photos had been stolen and used on a multitude of dating site.His photos has been used since July 2016, including on EliteSingles and Zoosk, when a woman contacted him.Brigit Hebibi, from Berlin, Germany, contacted Bustin, 46, who had been profiled on EliteSingles as ‘Martin’A man using his photos and calling himself Sebastian had started talking to another on Facebook, claiming to be a Brit working in Thailand.The feature from today’s Sunday Times about how my photos became the face of an online scam – now a new keynote for me: https://t.co/L6MjNyQc9n pic.twitter.com/u6QDEFzbeS— Steve Bustin (@steveinbrighton) March 4, 2018Con man asked lonely women on dating sites for moneyHowever Hebibi broke contact when the man in the profile started asking her for money. Duncan James shares cute story of how he came out to Geri Halliwell after dating herHow to find love and sex as a gay or bisexual man after 50Why do so many gay men get married to women in India?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-mans-photos-scam-women-dating-site/last_img read more

How to read Costa Ricas unemployment figures

first_imgFrom the print editionCosta Rica’s economy, starting to slow from a solid first semester of gross domestic product growth at 4-5 percent, has seen unemployment numbers increase in the same period. Gathered by surveys requiring interviews, employment figures  are a lagging indicator.The latest unemployment results for the first quarter of 2012 come from the Continuous Employment Poll, conducted by the Costa Rican government’s National Statistics and Census Institute. Despite Costa Rica’s accelerating GDP growth since the third quarter of 2011, unemployment is up from 9.6 percent in the first quarter of 2011 to 10.4 percent in the same period of 2012. Adding to the unexpected results, a National Households Poll – for which latest available data is July 2011 – put unemployment at that time at 7.7 percent.How is it that polls can have apparently significantly different employment results for the same period, and that unemployment is measured as increasing when the economy is expanding at a good pace? Employment is one of those slippery economic statistics that is easily misunderstood. As economists have gone out of their way to point out in recent articles in the daily La Nación, the base against which unemployment is measured is not the number of working-age persons in the economy, but the number of people looking for work. Take a college student who also drives a taxi to make money. He is counted as employed. If this cab driver gets fired, tries to find another taxi job but can’t, and so continues as a full-time student, he is classified as not looking for work, and is eliminated from the unemployment rolls, even though his decision not to work was not his own. Since polls are interview-based and taken with different methods, results can vary. The older National Households Poll is taken sporadically by people hired one poll at a time, while the newer Continuous Employment Poll is ongoing by permanent government staff. This difference would seem to favor the continuous poll, which gives a higher unemployment rate, as more accurate. But while a 2.7 percent difference (7.7 percent to 10.4 percent halfway through 2011) may seem significant, the fact that most polls have margins of error of about 3 percent means that technically neither poll contradicts the other; their difference is within a normal statistical margin of error.So, with different but compatible results between two polls, why is unemployment in Costa Rica increasing after what has been a yearlong good economic run? There are two reasons: First, perversely, good times give more people hope of finding a job, so they enter the statistical base of those looking for work.The second reason for the increase in measured national unemployment isn’t a matter of arbitrary employment-poll classifications, but is quite real. Costa Rica’s economy is changing rapidly as it expands, and agriculture is hardest hit, down to less than 10 percent of GDP output, and one-sixth of exports. A generation ago, agriculture was the bulwark of employment and exports. Today, manufacturing and services dominate GDP output (over 90 percent). These two sectors are high-tech, require English and have trouble meeting demand for workers. Meanwhile, workers displaced from traditional jobs don’t have the skills for new ones.The great equalizer is construction, which went through a 19-month contraction through August 2011 and is now coming back, slowly but surely, as the engine for high numbers of unskilled jobs. A jobs fair held July 20-21 at San Pedro Mall in eastern San José was illustrative of new jobs profiles for Costa Rica. José Pablo Formal, president of fair organizers Nushark Media, said the event was his company’s elite-level employment event. Of a total of 17 companies, 16 were employers and one was an English-language company. Among the employers, all but one required English, and several were also looking for information-technology skills. Formal said he is planning two more job fairs this year: a mid-level event for big companies looking for college-aged workers who don’t necessarily speak English (for which he expects to sign up 45 companies) and a job fair for small- and medium-sized companies (for which he expects 60 employers). The numbers of companies in each type where an agricultural, construction or unskilled manufacturing background would help qualify a job seeker is zero for the high-end companies, a minority for big, non-English-requirement companies, and likely a majority for small- and medium-sized companies. In Costa Rica, increased expectations of the possibility of finding work, which spur more people to look for jobs, plus skill requirements which most do not meet, are the reason employment surveys show increasing unemployment in a growing economy. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Nicaragua nabs American on FBIs most wanted list

first_imgMANAGUA, Nicaragua – Police in Nicaragua on Monday announced the arrest of Eric Justin Toth, an American on the FBI’s most wanted list, who is sought on child pornography charges.Toth, a former schoolteacher and camp counselor was taken into custody in the northern city of Esteli, police said.The suspect was transferred to Managua where he was due to appear before the press ahead of his extradition process.The FBI said on its website that Toth was a computer “expert … wanted for allegedly possessing child pornography in Washington, DC.”“It is alleged that in June of 2008, pornographic images were found on a school camera that had been in Toth’s possession. Toth also allegedly produced child pornography in Maryland,” the US federal police agency added.A $100,000 FBI reward had been posted for information leading to his arrest. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more