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Chimpanzee ‘personhood’ fails on appeal

first_imgAdvocates of “legal personhood” to chimpanzees have lost another battle.This morning, a New York appellate court rejected a lawsuit by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) to free a chimp named Tommy from captivity. The group had argued that the chimpanzee deserved the human right of bodily liberty.“The court nailed it,” writes Richard Cupp, a law professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and a noted opponent of personhood for animals, in an e-mail to Science. “The decision directly addressed the arguments for nonhuman animal legal personhood, and demonstrated clearly why they are wrong.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The court’s decision is the latest setback for NhRP, an animal rights group that has been trying to free four New York chimpanzees—including two research chimps—since 2013. Two of the animals—Tommy and Kiko—live in cages on private property, according to the group. The other two—Hercules and Leo—are lab chimps at Stony Brook University.In each case, NhRP filed a writ of habeas corpus, which allows a person being held captive to have a say in court. Lower courts rejected the lawsuits late last year, but NhRP appealed, and the first of those appeals—involving Tommy—was heard this October. The group hopes to eventually extend its argument about the right to bodily liberty to a variety of other animals.In today’s decision, the court states that chimpanzees, although cognitively complex, aren’t entitled to the same legal status as human beings. “[We] conclude that a chimpanzee is not a ‘person’ entitled to the rights and protections afforded by the writ of habeas corpus,” the judges write. Only people can have rights, the court states, because only people can be held legally accountable for their actions. “In our view, it is this incapability to bear any legal responsibilities and societal duties that renders it inappropriate to confer upon chimpanzees the legal rights … that have been afforded to human beings.”Instead of trying to grant rights to chimpanzees, the court notes that NhRP could push for further legal protections for the animals, perhaps by advocating for stricter state animal welfare laws.Cupp agrees with that strategy. “If a chimpanzee hurts someone, he should not be subjected to a criminal trial and punishment,” he writes. “Although we have a moral duty to take very good care of them, rights and moral responsibilities do not fit chimpanzees.”   In an e-mail to Science, NhRP Executive Director Natalie Prosin says the judges’ reasoning is incorrect. “The Court ignores the fact that the common law is supposed to change in light of new scientific discoveries, changing experiences, and changing ideas of what is right or wrong,” she says. “It is time for the common law to recognize that these facts are sufficient to establish personhood for the purpose of a writ of habeas corpus.” NhRP, she says, will appeal the case to the state’s highest court.In the meantime, NhRP is pushing ahead with its other chimp cases. On Tuesday, it made oral arguments to another New York appellate court in the Kiko case, and it plans to appeal the Hercules and Leo case. It’s also moving ahead with personhood lawsuits in other states that will target both elephants and chimpanzees.last_img read more

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Congress heading for a spectacular victory in Assam

first_imgThe Congress is on its way to a spectacular third successive victory in the Assam Assembly elections, winning 16 seats and leading in 68 of the 126 constituencies.Riding on the planks of development and peace, the Congress is set to form the 13th state legislature with most of its ministers, led by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi winning from their respective constituencies.Congress’ steady alliance partner Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) also performed credibly winning two seats and leading in 13 others.The All India United Democratic Front has won one seat and is leading in 17 others.AGP suffered a big reverse when its prominent leader and former two-time chief minister lost to his Congress rival Rockybul Hussain at Samaguri by over 20,000 votes.Mohanta was, however, was leading in his home constituency Baharampur over his Congress rival Suren Bora.Both AGP and BJP won one seat each. The AGP is leading in 12 seats while the BJP in three.All India Trinamool Congress opened its account for the first time in Assam with its candidate Dwipen Pathak defeating former Lok Sabha Congress MP Kirip Chaliha.Leading from the front, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi led the party to victory winning from Titabor constituency and almost all the ministers, barring culture and sports minister Bharat Narah, have romped home with comfortable margin.AGP’s Naba Kumar Doley wrested the Dhakuakhana constituency from Narah, who has been a sitting MLA from the constituency for the last 25 years.Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, PWD minister Ajanta Neog, Social Welfare Minister Akon Bora, Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain and Congress ally BPF’s representatives in the cabinet Pramila Rani Brahma and Chandan Brahma have also won.advertisementThe Congress wrested seven seats – Bokajan (ST), Karimganj (North), Dergaon, Bokakhat, Khumtai and Raha–from AGP, BJP, AIUDF and Independents.Congress’s Klengdoong Engti wrested the Bokajan (ST) seat from Independent sitting MLA Jagat Singh Engti and Arun Phukan defeated sitting Independent MLA and former ULFA militant Jiten Gogoi.- With PTI inputsFor more log on to: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/specials/assembly-elections-2011/last_img read more

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Football: Some facts to know about Barcelona’s latest signing – Malcom

first_imgAdvertisementMalcom in Brazil’s colours, Photo Credits: Sky Sports.21-year-old Brazilian winger Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira signed with Barcelona yesterday for a sum of 41 million euros. Here is Malcom, Barça´s new signing ⚽️ #EnjoyMalcom🔵🔴 #EnjoyBarça pic.twitter.com/pCvp6i33dY— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 24, 2018The Brazilian sensation was initially expected to sign with Italian club AS Roma but ditched the offer at the last moment.Barcelona’s official Twitter handle has put out a tweet which lists some interesting facts surrounding Barca’s latest signing:Learn all about our new signing!https://t.co/Y8X1fhKlM8— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 25, 2018It mentions that like many other Barça players from Brazil (Arthur, Coutinho, Dani Alves, Ronaldinho, Belletti), Malcom began his career playing futsal.Among other points, it’s also to be noted that Mano Menezes and Tite were two important coaches who helped him in his development.To know more about Malcom click here.Read also: Photos: The Alex Morgan StoryPhotos: The Melissa Satta Boateng Story Advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2016: Kanpur likely to host just one match due to logistical issues

first_imgKanpur may have been keen to host at least a couple of Indian Premier League matches, but is likely to get just one game due to logistical issues. There is just one five-star hotel in the city and the nearest airport to Kanpur is situated in Lucknow, which is about 71 kms from Kanpur. (Full IPL Coverage)According to an Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) official, Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium is likely to host the match between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders on May 19.There was a proposal to hold the May 21 game between Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians here as well but limited number of rooms available in just one five-star hotel in the city to accommodate three teams at the same time has diminished the chances.The official said that IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, whose hometown is Kanpur, is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that the people of Kanpur can witness a day-night game at the Green Park stadium.However, there are some issues with the brightness of the floodlights also and the authorities have asked for another week’s time to fix up the problem.But the venue getting the green light to host an IPL match would depend on the report of the BCCI’s technical team, which will land here to inspect the ground.The date of inspection is yet to be decided.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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IPL 2016: Rising Pune Supergiants battle for survival against in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgA struggling Rising Pune Supergiants will aim to get their play-off hopes back on track with a win when they take on high-flying Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League on Tuesday. (Full IPL Coverage)Debutants Pune after seven losses in 10 games, find themselves in the bottom half of the points table with just six points. Hyderabad, after a couple of dominating performances, are in the second spot with 12 points from nine games.Pune come into match after losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets. RCB skipper Virat Kohli hit a brilliant century to outclass the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side. (MS Dhoni has not lost faith in R Ashwin, says Ajit Agarkar)On the other hand, Hyderabad will be high on confidence after thrashing defending champions Mumbai Indians in all departments of the game and win the match by 85 runs on Sunday.Pune’s disappointing journeyFor Dhoni and his men, it has been a demoralising journey so far as apart from three wins against – Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils – they have failed to trouble other teams, losing four matches at their home ground in Pune itself.Dhoni has been left with a low-key side after star players Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh had to make their exit from the team due to injuries.The side has failed to find the right combination which has resulted in a series of losses and currently find themselves in a place from where they have to win all matches to make it to the play-off stage.advertisementStruggling Aussies The inclusion of Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and George Bailey have not made a big difference in the side’s fortunes.Their bowlers have also been inconsistent in the tournament.Opener Ajinkya Rahane has been the lone warrior for them scoring 417 runs so far.Dhoni, known to be calm and composed in pressure situations, will look to re-group and motivate his men to get back to winning ways on Tuesday.SRH flying highHyderabad, on the contrary, find themselves only a few steps away from making it to the last-four stage.Being lead by in-form batsmen David Warner and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, the duo have made job easier for batsmen to follow in the middle and lower order with some good starts to the innings.The return of veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh after injury has strengthened their middle order.The bowling attack of the Sunrisers comprising veteran Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman has been the most consistent in the tournament so far.The pace trio will aim to deliver the same against an inconsistent Pune side and take their team one step closer to play-off stage.Squads:Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Trent Boult, Ben Cutting, Shikar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abhimanyu Midtun, Eoin Morgan, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Mehra, Naman Ojha, Vijay Shanker, Karn Sharma, Barinder Sran, T Suman, Aditya Tare, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh.Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Usman Khawaja, M Ashwin, George Bailey, Peter Handscomb, Rajat Bhatia, RP Singh, Scott Boland, Adam Zampa, Thisara Perera, Ankit Sharma, Ankush Bains, Ashok Dinda, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar.last_img read more

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Olympiakos Downs Fenerbahce in an Overtime Thriller

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CONSTANTINOPLE – In a rematch of last season’s Turkish Airlines Championship Game, a thrilling clash that went into overtime, visiting Olympiacos Piraeus prevailed over reigning champion Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 83-90 on Wednesday night, Euroleague reports.Olympiacos improved to 5-2, while Fenerbahce dropped to 4-3 after a game in which each team held a double-digit lead.Fenerbahce led by 13 early in the third quarter, but a 4-20 charge during which Brian Roberts hit 4 triples without a miss put Olympiacos in front.The hosts never led again, but did rally from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime. However, Georgios Printezis strung together 6 points in the extra minutes to lift the Reds to victory. Roberts scored 21, and Printezis had 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Reds.Janis Strelnieks added 16 points, while Nikola Milutnov contributed with 10 points in victory. James Nunnally netted 22 points in defeat. Brad Wanamaker had 15, Kostas Sloukas scored 13 and Nicolo Melli 11 for Fenerbahce.Read the full report, see the highlights here.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: 5 batsmen who can break Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old record

first_imgEngland and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have redesigned fans’ scorecards (printed scorecards available for sale at cricket grounds) so as to accommodate 500 runs, keeping in mind the kind of flat surfaces that are expected to dominate World Cup 2019.Not many are going to be against batsmen dominating the World Cup. England, the hosts of the 2019 World Cup, have scored 300-plus scores more than 10 times since the 2015 World Cup in Australia. Over a period of last 7 days, England and Pakistan who are involved in a bilateral series have posted 350-plus totals twice each.The traditional English pitches with generous amount of green on it are not going to be on offer during the World Cup. Bat will dominate ball on flat wickets.Records are expected to tumble but is there a chance someone will go on to break Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-old World Cup record? Well, there is.Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for the most number of runs scored in a World Cup tournament when he hit 673 in 2003 wherein India had reached the final. Hitting a hundred and six half-centuries, Tendulkar set the stage of fire before falling cheaply in the final.The likes of Matthew Hayden (659 in 2007), Mahela Jayawardene (548 in 2007), Martin Guptill (547 as recently as 2015) have come close but none have managed to break Tendulkar’s record.Here, we look at 5 cricketers who have the ability to go past Tendulkar’s mark at the 2019 World Cup.Virat Kohli Barring a few memorable knocks, Virat Kohli hasn’t set the World Cup stage on fire. in his maiden appearance in 2011, Kohli managed 282 runs at 35.25 from 9 matches and fared better in 2015, scoring 305 run in 8 matches at 50.83. However, Kohli has broken and set some improbable records post the 2015 World Cup. In his first World Cup as captain, Kohli will be keen on leading from the front with the bat.advertisementVirat Kohli has gone past the 1000-run mark for two succesive years and has already amassed 611 runs in 11 matches at 55.54 in 2019 wherein he has scored 3 hundreds. If Kohli gets going against South Africa in Southampton on June 5, it may be very difficult for oppositions to stop him.If you want to bet on someone who can break Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup record, the first choice should be the in-form India captain.Jonny Bairstow Jonny Bairstow took Indian Premier League by storm in his maiden season. The England opener smashed 445 runs, including a hundred and two fifties, at a staggering strike rate of 157.24 from 10 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad. If one were to go by current form, it’s hard to bet against Jonny Bairstow. The right-handed opener had taken the Pakistan attack to the cleaners in the recently-concluded ODI game against Pakistan in Bristol on May 14, hitting 128 in just 93 balls and helped England gun down a 359-run target in just 44.5 overs.Bairstow has been consistent in the World Cup year, scoring 280 runs from 6 innings at 46.66 and will be looking to add a lot more to that tally in front of fans at home.David Warner David Warner’s place in the Australian squad was in doubt when he returned from the 1-year ball-tampering ban. The Australia star had one final opportunity – IPL 2019 to stake a claim for a spot in the Australian lineup.Warner made sure there were no further doubts about his form or his place in the playing XI by running away with the Orange Cap for the most number of runs scored in IPL 2019.David Warner smashed 692 runs from just 12 matches at 69.20. The left-handed Sunrisers Hyderabad opener took the best in the business apart and hit a hundred and 8 fifties in the T20 league. Warner will be keen on proving his doubters wrong at the World Cup 2019. He is likely to be a target for England’s famous Balmy Army but such needling may just prove to be the motivation that Warner needs at the biggest stage of world cricket. Don’t be surprised if Warner goes past the Master Blaster’s mark in the United Kingdom this year.Chris Gayle You can never count him out, can you? And after the way Chris Gayle made light work of the English attack in a 5-match ODI series at home, it’s not wise to do so. Gayle, in an interview to India Today, said he is getting better with age and is looking forward to “do some damage” in the World Cup.Well, Chris Gayle certainly did damage against England at home, smashing 424 runs from just 4 innings, hitting 2 centuries and as many fifties. Gayle had an impressive IPL 2019 campaign as well as the veteran batsman smashed 490 runs from 13 matches at a strike rate of over 150.advertisementRohit Sharma Rohit Sharma has arguably been among the best ODI batsmen in the recent past. The Indian vice-captain has been consistent, especially in the 50-over format of the game. Just like his captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma has collected more than 1000 runs in ODIs in 2017 and 2018. The most successful IPL captain has already scored 556 runs in the ongoing season. Known for his ability to get daddy hundreds at will, Rohit Sharma is certainly among our top 5 contenders to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record. A double century from Rohit and Tendulkar’s tally will certainly be within touching distance.Also Read | World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lessonAlso Read | Irfan Pathan only Indian to enrol for 2019 Carribean Premier League players draftAlso Seelast_img read more

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The Game Ohio State Is Most Likely To Lose This Season, Per ESPN’s FPI

first_img According to the FPI, Michigan has a 76.6 percent chance of defeating Ohio State.The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan has been lopsided of late. Last season, the Buckeyes dismantled the Wolverines with ease by scoring 62 points in a blowout victory.Outside of this important showdown, the FPI has the Buckeyes winning every other game this season. However, their odds aren’t exactly overwhelming against Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State.Buckeye fans – are you worried about the Wolverines this year? Ohio State coach Ryan Day on the sideline during a football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks on during the second half in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Following an overhaul to their roster and coaching staff, the Ohio State Buckeyes enter this season with a totally different look. With Urban Meyer gone from the sidelines, it’s time for Ryan Day to lead the program.As Day adjusts to life as the head coach of the Buckeyes, he’ll also have to help develop his new quarterback. They added marquee transfer Justin Fields, who decided to leave Georgia after one season.Ohio State should be among the favorites in the Big Ten this year. The preseason Coaches’ Poll ranked the program No. 5 in the country.While the Buckeyes will certainly be in the mix to win the Big Ten, ESPN’s FPI actually has them losing one conference game this upcoming season. Unfortunately for fans in Columbus, the projected loss is to the Michigan Wolverines.last_img read more

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SC summons Delhi CS over policy on holding functions in hotels

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday directed the chief secretary of Delhi to be present before it on August 23 and apprise it of the policy on holding social functions and marriages in hotels, farm houses and low density residential area here.A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta gave this direction after the counsel appearing for the Delhi government told the court that they have finalised the policy and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) would have to notify it. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Our policy is final. Now, the DDA will have to notify it,” the Delhi government’s counsel told the bench. The bench then asked the DDA’s counsel, “How much time is required to notify this?” The DDA’s counsel said she would have to seek instruction on the issue. She said the policy was not submitted to the DDA yet. “As per my instructions, we (Delhi government) have sent it to the DDA,” the Delhi government’s lawyer said, adding, “Within two days, I will make sure that it (policy) is sent to the DDA”. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsTo this, the bench said, “Let the chief secretary of Delhi be present in the court on Friday (August 23)”. At the outset, the Delhi government’s counsel said that the apex court had earlier asked it to explain as to under which provision of the law it has framed the policy. He referred to one of the clauses of Article 239 AA of the Constitution (special provisions with respect to Delhi) and said that it gives power to the Legislative Assembly to frame such a policy. The Delhi government had earlier told the top court that there is a scarcity of places for holding social functions and weddings and its policy on holding such functions in hotels, motels and low density residential area would “mitigate the difficulties” being faced by people here. In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the Delhi government had said that its policy would be beneficial for people of the national capital and it provides for “accountability and penalties” for non compliance of its provisions. It had said that the affidavit was filed pursuant to the July 1 direction of the apex court asking it to formulate a policy for holding social functions in motels, hotels and farm houses with “special reference to extravagance in expenditure, wastage of food, water management and safety of persons attending such functions”. As per the policy, the conditions stipulated in it would be enforced by periodical inspections by appropriate agencies.last_img read more

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Trudeau seeks to right his campaign in Toronto as Scheer heads to

first_imgOTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Toronto today, hoping to take back control of his re-election campaign after spending yesterday apologizing for donning blackface when he was younger.He scrapped his plans on a visit to Winnipeg, instead using the time to call supporters and leaders in minority communities, after images came out of him as a dark-skinned Aladdin at a party when he was 29 and made up like Harry Belafonte at a talent show when he was a student.Trudeau is finishing the first full week of the campaign with an announcement at a hotel in Toronto this morning.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is in Atlantic Canada, with plans to make an announcement at the University of New Brunswick and then make campaign stops with candidates there and in Nova Scotia.The Greens’ Elizabeth May is spending her day in Calgary, starting with a transportation announcement at a CTrain station and then a visit to a climate-change demonstration at city hall.People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is trying to hold onto his own seat in Quebec and is spending today campaigning there, though he has a swing to Western Canada coming up next week.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Garbage truck accident kills 1 injures 4

An inmate of the house was killed in the accident while four others, including two women were also injured.The driver of the garbage truck has been arrested. A parked garbage truck accidentally got released from its brakes and rammed into a house killing one person and injuring four others in Kotahena this morning.The police said that the driver of the truck had parked the vehicle and went for tea and at that time the truck had gone on reverse and slammed into a house 50 meters away.

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Nepal UN rights officials condemn use of deadly police force as inexcusable

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) bureau in Kathmandu, the capital, reported that tens of thousands of demonstrators against King Gyanendra’s suspension of parliamentary rule challenged the curfew around the country and three people were killed as a result of use of deadly force by police. The use of such force against unarmed civilians is without justification and inexcusable, it added. Following the delivery of a letter from High Commissioner Louise Arbour, the Nepalese chief of staff promised that UN staff would be given curfew passes for tomorrow, a UN spokesman said. But today’s ban prevented UN teams from fulfilling their work in monitoring and playing a restraining role both with demonstrators and security forces. Earlier today, OHCHR spokesman in Nepal Kieran Dwyer said the denial of curfew passes was “a clear violation” of the agreement between the OHCHR and the Government setting out the mandate the Nepal office which “provides that OHCHR-Nepal shall have ‘freedom of movement … throughout Nepal’.” Also today, a group of independent UN human rights experts added their voices to the rising chorus against the excessive use of force and called on the Government to exercise restraint and guarantee fundamental rights for all. Their statement they voicing “grave concern” followed a call by Secretary-General Kofi Annan last week for King Gyanendra to take “courageous steps” to find a way avoid further bloodshed. Mr. Annan has been calling for the restoration of “democratic freedoms and institutions” ever since King Gyanendra dissolved parliament, imposed a state of emergency and suspended civil liberties in February 2005. “The law enforcement agencies have resorted to indiscriminate firing of rubber bullets – even on occasion live ammunition – into crowds, beatings, raids on homes and destruction of property. Scores of bystanders and demonstrators, including women, children, journalists and lawyers have been identified among the casualties,” the experts said. They urged the Government to guarantee fundamental human rights for all, including the rights to life, physical and psychological integrity, freedom from arbitrary detention, and the freedom of opinion, expression, association, and assembly. The experts included Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions; Hina Jilani, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders; Ambeyi Ligabo, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on Torture; and Leïla Zerrougui, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity who received their mandate from the now defunct UN Commission on Human Rights. They will now report to the newly established and enhanced Human Rights Council. read more

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Highlights of the Ontario budget unveiled Thursday

TORONTO – Ontario’s finance minister delivered the province’s fiscal plan Thursday, the government’s first balanced budget in a decade. Here are the highlights:____PHARMACARE FOR YOUTHMore than 4,400 prescription drugs will be free for anyone under 25 starting next year under the province’s new pharmacare program.The program, dubbed OHIP+, is meant to provide universal drug coverage to children and youth regardless of family income.It will cover all drugs currently available under the Ontario Drug Benefit program, with no co-payment or deductible.The province says the new system will cost $465 million per fiscal year once it’s up and running.____HEALTH CARE ‘BOOSTER SHOT’Ontario has budgeted $11.5 billion in new health-care spending over the next three years, an amount that’s $7 billion higher than the province had previously planned.The so-called “booster shot” includes $1.3 billion to help cut wait times to see specialists, get key surgeries and access mental health services.It also includes funds earmarked for hospital construction, such as new facilities in the Niagara and Windsor areas.That spending will total $9 billion over a decade.____GROWING DEBTDespite reaching balance in its latest budget, Ontario’s debt continues to grow — with projections putting it at $312 billion for 2017-2018.The province’s net debt is expected to rise to $336 billion in 2019-20.Interest on debt is the fourth largest spending area, at $11.6 billion.____CHILD CARE SPACESOntario is vowing to create 24,000 new licensed child care spots, 60 per cent of which would be government-subsidized.That would come at a cost of $200 million.The province says it has already created 56,000 licensed child care spaces in recent years.____SCHOOL AND BEYONDOntario is vowing to build new schools in high-growth areas and help older facilities get a facelift.The province is setting aside about $16 billion in the next decade for new construction as well as renovations and retrofits to make existing schools more energy-efficient.Students are also getting a hand with work experience, with $190 million earmarked over three years to create 40,000 placements for them and for recent graduates.____HELP FOR SENIORSGetting around using public transit will be slightly cheaper for Ontario seniors, who will be able to get part of their transit expenses refunded under a new tax credit.The program, which is slated to kick in on July 1, will cover 15 per cent of eligible transit costs, up to $130 per person annually.It is expected to cost the province $10 million a year.Money is also being set aside — $8 million over three years — for so-called elderly persons centres, which provide services such as meals on wheels and exercise classes.The province’s dementia strategy is also getting $100 million over three years to support residents with dementia and those who care for them.____SUPPORT FOR INDIGENOUS RESIDENTSOntario’s budget includes a number of measures meant to help the province’s indigenous communities access education and justice, among other things.The government is spending $200 million over three years to boost postsecondary education and training opportunities for indigenous people.Meanwhile, $44.2 million will be spent in the next two years to expand or establish programs to make the justice system more culturally relevant, including the Gladue Program, which encourages courts to consider non-custodial sentences for indigenous offenders.Another $2 million will be spent in that same time frame to develop anti-racism programs that will be designed and delivered by indigenous people.____TAXES ON TOBACCO, HOTEL STAYSThe Liberals are increasing tobacco taxes and giving municipalities the power to levy a hotel tax.Tobacco tax rates will rise by $10 per carton of cigarettes over the next three years, starting with a $2 bump that takes effect at midnight.As for the hotel tax, the budget provides few details, but it will require amendments to the Municipal Act and the City of Toronto Act, which gives the city the authority to levy its own taxes, but that has so far excluded hotels.____LAND TRANSFER TAX REVENUE INCREASESouthern Ontario’s booming housing market poured hundreds of millions more than expected into Ontario’s coffers last fiscal year.It helped generate $637 million more than projected in land transfer tax revenue.The land transfer tax is expected to bring in $3.1 billion this fiscal year._____ONLINE PROTECTION PILOT PROJECTOntario wants to help its financial institutions improve their cybersecurity with a new $4-million pilot project.The project will pair financial institutions with companies working in the cybersecurity sector.The province says that will also help create high-tech jobs.____OPPOSITION PARTIES REACTOntario’s opposition parties derided the Liberal government’s budget.Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says the fiscal plan is nothing but a ploy to win over voters ahead of next year’s provincial election.Ontario’s NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, meanwhile, says the budget does nothing to address the needs of cash-strapped families already struggling with hydro bills and housing costs.____ Highlights of the Ontario budget unveiled Thursday by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 27, 2017 2:12 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, right, delivers the 2017 Ontario budget next to Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Thursday, April 27, 2017. 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Google ring to provide one hardware password to rule them all

first_imgHardware authentication tokens aren’t a new concept, but Google thinks it’s time to bring these devices to a much broader audience. First whispered about back in January, Google has taken to the stage at the RSA conference this week to offer some insight about what it hopes to accomplish with the Google One (password) ring. That’s not it pictured above, by the way, but hopefully it’s just as cool-looking.Right now, Google is testing a USB dongle — which is exactly what many banks distribute to their corporate clients who need strong authentication measures to access online account services. Engineer Mayank Upadhyay notes that there’s one key difference with Google’s stick: it also features an NFC chip. That would potentially allow a users to kick start the login process by placing a phone or tablet within range.But a small, wearable device would work, too. That’s where the ring comes in. An innocuous ring that could validate a user’s identity (assuming the companion USB token is also within range) would help solve several of today’s most serious computer security issues. If the token and ring are being used to authenticate, users wouldn’t fall into the trap of re-using the same password across dozens of sites. The hardware pair would also ensure that those ridiculous passwords we see every year on the top 100 leaked passwords list aren’t still going to be causing problems five years from now.So what’s Google’s interest in all this? There’s got to be an angle, and it’s probably safe to assume that tight integration with Chrome (which recently received an optional strong password generator), Chrome OS,  and Android. The same hardware present in the USB dongle could be easily built in to phones, tablets, and laptops to give users a more convenient way to utilize their rings.Google’s also got a thing for analytics, and the company would almost certainly be keeping tabs (anonymously, of course) on which services users are signing in to and what’s going on behind the scenes — like shopping or banking — to build an even better advertising profile.[photo by Flickr user nikoretro]last_img read more

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Man tells CTran officer to give him gun for suicide

first_imgA transient, thought to be 25, was at a bus stop Tuesday night near East Fourth Plain Boulevard and Main Street when he started demanding a C-Tran security officer give him a gun so he could shoot himself, said Sgt. Kevin Hatley with the Vancouver Police Department.Police responded to the scene across from the Walgreens at 7:14 p.m. The man was thought to be violent, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.However, the man complied when officers asked him to sit down, so they could handcuff him, Hatley said. He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.last_img

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Machinery Pete Acquires TractorSearchcom from USAgNet

first_imgOnline farming equipment marketplace Machinery Pete has acquired equipment classified platform Tractor Search from USAgNet, a Wisconsin-based network of daily agriculture news websites serving 15 states throughout the Northeast and Midwest. The Tractor Search acquisition marks the formation of a strategic partnership in which Machinery Pete will serve as USAgNet’s exclusive equipment search partner, and augments Machinery Pete’s database of more than 500,000 equipment prices. Founded in 2010 by machinery auction analyst Greg Peterson, Machinery Pete serves over 300 dealerships in the Upper Midwest with over 30,000 used equipment listings, according to the company. “This is an exciting time for Machinery Pete,” said Doyle. “Adding Tractor Search to the Machinery Pete platform will advance our momentum to be the go-to resource for farmers and dealers.” “The number of farmers who rely on the internet to help make their purchasing decisions is growing all the time,” said Patrick Sternitzky, president of USAgNet, in an official statement. “By combining listings into one website, these buyers will gain a wider selection of inventory choices, while providing dealers with even more exposure.” The deal comes just weeks after Farm Journal Media, which purchased a majority interest in Machinery Pete in 2014, bought the agriculture and produce media assets of Vance Publishing Corp., including AgProfessional, Dairy Herd Management and Produce Ops. In August, the Philadelphia-based publisher named Susan Skiles Luke the 10th editor in flagship brand Farm Journal’s 138-year history. In June, Machinery Pete relaunched its website and named a new CEO, Kevin Doyle, before selling off Implement & Tractor magazine a month later.last_img read more

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Public Safety in rural Alaska

first_imgCall 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast. A police car sits unused in Sand Point.(Zoe Sobel/KUCB)Rural Alaska has long had a lack of adequate law enforcement. State budget cuts have exacerbated the problem and recent reporting reveals trouble with how or if some local law enforcement officers are screened before they’re hired. What’s being done to make rural Alaska safer?LISTEN HEREHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Walt Monegan, Department of Public Safety CommissionerAndrew Merrill, VPSO Captainlast_img read more

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Charm City Olympics Coming in July

first_imgBy AFRO StaffThis summer, young people in Baltimore will have the opportunity to pour their energy into the city’s first ever Olympic-style sports tournament.On June 5, Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young and the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks announced the “Charm City Games” competition, which is scheduled to begin in July.“The inaugural Charm City Games will engage our youth in positive recreational activities and help boost civic engagement by putting them in direct contact with their elected City Council Representatives,” Mayor Young said in a statement.The Charm City Games will encourage young people across the city between the ages of 12-14, in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office and each City Council district to assemble teams to compete in basketball, tennis, soccer, track and field and other sports. The week-long competition will take place July 14-20, at locations throughout the city, and will begin with an opening ceremony at City Hall on July 13. Teams will compete for what organizers believe will become a coveted trophy, the Charm City Cup.“The mission of the Charm City Game is to connect communities through competition,” said Reginald Moore, Executive Director of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, in a statement. “It’s no secret that avenues to engage the city’s youth between the ages of 12-18 is a necessity. Charm City Games was designed with this in mind. We’re excited to launch this event as one of many of our new and exciting youth engagement initiatives.”Parents can register their children to participate in the city-wide competition until June 14, by visiting bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/charm-city-games , they can register onsite at Herring Run, Virginia S. Baker, Northwood, Walter P. Carter, CC Jackson, Roosevelt and Edgewood Recreation Centers.Organizers of the inaugural Charm City Games are calling on parents, mentors and community leaders to participate in the competition as team coaches. Participation in the Charm City Games is free. More information is available of various social media platforms.last_img read more

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Boredom can make you politically radicalised

first_imgIf you are bored and are unable to find a meaning in what you do, chances are you may develop extreme political views sooner, a study reveals. Boredom may be contributing to a widening of political views among voters, according to researchers from King’s College London and the University of Limerick.“Boredom puts people on edge. It makes them seek engagements that are challenging, exciting, and that offer a sense of purpose. Political ideologies can aid this existential quest,” said Dr Wijnand van Tilburg from King’s College London. Boredom motivates people to alter their situation and fosters the engagement in activities that seem more meaningful than those currently at hand, he added.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, the findings are based on one experiment and two scientific surveys carried out in the Republic of Ireland.In their initial experiment, the researchers recruited 97 people from a university campus. The participants first indicated their political orientation (whether they considered themselves liberal or conservative) before being randomly assigned to complete either a task deemed to be highly boring or a comparatively less boring task. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThose assigned to the high boredom group transcribed 10 references about concrete mixing, while those assigned to the low boredom group only had to transcribe two of these references. After completing the boring tasks, the researchers asked the participants to describe their political orientation once again. However, this time the participants indicated their political orientation on a seven-point scale. The researchers found that liberals in the low boredom group were more moderate in their political orientation, compared to liberals in the high boredom group. A similar trend was found for conservatives, though it was not statistically significant as there were only 26 politically right-wing participants, which reduced the study’s statistical power. The study authors also conducted a survey of 859 people living in Ireland and found that people who were easily bored tended to endorse more extreme political views. Another survey of 300 people found that being prone to boredom was associated with searching for meaning in life, which was in turn associated with political extremism. The authors suggest that adopting a more extreme political ideology is one way that people re-inject meaningfulness into a boring situation.“These studies indicate that political views are, in part, based on boredom and the need to counteract these negative, existential experiences with ideologies that seem to provide meaning in life,” noted Dr Eric Igou from University of Limerick. The implications of these findings are obvious. “Possibly politically radicalised individuals and groups are, at least to some degree, driven by boredom experiences in their everyday lives as an attempt to make life seem more meaningful,” the authors pointed out.last_img read more

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Meet RankBrain the New AI Behind Googles Search Results

first_img As we all know, Google is constantly looking to provide more relevant results for its users — hence, the regular algorithm updates that frequently frustrate webmasters and anyone else’s SEO efforts.Related: 6 Essential SEO Strategies to Incorporate in 2016The Pagerank algorithm that founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page introduced in the early days of Google was a step in the right direction, but it certainly wasn’t the ultimate solution for improving the quality of search results.In fact, the search giant recently unveiled a new AI (yes, that stands for artificial intelligence) called RankBrain to help the engine better understand the queries users type into the search field. The real intention of this AI wasn’t to change visitors’ search engine results pages (SERPs) — rather, it was to predict them.As a machine-learning system, RankBrain actually teaches itself how to do something instead of needing a human to program it. In other words, RankBrain will help Google provide valuable results for search queries that it hasn’t encountered before.New search queries account for about 15 percent of all the queries that Google receives, which poses a significant challenge to the engine to provide relevant results, compared to known queries. Now, RankBrain is here to help solve this problem; so brands that rely on SEO would do well to understand the impact of this new AI.How RankBrain will change search resultsRankBrain is not a new algorithm, but rather one of the hundreds of signals that make up an algorithm. It analyzes web pages related to every possible search query and has the ability to make connections between and among different words or phrases, so that the algorithms used can provide the most relevant search results.For example, the algorithms used might examine content related to iPads and then draw a connection between the terms “Apple,” “iPhone,” “iOS” and “Steve Jobs.” Previously, Google would look only at pages with the word “iPad,” but RankBrain understands that content containing related words will be highly relevant to the user’s search queries.RankBrain is also useful for people who are searching for uncommon or ambiguous words and phrases, as the engine can deduce what those people are looking for, based on their chosen words’ contextual relevancy to different search terms.According to Jack Clark, writing for Bloomberg on the topic: “[Rankbrain] uses artificial intelligence to embed vast amounts of written language into mathematical entities — called vectors — that the computer can understand. If RankBrain sees a word or phrase it isn’t familiar with, the machine can make a guess as to what words or phrases might have a similar meaning and filter the result accordingly, making it more effective at handling never-before-seen search queries.”Related: Why Modern SEO Requires Almost No Technical ExpertiseHow effective is the new AI?RankBrain was unveiled only a month ago, but the results so far have been very impressive. Greg Corrado, a senior scientist at Google who helped develop the AI, said that the new algorithms have already become the third most important ranking factor and that they’re significantly improving the quality of the search results:“The other signals, they’re all based on discoveries and insights that people in information retrieval have had, but there’s no learning,” said Corrado. He continued: “I was surprised . . . I would describe this as having gone better than we would have expected.”How will RankBrain evolve?It’s clear that Google intends to introduce new updates to the AI in the future. The developers behind RankBrain believe that it has a lot of potential, but they also understand the importance of testing it first to ensure that it delivers the quality results they’re hoping for. Ultimately, RankBrain needs to be able to accurately draw connections and forecast future searches before it can be expanded and improved upon.The program so far has proven that it’s exceptionally adept at doing just that. In one instance, Google conducted an experiment to see if RankBrain could make accurate predictions of which pages would rank highest as compared with a team of search engineers. The human searchers were correct 70 percent of the time, while RankBrain boasted an impressive 80 percent accuracy. And while it may be premature to say that this new algorithm is already superior to human users, it’s clearly a promising piece of technology.If these results continue to be consistent, it’s likely that Google will invest even more of its efforts into using RankBrain, potentially giving it more and more control over search rankings.Should brands relying on SEO be nervous?Anyone who has worked in SEO for a few years understands that the changes at Google have had — and will continue to have — notable effects on the search engine rankings. The Panda and Penguin updates, for instance, caused significant penalties for a number of sites, and some were completely de-indexed overnight. Certainly, fears about any new changes to the engine’s algorithms are warranted.But while the RankBrain algorithm has received a tremendous amount of press already and has already made some changes to the search engine rankings, its impact hasn’t been consistent on all brands.The brands most likely to notice a difference in their rankings are those trying to compete for keyword phrases that Google hasn’t encountered before. For example, a company offering a new product or service that few people have searched for may see a ranking shift. Additionally, some brands might see a ranking shift for their own names as well — particularly if their names include some commonly used words.It’s worth noting that future updates to the RankBrain algorithm could have a more significant impact, so keep a close eye on the new AI changes that Google is rolling out, as they could drastically alter the future of search.Are you concerned about RankBrain’s potential impact on your business’s search rankings? Or do you think the whole issue is being blown out of proportion? Share your opinion by leaving a comment below.Related: 7 Common Mistakes Companies Make With Google AdWords Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min read December 15, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more

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