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Compulsory Phys Ed More Coop 2000 More Primary Students Highlight New School

first_img Co-op education programs in 33 high schools for more hands-on learning opportunities through neighbourhood employers; 10 additional schools offering the Options and Opportunities O2 program, to bring the total to 44; Skilled trades education delivered in Skilled Trades Centres at 11 schools, beginning next semester; Expanding the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program to a 13th school, Ecole du Carrefour, the first for the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, the province’s French-language school board; A new Exploring Technology 10 curriculum and materials to offer students a wide range of hands-on activities and introduce them to a broad spectrum of technological concepts, including robotics, “green” technology and engineering. It will be offered in 75 high schools. French first-language schools will pilot the new Technologie 8 & 9 and the Technologie 11 courses; A new hands-on science curriculum and textbooks for Grade 6 for English first language schools. This program was launched in francophone schools in 2006; A new geometry curriculum and materials for Grade 8 in both English and French first-language schools; New advanced courses in grades 11 and 12 for English, Chemistry, Music and Visual Arts in English first-language schools; and Schools Plus pilots offering students at risk quick access to professional services and support. Schools across Nova Scotia will welcome the largest group of Primary students in almost a decade when the 2008-09 school year begins this week. Almost 134,000 public school students — including more than 10,000 Primary-age students — begin school today, Sept. 3, or Thursday, Sept. 4. “I am pleased to welcome all of our students back to school for what I know will be another school year filled with many wonderful learning opportunities,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I especially want to welcome all our new Primary students who for the first time will now experience the wonder and excitement of school.” About 2,100 four-year-olds are eligible to attend public school now that children who have their fifth birthday on, or before, Dec. 31 can enter Primary. The date change puts Nova Scotia in line with the majority of Canadian provinces and allows more young students to benefit from an earlier start to their formal education. To prepare for expanded Primary, teachers participated in professional learning and training sessions to address the particular learning needs of younger students. New resources and teaching methods have also been introduced to add more play-based approaches to the Primary curriculum. Also new this fall, thousands more students will be hitting gym mats, tossing stability balls and breaking a sweat inside and outside gym walls as the province continues to emphasize student health and fitness. “Government has moved forward on its commitment to make physical education compulsory at the high school level,” said Ms. Casey. “Investing in a strong physical education program, delivered by qualified teachers, is all part of our effort to provide our students with a healthy, physically active school experience from Primary right through to graduation.” Three new physical education courses are being introduced to give high school students more opportunities to earn the mandatory physical education credit. Students entering Grade 10 will be required to have a high school physical education credit to graduate in 2011. Physical education is compulsory from Primary to Grade 9. The new courses for the English first-language schools include Physical Education 10, Physically Active Living 11 and Fitness Leadership 11. A fourth physical education course, Physical Education Leadership 12 will be piloted next September and implemented in September 2010. Éducation physique 10 à 12 will be offered in French first-language schools Other new or expanded programs this year include:last_img read more

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Canadas fedprov finance ministers to start deep dive on marijuana taxation

first_imgOTTAWA – As the country’s finance ministers meet in Ottawa, the Trudeau government should expect to hear concerns about the added burden marijuana legalization could heap onto provincial shoulders.The agenda for the two-day, federal-provincial-territorial gathering, which starts Sunday, will include discussions on how best to apply taxes on a regulated market for cannabis.The federal government introduced legislation in April with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational marijuana by July 2018.Pot taxation is expected to stay low to ensure the regulated market elbows out illegal dealers.Details, however, on how the tax revenues will be shared between provinces and Ottawa have yet to be determined.The ministers are scheduled to start working on a “co-ordinated approach to the taxation of cannabis,” says a news release from the office of federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who hosts the twice-yearly meetings.Taxation is poised to emerge as a key focal point of Canada’s pot-legalization process.Since the federal legislation was tabled, several provinces have voiced concerns about how much work will fall within their jurisdictions — from addiction treatment, to distribution, to policing.For example, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has warned that provinces will be left with a lot of the “heavy lifting” related to pot legalization, including considerable costs.In Quebec, Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois has expressed doubts the tax revenue generated by recreational pot will cover the price tag of preparing for regulation, particularly when it comes to health, security and education efforts.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said in an interview he is not apprehensive about cannabis legalization, he just wants to ensure the transition into regulated markets doesn’t impose any extra costs on provinces.“There’s going to be a lot of requirements on behalf of the provinces,” said Sousa.“We want to make sure that the proper sharing is there and enough is supported for the implementation of cannabis and the protection (of) our society as we proceed.”Sousa said he will also be keen to hear how his counterparts are approaching legalization.Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has promised to work with provinces and to commit more resources to cannabis-related needs like public security, policing and educational campaigns.Philpott’s office has also argued that the current system of prohibition is very expensive and legalization could significantly lower the provinces’ existing costs.The trick for Canada’s lawmakers will be finding the pricing sweet spot — high enough to cover costs, but cheap enough to squeeze out the illegal market.The federal government has repeatedly stated its primary goals with legalization are to get weed out of the hands of young Canadians and prevent criminals from profiting from the drug.In addition to cannabis, the finance ministers will also discuss how to improve information sharing between jurisdictions as a way to address tax avoidance, tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing.They will also focus on the Canada-U.S. trade relationship.For Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao, the discussions on Canada-U.S. trade, including renegotiation of the North American free trade agreement, will be perhaps the most important issue on the agenda.“I think the objective is to get to a consensus amongst the provinces and the federal government as to what is it that we think that we should be doing, both in terms of the taxation of cannabis and in terms of our relationship with the United States,” Leitao said in an interview.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will be on hand to deliver a presentation on the state of the economy.Sousa said he would also like to hear more about the state of the federal government’s infrastructure plan, including its proposed, $35-billion infrastructure bank.The bank is designed to use public funds as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for large projects.Senators have been debating whether to split legislative provisions related to the creation of the bank from the government’s budget implementation bill.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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Facebook shuts hundreds of Russialinked pages accounts

first_imgLONDON — Facebook says it has removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news.The social media company said Thursday it took action after finding two networks “that engaged in co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour” on its Facebook and Instagram platforms.Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post that one network operated in countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the other focused on Ukraine.The people running the accounts represented themselves as independent news sources and posted on topics like anti-NATO sentiment and protest movements.Gleicher says one network of 364 pages and accounts was linked to employees of Sputnik, a Russian state-run English-language news site.Sputnik did not reply to emailed requests for comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Stigma and discrimination fuel AIDS epidemic UN agency warns

“HIV-related stigma and discrimination remain an immense barrier to effectively fighting the most devastating epidemic humanity has ever known,” said Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “If HIV-related stigma and discrimination are not tackled, AIDS will blight the 21st century just as racism affected the 20th century.” Dr. Piot made his comments today at the launch of the “UNAIDS Compendium on Discrimination, Stigmatization and Denial,” a set of reports that use case studies from India and Uganda. The launch was held during the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, which is taking place in Durban, South Africa, from 31 August to 7 September. According to UNAIDS, fear of discrimination may prevent people from seeking treatment for AIDS or from acknowledging their HIV status publicly. In many countries, people with – or suspected of having – HIV may be turned away from health care services, denied housing and employment, shunned by their friends and colleagues, turned down for insurance coverage or refused entry into foreign countries. In some cases, they may be evicted from home by their families, divorced by their spouses, and suffer physical violence or even murder. “HIV thrives on intolerance and xenophobia,” Dr. Piot said. “It is always easier to blame others for the spread of HIV, but progress against the epidemic is only possible when communities own the problem of AIDS themselves.” According to UNAIDS, denial goes hand in hand with discrimination, with many people continuing to deny that HIV exists in their communities. Social taboos about sexuality may prevent open discussion and effective prevention education. Many people do not know they are HIV-positive and are afraid to be tested because of the stigma attached to seropositivity, the Programme said.Some 36.1 million people were living with HIV or AIDS at the end of last year, and 3 million died from AIDS-related illnesses, the UN says. While the majority of infections are in sub-Saharan Africa (25.3 million), the epidemic is intensifying in many other parts of the world. read more

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Outlook in Darfur Sudan remains bleak despite some gains UN relief official

Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, briefing journalists at UN Headquarters n New York after returning from a five-day visit to Sudan, also urged the African Union to commit more monitors to Darfur as quickly as possible to protect the region’s civilian population.Mr. Egeland said the AU mission has been “a tremendous success where it is and where they have deployed,” but that only 2,000 troops are in place across a region equivalent in size to France – almost a year after the AU and the UN agreed that many more monitors should be operating in Darfur.If a greater force was deployed, then “the killings would definitely go down dramatically and immediately and so would gender-based violence and other atrocities…many countries could give more forces,” he said.Many tens of thousands of Sudanese have either been murdered or died from starvation and preventable diseases such as diarrhoea or pneumonia since rebel groups took up arms against Government forces and allied militias in early 2003.Mr. Egeland said that the killings and the systematic rape and abuse of women are continuing outside the “relatively safe” makeshift camps set up by aid workers to house Darfur’s population of more than 1.8 million IDPs.But the fact that the camps are still swelling in size – the camp at Kalma in South Darfur, for example, is thought to be home to about 120,000 people – indicates that locals believe they are much safer there.Noting the improved health and educational facilities in the camps, as well as the estimated 10,000 aid workers from the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating across the region, Mr. Egeland criticized the “myth still continuing that nobody is doing anything in Darfur. Nothing could be further away from the truth. This is not Rwanda.”Yet unless leaders of the Sudanese Government and the rebels, whom he met during his visit to Sudan earlier this week, agree to stop their fighting soon, the mass suffering will continue.The ongoing conflict means almost no one in Darfur is working the land, nomads and cattle herders have had to halt their livelihoods, and a growing number of people need food aid.The head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said between three and four million Sudanese in Darfur therefore could need food relief by the middle of the year.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan Jan Pronk has returned from the Eritrean capital Asmara after meeting leaders of Darfur’s rebel groups and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki.Although no date for the resumption of peace talks were mentioned, the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) today described the meetings as fruitful and said no obstacles to the talks’ resumption were raised.In other developments, Mr. Egeland said he remains deeply concerned by the lack of international aid being given to the rehabilitation and redevelopment of southern Sudan, where the long-running civil war officially ended in January.The acting UN High Commissioner for Refugees Wendy Chamberlin made a similar call for increased aid last month. Just 5 per cent of the $563 million required to rebuild southern Sudan has been received so far, according to Mr. Egeland.The OCHA chief – who also visited the south during his visit – said too many international donors “are sitting on the fence and that is playing poker with the peace effort in Sudan,” jeopardizing the chances of success of the recently signed peace agreement.He urged donors to begin funding immediately, ahead of the expected May or June start of the annual rainy season there, when most road transport becomes impossible.”$1 received today is worth twice as much as $1 received in June because that would be a period where we are largely paralyzed and we have to do food drops from the air instead of trucking them inside southern Sudan.” Video of press briefing [43mins] read more

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New stamps promoting LGBT equality worldwide unveiled at UN

‹ › Source: UNPA The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) today unveiled a set of six commemorative stamps to promote UN Free & Equal – a global UN campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality launched and led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The new stamps, which celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community, mark the first time the United Nations has issued stamps with this theme. The set, which features two in English, two in French, and two in German, will be available as of tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva and Vienna. They can also be purchased online. In an interview, the artist who designed them said he was very influenced by art from the first quarter of the 20th Century. Sergio Baradat, who is of Cuban background, explained that his style stems from his appreciation for French Art Deco and growing up in Miami. “One of the stamps represents someone who is transgender,” Mr. Baradat told UN Radio, referring to the stamp that depicts a person with butterfly wings, an image he says represents a person “becoming who they really are, blossoming,” he said. “We live in a world where even though [developed] nations have embraced marriage equality [and] LBGT equality, we still have a far, far, far way to go, but we are making some strides,” he added. “There are some countries in the world right now where not only are we not celebrated or respected, but we are beaten and killed. And I thought that it would be a wonderful opportunity using art, to use postage stamps as a vehicle – using art to change hearts and minds.” He also stressed that LGBT rights are human rights and that all individuals deserve to be treated equally and fairly under the law. The series is co-sponsored by the permanent missions of Argentina, Australia, Chile, El Salvador, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay, the delegation of the European Union, in addition to OHCHR and UNPA. United Nations stamps in United States denominations are valid for postage only if mailed at UN Headquarters in New York. Stamps in Swiss franc denominations are valid for postage only if mailed at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Stamps in euro denominations are valid for postage only if mailed at the Vienna International Centre, Austria. read more

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Haiti stands at the crossroads between peacekeeping development – Bachelet urges strengthened

While encouraged by civil society’s engagement in promoting and protecting human rights, along with the victims of human rights violations, Michelle Bachelet acknowledged that “it has not been able to fully assumea monitoring and advocacy role.”She noted that some civil society organizations continue to be targeted by acts of intimidation saying that it “must stop”, urging everyone with a stake in the Caribbean nation’s future, “to work together to strengthen the human rights protection system”. Calling Haiti’s return to constitutional order, following presidential, legislative and local elections in 2017, “a significant achievement”, Ms. Bachelet added that standing “at the crossroads” between peacekeeping and development, “we must recognize the progress accomplished”, and “also continue building on it, or risk losing it”.  The High Commissioner encouraged the Council to provide Haitians with “the necessary support to strengthen institutions, fight against impunity and promote and protect human rights as a foundation to stability and development”.  She said that February’s protests – “the longest and most violent” in years, had “almost entirely paralysed the country”, despite significant improvements in the professionalism of the UN-supported National Police, incidents of serious human rights violations, including cases of summary executions, continue to be reported, with limited accountability.   “Perpetrators are consequently emboldened and silenced victims may develop grievances,” she added.  The weakness of the judicial system also has a negative impact on the prisons system she noted, with over 75 per cent of inmates estimated to be in a pre-trial detention — on average for 1,100 days — well over the limit set by national law.” She also informed the Chamber that after the current Mission for Justice Support, MINUJUSTH concludes, her office intends to pursue its work in the country, and eventually, with the support of the Council and Member States, “a stand-alone presence”.  “We want to remain engaged and to support Haiti’s commitment to achieving democratic and economic development so that the rights of all people in Haiti are upheld”, stressed the High Commissioner.  UN-Haiti partnership ‘must evolve’ says Peacekeeping chief As the second leg of the March-April “joint presidencies” of France and Germany continues, Security Council President and Germany’s Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, invited the UN peacekeeping chief to take the floor.Jean Pierre Lacroix, pointed out that no violent demonstrations have occurred since “the ten days of unrest” from 7 to 15 February, when 41 people were killed, another 100 injured, and human rights largely abused.  The Security Council considers the situation in Haiti. On the left, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, on the right, Loune Viaud., by UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeNoting that repeated calls by opposition groups demanding that President Jovenel Moïse resign has “gained little traction”, he observed nevertheless that “rival gang clashes, potentially mirroring conflicting interests linked to criminality”, continued to disrupt life in southern neighborhoods of the capital Port-au-Prince and produce isolated incidents in the North and Artibonite regions.  The peacekeeping chief “strongly” condemned an armed attack just last week against the Chilean Ambassador’s convoy, while he visited the Croix de Bouquets NGO project just outside the capital, that left one dead and three injured but assured the Council that the National Police “continued to demonstrate its capacity to handle security threats in the country”. “The strategic five-year development plan for the Haitian National Police for 2017-2021 is on track” he said, adding that his department supported “the desire of Haitian leaders to put an end to peacekeeping in Haiti and have the MINUJUSTH mandate end in October of this year”. “Partnership between the UN and Haiti must evolve” and “remain strong and rooted in our ongoing commitment towards achieving democratic progress”, he concluded. Women and girls challenge development Loune Viaud, Executive Director of NGO Zanmi Lasante, Partners in Health’s sister organization in Haiti and a recipient of a “Women of the Year” award from Ms. Magazine, also briefed the Council. She spoke of gender-based violence and the lack of access to women’s health care as “one of the country’s greatest challenges to development”, encouraging the Council to view it as part of “reinforcing the relationship between sustainable development and peace and security”. Moreover, Ms. Viaud urged the Council during the UN’s Mission reconfiguration, to support “the urgent humanitarian needs of women and girls”; and call for Haiti to create “greater legal protection” for them, including “a comprehensive law on gender-based violence”. read more

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iPhone 5 may not be getting that 4inch screen after all

first_imgWill the iPhone 5 rumors never end?The latest rumor actually debunks one that we were kind of excited about. It’s being reported that the iPhone 5 won’t have that larger display that we were all looking forward to. DigiTimes cites sources from “upstream panel suppliers,” that say the iPhone 5 will not sport the 4.2-inch screen previously rumored, but instead will stay either with the current 3.5-inch screen size or possibly inch its way up a bit to a 3.7-inch screen. The sources say that Apple will do a bit of an optical illusion with its design by going with a thinner bezel that will make the screen look larger than it actually is.The sources also said that the iPhone 5 would have a metal chasis, instead of the reinforced glass. We heard rumors of the next-gen iPhone having a metal back way back in April, but that’s also when we heard it would have a tapered design, which isn’t looking very likely anymore.As for the iPhone 5 rumors we do know, and have yet to be refuted, the phone will boast an 8-megapixel camera, full HD video recording, an A5 dual-core processor, and, of course, run iOS 5. On the other hand, there’s still talk that the next-gen iPhone will actually be only a slight upgrade to the iPhone 4 but will offer the A5 processor, as well as a few other minor improvements. This may or may not be called the iPhone 4S. But don’t get disheartened just yet; there’s also another rumor that Apple will release this iPhone 4S in conjunction with the iPhone 5, and will make the 4S a slightly cheaper version so it can offer more of a mid-range price option to people who don’t want to spend $300 on a phone.Unfortunately, according to DigiTimes, their sources say the new phone won’t be giving us a lot of improvements over the last version, so perhaps the next iPhone we see really will be the slight upgrade to the iPhone 4.Apple is rumored to announce the new phone at its iPod event which is speculated to be held on September 7 with a mid-October release. Until then, we won’t know for sure what size screen the next iPhone 5 will have. Alas, the wait continues.via DigiTimeslast_img read more

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Gatwick Airport drone chaos was possibly an inside job police say

first_img Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4592046 By Sean Murray AN “INSIDER” WITH knowledge of how Gatwick Airport operates may have been responsible for the drone attack which caused travel chaos and left thousands of passengers stranded before Christmas, police have said.Speaking to BBC Panorama, Sussex Police said the inside job possibility is currently a “credible line” of inquiry.Several reports of drone sightings at London’s Gatwick airport during the Christmas holiday season sparked the suspension of around 1,000 flights, and affected over 100,000 passengers.The sighting of a drone at Dublin Airport caused flights to be suspended for 30 minutes in February, and the chaos at Gatwick in December had sparked concerns that a similar incident could happen at an Irish airport.Gatwick’s chief operating officer Chris Woodroofe told the same programme: “It was clear that the drone operators had a link to what was going on at the airport.”He added that whoever was piloting the drone could either see what was happening on the runway or was following the airport’s actions by monitoring its communications. The person responsible for the attack has not yet been found.Woodroofe also dismissed claims that there was no drone at all, and police said there had been at least 130 credible drone sightings over the period of disruption.The incident led the UK government to expand the no-fly zones around airports. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said penalties for breaching these laws will range “from significant fines to a life sentence”.Police will also be allowed to fine users up to £100 (€112) for failing to comply when instructed to land a drone, or not showing registration to operate a drone.With reporting from AFP Image: Joe Newman/Xinhua/PA Images Share2 Tweet Email Monday 15 Apr 2019, 7:01 AM Apr 15th 2019, 7:01 AM 5 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Joe Newman/Xinhua/PA Images 21,237 Views Gatwick Airport drone chaos was possibly an inside job, police say Thousands of people faced travel disruption after the drone sightings in December. last_img read more

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Hackers force smart TVs Chromecasts to promote PewDiePie

first_img Tags #CastHack/#ChromecastHack right now on my server, here is what happens:1. Script checks if the IP is a Google Home, SmartTV, or Chromecast2. Renames device to HACKED_SUB2PEWDS_#3. Attempts to play the YouTube video I’m preparingMore info soon.— TheHackerGiraffe 🖨 (@HackerGiraffe) January 2, 2019 Comments Google Share your voice Smart Home Securitycenter_img Thousands of hacked Chromecasts and smart TVs are hijacked to show this image. Screenshot by Alfred Ng / CNET More than 5,500 exposed smart TVs, Chromecast streamers and Google Home devices have been commandeered in the name of YouTube mega-star PewDiePie.Hacker Giraffe, the same pseudonymous person who forced thousands of exposed printers last year to churn out pages saying “Subscribe to PewDiePie,” has his set sight on smart devices to promote the Swedish YouTube star’s channel. Not that PewDiePie needs much help. He has the top-ranked channel with nearly 79.5 million subscribers.Smart devices have boomed in popularity for adding tech to everyday objects. But they also raise security concerns because many of them are vulnerable to attacks. Lawmakers are just starting to regulate security for internet of things devices. For example, California’s governor signed the nation’s first cybersecurity bill that oversees connected devices in September.If you’re a victim, the Chromecast hack will push a video message to your television that reads, “Your Chromecast/Smart TV is exposed to the public internet and is exposing sensitive information about you!” The message then provides link explaining how users can secure their devices before adding: “You should also Subscribe to PewDiePie.” The phrase “Subscribe to Pewdiepie” became a meme after T-Series, a Bollywood music label, came close to gaining more subscribers than PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg. PewDiePie has maintained a steady lead over T-Series as fans continue to pull stunts, including a recent hack on The Wall Street Journal’s website. The hacker said he’s a fan of PewDiePie and thought promoting his channel would be funny. “Honestly, it’s just for the memes,” Hacker Giraffe said in a direct message to CNET. “I like PewDiePie, and so why not?”A few hours after the hack went live, PewDiePie tweeted at Hacker Giraffe: “doing gods work.”Hacker Giraffe worked on the hack with a partner who goes by j3ws3r, who said the video was done “out of respect” for the community. “We could have done anything,” the partner said. “Jumped the air gap and made the TV say, ‘hey Alexa, buy me 5,000 toilet rolls.” Security researchers at Pen Test Partners found they could use the Chromecast exploit to play videos with voice commands to smart home devices like Amazon’s Alexa.Despite its meme-inspired nature, the hackers said the “true aim of this hack” is to raise awareness about how many connected devices are exposed online. Hacker Giraffe believes that forcing TVs to play the PewDiePie promotional clip is innocent, as malicious attackers could have done much worse, like remotely resetting devices. On the link in the video, he wrote, “We just want to have a bit of fun while educating and protecting people from open devices like this case.” A Google spokesperson said that Chromecast owners can fix the issue by changing their router settings. “This is not an issue with Chromecast specifically, but is rather the result of router settings that make smart devices, including Chromecast, publicly reachable,” the spokesperson said in a statement.Hacker Giraffe said he was able to take over thousands of exposed Chromecasts and smart TVs using Shodan, a search engine for connected devices. He looked for devices that had open ports 8008 and 8443, which is how most smart devices connect to the internet. He found 123,141 exposed devices in the initial scan.  4 The script renamed the exposed devices to HACKED_SUBTOPEWDS. The script then sent the PewDiePie promotional video to all devices with that name. The hacker said that some TVs couldn’t be renamed, but still played the video. The Google Home devices without screens were hacked but cannot play the video.He said it took about 30 minutes to get his script ready. The security flaw was first discovered by another hacker on Sunday, he noted. You can secure your devices by going to your router’s settings and preventing it from forwarding your network traffic to ports 8008, 8443 and 8009. He also recommended turning off Universal Plug and Play settings that allow you to add devices to your network without much effort.The script began running at about 5 a.m. PT and, in two hours, hijacked more than 5,500 devices.Originally published Jan. 2 at 8:34 a.m. PT. Update, 3:30 p.m. PT: To include more details on the hackers behind the exploit, and a response from PewDiePie.  Blockchain Decoded: CNET looks at the tech powering bitcoin — and soon, too, a myriad of services that will change your life.Follow the Money: This is how digital cash is changing the way we save, shop and work.last_img read more

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Husband StepDaughter Charged In Slaying To Be Extradited

Husband StepDaughter Charged In Slaying To Be Extradited

first_imgBy The Associated PressOLMITO, Texas (AP) — A man charged with killing his wife after blaming her death on a Baltimore panhandler is being held without bail in Texas.Cameron County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Joe Elizardi said 52-year-old Keith Smith and his 28-year-old daughter, Valeria Smith, were arraigned Monday and agreed to be extradited. Elizardi says they are being held without bond and Baltimore officials have until March 15 to pick them up. It’s not known if Keith Smith and Valeria Smith had attorneys who could comment for them.Keith Smith is shown in an undated photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department. On March 3, 2019 the Baltimore Police Department announced the apprehension and arrest of Keith Smith of Baltimore, and Valeria Shavon Smith, in the December 1, 2018 murder of Jacquelyn Anne Smith. Keith Smith was Jacquelyn Anne Smith’s husband and Valeria Smith was her step-daughter. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)When Jacquelyn’s Dec. 1 death was initially reported, police said she lowered her car’s front passenger side window to give $10 to a young woman who appeared to be holding a swaddled infant and a cardboard sign reading: “Please help me feed my baby.” It was then that a man supposedly approached the car and struggled to take her wallet. According to the account, he then supposedly stabbed her and ran off along with the female panhandler.After his wife died, Keith Smith gave numerous media interviews and lobbied Baltimore officials to pass legislation to ban panhandling at city intersections. He said he wanted the law to be named for his wife. Her death attracted national attention and prompted many to regard panhandlers warily.But Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said at a news conference Sunday that the story wasn’t true and announced first-degree murder charges against Smith’s husband and step-daughter. They were arrested in Texas and were preparing to leave the country, Harrison said.The Baltimore Sun reports that in a meeting with newspaper’s editorial board Monday, Harrison declined to reveal information supporting the arrest warrant, saying he didn’t want to compromise the case’s chances in court. He said there was other evidence to collect and there may be other witnesses to talk to. Harrison did say that the Smiths’ presence near the border with Mexico affected the timing of the arrest, though the case wasn’t rushed.“I can say that being notified that they were in Texas certainly added to the evidence we already had to convince us that it was not the homeless person, (and) probable cause existed that it was more than likely their involvement,” Harrison said. “I think there’s enough evidence to support that this still would have been the outcome.”last_img read more

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Honeymoon over for Modi Sarkar

Honeymoon over for Modi Sarkar

first_imgWill the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rout in the Delhi assembly elections change the Modi-led government’s equation with regional parties, particularly  allies like the Shiv Sena and Akali Dal? Does the saffron party’s stunning defeat mark the end of the Modi-led government’s honeymoon period? The answers to both questions are in the affirmative.The first indication of the BJP’s changing equations with its allies came from Maharashtra. Reacting to the Delhi poll results, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray sarcastically commented that the “Delhi tsunami is bigger than the Modi wave”. Shiv Sena has been a long time ally of the BJP. However, a long bargain with the BJP over government formation in Maharastra has caused a deep strain within their relationship. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceThackeray’s latest remarks about the ‘Modi wave’ and BJP’s dependence on Shiv Sena to retain power in Maharashtra will strengthen his bargaining power. Such acts may cause tensions between the ruling allies. Their respective political compulsions, however, may prevent them from parting ways for now. Power acts as an adhesive between estranged allies. The complex relationship between the saffron party and its second major ally Akali Dal has also been undergoing changes, depending on their performances in successive elections. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeIn the 2007 assembly elections, Parkash Singh Badal-led Akali Dal failed to secure a majority. The party formed the government with support from its ally BJP, whose highest ever tally of 16 MLAs, gave it a decisive say in how their government functioned.In the 2012 elections, the Akali Dal-BJP alliance unexpectedly won a majority and formed the government. The BJP’s reduced tally, however, affected its bargaining power vis-à-vis its senior ally. But after the Modi-led government took office in 2014, the BJP started to reassert itself. Some prominent BJP leaders even criticised the authoritarian style of Deputy Chief Minister and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal’, alleging that he had converted the state police into his party’s political wing. Alternating positions of power among the allies has caused much strain in their relationship. In fact, some BJP leaders are pressing their senior party leaders to part ways with the Akalis. The Modi-led government’s hitherto failure to aid the bankrupt Punjab government has dismayed senior Akali leaders. The Modi-led government has been pressing the state government to maintain financial discipline, which is further aggravating its acute financial crisis. The BJP’s debacle in the Delhi Assembly elections is bound to give the Akali leadership in Punjab the upper hand. Notwithstanding the tensions generated by conflicting interests, the ruling allies are not likely to part ways during the “lifetime of Parkash Singh Badal”. Even after AAP’s sweeping victory in Delhi, Badal claimed that Modi’s image had not taken any beating.             The signs of the end of honeymoon period for the Modi-led  government had begun only three months after it took office. Some national dailies have now declared that the Delhi Assembly elections demonstrated the end of the Modi government’s honeymoon period.Ordinarily, elections in India would seldom draw international media attention. But the outcome of Delhi elections has drawn adverse comments against Modi and BJP from several international newspapers. In an editorial, The New York Times said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been brought down to earth by domestic politics. He and his Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, were crushed in the election Tuesday for New Delhi’s 70-member state assembly, winning three seats while the upstart Aam Aadmi Party, or AAP, captured the rest…Since sweeping to power last year with the biggest national victory in three decades, Mr. Modi and the BJP have generated an aura of invincibility, winning a succession of other state elections….So far there has been little concrete return and as the Delhi election suggested, people are growing frustrated.”Pursuing the politics of personality, Modi preferred to visit foreign countries to build his international image rather than initiate economic reforms. He also invited US president Barack Obama to India. What must have shocked Modi and the BJP, however, was his “friend” Obama’s words of caution against forces trying to use religion for splintering Indian society. Addressing a town hall meeting Obama said “India will succeed so long as it is not splintered along lines of religious faith, and is unified as one nation…….  Our countries freedom of religion is written into our founding documents……Our diversity is our strength and we have to guard against any efforts to divide ourselves along sectarian lines or any other lines.”Though RSS, Modi’s ideological mentor, must have been angered by Obama’s advice, the prime minister, as usual, maintained silence.Some of Modi’s utterances during his Delhi election meetings have not only dented his image but also brought down the stature of the country’s highest office. He made remarks unbecoming of a prime minister against Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal. In contrast, Kejriwal used dignified language against his opponents. Using the time-tested formula of “admit faults quickly and smile more often”, Kejriwal won the hearts of  Delhi electorate and secured a whopping 67 out of 70 assembly seats.Not caring for the time-tested maxim that humility begets love and respect, while arrogance breeds hatred and repulsion, the BJP leadership had to bite the dust in Delhi. Modi had once described the national capital as representative of what India feels. The outcome of the Delhi polls, therefore, is a clear warning signal for the saffron party and Modi. IPAlast_img read more

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first_img Podcast | Cardiac Imaging | March 12, 2019 PODCAST: Fitting Artificial Intelligence Into Cardiology How smart algorithms might reduce the burden of modern practice Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 16, 2019 Ebit and DiA Imaging Analysis Partner on AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with the Italian healthcare IT company Ebit (Esaote Group), to offer DiA’s LVivo… read more read more Sponsored Content | Webinar | Enterprise Imaging | March 06, 2019 WEBINAR: Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital The webinar “Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital” will take place at 2 read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Adoption in Radiology and Cardiology is Focus of June Conference The integration of artificial int… read more Sponsored Content | Webinar | PACS | January 17, 2019 WEBINAR: Seamless Interoperability – Fact or Fiction? This ScImage-sponsored ITN/DAIC webinar will be held at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. read more center_img News | Enterprise Imaging | January 16, 2019 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Partners With Philips for Health IT and Clinical Informatics Philips announced that NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has chosen to implement the company’s IntelliSpace Enterprise… read more News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more ScImage will demonstrate the newly added cardiology imaging capabilities for its cardiology PACS, including; structured reporting for echocardiography and vascular procedures, a clinical information database, voice recognition enhanced reporting, DICOM Modality Worklist Driven ECG Management and automatic pre-fetch of cardiac CT and thoracic CR/DR exams stored on its multi-departmental PACS. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay  Technology | Cardiac PACS | February 13, 2019 Philips Launches Latest Iteration of IntelliSpace Cardiovascular at HIMSS 2019 Philips announced the launch of IntelliSpace Cardiovascular 4.1, its next-generation cardiovascular image and… read more Dianna Bardo, M.D., is the vice chair of radiology for clinical development at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Technology | February 24, 2009 ScImage Cardiac PACS Features Voice Recognition Enhanced Reporting last_img read more

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first_img News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Mevion Medical Systems, Inc. and Philips Radiation Oncology Systems are collaborating to combine the treatment planning capability of Philips’ Pinnacle³ radiation therapy planning system with the Mevion S250 solution with Hyperscan, Mevion’s new pencil beam scanning technology that is capable of scanning a tumor in seconds.Pinnacle³ currently supports the Mevion S250, the world’s smallest proton therapy platform. The new collaboration will focus on enabling the Pinnacle³ system to also support Hyperscan.“Hyperscan is an advanced form of pencil-beam scanning and is only available on the Mevion S250. Since Pinnacle³ is already being used by certain Mevion S250 users, it’s only fitting that we work together to develop planning for Hyperscan,” said Joe Jachinowski, the president and chief executive officer of Mevion Medical Systems.“We’re really pleased to be collaborating with Mevion as it introduces Hyperscan,” said Sue Wallace, PhD, general manager of Philips Radiation Oncology Systems. “At Philips, treatment planning is a critical element of informed therapy guidance, and the integration of Philips imaging and planning with therapy delivery systems is essential.”The first site to use Pinnacle³ with the Mevion S250 is the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health. Omar Zeidan, Ph.D., the center’s chief of proton therapy physics, noted, “The collaboration between Philips and Mevion will give world-class cancer centers like ours the ability to offer patients all the benefits of HYPERSCAN combined with the accuracy and reliability of Pinnacle³.”  Zeidan added, “This will help lead to well-planned and well-executed proton therapy sessions that accurately target tumors.”Hyperscan’s patented technology, paired with the direct and efficient proton beam generation of the Mevion S250 platform, allows tumor volumes to be quickly scanned in a matter of seconds. This speed makes Hyperscan’s treatment delivery much less sensitive to patient and tumor motion. The Mevion S250’s revolutionary compact design removes the obstacles of size, complexity and cost that exist with conventional proton therapy systems without compromising beam quality or patient care. It was first installed at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Five other Mevion S250 installations are currently in process.HYPERSCAN has not been cleared by the USFDA for clinical use.For more information: www.mevion.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more center_img News | November 18, 2014 Mevion and Philips Collaborate to Offer Treatment Planning Solutions for Proton Pencil Beam Scanning Companies to develop Pinnacle³ proton planning for the Mevion S250 proton therapy system featuring Hyperscan Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Get a room The Solari phenomenon

first_imgJack O’Brien With one exception, they were all in their early 20s and totally without experience in running a city, but determined to give it the old college try.The exception was Solari, 30, manager of the local movie house. Below medium height, with slicked-down hair, a perpetual grin disclosing bad teeth, though undeniably a flashy dresser, he was far from my idea of a male sex symbol, yet girls flocked to him like bees to blossoms.In those days, every town had its own spacious theater, built in the 1920s to house the wildly popular Music Halls. The Hungry ’30s swallowed up t’Halls and the theaters were converted to cinemas; when they in turn found it hard to make a living, they turned to the Repertory Theater to fill in a couple of hours in the evening, taking advantage of the existing facilities – dressing rooms and stage machinery – to present a new play every week.And this is where our lives turned upside-down, because Ma Sleightholme offered the hospitality of her house to the players, so that we got a fresh group each week. They were a strange lot: The men, all handsome though of dubious orientation, were all still abed at noon, having entered the house via a downstairs window at midnight and spent the next four hours practicing their lines for the next week’s play. The women, without exception, were ravishingly beautiful so that I, being of precisely the right age, fell deeply in love anew every week.But Ma Sleightholme was a stickler for the proprieties and, to my knowledge, nothing improper ever occurred in her domain. Consequently, on those few occasions when we succeeded in dating an actress, there was nowhere to go but a cafe. Solari, however, scion of a local Mafia family, commanded a dozen private dressing rooms, each furnished with a cot for late-late shows. He had carte blanche to behave as you’d expect of a hot-blooded Napolitano. To me, the only odd thing was that the girls practically threw themselves at him, while looking straight through us ordinary folk. It would not have been so bad, except that Solari, once he had made a conquest, quickly tired of the maiden and, prompted by his generous Latin nature, would insist on palming the girl off on one of us, who, having nowhere to go, could not take advantage. I did once suggest borrowing one of his dressing rooms, but Solari refused with such vehemence, his flick-knife to my throat to emphasize the point, that I abandoned the attempt. This exhilarating though frustrating situation could not last indefinitely, and in fact Solari eventually got his comeuppance at the hands of a rival Mafeosi, whose wife he had seduced. We of the Sleightholme menage were the only males at the funeral, outnumbered 30 to one by outstanding beauties from every corner of the country. I have spent the subsequent decades seeking to explain this phenomenon, without success, but I don’t plan to give up just yet. Facebook Comments Fresh out of the Air Force after World War II, and only on the strength of a passing acquaintance with electronic equipment, I landed a job as Echometer Operator on the toy oilfield of Eakring in Nottinghamshire. The nearest digs I could find were at Ma Sleightholme’s in nearby Mansfield, where half the professional staff of the borough – the civil, mechanical and electrical engineer, the town planner and the sanitary officer – all lodged.center_img No related posts.last_img read more

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Will PMIs Comeback Prompt FHA to Lower Premiums

Will PMIs Comeback Prompt FHA to Lower Premiums

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Private mortgage insurance (PMI) has overtaken the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for largest share in the U.S. mortgage insurance market. But this is unlikely to prompt the FHA to drop its prices anytime soon to avoid overexposure to higher risk borrowers, given the high quality of mortgages originated post-crisis, according to the Urban Institute.In April 2016, the PMI industry lowered premiums for borrowers with credit scores above 700, considered lower-risk borrowers, and raised them for higher-risk borrowers, or those with credit scores below 700; the higher (or lower) the credit score, the greater the decrease (or increase) in the borrower’s mortgage insurance premium.“The price reduction motivated many high-creditworthy borrowers to choose mortgages with PMI backed by the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) over FHA mortgages, as we anticipated in May,” said Karan Kaul of the Urban Institute. “The timing of the bump in PMI share strongly suggests that the price cut is a key driver.”In early 2015, the GSEs introduced their low down payment programs, some as low as 3 percent with reduced mortgage insurance. Due to the advantage of FHA pricing, volumes on the GSEs’ low down payment mortgages—until the PMI lowered its premiums for higher credit score borrowers. This change “(gave) lenders, especially those already wary of the FHA’s heavy enforcement, a reason to turn to the GSEs’ low–down payment programs,” Kaul said.In 2014, PMI held a higher market share than the FHA (40 percent compared to 34 percent). The FHA lowered its up-front mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points in January 2015 in an effort to reach first-time buyers; as a result of this action, the FHA’s market share rose from 34 percent to 40 percent from 2014 to 2015 while PMI’s share did the reverse, falling from 40 percent to 35 percent. It will be interesting to see what action FHA will take now that PMI has regained the larger market share, Kaul said.“If PMI pricing continues to appeal more to borrowers with higher credit scores, over time, this will pull the best-performing borrowers out of the government program and into conventional mortgages, leaving the FHA with a riskier mix of borrowers,” Kaul said. “And if the mix becomes too risky, the FHA might consider its own premium cut to take back some of these more creditworthy borrowers.”The high quality of mortgages originated in the last few years, which has resulted in a much lower delinquency rate, gives the FHA time to make a decision, according to Kaul. FHA Private Mortgage Insurance Urban Institute 2016-09-15 Seth Welborn Will PMI’s Comeback Prompt FHA to Lower Premiums?center_img Share September 15, 2016 609 Views last_img read more

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Aussie actor Craig McLachlan denies sexual miscond

Aussie actor Craig McLachlan denies sexual miscond

first_imgAussie actor Craig McLachlan denies sexual misconduct claims by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2018 9:39 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 9, 2018 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this April 23, 2014, photo, Craig McLachlan performs during a media call for The Rocky Horror Show at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. McLachlan has left a stage show and a TV series he was to star in has suspended production after three actresses of a 2014 production of the “The Rocky Horror Show,” accused him of indecent assault, sexual harassment and bullying four years ago. The 52-year-old actor has denied the allegations that were first reported in the media on Monday, Jan 8, 2018. (Julian Smith/AAP Image via AP) center_img CANBERRA, Australia – Australian actor Craig McLachlan has left a stage show and a TV series he was to star in suspended production after three actresses accused him of indecent assault, sexual harassment and bullying four years ago.The 52-year-old actor, who is a household name in Australia, has denied the allegations, which were first reported in the media on Monday.McLachlan gained international followings in the 1980s and 1990s through his roles in the Australian television soap operas “Neighbours” and “Home and Away,” and the British spy drama series “Bugs.”He achieved success as a singer, and his band Check 1-2 had a hit in Britain and Australia with the single “Mona” in 1990. He also earned critical acclaim for his starring role as Danny Zuko in a London production of the musical “Grease” in the 1990s.The accusations were levelled by three actresses who were cast members of a 2014 production in the city of Melbourne of the “The Rocky Horror Show,” in which McLachlan starred as the transvestite alien Dr. Frank-N-Furter.The actresses Angela Scundi, Erika Heynatz and Christie Whelan Browne made the allegations in interviews reported by Fairfax Media and broadcast by Australian Broadcasting Corp. through a joint investigation on Monday. Scundi and Heynatz also complained in December to Victoria state police, who confirmed on Monday that they were investigating.McLachlan issued a statement denying all allegations detailed in the media, including touching women’s genitals, groping their breasts and exposing his penis.“These allegations are ALL made up,” McLachlan said in an email to Fairfax.“I am, and have been at all relevant times, in a relationship with my long-term partner,” he added, referring to conductor and musical director Vanessa Scammell.McLachlan had reprised his starring role in an Adelaide city production of “Rocky Horror” since New Year’s Eve before the allegations were published.The producers, The Gordon Frost Organisation, said it was “shocked to learn of allegations” that it was taking “very seriously.”“In response, we have spoken to Craig and have mutually agreed that it is not appropriate for him to continue in the current production of the show,” the producers said in a statement provided to The Associated Press on Tuesday. “We will be conducting a full internal investigation and will co-operate fully with authorities.”December Media, producers of “The Doctor Blake Mysteries,” which stars McLachlan, said Tuesday that it had put on hold work on a seventh season of the popular murder mystery television series, which is scheduled to screen in Australia this year.“In the light of these allegations, December Media will temporarily hold production preparations for the new series to allow due process,” the producers said in a statement.December Media said it was confident that there had been no incidents involving any member of cast or crew acting inappropriately toward others in the six-year history of the series.The “Rocky Horror” producers also said their records showed that none of the complainants had raised a complaint with the company in 2014.The three women said in media interviews that they gained confidence that their allegations would be taken seriously after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein lost his job over allegations of sexual assault and harassment. The women also said they feared for the current “Rock Horror” cast if they did not speak out.Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday that another two members of the 2014 “Rocky Horror” cast had gone to police with allegations against McLachlan following publicity surrounding the original allegations.last_img read more

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A host of celebrities speak out on criminal justic

A host of celebrities speak out on criminal justic

first_imgA host of celebrities speak out on criminal justice reform LOS ANGELES — Kim Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It’s a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and dehumanizing.Hussle served time before he was shot to death on March 31 and was raising awareness for changes. Last October, he headlined a free #TimeDone campaign concert to bring awareness to the 70 million Americans living with a past conviction.In February, while attending the Grammy Awards, Hussle explained why the topic of prison reform was among his priorities.“I grew up in South Central Los Angeles. You know we come from gang culture so we dealt with the system a lot,” he told The Associated Press. “We saw firsthand over-sentencing, unfair probation, the policies and stuff, so to see people putting energy into reforming that and just making it a little closer to what’s fair, you know what I mean? I think that it’s an important subject. It’s an important movement that we should all support.”Hussle was on the advisory board of WordsUncaged, a non-profit where prisoners serving life sentences learn to reclaim their voices and reflect upon the harm they have caused through narrative therapy and creative writing workshops.Producer and rapper DJ Mustard, who is a Grammy winner and has collaborated with Hussle, has a cousin, Theodore, who is currently incarcerated. Mustard said prison reform is “super important” to him because often, people are “accused of something they didn’t even do.”“They take the time for it not knowing, not having any lawyers, not even being in the right state of mind to even fight the case or even have enough money to get a lawyer to fight the case,” he said.His cousin was sentenced to 80 years to life as a teenager.“At that time, we didn’t have money to go for a good lawyer and now we’re fighting and fighting and fighting to get him out. That’s a lot of people’s cases throughout the world,” Mustard said.Common, a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy winner, was touched in particular by the cause through his work on the 2014 film “Selma,” the story of the 1965 voting rights marches in Alabama. The “Glory” rapper has performed at numerous concerts inside California prisons and is a frequent visitor to the men of one in Los Angeles County where all are serving life sentences.“I think one of the things that I’ve experienced from meeting men and women who were incarcerated was that they wanted to feel humanized. They wanted people to know that they were human beings,” Common said.“The places that I’ve been, I’ve met some of the best human beings I’ve ever met in my life in prison that were doing life without parole that had actually committed violent crimes and had committed murders, but then were able to acknowledge that and try to move past it and do the work.”Hart also has spoken out about the need for criminal justice reform because of what has happened with his friend, rapper Meek Mill.Mill has become a symbol for reform after a judge in Pennsylvania sentenced him to two to four years in prison for minor violations of his probation in a decade-old gun and drug possession case. He spent months in prison before a court ordered him released.“He had to go back, and they put them in for this crazy amount of time. So, seeing that, going and visiting firsthand, we realize that there is a large portion of people that have been convicted that are set up to get convicted again regardless of their good behaviour,” Hart said.According to the Prison Policy Initiative , a non-profit that documents the effects of mass incarceration, the criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in state and federal prisons, juvenile correctional facilities and local jails. More than 540,000 of those haven’t been convicted.The NAACP said that between 1980 and 2015, the number of people incarcerated in the United States increased from roughly 500,000 to over 2.3 million. African Americans and Hispanics comprised 56 per cent in 2015.“We just have to, in society,” Common said, “not just look out for the people that can do for us but look out for those who are overlooked.”Marcela Isaza, The Associated Press FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2018 file photo, Common attends the world premiere of “Hunter Killer”, hosted by Lionsgate and The Cinema Society, at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. Kim Kardashian West isn’t the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It’s a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and dehumanizing. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) by Marcela Isaza, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2019 9:09 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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President and new Israeli ambassador laud strong ties

President and new Israeli ambassador laud strong ties

first_imgEnergy, tourism and technology are just three areas in which Cyprus and Israel have developed strong ties, the latter’s new ambassador to Cyprus Shmuel Revel said on Friday when presenting his credentials to President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia.“During the last years the bilateral relations and strategic cooperation between our countries have reached an unprecedented status,” Revel said during an official ceremony at the presidential palace.“In the economic field, our two countries enjoy dynamic commercial and business relations, with great potential for further future development,” he added. “The significant natural gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean offer much potential for cooperation. Great opportunities lie ahead in the tourism sector, which has already shown substantial growth in the last years. Technology and innovation offer another platform for partnership.”Revel said the upheavals in countries in the Middle East had brought about growing regional and broader instability, as well as threats of terrorism and extremism. Israel and Cyprus, together with other countries in the region, which share a similar vision for the future, could provide a meaningful framework for the advancement of stability, security and prosperity, he added.In his address, Anastasiades said bilateral relations were currently at their highest point ever and called it a relationship of “strategic choice” at a time when the eastern Mediterranean and the wider region were facing unprecedented challenges.Referring to relations between the EU and Israel, Anastasiades said Cyprus supported, and was working towards a more systematic political dialogue and the enhancement of EU-Israel cooperation in key areas. This entailed, among other things, the establishment of Partnership Priorities between the two sides based on the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy.He also referenced the trilateral cooperation involving the two countries and Greece.“Much potential remains untapped and it is incumbent upon us to also focus our attention and energy on those areas too, in order to maximise the benefits of our collaboration, to our common good,” he said.“Cyprus is undergoing a turning point in its history as regards the energy sector… which has the potential to transform our region…”Cyprus and Israel are currently discussing and promoting the implementation of the EastMed Pipeline and the EuroAsia interconnector projects. These projects, Anastasiades said, would connect Cyprus and Israel with the European continent, contribute to the EU’s policy of diversification of energy sources and routes, and lift Cyprus’ energy isolation.“Our cooperation encompasses this vital area,” he said.Anastasiades said he was looking forward to hosting the 4th Trilateral Summit as soon as possible. Israel backed out of the summit which was due to take place next week due to pressing business at the Knesset.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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