UK Sikh schoolgirl hits back after being branded terrorist

first_imgLondon: Branded as a “terrorist” at a London playground, a 10-year-old British Sikh schoolgirl has hit back with a social media message saying greater “exposure and knowledge” should be promoted about the community to “handle racism”. Munsimar Kaur’s video message, posted by her father on Twitter, has attracted over 47,000 views already since it was went live on Thursday. The video shows the young turbaned girl bravely relate the incident, which took place at Plumstead playground in south-east London earlier in the week. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”On Monday and Tuesday at a park, I was greeted not very nicely by four kids and a mother of a young girl,” says Kaur, reading from a notebook in which she has written about her experience. “On Monday, two boys who looked like 14 to 17 years old and two girls who looked like they were in their late teens when I asked to play the game they were playing and the queue was a mile long they said, loud and clear, ‘no, you can’t play because you are a terrorist’,” she recounts. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsKaur speaks of how the words obviously broke her heart, but she kept her “head up and walked away”. She returned to the same adventure play area the next day when she made a friend with a nine-year-old girl. “After an hour, her mum called her and said she can’t play with me because I was, apparently, dangerous,” she says, defending the young girl who apologised for this as it was not her fault. In her message to the world, Kaur notes: “This experience has shown me the lack of exposure and knowledge some people have. And Sikhs are naturally caring and no matter what, we will love everyone.” “But I need to speak out about this because not everyone is strong enough to walk away or has suitable parents to talk to and handle this racism. I will hang out with the right people.” On an optimistic note, she calls on anyone else going through similar racism to speak to their parents and keep their chin up because it will all work out in the end. Her video has attracted scores of messages of support, with people applauding the schoolgirl’s “class act” and praising her for her courage. “You are a truly inspiring individual Munsimar! Such courage and eloquence in your words sadly racism persists but we can collectively value diversity and inclusion,” said Gurch Randhawa, Professor of Diversity in Public Health at the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire.last_img read more

Dozens wounded as series of blasts rock eastern Afghan city

first_imgJalalabad: Afghanistan’s independence day was marred by bloodshed Monday when a series of explosions shook the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding dozens of people including children. As many as 10 blasts were reported in and around the city in Nangarhar province, authorities said, and casualty numbers appeared to be rising. “The explosions were caused by IEDs in different parts of the city and as groups of people were celebrating independence day,” Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said, referring to improvised explosive devices. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USJalalabad is the scene of frequent bomb attacks, and the surrounding terrain is home to both Taliban fighters and the Islamic State group’s local affiliate. At least 19 people were wounded, Khogyani said. Zaher Adel, a spokesman for a local hospital, said about 40 wounded people had been brought in with more expected. An AFP correspondent saw children among the victims. This year’s August 19 celebrations mark 100 years of Afghan independence from British influence. The day was supposed to be one of national pride and unity, but was overshadowed by an IS suicide attack on a crowded Kabul wedding hall that killed at least 63 people. In Kabul, locals took to the streets to wave the black-red-and-green Afghan flag, but several public events to commemorate the date were scrapped over fears of a fresh attack.last_img read more

Manitoba may have wiggle room in carbon tax fight with federal government

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says it appears the federal government has the right to force a carbon tax on the provinces, but there may be some wiggle room when it comes to the exact amount.Pallister released a legal opinion on the issue Wednesday from constitutional law expert Bryan Schwartz. He was hired to examine whether the province could win a court challenge against a plan to have the provinces impose a $50 per tonne carbon tax or have the federal government enact the tax itself.“There is a strong likelihood that the Supreme Court of Canada would uphold the proposed carbon tax/levy. It would probably do so on the basis of the federal government’s taxation power,” says Schwartz’s report, which cost the province roughly $40,000.“The Supreme Court of Canada is wary of allowing the division of powers between the federal and provincial levels of government to stand in the way of activist government, including in the subject matter of the environment.”But Schwartz added that Manitoba might be able to get away with a lower tax level if it achieved the same reductions in emissions as the federal plan.“Suppose Manitoba adopted its own ‘made-in-Manitoba’ overall (greenhouse gas) reduction plan, which would reduce … emissions just as effectively as the approved federal measures,” Schwartz wrote.“Manitoba could then argue the federal government was arbitrarily denying its authority to craft its own legislative measures in response to the issue of (greenhouse gas) emissions.”Pallister, who has already hinted at a lower tax rate in Manitoba, said he accepts the report’s findings. He has repeatedly said the province deserves credit for the billions of dollars it has invested in clean hydroelectric power.A document obtained last month by The Canadian Press said the province was eyeing a $25 per tonne carbon levy. Pallister refused to confirm the amount Wednesday.“I can’t comment on leaked documents. We’ll put out our plan when it’s put out and it’ll be one that will work better for Manitoba than the federal plan.”Most provinces have gone along with the federal plan or had already adopted similar carbon taxes.Saskatchewan is the only complete holdout. Premier Brad Wall has said he will fight the tax proposal, possibly through a lawsuit.Ottawa wants the provinces to start with a $10-per-tonne tax next year that would ramp up to $50 a tonne by 2022.Once it was fully phased in, the tax would add about $5.82 to the cost of a 50-litre tank of gasoline. The natural gas heating bill for the average single, detached home would rise by about $264 a year.The document obtained by The Canadian Press said Manitoba has been considering an immediate $25-per-tonne amount next year, making more of an immediate sticker shock that could change’s people’s energy consumption.It also outlines four areas where the money would be spent: tax relief for households, tax relief for businesses, investments in green projects and clean technology, and projects that deal with climate change effects such as flooding.last_img read more

Judge blocks spectator from Jackson civil trial over photo snapped in courthouse

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Judge blocks spectator from Jackson civil trial over photo snapped in courthouse hall LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A spectator attending the civil trial over Michael Jackson’s death was banned by a judge from watching the proceedings after he snapped a photo in a courthouse hallway that included jurors hearing the case.Bailiffs confiscated William Wagener’s cellphone and ordered him to return on Thursday to find out whether the ban will remain in place or other disciplinary actions will be taken.Wagener said he inadvertently snapped the photo on his smartphone while riding an escalator. He co-operated with bailiffs to retrieve the photo and said he did not send it to anyone.The photo is the latest incident that has raised concerns about the security around jurors hearing the negligence case filed by Jackson’s mother against AEG Live LLC. Two alternate jurors were approached by a woman last month who told them not to award any money to the Jackson family.In recent days, tiny windows on the courtroom door were blocked after jurors reported seeing someone press a camera to the window and snap a photo during the proceedings. Videotaping and photography in the courthouse are banned without a court order, and a judge blocked a request by news outlets to broadcast the trial.Bailiffs or a court clerk give daily reminders of the courtroom’s rules, which include a ban on any transmissions from inside the trial or loud outbursts during the testimony.Wagener, 67, said he posts updates on the trial on Facebook and YouTube and has sold rights to videos he made during Jackson’s 2005 criminal trial. He said if he’s banned from the trial, it will hurt his ability to cover the case. He said being in the courtroom is the only way to hear the inflection of lawyers and witnesses and get a full sense of the proceedings.Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos said she would consult with another judge about how to handle Wagener and the photo of jurors.___Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP by Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2013 9:36 pm MDT read more

General Assembly establishes UN prize in honour of late Nelson Mandela

“Our best tribute to Nelson Mandela is not found in words or ceremonies – but in actions that take up the torch he passed to us,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks to the Assembly, following the adoption by consensus of the resolution establishing the prize.“The United Nations General Assembly has a proud record of acting against apartheid – and for Nelson Mandela,” said Mr. Ban. “From the early days of sanctions to the more recent declaration of 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day, this Assembly has placed itself on the right side of history – with the people who need us most.“Today, the Assembly took another step forward in carrying on Nelson Mandela’s lifelong work through this meaningful prize.”By the terms of the resolution, the Assembly asked the Secretary-General, in consultation with the President of the Assembly, to establish within six months of adoption of the text the criteria and procedures for bestowing the prize. This is to be adopted by the Assembly no later than 30 November 2014.Mr. Ban recalled that when Mr. Mandela himself accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he said he was a representative of the countless human beings who quote, ‘recognised that an injury to one is an injury to all and therefore acted together in defence of justice and a common human decency.’“Nelson Mandela embodied this altruistic spirit of solidarity. The United Nations will forever be inspired by his example,” the Secretary-General stated. read more

Barry Bonds Wasnt Half Bad Either

Ken Griffey Jr. has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving a vote on 99.32 percent of ballots — a record. Earlier, we examined how Griffey’s prime, once separated from his unfortunate latter years, compared with the primes of other all-time great players. Junior turned out to be Willie Mays, more or less. While we’re at it, and for no particular reason today, we figured we’d run the same numbers for Barry Lamar Bonds, destroyer of worlds.Don’t worry, we think it’s weird to see Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols as Bonds’s most comparable peak-season players, too. More than anything else, consider this a sign that Bonds breaks the system — no other player had a truly similar mix of skills in their best seasons, particularly considering the absurd proportion of Bonds’s top years that came when he was in his mid-to-late 30s. Unlike Griffey, whose career bifurcation was so stark that his career-long comps end up being players he didn’t much resemble, a look at Bonds’s full career finds a satisfying pair of comps at the top:Remember when we made a big deal about how closely Griffey matched Willie Mays’s statistical profile? Mays is also Bonds’s most similar career player — except that Bonds showed better patience, power and contact skills than Mays, while still coming close to matching the Say Hey Kid on the basepaths and in the field.Because Bonds’s statistical profile is an invitation for the absurd, we thought it might be instructive to compare his worst years (i.e., his aggregate rate statistics after giving more weight to his “worst” WAR seasons) against the best years of other players. Those “bad” Bonds seasons were most comparable to — and, in fact, surpass — the best seasons of two current or soon-to-be Hall of Famers.You may now return to whatever it is you were doing, which is likely not as fun as looking at Barry Bonds stats. read more

Many online child sex crimes using Facebook and Twitter not recorded by

first_imgDerek Penman, HM Chief Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland, said: “Criminals are increasingly exploiting opportunities from the internet to commit crime.“As Police Scotland develops its response to these new and emerging threats, it is likely that crimes including fraud and other cyber-enabled offences will increase significantly and impact on the historic reductions in reported crime.”It emerged earlier this month that more than 1,900 offences involving possession of indecent images of children were reported by police in Scotland over the last three years. This was the highest total of any UK force and included a 17 per cent increase last year.However, the HMICS crime audit, which examined whether crimes are being recorded correctly, found more than a quarter of cyber-related sex offences did not result in a police report. Facebook declined to comment but it has a zero tolerance policy on child and sexual exploitation, with any instances discovered reported to the police and the content quickly removed.Twitter declined to comment but it has a policy of instantly removing child exploitation images, reporting them to the National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and suspending the relevant account.Instagram also declined to comment but it has strict community guidelines and has facilities that allow users to report actions that make them feel uncomfortable. It also has a zero tolerance policy on content or behaviour that puts youngsters at risk. Police Scotland does not record many online sex crimes committed by offenders who live elsewhere Highlighting the fact that many of the perpetrators are outside Scotland, and their actions are not recorded as a crime, it said: “This is a concern given that statistics may be used to develop policy, resource policing and design victim support or education services.”The audit also examined several cases where young Scots shared indecent images of themselves and others, actions that amounted to a crime.HMICS called on Police Scotland and ministers to work with the major social media companies to highlight the risks to children and consider what additional safeguards could be put in place.Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: “The growth of cyber-related crime is a challenge for society as a whole. “It will require new approaches and effective collaboration with our partners and communities to prevent and investigate types of cyber-related crime which can range from complex fraud investigations to predatory sexual offending.”A Scottish Government spokesman said a range of measures are being take forward to prevent  child sexual exploitation and improve online safety.He added: “We are also currently working across government to update our internet safety action plan and are taking steps to ensure the refreshed action plan is linked to work being taken forward in schools.” Sex criminals are using social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to carry out attacks against Scottish children including rape but many are not recorded by the police, according to a disturbing official report.HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) conducted an audit that found 11.4 per cent of sex crimes had a “cyber element” but this proportion increased to 17.5 per cent in some parts of the country.It discovered that the majority of sex crimes involved social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Oovoo, as well as online dating sites. The report concluded that some of the most popular social media networks used by children were “recurring vehicles for sexual crime”.Among the offences committed were rape, sexual assault, causing a young child to participate in a sexual activity, communicating indecently, causing a young child to look at a sexual image, coercing a person into being present during a sexual activity, possession of child and extreme pornography, and grooming.In one incident, an eight-year-old child received indecent images via a popular app on their smartphone. Other crimes involved young children being coerced to view adults engaging in sexual activity via their phone, or being bullied into taking and sending indecent images of themselves.center_img Although many parents are aware of the need for internet restrictions on their home computer to protect their children, the report said it was “clear” that many of the sex crimes targeted at children were committed via apps on smartphones and tablets.However, HMICS warned that many of the incidents are not recorded by Police Scotland because they are committed by adults living elsewhere in the world. Instead the location of the crime is deemed to be the place from which the criminal sent the communication or images. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police Scotland does not record many online sex crimes committed by offenders who live elsewhereCredit:Alamylast_img read more

Komatsu America introduces PC210LCi10 intelligent Machine Control excavator

first_imgKomatsu America has introduced the PC210LCi-10 intelligent Machine Control excavator to the North American market. The PC210LCi-10 features Komatsu’s unique machine control and guidance technologies, built upon the successful foundation of the standard Komatsu PC210LC-10 excavator. Komatsu stated: “Thanks to the exclusive control function, the PC210LCi-10 goes beyond simple guidance to semi-automatically limit over-excavation and trace a target surface. From rough digging to finish grading, the PC210LCi-10 excavator offers improved efficiency and accuracy over traditional methods.”“The PC210LCi-10 represents a huge leap forward by bringing automation features to excavators,” said Jason Anetsberger, Product Manager of Intelligent Machine Control. “Thanks to the exclusive semi-automatic control function, customers will unearth their productivity and operators can focus on moving material while the machine semi-automatically protects the target surface.” Anetsberger added, “The efficiency improvement, greater value and operation simplicity of the PC210LCi-10 mirror what has been proven with Komatsu’s established intelligent Machine Control dozer products: experienced and inexperienced operators alike will realise the benefits.”With an operating weight of 23,603 kg, and a net horsepower of 118 kW, the PC210LCi-10 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D107E-2 engine and is EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage 3B emissions certified.last_img read more

Greenpeace activists could face 15 years in Russian prison for piracy

first_imgACTIVISTS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL group Greenpeace have been moved to pre-trial detention centres in and around Russia’s far northern city of Murmansk after being questioned over their open-sea protest, the group said today.The New York Times reports that Russia has opened a piracy investigation against the 30 activists who scaled an offsore oil platform in the Arctic last week.“They have been transferred to pre-trial detention centres,” Yevgenia Belyakova, a Greenpeace activist in Murmansk, told AFP, adding the 30 Russian and foreign activists have been taken to jails in and around Murmansk after being questioned last night.Among the group are citizens from 18 different countries and if convicted of piracy, they could face up to 15 years in prison.- © AFP 2013 with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: Greenpeace activists arrested in France after nuclear plant break-in>Read: Greenpeace prevented from posting protest pictures on Twitter and Facebook>last_img read more

More than half of Irelands asylum seekers in reception system for over

first_imgNEW RESEARCH HAS revealed that almost one third of residents in Ireland’s so-called ‘reception system’ for asylum seekers have remained in State accommodation for more than five years.And some 59 per cent of the 4,800 applicants at the end of 2012 had been in Direct Provision for at least three years. About 9 per cent had been living in the same situation for over seven years.The ESRI/European Migration Network  report found a number of problems with the system, including lack of privacy, overcrowding, insufficient facilities such as homework and play areas for children and limited autonomy, especially regarding food.The government has previously acknowledged that the reception system is not suitable for long-term residence but endorses it because it offers flexibility and cost-effectiveness. NGOs and international bodies also have concerns about the suitability of the system, especially for children.People in reception centres have noted that they have lost autonomy because of certain rules they now live under.Most reception centres – including two purpose-built properties, 13 former guesthouses, nine hostels and one mobile home site – provide full-board accommodation with adults receiving €19.10 per week. Asylum seekers are not allowed to work or receive social welfare payments.All centres are managed and run by private entities under contract to the State. Ireland does not participate in the EU Reception Directive and there is no domestic legislative basis for the reception system.RTÉ’s Morning Ireland spoke to an asylum seeker currently living in Direct Provision. Using a pseudonym, Mary, she outlined how her situation has caused depression and despair.“No dreams, no ambitions…you can’t cook your own food,” she said. Commenting on her children, she added, “Sometimes they go out to mingle with their friends, and they don’t want to come back.”“I am really depressed and I don’t know what to do…You wait and you keep waiting for years for something you have no power about.”An EU-wide report found that Ireland is one of just five States which do not tailored accommodation for vulnerable asylum applicants (other than unaccompanied minors).All States other than Ireland and Lithuania allow asylum applicants to work, often after a certain period of time spent in the reception system.It also highlighted a drop in the number of residents living in State accommodation. In 2011, there were 5,400 applicants in the system but this number fell to 4,800 at the end of 2012.Download: The full report hereShatter: I have no plans to end direct provisionRead: High Court case could be a ‘step towards ending Direct Provision system’last_img read more

Local election candidate born in Turkey has posters defaced with pig imagery

first_imgA LOCAL ELECTION candidate in Castleknock has penned an open letter to the community after his posters were defaced in a racist manner for the second time.Memet Uludag, who is of Turkish-born but has been living in Ireland since 1998, is running for a seat on Fingal County Council in the Castleknock ward for the People Before Profit Alliance.His posters were previously defaced with raw bacon, a tactic used to vandalise posters of muslims by the far-right in Europe.The posters have again been targeted, with pictures of a pig, after others were torn down. However, Uludag says that this won’t stop him.In his open letter, he says that the vandalism is “outright racism”.“I love my bacon, but not on my election posters, rather in the morning on the frying pan. Does it matter who, which candidate, has what beliefs or comes from what background? What is happening to my posters is outright racism and it is not a spontaneous act of vandalism. Nobody walks around with a pack of bacon, pictures of pigs, cello-tape and a stepladder.“This is, however small number they may be, an act of of people who are motivated and who are planning these acts of racism.”He added that he wanted people to vote for him in order to send a message to those who were defacing his posters.We need to give a strong and firm answer to these racists in our community. I am asking for your vote. I am asking you to support me if you agree with some of the things I stand for, but also if you reject racism in our communities.“I haven’t run my election campaign on a migrant ticket. But I am a migrant, a much integrated migrant who has spent most of his adult life in Ireland. I am not selected to run in Castleknock – Blanchardstown because of some migrant quota. I have been selected based on my record of activism and my contribution to the political life in Ireland.”Read: “Outrage” as vandals tape bacon to posters of candidate with Turkish backgroundlast_img read more

Michael Keane It was a very good point

first_imgMichael Keane believes Everton can build on the point recorded at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the campaign.Keane produced an excellent display, as the Toffees became the first team in 2018/19 to shut out Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Marco Silva’s side has conceded only four goals in their past six games, a period in which they have lost just once and recorded two clean sheets.Everton heads into the international break in ninth spot but only one point adrift of the Premier League’s top six.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was a very good point, we know what a strong start Chelsea have had and to come away from home and keep a clean sheet was the most pleasing thing from the afternoon,” Keane told the club’s website.“To come to Stamford Bridge and grind it out like that is something we can build on.“It was a physical game and we stayed very organised. It was about keeping our shape, knowing when to press and sit off because they have a lot of runners from midfield.“We battled really well, won a lot of our challenges and 50/50s and stayed on top of the game. And I thought we were fully worthy of a point.”last_img read more

Tyler Adams asked other Americans before joining the Bundesliga

first_imgThe soon-to-be RB Leipzig midfielder talked to Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie before he decided his move19-year-old midfielder Tyler Adams will join RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga this January.But before signing for his new team, he talked to his fellow Americans: Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie.“I spoke to Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie about the league while we were with the national team,” he was quoted by the Bundesliga website.Tyler Adams wants to win it all! Manuel R. Medina – June 25, 2019 The RB Leipzig and United States midfielder want to establish himself in the German Bundesliga and then win it all.“They’re both good friends of mine. It won’t be easy to adapt, but the Bundesliga is well known for giving young players a chance.”“I was able to train here when I was 16 and even played against Bayern Munich with the youth team. From that moment on I knew I wanted to come here,” he remembered his time in Germany in the past.“I’ve been learning German for five months. It’s very difficult but when I’m in Leipzig I want to speak it as well as possible.”last_img read more

Dow beats record set in December

first_imgNEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high Wednesday as the good narrowly outweighed the bad for the stock market.After investors assessed a series of company earnings reports, the latest move from the Federal Reserve and an unexpectedly weak reading on first quarter economic growth, the stock market ended with its third straight day of gains.Stocks started the day lower after the government reported that the U.S. economy stalled in the first three months of the year as winter storms chilled business activity. The Commerce Department said growth slowed to a barely discernible 0.1 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter, less than the rate of 1.1 percent forecast by economists, according to FactSet.The market’s reaction to the report was muted because most investors expect the slowdown to be temporary as growth rebounds with warmer temperatures.“Most people, including us, expected March to have been the strongest month of the first quarter” and that growth will continue to pick up, said Sean Lynch, global investment strategist for Wells Fargo Private Bank. “That’s an OK environment for the market.”last_img read more

Suu Kyi stripped off Amnesty honour

first_imgAung San Suu Kyi. Photo: AFPAmnesty International announced on Monday that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for.Amnesty International’s secretary general Kumi Naidoo wrote on 11 November to Aung San Suu Kyi to inform her that the organisation is revoking the 2009 award.Naidoo expressed the organisation’s disappointment that she had not used her political and moral authority to safeguard human rights, justice or equality in Myanmar, citing her apparent indifference to atrocities committed by the Myanmar military and increasing intolerance of freedom of expression, said an Amnesty press release.“As an Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience, our expectation was that you would continue to use your moral authority to speak out against injustice wherever you saw it, not least within Myanmar itself,” wrote Kumi Naidoo.“Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights. Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you.”Perpetuating human rights violationsSince Aung San Suu Kyi became the de facto leader of Myanmar’s civilian-led government in April 2016, her administration has been actively involved in the commission or perpetuation of multiple human rights violations.Amnesty International has repeatedly criticised the failure of Aung San Suu Kyi and her government to speak out about military atrocities against the Rohingya population in Rakhine State, who have lived for years under a system of segregation and discrimination amounting to apartheid.During the campaign of violence unleashed against the Rohingya last year, the Myanmar security forces killed thousands, raped women and girls, detained and tortured men and boys, and burned hundreds of homes and villages to the ground.More than 720,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh. A UN report has called for senior military officials to be investigated and prosecuted for the crime of genocide.Although the civilian government does not have control over the military, Aung San Suu Kyi and her office have shielded the security forces from accountability by dismissing, downplaying or denying allegations of human rights violations and by obstructing international investigations into abuses.Her administration has actively stirred up hostility against the Rohingya, labelling them as “terrorists”, accusing them of burning their own homes and decrying “faking rape”.Meanwhile state media has published inflammatory and dehumanising articles alluding to the Rohingya as “detestable human fleas” and “thorns” which must be pulled out.“Aung San Suu Kyi’s failure to speak out for the Rohingya is one reason why we can no longer justify her status as an Ambassador of Conscience,” said Kumi Naidoo.“Her denial of the gravity and scale of the atrocities means there is little prospect of the situation improving for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya living in limbo in Bangladesh or for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who remain in Rakhine State. Without acknowledgement of the horrific crimes against the community, it is hard to see how the government can take steps to protect them from future atrocities.”Amnesty International also highlighted the situation in Kachin and northern Shan states, where Aung San Suu Kyi has failed to use her influence and moral authority to condemn military abuses, to push for accountability for war crimes or to speak out for ethnic minority civilians who bear the brunt of the conflicts.To make matters worse, her civilian-led administration has imposed harsh restrictions on humanitarian access, exacerbating the suffering of more than 100,000 people displaced by the fighting.Attacks on freedom of speechDespite the power wielded by the military, there are areas where the civilian-led government has considerable authority to enact reforms to better protect human rights, especially those relating to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.But in the two years since Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration assumed power, human rights defenders, peaceful activists and journalists have been arrested and imprisoned while others face threats, harassment and intimidation for their work.Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration has failed to repeal repressive laws – including some of the same laws which were used to detain her and others campaigning for democracy and human rights. Instead, she has actively defended the use of such laws, in particular the decision to prosecute and imprison two Reuters journalists for their work documenting a Myanmar military massacre.Aung San Suu Kyi was named as Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience in 2009, in recognition of her peaceful and non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.At the time she was held under house arrest, which she was eventually released from exactly eight years ago.When she was finally able to accept the award in 2013, Aung San Suu Kyi asked Amnesty International to “not take either your eyes or your mind off us and help us to be the country where hope and history merges.”“Amnesty International took Aung San Suu Kyi’s request that day very seriously, which is why we will never look away from human rights violations in Myanmar,” said Kumi Naidoo.“We will continue to fight for justice and human rights in Myanmar – with or without her support.”last_img read more

Samsung To Launch New Galaxy Watch And Galaxy Tab Ahead Of Note

first_img ENDS IN ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon Close Before the Galaxy Note 10’s arrival on Aug. 7, Samsung will release two new devices: the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Tab S6. A teaser uploaded by the device manufacturer video shows what they will look like.  ( Samsung ) Looks like Samsung won’t be fitting multiple launches in one event. Before the Galaxy Note 10 arrives this August, the South Korean tech firm is gearing up to release two new devices — this time, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Tab S6.Tab S6 And Watch Active 2These past few weeks have been fueled by leaks pointing to Samsung’s next device iterations, such as the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Watch Active 2, and Galaxy Tab S6, and the rumor mill has been busy churning out quite a lot of possible design and specs that are reportedly for the next Galaxy Tab and Watch Active.However, in a teaser video uploaded Tuesday, Samsung almost leaves nothing to the imagination. DEAL OF THE DAY All Search Bestseller Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийThe video shows clips of the rumored Galaxy Tab and Watch Active in different angles. It even corroborates previous rumors about the devices’ specs. For starters, it seems to include the S Pen that can be attached behind the Tab S6 magnetically. It’s all but confirmed, as seen in the teaser, that the Tab S6 will have a dual rear camera and an optional keyboard that can also be connected magnetically through pogo pins. Again, everything’s all in line with previous rumors so far.As for the Galaxy Watch Active 2, leaks about Samsung’s next smartwatch have been describing a touch-sensitive bezel. The teaser video seems to agree with this, which features what looks like a glass watch face that goes all the way to the edge.Another notable spec shown in the video is the Galaxy Watch’s heart rate sensor with ECG capability — or at least that’s what it looks like considering the flickering light.Release DateAs mentioned, both the Galaxy Tab S6 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be released ahead of the flagship Galaxy Note 10, which will be launched during Samsung’s Aug. 7 Unpacked event in New York. The Tab S6 is set to be unveiled on July 31, while the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be launched the following week on Aug. 5.Again, nothing’s set in stone until Samsung officially unveils everything. Make sure to check back with Tech Times as the Samsung events unfold. TAG Samsung, Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Watch Active, Samsung Unpacked AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatcheslast_img read more

360 View of a Philips DigitalDiagnost C90 Digital Xray System

first_img Loading…The DigitalDiagnost C90 is Philips newest premium digital radiography (DR) system, introduced here at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2018 meeting. It is the industry’s first radiography unit with a live camera image directly displayed at the tube head to provide a clear view of the anatomical area being scanned during the patient positioning process. It helps clinicians be confident that the right area is captured with a low X-ray dose exposure. The system also incorporates Philips’ UNIQUE 2 image processing and Riverain Technologies’ ClearRead Bone Suppression software to allow clearer images with a lower chance of a costly and timely rescan. The system was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2019. This X-system was featured in the VIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Technology at RSNA 2018.Read more about the system. 360 Photos | 360 View Photos | May 08, 2019 360 View of a Philips DigitalDiagnost C90 Digital X-ray System FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

TensorFlow 1100 RC1 released

first_imgAfter the recent release to TensorFlow 1.10.0 release candidate family, rc-0, the new release candidate rc-1 is out and available. Key highlights of this new version include major features and improvements to model training and evaluation, along with lots of bug fixes to the existing ecosystem. What’s new in TensorFlow 1.10.0 RC1? Modular changes The tf.lite runtime module now supports complex64 type Bigtable is a high-performance storage system which can help you store and serve training data. This new version will support the initial bigtable integration for tf.data With improved local run behavior in tf.estimator.train_and_evaluate function, there is no need to reload checkpoints for evaluation Now you can restrict the way workers and PS interact by setting device_filters in RunConfig class. Thus speeding up the training process and ensuring clean shutdowns in specific situations. However, if you want the workers and PS to communicate in order to complete the jobs, you will have to set customized session_options in RunConfig class. Feature additions and improvements Now you can find Distributions and Bijectors in TensorFlow Probability, which was initially found at tf.contrib.distributions. By the end of 2018 tf.contrib.distributions will be removed. New endpoints are added for existing TensorFlow symbols. Going forward these new endpoints are expected to be the preferred endpoints and may replace some of the existing endpoints in the future. You can find the new symbols added to the following modules: tf.debugging, tf.dtypes, tf.image, tf.io, tf.linalg, tf.manip, tf.math, tf.quantization, tf.strings. Breaking changes done to the ecosystem All the new prebuilt libraries are built against NCCL 2.2. They no longer include NCCL in the binary install. If you want to bring the complete usage of TensorFlow with multiple GPUs and NCCL you will need to upgrade it to NCCL 2.2. You can find the updated installation guide on Installing TensorFlow on Ubuntu and Install TensorFlow from Sources. From TensorFlow 1.11 release onwards, Windows builds will use Bazel. Hence this change will drop the official support for cmake. To get full details on the features list and bug fixes done in this release candidate, you can check out Tensorflow’s official release page on Github. Read more Why Twitter (finally!) migrated to Tensorflow How TFLearn makes building TensorFlow models easier Distributed TensorFlow: Working with multiple GPUs and serverslast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Some readers protested Fitzgerald’s inclusion last year, and will likely do the same this time around, but the simple truth is that, talented as he may be, he’s so far failed to justify being the second-highest paid receiver in the game. In fact, Fitzgerald’s eight-year deal currently pays an average annual salary over $16 million, while no other wide receiver not named Calvin Johnson makes more than $12 million. And of the seven receivers who make $10 million or more per year, only Dwayne Bowe has put up worse numbers than Fitzgerald on a per-game basis.Fitzgerald, Forbes says, should be making closer to $7.3 million, according to their Approximate Value metric.The publication also listed Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen as the league’s most overpaid player, while including Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and his $20 million salary on its top 10 list. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Forbes, a business magazine, says that’s too much.Using its own value metric, the publication listed the soon-to-be 31-year-old Fitzgerald as the sixth-most overpaid player in the league.They explained their criteria for the ranking.Our metric for performance is Approximate Value (AV), a stat that boils down a player’s impact to a single number that can be compared across positions. AV is a cumulative stat, so we adjusted each player’s AV to a per game figure and then extrapolated it to a 16-game season so that players weren’t punished for games missed due to injury. The ten players who receive the most money per AV point generated are our picks for the league’s most overpaid players.Last season, in his 10th season with the Cardinals, Fitzgerald reeled in 82 catches for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns — eclipsing double-digit scores for the first time since 2009. He has seen his production plummet since 2011, when he logged a career-high 1,411 receiving yards, logging just 1,752 yards in his following two seasons. Johnson, meanwhile, caught 84 balls for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013. As Forbes notes, no other wide receiver besides those two makes more than $12 million in a season. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will receive approximately $1 million per game this season — not to undermine the hundreds of hours of preparation put in during practice and training camp this year, along with his time spent in community engagement and, potentially, the playoffs.The $16.1 million salary nevertheless makes Fitzgerald the 12th highest paid player in the NFL, edged out only by Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson amongst earners at his position. Fitzgerald will make $100,000 less than Johnson this season. last_img read more

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