Female guards at Edmonton prison launch lawsuit alleging bullying sex assaults

first_imgEDMONTON – A lawsuit claims female prison guards in Edmonton endured prolonged abuse from male co-workers that included sexual taunts, physical assaults, waterboarding and pepper spray being put on a toilet seat.One female prison guard alleges a male co-worker pushed her over a desk, stuck his hand down her pants and locked a set of handcuffs through her underwear. She says she was put in choke holds and slammed into hard surfaces by her hair.Another woman alleges she was constantly harassed for being gay and once suffered chemical burns on her buttocks and upper legs after she used a washroom where pepper spray was left on a toilet seat.The claims are detailed in a lawsuit recently filed by four female guards at Edmonton Institution against the Correctional Service of Canada and the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers.None of the allegations have been proven in court and statements of defence have yet to be filed.The suit alleges that sexual assaults, abuse, bullying and harassment were rampant for decades at the maximum-security prison on the northeast edge of the city.The lawsuit comes after an investigation at the prison last year that concluded the work atmosphere was toxic and made dozens of recommendations for change.In January, the Correctional Service announced that it had fired six employees, hired a new warden, improved training and created a confidential tip line for employees to report misconduct.Both the department and the union said in statements Monday that while they can’t comment on the suit, they do not tolerate harassment. As well, Edmonton police continue to investigate possible criminal charges in the case.The Correctional Service “has given itself a veil of secrecy, which managers, senior employees and the union have used to harass and intimidate employees, thus far with immunity,” the lawsuit alleges.“Under this veil, the plaintiffs have been harmed with disastrous, life-altering consequences and the defendants utterly failed them.”The suit says three of the women have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and are not working at the prison. The fourth continues to work part-time, but finds putting on her uniform each day difficult.The suit does not detail how the waterboarding happened. In general, waterboarding is the name given to a practice where someone is tied down and water is poured over their face to simulate drowning.Jeffrey O’Brien, the lawyer representing the women, declined to comment and said the women would not be speaking either. The women are not named in the claim “due to the confidential and secretive nature of law enforcement work,” the suit says.The alleged perpetrators are not referred to by name in the suit.The suit says one of the men harassed one of the female guards each day for nearly 10 years. It alleges he often pulled his penis out of his pants and chased her around the office. And when she was having a drink, he told her that he had stirred it with his penis.He also once allegedly left open a bathroom door near her desk as he defecated. Another officer then forced her into the bathroom and shoved her face under the man’s buttocks, the suit alleges.“Both men laughed while she screamed and struggled,” says the suit.The suit further alleges that another guard stalked the same woman, touched her inappropriately at work and left sex toys in her car.She “lived in constant fear of reprisal so she never spoke out,” the suit says. “Taking this matter to the union was not an option, because her abusers had positions within the union.”last_img read more

Avan Jogia Joins Thumb Wars Against Texting And Driving

first_imgTexting and driving is one of the most prevalent causes of fatal car crashes for teens in the U.S., with more than half of the teens polled in a recent safe driving survey admitting to using their phone while operating their vehicles.Video: Thumb Wars PSA – Avan JogiaStudies show that scare tactics are not always effective and can often backfire .
DoSomething.org, one of the largest organizations for young people and social change, and Sprint are taking a unique approach to prevent young people from texting and driving through a campaign called Thumb Wars.Now in its fourth year, Thumb Wars encourages young people to use the power of their thumbs in a fun and engaging way to prevent their friends from texting and driving. The campaign kicks off today and will run through August 14.How it works: • Young people sign up here and receive two pairs of yellow anti-texting thumb socks. • Young people pick a friend or loved one they know who texts and drives and share the socks with them in a surprising way. • They snap a pic of them and the socks and send it back to DoSomething.org.Last year, over 279,000 young people participated in the campaign. In 2012, 62 percent of polled sock recipients reported that the person they shared them with changed their driving habits as a result.Star of ABC Family’s Twisted, Avan Jogia recorded a public service announcement for the campaign as Knitty By Nature, a “super-ish” hero that can knit very small objects very rapidly. It’s not a great power for fighting crime, but perfect for knitting Thumb Socks to prevent young people from texting and driving.“We’ve seen a great response from young people who have participated in Thumb Wars in the past three years,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at DoSomething.org. “Young people have incorporated Thumb Socks into funny anti-texting and videos and have staged awesome photos to spread the message. The creativity is amazing and gets young people to talk about the issue in a fun and relatable way.”“Sprint is proud to be a partner and sponsor of the DoSomething.org Thumb Wars campaign for a fourth year,” said Ralph Reid, vice president for corporate social responsibility at Sprint. “This extraordinary program has been a great asset in raising awareness about texting while driving among teens, their family and friends. We look forward to positively impacting more wireless users with this important message.”last_img read more

Cant wait for Meghan Markles wedding You can check out the TV

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook “I’m going to help you kick that Mike Ross wannabe’s ass!” she says enthusiastically in an upcoming episode of the legal drama previewed by the Star.Suits returns March 28 at 9 p.m. on Bravo after a midseason break. But after seven seasons, it has pretty much run out of plot and the inherent tension of the show has vanished. You could argue that Meghan Markle studiously prepared for a life as a princess through her character, lawyer Rachel Zane on the popular Toronto-shot drama Suits.Rachel is bright, but not brighter than her boyfriend Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams).When he’s got a big case she plays loyal backup. And, of course, she rarely takes credit for anything. Unlike the brazen Princess Diana, this future bride will not outshine her man under any circumstance. The conceit of the series had a top corporate lawyer (Gabriel Macht) hiring fake Harvard-educated hotshot Ross (Adams). But Ross, a genius with a photographic memory and no legal training, has served time for practising without a licence. The jig is up when everyone knows Superman is Clark Kent as the show dissolves into yet another legal drama.The real reason for watching Suits now, of course, is princess-in-waiting Markle, who’s to marry Britain’s Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on May 19.The American actress might be fourth on the call sheet as Zane, but she is now the show’s best known cast member globally. And the most anticipated television wedding of the season will be Zane’s screen marriage to Ross. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in the TV drama Suits. Her character is expected to wed Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams, in the Season 7 finale, less than a month ahead of Markle’s real-life wedding to Prince Harry. (USA NETWORK / BELL MEDIA)last_img read more

Montreals real estate market sizzled in 2017 with sales hitting 10year high

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal was one of Canada’s hottest real estate markets last year as low unemployment and economic growth translated into the area’s best sales growth in a decade.Total sales in the Greater Montreal Area increased eight per cent to 44,448 on the strength of condominium sales and good overall activity on the Island of Montreal.Sales growth exceeded 20 per cent in five of the city’s most popular boroughs.That compared with sales decreases of 18 per cent in the Greater Toronto Area and 10 per cent in Greater Vancouver.Unlike Toronto and Vancouver, Montreal doesn’t have a foreign buyers tax.More than 14,000 condos changed hands across the Island of Montreal and nearby communities during the year, marking a 17 per cent increase from 2016.“It’s on fire,” said Paul Cardinal, manager market analysis for the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards.The overall sales growth far exceeded his expectations. He said the last time growth in Montreal sales outpaced Toronto and Vancouver was in 1998.Cardinal thought new mortgage rules implemented in the fall of 2016 would impair the number of first-time buyers and reduce the total number of transactions.But Quebec’s best consumer confidence in 15 years and a high number of permanent residences stimulated demand and compensated for the new rules and higher mortgage rates during the summer.Transactions of single-family homes rose three per cent to 25,601 while sales of buildings with two to five units increased six per cent to 4,336.Demand was particularly strong for luxury accommodation. Sales of homes exceeding $1 million rose 20 per cent in Greater Montreal and condos priced above $500,000 were up 42 per cent.The total value of sales grew 13 per cent to $16.2 billion, about half of which was on the Island of Montreal.The average price of homes in the Greater Montreal Area increased nearly six per cent to $364,510. That was the largest increase since 2010, with single-family homes sustaining the greater price increases.Prices rose 6.1 per cent to $467,496 on the Island of Montreal, which includes Canada’s second-largest city and suburbs.Cardinal said the number of foreign buyers, particularly from China, has grown but remained marginal overall. They were mostly concentrated in wealthier neighbourhoods and the downtown core.He said Montreal is attractive for foreign buyers because the city provides a high quality of life, affordable housing, low pollution and a university system that contributed to it being named last year as the best city in the world for students.Direct flights to two major Chinese cities have also made it easier for family visits.Cardinal is forecasting another strong year in 2018 with the number of sales transactions increasing five per cent.“That would lead us to a new record so we would beat the 2007 mark,” he said.Average prices are also expected to increase almost five per cent.Montreal capped a strong year with total sales across Greater Montreal increasing 10 per cent to 2,781 in December. That included a 35 per cent increase in condo sales. Total active listings fell nine per cent from a year ago.While sales on the Island of Montreal increased 15 per cent, it was outpaced by Laval at 20 per cent and on par with the south shore.last_img read more

Morocco: 55% of Married Women Suffer Domestic Violence

New York – More than half of married women in Morocco have been victims of at least one act of domestic violence inflicted either by their partners or other family members.According to a national survey conducted by the High Commission for Planning (HCP) on the prevalence of violence against women, in 2009, 3.7 million married females in Morocco (55 percent) suffered domestic abuse by their husbands.The study also revealed that 13.5 percent of women aged 18-64 have been victims of violence inflicted by a family member, totaling 1.3 million females. Domestic violence in urban areas reached 56.1 percent against 53.3 percent in rural areas. Meanwhile, family violence in urban areas reached 14.3 percent against 12.3 percent in rural areas.In regards to the types of domestic violence, the study revealed that in the conjugal environment, the most prevalent form of abuse was psychological violence (38.7 percent), followed by infringement of individual liberties (30.3 percent), and insults/verbal humiliation (22.4 percent).Threats of aggression and physical abuse ranked 6.6 and 5.7 percent, respectively.In regards to family violence, the most common form was emotional abuse at 10.3 percent, and verbal humiliation at 6.1 percent.According to the study, abuse in the family was also in the form of the intervention of parents in the personal choices of their children, namely the choice of women’s clothing (14 percent) choice of friends (17.9 percent), and preventing women from going out of their parents’ home (15.7 percent).In terms of the socio-economic characteristics of the victims of domestic violence, 61.6 percent are under the age of 40, come mainly from urban areas (60.3 percent), lack formal education (56.8 per cent) and were married before the age of 25.On the other hand, most women who suffered domestic violence within the family setting were women aged 30 (69.8 percent) from urban areas (63.1 percent). read more

Russian shipment of wheat to Sudan welcomed by UN food agency

The shipment of 4,205 tons of wheat will go to children enrolled in WFP’s school feeding programme in three Sudanese states – Kassala and Red Sea in the country’s east and North Kordofan in the centre – as well as 6,000 participants in food-for-work projects, WFP said in a news release issued yesterday.WFP Regional Director in Sudan Kenzo Oshidari described the shipment, part of a total $11 million donation from Russia to the UN food agency last year, as “vital for the future of thousands of Sudanese children.“When children get a hot meal at school, they are better able to concentrate and retain information,” he said. “We are especially pleased that absenteeism among girls in our programme is almost zero at schools where hot meals are served.”Last year WFP provided food aid to about 275,000 school children, boosting overall enrolment by 24 per cent and raising attendance rates from 86 to 91 per cent. The programme, part of a three-year arrangement costing $66 million, has expanded this year.The food-for-work programme allows participants to receive food rations in exchange for work on community development projects such as the construction of school classrooms, pit latrines, tree plantations and water collection ponds. 23 April 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed Russia’s donation of $2 million worth of wheat to Sudan to help the agency’s recovery and development operations, saying the shipment will help feed 284,500 school children and 6,000 adults. read more

Decoding Dialogflow What Makes a Good Bot

Kelly_DDI_BotSmartResponses.jpg 2. A bot needs to communicate clearly to the customer what it can do. Just telling a customer he or she is conversing with a bot isn’t enough. The bot needs to state, in a succinct way, what its capabilities are. The tremendous interest in conversational AI is a global phenomenon. Google reports striking year-over-year growth in the number of developers who are using Dialogflow to create intelligent agents, with the number of account users surpassing 850,000 as of April. Maxim of Relevance: The bot’s response must be relevant within the context of the conversation.Maxim of Manner: The bot must deliver clear responses that are easily understood.6. A bot should be developed iteratively. The initial rollout should start simple, with frequent revisions until the bot is performing at a satisfactory level. Then drill deeper and add more features/capabilities. Good bots have performance metrics that a company can monitor continually, and a good bot is continually updated and maintained. Click below to continue to Page 2: Bad Bot, Bad BotTags:News & ViewsDecoding DialogflowbotsGoogle CCAIContact Center AIContact Center & Customer ExperienceAI & AutomationAnalyst InsightCCaaSIndepth123nextlast Articles You Might Like Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI Characteristics of Good and Bad BotsIn an email exchange around what constitutes a good bot, Google suggested that “any use case where you interact with customers regularly to address questions or other needs” could be a candidate for an intelligent bot project. Within the scope of the contact center, this will include classic customer support services in which a significant percentage of the call volume corresponds to a recurring set of customer questions or situations. Having live agents respond over and over to the same frequently asked questions (FAQs) is one example of an activity that could potentially be automated to free up valuable live agent time. Kelly_DDI_CCAI-Developers.png Growth over time in the number of developers using Google’s Dialogflow platform to create intelligent agents (source: “The Next Conversation: Powering Customer Conversations with AI” at Google Cloud Next ’19) Different kinds of conversational and visual interactions are listed in the table below (source: Google). How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. In part one of this series, we discussed conversational AI and described the principal capabilities Google Contact Center AI (CCAI) provides: Virtual Agent, Agent Assist, and Conversational Topic Modeler. We also illustrated how Dialogflow, Google’s natural language understanding engine within CCAI, works. In this article we focus on some of the characteristics that make for a good intelligent virtual agent or bot project. 4. A bot should understand the user’s intent and the context.Understanding intent involves a technical term called “conversation implicature.” The understanding we get from words is rarely literal or superficial; consequently, the bot needs to understand what we mean, not necessarily what we say. An example would be, “Pass the salt.” What we really mean in this phase is that someone wants to add salt to their meal as opposed to wanting to catch salt that is thrown or tossed to them.In Dialogflow, “context” has a specific meaning: It’s the relevant information surrounding a user’s request that was not directly referenced in the person’s words. In a weather bot, for example, when you say, “How’s the weather?” the context around this request involves both location and time. The bot needs to know these two things to give the person a response. Hence, if not spoken directly, the bot can make an assumption about context such that the real intent is that the person wants today’s weather for the current location.A context adjunct is that when possible the bot should be able to understand a customer’s journey. This implies that the bot may receive additional contextual information from backend systems. For example, it could know that the customer recently made a purchase with the company, or it could know that a customer is looking at a particular website page. Adding context data from the customer’s journey can then inform the bot and provide a better starting point for an interaction.5. A bot needs to be designed using the “cooperative principle.” This principle relates to how people engage in effective conversation; it comprises four maxims:Maxim of Quantity: The bot needs to provide as much information as necessary to advance the conversation, but no more information than is required.Maxim of Quality: The bot needs to contribute true information and not bog the user down with things that may be false or for which the bot lacks evidence. Kelly_DDI_MaximofQuality.png What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? Kelly_DDI_Tickets.png Kelly_DecodingDialogflow.jpg Kelly_DDI_Components.PNG 3. A bot needs to reflect an organization’s brand and image. It should behave and act in support of the company’s overall corporate persona. The way messages are crafted, the words used, the tone of voice, the cadence, wit, and sass need to be designed so that the people using the bot are continuously exposed to the brand’s values during their engagements with the bot. 7. In human conversations, there are errors. A well-crafted bot knows how to keep the conversation going gracefully when a person makes a mistake in the conversation. Users may make three types of conversational errors when interacting with a bot:No Input – the person hasn’t responded, or the bot hasn’t heard the user’s response.No Match – the bot can’t understand or interpret the person’s response in context. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. System Error – the bot is asked to do something that it isn’t capable of doing.8. A bot should be designed for multimodal access, meaning it should work across device types. The bot should take advantage of the conversational and/or the visual capabilities of the person’s device. For example, if the bot detects a person who it’s interacting with can see images or click on options, it should use these capabilities in the interaction if doing so would help move the conversation forward. With the growing importance in intelligent agents and conversational interfaces, it might be illuminating to consider, “What makes a good bot project?” And, perhaps just as enlightening, “What causes bots to fail?” An example of the maxim of quality: The bot is moving the conversation forward by offering reasonable suggestions. 1. A bot needs to do something useful for the customer and do it in a way that is easier than other alternatives. It should save time and reduce the effort a customer needs to expend to resolve her or his needs while interacting with an organization’s products or services. It then needs to get out of the way, meaning that the bot should be efficient, succinct, and fast. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Other examples include process-oriented support such as changing a password, transferring money, or placing an order for food items or tickets. Bots are even beginning to augment existing processes: In an unusual yin-yang contradictory twist, Google reports that it has successfully created bots that teach live agents how to better interact with customers. In this “no match” example, the bot has gracefully responded with a suitable, but different, prompt when the user didn’t  reply with how many tickets were needed. Each time a user can interact with the bot, error scenarios need to be considered in good bot design. What Makes a Good BotSo, if intelligent bots are going to be so important in our future, what are some of the characteristics that go into designing a good bot? Here are some specifics: As this Google image shows, bots don’t have to be only text-based or boring. This sample visual response from an intelligent bot shows how the bot can use prompts, images, and chips. Log in or register to post comments read more

Appeals court finds Oscar Pistorius guilty of murder

A South African appeals court has overturned a manslaughter conviction against Oscar Pistorius, ordering  the original trial judge to sentence the double-amputee Olympian for murder in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.It seems likely now that the 29-year-old will be heading back to jail after being released to community service and house arrest at his uncle’s mansion in October.He’d served one year of his original five-year sentence.The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but exceptions can be made for unusual circumstances.Steenkamp died when Pistorius shot her through his bathroom door in the dark on Valentine’s Day 2013.He claimed he thought she was an intruder.The panel of appeal judges say regardless of who might have behind the door, Pistorius should have known someone could be killed if he fired. read more

Clashes in Liberia prevent Sierra Leone repatriation UN refugee agency

A convoy initially planned for 20 June to return refugees currently in the Sinje refugee camps – some 40 kilometres inside Liberia – has been postponed because staff from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) were unable to travel to the camps yesterday, spokesman Kris Janowski said at a press briefing in Geneva.”UNHCR staff tried to drive to Sinje from the [Liberian] capital, Monrovia yesterday,” Mr. Janowski explained, “to register refugees willing to go back. However, our vehicles were turned back by government soldiers who cited fighting along the road.”UNHCR is currently looking at other options for the voluntary repatriation, such as transporting the refugees by sea, or on convoys of trucks sent directly from Sierra Leone along a relatively safe stretch of the road, he added.Liberia is hosting 36,000 refugees from Sierra Leone in camps, in addition to an estimated 31,000 living among the local population, according to UNHCR. Some 11,000 are currently in camps in the Sinje region. The agency expects that the majority will return to Sierra Leone, once conditions are safe. read more

UN expert urges world governments to take real action to eradicate hunger

As the Commission on Human Rights began its annual review of economic, social and cultural rights, Jean Ziegler, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, was among a host of experts on health and education, on the illicit transport of toxic wastes, and on foreign debt and structural-adjustment policies who stressed the obligation of governments to protect inherent dignity and promote basic human rights. Stressing that the right to food was a human right protected by international law, Mr. Ziegler said governments had three levels of legal obligation: to respect, protect and fulfil the right to food. Yet, the world appeared unmoved, “as every seven seconds, a child under 10 years of age died from the direct or indirect effects of hunger.” The hungry were condemned to suffer a marginal existence passed down through generations.”Even as we speak, the war on Iraq is having severe consequences on the right to food of the Iraqi people,” the expert said, adding that the food crisis in southern Africa, Ethiopia and Eritrea – affecting millions and worsening by the day – continues to take a heavy toll on a continent already home to over 38 million of the world’s people suffering from hunger and chronic malnourishment.”All this is happening in a world that is richer than ever before and already produces more than enough food to feed the global population but seems totally indifferent to accomplishing that feat,” Mr. Ziegler said, stressing that hunger is not a question of fate, but a question of human inaction. To that end, he noted that the June 2002 World Food Summit had been an outright failure – “a beggars’ conference,” with no one to beg, since the leaders of the major donor countries had not been present. Still, there were some signs of hope. First, the Summit had created a working group to establish voluntary guidelines to clarify how the right to food might be implemented. Second, the UN body monitoring the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has issued a new “general comment” setting out the legal basis for the right to water. Mr. Ziegler said he believed that those two groundbreaking developments would strengthen understanding of the right to food around the world and engage governments in taking real action to eradicate hunger. read more

CGI joins six other companies on US25billion US navy IT contract

MONTREAL – CGI Group’s U.S. subsidiary, CGI Federal, is joining six other companies selected by the U.S. navy to compete for up to US$2.5 billion worth of technology contracts over the next eight years.The work involves the standardization and improvement of the computer systems aboard U.S. navy ships.Several ships have been upgraded so far and the navy expects about 20 to 30 ships will be upgraded annually.CGI (TSX:GIB.A) has been guaranteed one contract worth less than US$10 million, but must bid for additional work.The other companies are DRS Laurel Technologies, BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc.; General Dynamics C4 Systems; Global Technical Systems; Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. and Serco Inc.Analyst Thanos Moschopoulos of BMO Capital Markets said CGI’s position is positive, but the revenue that will be generated for the Montreal-based IT company is unknown.“The more government contract vehicles that CGI is qualified for, the better, as that expands the available universe of potential business that they can bid on,” he wrote in an email.Defence and intelligence work accounts for about half of CGI Federal’s US$1.3 billion of revenues annually. CGI joins six other companies on US$2.5-billion U.S. navy IT contract by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2015 11:33 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Human Rights Day UN to launch campaign for 70th anniversary of Universal

Since the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, “human rights have been one of the three pillars of the United Nations, along with peace and development,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for Human Rights Day, annually observed on 10 December.As “one of the world’s most profound and far-reaching international agreements,” the Universal Declaration proclaimed the inalienable rights of every human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages. Mr. Guterres noted that while human rights abuses did not end when the Universal Declaration was adopted, the instrument has helped countless people to gain greater freedom and security, and has also helped to prevent violations, obtain justice for wrongs, and strengthen national and international human rights laws and safeguards. “Despite these advances, the fundamental principles of the Universal Declaration are being tested in all regions,” he said, citing rising hostility towards human rights and those who defend them by people who want to profit from exploitation and division. “We see hatred, intolerance, atrocities and other crimes. These actions imperil us all,” he said, urging people and leaders everywhere to stand up for all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – and for the values that underpin hopes for a fairer, safer and better world for all. The year-long campaign started at Palais de Chaillot in Paris on Sunday, with an event also to be held on Monday at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Information Centres around the world will also launch commemorative activities. VIDEO: In his annual Human Rights Day message, Secretary-General António Guterres calls for translating the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into action.For his part, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that thanks to the Universal Declaration, the daily life of millions has been improved, untold human suffering has been prevented and the foundations for a more just world have been laid. “While its promise is yet to be fulfilled, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity,” he said. The period leading up to 10 December 2018, the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration, will be “a year of intense and profound reflection on the continuing and vital importance of each and every one of the 30 articles contained in this extraordinary document.” Today, as World War II and the Holocaust grow distant, that awareness appears to be evaporating at an alarming rate, and the enormous progress that has been achieved through progressive enactment of human rights principles, as laid out in the Universal Declaration, is being increasingly forgotten or willfully ignored, Mr. Zeid said. He said it is right to honour its achievements and pay tribute to its inspired architects on the 70th anniversary year, but “we should be under no illusions: the legacy of the Universal Declaration is facing threats on many fronts.” “We must organize and mobilize in defence of human decency, in defence of a better common future… We must take a robust and determined stand: by resolutely supporting the human rights of others, we also stand up for our own rights and those of generations to come,” he said. read more

VELUX EHF CL 1819 Last four champions in Group A

Here are the groups of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019.GROUP AHC VardarPGE Vive KielceBarca LassaHC Meshov BrestTelekom Veszprém HCMontpellier HBIFK KristianstadRhein-Neckar LöwenGROUP BParis Saint-Germain HBMOL-Pick SzegedSG Flensburg-HandewittSkjern HandboldHC PPD ZagrebHC Motor ZaporozhyeRK Celje Pivovarna LaskoHBC NantesGROUP CHC MetalurgBjerringbro-SilkeborgSporting CPBesiktas MogazCheckhovskie MedvediTatran PresovGROUP DOrlen Wisla PlockAbanca Ademar LeonElverum HandballWacker ThunDinamo BucurestiRiihimäen Cocks ← Previous Story Stas Skube to RK Vardar! Next Story → Xavi Sabate is new Orlen Wisla Plock head-coach VELUX EHF CL 18/19 read more

FileSonic disables filesharing following MegaUpload takedown

first_imgWhen the federal authorities took MegaUpload offline, it achieved two things. The first was millions of files and links no longer being accessible online. The second has only just started to rear its head: fear.MegaUpload isn’t the only service offering the ability to upload and share files, there are alternatives. One of the more popular is called FileSonic, which sits in the top 10 of file-sharing sites and serves 250 million page views every month. However, those statistics are sure to change now as the service has taken drastic action and disabled the file-sharing feature many users rely on not only to share files, but also to earn money through a rewards program (money that is now being withheld from users and it’s unclear what will happen to it).Until now, FileSonic allowed you to upload files and access them from any computer just like Dropbox, SkyDrive, etc. But it went further, allowing you to share files with other users and rewarding the owner of the files with money every time one of their files was downloaded.The removal of the file-sharing aspect of the service hasn’t been explained officially, but it’s not hard to guess this is in response to the MegaUpload takedown. By not sharing any files, FileSonic’s management surely hope to avoid similar action and ending up facing criminal charges, just like Kim Dotcom.While FileSonic users will be annoyed and frustrated at this decision, they should be thankful they still have access to their own files at least. MegaUpload users lost access to everything, regardless of if it was legal content or not. FileSonic has instead retained access to a users’ uploads, effectively making it a Dropbox-like service going forward.With FileSonic reacting so quickly to protect itself, it will be interesting to see which of the other MegaUpload-like services decide to take the same action. Those that don’t will see an influx of new users, but could also face similar action to that experienced by MegaUpload.Read more at TorrentFreaklast_img read more

Bois illégal le parlement européen donne son feu vert aux accords avec

first_imgBois illégal : le parlement européen donne son feu vert aux accords avec le Cameroun et la RDC Le 19 janvier, le Parlement européen a approuvé des accords entre l’Union européenne, la République démocratique du Congo et le Cameroun, en faveur de la lutte contre le commerce illégal du bois. Une résolution portée par le député écologiste Yannick Jadot.Ces accords de partenariat volontaire sur le bois entrent dans le cadre du plan d’action de la Commission européenne relatif à l’application des réglementations forestières, à la gouvernance et aux échanges commerciaux (FLEGT). Un plan adopté en 2003. Basés sur un système de traçabilité et de vérification de la légalité du bois exporté vers l’UE, ils “devraient permettre de lutter efficacement contre les ventes de bois coupé ou commercé illégalement et la corruption qui gangrène l’exploitation forestière dans ces pays”, explique sur son blog l’eurodéputé qui a élaboré cette résolution, Yannick Jadot.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasCes accords devraient constituer une arme efficace contre la déforestation, et les menaces qu’elle fait peser sur l’incroyable biodiversité qu’abritent les forêts de ces pays. La destruction des forêts est en outre l’une des principales causes du réchauffement de la planète, menaçant les populations d’importants changements climatiques. “Toutes les deux secondes dans le monde, c’est l’équivalent d’un terrain de football de forêt qui est détruit, soit, en un an, l’équivalent du territoire de la Grèce”, s’alarme Yannick Jadot.Alors que les eurodéputés ont demandé à la Commission européenne de dresser régulièrement le bilan de ce partenariat, dans son application comme dans ses impacts, le député souligne que “la qualité de ces accords dépendra de la qualité de leur mise en œuvre”.Le 21 janvier 2011 à 18:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between January 6, 2019 to January 13, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierWilmington Fire Dept. to participate in BFit First Responder Challenger by Cassia BurnsResidents taking out papers for town election by Lizzy HillWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunNew superintendent gets 1st run at budget by Kori TuittBoard weighing mixed-use project on Lowell Street by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

2 Telugu students die in separate incidents in US

first_imgTwo Telugu students hailing from Hyderabad and Prakasam district died in separate incidents in the US on Sunday. Jagan Mohan Reddy, a native of Mankhal village of Maheshwaram mandal in Rangareddy district drowned in Toronto lake in Canada while Siva Teja hailing from Ballikurava in Prakasam district died in a road accident at Kolted. Siva Teja who was working as software engineer died after the car he was travelling rammed into the median. Efforts are on to shift their bodies to their native places.last_img read more

Uber selfdriving car kills Arizona pedestrian

first_imgPilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AFP file photoRide-sharing giant Uber said Monday it is suspending use of self-driving cars after one of the vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the US state of Arizona.The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode, with an operator behind the wheel, when it hit a woman walking in the street in the city of Tempe late Sunday, according to the San Francisco-based company.The victim was hospitalized and later died from her injuries.“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” an Uber spokesperson told AFP. “We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”Uber said it had temporarily halted its use of self-driving cars for testing or customer rides in Tempe, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and San Francisco.Tempe is one of just two cities—along with Pittsburgh—where the ride-sharing firm has been using autonomous vehicles as part of its regular passenger.The vehicle operator in the driver’s seat was the only person in the car when the accident occurred, Uber said. The car was in police hands on Monday.Sunday’s accident was the first fatal self-driving car crash involving a pedestrian.The first deadly self-driving car accident was reported in mid-2016, and involved a Tesla.Sheriff needed?The Tesla Model S, cruising on “Autopilot,” failed to detect a crossing tractor-trailer against a bright sky, killing the driver—who it later emerged had kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite automated warnings not to do so.Investigators at the US National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the Tesla crash was the combination of “a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on vehicle automation.”Autonomous-vehicle technology has been touted as having potential to save fuel, ease congestion, and to save thousands of lives by avoiding accidents due to human error.As with the fatal Tesla crash, however, the deadly Uber accident is likely to stoke concerns that the industry is moving too fast.Google-owned Waymo this month began using its self-driving trucks to haul cargo bound for the internet giant’s data centers in Georgia, while rival Uber announced the use of self-driving semi trucks as part of an on-demand trucking service in Arizona.In September, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao released new guidelines that permit more testing of self-driving cars.But America’s non-profit Consumer Watchdog has warned that roads are being turned “into private laboratories for robot cars with no regard for our safety.”The group on Monday called for a nationwide moratorium on testing self-driving cars on public roads while investigators figure out what went wrong in the Uber accident.“Arizona has been the wild west of robot car testing with virtually no regulations in place,” Watchdog technology project director John Simpson said in a statement.“When there’s no sheriff in town, people get killed.”Car vision tests?US states set their own rules for roads, and a handful have passed laws allowing self-driving vehicles.California and Arizona have been particularly encouraging, hoping that companies developing autonomous technology in those states will create local jobs and facilities devoted to a promising new industry.Duke University robotics professor Missy Cummings is among the advocates of slowing down introduction of autonomous vehicles to avoid risk and get proper regulations in place.While machines are better at staying vigilant and reacting to routine situations, human drivers have proven superior at handling unusual or unexpected situations, according to the professor.Cummings reasoned that if people need to pass vision exams in order to get driving licenses, so should self-driving cars.She noted a case in which putting stickers on a stop sign could fool autonomous car sensors into seeing it as a sign indicating a speed limit.“If we are still learning at this rate, and still uncovering major problems, it begs the question of why we are trying to put this technology into widespread use,” Cummings told AFP.“I am a big fan of the technology, but it is very unproven and experimental.”last_img read more

Enes Kanter Tells Colin Why He Thinks Zion is an overhyped Julius

first_img One person who didn’t take kindly to Kanter’s player comp was none other than Julius Randle, who took to Twitter to point out that he dropped 45 on Kanter the last time the two met. NBA drama is fantastic!Yo @EnesKanter last time you guarded me I had 45 relax bro lol— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) June 26, 2019 Zion Williamson is the most hyped rookie to enter the NBA since LeBron James, but not every NBA player is as sold on him being a superstar like Colin.Today, Blazers center Enes Kanter stopped by the show and told Colin that he thinks Zion is overhyped at this point, and more like a ‘Julius Randle with hops’ than than Charles Barkley 2.0. Kanter added that if Williamson improves his shooting he has Hall of Fame potential. Advertisementlast_img read more

Firefox 600 release overview

first_imgFirefox 60.0 release overview by Martin Brinkmann on May 09, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: May 10, 2018 – 70 commentsMozilla plans to release Firefox 60 Stable and Firefox 60 ESR later today. The new version of the web browser moves the Firefox ESR channel from version 52.x to 60.x. That’s a major move considering that Firefox 52.x is a pre-Firefox 57 release that still supports legacy add-ons.Firefox 60.0 ESR does not support legacy add-ons anymore and there are other fundamental differences between 52.x and 60.x such as dropped support for Windows XP or Vista, and no support for Java or Silverlight anymore.Work on WebExtensions APIs continues and Mozilla added or improved several APIs that Firefox add-on developers may use to create extensions.Note: I was asked to reboot the Windows PC to complete the Firefox 60 installation. This did not happened in the past.Executive SummaryFirefox 60 is available as a new Extended Support Release (ESR). Check out our article on the differences between Firefox 60 and Firefox 60 ESR and Firefox 52 ESR and preparing for Firefox 60.Firefox 60 ESR does not support Windows XP or Vista, Java, or Silverlight.Policy Engine added for Enterprise environments.Quantum CSS renders browser UI.Sponsored Stories may appear on New Tab Page for Firefox U.S. users.Firefox 60.0 download and updateMozilla will release Firefox 60.0, Firefox ESR 60.0 and Firefox ESR 52.8 on May 9, 2018. Most Firefox users get the update through the automatic update functionality of the web browser but downloads for all supported versions are available on Mozilla’s website as well at the time of publication.You can run a manual check for updates with a click on Menu > Help > About Firefox. Firefox runs an update check then and will download and install any new version that is returned as part of the check.If you prefer to download Firefox manually, use the following links that point to Mozilla to do so.Firefox Stable downloadFirefox Beta downloadNightly downloadFirefox ESR downloadFirefox unbranded builds informationFirefox 60.0 ChangesNew Policy Engine for Enterprise EnvironmentsIn time for the release of the next Extended Support Release for Firefox comes a new Policy Engine that Mozilla has been working on.Designed specifically for deployment in Enterprise environments, the new engine can be used in home environments as well for the most part.You can download policy template files from Mozilla’s GitHub website. It is likely that they will be offered on the official Firefox ESR website as well.You can use the policies to configure Firefox automatically on deployment.Sponsored stories for some U.S users on New Tab PageFirefox users from the United States may see sponsored stories by Pocket on the New Tab Page. Mozilla promises that no-personal data is collected and that its approach was privacy-conscious.You can turn off sponsored stories with a click on the cogwheel icon on the New Tab Page. There you find the “show sponsored stories” option listed which you can uncheck.Other changesSymantec certificates issued before June 2016 are distrusted.The Reader View shortcut was remapped to F9 for “better compatibility with keyboard layouts that use AltGr”.Cookies and Site Storage section redesigned in preferences.New Tab Page uses a responsive layout so that more content is displayed to widescreen display users.Highlights on the New Tab Page may show websites saved to Pocket.Additional options to reorder sections and content on the page.Bookmarks don’t support multiple keywords for the same URL unless different POST data is used.Skia graphics library update to 66.Improved WebRTC audio performance and playback on Linux.Support for locale Occitan (oc).Firefox 60.0 IssuesJust one issue listed. When you disable sponsored stories on Firefox’s New Tab Page, the next time you open a new tab page may still show a sponsored tile.Developer ChangesMozilla removed the dom.workers.enabled preference. In other words: Workers cannot be disabled anymore (see 1434934).Debugging and development improvements.Proxy API improvements. About:preferences highlights if extensions control proxy preferences.ECMAScript 2015 modules enabled by default (see 1438139).The Web Authentication API is enabled (see 1432542).The WebVR API is available on mac OS X now (see 1438044).Tab API improvements.Theme API improvements.Support for application cache on insecure sites is deprecated.Firefox 60.0 for AndroidFirefox 60.0 for Android gets the new parallel CSS engine known as Stylo. Firefox Desktop users got Stylo with the release of Firefox 57, and Android users get it now with the new release. The new rendering engine improves page rendering time significantly.Mozilla added a View Page Source option to the Page Action menu.Security updates / fixesSeveral security issues fixed including one rated as critical. Check the full listing here.OutlookThe next Firefox release is on June 26, 2018. Firefox Stable will move to Firefox 61, and Firefox ESR will be offered as Firefox ESR 52.9 and Firefox ESR 60.1. Firefox 52.9 is the last version of Firefox that supports the legacy add-on system and Windows XP or Windows Vista.Additional information / sourcesFirefox 60 release notesFirefox 60 Android release notesAdd-on compatibility for Firefox 60Firefox 60 for DevelopersSite compatibility for Firefox 60Firefox Security AdvisoriesFirefox Release ScheduleSummaryArticle NameFirefox 60.0 release overviewDescriptionThe release data of the web browsersMozilla Firefox 60.0 and Firefox ESR 60.0 is May 9, 2018. Our release overview provides you with detailed information on major improvements, new features and changes.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more