NAFTA Ministers set to attend longerthanexpected round in Montreal

first_imgWASHINGTON – The ministers leading the negotiations for a new NAFTA will be in Montreal for a longer-than-expected round of upcoming talks.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, American Robert Lighthizer and Mexico’s Ildefonso Guajardo will attend the closing of the round on Jan. 29.The Montreal talks were originally scheduled to run Jan. 23-28, but are now set to begin Jan. 21.The ministers face some pressure to make progress in the negotiations.The current schedule of talks ends in March, and after that Mexico will be embroiled in an election campaign, followed by legislative elections in the U.S.Signs that the process could become snared in electoral politics were illustrated today on Twitter: the presidential candidate for Mexico’s ruling party tweeted that his country will never pay for the border wall, which U.S. President Donald Trump says will be funded by profits from a new NAFTA.last_img read more

Jann Arden quoted in exFBI Director James Comeys book

first_imgArden appears to have been caught off guard by the quote in the book, titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership.”Responding to a tweet about the news, she posted on her Twitter account in her signature humour: “The world’s gone mad.”Hey @jannarden you appear to have made it into James Comey’s book. So that’s a thing that happened.— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) April 16, 2018 Facebook She’s also written three books, had various TV stints and produced two documentaries. Advertisement TORONTO — Words of wisdom attributed to Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden have made it into the new book by former FBI Director James Comey.The book’s first chapter, titled “The Life,” begins with a quote attributed to the eight-time Juno Award-winning artist.It reads: “To not think of dying, is to not think of living.” The world’s gone mad….— jann arden (@jannarden) April 17, 2018When a Twitter user speculated that Arden might be bothered by the news, she responded: “Not at all — I’m very touched.”Not at all- I’m very touched— jann arden (@jannarden) April 17, 2018 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Jann Arden poses for a portrait in Toronto on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Words of wisdom attributed to Canadian singer-songwriter Arden have made it into the new book by former FBI Director James Comey.Christopher Katsarov / THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

EU Court Ruling Legally Erroneous Politically Biased Moroccan FM

Rabat  – The European Court of Justice’s ruling on Morocco-EU agriculture agreement is “legally erroneous and politically biased”, said here Friday, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar.“It seriously jeopardizes cooperation between Morocco and the European Union. It must be corrected”, Mezouar told the press following his talks with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.“It is a highly strategic issue”, he stressed, adding that “it is not an ordinary judicial issue, but a fundamental element in the continuation of our partnership”. Mezouar deemed the talks with Mogherini, who is on visit to Morocco following the kingdom’s decision on Feb. 25 to suspend its contact with the EU, except for exchanges on the appeal related to the EU-Morocco Agriculture Agreement, as “frank, constructive and inclusive”.The Moroccan Minister noted that the EU High Representative reaffirmed to her Moroccan partner that the “European Council will take all the necessary measures at the European Court of Justice to annul the first instance decision on December 10, 2015”.“Morocco has taken note of EU guarantees that the agriculture agreement between the two sides will remain in place, and that the European Union will respect its international commitments with Morocco”.Mogherini stressed that Morocco-EU agreements “do not violate international law”. She also said that she is “aware of the strategic importance” of this issue for Morocco and EU, noting that the European Council “disagrees” with the court ruling.With MAP read more

Turkey insists allegations by Gnanasara Thero baseless

The Embassy insisted that the assistance projects are being conducted with total transparency and with the fullest cooperation from local authorities. (Colombo Gazette) Among the projects carried out in Sri Lanka are a housing project in Midigama for tsunami victims and a housing project for IDPs in Mannar.Other projects have also been implemented in the North, Peradeniya, Trincomalee and Ampara.Turkey says it has also supported local journalists by providing them equipment to facilitate independent and impartial reporting. However, the Turkish Embassy in Colombo said that the allegations are “utterly false and baseless” and that Turkey will always stand with the people of Sri Lanka against any form of extremism. The Embassy also said that Turkey has maintained strong ties with Sri Lanka and provided technical and humanitarian assistance since 2004.The Embassy also noted that the official aid agency of Turkey and the Turkish Red Crescent have conducted various projects in Sri Lanka since 2004. Turkey today insisted that allegations made by the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, where he had accused Turkey of funding illegal activities in Sri Lanka, are false and baseless.Gnanasara Thero had alleged that funds from Turkey were flowing in to Sri Lanka through a special fund. He had alleged that the funds were being used to influence the media and promote tensions in the country. read more

UN agency appeals for 78 million to feed 2 million in southern

The World Food Programme (WFP) said it needs the money to boost its operations in Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland in the first half of 2005 during the peak “hunger months” ahead of the April harvest.The three countries suffered an extremely poor harvest this year because of drought and the effects of poverty and HIV/AIDS. WFP said 127,000 tons of food aid commodities would be needed for the first two quarters of the year to feed 1.85 million people in all – 1.17 million in Malawi, 510,000 in Lesotho and 168,500 in Swaziland.”We had hoped to scale back our activities in 2005 following two massive regional aid operations over the past two years but unfortunately the crisis in parts of southern Africa is far from over,” said Mike Sackett, WFP regional director for the region.A separate emergency operation for those three countries will continue through the end of 2004 but an additional 32,000 tons of food – valued at $17 million – is still needed to cover regional requirements from October to December, WFP said.”Donors have been very generous over the past few years and have helped WFP to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in southern Africa,” Mr. Sackett said. “But there is no time to rest. The international community must stay focused on the crisis in this region otherwise many of the gains that have been made – and most importantly, lives that have been saved – will be lost.” read more

Oscars get 343 million viewers lowest rating since 2008

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Academy Awards viewership dipped to its lowest level since 2008 in a year where the movie industry’s ability to reflect the nation’s diversity was a central issue.The Nielsen company said Monday preliminary estimates showed 34.3 million people watched Sunday night’s telecast, where “Spotlight” won best picture. Last year’s show was seen by 37.3 million people.Since 1990, only two Academy Awards telecasts had fewer viewers: in 2008, when “No Country For Old Men” won best picture, and in 2004, when “Chicago” was honoured. The peak came when “Titanic” won a boatload of awards in 1998 and 55 million people tuned in.The paucity of minority nominees this year led to calls for a boycott among some black stars, including Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee. But Nielsen did not immediately have any ethnic breakdown of Oscar viewership. Generally, the popularity of movies being honoured tends to be the biggest factor in whether the audience for the live telecast is up or down.Rock, in his second time hosting, hardly stayed away from the diversity issue. He peppered the audience with his first three jokes on the topic within 25 seconds.The most recent awards shows, the Golden Globes and Grammys, also saw ratings declines. The Globes, which honour film and television, were seen by 18.5 million people, down from 19.3 million in 2015. The Grammy telecast hit a seven-year low in viewership.Many years, the Oscars are television’s biggest event after the Super Bowl.The final half hour of ABC’s pre-show telecast was watched by 22.2 million people, down from 23.8 million last year, Nielsen said.Twitter marked a milestone, however: Leonardo DiCaprio’s best actor award generated 440,000 tweets in a minute, the fastest ever counted at the Academy Awards. The previous Twitter highlight came two years ago when Ellen DeGeneres made her star-studded selfie. by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Feb 29, 2016 1:28 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oscars get 34.3 million viewers, lowest rating since 2008 Dave Chappelle, left, and Chris Rock appear backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) read more

LeBron Lakers rally in 2nd half to beat Mavericks 114103

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 28 points, Brandon Ingram added 19 and the Los Angeles Lakers won their second game in as many nights, 114-103 over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.It’s the third time in five back-to-back sets this season that the Lakers have taken both games.Los Angeles trailed for most of the first three quarters — and fell behind by as many as 15 in the second — before going on a 10-4 run the final three minutes of the third to take a 78-75 advantage into the fourth.The Lakers were up 90-86 before taking control with a 15-3 run that included nine points by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 29 points, and Dwight Powell added 17 off the bench.Dallas was assessed four technical fouls in the game, including three in the fourth quarter. JJ Barea was ejected midway in the fourth after receiving his second technical.Dallas led 45-30 less than four minutes into the second quarter when the Lakers got back into it with 10 straight points, which included six by James. The Mavericks led 58-53 at halftime.Kyle Kuzma added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers.TIP-INSMavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. scored 13 points and Wesley Matthews added 11. DeAndre Jordan had 12 rebounds and eight points. … Dallas started 3 of 6 on 3-pointers and then went 3 of 21 from beyond the arc the rest of the half. … The 27 3-point attempts in the first half was a season high, surpassing the 26 the Mavs had on Oct. 20 against Minnesota. … Barnes is averaging 17 points against the Lakers in the first half of games this season.Lakers: Tyson Chandler (13 points, 12 rebounds) also had a double-double while Lonzo Ball added 10 points. … Los Angeles had 11 turnovers in the first half, marking the 11th time this season it had 10 or more in the first 24 minutes. … Kuzma scored 13 points in the third quarter, which is his second most in a quarter this season. He had 14 in the second quarter against San Antonio on Oct. 22.UP NEXTMavericks: Remain in Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Sunday.Lakers: Host Phoenix on Sunday afternoon to cap a stretch of three home games in four days.___More AP NBA: and Reedy, The Associated Press read more

One dead two injured in headon collision near Washougal

first_imgA driver died and two others suffered multiple injuries in a two-vehicle crash northeast of Washougal on Sunday night, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Police and medical crews were called to the 36500 block of Northeast Washougal River Road, about 4 miles northeast of Washougal, around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, according to emergency dispatch logs.When responders arrived, they found two heavily damaged vehicles and three injured people who needed to be extracted from the cars, according to a sheriff’s office press release.Evidence at the scene and statements from witnesses indicated a white Subaru sedan was headed northbound on Washougal River Road, passing vehicles and crossing over the center line of the road when it collided head-on with a southbound Kia sedan, deputies said.The collision happened in the southbound lane, deputies said.“The driver of the white Subaru was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Kia and a passenger in the Subaru were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. No other occupants were involved in the collision,” according to the sheriff’s office.last_img read more

Nine shelters opened for Turks and Caicos

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Nine #shelters, possibly now reduced to eight shelters will be opened across the Turks and Caicos.     The list is available at or with the #DDME.In the capital, Grand Turk there is one shelter at the TCI Community College; there is also one in South Caicos at the new community center there.  The Conch Bar Community Center was identified this morning, though that may be changed as the island of Middle Caicos is now with an evacuation order.    In North Caicos, there are three shelters: Adelaide Omeler in Bottle Creek, at the Sandy Point Community Center in Sandy Point and at the Kew Community center in Kew.Three shelters will be opened in Providenciales, and they are at Enid Capron Primary school in Five Cays, at Oseta Jolly Primary school in Blue Hills and at Faith Tabernacle, or what is commonly called, Butterfield’s church on Leeward Highway.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Related Items:#magneticmedianews, DDME, shelters TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readinesslast_img read more

3 puppies rescued from MiamiDade cemetery

first_imgMiami-Dade Fire Rescue rescued three puppies who were trapped in a Northwest Miami-Dade cemetery, Thursday.The puppies were stuck under a concrete box. Rescue crews dug a trench around the box and pulled them out.They were scared but appeared to be healthy.The pups were fed and will be put up for adoption.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

School Board Releases FY20 Budget Proposal

first_imgState revenue projections do not reflect the governor’s proposed budget, according to the board. The district faces a loss of more than $22 million if the governor’s proposed budget passes. State of Alaska revenue projections for FY20 is based on the BSA of $5,930 of the State of Alaska Foundation Funding Formula. This is the same BSA amount used by the state for the FY17, FY18 and FY19 budget years, according to documents provided by the school board.  State revenues include $79,009,719 for Foundation Funding, $287,358 for Quality Schools funding, and $2,100,012 One-time funding for a total of $81,397,089. Lastly, the budget requests maximum funding from the borough. KPBSD Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff: “The School Board has been meeting and on April 1 when we need to pass a budget we’ll be putting forth a budget that is fully funded, like the legislature last year put into law. We will request full funding from the borough, and going forward with full funding in our budget. A million dollars is 10 teachers, so that is a lot of money, that’s 10 lives in our community.” According to Jones the budget is based on status quo flat funding from the state using the base student allocation, and also includes last year’s one-time funding appropriated by the state Legislature. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce told district officials in a Facebook live event earlier this month that they needed to ’embrace upcoming changes’: “The truth of the matter is for the educators out there, it’s simple math. You’re going to take a $20 million dollar hit from the state, we’re (the borough) going to take about a $20 million dollar hit from the state, that’s $40 million dollars. There is no way that we can fund you to the cap, and even if we did it’s not going to make a real big difference, you’re going to take a $20 million dollar hit. The Kenai Peninsula School District will look different next year.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board has released the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s preliminary FY20 budget. KPBSD Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones made the announcement at a Board of Education meeting on Thursday. Written in the budget documents: “Administration has, for demonstrative purposes, budgeted KPB support in the amount of $52,537,091. This budgeted KPB revenue amount is the projected maximum allowable local contribution for FY20. If maximum allowable funding is received, it will provide needed funding for the student social emotional support plan, continued support of existing programs, and increased costs associated with collective bargaining.” The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will present their budget proposal to the School Board at their next meeting on April 1.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday June 27 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowPointing at Pebble, EPA leader looks to rein in agency’s veto powerElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe proposal would eliminate EPA’s ability to preemptively or retroactively veto permits for waste discharge in waterways, restricting the agency’s ability to step in and regulate large projects. Under the Obama administration, EPA used its authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act to propose restrictions on the Pebble Mine.Locals react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows employees to opt out of union duesJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauA U.S. Supreme Court decision released today dealt a blow to public sector unions. That will have big implications in Alaska, which has one of the highest rates of unionization in the country.First Y-K Delta tribe marches against Donlin Gold in BethelKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelThe mine would be built in a region where many residents practice subsistence and would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world.Governor’s climate change task force adds science education to draft planElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker’s climate change task force has been working this summer to nail down some clear draft policy objectives.Assembly rejects pot tax hike, tightens unlawful camp rulesZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIn a surprising move, the Anchorage Assembly voted down a proposal to raise taxes on cannabis businesses.Housing expert: Many Sitkans struggle to make rentRachel Cassandra, KCAW – SitkaIn Sitka, like many towns in Southeast Alaska, geographic isolation creates unique problems for affordable housing and homelessness. This week Sitka held a pair of town hall meetings with a visiting expert to look for ideas for solutions.Excursion Inlet cannery ramps up frozen fish productionHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesExcursion Inlet’s fish-processing plant is gearing up for another season. Recently, seafood processor and distributor Ocean Beauty has been reducing its canning operations while ramping up frozen fish production.Scientists study spring transition in Bering Strait watersGabe Colombo, KNOM – NomeThe Bering Sea is getting warmer. That’s a pretty commonly accepted trend, and in Western Alaska, it looks like a lot less sea ice. But there are lots of details about how this affects marine life that we don’t really understand.last_img read more

Myanmar denies antagonising Bangladesh

first_imgMyanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) personnel have been kept deployed on Myanmar-Bangladesh border Bandarban`s Tombru Photo: Prothom AloMyanmar on Friday reinforced military buildup along the Bangladesh border as thousands of Rohingya Muslims were scattered around the border.The Myanmar troops have been deployed near zero point of the border in violation of international law, Prothom Alo’s Abdul Quddus reported from the frontier area of Tombru in Naikhongchhari.However, AFP reported from Yangon, Myanmar defended deploying fresh troops to a border zone where thousands of Rohingya refugees are camped, blaming a militant threat.Dhaka called for an immediate retreat to lower tensions along the troubled frontier.The increased security presence this week has centred around a strip of “no man’s land” between the two countries where some 6,000 Rohingya sought shelter after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army crackdown last August.The military campaign drove some 700,000 Rohingya across the border in total, with most travelling on to sprawling refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar.The UN has accused Myanmar of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Muslim minority.Yet Myanmar has staunchly defended the crackdown as an effort to snuff out Rohingya ‘militants’ who raided police posts last year.The recent spike in security along the border is a response to new intelligence about the movement of Rohingya militants, claimed Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay.“We acted this way based on the information we got regarding terrorism, especially the ARSA movement,” he told AFP, using an acronym for the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a militant group, and declining to elaborate further.“It was not aimed at antagonising Bangladesh,” he added.On Thursday, Bangladesh’s foreign ministry said it summoned Myanmar’s envoy to call for an “immediate pullback of Myanmar security forces along with military assets from the area.”In recent weeks the Rohingya living in the no man’s land strip have faced growing pressure from Myanmar soldiers, who have stepped up patrols along the barbed-wire border fence near the camp and ordered the group to leave over loudspeakers.On Thursday some 100 Myanmar soldiers arrived near the refugee camp in heavy military vehicles, according to Bangladesh border guards and Rohingya.The heightened tensions will do little to speed-up a stalled repatriation plan signed by the neighbours in January.The process was delayed at the last moment due to lack of preparations and protests by the refugees, who fear returning to Myanmar without guarantees of basic safety and citizenship.Myanmar has branded the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and systematically dismantled their legal rights and access to basic services in Rakhine, a state where they have lived for generations.Read more:Border tension: BGB-BGP in flag meetinglast_img

Search for New Chancellor As District Schools Set to Open

Chancellor Kaya Henderson will be leaving her job on Oct. 1. (Courtesy Photo)District classes are scheduled to start in less than three weeks while at the same time there is a nationwide search for a new public school chancellor. Current Chancellor Kaya Henderson is set to step down on Oct. 1 after five years on the job. Mayor Muriel Bowser will name her replacement following the search.As summer heads into its remaining weeks, District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) officials are preparing for the 2016-2017 academic year. For the traditional schools, new teacher orientation will begin on Aug. 10-11 and the first day of school is Aug. 22. In the schools with the new extended-school year, which is nearly year-round with frequent breaks, students return to school on Aug. 8.While D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has said publicly that DCPS is the “fastest improving school district in the country,” a recently released study by WalletHub titled 2016’s Best & Worst Schools Systems, said that the District as a state ranks 47th among 51.The school system’s rank for quality was 50th out of 51 and its safety rank was 24 out of 51.The study said the District had the highest dropout rate and the lowest math, reading, and SAT scores. One positive note in the report said that the District had the lowest rate of bullying in schools.In face of the report and Henderson’s assessment of her district, parents, and community members spoke out on what needs to be done to make the upcoming academic term a success.Marvin Tucker, executive director of the One City All-Star Extravaganza (OCASE) Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes education through athletics, told the AFRO that in many cases, students don’t have the proper supplies to learn in class. He said that even though the District’s economy is “doing great and the unemployment rate is down, there are families that are struggling to get by.”“There are some students who don’t have school supplies to have a productive year,” Tucker said. “These students need extra help and we do that by providing backpacks and the other things that they need.”Douglas Sloan, a Democratic political commentator and an advisory neighborhood commissioner for 4B09 in Ward 4 said he is looking forward to his six-year-old attending Shepherd Elementary School for first grade. “The school and the atrium has just been renovated and that is pretty exciting,” Sloan told the AFRO. “They need to complete the cafeteria and make other renovations but I am pleased with what they have done.”However, Sloan said that he has concerns about his child’s school day. “There needs to be more recess at the schools,” he said. “Right now, they are getting about 30 minutes a day and it really should be about 60 minutes daily. More recess will fight childhood obesity and physical activity should be just as important as music and art in the curriculum.”Sloan said that he has the financial means to send his child to a private school but has opted for DCPS. “DCPS is doing well in preK-5th grade,” he said. “There are some great elementary schools with innovative programs. The real impact is when parents and the community are involved in the schools. That is when the schools will get better.”On July 29, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced a 17-member DCPS Rising Leadership Committee that will provide her with recommendations during the process to select a new chancellor. “We are moving full steam ahead in our search for the next DCPS chancellor,” Bowser said. “The DCPS Rising Leadership Committee is composed of principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members and is truly representative of our diverse city. I look forward to working with them and thank them for their dedication to our students.”The committee is co-chaired by Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, and Gina Adams, a Ballou High School graduate who is the senior vice president of government affairs for FedEx. Other noted members of the commission include Thomas Penny, general manager of the Courtyard Marriot Convention Center; Ward 8 parent Tara Brown; H.D. Woodson High School student Kevin Dilliard; Ed Fisher, director of community affairs at Carefirst BlueCross/BlueShield; and a DCPS parent Jonte Lee, a Wilson High School teacher.The committee is scheduled to meet three times during the chancellor selection process to gather and synthesize information about the candidates before making its recommendation to Bowser.The committee will hold three community forums so that the public can provide their input into the process. The forums will be at Roosevelt High School on Aug. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m., Eastern High School on Sept. 7, and Savoy Elementary School on Sept. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. read more

The price of innocence

first_imgIndia International Centre will be screening the film The Price of Providence, directed by Merajur Rahman Baruah on June 20 at the Centre’s Auditorium. The director will also introduce the film which will be followed by a discussion.The film is about the city Detroit’s corruption that puts Dwayne Provience in prison for a crime he did not commit. It took the hard work of strangers and nothing short of a miracle to regain his freedom. Corruption and incompetence, having devolved the city into bankruptcy, once again stand in Dwayne’s way today as he seeks to gain compensation for the decade he spent in prison as an innocent man. Through it all, Dwayne keeps his head up, and fights build up the life that was taken away from him. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, with the help of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, he regained his freedom after a decade in prison, but his fight for justice continues.Merajur Rahman Baruah is an independent documentary filmmaker from India based in Delhi. He has done Master degree in Sociology, Diploma in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, and Film Appreciation course from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He has received the Commonwealth Vision Award 2006 as commanded for his film Beyond the Zero Line from the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, United Kingdom. He has also received Rajat Kamal for the best film on social issues at the 55th National Film Awards-India and also best director award for his film Shifting Prophecy at the Hyderabad International film Festival 2008. His film The Nine Months won the second best film at Jeevika- Asia Livelihood Documentary film Festival 2010-Delhi.When: June 20Where: India International Centrelast_img read more

BJP man accused of Trinamool activists murder found dead

first_imgKolkata: The body of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker, accused in the murder of a Trinamool Congress activist, was recovered from a canal in Hooghly district’s Goghat on Sunday, police said. The body of Kashinath Ghosh, 45, who was missing since the last few days, was fished out from a canal at Kota village of Goghat, about 90 km west of Kolkata, police said. The BJP has accused the ruling Trinamool of murdering Ghosh. “Kashinath was an active worker of our party. He was killed by goons sent by Trinamool Congress,” BJP’s organisational President in Arambag area, Biman Ghosh said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Ghosh was one of the accused in the killing of Trinamool activist Lalchand Bag, who was allegedly beaten to death at Nakunda village in the area on July 22 for attending his party’s Martyr’s Day rally n Kolkata on the day before (July 21). Six local BJP supporters have been arrested in the incident. The saffron party leaders, however, claimed that Bag’s murder was a result of Trinamool’s internal feud and said the BJP supporters were arrested in false cases to protect the real culprits. The local Trinamool leadership claimed Ghosh died due to binge drinking and distanced itself from the incident. “We do not believe in the politics of violence and murder. I have heard that the body of a man, who is known to be a BJP supporter, has been found. Let police investigate the death. BJP names our party after each and every incident,” a local Trinamool leader said.last_img read more

How to Get Google to Quit Tracking You

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 20, 2017 Where you go, Google goes. If you have location services turned on, Google Maps keeps track of every step you (and your smartphone) take. You can also share your location with anyone in real time on iOS and Android.Depending on your settings, all this activity is archived in your Google Timeline. The feature, introduced in 2015, can be a walk down memory lane, but it can also leave the door to your privacy wide open. With Timeline, not only can Google Maps show you where you’re going, but where you’ve been. There might also be photographic evidence since Timeline syncs with any shots uploaded to Google Photos.If you’ve turned on location services, Google is constantly pinging your phone from cell towers and Wi-Fi and using GPS to see where you are. The frequency with which it finds you can be every few minutes or every few seconds, painting a pretty accurate picture of where you are at all times.If this all seems less helpful and more harmful, you can remove your location history and tell Google to quit it already and stop following you. Here’s how.AndroidWhen you upgrade to the latest version of Google Maps, and check out your Timeline (Hamburger icon > Your timeline), Google will ask you to turn on Location History. You can then check out where you’ve been. I signed in on a borrowed Galaxy Note 4, so the only thing it had tracked was my location at the office.If you’d rather not have your Android phone tracking your location, go back to Your timeline and tap on the three dots on the upper-right corner.Select Timeline SettingsScroll down to Location Settings.Tap “Location History is on.”A pop-up window will appear; tap the checkmark next to “On”Tap “OK” on the window that appears.(You can also navigate to Hamburger icon > Settings > Google Location Settings > Location and toggle it to off.)You can also get rid of everything under “Delete All Location History.” A pop-up will warn you that everything is about to be deleted, which might affect how Google Now and other apps that use Location History work. If that’s OK with you, check the box next to “I understand and want to delete” and then Delete.Apple iOSGoogle only just brought Timeline to Apple devices. Like on Android, select the hamburger menu and tap Your timeline. There you’ll see recent locations (or nothing if you have it turned off or limited).If you want to wipe a location out of your history, tap the three dots on the top right and “Delete the day.” You can also navigate to Settings > Maps History and tap the “X” next to a location you want to delete.To get rid of absolutely everything, go to Settings > Personal Content > Delete All Location History, acknowledge this is what you want to do, and click Delete.In order for Google to populate the Timeline section of your app, you’ll need to turn on location tracking in the background. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Google Maps > Always. To only enable location tracking while you’re using the app (not in the background), select “While Using the App.” This can be helpful if you want the phone to remember where you’ve been for future searches but not be constantly tracking you.WebYou can also clear your history from a desktop. Go to Google Maps and sign in to your account. Select Menu and then Your Timeline. You’ll see every place you’ve been while Google Maps has been with you.You can delete just one day by selecting the day on the top left and clicking the garbage can icon.To delete your entire location history, go to the Timeline, click the gear icon on the right side of the screen and select “Delete all Location History.” Like on mobile, a pop-up will ask you if you really want to do that. If so, check the box next to “I understand and want to delete all Location History” and then “Delete Location History.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on PCMag 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Keep Your Browsing Data Private With This VPN

first_img 2 min read Whether you’re crunching numbers on your laptop at a coffee shop or spending a late night putting together a deck on your desktop, you rely on your devices to work together and say in sync. Unfortunately, there are plenty of malicious parties, advertisers and even your own ISP trying to slip into your gadgets and snag your browsing history, or grab your info with malware. A Virtual Private Network like Surfshark VPN can make that unsecured Wi-Fi network at your favorite lunch spot safe again.VPNs protect your data by sending all of your information through an encrypted tunnel, so unsecured Wi-Fi networks become perfectly safe for all of your business needs. Most VPNs eat up some speed as they protect you, but Surfshark helps you browse securely with unlimited data over 500+ torrent-friendly servers.You can sidestep geo-restrictions while traveling (so you can still access sites like Facebook in countries like China), mitigate risks with a kill-switch that turns off the internet if your VPN loses its connection. Surfshark’s CleanWeb feature also blocks ads, trackers, and malware while you browse, and the company’s strict no-logging policy will never track the sites you visit.A one-year subscription to Surfshark VPN usually costs $145, but right now you can protect all of your business devices with a single subscription for only $39 (73 percent off). Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 21, 2019 Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Experience Cape Towns astonishing history on a Daycation like no otherExperience Cape

first_imgTrevor (the hero of our story) has finally decided to treat his wife, Thandi, and young daughter, Luleka, to a whirlwind tour of the beautiful and historically rich Mother City. But with so many important historical landmarks, monuments and museums on offer, where should our travellers begin? Being 100% behind local tourism, and with an eye on the necessity of road safety over the holiday season, Dunlop has asked us to help Trevor out with some fantastic #Daycation ideas.Here we go!The Cultural Heritage of an Ancient PeopleRock Art at the Iziko South African Museum. Image: Heribert Bechen @ flickr.comThe San and Khoi are the original Capetonians, but unfortunately their intricate and complex culture was tragically marginalised once the first Cape Colony was established. Today, however, much is being done to ensure that these early South Africans have a place in contemporary society. For an unparalleled learning experience, Trevor could either travel 90km north of the city to the !Khwa Ttu, San Culture and Education Centre in Yzerfontein, or visit the Iziko South African Museum, where the fascinating tale of these original peoples is exquisitely exhibited.Between East and West – The Cape of StormsThe Castle and a Memorial in the Company’s Garden. Images: Heribert Bechen @flickr.comAs is well-known, the Cape Colony first served as a halfway stop for Dutch ships on their way to the “East Indies”. From our present perspective, the project of colonisation is mired in extreme controversy, but knowing that it nonetheless forms an integral part of the South African saga, Trevor is keen to visit the numerous landmarks in Cape Town’s CBD.The Houses of Parliament near the Company’s GardensThe Castle of Good Hope dates back to 1666, and is today SA’s oldest functioning building. Within striking distance of the Castle are the Company’s Gardens, replete with colonial statues and even the most ancient pear tree in the country (it has survived since 1652!). Situated close to the gardens are our Parliament buildings, the Slave Lodge Museum, the National Library and the Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium.Slavery, Oppression, Struggle and FreedomThe (now) Colourful Bo-Kaap. Image: SkyPixelsIn stark contrast to the above-mentioned colonial statues are the histories of South Africa’s disregarded and oppressed populations (something close to Trevor’s heart). Going back several centuries, the marks of slavery can be found in the Castle, the Slave Lodge Museum and, indeed, in the (now) colourful and exceptionally vibrant neighbourhood of the Bo-Kaap. As the slave population was imported from Islamic South-East Asia, the Bo-Kaap hosts SA’s oldest and first Mosque (dating back to 1794). The Bo-Kaap Museum is also a must-see as it documents the history of the enslaved Cape Malay population.The Iziko Slave Lodge Museum. Image: Helen OnlineJumping forward in time to the Apartheid years, the renowned District 6 Museum is a testament to the devastating effects of property dispossession. Of course, no historical Cape Town #Daycation is complete without a ferry trip to Robben Island – perhaps the most iconic representation of Apartheid’s brutal suppression of political opposition.The Entrance to Robben IslandEnjoy Your #Daycation – And be #SaferThanSafe on the Roads these HoildaysWherever his family’s #Daycation may lead, Trevor has ensured that they’ll be #SaferThanSafe on SA’s dangerous roads over the holiday season. Follow in Trev’s sensible footsteps and visit your nearest Dunlop Zone, Request an Online Quote, or check out Dunlop’s phenomenal Red Hot Rubber Sale. Safe travels adventurers!last_img read more