The necessary amendment

first_imgWith the clearance of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by the Rajya Sabha on July 31, the passage for proposed changes looks clear–awaiting the President’s assent now. What is intriguing about the amendment bill, which was stuck in the corridors of the Upper House since 2017, is the long list of penalties that have undergone refurbishing. These penalties, which are the prime catalyst for deterrence, have for long been meagre. This meagreness has promoted a sense of impunity and has caused widespread flouting of traffic rules. It is the individual perception which will be stand justified since everyone who holds a driver’s license will acknowledge how simple traffic violations are not seen as a cause of concern. For instance, not wearing seat-belt has been a common violation simply because a menial sum of 100 rupees serves as the fine for such violation. 100 rupees is still a sum one can afford over repeated offences but 1000 rupees will leave them scratching heads and thinking twice before committing the offence. To this length, all penalties have been revised under the amendment bill which will now aim at effective deterrence. This has been done to ensure road safety and curb traffic violations which are more often than not the reason for road accidents. Speeding will now attract a fine of Rs 5000 against Rs 500 earlier. Here the bigger penalty reforms have been a fine of Rs 1000 for riding a two-wheeler without a helmet along with disqualification of license for 3 months against just Rs 100 before–that too with the advantage of riding the bike without a helmet for the next 24 hours from the time of challan. No helmets are perhaps the easiest procurable fines on a daily basis which will now become a serious issue after the amendments are enacted. Apart from reforming existing violations, new norms have been added in the light of observations made over road traffic and safety. New norms include Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment as the penalty for the guardian/owner if a juvenile is found operating a vehicle. This is particularly important since juveniles, having lesser road-sense, have higher chances of getting involved in accidents. The new law will grant officers the power to suspend the driver’s licenses and will attract twice the penalty if the violator is found to be an enforcing officer. The cornerstone of the bill is the scheme for cashless treatment of road accident victims during golden hour and also protection of the person who renders emergency medical or non-medical assistance to a victim at the scene of an accident. Besides these, the provision to apply for a learner’s license online will come as super handy for the first-timers and reduce the load and expedite the process for issuing licenses manifold. The desperately-needed new norms will try to ensure greater safety on roads while making transport-related queries easier to be addressed through online systems. Though initially, the amendments will require some time to be completely implemented but once in practice, it will gradually change the public mindset and enable a safe and secure system.last_img read more

Kristian Bush and Goodwill Industries of Houston Host Concert and Donation Event

first_imgMulti-platinum Streamsound recording artist Kristian Bush (Sugarland) and Goodwill Industries of Houston connected donors and Goodwill job connection program participants with a benefit concert and donation event held in Houston, TX last week (12/11).Through a national partnership between Bush and Goodwill Industries International, fans were encouraged to provide an item or financial donation for free entry into Bush’s live concert, meet some of Goodwill’s job connection center program participants in person, and see how their donations directly impact lives and help create jobs.The event brought to life the meaning of Bush’s Top 30-and-climbing single “Trailer Hitch,” which reminds us that we collect so many things that we don’t need and we can’t take it with us when we go… so why not “give it away”?Goodwill Industries of Houston President and CEO Steve Lufburrow attended the event, hosted by KKBQ “The New 93Q”, to talk about the initiative and help kick off the live concert with Bush.“Thank you to everyone who came out to last night’s event. It was an honor to help Houstonians make the connection between the everyday items they donate to Goodwill and the members of their community who have received jobs or are going through training for future careers because of those donations. Goodwill’s message is ‘Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.’ And last night, we got to see the magic of that message in person,” said Bush.“We are honored that the Houston community was chosen as the kick-off for Kristian’s partnership with our Goodwill agencies across North America,” said Steve Lufburrow, president and CEO of Goodwill Houston. “Kristian’s concert last evening drew hundreds of Houston area residents who brought used clothing, household goods and monetary donations. The revenue from the sale of these donations empowers community residents to meet their goals and fulfill their futures through job training programs and support services. We are grateful for Kristian’s support of Goodwill, and encourage others to donate what they no longer need.”Earlier this week, Bush performed an exclusive concert preview for Houston media in a news conference at Goodwill Houston headquarters. He visited with staff, toured the job connection center and talked about the importance of the partnership and the #GiveItAway campaign.“Trailer Hitch” is the lead single from his forthcoming debut solo album, SOUTHERN GRAVITY (Streamsound Records), executive produced by Byron Gallimore.Fans are encouraged to continue donating to Goodwill year round. For more information on the #GiveItAway campaign, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Case filed seeking ICJ action on Sri Lanka on fishermen issue

A public interest litigation (PIL) petition has been filed in the Madras High Court today seeking that the issue of alleged attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy be referred to International Court of Justice (ICJ).When the PIL by an NGO came up, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sunder directed Assistant Solicitor General Su Sreenivasan and state government pleader M K Subramanian to get instructions on the plea, the Press Trust of India reported. On his part, the Assistant Solicitor General submitted that in the past three years, one fisherman from India had lost his life, that too because of crossing the territorial jurisdiction.Due to effective steps taken by the Union government and continuous negotiations held at the diplomatic level, damage is under control now, he submitted. The petitioner, “Fisherman Care”, represented by Peter Royan, prayed for a direction from the court to refer the matter of “human rights violation committed by Sri Lankan Navy with impunity for the past 34 years against fishermen of India” to ICJ for taking action. He also alleged that the Lankan Navy had all these years violated the 1974 agreement entered into between India and Sri Lanka. Sreenivasan said that he would file a detailed counter in this regard.The counsel for the petitioner, Raghavachari, submitted that in a similar case as per the Gujarat High Court’s order, the Indian government was directed to approach the ICJ, which was also upheld by the Supreme Court.In the case of Tamil Nadu fishermen, though they faced human rights violation by the Lankan Navy and several had lost their lives, the Centre had not approached the ICJ. Hence, a direction to this effect was needed to the Union and state governments, the counsel for the petitioner submitted. (Colombo Gazette) read more

TSX closes lower oil and gold slide uncertainty grows over Syria attack

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 30, 2013 8:07 am MDT TSX closes lower, oil and gold slide, uncertainty grows over Syria attack AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday while oil and gold prices fell back amid uncertainty over a Syrian military intervention.The S&P/TSX composite index was 50.83 points lower to 12,653.9 as traders also took in data that showed the Canadian economy contracted in June.The Canadian dollar closed up 0.01 of a cent to 94.97 cents US as geopolitical anxiety helped push the greenback higher against other currencies.Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product in June shrank by 0.5 per cent, which was in line with economists’ expectations. At the same time, GDP grew at an annualized rate of 1.7 per cent, higher than the 1.6 per cent pace that was forecast.Economists had expected the economy would hit a rough patch in June, largely because of severe flooding in Alberta and a construction sector strike in Quebec.U.S. indexes racked up losses with traders reluctant to take on big positions ahead of a long weekend in the U.S. and Canada for the Labour Day holiday.“It seems like the U.S. is determined to make a strike in absence of UN support and that will create a fair bit of uncertainty in the marketplace,” said Philip Petursson, director of institutional equities at Manulife Asset Management.“What is the best desirable outcome from this? And is it achievable? And I think perhaps the realization is, know what, even if we go in there the outcome isn’t better.”The Dow Jones industrials were down 30.64 points to 14,810.31, the Nasdaq lost 30.43 points to 3,589.87 and the S&P 500 index was 5.2 points lower to 1,632.97.Markets have been rattled this week by the prospect of a U.S.-led punitive strike against Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack.The U.S. government said it has “high confidence” that Syria’s government carried out the attack Aug. 21, killing 1,429 people, including at least 426 children.The UN has said their inspectors will wrap up their investigation Friday. Some of their experts will be travelling to laboratories in Europe to deliver the material they’ve collected this week in the Damascus suburbs purportedly hit by toxic gas.Secretary of State John Kerry noted that UN investigators probing the chemical weapons attack are limited by a mandate to determine if an attack took place. He says they won’t say who is responsible.In a surprise move, the British parliament voted late Thursday against military action in Syria, whittling down the core of the planned coalition.The gold sector led decliners, down about 1.25 per cent as gold prices moved lower after spiking earlier in the week.The December bullion contract on the Nymex fell $16.80 to US$1,396.10 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 58 cents to C$20.11.The telecom sector was also a drag, giving back some of Thursday’s strong advance on speculation that U.S. telco Verizon won’t be entering the Canadian wireless market. Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) lost 42 cents to $41.59.The energy sector was down 0.7 per cent while the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost $1.15 to US$107.65 a barrel. Syria is not a major oil producer but a widening conflict there could affect major producers in the region or disrupt supply routes. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) shed 60 cents to $35.50.The base metals sector climbed per cent while December copper stepped back three cents to US$3.23 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) climbed 59 cents to C$17.49.Consumer staples ran up per cent with support from convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B). Its shares ran up $3.38 or 5.89 per cent to $60.74 as it increased its quarterly dividend by 1.25 cents to 8.75 cents per share as it reported a first-quarter profit of $255 million or $1.35 per share. That was up from a profit of $102.9 million or 57 cents per share a year ago.In other corporate news, Laurentian Bank (TSX:LB) reported third-quarter net income fell six per cent to $28.3 million, or 91 cents per share. Revenue grew 14 per cent to $221 million from $193.8 million and its shares slipped 62 cents to $44.33.Bombardier Aerospace (TSX:BBD.B) said Friday it has received a flight test permit from Transport Canada for the first CSeries aircraft, clearing the way for the new jet’s first flight. Its shares gained six cents to $4.79. read more

Senior UN official urges States to ensure inviolability of schools in times

“While some claim there is a military logic to using schools, Governments and military commanders must also be cognizant of the grave repercussions such commandeering has on children’s right to education,” Ms. Zerrougui declared in a statement delivered on her behalf at a Human Rights Council side-event in Geneva yesterday.“At best, the military’s presence arguably dilutes, and can even dispel the feeling for children that their school is their sanctuary where they can exercise their right to education – especially in locations where conflict and confusion are sadly more the norm than the exception,” she added. The Special Representative’s appeal comes as she campaigns for Member States to sign the recently completed Safe Schools Declaration and Guidelines which aim to protect schools and universities from military use during times of armed conflict. The Declaration has already received 46 endorsements. In addition, the Security Council recently reaffirmed its commitment to the issue of safe schools stating in its Resolution 2225 on the protection of children in armed conflict that it encourages Member States to take concrete measures to deter the use of schools by armed forces and groups. “I can assure the participants attending this present event that I and my office will strongly advocate on behalf of children in conflict situations to persuade as many other Member States as we can to throw their support behind the initiative, and to commit to the Guidelines so that we may in turn assure children everywhere that the school they attend is a safe one,” Ms. Zerrougui’s statement concluded. read more

Humanities champions honoured at spring symposium

It’s not uncommon to find Jason Hawreliak going above and beyond for his department, Faculty and the University.His ongoing commitment to the Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH) made the assistant professor a fitting choice for a new award meant to honour outstanding faculty members for their passion and dedication.Hawreliak became the inaugural recipient of the Faculty of Humanities Distinguished Service Award at the annual Humanities Research Institute Spring Symposium on April 17.The award aims to recognize the service work taken on by faculty members that is often an undervalued aspect of faculty workload but an important part of university life.Hawreliak is part of a number of committees within the Faculty and across the University, and is also Chair of the CDH Graduate Planning Committee.He was the lead author on the initial Statement of Intent and Program Proposal Brief for a new Master of Arts in Game Studies. If approved, the MA program will be the first of its kind in Canada, positioning the Centre of Digital Humanities and Brock as national leaders in research and graduate training in game studies.“I’ve found my service duties to be deeply rewarding,” says Hawreliak. “They’ve allowed me to contribute to the direction of our programs and the University, and given me opportunities to work with a number of community partners.“Even when I was the most junior faculty member on a committee, I always felt that my voice mattered. The collegial atmosphere here is one of the things that makes Brock such a special place,” he says.Since arriving at Brock in 2014, Hawreliak has sat on departmental committees overseeing hiring, budget, admissions, curriculum and program decisions. He also serves on the Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD Program Committee, which is the Faculty’s only PhD program.In addition, Hawreliak has worked with organizations across the Niagara region, such as Niagara College, the Generator at One and DSBN Academy, as well as local game developers, to showcase Brock’s Interactive Arts and Science program.“Professor Hawreliak is one of the faculty members who can always be counted on to step up when volunteers are needed,” says Carol Merriam, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. “He takes on jobs that position Brock and Humanities for future success, as is demonstrated by his leadership role in creating the proposed MA program in Game Studies. Jason sees the need for service to the academy and lives up to the concept of the University as a self-governing community of scholars. He’s an ideal first recipient of the Humanities Distinguished Faculty Service Award.”Also recognized at the symposium was Associate Professor Keri Cronin, who received the Faculty of Humanities’ Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. The award is given each year to recognize a faculty member’s consistent track record of outstanding research or creative achievements appropriate to the nominee’s discipline.Associate Professor of Visual Arts Keri Cronin (right) received the Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity from Associate Dean Michael Carter (left) in recognition of her contributions to the study of animals in visual culture at the Humanities Research Institute Spring Symposium on April 17.Cronin was recognized for her significant contributions researching the use of animal imagery in visual culture. Her book on this subject, Art for Animals: Visual Culture and Animal Advocacy, 1870-1914, was released in May 2018. In 2017, she was made a Fellow with the prestigious Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, an international group of scholars working contributing new knowledge to the field of animal ethics.As a leader in the field of Animal Studies, Cronin’s work is exemplary in bridging theory and practice, said her nominators, Associate Professor Derek Knight and Assistant Professor Amy Friend. She contributes a unique combination of extensive knowledge of visual cultural, nuanced interpretation and advocacy for social justice to her field, they added.In addition to her work teaching in the History of Art and Visual Culture program, Cronin is also a founding member of Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute.Cronin’s current research explores how representations of animals in the 21st century connect to changing ideas about how people live with and relate to animals.Two symposiums are hosted each year — in spring and fall — by the Humanities Research Institute, which supports the development of research programs in the Humanities and encourages awareness of faculty members’ expertise and creativity. The events allow Humanities faculty and graduate students to share their ongoing research in an interdisciplinary setting.Interdisciplinary Humanities PhD students Julia Polyck-O’Neill, Miroslav Zovko and Camila Pugan presented research papers as part of the Humanities Research Institute Spring Symposium. This year’s theme, Springs to Mind, explored idea of narrative and voices in literature, as well as philosophy and epistemology. read more

Officials say no Irish injured or missing after Boston marathon blasts Update

first_imgUpdated, 07:55THE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs says it is unaware of any Irish citizens, residents or tourists, who are missing or injured following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.Figures from race organisers listed 108 Irish citizens among the athletes taking part – some of whom had just finished, or were approaching the finish line – in the Marathon where two explosions went off at the finish line on the crowded Boylston Street.Those included 50 athletes who had supplied home addresses in Ireland – including 17 from Dublin, five from Galway, and three from Cork. Other athletes had supplied addresses in counties Kerry, Louth, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford and Cavan.Three people are known to have died, including an 8-year-old boy, with 140 injured. Around a dozen people are thought to have lost limbs in the blasts.A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs told this morning that the Irish consulate in the city had been in touch with emergency centres and the Irish community.She said there was no update to last night’s news, when a spokesman had said that all Irish participants and travellers were thought to have been accounted for.Those included ten athletes travelling from a team at the Royal College of Surgeons, and a dozen who had travelled with the Sports Travel International tour operator.“Of the people who are calling us, most people have been able to contact their friends and family. So, so far it’s been good news,” the spokesman said.Irish people concerned about loved ones in the Boston region can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs special helpline on 01 478 0822. Google’s People Finder may also be of use.A number of the Irish running community are currently exchanging messages on confirming when their friends are reporting back that they are safe. Check the thread here.Another Irish participant, Gareth McQuillan, tweeted to say he was back in his hotel room when the explosions happened:Additional reporting by Hugh O’ConnellUPDATED: At least three dead in Boston Marathon blastsPics: Devastation at the finish line of the Boston marathonIn full: Our coverage of the Boston Marathon explosionslast_img read more

Earth isnt so special anymore apparently

first_img EVERY DAY, ASTRONOMERS, with the help of NASA‘s Kepler telescope, get closer and closer to finding more planets like our Earth that circle stars like our sun.On Thursday, researchers announced the discovery of two new planetary systems, each which contain planets that circle a star similar to our sun, and within a distance that would allow that planet to support liquid water, also known as the “habitable zone”.“With all of these discoveries we’re finding, Earth is looking less and less like a special place and more like there’s Earth-like things everywhere,” said Tom Barclay, Kepler scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute in Sonoma, California, according to CNN’s Elizabeth LandauThe “habitable” zone means that a planet is not too close to its host star that liquid water would boil away, and not too far that liquid water would freeze. It is in the perfect spot between fire and ice, William Borucki, Kepler’s principal science investigator, said at a news conference on Thursday.Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f were found in a five-planet system, all of which circle a star called Kepler-62. Kepler-62 is about 1,200 light years away from us.Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f are somewhat bigger than Earth (they are known as super-Earths), but scientists say they are the best planet candidates for habitability found yet because of their size. Past candidates have been much bigger than Earth.Another newly discovered two planet-system, which circles a sun-like star called Kepler-69, includes one planet that orbits in the habitable zone. Kepler-69c is even bigger than Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, however.Scientists don’t know what kind of life is on these planets or even their exact composition — they could be rocky and Mars-like — but it does mean that we are well on the way to finding more planets like our own.These planets could hold alien species, or be habitable for colonies of humans. It’s too early to tell.- Dina SpectorDid you know you can see these things from space?> 10 things in tech you need to know today See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York last_img read more

RIM Hosts PlayBook Launch Party in NYC

first_imgResearch in Motion officially kicked off its entry into the tablet market tonight in New York City. Filled with demo units, ambiance, and even a celebrity or two, tonight is the beginning of what could be the company’s most important product in recent history.The Playbook tablet is a make-or-break device for RIM, after the company has lost double-digit market share in the smartphone space over the last year.While RIM had fully functional Playbook tablets available at tonight’s event, and handed out retail boxed units to attendees, it is not yet available for general sale. It’ll start hitting stores within the next week.AdChoices广告last_img

Dad jailed for 21 days for failing to pay child maintenance for

first_img Image: PA Wire Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email10 Dad jailed for 21 days for failing to pay child maintenance for his two kids He owed almost €6,500 to his estranged partner. 82 Comments A JUDGE HAS jailed a ‘dead-beat Dad’ – who has received €266,000 in two personal injury claims – for failing to pay arrears in the €90-a-week maintenance payments for his two children.At the Family Law Court in Ennis, Judge Patrick Durcan made the rare move of jailing the Co Clare man for 21 days over his failure to pay over any of the €6,490 arrears owed to his estranged partner and mother of their two children.Judge Durcan issued the immediate warrant for the man to be sent to Limerick prison and the man can only be released after he has paid the €6,490 to the prison Governor.The man arrived to the hearing in a top-of-the-range car valued at around €60,000 but in court the man denied that he owned it and said that it belonged to his mother.Representing himself in court with the threat of jail looming, the man said:I wouldn’t like to go jail. I have never been in court before and I have never been in jail before and the thing about it is, I would pay the €10 a week until it is paid off.The Irish Prison Service (IPS) confirmed yesterday that only one individual was jailed for not paying sufficient maintenance in 2015 and this followed five jailed for a similar offence in 2014.For fathers who have fallen behind in their maintenance payments, Judge Durcan often issues a warrant for their jailing for 21 days to come into force at an adjourned court date in two weeks in order to give them time to pay the arrears.Judge Durcan often reminds the fathers that Limerick prison “can be a very stuffy place this time of year” and the threat of jail usually results in the fathers bringing cash into court to avoid prison.However, in this case, Judge Durcan issued warnings to the man in January and at the start of this month for the man to pay the arrears and he still failed to make any payments this month.The man received €234,000 from a successful personal injury claim in 2013 and an additional €23,000 from another claim in 2015.In court, Judge Durcan told him:You recovered a total of €266,000 in the past four years in personal injury claims.In reply, the man said: “Yes, your honour and I paid for my house and I’m living by myself and I pay my own bills.”Judge Durcan said: “On 2 February, I imposed a 21-day prison sentence with the warrant to issue at 12.30 today following an application by solicitor, Shíofra Hassett for her client in this case.“I adjourned the case to today’s date to see if you had made any progress – in other words to see if you had shown any decency in this case.”The man said that he had no money to pay it and said, “I can pay €10 a week to pay it off.”He continued: “I was talking to a solicitor and he told me that I should have gone through the courts to reduce the maintenance and I thought myself and my former partner had an agreement to reduce it.”The man said that the solicitor is going to represent him in a separate case to have the maintenance reduced.However, Judge Durcan said that he was signing the warrant immediately and Garda James Hanley then placed the shocked man in hand-cuffs and led him out of court to be brought to Ennis Garda Station before prison.Garda Hanley also removed the man’s vehicle and placed it at the compound at Ennis Garda Station.At a previous court hearing in January into the issue, solicitor Shiofra Hassett for the man’s estranged partner, said that no agreement was made to reduce the weekly payments.“He made a unilateral decision to reduce arrears. He is clearly in better financial circumstances than my client,” Hassett said.At that hearing, the man told the court that he had to repay a €5,000 drug debt, credit card bills and a Credit Union loan.More: Roscrea all-boys boarding school to close after 112 years Image: PA Wire By Gordon Deegan Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 7:15 AM 179,074 Views Feb 18th 2017, 7:15 AM last_img read more

Planners are trying to engage with us and we have a duty

first_img Carol Tallon ‘Planners are trying to engage with us and we have a duty to join the conversation’ When we accept that we are all part of the planning process everything becomes easier, writes Carol Tallon. 11 Comments Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 8:45 AM Apr 16th 2017, 8:45 AM LAST WEEK I was invited to speak at the Irish Planning Institute AGM in beautiful Westport. Knowing that IPI membership is made up of planners from the public and private sector, I had to work to keep an open mind and resolved to leave industry prejudices and presumptions on the Dublin side of the M4.The line-up of talks and case studies, both national and international, introduced concepts worth aspiring to. However, as anyone familiar with these events will know, the magic happens far away from the podium and microphones.VisionariesBeneath the shackles of an overly complex and increasingly convoluted regulatory framework, beats the collective heart of professional visionaries. This surprised me but it ought not to have.The term “visionary” can be thrown around loosely, but over the course of two days, I heard proposals for a new-era alternative to sheltered housing for the elderly, a more dignified, socially-inclusive approach to so-called social housing and an ambitious re-imagining of our primary education facilities. None of these came from the podium.There can be no doubt that the profession is attracting the right type of people and, despite it all, these professionals are being retained but they are not untouched by endless public and media cynicism.NIMBY-ismIt is no secret that local planners encounter NIMBY-ism. The reality on the ground is that when local politics are ignored, good projects fail, irrespective of project merit or public need.While not by design, our planning system has evolved into an opponent driven system and that is simply not helpful.Even I, as a layperson, can identify the need for planning policies that outlive the political party of the day, the need for less political interference rather than more, the need for a less complex regulatory system and the need to rebuild trust for more holistic integration of the planning process.Housing Minister Simon Coveney addressed the gathering and engaged well, getting stuck into the heavy issues at hand with characteristic forthrightness. He confirmed what the majority in the room already believed, that this current system of planning is no longer serving us well.Is the current system working?In an interactive Q&A session that very question was posed: “Is the current planning system working?”A cursory show of hands told a tale of failure. Of course, this did open up a debate on what actually constitutes “the planning system” and, following on from that, depending upon your interpretation of what the system is, it begs the follow-on question of who is a part of the planning process.And in getting to the who, I believe we got to the heart of the breakdown, the core concept that is “public engagement”. The State, local authorities and private developers are all speaking to the public and inviting submissions but is that really “engagement”?Is talking to someone, anyone, really the same as listening to them? From what I can see, the conversation is not taking place where people outside the planning system are. And I am not convinced that the communication is authentic.Perhaps the more important question is whether public feedback is genuinely sought, welcomed and listened to? They are all big questions and I am not entirely sure who is in a position to answer them. I cannot.What I learnedBut I did learn a lot, being a non-planner in a room full of planners. I learned that I am an integral part of the planning process, not because of any special education, training or experience in the construction or property industries, but because I am a member of my community.Just as you are a part of our planning process, along with our teachers and students, parents and children, workers and non-workers, business leaders and community bodies.By virtue of the fact that we live in communities, we are part of the planning process that goes into the design of how we live.So, the choice is ours; how involved do we want to get. Are we happy to leave it to our publicly elected representatives or will we take the opportunity to speak up and participate in the public consultation process that is open to everyone?When we accept that we are all part of the planning process, then suddenly, it is no longer about them, for they are us. We have a collective responsibility to take part and to help get this right for ourselves and for future generations.Planners are actively ramping up their public engagement – meaningful engagement. Now the public have a duty to join in the conversation as it is only by joining that we can hope to change the conversation.Carol Tallon is the author of the Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook series.‘Tribunals and commissions achieve nothing. They just shield the guilty from prosecution’Julien Mercille: Liberals are wrong to cheer on Trump’s bombs Short URL Share Tweet Email5 158 Views By Carol Tallon Author of the Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook series Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

US charges two Russian spies with hacking 500 million Yahoo accounts

first_img 6,111 Views By AFP No Comments Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images US charges two Russian spies with hacking 500 million Yahoo accounts Two “criminal hackers” were also indicted in relation to the Yahoo hack. Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 5:02 PM Mar 15th 2017, 5:02 PM Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article TWO AGENTS FROM Russia’s FSB spy agency and two “criminal hackers” were indicted today over a massive cyberattack affecting 500 million Yahoo users, the US Justice Department announced.The indictment unveiled in Washington links Russia’s top spy agency to one of the largest hacking attacks in history, carried out in 2014, and which officials said was used for espionage and financial gain.Officials identified the agents as Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, both of whom were part of the successor agency to Russia’s KGB.Dokuchaev was an officer in the FSB Centre for Information Security, known as “Centre 18,” which is supposed to investigate hacking and is the FBI’s point of contact in Moscow for cyber crimes.The 33-year-old was reported to have been arrested in Moscow earlier this year on treason charges. He is accused of directing the Yahoo hack along with his superior, the 43-year-old Sushchin.The two officers “protected, directed, facilitated and paid criminal hackers to collect information through computer intrusions in the United States and elsewhere,” acting assistant attorney general Mary McCord told reporters. Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord taking questions today. Source: Susan Walsh AP/Press Association ImagesThey hired Alexsey Belan and Karim Baratov, described as “criminal hackers,” to carry out the attacks.McCord said the attack was directed at gathering information “clearly some of which has intelligence value,” but adding that “the criminal hackers used this to line their own pockets for private financial gain.”Targets included Russian and US government officials, including cyber security, diplomatic and military personnel, McCord said.“They also targeted Russian journalists; numerous employees of other providers whose networks the conspirators sought to exploit; and employees of financial services and other commercial entities,” she added.McCord said Baratov, a Canadian national, was arrested this week on a US warrant in Canada.Belan, 29, has been indicted twice in US cases involving the hacking of e-commerce companies, and is listed as one of the FBI’s “Cyber Most Wanted criminals.”The attack on Yahoo, disclosed last year, was one of the largest ever data breaches ever and at the time was blamed on a “nation-state” attacker.The indictments come amid a high-stakes US investigation into claims of Russian cyber-meddling in the US election, potentially to aid the winning efforts of Donald Trump.Asked if there were any links between the two cases, McCord said, “We don’t have anything that suggests… any relationship between those” cases.The other case “is an ongoing investigation,” she added.- © AFP, 2017Comments have been closed, as charges have been brought against the parties involved.Read: Yahoo confirms at least 500 million accounts hackedRead: “Change your password now” – What to do if you have a Yahoo accountlast_img read more

Missing teen found safe and well

first_img 27,614 Views Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 7:51 AM Image: Paolo Trabattoni/Flickr/CC Feb 23rd 2019, 7:51 AM GARDAÍ IN CO Mayo say a missing teenager has been found safe and well.Mary McDonagh had been missing from Castlebar.Gardaí say she has since been located safe and well. They thanked the public for their help. – Additional reporting Aoife Barry 2 Comments Missing teen found safe and well Mary McDonagh has been missing from Castlebar since yesterday afternoon. Short URL Image: Paolo Trabattoni/Flickr/CC By Hayley Halpin Share120 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La bécassine championne du vol dendurance

first_imgLa bécassine, championne du vol d’endurancePubliée dans la revue Biology Letters, une étude menée par des chercheurs suédois et britanniques révèle que la bécasse double a coutume de parcourir des milliers de kilomètres d’affilée sans s’accorder les pauses que se ménagent les autres oiseaux migrateurs. 4.620 kilomètres en 48 heures, 6.170 kilomètres en 3 jours, 7.153 kilomètres en 3 jours et demi… Ce sont les distances parcourues sans escale par trois bécassines doubles taguées par le Dr Raymond Klaassen, de l’Université de Lund, en Suède, et ses collègues britanniques. Au printemps suivant, les oiseaux ont  réussi des performances analogues.À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsLes étiquettes électroniques dont étaient munis les volatiles ont indiqué des vitesses comprises entre 53 et 96 kilomètres par heure, même en l’absence de vent arrière, qui permet de limiter la dépense énergétique.Se reproduisant l’été en Europe orientale et passent l’hiver en Afrique, ces échassiers bruns à long bec, de la taille d’un pigeon, effectuent ces vols-marathon en non-stop, contrairement à la plupart des oiseaux migrateurs, qui, eux, interrompent leur voyage biannuel pour se nourrir sur des ‘aires de repos’ auxquelles ils sont habitués.Le 29 mai 2011 à 18:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Box of Pokémon Cards From 1999 Could Fetch 56000 in Auction

first_img “Gotta catch ’em all?” Then this unopened box of Pokémon cards from 1999 might just be the biggest catch of all.Auction house Huggins and Scott Auctions put this unopened 1999 Pokémon first-edition, limited printing English Base Set Booster Box up for auction with a starting bid of $35,000.In August last year, Huggins and Scott sold another unopened box of 1999 First Edition Pokémon cards for the staggering price of $56,000.The Pokémon booster box will come in a pressurized Pelican protector case. (Photo Credit: Huggins and Scott)This new box up for auction has been described by Huggins and Scott as “tightly sealed and virtually untouched.”The description for the auctions says: “A box break will yield (36) 11-card packs. Additionally, each pack will deliver: (5) common, (3) uncommon, (2) Energy and (1) Rare or Foil card. Based on production, the odds of pulling a foil card are nearly 1:3 packs. With 396 chances for Gem Mint 10 holos and other high-grade treasures, ‘the sky’s the limit’ for this cornerstone!”And because serious collectors will want this baby fully protected, the box will come in a custom-fitted and pressurized Pelican Model 1400 Protector case.Got at least $35,000 to spare? Bidding ends on Feb. 13 on on Copy of ‘Superman #1’ Could Fetch More Than $300,000 in AuctionRare Penny Found in Boy’s Lunch Money Could Fetch $1.7 Million in AuctionRanking Pokémon Every Movie Stay on target Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks last_img read more

Woman caught on surveillance shattering window burglarizing car in Wynwood

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a woman who burglarized a car in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.Surveillance video from the April 18 incident shows the woman shattering a car window and stealing over $5,500 worth of stuff before hopping into a getaway car and speeding off.The incident took place near Northwest First Place and 22nd Street in Wynwood.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Roku Channel launches Kids and Family zone with free shows and movies

first_img Tags Share your voice Post a comment Roku Add The Roku Channel to the long list of places to find kid-friendly screen time. A new tile in the channel, called Kids & Family, leads to a curated collection of TV shows and movies, all free and available to stream immediately, no sign-in required.Like other free content on The Roku Channel, the kids’ shows have ads. Roku says the ad load will be light — just 40% of traditional TV — and that the ads will be vetted so they’re appropriate for kids. Roku named Lego as an initial launch partner for advertising.Roku is one of the most-popular streaming platforms in the country, and The Roku Channel serves as a home for free, ad-supported content from a variety of other sources. Roku says the channel is among the top 5 on its platform, and has been expanding it to include live news, premium subscriptions and more. The Roku Channel could even provide a blueprint for an overhaul of Roku’s venerable main menu system. Kids & Family isn’t a separate app, like other popular kids apps such Disney Now, Nick Jr. and PBS Kids. Instead, kids (or parents) will have to click on The Roku Channel app and then choose the Kids & Family section. Once there, they’ll see more than 7,000 movies and episodes from 30-plus launch partners including All Spark, A Hasbro Company, DHX Media and Happy Kids TV, with shows and characters like Bob the Builder, Care Bears, Leapfrog, Little Baby Bum, My Little Pony and Thomas & Friends. The channel won’t include any PBS shows, however. Content is broken down by character, age group and category.In addition to ad-supported content, users who subscribe to select premium providers via The Roku Channel will see those providers’ shows in the Kids & Family section. They include HBO (home of Sesame Street), Nickelodeon’s Noggin (Paw Patrol) and more. The Roku Channel is also adding parental controls to limit what kids can watch within the channel. Parents can require a PIN to view videos on The Roku Channel based on content rating (although there’s no timer-based system). The Kids & Family update to The Roku Channel is available starting today on Roku streamers and Roku TVs as well as some Samsung TVs, and will also be accessible via web browser. For now, the new Kids & Family section won’t be available on the Roku app, so you can’t access it on phones or tablets. Roku Samsung TVs Media Streamers 0last_img read more

Physicians in Bangladesh give patients 48 secs each

first_imgPhysicians in Bangladesh give patients less than one minute on average, a global study has revealed.According to the study, primary care consultations last less than five minutes for half the world’s population, ranging from 48 seconds in Bangladesh to 22.5 minutes in Sweden.Neighbouring India and Pakistan seem to be in better positions, with the length of medical consultation averaging 2.3 minutes and 1.3 minutes, respectively, adds the study.The study, ‘International variations in primary care physician consultation time: A systematic review of 67 countries’, was published in the UK-based medical journal British Medical Journal on Wednesday.  This is a contrast to first-world countries such as Sweden, the US or Norway. where a consultation crosses 20 minutes on average. “It is concerning that 18 countries covering around 50 per cent of the world’s population have a latest-reported mean consultation length of five minutes or less. Such a short consultation length is likely to adversely affect patient care and the workload and stress of the consulting physician,” said the BMJ study conducted by researchers from various UK hospitals.”The reasons for such striking differences may reflect a number of factors, including issues relating to governance, workforce, access, continuity, comprehensiveness and coordination.”For example, in countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and China, there is no appointment system, and individual primary care physicians may undertake over 90 consultations a day with a considerable amount of time taken up providing repeat prescriptions.”The finding of an average 48-second consult across Bangladesh surprised Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council president professor Mohammad Shahidullah.According to him, the consultation length of 48-second is unbelievable.”It’s true that Bangladeshi physicians spend less time in seeing patients,  but it can’t be 48 seconds,” he told Prothom Alo.The BMJ study has used a total of six research papers published from 1994 to 2015, with the information of 33,856 Bangladeshi patients.The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is a link between the quality of medical services and consulting time of physicians with the patients.Economist Hossain Zillur Rahman, a former adviser to the caretaker government, told Prothom Alo that the shortage of manpower is a problem for Bangladesh.Medical representative officers take away much time of physicians in the hospitals. But, if steps are taken, the manpower problem can be resolved to some extent, he said.*The article, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.last_img read more

PM urges to grab greater intl market with jute products

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the inauguration ceremony of the two-day Multipurpose Jute Product Fair organised marking the National Jute Day-2019 programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday laid emphasis on branding the jute products as environment-friendly ones throughout the world to grab markets for earning greater amount of foreign currencies from the country’s jute sector, reports UNB.”We’ll have to spread jute products throughout the world branding those as environment-friendly ones. If we can do that, we’ll get a larger market (for jute products) and can earn more foreign currencies,” she said.The prime minister said this while speaking at the National Jute Day-2019 programme and inaugurating a two-day Multipurpose Jute Product Fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the capital city.Hasina urged all concerned to take necessary steps for making the jute sector profitable.”Jute is such a produce, nothing of which is wasted. So, why’ll it incur losses? I don’t want to hear (the news of) losses. Attention is needed for making it profitable,” she said.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina visits the stalls set up at the two-day Multipurpose Jute Product Fair organised marking the National Jute Day-2019 programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDThe prime minister said the jute products will get incentives both as an agricultural produce and industrial product.”We’ll definitely make it (jute sector) profitable through diversifying the jute products. I believe it,” she said urging all concerned to assess the local demand of jute products alongside exporting those.She said the Export Policy 2018-2021 has already been declared. “It’ll have to concentrate on further increasing the export of jute goods,” she added.Hasina said many products, including ‘Sonali Bags’, are now being produced from jute, popularly known as golden fibre.The Sonali Bag has created huge prospects for the country’s jute sector, the prime minister said.She stressed the need for exploring markets through studying the demand of jute products across the world.The prime minister said jute has a good prospect as people are now aware about the environment. “This environmental awareness has created a good prospect for our environment-friendly jute products.”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina visits the stalls set up at the two-day Multipurpose Jute Product Fair organised marking the National Jute Day-2019 programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDJute is an agricultural produce and it is also an industrial product at the same time, which is an environment-friendly one. “So, there’s a huge prospect for the country’s jute sector.”She said the government has been supporting research on jute and providing incentives to the sector for utilising everything of jute.She said once the jute sector had been ignored by subsequent governments after 1975, but her government gave importance to the development of the sector again.”Returning to power, our government made efforts to further development of jute as cash corps through its multipurpose usages by boosting its production protecting it,” she said.Sheikh Hasina urged the private sector and entrepreneurs to come up with more investment in the jute sector to boost the production and export of the environment-friendly jute products so that Bangladesh could earn lager foreign currencies from the sector.She said the government will provide incentives to the private entrepreneurs in the jute sector like other sectors.The textiles and jute ministry organised the function with textiles and jute minister Golam Dastagir Gazi in the chair.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina takes part in a photo session with the 14 people and organisations, awarded for their contributions to the jute sector development, at the two-day Multipurpose Jute Product Fair organised marking the National Jute Day-2019 programme at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDChairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam spoke on the occasion as a special guest.At the function, the prime minister handed over National Jute Award among 14 individuals and organisations under 14 categories for their contributions to the jute sector development.The 14 categories include best jute grower, best jute seed producer, best raw jute exporter, best jute product producer government jute mill, best jute product producer private jute mill, best multi-jute exporter private jute mill, best jute product exporter private mill, best multi-jute product exporter private mill, best multipurpose jute products producer entrepreneur and best multipurpose jute products producer female entrepreneur.She also visited different stalls at the fair.Some 280 kinds of jute products are being displayed at the two-day fair.last_img read more

Baghajatin flyover to remain partially closed owing to repairs

first_imgKolkata: A flank of the Baghajatin flyover on EM Bypass will remain closed from August 13 to 15, with the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) undertaking repair work of the bridge. A chunk of concrete underneath the bridge had caved in on Friday night.According to KMDA sources, the flank through which vehicles move towards the direction of Patuli will be closed, while the other part will see vehicular movement in both the directions. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”There will be partial closure and we are putting all arrangements in place to facilitate movement of vehicles both ways along one flank,” said Pandey Santosh, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic), Kolkata Police. Kolkata Police has also agreed to the proposal of KMDA to keep the Aurobindo Setu at Gouribari area closed from August 22 to 24 for carrying out load capacity test. This bridge connects Ultadanga with the Khanna junction. The police are working on the traffic diversion plan and a notification in connection with this will be brought out soon. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMeanwhile, KMDA has proposed to the Howrah City Police to keep Bankim Setu shut for vehicular movement from August 23 to 25, to undertake load capacity test of the bridge which is situated over the railway tracks near Howrah station. A meeting will be held with all stakeholders on Tuesday to decide whether it will be feasible to close the bridge as per KMDA’s proposal. The nod of the Railways is also required for carrying out test on Bankim Setu. The initial test conducted by KMDA has revealed that the bridge is not in the best of conditions.last_img read more