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Dad says NS restorative justice helped heal after sons jail cell death

first_imgA series of restorative justice meetings between the father of a man who died in a holding cell and staff who oversaw the inmate’s last hours is being praised for bringing reforms and moments of healing.Last year, Ernie LeBlanc opted for the face-to-face encounters rather than pursuing civil action over errors made when Jason LeBlanc died of an opioid overdose at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre in the early hours of Jan. 31, 2016.The 42-year-old was captured on video gasping for breath less than 14 hours after being admitted into the prison without proper searches being conducted or a standard medical form filled out that could have identified his addiction issues.He was there for an alleged parole violation after being caught overnight in a snowstorm and missing a curfew at his halfway house.“As far as civil compensation, I didn’t give a hell about the money. Money wasn’t going to answer my questions or … help me be told how things happened,” said Ernie LeBlanc, adding his wife Eileen agreed.“I’m doing this so Jason didn’t die in vain.”The restorative justice report contained 17 recommendations — six of them completed so far — for changes in the system.They include a plan to install X-ray scanners for body searches, calls for the Nova Scotia Health Authority to be more open about co-operating on investigations in its jail clinic, and an annual scholarship in Jason’s name to help educate guards.There’s also a policy now in place that requires a simple form be presented on admission to the jail to indicate whether a person has addictions and other health issues.In addition, the 66-year-old father says he was able to hear directly from workers who expressed remorse and offered apologies during emotional gatherings.“It meant everything to me. I thanked them,” he said during an interview last week. “I accepted (their apologies) in a way. I could tell they meant Jason no harm. It’s just a lack of knowledge.”Jason LeBlanc had been brought to the jail on Jan. 30, 2016. Some of the officers there knew and liked him, as he’d served a few months there for a drug crime.The report says the “talented tradesman” had happy years in Sydney Mines filled with athletic pursuits, but later in life became caught up in Canada’s national epidemic of opioid addictions. Money earned during well-paid sojourns working in Alberta helped pay for his habit and his addictions led to troubles with the law.It also says his efforts to seek help in the health system and take advantage of community resources for addicts brought “few results.”A police report said after Jason LeBlanc was admitted, he appeared intoxicated and had told the nurse employed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority he had taken “nerve pills.” However, he was never sent to a civilian hospital’s poison control centre for a check.It’s been a long journey for the LeBlanc family, who are finally hearing how all of this unfolded.Heavily censored investigation reports said errors occurred, but left “the family with more questions than answers” on the details, according to the review provided to The Canadian Press. It said the Nova Scotia Health Authority initially provided the LeBlancs with limited information about his treatment in the jail clinic, causing them further frustration.The family pursued the restorative justice route at the suggestion of their lawyer Michael Dull, accepting an undisclosed financial settlement at the outset in return for guarantees they wouldn’t refresh the legal action after hearing from staff.Some of the ideas emerged directly from the discussions, such as the $2,000 per year bursary dedicated to Jason.“It’s a way of keeping Jason’s memory alive,” the senior LeBlanc said.Plans to install X-ray body scanners and a system for assessing and tracking prisoners with opioid addictions were already in place in separate processes before the LeBlanc’s restorative justice case.However, Sean Kelly, executive director of Correctional Services, said the restorative process overseen by Dalhousie University professor Jennifer Llewellyn went from a time when there was “a wall of mistrust,” to a point where it shows promise for use in other cases.“I’d have to say it was transformative. It’s one of those things where you have to be there to truly experience it and see how meaningful it is to the participants,” he said in an interview.Devin Maxwell, a lawyer who represents the family of a 23-year-old man who died from an overdose in a Halifax provincial jail, said that while he supports restorative justice, he’s concerned the province’s jail system needs deeper reforms.He said the family of Clayton Cromwell, who overdosed in his cell in 2014 while awaiting a court appearance, has been offered a “take-it-or-leave-it” damage settlement that is inadequate compensation.“There is a serious problem in the prison system in this province. My impression is they think they’re doing all kinds of great things to make the system better, but it remains broken,” he said.The report also notes that from the outset of the case, the involvement of the health authority has been a problem, as it claimed health privacy laws limit its requirements to talk about the cases.“Privacy issues prevented a joint or integrated investigation of the events surrounding Jason’s death,” says the report. “It remains an issue that will require further consideration in terms of its implications for future processes.”Still, Ernie LeBlanc said he feels a civil damage settlement and never learning the details of his son’s final day would have been far worse.“I wanted to do it my way, the way I felt. I was doing it for Jason — for Jason and for me to get the answers I couldn’t get.”—Follow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

The Elders Urge Zimbabwe To Cease The Violence

first_imgThe Elders today call on all parties in Zimbabwe to show restraint and calm as the country decides its future.Led by Kofi Annan, The Elders condemn the violence and tragic deaths that followed the 30 July vote.Following a pre-election visit to Harare in July to encourage a free, fair and transparent process*, The Elders urge all political parties to publicly recommit and adhere to the Peace Pledge signed on 26 June, refrain from violence and its incitement, and confine any challenge to the election result to the due process of law.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, the Kofi Annan Foundation and Nobel Peace laureate, said:“The scenes of violence that have erupted in parts of the country after the election are completely unacceptable. We call on all those responsible to step back from the brink, and give the people of Zimbabwe the opportunity of a peaceful transition to democracy.“The election process must be completed fairly, freely, and with the utmost transparency. Nothing other than the democratic will of the people should be allowed to determine the future of Zimbabwe.”The Elders commend the Zimbabwean citizens who voted peacefully in huge numbers, making this one of the largest voter turnouts in Zimbabwe’s history.The Elders welcome President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announcement of an independent investigation into the violence in Harare on 1 August and urge him to make every effort to curtail any further excessive use of force by the armed forces. The Elders also welcome the statement of the International Election Observation Mission condemning the violence and encouraging all sides to show restraint.Furthermore, The Elders call on the MDC Alliance and all opposition parties to promote peaceful engagement, await the announcement of official results, and to use the courts and legal channels to air any grievances regarding the electoral process.The Elders also appeal to the armed forces to remain neutral during these testing times, and allow the police authorities to manage issues of public order.Mary Robinson, Elder, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said:“We are deeply saddened by the scenes of violence that have followed the largely peaceful voting in Zimbabwe.“Whatever the facts of the election result, it is clear there has been a significant breakdown of trust in the process across Zimbabwe. The country’s political leaders and its military must lead by example by demonstrating restraint, respecting due process, and appealing in the firmest terms for calm.“The Elders urge all those who seek a peaceful and prosperous Zimbabwe to return to meaningful dialogue and put the long-term future of the country and its citizens centre stage.”last_img read more

HGTV CANADAS REAL ESTATE EXPERT RISKS IT ALL FOR BIG REWARDS IN

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment New episodes of Buyers Bootcamp with Scott McGillivray will be available On Demand and at HGTV.ca each week after broadcast. Later this spring, catch Scott as he returns for Season 3 of HGTV Canada’s Home To Win, premiering Sunday, April 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Buyers Bootcamp with Scott McGillivray is produced by McGillivray Entertainment in association with Corus Entertainment’s HGTV Canada and Scripps Networks Interactive..HGTV Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPR  Watch full episodes and see exclusive content at hgtv.caFollow HGTV Canada on Twitter @hgtvcanada and Facebook at Facebook.com/hgtv.ca#BuyersBootcamp Advertisement TORONTO, Canada – Investment property specialist, Scott McGillivray, is taking his passion to the next level by teaming up with renovation rookies for the opportunity of a lifetime in the new Canadian original series Buyers Bootcamp with Scott McGillivray (10×60). Premiering Sunday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT onHGTV Canada, the series follows Scott as he works with first-time house flippers and invests his own money and expertise to renovate rundown homes. Along with his new partners, Scott will work night and day to get each renovation completed on time and on budget. If they succeed, they split the profits, and if they fail, they fail together.After years of successfully transforming properties into income-generators, this time Scott is offering his knowledge to newbies in a high stakes, real-life training ground. In each episode, Scott tours two potential partners’ homes to identify what needs to be done to earn top dollar when it hits the market. Scott takes into account the total budget, the time required, as well as the skills and sweat-equity each homeowner can offer. Once the partner is selected, Scott puts his money where his mouth is and personally invests in the project. He then leads the charge in tackling the renovation, giving his new partners invaluable hands-on lessons to successfully overhaul a home in time for an open house.CIBC continues its five-year partnership with HGTV Canada and Scott McGillivray as the series’ exclusive sponsor. The financial institution will provide viewers with helpful tips on how they can make the most of their own home investments through digital content on the series’ website and weekly videos posted on HGTV Canada’s social media platforms, in addition to organic integrations throughout the show. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Neymar banned for 3 CL matches over referee insult

first_imgLausanne: Neymar was suspended for three Champions League matches by UEFA on Friday for insulting match officials following Paris Saint-Germain’s shock Champions League loss to Manchester United. The Brazil star missed the 3-1 second leg last 16 defeat on March 6 through injury, but told match officials “to go fuck yourselves” on social media after watching on from the sidelines at the Parc des Princes. Neymar was found guilty of “insulting/molesting acts against match official”, European football’s governing body announced in a statement.last_img read more

UNP will not recognise new Leader of the House

He said that a majority of the members of Parliament have already signed and submitted a motion to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya saying the prorogation of Parliament and appointment of a new Leader of the House was unconstitutional. United National Party Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella was earlier the Leader of the House. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) says it will not recognize the new Leader of the House.UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the appointment of Dinesh Gunawardena as the new Leader of the House was not legally valid. Political parties in the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had decided today to appoint Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena as the new Leader of the House.Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that the decision to appoint Gunawardena was taken at a meeting held between political parties represented in the Government at the Prime Minister’s office today. As a result, he says the UNP will not accept or recognise the Leader of the House appointed by the United People’s Freedom Alliance. read more

Florida lieutenant governor resigns 57 others charged in gambling scandal involving charity

by Mike Schneider, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2013 6:42 pm MDT Florida lieutenant governor resigns, 57 others charged in gambling scandal involving charity ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida’s lieutenant governor resigned and nearly 60 other people were charged in a scandal involving a purported veterans charity that authorities said Wednesday was a front for a $300 million gambling operation.The organization, Allied Veterans of the World, runs nearly 50 Internet parlours with computerized slot machine-style games, which have come under scrutiny in Florida but are in a grey legal area.Even so, investigators said the charity was a fraud and executives gave precious little to veterans while lavishing millions on themselves, spending it on boats, beachfront condos and Maseratis, Ferraris and Porsches.Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi called the alleged scam “callous” and “despicable” and said it “insults every American who ever wore a military uniform.”Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll was not among those charged but resigned a day after she was questioned by investigators.The public relations firm she co-owned, 3 N&JC, did work for St. Augustine-based Allied Veterans. A Navy veteran who served in the Gulf War, Carroll also appeared in a TV ad in 2011 promoting the organization’s work on behalf of veterans and their families.Authorities refused to discuss any ties between the 53-year-old Republican and the investigation. Her aides had no comment.Carroll said in a statement Wednesday that neither she nor the public relations firm was targeted in the probe, and she stepped down so that her ties to the organization would not be a distraction for Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s administration.The investigation involved 57 arrest warrants and 54 search warrants issued in Florida and five other states: South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Nevada and Pennsylvania. As of midafternoon, 49 people had been arrested. Allied Veterans’ 49 parlours in Florida were raided and shut down.Authorities said they seized about 300 bank accounts containing $64.7 million, as well as sports cars and other property.Bondi said that when charges are formally filed next week they will include racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and possession of slot machines.“It is shameful that Allied Veterans of the World allegedly attempted to use the guise of charitable organization to help veterans in order to lend credibility to this $300 million gambling scheme,” she said.A telephone number listed for Allied Veterans was disconnected. Emails to an address on the group’s website were not returned. The address Allied listed as its headquarters appeared abandoned, the long, grey cinder-block building bare inside.Gerald Bailey, commissioner of Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement, said the arrests are only the first wave of the investigation and the second wave will look at the “large sums” of money spent on lobbying and donations to political campaigns. He would not give details.Allied Veterans was founded in 1979 and evolved from a charitable organization that ran bingo games and held bake sales for veterans to a group suspected of widespread illegal gambling around Florida, according to an Internal Revenue Service affidavit. The IRS pronounced the charity a fraud.One of those arrested, Jacksonville lawyer Kelly Mathis, was identified by authorities as the mastermind of the scheme. He allegedly made about $6 million from the operation.A woman who answered the phone at Mathis’ law firm said no one was available to talk about his arrest.From 2007 to early 2012, investigators said, they found evidence of nearly $6 million in what appear to be charitable donations by Allied Veterans. That was only about 2 per cent of the more than $290 million made from gambling during that period, they said.Most of the money went to for-profit companies and the operators of Allied Veterans, authorities said.To play games at one of the Internet cafes, a customer gets a prepaid card and then goes to a computer. The games, with spinning wheels similar to slot machines, have names such as “Captain Cash,” ”Lucky Shamrocks” and “Money Bunny.” Winners go back to a cashier with their cards and cash out.Each of the locations had rows of computers and a big sign that read: “This is not a gaming establishment.” On the walls were photos of company executives making donations and letters of recognition from some of the charities that supposedly benefited.Prosecutions of similar electronic gaming parlours have had mixed results in Florida courts, with owners saying they fall under a sweepstakes law, much like a fast-food restaurant’s contest. Prosecutors have said they are slot machines, which are illegal except at the South Florida horse and dog tracks and American Indian casinos.In Anadarko, Okla., the owner of International Internet Technologies, a company accused of supplying the cafes with software, was arrested along with his wife. Chase Egan Burns, 37, and Kristin Burns, 38, face charges including racketeering and conspiracy.International Internet Technologies made $63 million from the Florida operation from 2007 to 2010, according to the IRS.“What we do is legal,” Chase Burns told The Oklahoman on Monday.Carroll served 20 years in the Navy, working as a jet mechanic before retiring as a lieutenant commander. She was elected Florida’s first black lieutenant governor in 2010, winning office as Scott’s running mate. She is also a former executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.A married mother of three, Carroll has a son who plays for the Miami Dolphins.Carroll became embroiled in a short-lived scandal last year when a fired staffer claimed that she walked in on Carroll and a female aide in a compromising position. Carroll denied that.She became the brunt of late-night talk show hosts after she told a TV station that black women who look like her “don’t engage in relationships like that.” She later apologized for any implication that black lesbians are unattractive.___Associated Press writers Curt Anderson and Kelli Kennedy in Miami; Jeff Donn in Plymouth, Mass.; Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Fla.; and Tim Talley in Anadarko, Okla., contributed to this story. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Braxton Miller sits in OSUs victory against Toledo

It seems Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell has made his decision about who his starting quarterback is. Senior quarterback Joe Bauserman was under center for the entire game against Toledo on Saturday afternoon. True freshman quarterback Braxton Miller did not see a single snap. With OSU’s back up against the wall, trailing to Toledo in the second quarter, Fickell opted to go with the senior instead of the freshman in the game. Fickell said after the game that the game plan was to have Miller play in the second quarter. “We were going to use him, we had a plan maybe to be in that second quarter, very similar to last week,” Fickell said. “It just didn’t work out the way we had probably planned it in our head, and we’ll continue to move forward.” Bauserman did not play to the standards he set for himself last week, passing for 189 yards and a touchdown. He completed just more than 50 percent of his passes, but did not turn the ball over. “I want to get back and look at the film. There were a lot of throwaways down there,” Bauserman said. “Maybe I could have squeezed them in, but most important thing is no turnovers.” Fickell described the decision to not play Miller as a gut decision. “It’s just one of those gut decisions you’ve got to make out there,” Fickell said. “We’ve made some changes defensively that we had planned that maybe we were going to go with, and things just weren’t going the way we had them planned.” While Miller has the play-making ability that comes with a running quarterback, clearly Fickell will look to rely on the experience of the senior. When asked about the added pressure that comes with being the starting quarterback, Bauserman said that he expects to be the guy to go out there and play. “I expect to be in until they tell me not to be,” Bauserman said. “Got to be ready.” Bauserman talked about Miller’s attitude on the sideline during the game. “You’re always going to be frustrated when you’re not playing.” Bauserman said. “He came here to play… He’s learning and he’s got to be ready.” Bauserman said that regardless of who is going to be quarterback, he’s always got to be ready to play. Fickell has decided, without saying it, that Bauserman is his quarterback. “It shows that I have consistency and leadership,” Bauserman said. “If you don’t have the confidence, you can’t do that.” read more

Sommet de Copenhague un échec à 1000 milliards de dollars

first_imgSommet de Copenhague : un échec à 1.000 milliards de dollars ?A moins d’un mois de l’ouverture de la conférence internationale sur le climat de Cancun, l’Agence internationale de l’énergie (AIE) pointe du doigt le très coûteux échec du sommet de Copenhague. Une conférence sur la lutte contre le changement climatique, qui n’avait abouti qu’à un semblant d’accord non contraignant et ne précisant pas les moyens de parvenir à une hausse limite du réchauffement de la planète de 2°C.Dans son rapport annuel sur les perspectives énergétiques mondiales, l’AIE estime à quelque 1.000 milliards de dollars le coût de l’échec de Copenhague. Dans son rapport de 2009, publié juste avant le sommet sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, l’agence concluait à la nécessité d’investissements supplémentaires d’un montant de 10.500 milliards de dollars, et ce jusqu’en 2030, pour infléchir les politiques énergétiques et éviter les pires scénarios redoutés par les experts du climat.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Cette année, alors que plus personne ne croit en la possibilité d’un véritable accord lors de la conférence qui s’ouvrira au Mexique à la fin du mois, l’AIE évalue à 11.600 milliards de dollars d’ici les vingt prochaines années, les dépenses supplémentaires nécessaires, soit plus de 1.000 milliards de plus que les estimations de l’année dernière.A l’issue du Sommet de Copenhague, une poignée de dirigeants avaient obtenu à la dernière minute la signature d’un accord non contraignant qui se contentait de suivre l’avis des climatologues en fixant à 2°C la limite du réchauffement global de la planète à ne pas dépasser. Respecter cet objectif nécessiterait selon l’AIE, “une transformation profonde du système énergétique mondial”. Or pour l’instant, les engagements de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre annoncés par les Etats présents à Copenhague, ne sont dans l’ensemble pas à la hauteur de l’objectif. Pour ne pas dépasser la limite des 2°C, seule “une impulsion politique phénoménale” représenterait un réel espoir, conclut l’agence.Le 11 novembre 2010 à 15:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

LIran atil réussi à isoler le virus Flame

first_imgL’Iran a-t-il réussi à isoler le virus Flame ?Selon le ministre de l’Information et des Technologies de Communication, l’Iran disposerait d’un outil de détection permettant d’isoler le virus Flame.Le gouvernement iranien aurait trouvé une parade au virus Flame. En effet, selon le ministre iranien de l’Information et des Technologies de Communication, “des outils destinés à reconnaître et supprimer ce malware ont été développés”. Ce dernier a également ajouté “nous les mettons à disposition des entreprises iraniennes dès aujourd’hui.”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les autorités iraniennes n’ont pas donné davantage de précisions, ce qui ne rassurera donc pas les sceptiques. La société qui a permis mis en évidence le virus, Kaspersky, avait pour sa part indiqué qu’il contenait beaucoup de lignes de code, bien davantage que Stuxnet par exemple.Pour l’Iran, principale victime de ce programme malveillant, ce dernier serait l’œuvre des États-Unis et Israël. Une accusation que n’avait pas démenti le ministre israélien des Affaires stratégiques et vice-premier ministre, Moshé Yaalon, mardi. Il invoquait alors une mesure de protection face à la menace nucléaire iranienne. Le 30 mai 2012 à 20:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pokémon Go Event Tasks Players With Catching 3 Billion Pokémon

first_img Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Thanksgiving is nearly here. Many of us in the United States will no doubt gain a few extra pounds after stuffing our faces with delicious food. Thankfully, there’s a way to lose some of that excess fat. Niantic has just put out a Pokémon Go challenge that’ll keep folks busy during the long Thanksgiving weekend. Surely, catching a total of three billion Pokémon will help folks get back into shape.The Global Catch Challenge is already underway and runs until November 26. Players from around the world must capture a total of three billion digital monsters. If they do, they can expect to receive prizes of double XP, more spawns, and double Stardust. On top of that, during a 48-hour period, all players have the opportunity to catch the rare duck Pokémon, Farfetch’d. This is a big deal considering how Farfetch’d was originally only available in East Asia.We’re on a quest to catch 3 billion Pokémon in one week, and we’re going to need your help! #PokemonGOtravel https://t.co/FQBdz4ModD https://t.co/A4zo3W2g5h— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) November 19, 2017Collectively catching three billion Pokémon is not an easy task. It is entirely possible players will not reach this goal. If they don’t, they’re still in for some prizes. At $500 million, users will receive double XP and additional spawns. At 1.5 billion catches, they will get those extras plus double Stardust. According to GamingBolt, if players do not trigger the exclusive Pokémon, there is a chance they can trade with a local friend eventually.As someone who has covered Pokémon Go since the beginning, it’s interesting to see folks still playing it. Though the media buzz surrounding the mobile game has quieted, the game hasn’t gone anywhere. Niantic certainly does a great job of updating the title with new events and features. It’s likely we’ll get a Christmas-themed event so stay tuned for news on that.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Facial Recognition Helps Astronomers Understand Galaxies

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Facial recognition isn’t just for, well, faces: The machine learning method has shown promise in helping astronomers analyze images of galaxies.Using mock Hubble Space Telescope snapshots, researchers trained a deep learning system to recognize key phases of galaxy evolution.When shown a large set of actual Hubble photos to classify, the neural network showed a “remarkable” level of consistency.“We were not expecting it to be all that successful. I’m amazed at how powerful this is,” University of California Santa Cruz professor Joel Primack said in a statement. “We know the simulations have limitations, so we don’t want to make too strong a claim. But we don’t think this is just a lucky fluke.”Deep learning has widely been applied to facial ID and other image- and speech-recognition applications. But it is also surprisingly good at classifying real galaxies in photos.Star systems are notoriously complex, changing appearance as they evolve; following the evolution of an individual galaxy over time is possible only in simulations.In a new study, published recently by Astrophysical Journal, the researchers explored whether deep learning can detect a phenomenon known as “blue nugget.”Turns out it can.Described as the process of young, hot stars emitting short “blue” wavelengths, the BN phase was spotted by the computer program in simulated and observational data. “It may be that in a certain size range, galaxies have just the right mass for this physical process to occur,” co-author David Koo, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, said.The benefits of machine learning in astronomy are countless.“Deep learning looks for patterns, and the machine can see patterns that are so complex that we humans don’t see them,” Koo continued. “We want to do a lot more testing of this approach, but in this proof-of-concept study, the machine seemed to successfully find in the data the different stages of galaxy evolution identified in the simulations.”And this is just the start. As large survey projects and new telescopes contribute to a growing pile of observational data, deep learning methods will become powerful tools for interpretation.“This is the beginning of a very exciting time for using advanced artificial intelligence in astronomy,” Koo added.last_img read more

Jurors in wrongful death trial to continue deliberations Wednesday

first_img KUSI Newsroom, April 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJurors in the Coronado Mansion wrongful death trial have gone home for the day after a first-day of deliberations.The lawsuit filed by Rebecca Zahau’s family claims she was killed by her boyfriend’s brother Adam Shacknai, although officials say she committed suicide.The trial began last month.Since then, the jury heard details of autopsy reports, forensic exams and the testimony of 29 different witnesses.The defense attorney said there is no evidence that links Shacknai to her death.While the prosecution says they want justice for Zahau.Caitlin Rother, author and journalist, has been following the case closely and joined KUSI with more. Posted: April 3, 2018 Updated: 8:43 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom Jurors in wrongful death trial to continue deliberations Wednesday Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Caitlin Rother, Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police detain man involved in Miami neighbor dispute

first_imgUPDATE: The scene has been cleared & a subject who matched the description has been detained. https://t.co/qRbaOuuiiM— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) June 23, 2018Just after 8 p.m., police tweeted out that they took into custody a man who matched the subject’s description.Officials did not specify whether or not the subject was actually armed. Police continue to investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police have detained a man who reportedly may have been armed, in connection to an altercation with a neighbor in Miami.According to City of Miami Police, the argument sparked along Flagler Street, between Northwest 20th and 21st avenues on Friday.Friday evening, police tweeted out a description of the subject. Investigators said he is bald, stands between 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and has a goatee.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Grey Worm pops up in Pete Davidsons SNL rap

first_img Angela Lang/CNET Amazon 187 Photos Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Post a comment Boost Mobile $155 at Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos TV and Movies $59 at eBay TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 0 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Chris Monroe/CNET Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sprint Rylo See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Game of Thrones,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read Google Home Hub review $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It See at Amazon The Cheapskate $60 at Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See it 57 Photos Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read the AirPods review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $210 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780)center_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $6 at Tidal Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $299 at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice See It $999 Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 After eight heart-pounding seasons, Game of Thrones ends Sunday, and it seems everyone wants to get in on the farewell. On Saturday Night Live this week, Pete Davidson starts rapping as if the HBO fantasy hit was his favorite show. The problem is, he supposedly has never seen the show, thinks it involves Muggles, and doesn’t recognize Jacob Anderson, the actor who plays Grey Worm, when he suddenly shows up.Caught up in his big lie, Davidson switches to rapping about a show he supposedly does love and unrolls a tribute to Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie. Stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda make an appearance. SNL musical guest DJ Khaled and host Paul Rudd get involved, and well, you have to see it to appreciate it.The real Game of Thrones wraps up Sunday night on HBO. Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the Rylo camera preview What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500.last_img read more

Facebook Valued At 104 As Public Trading Set To Begin Shares Priced

first_imgFacebook raised $16 billion in the largest initial public offering (IPO) by a technology company in history as it increased the price of its offering to $38 per share on Thursday. The social media giant’s valuation shot up to about $104 billion before public trading begins Friday on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker symbol FB.The mega valuation catapulted Facebook into the big league and its IPO even exceeded the $15.8 billion raised by General Motors in 2008. But it fell short of $17.9 billion raised by Visa the same year, IPO tracker Renaissance Capital noted.The California-based company has hired 33 underwriters for the offering, including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. Around 337 million were initially decided to begin trading at a price range of $28 to $35. But Facebook on Wednesday raised the number of shares almost 25 percent to 421 million due to overwhelming demand.Selling stockholders have accorded underwriters the right to purchase an additional 63,185,042 shares within 30 days should stock demand exceed supply. Shareholders will receive a major chunk of the IPO settlement at 60 percent, said the Wall Street Journal.Major investors include Accel Partners and Russian-based Digital Sky Technologies, both holding a significant stake in Facebook. Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital are also among the top stakeholders.”We do expect strong investor demand for Facebook as we are seeing great interest in the company from our institutional and private wealth clients,” Cyrus Pirasteh, managing director and head of equity trading, technologies and operations at Wedbush Securities said according to Reuters. “While we do not expect a frenzy, we think there will be a strong open and for the stock to rise significantly in the first few days of trading.”Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is expected to ring a bell remotely from Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters to mark the official opening of trading at Nasdaq exchange in New York’s Time Square.The 28-year-old founder owns 57 percent, or 533.8 million shares, giving him a fortune worth $20.3 billion, the Wall Street Journal said.Amid the excitement surrounding the IPO, Facebook is also faced with several challenges including profit generation capabilities and revenue growth on mobile platforms. These concerns have worried investors, particularly since the company reported a revenue drop in the first quarter.Though the social networking giant has as many as 900 million members on its platform, only about $5 is generated per user, which meant the company earned only $1 billion in profits last year, according to the BBC.”Facebook will need to generate annual revenue of $30bn-$40bn in order to justify the likely valuation of the business,” Victor Basta at Magister Advisors was quoted saying to the BBC.”This is a tenfold increase over the revenues that it currently generates. The question is where from?”last_img read more

Meghan Markle and Prince Harrys misstep in dealing with Prince William and

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry may have offended Prince William and Kate Middleton. Prince Harry’s comments on having only two children as an environmentally conscious move may have inadvertently insulted his brother.Meghan Markle and Prince Harry “really annoyed” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with recent remarks about their plans for the future of their family, according to a royal expert, leaving commentators to question whether there was “tension” between the royal couples.There have been reports of an alleged feud brewing between the Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge, and it looks like Prince Harry’s recent comments may have re-ignited that alleged feud.Speaking about the claims that the Vogue issue having angered the Duchess of Cambridge, royal commentator and chief correspondent for E! News, Melanie Bromley, questioned whether there was really “tension” between Kate and Meghan, amid suggestions the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have delayed their trip to Balmoral, until the Duke and Duchess of Sussex return home.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesSpeaking on E! News, Ms. Bromley said: “Every year the Queen invites members of the Royal Family to stay at her Scottish estate, this year it’s no different. But this year there is one expert claiming William and Kate may have delayed their Balmoral trip because they don’t want to have a run-in with Harry and Meghan.”The September issue of Vogus and Prince Harry’s comments seemed to have caused quite the stir. She added: “So is there really more tension between William and Kate and Harry and Meghan? Or is this the case of normal stress that comes from trying to schedule a family vacation? Honestly when is planning a holiday not chaotic.”Now, Prince Harry and Prince William may have their differences, but they are still brothers. An errant comment may create some tension between them, but in the long run, it does seem like they will work it out. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

UK parliament sinks Mays Brexit deal again

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May speaks in the Parliament in London, Britain, 29 March, 2019 in this screen grab taken from video. Photo: ReutersLawmakers rejected prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time on Friday, sounding its probable death knell and leaving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in turmoil on the very day it was supposed to leave the bloc.The decision to reject a stripped-down version of May’s divorce deal has left it totally unclear how, when or even whether Britain will leave the EU, and plunges the three-year Brexit crisis to a deeper level of uncertainty.After a special sitting of parliament, lawmakers voted 344-286 against May’s 585-page EU Withdrawal Agreement, agreed after two years of tortuous negotiations with the bloc.Within minutes of the vote, European Council President and summit chair Donald Tusk said EU leaders would meet on 10 April to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc.The EU executive, the Commission, said that “a ‘no-deal’ scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario”,May had told parliament the vote was the last opportunity to ensure Brexit would take place. She cautioned that if the deal failed, then any further delay to Brexit would probably be a long one beyond 12 April.”I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House,” May told parliament after the defeat. “The implications of the House’s decision are grave.””The legal default now is that the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 12th April,” she said.The British pound, which has been buoyed in recent weeks by hopes that the likelihood of an abrupt ‘no-deal’ Brexit is receding, fell half a per cent after May lost, to as low as $1.2977.THIRD FAILUREIt was a third failure for May, who had offered on Wednesday to resign if the deal passed, in a bid to win over eurosceptic rebels in her Conservative Party who support a more decisive break with the EU than the divorce her deal offers.It leaves May’s Brexit strategy in tatters. With no majority in parliament for any Brexit option so far, it is unclear what May will now do. Options include asking the EU for a long delay, parliament forcing an election, or a “no-deal” exit.French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking as parliament voted, said the EU needed to accelerate no-deal planning.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told reporters: “One of the two routes to an orderly Brexit seems now to be closed. This leaves only the other route, which is for the British to make clear what they want before 12 April.””The risk of a no-deal Brexit is very real,” he said.May’s deal had twice been rejected by huge margins this year and, although she was able to win over many Conservative rebels, a hard core of eurosceptics and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her minority government, refused to back it.Next Monday, lawmakers who have tried to grab control of the process will attempt to agree on an alternative Brexit plan that could command majority cross-party support in parliament, something largely unheard-of in Britain’s political system.NEXT DEADLINE LOOMSThe defeat means Britain now has under two weeks to convince the 27 capitals of the EU that it has an alternative path out of the impasse, or see itself cast out of the bloc from that date with no deal on post-Brexit ties with its largest trading ally.Many eurosceptics see this as their preferred option but businesses say it would cause huge damage not only to the world’s fifth-biggest economy, but also to that of neighbouring Ireland.However, any further extension would not only require Britain to take part in European Parliament elections in May, but also bring months of fresh uncertainty.A second referendum could then be in play, although many lawmakers believe the most likely outcome and only way to solve the crisis will be a snap election.The 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU revealed a United Kingdom divided over many more issues, and has provoked impassioned debate about everything from secession and immigration to capitalism, empire and what it means to be British.Meanwhile the uncertainty around Brexit, the United Kingdom’s most significant political and economic move since World War Two, has left allies and investors aghast.Opponents fear Brexit will make Britain poorer and divide the West as it grapples with both the unconventional US presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russia and China.Supporters say that, while the divorce might bring some short-term instability, in the longer term it will allow the United Kingdom to thrive if cut free from what they cast as a doomed attempt to forge European unity.last_img

A Visit To Houstons Himalaya Pakistani And Indian Food With Deep Texas

first_imgSamantha Balaban/NPRChef Kaiser Lashkari greeted NPR to his restaurant, Himalaya, with a spread including garlic naan, butter naan and saag paneer. His restaurant has become an institution in multi-ethnic Houston.Just off a Houston freeway, in a strip mall with an Indian tailor and South Asian grocery store, is a small restaurant with an out-size reputation. It’s called Himalaya and its chef and owner is a Houston institution.Chef Kaiser Lashkari is a large man with a bushy salt-and-pepper mustache. He’s constantly in motion — greeting clients, inspecting steaming dishes carried by busy waiters, calling out to his wife overseeing the kitchen. He offers us food before we’ve even sat down.“Let’s feed you first, that’s what we are all about, to put a smile on your face with good food,” he says.That food has made this humble eatery among the best restaurants in the city, topping the lists of every Houston publication and more recently, after a visit from Anthony Bourdain in 2016, the country.Creamy chai is set on the table then vegetable fritters, and spicy samosas. “Just grab it Indian style with your hands,” Lashkari advises. “No formalities. All fat-free, sugar-free, cholesterol-free and zero calories. Most of it is doctor recommended for weight loss.” He is a gregarious host.“If I was not a chef, I would have been a part-time stand-up comic I think,” he says.Lashkari grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and studied medicine. He was three and half years into medical school when he told his parents, “This is not where my heart is,” he says. “And they thought I had flipped my noodle. Because everybody, every Indian and Pakistani parent in the ’80s, wanted their kid to either become a doctor, lawyer or engineer. Nobody had heard of being a chef. I broke my parents heart by not becoming a doctor.”Peter Breslow/NPRLashkari gives us a tour of his kitchen. He’s known for some of the best Pakistani and Indian food in Houston. His cooking borrows happily from other cultures.But Lashkari’s heart was in cooking. He moved to America, got his masters’ degree from The Conrad N. Hilton School of Hospitality at the University of Houston and settled in the city. At first, he was mostly catering Indian weddings, and then 14 years ago he gambled everything on this place.“When we came here in 2004, I had 11 hundred dollars in the bank,” he says. This was a Colombian restaurant that we bought over.”He kept a painting of a traditional Latin Market market scene, with a tiny cross perched on an archway. It dominates the whole wall.“This is the story,” Lashkari explains. ” In Islam, you can’t remove a picture that has a cross in it. That was my wife’s understanding. … And she said. ‘Don’t ever remove this.’ And this restaurant became very lucky for us. We, from being hand to mouth, we became self-sufficient, so this proved to be a lucky painting. Plus, this was a colorful painting and it was all we could afford at the time. So we want to keep it and we want to keep the cross as long as I’m alive and kicking.”Peter Breslow/NPRLashkari went to medical school in Pakistan for several years before realizing his true passion was cooking. He’s shown here with his wife, Azra Babar Lashkari.It’s a sign of how so many communities have built Houston into what it is today — influencing each other, melding into something unique. Lakshari has applied that to the dishes he serves: His signature chicken curry, cooked in huge metal pots in his sweltering fragrant kitchen, is made with Mexican tomatillos and cilantro. It’s incredibly delicious and we ate that along with the best sag paneer, an Indian spinach and cheese dish, that I’ve ever tasted.“We do a lot of fusion right now,” the chef says. “This restaurant is famous for its fried chicken. It’s fried the Southern way, but the raw chicken is marinated with Indian spices. My white gravy is made with cashew nuts and almonds and coconut. So it looks like a white gravy of a chicken fried steak, but it’s different.” Think of it as Pakistani and Indian food with deep Texas roots.Lashkari says you can trace Houston’s transformation into one of America’s most diverse cities through its food scene – “more ethnic restaurants coming onto the scene, more Vietnamese restaurants, more Arabic restaurants, more Japanese restaurants, more Chinese restaurants. Besides that, there has been a great influx of Indian and Pakistani population. So yes, things have changed. One thing hasn’t changed: I still don’t like Sloppy Joes.”When asked about talk that he’s thinking of retiring, Lashkari paraphrases Al Pacino’s famous line in The Godfather: Part III: “Every time he wants to quit the mafia business, ‘they pull me in.’ Every time I want to retire, some customer comes in and tells me how much he enjoyed the food. And there I am, back to the drawing board, trying to think of something new to make and put on the menu.”But if he doesn’t retire? “Part of me wants to open a second place where everything is Indian- and Pakistani-style — hamburgers, Indian- and Pakistani-style fried chicken, pizza. I’ve already done some tacos, some tamales with the Indian spices. So, the sky’s the limit. As long as there are other ethnic foods to draw from, I’ll be busy.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Girl goes missing after falling into river at Haroa

first_imgKolkata: A girl went missing after falling into river Bidyadhari at Haroa in North 24-Parganas. The incident took place on Wednesday. Police said that the girl was playing on the bank of the river with her sister and another boy, who is her neighbour. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the girl had slipped and accidentally fell into the river when she went to take water from the river. The two others also jumped into the river to save her. But none of them could return to the bank due to the high tide. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome boatmen found them crying for help and took necessary steps to save them from getting washed away by the high tide. The boatmen managed to rescue two of them with one remaining missing. The police were informed about the matter. Policemen from the local police station went to the spot and initiated rescue work. Later, officers of the Disaster Management Group (DMG) also stepped into action and took all necessary measures to find the girl. Many people gathered at the bank of the river when they came to know about the incident.last_img read more

Russian court rules people living with HIV can adopt children

first_imgRussia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that people living with HIV (PLHIV) can adopt children. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The court ruled that a person – of either sex – who already had children already living with them could adopt them regardless of the adult’s HIV status. But the ban would still apply to PLHIV trying to adopt children from an orphanage.A couple brought the case to the court after multiple authorities refused to allow them to adopt their surrogate child. They refused because the adoptive mother was living with HIV.Authorities told the couple allowing the adoption ‘would not match the interests of the child’.But the court ruled it was unconstitutional to ban PLHIV from adopting children. The court ruled HIV/AIDS was not a threat because it ‘cannot be transmitted by the mere presence of a person with HIV’.The Moscow Times newspaper argued the court ruling comes amidst efforts in Russia to reduce stigma around HIV. It said the decision comes as part of ‘of a broader state strategy to combat the epidemic and reduce stigma’. GAYSTARNEWS- ‘Russia’s strategy to eradicate HIV focuses on working with at-risk groups, spreading awareness and fighting discrimination,’ it wrote.What about same-sex couples?Despite its efforts to combat the worsening HIV epidemic, Russia still banned a HIV information website aimed at men who have sex with men under its ‘gay propaganda’ law.The new adoption laws will also not extend to same-sex couples.In 2014, Russia banned the adoptions of children to people in countries that recognize same-sex marriage.‘Adoptions can be carried out by members of either sex with the exception of… people in a union of two people of the same sex that has been registered as a married according to the legislation of their country… and also unmarried people in such countries,’ the decree reads.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Australian doctors to tell HIV patients that ‘undetectable=untransmissible’Russia takes woman’s kids away ‘because she’s transgender and gay’Lambda Legal’s Omar Gonzalez Named to LGBT Bar Association’s List of Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/russian-court-rules-people-living-with-hiv-can-adopt-children/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… People living with HIV are now allowed to adopt children in Russia. | Photo: Flickr/Patrik Nygrenlast_img read more