Tripura newspapers publish blank editorials to protest killing of journalist

first_imgA number of newspapers in Tripura on Thursday published blank editorials as a sign of protest following the death of a senior journalist, Sudip Datta Bhowmik, near Agartala on November 21. The journalist worked for daily Syandan Patrika and also contributed to local television channel News Vanguard. His death occurred nearly two months after the murder of a young television journalist, Santanu Bhowmik. Reports said a Tripura State Rifles trooper shot dead Sudip Datta Bhowmik from point-blank range just outside the office of Commandant Tapan Debbarma at around 11.30 a.m. Surprisingly, the journalist was taken to GB Pant Hospital in Tripura at around 2.30 p.m where doctors declared him brought dead. Syandan Patrika, Dainik Sambad, and Tripura Darpan are among the newspapers who published blank editorials on Thursday. Using editorial space to register protestEarlier on Tuesday, prominent newspapers in Manipur left their editorial columns blank following an incident when the BJP’s youth wing burned down copies of vernacular newspaper Poknapham in front of the BJP’s party office at Nityapat Chuthek. Read moreFive Nagaland newspapers were published with blank editorial space in November 2015, to protest what they termed an effort by the Assam Rifles to suppress freedom of the media in the State. Rajasthan Patrika on November 16 this year, left its editorial blank with a thick black border to register its strong opposition to the controversial criminal law ordinance of the Vasundhara Raje government that puts restrictions on the media and gives protection to public servants.Also, during the Emergency The Indian Express carried a blank editorial in protest against the censorship of the press.last_img read more

‘Surprised’ Paul Desiderio excited to join Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas at NLEX

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Sa amin na ‘to (This belongs to us),” said Guiao before announcing Desiderio as the fourth overall pick, and this intro sent shivers, and pressure, to the new Road Warrior.“I was surprised really because I didn’t expect that I’d be picked ahead of the other guys,” said Desiderio in Filipino. “I’m just so blessed that I’m going to NLEX and my goal right now is to not disappoint coach Yeng.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Fighting Maroons used Desiderio’s “Atin to!” shout back in the opening game of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament into their mantra during the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals.Desiderio, who graduated UP as the captain of the Fighting Maroons, will join a stellar NLEX backcourt that has Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas. MOST READ “I’m ready and it’s a big thing that I will join Manong and Kevin (Alas) because they have a lot more experience compared to mine,” said Desiderio, referring to Kiefer Ravena.Ravena, though, could only join Desiderio on the floor once his Fiba-mandated suspension in violation of anti-doping protocol is over.“Even in practice I know that I will learn a lot from them,” added Desiderio.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CJ Perez, Ray Parks go 1-2, Paul Desiderio goes to NLEX at No. 4 TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—“Atin to!” is coming to the PBA, and NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao knows it.Guiao used a variation of University of the Philippines “Atin To!” battlecry in announcing that he’ll be selecting the inspiring Paul Desiderio as the Road Warriors’ pick in the first round of the PBA Draft Sunday at Robinson’s Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ukhand to reduce use of plastic, ban spitting at public place

first_imgDehradun, Jul 18 (PTI) Uttarakhand government will soon frame laws aimed at minimising pollution caused by use of plastics and putting a ban on spitting and garbage dumping in public places.The decision was taken by the state cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Harish Rawat here late last evening.Laws will be put in place to ensure that units manufacturing plastic goods buy back used plastic carry bags and bottles from people so that they do not dump plastic waste in public places.The Cabinet also decided to frame a law putting a ban on spitting and garbage dumping in public places.As per provisions of this law, anyone caught dumping garbage in a public place will be fined Rs 1,000.The state Cabinet also decided to make river rafting tax free besides keeping aero sports, hot balloon exempt from entertainment tax for three years.The Cabinet also decided that as many as 130 teachers of Urdu, 25 of Bengali and 10 of Gurumukhi will be appointed in the government primary schools all over the state. PTI ALM DIP DV DIPlast_img read more

Andy Murray stays at top of ATP rankings

first_imgBritish tennis ace Andy Murray continued to lead the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings, released on Monday.#Marrakech champion @bornacoric is Mover of the Week in @Emirates ATP Rankings. Read: https://t.co/cjcAfkFigr pic.twitter.com/SzGyJAzxfS- ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) April 17, 2017Serbian Novak Djokovic came in second, followed by Swiss Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer in third and fourth place, respectively, reports Efe.Spaniard Rafael Nadal dropped two positions to the seventh place, while Japanese Kei Nishikori jumped to the fifth position.The current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Andy Murray (UK) 11,600 points2. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 7,9053. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 5,6054. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 5,1255. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 4,3106. Milos Raonic (Canada) 4,1657. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 3,7358. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 3,3859. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 3,38510. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 2,905last_img read more

Pep: Quadruple is too expensive

first_imgTransfers Quadruple too expensive? Guardiola claims City can’t afford 22 top players Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 07:48 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Premier League FA Cup Guardiola With his side poised to take first-team spending past £400million in his time there, the Spanish boss claims limits on his spending power Manchester City do not have the money to effectively compete for trophies on four fronts, according to manager Pep Guardiola.Runaway Premier League leaders City travel to Cardiff City in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, where victory would ramp up talk of an improbable quadruple, given Guardiola’s men are into the final of the EFL Cup and have landed a favourable Champions League last-16 tie against Basel.City are reportedly on the verge of breaking their transfer record by meeting Aymeric Laporte’s €65million (£57m) release clause at Athletic Bilbao and the centre-back’s arrival would take Guardiola’s spending on first-team players above £400m since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nevertheless, the 47-year-old believes the current trend of spiralling prices for top-class players means compiling a squad with high-quality depth throughout is an impossible task.”If you are in four competitions, fighting to be there, sometimes you have to be lucky in terms of injuries or you have 22 top players to compete in all competitions,” Guardiola told reporters.”Today, to have 22 players you need – people maybe don’t believe me – the money we don’t have.”To compete at a high level in four competitions you need 22 top players and today the 22 top players are so expensive. You cannot survive [spending in that manner].”Given City’s lavish spending throughout the Sheikh Mansour era, they are remarks that could well draw ridicule for Guardiola, although also ones he was seemingly keen to make as they came in response to a question about Vincent Kompany’s injury struggles.Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte have both spoken of being unable to compete with City’s financial might over recent weeks, with the Premier League title race threatening to become a procession.Sergio Aguero Kevin De Bruyne David Silva Manchester CityThis week, after United secured the signing of long-time Guardiola target Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, Mourinho disputed the widely reported version of events that the Chile forward’s increased wage demands forced City to leave the negotiating table, clearing a route to Old Trafford.Such is the guarded nature of a feud that once fizzed and crackled publicly when the pair were in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona, Mourinho’s claims that finances were not a factor in Sanchez plumping for United came via an obscure metaphor about an orange tree.They were apparently pointed enough that Guardiola felt the need to respond, alluding to City’s obligations under UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules when it came to their transfer budgets and noting his club’s current record buy – £55million to bring in Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg in 2015 – fell below some of the more eye-watering fees spent in recent windows.”Of course, even City – there are salaries we cannot pay and there are budgets for transfers we cannot pay,” he said.”We do not know in the future what is going to happen but we didn’t pay more than 100 million, 90 million or 80 million for one player.”We cannot pay that right now. They [City’s board] told me. In the salaries, some budgets we cannot pay.”That is the truth. And to be in four competitions, when you don’t have recoveries and have to play every three days, you need 22 top players. With what you have to pay today, it is impossible to have that.”Guardiola added: “Of course we have spent a lot of money but that’s the same as a lot of teams. I can assure you we are not the only team in the world who spend money. There are many.”last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxford

first_imgDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Jordan Graham will join Oxford United on loan in January until the end of the season.Graham, 23, was due to be on loan at Ipswich Town for the entire campaign but that agreement was cut short.The former Aston Villa man spent time on loan at Oxford in 2015 and will return to the League One club when the transfer window opens.”I feel so happy to be back and it’s a pleasure to come back,” Graham said in a video on social media. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Sinotrans & CSC Holdings Orders 12 Newbuilds from CSIC

first_imgzoom Chinese shipping and logistics conglomerate Sinotrans & CSC Holdings has signed four contracts that will involve construction of 12 new ships at one of the largest shipbuilders in China, the company said today.Namely, the company announced signing of contracts with the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) for six 38,000-ton woodchip carriers, four 1900 TEU containerships and two 50,000-ton oil tankers.Details on the value of the vessels and the overall contract along with potential delivery dates for the newly ordered ships have not been disclosed.The announcement was made while marking the inauguration of the SinoMarine platform that will include integration of the group’s shipping assets.In addition, Sinotrans informed that it has also penned a “strategic cooperation agreement” with China Classification Society.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Michael Moore Contemplates Mass Murder Motivation

first_imgIn the developed world it is not only the USA that has millions of guns and children who watch violent movies and play violent video games, but activist and documentary film maker Michael Moore says that people in other countries, “simply don’t kill each other at the rate that we do.” Moore thinks he knows why: poverty, fear and a ‘me’ society.“One in five Americans goes hungry at some point during the year,” says Moore. “The majority of those who aren’t poor are living from paycheck to paycheck. There’s no doubt this creates more crime. Middle class jobs prevent crime and violence.” No one making $50 thousand per year will be breaking into homes and shooting people for television sets, he says.As for the Americans’ exaggerated sense of fear, Moore links it with racism that is perpetuated by media. “Too many white people are afraid of black people. What’s the image of a perpetrator in our heads?” It isn’t the freckle-faced kid from down the street.He also criticizes America’s every-man-for-himself ethos: “I have noticed in my travels that other civilized countries see a national benefit to taking care of each other. In other countries people see each other together, with each person existing as an integral part of the whole.”Moore doesn’t think banning semiautomatic weapons, regulating ammunition, improved background checks and increased mental health services, although all welcome, would bring an end to mass murders in his country. The alleged killer at the recent Newtown school tragedy had no criminal record, the guns he used were legally purchased, none fit the legal description of an assault weapon, the murderer’s mother had sought help for his mental health problems, and the school where the rampage took place had been locked down before the killer showed up.“Most [citizens in other developed countries] are raised with a sense of connection, if not outright solidarity,” says Moore. “And that makes it harder to kill one another.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Uprooted families begin returning to northwest Pakistan report UN agency

14 July 2009Around 800 people displaced by the conflict in north-west Pakistan have headed back home yesterday under a government-run programme, while another 2,500 are slated to return today, the United Nations refugee agency reported. Returnees to the district of Swat told the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that they felt safe going back to their villages after contacting neighbours who had already safely returned on their own, the agency’s spokesperson, Ron Redmond, told reporters in Geneva.“Other internally displaced people (IDPs) reported they were not yet ready to return, citing security concerns in various areas in Swat,” he stated. “Some IDPs have been displaced several times in the course of the past several months and want to avoid being uprooted yet again.” More than 2 million Pakistanis have fled the conflict between Government forces and militants in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), and the vast majority are either sheltering in schools and other public buildings, with host families or in rental accommodations.Those that headed home yesterday were living in the Jalozai camp, which is managed by UNHCR together with its partners and provincial authorities. Unbearable heat in the camp was cited as one of the main reasons they decided to go back to their villages. Some of the most vulnerable IDPs, including pregnant women, said they would rather remain in camps for now since they have access to health services – something that is not always available in their villages, noted Mr. Redmond.The World Health Organization (WHO), which just completed a high-level mission to Pakistan on Friday, said one of its major concerns is ensuring that returnees have access to functional health systems. The agency’s spokesperson, Paul Garwood, also cited a major gap in female health workers available to treat patients, particularly female returnees who prefer to be treated by women. The scale of the displacement crisis continues to “exhaust the current health system’s ability to meet all needs,” he told reporters. The situation is being further complicated by the coming monsoon season, which will result in higher risks to displaced women and children under five, especially with regard to respiratory infections, malaria, and other water-borne diseases. The Government’s return plan – known as Naway Sahar, or ‘Dawn of a New Beginning’– will focus first on repatriating displaced people currently staying in camps, and then move on to those staying with host families, renting rooms or staying in schools. Government authorities and UN agencies, including UNHCR, signed a statement over the weekend pledging that the return process would follow the principles of voluntariness, safety and dignity. UNHCR will help to monitor the willingness of people to return as well to implement the registration process. It will also provide assistance in cash to the Government for the transportation of vulnerable people, and distribute relief items to families which have not yet received them, especially for IDPs staying in host families and school buildings. read more

InterKorean dialogue crucial for resolving human rights concerns says UN expert

Those were just a few of the issues that came up during the 22 to 26 November visit to the ROK by Marzuki Darusman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The visit, which was to assess the human rights situation in DPRK as it impacts on ROK, included discussions on issues such as abductions, separated families, violations of human rights in the DPRK, trafficking of persons and the abuses that asylum-seekers go through en route to ROK and the situation of refugees. Mr. Darusman, in a statement issued today, said that he recognized the “gravity of the recent military actions” that have escalated tensions between the two countries. “While these developments will require careful analysis, I join with others in expressing my sympathy to the victims and calling for restraint,” he stated. “This underscores the importance and need for resumption of multilateral meetings, involving the DPRK. The DPRK should not find itself in isolation at a juncture when it needs the support and cooperation of the international community the most, both to address the human rights situation and the humanitarian needs.” Mr. Darusman emphasized, both to ROK and the international community, the importance of continuing to provide humanitarian assistance to DPRK, and to ensure that the aid reaches the neediest population. “Provisions of humanitarian aid, including food, medical and other urgent humanitarian needs, subject to ‘no access, no aid,’ should not be contingent upon any political conditions,” he added. While welcoming the resumption of the family reunion of separated families in October 2010, he said it is “regrettable” that the talks between the Red Cross organizations of the two sides for further reunions have been on hold in the wake of the recent artillery firing. “The number of persons affected by separation of families is so large that there is a need for a more frequent and regular family reunion. I stress this, also keeping in mind that the majority of such separated members are now very old and some are already dead,” he said. The Special Rapporteur said he also heard the desire on the part of the Government and people of ROK to address the situation of abductees and look at the issue of human rights in the DPRK, and learned of initiatives being undertaken by some parliamentarians to introduce new legislation aimed at enhancing the human rights situation of the people of the DPRK. “I understand that, among other things, the draft provisions include a proposal for a more systematic recording of the human rights situation in the DPRK.” On the issue of the DPRK asylum-seekers, Mr. Darusman said there has been a steady increase in the number of persons seeking refuge in ROK. While fewer than 1,000 defectors from the DPRK had made their way to ROK up until the late 1990s, today there are 20,000 of them sheltered in ROK, with a record 2,927 arriving in 2009 alone. Around 77 per cent of these arrivals are women. “While commending the ROK for integration of asylum-seekers of the DPRK, I call on all other countries where people of the DPRK are seeking refuge or transitioning, to protect, treat such people humanely and respect the principle of non-refoulent, as provided under the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.” Mr. Darusman visited the Hanawon centre, a Government-supported facility housing such asylum-seekers outside Seoul, to interview some of the new arrivals there. He was able to gather first-hand information on the “harrowing” experiences they have gone through, both while in DPRK and en route to ROK, often falling victim to traffickers and sexual abuse. “While interacting with them, I could see that the scars, such as post-traumatic stress disorders, run deep,” he stated, adding that while they are happy to be in the ROK, they worry for the safety of their loved ones back home. “They fear that the families of those who flee the country are being identified in the DPRK, and face the prospect of harsh prison sentences.” Mr. Darusman will present his full report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in March 2011. The Special Rapporteur, who works in an independent and unpaid capacity, intends to travel to Japan on a similar assessment mission, the findings of which will also be included in next year’s report. His request in October to visit DPRK “did not receive a favourable decision from the Government,” he noted. 26 November 2010An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for a quick resumption of dialogue between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resolve issues such as the reunion of separated families and the situation of asylum-seekers. read more

Puttalam Pradeshiya Saba Chairman remanded

The Puttalam Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman, Anjana Sandaruwan, who was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport last week, has been ordered to be remanded until his case concludes.He was arrested while attempting to leave the country despite a travel ban imposed on him by court. The travel ban had been imposed over an ongoing case related to a murder in 2010. (Colombo Gazette)

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Aviation confabThe International Civil Aviation Organization will continue its triennial assembly in Montreal on Monday. The U.N. agency, which is meeting in part to discuss how to reduce the sector’s environmental impact, cancelled its meetings Friday in solidarity with climate protesters led by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. GDP statsStatistics Canada will release gross domestic product data by industry for July on Tuesday. The agency’s recent reading for real gross domestic product in the second quarter showed an unexpectedly solid turnaround for an economy that was coming off its weakest back-to-back quarters of growth since 2015.Cenovus outlookCenovus Energy will hold an investor open house in Toronto on Wednesday, where it will unveil its five-year outlook. The Calgary-based company is among several oilsands producers considering the construction of diluent recovery units as a solution to ongoing pipeline project delays.Pot lookaheadCanaccord Genuity will hold its second annual U.S. Cannabis Symposium on Thursday. Convenience store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. recently said it wants to be one of the “key players” in the North American cannabis market by using its position in Canada — where use of the substance for recreational purposes is legal — to achieve this goal.Trade numbersStatistics Canada will release Canadian international merchandise trade data for August on Friday. The agency reported last month that Canada’s merchandise trade balance with the world went from an essentially balanced position in June to a $1.1 billion deficit in July. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019.The Canadian Press read more

Afghanistan Annan names deputy envoy Brahimi visits quake area

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today named French national Jean Arnault as his Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.Mr. Arnault, whose appointment took effect immediately, succeeds Francesc Vendrell, who retired from the UN at the end of January.Working out of Kabul, Mr. Arnault will act as Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi’s deputy responsible for political matters. He will be the head of the political pillar of the UN mission in Afghanistan, while Nigel Fisher heads the humanitarian and developmental pillar.Over the course of his diplomatic career, Mr. Arnault served previously as the Secretary-General’s Representative for Burundi from June 2000 to August 2001, and as Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for the UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) from 1997-2000.Meanwhile, Mr. Brahimi, accompanied by Interim Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai and other Afghan officials, visited the earthquake-affected province of Samangan in the north of the country.Speaking to the press following the visit, Mr. Brahimi urged assistance to the victims of the disaster. “We have seen people who are extremely dignified – extremely poor, affected – but standing up and looking to the future,” he said. “They need a lot of help.” read more

Middle East strife terror cast shadow over UN rights bodys session Robinson

Ongoing violence in the Middle East and last year’s terrorist attacks against the United States cast shadow over the just-concluded session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the top UN rights official told the Geneva-based body today as it concluded its session. Referring to the “first shadow darkening the human rights horizon,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson said the Commission had recognized the need to respond to the severe loss of life of both Palestinians and Israelis by calling for a visiting mission and fact-finding report. “The steps taken by the Commission stem from its commitment to protect victims of violations of human rights in a particularly difficult context,” she said.The “second shadow,” she said, was the 11 September terrorist attacks and their aftermath. “A number of strong statements during this session have affirmed the importance of upholding fully human rights and humanitarian law standards in combating terrorism,” she noted, pledging her Office’s full support for “any initiative the Commission may think appropriate in order to signal clearly that human rights should not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism.”Mrs. Robinson also voiced concern over “a possible trend seeking to weaken the protection role that this Commission has been exercising.” She said this was evident in voting patterns on country situations marked by a preference for excluding action if consensus was not possible.”The core role of the Commission in protecting human rights through drawing attention to violations and abuses must be retained, but it is clear that in the future it needs to be matched by a much more significant commitment to provide resources for technical cooperation and advisory services to assist countries in building and strengthening their national capacity in the rule of law, the administration of justice, and adherence to human rights norms and standards,” she said. “Criticism will then be perceived as constructive and forward-looking, not finger-pointing in a judgmental way.”Responding to press questions after her speech, Mrs. Robinson said she had a “very good” meeting yesterday with the fact-finding mission which is headed to the region to develop accurate information regarding recent events at the Jenin refugee camp.Asked about Israel preventing her own planned trip to the region, she said, “I made no secret of the fact that I regretted that it was not possible for the visiting mission to go under the mandate which it had been given.” She added that it was “particularly difficult to address the human rights concerns in the very complex and political environment of what is happening in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel.” read more

Senator gathers all the ladies of Leinster House for photo shoot

first_imgSENATOR IVANA BACIK wants to mark the 95th anniversary of the first election in which Irish women could vote with a special event for all female senators and deputies – past and present.The 1918 General Election also saw Constance Markievicz election as the first woman TD and MP.The commemoration, to be held on Tuesday, will involve a reading of a speech about women’s right to vote which was given by Markievicz ahead of polling day on 14 December 1918.An official photograph of all of Leinster House’s current and past female representatives will also be taken. An image from a similar occasion in December 2008 now hangs on the walls of Leinster House, just opposite the Captain’s office.“This year, it is important that we mark this historic anniversary again, both by celebrating and honouring the many women who have been elected to the Dáil and Seanad since 1918, but also by noting how small the numbers of women are as a proportion of our elected representatives overall,” says Bacik. More must be done to encourage women to enter political life – and events like this may help to raise awareness about the need for more women to enter political life.“There are currently 26 women TDs out of 166; and 19 women Senators out of 60. If all 45 of us are present in the Seanad chamber next Tuesday, the 60-seat chamber will then have a majority of women representatives present for the first time ever.”Read: Dáil bar is exempt from holding a licence and its operation will not changelast_img read more

Skype to Acquire Qik for 150 Million

first_imgSkype has just announced that “it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Qik,” according to the Qik blog. Qik allows users to stream and shoot video from their smartphones. There’s talk that it will be bought for $100 million, then we heard $150 million — we’re really not sure just yet. Either way, it will probably be for a big chunk of change. Skype has already reached out to Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users by introducing mobile video calling for those devices. The acquisition of Qik could help Skype reel in more of the mobile videoconferencing market. According to Qik’s blog, the company had a huge year in 2010. It started the year with 600,000 users and ended with 5 million users, which is undoubtedly thanks to its partnerships with companies including Sprint, T-Mobile, Nokia, HTC, and Samsung. According to the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, Skype said the deal will add video “recording, sharing and storing capabilities to Skype’s product portfolio.”last_img read more

Jordan Peele Warns Effedup Dystopia Using AI to Make Fake Obama Video

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The problem with reality is that discerning what truly is can take an enormous amount of work. Take science, for instance. There is actually pretty consistent data on what types of food most should be eating — particularly if you do deep dives into the research to investigate the methodology of this or that study. But most people (and, seemingly, members of the press) don’t have time to investigate each of these. That makes it very easy for someone to come in with a bogus source and claim something that is, that just ain’t so. Jordan Peele is now among those sounding alarm bells about a potential “fake news apocalypse.” With technology and particularly machine learning tools making it easier to replicate people’s faces and re-jigger them to do whatever (see also: fake porn). Peele, Academy Award-winning director of Get Out, has put out a PSA warning about how easy it will be in short order for people to create their own videos of famous world leaders saying just about anything. And when that era comes, what can we do?In the video above, Peele has Obama saying things like “Killmonger was Right” and “Donald Trump is a Dipshit.” This is all based on some new innovations in tech allowing computers to take videos of people, and augment their expression with AI. Combine that with a talented voice actor or the type of vocal reproduction tech we saw last year, and you can start getting disturbing close to something that could start tricking people. The seems are still pretty obvious for now, but how many of your relatives have you seen sharing and believing low-res meme images on facebook? Muck the video up a little, and it’d fool someone today, probably. In a few years, this tech could be truly terrifying. In the video, which was made in partnership with BuzzFeed and, Peele pleads for more rigorous consumption of media. And he quite cleverly plays with BuzzFeed’s rather odious reputation thanks to clickbait-y title, “You Won’t Believe What Obama Says in This Video! ”We sure are living in a time.last_img read more

Puerto Ricans in Paris

first_imgThere are three things Shireen loves: Pitbull, Luis Guzmán and a high-end handbag. Those three things come together in “Puerto Ricans in Paris,” and Deco’s Chris Van Vliet came together with the movie’s stars on South Beach.The movie is about two New York City detectives, played by Luis Guzmán and Edgar Garcia, with a specialty for tracking down counterfeit handbags.Frédéric Anscombre (as Vincent): “That bag is the center of our campaign. There are only two in the world, and one has been stolen.”When a rare bag disappears in Paris, they’re put on the case.Chris Van Vliet: “Well, you guys shot in Paris. Did you pick up any French?”Edgar Garcia: “‘Oui.’”Luis Guzmán: “I think he picked up more French than me. I picked up other things.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Chris Van Vliet: “Uh oh.”Edgar Garcia: “Bagels, baguettes, macaroons.”The movie’s executive producer is Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull.Chris Van Vliet: “Does he call you up directly and say, ‘Want to be in my film?’”Luis Guzmán: “No. Actually, it worked the other way around, and he called up and said, ‘Hey, guys. How can I help?’”The movie is a buddy comedy in the truest sense of the phrase, and despite a language barrier and some cultural differences in Paris, these cops stop at nothing to get the job done.Chris Van Vliet: “Real bags and fake bags look pretty similar to the untrained eye, like mine. If I were to buy a fake bag and give it to a significant other, do you think she’d know? center_img Edgar Garcia: “Oh, yeah. You don’t want that. A woman knows a counterfeit.”Chris Van Vliet: “How do they know?”Edgar Garcia: “I think it’s something instilled in them.”Luis Guzmán: “Now, I gotta be careful here now, because I might be promoting some illegality or something here. So I would say get the real bag. I changed my mind on that.”Chris Van Vliet: “It’s one of these. Get the real bag. (shakes head) That’s what you’re saying.”Luis Guzmán: “That’s what I’m saying. (shakes head) No, that’s — yeah.”“Puerto Ricans in Paris” is in theaters and on video On Demand June 10. And Luis told me, Miami is a special place for him, because he got his first big break on an episode of “Miami Vice.” last_img read more