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If recent history is any guide, the populist Tea Party, which is consuming all the oxygen this election cycle, will peter out over the next couple of years after seeing a temporary resurgence in the run up to the 2012 presidential primaries.Its trajectory could well track the meteoric rise and burnout of another recent third party. In the 1992 presidential elections, Ross Perot ignited similar grassroots fervor with his organization United We Stand, winning nearly 19 percent of the popular vote, the second highest ever for a third party candidate. But four years later when Perot ran again as a candidate of his newly formed Reform Party, he eked out just 8 percent of the vote. Unlike the present day Tea Party, Perot had the advantage of being able to use his enormous personal wealth to bankroll the Reform Party, but even so it devolved into competing factions and irrelevancy. In the 2008 elections, its presidential and vice presidential nominees Ted Weill and Frank McEnulty (remember them?) only qualified for the ballot in Mississippi, where they garnered just 481 votes.The Tea Party is different, because at least in this election cycle when the presidency is not on the line, its focus has been local and statewide, where it has been successful in knocking off some establishment Republican heavyweights in the primaries. Historically, third party candidates have been more successful in local or statewide races than at the national. Since Reconstruction, 31 U.S. Senators, 111 Representatives, and 22 Governors have been elected on third party tickets or as Independents. Indeed, two sitting U.S. Senators, Connecticut’s Joe Lieberman and Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, ran successfully as independents. At least some of the Tea Party candidates, all running on the Republican ticket, will prevail in the upcoming elections. However, these Tea Party Republicans will be quickly co-opted by their party, much as the “Contract With America” Republican revolutionaries of 1994 were. Indeed, to some degree, even the Tea Party has been hijacked by Republican Party operatives, such as former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and the right wing talk show provocateurs Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck. If the Tea Party can find a way to extricate itself from these partisan ideologues —to whom they are beholden for their public ascendancy — it has the potential to be an enduring salutary force on the American political system. The Tea Party’s broad criticism that career politicians, lobbyists and Wall Street have smothered the U.S. political system is on the mark. Even in the face of a global economic meltdown they precipitated, both political parties as well as Pres. Barack Obama remain prisoners of and beholden to these same financiers, technocrats, lawyers and back-scratching professionals, often from a handful of elite colleges. The Tea Party, whose message is viscerally simple and shockingly drawn from first principles, has succeeded in piercing through the veneer of convoluted logic and complexity that has paralyzed governing and stunted public policy for decades.Magic markers and cardboard signs have a shot against spreadsheets and slick Powerpoint presentations again. Related Items
India tops the chart of ransomware victims, with 67 per cent of IT businesses in the country hit by such cyber attacks in 2017, followed by Mexico at 65 per cent, showed a study conducted by security software maker Sophos.The United States witnessed 60 per cent of its organizations getting hit by ransomware, followed by Canada at 59 per cent. The corresponding figures for France, United Kingdom and Japan were recorded at 48 per cent, 45 per cent and 41 per cent, respectively.The study, The State of Endpoint Security Today, surveyed 2,700 IT managers in organizations of 100 to 5,000 users in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan and South Africa. The number of respondents in India was 300.Ransomware is a subset of malware in which the data on a victim’s computer is locked, usually by encryption, and a ransom is demanded before the ransomed data is decrypted and access is handed back to the victim.“No chief information officer (CIO) today can say with hand on his heart that his systems are 100 per cent vulnerability free,” Sunil Sharma, managing director, sales for India and SAARC, Sophos, said, PTI reported.While analyzing the advanced threats and machine learning, the report revealed that Canada, India and Mexico have the highest levels of machine learning technology. Also, India is most optimistic about the potential of machine learning.As many as 91 per cent Indian organizations claimed to running up-to-date endpoint protection when impacted by ransomware and 89 per cent India respondents stated that malware threats have got more complex over the last year, the report said.The survey pointed out some significant variation in plans for predictive technologies across the globe. Canada, India and South Africa lead the pack with 34 per cent of respondents already using predictive threat technologies such as deep and machine learning. Mexico has the most extensive plans for these technologies, with 72 per cent planning to implement them within the next year.“Persistent cybercriminals are deploying multiple attack methods to succeed, whether using a mix of ransomware in a single campaign, taking advantage of a remote access opportunity, infecting a server or disabling security software,” Sharma was quoted as saying by IANS.The survey said that dealing with the sophisticated malware attacks of today is becoming quite a challenge for almost all IT managers, across the globe. While 83 per cent respondents agreed that stopping malware threats has become harder over the last year, 87 per cent agreed that malware threats have become increasingly complex over the last year.“We’re aware of cybercriminals unleashing four different ransomware families in half-hour increments to ensure at least one evades security and completes the attack,” said Sharma, according to IANS.The company noted that despite a series of high-profile ransomware attacks in 2017, organizations are starting 2018 with inadequate protection against ransomware. It recommended investigating advanced technologies to know what an organization’s options are. “Upgrade your technology. The options available have advanced significantly in recent years to stop ransomware and prevent the use or exploits,” Sophos recommended. Related ItemsCybersecurityRansomware
Paralysis robbed Azizul Hoque of his ability to work, before the system, members of his family said, snatched his identity as an Indian more than two years ago.They are now counting the days for the next hearing in the Supreme Court, which sought replies from the Centre and the Assam government on how the 41-year-old Hoque came to be declared a foreigner and lodged in a detention centre on March 24, 2017.Family hopefulAnas Tanwir, handling the case, said the apex court on July 3 given the Central and Assam governments two weeks to reply.“That means they have to reply by July 17, right? And we can hope for a hearing by the Supreme Court soon after,” Baharul Islam, Mr. Hoque’s elder brother, told The Hindu from their village Singiapathar in central Assam’s Nagaon district. The village is about 140 km east of Guwahati.Mr. Islam, in his late 40s, could not recall when the Assam police’s border wing sent a notice to his brother. The border wing is tasked with detecting and deporting foreigners and refers cases to a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) for deciding a suspect’s fate.“It was 12-13 years ago. He went to the police when summoned about 10 years ago before an illness made him paralysed. He had always been a bhodai (dimwitted) and paralysis prevented him from going out to work,” said Mr. Islam, who sells vegetables in a nearby town.“I stay away from home most of the time. But Azizul and many others in my family are always at home. They said they gave him notice thrice, but none of us received it. They took him to the Tezpur Central Jail’s detention centre out of the blue,” he said.‘Doubtful’ tagThe problem for Mr. Hoque began in 1997, when for the first time his name figured in the voters’ list but with the ‘D’ (doubtful) tag that indicated he was suspected to be an illegal immigrant. None of his three elder siblings — sister Hafiza Khatun and eldest brother Khairul Islam — are D-voters.The name of Mr. Hoque, like everyone else in his family, was included in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in July 2018. He was put in the additional list of 1.02 lakh NRC-excluded people published on June 26.“Our father Abdur Rahman’s name is in the 1965 voters’ list. Our grandfather Pashan Ali was granted land patta (deed) in 1940. Why should our youngest brother be singled out as a foreigner? This is just harassment because of the language we speak and religion we follow,” Mr. Islam said.Members of Mr. Hoque’s family said they have promised him that he would be brought back home soon. They are pinning hopes on the Supreme Court for his release sooner.
It has been one of the most exciting seasons of Formula One and it is heading for a photo-finish in the season ending race at Abu Dhabi this Sunday. The title hangs in the balance and fighting for it all the way to the chequered flag will be teammates and bitter rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Two-time defending Champion Hamilton is on pole, behind him on track but 12 points ahead in the standings is Nico Rosberg who wants to be the new King of the tracks.To find out who will come out on top we caught up with Karun Chandhok who is one of only 2 Indian drivers to have raced in F1. Karun spoke to India Today from the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi which is gearing up for the season showdown. Here are the excerpts:India Today: Do you feel it is advantage to Rosberg or Hamilton?Karun Chandhok: I think it is advantage to Rosberg, he is leading the championship by 12 points and all he needs to do is finish 2nd or 3rd behind Lewis Hamilton. Lewis has an easier job, he just has to go all out and try and win so it is quite a straightforward task for him. Rosberg will be slightly more nervous as he has got to stay out of trouble, he has got to stay ahead of people like Red Bull and Ferrari so it is slightly more complicated situation for him but in terms of points absolutely it is advantage Rosberg. (Lewis Hamilton fastest in Abu Dhabi practice)advertisementIT: Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position, what will be Rosbergs strategy to win the Championship?KC: Lewis Hamilton has been the fastest even in the practice sessions on Friday, he is in great form and he loves this circuit and he has won here twice before but dont forget Nico Rosberg won here last year and has had pole position for last two years so he is also very good around here. I will still put my money on Lewis to win the race and I think Nico is going to be safe. They have different engine settings by which they can control their reliability a bit more so Nico can go on a safe mode just to make sure that he gets to the end whereas Lewis can be attacking and aggressive. But this is sport, Formula One is full of drama and we have seen a lot of unpredictability. In a normal race Rosberg should be able to finish 2nd or 3rd quite comfortably but we have seen a lot of World Championship deciders where there has been a lot of unpredictability. (Hamilton Test: DRS in spotlight as New Zealand recover on rain-affected day)IT: While I am not going to compare these two with Senna & Prost just yet, the rivalry between Lewis & Nico has captured everyones attention. Have you seen a similar scenario in recent times where teammates are going all out to win the crown in the final race of the season?KC: I had lunch with Mark Webber today here in Abu Dhabi and we were talking about this. Mark came here to Abu Dhabi in 2010 as the World Championship contender and he lost that year in the battle against his teammate. Sebastian Vettel snuck the title away from him. So Mark came here in the same position as Nico Rosberg, he was leading the World Championship and came here as a favourite but in the end he finished 5th in the Grand Prix and lost the title at the final race. It has happened before and we are talking about nerves and tonight he (Rosberg) will be a more nervous man. He has never won a World Championship before, Lewis has got three in the bag so for him 4th one is great but it is not the be-all and end-all. So I think Lewis will sleep more comfortably tonight.IT: Mercedes have been on a different level this season. But did you expect Ferrari or Red Bull to challenge them a bit more?KC: I think Mercedes have been utterly dominant this season. They have an amazing car, they have a great and stable team of drivers and engineers and designers so they have really maximised their performance. I think Ferrari has been disappointing this year, you would have expected them to really have done better but they are 71 points behind Red Bull which is a big disappointment. Ferrari have not won a race all season, they have not had a pole position all season so it is a big disappointment really from Ferraris standpoint. But hats off to Mercedes they have had a great season.advertisementIT: Force India look set for a 4th place finish in the constructors championship and this has been their best ever season in F1. How do you rate their season?KC: I think Force India have had an incredible season despite all the off track drama which are well documented regarding their Team owner (Vijay Mallya). It has been an amazing season for them on-track, they are in 4th place and are best of the rest behind the Big-3 teams. They (Force India) are using much fewer resources and budget than even teams like Torro Rosso, Williams and McLaren. I think Force India has had an incredible season and they are very excited about what they have achieved. (Formula One: Decisive day looms for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg)IT: Some British pundits have called Force India the best pound-for-pound team in F1 given that they have half the manpower or money than the big guns. Do you see them improving further & possibly get into the Top-3 in the coming seasons?KC: I think getting into the Top-3 will be very difficult as I said they have probably got half the resources, if not less, than the likes of McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes so I think getting into the Top-3 is going to be quite a bit hard but they should be able to maintain 4th place. I am actually very impressed with Esteban Ocon (new driver for Force India). He has done well as a rookie at Manor, he is a very exciting young talent, he is a really nice guy and a good team player so I am actually quite excited about him. Of course Hulkenberg is an asset that they have lost but I think Ocon is a very exciting prospect for the future. (Formula One: Nico Rosberg one win away from his first title)IT: Final question, who is your money on?KC: I am going to say Hamilton to win the race at Abu Dhabi but Nico Rosberg to win the Championship.
Milan AC Milan midfielder Biglia out with knee injury Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 02:29 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Milan Sassuolo v Milan Serie A UEFA Europa League Argentina AEK Athens v Milan AEK Athens Sassuolo The Argentina international is set for a spell on the sidelines after the club confirmed he is suffering from a knee injury Struggling AC Milan have been dealt a blow after Lucas Biglia’s knee injury worsened to a point that means he faces an unspecified period out of action.Biglia has played in 10 out of Milan’s 11 Serie A matches this season, with Vincenzo Montella’s men eighth in the table after winning only one of their last six league games.The Argentina international has been suffering from the problem for some time, confirmed club doctor Gianluca Melegati, with no timescale set for his return. 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 Biglia is not expected to be available for Milan’s away Europa League game against AEK Athens on Thursday, nor their Serie A match at Sassuolo on Sunday and has been forced out of the Argentina squad.ACM 13/10 to beat Athens”Biglia has an inflammation of the left tendon: a discomfort that he senses for a while, but as a great professional he has always given his availability,” Dr Melegati told Milan TV.”But now the pain in the area of inflammation has increased, so we decided to stop and take some time to recover.”Biglia had been named in Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentina group for a pair of November friendlies against Russia and Nigeria, but has now been replaced by Stuttgart’s Emiliano Insua.
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IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 23: Running back Devine Ozigbo #22 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs up the field in the second half against defensive end Anthony Nelson #98 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, on November 23, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)No sub-.500 team enters the 2019 season with the hype of Nebraska football. The Huskers showed serious development in the second half of last season, including a tough loss against Big Ten West rival Iowa.The Huskers and Hawkeyes enter the year as co-favorites to win the division. While it hasn’t really happened to this point during Nebraska’s tenure in the Big Ten, there is increased talk about the two forming a true rivalry in the Big Ten West.The Athletic‘s Scott Dochterman went deep on the budding rivalry, calling it the “best new rivalry” in the sport since conference realignment shook things up earlier this decade.The piece, which is behind the site’s paywall, leads off with an anecdote from a Michael Buble concert in Lincoln, of all things. “I know it was a tough year, but coach (Scott) Frost is going to take this thing, maybe not next year, but the year after, you guys are going to be bad, bad asses,” Buble told concertgoers. “You guys know that.“So, suck on that, Iowa!”Iowa-Nebraska: How a shared border, free beer and Christmas crooner Michael Buble has turned fans’ emotions from mild disdain to realignment’s best new rivalry @TheAthleticCFB https://t.co/R6VXB3xcfv— Scott Dochterman (@ScottDochterman) July 23, 2019Iowa fans have an established rival in Iowa State, but would probably welcome a true Big Ten rivalry. Nebraska, meanwhile left behind its most meaningful series, like Oklahoma and Colorado, when it left the Big 12.Still, many Husker fans were not a fan of Dochterman saying that this was a true rivalry for the Huskers.🙂 pic.twitter.com/YStyi2mQ5l— Paula Lavigne (@pinepaula) July 23, 2019It’s more of a rivalry w/ Iowa fans than Nebraska. I live in the NW part of Iowa & Iowa fans literally hate Nebraska w/ a passion. They talk more about Nebraska than they do Iowa. Yes Iowa has beatin NU 4 straight years but let’s remember NU had 3 losing seasons in that timeframe— Brett Johnson (@Dewiz_45) July 29, 2019Iowa wants this rivalry so much more than Nebraska does. You can’t trash talk your way into one. Until Iowa wins anything of value (which they haven’t) they’ll just be another game. Nebraska has their sights on something much bigger than a dumb corporate sponsored rivalry trophy— Andrew Kinne (@akinne_47) July 29, 2019Iowa sports anchor Andy Fales flipped the argument on Nebraska, saying that it only isn’t a rivalry because of the Huskers’ recent struggles.Fales, of WHO-TV in Des Moines, fired back at the notion in his “What’s Bugging Andy” segment. Per Fales, he saw Nebraska fans that were offended by the thought, calling Husker fans “mouth breathers” over the reaction.“Nebraska fans were somehow offended. You’d have thought Dochterman told them they couldn’t park in their yards anymore. They lit up his Twitter feed with mouth-breathing calls of ‘BS’ and ‘fake news,’ appalled that Scott had the gall to even suggest that Iowa and Nebraska are even rivals.”Whats Bugging Andy: Is Iowa-Nebraska a rivalry? According to Husker fans, no. @AndyFales sets the record straight. pic.twitter.com/ovIWYPdeyM— SoundOFF (@SoundOFF13) July 29, 2019Fales goes on to argue that the only reason the rivalry isn’t established is thanks to the Hawkeyes’ recent dominance of the series, and not because of anything that Nebraska has done.“They’re not wrong. They’re in denial and stuck in the 90s, but they’re not wrong. To have a rivalry, you need a back-and-forth. Iowa has won four-straight and five-of-six… If Iowa and Nebraska are rivals, then so are Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri…“They don’t want Iowa as a rival, they think they’re above Iowa… Bowl season last year? The Hawkeyes were playing in the Outback. You merely…played out back, in an empty lot, dreaming of Tommie Frazier and the days when the only thing more foreign than losing was a forward pass.”Finally, he wrapped up his segment by admitting that he is rooting for the Huskers to improve, as he would like to see the Iowa-Nebraska rivalry bud into something special, as college football is at its best when heated rivalries dot the landscape.“Well it’s 2019, Scott Dochterman is right, this rivalry is set to take off and Nebraska should improve, a lot, fast. And whether you like Nebraska or like Iowa, you should be hoping for all of that, because in-conference, regional rivalries are what college football fans, all of them, should embrace.”That last point is one that most should be able to get behind.
Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says he is working assiduously to ensure that the new Road Traffic Act is passed in 2013.The amended Act will ensure that road safety issues are addressed according to 21st century requirements. It will, among other things, deal with the use of mobile phones while driving, and also cover the use of in-car devices such as DVD players.“It’s an enormous document. It needs to be coordinated through (the various departments of government)… which are involved, and so there is an overlapping for which we need to ensure that there is a consistency. But my plan is to have that taken through Parliament and passed during this Parliamentary year,” Dr. Davis said.He was addressing a handing-over ceremony for six road safety infomercials on Tuesday (January 8) at the Insurance Company of the West Indies’ (ICWI) head offices in New Kingston.[RELATED: Traffic Investigators to be Trained in Crash Reconstruction]The Transport Minister said once the new Act is passed, driving schools and instructors will be required to be certified by the Island Traffic Authority and adhere to an approved curriculum, which will address issues such as defensive driving. He noted that motorists, who are in breach, may also be required to attend courses.The six road safety infomercials, which address a number of crucial issues affecting road safety in Jamaica, were handed-over to the Ministry of Transport by the ICWI.The areas covered by the infomercials are: pedestrian safety; motorcycle safety; overtaking; speeding; tailgating; and safe driving on the whole.
zoom Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri held the steel cutting of the new ship for Princess Cruises, brand of Carnival Corporation, at its shipyard in Monfalcone on September 8.The new cruise ship will be the fourth edition of the class for Princess Cruises, following Royal, Regal and Majestic, delivered in 2013, 2014 and 2017, respectively, by the same yard.Works for the construction of a bow section for the latest vessel started last November at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia, Naples. The section will be then transported by sea and assembled to the rest of the unit in Monfalcone, where delivery will take place by the end of 2019.Princess Cruises’ new cruise ship will feature a gross tonnage of 145,000 tons and will be able to accommodate 4,250 passengers on board.Fincantieri said that the vessel will represent a new technological benchmark in Europe and worldwide for its innovative layout, the outstanding performances and the top quality of its state-of-the-art technology.
H&M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) along with Olivia Wilde and Barbara Burchfield of Conscious Commerce, celebrated the launch of the H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection and the opening of the Conscious Pop-Up Store with an intimate dinner last night at Cafe Clover in New York City.Olivia Wilde, Dakota Fanning, Rosario Dawson and Maggie GyllenhaalCredit/Copyright: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.comGuests including Catarina Midby (Sustainable Fashion Advisor, H&M), Dakota Fanning, Jason Sudeikis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosario Dawson, Lauren Bush Lauren, Alek Wek, Lily Kwong, Sophie Elgort, Casey Labow, Chelsea Leyland, Stacy London, among others enjoyed a menu of farm-to-table organic food.Earlier in the day, H&M, Olivia Wilde and Conscious Commerce celebrated the opening of the curated pop-up shop inside the Times Square location in which other sustainable and ethical fashion brands were invited to be a part of the movement towards a better fashion future. Conscious partners include Amour Vert, Apolis, ClimateStore, FEED, FREEDOM OF ANIMALS, The Giving Keys, K/LLER COLLECTION, LSTN, PRESERVE, S’well, SHFT, Studio One Eighty Nine, ZADY. Ambassadors Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah with Studio One Eighty Nine, Lauren Bush Lauren with FEED and Lily Kwong with Amour Vert, were on hand to greet customers.“Being in the H&M Conscious Exclusive Pop-Up, curated by Conscious Commerce, is an extremely exciting moment because we are launching the H&M Conscious Exclusive collection which is at the forefront of the sustainable movement in fashion,” said Olivia Wilde. “We thought why not pair the Conscious Exclusive Collection with brands that we at Conscious Commerce really love!”Shoppers lined up to be the first to shop the H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection and were able to donate their clothes to H&M’s garment recycling program to receive a 20% discount and win a chance to meet Olivia Wilde, the face of the campaign.The Conscious Pop-Up shop is comprised of a raw birch structure with sustainable metal inlays to give the customer a unique shopping experience within the location. The shop opened on Tuesday, April 14th and will be open through Sunday, April 19th, 9AM – 1AM.The Conscious Exclusive Collection is available exclusively at the Times Square store April 14th and 15th and will launch globally in select stores and on hm.com on April 16th.Source:PR Newswire
Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA growing number of people in the Mi’kmaq and Métis nations are speaking out about what they say is a growing threat to their rights, resources, and sovereignty due to the proliferation of self-identified Acadian-Métis in Nova Scotia.Allison Bernard of Eskasoni First Nation hunts and fishes in Cape Breton and is a fisheries coordinator for Nova Scotia-based Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative.He says in recent years a growing number of people have been hunting on Mi’kmaq land, both in and out of season.“Since time immemorial we’ve been here. We’ve had to adjust to very troubling times. Which leads us to this point, where we have to protect what is ours, and our resources,” he says.Bernard believes many of those new hunters are associated with recently established self-identified Acadian-Métis groups in the area.In December 2015 Parks Canada invited Mi’kmaw hunters from the region to participate in a cull to control the moose population in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.Non-Indigenous hunters confront Mi’kmaw hunters in December 2015 in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Photo: APTNNon-Indigenous hunters protested the planned cull, arguing the Mi’kmaq should be given no special privilege.The Mi’kmaq maintain they have never ceded or surrendered any part of Mi’kma’ki and point to the historic Peace and Friendship Treaties as evidence they have sovereignty over their lands and resources.One of the hunters who protested the moose cull in 2015 is Arnold Dithurbide, who months later became a founding member of the newly formed Highlands Métis Nation Association, and the group’s “second chief”.APTN visited Dithurbide’s house in Cape Breton to request an on-camera interview but he wasn’t home.“White settler revisionism”St. Mary’s University Professor Darryl Leroux has been researching the growing number of self-identified Métis in Quebec and the Maritimes and says he’s not surprised to hear one of the groups’ leaders has actively opposed Aboriginal rights in the past.Leroux says the proliferation of self-identified Métis in Nova Scotia and other provinces is a phenomenon he calls “white settler revisionism.”“The evidence that I’ve uncovered suggests that this is primarily a genealogical movement, linked to a political movement that often is organized around what one could call white supremacist ideas that are openly anti-Indigenous,” he said. “Not white supremacist in the hate-filled sense of the term, but rather white settlers advocating for white rights and in this case opposing Indigenous rights to achieve that end.”St. Mary’s University Professor Darryl Leroux.He argues in academic papers and on social media that settlers—in Nova Scotia’s case mostly those who have historically identified as Acadian—often locate long ago Indigenous ancestors to claim Indigeneity in order to access Indigenous rights.Leroux says he found that some ancestors used by self-identified Métis to claim Indigenous identity were, in fact, French women.Most trace their roots back to between only five and 10 Mi’kmaw women who married French men in the 1600s.He estimates upward of 10 million people today share those women as ancestors.But not all Acadians and Nova Scotians with Indigenous ancestry claim an Indigenous identity, says Daphne Williamson, a Halifax-based lawyer and member of the Sou’West Nova Métis Council who traces her Indigenous ancestry back to the Wampanoag in what is now Massachusetts.Speaking on behalf of seven of Nova Scotia’s eight Métis leaders, Williamson says self-identified Métis in Nova Scotia claim an Indigenous identity based not only on their ancestral connections but also on the basis that they developed distinct cultures and identities.“Each community is distinct in and of itself because of the way it historically evolved: the circumstances, the mix of ethnicities that were comprised at the time,” she says.But members of the Mi’kmaw community in Nova Scotia say this is news to them.“I’ve never heard of any kind of collective Métis identity, culture, language or heritage in this region,” says Jarvis Googoo of We’koqma’q First Nation. “It only started to pop up out of the blue in the early 2000s, after Marshall.”Métisness and the courtsLeroux points to Statistics Canada numbers that reveal 860 individuals in Nova Scotia identified as Métis in the 1996 census. By 2016 the number of self-identified Métis in the province had grown to more than 23,000.He estimates that around 200,000 people presently identify as Métis in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces and that the proliferation coincides with court decisions that affirm Aboriginal rights and address the debate over who is Métis and who’s not.“There are these moments where court decisions lead people to identify with a particular juridical or legal identity,” he explains. Watch Part 1 of Justin’s story. Adese believes if the Métis Nation Accord passed, “Powley would have looked completely different [and] these precedent-setting cases would have looked very very different.”She and others argue that while some in Eastern Canada may have legitimate claims of Indigeneity, they are not Métis and not part of the Métis Nation.The Powley decision’s description of a Métis person is “rooted in race-based logic,” Adese says, and re-entrenches a notion of “mixedness” that “implies Métis are somehow more mixed than any other human beings.”She argues maternal origins matter and were crucial in the formation of the Métis Nation.“When we say that Métis were born on the Prairies, it’s because we’re also recognizing the rootedness of First Nations women who give rise to a distinct Métis language called Michif, and a distinct Métis culture that connects us to the lands we come from.”By contrast, Leroux questions the contemporary narratives or understandings around the nature of the relationships between the French and Acadian men and Mi’kmaw women who those self-identifying as Acadian-Métis today say gave rise to distinct peoples and cultures.“We can literally count six or seven [Mi’kmaw women] who marry French men before 1665,” he says, describing the interpretations of those relationships as “romanticized”.“Besides the fact that we don’t question what coercion, sexualized violence, et cetera, occur in those spaces, we’re really romanticizing a past where the…French descendants somehow have this natural alliance with Indigenous peoples.”Racism on the water and undergroundLeroux says the anti-Indigenous racism and white supremacy he argues are embedded in the movement of self-identified Métis in the Maritimes were evident during the anti-Mi’kmaq fisheries protests in 2000, following the Marshall decision.“If we talk to people on the ground, particularly Mi’kmaw people, what we see is following the Marshall decision in 1999, and the pitched battles on the water and also off the water around lobster fishing in Esgenoôpetitj, Burnt Church—and also down in the Yarmouth area off the southern shore of Nova Scotia—many of the people who were leading the movement, violently, against Mi’kmaq fishing rights turn to a Métis identity to access Aboriginal rights. In this case Marshall rights.”Fisherman and Sipekne’katik First Nation Councillor Alex McDonald has been fishing among Acadian fishermen in St. Mary’s Bay for a number of years now.He says French Acadians in the region “didn’t claim Métis [identity] until after the Marshall decision,” and that “prior to that, they were battling with us all the time.”“We’ve been fishing here a long time, and we still get the prejudice, we still get the bullshit. And the crazy thing is, the ones that are claiming Métis are the ones that are giving us a hard time.”McDonald also questions the self-identified Acadian-Métis reliance on race-based understandings of Métisness in defining themselves; he points out the irony in the context of the Mi’kmaq.“There’s a lot of mixed blood here on our reserves in Nova Scotia, so we could be the Métis,” he says.Williamson acknowledges there are opportunists who self-identify as Acadian-Métis but says they are not representative of the wider community.Explaining the exponential population growth of self-identified Métis in Nova Scotia between the mid-90s and 2016, she says people are publicly identifying now because they previously feared facing racism and discrimination for being Indigenous.Leroux doesn’t buy it.“I don’t find that particularly convincing, given that Indigenous peoples have been front and centre in Indigenous rights movements since the 1960s, ‘70s, into the ‘80s,” he says.“To wait until 2015 to form an organization and to call oneself Indigenous is certainly questionable.”APTN reached out to three Métis leaders in Cape Breton and southwestern Nova Scotia. They all declined our interview requests.Bras d’Or Lake Métis Nation Chief Shane Savoury directed APTN to a recently authored report by self-identified Acadian-Métis scholar Chris Boudreau, who also declined our interview request.Boudreau’s research paper, titled “An Ethnographic Report on the Acadian-Métis 2018,” argues that in the early 17th century Europeans “intermarried with the original inhabitants of the area, the Mi’kmaq, and Maliseet, creating a distinct mixed-heritage people…who subsequently endured prejudice and denigration from Acadians and others who considered themselves to be of ‘pure blood’ — a prejudice which continues to the present day.”Leroux took to Twitter in March to critique the work, arguing the author and his colleagues did not consider “Mi’kmaw perspectives on the existence of another Indigenous people on Mi’kmaw territory.”He also argues that they “provide no evidence whatsoever that [Acadian-Métis] maintained kinship relations and accompanying forms of responsibility with Mi’kmaw people.“Being mixed-race is not evidence that somebody is Métis in the sense that the authors develop,” he tweeted.Many who claim Acadian-Métis identity are not after hunting or fishing rights. But they are taking up precious space created for Indigenous people, says Googoo.Citing scholarships for Indigenous students and other resources and opportunities set aside to “help ameliorate and remove those historical disadvantages facing Mi’kmaq people,” Googoo says self-identified Métis are increasingly encroaching on those spaces.“When I hear of Métis people, groups popping up here all of a sudden — and then applying to professional schools, applying for scholarships and jobs, then I ask, OK, can you present to me the historical dispossession, the historically disadvantaged Métis groups and collective communities that have happened here in this region?”In March the East Coast Music Association [ECMA] revoked the nomination of self-identified Acadian-Métis guitarist Maxim Cormier, who was being considered for the Indigenous Artist of the Year award.In a statement posted to the organization’s website, ECMA Chair Dean Stairs explained the decision, stating “the law has not recognized Maxim Cormier or the community he is a member of, the Highland Métis, as being recognized as members of the ‘aboriginal peoples of Canada’ under the Constitution.”Cormier declined an interview request for this story.Searching for personal Acadian-Métis narrativesTo get a better sense of the personal stories behind Acadian-Métis identity APTN travelled to Cape Breton.While Highlands Métis Nation Association Chief Randy Roach declined our interview request, we caught up with his father, William Roach, a well-known artist in Chéticamp.Roach says his grandfather was of mixed French and Mi’kmaw ancestry and a known medicine man in the region, but that growing up his family didn’t discuss their Indigenous roots.He says it was just two or three years ago that his sons began to take an interest in exploring their Indigenous ancestry.“Some, myself, would ask, what’s a Métis? I didn’t know it was a mixed blood with Natives and French, you know. But now I understand what it means: it’s a bloodline, it’s a special thing to me because you know I’m getting on in age and I’m glad to see that the young people are taking an interest and finally developing that. They’re going to see where they come from.”Artist William Roach, father of Highlands Métis Nation Association Chief Randy Roach.Roach describes his own understanding of the term Métis as being mixed-race, and a bridge or pathway toward Mi’kmaw identity.“We would like to be identified as Mi’kmaq because that’s what we are,” he explains. “But the Métis thing, for now, sort of covers it.“A lot of us are willing to be called Mi’kmaq, or Métis, whichever way — because it is our bloodline. We would like to have a place that we can identify…one way or the other, with Métis or Mi’kmaq, fully — that we would feel at ease.”Googoo says if Acadians in Nova Scotia who learn they have Mi’kmaq ancestry are genuinely interested in learning about their heritage, they should approach members of the Mi’kmaq community rather than immediately claim Indigeneity.“If people are finding that they do have Mi’kmaq heritage from way back when I strongly encourage and support them to learn more about that Mi’kmaq heritage.”Bernard, too, says the Mi’kmaw community has always welcomed outsiders and encouraged those with ancestral ties to their nation to introduce themselves.He says the Mi’kmaq are fighting for their sovereignty, and that a big part of that battle is maintaining the ability to decide who is a citizen of their nation, and who isn’t.“If you claim that you’re a Métis, then I would rather tell you, why don’t you claim that you’re Mi’kmaw? And through your blood, and through your connections and your lineage, prove to me that you’re Mi’kmaw — and we’ll decide if you’re Mi’kmaw. The Mi’kmaq will decide that. Not the government. Or your organization,” he says.Adese says the Métis to have been fighting for years to protect their identity and sovereignty as a distinct Indigenous people and nation too.She says settlers who discover they have Indigenous ancestry but have no ties to the culture, language, or existing Indigenous communities should feel comfortable with who they are and learn about their Indigenous heritage.“It’s OK to say that my great, great, great grandmother was Mi’kmaw, and that’s it,” she says. “It doesn’t have to turn into anything else.“You can be comfortable in that moment. And you can celebrate that [ancestry] and try to learn more what that means. But it doesn’t have to translate into rights-based claims.”Leroux has traced his own genealogy back to Mohawk and Algonquin ancestors, and even shares some of the same ancestors he says self-identified Acadian-Métis are using to claim Indigeneity today—but says that doesn’t make him Indigenous.“My family hunts and fishes. We have these stories about having long ago Indigenous ancestors…but my family has no relationship with living Indigenous people.“As someone who’s a French descendant…I would suggest that Acadians are Acadians. And that Acadian people should be proud to identify as Acadian, to identify with their history, which has often been quite difficult, with their resilience.”A “new wave of colonialism”Leroux says the mass self-Indigenization among self-identified Métis in Eastern Canada is “part of a process of colonialism” in which “white French descendant settlers are incorporating themselves as Indigenous…which is part of the story that sort of gives settler colonialism momentum into the future.”Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaw lawyer, and Chair of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, agrees.She describes the phenomenon as a “new wave of colonization, where the colonizers, who have already taken just about everything from us, have seen that we’ve received wins in courts over the last few decades.“So now they’re circling back and the only way to defeat our wins, our claims to our lands and resources, is to now claim Indigenous identity themselves and take it that way.”Palmater says the Mi’kmaq Nation should pay close attention at the chance a provincial court in Nova Scotia or elsewhere quietly renders a decision recognizing self-identified Métis as having Aboriginal rights under Canadian law.“I worry that courts are not going to get the full picture,” she says.“If you have two non-Native lawyers in court trying to make these arguments—say a Crown prosecutor and a non-Native lawyer trying to make all of these Aboriginal rights claims for one of these opportunistic identifiers—that could be a real problem if we get a judgement.”Ryerson University Chair of Indigenous Governance, Pam Palmater.Palmater also says decisions by Canadian courts to determine who is Indigenous, and who is not, on unceded Mi’kmaq territory would violate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.“There is a right for Indigenous Peoples to belong to their Indigenous Nation, but there’s a corresponding right of the Indigenous Nation to decide who belongs and who doesn’t, and to govern those processes.”Williamson says self-identified Métis in Nova Scotia in pursuit of Aboriginal rights don’t pose a threat to Mi’kmaq rights and sovereignty, but in the same breath revealed she believes they are entitled to treaty rights under the historic Indigenous-Crown Peace and Friendship treaties.“No one is looking to take anything away from the Mi’kmaq or claim anything that more appropriately belongs to the Mi’kmaq,” she says.“Now having said that, if you look at the history of the treaties on the eastern seaboard, the Peace and Friendship Treaties were signed among the entire eastern seaboard. So any Nation that was a signatory to that treaty is a treaty beneficiary, including mine.”Williamson says while the treaties distinguished between Indigenous people and settlers, they “did not delineate by blood quantum, generation, matriarchy, patriarchy, or anything else as to who the heirs of those treaty benefits would be.“So in other words the Mi’kmaq, the Acadian-Métis, my people—anyone who descends from the Nations that were signatories to those treaties—by rights is a treaty beneficiary. But which benefits they will pursue is entirely their call.”Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs did not respond to an interview request from APTN but have been clear in the past that Mi’kmaq are the only rights holders in Mi’kma’firstname.lastname@example.org@JustinBrakeNews The 1999 Supreme Court of Canada Marshall decision affirmed Mi’kmaq treaty rights to fish for a moderate livelihood.In 2003 the Powley decision described a Métis person as one who self-identifies, has an ancestral connection to a historic Métis community, and is accepted by that community.And the 2016 Daniels decision ruled that Métis and non-status Indians are now the responsibility of the federal government, and are classified as “Indians” under Section 91(24) of the constitution.Jennifer Adese, a Métis scholar and Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies Studies at Carleton University, says the phenomenon of self-identified Métis in Eastern Canada must be understood in the context of the “constitutional moment” in which it’s happening.As part of the Métis Nation Accord, the Métis National Council developed its own definition of who is Métis. The Accord was embedded in the 1992 Charlottetown Accord and would have been entrenched in the constitution had the proposed constitutional amendments not failed.The Métis National Council’s definition of a Métis person required that an individual be a “descendant of those Métis who received or were entitled to receive land grants and/or scrip under the provisions of the Manitoba Act, 1870 or the Dominion Lands Act.”“I think that we’d be having a different conversation if in fact the Métis Nation Accord had been passed and entrenched the definition of who is Métis from the outset,” says Adese.“It’s not until after that that you start to see the emergence of all of these different organizations claiming Métisness, and it’s enabled really by that lack of clarity around Métisness in that moment.”Watch Part 2 of Justin’s story.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepts the final inquiry report following a special ceremony.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThey’re talking about a revolution.The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is trying to make genocide a noun the way the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada turned reconciliation into a verb.“It is time to call it as it is,” the inquiry’s final report released Monday said.“Canada’s past and current colonial policies, actions and inactions towards Indigenous Peoples is genocide.”Read the national inquiry’s calls for justiceThe allegation is a strong one.It threatens to tarnish Canada’s stellar reputation for quality of life, its standard for peace, and its position of respect within the global community.But Chief Commissioner Marion Buller said she and her three fellow commissioners “pulled out a mirror to Canada” over 33 months of gathering evidence and “reflected the truth back.”When asked why they used the term genocide, she said “because that’s the inescapable conclusion.”The term, she said, “explains the high rates of violence” against Indigenous women and girls – fulfilling the inquiry’s mandate to expose the root cause of gender-based discrimination and violence.The tough talk shouldn’t come as a surprise.The commissioners warned in November 2017 in their interim report – ‘Our Women and Girls are Sacred’ – they’d be “exposing hard truths about the devastating impacts of colonization, racism and sexism—aspects of Canada that many Canadians are reluctant to accept.”The final report with 231 recommendations was swaddled in sealskin and wrapped with a traditional Métis sash before being handed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.He took his seat cradling the bundle like a baby before his turn to address the crowd at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.Trudeau promised to develop a national action plan to end violence against Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.But didn’t say colonial violence was genocide.“Canada has failed you,” he said. “This is an uncomfortable day for Canada but it is an essential day.”By coincidence, Canada’s Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg recently adopted the term genocide to describe the effects of colonization.Read the executive summary here: Reclaiming Power and PlaceIndigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be victims of crime – a staggering statistic by any metric.But what’s worse, said the report entitled Reclaiming Power and Place, is that victims are made to feel at fault while governments and public services look the other way.“This desire to maintain the status quo directly contributes to the targeting of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people,” said Buller to a standing ovation.“We need you to change,” added Commissioner Michèle Audette during her remarks.“This is a historic day.”Despite cries from the crowd demanding he say it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not utter the word “genocide” in his speech after being handed a copy of the #MMIWG National Inquiry final report. @APTNNews #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/ZWawUEvYyF— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) June 3, 2019Representatives from all provinces and territories were present to accept copies of the report. As were some chiefs of police including Danny Smyth of Winnipeg.But not the head of the RCMP, a police service heavily criticized in the report for the way it handles missing and murdered cases.Commissioner Brenda Lucki “was unable to attend today’s event,” a spokeswoman said, releasing a written statement instead thanking the inquiry for its important work.“We are committed to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through a renewed relationship built on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership,” the statement said.“We have already made many changes to our policies, procedures and training over the course of the inquiry.”When APTN News asked what Lucki was doing, the RCMP did not reply.While the 1,200-page report records the trauma and stress of grieving families, it also reflects the resilience of Indigenous communities.And, it concludes women are tired of being victims. Preferring to move forward through action towards justice.With a focus on the perpetrators – whether they be human or systemic. email@example.com@katmarte
Terje Roed-Larsen, who returned to Beirut last night after his one-day visit to Syria for talks with President Bashar Al-Assad, met this morning with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir – an avid supporter of Security Council resolution 1559.On Thursday night Mr. Roed-Larsen, whose official title is Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, met separately with Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani and Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qabalan, vice-president of the Higher Shiite Council. The UN envoy briefed them on the objectives of his mission and sought their support in the implementation of the resolution.That text, adopted last September ahead of elections in Lebanon, supported polling free from outside influence and called for the withdrawal of all remaining foreign forces, the disbanding of all militias and the extension of Government control over the entire country.In an initial report, Mr. Annan said that aside from a UN peacekeeping force, the only significant foreign forces in Lebanon were Syrian. He said Syria indicated it had some 14,000 troops still inside Lebanon stationed near the border, and that it had redeployed about 3,000 other forces.The Secretary-General also reported that the Governments of both countries said the timing of further withdrawals would be determined by the security situation in Lebanon and the Middle East region and they could not provide a schedule for such action.Mr. Roed-Larsen left Beirut this afternoon for Paris, where he is scheduled to meet French President Jacques Chirac over the weekend.
Voith have developed a fluid coupling technology, specifically designed for drives on open-pit mining belt conveyors named TurboBelt 780 TPXL. The development of an XL blade wheel profile is said to deliver twice the power compared to previous couplings of similar size. It has been designed for 6- and 8- pole induction motors operating at speeds of 900 to 1,200 rpm. On start-up, there is a precisely controlled introduction torque to protect the belt and the driveline. Start-up times of up to several minutes can be individually set in the control system.In May 2012, the initial start-up of this new fluid coupling was in one of the biggest sea terminals in northern Brazil, where iron ore is shipped worldwide. In order to handle the increasing amount of iron ore, the operating mining company decided to install three TurboBelt 780 TPXL couplings in the drives of a 1,451 m long conveyor. As the conveyor transports around 10,000 tons of iron ore every hour, its reliability has high priority for the mining company. The maintenance efforts can be reduced to a minimum as the hydrodynamic power transmission is completely wear-free. Compared with traditional couplings, the TurboBelt 780 TPXL requires reduced installation space and is also lighter. This has enabled a simple and quick installation and alignment in the Brazilian sea terminal in May 2012.
Singapour : des supermarchés boycottent les ailerons de requin C’est un pas énorme que vient de faire FairPrice, la plus grande chaine de supermarchés de Singapour, dans la lutte pour la protection des espèces menacées. Elle a décidé de retirer de ses rayons tous les produits à base d’ailerons de requin. “Il s’agira du dernier Nouvel An chinois durant lequel les clients pourront acheter des produits à base d’ailerons de requin dans nos magasins”, a déclaré dans un communiqué Seah Kian Peng, directeur général de FairPrice, en référence au Nouvel An lunaire qui aura lieu cette année le 23 janvier.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)C’est définitif, il n’y aura plus d’ailerons de requins dans les assiettes asiatiques. Du moins, plus provenant de la chaîne de supermarchés FairPrice qui a annoncé vendredi dernier qu’elle décidait de procéder au boycott, à partir de mars prochain, des produits à base d’ailerons de requin. Cette initiative suit celle prise au 1er janvier par Peninsula, une chaîne d’hôtels de luxe qui a arrêté de servir de la soupe de requin. Si ce genre de mesures se font encore trop rares face à la menace qui plane sur les requins victimes d’une surpêche massive, celles-ci représentent une avancée énorme dans la lutte pour la protection de ces espèces menacées. Le 7 janvier 2012 à 18:59 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate today passed the state operating budget for Fiscal Year 2019, totaling $3.2 billion in unrestricted general funds (UGF) for agency and statewide operations. The House and Senate budgets includes an additional $135 million to meet the state’s legal obligation to pay down outstanding debt related to oil and gas tax credits. The budget draws $600 million from the Constitutional Budget Reserve (CBR); the CBR vote passed 15 to 5. “The Senate prioritized the state’s constitutional obligations in this budget,” said Sen. Anna MacKinnon (R-Eagle River) co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee. “In order to reduce the size of government, we must actively pursue legislative reforms.” The budget excludes the bulk of education funding—$1.28 billion—which is covered in a different bill, HB 287. HB 287 delivers up to two years of full funding for K-12 education. The House and Senate versions of the operating budget cap the Permanent Fund Dividend at $1,600. According to a press release the senate intends to pass that separately to protect education from possible delays caused by disagreements over other budget items. HB 286 passed the Senate by a vote of 13 to 7 and is now on its way to the Alaska House of Representatives for concurrence.
Aickarakkonathe BhishaguaranmaarTwitterHollywood director Sohan Roy has urged the film industry to encourage new talents after his eponymous movie Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar bagged the best feature film award in Italy.Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) film produced by Abhini Sohan Roy. It features 175 new faces and has bagged the Diamond Award in the Best Feature Film segment. The award will be presented at the Diamond Film Festival in Italy.Live screening of the movie would be conducted at Villa Aversana in Italy on May 21. “Our youngsters are all set to soar high and the industry should give more importance to them,” said UAE based-entrepreneur Sohan Roy.Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar is the second CSR movie initiative by UAE-based Aries Group. The movie was developed from the basic thread of picturising the life of common people in a village named Aickarakkonam. The movie emphasises on the 5,000-year-old system of natural healing called ‘Ayurveda’ which is enjoying a major resurgence in both its native land and all over the world.Besides the theme, the movie had utilized 100 per cent of its revenue for flood relief and rehabilitation activities in Kerala, which witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the state recently, and for the support those in the film industry, who were affected by the floods.Produced by Abhini Sohan, Directed by Biju Majeed, the movie is in the banner of Aries Telecasting Private Limited, Project Designer, Lyrics -Sohan Roy, Story, Screenplay, Dialogue: K. Shibu Raj, Co-Production-Prabhiraj Natarajan Camera: P.C Lal Editing: Johnson Iringol Music Director: Biju Ram Production Controller- Anil Angamaly, Stills- Saji Aleena and P.R.O- A.S Dinesh.Sohan Roy is the founder of Aries Telecasting Private Limited and had produced its first CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) movie Jalam which was accepted by the audience well. Aickarakonathe Bhishaguaranmaar was also shortlisted for Oscars.
Aziz AhmedThe government has appointed lieutenant general Aziz Ahmed as the new chiefof Bangladesh Army, says UNB.The defence ministry issued a notice in this regard on Monday.He will be promoted as a general and take over the charge as army chief on 25 June for next three years, it said.Aziz Ahmed will replace general Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq.Lieutenant general Aziz Ahmed is currently serving as the quartermaster general of Bangladesh Army.As a major general, Aziz Ahmed previously performed as the director general of Border Guard Bangladesh, and the GOC of 33 Infantry Division stationed at Comilla Cantonment.
Last month, the Intercept informed that Google is reportedly building a prototype search engine for China called ‘Dragonfly’ which lead to Google employees pressuring Google to abandon the project on ethical grounds. Google has then appeased their employees stating that the project was simply an exploration and nowhere near completion. Now, there are fresh reports from the Intercept that Google’s custom search engine would link Chinese users’ search queries to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the government to track their searches. This means those who search for banned information could be interrogated or detained if security agencies got hold of Google’s search records. According to The intercept, Dragonfly will be designed for Android devices, and would remove content considered to be sensitive by China’s authoritarian Communist Party regime- which includes information about freedom of speech, dissidents, peaceful protest and human rights. Citing anonymous sources familiar with the plan—including a Google whistleblower having “moral and ethical concerns” about Google’s role in censorship, the Intercept revealed that “programmers and engineers at Google have created a custom Android app” which has already been demonstrated to the Chinese government. The finalized version could be launched in the next six to nine months, after the approval from Chinese officials. What this means to other nations and to Google China has strict cyber surveillance, and the fact that this tech giant is bending to China’s demands is a topic of concern for US legislators as well as citizens of other countries. Last week, in an Open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the US Senator for Florida Marco Rubio led by a bipartisan group of senators, expresses his concerns over the project being “deeply troubling” and risks making “Google complicit in human rights abuses related to China’s rigorous censorship regime”. He also requests answers for several unanswered doubts. For instance, what changed since Google’s 2010 withdrawal from China to make the tech giant comfortable in cooperating with China’s rigorous censorship regime. This project is also driving attention from users all over the Globe. Source: Reddit Google has not yet confirmed the existence of Dragonfly, and has publicly declined to comment on reports about the project. The only comment released to Fox News from a Google spokesperson on Sunday was that it is just doing ‘exploratory’ work on a search service in China and that it is ‘not close to launching a search product.’ In protest to this project last month, more than 1,000 employees had signed an open letter asking the company to be transparent. Now, some employees have taken the next step by resigning from the company altogether. This is not the first time that Google employees have resigned in protest over one of the company’s projects. Earlier this year, Project Maven, a drone initiative for the US government that could weaponize their AI research caused a stir among at least a dozen employees who reportedly quit over the initiative. The scrutiny on Google’s take on privacy has continued to intensify. It is about time the company starts taking into consideration all aspects of a user’s internet privacy. To know more about Project ‘Dragonfly’, head over to The intercept. Read Next Google’s ‘mistakenly deployed experiment’ covertly activated battery saving mode on multiple phones today Did you know your idle Android device sends data to Google 10 times more often than an iOS device does to Apple? Bloomberg says Google, Mastercard covertly track customers’ offline retail habits via a secret million dollar ad deal