APTN National NewsOTTAWA–An Indigenous academic now has more questions than answers after receiving an access to information request aimed at finding out if her name was in the files of Canada’s spy agency.Pam Palmater, a Ryerson professor and chair in Indigenous governance, received a batch of documents last month that left her wondering what the Canadian Security Intelligence Service didn’t want her to find out.“They have a file on me and they are legally entitled not to release it to me, which is ridiculous,” said Palmater. “There is nothing about my activities that are subversive to Canada as a nation, or hostile, unless you consider Facebook, Twitter, writing blogs and appearing before Senate committees subversive and hostile.”Much of what CSIS released to Palmater appears to be related to security screenings from her time working for Justice Canada.The security screening reports contain her name, birth date and addresses, but the spy agency redacted parts of the document under a section of the Access to information Act that allows information to be kept secret if it “relates to the efforts of Canada towards detecting, preventing or suppressing subversive or hostile activities.”Palmater said it gave her a “chill” when she read those words.“Within our own country, First Nations are considered terrorists,” she said. “That, in of itself, and knowing what happens in other countries to people who are considered hostile, it does give me a chill.”CSIS also told Palmater it could not “confirm nor deny” whether they had ever investigated her activities.A CSIS spokesperson said Palmater likely received a standard response for the type of request she submitted.“In the letter that Ms. Palmater received, there is a sentence that gives the description of section 15 of the Access to Information Act…it is intended to provide a description… for those individuals who may not be familiar with it,” said spokesperson Tahera Mufti. “The letter also states that should the individual wish to access more information, she is encouraged to do so by sending a request to the office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.”Palmater said she filed her access to information request after it surfaced that a prominent child advocate was under watch by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.APTN National News reported late last fall that federal Aboriginal Affairs officials were spying on Cindy Blackstock, who had taken the federal government to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for underfunding First Nations child welfare services.“Obviously the national security provisions are far too broad if they encapsulate young Indigenous people who are educated and are working to improve their communities,” said Palmater.
APTN National NewsA long-running initiative in Calgary designed to help Indigenous newcomers to the city is closing its doors.A lack of funding commitment from all three levels of government is forcing the closure.APTN’s Chris Stewart has this story.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Thursday in a volatile session that saw the resource sectors register further declines.[np_storybar title=”What went wrong for the Canadian economy and why didn’t anybody see it coming?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2015/01/28/terence-corcoran-the-canadian-economy-nobody-saw-coming/”%5DTerence Corcoran: We’ve got big data revisions, shock bank rate cuts, a falling loonie. Through it all, nobody saw it coming. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]The S&P/TSX composite index came back from a 210-point plunge to finish 33.08 points higher at 14,635.96.There was also uncertainty about when the U.S. Federal Reserve is going to raise rates.“It looks like they’re going to go mid-year; that’s another concern,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS.The Canadian dollar lost more ground in the wake of Wednesday’s announcement from the Federal Reserve, which left markets with the impression that the U.S. central bank will start hiking rates around the middle of this year. The loonie lost 0.57 of a cent to 79.3 cents US, its lowest level since late March 2009, adding to a drop of three-quarters of a cent on Wednesday.The Fed said it would be patient in beginning to normalize monetary policy while at the same time it pointed out a string of positives about the American economy, including that economic activity is expanding at a solid pace. U.S. markets put interest rate concerns aside and several homebuilders surged as data showed that completed home sales increased seven per cent in the fourth quarter.The Dow industrials ran ahead 225.48 points to 17,416.85, the Nasdaq climbed 45.42 points to 4,683.41 and the S&P 500 index gained 19.09 points to 2,021.25.Oil prices inched up slightly after plunging almost $2 Wednesday in the wake of figures showing U.S. crude inventories still at 80-year highs. The March contract came off a low of $43.58 to add eight cents to US$44.53 a barrel and the energy sector dropped 1.1 per cent.A major decliner was Canadian Oil Sands. The company cut its quarterly dividend from 35 cents to five cents a share to preserve cash as it tried to cope with the 55 per cent plunge in oil prices since last summer.The company announced in early January that it would be cutting the dividend from 35 cents to 20 cents, but said after markets closed Thursday that the outlook has deteriorated since then and slashed the planned payout further. Its stock had been halted mid-afternoon, when it was down 50 cents or 7.1 per cent at $6.51.The base metals sector on the TSX fell 1.65 per cent as March copper fell three cents to US$2.44 a pound. “The only thing good is that (miners) have a cushion with the lower Canadian dollar but that’s not enough to offset the decline in copper — copper is off 30 per cent,” noted Nakamoto.Gold plunged as traders weighed the chances of the Fed moving rates up as early as June and February bullion declined $31.30 to US$1,255.90 an ounce and the gold sector faded 0.6 per cent.TSX sectors outside the resource groups were positive, led by a 2.1 per cent rise in the tech sector and a 1.9 per cent run-up in consumer staples.Meanwhile, PotashCorp (TSX:POT) posted quarterly income of $407 million or 49 cents per share, beating estimates of 47 cents. Revenue was $1.9 billion, compared with $1.5 billion a year ago and its shares added 12 cents to $45.48.Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) posted adjusted net income of $355 million or 69 cents a share, beating expectations of 64 cents. Its revenue was up four per cent at $3.37 billion. It also hiked its annual dividend by five per cent and its shares rose 31 cents to $44.86. Its shares gained $1.76 to $78.
Dog lovers beware.A Norfolk resident is out $350 after falling victim to a puppy scam.Police said the complainant located an ad on a website for a puppy for sale in Waterford. The resident then contacted the seller and agreed upon a price for the dog. The victim then sent $350 as a down payment through an e-transfer from their bank account. However the puppy was never received.The victim attended the residence listed on the ad and spoke to the homeowner, who was totally unaware that their address was being used to sell animals.The OPP are warning all Norfolk County residents to be extremely vigilant when searching buy and sell websites. Some scam artists use stolen photos in their ads, claiming they are pictures of animals for sale. The OPP remind everyone to make sure they have seen what they are buying in person before transferring any money.Driver charged after collisionA 23-year-old woman has been charged following a collision in Delhi earlier this week.On Monday morning Norfolk OPP responded to a collision involving a school bus and a motor vehicle.It was determined that a school bus was travelling southbound on James Street when it collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Crosier Street. No children were on board and the bus driver was not injured.The driver of the motor vehicle suffered minor injuries and was sent to a local area hospital by ambulance to be treated.As a result, police charged 23-year-old Norfolk woman with improper left turn under the Highway Traffic Act.$10,000 of equipment stolenEquipment valued at $10,000 was stolen from a vehicle on Schafer Side Road near Courtland.Early Monday, thieves gained entry into a locked tree removal truck. Once inside, they removed four chain saws, along with various sets of rigging and climbing gear.
The senior United Nations envoy for Iraq has told Kurdish lawmakers that they, and the people of Kurdistan, had the opportunity and capability to provide a beacon and example for the rest of Iraq.“[The Kurdish people] suffered political isolation, economic deprivation and brutal repression including genocidal onslaughts during the era of the previous regime…yet remained determined to assert their freedom and dignity, and valiantly struggled for their basic human rights,” said Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in a speech delivered on Saturday at the inaugural session of the Kurdistan National Assembly.The elections to the Kurdistan National Assembly, represented “an important milestone in Iraq’s political transition,” Mr. Qazi also said, adding that the extraordinary diversity of people living in Kurdistan is a priceless national asset. The role played by the Kurdish Alliance in the formation of the new government following general elections held on January 30 demonstrated that the people of this region have a vital role to play in shaping the destiny of their country, Mr. Qazi said.
The number of disaster displacements on annual average between 2008 and 2016 amounted to 25.3 million, according to figures released by the Norwegian Refugee Council. The five countries globally that have the highest proportion of their population affected by displacements are all island States: Cuba, Fiji, Philippines, Tonga and Sri Lanka. “During this hurricane season alone for example, we saw the displacement of 1.7 million people in Cuba – that’s the equivalent of 15 per cent of its population,” said Camila Minerva, Humanitarian Programme Manager with Oxfam in the Dominican Republic, during a press conference on ‘human mobility and climate change’ at the UN Climate Conference (COP23), in Bonn, Germany. “The poorest and the most marginalized are five times more likely to be displaced and to remain so for longer time than people in higher income countries, and [this number] is increasing with climate change,” she added. Mariam Traore, Migration, Environment and Climate Change Specialist with the UN International Organizaton for Migration (IOM), said that it is also important to remember that the slow onset effect of climate change makes people move and migrate, sometimes in a forced way. “In a country like Bangladesh, we did a survey last year and 40 per cent of the households we interviewed told us that climate change contributed directly to their decision to migrate,” she explained. In this context, some have suggested the creation of a ‘climate refugee’ status, protecting those forced to leave their country because of the impacts of climate change. “The legals status for refugees is provided by the 1951 Refugee Convention, which is very clear on what [basis such status is conferred], which is basically persecution,” said Marine Franck, Programme Officer (climate change), Division of International Protection, in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “In the context of climate change displacement, there might be cases where there is persecution involved where this refugee status could apply but in most cases, it doesn’t,” she added. She recalled that in 2011, States had suggested that UNHCR create a new status of refugee for people displaced because of climate change. “But some States were not at all ready for that,” she stated. Ms. Franck stressed that this issue of broadening the scope of refugee protection “is not necessarily desirable, because there is a risk of undermining the refugees fleeing persecution and violent conflict.” Moreover, she explained: “We would need also to renegotiate the Convention and there is no appetite for that from States and it might not be the most effective protection tool.” UNHCR thinks it is better to look at what exists at the regional level and try to have a bottom-up approach with broadening at the regional level using practices that are effective. She mentioned humanitarian protection visas, temporary protection and stay arrangements, as well as migration laws that can provide real protection. “It is much more effective because States are going to look at what their neighbours are doing and may adopt the same kind of procedures, rather than if we adopt a global convention or a new category […] it might not be easy to negotiate and it is not also sure that States will then implement it properly,” Ms. Franck said.
Love them or hate them, the Los Angeles Lakers long represented the closest thing the NBA had to a proverbial land of milk and honey. For the better part of three decades, the club often had a surplus of star players, a robust record, and the occasional championship trophy.Then they were hit with what equates to a biblical drought for their fans: a five-season stretch without a playoff berth.But on Sunday night, the sky opened up and watered the thirsting Laker franchise, as LeBron James, the world’s best basketball player, chose to join the Los Angeles club as a free agent, agreeing to a four-year, $154 million deal, according to Klutch Sports, the sports management agency that represents James.James’s choice will change the NBA landscape for obvious reasons. LeBron reached eight straight NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference, and his departure from his hometown Cleveland club almost certainly figures to put the Cavaliers back in the cellar, while also giving other teams in the badly diminished East — like Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto — a clearer path to the Finals.But the more pressing issue for the 33-year-old James is how quickly he and the young Lakers can become title contenders while Golden State essentially has a stranglehold on the league.The answer obviously hinges on the route Los Angeles takes next: either a more patient approach that lets the talented yet unseasoned Lakers develop around James, or a more aggressive one that involves trading some of that talent for a proven star like Kawhi Leonard.Regardless of which path the Lakers take, they will be considerably improved if LeBron can stay healthy the way he always has.According to CARMELO, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA player projection system, the current club with James would be projected to win 52 games, with an 11 percent probability of winning it all next season.1This assumes the Lakers would be keeping Julius Randle, who is currently a restricted free agent — one Los Angeles can exceed the salary cap to keep if it wishes. The projected win total would jump considerably, to nearly 60 victories with a 22 percent probability of a title, if the Lakers were to land Leonard in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Luol Deng and a first-round pick or two. Such a deal would sting — Ingram has incredible potential, and Kuzma’s an impressive young scorer — and you can bet on the Lakers doing all they can to resist surrendering this sort of haul. Yet Leonard’s stature as a top-five talent when healthy is impossible to deny, and he would quicken any timeline for contention. (The late-Sunday-night addition of Lance Stephenson didn’t figure to help the team much, per our projections, which essentially label the ex-Pacer as a replacement-level player at this point.)The first scenario, in which LeBron plays with the homegrown Lakers, would be a pretty far cry from 2014, when he started his second stint with Cleveland by playing alongside two other established scorers in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love and thrived in a wide-open offense that catered to James’s unique ability to drive and kick. The Lakers ranked near the bottom of the NBA in 3-point shooting and may need to scour the free-agent market for perimeter marksmen.And while Los Angeles boasts a much better defense than the Cavs had last year, the Lakers were similar to Cleveland in that they lacked a true rim-protecting presence on last season’s club. More than 30 percent of Lakers’ opponents shots came from within 3 feet of the basket, tied for the third-highest rate in the NBA last season, according to Basketball-Reference. (The Lakers also agreed to terms Sunday with JaVale McGee, who isn’t the most reliable on D. But he had his moments against James in the Finals and his wingspan helps him around the rim.)There would be at least one clear upside: After a year where James had to dominate the ball in Irving’s absence, he can now share that responsibility with second-year point guard Lonzo Ball. The two could connect quite frequently in transition, given that Ball is known for his uptempo style and long outlet passes, and James — looking to get a breather after some offensive possessions — will occasionally hang back and cherry-pick layups and dunks.Ball figures to be a part of the core going forward, even if the Lakers do push for Leonard. The Spurs — long seen as the league’s most straitlaced team — are rumored to lack interest in Ball, likely due to some of the off-court distractions that surround him. But having Leonard would carry obvious benefits. James — who hasn’t played on a roster without a prime-age All-Star-caliber teammate since the 2009-10 season2The 2015-16 season was the only one in that stretch where none of his teammates made the All-Star team, but Kyrie Irving only failed to make the roster because he was injured that year; his performance on his return was up to his usual standard. — wouldn’t have to shoulder nearly as much of the clutch-scoring burden. Perhaps more important: In a potential matchup with the Warriors, James wouldn’t necessarily have to defend Kevin Durant, as Leonard would be more than capable of handling that task.By no stretch of the imagination are the Lakers a force to be reckoned with yet. But after these last five years, the roughest dry spell in franchise history, this is a welcome shift. Depending on how aggressively Magic Johnson and the team’s front office handles the trade market, they could creep into Golden State’s rear-view mirror more quickly than many suspected. Nabbing LeBron James, even at damn-near 34 years old, will speed up just about any team’s process.— Neil Paine contributed to this story.CORRECTION (July 2, 2018, 12:25 p.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that LeBron James had not been on a team without at least one other prime-age All-Star since the 2009-10 season. In 2015-16, he was the only All-Star for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
OSU coach Urban Meyer is interviewed during media day on Dec. 29. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State coach Urban Meyer announced that freshman linebacker Baron Browning underwent shoulder surgery and will miss a couple months, which included the rest of spring practice. He said Browning should be back to 100 percent by June, which would make him ready for fall camp.Tuesday was Meyer’s first time speaking to the media in three weeks. Here are three takeaways from the press conference.InjuriesIncluding Browning’s shoulder, the Buckeyes are currently dealing with three other injuries and an academic issue.Meyer said redshirt sophomore defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton broke his foot a couple practices ago and will be “full speed soon.” Sophomore running back Antonio Williams and sophomore defensive end Jonathon Cooper are both sidelined with hamstring injuries. Cooper was seen jogging on the sideline with redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh who underwent offseason shoulder surgery. Williams was not seen at practice.Redshirt freshman tight end Kierre Hawkins is “taking care of some academic stuff,” Meyer said.Cooper and Hamilton were in the second-string rotation on the defensive line in spring practice. Hamilton played in all 13 games and had 2.5 tackles for loss, while Cooper played in six.Running back depth chartIt appears freshman running back J.K. Dobbins has taken advantage of Williams’ injury and has made the most of his decision to enrol early at OSU. Meyer said Dobbins is the No. 2 running back right now, behind starter redshirt sophomore Mike Weber. Meyer added that Dobbins and sophomore Demario McCall are battling for the second spot on the depth chart at running back.Dobbins — listed at 5-foot-10, 208 pound — joined a youthful running back group, with every player having three years of eligibility left. But it seems that it hasn’t taken long for the Texas native to impress his position coach Tony Alford, Meyer and the rest of the offensive staff.Meyer even said that Weber is being pushed quite a bit by Dobbins.“The best thing that can happen is competition and we didn’t have much last year at that position.”Wide receivers making stridesLast season, the wide receiver position was perhaps the most underwhelming position on the field for the Buckeyes. Already this spring, Meyer has seen great improvements, saying he’s somewhat impressed with the development of the group.“I put Parris (Campbell) No. 1,” he said. “I put K.J. (Hill) and Terry McLaurin either (No.) 2 slash (No.) 3. I put Ben Victor — he’s as talented as any I have ever coached — and then Austin Mack. Johnnie Dixon is having a good spring. Brendon White is actually making good plays for us. And Eric Glover-Williams, we just got to get everything in order. He’s real skinny. We just got to develop him because he’s got talent.”Campbell and Hill were primarily working out of the slot, playing as the inside receiver, in the hour time frame the media was allowed to watch at Tuesday’s practice. Meyer said that the plan for now is to play Campbell as the H-back, filling in for the departed Curtis Samuel.Other notes:Meyer called the 10 early enrollees “maybe the best group that we’ve had come in.”Junior college transfer cornerback Kendall Sheffield had his black stripe removed. He was practicing against the first-string receivers in 7-on-7 drills on Tuesday.Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Matt Burrell has been practicing with the first team. Redshirt junior Demetrius Knox is also practicing with first team.Justin Hilliard went back to practicing with the linebackers after undergoing shoulder surgery in late September.
Both men escaped from Pentonville Prison in north LondonCredit:Jonathan Brady Both Whitlock and Baker have now been recapturedCredit:Met Police Whitlock was on remand after being charged with conspiracy to burgle relating to a series of alleged ATM thefts.He was detained at an address in Shepherd’s Lane in Homerton shortly after 4.30pm on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said.A 48-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were also arrested at the address on suspicion of assisting an offender. Meanwhile, Baker was found with a with a broken leg hiding under a bed at his sister’s house in Ilford, east London last Wednesday. Both inmates who escaped from Pentonville prison in North London earlier this month have now been recaptured after James Whitlock was arrested on Sunday afternoon.The 31-year-old was arrested at an address in Homerton, east London for being unlawfully at large.Whitlock escaped from Pentonville Prison along with convicted attempted murderer Matthew Baker on November 7. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. They then scaled the perimeter wall of the prison before jumping to the ground and making their escape.The breakout sparked criticism from the head of the prison’s independent inspection watchdog, who said Pentonville was “a soft target” because of the “dilapidated” state of its windows.Steve Gillan, general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, said on Tuesday that the jail break had followed years of under-investment and staff cuts, and the focus should fall on the Government.The Category B facility, which opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adult men, was also singled out by former justice secretary Michael Gove last year as “the most dramatic example of failure” in the estate. His 21-year-old sister, Kelly Baker, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court earlier this week accused of harbouring him and buying him hair dye to change his appearance. A 33-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were also arrested on November 9 and 10 respectively on suspicion of assisting an offender, and bailed pending further inquiries, police said.Scotland Yard launched a manhunt for the pair after their escape from the Victorian Prison was discovered earlier this month.The pair were said to have stuffed their pillows in order to make it appear as if they were sleeping before using diamond-tipped cutting equipment to cut through the bars on their cells.
Argentina’s Angel di Maria, right, and Lionel Messi celebrate. Source: Kirsty WigglesworthLater, normal service was resumed as we got back to the entertaining stuff. Again it was extra-time after Belgium and the US couldn’t score. But then we had three in 30 minutes.Two down, the US pulled one back through German-born Justin Green and then peppered the Red Devils’ goal. Marc Wilmots’ side hung on in there though and march on to face Argentina on Saturday. An Argentina fan at the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWinnerLionel Messi’s Argentina are one of those heavyweights left in the last-eight who will now really fancy their chances. They never fired yesterday but managed to pull a win out of the bag when it looked like penalties were on the cards.LoserThe USA captured the imagination of their own country and the football world as a whole but their adventure is over. They had chances to claim a famous comeback win or at least a shootout but a lack of quality, perhaps, cost them in the end. Good job, good effort from Klinsi and the guys though.Joga BonitoThis didn’t result in a goal for the Americans but we just love a well-worked free kick routine.https://vine.co/v/MFluOWhPP5ZWhat we’ve got to look forward to todayReal life, silly! Go about your normal routine for today and tomorrow. There’s two rest days to endure til those mouth-watering quarter-finals.Argentine commentator breaks down in tears after di Maria’s winner against SwitzerlandLetter from Brazil: US fans living the American Dream ahead of last-16 showdown A lone USA supporter dressed as ‘Captain America’ sits in the stands after Belgium defeated the USA 2-1. Source: Natacha PisarenkoOn Day 20YESTERDAY WAS THE day we learned who our final eight would be. And what a line up it is.Oddly, all the group winners have progressed to the quarter-finals to set up four delicately-poised games this weekend. This tournament just keeps on giving doesn’t it?But, to paraphrase Talking Heads… how did we get here?Yesterday afternoon saw us witness one of the more low key games of the past month with Argentina taking on Switzerland. Nil-all after 90 mins, Lionel Messi ultimately created a chance for his El Clasico rival Angel di Maria and the Real Madrid midfielder slotted it away.
WENATCHEE — A badly burned black bear cub that hobbled up the right driveway has been rescued and flown by a volunteer pilot to a wildlife care center in California.Steve Love lives in north-central Washington’s Methow Valley, where the Carlton Complex of wildfires has scorched nearly 400 square miles since mid-July. When the 37-pound cub took shelter under his horse trailer late last week, he put out a bowl of water and tossed it some apricots from his tree.The next day, a state Fish and Wildlife officer was able to capture the cub and take it to Wenatchee. State biologist Rich Beausoleil says the cub has severe 3rd degree burns on all four paws. A local vet donated time and medicine and Beausoleil fed the cub yogurt and dog food while trying to determine who could help it. Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care agreed to take the cub, since named Cinder. The state biologist also reached out to Pilots for Paws and a Seattle pilot volunteered to deliver the cub to the California center.KOMO-TV reports that Cinder is now safely at the Lake Tahoe center and receiving care.
Vijayawada: World Biofuel Day was observed on Saturday by oil marketing companies across the country. The programme in Andhra Pradesh was held at HPCL Vijayawada Terminal at Kondapalli, Vijayawada, with the participation of officials of oil marketing companies and stakeholders. Speaking on the occasion, B Ajay Babu, DGM, Vijayawada Terminal, HPCL, said World Biofuel Day was observed under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum. The theme for this year is production of biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil’ (UCO). He said that consumption of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) poses adverse health effect. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us During frying, several properties of oil are altered leading to formation of Total Polar Compounds (TPC) on repeated frying. The toxicity of these compounds is associated with several diseases including hypertension and liver diseases. In order to safeguard consumer health, FSSAI has fixed a limit for Total Polar Compounds at 25 per cent, beyond which the vegetable oil shall not be used, he said. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us State-level coordinator for Oil Industry, AP, Umashankar GKKV, said that biofuels have the benefits of reducing import dependency on crude oil, cleaner environment, additional income to farmers and employment generation in rural areas He further said that the Government of India approved National Policy on Biofuels, 2018. Now plans are on for production of biodiesel from UCO. GHV Rao, DGM-Retail, HPCL, GB VN Kumar, C Nageswar of IOC, UV Subba Reddy, Harihara Varma and Bhagwat Singh from BPC and stakeholders attended the event.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is looking to get a clarification from the Supreme Court on the usage of Aadhaar cards by banks as identity proof of their customers.”RBI is likely to ask the Supreme Court to elaborate on certain parts of the 11 August interim order,” said a lawyer close to the development, requesting anonymity.Last month, the court had ruled that Aadhaar was “neither mandatory nor a condition for accessing benefits one was already entitled to”.The apex court also ordered that the Aadhaar number should be used only for public distribution schemes and LPG subsidies. Surprisingly, RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has recently supported the usage of Aadhaar, citing countries like the US, where the social security numbers are being used without violating the privacy code, Livemint reported.”…It would be sad if its (Aadhaar’s) use were severely restricted. Learning from worldwide experience, we need to see how we can satisfy the concerns of the Supreme Court without undermining the value of the unique ID. The unique ID can enable a variety of economically valuable activities that particularly benefit the bottom of the pyramid,” Rajan said on 18 September.The issue of using Aadhaar by banks for customer identification purposes comes at a time when the RBI is working on expanding the banking network in the country. The bank recently gave in-principle approval to 11 entities to start payment banks and 10 others have got license to open small finance banks.”As a microfinance institution, we use Aadhaar as an identification because it helps us in identifying duplicate loans. In the future when we become a bank, usage of biometrics will allow us to provide automated services in a much better way,” said Samit Ghosh, chief executive officer and managing director, Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd, which was allowed to run small finance bank.”There are many mistakes in other identification cards that we notice,” Ghosh said.
European Union flag Credit: EU websiteDiplomats from 10 countries and the European Union (EU) on Sunday expressed their concern over four sections of the proposed digital security act.They expressed their concern in a meeting with Bangladesh’s law minister on Sunday.”They expressed concern over sections, 21, 28,32 and 25 of the proposed act and we presented our opinion. Further discussions will be held as we’ll meet again soon,” said law minister Anisul Huq after a meeting with the diplomats at the secretariat.Anisul Huq assured them that they will look into the matter and talk to the authorities concerned.The 10 countries are Germany, Sweden, the USA, Denmark, France, Canada, the UK, Spain, Norway and Switzerland.On 29 January, the cabinet approved the draft of the Digital Security Act-2018.Journalists, activists and rights groups have expressed their concern about the act.
President-elect Donald Trump escalated a fight with U.S. spy agencies on Wednesday, just nine days before he takes over their command as president, and accused them of practices reminiscent of Nazi Germany.The Republican said leaks from the intelligence community led to some U.S. media outlets reporting unsubstantiated claims that he was caught in a compromising position in Russia.“I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it’s a disgrace, and I say that … that’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do,” Trump told a news conference in New York.Trump acknowledged for the first time that Russia likely hacked the Democratic National Committee and the emails of top Democrats during the 2016 presidential election. “I think it was Russia,” he said, pointing out that other countries were also hacking the United States.Trump’s comments about spy agencies such as the CIA are likely to intensify tensions between the intelligence community and the president-elect, who initially disparaged its conclusion that a Russian hacking campaign was aimed at boosting his candidacy against Democrat Hillary Clinton.Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, called a dossier that makes salacious claims about him in Russia “fake news” and “phony stuff.”U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he spoke with Trump on Wednesday evening and told the president-elect he did not believe the media leaks came from the intelligence community.“I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security,” Clapper said in a statement.He defended including the dossier in the intelligence report Trump received on Friday, saying “part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.”Clapper said he emphasized to Trump that the dossier was not produced by the U.S. intelligence community and intelligence officials have not judged whether the information is reliable.MEMO AND REPORTSTwo U.S. officials said the allegations about Trump, which one called “unsubstantiated,” were contained in a two-page memo appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that was presented last week to Trump and to President Barack Obama.Trump said, without offering evidence, that the news he had been briefed on the memo “was released by maybe the (U.S.) intelligence agencies. Who knows? But maybe the intelligence agencies which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they in fact did that.”CNN reported on Tuesday about the existence of the memo. BuzzFeed published a fuller 35-page document produced by Christopher Steele, a former British foreign intelligence official, that outlined the allegations of compromising behavior by Trump and alleged links between him and people in Russia.The claims were included in opposition research reports that were made available to Democrats and U.S. officials last year.One U.S. official said investigators had so far been unable to confirm material about Trump’s financial and personal entanglements with Russian businessmen and others whom U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded are Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of Russian intelligence.Some material in Steele’s reports has proved to be erroneous, the U.S. official said.In the news conference, Trump declined to answer whether anyone connected to him or the campaign had contact with Moscow during the presidential campaign, and said he had no loans or business deals with Russia.He defended his goal of better ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability,” he said.The New York real estate developer complained about leaks from meetings he has with intelligence agencies and suggested they were to blame.“I have many meetings with intelligence. And every time I meet, people are reading about it. Somebody’s leaking it out,” he said.PROTESTS, CHEERSThe long-awaited news conference was a freewheeling affair, with Trump aides cheering from the sidelines at one point and the president-elect angrily refusing to take questions from a CNN reporter.Outside, about a dozen protesters gathered behind a police barricade across the street from Trump Tower, holding signs with the slogans “Dump Trump” and “Allegiance To America Not Russia” as Fifth Avenue traffic streamed by.It was Trump’s first news conference in about six months and about 250 reporters jammed into the lobby at his Manhattan offices.Questions extended to many issues that will face him when he takes office. He vowed to soon begin negotiations with Mexico on building a border wall and said he will nominate a Supreme Court justice to fill the seat left by the death of conservative Antonin Scalia within two weeks of taking office.He also said he would offer a plan to repeal and replace Obama’s signature health care law once his choice for health and human services, Tom Price, is confirmed by the Senate.Trump gestured to large stacks of manila folders as he described how he will separate himself from his global business operations, which includes hotels and golf courses as well as assets like a winery and modeling agency, to avoid conflicts of interest once he takes office.He also talked about how he plans to bring manufacturing jobs back from overseas plants, slamming drug companies for “getting away with murder” on pricing.U.S. stocks slipped to session lows, before recovering ground, as healthcare stocks took a beating following Trump’s comments on drug pricing.
Now that The Walt Disney Company owns Lucasfilm, the burden of creating new games in the canonical Star Wars universe falls on Electronic Arts, who is behind the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront multiplayer game.When the deal was singed giving EA the license, the company announced that their subsidiary company Visceral Games was going to produce a third-person Star Wars action game not based around any known canonical film entry in the franchise. Visceral is best known as the company who made the Dead Space series and the third-person open world movie games The Godfather and The Godfather II.Official information about the project has been basically nonexistent. The game does not have a title or release date, and outside of it being a third-person game, nothing else is known. In 2013, an EA jobs posting looking for an animation director to work on a “major new next-gen open-world action game” sparked rumors that this would be an open world game, but — again — nothing official has come out of Visceral.Concept art for the unreleased Star Wars 1313 game.Except: in April of last year, Visceral confirmed that Amy Hennig would be the creative director on the project, a video game director and writer who was previously at Naughty Dog where she helped script the Uncharted series of games. Joining her in scripting duties is Todd Stashwick, an actor who has popped up in bit roles on dozens of TV series as well as dabbling in writing a webcomic and developing a series for Syfy.Both Hennig and Stashwick were initially involved in Naughty Dog’s upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End with Stashwick voicing a villain. The reason for Hennig leaving Naughty Dog after ten years of working together was never officially disclosed, but because The Last of Us creative leads Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley took over the Uncharted project and threw out eight months of development work done by Hennig, rumors persist that they forced her out. Nolan North, the actor who voices Nathan Drake in the Uncharted series for Naughty Dog, recently spoke at a MetroCon panel where he added credence to the rumors:“Amy is still a very dear friend of mine and she’s brilliant, but The Last of Us guys were the next team there so they took over and they just wanted their own flavor. They got rid of some of the other people that were involved and just redid their thing.” Because North and Hennig are still good friends, having done three Uncharted games together, he also had more information about the untitled Star Wars game that Hennig is now cooking up full time.“If you’re a big fan of Amy Hennig and her style of story, she’s gone to EA and is going to reboot a brand new Star Wars franchise in the style of Uncharted. I happen to know a lot about it and it’s going to be awesome.” The phrase “in the style of Uncharted” would suggest a more cinematic look to the third-person action game, something that fans of Star Wars games had been anticipating since 2012.When there was still an independent Lucasfilm, we got to see a gameplay demo from their video game arm LucasArts for an upcoming Star Wars game called Star Wars 1313.LucasArts teased a game that would take us to the underworld of the core world of Coruscant and would include fan favorite Boba Fett as its protagonist. Set between trilogies in the Star Wars franchise, the series would have focused on the types of weapons a bounty hunter would have used, like blasters and thermal detonators, rather than the lightsabers and Force powers of Jedi and Sith games.Sadly, Star Wars 1313 was scrapped when Disney bought Lucasfilm (Disney has different plans for Boba Fett, presumably), and the trademark on the name even lapsed.Someone else at MetroCon must have seen the parallels between Uncharted and what we came to hope Star Wars 1313 would be, because they asked Nolan North about it. North said the new game is “different,” but “along the same lines.” Fingers crossed for a bounty-hunter-centric romp through Coruscant, just with someone besides Boba Fett in the lead.
Dynamic performances, sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes very funny. [Photo & Text: sa] Arcosanti poetry team member Jewel Blackfeather. [Photo: Jennifer Thornton & Text: sa] June 4, 2004 Seven teams of Arizona’s best and brightest ‘Slam’ Poets came to Arcosanti for the 4th Annual Regional Slam Poetry Championship. From Tucson, Tempe, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Sedona, Mesa, Prescott and Arcosanti, 32 poets “slammed it out” for bragging rights as the finest performers in the state. An additional feature, the “MAD Women Poets” from Prescott opened the event. [Photo & Text: sa The intensity and enthusiasm displayed at this event is unrivaled at Arcosanti. [Photo & Text: sa] Poet Eva Strickland, also member of the Arcosanti foundry staff, coordinated all of the preparation for the event at Arcosanti. [Photo: Jennifer Thornton & Text: sa] Slam poetry is an audience-judged poetry presentation that bases its appeal and success to the high-energy performances of the competing poets. The competition was won by team Mesa, well deserved for outstanding presentation and content. [Photo & Text: sa]
The proposals tabled by the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) satisfy to a very large extent the demands made by Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA) with regards the National Health Scheme (Gesy), the HIO announced on Friday, despite the association’s opposing claims.The HIO expressed its “surprise regarding CyMA’s announcement on Friday in which it refers to the overall negative response by the HIO and the government to its demands.”The proposals tabled on behalf of the HIO satisfy “to a very large extent all of CyMA’s demands, barring the demand for private practice, which, as it has been sought by CyMA, which is contrary to the basic philosophy and the benefits of the Gesy legislation,” it said.The demands made by CyMA following an extraordinary general assembly in October involve allowing private doctors within Gesy to practice outside the system; the raising of the Gesy budget; full administrative and financial autonomy of state hospitals before Gesy is implemented; a guaranteed unit price for specialist doctors involved in outpatient care; and inpatient fees per medical procedure.According to the HIO, “a number of requests [by CyMA] have been incorporated into the plans,” listing among other things, key issues such as the raising of the budget, the establishment of a guaranteed unit price and a system to tackle possible over-visitation to some doctors, have been adopted.According to these concessions, the HIO said the average earnings for each paediatrician and personal doctor for adults will amount to €135,000, while specialist doctors will earn €160.000 annually.“These earnings are particularly favourable compared to those of other healthcare systems,” the HIO noted.Specifically, paediatricians will earn a specific amount per head depending on the age of the child: for each patient up to three years old, paediatricians will earn €210; €155 for patients between the ages of four and seven; and €91 for patients between eight and 18.Personal doctors for adults will earn €83 per patient between the ages of 16 and 50; €117 for patients between 51 and 70; and €145 for patients over 70.In addition to these rates, each doctor will have the right to ask for an additional €25 from patients who visit on weekdays between 8am and 8pm, and at any time on weekends and public holidays.Separate budgets will be specified for specialists in the fields of radiology, cytology/ histopathology and nuclear medicine, the HIO added.Regarding over-visitation, prior to the implantation of Gesy, the HIO and CyMA will determine the number of visitations to be considered normal, and whether exceptions will be made for chronic patients, according to European indicators, the HIO said.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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