Modi Xi Putin to discuss US protectionist trade policies on G20 sidelines

first_imgBeijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of the BRICS grouping during the G20 Summit in Japan this week where the talks would be focussed on opposing the “unilateralist” and “protectionist” trade policies of the US, a senior Chinese minister said on Monday. China, which is seeking to build a strong opposition against President Donald Trump using trade and tariffs as a weapon to enforce his “America first” policy, said the issues of “unilateral” and protectionist” policies would be discussed in detail at the meetings of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and Russia, India and China (RIC) at Osaka. The G20 summit would be held at Osaka on June 28-29. Chinese President Xi Jinping will go there a day ahead of the Summit to take part in host of informal meetings including his meeting with Trump for key talks to end the bruising trade war between the top two economies of the world. Modi, Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the recently held Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit at Kirgiz capital Bishkek. Highlighting the importance of Modi-Xi-Putin meeting at Osaka, China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun said, Given the current international landscape, the meeting among the three leaders is also of significance. As you know, China’s relations with Russia and India are showing sound momentum of growth.” While informal meetings of the BRICS and the RIC take place in all the multilateral summits, Chinese officials say the Osaka meeting assumes significance as all major countries besides India, China and Russia are facing trade and tariff-related frictions with the US. As China is battling a trade war with US, Chinese officials hope that India, which is also facing trade frictions with the US especially over termination of its designation as a “beneficiary developing country” under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), would join the fight against Trump’s “protectionist” policies. India has recently announced retaliatory trade tariffs against the US covering 28 US products, including almonds and apples. In the upcoming Osaka summit President Xi will have an informal summit with the BRICS leaders. The discussion topics will fit in well with the agenda of the G20 Summit,” Zhang told media here. The leaders will have good discussions and exchange of views to enhance cooperation to better meet the major challenges facing the international community, uphold the multilateralism and oppose protectionism, he said. The other topics of discussion at the BRICS leaders’ informal meeting will include cooperation on economy, political issues, security and people to people exchanges among group to further deepen cooperation and uphold the good momentum of BRICS cooperation, he said. They will also discuss plans for the successful holding this year’s BRICS Summit in Brazil, he said. “I believe the upcoming informal meeting of the BRICS leaders will contribute to the successful holding of the G20 Osaka summit and help provide new impetuous to global economy,” he said. This informal meeting also help deepen enduring cooperation among BRICS members,” he said. About the RIC meeting, Zhang said the three leaders also maintained close exchanges meeting at different multilateral forums. Under the current circumstances, it is important for the three countries to strengthen coordination on major global issues and jointly uphold multilateralism, oppose protectionism and deepen cooperation on multilateral and international affairs to make important contribution to the global peace,” he said. “At the same time, it can provide impetus for the three countries to enhance cooperation at bilateral level and enhance mutual trust We are confident that the meeting will produce positive results,” he said. Trump, who kicked off the trade war last year, is demanding China to reduce the massive trade deficit which climbed to over USD 539 billion last year. He is also insisting on China to workout verifiable measures for protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods to Chinese markets. Both the countries have imposed additional tariffs on billions of dollars worth of their exports to each other.last_img read more

Alexandre Bissonnettes parents issue open letter calling sentence too harsh

first_imgQUEBEC — The parents of a man behind the deadly Quebec City mosque attack have issued an open letter questioning the severity of the minimum 40-year sentence handed down to their son last week.READ MORE: Mosque killer Bissonnette sentenced to life with no parole for 40 yearsAlexandre Bissonnette, 29, received his sentence Friday for killing six men and injuring six others at the Islamic Cultural Centre mosque on Jan. 29, 2017.His parents, Raymond Bissonnette and Manon Marchand, say in the letter released Monday that the sentence is the harshest imposed in Quebec since the death penalty was abolished in 1976.They say the Crown’s request for six consecutive life sentences, which would have prevented their son from seeking parole for 150 years and guaranteed that he end his life behind bars, amounted to circumventing the abolition of the death penalty and would terminate all hope of rehabilitation.Meanwhile, Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot concluded a sentence of 50 years or more would constitute cruel and unusual punishment for the 29-year-old.Bissonnette’s parents say he suffered psychological and physical bullying during his years in school that had “devastating effects” on his personality.“If we really want to prevent such a tragedy from happening again, it seems to me that the solution is not to lock someone up forever, but rather try to better understand and prevent bullying, which is a serious societal problem that continues to make victims among our young,” the letter reads.His parents say people who commit serious crimes should still have the possibility to apply for parole after 25 years — a “glimmer of hope” they say would encourage rehabilitation.“Unlike other countries, Canada has chosen an open-door policy, welcoming people from all over the world and giving them hope for a second chance in life,” the letter says. “Why deny convicts even the faintest hope?”Legal experts have said Bissonnette’s sentence is likely to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.However, it has been denounced by survivors of the attack and other Muslim community members.Boufeldja Benabdallah, president of the mosque that was attacked, said last week that community members were stunned by the decision and felt the judge was more concerned about the dignity of the killer than that of the victims and their families.Bissonnette pleaded guilty last March to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into the mosque during evening prayers and opened fire. The murder victims were Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41; Khaled Belkacemi, 60; Aboubaker Thabti, 44; Azzeddine Soufiane, 57; and Ibrahima Barry, 39.— By Daniela Germano in EdmontonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

African economists meet at UNbacked conference in Tunis

12 November 2008Economists and policymakers from across Africa have gathered today in the Tunisian capital for the start of a three-day United Nations-backed conference designed to boost the continent’s economic performance. The Third African Economic Conference, jointly organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank, will focus on the theme of “Globalization, Institutions and Economic Development of Africa.”The Tunis conference’s aim is to allow participants to exchange ideas about the latest research and information on economic issues, particularly the impact of the current global financial crisis on Africa, according to a press release issued by ECA this week.The commission’s Executive Secretary Abdoulie Janneh is among the high-level figures scheduled to address the joint opening session of the conference and the ministerial forum.Africa has enjoyed higher economic growth this decade than it did in the 1980s and 1990s, thanks in part to high commodity prices, especially oil, better economic policies implemented by national governments across the continent and the end of hostilities in several countries.But the global financial crisis, particularly its impact on international credit markets, means the economic outlook for Africa remains uncertain, ECA stressed. read more

Nigeria Ban urges restraint as interreligious violence takes deadly toll

20 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed for maximum restraint after inter-religious violence in the central Nigerian city of Jos has reportedly left over 200 people dead. He also appealed to all concerned to “seek peaceful solutions to religious and other differences in the country,” in a statement issued by his spokesperson. “In particular, he calls on all political and religious leaders in Nigeria to work together to address the underlying causes of the recurring sectarian violence in the country.”Mr. Ban took note of the Government’s expressed determination to find a permanent solution to the crisis in Jos, and urged that every effort be undertaken to restore stability and avoid further deterioration of the situation, the statement added.Deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians in Jos in November 2008 killed several hundred people and displaced thousands of others. In addition, at least 100 people were reportedly killed in northern Nigeria last July during clashes which pitted local Muslims against police forces. read more

African cooperation on peace increasingly strong Security Council told

Ms. Viotti recognized the African Union and Member States’ success in achieving important milestones in their pursuit for higher effectiveness, self-reliance and cooperation, and welcomed the work of the African Union Mediation Support Unit and the FemWise Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation, which are, she said, “boosting capacity to defuse crises and making such efforts more inclusive”.Progress evident at regional and country levelMs. Viotti went on to outline some of the progress being made in certain African countries, such as the peace talks, led by the African Union, in the Central African Republic which led a Political Agreement which is being overseen by the UN; the signing of a Constitutional Declaration in Sudan, which has allowed for the establishment of a civilian-led government, following efforts led by Ethiopia and the African Union (AU), with UN support; and free and fair elections in Madagascar, supported by the Southern Africa Development Community, the African Union, and UN.Cooperation between the UN, African Union and other partners in the area of elections is growing, said Ms. Viotti, citing visits organized by the UN Office for West Africa to several countries, ahead of legislative or presidential elections, over the last two years.The UN and AU, she continued, are cooperating closely to ensure that the voices of women and youth are integral to peace processes, and both organizations have youth envoys and strategies, acting as advocates and agents of change.More effective support needed from international communityDespite the many examples of progress, Ms. Viotti declared that the international community needs to do much more to support African efforts. For example, more predictable, flexible and sustainable financing for African Union-led peace support operations is needed; more political will and resources for peacebuilding and sustaining peace efforts; and active support for the AU Initiative on Silencing the Guns.“Building partnerships and harnessing their power requires long-term vision and commitment”, Ms. Viotti told the Security Council, adding that the Secretary-General is looking forward to “even greater partnership and collaboration, enabling the African Union to achieve its 2063 vision of equitable, people-centred transformation and lasting peace and security”. read more

Forbes Rangers remain most valuable franchise followed by Leafs Habs

TORONTO — The New York Rangers are the NHL’s most valuable franchise for a fourth consecutive year, according to the latest estimate by Forbes.The Rangers top the annual list of franchise valuations at US$1.55 billion, up three per cent over last year.The Toronto Maple Leafs are second at $1.35 billion and Montreal Canadiens third at $1.3 billion, a four-per-cent increase for both clubs.Original Six clubs make up the top five of the list, with the Chicago Blackhawks fourth at $1.05 billion and the Boston Bruins fifth at $925 million. The Detroit Red Wings are not far behind their Original Six cousins in eighth ($775 million) and have seen an 11-per-cent increase in value thanks to a new downtown arena.Los Angeles (sixth, $810 million), Philadelphia (seventh, $800 million), Vancouver (ninth, $735 million) and Washington (10th, $725 million) round out the top 10. The Capitals enjoyed a league-best 16-per-cent boost in valuation over last year thanks to a run to its first ever Stanley Cup title.The Vegas Golden Knights had a 15-per-cent boost in value to $575 million, good for 12th in the league, after becoming the first expansion team to advance to the Cup final.At the other end of the list are the Florida Panthers (30th, $295 million) and Arizona Coyotes (31st, $290 million). The clubs were the only two to lose value according to Forbes, down three per cent each.The Canadian teams are rounded out by Edmonton (13th, $540 million), Calgary (20th, $450 million), Ottawa (23rd, $435 million) and Winnipeg (27th, $415 million). The Jets’ value jumped 11 per cent thanks to the team’s run to the Western Conference final.According to the list, the value of the average NHL team rose six per cent during the past year, to a record $630 million.The release of the list comes on the heels of the NHL approving a 32nd team in Seattle for a hefty expansion fee of $650 million.The Canadian Press read more

Womens swimming Ohio State set to swim final dual meet of the

Ohio State junior swimmer Lindsey Clary competes at the Big Ten championships in February, 2016. Credit: OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s swimming team is set to compete against Wright State in their final dual meet of the season on Friday, just a couple of weeks before heading off to West Lafayette, Indiana, to compete in the Big Ten Conference Championships.Last weekend the team fell to Michigan 212-88. However, OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said he believes that the score doesn’t do the team’s individual performances justice.“If you looked at our results, we got beat by a better team and that’s the long and the short of it … If you looked at our performances, we were actually pretty strong,” Dorenkott said. “We put up some of our fastest times of the season and in some cases, some of the fastest times any Buckeye has ever (swam). That being said, we got broadsided by a team that was ready to roll, and that falls on me. That’s not the team, there’s nothing that they did wrong.”Though the Buckeyes were disappointed with the outcome of last weekend’s meet in Ann Arbor, the team has kept it’s spirits up and use Friday’s competition to prepare for the challenges ahead.“We’re in the middle of our preparation for Big Ten’s, and while we’re disappointed with how we performed at Michigan, it doesn’t change what our ultimate goal is which is to swim well at Big Tens and NCAAs,” Dorenkott said.Aside from last weekend’s meet against Michigan, the Buckeyes are undefeated this season and are planning to use this Friday’s meet as an additional way to fine tune their skills before the post season competitions.“We’ll use this meet as an opportunity to do some hard work, and make sure we’re staying on track,” Junior Liz Li said. “I would definitely say that Friday’s meet is … an opportunity to help us to push ourselves a little bit and be a little bit sharper.”In addition to using this meet to sharpen their skills and shave some seconds off of their times, the athletes are also using this Friday’s competition to showcase the team’s senior class in their final dual meet at OSU.“This meet is our senior night, so I’m really excited … to see all the seniors do all of their little ceremonies, which will be so much fun,” Li said. “This Friday is about trying to swim as a team, so we’ve got one more chance to do that (with the seniors) and have fun together.”Dorenkott said he is looking forward to giving the team’s senior class the praise they earned over the years as well, while also hoping to finalize who will be traveling to West Lafayette in the next couple of weeks.“It’s a special class, and it’s a great opportunity to highlight and showcase them,” Dorenkott said. “We’ve also got a couple of spots that are still to be determined in terms of who is going to travel to the Big Tens, so we’re still trying to figure out who’s going to fill those spots, and this weekend will help us a little bit with that as well.”The competition is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. read more

Nearly half of professional athletes surveyed break rules to enhance performance

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Last year the Telegraph disclosed how anti-doping checks at the Rio Olympics had descended into chaos after the process of sample collection was undermined by no-shows and security lapses.Organisers admitted to unauthorised individuals had gained access to restricted areas during the drug-testing process while a shortage of staff left many testers at breaking point, Some walked out because the pressure was so great.The problems last summer came just weeks after a damning report in which Russia was found guilty of state-sponsored doing at the 2014 Winter Olympics.   Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova was ordered to repay almost £378,000 to the organisers of the London Marathon after being banned for dopingCredit: PA Wire The test, which asked athletes the question “Have you knowingly violated anti-doping regulations by using a prohibited substance or method in the past 12 months” had special checks in place to make sure it was completely anonymous.Half of those who took part were never asked the doping question to make sure it was impossible to know who had responded.  But now the journal Sports Medicine has published the findings after deciding that the methods were scientifically sound, and a fair representation of the situation.“These findings suggest that biological testing greatly underestimates the true prevalence of doping in elite athletics,” said Harrison Pope, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.“It indicates the need for future studies of the prevalence of doping in athletics using randomized response techniques to protect the anonymity of the athletes. Wada said that a working group will meet next month to discuss the latest study.“Given the numerous recent highly publicised doping scandals in major sports, one might guess that the proportion of such undetected cheats is high,” said Rolf Ulrich, co-author of the study from the University of Tübingen.Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive of UK Anti-Doping, said that the findings were ‘disappointing and concerning.’However she added: “Significant improvements have taken place since 2011 when this data was collected.  Testing methods continue to advance but testing is only one part of the anti-doping process.“There is now greater investment in educating elite and up and coming athletes about the dangers and consequences of taking banned substances, as well as a greater emphasis on intelligence and investigations as an alternative way of catching those who seek to break the rules.” Russia's Liliya Shobukhova was ordered to repay almost £378,000 to the organisers of the London Marathon after being banned for dopingcenter_img Russia’s Ekaterina Galitskaya competing in the Stars of 2016 event in Moscow after athletes were banned from the Rio Olympics over evidence of state-sponsored dopingCredit:AFP Russia's Ekaterina Galitskaya competing in the Stars of 2016 event in Moscow after athletes were banned from the Rio Olympics over evidence of state-sponsored doping Nearly half of professional athletes are using banned drugs or methods to enhance their performance, an anonymous survey has found.Harvard University asked more than 2,000 elite sportsmen and women who were competing at World Championships in Athletics (WCA) and  Pan-Arab Games (PAG), whether they had broken the rules in the last 12 months.Nearly one third of WCA athletes admitted to violating anti-doping regulations and 45 per cent of those at the PAG, figures which were described as ‘disappointing and concerning’ by sports commentators.The statistics contradict biological tests or blood and urine which typically detect doping in only one to three per cent of competitors at elite events.The surveys were carried out at events in 2011 and commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), but the results have only just be published following years of rows over the researchers’ methodology. John Brewer Professor of Sports Science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, said: “It is always a concern when reports like this on the extent of doping in sport come to light, and once again the report highlights the need for Governments and International Federations to continue to invest in research, education and testing to combat doping. “I think the figures are unlikely to be a reflection of the situation today, and I am confident that as well as testing and punishments acting as a deterrent, we have on-going education programmes in most sports which highlight the fact that doping isn’t just cheating – it ruins lives and in many cases either shortens lives or ends them prematurely due to the harm that most banned substances do to the human body.” “Even though the paper refers to events that happened in 2011, there is no reason to think the rates of doping in 2017 would be any different.”The authors conclude that doping is ‘remarkably widespread’ among elite athletes but remains largely unchecked, in spite of sophisticated testing methods.  They claim such prevalence not only compromises fair play, but could be detrimental to the health of athletes.last_img read more

BLR secures rights to Ablation technology to concentrate ore from HansenTaylor Ranch

first_imgUSA-focused uranium development company Black Range Minerals (BLR) has executed a binding Heads of Agreement (HoA) with Ablation Technologies (ABT) to establish a joint venture to commercialise ABT’s ablation mineral technology process. Ablation is an environmentally sensitive and low cost method of concentrating ore that, based on test work, should enable BLR to produce a high value uranium concentrate from ore at its 90.9 Mlb Hansen/Taylor Ranch project in Colorado.Through the JV, BLR will also have the potential to realise returns from the application of Ablation to other uranium mining operations, worldwide.On 24 April 2012 BLR released the results of a scoping study that indicated the best way to develop the Hansen project was by adopting underground borehole mining (UBHM) and Ablation technologies. The scoping study demonstrated the robust nature of the chosen development scenario, with operating costs forecast to be approximately $30/lb U3O8 (before royalties, taxes & contingency) and capital expenditure, based on off-site uranium milling, forecast to be less than $80 million.Having already established a strategic alliance with Kinley Exploration to utilise UBHM, the agreement to use Ablation is the second of two significant milestones that together secure the rights to key technologies that will be used to develop the Hansen project.BLR’s Managing Director Tony Simpson stated: “Besides the obvious benefits for our Hansen project, the Ablation JV opens up a number of opportunities for the company to actively assess utilising this technology at uranium deposits in other mining-friendly areas in the USA and around the world. There are many projects out there that may not be currently economically viable, but could be with the application of the Ablation technology.“Should arrangements for the exploitation of these types of deposits be concluded, BLR may be able to benefit from earlier cashflow as we continue to move Hansen though the permitting process, which is scheduled to be complete near the end of 2015.“The JV brings the project development and operational skills of BLR together with an innovative solution to concentrate uranium ores. This gives us the potential to unlock value not only in the Hansen project but also in a range of uranium projects.”Agreement highlights:BLR and ABT to form a 50/50 JV in respect of the commercialisation and application of AblationThe JV applies worldwide for use in uranium and associated minerals.ABT grants BLR a separate licence to use Ablation at its Hansen Project .Ablation has been successfully tested on ore from BLR’s Hansen Project, with recoveries of ~95% of the contained U3O8 in ~10% of the test material.Ablation has also been successfully tested on ores from a number of other projects in the USA.Next step in development of Ablation is building a commercial-scale unit.BLR will initially fund 100% of the operating costs of the JV, with ABT’s 50% share recovered from revenues earned.The concentration of ore using Ablation, to produce a high-grade, high-value concentrate, has the potential to make some marginal uranium projects economical.The JV will seek opportunities to apply Ablation within the USA and throughout the world.Ablation is a mineral concentrating technology that is low-cost, efficient and robust. It mechanically separates uranium from the host rock without the use of chemicals, producing a high-grade, high-value concentrate.The development of Ablation has been progressed over the past five years by Ablation Technologies of Casper, Wyoming, from an initial concept to the point that it has been fully developed and tested in a small scale test unit (750/lb/hr). The next stage of development is to build a larger scale unit to gather operating data, prior to applying it on a commercial basis.In the ablation process, ore slurry is ejected from two opposing nozzles to create a high-energy impact zone. Collision of particles within this high-energy impact zone separates the mineralised patina (coating) of uranium from the underlying grain. The uranium bearing particles are recovered in the fine fractions separated in a subsequent screening process.Ablation allows approximately 90% of barren material to be separated from mineralised material prior to milling, greatly reducing the operating and capital costs required to process the highly concentrated ore. The final product is an “ablated concentrate” which comprises approximately 10% of the original mineralised material, which will be processed with conventional processing techniques.A number of independently supervised tests have been conducted on ore from the Hansen uranium deposit, which confirm the suitability of Ablation to concentrate this particular ore. Hansen test work resulted in the recovery of ~95% of contained U3O8 in ~10% of the test material, producing a high-grade (circa 1.2% U3O8), high-value concentrate for shipment to an off-site mill, or sale.Ablation has also been tested on ore samples from numerous other projects in the USA and returned similar outstanding results, highlighting further opportunities to evaluate.Because of the time, cost and complexity involved in permitting and building a uranium mill, a number of projects do not reach the critical mass required to justify the expense. In many such cases these mines are also not located in areas where transport of run of mine ore to an existing mill is viable. In instances such as these, Ablation may be the key to unlocking the potential of these sub-economic resources, as the high-grade, high-value concentrate can be much more economically transported to a mill facility.Even for projects that have an on-site milling facility, concentration with Ablation before processing into yellow cake may significantly reduce processing costs; in areas such as reagent consumption, which are related to run of mine ore throughput.ABT has agreed to provide the JV, Mineral Ablation LLC, with a licence to use Ablation for applications in the production of uranium and associated minerals (such as vanadium), where uranium is the dominant mineral being sought. This licence will apply worldwide and no licence fee is payable.The business of the JV is to market, sell and promote the use of the Ablation for applications in uranium mining. BLR will be required to provide funding for the JV, until such time as it becomes self-funding.last_img read more

Inmate shot, killed by deputy ID’d

first_imgThe jail inmate shot and killed by a corrections deputy Thursday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center was identified as John Martin, 66.Martin, whose city of residence was not confirmed, died of a gunshot wound to the torso. His death was ruled a homicide, the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday.Martin was in custody at the Clark County Jail but was taken to the hospital Wednesday morning and stayed overnight, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.At about 10:40 a.m. Thursday, at least one of two corrections deputies guarding Martin fired their weapon and injured him, the sheriff’s office said.The situation, which took place in a patient room on the fifth floor of the Firstenburg Tower, was quickly brought under control. Martin was taken to surgery, but the sheriff’s office later reported that Martin had died.last_img read more

Oregon ranchers pardoned by Trump expected to arrive in Burns via private jet

first_imgHarney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond, fresh from federal prison following a pardon by President Donald Trump, are expected to step off a private jet at Burns Municipal Airport Thursday morning to a crush of well-wishers and their family.Their return to Burns comes two and a half years after protesters marched through the city in the middle of southeastern Oregon’s high desert to denounce the father and son’s impending court-ordered return to prison in January 2016 to serve out a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for setting fires to public land.Their case inflamed their supporters, drew support from right-wing militias and gave rise to the 41-day armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.The elder Hammond, 76, and son Steven Hammond, 49, were convicted in 2012 of arson on Harney County land where they had grazing rights for their cattle. Both were convicted of setting a fire in 2001, and the son was convicted of setting a second fire in 2006. The Hammonds accepted the Pendleton jury verdicts and agreed to waive their right to an appeal. A federal judge initially sentenced the father to three months in prison and the son to one year, ruling that the five-year mandatory minimum under a provision of an expansive federal law punishing terrorism was “grossly disproportionate to the severity of the offenses here.”They served the time and were out of prison when federal prosecutors challenged the shorter terms before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and won. Another federal judge in 2015 sent the ranchers back to complete the full sentences.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Visiting Baptist Convention Presidents Grandson Spends a Few Moments with PM

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2019 – Nassau – Baby – Seth Moore of Detroit Michigan — Grandson of Dr. James C. Perkins, President of the visiting Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) — enjoys spending time with Prime Minister Minnis at the Convention’s Mid-Winter Meeting at Melia, January 25, 2018.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

VIDEO Cam Newton gets condescending with female reporter when asked about pass

first_img Advertisement Cam Newton is an amazing athlete, and can also come off as amazingly arrogant if he’s in the right mood. That’s what happened today when he was asked by a female reporter about Devin Funchess and pass routes.Newton condescendingly responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes,” then laughed dismissively.He did eventually answer the question, but this is a bad look for Newton. It’s 2017, women who cover sports. Get over it.Cam Newton: “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes.”Uh, that’s a really, really bad way to answer a legitimate question. (video via— Max Marcilla (@MMarcilla98) October 4, 2017last_img read more

Like newspapers Google algorithms are protected by the First amendment making them

first_imgAt the end of last month, Google denied U.S President Donald Trump’s accusatory tweet which said it’s algorithms favor liberal media outlets over right-wing ones. Trump’s accusations hinted at Google regulating the information that comes up in Google searches. However, governing or regulating algorithms and the decisions they make about which information should be provided and prioritized is a bit tricky. Eugene Volokh, a University of California-Los Angeles law professor and author of a 2012 white paper on the constitutional First Amendment protection of search engines, said, “Each search engine’s editorial judgment is much like many other familiar editorial judgments.” A similar scenario of a newspaper case from 1974 sheds light on what the government can control under the First Amendment, companies’ algorithms and how they produce and organize information. On similar lines, Google too has the right to protect its algorithms from being regulated by the law. Google has the right to protect algorithms, based on a 1974 case According to Miami Herald v. Tornillo 1974 case, the Supreme Court struck down a Florida law that gave political candidates the “right of reply” to criticisms they faced in newspapers. The law required the newspaper to publish a response from the candidate, and to place it, free of charge, in a conspicuous place. The candidate’s lawyers contended that newspapers held near monopolistic roles when it came to reaching audiences and that compelling them to publish responses was the only way to ensure that candidates could have a comparable voice. The 1974 case appears similar to the current scenario. Also, if Google’s algorithms are manipulated, those who are harmed will have comparatively limited tools through which to be heard. Back then, Herald refused to comply with the law. Its editors argued that the law violated the First Amendment because it allowed the government to compel a newspaper to publish certain information. The Supreme Court too agreed with the Herald and the Justices explained that the government cannot force newspaper editors “to publish that which reason tells them should not be published.” Why Google cannot be regulated by law Similar to the 1974 case, Justices used the decision to highlight that the government cannot compel expression. They also emphasized that the information selected by editors for their audiences is part of a process and that the government has no role in that process. The court wrote, “The choice of material to go into a newspaper and the decisions as to limitations on size and content of the paper, and treatment of public issues and public officials—fair or unfair—constitute the exercise of editorial control and judgment.” According to two federal court decisions, Google is not a newspaper and algorithms are not human editors. Thus, a search engine or social media company’s algorithm-based content decisions should not be protected in similar ways as those made by newspaper editors. The judge explained, “Here, the process, which involves the . . . algorithm, is objective in nature. In contrast, the result, which is the PageRank—or the numerical representation of relative significance of a particular website—is fundamentally subjective in nature.” Ultimately, the judge compared Google’s algorithms to the types of judgments that credit-rating companies make. These firms have a right to develop their own processes and to communicate the outcomes. Comparison of both journalistic protections and algorithms, was conducted in a Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC in 2010. The case focused on the parts of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act that limited certain types of corporate donations during elections. Citizens United, which challenged the law, is a political action committee. Chief Justice John Roberts explained that the law, because of its limits on corporate spending, could allow the government to halt newspapers from publishing certain information simply because they are owned by corporations. This can also harm public discourse. Any attempt to regulate Google’s and other corporations’ algorithmic outputs would have to overcome: The hurdles the Supreme Court put in place in the Herald case regarding compelled speech and editorial decision-making, The Citizens United precedent that corporate speech, which would also include a company’s algorithms, is protected by the First Amendment. Read more about this news in detail on Columbia Journalism Review. Read Next Google slams Trump’s accusations, asserts its search engine algorithms do not favor any political ideology North Korean hacker charged for WannaCry ransomware and for infiltrating Sony Pictures Entertainment California’s tough net neutrality bill passes state assembly votelast_img read more

Convicted spy Pollard could be freed from prison soon

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories U.S. officials say they’re unlikely to oppose his parole. But the Justice Department says it expects Pollard to serve out his entire sentence.“The Department of Justice has always and continues to maintain that Jonathan Pollard should serve his full sentence for the serious crimes he committed, which in this case is a 30-year sentence as mandated by statute,” said spokesman Marc Raimondi.His attorney, Eliot Lauer, told The Associated Press on Friday that he hoped his client would be released, but said he had received no commitment from the Obama administration.Pollard was arrested in November 1985 as he tried unsuccessfully to gain asylum in Israel’s Washington embassy. Since then, the case has stoked passions and divided opinions, with supporters arguing that he was punished excessively given that he spied for a country that’s a U.S. ally. Critics — including prosecutors and government officials — call him a traitor who damaged the nation by disclosing a trove of sensitive documents.The U.S. has previously dangled his release, including during Israel-Palestinian talks last year. His release now could be seen as a concession to Israel, which strongly opposed the just-concluded U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. But federal officials rejected that idea. WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Pollard, an American who was convicted of spying for Israel in a sensational espionage case that inflamed public sentiment, could be released from federal prison within months, his lawyer and the Justice Department said Friday.Pollard becomes eligible for parole in November, on the 30th anniversary of his arrest on charges of selling classified information to Israel. He will be presumptively eligible for release unless the U.S. Parole Commission determines that he has a record of bad behavior in prison or is likely to commit new crimes. FILE – This May 15, 1998, file photo shows Jonathan Pollard speaking during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. Pollard could be released from federal prison within months. Pollard becomes eligible for parole in November 2015, on the 30th anniversary of his arrest on charges of selling classified information to Israel. U.S. officials say they’re unlikely to oppose his parole.(AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File)n Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “Mr. Pollard’s status will be determined by the United States Parole Commission according to standard procedures,” said National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey. “There is absolutely zero linkage between Mr. Pollard’s status and foreign policy considerations.”Pollard, 60, has battled health problems in recent years and is being held in a North Carolina prison. The federal Bureau of Prisons website lists his expected release date as November 21.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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