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Time did not heal Slain Saskatchewan Cree mans mother still looks for relief

first_imgDebbie Baptiste (centre) is the mother of Colten Boushie (APTN file).The Canadian PressDebbie Baptiste says she was hopeful when she went into the trial of the man accused of killing her son.Hopeful that she would find justice for Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Cree man who was shot and killed on a farm near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.But after two weeks in court and 13 hours of jury deliberation, she left angry.Farmer Gerald Stanley, who admitted he fired the gun on the day her son died, was found not guilty of second-degree murder. He walked away a free man.“I just have to keep living a nightmare over and over again,” Baptiste said in an interview this week.“It doesn’t get better. Time did not heal.”Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the controversial, high-profile verdict in the Stanley trial. A pipe ceremony and candlelight vigil are planned in North Battleford, Sask., and Boushie’s family members are expected to share their thoughts about the last year.Stanley took the stand at his trial and testified that his gun had gone off accidentally. He said he was firing to scare off some young people he thought were stealing from him after they drove onto his property.Boushie was sitting in the driver’s seat of a Ford Escape when he was shot in the back of the head.Public reaction to the acquittal was immediate and intense.While some rural property owners, fed up with high crime rates, saw justice in the verdict, social media also lit up with rage and grief.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he empathized with the pain felt by Boushie’s family. Jody Wilson-Raybould, federal justice minister at the time, pledged that Canada “can and must do better.”The next day, rallies were held from coast to coast. A protest camp quietly set up on the lawn of the Saskatchewan legislature and stayed there for more than six months.Within two months of the verdict, the federal government brought forward legislation that proposes to abolish peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject potential jurors without having to provide a reason.Such challenges were criticized during the Stanley trial for allowing the defence to exclude visibly Indigenous people during jury selection.“If they go through, these are probably the most fundamental changes to the jury system that I’ve seen in 30 years of teaching criminal justice,” said Kent Roach, a law professor at the University of Toronto.“Just like the case was extremely polarizing for the public, it’s also been very polarizing for the legal community.”Roach, who recently published a book about the Stanley case and its racial and historical context, said the trial received worldwide media attention because of the push by Boushie’s family for change.“They’ve had to grieve in public,” said family lawyer Eleanore Sunchild.Roach believes there ought to have been a coroner’s inquest into Boushie’s death. It could have examined what happened against the backdrop of racism, rural crime, policing and treaties, he said.February 9, 2019 is the one-year annivesary of the controversial verdict in the death of Colten Boushie (APTN file).“What I fear is that we will continue to have polarized opinions about this case and that, with the exception of these controversial Criminal Code amendments, it may actually fade into history as just … another example of where Canadian justice has failed Indigenous people.”One year after the acquittal, Baptiste has lost hope she will ever have justice for her son, but is still looking for “change in the justice system – that we have equal rights in that courtroom.”She wants a public inquiry.The provincial government, saying the trial laid bare the facts of the case, has rejected that.Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan who, along with Premier Scott Moe, met with Boushie’s family after the verdict, said the province wants to expand restorative justice and culturally sensitive programs.“We should never forget the tragic death of Colten Boushie and how it changed the lives of two Saskatchewan families forever,” Morgan said in a statement.Alvin Baptiste, Colten’s uncle, wants a law firm established that would be devoted to helping Indigenous people through the justice system. He also wants a museum in North Battleford to teach people about First Nations history in the region.Beside seeing more Indigenous peoples on juries, Debbie Baptiste wants more Aboriginal judges and Crown prosecutors. Of the 88 judges currently serving in Saskatchewan, four have self-declared as Indigenous.But no matter what changes may come, Baptiste knows she faces one unending reality.“I still miss my son,” she said.“That will never change.”last_img read more


Digital absolutely cannibalizing cash as stores shoppers snub bills

VANCOUVER — Over the next year and a half, Alan Bekerman plans to grow his healthy fast-food chain iQ Food Co. from five to up to 11 locations and not a single one will accept cash.“It was one less thing that we had to think about, which is a huge benefit,” says Bekerman, who tested the idea at two restaurants when he first opened them in February 2016 before expanding the pilot to all five of his Toronto eateries earlier this year.He’s one of a growing number of retailers who believe shunning cash speeds up service and frees up staff to focus on less mundane tasks.It’s a choice some in the industry say is likely to become more commonplace as tap-and-pay cards and digital wallets increasingly replace bills and coins, saving merchants and customers precious time by not having to fumble with cash at the queue.It’s something DavidsTea co-founder David Segal is banking on after recently opening the doors to his Mad Radish restaurant venture, where he has a no-cash policy in place at both Ottawa locations.“I just feel like the benefits are enormous and so why not try it?” says Segal, who equates faster service with better customer experience.He says it’s too soon to say how much faster service will be, but he believes tap-and-pay methods will always be more efficient than cash exchanges.For Bekerman, the switch to cashless transactions has freed up his restaurant managers from counting money to more productive tasks like coaching staff.“The highest paid folks in the restaurants can actually spend that time doing things that we thought were a lot more meaningful,” he says.For both Mad Radish and iQ, the reception to their cashless payment systems has been mostly positive.Some may think that older generations would be more reticent to adapt. But Segal says it’s actually tweens, who may not have their own bank accounts and whose only source of cash may be spending money from their parents, that present the only challenge. Mad Radish is working on a solution, such as a reloadable gift card, he says.Bekerman says he has only heard of a few instances where customers grumbled after his company made the switch to digital payments. The complaints included one from an executive assistant whose boss handed over cash to pay for lunch, and others from a few people who only use cash or Bitcoin due to privacy concerns.Consumers, in part, are driving the trend toward digital-only payments.“Cash is significantly down as a preferred payment device,” says Angela Brown, CEO of Moneris Solutions.In the second quarter of 2017, 39.5 per cent of payment transactions used tap-and-pay methods, according to data from the debit and credit payment processor. That’s up from 30.86 per cent the year before.Moneris predicts that figure will jump to 50 per cent by the end of the year.The rise comes as digital wallets become increasingly available on smartphones. Google’s Android Pay launched in the country at the end of May and Apple Pay has been available for more than a year.Last year, Moneris Solutions predicted cash purchases will compose only one-tenth of all money spent in Canada by 2030, and Brown says the firm remains confident that will be the case as both consumers and businesses embrace the convenience of digital payments.The growth in tap-and-pay cards and digital wallets “is absolutely cannibalizing cash transactions,” she said.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more


US stock indexes edge higher in midday trade a day after a

US stock indexes edge higher in midday trade, a day after a sell-off; euro continues to slide Gregory Rowe, center, squeezes between fellow traders as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. U.S. stock indexes are opening slightly higher, a day after a big sell-off prompted by worries about higher U.S. interest rates. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 10:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock indexes are moving slightly higher, a day after a global sell-off prompted by worries about higher U.S. interest rates.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 44 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 17,708 as of 11:55 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained three points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,046. The Nasdaq composite rose six points, or 0.2 per cent, to 4,867.The euro continued to slide against the dollar. It was trading at $1.06, its lowest level in 12 years.The price of crude oil fell 51 cents to $47.78 a barrel in New York.Bond prices fell slightly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note edged up to 2.14 per cent. read more


Brocks tunnel bikes find new home

After years of dedicated service to the University, a fleet of subterranean bicycles are finally seeing the light of day.Due to a new water main installation that will cause height restrictions, Facilities Management staff at Brock are no longer able to ride bikes through the tunnels running underneath the University.The bikes had been used to speed up staff members’ ability to travel throughout the lengthy tunnel system (restricted to staff only) as they completed various maintenance projects around campus.Rather than send the bikes to a landfill, the Facilities Management and Campus Security teams were able to find a more acceptable way to pass along the two-wheeled treasures.On Friday, June 15, more than 20 of the bikes were donated to Port Colborne High School’s Broken Spoke program.The program aims to engage students in the understanding and benefits of refurbishing bicycles to provide enjoyment and transportation for themselves and those less fortunate while also reducing landfill waste.Once the bikes have been refurbished, they will be donated to those in need, and have, in the past, been sent to places as far away as Haiti, Cuba and Africa. read more


Researcher says universities are too afraid to record sexual assaults

first_imgUniversities are not collecting data on sexual assaults to avoid being named and shamed, a researcher has said.  He explained that if institutions do not record data on incidents such as hate crimes, sexual assaults and suicides, it means that when such information is requested they can simply reply they have no recorded data on the matter. … Many institutions are not properly recording sensitive information about student complaints and some are using this to evade transparency, according to Andrew Wootton, a lecturer at Salford University. center_img “Anecdotal evidence suggests that universities are not collecting incident data on sexual assault so they can avoid freedom of information requests,” he said. last_img


Webroot SecureAnywhere PC Android and iOS protection under one license

first_imgSecurity software running on your PC is a necessary evil, and depending on your choice of security suite, one that can have a significant impact on the performance of you system.So if a company offered you a security suite that boasts a 6-second install, only required 6MB of storage, and system scans that took less than 2 minutes to perform, you’d be interested, right?That’s exactly what Webroot is claiming to offer with the launch of its latest suite called SecureAnywhere released today.Webroot Software has a history of offering security tools starting with Windows Washer in 1997, then Spy Sweeper in 2002. In 2006 it began offering antivirus, then added firewall protection before moving to a full consumer security suite for PCs in 2008.With the introduction of SecureAnywhere, Webroot is not only trying to offer protection without the system resources overhead, but has also extended security to mobile devices including both iOS and Android platforms. In fact, with a single license it’s possible to offer protection for up to 5 PCs and 3 mobile devices.The quick install, scans, and minimal hard drive requirements stem from the fact SecureAnywhere is a cloud-based solution. Even the firewall is handled in the cloud. There’s no signature files, just a cloud database and threat intelligence network that uses information from all machines running the suite to offer better protection.The software is broken down into three components: Identity Shield, Web Threat Shield, and Core System Shield. Together they offer protection against keyloggers, screen grabbers, trojans, and phishing attacks, as well as monitoring all content on websites you visit and offering a predictive protection function for those times when you are offline.For the novice PC users Webroot is promising a pop-up free experience that offers protection without the decision making. But at the same time advanced features are there including 124 settings and a selection of tools for additional threat detection. As for system scanning, there’s 6 options to cater for your needs.Because SecureAnywhere is cloud based, Webroot has managed to offer up management of all your devices through a single web portal. That means multiple PCs, tablets, smartphones, all secured through one interface. Combine that with a password management system, online backups, secure file erasing, encrypted personal data, and file synchronization, and you have a pretty complete security package for all your devices under a single license and yearly subscription.As you’d expect, there are several license options available for SecureAnywhere. For the PC user there’s SecureAnywhere AntiVirus offering a “basic antimalware service” for 1 PC for $39.95 or 3 PCs for $49.95. SecureAnywhere Essentials adds a firewall, ID protection, and 2GB of online file backup for $59.95 covering 3 PCs.If you want mobile device protection alone there’s SecureAnywhere Mobile Security for either Android or iOS. In both cases there is a free edition available from the respective app stores offering antivirus, secure web browsing, device locking, and call/SMS blocking. A Premium edition for $19.99 is also available and adds application inspection, password management, SIM card blocking, and device wiping features.If you want both PC and mobile device protection then the best value choice is SecureAnywhere Complete, which protects up to 3 PCs and 3 mobile devices for $79.95. As well as offering all the features of the Essentials and Mobile Security packages, Complete ups the online storage to 10GB, and extends password management and file syncing across all PCs as well as mobile devices.SecureAnywhere has already received an Editors’ Choice award from PCMag suggesting its protection, low resource requirements, and coverage of mobile devices under a single license could be a killer combination.As SecureAnywhere is available for iOS, you’d expect there to be a license covering Macs too. Although not available yet, Webroot is promising Mac support in early 2012.Read more at Webroot and view a comparison of the PC SecureAnywhere productslast_img read more


Volkswagen Golf R disappears for 2020 model year

first_img Share your voice More about 2018 Volkswagen Golf R More power, more control: The 2018 Golf R is VW’s hottest… More From Roadshow Volkswagen 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Now playing: Watch this: Review • 2018 Volkswagen Golf R: VW’s hottest hatch 51 Photos 0 5:32 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly Hatchbacks Performance Cars Volkswagen null 2018 Volkswagen Golf R Tags Enlarge ImageSo long for now, friend. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow More changes are afoot for the Volkswagen lineup in the US. According to a new report, the hottest of hot hatches from VW, the Golf R, will not return for the 2020 model year.Motor Authority first reported on the Golf R’s death and it follows news that VW plans to simplify things for the Golf in general. The hatchback will surface for another model year, but it will only include the standard model, e-Golf, and GTI model. In fact, the standard model has been pared down to just a Value Edition that includes niceties such as heated seats, in-car Wi-Fi and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Golf’s electrified model, the e-Golf, will stick around in SE and SEL Premium trims, while the GTI soldiers on in S and SE trims.Volkswagen has confirmed the adjustment to the 2020 lineup. “With the Wolfsburg factory preparing for the changeover to the next generation of Golf models, the Golf R will take a brief hiatus before returning [as an eighth-generation model],” a VW spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement.The Golf R becomes the third victim of trims to the Golf nameplate. Last month, VW said it will end production of the Golf SportWagen and more rugged Alltrack models. Instead, VW said in the previous announcement it plans to plug the wagons’ holes with new SUVs. No shocker there. VW also canned the Beetle after a long production run earlier this year.Of course, all of this creates more suspense surrounding what will become of the Golf in the US. This past May, news broke the eighth generation of the hatchback might not be available on these shores. Specifically, the brand did not place a safeguard on the standard hatchback. Instead, the company confirmed we will see another GTI and R, with other models “under consideration.” For now, the R is on hiatus, but if that report is correct, it will likely reappear within a year or two. News of the standard Golf’s death wouldn’t be too much of a surprise; the GTI is actually VW’s best-selling variant and obviously pulls more of a premium than the standard model.As for when we’ll see any sort of new Golf models, Europe should be treated to the eighth-generation hatch this October. Look for the vehicle to surface for the US as a 2021 model. 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averselast_img read more

FEMAs Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control

first_imgFUEL SHORTAGES Strategic Petroleum ReserveIn response, the Department of Energy (DOE) authorized the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to negotiate and execute emergency exchange agreements authorizing a total of up to 4 million barrels of sweet crude oil and up to 300,000 barrels of sour crude oil to be drawn down from SPR’s West Hackberry  and Bayou Choctaw sites. In addition, DOE and EPA have issued waivers to Colonial which will allow it to accept more product into its pipeline. DOE is continuing to monitor the situation, and is prepared to take additional steps to ease fuel shortages. More information about DOE’s response can be found in its Hurricane Harvey Situation Reports. SHELTERS AND ID CHECKThere are rumors undocumented immigrants cannot go to a shelter because they will be reported to ICE or CBP. This  is False.(August 27)U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have stated that they are not conducting immigration enforcement at relief sites such as shelters or food banks. In the rare instance where local law enforcement informs ICE of a serious criminal alien at a relief site that presents a public safety threat, ICE will make a determination on a case-by-case basis about the appropriate enforcement actions. More information is available at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) joint statement. The Federal Government strongly encourages all persons to follow the guidance of local officials and seek shelter regardless of their immigration status.Most shelters are managed by local communities, the Red Cross, and other voluntary agencies. American Red Cross’ humanitarian mission is to feed, shelter, and provide other forms of support without regard to race, religion, or citizenship status. The Red Cross will not ask people to show any form of identification in order to stay in their shelters. In order to receive some Red Cross services, such as meeting with a caseworker to facilitate disaster recovery, they will need to verify a person’s pre-disaster address. For people who don’t have government-issued identification, the Red Cross can usually do this through alternative means, such as a copy of a utility bill. FLOOD INSURANCEThere are reports individuals must file a flood insurance claim before Friday, September 1 because a new Texas law goes into effect that day and all claims filed after Sept. 1 would be negatively impacted. This is FALSE. (August 30)Texas State “House Bill 1774,” passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, does not affect flood insurance policies or claims. Flood insurance is provided through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which was created by Congress through the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968. The NFIP is a federal program subject to federal law, so this new Texas state law will have no impact on NFIP policyholders.For information on how this legislation will impact other types of insurance claims in Texas, please reach out to the Texas State Insurance Commissioner’s office.NFIP flood insurance policyholders with flood damage should file their insurance claims as soon as possible to begin their recovery process, but there is no benefit or penalty in filing before or after September 1, 2017. Learn more about how to file your flood insurance claim. There are rumors that the fuel shortages in Texas are due to either FEMA blocking sales or fuel being committed elsewhere. This is FALSE. (September 1)Gasoline Stations – Fuel ShortagesIt is true that there are some fuel shortages in Texas due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Gasoline retailers obtain gasoline supplies based upon the nature of their relationship with their suppliers.  There are three primary fuel supply arrangements:  1) major oil company owned and operated, 2) branded independent retailer who sign a supply contract with a major oil company and 3) an unbranded independent retailer (who purchases gasoline from the open market).   With tight supplies in the region, gas stations that do not have a supply contract will have fuel shortages.  Supply contracts will be met first before gasoline is placed in the open market. Sporadic increases in demand will increase consumption and continue to aggravate local distribution challenges. The disaster of Harvey has created an influx of misinformation, rumors, and scams.FEMA has created a list of rumors, debunking them and calling out scams.Below is a list of a few of the debunked rumors.  For a complete list of rumors visit FEMA’s Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control page.They will update constantly as new rumors and scams are reported Share Colonial Pipeline OperationsColonial Pipeline east of Lake Charles, LA is operating intermittently when refinery and terminal product is available to fill the line.  The portion of the pipeline between Houston and Hebert remains down and Colonial is estimating returning this portion of the line to service this Sunday. The lack of fuel is caused by a combination of factors including: refinery damage and shutdowns, damage to fuel terminals and the closure of crude oil ports in the regionlast_img read more

2020 Census To Keep Racial Ethnic Categories Used In 2010

first_img Share A map shows the locations of the U.S. Census Bureau’s regional offices for the 2020 census.Updated at 3:36 p.m. ET FridayA Census Bureau announcement about the race and ethnicity questions for the 2020 census suggests the Trump administration will not support Obama-era proposals to change how the U.S. government collects information about race and ethnicity, census experts say.If approved, the proposals would change how the Latino population is counted and create a new checkbox on federal surveys for people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa. Research by the Census Bureau shows these revisions could improve the accuracy of the upcoming national headcount in 2020. Any changes would carry wide implications for legislative redistricting, civil rights laws and health statistics.So far, though, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, which sets the standards for race and ethnicity data for federal agencies, has not released any decisions. OMB has also not responded to NPR’s request for comment.Still, on Friday, the Census Bureau’s head of the 2020 census, Albert Fontenot, announced the upcoming national headcount will keep the same racial and ethnic categories used for the 2010 census. It will also continue asking about those topics as two questions, despite its own research showing that changes could encourage more census participants to provide race and ethnicity data.At the bureau’s public meeting on 2020 census preparations, the chief of the bureau’s population division, Karen Battle, said that a new category for people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa, or MENA, will not be added to the 2020 questionnaire because more research is needed. Battle cited public comments the bureau has received saying that MENA should be treated not as an option for race but for ethnicity, which she says the bureau has not specifically tested so far.Before the announcement, census watchers said Census Bureau documents posted this week on the website for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within OMB provided a signal of where the Trump administration stands on these proposals.“I think this is a big one,” said John Thompson, a former director of the Census Bureau who left the agency last year, referring to the significance of the documents.They detail the bureau’s request to change the questionnaire set to be used in an upcoming practice run of the 2020 census — known as the End-to-End Census Test — taking place this year in Rhode Island’s Providence County.To prepare for potential policy changes on race and ethnicity data, that questionnaire, as submitted to OMB last year for approval, originally followed the Obama-era proposals. It combined the two census questions about race and Hispanic origin required by the current federal standards into one question, with “Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish” as an option for both race and ethnicity. Among the other checkboxes under the combined question was “Middle Eastern or North African,” which was separate from “White.”In 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau submitted to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget a questionnaire for their practice run of the 2020 census. The form combined the two census questions about race and Hispanic origin required by the current federal standards into one question.But the Census Bureau has now submitted a request to go back to two separate questions with no checkbox for “Middle Eastern or North African.”“In order to ensure that the systems fielded in the 2018 End-to-End Census Test are consistent with the design for the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau made the decision to redesign the systems supporting data collection in this test to be consistent with the two-question format,” the Census Bureau wrote in its request.The Census Bureau recently submitted to OMB a request to go back to separate questions about race and Hispanic origin on the questionnaire for the practice run of the 2020 census.Thompson, the former Census Bureau director, considers the request a sign that the bureau has gotten word that OMB will not change the federal standards on race and ethnicity data.If that is indeed the case, Thompson said lawmakers on Capitol Hill could step in later to proceed with the proposed changes before the 2020 census.“Anything can happen,” he said. “Congress can pass a law.”Other census watchers say they’re disappointed that the Trump administration appears to have decided to not follow the recommendations of Census Bureau staffers who spent years researching how to collect more accurate race and ethnicity data.“The decision to ignore years of research and the expert advice of scientists is a blow to science and the collection of the best data possible,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, in a written statement.Last year, an advisory group of experts from various federal agencies released a report that pointed to concerns about how the proposed changes to the federal standards could affect state governments, schools and hospitals that may or may not use the standards for their own record keeping.“Inconsistency between self-reported [federal] survey information and reporting on administrative records results in discrepancies between major sources of information for the [nation], which could be made worse by changing the standards,” wrote the advisers serving on the Federal Interagency Working Group for Research on Race and Ethnicity.Ken Prewitt, a former Census Bureau director who served under the Clinton administration, says he acknowledges that nobody wants to change any form if it can be avoided.“But a country with demographics as fluid as the U.S. has to adjust its statistics,” adds Prewitt, who is also author of What Is “Your” Race?: The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans.Prewitt says the proposal to ask about race and ethnicity in a combined question is a “really innovative” way to address the challenge of “some other race” ranking as the third-largest racial group reported in census results from 2000 and 2010. If the Trump administration does not move the proposal forward, Prewitt expects it to be reintroduced for approval under a different presidential administration.While the wait continues for an official announcement of OMB’s decision on the proposals, the Census Bureau is expected to release its report to Congress on the final wording of the 2020 census questions — including those about race and ethnicity — by the end of March.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Of princesses and journeys

Jyoti Sharma’s Bhanuni was based on the theme of the regalia of a modern princess. The journey of the royal figure that has evolved over the years in heavy brocades, velvet, exquisite detailed embroderies and gold. Yes. The boldness of gold on the navy and the black. From ghagras to dhoti-peplums and short dresses heavy with thread details – Bhanuni celebrated the splendour of the fabric with details. Ornate and gorgeous as a whole – individual pieces were not much to celebrate about. Played it safe – that’s our verdict.

Londonfamed open roof buses to be introduced soon Suvendu Adhikari

first_imgKolkata: The state government will introduce London-famed open roof buses in the city, state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said on Saturday.The minister also inaugurated a bus terminal at Piyali in Baruipur in South 24-Parganas on Saturday afternoon. Interestingly, Baruipur is presently coming up as the headquarters of the South 24-Parganas. He said five such buses would be introduced in the financial year. Adhikari said the state Transport department would deploy 200 modern launches by September and state-of-the-art jetties would come up in different areas including the Sunderbans. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe said the pink cabs which are being driven by women drivers created great enthusiasm among the female folk, both drivers and passengers alike. Under the ‘Gatidhara’ project, vehicles have been given to 36,000 unemployed youths so far, he said. Adhikari also mentioned that the state Transport department would assist the police to improve traffic management in Baruipur under the “Safe Drive Save Life” scheme. The minister further maintained that if the municipality and Panchayat could provide one acre land, then a Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatabio-diversity park would also be set up in the region. The bus terminus has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 2.10 crore. The total area of the land is around 1.64 acres of which .58 acres has been used to set up the terminus. Adhikari flagged off seven routes from Baruipur. The buses will ply to Dakshineshwar, Digha, Moulali, Science City and Shyambazar. An E-bus will ply up to Karunamoyee in Salt Lake as well. He said a Volvo bus up to Siliguri will also be introduced soon. The terminus can accommodate around 25 to 30 buses.last_img read more

6 Common Misconceptions about Witches and the History of Witchcraft

first_imgWhen Halloween comes around, witches can be glimpsed partying in peoples’ homes or walking along the streets, candy-bags in hand. We all have an idea of what witch looks like: they have a black hat and broomstick. We know they use cauldrons to brew up potions and that they traditionally get burned at the stake.However, our modern idea of witches contains several misconceptions.Here are some interesting facts about witches and witchcraft that you might not have known.Men, as well as women, were executed as witchesOld drawing of the death of Giles Corey (Sept. 19, 1692)In Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, an estimated 60,000 people were put to death based on accusations of witchcraft. Note the word “people,” as not all those proclaimed as witches were women.In Elizabethan England, there were 270 witchcraft trials: 247 were of women, and 23 were of men.Even during the most famous of witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, the men were not exempt from suspicion.Witchcraft at Salem Village. Engraving.Between February 1692 and May 1693, 200 people in Salem were accused. In the end, only 19 were found guilty: 14 women and five men.The five men were: Reverend George Burrows, John Willard, George Jacobs Snr., John Proctor, and Samuel Wardwell.John Proctors house in Peabody, Massachusetts.Another man, Giles Corey, also died, even though he wasn’t found guilty of being a witch. In fact, he didn’t enter a plea at all, which was what led to his inadvertent execution through “pressing.”He was stripped naked, had a board laid across his chest, and then stones and rocks were piled on top, pressing down on him. He was then repeatedly asked what plea he wished to enter.It was hoped that such torture would force him to answer either guilty or not guilty, but still he refused. It is stated that all he kept saying was, “More weight.”A weighing contraption to see whether someone was a witch (The Witch Trials). If someone was lighter than the Bible they were deemed a witch. Photo by Glen Bowman CC BY 2.0He survived this brutal torture for three days before he died.It just goes to show that when the witchfinder came to town, nobody was safe – being a man, or even a Puritan minister, could not save you.PotionsWitchcraft and healing (healing potions) – the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, Devon, England. Photo by Glen Bowman CC By 2.0We are all familiar with the horrible ingredients associated with a witch’s potion. Shakespeare made famous such phrases as “toe of frog” and “eye of newt.”But these ingredients aren’t as literal, or as disgusting, as they seem. In the Middle Ages, only monks and scholars knew the Latin names for plants. Commoners would have their own names for the plants they used in everyday cooking and medicine.Model of a 19th century cunning woman at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, Devon. Photo by Midnightblueowl CC BY-SA 3.0Such common names often came about in response to the look of the plant’s leaves or petals or as a way of describing how the plant’s healing properties.So, when the witches in Macbeth spoke of “eye of newt,” they were most likely referring to wild mustard seed. “Toe of frog” referred to the leaves of the bulbous buttercup, while “wool of bat” meant simply moss.If “lion’s tooth” turned up in anything, then it was probably dandelion, and “bird’s foot” was fenugreek.Very few witches were burned at the stakeThe execution of Jan Hus by burning, illustration from the Spiez Chronicle, 1485.Although we consider the standard punishment for witchcraft to be burnt at the stake, in fact witches were generally hanged. Burning was more of a French punishment, as illustrated by the case of Joan of Arc.Torturing and execution of witches in medieval miniature.In July 1650, fifteen people (including one man) were hanged in one go for witchcraft at the Town Moor in Newcastle, England.All those convicted at the Salem witch trials were also hanged, rather than burned as is popularly believed.The Witchcraft Act 1735 was still being used in 1944An accused “witch.” Photo by Jessolsen CC BY 4.0In 1735, the Witchcraft Act was passed in Britain. This legislation made it a crime for a person to claim that any other person had magical powers or was practicing witchcraft.Before it became law, previous witchcraft legislation had worked on the assumption that magic and witchcraft genuinely existed.However, with its new wording, the Witchcraft Act 1735 stated that it was not witchcraft per se that was against the law. Instead, the crime was holding the superstitious belief that witches existed.The trial of George Jacobs of Salem for witchcraft.The Act reflected the changing beliefs in Europe and effectively brought an end to witch-hunting in England.However, the Witchcraft Act 1735 remained active in Britain for many years, right up until the middle of the twentieth century.In 1944, Jane Rebecca Yorke became the last person to be tried under it. She wasn’t actually accused of being a witch, but of being a medium. She was convicted of “pretending… to cause the spirits of deceased persons to be present.”Salem Witch Trials.Several undercover policemen went to her seances. They had been instructed to ask about non-existent relatives. Yorke told one officer in great detail about how his imaginary brother had been burned alive during a bombing mission.Although the Act was not used after 1944, mediums in custody were still threatened with it, the last threat occurring in 1950.In 1951, the 1735 Act was finally repealed and replaced with the Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951.On the wings of MandrakeIllustration of a witch.The suggestion that witches were able to fly might have come from the fact that mandrake root and other hallucinogenic plants were used in witchcraft ceremonies. Users described the hallucinogenic and euphoric properties of the plants as making them feel as if they were floating.Rituals to invoke flying were performed naked and an ointment containing the active ingredient was rubbed onto the body. This was because ingesting mandrake, henbane, or deadly nightshade could cause nausea, vomiting, and other unpleasant effects.Mandragora (Mandrake) plant. Photo by Welcome Images CC BY-SA 4.0So instead an ointment was rubbed onto the body. The best spots for it to be absorbed were under the arms and the lower regions. To apply it to the latter, a witch would smear the ointment on the handle of a broom and then sit astride it.Of course, if you didn’t want to take your clothes off, then a woman could just as easily sit astride a broomstick, completely clothed, and still experience the same effect.Related Video: 13 Victorian Vulgarities everyone should know:But which way round?A Witch riding a broomstick with a black cat.There has also been some controversy over which way round a witch is supposed to sit on a broomstick. Most people imagine that the bristles will be at the rear – certainly that’s how it has appeared in popular culture over the years.But in 2001, Kevin Carlyon, a British white witch, took issue with the makers of Harry Potter. He insisted that evidence shows that witches would ride a broom with the bristles at the front, like a hobby horse.Witch’s broomstick. Photo by Glen Bowman CC By 2.0He stated: “Warner Bros. claims the film is an accurate portrayal of things that happen in witchcraft, yet woodcuts from the 16th and 17th century show broomsticks being ridden with the brush part in the front.”Many forums came alive to debate this assertion, with evidence being brought forward supporting both sides of the argument.One woodcut from Germany in 1712 shows four broomsticks being ridden: two with bristles at the back, and two with bristles at the front.Related story from us: The Horrifying Tests used in Salem to Determine if a Woman was a WitchHowever, the same picture also shows witches riding pitchforks and a rake, suggesting that the preferred mode of transport for the historical witch remains an unresolved issue.last_img read more


The Dailies at SXSW Part Four

first_imgMarch 16, 2011 min read Daily PromoYou probably know them best from the YouTube hit I Need An iPhone4. Well the now-famous Xtranormal characters were in downtown Austin this afternoon for a photo op. We encourage you to visit the site and type in your own funny dialogue. You just might create the next viral sensation. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. What are you looking forward to most about SXSW?I look forward to being inspired by the passion of others. You get to meet people in a variety of fields from all over the world. Every country is accounted for at SXSW. It’s amazing to see how many ways there are to tackle one problem. What do you hope this trip does for Traveltrot?I’ve already learned a lot about the importance of creating something your customers will actually want and use in the Lean Business seminar. Other than that, I just want to forge as many new relationships and friendships as possible.What’s the most innovative thing you’ve seen or heard so far?One of the most surprisingly things I’ve noticed is the Austin mentality. Everyone is so casual and friendly here, both the locals and the people visiting for SXSW. It’s a very encouraging environment for innovation.To find out more about Traveltrot and their impending launch date e-mail Carolyn at Carolyn@traveltrot.comDaily InspirationWe all know the Toms story, but nobody tells it better than Blake Mycoskie — the founder himself — as he did in his SXSW Keynote. What started in 2006 as a compelling idea with no business plan has since turned into the model for social entrepreneurship. Thanks to Mycoskie and his inspiring words, everyone walked out of the Convention Center a little taller today. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. — Prentice Howe is senior vice president, executive creative director at Door Number 3, an independent branding shop in Austin.center_img Register Now » Daily EntrepreneurCarolyn Branco Simnet, CEO and founder of Traveltrot, a company that creates smartphone apps to help world travelers feel like a local, regardless of their location. Visit their site to sign up for the e-list and be the first to know when the company officially launches. Side Note: Carolyn is creating this company while juggling the rigorous workload of Columbia Business School (Applause).Why is SXSW a hotbed for entrepreneurs?Rapid iteration. The interactive portion of SXSW is a must for anyone starting a tech business. Things move so fast for entrepreneurs these days. If you’re not aware of the latest technology, your business might be obsolete before it even launches. Daily T-shirtNow we know, too. But we’ll never tell. Daily CodeDoes creativity need to be saved? According to this start-up non-profit, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Scan the code to find out what a Choddy is and why it is such a hilariously-serious threat to the business of creativity. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Passengers in hourslong tarmac delays describe harrowing conditions

first_img Share OTTAWA — Passengers who were trapped aboard two Air Transat jets earlier this summer described hours on end of sweltering heat, a lack of water and the stench of vomit in the cabin as a federal agency began hearings Wednesday into their ordeal.One witness said she saw flight attendants outside on the Ottawa tarmac taking selfies alongside one stranded plane amid widespread confusion over the July 31 delays – six hours in one case, five in the other.Another witness described a young boy running down the aisle for the toilets in the rear of the plane, but vomiting in the aisle and on passengers before he could make it to the bathrooms.One by one, passengers told members of the Canadian Transportation Agency, the agency investigating the incidents, that they would have given anything to be allowed off the planes, even if only to face further delays or long drives home.They described feeling treated like cargo by the airline, rather than as human beings and accused the carrier of being more concerned about getting the planes in the air than it was about the health and safety of its customers.“There was no relief,” passenger Alan Abraham told the panel. “I felt like we were luggage; they had to get us to Montreal no matter what. They didn’t care what condition we were in.”The ensuing weeks have seen finger-pointing between the airline and airport officials in the national capital over the incident, which is now subject of a class-action lawsuit.“Air Transat said that it’s the airport of Ottawa, and Ottawa airport says it is Air Transat who didn’t ask for help,” said Blaise Pascal Irutingabo, one of the passengers who endured trying conditions during a six-hour delay.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the team“As a passenger, we don’t know who to blame or who to talk to about what happened.”Wednesday’s testimony marked the first of two days of hearings into whether the airline broke its contract with passengers.“Air travel is an integral part of modern life,” said Scott Steiner, chair and CEO of the agency. “Usually it goes smoothly, but if it doesn’t, passengers have rights.”Senior Air Transat officials are scheduled to testify Thursday. On Wednesday, Christophe Hennebelle, the airline’s vice-president of corporate affairs offered an apology to passengers, saying the hearings showed the complexity of the situation on July 31.“We are very aware of the difficult situation that has been experienced by our passengers. We have made our apologies for that and we apologize again,” Hennebelle said in a short statement to reporters.Both planes were originally bound for Montreal _ one from Brussels, the other from Rome _ but were forced to divert to Ottawa due to weather conditions. They were among about 20 other planes that couldn’t land in Montreal or Toronto during a two-hour window .The two planes sat on the tarmac for hours, with the air conditioning failing on the Brussels flight after it ran out of fuel despite declaring a fuel emergency before landing.Outdoor temperatures hovered around 28 C.The passengers said they were told repeatedly that they were not allowed off the planes because customs agents refused to allow it, even after food and beverages ran out.The airport authority said gates were available if Air Transat pilots wanted to let passengers disembark and rejected suggestions that it helped other planes refuel while neglecting Air Transat.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Airport authority CEO Marc Laroche said the ground services agency is responsible for stairs to let people off planes and refuelling services, arguing the airport is not responsible for the issue at the heart of these hearings.“I hope that Air Transat will be clear to everyone what they are responsible for: They are responsible for refuelling, catering, decision to gate or to deplane, those are their responsibilities. I provide the infrastructure, the facility, the co-ordination centre,” Laroche said.“I assist when asked. I will provide information when asked and I will provide whatever I can do to make the experience as good as possible, but that doesn’t mean I am in charge of refuelling.”Marc Jette, a passenger aboard the Brussels flight, dialled 911 for help, a decision that the agency’s investigator said added to the delay in getting both planes off the ground.Jette said his daughters suffered nightmares the week after the ordeal, and are now nervous about flying again.The backdrop to the hearings is the federal government’s proposed air passenger bill of rights, which it hopes to have made law by the end of the year.Hearings on the bill, known as C-49, will start before the House of Commons officially resumes sitting after its summer break.How the airline industry must respond to tarmac delays is not the focus of those hearings and instead will be dealt with after Parliament approves the government’s legislation. 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Cyta dangerously close to losing dominant position regulator says

first_imgState-owned telecoms company Cyta conceded additional market share to competitors in the first half of the year across all market sectors at an alarming rate, foretelling the loss of its dominant position in the medium term, official data showed.Cyta saw its market share in mobile telephony subscriptions drop to 58.4 per cent by June, from 60.5 per cent in December last year, and 62.3 per cent in June last year, the Bureau of Electronic Communications and Postal Regulations said on its website. Main competitor MTN on the other hand, saw its market share expand to 32.6 per cent in June, from 31.7 per cent in December, and 30.9 per cent in June last year. Primetel also snatched a larger portion of the market in June — 9 per cent compared to 7.9 per cent the previous six months, and 6.5 per cent at the end of the first half of 2016.The situation is even gloomier for Cyta and the taxpayer, after privatisation of the company was ditched early last year, when it comes to its share in prepaid mobile telephony, the regulator said. Cyta’s stake dropped to 51.7 per cent, 3 percentage points below that of December and 5.2 percentage points below that of June last year. MTN and Primetel expanded their market share to 39.5 per cent and 6.9 per cent in June against 38.1 per cent and 5.2 per cent in December, and 36.1 per cent and 4.9 per cent year-on-year respectively.Cyta could slightly expand its market share in mobile broadband connections in June, to 91.9 per cent from 91.7 per cent in December, but was still down from 94.6 per cent in June last year, the regulator said.In the landlines market, Cyta’s share declined to 72.4 per cent at the end of June, from 73.5 per cent at the end of March, and 75.6 per cent in June last year. In contrast, Primetel expanded its share to 13.4 per cent in June, from 12.9 per cent the previous three months, and 12.5 per cent in June 2016.Similarly, Cablenet and MTN saw their shares grow to 8.5 per cent and 5.6 per cent in June, from 7.7 per cent and 3.8 per cent a year before.Cyta also lost additional ground in broadband land connections with its market share falling to 57.7 per cent from 58.1 per cent in March, and 59.9 per cent in June last year, the regulator said. MTN was the clear winner as it saw its market share increase to 6.2 per cent in June, from 4.2 per cent a year before. Primetel gained slightly at the end of June compared to a year before, increasing its market share to 15.5 per cent, from 15.2 per cent, while in the case of Cablenet it rose marginally to 20.7 per cent.Cyprus agreed to privatise Cyta when it signed the 2013 cash-for-reforms programme as part of a privatisation programme aiming at generating €1.4bn in revenue to help reduce public debt. Following a better-than-expected economic and fiscal performance, political parties and unions dug their hills in and refused to allow Cyta’s privatisation on the grounds that it was a profitable business, forcing the government to ditch its plans.In September, Auditor-General Odysseas Michaelides revised Cyta’s 2016 profit downwards by €75.2m to €30.4m citing its failure to report investment losses from placements made by its pension fund.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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under which U. they only think about football, TIME noted,for the birth centenary celebration of the 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche. Modi said it would provide connectivity to the region besides employment to the local youths.He said the carbon dioxide would be removed from the tunnel through a tower seven times higher than the Qutub Minar This pass is most strategic for the entire Kargil sector which has seen intrusion and war in the past and thus as Modi saidwould help the armed forces for round-the-clock supplies The project will further increase the employment potential for the local labourers for the project activities On its completion it will lead to an enormous boost in employment as local businesses get linked to national market and tourist traffic increases Meanwhile Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari who was also present for the inauguration in his address said that 90 percent of employment would be provided to local youths in the construction of the tunnel The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired Modi had in January approved the construction of the tunnel And while Gadkari had given a time of seven years for completion of the tunnel the prime minister asked him to ensure that it be completed in next five years The civil construction cost of the project which is implemented by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRT&H) through the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) is Rs 489942 crore As per a report in The Indian Express The total capital cost of the project is Rs 680869 crore and this includes the cost towards land acquisition resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities as well as maintenance and operation cost of the tunnel for four years "The Zojila tunnel has been planned as a smart tunnel It will have latest safety features like fully transverse ventilation system uninterrupted power supply (UPS) tunnel emergency lighting CCTV monitoring variable message signs (VMS) traffic logging equipment over height vehicle detection tunnel radio system etc" NDTVquoted a spokesperson IL&FS Transportation had emerged as the lowest bidder for the project in July 2017 With inputs from PTI On Tuesday afternoon Blase Cupich former bishop of Spokane Wash. read more