Le groupe de travail chargé de la stratégie du patrimoine organise des réunions publiques à l’échelle de la province. Les réunions suivantes auront lieu dans les comtés de Digby, Yarmouth et Shelburne, de 19 h à 21 h. Jeudi 10 novembrePointe-de-l’Église — Amphithéâtre B34, Université Sainte-Anne, 1695, route 1 Mardi 15 novembreShelburne — Osprey Arts Centre, 107, rue Water Mercredi 16 novembrePubnico — Caserne de pompiers de Pubnico Ouest, 897, route 335 Jeudi 17 novembreYarmouth — Yarmouth County Museum, 22, rue Collins Des services d’interprétation simultanée seront offerts dans le cadre de l’assemblée qui aura lieu à Pointe-de-l’Église et à Pubnico. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les réunions publiques, consultez le site Web du Voluntary Planning Board à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/vp . Un document de discussion est également disponible sur le site web. -30-
The Museum of Natural History and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will have closures and reduced hours during the holidays. The Museum of Natural History will be open Friday, Dec. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, and will be closed Dec. 25, 26, 27, and Jan. 1, and 3. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will be open Friday, Dec. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will be closed Dec. 25, 26, and 27. The museum will be open Friday, Dec. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be closed Jan. 1 and 3. The exhibit, Canada’s Waterscapes — Yours to Enjoy, Explore and Protect, at the Museum of Natural History, will close Jan. 2 to make way for a T. Rex Named Sue, which opens in the new year. LEGO City by the Sea, a whimsical exhibit that allows visitors to control tall ships and trains built of Lego, is on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The public can contact the Museum of Natural History at 902-424-7353 and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 902-424-7490 for more information. -30-
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to the triple talaq bill passed by Parliament, turning it into a law which makes the practice of instant divorce among Muslims a punishable offence, a government notification said. The gazette notification, published Wednesday, says the president has given assent to the bill passed by Parliament. The Act will replace an ordinance promulgated on February 21 this year to the same effect. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The new law The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 makes talaq-e-biddat or any other similar form of talaq having the effect of instantaneous and irrevocable divorce pronounced by a Muslim husband void and illegal. It makes it illegal to pronounce talaq three times in spoken, written or through SMS or WhatsApp or any other electronic chat in one sitting. “Any pronouncement of talaq by a Muslim husband upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal,” the law says. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Any Muslim husband who pronounces the illegal form of talaq upon his wife shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine, it says. The bill was passed by Rajya Sabha with 99 votes in favour and 84 against, as the ruling NDA, which lacks majority in the upper house, was helped by the absence of some members of the opposition Congress, SP and BSP as well as six members of Telangana Rashtra Samithi and two MPs of YSR-Congress. The triple talaq bill could not make it through the upper house earlier this year during the first term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, although it was passed by Lok Sabha. The bill was again passed by Lok Sabha last week amid a walkout by several opposition parties including the Congress and the Trinamool Congress. The opposition parties had said in its current form, the proposed law could be misused to harass Muslims and wanted it to be reviewed by a parliamentary committee. Criminalising the offence, the bill gives a police officer powers to arrest the offender without requiring a warrant, they had said. To check misuse of cognisable nature of the offence, the bill makes declaration of talaq-e-biddat only if the complaint is filed by the aggrieved woman or any of her relation by blood or marriage, the Act says. A magistrate can grant bail only after hearing the aggrieved woman, it says. The aggrieved woman is entitled to demand a maintenance for her and her dependent children under the Act. Opposing the bill, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had said a law should not be made to “finish one particular religion” and claimed that the “cat has come out of the bag”. He said the government should not target one section by framing an “unconstitutional” law but instead provide 33 per cent reservation to women in legislatures for their empowerment, the way Congress government had brought in reservation for women in panchayats, corporations and local bodies.
TORONTO — Ontario’s health minister says a large ad campaign urging Toronto residents to be wary of vaccinations is “very concerning.”Christine Elliott openly disagreed with the messaging promoted by Vaccination Choice Canada, a group that urges people to get educated about the risks of immunizations.The organization launched a massive ad campaign across Toronto last Thursday, with four messages set to rotate over more than 50 digital billboards for two weeks.The ads, set to broadcast in prominent locations around the city, include messages such as “educate before you vaccinate,” “what are the risks?” and “how many is too many?”Elliott says there’s a lot of public misinformation about vaccinations, adding the government will continue to urge people to be vaccinated against a variety of conditions.A spokesman for the group behind the campaign says the campaign is meant to encourage parents to educate themselves on vaccines, but Public Health Toronto described the blitz as based around “half-truths.” The Canadian Press
(Updated) It’s a media zoo at Toronto city hall, as reporters wait for mayor Rob Ford to make another announcement. Ford made the shocking revelation today that he has smoked crack cocaine about a year ago.It’s not exactly clear what Ford will be announcing at the news conference shortly, but it’s highly likely it’s about his confession that he has smoked crack cocaine. He dropped the bombshell at Toronto city hall earlier today.“I have smoked crack cocaine. Am I an addict, no, have I tried it, um probably in one of my drunken stupors….about a year ago. I answered your question… I’ve made mistakes. All I can do now is apologize and move on.” Ford may have apologized but several councillors are calling for him to step aside to address his issues. Just after the mayor told reporters about his drug use, Toronto councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong announced he’s proposing a motion to get Ford to take a leave of absence.Councillors Paula Fletcher and Jaye Robinson both have said they too want to see the mayor step aside.The proposal is just one of two motions that will be tabled at city hall — the second would strip the mayor of his power to hire or fire the deputy mayor or any of the standing committee chairs. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has weighed in on the controversy, saying she’s concerned about the city’s ability to conduct business going forward.Legal experts said last week there’s no legal way to remove Ford from office for using drugs, unless he’s actually sent to jail for it.Related: Former PM calls Ford’s admission ‘startling’Reaction from Toronto city hallAddictions expert on Ford admissionFord ’embarrassed & ashamed’, but won’t quit 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
The United Nations today handed over complete management of detention centres in Kosovo to local officials as it continues to prepare for final status talks on the ethnically divided province, which it has run since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove out Yugoslav troops amid fighting in 1999.“This is yet another manifestation of the SRSG’s (Special Representative of the Secretary-General) and my own commitment to the continued transfer of responsibilities and competencies to Kosovo,” Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Larry Rossin told a ceremony at UN headquarters in Pristina, the capital.“The transition in penal management must continue in tandem with that in the police and judiciary, to ensure a balanced growth of all three arms of justice in Kosovo,” he added, hailing this milestone achievement.The move followed the transfer last month of some economic powers from the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), including the chairmanship of the Economic and Fiscal Council to Prime Minister Ramush Haradina.The centres handed over today were in Prizren and Peja/Pec. “In its quest for international standards, Kosovo has the advantage of having a brand new correctional service that has been bred in modern democratic values and does not carry the burden of retrograde penal management practices,” Mr. Rossin said.Last month Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen announced agreement with Mr. Haradina’s government on speeding up moves towards a multiethnic society, noting that all involved had a very tight timetable to meet by mid-2005, when they need to show clear progress to move on to final status talks.Both stressed then that the highest priority remained progress on the so-called Standards – eight goals in areas such as democratic institutions, minority rights and an impartial legal system – which are seen as a crucial step on the road to determining the final status of Kosovo, where Albanians outnumber other communities, mainly Serbs, by about 9 to 1. Before NATO’s intervention the province was ruled from Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and Montenegro.Last March the province was shaken by the worst violence in the five years of UN administration when an onslaught by Albanians to drive out Serb, Roma and Ashkali communities led to 19 people being killed, nearly 1,000 injured and hundreds of homes and centuries-old Serbian cultural sites razed or burned.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fox has asked a federal judge to issue an order allowing the network to continue to use “Empire” as the title of its newest hit show after a record label demanded millions of dollars over use of the word.Twentieth Century Fox Television filed the lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles seeking a judge’s order that the network can continue to use the title “Empire” for its series starring Oscar nominee Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.The lawsuit states the San Francisco-based record label Empire Distribution Inc., has sent letters demanding as much as $8 million from Fox. Empire Distribution claims the show’s title is creating confusion with its artists and the network should either pay or change the show’s title.“It isn’t just a fictional show,” Empire Distribution CEO Ghazi Shami wrote in a statement released Tuesday. “They are functioning as a record label in the real world.”The lawsuit states Empire Distribution has a pending trademark application for use of the word, but that an initial filing was rejected. The trademark application was filed after the showed premiered in January, the lawsuit states.“Empire” has become a hit for Fox, with its ratings rising each week and nearly 17 million viewers tuning in for the show’s recent Season One finale. The show is about drama within a music and entertainment company run by Howard’s fictional character, Lucious Lyon.Music from the show has also been turned into chart-topping album.The violent tendencies and homophobia of Lyon’s character threaten to tarnish Empire Distribution’s business, Empire Distribution’s attorney Michael Hobbs Jr., wrote in a Feb. 16 letter.Empire Distribution’s “conduct threatens to place a cloud over Fox’s intellectual property rights in the fictional television series ‘Empire’ and the Soundtrack Music,” Fox’s lawsuit states.“We are confident that this is a textbook trademark infringement case,” Hobbs wrote in a statement Tuesday.The lawsuit was first reported on Tuesday by The Hollywood Reporter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fox sues record label in dispute over ‘Empire’ title; network wants to keep name of hit show by The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2015 5:19 pm MDT FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2015 file photo, from left, actors Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, and director Lee Daniels speak on stage during the “Empire” panel at the Fox 2015 Winter TCA, in Pasadena, Calif. Twentieth Century Fox Television sued record label Empire Distribution Inc. in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, March 23, 2015, in a dispute over use of title “Empire” for the network’s hit television series starring Howard and Henson. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
This is 6th time one of our @UNRWA schools has been struck. Our staff leading int’l response are being killed. This is a breaking point.— Pierre Krähenbühl (@PKraehenbuehl) July 30, 2014 Source: Pierre Krähenbühl/Twitter Children, women and men killed & injured as they slept in place where they should have been safe and protected. They were not. Intolerable.— Pierre Krähenbühl (@PKraehenbuehl) July 30, 2014 Source: Pierre Krähenbühl/Twitter I strongly condemn today’s Israeli shelling of @UNRWA school in Jabalia #Gaza. No words to adequately express my anger and indignation.— Pierre Krähenbühl (@PKraehenbuehl) July 30, 2014 With displaced Palestinians still inside, a youth walks by the debris in a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIN THE WAKE of the outrage expressed over the deaths of civilians at a UN school shelter, Israel is to investigate the incident.The BBC reports that a government spokesman said the country will investigate the shelling and will apologise if Israeli fire was responsible.The Abu Hussein UN school was located in Jebaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip.Both the US and the UN have condemned the attack.There was widespread of condemnation of the attack, which left at least 16 people dead. A displaced Palestinian child waves to a friend from inside a damaged classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe attack on the shelter took place on the 23rd day of the Israel-Hamas conflict, shortly after 5.30am when people were sleeping at the school-turned-shelter.The school was run by the UNRWA, the UN agency, and its Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said afterwards: Source: Pierre Krähenbühl/Twitter Read: Have you seen the mural about the Gaza conflict painted on the Falls Road?>Read: UNRWA spokesperson breaks down during TV interview on Palestinians’ rights>Read: Early morning shelling kills 16 at UN school shelter in Gaza>
What do Watson of Jeopardy fame and Pandora have in common? Both use forms of artificial intelligence, a vast and complex field that is constantly being explored. It can be a daunting subject for those who haven’t studied it. Fortunately, Stanford will offer an introductory course on Artificial Intelligence for free online this fall.Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig will be the professors. Thrun is a major figure in the AI community. As a professor of Computer Science at Stanford, he spearheaded the development of the self-driving car which earned him accolades from Time Magazine. Norvig is the Director of Research at Google and wrote the premier textbook on AI, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach.The class will run from October 6 until December 16 this year. Online students have the ability to watch lecture videos, read the lectures, complete homework, and take quizzes, the midterm and final. The class will also be taught to students on Stanford’s campus which will begin September 27.Over the course of ten weeks, Professors Thrun and Norvig will cover: an overview of AI, statistics, machine learning, hidden Markov models, Bays nets, Markov decision processes, reinforcement learning, adversarial planning, logic, image processing, robotics, and natural language processing. You can look at the syllabus here.For online students, the professors will be available indirectly. Those who need to ask questions can submit their queries, and they will be aggregated. The most popular ones will be discussed by Norvig and Thrun during their lectures. Quizzes and exams will be administered and graded electronically.Online students who are not Stanford students will not receive credit from Stanford. Rather, they will receive a certificate acknowledging that they have completed the course.Over 70,000 people have signed up. Will you?Via AI-class
THE FAMILIES OF the victims of the Ballymurphy massacre have refused to meet Karen Bradley after controversial comments she made about killings during the Troubles.On Wednesday, the UK’s Northern Ireland Secretary told the House of Commons the deaths in Northern Ireland “that were at the hands of the military and police were not crimes”.Her comments caused uproar, with many politicians and others deeming them deeply offensive to victims’ families.Bradley later apologised, saying she was “profoundly sorry for the offence and hurt” that her words had caused, adding that she didn’t believe what she said. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeBradley has requested to meet victims’ loved ones to apologise in person but families affected by the Ballymurphy massacre have declined her invitation and called on her to resign.In a statement sent to BBC Northern Ireland, the group said they have been requesting a meeting with Bradley since she took up her position last year, but that she “hasn’t even replied to these requests”. 12,606 Views Mar 8th 2019, 10:13 AM 20 Comments “Families request that those parties who support our campaign join us and refuse meet with Karen Bradley. Do the dignified and appropriate thing, resign Karen Bradley,” the statement reads.Eleven people died in the massacre which took place in the Ballymurphy estate in Belfast between 9 and 11 August 1971 – 10 were shot dead by British soldiers and one had a heart attack. ‘Outrageous and ridiculous’ comments Yesterday Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told reporters he had met victims’ families in the past and they are still grieving and hurting, adding that many of them have unanswered questions. He said Bradley’s comments were “insensitive” and “wrong”.“Bear in mind what we’re talking about here is, we’re talking about the killing of civilians, not combatants. We’re talking about peaceful protesters in Derry on Bloody Sunday, we’re talking about Ballymurphy, we’re talking about Kingsmills, we’re talking about Dublin and Monaghan.And we need a British government that is at least open to the possibility that these killings of civilians could have been crimes – and indeed there have been convictions for such killings. In that context I really think the comments were wrong and insensitive.When asked if he thought she should resign, he replied: “Not going to go there”.In the Dáil yesterday, Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary described the comments as “absolutely callous and completely out of order and totally inappropriate”, while Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said the remarks were “outrageous and ridiculous”. Friday 8 Mar 2019, 10:13 AM https://jrnl.ie/4529936 Share816 Tweet Email Families of Ballymurphy massacre victims refuse to meet Karen Bradley The group have refused to allow the UK’s Northern Ireland Secretary to apologise to them in person over comments she made about the Troubles. By Órla Ryan Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We will not meet her and have one request for Mrs Bradley and that is for her to resign immediately.
Vancouver — Divine Consign announced Friday the eight organizations receiving $2,5000 grants this year: Clark County Food Bank, Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program, Daybreak Youth Services, Friends of Hospice Southwest Washington, Girls. Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, Mom’s Place Maternity, Police Activities League of Vancouver and Fort Vancouver National Trust.Consignment shops Divine Consign Furniture and B. Divine Clothing Boutique, at 904 Main St., Vancouver, raise funds for the nonprofit organization Gifts for Our Community. The board of directors gave out the checks to the grant recipients at a luncheon.“They certainly raise the quality of life for everyone in our community,” Carol Smith, board president, said in a news release.
PDM sends Commissioner another message: Bring GT Police Officers back Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:crime statistics, james smith, operation dragnet, wayne jones Recommended for you Special Force helping murder cases in TCI Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Mar 2015 – Cabinet yesterday heard from new Police Commissioner James Smith; who one day after leading his team in giving the Crime Statistics for the past two years was called upon to set out his observations of policing in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the first four weeks of his appointment. During that media debriefing on Wednesday at Police Headquarters in Provo, it was explained that average daily crime calls are down substantially in the past two weeks for Provo. Acting Assistant Commissioner Wayne Jones shared that a new strategy for mapping crime will be introduced; it will give CID officers more scientific analysis of trends in crime. Commissioner Smith explained that in the budget prepared by former Commissioner Colin Farquhar, there is provision for the purchase of special software to support the mapping strategy; they are calling this tactical maneuver ‘Operation Dragnet.’ While crime was very slightly decreased for the country overall when comparing 2013 and 2014; so far for 2015, the reports for January and February are trending upward. The Commissioner will next bring forward his vision and strategy for the development and modernisation of the Force to Cabinet.
The Spanish La Liga club has only used players born in the Basque Country or “formed locally”, and they have never been relegated to a lower divisionSpanish La Liga side Athletic Club Bilbao was founded 120 years ago, in 1898.After the 1911 Copa del Rey, the team was accused of fielding ineligible foreign players, and so they decided only to use local ones.The Basque Country team only uses players born there or “formed locally”, which makes everything more difficult but it’s a great tradition.“This football club becomes part of our identity from the second we’re born,” says U16 coach and former footballer Jon Solaun told The Irish Times.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“Any boy born within a 60km radius of here is showered with Athletic balloons and gifts; maternity wards are plastered in red and white.”“I was born in Bilbao and to put on this tracksuit and represent this club is everything to me. I know the boys feel the same pride. We all feel like a piece of history here as a family,” he added.“It’s incredible for the kids to be around one another and watch each other grow through the categories as both people and players. When a Lezama kid pulls on the red and white in San Mamés, we all feel a great sense of triumph.”“We’re all living the dream. Every person in this complex has a season ticket. If the first-team play away, the kids will train then go home and put on their Athletic pajamas to watch the game with their family,” he explained.“The coaches have a meeting point in town where we watch the games together. We’re all members of the Athletic family and have our own culture and identity.”
COUGAR — Self-registration for Mount St. Helens climbing permits begins on Saturday.From November through March, climbers can get their permits at Climbers Bivouac or Marble Mountain Sno-Park. The permits are free, but are required for safety purposes in the event of an injured or missing climber.From April through October, climbers must obtain their permit at Lone Fir Resort in Cougar. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest allows an unlimited number of climbers from April 1 through May 15, but a limit of 100 per day from May 15 through Oct. 31.Climbing permits from April through October cost $22.
Judith Moore presents information at an AFACT meeting on Nov. 27, 2018. (Photo courtesy ofDmytro Maloroshvylo.)About half of the people experiencing homeless have mental illnesses or substance misuse disorders and can’t access the behavioral health services they need. It hurts the people who need support and the community in general. Anchorage needs a solution. Those were the key ideas expressed by some of the more than 175 people attending a meeting at Central Lutheran Church in Anchorage on Tuesday evening.The gathering was hosted by Anchorage Faith & Action Congregations Together, or AFACT, and included local government officials. Community members said that providing compassion and charity isn’t enough to solve the problem. The state’s behavioral health system is inadequate, and the municipality, unlike many other cities across the country, does not offer any treatment options.Kathy Freeman, who works at Central Lutheran, said they open their doors to everyone and welcome them in to use the facilities, but sometimes working with people who have mental illnesses and aren’t receiving treatment is hard.“It’s hard to feel welcoming when some of them are experiencing such challenges that they are then using bodily fluids to express their displeasure,” she said. “Or throwing books at the staff, or using words that you’d really rather not hear in a church. And so yes, having access to really great mental health care for folks across the strata would be really, really helpful.”Natasha Gamache joined the line of people making comments and told the gathering that she grew up surrounded by trauma, experienced homelessness as a child and as an adult, and has multiple mental illnesses.“That I’m able to stand here, wait nicely in line, use polite language, so on and so forth — and be a reasonable, productive member of society — is because of adequate mental health care in a really inadequate system,” she said. She worked hard to get all of the services she needed. “And it would be my hope that instead of cutting budgets, that we start thinking of people first. We start putting them first. And we realize that recovery is absolutely possible not only from mental illness but from drug addiction and alcoholism.”Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was present and listening. After community comments, he was asked what his administration plans to do to address the problem. He said he’s committed to having the municipality take the lead and work with others in Anchorage to develop a comprehensive behavioral health system.“I’m not expecting the state to come. I’m not expecting the federal government to come,” he said. “But I am expecting this community to do something about this problem.”But doing that takes money. His solution involves a newly proposed five percent alcohol tax that would be used to fund substance misuse treatment centers, community behavioral health outreach, and supportive housing for people who are homeless. The proposal is before the Anchorage Assembly now and needs 8 votes before it could go on the April municipal ballot.
A scene from the Black Mirror episode ‘Nosedive’.YouTube screenshot.Netflix’s Black Mirror season 5 trailer has finally released and fans are shocked to see the grimness it offers. The most awaited season of Netflix’s dystopian sci-fi drama is slated to release on June 5, 2019, on the streaming services and as per the looks, the three-episodes are going to be entertaining as well as an eye-opener.If you fell in love with Netflix’s Bandersnatch and thought that it was the best Black Mirror has to offer then you were wrong just like hundreds of other fans. Netflix released the very first teaser trailer of Black Mirror season 5 and we see a whole new world of the dystopian sci-fi anthology.The fifth season of Charlie Brooker’s acclaimed anthology will not follow the trend of previous seasons of having six episodes in total. In the forthcoming season, we are going to get only three episodes. As of now, the runtime of these three new stories have yet to be released by the streaming giant.Black Mirror season 5 will feature an ensemble cast of Anthony Mackie, Miley Cyrus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace, Damson Idris, Andrew Scott, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport, and Ludi Lin.In the released trailer, we got to see how technology has affected all of us and will keep on changing the dynamics of all the relationships. The trailer features the impact of technology on marriage, fame, social status, and more importantly — on mental health.The trailer features an AI doll (looks a lot like Amazon’s Alexa) from the future, how Miley Cyrus’ character has a VR escape, and other shocking scenes. In between the trailer, we see words like, “Love, privacy, connection, sex, family, work, and the afterlife.”Watch the trailer below:We know that in the previous seasons, the writers played a lot with technology and how it has affected our choices in the real world. But with Bandersnatch, they changed the entire world of watching anything on the streaming services. As of now, we are not sure if the upcoming three-episodes of Black Mirror season 5 will have something as amazing as the Black Mirror movie but we are sure that the imminent season will offer us tons of twists and several easter eggs from previous seasons.
Manmohan Singh will continue to enjoy a Z security cover.FacebookThe Narendra Modi-led BJP government has withdrawn the Special Protection Group (SPG) security cover of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the security cover has been downgraded after a routine assessment taking the inputs of all agencies.The security cover of the former PM has been reviewed in a periodic and professional exercise based on the threat perception, according to the home ministry. However, Manmohan Singh will now enjoy a Z + security cover to be given by one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).”The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on a professional assessment by security agencies. Manmohan Singh continues to have a Z+ security cover,” a home ministry official said.Singh, who was the Prime Minister of the country for two consecutive terms, is personally not concerned about his security and will go by the government’s decision, reports NDTV.The SPG, which has over 3,000 personnel, provides security to Prime Ministers as well as former Prime Ministers and their families depending on the threat level. The elite group of SPG provides protection to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.ReutersApart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the elite group of SPG also provides protection to three people, including Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.In the past, SPG cover for former prime ministers HD Deve Gowda and VP Singh had been withdrawn. But former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee enjoyed SPG cover until he died in 2018.
Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneVoters arrive to the polls for the last hour of the primaries in Houston on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.Despite the constant stream of stories about the midterm elections, most candidates on the Texas ballots aren’t getting much attention outside of their small circles of supporters, donors and advisors. As a result, some have rejiggered their campaigns into grassroots efforts to hound reporters and editors into mentioning their names every time those news outlets write about politics or elections.That’s not how this works. What gets attention and what doesn’t is vital to candidates — especially if they’re unknown, unheralded, from third parties with small followings, or are starving for notice far down a ballot stuffed with big-time, big-money candidates.But the attention they want — that they need, in order to have some influence on the civic conversation and some support at the polls — doesn’t come from the news media. It comes from voters.Some candidates blame their lack of notoriety on their lack of news mentions, like primitives who decide the wind blows because the trees move back and forth. They’re finding, like their predecessors, that you’re not news because you get mentioned by the news media; you get mentioned by the news media because you’re making news.Getting onto the ballot is news. Once. Getting into a debate — which is, for the most part, a negotiation among political competitors — can be news, both in those negotiations themselves and then the performance in that debate, if a debate takes place. Drawing big crowds. Having ideas that catch on with those crowds. Having a real influence on the outcome of an election, either as a winner or as a spoiler.Political reporters chase that kind of stuff. The Tea Party — a textbook example of outsiders organically creating a major political movement — didn’t get started in the papers or on radio or TV. Crowds started showing up all over the place (with help from early-stage social media) and those crowds made news.Candidates from the parties — and from outside the parties — do this from time to time. Ron Paul made his mark as a Libertarian, turning eventually to the GOP to win a spot in Congress. In the 2006 governor’s race in Texas, 31.2 percent of the vote went to candidates who were not flying the Republican or Democratic flag. The winner, Republican Rick Perry, was re-elected with 39 percent. The third-party and independent candidates — Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Kinky Friedman, James Werner and James “Patriot” Dillon — combined to win more votes than Chris Bell, the Democrat in that race.Third-party candidates generally haven’t done well in Texas, performing best in races where either the Democrats or Republicans haven’t fielded candidates. Ken Ashby, a Libertarian, got 19.4 percent of the vote against Republican U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling in 2016, but there were no Democrats in the race. One sign that U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, might be vulnerable is that he got 71 percent of the vote in his 2016 race — with no Democrat on the ballot. Libertarian Ed Rankin and Gary Stuard of the Green Party got 19 percent and 10 percent, respectively.But they generally don’t win races. In fact, it’s unusual for Libertarian candidates to get more than 5 percent in races where both of the major parties have contestants. They do get enough votes to win access to the ballot — another way of saying their candidates are automatically included on the page when you vote. That’s better than the Green Party has fared lately.It fuels their anger at being left out. That’s understandable. There they are on the ballot in Texas, but they haven’t been able to elbow their way into the conversations about debates or property taxes or marijuana or much else. That’s got to be frustrating.Neal Dikeman and Mark Tippetts are running for U.S. Senate and governor, respectively, as nominees of the Libertarian Party of Texas. Each has a campaign underway to get more media attention, Dikeman by trying to edge his way into debates via social media, Tippetts by urging supporters on Facebook to “make some noise” about getting into publications like this one.Each would like to be on stage in debates with the Republicans and Democrats whose parties dominate Texas and American politics and whose candidates have a much easier time getting attention. So would Kerry McKennon, the Libertarian running for lieutenant governor; Michael Ray Harris, the party’s candidate for attorney general; comptroller candidate Ben Sanders; land commissioner nominee Matt Piña; and Michael Wright, who wants to be a railroad commissioner.They’re having a hard time getting mentioned and getting noticed by voters in a way that might help them get mentioned. It’s probably not fair. It is market-based, however: political news tends to follow influence and money — and stories. And interest, too: Like in political columns about candidates who can’t attract attention. Share
Neural activation patterns in the brain remain same when we read different languages like English or Portuguese, finds a study.“This tells us that, for the most part, the language we happen to learn to speak does not change the organisation of the brain,” said Marcel Just, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, in the US, in the study published in the journal NeuroImage. “Semantic information is represented in the same place in the brain and the same pattern of intensities for everyone. Knowing this means that brain-to-brain or brain-to-computer interface can probably be the same for speakers of all languages,” Just added. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, 15 native Portuguese speakers – eight were bilingual in Portuguese and English – read 60 sentences in Portuguese while in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. The university developed computational model was able to predict which sentences the participants were reading in Portuguese, based only on activation patterns.The resulting brain images showed that the activation patterns for the 60 sentences were in the same brain locations and at similar intensity levels for both English and Portuguese sentences.Additionally, the results revealed the activation patterns could be grouped into four semantic categories, depending on the sentence’s focus: people, places, actions and feelings.“The cross-language prediction model demonstrated a meta-language prediction capability from neural signals across people, languages and bilingual status,” said Ying Yang, researcher at the Carnegie Mellon University.
For many people, Cinderella immediately brings to mind the images created by Disney back in 1950 – the fairy Godmother, the sweeping blue ball gown, the glass slipper, and the singing mice. The story, as told in the animated film, is a pretty watered-down interpretation. Cinderella’s story is much older than Disney’s adaptation. In fact, it can be traced back to stories that date back as far as 2,000 years ago, according to Vox.Cinderella Fleeing the Ball by Anne Anderson.The story of Cinderella, at its most basic, is of overcoming oppression and crossing class lines. The first iteration of the story can be traced to Greece, during the sixth century B.C. In the Greek version of the tale, a courtesan named Rhodopis has her shoe carried away by an eagle.The eagle takes it across the Mediterranean and drops it in the lap of an Egyptian king. The king goes looking for the shoe’s owner, and eventually finds Rhodopis and marries her, lifting her from her previous station in life and making her a queen.Pair of ancient leather sandals from Egypt.Another very old version of the story exists in China and is the tale of Ye Xian. According to Ancient Origins, she was the motherless daughter of a cave-dwelling chieftain. There is a very similar cast of characters to the Cinderella myth we recognize today, including an evil stepmother and unkind step-sister. In place of a fairy godmother, Ye Xian has the magical bones of a fish, which grants her wishes.The story of Ye Xian reflected the admiration for small feet in ancient China. Foot binding later became a common practice to prevent feet from growing.When her father dies, she becomes the servant to her step-family who wish to degrade her and keep her from outshining her stepsister, Jun-Li, who is significantly less attractive than Ye Xian. When her family goes to a festival celebrating the New Year, she is left behind.With help from the magic bones, she goes to the festival wearing a beautiful gown and golden shoes resembling fish scales.She is well received by everyone at the party, but is afraid of being recognized by her family and flees, leaving behind a shoe.Cinderella shoe.The shoe trades hands several times, eventually coming into the hands of a king. The king is fascinated with the shoe’s very small size and has it put on display in a pavilion. Ye Xian eventually makes her way to the pavilion, convinces the king to let her try on the shoe, and the usual happy ending occurs.Cendrillon story by Charles Perrault.Across Europe, there are more than 500 versions of this same basic theme. Among the most famous are the tales of Aschenputtel, written down by the Grimm brothers, and Giambattista Basile’s La Gatta Cenenterolla.While both of these are remarkably more violent than our beloved Disney version, they are based on older — and darker — folk tales. Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, and incest all feature in these tales from around the globe.Charles Robinson illustrated Cinderella in the kitchen (1900), from “Tales of Passed Times” with stories by Charles Perrault.The version of the story most of us know best, the one that would define Cinderella for the next 400 years, originated in France in the 17th century and was called Cendrillon. Charles Perrault’s version of the fairy tale, published in 1697, is the first to include the pumpkin, fairy godmother, and a few friendly animals who help poor Cendrillon find her prince.All the versions of this very old story have some themes in common. The first is women of beauty suffering in privation, poverty, and/or the lower classes and being raised into the realm of royalty and, usually, love.Oliver Herford illustrated Cinderella with the Fairy Godmother, inspired by Perrault’s version.Another is that all versions of the story reflect the social and political powerlessness of women relative to men during much of history. Cinderella is largely a passive figure. All the things that prove to be her salvation come from sources other than herself.In the modern versions of the story, she is portrayed as being the privileged child of a wealthy man until her father’s death strips away her status. Her status and security are regained only through the prince.Finally, the story can also be interpreted as a morality tale promoting women staying within their proper roles in society in that the heroine’s beauty can symbolize virtue and purity, which are rewarded, whereas the figures of the step-family who embody meanness and spite are generally portrayed as being ugly, and in many versions of the tale come to bad ends.Read another story from us: The true story of Pocahontas is sadder and less romantic than the enduring mythsNo matter which of these interpretations you choose, though, modern society’s romanticization of the story is probably an undesirable thing to push on to young girls.