Militant who aided Jatt’s escape killed

first_imgA Hizbul Mujahideen militant who had helped Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ‘commander’ Naveed Jatt to escape from a Srinagar jail in February last year was killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Tuesday. One soldier also died and another sustained injuries in the gunfight.Hizb militant Hilal Ahmad Rather, a resident of Behgambagh-Kakapora in Pulwama, was encircled by a joint search team of the Army, police and CRPF in Ratnipora area. “As the midnight searches were going on, hiding militants fired upon security personnel. Rather was killed in retaliatory fire. The operation was called off in the morning after the body was retrieved,” said the police.The police said Rather hatched the conspiracy for LeT’s Jatt alias Hanzalla to escape from a Srinagar hospital on February 6 last year. Jatt was eventually killed in an operation on November 28 last year in Budgam’s Chadoora area. “Rather a long history of terror crime. He was the main conspirator and executor in helping Jatt to flee,” said Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani.The police said he was involved in attacks on security establishments. “Incriminating material, such as arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation,” said Mr. Pani.An Army soldier, Havildar Baljeet, who sustained bullet wounds at the encounter site later died in a hospital. “Another injured soldier was admitted to a Srinagar hospital and is undergoing treatment,” said the police.Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon, commander of the Chinar Corps, paid tributes to deceased Baljeet, 35. A resident of Karnal district in Haryana, the soldier joined the Army in 2002 and is survived by his wife, daughter and son.Meanwhile, internet was stopped in Pulwana and train services halted in view of street protests. Authorities said many youth took to the streets during the encounter. Hundreds of locals, including women, participated in the last rites of Rather. The funeral procession witnessed anti-India slogans.Teenage boy dies in blastThe police said a 15-year-old boy died when a blast occurred mysteriously in Anderhama area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara around 3:55 p.m.“We are ascertaining the facts regarding the incident,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shriram Ambarkar.In a separate incident, a loud explosion took place outside Srinagar’s Central Jail. The police said it’s investigating the nature of blast.last_img read more

Top stories: Grim new Ebola news, why size matters for narwhals, and water in space

first_imgWHO, CDC publish grim new Ebola projectionsSix months after the World Health Organization was notified of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, its experts have released a new study warning that the situation is quickly growing worse and that Ebola may even “become endemic among the human population of West Africa, a prospect that has never previously been contemplated.”See all of Science’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak, including the Ebola vaccine, the U.N. 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New research shows that up to half of the water in our solar system formed before the sun itself was born. That means it’s likely that there is water everywhere waiting for planets to form.Fukushima radiation still poisoning insectsThe 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster released massive amounts of radiation. Now, new research suggests that the environment in the Fukushima region, particularly in areas off-limits to humans, will remain dangerous for wildlife for some time.Anonymous peer-review comments may spark legal battleThe power of anonymous comments—and the liability of those who make them—is at the heart of a possible legal battle embroiling PubPeer, an online forum for anonymous, postpublication peer review. A researcher who claims that comments on PubPeer caused him to lose a tenured faculty job offer now intends to press legal charges against the person or people behind these posts—provided he can uncover their identities. Narwhal’s tusk may be its status symbolThe narwhal’s tusk is pretty iconic, but until now, we haven’t known what it’s actually for. Potential explanations have included its use in defense and breaking of sea ice. Now, new findings provide evidence that the tusk may indicate which males have the biggest testicles—and thus are the most fertile mates.’Space bubbles’ may have led to deadly battle in AfghanistanIn 2002, a rescue mission in Afghanistan went awry because a U.S. command post was unable to radio one of its helicopters about mistaken coordinates. What went wrong? Scientists say that turbulent space weather caused a communications blackout in the region and thus prevented the warning from getting to the rescue helicopter. The mission turned into a 17-hour firefight, costing seven lives.How did the ‘Berlin patient’ rid himself of HIV?Researchers are closer to unraveling the mystery of how Timothy Ray Brown, the only human cured of HIV, defeated the virus, according to a new study. Although the work doesn’t provide a definitive answer, it rules out the possibility that conditioning—the destruction of the body’s own immune system with chemotherapy and irradiation—can rid the body of HIV on its own.last_img read more

‘File status reports on Nagada projects’

first_imgThe Odisha Lokayukta has issued notices to six State government officials to file reports on the implementation of development projects in Nagada village of Jajpur district, which hogged the headlines in 2016 for the deaths of 19 infants, mostly due to malnutrition.The State government had announced several focused development interventions in 2016 after the remoteness, inaccessibility and general backwardness of Nagada village were highlighted by the media and opposition political parties.Activists, however, pointed out that despite huge fund allocation and utilisation, the village continued to lag behind on various development parameters.‘Funds misappropriated’Pradip Pradhan, an RTI activist, had moved the Odisha Lokayukta alleging that funds meant for different developmental works were grossly misappropriated.“Most of the funds have been misappropriated and wrongly utilised by the officials of all line departments, for which there is no substantial improvement in the life and livelihood of tribal people,” Mr. Pradhan alleged in his complaint. He had demanded an inquiry into the alleged corruption in various works and legal action against the officials responsible for embezzlement of funds.Though ₹15 crore for the construction of a road from Ashokjhar foothills to lower Nagada was probably the most fund sanctioned for any road to a tribal village in Odisha, Mr. Pradhan said the road was so substandard that it became non-motorable within three years.As per RTI information, ₹1.8 crore was spent to provide electricity to Nagada households. “During our several field visits, we found that electricity connections had not been provided to any household in all three Nagada village settlements. Electricity motor, switchboards and wires were found dumped in the fields and backyards. It was sheer wastage of public money,” said the activist. In order to supply clean drinking water, the Odisha government had allocated ₹53.56 lakh. “The inquiry by civil society members suggests that the project has completely failed. Water filter supplied to each household is being used to store rice and other foodgrains. We found no water supply in the village. Tribal people continue to collect water from streams for drinking purposes,” he said.Taking note of the allegations, the Lokayukta has asked the project director of District Rural Development Agency, Jajpur, block development officer of Sukinda, executive engineers of rural development, power supply and water and sanitation and the district social welfare officer of Jajpur to file their replies on the allegations of misappropriation within six weeks. The Lokayukta is scheduled to hear the matter next on December 9.Earlier, the National Human Rights Commission had directed the Odisha Chief Secretary to submit a report as to why there had not been any perceptible change in the lives of people of Nagada despite the government spending crores of rupees.Most underdeveloped Nagada, inhabited by the Juang tribe, a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group, is one of the most underdeveloped areas in Odisha. It is close to Sukinda Valley, which has 90% of India’s chromite reserves. Several leading industrial houses of country are involved in mining in the valley.last_img read more

SPORT-LAXMAN-KOHLI 2 L(SPB4)

first_imgAsked about his views about cricket under lights with Asked about his views about cricket under lights with pink ball, Laxman said, “Its a work in progress, especially in India where dew is a big factor. Also the ball they used in the Duleep Trophy was a different one to what they used in the New Zealand-Australia Test match in Adelaide. “It is more about not losing the hardness and the shine because in India the wickets will not have that much of grass cover, even though the grounds are lush green and well-maintained. “A lot of effort and time will go in making sure that the ball is right because any match should not be dictated by ball. They are trying to make sure that the seam is thicker compared to the match played in Adelaide,” he added. Asked why Indians are averse to DRS, he said, “I am not convinced with the hawk-eye especially for the LBW decision. I am not convinced with that technology as yet. “Because of that, BCCI too has got some kind of (objection) and is not allowing to execute it in a series where India is involved. There is a fixed mindset that everyone is thinking that BCCI is intentionally not taking the DRS, but I feel the technology should be fool-proof,” he explained. The 41-year-old former cricketer also recalled the contribution made by ex-national coach John Wright, who was the first foreign coach to be appointed by the BCCI. “Within the team the growing urge to become more competitive overseas came with the arrival of, in our coaching set up, John Wright, the first overseas coach of a national side. John was laid-back, but was also very demanding. “He believed we had what he felt in terms of talent, mental fortitude, temperament and resolve to be a strong force outside our shores,” he remarked. PTI NRB SSR SSC SSC RDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Can The Oklahoma State Defense Force Kansas State To Pass?

first_imgOur guy @BradF79 on Twitter looked at some advanced metrics yesterday to see how this weekend is going to turn out, and he is finishing that off today.Points Per Drive / Possession SuccessLike the drive numbers from yesterday, these numbers are non-adjusted. PPD has been discussed often on this blog but there’s a few different varieties here. Points per value drive are calculated on possessions that begin on the offense’s own side of midfield and reach at least the opponent’s 30-yard line.  Points per long drive are calculated on possessions that begin inside the offense’s own 20-yard line. Points per remaining drive are calculated on possessions that begin within 80 yards of the end zone.In addition to the PPD numbers is a fairly new metric called possession success rate (PSR). Scores (touchdowns and field goals) are recorded as possession wins for the team with the ball and possession losses for the opponent. All other results are recorded as possession losses for the team with the ball and as possession wins for the opponent.  Momentum possession wins are defined as possession wins that immediately follow another possession win (i.e. offensive score following a defensive stop, or vice versa). Reset possession wins are defined as possession wins that immediately follow a possession loss (i.e. defensive stop following a failed offensive possession, or offensive score following a failed defensive possession).screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-26-pmOSU is doing fairly well on PPD.  Their 2.68 PPD number is 25th in FBS. KSU’s defensive PPD number of 2.16 is 64th. The OSU offensive PSR value of nearly 46% is 22nd in the country. KSU’s defense points per long drive is not good but their other numbers are all fairly average.KSU has pretty similar numbers to OSU in PPD.  One advantage here is their ability on offense to score following a possession loss (reset possession success rate). 50% of the time they score after a possession loss.  That’s 14th in FBS and a really good number. OSU defense needs to do a better job at forcing FGs or getting turnovers once an opponent reaches their 30. That points per value drive number is 84th in the country.Offensive/Defensive Footprintsscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-34-pm screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-31-pmOSU is not running the ball much (at least compared to other FBS teams). 52% of standard downs, 30% on passing downs. Their pace is just above average and they’ve shown the ability (or want) to go both methodically and fast (turbo as they call it). They, like KSU, are doing a good job at creating one-on-one situations with 83% solo tackle rate.KSU runs. That’s what they do. 68% of the time on standard downs they run the ball. The statistic to pay attention to here though is their run rate on passing downs. Only 29% of the time do they run on passing downs, that’s less than OSU. Their pace is slow, very slow (110th out of 128).We all know what the OSU DL brings to the table. 8% havoc rate is 9th in the country. The overall havoc rate of 18.2% is 26th. The secondary needs to do a better job of generating havoc despite their 11th ranking is pass deflections/interceptions to incompletion rate.If there’s another team in the Big 12 with as good of DL at generating havoc as OSU, it’s KSU. 7.2% havoc rate. However the KSU DL doesn’t get as much help from their LBs or DBs.  Opponent-Adjusted Successscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-39-pmWe are finally looking at some opponent-adjusted play-by-play data. Much of what we see here (with some exceptions) is not too different from the unadjusted data. OSU’s offense will be challenged the most in the run game, where they struggle anyway. Their biggest opportunities for success will be on passing downs, throwing the ball.The KSU offense still has really good success rates when you adjust for their opponents, they are running the ball very well, but struggling a lot when passing and on passing downs. OSU’s defense will have to get KSU into passing downs in order to let their advantage there have some affect on the outcome of the game. That means limiting yards gained on standard downs and stopping the KSU rushing attack.Opponent-Adjusted Situationalscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-43-pmI pointed this out last week and it’s still true this week.  OSU offense on 3rd down is incredible (4th in FBS).  Surprisingly, 2nd down seems to be their biggest weakness and I’m beginning to get concerned about their lack of ability to do much in the 3rd quarter after the opposing defense makes halftime adjustments.  The KSU defense seems to get worse as the game goes on which matches up well with OSU’s ability to wear teams out with their width of the field, sideline to sideline screen game (that many of us hate to watch).  KSU defense has to find a way to get stops on 3rd down if they want to win.The KSU offense is really only good in the first quarter (or has been historically). They also struggle mightily on 3rd down. I’d really like to see the OSU defense get better defensively in the 1st and 2nd quarter instead of saving it for the 2nd half. The team is clearly bolstered by good defense in the 4th quarter (which Gundy attributes to the DL rotations) and 3rd down defense.Special Teamsscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-48-pmKSU’s return teams will provide the biggest challenge for OSU so far this season.  Ammendola and Sinor must continue to do what they do best.  KSU’s FG kicking has been just average, something else to watch for in a close game.ConclusionUnfortunately, there isn’t a crystal ball that tells us how teams will play on Saturday.  All we have is how they’ve played in the past.  Past performance is not indicative of future performance either.  KSU is a 3 point favorite for a reason.  Most notably because the do not turn the ball over and the OSU defense has been the game changer recently coming up with turnovers that have given OSU the ball in enemy territory.  How will OSU do without those gifts?  I try not to put too much stock in the history of this series, but the home team has had a clear advantage (except for 2010) for some years.  Whether this trend continues on Saturday I believe comes down to a few things:Can OSU limit success for KSU on early downs and force them into passing downs?Can the OSU run game get anything going against a stout KSU defense?Can Rudolph hit the intermediate routes accurately (and can the receivers make clean catches)?Can OSU limit the ability of the KSU return teams to affect the game?Turnovers.Thanks for reading.  Please let me know what you think and any suggestions for the next episode.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Football fan faces ban after throwing pie during Chelsea game

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Football violence Share on WhatsApp Carabao Cup A football fan faces being banned from matches after he threw a pie on to the pitch during Chelsea’s league cup tie with AFC Bournemouth.Adam Cox, 27, was convicted in his absence at City of London magistrates court of one count of throwing a missile on to a football playing area.The court heard Cox, an away supporter, had previously served a three-year football banning order, applied in 2012, for a similar matter.Iain Jenkins, prosecuting, said the Stamford Bridge steward Dominic Agbo spotted the incident shortly after kick-off in the South Stand, commonly referred to as the Shed End, which was used to house away fans for the Carabao Cup quarter-final match.It is not known what type of pie was thrown, or if it hit anybody.In a written witness statement, Agbo said: “The football match was a sell-out, with approximately 40,000 supporters present. At around 8.05pm, I was posted to the South Stand upper, behind the goal.“I saw the Bournemouth fan throw something (on to the pitch) between the corner flag and the goal. CCTV was reviewed and security saw the male.”Cox, described in court as being about 6ft 4in and of athletic build, was later removed from the stand and spoken to by police.PC Kerry Jarrett said Cox initially told security he was responsible, but said he thought admitting guilt meant he could go home.“Initially I thought he was going to be dealt with by way of a community resolution, but he had already been the subject of a football banning order,” she said.“Cox admitted he told stadium staff he threw the pie so he could just go home. He continued to say he already admitted it. But then he looked at the statement (written by PC Jarrett) and said I was writing lies, and he wouldn’t sign it. He started to get agitated.”Cox was handcuffed and taken into custody but failed to attend his previous court hearing at Westminster magistrates court last month. He was convicted in his absence on Wednesday, with the bench chair, Sarah Houston, telling the court the matter had been proved.A warrant was issued for Cox, of Christchurch in Dorset, regarding the imposition of a new football banning order. He will need to appear in court at a later date should he wish to contest it, the court clerk confirmed.The match on 19 December ended 1-0 to Chelsea, with Eden Hazard scoring the winning goal in the 86th minute.It is not known exactly what time the pie was thrown.The incident happened a day after a Tottenham fan, Averof Panteli, was fined for throwing a banana skin at the Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a “targeted gesture” with a “racial element”. Share via Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Bournemouth Share on Messenger Topics Chelsea Football news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

3 Bucket List Experiences for Car Racing Enthusiasts

first_img Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Some people travel half-way around the world just to relish one particular food; for some, it’s about finding the highest bungee jump on earth; and still others are looking to escape to a far-flung destination like the North Pole where few humans have ever set foot. The point is: everyone has their bucket list. For car enthusiasts, getting behind the wheel of an exotic or legit race car is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s worth hopping a flight for. Here are three incredible driving experiences where you can drive a race car yourself.Pull Serious G’s at Indy Racing ExperienceWhen organizers of the Indy Racing Experience approached the track owners at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with their plan, they were rejected immediately. Allowing average drivers with zero previous racing experience the opportunity to zip around the world famous track at up to 130 MPH sounded insane. It was, and it is. Yet, somehow the group made the proposed experience a reality. Visitors looking to drive an actual IndyCar that’s previously participated in the Indianapolis 500 need look no further than the group’s Drive Experience. If you’re cool with riding shotgun, opt instead for the Ride Experience. A skilled Indy driver (Mario Andretti, Sr is among them) chauffeurs riders around the track at north of 180 MPH, where they’ll experience g-forces like only the world’s most elite racers. Drift an Exotic Supercar on Ice at Lamborghini Winter AccademiaIf IndyCars aren’t disco enough for you, how does tossing a $400,000 exotic sports car around the snowy mountains of Europe sound? Every year, Lamborghini organizes the Lamborghini Winter Accademia — an annual event in which drivers pilot two of the company’s most exclusive rides around the snow- and ice-covered wilds of the Italian Alps. For 2017, the program includes the 700-horsepower Aventador (both Coupé and Roadster models) and 610-horsepower Huracán Coupé. Drivers receive extensive hands-on driving tips and assistance from some of Lamborghini’s most skilled driving instructors. For obvious reasons (not the least of which are price and location), slots in the program are extremely limited.Tour Europe’s Most Challenging Race CircuitsThe aptly named Ultimate Driving Tours organizes exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime racing experiences for well-heeled drivers around the world. Their Ultimate Track Tour takes visitors around three of the most famous and challenging race tracks in Europe (and, quite possibly, the world): Nurburgring Nordschleife, Spa-Francorchamps, and Circuito Ascari. The track cars are all purpose-built and specially customized just for the experience. The whirlwind six-day/five-night tour is all-inclusive with meals, hotel stays, and transfers in and around Germany, Spain, and Belgium included. Visitors even get to go head-to-head at the Schumacher family’s own go-kart track. A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Take the Ultimate Desert Road Trip with Lamborghini’s Serata Dubai Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Photos Tom Arnold And JJ Abrams Attend Got Your 6 Event

first_imgGot Your 6 and The Mission Continues held a special Service Project Event at Universal Studios last week.Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6, J.J. Abrams, Ron Meyer, President and COO of Universal Studios and Eric Greitens, CEO of The Mission Continues at the Got Your 6 and The Mission Continues Service Project EventCredit/Copyright: NBCUNIVERSALGot Your 6 is a Hollywood-backed campaign devoted to changing the conversation surrounding veterans. Got Your 6 is a military term that means “I’ve got your back.” Check out GotYour6.org for more info.Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6, Brandon Routh and Eric Greitens, COO of The Mission Continues at the Got Your 6 and The Mission Continues Service ProjectCredit/Copyright: NBCUNIVERSALThe event was a huge success! Led by Got Your 6 Managing Director Chris Marvin and national veteran nonprofit, The Mission Continues, over 250 veterans, volunteers and celebs such as NBCU President and COO, Ron Meyer, J.J. Abrams, Tom Arnold, Greg Grunberg, Jon Favreau, Hannah Simone, Brandon Routh and more spent the morning filling more than 5,000 backpacks with food for food-insecure children. Veterans and celebrities then delivered the backpacks to more than a dozen LAUSD schools.Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6, Tom Arnold, Eric Greitens, CEO of The Mission Continues at the Got Your 6 and The Mission Continues Service Project Event at Universal Studios.Credit/Copyright: NBCUNIVERSALGreg Grunberg, Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6, D.W. Moffett and Eric Greitens, CEO of The Mission ContinuesCredit/Copyright: NBCUNIVERSALlast_img read more

First Nation leaders say feds Ontario ignoring cannabis jurisdiction

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsFirst Nation communities in northern Ontario say Canada and the province are ignoring their jurisdiction as they roll out their cannabis legalization plans.Earlier this summer, Ontario approved eight First Nations to apply for on-reserve cannabis stores.But some communities are going ahead and exploring their own opportunities.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

first_imgNEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Jan. 21.New Fortress Energy – New York, 22 million shares, priced $17-$19, managed by Morgan Stanley/Barclays. Proposed Nasdaq symbol: NFE. Business: Fortress-backed owner of LNG liquefaction and regasification facilities.The Associated Presslast_img

Modi to address rally in Jammu on March 28

first_imgJammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally in the outskirts of Jammu city on March 28 in support of party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, a senior BJP leader said Monday. Sitting BJP MPs Jugal Kishore Sharma and Jitendra Singh are seeking re-election from the Jammu and the Udhampur parliamentary constituencies in the state. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally to be held at Panchayat Doomi, tehsil Bhalwal, in Jammu on March 28,” BJP national vice-president and J&K in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna told reporters here. Khanna reviewed the arrangements of the rally at a meeting of party leaders here after inspecting the venue site. BJP state president Ravinder Raina and other senior leaders from the state were present in the meeting. The grand start of the BJP’s ‘Vijayrath’ in the region will take place from this rally, Khanna claimed. He told party leaders that people will be visiting in large numbers to listen to their popular leader and hence, adequate security and other arrangements should be ensured in connivance with the local administration.last_img read more

LinkedIn relies more on users than AI to dump bad profiles

first_imgNew Delhi: In February, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer B. Chandrakala found a LinkedIn fake account running in her name. After registering a case under the Information Technology (IT) Act, the police swung into action and got LinkedIn to shut that fake account. Under investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an illegal mining case in Uttar Pradesh, Chandrakala was shocked to see the fake account being run on LinkedIn in her name using her photograph and designation and publishing objectionable obscene content. Not just fake accounts, there have been several cases of fraudsters impersonating staffing agencies on the LinkedIn platform and people keeping duplicate or multiple profiles with ease. The goal of such people, according to Bruce Johnston, a famed LinkedIn sales and marketing consultant, is to harvest email addresses from connections, identity theft, phishing, spear phishing and other scams and impersonation. The real game is to identify such problems first-hand — via Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled algorithms which the company has invested heavily in — in order to weed out bad actors quickly and act pro-actively, without waiting for users to flag such content. “As fake profiles can be replaced just as quickly as they are detected and stamped out, this is a real problem,” wrote Johnston in a blog post some time back. Human-centric AI and Machine Learning (ML) is helping — to a great extent — Facebook, Twitter and Google stamp out bad content, terror-related posts, political interference, misinformation, abuse and several other inauthentic behaviours even before users flag them. LinkedIn said that “one of the ways we ensure that accounts are real is by building automated detection systems at scale for detecting and taking action against fake accounts”. “Unfortunately, LinkedIn is the target of bad actors who constantly try to create fake accounts,” the company said in a recent blog-post. The company, however, does not have a satisfactory answer when it comes to identifying a person who is between jobs or has joined at some other place but keeps old or multiple profiles on the platform. “Members come to LinkedIn to connect with their community, learn from each other and access opportunity. The best way to do that is to keep their profile updated, including sharing news and insights,” says the Microsoft-owned platform. LinkedIn gives users the option to flag inappropriate or fake profiles on its platform – profiles that contain profanity, empty profiles with fake names, or profiles that are impersonating public figures. The company told IANS that while there may be multiple reasons why members take more time to update their profiles, it is possible for other members to report inaccurate information. “We take each report very seriously and our team reviews each case individually. If the information is inaccurate, we take action, which can include removing the content,” said a LinkedIn spokesperson. Specifically for fake accounts, said LinkedIn, it investigates suspected violations of our Terms of Service, including the creation of false profiles, and take immediate action when violations are uncovered. “A human element will always be necessary to catch fake accounts that have evaded our models,” said the company. “While we strive to take down fake accounts before they interact with our members, we also get signals from our members who report suspicious activity on the site,” the company added. It, however, appears that LinkedIn at the moment relies more on users than its AI and ML solutions to keep its platform sanitised.last_img read more

Morocco protests expulsion of Syrian refugees by Algeria

first_imgRabat – Morocco has deplored Tuesday the plight of Syrian refugees, including women and children, expelled by Algeria and sent official protests to the authorities of that country, Moroccan Interior Ministry said in a statement according to MAP.“Moroccan authorities have raised the question of the expulsion of Syrian refugees (as was the case in the past with Sub-Saharan Africans) by the Algerian authorities to Moroccan territory through the eastern borders kingdom,” said a statement from the Interior Ministry.According to the same source, “Just during the period from 26 to 28 January 2014, Algerian authorities turned back 77 Syrian nationals, including 18 women and 43 children [some are less than two months old].” MWN with Agencieslast_img

Monk dies from burn injuries

He set himself on fire outside the Kandy temple to protest against cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka. People in the area used water to douse the flames and he was then admitted to hospital in serious condition.Leading Buddhist monks condemned his actions saying it set a bad example. He had earlier staged a walk from Kattaragama to Colombo to protest against cattle slaughter. A private television station which ran a mini documentary on him soon after he set himself on fire and seemed to have known in advance of his attempt also came under harsh criticism. (Colombo Gazette) The monk who set himself on fire outside the Kandy Temple yesterday succumbed to his injuries late this evening.The Buddhist monk set himself on fire outside the Dalada Maligawa Temple demanding an end to cattle slaughter. The monk is a member of the Sihala Ravaya. Identified as the venerable Bohowatte Indararatna thero, the monk was also a one-time member of the JHU. read more

Girl in Singapore finds missing Sri Lankan Tamil father

She says he mother had posted newspaper advertisements in Sri Lanka through a Singaporean lawyer looking for her father from the time he left to the year 2000 but there was no luck.She also published a post on her Facebook which was republished in the Singaporean media recently.“I am searching for my biological Father, Kanagasundaram Somasundaram (Age 60). He left us 27 years ago, My mum (Vimala) and me when I was 1+years old. After a workplace injury that cut off one of his fingertip, he left to Sri Lanka in 1991, since then he has not returned to Singapore. I’m looking for my father so that my mum and ‘I’ have some closure to some of the questions that has been pondering us. My mum is still not married or attached to anyone as she still respect my father as her husband,” the Facebook post read. Durga Keshav had said last week that Kanagasundaram Somasundaram left her family in Singapore and came to Sri Lanka in 1991 but never returned.Keshav said that her father left Singapore following a workplace accident in which one of his fingertips was injured. Somasundaram has two younger siblings, a brother and sister and is a resident of Pandivirichchan near the Madhu Church.“My father was a teacher who taught Arts in Sri Lanka and India before he came to Singapore to work as a carpenter. I have a couple of documents to proof of his birth, village certificate, registry of marriage certificate, special pass entry document. The last information that we knew about him was that in 1994-1995 he had left to either Canada or Australia with his new family (not sure of the authenticity of the info),” Durga Keshav said.Durga Keshav says she was not looking to get anything from her father other than just find him and get closure. (Colombo Gazette) Kanagasundaram Somasundaram was born in Point Pedro, Jaffna and is a Sri Lankan Tamil. “After so much of questioning and getting proofs from them, It is confirmed that my dad is still around. I have spoken to my dad. He still has all the letters that my mum wrote to him and the photographs as well. He also asked if it’s ok to be in contact with him, and If I will even call him back. No plans of meeting him or his family as I don’t want to disturb them. My step siblings have requested to speak to me as they have accepted the truth. However, I would want to  travel to Sri Lanka in the near future to know my roots,” Durga Keshav told the Colombo Gazette. A girl in Singapore has found her father in Sri Lanka after a story appeared on the Colombo Gazette and other websites saying she was looking for him.Durga Keshav said that she has received various messages from her paternal relatives and cousins with regards to her father. She was a one year old when her father left but and Durga Keshav later launched a campaign to locate her father who she believed was either in Sri Lanka or Australia. read more

Beer mugs sold at HomeSense stores recalled

TJX Canada is recalling select glass beer mugs that were handmade in Poland and sold at HomeSense locations across the country. Health Canada says the beer mugs can break if used for hot liquids and result in potential laceration or burn.There has been one report of the glass breaking in Canada, which involved a burn. Roughly 1,525 mugs were sold at HomeSense stores between January 1, 2017 to March 15, 2017. Consumers are advised not to use the glass beer mug for hot liquids or return it to the nearest HomeSense for a refund.

Facebook moderators develop PTSD because they are exposed to the worst content on

first_img Show more Moderators have to track the content on FacebookCredit:Diego Azubel /EPA Dr Mary Aiken was speaking at the Hay FestivalCredit: Clara Molden for The Telegraph And she said the company, and other social media giants, were failing in their duty to protect children.”Why can’t we ask more of these companies? Ask more of our political representatives? It’s not just parents who are responsible, there’s a collective responsibility. There’s an expression: ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ this is also true in cyberspace.”She added: “It’s not credible for a company that practically knows the colour socks you’re wearing, to not know there’s an eight-year-old on the site. Of course they know there are young people on their site, but we just haven’t forced them to do what we do in the real world. “You cannot buy alcohol at this age, you cannot buy cigarettes. Why have we just allowed the social media companies to do what they want? So it’s up to us as a society to push back.”She says companies are giving parents “false reassurances” by claiming their sites are moderated: “You can’t use human moderation of two billion people, you just can’t.”Facebook declined to comment.  Dr Mary Aiken was speaking at the Hay Festival “When Facebook say that they’re hiring 3,000 moderators, I’d say two things,” she told an audience at the Hay Festival.”You’ve two billion members, one post a day – that’s two billion pieces of data. No good, having 3,000 moderators.”And secondly, I have a major ethical problem with 3,000 young people coming out of college and being exposed to that extreme content and being used as human filters by any commercial entity.”In her work studying the effects of exposure to harmful online content, Dr Aiken said that “we see post traumatic stress disorder, early signs of it, in the content moderators who are looking at extreme content. It’s only a matter of time before we see post-traumatic stress disorder in children who are looking at extreme content.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Facebook The minimum age requirement for holding a Facebook account is 13, but Dr Aiken said much younger children were logging in. Facebook moderators are developing post-traumatic stress disorder because the company is using them as “human filters” for the most horrific content on the internet, according to a leading cyber expert.The social media giant announced this month that it is hiring an extra 3,000 moderators to review terrorist material, child exploitation videos and hate speech.But Dr Mary Aiken, a forensic cyberpsychologist who studies the impact of technology on human behaviour and is academic advisor to the European Cyber Crime Centre at Europol, said the move was highly irresponsible. Moreover, she said, it is a useless number when set against Facebook’s two billion users.last_img read more

Klopp expects more from me at Liverpool this year says Georginio

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that coach Jurgen Klopp expects more involvement from him this seasonWijnaldum was signed by Klopp in the summer of 2016 from Newcastle United and has since become a regular at Anfield after making 94 appearances in all competitions.But the Netherlands international has now disclosed that Klopp is urging him to have a bigger involvement in the team’s general play for the new campaign.He told the club website: “He said that I have to be more involved in games, and that there was too many times that I was not involved and that it was easier to play a bad game.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I was busy with that and last season he was really busy with the No.6 position while my head was in the No.8 position,“But he said that’s also the next step, that you can play in more positions than only one because you have the qualities to play there and you can help the team to do better.”Wijnaldum has played the full 90 minutes in both of Liverpool’s opening games of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.last_img read more

Jayne We can do better — can our elected representatives

first_imgAs the 114th Congress opens up shop, I am struck by one overwhelming thought: We can do better.I know, I know, this doesn’t exactly qualify as prescient political insight. I mean, many Americans would agree that the 113th Congress failed to make, say, the top 110 in terms of effectiveness and in terms of bolstering the national psyche. Yet, while there is common ground to be cultivated in the notion that we can do better, the difficulty comes in vastly different definitions of “better.”All of which is a roundabout way of getting to the point of this missive — 1956. Yes, 1956. You know, the age of Eisenhower and Elvis and post-war prosperity. Not that I actually remember any of it; I’m not quite that old. But 1956 has become a bit of an Internet meme among those who wonder how our political parties evolved into what they are today.You see, 1956 was a presidential election year, with Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower being re-elected over Adlai Stevenson. A presidential election means the parties publish platforms to spell out their most dearly held beliefs, and the Republicans of 1956 appear to have inhabited some alternate universe when compared with Republicans of today.For example, the 1956 GOP platform called for federal assistance to low-income communities; for an extension of the minimum wage; for expansion of unemployment benefits to cover more people; for the strengthening of labor laws so more workers could join a union; for the assurance of equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender; and for passage of an Equal Rights Amendment.As you likely know, many of these planks would cause an aneurysm among today’s true Republican believers. For example, regarding assistance for low-income communities, the 2012 Republican platform stressed that the federal government “has spent billions more on poorly designed and ineffective housing assistance programs.” The 2012 GOP platform, while not directly addressing minimum wage or equal pay, decried “unprecedented uncertainty in the American free enterprise system due to the overreaching policies of the current administration.”last_img read more

Students sing pray for linemen who restored power to their school in

first_imgSONADORA, GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (WSVN) — A school in Puerto Rico has been in the dark for almost half a year. But when the power finally came back on at Amazing Christian School, children and staff were ecstatic to have their electricity back.Most of the island was left without power for months following Hurricane Maria, which made a direct hit back in September. Since then, linemen from across the U.S. have come to Puerto Rico as part of the massive effort to restore electricity.The school posted video of the moment when linemen got the power up and running to their building, with both students and teachers screaming, cheering, and even breaking out in song once the lights came back on.When the linemen themselves came into the school to greet everyone, kids gave them celebrity treatment, offering high fives and singing to them in appreciation.Two members of the staff led the group in prayer, asking God to bless the workers who had come to the island from New York to restore power after Hurricane Maria.Amazing Christian School is located approximately 15 miles south of San Juan. A school representative told Fox 13 they feel lucky to have their lights back on, since many nearby areas are still without power.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more