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NFL Insider Has Latest Update On Jalen Ramsey Trade

first_img Rapoport calls Friday the “most likely” date a trade could happen.With the #Jaguars playing the #Titans tomorrow night, a trade of Pro Bowl CB Jalen Ramsey prior to the game is unlikely. Friday is the most likely target date, sources say.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2019As of yesterday, a report from ESPN’s Dianna Russini indicated Jacksonville’s asking price for Ramsey was “too high.”Russini added that two teams, one from the AFC and another from the NFC, had reportedly made offers for the two-time Pro Bowler.All of this adds up to a rather awkward situation, as Ramsey will seemingly suit up for the Jaguars Thursday night.It seems reasonable that it could be his final game with the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2016. Jalen Ramsey on the field for the Jacksonville Jaguars.JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 08: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars lines up during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field on September 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has made it clear he wants to be traded. He made this request following last Sunday’s game.The tension between Ramsey and the Jags has been boiling for a while now, and it came to a head in a sideline altercation with head coach Doug Marrone in Houston last weekend.Now, it seems like a matter of when, not if, the fourth-year pro is shipped out of Jacksonville.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has some new info on when that might be. The Jaguars play the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football tomorrow, and Ramsey will probably still be with the team for that game.last_img read more

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Apurvi Chandela’s family elated with ISSF World Cup gold, hopes for Olympics medal

first_imgApurvi Chandela’s family elated with ISSF World Cup gold, hopes for Olympics medalIndian shooters Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar put in a dominant display to outclass China’s Yang Qian and Yu Haonan 16-6 in the final and clinch gold in the 10m air rifle mixed team event at the ISSF shooting World Cup.advertisement Next Dev Ankur Wadhawan New DelhiSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 16:28 IST Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar clinched gold in 10m air rifle mixed team event at ISSF World Cup. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSApurvi and Deepak blew away the Chinese pair to win gold at ISSF World CupThe Indian pair outclassed China’s Yang Qian and Yu Haonan 16-6 in the finalApurvi family now hopes she will win a medal at the Tokyo OlympicsThe family of Jaipur girl, Apurvi Chandela, is elated after she, alongwith Deepak Kumar, bagged Gold medal in the 10 metre air rifle mixed team event at the shooting World Cup on Monday.India Today spoke with Apurvi’s father and sister in Jaipur.”Family, alongwith the state and the nation are so happy that Indian shooters are doing so well and for us, its very big thing that Apurvi could win medal and especially on a range, where she could not perform that great during Olympics. So, it is very very satisfactory for her and she is working very hard towards it.”, Apurvi Chandela’s father, Kuldeep Singh Chandela, mentioned to India Today.Apurvi and Deepak had outshone China’s Yang Qian and Yu Haonan in the final winning it 166. Apurvi’s sister, Tejaswini, hoped that she wins Olympic medal.”Here’s hoping. I mean, that is the hope. Both Deepak and Apurvi performed really well. Its mixed event and has to be team effort and both of them played beautifully and here’s hoping that at the Olympics, they get a medal.”Definitely, the only focus right now is Olympics. Thats the only goal. Because now, for us, I mean, and for her, its almost as if the countdown has begun and she has to now start prepping for it totally… she has to eat, sleep, breath Olympics now.”, Tejaswini, Apurvi’s sister, mentioned to India Today.Apoorvi’s father also mentioned that her experience in the 2016 Olympics will help her.”Immensely, yes. That will help her. She is quite confident now and for her, Olympic is another important match to play.”, Apoorvi’s father, Kuldeep Singh Chandela, mentioned.advertisementAlso Read | ISSF World Cup: Apurvi Chandela, Deepak Kumar clinch gold in 10m air rifle mixed team eventAlso Read | ISSF World Cup; Manu Bhaker-Saurabh Chaudhary win gold as India finish on top in RioFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Apurvi ChandelaFollow ISS Shooting world Cuplast_img read more

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Gov’t Creating Road Map for National Health Insurance Plan

first_img The Ministry Paper also revealed that the National Health Fund (NHF) signed a six-month contract in December 2017 with Sanigest Internacional for the development of a policy proposal and road map for the design and effective implementation of the NHIP. Work is apace on the development of a policy proposal and road map for the sustainable implementation of a National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) for Jamaica. Story Highlights The proposal will address elements relating to the benefits package, which includes levels and sources of financing, legislative changes, provider network, and the requisite administrative and organisational structures. Work is apace on the development of a policy proposal and road map for the sustainable implementation of a National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) for Jamaica.The proposal will address elements relating to the benefits package, which includes levels and sources of financing, legislative changes, provider network, and the requisite administrative and organisational structures.This is contained in a Ministry Paper tabled by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in the House of Representatives on June 5.The Ministry Paper also revealed that the National Health Fund (NHF) signed a six-month contract in December 2017 with Sanigest Internacional for the development of a policy proposal and road map for the design and effective implementation of the NHIP.“This is in keeping with the Ministry of Health’s 10-year strategic plan and will also closely follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO) strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage, which was adopted by Jamaica at the Regional Committee of the WHO held in Washington DC in 2014,” the document said.The Ministry Paper further said that work is well under way on the execution of the consultancy for the development of the NHIP, adding that elements related to the financial review and the expenditure on health have been completed, with the draft proposal submitted March 2018.In addition, stakeholder consultations, inclusive of medical groups, the nurses’ association, private insurance companies, pharmacy and diagnostic groups, and trade unions, will be organised to provide comments on the draft proposal.It is anticipated that by the end of the first quarter of the financial year, the consultancy will be completed, inclusive of the policy proposal and road map.last_img read more

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Gustafsen Lake warrior granted political asylum in US wants return home to

first_img(A screen grab of the truck James “OJ” Pitawanakwat was driving on Sept. 11, 1995, moments before it hit an RCMP IED during the Gustafsen Lake standoff. YouTube)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Wikwemikong man who was given political asylum in the U.S. following the 1995 Gustafsen Lake armed standoff in British Columbia wants to return to Canada.James “OJ” Pitawanakwat, 44, has lived in the U.S. since August 1998 when he crossed the border while on day parole in Canada.The U.S. Federal Court for the District of Oregon denied Canada’s extradition request for Pitawanakwat in November 2000 on grounds his actions in B.C. were “of a political character” and qualified for an exemption under the extradition treaty between Canada and the U.S.“I would like to go back home to live and come and go throughout Canada and come and go throughout the U.S. without this harassment,” said Pitawanakwat, who is originally from Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island in Ontario.He said there is still an active warrant out for his arrest in Canada.Pitawanakwat was convicted by a B.C. court in 1997 of mischief and possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace in connection to his involvement in the summer standoff which saw more gunfire exchanged between warriors and police than during the 1990 Oka Crisis.He was sentenced to three years in prison, but was released on day parole after one year. Nine days into his day parole, Pitawanakwat, who was in Surrey, B.C., at the time, said he “just walked right across” the U.S. border. As a First Nation man, Pitawanakwat can legally live on both sides of the border.“I eventually started going across American and showing people the video of the truck explosion,” said Pitawanakwat.(John “Splitting the Sky” Hill describes explosion triggered by RCMP IED. YouTube)The video of the truck explosion is one of the most striking images of the Gustafsen Lake standoff.  It was Sept. 11, 1995, and Pitawanakwat was driving with a woman activist, an AK-47 along with a rifle inside the pick-up truck, his dog Idaho in the back. They were roaring down a logging road when they hit an RCMP installed improvised explosive device (IED). The truck flipped in a plume of dirt and smoke, Pitawanakwat and the woman managed to escape the vehicle, but Idaho was shot by an RCMP sniper.“I remember driving down the road and then an explosion just rocked my world and disorientated me for a quick minute and my combat senses kicked-in and survival set in,” he said. “I relive that moment every day of my life.”Pitawanakwat said he and the activist managed to cross the lake where a cache of weapons was hidden. Some of the other warriors also arrived and began to open fire on the RCMP’s Bison armoured personnel carrier, borrowed from the Canadian Forces.“When I reached the treeline I armed myself and returned to the guts of the conflict on the battle field. The armoured personnel carrier was disabled by small arms fire and by the trees. It knocked out the steering column,” he said. “We just put suppression fire on the other Bison when it started roaring out of nowhere and was shooting people. It was straight out war.”James “OJ” Pitawanakwat during the Gustafsen Lake standoff in 1995. YouTubeThe Gustafsen Lake standoff centred on land leased by the province to a rancher near 100 Mile House, B.C., that was used for Sundance ceremonies. The land, which was never surrendered, was reclaimed by the Ts’Peten Defenders in 1995 who refused to leave despite attempts by the rancher to evict them.The RCMP intervened, and, with support from the Canadian Forces, faced down the Ts’Peten Defenders, who numbered between 30 to 40 people, according to the U.S. Federal Court record.Things escalated in mid-August when Defenders spokesperson William “Wolverine” Jones Ignace said if the RCMP moved into the camp it would be “clearly war…We’re not going to go peaceful. Body bags or do a hell of a long stretch…Nobody is going to tell you to put your weapons down,” according to the court record.The RCMP and the Canadian Forces, working through Operation Wallaby, set up a base camp called Camp Zulu which included armoured personnel carriers, helicopters, a field hospital, communication centre, military assault weapons and a tactical unit of about 400 “heavily armed militarized police,” according to U.S. court records.After several incidents, which saw tens of thousands of rounds exchanged between both sides, the Defenders’ camp surrendered by Sept. 17, 1995.There were 18 people, 13 men and five women, at the camp by the stand-off’s end. All 18 were convicted by a jury following a 10-month trial, according to the U.S. court record.Despite Canada issuing a warrant for his arrest shortly after he fled across the U.S. border, Pitawanakwat managed to evade capture for a little less than two years.He was finally arrested in Lincoln City, Ore., in June 2000, after he went out to buy pizza on his bicycle.“I found out U.S. Marshals were on my tail. One morning they swooped in and got me,” he said. “They converged on me, on my bike and I fled into the thorns. They arrested me and took me to Portland, Ore.”James “OJ” Pitawanakwat, 44, in Mount Pleasant Michigan. He wants to come home to Canada. Photo courtesy of family.U.S. Federal Court Judge Janice Stewart, however, denied Canada’s request for extradition, ruling that Pitawanakwat’s activities at Gustafsen Lake qualified for exemption under the extradition treaty for activity of “a political character.”“The Lake Gustafsen incident involved Indigenous people rising up in their own land against the government of that land. Although the crimes were committed while trespassing and occupying private property, the type of property occupied makes this case unique,” said Stewart, in her ruling. “(The rancher) acquired title to the land through the Canadian government, but this land included tribal land over which Native people believed they had a valid legal claim. Thus, the protest by the Ts’Peten Defenders was directed largely against the Canadian government which had granted (the title)…In addition, the violence was aimed…at the Canadian government and its military forces.”Pitawanakwat was preparing to find a lawyer to help build his case for a final return to Canada earlier this year, but tragedy struck his life in Mount Pleasant, Mich., when his step-son attacked both his mother and Pitawanakwat with a knife.Juan Romero, 22, is accused of stabbing his mother in the face. Pitawanakwat said he was stabbed seven times. Local reports say he was flown to hospital with multiple stab wounds.Romero is currently undergoing a psychiatric assessment and his case is on hold, according to an Isabella County court official. Romero is facing two counts of assault with intent to murder, among other charges.Pitawanakwat was also hit with a sexual assault related charge shortly after the incident, but the case was dismissed on Sept. 10, 2015, according to a court official.“The prosecuting attorney was not ready to proceed with the case,” said the court official.The prosecutor Robert Holmes did not return a call seeking comment.Pitawanakwat’s desire to return to Canada is getting support from one of the most prominent members of the Gustafson Lake standoff, Secwepemc Elder “Wolverine” Ignace.Wolverine recently wrote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould a letter requesting they call a public inquiry into the events of the 1995 standoff.“Such an inquiry would expose the Canadian government’s genocidal relationship with Indigenous peoples,” said Wolverine, in an emailed response to questions from APTN. “Specifically, the cover-up of the genocidal actions of the federal provincial government during the Ts’Peten-Gustafsen standoff of 1995.”Wolverine said he hoped an inquiry would help allow Pitawanakwat to return home.“James has been in exile for 20 years,” he said. “As an Indigenous man, he has the right to come home. He is an adopted member of (Wolverine’s family), of the Secwepemc Nation as a whole.”Wolverine has also called for a gathering of “Allied” Tribes to meet on Sunday in Secwepemc territory to discuss the recent call for a national inquiry into the 1995 standoff and Pitawanakwat’s return.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Shutdown less likely as Senate closes in on budget agreement

first_imgWASHINGTON – Buoyed by the sudden likelihood of a budget pact, lawmakers are on track to avoid a repeat of last month’s government shutdown — though President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of closing things down again if he can’t have his way on immigration.“I’d love to see a shutdown if we can’t get this stuff taken care of,” Trump declared Tuesday, repeating the sentiment for emphasis.Trump’s comments were strikingly disconnected from the progress on Capitol Hill, where the House passed a short-term spending measure Tuesday night and Senate leaders were closing in on a larger, long-term pact ahead of a Thursday night deadline. The broader agreement would award whopping spending increases to both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs, as well as approve overdue disaster relief money and, perhaps, crucial legislation to increase the government’s borrowing limit and avoid possible default.Democratic leaders have dropped their strategy of using the funding fight to extract concessions on immigration, specifically on seeking extended protections for the “Dreamer” immigrants who have lived in the country illegally since they were children. Instead, the Democrats prepared to cut a deal that would reap tens of billions of dollars for other priorities — including combatting opioids — while taking their chances on solving the immigration impasse later.Tuesday night’s 245-182 House vote, mostly along party lines, set the machinery in motion. The six-week stopgap spending bill contains increases for the military that long have been demanded by Trump and his GOP allies. But the measure appears increasingly likely to be rewritten by the Senate to include legislation implementing the brewing broader budget pact.House Democrats cancelled a scheduled three-day retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to develop a strategy for the midterm elections. A spokeswoman blamed the cancellation on “the pressing issues Congress will likely vote on over the next three days.”The budget negotiations, conducted chiefly by the Senate’s top leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Chuck Schumer of New York, have intensified in recent days — and the looming government shutdown at midnight Thursday added urgency to the talks. In addition to the military and domestic spending, the deal taking shape would approve overdue disaster relief money and, perhaps, crucial legislation to increase the government’s borrowing limit and avoid possible default.Both McConnell and Schumer reported progress Tuesday morning.“I think we’re on the way to getting an agreement and getting it very soon,” said McConnell.Prospects for dealing with immigration, however, were as fuzzy as ever. The Senate is slated next week to begin a debate to address the dilemma of immigrants left vulnerable by the looming expiration of former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.Weeks of bargaining have left the two parties divided over how to extend protections for such Dreamer immigrants and a court ruling has blunted a March 5 deadline.McConnell said Tuesday that while he hopes “we will end up having something,” he was unsure if any proposed measure would get the 60 votes needed for approval.On Tuesday, White House chief of staff John Kelly threw fuel on the dispute as he defended Trump’s proposed solution. The retired general noted the White House proposal would expand protection for some 1.8 million immigrants. That group includes both the 690,000 currently shielded and also “the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn’t sign up,” he said.No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of Illinois, his party’s chief immigration negotiator, bristled at the comment.“I’m sorry for that characterization. It doesn’t surprise me from Gen. Kelly,” he said.The budget talks appeared to be going more smoothly.GOP defence hawks were prevailing over the party’s depleted ranks of deficit hawks, championing major new spending on military programs. Democrats, meanwhile, leveraged their influence to increase spending for domestic priorities such as combating opioid misuse.The result could be the return of trillion-dollar deficits for the first time since Obama’s first term.The stopgap spending bill would keep the government open through March 23 to allow time to write and pass detailed follow-up “omnibus” legislation to fund the government through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.The prospective longer-term budget agreement would give both the Pentagon and domestic agencies relief from a budget freeze that lawmakers say threatens military readiness and training as well as domestic priorities such as combating opioid abuse and repairing the government’s troubled health care system for veterans.The temporary funding measure would also reauthorize funding for community health centres, which enjoy widespread bipartisan support.Aides in both parties said the budget measure may also contain a provision to raise the government’s $20.5 trillion borrowing limit. Legislation to increase the debt ceiling is always a headache, especially for House GOP leaders whose rank and file have in the past used the votes to register objection to deficit spending.Another likely addition is more than $80 billion in long-overdue hurricane relief for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a top priority of lawmakers in both parties.Under Congress’ arcane ways, a broad-brush agreement to increase legally binding spending “caps” — which would otherwise keep the budgets for the military and domestic agencies essentially frozen — would be approved, then followed by a far more detailed catchall spending bill that would take weeks to negotiate.It’s clear that Senate Democrats have no appetite for another government shutdown. Their unity splintered during last month’s three-day closure.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had linked progress on the budget with action to address the immigration program, but other Democrats are beginning to agitate for delinking the two, lest the opportunity for a budget pact be lost. And having tried and failed to link progress on the budget to DACA during last month’s government shutdown battle, many Democrats aren’t spoiling for a repeat.“It’s hard. If we can get a good deal that funds disaster relief, funds domestic priorities, funds the opioid crisis it would be a difficult call,” said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash. “DACA’s important and it ought to get done. But what’s the path?”Schumer said he and Pelosi are “working from the same page,” appearing to discount speculation that she might oppose the coming pact.___AP Writers Jill Colvin, Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville contributed.last_img read more

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Protection of migrant and refugee children must be at core of new

Amid ongoing discussions towards the first-ever global compacts on refugees and migration, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) joined other United Nations agencies meeting in Berlin today stressing that all parties involved in these talks must work together to address the needs of migrant children, consistent with their human rights.“Every day at [IOM], we work with migrant children. Some have been compelled to move accompanied by relatives or guardians or on their own due to conflict, disasters, fear and despair,” said William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General, when discussing preparations for the Global Conference on Children on the Move. He explained that other children migrate in search of better socio-educational opportunities and ultimately to pursue their own development and that of the society they live in. With more than 250 participants from States, civil society, academia, UN agencies, private sector and individual experts, the conference takes into account children’s priorities and concerns, with the aim of assuring separate global compacts covering migrants and refugees. “We want to ensure that child migration is always in the best interests of the child and that when it is not, sustainable solutions are found for children and their families both at home or in a new home elsewhere. These solutions should ensure that children are not left behind and that they are not exploited or even worse: trafficked. All migrant children are entitled to care and protection regardless of their migratory status,” concluded Mr. Swing. In the New York Declaration Refugees and Migrants, adopted in September 2016, the UN General Assembly decided to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The process to develop this global compact for migration started in April 2017. The Assembly will then hold an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018 with a view to adopting the global compact.Different factors contribute to migrant children’s situations of vulnerability, including their age, risk factors at individual, household, community and structural levels, the reasons why they have migrated, and the conditions they face during travel, transit, and at destination. IOM underscores that it will continue to strive for migrant children’s wellbeing and best interests across the wide spectrum of activities the Organization is pursuing in support to all Governments, who are ultimately responsible for their protection. The UN migration agency values this inclusive partnership and its goals, especially as the consultations progress for the global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration – a major global process, to which IOM is extending technical and policy expertise as requested by UN Member States. read more

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UN launches innovative programme to detect and disrupt terrorist travel

The launch at UN Headquarters in New York, of the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme, comes in the wake of the territorial defeat of the Iraq and Syria-based ISIL terrorist group. Thousands of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) are attempting to return home or relocate to safe havens or conflict zones, representing a major threat to international peace and security.The Programme, described by UNOCT as a “flagship initiative,” is designed to help countries to enhance the detection of FTFs and serious criminals, through the collection, identification, and analysis of their passenger data.A mix of technology and legislationSeveral UN counter-terrorism departments, as well as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), will work closely together to implement the initiative, which provides countries with free access to advanced “goTravel” software, which analyses travel data to help countries detect and disrupt terrorists’ movements.Another aspect of the Programme involves the UN supporting national authorities in the development of legislation and national expertise, via training and certification to operate the software lawfully and effectively.The “goTravel” software is a reconfigured version of a system donated by the Netherlands to the United Nations.Recent attacks ‘tragic reminders of global reach of the scourge of terrorism’Speaking at the launch of the Programme, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, said that recent attacks, notably those in Kenya, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, are “tragic reminders of the global reach of the scourge of terrorism.”The UN chief noted the “dramatic movement” of terrorists to and from conflict zones around the world over the past seven years, in particular the estimated 40,000 FTFs from 110 countries who may have travelled to join terror groups in Syria and Iraq.Mr. Guterres also stated that the Programme will help states to collect, process and share travel data with other competent national and international authorities, with full respect for privacy and other fundamental freedoms.Balancing surveillance with data and human rights protectionIn an interview with UN News, Jelle Postma, chief of the Countering Terrorist Travel and Aviation Security Section in the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, insisted that the technology was built with safeguards in place for data and human rights protection, explaining that after a certain period of time, sensitive data elements, such as sexual orientation, or trade union membership, will be automatically deleted by the system.Mr Postma said that the UN will work with national parliaments to ensure that new surveillance laws include independent and transparent oversight mechanisms.The programme is currently funded by India, Japan, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. read more

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Airbnb and Uber urged to act on teenage drug mules

Mrs Atkins’ plea comes a week after the Government opened the National County Lines Coordination Centre with a £3.6 million investment. A minister has urged tech companies to report teenagers suspected of ferrying drugs for gangs as part of a nationwide crackdown on the problem. Victoria Atkins, the crime, safeguarding and vulnerability minister, said Uber and Airbnb must train users to identify victims of grooming who have been forced to transport drugs across along routes called county lines.In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mrs Atkins said: “Any help that major organisations like Uber can give would be very welcome. These huge companies are under quite a lot of public attention in terms of their corporate social responsibility and it would be very interesting if [they]could help us.”Exploited children are made to travel vast distances on trains and in taxis, including Uber cars. Once they reach their destination, they stay in properties rented by gangs, increasingly short-term lets and Airbnb homes.”This is not just a policing matter,” said Mrs Atkins. “We need to make people aware it’s happening so they’re alert to it. We also need the help of train operators, taxi drivers and local authorities.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The mother of a child who was groomed by a county lines gang welcomed the minister’s comments. “These kids are operating right under the noses of British Transport Police, on trains, in taxis and in Ubers, but no one is asking anything,” the mother, who asked to remain anonymous told the Telegraph. 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. There are now 1,500 lines across the UK, according to the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) latest figures. Up to 10 children could be exploited along each route.Vince O’Brien, head of drugs and firearms at the NCA, said, “We’ve seen gangs take over properties from short term lets to hotels and Airbnb. We know they use rail or rad, which includes any kind of private hire.”A spokesman for Airbnb said it worked closely with authorities in relevant investigations and to train its users. Uber declined to comment.Airbnb added: “We have zero tolerance for inappropriate or illegal activity and permanently remove bad actors from our platform.”The company last month partnered with anti-trafficking organisation Polaris to tackle issues of modern slavery within the sharing economy. It also uses behavioural analysis to identify troublesome hosts and guests from using its service.Uber declined to comment. read more

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Head of London Fire Brigade announces plan to quit ahead of critical

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. Nabil Choucair, who lost his mother, sister, brother-in-law and their three children – his three nieces – in the fire, said: “She should have gone a long time ago. She should have resigned the day after the fire without doubt. She had the cheek to say she wouldn’t change anything. That was beyond disgraceful.”He added: “She should not be entitled to her full pension because it just sets a bad example.”Ms Cotton was appointed interim commissioner in January 2017 and was given the job on a permanent basis on the day the fire broke out on June 14 of the same year.Ms Cotton, the LFB’s first female commissioner, will step down in April next year but insisted she would still be available to oversee any lessons to be learnt from the Grenfell Inquiry report in October and a second phase of the inquiry due to start in 2020.In a statement on Thursday, Ms Cotton said: “The utter devastation of the Grenfell Tower fire and its impact on so many people will never leave me.  London Mayor Sadiq Khan with London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton London Mayor Sadiq Khan with London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany CottonCredit:Steve Parsons/PA The group added: “We will not allow this carefully choreographed retirement to allow Dany Cotton to evade accountability. This cannot be the start of people who have lessons to learn from Grenfell heading off to retirement without taking responsibility.” The head of London Fire Brigade has unexpectedly quit her £200,000-a-year job, weeks before the service is expected to be heavily criticised over its response to the Grenfell Tower catastrophe.Dany Cotton, 50, said the “utter devastation” caused by the fire had taken its toll as she announced her resignation as commissioner just two years into the job.Ms Cotton has angered survivors and relatives of the 72 victims over her insistence at the Grenfell Inquiry that she “would not change anything we did on the night”.A campaigner, who lost six members of his family on the night of the blaze, questioned whether Ms Cotton should be allowed to resign with her generous public pension, worth as much as £2 million, intact.The London Fire Brigade (LFB) faces criticism when an official report into the response to the fire is published in October.Legal letters setting out those criticisms are due to be sent to the LFB in the next few days, according to well-placed sources. “I want to reassure my staff and all those affected by the tragedy that I will remain dedicated to leading London Fire Brigade through any findings from phase one of the Public Inquiry and into phase two which is expected to begin next January.” Ms Cotton has served 32 years in LFB, having begun her career aged 18. Experts suggested she will retire with a pension pot worth millions of pounds. It is not thought that the pension, or any part of it, will be jeopardised even if Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the Grenfell Inquiry chairman, directly criticises her. The fire broke out in a fourth floor flat of the west London tower block, and spread at an astonishing speed as a result of a refurbishment which used flammable cladding.Ms Cotton told the inquiry that nothing could have prepared firefighters for the speed with which the blaze had taken hold. “I wouldn’t develop a training package for a space shuttle to land in front of the Shard,” she said.She arrived at Grenfell at 2.49am on the night of the fire, by which time the fire was out of control. She told the inquiry that her firefighters “were put in an untenable situation in a building that behaved in a way it should never have done”. Grenfell United, the group which represents victims and survivors, said: “Dany Cotton still has serious questions to answer about what happened at Grenfell. She stood in front of bereaved families who lost loved ones and said she would not change anything about that night. It was devastating to us.” read more

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YouTube hits 3 billion views per day 48 hours of video uploaded

first_imgYouTube turned six years old this month, and to celebrate, the Official YouTube Blog posted some interesting numbers about how much video makes it onto the site every day, and how many people come to YouTube for Web video on a regular basis. It turns out that the number of videos uploaded has doubled over the past year and now stands at 48 hours of video posted every single minute.Additionally, YouTube noted that the weekend of May 21st saw YouTube’s daily views hit their highest number ever, over 3 billion views per day. That represented a 50% increase over the same number of views at the same time last year.YouTube attributed some of its rapid growth to the explosion of videos posted to the site from popular uprisings in Syria, Egypt, and Libya, as well as protests in Wisconsin earlier this year, and footage from the earthquake in Japan. All of these events resulted in huge video uploads from mobile devices and people who wanted to share their experiences with the world. People around the globe who were far away went straight to YouTube to see the events as they unfolded.The growth in YouTube’s popularity isn’t only due to videos of historic and newsworthy events abroad. Google also credits improvements in its video processing speed, the release of full episodes of TV shows, and movie rentals as key to its rapid growth. They also noted that the launch of self-service live streaming for partner accounts has been a growth factor, with some music festivals and other events choosing to stream live over YouTube.It doesn’t hurt that YouTube is pretty much the only major player in the Web video market. Most competing services target specific niches, like Vimeo does for amateur and independent moviemakers. No one’s really challenging YouTube’s dominance, and as more users find out how easy it is to upload video, they’re taking advantage of the platform as a simple way to share video with their friends.Read more at the Official YouTube Bloglast_img read more

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Lower jobless rate fails to reflect reality

first_imgLook beyond the artificially low February unemployment numbers released Thursday, and the usual picture emerges of a Clark County economy bouncing along the bottom, with only faint hints of recovery.But managers in Vancouver employment agencies offer anecdotal evidence of springtime flowering of temporary work, at least for persistent job seekers. Economists look for a rise in temporary employment as a signal that employers may soon add permanent jobs.“I would say now there’s at least light at the end of tunnel,” said DeLano Morgan, manager of the Employers Overload employment agency located near Westfield Vancouver Mall. Morgan said temporary jobs started to pick up last month and have increased even more in March. Clark County officially posted a 10.2 percent February unemployment rate, but economist Scott Bailey expects a significant rise to the 13 percent range after claims of Clark County residents who work in Oregon are added in. The state’s revised employment numbers for January show 13.2 percent unemployment in Clark County — far higher that the initial 10.6 percent estimate that didn’t include the Oregon claims. Cowlitz County’s 13 percent unemployment rate for February was unchanged. Wahkiakum County’s unemployment dropped to 14.1 percent from January’s 15.9 percent.“The bleeding has stopped but the healing has not taken hold yet,” said Bailey, regional economist for the Department of Employment Security.Clark County’s unemployment hit 14.8 percent in February 2010, and the recession’s low point was 15.7 percent unemployment last January. The county lost 300 jobs this February, when seasonal adjustments are taken into account, a reversal from the 200 job increase reported in the revised numbers for January. Areas showing strength included manufacturing, finance, business services including temporary staffing, and education, Bailey said. Construction is hitting bottom as commercial and government projects that had been in the pipeline are completed. The health care industry is burdened by a large increase in charity care and by the fact that people are putting off visits to the doctor, Bailey noted.last_img read more

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ThirdParty Financing Could Enhance Resilience Reduce Infrastructure Maintenance Backlog Senate Committee Says

first_imgOne of the ways the military services are improving their installations’ energy resilience is by leveraging private sector investment through energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs). In its report accompanying the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, the Senate Armed Services Committee says it supports the approach and “strongly encourages” DOD to leverage its facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization accounts, in combination with third-party funding sources, “to maximize energy infrastructure investments.” That tactic could help the department reduce its massive infrastructure maintenance backlog as well as enhance installation resilience, the panel states.The panel remains concerned, however, that DOD has failed to streamline the procurement processes used to enter ESPCs, UESCs and power purchase agreements. In turn, the committee directs the Pentagon to set “a department performance contracting goal along with a tracking system to identify and address project phase bottlenecks, with a timeline goal of 18 months from notice of opportunity to notice of intent to award.” The lawmakers also request DOD to brief the committee on its progress by March 1, 2019.Photo courtesy of Army Corps of Engineers Huntsville Center Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 one year from today

first_imgWindows 7 is on its way out. Microsoft If you still use Windows 7, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Starting Jan. 14, 2020, exactly one year from Monday, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. That means no more updates or security fixes for the operating system. “Changes and upgrades in technology are inevitable,” said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, in a blog. “And there’s never been a better time to start putting in motion the things you need to do to shift your organization to a modern desktop with Microsoft 365.”Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for Windows 7 to business customers that pay for support, according to ZDNet, but not individual users.Windows 7 was released in 2009 and is still one of the most widely used desktop operating systems. Windows 10 finally overtook Windows 7 in the desktop market at the end of last year, according to ZDNet. NetMarketShare’s December 2018 report showed that 39.2 percent of the machines they collect data from used Windows 10, while 36.9 percent used Windows 7, according to ZDNet. In 2012, the computer giant decided to extend five more years of support for all editions of Windows 7 for individual users. First published on Jan. 14, 8:29 a.m. PT.Updates, 1:35 p.m. PT: Adds Microsoft 365 Vice President Brad Anderson statement.  See It Computers Software $20 Microsoft Windows 7 Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Tags Comments Amazoncenter_img Share your voice See it 5 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Microsoft Windows 7 Review • Microsoft Windows 7 $4last_img read more

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King Abdullahs Death Oil Price Increase Unlikely To Continue Amid Excess Supply

first_imgThe oil price increase following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is unlikely to continue as there is an oversupply in the crude market, say industry sources.In a television speech, newly-anointed King Salman said that he will stick with his predecessor’s policies. The royal decree stated that Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi’s role will not change.Saudi Arabia is a key constituent of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cartel. At the OPEC meeting held in November 2014, al-Naimi declined to cut output “despite a slide in prices, marking a shift in strategy toward defending market share rather than supporting price,” Business Insider reports. This move irked fellow exporters, Iran and Venuzela.Oil GlutPointing at the oversupply in the oil market, Stephen Schork – President of Schork Group – noted that even as the King’s death matters, it does not change the fundamentals; maintaining that Saudi Arabia would try to preserve their market share.Brent crude rose as high as 2.6 percent on Friday after the King’s death was announced.King Salman ReutersThe markets knew beforehand that Salman, in his previous role as the Crown Prince, backed the policies of late King Abdullah, eliminating any uncertainty, LiveMint reports.The kingdom is unlikely to face in-fighting, as the hierarchy is well defined. However, the question that is worrying the people is whether they will witness any progression under the new king, in a place that is long known for being very conservative.Ali al-Naimi Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi attends the First Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Petroleum Media Forum in KuwaitReutersAli al-Naimi has served the kingdom as its Oil Minister since 1995. He sets the oil policy for the kingdom in consultation with the ruling family. He also represents the nation at the OPEC cartel and holds considerable control. The 79-year-old is also the chairman of the board of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).The nation produces more than a tenth of the world’s crude oil and is the only nation that can act as a swing producer. Saudi Arabia depends on oil for 46 percent of its GDP, though in the recent years, it has been trying to emulate Dubai’s infrastructure boom.last_img read more

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ACC to quiz DIG Mizans bodyguard driver

first_imgThe main entrance of the Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in Dhaka. UNB File PhotoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to interrogate the bodyguard and driver of police’s suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mizanur Rahman on Sunday in connection with the allegation of bribery against him, reports UNB.Bodyguard Hridoy Hasan and driver Saddam Hossain were asked to appear at the ACC headquarters on 7 July, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said.Earlier on 1 July, the national anti-graft body sent a letter to DIG Mizan asking him to turn up at its office at 10:00am on 8 July for interrogation as he skipped the grilling on 1 July citing personal reasons.A private TV channel recently reported that Mizan gave Tk 4 million to ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case.Top-ranking police officer Mizanur Rahman amassed Tk 32.8 million illegally between 1998 and 2018, according to a probe conducted by the ACC.The additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) made the money by taking bribes and committing corruption.He was withdrawn on 9 January last year following an allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked up the 25-year-old woman in July, 2017 and forcibly married her.last_img read more

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Four Tools for Improving Office Collaboration

first_img Laptops, smartphones, tablets and web-based apps let groups collaborate from virtually anywhere around the globe. But in-person collaboration has largely remained tech-resistant. Until now, that is.Say goodbye to disengaged team members who zone out when asked to stare at non-interactive presentation tools. A growing number of collaborative display devices are being designed to help promote teamwork and more productive meetings.Here are four tools to help you transform your conference room into a true collaborative space:The Steelcase media:scape table and teleconferencing tool1. Build an interactive environment.For some entrepreneurs, the traditional conference room setup of a big table and projector is no longer the best way to manage a team of employees and their mobile devices. Another option is to create a collaborative environment that lets you work more comfortably and conveniently from a variety of locations.For screen sharing, consider using a large display that everyone can see clearly and that can be easily connected to a variety of devices. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Steelcase specializes in tech and team-friendly office arrangements. The company’s collaborative table and teleconferencing tool called media:scape lets up to four users plug in and share their own device screens — and audio — on a central display simply by pushing a button.Related: Five Ways to Boost Productivity with New Tech ToolsIn addition to the full-size conference style version, Steelcase comes in mini and mobile versions. Prices vary by configuration. How Success Happens The 3M Multi-Touch Display2. Get more hands-on.Large format touchscreens can be useful collaboration tools for side-by-side computer work. Touch displays, including the Multi-Touch Display from St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M, can turn any computer session into a shareable iPad-like experience. Touch-enabled monitors such as the 18.5-inch 3M Multi-Touch Display (about $1,175) allow multiple users to manipulate content on the screen without surrendering the mouse or keyboard.While it’s probably not practical for two or more people to work on one screen all the time, touch functions can be useful for graphic designers and other creative workers when they’re brainstorming on the same document.Related: Why Next-Gen Displays Might Be Your Next Point-of-Sale Marketing ToolA SMART interactive whiteboard system3. Try an interactive white board.Interactive whiteboards from companies such as Calgary, Canada-based SMART are similar to touch-based monitors, but large enough to allow groups to collaborate on digital content, including web pages and PDF files.These tools take the traditional white board up several notches. Groups can write directly on the display — mark up documents, make highlights or take notes — and the smart board will capture the changes.Basic interactive whiteboards from SMART start at about $1,000.The Samsung SUR40 ‘smart’ table4. Turn your conference table into a computer.Technology companies have transformed staid conference room tables into “smart” tables that can act as giant tablet computers. Simply pull up documents, images and other content directly to the table’s screen, and people can manipulate the items with their hands.Take for instance the Samsung SUR40, developed in collaboration with Microsoft. This device was designed as a customer engagement and marketing tool, but it also has potential as a next-generation collaboration platform.Related: Three Wild Tools from Tech EntrepreneursWhile smart conference tables can be useful for group review of content or face-to-face presentations in small groups, they aren’t inexpensive. The Samsung SUR40 retails for about $9,000.Bottom line: For businesses looking to fundamentally change the way they collaborate, these tools now make that possible. If any of them can turn just one good idea into a great one, the benefits can more than offset the initial cost. Listen Now 4 min readcenter_img February 29, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

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Best Buy Discounts Select MacBook Pro Models by 350 – OnlineOnly Deals

first_img Share Tweet Submit Looking for a cheap MacBook Pro? Best Buy has some models on discount, offering up to $350 off on select models.Best Buy’s 2-Day Sale Gets you a High-End MacBook Pro with a $350 Discount – Hurry Up While Supply LastsBest Buy is countering Prime Day by offering discounts of its own. The great things about this particular sale is that you don’t need a special account to get in on the action. Just head over to Best Buy’s website, choose what you like and just buy away at a discounted price.Today, Best Buy has discounted some MacBook Pro notebooks, offering a discount of up to $350. There are great options to choose from and I’m certain you’ll find something that suits your needs perfectly.Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Space Gray – Regular price $1,799.99, Now just $1,549.99Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch, Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray – Regular price $2,799.99, Now just $2,449.99Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray – Regular price $1,999.99, Now just $1,699.99Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch, Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Silver – Regular price $1,799.99, Now just $1,549.99Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch, Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Silver – Regular price $2,799.99, Now just $2,449.99These deals are limited to just two days only therefore make your move quickly if you wish to pick one up yourself. Also, these are online-only deals and you won’t find them in stores.last_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals Brittan Golden looks at the sco

first_imgArizona Cardinals’ Brittan Golden looks at the scoreboard during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires #AZCardinals awarded no waiver claims. I don’t know if they filed any. Pretty far down in the order.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 4, 2016Arizona, however, did have some success retaining players who stood out in camp but were casualties of deep position groups.Golden will return to the Cardinals’ practice squad after not being claimed by any other teams, which may be surprising considering his success this preseason and his big special teams plays in the past.Riddick was a fifth-round pick of the team in 2015, and as a pass-rusher on a team that needed them, it appears he has yet to take advantage of that opportunity. God is so good! Colts Nation WHATS GOOD!!!!!!— Matthias Farley (@MatthiasFarley) September 4, 2016The Cardinals did not pick up any players on the waiver wire Sunday, according to The Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers. The Arizona Cardinals knew their cuts to reach a 53-man roster would make them vulnerable of losing talent, but they were able to retain some of that Sunday.Wide receiver Brittan Golden, cornerback Harlan Miller, tight end Ifeanyi Momah, linebacker Shaq Riddick, tight end Hakeem Valles and tackle Givens Price were officially added to the practice squad Sunday.Not all the talent stayed with the team, though.Safety Matthias Farley, an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame, was cut Saturday only to be claimed by the Indianapolis Colts off the waiver wire, according to reports.center_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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