APTN National NewsIt was an emotional day for the family of Loretta Saunders.She’s the Inuk woman from Labrador who was murdered in February.Many travelled from home to be in Halifax for the preliminary hearing two face the two people charged with killing her.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.
NEW DELHI: There are over 9,000 service voters in Delhi, according to the national capital’s electoral roll published this January. The electoral roll is being continuously updated ahead of the Lok Sabha polls scheduled on May 12 in Delhi, officials said. There are 9,023 service voters in Delhi as per the electoral roll published on January 18, according to the data shared by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi .Personnel of the armed forces, central armed Police forces and state police personnel deployed outside their constituencies are considered as service voters. Diplomats and other support staff serving in embassies are also service voters. The Election Commission had said in February that there was a substantial increase in the number of service voters in the country enrolled ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as compared to 2014. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsA total of 16,62,993 service personnel have been enrolled as service electors in the country in the electoral roll 2019, it had said. In 2014, the corresponding figure was 13,27,627. Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh had said on Monday that around two lakh people have been added to the electoral roll in Delhi in the last two months, taking the total number of eligible voters till date to 1.39 crore. “On January 18, the total number of voters in the electoral roll of Delhi stood at 1,36,95,291. So, there is an increase of nearly two lakh voters since then,” Singh said.
Kolkata: Nine persons reportedly suffered injuries after a local train collided with a railway inspection car at Sreerampore Station on Saturday afternoon. Locals and railway staff rescued the injured and rushed them to a local hospital.According to passengers waiting at the station, a railway inspection car was working on the track. At the same time, Seoraphuli local train was to arrive availing the same track. The locomotive pilot of Seoraphuli local identified the inspection car at a close distance. As soon as he saw the inspection car, he applied brakes. But before it could come to a complete halt, the train hit the inspection car resulting in serious damage. Also, the staff in the inspection car sustained injuries due to the collision. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSome passengers of the Seoraphuli local train also sustained minor injuries due to the collision as they fell on the compartment floor when there was a jerk. However, because of the slow speed of the train, the extent of damage was not high. Sources informed that the locomotive pilot of Seoraphuili local was given a green signal to avail the said track to proceed. Questions arose as to how could a train get clearance along the same track where an inspection car is already there. According to railway sources, an investigation in this regard has been ordered already. If any negligence is found, stringent action will be taken.
“Parties to the conflict must increase their efforts to protect civilians now,” said Georgette Gagnon, the Director of Human Rights in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a statement. “More civilians were killed in May than in any other month since 2007 when UNAMA began documenting civilian casualties,” she added. At least 368 civilians died in conflict in May with anti-government elements responsible for 301 or 82 per cent of the deaths, and pro-government forces blamed for 45 deaths or 12 per cent of the total. Nearly 600 civilians were injured. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by anti-government elements continue to cause most the casualties. IED attacks were responsible for 119 deaths in May or 41 per cent of the total, and 274 injuries. “We are very concerned that civilian suffering will increase even more over the summer fighting season which historically brings the highest numbers of civilian casualties,” said Ms. Gagnon. Civilian casualties attributed to ground combat have been on the rise since the beginning of the Taliban”s spring offensive on 30 April. Pro-government forces are blamed for 45 civilian deaths or 12 per cent of the total, with ground combat responsible for half of the casualties. The majority of the attacks were in areas where anti-government elements and pro-government forces expanded operations, particularly in the north and regions bordering Pakistan. Air strikes were blamed for 3 per cent of the total deaths in May, according to UNAMA. 11 June 2011Last month was the most violent for civilians in Afghanistan in recent years as attacks by insurgents intensified, the United Nations mission in the country said today, reiterating its call for greater protection of civilians.
Baird later said in a press release that he would be pushing the issue during the the next Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting. Wagiswara meanwhile argues that after an almost 30-year civil war, significant social change in the country is not a sprint—it’s a marathon.On the impeachment of the Chief Justice she said that any issue with a judge can be dealt with through law or standing orders and the government followed the standing orders process. The prime minister’s office also sent out a press release on the subject. “What happened over 30 years we cannot solve in three, or four, or five years,” she argued. “It often takes a generation.”Ms. Wagiswara said many programs currently running are meant to bring both Tamil and Sinhalese youth together to learn about each other’s community, and understand one another.Language training is also being given so that citizens can better interact, she said. But, she said the relationship between the Tamils and the Sinhalese is not as easy to rebuild as buildings or bridges. Ms. Wagiswara said that Sri Lanka wants “all countries to participate” in the Commonwealth meeting, and added that Canada is the only country that has threatened to not take part.She also stressed that the civil war ended less than four years ago.“It was a very difficult conflict, and there are so many issues,” she said, listing the work that has been done to rebuild destroyed infrastructure, rehabilitate child soldiers, and to successfully clear 98 per cent of the landmines that lay hidden. Canada had summoned Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to discuss Canada’s “deep concern” with the country, a Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said.Embassy News in Canada said that the meeting between Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to Canada Chitranganee Wagiswara had taken place recently. Ms. Wagiswara said her government wants the international community to know that the Sri Lankan government accepts “that there are outstanding issues to be addressed,” but argued that when other countries are consistently pointing fingers at Sri Lanka’s faults, it “takes away our focus because we have to keep defending.”“We would want Mr. Baird, or members of Parliament to…go to Sri Lanka and see for themselves what is being done,” she added.When asked if Mr. Baird intended to R.S.V.P, his office only wrote that “Direct engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka at all levels is important” and highlighted that there were high-level Canadian visits to the country in 2012.When asked when Canada would decide on its participation in the Commonwealth meeting, Mr. Baird’s press secretary, Rick Roth, wrote that “There is still time for the Government of Sri Lanka to demonstrate good faith in advance” of the meeting.“Canada will continue to monitor developments closely and make a final decision based on assessment of the situation on the ground closer to the time.”Mr. Roth outlined that “Canada needs to see positive signs in the area of human rights, political reconciliation, democratic values and accountability” before attending.Specifically, Canada wants the Sri Lankan government to implement all recommendations of a post-war Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, and steps outlined in its own National Action Plan, wrote Mr. Roth.Meanwhile, while Ms. Wagiswara said she has found Canadian MPs and ministers very accessible, Mr. Roth confirmed that the she was “called into a meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on Friday, January 11th, to discuss Canada’s deep concern over recent developments in that country as outlined [by] Prime Minister Harper, Foreign Minister Baird and Immigration Minister Kenney.”
3. Nick Vannett, redshirt-junior tight endMeyer has called senior tight end Jeff Heuerman one of the best in the country, but the OSU coach had praise for Vannett on Monday as well.“Nick Vannett has had as good of camp at tight end that I’ve seen, which is great for him to see him do that,” Meyer said.That’s pretty big praise, especially coming from a coach like Meyer, who has coached some extremely talented tight ends in his career. Heuerman, though, happens to be working through an injury heading into week one.Meyer said Heuerman isn’t 100 percent healthy yet, but he expects the tight end to play against Navy on Saturday.For Vannett, that could be the chance of a lifetime as he had eight receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown last season. Heuerman tallied 26 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns in comparison.No matter how much Heuerman plays Saturday, look for Vannett to be a key contributor on offense, especially as a safety blanket for Barrett.If he plays well, Vannett could push Heuerman for touches all season. 1. Steve Miller, senior defensive linemanEven though some have dubbed OSU’s defensive line the best in the nation, that doesn’t mean the starting four will be the only players to see the field along the defensive front.In fact, one of those starters — junior defensive lineman Noah Spence — won’t see the field at all for the first two games of the season because of a three-game suspension. That’s where Steve Miller comes in.While he isn’t necessarily expected to start in place of Spence — coach Urban Meyer is expected to release the week one depth chart on Tuesday — he is one of the most experienced reserves on the defensive line. Steve Miller played in 11 games last season and totaled 12 tackles, three of which were sacks. Those three sacks caused the opposition to lose a total of 21 yards.Look for Steve Miller to be a key contributor not only while Spence is out, but for the rest of his senior season. 2. Darryl Baldwin, redshirt-senior offensive linemanBaldwin came to OSU as a standout defensive lineman, but he’ll be leaving as the starter at right tackle along the Buckeyes’ offensive line.The Solon, Ohio, native redshirted in 2010 before playing in seven games as a backup defensive lineman the following season. In 2012, he switched over to offense but played mainly on special teams and backed up All-American Jack Mewhort at left tackle the last two seasons.While two offensive line spots are still up for grabs, Meyer named Baldwin the starter on Barrett’s strong side going into his final season. Baldwin and his position-mates will be tasked with attempting to replicate the success of the 2013 offensive line, which graduated four starters — two of whom were selected in the NFL Draft in Mewhort and Corey Linsley while the other two, Andrew Norwell and Marcus Hall, were signed as undrafted free agents.If the Buckeyes want to replicate their success running the ball from 2013, Baldwin will need to have a big season on the offensive front. OSU senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin. Credit: Courtesy of OSUEverybody knows senior quarterback Braxton Miller, and now everyone the name of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. The 2014 Ohio State football roster is speckled with big-name players and former five-star recruits.But while some of those players will still be key to OSU this season, some previously lesser-known players could become household names for the Buckeye faithful this season.Here are five previously lesser-known and lightly-used players to watch on the OSU roster heading into the new season: 4. Tommy Schutt, junior defensive linemanAlong with Vannett, Meyer named Schutt as one of the most improved players on this Buckeye roster, even though he’s not expected to start with players such as senior Michael Bennett and junior Adolphus Washington ahead of him on the defensive line.What Schutt does bring to the table is depth, and if he’s getting praise like that from Meyer, he would probably be much more than a role player at most other schools.Schutt struggled with injuries in 2013 as he tallied just three tackles and 0.5 sacks in six games. The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native might have been limited last season, but he proved his talent as a true freshman in 2012 when he played in 10 games for the 12-0 Buckeyes.Barring injury, Schutt won’t get a starting nod this season, but he’ll see his fair share of the field and make an impact every time he’s out there. 5. Rashad Frazier, redshirt-senior defensive linemanAnother defensive lineman you ask? Yes, another defensive lineman.Of course Bennett, Spence, Washington and sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa will be the headline players, but they can’t play every snap.Going back to Spence’s suspension, Frazier could be the man to gain the most as he has been named as a potential replacement for the first two games of the season.After transferring to OSU from Purdue University in 2012, Frazier played in just one game last season while battling through injuries. He had a strong showing in the spring, capped off by a headline-stealing performance in OSU’s annual Spring Game on April 12.In the Spring Game, Frazier recovered a fumble in the end-zone for the first points of the game and totaled two sacks and a forced fumble. It might have been a practice game, but he was probably the most dominant defensive player for much of the day.If Frazier does in fact get the nod in Spence’s slot early this season, look for him to be playing with a chip on his shoulder as he gets his first and last shot at playing time. OSU’s season opener against Navy on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is set to kickoff at noon.
RUSSIA HAS HANDED the United States a plan for the Syrian regime to hand over its chemical weapons in four stages, starting with Damascus becoming a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.The plan, first announced by Moscow this week, aims to avert threatened US military action in retribution for a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus that the West says was perpetrated by the Syrian regime.Revealing the details of the plan for the first time, Russia’s Kommersant daily said it had been given to the American side on Tuesday, although Russia only announced on Wednesday evening that the plan had been passed on.First stepAs a first step, Damascus would join the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Kommersant said, quoting a Russian diplomatic source.Then Syria would have to declare the location of the chemical weapons arsenals and where they are made. The third step would be allowing OPCW inspectors into Syria to examine them.The final step would be deciding, in cooperation with the inspectors, how to destroy the weapons.Kommersant, which is known for its strong foreign ministry sources, said that who would physically destroy the weapons has yet to be decided but it was not excluded that the United States and Russia could do this jointly.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US counterpart John Kerry are due to discuss the plan in Geneva in talks Thursday.Kommersant said that it was the American side who requested the talks after receiving a copy of the details of the Russian plan.- © AFP, 2013Read: Obama: “I have a deeply held preference for peaceful solutions”>
Google +: 3 minutes pas plus !L’étude des usages du réseau social de Google montre que les internautes inscrits ne passent que très peu de temps sur ces pages.Si Google + revendique 90 millions d’utilisateurs, la firme de Mountain View est beaucoup moins prolixe quand il s’agit d’évoquer les habitudes de ses inscrits. L’institut ComScore a ainsi étudié ces habitudes et il s’avère que les internautes ne passent que très peu de temps sur Google +, relaye Zdnet. Pire encore pour le géant de l’Internet, il semble que le temps moyen passé chaque mois par les internautes sur Google + baisse de plus en plus. Si en novembre, il était de 5,1 minutes, il est passé 4,8 minutes en décembre et a même atteint les 3,3 minutes en janvier. Des chiffres qui font mal quand on les compare à ceux du concurrent Facebook puisque chaque inscrit y consacre en moyenne 7,5 heures mensuelles… Le 29 février 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambert
Blackberry Z10 : Ses spécifications techniques dévoilées ?A un mois de sa sortie mondiale, nous allons enfin en savoir un peu plus sur les caractéristiques techniques du BlackBerry Z10. ETrade Supply serait en effet parvenu à se procurer les spécifications techniques que RIM a développées pour son tout nouveau smartphone. Si les spécifications publiées par ETrade Supply disent vrai, le BlackBerry Z10 devrait être à la hauteur des enjeux qui pèsent sur lui. D’après les rumeurs, le smartphone devrait bénéficier d’un écran de 4.2 pouces offrant une résolution en 1 280×768, d’un processeur double cœur TI OMAP 4470 cadencé à 1.5 Ghz, de 2 Go de mémoire vive, de 16 Go ou 32 Go d’espace de stockage selon le modèle choisi, d’un capteur de 8 mégapixels avec Flash LED, d’un second capteur de 2 mégapixels, d’un port pour cartes microSD et d’une batterie non amovible de 1 800 mAh. Le smartphone devrait également comporter le WiFi, le Bluetooth 4.0, une puce aGPS, un port micro USB, une sortie mini HDMI et une puce NFC. Rien que ça !A noter que le Z10 pourrait être décliné en deux versions différentes ciblant des zones géographiques précises. Les États-Unis et le Canada pourraient ainsi profiter d’un processeur Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 en lieu et place du TI OMAP.Même si ces caractéristiques font rêver sur le papier, elles n’ont malheureusement pas encore été confirmées pour le moment… A suivre !Le 29 décembre 2012 à 16:18 • Maxime Lambert
Three armed attacks in Provo, all in Blue Hills Related Items:exit survey, Gary Brough, KPMG, Tourist TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifeline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2014 — An exit survey for visitors to the country to report on their Turks and Caicos experience is just days away from starting now as the National Tourism Strategy consultant company, KPMG explains they are on the hunt for a tangible understanding of where the Turks and Caicos is, so that they can deliver on an overarching long term plan for tourism for the nation. Gary Brough, KPMG managing Director explained that since the launch of the project, KPMG’s team has been busy reviewing and critiquing previous studies and plans, researching and benchmarking the TCI against other jurisdictions and accumulating data and statistics. Add to this, Brough, who is also the leader for KPMG in Travel, Leisure and Tourism practice in the Caribbean explained that they want to hear from the general public on ideas for an enhanced tourism product. Consultation meetings are planned for this month also; those exit surveys will be for both airline and cruise departures. Recommended for you Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – On the 4th February, World Cancer Day was observed under the theme “We Can. I Can”. World Cancer Day presents the opportunity to raise awareness and draw attention to the fact that we can all help to prevent and or control cancer. Addressing cancer in the TCI and globally calls for combined efforts between governments, civil society organizations and nongovernmental organizations to promote action and investments in areas including promotion of healthy lifestyles, tobacco control, cancer screening and early detection, allowing for improved cancer treatment services, and if there is no possible cure palliative care.The Turks and Caicos Islands are encouraged to be inspired and take action! The number of cases of cancers being diagnosed within the TCI has significantly increased over the years. Mrs. Aldora Robinson, Director of Health Promotion and Advocacy stated; “We must take responsible action for our health, we need regular medical checkups, early detection is critical, we need to exercise and reduce our intake of the foods that increase our risk for cancer.”The Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services the Hon. Edwin Astwood stated; “As the Minister, my team and I have embarked on the practice of maintaining a healthy diet and I encourage everyone living in the Turks and Caicos Islands to start a healthy diet plan, practice regular and proper physical activity and remember together we can reduce and prevention the risk of cancer and cancer associated ailments.”The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services are continually improving not only access to care, but developing programs to assist individuals in the prevention and control of cancers. For more information contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338-2772.Let us join forces as we take action, yes we can. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TakeactionagainstCancer, #WorldCancerDay2017 #MagneticMediaNews #WorldCancerDay2017 #TakeactionagainstCancer
Hyderabad: Ram Prasad (48), a steel trader who was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Hyderabad died on Sunday. He was rushed to the hospital on Saturday night after seriously injured in an attack by the unidentified assailants. Three assailants with sickles stabbed Ram Prasad when he was coming out of the Venkateswara temple in Durga nagar under Punjagutta police station limits at 8 pm on Saturday night. Police intensified their investigation to nab the culprits.
Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Leela BhansaliCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookBollywood superstar Salman Khan and actress Alia Bhatt have confirmed the news that they will be seen together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming Bollywood movie titled Inshallah.Sanjay Leela Bhansali had earlier worked with Salman Khan in movies like Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999). Of late, it was rumoured that they will come back together after 20 years. The filmmaker took to his Twitter account to put all the rumour mills to rest.Bhansali Productions tweeted, “Finally all speculations and wait end as 2019 brings together #SLB, @BeingSalmanKhan and @aliaa08 in his next film, #Inshallah. Wishing that this entire journey be filled with a lot of love and Inshallah, the team is blessed with hope and faith♥️ @SKFilmsOfficial @prerna982″Salman Khan took to his Twitter account to share his excitement over teaming up with Alia Bhatt in Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The B-Town superstar tweeted, “It’s been 20 years but I am glad Sanjay and I are finally back in his next film, Inshallah. Looking forward to work with Alia and inshallah we will all be blessed on this journey. #Inshallah #SLB @aliaa08 @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial”Alia Bhatt has worked with most of the popular Bollywood actors. This is for the first time she will be working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The actress tweeted, “I was 9 when I first walked into Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s office, all nervous and hoping and praying that I would be in his next film. It’s been a long wait.”Later, Alia Bhatt added, “Dream with your eyes wide open they say & I did. Sanjay Sir and Salman Khan are magical together & I can’t wait to join them on this beautiful journey called “Inshallah” ❤ #Inshallah #SLB @BeingSalmanKhan @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial @prerna982.”
Plane manufacturer Airbus broke ground on its first wide-body completion plant outside Europe in China on 2 March, while its CEO Fabrice Bregier said he saw no serious impact on the countrys aircraft market from a slowing economy.Airbus marked the handover of a completion and delivery centre for its wide-body A330 in Beijings neighbouring city of Tianjin, which will be a new addition to its existing assembly plant for A320 planes.At Airbus, we are honoured to play our part and to open a major new chapter in our cooperation with you here today. I have every confidence that this centre will be a great success, Bregier said at the handover ceremony, attended by Chinese officials.The CEO of Airbus says it expects Chinas aviation market, the worlds second-largest, to emerge unscathed from an economic slowdown thanks to robust demand for international travel.The economy is slowing down. This is true globally. This is not true for our market. And we believe that for the next five years, plus 10% growth year-on-year in already the second biggest market in the world, is extremely important and a very cautious assumption, Bregier told reporters.China has focused, rightly so, on single-aisles (narrow-body aircraft) a lot, and will continue to procure a lot of single-aisles. But I am sure the next step will be getting more wide-bodies. So perhaps one day there will be enough market to look at such a big investment, he added.Even though the Chinese economy has lost some steam, aircraft-makers like Airbus and Boeing remain buoyant about air travel demand in the country. Airbus expects China to need 5,400 new planes over 20 years and is considering hedging its bets there as a result. At the same time, it is studying whether it should increase the production rate of its A320 assembly line, Airbus China chief Eric Chen said.Boeing has also signed a cooperation document with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to build a completion centre for its 737 passenger jets in China.The number of Chinese leisure travellers going overseas for the first time topped 100m in 2014, official data shows. Foreign travel is tipped to grow another 10% this year as the United States, France and Australia ease visa policies.
L&T Infotech, the sixth largest Indian IT services company in terms of export revenues, is coming up with an initial public offering (IPO) of 1.75 crore shares. The public issue opens on July 11 and the price band is yet to be announced. Larsen & Toubro holds about 95 percent of the equity share capital in 20-year-old L&T Infotech.The proceeds of the public issue won’t go to the company since it is an offer for sale by Larsen & Toubro. The share price of Larsen & Toubro, the parent company L&T Infotech, was trading at Rs. 1,482.20, up 0.62 percent at around 1.48 p.m. on the BSE.The objective of the public issue is to “enhance” the brand name of the company and “provide liquidity” to shareholders, according to the L&T Infotech prospectus filed with the capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).Things to know about the L&T Infotech public offerThe face value of the shares being offered is Re 1 each.The shares will be listed on the BSE and the NSE.The company does not own the “L&T” trademark or logo. “We do not own the “L&T” trademark and logo. Our Trademark License Agreement may be terminated 38 under certain circumstances,” said the draft prospectus of the company.The company is in an industry whose size is about $145 billion in revenues (2014-15), according to industry body Nasscom.In 2014, the body ranked L&T Infotech as the sixth largest Indian IT services company in terms of export revenues.The company earned a net profit of Rs. 769 crore on consolidated total income of Rs. 5,069 crore in 2014-15.The company had about 19,500 employees as of March 31, 2015.The book running lead managers to the offer are Citigroup Global Markets India, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company, Barclays Bank PLC and ICICI Securities. The registrar to the issue is Sharepro Services (India).
News Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Tags400th anniversary Barna homepage featured slavery survey,You may also like News By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Fifty percent of practicing Christians say the history of American slavery continues to significantly affect the African American community today, a Barna study shows.A slightly smaller percentage of the general population of U.S. adults surveyed (46%) agrees that, almost 400 years after slaves were brought to Jamestown, Va., there remains a “significant impact on the African American community.”A bit more than a quarter of both practicing Christians and the general population (28%) say our society has moved past the history of slavery.“Views of Ongoing Impact of History of Slavery.” Graphic courtesy of BarnaBarna, a nonpartisan for-profit research firm, defined practicing Christians as people who identified themselves as Christians who said they attended a worship service in the past month and said their faith is very important in their lives. The findings are included in a new report, “Where Do We Go from Here?”Sixteen percent of practicing Christians responded to the question about slavery by saying they were unsure, compared to 18% of Americans overall. Seven percent of practicing Christians said they had not considered the issue, compared to 9% of the general population.RELATED: History of slaves sold for Georgetown detailed in new genealogical websiteThe study also showed sharp differences in views across racial and generational lines. While 79% of black practicing Christians agree that slavery’s effects continue today, 42% of white practicing Christians share that view. Conversely, 34% of white practicing Christian say society has moved beyond the history of slavery, while 9% of black practicing Christians say they hold that view.Millennials, defined in the survey as those born from 1984 to 1998, were the group most likely to agree there are continuing effects of slavery, with 65% saying so. The findings for older groups with similar views were as follows: Generation X (born 1965 to 1983) — 55%; boomers (born 1946-1964) — 40%; Elders (born before 1946) — 41%.“Views of Ongoing Impact of History of Slavery, By Generation.” Graphic courtesy of BarnaBarna’s report included reflections from scholars and faith leaders about how Christians can move ahead in addressing racism.“Churches need to preach on racial issues and return to preach on them again and again,” said Mark E. Strong, a lead pastor of Life Change Church in Portland, Ore., in a statement in a summary of the report.“This is part of spiritual formation, and like other formation issues — prayer, discipleship, generosity — it demands emphasis and regular, strong teaching.”The study, conducted with The Reimagine Group, which produces resources aimed at improving churches, is based on online surveys of 1,007 U.S. adults and 1,502 practicing adult Christians. The surveys, conducted between April and August 2018, have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points for the general population and plus or minus 2.3 percentage points for practicing Christians. Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Opinion Share This! Share This! Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,Eclectic field could turn first Democratic debate into a faith forum Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeDeputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the scene of Santa Fe High School, where a shooting occurred in May.Joanne Tunchez’s 15-year-old son forgot to take his ADHD medication one Friday morning in late March. By the end of the day, he had been removed from his South Texas school and arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat in his culinary class.When his teacher asked him to take off his backpack that morning, he told her, “It’s not like it’s going to blow up,” according to Tunchez’s later conversations with students who witnessed the incident. Tunchez said the school failed to thoroughly investigate the matter before removing him, violating federally mandated procedures for removing a student with a disability.As a recent spate of school shootings has provoked nationwide panic, some advocates and parents, like Tunchez, are worried school and state officials’ response to the May massacre at Santa Fe High School could harm some students more than it protects them.Criminal charges have since been dropped for Tunchez’s son, who has ADHD and anxiety, but he missed more than two weeks of school, spent a couple of days in juvenile detention and failed the state standardized English test required for him to graduate.“I understand they were not going to tolerate kids making a terroristic threat. But they assumed it was a terroristic threat, when it was not a threat at all,” Tunchez said. “Because they didn’t listen to what we were trying to say, he still has to suffer a consequence for something he didn’t do.”The state government’s response to the heightened fear of school shootings has stemmed from a 40-point list of school safety recommendations released May 30 by Gov. Greg Abbott, compiled after three days of roundtable discussions with teachers, law enforcement, mass shooting survivors and advocates on both sides of the debate over guns.Those recommendations have added fuel to a longstanding debate over how schools should balance classroom safety with the rights of vulnerable students.Advocates for less-punitive disciplinary policies argue the governor’s plan is too focused on “zero-tolerance” discipline and would increase the likelihood that students of color and students with disabilities are kicked out of school and shuttled into the justice system. They fear education policy will swing back toward punitive discipline as educators and lawmakers grasp for immediate solutions to head off violence next school year.“The Legislature has worked to undo some of the harmful discipline policies in practice now. The big fear is what we’re seeing is a push to go backward … and going backward would harm very specific groups of people,” said Lauren Rose, director of youth justice policy at Texans Care for Children.Disproportionate punishmentFollowing a national trend, Texas students with disabilities as well as black and Hispanic students are already disproportionately suspended or expelled for misconduct, often removed from school and placed in disciplinary alternative education programs where they are temporarily educated separately from their peers. Past state audits of these programs have shown their limited success in educating kids, increasing the students’ likelihood of dropping out once or before they return to their regular campuses.Abbott’s plan includes recommendations to make it easier for teachers to remove students they suspect of violence from their classrooms by adding stalking, cruelty to animals and possession of weapons on school property to the list of offenses that could trigger removal. It also recommends creating systems to address the root causes of students’ misbehavior, including any mental health needs, once they are removed from classrooms.“What’s really concerning is having the state expand any sort of offenses and put a stamp of approval on using [disciplinary programs] as a response to student behavior,” said Morgan Craven, a staff attorney at nonprofit advocacy group Texas Appleseed. She agreed students who misbehave should receive extra counseling and support — but well before they are suspended or expelled. “Zero tolerance doesn’t ask any questions or get to what the issues are. It just says, ‘We’re going to push you away,’” she said.Abbott’s plan also indicates that school districts should follow existing specialized behavior management plans for students in special education who act out because of their disabilities, instead of moving to suspend or expel them, through protections laid out in federal law.Despite the existing federal protections, students with disabilities are overrepresented in disciplinary alternative education programs. In 2016, they made up 16 percent of the programs but just 8.8 percent of the student population.Already, education lawyers are noting more cases where students are removed from school for allegedly making terroristic threats, one of a long list of behaviors that can trigger placement in a disciplinary program.“We’ve seen that students with behavioral and emotional disorders, who have disabilities in those areas, have been the target of those disciplinary removals,” said Hank Bostwick, a lawyer at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid who manages special education cases. “When the child has a disability, that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his or her actions.”Teachers dividedClassroom teachers are more divided on the issue of punitive student discipline, with some arguing that they need more tools to be able to ensure students who put them and other students at risk are not simply left without consequences or help.“We don’t want students being unnecessarily removed from classrooms. … On the other hand, we don’t want teachers’ hands so tied that they can’t exercise an option allowed in the law to address persistent misbehavior,” said Paige Williams, staff attorney and director of legislation for the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.In 1995, in response to a federal mandate, Texas passed the Safe Schools Act, which required all school districts to provide separate educational settings for students who are suspended or otherwise removed from regular classrooms due to bad behavior. A couple of decades later, with educators leaning on classroom removals and the criminal justice system to deal with classroom management, lawmakers passed a series of laws rolling back zero-tolerance discipline policies and requiring school leaders to consider alternatives to expelling or suspending students.Last year, the Legislature banned out-of-school suspensions for students younger than third grade.With the turn in policy, many teachers are concerned that they are losing their authority over classroom management and that administrators are not taking seriously their concerns over daily acts of student violence, Williams said. “We were hearing a lot of complaints from teachers who were sending students for behavior issues to the principal and there being no consequences once they got to an administrator,” she said. Teachers responding to an informal TCTA survey said lack of administrative support in student discipline issues was a key factor in their decisions to leave the profession, a data point cited in Abbott’s plan.Williams said she has heard from many teachers who were scared for their own safety due to students making perceived terroristic threats, but who had not been taken seriously by administrators or law enforcement.“We need a holistic approach,” she said. “It’s hard for me as a representative of teachers to say when someone threatens them that they shouldn’t take it seriously and shouldn’t do what they need to do to feel safe in their classrooms.”State efforts so farState Sen. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, authored a 2015 law that in part requires districts to establish “campus behavior coordinators,” who could be the principal or another school administrator, to determine how best to discipline a student sent to the principal’s office — which would help ensure teachers’ concerns were taken seriously and that students were treated fairly.But more than 150 school districts have exempted themselves from that requirement through a separate 2015 law intended to give districts more flexibility in following state regulations, according to a TCTA count this spring.Some of those schools have instead installed their own behavior and discipline management plans, Whitmire told The Texas Tribune this week. “Prior to [my 2015 law], everybody was saying there was no consensus who was in charge,” he said. “Parents didn’t know who to talk to. Teachers didn’t know who was looking out for school discipline.”Police officers placed on campus ended up handling school discipline, giving out tickets to students for minor infractions. Whitmire said he is concerned the current focus on school safety might prompt a reliance on law enforcement.“Now we’re in a period where everyone’s afraid,” he said. “We all have the same goal: school safety. But you’ve got to be very cautious that you don’t create some unintended consequences.”In fact, one of Abbott’s proposals was to station more police officers in schools, and districts are already moving forward with such plans. But Rose echoed Whitmire’s concerns, saying it would increase the likelihood that teachers and administrators rely on the criminal justice system to deal with behavioral issues.Black and Hispanic students are more likely to be arrested, ticketed and referred to juvenile probation than white students, though they are not more likely to misbehave, according to a 2016 report from Texans Care for Children and Texas Appleseed. “Creating new opportunities to remove students from the classroom is creating more opportunity to socially isolate them and putting students on a path away from success,” Rose said.At a state-sponsored roundtable in late May, family members and survivors of recent school shootings pitched Abbott ideas for what would make them feel more safe in their schools, such as stationing more police officers, making it easier to arm teachers and having students report any suspicious behavior.Many details of Abbott’s plan mirrored the proposals from that conversation, half of which was open to the media.Advocates argue any plans to make schools safer should consider the experiences of a broader group of students.“It’s really important to get input from students who have been through these horrible shootings,” Rose said. “To craft policies that create safe and supportive schools, it’s also important to get the perspective of students who have experienced the inappropriate, unintended consequences of zero-tolerance policies and having police in our schools, like students with disabilities and students of color.”Disclosure: The Texas Classroom Teachers Association and Texas Appleseed have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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On November 11, Nintendo is releasing the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System, or Mini-NES for short. It will include 30 pre-loaded games and is has a range of display options that allow you to simulate the experience of playing on a CRT as well as standard HD-resolution output.The Mini-NES has proved a very popular pre-order, but what you may not know is Nintendo has tweaked the tiny system for its home territory of Japan. Instead of a Mini-NES, Japanese gamers are getting a Mini-Family Computer, and you may want to import this because Nintendo has also tweaked the games line-up slightly.I’ve put together a comparison of the games on the Mini-NES compared to the Mini-Famicom below and there are some differences. However, before deciding to import remember that the Mini-Famicom games are most likely going to be Japanese-only text and audio, which will render games such as Final Fantasy III unplayable to the majority of Westerners.Just like the Mini-NES it’s going to cost $60, meaning you should be able to get it imported for less than $100 including shipping and any import duty you end up paying. It also releases the day before the Mini-NES on November 10. Even if you don’t end up playing the games, the Mini-Famicom will look great sitting on a shelf as part of your gaming collection.The look of the Family Computer is going to be preferable to some gamers, and it will also be a tempting purchase for modders who want to rip out the internals and turn it into a Raspberry Pi-powered emulation box. I doubt it will be long before we see both the Mini-NES and Mini-Famicom appearing with an added USB slot or two for controllers/storage and all released NES games included running through an emulator.
Register Now » If the cellphone hacking scandal that caused the downfall of Britain’s best-selling tabloid, News of the World, made you wonder about your own vulnerability, consider these statistics.Globally, telecommunications-fraud losses, which includes cases of mobile-phone fraud, were estimated to hit $72 billion to $80 billion in 2009, up 34 percent from 2005, according to a 2009 survey of security experts from the Roseland, N.J.,-based Communications Fraud Control Association. Hacking alone accounted for $3.2 billion in losses for the telecom industry, says CFCA.What’s more, the problems have likely only expanded as smartphone use has escalated. In the U.S., smartphone ownership grew 60 percent from 2009 to 2010. And then from 2010 to 2011, the increase was 42 percent, according to Javelin Strategy & Research’s July Second Annual Antivirus, Browser, and Mobile Security Report.The uptick is significant because analysts had long suggested that cellphone insecurity wasn’t a huge threat because each phone and service provider offered different operating systems — making the creation of malware for mobile phones tricky. But as the devises proliferate, the category will become increasingly fruitful for fraudsters, according to Boaz Bechar, a vice president of business development at the Tel Aviv-based security firm, Humbug Telecom Labs, which works with international service providers.To protect yours and your company’s data here are three mobile phone security tips to consider:Lock it up. At the very least, make sure your phone and keypad are password protected, says Bechar. On some phones, you might even enable a so-called lock-out in which the phone locks itself after a set stretch of inactivity. “That way, if someone steals your phone, they can’t access your information,” he says. Then, make sure that you use strong passwords that are long and difficult to ascertain. They should also be completely different than the passwords you use for your banking and online accounts. And absolutely do not program your passwords into your phone.Make sure your voicemail password is also hard to crack, says Bechar. Even if you’re not worried about someone eavesdropping on your phone calls, fraudsters can certainly drain your bank account if you’re not wary. The code should be six to eight digits and don’t even consider using 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, he says. You might even call your provider and disconnect your ability to remotely check your messages.Watch that app. Last year, more than one million of China’s cellphone users were infected with a virus that automatically sends text messages. How did they catch that virus? They downloaded an antivirus application that they thought would help protect them against hackers. If you want to download encryption software, do. But just make sure it’s from a reputable seller. Bechar adds that sticking to apps in, say, Apple’s App Store, which certifies its apps, can also be a good idea.Keep it clean. Depending on what kind of phone you have, different applications can be used to help you remove your information remotely. For instance, MyMotoblur can erase your data from Motorola devises. Before you sell or discard a device, make sure you erase it then, too. July 8, 2011 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. For tech companies, there was a confounding juxtaposition in the news this week.On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission announced a joint effort to assure that businesses are safeguarding their customers’ data. The FCC sent a letter to mobile carriers, citing “a growing number of vulnerabilities … that threaten the security and integrity of a user’s device and all the personal, sensitive data on it,” and asking how carriers address those vulnerabilities.The FTC simultaneously ordered eight manufacturers of mobile devices to respond to a detailed set of questions about how they update the devices’ security protections and keep customers informed of those updates.Meanwhile, on Wednesday, as Julia Harte reported for Reuters, FBI Director James Comey said in press briefing that he expects to keep litigating to force companies like Apple to help investigators access their customers’ data.Terrorist groups rely on encryption, Comey said, suggesting — as the government argued throughout its attempt to compel Apple to help crack security on an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter — that law enforcement agencies believe they are entitled to assistance from tech companies.So, one set of government agencies is pressuring mobile companies to keep customer data secure while another segment of the government is pressuring the same companies to help investigators access data.And on the criminal front, we are not talking about an incidental number of customers. Comey told reporters Wednesday that the FBI has examined about 4,000 devices since October, but that’s just one aspect of the government’s data excavation.In a must-read essay published Friday on the website justsecurity.org, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith of Houston estimated that state and federal courts may be issuing a half-million secret surveillance orders every year.Apple, Microsoft and other mobile companies have been pushing back against government data demands. (The Electronic Frontier Foundation publishes a handy scorecard, Who Has Your Back?, on the compliance policies of 24 social media, telecom, mobile device and Internet companies.)In response to Apple’s opposition, the Justice Department accused the company of putting its business interests ahead of national security. According to the government, tech companies know their customers are worried about keeping their personal information private, so the companies put on a show of opposing court-authorized investigative requests.Now Apple and fellow tech companies can point out that the federal government itself, via the FCC and FTC, is pestering them to prioritize the protection of customer data.Is there a perfect balance between data privacy and law enforcement? It seems elusive in these relatively early days of the mobile revolution, with Congress so far reluctant to define the responsibilities of the private companies we entrust with our personal information and courts muddling through case-by-case facts. And as we saw this week, the executive branch is of at least two minds about the primary obligations of tech companies.For lawyers (and reporters), the double-sided squeeze on tech companies makes for interesting work. But as mobile device customers and citizens, we’d better hope for consensus to emerge.(Reporting by Alison Frankel; Editing by Alessandra Rafferty.) This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 13, 2016 Register Now »